Adding interest to a narrow hall often creates difficulties as there is not a lot of floor space and quite often little or no natural light. Also as it’s a high traffic area it must also practical and durable.
So how do you turn a boring hall into a welcoming inviting and practical space?
Traditionally black and orange is the colour of Halloween. Orange being the prevalent autumn tone, derived from the colours of the landscape, fallen leaves and of course pumpkins. It is also a colour which signifies strength and endurance.
Black depicts the colour of death and witches hats, cauldrons and black cats all signify the feast of All Hallows. And of course the blackness of the night cloaks the misdeeds and mayhem that may ensue later tonight!
This week I’m delighted to feature a guest post from a fellow blogger across the pond!
Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, beauty and fashion. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.
Paisley sent me a lovely article identifying some of the many architectural style homes which are popular today. While many of these designs relate primarily to the United States some of the architectural elements are beginning to become popular here.
On Wednesday 3rd October, I attended a paint processing workshop in Colortrend Paint factory in Celbridge, Co Kildare.
The factory is located in what was once an old Union Workhouse which housed County Kildare’s “paupers” from 1841-1923.
It’s that time of year again! The time when we turn our beautiful tasteful homes into ghoulish, terrifying dungeons of doommmmmmmm!
Read on for some spooktastic decorating ideas to scare and impress your guests at the same time.
Today is Emerald Interior Design Blogs 4th birthday! The last 4 years have been a wonderful adventure for me and I want to thank you all so much for all your support. Your comments, tweets, and emails always mean so much to me.
One of the things I love about blogging is the way you get to connect with people from all over the globe. It’s a weird but amazing friendship where you can form a bond with people without ever having met them.
I can’t believe that I haven’t posted my Photo Of The Week for the last 7 weeks!!! In my defence I have been really busy at work and while I still managed to take a Photo a Day, I just haven’t had a chance to upload my favourites here.
So here’s a quick catch up from my favourite shots from August and September.
I’ll be honest, I was never a big fan of the use of brass in interiors, much preferring the sleekness of chrome finishes. In fact I always found the shininess of brass to be a dated and dare I say it a tacky metal.
But lately I’m beginning to develop a little crush on this shiny metal. Which is just as well as metals like brass, copper or bronze are experiencing a resurgence and a (thankfully) tasteful rebirth since the 1980’s brass that I so unfavourably remember.
There are those events in life that are enhanced by the presence of friends and family, and undoubtedly wine-tasting parties are one of them. There is something about the shared critiquing of one of the world’s most sophisticated beverages, and the insights into each person’s palettes and tastes that brings a closeness one might not expect. It doesn’t hurt that as the night goes on everyone is cheerful and relaxed under the influences of these beverages. The choice of location for these events is as important as the choice of wines, and can bring a poignancy to the proceedings they might otherwise lack.
One of life’s First World Problems is the nuisance of multiple charging cables for smart phones, ipads, tablets and the countless other mobile devices that we couldn’t possibly live without these days.
Not only are they unsightly but if you’re anything like me, more often than not I forget which socket I’ve plugged them in to and then have to run around the house like a lunatic trying to locate my phone if I hear it ring.
When it comes to decorating your home, don’t be afraid to bring a mixture of colours, textures and finishes into your living space. The confidence to select items that speak to you will keep you from conforming to a rigid or fixed style look and introduce individuality into your home.
This will be the last post on this blog for the next two weeks as we’re off on holidays on Wednesday. Yay!!! As much as I would love to be sitting in front on my computer researching the latest interiors to share with all you lovely people, I’ll just have to make do with sitting in the sunshine, wining, dining and relaxing by the pool
We’re heading to the Budva Riviera in Montenegro. I’ve never been to Montenegro before so I’m really looking forward to it. And of course the fact that the big orange thing will (hopefully) be shining in the sky makes it even better.
I’m crazy busy at the moment with works commencing on several residential projects, and starting design stage on an additional few. I’ll share the images on this blog as the projects progress but in the meantime here’s a little sneak peek into one that is part ways through the design stage.
I tend to use the broken pieces as drainage at the base of other plantings. But then I saw a post over at Broadsheet yesterday and I thought it was just the cutest thing.
How about these for creative ways to recycle your broken plant pots!
On friday night I accompanied mum to her closest friends 80th birthday party. She was in great form all evening and even sang a song (which was more than I was prepared to do I can tell you!!!). Not looking bad either for someone who will be 82 in a few weeks time!
It’s almost back to school time and your young creatives will soon be proudly bringing home their daily works of art. Probably lots and lots of works of art!!!
But instead of them just piling up on the kitchen table or cluttering the fridge door, how about some clever and unique ways to display them with pride.
I had a busy week last week. The weather was lovely and in-between work I managed to get out for quite a few walks with mum.
I couldn’t really decide on which photo to share with you this week, so here’s a little collage of a few of my favourites from the week.
Hello and welcome to my BlogMy name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.
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