The last few weeks have been a blur of Christmas preparations, wrapping gifts, writing cards, decorating the house, and the other hundred and one tasks we heap upon ourselves at this time of year!
And is it all worth it…… course it is!
But there’s only 3 more sleeps till Santa I want to take a moment to wish you all a very Happy Christmas
When you can’t say it in person, let the gentle ring of a Silver Bell express your good wishes and affection. Buy a Silver Bell in aid of the Beaumount Foundation, leave your personal message and let this thought-filled gift, remind your loved ones of you each time it chimes.
It seems that storage issues crop up in every home at some point or other. Whether your home is large or small – owned or rented, you can always do with some extra space to store stuff, right?
This article will provide you with 5 storage tips that will hopefully help you de-clutter your home and life!
I did a post a few years back on wrapping Christmas gifts but I thought it was about time I did another one. But instead of showing you how to wrap your gifts in the traditional albeit beautiful way, this time I thought I’d share some creatively different ways to wrap your gifts. I hope you enjoy.
The thing I love about blogging is the community spirit and just when I’m struggling under a huge workload and finding it hard to keep this blog updated and informative, fellow bloggers come to the rescue! That you so much Rhianne for helping me out an for these wonderful wreath ideas.
How are all your Christmas preparations going, hopefully you’re all organised and still stress free.
I’m pretty much on tract at this stage. As many of you know we are living with my mum at the moment so it’s nice getting a different home to decorate. Luckily mum is as crazy about Christmas as I am so together we’re well on the way to creating a Christmas wonderland.
To celebrate Christmas and to make up for the silence on this blog for the past month, I’m going to offer you the chance to win this gorgeous print from children’s illustrator, Irene Gough Illustrations. All you have to do is visit my Facebook page and leave a comment under the post as to why you should win. The comment with the most likes will win. Simple!
Competition closes on Wednesday 10th December so be quick.
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.
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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