With a little over 6 weeks to the dreaded Junior and Leaving Certificate exams, having a designated area for studying is important to keep the stress levels down. Whether it’s an area of your teenagers bedroom, the attic or an under stair area, there are some important considerations to make the space workable.
Last Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure to attend launch of “Retrospective 01″ a collection of photographic works by award winning Irish architectural and fine art landscape photographer Enda Cavanagh.
Enda is an Irish architectural and fine art landscape photographer based in Dublin. Growing up in rural Ireland, Enda and has always felt a strong connection to the land. He is drawn to the rugged beauty of Ireland and discovers a great sense of peace in our environment. He seeks to reflect the inherent drama and melancholy of the Irish landscape in his photographs.
Hi everyone, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve managed to update this blog. Thank you to everyone for your lovely messages asking if I was ok – I’m perfectly fine but I must say it is nice to be missed
There was however a very good reason for my absence.
While the decor of our homes is important to us, the safety of children is every parents primary concern. Cords and chains on window blinds and curtains can pose a serious risk to young children. As parents there are some guidelines you can follow to protect your children.
For this weeks Photo Of The Week, I’ve chosen this lovely crocus shot in my garden. I love this time of year as the daffodils, snow drops and crocus are out and there is an abundance of vibrant colours peeping out from the ground. Winter is behind us and we optimistically look forward to a long warm summer ahead. Ok I know this is Ireland and we are lucky if we get a couple of days of warm sunshine! But that doesn’t mean we can’t hope
March 17 is the day when everyone in the world wants to be Irish. Failte Ireland have produced a wonderful little video showing all that is great in this little country of ours. It highlights Ireland’s strengths, and highlights the qualities that makes this little part of the world one of the best places to be.
Easter is fast approaching so I’ve put together an Easter Pinterest Board packed with lots of inspiration for your festive home. There are table settings, floral arrangements, decorative touches, chocolate, eggs, cakes, candles……. The list goes on.
I’ll be updating this board regularly between now and Easter so make sure to check in often. But for now I thought it would be nice to show you some of the lovlies I’ve collected so far.
The fight for wardrobe space can be a very contentious issue among couples!
There was a time when it was the woman of the home who hogged all the premier space and hubby had to settle for a dark corner at the back of the wardrobe in the spare room (if he was lucky). These days however, men can have just as many if not more clothes than us and are beginning to take over the wardrobe space!
On Thursday 20th February I attended a CPD Presentation run by The Interiors Association in The Stillorgan Park Hotel, Dublin. The presentation, hosted by Ciara Nolan a committee member of The Interiors Association (of which yours truly is currently Vice President) and Kerry Meakin a lecturer of Interior Design at DIT.
In Mondays post I spoke about displaying your artwork by propping it against a wall and saving your walls from holes. So today I thought I might mix it up a bit and discuss drilling several holes all over them!
An interesting way to hang your artwork is well…. NOT to hang your artwork!
If done correctly simply placing an item strategically in a space can give a casual sophistication to a design scheme You can change the layout on a whim and of course you have the added advantage of not having holes all over your walls.
Do you love anything that has a story? Do you love the idea of taking a piece of furniture and giving it a second life? How do you fancy a lovely weekend away AND get to up-cycle a once loved piece of furniture to it’s former glory?
The Hotel Meyrick in Galway, is offering a ‘Chair Affair’ furniture up cycling package; a weekend of luxurious accommodation, sumptuous food, fun and creativity!
I’ve just spent the last couple of hours surfing one of my favourite online homeware sites. Dotmaison is a fantastic site with everything from the luxurious to the affordable. They stock a great range of world-famous brands such as Vera Wang, Orla Kiely, Missoni Home and Descamps to name but a few.
Wood flooring has come a long way since early introduction. Changes in sourcing of the wood and development of ‘colouring’ techniques make these natural floorboards more popular than ever. In this blog we aim to explain the latest craze in the world of wood flooring.
Can you believe January is almost over already! Not that I’m complaining as I think it’s the most depressing (and frugal) month of the year. And it doesn’t help the frugality that my husbands birthday is in the middle of it!
On a bright note though January/February generally marks the launch of the new Spring Summer collections and my inbox has been full of lovely press releases filled with lots of gorgeous new fabric collections.
The first thing that struck me was colour. And lots of it. It appears our favourite designers want to herald the imminence of Spring with lots of bold bright colours and prints.
Even though my namesake Emerald Green was the 2013 colour of the year, it’s not a shade I’m overly keen on. But my, I do like Radiant Orchid. An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm
I have a very interesting year ahead, lots happening both in my personal life and on this blog. I’m busy writing a series on de-cluttering and organising your home. I’m doing it on a room by room basis with lots of tips and advice for clearing areas of your home. And of course I’ll keep you up to date and inspired with all things interior design
I want to take a moment to thank you guys for reading this blog and for your loyalty and support over the last year. I love writing this blog and I feel very special, as I have the best (not so) little community from all over the globe visiting every day.
Like many of you at the moment, I’ve been running around like a mad woman trying to get everything organised for Christmas. Hard to believe too, that in less than 2 weeks it will be all over. The fuss, the rushing around the shops, the chaos, the tantrums, the stress! And all for one day! However……. for the next week and a half there is a strong possibility of chaos, stress and tantrums!!
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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