The soothing shades of soft pastels can have just a big an impact on a design scheme. It can be refreshing to have a space where there is no accent piece fighting for attention just a simple understated and relaxing space.
I’m an animal person, ok particularly a dog person but I do love all creatures great and small………. well …….except for bees. I’m terrified of them!!
Not that I would harm them or anything, I just tend to run away screaming and crying at the sight of one.
So when I spotted this little guy on the lawn the other day, I summoned up my courage and got down as close as I could to get a shot of him.
Every room needs a focal point to make an impact and add interest to the space. Whether you have a small space and want a design feature that’s not too overwhelming, or a large space that needs drama, a large blank wall can be the perfect canvas to make a statement and show off your creativity.
In our home, the utility room seems to be the communal junk room! It’s that space behind closed doors where coats, shoes, laundry, dog food, leads, and all manner of stuff seem to find temporary residence.
It’s my mission to organise this room into a lovely usable space. It’s a small area so storage bins and a good organisation system is a must.
I didn’t get a chance to update this blog last week as real life got in the way
But I promise all you lovely people, I have some super posts coming up with lots of ideas and inspiration for your home.
For now I’m going to share a quick post on my Photo of the Week section. It’s been a while since I shared some images of our little man with you so here’s a few of the cheeky monkey to keep you going.
What happens when there are more kids than bedrooms and siblings need to share?
If sharing siblings are the same gender, close in age and share similar tastes, then mum and dad shouldn’t have a problem. It’s when you have to mix up ages and genders that problems can arise. So how do you create a bedroom space for 2 (or more) where all siblings are happy?
In our old house most of the garden was hard landscaped with only a couple of little flower beds and pots to add colour. But considering that I don’t have green fingers it was always plenty for me to cope with.
Now that we’re in mums we have a much bigger garden and I’m really enjoying pottering about and watching what the flora and fauna has to offer.
Here’s a few little pics of what’s happening around here now that the sun is shining.
After it failed to sell last year, actress Anne Hathaway has put her New York Apartment back on the market at a drop down asking price of $4.25m.
This post is not about me being sentimental. This is a little shout out to all of you who are members of the one club that no one wants to join!
It’s my way of remembering all the dads who we can’t buy a Father’s Day card for, or who we aren’t able to do something special with today.
As much as I love a calm neutral backdrop to a design scheme, a bold pop of colour can bring fun and drama to an interior space. Often all you need is a bolt of colourful cushions, a few colourful chairs, or a quirky signature piece to bring a room to life.
My favourite photo from my project last week has to be a surprise visit from this little guy last Monday. There I was working away in the conservatory when I spotted this little fella scurrying across the garden. I barely had time to grab the camera and take this shot before Arthur the protector started barking incessantly and scared him away
Red Dog/The Store is an Irish website offering the best in Irish design.
They have a great selection of quirky and cool products for the home. Gifts for friends and new borns, even something for your furry friends.
Most items are limited edition and hand made and all products are unique to their website so you can’t buy them anywhere else.
Our home is full of practical essential items, crockery, bedding, towels, utensils, personal toiletries etc etc. But they are just items to fill a house, the things that make up the first part of that famous quote. It’s the things that make up the second part of the quote that make a house a home!
Here is my 4 essentials that make a house not only beautiful but a beautiful home.
A couple of weeks ago I talked about kerb appeal for brightening up your home. An attractive eye catching front door makes an impressive statement and will have the neighbours swooning about what lies beyond.
Whether you’re going for uptown urban, or country cottage here’s a few idea’s to give you some inspiration.
We’re just back from a lovely few days visiting my sister in law and her husband and children in the gorgeous city of Geneva and already I want to go back! The weather was fabulous so being the sun worshipper that I am, I could have happily sat in the garden for the duration. But boy am I glad I didn’t! It’s a beautiful city and my sister in law showed us plenty of what it has to offer.
A balcony can be a perfect place to relax in on a warm summers evening. If you’re lucky enough to have a balcony, don’t let it become a home for bikes, toys and other junk. Transform it into a functional recreational space where you can sit and watch the world go by.
Decorating a space with white visually increases space and light and can add a dramatic impact to a room. But developing a successful design can be difficult. Get it wrong and you end up with a space that appears cold and sterile, but get it right and you can achieve stunning results.
Last Monday I brought you a photo of my brother who was taking part in a 1,400km cycle around Ireland with Cycle Against Suicide raising awareness for about suicide and depression in young people.
They have cycled the length and breath of this island visiting schools and colleges along the way spreading the message “It’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help”.
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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