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.
IKEA is famous for it’s swedish style affordable furniture designed for specific uses. However the internet is full of creative minds who have cleverly created some very versatile uses for their products. So many in fact that there is a dedicated site (ikeahackers.net ) where you can browse literally thousands of alternative uses for the products we know so well.
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?
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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