Virginia O’Hanlon had begun to doubt there was a Santa Claus because her friends had told her her he did not exist. Virginia wrote to the New York Sun newspaper as her father told her, if you see it in The Sun, it is so. The editorial “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” became one of the most reprinted english language editorials of all time.
One of the things I love most about Christmas are family traditions. Every family seems to have their own family rituals or traditions which makes their family Christmas unique and special. We have several in our family, some have remained over years and some have changed as we have grown.
The Christmas countdown has arrived. The madness and mayhem of the Silly Season is upon us. But there is no need to panic. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to bring you idea’s, tips and inspiration for wowing your guests this year. And don’t forget to follow my Christmas Board on Pinterest for even more ideas.
We’ll start with the colour scheme. When it comes to decorating your home, do you stick with a favourite colour scheme or style, or change it year on year? Or perhaps you mix and match with sentimental ornaments you’ve gathered over the years.
Instead of giving the usual gift of socks, jewellery or wine this year, why not go for something truly original.
Something personal, something which will stand the test of time………
Something which shows you know and care about what and who you’re buying for!
One of my pet hates is coats and jackets thrown on the stair post or over the backs of chairs. Are you reading this husband of mine???
In our climate unless you’ve got room for a cloakroom, a coat rack is a household essential. Thankfully we’ve come a long way from the old hat stand type monstrosity that once stood laden down behind the front door. Today there are countless options available on the market. Or you could get creative and make your own.
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.
After a long stressful day there is nothing nicer than coming home, kicking off your shoes and relaxing for the evening. Whether you’re sitting in front of the TV watching X-Factor or snuggled up with a good book, a warm, cosy and comfortable living space is a must to unwind from the stresses of the day.
It’s that time of the year when we turn our warm welcoming homes into ghostly ghoulish dens of doom!!! And all because we want to scare the bejeepers out of our family, friends and neighbours! So if you’re looking for some bewitching ways to make your home spooktastic for Halloween, grab your broomstick and read on…….
I’m reviewing the possibility of setting up an on-line interior design service. The idea is to provide interior design consultancy and advice for my long distance readers. This would include a mood board; colour and design schemes; suggested layouts and furniture and accessory options.
If you’re having guests over for dinner this Halloween, why not get into the spirit of things and set a table that will give your guests the creeps! From ghoulish to glamorous and subtle to the spooky feast your eyes on these stunning table settings.
Shabby Chic is a term used to describe a style where aged and distressed elements are used to create a rustic yet soft romantic look. Typical elements would include painted floors, distressed furniture, crystal, pastel tones, florals, linens, lace and vintage finds. Think French opulence meets English country cottage.
That beautiful orange sun that we enjoyed for a few weeks has turned back to that yucky grey colour we are more familiar with and there are more leaves and berries on the path that there are on the trees. So that can only mean one thing……..Autumn has arrived.
If I’ve learned one thing over the last six weeks, is that I’m a people person. Being cooped up in the house all day by myself is soooooo not for me! But if you are one who enjoys your own company and fancy getting away from it all, this 131 ft pillar of limestone in the remote Georgian region of Caucasus might be what you’re looking for.
Multi purpose furniture is great for small apartment living. But designer Till Koenneker has taken it a step further with his unique Living Cube.
His inspiration came when he moved into a small apartment without much storage. He needed somewhere to store his vinyl collection, his clothes, shoes, and of course his TV and media.
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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