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- An Irish interior design blog written by a homeware addict.

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4 WTF things I saw for sale in IKEA
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The 200 Year Old Stone House in Wexford
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10 Questions to Ask a Landlord When Viewing a Property to Rent
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Seduced by Zara Home
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The Colours of Avoca
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For the love of cushions
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This is my life at the moment
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Ridiculously Complicated Toaster Shopping
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4 House Plants That Even I Can’t Kill
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A Woodland Hideaway in County Cork

4 WTF things I saw for sale in IKEA

I was browsing through that giant blue warehouse off the Ballymun exit of the M50 yesterday with my aunt and came across a few items that just made me ask ‘Why?’.

Here are 4 WTF things I saw for sale in IKEA.

1. These fish cushions

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Because no home is complete without a fish cushion. Read More

The 200 Year Old Stone House in Wexford

Stone house in Wexford

A Facebook chat message pops up on my phone from Peter with a link to a ‘property for sale’ advert in it. Buying a house starts with a link to a property advert, so I’m aware that clicking on this could result in mortgage applications, engineers reports, solicitors and very serious dotted lines.

I click on the link and see this…

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10 Questions to Ask a Landlord When Viewing a Property to Rent

Our moving day fast approaches – boxes of our possessions line the hall, our landlord is in the living room quizzing prospective tenants about their lives and strangers are walking around my home.

It’s a strange feeling when people you don’t know are walking around your home looking in every room, but that’s part and parcel of living in rented accommodation. The landlord asked us would he like us to show the apartment while we were at work so that we wouldn’t be inconvenienced. We told him we’d rather be there because we want to keep an eye on the people who’d be poking around.

Out of the eight different groups that view the property, only one or two of them asks any questions. I’m surprised by this because when I view a property I ask the landlord more questions than the landlord asks me! Is this because people are too shy to ask? Or is it because they don’t know what to ask?

Here are 10 questions every property viewer should ask their prospective landlord: Read More

Seduced by Zara Home

Colourful cushions and bed throws in Zara Home

Zara Home first caught my attention a few years ago when I was in a Spanish shopping mall. Seduced by the most luring window display I’ve ever seen in a home ware store, I went in to have a look and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Home ware display at Zara Home

Zara Home hasn’t made it to Ireland yet so any time I visit my parents in Spain I don’t miss the opportunity to pop in (or, rather, spend hours looking at every single thing). I returned from a trip last week with a king size duvet set, a cushion and bed throw – it’s ridiculous how excited I got about these items.

Bed display at Zara Home

I love this shop because there is so much to browse – and I want everything.

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This time ’round they had Read More

The Colours of Avoca

Blankets from Avoca Handweavers

I’ve heard mixed opinions about the Avoca brand so I thought I’d go and investigate it myself. I wandered in to their Suffolk street store and took a look around.

I had to really root around to find something decent and a lot of the items command a price I don’t think they deserve, but I did like this biscuit tin…

Bird biscuit tin from Avoca

Bird biscuit tin – €21.95

…and the aged look of this wooden Read More

For the love of cushions

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There are too many cushions in the world but not enough sofas and beds to fill them with. Here are a few nice ones I spotted recently.

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I imagine this in a beach house designed with textures of aged wood; painted with calming shades of blue and sand; and decorated with shells and rope knots on the wall.

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Beach cushion – €16 by Next Home

I’m not usually into cushions or posters with philosophical messages on them but I love the material this is printed on – it’s a heavy cotton, as thick as denim, and feels like it would hold out well in a happy house with lots of children.

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Smile cushion – €33.75 by Harvey Norman

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This lively and cheerful cushion would be perfect for Read More

This is my life at the moment

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I sat down to enjoy a bite to eat, a cup of tea and to flick through a few magazines today. I looked at the items in front of me and I just thought, in a weird way, they symbolise a lot about my life at the moment.

The teacup

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Two years ago, in a tea shop tucked down a side street in Beijing, this cup caught my eye. Travelling around the world was the best thing I ever did and I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to do it. It’s just crazy that two years ago I was writing a travel blog with words like: ‘This way of existence is completely removed from the habitual, from routine, from schedule, from itinerary and from anything that permanently attaches me to person or place‘ and this week I met my bank to discuss a mortgage application.

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My first ever meeting about a mortgage was actually quite straightforward Read More

Ridiculously Complicated Toaster Shopping

Toasters in different colours

The toaster that came with my apartment gave up on life yesterday so I figured I’d run out and pick up a new one. My criteria was simple: ‘toasts bread’. But I have since discovered that toaster shopping is complicated. Here’s why…

1. Toasters are priced between €6 and €349

For an electrical appliance that is expected to spend a few minutes browning bread and making it warm, there really is an extraordinary spectrum of prices.

You can pick up this 800 watt value range piece of plastic in Argos for €5.99.

Argos Value Range Toaster

Argos Value Range Toaster €5.99 – Image Copyright of Argos

Or…

If you go to Currys, you can take out a loan for this 2500 watt “Artisan” 4-slice job from KitchenAid. At €349 I’d expect it to bake the bread and all.

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KitchenAid Artisan 4-Slice Toaster €349 – Image Copyright of Currys

2. Toasters are like cars Read More

4 House Plants That Even I Can’t Kill

Leaves of a rubber plant

My Dad just has to look at a plant and it thrives. It’s as if they photosynthesise and flourish from his company alone. It’s no surprise that he was raised by a forester – by a man who was so knowledgeable and skilled when it came to nature that he made a living out of it. If you give Dad a plant he’ll know how to nurture it in to something aesthetic, tame it in to something manageable and harvest it into something resourceful. I, on the other hand, am a plant murderer.

I bought a basil plant two days ago and already it has retreated in to a miserable state of irrecoverable frailty. I had a plant in the apartment before that, and instead of growing up, it grew sideways across the floor as if heading for the door trying to make its escape. It died.

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So, until the day arrives when I have both the time and patience to become a good plant parent, I’m confining myself to plants that don’t expect to be watered every day and don’t mind living in the same soil forever. Here are the four least needy plants I’ve owned Read More

A Woodland Hideaway in County Cork

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Over the weekend I had the opportunity to take a peek inside this beautiful, rustic family home in Cork. Nested in a forest, surrounded by trees on all sides, this house is privately tucked away from the world.

The driveway meanders through the woods before curling around in to an open area where you can catch your first glimpse of the house.

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I love the arched double-door front entrance with its wrought iron hinges and handles – it’s like something out of a fairy tale.

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As is customary in most Irish countryside homes, we entered through the back door.

Daffodils at the back of the house

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Inside, you can see that Read More

Homeware Huntress copyright of Jenna Crotty. Sunflower image copyright of Rene Mensen via Flickr.