Welcome to Homeware Huntress

- An Irish blog written by a home interiors addict.

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Black, copper and minimal – my home office
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Design a duvet cover competition
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Look what’s trending: embroidered cushions
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Fire pits and chimeneas that I need immediately
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Look what’s trending: coastal tones
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Quirky tea towels inspired by Japan
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From Fiesta to Siesta
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A surprise parcel full of homeware gifts
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Study art. Live on a farm. Design interiors. #Lifegoals
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Easy Ways to Introduce Colour into Your Home

Black, copper and minimal – my home office

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When I’m not blogging about interiors, I’m writing professionally through my freelance writing business, ContentWriter.ie.

I work from home, so when I moved to my rental bungalow in Wicklow, I transformed a small bedroom space into a functional, yet inspirational workspace.

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Confined to the restrictions of tenant life, I had to stick to neutral magnolia for the wall colour, but I added personality by making a feature wall with photographs.

A street trader in Bangkok, hand-made fabric bunting in Vietnam, spectacularly unforgettable Thai sunsets…I shot this mix of abstract and scenic photographs on my worldwide adventures.

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To style the space, I introduced a copper lamp from Dunnes Stores and a copper cushion from B&Q.

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As well as copper, I chose black as an accent colour. My notebook, plant pots, office chair and mouse matt are all black.

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I also commissioned Irish leathersmith and designer, Peter Myler, to make a custom leather pen holder with my logo.

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A cream sheepskin rug adds cosiness.

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Plants add life to the space and oxygenate the air.

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I added texture with the wicker baskets.

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Because I love any texture that nods to nature, I chose oak effect shelves and a matching desk from Ikea.

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Encouraged by the wonderfully inspirational blog, Minimal Desks, I try to keep my workspace free from clutter.

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Design a duvet cover competition

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I’m really excited about Harry Corry’s design a duvet competition. I would love to see a collage of the best entries.

The competition is open to residents of Ireland and the UK, age 16 or older. Each entry must be completely original. The winner receives a £200 voucher for Harry Corry and a duvet set with their design.

The closing date is August 10th 2016.

Enter here: Design a duvet competition

Look what’s trending: embroidered cushions

embroidered cushions

Embroidered cushions are big trend for summer 2016. I was out browsing yesterday and spotted a few nice ones…

Hummingbird cushion – €16

Filled with recycled polyester stuffing. Available from Marks & Spencer.

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Duck egg meadow cushion – €20

Available from Dunnes Stores.

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Painterly floral cushion – €23.50

Available from Next.

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Nara floral cushion – €23.50

Available from Next.

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Fire pits and chimeneas that I need immediately

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In all my years of tenant life, this is my first summer to have a garden.

After decking the place out in flowers that I cannot name, and installing an obligatory range of solar-powered flashing garden ornaments, I now have an unwavering desire to prolong the time I can spend sitting outside.

So here are 9 fire pits and chimeneas that are currently half price at Home Store + More – which one should I buy?

In order of price…

Log Burner - €54.99 €27.50

garden log burner

H63cm x W40cm
Weight: 6.3kg
Burns wood and fuel
Available here

Arizona round fire pit - €59.99 €30

arizona round firepit

Diameter 58cm x H51cm (approx.)
Weight and fuel type not specified by retailer
Available here

Monterey clay chiminea - €59.99 €30

clay chimenea

Diameter 31cm x H70cm (approx.)
Weight and fuel type not specified by retailer
Available here

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Look what’s trending: coastal tones

coastal home interiors

Living by the sea in Wicklow, in Ireland’s scenic south-east, has made me fall in love with the coastal palette.

On a cloudy day, musky blues and calming greys dominate the sky. On a clear day, bright blues introduce the day and then transform into soothing hues of pink and orange in the evening.

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The palette is always complemented by a sandy neutral, and that soft white that tips each breaking wave.

Here are some of my favourite coastal home accessories…

Ceramic vase – €12

Available from Article

blue and white ceramic vase

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Handmade ceramic plates – from €8.50

These handmade ceramic plates are crafted into irregular rounded shapes. They come in three sizes and are dishwasher safe.

Available from Article

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Rumba rug – from £79.99 (sterling)

Available from House of Fraser

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Barbara Vases – €14 each

Available from Article

sand vase

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Quirky tea towels inspired by Japan

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Richard Lawton, a graphic designer and illustrator from London, has decided to bring some of his illustrations to life by making a range of limited edition tea towels.

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He set up a Kickstarter to get his venture going. I think his idea is unique and quirky.

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The project brings to life the “horrors of the kitchen in the form of cute Japanese illustrations”.

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Richard was inspired by “the charming and outright bizarre style we know and love from Japan.”

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I can’t decide which one is my favourite – they’re all so bizarre!

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Check out Richard’s project on Kickstarter.

From Fiesta to Siesta

Primark Mexican Fiesta Collection

Primark’s energetic ‘Mexican Fiesta’ collection for Summer 2016 is bursting with colour. This vibrant collection is full of candy skulls, pom-poms, cacti and embroidery.

Here are some of my favourite pieces…

Novelty tea towels – 2 per pack €4

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Mexican cylinder storage – €4 each

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A surprise parcel full of homeware gifts

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Last week the postman brought a large parcel to my door. I wasn’t expecting anything so, when I opened it and found bed linen and home accessories inside, it made my day!

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The gifts were from Primark, who kindly shared some samples with me from their Mexican Fiesta collection. I had actually got my eye on this collection because it’s one of my favourites for summer 2016.

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The ‘From Fiesta to Siesta’ theme features an abundance of energetic colours and vibrant patterns, with candy skulls and cacti popping out all over the place.

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Thank you for the gifts, Primark.

See more items from Primark’s Mexican Fiesta collection.

Images copyright of Homeware Huntress. This is not a sponsored post. The manufacturer, supplier or retailer have no association with the opinions expressed in this post. I receive many gifts from interiors brands but I only feature the items that I genuinely like and recommend. 

Study art. Live on a farm. Design interiors. #Lifegoals

I was recently made aware of the wonderful world of Izzi Rainey. She’s a cool person with a cool name with a cool job. Who is she?

Izzi is an artist and a designer. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art, she teamed up with her mate, Lara Mullis, to design and manufacture homeware and interior products. #livingthedream

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From her art studio on her family’s Norfolk farm, Izzi brings beautiful home accessories into the world, such as handmade cushions, coasters, oven gloves and napkins.

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When talking about what inspires her, Izzi uses words such as “the culmination of the unexpected colour found on the farm”, “the bold and textural shapes that have always surrounded me in the agricultural environment”, and “the changing seasons and farm activity”.

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She uses hand-based techniques to first create the prints on paper. The prints are then transformed to fabric using digital printing.

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It must be incredible to work in an environment so full of texture, colour and creativity.

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After a snoop around her website, I’m in love with her brand and her story. Together with Lara, she’s building the company from scratch and sharing every step of the manufacturing journey on the company blog such as…

…time in the studio…

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…sewing the fabrics…

…photographing the end product…

…and setting up an enticing stall at a local market…

Study art. Live on a farm. Design interiors. #Lifegoals

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Izzi Rainey at www.izzirainey.com.

Easy Ways to Introduce Colour into Your Home

- written by Anna Gillespie

Giving your home a facelift can be no easy feat. It can be daunting to change your ordinarily neutral home into a vibrant space. When it comes to adding colour, you might ask:

‘What if I don’t like it?’
‘What if it looks dated?’
‘What if it goes out of fashion?’

And it’s no surprise we may feel like that…we all remember the vivid, brash bath suites of the 90’s, don’t we?! But have no fear, as there are a number of risk-free ways to revamp your home and introduce colour without having to reach for the magnolia again! Read More