Welcome to Homeware Huntress

- An Irish blog written by a home interiors addict.

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Beautiful clocks from an Irish coppersmith
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A surprise delivery from Ulster Weavers
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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

Beautiful clocks from an Irish coppersmith

Gilded Hound Copper Clocks

I recently discovered the hand-made copper clocks from Gilded Hound, run by Irish coppersmith, Siobhán Sacker, from her studio in Dublin.

Siobhán grew up in Ireland’s Wicklow mountains but spent years of her teenage life in India, where she was introduced to the art of coppersmithing.

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Wisdom Beyond Years clock – €120

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Nothing Compares – Flamingo clock – €95

Siobhán makes all of her clocks from locally-sourced 1.2mm solid copper and fits each one with solid brass hands, which means that they really are substantial, high-quality pieces of art.

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A Penny For Your Thoughts clock – replica of the old Irish penny coins – €150

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In The Lick Of Time clock – inspired by vintage waffle cone ice-creams – €95

It says on Siobhán’s website that she has filled her house : ”with lasting, loved pieces from antique stores to salvage yards” and that she wants every piece in her home “to have history and mean something special”.

I’m not going to lie, this kind of makes me want to creep around her home admiring all of her furniture and home accessories.

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It Was Meant To Bee clock – €95

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Reach For The Stars clock – the Taurus star constellation – €150
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On The Shoulders Of Giants clock – inspired by Isaac Newton’s famous quote “if I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulder of giants” – €150

Browse more from the Gilded Hound collection.

Images copyright of Gilded Hound.

A surprise delivery from Ulster Weavers

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I was sitting in my garden sipping tea with my Mom the other day when a delivery man unexpectedly called to the door. In his hand, he had a parcel addressed to me.

When I saw that it was sealed with ‘Ulster Weavers’ branded packaging tape, I got really excited.

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When I think of Ulster Weavers, I think of plush, high-grade cottons, and bright and cheerful prints, so you can imagine my excitement when I opened it and found beautiful samples from their mid-season collection inside.

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Ulster Weavers is a family-run textiles company based in Northern Ireland. They’re known worldwide for high quality linen and textiles. In fact, they have such a strong reputation for quality that they are a kitchen textiles supplier to the Queen Elizabeth II!

Like their company, which was founded in 1880, their products are made to last.

Cat oven glove

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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

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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

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

Arizona round fire pit - €59.99 €30

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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

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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

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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

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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.