Archive - 2014

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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
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Bringing the Seaside Inside
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Yes I actually wrote an article about bath mats

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. 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. Read More

This is my life at the moment

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. 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… 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. 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. Read More

Bringing the Seaside Inside

Stone with a heart shape in it on Killiney Bay

Since this time last year, I’ve been renting in the coastal Dublin suburb of Dun Laoghaire. I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to live beside the sea at least once in my life because it’s so inspirational. I’ve often thought it would be nice to use the colour palette of the seaside for decorating a room – the pale blues and various shades of sand and stone are so calming.

Killiney Bay

I can’t decorate a rented apartment so I found another way to bring a little part of the seaside in to my home…. Read More

Yes I actually wrote an article about bath mats

Growing up, I was the least girly person I knew. I hated dolls, dresses and pink and protested at any suggestion of a ribbon in my hair. When I hit my teenage years I shrouded myself in baggy jeans, black nail varnish and unusual shades of hair die. When my late teens showed up, so did night clubs and parties and they ignited a desire to wear heels and dresses. By the time I was in college I was neither ‘rock chick’ nor ‘girly girl’ but somewhere in the middle. Then one day a switch tripped in my brain and I bought a pink bath mat and matching towels. Read More