Archive - May 2017

Rose gold summer bliss from Penneys
I can’t get enough of Gilded Hound
Take a look inside this apartment in Moscow
Summer garden accessories from Homesense
4 Things To Sort Out Before Your Self-Build in Ireland

Rose gold summer bliss from Penneys

I love all the rose gold elements in Penney’s new ‘Lazy Summer’ collection!

lazy summer by penneys

The collection features a mix of stonewash indigo, soft shades of desert pink and lots and lots of rose gold!

lazy summer collection

Here are my favourite pieces from the collection…

Ornate bowl €3

Rose gold metal basket €4

Rose gold cafetiere €6

Hammered rose gold candle €6

Heart cushion €4

Bell jar €4

Salt and pepper shaker set €4

Glass tumblers €6

Battery operated lamp €10

Battery operated lamp €8


Lantern €10

Rug €7

Rose gold basket €4

Dream catcher €5


Vintage jug €4

Placemats (pack of 4) €5

Coasters (pack of 4) €2.50

Elephant mug €5

Cookbook stand €6

Rose gold candle €5

Dreamer canvas €2.50

Damask ombre cushion €8

Blue embroidered jacquard cushion €10

Oversized aztec cushion €12

Vase pot €4

Rose gold candle €3

Elephant ornament €6

Aztec tealight holder €4

Crushed velvet cushion €8

What’s your favourite piece from the collection?

Images copyright of Primark

I can’t get enough of Gilded Hound


Gilded Hound is the home of stunning handmade Irish copper and brass homewares, all crafted by Irish coppersmith Siobhán Sacker.


I featured Gilded Hound’s beautiful clocks before, but I didn’t show you their copper and brass mirrors.
hammered copper clock by gilded hound
When I met Siobhán at the Showcase trade show earlier this year, she had these brass mirrors on display at her stand and I knew I had to feature them on the blog.


gilded hound brass clocks at showcase


They start at €360. You can swoon over them below and buy them in the Gilded Hound online shop.


Why Gilded Hound?

I asked Siobhán why she decided to call her company ‘Gilded Hound’.

I love fairytales and get inspiration from them. A gilded hound is from a Brother’s Grim fairytale“.

I also love hounds. The day that I decided to start my own business was the day that me and my fiancée decided to adopt two rescue dogs called Meadow and Laurel, who are my brand ambassadors ever since.

Which one would you choose – brass or copper?

Take a look inside this apartment in Moscow

You gotta take a look at this apartment in Moscow.

In its original form, this apartment would have been a typical example of ‘stalinka’, a style of architecture from 1933 to 1955 associated with the Soviet Union and the leadership of Joseph Stalin.

The interior designer

It has now been redeveloped and designed by interior designer Nadya Zotova.

Nadya studied at the British Higher School of Design and interned at Sotheby’s School in New York before founding Enjoy Home, an architectural and interior design studio based in Moscow.

Small apartment, big personality

Nadya made clever use of every square meter in this 80m2 apartment, even managing to make a place for a large dining table to fit seamlessly into the living room.

Statement lighting

The use of statement lighting above the dining table differentiates the living room into two distinct zones, one for dining and one for relaxing.

Nadya used the Ella suspension lamp by DelightFULL.

A strong colour palette

I have great admiration for people who commit to strong colour palettes. It shows that they’re not afraid to embrace colour and express themselves wholeheartedly. Read More

Summer garden accessories from Homesense

Last week I shared the news that  Ireland is getting a new interiors store called Homesense  where you’ll be able to swoon over lots of amazing home accessories like these…

Homesense Ireland

But I didn’t tell you that they have have outdoor accessories too!

For so many different looks…

And al fresco dining…

This yellow table and chairs set is €199.99

This vintage-style set is €99.99…

Every garden needs a bench for contemplating on – this one is €89.99…

You can decorate with cushions from €9.99…

Add this yellow lantern for €14.99…

FYI Homesense opens in June

It opens in Blanchardstown, Dublin on Thursday June 8th and in The Capitol development on Grand Parade, Cork on Thursday June 15th.

Get a first look at their interiors accessories

Swoon over Homesense’s home interiors collection here.

4 Things To Sort Out Before Your Self-Build in Ireland

I’ve been doing a bit of research on self-builds lately and it’s no surprise that there’s a minefield of things that you need to get sorted before you even lay a brick. If you’re dreaming of a self-build in Ireland, here are 4 big items to get cracking on asap…

1. Fall in love with a site

If you’re lucky, you’ll have grown up on a farm with loads of land or your in-laws will have a random field that they’re willing to give you for free.

Otherwise you’ll have to find your own site. We’ve already ruled out this 5 acre site in Wexford because it’s too sloped, but we’re still considering this 8 acres of forest.

A few bits to consider when hunting for a site: views, privacy, slope, planned developments nearby, drainage, proximity to what’s important (e.g. schools, public transport, family etc.), local clauses (e.g. do you need to a be local to build in the area? Do need to thatch the roof?) Read More