Décor

  • This is my second time doing the One Room Challenge and this time around was just as testing and intense as before - and also just as rewarding. It feels as though I have hardly lifted my head from the sewing machine for the past three weeks but, when I finally did, there was a brand new room in ...
  • Welcome back to my One Room Challenge, where I try to redecorate one room in just six weeks. If you've been following along, you will already know that it's our sun lounge that is getting the once-over this time around. And this week, that has mostly involved lots of ...
  • I did it - I made curtains! Well, to be more accurate, I made one curtain. Haha! This week has been a steep learning curve for me, but I'm actually feeling very good about what I've accomplished because I always enjoy acquiring a new ...
  • How is it already Week 3? That means we're already at the half-way mark of the One Room Challenge. Yikes! This week's work on the sun lounge makeover has been all about the woodwork ... and a little bit of ...
  • It's funny how you can live with something mediocre for so long and be fine with it; but as soon as you become aware of something better, it becomes unbearable. So it was for me with our sun lounge. It felt very cathartic to spend the week purging the room of everything that I'd overlooked, but ...
  • Insiders Secrets is three-part exclusive interior design & style event organised by the House/EDIT duo, Claire Price and Elaine Regan, in association with Fleetwood paints. The first event took place in Sligo on March 11th, and I was delighted to attend the second in the series in Galway last ...
  • One of the reasons I started blogging was so that it would serve as a diary of our progress in the house and also make me accountable for commitments I make to undertake projects. Last year, I shared with you my yearly resolutions for the house, and confessed which of those succeeded and failed. ...
  • Happy solstice! During these dark days, it really does feel good to bring some extra cheer into our homes during a season when we spend more time than usual indoors. This year, I decorated very differently to how I have done for the past few years, going for a more handmade rustic style, and I'm ...
  • It's Week 5 of the One Room Challenge - which means just one more week to the final reveal! Because we just had some guests staying with us, there were a few days this week when we didn't have access to the room or much time to work on anything for it. But we did manage to wrap up a few half-baked ...
  • Hallowe'en is my favourite festival of the year ... candlelight, log fires, dressing up, cuddling up on the couch to watch spooky movies - I love it all! And today I'm sharing some of my favourite Hallowe'en décor inspiration from around the ...
  • Well, last week's One Room Challenge update definitely ended with a cliff-hanger, didn't it? In fact, this project has tested us more than any other - not one aspect of it has been without some disaster or other. To add to that, we also had some time constraints with guests coming to stay for a ...
  • It's Week 3 of the One Room Challenge - that means we're already halfway! And what an eventful week it has been. On the one hand, it's been great to start making some visible progress at last. But we also encountered a significant setback that leaves the entire project in serious ...
  • Week two of the One Room Challenge involved doing a lot of mostly hidden remedial work. Our house was built during the Irish property boom and, as such, suffers from the poor quality of workmanship typical of that period. That means that, as usual around here, we had to fix a lot of what was wrong ...
  • The One Room Challenge, which takes place each April and October, involves transforming a room in just six weeks while blogging the process with weekly posts each Thursday. The room I'm tackling is the guest ensuite shower room as it is the only remaining room in the house that is virtually ...
  • Our anniversary of moving into the house just passed, and Hubby and I were reminiscing on all we've done with the house since we moved in. When I asked him which is his favourite room in the house, his reply was: the master bedroom. The master bedroom is one of the rooms that we finished pre-blog. ...
  • This room reveal seems long overdue because it's been almost done for such a long time ... about a year, in fact. But there were a few finishing touches needed, and they were DIY projects that I didn't get around to working on until quite recently. Now, at last, I get to show you how our guest ...
  • As our sitting room underwent various paint changes recently, I was surprised to see how much colour can affect our perception of space. At times it seeemed as though the very shape and proportions of the room changed with each new application of paint. Fascinated, I decided to document ...
  • With the sitting room makeover going further than we had originally intended, I was unprepared for coming up with a full design plan for the room. Unable to gestate my ideas for as long as I usually like to do, I find myself relying on sound design principles and a carefully-considered process to ...
  • The first time I travelled abroad was as a sixteen year old on a student exchange to Germany. I arrived the night before Easter Saturday and when I woke up the next morning, my hosts had left a little surprise in my room for me: an Osternest (easter nest, a presentation basket of easter chocolate). ...
  • Project Sitting Room has taken on a life all of its own! As this room undergoes a much bigger makeover than we ever had planned for it, I take a look back at where we started ...
  • ... and before you know it, you find yourself bang-smack in the middle of another decorating project. Please tell me I'm not the only one that happens to? This time, it all started with: the ...
  • Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so what better time to think about showing your home some love? In the spirit of the day, I thought it would be fun to have a look at some love-inspired items for around the house. These would also make wonderful gifts for the interiors-enthusiast in your ...
  • Candles - and scented candles in particular - have got a bad rap recently with numerous headlines about candles slowly poisoning you in your own home. But thankfully there are plenty of great alternatives that are made from natural waxes and which contain essential oils rather than toxic chemicals. ...
  • Setting goals helps me to set priorities and to maintain focus when things don't go smoothly. Even when I don't succeed 100%, I definitely achieve more by trying to reach my targets than I would if I hadn't set goals at all. The house, however, was not something I used to set goals for, but last ...
  • I must confess that I’m not the biggest fan of yuletide. However, I do feel that the season is a nice bookend to the year and I do appreciate the excuse to put pretty things around the house that bring a little extra cheer to the darkest winter ...
  • Art Deco is my favourite period historically. It also happens to be the period during which dedicated bathroom spaces became prevalent in the home, and so the Art Deco style is somewhat synonymous with bathrooms in my mind. And it is a style that I think stands the test of time and that can exist ...
  • These are probably some of the most "raw" before pics of a home decor project you are ever likely to see! Most of the rooms in our house have had at least some cursory work done on them, but there are a couple of exceptions: the non-essential, nice-to-have rooms. One such room is our ensuite shower ...
  • Hurray! The downstairs loo is finished! And I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. It's is velvety dark with burnished gold accents and an eclectic collection of curios that give this tiny room a larger-than-life ...
  • Most times I'm decorating a room, I have a starting point; something I like, such as a fabric or a piece of furniture that I want to feature. But how do you get inspiration when you're starting point is an empty magnolia box? Well, sometimes inspiration comes and takes you somewhere you never ...
  • This is the last bedroom to be decorated! Being the second guest bedroom (there is a separate guest suite), it just wasn’t a priority - especially when we had so many other more pressing projects to do in the house. But it has always been a bit of an embarrassment whenever we did need to ...
  • Some time ago, I was feeling particularly fed up with my house. It felt like the to-do list was always growing faster than I could keep up with it, and I was starting to really resent the house for not fulfilling the potential I had seen in it before we had purchased it. So when I heard about a new ...
  • Do you ever get to that point mid-way through re-decorating a room when you start to doubt yourself? You start out with absolute conviction that the room is going to look AMAZING and then, half-way through, you start to wonder if maybe, after all your hard work, you’re going to regret ...
  • I have always loved rich, dark interiors, but have had mixed success with them in our own house. It has worked brilliantly in our hallway, but we ended up re-painting our bedroom a shade lighter. Given the difficulties we were having with the white décor in our loo, I thought it was time to boldly ...
  • Our downstairs loo (wc/half bath/powder room) is a small space, so we followed the convention of decorating it in light, bright colours. Well, what a terrible mistake that turned out to ...
  • You know that feeling when you're clearing out your wardrobe and you come across something that you wouldn't dream of wearing now, but which still fills you with a warm nostalgia for the times that you did wear it? It's a bit like that at the moment with our house. We're currently in a whirlwind of ...
  • We bought our house in rural County Galway in the summer of 2006, at the peak of the property boom in Ireland. It was what was called “builders finish". Our house had no flooring, no bathroom fittings, no kitchen, no landscaping, and an unfinished driveway. Ceilings were painted and most (but not ...