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January 2015

The love affair continues…

Happy Thursday All!
Today’s ramblings are about my love for detail & Irish Designer, Carolyn Donnelly! I spent the last of my Dunnes Stores Christmas token yesterday on a new bag for my little trip to London on Saturday {keep your fingers + toes crossed for me please, as there is bad weather pending!} and I obviously couldn’t NOT pass by the Home Ware Section. The Carolyn Donnelly ‘Eclectic’ section is in transition as some of the new collection was peaking through + some of the old was on sale {Yes, I was tempted} but, if the glimpses I got of the new stock are anything to go by: it’ll be fab!
We’ve been using tea spoons from our canteen of cutlery for a good while now & I wanted some cute, everyday spoons that would look well with the variety of coffee cups I have, so, these fit the bill…

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They are Faux Vintage + I think they’re adorable? I’m extremely ‘detail orientated’ these days {I think I may have always been like this, come to think of it!} so I couldn’t resist taking a close up & placing one of my favourite Design quotes on the pic…

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So, I had a quick cuppa before I collected Child Number One from school {!} and thought that I had definitely made the right choice when I teamed up the spoon with one of my favourite Orla Kiely mugs & a little vintage Tea Caddy I purchased at Quack + Dirk a while ago…

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The spoon is resting on a piece of pottery {originally made to be a plant pot rest} that my brother made when he was a kid. He’s now in his 50’s! I love placing something personal in my settings – think it makes your space more unique to you?
Do you agree? Are you a Carolyn Donnelly addict, um, I mean, ‘fan’ too?

Have a great day, whatever you do xx

On the way to the Supermarket…

Hi all, taking 5 with a cuppa after a busy but lovely day & I thought I’d share with you a pretty amazing sight that’s on my route to the Supermarket every week…

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This Art Deco House catches my eye every time I pass it. Today I decided would be the day I’d take a closer look. As I walked across the road, the owner of the house came out of the door. She was very sweet upon being accosted as she went along her daily tasks {!} and very kindly said I could take a few snaps. Apparently the house has graced many a magazine. It’s the details that really get me…

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It kinda renders me speechless! Those Chimney’s, that Gate, the middle window, the Copper Roof…I COULD go on! The light was constantly changing so I’ve left these photo’s unfiltered so I hope this gives you an idea of the most amazing Green that dominates the house and it’s exterior.

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Have you seen this house before? Are you an Art Deco fan too? I love the Art Deco + Art Nouveau periods so much, I think I was born in the wrong era !! All this grandeur obviously rubbed off on me as the first thing I could think of upon returning home this afternoon was to have some proper tea in a proper cup ! Hence breaking out some of the Fortnum & Mason tea my mum so kindly shared with me. Thanks Mum!

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No more blog progress today as it was a busy one but…there’s always tomorrow! Have a lovely evening, whatever you do xx

A different trip to the Library…

Hey, how’s your day been so far?
Progress on the new blog has been that I have written some kind of little ‘About’ {I find this super weird so I just ‘went for it’ & I’m sure it’ll change it again in the future when I have more to write about!!} and also a little ‘Explanation’ where I’ve filled in a few gaps! The lovely thing about blogging for a while now is I’ve started to get to know what  I’d like to write about + I have a feeling things are gonna be a bit chatter round these parts…
This little chat is mostly about the Library…*waves goodbye to half the readers*…but, seriously guys, the local library has become an important part of my research over the past year. There is no way on earth I would be able to afford all the Design books I would like to own! So, I have been making my way through my library’s collection.
One book has alluded me. It’s always out on lend. I ordered it a few weeks ago and it came in. One of us got sick before Christmas {I can’t remember which one as we ALL succumbed!} and I couldn’t pick it up. So, off it went again. ‘Till today.

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Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney come. to. mamma! This is actually the first moment I’ve got my mitts on it as my mum and 5 year old boy have just spent the last 20 minutes leafing through it, picking out their favourite homes + just generally ‘oohing’ + ‘aahing’!! This is going to be my ‘relaxation’ book while I also read this…

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I had heard of The Architecture of Happiness by Alain De Botton but one of the lovely Tutor’s at the Interior Design Academy of Ireland {My future place of study} recommended it as a good pre-course read. Aw, look at me…I’m gonna be your Classic, Nerdy Mature student, aren’t I?!!
Well, there’s the weeks reading sorted! Do you buy a lot of Interior Design Books or do you beg, borrow or steal {hopefully not much of the latter?} I have a few but judging from the 3 seconds I’ve had to look at Design*Sponge at Home…it’s going on the Wish List.
Have a lovely evening, whatever you do xx

A late night Blog change…

Hi guys! This won’t be a ground – breaking post by any stretch of the imagination! It’s late but I’m doing something I’ve wanted to do for a while and that’s switching the blog here to WordPress. It won’t mean much of a change right now but I think I have more scope here to make my blog look nicer {LONG overdue!} and to be perfectly honest, I’m in the mood for a change! So! Here goes + I’m gonna have a bit of fun tweeking the blog over the next few days so bear with?!
Have a great new week out there and remember…

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