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March 2015

How do we feel about Design Reproduction…

Hi all, just thought I’d get your opinion on something that I’ve been questioning for quite some time now!
Do I save up for an expensive item for my house that I really love or do I buy something now as a ‘stop gap’?
I actually put this question to Interior Designer Daniel Hopwood at a recent Interior Design Masterclass in London. His response was that the item will never be the same. I’ll never feel the same way about it, so, actually I’m better off waiting for the product that I really love. Well, my gut feeling on this was exactly what he said BUT, practicality has kicked in. I have no where to sit as I use the vanity area in my room. And I have wanted a Phillipe Starck Louis Ghost Chair since I first came across the designer while living in Paris all those years ago. A year in to deciding I wanted one for the bedroom and it still hasn’t been bought. What to do?
Answer: I ordered a fake. Yup, I said it. A quarter of the price {as it’s on sale} and I will still have the ‘experience ‘, the aesthetics + let’s be honest, the ‘squee of delight’ as I see this chair adding to the light, relaxed, contemporary look that I am trying to create for our bedroom. So, here it is. My fake:

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And here is the Original:

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So, until I win the Lotto and am able to buy every product from Kartell that I love, my ‘faux’ Louis Ghost Chair shall sit gracefully in our bedroom and hopefully complement the scheme.
How do you feel about this? I feel a little naughty – like I’m cheating on one of my favourite Designer’s {I won’t tell him, if you won’t! }…Oh La La!!!

•For a wonderful discussion I recently read on this very heated issue in Design, have a wee look at this link http:// http://www.swoonworthy.co.uk/2014/11/what-do-you-think-of-replicated-design-classics.html/ from one of my favourite ‘go-to’ blogs.

A quick DIY in my little boy’s room…

Hey! How is your Wednesday so far? Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day here in Ireland and I guess it’s no surprise that there has been quite a ‘Green’ theme to my week!
I finally got around to doing a quick change to my little guy’s room today. We have these standard built – in wardrobes in our bedrooms that you see in every house built in the ’90’s. I am hoping to improve them considerably! One of the things I had noticed that my little guy liked to play at the ‘vanity area’, watching himself in the mirror as he played! I kinda thought to myself that he won’t be using this space for his shaving cream, beard cream…or whatever cream for a while yet, so I’d go with the ‘play area’ idea! I had heard that there were some cool contacts out there for improving furniture…etc and bought some today to try it out!

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This is the brand they sell at my local Homebase so I went with this, not really knowing where to start. They had a great selection but I was looking for something with texture {this is ‘velour’} and something resembling grass/a road where he could use his imagination! It retails at €11.69. The space was cleaned down thoroughly first + left to dry and then I popped down the contact after measuring it up.

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You will need a Stanley knife to get that nice even cut. Oh, and a fair bit of patience to rub gently while placing down the sticky side, gently rubbing out any bubbles that appear.

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I’m pretty pleased with the result and am interested to see how durable it is/how clean it stays under some tough play sessions! I’ll let you know! His sister approved anyway as she couldn’t wait for a test run…

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But he had other ideas about what he would play with there as these guys came out straight away!

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To be honest, I’m eyeing up my own Vanity area now! There were some pretty cute Metallic contacts too…
http://www.homebase.co.uk

New Spring Collection from Carolyn Donnelly…

I think it’s safe to say at this stage that one of my own personal styles is ‘Eclectic’ and therefore Carolyn Donnelly’s Eclectic range for Dunnes Stores is pretty much right up my street!
When her new collections pop in to my mailbox, I get just a tad excited + thought I’d share just a small selection of some of my favourites with you!
Light, Bright, Colourful and Fun could sum up what you’re about to see, so without further ado…

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http://www.dunnesstores.com

The Dean Hotel, Dublin…

I heard about the opening of this new Hotel in Dublin a good while back & was understandably excited! As far as I’m concerned, there is no other Design Hotel in my City {feel free to correct me here!} so when the opportunity arose around Christmas time to pop in for a tour of the building, I jumped at the chance. The gods finally alined and I was able to visit last Friday. I certainly wasn’t dissapointed!
Dominating the design of the ground floor are the original Elevators. These grand dames are stunning in their majesty. It was pretty hard for me to get a good shot with my phone, as it was a busy Friday lunchtime, but I hope these give you a taster

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The last photo was taken through a Brass shelving unit that frames the Elevators beautifully.
We took the journey up to visit some of the rooms: namely one of the suites and a double room. I’m including photo’s here of the suite as this was the double room on a grander scale + with more detail.

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And mirroring the shelving downstairs, is the gorgeous bookshelf

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There was also a little highlight: I first discovered the Italian company, Smeg about 5 years ago and one day, yes, one day, I will have a Smeg fridge in our kitchen. Until then, I’ll drool at the altar of Smeg here at the Dean and was blown away by the most beautiful drinks cabinet I have ever seen up close

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The suite has a small balcony apt for an evening drink or post-night-out-chat. The bedroom hosts their signature Welcome card with the bathroom in a side room, therefore parallel to the bed. I love a bath in the bedroom, me!

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We made our way to the reception room and were greeted with a spacious light filled room, with Art dotted around. This is a strong feature throughout the Hotel. It’s wow factor most definitely came from the Marble framed bar at the end of the room

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There is a first roof top terrace near this room which was really lovely. But again, I’m going to be selective with my many photo’s and show you a view and bar that I think is unrivalled in Dublin. Sophie’s gave me that little heart skip that one may get when you reach the roof bar in one of the spectacular spots in my old home of Paris. I hope to see it at Night sometime soon as I’m sure it’s pretty special

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As we exited and waited by the lifts, I was tempted to have a wee swing but my companions were already in the lift. Next time!

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So, as you can see, the Neon sign at reception pretty much sums up my visit:

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Is this Hotel your style? Have you paid a visit already? Let me know in the comments below or find me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and join the conversation!
All photo’s my own. Should you choose to share, please credit me.
*a special thanks to my guide*

http://www.deanhoteldublin.ie

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