June 2015

A Change is as good as a Rest…

Happy Sunday Evening All. I hope you have had a lovely weekend + are ready for the week ahead. I’m gathering myself for a new routine as my little girl has finished school but my little guy hasn’t. My study mornings will have to be replaced with study evenings/weekends and trying to fit this time around family life, while trying to keep 2 kids occupied over the summer: wish me luck.
We had a lovely relaxed Father’s Day Brunch with the kids + then popped out to Bray, Co. Wicklow for the afternoon. Yup, I love my city of Dublin with all my heart but Ireland is so small that in 45 minutes, you can be in another county, by the sea. Bray Seafront has one of those Esplanades where if you close your eyes, you can still picture the ladies out walking in their Sunday Best with Dapper Gentlemen on their arm…well, at least that’s what I see!


Apologies for no photo of it’s winding Esplanade but this is the pebbled beach that goes on for miles.
I have a little thing for pebbles. Please tell me I’m not alone? Especially if they are lovely and smooth? No? Yes? Think I’m nutty? But this little pebble foraging was with my daughter this time so, she chose some of the pebbles for me. And there was quite a choice


When we got home, I rearranged them by colour + tone and just marveled at Nature’s beauty.


So, there’s my little ‘Pebble Moodboard’ especially for the Nautical lovers amongst you. And might I add, that I think these tones ‘go’ particularly well with my Blue Kitchen Table…um…food for thought…
Have a lovely evening, whatever you do xxxx


Hilda by Design Visits…Peacockgreen, Merrion Road

Any business that isn’t on Twitter is doing itself a major disservice. Just Sayin’.
I have discovered Interior Design Stores, café’s, restaurants, hotels…and much much more. Or rather, to be honest, they discover me a lot of the time. One such spot that found me is Peacockgreen – they have 5 different locations but the Merrion Road branch is on the way out to visit my Mum so after they had started to follow me on Twitter & I liked their style, on a dramatically revolting day in Dublin a few weekends ago; I decided to pop in for a wee visit.
I knew that I couldn’t sit in as I was visiting my Mum but it took all my might not to! It was so welcoming + beautiful. As you walk in, you are greeted by the coffee area to your left + treats to your right. I’ve been attempting following the Paleo way of life for just about 2 years now, and they have Paleo treats {Yay!} but this day, oh man, you shoulda seen it…was a ‘full-blown-paleo-what-paleo?’ day. I chose the most amazing red velvet brownie & yummy coffee. Sorry no photo’s, peeps: you’ll have to use your imagination!
But, the cutest thing, to be honest was that when the waiter saw me ‘oohing + ahhing’ at the selection of different wallpapers used, the Interiors + details; he asked would I like to see upstairs. It seemed to be closed at that particular
time but he showed me around graciously. He explained that the House was originally ‘The Priest’s House’ and they have been sympathetic to this and have also described each room {with wall decal/painted word, I’m not sure} as their original use i.e. The picture seen here of the 1st Gallery Wall is in what would have been the Priest’s bedroom}. He also told me that the owner was an Interior Designer named Darren and to be honest, I kinda knew that it had the ‘Interior Designer Touch’. So, have a peek. Decide for yourselves. And marvel in the details + bravery of some of the choices {particularly wallpaper choices: not for the fainthearted!}










…and if this wasn’t already enough, the attention to detail was kept even at the coffee dock…



As I went reluctantly outside in the torrential rain and awful wind of that Sunday, I took one last snap of the gorgeous Tiling at the entrance with the Metro Tiles of the Coffee Station I mentioned – showcasing that bravery of Design: White Metro Tiles could have easily been used here + would have been nice but, this beautiful colour compliments what look like original tiling underfoot


I’ll be back. And this time, I’m cosying up in one of those rooms awhile…

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