January 2016

Return of The Great Interior Design Challenge…

Hi there!

Just in case you didn’t know, the new series of The Great Interior Design Challenge {GIDC} is back on our screens tomorrow night at 7pm on BBC2.


I attended an all day Workshop in my College yesterday, and the 2nd book that accompanied the last Series was quoted as a good read! And as I got it as a present at Christmas, I can vouch that it is! One lovely thing for me, as I’m about to start watching my favourite programme is that one major thing has changed since the last series…I am now studying Interior Design so I am most definitely going to be watching with a different perspective.

I absolutely take my hat off to anyone who is accepted for the programme as it is a mammoth task to design a room in such a short time, and under the watchful eyes of the camera, but Sophie Robinson and Daniel Hopwood are such great Mentors, I am sure we are going to witness much magic.

So, get the wine in the fridge and make sure your friends and neighbours don’t disturb you, for with guest judges {a little later on in the series} such as Orla Kiely, Oliver Heath & Kelly Hoppen, we are certainly in for a treat.



Interior Design Styles I love…Part 2: Gothic


    Grafton Street, Dublin at Christmas

Just before Christmas, I had an annual meet up with some very good friends and this year we chose our location to be Peruke & Periwig, Dublin. I was really looking forward to catching up with them amidst the madness of one of the last shopping weekends before the big day – it was so nice just to step out of the crazy for a while…




Watching last night’s edition of Sherlock just reminded me of how much I love Gothic Interiors – as much as I love Gothic Literature.

Even a trip to the loo had me taking photos of my feet…



…and the coolest lighting & cistern {yup, you read that right!} I’ve seen in a while…




When we finished our Brunch, we continued on downstairs to the bar area, where a few more cocktails were sampled…



And as we walked out onto the Dublin Streets, it was twilight – my favourite time of the day…


Are you a fan of this type of style? I’m thinking I need more of it in my life…

A New Year Wish…


I’m not making any New Year’s Resolutions this year. I’m simply ‘Letting go’ of some of the baggage that I carried around with me last year! I practice Mindfulness and the lovely lot from Mindfulness Ireland posted this a few days ago. Wow, did it hit the spot.

I think, if we are all honest with ourselves, there is always an air of apprehension mixed in with our embracing of a new year? At least that’s how I feel anyway…but I wish you all the absolute best for 2016 xxxx

So, as I finally get to start my new calendar, bought for me by my mum when she visited Standen, West Sussex in the summer, I have a wee skip in my step for what I hope to be a year where I take a few more chances, try to let go of some old habits and embrace a year full of possibility.


William Morris Decorative Bird Tapestry near the Lobby at Standen House, W. Sussex

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