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Share it Friday #6…

Hi all! I thought I might share a few things that have caught my eye in the last while in this sixth edition of ‘Share it Friday’.

Every once in a while I make an extra magazine purchase and recently gave new Irish magazine house+design a look!

It’s published by RIAI (The registration board for Architect’s in Ireland) so obviously there is an Architectural-Slant to the magazine (!) and I found it beautifully laid out & very informative.

I promised myself a new apron when we re-vamped our kitchen recently (I know, I know – bet your jealous of my rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle?!) and knew that Carolyn Donnelly had a few cute aprons in store at the moment. I got a little side-tracked when I visited Dunnes Stores  though as these T-Towels are super cute & colourful (€5 each)

This Hammock is €85, which is a really good price I think & the cushions are €40 each

I had a choice of aprons & chose this one, for it’s ‘still-summery-vibe’

…and I’m pretty sure Carolyn Donnelly designed this Tote Bag for me (€15)…

I’d also like to share with you that one of you lovely lot has nominated me for the Blog Awards Ireland and I really appreciate it! I’ll let you know when voting opens but even if I don’t go any further than the nomination stage, I’m super chuffed that one of you took the time to vote. Thank You xx

Both of my kids have now got their summer holidays and I have put my studies on hold so as I can enjoy the summer with them as much as possible. I’ll be checking in here whenever I can but for the moment…

Have the best weekend, whatever you do!

Hilda xx

Glamping at Dromquinna Manor, Kenmare, Co. Kerry…

Back in early May, at the end of the school Easter holidays, we took the kids camping glamping for two nights. I have never camped so my Hubbie, who would have done a fair bit of camping back in the day, thought he’d try out glamping first, I think, and potentially ease me into some semblance of ‘proper camping’ in the near future! The mirth that ensued over the weeks prior to us leaving, was worth the 2 nights price of accommodation for him alone: questions that kept on popping into my head, such as, “Will there be electricity?”  (There was), would have him practically rolling on the floor laughing at the utter novice standing in front of him!
The kids could not have been more excited, while I was a little apprehensive as we approached beautiful, sunny Kenmare that Friday evening, but the minute we arrived at the site, I was blown away by the attention to detail and just how stunning the location was

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You can choose between double or family tents

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The view from our tent…

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Our Tent. Safari Chic, eat your heart out!

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My favourite type of decking chair and these were made of driftwood by http://www.thebearachair.com

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Coolest Coat Stand ever…

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The magical light in the field just next to our tent (fenced off, with cattle warnings for little people!)

Once we had settled in, we explored the rest of the facilities a little. There was a wedding on in the Manor that weekend, which just added to the atmosphere

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…and the small but perfect playground (there was also a ball court nearby) kept little people amused & happy

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It just happened to have THE coolest see-saw ever. Hilda by Design was happy and my little girl thought it was Cinderella’s carriage! Win-Win.

That evening was so stunningly beautiful, we ate in Kenmare but on the second evening, we ate at the site and toasted marshmallows with the kids at the open fire pit, which is lit each evening

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There were also BBQ spots behind the log area, with kitchen facilities, a games room, toilets & showers – in the form of what I assume were converted stables?! I don’t really know what gave me that idea though…

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I woke early on the first morning, made a cup of coffee in the kitchen and went for a little walk along the bay. These photo’s were taken around 7.45am…

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The Boathouse in the dawn, which is a restaurant & residents we met who had eaten there, gave it the thumbs up.

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The view of Dromquinna Manor from the water.

At this point, I knew breakfast would be delivered soon (around 8.30am) so I popped back to the tent, where hubby and I shared a blissful, quiet breakfast on the deck, while the kids were still asleep

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We lazed around the site for hours that day, and when the weather unfortunately turned, we left for the day, but when we came back that evening, the beautiful weather had returned.

Nobody wanted to leave the next day, which is a testament to how happy everyone was. I got a bit of time to take in some of the sights on the Cliff Walk, before we left

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This was the view…

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…from this seat…

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And if you’d popped a glass of wine & a book in my hand, I could have stayed there for hours!

There is Wi-Fi in the site but I made a conscious decision to take a technological sabbatical and guys, it was the right decision! We all came home relaxed and recharged.

*A special mention to the lovely Gwen (who my son fell in love with a little!) who couldn’t have done more to make sure our stay was as comfortable as possible*

http://www.dromquinnamanor.com

L’Instant Parisien goes to print…

Bonjour!

I can’t remember how or when I discovered L’Instant Parisien on Instagram but it was a while ago! Their photo’s of a Hidden Paris and articles on their site http://www.linstantparisien.com about the wonderful Designer’s and Creatives living and working in Paris soon became one of my favourite ways to keep in touch with Paris from Ireland.
 
When they announced before Christmas that they needed our help to crowdfund to bring the site to print, I couldn’t have been happier to pop on their site and choose from various packages to receive the print edition. My package also gained me 3 beautiful prints by Illustrator, Virginie Morgand depicting scene’s of an integral part of Parisian life: Le Terrace. Made all the more poignant after the attacks in Paris last year, when the Parisians were called back to the Terrace and the Bistro’s. A powerful call that was answered…

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The print edition is Bilingual which is super and I’m reading in French, as I have very little opportunity to speak French anymore, so I need to keep it up! I’ve started to read the articles chronologically but here’s a sneak peek of some of the articles that await my attention!

The African Designer’s of the area of Château Rouge, in Paris

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A 300 year old Pastel making company, which has been recently revived

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A man who keeps bees on the rooftops of Paris and sells the honey he makes

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And here’s the cover itself, which is a work of Art…

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It was like Christmas all over again when the package arrived yesterday, so ‘Merci’ L’Instant Parisien and may you make many, many more publications.

‘Bonheur’ is a word in the French language which can be translated as Happiness but has a deeper sense of well being also. This publication has already brought me much ‘Bonheur’ and there’s much more to come!

Keeping up the Creative..

As some of you may know, I’ve postponed my studies until October but the creative side will never leave so I had the idea the other day of chronicling our summer through little sketch journals. Tiger Stores came up trumps this morning & I bought 4: one for each of us for Summer entries and one aside for anything I come across related to my course. This last journal is going to be more like a scrapbook.
I was going to wait until the kids were on Summer Holidays, but we are enjoying some really beautiful weather at the moment and the fact that today is the 1st of June…well…we kinda started early! A wee visit to the National Botanic Gardens today brought us some lovely flower spoils (don’t worry, we didn’t pick anything!) and my little guy found loads of pine cones

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The kids were super excited when I took out my pencils, pens & colouring pencils as usually I don’t let them touch them! I started my journal too…

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…with a pretty abstract ‘interpretation’ of what we found!

I’ve taken quite a few photo’s of the National Botanic Gardens which have been posted on my various social media accounts over the years, but, sure, there’s always room for a few more, eh?

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         Victorian detail in the Shadows

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The beauty of looking up, every once in a while…

Here’s to filling up our journals with summer memories!

Visit to the Ideal Home Show, Dublin…

A few weekends ago I visited the Ideal Home Show, Dublin with a lovely friend who just happens to be as nutty about Interiors as I am! I didn’t get much time at the Autumn show so it was nice to spend a few hours at the Spring edition. As I looked over the photo’s to use in the blog, what struck me about the Colourtrend Room Sets this season, was how diverse they were. There really was something for everyone’s taste. So, without further ado, here’s a few snippets of the roomsets themselves…

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Kaizen Interior Design were new to me and extremely colourful.

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I thought their use of Colour blocking was very effective and I really liked the lampshades!

I met Catherine from Re-Interiors at the Autumn show where I loved her roomset for a children’s bedroom & I equally loved her Office/Guest room.

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You can just about make out here (above) that there is a pull out bed underneath the office space.

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Next to Catherine, was Style My Room

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              The cheeky mirror Selfie!

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Apologies for the quickest snap of the above lamps, but I LOVED the bases!

Regina Rogers Fallon Interiors were another Colourful addition to the Room Sets Section

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Kee Interiors were next for us…

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The Interior Designer at work…

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Drennan Interiors used a lovely Blush Pink as the background to their colour pallette…

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And Ventura had some beautiful details & Art Deco Inspired pieces in their room

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                  How I love a Tassle!!

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The Showroom this season was sponsored by Harvey Norman Ireland and we were offered an audio guide as we started the tour, to which my friend & I politely declined. We felt that it would distract from actually looking at the Showroom. The day we were at the show (Saturday) was one of the record attendance’s and the Showhouse was very busy, I just about managed to snap a few glimpses for you!

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That last photo is for the ‘Design Nerds’ amongst us as, if you can imagine lying in the tub, looking out at the trees: this would be a nice view! However, I would personally place the windows a little lower so I’m not potentially straining my neck to see that beautiful view!

A new edition to this season’s show was The Irish Times’ ‘Home & Design Theatre’. There were scheduled talks throughout the day.

We caught the end of the talk, presented by Sybil Mulcahy of TV3 with Interior Designer Phillipa Buckley

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and were excited to hear about the recent launch of Houzz UK & Ireland from Madeleine Lyons of The Irish Times & Andrew Small, M.D. of Houzz UK & Ireland

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There is always so much more to see at the show, but hopefully this gives you a taste of what was on offer.

Do you have a favourite room set? Did you visit the show? I’d love to hear your comments below or on another of my social media platforms. I know that the more I study Interior Design, the more I appreciate the work that goes into putting together a scheme. Fingers crossed, someday I’ll get to have a chance myself to exhibit…but there’s a LOT of hard work in between yet!

For the meantime…See you in Autumn, Ideal Home Show!

Hilda x

A tough decision…

Hi all, on the day where it seemed that Summer arrived in Dublin, my mum, the kids and I took an impromptu trip out to Howth, North Co. Dublin.

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                      Howth Marina

I’ve been feeling like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders lately and today’s trip to the sea was really needed. Last Friday I mailed my Tutor in college to tell her that I was deferring my course until October. I have such mixed emotions about this: Failure, Frustration being just some, but the overriding feeling is Relief or even Release! This has been confusing me, as I felt that this was an odd emotion for choosing to put off something that is my very essence but today I realised that, yes, it is relief/release from something that is important to me but has also been adding stress to my life. I need a break from that!
One thing is for certain: I will most definitely be going back to my course. I haven’t come this far to quit. I’m just choosing space to enjoy some summer fun with my kids when they are small enough to want to spend time with me still!
I told my Tutor that I would still blog as it keeps my interest/passion alive but for now, I’m packing away my materials for the summer and dusting off buckets & spades instead.

As my little guy and I waited for my mum and little girl to catch up with us today, I noticed this on the gates of Howth pier…

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As long as you have an anchor, faith (whatever this may mean to you) and love…it’ll see you through

Have the loveliest evening, whatever you do xx

Hilda xxxx

House Tour! Kitchen Cabinet Re-Facing & Re-Vamp…

Hi all! Well, I’ve been fairly MIA on Social Media in the last while as I got ready for our Kitchen Re-Do! Turns out I can’t blog and do-up the Kitchen at the same time! Things were also slightly scuppered by my little girl being unwell, which, as I looked after her, slowed down the preparation stage. This resulted in me still taking things out of cupboards at 1am, the morning that the guys were arriving! But, sure, no pain no gain, right?!

Just a little background, for those of you new to the blog

We bought our house nearly 3 years ago and it needed work. We put in new floors, downstairs toilet & bathroom before we moved in and then replaced doors, windows and blinds when we moved in. The Kitchen was the next thing on the ‘hit list’ and when you see these photo’s, you’ll know why!

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First up is the section that the fridge was standing in. This had quite clearly had an inbuilt fridge in it and there must have been some kind of leak, so, a new fridge was bought and pushed into the space. Underneath the fridge was pretty gross…

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The kids pretty much chose the fridge. I kid you not. The minute the kids saw that it had a water dispenser on the front of it, no other fridge would do!

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…and here’s an early morning photo of the rest of the kitchen for a little perspective! Even with the morning sunlight, you can see how dark the pine makes the space.

When the materials started to arrive, that’s when I got really excited as they were exactly as I’d hoped…

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As the fun began, I had to get out of the house as much as possible with the kids, so my photo’s of the ‘in between’ phase are non-existant but was squeeling with delight as I saw the first cupboards disappear!

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3 days of work gave us a Kitchen which we now love. There is more work to do (Tiling, New Cooker…etc) but I’m delighted with the difference Cabinet Re-Facing and new Counters has made

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The section which previously looked like this, for example…

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…now looks like this…

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And the awful Extractor fan that jutted out so much, I spent the first little while hitting my head off it, was replaced with a grey, inbuilt extractor which also has a light. This isn’t visible here, but here’s the more streamlined effect

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The cupboards have been cleaned out and I’ve started to put things back, but as I started the Kon Mari Method this year, I am very mindful of what is returning to the kitchen. I’m keeping what’s on the kitchen counters to an absolute minimum, for example, while interjecting some colour too!

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Wish me luck as I purge the kids toys before their toy boxes come back downstairs to the play area (seen here on the right) – the fight against toys continues…but for the moment, I’m really looking forward to that first quiet breakfast in the kitchen on Monday morning!

Thanks for reading & Have the loveliest weekend, whatever you do xxxx

Hilda x

Marimekko and Me…

I honestly can’t remember how or when I came across Finnish Company, Marimekko, but I came across them somehow and it’s been a good few years since I have loved their unique style of print.
When I saw on Twitter that Target USA had decided that their latest collaboration would be with this stunning brand, well, I just wanted to hop on a plane to be honest! How lucky are you if you are reading this in the USA?! The collection launches on the 17th of April and I’m pretty sure there are ways and means to make some of the collection part of your home here in Ireland, should you so wish, but my time and resources are being poured into study and a Kitchen re-purpose at the moment, so, if you so wish to do so, can purchase in the States or just want a wee introduction to a wonderful brand, have a sneek peek at just a few of the images I recieved through their look book this afternoon…
*This is quite clearly not a sponsored post, I don’t tend to do them guys – this is just one Marimekko Fan who is extremely envious of Target fans right now!

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I loved the outdoor/indoor cushion above SO much that I had to share the print in a dress also!

For more, see http://www.target.com
#MarrimekoforTarget

Where I’m at..

Hi all! Hope I find you super well? I thought I’d just ‘check in’ as I can’t believe that it’s nearly St. Patrick’s day here in Ireland and it seems like my feet aren’t touching the ground at the moment…my hands aren’t touching my drawing board either…

It’s grown increasingly hard for me to study lately, due to a variety of reasons. So much so that I decided 2 weeks ago to postpone my studies. I started to think I was quite crazy to take on studies as well as running a household & looking after my family. It all just got so hard. So, I told my Hubbie. He was supportive of whatever decision I made.

I woke up the next day feeling really down…even my morning cup o’ joe couldn’t cheer me up. I brought the kids to school, came back home & had breakfast. By mid morning I had texted my husband that I knew what was wrong:  I couldn’t give up

He didn’t want me to…He supportively made some suggestions to help me find space to study, and encouraged that we would figure it out.

I haven’t yet formally returned to study as I’m still ‘figuring it out’ but at least now, I know I will. I think I just needed a break? I’m already feeling a fresher approach but i’m not quite there yet. I’m also drinking the cool aid as far as Elizabeth Gilbert is concerned as her last book is quite literally lighting my little creative world right now…

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Maybe sometimes we all need to lean back a little instead of leaning in? Would love to know your thoughts on this!

Love & Light,
Hilda x

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