Monday, November 9, 2009

Kimi Dolls

Ok so they're probably actually a bit tacky but i really like these Kimi Dolls and think that a purchase or two is in order!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Save the Thread

Today i read this piece from Jan of Poppytalk about an appeal for 'Save the Thread'.

"The handmade community is joining together to help a Virginia-based artist get her studio up and running again after she suffered a fire in her studio/handmade goods shop a few months ago. A site, Save the Thread (led by Design for Mankind) has been established to help raise funds to help Angelina of Red Thread Studio get her shop back in order (you can read more about the fire here). Artists like Lisa Solomon and Will Bryant (to name a few) are contributing works along with a donation tier system has been set up which you can read more about here. If you are an artist and wish to consider helping out or you're a blog and want to pass the good information on, or you'd wish to make a donation visit for more info."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sanna Annukka New Online Store

Eeeeekkkkkk... excited Sanna Annukka is launching a new online store in November.....i can't wait to see whats available!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Skinnylaminx does it again

How cool is this fabric by Skinny la Minx?!

 and I love the way its been used to reupholster this chair..fab!

Skinny la Minx etsy shop is now open again after having a short break..check it out!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I love this new print from Leigh of jkldesign, it would be perfect for the hall...but i must resist for now as i just bought these Rocket dog 'Bambi' boots on Ebay, i justified it as an early birthday present to myself which is on Monday.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Diamantini & Domeniconi

How fab are these clocks from Diamantini & Domeniconi ?!

Especially love the stripy cuckoo clock...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Foxford Woollen Mills

My sisters parents in law have a lovely holiday house on the shore of Lough Conn, Pontoon, Co. Mayo. A couple of weekends ago she invited my parents and Greg and I to stay. We usually get to visit each summer and the ladies of the group always take a trip to Foxford Woollen Mills which is just a 10 minute drive away. I was especially looking forward to going this time around as Ruth had told me that the whole place had been refurbished since my last visit. I was not took all my will power to leave the store without loading the credit that i'm home i wish i hadn't been so sensible!

The Mill was established in 1892 and gained a solid reputation for its beautifully made textiles. Unfortunatley like so many businesses during the past recession the company went into liqudation in 1988. However the liquidator Joe Queenan identified the huge potential of the Mill and took a chance by buying over the place. With a lot of hard work and the help of other investors the Mill has since gone from strength to strength. Today over 70,000 people visit the Mill each year. The visitor centre includes a fabulous shop, gorgeous restaurant, bakery and jewellers. You can also take a tour of the working Mill (shamefully i have not yet done so..maybe next year!). As well as the Foxford store two other stores were opened- one in Wetsport (opened in 1994) and one in Dungannon (opened in 2000). The brand is also sold in House of Faser Dundrum and The Kilkenny Design store as well as outlets in Britain, Netherlands, Sweden, and the US.

In 1999 Joe Queenan met with renowned Irish Designer Helen McAlinden. Helen stamped a contempory look onto the traditional product. A new range of colours emerged from dusty greys and earthy browns through to soft pastels and beyond into zesty pinks and limes. Something to suit all pallets men and women alike. She created new patterns, introduced softer finishes and her overall influence on the brand contibuted to it becoming a fashionable 'must have'

The store was relaunced with a fresh new look in November 2007. Unfortunatley their website is experiencing difficulties at the moment ..but i will keep an eye on it to see when its back in action for the moment you can check out some pics i took on my recent visit to give you just a taste.

As well as the foxford product range the store is full of other popular must have brands including some of my personal faves, Joseph Joseph, Sia and Pantone to name but a few. The restaurant is also fabulous, even a cup of tea is accompanied by a touch of glamour - served on a silver tray with glass cup and saucer and a fabulous selection of Tea Forte teas ( i recommend the lemon and ginger!)

Foxford Woollen Mills is a must see if you are taking trip to Mayo..i'm going to leave my conscious at home on my next visit!!

Sources: Foxford Woollen Mills Back in Fashion again, Foxford Woollen Mills, Co.Mayo, to unveil plans for futher expansion, Foxford Mills redesigned for the future, Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre, Reborn rug company says wool done, Irish wool returns as this seasons must-have

Monday, May 4, 2009

Before and After with a little help from Laura!

I recently put together a scheme for my mum and dads bedroom. You can see the before and after shots below. Mum and Dad moved into this house about 20 years ago....and the peach bedroom wardrobes you can see were there when they arrived! Two decades later IKEA was finally given the chance to change things up with some PAX Birkeland sliding door wardrobes. I can't imagine even the most patient of todays first time buyers waiting that long to get rid of peach built in cupboards....but in mum and dads day you bought your house and wouldn't dream, of destroying anything clean and functional no matter what colour or size or style. Today we are all in such a hurry to make everything the way we want it, no sooner is the key in the door of your new home then you are ripping things down and putting new shiny ones up and i am as guilty of this as the next person...there was a list of 'i wants' before i even got into my house.... sometimes you are so focused on what you need ( or want) that you don't take enough time to appreciate just how much you are already lucky enough to have. I am glad that my parents are able to remind me of this sometimes...!

It was a bit of a challenge for me to put this together as it is not exactly my is not what i would choose for my home...i needed to think of mum and dads style and what they would enjoy living in. Once we decided on the Laura Ashley's Tilton wallpaper i started to get a visual of how i might blend things together. The Irving fabric of the curtains is also from Laura Ashley as is the Pale Linen paint of the non feature walls. The woodwork is painted in B&Q's Antique White which we used to paint the headboard. The ceiling light is from Homebase

I am happy with how it turned out although we still need a few finishing touches, photos etc. before i can finally say its done!


and After...