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19.12.17

Dreaming of a White Christmas // The White Company at Kildare Village

livingandbeauty.com The White Company


When I left Edinburgh to return home to Ireland people often asked me what I missed most. Of course the obvious things like friends, the cool relaxed mode of living in Edinburgh and the city itself - its stunning architecture, old cobbled streets, its nooks and crannies and old stone stairs tucked in between buildings - I could go on and on. And then there were the lifestyle aspects like bars and restaurants and shops. When it came to shops, The White Company was one I missed the most.


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2.12.17

Spend Big for Small Business Saturday

Claire and Tom The Old Mill Stores Cork

Today is Small Business Saturday, so here's to the purveyors of the niche, the makers of cool, those captains of small industries who tirelessly make and or sell the most interesting products. In a world of big and bland when you want to find something unique these days for your home, I guarantee you will find it in a small business. I have listed below only a tiny selection of some of my favourite small businesses with a top interiors pick or two from each.

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22.11.17

Cold November Rain // Six Sublime Umbrella Stands


If like Axel Rose when he laments lost love, you've been out walking in the cold November Rain, then chances are (if today's anything to go by) you've a very wet umbrella to store when you get home. Yet, despite being well versed in rainy weather we don't always have somewhere to store these soggy messes when we return. We only ever remember we need somewhere, or something, when we literally arrive in the door drenched with said soaking brolly in hand.

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28.10.17

Arnotts 20% Off // My Homewares Lust List


I love a good bargain and nothing makes my interiors heart fill with joy quite like a sale event. Especially if there are classic pieces to be had at a rare reduction.
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22.9.17

West Elm // Brooklyn's finest arrives at Arnotts


To say I am excited by this recent news, is an understatement. For the past while now, my Instagram feed, favourite interiors sites, and interiors magazines have all taunted me with the most exquisite pieces of furniture, soft furnishings and home accessories by Brooklyn's finest mid-century inspired and modern furniture purveyors, West Elm.


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4.9.17

Desperately Seeking Succulents


"It's not easy being green "- to quote Kermit the Frog's song of froggy woes, and I have proven that true, time and time again over the years. Lord knows how many basil plants I've sentenced to the organic recycling in my time. 

Indoor plants have become a 'growing' trend over the last year or so, and as always Instagram and Pinterest have become plentiful with plant-filled homes, that really inspired me to dip my toe back into the compost - so to speak. But my worry was, would the usual botanical botch ups ensue?

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20.5.17

Space NK // Summer Skin Saviours

Space NK Summer Skin Saviours

With better weather on the horizon I wanted to whip my skincare routine into action to ensure perfect levels of hydration are maintained during the summer months. So I popped into Space NK on Grafton Street, in Dublin to pick up some summer skincare boosters.

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30.4.17

Laundry Room Love // A Big Makeover On a Small Budget


The story of our laundry room makeover is one of luck and a very tight budget.


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17.3.17

The Look Of The Irish // Seven Favourite Irish Homeware Brands



With today being St Patrick's Day, I wanted to share with you a selection of my favourite Irish homeware brands who are creating amazing pieces to make your home look so good, you'll leave everyone else green with envy.
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13.2.17

Love is in the air


Love is in the air right now so with that in mind, I've put together an edit of some of the most romantic and sensuous candles and fragrances to try or buy for a gift this Valentine's.


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10.2.17

The Power of Pink


The power of pink compels you! Yes, it's that time of year again when l'amour is in the air and the shops are full of pink everything and hearts and flowers abound. So I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite homeware products out there right now that are literally all about love and pink-iness.

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16.1.17

When is it time to break up with your make up?


The lipstick you bought to wear on that first date, the eye shadow palette you bought for your wedding that’s now older than the kids, that expensive foundation that you bought a few years ago but you only wear on special occasions - chances are you could have similar products that may now be out of date, lurking in your make up bag.

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13.1.17

In The Navy // Interiors Trend



Navy blue has been gaining popularity in interior decors recently, and has been highlighted by Pinterest as one of the biggest home decor trends for 2017 in their annual Pinterest 100 trend report.


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10.1.17

Christmas at Home // The Kitchen


The kitchen is the heart of the home, and even more so at Christmas with lots of baking, cooking and entertaining going on. So I wanted ours to be a haven of tradition colours with scandi-style influences. I'd recently painted the kitchen a gorgeous shade of grey called 'Dolmen' by Colourtrend - an Irish paint brand  - so everything just popped against it. 

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Christmas at Home // The Living Room


As I put away all our Christmas decorations I thought I would share some photos of Christmas in our home this year. I so enjoyed decorating the house, and giving it that cosy hygge vibe. So my first gallery is of our living room.

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8.1.17

Winter walk on a West Cork beach


There's nothing quite so good for the soul as a bracing walk on the beach. It's one of the things I miss most about Scotland - the stunning East Lothian beaches we regularly visited on the weekends and on summer evenings after work.

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2.1.17

New Year's Day Dinner Decor


Well, I don't know about you, but I'm so happy to have seen the back of 2016. So, it was nice to have been able to welcome in 2017 with a lovely celebration with friends and family who stayed over with us on New Year's Eve.

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