29 July 2008

Cool Domino House Tour

I just came across this great video house tour on Domino of photographer Matt Albiani's New York apartment. There's some great ideas on how to customise your home and make a bit more spacious. I especially liked the wood planks nailed to the bedroom walls. Too cool!

25 July 2008

The sale

At 11:00am I spotted the first signs of a queue forming in front of Habitat. A few people hanging around and peeking through the windows. I gleefully asked one of them if they too were queueing, in case they weren't. They were, and I was quickly shouldered out of their little cigarette circle. I played some Tetris on my phone for a while; when I looked up again, the line was backed up all the way down to Molly Malone. Things didn't get stressful however till people from the surrounding businesses came down around 12 and didn't much like the idea of a queue, so about 100 randomers just stuck around the front. How rude!

Finally, at about 12:15, a man in a suit appeared at the door with keys. Unfortunately, the lock was jammed and he had to go find someone to fix it. He reappeared with a man holding a screwdriver and a smile, as the crowd outside, full of caffeine and an urgency to shop, started pouring into the street. The doors opened and everyone went flying in like some sort of messy air force squadron locked onto their target sideboards and fancy dishes.

I've never participated in the whole "queueing for a sale" thing...well willingly at least. I remember one time when I was 8 or so, before the days of TiVo and downloading movies, my best friend's dad used us as extra arms at a Circuit City sale. "Remember guys, when the doors open, look extra cute and grab as many blank VHS tapes as you possibly can. At 10 cents each we can record all the tv we want."

As I was browsing all the bargains, I suddenly remembered I was all alone and there was no way I could carry everything I wanted to buy, so I had to edit my wish-list down to just the essentials. I grabbed four Hennie Haworth glasses (€12 for 4) to go with the tea towels I bought a few months ago, two green and yellow cushions (€10.50 each), 3 picture frames (€10 each), a lovely little single duvet cover with paper airplanes on it (€10) which I plan to make a table cloth out of, and a lovely metal fan (€15) which was desperately needed in our office.

When I got home, I surveyed my bounty and decided that I should go back for more...because I'm a masochist who loves nothing more than to stand in queues and shove past hoards of furniture obsessed crazies like myself. I was only gone a couple of hours, but when I got back to Habitat, there were no more queues outside and hardly any furniture left inside. Upstairs I could hear glass shattering as people with their full bags of merchandise knocked the remaining lamps off their display counters. I saw a woman with a newborn baby standing in the credit card line. What on earth was she doing here? Shouldn't she be like, I dunno, at home with her new baby?! "Alright baby, if you're going to be in this family, you've got to earn your keep. Here, wear these Pantone mugs like mittens while Mommy fights this lady for the last Chester armchair."

There wasn't a whole lot of anything left, but I did manage to grab the last undamaged picture frame (€21), new fancy numbers for the front door (€12 for 2), a couple of cool fish prints (€12.50 for 2), and a rather large poster with some flowers and polka dots on it (€12.50).

I don't think I'll be returning the rest of the weekend. I'm truly exhausted, and I don't think my apartment can fit any more crap in it.

24 July 2008

Habitat Liquidation Sale!!!

(My face when I found out about the sale...Thanks Homebug!)

The weekend we've all been waiting for since Habitat closed down in May is finally here.

The opening hours will be:
Friday 12 noon-6pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 12 noon-5pm
Monday 9am-5pm

All stock will be reduced by up to 80% off.

I have some unfinished business with that store and will definitely be there to try to snap up some bargains. If anyone would like to meet up afterwards for some post-habitat-madness lunch, feel free to contact me tonight.

23 July 2008


Last weekend was James's and my 2nd aniversary, and here's the ultra lovely sunflowers he bought me to mark the occasion. Wow, it doesn't seem like we've been married that long at all. Still feels like yesterday when I rang him up to say:

"James I'm coming back to Dublin."
"No you're not"
"Yes I am, and I'm moving in with you, buddy!"

Ok maybe it wasn't quite as simple as that, but hey, we're still together after all that nonsense. I couldn't have snapped myself up a better husband.

15 July 2008

Adult colouring books!

We may have grown out of our Lisa Frank or Disney colouring books, but that doesn't mean we have to grow out of colouring all together. Rock Paper Scissor have two colouring books for sale, specifically geared towards design enthusiasts: Modern Home and Creative Interiors. How awesome are these?! Time to bust out the Crayolas!

Via Apartment Therapy.

14 July 2008

Sale on in Topshop

I don't generally do fashion posts, but I was in Topshop today in the Jervis centre, and they have the most fabulous sale on. Usually I can only find a couple of things that catch my eye, but it seems like they're trying to get rid of their entire summer stock. There are countless sun dresses with pretty floral prints, and flowy, transparent white frocks.

1.) Knitted stripe frill top. 22 Euros
2.) Tie side cotton dress. 30 Euros
3.) Bow print silk top. 18 Euros
4.) Turn-up piped shorts. 22 Euros
5.) Jewel ballet flat. 18 Euros

09 July 2008

Meeting internet friends...in real life!

Today I met up with fellow design blogger, Zee, of Homebug for what some might call a "design date." We discussed all things DIY, rented apartments, and Irish furniture shops (or the distinct lack thereof)...including a mutual hatred for a certain catalogue-based chain store. I dare not speak it's name, but I will link to a hilarious video of Bill Bailey talking about it. We talked about organising a meetup for all the local bloggers perhaps towards the end of the month or in August. If that agrees with all you bloggerinos out there, just shoot us an email and we'll make try to make this happen.

08 July 2008

Dublin Waste Finds

How great is the shape of this retro couch. There's a bit of wear apparently, but nothing that can't be fixed. I just love that really tall back.

07 July 2008

Attn. Renters: Start decorating!

Today I've been trying to find some good examples on Flickr of well decorated flats in Dublin...And I couldn't find any. I was really disappointed but not exactly surprised. Why do Dublin renters not decorate their homes? No, you don't own the place, but there's no reason why you shouldn't make it your own whilst living in it. I'll use this bare room as an example. Even if your landlord won't let you paint, move furniture, and so on, that's no excuse not to do a bit of decorating.



I threw this room together in about an hour and a half. I made the walls white, because it's been my experience that even if you're not allowed to paint your place, changing the colour from that sickly magnolia to white makes a huge difference, and landlords won't usually notice as it's still a neutral colour.

The curtains are from Urban Outfitters. Blanket and Pillows from Avoca. Mirror by BoConcept. Water colour by LaSrtaPil on Dawanda, lamp and picture frame from Ikea, lampshade by Orla Kiely, and you can get those plants at any chain hardware store or garden centre.

There you have it folks. Just a few soft furnishings, a piece of artwork, and a plant or two can make a boring old bedsit into something a bit more homeish.

The Sims...Ikea style

(I actually have this desk...and I'm sitting on the left side of it...and there are bookcases behind me. CREEPY)

So you say you'd like some Ikea furniture, but you don't want to drive to Belfast. Or perhaps you like the Ikea catalogue, but it's just not sparking your imagination as much as it should be. How about some virtual Ikea digs via The Sims 2. That's right, thanks to EA games, you can now combine your two nerdiest obsessions into one big nerd fest by purchasing this add-on. Personally, I think the only use for this would be if you plan to decorate your entire home in Ikea and want to use it as a lay-out planner. I couldn't imagine that it would be any more fun than decorating your Sims dream home in the Sims furniture. Though, as much as I'd like to sound pessimistic about this, I'd still like to try it out...

01 July 2008

Bellinter House does NOT suck!

James was on Boards.ie the other day doing a bit of browsing and found a post from someone asking about using the Bellinter House in Meath as a wedding location. I was surprised to find that the only people who replied to the post seemed to hate it. One person went as far to say that the decor was "ad-hoc" and one room was "Austin Powers themed."

I visited a handful of rooms there to blog about a couple of months ago, and I must say I never saw anything that even remotely resembled Austin Powers. I'm really concerned that some people can't differentiate between tacky 60's kitsch and classic midcentury pieces; or that they would confuse a mixture of antique and modern with "ad-hoc." Furthermore, the staff were brilliant and absolutely bent over backwards to make sure our stay was comfortable. Ok rant over...Sorry, I just had to come to the defence of one of my favourite hotels in Ireland.