Retro Home Dècor Finds 

     Those little trinkets that bring joy!♡ 

 Anyone who knows me knows I love love anything vintage and unique. I adore pieces that catch your eye by being different and not just your typical household  item. As Konmari teaches everything must spark joy in your life. And if you don’t know who this woman is you need to get her teachings into your life asap!

                      Marie Kondo 

So I squeeled when I found these to pieces lately both have significant memorys behind them for me. 

First up is the Scottish Terrier Coat Hanger this screams my Dad he is a well known dog breeder,homer and lover of all things dog & animal related people refer to him as the dog whisperer. I bought this for my Dad * & also for myself so I would be reminded of that love I have for dogs because of him. I can’t wait to see his face when he opens it as it is so made for him.

                    Scottie Door Hook

 I love partys and throwing them but more importantly my favourite holiday was to the carribean with my husband and this just reminds me of all of those combined. I’m also a big fan of art deco pieces and currently trying to collect pieces to make my own bar cart with and this bottle opener will be just the icing on the cake on the cart.

                 Parrot Bottle Opener

Both were on sale at Marks & Spencers at only €6.25 each! I would suggest popping into the store as they are sold out online at the moment. 

Xo

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Cute January Sales items your home will Love From Dunnes Stores

I love a good bargain but I also love adding items to the home that you will adore this January I picked up some beautiful pieces from Dunnes Stores saving myself almost half the price.

Freya Tea set
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This was too hard to not buy I love tea sets and find it hard to find one that is versatile Duck egg is my favourite home colour as it never dates.This tea set would of cost €53 and it included Teapot,milk jug, sugar bowl and 5 teacups & saucers.
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I got the whole lot for €26. The Tea pot was reduced from €18 to  €7, Milk Jug and Sugar bowl from €5 to €2 and the tea cup & saucer each were €5 reduced €3.

Blush pink Towels 🌸
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I got 2 Bath sheet towels, 2 bath towels and 1 guest towel  which would of cost €94 at full price. These are gorgeous and 100% Cotton and you always need good towels especially matching ones as everyone knows towels disapear 🙂
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I got the whole lot for €46 Bath Sheet was reduced from €25 to €12, Bath Towel from €20 to €10, Guest towel from €4 to €2 .

Vintage Frames
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These were not on sale but were too cute to leave behind they were only €3 each and I decided to get 3 matching ones they had Oval shaped ones and rectangular also.

I can’t wait to put them to use, I’ll definately need a bubble bath 🛁and a cup of tea night ☕
Happy Shopping ❤

 

 

 

Penney’s Christmas Decor 🍭🌲

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So Christmas feels like its hitting us a little early this year with all retailers fully stocked and ready for the festive season. I used to think this was crazy but with our current economic climate I do think it’s great for people to get ready and in advance it helps beat the  Christmas rush & allows people to. So I recently picked up these fab little pieces in Primark and I am loving the fact they are super affordable too!

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These ribbons come in gorgeous  colours grey,gold etc but I love this style reminds me of the candy cane design.

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There are lots of Wreaths to choose from but I love this pine cone heart-shaped wreath simply because it reminds me of nature and outdoors & adds a character to your typical Christmas wreaths.

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Fairy lights dress up rooms and can be used to make a room more cosy & intimate I plan on hanging these either above the fire-place or on the wall that the main sofa sits against.
The wreath holder is great stress free way of hanging your wreath from your front door without  it falling off they also come in red.
Jingle all the way trinket this is so cute and I’ll more than likely hang it on a door handle

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Peg card holder – great for keeping your cards  neat and organised I’ll hang this above the stove

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Sticker labels are a great easy & effective way to label your gifts I prefer these to the carded labels. As you simply won’t have time to write notes and sellotape them to each gift the simple To & From keeps it short and simple.

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I also picked up some small baubles as I want to make a D.I.Y shadow box will post more on that at a later date! And the floor mat is a cute way to have a festive mat at your hall door,
Have you started your holiday decoration shopping or gift planning if so how do you get organised ? Feel free to leave your own tips below 🙂

Home Interiors Inspiration for Summer

So this beautiful summery July, makes you realise how everything looks in the summer light and I love some interiors inspiration these are my favourites. They aren’t fussy and easy to do with the right accessories.

Blooms

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incorporate some fresh flowers to your dining table if you grow your own in your garden you can use those or even artificial ones that you know will keep. I think there very beautiful and romantic at a table setting.

Dream wardrobe

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If you have a small room or don’t like the look of a bulky wardrobe (like me) this can be perfect for you. Floating shelfs for extra storage. One length rail to stretch the whole way across the wall to give a continuous look. Also it’s great to be able to see your clothes and colour co-ordination is a must. I have all my wardrobe sectioned in style. Casual Dressy and colour co-ordinate. Use the shelfs for accessories clutches,handbags, belts etc. A full length mirror is also a must and hanging it on the wall gives you better distance especially if wearing a long dress or wanting to see your shoes. Always remember to paint these room in crisp colours white,nude,or light beige as it brings lots of light and keeps the room looking fresh.

Vintage Boudoir

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Use your bedroom space wisely by bringing some french inspiration to it. Boudoir is a french term for a lady’s private dressing room. Use Lace on the walls and  vintage hooks to display your jewellery, Mannequins are great for piecing together your daily outfits. Drape lace from your windows as light curtains. Strip the floors to show the floorboards in their natural state and give them a wash of white paint not only does it widen the room but its a great excuse to bring more light to the room. Textures add lots of character so mix it up using different textiles recycle throws by cutting them up for a nice soft rug or make cushion covers. Your room should be clutter and gadget free especially if you want to get a peaceful nights sleep. Use trinket boxes to store away any items that you don’t use on a daily basis.

Cosy Sitting Room

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I love the feeling of getting lost in a movie cuddled up on the sofa while switched off from the world, especially in the summer evenings. You don’t want heavy colours or drapery so to let the room breathe stick to light pastels incorporate this by adding cushions,candles or a light throw in all these colours.  Using Metallic’s like the clock & candelabra bring vintage elegance and the wood brings warmth and rustic feel to make it that more homely.

Elizabeth

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Decorative Jars & Candles from Home Focus at Hickeys

Getting married or decorating your home? Throwing a party or giving gifts.
Look no further than  Home Focus at Hickeys.

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Upon a recent trip to Hickeys I was delighted to see a great selection of decorative pieces which would suit a wedding,party,home or gifts.

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I picked up these fab jars for €1.15 each. I ended up getting 12 of them as I thought they would be fab in the restrooms at our wedding reception.

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I also picked up candles with a 5hr burn time which are hard to find. These came in at €3.50 a pack of 6 which was great plus the fact they are in jars stops spilling.

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Definitely check out their range as they always have great offers on in stores. And the range is so versatile.

Elizabeth

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Valentine’s Love that lingers ❤

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I love this gorgeous pillow my Fiancè got me as one of my Valentine’s gifts. I know it’s the summer but I love how it still reminds me of him. I told him not to waste his money on flowers and instead he picked me up a few beautiful sentimental pieces.. one of them was this fab LOVE cushion.

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How retro is my card..? I’m a Mason Jars lover and love finding ways to incorporate Mason Jars into the home. So this was a cute touch as he knows what I like. Have you any gifts that are treasured in your household ?

Elizabeth

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Special trinkets & treasures From Bridal to housewarming gifts – at Maries of Clane!

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We all know how hard it is to pick up a wedding gift for many its a big panic usually its always the same gifts being given which can get very boring for the poor Bride & Groom . So being that little bit different I guess Ive always like to think outside the box when it comes to gifts. I like my gift to mean something and thought be put into it and not just be a monetary value or just another possession added to the unwanted wedding gifts  or the ” vile pile”.

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So when a close friend of mine got hitched last year I decided I wanted to
give her a gift like no other. As I’ve always liked everything about the war era I decided my theme would be just that.

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In a modern-day we tend to get lost in the gadgets of today like the digital ovens or coffee machines . Whereas years ago the women of that society took pride in the little touches to their kitchens & homes and everything was handmade or minimalistic so I found a shop that did just that unique , old-school , pretty and meaningful.

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The shop itself is called Marie’s and is situated in Clane Co.Kildare it stocks everything from children’s toys,linen,furniture indoors & outdoors ,china,to homemade foods. A lot of the stock is wooden and handmade itself which is quite nice to see as today raw materials are scarce. You can find Marie’s of Clane on Facebook at http://m.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mariesstraffandesign.com%2F&h=lAQEuewcR&s=1 And also  their website is http://www.straffanantiques.com/new_furniture.html

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I picked out my piece which was called a
” Memory box ” and is wooden. The box itself holds a marriage certificate,photo frame,record book,photo album,love hearts and the Fab box itself to hold all your keepsakes from your special day.The box alone cost €80.00 that was a year ago so prices may have altered since then but your clearly are paying for the workmanship.

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I felt the box itself wasn’t enough and wanted to add my own elements so I specifically choose other items to put with the box. I went with a theme of family because my friend has a stepson I wanted to include him in this box as they now would be a unit. So I made sure to keep the marriage and newly weds to it and choose pieces I felt were relevant to her as a person ! Little touches that she could put around her home rather than a box that would be hidden under a bed.  This was my final product I merchandised it myself and asked the lady to wrap it for me ( I think she found me very controlling haha ) but I wanted it to look perfect ! And when you have a vision you gotta see it through .The whole gift cost €200.

So I had cupcake salt & pepper shakers, a silver and diamontè jewelery trinket with “Special friend” engraved on it, natural Manukau honey, candles, cupcake teapot & saucer, family photo album,clock, Little sayings she could hang around the house, and a bride & groom logo that in my idea( I thought would great hanging on a wall with collage of their wedding photos underneath, I also blew up a photo I took of the 3 of them on their wedding day as a little personal touch!

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So there you have it. Bridal gifts don’t have to be boring or any gift for that matter you can adopt these ideas for house warmers,christenings,birthdays etc and the joy you get out of organizing them alone is great!

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Here is some photos from the store itself & stock ..some great inspiration for your

enjoy,
E x

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