I love this time of the year when the great variety of flowers are beginning to bloom. With their spectacular colours come some enchanting scents also. My favorites are lilac for its unmistakable scent, rose for its heady yet subtle fragrance and honeysuckle that offers a fresh and sweet hedgerow aromatic.
Bring all the magic of nature into your house by burning a Field Day Irish scented candle: the delicate Tea Rose fragrance is enriched by rose otto notes and has a hint of plum. Divine!
You can also enjoy the refreshing jasmine and lime soap from Baressential. This family-run business based in Co. Kildare only produces small batches of handmade soaps so these natural bars are the freshest possible bars of soap to be found. Baressentials’ unique recipes are made using sumptuous skin loving ingredients and luxurious evocative scent blends.
Not forgetting you can display your favourite cut flowers in a vintage-inspired handmade vase from Emer O’Sullivan. Emer is a Donegal native who makes a range of pretty ceramic pieces inscribed with flowers and impressed with lace.
Valentine’s day is a day for love, of course, and most importantly it is about expressing that through a carefully chosen gift for your loved one. It is the little things and moments that make Valentine’s day special and you can enjoy any number of these with a thoughtful gift. Let’s see, these could be …
The smell of freshly brewed coffee ready to be poured into your favorite mug. It could be the Irish Cob mug by Claire Molloy.
A walk along the beach (well maybe not in Mullingar!) or in the forest or across the beautiful midlands bogs all wrapped up in warm clothes. Nikki Collier‘s Swirl hat would be ideal.
Cosying up together for a chat, a laugh or a cuddle by the fire at home with some mellow music playing in the background.
Putting on a sparkly pair of earrings or wearing a stunning pendant before going out on the town. One of Forgotten China pendants are truly vintage.
Preparing some tasty food for a dinner en tête-á-tête. You will need one of Caulfield Country boards.
It is hard to believe that Summer is over and September will be here soon. After a couple of rainy weeks and with the days getting shorter, we are easing ourselves into Autumn. Oh! The thought of it!
However, if you want the Summer to linger awhile, make sure you burn one of Bog Standard candles such as Rosie’s Lane (lavender, jasmine and red berries) Hedgerow (blackberries, blackcurrant and strawberry) to enjoy those fresh summery scents a little while longer.
If you are looking for a new and creative skill to learn or if you are passionate about up-cycling and craftwork, why not come to one of the many workshops on offer You can also find inspiration in the latest edition of Reloved magazine or flick through the Colour recipes book by Annie Sloan.
As the cooler mornings dawn, you could be eating your breakfast porridge or cereals from one of KaroArt stoneware patterned bowls. Cut your loaf of bread on one of the wooden board by Caulfield Country Boards. And for hot drinks there is no better choice than Claire Molly’s Equus mug and espresso cups to enjoy your tea or coffee.
Before you dash out the door, pin one of ArtySmarty’s brooches to your shirt or top. Et voilà! You’ll have the smart casual look.
All beautifully designed for you. All handmade. All Irish.
YES, it’s time once again to put away the winter woollies and hope that the rain stays away too to let the sunshine in for the Summer months.
YES, it’s time to wear the Summer colours: some gentle pinks, yellows and mauves. The antiqued Long Leaf or Acorn Bunch earrings from ArtySmarty’s new collection are the perfect accessory. If you prefer some vibrant shades, with some subtle details, then Katie Brown’s fine silk scarves are a delight.
YES, it’s time to paint any tired-looking furniture and give it a new lease of life with Annie Sloan decorative Chalk Paints™. Provence, Louis Blue or English Yellow will give a fresh, bright and cheerful look and transform your rooms!
YES, it’s time to fill vases with beautiful flowers and stems from the garden or florist. Sarah Mc Kenna’s new collection of vases and ceramics provide the ideal backdrop to your favourite Summer blooms.
More sun please! There is nothing like sitting out in the garden, the local park, a terrace on a balcony or by the seaside soaking up the warm sunshine and wishing every summer was like this in Ireland. Bees humming about the flowers, birds singing their little hearts’ content in the early hours, the smell of freshly cut grass, the long evenings and the dining al fresco. … Yes! Summer is truly here and hopefully for a little bit longer…The Tweet bowl by KaroArt is bound to put a smile on your face.