Flower power

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.




IMAG1079-1What a joy to see the beautiful pastel colours of the trees in blossom! It makes you want to touch the fluffiness of the petals and smell the gentle scents. The gardens are starting to get their colours back, the birds are tweeting in the very early hours of the day and swooping happily from branch to branch. Away with the dark evenings too! Time to shed the layers and put those woollies out of sight. Hopefully the sun is here to stay a little bit longer! The change of season brings a nudging sense of new life and a desire to start afresh, so here are a few ideas to help you feeling re-energized and light again!

bird broochWatch the birdies! The bird theme appears in the quirky original brooches by Artysmarty with birds and single feather brooches available to jazz up any cardi, jacket or shirt this season: colourful and affordable.

Capture the natural scents of spring and summer with the Baressential collection of soaps: try ‘Patchouli Earth’ with its original blend of patchouli, rosemary, orange and rose geranium which will make you feel radiant and relaxed or give the ‘Jaslime Grapefruit’ bar with its uplifting and refreshing scent.

With Spring cleaning in the air, it is now time to get your paint brushes out and chalkpaint that little tired-looking cabinet or brighten up the garden furniture. You can freshen and enhance furniture with decorative ChalkPaint™ by Annie Sloan! Go bright and cheerful with the colours Provence or Arles.