Bring a “Wow” factor to your Home with ColourTrend


Colortrend are an Irish company manufacturing paint from a famine workhouse in Celbridge, Dublin. They have been manufacturing premium quality paint for sixty years. I have represented Colortrend at the Interior Design Forum at the ideal Home show on two occasions and it has been a real pleasure to do so. In my opinion they are producing the best quality paint on the Irish market and this is evident in coverage and longevity, backed up with professional advice to hand and excellent customer service. What more could you ask for from a tin of paint.


The Bespoke Sofa Company

sofaWhen purchasing one of the most important furniture pieces for your home not only does it make economical sense to buy excellent quality a custom designed sofa also means it is designed to meet your individual needs. A classic or simple style is timeless and over a long period fabrics can be altered. The “Sofa Company” is an Irish company that designs bespoke sofas and furnishings using only the very best materials. Whether you are after a traditional, contemporary or a modern piece, the sofa company will meet your expectations on design and quality. I would personally recommend the “Sofa Company” for innovative designs and flawless workmanship. www.sofacompany.ie


Luxury Interior Goodies at Affordable Prices


When it comes to TKmaxx I am a self confessed addict, a sudden tremor and the feeling of disorientation, in the midst of bewilderment, and before I know it I am in the driver seat on route to my local TKmaxx store. Starting at the clearance stand I strategically work my way trough, fighting the urge to indulge in the luxurious household items that hold a price tag that states “practically free”. One-off pieces of furniture, an impressive collection of quality cushions and an array of unusual ornamental pieces that add that “something different” to your Interior Design. All as cheap as chips, how could you not be obsessed? When preparing a budget for an Interior make-over I recommend you consider TKmaxx  for accessories, there is a continuous turn over in stock of high quality goodies with anything up to 70% off the RRP. So I make my purchase, the tremor subsides and all of a sudden I feel better again.


Handwoven Textiles Produced at “Ballyloughey Loom”.

What an unexpected treat to cycle across the rustic terrain of Clare  Island, Co Mayo and discover “ Ballytoughey Loom”, an isolated treasure trove of quality hand woven goods, everything from hand bags to linen bath towels towels.

Beth Moran the “proprietor” an extraordinary gifted lady welcomes “passers by” to her studio while she designs and creates a range of fascinating textiles. Beth uses a contemporary array of colour and pattern to create a variety of products, and the possibilities are endless.

Beth sources the wool from her small sheep farm and creates her own fabric dyes from the plants that surround this tranquil setting.


Edwardian Seaweed Baths

I recently had the pleasure of accompanying a group of 24 young men on a mission to defeat a local Gaelic team on a weekend trip to the quaint coastal village of Enniscrone, Co Sligo, in the depths of winter, a typical wet and grey November; Enniscrone still appeared to retain an element of “seaside village” loveliness.

After a dismal afternoon of  sideline supporting, face numbing activity I was delighted to discover the extraordinary setting of “Kilcullens Seaweed Baths”, an Edwardian building that opened for business in 1912 and to date has retained all its original charm. As I submerged myself reluctantly into the floating seaweed, I started to reminisce about the previous occupants to this steaming 19th century porcelain bath.

The well preserved sash windows, large brass taps and authentic glazed tiling gave a sense of being transferred to another era.

After an hour of detox and relaxation, unfortunately, it was time to programme my ” time machine”  back to “reality” and “2014”.