Hot or Not?

Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_Marsala_Color_StandardsI think it’s fair to say that as marketing ploys go, the introduction in the year 2000 of a “Colour of the Year” by Pantone hasn’t really infiltrated our mindset in the way that might have been imagined. Don’t get me wrong, we all LOVE Pantone. What’s not to love about those fabulous colour swatches, bound into a fan deck which allows us to specify an exact pigment, tint or hue in a standardised colour reproduction system. Pantone began as a commercial printing company in the 1950s and their primary products still include the Pantone Guides, consisting of a large number of small thin cardboard sheets, printed on one side with a series of related colour swatches. The idea is that designers can “colour match” specific colours when a design enters production stage, regardless of the equipment used to produce the colour. Continue reading

Turn off the taps!

running waterAre you guilty? I know I am. Is your house in danger of becoming like ours? It doesn’t take one to be a fortune teller to be able to predict the rows that are about to descend in our house. We’ve known about it forever, but this month the water charges finally commence. Continue reading

The Gloss Interiors feature article…

It’s been hectic recently, hence the scarcity of posts. However I am delighted to say that we featured recently in an article in The Gloss magazine Interiors Special Edition with the Irish Times newspaper.

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My thanks to Jane McDonnell and the team in the Gloss, photographer James Fennell and Maoliosa Murray. Continue reading

Kitchen Confidential. Part 3: The Devil is in the Detail

IMG_3029 1So, you’ve got the big picture. Get the overall layout right first. That’s a given as they say. For me however there is a more to achieving a memorable kitchen that just that. The devil is, as they say, in the detail. To begin with I have a lot of stuff. From the usual plates, dishes, glasses, saucepans, cutlery, baking stuff to a silly amount of vases, tablecloths, coffee cups, chopping boards, ramekins, candles etc . Then there is food, serving platters, large bowls, medium bowls, more food, you get the picture, Goldilocks would be right at home in my house. I so made lists. I sketched out the plan. Over and over, (with my better half, though he definitely has less say in this part of the house) Continue reading

This week the clocks go forward…

my clock…and the evenings get brighter. I know there are lots of schools of thought for and against this, from the effect of the change on road safety to an increased risk of heart attack. (don’t ask me, I’m not a doctor!) From my own point of view I’ll take the longer, brighter evenings any time. Though looking out my window right now at the dark and gloomy sky you would never guess that Spring is allegedly here. In my house however, the clock won’t go forward. Or at least, not in my kitchen. You see this week it died. Of course I thought it was the battery but after replacing it I quickly discovered that it is officially not working. Kaput as they say. So it’s time (sorry!) for a new one and I thought I would share my shortlist of proposals with you. Continue reading

Kitchen Confidential Part 2:

KITCHEN CONFIDENTIALIt may seem obvious or even easy given the content of my previous post, but in fact getting the layout right in the kitchen /dining area takes a lot of thought and effort. Whilst the design triangle does help there are so many things to be taken into consideration. When it came to designing the layout in the pigeon house I had a couple of priorities.

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Kitchen Confidential Part 1:The Big (triangular) Picture

0022No blog posts for a while due to work constraints so forgive me if I blast these three in a row. If your desire is to lose pounds or kilos while you are in your kitchen then by all means put your fridge, hob, and sink as far away from each other as possible when planning it. If however, you do not want to run a half marathon every time you cook a meal, then opting for the efficient “work triangle” is the best option. You see, it really is the measure of kitchen efficiency, creating the ideal work flow. You simply trace a triangle between the fridge, hob and sink and you get the best working kitchen possible. Ideally the distance traveled  in total between the three should not exceed 6 meters (c.19’8”) (if you are being picky then an equilateral triangle probably works best, but it still works well if one or two sides are longer than the other.) Continue reading

The Joy of Text

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I recently paid a visit to the National Print Museum. It’s located in the Old Garrison Chapel of Beggars Bush Barracks in Dublin. It is a working museum and the day I was there they were doing demonstrations using the big old machines that used to churn out our newpapers, books and posters. Continue reading

Through the keyhole .

IMG_0063 1Back to the house refurbishment story where I endeavor to show you the before, during and after of various rooms in the pigeon house. This week it’s the entrance hall at garden level. Continue reading

It’s not all black and white.

chalkIt’s official. Chalkboards have left our classrooms. In their place are white boards. Squeaky clean but without the squeak if you know what I mean. And then of course there are more and more of the fancy interactive types, linked to your computer and capable of even talking to you. Well it seems to me that just as soon as chalkboards left our classrooms they took up residence in our homes! Continue reading