I love to shop.

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From reading this blog one would most definitely be forgiven for thinking that I only love to shop on line. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s true that I have bought a large amount of things on line but I am also of the opinion that you simply cannot beat a real life shopping experience. So whether it’s shopping for food or for household items or presents I think we should all savour the experience and reward our shopkeepers who are keeping our towns and villages alive. So, from now on I will be doing a regular blog featuring places I enjoy shopping. You will have to forgive me as I live in Dublin and so will feature more from the Pale than elsewhere but as I travel around from time to time I promise to share any great finds I make. Continue reading

It’s that time of year again…

back to schoolRegardless of whether you yourself or anybody connected to you is heading back to school next week it’s hard to deny that the end of the summer and start of September is something of a new beginning. For once at least we have had our fix of sunshine and might just be able to contemplate the leaves beginning to fall and the evenings getting a little shorter.  Continue reading

How do you know about these things?

herman wPeople often ask me when I have purchased something whether from a shop, at an auction or an exhibition “how do you know about these things?” I have been known to buy a wide range of interiors (and exteriors) items on line but I also source a lot of products locally in shops and in auctions. So how do I know about auctions? Well I read the papers, I attend auctions and exhibitions and I put my name down on mailing lists so I am informed about the next upcoming event. I’m always on the lookout for a bargain as well as keeping a sharp eye on new lines coming into stores. Sometimes it’s possible to spot a wonderful design item obscured in a sea of mundanity. Continue reading