Bedroom Crush

Happy New Year dear people, hope your having a great start to the New Year.  We had an amazing 10 days over Christmas and New Year in Norway with MOH’s family and were spoilt silly.  Did as little work as possible and as much eating and sleeping as I could manage.  We got back last week and feel totally energised and full of enthusiasm and ready to take on 2012 – this is going to be a GREAT year 🙂

Came across a picture of this bedroom and swooned over it for a while.  I love the shabby chic, romantic feeling that this room has. A quirky alternative to a headboard are the old distressed doors and the simplicity of the furniture screams of old world, soft and romantic.  And who says that bed linen must be ironed – I totally dig the unironed crispness of that gorgeous white bed linen.  What do you think?  Is this the kind of bedroom that you could wake up in every morning?

Shabby Chic Bedroom

Shabby Chic Bedroom


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Decorating with Candles for Christmas

Hi All, sorry I haven’t been blogging for an age.  Its been a mad few weeks and I’ve been busy sourcing some gorgeous new products for next year, had a stand at the Food & Wine Show at the RDS and had a great weekend with my partner & his family in Edinburgh (what a cracking city).

I love curling up on the couch on a wet, windy evening in front of the fire with a big glass of wine and browsing through images of decorating for Christmas.   One of the things that struck me flicking through images was that something as simple as decorating with candles can help create a nice, cosy atmosphere.  Here a few of my faves that include some from our own collection of course 🙂 :



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Brrrr, I think our spell of nice weather has gone but thats not a bad thing.  How could it possibly not be a bad thing you might ask?  Well its a great time to fire up the stove and curl up on the couch on a cold, winters evening with a big glass of wine and a good book.  I love an open fire but I’m a huge fan of the woodburning stoves – they’re great on a practical level because they generate heat and warmth but aesthetically don’t you think they can be a real focus piece in a room and great for creating a warm and cozy atmosphere.  We have a high ceiling in the kitchen and it gets really difficult (and expensive on oil) to heat the room so we’re looking into getting a new stove so I’ve been having a little browse around for some inspiration.  If you had the choice of an open fire or woodburning stove – what would you prefer?





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Table Inspiration

I’ve been browsing through some of the images taken from our Photo Shoot for that we did and this image has a real Autumn feel to it.  The stylist, Blanaid Hennessy and photographer Moselle Foley really captured the essence of that comfortable casual country living style.  It was a great shot to showcase my own Irish designed range of tableware.



Source: Joanne Fennell

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Kitchen Inspiration

I’m going through a bit of a ‘I’d like a white kitchen’ phase.  Really like the look and feel of this kitchen.  Love the white metro tiles, the cast iron rad (definitely on my wish list) and doesn’t that gorgeous chandeliers add a touch of style?

White Kitchen


White Kitchen


White KitchenSource: © FOTO: Anja Basma


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Floral Friday

I’ve had a great week – been busy uploading gorgeous new products from the Danish brand Lisbeth Dahl (stylish door knobs, cute cosmetic purses -if you’d like to take a peep at our New Arrivals – click here).  I also won a signed copy of the incredibly talented and inspirational Holly Beckers Book – Decorate so I’m very excited about receiving this.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  Joanne xx

Beautiful Flowers

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Recycled Table – Before & After

Here are some Before & After images of a recent project where I set about transforming this little side table into something a little more beautiful.  All it needed was some bright paint and some TLC.  Isn’t it amazing what you can achieve with a few licks of paint.

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Time Out

Autumn is fast approaching and I’m happy to be starting back with the local knitting & sewing group.  Hopefully this year I’ll do less talking/nattering and make more of an effort to actually make something 🙂  Its that time of year that classes are starting up again – are you joining any classes or doing something interesting with your spare time or do you take some time out to find a little quiet space at home, put your feet up and do a crossword or read a book?


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Floral Friday & Friends

Its been such a busy week and thankfully Friday is here – I just love my weekends.  This weekend 2 of my oldest friends and their hubbies are coming for dinner and we’re really looking forward to it.  Lots of food, drink and good company – what more can you ask for.  Hope you have a fantastic weekend.  Oh and pop back next week cos we have a great competition coming up.  Joanne xx


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Inspiration Board

This is the first of a series of Interiors Inspiration Boards with various colour combinations that I’ll be running.  The first is kind of apt as I love these colours – creams and pinks – soft and romantic.

Interiors inspiration Board

1&2, 9&10 | 3 | 4 ikea | 5&6 | 7 Unknown |8 Joanne Fennell

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