Archive for the ‘Ireland’ Category

La Maison Chic

January 21, 2010

French born Irish-based designer Laurent Billiet began his career as an executive working in BioMedical Research Ltd. in Galway.
“I wanted for nothing, I had the most wonderful life – but I wasn’t living. The week-ends had barely started when suddenly it was late Sunday afternoon, and I was packing my bag again for an early flight on Monday morning.” he tells The Irish Times.

His background had been in human resources and with an MBA in marketting, he was set to climb the corporate ladder. Instead, Billiet took a course in interior design and then accepted design work in his spare time in apartments in Paris.

Now based full time in Ireland, his company La Maison Chic, in Galway offers a complete interior design service down to every last detail.
He tells the newspaper he believes a home’s interior should last “About seven years, at least. If a customer is not happy or wants a change after three or four years, and they have taken my advice all the way through, then it is my fault. That’s my philosophy.”


Strathmore in Killiney, Dublin

January 18, 2010

This Irish home stands on 9.03 Acres of land and has for the past fifty years acted as the official residence for the Canadian Ambassador in Ireland. Designed by Alfred Gresham Jones in the 1860’s, it was extensively remodelled in the late 1940’s by Oliver Hill Arquitect.

I never realised that Dublin had such nice houses till about two years ago when I took a walk from Dalkey to Killiney.


Irish Interior Designer: Sinead Considine

August 21, 2009

Sinead Considine is an interior designer and home staging expert who worked as lead interior designer for House & Garden in Australia before opening her company, Upstage, in Ireland. Her work has appeared various times on magazines such as Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living and Book of Interiors.

Here are some photos of her classic contemporary style. Some rooms may be a little too neutral but I  like the neutral colour palette on the soft furnishings and the use of stained wood.

Sinead Considine Irish Designer - Hainault Living Room

Since I may be re-doing my floors, all I can see from this picture are its beautiful wooden floors.

Since I may be re-doing my floors, all I can see from this picture are its beautiful wooden floors.

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Irish Designer Sinead Considine Upstage - Connaght Place Open Plan Kitchen Dinning room

Irish Interior Designer Sinead Considine - Connaght Place bathroom

Irish Interior Designer Sinead Considine - Dunsland living Room

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Irish Interior Designer Sinead Considine - Grasmere Bedroom

Irish Interior Designer Sinead Considine - Hainault Open Plan Kitchen Living Dining area

Grow your own Vegetable Garden

April 17, 2009
Vegetable garden - grow your own green patch

Grow your own vegetable patch - from the Irish Times

Lately, I’ve been looking to take up a new hobby. Last week The Irish Times had a feature on growing your own vegetables. To me, this sounds like a possibly fun things to do with family or friends, specially as the weather is getting better and it is growing season again.

Over the next three months, the column aims to give advice such as sourcing organic seeds, well rotted manure and making raised beds. If you live in an apartment or for some reason don’t have the garden space, check out the Dublin Food Growing Group, the Cork Food Web or the Waterford Food Producers’ Network for details of renting an allotment.

Unfortunately for me, there were no allotments avilable near where I live which appealed to me caused I think I might have enjoyed growing my own veggies with some friends. But maybe you’ll be more lucky finding a spot.