I always welcome late autumn as a blissful period of nesting that lasts well into the new year. I tend to focus on seasonal vignettes using foraged forest stuff like branches and cuttings, leaves, acorns and pine cones. I’m always on the lookout for fallen or cut trees while on forest or park walks, and I am obsessed with nurseries and garden centres.


I’ve worked hard to create an attractive but livable interiors suitable to both family life and home entertaining.

Design for the home, design for life

I've recently given an interview to House and Home Magazine on home decorating and how I turned a big hobby into a small business. Tell me what you think ...   1.       Tell us about your business and what kind of decor you provide. Home|Lust Concept Store,,  is a small Dublin-based business that offers a hand-picked selection of timeless and versatile design and home … Continue reading Design for the home, design for life

Bloomingville Ireland


Spring and summer are a celebration of nature, so natural elements from foraged foliage to a bouquet of pampas grass or a single big sunflower are great ways to bring the outdoors in without spending much or anything at all.


What is IKEA's 'DEMOCRACTIC DESIGN' and what it means to us as interiors consumers? 

Interiors Summer Style: Five Ways to Bring The Sunshine In

A new, serene Scandi style focused on rich colours, interesting shapes and sustainable materials will be dominating interiors for the rest summer ...

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How to do Scandi Maximalism

One of my favourite trends of all time is Scandinavian Maximalism, also known as bohemian minimalism or modern boho. Here are my thoughts on how to pimp up your Scandi decor...

Colours of the year 2019

The colours of the year 2019 have been revealed. Here are some of the hues that are going to feature in home decor and commercial interiors next year.

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Foliage Fiend

Recently I was interviewed by the Irish Indepedent's Nathalie Marquez Courtney for an article on foliage vs flora for home decor. Here are my tips on creating a relaxing nature-like haven that oozes lush luxuriousness and elegance with natural foliage and plant patterns...

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Bohemian Rapsody

Woven rattan furniture is available almost everywhere and fits in nicely with the Bohemian look, preferably if it hangs from the ceiling.

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LOUNGING LOOKS: Interior tips for living room design

Don’t let the larger furniture pieces dictate the style of the room. Choose your sofas and armchairs in neutral colours and simple shapes, and go as big as the room allows. This space is for lounging, a playroom for adults, really, so bring in the element of comfort but steer clear of bold patterns or faddy designs for your seating.

URBAN GARDEN: Small can be beautiful

What a great honour to be featured in the Irish Independent on Saturday Gardening Supplement this weekend.   Irish Independent, 10 Mar 2018 ME AND MY GARDEN  Irish Independent DIANA VALENTINE is the owner of interiors store She grows a container garden on the balcony of her fourth-floor apartment in Booterstown, Dublin. She says: “I … Continue reading URBAN GARDEN: Small can be beautiful

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C L E V E R   D E S I G N S   F O R  T R I C K Y   S P A C E S

Trying to make the most of our homes’ available space we've all had to deal with sharp corners, oddly-shaped alcoves and cramped corridors.

Home Away from home

Welcome guests into your abode with a room that is stylishly decorated and features all the comforts of home …

Spring/Summer Interior Trends 2017: Flora & Fauna

My interview with House and Home Magazine at the Ideal Home Show, Spring 2017 in the RDS, Dublin where I designed and exhibited a garden room in the Colourtrend Interior Design Forum. Join me @idealhomedublin in the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin this Friday to Sunday, 21-23 April 2017. I'd love for you to visit my interior … Continue reading Spring/Summer Interior Trends 2017: Flora & Fauna

Balcony Gardening Tips

Even the smallest urban space can become a blooming outdoor oasis if you approach it in the right way ...

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Lush and Luxe: Four Ways To Decorate With Green

Spring has finally sprung, and it’s time to embrace its happy hues and beauteous botanical patterns. Here are four ways to introduce green into your home, and where you can stock up on emerald home accessories and living greens in Ireland…

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Top 10 Spring Trends in Home Décor

Welcome spring 2017's New Romantic look with these 10 tantalising décor trends…

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Spring has finally sprung, and it’s time to embrace its happy hues and beauteous botanical patterns. Here are four ways to introduce green into your home ... 

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A lush and luxe creative space

Creating a work space that is both pretty and practical is not easy. Taking inspiration from the latest 2017 interior trends such as decorating with moody blues and luxurious living greens, I've come up with this impression of my perfect creative space in the home ...   Creative Space by homelust

The Modern Rustic Home

Come autumn, everyone is looking to cosy up and embrace rustic charm and warmth. But how do you combine those with your modern amenities and contemporary interiors?

Best Interiors Blog at Ireland Blog Awards 2016

It was a pretty special night at the Irish Blogging Olympics earlier this month ...

Staycation Inspiration: How To Holiday At Home

When the summer holiday is still a long way away, we look at ways to bring that wanderlusty holiday feel into the home ...

Three Ways To A Cool Outdoor Dining Space

On Image: Are you wondering whether the good weather is ever coming back? It is! And when it does, here is how to enjoy the warm summer days in-style, with our ideas and product recommendations on styling the coolest outdoor dining space. Modern Monochrome The Scandinavians practically invented cool contemporary and the monochrome … Continue reading Three Ways To A Cool Outdoor Dining Space

#urbangarden: Green In The City

Bring the outside in and keep it smart with these ingenious ideas for small outdoor areas: 1. A tiny but charming dining nook in a corner of your little terrace (Houzz) 2. A travel-inspired, geometrically-playful outside area on 3. Build a loft deck and go wild with decorating and planting like in this Houzztour  4. If … Continue reading #urbangarden: Green In The City

Rustic Boho

My take on this combination is a sparse Scandinavian space, terrifically textured textiles, dark clay and stone homewares, North African or Middle Eastern furnishings, reclaimed or distressed wood...

Happy Decor Tips To Cheer Up Your Home

A version of this article appeared on Mint Mag: 10 Ways To Bring Summer Into Your Home Have a look at these tried-and-tested decor tips to bring sunshine into your home. A little playful print here, a happy homeware piece there .. here are ten ways to make your indoors more inviting, plus some pretty products … Continue reading Happy Decor Tips To Cheer Up Your Home

Illustration Nation: How to decorate with prints

Published on Quirky Prints For Your Home One of the easiest – and cheapest – ways to make changes to your decor and add a little personality to your home is by purchasing some pretty prints. Illustrations and stencil work are having a moment in the Irish creative industries right now, so you’ll be spoilt … Continue reading Illustration Nation: How to decorate with prints

Retro Luxe

THE LOOK If you love the sumptuous feel of smooth, velvety textiles between your fingertips or the tasteful opulence of a vintage sparkling chandelier in your home, you probably love the luxe look. So do I! This luxe decor moodboard is inspired by the retro interiors of cinematic experiences such as I Am Love and The Great Beauty. There, vintage furniture … Continue reading Retro Luxe

How To Create A Cosy Home in Winter

I recently returned from a skiing holiday, and I am missing the snow. To recover from the post-holiday January blues, I've put this little post together for on how to create a winter haven at home ...  image: The cold weather and dark nights are the perfect excuse to justify snuggling up on the sofa preferably … Continue reading How To Create A Cosy Home in Winter

A Vintage Tour of Dublin

With an established arts and antiques quarter on Francis Street, beautiful and imaginative vintage shops all around town, as well as new fleamarkets and vintage fairs popping up every year, we have a lot going on, and it’s only getting better.

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In today’s home gallery I look at traditional and country-style interiors…

With our renewed interest in traditional local products, a resurgence in old Irish craft techniques, and the eternally inviting appeal of a cottage-style property, no wonder people are falling for trad again. Snug interiors, patterned wallpapers, traditional rugs, woollen blankets, sumptuous curtains… what’s not to like?

Here’s a selection of the best traditional house tours featured in Image Interiors & Living and my pick of the best products to recreate this cosy look:


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Northern Lights

This new store showcases an impressive and eclectic range of high-end furniture, sumptuous textiles, out-of-this-world lighting, ceramic wares and sweet prints and more. A nice touch are the lovely quotes from the makers themselves which accompany the product descriptions, so that you learn a new story when you buy one of these beautiful pieces.


There is more to Scandinavian crime lit than just morally-complex and exceptionally-dark stories – the decor inspiration and iconic design it brings are also to die for (see what I did there?).

Too Cool For School

The time has come to get the school gear together, and I’ve browsed around for some cool items your little ones and older kids should not go without this September.

HOUSE TOUR A Scandinavian-infused midcentury home in Dublin

HOUSE TOUR: An old Ranelagh redbrick turns into a warm and welcoming Scandi-inspired home…

Outdoor Oasis

On How To Create An Outdoor Oasis And so the good weather has finally arrived! Whether you have a patio, back garden, or a small balcony, take advantage of the warm temperatures and long evenings with our guide to creating a luxurious and inviting outdoor oasis. Found on We browsed around on Pinterest … Continue reading Outdoor Oasis

Nature and Neutrals… Styling for Image Interiors and Living

On Once upon the time I was lucky enough to assist Ciara O'Halloran in styling this for Image Interiors & Living:  Image Credits: Photography: Nathalie Marquez Courtney | Art Direction & Styling: Ciara O’Halloran | Assisted by: Diana Valentine

Playful Patterns

On Check out these gorgeous summer textiles in inspiring prints… Ah, summer! It not only brings warmth and sunshine, but also beautiful pattern designs and tantalising textures. Here’s our pick of the best summer textiles for indoors and out ... 1. Duvet set, from €48–198, Anthropologie 2. Paisley tablecloth and napkins, €12.99–29.99, Zara Home … Continue reading Playful Patterns

Daddy Cool

Of course you've remembered it's Father's Day this coming Sunday, right? If you haven't, don't stress – we've done the leg work for you and selected some stylish gifts to please all kinds: sports heads, barbecue experts, gadget lovers and the well-groomed gent. You're welcome! 1. Blue retro radio with iPhone dock, €140, Debenhams 2. … Continue reading Daddy Cool

Double-Dip Dining

Published on Dive into the world of colour-dip cooking and dining accessories and add a burst of colour to your summer table … 1. Royal Doulton tapas tableware, from around €18, John Lewis 2. Atelier cutlery set, around €121, Anthropologie 3. Pair of oak chopping boards, €27, Marks & Spencer 4. Julia Paul Pottery … Continue reading Double-Dip Dining

10 Best Independent Design Shops in Ireland This Summer

A version of this article appeared on My Mug tableware | Earth vase in rose | Glacier wine accessories Smoke glass and wood lantern | Copper-finish mirror | Set of gold wire baskets  Wall sticker |  Cherry blossom mug | Rustic wall-mounted vase  Dip bowl  | Enamel plates | Breadboards  Bird feeder | Felt coasters | Bud vase Tray cloth | High tea napkins |  Summer berry cushion Wooden … Continue reading 10 Best Independent Design Shops in Ireland This Summer

Urban Decay: When Flowers Fight Back

This is the story of the  If you weren't able to join us last weekend for the preview event, consider a trip into town October 16-18! Interested in media please contact @hsaundersphoto #handmademodern #americangrown #americangrownflowers #flowers #flowerhouse #flowerhousedetroit @toddoldham @handmademodern A photo posted by flower house detroit (@flowerhousedetroit) on May 11, 2015 at 6:43am … Continue reading Urban Decay: When Flowers Fight Back

Paint Power

On Paint is one of the easiest ways to transform your home: the options are limitless, the costs minimal and the satisfaction a given ... How you choose your colours from space to space throughout your home will depend on the mood you want to set, the décor you already have and the style … Continue reading Paint Power

#rawliving: Sublime Serenity in Rustic Ibiza

A House Tour from Blakstad Architects: nothing but white, natural wood and light Images and copyright:

#whatsinseason: Pretty Peonies

What's in season in the world of flowers? Peonies are in season! Fun facts about peonies: They are the Chinese "king of the flowers" and the floral symbol of China. When Marco Polo discovered them there, he described them as "roses as big as cabbages". Some cultures celebrate them as symbols feminine beauty, good fortune … Continue reading #whatsinseason: Pretty Peonies