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Top 10 Spring Trends in Home Décor

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

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

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

Trad Style

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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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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.

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

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

Streetfood Style

A version of this article appeared in the Sep-Oct 2014 issue of IMAGE Interiors & Living I love eating in the street all over the world, and my favourite dishes are a mix of South East Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern dishes. Street food is a world of sweet marinades, tangy pastes, powders of dazzling … Continue reading Streetfood Style

Stockholm Design Week 2015

On Stockholm Design Week, the world’s largest fair for Scandinavian furniture and homewares design, finished this week and had us all buzzing with excitement. The greats of Scandinavian design, such as String and Carl Hansen, have had design bloggers raving with their gorgeous stands, and we love the new homewares range from&Tradition. Also, this … Continue reading Stockholm Design Week 2015

Irish Design 2015

On If you’re passing through Dublin Airport this year, you’re bound to come across the Design Island Exhibition, one of the very first events in the upcoming Irish Design 2015, a year-long programme exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design on the island of Ireland as well as major locations abroad. The exhibition celebrates the growing success … Continue reading Irish Design 2015

Play Time

Published on: Eight awesome grown-up games with a retro vibe… There’s lots of outdoor fun to be had this upcoming summer. Here’s my pick of giant retro garden games to take you back to the good old days of your childhood. Kids also welcome! 1. Giant dominoes, €39.90, Uber Games on 2. Sports Day … Continue reading Play Time

Steps to Heaven

Published on: Here we scale the dizzying heights of ladders’ elegance and usefulness about the home… Fun and functional, it's no wonder that ladders are having a moment. They've been filling up our Pinterest feed for quite some time now, so we've rounded up the different brilliant ways they could work in your home. … Continue reading Steps to Heaven

Storage Stories

Published on If you want to get organised, remember these points, then click through our gallery below for stylish storage solutions from top world designers… 1. Verticality. Elevate, don’t bulk up. If you are adding storage, it’s to save space, so add height, not volume. Don’t buy chunky storage – you’ll just go from a … Continue reading Storage Stories

Top Tables

Published on: Each week we put together a chart-topping selection of furnishing products and inspiring ideas. Today, it’s all about tables… The inspiration (above): We love the clean lines, natural finishes and casual elegance of Danish brand TineK Home. Ready to shop? Have a look at our favourite AW14 tables here… 1. Bigfoot table, from around … Continue reading Top Tables

Delectable Dining

Published on: Check out chic chairs that are to dine for… The chair is one of the most exciting areas of furniture design – where technique meets art, sturdiness and delicate lines collide, and shape is complemented by the appropriate upholstery. From iconic Eames-inspired designs to cheery chairs in playful colours and bistro-style seating, we … Continue reading Delectable Dining

A Touch of Retro

On There is an old myth about not mixing interior styles, but, with a good eye and some careful sourcing, you can do it quite prettily... As most of us now live in contemporary-style homes and apartments, the question is how to incorporate heirlooms seamlessly into our interior design schemes. Here are some tips … Continue reading A Touch of Retro

The Art of The Art Display

I have long been obsessed with art displays in the home, from wall galleries to shelf mini-collections. Incidentally, I've come across this little article from one my favourite contributors on Remodelista, Julie Carlson, the same week I've compiled my own favourite art displays and tips on how to do them well on How to: Art In … Continue reading The Art of The Art Display

Romancing The Home

On Go boho! Take a little inspiration from these IMAGE Interiors artsy abodes … Oh, how we love this style! There are many names for it: artsy, bohemian, romantic, eclectic – and it’s all gorgeous. Have a look at the chic product choices for some bohemian living inspiration. Bohemian romantic décor 101 Botanical motif breakfast cup, around … Continue reading Romancing The Home

Art of Darkness

on Sumptuously dark interiors hand-picked from the IMAGE Interiors house tours... You might think that black is dark and depressing. Gothic. But is it? Dark colours add a touch of drama to a well-put-together interior scheme and present the perfect playground for different lighting sources. This dark bedroom is in the apartment that won the INSIDE … Continue reading Art of Darkness

Sleek Sitting Rooms

On Inspired by this IMAGE Interiors gallery of modern living rooms for the urban-minded? Get the look with these awesome products with a modernist edge … 1.Tablo table, €223 by Normann Copenhagen, Bodie and Fou 2. Arco floor lamp, €650, CA Design 3. Different Trains cabinet, around €2,240, Haus London 4. Fauteuil de Salon armchair by … Continue reading Sleek Sitting Rooms

Think Pink

On Pink is possibly the most versatile hue you can use in your home. Here are some tips on how to pull off a grown-up colour scheme that’s poised, not princessy, from one of the sisters behind Belfast's cult interiors store Maven... One of the trends we’re smitten with for the coming year is … Continue reading Think Pink

Trad Style

On 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 … Continue reading Trad Style

Inspiring Workspaces

Home offices from the #ImageInteriors archives: Last week it was windows with the wow factor. This week we turn our attention to inspirational home offices. Whether you’re looking for a sombre study or a cheery work/play room, take inspiration from our gallery of hip home workspaces... 1. The work desk at The Stop, one of the … Continue reading Inspiring Workspaces

Industrial-Strength Interiors

Industriousness is a virtue, and industrial never goes out of fashion - see this home gallery of the best contemporary industrial IMAGE Interiors house tours I've helped put together some time ago. Let's celebrate this hard-working aesthetic again this little gallery of the best industrial products around:  Feeling industrious? Mix concrete and distressed wood with metallics, add various shades of grey, sea green and … Continue reading Industrial-Strength Interiors

Fabulous Floors

Published on Flooring is one of the most expensive items and choosing it one of the most stressful decisions you’ll make when decorating your house. Not only do floor surfaces have to be beautiful, they also have to score high on comfort, safety, durability and maintenance. If you’re in the market for a fabulous … Continue reading Fabulous Floors

Sinful Sofas

Published on Everyone knows the focus of the living room is the all-important, get-it-right-or-else sofa, so we went browsing for the best ones out there… The living room is in many ways the most important room in the house, the room that sees chill nights and parties, needs to looks good, but also needs … Continue reading Sinful Sofas

The New Order

Published on If you loved these Inspiring Workspaces, you’ll enjoy this logical sequel: chic storage and organisational solutions for the home… Below are seven clever organisational solutions from the IMAGE Interiors house tours that show storage can be both practical and elegant… 1. Everything has its place in a neat desk area in this Amsterdam apartment. … Continue reading The New Order

IMAGE Interiors & Living magazine

Portfolio of print journalism work for IMAGE Interiors & Living magazine, Ireland (IMAGE Publications). Articles: interiors, lifestyle, food, travel and gardening.

World Interiors News Awards 2014

On Behold the 2014 winners of the World Interiors News Awards... London has been brimming with interiors, craft and design events over the autumn months, and this feverish creative activity culminated with the World Interiors News Annual Awards ceremony at the end of October. The Saatchi Gallery played host to the most distinguished figures … Continue reading World Interiors News Awards 2014

INSIDE & World Architecture Festivals 2014

On  Every year, lucky Singaporeans get to live, breathe and gasp at the latest creations of the world’s top architects and interior designers … The world’s interior and exterior architecture festivals 2014 – INSIDE | World Festival of Interiors and The World Architecture Festival – took place in the magnificent Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore this … Continue reading INSIDE & World Architecture Festivals 2014

Open House Dublin 2014

On Open Doors Policy!  Go right in! The door is open to some of the city’s most gorgeous buildings.  Open House Dublin returns again thanks to the indefatigable Irish Architecture Foundation. Running from October 17–19 and offers more than 100 house tours and guided walks, as well as events and workshops that will allow you … Continue reading Open House Dublin 2014

School Style

It’s late August, almost back to school, and pretty notebooks and shiny pens have begun to catch our eyes… Published on: The time has come to get the school gear together, and we’ve browsed around for some cool items your little ones and older kids should not go without this September. First thing’s first. The schoolbag. … Continue reading School Style