I’m always on the look out for new artists to follow and admire, it seems ethereal, abstract paintings are top of my wish list at the moment. There’s nothing like some art to make a house feel like a home and I hope as the years go by I’ll be able to add a piece or two to our space every now and then. The original plan was for Rian and I to buy a new piece of art on each wedding anniversary but as it’s coming up on year 3 (how did that happen?!) it looks like we’ll have to play catch up at some point. The four artists below have certainly stopped me in my tracks this week and have fueled the inspiration further. You can see my full art wishlist/virtual collection here.
Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone’s week is going in full swing. We had family to stay for the weekend which was a nice treat, though our teeny tiny kitchen is not made to accommodate six people! We made it work, but it did bring up the topic of ideal kitchens and homes again and what we would and wouldn’t have, if we could choose the home of our dreams. This weeks contender for serious kitchen envy is this gorgeous factory turned family home in France. The white washed exposed brickwork, low pendant lights and mismatched natural wood chairs all tie together perfectly around that A frame table. Add in those full length doors out to the garden and this pretty much encapsulates my perfect family room space…gorgeous isn’t it! You can see the rest of this beautiful home over at Rum Hemma
I don’t often get the chance to share goings on of my music life on the blog, but this Sunday I’ll be performing with the Hibernian Orchestra in the RDS in Dublin. I’ve played with orchestras on and off throughout my life and apart from it giving me the chance to experience amazing concert halls in far flung places, it’s always been something that I’ve absolutely loved (It didn’t do any harm either that I first starting going out with my husband thanks to performing in the same orchestra!). There’s something very special about sitting in the wall of sound created by a symphony orchestra and contributing to something so powerful. This Sunday at 3pm we’ll be performing a programme inspired by the world of ballet and theatre. Two interpretations of Romeo and Juliet, one by Tchaikovsky and the other by Prokofiev will be brought to life (the latter, ironically, was originally written with a happy ending where Romeo is warned in time of Juliets plan, and lives!) Soloist Sean Rooney will also perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 4, and it’s a concert filled with all the passion, romance and emotion of the star crossed lovers story. There won’t be any real life ballerinas there, but if you’re tempted to an afternoon away from the computer or smart phone, it really is a beautiful selection of music. Tickets are available on the door for a 3pm concert, you can hear a taster below!
I’m so excited to share this very special film with you today. It’s just a little peek at some of the magic that happened back in November when I was asked to style the new collection of The White Gallery Boutique. You’ll be seeing a lot more of this editorial soon, but for now just a taster from Story of Eve with a few behind the scenes glimpses of some of the most talented creatives in the Irish Wedding Industry.
The word “developer” in Ireland, rarely conjures up associations with design, careful planning and sustainable attractive living environments. Hopefully things have turned a corner here, but if ever there was an example of just how differently the Scandinavians approach design, it’s in this beautiful show house styled to display the work of Swedish developers JM. It certainly doesn’t look anything like the developers showhomes I’ve seen before…Irish readers, what do you think?! Will our attitude to building and design change eventually, or culturally is the belief ingrained that good design is a frivolous luxury rather than something that should be attainable to all?
It would be an interest study to see why an appreciation for architecture, design and aesthetics is generally accepted in Scandinavia and places like the Netherlands, while it’s almost approached with an air of suspicion here. Our musical heritage and legacy of prolific writers is renowned the world over, but the same can’t be said for an Irish style of design. Don’t get me wrong, there are many many talented artists, architects and designers working here, but the general attitude on the street to living space is purely functional. Anything beyond that tends to cost an absolute fortune. Perhaps it’s our small population and island location, which as a result means there is a lack of demand for resources which in turn causes less availability. While we Irish are known for being laid back and easy going, that attitude can also go the other way and we all get a bit conscious of getting “notions” about ourselves. It can be hard to shake off such an ingrained cultural identity but I’d like to think that good design which is attainable and accessible is somewhere out there in our future.
Image credits: Styling: Pella Hedeby | Photography: Kristoffer Johnsson via