With all the inspiration we’re bombarded with on a daily basis, it can be very easy to start comparing what we see online to our own “normal” lives. They say comparison is the thief of joy (and by they, I mean all those quotes floating around on pinterest!) so it’s a skill to know where to draw the line between getting ideas for making changes in our own lives, and just placing unrealistic expectations on ourselves. Case in point, I adore home tours and getting to see behind the scenes of a home, but I know that having a typical American kitchen and sense of space etc is probably highly unlikely here in Ireland. Hence it’s lovely to come across a beautiful house closer to home that I feel I could actually emulate one day!
Homeowners Greg and Jill are based in Bristol in the UK have done a beautiful job of combining Victorian architecture and features with a modern eclectic style. With the help of stylist and designer Cassandra Linton, they painted the walls in muted shades from Farrow and Ball, and chose a mismatch of antique furniture to bring personality to the rooms. I love the way you can see right through the garden from the kitchen, the french doors really bring the outside in and almost make it another room. If you’d like to see more of this gorgeous home, head on over to Design Sponge and see the full feature here.
Images via Design Sponge
I know many of you lovely readers won’t be celebrating thanksgiving, but I always liked the sentiment of the holiday. My little sister is marking it in North Carolina today so I’ll be sending good wishes her way and the same to anyone else who’s enjoying some special time with family and friends. This recent shoot was a chance for me to get some of my closest friends together for an afternoon of delicious food and giggles at Ballyvolane House. Laura Murray captured the atmosphere and mood of the day so perfectly with gorgeous florals from Ann-Marie of A New Leaf. The little sneak peek seems to sum up the magic that happens when some of your favourite people are in a room, with nothing to do but chat and enjoy a good meal. I’m looking forward to sharing more of the shoot soon but for now, happy thanksgiving! Have a wonderful day with your loved ones.
Image Credits: Photography: Laura Murray | Styling: Ciara O’Halloran | Florals: A New Leaf | Venue: Ballyvolane House
It was a Claire Pettibone gown that first made me stop in my tracks when searching for my own wedding dress. While I didn’t end up choosing it, her designs opened me up to the idea that a wedding gown didn’t have to fit typical clichés. That was four years ago (I can’t believe I’ve been married almost three years!) and Claire Pettibone has gone from strength to strength, creating season after season of stunning gowns.
Case in point this beauty, the Thalia gown, from her Earthly Paradise collection. Inspired by a Roman goddess, lace appilqué and silk velet (who even knew that was a material!) combine to create a sumptuous and evocative gown that manages to blend a sense of decadence with simplicity. Captured above at Jose Villa’s annual workshop in Mexico, it look like it was made for a floral headpiece and flowing bouquet. See the full Earthly Paradise collection here and be prepared to swoon!
Image Credits: Photography: Jose Villa | Design and Styling: Mindy Rice & Lisa Vorce | Gown: Thalia by Claire Pettibone
With that festive season just around the corner (shh, it’s not too early to mention it, is it?!) you might be thinking of ways to bring a little sparkle to your home. If you’re feeling crafty, this glitter jar tutorial that I styled for the last issue of BASH magazine is featured over on Image Daily at the moment. Nothing spells Christmas like some glitter, so head on over there to see the full step by step, created by Nichola Doyle and shot by Nathalie Marquez Courtney. Quick, easy and without a mountain of supplies, I’m picturing gold and silver glitter, lots of candles and a bunch of amaryllis for a festive version. Give it a go and let me know how you get on!
Credits: Styling: Ciara O’Halloran | Photography: Nathalie Marquez Courtney | DIY: Nichola Doyle
While my passion for design and interiors is a bit more obvious than that of my husband, that’s not to say he doesn’t take an interest in how we decorate our home. As we’re still bound by the restraints of a rented apartment, we haven’t had to make any serious decisions when it comes to interior design taste just yet, but I will be eager to see how our various styles will meld when we finally have free reign to do whatever we want with a space! I’m always interested to see how a couple have combined their aesthetic and this beautiful bright Swedish apartment struck me as a perfect balance of masculine and feminine influences. Using a base palette of grey and black, edgier elements like the black wired chairs are balanced by pops of red tones in the accessories, with just enough of a hint of soft pink to stop it from becoming too harsh.
Ethnic prints in the cushions and rugs are offset with beautiful illustrations on the photo gallery wall. Balancing art with a mix of real frames and illusion frames created by washi tape is a trick I’ll definitely be stealing. While the big windows and high ceilings were an obvious attraction, one of the main features that attracted owners Emma and David to the space was the amazing acoustics! Only musicians would choose a home based on acoustics, love it! While I can totally relate that having the right space to practice as a professional musician is pretty essential, I think the rest of the features of the apartment are pretty perfect no matter what you do for a living! You can see the full feature over at Swedish magazine Allt i Hemmet. What about you? If you live with someone else, do you find it a challenge to balance your different tastes or does one person get to decide certain areas?
Credits: Styling: Johanna Pilfalk & Images: Sara Landstet for Allt i hemmet