Shades, Tones and Accents…
Navy, White and Obsidian

Ooh life lately…you sure have been busy! I have so many lovely things I’m excited to share with you on the blog but sometimes keeping it simple is the way forward. Concocting colour stories is a favourite decompressing pastime of mine, so for today I thought I’d share just that, a little colour inspiration in the form of minimal white melting into shades of navy and obsidian. A particularly delicious combination of colours to take us into the cooler months of the year. Have a great week everyone!

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Image credits: Tumblr | Mazama | A Well Traveled Woman | Sensibly Nonsensical

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Nature and Neutrals…
Styling for Image Interiors and Living

Hi everyone, hope your September is off to a good start! Life certainly took over for me over the last few weeks but one of the highlights which I’m excited to be able to share, is a decor shoot I styled for Image Interiors and Living. With the start of a new academic year underway, the need for renewed organisation, a fresh start and best foot forward resolutions, always seems more pertinent for me in September than in January. Clearly the talented folk over at Image Interiors agree because their latest issue is crammed with pared back beauty, decluttering advice and an oasis of serene inspiration for Autumn. Jumping at the chance to collaborate with eternally talented multi-tasker Nathalie Marquez Courtney,  it was precisely this need for focused calm that inspired me to style a shoot with no nonsense simplicity. I gave a nod to crisp monotone shades for some Nordic sophistication and  softened the base palette with lots of greenery and cosy natural elements. It’s a look that’s really easy to recreate, especially with the range of goodies available now in Irish shops and would be particularly effective in a home office space where you need clarity and focus to be mirrored in your surroundings.  Be sure to pick up a copy of the latest issue out now to find out where I sourced all the lovely things below!

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Places and Spaces…A Trip to Berlin

Growing up we were taught that travel is an education in itself, and thanks to that, I get to blame my parents for my irrepressible love of escaping and exploring somewhere new! I’m lucky enough to get the chance to spend a couple of days in Berlin this week and I’m so excited about it. I was there once before about ten years ago, performing in the stunning Konzerthaus venue, but thanks to a busy rehearsal schedule and a lack of planning on our one day off, I can’t say I’ve really seen much of the city. I’m going into this one equally unprepared, but judging by what I’ve heard, simply wandering should reveal plenty of treasures to keep me occupied. A quick bit of research into foodie haunts unearthed some of the beauties below, which I hope I’ll make it to. From local delis to more upscale restaurants it looks like the pared back Bauhaus design still permeates the city with the overall premise of form following function. Do any of you have any must see Berlin places and spaces? Any suggestions would be most welcome and you can take a peek at my instagram to see where I end up!

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Tin Berlin

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Mogg & Melzer

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Sage Restaurant 

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Cafe Oliv via Ashlae W

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Wedding Photography Workshop…
Styling in Slovakia

Having taken the plunge and attended Joy Thigpen’s wedding styling workshop in Atlanta a couple of years ago, I can’t say enough good things about the workshop concept. It gave me the chance to refine my skills, learn invaluable knowledge about the industry and in particular allowed me to talk styling fun for three days with an amazing group of people, many of whom I now count among friends. What’s not to like?! Hence when Sona of Inspired by Love shared her plans for a gorgeous wedding photography workshop in Slovakia on the 28th and 29th of August, I was so excited to be given the opportunity to come on board for the creative direction and styling. It’s going to be a special few days with two editorials, one which is taking place in a crumbling magical castle and the other in a beautiful rustic manor, to say I’m excited is an understatement! You can see some of Sona’s stunning work below and if you’d like to find out more just send her an email at sona@inspiredbylove.ie

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Image Credits: Inspired by Love

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Engagement Dinner…
Styling for Hearth Magazine

For all the adrenaline and excitement that comes with styling an editorial shoot, you just can’t beat styling an event that people get to enjoy and linger over from start to finish. Celebrations can take many forms, but for me, the ultimate special occasion involves gathering your favourite people around a table for a meal. This engagement dinner was such a highlight of last winter, and the icing on the cake was to see it featured in the current issue of Hearth Magazine. With the calibre of Laura Murray and Signore e Mare on board, I knew once we found the perfect venue, everything would come together. Driving down a sweeping country lane that weaved and curved its way through fields and around ancient trees, you couldn’t but get the sense that something special was just around the corner. Ballyvolane House seemed as much a part of the landscape as all of the greenery around it, and it was this palette of nature, interwoven with elegant 18th century architecture, that I wanted to capture throughout the styling of the celebration. Freshly foraged moss gathered by Ann Marie O’Leary that morning from the woodland floor, was laced with Irish heather and bees wax candles to bring the outdoors in. The roaring fire and delicious feast created with all local ingredients ensured that the soft rain falling outside only added to the magical atmosphere, and let’s be honest, the hedgerow martinis certainly didn’t do any harm either! You can see the full spread (and many more beautiful features) in the current issue of Hearth, or here’s a little taste below!

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Image Credits: Photography: Laura Murray | Styling & Creative Direction: Ciara O’Halloran | Venue: Ballyvolane House | Florals: Ann Marie O’Leary | Calligraphy: Signora e Mare 

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