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SUMMER GARDEN

Hi All,

The minute the sun makes an appearance in this country, we all start to think about our gardens. Here are some simple tips to get your garden Summer ready.

Bring The Inside Out!!
Bring cushions and throws outside for a lovely cosy Summer vibe:

Summer Day Bed Bring The Inside Out

Get Out The Paint Brush
Lovely bright paint can really add something to jaded fences and patio furniture. There are lovely bright options available in all DIY stores now so don’t be afraid to go for a lovely bright option:

Summer Shed

Make A Feature Out Of Your Garden Shed
The garden shed is a focal point in most gardens. Don’t be afraid to decorate your garden shed in style. Paint it, hang some flowers or pretty signs and if you’re feeling very adventurous, experiment with some stencils:

Green Garden Shed White Garden Shed

Create Some Unusual Planters
Think outside the box when it comes to plant containers. These can make a great talking point and will look very eclectic also. Think teapots, chairs, jugs or watering cans to mention a few:

Chair Planter

Wheel Barrow Planter Watering Can Planters

Outdoor Dining
Al Fresco dining is a lovely Summer activity. Decorate your table in style using a rustic or country theme:

Summer Entertaining Rustic Summer Table

Night Lights
Night Lights are such a lovey idea for Summer entertaining. Hang over or on tables or place along your driveway to welcome guests:

Summer Night Lights

Lets keep our fingers crossed that the sun will stay shining so that we can all get to use our lovely Summer gardens this year.

Until Next Time

Olive:-)
http://www.thehomebarn.ie

All Images From: Pinterest.com

GIFTS FOR MUM….

Hi All,

I can’t believe Mother’s Day is nearly upon us. Some might say it is a commercial opportunity but I think it is nice to have at least one day in the year when we let our lovely Mums know just how much they mean to us.

Mother's Day Poem

The Home Barn has loads of lovely gift ideas for Mother’s Day. We will gift wrap and can delivery directly to your lovely Mum if you won’t see her on the day

TEA LOVING MUM

What Mum doesn’t love a cup of tea?? Indulge this passion with these lovely tea inspired gifts.

Everything Stops For Tea Wallprint Cupcake Cushion My Cup Of Tea Cushion  -  €32

HEARTS FOR MUM

Show your Mum how much you love her with these heart inspired options.

FLORAL MUM

Instead of the traditional bunch of flowers choose one of these floral designed gifts. They will last much longer too!!!

CANDLE LOVING MUM

We all love candles and these vintage style options from Loveolli come in a lovely vintage designed box and even include a little box of matches.

FOR MUM’S KITCHEN

Help your Mum to add a little bit of functional style to her kitchen with these lovely storage options from Garden Trading.

SLOGAN MUM

For those who like to give gifts that make you giggle, these slogan aprons and mug from Catherine Colebrook are perfect. All of these aprons are currently reduced to €14 from €28.

You will find these and loads more gift ideas at: http://www.thehomebarn.ie/greatgifts/forher/

GIFT WRAP

Don’t forget we will gift wrap your Mother’s Day Gift also. Just drop us an email after you order to let us know that you require this service.

Paisley Rose Gift Wrap Gift Wrap Apples

I would like to wish all the lovely Mums out there a very Happy Mother’s Day.

Kind Regards,

Olive:-)

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS FOR THE HOME….

Hi All,

Firstly I would like to extend every good wish for 2013 to you all.  It’s that time of year again when we are all thinking about new year resolutions and how we can improve our lifestyle in 2013.  Your home should not be neglected in these plans.  Make a little list of all those things that you would like to do to your home in 2013 and think about how they can be achieved.  Sometimes the best part is shopping around and checking out magazines and the internet for inspiration.  Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

1.  Paper That Wall

Is there a wall in your house that you have always planned on papering.  With the winter sales on, now is the time to do it.  When choosing wallpaper, look at the room as a whole.  If the curtains, furniture or flooring are too busy opt for a very plain wallpaper and if the opposite is the case, you can go a bit mad on the walls.

Floral Wallpaper Patchwork Wallpaper

2.  Upholster That Chair

Have you inherited a chair from your Mother’s house, found a lovely second hand option that you loved the shape of or are you just sick of your existing options??  Don’t dispair, upholstering may be the answer to your problem.  Decide where you are going to put this chair before you choose a material.  Is it going to be used a lot or is it going to be in a spare room just for show.  This will determine the quality of material required as well as the favoured colour scheme.

Uphostered Chair Gingham Chair

3.  Paint That Furniture.

You can completely change the look of a piece of furniture by painting it.  Chairs, lockers and shelving to mention but a few can all be painted to look like new.  There are some great furniture painting courses available all over the country at the moment, many of them in conjunction with shops that supply Annie Sloan chalk paint.  If you live in Cork check out http://thepaintpot.ie/ for workshops.

Painted Dresser

4.  Look for Easy Storage Solutions

Storage is always a popular topic at this time of year.  Most of us have a little bit of time over Christmas to clear out presses and wardrobes and putting away the decorations always makes us think about storage.

  • Be ruthless.  If the item of clothing or pair of shes hasn’t been worn in the past 12 to 18 months, chances are it will never see the light of day again so give it away to charity or host a swap night with friends and family.
  • The same goes for household items such as pictures, vases and lamps.  If they are collecting dust in the attice or taking up much needed space in storage cupboards, give them away.
  • Charity shops are always looking for books and unless you are 100% sure you will read that book again, give it away.
  • Invest in some vaccum bags.  They are a great space saving device.
  • Have you any alcoves in bedrooms that could be cordened off with a small curtain.  This is a very cost effecient way of hiding storage.
  • Check all storage items in your home and ensure that they are being correctly utilised.  Is there a blanket box full of toys or clothes that can be cleared out and placed in a bedroom for example.
  • Invest in some inexpensive storage bags that will look great if placed in a bedroom or playroom
  • Think about placing overdoor high shelving in utility rooms or bedrooms

Closet Curtain Blanket box

Storage Bags

5.  Get Crafty

Get your DIY hat on and try using stencils to decorate furniture and walls or making something simple like a coat hook.

Stencils Spring crafty 3

Coat Hooks

6.  Buy Some Flowers

Make it a new year resolution to have fresh flowers in your home.  They will instantly change the feel of the room and brighten your mood.

spring flowers

What are your new year resolutions for your home??

Until next time

Kind regards,

Olive:-)

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FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN ENTERTAINING……

Hi All,

Those of you who read my halloween blog from last year will know that I am not a big fan of scary halloween decorations.  I prefer the more friendly variety and have had a look around for some friendly halloween entertaining ideas for those of you who are hoping to have friends over this halloween. Think Autumn style, pumpkins, candles and friendly witches and you have a less scary Halloween style.  When entertaining at this time of year it is always nice to have a few talking points in your decor to show that you have thought about it and made an effort.

Your front door very important.  It will really set the mood for your halloween entertaining.  I love these simple ideas below using pumpkins, brooms and even a witchy looking pair of shoes.  It doesn’t have to be skulls and zombies to create a halloween ambiance.

Halloween Front door halloween decor

If it’s just for lunch, try decorating your table in this lovely Autumnal style with very simple linens and a seasonal centre piece.  This time of year is all about the harvest so using this theme when decorating works very well.

Autumn Table

Scoop out pumpkins and use them for holding olives or other snacks for a novel talking point.  This is a really cute idea for serving your starter or nibbles and will really get your guests in the halloween mood.

Pumpkin Server  Pumpkin Serving Dishes

Decorate jam jars with tea lights and acorns to give a nice Autumnal feel to your entertaining decor.  These would look lovely in your hall or bathroom.

Autumn Decorating

Take some inspiration from these gorgeous Autumnal tables for dinner party decor.  Go all out if you are having a dinner party at this time of year.  Think Autumnal colours, pumpkins, candles and simple style.

Autumn Outdoor Entertaining  Autumn Dining Table

These beautiful arrangements would make the perfect centre piece for your table.  The first one could be easily adjusted for Christmas also.  Use popcorn at the bottom of candle holders for a lovely Autumnal design.  Use dried leaves to decorate your centre piece or candle arrangement (never leave unattended though!!)

Autumn Table Centrepiece  Autumn Candles

If you really wish to get into the halloween spirit, decorate your table like the one below.  Get some black tissue paper for your tablecloth and dress the table legs with old tights and a pair of shoes.  This will really impress and is just funny, not scary.  Helium pumpkin balloons are a really easy way to decorate a reception table too.

Halloween Table  Halloween Balloons

Don’t forget to decorate outside.  Welcome your guests with lots of lit up pumpkins lighting up their journey to your home.

Halloween Steps Pumpkins

I hope I have given you some ideas of how to entertain in style this Halloween without the scary decor!!

Happy Halloween and Happy Halloween Decorating.

Until Next Time

Olive:-)

COSY DECOR…..

Hi All,

The season has changed I think it is always lovely to reflect this change in your home.  Autumn / Winter is all about long nights, short days, cosy fireside and home cooked food.  There are a few very small changes that you can make to your home to make your decor cosy and inviting.

COLOUR

Change your accessories to deeper hues.  Cushions, tablecloths, bedding and even curtains can take on an Autumn / Winter vibe in lovely rusts, reds and cosy greens.

Autumn Living Room Autumn Kitchen

Cosy Decor

BLANKETS

We all have loads of blankets and rugs hanging around the house.  Use them in the Autumn / Winter.  Fold them over a couch armrest, place on a beanbag or over a bed for a quick cosy fix.  This is functional decor too as there is nothing nicer than cuddling up in a blanket on the couch on a cold evening.  You could also keep a nice rug in your porch for cuddling into when sitting outside.

Cosy Blankets Cosy Outdoor Blankets

Chair Blankets

CANDLES

Candles create a lovely cosy mood.  Place them on manlepieces, window sills or dressers in the kitchen, bathroom, livingroom or hall (out of reach of children of course!!) to give a lovely cosy ambiance to your home.  T-lights can also be placed in your fireplace if you are not lighting it to create a cosy mood.  Scented candles in cinnamon, pumpkin or berry options will really add something to your home also.

Autumn Candles Autumn Candle Display

FIRESIDE

We all have some form of a fireside be it an open fire, gas / electric option or stove.  Make it a cosy focalpoint with candles and lovely fire accessories.

Fireside Log Carrier & Firelighter Box

Cosy Couch Blankets

SMELL

Take in all the senses with seasonal candles and home baking which will all add to the Autumn / Winter ambiance in your home.

Home Baking

FEED THE BIRDS

Don’t forget the outside.  Paint the garden bench, plant some Autumn / Winter bedding plants and start to feed the birds again.  There is nothing nicer than lots of birds in the garden when the leaves have gone.

Bird House Feeding Birds

Winter Bedding Plants will look great from indoors also.

Winter Bedding Plants

Until Next Time,

Happy Cosy Decorating,

Olive:-)

Images:  pinterest.com

A LITTLE BIT FRENCH……..

Hi All,

I hope the ‘Summer’ is treating you well.  Our Summer holidays were spent in France and I thought their gorgeous interior style was worthy of a blog.  We  many not get the sun as they do but you can still introduce elements of their gorgeous style into your home to bring a little bit of ‘je ne sais quoi’ to you interiors.

Rustic Style

Rustic is the best way to describe French style interiors.  Rusted metal furniture, light fixtures and furniture coupled with old world charm and a welcoming feel is the desired theme.

French Rustic Style French Rustic Chairs

I love the brick wall and steel finish to the sink in the image above.   The image next to it has a lovely shabby chic vibe which is very French in style.

French Rustic Kitchen

The above image has it all, the beams the rustic sink and fresh flowers.  It’s just beautiful.

French Style Living Room

The tiled floors above perfectly complement the rustic candleabra as well as the fresh white soft furnishings.

Natural Materials

French style is all about natural materials.  Linen cushions and bed linen,  Brick walls and Tiled Floors all spell this theme so well.

French Style Bedroom French Style Utility Room

French Stove French Country Bedroom

Dining Table

The dining table both indoors and out is a very important part of French homes.  Buffed wooden tabletops are often found but they can also be covered by brightly coloured tablecloths especially ones with French style motifs such as the rooster, sunflowers, lavender or olives.

French Style Dining Table  French Tablecloths

lovelh

Shutters

The French love their shutters.  They have a practical use in their hot climate but they use them as a lovely design feature also.  They are often coloured bright colours or some opt for a shabby chic finish.

French blue shutters French Door & Shutters

Flowers

Flowers are everywhere in France.  They grace window sills, town centres and road sides.  Geraniums and Lavender are the most common and are also 2 of my favourites and wild flowers grow everywhere in the Summer.

French Geraniums French Shutters

French Lavender French Wild Flowers

A LITTLE BIT FRENCH AT THE HOME BARN…..

Cockerel Utensil Holder  Floral Notice Board  Paris Chocolate Distressed Picture

Breakfast Hen Tablecloth    Le Jardin botanique Cushion  Home Sweet Home Cushion

Heart Blackboard With Hooks  French Enamel Candleholder  Parisienne Sewing Box

French Blue Metal Kitchen Sign    Cream Jug  Compost Bucket Gooseberry

Until next time…..Vive La France

Olive:-)

Images from:

Own Images

housetohome.co.uk

myfrenchcountryhome.blogspot.ie

cactuscreekdaily.com

raisedincotton.typepad.com

GIVE YOUR HOME THAT NAUTICAL FEELING…….

Hi All,

You might not always think it if you’re living in Ireland but the Summer is here and one Summer trend that I absolutely love is the Nautical trend. It is always on trend for this time of year and even if you don’t have a home overlooking the sea, you can still introduce elements of this Summer look to your home.

The Nautical Theme

Boats, fish and shells all spell Nautical.  Anything that you would expect to find near to the sea really.  The 2 images below show lovely ways to introduce these elements into your home.

Nautical Window Sill Nautical Mirror

Shells can be used very successfully to  make a lovely table centrepiece or mantle piece decoration also.

Nautical Table Decor

The light fittings, signs and lovely pastel colours work very well at achieving the coastal mood in the below kitchen images.

Nautical kitchen  

Nautical Colours

Red, Blue and White really spell Nautical.  Stars and Stripes really lend themselves to this trend also.

Nautical Sitting Room  Nautical Bedroom Nautical Bedroom

The 2 images from Lexington below show these colours in use very well.  Lexington does this trend very well and I think the patio image below is just beautiful.  The tablecloth and distressed cladding on the house are both great examples of how to achieve this look.

Lexington Nautical Lexington

Nautical Maps

A nautical map is a great way of introducing this trend into your home.  You can do this through nautical prints or wallpaper.

Nautical Decor  Nautical Map

nautical wallpaper

Distressed Wood

Distressed wood especially in the outdoor space is a great way of achieving the Nautical Trend.  It is very New England and gives the impression of wave and weather beaten materials.  The gorgeous kitchen below shows how the distressed wood look can also be brought indoors and the hammock below is another lovely nautical feature.

Nautical Patio

Nautical Decor

Nautical Hammock

HOMEMADE LEMONADE

Is any nautical theme complete without some homemade lemonade.  Here is a very simple recipe to try:

Homemade Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar (can reduce if you feel it is too sweet)
  • 1 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 to 3 cups of water to dilute
Method:
  • Heat the sugar and one cup of water in a saucepan until the sugar is dissolved
  • Squeeze 4 to 6 lemons until you have enough juice to fill one cup
  • Place the sugared water and lemon juice in to a jug and add the additional water to dilute (dilute to taste)
  • If you still feel it is too sweet add some more lemon juice
  • Place in the fridge for 30 to 40 mins
  • Serve with slices of lemon and ice
Lemonade

NAUTICAL AT THE HOME BARN

Thermometer Clay Gone Fishing Sign  Miners Lantern Shutter Blue

gone sailing sign  Fishing Light  8 inch barometer clay

Miners Lantern Clay   Glass Carrier  Red Retrospot Picnic  Bag

Happy Coastal Living!!

Until next time

Olive:-)