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:
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:
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:
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:
Al Fresco dining is a lovely Summer activity. Decorate your table in style using a rustic or country theme:
Night Lights are such a lovey idea for Summer entertaining. Hang over or on tables or place along your driveway to welcome guests:
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
All Images From: Pinterest.com
Posted by thehomebarn.ie in Uncategorized Tags: Home Accessories, Summer Decor, Summer Entertaining, Summer Garden, Summer Garden Ideas, Summer Home Accessories, Summer Home Decorating, Summer Table Ideas
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.
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.
HEARTS FOR MUM
Show your Mum how much you love her with these heart inspired options.
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.
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/
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.
I would like to wish all the lovely Mums out there a very Happy Mother’s Day.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
What are your new year resolutions for your home??
Until next time
All images from Pinterest. You can follow The Home Barn at: http://pinterest.com/thehomebarn/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!)
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.
Don’t forget to decorate outside. Welcome your guests with lots of lit up pumpkins lighting up their journey to your home.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take in all the senses with seasonal candles and home baking which will all add to the Autumn / Winter ambiance in your home.
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.
Winter Bedding Plants will look great from indoors also.
Until Next Time,
Happy Cosy Decorating,
Posted by thehomebarn.ie in Uncategorized Tags: Autumn Decorating, Autumn Decorating Ideas, Autumn Home Accessories, Coal Bucket, Cosy Decorating, Firelighter Box, Fireside Accessories, Home Accessories
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 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.
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.
The above image has it all, the beams the rustic sink and fresh flowers. It’s just beautiful.
The tiled floors above perfectly complement the rustic candleabra as well as the fresh white soft furnishings.
French style is all about natural materials. Linen cushions and bed linen, Brick walls and Tiled Floors all spell this theme so well.
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.
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.
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.
A LITTLE BIT FRENCH AT THE HOME BARN…..
Until next time…..Vive La France
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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.
Shells can be used very successfully to make a lovely table centrepiece or mantle piece decoration also.
The light fittings, signs and lovely pastel colours work very well at achieving the coastal mood in the below kitchen images.
Red, Blue and White really spell Nautical. Stars and Stripes really lend themselves to this trend also.
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.
A nautical map is a great way of introducing this trend into your home. You can do this through nautical prints or wallpaper.
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.
Is any nautical theme complete without some homemade lemonade. Here is a very simple recipe to try:
- 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
- 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
NAUTICAL AT THE HOME BARN
Happy Coastal Living!!
Until next time
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