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.
I have been trying to get around to this blog for a while so here goes. I love the whole industrial decorating vibe so I decided to look into this very trendy style a little bit more. Industrial decor takes elements of industry into your home. The colours, elements and furnishings all nod to those you would expect to see in industrial warehouses but are softened down for the home. It is all about raw rough surfaces, unfinished walls and steel furnishings.
The above rooms use natural wood and brick to achieve the industrial look. The kitchen has steel light fittings and furnishings to further embrace the trend and both use the industrial neutral colour pallet. The look is softened by colour and the gorgeous white bath in the bathroom. It is very important to soften the industrial look with upholstery, flowers or pictures. A slightly aged look such as the worn counter top above is another important element of this style.
This bistro style kitchen uses recycled shelving and even filing cabinet effect storage to achieve the look. Recycling is a very important element of industrial design. Old filing cabinets, vintage school desks or old steel sewing machines will fit in well to the overall scheme.
This very comfortable living room uses rugs and cushions to soften its industrial base.
The above living room is mixing country and industrial trends. The lighting and filing cabinet effect storage unit is very much industrial and fits in very well with the otherwise country style decor.
This very industrial style loft has also embraced vintage style by adding pop pink accessories and a smeg fridge.
Blackboard walls work well with the industrial trend also.
I adore the exposed brick in the above kitchen. This look is industrial yet very warm. The second image is more clinical with white tiles and industrial steel lighting. A bit of colour would add to this room I think.
The exposed brick gives this bedroom the industrial vibe. However, all other furnishings in the room spell comfort showing that industrial does not have to mean cold. Different styles can be mixed very successfully and in this instance an exposed brick wall is enough to add an industrial vibe to an otherwise country style bedroom.
These clocks from Nextime would add a quick shot of industrial chic to your home:
This lighting from Garden Trading also available through The Home Barn would also add to your industrial style:
I’ll be back soon with my Father’ s Day Blog for all the lovely Daddys out there….
There was definitely a bit of Summer in the air in Cork today so it got me thinking (at last) about how to bring a bit of Summer into your home. It’s really nice to make a few changes to your home with each season and accessories make it so easy to do.
In The Bedroom.
All it takes in the bedroom is a crisp floral or bright coloured duvet set. These light colours will complement most wall colours. A few matching cushions or a throw will finish the Summer look. I loved the examples below. They just make you think of long summer days and longed for sunshine.
In The Hallway or Porch
This is the first area of the home that people see. A nice floral cushion and seasonal sign will go a long way to bring Summer into this area.
In The Kitchen
You could go as far as to change your wall colour with each season. However, if you are not that dedicated, a new seasonal tablecloth will do the job very nicely. Light colours, polka dots, stripes or floral designs will all work and a few seat cushions will add to your theme. Fresh flowers are also a must for Summer. You may be lucky enough to have them growing in you garden. Otherwise invest in a bunch regularly throughout the Summer. It’s a great way to bring the outside in.
In The Living Room
Pick a summer colour that will go with your walls, couch and flooring and invest in some cushions, a throw, a candle or a vase in variations of this colour to give your living room a Summer splash. You could also invest in Summer curtains. It’s a really nice change and it doesn’ t have to be a huge investment. Ready made curtains with a nice summer feel will work a treat and it really changes the look of the room.
Just because you are not lighting the fire does not mean that your fireplace needs to be neglected. Place a bunch of flowers in front of it along with some of your favourite accessories or candles to Summer it up a bit. I also loved the flower arrangement below. The lemons are a lovely touch and make you instantly think of homemade lemonade.
The nautical theme is so on trend this year. Accessories in blue and white stripes, with stars, with boats and with sea gulls will all infuse this popular trend into your home. A white background and shabby chic style form a really good base for this style as does a splash of red. I am planning to dedicate a full blog to this trend in the very near future so keep an eye out for that.
Paint A Chair
If you’re not getting the Summer Feeling in your house and feel that there is a piece of furniture that is dampening the mood, get out your paint brush. Give a chair, table, shelving unit or dresser a new lease of life and the great thing about upcycling is that is is very cost effecient. I just love the green chair below which is a great example of this trend.
To The Garden
We all hope that we’ll get to spend a bit of extra time in the garden over the Summer months. Us Irish really take advantage when the sun does come out and you’ll smell the barbeques when the first ray of sunshine appears. Invest in some cushions for those fine days. They will liven up a weather beaten bench and are more comfortable too. Paint that shed. It can be a really nice feature in your garden. Get a nice sign for it or if you are feeling very adventurous decorate it with nice curtains, bunting and bedding plants.
And then there is al fresco dining (when we can). My facebook followers will recognise the 2 images below. I loved their simplicity and they would be so easy to replicate using existing items in the home. I especially like the use of a throw / quilt as a tablecloth in the first one. Fresh Flowers, lanterns and bread baskets have all been taken outside also.
Summer At The Home Barn
Happy Summer Decorating!!
When you are living in the same decor for a long period of time, it’s hard to see what changes need to be made to give your decor a bit of a lift. The kitchen is especially guilty of this. That dirty wall or worn out worktop just blend in with the decor, never identifying themselves as the problem. The best thing to do is to break down your decor and pick out the offenders and see how you can best change them economically.
Paint Your Kitchen
Walls, architraves, doors and even furniture can all be painted. Paint is the quickest update tool out there. You can paint all walls or can mix colours by painting one wall a different colour to the rest. Pantry Green from Dulux is a particular favourite of mine for kitchens.
When painting kitchen presses, get good advice or leave it to the professionals. There is a bit of work in it and it does have to be done right to look great. You can think outside the box here too and not stick to traditional cream. There are gorgeous shades of greens, blues and greys that will really impress.
The Dulux images above are a great example of h0w different paint colours can totally change the look of the same room.
Change Your Tiles
You can change all the tiles in your kitchen or just the backsplash. This can be a very inexpensive way of updating your kitchen.
You can see how the options above and below really brighten up the space.
Change The Door Knobs On Your Presses
Kitchen door knobs are often the first sign of age in a kitchen but they are so easy to change. Bring your old ones with you to the shop and pick a similar size option. I would advise buying one and bringing it home and trying it out on one press before investing in door knobs for the whole kitchen. Leave it on the door for a day or two before finalising your decision.
Change Your Counter Top
If your worktop has seen better days, change it or paint it. I came across a new product recently called Giani Granite which is a granite paint for countertops and is a very cost effecient way of achieving that longed for granite look without breaking the bank. It seems to come in a DIY kit and can be used on most countertops including formica. I have not tried it but would love to hear if anybody has. You can check out the website at www.gianigranite.com for information and stockists. The below images are from their webite so it looks fairly impressive.
Create A Blackboard Wall Or Door
I love this idea. If you have a fairly bright kitchen and have a small spare wall or door you can always paint it with blackboard paint. It is a fun and practical way to update your kitchen and the kids will love it too. Blackboard paint is available in most good DIY stores or online. You can also buy magnetic blackboard paint which allows you to affix notes with magnets also.
Wallpaper The Back Of Display Presses
I have tried this option and it is so easy yet so impressive. Use some left over wallpaper or invest in a roll and stick to the back of your display press with bluetack or any sticky material. It really brightens up the look of the press and makes the items inside stand out more also.
Change Your Accessories
Possibly the easiest way to update your kithen is to invest in some new accessories. A new kettle, toaster, bread bin, clock or even picture can make all the difference. You could also invest in a new shelf to display some existing or new accessories or storage jars. This will add a new dimension to your kitchen and will bring life to a bare wall.
Quick Kitchen Updates At The Home Barn (click on images for more details)
Until next time….happy updating!!