Earlier this week I found myself apologising to my Facebook friends, who had been subjected to a blow by blow account of my recent pinning spree. I had no idea my Pinterest was connected to my Facebook account, because I rarely use the site…until I started the house buying process. Now, of course, I can’t pass a homewares shop without ‘just a quick look’, I'm binge watching Home of The Year on the RTE player and I find myself pinning to my House board till late into the night. I’m addicted to all things interiors.
I’ve made a lot of great discoveries – did you know, for example, that you can still find Habitat in Ireland? Homebase stocks an edit of their pieces, as does - wait for it - Argos! (Browse it here.) For discounted designer bedlinen and tablewear, Kildare Village is worth the trip; the Le Creuset shop is a favourite haunt. The designers at Debenhams offer a kitsch and colourful selection (see top pic), while Biba Home (available from House of Fraser) is great for more opulent but affordable pieces with a glamorous retro vibe. To find the real deal, I’m working my way through this list of antique and vintage furniture shops around Dublin.
|Left: first time through the door; top right: Next Homeware; bottom right: Image Interiors under Bog Standard candle|
While I love a good interiors mag (I’ve subscribed to Image Interiors and Living), some of the best interiors resources can be found, for free, online. For inspiration, I like nothing more than browsing through pictures of impossibly stylish kitchens and bathrooms and dressing rooms on Houzz, which has more than five million home photos on the site. Even more envy inducing are the real Irish homes you can tour on the Image website.
When it comes to sourcing furniture, accessories and tablewear, my Pinterest board is heavily loaded with pieces from Made.com, Anthropologie, Makers and Brothers (I have to have this polished copper tray!) and notonthehighstreet.com, all of which offer an eclectic mix of design-led, quality pieces.
So come on, spill – where do you do your homeware hauling? And which interior sites inspire you most?