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Pantone Colour of the Year 2014 – Radiant Orchid (18-3224)

What do you think of the new Pantone Colour of the Year…
Radiant Orchid 18-3224

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014 - Radiant Orchid (image from Pantone)

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014 – Radiant Orchid (image from Pantone)


Pantone describes it as:
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

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Just add paint…

It’s funny that as our houses are getting bigger our creativity in the extra space seems to diminish. A classic example of this is the modern powder room or guest bathroom. They have the potential to be full of personality yet more often than not they are just a bit dull…


Two of the easiest ways to personalise the space are:
1)     Paint colour – don’t be afraid to be bold with the choice
2)     Add Artwork  – it is your home so have fun!


A great example of this is a powder room, designed by Hillary Thomas, and featured in Lonny Mag .


Powder room makeover by designer Hillary Thomas (image from Lonny Mag)


I really love that instead of the mirror above the sink, there is this collection of artwork. It really brings this space to life! Continue reading

The Twelfth – Orangefest on the Orangemen’s Day


Anyone growing up in Northern Ireland will know all about “the Twelfth”.

For anyone that doesn’t, it is an annual Protestant event that started in the early 18th Century by the Orange Order.

The Orange Order being a Protestant fraternal organisation based mainly in Northern Ireland and Scotland that was founded by Freemasons in 1796 in County Armagh.


Banner of the Orange Order Ballymacrrett District on show for the Orange day marches


Starting around Easter and culminating on the 12th July the Orange Order parade in what is the papers like to call the marching season. Continue reading

The Tranquillity of Blue


Maybe it is something about growing up by the sea but I have a thing for all shades of blue.

I love to sit on a beach, listen to the waves as they break and watch that point in the horizon where the sea and the sky meet. It is as if my mind, clears and my focus, sharpens…

“Blended Blues” – Oil on Canvas by Wandering Mist (

Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. As a colour it is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquillity.   Continue reading

A Lesson in the Simplicity of Design by architect Jure Kotnik

It can be easy for a designer to get carried away as the flowing rivers of imagination and creativity run free. It is all too easy to leap over a simple solution in place of something far more complicated. There can be a notion that the added complication will somehow add to the overall outcome. Let’s face it, it rarely does.

Jure Kotnik, Architect & Designer

When architect Jure Kotnik got the brief to add an extension to Kindergarten Kekec, a typical 80’s style kindergarten in Ljubljana (the capital of Slovenia) he could have taken the design in any number of ways. Continue reading