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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

Etcetera etc by Sibella Court

Et cetera is a Latin expression that means “and other things”. Today it is more commonly recognised by its abbreviation “Etc”. It is also the name of this years must own interior design book, written by Australian interiors stylist, Sibella Court. She is a traveller, a collector and an observer. She sees the magic in the world around us. She doesn’t shy away from the imperfections of old, pre-loved and well travelled items but rather embraces them. These beautiful objects that most people would walk past and ignore, become the very core of her design style.

Etcetera Etc by Sibella Court

This is a style that is eclectic, bohemian and quirky. A style with a great sense of humor. A style that is fearless. A style that is beautifully Wabi Sabi. This is a designer that embraces colour, bold patterns, texture and objects with a sense of history. Her work has a sense of real genuine honesty rather than some sanitised version of beauty that chases after the immaculate and the flawless. She treads the wafer thin fine line between creative concept, contemporary items and vintage finds to bring a narrative to a space that makes it beautiful and totally unique. Continue reading