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Amara Interior Blog Awards - European Blogger nominee


If you were brought here thanks to the Amara Interior Blog Awards, welcome! My name is Alex and as you will soon find out, I am very awkward in these situations. 

For the second year in a row, I got an email from the IBAs to say my blog and I had been nominated for an interiors award. This segues nicely into an introduction as to how awkward I am because I don't even know what to write after that sentence. This year I'm in a different category [Best DIY Blog last year vs. Best European Interior Blog this year] and I'm kinda not sure why the change as there are fellow Irish bloggers in other categories. Regardless, I know I haven't a hope in fresh hell of even making it to the shortlist [just being realistic]. But in the spirit of awards and all that comes with them, I will attempt some annual self promotion / light begging so here goes. Please, only if you want to ... 


Genuinely without this trying to sound like a stereotypical speech, it is very humbling to even be nominated under such an award like the Amara's. I'm happy enough to have just been nominated; end of. Thank you for your vote [that is if you did choose to vote for me - you should check out the rest of the nominees - srsly talented bloggers], and thank you to whoever nominated me in the first place.

Normal sarcastic and unprofessional blogging shall now resume as normal. 

Nursery plans - part 2

I've managed to somehow not accidentally spill the beans on the gender of little bebe-to-be. Yet! Seeing as I'm sharing some design ideas today, spoiler alert: we're expecting a little girl! We were completely surprised when we found out as I was utterly convinced it was a boy [shoddy early mother instinct]. I wanted to avoid obvious choices for the nursery like pink and flowers etc. Maybe because I was convinced for so long it was a boy? This was one of the reasons I fell into a bit of a rutt ... 

There are two reasons we hadn't started the nursery until this week. For some reason [hormones], I had it in my mind that all the unfinished projects in our apartment had to be resolved before I could start the nursery. I made an 8-page list of things I had to do before we could begin. This ranged from cleaning the oven, painting the immersion, recaulking the bathroom, painting the ceilings and everything in between.

The second thing stopping me was the design of the nursery itself. I don't know how or why [hormones], but I was under the impression [again, hormones] that the nursery had to be wildly different from the rest of our home; a different colour scheme, style and be gender neutral. I don't know why. Did I mentioned hormones?

Luckily, over the past week I shook myself out of both mindsets. I realised I just want a cute and fun nursery [groundbreaking, I know]. We're having a girl. Yes, I like burgundy. And pink. This isn't new. I also like green but I'm not going to reinvent the wheel with our nursery by trying to make it something wildly different to what we already like. I'm hoping to make it fun and cute without it screaming 'A LITTLE GIRL LIVES HERE ZOMG CAN YOU TELL THROUGH ALL THE HOT NEON PINK?'. A little bit fun and a little bit Grand Budapest Hotel with gothic accents.

Less typing, more visualising! Onto the design we're hoping for ...


- A lot of the artwork for the nursery will be from what we already have [Bill Murray print, cardboard monogram etc.], will be second hand or from independent artists as much as possible.
- As for wall colour, I'm aiming for a subtle and cheery light grey paint. Fleetwood Paint sent me a gift voucher a few months ago and I'll be excitedly picking up some tester paints this week. Yeah, grey is a safe shade. I decided on it because it goes with every colour [and I'm hoping to have a bit more colour in the nursery than the rest of our apartment], but also when we eventually move out, a subtle grey paint won't need to be painted over compared to the living room and our bedroom. Forward thinking.
- Going with my mostly second hand theme, we picked up a standard pine dresser a few months ago for next to nothing on Adverts. I'm hoping to repaint it white at the very least; maybe something a bit more fun. We have yet to find an armchair to re-cover, but im hoping to find one soon. SOON.
- I'm also just hoping to put a lot of fun and cute things in here; hopefully appealing to both babies and adults alike. Some amigurumi creatures, alternative pieces and a handfull of cheeky things that'll surely make our nursery a lot less worthy of appearing in a magazine [ahem, poo pillow and my 'Even Katy Perry Poops' cross stitch #KeepingItReal].

I don't have an entirely set design in mind so we're mostly going to see what we find and do a bit of winging it. But the above are the basics and I'm hoping to build on it as we go. It's exciting now that we're about to start, but we better hurry up as we have T minus 9 weeks ... ZOMG :)

The Interior DIYer featured on Houzz + a giveaway!



UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Much excitement was had over the weekend as an exciting feature for me went live on Saturday morning; back in early June I photographed our apartment to be featured as a Houzz UK and Ireland home tour. Much pinching. Big wow. 

Not only that, but alongside the feature of our apartment, Houzz UK and Ireland are running a GIVEAWAY where you can be in with a chance of winning a beautiful cabbage leaf serving bowl from one of my favourite Dublin design shops, Article! It's very similar to my own beloved leaf bowl which was gifted to us by my parents after their last holiday. 


Want to know how you can be in with a chance of winning this beaut? All you need to do is comment on Houzz's feature on their site ... 


Please note this giveaway is open to UK and Ireland residents only. Closing date for the giveaway is midnight on Saturday August 13th. Full T&Cs can be found in the above feature. Good luck! ;)

Baby prints from Bill & Coo Paper Co.


A long overdue shout-out and thank you to Karla, the Creative Director and master behind Bill & Coo Paper Co. Karla sent me two of the sweetest prints a couple of months ago and unfortunately they were one of those things I looked at every day, said to myself "I really need photograph those", I'd subsequently forget and be met with a hurricane of guilt the next day where it started all over again. 

Karla sent me two beautiful prints; Dream Big Little One and Forehead Kisses And Tight Embraces. Both prints are A3 in size printed in metallic gold soy based ink on FSC Certified paper, so it's safe to say there's a lot of love put into each print. 

I can't wait to frame these beauts in our nursery. I already have a couple of gold accents for the room so these guys will fit in perfectly. Thank you again, Karla. They're beautiful. And big time soz for my tardiness. 

Coffee station update - mini faux marble plinth




Last weekend I made a very simple change to our kitchen. This time last year I updated our kitchen and created a mini coffee station in the far corner. Said coffee station looked a bit lonely. Like it was being punished and put in the naughty corner. Making hot drinks is a social thing so I first brought it all forward to the middle of the kitchen. 

For a while now I've wanted to get rid of the black tray we were using previously and get [or make] something a bit more fresh all up in there. I had a large chunk of timber in our storage cupboard for a couple of years now, so I cut it to a more manageable size and luckily had the perfect amount of leftover marble contact paper to cover the piece. I quickly covered it and used it to prop up all our coffee and tea accessories. It's the perfect size for our kitchen, helps define our little station without taking up too much space or height and is in a perfect wipe-able finish. 

I really do love when you make a small change to your home and it makes all the difference. Robert [who is the sole user of both coffee and tea in our household] was really happy with how it turned out and how fancy it looks. These kind of projects are my favourite. Especially when they cost next-to-nothing or even better - completely free. 

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