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Updating our [landlord's] Ikea shelves



This isn't a particularly striking nor interesting blog post, but over the past few weeks I've been reorganising and updating the stuff on our [landlord's] IKEA shelves. I styled our shelves like this close to 2 years ago and they've barely changed since. Recently, I spent a few minutes each day while Cora isn't making unrelenting monotonous teething sounds content, so I had a chance to move things around.

I added the second large door back onto our shelves, and it seems I did just in time as 2 days later [on Father's Day], Cora started crawling. All she wants to do now is crawl and it's the sweetest and most exhausting thing ever [for both of us].

I also hung up Cora's Elodie Details playmat. It spends most of the time on the floor in our living room, but when Cora's asleep, we hang it up on the wall so we're not walking on it and so the cats don't get [extra] fur all over it. 



I'm finding it more and more difficult to photograph these shelves [7 years living with them and their yellowedness is making me want to ram them into a wood chipper]. I tried to photograph them over 3 different days, and each time I uploaded my photos onto my laptop, I was underwhelmed. You'll have to trust me when I say the shelves look half-decent now, but they're just so tough to photograph. Am I the only one with a tricky part of their home like that? It looks good in real life, but completely impossible to photograph? For now, they look about as good as I can get our landlord's shelves to look.

p.s. When I was looking at my posts on these shelves over their lifetime, I found this haggard blog post and I take back anything negative I said about these photos today. Woof

Felt ball bunting from Creative Tuesday

Shortly after Cora was born, a long time internet friend of mine Janine* of Made for Me Studio sent Cora the most adorable felt ball bunting all the way from New Zealand. It was made by Janine's talented friend Lesley of Creative Tuesday, who makes a range of sweet decor for nurseries and children's rooms. Sweet features from prints to mobiles to wall decals and of course, felt bunting ... 




When we first got Janine's sweet gift, I tried hanging the felt ball bunting in a few places across Cora's bedroom, but as there's only one wall to hang it on which is already quite full, it didn't stand out as much as I would like. I took my time and thought about where else the bunting would look best. I then realised the best [and now most obvious] place was to hang it on the mahogany mirror in our hallway. It's the centre of our apartment and so many times a day we hold Cora at the mirror and have fun giggling, making funny faces or waving to each other. Cora really loves the bunting and often grabs it, but it's so long that we're able to rescue it safely from her tiny grip fairly easily and with no damage done. 



What I love the most about our Cora's new bunting is it's decor that can be easily moved around our apartment and when we eventually move, it will be something we can hang anywhere. Plus, it brings some fun and whimsy to the rest of our apartment so all the cute isn't just in Cora's room.

Thank you again, Janine. It is the sweetest xx

*Janine and I have been internet friends since 2011. One of my earliest memories of Janine's kindness was when I got two wisdom teeth pulled and  we shared messages as I recovered. Over the years we talked about so many things and across all the changes that happened in those 6 [!!!] years. Janine even offered for Robert and I to stay with her and her husband Mike [must not forget their fur baby Smooch] when we were thinking of going to New Zealand for our honeymoon [we unfortunately didn't end up as flights that long scare me, but it's somewhere I've always wanted to go]. 

My HomeSense Ireland launch haul



This morning we had good light and I had a few minutes to myself so I took pictures of my HomeSense haul I picked up on Wednesday night.

As mentioned in yesterday's blog post, I didn't realise I got a gift card to spend in store at the launch until almost an hour into my visit. It was a happy surprise and because I'd already been around the shop twice, I had a few [massive understatement] pieces in mind that I wouldn't have had a problem bringing home. And here they are ...

[Above photo] DECORATIVE MAGNIFYING GLASS, €9.99 AT HOMESENSE
I've always wanted a magnifying glass for our coffee table, but it was one of those things I never ended up actually getting. I saw this one at the launch on Wednesday and it was the first thing in my trolley. The first of many. 



ROSE GOLD BOTTLE HOLDER, €8.99 AT HOMESENSE
HomeSense have an actual rose gold section in the kitchen area. I saw this wine bottle holder and picked it up because Robert and I spend a lot of time at home, so if we do have a glass of something, this will make us feel fancier. Even if we're in our PJ's on the couch watching Better Call Saul. 

[That bottle of wine is a screw cap. I put the cork on the table in an attempt to look sophisticated. Full disclosure].


WINTER GREEN THROW PILLOW WITH POM POMS, €16.99 AT HOMESENSE
Of HomeSense's pillow aisles [yes, aisles as in plural], I kept going back to this dark green pillow. It's my favourite deep green [just like our footstool] and in the softest fabric. I wasn't sure about the bright green pom poms, but there are tiny hints of bright green in our living room [like on one of my iBride trays], so I went for it and I'm surprised with how much I like such a bright colour on our couch.


BLACK VANILLA VEGETABLE WAX CANDLE, €8.99 AT HOMESENSE
There's a black candle section in HomeSense. I stood there for about 10 minutes looking at all the black candles and eventually decided on this black vanilla candle. It smells like heaven. I'm a sucker for a pretty candle.  

I got 2 more pieces in my HomeSense haul; something for Robert ahead of Father's Day and something for my mom, but didn't want to share them in case they see them here. 

Thank you again to the lovely Kate and Kayla and HomeSense for the invitation to the launch and for the generous gift card! It worked. I'll be back.  

DISCLOSURE - while this blog post is not sponsored, I did receive a gift card to the amount of €50 free of charge to spend at the HomeSense launch. As always, all words and opinions are my own. I only work with companies I like and of course, think that you will too. Thank you for supporting the companies that support The Interior DIYer.

HomeSense Ireland launch at the Blanchardstown Centre

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited along to have a sneak peek at the new HomeSense store in the Blanchardstown Centre ahead of its grand opening today. For those who may not know [I was one of them and asked this very question last night], HomeSense a sister company to TK Maxx and is essentially TK Maxx's home department, except times a thousand. I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived shortly after 19:00 last night, but all I'll say is I was one of the last to leave when the sneak peek event closed at 21:00. 

I walked around its 2 storeys at least 3 times, touching things and taking pictures and clumsily Instagram story-ing as I went. These are a few pictures of what gave me heart-eye emojis in store last night, but to see a lot more, I'd strongly suggest checking out the #HomeSenseIreland hashtag on Twitter, or go directly to the source and see it for yourself in store as and from today! 







There was so. Much. And so much of it left me feeling like we need to magically have our own home to redecorate as so many of the pieces gave me so many great ideas. The range of styles and design across the store was impressive to say the least.  You could easily shop for every room in your home and it wouldn't look like you got it all from one store.



It wasn't until about 45 minutes into my visit last night that I realised I had a gift card to spend in store [I was handed an envelope when I first arrived, and you can blame my parents for raising me the way that they did, but I didn't rip open the envelope then and there ๐Ÿ˜… It was a happy surprise!]. That's when I went around the shop again and picked up some of the pieces I had been eyeing-up. All of which I've already set up around our apartment and I'll be taking proper pictures of them [once the sun reappears!] and blogging all about them as soon as possible. 







Faux taxidermy from Felt Fauna by AC


We were to get good weather last Friday, so my brother and I planned to go with Cora to the Bloom in the Park festival. I had never been before this year, so I was curious to see what all the hype was about.   

It did not disappoint and we were surprised by how big the festival was. We had a great time eating too much food and wandering for hours. At one point, we walked into the craft village and that's when I saw from afar, Ali's stall. Felt Fauna by AC. When I saw her creatures I immediately headed straight for her stall while making a deeply unflattering sound, in a very Brick Tamland manner. 




Ali's corner stall was filled with the most adorable and magical little felt creatures. From baboons to lions to tigers and bears, and all were made through needle felting techniques. The detail, realness and comical cuteness Ali put into each piece kept me jumping from one to another. There was no way I was going home without a little felt friend for Cora's wall, but as I said to Ali, I had to walk around the festival to help me decide which one as they were all way too damn cute.



I came back an hour later, looked around her stall another 4 times, decided on a lovely grey elephant with a gold crown but at the last minute I changed my mind and brought home a cheeky little pink piglet [whose party hat I was able to swap with the elephant's gold crown]. The little piglet had such a cute expression on their face that I just couldn't resist. Plus, a little pink face would look so much better against Cora's Pantone 'Lunar Rock' walls [and happily matched our Bill Murray framed print too]. 



I hung up little piglet [name TBC] the next morning and I could not be happier with his / her cheeky little grin smiling down on Cora when she's in her crib. I mean, look at the little twinkle in their eye. Ali's attention to detail is insane. She creates so many different types of creatures as well as does custom orders, I doubt this will be the only piece of hers we own. I'm just so glad I didn't leave Bloom without our new felted friend.

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