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This Christmas we kept things really simple at home. I didn't get around to decorating our apartment until the beginning of December, which by blogger terms, is so late I may as well have not decorated at all.

I stuck to my naked tree idea and [I think] it turned out really lovely. I decorated our tree with just two strings of lights - a solid set and a string of flashing lights, which ended up being Cora's favourite piece of entertainment. Who needs a babysitter when you have a Christmas tree to entertain a newborn for hours!






After driving Cora around to all her visits over the next couple of weeks [we're already her chauffeurs], I foresee lots of Netflix, eating waaay too much food, having an occasional glass of wine between feeds [#BadMom] and participating in as little physical activity as possible. I hope however you spend the holidays this year, you get to do a lot of what you want and a bit of what you need. 

xx The Carberrys 

Colour correcting a Christmas tree


Last Christmas we got a new Christmas tree. We had our previous skinny tree [as seen in this post] for 6 years, which we bought especially for our first apartment which was the size of a matchbox. Such a skinny tree always looked odd in our current living room, so last year I thought it was time to treat ourselves to a full sized tree.

I looked for a couple of weeks but couldn't find a decent secondhand faux tree online, so we went for a new tree. I picked one out, we brought it home, I opened the box and immediately had an awful feeling. The colour was very wrong. It was way more yellow than a normal tree which made it look dead. A dead looking fake tree.

You can't tell the true awfullness of the colour of our tree in last year's pictures because I actually edited the colour on my computer before sharing the pictures. That's how horrified I was with the colour. The feeling of dread crept up when I soon realised I'd be unboxing our vom-coloured tree again this year, but then I had a very simple idea - just paint it.


The above will give you a better idea of the colour difference - on the left is our previously Exorcist-Green Christmas tree compared to a piece of proper green garland. It may not look too bad here, but when you're looking at an entire tree that colour, it was very obviously wrong. 

I headed to All City Graffiti on Crow Street last week on the hunt for a merrier green to spray paint our tree and found the perfect shade of 'Amazonas Green' ...


That afternoon I took our entire Christmas tree outside and set it up / opened up all the branches. There was a light breeze, which I used to my advantage, and I used it to lightly mist the whole tree vs. spraying it with an intense stream of paint. Holding the can about 1 foot away from the tree I sprayed one section at a time, turned it, sprayed another section, turned again, and repeated until I was happy with the coverage. It was incredibly easy to paint in this way and I was finished in about 20 minutes [including drying time as the light breeze was again very helpful].



I'm really so much happier with the colour of our tree. The last thing I wanted to do was have to buy another Christmas tree as that would have been a complete waste and I'm very conscious of buying things unnecessarily, so I'm so glad it turned out looking as good as it does. It's a proper Christmassy green now and it no longer makes me cringe when I look at it. Yay! \o/

I put 2 sets of lights onto it this year [one plain, the other chasing lights] and I'm quite happy with just leaving it like that. I like the idea of just lights this year. Leaving it as a naked tree. What do you think? I'm going to add some sort of makeshift tree skirt and maybe some ribbon to the very top, but overall, no decorations. I just really like the idea of keeping things a bit simpler this year. 

Cora's cute and quirky nursery


I'm slowly learning that time is now very different. BC [Before Cora], it would take me say, 45 minutes to tidy the apartment and get myself ready before heading out the door. Now? Multiply that by 4 and you're starting to get close. Between feeding, changing, predicting how much to bring with me, getting myself ready, getting Cora ready, feeding Cora again, dealing with explosive situations and then actually leaving the apartment, I'm glad I have very few scheduled things these days. One thing I have been hoping to do, you know, when I have a spare minute [๐Ÿ˜‘], was to properly photograph the nursery. Though it's not entirely finished, it's been at this stage since the week before Cora was born. So yeah. Getting things done nowadays takes time. Even if it's just taking photos. Baby steps?

Our spare bedroom is quite small and I didn't want to leave anything to chance, so I did what I quite embarrassingly love doing - I measured everything and made a little mock-up of the room on Google SketchUp. Here's the design I decided on a couple of months ago ... 


Before I bought anything or decided on a design detail, I did a mock-up of it in the space. I imported Pantone's 'Lunar Rock' paint swatch before committing to it, drafted a combination of fancy and plain knobs for the nursery dresser before buying them, did up a rough placement of artwork and shelves before hanging them, decided whether or not a secondhand chair would fit [which, as you can see, none have just yet], what kind of rug would look the best, what would be the best placement for the crib - everything. Everything was decided on in SketchUp. I find SketchUp so helpful for making decisions digitally so you don't have to make a disaster in real life. It was only today that I looked back at my plans and realised how close the room is to what I had hoped. I'm quite proud of that!



The room felt a bit stale when I was finished so I added a string of Christmas lights up and over the curtain rod to help make the room feel warmer and ... funner. I really love Christmas lights and used to have them hanging up in my bedroom as a teenager throughout the year. When I first switched them on  in the nursery for Robert, he was so surprised by them and really impressed [thanks to the dark curtains, you can't really see them when they're off]. 



There are a few major pieces I have still yet to get. One being a proper bin [I'm currently putting dirty diapers into a plastic bag that hangs beautifully off one of the knobs on the dresser] and the other being a chair of sorts for the corner of the room. To give an idea of space, I put our buggy roughly where a chair would go, but I have yet to find a really great one secondhand to reupholster.

I also have a good few pieces of artwork to hang [like my baby prints by Bill & Coo.!] and some more fun pieces to perfectly place, but for the most part, this is Cora's nursery. I feel like I say this in every blog post but if we owned our apartment, there would be so much more I'd do to the nursery. But we don't. But I'm still so happy with our cute and quirky nursery. 


#DublinDesignNight 2016


Last Wednesday night saw Dublin's second annual #DublinDesignNight as organised by Yelp and Image Interiors & Living make its way across the city centre. I was pretty excited as it was my first 'night out' since having Cora, so while I unfortunately didn't get to visit every venue on the map, I tried my best to get to a good few places before hobbling to the bus [it can be tough to walk and stand for long periods of time after having a baby. Who knew?].

I first visited Designist, where everyone was greeted with a hot chocolate not-so-secretly-spiked with rum. If this is something you haven't heard of or tried before, TRY IT. I may just be my new favourite hot winter drink. 



I picked up another of The Handmade Soap Company's candles. I bought their grapefruit and may chang candle a few months ago and loved it, so this time I picked up one of their sweet orange, basil and frankincense candles. I also picked up an adorable frog patterned Bandana Bib by Little Green Dot for little Cora [which I have yet to use because it's far too cute]. 

From there, I quickly visited Appassionata, Irish Design Shop and Industry. All of which were packed so I didn't stay long. I made one last stop at Article before heading home. I've had my eye on their swan mobile for a long time and these days I find that if I don't get something I really like when I first see it, it'll be gone the next time I check. So I grabbed one [seen below yet to be assembled] and think it'll be perfect over Cora's changing table / dresser to keep her entertained and slightly less wriggly. I also saw one of those old-school clip in letter board signs, but as it was a little more expensive, it would more so be a mini investment. Which usually means I think about it non-stop for a week then end up taking a trip into town especially to get it. We'll see ;)


You can read my post on last year's and first #DublinDesignNight here!

Cora Beatrix Carberry


Thursdays have always been a special day for us. Robert and I met on a Thursday, had our first date on a Thursday, had numerous anniversaries on Thursdays, moved into our first and second apartments on Thursdays, got married on a Thursday, found out we were pregnant on a Thursday, and our latest addition [despite me being induced on the Wednesday morning at 06:00]; our baby girl was born on a Thursday. I contemplated naming our baby Thursday, but Robert drew the line at Wednesday.

After arriving a fashionable 12 days late, our tiny Cora Beatrix Carberry was born on Thursday the 20th of October, 2016, at 11:24am weighing 6lbs 9oz and Robert and I couldn't be more in love / have more blown minds. 

It was the most surreal experience seeing our baby for the first time. Robert and I most likely looked like the dumbest couple in the hospital that morning; staring at each other saying "we have a baby ... that's our baby". We still can't believe we made that little face. All we know is our hearts exploded that day and have every day since.

p.s. I don't know yet if I'll share our birth story. I love reading other people's birth stories and I've always been fascinated by them, so I might. We'll see. For now, please excuse me as I devour Cora's little face at every chance I can xx
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