Desk days

I’ve spent a lot of time at my desk recently. I’ve put a bit of extra effort in to make it somewhere I want to sit more than somewhere I need to sit, and for me that usually means mixing things up. I get bored if things stay in the same place too long so I rotate things around the apartment. Not so fun for husband though when he’s trying to look for something. Bless him. 

I’ve become a smidge obsessed with matches recently. I think it’s because we’re well and truly into the winter months, and candles in our home get lit on a regular basis. I found these giant match sticks in Industry‘s new pop up shop on Drury Street, and they perfectly quenched my need. So this week I was on the lookout for a special match stick holder {as you do} and spotted this perfect little red shot glass in a charity shop on Saint Michan’s Street {can’t remember its name} for €0.50. SCORE.
Candles are also a great way for me to get through the depressing Irish winter {cold, no snow, grey, grey, grey, rain and grey}. If it’s going to be dark and gross out, might as well make it fancy and cosy and light some candles. If I had a fireplace, that thing would be lit from October to March. 

And above, my most random impulse buy ever. I saw these Black is the New Black pencils from MadeByGirl, and I had to have them. They reminded me of what I almost always say when I’m out shopping – whether it’s something for our apartment, or something for me to wear … 

… that or dark purple / maroon / wine etc. The darker, the better. But that’s not really reflected in these bright pictures. I feel I should say, if we owned our apartment, it would look very different. Speaking of darker, I was a bit bold and spray painted one of my faux hydrangeas yesterday. They’re originally bright purple with pink, and because of that I noticed I didn’t have them on display as much. I gave one one of them darker a light dusting of spray paint to see what it looked like, and I think it turned out not too bad if I may be so bold. Oh, and for those of you curious about my vase, I nabbed that cheap and cheerful DIY from Bethany from Dwellings by DeVore. A girl after my own heart. 

Also featured – lamp revampthrifted coralfaux hydrangeas

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  1. John JJP
    November 23, 2013 / 20:39

    hahaha i loled at your batman reference. i too wear mostly black so ive many times said that in shops lol. your sprayed hydrangea looks great! i would not have thought that was fake at all.

    i saw an old lamp the other day and i nearly bought it to diy but im nowhere as creative as you lol it would have been a disaster!

    • November 26, 2013 / 11:14

      Ah no you should have bought it John! It's so easy to make over. You can make it as simple or as complex as you'd like. The most basic being you spray it whatever colour you like and add a new shade {if you like}. To quote that guy from Water Boy, you can do eeeeeet!

  2. Sam
    November 24, 2013 / 09:31

    Oh I'd really like to know what you have on your wall above your desk!!! It looks like a schedule of sorts…..Hopefully you will be sharing whatever that is because Lord knows how unorganized I am lol.

    Beautiful hydrangeas. I would never know they were faux.

    • November 26, 2013 / 11:58

      Funny you should say that, Sam. I was thinking of blogging my tips and tricks, but I don't know if that would be super boring? We'll see …