The House

I thought I would post a picture of the house so you can visualise the project. Apologies for the quality!

I think that this was taken in the late ’70’s or early ’80’s. As you can see it looks like it is a huge house as you drive toward it but you can see from the angle of the photo that it is only one room deep. The front door is out in one of the sheds but I would love to have something similar in the new house if not the same door. The roof will be replaced and we will loose some of the chimneys as only one is in use!

I’m excited to think about how it will look when it is finished!!



I love Orla Kiely!

There I said it! I think that Orla Kiely is one of those brands that has suffered a bit from over exposure in recent years, mainly as a reult of the ubiquity of the handbag line. But I love love love the Orla Kiely homewares line. I don’t know what it is that appeals to me about the quirky designs and the colours that shouldn’t work together but somehow do. Anyway I can’t get enough of the mugs in particular and here are some of my favs:

Orla Kiely Mug Orla Kiely Mug Saffron

I also covet the bowls, jars, containers, jugs I could go on. I’m not so sold on the textiles and living range however I did get some great curtains in beige with the stem print for 20 euro in Michael Guiney’s, however they aren’t Orla Kiely so I don’t think that I have over done it……yet!

For a comprehensive range of Orla Kiely goods check out the Kilkenny Shop at

Our Architects

The Architect working on our house is Conor Hourigan of Drake+Hourigan Architects

So far we have found Conor to be knowledgeable, affable, amiable and generally very easy to get on with… of course helps that he is my brother in law!! However Conor’s greatest asset to us is that he specialises in Conservation work which is essential to us as our farmhouse dates from approximately 1850. It is very important to us that we maintain the integrity of the building while at the same time ensuring that it fits the needs of modern day living as well as the growing needs of our family. To get a sense of the work that Drake+Hourigan do visit:


Welcome to my blog! I decided to keep a blog on the renovations to the farmhouse I live in for a number of reasons. Firstly for myself as a handy reference guide to the things I love and ideas I come across while trawling through the vast array of websites and blogs dedicated to design, interiors and living in my search for inspiration. Secondly as a way of updating friends and family on our progress without boring them to death. They can dip in and out as they please without having to listen to me exalt the benefits of triple glazing over double glazing……And finally as an outlet for myself when I find something amazing and totally impractical for our house but which I just have to share with someone.

I hope that you find the blog interesting and informative and feel you can share your ideas, experiences & knowledge!