Interior Style, Nature & the Coast

Stickman

Yesterday on a rainy Sunday afternoon I popped up to see my friend James Carroll to talk wood & woodlands.

James is a craftsman, designer and lover of wood in all its forms. For me, as an interiors stylist, he is an invaluable person for me to be able to call on, as wood for me is a very important component in any interior and indeed, exterior. I think it keeps us grounded, who we are and where we come from. If you think about it, it has always been used in interiors right from our beginnings. I love that in hand made pieces of furniture there is a patina and a provenance even if the piece is newly made. A few years ago, James made me this beautiful wide bench, very characteristic of his own style with the bark kept on the legs. This currently divides my dining area from a seating area housing lots of books and a big sturdy lamp. It is also often carried out to the garden when there is a load of us gathering around the garden table. Every house should have a bench!

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I have designed a rustic dining room for my stand at the Ideal Home Show later this week. I have spent weeks planning every detail as I want to illustrate to people how effective decorative display can be when it is coupled with carefully chosen paint colours. I woke up one morning last week with a vision in my head of place mats which I will be needing for the table when its laid out. I didn’t want bog standard place mats, I envisaged slices of wood that would sit perfectly with the rough linens and antique cutlery I have already selected. So I gave James a call and described what I had in my head, and hey presto, he made them for me.

They are made from sequoia wood – a redwood tree that I had never heard of – you learn something new everyday! – and they have a beautiful dual tone to them.

So yesterday I visited James in his workshop in the Wicklow Mountains to collect them. They are perfick.

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James in his workshop

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The proud craftsman

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and here they are doing their job …..

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The next project is to create a large rectory table with benches, something special that would be the absolute heart of a home, where people perhaps sit working at one end and gather around the other.

James’s website is http://stickman.ie

Have a look.

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The hedgerows keep giving

Ivy is in flower and I love the shapes!! and the simplicity of colour.

Floral & Gardens, Interior Style, Nature & the Coast

The hedgerows keep giving

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a little Autumnal posy

I was out foraging in the hedgerows by the beach today. I picked some ivy and rose hips (just a few – left the rest for the birds!). I popped them in one of my trusty Rosemarie Durr vases with one of my dahlias et voila! Here they are on a shelf in my dark and moody bedroom.

Floral & Gardens, Interior Style, Nature & the Coast, Uncategorized

a little Autumnal posy

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DIY, Interior Style, Uncategorized

the ceiling

I caught up on painting a few details in my house that I have been meaning to do for ages. One that has been really annoying me is the white ceiling in my tiny hallway which I never got around to painting and it has always looked so wrong to me.

before:

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after:

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The hall now seems bigger  as without the colour junction the illusion is created that the ceiling is higher.

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