Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Snow Day!!

We woke up this morning to this...


I know for some of you it's a regular occurrence but it is still a rare thing in Ireland.


The local primary school appeared to be closed and all the children were out in their hats and scarves making snowmen.



Mr. Auburn commutes to the capital for work but decided to work from home today, a welcome break from the usual long and early morning journey.



The combination of said snowfall, Mr. Auburn being at home and a nasty fall yesterday convinced me to take a day off from work.



Before I left the house yesterday, I went outside to feed the birds. On my way back through the kitchen, I had a spectacular fall on the tiles when my wet boots went from under me! I managed to injure the entire right side of my body!!



So today I decided to give my body a rest.



We had a late breakfast. 



Then wen't for a stroll across to the park with my new camera.



Had a little Bailey's coffee to warm up afterwards. 


Watched The Grand Budapest Hotel.


All in all, a lovely relaxing snow day!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Who's style is it anyway?

Well the plan for today was loft flooring however the gale force winds and lashings of rain have prevented any wood cutting outside with a circular saw! We don't have the luxury of a garage for these projects you see. Unfortunately the knock on effect of no flooring in the attic is that the Christmas decorations cannot go back up there and the house cannot return to normal. So while Christmas is out of my head, it is not out of the house just yet.


  Thoughts of sugar plums have now been replaced by do-overs and fresh decor. Top of the to-do list is the hall-stairs-landing. The painting is a big job that may require scaffolding due to the vaulted ceiling so we will be getting a painter in. Both Mr. Auburn and I are okay with this! When we moved into this house it was painted good old Magnolia from top to bottom and it has served us well. I don't suspect we will stray far from the neutral range. The carpet on the stairs and landing is a malt colour and the tiles downstairs cream travertine. These are some wall colours I have been considering from the Colourtrend range (which all look exactly the same in this light!).

Oyster Bed - Patience - Ivory Tusk

We will also be painting the woodwork (doors, architraves, skirting and stairs). We originally painted all the woodwork in Innocence (a pale antique cream). We never got around to staining the newel posts and the handrail as was intended, we have considered painting them but now think we are back to dark staining again.

Heartstone - White Tea

When the painting is complete, we are onto the fun bit. I have plans for some revamped accessories. I would like new door curtains. Check out this lovely fabric which goes on sale next week! (Apologies for the really bad pic taken with my phone). A matching lamp and cushion on the landing also? We'll see if the budget allows.


While over at Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow this morning I found this post in which Su rearranges her gorgeous bedroom. If you haven't been, you need to visit. Amazing things happen over at Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow! In this post she mentions a decor style quiz which her daughter found online. I thought that could be interesting so I went over to Sproost and took said quiz myself.

The results are in....

50% Rustic Revival
"the clean lines of the modern softened by rustic vintage elements...a subtle background of light colours provides a nice canvas for all the wonderful flea market, eBay or garage sale finds as well as the classic modern pieces that you love".

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25% French Eclectic
My home speaks French apparently!..."formal and casual, classy and unassuming...inviting from the moment you open the door...French antiques here and gold details there, the rustic elements provide a balance and warmth that seems to say, come in relax and stay a while. Your love of antiques takes you to flea markets, garage sales and hours of eBay hunting".

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25% Classic
"all of the beautiful forms, colours and textures of the past...a mix of European influences and French, English and Italian antiques and replicas are often used together...classic rooms give off an air of history that seems to say: I was here long before you, and will remain long after you've gone".

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I think that's pretty fair actually, in theory I mean. The house is more up-cycled flea market find than French or Italian antique! Had you asked me though, I would have said a mix of country and traditional, home and away, old and new. While I live in a new build, I love to be surrounded with things that had a life before they came to me, that remind me of time long ago, places I have been or people I have known.

What is your decor style?

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Horse Chestnut Series - Round Up & Chestnut Decorations

The beautiful Horse Chestnut Tree started out 2014 stark and bare.


By March the buds had appeared.


By the last day of April it had burst into leaf.


In May it was flushed with flower.


By July the pollinated flowers had turned to fruit.


In September the leaves began to change colour and fall.


By October the ripened fruit had fallen.


On a frosty December morning the Horse Chestnut stands bare once again.


Our Horse Chestnut Tree has given it's all; 
buds, leaves, flowers and fruit and so the cycle begins again.

This Christmas I wanted to use the lovely shiny conkers to make some tree decorations. 
The colour scheme in the bedroom includes hues of orange and browns from the Connemara wallpaper. 


For the first time this year I put a small tree in our bedroom.


 I wanted to keep it inexpensive so purchased a small fake tree for €12 and tried not to buy any decorations apart front the LED lights.



I made these by drilling holes through pieces of cinnamon, threaded them onto a ribbon, tying a loop at the top and finishing with a lovely shiny conker.


I dried orange slices slowly in the airing cupboard and made bows from ribbon left over from some curtain tie-backs. I bought the bird and the orange glitter ribbon to make bows and everything else was repurposed including an old bracelet!


I'm really happy with how it turned out and it's nice to have a bit of our Horse Chestnut Tree on our Christmas Tree!

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Christmas House Tour 2014

Hope you all had a very merry Christmas and that Santa was good! As I sort of threatened a Christmas House tour in my last post I thought I'd give it a go before 2014 is out. As I said, I started decorating early this year...and finished late! 
Ah the best laid plans...

O Christmas Tree!

I started out totally inspired, ready to deck those halls a little differently this year and have all done by our anniversary (a week before Christmas) so I could relax and enjoy thereafter. I ended up rushed, exhausted and surrounded by boxes, adding and tweaking until it was Christmas Eve! There has to be a better way - which I have to figure out before next year!! Suggestions welcome!

Some newly gifted additions to the tree this year

This one came all the way from Germany

This one came from Marks&Spencer

Decorating drama aside, I am pretty happy with how it turned out. So using my super duper new Christmas present from Mr. Auburn (a new camera!) and my usually crappy photography skills;
here are some pictures of our home at Christmastime....

Fireside is blazing bright...

Our Mantlepiece


Our coffee table


Even rabbit can't escape 

The baby Jesus in the manger

Christmas in the Kitchen...






This little guy got a new eau de nil hat and scarf for Christmas




Deck the Halls...


 





Sleigh Bells Ring!

 This sleigh was a market find last year and last Christmas I laid it down in the front hall and piled Christmas presents on it. This year I decided to upturn it and add another vintage find from the same market this summer. The chance of finding a sleigh and ice skates in a market in the Midlands of Ireland must be like winning the lotto! I trimmed the top of the skates with fur I bought at a craft shop (the extra trimmed the tiny stockings on the tree in the kitchen window). Added some greenery and a sleigh bell of course and I love it!



Our stair garland

Top of the stairs

I am a huge Norman Rockwell fan and have been lusting after this print, Home for Christmas, for so long. This year I found it for sale on eBay and Mr. Auburn made it mine. 
I LOVE IT!
As it is quite long and narrow, I tried to balance it with a fresh wreath of fir and bay.




And a Partridge in a Pear tree!

 I had this idea for a long time and just executed it last year for the first time. I had sourced a partridge on eBay but lets say he wasn't exactly glamorous! He looks better on the more rustic kitchen tree. I searched for so long for pears and eventually found them in TK Maxx and sourced a better looking 'partridge' from Gisela Graham.

And to think in just a couple of days it has to all come down again!

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