The new issue of House & Home came out recently and as usual I relished all the goodies inside. This is their trend issue plus they've listed the Irish Hot 100 and insight from a core of great interior bloggers. Top trends House & Home sees for 2010?
1. Cool duck egg blue is the IN colour.
2. Upcyling is on the rise and should continue to be - but then I've always loved giving old furniture a lift.
3. An exhibition on the Irish tenor John McCormack, on display through the end of the month in the National Musuem Collins Barricks in Dublin. Looks great but unfortunately, I'm not going to make it.
4. The Irish Georgian Society is much admired - they offer lectures on a range of subjects related to conserving old homes - www.igs.ie.
5. The elephant is going to be hot for 2010 (even though dogs and birds are also an emerging trend)- it symbolises strength, prosperity, wisdom and longevity and I have to agree with H&H - what better symbol for 2010!
6. The home baking trend continues....yipee! I do love to get busy in my kitchen on the weekend and must remember to pick up the new Rachel Allen cookbook.
7. Get organized - ah yes, the annual resolution to get everything in tip top shape. H&H recommends the Elfa storage system available at Howards Storage World - http://www.hsw.ie/ - have to say this IS a fantastic storage system and if I have my way we'll be converting the en-suite in our master bedroom into a walk-in closet (because a family of 3 just does not need 4 bathrooms in a house - ridiculous!) and if I have no where to store my clothes properly - a walk-in closet would be an absolute dream.
8. Build Your Own Home - the one area of the housing market that hasn't been hit too badly. Well that is encouraging and best of luck to everyone that ventures down that road.
9. Try your hand at more creative projects - top on H&H's list - a screen printing fabric course a the Old Rectory in Co. Wicklow http://www.theoldrectory.ie/ - now that does sound like something I'd love to do!
10. Plan a holiday in Ireland this year - I couldn't agree more - now that I'm out on the road in my new job every day - there are loads of great hotels, b&b's dotted throughout the country that would make for a wonderful getaway, even if it is quite nearby to where you live. H&H recommends Grove House in Schull - http://www.grovehouseschull.com/.
Okay so there we go for trend predictions and ideas for 2010. This house in the issue totally inspired me - in the article titled Light Fantastic (Words and Photographs by Barbara Egan)- I think you can see why - this kitchen is just a dream to me. Nothing makes me happier than a sunny morning with the light streaming in my kitchen windows - I can look out into the garden and putter about cooking up breakfast and then cleaning. In the summer months when it's warm, I often sit outside and have my breakfast and relish the air and warmth of the sun. This house is a 1930's semi-detached in Dublin and was transformed by it's owner Susan Barnes to bring in as much light as possible. Plus it has wonderful clean modern furniture an I just love that garden house at the end of the garden - the perfect modern day folly.
This image opened the story on The Irish Bloggers Guide to Interiors (sorry I could not find a photo credit) but just love the table setting - great mix of china and glasses, the simple linen cloth and those fantastic black hanging lamps. So who is the H&H panel of bloggers? Well, they've rounded up 5 great Irish bloggers to inspire us all for our interiors this year.
Zita Spring of Homebug http://www.homebug.net/ has thankfully returned from her hiatus and is back blogging again. My dear friend Lorna Sixsmith of Garrendenny Lane Interiors Blog www.garrendennylane.ie/blog is thankfully in the mix. Dara Flynn of Padcandy - http://padcandy.blogspot.com/. Blanaid Hennessy of http://www.blanaid.com/ and last but not least Melanie King of Design Heaven http://designheaven.wordpress.com/. Together they share 25 tips for home decorating - my favourite tip is Number 8 - "Make the most of what you've got is one of the defining (and refreshing) interiors trends leading us into 2010" - I totally agree - my husband and I aren't planning on buying any major things for our house this year -just improving on what we have - maybe a fresh lick of paint, refinishing the kitchen cupboards, building in new storage - but we have everything we need.
Irish Hot 100
Irish Hot 100
Before this post gets too long I just wanted to mention the Irish Hot 100 piece also in the issue - I was delighted to find at Number 12 - Environment Furniture - I featured their showroom back in Maison & Chateau a few months back.
At Number 34 is my buddy Lorna again! She got a lot of coverage in this issue which I'm delighted for her.
And at Number 37 is Mabel & Violet, http://www.mabelandviolet.com/ another great blog and online store which I wrote up for an issue of Your Home Today for The Limerick Leader.