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Let There Be Light; ESW And Upcycling Illuminations

ESW is a Neo-Nostalgic boutique specializing in peculiar One-of-a-Kind home decor misfits & oddities.”

Who could resist such an introduction? And even though Ursula’s quirky projects vary from  Recycled animal & sea life remains to Air plant curiosities it’s her upcycled Illuminations that I’m particularly taken with. Using Pope Pipes, Multi-Coloured Cord and Vintage Gooseneck Lamps, (to name but a few ingredients) Ursula has created some serious eye candy that would bring light life to any corner. Practical, original and full of style, that’s my kinda lady!

ESW uses American fittings so don’t forget to request a UK adapter. Prices start from €65.00.

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Doing Tasting

Happy National Pretzel Day; 8 Recipes to Celebrate Our Faithful Friend

 Today is National Pretzel Day, Hurrah! And there is much to be celebrated about this versatile fella. Feeding us since the dark ages, (Word on the street is that either an Italian Monk or someone from a monastery in Southern France invented this holy dough) and taking many guises since, pretzels have been embraced by the world over. It even has Swing dance steps named after it; “The pretzel dance move”.

And let’s not forget 2002, when the courageous pretzel was awarded “Superfood” status for the time it rallied against George Bush Jr and tried to choke him. (Unfortunately, this heroic attempt failed but it will remain close to our hearts forever.)

So here’s 8 sacred recipes in honor of this valiant baked good. 


Soft Pretzels with English Mustard

Garlic & Herb Pretzel Breadsticks

Rosemary, Cheddar & Sea Salt Pretzels

Spicy Pretzel Party Mix


Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzels

No-Bake Butterfinger & Pretzel Cheescake

Pretzel Butterscotch Cocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks

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Living Loving

Beth Hoeckel; Regretting The Laws Of Gravity

Beth Hoeckel’s work never fails to catch my eye and her latest series Point of View, filled with dreamy lunar imagery, is no exception. Creating cosmic laden pieces from her Baltimore apartment, Beth uses collage, India ink, photography and gouache (a type of paint) when building her scenes.

This is one imagination I’d happily float around in so please Miss Hoeckel, dream a little dream for me. 



 Prices from €33.00

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Put Your Dresser In It’s Place; D.I.Y Your Drawers

Sick of that ugly dresser taunting you from the corner of the room? Are you tired of those sad drawers embarrassing you in front of your booty calls guests? Does stained, chipped paint haunt your dreams? Or do you simply wish you had the money to buy some new sh*t…? We can help. You don’t have to live like this any more. There is a way out.

 Follow this guide to chest-of-drawers salvation and peace can be yours. All yours! And take it from a girl who recently super-glued her lip to her gum, all these projects are achievable. 

Paint Spattered Cabinet

 Channel you inner Pollock and get splattering. Or if you prefer a more practical approach, then this is the perfect opportunity to use up any old paint you have knocking about. If you had a deprived childhood and have no clue how to splatter paint, then the lads over at homeguides have a detailed tutorial.

Pantone Emerald Green

The colour of 2013., for anyone that wants to be Lady Trendy-Pants of Hipsterville. But who can blame them? This is one awesome colour that should be used more often around our abode’s. Be bold, be brave, be green! Dulux is great for bright pigments and Farrow & Ball for longevity.

Glossed Over

 Rockin, party, cool! This project requires a bit of elbow grease but with an end result like this… who cares? Track down a piece of furniture you like but make sure it has some sort of character, this is about making a high-shine statement. For maximum effect spray on a couple of coats of varnish; it will be worth the effort. Plus, you’ll have really toned elbows. For a helpful link follow How to paint and varnish wood.

Mish Mash of Drawers

Call yourself what you will… artist… salvager… dumpster diver… thief… Whatever gets the job done and this one’s a dirty girl. Don your upcycling cap and create a monster masterpiece that you can call your own. The best places to search for drawers are in skips, granny’s houses and, you know, shops. Head over to Building Multi-Drawer Console for the details on how to bring them all together with style. * Extra willpower required.

Graffiti Dresser

I really only have one piece of advice. Go apeshit!

The Wallpaper Effect

 The great thing about wallpapering a well knackered piece of furniture is that it can cover a multitude of horrors. And if you’re a bit commitment-phobic, you have the option of changing it as often as you like. Choose the paper wisely, if your Auntie likes it, don’t buy it. Get the know-how at home-dzine.

Chalk it Down

One of the more successful ways to use blackboard paint in the home (check out the link below). You can get chalkboard paint in an impressive array of colours so you’re not limited to black. This is a fun project no matter what you’re painting.

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Doing Tasting

8 Malteser Recipes To Make Your Mouth Wet

The humble Malteser, supposedly lighter than ordinary chocolate. Not when we’ve finished with it. Here are 8 recipes that will elevate the Malteser to deliciously gooey new heights. 

Malteser Squares

Malteser Ice-Cream

No Bake Chocolate Malteser Cake

Malteser Macarons with Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Malteser Ice Cream Cake

Malteser Cupcakes

Malteser Brownies with Chocolate Chips

 Vanilla Malt Milkshake

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Living Looking Loving

Weak for Wallpaper; Wall & Decó are Turning up The Heat

One of my besties, Tafty is also cut from the same silken cloth when it comes to our profession. Slaves to the world of interior decoration, our conversations can get a tad design-centric when we meet up. Throw in a bottle, or two, of white and it’s kinda mental impressive how long we can flog a subject like… Shelving or Abigail Ahern’s sitting room. 

Or, as was the case last week, Wallpaper. Meet Wall & decó, the super cool Italian Wallpaper Design Company that is burying the “neutral” trend 6 feet under while hastening the pulse rate of wall whisperers everywhere. Don’t you just love a bad boy. (Thanks for introducing us Tafty, fight you for him!) x





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Doing Tasting

Seasonal Foods; Tummy Rumbling Recipes

Our post last month on 3 Seasonal food; 12 delicious recipes went down well with you all, so we thought we’d try and make a monthly thing of it. And to sweeten the deal, we’ve thrown in a few more recipes for good measure. You know your belly deserves it!


Sauteed Trout with Watercress Puree


Watercress and Pea Soup      Watercress and Orange Salad      Spring Herb Risotto


 Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower 


Cauliflower Tempura        Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry       Warm Cauliflower Salad


Moroccan Lamb Tagine


Spiced Leg of Lamb      Menchoui Lamb with Carrot Salad      Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki


Fresh Mint Ice Cream


Tropical Fruit Salad with Mint Dressing       Mint Choc Chip Macarons       Mint and Watermelon Soda Float

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Ooh La La; Minimaliste Homewares by Caroline Gomez

I can’t remember the last time I got this excited about a serving board. I wasn’t even particularly aware that I needed a serving board, until now. But I do… Badly. And I have French designer, Carolina Gomez and her beautifully minimalist homewares to thank. Once I delved a little deeper into her work, the drooling didn’t stop there (trés chic, I know).

 All her élégant creations are handmade in France, in limited series. And with desktop organisers inspired by puddles and wooden cutting boards shaped like clouds, very clean lines and super sleek though her work is. Boring, it ain’t.

La Planche De Service €46

La Baladeuse €210

Ligne €30

Tablette Pol €35

Living Looking Loving

F**k Yeah It’s Irish! Brooke & Shoals Harmonious Soy Candles

I enjoy a good ol’ smell in my apartment and love the fact that Alison Banton’s range of Irishmade soy candles, Brooke & Shoals, are made from sustainably sourced natural soy wax (way less nasties you see). With fragrances like “Grapefruit & Lemongrass”, “Green Fig & Vertiver” and “Sicilian Lemon & Neroli”, my humble abodes never need be stinky again.

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Easter Eggs Cracked; 4 Way’s to Make Them Yourself

Feeling creative, always wanted to call on that inner chocolatier. Well get your sleeves a rolling and feast your eyes on these homemade choctastic egg recipes. You won’t regret it.

And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, might I suggest my own Easter egg recipe. An Easter egg, in an Easter egg, in an Easter egg. Genius, I know…. Let us know how they turn out and if you’d like to send us any leftovers samples that’s OK too.

Candy filled Easter Eggs


Chocolate Egg with Ducks and Rabbits


An Easter Egg Chick

Solid Chocolate Eggs

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