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We hear from the designer behind the magical Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in West Ireland

You won’t find a more beautiful location for the historical Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. One of Ireland’s finest luxury castles, it’s set in the heart of the 12 Bens Mountain range along the world famous Wild Atlantic Way. With stunning views of rivers, forests and mountains, it’s not hard to see why so many of the hotel’s visitors return on a regular basis to take in the surroundings.

Vintage lovers will adore these atmospheric bars and restaurants across the country

Contemporary style diners certainly have their place in the annals of brilliant design, but we just feel that it’s hard to find such characterful places as those which bear echos of the past. Below are some hidden – or not so hidden! – vintage gems for eating and drinking across the country.

This hated home design trend is having a renaissance

Some objects like a clawfoot bathtub or an antique fireplace are forever in style, but when it comes to everything else, it’s roulette. Interior trends come and go in cycles and what used to be outdated can soon become new again.
And that’s exactly what happened with dark wood furniture.
Here’s why dark wood furniture deserves a rethink

Style it dark: how to avoid feeling intimidated by darker wood and tips to make it look fabulous!

Darker woods, whether natural or stained, are not always the obvious choice. Some may feel that dark wood is too austere or formal. This isn’t always the case! Wood is a wonderful, natural material to introduce into the home and its beauty lies in the limitless variety of tone and texture. An interior only starts to look bland when this tonality of woods is unvaried and all looks the same. Learn how to anchor the space with touches of darker wood here and there.

These unconventional colour combinations vary from mellow to spectacular… which one will you choose?

Green is undoubtedly a wonderful colour to let loose in your home and we could wax lyrical for a long time about the merits of this hallowed hue. We suspect however that you’ve already heard all about its calming, peaceful qualities, so… how about inviting some other colours to the party? Let’s get started.

You won’t be able to resist these French vintage finds unearthed by furniture expert Sophie Warren

Sophie Warren spends her days sourcing stunning French vintage and antique furniture for her company Vintage French. Her collection spans a wide variety of looks, from rustic farmhouse to mid century chic. We were excited to learn more about why Sophie first decided to travel down the road of dealing vintage furniture and to hear tales of sipping on gin and sodas with her grandparents who also had an eye for beautiful furniture design Read on and enjoy perusing these vintage gems, beautifully styled to fire up the cannons of inspiration!

Colour you happy: feast your senses on these colourful Kilim rugs and learn how to use one in your home!

Kilims are often a bit less expensive than other plushy antique rugs with lots of pile. As a flat woven carpet, they come with the advantage of being very tough and hardwearing… perfect for homes with lots of humans and pets trampling around! Although, kilims certainly play second fiddle to none when it comes to exuberance of colours and pattern. Available in every hue of the rainbow, from garnet red to blush pink and mint green, it’s hard not to feel bewitched by these beautiful creations.

The Curious House: designer Joanne Burgess talks salvaging antique finds

Interior designer Joanne Burgess runs The Curious Home, which exists to provide an expert’s eye when it comes to sourcing salvaged and reclaimed materials for historical home renovations. Joanne’s multi-faceted approach to design has even equipped her with a knowledge of upholstery and she is known for breathing new life into one off pieces by covering them in bold prints!

Fill your home with character: Around the world in antique furniture

Did you know the difference between vintage and antique? For something to qualify as ‘antique’, it must be at least one hundred years old. Antiques pay tribute to the richness of design history as it has changed throughout the centuries, across regions, countries and continents. Allow us to take you on a brief trip around the globe in search of wonderful antique finds…

Remarkable Homes: Thérèse shows us around her Clerkenwell Mews Home

We had the pleasure of visiting Thérèse in her lovely light filled home in the historical Clerkenwell area of London. Enjoy this wander around and keep an eye out for 20th century design classics dotted throughout Thérèse’s home!