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Sunday Swoon #1

October 25, 2015
Sunday Swoon Cosy winter

Hands up, who enjoyed a leisurely extra hour in bed this morning? Ooh, I do love when the time changes, it feels so right that we get an extra hour that one day to enjoy being all cosy and chilling out! Maybe that just means I’m a lazy sod?! Anyway, as you will most likely know, I do love a series of posts and today I’m dropping a lifestyle mini-series into the mix.

Sunday Swoon will cover everything from pjs to pop up shops, and bedlinen to bonkers crazy heels. Whatever I fancy really, and items that have made me actually swoon. So, as we’re big fans of winter (and lazy weekend in pjs) we’re kicking off with a #cosy theme. Enjoy, and do let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see. Happy Sunday lovers 😉 Sunday Swoon Cosy winter Star print pj bottoms, £27 (in sale), Hush.

Herringbone tweed throws, from £72, Avoca.

Blue Hen Border 1/2 pint mug, £19.95, Emma Bridgewater.

Blue fob watch clock, £35, Allens of Caledon.

Purple floral print pj bottoms, £15, Marks & Spencer.

Large winter candle, £12.95, Bog Standard.

Cashmere bed socks, £35, The White Company.

Cashmere robe in light grey, £320, Silk & Grey.

Featured image: A Real Turf Fire candle, Bearded Candle Markers, Belfast.





Local Loves: Bedeck 1951 Collection

September 8, 2015
BEDECK 1951 Miramar

Bedding is such a great investment piece to give to your friends to celebrate their marriage. We’re big time lovers of high quality, affordable bed linen around these parts and enjoy nothing more than changing up the look and feel of our bedroom with the addition of new bedding. Local brand Bedeck has long since been on our radar (thanks mum for sharing the meaning of great bedding with me!) and to celebrate their 64 year heritage have just released the ‘1951’ Collection. We’re so excited to share and hope these six designs will inspire not only your wedding gift list but your home.


Ziba, our absolute favourite, features a striking ethnic tribal print in navy; a modern take on an enduring traditional design. Textures and patterns are introduced on the reverse print of the duvet cover as well as the complementing accessories including an embroidered ikat cushion and quilted throw with sequin detailing.


Miramar stylishly combines the latest trends in one bedding range. A sumptuous paisley-patterned silver jacquard, bold shades of blue and an ikat embroidered cushion create a statement look for the bedroom. Layer up with textured throws in silver and periwinkle blue for contemporary bedroom style.


Kaveri is a linen mix jacquard, featuring an Asian inspired design and a subtle all-over reverse print. Natural linen colours are matched with the warm tones of complementary accessories including a knitted throw in a rich spice shade and a metallic printed cushion to complete the oriental-inspired look.


Kasima features a colour palette of jade and soft metallic accents across a sophisticated and intricate Persian-inspired jacquard design. Complemented by a co-ordinating jacquard quilted throw, moss-stitch knit throw and an embroidered cushion with metallic silver thread, the range brings subtle Arabian glamour into the bedroom.


Ila is a printed stripe design with a paisley patterned reverse. This range adds modern style to the bedroom with bold stripes in a striking colour palette. The reverse of the duvet cover features a contrasting paisley pattern that sits beautifully with the rest of the collection. Made from the softest, cotton sateen, the range features an embroidered linen cushion and quilted cotton throw.


Atara makes an elegant statement featuring a jacquard with an opulent pattern in fashionable mauve hues. Contrasting geometric patterns in rich colour accents feature across the decorative accessories including quilted and waffle knit throws and embroidered cushions, for a glamourous setting.

The collection is inspired by traditional Asian, Oriental and European design, reinvigorated with a modern aesthetic style. Visit or pop into either of the Bedeck stores at 4 The Dye House, Linen Green, Dungannon and 465 Lisburn Road, Belfast.

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Design Led Gift List From Maven, Belfast

July 30, 2014
Maven, Belfast alternative wedding gift list


Maven, Belfast alternative wedding gift list

Was that a joyous day or what?! Mr Sunshine you sure make us a happy bunch!

Now that the temperature has cooled a little, why not pull up a pew and read all about the coolest interiors and gift store in Belfast, Maven.

Maven, Belfast alternative wedding gift list

You know how it is, you’ve a wedding to go to and a gift to purchase but the couple have no wedding list, what to do? Well, an insider tip here; head to Maven! Based a few footsteps off the bustling Lisburn Road this interiors paradise is the hard work of sisters Patricia and Catherine who have curated a collection of both emerging and established brands, including many local designers.

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For all you brides and grooms out there who fancy having a wedding list somewhere that you are sure to find unique items for your home, Maven have recently launched a great gift list service. Think less about the digital world and more about personal care and attention to your gift list. The girls at Maven are crazy about adding interiors zing to your home and will help you select pieces that will only enhance your abode. Each list, no matter how big or small is handwritten and cared for by one of the team. This striped back to basics approach is so welcome in a world where more and more we are simply dealing with a computer screen. It’s been such a success in fact, they recently had an Australian couple call looking for a gift. After a quick chat the item was chosen and the couple gladly collected it when they landed and before they headed off to the wedding. Now that is service!

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Catherine and Patricia really have put their heart and soul into Maven, and this is especially clear to see when you view the brands and products on sale. In the fabrics, textiles and soft furnishings line brands such as Northern Irish girl, Jude Cassidy, as well as abagail*ryan, Ferm Living, Boeme, Marimekko, Mourne Textiles, Louise Body and Korla are all stocked. The range of lighting is amazing with the now world famous Parlour lights by Donna Bates Design on display. For investment pieces of furniture you can’t go wrong with HAY and Galvin Brothers, whilst you’ll also discover stylish home accessories and kitchen items from True Grace, Stelton and Nadia Sparham.

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A full interior design service is also available, as well as a great cup of coffee!


The store is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

For more information tel: 028 9066 5176, visit or follow the girls on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You’ll be glad you did!