Mood Boards

I can’t believe I am ready to head back to Ikea after the last trip – but I am! Boy will I be glad when the Dublin store opens. Anyway I need a dining table and a couple of chairs. D has just confessed he hates white furniture!!!!!!! But i think he just needs to see it in the right environment. I think I would have all the main furniture white if were left up to me. I already own two lovely white tulip chairs so the table and other chairs need to match

Here is my latest mood board.

Ogla black dining chair – 19 stg / Norvald red chair – 35stg / Melltorp dining table – 29stg / Bergsbo red cabinet – 169 stg / Persisk Rug – 54stg


If you have the basics right, a bathroom can be transformed for very little cost. Below are pictures of a bathroom that needs a bit of a lift.


My suggestion – add some bright colours through a new shower curtain, bath towels, plants and bright coloured cabinets. Here is a mood board to brighten up the above bathroom which won’t break the bank.

Black and red Atran cabinets from Ikea. 11.99 – 18.99 stg / Wooden Bath mat – habitat / For similar toilet brush holder and toilet roll holder – Dunnes – 10 -12 euros / Shower curtains – Ikea 2.99 stg / Potted plants – local nursery range from 5 – 20 euros / Green hand towel – Dunnes or Ikea 7 – 10 euros

Here are two sexy waiting room ideas. Click on the image to see the mood boards in more detail. I think the pink is winning my vote.


White mirror, white chair, chandelier and white chaise lounge from Sweetpea and Willow.

Pink wallpaper from Sandersons.

Black screen and coat hook from Graham and Green.

Decor8 and Amy Butler are running their annual mood board competition based around fabric from Amy Butler’s new range of fabrics. I entered the below but I am really not liking it so much today. Anyway if you feel like having a go its open to everyone and anyone – professionals and non professionals will be judged in separate categories to make it a level playing field. All you have to do is design a room aorund one of more fabrics from Amy Butler’s new Midwest Modern range. Competition deadline is the 23rd June. Check out the above link for details.

I designed the room for young teenaged girl who is still a bit girly but wants to be a little sophiscated in her girlieness.

Links to Furniture & Accessories on mood board –

(Description – shop – name of product – link)


Bed – Ikea – Hemnes Four poster Bed – 

White Paint for Bed – Dulux – Iced White – 

Bed linen – Clerys – Schiaparelli Stripe Double Duvet Cover  – 

White chest of Drawers – Ikea – Malm 2 Chest of Drawers – 

Curtain Fabric – Amy Butler Midwest Fabric – Pink Dahlia Range – Fushcia / Fresh Poppies –  

Pink Chair – Morosa, London , UK – Volant Chair by Patricia Urquiola – 

Silver Pouffe – Wallace Sacks – Metallic Leather Drum in Silver – 

Mirror – Wallace Sacks – Versailles Ivory Scroll Mirror –  

White Vase – Wallace Sacks – White Relief Vase –

Retro Clock – Wallace Sacks – Retro Flip Clock –

String Lights – Wallace Sacks – Orchid String Lights –

Ceiling Light Shade – Pier Furniture – Capiz Shell Shade –

Green and Pink Cushions – Pier Furniture – Linden Cerise and Green Small Agra Rib Cushion – and Pink – 

White circular rug – Graham and Green – Circular Goat Skin Rug –

Green Paint for Walls – Dulux Paint – Calm Spirit –

Curtain Pole and hold backs – Poles – Antique Ivory Metal Band Curtain Pole – and hold backs –

Andy Warhol picture in Silver Frame – All Posters – Andy Warhol Everybody poster in silver frame –


Ok I am still on my kitchen buzz. My imaginery client has just moved into their new gaff and the kitchen is awful and grubby. They have their own Fridge/Freezer and can only really splash out on a good cooker & hood. Their funds are really really tight as no one told them about all the hidden costs when buying a house. So no funds to do a complete makeover but they don’t feel comfortable about cooking or preparing food in the old kitchen.

My suggestion rip out that digusting kitchen completely! Repair and paint the walls a lovely bright colour. Then go for a freestanding kitchen for now.

The above combination (excluding the clients own appliances) came to just over 500 sterling and yes you guess it – all from Ikea

Kitchen Island – 125stg, Sink cabinet – 190stg, Mixer Tap – 75stg, Expedit bookcase – 69stg, red drawers – 18stg, red door insert – 10stg, Spice rack – 15stg, Dish drainer – 15stg, wall shelving with 5 hooks – 20stg. New kitchen – PRICELESS!

And the best thing is you can still hang on to many of these items! The kitchen island, spice rack, dishdrainer, mixer tap and wall shelving could blend in with the new kitchen makeover further down the line. And the bookcase could easily be used in another room!

The British home that featured in an earlier post titled – Beautiful Interiors – was the inspiration for this french bedroom.

Here is a list of where you can find the above items  – – blue vase, Pewter clock and frame, jewellery box and bird cages

Sweetpea and Willow -Classical White Rattan Bed and Lampbase. (If you like french style furniture this is the place for you – and it appears to be reasonably priced!)

Ikea (of course) – Hemnes white bedside table and dressing table

Laura Ashley – Chandelier, Lamp Shade, Cushion, curtain material, bedspread and rug


I am always baffled by why there is so little choice when it comes to nice shower curtains! Or is that just me? Shower curtains can really make or break a bathroom in my opinion yet there seems to be so little choice readily available in the shops. I had a quick look online and here is what i found if anyone is looking for a quick summer bathroom makeover –


The two on the left are from a UK company Balineum and you can order online. They are a bit pricey but look simply divine.

The two kitsch shower curtains in the middle are just brilliant and I think would give any bathroom the illusion that you live near the beach. Both are from an Ebay seller priced at about 20 euro – click here to view their shop.

And finally Ikea shower curtains – Candy stripe curtain is approx 10 stg and the plain red curtain (Saxan) is only  3 stg and comes in a variety of bright colours!

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