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A Modern Scandi Inspired Home in Cork

A Modern Scandi Inspired Home in Cork

Last year, I had the pleasure of working with the Cork-based Catriona on the design of her home. Catriona was upgrading her country home with a large side extension, she enlisted builder extraordinaire Derek O' Driscoll for the build and architect Kevin Gartland for the stellar design and wanted help with how to style the space and how to integrate it with the...

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How to: Transform your IKEA Blind

How to: Transform your IKEA Blind

We recently opened our first flagship store and we covered one wall in fabulous MIND THE GAP Jardin Tropical leaf wallpaper and had a little left over...so obviously I decided to put the leftovers to use!  You'll need: Wallpaper paste Wallpaper Paste Brush Pencil & Measuring Tape Roller Blinds A modicum of patience Music to work to: John Mayer's Love on...

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The Original Hotline Bling...

The Original Hotline Bling...

At April and the Bear, we strive to put a focus on Irish artists and have a particular fondness for those that use humour to express themselves and their talent. Helen Devine is one such artist – her latest art print ‘the original hotline bling’ combines her love of the 80’s with a cheeky twist. Bold, nostalgic and oh-so-covetable.  We...

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Our very own store...

Our very own store...

We've opened our first P E R M A N E N T store - wohoo!    It took months of planning and a week and a half of intense work to put together but we're finally here and super excited to be open and you know, not covered in paint. We've oodles of new brands in store like Nook...

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Our Salvaged Sliding Door...

Our Salvaged Sliding Door...

The Bear and I have always been on the same page when it comes to interiors. Which is fortunate all things considered. When we first started looking for a home all those years ago, we knew the kind of abode we wanted - and that was a New York city warehouse loft apartment. And yes I know, we live in Dublin -...

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Heard the news?

Heard the news?

As you may have discerned from our not so subtle hints over the last few weeks - WE ARE OPENING A STORE! A permanent one! In Dublin! We're super excited and B U S Y working behind the scenes to set the shop up - as we're aiming for a March 1st opening. Yeah that's 2 weeks time. A H...

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