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Our first Jewellery collection - Tory Long + April and the Bear

Our first Jewellery collection - Tory Long + April and the Bear

I've always wanted to design my own jewellery collection and when April and the Bear started all those years ago - it seemed serendipitous.  'I'll just design and create my own jewellery and sell in April and the Bear. PERFECTO', I thought with the gullibility of a new born.   Of course starting, building and running your own business is a...

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Statement Storage...

Statement Storage...

A little while ago whilst sipping coffee in our living room, the Bear and I decided that we needed more storage. Yup, storage. Sexy it ain't but for a peaceful home/ mind it's kind of important, especially when you can't walk from the kitchen to the hall without tripping over decade-old Converse. Anyway, the Bear wanted to build a floor...

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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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