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April and the Bear is an award-winning DIY/ lifestyle and interiors blog. Dublin-based interior enthusiast/ blogger and entrepreneur Siobhan Lam shares her own experiences of doing up her home in Portobello ... be warned it involves head wounds, bruised shins, fire engines and never-ending mountains of dust. Don’t let this deter you though – we want to encourage and help other not-so-handy individuals to throw caution to the wind and pick up that sledge hammer, but to do so with slightly bent knees and a hard hat firmly on your head.

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Renovating the House: The Finished Master Bedroom

Renovating the House: The Finished Master Bedroom

Hello Chums,  So we have moved into our bedroom and it feels so good and rather surreal but ultimately so lovely. And I will say, it's not completely finished JUST yet but it's nearly there so it seemed the right time for a blog post! I'll start by saying, if you haven't read our first blog post about the Master...

Renovating the House: The Ensuite

Renovating the House: The Ensuite

When the Bear and I honeymooned in Florence we decided to rent an Air BnB for our stay and we rented a super chic ground floor apartment with a staggeringly cool art collection - it also had an all-concrete bathroom that we were very taken with. This bathroom became the inspiration for our ensuite - we wanted concrete walls and...

Renovating the House: Nearly There

Renovating the House: Nearly There

Admittedly our updates on the renovation have been quiet as of late. This has been for a couple of reasons - I totally forgot how unpleasant it is living on site (not conducive to blogging at ALL), the renovations ran over time wise and of course went WAY over budget - so in other words, I've been VERY busy being...

New Irish Designer - Rebecca Killen

New Irish Designer - Rebecca Killen

We are very excited to introduce Irish designer Rebecca Killen to the store - Rebecca designs beautiful ceramics in stunning colours with hand painted stunning details. Rebecca is a graduate of the Belfast School of Art and is from County Down. With a love for curating her home, Rebecca aims to challenge the 'throw away' culture with the creation of...

Renovating the House: Master Bedroom Plans

Renovating the House: Master Bedroom Plans

One of the most important things for the bedroom is that we have LOADS of storage – storage is super not sexy, but it’s so important to have functional storage in your home or keeping your house in anyway neat will be a constant nightmare. We’ve learned this the hard way – with bedsheets and towels stored in our kitchen...

Renovating the House - The Upstairs

6 years ago… The upstairs of the house has had MANY guises, when we first bought the house we moved into the bedsit up there which consisted of a small sitting room, kitchen/diner, small bathroom and bedroom.   After we had renovated the downstairs (so like 2 years later), we then ripped out the HORRENDOUS kitchen upstairs, pulled up the...

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