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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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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...

Renovating the House: Part Two

Renovating the House: Part Two

We've come to that stage in our lives - where the state of the upstairs can no longer be ignored. When we first bought the house all those years ago, we had enough youthful energy, optimism and money to tackle downstairs and the landing and the rest would have to wait. Sure we threw a lick of paint over the walls...

DIY Wrapping with Festive Foliage

DIY Wrapping with Festive Foliage

Oh how I ADORE wrapping. Especially when you know exactly how you're going to do it. This post is about adding natural touches to your wrapping in an easy, timeless (and cheap) way.  HUZZAH! To prep for this, try clipping what you can from the back garden or local park or even pull a few twigs off the BACK of the Christmas tree if...

A Berry Teeling Christmas Cocktail

A Berry Teeling Christmas Cocktail

  Whether you're celebrating with friends or family, this sweet and simple cocktail will get the holiday spirit in the air quicker than you can turn on Bing's ‘White Christmas’! Ingredients:  30ml of Teelings Whiskey  20ml of Sugar Syrup* Handful of raspberries 20 drops of Rose Petal Tincture (we recommend America Village) 20ml of Lemon Juice  Crushed Ice  Directions:  1. Make a simple sugar...

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