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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: 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...

It's Christmas Time!

It's Christmas Time!

​ We're embracing KITSCH with a capital K this season - with shiny watermelon ornaments, shimmering mermaid decorations and dinosaurs in snow globes to name but a few of our festive favourites!    Of course we know that not everyone wants their Christmas doused in an avalanche of glitter and so we have a plethora of perfectly rustic decorations from...

New Jewels to Drool Over...

New Jewels to Drool Over...

Have you been formally introduced to your new obsession? No?! Well welcome -  this new jewellery collection is by Irish designer Eily O' Connell. Eily grew up in Donegal on the North West coast of Ireland and hence sea themes are very evident throughout her work, like her absolutely stunning Snip necklace and crab claw earrings. I remember seeing the...

Hot 'Dam! A Quick Stop in Amsterdam.

Hot 'Dam! A Quick Stop in Amsterdam.

    A few months ago one of my closest mates was talking about a trip to Amsterdam that she had planned for her and her significant other. It went a little like this... 'I've just booked a trip to Amsterdam for our first Wedding anniversary'  'Can I come?' '...Yeah?.' Granted afterwards I did cop that I was probably intruding...

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