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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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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...

Getting to know you - Rachel Corcoran

Getting to know you - Rachel Corcoran

Rachel Corcoran is a freelance illustrator from Dublin, Ireland - I first spotted her beautiful work on Instagram and knew her original art would work wonderfully in the shop. Having originally qualified as an archaeologist and art historian, Rachel now works exclusively as a professional illustrator, while also providing design services for clients. Rachel's images evoke a sense of wonder...

A little trip up North...

A little trip up North...

This world of ours is a very hectic place, and as I get older it seems to get busier and busier. Which is why taking time out is so important, time away from work, time away from emails, even time away from Instagram is GOOD for the soul. So that's exactly what the Bear & I did last weekend. We...

Getting to know you - Jess Tobin

Getting to know you - Jess Tobin

Jess Tobin is one of our newer artists - her art is femme focused, inspired by street art and Irish society and is totally brilliant. This week we launch her limited edition 'Your hair is massive' print so we'd thought we'd sit down and get to know her a little better... Who is your favourite artist? I don't have one,...

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