I hope by the time this issue goes to print there will have been a little increase in the temperature! It really has been a very long Winter. I am ever hopeful that April will bring sunnier days, thus encouraging a whole new energy and vision to your interiors. Vibrant splashes of colour are appearing in all the shops. I am still waiting on my favorite tree to bloom – the cherry blossom tree. One or two such trees are directly in my view outside my office. Unfortunately they bloom for such a short time. Mind you, it’s always a very pleasant sight when they are shedding their blooms and a scattering of pink petals disperse all over the road – almost like a natural burst of confetti.
As a follow up from my interior predictions in the last issue, we have a fabulous home that illustrates the whole ‘soft industrial’ look. I was delighted to be invited in to explore this interior. The structure is very unusual in shape and although situated in the middle of the city it is a house filled with light and sunshine. Check it out on page 6. We have also put together a page of products to give you some inspiration on how to achieve this look. We have some very useful carpet tips that will add luxury and warmth to your homes. You can see these tips and ideas on page 38. Tom, our resident photographer and myself, had a lovely day out on the “Wild Atlantic Way”. We visited a newly renovated late Victorian house in Spanish Point. This beautiful guest house is as stunning and impressive inside as are the views outside. I’m sure many readers will have fond memories of it, as it was renowned as a girls’ boarding school in a past life. If our feature on page 56 whets your appetite, why not take a trip to West Clare and stay there, as it now operates as a luxury guest house known as “Spanish Point House”?
So, as you leave behind the dark days, take a look at your homes with a fresh and bright pair of eyes. You will definitely glean some inspiration from this issue. Lots of vibrant colours on our shopping pages to choose from in addition to a few ideas for your patios and outdoor spaces. I suggest a trip to Clarenbridge Garden Centre to check out their fabulous newly constructed greenhouse. We feature it on page 72 – just to give you a peak at what you could actually construct in your own gardens.
It has been a joy and a pleasure to put this issue together for you and hopefully you will get as much enjoyment from its pages as we did from its formation.