A Yellow Submarine Sofa & a Shark-shaped Chair? It Must Be Rodnik Band's First Home Collection

I adore Philip Colbert's Rodnik Band label. I chose to wear a tunic from their collection to the Cosmo Blog Awards, and I'm also lucky enough to own their classic Yellow Submarine print rain mac.

Now Philip & co. have branched out into interiors, with a range to be available on Made.com soon. The launch is at the stylish Milan Furniture Fair. 

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What's Your Favourite Colour? Would You Paint Your Whole House that Shade?

My favourite colour has always been green. Would I paint the entire outside of my home green though? Never say never.

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If the whole building is a bit too much, you could always dabble with the shed or garden house. 

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Green can really brighten up a room.

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I also love the idea of an indoor plant wall, although I manage to kill most house plants.

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So perhaps I would be best settling for a retro wallpaper mural.

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A Guide to Dublin's Markets

Dublin has a great range of markets, from food markets featuring the best fresh and home-grown produce to arty thrift and vintage bazaars and traditional crafts markets. Visiting some of the fantastic shops and stalls in the capital should be high on any visitor’s list. While many are in the city centre and easily accessible, other markets are a little further out so car hire from Dublin could be handy to reach them conveniently. So if you’re looking for a souvenir as a memory of your trip, check out our guide to the region’s top four markets below.

Blackrock Market

Set in the vibrant neighbourhood of Blackrock, with its cafes, bars, restaurants, galleries and clothing stores, Black Market opened in 1996 and has since established itself as one of the best weekend markets in the country. It’s a great place for simply wandering and soaking up the atmosphere as well as finding that special gift or souvenir from independent traders. Craft stalls selling bean bags, candles, hand-knitted baby clothes and soft furnishings sit alongside book stalls, antiques, curiosities and collectibles. Irish-themed art prints and postcards make perfect souvenirs. And if you’re feeling peckish there are plenty of food stalls, including ethnic food, fish and seafood, creperies and chocolatiers.

Ballymun Market

Open on Thursdays, Ballymun Market is a great place to start for traditional Irish local produce, including fruit, vegetables, fish, cheese, chutneys, pickles and sweets. But it’s not all about food – there’s also a superb range of stalls selling crafty items, from woolly hats, blankets and cardigans to jewellery, rugs, art prints and handmade cards. So whether you’re looking for traditional apple chutney or artisan cheese, a hand-knitted shawl or original painting, Ballymun Market could well be for you. Set up in 2006, it prides itself on being a community-focused market, supporting local producers and traders, with high quality goods and a fun, lively atmosphere.

Designer Mart at Cow’s Lane

Set in the thriving cultural heart of Temple Bar, Cow’s Lane comes alive every Saturday with a vibrant outdoor market. An exceptional range of stalls showcases the very best in traditional and contemporary Irish arts and crafts. Products include exquisite wood-turned items such as bowls, pots, vases and boxes and handmade jewellery pieces with precious metals and stones. There are hand-knitted hats and scarves and vintage-inspired clothing, original watercolours and oil paintings and beautiful picture frames. Browse and discover the independent artists and designers who will be able to answer any questions on their products and craft.

Marlay Park Market, Rathfarnham

Located in Dublin’s Southside suburb of Rathfarnham, Marlay Park Market features a range of traders and produce. The picturesque setting offers visitors a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and experience one of the region’s more peaceful locations. The 18th century Marlay House provides a backdrop, while the market itself is set in the attractive courtyard. You can find a wide variety of stalls, from eateries and artisan delicatessens to traditional souvenirs and modern art and design. When you've finished browsing the market stalls, go for a wander in the beautiful landscaped grounds. The house is set in 247 acres and features walking trails, sports facilities including a golf course, kids' playground and even a model railway.

 

 

 

Michael's Corner of Kitsch

Trying out a little now & then feature; sharing my son's style with you. He's six and a half & takes a bit of an interest in his clothing, so I thought it would be nice to make this a new category on The World of Kitsch.

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Sunglasses from H&M Kids, summer 2013 approx. £3.99

Mod haircut in a mini-size, cut by Clare at Vintage Rocks, Belfast. I highly recommend the parlour, especially for making kids feel relaxed and very grown up. 

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Army khaki, light, spring jacket. We call it a John Connor jacket because cool dudes with friends who are Terminators wear them. H&M Kids, Spring 2014 -in store now. £17.99

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Limited edition, Sailor Jerry, Converse slip ons  Bought a couple of years back in advance on eBay, brand new. Can't recall what I paid for them.

Sweatshirt is Paul Frank. Again available from H&M Kids, Winter 2014, a few left in stores. I think I paid £12.99-ish

Jeans, guess where? Yes, H&M Kids winter 2014 again. About £9.99 and much nicer quality for that price than supermarket or Primark. 

Mother's Day Gift Ideas at the Ever Beautiful Creative Gardens, Donaghadee

Mother's Day in the UK is next weekend, Sunday 30th March. I visited Creative Gardens, Donaghadee for some gift inspiration. Why not visit this weekend and pick something up for your Mum, and enjoy a slice of giant lemon meringue in their award winning restaurant?

They have a wealth of ideal Mother's Day gift ideas at all price ranges, and even have a card & gift wrap section so you can get everything sorted in one stop. 

Creative Gardens have another branch in Bushmills, and a newly opened centre in Galgorm. If you aren't from Northern Ireland, there is a selection of items in their online store to browse.

 

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How about an orange tree instead of the traditional bunch of flowers?

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Instead of a box of chocolates, you could choose one of the many vintage print tins and fill it with retro sweets, or baking supplies.

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There are lots of savoury sauces, chutneys and relishes if your Mum isn't a sweet tooth.

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Creative Gardens has a beautiful home ware department with literally dozens of possible presents.

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Gorgeous wicker picnic set

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They have an excellent selection of Cath Kidston bags and kitchen ware. If you're a bargain hunter like me, get across this weekend and catch the sale items.

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Creative Gardens also stock local crafts, like this pretty patchwork from Made Pretty.

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Of course it also had a huge garden section. Lots of spring bulbs and plants which would make a more lasting gift than a bunch of cut flowers.

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What about a little birdhouse?

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A very unique gift- a topiary frame. I actually bought a squirrel version from Creative Gardens for my Dad last Father's Day.

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If you really can't decide, there are gift cards available. These can also be used for the 150 seat restaurant, which will be giving away complimentary tete-a-tete for all ladies who are in for lunch on Mother's Day.

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Something Beginning with i

Have you ever imagined an amazing room but had no idea how to even begin making it a reality?                

Then speak to Robin McFarland, founder of Belfast based interior design company, Little i Design.

Having had years of experience designing, making and dressing sets for film and television, Robin started up his own company to offer his skills and flair to anyone who wants their home to be individualised and, more importantly, to offer his services at a price which remains surprisingly affordable.

Take a look at what was created for clients who wanted a bedroom inspired by the distinctive visual style of Tim Burton.                

 
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Excitingly creative, Robin made his clients’ dream bedroom a unique reality.

Robin enjoys creating children’s rooms as individual as the children they are for. Whether they want to sleep in a tree house, to go through the looking-glass, or to be right inside a Mario game, Little i delivers.


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From straightforward painting or wallpapering, laying floors or tiling , to making a dream room become reality, Robin is happy to help.

See more of what Little I Design has to offer: www.littleidesign.com

Or contact Robin directly on: 07841013554

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