Elegant home office essentials. How do you make room for a workspace in your home? Nathalie Marquez Courtney
Working from home is having a moment - and with it, functional but cool home office designs and products. The 2016 census showed a 14pc increase in people working 'mainly at or from home', and that doesn't include office-goers who have the flexibility to log in from home one or two days a week. Further research shows many open-plan offices are not conducive to focused, quiet work and it's easy to understand why an increasing number of us are opting to stay home instead.
Brass chairs with sleigh legs, €600 for a set of two: These chairs work equally well at a dining table or a desk, just add a sheepskin throw for hygge appeal; home-lust.com
The Sunday Times Ireland, MOVE Supplement, February 2018
If the new season has inspired you to to give your home a fresh makeover then there’s no better time to introduce you to the oh-so lustworthy new Irish interiors store,home-lust.com. From fabulous furniture and statement bar carts, to velvet cushions and whiskey decanters, online concept store Home-Lust has an array of home decor pieces to help you create an inspired space in 2018.
Their new fifties-inspired lighting collection positively beams sophisticated. Designed in elegant black with brass detailing there are both ceiling lamps (€120 – €220) and table lamps (€249 – €449) in the range.
Other eye-catching pieces in the furniture collection, some new additions and other already best sellers, include a brass coat rack (€299), a white marble and brass circular trolley (€499 and a slimline circular brass trolley (€399).
If you wish to dwell in the wonderful space you have created, Home Lust have an array of velvet chairs (€320) and rattan hanging chairs that are suitable for indoor or outdoor use (€369 – €399).
Visit the gallery aboveto see all our favourite pieces from Home-Lust.
Home-Lust is exclusively available to shop online athome-lust.com.
UMagazine Ireland, December 2017
Woman's Way magazine, Ireland, womansway.ie
Dress a drinks trolly... Not only are drinks trollies very much on trend this year, they are a simple way of elevating your dining experience. As well as being useful, you can use it to display your cocktail shakers, cool tumblers and colourful drinks, whilst adding some fairy lights will give it that festive feel. Drinks trollies are a little more on expensive side, costing anything from €300 to €600, but they are a nice investment piece in your home. Alternatively, you could always dress a side table to get a similar effect.
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The Independent, Ideal Home Show April 2017, Colourtrend Interior Design Forum
Featured is our 2017 interview and inset a photo of last year's roomset we exhibited at the same show ...
House & Home Magazine, April 2017
Interview for the Ideal Home Show, Colourtrend Interior Design Forum
"7 COLOURTREND INTERIOR DESIGNERS GIVE US THEIR INTERIORS TOP TIPS AND FAVOURITE INTERIORS TRENDS
Kicking off this Friday, April 21st, at the RDS Simmonscourt, the permanent tsb Ideal Home Show showcases the latest trends in interior and architectural design. To get you in the mood, we chatted to the seven Irish interior designers who are part of the Colourtrend Interior Design Forum at the show about the rooms they'll be creating, their favourite interiors trend for 2017 and their quick fire interiors top tip.
3. Diana Valentine of Home Lust
Tell us about the roomset you’re designing for the Colourtrend forum.
My roomset this year is an interior garden, which doubles as a creative workspace in the home. As work and home lifestyles continue to change, I believe that most people wish to have their own informal creative or working space in the home, one that can be enhanced by the positive impact of living greens. For the roomset I designed, I’ve chosen a number of Scandinavian brands sourced on my Home Lust Concept Store, as well as a large selection of products from Dublin-based Irish-design makers and fairtrade retailers. The assembled set is essentially a collection of my favourite things, and some of the best artisan creations available in Ireland, from makers such as Gilded Hound, Hey Bulldog Design, Elements of Action, Concrete Forest, Grain & Groove, Kaiko Studio, Dar Sol, and rare flowers and plants from La Planta.
What is your favourite interiors trend for 2017?
I love all the exciting trends in home textiles, such as the return to luxurious texture and vibrant colours, with the addition of fringes, pompons, tassels and jewelled embellishments to throws and cushions. These are lovely bohemian touches that have filtered through from the fashion runways and mark a return to a certain playfulness after quite a few years of neutral minimalism. In the same vein, modern glam will be big this year, with golden metallics taking centre stage, paired with dark greens, aubergines and inky blues, so expect an elegant sort of decadence when it comes to dining and the living space. The botanical trend shows no signs of waning, and animal motifs were present at all of the big interiors events in Europe, so it's plants galore and cute koalas this year, very tropical still, but definitely less kitsch than in 2016.
What’s your best interiors top tip?
Choosing products with a certain timelessness and versatility in both design and usage. Many of us don't have the finances or time to change up our home decor regularly, which is why investing in living accessories and even smaller pieces of furniture that can be used in different ways is a great way of making changes without breaking the bank or taking a week to redecorate the house. An end table can easily become a plant stand, a large bowl can be used as a display storage indoors, and a bird bath outdoors; a bamboo ladder is a towel rack, a balcony trellis or an unusual display for your pictures. One of my favourite pieces to 'play with' all year round is the barcart. I use mine as a display stand, accessorised with books, succulent pots and bric-à-brac, and for dinner parties, it becomes a glamourous drinks trolley.
Fresh home looks for a bright new season that you can achieve with ease, by Diana Valentine
This spring marks a return to interiors inspired by Mother Nature as we embrace lush living greens and fill our home with elaborately textured textiles and bohemian accessories. Welcome spring 2017's New Romantic look with these 10 tantalising décor trends…
7 Natural materials
Luxurious plants are the perfect backdrop for this season's natural materials and eco-friendly products, such as reedy rattan day beds and beautiful bamboo benches - the perfect accessories for your brand-new indoor jungalow garden.
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The festive celebrations on gaffinteriors.ie included one of one beautiful green marble and antique brass drinks trolley ...
"Bring in the hostess trolley
The hostess trolley is back and it brings instant character to a room. It can be used to stack anything from drinks to books or music systems for the rest of the year. It’s easy to decorate – just scatter a few baubles – and is a good way of delegating at least one task from the main host as guests can help themselves to drinks rather than having to have their glasses refilled. Any kind of table that you can set up with drinks and appetizers will fill the same role."
And here is the trolley again in The Irish Independent, Sunday edition, Property Section ...
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A big 'Thank You' to Caroline Foran for including us in her list of the best interiors online shops in the Sunday Business Post, businesspost.ie/magazine
Interiors: Keeping the best on site | A new breed of online interiors destinations are now offering a slew of interesting items, at surprisingly competitive prices ...
Such a great review by one of Ireland's best arts and interiors writer, Kate Phelan of the Culture Trip, Ireland.
We were so very happy to find our wares in the IMAGE Magazine Ireland #Lifestyle pages this month. This gorgeously designed issue stars the beautiful Maia Dunphy, curator of the refreshingly honest The M Word family and parenting blog, among other things, dressed in this stunning Helen Cody couture dress. See image.ie.
Delighted to spot our Instagram in The Journal's "7 Instagram accounts you need to follow for home decor inspiration", alongside great design Instagram and design blogs from all over the world...
We were delighted to be nominated for the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016, along with other outstanding Irish bloggers, in the interiors and lifestyle categories ... and we were over the moon to win two out of three: best interiors Irish blog in the company and personal categories, for our Lust List blog, and that of our resident writer, Diana Valentine | Home Design.
With Jill L'Estrange of L’Estrange Designs at Ideal Home Show, October 2016. Watch her interview here.
Write-up and photography of our roomset by hildabydesign.wordpress.com
What I liked: It was great to see the paint choice (Mussel) tying in so well with the rest of the scheme and Jill had teamed up with online concept store Home Lust which provided pretty accessories throughout.
IMAGE Interiors & Living magazine Ireland, September/October 2016 image.ie/interiors
Sunday Independent, Property Supplement, September 2016
House and Home Magazine Ireland, September/October 2016 houseandhome.ie
House and Home Magazine Ireland, July/August 2016 houseandhome.ie
Food & Wine Magazine, Ireland, June 2016
Irish Tatler Magazine, June 2016,
Confetti Bridal magazine, Ireland, April 2016
Irish Country Magazine, April 2016
House and Home Magazine Ireland, May/June 2016 houseandhome.ie
Garden Heaven magazine (March 2016), the gardening annual of Image Interiors & Living, image.ie/interiors
Munster Interiors magazine, Ireland, March 2016 munsterinteriorsmagazine.com
Irish Country Magazine, March 2016
House and Home Magazine Ireland, March/April 2016 houseandhome.ie
It’s that time of year when we’re done and dusted with Christmas, and we’re glad to see the back of all that boozing to be honest. We’re looking forward to the arrival of Spring and, thanks to the lack of funds in our bank accounts, we’re spending our January Saturdays embarking on that much needed deep cleanse of our homes. From tearing the tree down to bagging up what’s been lurking in the depths of our wardrobes, there’s no time like the present to introduce some fresh vibes into your home. It’ll do you the world of good mentally too. What’s more, if you’ve managed to hold on to a few bob this month, there’s no better time to update your living space with discounted goods in the winter sales. Here we round up 10 things we’ve been lusting after this January, sure to kick your January blues back to 2015.
Now that it’s December, we’re officially allowed to go Christmas crazy. Eclectic new Dublin-based online homewares retailer home-lust.com has arrived just in time…
Nothing flirts with that thin line between pleasant hype and panicky hysteria quite like the build-up to Christmas, especially when it comes to gift-giving. A certain amount of frenzy is all part of the joy of the season – it wouldn’t be Christmas without some last-minute Penneys power-shopping among crazed crowds – but this year we’re planning to keep the panic stations to a minimum by sourcing thoughtful gifts online. Mulled wine in hand, Michael Bublé crooning carols in the background, we’ll be leisurely browsing home-lust.com looking for special gifts for our loved ones. An online retailer of Scandinavian and European homewares, Dublin-based Home Lust was founded in November by a savvy team of interiors journalists and design bloggers, including a former member of the Image Interiors & Living team, Diana Nacu. Seeking to offer distinctive design pieces to Irish and European shoppers at a reasonable price point, the site boasts a considered selection of beautifully designed products from brands like Broste, Madam Stolz, HK Living, Haus and Vermissen.Their carefully composed collections also include fair-trade products and artisan craft works from makers in Portugal, India, Morocco and Turkey, and you’re sure to find something sublime to leave under the tree for your significant other/sibling/self among their wares. We’ve already spotted five admirable items we’d love to unwrap on Christmas morning.
As we love design, and follow design blogs religiously, we are over the moon with the response of some the best Irish design bloggers around. We were delighted when our products got the design blogger treatment on:
encounteringart.com, an exquisite art and lifestyle blog from Cork, Ireland
homewarehuntress.com, the beautiful Irish design blog of Jenna Crotty
designology.ie Instagram of Dublin interior designer Moya Farrell
________________________________________________________________________There is nothing we don't love on the South African design blog belonging to superstylist Kim Gray (now happily residing in South Dublin), kimgray.co.za Here are her home-lust.com shopping lists: