Oh yes the swallows are back, that’s how I know summer is here, all the old outdoor buildings at my house are full of swallows. I get a wake up call every morning a six o clock from my beloved dog Shannon, barking and howling like a lunatic round the yard chasing the swallows. Its a case of ducking and diving when I go to the clothes line. I counted nine swallows in all, nesting in the outhouses, the cheeky devils sometimes come into the house, I have a half door and leave it open every morning. They ain’t friendly, sitting in my courtyard the other day catching a bit of sun, they were swooping down trying to get rid of me. God I hope they took some good weather with them.
Summer, Summer, Summer time.
I have so many lovely childhood memories of summertime, every summer we’d pack our bags and go to my Nana’s house for the summer. My Nana lives in Cooley, near Carlingford, it was a glorious place to be, at the back of my Nana ‘s house we would walk down the fields to the shore and spend hours there. We always had picnics and I remember brown bread with lemon curd. I still keep a jar of it in my cupboard.
Lemon curd from Jamie Olivers online shop.
What would summer be without ice cream.
This is a must for anyone who likes their ice cream, you have got to try Murphys Ice Cream, award winning ice cream its delicious.
Sainsburys have a great magazine will a million easy summer recipes in it, just don’t read it when your hungry, mines all wet from me drooling over it. They also do interiors too.
I love painted outdoor furniture, check out my post on outdoor living.
For me anything with flowers on it reminds me of summer time.
Zara home €22.90.
I Really love this fresh Aqua floral material, Material £22.48 a metre, Cath Kidston.
I have a set of these Mugs got them in Dundrum in Cath Kidson’s for £4.09 .
Floral wallpaper is a favourite of mine.
Beautiful Laura Ashley floral wallpaper £21.54.
I adore Ralph Lauren Wallpapers, I know some of them can be very expensive, but if you are looking for a wallpaper to do just one wall in a room they are definitely worth a look. I have used Ralph Lauren wallpaper on several jobs, their variety is endless and so beautiful.
Ralph Lauren, I have come across a site in America that sell Ralph Lauren wallpaper at half the price and they ship to Ireland Decorators Best (not sure of shipping fees but check out the site).
I think floral interiors are so romantic in summer time.
Floral’s and spots in gorgeous bright colours.
Cath Kidston does it best, material £18.39.
A great idea to brighten up your bedroom for summertime, it won’t cost much, just change your bed clothes to summery colours.
There is nothing like snugging up with a cosy bright duvet, I love, love my bed.
Bed clothes from Laura Ashley from £13.22.
Bed clothes from Ikea £24.47, for double bed, available in all sizes.
Bed clothes Ikea £30 for double size, availble in all sizes.
Add a bit of sunshine to your bed with a sunny yellow headboard.
Or break up yellow by adding white stripes.
Keeping it bright and airy with cool blue, for warm summer nights.
Taking the plunge with aqua.
Embrace bright colours, for the summer it will give you a lift.
Vibrant bright coloured cushions from Garrendenny Lane Interiors
Crettyard, Carlow, Co. Laois.
Rich colours against a white backdrop, the blue on the sofa reminds me of the sea.
Sunny yellow chairs, you won’t hear any complaints from the dog, lazy lump.
A great way to let more light into any room for the summer, take down your heavy curtains and replace them with lighter window treatments for the summer months.
You will create more light flowing through the room.
I actually take down my curtains for the summer, because I live in an old cottage the windows are small. I am lucky no one can see in through my windows, the difference it makes to the interior of the house is amazing.
I love to see large windows with nothing on them, its like a breath of fresh air.
For a funky look this summer why not try these Tshirts from Hairy Baby, based in Co Cork.
For the baby, Tshirt €15.00
For the man, Tshirt €30
For the women €25 (that is so true).
Here’s a few summer treats I came across.
striped cushion £18.39
Stripe material £18.39 a metre.
Table runners £3.99 for those outside evening tea’s.
Striped cushions £9.99.
Colourful rugs £7.99.
Fresh crisp bedclothes.
If your not a fan of the real thing well here’s a very good fake, Orchid £49.50.
Don’t forget to try TKmaxx, they unusually have a great selection for summer time.
Beautiful Lantern from Garrendenny, €35.
Clock also from Garrendenny,€57.
Love the light, Love the colour, Apple Green Fishing light from Mabel & Violet €69.95
I Want this Paul Smith swimsuit, £90.
This blue topaz ring from Tiffany & Co, would go really well with my swimsuit.
Oh and this gorgeous Jimmy Choo bag.
Oh, Oh and these Jimmy Choo Shoes.
Oh sure what the hell and these Harry Winston earrings. I think that’s everything. Oh I nearly forgot.
That’s me off to Bettystown beach for the day, well isn’t that what every ones wearing these days, just look at all the magazines, its my job to keep up with the style, you know. He,he,he.
After a long cold winter, its time to lie back and enjoy the sun, everyone, then again I do live in Ireland and we usually only get a week of it, but no harm in hoping.