Archive for December 20, 2018

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Hosting & Toasting – Top 5 Tips

The presents have been unwrapped, the turkey carved and the box of Milk Tray has been eaten down to the second layer… Christmas is well and truly here and the party season is fully underway. Who doesn’t love a good get-together over Christmas, toasting to family and friends? If you are thinking of hosting a party this Christmas, let these tips be your guide to the perfect drinks party! A Warm Welcome Set the scene the moment your guest arrive with candlelight and scent. Scented diffusers dotted throughout the house will have your guests in the seasonal mood in no time. Warming scents of cinnamon and clove, notes of pine,...

Turkey Toolbox – the ultimate gadget list

Nothing seems more daunting than the task of cooking Christmas Dinner, but with our Turkey Toolbox you’ll be all set. This is the ultimate list of tools and gadgets that you need to make sure that bird comes out juicy and tender and on time! Oven Prep One of the most important things when it comes to cooking the turkey is oven temperature. Because poultry needs careful cooking in order to ensure it is safely cooked, we would always recommend an oven thermometer. Ovens can often be off by some degrees, so pop this Jamie Oliver Oven Thermometer in as the oven is preheating. Then you can be sure that...

Christmas Table Perfection at Meadows & Byrne

It’s the biggest meal of the year for most people and it’s your turn to host… Don’t panic, Tabletop Buyer and self-confessed Christmas nut Julie has all the tips that you need to prepare the perfect Christmas Table this year! 1. Preparation Preparation is key when it comes to hosting dinner for a group, whether that’s Christmas Dinner or any other big event. What I like to do is about 2-3 weeks beforehand, lock down how many guests you will have. This is important as you will likely need to order your turkey and ham. Them have a look at your tableware and serveware and make sure that you have...

A Chat with Ceramicist Charlie Mahon

For a small island, Ireland boasts a striking number of talented artists, designers and makers. Cork-based Ceramicist Charlie Mahon is among this wonderful group of craftspeople making Ireland stand out in the world of craft and design at a global level.  At M&B we are proud to carry The Charlie Mahon collection in-stores and caught up with him lately to learn more about the passion and inspiration behind these beautiful pieces. Q. Where did your love of ceramics come from? My love of ceramics probably came from my grandmother’s dresser which my mother inherited from her first husband.  It was filled with gold filigree ceramics from the Georgian period and other items which...

Christmas At Your Doorstep

As the Meadows & Byrne seasonal buyer, you would think that as I am immersed in Christmas for much of the year, by the time it comes around I would be worn out from it. not true! I love Christmas and all the festive cheer, sparkle and warmth it brings with it. In this blog, I am going to focus on a few tips for bringing Christmas to your doorstep and into your hallway. After all, this will be the first thing your family and friends will see when they pop over for a visit over the festive period. Doorstep Firstly, select your wreath – our Red Berry and Pine Wreath...

Behind the sofa – A Tour Of Our U.K. Sofa Factory

Sofas are one of the largest pieces of furniture you will ever buy and are a strong foundation for any sitting or living room. It is typically the first thing we think about when going through the process of designing the layout for the room and is definitely a decision most people do not take lightly. Here at Meadows & Byrne we think of a sofa as an investment piece, an item that is paramount to the quality of your downtime and because of that, we always take our sofa selection very seriously. Many of our long-time customers will be familiar with our signature range of sofas which we have been...