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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...

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...

Gift Ideas For the Techie in Your Life – Meadows & Byrne

Everyone has a techie in their family and it is always a struggle to find the perfect gift at Christmas time. I have to confess, I am a bit of a techie and I can’t resist a good gadget. I had a lot of fun selecting these products below. They are functional, reasonably priced and very cool. Hopefully, you will find some gift ideas for that Gadget Man or Woman in your family… Halo One Bluetooth Speaker Halo One is an original, modern, and breathtaking new designed Bluetooth speaker. The aesthetically and fashionably shaped sound box reveals sexy curves and beech wood texture and delivers smooth sense of touch and great...

Christmas 2018

The days are getting colder and we are ready to embrace the most sparkly season of them all! On Sunday 18th of November, we are hosting our annual Christmas Inspiration Day! Join us in-store for all things festive from tree decorating tips with the experts to complimentary mince pies and mulled wine! Plus enjoy 20% Off in-stores and online so you can kick-off Christmas in style… With twinkling lights, cosy winter evenings by the Christmas Tree, dinner parties and great times with friends and family it’s no wonder Christmas is the most magical time of year. For Christmas 2018 we have pulled out all the stops! We’re bringing you four spectacular...

Tips to Transform Your Space with Bathroom Storage

The bathroom is fast becoming one of Ireland’s favourite rooms, with more exciting and quirky design than ever. Whether it is deep paint colours or vintage tiles, the people of Ireland are becoming more and more adventurous in their aesthetic, however, there is one problem when it comes to designing your bathroom…storage! The bathroom is typically one of the smaller rooms in the home, however, they require a huge amount of storage and typically bathroom storage is not beautiful. We have scoured the globe in the search of the answer and we are pretty pleased with how it has turned out. Our new range of Bamboo and grey fabric bathroom...

Update Your Master Bedroom

Your bedroom is your sanctuary, your safe space, your retreat from everything else at the end of the day, so here at Meadows and Byrne, we are offering our design tips to ensure your bedroom is the haven you deserve. 1. Choose a great rug for style & warmth Let’s start with one of the most troublesome areas for a lot of people; rugs. Rugs can be tricky in bedrooms but here are a few of our rules and guidelines that should help you out.   If you have room for a rug in your bedroom, you want to choose between two main options; your rug will either go underneath...

Care Guide: Upholstery

Upholstery Care Guide A little care goes a long way in keeping your favourite furniture looking its best. With the right cleaning and attention, you can easily refresh your home and make the most of the wonderful pieces of furniture you have chosen for you and your family. It’s well worth considering the type of cleaning items require especially when it comes to upholstery. Here’s our go-to upholstery care guide for cleaning and caring for the different types of upholstery in your home. General Care and Use Regular Cleaning Carefully vacuum your upholstery using the soft brush upholstery attachment at least once a week, dust removal may be improved by...

Colour 2018 – Pink

In recent years the colour pink has undergone a revolution. Whether it’s blush tones or bright fuschia, pink is popping up everywhere in fashion, interiors and our personal favourite…furniture! The term Millennial pink is a popular one, it refers to a dusty, rose pink tone that’s vibrancy is totally irresistible. So irresistible in fact that we just have to try it out! We’ve put together our top 4 ways to make pink work in your home this season and beyond. Embrace it If you’re going to try adding pink to your interiors why not embrace it fully and make a statement with divine pink furniture. Yes, it’s true pink furniture is no...

New Season Tableware

Nothing lifts a dinner party or afternoon tea better than a gorgeous tableware to show off the culinary masterpieces you have produced. Who among us doesn’t have one or two different sets for different occasions? Or is that just me… I will admit the long-suffering Mr Kitchen Buyer has often looked at me sideways when tasked with getting the spring-dinnerware out of the top press! But there is just something about tableware that I love and I especially love to change it up. What you dress your table with can be a wonderful way to express your personality, highlight an occasion or simply show off the food. If showing off...

Kids in the Kitchen – summer activities to keep them busy!

It’s midsummer, the school holidays are in full swing and it’s hard to come up with new ways to keep the kids busy on long summer days!  If you find yourself at home with a full house, we have a few fun summer activities to keep them busy in the kitchen. In a world where everything is ready-made on the supermarket shelves, it’s wonderful to show kids how with the help of an adult, some simple ingredients and methods they can create delicious treats for everyone! Cake time A home cooked sponge cake can be one of the most delicious cakes, especially when topped with fresh cream and jam! With...

Football isn’t the only thing France are Champions of!

Football isn’t the only thing France are Champions of! I’m sure we all know by now that France were victorious this weekend in a little competition called The World Cup. Having followed the French team with interest throughout I was in the mood for some French food for dinner last night. Luckily, French cooking is some of the tastiest out there and when it comes to cookware, it is hard to be the French classic, Le Creuset. So I dug the casserole out of the press, raided the fridge to see what I could rustle up and a version of the classic Chicken Fricassee was born.   A delicious and...

5 tips for a stylish and well organised bathroom

In the bathroom keep it sleek and contemporary with monochrome accessories that will make your life easier. We’ve put together 5 of our top tips for a stylish and well-organised bathroom! Colour By opting for a black and white colour combo you can create a simple look that makes an impact. Often the bathroom can be one of the smallest rooms in the house so a strong, clean colour palette will help to keep the space feeling ordered yet on trend. If you have mainly white tilling choose black accessories to create a bold look or white accessories for a minimalist style.   Make life easier We all rush around...