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Tabletop Trends 2019

We all know that creating your dream space is hard work! From decluttering to selecting the perfect wall colour and furnishings it can be hard to achieve the look you want. That’s why it pays to take note of emerging trends that can help to create your dream mood board for each room to guide you along the way. This season we are drawing inspiration from these three beautiful tabletop trends that capture a refreshing new style for 2019. 1. Artisan Details At M&B we absolutely adore glam gilt-edged charger plates and vibrant patterns that pop, but this season we are embracing natural tones with unique artisan style touches. This more earthy style...

Scandinavian Interiors – Top Trends 2019

With simplicity, minimalism and functionality at its core, it’s no wonder we are continually drawn to Scandinavian interiors, fashion and lifestyle. With a new year comes a fresh start and in 2019 we are all searching for ways to live a life less cluttered. Scandi design is wonderful source of inspiration to refresh, restyle and reorganise for the year ahead. At M&B we are embracing the 2019 iteration of Scandinavian simplicity with open arms! Here are our top tips to create a minimalist Scandi inspired haven in your home: Colour Set a tone of calmness and space with simple colours like classic white. From walls to furniture, opting for all...

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...

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...

Baking made easier – Tips to streamline your baking

With the Great British Bake Off final airing this week, interest in baking reaches its peak. Baking brings back fond memories for many people, learning to bake alongside their Granny for example. It can sometimes seem like a much more difficult process than cooking is. You have all that extra measuring, extra precision and extra steps. However, our tips will help you streamline your baking and make it a regular feature in your kitchen again. I know all about how daunting baking can seem, I decided to bake my own wedding cake… A great idea in theory,  but in reality, with a month to go to D-Day, this Bride-to-Be was...

A Chat With – Donagh Quigley, Founder of The Handmade Soap Company

The Handmade soap Company is one of the most exciting brands to emerge from Ireland in recent years. With an ethos of simplicity and a belief in only using the best, natural ingredients Donagh Quigley and Gemma McGowan have created an incredibly special product range. As with all the best entrepreneurs, the team began making their creations in their home, selling to their neighbours and local farmers markets but before long their product was selling across Ireland and beyond. A true Irish success story the core ethos and charming personalities of the creators is evident in everything they do, from sourcing the most beautiful scents to the stunning packaging that makes gifting a real...

Deirdre Whelan: Consultant Designer to M&B

On meeting Deirdre Whelan it’s clear to see there is something special about her. With a warm personality and unrivalled eye for design, it’s no wonder we all love to watch her and Hugh Wallace on screen for Home Of The Year! So as you can imagine at M&B, we’re delighted to be collaborating with Deirdre for our Autumn/Winter collection. Following our recent launch where Deirdre introduced this season’s furniture and homewares, we had a quick chat with Deirdre about her style and what she loves about Meadows & Byrne.   How would you describe your design style? Understated … I love simple, good design with clean lines. Less is...

Crazy About Candlelight: Styling Hurricanes & Candleholders

We are all crazy about candlelight! Well, at least I know I am. It is a wonderful way to set the mood, be it entertaining friends and family at a beautifully dressed dining table or curling up on the couch with a glass of wine, your favorite album playing in the background and a pillar candle flickering away in a hurricane on the coffee table beside you. It’s all about the ambiance…… Here are two examples of how to create the perfect candlelight setting. Dress to Impress Votive candleholders are one of the easiest, most effective ways to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. Dress your dining...

Editor’s Choice – House Edit

Top Picks of the week Since the beginning, we have been huge fans of Claire and Elaine of House Edit. Their incredible style, skills and attention to detail make House Edit one of our favourite blogs. So we were, of course, delighted to see that our new collections for A/W ’18 are catching their eye! Lighting Over at House Edit, the Astoria has been plucked from the crowd as a stand out piece. With minimalist style and rich forest green colour we can see why this piece is turning heads! Lighting can transform your space in terms of function and style. Adding the right light can totally change the atmosphere in your...