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Valentine’s Day Dinner

It’s February, we all need a little pick me up after January, and what better way than a nice romantic meal to celebrate the season of love! And because we love our readers so much we have a little surprise competition at the end of this blog… so keep on reading! One thing I love to do for Valentines is to cook a nice meal, I mean let’s face it… the restaurants are crowded and overpriced and at least if you cook at home there is no need for a designated driver. You can both enjoy a nice glass of wine with your meal. But what to cook… this year...

A LOVE-ly Valentine’s Giveaway…

Win a 29cm Oval Le Creuset Casserole worth €290 With the city of love as their capital, it’s no wonder the French are famous for their romantic nature! From romantic music, art and of course food, the French seem to capture the essence of romance and that’s why this Valentines we’ve teamed up with iconic French brand Le Creuset for a very LOVE-ly GIveaway Here’s how it works: To be in with a chance to win an amazing 29cm Oval Le Creuset Casserole worth €290, simply: – Pop over to our Facebook page and tell us what your favourite romantic recipe is and who will be sharing a romantic dinner with this Valentine’s Day? The winner will be announced...

Colour in 2019: The Update on international interior trends for the coming year

Here at Meadows and Byrne, we are big believers in timelessly beautiful and smart design, so we have been looking at how to trend responsibly and still have fun with your interiors. We are looking at 3 key trends for the coming season: Neutrals with a difference- this trend focuses on texture and muted tones, Bold Colour- this trend was massive at every show and is hugely energizing, and finally we will be looking at Pantone’s colour of the year; Living Coral. Neutrals with a difference. Natural, simple and useful pieces which satisfy a yearning for calm and honesty. This trend features natural linen tones, with subtle tones of pink,...

The Bobby Bed in a Box – The Most Comfortable Fold Out Bed Ever…

The Bobby Bed in a Box is a space saving fold out bed that doesn’t compromise on comfort. You can change it easily from stylish ottoman into convenient guest bed in a couple of easy steps, making it very useful for accommodating guests without using up valuable space in our home with extra beds. Available in single or double sizes, the beauty of this piece is that you are always prepared for guests even when you’re not expecting them! Within a couple of minutes, you can have a comfortable, posture supporting bed ready for your guests to have a cosy and relaxing sleep. Take a closer look with this video of our single Bobby Bed in a...

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...

Spring Clean with M&B

January has arrived and we all know what that means, budgets, diets, resolutions and promises to ourselves. Some of them we’ll keep and some we’ll forget within the first two weeks… but one thing we can all do that will last longer than the spur of the moment gym membership is a really good spring clean. A little time spent on this now will have you reaping the rewards all year long! We’ve put together this guide to help you get the most from your spring clean. I think the place to start is the kitchen. A clean and organised kitchen is a great place to start as for most...

Green Your Life – Simple Steps to live more Eco-friendly

Nobody likes waste, whether it’s wasting money, wasting time or wasting energy. One of the biggest topics of conversation at the moment is waste, creation of it, disposal of it and wasting resources. So we have pulled together some quick and simple tips to help you avoid waste. Small changes are sometimes all it take to make a positive change for the environment. Others require a little more work, but the effort is worth it both for your wallet and the planet. Cut down on your food waste We’ve all been there, Sunday starts with great intentions, you raid the fruit and veg aisle in the local supermarket and swear...

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,...

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...

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...