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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Events – Press Evening A/W ’18

Last week we opened our doors for our Autumn/Winter ’18 press evening! We were delighted to have interior Designer, Deirdre Whelan of Home of the year introduce our A/W collection along with Helen O’Dwyer our Retail director. This season our collection features ash wood tones, clean lines and contemporary shapes softened with rich textures and colours. While classic colours like grey and black play a key role in soft furnishings, there is a sugar and spice element; with blush pinks, burnt orange, mustard and ochre colours popping up.  Metallic accents,  hand finished textures, organic shapes and rich materials like velvets also feature in our home decor, while pattern dominates our dinnerware. Our A/W...

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...

Real homes, Real life, Real style…#MYMANDB

At Meadows & Byrne we adore getting a glimpse into your beautiful homes. Seeing how you style a piece you’ve discovered in our-stores really makes our day! So we’ve decided to celebrate with a €50 gift card to giveaway each month! Each home is unique so whether you’ve just styled a perfect table, turned a console into a cocktail bar or even if your sofa has been turned into a fort, share your home and your unique style with us! Here’s how it works: 1. Take a picture 📸 2. Tag us on Instagram using #MYMANDB 3. Tell us what you love about the picture At the start of each month, we...

Table Setting, the Meadows and Byrne guide to the perfect table.

We all want to impress with our hosting skills when we invite our friends or family for dinner. From the food to the drinks, right down to the perfect playlist, every detail is important. A perfect table setting is the centre of it all. This is something that many people worry about. I have put together my top tips for styling the perfect dinner table. This step-by-step guide will be your guide the next time you have a table that you want to dress to impress. What overall impression are you trying to create? Is it going to be casual or formal? What kind of details are you planning to...

An Afternoon with Ken Hom – M&B Events

M&B Events We are delighted to announce that world-famous chef Ken Hom will be joining us in our Dun Laoghaire store Friday 28th of September. Tickets for the event are now available on Eventbrite. Click here to get your ticket today: An Afternoon with Ken Hom – Tickets Looking forward to seeing you there!    ...