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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...

A/W 2018

1. Artisan Textures and Metallic accents Key aspects of Autumn trends this year are artisan textures and metallic accents. Think hand finished textures, organic shapes and rich materials like ceramics, wood and rustic metals. Vases, centrepieces and mirrors are a wonderful way to add some depth to your interiors and try this trend. Think about the colour palette in your living room and choose pieces to complement the overall style of your room. For example, to add a sense of warmth to your space opt for rich warm copper colours when it comes to metallic accents. If you are looking for a crisp, refreshing feel, then cool tones such as silver or...

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Gift Guide Choosing gifts for your nearest and dearest can be tricky business. With Father’s Day just around the corner, we are all looking for a little gift inspiration. Here at Meadows and Byrne, we have decided to give you a helping hand with our Father’s Day Gift Guide!     Mini BBQ The conventional BBQ has long been classed as the man’s domain – making it the perfect gift for your Dad this Father’s Day! Our Mini BBQ is the outdoor cooking experience times 100. This mini BBQ is designed with portability in mind which means you can enjoy a barbeque at the beach, in your garden or on top...

Perfect Match – They’ve found each other, now find them the perfect Wedding gift

Choosing the perfect Wedding Gift can be quite a task. Luckily for the gift giver, most couples have similar tastes & interests making gift buying that bit easier. Here are some gift ideas for the perfectly matched couple. The Art Lovers If the Wedding Couple are lovers of Art you will have a huge variety of options to choose from for a Wedding Gift. From inspiring interior pieces to eclectic wall art the choices are endless. Why not bring a little Irish heritage into the newly Weds home with the Cliffs of Moher Wall Art. It’s the perfect depiction of a stunning landscape with a striking design and colour palette. If the couple are fans of modern art with a quirky...

Spring Bed Linen- Behind the Design

Our Duvet sets are made in a family-owned factory, located in the heart of Portugal’s textile region. The mill is owned and operated by the founder’s great-grandchildren and has adopted modern technologies while preserving their culture’s time-honoured techniques. Our duvet collections surpass the highest criterion of testing for harmful chemicals and synthetics and are not artificially softened.    This Spring, our buyers have gone for two distinctive themes for our bed linen collection: Art Deco-inspired graphic prints and Laid-back Coastal with gentle blue tones. Art-Deco is certainly having a moment in interiors for 2018, and here at Meadows and Byrne, we are excited to offer our take on the iconic...

You Guac My World

You Guac My World Guacamole or Guac as it’s fondly known, a dip made from avocados, is originally from Mexico. The name is derived from two Aztec Nahuatl words—ahuacatl (avocado) and molli (sauce). All you really need to make guacamole is ripe avocados and salt. After that, a little lime or lemon juice—a splash of acidity— will help to balance the richness of the avocado. Then if you want, add chopped cilantro, chilies, onion, and/or tomato.   The trick to making perfect guacamole is using good, ripe avocados. Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If there is no give, the avocado is not ripe yet...

Simple Tips for Choosing the Perfect Rug

Picking the perfect rug for your room can be an intimidating task, but as more and more people are opting for timber flooring in their living areas, they are becoming increasingly important to soften a room. Here at Meadows and Byrne, we have a few easy steps to follow, to make the task a little less daunting and arm you with some starting points.   Size Up Your Space  Measure the size of the seating area before you go shopping and aim for rug closest in size to that. If you have a corner sofa, consider where you will need the rug to cover, in comparison to a room with...

Winter Warmers from Behind the Half Door – Stories of Food and Folk

This week we are delighted to feature our first guest blog from Kady O Connell, co-author of “Behind the Half Door: Stories of Food and Folk” with Biddy McLaughlin. With a fresh approach to Irish cuisine, it’s no surprise that the book has been shortlisted for a prestigious Gourmand Award! Filled with a charming patchwork of Irish history, emotion-filled interviews and authentic recipes this book will that will nourish your soul and revive your home cooking.   Here are Kady’s favourite winter warmers from her book to give some inspiration to your weekend menu!     Winter Warmers from Behind the Half Door – Stories of Food and Folk   When I...

Julie’s Chicken Vegetable Soup

This time of year we’re all on the health buzz after the indulgence of the festive season. However, as temperatures drop even further, we’re in need of the perfect comfort food to warm our bellies but also keeping the healthy balance. Julie’s Chicken Vegetable Soup is the perfect recipe for both comfort and staying healthy and we can confirm that it is absolutely delicious!   8 servings 1Kg skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 2 tablespoons olive oil 1½ cups chopped fresh mushrooms 1 cup chopped carrot ½ cup chopped onion ½ cup chopped green sweet pepper 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons...

5 Tips to Revive your Bedroom

  Now that we are settling into the New Year, it’s time to shake off the old and bring in the new!   A fantastic way to feel refreshed for the New Year is to de-clutter and revive your home. One of the most important rooms in the house is your bedroom. It’s where you rest, recuperate and re-energise, so it’s top of the list for our 2018 “Room Revive”!   We’ve put together 5 tips to quickly and easily revive your bedroom for 2018:     1. Fabulous Bed Linen Life is all about the little luxuries, especially in your home. After a long day, there’s nothing better than relaxing...

Cooking the Perfect Christmas Dinner 

When it comes to Christmas dinner it helps to have some expert advice at hand! At M&B our Kitchen & Dining buyer, Julie is our Cooking guru! We asked her to put together her top tips for cooking a great dinner on Christmas day! We all know that Christmas is one of the most important meals of the year. We all love to talk about our Christmas Traditions and dinner will always feature heavily in that! However, if you are the one tasked with making this most monumental of all meals happen, you might not be looking forward to it as much as others. So with that in mind, we...