A Shop guide: Summer 2020

We are finally getting close to the summer season! During this time we tend to spend a little bit more time outside and it is a good reason to style your outdoor lounge with beautiful and comfortable furniture. But we will not forget about Interior as there are always attractive pieces to refresh rooms and update small decor.

All major furniture stores in Ireland are having New Arrivals and if you would like to find something beautiful and elegant for your home, welcome to explore my TOP 10 pick for you.

IKEA is a leader on furniture market to offer a good variety and still affordable furniture and decor. It is amazing to see how effortlessly Ikea able to keep up with all stream trends and adapt design concepts in own products. Fair play to their designers for being able to deliver design chic to mass market. Here what they have for you this Summer.

#1 HÖGSTEN Outdoor White Armchair

Garden chair white IKEA

Price: 85.00 euro     

Shop: ikea.ie

Product ID: 502.098.65

#2 HÖGSTEN Outdoor White Armchair – small

White garden furniture ikea shopping

Price: 70.00 euro     

Shop: ikea.ie

Product ID: 202.098.62

#3 GRACIÖS Collection – IKEA colourful decor for the sunroom

Styling colourful decor for home IKEA shopping

 Shop: ikea.ie

Product ID: 704.625.11

Product ID: 904.681.59

Product ID: 904.625.05

#4  Great selection of Decorative Baskets

TJILLEVIPS Basket, 40cm – Black / SeaGrass Green 

Basket black Ikea shopping Green seagrass basket home decor ikea shopping


Price: 19.00 / 17.00 euro     

Shop: ikea.ie

Product ID: 404.394.85 /604.394.89

KRALLIG Basket, 25cm – SeaGrass Light Pink /White

Pink basket IKEA decor White basket IKEA decor

Price: 12.00 euro     

Shop: ikea.ie

Product ID: 804.476.62 /804.476.57

#5 BONDHOLMEN Outdoor grey armchair 

wooden grey armchair Ikea

Price: 118.00 euro     

Shop: ikea.ie

Product ID: 093.238.02


IKEA is not the only Scandinavian style store, which can offer furniture with interesting details.



 Scandinavian furniture JyskScandinavian furniture

Price: 49.99 euro     

Shop: jysk.ie

Product ID: 3797430  /3797420 

#7  SWARA Garden Carver Chair, Natural Rattan and Black

Designers garden chair Made Designers garden furniture

Price: 179.00 euro     

Shop: made.com

#8 NADDA Set Of Two Tall Polyrattan Plant Stands, Black

Black planter made.com

Price: 99.00 euro     

Shop: made.com


NOTE: You need to be patient with Made.com deliveries as all products have designer’s quality and made in small batches.


There is another beautiful Summer collection by ZARA HOME. This year they have a strong focus on tropical and sustainable design. These 2 pieces are my favourite from their new arrivals.


Zara Home chest of drawers

Price: 149.00 euro     

Shop: zarahome.com

Product ID: 1329/072


Metal mesh mirror Zara home

Price: 149.00 euro     

Shop: jysk.ie

Product ID: 6681/106


We used different mesh metal mirrors in several projects and they look absolutely amazing. Highly recommend for home decoration!

Dining Room, Killeshin Residence by AlenaCDesign

Killeshin Residence by AlenaCDesign


Bathroom design, Heath Residence by AlenaCDesign

Heath Residence by AlenaCDesign

If you like our Residential Projects, you can see New Recently Complete Designs in Project Gallery.


And here is a BONUS! I like to support local businesses and Irish Makers. There is no better opportunity to introduce you one of the local Irish Artists – CIARA O’NEILL


Ciara Oneill Artists

Ciara is based in Gallway and she makes a stunning selection of resin art, jewellery and even tables. Great news that you can see and shop her collections online at www.ciaraoneillart.com/originals 


Stay Safe and Enjoy Decorating!

Alena C


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Your Classic Contemporary Home

To find own interior style is one of the hardest things for many homeowners.There is no surprise here, when design magazines and social media show us beautiful and contrasting interiors. They do look rather stunning with a WOW factor and that’s the goal of publishers to catch your attention.


Design inspiration via House and Home magazine  

We live in a very artistic design period and interior solutions can be quiet creative. But would you be brave to use some of the ideas in your home? My professional advice, If you are not sure if modern design influence is for you, go for Classic Contemporary style! If you’ve never had a love for creative or “different” look, don’t make yourself to start liking it because trends are like this. Stay true to yourself and I will show you how to make your home timeless! Classic contemporary style is not a traditional “old” style and it doesn’t mean you have to bring antiques and heavy picture frames. This style is not aging elegance! Trends don’t have influence on it. Some people call it “Hotel look”. 


Here are key principles of your Classic Contemporary Interior to apply for your home:  

#1 Furniture 

As we talk about timeless interior, furniture is considered as an investment. Good quality is a key, firm foam, straight design lines. Fabric is cotton, linen, velvet or a mix. Try to avoid large patterns like flowers or multi-coloured stripes. Fabric should have a neutral tone, be plain or with a nice visible fabric texture. Sofa should look neat in design. 


Madison sofa by Finline Furniture 

 If you plan to have occasional chair or an accent chair, you dont have to match its fabric with sofa. Although, you have two options: keep it neutral but with different fabric pattern or add colour and keep it simple (plain). The idea of interior look is to be versatile. Than more simple colour scheme will be than easier will be to add and change styling details around it.  


Other furniture like sideboard, console table or side tables can have more of a designer’s touch with various decorative details. That’s where interior becomes more ornamental and less plain! Furniture might contain unusual knobs, carved detail, glass / brass /nickel or other finishes.


#2 Colour scheme and other finishes 

As it was mentioned above, colour scheme is a very neautral and mostly light. Choose shades or grey, taupe or beige. If your room has a lack of natural light, choose rich tone of your neutral colour. Making it visible, you will make room feel more cozy. Some of you might think that all walls painted in one colour can be a boring sight. If you feel that way then add texture! You can choose textured wallpaper, wall moulding, paneling, plaster etc. Your eyes will catch added details, even small ones and that’s how visual interest will be born. 


#3 Window dressing 

There are two ways of styling your window, better to say wall next to your window! Don’t cover your window, instead allow maximum of natural light. If you have no furniture under your window, use full length curtains, (No shorties!). If you have sofa or large sideboard, then go for Roman blinds. Alternative option can be a roller blind in a cassette. 


Contemporary sitting room design by AlenaCDesign  


#4 Lighting 

Statement lighting is a main room feature what makes it look luxurious and expensive. Don’t use lampshades but go for ceiling light or chrystal/ glass pendants. Reflective surface brings more lighting into the room.


Classic Contemporary sitting room design by AlenaCDesign  


# 5 Styling 

  •  Classic Interiors don’t like clutter or too many display objects. Group your display pieces by 1 or 3 or max 5 objects together but they should be displayed as a group with variety of textures, colour tones and heights. You can find more recommendations in previous posted topic How to style accessories on display. 
  • Use plants, artficial or real branches with leaves, floor plants – they add freshness to any room! 
  • Display paintings or photo prints in frames. That’s a good way to add a bit of colour into interior and over time easily can be changed. 
  • To make room look finished and cozy, please don’t forget to place right size rug (size of your seating area), and of course, cushions.   


Classic Contemporary is one of the styles which can look more expensive than actually spent budget! It’s a good example when less is more!   


Enjoy decorating!  X 

Alena C

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