My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.

Creating Effective Lighting Techniques For Your Home

Lighting is an important aspect of interior design but getting the fixtures just right for your own home can be tricky to achieve, especially if you have no prior experience or creativity.

There are many ways to create effective lighting techniques in your home. Lighting can add a great deal of character and ambience to a room so it is important that they are placed in the right places, particularly if you have a small space as they can also help to make a room look bigger!

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Paint It Pink At The Ideal Home Show

Yesterday I was fortunate to be invited to attend The Paint It Pink Afternoon Tea Party at the RDS. The event was part of the Irish Cancer Society “Paint It Pink” campaign in aid of Breast Cancer awareness and was hosted by DFS, sponsors of the DFS Showhouse at the Irish Permanent Ideal Home Show.

This year the showhouse has been designed by the incredibly talented Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design.

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A Collection Of My Halloween Decoration Ideas

If you do a search on this website (or google for that matter), you’ll find no end of ideas for decorating your home for Halloween. But who wants to spend their day trawling through the archives when you have yours truly here do it for you! So being the helpful little bunny that I am, I’ve compiled a few of the most popular posts and images from this blog to inspire you and add some fireworks to your Halloween decor.

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Fall In Love With Autumn Decor

Giving your home it’s Autumn facelift needn’t cost the earth. In fact you don’t even need to grab the paint brush or rush out investing in statement pieces. All you need are a few well chosen accessories and a little help from Mother Nature. Read on for my top tips in bringing the outdoors in this Autumn.

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Resurrecting Emerald Interiors Blog

Not posting here and interacting with all of you has made me a little sad. I don’t want to sound soppy, but it was like something was missing out of my life. I love the interaction of this blog. I love getting your emails and reading your comments on my posts. I didn’t plan to stop posting and I feel pretty guilty that I just dropped off the radar without telling you, my lovely readers why. But the longer it went without me posting, the harder it was for me to get back into it.

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