Resurrecting Emerald Interiors Blog

2015 has not been a good year on Emerald Interiors blog!  In fact I haven’t posted at all since MARCH!!!

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 why.  But the longer it went without me posting, the harder it was for me to get back into it.

So why did you do it I hear you ask……..

There has just been so much going on in my life this past year that I literally felt there were not enough hours in the day to get everything done.  As many of you know we sold our house last year and had been living with my mum while we were searching for our dream home (more on that later).  Sadly mum isn’t very well.  She suffers with dementia and her short term memory is completely gone at this stage.  She cannot be left alone and needs 24 hour care. My brother, myself and John and my two nieces are her main carers and “most” of the time we manage ok. Unfortunately though it’s impossible to work in the house as mum would want to sit beside me and chat all the time and as I worked from home, this made things a tad difficult.  So as often as I could I’d go to the local coffee shop and catch up with work stuff.  But as I only had a small window of time my “paid job” had to take preference and sadly my blogging started to slip.

The other “distraction” from keeping me from this blog is that we purchased a new house earlier this year Yay!!!!!

We first viewed the house in January (it was the weekend of John’s birthday and we were on our way to Kilashee House Hotel for a weekend break to celebrate)  We viewed the house on the way and we both knew instantly “this is the one!!”  I got such a good feeling from the moment we pulled into the driveway that I think I knew before even going inside that this was going to be our forever home!

our new home

We talked about nothing else pretty much for the entire weekend and first thing on Monday morning, John rang the auctioneer to put in an offer.  Our offer was accepted and it was all systems go.  The sale took an age to go through and it was May before we got the keys.

Structurally the house is sound but it is very dated and needed (and still needs) A LOT of work to make it into the bright modern home I envisage.  For now, we’ve done some remedial works, painted throughout and installed a new kitchen and utility room before moving in at the end of June.

And we absolutely love it out here. We have the best of both worlds.  We have the quiet and peace of the countryside, yet we are still only 15 minutes from Castleknock. Even Arthur and my mum (who comes out at the weekend) have settled in very well.  In fact they’ve both already found their favourite spots 🙂  (Although I’m not sure how happy mum will be with me posting this photo as she’s still in her pyjamas having her morning cuppa 😛  )


There is an awful lot of work to be done to the house and that alone has motivated me to get this blog rolling again.  So knuckle down and prepare yourself of loads of updates on how things are progressing.  Although to be honest thus far, I have been my own worst client as I find myself deliberating constantly on what I want to do where.  I think I have too many ideas swirling around in this head of mine  😛

So far the kitchen is the only room pretty much complete although we still need curtains for the windows, a rug and some accessories.  But they are all in hand.  My cousin and I (thank you Gillian) have spent many MANY hours sweating in the garden trying to pull it into shape.  So far we have filled 5 large builders skip bags of debris and we’ve only scratched the surface.  I swear there are weeds bigger and older than me in that garden  😛

But I hope to journal and photograph works as they progress.  My photography is another thing that I have let slip over the last few months, I haven’t even taken the camera out of it’s case since we moved in and the few photo’s I have taken have all been with my phone!

So as this blog wakes up from it’s slumber, and me from my procrastination, I hope to get back into a routine fairly quickly. I hope I haven’t lost too many of my blogosphere family over the last months and I can’t wait to grow my little community again.

About Karen

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.

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