Irish Homeware - My Local Loves this Christmas
For week 2 of My Local Loves this Christmas I'm talking all things Irish homeware...
Welcome back to My Local Loves this Christmas! This week we will be covering another favourite department of mine, homeware 😍
I have many local loves when it comes to this topic. I've found most of them through Pinterest or Instagram as I have recently been on the hunt for some interior inspo. I've been creating an old school interior vision-board to help me to stay hopeful and focused on moving out in the new year 🤞🏼
I believe that it's really important to focus on what you want your home to be for you. Is it a place of rest and sanctuary? Is it a place focused on creativity or hosting gettogethers? Is it a place of work or play for you? Each room has a different purpose so it is important to remember this when trying to create a smooth flow throughout your home.
Decorating your home gives you an opportunity to put your own stamp on it, showing off your personal style and creativity. For me, I definitely love more of a bohemian twist on things, with lots of natural materials, colours and plants. It is also important to tune in to how different colours make you feel and to asses if that feeling is appropriate for your specific room. For example, I find the colour green both calming and refreshing. This was the deciding factor in choosing a beautiful light shade of green for both my bedroom and my chill out space where I meditate and practice reflexology.
Okay that's enough pretending that I know what I'm talking about and on to the good stuff! :)
My first Local Love is the beautiful Kildare made Reyna Candles. As featured in Goss.ie, these beautiful soy made candles are shaped to mimic the female body. They are available in two different body shapes and an array of colours and scents.
Samantha, the owner of this new wonderful venture, is a Filipino woman living in County Kildare. Samantha started her business at the beginning of the second COVID lockdown and has got tones of traction from the get-go. She explains that 'Reyna' means queen in her native language. She believes that all women are queens, a belief that inspired her to create her bold, stunning candles.
Samantha is certainly a queen herself, undergoing all aspects of the business on her own from melting the wax over the kitchen stove to doing the budgeting and stock taking too. She is a real Girl Boss!
Reyna Candles are made with 100% soy wax. They are vegan friendly, cruelty free and biodegradable, as are the fragrance oils that they are blended with. They range from €18 - €20.
Next up we have House of Indi. House of Indi was founded by Zoe Carney in Dublin. Zoe has always had a fascination with preloved pieces and the beauty within their imperfections. This inspired her to to journey worldwide to source the pieces that she stocks. Here's some of my favourite picks that you can find online. You can also visit instore in Harold's Cross, Dublin.
This next Local Love is my go-to spot for all things plant and homeware orientated, Johnstown Garden Centre. They offer both delivery and click and collect options of their products throughout COVID restrictions.
Founded in 1974 by a local Irish family in Johnstown, Johnstown Garden Centre is home to Ireland's largest plant selection and garden store. Its bright 200 seat café and café gardens cater for a very pleasant Sunday out!
Johnstown Garden Centre has vastly expanded since the 80s and now sells a range of household and garden items, as well as some beautiful giftware too. Here are just a few of my favourites.
This next quirky Local Love of mine was born in Dublin by the beautiful red haired gypsy spirited Emma. Emma created The Temple Wolf in 2016, selling décor and accessories that are very much up my ally. Here is a little taste of what you can find online.
Irish Linen House is on my Local Loves list this week as they have been my go-to for luxurious linen face masks. Although I am not an owner of their gorgeous tableware as of yet, I can't help but fantasize about being one in the near future.
Irish Linen House are a family-run business that create stunning tableware and face coverings using sustainable Irish linen. Their designs reveal an aesthetic of modern Ireland meets traditional Celtic Ireland with the use of delicate embroidery.
You can visit their store in Smithfield in Dublin or online at www.irishlinenhouse.com
My next Local Love is long standing family run business McGreals Department Store.
Founded in 1975 by William McGreal, the business has been passed on to 2nd and 3rd generations, sourcing products from Ireland and abroad. You can pay them a visit in Edenderry in County Kildare or shop online. Here's what you might find when you do :)
Last but certainly not least we have, The Orchard. Undoubtedly, you have probably heard of these guys before now as they have been making the rounds on so many influencers Instagram accounts. This spot is possibly my new favourite shop! 🙊 You can really get everything here, fabulous gift sets of Tipperary Crystal mugs, Torc candles, outdoor furniture, tones of plants, kitchenware, indoor furniture, beautiful home décor and interiors, pet care and so much more!
Although they have a huge range of products to purchase online for delivery, I highly advise you to visit them instore in Celdbridge, County Kildare. I will never forget how impressed I was just pulling up to the entrance of the building. I am thoroughly looking forward to spending my soon to be Christmas vouchers for this fabulous store.
I hope you found this weeks post helpful in your attempts to shop local and support Irish businesses this Christmas 🎄✨