Get a Cosy Home this winter with Energia.

Winter is now upon us and there’s an extra chill in the air. With dark and cold evenings, everyone loves to be curled up on the sofa watching Netflix with a cup of tea in the comfort and warmth of your own home. However, gone are the summer days where heating isn’t a necessity. The cold weather often brings a significant increase in energy bills. Energia can help your winter evenings be filled with warmth and comfort and lower those dreaded winter bills with our Cosy Homes Scheme.


What is Energia’s Cosy Home Scheme?

The Cosy Homes Scheme is a money-saving home energy efficiency upgrade scheme. The scheme can help you save up to €1,500 when you install a new Energia boiler and zoned heating controls, helping you to save money on your energy bills. We manage everything from the initial audit in your home to all the paperwork and grant applications right through to installation, so the entire process is stress and hassle free for you, the customer.



How does this help your Winter bills?

There are several ways to make your home more energy-efficient. Heat is lost in several ways throughout the home that you may not realise.  If your home is not properly insulated then heat can escape through the walls, roof and windows. From external wall insulation to roof or attic insulation, we offer different types of insulation suited to the needs of your home. Let’s compare, you wouldn’t use a glass that would let a drop of your pint escape this Winter, so why would you let heat escape throughout your home?


Energia’s Deep Retrofit scheme will upgrade your home to a high level of energy efficiency and includes items like Air Sourced Heat Pumps, Solar PV all with a guarantee of improved BER Ratings.

Visit to find out how you can create a cosy home this winter.

Conbu Interior Design

When designing a kitchen there is so much to consider: layout, storage, lighting, plumbing, electrical, the overall look and style but more importantly the budget.

If your existing kitchen layout doesn’t work consider your options. Think about a linear arrangement by removing the corners which will utilise all the space, and ensure everything is accessible. If this isn’t possible incorporate corner carousels. Drawers instead of doors on floor units allows for ease of access.









It can be difficult to reach items on higher wall unit shelves so consider incorporating some pull-down units. When it comes to finishes remember that flooring and worktops are items which can not be changed easily or cheaply so choose something you can live with for a long time. Quartz worktops are a great option as they can have the look of marble but no maintenance is required.


When replacing your kitchen you will need to upgrade your electrical and plumbing. Regulations change all the time so make sure you engage reputable tradesmen. Consult an Interior Designer who will have the up to date knowledge of products, regulations, fixtures and fittings. An Interior Designer can also manage the project for you and ensure your new kitchen works as efficiently as possible.


Images from Conbu Interior Design

With Christmas just around the corner, Energia have lots of festive ways that smart home devices can brighten up your home this Christmas and even help make Christmas shopping a bit easier.


Festive Delivery!

With most of us doing our shopping online for Christmas gifts, there will be an influx of deliveries to the door this year. So why not keep track of everything that arrives with a Smart Home Doorbell. Not going to be at home for a delivery?  You won’t miss a Christmas gift delivery with a Smart Home Doorbell as it will notify you when anyone comes to your front door or rings your doorbell.  The doorbell will transmit live images to your device via a full HD 1080p doorbell mounted night-vision camera and you’ll be able to talk to the delivery driver from wherever you are and let them know where to leave those precious gifts. Check out Energia’s security range to browse video doorbells from both Google and Netatmo.


Get into the Christmas spirit

Get the festive cheer in full swing this Christmas with a voice-activated Smart Home personal assistant. Whether it’s making the Christmas Dinner, exchanging gifts or sitting down with loved ones this Christmas, ask Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa or a similar Smart Home personal assistant to play a Christmas Playlist to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! And who knows, you might even coax Michael Buble out of hibernation by asking your Smart Home personal assistant nicely… Energia’s voice section has you covered for virtual assistants!




Your new personal shopper

Struggling to find a Christmas gift for a loved one or finding it difficult to come up with gift ideas? A Smart  Home personal assistant can help take these stresses away. All you have to do is ask Amazon’s Alexa or a similar device for some gift ideas. Think of it as your newfound personal shopper!



Set the Christmas tone

Want to get those Christmas party lights going in the comfort of your own home? Look no further than the TP Link Bulb. Linked directly to your home’s WIFI and compatible with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, you can control the lighting in your home via voice activation. The TP Link Colour Bulb can help create a Christmas Party vibe with festive, bright colours or create more relaxed lighting for a lie-down after Christmas dinner!


A cosy home this Christmas

Dreaming of a White Christmas? Make sure the chill in the air doesn’t mean coming back to a cold home. A Smart Thermostat such as Energia’s Smart Thermostat by Netatmo allows you to control your overall heating system, so even when you’re outside in the snow, you can control the heating from your mobile device. Meaning you can return to a toasty, cosy home after you’ve built that snowman! Not only can you control the heating with the Smart Thermostat, intelligent features like Auto Adapt and Auto-Care adjust to changing environmental conditions or notify you if there’s a problem.


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Do you want to be in control of your energy usage and take a step into a more green, sustainable future? Then Energia have the product for you – the Moixa Smart Battery!

With many households and businesses looking to do their bit for the environment to reduce their carbon footprint, renewable energy sources are growing in popularity each year with Solar Panels being one of the most popular choices. Solar Panels generate renewable energy throughout the day and this energy is used to supply the electricity in your home.

You’re in control
Have you ever wondered what happens to the energy from your Solar Panels that hasn’t been used? Unfortunately, any excess energy your home or business hasn’t used is sent directly back to the grid. Energia have helped to develop a solution for this through our partnership with Moixa.

The Moixa Smart Battery is an innovative product that helps you gain energy independence by generating and storing your own renewable energy. Instead of excess energy being sent back to the grid, this excess energy will go into charging the Moixa Smart Battery. This means you can take control of energy already generated as the Moixa battery can discharge energy into your appliances when the sun isn’t outshining – which is great with the unpredictable Irish weather!


Savings, Savings, Savings!
In addition to gaining energy independence, the Solar PV Panels paired with the Moixa’s smart battery and energy-management software has many other added benefits. Having a reduced energy consumption can lower the overall cost of your bills, allowing you to stay in control on how you use your home energy. Having a smart battery also allows you to take advantage of day and night tariffs, allowing you to charge your battery at night when it’s less expensive. Think of all those savings! To top all these benefits off, having a Moixa Smart Battery means you will be taking a step into a more sustainable, greener future.


Come chat to us

Our representatives will be chatting in more detail about the Moixa Smart Battery at the Finished Virtual Home Show. Make sure you come to say hello and take a step into your greener future.


How many of us when we walk into a decorating shop, maybe a funky restaurant, a decadent hotel lobby, read an interiors magazine, or visit an event like this find ourselves presented with vibrant and exciting ways to colour our home but yet when it comes to decorating our own home, we lose confidence and typically revert to the tried and tested safe neutrals.

Colour is probably the most useful tool of all at our hands. Handled properly it can make a small room seem larger; a dark room lighter or bring about a complete change of atmosphere. Colour is not just about our wall colours but also the fabrics, textiles and flooring we use.

Some people are nervous of colour but realising how to use in a balanced way can really transform our homes and lives.

– The starting point.

Some key questions to ask yourself before you embark on your colour project are:

  • Will the rooms be used for relaxation, work, living or is it a high traffic area like the hall?
  • Is there an inspirational piece of furniture or a painting that you would like to pick up a colour in it and enhance with a good background colour or a stunning fabric?
  • Is there an investment piece that cannot be changed easily e.g. a sofa, curtains or carpet? Few of us have the luxury to start from scratch every time we decorate so we may need to be mindful in our selection.
  • Work out what mood you want to convey- warm and cosy- cool and airy- bright and cheerful- contemporary and stylish.
  • What aspect has the room for painting? North facing rooms have no direct sunlight but do have a consistent light during the day without the bursts of sunshine a south facing room would receive. North facing rooms do need warm undertones but they are great places to go for the dramatic with terrific colour rendering. Anything goes in a south facing room.

East and west have the reverse of each other with bright sunshine in the East in the morning and sun setting in the West. When the sun is absent, these rooms can appear dull and the solution is to use lighter colours in the east and warm whites with red undertones in west facing

  • Finally think about your own emotional response to colours. Do you equate warm colours with cosiness or oppression, cool with relaxed or chilly? What colours energise you?

– Using more than one colour.

It is straightforward to pick one colour for a scheme but unless you understand tone, 2 or more can be tricky to combine.

Tone is the lightness or darkness of the colour- and is based on the amount of the actual colour and the amount of black and white it contains. The combination of both provides the tone.

It helps if you can recognise similar tones in different colours as you can create room schemes that are lively and interesting especially when it comes to mixing the different colour elements such as your walls, upholstery, curtains and scatters.

Using pattern

Are you going to stick with one pattern or will you mix patterns? My advice is to be brave and use as many as you think the room can handle but a good rule is 3 or 5. Consistency is the key. Use tones & shades that are similar in each pattern and it will be successful.

Stripes can work well with florals. Alternatively you can keep patterns from the same family together e.g. some geometrics together or some botanicals together.

Look at the scale of the patterns so if you are using 3 different patterns, opt for 1 large pattern, accompanied by a mid scale pattern and a small scale pattern. The large patterned item should incorporate all your colours and pull the scheme together.

They should be interspersed with plain fabrics to rest the scheme and not appear too busy.

Distribute around the room evenly and you will be onto a winner.

– Does Brave mean Dark?

Dark colours are dramatic and a real head turner but are not always a requirement as success is a question of scale and tone.

Moderation is the key as under stimulation –lack of variation in colour and tone can lead to a snooze fest and over stimulation- too much high intensity contrasts, can have you running for the door.

-Other ways to add a dash of boldness and flair

We have talked a lot about being brave with colour and there may be an assumption that it is just paint but we also have opportunity to be brave with colour in our use of fabrics and wall covering.

Wallpaper can open up a whole new world of creativity to decorating interiors- the pattern and lushness of some of the designs are a really powerful way to inject a brave statement element to an area especially where you may be limited for space egg a narrow hall and where paint is just not creating a sufficient impact.

Striking modern fabric makes a brave statement on its own. A multi coloured fabric in your curtains or sofa can also give you a huge variety of wall colours to choose from

Don’t overlook a sofa that is in a plain fabric but seek a vibrant shade. Go for your favourite colour. This will be a real conversation starter and people will be well impressed by your bravery in going for such a colour in a key core item. If you loved it from the start you will love it forever and it will be a great investment. The key is balance so make sure to accessorise it with non colour items such as wood, glass, metallic’s so your vibrant burnt orange sofa takes centre stage!

A safe easy place to be brave with colour is by introducing small bold accents of colour. Add some vibrant scatters to your sofa; bring some colour into your artwork and rugs. This will add dash of flair and style you never knew you had. Just be careful not to use the same accent in too many places or you lose the impact.


Colour can be a fantastic way to rejuvenate a space but colours must support the rooms function.

Bold and bright shades will give rooms a lift and create atmosphere if used correctly but proportion/balance is a really important element.

I read somewhere that you can think of colour as a seasoning whereby bolder more intense hues are like a stronger flavour and should be added sparingly.

Do try to be brave with colour and you could surprise yourself with the result. Tackling colour does require risk-taking but at the end of the day, especially with paint, there is always a solution!

Image courtesy Sinéad Cassidy Design

Jackie Tyrrell Design is an award-winning interior designer and has a passion for good design and personal service. With 20 years’ experience in the industry, she will consult at any stage of a project, from building to renovation and decoration.

“One of my favourite rooms in the home to design are bathrooms. Whatever your style or the trend there are some basic elements that must be your first consideration when doing a refurb on this high engineering room…. here’s just a few

Storage, ok we all know we have too many “things” but the bathroom is defiantly a space that holds lots of beauty products, cleaning products and towels and not everything should be on display, so consider fitting a sink unit with pull out drawers or some recessed shelves in the shower walls, this  will help keep your space neat and give all your products a “home”.

Lighting is very important in a bathroom, not only to navigate the space by but also to add mood and decoration. Add in some pendant lights either side of a mirror or recessed lights in the shower, these can be switched independent to create another layer to your lighting plan and remember all lighting in a bathroom must have a suitable ip rating.

Finishes, Durability is very important when choosing finishes and materials for bathrooms but that doesn’t mean it all has to be tiled. Try mixing it up with wallpapers and panelling. Tiling only the floor and wet areas leaves the rest of the walls up for grabs. Have fun with highly patterned or textured wallpaper, this will not only assist is dampening the acoustics in the space and help make it feel cosier but will also add an element of fun and include colour and decoration to the space. There are so many to choose from, just make sure they are suitable for bathrooms.

Image courtesy Jackie Tyrrell Design 

Work-from-home office set-up secrets

By Helena Cousins, owner at Zinc Interior Design


Working from home? Hey, me too!

Many of us currently do so out of necessity, but the fact is that remote work is here to stay. Large companies are already implementing indefinite telecommuting arrangements, after all, there are plenty of ways in which working from home is better for workers and employers alike.

Yet, when it comes to decorating, the office is often the last room in the house to receive any attention. Whether your spare bedroom doubles as an office space, or you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated home office, the way it’s decorated can impact your work.

In the interest of helping you optimise your work-from-home situation as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, we thought we would share these tips;

  1. Protect your neck and back

Most traditional office environments are designed ergonomically. They’re built to help people feel as comfortable as possible during hours of uninterrupted work.

Days spent hunched over a laptop can lead to all sorts of physical aliments—from neck and back pain to carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic headaches and fatigue

First, elevate your screen and improve your posture. Your monitor should be at eye level. If you use a laptop, you might need a stand and/or a pile of books. Your hands should rest easily on your keyboard (again, if you use a laptop, you might need to plug in an external keyboard). Your back should be straight, elbows and knees bent at 90 degrees, and feet planted on the floor.

Second, consider what you’re sitting on. If your current chair isn’t comfortable enough, it’s time to—yes—invest in a good office chair. It’s worth the cost—you’ll avoid some expensive medical bills later on. 

  1. Let there be light

The difference between a comfortable, welcoming, productive workspace, and that part of your home you dread entering frequently comes down to light. While many traditional offices are over-illuminated with harsh fluorescent ceiling lights, home offices tend to have the opposite problem—not enough light.

Brighten up your workspace with multiple light sources (e.g. two-floor lamps and a desk lamp). It’s a good idea to have both indirect, ambient light and task lighting available.

But whenever possible, natural light is your best option. Try to situate your workspace next to a window, and keep the blinds or curtains drawn. Your eyes will thank you.

  1. Close the door

I know not everyone can apply this tip. Perhaps you live in a studio apartment or share space with one or more family members, partners, or roommates. Maybe you’re stuck working from a kitchen table, counter, sofa, or bed.

But assuming you have a separate room in which you can work, you should treat that room like an office. That means creating a clear boundary between your workspace and the rest of your home—both a mental boundary for yourself and a physical boundary to keep other living beings out. The easiest way to do this is to shut the door.

  1. Personalise the space

Your home office is your office. It’s yours to personalise and decorate as you wish (although be careful not to have anything inappropriate visible during video calls). You can fill it with art, plants, and collectibles—whatever you want—or keep it sparse and minimal.

Play around with your lighting, colours, and furniture arrangement to find a setup that pleases you. And don’t be afraid to change things up every now and then and try something new. Have fun with it and make it your own. There’s no reason you shouldn’t love your workspace as much as any other part of your home.

A fresh coat of paint is one of the simplest yet most effective changes you can make to a space. The colour on the walls alone can play a role in your mood, productivity and job performance. After all, the colours you choose affect how you feel. And how you feel affects how you think and behave. So choosing the right colours and decorations can impact the success of your business.

I strongly urge clients to choose different colours for their home office because it is beneficial from a psychological perspective to create a distinction from the work environment and the rest of the home environment. This boundary will be an unconscious reminder to have boundaries and know when to take breaks.

Accent colours are colours that are used for emphasis in a colour scheme. These colours can often be bold or vivid and are used sparingly, to emphasise, contrast or create rhythm.

When we create a space that isn’t colour balanced – it has too much of one colour – it can leave us feeling off-balanced as well. Incorporating accents is the perfect tool to create a balanced environment that supports your work efforts.

But make sure to keep work in the workspace. When your job is done for the day, leave your office, and spend time somewhere else. It’s essential that you honour the boundaries you’ve established. Don’t let life become work or work become life. Don’t do chores while at work. Don’t answer emails when you’re playing Monopoly with your family.

Helena Cousins is a member of the Interiors Association whose objective is to demonstrate the positive impact of design on peopleʼs lives and the value of engaging an interior design professional in Ireland.

Image shows white eco leather Stua Egoa chair, available from Zinc Interior

Hey guys!

How is everyone? I hope you are all having a lovely week? I haven’t written a blog in so so long so I am delighted to be doing this little interior post on the Finished blog!

The below project was completed back in 2019 with the Style So Simple online full room interior design package. Most items were purchased from online stores and would you believe that 90% of the products are from IKEA! Yup! 🙂

For this ‘Cosy Conservatory Revamp’ the client was looking for something simple & bright to soften the existing dark floor and compliment the exterior views. The overall finished design scheme is working with a neutral palette to work with the beautiful views of the Kerry landscape so the furniture will work perfectly in most interiors 🙂

What do you think?

Enjoy guys and thanks Finished for letting me take over your blog for the day 🙂 xx

Aoife – Style So Simple xx

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Hudson Solicitors, Dun Laoghaire was ultimately set up, as we believed there was a better, more efficient way of providing legal services at a local (and indeed national) level and we operate on corporate principles with respect to how we carry out our services, however, firmly retaining a sense of tradition with our engagement with our clients.  (for customers)

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Blinds vs Curtains

Have you just bought your new home or improving your current home? Window styling has endless possibilities. How you dress your windows can have a big impact on the overall look of a room. Whether you are looking for privacy, light control, remote operation, temperature control or simply window styling, Luxaflex® has the product to suit your needs.

When choosing between blinds and curtains, one of the biggest deciding factors can be the room they are going into. Due to moisture in the air we would recommend blinds in the bathroom and kitchen. A combination of both blinds and curtains are ideal for the living room and bedroom, blinds offering light versatility while curtains offering a decorative element and added warmth.

If you’re looking for a compromise, roman blinds feature the best of both products, you can match the fabric with your other furnishings in your home while still adding that elegant feel of curtains and maintaining the functionality of a blind.

Blinds can be more subtle and modern and tend to be easier to clean as most curtains will need to be dry cleaned.

When it comes to the elephant in the room, generally blinds are more cost effective than curtains. Often it boils down to personal preference and a blend of both blinds and curtains can be best. Luxaflex® – The Art of Window Styling.

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