Design Knows No Borders (Design KNB) was founded by Sarah Zarebinski at the end of 2019.

She created an online space with a selection of designer and bespoke home furnishings ranging from a number of different styles from Mid-Century, Scandinavian and Art-Deco. The furnishings are sourced and curated by innovative and design led European brands that are new to the Irish market. The range of furnishings covers Living room, Dining room, Hallway and most importantly at this present time, Home office furniture.

 

Design KNB focuses on timeless and bespoke design that will allow you to enjoy your furniture for many years to come. The ethos of Design KNB is to be able to help you make decisions that will work with your home and allow your home to be unique and a reflection of your personality. Design KNB offers complimentary home design consultations to allow you make sure you are making the right choice.

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Cobelis is owned and run by Space Designer, Eleanor Clarke. Eleanor helps homeowners to reconfigure their homes to better suit their needs.

By connecting and understanding her clients, Eleanor’s aim is to create homes that embrace you each morning with a big trusting HUG.

Using her unique approach, the ‘Memory Making Method’ Eleanor helps clients imagine what life would be like living in their home now and in the future, giving you absolute clarity and comfort that this design is the one for you. Knowing how your home will work and feel for you and your family before you spend a penny on the build will give you confidence in your project and allows you to gain control of your renovation.

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The Doorway Gallery exhibits fine art paintings, amongst other works, from a selection of both Irish born and International artists, who are individually recognised for their unique talent and contribution to art.

The primary focus of the Doorway Gallery is to support Artists in achieving international recognition for their work.  This is achieved through their presence at a number of annual international art fairs at which a selection of artworks is promoted. There is an independent ethos to The Doorway Gallery.  Patrons are encouraged to develop their own concepts in appreciation of art.  This is evident through the gallery’s regularly hosted ‘Solo Shows’.  Such events are organised in an effort to promote the artist.

The Doorway Gallery is based in the heart of Dublin city centre and run by the owner, Denise Donnelly, for the last twenty years. The Doorway Gallery has been hosting weekly online exhibitions called ‘Getting to know you’. Since the start of lockdown, the gallery launched these weekly online shows which feature a different artist each week. They provide a video of the featured artist in their studio and also a complete take over a week where they launch a Q&A every Thursday evening, so you can really join in and get to know their gallery artists.

Fine Art Paintings – Various Artists

Trudy Good

Roisin O’Farrell

Pete Monaghan

Padraig Parle

Padraig McCaul

Michael Steinbrick

Lucy Doyle

Maura Culbert

Dan Henson

Ken Browne

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One should never underestimate the importance of owning a garden. As someone who is living in an apartment at present, it is times like these when I long for the long summer days and nights spent in the garden relaxing and enjoying the serenity it brings.

If you feel that your garden is more jungle-like than the rainforest, now might be a fabulous time to create the garden you always longed for. Think about all the time you could spend relaxing outdoors and enjoying the summer sun especially as we all need to be spending more time at home these days with the current restrictions in place.

My ideal back garden would include a spacious deck with lounge chairs and a water feature for some beautiful background noise while reading my favourite book. Also, I will not forget about my toddler who would love his very own little playground which might stop him asking when the park playground is reopening again, a question that I cannot seem to answer for him. Check out this fabulous playhouse, slide and swing set (image below) available for delivery from Jungle Gym. They have a wide range of children’s climbing frames and play equipment available online for delivery.

Check out this sandpit which is only €49.99 available to order online from Plumplay, which stock a wide range of outdoor toys and equipment to suit all ages.
If you are someone who loves to entertain family and enjoy this barbeque weather, you may love the garden furniture and bbq items featured below.

Images sourced from LivingSocial who are selling a wide range of garden furniture and have many garden deals like this outdoor swing bench and furniture set featured above.

However, let us not forget the front garden which can make your house stand out from the rest. I know from walking around the different neighbourhoods outdoors, I do love to look at how people have designed their gardens and what they feature. Items such as a bench, garden ornaments, lighting and flowers can all make a garden look truly spectacular.

A large selection of plants and herbs are available from Mount Venus Nursery, currently operating an online service. Check out our Finished Directory for a full list of suppliers to help cater to all your garden needs.

Have a look at my ideas below and if you need any help with creating your own perfect garden, I have a list of people who may be able to help!

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Finished Virtual Homeshow – 27th June

10am to 6pm

We’ve all been stuck at home these past months and are really missing the opportunity to renovate, remodel and lets face it build our homes!
The schedule of usual Spring HomeShows and events have all been cancelled and really, we just don’t know if these events can even take place in Autumn.

Meanwhile, here at FINISHED.ie, the Premier Irish Home Renovation marketplace platform we are experiencing huge growth in traffic from homeowners, first time buyers and trade uppers who still want to extend, renovate and self build during 2020. Lockdown has made us all look at our homes and living spaces and make plans – A garage transformation, a home office, a home gym , a new kitchen or a garden upgrade to name a few.

Even before Lockdown plans at Finished.ie were advanced for a virtual alternative to traditional Home Exhibitions We have built a bespoke Virtual Exhibition Hall, mirroring a show, where businesses exhibiting will have “virtual stands”. When the public visit the stand, the Exhibitor will be streaming live from their own showrooms and workspaces. This is the unique opportunity offered by the FINISHED.ie Virtual Homeshow.

Taking place on Saturday June 27th (10AM- 6PM), The event is centred around by a virtual centre stage and we are thrilled that the stage will be hosted by Broadcaster, Presenter and Influencer Lorraine Keane, interviewing a who’s who of highly accomplished industry professionals.

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With the majority of us now working from home for the foreseeable future, now is a great time to consider a home office upgrade. In an ideal situation, a dedicated home office would be the top choice. However, there are still ways to develop your own dedicated work office space even if space is limited. Conduct an audit of your home to source the most suitable remote working space. Walk around each room and consider their suitability by using the following key factors: Noise and traffic flow, Lighting and ventilation, Space and organisation.

Noise and traffic flow

When choosing where to set up a home office, consider the noise levels from appliances such as the television and washing machine. Family and neighbours may also impact on your concentration levels so try to find somewhere closed off to minimise distractions from family members interrupting or walking by and increase work productivity. Invest in good quality headphones and use background noise if you find it helps you to be more productive.

Lighting and ventilation

can really impact on work efficiency so try to strike a balance between natural light and artificial lighting. Position your desk near a window, if possible, which will ensure great natural light as well as ventilation to clear your head space.

Space and organisation

Space and organisation is vital when setting up your office. If space is very limited, go vertical by investing in some tall bookshelves and drawers for effective storage space. If you are lucky to have a bigger area to work in, consider investing in a high quality desk and desk chair. A cluttered workspace can damage productivity. A spacious desk and comfortable chair will ensure you can work to the best of your ability while supporting your back and body.

Consider what you need on your desk. This could include laptop, screen monitors, a phone, lamp, hardware, printers, stationary, desk lamp…Which will all impact on the size desk you may need. Check out the fabulous desk above by @rowell_design. A great addition to any home and not many left up for grabs over on their instagram page. Another fabulous desk featured above is the Carter Desk, available now for home delivery from Neptune By Global Village.

Check out harveynorman.ie and ikea.ie which have other home office equipment available for home delivery.

Consider some desk decor which can help your mind and mentality by placing some plants, flowers, photo frames, candles or other decor which will create a sense of calm and focus. A himalayan salt lamp may be the perfect addition to your desk.

Check out Zara, Dunnes, and H&M for some decor ideas- all offering home delivery services.

Remember, ergonomics is of paramount importance and will impact your comfort, health and overall work performance.

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How to Position a Rug?

Discovering the right area rug can be a hard and upsetting errand considering the vast assortments of colors, plans, shapes and sizes to look over. This is the reason one must consider the essential components in selecting a region rug. In any case, one may ask where he or she would begin. What elements do you need to first observe? Furthermore, how would you know what shade, material and size to pick?

Rug situation most presumably is one of the variables that you may need to consider first in selecting a rug. It is critical to know where the rug is going to be set. As you consider the situation of the rug, alternate variables will take after, for example, color, materials and size.

Who says size doesn’t make a difference? Who would need to pick a rug that is so undersized or too enormous? Standard estiruged rugs, for example, 3 x 5’s and 4 x 6’s, are generally put in rooms to stress furniture and inglenooks. These rugs, and considerably littler, can likewise be utilized as a part of gateways, kitchens and bathrooms as an issue rug. Bigger rugs, in the same way as 6 x 9’s and 9 x 12’s, are regularly utilized for parlors and lounge areas. Once more, know where you need the rug to be put.

Shade insightful, rugs that are put on getting regions ought to have a light and delicate shade; along these lines, giving the room a warm and snug feel. Should you put rugs under dim shaded furniture that you expect to make the inside of fascination, verify you choose lighter toned rugs and easier outlines to highlight the apparatuses. This additionally meets expectations with hardwood floors of darker shades. Regardless, in the event that you want to set a range rug as the point of convergence of the room, select rugs with extreme colors and complicated outlines; gave that the room’s theme is straightforward and wouldn’t diverge from the rug’s example.

Realize what room you need it to be situated in order to know a rug’s capacity; whether it remains as an issue rug covering or a divider décor. Contemplating on a rug’s capacity will permit you to consider the material of the rug. For rooms with overwhelming foot movement like lounges and eating areas, pick a rug that is made with strands that are strong to earth and stains; particularly regular filaments like downy. In the event that you wish to utilize a region rug as an issue décor (like embroidered works of art), pick rugs made of characteristic silk; since silk has a tendency to last better than other regular materials in light of its fragile and shiny quality.

Keep in mind to tolerate as a main priority what some piece of the room the rug is going to be situated; whether it is put on entryways or close air vents, and so on. This is on account of a few rugs are excessively thick or a few entryways simply don’t have enough space distributed for an area rug; this would either cause the way to not open or permit the rug to slide and move each time the entryway opens. Likewise, there are rugs that can’t withstand the high temperature from air vents. Verify you pick a rug’s material painstakingly focused around the position of the rug.

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Guide to Crittall?

With the ‘on trend’ Crittal interest reaching new heights across Ireland, we set the FINISHED.ie team the task of bringing you a little addition for your home to embrace this trend. So we started searching across Ireland for the perfect Crittal Mirror.

In fact, Crittal is far from new, but rather the first steel windows were manufactured by Francis Hentry Crittall in the 1880’s. However we are seeing a great resurgence and we at FINISHED.ie are loving this style and want to embrace it.

So what was the result of our search?

The usual reliable stores are on top of this trend all stock Crittal Mirrors, Next Home’s ‘Silver Squares Mirror’ €201 and Laura Ashley’s Malory Mirror, both available instore and online through their catalog shopping.

This journey did bring us upon, Interiosity, a fabulous interiors store in Cork which has a great range of Crittal Mirrors. Interosity began as a collaborative effort between Nicole McGee and Caroline Breen – two interior designers from Cork whom create beautiful and personalized homes. The 9 Panel Metal Mirror (118cm wide 118 cm high) retails at €295, and they tell us there is a 6 panel version.

But it was Rowell Design, Donnybrook that we fell in love with the xtra large ‘Garden Mirror’ although they display it outside with the Garden collection this Mirror is equally fabulous indoors and really manages to deliver a WOW factor. Tip: to create a statement wall, for example in a hallway try putting two together. The impact is really large space creation and to finish the trend maybe opt for a metal console table too?

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Guide from Dunelum How to Measure for Curtains

A room is never finished without furnishing the windows, once they are complete the warmth and softness of finishing touches can be noticed.

Many companies now require us to measure our own windows, Finished found this super guide from Dunelm to help us

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