There's a house, and then there's a home. And there are various things you can do to make sure you have the latter.
Owning your first house is a big deal and it's a super exciting time in anyone's life. Listen, it's a tough process getting there. Once you have it, you probably want to mark it as your own.
So, how do you make sure your house is individual to you?
Visit this massive second-hand furniture warehouse
As far as hidden gems go, this one is pretty unreal. The Age Action Showroom in Cherry Orchard is well worth a visit when looking for furniture for the new gaff.
Having opened in 2018, the 10,000 square foot warehouse is frequently updated with items including household goods, furniture, designer clothes, bags, shoes, jewellery, electronics and absolutely loads more.
Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it's also cheaper than buying brand new furniture, and you won't have the exact same thing as everyone else.
Visit Jam Art Factory
Jam Art Factory in Temple Bar is one of the best spots in the city to get some beautiful prints made by talented Irish artists.
If you head over to their website, you'll be able to browse through a huge array of artists, view all of their prints and decide which one will fit perfectly on the walls of your new place.
Other spots in the city to get some gorgeous prints for your walls include The Green Gallery, Duke Street Gallery and Irish Doorway Gallery.
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This print has proven to be super popular this Christmas with you lovely customers out there! "Five (in a row) Lamps, Dublin 1" print by Illustrator Maxi . Printed on 300gsm Image Impact Uncoated Card. Comes in A4 (297mm x 210mm) and A3(420mm x 297mm) size. We also sell frames to fit in store. #jamartfactory #jamartprints #dublin #ireland #dublintown #visitdublin #discoverdublin#discoverireland #templebar #templebardublin #madeinireland #irishdesign #stpatrickscathedral #theliberties #dublin8 #crownalley #loveDublin #lovindublin #typography #inspiration #quote #lettering #design #print #art #creative #illustration #fiveinarow #gaa
Browse through these weekend markets
In Dublin, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to weekend markets. Here are just some you can head along to and pick up some quirky, handmade bits for your new place.
One of my favourites is definitely Ha'Penny flea market where you're able to find stunning retro furniture as well as contemporary crafts, bric a brac, chic jewellery, books and lots more.
There's also A Fabulous Market in The George, which takes place once a month and features some gorgeous quirky bits that'll add loads of character to your house.
Honestly, what better way to leave your mark and make your house a home than decorating with things you've made with your own hands.
And it's a lot easier than you think.
For example, make a headboard out of old wood or paint over old furniture to give it a new lease of life.
But if you're too busy (that's understandable), there are actually a few upcycling companies in Dublin, such as Shabby.ie, who upcycle old furniture and even host upcycling classes.
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FABULOUS POP OF COLOUR ...how could this not cheer you up on a miserably wet evening?...well done Hayley ...I LOVE it xxx . #Repost from @diyingtoupcycle . Hallelujah!! The China cabinet is FINALLY finished! 👏🏻 ⠀ What do you think?! 🤔 ⠀ This was definitely the hardest/most drawn out piece I’ve ever worked on. It was absolutely filthy so needed a serious cleaning over and over, it stank (and the more I sanded the more it smelt, bleugh 😷), it needed a brand new backing as the one on it was very damp, I had to replace/make the top of the middle strip on the front door with some wood from the shed as it was missing, it took three coats of primer, three coats of paint, three coats of varnish and some staple gun fun! But it’s done! Like new! And the majority of it was done with emulsion paint I had left over from the wall mural. 😊 ⠀ Paint used: @johnstonesireland (bright pink), @fleetwood_paints (blue, yellow), @shabby.ie (baby pink trim) 🎨 ⠀ Price paid: €30 💰 ⠀ Before picture is the photo the seller took that made me buy it on @adverts.ie ⠀ #midcenturymodern #fleetwoodforfurniture #teamshabby
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