With half of every year spent in Ireland and John hailing from the country, Irish art and culture have a huge impact on our design and our lives.
- SPRING MUST BE HERE…GOT THE BUG!I usually spend the winters in Ireland to avoid the snows of Ohio. Mind, I was born and raised in upstate NY- Albany, so you would think the snow of Ohio wouldn’t bother me BUT as I have gotten older, shoveling, slip sliding away on the roads have become an extremely unpleasant experience and so I avoid as best I can. February first is the […]
- MAJOLICAI love the old fireplace tiles we have – antiques from the late 1800s & early 1900s. John took these from old cast iron fireplaces when he had a fireplace & antique store in Dublin. We offer some of those antiques for sale here and in Ireland. I have copied an article from the Minton Archives which explains this tile glaze so loved […]
- Today I posted an item for over gulp….. $1,000.00This is a rare Minton Chica works tile. We have ten. In the European cast iron fireplaces, the sides of each were lined with 5 tiles of a pretty pattern. I suppose you would have to be a collector to understand why these tiles are collector items and maybe someone from the East Coast of the USA familiar with the Victorian house of yore to […]
- HOW WE DO IRISH PICKINGYou might call it Picking in the states but in Ireland, we go have a Root Around. In order to create new pieces from old, John has to source antiques. To go to buy a piece from an antique shop here would cost you an arm and a leg. While “dark” furniture is out and antique wood furniture, in general, has lost market […]
- SCULPTURE IN IRELAND- ROADWAYSIreland calls itself the land of saints and scholars. Many categories come under scholars, including artists and writers. As I travel looking for gates and doors to photograph, I have also taken a few pix of the roadway sculptures. I recently learned that Ireland has a law that took 1% of the cost of building a roadway and targeted for roadway […]