Summers End πŸ’›πŸ”†πŸ”…

Well it’s that time of year again the holidays are almost over mums and dads are rushing around getting ready for the new school term and it’s at this stage that mum is thinking of her next home project and believe me there is always one if not two rooms on the agenda. It may not be a full make over just some of the old pieces that need to be replaced. But if it’s an overal job I suggest you use a mood board the first thing is the paint or paper needed for your interior walls, pin the colour and paper design on to your board and take it with you when you head out checking for blinds or Curtain Matieral etc, it will give you a better idea when choosing the new furnishings. 🎨

A lot of you know my feelings about mix and matching dark wood with colour. If you are doing the room with a lot of dark wood then make your statement piece a coulourful WoW piece it won’t let you down.  The same applies if you are going to use shabby chic, brighter colourful woods, you just have to find that dark  wow centrepiece. 
We all love a new piece of furniture to add new life to a room, but new doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be new never used before, using an antique or vintage or even up-cycled  pieces will probably last you a lot longer then some of the pieces made today. But that’s not to say all furniture made today isn’t of good quality, but it can be costly. But to recycle ♻️ is good for the environment and you end up with a piece of history that just got a makeover, also it is something you can do yourself if you have the mind to. I have a mind to ! but let me tell you I do struggle with it. 

This piece was really looking sad and wore out when we recused  it, it is a beautiful Old French Oak Sideboard painted in our mix, Navy Black and then we just sanded buffed and polished the top to give an added texture to the piece, we also replaced the hardware because the originals were to damaged. 


The piece above went off to a new home and we replaced it with this beautiful Victorian Dresser

Here at Shabby Shik Emporium we are very fortunate to have found 4 very talented designers that work with us, we have pieces that we have commitioned either by Alex Designs or Sylvia’s Up~Cycled and by  Designes by Carol we also have smaller pieces by the Lovely ladies at Crafty Closet. So it’s a real cottage industry going on here at the moment, I love to send a battered old piece off to have its magic done and then I can hardly wait for it to come back. πŸ˜€ 

These Chairs are due back from Alex Designes tomorrow and I am just dying to see the transformation,  you will be able to check them out tomorrow on our Facebook page or look out for them later in this blog.

You also can find several of our Advert’s on the Donedeal website if you want to keep up to date on what is in stock. If I can suggest two things here! First: If there is a piece you really like, that you found either on our Facebook page, Donedeal or our blog please just pick up the phone and give us a call or PM us on Facebook or donedeal to check the piece is still here for sale so you don’t have a disappointed journey especially as a lot of our clients travel some distance up and the country. Second: if you haven’t called in advance about a piece you like and you don’t see it in the Cabin just ask as it is very possible it is stored in the house…πŸ˜€

We have been asked several times if we ever intend to have a Sale and we do and we have.  We always put a notice on Facebook of when we intend to have a sale and will post a reminder maybe 2 days pryer too, we also post it on Donedeal. All our sales are genuine flash sales they are today’s piece that are in the Cabin and the Sale will either run from Monday to Friday or from Friday to Sunday and usually with 10% to 20% Off Brown or Shabby Chic Furniture or sometimes both.  

We may have have a free shipping sale for our Paul Marius bags and satchels, we are bound to the price of the bags. So know matter what store you buy a Paul Marius Bag in it will cost the same…

You will find us on the R551 from Tralee to Ballyheigue and through Ardfert on to the Kilmoyle Cross & Ballyheigue sign post staying on the road to Ballyheigue you come into a straight Stretch of road and we are about 200 yards up the road on the right hand side. 

Ok well remember the chairs I showed you earlier well here they are after their transformation.  So let us know what you think?   
  And here are just some of our new Autumn pieces of Shabby Chic.






 Chairs are our biggest sellers here at Shabby Shik Emporium and we have a beautiful collection in at the minute with something for everyone.

Whether it is dark woods or bright Shabby Chic colours, Living-room, Dining, Occasional, Bedroom or Hall Chairs. We hopefully have something for everyone and if it’s not here please just ask and we’ll do our very best to find what you are looking for.













 We also have some lovely ceramics and glass in  Beautiful crystal decanters which are fabulous to use in your bathroom for your Bubble bath or shampoos etc, or maybe for decanting your bottle of wine for a party. 🍷




    The ceramics range from Tea Sets to Dinner Ware or Water Jugs and Figurines


This is one of my most favourite pieces, Mother and baby, a Doulton piece it is just so beautiful and would make a fabulous gift for any new mother, or either as a christening or Baptism gift…

Our Christy Yashur Bears are another favourite and are the ideal gift for a baby shower, christening or baptism. The bears are all made from Vintage Fabrics and Lace and for both boys and girls.  πŸ»


As we head into the Autumn and kids and teachers are heading back to School or College they want to look smart and who can blame them, didn’t we allπŸ˜€ Well with our French Vintage Leather Bags and Satchels by Paul Marius you just can’t go wrong…πŸ’ΌπŸ‘œπŸŽ’








 Please note these bags and satchels are made from real vintage leather and the bags seems and buckles are guaranteed for 12 months after purchase.
Remember if you don’t see what you have in mind just ask and we will do all in our power to find that piece you have been looking for…

You can find us on the main R551 from Tralee to Ardfert then on to Ballyheigue we are on the main road about a mile before the village on your right hand side. 

There is a signpost across the gate and we open Monday’s and out of hours by appointment and Tuesdays to Sunday’s 12 to 6pm 

You can contact us by phoneπŸ“žβ˜ŽοΈ (00353) 0876295742

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Oh what a few weeks, it has been busy  which is great but what’s really really great are our customers that come back time and time again. Thank you guys you all know who you are πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸ’—but we just want … Continue reading

Creating A Room with Antique or/and Vintage On Budget!

My Creating a Room with Antique or/and Vintage Furniture on Budget. Can it be done? Well  yes of course it can, depending on the budget and how realistic you are. Of course the bigger the budget the better chance of finding the pieces you really want in your room. But sometimes that is the hardest part, finding those very pieces. Be it a Library, Living room, Dining room, Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom or Study. 

So what kind of room would you like to create and for what kind of budget? Well let’s say you have a room 15f by 15f which is a nice size room, would you like it to be just a living space or also one that incorporates a study/work space? So how much do you want to spend on each piece? What are the most important pieces you want in this room? Do you want just antique or maybe just vintage or would you like to combine both? Would you be open to a reproduction piece if chances of finding what you really want are way beyond your budget? And would shabby chic pieces be an option? 

Ok so let’s say we are working with a small tight budget, we have to be very realistic here we may find what you want but it needs a bit of work to bring it back to life are you prepared to put in some work for the pieces you so covet? So I guess it would be fair to say such a piece would not be Mint (a word I personally hate)  I myself like to see signs of a previous life other wise I feel it’s a little bit pointless and I might as well have dropped into that flat pack store!!! And know I don’t mean falling a part at the seems but in all honesty that’s do able to if you have the time and patience something I lack πŸ˜€

For me it’s all about the history of a piece, I wonder who might have sat in that Windsor Chair or who sat at the Friars table or maybe what Jewels did that dressing chest once hold. I do appreciate that some people invest heavally on pieces that are outstanding and build collections more for portfolios rather than usage and how it preserves them for future generations, but personally that’s not for me. But that’s not to say, if giving a budget we won’t try our hardest to find the finest pieces the budget can buy, so we can achieve what the client wants and that is after all the most important aspect of the job and the budget too of course.


However and I know I have mentioned this before in a previous blog or two, but sometimes it really only takes one great piece to add great value to any room. Like the dining room, you might just focus on an antique table or in the bedroom maybe a vintage dressing chest and so on,,,


The other thing I so love to do which always works is to add a splash of colour with dark wood or a really nice dark statement piece in between a room full of colour. It’s like a piece we have in the Cabin at the minute, a beautiful duck egg blue shabby chic’ed mirrored chest. It’s the one piece that draws people in and the piece that is always admired, as it is settled in between a collection of dark woods.


Shabby chic is almost a dirty word to the purest, again on a personal level I love it but only if it’s done really really well and we are lucky to have a lady with a dab hand at recreating beauty either it be antique or vintage pieces. 

The next thing your room requires is the glue that brings it all together. Ceramics, glass, mirrors, crystal, silver, marble, art, material etc, so finding those pieces that reflect who you are, what your history and future is is vitally important, these are pieces your grandchildren will remember fondly in many years to come.πŸ˜€



The Shabby Shik Emporium Cabin contains all of the about and that is what we profess to be an Emporium. We’d like it all to be the real deal but sometimes we have to be realistic and work with the budget we have, after all there is nothing to say you can’t replace each piece there after. We have added a little video below of the Cabin be sure to look out for my Oscar for worst camera work ever as you look around, in my defence it is pretty difficult to do while trying to propel yourself along in your wheelchair πŸ˜€ 

So if you want that room to materialise into reality please do come along and see us the only thing you pay for is the furniture and the glue ☺️ that binds it all together. 

But please do note we are not painters or curtain makers!  Once you have that sorted then we are just room dressers πŸ˜‰ 

Well that’s all for this week we’ll catch up again in a week or two. You know where to find us if you want us.

Shabby Shik Emporium Ardfert/Ballyheigue Kerry 

Find us on our Facebook page for up to date pictures of our newest pieces in or on our discount weekends… xx

The Ups And Down’s

Well here we are again ready to start another week. But that’s next weeks story isn’t it so let’s see the ups and downs of this week. Well let’s see the Carpenter was back on the job and he worked through all weathers while I watched and prayed he didn’t get electrocuted every time he cut a piece of timber on the saw bench. πŸ™‚
I have to say I couldn’t recommend the man highly enough. He has done an outstanding (mostly in the rain:-) job, truly fantastic. I can now for the first time in two and a half years wheel myself outside all by myself and down not one but two ramps made perfectly for me, that means I can now run away from home!!!

Next on the seen we had the electrician who gave a full days work wiring the Log Cabinet (as my 6 year old Neigbhour likes to call it πŸ™‚ then down to the workshop to wire a job we intended doing when we moved in but I suppose better late then never.

As the Carpenter came to a close on the decking the painter arrived to tell me actually he had fitted me in to have the rooms I wanted doing inside the house on Saturday. I looked at the man and I looked around at all the furniture and thought where the feck am I going to put it all. πŸ™‚
But the man insisted it was no problem and he would be on at 8:30 on the Saturday morning, I said ok but thought he has got to be kidding me, you can’t swing a cat in here. No sorry we’re not cat swingers honestly :-).
Anyway Thursday evening came around and the sun was settling in and Mick the carpenter was getting his gear together to lock up for the night and just as he pick up the saw from the work bench the wind got up and the saw dust got me right in the eyes:-)
Oh dear lord the pain I bought three different creams two different eye washes. I used cool boiled water everything an anything you name it I bought it. πŸ™‚
The pain nearly drove me insane, Ok I admit I have been at the insane point for a while, !!! but now I felt even more insane. Whether my eyes were opened or closed it feel like someone was scratching them from the inside out. I know I’m never with out an arse or an elbow am I ;( what can I say!!! ❀ xx

So Saturday morning arrived as did the painter Pat, and I not having had a wink of sleep headed for the next best place to bed down the couch of course. πŸ™‚ Where I finally fell into a dead sleep I say dead because it seems my husband tried to wake me several times to ask about the paint etc, and I was unresponsive:-) Of course I don't believe a bit of it.
By the time I was finished my beauty sleep painter Pat was just finishing off and was in the tidy up stage and you know what he is a great man. πŸ™‚ He moved all the furniture and covered everything completely and then put everything back where it came from, by that I mean all the other furniture belonging to the Shabby Shik Emporium Log Cabinet!!! πŸ˜‰ that we can't move out first off until carpenter Mick puts up the sheeting inside and then ready for painting.
Oh holy god another job needing doing well the lassies better get the backsides in motion and get down here and give mother a hand other wise we will never be sorted. πŸ™‚ ❀

Ok let's see what goodies arrived this week, well there is the beautiful hand printed scarves and hand bags. Jewellery from both Carol Shaw And Trinkets jewellery designers. Oh Yes and the beautiful rocking horse it really would be the most fantastic gift for any child. I just ❀ it and so will you too when you see it.
We also found some really cool buckets, Spades and skittle sets for the beach and the rag dolls too of course. We are also still waiting on the arrival of our silk wraps so I am hoping that they should arrive this coming week fingers crossed.

It's that time of year again graduation time and my little tall lady is graduating from her Music and Music performance course on Wednesday evening. She also received her exams result in which we wish her the very best. She has worked so hard for this in the last 2 years this has to be her year. Regardless of the outcome we love her very much and are very proud of her, she put her heart and soul into this course and she made some wonderful friends and whatever road she wishes to pursue after, we'll be there supporting her a long the way with love ❀ and encouragement always :-).
Now I think I better settle the head down and sleep for a while and then let's see what tomorrow brings πŸ™‚ here are a few pic's of what we gathered for the store this week. πŸ™‚

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