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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Our Thanks You Have Shared πŸ˜€πŸ‘ŒπŸ’—!

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

What’s Love Got To Do With It β€οΈ

Ok so what’s love got to do with ? We don’t believe what the song says, it’s not just a secondhand emotion. ❀️ You either love a piece or you don’t but how many of us have been out shopping with a friend and they pick up a dress or pance and say these would be lovely on you and you think oh god know, but they persuade you to try them on anyway and you just can’t believe how well it looks. Ok I realise furniture pieces are somewhat bigger in size but the same principle applies here just remember we are dressing a bigger space, you just need to hone into what that space needs. πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜€

That’s why sometimes shopping with a friend who is aware of the area you want to purchase the item for is a good idea. I suggest you measure the exact area where you want to put the piece, because we know you don’t want something to big but believe me you don’t want something that’s to small either. If there is something already standing in the area I would suggest you first take a picture of the space with the item and then without, also try and take pictures of the whole length then the width of the room and of course the colour schemes you have going on. 🏑

Again as I have suggested before one wow piece is fine depending on the size of the room if it’s a room full of dark woods maybe add a piece of colour or vice versa it works everytime. But if it’s a living room will have to coordinate colour scheme to match your settees etc, I find if you use a darker or lighter colour tone of the living room chairs, settee etc,,,🎨

I love Vintage especially the 70’s but I don’t think I would like to decorate a whole house to it but an apartment would lend itself well to it or maybe a house that is very modern with a more open plan design. If you are good with craft and design you could fill such a space reasonable enough. The hardest job is sourcing what you need but if you have a good Antique n Vintage store near by they are your first port of call if they have what you want talk to them tell them what you are looking preferable show them pictures and give them your colour scheme same as before and you can’t go wrong. 

I always say ‘Taste to each there own’ having learnt the hard way from pieces I have bough and then totally dislikedπŸ˜€ it would be an awful sad place if we all choose to buy the same things as each of us has our own personalities so to should our furnishings don’t you think. πŸ˜• 

The home office can really have that old library look for the lady or gent. There is a huge amount of pieces you can use for either the small or large room. With such a variety of desks or buerue’s to choose from book shelves, station/writing boxes library chairs.


             Bathrooms can also look great with old vintage sideboards and old antique shaving mirrors.        But we also sell a lot of the antique and vintage decanters beautiful for your bubble bath, shampoo, conditioner etc, it gives a luxury feel to your bath routine. Maybe add some jugs for lavender or fresh flowers and add a few candle sticks and maybe add a antique letter box to hold your hair clips and ties or an old antique shaving mirror etc,,, so you see every room in the house can  have that classy look.πŸ›€


Bedrooms can also have that luxury feel by just adding some vintage throws, patchworks, kanthas or a antique or vintage bears some nice silver cloths brushes some lace throws rocking chairs are always a nice touch😴


               Well that’s it for now ladies and gents we’ll catch up again soon any questions or if you’d like to share your ideas we’d love to hear them so feel free to comment… 😊

You can find us here at 

Shabby Shik Emporium 

Ardfert / Ballyheigue, Kerry 00353 876295742

R551 from Tralee on the main road a mile before the village of Ballyheigue on the right hand side. Sign posted across the gates.

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

Taking The Good With The Bad

Well it’s been a while since my last post here we had a lot going on we’ve been busy which is great, people are beginning to find us here at the Shabby Shik Emporium and are surprised when they do.
It’s so lovely to hear their compliments and they all say the same thing “You just don’t find to many places like this anymore, it’s great” So at least I feel like we made the right decision I know it will take time and I’m trying my best to do what I can to help it along.

Our furniture is loved and moving, our Patchwork and Handmade Bears seem to get legs and roll out of there own accord in the nicest possible way of course our ceramics and glass which I suppose was a little slower then our other pieces is now to heading out the door without a backward glance.
We have now also added Vintage Clothing to see how that goes it’s slow for now so I’m not to sure just yet as it’s early days we have also added Indian Katha’s to the mix and so far so good.

I’d love to do more local craft work if I could it’s just finding the space really. I seen some local Patchwork Quilting work by my good friend here Cathy and oh my god talk about Devine I asked her why she doesn’t sell them and she told me honestly it wouldn’t pay her and I can understand where she is coming from some people just don’t get it.
To some I sell secondhand furniture, bears and bags and old books. And I just don’t get that they can’t see that the Georgian elbow chair they are sitting in is over a hundred and fifty years old and has been seat in my generations, has a history beyond anything we can imagine and has been lovely preserved so it can last another hundred years or more. It’s the same with books some of our Children’s books are over a hundred years old, one lady recently said ‘you can buy a new one in a shop for less than that !’ This was an 1934 copy of Winnie the Pooh it’s second edition in perfect condition πŸ™‚ at the point I give up, it can be so frustrating and I just want to close the door and head back to bed and say sod it. But I realise to it can be so rewarding there are horses for courses and we just have to take the good with the not so good on the journey then I just settle down and get stuck in again.

There is nothing more satisfying then finding a piece in need of TLC that needs to be taking back to the beauty it once was to get the juices flowing in the brain. Maybe at some stage when I find the right project we’ll do a step by step for you here on Jennies World. We also plan to do a Video piece on Shabby Shik Emporium in the next few weeks so you can put a face to our little store and stock.

Ok so I’m going to leave you with some pic’s of some of the stock you haven’t seen before hopefully πŸ™‚ !!! And I promise not to leave it so long next time. πŸ™‚









The Wonders Of The Web

Well I think a lot of you know we also sell direct from our store page on Facebook. So that last week has been quite busy pricing every stock piece we have, before we leaving for holidays in Furteventura in the Canaries for a week. So I hope you won’t miss us to much. πŸ˜‰ but to be honest I’m so not looking forward to it.;(

For any of you wanting to call to the store you can do so, we are leaving our main man in charge and he’ll take care of the store. But any thing that goes through our Facebook page store I will be dealing with direct from my sun lounger I hope. I’ll still be taking care of the page and our products and relaying any deliveries to our man in charge. So no worries I just hope we have a store to come home too. πŸ™‚ but no really the man of the house has more then enough experience in retail to get by. πŸ™‚

No really I have to admit I am so not looking forward to this trip. Having to be hauled up the steps on a skinny Plint and hoisted into my seat is a nightmare and it’s at this point I just want to go home ;(

Anyway some of you may be unaware that we also sell some really cool handbags, we also have a fantastic selection of Paul Marius Vintage buffalo leather bags, idea for the new student the bags will fit everything from your laptop to your a4 folders. There bags are from a French designer and are excellent value. I have never seen such tailored pieces. Also It would be a really lovely gift for Father’s Day.
And the bigs sell from €89 + €14 postage and the messenger bags are €99.95 plus €14 postage or call in and buy from direct from our store.

Our customers have very kindly gotten behind us and have been encouraging us to cater for something for everyone and we are really hoping that we do.
But even new products have to have that vintage retro look and feel to it. πŸ™‚

We had a lot of small delivery’s this week, from our jewellery to our beautiful silk shawls, rag dolls, our beautiful oilcloth messenger bags and of course the beautiful Red Tote bag by London Access.
With post going out to Meath, Cork Dublin and Tipp, thank you all for your custom we really do appreciate it. πŸ™‚

We’d like to do something special for an official opening if anyone has any ideas we ‘d very much like to hear them. We had thought we’d have a tea by the sea party what do you think ?
I’ll Leave you to think on it and I will leave you with some pic’s of what’s to come. I just know you will love them all πŸ™‚

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