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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 

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Almost There :-)

Well what a week the decking is well underway but needless to say every time Mick steps out of the Van the rain comes down, but to be fair he just ignores it and carries on. The other thing I realised was Mick’s vision of the decking and mine don’t quite match up. Now he’s work is perfect I would highly recommend him to anyone. It’s just when we spoke about the design I had a slightly different design structure in my head then his. I could stage River Dance here now no problem! without the dancing maggot of course. πŸ™‚ we wouldn’t have enough wings to our place for me-hall !!!

So after I stopped admiring the decking I decided I better throw a shape and actually do a bit of work. So I was delighted with myself when I found some beautiful vintage handbags and some very pretty hand printed scarves.
Then I found some beautiful silk evening wraps the colours are only gorgeous the ideal travel companion and very reasonably priced to ladies.
Then I thought in the middle of all my silk why not buy a horse πŸ™‚ well incase you didn’t know it ladies silks and horse’s go together πŸ™‚ so I did.
He’s a real beauty wait until you see him I bet you’ll all want to get your hands on him < I was going to say something else but I decided to save you from your own smutty minds!!!

Then I got down to the very serious job of sanding, waxing, polishing, the little Chinese guy in that film (what's it called again?) would have be proud of me. Polish on polish off πŸ™‚ sadly the changes of me flinging anyone over my shoulder is nil, unless we were both roaring drunk and let's face it that's never going to happen, the flinging someone over my shoulder I mean.

So I have two beautiful Victorian side tables one mahogany and the other is Victorian pine, one lovely pedestal round breakfast table and a fabulous Georgian Pembrook table all up and ready for road.
So you see I haven't really been lazing around this week oh yes I almost forgot. We found great buckets and shovels the most adorable cute ones and watering cans to match your kiddies will be in their element at the beach. And sure it wouldn't be the same without a rag doll in the mist of of all our Antique and Vintage oh and there is lots more!
But you know what ? You are just going to have to come see it all for yourselves.
So get your skates ready for the June bank holiday weekend and beat a path to our door.

I promise we are the people that will put a WoW in your world < all said in my best American car salesman accent!!!
No offence to my American friends but your car sales men are gas πŸ™‚ !!!

Ok ladies and gents until next week cheerio xx