Irish Folk Furniture Animation – Sundance

It has been a while since I’ve been able to post – I’ve been finishing up college exams and getting going with a very new and exciting project that I will share with everyone as soon as I can.  For the moment I am really charmed and delighted with this terrific 8 minute short animation by Tony Donoghue on Irish Folk Furniture.  It is only available on YouTube which I love so absolutely anyone can enjoy it.   It won best short animation at the Sundance festival and was funded by The Irish Film Board, RTE & The Arts Council. If you would like to hear more from the director there is a terrific interview on filmireland.net...

Bed time at the Irish Cottage

For most cottage inhabitants, a stationary bed was a pure luxury that they wouldn’t even think to dream of. Sleeping arrangements were a necessity to be accommodated rather than a luxury to be enjoyed. Personally I just do not know what I would do without my comfy bed and have all kinds of added extras to increase the comfort levels from memory foam mattresses to electric blankets. How would I have survived back in the day… In the beginning… Early and poorer cottage dwellers simply slept on thick woven straw mats by the hearth to take advantage of the dying heat. In the case of Byre cottages the inhabitants would sleep closely with the animals. The mat’s were then rolled away by day to make room for daily life – not too unlike modern beach mats. The next step up was to low divan style beds where a mattress fashioned out of old woven fabric or meal sacks and stuffed with straw or bog cotton would was laid directly upon the straw mat. Wealthier and poultry farmers sometimes had mattresses stuffed with goose feathers – this would have been an exceptionally valuable asset in a household and would have been willed down through generations. Feather mattresses, pillows and even perhaps the bed would sometimes also form part of a daughter’s dowry or ‘bottom drawer’. Thorough Beds & Truckle Beds In areas prone to flooding these mattresses were lifted off the ground on a wooden base with low wooden header and footer boards to keep the mattress dry. These were known as thorough beds and could sleep the entire family...

Restored Antique Irish Cottage Furniture and Interiors

Dispite problems with my Facebook page since the update I managed to come across this fab website for interiors – Eclectic Interiors. It seems to be a real home grown affair run by Selina Gettins where she restores, paints and renovates antique furniture – a real Irish Cottage Industry! Nothing says cottage quite like a wrought iron bed (shown above) – think of the Quiet Man where Sean throws Mary Kate onto the bed. It really is an iconic piece of Irish cottage furniture. I found this gorgeous dresser on the site that would be perfect for any Irish Cottage interior! All of the pieces are antiques and one of a kind – just the kind of vibe you want in your pre-loved cottage. Their website is www.eclecticinteriors.net and you can call Selina on 087...