Old Sweetwater

Old Sweetwater

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Irish Decor and Other Sweet Things

When I think of Irish decor, images of thatched roofs, aged stucco, limestone and sophisticated rustic interiors come to mind.
I've read a few cozy mysteries set in Ireland and adored the descriptions of the cottages.  I imagine it would be so delighted to visit the Green Isle!  Who lives there? Who has visited? What comes to mind with Irish decor to you? Photos: Irish thatched roof; Floral Designs; Celtic Cross available online; Irish Terrier; Celtic Knot floors @ Forest Floors and how could I not include Irish Stew?
 
 
 





43 comments:

Margaret said...

I went to Dublin a couple of years ago and loved it, the place, the people, the music, it's all wonderful! I told DH it's where I want to retire to, a little country cottage tucked in the rolling green hills! Margaret

Keetha Broyles said...

Oooooo looky, looky! That roof has LACE on the ridge line!

summersundays-jw said...

I love Ireland too. The floral arrangement is gorgeous -- as are all your pictures. Thanks for stopping by my blog & leaving a comment. I'll put your name in the drawing. If you come into the shop, you can enter again. Jan

Flick, said...

That house is amazing! I love that stonework more than words can explain...
That puppy is so cute he doesn't look real!
:)

Tennis Girl said...

Cute cottage. The pot of soup/stew looks yummy.

1 Funky Woman said...

I love that house. I've always loved a thatched roof. My mother was lucky enough to go to Ireland a couple years before she died. She was Irish so it was very important to her. The pictures were beautiful! I wish I could have gone. So even though I didn't go I have been putting together a scrapbook for my father so he can have something to go back to and remember their wonderful trip.

katie said...

When I think of Ireland, I think of tartan plaid wool.
Love the house, that roof is so neat, it look like it has a cap of lace on it.
Lovely post, and yes I have quite a bit of Irish in me.

maurakeith said...

What a beautiful post Janean! I love Ireland too...never been there but one day I'll get my sister who lives near London to take me. Yes thatched roof cottages and lace and stone walls...rolling hills of green and shamrocks and sounds of the Irish flute and the bodhran drum. These are things I think of when I dream of Ireland. It's such a beautiful country. Thank you for taking me there even if it's just in my imagination. Maura

Rita said...

Bring on the pot of Irish stew. That sounds so good. I've been to England, but not to Ireland.

Dianna said...

Beautiful pics, Janean!

Kelli said...

Isn't the imagination a wonderful thing? I know I'll never visit there, but I can imagine that grand Emerald Lady as well as if I were standing on her shores! The cottage you've shown here is my dream. :) Aren't they just the sweetest things? I do have just a bit of Irish blood coursing through these veins, too! :) Compliments of my my maternal grandfather.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Janean,
A visit to the Green Isle would be wonderful! My hubby's ancestors came from there. Wonderful post. I'm having a tea today, why not stop by for some; would love to have you. Have a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Julie said...

Oh Janean, loving this post. I have a Scotch Irish background.( My maiden name is Shaw. My grandfather was an Angus) You just reminded me to go stick my St. Patty garden flag out front.! Wouldn't it be neat...truly, to go and visit over there and hear the brogue! I love it. Loved all the pics. You have the greatest knack to find PERFECT photos to accompany your posts. Love the Irish Terrier! Have a great day. Had fun as always. I LOVE to come visit.

elizabeth said...

we go visit once a year,
we love it there -
it would be fun to have a little cottage there so we can visit whenever we feel like it.
lovely pictures

Leslie said...

Hi! Thanks for commenting on my blog!

I just love your blog! It's right up my alley, so cute!

Have a nice day and God bless!

Donna said...

We are estatic that our next door neighbor at our new house is a dual citizen and owns a house in Dublin! She is a hoot. We sure enjoyed our two trips to Ireland and would love to go back again.

As luck would have it, DH made some Irish soda bread yesterday and we had some toasted with jam for breakfast this morning!

Sharon said...

I would love to be able to travel to Ireland. I love that cottage roof.
It looks so serene sitting behind those beautiful green hedges. I can imagine myself retiring there.

Marmee's Pantry said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Thanks for the great photos, especially the thatched-roof cottage. What a dream. I'm of Scotch-English background...waaaay...back in the family tree (early 1800s) & then they came to America & got mixed in w/the Cherokee. Quite the heritage, but I've often dreamt of researching some distant relatives & visiting Scotland.

I'm glad I followed your link from Dianna's blog; I've enjoyed your themes. The little yellow bungalow-type house in a previous post is amost identical to the 1st home my husband & I bought. Sweet memories there.

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

GardenofDaisies said...

Wouldnt you love to live in that thatched cottage?

Helen said...

I have always been captivated by the Irish architecture .... thanks for sharing.

Victoria said...

Love all of your pictures. My husband is irish, red hair and all so we are both dying to go to Ireland. There's a small thatched roof Irish pub near our home that we visit from time to time, they have a lot of live music there as well. It will have to suffice until we can make a trip to the real deal. :)

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fairfieldhouse said...

Ireland is my home, away from home. I have family and friends there. What's not to love? The country and culture embraces everyone who wants to join in.

kpaints said...

Oh, I love the cottage, it has lace on the roof top! I bet the sweet lady that lives in that house told those men to put that up there!!!

It's me said...

Eh............i don't wanne tell you its my holiday country home !!

Hahahahahah!! Hugs from me..........i don 't tell who i'am ............

Melinda Cornish said...

that roof is just beautiful...well, the whole house is actually!

McVal said...

I love the pictures! I'm a German but wannabe Irish person... We've been there twice and fell in love with the countryside, people, beaches, music, etc. everything.

Nancy said...

I just think of the cottages and simplicity. Would so love to visit Ireland and see one of those fetching dwellings.

All things nice... said...

Oh what a lovely post, glad ye all think so much of my home Ireland. I have lived here all my life, and will never live anywhere else. One thing I miss when I'm away on holidays is the peacefullness, the rolling hills and the lakes and the potatoes for dinner. You might see some Irish Cottages on my blog and I have Irish Heritage on my Country Heritage Blog. Go raith míle maith agat!

All things nice...

Laurie said...

Love your post! My mom, sister, aunts, niece, daughter and I, all went to Ireland a few years ago. It is a fabulous place to visit, and gorgeously green just the way you think it should be!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Never visited but one of my readers [Micki] lives there. :-)

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Way back when, my ancestors were Irish.A good friend of mine moved there last year.

I love Irish Terriers and Irish Wolfhounds. They look like fluffy toys.

I always imagine green hills, lotsof open space and people that dont sound anything like me when talking!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

There is just something so quaint and charming about everything Irish! My favorite is the terrier!

Sandra said...

Love the thatch roofed cottages and lots of green! Thanks for stopping by...come back soon. Sandra

lostpastremembered said...

What amazing photos... glad I stopped by your blog!!!

Marla said...

Both my daughter-in-laws are Irish so anything Irish makes me think of them and how very blessed I am.

Technodoll said...

I would looove to visit both Ireland and Scotland but alas, my husband being from England, cannot stand those countries (something like an unspoken culture war? LOL) so unless I go on my own... wait. Why couldn't I! :-D

koralee said...

Oh I do want to live in one of those adorable cottages...sigh..even just to visit would make my heart sing. Hugs to you today. xoxo

Bernie said...

Ireland is everything you think it is and more.....the beautiful colors, people, music and its history is amazing. I have spent time in Dublin and Sligo County but I am totally going back to spend more time seeing all four corners of Ireland, I loved it so....:-) Hugs

Marina Mott said...

Absolutely marvilous!!

bellaboo said...

My husband was born in Ireland and came over to England when he was nine.A few years ago he took me there for a holiday and to visit the places he remembered as a child.It is a beautiful unspoilt country and the people are unbelievable friendly too.I love all your pictures,but the thatched cottage has to be my favourite!

Bellaboo :o)

Just Breathe said...

That roof is so beautiful. I just love that little dog. Where did you find him?

Garden Design Ireland said...

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Diana said...

Just found this blog. Love it!
Love the cottage. They say we'll have mansions in Heaven but this cottage would be perfect for me.
My husband and I are going to Ireland next year for our 25th wedding anniversary. Both have ancestors from Ireland.