Ellie x Kodaline

ellie x kodaline | nathalie.ie


You may have heard this doing the rounds already, but a friend sent this to me last week and I can’t get enough of it. Ellie Goulding, covering Kodaline‘s All I Want.

Her cover of Alt J‘s Tessellate is also pretty awesome.

// Graphic above by me – a lil’ faux double exposure of both of their artwork.

Streets Portraits by Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

Browse a great collection of some of Vivian Maier’s beautiful black and white street portraits here.


A Smooth Sea

A Smooth Sea Never Made  A Skiller Sailor | Damn Fine Print

No better words to read after a hectic press week! The print above is from the new Shore Shot collection of sea-inspired prints from the guys at Dublin-based Damn Fine Print. I especially love this one by Emma Jackson.

Going to press can be stressful and exhausting, but, whenever I feel like a moan, I’m reminded of this chart, from Tina Fey’s Bossypantsand it quickly puts things back into perspective, where they belong. I also love this quote of hers: “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready; it goes on because it’s 11.30.” Which really echoes Pixar’s Pete Docter’s comment: “As John Lasseter likes to say, our films don’t get finished, they just get released.”

The magazine isn’t finished when every single page is perfect. It’s finished when you have done the absolute best you can with the time you have. Which, when you’re kicking yourself after thinking up a brilliant headline or coverline hours after the page has been sent, can be quite a comfort.

Link Love

Sabino Aguad

Above: Great shot by Sabino Aguad.

Meaty read: Why these are the ‘Ten Best Sentences’ 

Love the free-association Instagram game Victoria played to source these gorgeous kitchen pics.

The internet seems pretty obsessed with all things marble right now. I can’t make up my mind.

Love this: The lost art of the unsent angry letter.

8 tips for balcony gardeners.

And below – how insanely awesome is the new Sharkpig studio? See it all here.

Have a great weekend!

Sharkpig's new studio


Kemi Mai

kemi mai

I’ve become a little obsessed with the portrait illustrations that Kemi Mai creates – and she’s just 18 years old! The one above is a big fave. (via Miss Moss)

Our New Place (And New Plants!)


New place (and new plants!) | nathalie.ie

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll no doubt already know that, after a lorra, lorra searching, Ben and I finally found a place to rent! We moved in at the end of January, and are still very much in the “settling in” phase (we spent most of yesterday re-organising furniture and laying out possible art combinations on the floor!). We were lucky to find an unfurnished house (a tough ask in Dublin), and begged, borrowed and thrifted to cobble together some pieces to tide us over while we save up for furniture. FreecycleFree Trade, and Adverts all proved brilliant, as did the generosity of friends and family. We scored a gorgeous two-seater leather couch completely for free, this sweet Ikea plant stand for near half price, a coffee table and some lovely Spanish terracotta that’s going to come in handy on tapas nights.

New place (and new plants!) | nathalie.ie

New place (and new plants!) | nathalie.ie

So while we still figure out where things are going, I’m getting my nesting fix through plants. My old apartment, though brilliantly located at the end of Camden Street, received little to no natural light, so I still get giddy when I see the sun streaming in, or plants lasting for more than a week. Our back garden boasts a rosemary and thyme, the upstairs study (the sunniest spot in the house) currently houses basil and oregano, and we have mint, coriander as well as some hardy cacti and an aloe plant in the kitchen. I can’t wait to hit up a The Garden for some more indoor goodies – as you can see from my Pinterest board, I’ve got quite a few on my wish list.

But loving indoor plants doesn’t always mean I’m great at looking after them. I forgot all about this poor basil plant in the study, but, luckily, Ben was on hand to bring it back to life – and shoot a time-lapse of  it too. Yes, we are just that geeky.

12 March

Barbershop Shoot

Knights Barbers shoot | nathalie.ie

This post from Ciara reminded me that I never posted about our barber shop shoot! We were shooting for a magazine campaign that Knights were planning. It took us both out of our comfort zone, but we loved the vintage feel of the packaging and Ciara, with her incredible eye, picked some fab props to really bring the story to life.

Knights Barbers shoot | nathalie.ie

Knights Barbers shoot | nathalie.ie


Styling: Ciara O’Halloran, Style Serendipity / Photography: Nathalie Marquez Courtney

At Kate’s Place


Some pics and overs from my shoot at Bash Editor Kate’s house, as featured in a recent issue of Image.

I fell in love with her home – a gorgeous, well curated collection of art and cool prints, some beautiful upcycled bits, a fab Bo Concept sofa, great pops of colour and a pretty gorgeous curved credenza.


At Kate's Place | nathalie.ie





Framing The World

Framing the world makes my heart beat faster | nathalie.ie

I adore this quote from a Sunday Times interview with director Sally Potter.

Graphic by me. 

Guess Who’s Back

New responsive site design! | nathalie.ie

At last, I return to my beloved blog! The site was down for a tad longer than I expected (cough), but I did a last minute 180 on the theme (figured it was about time to join the sane kids and get a responsive one) and the whole thing took longer than I had hoped. But from now on this blog should – hopefully – be a pleasure to read, regardless of what device you’re viewing it on.

I hope you like the new look – I must admit I love it. All the gorgeous graphics and my whole re-brand was done by the amazing Belinda Love Lee, and I can’t wait to show you the utterly awesome business cards she created for me. That’s a lot of adjectives in one sentence, I know, but it was just so wonderful to work with someone who totally got what I was after.

Have a click around – I’ve been blogging from behind the curtain so there are some new posts to check out, including:

* A peek at Abigail Ryan‘s gorgeous Belfast studio

* Shots from the insanely fun lifestyle bloggers event

* A shoot at K Chido, Dublin’s delicious new taco truck

* Some pics from a dreamy overnighter at Ballyvolane

* Wise words that sum up this whole endeavour, and, at times, my life mantra

There are still some kinks being ironed out, and please tell me if anything looks weird or wonky. Looking forward to being back on the blogosphere, I have plenty of catching up to do!

PS Apologies to anyone who got subscribes via email and received four weeks of posts at once. Lemme know and I’ll give you some chocolate/a hug next time we meet.

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