cool stuff

Historic Gifs

How fun are these? Adam Koszary, who worked at Bodleian Libraries, the University of Oxford’s research libraries, spent a year turning beautiful images painstakingly made by monks and illustrators hundreds of years ago into fun, tongue-in-cheek GIFs to brighten up our feeds. Explore more and read about his process in this Medium post.

Discovering these also led me to the #MusGif, which brought up all kinds of gems (check some out here).

P.S. If you’re into these, hit up @MedievalReacts which regularly brings several LOLs. 

These messers |
Aunty Life, Ethan, Isabel, Noah

These messers

Three little faces that never fail to make me happy: Ethan, Noah and Isabel. 

These messers |

Ethan and Noah are currently obsessed with Pokemon, dabbing and Minecraft.

Isabel meanwhile has a passing interest in Pokemon but is far more obsessed with a Russian nesting doll I had in my study. We came across a Russian craft shop in Amsterdam and brought her one back, and she’s been eating and sleeping with it ever since. 

These messers |


PS I’ve just gotten Ethan Wonder by RJ Palacio, a book about kindness and compassion, aimed at 8-12 year olds. There’s also We’re All Wonders, a younger-kid version that’s beautifully illustrated, which I picked up for Noah and Isabel.

Photography, Recent Work

Brookfield Farm for Image Interiors & Living

Late in November, Ben and I packed up the Mini and drove to Tipperary to spend a day photographing and filming Brookfield Farm for the January-February issue of Image Interiors & Living.

Brookfield Farm - lifestyle photography | Run by Ailbhe Gerrard, Brookfield consists of 72 acres of meadows, crops and native trees. 

Brookfield Farm - lifestyle photography |

Brookfield Farm - lifestyle photography |

It produces delicious wild flower honey and beautiful beeswax candles.

Brookfield Farm - lifestyle photography |

Brookfield Farm - lifestyle photography |

We started shooting on a cold and misty morning. Ailbhe has acres of wildflower fields, and though they had long since withered, you could still glimpse a whisper of them, and imagine the colour explosion that will arrive in spring and summer.

Brookfield Farm - lifestyle photography |

We went out on Lough Derg, wandered among sheep, photographed the lovely artisan produce and walked through beautiful ancient forestry, filled with elegant oak, beech and sycamore trees. Ailbhe let us meet some of her bees – native Irish black bees – and try some wonderful beeswax lip balm.

Brookfield Farm - lifestyle photography |

Brookfield Farm - lifestyle photography |

Brookfield Farm - lifestyle photography |

Brookfield Farm - lifestyle photography |  It’s always a total treat to work with Ben, who shot a gorgeous video of the day that you can watch below. 

It was a dream gig really – shooting flower fields at dawn, a lake at dusk, and an inspiring, entrepreneurial powerhouse of a woman at the heart of it all. 

Killiney beach |
Dublin, living local

Brighter Days

It was a weekend of small, memorable pleasures. Home-made tacos and a Colin the Caterpillar cake for my sister’s birthday. A trip to the park with my niece. A walk on Killiney beach, where these pics (and gif) were taken. 

It was bright and beautiful and you could almost taste spring in the air. It made me want to go out and buy bunches and bunches of daffodils.  Killiney beach |

Killiney beach |

Killiney beach |

Killiney beach |

Killiney beach |

And then Monday’s grey driving rain happened 😂, reminding us that winter’s cold grasp isn’t quite done with us yet.

Still, I have these pictures…


Heart before hustle

My first post of the year is about slowing down, and comes 13 days into January. The irony isn’t lost on me 😉 Hustle before heart |
I’d love to say I’m refreshed, that my intentions are set, that my word is ready. But it wouldn’t be true. 2016 knocked the wind out of my sails and it feels like it took the earth finishing its trip around the sun for me to take a breath and absorb it all. 

2016 was tough for so many, and I had it luckier than most.

I got to spend it learning and transforming and exploring a whole new industry and career. And at every turn, I felt all I could say was that things were busy. I’m the first to admit that I bought into the hustle.

I changed jobs three times in one year, which included going for a dream gig, and getting it. Deputy edited a magazine that got circulated with our national paper. Won a blog award. Photographed the cover of CARA. Traveled to Gaza on a photo project. Did food shoots, interiors shoots, people shoots, commercial shoots, editorial shoots. 
I’m immensely proud of this work and grateful to the people who gave me the opportunities to do it. But it blinded me to the things I didn’t do while chasing it.
I didn’t sleep enough, move enough, take in fresh air enough.
I didn’t spend enough time with my friends or my family.
I didn’t spend enough time blogging, something that keeps me anchored and makes me happy.
I didn’t laugh enough, spend enough time just being, creating for the sake of it. Reading for the fun of it.

I chased and chased and ended the year dizzy.

Hustle before heart |



So for 2017 there are, as yet, no goals or resolutions. It’s silly to pretend it’ll all simply change – as a natural dreamer, planner and schemer, I can’t help it. But I want to sit with things a little longer, let the last few months soak in and take a deep breath before diving back in (perhaps after reading Erin’s new book). 

So if you too are feeling more frazzled than fresh, you’re not alone. 

Pics above from a New Year’s Day stomp through some beautiful Wicklow woods with friends. Start as you mean to continue, eh?

Arran Street East |
cool stuff, living local

Cool and contemporary Irish craft gifts (plus my favourite independent Dublin shops)

I’m the worst for going into present overdrive. I love buying people gifts, and this year I’m trying hard to be more mindful about what I buy. A big part of that is making an effort to support Irish makers and buy less, but better.

There is something so wonderful about giving someone something made by hand, often just a few miles away, or buying from an independent store owner, who puts so much love and care into curating their favourite finds.

 I had the pleasure of photographing some of the below at some point this year, so I am completely biased 🙂

And if you’re hitting the shops this weekend, scroll down for a round up of my favourite independent retailers in Dublin. 

Handmade candles and soaps from Clean Slate

Handmade candles and soaps by Clean Slate |

Nicole Connolly couldn’t find a scented candle that she loved, so she started making her own. She uses soy wax and natural, high-quality ingredients as well as gorgeous reusable packaging. I adore both the Espresso + Coconut and Sweet Tobacco + Black Pepper. She’s stocked all over the country too, including, in Dublin, Article, Appassionata and Scout.

Ceramics from Arran Street East

Arran Street East |

Photographing the Arran Street East studio and products was one of my favourite projects of the year. I’ve popped back a few times since and am rarely able to leave empty handed. The simple, functional pieces work in so many different types of spaces and and are beautifully glazed in colours inspired by the nearby fruit and veg market – these adorable succulent pots have a special place in my heart. Pop in to the Dublin studio or order online by the 19th for Christmas delivery. 

Blankets and totes from The Tweed Project
The Tweed Project |

Oh to be as fierce and as creative as Aoibheann McNamara, proprietor of Galway’s Ard Bia restaurant and co-founder of The Tweed Project. Wonderfully fusing contemporary designs with traditional methods and fabrics, the pieces are hand made using premuim Donegal Tweed and Irish linen. Available online, in Coffeewerk and Press in Galway and Dublin’s Indigo & Cloth as well as at Makers & Brothers

If you’re in and around Dublin city over the next couple of days, I can’t recommend the below independent stores enough. They’re filled with expertly curated finds, and, as Jette says:


A photo posted by Jette (@jettevirdi) on

On Dawson Street:

On Drury Street

  • Irish Design Shop: Some of the very best contemporary Irish craft and design. The new 2017 calendar – an annual project – is a thing of beauty. 
  • Industry: As well stocking some of coolest industrial pieces and great Nordic design brands, you can also find Irish ceramics, woollens and cards (by Dusty Boy!)
  • Appassionata: So much more than just a (beautiful) flower shop, Ruth stocks great plant gifts and sweet homewares too.  

In Powerscourt Shopping Centre

  • Article: You’ll find things here that you won’t get anywhere else. I could possibly do all my Christmas shopping at Article – from homewares to notebooks to candles, store owner John’s taste is second to none. 
  • The Garden: Another spot that’s so much more than a flower shop, you’ll find possibly the best collection of succulents in the entire city here, as well as gorgeous pots, seasonal wreaths (or the ingredients to make your own), candles and more. 
  • Chupi: Special, delicate things inspired by the Irish landscape. I receive a compliment almost every time I wear my raspberry leaf necklace. Each piece has a story, and the packaging is beautifully luxe too. 

In Temple Bar

  • Scout: Irish and international clothing labels curated by Wendy, one of the most effortlessly cool people I’ve ever met. The perfect place for chunky knitted socks, great totes and timeless, stylish pieces that are made to last. 

Happy shopping! 

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On Hold

I’m a bit worried Ben might kick me out of the house if I stick this on repeat again… But it’s so good to have The xx back.

The XX On Hold |

PS If you haven’t gotten stuck into already, their In The Studio playlist is pretty great too. 


Life Unstyled |

Life Unstyled

There are areas that I don’t love. Walls that need painting. Orange floor tiles that need covering. Scuffed door frames and worn carpets. Things that I, as someone who gets to photograph expertly styled homes, know don’t shoot well. Dark corners and odd light casts. 

Life Unstyled |

Life Unstyled |

It’s lived in, rough around the edges. And yet. It makes me so happy. Curled up on the couch, cat by my side, the Sunday papers fanned out around me, cup of tea in hand.

Life Unstyled |

Life Unstyled |

Life Unstyled |

I love being surrounded by our favourite things. Dipping into the box of polaroids – Ben’s birthday, New Year’s Eve, sleepovers with Ethan, Isabel’s first birthday party. All in this house. As a renter, you try not to get too attached, but happy memories make that impossible.

I always mean to photograph my own home, but it’s never quite tidy enough, never quite camera ready. But I came home from a shoot a few weeks ago, and the combination of the light and the cosy contentedness that you get from walking into a warm house on a crisp, cold day took over and I couldn’t help firing off a few frames.

It helped that the cat was looking pretty photogenic too.  Life Unstyled |


Joining Intercom |

Joining The Intercom Team

New Muji pens have been bought. A walking route has been mapped out. There’s a fresh Moleskine ready to go. Today, I join the Intercom team, and typing that alone makes me grin with excitement. 

Intercom is a company I have long admired. When a role on their content team came up, I texted a friend of mine, lamenting the bad timing as I was just months into my current job. “But Intercom is the dream, isn’t is?” she replied. That said it all, really.

I’ve watched and admired the company from afar, as they grew and grew, hiring their heroes and building an incredible team as they went.

When I made the switch into the tech scene a little under a year ago, the Intercom blog (and newsletter and podcast) was a lifeboat that I jumped on. I read and re-read blog posts, not just for practical advice and best practice tips, but to be inspired by the enthusiasm and drive of so many smart people doing interesting things with technology.

To be joining John, Geoffrey and Adam on the content team today is a thrill and honour, and I couldn’t be more excited. Wish me luck!