So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I share my fascination with Irish design…..
…..starting with the love of the land…..
In Ireland, you see architecture – like this ancient relic of high culture – seeming to grow up out of the ground, as if by the hand of God – the hand of Nature…..
But it happens as much in low culture – a cottage hugging the moor…..
Even roads and paths seem to have grown out of the earth.
There is love of nature at the heart of Irish art and design. Consider this wool throw…..
knitted in the “Aran pattern” – symbolizing the “ladder of life”…..
…..or the famed Irish lace…..
such as this one, with a delicate orchid pattern…..
or this chrochet lace coat dress….
with its soft, flowing pattern and cut.
Even Irish jewelry has a natural sensuality…..
This piece follows the curves of the hand.
So it only follows that Irish architecture and interior design would intrigue me as well…..
Far from the noise of the shamrocks and the kelly green, Irish design is simple and understated…..
cozy and soft…..
But also sometimes sexy and sophisticated…
glam – in a natural way…..
…..and sometimes – with a touch of green
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
1. Ballybunion Castle via redbubble.com
2. Irish cottage via bing.com
3. via pdphoto.org
4. via irish-handcrafts.com
5. via sweetpeapath.tumblr.com
6. via vintagetextile.com
7. via wwwjewelry-guide.com
9. via google.com
10. via saidosdaconcha.blogspot.com
11. via ravelry.com
12. via clodagh.com
13. via rothschildbickers.com
14. via orlakiely.com