It’s already started

We officially broke ground on the 20th January. There’s a pause of a few days before the real work starts on Monday. Am I ready? Not in the slightest. Have I finished packing up? Nope. Am I excited? You betcha.

An ode to Abby

I was perplexed by the sitting room in the house when I went to the viewing. It was super cold in the room — no insulation in those ceiling rafters — and the furniture was too big for the space and pushed up against the walls. Thanks to my sweet friend, Abby, we were given …

The garden room

A garden room or, as they commonly call it in Ireland, a “seomra” (Irish for room pronounced “show-mrah”), has always been a popular concept in this country – maybe because the size of the houses is typically smaller than what we would have in the States. Google tells me that the average size in the …

Where the Irish renovations really started…

For those of you who were followers of the original Tilly’s Cottage website, you’ll know that I started the Irish part of renovation journey with a two-story cottage I dubbed “Tilly’s Cottage” after my little Westie — because after all, she’s the reason I bought a house.  It’s not easy renting properties when one has …