unexpected guests: homebug.
today on unexpected guests we’re headed all the way across the pond to visit with Zita Spring, aka zee of the blog homebug. zee lives in dublin, ireland with her boyfriend and two very cute dogs, polly the the basset hound, and django the dalmation — two very sweet looking pups. I loved zee’s cheerful, eclectic home and all the bright, happy colors. here’s a look at what it’s like living in dublin, ireland. thanks for sharing zee, and for those of you readers looking to find more about zee, be sure and drop in on homebug.
What is your idea of a perfect day in dublin?
The formula for my perfect day doesn’t involve anything out of the ordinary and I do variations on it just about every weekend! My boyfriend and I will start the day with a cooked breakfast and a read of the newspapers, before taking our dogs Django and Polly for a walk in the park beside our house. Then later on we’ll stroll into town stopping in every charity shop along the way picking up vintage clothes, knick knacks, records and books. Once in town, we’ll get a spot of lunch somewhere along South Great George’s Street. We’ll catch an indie movie in the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar and afterwards meet up with friends or family for dinner in the best Chinese restaurant in the whole world – the ramshackle Sichuan House on Parnell Street – followed by drinks in the Welcome Inn on the same street. It’s a bar where time has stood still; it retains the faded grandeur of 1960s décor and plays a great mix of music. Then home to our house or someone else’s to chill out and chat.
What don’t you leave home without?
I’m the sort of scatterbrain who regularly leaves the house without my keys, phone, purse, you name it, but I always have a book or two in my handbag.
What’s on your wish list?
An extension of our 600 sq. ft. house, please! A kitchen-diner for entertaining in and a bathroom rather than a shower room would be life changing!
What’s your favorite bargain find or product?
I think it’s got to be my antique Chesterfield sofa – it’s one of my dream items of furniture and I got it for €100 through a small ads website. The person selling it had listed it as “old couch”!
Who is your favorite artist? And why?
I love Danish artist Christina Blaabjerg and have one of her paintings in my living room. I love her use of colour and the influence of architecture on her style.
What is your biggest interior design nightmare?
Having two big silly dogs means that I have recurring interior design nightmares involving rugs and soft furnishings! I can’t get too precious about anything in our home because someone is bound to chew on it or pee on it eventually!
Where do you find inspiration?
I find blogs like Door Sixteen, Making It Lovely, Design*Sponge and Sfgirlbybay plus loads of Flickr members very inspiring. I love Living Etc. and Irish interiors magazines too. And I always keep an eye on my favourite interior designers like Suzy Hoodless and Danielle Mac Innes. But I also find inspiration in movies, fashion, art, everywhere!
What is your most treasured belonging?
I have a patchwork blanket that my Grandmother made about forty years ago (it’s in the photos of my bedroom) – my attachment to it is more than sentimental, as it’s such a beautiful thing; every patch of fabric used is stunning. It’s the one thing I own that’s truly irreplaceable.
What’s your favorite feature in your home?
The cute little fireplace in the bedroom was what made me fall for our house. Of features that we’ve added ourselves though, I love the white painted floorboards in the den, and I intend giving our bedroom the same treatment soon.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Spending too much time online and ordering takeout. Sometimes at the same time!
What is your greatest indulgence?
Music. It’s one thing I never even try to curtail my spending on, and I get withdrawal symptoms if I don’t have something new to listen to! Every nook and cranny of our little house is stuffed with records and CDs. The thought of converting it all to digital and freeing up some space makes me sad, though. I’d sooner move to a bigger house!
What is your idea of living hell?
Busy nightclubs with awful music. I like to keep it low-key.
What are some of your favorites websites/blogs to visit?
I read loads of blogs. My favourites at the moment (besides the obvious big ones) are by people whose individual style I admire, like Blanaid, Nestled In, Emma’s Designblogg , Chez Larsson , and oodles more..!