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Welcome to my blog. My name is Nicola and I am an architect with a background in visual merchandising. Launched in August 2016 this blog focuses on eclectic home accessories and aims to  provide home interior and style inspiration. I am also passionate about promoting small independent businesses. To contact me please drop a line to hello@heyshed.co.uk 

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Keeping it local: Killymoon Living

Keeping it local: Killymoon Living

Over the next while I'm planning to do a little focus on various local businesses within Northern Ireland and this is the first in this series.

If you have been following me for a while you will know that I'm all about promoting local independent businesses so when I got offered a tour around Killymoon Living, a bespoke furniture manufacturers workshop and brand new showroom I couldn't say no. As an architect I've always been fascinated about how things are put together so this was a chance for me to find out, plus alot of famous architects have designed chairs- the famously copied Eames dining chair and recliner by Charles and Ray Eames and the Barcelona chair by Mies Van de Rohe so you can see how these two interests intersect.

I'm trying to make more sustainable choices when it comes to decorating my home and investing in key pieces that will last more than one house move. As much as i love Ikea and flat pack furniture, if it involves me building it, it's guaranteed to not last and will always have a slight tilt to any drawer front I put my hands on. Killymoon create bespoke furniture which, as i have witnessed, is built to last.

Killymoon is based in Cookstown so pretty accesible wherever you live in Norther Ireland. Here's is a short Q&A with the team to find out more.

1.How long has Killymoon Living been open and who are you?

 Killymoon Bespoke Living has been open for 15 years and is a family run company owned by the Wilson family, who have been involved in the upholstery market for over 40 years. They combined their wealth of skill and expertise into Killymoon Living, a company proud to design and manufacture truly inspiring pieces of upholstery.

2. Who designs your products?

The design process is a collaborative process, our team and our customers create ideas which then are all handmade upstairs by our upholstery team, each piece can be fully customised to suit the clients' requirements and style. Timber legs can be stained different colours to tailor the piece to the customers home decor and any button tufting is done by hand.

3.Do you work locally with any craftsmen/ fabric manufacturers? 

The initial frame is developed by our talented in house joiner and then the full frame production is carried out by  a local Dungannon firm D+E Hughes, we also get some of our fabrics locally from Talbat and Balmoral fabrics. 

4.Are you working on anything special at the minute?

We are already busy creating signature pieces for our customers but at the minute we are preparing for our grand opening of our new showroom as it is the chance for our customers to come and visit us, meet the team and see all the products we have available for them.

5. What is your favourite piece of furniture from Killymoon? 

Our key piece of collection is our 'Lauren' bedframe, it is one of our bestsellers here at Killymoon and is also very special as it is named after Steve's daughter Lauren who just adores the bed herself.

The 'Lauren' bed is just one of the items named after family members. It is beautiful in person (I could have taken it home) and I've seen one being made in the workshop upstairs, it has a double central rail to make it extra strong and a curved lower edge and side to add detail. The bed can also be made to suit the individuals home by designing it without the curved end so it can fit within a bedroom easily if the room is tight for space.

The 'Lauren' bed is just one of the items named after family members. It is beautiful in person (I could have taken it home) and I've seen one being made in the workshop upstairs, it has a double central rail to make it extra strong and a curved lower edge and side to add detail. The bed can also be made to suit the individuals home by designing it without the curved end so it can fit within a bedroom easily if the room is tight for space.

6.Why should be people invest in bespoke furniture?

People should invest in bespoke furniture as we work with our customers to find out what they really want in there homes, it's all about making a statement in any room that will last for years. 

7. Where would you love to see your products (hotel/ restaurant/ home- any one in particular?)

We would love to see our products in more hotels and homes around Northern Ireland. All of our products have our logo labelled on them so when a customer sees our products they will know it has been upholstered and designed by Killymoon Living.

The 'Stella' bar stool with decorative nailhead detail all done by hand.

The 'Stella' bar stool with decorative nailhead detail all done by hand.

8. Where can people buy your designs?

You can see our products in our very own showroom where we can have a consultation with you and show you available fabric samples and also in our sister company shops, CFC interiors, which are situated in Campsie, Cookstown and Newtownabbey.

9.What is your top tip for creating a cosy inviting bedroom/ living room?

A living room for example, it is the room where your family probably spends most of their time, so getting the decor in that room right would be a priority. Creating an elegant, causal or formal ambience can be achieved by focusing on simplicity. Keeping things simple won't just make your design choices easier, it will also mean that your key pieces stand out more. 

The team consulted with London furniture experts to really push the design of  this piece adding extra curves to the back and to the bootom of the seat.

The team consulted with London furniture experts to really push the design of  this piece adding extra curves to the back and to the bootom of the seat.

 

And while you might be thinking this post doesn't quite fit in with my eclectic taste I found some amazing sample fabrics available that the team are dying to try out on a piece of furniture! 

The new showroom is having an official opening on 6th September which will be open to the public. Steve and his team are lovely and totally willing to work with you to create unique quality furniture. I actually have an idea i want to run past them soon!

 

* In the interests of clarity this is not a sponsored post but I have been offered a small piece of furniture in return for the post.

Keeping it Local: Part 2- Salle Home

Keeping it Local: Part 2- Salle Home

Express Yo'self- Quirky typography to decorate your walls

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