In today’s world, people are following trends and trying to stay up to date with the latest influencer advice when what they really need to create is a personalised space suited to their own individual tastes. Items, colour schemes and pieces that are considered ‘trendy’ are just being repeated and subsequently discontinued; there is a fast fashion wheel that is constantly turning and we are all mindlessly trying to keep up with the speed of that turn. However, there is a much more sustainable and ethically sound way to decorate your home. Why don’t you do yourself, your purse and the environment a favour and make the transition from an everybody house to a you home. 

If you want to follow this path to creating your bespoke home then Lough Derg needs to be on your radar. In the towns and villages around the lake you will find a profusion of interiors shops that are family run and offer a completely different experience to high street shopping. As you know, supporting small scale businesses is something we can all prescribe to as it gives an uplift to the local community, your investment is making a positive impact. There are some real gems to be found around the lake including Raw Interiors, The Wooden Spoon, Hanley’s Woollen Mills, Cottage Store Portumna and Wasteland Salvage.

Raw

Raw

RAW Interiors located in Killaloe is a store that aspires to inspire. They offer a wide range of unique objects sourced from around the globe. Mixing old with new, placing together items that are miles apart, they love putting the ‘opposites attractidea into interiors. Their items will allow you to make your ordinary space extraordinary. Here you will find personally selected furniture, décor, lighting, gifts and one-of-a-kind pieces with styles ranging from vintage to contemporary. Their eclectic collection will have you endlessly fascinated, providing great inspiration for your evolving interior style. After browsing, sit back and enjoy a delicious cup of high quality coffee – you’ll need it if you’re heading off to catch the next of Lough Derg interiors’ finest.

While you’re in Killaloe, make sure you stop into the Wooden Spoon. They stock some gorgeous prints, certain to bring your walls to life. If you have a bit of a green thumb or want to introduce that European feel to your space, there is a large collection of plants to choose from. Houseplants don’t just look good, they are actually great for your health and have been shown to improve mood, concentration and productivity. So, why not be smart when you’re decorating your house?  Create an indoor garden and relax in your refuge from the outside world.

While you’re at the Wooden Spoon, you should definitely grab lunch. Their menu is diverse, their ingredients are fresh and you’re guaranteed to leave with a warm and fuzzy feeling after a hearty, wholesome meal. If you’re in a hurry and want to have something healthy and affordable on the go, The Wooden Spoon has you covered. They also offer take – away and  cater to all kinds of dietary requirements, with options for coeliacs, vegans and vegetarians alike.

Wasteland Salvage

Wasteland Salvage

Next stop is a spot with a slightly different vibe, but oh what an exciting vibe it is!  At Wasteland Salvage, when you walk under the intriguing sign that welcomes Wasteland visitors – Because You’re Worthless – you are entering a quirky world of recycled goods spanning everything from old cameras to bar stools with a history. The salvaged items include vintage clothes, furniture, decorative items and bric a brac. There is certainly something for everyone here and a visit is a must for anyone keen on recycling or serendipity.

Wasteland is like taking a trip down memory lane where you will encounter vintage records, old Agas and an abundance of items you have most likely forgotten existed. Sustainable building is a priority for the Wasteland crew, so why not renovate with concern for the planet in mind? After feasting your eyes upon the treasures, you can relax with a coffee beside their cozy range. The extremely laid back atmosphere means you can take your time to do some time travelling and maybe even enjoy an intriguing chat with a fellow sustainability enthusiast!

When decorating your space, it’s important to add a splash of colour or a nice texture to make your furniture stand out while also creating a comfortable haven to unwind in. Hanly Woollen Mills in Nenagh can provide just that. They stock a wide range of throws, blankets and cushions available in wool, cashmere, lambswool and mohair that are sure to really tie your room together. They pride themselves in ethical practice, sustainable sourcing and providing their customers with timeless pieces. When you buy from John Hanly, you’re investing in an item that will stay with you for life as a testament to craftsmanship and outstanding quality.

Another great spot in the lovely town of Nenagh is Twenty Six. The owner Margaret Corscadden is committed to eco-friendly practice, stocking soya-based candles, room diffusers and soaps. Her shop is replete with eclectic, one-off pieces for your home. Twenty Six provides new furniture but also sells originals that have been transformed using chalk paint, a decorative paint produced by Annie Sloan. Armed with her creative eye, Margaret up cycles furniture, totally transforming forgotten pieces into contemporary masterpieces!

The Cottage Store in Portumna will cater to all of your antique needs. They sell a wide range of affordable antiques, vintage and hand painted furniture, Persian rugs, paintings and much more. If you want to give your home an old style, vintage touch, be sure to explore what the Cottage Store has on offer. Venture outside to their stone walled courtyard, stocked with French style garden furniture and plants of all types along with garden accessories. Kill the two birds with the one stone and shop for your interior and exterior!

A few spots to have a look at on your travels… 

Restaurants

The Derg Inn in Terryglass has been a warm and welcoming safe haven on the shore of Lough Derg for the past 50 years, serving up award winning cuisine and glasses of craic.

Flanagans on the lake – Take in the spectacular views of Ballina Killaloe with a cool drink from the bar or with one of the wonderful dishes from their extensive menu.

Cafes

Raw interiors & Cafe is a store that aspires to inspire. Offering a wide range of unique objects sourced from around the globe, it’s a must-see. After browsing, relax with a steaming hot cuppa of speciality coffee.

The Pantry Cafe in Nenagh is one of Nenagh’s best-known meeting points in town whether that be a quick bite or a lazy catch up among friends. There is a wide range to choose from, you won’t be disappointed!

Pontevecchio in Killaloe offers delicious food, superb coffee and outstanding service in a warm and charming atmosphere.

Accommodation

Oak Lodge is located in the center of Portumna, County Galway. A fantastic choice of activities are available with walking, horse riding, fishing and golf on your doorstep!

Sunrise B&B Staying at Sunrise B&B you will experience the peace and tranquility of the East Clare countryside in the heart of Irelands’ Hidden Heartlands, with panoramic views overlooking Lough Derg and the Arra Mountains.

Shannon Breeze B&B a family-run Bed and Breakfast situated 1.6km from the scenic villages of Ballina and Killaloe,  an ideal base for fishing on Lough Derg, cycling, hillwalking and touring the coastal areas of West Clare and the historic sites of North Tipperary.