A Simple Life

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

a real sofa bedThis is a real sofa bed.

It’s a bed, with a cover and lots of cushions.

sitting roomI needed another sofa in my sitting room.


No fuss.

Looks good and is inter-changeable.

Cost: zero!

Mosaic mirrorMost of what I have in my home cost zero.

Like this fancy mirror above the mantle piece…born from broken mirrors and turned into a mirror mosaic.

Cost: zero.

The mantle piece cost 50 euros in a second-hand furniture shop.

mosaic floorThe simplicity of living, almost cash free, is liberating and allows one to appreciate everything that comes ones way.

Like this mosaic floor, created from broken tiles, throw-a ways from a consumer driven society.

mosaic floorLife within the shop-till-you-drop, over-burdened, corporate-controlled madness that passes as culture, is beginning to wane.

mosaic floorMore people are awakening to the liberation of simplicity…a simple life.

Bog Oak garden sculptureOne where culture is developed and creativity valued.

A piece of Bog Oak, found on the…

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  1. Gorgeous photos; you have a lovely blog. 🙂 Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Linda and welcome!


  2. Melissa Boëchat

    Simply fantastic! ☺️ We don’t need much to be happy… Nature gives us all! xx

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    1. Very true Rebecca…and more people are getting it!

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  3. I would just like to say that you sofa looks so cosy and I love the throw. I really enjoy going to charity shops and walking around boot fares and comming home with some wonderful bargains. You have a beautiful home Colette xx

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    1. It goes to show that a home can be created with a little imagination…cheaply!


  4. Kinda Bexy

    Just above the bath where the tap shower attachment is, I’ve done the same with odd tiles and edged it in a packet of glass beads, not too dissimilar to these: http://rampant-mac.com/3d_00/Glass-Beads_1280.jpg

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  5. Jean Flinchum

    I have always wanted to ask..how did you get the tile edges smooth? I have enjoyed all the pics and posts regarding your floor. A brilliant idea. I know it took a long time!

    On Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 5:34 PM, Bealtaine Cottage wrote:

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    1. I sink the edges of the tiles just a tiny bit into the cement to cover the sharp edges.


  6. You must have a well behaved dog! I have had to put all my cute little cushions up in a closet because my new dogs chews holes in the decorative cushions and throw covers!

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