To celebrate Irish style in true Apartment Therapy fashion, we decided to find and feature some fantastic home, project, cooking and design blogs from Ireland. Poring over these blogs has made me want to book our tickets láithreach, which Google assures me is Gaelic for right now...
Farmette (image shown above) is wall-to-wall beautiful greys and greens, linen, wool, Bailey's, tarts, and plenty of baby goats— everything I could possibly hope for in an Irish blog. It was originally titled, "I Married An Irish Farmer: what one American city girl did for love," which resonates with this particular country-living city girl. I got sucked into every single Farmette post, but allow me to particularly recommend Blackberry + Apple + Sweet Geranium Tart, Farm Kid/City Kid, and the one from which the dreamy photo above hails, A Drop of Irish Cream.
A Trip To Ireland won me over immediately with hilarious recounting of Irish Christmas Traditions and the review of a book entitled, Who's Feckin' Who In Irish History, but it's chock-full of sweet and thoughtful takes on "the best of Ireland, Irish culture, and history." The author doesn't use a ton of original photos, but the one above, from In Praise of the Purposeful Irish Dog, more than makes up for that. If it's true that "I’ve long considered the Irish approach to pets to be a 'timeshare' model," I'd like my turn taking care of that sweet puppy now, please!
Herbi & Carni: Two Diets Under One Roof is the story of my life, and is handily divided into "Herbi" recipes (vegan), "Carni" recipes (animal-based), and those that can easily accommodate both. It was extremely difficult to choose just one Irish food blog, but this one featured straightforward recipes I would make all the time, including Vegan Cheesy Kale Crips, Raw Cacao & Coconut Squares, and the Sweet Potato Soup with Tahini Dressing and Spicy Seeds, shown above.
Paper Doll is "an Irish lifestyle blog" full of photos of Dublin that make me want to visit immediately. In addition to documenting lovely coffee shops, art, architecture, street scenes, and trips to the nearby countryside, Paper Doll reviews bath seaweed, answers the age-old question, Where are the best mince pies in Dublin?, and puts together monthly feminist News of the Girl updates— the one linked to includes a fascinating-sounding book about Irish feminism.
Green Jam Jar features plenty of food and drink recipes like an irresistible-sounding one for Gooseberry, Bay Leaf, and Blackcurrant Jam, but even more interesting to me are the DIY home remedies and potion recipes, such as Compost Tea for Hungry Soil, Elderflower Skin Toner, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Soap. The tribute to St. Gobnait- Patron Saint of Bees and Beekeepers was particularly charming.
To all our readers in Ireland— what are your favorite homegrown blogs? And special thanks to The Look of the Irish for steering me towards a few of these!