Ballinspittle was a lovely place to have grown up; with beaches and woods aplenty, we spent most of our free days roaming around the countryside.
I’ve always loved living in the country and last year, not long after opening the shop, myself and my faithful fur baby, Merv, made the move to the big city. I must say I am enjoying city life, although I do really yearn for country living.
My neighbours are lovely and I’m close to work, so not having to do the long commute is great.
I run the quirky little shop in Paul Street, Wild Design Collective (formerly the Candle Shop). I took over the shop after my mum retired last year and re-branded and changed the direction of the shop.
We now specialise in Irish and ethical made gift wares, but still have a lovely selection of candles as well as a wide range of art, jewellery, cards, and natural skincare.
We are open seven days and I always work the Saturday afternoon shift, it can be the busiest day of the week and a lot of our regulars come in on a Saturday so I like to be there to greet them.
I also do the occasional Sunday, which I don’t really mind; it gives me the chance to catch up on things in store and gives Laura a well deserved Sunday off.
I’d love to stay in the Nimb Hotel, it apparently has amazing food as well as gardens. I would go with my boyfriend, Ben. He lives in Meath so we don’t get to spend too much time together so a weekend in Copenhagen would be heaven.
I also go on a yoga retreat every year with Anam Solas Yoga. I love my food and Jean runs an entire week retreat based on food and yoga, it is heaven.
I’m currently trying to learn Spanish, it’s a lot harder than I thought. I take Merv out for a walk everyday so pop on my headphones and practise my Spanish while I’m walking.