The art of furnishing

March 2, 2017

minnie peters

It’s a great feeling when you finally get something completed that is on your ‘to do list’. That is exactly what I did when I launched my online shop last month. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time. In fact, I actually began my first online shop back in the mid 90’s, I was a little ahead of my time and had too many balls in the air (a new thriving retail store and travelling every month to source and buy for my interiors store) so I had to park the plan but it has always been in the corner of my mind waving at me.

Restored french antique mirror which is part of our our online collection.

A bleached oak 18th Century French Secretaire which is part of our our online collection.

When we decided to move back to Ireland from France I made a promise to myself that in tandem with my design projects I would leave some room to follow my heart where my business was concerned and develop other areas of design I had a passion for. My online collection combines three of these passions-antiques, furniture & the internet.

My love for antiques has been instilled in me by my mum growing up. My mum never missed Birr Vintage Week which I have great memories of –running wild around the little town in Co. Offaly with my cousin Breda and our family friends, the O’Meara’s (think I will keep those stories for my book!).

Antique chandelier and Baroque style mirror marry well with the bespoke Belgian sideboard in this restored Victorian home.

Simplicity was my approach for this bedroom and these bedsides worked perfectly with the raw wooden lamps and soft green and grey pastel fabrics.

When I arrive at the furnishing stage of each project it is not always easy to source the perfect piece for that particular design scheme so I always collect antiques and pieces of furniture along the way, therefore having stunning pieces to choose from. My advice when looking for that special piece is to be prepared. You never know when you may find it so always arm yourself with dimensions of the space you have so a quick decision can be made especially when it comes to buying antiques as you may miss out.

For me, investing in a special antique or piece of furniture in a home is the same as adding art, you buy it because you love it. Having set up my blog two years ago we find ourselves dealing more and more with people through social media who are looking for that special item and I wanted a way to make what I source accessible. I decided to develop it two ways that works for both clients abroad and at home.

Bespoke French food cupboard finished this casual seaside kitchen off perfectly, I wanted it to be practical yet still add character.

For our clients who have projects to furnish who live in, or travel to Ireland, we have now opened our showroom of curated pieces that I have sourced throughout Europe.

I have created a relaxed space for clients to arrange an appointment, have a coffee and go through what they would like in each room. With our help and direction they will be able to complete the rooms in their home in a way that makes them interesting yet cosy and comfortable. As you will see from some of our project images I specialise in designing bespoke furniture to suit your needs, i.e. hide a T.V. or a large housekeepers cupboard.

The lighting for this room was always going to be a challenge, until I found and restored this pair of antique chandeliers on my travels, I couldn’t believe my eyes as I knew they were just perfect for the space!

I hope you have enjoyed this little insight in to what has been going on at Minnie Peters, next on my list is my online design courses and save the date – 24th of March, for my interior design Masterclass at my studio in Dublin.

Miriam (aka Minnie)


  1. Fiona Fitzpatrick says:

    Want them all! Especially that French Secretaire!!! Love your blog. Love those lights! Fi

  2. Sheena says:

    Just perfect…as always. Thank you Miriam

  3. Suzie says:

    I worked with Miriam for many years and live in what I affectionately call my “Minnie Peters Home”….. after all these years she never disappoints. I still love every single piece in my home, the quality speaks for itself as 10 years later they still look as though I bought them yesterday (even after my two kids going from playing to parties in their teenage years) She has so much to teach and I look forward to learning more. When are the online courses beginning?

  4. Laurie says:

    Beautiful post and soooo much great information!!

  5. arlette Kent says:

    Love your blog and your approach to design. Your willingness to share what you have learnt and know is so appreciated! I am always fascinated by your eye, that certain thing, that certain ability, magical how you can put things together.

    Looking so forward to the new direction and can’t wait for the courses.

  6. I can’t wait for the design course!!! I will save the date!!

  7. Laragh Bohn says:

    Great Blog piece as always, the antiques look absolutely stunning on the online shop. Best of luck with this new venture, so nice to be able to sell antiques from your site.
    Would love to be able to attend a workshop to brush away the creative cobwebs! Alas I’m in London. I’m sure it will be an immediate sell out.

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