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27 Nov 2020

Made in Ireland Gift Edit - 10 gifts to suit every budget

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08 Nov 2020

Derek Wilson Ceramics X MAVEN: The Sea Series

Like so many people, Catherine and I have taken solace in the sea since the Covid 19 restrictions changed all of our lives.  One day, in the very first lockdown, when we were eventually allowed to sit in a park, we met on a baking hot day, in an unusual Belfast heatwave.

05 Nov 2020

It's about time we had a new playlist...

We can't quite believe that Autumn is upon us and October is so close. With news of further restrictions and a return to working from home for some of us we thought it's time for another MAVEN playlist.

06 Aug 2020

New Hours + New Things

Hello!  As of next week we’ll be open Tuesday -Saturday from 10am-5pm each day.  We’ll be opening the upstairs part of the shop from then too.  We thank you for your kindness and patience as we get used to a new way of working.

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26 Jul 2020

Staycation Inspiration (and a discount code!)

With so much confusion around the travel guidelines, it seems that a staycation will be the focus of most of our holidays this summer.  And with so much to...

23 Jul 2020

A Balm for the Mind

A salvation during these recent months has been to get out into the fresh air.  There really is nothing like a walk to ‘get your head showered’.  During the quiet periods...

09 Jul 2020

July Bank Holiday Closure

Our Summer Sale finishes this Saturday the 11th July. We have 10% off all in-stock items and 15% off furniture, lighting and rug orders - including outdoor!

25 Jun 2020

String Shelving - Now at Maven

MAVEN is now an official retailer of the iconic String brand. String is a versatile and stylish shelving system designed by the Swedish architects Nisse and Kalsa Strinning in...
15 Jun 2020

Summer sale NOW ON

We're delighted to re-open our doors tomorrow and launch our summer sale! We have 10% off in stock accessories and 15% off all furniture, lighting and rug orders, with reductions...
11 Jun 2020

Opening Our Doors

So… when we closed our doors, just over 12 weeks ago, we were shell-shocked and scared and we had no idea what the future held for Maven. We panicked, we...
21 May 2020

New Playlist For Your Ears

The second May Bank Holiday has creeped up on us and now we're dreaming of general bank holiday japery, of course we'll keep dreaming. We are grateful to see some...
06 May 2020

Big News at MAVEN

Over the last few weeks, we have been working hard to make changes to our online store, to include larger items that we would ordinarily have sold directly to...
30 Apr 2020

We're about to PIVOT

Yes, that's correct we are in the process of pivoting our offerings at MAVEN. To be honest, I had only ever heard Ross from Friends shouting PIVOT in one of my...
17 Apr 2020

HAY Palissade Collection

Whilst the physical shop has been closed, we have still been helping customers with furniture queries and deliveries are ongoing.
09 Apr 2020

Playlist for the Easter Holidays

We love Donegal and normally head there with our family for Easter. But as we all know this Easter will be very different and staying at home is best for...
02 Apr 2020

On feeling grateful...

I’m feeling so grateful right now, to have a roof over my head, a warm bed to sleep in and plenty of food to eat. I’ve always seen my...
24 Mar 2020

T'werking from HOME (a MAVEN playlist for you to enjoy).

Holy Moly.  What a week.  Like you probably all are, we're currently running the gamut of emotions.  We received so many nice messages after last week's ezine, asking us to keep in...
24 Mar 2020

Covid 19 - an update from MAVEN

First and foremost, we hope that all of you are doing as well as you can under the present circumstances. We're pinching ourselves as we write this. The world is changing day...
06 Mar 2020

Introducing - Øxmantown Skincare

We are thrilled to introduce Øxmantown Skincare to MAVEN. Øxmantown is a range of natural skincare, handmade in Stoneybatter, Dublin, by founder Amy Cahill. Inspired by nature and years of extensive travelling throughout the...
21 Feb 2020

Cosy Lamps

Spring is in sight, but the evenings still aren't light enough. To make the most of the dark nights while they last, we're looking to lamps to create cosiness and warmth in our homes....
14 Feb 2020

Snooping In Stockholm 2020

Last week Catherine and I went to Sweden for Stockholm Design Week. The week pivots around the Stockholm Furniture Fair and there are many design events held around the city during the week.

12 Dec 2019

Six Little Gift Ideas (from as little as £4!)

Sometimes, a tiny gift is just right. Maybe its for a Secret Santa, someone you want to thank for being there during the year or a little stocking filler....
12 Dec 2019

Drinks Party Essentials

Christmas is a great time to gather friends or family for drinks. There’s not the pressure of having to prepare an elaborate meal and you can easily invite whoever...

07 Dec 2019

Made in Ireland Gift Guide

We’ve made it easy for you to support local makers by buying Irish this Christmas. We’ve put together a list of our favourite products in store that are made...

04 Dec 2019

8 Adorable Gift ideas for Children

We have lots of gift ideas in store for kids which are sure to make them, and their parents, smile. We’ve picked eight of our favourites to inspire you...

03 Dec 2019

Deck the Halls!

December is well and truly here and we are ready to fully embrace the festive season in every way!

At Maven, our decorations are foliage heavy thanks to...

28 Nov 2019

Black Friday

We won’t be participating in any Black Friday price slashing. It doesn’t sit right with us and any kind of discounting is really hard on small independents,...
18 Nov 2019

RIBA House of Year 2019 - Shop the Look

We have loved watching the RIBA House of the Year 2019. Huge congratulations to Belfast based McGonigle McGrath for House Lessans in Saintfield which was the overall winner this...

07 Nov 2019

Advent Traditions

Confession time: I’m *really* looking forward to Christmas this year. It’s like a beacon of light at the...

24 Oct 2019

MAVEN welcomes Megan Clingman

Megan Clingman is a ceramicist and illustrator living in Belfast. Recently graduated from the University of Ulster, Megan creates functional ceramic pieces that allow...
17 Oct 2019

MAVEN SESSION THREE & FOUR

We were blown away at how quickly the SESSIONS sold our last week. We are pretty sure you will be as excited about the next two, which will wrap...

10 Oct 2019

The MAVEN SESSIONS are back!

We are delighted to be bringing back THE MAVEN SESSIONS and have FOUR events planned over the next few months.


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03 Oct 2019

The Heart Of Your Home

Your dining table really can be the heart of your home. A place for family gatherings and celebrations, confidences and consolations.

01 Oct 2019

Introducing - Haeckels

Hailing from the coastal town of Margate, Haeckels, is a skincare & fragrance brand whose core values are about keeping it local & looking to our natural surroundings to...

26 Sep 2019

Contract Projects at MAVEN

Did you know that we can help with contract projects? If you are a design professional and need to specify, source or price contract furniture for commercial spaces, our...

24 Sep 2019

A Day in Belfast

Visitors to the shop who are not local to Belfast are always asking us for recommendations for other places to visit on a trip to Belfast. Man o man,...

19 Sep 2019

We're Independent Retailer Of The Year!

We are absolutely thrilled & humbled to be able to say that last week at the Image Interiors & Living Design Awards in Dublin, we won the award for...

11 Sep 2019

Personal Shopping at MAVEN

Lots of you have visited Maven recently with a clear focus on getting your home ready to entertain and host visitors at Christmas. Did you know that as well...

05 Sep 2019

How To Choose A Sofa

A sofa is one of the most important pieces of furniture you will buy for your home, so you'll want to make sure you get it right. We've put...

29 Aug 2019

Making Your House A Home

Happiness and love, safety and security; these are things we all want to feel when we’re at home.  A lot of these feelings are down to the people we live...

08 Aug 2019

Wallpaper by FERM LIVING

Striking colours & intricate illustrations have helped elevate Ferm Living's wallpaper range to the top of the game for home decor. Collaborations with British illustrator Katie Scott, known for...

25 Jul 2019

N E W - Kathryn Davey

We're so pleased to have a new collection from Kathryn Davey, back in stock at M A V E N. Kathryn hand dyes all of her products in her Dublin...

06 Jun 2019

Introducing - Ferm Living Kids

If you follow us on Instagram  you'll probably already be aware that we recently dedicated a section of the shop to Ferm Living Kids. As with the main Ferm Living...

30 May 2019

3 Days of Design - Copenhagen 2019

We were fortunate to be able spend a few days in Copenhagen last week for '3 Days of Design'.  The festival is an annual design event open to anyone...

23 May 2019

Outdoor Furniture

This week we've seen a glimpse of summer & hopefully the glorious weather continues long enough for us to enjoy our outdoor space at home on those long summer evenings. We currently...

16 May 2019

New Furniture at MAVEN

Our new space at MAVEN means plenty more room to display lots of exciting new pieces of furniture! We've recently added to our HAY sofa collection with a new...

09 May 2019

Wedding Gift Guide

We're entering peak wedding season & if you're a guest who's already panicking about what to wear, on top of all the other organisation that comes with weddings, we thought we'd...

02 May 2019

Introducing - Cover Lounge Chair by Muuto

The Cover Lounge Chair is the newest edition from designer, Thomas Bentzen, for Muuto. Bentzen is famed worldwide for his belief that durability must mean quality, thus, making him a favourite designer for Muuto.

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25 Apr 2019

Maven at Home - Patricia

A few weeks ago, The Gloss Magazine, visited Patricia's apartment for a glimpse inside her home. The piece was an insight into how somebody so heavily involved with interiors & styling in their day to day job, curates their...

12 Apr 2019

On The Move

Our lives get busier as each day passes (or so it always seems!) & convenience is on every corner. Convenience coffee cups, plastic bags, plastic drinks bottles - the list is...

05 Apr 2019

Alternative Storage Solutions

Finding space for our every possession can be a challenge - especially finding a stylish solution that works for your home. Scandinavian design is famous for its quality, as well as function...

15 Mar 2019

Easy Colour - Textiles for Spring

Spring sunshine is within our reach (hopefully) & an easy way to refresh & brighten your home for the changing seasons is with textiles. Cushions & throws in varying colours...
08 Mar 2019

Women in Design - Margrethe Odgaard

To celebrate International Women's Day 2019, we'd like to introduce the incredible woman behind designs & colour for brands including Hay, Muuto & Kvadrat. Margrethe Odgaard is an award winning & globally renowned textile...

01 Mar 2019

Introducing Kinto

Kinto is a Japanese lifestyle brand which designs products that expertly portray the fine balance between usability & elegant presence in our everyday life. Kinto's design focuses on a seamless...

22 Feb 2019

Copenhague Collection

The 'Copenhague' or 'CPH' furniture series is a collection of tables, that ranges from desk to dining table, designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for HAY. The CPH collection is one of the most popular...

15 Feb 2019

Colour Crate by HAY

Oh, the simple pleasures in life! Who loves to be organised? Who strives to be more organised? The new Colour Crate by Hay is a fun & simple way to...

08 Feb 2019

Designer Focus - Jessica Hans for HAY

Jessica Hans is an artist based in Philadelphia. Upon graduation from a fine art degree in 2012 from Maryland Institute College of Art, Jessica opened her studio & focused her practice on ceramics....

31 Jan 2019

Thoughts on 2019 Interiors

You only have to switch on the news or scroll through twitter to feel like the world is a volatile and scary place at the moment.  Never more have our homes...

18 Jan 2019

Inspiration - Ferm Living SS19

We've still got a while yet before we see a glimpse of spring, but this week Ferm Living launched their new Spring/Summer 19 collection alongside some of the most...

14 Dec 2018

Inspired Decoration - Ferm Living

Gathering to make your own Christmas decorations is a cherished tradition in Denmark. On Christmas Eve, Danish trees are adorned with handmade ornaments, past & present, that have been cherished through...

06 Dec 2018

A Danish Christmas

We all have our own way of celebrating Christmas, whether it be partaking in classic festive traditions or making up our own as we go along  - but it's always fascinating to get...

29 Nov 2018

HOMEGROWN

One of the things I love to do when I’m visiting another city is to have potter around little boutiques and coffee shops. I actively search out the little independent places,...

28 Nov 2018

Mario Tsai - The Soft Minimalist

Ferm Living discovered Chinese designer, Mario Tsai, at the 2017 Stockholm Furniture Fair. An immediate admiration for his design struck up a conversation which ultimately led to a collaboration with...

23 Nov 2018

Enfold - Ferm Living

Ferm Living have teamed up with the Danish Red Cross to create the Enfold Wool Blanket.The Enfold is made from 100% wool melange, woven with blue & white thread, &...

16 Nov 2018

Maven Turns 5

This Thursday we turned 5 years old & we'd like to thank each & every one of you for your support & custom from the moment we opened our doors -...

14 Nov 2018

Mourne Textiles X Maven

Last weekend, as part of Belfast Design Week 2018 , we were thrilled to welcome Karen & Mario from Mourne Textiles, to Maven. Mourne Textiles, is a family run, design...

02 Nov 2018

Maven's Picks for Belfast Design Week

Belfast Design Week returns for it's 4th year next week from 06 - 11 November. There are so many great events happening, we thought we'd highlight a few below.

Love, Team...

26 Oct 2018

Stacks of Books

‘Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks’
- Dr. Seuss.
You can now bag yourself a beautiful book at Maven.  Titles we’re stocking include the...

19 Oct 2018

Best Buds Belfast X White Cloud Photographic

A Best Buds Belfast & White Cloud Photographic collaboration will be on display in Maven from Thursday 18th of October. The limited edition Giclée prints show the rawness of plants, their...

19 Oct 2018

Plant Guide for Your Home - Ferm Living

Ferm Living have the most stunning collection of planters & plant boxes in their ‘Green Living’ collection, proudly stocked at Maven - so we know that we can take their...

12 Oct 2018

Keeping Cosy

The beautiful, crisp, autumnal weather & all of the glorious colours that currently line our streets are making us feel cosy - but they also serve as a gentle reminder of the chill to...

04 Oct 2018

GUBI at Maven

GUBI is a Danish design company dedicated to celebrating the luxury of living life. Founded in 1967 by Lisbeth & Gubi Olsen, & now run by their sons Jacob & Sebastian,...

28 Sep 2018

The Home

I find that the most interesting homes are the ones that really reflect the personalities of the people who live there. I love walking into someone’s home and not being quite...

21 Sep 2018

The Irish Project

We were honoured to work on a very special project recently.  Our incredible clients asked us to furnish their new home and the brief was that everything had be made in...

15 Sep 2018

Maven at Home - Collette & Studio Idir

These incredible images are of the stylish home of Maven customer, Collette. Collette's home is down to the beautiful architectural work of Aisling Rusk at Studio Idir. We love seeing how your...

07 Sep 2018

Copenhagen Inspiration

Copenhagen was grey and the rain was incessant when we took our annual trip last week.  But the city was buzzing and as usual inspiration was everywhere. The Copenhageners all donned their...

04 Sep 2018

Mags Soft Low - Focus

Superior comfort engineering, durability & flexibility form the cornerstone of HAY's sofa design. The newest addition to the Mags Soft modular range is the 'Low'.  The Low frame has a distinctly lounge...

04 Sep 2018

Maven at Home

A love of interiors means a love of homes - we love seeing Maven pieces in the homes of our customers and always seek inspiration from everybody's own personality and...

04 Sep 2018

The Dots by Muuto

Schools are back and Summer is over (weep). Schoolbags, uniforms & general mess needs cleared up and The Dots by Muuto do it with style. The Dots by Muuto come in...

14 Aug 2018

Green Living with Skagerak

Skagerak have collaborated with Scandinavian design duo, Stilleben, to produce a beautiful range for their plant pot collection. The Edge Pot designed by Stilleben for Skagerak is made in high-fired...

06 Aug 2018

Hay J-Series - Børge Mogensen Classics

Børge Mogensen was a Danish furniture designer and architect. Mogensen was a teaching assistant to Professor Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Klint is often described...

01 Aug 2018

Morning Rituals

Schools are off & lots of lucky people are on holiday - meaning less traffic! Slower summer days have made us think about our morning rituals & how we...

24 Jul 2018

Kathryn Davey

Kathryn Davey is a self taught designer & natural dyer living in Dublin, Ireland. Kathryn began working with textiles and natural dyes whilst living in Northern California.

04 Jun 2018

Designer Focus - Casa Cubista

Casa Cubista was founded in Olhão, a bustling fishing port on Portugal's Algarve Coast. The name 'cubista' comes from the unusual whitewashed and tiled cubist style of buildings found in...

21 May 2018

Donna Bates

Locally made and expertly crafted, Donna Bates Design's collections are an investment purchase for those who appreciate creative Irish design.  

17 May 2018

Ripple Cocktail Recipes

To celebrate the launch of Ferm Living's new 'Long Drinks Glass', the latest addition to the 'Ripple Collection', they have collaborated with famous Copenhagen bar 'Duck and Cover' to create...

30 Nov 2017

Small Business Saturday at Maven

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This Saturday, 2nd December is Small Business Saturday, a day we can truly...

18 Oct 2017

Matsumoto City 松本市

A little guide to alternative places to visit in Japan by Geraldine Kane, designer of ISLE Jewellery.

We went to Matsumoto on a whim earlier this year. We...

27 May 2017

Maven Sessions 2017

One frosty morning before a bracing surf (lesson), a bunch of friends got together to have brunch at Harry's Shack. I got chatting to the lovely Charlene Hegarty about all...

21 May 2017

A weekend in Amsterdam.

 

I visited Amsterdam for the first time last Halloween with my (then 8 year old) son.  It lashed with rain for most of our stay and so for a...

17 Oct 2016

Love Your Home Show

Thanks so much to everyone who visited our stand at the Love Hour Home show at the Titanic Exhibition Centre this weekend. There were 14,000 visitors over the two days...
16 Sep 2016

Say Hello to our new website!

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website, and also our new journal, which will be updated regularly to keep you up to date with...
11 Sep 2016

A little mention in the Irish Times

The Irish Times paid Belfast a visit recently and kindly popped in to Maven for a nosey. Here's what they had to say...
16 Aug 2016

Shopkeepers Feature

We're delighted to be included in The Shopkeepers this month. We have been following The Shopkeepers for years and to be featured on their website is a real treat! 
29 Jul 2016

Fathers Father

Maven is now stocking some truly beautiful and functional leather goods made right here in Northern Ireland by Father's Father. 
29 Jul 2016

8 ways to fall in love with your home.

Investing in your home is crucial.  By invest, I don’t mean financially but more with time and love. Your home is the place where you sleep, wash and nourish yourself.
29 Jul 2016

Not Just For Winter

Spring is a time of rejuvenation and often reflection as we contemplate how quickly the start of the year has gone, dream about the future and make plans for the...
05 May 2016

Dusty Boy Designs

Maven is now stocking delectable greetings cards from Dusty Boy Designs, run by Kate and Justin. 
24 Feb 2016

Muuto DOTS!

The DOTS from Muuto are already a design classic. They embody 'functional, beautiful design' by being useful as a hook but great to look at in their own right.
06 Dec 2015

The Organic Sheep

Our ‘Organic Sheep’ sheepskins come from the Icelandic Sheep breed. The sheepskins come from indigenous sheep born and bred in Iceland where the animals roam freely through the dramatic...
03 Dec 2015

Small Business Saturday

Come and celebrate Small Business Saturday at Maven with 10% off throughout the store!  There will also be a gift with the first 15 purchases on the day, so be...
04 Nov 2015

Karishma Kusurkar

For Small Business Saturday, Maven will welcome print and fashion accessories designer, Karishma Kusurkar to Maven.
28 Sep 2015

Welcome to Maven Powder + Bone

We are delighted to have new local company Powder + Bone available to buy at Maven. We asked the owner and maker Eliza to answer a few questions so...
16 Sep 2015

Foraging with Friends

Last night, we welcomed Mary and Dermot from Forage Ireland and 15 keen foragers into Maven for what turned out to be a super-special Maven Session.
04 Sep 2015

Spring Maven Sessions

We are delighted to announce details of our upcoming Maven Sessions.

Block Printing with Lino

Tuesday 28th April  | 7pm - 9.30pm

During this workshop,...

07 Jan 2015

Craving cosiness in darkest winter

Christmas is over, the tree and its twinkly lights are down and Spring still feels like a long way off. Until the brighter evenings are upon us, I want my...
03 Dec 2014

Holiday Gift Wrapping with Grace & Saviour

Grace from Grace & Saviour shares her top tips for gift wrapping.
29 Oct 2014

DesignTrade

Last weekend saw us make the trip to Copenhagen for DesignTrade.  It was an opportunity for us to meet with existing suppliers, to view their Autumn/Winter collections and also...
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