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21 TREND Arty Arches
Curves and swurves add a modern design element to any contemporary home.
22 TREND Maximalist Prints
Brighten up your home this season by pattern clashing maximalist-style prints
24 TREND Lush Monochrome
Elevate a simple black and white scheme with Art Deco and touches of gold
30 HOW I DID IT Interior designer Cathy Angelini applied her love of mid-century design to a DIY outdoor playhouse for her daughter
32 WE’RE OBSESSED WITH... Over 1 million people are using #tablescape on Instagram – a trend that’s made its way into post lockdown life
22 34 MAKERS & SHAKERS Meet the trail blazing Irish ceramicists, furniture makers, designers and textile artists everyone’s talking about
44 INSPIRING SPACE Taking inspiration from mid-century designs, The Vintage hotel in the heart of Lisbon looks to the past for timeless décor
Sourcing 98 STEP INTO SPRING Here’s your 8-page special on how to eco up your kitchen, make the most out of tech, sell your house and get your garden sorted for spring. Welcome to 2021!
106 7 WAYS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR HOME AGAIN
A new book How We Live Now is bursting with quick and easy tips on how to make the most of where you live
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72 110 SPRING CLEAN IN STYLE In the past year we’ve been cleaning more than ever, sparking a trend for eco-friendly products that are stylish and eﬀective
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60 HOME FROM HOME After relocating from Buncrana, Donegal 10 years ago, paint colour consultant Siobhan Doherty has created a calm oasis of a home in Edinburgh city
74 PUTTING DOWN ROOTS Designer Suszi Saunders introduced her vegan way of life to her décor
88 FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE The Tyler family bought their Dublin Edwardian redbrick sight unseen, and redesigned it virtually, unwittingly creating the perfect Pandemic-proof home that saw them through lockdown
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EDITOR’S | LETTER
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HELLO! Coming into 2021, I feel like all we can do is wipe our brows and give ourselves some credit for getting to the new year. The past nine months have been challenging for most, devastating for some, incredibly ‘meh’ for many, but as with any grey clouds, there have been gentle rainbows. In amongst all the commotion, and coming in and out of numerous restrictions, we’ve seen some brilliantly creative endeavours and small businesses pop up. In terms of homeware, food and eco companies, the rise has been expotential. Here at House and Home, we have seen unprecedented sales of our magazine and more engagement on Instagram than ever before. It is inspiring also to see the ingenuity people have shown. There is such a wealth of resilience and talent in Ireland, we should all be proud. On that note, we have rounded up 25 of Ireland’s creatives and designers for the home. From furniture makers to textile artists and lighting creatives turn to ‘Makers and Shakers on p.34. and be inspired. 6
We’ve also filled this new year’s special magazine with lots of ways to stay excited about your home coming into spring. Discover how to give your kitchen and bathroom a 2021 makeover in our 10-page trends special on p.112, how to eco-up your cook space on p.98 and how to get your garden year-round ready on p.105. Our real homes this issue all have a similar sustainable living vein running through them. From Suszi Saunders’ complete vegan house decor on p.74 to a Donegal native’s refurb of a townhouse in Edinburgh and Tanya Ross’ salvaging of a 1780s townhouse in Offaly, there are loads of revamp, restore and refresh ideas for your own home, which you can take away. It’s time to celebrate endings, folks – for they precede new beginnings. Happy new year!
Ciara Elliott, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR @CIARAELLIOTT
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Join in our annual 31 day January ‘Clear the Clutter’ challenge and win spot prizes! This was such a success last year, this year it is back, with new sponsors and more opportunities for you to win lots of prizes to motivate you to keep tidying and sorting. All through January, we’ll have daily tasks to accomplish – some big, some very small – to help you gradually overhaul your home over the course of the month. Starting in the first week of January, the tasks are: Clear out your fridge, sort through your mail, get rid of gimmicks, clear out one wardrobe, sort out your Christmas decorations, throw out old pens and empty one junk drawer. Are you up for it? See you on the grid!
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Who we worked with this issue Rachael Smith
Interior photographer Rachael’s client network spans magazines, books, architects, interior designers, and product designers. “I love my work which fulfils a curiosity of places, spaces and people.” Turn to page 74 to see Rachael’s shoot in the home of blogger Suszi Saunders.
An interiors journalist and author of the just published Everything in its Place, Rebecca’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including House & Garden and Elle Decoration. Turn to page 106 to read our interview with her.
Writer Georgina has spent 10 years working in local news, film and TV, and has even self-published a novel. She now has a permanent job at KBB magazine and is expecting her first baby. She wrote the fascinating allvegan house feature on page 74.
THE EDIT Everything new, now and next
A new study by Comparethemarket.com has revealed that the master bedroom is the best-value room in a house, given that we spend the most time there and the least money kitting it out. Excuse to buy yourself a new bed then? We love this four-poster beauty by Habitat which will be online at Argos.ie from January, 1st
Elevate a simple black and white scheme with touches of gold
The 25 Irish furniture makers, designers and textile artists everyoneâ€™s talking about
The Vintage hotel in the heart of Lisbon looks to the past for timeless dĂŠcor
MAKERS AND SHAKERS
Cool calendars, smart storage and fresh new season ﬁnds
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MIX AND MATCH
If you’re a bit of a commitmentphobe when it comes to picking sofas, the new DFS Sofables range could be for you. Made up of modular seat units, arm units, back pillows as well as optional extra scatter cushions, you can play around with different configurations, colour combos and finishes, depending on your needs. From €2,600 for a five-seater unit, Dfs.ie
PAYDAY Flip the rainbow rug, €255, Aprilandthebear.com
TODAY Chandra jute braided rug, around €145, Cultfurniture.com
SOMEDAY Ted Baker Saturn pink abstract rug, €465, Rugs.ie
STATEMENT ROUND RUGS
These pretty in pink pieces are also soft underfoot.
SITTING PRETTY Add some panache to your reading nook with the Emily armchair, €649, Pieces.ie.
Dublin cafe Póg turned lockdown lemons into lemonade by launching a stylish curated collection of homewares. Inspired by how much their customers loved their cool, minimalist aesthetic, the range features cutlery, cups and sleek plates for creating drool-worthy brunch set ups at home. Prices start at €10, Ifancyapog.ie/shop. 10
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The Blenheim is a grand fireplace in the style of William Chambers.
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Georgian White Sivec marble surround with fluted pilasters, ionic capitals and frieze which incorporates a central table with urn and foliage. POA
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Locke, the hotel brand known for its cute and compact apart-hotels, has opened its first space up at the Ha’Penny Bridge. Expect space-savvy pastel-hued studios designed in collaboration with Dublin-based O’Donnell O’Neill Design. Rates per night are from €109, Lockeliving.com/zanzibar-locke.
TREND: To dry for These are not your granny’s dried ﬂowers. Dried blooms and grasses are having a moment and – done right – are the perfect way to add brightness, life and texture in the midst of winter. Above, a dried ﬂoral arrangement by Bex Partridge, a UK-based ﬂoral artist who has amassed quite the Insta following and shares dreamy images of her stunning dried ﬂoral creations (@botanical_tales).
Recycled glass vase, €28, Stagerslifestyle.com
Pampas grass in vase, €14, Penneys Everlastings: How to Grow, Harvest and Create with Dried Flowers by Bex Partridge (Hardie Grant), €20.30
Artiﬁcial grass in wicker basket, €40, Next
LUXE AT HOME
Aimed at “real and honorary” Dubliners, the Westin’s Dublin Delights package is the perfect way to experience the city in style while staying local. It includes a night in one of their rooms, as well as breakfast, a three course dinner and champagne or cocktails for two, plus a late check out. €309, Thewestinhoteldublin.com.
SMALL BUT MIGHTY
Don’t be fooled by its petite size – Amazon’s new Echo Dot packs a powerful punch. The latest version comes with all the usual Alexa features as well as an LED clock that can display the time, temperature, timers and alarms, making it a handy addition to the kitchen or bedside table. Around €70, Amazon.co.uk.
3 of the best… 2021 CALENDARS Celebrate the hope and excitement of the new year with these beautiful Irish calendars
KEEP ON ROCKING You’d be forgiven for missing the news that at the start of last year Dublin’s first Hard Rock Hotel opened. The hotel features art and music memorabilia ranging from a guitar played by Dolores O’Riordan to David Bowie’s orange jumpsuit. ‘Rock Om’. Rooms from €159, Hardrockhotels.com/dublin. 12
Irish wildﬂower calendar, €30, Irish Design Shop, Irishdesignshop.ie
Donegal bucket list calendar, €18, Laurabuchanan.ie
The Snug Project calendar, €20, Thesnugproject.com
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US BRAND JIGGY HAVE GIVEN THE HUMBLE PUZZLE A MAKEOVER, AND COLLABORATED WITH EMERGING FEMALE ARTISTS TO CREATE FUN AND STYLISH JIGSAW PUZZLES. THEY EVEN SHIP THEM WITH A SPECIALLY FORMULATED ‘PUZZLE GLUE’ TO MAKE IT EASY TO FRAME AND DISPLAY YOUR HANDIWORK WHEN YOU’RE FINISHED. FROM AROUND €44, JIGGYPUZZLES.COM.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Make the most of those long winter walks and turn foraged finds into art for your home with this artisan flower press from new Irish brand, The Flower Press Company. Created by Kerry-based stylist and florist Ann Marie O’Leary, the presses are made in Ireland using Birch plywood and finished with either Crown Sycamore or Chestnut wood. Ann’s site also stocks a selection of clear frames for displaying your pressed artworks, as well as nature books and accessories. Theflowerpresscompany.ie
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Breeze linen bedding bundle, €229, Amurelle.com
Contemporary Yellow No.2 poster 50x 70 cm, €29.95, Desenio.ie
Used by fashion, graphic and interior designers The Pantone Colour Institute has selected not one but two colours for its Colour of the Year 2021 - Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow. It is a pairing that, Pantone say conjure “deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the optimistic promise of a sunshinefilled day.” Here’s to a bright new 2021!
Make dodgy, uneven lighting during Zoom calls a thing of the past with sleek blinds from Irish company Luxaflex. From high tech Silhouette shades that create soft, diffused (and flattering) light to made-to-measure wooden shutters that add warmth and interest, browse the range at Luxaflex.ie.
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Put your favourite vases and crockery on display with the sleek Virum two-door cabinet, €249, JYS, Jysk.ie.
Use a few of these handy hanging baskets, €30, from new Irish online store Wildthings, to tidy up a cluttered hallway, Wildthingsinteriors.ie.
Dublin nail spa Mink has launched a product line that includes candles, diﬀusers and this divine linen spray, €35. Made in Cork in collaboration with La Bougie’s Lucy Hegarty, a quick spritz is a sureﬁre shortcut to hotelworthy bedsheets, Mink.ie.
Art attack From the 23rd January-27th February, Dublin’s Kerlin Gallery will host the work of Irish born, London based artist Kathy Prendergast. Pieces like Road Trip 3, pictured, see her painting directly onto a map, re-imaging the landscape in riotous, exuberant and colourful new ways. You can also explore the exhibition online at Kerlingallery.com.
We LOVE THESE LUXE HANDCRAFTED RESIN TRAYS BY IRISH ARTIST JULES COLL WOULD LOOK BEAUTIFUL ON A DRESSING TABLE AND ARE A STEAL AT €49, JULESCOLLART.COM. 16
Without a doubt 2020 has been the year of the at-home work-out. If you’ve been thinking about a rower in the garage or a running machine in your spare room, you might like the idea of mini rebounder trampoline (pictured is the Bellicon Classic, approx €500, bellicon.com), which will take up a lot less space as well. Bouncing is not only a low-impact way to exercise, it is also an easy and affordable home-based cardio solution. Jump to it!
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Pine Forest Take a deep breath and step into this palette of fresh, leafy nature-inspired hues, which feel calm, harmonious and at one with the outdoors “I love this green (‘Woodland Sage’) as it feels muted and relaxing but offers so much more personality than a traditional neutral like a grey.”
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MOOD boards Alone we are smart, together we are brilliant
Introducing ﬁve new paint palettes from Crown, in collaboration with House and Home, inspired by all that we love and see around us every day
oodboards’ brings together Ireland’s best-loved interiors magazine (House and Home) with Crown’s passion for colour, to present a collection inspired by style, texture and, of course, colour. From the fresh nature-inspired hues of forest greens to the warm and grounding blues and mustards, we’ve worked together to include our favourite creamy neutrals, energising spiced browns and ochres, as well as fresh and invigorating pinks and minty greens. Here, exclusively, are the five new palettes. Ciara Elliott, editorial director of House and Home, has picked some of her favourite hues within each selection. H
Traditional and grounded, blue is always the go-to colour that pairs well with warm woods and rich mustard yellows, looking contemporary yet classic in your home. “This blue-grey colour (‘Boutique’) feels modern and moody yet would be fresh enough in a bathroom or hallway. For me, it is a real all-round colour” 18
The Natural Palette
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Look to shades of honey, caramel, grains, creams and whites for the new neutrals of today, tomorrow and beyond. “My new favourite neutral is ‘Curracloe Strand’. It has a lovely green undertone which I think works really well with some of the warmer hues coming through in interiors now.”
Add spice to your home with this warm and energising collection of hues that work so well in any interior scheme. Think plaster pink, burnt terracotta and spiced ochres . “I am really feeling it for warm tones such as corals, terracottas, browns,and deep reds at the moment. I love ‘Courtyard’ as it feels mellow and joyful – like a big hug to come home to at the end of the day.”
Candy Crush Lighten and lift your living space with powdery hues and ice-cream shades that look good enough to eat. Think sorbet greens, sweet shop pinks and bubblegum blues. “Pretty pastels such as dusky pinks and lavenders can feel so soothing and homely. The stand-out shade for me here is ‘Rose Clay’ - I would use this in a dressing room or en suite.”
Table: Portobello dining table in walnut €479. Chairs: Moller dining chairs in walnut€265. *both table and chairs are available in Ash also.
Rug: Athena distressed pink rug €220.*more sizes available.
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Arch created with paint from Next.ie, including colours Antique Rose, Dusk Rose, Dove Grey, Marielle Grey and Malvern Grey
Curves and swurves will add a modern design element to any contemporary home. Try incorporating these shapes through your choice of furniture and accessories 1. Double arch candle in tan, €32.50, Roseandgrey.co.uk 2. Fulbrook arched mirror, €218.98, Gardentrading.co.uk 3. Green and gold No2 poster, €7.50, Desenio.ie 4. Geometric photo clip, €6.72, Blockdesign.co.uk 5. Otha table lamp in dusky pink, €76.73, Made.com 6. Bridgita console table, €799.82, Sweetpeaandwillow.com 7. Hem arch throw, €186.11, Nest.co.uk 8. Scalinatella ottoman, €1,510, Jonathanadler.com 9. Pillemark rainbow door mat, €10, Ikea 10. Castellum LED lamp, €210, Amara.com
So simple Tom armchair, €479, DFS
MAXIMALIST PRINTS Brighten up your home this season by pattern clashing maximalist-style prints. More is deﬁnitely more with this trend! Don’t worry about matching - it is all about the clash 1. Baariq vase, €47.07, Mondayonline.co.uk 2. Leopard tripod lamp, €27.90, Beautify.co.uk 3. Tamahu cushion, €161, Wicklewood.com 4. Snakes of Creation A2 print, €39, Audenza.com 5. Lohko rose pink ﬂoral chest of drawers, €1,057.48, Oliverbonas.com/ie 6. George Aries rug, €762.65, Mineheart.com 7. Floral dinner set, €45, Argos.ie 8. Pepi zebra footstool, €216.16, Raggedrose.com 9. Eichholtz Jenner chair, €1,159, Sweetpeaandwillow.com 10. Aﬃche La Dame aux monsteras wall hanging, €56, Aprilandthebear.com
Your dream kitchen can’t wait to meet you. Kube Manhattan Uni, an expression of style. With a wide variety of colours and designs, Kube Manhattan Uni lets you show your personality. Platinum Grey and Lavender combine to create a kitchen that is open and vibrant while the Silver Ash worktop adds a Scandi flair. The interior carcass is finished in delicate lavender which can be seen on the tall end, open shelving unit.
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Naika metal bar stools, €105 each, Cult Furniture
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LUSH MONOCHROME Elevate a simple black and white interior scheme by adding luxurious, Art Deco-inspired touches, with touches of gold 1. White Palma ceramic mug, €16.72, Oliverbonas.com/ie 2. Black tassle jewellery box, €16.99, TK Maxx 3. VADO Booth & Co nickel basin pillar taps, €225, Earthridge.ie 4. & Klevering coasters €13.50 each, Homeplace.co.uk 5. Jonathan Adler opt art bar, €5,030, Sweetpeaandwillow.com 6. Tulip marble table, €196.75, Argos.ie 7. Scalloped boucle chair, €800, Aprilandthebear.com 8. Toppu vase, €68, Oyoylivingdesign.co.uk 9. Triangle cushion, €26.99, Stoneandbeige.com 10. Mateo sideboard, €879, Caseys.ie
Interior designers Róisin Lafferty and Becky Russell of Kingston Lafferty Design have the Hoxton sofa from DFS’ French Connection collection “It is beautifully laid-back and casual which is what I liked about it,” says Róisin. “It has a Scandinavian feel to it, with the exposed wood and leather detailing and fits beautifully in our back lounge against painted brick walls. Our home is a changeable feast, the opposite of precious and perfect,” says Becky. “This sofa is the perfect comfy spot to spend a weekend morning with a coffee looking out into the garden.” French Connection Hoxton sofa exclusive to DFS
At Home 2021
with DFS and House and Home Snacks to hand, Netﬂix on repeat – we’ve been spending more time on our sofas than ever before. DFS has asked some of our favourite interiors aﬁcionados what they love about the sofa they chose from DFS and how they’ve been enjoying life on theirs... 26
| PROMOTION What’s your favourite sofa snack? R – It sounds odd but breakfast salad is my most eaten sofa snack. It is a big bowl of health and tastiness; spinach, tomatoes, eggs, pesto, beetroot and chicken all smushed together with lots of jalapenos. It is surprisingly comforting! B – Definitely a little less healthy, but chocolate buttons are a winner every time. The TV programme you couldn’t stop watching in lockdown? R – The Handmaid’s Tale is my favourite ever; but can only watch one at a time. B – The most recent was The Queen’s Gambit which I was completely glued to! I have also been making my way through Game of Thrones as I missed the boat with that when it was first out. Best go-to movie? R – We are probably more of a series kind of house than movies, Sex and the City all seasons, on repeat, is a fail safe. B – Grey’s Anatomy is another one I’m always happy to revisit time and again.. Comfiest cosies for the couch? R – Softness and cosiness all the way for these rainy days and for the opulent comfiness, there’s no better than Lucy Nagle cashmere sets (Lucynagle.com). We also keep a stack of snuggly blankets on the sofa for evening relaxation. B – In addition to layers of sofa blankets, which for me are a must, my current go-to is a super soft jumpsuit from Zara Bar cart favourite? R – Amaretto Sour. B – You can’t beat a good Espresso Martini. What games have you been enjoying? R – Honestly… I haven’t! If I am not working or seeing friends and family, I’m reading, sketching or catching up on TV shows. B – I love Jenga but with our group it can get pretty competitive too! What’s the last book you read? R – I have just re-read 1984, the classic by George Orwell, It was more brilliant to read this time and felt all too scarily relevant. B – Róisín has been trying to get me to read Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari for ages. It’s been slow progress. I tend to start quite a few books at the same time and then flit between them. What is the last thing you bought? R – Skingredients by the Skin Nerd (skincare products) which I am trying to use all of this time in order to take better care of my skin and create some routine. B – I am trying to take care of myself while spending extra time at home too, I just got an SISU Smile teeth whitening kit How do you switch off from work? R – It’s a tricky thing but usually talking or going for a walk with a friend is the best way to unwind, whether that be over Zoom dinner and drinks or exercising in the park with them. In non-Covid times, travelling and experiencing new adventures was always my way to completely refresh. B – Travel has always been the best escape for me as it gives me time to rest, unwind and experience new places but for now it’s been work-outs in the park. The guys from CrossFit Navitas (Crossfitnavitas. ie) very kindly lent out some of their equipment to me during the restrictions.
So it’s just like the gym but colder!! Best tunes to relax at home to? R – Chilled with an electronic undertone generally is what I have on day-to-day. I am a big Ben Howard and Sylvan Esso fan. B – Workout tunes recently have been venturing back to the early noughties and Missy Elliot! But it’s a little more chilled for the home office where I listen to classical. If you could travel anywhere, where would you like to go right now? R – I am craving some new interior design
and architecture inspiration so Japan would be a good one to plan in. Oslo and Stockholm are also on the European list. B – I would love to relax on a beach somewhere right now, The Irish summer sunshine feels like such a distant memory. Any 2021 new year’s home resolutions? R – To make sure my own home offers the same sense of calm consideration as the homes we create for our clients. B – To keep my home office in one room and not let it take over the house!
Róisin Lafferty & Becky Russell’s pick FRENCH CONNECTION HOXTON SOFA EXCLUSIVE TO DFS The Hoxton sofa from the French Connection range, available exclusively at DFS. The mixture of the organic textures of wood, leather and linen celebrate the craftsmanship of the sofa, lending it an effortlessly cool, artisanal feel. French Connection Hoxton four-seater in Mink €1,299, www.dfs.ie
Interior designer Susan McGowan of Ashen and Cloud chose the Long Beach large chaise sofa “This piece is all about the cosy! The sofa is a space for us to relax and chill out as a family all five of us - and it’s super comfortable. I love its light colour; it blends with the calm environment we are hoping to create, yet it’s strong in form. It’s definitely the hero piece of the room. It very much draws us all in.”
What’s your favourite sofa snack? A tub of Häagen-Dazs Salted Caramel and a long spoon and I can be happy for hours. The TV programme you couldn’t stop watching? I love a mini-series, absorbing myself in the characters and the details is very much like reading a book. A movie just doesn’t seem to have the same appeal anymore.The Queen’s Gambit was excellent. It had great visual appeal with lots of mid-century delights to admire, The actress Anya Taylor-Joy as a 1960s icon was mesmerising to watch.
Best go-to movie? The Sound of Music. Julie Andrews’ voice and that wonderful soundtrack struck a chord in me as a child and I never let it go. Those are the songs I hum to my children and I’m sure they will love it too once they are old enough. Comfiest cosies for the couch? Pyjamas! Bar cart favourite? My favourite cocktail is a Sidecar. It has everything I need in a drink: a sweet start, a bit of zest and a strong punch. I’m only able for one though! What card or board game have you been enjoying? The last one was a big family
Susan McGowan’s pick
HOUSE BEAUTIFUL LONG BEACH LARGE CHAISE SOFA, EXCLUSIVE TO DFS While away the hours with Long Beach, from the House Beautiful collection, available exclusively at DFS. This chic chaise sofa matches generous proportions and comfortable cushions with a simple, yet refined, design. House Beautiful Long Beach Right Hand Facing Large Chaise Sofa in Oyster, €2,749, www.dfs.ie
bingo night on Zoom and it was hilarious. My dad tends to turn things that way. What’s the last book you read? What Happened by Hilary Rodham Clinton. I admire that woman and I’m still disappointed she didn’t get her chance. The last thing you bought? I recently discovered Arket (Arket.com). They have a nicely curated collection of clothes for women and children, and a homewares collection too. Apart from that I’ve been trying my best to shop local. It’s great that so many Irish retailers have taken their businesses online recently. How do you switch off from work? I struggle with this. It’s difficult to manage a design firm and a busy family life. The truth is, I probably rarely switch off. I often wake in the middle of the night with an idea or a solution to something for a client that has been on my mind. I love design, but it’s also all consuming, I guess. Best tunes? I love the stories and melodies of country music. The Dixie Chicks have a back catalogue I keep finding myself going back to. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I really want to take my children to Disney World in Florida. Let’s hope that will be possible again soon. Any new year’s home resolutions? All involve reducing media use. Mealtimes are sacrosanct, and we all stick to that, but there’s much room for improvement in general elsewhere. The reality is that I am the biggest offender.
| PROMOTION What’s your favourite sofa snack? I’m a savoury snacker, so my go-to sofa snack is always peanuts or popcorn. The TV programme you couldn’t stop watching in lockdown? The Crown, Escape to the Chateau DIY, Gangs of London (all watched during the first lockdown). Best go-to movie? I love the 90s, so it would be The Client, The Bodyguard or The Shawshank Redemption. Comfiest cosies for the couch? A pair of Calvin Klein joggers. Bar cart favourite? Sambuca on ice. What card or board game have you been enjoying? Cards Against Humanity is always a laugh. What’s the last book you read? American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. The last thing you bought? A new set of dining plates from H&M Home (hm.com). I love their range and how affordable it is. I am also always bidding at online auction sites - you never know what bargains you will find and it is brilliant for homeware. How do you switch off from work? I love DIY and crafting but during the lockdown I found that cooking really gave my mind a break. I love slow cooked joints of meat or hearty, wintry meals that take ages to prepare. Best tunes? My Spotify is a very mixed bag but anything from Fleetwood Mac or Sam Smith gets me going. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Valencia in Spain is my favourite holiday spot. I love the city so much. It has such a brilliant mix of amazing food, history and architecture. Any new year’s home resolutions? To find a holiday cottage by the sea that we can make our next project.
Interiors content creator Darran Heaney has the chic and snug Mya two-seater, armchair and footstool in Blush, from DFS’ So Simple Collection “I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. When it comes to my interiors style, I love mixing old and new together, and the Mya is perfect for this as it has the classic button back upholstery, but then the blush pink colour brings it right up to date. Pink was an unusual choice for me, but I have no regrets, it’s such a beautiful addition to our home.”
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MYA SOFA FROM THE SO SIMPLE COLLECTION AT DFS The Mya sofa features a striking boutique design with elegant black turned feet and a single seat cushion that gives this classic shape a modern twist. Available in a choice of four fabrics and range of stylish shades, here shown in Simply Linen Look fabric in Quartz Blush - two-seater sofa €869; armchair, €749; and footstool, €359, www.dfs.ie.
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The sloped clear roof ﬂoods the cute playhouse with light, while the ﬂower box adds a sweet homely touch
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MY MODERN OUTDOOR PLAYHOUSE Interior designer Cathy Angelini (@cathyﬂamingo) applied her love of mid-century design to this stylish DIY outdoor playhouse for her daughter “We’ve felt so lucky and grateful to have outdoor space, especially over the past year. I realised that we were all happier when we were spending time in the garden, which was a big factor in deciding to build this playhouse for our eight-year-old daughter, Nancy. “When I was a child, my dad built a tree house for me using trees he cut down himself – it was a cute log cabin-style house and some of my best memories were in that tree house. “My own style is really influenced by mid-century modern design – there’s a hint of it in nearly every project I do. So I started trawling Pinterest, researching designs. I took elements from what I saw and put them all together to create something I liked. If you search for ‘midcentury playhouse’ you’ll get a cousin of what I have devised! “My husband Louis and I built the house together. We started by digging out four holes and then filling them with a sand and cement mix for the posts. We let that set for a day, and then built a simple frame-like construction, using moisture-proof MDF for the floor. Once the floor was in it all went up very quickly, over a couple of days. “Although I had drawn out roughly what I wanted, it was very much a case of winging it, especially when deciding things like where the window would go. We finished it off with cladding and used leftover wood for the steps, which were quite tricky to do. “We added a sloped, pitched roof in clear, corrugated plastic. I’m so glad we did that, as it lets in lots of light. “The one mistake we made was to rent a table saw, which was a bit of a waste of money in the end – it takes time to set up and get used to using it, so most of the time I found it was faster to use a handsaw, and it was quite satisfying too. “For the finishing touches, we popped some lavender into the window box and I had some child-size furniture in the house already that we used inside, so we had it all ready for Nancy when she came home from school that day.” H
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When the New York Times named potter Adam Frew as one of five up and coming Irish designers to know, they were certainly on to something. Working from his studio in Aghadowey, he creates functional as well as one-off pieces. His latest work? “A new shape of teapot, bread crock with inverted handle inspired by my own sourdough baking, a wider handled jug, tall slim vases and high-sided plates.” And possibly tiles. He’s just finished tiling his bathroom. Adamfrew.com
Teapot, €175, Adamfrew.com
Makers & Shakers 25 IRISH DESIGNERS TO KNOW NOW
From established names to up-and-comers, meet the trail blazing Irish ceramicists, furniture makers, lighting designers and textile artists everyone’s talking about WORDS RÓISÍN CARABINE
Large flower plate, €350, Andrewludick.com
Hailing from Ohio, Kilkenny-based ceramicist Andrew Ludick makes colourful, off-kilter earthenware emblazoned with graphic designs “informed by the rhythm, melody, song structure and forms of sounds” - and by the art of African, Native American and South American cultures. He has also designed a sell-out range of tableware for Anthropologie and continues to collaborate with Ceadogá án Rugs – watch out for a new design drop this spring. Andrewludick.com 34
Mimo set of mugs, €72, Arranstreet.ie
ARRAN STREET EAST
Headed by managing director Dobrawa Brach, Arran Street East is a collaborative studio of potters and glazers - self-dubbed ‘architects of clay’ - that churn out “‘simple, well-designed, handthrown useful, useable and beautiful everyday objects” in clean geometric lines and characterful colours inspired by the Dublin Fruit and Vegetable Market. Arranstreet.ie
BAG & BONES
Operating under the label Bag & Bones, Galway-born sisters Gigi and Cavanagh Foyle left behind careers in health research and law to light up London with their LED neon expressive light art inspired by urban street culture, art and fashion and now count model Kate Moss among their many famous fans. Their off-the-shelf collection includes tongue-in-cheek slogans and sensual graphics with a pop art twist. “Next is a range of desktop and life size neon resin sculptures and a new collab.” Bagandbones.co.uk
BENEFIELD SPENCER GLASS
Internationally known glass blowers, Scott Benefield and Andrea Spencer came together in 2010 to establish Benefield Spencer Glass, formerly BTU Studio, which operates out of an old farm in Ballintoy. Together they make glassware that combines traditional Venetian cane and filigrana techniques with contemporary forms. Working largely to commission, they’ve just recently set up an online shop selling more affordable pieces of their signature designs. Benefieldspencerglassshop.com
Filigrana Vase, €35, Benefieldspencerglasshop.com
Bob Johnston’s career highlight? When HBO commissioned him to create a replica willow ‘Iron Throne’ and dragons for the world premiere of Game of Thrones Season 8. The County Down-based former textile weaver turned willow sculptor is in such demand for his uber realistic Highland Cow trophy heads, life size moose shoulder mounts and freestanding dogs, he has three years’ worth of commissions already booked. The new Homo Faber Guide includes him in their list of Europe’s best artisans. Bobjohnstonbaskets.co.uk
Since setting up his own studio in Newcastle, Co Dublin in 2015, sustainable furniture designer and Parnham College graduate Colin Harris’ career has gone stellar. His awardwinning Egon Schiele Chair forms part of the Goodison collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and he’s just been included in the Homo Faber Guide of Europe’s best artisans. “Finding the simplest way to make something that both functions and delights is a great challenge.” His bespoke and limited-edition homeware accessories and furniture are made from hand-picked Irish hardwood. Colinharris.ie
ELEMENTS OF ACTION
Edward Coveney and Esther Gerrard are co-founders of Elements of Action, a Cork-based collaborative design practice. “We handcraft beautiful objects and design contemporary spaces.” Stuck at home due to Covid got them “thinking about the fabric of our lives and the objects that we bring with us from place to place.” With that in mind they’ve developed a new collection of thoughtfully considered dining and occasional armchairs in leather and steel.” Elementsofaction.net 36
HOUSE OF HACKNEY
Often referred to as pioneers, rebels and positive disruptors, Dubliner Frieda Gormley and husband Javvy M Royle have taken the interiors world by storm with their maximalist approach to design. Co-founders of cult lifestyle brand House of Hackney, with showrooms in London and New York, they’re known for their flamboyant florals and wild animal prints - a signature style described as ‘William Morris on acid.’ Ten years in business and a move from Hackney to a castle in the wilds of Cornwall, the duo have big plans for this year: new collections with a focus on Celtic festivals, a project that reimagines cabin-like interiors and more creative collabs. Houseofhackney.com
GARVAN DE BRUIR
These days Kildare-based, artisan leatherworker Garvan de Bruir is probably best known for his bags fashioned from equestrian bridal leather, although he originally trained as a furniture designer. This year he’s getting back into the interiors saddle again with a range of leather homeware accessories – trays, office tidys, storage boxes – for “the new work-from-home brigade,” and has plans to add to his online leather furniture collection. Debruir.com
Chairs, €880 each, Debruir.com
J. HILL’S STANDARD
Anike Tyrell, founder of J. Hill’s Standard, is a woman on a mission: to keep Waterford’s ageold crystal techniques alive. The award-winning, internationally acclaimed brand (set up in 2014) is known for its contemporary, handmade cut crystal and collaborations with designers and creatives, including Martino Gamper and Scholten & Baijings. This year expect new iterations of Irish illustrator Nigel Peake’s (pictured above) collection, an exciting collab with Dutch designer Aldo Bakker and a move to The Arcade in Lismore. Jhillsstandard.com Houseandhome.ie
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Tria stool, €117, Leoscarﬀdesign.com
It was a lunch chat with a 13-year-old half Tibetan boy that set Dublin-born, London-based Luke Irwin on the path to rug design and a debut collection based on crop circles. Now 18 years in business and the client list for his hand-knotted, custom designs (ethically produced in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan) reads like a who’s who of famous faces, including Prince Charles and Barrack Obama. “I love designing rugs, you can really indulge your whimsy.” His current Mosaic Collection is his most famous to date, inspired by the discovery of a 2,000-year-old Roman mosaic in the garden of his Wiltshire farmhouse. This year’s design collection is based on Da Vinci’s’ Vitruvian Man. Lukeirwin.com
Leitrim-based Leo Scarﬀ is a highly acclaimed lighting and furniture designer, lecturer and curator of product design exhibitions with a career spanning over 25 years. Best known for his innovative woven veneer lights, ﬂat-pack, birch plywood furniture and striking commercial sculptures. His latest (and long overdue) venture is fast gaining traction among fans - an online store selling super aﬀordable versions of his signature designs. Leoscarﬀdesign.com
Rugs, various prices from €1,500, Lukeirwin.com
Multi-talented furniture designer Martin Gallagher is a busy man. When he’s not creating sculptural limited-edition pieces inspired by Sligo’s coastline, he’s crafting custom-made, architectural style tables and sideboards or expanding on his range of modern nightstands and home accessories for Etsy. Lately he’s been fashioning bespoke kitchens out of rough cut European and smoked oak and collaborating with Ciaran McGill of The Veneerist. Martingallagherfurniture.com Houseandhome.ie
NEW NAMES ON THE BLOCK
Three up-and-comers to watch out for
AIL + EL
Dubliner Aileen Balfe is the creative force behind the contemporary homewares label Ail + El. Her funky signature concrete designs emblazoned with colourful geometric patterns are influenced by the city’s architecture and graffiti. In her hands, something as simple as a coaster becomes a work of art. Ailandel.com
Oven glove, €27, Maxmademedoit.com
Operating under the moniker WildBird, Alison Byrne is a stained-glass artist with designs on making the ancient craft modern and affordable. “I’m fascinated with geometry and the beauty of maths when applied to art.” Think geometric terrariums, dodecahedron lights and bespoke panels – elegant and understated. Wildbirdstudio.ie
Copper love heart with lights, €45, Kopperkreation.com
Small triangle base lamp, from €100, Kopperkreation.com
The sustainably-minded, industrial homewares brand is the brainchild of engineer turned designer Emmet Bosonnet who has been winning fans with his upcycled scrap metal lights, coat hooks, bookends and candelabra fashioned from copper pipes, valves and flanges. Kopperkreation.com
MAX MADE ME DO IT
Best recognised for her personalised letter prints for kids, Carol Maxwell is a Wexford-born, London-based former textile designer turned illustrator, otherwise known as Max Made Me Do It. She’s just designed her first wallpaper collection, Outside In, featuring bold, wildly vivid ﬂorals and tropical prints that pack a pattern punch, launched a matching homewares range (cushions, tea towels, oven gloves) and opened her first store. Maxmademedoit.com
Founded by acclaimed Norwegian textile designer Gerd Hay-Edie, Mourne Textiles has been producing handwoven products since 1954. Today the family-run weaving mill is headed by Gerd’s grandson Mario Sierra who’s continuing the brand’s long tradition of collabs - with creatives such as Paula Hughes and Project Baa Baa – and reviving patterns and couture tweeds from the archives. They recently opened a second mill and are launching a new collection in January “of timeless mid-century designs, combined with luxury yarns and modern twists.” Mournetextiles.com
Herringbone blankets, from €260, Mournetextiles.com
Founded in Newry in 1979 by Brian and Rosie McGuigan, Orior is a design-led furniture brand with global ambitions. Since son Ciaran took over as creative director in 2012 Orior have opened a showroom in New York, launched their first ever rug collection (in collaboration with Ciaran’s fashion designer sister Katie Ann) and taken on high profile contracts, including the London private club Annabel’s and Karaya Blue, a sustainable development in the Turks & Caicos. Next? Their own hospitality project, a boutique hotel in Savannah, Georgia. Oriorfurniture.com
With a career spanning 30 years, designer Shane Holland has won many awards for his bespoke furniture and sculptural works but it’s lighting he truly excels at. His first light was recycled from a Russian vacuum cleaner. “I like the idea of finding alternative uses for things that are already formed.” His latest luminaires feature repurposed aviation parts from Boeings. He’s also been working on more aﬀordable designs for his online home interiors range. Shanehollanddesign.com
Wall sconce, €87, Sparkandbell.com
SPARK AND BELL
“It all started with a healthy brass obsession and a starter home we wanted to make our own.” Brighton-based, Naas native Emer Gillespie is a lighting designer known for her handmade, vintagestyle, minimalist brass luminaires. Operating under the label Spark and Bell Emer’s ethos of “making custom lights aﬀordable” combines with a passion for sustainability, slow production and zero waste. Sparkandbell.com
TWO WOODEN HORSES
Woodturner Terry Cullen and photographer Joanne Murphy are the husband and wife duo behind Two Wooden Horses, (collaborating with their best friend Gavin Beattie from Tinylittlehorse.com). From their studio in Wicklow they make every day useful things beautiful. “We specialise in handmade furniture and kitchen utensils made from sustainably-sourced Irish hardwood, inspired by music, horses and nature,” says Cullen. They’re currently working on a new range of furniture and art prints. Twowoodenhorses.com 42
Ash trivet, €98, Superfolk.com
“Slow down, stop and look. Know, love and protect,” proclaims Jo Anne Butler describing the motivational mantra behind Superfolk’s work. Inspired by “the geography, textures and colours of the wild Atlantic Way” on their County Mayo doorstep, Jo Anne and husband Gearóid Muldowney produce low-fi, carefully curated, sustainable homeware and accessories that include screen prints trivets and incense holders. Superfolk.com
ZELOUF & BELL
Laois-based design duo Susan Zelouf and Michael Bell’s success is the stuﬀ that wide-eyed design students’ dare dream of. Their handmade bespoke furniture fashioned from luxurious, responsiblysourced materials – described as museum quality, 21st century classics – which sells for tens of thousands of euro, regularly features in the pages of the Financial Times How to Spend it and has a worldwide A-list following. Their latest work, a series of Fabergéinspired cocktail cabinets, features a diamond-studded serpent clasping its own tail. Inpirational! Zeloufandbell.com
Butterﬂy end tables, €POA, Zeloufandbell.com Cairn tables, €POA, Zeloufandbell.com
Mid-century furniture and on-trend pastel colours collide for a stylish, yet cosy ambience
INSPIRING SPACE The Vintage THE DETAILS The Vintage R. Rodrigo da Fonseca 2, 1250-191 Lisbon Portugal thevintagelisbon.com
Taking inspiration from mid-century designs, The Vintage hotel in the heart of Lisbon looks to the past for timeless décor WORDS: LAURA EWART
THE SPACE With a name like The Vintage, this recently refurbished boutique hotel was never going to be super modern. However, coming up with décor that is a contemporary interpretation of designs from architects and designers from the mid-century right through to the present day feels very cool. With a welcoming colour palette of warm terracotta, pinks and greens, the aesthetic is playful-meets-minimalism. Our favourite part? All of the bedrooms feature one-off genuine vintage bar carts, which is something we’d want to replicate at home.
IDEAS TO STEAL We’re oohing and aahing over the dreamy colour palette (the splashes of ochre and green are perfection), the midcentury inspired velvet furniture, bold artwork and the swoon-worthy perfectly polished dark floors. H 44
Deep terracotta hues look welcoming and timeless when used against a neutral backdrop â€“ wooden furniture complements the scheme perfectly
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REAL HOMES The most inspiring Irish and Irish-designed homes
Photography: Rachael Smith
Meet interior blogger Suszi Saunders whose 100% vegan home is stylishly dark and glamorous and oh-so cosy
This 1790s house in Offaly has been lovingly and thoughtfully restored
Donegal native Siobhan Doherty has created a calm city oasis
Designer Suszi Saunders cleverly brings veganism into all dĂŠcor
HOME FROM HOME
A HIDDEN GEM
Designer Tanya Ross has used colour, creativity and vintage flair to breathe new life into her 1780s family home in Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Tanya’s make up on the day is by Sonia Tahraoui. Find her on instagram at @soniatahraoui_makeup
WORDS CIARA ELLIOTT STYLING TANYA ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY PHILIP LAUTERBACH
KITCHEN The couple worked with local joiner, Dermot Bracken Kitchens (Dermotbrackenkitchens. com) to come up with a design that, with its marble worktops and hidden appliances, is a stunning mix of traditional and contemporary styles. The sink and tap were sourced from Swedish company Tapwell .com. Compton lights, about €250 each, Jim-lawrence.co.uk with rattan stools, about €300 each, Coxandcox.co.uk
“Decorating is part of the journey and the process. If you rush to get to the finish line you might miss the excitement along the way”
TANYA’S STUDIO This room was refurbished during the first lockdown. “The bookshelves were saved from a skip and we had them built in, along with the picture rail and painted,” says Tanya. Cornicing is by Molloyplastermouldings. com). Lamp and rug, both Thestoreyard.ie. Cushions, GroveHome.ie
hat first struck me about this house was how much light flooded in from all sides,” says design consultant Tanya Ross who along with chartered surveyor husband George, have painstakingly renovated from scratch their three-storey over basement period home on the high street in Tullamore. They live here with their six-year-old daughter Willow and their family cat, Daisy. “It was also the original sash windows and the working shutters, the old front door and the beautiful limestone windowsills that sold it to us. Even though the house had been on the market for a long time with no offers, we could immediately see the potential to make it ours.” The couple, who were living and working in Dublin at the time of the first viewing, knew the area well. Tanya had grown up in a protected house of a similar feel and age just around the corner and says she has fond memories of her mum closing the shutters of her bedroom at night, and feeling cosy and warm inside. “I loved the idea of being back on the high street here and creating a similar place to call ours for my own family,” says Tanya. “When we walked in here on first viewing it just felt like home.” As the couple started to research the history of the house they discovered it was constructed shortly after the Great Fire of Tullamore, in 1786, and that its various owners over nearly 250 years included saddlers, bankers, doctors and retailers. “It just became more and more fascinating to us”, says Tanya. “The house is in fact one of the oldest continuously occupied period homes in the town, and we feel honoured that is is now our famly here, continuing this tradition into the 21st century.”
The family started renovations in March 2017, surrounded by an experienced team including Tanya’s own father, who is architect Frank Murray at Murray Architectural Services (Murrayas.ie), along with the build crew from KE Mann (Kemannbuilders.com). The idea from the start was to bring the house back to its original roots with an overall French theme. With this in mind, Tanya scoured the country for original features like cast iron radiators, ceiling roses and fireplaces, and also took buying trips abroad. “We had a very limited budget and often had to go to five or six different suppliers in and outside of Ireland to find the right fit at the right price,” says Tanya “It became my complete obsession.” Tanya’s many vintique-ing trips to find furniture in France means she has become a bit of a brocante expert. Her top tip? “When you haggle make sure you keep it respectful. So for example rather than saying “that’s too dear” say “that’s too dear for me”. You don’t want to offend the people by accusing them of inflated prices and you also want to maintain a relationship for later in case you want to return to the stall having changed your mind.” The key obejctive for the house was to achieve a spacious cooking, eating and living area, with access to the garden. “We decided to relocate the kitchen to entry level and extend into the covered shed to give a glass wall to the garden,” says Tanya. “This meant we could transform the house without unnecessary extensions.” Four years on and Tanya says she is still adding to and making changes to the house all the time. “I don’t think you could say with an old house that you are ever ‘done’,” says Tanya. “But we are certainly happy with and proud of all we have achieved.” To follow the continuing renovation of this stunning house find Tanya Ross on instagram at @6highstreet and online at no6highstreet.com.
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DINING ROOM With its high ceilings and bespoke timber windows, the furniture here is a mix of antiques sourced from buying trips to Amiens in France, as well as favourite spots such as Architectural Salvage, Kilkenny (Eurosalve.com). The beaded chandelier is from Minnie Peters (Minniepeters.com). Tableware is all GroveHome.ie LIVING ROOM (FAR LEFT) One of Tanya’s prized buys is this fireplace which was salvaged from a period home in Scotland and is from John Walsh fireplaces in Middleton in Cork (Johnwalshfireplaces.com)
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Living Room Dining
“Nearly all of our furniture is vintage French, and lots of it is sourced from trips we made to the furniture fair in Amiens. Larger items tend to be very affordable as they are not as sought-after for modern houses” WILLOW’S BEDROOM (ABOVE & RIGHT) The French antique bed in Willow’s bedroom is made even more cosy with cushions and a throw from Grove Home (Grovehome.ie), Sostrene Greene (Sostrenegrene.com/ie) and Emma Shipley (Emmajshipley.com). The animal prints are also from Grove Home. The wallpaper is Hua Trees by Sian Zeng, from €2oo per roll (Sianzeng.com). Willow is wearing a pretty dress from local boutique, Kateandcharlie.ie
MASTER BEDROOM (ABOVE LEFT) “I really love a European bohemian style, which you can see all throughout the house,” says Tanya. With its mix of vintage and antique-look furniture, (the bed is Laura Ashley), the eyecatching mural behind the bed is the Etched Arcadia, Anthropologie.com. GUEST ROOM (LEFT) The deep green colour in here is Aharney Dew by Acres Hall (Acreshall.ie)
BATHROOM The famiily bathroom is designed around the showstopper of this cast iron bath, inherited from Tanya’s great grandfather. “Granny Rose kept it in the shed until we found a house big enough for it,” says Tanya, “We had the original nickel stripped off the taps and stopper to reveal the beautiful brass that lay beneath.” The vanity unit is bespoke by joiner Dermot Bracken (Dermotbrackenkitchens.com), painted in India Yellow, Farrow-ball.com. The mirror and painting were both bought at French furniture fairs, while the rug on the floor is by Caroline Donnelly at Dunnesstores.com
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Clockwise from top left: The yellow chaise was a family hand-me-down which Tanya had re-upholstered; The couple had the year that the house was built (1786) etched into the tiles at the entranceway by specialists, Mosaicassemblers.com; More vintage treasures in the guest bedroom; The dark green paint colour of the shower room was mixed especially by local company Castle Paints (Castlepaints. ie); The shower is from Tapwell.com with cast iron radiator from Radiator Plus (Radiatorplus.ie) and floor tiles from Tilestyle.ie
SHOPPING SMARTS Faux Eucalyptus stem, €3, Ikea.ie
Faux eucalyptus stem, €43, Audenza.com
Pink velvet cushion, from €18,81, Homesense.ie
Insectarium by Maja Laptos, €120, Designknb.com Impressionist sunﬂowers in a vase, €84, Abstracthouse.com
Still life with Amelanchier, €7,500, Gerardbyrneartist.com
Porton geo frame metal candleholder, €25, Artisanti.com
Martina candle holder, €49, Littlewoodsireland.ie
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Ivory candles, €3.95 each, Avoca.com
Set Of 4 candles,€45, Roseandgrey.co.uk
TANYA History Clash gold baroque mirror, €132, Joebrowns.co.uk
Mathias vase, €16.99 and dried ﬂowers, €4 each, JYSK.ie
Firenze gold mirror,€10,045, Cultureof.art
Grey textured glass vase with barley bouquet, €125, Dowsingandreynolds.com
Baltimore low velvet stool, €88, Cultfurniture.com
Gallio footstool, €249, Michaelmurphy.ie
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HOME FROM After relocating from Buncrana, Donegal 10 years ago, paint colour consultant Siobhan Doherty has created a calm oasis of a home in the west side of Edinburgh city PHOTOGRAPHY JAMES FRENCH WORDS CIARA ELLIOTT STYLING MARISHA TAYLOR
KITCHEN When the family moved in, getting the kitchen right was a first priority. “It had an old tin sink and virtually no cupboard space or appliances,” says Siobhan “It was also dark and small, as was the dining room next door, so the obvious thing was to knock them into one.” Working with a trade kitchen designer at Howdens (Howdens.com) the couple picked simple Shaker style cabinetry to create this bright, calm and cosy family space.
S LIVING ROOM ‘“It isn’t a big house, so we’ve kept the palette to neutral whites, introducing colour in soft furnishings and repainting furniture when needed, which gives a coherent look,” says Siobhan. “We’ve also added statement pieces in the smaller spaces.” With a great eye for vintage finds, Siobhan found the yellow velvet Chesterfield sofa (above) on e-bay and had it reupholstered while the mirror, above the mantlepiece, was discovered at a local salvage yard
tepping into the home of paint colour consultant, Siobhan McFadden, you might expect to be met with a daring mix of personality shades, but this home is quite the opposite. “I love colour but I prefer a neutral backdrop to spaces we use on a daily basis, “ says Siobhan, who together with husband Rory relocated from Donegal to Scotland 10 years ago. They lived in a twobedroom apartment in the west side of Edinburgh before moving, with their then one-year-old baby daughter Úna, to this characterful Victorian terrace house in 2017. They have been slowly doing it up ever since, reinstating period features, and working with its natural assets, such as original fireplaces, flooring and staircases, to bring it back to its former glory. “From first viewing, this house fitted our remit perfectly. It was the right area, near to schools, transport links and the airport, and was also a good size,” says Siobhan. “We also fell in love with its quirks the minute we stepped inside. It hadn’t been touched for decades and was so run down that not one other person had shown any interest – that didn’t put us off! Also, it was the right price. We knew we were going to have to take on a project in order to stay living in this area.” The first thing the family wanted to get right was the kitchen and dining space, which needed complete modernisation. “It was unusable,” says Siobhan. “The dining room next door was small and both rooms were north facing, so they felt cold and dark.” The solution was to knock down the dividing wall and create a large open-plan kitchen-diner. “Working alongside a kitchen designer, we then came up with a layout to best suit the space,” says Siobhan. “It was tough living on a building site with a toddler and we worked hard to get it all done, but three months in and we had a beautiful, fully functioning kitchen.” Using a paint palette that mostly consists of green based neutrals, Siobhan has accented with blues, greens, pinks, mustard and rust, using statement colours in small spaces. The result is a calm space which acts as the perfect canvas for all of their antique finds, artwork and furniture. “Luckily, although many of the period features had been stripped away over the years, there were still some that could be salvaged,” says Siobhan. “We’ve spent on salvaged cast iron radiators, painstakingly stripped back the original pine flooring and staircase, and reinstated features that would’ve once been part of the house. Along the way we have uncovered hidden treasures, like the original tiles in the entrance and the boarded-up original fireplaces.’ The bedroom of the couple’s second daughter, Nora, who has just turned two, is the latest room to be finished. “After that, we do still have the family bathroom to renovate and also want to do more work on our own bedroom, but all in good time,” says Siobhan. “We have restored our little terrace into a beautiful family home and all of our hard work and patience paid off. We couldn’t be happier here – it’s unrecognisable!’ For more of Siobhan’s house renovations – and to contact her about a one-to-one interior design consultation, which she can do online – see her Instagram account @home_stead. H Houseandhome.ie
“I love anything old, and enjoy scouring the local charity shops and salvage yards for vintage finds to make our home look and feel more lived in”
DINING AREA (ABOVE & LEFT) The picture rail and cornicing were intact when the couple first viewed the house, but they didn’t uncover the original fireplace and tiled hearth in the dining room until they started renovating. In keeping with the feel of the space, the dresser and church chairs were sourced from vintage sellers, along with the old cast iron radiators that were salvaged, sandblasted and spray painted. A glimpse of the utility room from the hall to the kitchen draws your eye through the space. The utility is painted in Bancha green while the inside of the cupboard is Studio Green. The dining table legs have been painted in Light Blue, all by Farrow and Ball (Farrow-ball.com)
â€œWe stripped back the original flooring and staircases and reinstated mantlepieces in all of the bedrooms - uncovering lots of gems along the wayâ€?
Kitchen/ Dining Room
GUEST BEDROOM (THIS PAGE & LEFT) “Having a fourth bedroom was a must when we bought the house, so that our family and friends from Ireland could always have their own room when they stay,” says Siobhan. “Of course we’ve had no visitors for ages. Roll on spring 2021!” Vintage finds add characterful interest to this room, with its striped bedding (pillowcases from €25 each, Toast.co.uk), considered art work and cosy throw from Pendelton Woolen Mills (Pendletonwoolenmills.eu).
MASTER BEDROOM (FAR LEFT) The couple’s bedroom has a pared-back feel, with its dark wood antique bedside cabinet and blush pink and striped linen bedding (also from Toast, as before). The walls are painted in Dimity by Farrow and Ball (Farrow-ball.com) STAIRS (BELOW) A clever, and less expensive, alternative to carpet is to paint in a stair runner. Siobhan chose Hardwick White from Farrow & and Ball (Farrow-ball.com) for her hall stairs
“Although many of the period features had been taken away over the years, thankfully the house still retained some”
ÚNA’S BEDROOM (ABOVE & ABOVE LEFT) The traditional theme continues into Úna’s bedroom, with its wrought iron bed, painted floors and antique illustrations. “Úna’s bedroom is my favourite room in the house because I love the delicate designs of the wallpaper,” says Siobhan. The couple were the highest bidder on the bed, which they bought at auction. Siobhan painted the wardrobe in Light Blue, while the walls in here are Slipper Satin, both Farrow and Ball (Farrow-ball.com). Farrow and Ball Uppark wallpaper, €137 per roll, Wallpaperdirect.com NORA’S BEDROOM (LEFT & FAR LEFT) “The bedroom of our second daughter, Nora, who turns two in January. has been the latest to be finished,“ says Siobhan. Keeping with the vintage feel, the floors are stripped back and waxed. The cot is from Ikea (Gulliver, €85) painted in Pink Ground, with walls in Slipper Satin and woodwork in Wimborne White. The drawers are in Green Stone. All colours are Farrow and Ball (Farrow-ball.com)
LOFT â€œI am a fan of Scandinavian style and have incorporated that into the house, with simple decor and warm textiles,â€œ says Siobhan, A glass cupola in the roof floods the landing with light. In place of carpet the floorboards are painted, which adds to the rustic look
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DON’T MISS THE DETAILS Clockwise from top left: The entrance hall has been wallpapered with Willow Bough by William Morris, €98 per roll, Wallpaperdirect.com; The vintage style kitchen with its white granite worktop and sink keep the space feeling light and fresh. The sink is the Havsen, €180, Ikea; The living room is painted in Hardwick White with woodwork in Slipper Satin, also Farrow and Ball, Farrow-ball.com; In the utility room every surface has been painted in a lush, dark olive green (the colour is Bancha by Farrow and Ball)
SHOPPING SMARTS Pears in the sun print, €14.58, Desenio.ie
A pair of pears print print, €61, Abstracthouse.com
Benoni woven cushion, €26, Next.ie
Tabitha cushion, €40, Lenebjerre.com
Floral candleholder,€34.99, Stoneandbeige.com Bamboo dustpan and brush, €3, Penneys
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Homespun storage basket, €14.99, JYSK.ie
Tipi tent with stars, €88.82, Boutiquecamping.com
Huxley lounge chair in mustard, €270.75, Cultfurniture.com
Haldon candlabra, €137, Oka.com
Brave Ground and Night Seas Diamond Matt paint, approx €20 per litre, Dulux.ie
Dustpan and brush, €18 Gardentrading.co.uk
Seagrass basket, €31, Bloomingville. com/shop
Tassel tipi tent, €175.85, Beaumonde.co.uk
Dense Fog and Quarter To eggshell paint, €36 per litre, Curatorpaints.com
Mustard retro chair, €1,230, Juliannekellyinteriors.ie
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PUTTING DOWN With all the news claiming that adopting a plant-based diet can help the environment – Suszi Saunders has taken it one step further and introduced her vegan way of life to her décor WORDS GEORGINA TOWNSHEND PHOTOGRAPHY RACHAEL SMITH STYLING LOUISE O’BRIAN
KITCHEN Suszi and Nat moved to their Victorian four-bedroom property after looking for more living space and a scheme they could put their own stamp on. They extended the kitchen to create a large open-plan kitchen-living-diner. “I love using a mix of metallics and I liked how the silver tiles, (approx €30 each, Rockettstgeorge.co.uk), looked among the copper pipes in the shelving and the copper tap. I like having a mix of textures and felt the warmth of the brick slips, complemented the cold smooth grey of the concrete floor and countertops.” Kitchen cabinets, DIY Kitchens; (Diy-kitchens.com)
KITCHEN For the worktops, Suszi opted to go for a more eco-friendly cement than a marble – which has an energy intensive manufacturing process. Suszi went for the layout, which includes one long run of units and a large island with a sink, as she wanted to be able to be in the kitchen area while watching her kids play, or at the table eating. “The idea was to have different family zones, doing our own thing, but still be connected,” she says. Copper mixer tap, €400, Thefrenchhouse.net; white pendant lights, approx €500 each, Skinflintdesign.com; Extractor hood, Bokoshoko.com; Hob, pull-bar handles, from approx €40 each, Busterandpunch.com
“T DINING AREA (ABOVE) Large floor-to-ceiling sliding doors on the rear extension create an indoor-outdoor feel, while letting in a large amount of natural light. Above: The dining able is bespoke with chairs and sofa, Grahamandgreen.co.uk The round mirror is Abigailahern.com
he idea of creating a totally vegan décor has grown as time has gone on, it started off more about what I was eating, but then it became much bigger than that,” reminisces Suszi Saunders, a hypnotherapist who lives with her family in a south London townhouse. She and her husband Nat, a writer-producer, and their son Teddy, now six, moved from their central city top-floor flat into their Victorian property three years ago after looking for more living space, their own garden and a place where they could put their own spin on the design. A blank canvas, they quickly set about getting architects involved to help build a 3x7m rear extension to create an open-plan kitchenliving-dining area – the original kitchen being incredibly small. During the build they also decided to make the four-bedroom house into three, joining a box bedroom and a cramped family bathroom into one larger space to include a freestanding tub and large walk-in shower, later welcoming their second child, Huckleberry, now 18 months, after the works were complete. “I turned vegan about three months before we moved, which I saw as an opportunity to make everything I bought and used for our new home to be vegan-friendly,” she says. However, this was certainly no easy task. “It was quite hard when I first started, I didn't realise how much it would have impacted our interiors as much as it does. For example, all the rugs we already owned were made of wool, the cushions and duvets all had feathers in them, and we had leather accessories and chairs. However, we were very mindful that although I didn't feel comfortable in a leather chair, or having this stuff in our house, I didn’t want anything going to waste either. So, it was more a case of donating pieces to charity, and slowly replacing things when it was time.” Suszi started looking for plant-based alternatives, from vegan mattresses, organic cotton sheets and rugs to wooden floors. Wanting dark interiors, she searched for paint companies that fit with her ideologies, finding Farrow & Ball met the brief. “I love this kind of palette as I feel it can add energy and depth to a room, and they provide a perfect backdrop to all the furnishings,” she explains. And where she couldn’t find something, she asked around to see who could help – for instance, although Graham and Green uses feathers in their designs, the company agreed to make a bespoke sofa for her using foam. However, along with this new décor scheme, being eco-friendly sharply came into focus as well. “It's hard to buy vegan and eco-friendly – I can obviously buy plastic, polyester or acrylic items, which is what I first did, but then I started thinking about the impact on the environment so tried to find things that could fit those two goals, which is actually really tough.” So she began to focus on other ways of being greener within her home. “For example, in the kitchen we wanted marble worktops, but I knew that wasn't great eco-wise, due to the way they are produced, so someone suggested concrete, which we have on the worktops and for the flooring as well. We used old wooden boards to clad one of the walls, and old scaffolding boards to make shelves. We also bought lots of things from ebay – including an old vintage locker cabinet that we’ve turned into a shelving unit. While most of my chandeliers have been bought from local reclamation yards that have been rewired – we try and source many things second hand as we can to help try and reduce waste.” Speaking about day-to-day life in the house, Suszi adds, “It feels great, to have your ethics inline with your home, it's a weight off your shoulders. I've always wanted to be vegan but hadn't been brave enough to do it. When I did it and realised it was easy there was nothing to fear, now it feels quite liberating. It’s been a massive learning curve, and while I do the best I can, it's not going to be 100% perfect yet. But little changes like what we’ve done really are for the better.” H Houseandhome.ie
KITCHEN A more adult nook has been included within the openplan scheme, perfect for guests to relax while Suszi and Nat are working away in the kitchen. Shutters, Clementbrowne.co.uk; Spider pendant, Dwell.co.uk
“Having all these areas in complementary dark colours helps to create that sense of unison and flow that we were after for the entire property”
HALL & LIVING ROOM (RIGHT) "I love this view, from the kitchen sitting area across the front entrance way to the living room. We rarely close our steel glass doors as I like to keep the ground floor open," says Suszi. Floor tiles are black Vigo, about €8 each, Bertandmay.com. The hallway, kitchen and living room are all painted in Railings by Farrow and Ball (Farrow-ball.com). The mirror over the fireplace was found at vintage dealer Jasperjacks.com.
The rug on the floor is from fair trade company Lansnow.com. LIVING ROOM SNUG (RIGHT) A vintage butterfly chair and mid century arm chair have been updated to look thoroughly modern. The chair was recovered in velvet Linwood fabric while a cosy throw, plants and flowers add a homely feel. "I always seek out fair-trade cotton instead of wool and buy only faux leather and sheepskins," says Suszi
MASTER BEDROOM (ABOVE & RIGHT) â€œI wanted to feel cocooned in the bedroom so opted for Farrow and Ball Railings throughout, but layered it with lighter colours in the bedding, rug and wallpapered wardrobes. I like to use a mix of fabrics and textures to create a cosy vibe but being vegan I have to avoid wool, which can make it tricky.
Luckily I was able to source a lovely cotton rug and super soft washed linen bedding, which helps the room feel snug,â€? says Suszi. A bay window adds character to the room while letting in a nice amount of natural light. Blinds, Blindsdirect.co.uk; Distressed beaded chandelier, Mrsrobinsonshop.co.uk. Wallpaper, Rebelwalls.com
â€œI turned vegan about three months before we moved, which I saw as an opportunity to make everything I bought and used for our new home to be completely cruelty-freeâ€?
BATHROOM (THIS PAGE & RIGHT) Suszi turned the fourbedroom property into three after knocking a wall down between a room and the small family bathroom, creating a much larger space – which now includes a freestanding tub and walk-in shower. Dark walls tie the décor together, while the white sanitaryware keeps the space looking light. Millbrook cast iron bath, approx €1,100, Castironbath.co.uk, Arte floor tiles, approx €2 per tile, Tonsoftiles.co.uk. Free-standing basin, Silverdalebathrooms.co.uk; Cole and Son palm jungle wallpaper, €129 per metre, Wallpaperdirect.co.uk
TEDDY & HUCKLEBERRY'S BEDROOM (ABOVE RIGHT & RIGHT) â€œI wanted to add some dimension to the walls and opted for an eco conscious lime paint by Kalklitir (Kalklitir.com). The colour Cobalto looks soft and dreamy thanks to the powdery matte finish.
We chose to paint the floorboards and cupboards white and added mustard tones in the accessories," says Suszi. The monochrome wallpaper by artist Hunt Slonem adds fun to the kids' bedroom. For a similar feel try the Buckley,â‚Ź75 per roll, Grahambrown.com
LANDING "I went to one of designer Abigail Ahern's workshops at her home in East London and I instantly fell in love with her dark home," says Suszi "There's a misconception that dark paint means a gloomy home but that has not been my experience. We have plenty of light bouncing off the metallics and chandeliers here."
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Clockwise from top left: The shelves in the kitchen are made from copper piping and scaffold boards. "We have a zero waste shop in our area and I couldn’t be happier putting pasta, rice, pulses, nuts, spices etc in Kilner jars. It's vegan heaven": Gold fittings from Bespoketaps.com with black hexagonal tiles, about €1.25 each, Tonsoftiles.co.uk create a sophisticated feel in the shower; Bespoke extractor hood by Max Stringer at Bokoshoko. com; The copper pipe radiator was made by the builders
SHOPPING SMARTS Classic black round plate, €4.99, Homesense.ie
Curve stoneware black lunch plate, €19, Amara.com
Home candle. Jar 150g €18.50, Athome.style
Rosewood & pear scented soy candle, €29, Somasstudio.com
Dried Miscanthus Floridulus, €12, Aprilandthebear.com
Dried ﬂuﬀy reed grass, €29, Hudsonhome.co.uk
Floral tin tile, €27.50 per tile, Rockettstgeorge.co.uk
Tile eﬀect wallpaper, €100 per roll, Limelace.co.uk
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Cosmopolitan abstract red grey rug, €67.50, Carpetright.co.uk
Vincent Sheppard Mona dining chair, €595, Vivalagoon.com
Alex three-seater sofa, €675, Michaelmurphy.ie
Layer rug, €3,360, Roche-bobois.com
Shanghai dining chair, €840, Nest.co.uk
French Connection Studio three-seater sofa in ocean blue, €1,499, Dfs.ie
At the heart of the architect’s vision was improving the light and flow of the house in order to create a transformative kitchen and family dining area
The polished concrete floor by P Mac (Pmac.ie). With its easy-to-clean qualities and ability to retain heat (even that produced by solar gain), it’s no wonder the sustainable flooring is gaining in popularity.
FIVE WAYS TO LET IN THE LIGHT with conservation architect Lisa McVeigh
Roof lanterns They let in three times the amount of natural daylight as vertical windows which makes them ideal for north or east facing sites. Roof lanterns come in lots of styles and sizes but we love to use the ones with a hidden frame so you get an unparalleled view of the sky when you look up. High level windows, clerestory windows and eaves windows These are perfect for adding a dramatic aesthetic to your design; they capture the
daylight as it moves around the building and can create a lovely play of light on the walls and the floor. They’re a great choice for a façade that is facing a boring boundary wall, for instance. Large frameless glass windows and doors Apart from bringing lots of daylight in, frameless glass windows and doors give a contemporary aesthetic to the overall design. They’re the perfect see-through solution for internal disconnected spaces and will enhance
your home’s connection to the outdoors. Picture windows A picture window is one pane of glass (usually square) with no mullions or transoms. So-called because they frame your outside view like a beautiful picture – so be careful where you position them. Cantilevered window seat This is a type of window seat that is ‘pushed’ out beyond the external wall. It can give a lovely sense of sitting within the garden rather than just looking out onto it.
FORTUNE FAVOURS THE
Taking a risk, Una and Fred Tyler bought their Dublin Edwardian redbrick sight unseen. They redesigned it virtually, unwittingly creating the perfect Pandemic-proof home that saw them through lockdown WORDS RÓISÍN CARABINE PHOTOGRAPHY RORY CORRIGAN
uying a house sight unseen and online is usually an estate agent no no. Renovating it remotely (and virtually) with the help of an architect found on social media, well, that’s just plain crazy. Surely? But if fortune favours the brave, Una and Fred Tyler have been more than rewarded for their unconventional approach. When the couple moved into their newly redesigned home in January 2020, little did they know they’d unwittingly created the ultimate pandemic-proof pad – complete with separate home office, gym and secluded, lush rear garden – that would see them through lockdown. Nor could they (or their architect) have predicted that remote, virtual working would become the new norm a few months later. Donegal native Una and Dubliner Fred had been 16 years living abroad – in
The decor was dated and dull before the revamp
Munich, California, Chicago and latterly in Texas, along with their daughter Alex (16), son Oscar (13), Truman the dog and Pumpkin the cat – when they decided to move back to Ireland. “I got my first email from Una in September 2018,” recalls conservation architect Lisa McVeigh, director at award-winning Dublin practice DMVF Architects. “She said that she’d found me on social media. The email read: ‘Love your projects and think your visions are true to what we want to achieve…We want the opportunity to have that home space that we miss so much’.” Lisa met the couple in Dublin three months later but not again until site work commenced the following July. “When they bought the house in April 2019 they were still living in Texas, so all the usual back and forth discussions, design, planning, surveys, tender drawings, contractual agreements
There was an awkward kitchen extension which needed re-thinking
Conservation architect Lisa McVeigh at Dmvf.ie
To avoid going to planning, the existing, non-original, extension was replaced with a flat roof extension. It’s punctuated with two huge roof lights; one over the kitchen island and an eaves window over the sink
and even picking an engineer and quantity surveyor was done virtually, via email, video chats and over the phone,” explains Lisa. “At the time it was somewhat unorthodox. But if we found it strange, it was a huge leap of faith for Una and Fred. Thankfully, they were very trusting. It also helped that they’d renovated before,” says Lisa who now finds herself increasingly working virtually with returning-from-abroad clients due to quarantine and travel restrictions. The house the Tylers bought is one of a pair of Edwardian redbricks in Ailesbury Park in the heart of Dublin 4. “It had lots of original period features but was dated and dull with an awkward extension at the rear, propped up on hefty columns that cut through the kitchen and muddled the layout, disconnecting the house from the back garden,” says Lisa. Eager to celebrate the home’s Edwardian details, Fred and Una wanted to create a modern family home with plenty of character. A sympathetic renovation and transformative rear extension that improved 90
Designed by Lisa and made by Michael Farrell Custom Furniture (Michaelfarrell.ie), the kitchen is a visual and textural delight with its clever mix of materials – wood, stone, glass and painted units
the light and flow were at the heart of their vision. “They were very definite about the look they wanted to achieve: a period home with soul. Clean lines, neutral colours and lots of wood. They referenced Californiamodern architect Richard Neutra, Mies van der Rohe and Bauhaus,” says Lisa. Keen to work within the footprint of the house to avoid going to planning, the existing, non-original, extension was replaced with a flat roof extension punctuated with two huge roof lights; one over the kitchen island and an eaves window over the sink, both fitted with slats which create interesting shadow patterns on the floor. “The extension is north west facing so had the potential to be quite dark. Replacing the pitched roof with a flat one allowed us to be more creative with the glazing,” says Lisa. Sliding glazed doors with the thinnest frame and a large picture window cantilevered out of the rear wall, that doubles as a reading snug – including swapping out a solid internal door for a full height glazed one - allows for even more Houseandhome.ie
The sunken extension helps enhance a visual separation between the old Edwardian part of the house and the modern kitchen extension
Period features such as architraves, fireplaces, panelled doors and wood flooring have been reinstated
light to invade the space and a connection to the garden through the depth of the plan. The design is clean and simple yet dazzling sophisticated and deliberately modern: white walls and polished concrete floors with pops of colour from artwork and kitchen cabinetry. “Una and Fred wanted to make the link from old to new obvious,” says Lisa. The fact too that the extension is sunken helps enhance that visual separation which is also evident outside from the choice of almost-white brick cladding that encases it. In the main house the period features – architraves, fireplaces, panelled doors and 92
wood flooring – have been reinstated. The layout was rejigged to include a utility and much needed storage and two of the five bedrooms transformed into what’s now regarded as must-have home features - a dedicated office and gym. “They chose to keep the living areas in the main house, rather than create a new beak-out one in the extension, so that every room gets used,” says Lisa. What was once a muddle of disconnected spaces is now a bright and light family home that flows effortlessly from the front door right through to the extension and beyond into the garden. H
Your eye now flows effortlessly from the front door, through the hall to the new extension and beyond to the garden
NOVEL SR THERMOSTATIC
The Novel SR thermostatic power shower features a Quiet Mark approved built-in brushless motor which allows the user to enjoy a powerful shower in blissful peace and quiet with no noisy pump whirring away. Designed for households with low pressure water systems, the product offers an invigorating shower experience, while complimenting any style of bathroom.
HOW THEY MADE IT WORK Una and Fred’s home celebrates the old and embraces the new while maintaining a distinct visual separation. Here are three ideas we love:
The old family bathroom was dated and drab, now it’s a sophisticatedly modern space. “Una’s brief was: clean lines, a white and grey colour palette and large format tiles,” says Lisa
SEE-THROUGH CONNECTION Replacing the original solid hall door with a full height glazed one is a simple way of connecting two distinct spaces
WHAT LIES BENEATH The change of floor levels and choice of flooring, from wooden boards to polished concrete help to zone the extension.
Sourcebook Architect: Lisa McVeigh, DMVF Architects, Dublin. Dmvf.ie Concrete floor: PMac, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Pmac.ie Contractor: Ballyroan Developments, Templeogue, Dublin. Ballyroandevelopments.com Doors, windows & roof lights: The Folding Door Company, Rathcoole, Co Dublin. Foldingdoors.ie
Hardwood flooring (bedroom): The Hardwood Floor Company, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Thehardwoodfloorcompany.ie Kitchen: Michael Farrell Custom Furniture @ Meadows & Byrne, Wexford. Michaelfarrell.ie Sanitaryware & tiling: The Bath House, Monkstown, Co Dublin. Bathhouse.ie
NEUTRALLY DOES IT Sticking to a simple, neutral décor with pops of colour allows the original period features to speak for themselves
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Expect to be drawn to soft beiges, browns and mustards like never before as we embrace warmer undertones than grey for 2021. The perfect backdrop for statement furniture pieces, we love these hues from Paper and Paint Library which feature Morning Room (above the dado rail) and Muga, with the bench in Bronze. Architects’ Matt, €70 for 2.5 litres, Mrcb.ie
Eco-up your kitchen, sell your house and jazz up your outside space
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STEP INTO SPRING
HOW TO LIVE NOW
BEAUTY IN UTILITY
SPRING Here’s your 8-page special on how to eco up your kitchen, make the most out of interior design tech, sell your house and get your garden sorted for the new season, Welcome to 2021!
The Ikea Kungsbacka kitchen is the ﬁrst ever commercial kitchen to be made of recycled plastic bottles and wood. Kitchen doors retail from €36, Ikea.ie
RECYCLE How to eco-up your kitchen on any budget WORDS CIARA ELLIOTT
tarting in on a new kitchen is a huge task. Add to that the prospect of creating a space using purely recycled and sustainable materials, ecofriendly elements and the most energy efficient appliances that you can, and you might think you have an uphill struggle ahead. But the results will be worth it, and there are more choices now for consumers who want to go more eco than ever before. First off, write a list of all the areas you might start with, such as waste reduction, using energy saving appliances and planning in low-carbon options. Can your existing cabinetry be upcycled or recycled? In terms of materials can you use flooring and tiling that come from sustainable sources? Will your appliances be low water usage? When you start listing all of the elements that will make up your new kitchen, soon it will really become clear that each step you take along the way can be a new move towards making greener, more conscious and environmentally-friendly choices.
This pic and below left:: More views of the Kungsbacka kitchen fronts which have a 25 year guarantee from Ikea.ie
Made using only recycled, organic and sustainable materials, Smoked Cork mats from â‚Ź14, Loveliga.co.uk
If you are disposing of a current kitchen, try resources such as Done Deal (Donedeal.ie) and Facebook marketplace. Even before you go down the route of having a new kitchen built in you could look at used kitchen companies who sell old kitchens at a fraction of the original cost. Also look on sites such as eBay and Gumtree to see what is being sold in your area. Building materials-wise look at the options that are in front of you. If you are going for a new-build kitchen look for materials that are as sustainable as possible and try to reduce the carbon footprint of the work in your house by picking local carpenters. Choose from paint brands that specialise in eco-friendly water-based kitchen paints which are made from natural ingredients with no solvents and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Some companies go one step further and create an organic
paint that is also free of pesticides and herbicides. The other big consideration at the planning stage is how your everyday waste will be disposed of. Make sure that you design in the space and practical storage for recycling bins, which are key in keeping waste down.
EFFICIENT WATER 2MOST AND ENERGY USE
Plumbing is important so think at the planning stages about where that water is coming from. Try to design the kitchen so all of the water is concentrated in the one area â€“ e.g. the sink beside the dishwasher. The more pipes you run, the more energy is wasted. Appliances will use up a lot of water so make sure you pick energy efficient washing and dishwashing machines. You could also get a standby saver that automatically switches off all appliances when they are not in use. The latest Houseandhome.ie 99
Q&A MARINE SCIENTIST, CHEF AND SUSTAINABLE LIVING AUTHOR, FINN NÍ FHAOLÁIN’S SHARES HER SEVEN BEST TIPS FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE PLASTIC-FREE KITCHEN
Use old newspapers instead of expensive biodegradable bags for your countertop compost bin Start a window sill garden with recycled egg boxes - things like scallions and garlic can be grown directly from offcuts of what you’re already buying in your weekly shop. Shop sustainably for your delph and cutlery. Most of mine comes from thrift shops for next to nothing. I don’t mind that things aren’t a perfect set, but chose a colour scheme of pale pink, pale grey and white so everything still “matches”. If you’re choosing wooden over plastic e.g. chopping boards, show them some love! I treat mine once a month with an olive oil and lemon mix (it’s antibacterial and stops the wood from drying out). Clean green. My favourite brand is Lily’s Eco Clean (Lillysecoclean.com). They’re a small Irish company and their products can be refilled at the local health food store/bulk shop making it more affordable than traditional products. I have the dish soap, the multipurpose cleaner and make my own glass cleaner (1 cup water, 1 cup white vinegar, 5-10 drops essential oil e.g. eucalyptus and lavender). I never use tea towels, instead I just cut old clean cotton t-shirts into squares and have a bag of them hanging under the sink. Great for spills but also for dusting. Ditch the clingfilm! Fun fact, I once ran an entire industrial kitchen with no cling film and very little tinfoil. Use beeswax wrap and get in the habit of soaking and reusing glass jars to store things.
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“Shop loose ﬁrst – bread, fruit and veg, then glass jars, then tins – make plastic a last resort,” advises Ní Fhaoláin
dishwashers and washing machines use up much less energy than older models. Detergent dosage is also important because using too much — even by a little — leads to significantly higher water and energy consumption when washing. For fridges and fridge freezers energy ratings now run from A+++ to F, with A+ using the least energy and F using the most. Fridges and freezers must be at least A+. The better the rating, the more energy efficient and, therefore, the most cost effective, so they are worth noting. Due to cost and practicality, solar heating is rarely the best solution but anyone with a combi boiler can consider fitting a Passive Flue Gas Heat Recovery Device (PFGHRD). This means you use your boiler’s flue gases, normally wasted, to heat the hot water supply.
CAN KITCHEN 3HOW DESIGNERS HELP?
Rising levels of deforestation means that it’s more important than ever to preserve what’s left. The reality is that all building materials have an ecological cost, whether it’s in their use, or how they’re made and distributed. The only way we can
bring this down is by designers working with materials that have the least amount of impact on the environment – like cork or terrazzo – or else re-using vintage or restored materials. We can also reduce the footprint of the kitchen maker and choose to source local.
Smart storage is key. Create a plan for integrated drawers, trays, shelves and dividers which allow for separate storage of foods so that everything doesn’t have to be kept in plastic. Spaces must be available for glass bottles, loose fruit, vegetables, eggs, breads and cheeses etc. Glass storage ensures zero chemical interaction. Buying local, organic produce, will help reduce food miles and your carbon footprint. Use re-usable canvas shopping bags when shopping and glass containers when storing and freezing leftovers. Other ways to cut out plastics are to stop buying single-use plastic water bottles and have everyone use a refillable bottle. Reduce your carbon footprint, create a healthier home, and lower your monthly utility bills – and all just in how you plan your kitchen! Where’s the catch? There is absolutely none! It’s time to go forth, get planning and get green. Good luck! H
French paint company 4Murs has developed a range of ‘Circouler’ product, more than 70% of which come from the recycling of old paints. Pictured here is Pink Blush Satin Saphyr multiusage paint, 2,5 litre, €27.50, 4murs.co.uk
Stylish storage from Organisedstore.ie
Garret Dillon, Garrettdillon.ie Sustainable timbers and handmade kitchens Little Green Shop, Littlegreenshop.ie Eco friendly home supplies The Kind, Thekind.co Sustainable and mindful living products with a bricks and mortar store on Fade Street, Dublin 2 Eco store, Ecostore.ie Online store that offers a wide range of sustainable household
items, smart electrics and waste management products Twig Refill, Theolivebranch.ie Clonakilty’s minimal waste store Reuzi, Reuzi.ie South Dublin’s one-stop shop for eco-friendly, sustainable products The Good Neighbour, Thegoodneighbour.ie Shop for all your groceries, package-free in this zero waste, refill shop in Dundrum Village, South Dublin
OF THE TIMES Demand for ‘virtual’ design consultations rocketed in 2020. Here’s how to get the most from yours
hen the first Covid lockdown hit, the world stopped. But slowly – as we realised we would be living with the virus and the restrictions it brought for quite some time – we started finding new and novel ways to get things done safely, remotely, and from home. Interior design, as a profession, has been no different. Technology has been slowly transforming the industry for the last decade, but the pandemic accelerated some of that change. The good news is many of these changes are making great interior design more accessible and affordable to more people. And while lots of the innovations coming our way involve cutting edge tech tools like AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality), right now designing your dream space from home simply involves using tools you may already be familiar with, such as WhatsApp, Dropbox and Pinterest.
“We had been trying to get people to engage with us virtually for years,” says Denise O’Connor, MD of architecture and interior design company Optimise Design (Optimise-design.com). The company’s values are centred on democratising design and offering reasonably priced services, so cutting travel costs would allow for significant savings, but there was lots of resistance. “Before, we might have suggested a virtual consultation and most people would totally dismiss it – they really wanted us to see their house, they wanted that human contact, which is completely understandable.” Denise explains that the pandemic’s restrictions “really opened people’s minds” to just how much you could do from home. “Some clients rang me to say, ‘That was amazing, why didn’t we do that before?’ It’s just so convenient.” Optimise now do most of their hand-overs and lots of their initial briefing calls virtually, while organising local surveyors to visit and measure up homes.
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Another added bonus has been that, in the case of working with couples, often both partners are able to attend these virtual meetings, which wasn’t always the case before. “It can be challenging when you’re only dealing with one individual – the other person can end up not feeling heard throughout the process,” says Denise. “This was fabulous as both parties are able to be involved.” Freelance designer Aoife Power (Aoifepowerdesign.com) says that technology has allowed her to become “an interior designer in a client’s handbag or their pocket”. Working remotely also often reduces costs, especially if clients are happy to manage aspects of the project themselves. “With a lot of my clients, it’s a more collaborative process,” Aoife explains. “Hiring an interior designer can sometimes feel not accessible or out of your budget. With virtual chats, you can do things at your own pace, room by room.” “It’s amazing for clients as well, as they get to see into the process more,” she continues. “For a lot of people, they just want some clear guidelines, someone to help them create the look and feel and make sure they’re not making mistakes.” So, what can you expect from virtual interior design? It can start simply as a video call to talk through your needs and style. Then there might be a virtual walkthrough of your space, over WhatsApp, Zoom, FaceTime or Google Meet. You might also need to send your designer measurements and pictures of whatever rooms you’re working on. From there, the brainstorming and planning stages can involve tools like Pinterest or simply attaching images you like to an email. Different designers offer different packages, but most will include a digital moodboard of the final look, a floor plan for the space, paint colour recommendations, and shoppable links with suggestions for everything from furniture and fittings to light fixtures. Remote consultations can leave room to grow too. For example, a room plan might involve custom shelving, but you can decide to book in to design that at a later stage, depending on your budget. “There are often follow ups – I get calls from clients when they’re out shopping, if something is out of stock and sometimes right as they’re about to put a light fixture on a wall to make sure it’s the right height,” Aoife laughs. While virtual design is great if you’re on a budget, you do have to be prepared to muck in a lot more, sending pictures of your space, doing your own shopping, and managing logistics – many designers will recommend suppliers or tradespeople, but it’ll be up to you to contact and organise them. However, remote consultations also open up a whole world of interior design know-how. Haven’t been able to find anyone whose style you love in Ireland? Now you can engage with interior designers anywhere in the world. “We have clients all over the world and one of our home designers is now based in Estonia,” says Denise. Ultimately, an important element of any good design done in person is just as important – if not more so – when done virtually, and that’s finding someone that makes you feel heard and understood. “It still has to be about people,” says Denise. “There are lots of opportunities for technology to develop things further, but it’s also important to stay focused on the customer experience.” Something you can try at home? Go for it! H
3 fun home design apps to try 1
IKEA PLACE, IOS ONLY – Say goodbye to buying your dream piece only to find out it doesn’t fit where you thought it would. This app uses AR (augmented reality) technology to help you visualise how IKEA furniture will look in your space.
EZ LIVING, FREE, ANDROID AND IOS – The only furniture company in Ireland currently making use of AR tech is EZ Living. As well as letting you move and place virtual furniture in your space, this new app lets you create virtual walls in new builds and share your creations with family and friends.
DULUX VISUALIZER, FREE, ANDROID AND IOS – Drowning in paint samples? Instantly change the colour of your walls, find complementary colour combos and browse ideas and inspo with this handy app, which also helps you find the nearest store stocking the shade you’re after. Houseandhome.ie 103
Words: Ciara Elliott Dura Deck compostite boards are made from 87% recycled material and FSC timber. The brand is exclusive in Ireland to Ridgeway-online.com
HOW TO… Get the most from your garden in January and February
Damien Kelly – purchasing director at Ridgeway
With some creative thinking, a garden deck can be every bit as useful and enjoyable in January and February as it is at warmer times of the year. Here are four ways to keep the space alive into spring
HEAT IT UP
Adding a fire pit, a chiminea or some patio heaters and some cosy faux fur throws to your outside area can turn it into an appealing place to sit, even when the temperature outside takes a drop. Fire pits and chimineas are a quick and easy update for those who seek something more
Harrington armchair, €725; lantern, from €39; Sefton throw, €225; all from Neptune.com/ for Irish stockists
rustic and charming to huddle round but remember to keep it safe. While composite materials are a great option due to their specific blending of timber and recycled plastic which develops a good resistance against heat and fire, remember that a wood-burning fire pit can reach temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Celsius, so you’ll want to be sure to avoid any cosmetic damage from scorching or from hot fire pit contents spilling onto the deck. The easiest way to do this is to pop your fire pit or chiminea onto some old paving slabs or other completely noncombustible surfaces.
2ADD SOME SHELTER
As well as providing shade from the sun when it’s warm, canopy awnings and shade sails can help to keep you dry when you’re out on your deck in the rainy and snowy months. If you have a heat source on your deck already, then your awning will help to trap the heat and keep you even warmer when outside.
DINING 3ALFRESCO EVEN IN THE WINTER
Dining outside is likely to be one of the primary functions of your outdoor living space so why not make the most of this function all year round? When you’re creating your ideal outdoor area, be sure to consider how you’d like to use it in terms of
dining and cooking and include the right equipment to make it as easy as possible. A gas or charcoal barbeque is a common choice that won’t break the budget, but if you fancy something a bit more substantial for your finest dining moments, you could opt for a clay oven or pizza oven. As with fire pits, you’ll need to guard your deck against the heat source, but an outdoor oven can turn your patio into the perfect party venue from January to December.
4LET THERE BE LIGHT
Lighting is key for creating the right mood in any space. Candles are a quick and easy way to illuminate and soften a space to help create a sense of intimacy, and if you opt for LED versions then you needn’t worry about remembering to blow them out before heading inside. Solar string lights are another great option that can add a whimsical touch or festival vibe to your exterior area, especially if you have a small deck, as they don’t take up much room and their effortless simplicity can help draw the eye to your plants, cushions and other accessories. With these tips you’ll be able to make the most of your decking space all year-round, whether it’s 30 degrees or minus 30. H In interview with Damien Kelly, purchasing director at Ridgeway, Ridgeway-online.com, Ashbourne, Co.Meath and Airport Road, Belfast.
Linen should be fresh and crisp for viewings
EXPERT ADVICE Photos: Ruth Maria Murphy
Neutral tones and furniture keep this Wicklow show house looking stylishly natural. The warm white walls are painted in Venetian Wall by Colourtrend.ie
SPRING LEAP They say that spring is the best time to sell your house. Here are some top tips for helping the process from the team at Cadesign.ie, who stage showhouses to sell
REFRESH THE COLOUR SCHEME One of the first things we consider when we are home staging is the aspect of the home and amount of sunlight it gets in the mornings and evenings, which in turns helps to inform paint colours and window treatment decisions which are the foundation of every design we do. This is the first impression that people will get when they walk into your house so make sure that you make it good. Colour is essential. THINK ABOUT FURNITURE Furniture is an important part of the design for staging homes and the layout and size of the rooms help us determine the type and style of furniture pieces. If a room is on the small size be careful not to overclutter with too many things. It is almost better to have too much than too little in a space, but make the pieces that you keep in there really lovely. You want to provide a buyer with lots of inspiration, but nobody wants to see too much ‘personality’. If you need to clear out pieces to make room, try putting items in storage for the duration that your home is on the market. You could also consider hiring or borrowing furniture to achieve a look to appeal to buyers.. MAKE SURE TO DE-CLUTTER On that note, if you want a quick sale, you will need to clean and tidy up. All floors and surfaces should be streamlined, while cupboards and shelves should be neatly organised. Ensure all carpets are clean, the towels are fresh and the beds are made up with crisp linen. FINISHING TOUCHES & STYLING The log pile by the fireplace, the bunch of flowers in the hallway, the softest blanket over a chair, bread freshly baked… the final things are all about creating that lovely, homely and inviting atmosphere. You really want to help a buyer envisage themselves living in your house. In conversation with Carol-Anne Leyden and Hannah Murphy at Cadesign.ie
Natural wood, graphic artwork and a rug set a homely scene
Luna Moon by Colourtrend.ie on the walls adds depth and interest to the dining area
WAYS TO FALL
IN LOVE with your home again
All this extra time at home can go one of two ways – either you’ve fallen more in love with your place, or… well, maybe things are starting to fizzle out. If it’s the latter fret not. We ask Rebecca Winward, author of new book How We Live Now to share her quick and easy tips on how to make the most of where you live INTERVIEW LAURA EWART 106
2 DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PLANTS
Q. Can storage be stylish? “Storage can always be stylish – on the outside, at least! Whether you choose open or closed storage will depend on what it is you need to store, and what your preferred aesthetic is. Closed storage is easier because you don’t need to edit your belongings into only those that are both beautiful and useful. Personally, I don’t think it matters too much if the inside of a cupboard is more ‘workmanlike’ in its organisation (for example, using plastic boxes to corral items), because with the door closed it looks sleek and clutter-free. Don’t get me wrong, I love a cupboard with a beautiful interior finish, but I’d rather spend my time and budget on a project that has a greater impact on my experience of the room as a whole.”
Q. Which plants do you recommend for those who aren’t particularly green-fingered? “Mother-in-law’s tongue, ZZ plant, Spider plant, or Jade plant are all low maintenance– but the best thing is to find yourself an independent plant retailer and ask for recommendations and advice. (Try local companies such as Howbertandmays.ie). As with house buying, where to put your plant all comes down to location. As a rule, most plants like lots of light (although be careful about direct sunlight as it can damage delicate leaves), so you’ll find many more options for plants in a light-filled room. The best plants for air purification (and this is according to NASA) include the Money Tree, Boston fern, Parlour palm, Peace lily and Aloe vera, so I think they’re all great choices for the home.” Houseandhome.ie 107
4 CREATE YOUR OWN HOME LIBRARY 3MAKING ROOMS WORK FOR YOU
Q. How can we make our rooms more flexible? “I think the most useful approach is to think specifically about how our spaces can be used differently. For example, if you have a spare room, then it’s not going to be seeing much use until restrictions are lifted, so it could easily become a home office, or an extra TV room. If you’re working and relaxing in the same place, look for solutions that will hide work-related items. You could opt for a desk that’s designed to transform into a simple piece of cabinet furniture, but even just a screen or curtain in front of your work area could be a solution. I think it’s as much about habits (rituals, even), mindset and properly tidying up at the end of the day as it is about the design of your home – which of course is a relief for those who have limited space.”
Q. Home libraries seem to be all over social media at the moment. What is the best way to curate your own bookshelves in real life? “When it comes to displaying or ordering books, I think this comes down to personal preference. For instance, I am a big fan of the rainbow arrangement, but that does rather require a sizeable collection of brightly coloured books, with similar numbers of each shade, to be really effective! If you’re an avid reader, chances are you’ll just want to maximise available shelf space for more books… which means mixing it up with ornaments and pictures probably isn’t going to work for you. But that’s precisely how to change up the home library and give it an ‘Instagram look’. By creating stylish vignettes, books are elevated to art object status and that is what you see on social media. The appearance of the spine and/or cover matters here, so if substance rather that style is your thing, this is not the best way to go.”
5 DESIGN PIECES WE LOVE... Make a new-season statement with any one of these beautiful pieces, all from Irish suppliers
Gra Exclusive Art print from €50, Aprilandthebear.com
Elliot desk, €5,209, Lostweekend.ie
Flying Flames pendant,€POA, The Design Seeker
‘Sky Green’ rug by Vartian, €3,220, Rugart.ie
Little Petra sheepskin chair, from €3,300, Nordicelements.com
5 SMALL CHANGES IN THE BEDROOM MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
Q. How can we make our bedrooms more inviting and cosier than ever? As the bed is such a dominating presence in the bedroom, I’d say that new bedlinen – or a different bedspread or throw – is the simplest way to change up the look in your bedroom. Textures are key to creating a comfy feel. Also, for instant cosiness, just add lighting! A strategically placed selection of table and standard lamps, or a few tealights or candles, will banish dark corners and create a softer, warmer ambience. It’s another good way to signify the end of the busy day and the transition to relaxation time – turn off the overhead lighting, and just let your lamps light the room more gently.
6 HOMEWORK ZONES
Q. Where is the best place to set up a home learning/ homework section for kids and teenagers? “With online safety a consideration, try to create a space that isn’t separated from the family area. Setting up homework zones away from toys and other distractions can also be a good choice, if it’s possible to do so in the space that you have. Dining tables or kitchen islands/breakfast bars can work really well, as they’re in busier parts of the home (though do watch out for younger children distracting siblings while they’re trying to work!). Remember to make sure that the seat sits the child at the right height for working; if they’re still quite little you might want to consider one of those longer-legged junior highchairs. Being physically uncomfortable will make concentrating on schoolwork difficult, and younger children will find picking up skills – like writing – extra tricky if they’re not able to sit comfortably and in the right position.”
7 SEPARATE WORK FROM HOME
How We Live Now by Rebecca Winward is published by Ryland Peters & Small and is available at bookshops and online retailers now. Photography © Ryland Peters & Small
Q. How do we differentiate our jobs from home and, if working from home, create a stylish place to do so? “It can be really tricky to create that separation between work and rest. One way is to opt for desk furniture that can hide away your work paraphernalia so you’re more able to switch off after hours. Secretaire chests, wall-mounted drop-down desks, and cabinet desks are all useful options as they are basically like little home offices in a box. It’s also not just about carving out a designated spot to put a laptop but making sure that you have the right environment to get in the zone. Do you need lots of space to spread out? When you’re cross-referencing between piles of paperwork it’s easy to get in a muddle, so a dining-tablesized working area might help ease the process and be most effective.” Houseandhome.ie 109
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Vine Tomato botanical candle, from €30, Hedgeroe.com
Ferm Living Icon broom set, €135, wearemaven.co.uk
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Rinnig tea towel (4 pack), €2, Ikea.ie
Large bamboo canister set, €33.35, Curatedpieces.com
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In the past year we've been cleaning more than ever, sparking a trend for stylish, eco-friendly products that look as good as they function
Penney’s sustainable homeware range, Primark.com/en-ie
Household cloth in golden green, €7.90, Nb-goods.com
Traditional stripe hand towel, €9, Kimgraygeneralstore.com
Natural Elements vegetable jute sack, sack €12.83, kitchencraft.co.uk
Ryder toilet brush, soap dispenser & tumbler set, €42, Made.com
Tru Eco All Purpose cleaner 500ml, €3.50, Reuzi.ie
Ha'penny Bridge tea towel, €28 (pack of three), Jandodesign.com
Old-fashioned dish brush, €2.50, Littlegreenshop.ie
Pedal bin in Mineral Golden Beach, €78.65, Arnotts.ie
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#TRENDING2021 The key trends, hottest looks, materials and colours that will be making an appearance in our kitchens and bathrooms this year according to the experts – including some of our own predictions WORDS RÓISÍN CARABINE
Metallic Vitreum Aurum fan tiles from €184.69 per sq m, Firedearth.com
PullCast Macaron gold drawer handle, €87, Pullcast.eu
Kaldewei Nexsys shower surface in Woodberry Brown matt with gold design cover and undercounter washbasin, Kaldewei.co.uk for local stockists
From basins to brassware, tiles and even the trims on shower enclosures, bathrooms are getting the Midas touch with shades of gold – everywhere. Pair gold taps with white porcelain for a glamorous pop or try “drawing attention away from the size of a small room with eye-catching, lightreflective gold wall tiles”, says Fired Earth’s creative director Colin Roby-Welford.
Hi-Macs Classico from €300 per linear metre, Himacs.eu
OH SO TERRAZZO
Burbidge Otto slab door kitchen in Bespoke Teal and Concrete From €8,306, Thepanellingcentre.ie
It’s a trend that’s set to stay - and a ‘gram favourite with 428,000 posts and counting. This year expect to see terrazzo making an appearance in the kitchen in the form of splashbacks, worktops and even bespoke islands, thanks to Hi-Macs. A seamless and totally non-porous solid material, it can be thermoformed into any shape, including curves and unusual angles.
BoxLife by Scavolini featuring Jaipur Red Fenix kitchen doors with surround and open shelves in Garden Walnut, from €11,300, from Vitaitaliana.ie
HIDE & SLEEK Spending so much of our time in 2020 indoors has led to a rethink in kitchen layouts with more of us now favouring broken plan rather than open plan. A key trend emerging from this volte-face is for ‘hidden kitchen’ designs where everything – including appliances, cooktops and even the sink – is concealed inside a box (à la Scavolini’s ingenious BoxLife) or behind handless, slab-style doors or tucked neatly inside islands with worktops that flip up when you want to use what’s inside. Houseandhome.ie 113
WOW WITH WALLPAPER Wallpaper in the kitchen and bathroom? Why not? With high moisture resistant, vinyl-based papers the design possibilities are endless. For bathroom walls that wow, team oversized botanical prints with dark woodwork and clashing patterned floor tiles. In the kitchen, make a statement with a wallpapered splashback. If you’re planning a DIY makeover, a peel and stick paper is a bit more forgiving.
Bespoke, custommade Piazzetta wallpaper from the GlamFusion collection by Glamora, €POA, Tilestyle.ie
Bespoke handprinted Marble wallpaper, from €105.24 per roll, Natmaks.com Designer Kitchen Splashback Wallpaper in Green Hexagon Tile from €210.63 per roll, Limelace.co.uk
HOT WATER ON DEMAND A cup of tea is the answer to every Irish ail, and drinking more tea is exactly what we did during last spring’s lockdown, prompting a surge in Google searches (up 25% in 2020) and sales for hot water taps. With interest set to continue, look out for taps that offer not just boiling water but also cold filtered water as well as sparkling water.
Insinkerator 4N1 L shape velvet black hot water tap combining regular hot and cold water, instant steaming hot water and cold water, from €1,383. Insinkerator.emerson.com
Quooker boiling water Fusion Round tap in patinated brass, from €1,760, Quooker.co.uk
ALL WHITE, ALL WHITE ‘Perhaps reflecting a pandemicfuelled desire for clean looking cook spaces’, white kitchens are staging a comeback according to Houzz who report a sharp rise in online searches, up significantly from 2019. Ensure the clean look isn’t disrupted with white worktops, white walls, fully integrated appliances and hidden storage.
Clean and characterful, Blossom Avenue Harvard kitchen in white matt. Blossomavenue.co.uk for local stockists
DECADENTLY DECO There’s been a huge shift towards Deco-inspired interiors of late, thanks to the ‘gram with searches for all thing Deco racking up a cool 4.2 million postings and counting under the hashtag #artdeco. Bring the look to your bathroom with coloured sanitaryware, fluted glass shower screens, fish scale tiles, pillar lights and a tiered glass chandelier.
Gatsby French Navy and Betty Rose tiles, €78 per sq m, Grainandgroove.ie
Portrait mirror, €75.49, Audenza.com
Bittergurka hanging planter, €10, Ikea.ie
Grow your own Last year’s lockdowns affected how we shopped and what we ate, prompting many of us to experiment with home food growing. Applications for allotments also soared (with one council in England reporting a 300% increase), indicating a consumer appetite for self-sufficiency. This year expect a huge uptick in kitchen gardens, from herbs grown hydroponically to vegetables in window boxes.
Davey Lighting narrow Pillar bathroom wall lights, from €582, Originalbtc.com
Diamond bathtub in luxurious translucent black fibreglass with a high gloss finish and gold interior, €POA, Maisonvalentina.net
POPS OF COLOUR With more homeowners prepared to step away from their colour comfort zone – in an effort to boost our mood – expect to see cheerier shades creep into kitchens and bathrooms this year in the form of unexpected bursts of colour; an orange oven, blue tap or even bright yellow vanity.
Mallorca 10x10cm tiles, €39 per sq m, Grainandgroove.ie
Bespoke, handcrafted Ballycotton Bliss brasseriestyle kitchen, Newcastledesign.ie
Village Rose gold square bathroom/kitchen tiles 132x132cm, Tubstiles.ie
HIP TO BE SQUARE Say bye, bye to brick. Metro tiles have been knocked off their top spot as the go-to wall surface. Their replacement? Square tiles – arranged in a grid formation, preferably with contrasting dark grouting for a really impactful look. Try experimenting too with different finishes – mixing matt and gloss or bevelled and flat tiles.
Left: Neptune’s modern minimalist, Shaker-style painted Suﬀolk kitchen. Neptune.com for local stockists Far left: Crosswater Glide II 70 two drawer unit in blue smoked matt and basin, €1,191, Crosswater.co.uk/ find-a-retailer
From voice controlled, self-cleaning toilets to motion sensor mirrors with built-in augmented reality and self-running baths, our bathrooms are set to get a whole lot smarter in 2021, according to the experts. But smart tech needn’t be pricey. For a more aﬀordable ﬁx, try Triton’s new Host digital shower mixer (from €500) that can be turned on and the temperature adjusted remotely, enabling you to enjoy the perfect showering experience.
Triton Host digital mixer shower in grey with square accessory pack, from €720, Tritonshowers.ie
Sonas Carbon Black Atelier Basin, 36cm, €325, Sonasbathrooms.ie
Le Acque di Cielo glossy ceramic sink by Cielo, €POA, Cphart.co.uk
Retro basin by Blue Provence available in a choice of bespoke colours and patterned designs from €914.38, (taps sold separately), Tilestyle.ie
Cape Cod tri-oval basin by Duravit, €395, Tubstiles.ie
Never before have bathroom sinks looked so sexy as we shift away from all white sanitaryware and embrace coloured ceramics in unusual shapes and configurations. Pinterest is littered with images of coloured sinks in every imaginable hue and material, from blush pink acrylic basins to black concrete troughs and painterly ceramic bowls.
Hand painted ceramic sink, Pavo Verde Mex7 oval, €299, Mexambiente-shop.com
CALM & COLLECTED Ever since Dulux launched Brave Ground as its Colour of the Year for 2021 there’s been a surge of interest in calming colour schemes. Coupled with new research revealing that neutral colour palettes increase serotonin levels in our brain, boosting positive thoughts and productivity – and wham, it’s a trend. Embrace the look in the kitchen with walls (and units) painted in Agean Teal, Benjamin Moore’s colour of the year or Leicht’s new Le Corbusier kitchen (pictured), available in a palette of 15 soft and restrained shades from McNally Living (Mcnallyliving.ie).
The Unit by Cesar in Jaipur red Fenix with round table in dark oak is a modern island kitchen free from wall constraints. It can be customised with diﬀerent door and unit finishes, from €40,000, LOMI Design, Lomi.ie
Beautifully crafted, bespoke fitted kitchen by Newcastle design, Newcastledesign.ie
DINING ISLANDS The kitchen island has had a revamp. It’s latest incarnation? A social dining hub with a tiered design that includes a table, around which everyone can sit comfortably – not in a row. If the pandemic has taught us anything it’s that our homes need to be flexible and our furniture multi-functional!
Woodtale by Ragno, salvaged oakeﬀect porcelain tiles with a time worn authentic ‘feel’ surface, from €47 per sq m, Tubstiles.ie
Roca’s new Beyond Collection combines stand-out totem basins in onyx, beige, pearl and coﬀee, wooden furniture finishes and a striking freestanding bath, from Lacey’s Bathrooms, Laceys.ie
FORCE OF NATURE Nature is entering our homes in a big way in 2021, and nowhere is it more at home than the bathroom, bringing in life and personality. Think wood panelled walls, live edge stone countertops, sinks that resemble giant pebbles, leafy plants and unadorned windows that let in the light and views. This look is all about creating the perfect environment for relaxation and rejuvenation. 118
SEAMLESS SIMPLICITY Handleless kitchen cabinetry has been trending for some time now, but this year sees it firmly in the spotlight as our obsession with decluttering, organising and tidying reaches new heights. The 2021 kitchen for neat freaks is a masterpiece in minimalism - pared-back, streamlined and seamless yet uber practical and functional. Behind the handleless slab cabinetry and push-open drawers is lots of really clever storage, including pull-out magic corners, drawer inserts, sliding baskets and larders.
TUBS OF LOVE With the pandemic shaking up the whole ‘wellness’ concept, experts from November’s Global Wellness Summit are predicting athome selfcare to reach new heights. In the bathroom that translates as spa-like vibes with the bath the main focus. Think tubs in nontraditional colours, shapes and finishes with spa functions to make you say ahhh.
Happy D.2 Plus back-to-wall tub in glossy acrylic with seamless panelling in Graphite Super Matt, from €2,807, Duravit.co.uk
Siematic’s new handlefree Pure SLX from Arena Kitchens puts strong lines and functionality at the forefront of design, a perfect balance of modern engineering and traditional craftsmanship. Arenakitchens.com
Verse Shoreditch handleless kitchen in Space and Dusty Rose by Caple available in a choice of 15 colours, from €14,950, Caple.co.uk for Irish stockists
Clearwater Teardrop Grande Bath €2,850, Clearwaterbaths.com/ find-a-retailer
Vasca tub by Nic Design, available in a choice of colours from Tilestyle.ie
TAP THAT TREND Designer shapes, unexpected colours, fancy finishes – and a touch of technology - are turning simple spouts from functional fixtures into desirable focal points. Now you really can give your kitchen a refresh just by changing the taps.
Cooke & Lewis Bilbrough brushed nickel eﬀect tap, from €174, B&Q, DIY.com
Tinkisso Miami pink tap, from €111, Dowsingandreynolds.com
Cognitus, solid, stainless steel tap with a blackened copper finish, from €276, Caple.co.uk
MIXED MATERIALS It’s a trend fuelled by lockdown decorating and one that’s set to soar in 2021: combining colours, textures and materials to create an individual, personality-packed look. In the kitchen “contrast is king when it comes to mixing materials,” says Ledbury studio founder Charlie Smallbone. “Creating a wow factor requires a level of bravery and a carefully selected materials palette,” says Lorraine Stevens of Lomi Design. “Metallic lacquers, melamine and natural stone and ceramics with strong veining are very on trend.”
The Metallics Collection kitchen by Ledbury Studio with island in sheet zinc and sheet aged pewter cupboards. From €55,000, Ledburystudio.com
Intarsio kitchen by Cesar featuring kitchen island with breakfast bar and doors in Rovere Mediterraneo Intarsio, champagne aluminum, ouverture handle and ﬂamingo frame, block sink, and countertop in Verde Guatemala marble, from €50,000 at LOMI Designs, Lomi.ie
Handcrafted custom Sandymount kitchen in dark navy cabinetry with oak shelving and island in natural marble with white matt glass doors by Noel Dempsey, Noeldempsey.com
PENDANT POWER MARBLE ROCKS The surface hero of 2021 is a firm favourite on Instagram racking up millions of posts under the hashtag #marble. Why? Because of its natural beauty and versatility – and ability to add instant glamour to any space. The secret is to use it where it can be fully appreciated. In the bathroom consider cladding the walls and floor in book-matched marble with a pronounced grain. Or why not up your kitchen island’s focal factor by wrapping it entirely in marble? Where price and application are an issue consider a marble-like alternative.
Original Style Bianco Oro, highly polished glazed porcelain marble-like tiles available in two large format sizes, 900x900mm & 1200x600mm and Boreal Natural wood-eﬀect tiles from €77.77 per sq m, Originalstyle. com/showrooms
PENDANT LIGHTING – PRACTICAL, PRETTY AND ON TREND. HICKEN LIGHTING’S LEAH BAKER SHARES HER TOP PICKS FOR THIS YEAR’S KITCHENS
LESSONS IN GEOMETRY The Hexo pendant (€265) creates a striking ﬁrst impression. It’s available as single light, 3-light track pendant or 4-light ceiling light.
LEADING LIGHT Elevate your island from functional to focal point with the Rubn Long John pendant (€595) combining retro styling with modern LED technology.
RAISE THE BAR As intuitive as it is stylish, Anour’s I Model light (€1,955) features a touch dimmer that allows you to adjust it according to your preference. Visit Hickenlighting.com for more lighting ideas for every room in your home. Houseandhome.ie 121
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DREAM SCHEME Each issue we choose one favourite scheme to get you in the mood for decorating. Next up, this lofty library nook, with its striking lighting, cool artwork and mid-century details DESIGNER: Carol-Anne Leyden, Cadesign.ie THE PROPERTY: Listed Georgian townhouse in the south of Dublin city THE BRIEF: “We were tasked with creating a cosy and inviting space that also had a sense of fun and creativity. As this room is within a Georgian building, lots of beautiful features already abound,” says designer Carol-Anne. “Our clients wanted us to accentuate these period features and create a functional, working space that was also stylish and visually interesting.” 128
HOW IT WAS ACHIEVED: The whole area is painted, from the skirting to the ceiling, in a luxurious dark tone which really bring out the windows as well as the features in the original panelling. The colour is Railings by Farrow & Ball (Farrow-ball.com). Lime green chairs with a Saarinen-style marble table are Scandinavian mid-century modern which work well with the architecture of the building. Arne Jacobsen style ﬂoor lamps as mood lighting add to the juxtaposition with the classic Georgian elements. The central artwork is by Irish artist John Redmond (Johnredmondart.ie). H
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