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Introducing an all new Belling built-in collection that’s full of big ideas. Starting with some genuine world firsts, including a patent pending built-in induction oven that uses 50% less energy than an A-rated fanned oven! With the Belling built-in collection you’ll get stunning design as standard, but our top-quality manufacturing processes also mean that these beautiful appliances are built to last. To find a Belling stockist near you or download a brochure visit or, for further information, phone Dimpco on 01-8424833. Belling and Dimpco are both part of the Glen Dimplex group of companies

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Contents Ideal Homes

Cool Kitchens

Home is where the heart is and you will

Who doesn’t love designer kitchens

find everything that your heart desires

but not at a designer price. We check

at Ireland’s top home and interiors

out how to get a designer look without

show. It’s the biggest, it’s the best and

breaking the bank.

it’s back! We take a look at some of this year’s show stoppers.

On the Tiles Used since Roman times, tiles are

Sublime Design

a practical essential for steamy

We are known the world over for our

rooms. Today top tile specialists

literary talents not to mention the

have diversified and now offer a full

famous Irish craic. Now Irish craft is

decorative package for the bathroom.

gaining momentum internationally and

We look at what’s on offer.

it is competing with the best of the rest on a world stage.

Temperatures Rising We all love to feel the warm heat of

Off the Wall

summer but even then things can

Whether your preference is for paint

turn chilly so make sure you can keep

or pattern there’s no denying that you

temperatures rising indoors as well as

can pack quite a punch with designer

out with the latest hot options.

wallpapers and fabrics. We look at some of the highlights for this season.

Devil in the Detail Getting the finish right is

Regal Raheny

paramount in any new build or

Take one family home, one owner with

when updating a tired or dated look.

great ideas and one of Dublin’s best

Expert joinery is essential to get

interior designers and voila, a dormer

the best finish for windows, door

bungalow to die for!

frames, stairwells, doors and floors.

Life Outdoors Throw open the windows and doors and


get out into the garden. Make the most

There’s always something

of the space you have or add a little extra;

happening in the world of

we show you how to tackle outdoor issues

Interiors. We take a quick

and how to create extra space.

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ey hey for spring! As if to celebrate the arrival of all things bright and beautiful Ireland’s biggest and best homes and interiors show comes to town. Ideal Homes says it all. You can find absolutely everything

you could ever need all under one roof from the latest hand cream

to a crystal chandelier. All credit to SDL Expo, this show gets better every time with more additions each year including an Eco area, health and beauty (free massages!), glorious gardens and a foodie’s paradise. We are thrilled to be associated with the event yet again and it is a show not to be missed even if you drop in for a bit of window shopping. Of course we all love shopping but since budgets really matter these days we have filled these pages with lots of budget friendly ideas. Our featured designer has created a beautiful home in Raheny with oodles of sophistication but also with some great value tips. High street meets haute couture here and it is a marriage made in heaven. Another show well worth a visit is the upcoming design fair, also in the RDS. Irish design is now celebrated in Design Week and the wealth of talent at that show really is the cream of the crop. Irish designers and craftspeople are showcased in this issue and it is wonderful to see Irish craft get the recognition that it so well deserves. I hope these pages give you some great ideas and thank you for all of the wonderful feedback. You can see us online and contact us online via the website or on Facebook. Enjoy!

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IDEAL HOMES T hey say that the best things in life are

Centre returns to provide free expert advice and

free so head for a fantastic day out at

inspiring ideas from the cream of the crop of Irish

the Ideal Homes show in the RDS from

designers. Sponsored by Dulux and in conjunction

15th – 17th April. So often homeowners

with the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI), this is

want to update their homes but don’t know how to

an unmissable opportunity to get real, usable advice

go about it and it isn’t always possible to employ your

from the best designers in the country, and it’s free!

very own interior designer. So now is the time to take

You can bring along a photo of the room that you

full advantage of the Spring Ideal Home Show where

want to improve and put the design team’s expertise

the ever popular Dulux FREE Interior Design Advice

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Fancy a bit on the slide?

Robeplan creations are as individual as you are Robeplan stands for new dimensions in storage and organisation. We offer custom made solutions in wardrobes, walk-in closets and home office spaces. Our interiors incorporate a perfect balance between a beautiful design and user-friendliness. Our combination of innovative manufacturing methods, traditional craftsmanship and amazing customer service make every Robeplan creation truly special. Your own unique Robeplan creation is the embodiment of your interior design dreams.. Lo Call: 1850 608 608

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Even if you are only thinking of change head

designers who will share their expertise, knowledge

here for everything you need for your home

and creativity with you for free? Then check out the

improvements, extensions, home energy, interior

Luxaflex Interiors and Furnishing Village for furniture

design, room make-overs, gardens, patios, lifestyle

revamp ideas guaranteed to freshen up your home.

and so much more. You can even have a free

Kitchens and bathrooms are ever popular rooms that cry out for an overhaul. The show will give you some great and price savvy ideas and you can chat

massage in the living area while you take in all of the great ideas you have just picked up. This show is a guaranteed one stop shop for

to people who know their business and get great

today’s price conscious and design savvy consumer.

ideas and advice.

You can even visit for free by registering online or by

TV3’s Ireland AM will be broadcasting from the

Jamie at Home You‘ve got the book, you‘ve seen the series now how about earning extra cash hosting Jamie parties?

choose from some of Ireland’s most renowned

taking along the voucher in this issue. So dust off

show on the morning of Friday 15th April and the

the winter blues and put a spring in your step with

cameras will be rolling in the idyllic Home in the

a great family day out at Ireland’s biggest and best

Garden created especially for the show by renowned

homes event,

gardener Steve Ryan from Angel Landscaping. You can even meet Gerry Daly and a host of gardening experts who will be giving talks and demonstrations at the Growise Gardening Stage. If you are looking at structural changes or extending then free extension advice & planning tips are available from a panel of professional architects from

Make money while having fun by running your own party business selling genuine Jamie Oliver products. You can make lots of extra cash having fun, meeting people and sharing recipe ideas. An ‘in your own time’ business that will appeal to busy mums this is a fun way to make extra cash and grow yourself a great business

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Show-Stoppers The Ideal Homes show gets bigger and better every year and there are hundreds of stands and products to choose from. Here is a flavour of the diversity of companies available to you at this year’s event. Dulux Dulux is associated the world over with colour expertise and innovation. As major sponsors of the Ideal Homes show the Dulux Design Centre is a ‘must see’. In line with their dedication to design the Dulux MyColour visualiser app will appeal to homeowners looking for a makeover. Exclusive to Dulux, MyColour brings colour innovation to you at the click of a button; You can download a phone app that lets you see what thousands of different colour combinations will look like without lifting a paintbrush. Brilliant! movingin to inspire 13

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Ideal Homes Luxaflex A name that says luxury, lovely and lavish. Luxaflex is a brand synonymous with quality and stylish living. Leading the field in blind design Luxaflex offer every possible colour, style and sized blinds imaginable. From cool Japanese wall panels to popular roman or wooden blinds, this is a one-stop-shop for designers and consumers alike. Stira A great Irish brand and a runaway success since it first appeared on Gay Byrne’s Late Late Show many moons ago. A Stira is the perfect way to get up into your attic with the greatest of ease then fold away this wonderful device back into the attic recess. This is a ‘must have’ for every household, especially as storage is at a premium. Open up the storage sensation that is your attic with a Stira. Harliboo A fantastic product that will be invaluable to all growing families. The Harliboo waste disposal system uses vacuum technology to shrink household waste by 50%. The elegant yet robust bin dramatically reduces rubbish, doubling the available space in your wheelie bin. With bin tags so expensive and bulging bins so common, slim down your waste measurement with Harliboo. Wardrobe Elegance Elegance is attributed to being unusually effective and simple. A word to describe tastefulness, grace and beauty, this is an adjective that perfectly describes this quality product. With countless styles including multipanel doors, walk-in wardrobes and sliding doors as partitions to choose from Wardrobe Elegance can solve storage problems with stylish efficiency. The company guarantee to be less expensive than Sliderobes by at least 15% with no compromise on quality or service, and they offer a free rip out service where for every wardrobe purchased they will rip out and remove your old wardrobe free of charge, Indana This UK company brings to the show what must be the comfiest chair on the planet. Who wouldn’t want to come home to the warm caress of a business class style super-chair at the end of a busy day. Other products from this company include a range of adjustable beds so at the press of a button you can sit up in bed to watch the TV. movingin to inspire 15

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Ideal Homes Robeplan Gone are the days when wardrobes were boring storage cupboards. Robeplan marries slick design with superb storage. Think super stylish meets the Tardis and you are just beginning to get the idea. A fantastic range of robes in every design, every style and with every conceivable means of keeping clothing easily accessible and well organised. If only the rest of life was like that! Igoe International If there were a range of products that do exactly what they say they will then they should be part of the Igoe product range. This company is a real find for all those niggly little problems like condensation, damp patches, chipping paint, peeling railings, desolate decks and even insulation that can be fixed with a paint! The website is an absolute fountain of knowledge and you can source the products online or from major retailers including B&Q and Woodies. A website full of wonders, Carragh Angel Design An innovative company with a fresh and exciting range of products. You see them every morning if you watch ‘Ireland AM’ as they built the garden that the show broadcasts from. ‘Dare to be

‹ Totally Organised Declare war on clutter with Robeplan

Different’ might best describe this team who are in the process of negotiating a TV programme. The company has just merged with Wexford based Caragh Concrete and Paving and they are agents for Colourfence and Elephantbrand. As if that’s not enough the company is about to open a massive seventy five thousand square foot showroom. One to watch! Fineline Furniture Fineline Furniture are a family run company located in Kilkenny. The company specialise in hand crafted furniture using traditional methods of cabinet making and working with all manner of timbers including solid oak, ash, Irish spalting beech, maple, walnut, mahogany, cherry, flamey beech, pine and sycamore. With over twenty five years experience founder Tommie Hughes was trained as a cabinetmaker in America and came back to Ireland to set up an Irish craft sensation.

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f you’d like to give your finances a bit of a spring clean and have some fun into the bargain, you can do just that with Jamie at Home. The TV chef’s thriving direct-sales business lets you

make extra cash just by hosting a Jamie at Home party! Invite friends and family around for an exclusive viewing of the gorgeous collection. Hosts can even get their homes updated for free, with all those who hold a Jamie at Home party receiving Loyalty Points. Based on the average party sales of €250 the host gets around €50 to redeem on any product from the Jamie homeware collection. As a Host there is also the exclusive opportunity to purchase from the monthly Host specials, making an approximate 70% saving. Jamie at Home gives busy mums the opportunity

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Venture “A photo experience of a lifetime”, “A treasure forever” “The best ever investment”. These are just some of the thousands of endorsements from happy customers of Venture Photography. Your memories, your family and your life experiences are captured to treasure forever. Nobody does it better. Nobody does it like Venture.

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Virtual Advice


ave you ever bought new furniture or changed your colour scheme only to regret your choice when its too late? Making the wrong decision when it comes

to interiors can be a costly mistake and one which you are going to have to live with for a very long time. Finally there is an effective way to avoid design disasters - Welcome to the Future of Interior Design. Introducing Irelands First Interactive Interior Design Service Level Design Solutions will draw a computer generated model of your existing room. Together with a professional designer you will ‘virtually’ create your own personal design vision. Seen a new wallpaper you think may work well, why not see how it will look on the wall before making the decision? ‘We work with our clients to make their own personal

Flannery, Level Design Solutions. This service is surprisingly inexpensive, with their

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vision become a reality. We pride ourselves on always

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Boxing in the toilet will give a more streamlined finish and provide a storage area for cleaning products. A wall hung toilet and sink will visually enlarge the room, allowing for an uninterrupted and easy to clean floor.


Tiling, floor and ceiling should be white to allow for dramatic wall covering, note floor to ceiling mirror will enhance the sense of space, reflecting the window opposite. Consider using mirrored steel skirting which will make the walls appear to float.

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SPRING See you all at Ideal Homes! Come visit our stand beside the Dulux Design Centre. Our thanks to Linda McNally of Clontarf Interiors for her patience, inspiration and passion in creating our beautiful stand. Thank you also to Mindy Browne who do the best ever mirrors and accessories and to RugArt for our lovely Rug.

15th – 17th April 2011 • Simmonscourt RDS Free Admission on Friday or Saturday or ‘2 for the price of1’ on Sunday When you present this voucher at entrance Applies to Adult Admission Only


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Low Cost Heating

Low Cost Heating Heating your Home for Âź the cost is realistic and achievable

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Low Cost Heating

Ochsner Millenium

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enewable Heating systems create sustainable homes. Burning oil or gas as an energy

source to heat your home is not a

sustainable long term plan. The days of using storage heating for home or apartments heating is also out of date. The future of heating in Ireland for a trouble free fully automatic solution with no maintenance is airthermal by Ochsner. This solution was developed in Ireland for Irish homes so you can take advantage of it. The system used only ¼ of the energy it produces and delivers all of your heating and hot water needed all year round. Ochsner Airthermal uses a small amount of electricity to transport solar heat available in the atmosphere into your house, regardless of it being day or night. In 2008 when oil and gas prices went through the roof electrical prices increased by 24%. ESB management went on TV to explain that this (it) was due to the high cost of fossil fuels to produce the electricity. Once again we see oil prices soar. Over 100 dollars per barrel, oil rising to 115 dollars a barrel and this time ESB have announced a 17% decrease in the cost of electricity. So what has changed? We are no longer fully dependent on fossil fuels

of the energy companies. Contract prices as low as €0.03 per kw are on offer with only a small restriction on usage time. Here are some examples of Ochsner Airthermal solutions provided by Eurotech Group in the Irish

market. These solution are only a small cover

to produce electricity as wind farms expand and

section of the thousands of Ochsner Heat Pumps

wave energy harvesting grows. We will see electrical

which worked without difficulty throughout the

energy drop in price while fossil fuels continue to

Island of Ireland during the artic weather in


December and January last.

Ochsner Airthermal takes advantage of these

The Eurotech “A” rated solution will increase your

changes and indeed in central Europe you can

BER (building energy rating) and your property value

sign up for very low cost electrical supply to

while reducing your running cost and eliminating

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Great Getaway

A little piece of heaven


ith a motto of ‘warmth beyond the smile’

being shown to your room is a great touch. They say it

The Killarney Park Hotel is considered

is the bed that makes a bedroom and they sure have

one of the finest hotels that Kerry has to

got this right at The Killarney Park. Suffice is to say;

offer. We dropped in to see for ourselves

there’s no chance of you falling out of these beds!

Situated in its own secluded, landscaped gardens

Whether you opt for a Deluxe Room or a Superior

with twenty five thousand acres of National Park

Suite, interiors are all sumptuous with texture, colour

right on its doorstep, The Killarney Park Hotel is a

and quality furnishings combining to create a very

little piece of heaven.

luxurious, pampering experience.

Yet despite this idyllic location the hotel also benefits

Public areas are beautifully designed with

from the hustle and bustle of thriving Killarney town so

traditional architecture blending thoughtfully

you really have the best of both worlds in this five star

with modern chandeliers, marble, wainscoting

luxury member of the Leading Hotels of The World.

and regency-striped walls. Welcoming raspberry

As you pull into the hotel grounds mullioned windows

and chocolate colours in The Library give a very

and a mansard roof give a classic look to the crescent-

‘gentleman’s club’ feel and this sense of being

shaped four-story Georgian-style hotel. Then with typical

cosseted carries through to the little alcoves of the

Kerry banter and smiles you are greeted warmly by a

Garden Bar, the plush interior of the Billiards Room

concierge who knows everything there is to know about

and the fine formality of the Drawing Room.

the locality and who will readily tell a multitude of

Always a positive the bar is a regular haunt for locals

stories. Right from the outset a homely feeling is evident

and you are assured great craic here before heading

and this is carried throughout the entire stay.

into the splendid Park Restaurant for a gourmet

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delight. This spacious restaurant blends traditional

Great Getaway

Irish and continental cuisine and its linen-draped


tables are spaced for privacy under an elaborately

If you are heading in this direction for Easter, the Easter egg hunt in the hotel gardens is a popular attraction for families. Stay over and spoil yourself with current offers for two nights B&B and one evening meal from â‚Ź190.00 per person sharing.

detailed ceiling hung with glittering chandeliers. The melody of the in-house pianist adds to the gracious yet relaxing atmosphere. There is little doubt that you will chill out in a matter of minutes in this wonderful place but for the ultimate pamper an Elemis and Eve Lom spa caters for your every whim. Visit the Health and Fitness club first for a dip in the outdoor hot tub, the plunge pools or the swimming pool, sauna or bubbles pool. After that a quick visit to the caldarium should set the scene for the most serene of experiences. The Relaxation Room will engulf you in oversized leather loungers after your treatment complete with tropical fish to take you away to another world. The Killarney Park is in a world of its own in terms of comfort level, service and ambience. The hotel is owned and operated by the Treacy family and there is a genuine feeling of family about this intimate hotel. Whether it is excellent training or a genuine need to please, staff are amazingly attentive and keen to deliver a memorable experience. In today’s climate of value for money, this is a hotel worthy of its huge repeat rate and enviable Tripadvisor rating. Our verdict? Fantastic, will be back! movingin to inspire 27

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inspire me There‘s nothing like a splash of colour to grab attention and these great products are as fabulous as they are functional. Black & red fox shade,

Normann Copenhagen Vase,

Snake door runner,

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Twisted copper light fitting, Polka dot ceramic bowls,

Brushing beauties from

Pentium light-up furniture,

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he Irish consumer has become very design savvy in all aspects of life from clothing to interior and garden design. Designer labels are as common today on the streets

of Irish cities as they are in design capitals around the world and a clear celebration of this new culture is the success of events such as Irish Design Week. Sponsored by Crown Paints this event brings together well known and aspiring designers from all areas of the design world ranging from professional design bodies, creative enterprises, design companies and studios, third level design colleges and paper and print suppliers. Design is a creative process and we Irish are renowned the world over for our creativity; be it our witty banter or the great works of art and literature. International designer and architect Garry Cohn feels that events such as this are vital for home grown talent and to bring this talent to the attention of the consumer.


talks us through some of his favourites,

‹ “Recycling is important to the planet and to the pocket so it is the buzzword of the day

Light & Fun

Cast out of fabric conditioner bottles Karl

but it can sound a little boring. Reinvention

Metcalf and Shane Wilson

was one of the themes explored in Design Week

of Locker 13 has created

and I was hugely impressed with some of the fantastic

clever and beautiful lighting

designs I saw here. The use of unusual materials and

with a handle on it so it can

the re-use of everyday objects really showed how Irish

be picked up and moved .

designers are stretching their craft and imagination

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beyond the bounds. It’s no wonder a high profile

Studio the lamp is called

company like Crown Paints are sponsors as this is the

Comfort and the lampshade

design of tomorrow” .

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Designer Living See Shane Holland and a selection of twenty one Irish designers at the Irish Design Fair in the RDS, 12th – 15th May. Supported by Louis O’Sullivan, this is a design spectacular of new and well known faces in the design world. Irish design will also do Ireland proud at Tent London in September with a two hundred meter expo of Irish design. 32 movingin to inspire

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he concept of ‘blank canvass’ is a good one but all too often sticking to safe colour results in a very formula look that can best be described as bland. It seems like everywhere you look are creams, beige and grey but now that nature is bursting out into colour, look around at nature’s

natural palate and take inspiration from daffodil yellow, warming orange, honeysuckle pink, and outdoor greens. The good news is that it with a little imagination it can be very simple to add colour to your home and there is no need to get rid of your beige or greys as these are an ideal backdrop for adding colour with fabrics, wall coverings and accessories. Jacinta Edge-Moody of Jem Textiles gives us her take on current trends and says we should all “be as adventurous as you dare or work quietly with a gentle shade to reveal your own personality.” Here are Jacinta’s top tips for this season. A little fabric goes along way. If you are unsure where to start why not get a few colourful cushions for the sofa? Choose either blocks of colour, stripes or pattern. Key pieces are often the starting point for entire rooms so next time you see a fantastic cushion or throw, grab it with both hands and work a palate around it. movingin to inspire 35

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Designer Living Jacinta loves Pedroso & Osorio Striped fabrics made up into cushions and Kobe’s New Camden range combines soft shades of lilac or aqua with neutral tones. For the bedroom a little fabric on a headboard is a great way to inject texture and interest into the room. Even better if you have an old chair that can be covered in the same or contrasting fabric. Shown here is a fabric headboard covered in Thibaut fabric and a tub chair covered in Kobe Inuk. A well established designer tip is to paint or paper a wall in a block of colour. This gives a whole new dimension to a room and depending on the colours you choose you can add drama with deep purples, golds or red for an opulent feel. When it comes to adding sunshine it has to be yellow and a firm favourite is the latest range of Artisan

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Designer Living

Wallpaper from Thibaut. Montreal is a subtle one colour design which comes in an array of colours from pale aqua to strong golden yellow. Add a gorgeous crystal chandelier or a mirror hall table and you have high drama right at the doorstep. Wallpapers instantly change a room and with a bit of clever work you don‘t have to change anything else as today’s wall coverings are a piece of art in themselves. Wallpapers are big news at the moment and there is plenty of choice with every type of design, colour & texture to suit all budgets. Harlequin have the most fantastic bright, uplifting designs bursting with freshness. Elegant bright lilac or energetic pink & hot orange will deliver a quick & immediate wow factor and by adding a few designer cushions and throws over existing furniture you have a great new look. Thanks to brilliant theming and forethought by the big names in the industry you can set the entire tone of a room by following the lead of key interior suppliers. For example if it’s the classic, luxurious, sumptuous look you are after then Thibaut and Kobe are sure to please. Harlequin have wonderful deep reds for a regal look but perhaps a more current theme this time of year is the bright, fresh, spring feel of the Annouska collection. Design houses spend fortunes creating and co-ordinating

all of these looks for you so check out the websites,

grab some books from the local design store and

start dressing your home to perfection.

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Readers Home

Regal Raheny


Designer Linda McNally takes us through

For a bungalow the hallway is striking and very grand. How did you achieve that effect?

the design journey and talks about her

Many people say it is the kitchen but I think that

aroline’s home in Raheny is a modern bungalow with masses of style. Interior

inspiration for this beautiful home.

the hall is the most important room of a house as it’s the first room to make an impression. As this is a

How did you become involved in the project?

dormer bungalow I saw an opportunity to play on the

I was recommended to the client by a well known

Everybody thought it couldn’t be done as the angle was

builder/developer so Caroline gave me a buzz to meet

quite steep but McNally Joinery came through with

up and chat about what she wanted. After the initial

a beautiful and striking feature which with its walnut

consultation I revisited the client and presented a

threads and handrail coupled with simple banisters.

number of different options for each room showing

I decided to panel the bottom of the walls and on

pictures of what I envisaged to be the end result.

top I used Brian Yates Wallpaper to give that warm

The timing was perfect since I got involved from the

expensive look. The cool, smooth tiled flooring from

outset so I was able to get involved in all aspects of

Doramics runs through the downstairs wc and into the

the design right down to advising on electrical fittings,

kitchen. We used different sized tiles and different

sockets, light switches etc. Then we moved on to

patterns to define space and tones are kept muted for

fabric, wood and furniture design samples.

simplicity and longevity.

double height effect with a grand sweeping staircase.

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Cabinet making throughout

By Yew Design

The woodwork throughout this home is striking and nowhere more evident than in the kitchen. Where did you source these units? This was my first time working with Yew Design but it certainly won’t be my last. We worked together to design all of the wardrobes, panelling, shutters, window surrounds, headboards and the kitchen in the house. Their craftsmanship is superb and angles, corner turns, dormer or any challenge put in their way was no trouble whatsoever. The kitchen in this home is long and narrow so the curve on the island unit breaks up the space as well as taking away what might have been a corridor effect. Everything was handmade and at a very reasonable cost. I had all windows throughout the house framed in wood, together with the arch in the kitchen to emphasise the beauty of the windows and to provide a solid finish and to frame blinds and curtains. movingin to inspire 45

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The family room off the kitchen area is a great space. What did you do in here?

to make a feature of the floor by using parquet flooring

which while traditional looking would work very well

The high ceiling in this room allowed for a touch of

in such a large space. The parquet floor in this room

grandeur with this lovely 1920’s chandelier which I

is really striking and a resounding success. I have to

sourced from France. This was my starting point for

say that I always find Wood Floor Services a pleasure

Living spaces that exude light, space and luxury. Mirror from Mindy Browne. Flooring by Wood Floor Services.

this room and then as you look into this room the wall

to work with. With this company nothing is ever a

is at an angle which seemed like a great spot for a

problem and they can source anything I suggest. I find

chaise longue. Caroline already had a comfy chair that

their service second to none and they have a fantastic

she wanted to keep so I had that upholstered to match

after sale service too.

the chaise and silk curtains with beautiful Romo fabric

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For soft furnishings I chose Osborne & Little fabric

pulled it all together. As a focal point and to bounce

for the sofas which is quite glitzy. I toned things down

light around the room I sourced an oversized feature

with taupe silk from Cremmins Moiselle curtains

mirror from Mindy Browne. This really huge 49” high

and cushions, together with Brian Yates wallpaper in

mirror is perfect to give that finishing touch.

speckled glass. High ceilings allowed me to use two super antique chandeliers from Belgium. The ceiling

What about the formal sitting room? The focal point for the main sitting room was the

apex really shows these off to great effect. In terms of accessories it is hard to find a better

fireplace which I sourced from Gorey Fireplaces. I have

one-stop-ship than Mindy Browne where I always find

used Gorey Stone for some time now as they give great

a fantastic selection of lamps and mirrors which are

service, have great choice and they are significantly

very reasonably priced. It really helps the client when

cheaper than anything I can source in Dublin. For this

I can source and supply even the finest detail and

room I choose a big, bold but quite sophisticated piece

I have been working with this company since 2005

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with great success.

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Readers Home

The wardrobes and woodwork from Yew Design is


You kept a consistent look in the bedrooms while making each room rather unique. What are your tips here?

Fantstic flooring

Tiled floors by Doramics Tiles, Parquet floors by Wood Floor Services.

superb so a great canvass to work with. I used luxury wallpapers and blinds which I combined with great designer labels from Dunnes Stores. I used Twiggy cushions and bed linen in the girls bedrooms and I loved the styling so much that I had a headboard made out of the duvet fabric to match the fabric on the bed. The Twiggy and Kylie range from Dunnes is fantastic and so well priced. Plain carpet gives a flow throughout the bedrooms and little luxury touches like crystal handles add a touch of glamour. Lighting is also very important and this home has lots of natural light that I picked up on with window details, mirrors and beautiful chandeliers. I like an eclectic mix of objects and these fittings are a great investment. I used large chandeliers because of the high ceilings. The one in the hall is the ideal shape for a hall with some lovely figurines on top. movingin to inspire 49

Readers Home › Bedroom Linen and accessories from Dunnes Stores. Wardrobes custom built by Yew Design

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Are you happy with the end result? It’s all about whether the client is happy and she is,

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so I’m very happy with that! This is a great home with

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a lot of personality which matches Caroline’s bubbly

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This is a great development and rather tardis like

for a bungalow since once inside you get a wow effect in every room and a great feeling of consistency

Photography by Sasfi

throughout. With the help of Clontarf Interiors this is a


beautiful home with a designer look that will stand the

test of time.

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itchens are awash with whites, creams, wood and stainless steel. The majority of kitchens sold are still cream or warm wood tones though there is a trend towards high gloss blacks and reds for a big impact

look. High gloss white and cream are increasing in popularity and this is a good choice for both the wow effect of gloss and also to act as a backdrop to colourful accessories.

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Noblessa from Customtone High gloss kitchens are popular and for rock fans they even come in deep purple!

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These kitchens have a sleek, modern design and

customer wants and how much they have to spend” movingin to inspire 61

Talking Kitchens explains Paul Malone, MD of Customtone. “Value

furniture then accessories should be kept to a

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great value to be had in high quality product”. Paul

with, you can add a huge splash of personality with

concludes, “Never overlook fitting and installation as

colourful kitchen appliances. These days rather

there is nothing more as unsightly or unhygienic as a

than integrating the fridge the trend is towards the

beautiful kitchen badly fitted.”

larger American style fridge/freezer. These come in

Also supplying durable German kitchens is Wicklow

all shapes and sizes including retro looks in every

based Dean Cooper Furniture Design. The company

colour from dusty pink to bright green. Kitchen

is the appointed Irish agent for Störmer-Küchen, a

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leading manufacturer of high quality German fitted

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ON THE TILES C eramic tile is one of the most durable

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and tile is very easy to clean and maintain. In

terms of decorative style the sky is the limit and a visit to your local showroom is the best way to see what current trends are available. Tile specialists have everything from simple and low cost tile that can easily be mixed and matched to magnificent mosaics worthy of a Grecian temple. What is particularly good today however is that companies are now diversifying into complimentary furniture and providing showrooms with so much to offer the effect is like attending a bathroom show rather than just a showroom. Richardson Ceramics have just opened a new boutique style showroom which offers the most up to date design trends from Europe. The company can provide a large range of exclusive wall and floor tiles together with timber flooring from Kahrs. With a reputation for quality and a total dedication to service Richardson Ceramics provide design solutions for commercial and domestic clients. Noreen Sheehan explains, “Regardless of the size of a project Richardson Ceramics will provide a

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creative solution to any design needs. So please take

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the opportunity to call us and make an appointment

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This jewel-themed range is perfectly opulent and

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A little goes a long way

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be expensive. Like a classic scent however, used

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come as individual tiles themselves and are sold by

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the square foot, so you can buy just a couple of square

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Go with the Flo


omeowners seeking an alternative to moving are looking at ways to maximise on space while adding value and luxury to their property. Adding an

extra bathroom is always beneficial and an extra washroom is consistently shown to add value to the home. The under stairs closet is an excellent option as is attic space, however before you rush out to choose the new suite, there is one massive hurdle to overcome. Does the new room have easy access to the waste/soil system? If it doesn’t then a massive plumbing job involving removal and reinstatement of flooring can make the project cost prohibitive. Irish success story Sanirish have a solution for this and many other common plumbing problems. The bathroom market has undergone radical change increasing in sophistication with the expansion of built in bathroom facilities, hidden pipe-work and elegant, easy to clean environments. Sanirish units not only allow you to create bathroom space in difficult places; they also allow you to use the super slim fixtures and fittings that are practical in small spaces and that have the designer look today’s homeowners want to emulate. A Sanislim unit is only 120mm front to back so the unit nestles neatly beneath the slim line cistern without the need for battening away of the cistern from the wall. Despite the slim design the unit will receive and discharge waste and water from a shower, bidet and washbasin through low level inlets as well as having a vertical pumping capability if required.

basements or rear extensions that were remote from

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for simplicity and reliability of operation as well as

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kitchen and utility environments. House conversions

internationally, the company is aware of installations

meant that kitchens were often being located in

that have been working satisfactorily for 15-18 years. movingin to inspire 69

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moods. Hot and cold alike have a

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dramatic effect on how we operate

Efficient Homes are specialists in this areas and

and feel. Our natural body temperature is 98.6oF

they will take your architect plans and give you a

(37oC) and this is when our bodies are working to

free of charge quote and consultation. The heat and

It looks great, it‘s easy to maintain, it‘s energy efficient and it‘s absolutely gorgeous. The Encompass Conmoto Loungefire is just perfect for lounging around

their optimum potential. There is an old saying ‘It is

energy savings over the years will be massive and

easier to heat up than it is to cool down’ and this is

you will be doing your bit for the environment.

very true. The human body will always try to find its

If you are looking at heat for an existing home

optimum temperature and a failure to do this can

then stoves are deservedly popular as they are

lead to irritability and mood swings. So as we throw

highly efficient, cost effective, easy to clean and

open the windows again and embrace the warmth of

a beautiful focal point. If radiators are more your

spring and the heat of summer, this is the perfect

thing then the old fashioned hidden staple has been

time to look at heating options.

completely replaced by some pretty swish new ideas.

Energy efficiency is paramount nowadays and

A combination of both will give you maximum style

if you are lucky enough to be embarking on a new

and maximum heat and is sure to set temperatures

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Not only is this counter-productive, it reduces the

temperature that some of our European

efficiency of the radiator and in today’s market

neighbours experience but there is no

covers are unnecessary since manufacturers now

doubt that a good heating system is

employ top level designers to enhance their

essential for all Irish homes. Invented by Franz SanGalli

products. The range and choice now available is

in 1855 the humble radiator has come a long way since

quite staggering and there are some striking designs.

it was first unveiled in Germany. Today radiators not

No matter what a client’s design requirement there

only serve their immediate purpose but the advent of

will be a radiator available that will complement the

the designer radiator means that the object that warms

look and match the heat requirements.”

things up in your home can look pretty hot too. Home improvement shows regularly feature colour

Red wall rad: The striking red on this wall hung unit adds warmth to an otherwise bland interior


e may not suffer the extremes of

Rad-ically Different

Blue table with white rads on wall: A stunning glass table from Float glass seems to flow from the wall mounted radiators

The internet is a great source for ideas and a quick search will reveal a whole new world of options in

blocking. This is a method involving use of blocks of

this area however it is always best to get advice from

colour on single walls, behind bed-heads or feature

a reliable local supplier before taking the plunge to

fireplaces. The concept is now also being used to

buy. Ciaran explains, “There is no point in shipping

transform practical items into design features. The

a beautiful radiator that doesn’t meet your heat

powder coated paint finishes on a vertically hung

requirements or that may be a sub-standard piece

radiator will make a bold statement and tie colour

of equipment. We have a strategic partnership with

schemes together with the rest of the room. Where

Heating Distributors Ireland. As a leading supplier of

So next time you dust off a

once the radiator was hidden, now it is as a key feature

heating equipment into homes and into the trade we

boring old radiator cover

adding a very modern or quirky accent to your decor.

know we can deliver a reliable and effective product

you might want to pay

Ciaran O’Donovan of Dublin Radiators explains “In the

every time. Searching online is a good start but there

Ciaran a visit.

past radiators were so unattractive that design conscious

is nothing to beat seeing the products and knowing

homeowners looked to radiator covers to hide them.

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Creature Comforts


othing creates more atmosphere in a room than the warmth of a flame. Previously this might have been the domain of the traditional fireplace

but nowadays people not only want something that is aesthetically pleasing but a heating option that delivers fuel saving, cost saving, climate saving and heat efficiency. No heating option is more efficient, economical and eco friendly than a wood burning stove and specialists in their field Murphy Heating based in Kinvara, Co. Galway, have an informative web site to help you through the multitude of choices. Their extensive portfolio of stoves, fires and range cookers includes products from Europe‘s leading manufacturers, whose units incorporate the latest cutting edge technology. The new Jotul F360 range is a case in point. All six models in this range can be adapted to provide the ideal stove according to customers’ tastes and needs. As well as glass and soapstone offerings it is also possible to have various leg and base variants as well. In addition, optional extra glass panels can give convection heat and the ability to lower the front glass surface temperature.

The Jotul F361, shown above, has a cast iron base with removable shelf. The sleek design, with glass front, looks beautiful with clean lines and classic proportions. ‹ The Jotul F363, pictured left, stands on an elegant pedestal with a flue outlet on top and it has the optional turn plate which can be rotated fully through 360 degrees, making the flames visible from every angle of the room. For information or advice visit Tel: (091)637159

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For the widest choice in modern and traditional stoves

visit Kinvara Co Galway 091 637159

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Inspire News Looking Good A pleasure to the sight and the senses, Anvil Home is an Irish, family owned and operated retail store that is an absolute delight to visit. Based in Bray, Co Wicklow, you can take in the sea air, stop for a coffee and indulge in the most marvellous home retail therapy. Anvil opened its doors back in 1971 and is this year celebrating 40 years in business. From its early days as a traditional hardware store supplying the local trade, Anvil Home is now an Aladdin’s cave of interior essentials including giftware, kitchenware and home accessories. Whether you’re an enthusiastic cook, a creative baker or a budding pastry chef, their cook’s shop is a one stop shop for all your needs. Anvil will be launching their full on online website in April,

Wiltons, Kitchencraft, Meyer Prestige, T&G Woodware,

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tableware from Maxwell & Williams.

like these, it is well worth waiting for the postman.

With its explosion of colour and variety this unique

Over the years, Anvil has endeavoured to cater to the

store is the ideal location for all your gift quandaries

tastes and requirements of the modern, style conscious

and includes a stunning range of Easter, Summer and

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fashionable quality Irish brands such as Waterford

Bray is only 30 minutes from the city centre and is easily

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Wow Weddings Every bride worries about the weather on her special day and all too often Ireland disappoints. Budget is also a consideration and with prices sky-rocketing at home, weddings away are seeing a surge in popularity. For a day so special that you spend years planning it, shouldn’t that day be the best ever? Think Lake Como, Venice, Florence, Rome; it all says Romance! Italian Weddings can go on for three to five days and you get to have family and friends share a magnificent setting, glorious sunshine and it can work out cheaper than the home alternative. Make your day memorable with Tel: 0044 1424 728901.

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aul Flanagan and Mary O‘Connor purchased

furniture from one supplier. The couple were in the

“Sea Haven” on Clontarf Road in Dublin 3

unique position that they both knew what they

to acquire an idyllic home by the sea. Such

wanted and they agreed on the style of furnishings

a stunning location only yards from the sea

which would suit the age of the property and the

was a key element in the decision to buy but this home

elegant, relaxing theme that they wanted to create.

would have a dual purpose since as Managing Director

Within one Saturday afternoon the search was over,

of a specialised Pharmaceutical Recruitment company

with the wonderful help and attention that they

(Pharma Solutions Ltd) Paul wanted to operate an

received from the Global Village team. “In one fell

office from home where he could speak with clients in

swoop our dream had become a reality” says Mary,

a congenial and pleasant environment.

“we couldn’t believe our luck”.

“Sea Haven” is of Victorian origin so Paul and

Not only did the couple decide on all major

Mary wanted to keep true to the style of their home

items of furniture at Global Village, they also put

with classic, elegant furniture. They began by doing

the finishing touches to each room including light

a Google search and stumbled upon Global Village,

fittings, table lamps, desk lamps, artwork and

a site that so impressed them they spent four hours

accessories. “It was all so easy” says Mary. “The

on the site virtually furnishing their entire home!

items were on display in the showroom and it was

Mary explains, “The beauty of the website is that it

exactly the look we wanted to create, blending so

presents great choice but it also gives dimensions so

wonderfully together”.

it eliminated the stress of ordering an item that might

‘Sea Haven’ is a beautiful Victorian property

K.C.R. Showroom:

not fit. The site also prices each item individually

sitting right opposite Clontarf promenade. Today it

Unit 10

which is fantastic since we were determined to stick to

is restored to its former glory with a designer interior

K.C.R Industrial Estate

our budget and these prices were very competitive”.

without the designer price tag. This project is an

Ravensdale Park,

absolute gem and a real reminder that furnishing

Kimmage, Dublin

the following Saturday and they couldn’t believe that

a property, home or office does not have to be a

Tel: +353 1 459 7454

it was possible to source high quality home and office

daunting task.

Paul and Mary visited the Global Village showroom

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Kid’s Bedrooms


hildren’s Bedrooms are generally

is used. Designers Guild has just launched a new

multi-functional - a space to sleep

kids collection ‘Around the World’ that is beautifully

fundamentally but in the absence of a

funky and colourful and a little will go a long way.

playroom, they will also be a space to play

Don’t spend a lot of money on themes that will

and to store toys. As children become older, their

last a relatively short time, such as Bob the Builder

bedrooms become a space to relax, to read, to chat

or Barbie. However, if your child shows a genuine

to friends and to host sleepovers. Therefore, it can be

regard for a particular theme that may well last

a good idea to plan them carefully when your child is

many years, it can be well worthwhile investing in a

Lorna Sixsmith tells us

young - to ensure that they are a versatile space that

design that will define the bedroom as their personal

how to get the look your

can be easily adapted, with good storage, layout and

space. It is relatively easy to create a nautical theme

kids will love

a design scheme that will not date quickly.

with navy, red and blues in checks and stripes along

Children’s bedrooms can become very colourful

with some accessories. The D’ya-think-e-saurus

once their toys, pictures, bedlinen, rugs and

designs by Paperboy will appeal to all dinosaur

curtains have been added into the mix so it is often

lovers. For girls who love flowers, there is a plethora

a good idea to paint or wallpaper in neutral tones

of choice.

particularly if the room is on the smaller side.

All children love playing with stickers and the

Girls tend to like pink but too much pink can be

Mae fabric stickers are ideal as they are removable,

overwhelming - calm it with the addition of some

scrunchable, wipeable and re-usable. They also look

soft greens or aquas. Many new wallpapers and

wonderful on a bare wall and their many designs

fabrics for girls incorporate these colours within the

mean that there is a design for every taste.

pattern, thereby limiting the amount of pink that

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A bed with drawers underneath is ideal

Princess Castle

Dimmer switch from Cloudberry Living

for handy extra space for clothing or toys

accessories tend to multiply. Bookshelves at an easy reach from the child’s bed are a good idea so they can choose their bedtime read before they snuggle down. Storage units with colourful tubs or baskets are excellent for holding items such as lego, bricks and vehicles. It is much easier persuading children to tidy up if it is easier for them, so having tubs to put designated items back into or having shelves with plenty of space makes it easier for young children to tidy away their toys. Bright, practical baskets are available in a myriad of colours from Dunnes Stores and Penneys homewares and these can add to the decorative effect for relatively little outlay. A bed with drawers underneath is ideal for handy extra space for clothing or toys. Above all, let your child make some choices although you can guide them to make the right ones! Enjoy creating a cheery, fun and creative place for your child to play and sleep. Lorna Sixsmith is an interior designer and owner/ proprietor of Garrendenny Lane Interiors. movingin to inspire 89

Costello Doors Whatever kind of door you want, you’ll get it at Costello Doors!

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De vil



de tai l

Devil in the Detail


t might sound pretty obvious but the difference between fixtures, fittings and fit-out is that fixtures and fittings for the most part stay in place while furniture and accessories can easily be moved, changed or updated. The essential shell of a room includes walls, floors, windows and doors. So it is

important to get a high quality finish here to give your room that top end look. If you watch TV shows such as Property Ladder, this is the most consistent comment either positive or negative from queen of the makeover, Sarah Beeny. “Doing a job badly and then getting someone in to sort it out can be much more expensive than getting someone in to do the job properly in the first place� says Sarah. movingin to inspire 91

Tiernans Professional Stairs/Joinery Manufacturing

We specialise in the production of one off pieces e.g. stairwells, landings and decorative effects. At Tiernan‘s joinery we carry an impressive range of top quality doors and doorsets and accessories and we will be happy to advise on the best woods and finishes to enhance your home. Our experience and love of wood we select only the finest timber and each job we undertake is treated as individual as the individual that commissioned it‘s creation.

The Sawmill, Ashfield, Cootehill, Co.Cavan Tel: + 353 (0) 49-5552367 Mob: +353 (0) 87-8399630 Email:

Devil in the Detail


Bi-fold cabinet doors and wooden carousel storage makes for easy access in awkward corners ‹ Stairs Make a sweeping statement with a high-drama staircase So doors and floors shouldn’t be an afterthought,

in traditional Irish and family craftsmanship. Stair

they need to be more than just functional; they need

banisters are a staple in most homes and can be

to be hardwearing, practical, durable and beautiful.

bought in DIY packages but there is nothing to

Happily family owned and run Costello Doors have

compare with a beautiful sweeping staircase created

an unrivalled selection of top quality options covering

and fitted by a qualified joiner. This old skill covers

everything from opulent top of the range doors to well

everything from beautiful window frames, staircases,

priced, popular choices. The trend today is towards

door frames, handmade doors and furniture.

solid woods with oak being very popular as solid wood

Cavan based Tiernan’s Joinery is a second

provides great noise and heat insulation. A new range of

generation family business situated on the site of an

oak doors have just arrived at Costello Doors and prices

old Estate Sawmill dating back to the 1800‘s. This

are amazingly competitive for such high quality. Paul

is a company steeped in the history and practice

Costello explains “Reputation is everything and we are

of quality carpentry and joinery. Kevin Tiernan is

lucky to enjoy an excellent reputation in the residential

passionate about his work and says that no two items

and commercial door markets. This new range of doors

are the same because each piece of natural wood has

gives customers a great selection at a fantastic price. It

its own distinctive characteristics. Kevin explains,

is perfect for today’s budget conscious consumer”.

“We are proud to specialise in crafting custom-

Specialist suppliers like Costello are a wealth of

designed wooden stairs and furniture. We use the

knowledge and with experience in the commercial

most beautiful Irish and imported woods like oak,

sector they really know their business and can

ash, pine, mahogany and red deal to deliver the most

advise you on all aspects of your project or come

beautiful Irish end result”.

and do it for you.

At the end of the day the devil is in the detail. Decorative choices may change over the years

family business is a real positive to come out of the

but no matter what the fashion of the day, quality

recent banking difficulties as it has revived interest

always endures.

The move towards home grown talent and

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Traditional Irish Craft

Set in Stone


ew minerals are as enduring and as beautiful

and beautiful. We are finding that people now want

as natural stone. In its many forms stone has

durability and longevity and with a minimal look being

been used throughout the ages and today

very high fashion these days natural stone ticks all of

we marvel at monuments and artefacts from

the boxes” says Eamonn.

the great pyramids to classic Grecian temples that

Arlene McIntyre of Ventura Design says that

still endure and that link us firmly with our past. The

she loves to work with natural materials and the

modern need to invent and reinvent means that we

sophisticated consumer now demands the best

have found many new uses for stone and architects

quality for the best price. Arlene explains, “We are a

and interior designers see the benefit of using natural

design driven industry and I am delighted that people

stone in many aspects of their work.

are seeing the benefits of beautiful, natural stone.

Eamonn Hughes is a third generation family business steeped in the tradition of stone carving. One of the few remaining stonecraft workshops

People like Eamonn Hughes are fantastic to work with because they are real craftspeople who know their business and who are happy to work with designers to

left in the country Eamonn and his team make every

realise a vision for a home or for an individual room.

fireplace that they sell. With meticulous attention

Best of all prices here are significantly cheaper than in

to detail stonework is crafted by hand to a very high

Dublin and you get to visit a beautiful part of Ireland

standard and each piece is carefully assembled by the

and still bag a bargain!”

same craftsmen who install them. The team are true

In today’s world of ‘quick fix’ it is heartening to see

Irish craftsmen working with marble, limestone and

traditional Irish craft flourish and reach out to new and

Irish classics such as Kilkenny Black and Kerry Red.

increasing markets. Eamonn concludes “We are seeing a move back to tradition, to home grown talent and

Visit Eamonn and the team

memorials, headstones, fireplaces and stoves but

support for Irish products. As a manufacturer however

at their new factory at

increasingly Eamonn is seeing huge demand for vanity

we are mindful of quality as well as tradition so we

Eskerlevally, Claremorris.

units, marble stairs, natural stone floors and granite

continually re-invest in the most modern machinery so

Tel: 094 9371308

worktops. “The Spanish have been using stone for

we can produce products to the highest standards and

centuries because it is hardwearing, easy to maintain

at very competitive prices”.

The company have always been popular for

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Designer Dinning

Mama Mia!


t’s great to see a success story in these challenging times. Toscana restaurant is one such story and owner/proprietor Agie is so enthusiastic about his business that he is

making it his mission for 2011 to give back to his customers all year with a multitude of special offers and deals. Toscana Restaurant in Dun Laoghaire has a thriving restaurant business which is down to some simple basics; great food, great prices and now a great new look. At 90% the rate of repeat business here is off the scale and after a visit here you can see why. Yet Agie isn’t one to rest on his laurels and in 2010 he reinvested by giving the restaurant interior a complete overhaul. Agie put the plans out to six possible contractors and having looked at each supplier in great depth, the project was assigned to joinery specialists Interwood. Agie is gushing in his praise for Interwood saying that Stephen, Brian and the team surpassed every expectation that he had for this build. Agie was so happy with the job that he decided to keep going and completely renovated the bathrooms as well. “The boys became part of the family” says Aggie and Stephen responds by saying “This was one job we

Interwood. Ivory furniture shipped from Italy makes

didn’t want to finish. The food is to die for and they

for a great contrast and the effect is of an upmarket,

even make their own ice cream”. Stephen is a big

contemporary yet comfortable space.

fan and concludes, “We’ll have to go a long way to get lunches anything like this again”. A particularly striking feature of the new interior

Toscana Restaurant,

Aggie concludes, “I am delighted to celebrate

Dun Laoghaire,

my tenth year here in Dun Laoghaire and to have a

beautiful new space now to go into the next ten years.

is the attention to detail including beautifully

Now we want to say thank you to our long-standing


crafted radiator panels, delicate wood finishes

customers with free kids meals, free drinks and lots

U9 Cian Park Ind Est,

and the most striking feature of all must be the

of special offers and evenings throughout the year.”

Drumcondra, Dublin 9,

wood panelled walls and hand crafted bar, all from

Definitely worth a visit!

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