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We believe In making things properly. That simple is beautiful. And more than anything, that our homes should make us happy. Every day.

What we don’t believe in is shortcuts. So every one of our kitchen cabinets is designed as a freestanding piece of furniture. It means it’s made as it should be from every angle. Even the back of a cabinet deserves to be beautiful. Suffolk kitchen by Neptune. Montague bar stool, €215/£165. Belgravia pendant light, €375/£290. Dublin - Fermanagh - Kildare - Kilkenny - Limerick - Meath - Offaly - Wicklow


INTERIORS INDEX REMAIN < BRONZE DETAILS We’re drawn to sculptural bronze hardware on wardrobe doors.

IN THIS ISSUE For human beings, at no other time of the year is the urge to nest so strong, as in autumn. Other creatures create safe havens in spring but ours is a different instinct – to batten down the hatches as evenings draw in, find a comfortable spot, and weather the winter. The essential components for an autumn nest are all here in this magazine: ideas for an ergonomic and characterful kitchen, the best paint colours and combinations, a pretty bathroom sanctuary, and some decorating flights of fancy – being deadly practical is no fun. Strong design ideas come via the stories of three very different houses remodelled or restored to become unique family homes, their respective designers or architects involved in every detail to ensure beauty is balanced with function, practicality with personality. It’s all infused with the mood of a new season – or what we call The Thrill of the New.


VELVET Do as Simone Rocha does and invest in an elegant velvet statement armchair.


PAPER LAMPSHADES Choose the enduring aesthetic of Japanese lanterns for lighter-than-air style. Hotaru Buoy pendant light, from £250,


AUTUMN INSPIRATION A mellow mood infuses our homes this autumn


FLIGHT OF FANCY Avian-inspired decor

> GREEN The enviable shade we have eyes for this season. Try Lafayette Green emulsion paint from Benjamin Moore (pictured), at MRCB, 12-13 Cornmarket, Dublin 8.


IT’S IN THE CAN Six experts help you find the hue that’s right for you this season


A QUESTION OF TASTE Three tastemakers explain what good taste means to them


LONDON LIVING For an Irish couple, the area provides the inspiration


ORIGINAL CHARM A single-storey period villa with an architectdesigned reinvention

LEAVE INDUSTRIAL STYLE No more looking like we live in a garage. “KEEP CALM” ACCESSORIES Somehow always so aggravating despite their sentiment. < PILLAR CANDLES Take them out of your fireplace and leave them where they belong – in a church.








REAL CHARACTER A laidback family home mixes vintage furniture and architectural salvage

ON THE COVER: In this family home, black painted furniture is used throughout to create a darkly dramatic backdrop against which to display auction finds, vintage furniture and architectural salvage. Photographed by Elsa Young.


INTERIORS EXPEDITION Penny McCormick’s favourite interior design stores in London

THE GLOSS interiors is published by GLOSS PUBLICATIONS Ltd, The Courtyard, 40 Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin, 01 275 5130; Printed by Boylans. Copyright 2016 Gloss Publications Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. This magazine can be recycled either in your Green Bin kerbside collection or at a local recycling point.

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FIREPLACES Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for the fireplace to once again take centre stage as the focal point of the home. Positioning a comfortable, plumply-upholstered tweed, wool or velvet armchair invitingly close to the fireplace draws attention the area. And rather than hiding away your fire screens and tools, upgrade and turn them into part of its allure. Finally, a good selection is available here from online retailers. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to try local dealers for antique irons. 1



AUTUMN IDEAS A mellow mood infuses autumn interiors



Walls painted in Setting Plaster No 231 Estate emulsion, d54.50 for 2.5l, Farrow & Ball.

1. Polished nickel fire tools, Eichholtz, d495; www.houseology. com. 2. Gold-tone Palm decorative fire screen, Michael Aram, d1,642; www. neimanmarcus. com. 3. Antique fire screens, from d189 each; www. 4. Antique brass fire tools, from a selection, at Martin Fennelly, 60 Francis Street, Dublin 8.


COLOURED CANDLELIGHT White is the classic choice but why not mix it up and try colour? Article has a good selection of dinner candles. Contemporary candlesticks are also having a moment. Taper candles, b8.95 for pack of ten, at Article, Powerscourt Town Centre, Dublin 2.

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OFF-CENTRE ART Curate your art collection, no matter how small. Start in the middle and hang the centre of the first piece approximately 1.5 metres above the floor (average eye level). Allowing two inches between each artwork is about right (above, to the side and below). Use one- to three-nail picture hooks, depending on the weight, which are are stronger than regular nails. Use two hooks rather than one to ensure the picture always hangs straight.

Use a picture hook with two or three nails, ideally.




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LOUNGE DINING The dinner party, as you know it, goes into hibernation this autumn, in favour of a more informal, less labour-intensive supper. Forget the formalities and gather friends around your coffee table for a cocktail and light supper of small plates or substantial canapés. Dispense with wine altogether and serve an Irish gin cocktail, offering two or three types of gin to choose from (and discuss the relative merits!). Serve mocktails for non-drinkers. The next big thing is sake, by the way, now that ur-critic Robert Parker is turning his attention to Japan’s pure polished rice wine. Time to dust off your rolling mats and prep some sushi.


SMOKED GLASS Clearly overrated? Smoked glass was all the rage in the 1970s but has being finding its way back into the home in the last couple of years. This season, it shows up in gorgeous autumnal shades – the perfect balance between masculine and feminine style.

Francis-M is a new collection of luxury Irish linen bedlinen, as well as bedspreads, blankets and throws.

NOW, UN-SET THE TABLE A low table f lanked by sofas must be one of the most convivial dining arrangements for a small group. So why formalise it by setting a place for everyone, ruining the casual effect? With drinks paraphernalia on a separate table or bar cart, dedicate your table space to dining, with room for trays of canapés or sushi, a stack of small plates and a pile of small cloth cocktail napkins. If cutlery is required, make a tidy pile or gather forks and spoons in a nice vessel – a mirrored or metal vase. Style the table to suit the rest of your interiors – if you like gilt and grandeur, you’ll love Newbridge Silverware’s collection in rose gold, which adds warmth and colour, below. Try it with anything gilt-edged – it looks fantastic – or with grey plates and grey linen napkins. If yours is a contemporary home, you’ll favour plain coloured plates and modern cutlery – or wooden chopsticks. A small, low arrangement of f lowers – think bronze chysanthemums for autumn – makes a pretty focal point.

CHARM CHASERS: These Nouveau Champagne saucers are dishwasher-proof, d35 for two; the mirrored tray adds just the right amount of old-school glamour, d47.50; all at Marks & Spencer.

FINISHING TOUCHES: Buxton Elite King’s Pattern rose cutlery by Newbridge Silverware, d380 for 24-piece canteen. Printed napkins, d11.99;

PARTY ON WHEELS: A good-looking bar cart is a good way to keep the drinks rolling. Terrace bar cart, £349stg; LOW RIDER: Rose goldtoned Orrico hammered aluminium coffee table, Habitat, d290;

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LUXURY LINENS A revival of interest in Irish fabrics and manufacture is at the root of many new businesses. Sean Moran, creator of Nood tea, a brand conceived at the beginning of the specialty tea revolution, has a new venture. He’s become a purveyor of fine 100 per cent Irish linen, and it’s flying out the (figurative) door of his online store, “We are returning to basics: restrained simplicity that lasts, appropriately traditional, appreciated by the discerning. We look outwards as well as to the Irish market and the brand is gaining traction in NYC, Palm Beach, LA, Paris, Tokyo. One enormously rich client on Park Avenue latched onto the brand and as the word-of-mouth spreads from that, we ship several times a week. We are also starting to work with a few Irish weaving sheds to develop our own range of luxury blankets and throws,” says Moran. www.


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INSPIRATION This wardrobe, designed by LyonsKelly, is painted in JuniperAsh by Little Green Paint Company. The Cherry Blossom hand-painted wallpaper is by deGournay. The horn and bonze wardrobe handles are by Ochre.

Large marble-top table, d130; blue ceramic bowl, d10; both Considered by Helen James at Dunnes Stores.


PURE& SIMPLE This year, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the homespun aesthetic with a slight Nordic inf luence. Helen Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Considered collection at Dunnes Stores ticks all the boxes; subdued palette, honest raw materials and simple design. Bravo.


ALL DRESSED UP When LyonsKelly recently had the opportunity to redesign the first floor level of a Victorian house, they decided to create a Narnia-style wardrobe in the master bedroom. The dressing room and bathroom are entered through a wondeful wallpaper-clad wardrobe. Wallpaper can be expensive, especially hand-painted versions and designer brands but used in small quantities and where you least expect it, it has huge impact.


CREWELWORK CUSHIONS Hand-stitched wool crewelwork cushions in geometric designs are a timeless addition to any room. Honeycomb wool cushion, b60, at Hedgeroe Interiors, Carrickmines Manor, Carrickmines, Dublin 18.


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1. Fuchsia chinoiserie wallpaper brightens up an otherwise lacklustre bedroom. 2. Coordinate the walls and the doors for a seamless approach. 3. A fully wallpapered room, including the wardrobe, makes the bedroom appear larger and less cluttered.



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Moss Blanket matte emulsion paint, Dulux, d28 a litre.

Tan leather Outline sofa by Anderssen & Voll, from d2,690; From October.




A soothing palette of just the right shade of beige, cream and white ushers tranquility into a home. Use varying hues, pattern and texture to add interest and character. With a simple palette, it’s important to use high-quality materials. This is a look that’s very easy to live with.

Parfums Santal linen wallpaper, Elitis, d1756;


THE COMBO Colour trends come and go, but one constant remains: colour is the most potent element in decorating. One key trend is the mixing of tan leather furniture with soothing mossy green walls. Add textured linens and gleaming brass accessories.

Chelsom brass swing floorlamp, d587;

Emerald green Le Cocktail velvet twin seat, d820; www.




As autumn sets in, cosy up your home for the colder months. During nesting season, why not invest in one or two ultrawarm throws from king of cosy UGG’s new home accessory collection or, looking closer to home, a berry-coloured woollen blanket from The Mill at Avoca or Donegal Woollen Mills. Get comfy on the couch.

Large marble-top table, Considered by Helen James, d130, at Dunnes Stores.


MATERIAL LUST Nothing says luxury like a subtle flash of velvet – it upgrades any piece of furniture thanks to its glamorous look and feel. If you want to make velvet modern, avoid regal jewellike colours: The marshmallow-like velvet chairs at Sketch restaurant in London got us hankering after something in pink. Orion cotton velvet, Jane Churchill, d101 a metre, at Brian S Nolan, Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.


Camilla Rose wool blanket, d69.99; Wool throws, from d80;







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Combining old and new, antique and contemporary: the mix and match approach has always been a clear route to an interesting, liveable and inspiring room. Antique or vintage mahogany furniture can add an effortless sense of an interior having being been assembled over time to an otherwise one-dimensional contemporary room. It comes down to contrasts: mix hard with soft, dark with light, blocky with leggy.

1. Mahogany circular six-foot table, at O’Sullivan Antiques, 43 Francis Street, Dublin 8. 2. Mahogany card table with inlay, to be auctioned on September 18, at James Adam & Sons, 26 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2. 3. Mahogany regency Pembroke table, at Donnelly Antiques, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.


PORCELAIN CITY At first glance, you’d be forgiven for mistaking award-winning ceramacist ISOBEL EGAN for a pâtissière, deftly fashioning translucent sugar sheets into architectural desserts, too beautiful to eat. But observing Egan at work in her whitewashed Kildare studio, preparing for her solo show “Inside Out” at Gallery Zozimus at 56 Francis Street, Dublin 8, from October 6-24, we become aware of a subtle structure inherent in each of the delicate paper-like porcelain wall pieces, as visually tempting as a plate of millefeuille. The large-scale installations reference the buildings we live in and how they shape us, inviting the viewer to look beyond the gleam of surfaces to discover intimate spaces we construct, and the interconnections between architecture, space, memory and emotion. Egan’s work is held in numerous collections including the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin and the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan. SUSAN ZELOUF

LOVE LAUNDRY DAY ... The once-humble laundry room is attracting more attention as it becomes a real space in its own right (while remaining discreetly tucked away). If you are lucky enough to have a dedicated space, think about custom cabinetry by NEPTUNE – in new colours and finishes – which makes tiny spaces seem more spacious. Sun from a rooflight window will transform the room and tilt cupboards with removable nylon bags will save you having to drag baskets to and fro.




Add a flash of colour and comfort to living spaces with interesting offerings from Dublin-based Dar Sol, the new lifestyle brand from photographer DANIEL HOLFELD. Sourced from Moroccan souks Noor framed print, and beyond, the curated selection is influenced d220; black and white by Holfeld’s adventures through Marrakech and Berber bowl, d65 Safi and includes intricately handmade leather work, ceramics and bedinen, as well as Holfeld’s black and white architectural prints.

Irish Art at Auction GEORGE and MAURA MC CLELLAND were Belfast-based collectors who opened a gallery in the city in the mid-1960s, amassing artworks from mid20th century Irish painters and sculptors such as Gerard Dillon, Louis le Brocquy and Jack Yeats, over the following three decades. More than 150 of these works became permanent fixtures at IMMA. This year, some of the pieces exhibited at IMMA will go under the hammer at WHYTE’S sale of Irish and International Art on September 26. Viewing at the RDS, from September 24.

FIVE-STAR FABULOUS Bedheads, marble lamps and mirrors, percale sheets and duvet covers, pintuck cushions, luxe towels … the list conjures up hotel living. FRANCIS BRENNAN’s foray into the world of interiors for The Collection for DUNNES STORES is heavily inspired by the standards he has imposed at The Park in Kenmare over decades. As well as the pleasure you get from what you see, the real quality is in what you can’t see: the luxury quality mattress topper for hotel-style comfort, the duck feathers from Monaghan, the Kenmare lace and fine fretwork. Glassware and tabletop is part of The Collection as are other Francis Brennan details like smart umbrellas and silk ties and handkerchiefs. The Collection will launch in 18 stores on September 29 as well as online at

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The trend for large expanses of window in new builds continues, and the more streamlined the better. The Lumi range of “frameless” windows which launches exclusively in Ireland this month at specialist window firm FAIRCO, has glass that runs right to the reveal for that clear sheet effect. As well as looking smart, the windows are triple-glazed and automatically passive so score highly on energy saving. Fairco, Howth Junction Business Park, Co Dublin, 01 806 3945.







FLIGHTS OF FANCY BIRDS OF A FEATHER 1. Paroquets by Edward Henry Murphy (1796-1841), available as a print, from d17; 2. Winter Birds 100/2006 wallpaper, Cole & Son, d117 a roll, Furnishing Distributors, 7 Bray South


Business Park, Killarney Road Bray, Co Wicklow. 3. Contemplating ceramic bird, d85; 4. Aux Oiseaux porcelain plate, Bernardaud, d125; 5. Lucellino wall lamp, Ingo Maurer, d229; 6. Twitable gold metal birdcage, Seletti, d174; 7. American white pelican Pelecanus Erythror mural by JJ Audubon, ÂŁ430stg; 8. Dionysus GG Supreme shoulder bag, Gucci, d2,590, at Brown Thomas. 9. White ceramic creamer, Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic, d6, at Dunnes Stores. 10. Birdie Blossom wool cushion, Paul Smith,d580; 11. Pair of fighting cocks, from a selection;



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DECORATING LUXE EXTRAS: Accessories in an allwhite bathroom add luxury to its simplicity. Glass, silver, ceramic, metal, textiles, vintage, or new, every addition will add a dimension. Here, the gilt-framed artwork adds just the right amount of feminine glamour.

TEENY TINY BATHROOM DECOR: Focusing on colour and pattern, the downstairs loo is the perfect place to go crazy. If you get bored with it, you can redo it with relative ease and at not too great an expense.

IT’S ALL IN THE PLANNING: Sallick’s bathroom accessory sketches illustrate how every little detail counts.

A LADYLIKE AFFAIR Make your bathroom a pretty sanctuary

TIMELESS STYLE: This bathroom combines vintage and contemporary objects and fixtures with a soft, Scandinavian palette and dashes of glamour to create a timeless feel.


ou might have to share your bathroom with others but that doesn’t mean you can’t impose your feminine imprint on its design and decoration. Certain details can declare a uniquely feminine sensibility and banish a utilitarian feel: Would you like a soft colour on the walls? Is there space for a dressing table? Could you hang a painting over the wall (perfectly possible if it’s encased in glass.) Do you like your towels hung on hooks or bars? What about a soft slipper chair, a pretty rug, a full-length mirror? How much storage space do you need? Where will the hairdryer live? Is the lighting – chandelier, sconce, recessed – flattering? These questions are answered in Barbara Sallick’s inspiring new book on bathrooms and powder rooms.


The Perfect Bath, Rizzoli, d45.50, at Eason.

Eau Des Sens soap, Diptyque, d20, at Brown Thomas.

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Floral bathroom mat, Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic, d20, at Dunnes Stores.

Ego mirror with oak frame, Design By Us, d293;

Roma chrome bathroom wall light with white shade, d113.90, at Hicken Lighting, 17 Lower Bridge Street, Dublin 8.



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Why is picking paint colours such a trial? With the help of some experts we find the hue that’s right for you this season ... “The white shade we use most often is SWEDISH WHITE BY DULUX. It has a chalky look and no cream undertones. It works in both contemporary and traditional rooms. When very large expanses are being painted it’s great because very well priced. We used it below in the stairwell of a new build.” EOIN LYONS, LyonsKelly Architecture and Design




“I love all shades of blue - it’s so versatile and classic. Chambray, navy, teal and sky blue are so interesting and easy to live with. Great in bedrooms and powerful when used in areas where an injection of drama is required, such as a hallway. Easy to mix in with neutrals and perfect with greys, whites and sandy tones. Timeless.” ARLENE MC INTYRE, Ventura Design







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“I like FRENCH GREY 18 BY FARROW & BALL. It’s very versatile in different lights. I like working with Farrow & Ball because of its chalkiness and superior finish. But it’s a very specific colour range and there are other companies doing great things.” NIAMH STRATHERN, Colour consultant and interior designer



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“VOGUE SAN SAVINO FROM FLEETWOOD PAINTS is a particular favourite of mine although it can prove difficult to use if not combined with a heritage colour such as Shelbourne. It is warm, ideal for social areas. I love the depth of colour in a matte finish.” PATRICIA WAKELY, Colour consultant, Fleetwood Paints



“PEIGNOIR is a new colour from FARROW & BALL - it’s grey-pink, reminiscent of raw plaster. It doesn’t have any of the sweetness of the pinks that are in vogue and creates a much more subtle effect. We’re using it in a formal drawing room combined with linen, bronze and burr walnut.” EOIN LYONS





“PALE BANANA is from Fleetwood’s Pantone range: it is pure yellow, with a vibrancy that gives a youthful fun look. It lends so much light to a room and looks great with pure white and grey. It is the kind of shade that looks great on its own, or enhanced with neutral colours.” PATRICIA WAKELY






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Decorated with a wonderful mix of vintage furniture and architectural salvage, this laidback family home exudes a lived-in air


DECORATION OPPOSITE PAGE: The front doors open to an open plan entrance hall, complete with columns, which on occasion serves as a dining room. The lantern above the table is early 20th-century. THIS PAGE: Beyond the dining table is a seating area and baroque fireplace. The large black and white print above is of historic Mount Vernon in Baltimore. The green glass balls are modern, placed in cast-iron urns.

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pacious, full of character and built around a central courtyard with a pool at its centre, this family house is laid out on one level with five-bedrooms and four bathrooms. Originally a masonic lodge, then brief ly a boutique hotel, the house is difficult to date but is believed to have been built at the turn of the 20th century. Blessed with perfect symmetry, high ceilings and an unusual layout, entry to the house via the entrance hall leads you through four columns into the “great room”. This largely open-plan space comprising the living and dining areas is a grand space with a real sense of occasion. To the left of the courtyard is the kitchen. From there the bedrooms all wrap around the side and back of the house with the courtyard and pool at the centre. So logical andW functional was the original design that the owners have felt no need to alter it or make structural changes to suit family living. Their impact has been purely cosmetic, turning one of the five bedrooms into a family room and another into a dressing room for the main bedroom. Their own style seems tailor-made for the house: Details such as the baroque fireplace and painted wooden f loors in the living room remain unchanged and are the perfect backdrop for their own pieces. Having collected furniture and architectural details over many years – most of it from charity shops and local auctions - finds such as the apothecary cabinets in the family room, the linen press in the living room and an ornate mantle mirror in the bedroom, seem entirely right for the house. The owners continue to add to their stockpile of art and antiques, acquiring more black and white prints for the monochromatic gallery wall and finding interesting elements to their many collections of objects. They find it hard to divest themselves of pieces even when they don’t work exactly where they should: The gilded mantel mirror was too large for the fireplace so has been relegated to the master bedroom where it rests on the f loor. The house has proven to be the perfect creative environment. Both owners, he a writer and she an independent film producer, gravitate to the long table in the entrance hall to work. Despite their love of beautiful things, every inch of the house is lived in with nothing too sacred or precious.

OPPOSITE PAGE: The highly embellished baroque fireplace adorned with cherubs is a focal point in the open-plan living room. The painted floorboards with a Grecian key pattern border are well worn. Paintings, prints and objects are mainly auction finds. ABOVE: A mix of contemporary, classic and antique sofas and chairs is upholstered in shades of grey. RIGHT: The house has many cabinets of curiosities full of objects the owners have gathered over years.

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DECORATION The kitchen is wonderfully atmospheric, its dramatic ambience created with a moody palette of grey and copper, and freestanding glassfronted cabinetry filled with interesting cream and white china and silver. A reclaimed oak butcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s block sits on top of the central island which has a black-painted base. A large sink is fitted to a custom-made frame.

XXXXXXX The oak kitchen table had been left to rot in the rain when the owners rescued it, replacing the top and sanding and revarnishing the legs. The simple benches in the kitchen are made of recycled wood on top of metal legs. The painted floorboards are worn in places adding to the character of the room. The light fittings are 1960s. On winter evenings, candles are lit.

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ABOVE: All rooms, including the entrance hall, open to a central courtyard. The double doors here are flanked by tall bookcases, painted black. ABOVE RIGHT: Simple cabinetry in the main bedroom provides a place for the owner to display an ever-changing group of objects, prints and other objects. White scalloped roller blinds have black tassels and the mirror was acquired at auction. RIGHT: Plantation shutters control the light in the main bedroom, precluding the need for curtains. The painting above the bed is an oil, bought by the owners in South Africa. ^

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SPECIAL INGREDIENTS It’s possible to have a contemporary kitchen that doesn’t lack character. Avoid bland by adding one key ingredient, writes SARAH BREEN FIND THE RIGHT PLACE FOR YOUR WINE OR COOKBOOKS Personal touches, like a collection of cookbooks or a smart wine cooler, are what give a kitchen that lived-in feel. “When planning a new kitchen, I always advise clients to try and fit a bookcase in somewhere,” says Claire Hammond of Claire Hammond Interiors, Belfast. “If it’s a large kitchen, use a side of the island for shelving and a wine cooler. It not only looks great, it’s practical. In a small kitchen, you could incorporate a slim open shelf to the side of a spice cupboard by the hob.” In an existing kitchen, easy-to-add floating shelves in a contrasting finish to your cabinetry are a good place to display cookbooks while storing wine above the cupboards will keep work surfaces free. “When displaying your cookbooks, break them up with other items of interest or use plates, bowls, linen napkins, family photos and decorative objects to fill the space,” Hammond adds.

Building in a bookshelf for a cookbook collection in a contemporary kitchen is both practical and beautiful.


A large abstract piece can look great in a kitchen. Choose a simple frame and a wipeable surface.

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As the hub of the home, and the one room in which people always congregate, the kitchen is the ideal place to display your favourite pieces of art. “When choosing what to hang, it’s important that you acknowledge the colour scheme of your kitchen as a whole,” advises Louise Higgins of Aspire Design in Co Kildare. “Things to consider are your curtain, blind and upholstery fabrics, your paint colour, the colour of your cabinets and your flooring. There are many Irish artists who would be happy to create a bespoke piece using your selected paint colours.” The blank space alongside a dining table may be the obvious place to hang a painting but there are other options. “If you have high ceilings, consider using the space above the cabinets – or even in the space between upper and lower cabinets,” says Higgins. “In small kitchens, a piece of art on the countertop or open shelving adds interest, or you could place it behind a set of clear glasses or in a glass cabinet. Small pictures also look super grouped together on a gallery wall.” And remember, art can come in many different forms. “If you don’t have any paintings or prints, a decorative extractor hood, good lighting design and bespoke flooring can also create an artistic statement,” adds Higgins.

KITCHENS ADD A VINTAGE CHANDELIER OR A MIRROR One easy way to add an interesting focal point to the room is with a showstopping vintage piece. “My preference would always be a light fitting,” says Catherine Quirke of Quirc Interior Design, Naas, Co Kildare. “An antique light fitting can completely finish the look and tie everything together in the kitchen. It will add interest and excitement.” An oversized chandelier above an island or dining table will always add drama, but there are myriad alternatives if you’re prepared to do some digging. “From old church pendant lights to vintage industrial fittings, they will be a talking point,” says Quirke. “Wilson’s Yard in Co Down always has some gems, as do the vintage shops on Lot’s Road in Chelsea, London. For new lights with a vintage feel, try Mullen Lighting in Co Down.” When installing a vintage light fitting, it’s wise to engage a professional. “Always ensure the wiring is adaptable to the current voltage in your home,” adds Quirke.

The style and size of a chandelier or pendant over a kitchen or dining table will dictate the height from the table. The more elaborate the design, the higher it should be suspended.


The interplay of light and shadow is important when adjusting light levels.

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Lighting in the kitchen doesn’t have to be just functional. Of course work zones, such as food preparation areas and around the sink, need to be well lit, but elsewhere there are opportunities to have a little fun with it. “Your kitchen lighting plan should be multi-layered with task lighting, atmospheric lighting and accent lighting,” says Grace MacDonald of Phoenix Interior Design in Terenure, Dublin. “What really adds character and definition is grouping these various types of lighting in each zone. We see a lot of this over islands where the same fitting is repeated at the same drop two, three or even four times. LED strip lighting is a good example of task lighting particularly below kitchen units, but is also another great way to provide accent lighting. Floor or table lamps can be used to illuminate dark corners or to create mood lighting. Adding wall lights over a console table or buffet unit is a great way to give more personality and you can highlight special features with directional spots.” To really create impact, go big or go home. “Over an island and dining table are locations to go large,” says MacDonald. “It is better for fittings to be oversized than too small, so be brave. But avoid using fittings with fabric or cloth shades in areas where food is being prepared and cooked – wipeable surfaces are a must. And if possible, have different switches for each zone and dimmers for feature lighting.”

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KITCHENS AN UPHOLSTERED CHAIR OR WINDOWSEAT Including a cosy armchair or upholstered windowseat can add warmth to an otherwise strictly functional kitchen. “A windowseat built into a bay can be designed to incorporate clever storage with drawers or space accessed through hatch doors,” explains Eadaoin Holden of Holden Interiors, Galway. “You could even create a faux bay by building out the walls either side of a conventional window and adding bookcases. A windowseat can also double up as additional seating at a dining table when there’s a crowd.” When choosing fabric for kitchen upholstery, take into account the likelihood of it fading over time. “In a kitchen, going for practical coloured fabrics with either patterns or textures makes sense,” says Holden. “Patterned upholstery can take a space from boring to beautiful very easily. Using a quirky cushion on the chair adds an element of fun. Take into account also, creating impact with fabric does not always have to mean bright colours. Luxurious textures can make a serious and sophisticated statement as well. Soft leather ages beautifully – the more beaten up it gets, the better it looks. And while leather can be costly, it will be an investment that will serve you well for years.”

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MIX TWO FLOORING TYPES – ONE NEUTRAL, ONE HIGH IMPACT If your kitchen incorporates a dining or living space, consider mixing up the flooring to help define these areas. “Tiles are considered really practical in the kitchen. They make cleaning easy and keep the space looking sharp and functional,” says Hannah Lordan of Hannah Lordan Interiors, Cork. “In an open floor plan, tiles make a nice contrast with wooden living room flooring. But make sure when using two different materials that where they meet is seamless and neat.” To make a statement, consider unglazed porcelain tiles in a mosaic pattern. “They give the kitchen a chic vibe and it’s a design that can adapt to a variety of styles,” says Lordan. “They can be costly but are so worth it. Chequered floors are bold yet simple and the style can be adapted to the materials, textures and colours you decide to use. The black and white combination is extremely versatile and ideal for modern and traditional kitchens.” Choosing neutral tiles, like charcoal, in the kitchen area will allow you to play with colour elsewhere. “If I use neutral coloured tiles, I tend to go with colour on the cabinetry, like dark greys, muted greens or blues with a fairly simple work counter,” Lordan adds. ^

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Helen Kilmartin, photographed by Barbara Corsico, on the white leather Kennedy sofa by Poltrona Frau. The cowhide rug is by Limited Edition, Belgium. The table is designed by Eileen Gray, made by Classicon, under license from Aram. All from Minima.

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HELEN KILMARTIN INTERIOR DESIGNER, MINIMA Owner of Minima, the luxury furniture importer and design consultancy, Helen Kilmartin has been responsible for private residential and commercial design and interior projects here and all over the world for more than 20 years. Based between Minima on Dublin’s Hanover Quay and London’s Ebury Street, Kilmartin spends her time sourcing, selecting, supplying and styling for her clients. Her own home is the perfect showcase for her work – it’s a mix of luxe design from B&B Italia, Promemoria, Cassina and other cool and classic design brands. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF GOOD TASTE TO HELEN KILMARTIN? “Restraint in the quantity of pieces in a room. Consideration of how they work with each other as a collective whole. Anyone can buy nice individual items but putting them together in a holistic way is trickier.” WHAT IS BAD TASTE? “Copying and fakes. If you like something and it is out of your price range, either buy second hand, save up for it and reward yourself or buy something different. The irony is that many who buy fake design classics think that it shows they are design aware and have good taste. I don’t think so, there is plenty of good new design out there at affordable prices.” WHAT DO YOU LOVE IN INTERIORS NOW? “When I was in Milan recently, I loved the combination of salmon pink with copper or brass that was coming through from a number of designers. It’s timeless.” IF YOU COULD BUY ONE TASTEFUL PIECE NOW WHAT WOULD IT BE? “The ABC chair by Flexform – in tan leather.” WHAT’S GIVING YOU A BUZZ NOW? “Seeing the builders back on site – it’s encouraging to see activity again.”

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Product designer and interior designer Sacha Walckhoff is Creative Director of Christian Lacroix Maison a post he has held since Lacroix himself left the brand in 2009. In a new collaboration, Roche Bobois invited Maison Lacroix to design 20 furniture pieces, including lighting and rugs. Walckhoff describes good design as “timeless, desirable, obvious and singular”, clearly ascribing a sense of originality as key for him. At home, his love of one-of-a-kind decorating is manifest in the mix of styles and periods and his taste for the exotic. He doesn’t shy away from kitsch, and there is a touch of levity to his apartment in Paris with its collections of objects gathered from markets and mixed with serious design pieces. This sensibility is felt in the new collection for Roche Bobois, which is luxe and sophisticated and playful. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF GOOD TASTE TO SACHA WALCKHOFF? “This is a tricky question as ‘the good

taste’ of one might be the bad taste of another! That being said, to me, good taste goes with singularity, easiness and ideas ... money might help but should not be seen or felt.” WHAT IS BAD TASTE? “Obvious money.” WHAT DO YOU LOVE IN INTERIORS NOW? “To feel that there is a connection with history without any nostalgia, I love to feel that it is connected with the history of humanity.” IF ONE THING SIGNIFIES GOOD TASTE NOW, WHAT IS IT? “Sensibility.” WHAT ITEM OR PIECE DO YOU LOVE TO LIVE WITH NOW? “I just did get a piece from

sculptor David Altmejd – it is wonderful to wake up in the morning and to be able to look at it while sipping my lemon juice!” Sacha Walckhoff with some of the Christian Lacroix Maison collection of furniture for Roche Bobois.

ABOVE: A double-sided decorative screen, part of the Nouvelles Classiques Collection by Christian Lacroix Maison for Roche Bobois, features a lush garden collage. LEFT: It’s hard to believe from Walckhoff’s Paris apartment, where his taste for the exotic is freely expressed, that he was once a minimalist.

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STYLE John Redmond, photographed by Neil Hurley, in his studio at home where he paints with acrylics on canvas and is planning his first exhibition in the coming months.


John Redmond has adroitly created the world of Brown Thomas for decades, overseeing everything from displays to merchandising, campaigns to magazines, for the brand. His concepts for window displays – particularly at Christmas – draw huge crowds to the exterior of the store, enticing them inside where his unique eye for fun, detail, luxury and newness makes a valuable connection with consumers. In his role, deadlines rule and everything must be meticulously planned and timed, perhaps the reason why over the years his pursuit of painting has been so important to him. Art has always been an inspiration for Redmond’s work and he has spearheaded a number of extraordinary collaborations with artists for the store windows. At home, he brings his eye for colour, shape and form to bear, injecting colour with his paintings. He’d like to change the interior more frequently, a habit fuelled by the need for constant change in his work, but settles for switching the art and replacing cushions and accessories. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF GOOD TASTE TO JOHN REDMOND? “Almost every interior style done well

can be tasteful; for instance, while I generally dislike clutter, when I see it done the right way, I can love it. Overall, quality matters, and being able to use contrast successfully, because this makes for an interesting interior. And I think it’s important to understand the person who lives in the space to appreciate it.” WHAT IS BAD TASTE? “Too many shiny surfaces and fabrics.” WHAT DO YOU LOVE IN INTERIORS NOW? “To me, the ultimate luxury now would be a clean, modern shape and beautiful traditional Irish tweed.” WHAT ITEM OR PIECE WOULD YOU LOVE TO HAVE NOW? “A sofa upholstered in Irish tweed – either a vintage piece in a bright yellow or teal or a very contemporary couch in a nude or grey tweed.” WHAT IS YOUR VIEW OF ART IN INTERIOR DESIGN?

“It’s obviously not a good thing to select art on the basis that it matches your sofa, or looks right with the curtains, but judging how well a piece works in a room will involve whether the setting enhances the work. I think the décor should support the art, not the other way round.” SHOULD ART INFLUENCE HOW YOU DECORATE? “By relegating wall art to a decorating accessory, you may be overlooking its ability to play a more prominent role. The inf luence of an artwork in a room can suggest shapes you might pick up on, or create a balance of colour. I think repeating colour from a piece of art can underline its impact.” ANY TIPS ON HANGING ART? “Placing furniture underneath a painting can draw the eye towards it, emphasising it. Also, hanging multiple works by the same artist can have great impact. Grouping artworks and photographs is a very individual thing – I am always curious to see how people display things differently. It doesn’t need to be serious – I like when you have a little fun with it.” ^

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“REPEATING COLOUR FROM A PIECE OF ART CAN UNDERLINE ITS IMPACT.” In John Redmond’s living room, his paintings have inspired the choice of furniture and style of decorating. “The décor should support the art not the other way round.”

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Keen to bring the colour and energy of the east end of London to this interior, the designer chose elements authentic to the area PHOTOGRAPHY BY BARBARA CORSICO

Panelling and joinery was designed by KLD to create depth and texture in the once-bland room, as well as providing substantial display and storage space. Incorporating mirror in the unit reflects light, colour and pattern. The feather light is by Eos.


ABOVE: The KLD-designed and detailed joinery was made by Moore O’Gorman, Dublin. The brass deer-head is from Baha; the sketch from Nelly Duff; both shops on Columbia Road. THIS PICTURE: In the bijou garden, a Moroccan-style tiled fountain and metal chair were found in a local market.


ondon Fields is a park in the borough of Hackney in east London. It’s close to the famous Columbia Road f lower market where the owners of this apartment used to live before they moved to a larger – albeit initially blander, featureless – space. And bland is not something you would associate with Brona and Tom Karlsson. Both work in financial services in the City. Their working life is very busy, with early starts and long days, so downtime spent embracing the vibrancy, multiculturalism and character of this part of east London is important to them both. The couple wanted to bring some of the personality and energy of their surroundings into their living space. When interior designer Róisín Lafferty visited their former home, amid the warehouses and small workshops of the f lower market area, she got a f lavour of the Karlssons’ openness to colour and ideas. Their f loral sofa from House Of Hackney was one clue, and their collections of books and objects from their travels, displayed against the exposed brickwork, another. The challenge was while they had found a larger space close by, it had none of the character of their former home. Knowing that the founder of Kingston Lafferty Design had delivered exciting projects, they engaged her to help them re-design and decorate. Lafferty’s plans are based entirely around her clients – she

In the hall, the palm wallpaper is by House Of Hackney.

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XXXXXXX The kitchen, to a design by KLD, and made by Sola Kitchens, is simple with subtle grey-green streamlined units with finger-grip handles. The backsplash is Carrera marble, the counter-top is Silestone, in Lyra. The copper pot, lighting and plant display was customdesigned by KLD, as was the ladder, designed to reach storage in the bulkhead. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Underground-styleâ&#x20AC;? tiles and surround are from H&E Smith. The patterned floor tiles are from Best Tiles.

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ABOVE: Facing the kitchen, a dining nook was created with a built-in bench framed with storage. The table is from Heyl Interiors. The copper lights are by Tom Dixon, the wall lights by Rockett St George. The cushions are from House Of Hackney. A gilded mirror was given a new look by building up layers of neon yellow paint. By extending the paint outwards from the mirror onto the wall, it becomes integral to the space. RIGHT: A view from the hallway to the kitchen, with the floor a combination of chevron semi-solid timber boards and patterned tiling. The latter draws the eye upwards to the copper pot and lighting display, created by KLD.

“THEY ARE OPEN TO IDEAS AND HAVING FUN WITH THE DESIGN PROCESS.” places human behaviour at the core of her designs, her primary objective being to create spaces that enhance day-to-day life for their occupiers, in a manner that combines the functional with the aesthetically pleasing. For the Karlssons, she was the designer who could bring it all together. “They are lovely, brave clients,” says Lafferty, “open to ideas and having fun with the design process.” As her clients wanted a space to relax in where friends could gather in casual comfort, injecting fun into the scheme was a prerequisite for Lafferty. It was also an opportunity to seek out interesting, even eccentric elements from the many markets and small design shops in the vicinity. The two-bedroom space on two levels was roomy but, with a baby on the way, needed to be designed for maximum storage and functionality. A wide semi-solid timber chevron-patterned f loor was laid throughout, and the sitting room, “a cream box”, was given an entire wall of joinery for display and storage. The use of mirror bounces light and makes the room appear bigger, a device used elsewhere in the apartment. The kitchen was redesigned to ref lect Tom Karlsson’s Scandinavian background: it is low-key and streamlined, devoid of clutter, the perfect “hangout” kitchen when friends gather. Lafferty’s design was to incorporate ceiling-height storage either side of the built-in banquette seat and in the specially designed tiled bulkhead above the sink area. A custom-made ladder was made to facilitate access to kitchen and sitting room storage. At the lower level, the master bedroom opens to a small but interesting courtyard garden. Throughout the space, use is made of the wares of nearby Columbia Road f lower market, with lots of greenery and indoor plants deployed.

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ABOVE: The console in the hall was designed specially for the space by KLD. BELOW: The bedroom has a mix of local finds with a light from, bedlinen and blankets from Foxford and antique embroidered cushions from HM Jones in Columbia Road.

In the living area, the starting point was the owners’ patterned velvet House of Hackney sofa. Panelling in dark grey was designed by KLD and executed by Moore O’Gorman Joinery, Dublin. The flamingo print is from Nelly Duff in Columbia Road.

DESIGNER’S EYE: RÓISÍN LAFFERTY ON PATTERN “We used the House Of Hackney sofa as a starting point, and added a mix of cushions, the palm print picking up the wallpaper in the hall as well as the planting in the room.”

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“We wanted to create an intimate restaurant-style setting; these copper lights emit very low light and are reflected in the mirror to give the illusion of more.”

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ORIGINAL CHARM The owners of this single-storey period villa chose an architect-designed reinvention over an over-slick remodernisation PHOTOGRAPHY BY BARRY MURPHY

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ABOVE: Creating flow and views throughout were key to the architectural layout. The kitchen, designed by Sibeal O’Sullivan and made by Langrell Furniture, opens to the side to the south to capitalise on sunlight. The stools are from Invent Interiors. LEFT: Lots of storage was a key requirement and it is cleverly concealed in a wall of panelled cupboards in the lower ground floor hallway. The Serenzo wide-planking flooring throughout is from the Hardwood Flooring Company. BOTTOM: Meeting of minds: Architect Sibeal O’Sullivan with client Denise Lynch. The oak kitchen table was made by cabinetmaker Chris White of Acrewood to Sibeal’s design. The Caravaggio pendants are from Hicken Lighting.

fter Ian and Denise Lynch returned from overseas where they had lived for a number of years, they rented an old house in Ranelagh while they set about finding a property to buy in Dublin. Their rented house so appealed that they asked to meet the architect of its beautiful restoration, Sibeal O’Sullivan. “We met, loved her style and shared her taste and her attitude to design. She ensures that spaces can be truly lived in and enjoyed,” says Denise. “Her portfolio of work was very appealing in that it showed a contemporary style, where the interiors were integral to the overall design scheme.” And thus began a working relationship between client and architect which resulted in this beautiful period conversion that functions brilliantly for family living. The successful house-search yielded this 19th-century four-bedroom villa on a quiet street in south Dublin. Lived in for more than 40 years by the same family, it occupied a deceptively large footprint, the garden so full of trees that the perimeter was almost indiscernible. “We had a plan in our heads but from the moment Sibeal viewed the site, our thinking on it changed,” says Denise. Sibeal took on the challenge of making a period

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ABOVE: The sitting room with rug from Roche Bobois, and butler’s tray from Ana Barreto. The sofa, ottoman and cushions were bought in London. The painting over the fireplace is by Mary Rose Binchy. THIS PICTURE: View from the study through to the sitting room opposite. The desk is from

THE CLIENTS APPRECIATED THEIR ARCHITECT’S CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF EVERY DETAIL THAT WOULD IMPACT ON FUNCTION BOTH NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. house on two levels work as conveniently as a new-build. The big challenge was creating natural f low, vitally important to Sibeal’s clients. “You can build a huge extension on to the back of a period house and the rest of the house becomes redundant,” says Denise. “We wanted to actively use all the rooms.” Specialising in refurbishing and extending, with a strong emphasis on the relationship between the exterior and interior and on the interior design, Sibeal O’Sullivan is a consummate problem-solver. And this includes not just room layout, kitchens, bathrooms and finishes but the design of interior fittings like panelling and furniture. This project presented some specific challenges, the principal one being the very poor visual connection between the house and garden, particularly from the reception rooms at first f loor level. Another was where to locate the kitchen. “You want the kitchen to open to the garden,” says Sibeal, “but you also require the reception areas to link with the kitchen. We got permission to re-orientate the stairs and, by creating a double-height opening into a storey-and-a-half high kitchen extension, we created a link between the kitchen and the hall and reception rooms at first f loor level.”

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RENOVATION LEFT: The master ensuite opens off the bedroom via large sliding double doors. The walnut vanity with Silestone top in Lagoon is designed as a freestanding piece of furniture so that when doors are fully open, the bathroom seems like an extension of the bedroom. Both unit and mirror were made by Wabi Sabi Furniture. The wall lights are from Hicken Lighting.

The ensuite benefits from lots of natural light from the addition of rooflights. The bath and encaustic tiles are from Fired Earth. The paint shade is Ammonite by Farrow & Ball.

The clients appreciated their architect’s careful consideration of every detail that would impact on how well the house would function both now and in the future. “Not only did she know what would work in the short-term, she encouraged us to anticipate future needs.” Rather than incorporate a mews block into the main house, Sibeal could see the wisdom of keeping it separate for when the couple’s three boys become teenagers and would love their own space. “Sibeal works with a vision in mind,” says Denise. “She said, ‘I am going to give you a house you can walk into’, and she did.” As Denise was expecting her third child at the time, Sibeal narrowed down choices for her clients, delivering moodboards and samples of materials she thought would work best. “I am convinced that no matter how skilled you are, placing a project like this in the hands of a professional will lead to a better outcome,” says Denise. ^ FAR LEFT: The bunkbeds were designed by Sibeal O’Sullivan and made by Wabi Sabi Furniture. LEFT: A boy’s bedroom with Charles bed by B&B Italia from Minima.

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THE ACCESSORY LAYER PENTREATH & HALL is a treasure chest in bookish Bloomsbury. Although it’s tiny, and looks like someone’s front room, it’s crammed full of china, pictures and knick-knacks as selected by architect-of-the moment Ben Pentreath and his friend Birdie Hall, an artist. This is a place to pick up finishing touches or to start an interior make-over. Pentreath has been quietly cutting a swathe via his influential blog, gorgeous Instagram feed and coffee table books. Do look out for his soonto-be published book English Houses. His forte is for mixing colour, texture and pattern. Suzanis jostle for space amid glassware, stationery and soft furnishings. While you’re in the vicinity visit neighbouring stores – Dark Room London and Folk Clothing, while Ciao Bella is a good local Italian, post-purchase. Pentreath & Hall, 17 Rugby Street, WC1;

COLOUR & PRINT The King’s Road is home to many interior stalwarts (Heal’s, Peter Jones, Habitat, India Jane) but DESIGNERS GUILD remains a favourite. The sprawling flagship store, established in 1970 by siblings Trisha Guild and Simon Jeffreys, sings with colour and creative ideas. Designer collaborations with William Yeoward, Ralph Lauren, Christian Lacroix and a Royal Collection are tempered with affordable bed and bath collections and a burgeoning accessories line (scarves, stationery, ceramics and tableware), while the furniture dotted throughout is by Vitra and Knoll as well as other Scandinavian, French and Italian designers. They run frequent in-store paint and paper workshops (there are a few in October and November). You’ll most likely find me rummaging in the remnant basket. Look out for their sales of ex-display furniture and fabric which offer fantastic bargains. Designers Guild, 265-277 King’s Road, SW3;

BED & BATH Marylebone High Street is a favourite Saturday haunt for me. You might walk past COLOGNE & COTTON thinking it is a rather twee children’s store. Don’t. It’s a real gem and has been going strong for 24 years. Its USP is beautiful cotton and linen at affordable prices. There’s a French vibe to the décor and the linens, with waffle weaves, toile de jouy and elegant candle stripes predominating. They stock everything from bathroom basics, lingerie and a surprising edit of niche scents from Annick Goutal, Alvarez Gomez, Côte Bastide, Claus Porto soaps et al, which makes it good for present shopping too. They often have great interior pieces such as occasional tables, lamps and lacquered boxes. My theory is if you love Zara Home, you’ll love Cologne & Cotton. Cologne & Cotton, 88 Marylebone High Street, W1;

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MODERN ECLECTIC SCP was founded by Sheridan Coakley more than 30 years ago with the simple aim to make beautiful, functional design products that will last. At the time it was anti-chintz and it still retains its minimalist restraint. Championing British designers like Jasper Morrison, James Irvine and Matthew Hilton, SCP has also exhibited at Salone del Mobile. Located in the so-called Shoreditch Design Triangle (stay at Ace Hotel if you visit) it sells over 200 contemporary brands such as Terence Woodgate, Michael Marriot, Timorous Beasties and Tom Dixon. If you want contemporary designer classics you can’t go wrong here; what’s more, the staff are very approachable – not often the case in design emporiums of this calibre. SCP Shoreditch, 135-139 Curtain Road, EC2;


ALADDIN’S CAVE A Girl’s Guide to Decorating by Abigail Ahern is a modern classic and should be on every keen decorista’s bookshelf. Ahern’s forte is for pushing boundaries, tearing up rulebooks and glamming spaces with bold accessories and faux flowers (they are very convincing!). If you like baroque ‘n’ roll as design inspo, then this boutique will delight. There are plenty of flora and fauna inspired accessories. In among the pelican, crocodile and owl lamps, the wallpaper selection aces on three-dimensional effects, while the Capri bar cart is a modern classic. ATELIER ABIGAIL AHERN also combines a flower and design academy. The next masterclass is on December 3 Atelier Abigail Ahern,137 Upper Street, Islington, N1;

CHILDREN’S ROOMS If you lament the dearth of traditional furniture for children, then DRAGONS OF WALTON STREET will redress the balance. Reputed to be Diana, Princess of Wales’s favourite children’s store, other yummy mummies such as Samantha Cameron and Sophie Dahl are clients. They sell handcrafted and hand-painted furniture: think Moses baskets, four-poster upholstered cots, exquisite dolls’ houses that morph into side tables and beautiful rocking horses. They also have the licence to recreate Beatrix Potter, Flower Faeries and Paddington illustrations on their furniture which gives a clue to the overall ethos. These are top-notch heritage designs to be handed down. Formerly on Walton Street, they are now tucked up in the fourth floor of Harrods, in the nursery department. Dragons of Walton Street, Harrods, 87–153 Brompton Road, SW1.

INTERESTING ANTIQUES I came across THE OLD CINEMA when I visited the Chiswick Auctions for a preview. As the name suggests, the Old Cinema is just that and dates to the 1890s. Now it is dedicated to vintage, retro and antique furniture, sourced from around the world. Many items are one-offs and as such it can be a bit of a hit or miss. When you find a hit though it’s a real high! The edit includes mid- century pieces, Italian sconces, chairs, lots of letters, some jewellery and an enviable selection of Art Deco dressing tables – perfect for adding a sophisticated touch to any bedroom. Good for a nosey of a Saturday morning. The Old Cinema, 160 Chiswick High Rd, W4; www.

ONE-STOP LUXURY SHOPPING Buzzing and vibrant, on the inside and out, this is London’s design hub. Formerly for interior designers and trade only, the DESIGN CENTRE CHELSEA HARBOUR is a one-stop shop. With 100+ showrooms, more than 600 luxury brands as well as a bright, airy Design Café (to take stock) and an RIBA bookshop, the centre also offers personal shopping consultations. There’s an information desk with interactive pathfinders and a virtual tour. Soft furnishings, lighting, accessories, hardware, tiles and more are part of the remit with Brunschwig & Fils, Cole & Son, Lelièvre, Pierre Frey and Tim Page carpets some of the highlights. Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road, London, SW10;

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