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Feb/March 2011. Issue 70 €4.00

Ask the Experts • Floors • Floors • Spring • Spring Garden Upstairs Downstairs

• Designer • Designer

• Winterize • Winterize your Home • Cars • Cars 2011 • Allotment • Allotment Accessories Allotment

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It has really been a bumpy roller coaster of a ride up to Christmas. I can’t help thinking that I should be writing this editorial in german. I would if I could, but I can’t. So Hi, roll on the new year and lets hope it is a better one for us all. At least this issue of Upstairs Downstairs will give you a little bit of a lift. Editorial It has really been a bumpy roller coaster of a ride up to Christmas. I can’t help

Ithinking suggest that youDownstairs dobeanything this season at warm coat, wrap Our new look Upstairs hasthis lotseditorial packed into it this put time.Ion It’sa very back to nature that I ifshould writing in least german. would ifmuch I could, but I up can’t. for alland you green fingered readers.Latin Allotments areand coming backthe intoatmosphere fashion. And we tell you where well head into Galway’s Quarter savour there. We So roll on the new year and lets hope it is a better one for us all. At least this issue of you can get one and get stuck in to growing your own vegetables. We are reliably informed that have a super feature showing you asome of this part of Galway a Upstairs Downstairs givefare/fruit you little bitthe of abest lift. thingsforthat small plot could producewill enough and vegetables/greens a family for the entire winter. City has to offer. We also have a few tips from Luigia Panfili on how to ‘Dress the So get out growing! To help you along we went out and about to source some of the accessories Tree’ Christmas. Check out our three experts feature weagarden have Owrap Reilly on I suggest that if you doalso anything this season put -own on warmOrna up you willfor need to start. We have some simple tipsattoleast get your incoat, order this Spring. design problems, Sean Barrington on wood floors and Noel Brannelly tells us all about ‘Our Irish Country Garden’ feature will delight you and we also have the usual garden feature well and head into Galway’s Latin Quarter and savour the atmosphere there. We from bespoke kitchens. our own McKeon. all thisyou ‘nature stuff’ would thinkthat I went live on farm or have a Anne super featureWith showing some ofanyone the best things thistopart of aGalway something!!!? Well I haven’t! Despite the odd visit to the country I am still a townie at heart. Maybe City has to offer. We also have a few tips from Luigia Panfili on how to ‘Dress the I’ll buyissue, the wellies this year. This Upstairs Downstairs has two great commercial properties from which to

Tree’ for Christmas. Check out our three experts feature - we have Orna O Reilly on steal some decorating ideas. One ison a coffeefloors shop and revamp in Castlebar,tells Co. Mayo design problems, Sean Noel all about Luigia Panfili brings us backBarrington to days gone bywood with her nostalgic articleBrannelly - Lets Look Backus - Things The Brewery Cup and the other is a hotel in the centre of Galway city The House From Timeskitchens. Gone By- she takes us to old time past times and gives us a glimpse of long forgotten bespoke Hotel. She suggests games nights and picnics. I am sure you will enjoy her delightful feature and objects. that will bring back some fond childhood memories you all. Thisit issue, Upstairs Downstairs has two great for commercial properties from which to

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Ask the Experts • Floors • Floors • Spring • Spring Garden • Designer • Designer

• Winterize • Winterize your Home

As usual experts are hereGallery. to help you, with Orna answering youritdesigner queries and Sean own Desour Curley ofand Home The amazing thing about was that heThe completed The Brewery other isflooring, a hotel in the of Galway city giving us all the Cup advice on the engineered and as I centre mentioned David has the- tips onHouse spring the job from start to finish in 6 days and had the owners in just in time for Christmas, Hotel. gardening. We also have some good advice on how to ‘winterize’ your home. I know the big winter complete christmas tree decorated. You steal the look thiswinter. luxurious chill is long with forgotten but I think it isfully a good idea to get ourcan houses sorted beforeofnext I know home with our ideas on Page 32. Iterraced have a few jobs to do on my own house too. One of our house features this time is a beautiful Dublin home, decorated by our very

own Des Curley of Home Gallery. The amazing thing about it was that he completed

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ISo am looking forward to me the New Year, brighter evenings notand too Ifar away like and to have my you all is left for to do towith say enjoy this issue would wish theall jobthat from start 6isdays and owners just in time forfrom Christmas, fingers that itto willfinish beand a in better one prosperous for ushad all. Ithe hope you getinsome good ideas Upstairs acomplete very crossed happy Christmas a more new year. Also a big ‘thank you’ to all with christmas tree fully decorated. can stealinthe of this luxurious Downstairs for your own homes and gardens as thereYou is something it forlook everyone.

our readers andwith advertisers foron allPage your 32. support during 2010. terraced home our ideas

Enjoy this issue.

So all that is left for me to do is to say enjoy this issue and I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a more prosperous new year. Also a big ‘thank you’ to all our readers and advertisers for all your support during 2010.

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Contents Feb/March 2011

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Inside. Fashion Fashion from Galway City 4

Features Ask The Experts Wood Floors 24 Winterizing Your Home 32 - 33 Designer Queries 64 Art For Art Sake 67 Car Review 2011 58 - 59

Shopping

Open House Idyllic Paradise

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An idyllic paradise combined with a haven of tranquillity best describes this wonderful residence. Located only 3 kilometers from Spiddal village this beautiful residence sits on elevated 0.5 acre site and commands stunning sea views from most angles in particular to the front and side. The property itself extends to 4,000 sq ft and is in excellent condition. Styled in modern contemporary, the original home has been significantly extended and now provides exceptionally high quality, spacious accommodation with every possible requirement for modern living provided.

Stripes 20 Best Buy 30 5 of the best Cushions 30 Loves 34 & 66 Florals 62 Allotment Accessories 70

Extras Lets Bring Back 6 -7 Reap What You Sow 68 -69 Spring Garden Tips 72 -73

Gardening

Dream Hunting Lodge Page 26 - 27

Gardening Arms Reach 74 -76

This hunting lodge located one hour away from Paris is in the middle of 500 acres of forest and is mainly used during the hunting season, when wild boars, deers and pheasants are being hunted. The owners of this amazing estate contacted Laurent because they wanted to create a hunting lodge with vast receptions rooms for entertainment. The Lodge which covers 5000 sq ft includes 3 ensuite bedrooms, an open plan L shaped kitchen, dining room, living room, sun room totalling 2500 sq ft.

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From Farmhouse to Grand Design Page 34 - 49 This amazing transformation took place under the watchful eye of Gráinne O’ Neill of Architectural Spaces. It was a project very close to her heart as it was her own home she was transforming. We have seen some parts of Gráinne’s home in previous issues and we have waited for many years to photograph the finished project. Gráinne is extremely busy running Architectural Spaces so naturally her business always seemed to take precedence over her own build. Also Grainne wanted everything to be just perfect so she was willing to wait and put her home on hold as she worked on her many other projects. 2

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Guess What?

We are renovating again!!! So Cutting Edge Tiles have over 10,000sqms of tiles to clear at rock bottom prices Prices have to be seen to be believed. End of Line Tiles for â‚Ź1

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Fashion

- Spring Fashions from Galway Lucy Molloy

Where style and lifestyle meet, get a fashion/lifebalance •Visit my homeshop opening times will be posted from early february or you can make a private appointment now by texting 0861735684 •Book a home event for spring and get 10% of the event torwards your clothes on the day for hosting •By e-mail send your latest wish list and contact details to lucymulloy@eircom.net I will contact you to arrange payment and delivery

Qui Collections.

Demora The Cornstore, Cross Street, Galway. Tel: 091 539860 Demora stocks exclusive collections of established and up and coming designers from New York, Paris and London

Milly - Spring Collections

Skunkfunk Collections

Hidden Closet

Dublin Rd. Tuam, Co, Galway. Tel: 093 24055 Hidden Closet have their new collections from Daisy May, Fran & Jane, Skunkfunk and Qui now in stock. All colours bright and fun.

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EFESUS MARBLE has the largest selection of marble for wall and floor tiles in the West of Ireland Eco friendly marble floor tiles are the recommended choice for use with under floor heating. We also do granite kitchen worktops, vanity worktops, granite hearths, also marble steps & risers for stairs.

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LET’S BRING BACK: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By

Objects and accessories from The Collection

Luigia Panfili from The Collection

A sophisticated, stylish cultural encyclopedia of nostalgia, Let’s Bring Back celebrates forgotten objects, curiosities, pastimes, fashions, words, landmarks, and personae from bygone eras I am an incurable nostalgist, and life is difficult for nostalgists these days as we are all living our lives “plugged in” or “on-line”. When I discovered “Let’s bring back” by Leslie Blume it was a one-of-a-kind delight! In it’s pages I found numerous treasures from the past , many of which I would very much love to bring back. Let’s Bring Back is an engaging encyclopedia that is part history lesson, part style manual and an amusing look at the past, that is relevant to today. It’s about adding a bit of art and style to one’s life. A return to mannered living, as it was. And couldn’t we all use a bit of that now? Before you get the wrong idea, this is not about stopping the clock or not enjoying the convenience of modern living. Looking back in this way helps us to become intelligently forward-looking. It helps us evaluate what traditions & elements of our own lifestyle & households we want to pass on to the next generation

Pastimes DISCUSSION SOCIETY Polite ones or impolite ones. It doesn’t matter. Let’s take a break from online chatter and move back into real rooms with three-dimensional people. Talking is good

PICNICS And picnic baskets. They’re hard to carry but in the end they are worth it. Bring books,and for the kids a ball to play with and hula hoops!-My sister from London gave my little girl a hula hoop for Xmas this year and we still play with it every evening while making dinner! Black and white pictures are a must!(also if you need the help of Photoshop!)

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS PLAYED AT HOME GAME NIGHT Scrabble, bridge, poker, whatever. We often take out Monopoly and they are truly the funniest nights! Staying in is the new going out so go on have some fun!

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Forgotten Objects: RECORD PLAYER Of course very few of us have one but my consideration would be to swith on your 20th century CD player and listen to some good music with your family and friends!

SILVER TOAST STANDS This item reminds us to put more effort in our breakfast! I know we are all rushing in the morning (I too have 2 young kids and a full time job) but it’s great to start of your day with a proper breakfast sitting down all toghether…It’s only 15 mins And believe me it makes sure that we all have a smile on our face and of course our tummies are filled with cereal, juice, coffee and of course toast (with nutella!!)

POSTCARDS Remember when during the summer we would receive one nearly every week from every corner of the world and with a “pinch of envy” we would say “ah lucky them” I Love sending them

LAP DESKS - LETTER OPENER - FEATHER DUSTERS GUEST BOOK This can become a home diary: a recording of all coming & going!

FOUNTAIN PEN I know they are not very practical but just think how pretty a Thank-you note can be when written with a fountain pen. It doesn’t have to be a full letter!

BROWN PAPER & TWINE WRAPPED PACKAGES A misterious approach to gift wrapping. There could be anything, from a diamond necklace to a slice of cheese .

CANDLE CHANDELIER Nowdays we have so many lamps and spot lights that we hardly swith on our elettric ones So why not have a nice candle chandelier for those special evenings!

Curiosity HANDWRITTEN NOTES Handwritten notes - and letter writing too. How happy are you when you see a handwritten envelope in your post box?

LIBRARY Public ones and private Home ones. Read Read & Read!! Books can also transform a house into a Home

GOOD POSTURE Next time you walk past a manicure salon, peek in the window at the women getting their nails done. I’ll bet you that they’re all slumped down in their chairs.

My Final Thought: This book could be a great conversation piece: Set the stage with a warm fire, a nice bottle of wine and best of all family & friends,and start of with “Remember when…”

Apparently not only it improves your image but it also Increases concentration and thinking ability & it enables you to breathe properly

MANNERS Suddenly it’s perfectly acceptable to send messages throughout dinner or let the door close on someone (how I hate this especially from young men). And why do we have to shout while on the phone? Do we have to really make sure that everyone in a restaurant knows every detail of our lives?

HOME MADE SUNDAY ROASTS I come from a family of 5 and we are all living in different parts of the world And also with our Italian roots (Italian Father & Irish Mother) we all love getting around our mothers table for that traditional Irish Dinner… Please make sure that the television is turned off and that the table has a cloth and candles lit!

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Idyllic

Paradise

Words by Julie Keary Photography by Alan Smyth - www.smartpix.ie

An idyllic paradise combined with a haven of tranquillity best describes this wonderful residence. Located only 3 kilometers from Spiddal village this beautiful residence sits on elevated 0.5 acre site and commands stunning sea views from most angles in particular to the front and side. The property itself extends to 4,000 sq ft and is in excellent condition. Styled in modern contemporary, the original home has been significantly extended and now provides exceptionally high quality, spacious accommodation with every possible requirement for modern living provided.

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The main entrance hall floored with rich cream porcelain tiling, guides one through a timber floored hallway with a guest bedroom to the right and a sitting room to the left. The white oak timber staircase leads to the main bedroom and two more double rooms upstairs. The extremely spacious informal lounge, kitchen & dining area look out on to the sea with the Clare Hills in the distance. A beautiful large bright kitchen with walnut kitchen units & red quartz work tops also has a central island unit and porcelain flooring.the dark wood of the units is followed through to the dining area in the dark wood table and chairs. Double French doors lead out onto the wrap around decking area where the views are absolutely breathtaking and the seating area is positioned to obtain maximum sunlight up to late evening. The spacious utility and Guest W.C. are just off the kitchen. 10

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The style of the sitting room is open plan almost part of the hall where the walnut timber floor is followed through. This area again has panoramic sea views. The fireplace is french limestone and complements the walnut flooring wonderfully. All the little extra design ideas are a bonus for the buyer with the cream painted TV unit matching the recess shelf unit above it. This lovely recess shelf is also built in the dining room area. Chocolate brown couches are most comfortable for enjoying the views of the sea. Upstairs Downstairs Issue 70

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Also on the ground floor are two double bedrooms all fitted with TV & phone points, the family playroom/study and a main bathroom. The beautiful white oak staircase leads up to the landing and a further three bedrooms –all with en suite which benefit from pumped showers. The master bedroom is truly spectacular & again the sea views are superb. A very cleverly designed en suite with separate jacuzzi bath and six jet power shower & walk-in-wardrobe with full length slide robes. The en suite and wardrobe are accessed via a very clever door - that forms part of the back wall of the bedroom. The en suite is similar in size to many a main bathroom! A double bedroom designed for children is simple and very tastefully decorated with two cream painted single beds contrasting the purple wall colour.

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This home is very close to a host of local amenities including excellent national schools, good quality restaurants and beaches. Extra features include a central vacuum system, under floor heating, wired for surround sound, top quality finishings, stunning sea views - all combine to make this modern home a fantastic buy & viewing is an absolute must. Contact Michelle Burke Premier Properties @ 087 2500 716 for further details or to arrange a viewing

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GET THE LOOK Builder - Neal Owens Mob: 086-2339627 Carpentry - Neal Owens Timber Floors - Creative Warehouse, Inverin. Fireplace - Creative Warehouse Tiles - Cutting Edge Tiles Lights - Peter Murphy Kitchen - In House Leather Sofas - Top Drawer Max Staircase - Neal Owens

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Candy pink with moss green striped couch from Home Gallery Delicate colours for these striped cushions from The Bedroom and Linen Company

Go on risk it with this stripe couch from Top Drawer Max

Pillow in a bag from The Bedroom and Linen Company The Milly Collection from Demora Boutique, Cross St, Galway

Purple lamp with soft purple shade from Home Gallery

Silk striped cushion from Home Gallery

STRIPES

SKINNY STRIPES OR WIDE STRIPES - ANYTHING GOES WITH STRIPES IN VIBRANT COLOURS.

Thin pink striped ottoman from Home Gallery

Striped wing backed Chair from Home Gallery

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BEDROOMS • DINING • LIVING • ACCESSORIES

Lille Collection

Winchester Collection

Chantilly Collection

Couture Collection

Kaymed - Odearest - Willis & Gambier - Pierre Cayron - Couture Full spring/summer collection of bedroom linen coming soon

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Wicker that Works / Rattan that Rocks. Meadows & Byrne have the spring look all cleaned up with these wicker and rattan pieces. The casual yet chic look will give any home that rustic warm feel.

Grey Rattan Pedastal €89 A contemporary upright grey rattan pedestal, in a perfect rectangle for an antiqued-chic take on the side table or art pedestal. Grey Pots and Wicker Base €5.95 A tapered pot, perfect for Garden candles or pretty potted plants, all based in a handy grey rattan basket.

Grey Willow Table 64X75cm €49 The perfect table for casual dining for two, this round café table is finished in a classic kubu grey that captures the true beauty of wicker.

Grey Rattan Stool 40X45cm €69.00 We’ve freshened up our popular Rattan stool with a soft grey wash, perfect for lounging around alfresco.

Giant Yellow / Orange Dahlia Spray €11.50 This giant dahlia to brighten up your spring cleaned home.

Grey Rattan Doggy Basket €100 This Grey Rattan Doggy Basket is ideal for both cats and dogs, a favorite with both pets and their owners!

6 Grey Rattan Screen €295 Perfect to divide a room, fill a corner or give a bit of privacy, this grey Rattan screen has been designed to enhance and compliment any home décor.

Grey Rattan Storage Basket €21 Large Grey Rattan Basket €27 Store all your files, clothing and more in this convenient large antiqued Rattan woven tote basket. Low grey Rattan Table €100 The look is clean and simple, this contemporary low Rattan table will add a natural, fresh finish to any décor.

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Ast the Expert Engineered Floors By Sean Barrington The main reason for the development of Engineered boards was the need for stability in any wooden floor. So to explain this fully we need to give a short explanation of the traits of a Solid timber. If you can keep in mind the natural traits of a tree; this will help. The tree cut into boards of solid flooring will do the same as it has done in nature. They expand in the width of the board (not the length) when there is high humidity and shrink again when the environment is dry. The greatest worry with solid flooring is that there is no way of telling how much expansion any given board will do. It is possible for the floor to expand more than anyone could expect and not have enough expansion space within the walls of the room. What usually happens is the floor will lift or begin to creak and move under foot. The development of Engineered flooring has put an end to all these risks. Needless to say a stable floor is always the best way to go. An Engineered floor is the ultimate in stability. Other stable floors on the market today are Laminate and Semi Solids but for today we will focus on Engineered Floors .

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Engineered boards are made up of a top layer of solid timber and a backing board of Plywood. The back plywood layer ensures that the solid top layer is held stable at all times. • Engineered boards can come in varying widths, lengths and thicknesses and can have varying thicknesses of Top (solid) wear layer. • The top layers on Engineered boards would vary from 4mm – 6mm • The thickness (height off the floor) will be from 17mm to 21mm. • The widths can be generally from 120mm to 260mm and wider by special order. • Lengths can be either a random board which is long and short boards in each pack; or extra long boards of 5m long, which are a special order in some species.. • The thickness of the board is often guided by the thickness of the top layer e.g. If the top layer is 6mm then the overall board would normally be about a 20 – 21mm thick board. • And you might also have a 17mm thick board that will have a 4mm of top layer.

SurfaCe finiSheS are generally varniShed or oiled Varnish A Varnished floor is generally very smooth to the touch. When you walk on a varnished floor you are walking on the varnish not the timber. At some point down the years the varnish will begin to wear. At this point you need to bring in a large sanding machine (usually done professionally) and sand off the old varnish and re finish the floor with varnish again. The sanding process will take a small bit of the timber as well as the old varnish; but with an engineered board the wear layer of timber is sufficient to allow this. Once the floor has been re surfaced with varnish you are off again for another number of years to enjoy your floor.

Oiled They can also be Oiled which leaves the timber looking more natural. The oiled boards can come with additional finishes of smoked, aged and distressed and even surface texturing to give a truly unique character look. The oiled

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Oil/Wax floor allows you to feel and walk on the timber, as the oil/wax that has been applied has soaked into the timber. this seals the timber and makes it water resistant.. Oiled Timber will need to be re-oiled about every second year. (This is like washing the floor with an oily rag) it can done by hand and will soak into the floor over a 8 hour period and you are ready to use the floor again. The added benefit of an oiled floor is that the re oiling can be a DIY task which allows the house holder to oil the floor at minimal cost. It is simple to do and even a small area that is showing wear can be done without having to do the entire room. The oils are available in a matt finish or a satin finish which has a small sheen to it.

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aVailable Engineered Boards are available in a wide range of species and some that are available from us at Wood Plus Ltd are: Ash, Oak, Walnut, Cherry, Smoked Oak, Accacia, Merbau, Tiger Walnut and Exotic Cherry to name a few.

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The things that would generally vary the price are: • The lengths of the boards. The longer the board the more expensive the board • The widths of the boards. The wider boards would be more expensive. • The wear layer. The thicker the wear layer; the more timber is actually on the board and therefore the more expensive it usually is. • The clearness of the timber used on the top layer can also vary the price. E.g. A Clear Oak would generally be more expensive than a knotty/Rustic Oak.

Contact: Sean Barrington Wood Plus Ltd, 9a Liosban Retail Park, Tuam Road, Galway 091 752311, Woodplus@eircom.net

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Martin Connolly, synonymous with curtain making for 40 years, opened the Galway Curtain & Blind Cetre 10 years ago at Unit 7a Liosban Retail Park. He has built up a phenomenal client base in the West of Ireland and countrywide. He continues to expand his product range including all top brands like Swatch box, Crowson and Tipperary Textiles. A visit to his showroom is always an experience and Martins expertise and knowledge means you get the best advice about dressing windows of all styles and shapes. Whether you want custom made curtains, readymade curtains or blinds - roller, vertical, velux wooden venetians - the Galway Curtain & Blind Centre is well worth a visit.

Martin Connolly in The Galway Curtain & Blind Centre Liosban Retail Park, Tuam Road, Galway is deďŹ nitely the man to talk to.

The Sanderson Range

Come and view the full Sanderson Collection of fabrics and wallpapers

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Dream Hunting Lodge Words By Laurant Billiet.

This hunting lodge located one hour away from Paris is in the middle of 500 acres of forest and is mainly used during the hunting season, when wild boars, deers and pheasants are being hunted. The owners of this amazing estate contacted Laurent because they wanted to create a hunting lodge with vast receptions rooms for entertainment. The Lodge which covers 5000 sq ft includes 3 ensuite bedrooms, an open plan L shaped kitchen, dining room, living room, sun room totalling 2500 sq ft. The objective was to create a relaxed and natural environment where the owners and their guests could relax after a days hunting. The lodge is quite large and can accommodate up to 20 people so it was imperative to have the space for that amount of people, whether they were dining or relaxing. This is why Laurant

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had the living area completely open plan but yet having the living dining and cooking areas quite separate. Because the lodge is surrounded by a dense wood, Laurant went with some light rattan furniture in the sun room and the dining room. He decided to use a fabric with an Indian elephants pattern and rich exotic colours such as ocre, orange, curry combined with red cosy sofas for the living room as well as some dark leather sofas for the sunroom. The room is also accessorised with exotic animal prints and a Hermes cashmere scarf with a panthers pattern. Still it is difficult not to notice the huge Louis the XIII fireplace throning in the living room, this is emphasises even more by the contrast with natural french oak floor to create a large yet cosy room.

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Get The Country Lodge Look Laurant decided to scout around the local shops to put together a country lodge look for irish readers. So whether you go for the dark or light rattan pieces or the leather and tweed pieces I’m sure there is something here for you to achieve that look.

Cushions and fabrics from La Maison Chic

Old style storage chest from Curlys Furniture

Deep buttoned canvas upholstered chair from The Bedroom and Linen Company

Accessories from The Red Bar

Deep buttoned tweed fabric chair from The Red Barn

Hall mirror from The Bedroom and Linen Company

Dark rattan armchair with cream cushions from Curlys Furniture

Wicker footstool from Curlys Furniture.

Wicker chair perfect for comfortable dining from Curlys Furniture

Leather dining room set from The Bedroom and Linen Company.

Leather and tweed armchair from The Red Barn

For more information or a visit to his 3000sqf showroom please contact Laurent at La Maison Chic 086 2242328, www.lamaisonchic.ie, info

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Home Gallery have all the accessories you will need for that extra special bathroom. From the sink unit to the towel racks.

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Bathroom Bliss At Home Gallery

Candles for bath time €30.00

Free standing sink with brass taps €895.00

Green & cream - fresh colours to brighten up the bathroom Hand towel €5, bath towel €10 and bath sheet €15. Towel ladder €145.00

Blue and white towels from the Karla Bree Collection - hand towel €5, bath towel €10 and bath sheet €15 . Towel ladder- €145.00

Adorn the shelves with these quirky ducks €15.00

Ornate distressed toilet roll holder €45.00

White timber lettering wall pieces €5.00

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Candle tray with white candles to add that relaxed atmosphere to your bath. €20.00 (candles included)

French style free standing toilet roll holder €40.00

Chunky frames to accessorize your bathroom €18.00 wrinkle €30.00

Home Gallery, Top Floor Born Building, Newtownsmith, Galway. Tel: 091 895228.

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Pop in and view our gorgeous range of finest quality kitchenware now at unbeatable prices. Perfect products to help make your house a home...

Fruitgrove Teapot €11 Fruitgrove Cup & Saucer €3.65 Fruitgrove Utensil Jar €9.50

Fruitgrove Bread crock €36.50

Kilner Jars from €3.65

2 Cup Teapot €5.50

Large Mixing Bowl €21

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Upstairs Downstairs Best Buy.

5 of the Best Cushions

Mc Vann Interiors in Ballina Co Mayo are selling off these designer suites of furniture. Mc Vann Interiors, Killala Road, Ballina, Co Mayo. Tel: 096 79846

Circular silk cushion with diamante button from Home Gallery.

Designer 4 seater, 3 seater and armchair was €4500 now selling for €2895

Cerise pink cushion with large leaf motif from Home Gallery.

Lavender cushion to match bed throw from The Bedroom & Linen Company

Designer Sofa, Queen Ann wing chair and armchair - was €4495 now selling for only €2495

Taupe cushion with large woollen flower motif from Home Gallery.

Large cushion with flower motif from Meadows & Byrne.

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