I am sitting in the sunshine writing this, casting my mind back to the Winter months when I began consulting on an early Victorian house restoration in Dublin. The new owners had a fab sense of style but really wanted to do justice to this, their forever home. It had been broken in to flats in its previous existence and now needed to be brought back to life in a new chapter of becoming a home for a young family.
I came in at the stage where paint colours were being chosen and decorative details were being considered
I remember we were numb with the cold, walking around trying to imagine how it was all going to look as all the windows had been taken out.
The owners were great, they wanted to push the boundaries with their choices of colour and be brave. They understood that how they painted their walls was going to dictate the atmosphere of each room. This was their chance to put their own mark on the house.
Spring has come and the house is now a home….
The outer entrance hall is a fresh pale green echoing the vert de gris in the reclaimed coach lantern.
The entrance hall is a deep and dramatic colour.
…. with the owner’s quirky papier maché deer head to greet visitors with his tongue firmly in his cheek.
This leads to a lighter hall, stairs and landing with all the architraves becoming features by being painted in a darker hue to the walls. The owners fell in love with this painting a few years ago after seeing it in a bidding raffle. I think they were destined to have it.
A mirror with gorgeous mercuried glass waits to be hung
The newly built boot room fulfills its function but is also a nice place to sit. The graphic poster advertising a sheep auction dating back to 1919 is a favourite of the owners and sits well in the ‘downstairs’ space.
In fact all the artwork already owned by the family has found a place that seems right for it – throughout the house, the family’s personality shines through.
The dining room, which is mostly used in the evenings, is richly atmospheric with the artful details popping out of the rich clay colour of the walls.
The chandelier has unexpected copper shades.
When viewing the house at its skeletal phase, the doorway from the hall was being closed off, I suggested creating a butlers alcove in the dining room keeping the bricks of the doorway exposed and using reclaimed planks as shelves, the terracotta adding warmth to the room, but also the feature is reminder of how far the house has come. This now houses a gorgeous copper & silver cloche bought by the owner for a song!
The dining room leads to a sunny kitchen with airy high ceilings
This fine gentleman observes life from above, he was sourced from Enniskerry Antiques through my Emporium of Decorative Detail The ladder was sourced by the owners from Drew Pritchard architectural antiques
Upstairs in one of the bedrooms, a beautiful little oil is the star.
The new greys from Lilttle Greene work fabulously with the textures of the wooden mirror and the concrete tiles.
When considering paint colours there was always a thought to how rooms would look as they lead to the next
The guest room is pale and fresh – a haven for visitors to feel spoiled with a very thoughtful peg rail for their overnight things.
The round mirror came from the previous home and fits in with the style of the new.
A pale pink echoes plaster in the children’s room.
When it came to moving in stage, I came back for the fun bit – to curate where the decorative pieces and artworks would go, the final piece of the jigsaw. It is these details that set off the carefully considered hues.
The house feels fresh and very now, while it has an awareness of it’s past. It is grand yet homely and quirky, therefore very much a home to relax and entertain while a young family have room to grow and enjoy it with friends.
A colour consultation is very worthwhile in making sure you really make the most of a space and the atmosphere there is the possibility to create.
For your own consultation focusing on either paint colours or decorative details, I can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: + 353 (0) 87 911 8236