Inspiration, Interior Style

Who doesn’t love a before & after?

A favourite aspect of my Creative Services is giving Colour Consultations in peoples’ homes.

The words ‘safe’ & ‘neutral’ are used a lot for existing paint colours and there is usually a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the rooms as they are at the ‘before’ stage.

In the case study below, I was dealing with clients who had just bought a gorgeous Victorian terraced house close to the centre of Dublin. The house had been cleverly extended & restored but was painted, almost throughout, in tones of magnolia (my favourite!). The young couple were eager to put their own stamp on the house and make it their home. They called in my help the same week they had moved in! The couple are quite artistic themselves and wanted that to be reflected but they just needed suggestions and support in going ahead with colours, I was delighted to find they embraced all my ideas and within two weeks the house had been transformed! I selected a number of artworks from my Home Curation Service for the walls to really show off the colours as an effective backdrop to one’s own decorative details. In this post I am concentrating on the rooms where I suggested strong dramatic colours.

The bedroom was a small simple room with a nice feeling and we were working with the existing curtains which were a lovely thick oatmeal tweed with a blue ticking stripe. Image

Now the architectural details like the gorgeous little fireplace are brought to the fore. It has become a really special ‘wow’ room.

The artworks on the wall in the after shot on the right are by Jean Bardon and Grainne Cuffe.Image

The hall was like any other hall but now, using some the new greys by Little Greene, it has been transformed in to an inviting and dramatic space that draws you in from the outside world. Decorative details now pop out from the walls creating areas of interest where there was none.Image

As you can see, Lexie the dog loves the new house as she poses beneath a fabulous Springtime Still Life by Brien Vahey.Image

The hall follows down the next level to an in-between room which is used as a home office with a flip down desk.It is now cavernous and peaceful, a place to get lost in one’s work.ImageThe cabinet in the corner was going to be discarded but instead I suggested painting it Atomic Red – a lovely orange red that works with the brown greys.Image

The dining room is in a modern part right at the back of the house. It is used mainly in the evenings for entertaining, so we chose an ambient daring colour for the walls. At night the space changes its mood and already, it has been reported that many successful dinner parties have been enjoyed there. Image

If you fancy your own Colour Consultation either in Ireland or in London feel free to get in touch with me to arrange.

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Art, Interior Style

Painted Rows of Houses

I have been working on some new rows of houses over the last couple of weeks. As in my printmaking and paintings I have a thing for bockety houses and  I can’t resist using lots of colours just as houses in rural irish villages & towns are painted to this day.

They are carved from offcuts from the local shed builder  – he gives me firewood but I am always on the lookout for pieces of wood that could make good miniature buildings.

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After marking out on the pieces of wood what could go where, they are carved and the chimneys are added.

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Then I paint them, each house individually with three coats with tones of terracotta for the chimneys.

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and finally the details are painted – the doors and every single window pane

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There are a few available at the moment:

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this row of three houses: measuring approx 12cm in length and 4cm in height, cost £50 + p&p

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this row of eight #2: measuring approx 29cm in length and 5cm in height, cost £125 + p&p

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row of five: measuring approx 18cm in length and 5cm in height, cost £75 + p&p

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this row of eight #1: measuring approx 29cm in length and 5cm in height, cost £125 + p&p

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detail of row of eight #2

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Think of them as 3D original paintings, that can sit on shelves or ledges or door surrounds or they are so light they can be just blu-tacked to the wall or even put in a box frame.

 

some new ones…..

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Art

The paintings of Brien Vahey

Continuing my taster to the Open Studios Event in a couple of weeks, I wanted to show you some works by painter Brien Vahey.

I have long been a fan of Brien’s paintings especially because of his subject matter and how he treats it – with his painterly strokes of happy colours.

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‘Coliemore Harbour’ by Brien Vahey

Brien tackles landscapes and beachscapes, his use of colour capturing the sunlight kissing the sea or the hayfields and their surrounding hills. When I look at his paintings I can see them enhancing a room a thousandfold, imagine a room with pale grey walls and a well loved wooden rectory table in the middle surrounded by mismatching chairs …. with this on the wall above….

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‘Tonlagee 6’ by Brien Vahey 

Brien also looks at everyday items and sees a still life where we would see none…

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‘Bread and flour’ by Brien Vahey

Even a coal skuttle becomes a thing of beauty – I love the turquoise in this one – think of the colour this would introduce to a room!

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‘Coal Skuttle’ by Brien Vahey

and then there are his gentle observations of what would seem ordinary  buildings

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‘Ice cream shop 1’ by Brien Vahey

humble farm buildings become the centre of attention, and rightly so..

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‘Farmyard Glencree’ by Brien Vahey

A piece of fine art is SUCH an important element to an interior – to me a room is incomplete without at least one strong artwork on the walls. This is what pulls a room together or, for many of my rooms, starts off ideas and colourways.

I am hosting an Open Studio Weekend at the home and studios of Brien & Grainne on the 15th & 16th of June – please contact me direct if you would like an invitation to an opportunity to meet the artists and view their works in situ. All works on display will be for sale.

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