While a castle may inspire a sense of jaw-dropping-wonder in most people, for an interiors designer the sheer awe is incalculable. To plan out the rooms of a one-time fortress, to find pieces worthy of the centuries-old antiques, to carefully gild and polish old-world luxury is, quite simply, every designer’s dream. And really, it has been a dream for us to work on Luttrellstown Castle, gently coaxing this gothic behemoth into the 21st Century. During our first phase of renovations, we gave six bedrooms a once over with our signature style. The second phase was more far-ranging and involved sprucing up some of the ornate reception rooms.
This Southside Dublin property was envisioned as a bustling family home. Chic yet functional it offered a spacious kiddie’s den upstairs and a grown-up living room downstairs. Throughout the house, the muted colour palettes and architectural lighting was offset by bright accessories and whimsical paintings.
For this country house hotel in Meath, we wanted to introduce contemporary but timeless pieces that would complement the antiques-laden interiors. Duck-egg grey furnishings, light-reflecting crystal and carefully placed artwork made everything feel fresh.
Once the medieval stomping ground of the Fitzgeralds, earls of Kildare, Kilkea Castle has retained its majestic stature. We were asked to take their carriage bedrooms and clock tower into the 21st century, without taking away from the history or inherent luxury. A colour scheme of thistle, smoke tones, grey and purple felt sophisticated and slick. In the ballroom, we brought the outside (all that rich, lush greenery) inside through vine-leaf patterned rugs and chandeliers. These were all made by hand in our Italian workshops and given a lavish, pewter finish. As for the ballroom entrance? Diamond flooring in a rich oak finish added real drama.
Set in luscious, rolling Meath countryside, the houses at Holsteiner Park called for a distinctly equestrian aesthetic. Elegant, no-nonsense interiors suitable for outdoorsy inhabitants. Plaid sofas and button-backed chairs nodded at the traditional country theme while glistening chandeliers and sleek accessories elevated rooms to a whole new level of luxury.
For this coastal guesthouse, we decided to go with a pared-back palette to let all the exquisite photography on display really pop. This is the antidote to clichéd coastal interiors. Rooms felt slick, mature – and as multi-faceted as the ocean itself.
This ivy-clad, 15th century castle is set majestically on acres of manicured lawns and forest. All the Ventura stylistic updates needed to complement the stately architecture and trove of antiques within this impressive property. We introduced an elegant, classic palette of tones to the bedrooms and streamlined lighting and accessories throughout.
With its glass frontage and ultra-modern architecture, this apartment is the ultimate cosmopolitan pad. We wanted nature to infiltrate this state-of-the-art space in some way. The verdant vista outside is mirrored through olive walls, taupe furnishings and inside greenery.
This classic suburban family home has been thoughtfully designed with comfort and style in mind. Our interiors needed to be able to withstand the stresses and strains of family life. The cosy kitchen space with its round table promotes togetherness, while the stylish blue den provides an escape route for weary parents.
We gave this Castleknock beauty salon a touch of Manhattan grooming. Bold leather furnishings, attention-grabbing geometric screens and perfectly-placed lights really served to ramp up the sass factor.
For Ideal Homes, we imagined a sultry, James Bond-style space. The bachelor pad to end all bachelor pads. An urban hangout made for cocktail-swilling, pool-playing hedonism. Sculptural lighting, luxurious faux throws and a streamlined palette of studio greens completed the look.
We created a seascape of furnishings here to reference the property’s coastal setting. Powder blue sofas and cushions were tempered with plenty of rustic wooden elements and rope detailing. Luxe fabrics and architectural lighting kept it modern.
We wanted this beautiful property with its interesting split-level features, to feel both sophisticated and homely. Impressive paintings and show-stopping accessories were paired with super soft sofas and ready-for-anything dining tables.
We really played with the idea of light and space in this family home in the suburbs. Expansive, wall-length mirrors were illuminated by spotlights and softer lamps. Glass elements reflected the surroundings and refracted the light. Our bespoke joinery and customised upholstery elevated rooms to supreme comfort.
This is a fine example of how we love to blend classic and contemporary styles. Traditional, button-back armchairs appeared alongside graphic, cut-out shelving. Low-hanging metal lamps and oversized mirrors gave a coastal kitchen a minimalist update. Fresh white linens, bespoke wall panelling and joinery combined to bring a touch of Hamptons grandeur to Greystones.
We wanted each room in this property to evoke a different mood. It is like a stroll around the colour wheel. The mauve and muted lighting of the living room emanates a sense of calm while the spring-like yellow cheeriness of the dining room is intended to inspire lively entertaining.
In this chic, young professional bolthole, we showcased the versatility of grey and went wild with prints and clashing furnishings. The resulting interiors are timeless –with just the right hint of eccentricity.
Adare Manor is a 5-star hotel and one of Ireland’s leading golfing destinations. Tasked with sprucing up the hotel and all the townhouses on the grounds, we went full-on lavish – from quilted bed throws to button-back headboards and lounge-inducing sofas. Touches of plaid nodded at the rural, golf theme. The effect is one of cosy luxury – an inviting space for large groups to chill out and unwind after a few holes.
In this property, we sought to maximise space through the use of clever, built-in storage units and soft, pastel colours. Through our careful curation of furnishings and accessories, we created interiors that feel both minimally efficient and yet elegantly complete.
For the Ideal Home show 2013, we let our inner Gatsby run wild. We imagined him carousing from black-and-white tiled bathroom to chandelier-bedecked dining room – the epitome of expressive style. Every element was an ode to 20s and 30s design and a celebration of more-is-more maximalism.
A pared-back colour scheme and considered details (the right chair, a light just so) created a space that feels effortlessly cool. The symmetry of accessories and seamlessness of floor and walls all have a very Zen effect on the appraising eye.
We envisioned this property as the home of someone well-travelled. A seasoned explorer. Console tables and shelves were filled with interesting artefacts and ornaments – pieces that could attest to the inhabitant’s worldly curiosity. The furnishings, meanwhile, continued this eclectic vibe.
To create the ambience of a swanky city pad in this 1,900 square foot penthouse, we kept the canvas crisp and clean – lots of wood and muted colours. We upped the luxury with meticulously-crafted furniture and carefully-chosen accessories. The perfect spot to pour a tipple and take in the view of the Dublin mountains.