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.
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.
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.
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.
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.