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.