About four years ago myself and my partner were looking for a new home, we wanted to live in the countryside but found it very hard to find what we were looking for, we both have a love for old houses. It took us two years to finally find a truly unique gem of a house we could call home. We bought a Thatch Cottage in the countryside near the town of Dundalk, it is a truly enchanting house. We want to live here for a while to get the feel of the place before any work commences, decorating is a process that takes time and I have all the plans in my head, I am going to bring this beautiful place back to life.
I continue this feeling throughout my house bringing things back to life, as none of my furniture is new, its furniture I have collected along the way in antique shops, second hand shops and charity shops.
This side of me comes from my mother, growing up I always remember my mum at a sewing machine, needling away her latest designs. Every Interior designer gets inspiration from somewhere or someone, my inspiration comes from my mum. She would spent hours making curtains for every room in the house, covers for sitting and even duvets for the beds, she even made all our dolls clothes. I still have two dolls she knitted for me and made beautiful dresses for them. My mother has a great sense of style, especially with clothes, she could buy a simple cardigan and by the time she was finished adding on lace to the sleeves and bottom of it, changing the buttons, it was fabulous. She thought me to put my own stamp on everything and I cherish her for that. She is truly an inspiration.
Here are just a few items from my home.
This beautiful Green painted french style table, I bought for €100 in an old antique shop, Kearney antiques, Fearney Street, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. I have bought several bits and pieces in this shop, it is a small shop with a lot of clutter but sometimes you will come across a gem. Above this shop is an Italian restaurant, Cavallios, the food is absolutely gorgeous its real Italian food, the man that owns it, Daniel is a character you would nearly go, just to have the crack with him, definitely worth a visit
The two lamps on the table I bought in TKMax for €30 each.
This two seater I bought in a charity shop for €70 with the plastic still on it, would you believe, the material €15 a yard, I purchased from a shop in Dundalk called The Remnant Basket.
The talented Rita Black, Rita covers everything for me and my clients, sofas, chairs, curtains you name it and her work is perfection and so is her price. She works from home and lives near Knockbridge, Co Louth, I would highly recommend her, she is a genius.
Chaise long, purchased in charity shop €50.
Two antique chairs, purchases from charity shop, €10 each, I covered them myself, material €5.
My latest purchase an old iron framed garden bench, which I will paint and restore, in the summer time. Purchased from charity shop, wait for it, €30.
These are just a few of the treats I have found, I have more in storage, again none of it is new. Buying from charity shops is not for everyone, this is my choice of style for my home, I love buying old furniture and restoring or covering it, the results are amazing and it means more to me.
People have this concept that they need to spend lots of money for their home to look good, that is not the case at all. To me it doesn’t matter if its designer or what name is on it, you either like it or you don’t, why go for it because of the name.
I have met clients, were they feel the need to spend lots and lots of money on furniture they don’t even like, cause its all designer and miss Jones down the road has it. I am not saying don’t spend money on good furniture just be realistic.