Wednesday 16 August 2017

Bright ideas to light up your living space at House exhibition

Marie Varley, from Stoneybatter in Dublin, takes a shine to a lamp by Copper Fish Studio at the House exhibition in the RDS. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Marie Varley, from Stoneybatter in Dublin, takes a shine to a lamp by Copper Fish Studio at the House exhibition in the RDS. Photo: Colin O’Riordan

Ian Begley

Thousands of people flocked to the RDS this weekend to revel in the domestic wonders of House 2017.

From the modestly priced lampshade to the €28,000 drinks cabinet, there was something to suit all tastes and budgets.

However, many simply hoped to be inspired by the treasure trove of interior wares.

Quantity surveyor Alan Kelly travelled from Kildare in search of ideas for his yet-to-be-built home.

"We have just got planning permission and are very excited to be building a house in the next couple of months," he said. "We're here just to get a few ideas and to be inspired by everything here.

"My style would be contemporary, and I'm sure we will pick up a few bits and pieces throughout the day."

Fiona Burke, from Navan Road, Dublin, said she would love to remodel her sitting room.

"We did up our kitchen last year, but I would really like to find some very interesting pieces of furniture here," she said. "My style would be more modern, but I also like vintage stuff as well. Basically, I just want people to walk into my house and say 'wow, where did you get that?'"

Gillian Clohessy travelled all the way from Limerick with her mother to find inspiration for her dream home in Dublin.

"I'm looking to buy an apartment in Dublin, but I came here to look for some unique and creative pieces of furniture," she said.

"I would love my home to have a vintage theme with a modern twist, so hopefully one day I can make that happen."

'Room to Improve' star Dermot Bannon was also on hand throughout the weekend to offer his expert advice on exterior design.

"A lot of us tend to focus on interior design, but as an architect, I'm all about the very basics and structure of a house," he said.

"I want people to focus on things like where light is coming from, as opposed to cushions and curtains. There's a place for that, but you have to get the other stuff done first."

Irish Independent

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