Sunday 4 December 2016

Down by the sea shore

This week our resident interior designer puts her stamp on Cois Tra, Lahinch, Co Clare

interiors@independent.ie

Published 21/05/2010 | 05:00

What:

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Cois Tra, Lahinch, Co Clare

Accommodation:

3 bedroom, 149 sqm detached house

Agent:

SherryFitzgerald Hussey Madden

Main Street, Ennistymon, Co Clare

T: (065) 707 2833 W: www.sherryfitz.ie E: sales@sfhm.ie

How much:

€310,000

This three-bedroom property is located in the heart of Lahinch, and is within walking distance of the beach, golf courses and the village.

The living space is on the first floor and the bedrooms on the ground floor. External features include a large private back garden with paved patio area, a tarmaced driveway for easy maintenance and a decked balcony which envelopes the west wing of the property, allowing guests to sit and appreciate the fabulous views afforded by the house.

This week's inspirational image comes from the catalogue of the Designer's Guild, the fabric and wallpaper specialists with stockists located throughout Ireland.

The image depicts an unusual mix of design, from contemporary lamps, to Gallic mirrors, vintage ceramics to mid- century tables. I was chatting to an interiors expert recently, and his advice for designing the perfect space was to be brave with your mix of eras, so this week, I'll aim to do just that.

This contemporary take on an antique sofa from Rume, which is styled with architectural inspired cushions, is the perfect design anchor for the living room.

It's an elegant piece with a touch of retro fun that you can build your room around. Combine the sofa with sophisticated armchairs from Laura Ashley. For a minimalistic and inexpensive approach to the coffee table, try the Kramfors footstool from Ikea.

In order to make it functional as an actual coffee table, and not just an expansive cushion, top it with trays on which to balance your cups, books, and of course, remote controls.

While working on my own current project, I dealt with Killian McNulty from 'mid-centuryonline.' This steel rod drum shape coffee table from his store is perfect as an over-sized side table in this room set up.

The Miss K Starck was designed by Philippe Starck, and is available at the Conran Shop in Arnotts on Henry Street, Dublin. I love that its simplicity is a disguise for the incredible attention to detail and perfect symmetry.

Balance out the modern with another intricate piece from bygone days, add the Minimix collection of photo frames from house of Fraser in the Dundrum Town Centre. Pile your storage or display unit with traditional silver candles and tasteful white ceramics, then finally add colour by planting up some dinky vintage enamel pots, such as the selection available from the Contemporary Home.

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