I see the sea, I think nautical
This week our resident interior designer puts her stamp on a house in Rush, Co Dublin
Published 12/03/2010 | 05:00
What: Seabrook, Brook Lane, Rush
Selection of 3 and 4-bed detached and semi-detached homes
Grimes Real Estate Alliance -- Skerries
21 Strand Street, Skerries, Co Dublin,
A residential development in the idyllic location of Rush, Co Dublin, Seabrook is a collection of detached and semi-detached contemporary homes.
They have been built with energy efficiency as a primary design element, along with kitchens which are custom manufactured by McNally Living.
The living rooms in all of the Seabrook homes come complete with energy-efficient wall-mounted Avanto balanced flu-enclosed gas fires, which would ensure a cosy space at the heart of the home. This makes it the perfect room for the 'put your stamp on it' redesign.
This week's inspirational photo comes from the online catalogue of IKEA and features a somewhat light-handed approach to the 'nautical' style.
A subtle mix of whites, blues and a smattering of patterns create an overall feel of being all at sea, without crossing the line into a 'coastal B&B circa 1973' look.
Wallpaper is the easiest way to establish a seafaring effect on your walls, such as a blue and white striped paper from Wallpaper Direct (www.wallpaperdirect.co.uk).
However, if you're hesitant to commit to the level of work it takes to change your mind and scrape the walls in the future, stick to some muted blue, grey and cream-toned paint.
Along the blue hues, I would go for 'Reflection' and 'Coast' from the Devine colour range at Colortrend. Visit the website www.colortrend.ie
Every sailor needs a desk to do such sailor-type things as work on their laptop.
I particularly love this grey writing table from Strawbridge (www.strawbridge.ie).
I would then take the grey colour into the rest of my furniture, but alternate the fabrics in my sofa and armchairs.
The velvet sheen of the Belgravia armchair from Irish and London online store, Sweetpea and Willow, perfectly complements the masculine feel of the Contempo Dorotea sofa from Mac&Mac interiors, which offers free delivery to anywhere in Ireland.
You could choose to broadcast your nautical leanings through the use of brazen accessories, such as the lighthouse ornament from Heatons.
However, you may also prefer to subtly invoke the Cape Cod feeling through the use of coloured glass placed on your windowsill to catch the light.
Marks & Spencers have a collection of blue and green coloured glass vases in stock, which you could mix with some vintage finds of your own.
John Rocha's button cushions from Debenhams, and a Next clock that looks faintly as though it could steer a ship, complete Seabrook's 'Put Your Stamp On It' makeover.