Pattern of colour fun
The Spires is an interesting home set on four acres with an 18th century walled garden and orchard just half a mile from the main street of Stradbally, Co Laois.
The main residence has seven en suite bedrooms, kitchen, dining and living room. It is also registered with Bord Failte and is ideally suited as a guesthouse.
In addition it has a three-bedroom holiday cottage, a site with development potential and a lake.
This week, I took the architectural style of the house as inspiration for the hypothetical makeover. The retro façade and spacious interior lends to a certain allowance of playing with colour and pattern without jarring with the eye.
I started in a somewhat backward fashion, by choosing the Ikat rug from Littlewoods (€52.00) first and building my new living room around this splash of red. I love the grey Kenneth Cole sofa from House of Fraser, and paired with the retro styling yet contemporary comfort of the Ikea Tirup chair, the room now has its anchors.
Mixing cultures, I would pile the couch with 'Aztec' cushions from Dunnes Stores (€15) to carry through the red accents. However, when it came to other accessories, green is a wonderful complement to these dull reds -- I particularly love the Rocha by John Rocha green bowl from Debenhams (€68.00)
Wall space is ample, so take advantage with a fun retro print -- the 'Raygun' poster from Opafaf on etsy.com ($30) is one of my personal favourites. It's ridiculously tongue-in-cheek, yet the colour tones really add to the room.
Finally, a little visit to Anthropologie's online store finds my filling the room with dinky ceramics, while Next's Oxford lamp adds a more settled austere finish to the space.
Blanaid Hennessy is an interior stylist and blogger contactable through www.shutterbug.ie