Tuesday 17 October 2017

Put your stamp on . . .

Bedfanstown, Drumree, Co Meath, Three-bed detached bungalow, €349,000
Bedfanstown, Drumree, Co Meath, Three-bed detached bungalow, €349,000
Sofa: Shoreditch Vintage Chesterfield Sofa, GBP1995, Alexander & Pearl, www.alexanderandpearl.co.uk
Candlestick, £15, Next, nextdirect.com/ie
Curtains, Mantadia Curtain, from €222-€258, Anthropologie, www.anthropologie.eu
Green Cushion, €24, Leaf Cushion, Littlewoods, www.littlewoodsireland.ie
Cabinet, 'Stockholm' TV bench, €300, Ikea, Ballymun Co. Dublin, www.ikea.com/ie
Mirror, Heirloom Green Ornate Oval Mirror, €155, Debenhams, stores nationwide, www.debenhams.ie

Blanaid Hennessy

Bedfanstown is not your average three bed bungalow – in every way – from its 1.5 acres of mature surroundings in Bedfanstown, to the elegantly vintage-style interiors.

This is a unique, comfortable and warm family home in an enviable private area yet convenient to local amenities and easily accessed by the M3 motorway.

The location exposes the resident to a unique atmosphere of seclusion, complemented by the impressive mature gardens. Also, this home could be easily enhanced with a sympathetic extension.

The living room features a fireplace with marble surround and cast iron inset, picture rail and a window seat overlooking the rear garden. This is the perfect space for this week's hypothetical makeover – and I am armed with neutrals, greens and natural fabrics.

The sofa from Alexander & Pearl (£1,995 www.alexanderandpearl.co.uk) starts us off, a vintage style Chesterfield that must really be the most timeless of all sofa styles. It is not very often you get to call any particular sofa style 'timeless' as they tend to be very much defined – 'retro', 'contemporary', 'minimalist' etc. The Chesterfield can be shoved in to any of those aforementioned settings with ease, and adapt.

The 'Stockholm' TV bench from Ikea (€300) is the perfect solution to the 'ugly-tv' situation, detracting from the machinery sitting atop this sleek cabinet. I would also stack some ornaments on the side of the space, including the lantern (€25) from Heatons, and the candlestick (£15) from Next (www.nextdirect.com/ie)

Textile wise – it's hard to look past Anthropologie for curtains, and they are a firm favourite of mine for constantly interesting stock. The 'Mantadia' Curtain (from €222) provides the perfect colour injection to the room. From here, I pick up on the green tone with the Leaf Cushion (€24) from Littlewoods, and finally, the Heirloom mirror (€155) from Debenhams.

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