Saturday 29 April 2017

The cold reality of that romantic stately home

A warm welcome is more important than good carpets and curtains any day, writes Victoria Mary Clarke

Heart of the home: Ally and Turtle Bunbury in the kitchen of their Georgian rectory, near Hacketstown, Co Carlow. Photo: Tony Gavin
Heart of the home: Ally and Turtle Bunbury in the kitchen of their Georgian rectory, near Hacketstown, Co Carlow. Photo: Tony Gavin

Victoria Mary Clarke

I'm traumatised thinking about home interiors and how mine might be inferior. This was possibly triggered by RTE's Home of the Year contest. As often happens when I hear mention of a contest, I found myself wondering if I might be in with a chance. But I suspect I would have a better chance of winning an Iron Man contest. And naturally I had to ask myself if I am missing out on something.

All over the world, people are obsessed with what their houses look like and with what other people's houses look like, and how their interiors measure up to everyone else's. If you Google 'Chinese home interior competitions' the images are bounteous and breathtaking, and you get similarly lavish results whether you search India, Japan or the US of A.

It seems to be perfectly normal to think a lot about your carpets and curtains, and to do so with a view to continually improving them.

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