Monday 19 March 2018

Home files: Five minutes with Red Earth manager Lisa Collins

Lisa Collins of Red Earth
Lisa Collins of Red Earth
David Bowie Is, V&A books
The Tillfalle collection at Ikea
Retro poster by artist Roger O'Reilly,

Lisa is manager of Red Earth, a lifestyle store with branches in The Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin 18 and Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Red Earth is home to many Irish and international brands including luxury designer Mindy Brownes.

Create a story for your room

My style is very traditional yet timeless. People are afraid to deviate from what they see in a catalogue, but mixing sleek, luxe-inspired pieces with rich woods, warm colours, ginghams and plaids captures modern and period styles at their best. I love oversized accessories, statement lighting and a luxurious feel. I'm not a minimalist in any way!

Confidence is key for 2016

I think the bold and glamorous look will be big this year, as well as 2015's biggest trend of copper, but with a twist. This year it's about mixing golds, gun metals and polished brass with glass and natural minerals like sandstone.

Be inspired by adventures in foreign lands

I love statement pieces inspired by travel, whether it's occasional pieces of aged leather furniture, ornate sculptures, ethnic patterns on rugs, bone and blackened metals. If one can imagine what the surroundings of an explorer's study may entail - these are the pieces to look out for!

Mix rich textures

I'm not afraid to use velvet - no matter what, it always shouts rich and decadent. Introduce it easily with velvet cushions, throws or curtains, you don't have to go for a full-on velvet sofa. I love ornate and detailed furniture, like a solid wood table with cast iron legs. Mixing of textures gives furniture a sense of age.

Red Earth will be among the exhibitors at the House 2016 interiors show at the RDS in May. For information, visit

This month we're...

...going green

If, like us, you're a chronic killer of plants (overwatering means we care too much, right?) then you'll love these little green succulents from Penneys. The pretty plants come in an array of sizes and ceramic or glass holders and they are impossible to kill… because they are plastic.

Faux flowers, from €3, Penneys

...Remembering ziggy

David Bowie Is, V&A books

The unexpected death of David Bowie means the world has lost a cultural icon as much as a music maker. This coffee table book, curated by London's V&A museum, draws from Bowie's personal archive of costumes and original artwork.

David Bowie Is, €49,

...Getting in the mood

The Tillfalle collection at Ikea

With the Olympics just a few months away, we're predicting a trend for all things Brazilian this summer. Get ahead of the pack with the limited-edition Tillfälle collection from Ikea which features bold colours, patterns and a samba flair direct from Rio.

The Tillfälle collection is available from February 1 at Ikea,

No place  like home

Retro poster by artist Roger O'Reilly,

Perhaps it's the 1916 centenary has us feeling patriotic, but we're loving artist Roger O'Reilly's selection of retro-style Irish travel prints. Priced €25 at


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