Saturday 24 February 2018

I'm keeping it country

This week our resident designer puts her stamp on a bungalow in Drumellihy, Cree, Co Clare



Drumellihy, Cree, Co Clare


3 bed detached bungalow on c 1-acre private site.


Marissa McGrath BSc MIAVI Sherry Fitzgerald McMahon, O'Connell Square House, Ennis, Co Clare T: 065 9052288

How much: €195,000 This brand new, stone-faced dormer sits in a beautiful country setting, a short distance from Cree, Cooraclare and Doonbeg villages and only 10 minutes drive from the heritage and maritime town of Kilrush. This spacious house includes sitting room, large kitchen/diner, utility, bathroom, three bedrooms and an en suite. There is also an attic upstairs, which is ready for conversion with a Stira stairs in place and velux windows.

A beautiful country setting can only be enhanced by a beautiful country interior, so, this week, I'm putting a somewhat rustic stamp on the dining area of the generous kitchen/diner.

'Country' style doesn't have to include wooden chicken signs or pine dressers, unless, of course, that's what you like. 'Country', for me, is about ease and comfort, soft lines, a mix of materials, and a subdued palette that promotes 'shoes off, sitting by the fire, having a mug of tea' levels of relaxation.

This week's inspirational image, from Hedgeroe ( is a more contemporary take on the traditional country style, and a great starting point for the redo of this space.

I would add even more modern design into the mix in this room, by creating an unusual partnership between a farmhouse table from Strawbridge ( with rattan pod chairs from Next.

However, if you think these chairs are too 'round' for your rectangular table, consider using them as carver chairs at the head and foot of the table instead. Place regular wooden chairs, painted in slightly varying hues of soft grey and cream, in the spaces remaining, but try to make sure to top these with extremely comfortable seat pads . . . I think we've all experienced the 'wooden-seat-numb-bum' situation.

The country style continues with the mix of storage, if you don't have family hand-me-downs for a genuine cottage look, just create it -- hand-me-downs have to start somewhere. A cabinet such as the Hemnes from Ikea, accompanied by the perfectly distressed sideboard from Irish online store; 'Sweetpea and Willow' ( keep the look informal.'

The tones of Laura Ashley's 'Baroque rug' work perfectly with the other accessories, such as the 'Olives' picture in the distressed frame from new Irish online store; It also has a distinctly vintage look, which adds even more authenticity to the room.

It's time to pile the table, and instead of the usual pottery and flowers, I chose the silver nickel vase from Irish online store; Mabel and Violet ( and, along with a collection of driftwood candles in various sizes from the Nordic House (, this completes the dressing up, country style, of the dining room in Drumellihy.

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