There's nothing that sets off our interiors envy more than RTE's Home of the Year, which has enjoyably brought us over the threshold into some of Ireland’s most beautiful homes throughout the years.
The programme returned to our screens on Thursday displaying the usual handful of architectural dream houses, but it was the Gerrard-Coveney family's duplex apartment that really wowed the judges.
Dublin landscape architects Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney purchased the spectacular Georgian building in Dublin City with Esther's brother in 2013, before transforming it into three separate dwellings.
Speaking on the show Esther said: "It took a year to get planning permission and a year to build and then we had twins. We moved in a week before they were born. It's been a journey, we've enjoyed it. We really wanted to get to the bare bones of what the building was originally like and then add in sensitive parts so we could have our home."
The couple's space is spread over two floors, the ground floor and the basement, which they share with their three kids and the pair have tried to marry the character of the original building with modern living.
The walls of the apartment have been stripped back to reveal the original colours from the 19th century, while the hand-restored sash windows pair well with the modern marble kitchen.
The couple's favourite spot was their fabulous pink marble bathroom, which was also a highlight for Home of the Year judges Hugh Wallace, Declan O'Donnell and Deirdre Whelan.
The couple designed much of the furniture in their ideal home themselves, including an amazing splated beech dining table.
Interior designer Deirdre Whelan awarded the family’s apartment with top marks.
“I was delighted that this turned out to be an apartment in a Georgian building,” she said.
“I think it’s something we don’t see enough of. This was a magnificent home."
The Gerrard-Coveney’s home will now enter the final of the show.
Home of the Year is broadcast on RTE One every Thursday at 8.30pm
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