Saturday 17 March 2018

Interiors: Eclectic dreams

Blanaid Hennessy on a Dublin home that marries styles from past and present

Blanaid Hennessy

Clodagh O'Hagan has created a home that is the perfect mix of style and substance; the kind you want to party in, photograph a shoot in -- and just live in.

Clodagh, who owns boutique consumer PR agency Blink PR in Dublin, transformed this Georgian home by using pieces collected from different places and eras.

The starting point was her grandmother's 1960s corner cabinet. This piece was repainted and filled with a 30-year-old fine bone-china tea set.

At the monthly Brocante Market ( in Dublin, Clodagh found her beautiful mix of Edwardian, Georgian and retro dining chairs. She "just had to have them all". To unify the styles, she had them restrained in a black satin finish by 'Furniture Doctor' Pat Cooke.

He also upholstered each chair with a selection of fabrics from Murphy Sheehy fabrics on Castle Market Street in Dublin 2: "I do love shopping there -- I'm currently getting an old, giant armchair from a friend recovered in beautiful fabric from Murphy Sheehy's for my bedroom."

On the walls, Clodagh has hung some contemporary pop art and also some plates her housemate brought back from Palestine. "Anyone can put together a room that looks like it's straight out of a catalogue; the challenge is to create a space that reflects personality, individual style and life experiences," she says.

A modern reproduction antique mirror sits on the mantle surrounded by flowers. "In my mind, no room is complete with out flowers. These beauties are from Appassionata, just beside George's Street Arcade. Their flowers are so beautiful."

The extendable dining table is from Ikea, while in the hallway sits a 1950s collectible teak sideboard from the Dutch school of architecture. In the kitchen, there are blackboard splash-backs which Clodagh constructed.

Irish Independent

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