Wednesday 13 December 2017

It's good to play against type

This week our resident interior designer sets her sights on an unusual home in Roscommon

It's good to play against type

This week our resident interior designer sets her sights on an unusual home in Roscommon



The Tower, Wallace Court, Ballinlough village, Co Roscommon


Three bedrooms, two reception rooms


Property Partners Earley, Roscommon

090 6626579

How much:

Sold in the region of its €120,000 asking price

when it comes to Irish homes, the design aspects are often 'what lurks beneath' -- a 'planning-permission-safe' façade is compensated by incredible interior design. Not so with 'The Tower', a recent sale for Property Partners in Roscommon. This unusual building instantly makes you curious as to the decoration within, so if I were to put my stamp on it, I would try and heighten that interest through the use of an eclectic collection of furniture and accessories.

The name of the property would suggest that this collection should be along the lines of dark antiques, wrought iron and Tudors-style curios, but the actual architecture of the space says, to me, why not go a bit retro?

This week's inspirational photo features the 'Bakari' range from 'Harlequin' wallpaper and fabrics, available from 'Interio' in Co Clare. A neutral space with dashes of retro yellow, this is the perfect inspirational space to try and emulate if you are just starting to move toward this era of design.

For the walls, you could either go with the wallpaper featured in the image above, which retails at €50 per roll from Interio, or simply paint and make wallpapering decisions down the road. Some people do prefer to wallpaper last, when they've established their assortment of furniture, others base their furniture on the wallpaper. I prefer the former, so I would begin with either 'Sail White' or 'Taupe' mid-sheen emulsion from Crown Paints.

The sofa is the anchor of the living room, so choose wisely, but comfort should always win over style. You wouldn't marry someone pretty but dull, so apply the same logic to that other long-term relationship you'll have in your life -- your sofa. I love the vintage 'Baughman' sofa from Irish store 'Mid-Century Online,' an incredible collection of furniture curated by Killian McNulty. (

To complement this piece, I like the Kramfors Tirup swivel armchair from Ikea in grey, enhanced by funky cushions from Hunkydory Home which start from just £22(€25). This kind of price point makes them disposable (to a charity shop, of course), which is ideal for this kind of accessory, as changing the cushions and curtains can completely alter the entire feel of a space.

The silver Moroccan pouffe from Graham and Green, however, is a piece you could own forever, as it would go with any design scheme, in any room. The same can be said of a 'Sapporo' shelf unit from Marks & Spencers, which would sit comfortably in a delicate vintage space, or this more colourful retro living room.

The 'Tripode G5' floor lamp from 'Rume' is, in my opinion, a design classic, while the Orbital giclee print from the 'Inaluxe' store on Etsy is a modern take on a distinctly retro theme.

Finally, when relaxing in your new funky, groovy space, relax with some not- so-hip tea from a Ben De Lisi 'Spot' mug, available through Debenhams.

Irish Independent

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