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My favourite room: stylist Courtney Smith opens the doors of her beachside home

To some of us, one of the downsides of having a big dog is their need for regular exercise, but stylist Courtney Smith enjoys that aspect of having a pet. On one of her beach walks, she found the home of her dreams

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Top stylist Courtney in the living area to the front of her house by the sea. The Crittall-style window between the hallway and this living area adds light to both. The couch came from Courtney and Mark's previous home, a cottage nearby. The floors are engineered oak from Kahrs - as it is essential to have doggie-proof floors - and the vases are all from Zara Home

Top stylist Courtney in the living area to the front of her house by the sea. The Crittall-style window between the hallway and this living area adds light to both. The couch came from Courtney and Mark's previous home, a cottage nearby. The floors are engineered oak from Kahrs - as it is essential to have doggie-proof floors - and the vases are all from Zara Home

The new kitchen in Courtney Smith’s renovated home was made by Aloco Kitchens. The units are shaker-style, and hand-painted in charcoal. The island worktop, called Neolith, is created with heat and pressure applied to natural materials, and came from Tile Merchants. "I was obsessed with poured concrete but it was extortionately expensive. Also, according to various people on social media, it cracks. The Neolith is a man-made material but I love it," says Courtney

The new kitchen in Courtney Smith’s renovated home was made by Aloco Kitchens. The units are shaker-style, and hand-painted in charcoal. The island worktop, called Neolith, is created with heat and pressure applied to natural materials, and came from Tile Merchants. "I was obsessed with poured concrete but it was extortionately expensive. Also, according to various people on social media, it cracks. The Neolith is a man-made material but I love it," says Courtney

A glimpse into Courtney's highly organised walk-in wardrobe

A glimpse into Courtney's highly organised walk-in wardrobe

All the bathware in the house is from drench.co.uk and the tiles are from Tile Merchants

All the bathware in the house is from drench.co.uk and the tiles are from Tile Merchants

Courtney in her outdoor deck area, which is practically an extra room as it’s roofed and panelled. "Our carpenter, Gavin Hughes, was great. He suggested the panels. He used cheap pine, but made it look great with the burnt wood effect," she says

Courtney in her outdoor deck area, which is practically an extra room as it’s roofed and panelled. "Our carpenter, Gavin Hughes, was great. He suggested the panels. He used cheap pine, but made it look great with the burnt wood effect," she says

Lexi on her lounger in the living room, which has a great sea view. Mark built the fireplace himself, using reclaimed bricks

Lexi on her lounger in the living room, which has a great sea view. Mark built the fireplace himself, using reclaimed bricks

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Top stylist Courtney in the living area to the front of her house by the sea. The Crittall-style window between the hallway and this living area adds light to both. The couch came from Courtney and Mark's previous home, a cottage nearby. The floors are engineered oak from Kahrs - as it is essential to have doggie-proof floors - and the vases are all from Zara Home

At this time of year, as winter draws in, we start cosying up by the fire for our favourite Irish home interiors programmes, and if they are not enough for you, there is a great programme on Netflix called Selling Sunset, a reality show based in Los Angeles. The homes are unreal. Spectacular views of beaches like Malibu, rooftop golf courses and doggie showers are the norm. And, of course, some of these ideas have crossed the Atlantic.

Courtney Smith's gorgeous, recently renovated, detached home on Dublin's northside may not have the rooftop golf course but she has the spectacular sea views - her home is just across the road from one of Dublin's few blue-flag beaches - and she has a custom-made doggie shower for her adored Rottweiler, Lexi.

And the whole notion of a doggie shower is not over the top at all to Courtney. "When I told the builder I wanted a special shower for Lexi, he was like, 'You want what?' but honestly, it's essential, Lexi is our baby. We bring her for a run on the beach every day - she has to have a shower after it or she'd wreck the house." And in fairness to Lexi, they do sort of owe her a bit of luxury; it was while walking the dog that they spotted the house for sale.