Thursday 23 November 2017

Shades of light

Blanaid Hennessy

Rosemarie Durr and her husband Andrew Ludick create unique easy-on-the-eye pottery, so it's no surprise that their home reflects that skills.

The Durr/Ludick household is also the essence of the word 'cosy'. They have created a place for everything with a flow that is effortless.

Homes can be comfortable without being stylish, but this is not the case here. Retro sofas are mixed with Moroccan rugs; curated collections of ceramics with stripped-wood cupboards.

The couple have travelled extensively, and this is reflected in their interiors. Choosing this spot as a family home was surprisingly easy. As people involved in a creative field (they own a pottery and lifestyle shop in the Castlecomer Estate Yard, Co Kilkenny) light and space were important factors.

"This is the only house we ever viewed together, and it ticked some very important basic boxes for us," says Rosemarie.

"It's dry, warm and south-facing, with big wooden windows. It has an acre of garden and is very private. That all added up to a great starting point. We've spent the three years since we bought it just getting the cosmetic side of things right."

The couple tried to maximise the light by keeping the walls and floors white, or as light a possible. The floors are whitewashed pitch pine, dotted with rich rugs from Morocco.

Rosemarie has collected furniture and textiles over the years, frequenting car-boot sales and auctions, while her husband is a fan of eBay.

She says that while work commitments mean fewer trips to auction houses and markets, she feels lucky to have two great furniture stores on her doorstep: Eclectic Interiors in the Castlecomer Estate Yard and Original Compulsive Design in Irishtown, Kilkenny.

The vintage pieces from Eclectic Interiors sit perfectly with retro items from OCD in their home.

Rosemarie says: "I love our sitting room because it has three large windows facing different directions, so it gets the sun all day long. We also have a wood-burning stove in this room, which heats the whole house. The sofa was a great find in Original Compulsive Design. The colour is strong but seems to fit in with everything else in the room."

So what's next for their home? "A glass and wood extension. With a baby on the way, we would love some extra space!"

Rosemarie Durr Pottery, Castlecomer Estate Yard, Co Kilkenny.

Irish Independent

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