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Home files: Five minutes with interior stylist Sarah O'Dea


Designer Sarah O'Dea

Designer Sarah O'Dea

Ikea Sinnerlig pendant lamp

Ikea Sinnerlig pendant lamp

Gray & Willow storage baskets

Gray & Willow storage baskets

Foxford Woollen Mills blanket

Foxford Woollen Mills blanket


Designer Sarah O'Dea

Interior stylist and soft furnishings designer Sarah set up her own business, Shady and the Lamp, in 2012. From a workshop in Dublin 8, her team both restores and creates custom lampshades.

Having trained in lamp making in the UK, Sarah, who is a member of The Craft Council of Ireland, combines both vintage and modern lampshade frames with bold fabrics to create her standout pieces.


Choose style over trends

Trends are always worth keeping an eye on but I think that finding your own style is more important and ultimately much easier to piece together. Procuring a style can be a nice little journey to take yourself on.

Go native with textiles

Ireland has the most beautiful textiles, from linen to wool, and I think we have an innate appreciation for them. These offer the best juxtaposition in terms of lampshade design and aesthetic - a wool lampshade on a glass lamp base is pretty hard to beat. Textured fabrics are particularly interesting when lit.

Use the rule of three

Lighting is genuinely the most important factor when turning a house into a home. Consider the rule of three when lighting a room: lights at eye level when seated, when standing and overhead. Use your overhead lights the least. A good lamp can add ambience, tone, mood and character to any setting.

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Love the piece or rue the day that it's "giving you evils" from the corner. If you're not obsessed, don't buy it.

Prints date quicker than colours

When designing, I love building and layering shades of the same colour, the end result is always nicely polished. Layering print can be quirky and interesting but try to make sure that the print is relatively timeless, otherwise you might tire of it.

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Embracing  imperfection

Sinnerlig is a new limited edition collection from designer Ilse Crawford and Ikea. The 30-piece homewares range makes use of natural materials like cork and bamboo in their 'raw' states - flaws and all - so every piece is a one-off. Sinnerlig pendant lamp, €50, ikea.com/ie

Getting cosy

As autumn adds a chill to the evenings, all anyone wants to do is curl up on the couch with a cuppa - and you can do that in style with Foxford Woollen Mills. Made in Co Mayo, the company's wool and mohair throws add a chic touch of on-trend colour as well as raising the temperature.

Peacock collection check throws €95, foxfordwoollenmills.com

Going Scandi

If you appreciate a minimal aesthetic but want to avoid a sterile feel, look to the newly launched Gray & Willow collection at House of Fraser. Inspired by Scandinavian design, it has pieces for every room in the house that incorporate clean lines with warm, textured finishes.

Felt storage baskets, small €26, medium €33, House of Fraser, Dundrum

Blue-sky design

Irish interiors are flying high this month with the launch of Ciara O'Toole's 'Amelia' - a range of bespoke furniture made from decommissioned plane parts. This 12-seater Amelia table incorporates the engine-scorched casing of a Boeing 737. Price on application, amelia.ie

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