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My Favourite Room: A 1950s’ semi-D transformed with minimalist decor, smart tech and lighting ‘like pieces of jewellery’

Interior designer Philippa Buckley’s house is a semi-detached dating from the 1950s. However, she has turned it into a superb 21st-century home accessorised with design classics

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Interior designer Philippa Buckley in the dining area of her open-plan kitchen/dining/living room. The dining table, with its white glass top and chrome legs, is by Molteni&C. “It’s so heavy, it needed four men to carry it in,” says Philippa. The chairs are by B&B Italia. This room overlooks her beautifully manicured garden, planted with box hedging and lavender. And beyond, through the trees, is Milltown Golf Club. This vista is Philippa’s favourite. Picture by Tony Gavin.

Interior designer Philippa Buckley in the dining area of her open-plan kitchen/dining/living room. The dining table, with its white glass top and chrome legs, is by Molteni&C. “It’s so heavy, it needed four men to carry it in,” says Philippa. The chairs are by B&B Italia. This room overlooks her beautifully manicured garden, planted with box hedging and lavender. And beyond, through the trees, is Milltown Golf Club. This vista is Philippa’s favourite. Picture by Tony Gavin.

The kitchen units are from Porter & Jones Studio. Designed by Snaidero, they were first installed 14 years ago. When Philippa got her extension, 11 years ago, the units were dismantled before the building work and rebuilt afterwards, with identical additions. Picture by Tony Gavin.

The kitchen units are from Porter & Jones Studio. Designed by Snaidero, they were first installed 14 years ago. When Philippa got her extension, 11 years ago, the units were dismantled before the building work and rebuilt afterwards, with identical additions. Picture by Tony Gavin.

Philippa in the front part of her library. She loves Italian furniture design so the purple chair and the mirror are by B&B Italia. The coffee table is by Poliform and the lamp is by Catellani & Smith Lighting. Philippa likes simple window treatments and has opted for Roman blinds throughout. Picture by Tony Gavin.

Philippa in the front part of her library. She loves Italian furniture design so the purple chair and the mirror are by B&B Italia. The coffee table is by Poliform and the lamp is by Catellani & Smith Lighting. Philippa likes simple window treatments and has opted for Roman blinds throughout. Picture by Tony Gavin.

The home office is decorated in the same stylish and minimalist way as the rest of the house. Picture by Tony Gavin.

The home office is decorated in the same stylish and minimalist way as the rest of the house. Picture by Tony Gavin.

The house backs on to Milltown Golf Course, with little between the garden and the course apart from an archway of trees. Picture by: Tony Gavin

The house backs on to Milltown Golf Course, with little between the garden and the course apart from an archway of trees. Picture by: Tony Gavin

“Paint alone can bring about a huge transformation. I don’t think there’s a need to spend huge money on elaborate window treatments; blinds can be enough." Picture by: Tony Gavin

“Paint alone can bring about a huge transformation. I don’t think there’s a need to spend huge money on elaborate window treatments; blinds can be enough." Picture by: Tony Gavin

Philippa Buckley in her sitting room. When it comes to furnishings she favours the Italian designers. Picture by: Tony Gavin

Philippa Buckley in her sitting room. When it comes to furnishings she favours the Italian designers. Picture by: Tony Gavin

The sculpture of a black horse on her hall table, by Stephen Lawlor, was gifted to Philippa by her beloved husband Pat, who sadly died last year. Picture by:Tony Gavin

The sculpture of a black horse on her hall table, by Stephen Lawlor, was gifted to Philippa by her beloved husband Pat, who sadly died last year. Picture by:Tony Gavin

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Interior designer Philippa Buckley in the dining area of her open-plan kitchen/dining/living room. The dining table, with its white glass top and chrome legs, is by Molteni&C. “It’s so heavy, it needed four men to carry it in,” says Philippa. The chairs are by B&B Italia. This room overlooks her beautifully manicured garden, planted with box hedging and lavender. And beyond, through the trees, is Milltown Golf Club. This vista is Philippa’s favourite. Picture by Tony Gavin.

‘I love lighting. A lighting plan is essential at the earliest stage of any renovation or redecoration. And it’s nice to have some star pieces of lighting that are almost like pieces of jewellery that you would use to accentuate your outfit,” Philippa Buckley says.

The analogy is particularly apt in this elegant interior designer’s case. Not only does she wear jewellery beautifully and accessorises her own stylish outfits — Simone Rocha is a favourite designer — with interesting modern silver pieces but she actually trained as a silversmith after leaving school.


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