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My Favourite Room: Influencers Siobhan and Byron chose a cream palette with nods to Zimbabwe in their Co Meath home

Siobhan McAuley and Byron Kumbula love living in the Royal County, but their hearts are still partly in Africa, and there are many reminders of it in their finely furnished home

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Byron and Siobhan with Micaiah in the living room. Siobhan insists the cream L-shaped sofa from Estilo Design is practical. “The fabric is very durable and easy to clean.” Picture by Tony Gavin

Byron and Siobhan with Micaiah in the living room. Siobhan insists the cream L-shaped sofa from Estilo Design is practical. “The fabric is very durable and easy to clean.” Picture by Tony Gavin

The marble and brushed brass dining table was sourced by Estilo Design from the UK, while the chairs are from Woo Design. Picture by Tony Gavin

The marble and brushed brass dining table was sourced by Estilo Design from the UK, while the chairs are from Woo Design. Picture by Tony Gavin

Byron Kumbula and Siobhan McAuley in their lovely home in Co Meath. In the course of their work, the couple have stayed in some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world and were keen to bring some of that luxury vibe into their home. Picture by Tony Gavin

Byron Kumbula and Siobhan McAuley in their lovely home in Co Meath. In the course of their work, the couple have stayed in some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world and were keen to bring some of that luxury vibe into their home. Picture by Tony Gavin

In keeping with the rest of the house, the colour scheme in the master bedroom is muted. “I wanted it to be calm, to have the feel of a luxury hotel bedroom,” says Siobhan. Picture by Tony Gavin

In keeping with the rest of the house, the colour scheme in the master bedroom is muted. “I wanted it to be calm, to have the feel of a luxury hotel bedroom,” says Siobhan. Picture by Tony Gavin

The floor tiles throughout the kitchen are marble-effect porcelain. The stools are from Wayfair. Picture by Tony Gavin

The floor tiles throughout the kitchen are marble-effect porcelain. The stools are from Wayfair. Picture by Tony Gavin

Micaiah’s room is also decorated in neutral shades, with toys providing pops of colour. Picture by Tony Gavin

Micaiah’s room is also decorated in neutral shades, with toys providing pops of colour. Picture by Tony Gavin

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Byron and Siobhan with Micaiah in the living room. Siobhan insists the cream L-shaped sofa from Estilo Design is practical. “The fabric is very durable and easy to clean.” Picture by Tony Gavin

People discovered all sorts about themselves during lockdown, such as their love of their own space, their patience levels, and how long — or short — their fuses were. Couples, in particular, were put under a lot of strain, many finding all that together-time a struggle.

But Siobhan McAuley and Byron Kumbula were lucky — they were able to work with the changes the pandemic brought and turn these to their advantage. In fact, this twosome are more used to spending time together than most.


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