My Favourite Room: Inside the sleek home of the ‘Changing Rooms’-inspired creative who followed her dream

The colour brown has taken a back seat in home decor in recent years but designer Louise Rankin likes to include it in her designs. New, old and brown work all well in her Dublin home

The open-plan kitchen dining room also extends to this living section with its expanses of glass and lots of light. The sofa is from BoConcept and the armchair is from Ikea. The painting by John Redmond was a gift. Photo: Tony Gavin

Mary O'Sullivan

There are certain life-changing moments that are red flags when it comes to stress and anxiety. Having a first baby is definitely one, buying a house is a second and renovating is also on the list. However, the opposite could be true for Louise Rankin — she decided to do all three in quick succession.