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My favourite room: Two steps to heaven 

Mayo woman Sarah Battle always wanted a large family. She got her wish — five kids, currently all under seven — and she and her husband Barry have created a stylish yet practical home for them all

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Sarah Battle at the elegantly arched front door of her beautiful home on the edge of Ballina in Co Mayo. The house is a bungalow so the only steps in the house are the two on the way in. It’s set on two acres so there’s plenty of room for her five young kids to play around

Sarah Battle at the elegantly arched front door of her beautiful home on the edge of Ballina in Co Mayo. The house is a bungalow so the only steps in the house are the two on the way in. It’s set on two acres so there’s plenty of room for her five young kids to play around

The kids’ colourful wellies just outside the back door. “They love anything that involves mud,” says Sarah. The wellie stand is from @featherandpooch

The kids’ colourful wellies just outside the back door. “They love anything that involves mud,” says Sarah. The wellie stand is from @featherandpooch

Even though there is underfloor heating, Sarah wanted a stove in the den and she finds it very cosy in winter. The mantlepiece was made by Noel Brannelly Kitchens

Even though there is underfloor heating, Sarah wanted a stove in the den and she finds it very cosy in winter. The mantlepiece was made by Noel Brannelly Kitchens

Sarah and her husband Barry with their twins. Theo, who is on Barry’s lap, weighed 7lbs 9oz at birth, while Blaise was 6lbs 14 oz. The kitchen table is by Neptune from Trevor Morrow in Ballina and the curved chair is from CA Design

Sarah and her husband Barry with their twins. Theo, who is on Barry’s lap, weighed 7lbs 9oz at birth, while Blaise was 6lbs 14 oz. The kitchen table is by Neptune from Trevor Morrow in Ballina and the curved chair is from CA Design

Inside the front door, there’s a tiled porch and doors which lead to a large hallway. The floor here is hardwearing laminate, which is essential with so much daily traffic. The chandelier is from Hicken Lighting, the mirror from Vogue Interiors and the sofa is from Mindy Brownes Interiors

Inside the front door, there’s a tiled porch and doors which lead to a large hallway. The floor here is hardwearing laminate, which is essential with so much daily traffic. The chandelier is from Hicken Lighting, the mirror from Vogue Interiors and the sofa is from Mindy Brownes Interiors

Sarah in her kitchen. The units were made by Noel Brannelly Kitchens. The floor is tumbled limestone which, she says, doesn’t show the dirt as much as the polished version. The chandelier is from Panfili Interiors in Galway

Sarah in her kitchen. The units were made by Noel Brannelly Kitchens. The floor is tumbled limestone which, she says, doesn’t show the dirt as much as the polished version. The chandelier is from Panfili Interiors in Galway

The freestanding bath is from Kilkenny Architectural Salvage and was sprayed by them in blue. Other bathroom ware is by Burlington Bathrooms and sourced locally

The freestanding bath is from Kilkenny Architectural Salvage and was sprayed by them in blue. Other bathroom ware is by Burlington Bathrooms and sourced locally

The den with its leather chair from CA Design and sofa from Neptune. The glass doors lead to an internal courtyard which also has glass doors to the hall. This means both areas get great light from the courtyard

The den with its leather chair from CA Design and sofa from Neptune. The glass doors lead to an internal courtyard which also has glass doors to the hall. This means both areas get great light from the courtyard

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Sarah Battle at the elegantly arched front door of her beautiful home on the edge of Ballina in Co Mayo. The house is a bungalow so the only steps in the house are the two on the way in. It’s set on two acres so there’s plenty of room for her five young kids to play around

Sarah Battle has achieved a huge amount in the last seven years — she has given birth to five children under the age of seven, she has planned — with her husband Barry, and the help of an engineer — a beautiful new house in Ballina, Co Mayo and decorated it to an extremely high standard all while documenting the process on Instagram. She’s built up a huge following as a result.

The obvious conclusion is that she is a highly organised person and mention of her job would reinforce that conclusion; Sarah is a trained home economics teacher, a profession that’s usually good on order and structure but Sarah is adamant that’s not the case with her.


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