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My Favourite Room: A Dentist's home in the Spotlight

Sisters often join the same professions, and Lisa and Vanessa Creaven both became dentists. A joint practice followed, a successful business and homes in the same area in Galway. Thinking alike has been good for this pair...

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Dentists Vanessa (left) and Lisa Creaven in Vanessa's kitchen. The floor tiles are from Cutting Edge; the worktops are quartz; and the units are by Alan Flannery. "Alan was great. He actually made higher units but when he put them up, we decided that with all the windows it looked too crowded," explains Vanessa. Photo: David Conachy

Dentists Vanessa (left) and Lisa Creaven in Vanessa's kitchen. The floor tiles are from Cutting Edge; the worktops are quartz; and the units are by Alan Flannery. "Alan was great. He actually made higher units but when he put them up, we decided that with all the windows it looked too crowded," explains Vanessa. Photo: David Conachy

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Vanessa (left) and Lisa Creaven in the formal living room of Vanessa’s home. It's decorated in cream and navy — the navy sofas are from EZ Living Furniture, while the marble-topped tables are from Arnotts. Photo: David Conaghy

Vanessa (left) and Lisa Creaven in the formal living room of Vanessa’s home. It's decorated in cream and navy — the navy sofas are from EZ Living Furniture, while the marble-topped tables are from Arnotts. Photo: David Conaghy

The cosy living room off the kitchen where Vanessa and her husband Barry like to chill. The wide floor planks were sourced abroad by Lisa’s husband Patrick

The cosy living room off the kitchen where Vanessa and her husband Barry like to chill. The wide floor planks were sourced abroad by Lisa’s husband Patrick

This bedroom has a custom-made headboard covered in deep mauve, while a sofa in a lighter shade stands at the end of the bed. The mirrored side tables are from Home Gallery

This bedroom has a custom-made headboard covered in deep mauve, while a sofa in a lighter shade stands at the end of the bed. The mirrored side tables are from Home Gallery

Lisa’s daughters often stay for sleepovers, so Vanessa decorated the room in pink. The wall hanging is a graphic print of Frida Kahlo

Lisa’s daughters often stay for sleepovers, so Vanessa decorated the room in pink. The wall hanging is a graphic print of Frida Kahlo

One of the many bathrooms in Vanessa’s home

One of the many bathrooms in Vanessa’s home

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Dentists Vanessa (left) and Lisa Creaven in Vanessa's kitchen. The floor tiles are from Cutting Edge; the worktops are quartz; and the units are by Alan Flannery. "Alan was great. He actually made higher units but when he put them up, we decided that with all the windows it looked too crowded," explains Vanessa. Photo: David Conachy

As Vanessa Creaven walks around her lovely home just outside Galway, she points out various highlights, and as she does so, a certain pattern emerges.

The highlights include the solid wood floors which her sister Lisa's husband, Patrick, sourced for her, and which Lisa has in her house too; the kitchen units made by Alan Flannery, who had also done Lisa's kitchen when she moved into her house; and the unusual drinks cabinet in the formal living room, which Vanessa explains came from Panfili in the Liosban Industrial Estate, "Lisa has one, too," Vanessa says, adding with a laugh, "I copied her." Lisa jumps in, also laughing: "It's a theme in our lives, I got it first."


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