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My Favourite Room: an interior designer with a difference

Ciara Drennan is an interior designer with a difference — she never sees the results of her work with clients. But she gets compliments galore from happy customers, and judging by her own home, it’s obvious her advice is sound

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Ciara Drennan in her cosy living room, which is separated from her kitchen by the wall which houses the fireplace and stove. The floor is engineered semi-solid wood, laid in a herringbone pattern, and the wall is painted in Fleetwood pebble grey. Photo: Tony Gavin

Ciara Drennan in her cosy living room, which is separated from her kitchen by the wall which houses the fireplace and stove. The floor is engineered semi-solid wood, laid in a herringbone pattern, and the wall is painted in Fleetwood pebble grey. Photo: Tony Gavin

Interior designer Ciara Drennan's kitchen, which she bought before her house was built. "I got the kitchen made for a show and when it was over the owner said they were going to sell, and I said, 'I'm building a house - we'll do a deal'". Photo: Tony Gavin 28/6/2019

Interior designer Ciara Drennan's kitchen, which she bought before her house was built. "I got the kitchen made for a show and when it was over the owner said they were going to sell, and I said, 'I'm building a house - we'll do a deal'". Photo: Tony Gavin 28/6/2019

Ciara on her sun patio; there are doors to it from the kitchen and from the children’s playroom, which is off the kitchen. Ciara believes it's essential to have the kids as close to the kitchen as possible. Photo: Tony Gavin

Ciara on her sun patio; there are doors to it from the kitchen and from the children’s playroom, which is off the kitchen. Ciara believes it's essential to have the kids as close to the kitchen as possible. Photo: Tony Gavin

The reclaimed-teak kitchen table and chairs were given to Ciara by her sister Denise, when she was moving abroad. One of Ciara's cabinet makers built the unit, which is painted in a Colourtrend shade. Photo: Tony Gavin

The reclaimed-teak kitchen table and chairs were given to Ciara by her sister Denise, when she was moving abroad. One of Ciara's cabinet makers built the unit, which is painted in a Colourtrend shade. Photo: Tony Gavin

Ciara gave the walls in her hall a panel effect. The paint colour picks up the pinkish hue in the hand-made tiles. Photo: Tony Gavin

Ciara gave the walls in her hall a panel effect. The paint colour picks up the pinkish hue in the hand-made tiles. Photo: Tony Gavin

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Ciara Drennan in her cosy living room, which is separated from her kitchen by the wall which houses the fireplace and stove. The floor is engineered semi-solid wood, laid in a herringbone pattern, and the wall is painted in Fleetwood pebble grey. Photo: Tony Gavin

Ciara Drennan is an interior designer, but she's an unusual member of her profession in many ways.

For one, she's a great advocate of separate spaces in the home, and not a huge fan of open-plan. Ciara's philosophy is have your glass box by all means, but make sure you have somewhere to escape to.

And she is a fan of dining rooms. Dining rooms are practically a thing of the past, and you rarely see one in a new-build, but Ciara was determined to have one when she set about planning her new house some years ago.


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