Thursday 23 May 2019

The loves of my life: Arlene McIntyre


Interior designer Arlene McIntyre. Photo: Kip Carroll
Interior designer Arlene McIntyre. Photo: Kip Carroll
Chloe Brennan

Chloe Brennan

The creative director and interior designer chats about her favourite people, places and things

The person

That would be the two Aquarians in my life - my partner of 15 years, Juergen, and my mom, Cella.

The memory

I thankfully have many happy memories, but a distant one would be growing up in California, which definitely shaped me as a person. A recent memory is of our holiday in Istanbul, with friends, back in May, and paragliding off a cliff in Kas, Turkey.

The moment of the day

The best part of every day is walking our dogs in the Phoenix Park. This is definitely the happiest time of the day for me.

The song

You Can't Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones.

The movie

I have tons, but the one that stands out for me would be the modern adaption of Charles Dickens's classic, Great Expectations.

The book

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

The hero

My mom, Cella, has suffered with CFS [chronic fatigue syndrome] since 1986, but she never gave up on hope and recovery. She never took no for an answer. I admire her steel grit,

and her determination in life.

The outfit

These days, I'm all about comfort. My daily uniform would be jeans, a cosy cashmere, a good pair of suede ankle-boots, and a killer handbag that holds everything.

The accessory

I love watches, but I always end up wearing my Cartier Santos watch, as it's a classic. I also love to wear my chunky silver bracelets from Italy.

The gadget

My Samsung phone. I hated my phone at first - but we eventually made peace with one another, and are now best friends!

The pet hate

I'm totally allergic to negative people.

The hobby

Sourcing for my business, Ventura Design, is my number-one favourite hobby. Whatever country I'm in, I always end up strolling into design shops and art galleries. I love all things art, interior design and photography.

The beauty product

I recently purchased Leather, a fragrance from Aqua di Parma. It's divine, and lovely to wear in the evening.

The friend

Erika. She makes me laugh so much, and she's always been there for me over the years. We have these crazy unicorn moments together, where we start up on one subject that can lead to anything.

The holiday

Always Italy, but we are looking forward to our next trip to Istanbul. And getting into the hot air balloons in Cappadocia [in central Turkey]. India is on my to-do list.

The piece of advice

Feel the fear and do it anyway. I also never offer my opinion or advice unless I'm asked. I always feel it's difficult to offer real advice unless you've walked a mile in someone else's shoes. Everyone has their own story.

The hotel

Friends of ours brought us to the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, last July, and it was so amazing. In Ireland, we loved our stay at the beautiful Ballyfin Demesne, in Co Laois. Adare Manor in Limerick is also incredible.

The bar

The Sidecar cocktail bar in the Westbury Hotel. I adore the decor and the atmosphere.

The drink

Ruinart Rose Champagne as a special treat, or a White Lady cocktail in the Savoy Hotel in London, please! It's all about those special moments that help to make a drink taste better.

The part of my body

I don't think about it too much. My hair, I guess, once it's well-conditioned.

The celebrity

Oprah Winfrey. She seems so fun, insightful, intelligent and powerful all at the same time.

The virtue

Patience and being grateful. I try and practice patience on a daily basis, and make time to stop and smell the roses whenever I can.

The vice

Being late for everything. No matter how hard I try to be on time, I'm always late.



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