The loves of my life... interior designer Julianne Kelly
The interior designer and mum talks to Chloe Brennan about her favourite people, places and things
Julianne Kelly is owner/designer of Kevin Kelly Interiors, and will be one of the key exhibitors at house 2018. house 2018 is Ireland's only trend-led and style-focused interiors event, taking place in Dublin's RDS from May 25-27, showcasing world-class design and the cream of Irish interiors talent. Buy your tickets now at house-event.ie/tickets Under-12's go free
I'm sitting here having lunch with my husband, my girls, and my mum and dad - so let's just say all of them.
Growing up in the family business, Kevin Kelly Interiors, I spent many a weekend pretending to be a mannequin in the shop window for hours and hours with my siblings. We thought it was hilarious - I'd say my parents were delighted with the peace.
The moment of the day
After the morning mayhem of dropping the kids to school, I love sitting down for the first cup of coffee of the day, looking out over Donnybrook's bustling main street.
Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah, which was sung at our wedding by Jeremy Morgan.
The movie I have seen most is Frozen - not by choice - although I just watched The Danish Girl, which is a must for any interior lover.
How To Decorate by Farrow & Ball, with Joa Studholme and Charlotte Cosby. I can't recommend this book enough for anyone starting a house project. While I've moved on from Farrow & Ball paints, their tips and advice are second to none. Non-interior-wise, I've just finished Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I cried a lot, but loved it.
American designer Kelly Wearstler - I love her sense of style and passion.
As a designer, I like to dress glamorously, although that has proven difficult -especially if you have to climb a ladder in a little mini-dress and heels. I've learnt my lesson, and opt for boots and black. If I need a killer piece, Electra in Donnybrook is my go-to place.
I love Isabelle Bizard lighting. Her lamps are like pieces of art.
I am currently very excited about installing electronic blinds in my bedroom.
Dubai. I loved seeing the design where there seems to be no budget and little in the way of building restrictions.
My first port of call is always my siblings.
The Marques de Riscal, in Elciego, Spain; it was designed by Frank Gehry. It's like a mini Guggenheim, among vineyards.
I went for my 30th birthday, and it is already booked for my 40th!
A Manuel Canovas Opus Incertum candle. I have all the Manuel Canovas candles in the showroom, and the Opus Incertum seems to be everyone's favourite.
The pet hate
Too-small curtains on a window. It's like wearing the wrong size trousers.
The beauty product
I'm loving the cult product New Wash from Hairstory - anything to stop the frizz!
Interiors-wise, always bring samples home and see them in your own house. It's amazing how the light in your house can differ, and the sample can look completely different than it did in the shop.
Marques de Riscal.
Cadbury's Dairy Milk.
Travelling. I just got back from a trade show in Paris, and I just love escaping to a different place for a few days, to experience some new culture and design.
The part of my body
My eye - I've been told I've a good one. Not sure if it's my left or right.
Worrying about small client details in the middle of the night. Then, in the morning, realising they're totally fixable.
I've recently eaten at Fia in Rathgar. Their food is delicious. It's definitely worth checking out.
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