Sunday 16 December 2018

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
Julianne Kelly

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 Under-12's go free

The person

I'm sitting here having lunch with my husband, my girls, and my mum and dad - so let's just say all of them.

The memory

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.

The song

Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah, which was sung at our wedding by Jeremy Morgan.

The movie

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.

The book

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.

The hero

American designer Kelly Wearstler - I love her sense of style and passion.

The outfit

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.

The accessory

I love Isabelle Bizard lighting. Her lamps are like pieces of art.

The gadget

I am currently very excited about installing electronic blinds in my bedroom.

The holiday

Dubai. I loved seeing the design where there seems to be no budget and little in the way of building restrictions.

The friend

My first port of call is always my siblings.

The hotel

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!

The smell

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!

The advice

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.

The drink

Marques de Riscal.

The bar

Cadbury's Dairy Milk.

The hobby

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.

The virtue


The vice

Worrying about small client details in the middle of the night. Then, in the morning, realising they're totally fixable.

The taste

I've recently eaten at Fia in Rathgar. Their food is delicious. It's definitely worth checking out.

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