House and Home, a popular Irish shelter mag, features a large collection of online “home visits,” including exquisitely converted countryside homes that previously served as lighthouses, school houses, forts, castles and even churches.
One of the most striking features replayed in the featured homes is the strong contrast of bright colored accents in warm wood paneled rooms alongside airy, white spaces. Original elements like grand stone hearths and rustic beamed ceilings blend seamlessly with modern décor.
Kitchens and baths typically favor contemporary styling while living areas and bedrooms are often more traditional. Wallpaper is popular, especially in bedrooms and foyers.
Favoring Pantone’s shade of the year, emerald green, a new wallpaper design, “Lucky Charms” by Barneby Gates (made to order starting at $148 in Georgian Green www.garrendennylane.com) features symbols of fortune - horseshoes, crossed keys, acorns, ladybirds and more arranged in a classical urn formation.
There’s also a great deal of excitement over the latest offerings from Irish product designers who are gaining recognition worldwide for bringing new forms, new interpretations and a whole new vitality to the country’s traditional arts.
Claire Anne O’Brien’s knitted stools are a hit on Pinterest, and her latest collection is featured with comments like fun, funky and fab.
For a look at the classic and contemporary, rustic and refined Irish style, go to www.houseandhome.ie.