Interiors that change people’s lives and the endlessly varied ways we can use colour, were two recurring themes that stood out for me as I read over our features for The Book of Interiors Volume 6.
When we visited the beautiful Killiney home of interior designer and tv presenter,
Avril Murphy Allen, she told us of the huge satisfaction she derived from working
on the RTE series, “Desperate Houses”, where the makeover team really felt as if
they’d changed someone’s life by de-
Firmdale Hotels’ Design Director, Kit Kemp, tells us how she adores colour in our feature on her latest fabulous creation, the Haymarket Hotel, in London’s West End. And Northern Ireland’s colour specialist, Adrian Bailie, reveals a family home in Newry which he has helped to decorate in his inimitably flamboyant style … with a little help from Missoni.
Fellow Northern Irishman, interior designer, Ian Thompson, provides still more colour
as he welcomes us into the tartan-
Offering equally inspiring, but more muted alternatives to all this unfettered use of colour, are: the classic interiors of Minnie Peters in her designs for a Georgian style townhouse at Farmleigh, a development next door to the Phoenix Park; a Victorian house restoration project by the mother and daughter team at Fuse Interiors; and the understated elegance of a house at Struan Hill in Delgany.
We also donned our hard hats and went in to photograph the uptown interiors of the
brand new penthouse apartment at Elm Park, Dublin 4’s landmark eco-
Finally, you will find colour of the outdoor kind included in this issue, as we preview our new Book of Gardens, which will be launching in March 2008. In an extract from the book, we show you two stunning garden designs by two of Europe’s leading practitioners of contemporary garden design, Diarmuid Gavin and Andy Sturgeon, which we are sure will leave you wanting more.