publishing director
siobhan buchanan-johnston



Editors Letter: Book of Interiors Volume 6


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-cluttering their house and energising it with a new look. Interestingly, according to Avril, the colour that a person was wearing when they first met her often ended up as a colour they introduced into the house when they were re-designing the interiors, as subconsciously it was right for them.

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-clad cottage he shares with his wife in County Down. Ian deserves huge congratulations on his recent Andrew Martin Interior Design Review nomination, which is the interiors’ industry equivalent of winning an Oscar.

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-friendly development which is creating a mini-city of apartments, offices and housing for the elderly on a parkland site with its own shops, cafés, crèche and hospital. Now that definitely sounds as if it could change lives!

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.