publishing director
siobhan buchanan-johnston



Editors Letter: Volume 5


Well, doesn’t September come around very quickly? It seems only five minutes since I was rejoicing at the prospect of the long holidays and looking forward to those long days of summer. And little did I know what a great summer it was to be. At The White Book we have enjoyed our sunshine travels around Ireland from stunningly located seaside residences in Dalkey and Rostrevor to slick city apartments in Dublin.

The golfing fraternity on the other hand, has been keeping an eye firmly on autumn with the sport’s biggest competition, the Ryder Cup, under contention in Ireland for the first time in history. Golf and interiors come together in the luxury homes surrounding the K Club and with the spotlight shining on County Kildare as never before, we couldn’t resist taking a trip to the country to peruse one of the resort’s premier houses.

So what’s in store for us this autumn/winter? The trend forecasters tell us that the culture of celebrity branding and ‘bling’ is in its last gasp and that we are now seeking ‘authenticity’ and a return to traditional materials and values. There’s a wonderful term, “lud luxe”, in use which refers to seemingly low tech yet highly crafted designs inspired by the products of our childhood. Apparently it is part of a reaction to technology overload and a desire to return to a simpler life more in tune with nature. I have to say, as someone whose relationship with her laptop is somewhat turbulent, that as a potential luddite, these ideals find favour with me!

Seriously, though, I think everyone feels comfortable with traditional craftsmanship and natural materials and they already feature prominently in many interior schemes. As a case in point, in this issue we showcase the work of a Dublin-based interior design company who specialise in taking traditional techniques and materials and giving them a modern twist. And of course, as well as a new selection of gorgeous Irish interiors, The White Book Essential Interiors autumn/winter 2006 contains eleven different features on every room in your house with all the latest information on what’s available to the homeowner in Ireland.

We’ll be back later this autumn with a new edition of The Book of Interiors, Ireland. Why not ask your newsagent to reserve your copy, or better still, take out a subscription to The White Book and The Book of Interiors and receive your copies hot off the press and direct to your door, by going to Now isn’t that a great idea for a Christmas present to yourself and friends and family?! Subscribe before 30th November and you will be in with a chance to win our fantastic French chandelier (details on page 310). So, until next time,