Interiors Expert & Founder of Kingston Lafferty Design Roisin Lafferty.
Your favourite Irish homewares & furniture stores to shop both on and offline?
Cross gallery for beautiful one off mid-century furniture and lighting pieces, based on Francis street, Dublin. A perfect spot to meander through an afternoon of antiques.
Stoney Road press for beautiful Irish prints and artwork. Great studio too.
Niamh Barry lighting. Her work continues to delight me. Each piece is in itself a work of art and exquisite craftsmanship. Her office and studio are combined in Lusk, where you can see her process and creative vision come to life.
Affordable home accessories?
Article in Powerscourt centre in Dublin is the perfect spot for ceramics, accessories and finishing touches.
An item or items currently on your ‘wish list’.
Lighting, artwork and chairs are the key things always on my lust list.
I fell in love with a stunning marble sculpture at Art Basel this year called ‘fingertips’ by Loris Cechinni. Lighting has to be a custom Niamh Barry piece and chairs…anything by Finn Juhl is perfection to me. One day!
A key piece of advice when shopping for big ticket items?
Go with your heart! Be practical, consider functionality, size, durability and context of room it is to be located in and how it will work in your space. But invest in pieces that you genuinely love, that make you happy and light you up when you see them. Your home should be a place that inspires you and that you love to spend time in.
Architect, Designer and Director of Optimise Design: Denise O’Connor
Your favourite design Style:
I’m a massive fan of Danish and Scandinavian design; I take a trip to Scandinavia every year around my birthday in November.
Where do you shop for furniture and homewares?
Hay, amazing occasional pieces and accessories, love everything about this brand.
BoConcept: I have been working with them in Ireland here since I set up Optimise Design, I love their products, and their customer service is excellent.
Gubi: Love the playfulness of this brand, adorable occasional pieces and great use of colour.
Muuto: Gorgeous furniture, lighting and accessories.
For Rugs, Rug Art do beautiful rugs. I have recently created my own collection of rugs with them due to launch in the Summer.
Interior Architects & House Edit Founders Claire Price & Elaine Regan.
Favourite on and offline stores for furniture & homewares?
Some of our favourite places to shop online would have to be Rockett St George, Habitat, April & The Bear, Nkuku, and Zara Home. You get stylish quality pieces for very affordable prices delivered to your door. Made.com also delivers exceptional style and value.
Favorite Irish stores?
CA Design in Ranelagh, Dublin is great for special designer pieces. We currently have our eye on the Pierre Paulin cerise pink slice chair.
Foxford Woolen Mills is our go to store for throws, cushions and the most incredible bed linen. They are available both online and in store.
Finally Irish owned company Lamb we particularly love for children’s interiors. The addition of their mustard velvet couch did have us trying to justify selling a 3 year old perfectly good sofa to make room!
Wish list items?
We are loving the work of artist Eva O’Donovan at the moment, so one of her beautiful oil paintings on fabric.
Advice when buying big ticket items?
Take your time! There is no room for mistakes when it comes to big ticket items. You are going to have them for the foreseeable future, so rushing in on impulse is to be avoided. Measure, measure and measure again. If possible, map out the size of your new sofa, dining table etc with masking tape on your floor. It will give you a much better idea on how it will work in your space.
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