Dappled light

September 27, 2011

Before Nuns Lane was built and when we were planning it Donal explained that the trees would throw “dappled” light onto the white render and that it would create beautiful patterns. I only half registered this idea and I just did’nt realize how dramatic it would be. Yesterday as I got into the car I was stopped in my tracks by this image. It still amazes me how much detail and forethought that goes into design – the smallest things are considered and most of the time people think these are accidental!



January 7, 2011

I came across this photo of our bath full with petals in it. I took it during the photo shoot for Image Magazine (http://donalhickey.ie/bio/bibliography/). One of the most common questions about our house is whether we use the bath much. We look at it as a sanctuary, a special place and a treat and so we plan to spend an afternoon with the kids in it or a quiet evening by candle light soaking in it. The idea of this bath is based on how the Romans used to bathe. They would soak and float for hours in a large bath. It was social and relaxing and nothing to do with washing! (We do wash at the end!) I love to float as you can do so with out touching the walls. There is a roller blind for privacy but usually the window fogs up so no one can see in. There is a great view of the Dublin mountains and the Poolbeg lighthouses.


December 9, 2010

The birds were so desperate for food in the snow that they tried to eat the roof window grout. I could hear them tapping while I worked.

Secret Project

December 9, 2010

The secret project I was talking about in an earlier post was the competition for the Atlantic City War Memorial. Donal Hickey and Janek Ozmin collaborated on the competition and were shortlisted to the last 6. Have a look at www.ozminhickey.ie

Lovin leaves….

November 10, 2010

I love to observe the leaves about the place. They are at a nice stage as they are not yet soggy. They create an attractive contrast to the grey stones and black steps of the house.


Open House has come and gone with much activity and a little mishap for Donals ankle. While doing some gardening he tripped and fractured his ankle……! But the show must go on and Donal bravely did his speil about the house. Its the last year we will do it and we were delighted at the record number of people who came to visit our home (300!!). Thanks to all who came and were so enthusiastic and also to the generous helpers who ushered the crowd around. A few photos of the day…..notice Donal sitting on the table with his leg strapped!:-) Fionuala

Hole in the Wall

September 6, 2010

At the design stage as we were building the house the issue arose of how to deal with the change in materials between the concrete garden wall and the finished render of the studio. It just did not look right to run them into each other. And so we settled on leaving a gap of about 250mm. The kids love sticking their heads out and climbing through!

The office has been a mass of foam board and bits of branches as the guys are building lots of models for various projects. It has gotten so full of stuff that I have moved my workspace into the main house for a bit of calm! And I am reallying enjoying it! Donal and Janek have 3 students working with them since they got shortlisted for a competition which I am not supposed to mention so keep in touch and I will fill you in later.

Sun at last!

April 15, 2010

Well done Donal for spotting the opportunity to make the most of the first mild and sunny day of the year last Sunday. We enjoyed burgers and satay chicken in the sun with friends while the kids went mad from all the fresh air!