Cupcakes were decorated by 12 , 5 year olds. I’m still finding sprinkles.

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Petals

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.



Future proof

June 27, 2010

When we designed the kids bedrooms we thought about how they would be used now and in the future. We did’nt even have kids at the time but were hopeful it would happen! The girls are now 4 and 8.

We designed the bedroom entrance wall as a “shopfront” so that light would be carried through to the interior from the outside courtyard. The “shopfront” window is a space where the kids can create shop displays as part of their play. Within this “shopfront” there is a built in desk and at the moment below the desks are used for toy storage boxes. In the future they will become their study desks. The rooms can be made private with a pull down blind.

Saoirses First Holy Communion meant our living room had to adapt to cater for 16 adults and 8 kids so the tables got rearranged again and the kids got to sit on the rug!


The print you see here is a Sean Scully called “Raval 2”. I love its texture, colour and simplicity and it sits so well against the iroko paneled background. We designed the timber paneling to allow us to hang paintings against its rich backdrop. The idea of hanging art on a picture rail is reminiscent of georgian times. The art is simply hung on string (in our case fishing line wire) and hooked onto a movable hook (bought in Woodies!) There will never be holes in the wall to fill. If you want to move the art around you just lift and go! Easy! Thats me on the right!

Easter entertaining

April 7, 2010

One of my favourite things at home is our Stelton tea pot designed by Arne Jacobsen. It is part of the Cylinda-Line which was awarded the ID-prize in 1967 by The Danish Society of Industrial Design and the International Design Award in 1968 by The American Institute of Interior Designers. Although we don’t drink pots of tea everyday, when we have visitors we enjoy serving tea in it! Also included with it is a hot water pot and tealeaf strainer.

Christmas at Nuns Lane

December 14, 2009

A childs view

November 13, 2009

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I asked Saoirse age 8 to take a photo of anything in the house that she liked. I was amazed at what she came up with! Children really do see things their own way….. It is a bottom view of the Poulsen light which was described in an earlier post.