Kuler colour

February 12, 2010

I’m lovin’ this site which helps you co-ordinate colours. Check it out…..www.kuler.adobe.com

High rise swimming!

February 12, 2010

Believe it or not this dramatic water tower was located on the site of 1 Nuns Lane as far back as the 1930’s.  We had to remove its foundations when we were excavating the site.  The two trees to the right are the entrance to Nuns Walk and still exist. I love the old style car parked on the site. Our neighbour told us stories of swimming in the Water Tower when he was a kid!!

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.


January 10, 2010

Our first real snow at Nuns Lane was a pleasure to behold and mighty fun for the kids. A snow volcano was erected only to be made yellow by a local dog!!

This could be the last time we see the Legion Hall covered in snow. There was recently planning permission granted to build a creche facility in its place. The ground around it which has had public right of way for at least 80 years will be built on if the grant of permisssion is not appealed. There is a public meeting on Tuesday  evening at 8pm in the Killester Resourse Centre to discuss the appeal. My great concern is the issue of parking and traffic congestion.

Christmas at Nuns Lane

December 14, 2009

Materials Mmmm……..

November 26, 2009

These stainless steel handrails were made by Church Art Metals. I remember they were the last job they did before the Chrismas hols in 2007 and we were lucky that they fitted us in at all. I love the contrast of the cold shiny metal with the grey hard concrete and the warm timber.

A childs view

November 13, 2009


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.

Take your shoes off please!

October 12, 2009

Open House was a great success at Nuns’ Lane. We had 150 visitors over a 3 hour period. After a few days of polishing, cleaning and sprucing up we were ready to receive. It rained until an hour before we opened the doors and then the blessed sun shone and showed off the house at its best. There were lots of excited reactions and many were surprised at what they found inside compared to the outside. The most commonly asked questions were about energy and heating. Our heating is underfloor, so there are no radiators or pipes showing.


Seeing Green

October 3, 2009

We are trying a new type of “bulb” which is the latest in low energy technology. This type of lamp is called INDUCTION lighting. The main attraction of induction lighting is an incredibly long lifetime. In a fluorescent lamp, the electrodes at either end are the weakest link, and the lamp usually fails when the cathode coating on one of the electrodes is depleted after 15,000–20,000 hours. Induction lamps have no such electrodes, so their rated lifetimes are as long as 100,000. So if one of these 23watt(equivilent to 150watt incandescent) self balast induction “bulbs” is lit for 10 hours a day 7 days a week you will save €64 a year and 0.15tonnes of co2 emissions.

The reduction in energy used is 45% and so there is a huge longterm financial saving in running costs(approx.€2K per fitting over their lifetime), not to mention that you won’t have to change the lamp for 27 years!  I like that they are good to the environment. Also they fit into most standard screw in fittings and are dimmable. They are supplied by a company called Greenlight (http://www.green-light.ie/) who are at the cutting edge of technology in this area.


The Light Fitting is an original modern antique  by Poul Henningsen manufactured by Louis Poulsen. We sourced it online from RoxyKlassik in Denmark.

PH Snowball (1924) is a 360-degree glare free luminaire. The geometry of the PH Snowball is designed to ensure all the illuminated surfaces of the shades are struck by the rays of light in the same angle, creating an even illumination. The finish is white and wet painted.

The PH Snowball is considered a smaller version of the PH Louvre made for the Adventist Church in Skodsborg, Denmark. But unlike the PH Louvre, the number of shades is reduced to just eight mounted on three legs – and the diameter of the fixture is also reduced due to the fact that it was intended for lower ceiling spaces. This fixture was first launched together with the PH 5 and the PH Artichoke but it did not get the same attention as the other two pendants. However, as a result of the PH Snowball being re-drawn and re-introduced in 1983 this fixture has come alive again. Today it is made with white shades glossed on the top and matted on the underside. The top of the shades are glossy in order to create sparkling light. The undersides of the shades are matte to avoid reflections of the light source.