Intarya completed the architectural and interior design of this stunning seven-bedroom, 7700 square foot period house in Dublin, shortlising for the design et al ID&A Kitchen Design over 50K Award (enter the awards here).
‘Within the renovation of the whole property, we were asked to create a large, bright, kitchen with a comfortable seating area for the family. It was important that the kitchen style maintain sensitivity to the history of the house but incorporate all the up to date integrated appliances and storage solutions to facilitate the practicalities of every day family life.
The client’s love of colour, texture and pattern was at the core of the interior scheme. Sage green cabinets are combined with a darker racing green on the island that is lifted by bolder splashes of red and orange throughout. The colours are showcased perfectly in the Aga splash back that was transformed into a work of art; our client’s handmade quilt sits behind toughened glass, introducing pattern and an all-important homely feel to the room.
It was important that our bespoke furniture and lighting worked seamlessly alongside the client’s antiques and artwork collection. Burr oak joinery with integrated wall lights provides shelving for the display of family heirlooms and personal artefacts with a display of oil paintings that give the room a cossetted and intimate feel, making it a place to be enjoyed for many years.
With vibrant colours at the forefront of the design, our favourite feature of the room would be the kitchen chairs where bold tones were combined with vivid patterns. They were upholstered in soft wool in an array of colours from red and orange to various shades of green, contrasting with the fresh look of the ivory painted frames. On the outside back a distinct screen printed flower onto suede fabric introduces a sense of fun to the scheme and brands each chair an individual.
By re-working the existing layout the flow of space was significantly improved. The main cooking and preparation area is centred on a long island that provides plenty of workspace near the Aga and walk-in larder. The eating area seats ten comfortably making family meals a pleasure around the client’s much loved farmhouse table. This bright, sunny space was maximised by way of a cosy built in window seat providing an inviting spot to take in the beautiful gardens beyond.
The client’s vibrant colour palette was tempered by our sensitive approach to combining pattern and colour that never sees this overplayed. In the seating area, two armchairs are upholstered in a strong stripe in vivid colours. The boldness has been countered by the use of a neutral upholstery on the armchairs opposite, the subtle stripe of the rug and the taupe linen of the sofa. This allows for tapestry, paisley and flame stitch patterns to be incorporated on scatter cushions without overwhelming the overall look.
The overall design of the property and the kitchen is holistic, unique and responds to the provenance, architecture and location of the building. This is carefully integrated with all the benefits of a modern home, making it fit for our clients for many years to come.’