Interior Design Hub @ Ask An Expert
A well designed home can truly enhance a feeling of well-being, relaxation and protection from a world full of clutter. Come along and be inspired at the Interior Design Hub at Ask An Expert at this Autumn’s Ideal Home Show.
Four leading designers will showcase their looks each collaborating with their favourite interiors brands including Denise O’Connor of Optimise Home for BoConcept; Maria Fenlon Interiors for Meadows & Byrne; Jackie Tyrrell Design for Michael Murphy Interiors and Nine Yards Design for DFS.
Alongside the four interior design roomsets, the Interiors Association will have 16 interior designers within the Ask An Expert Hub to give show visitors free 15-minute consultations that can help them develop their ideas, give them inspiration and bring their plans for their home to life.
Roomsets includeYvonne Mulligan
Yvonne Mulligan, Nine Yards Design for DFS
‘Staying in is the new going out’
The inspiration for Yvonne’s room set came from recent DFS research which said that over half of Irish people say their favourite thing to do at the weekend is to stay in, rather than go out! It also revealed how their sofa on a Saturday night takes precedence over hitting the town.
Yvonne will focus her look around the striking Mya sofa from the brand new So Simple Collection from DFS in peacock teal as the starting point, A DFS Mercia Coffee table takes centre stage over a beautiful ‘Yara Artdeco’ rug from Brink & Campman. She also features stunning lighting by Mullan Design, a striking Harlequin wallpaper from the Entity Collection and a sophisticated colour called Fine Line from the Signature Collection by Dulux, completing the look along the lines of Don Draper’s mantra “Make it simple, but make it significant.”Jackie Tyrrell
Jackie Tyrrell Design for Michael Murphy Home Furnishings
Inspired by the Swedish concept of Lagom, Earthy Ambience is all about balance, the balance of opposites, colour and texture, with just the right amount of furniture, accessories and lighting. Badly designed spaces can aggravate on a daily basis, whereas thoughtful design can bring balance and harmony to a home. With equal emphasis on form and function, we’ve created a space that brings comfort, style and calm.
Jackie has curated collection of furniture and interiors inspired by the natural materials, patterns and shapes that surround us.Denise O’Connor
Denise O’Connor of Optimise Home for BoConcept
‘Forget Wow-Factor – Embrace Wellbeing’
Architect and Interior Designer Denise O’Connor of Optimise Home will be creating a contemporary, sophisticated yet restful, calm and inviting living space that not only looks great, but makes people feel great. In a recent survey carried out by Optimise Home 98% of people claimed that the number one cause of arguments was clutter. Denise’s mantra is that a decluttered life very much lends itself to a feeling well being.
Denise has taken the industrial trend that’s been popular for a while and given it a sophisticated makeover. Soft neutral colours on the walls featuring Signature by Dulux Subtle Cobble form a backdrop to showcase elegant & contemporary furniture pieces, sculptural accessories and architectural details such as crittal style screens. Her colour palette of winter whites, soft greens and natural materials softens the look and creates an elegant scheme that is both inviting comfortable.Maria Fenlon
Maria Fenlon Interiors for Meadows & Byrne
‘Natural Simplicity Meets Hand Made Irish Craft’
In creating her space for this Autumn’s permanent tsb Ideal Home Show, Maria Fenlon opted for a very simple natural look using classic furniture staples from the lifestyle store Meadows & Byrne. Natural tones of green, wood paired with beautiful accessories are worked together to create a contemporary take Irish craft.
Maria uses lighting effects to focus the eye on subtle material combinations which create an intimate mood in terms of the whole touch and feel juxta-positioning leather, wood, concrete, ceramics, wool and velvet.
According to Maria Fenlon, ‘I’ve always associated Meadows & Byrne with homeliness, warm and cosy settings by the fireside. There is definitely a movement which is seeing Irish craft design being created with a modern day contemporary simplicity. Their contemporary handcrafted pieces such as Diem pottery makes you look at craft in a whole new light, combining traditional skills with a contemporary edge. I’m also working in beautiful tableware from Caulfield Country Boards and a collection of stone and grey natural linens.’