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La Maison Chic

January 21, 2010

French born Irish-based designer Laurent Billiet began his career as an executive working in BioMedical Research Ltd. in Galway.
“I wanted for nothing, I had the most wonderful life – but I wasn’t living. The week-ends had barely started when suddenly it was late Sunday afternoon, and I was packing my bag again for an early flight on Monday morning.” he tells The Irish Times.

His background had been in human resources and with an MBA in marketting, he was set to climb the corporate ladder. Instead, Billiet took a course in interior design and then accepted design work in his spare time in apartments in Paris.

Now based full time in Ireland, his company La Maison Chic, in Galway offers a complete interior design service down to every last detail.
He tells the newspaper he believes a home’s interior should last “About seven years, at least. If a customer is not happy or wants a change after three or four years, and they have taken my advice all the way through, then it is my fault. That’s my philosophy.”

CasaCor 2009: Best Kitchen/Dining

December 31, 2009

Earlier this year, the Casa Cor Group held three simultaneous events at the Jockey Club in Sao Paulo all at once: Casa Cor 2009, Casa Hotel and Casa Kids.

It is the biggest architectural and decor show in Latin America and the third biggest in the world holding 110 different design spaces and occupying 44,000 m2. This year’s theme is sustainability.

These are some of the kitchens and dining rooms from the show.

Last Minute Christmas

December 25, 2009

Christmas decorated mantlepiece

 If you’ve just finally gotten that Christmas spirit, here are some last minute decorating advice.

When choosing the christmas tree, choose one with a tree with a good shape, dense branches and pliable needles.

December’s edition of House and Garden New Zealand suggests choosing one colour and combine it with white and silver to create a multi-layered festive feel in your home.

Once you’ve chosen your colour theme, carry it through into different areas throughout the house. Put a cluster of baubles on the mantlepiece, hang small decorations off door knobs, attach sparkly, light-catching decorations to the window frame. Gather ideas for things you can make yourself, such as the stencilled patterns and lacy  white paper cut-outs. A welcoming wreath on the door, the fresh flowers on the table – all following the same colour theme – add the finishing touch.

(Meant to post this a few days ago, but never got the chance.)

Brazilian Architect: Marcelo Rosenbaum

August 31, 2009

Having been on holidays in Brazil recently and visited a house with a kitchen and bathroom that bares a striking resemblance to the ones in the before pictures below, I had to post this up. I couldn’t have envisioned it being done up like this so when I came across this project, I was very impressed.

It was renovated by a Brazilian arquitect Marcelo Rosenbaum from Sao Paulo for his monthly television feature “Lar, doce lar”. As part of a show called “Caldeirão do Huck”, Rosenbaum renovates the home of a family within a one week time frame. This renovation was one of these projects for the Ferreira family.

Façade Before Remodel

Façade Before Remodel

Porch and Living Area Before Renovation

Porch and Living Area Before Renovation

Kitchen Area Before Renovation

Kitchen Area Before Renovation

Bathroom Before Renovation

Bathroom Before Renovation

Bedroom Before Renovation

Bedroom Before Renovation

Façade After Remodel

Façade After Remodel

Kitchen-Dining Area After Renovation

Kitchen-Dining Area After Renovation

Open plan kitchen and living Area After Renovation

Open plan kitchen and living Area After Renovation

Open plan living Area After Renovation

Open plan living Area After Renovation

Bedroom After Renovation

Bedroom After Renovation

Bedroom After Renovation

Bedroom After Renovation

Bedroom After Renovation

Bedroom After Renovation

Kid's Bedroom After Renovation

Kid's Bedroom After Renovation

Outdoor space created - Terrace After Renovation

Outdoor space created - Terrace After Renovation

Irish Interior Designer: Sinead Considine

August 21, 2009

Sinead Considine is an interior designer and home staging expert who worked as lead interior designer for House & Garden in Australia before opening her company, Upstage, in Ireland. Her work has appeared various times on magazines such as Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living and Book of Interiors.

Here are some photos of her classic contemporary style. Some rooms may be a little too neutral but I  like the neutral colour palette on the soft furnishings and the use of stained wood.

Sinead Considine Irish Designer - Hainault Living Room

Since I may be re-doing my floors, all I can see from this picture are its beautiful wooden floors.

Since I may be re-doing my floors, all I can see from this picture are its beautiful wooden floors.

Irish Designer Sinead Considine Upstage - Annavilla Living RoomIrish Designer Sinead Considine - Annavilla BathroomIreland Designs Sinead Constantine Upstage - Arnott Street Dining AreaIrish Designer Sinead Considine Upstage - Connaght Place Living Area

Irish Designer Sinead Considine Upstage - Connaght Place Open Plan Kitchen Dinning room

Irish Interior Designer Sinead Considine - Connaght Place bathroom

Irish Interior Designer Sinead Considine - Dunsland living Room

Irish Designer Sinead Considine - Grasmere Living RoomIrish Interior Designer Sinead Considine - Grasmere Kitchen

Irish Interior Designer Sinead Considine - Grasmere Bedroom

Irish Interior Designer Sinead Considine - Hainault Open Plan Kitchen Living Dining area

Ikea in Dublin

April 9, 2009
taken from Jenny_Wren_777's photostream on flickr

taken from Jenny_Wren_777's photostream on flickr

Well, as you all probably know, Ikea is coming to Dublin. As I write this, its doors are set to open in 15 weeks, 3 days, 23 hours, 21 minutes and 38 seconds (July 27th) according to their website.

I’m looking forward to buying a bedside lamp and a new bigger bookshelf. The bookshelf I have is puney! And could a walk-in wardrobe of some sort be on the cards?

Will you be checking it out? Any purchases in mind?

California Living

March 13, 2009
North face of house before the remodel

North face of house before the remodel

North Face of house after remodel

North Face of house after remodel

As I was browsing through Design Sponge, Jeremy Levine’s remodel of his Californian home caught my eye. Turning his 400sq.ft home into a much bigger 1100sq.ft, his living space looks light and spacious as opposed to dark and pokey.

Jeremy Levine himself is an architect having graduated from the Southern Institute of Architecture. He opened Jeremy Levine Design in 2002 where you can catch more photos of the remodel.

Even though this house looks very Californian, I do wish we could see more unique homes in Dublin such as these.

Fireplace before renovation

Fireplace before renovation

Fireplace after renovation

Fireplace after renovation

A view of the open-plan kitchen

A view of the open-plan kitchen

A large study area

A large study area

Stick ‘Em Up

March 3, 2009

While looking for things to do for a weekend in London a while ago, I came across Supernice

. I think I’ve fallen for the wall stickers and decals in their Blik line. Or maybe I just love the idea of being able to alter the look of a room with these adhesives and tearing them out as soon as you’re bored of them. It would look specially great in a kid’s room, and as soon as they outgrow them; pull them off. What do you think of their stickers?