Masterful interiors designed to inspire

These three houses share certain qualities – a fine location, good proportions and nice views – with their neighbours, but what sets them apart is their owners’ attention to detail and style that has transformed them into distinctive homes


Linda McNally runs Clontarf Interiors and her four-bedroom end of terrace home is a paean to the classic contemporary style. It has featured in Ideal Homes, House and Home and Moving In magazines. In 2008 she extended the house dramatically to add a great big open-plan kitchen. The house now measures 180sq m (1,938sq ft) and is priced at €725,000 through SherryFitzGerald.

The kitchen has rooflights, floor to ceiling slide-back glazed doors that bring the house closer to its 100 foot long south-east facing garden. The room is the width of the houseand includes a sizeable island with a very tactile, unhoned granite countertop. Jura limestone tiles cover the floor.

The fireplaces in the formal rooms have been embellished with corbels and new inserts, replacing the original tiles. The rooms have been painted in sophisticated, sludgy Farrow & Ball colours. The sittingroom features wall paneling and a bay window. Slide-back doors lead through to the dining room. Both rooms and the hall are floored in limed oak boards. New stained glass panels, designed by Shamrock Glass in Drogheda, were added to the front door.

Tobacco-brown linen wallpaper leads the eye upstairs where there are four bedrooms, all with good storage.

The one Clodagh uses as a home office has deeper than necessary storage. Removing this would allow you to fit a double bed.

The main bedroom overlooks the garden and has a shower en suite. The family bathroom is roomy, with space for a separate bath and double shower and has a feature stone wall.

The extension is clad in shiplapped iroko – a teak-like timber that holds its colour well against weathering. A granite patio leads down into the well-planted garden. The house has a C3 Ber rating. Out front there is parking for up to three cars.

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