Masterful interiors designed to inspire (3)

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


Co Dublin €1.85 million

Address: 25 Idrone Terrace, Blackrock
Description: Description: Four-bedroom mid-terrace period house with sea views from several rooms
Agent: Savills

Idrone Terrace is one of Dublin’s great seaside settings. Views from its windows chart Dublin Bay’s aquatic traffic from the ferries in and out of the ports to the container ships that seem to literally sit on the horizon.

Number 25 is a four to five-bedroom mid-terrace period house that was once home to the painter Cecil King. The swishly decorated property measures 288sq m (3,100sq ft) and is asking €1.85 million through Savills. The house reputedly sold for around €2.1 million in 2009 when it was sold last by the same agents.

The house was redecorated in the mid-noughties and opens into a hall with beautiful period plasterwork that competes with a bold floral wallpaper for your attention.

The owners took advantage of the sea vistas by repositioning the kitchen, originally in the basement, and the adjoining dining room on the ground floor in the good rooms. A window seat to the rear now allows you to sip coffee as you drink in the view.

Bespoke kitchen
The bespoke kitchen, completed two years ago, was designed by Seapoint-based Murphy Austin Architects. It features plenty of storage and plays to its high ceilings. It is hand-painted in Farrow & Ball Pavilion Grey.

The family wanted a booth style dining area so that they could enjoy the view but not actually be situated in the window. Over the table hangs an enormous drum lamp created by Wink Lighting. Scatter cushions, an Andrew Martin print, add punch and personality.

To the rear of the house is a lovely vaulted ceilinged, bright room that overlooks the garden where a concrete seating area soaks up its south-easterly aspect. A concrete slab in the shape of a double sun lounger, the kind you see in chichi beach cabanas, faces south to accomodate sun worshippers. There is vehicular rear access but park the car out back and you’ll ruin the lines of the garden.

Downstairs, there is a large family room that shares the space with a selection of gym equipment conveniently out of sight if you’re lying prone on the sofa. Fold-back doors open into a large playroom where double-doors lead outside to the courtyard. This could also be a fourth bedroom. To its rear is another double bedroom with an en suite bathroom that would suit a live-in au pair.

The upstairs is impressive. Leaded stained glass and feature windows illuminate the space. Roof lights on the landing let more light through. There are three bedrooms at this level. A medieval knight theme prevails in the little boy’s room. The little girls room is painted in Farrow & Ball calamine and pointing.

Her room shares a fine en suite bathroom with the master bedroom where there is a white Lefroy Brooks free-standing claw foot bath and a fully tiled double power-shower.

The master bedroom is probably the best room in the house. It has ornate ceiling cornicing and a marble open fireplace. The views from the bed stretch across Dublin Bay.

There are electric blinds throughout as well as working shutters in the master bedroom and also in the kitchen and diningroom.

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