Pieces of me: Caroline Foran, interiors entrepreneur

‘I’m choosing bits and bobs that will still be relevant when fads die down ’

 

Lifestyle journalist and interiors entrepreneur Caroline Foran runs GAFFInteriors.ie with fellow journalist Jo Linehan; it’s a dedicated interiors site and social platform for “people like us who want to create cool living spaces but who’ve more dash than cash”.

How would you describe your interiors style?

Ikea

Where do you shop for bargain interiors finds?

Mad Men Dunnes StoresHelen JamesMade

For more permanent pieces, I keep an eye on the Meadows & Byrne sales announcements like a hawk. I’ve bought loads of key pieces here: a vintage-style leather couch, an armchair, the dining table, and I’ve managed to get every single one at a knock-down price. I love an opportunity to brag about how cheap they were; such an Irish thing. Lastly, CA Design in Dublin 6 isn’t technically cheap, but considering the superior quality of the furniture, it feels like you’re getting a bargain. I could go in there blindfold and pick out anything and be confident I’d love it when I got it home and opened it.

Do you collect anything specific?

WhiteCharlotte Thomas

What would you save in a fire?

What designers do you admire? Anything by Georg

Jensen – that fluid yet robust Danish aesthetic really speaks to me and I admire how everything in the remit, be it a candle holder or a watch, is crafted in muted earthy pallets, as if there’s no need for bells and whistles when a piece is so well made. Charles Eames is another favourite. I came across his furniture in New York’s Museum of Modern Art years ago and became obsessed with every product and project he ever created, especially his graphic textiles and film work. I almost feel a bit cheated that versions of his furniture classics are all over the high street now, but on the flip side it’s great to see the democratisation of brilliant product design.

If you had €100,000 to spend on your house, what would you do?

StanleyThe BirdsCasablanca
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