The floor was replaced by one in dark wood and rugs were used to add texture and warmth. Photograph: Matteo Tuniz/ MediaPro

The owner of this apartment travels for business, staying in New York and London hotels, and he wanted this property to share the five-star vibe, espe(...)

 Aoibhann Byrne with her children, Cathal, Luke and Éabha, at their home in Co Meath. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“When I would come in the back door there was an instant feeling of ‘Oh, no’,” says Aoibhann Byrne, describing being faced with a dark hallway and clu(...)