Breac.House, Donegal: When it came to the finishes and furniture, the aim was to highlight local and Irish design. “It was about somebody coming into a room and feeling connected to what they were looking at outside; that was it for us,” says Cathrine Burke.

There is often a gorgeous moment on holiday when you open the curtains to reveal a view that rushes into your soul like a restorative tonic; you then (...)

Marc Ó Riain outside his Kinsale home with his Ecuadorian balsa surfboard, a favourite item. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Dr Marc Ó Riain is the former president of the Institute of Designers in Ireland 2015-2016 and an internationally award-winning designer of building i(...)