Whats in the April/May Issue

In this Issue

Get all the inspiration you need in the April/May Issue of Upstairs Downstairs. We at Upstairs Downstairs endeavor to bring you diverse house features as much as possible. We have an eclectic mix of houses and ideas just to get you into decorating mode. We also have some wonderful shopping pages with products to suit every interior. If carpets are your thing you can check out our tips for buying carpets so no big mistakes are made. So get to your local newsagents and pick up a copy of the new issue



Soft Industrial At its Best

As an aficionado of this soft industrial look I was delighted when I got the chance to visit this home which was actually ‘For Sale’ through Sherry Fitzgerald Galway but has since been sold. I am not surprised, as this beautiful home is smack bang in the middle of Galway City centre. Although it is built in amongst many houses it actually has that feeling of spaciousness and calm. This architecturally designed home was bought as a site with the plans ready to go. As the house plan suited the owner he decided to build the house according to the plan. One because he loved the house and two because if he made any changes he would’ve had to re apply to the planning office for permission for the changes. He also was anxious to get building this dream home.

Home Renovation In Oranmore

Although the size and location of this home was perfect for the owners and their four children, it just seemed to be lacking in that little something and not very conducive to family life. Four large bedrooms and an attic space needed very little changing, it was the layout of the ground floor that caused most of the problem. For one thing Karen, the owner would have to turn the lights on in the kitchen area first thing in the morning until bedtime. This family craved light and sunshine. She commissioned Eoin Gleeson of Gleeson & Associates, Design Consultants to give them more space and especially more light in an open plan space at the rear of the house.

Home Revamp In Ballina

One of the challenges when relocating a home is mixing the older pieces of furniture with new pieces needed and often too tempting to ignore. This conversation initiated a project recently completed by Ronan and the team at Trevor Morrow’s in Ballina, who supplied the paint, flooring, kitchen, wardrobes and window dressings along with many pieces of furniture for this stunning new home.

Spanish Point House – History By The Sea

Spanish Point House is an early-Victorian residence, originally called ‘Sea View House’, built to capture the dramatic views over this spectacular coastline. Formerly ‘McAuley House’, this 19th Century period house has much history attached and has been lovingly refurbished by its current owners Pat & Aoife O Malley

The original house known as ‘Sea View House’ was built by Francis Gould Morony formerly of Miltown House in 1830 replacing an older building. Francis willed ‘Sea View’ to his wife’s niece, Miss Stoney who married Captain Robert Ellis. In 1870 the house was inherited by the Ellis family who added the two wings to the building. Thomas Gould Ellis was their son and heir.

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