An architecturally designed home on the edges of Lough Corrib sits neatly in a verdant hollow near the river Corrib in Bushypark, Galway. This substantial 3,000 sq. ft. residence was designed by award winning architect Pat Mc Cabe of Patrick Mc Cabe Architects, the residence won an award for design in 1999, shortly after its completion. Planning in the area is extremely sensitive owing to the vast majority of lands zoned as either agricultural or SAC (special area of conservation).
We were delighted to be invited to photograph this gem of a house right in the centre of Galway City. There was only one word to sum up this home – Timeless. It is actually impossible to say if it had been built l0 years ago or 2 years ago. The couple who built and designed this house wanted just that – a house that would not date and they have achieved their goal without a shadow of a doubt! Large,airy, open spaces with many American influences make this house the perfect family home
Modern Elegance in Galway City
This home located in the outskirts of Galway city is a mix of traditional elegance with a delicate modern twist. The owners felt that their home needed a lift, having lived with the decor that was already in the house when they bought it a few years previously. They employed the services of Laurent Billet of La Maison Chic. Having visited his showroom over the years they were very taken with the richness of fabrics he had on display.
The House That Mary Built
On a bleak Saturday afternoon I followed my nose along the roads around the Gurteen area of Ballinasloe and eventually arrived at my destination – Mary’s Home. A rambling overgrown garden, only hinted of what it looks like in the Summer, led to an old house that certainly gave no hint of what lay beyond its front door. The warmth of the stove greeted me at the front door and the old bench with its shabby chic cushions told the story of the style and design that was seen throughout the house. This home was ‘shabby chic’ at its best. The care and attention to detail showed Mary’s – the owner of this beautiful home – style and love for all things old and new.
The tiniest of rooms can seem more spacious with good design and in a home space is a highly desirable luxury. Upstairs Downstairs visited one of Noel Brannelly Kitchens to see some of Noel’s clever use of space. This kitchen has solid a solid timber units hand painted from Farrow & Ball paint range. Colour, whether a subtle ivory or vibrant crimson, brings life to kitchens. All Noel Brannelly kitchens can be painted, whether in part or in their entirety, in different shades and hues. They tailor to suit each of the client’s measurements. Tall, hand painted cabinets with feature bespoke internal storage.
Here is a sample of some clever use of space in a Noel Brannelly Kitchen.
Solid timber Kitchen.
Pull out dish drawers from Fisher & Paykel.
A key cupboard, the drawers behind this cupboard only allow a shallow space where Noel cleverly designed a key cupboard.
A shallow shelf perfect for books.
Solid dovetailed drawers varying in depths for cutlery on the top with the pots in the bottom.
Another ingenious use of small space, home for two solid timber walnut trays.
A circular solid walnut breakfast bar sits neatly on the side of the solid hand painted timber island.