Upstairs Downstairs – New Issue
We have some beautiful homes to show you and some wonderful decorating ideas too. I particularly enjoyed my visit to Galway Golf Academy and I would like to wish Michael best wishes in his new venture. Thanks to Tony & Caroline for going to the trouble of putting up their decorations a tad early for us – check out their home on page 10. All the regular features are there and we also have a four page Holiday Gift Guide. I hope you enjoy this edition as much as I did putting it together
High & Beautiful
High on a hill in Menlo, overlooking Lough Corrib, Co. Galway, is the beautiful home of Caroline and Tony. Having jumped and stumbled for two years with planning restrictions, they eventually got the permission to build this stunning home with panoramic views of Galway City and Lough Corrib.
Georgian Restoration & Interior Design
Last issue we featured this wonderful period home in Co. Mayo. As we didn’t have enough space to show you all the pictures, we decided to show you some more images. We chatted to Laurent Billet of La Maison Chic about this massive project. Here are his top tips on how to achieve an Irish interior design period look, keep in mind though that ideally your rooms should be at least 9 feet tall:
Architecturally Designed Home
This house involved the complete replacement of a small 50’s style bungalow that had fallen into disrepair. The previous house was very low lying and built with a rising outcrop of land immediately behind it, contributing to dampness. The houses on either side were on higher ground and the site had a number of large trees overshadowing evening light.
Galway Golf Academy
I was delighted when Michael Mulryan invited me out to see his Golf Academy in Cregboy. Michael opened the academy one year ago. It started with a range consisting of 10 bays and a golf professional on hand to give lessons when needed. Once the range was up and running he started work on his cafe. An eclectic mix of furniture and memorabilia gives this beautiful cafe its atmosphere and makes the clients feel relaxed and nourished before, or after, hitting a few balls on the range.