Beautiful Forms & Simple Detailing from Noel Brannelly Kitchens.

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 by Noel Brannelly Kitchen

Solid Timber by Noel Brannelly Kitchen

Solid timber Kitchen.

Dish Washer Drawer

Dish Washer Drawer

Pull out dish drawers from Fisher & Paykel.

Key Cupboard

Key Cupboard

A key cupboard, the drawers behind this cupboard only allow a shallow space where Noel cleverly designed a key cupboard.

Open Storage

Open Storage

A shallow shelf perfect for books.

Solid dovetailed drawers

Solid dovetailed drawers

Solid dovetailed drawers varying in depths for cutlery on the top with the pots in the bottom.

Solid Walnut Timber trays

Solid Walnut Timber trays

Another ingenious use of small space, home for two solid timber walnut trays.

Walnut Breakfast bar

Walnut Breakfast bar

A circular solid walnut breakfast bar sits neatly on the side of the solid hand painted timber island.


Renovations Extensions

Home Renovation Tax Incentive Scheme is very exciting for home owners – also Bank of Ireland are releasing €75 million in response to the government’s new scheme.

We featured two fabulous home renovations in one of our previous issues both were done without the hassle and need for planning permission

Upstairs Downstairs are doing feature in the Dec/Jan issue, on this government’s home renovation scheme, so here are a few tasters to whet your appetite and get your ideas flowing for your home renovations

A very user friendly kitchen

Extended Living Space

Extend Your Space

Light and Airy Extension With a Wow Kitchen!

The ordinary façade of this three bed semi belies the airy, light-filled space that is inside, thanks to a large kitchen extension to the back of the house. This kitchen definitely has the wow factor. The first feeling on entering it is of light and space. It is a bright, spacious room, cleverly arranged in three sections, of living, cooking and dining, all in one!

Builder – Stephen Mullins – Tel: 087 7999707

Kitchen – Michael Doyle – Tel: 0879600262

Extended Living Area

Living Room/Kitchen

A Family Home Extended beyond Recognition

Elaine & Frank invited us back to their home  many years after we had featured it in Upstairs Downstairs. They had just completed some major changes and were delighted with the results. The house had been extended and it truly had been changed beyond recognition.  The wonderful thing about this extension was that it was within 40 m2, so they not have to go through the planning permission process. The extension was exactly 40 m2 and fulfilled all their wishes and needs.

Builder: Tony Connealy (087) 2069740

A garden for all seasons

Room Outside

Hard landscaping: Cara Landscapes (David) (086) 8204595

Ask the Stylist

Fashion Stylist

Orla Sheridan

1 Q I am in the habit of wearing black to work, can you recommend how I can add some color to my wardrobe? –Carmel L., Galway 

1 A  Many of the summer colours have carried through to Autumn Winter. I would recommend trying some of the bright coloured trousers in Zara €39.95), or Reiss  €125, they are a great transition from Autumn to Winter

Reiss Rasberry Trousers

Cropped Trousers from Reiss €125

 Blue crop trousers from Zara

2 Q I would like to introduce some leather into my wardrobe, can you suggest a piece that would make my wardrobe look current? — Elizabeth., Roscommon 

2 A Leather seems to be everywhere at the moment so the options are endless! Topshop  €115 has the most amazing leather turquoise pencil skirt that can be dressed up or down. Whisltes  €440 also do really cool dark green leather pants for the more adventurous dresser, as seen recently on uber stylish Lily Collins

Turquoise skirt from Top Shop €115

3 Q Can you recommend how I can dress up a black dress? Simone,. Dublin 

3 A There are a number of different ways you can transform your black dress. Lennon Courtney €40 do great leather collars that can really update your look. Topshop €80 have a great collection of new black and white court shoes that would look really chic with any black dress! You could also try Zara €22.95 pearls and chain necklace from their new collection for a more edgier look.

Leather Collar From Lennon Courtney Pearls and Chain from Zara

Court Shoes from Top shop

4 Q I am looking for heels that I can wear to work that are comfortable but look on trend? — Sandra., Dublin

4 A  can be little overly ambitious when choosing the height of my heel, thankfully this seasons trends are more sympathetic to our feet! Try a neutral color that will work with number of looks! Reiss  €25 do a pointed toe mid heel boot that works well with trousers, skirts and dresses.

Pointed toe boot from Reiss

Home Gallery are busy getting their new showroom ready

20%-50% off selected products at Home Gallery Interiors

20%-50% off selected products at Home Gallery Interiors

Home Gallery Interiors trending blue

Home Gallery Interiors trending blue

Check out the Fama Showroom and one of the colours that continues to trend is this subtle shade of blue. It can be blended into most interiors with cushions and throws and the occasional piece of furniture – we are showing just a fraction of what Home Gallery Interiors has to offer. During the renovation they are offering 20% – 50 % discount on a selection of items.

Halloween accessories now available at Home Gallery Interiors

Halloween accessories now available at Home Gallery Interiors

Competition in the Upstairs Downstairs Magazine 84

Win this Russell Hobbs Desire Kitchen Machine worth €199

Russel Hobbs Kitchen Machine to win in the Upstairs Downstairs Magazine Issue 84

In a tempting colour combination of black and red, the Russell Hobbs Desire range has been designed with the passionate cook in mind, combining outward confidence with uncompromised functionality. A collection of irresistible and striking appliances in a stylish matt black finish with accents of vibrant red, Desire caters for the trend towards home dining and the demand for appliances which reflect this passion; enabling a more enjoyable experience. One lucky Upstairs Downstairs reader can win a Desire Kitchen Machine worth €199.99. Making a chic statement in black and red, the fashionable, multipurpose Desire Kitchen Machine looks great and performs brilliantly. Russell Hobbs products are available nationwide in independent Irish electrical retailers.

Question: What two colours are featured on the Russell Hobbs Desire range?
Answer: …

Competition Entrance Conditions

  • You have to buy the Upstairs Downstairs Magazine to participate in the competition.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or over and may only submit one entry
  • Entries must be on a coupon, no photocopies will be accepted!
  • send your name and address with the answer to Upstairs Downstairs
  • closing date for entries 25th October 2013

Responsibilities will not be accepted for entries lost, delayed or damaged in the post. No cash alternatives or prizes will be offered. Winners will be notified by telephone of post. The Judges decision is final.

Working hard on the new Upstairs Downstairs Magazine

Today we’re bringing you something new: Proof that we are working hard to get out the new issue! A lot of people have asked before, what publishing actually is about. It’s not only journalism. You could say, it’s everything else besides journalism. See below what we are doing.
Ann and Katja working on the new Upstairs Downstairs Issue 84

What we do behind the scenes of the Upstairs Downstairs Magazine

We are collecting ideas for the next issue. We are putting articles together. We are contacting our advertisers, authors and photographers. We are clipping, clipping, clipping photos of our favourite nifty things from the shops all around Galway. We are proofreading articles and design the pages. And as soon as all that work is done, off goes the mag to the printers! Make sure to get the next issue at your newsagent or via the iPad Newsstand

Ann working on the new Upstairs Downstairs Issue 84 Katja working on the Upstairs Downstairs Magazine 84

And of course we are updating the website and get in contact with you through our Twitter and Facebook channels.

Galway based artist Marja van Kampen in Upstairs Downstairs

Marja van Kampen in her studioMarja van Kampen is a painter and printmaker. Travelling has been a major inspiration for her paintings. Being attracted by the colours of the south, the light and vegetation, she has been travelling in Southern Europe and India. Exotic colours and forms of these destinations feature transformatively in her work. Marja is the recipient of several Awards, the most recent a Travel Award from the Arts Council to study American expressionistic painters in New York.

Read more about Marja in the upcoming issue of Upstairs Downstairs!