A picture paints a thousand words

This 1840’s period house is located a few miles outside Galway City. Originally used as a family home, it was turned into a Bed & Breakfast in the 1980’s and traded very successfully as such for many years. The first thing you will notice are the brass name tags on some of the doors. They remain in situ and I can’t help thinking they are a rather nice addition to the story of this fabulous home. When Donal Hegarty – Painter & Decorator was invited to tender for the painting contract of the property, he was delighted to do so as he could show his skills as a decorator and showcase his speciality – painting old period homes.

Living room in a 1840's period house, freshly painted by Donal Hegarty

Living Room in an Irish 1840’s period home

Traditionally houses from this period were painted in ochres, umbers, creams and fawns. White wasn’t used much except for the window sashes on the simplest buildings. The out buildings were painted white using lime washes. Wallpaper was introduced towards the end of this period and it became quite popular. Luxury and wealth was indicated by the use of deep dark colours in the larger homes and thus this home used heavy dark colours with the wallpaper and drapes which exuded opulence and luxury. This house was operating as a rather expensive Bed & Breakfast and the decor reflected this – with deep brocade wallpapers and strong deep colour schemes in all the rooms.

Hallway in the 1840's period house, Paint colour: Farrow & Ball, Savage Ground

Hallway; Paint colour: Farrow & Ball, Savage Ground

When Donal was hired, his brief was to completely change the colour scheme of the whole house, but he also had to retain its old world period look. He also had to take into account the antiques that were dotted throughout the house. The house also had some rather expensive modern pieces of furniture that could not be ignored either. His strongest memory on entering the house was the deep red in the hall and the strong yellows in the bedrooms. Many of the rooms were wallpapered, in keeping with the decor of the period and Donal had to keep this in mind when recommending a paint colour. Because the paint colour he was painting over was so dark he had to go for a high quality paint, in order to avoid putting on endless coats of paint. He was instantly drawn to the Farrow & Ball range using their ‘neutrals’ colour palette. This colour palette would give the house a fresh new look but would also blend with the antiques and the modern pieces of furniture. As you enter the large hall you are struck by the very striking floor tile in black and white, also a large gilt edged framed mirror makes a striking statement. Donal decided on the subtle shade of ‘Savage Ground’ from Farrow & Ball. It would be perfect for the eye-catching hall, so as not to take away from the strong highly patterned floor tile and the very ornate chandelier.

Living room in the 1840's period house; Paint colour: Farrow & Ball, Bone

Living room; Paint colour: Farrow & Ball, Bone

The room on the left is what would have been know as the drawing room during its B & B days – this room leads into another room through two small arches. It will more than likely be used as a breakfast room as two doors lead out to the wonderfully manicured gardens. Both rooms are floored in a traditional mahogany herring bone timber. Donal chose ‘Bone’ from Farrow & Ball here giving a slight hint of colour to these elegantly decorated living rooms. Ornate marble fireplaces sit back to back bringing atmosphere and warmth to both spaces. The large wide hall is continued under an arch to the main staircase. The black and white floor tiles ensure a continuity of both spaces and are matched with a custom made carpet on the stairs. The black of the carpet is broken up with a blue and salmon colour pattern, it was decided to continue with the same ‘Savage Ground’ paint choice of the hall. This was also continued up into the landing where the carpet runs along the landing covering the dark timber floor.
A large tapestry rug hangs in this area and again standing out beautifully while also bringing out the best of the paint choice.The wrought spindles and bannister are fantastically highlighted by the backdrop of the ‘Savage Ground’ shade.

Bedroom, Paint colour: Farrow & Ball, Cream 44

Bedroom, Paint colour: Farrow & Ball, Cream 44

Each room had its own label according to its decor, we picked two to show you – The Art Nouveau Suite – obviously because of its more modern decor with a large Art Nouveau rug hanging above the bed. Donal, in keeping with this modern theme, went with Farrow & Ball’s ‘Cream’. Although he could have gone for a stronger shade here he decided to have no jarring colours in the house and played it safe with the neutral tones. The Regency Suite, Donal decided, deserved a regency style shade so he went for Farrow & Ball’s ‘Clunch’. The white french style bed blended extremely well with the subtle tone of this colour. The large ornate gold mirror reflects the shade and colour of this very elegant bedroom. Although Donal had no work to do in the bathroom, we thought it would be worth showing you anyway. Fully tiled with a large free standing sink, this room is the epitome of luxury. It was used as the en suite for the Regency Suite and is accessed via a walk through wardrobe.

Frenchstyle bedroom, Paint colour: Farrow & Ball, Clunch

Frenchstyle bedroom, Paint colour: Farrow & Ball, Clunch

As Donal walked us through this beautiful home, now freshly painted, I was only sorry it had stopped trading as a Bed & Breakfast as I could only imagine staying in this period home and wandering though it, dreaming of its glory days as a grand home. The lives and the family who lived here will forever be just stories in my head. Donal Hegarty has truly done this grand old home proud – his choice of paint colours and the expertise with which he executed its make over has enhanced it and turned it into a beautiful family home.

Donal Hegarty – Painter & Decorator, 085 7555517

Words by Julie Keary
Photography by Alan Smyth

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Blog a-round – 6 Blogs to Bookmark

The internet is overflowing with information. There are a lot of great blog pages out there and we sourced some of the best for you. Most of these pages are nominated for the 2013 Blog Awards Ireland.

Wise Words

Who: Mona Wise, very busy mother/entrepreneur

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What: Winner of 2012 Blog Awards Ireland, Mona is the food writer for the Sunday Times, giving recipes and delicious photographs. „I write. He cooks. The kids make a big mess.“ is their blog-motto. This page is too good to look at it when hungry…

Where: www.wisewords.ie/

GIY Grow it yourself

Who: People from all around the world who care about their food

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What: In this very informative blog the GIY people share their knowledge, interest in community and home gardening with everyone. You get all the info about how to do your own gardening. GIY are a large community – and you can easily join – they organise loads of events too. One of the many candidates for the 2013 Blog Awards Ireland.

Where: www.giyinternational.org

Upstairs Downstairs

Who: Ann Leyden, Editor of the Upstairs Downstairs Magazine
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What: This is the new website of the Upstairs Downstairs Magazine. We wanted to do something simple, user friendly (for our readers and advertisers) and is easy to update. You will find news, tips and some of the featured articles here.

Where: www.upstairsdownstairsonline.com

Emerald Interior Design

Who: Karen Hughes, Interior Designer based in Dublin

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What: Also on the 2013 Blog Awards Ireland shortlist, this blog posts news all around Interior Design that Karen likes. She’ll post about her own projects, people and things that inspire her (“and some that don’t” says Karen)

Where: www.emeraldinteriordesign.ie/blog

Eco Evolution

Who: Eco Evolution, Installers of wind, solar and hydro energy solutions

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What: There are endless possibilities of clean and sustainable ways to get energy. Eco Evolution shows their current projects in eco-friendly energy sourcing. Including a fish passage test!

Where: ecoevolution.ie/blog

Green jam jar

Who: Karen Nolan Winkens
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What: From recipes to decoration tips to eco gardening, this page is full of cute nifty ideas. The mere title of the blog caught our attention. Favourite thing: an upcycled mug simply done with Sharpie markers and a plain ceramic mug.

Where: greenjamjar.com

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Content Issue 84

A Futureproofed Home in Salthill

A white wooden kitchen in the a future proofed home in salthill article
Having acquired one of the last remaining prime sites in the Salthill area, Michael & Sheila were anxious to ensure that the house they were about to build would have a low carbon footprint and use as much renewable energy as possible. Over the next six months there followed a lengthy process of meeting, discussions and consultations with Gerard Carr of Gerard Carr & Associates and Declan Dooley of Kilcastle Construction Ltd to design what would best suit such a site, and meet Michael and Sheila’s expectations. The brief was to create a ‘home’ that was bright, warm, easy to maintain and with as much “future proofing” as possible and with sights on an “A” BER to create a low carbon footprint. This result was achieved in the final analysis.

A Picture paints a thousand words

Living room in a 1840's period house, freshly painted by Donal Hegarty
This 1840’s period house is located a few miles outside Galway City. Originally used as a family home, it was turned into a Bed & Breakfast in the 1980’s and traded very successfully as such for many years. The first thing you will notice are the brass name tags on some of the doors. They remain in situ and I can’t help thinking they are a rather nice addition to the story of this fabulous home. When Donal Hegarty – Painter & Decorator was invited to tender for the painting contract of the property, he was delighted to do so as he could show his skills as a decorator and showcase his speciality – painting old period homes.

An Eco Hideaway

The Three Towers and Slieve Aughty Riding Centre
Some things are hard to find but sometimes you just have to know where to look. I am talking about ‘The Three Towers’, what sounds like the title of a fantasy novel actually is an Eco-Resort with riding facilities not far from Loughrea, Co Galway. Taking the R352 from Portumna you head to Loughrea, it is important to take care on this road, the sign for Slieve Aughty – although quite large, you come upon it rather quickly so it is easy to miss. Then you turn left and left again down a very narrow road which opens on to one of the most amazing hidden gems Ireland has to offer – The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen.

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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.
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