A Terrific Terrace Cottage in Inner City Dublin

A Terrific Terrace Cottage in Inner City Dublin

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Adrienne Breaux
Sep 6, 2014
(Image credit: Donal Murphy)

Project by: Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design
Location: Dublin, Ireland

From the designer: Smithfield Residence is a small end of terrace cottage in inner city Dublin. The house had previously been designed to suit its previous function as a rented property but was no longer fulfilling the client's current living requirements.

(Image credit: Roisin Lafferty)
(Image credit: Roisin Lafferty)

The brief focused on the open plan ground floor living area, as this was the space most occupied by the young couple. The existing kitchen had a small breakfast bar area but the clients desperately wanted a separate dining table to entertain guests. The floor area was tight so to overcome this, a beautiful bespoke dining table was designed with bench seating that doubled up as additional seating within the ‘living area’.

(Image credit: Donal Murphy)

Other bespoke items of joinery were designed to fit seamlessly within the space and to accommodate the client's specific storage requirement. Lighting was an important factor in the design. Various additional light fittings were introduced to create depth and to allow clients to adjust the lighting levels to provide the atmosphere they desired.

(Image credit: Donal Murphy)

The fittings themselves were quite raw and industrial which complemented the raw wood of the joinery, as well as providing variation in texture and form. To maximize the natural light, a large sheet of mirror was fitted to an alcove along the side wall, which created a wonderful visual link to the garden. The furniture was kept soft and neutral with pops of color being introduced through textiles and accessories.

(Image credit: Donal Murphy)

Partial list of resources:

  • Sofa - Conran shop, Arnotts
  • Chair - House of Fraser (we then had it reupholstered)
  • Rug - Bluebellgray, John Lewis
  • Bench, table, media unit and wall mounted display cabinet - Kingston Lafferty Design
  • Cage pendant lights - made.com
  • Wall lights - House Doctor - Industry
  • Cushions - Zara home
  • Chairs - Industry and made.com
(Image credit: Donal Murphy)

Thanks, Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design!

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