Violeta Konieczna & D.P. Kelly
County Limerick, Ireland
1,500 square feet
Years lived in:
Violeta lives in a village in Ireland that looks like it's straight out of a movie. Her home is just as picture perfect as the surrounding land. Each and every item has its very own place and purpose. Sure, there are a lot of strictly decorative elements, but the home doesn't feel over done. It looks like a place that you'd want to spend a lot of time in, especially after touring the beautiful village.
Violeta's home is filled with subtle background colors with punches of vibrant colors. The accent pieces, paintings and pillows attract your eye and truly build the interest in the space. We love that the home is filled with family portraits and pictures, it's heartwarming and welcoming. The bold black frames really pop against the light beige wall color.
The kitchen and laundry rooms are both lovely to look at and really well organized. We love the white parsons-esque table with the baskets. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but they also serve a real purpose. To the right of the stove are deep pocket drawers that are extremely useful. There's so much stuff that can be packed into those thus eliminating counter clutter.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
How would you define your style?
A comfortable and contemporary place to relax. I like simple but nice to the eye spaces. I'm designing with my heart- if I love something I'm trying to find a way to make it work.
What is your greatest inspiration?
Internet and other people houses. I have hundreds and hundreds of inspirational pictures on my laptop downloaded from different sources from all over the world. I love watching them from time to time and trying to copy them into our house. I love designing Forums - they always help you (for free) when you have a problem.
What is your favorite element of your home?
It must be our pullout larder (you wouldn't believe how much food will fit there) and the bath caddy(it has candle holder, detachable book stand, two wine glass holders and loads of space for my cosmetics!)
What do friends say about your home?
It's very clean(!). It's lovely.
What is your home's biggest embarrassment?
Ours garden. We need to put our hands into it. We live here nearly two years now and we still didn't do a thing there...well, except buying garden furniture ;)
What DIY project are you most proud of?
I painted all the woodwork white...by myself :) I won't forget how painful was that :)
I would say - decorate with what you love and with things that look beautiful to you. Sometimes I like a little touch of the ugly in decor. It keeps things interesting.
There's many online shops which I love but unfortunately they don't ship to Ireland :( My dream would come true if they'd start!
Resources of Note:
beds: local furniture stores
Bedside tables: Argos and local furniture store
Lamps: Next, Ikea, Tk&Maxx, Woodies
Duvet covers: Ikea, Tk&Maxx, Monsoon
Rugs: Next, Ikea
Cushions: jonnyssister.co.uk, Fleur, Next, Ikea
Bedspread/blankets: Next, Tk&Maxx
Art: Laura Gunn, polish unknown artist, Ikea,
Mirrors: Tk&Maxx, Dunnes Store Home
Leather sofas: McElligots Furniture
Coffe table: Reids
TV unit: Ikea
Console table: local furniture shop: I painted it black to match my colour scheme
Life is Good sign: Next
Doorstop bird/bird on console table: Tk&Maxx/souvenir from Poland
Bath caddy: IWOOT.com
Storage jars: Laura Ashley
2-Drawers unit: Argos
Artificial plants: Tk&Maxx
Mirror/shelving unit: Ikea: I painted them black
Baskets: Ikea: I painted them same colour as walls
Console table: Tk&Maxx
Photo frames: second-hand shops, Tesco ,Woodies, Tk&Maxx,
Plants pots/olives trees: Ballyseedy Home&Outdoor Living
Kitchen & Laundry Room:
Kitchen units: made for order
Console table/pictures above/baskets: Ikea, Tk&Maxx
Table/chairs: local furniture shop
Glass: Wexford Crystal
Eat sign: Next
Draining board/clock/key lockers: Tk&Maxx
Numbers in laundry room: Tk&Maxx
Laundry baskets: gift from my parents
Baskets: Dunnes Store Home
All the curtains are satin and they come from Dunnes Stores and Next. Curtain and blind in the kitchen are made by my friend. Blind in main bathroom is a gift from my mother.
All the woodwork is painted Ivory White from Dulux Satin Mat.
Hallway: Almendra from Dulux Moda
Kitchen: Creme Brulee from Dulux Moda
Sitting Room: Pale Mink from Dulux Moda
Master Bedroom: Smoulder from Crown Solo Mid Sheen Emulsion
Furniture/mirrors/frames: Satin Black from Crown Solo
Porcelain beige tiles in the kitchen and hallway, aged oak in the sitting room and all the bedrooms.
Images: Violeta Konieczna
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