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A 350-Square-Foot Dublin Tiny House Embraces Dark and Moody Colors Despite the Small Size

published Aug 15, 2022
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Home Type
Bedrooms
Square feet
350
Sq ft
350
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Credit: Orla Asawa

Name: Orla Asawa and husband
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Type of home: Tiny house
Size: 350 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year (part-time), owned

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Credit: Orla Asawa

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My husband and I use it as a pied-a-terre when we are in Dublin. It was very bland when we bought it but with some paint, and the right furniture, we have made it comfortable and spacious.

Credit: Orla Asawa

We have had dinner parties for eight people and have not felt cramped. People’s jaws have dropped when they saw the transformation! The bonus is the private courtyard!

Credit: Orla Asawa

My identity is practical. I like to explore color, so it’s also playful and creative.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Cozy, practical, efficient, comfortable, loved.

Credit: Orla Asawa

What is your favorite room and why? The living room/dining room. The color is gorgeous; the room is a fabulous combination of old furniture (my grandmother’s armchair), new (couch and dining chairs) and restored (chest of drawers from an auction — bought sight unseen). It works really well. The art is very personal too — one piece from an old family friend and the other from an amazing Dublin artist — both work so well with our colors.

Credit: Orla Asawa

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Bought without seeing the chest of drawers; and bought the dining chairs new.

Credit: Orla Asawa

Any advice for creating a home you love? Live in it first before painting and before purchasing expensive furniture.

Credit: Orla Asawa

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