A Dublin Home’s ‘Glam Rock’ Style Means Disco Balls, David Bowie-Themed Wallpaper, And More

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Living room credenza with books, disco ball, and vase of flowers on top

Name: Lisa Marconi, husband, Ian, two boys, Jack and Teddy, and dog, Sunshine
Location: South Dublin, Ireland
Type of home: House, semi-detached
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, owned

One of my favourite pieces of art in our hall by Camille Walala

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I’m an interior designer; I’ve had my own studio and online homewares shop for a few years. Now I’ve founded an interior design tech platform. My husband is a chef, and our boys are almost 5 and 7 years old. Our dog is a 9 1/2-year-old golden retriever called Sunshine. We moved out of our much-loved central Dublin period home to get more space and a garden for the kids.

The house was a standard 1950s home with all white walls and not much personality in it. Even though this isn’t our forever home, I wanted to make it one that felt like ours and one that we could be happy living in whilst we were here. Our budget was really tight as we spent all our money buying the house, so I just used color and paint to breathe fun and personality into it. Maximum impact for minimum spend! We’re saving up to do an extension and renovation to get the lovely big kitchen and playroom for the boys, but for now, we’re really happy in the house. It’s a great space for our boys.

Our stairwell featuring our gorgeous feather chandelier and art by Sara Pope

I love, love, love color, and I’m a maximalist. I think your home should make you smile every time you walk through the door. Art is really important to me, I have an ever-growing collection and can’t stop buying it!

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Glam rock

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite area is our dining area. Our table is the one I grew up eating on, which I inherited from my parents when I moved to Ireland from London. It makes me so happy to be eating at the same table with my friends and family. And I love the combination of my modern Abigail Ahern bucket chairs with it and our chandelier from my old shop. It’s just a space that makes me really happy that we have lots of fun in.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? These two were the last things I got for the house:

(Well, technically my husband got them, but they were requested for my birthday!)

Any advice for creating a home you love? I think really it’s about having some fun with your decorating and not worrying about whether you’re doing something the “right” way. The only way you’ll have a home you love is by making it one that feels like you. If you make it a rule to only buy and do things you love, your aesthetic will naturally be reflected in your home and it will make sense.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.