ARTIST CHÁRA NAGLE shows us around her KILLINEY HOME …
Name: Chára Nagle Address: Killiney, Co Dublin
My home: An 1800s horseshoe-shaped converted stable The vibe: Classic meets beachhouse.
This building and the courtyard behind it were all part of Ballinclea House, the estate owned by the De Talbot family. Over the years we’ve done lots of work to it: rewiring, damp proofing and knocking down walls, as well as putting in a new kitchen and bathrooms. My aim was to make it as cosy and inviting as possible, like a modern day gingerbread cottage – we don’t have a single square room. Our back garden, where we keep our Big Green Egg, is very sheltered and has become the perfect place to read the Sunday papers. Next on my wishlist for outside is a striped awning to go over the terrace. I enjoy mixing new and classic pieces, as well as the odd completely random thing. The taxidermy fox in the dining room, for example, was picked up at the Old Mill Stores outside Leap in West Cork – it’s impossible to drive past without going in for a browse. The table and chairs are from Buckley’s auction house in Sandycove. I hate looking at an untidy house so having lots of organised storage quietens my mind. We officially have no sunlight between November and March so we try to reverse that with gentle, warm lighting. The main lights are all on dimmers and the lamps use the lowest wattage bulbs possible.
A neutral palette in the bedroom and a nod to seaside style. The painting over the bed is from Nagle’s upcoming Haystacks exhibition. RIGHT: The purpose-built walk-in wardrobe shows that even the most difficult space can be made useful. Nagle adds glamour by using interesting door handles and brass-finished radiator grills.
Nagle adds personality to the kitchen by introducing fun, decorative elements, and her own painting.
The house is painted a warm shade of pale pink. A painted stable-style door adds charm to the space.
The kitchen window sill is always lined with fresh herbs.
The purpose-built walk-in wardrobe shows that even the most difficult space can be made useful. Nagle adds glamour by using interesting door handles and brass-finished radiator grills.
Haystacks exhibition, Merrion Capital, Heritage House, 23 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, March 7-21.
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