HELLE MOYNA’s vision for her new house was clear: the approach has a particular MODERN SENSIBILITY, underpinned by a SCANDINAVIAN ETHOS and is rooted in simplicity and quality …
After two years renting in Dublin after their move from London, Danish-born Helle Moyna and her Irish husband began to house-hunt, looking for a special property suited to family living where they could bring up their two young boys.
Having just lost out on a house, the estate agent mentioned another, a private sale – would they like to view it? Moyna’s reaction was instant and instinctive. She loved its intact 18th-century heart, the hint of its 16th-century origins and its wide garden. After six months of paperwork, the house was theirs and, together with Extend architects and a conservation expert, she drew up plans for a full renovation including installation of central heating, rewiring and new bathrooms.
As a relative newcomer to Dublin, Moyna’s research was impressive: by commencement of work in October 2014, she had a good team of builders and specialist tradesmen lined up to work with the architects. “Having a good team ensured the project was well-planned and executed, and it was done on time.”
Moyna is no stranger to design projects. Founder of Nordic Elements, a studio and online design, product sourcing and retail business, based on Scandinavian design and her love of mid-century furniture and decoration, Moyna relished the opportunity to furnish her new home with the kind of pieces she sources for clients from auction and from designers whose work she admires.
She styled the house inside and out, sourcing everything from light fittings and door handles, to radiators, paint colours and carpets, even the gravel at the front of the house.
“I created moodboards for each room, down to the tiniest details. This made everything so much easier as the various people involved were able to understand my ideas.” Lighting was a challenge; “I am not a big fan of ceiling lights but, with such high ceilings, they had to make an impact.” Moyna’s access to great designers meant she could bring in most of the ceiling lights from Sweden and Denmark, with her own design for the chandelier over the stairs – “it was daunting but it worked out brilliantly” – produced by one of her Swedish suppliers.
A key decision was to work with architect Morwenna Gerrard on the kitchen design. “It was a tricky space, quite small, and with two large windows and two wide doors plus a chimney breast. Morwenna totally understood my style and came up with the perfect design, brilliantly executed by Patrick McKenna of Wabi-Sabi.”
The other significant alteration to the house was to incorporate an en suite bathroom into the master bedroom. “I did not want a box in the room, so came up with a plan where the walls were part solid, part glass screen, allowing light to flow in,” says Moyna.
The Nordic Elements webshop collection is just a small edit of the designers and manufacturers Moyna works with. Her talent lies in the way she mixes old classics with new classics for clients. “We can advise on everything from a hall light to a full room make-over as well as source and deliver furniture, lighting and accessories.” Moyna’s is a versatile style embracing both the antique and the contemporary, delivered to coherent and pleasing effect.
Helle Moyna’s studio is open by appointment by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone, 083 441 4582. Visit www.nordicelements.com to view the current collection.
Photography by Doreen Kilfeather
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