See inside designer CLEO PRICKETT‘s family home, Durhamstown Castle, which dates from 1420 …
Name: Cleo Prickett Address: Durhamstown Castle
My home: An original castle dating from 1420 The vibe: A layering of art and antiques
My family home is Durhamstown Castle, which is located in Bohermeen, Navan, Co Meath. My family has lived here since 1996, though I haven’t lived here continuously. I lived in Dublin and then London for eight years and decided last summer to move back home so that I could set up a design studio and begin working on my label.
Since moving back and living here as an adult, I have discovered a new appreciation for the colour and light which changes dramatically every day. We recently photographed some of my collection in the countryside in the evening light, in our lush, slightly neon green fields and in a broken polytunnel. I wanted to contrast the very sharp tonal tailoring I had created, surrounded by the natural colour and textures.
Throughout the house there are lots of modern, surreal pieces of art and trinkets – my parents did a great job of making the house interesting and fun when decorating it. We all have quite a quirky sense of humour and it is definitely reflected in some of the house’s objects and décor! My mum was an antiques dealer and my dad was a kitchen designer and maker, so they were always interested in creating beautiful interiors, decorating the house with eclectic art, both modern and classic, picking things up from friends’ exhibitions and at auction, while other pieces were passed down through the family from previous generations. The life drawing on yellow paper in my studio is one of my favourite pieces; it’s by the Irish artist John Behan, who is a friend of my parents. We have owned this drawing for as long as I can remember – it even travelled with me to London where it hung in my flat. Life drawing was a stepping stone for me into fashion, I loved doing it when I studied art and I feel this drawing was something that influenced me throughout the years. The studio I work in now was once my father’s studio.
Since working there I have definitely realised how similar my dad and I are as designers. I would say we both like to amalgamate classic and contemporary styles within our designs and use our craft and technical skills to create pieces using top quality materials. It has been important for me to be surrounded by my dad’s work; it reminds me you can run a small but successful business creating beautiful and functional artisanal work.
Prickett works out of a studio that was once her father’s at her family home in Durhamstown Castle. The life drawing by John Behan is a favourite possession.
The original tower, dating from 1275, is now incorporated into the castle, which dates from 1420 and has been augmented throughout the centuries.
The dining chairs are from antiques dealer Paul Cook formerly of Francis Street, Dublin 8. The bureau cum writing desk belonged to Prickett’s grandmother. The early Italian carved wooden mirror was found at auction by Prickett’s mother.
In the hall, the original stove is from Copenhagen, and provides extra essential heating throughout the castle. The carved oak table was sourced at an antique fair in Limerick. The rocking camel was bought in Dundrum, Co Tipperary.
Artwork sourced by Prickett’s parents line the hallways.
Prickett’s father made the mirror in wood and it was then marble painted to match the original marble fireplace. The painting above the bed is by Prickett’s aunt.
Cleo Prickett’s first collection is the outcome of a decade working in fashion, including at Mary Katrantzou and Roland Mouret.
The label is stocked at Atrium, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin 2, Om Diva, Drury Street, Dublin 2 and Bloss pop-up shop at Dundrum Town Centre. Follow her on Instagram @cleoprickett_womenswear.
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