High-wattage glamour, statement artwork and bespoke furniture combine in interior designer Catherine Quirk’s home …
Photography by Ruth Maria Murphy
In the pretty village of Straffan, Co Kildare, is Quirc Interior Design, which houses a design studio specialising in high-end residential and commercial properties, a buzzy café and an accessories store. Founder Catherine Quirk has lived in the area for 13 years. Three years ago, when the opportunity arose to purchase a fabulous property overlooking the sixth green of the K Club’s golf course, Quirk jumped at the chance. “The setting, scale and spaciousness appealed. The house benefits from an abundance of natural light as it is south-facing and has a seamless connection to the outside which I absolutely love.”
The house, approximately 5,400sq ft, with two open-plan living areas and four en suite bedrooms, was built in 2005. “French architect Ghislain Luthers had overseen many of the finishes, though a great deal was left unfinished, both inside and outside. While I kept some of the original features, including the burr walnut doors and dark marble tiles I knew, in order for the house to work for my family, I needed to be creative and make changes.”
The starting point for Quirk’s renovation was the kitchen. “We took out the existing kitchen, knocking down walls to take full advantage of the light and views,” she explains. At the same time a smart lighting system was installed. “We started from scratch, redesigning the lighting to enhance the architecture,” says Quirk, who was fortunate to have a team of 16 tradesmen on hand to implement her changes.
“We opened up the front hall by removing a dark wood ceiling and wall, and installed a large rooflight above the main entrance door to allow more light in.” This area now serves as the dining room and houses an impressive gallery of art, collected on her travels.
While in Milan, Quirk came across Maronese AC, with whom she worked to design the vast walk-in wardrobe and dressing room, part of the redesign of the master suite.
All Quirk’s renovations and refinements reflect her design aesthetic. “I love simple, luxurious, strong design. I use clean lines with neutral tones, mixing the contemporary with the classic and then adding an injection of colour with furniture or art. I enjoy adding unexpected touches.”
“I love spending time in the evenings in the kitchen cooking and chatting with the family after a busy day, or in the living room overlooking the golf course – it’s very private, save for a few random golf balls that occasionally stray into our garden pond.” www.quircinteriordesign.ie.
The open-plan living room features Julian Chichester chairs and a bespoke sofa in velvet and mohair. The painting in the foreground is by Marion Belliot and the painting in the background is by David Rees.
The kitchen is by Langrell Furniture. The honed black granite on the island unit was supplied by Miller Brothers Stone.
The pendant lights above the island and double-recessed LED lighting emphasise the clean, architectural lines of the space.
The front hall with its large rooflight.
A photograph of Brigitte Bardot by Terry O’Neill above a Julian Chichester ebonised oak cabinet. The sconces are by CTO Lighting.
Quirk, with abstract artwork by Lucy Ward. The stools, designed by Quirc Interiors and made by John Lynch, are covered in a Pierre Frey fabric.
The walk-in wardrobe, with Porta Romano fixtures. Original wardrobes were repainted in Zoffany Double Silver and the walls covered in Elitis fabric wallpaper.
A chair by The Sofa and Chair Company in the master bedroom, covered in Designer’s Guild velvet fabric.
The bed is dressed in Evitavonni bedlinen.
The en suite bathroom features tiles from Tile Style and a marble counter by master stonemason Derek Malone.
A guest bathroom with wallpaper panel.