#TheWayWeREALLYLive: Part Eleven

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Our surroundings have enhanced our lives during lockdown. Here we let you look at our homes and ask to take a look at yours … 

We invite readers to send images of their homes to us so that we can create an ongoing portfolio of the way we REALLY live NOW. To share how lockdown has changed how you live or how you use your home, email a picture and 60 words explaining what happens in this particular space (home-schooling, zoom calls, nightly family dinners …) to [email protected] and your home may be selected for inclusion in our weekly #TheWayWeREALLYLive online series. To enter via Instagram tag @theglossmag in your pictures and use #TheWayWeREALLYLive. We look forward to seeing your entries …

Réidín Beattie
Owner and potion-maker, Warrior Botanicals

My studio sits on the first floor of a two-hundred-year-old grain store in Clonakilty. When I first got the space, there was no water and it was filled with rubble and bits of old broken furniture. I put in the Belfast sink and Victorian pulley that used to be in my parents’ house growing up and revealed the old wood floors. Now, herbs hang drying from the rafters, oils sit infusing on our old wooden windowsills. We only use analogue methods so think wooden spoons, an enamel bain-marie and a huge marble pestle and mortar to hand grind the herbs. We use half of the room for making and storing everything and the other end is more of a cosy space to relax with a little office in the corner. In the summer we can open the double doors that look out on Spiller’s Lane and listen to the bustle below.

Niamh O’Sullivan,
Irish Lifestyle Blogger at 
www.niamh-osullivan.com & Instagram

The main room in my apartment is a large space for the living / dining room, with a little galley kitchen just off of it. Neutrals are what I’m drawn to when it comes to my wardrobe, and my interiors taste is no different. I like to stick with timeless pieces of furniture and of course, colours. Black, whites, creams, off-whites, I love them all. I wanted this space to be really bright & clean shade of white. After countless samples, and with the advice from one of Colourtrend’s colour experts, Kate, I went for “Classic White” in this space. I love a good colour clash, and this shade ties in perfectly with my off-white blinds & cushions, and contrasts gorgeously against my black sofa. I have panelling on the walls in this room, so it creates gorgeous shadows and keeps things interesting.

Laura Magee
Fashion buyer, interior lover

My style at home is all about statement pieces, colour and texture/print. My home style really echoes elements of art deco opulence, I love plush velvets and brass accents, not to mention the drama tropical plants can add to a space. Even though aesthetics are extremely important to me, comfort and real living plays a huge part in my style. Cushions are scattered on my sofa not just to create pops of print and texture, but also because I love the cosiness they provide to the space. My style over lockdown has been all about the comfort elements and home living has become even more important and prevalent in my day to day life. It’s not only where I live, but now doubles up as a working environment. I’ve been burning scented candles when I work to create a chilled ambience and I when talking about my fashion style, this has also taken on the same formula of comfort being king! Linen shirts, cotton tees, cosy joggers and wide leg trousers have been my go to capsule wardrobe whilst in lockdown. Heels are a thing of the past!

Pearl Lowe
Designer

I decided to uproot from London to the country 15 years ago. Our quest to find the perfect house has been epic, and in the intervening years we moved six times. I first went to see this house in 2010. Unfortunately at the time, it was beyond our budget, so we watched it on Rightmove and waited until the price dropped. Luckily, we didn’t have any structural work to do when we moved in but we are completely redecorating from top to bottom – it is an ongoing project. The house’s architectural quirks spoke to my sense of style. I am inspired by comfort and rococo pieces: chintz, velvet, piano shawls, animal prints and vintage lace. I source my furniture locally, and am very lucky there are so many brilliant flea markets, auction rooms and antique shops nearby. I splurged on wallpaper from William Morris, Little Green, Robert Kime and Nicholas Herbert to give a country house feel. My husband and I work from home; Danny has a recording studio [Goffey is a drummer with Supergrass] and I have my studio where I design my collections and work on interiors projects.

Réidín Beattie
Owner and potion-maker, Warrior Botanicals

My studio sits on the first floor of a two-hundred-year-old grain store in Clonakilty. When I first got the space, there was no water and it was filled with rubble and bits of old broken furniture. I put in the Belfast sink and Victorian pulley that used to be in my parents’ house growing up and revealed the old wood floors. Now, herbs hang drying from the rafters, oils sit infusing on our old wooden windowsills. We only use analogue methods so think wooden spoons, an enamel bain-marie and a huge marble pestle and mortar to hand grind the herbs. We use half of the room for making and storing everything and the other end is more of a cosy space to relax with a little office in the corner. In the summer we can open the double doors that look out on Spiller’s Lane and listen to the bustle below.

Niamh O’Sullivan,
Irish Lifestyle Blogger at 
www.niamh-osullivan.com & Instagram

The main room in my apartment is a large space for the living / dining room, with a little galley kitchen just off of it. Neutrals are what I’m drawn to when it comes to my wardrobe, and my interiors taste is no different. I like to stick with timeless pieces of furniture and of course, colours. Black, whites, creams, off-whites, I love them all. I wanted this space to be really bright & clean shade of white. After countless samples, and with the advice from one of Colourtrend’s colour experts, Kate, I went for “Classic White” in this space. I love a good colour clash, and this shade ties in perfectly with my off-white blinds & cushions, and contrasts gorgeously against my black sofa. I have panelling on the walls in this room, so it creates gorgeous shadows and keeps things interesting.

Laura Magee
Fashion buyer, interior lover

My style at home is all about statement pieces, colour and texture/print. My home style really echoes elements of art deco opulence, I love plush velvets and brass accents, not to mention the drama tropical plants can add to a space. Even though aesthetics are extremely important to me, comfort and real living plays a huge part  in my style. Cushions are scattered on my sofa not just to create pops of print and texture, but also because I love the cosiness they provide to the space. This also applies to my throws and sheepskins, they look fab but also are so soft against the skin. I’m all about touch and drape of fabrics, and this plays a huge part when I select certain pieces for my home. My style over lockdown has been all about the comfort elements and home living has become even more important and prevalent in my day to day life. It’s not only where I live, but now doubles up as a working environment. I’ve been burning scented candles when I work to create a chilled ambience and I when talking about my fashion style, this has also taken on the same formula of comfort being king! Linen shirts, cotton tees, cosy joggers and wide leg trousers have been my go to capsule wardrobe whilst in lockdown. Heels are a thing of the past!

Pearl Lowe
Designer

I decided to uproot from London to the country 15 years ago. Our quest to find the perfect house has been epic, and in the intervening years we moved six times. I first went to see this house in 2010. Unfortunately at the time, it was beyond our budget, so we watched it on Rightmove and waited until the price dropped. Luckily, we didn’t have any structural work to do when we moved in but we are completely redecorating from top to bottom – it is an ongoing project. The house’s architectural quirks spoke to my sense of style. The ceilings are high enough for grand armoires and my collection of vintage chandeliers and four-poster beds. It also has the most wonderful orange sunlight beaming through the windows at sunset. I am inspired by comfort and rococo pieces: chintz, velvet, piano shawls, animal prints and vintage lace. I source my furniture locally, and am very lucky there are so many brilliant flea markets, auction rooms and antique shops nearby. Where I’ve spent, I’ve also saved; fitted carpets are a false economy for me – I prefer rugs. I splurged on wallpaper from William Morris, Little Green, Robert Kime and Nicholas Herbert to give a country house feel. My husband and I work from home; Danny has a recording studio [Goffey is a drummer with Supergrass] and I have my studio where I design my collections and work on interiors projects.

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