#TheWayWeREALLYLive: Part Sixteen

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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 …

Tara O’Connor
Event & PR Professional

Our sunroom is at the centre of the house so I wanted to create a room that we would all use all the time. We entertain a lot so a big dining table big was key to entertain friends and family. I’ve hosted dinners for 18 around this custom made table. I got the dining chairs recovered in Christopher Farr Linen fabric. I wanted a fabric that would fade beautifully as I knew with so much sun fading would inevitably happen. I added the stool with matching cushions this summer which I got made from Provenance Interiors in Clifden as it matched the armchairs. It is made using an original grainsacks and I love that is has the initials of the family at the time on it. A little upcycled treasure. The smaller settee I found in my mother in law’s garage during lockdown and I recovered it in Christopher Farr Peony Linen. I love the colour combination of yellow and blue in the room. I think it really calms the space and the centre of our home. I adore plants and orchids and my lemon tree takes pride of place in the room. It brings a wonderful lemon harvest each year. The room brings amazing light to the house and is the perfect place to sit and watch the sunset and read a book with a glass of rosé. It brings summer to inside our home all year.

Patricia Norton
The Gloss Magazine reader

My hallway is the main artery to every room in our home, it sets the scene for all of our living spaces, it is so inviting. I like to think outside the box; styling books, vases and foliage (real or faux), there are no rules in my book, just have fun! The hall colour is Charleston Grey by Farrow & Ball.

Jen Connell
Art Director

This is my pink home office. I’ve moved to working from home since Covid-19 hit and I wanted to create a space that didn’t have the typical cold office feel. My work as an Art Director requires me to be creative every day, so instead, I opted to design a glamorous yet calm environment to inspire me. I took inspiration from one of my favourite films, Paris, Texas and drenched the room in soft pastel pink using Colourtrend’s Fantastic Pink 0076, and added touches of gold and brass for drama. I chose a gold Art Deco inspired console table as my desk and upcycled a vintage chaise to tone in with the room. I then added soft textures like velvet and faux fur to amp up the cosiness. I’m also a musician, so I’ve dedicated a corner to my musical instruments, including my pink piano for when I’m in the mood to write. I now love spending time in my office, it’s unabashedly feminine and suits me perfectly.

Denice Downey
Chef

I have redefined my kitchen space over the Covid period due to so many requests from family and friends asking me for recipes for one person. I was also asked by a friend Joe to do an online recipe video in aid of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. After finishing my first ever video for the series, I thought why not combine the two so I redesigned my kitchen and transformed it into a mini film studio which is now permanently set up for online tutorials on cooking for one, tips and tricks and everything in between! @cook4one_

Isobel Henihan
Artist

During lockdown, the open plan space in our home became our live-in studio. I was working towards an online exhibition with The Doorway Gallery, and my husband, who is a visual effects artist, was busy making visuals for a documentary on neural science. Our three kids, aged 4, 7 and 9 coped really well, and although they really missed their friends, they managed to immerse themselves in the creative buzz, drawing, mural painting, baking and even starring in a couple of short film projects directed by their dad. We did fit in some homeschooling each day, but at this strange time, their wellbeing and mental health was my biggest priority, so there were days when we’d take a breather. Although this has been a difficult stage in their lives as they lost two dear grandparents in the space of seven months, I do hope they will look back on the big lockdown of 2020 as a happy, carefree time, where they were just allowed be kids. www.isobelhenihan.com

Tara O’Connor
Event & PR Professional

Our sunroom is at the centre of the house so I wanted to create a room that we would all use all the time. We entertain a lot so a big dining table big was key to entertain friends and family. I’ve hosted dinners for 18 around this custom made table. I got the dining chairs recovered in Christopher Farr Linen fabric. I wanted a fabric that would fade beautifully as I knew with so much sun fading would inevitably happen. I added the stool with matching cushions this summer which I got made from Provenance Interiors in Clifden as it matched the armchairs. It is made using an original grainsacks and I love that is has the initials of the family at the time on it. A little upcycled treasure. The smaller settee I found in my mother in law’s garage during lockdown and I recovered it in Christopher Farr Peony Linen. I love the colour combination of yellow and blue in the room. I think it really calms the space and the centre of our home. I adore plants and orchids and my lemon tree takes pride of place in the room. It brings a wonderful lemon harvest each year. The room brings amazing light to the house and is the perfect place to sit and watch the sunset and read a book with a glass of rosé. It brings summer to inside our home all year.

Patricia Norton
The Gloss Magazine reader

My hallway is the main artery to every room in our home, it sets the scene for all of our living spaces, it is so inviting. I like to think outside the box; styling books, vases and foliage (real or faux), there are no rules in my book, just have fun! The hall colour is Charleston Grey by Farrow & Ball.

Jen Connell
Art Director

This is my pink home office. I’ve moved to working from home since Covid-19 hit and I wanted to create a space that didn’t have the typical cold office feel. My work as an Art Director requires me to be creative every day, so instead, I opted to design a glamorous yet calm environment to inspire me. I took inspiration from one of my favourite films, Paris, Texas and drenched the room in soft pastel pink using Colourtrend’s Fantastic Pink 0076, and added touches of gold and brass for drama. I chose a gold Art Deco inspired console table as my desk and upcycled a vintage chaise to tone in with the room. I then added soft textures like velvet and faux fur to amp up the cosiness. I’m also a musician, so I’ve dedicated a corner to my musical instruments, including my pink piano for when I’m in the mood to write. I now love spending time in my office, it’s unabashedly feminine and suits me perfectly.

Denice Downey
Chef

I have redefined my kitchen space over the Covid period due to so many requests from family and friends asking me for recipes for one person. I was also asked by a friend Joe to do an online recipe video in aid of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. After finishing my first ever video for the series, I thought why not combine the two so I redesigned my kitchen and transformed it into a mini film studio which is now permanently set up for online tutorials on cooking for one, tips and tricks and everything in between! @cook4one_

Isobel Henihan
Artist

During lockdown, the open plan space in our home became our live-in studio. I was working towards an online exhibition with The Doorway Gallery, and my husband, who is a visual effects artist, was busy making visuals for a documentary on neural science. Our three kids, aged 4, 7 and 9 coped really well, and although they really missed their friends, they managed to immerse themselves in the creative buzz, drawing, mural painting, baking and even starring in a couple of short film projects directed by their dad. We did fit in some homeschooling each day, but at this strange time, their wellbeing and mental health was my biggest priority, so there were days when we’d take a breather. Although this has been a difficult stage in their lives as they lost two dear grandparents in the space of seven months, I do hope they will look back on the big lockdown of 2020 as a happy, carefree time, where they were just allowed be kids. www.isobelhenihan.com

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