THE INDEPENDENT ‘How a pocket scheme in Killiney is imagining new homes for the city’s millionaires’

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Sara was delighted to be asked to design the interior schemes for these beautiful newly built homes.

Speaking with Alison Gill from The Independent.


Sara said “It’s nice to see something that’s creative and different, using interesting materials,” she says.

“We felt these will be creative homes for creative people who are interested in sustainability and better living, so that was a really important part of it for us. A lot of the fabrics were recycled and a lot of furniture was ethically crafted. It even went down to our deliveries and how much of the packaging was being recycled.

“You want active spaces where the family can congregate and then you want spaces for the adults in the home to escape to. You’re trying to layer in all the experiences and live a day in their lives.

“You want moments of joy, like the Fornasetti wallpaper by Cole and Son that goes up to create a feature staircase, and draws your eye up to the roof light and activates the whole central core of the home. And the monkey wallpaper in the powder room from House of Hackney is such fun.”

The kitchens are by Jonathan Williams in Oval Room Blue by Farrow & Ball. They come with a Quooker tap and Siemens appliances, as well as a Bosch washer and dryer.

The show house comes fully furnished, which put extra pressure on Cosgrove to come up with a design that would please all interested parties.

“It’s metropolitan-contemporary with soft tones,” she says. “It had to feel warm and welcoming. With colours, there’s a commonality of palettes, so there are no jarring areas where you go into a room and there’s a big feature wall hitting you in the face.

“The externals are very architectural and strong, and we didn’t want to overwhelm that. You have to be respectful of the building you’re working with.”



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