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A little slice of Heaven

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Sometimes in life you find a place where all your worries and woes evaporate and a sense of calm envelopes you.

We are privileged to have great friends Frank and Donna who have created one such place in Ireland in the beautiful home they have built with their own hands immersed in their awe-inspiring garden that they have built upon over the years.

From the large glazed kitchen window a row of silver birch trees has become a sanctuary for an array of birds, their riotous dipping and diving through the branches becomes a natural backdrop while you sip an early morning coffee.

Both great cooks, Frank and Donna bring edible flowers in from their garden to adorn a Summer salad which we got to enjoy on the front wooden deck, where French enamel lights kick into action to illuminate the deck as daylight  fades.

The back wooden deck over looks a pond that Frank has installed now rich with lily pads and a lovely place to perch with a cuppa with a few of the family cats for company.

All natural materials have been used to create the wonderfully paired back interior that includes Frank’s art studio, which is swathed in light, perfect for work.

The importance of nature within the design of the house is palpable, the spaces are designed to straddle both the interior and exterior equally.

In the evening the chesterfield is placed outside around a roaring fire from the brazier and wine is sipped while chatting into the wee hours of the morning, truly a magical place to experience.

Designersblock 2011

DESIGNERSBLOCK 2011

As part of London Design Week we visited the Designersblock at the wonderful Farmiloe Building in Clerkenwell.

Highlights from the displays included JAIL MAKE’s reseeding brick (see above).The brick is a witty project bringing greeness to the city by inspiring people to become ‘arbortectural’ growers. Each brick has been loaded with seeds which will grow once the brick is positioned outside. We’re not sure what we’ll do with our brick yet but we’ll be sure to keep you posted!!

The Brick machine in action

For more info visit jail-make.co.uk

EDWARD TAYLOR’S ‘SHOW-OFF’

Another winning design at Designersblock came from Edward Taylor with his ‘Show-Off’ clothing storage unit which has a very useful clothes hanger. Function and style? What more could a you want?!

For more info have a look at the designers website Edward Taylor