WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL HOME?
We are in the process of purchasing our ‘ideal Irish home’ and the reason it’s our ideal home is for a few reasons but what I can tell you it’s certainly not because of the ‘Dallas’ style pillars on the outside of this bungalow.
For me it doesn’t have to be a huge house filled with lots of rooms. I really believe small is beautiful for many reasons. When you have a smaller space to work with you have to be more creative about what you do with the space. It’s also a heck of a lot easier when it comes to cleaning. Small cosy spaces takes me back to my Grandmother’s home. It was a little old cottage with a small living room but my goodness it was warm and cosy and in winter when the fire was lighting and I’d be curled up by the fire longside her watching TV – this brings back wonderful childhood memories. For me there are a few aspects to the Ideal Home – one part is to do with the feeling – that it’s a homely, cosy space and the other part is more to do with location, design, layout and the more physical and material aspect.
1. House with a sea view
I have always hankered after a house with a sea view. I grew up by the coast, spent all my Summers at the beach and this is truly where my heart is.
The house is only 5 mins from the closest town. Having spent half my life living in the countryside and more than half my life living in cities from London and Dublin to Sydney and The Hague I would love to have the best of both worlds so being in the countryside and only a few minutes from a town is the perfect compromise.
3. Design & Decor
The house itself is nothing special but has bucket loads of potential and this is where the design aspect of my ideal home comes into play. It needs to be warm with a sustainable heating solution. It will have an open plan kitchen, dining, living area. I have seen so many brand, spanking new kitchens that some people have spent mega bucks on but they have no heart and don’t feel homely so I’m hell bent on creating a space that feels homely and cozy with an injection of our personalities. Don’t you think a person’s home is often a reflection of the people that live there? For me it needs to be warm, inviting, cozy and homely.
I want a stove in my kitchen. My Mum and Grandmother had ranges in their kitchens and there was always a loaf of bread, batch of scones or warm apple tart in and out of the range and okay I know I keep coming back to it but again there was always such a warm, cozy feeling in the heart of their homes and that left a lasting impression on me so I want to emanate that.
I’d like a bright, white airy space with a mix of old and new so like a new kitchen with an old vintage scales and some wood and glass units or an upcycled armoir to display tablecloths, wine glasses and old crockery or a vintage sideboard boasting a great patina with an oversized glass vase with big branches of eucalyptus or willow.
It’s the smaller things that pull the look of a great interior together – potted plants, unique and quirky seating, cast iron rads, cool lighting, sheepskin rugs thrown over the back of a couch or on a bench.
Chill Insurance have done some research on the ideal Irish home and contrary to some of the results of the survey I’m all about open plan living and want to be in a kitchen that opens up to the dining and living area where we can all communicate as a family or when friends are over that everyone is part of the chat, fun, cooking or eating. Open plan kitchen/dining/living spaces helps to bring people together. I fancy the notion of a big old farmhouse kitchen table that can accommodate 12+ people for dinner parties where family and friends can enjoy good food together.
So tell me what’s your Ideal Home?