Quirky and colourful family beach house

By Jimmy Loughran in Real Homes on Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 20:43

When Sarah and Oisin were looking for a new home, their only stipulation was that it must be by the sea. They hit the jackpot when they found a house right on the beach and now, with their four children, it’s a perfect family haven full of bright colours and quirky ideas.

(Photography: Lois Crighton)

Living room:

In the living area Sarah had her grandmother’s tattered old armchair re-upholstered in bold floral fabric and had the stove by Fentons re-enamelled in canary yellow. The nude painting is one that she did herself when she was in college

This room gets a lot of light and so the rotating balls reflect spots around the room. The sofas and armchairs, which again came from Sarah’s grandparents’ house, have been reupholstered in bright floral Designers Guild fabric.  The colourful curtains are different prints of  teapots, and it took six metres of  fabric to cover the Buddha Bag.

Dining room:

Sarah had the dining table custom made, as she wanted something with a driftwood feel that could seat a lot of people, including a space to rest your feet underneath.


Sarah’s best friend Morgan made this pot hanging rack. The cabinets are by Avoca, Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow.

A second-hand Aga was re-enamelled in pink, and their pale green Smeg cooker was bought at sale. Sarah fell in love with the coloured tiles around the cooking area and admits that she spent a little more on them than she should have. They had a cherry wood worktop made  for the island, and Sarah painted the glass fronted cupboards at the end of the kitchen in powder blue, which houses all the good china and kitchenware.

Shelves were put by the window in this corner so that the natural light shines right through the glasses on display there. Carpenters Fintan and Luisiu Jackson made up the plate rack, as well as the swing that hangs from the rafters, which is a great source of amusement for the boys.


In the centre of the house, a stairway leads up to Sarah and Oisin's bedroom which has a small balcony looking out to sea.  Their bed is higher than the conventional height, and it was made by Morgan Sheridan for their old house so that their two Irish Wolfhounds, Molly and Hobbes, couldn’t climb onto the bed.

The spare room has a beautiful lovers seat that came from Sarahs family home.  There is a big heart theme going on through the house, and this room has another of Morgan Sheridan’s heart-shaped beds as well as side table with a heart-shaped top.


In the en suite off the master bedroom, Sarah had a copper bath tub made by hot water heating tank manufacturers so that she could soak, read a book and look out to sea.  They used their largest copper tank and welded in a seat for her. She has used a combination of three different green tiles on the wall and floor by Fired Earth and Surface.

What do you think?

We've shown you seaside homes before, and this family have really reflected their love for the big blue sea in their home's decorum.

If you had to live beside one Irish beach, which one would it be? Tell us your answer in the comments below!