#InteriorInfluence19: 23 inspiring Irish self-build Instagram accounts to follow

By Keeva Tyrrell 18-10-2019
#InteriorInfluence19: 23 inspiring Irish self-build Instagram accounts to follow

It's time! We're announcing our full shortlists for the Interior Influence 2019 Awards, celebrating Ireland's online creative community in House and Home style. We wanted to shine a light on all of our incredible nominees - and believe us, there is A LOT of talent out there - by introducing you to the shortlisted accounts in every category. 

Self-build Instagram accounts can be a lifesaver for anyone planning or in the process of their own build as they can provide useful, actionable advice as well as inspiration and guidance. This is the shortlist for the Best Self-Build accounts that inspire a nation of self-builders, sponsored by Sonas Bathrooms.

In alphabetical order, these are the 23 Irish self-build Instagram accounts that have captivated and inspired followers.

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After a crazy 2 weeks a Sunday well spent pottering about at home was just what was needed. None of us are too long dressed but the uniform is laid out, the school shoes are waiting at the back door and schoolbag is packed waiting for the big day tomorrow. Where does the time go? I'm so glad we had these extra few days before back to school as the majority were back last week. It should always be September before back to school, August just doesn't feel right does it? I have to admit I'm looking forward to Autum, my favourite season 🍂🍃🍁🎃 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #myplantlovinghome #autumnal #livingroomstyling #hyggelig #hyggeliving #currenthomeview #nesttoimpress #instahome #instalivingroom #livingroomdesign #livingroomdecor #familyroomdecor #familyroom #designblog #interiorinspo #interiorsblog #selfbuild #myhouseandhome #cornersofa #cornersofmyhome #picturewindow #irishinteriors #archedwindow #kismetcheckoutmyhouse #theeverygirlathome #thesimplelife #mybohoabode #bohemianliving #modernfarmhouse #ahousebythetrees

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Name: Caroline - @ahousebythetrees

Following: 41.4k

About: Influencer Caroline Hassett and her husband took on the momentous task of building their own home in Co Tipperary. Now completed, she has shared with her followers all her tips and tricks for self-building.

Name: Laura-Ann - @all.thats.pretty

Following: 78.8k

About: Laura-Ann and her family have been enjoying sharing country life since their self build project was 'completed' and now she's giving away all her décor styling tips.

Name: @anirishcountryselfbuild

Following: 7,556

About: Having recently 'completed' their own self-build, @anirishcountryselfbuild is now documenting the next stage of their journey aswell as their family member's self-build next door.

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One of the first things we doid when we started designing our house was to bring the plans to a kitchen designer and make sure we had the right size and layout for the type of kitchen we needed. I knew I wanted a large larder, separate integrated fridge and freezer, a big island and plenty of storage. It was great to talk to the lads as they had loads of suggestions and we ended going back to the engineer and making changes based on the meeting with them. While pur kitchen may change slightly (and look more blue) we know we have enough room and the windows wont get on the way of the larder 😉 #buildingcappacurry #thefarm #selfbuild #selfbuildireland #obrienfamilyhome #foreverhome #homesofinstagram #kitchensofinstagram

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Name: Donna & Ray -  @building_cappacurry

Following: 2,131

About: Having got their planning permission secured in 2019, Donna and Ray are sharing each step of their self-build, from room planning to interiors inspiration.

Name: Helena - @building_eden_house

Following: 6,084

About: Brick by brick, Helena is logging every step of the Northern Ireland contemporary Georgian farmhouse self-build.

Name: Emma, Kev and Chippy - @buildingthecrowleyhomestead

Following: 1,718

About: They officially broke ground at the end of November 2018 on their modern farmhouse and homeowners Emma and Kev have been noting the big stages of their self-build.


Name: Triona - @cheringtonhouse

Following: 33.2k

About: After a nine-month build last year, Triona and her family have completed their self build and now they're onto the fun bit - putting the finishing touches to the interiors!

Name: Stephanie and Graham -@coallanehouse

Following: 1,696

About: Owned by an architect and interior designer duo, this is an expert journey. Their highlights show their progress from week one when they broke ground, so you won't miss any of it.

Name: Serena and Chris - @darickhouse

Following: 1,645

About: A timber-frame house with some interesting design features, built by a husband and wife team. He's a carpenter too, so if you've got timber-frame questions, this is your first port of call!

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Look what I came home to! The door frames for our glass doors. This is the one from hall to living and also one from lobby to hall. Kev is currently filling around the legs of the frame to anchor them. Lads I have the best Dad in the world! Panic to get these in for tiling this week! He came home from work late Friday night and had them together and primed by last night! The best! I adore them! We have similar to these in our home house and I always wanted our own! Beyond thrilled! My dad has been the best to us during this build and Kev’s brother Tom has come and done so much and Joe too when the extra help was needed! A neighbour and his son have also been a great help! There will always a kettle on the boil here for them or a drop of the hard stuff! (Tom don’t worry it will be a nice one!) we are on the home stretch and it’s been long but slowly getting there. This maybe a complete shell when we move in but it’s our shell! Yep soppy out tonight! #selfbuild #selfbuildireland #irishhomes #irishselfbuild #doorframes #mydad #family #alwaystheretohelp

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Name: Deirdre And Kev - @dee_and_kev_build_kilbarr_hse_

Following: 5,757

About: Husband and wife duo Kev and Deirdre are now on the home stretch and every room is beginning to come together in their self-build home.


Name: Florence and Henri -@florenceandhenri

Following: 4,269

About: Describing their new build as 'an Irish shed with a modern twist', Florence and Henri are documenting their innovative and unique home as it takes begins to take shape.

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Not a pic I would normally post , but did a little tidy up of the walk in wardrobe. We had our kitchen designer also design this for us. It’s in - frame and sprayed in elephants breath @farrowandball . Plenty of storage and lighting in the cabinetry . When I get the other side tidied up I will do another shot but you can see it in my highlights under walk in wardrobe. Have a lovely day 💕 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #irishinteriors #irishinteriordesign #irishhomes #myhouseandhome #homestyler #vanityroom #walkinwardrobe #bespokecabinetry #wardrobes #wardrobe #housebythewhitethorns #interiors2you #interiors #interiorspaces #interiorinspirations #myhomevibes #inmyhome #stylemyhome #shoestorage #beautifulhomesofinstagram #woolcarpet #instahomestyle #instahomedesign #instahomeflavor #sorealhomes #neutralhome #neutralhomedecor #aneutralhome

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Name: Sarah - @housebythewhitethorns

Following: 20.5k

About: Sarah has been sharing snippets of her completed Ballina self-build for over the last year.

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Anyone else ready for the bank holiday weekend? Really looking forward to not rushing out of the house and of course the better weather 😎 Off to read/skim a 700 page nursery policy pack 🤪 Is it a rite of passage that all children pick up a virus on the first week? At least we now know why the little man hasn’t been sleeping 😴 . . In more exciting news I got to have a sneak peak at the new Belfast Anthropologie @anthropologieeu store this afternoon and it’s incredible. Shopping list already made 😍 It opens tomorrow morning and there will be some gorgeous goodie bags for the first 50 shoppers. I will share some pics over on stories. Hope you’ve had a fab Thursday xx . . . Vase and faux flowers previous gifted by @charlestedinteriors . . . . #selfbuild #selfbuildireland #selfbuildni #newbuild #hometohome #newbuildhome #newhouse #newhome #house #home #instahome #instahomedecor #interiors #interiordesign #kitchendesign #kitchen #kitchenisland #woodeffecttiles #winter #pendantlights #nihomes #northernirelandinteriors #niblogger #shakerkitchen #insidenumbersixteen #myhouseandhome #cornersofmyhome

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Name: Helen - @insidenumbersixteen

Following: 53k

About: Packed with interiors styling tips, Helen's Northern Ireland self-build will provide inspiration for anyone who is starting on a similar journey.

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• Pantry • This is my most popular room, so many of you seem to love it! I have to admit, I love it too & am really happy it has turned out how I had envisioned it! *So tell me this*... who are your favourite accounts to follow on insta??? Tag them below! I am always after some great accounts to follow! Here is a follow Friday with a twist.. these are a few of my favourites whose stories/posts I love to see coming up... @threeboysandapinkbath, @inside_no_8, @homelabelcollection, @simplysuzys, @blossomingbirds, @thehousethatblackbuilt, @justanothermummyblog & my lovely insta friend @fromfieldtohouse Obviously there are loads & loads more too x On another note, I got a new light shade in here from @sostrenegrene... you may spot them popping up all over the house! 😂🙈 #pantry #pantrygoals #pantryorganization #pantrydesign #pantryorganisation #pantrylabels #butlerspantry #pantrymakeover #organizedpantry #pantrystorage #pantryporn #pantrystaples #theorganisedpantry #myhouseandhome #irishhome #favouriteinstaaccounts #irishselfbuild #selfbuildireland #omysa #instafriendship #apartmenttherapy #ekbbhome #IKEAatmine #wonderfuleveryday #IKEA10Years @ikeauk @ikeaie #woodviewhouse #mykonmari @konmari.co #actualinstagramhomes

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Name: Niamh - @irishselfbuild

Followers: 13k

About: From children's bedroom décor and to pantry makeover, Niamh's self-build account is full of design ideas.

Name: Anne Marie - @irishvernacularnewbuild

Following: 744

About: With unique architecture and beautiful scenery surrounding the property, Anne-Marie's self-build is an impressive and successful self-build project.

Name: Michelle - @mrsmakeup_ie

Following: 112k

About: After waiting so long for their self-build project to be completed, Michelle and her family are finally in their property and interior decorating is now in full swing.

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✨ Date for your Diary ✨ . @loveyourhome.ie is coming to Belfast! For all of you currently self building / renovating / decorating then this is the perfect show for that much needed inspo! Created for home lovers, Love Your Home Show is Northern Ireland’s largest home event with over 175 exhibitors providing products, advice, ideas and inspiration for your home including opportunities to ask the experts 🙌 . When? Friday 11th - Sunday 13th October, Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast . How Much? FREE using our discount code OURSELFBUILDNI 🙌 Pre-order your ticket now to save having to pay £10 each on the day ☺️ Swipe up link is in my stories 😁 . #ad

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Name: Lauren & Alex - @our_self_build_ni

Following: 53.4k

About: A beautiful completed project to keep your hopes alive when it seems like you're getting nowhere fast with your own project, this gorgeous home is owned by an interior designer so you know the inspiration will be on point.

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In our original brief to our architect we specified that we didn't want vast spaces, we didn't want rooms that wouldn't be used. We want every space to work throughout each stage of our lives. We mentioned that we liked straight lines, edges and angles and the idea of a series of boxes put together. This image is the first time this request came back to my mind. We worked hard on the design phase, 4 months ensuring it would be a home that works for our family. I feel strongly that money and time is well spent in the design phase. Only problem now is that trying to figure out what we can leave out for now, any rooms that can wait isn't an option. They're all going to be fully used straight away! I love this view, I still love straight lines and angles and I can't wait to see the cladding going on. Weather didn't behave this weekend, so hopefully next week. Lots coming up this week, all go here and we're soaking it all and throwing everything we have to get our home ready for its new inhabitants. . . . #selfbuildireland #irishselfbuild #farmhouserenovation #irishfarmhouse

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Name: Rachel - @rachelhobbsdesigns

Following: 1,214

About: Documenting their renovation of a 100-year-old Irish farmhouse, interior designer and architect Rachel and her family are extending and putting their stamp on the property.


Name: Sarah - @sarahs_ivy_hill

Following: 4,217

About: 'Completed' just recently in April, after a ten month build, they are now working on their many undone rooms.

Name: Dan and Jessica - @seanuahouse

Following: 8,249

About: Jessica and Dan started their Irish self build journey in mid 2017 and had their housewarming after Christmas last year. They're still working on their decor, fitting floors and buying new pieces for every room, so it's far from a completed project, but a joy to watch come together.


Name: Laura - @thebrambledboreen

Following: 1,627

About: As an ex-interior designer for Ikea, you can trust that Laura's self-build home will be one worth nothing.

Name: Gareth - @thehouseinthehollow

Following: 20.3k

About: Planning a self-build is no mean feat but as an architect, Gareth has managed to incorporate some incredible features and structures into his build.

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Photo credit: @greentecbuild This home has been years in the making! I'm glad we took our time with designing and planning etc. The build itself took one year and in truth we could have been quicker even within that year but we were happy not to rush. What that has resulted in is a home that we can be so bloody proud of. We were involved in and led every decision right down to the shower drains (wavy ones were suggested and still exist somewhere but not in this house 🤣🤣). As I said last week what the hell am I going to do now that this little project is complete! . . There are lots of people who had to deliver on something out of the ordinary and all have so thank you to @sean_macgiollarnath (most harassed of all), @greentecbuild, @longlifestructures, @geraghtyjoinery, #ConcreteConcepts, @jck.kitchensinteriors, Larry our amazing tiler, Martin the stealth electrician that we rarely saw but did a great job. . #Home2019 #DarkHouse #birchplywood #goingToDoACarpentryCourse #wantMoreBirchPly #alsoNeedBlinds #ThankYou

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Name: @theselfiebuild

Following: 1,507

About: Since started their build in October 2018, @theselfiebuild have been offering advice throughout different stages of the process, from furniture shopping to material sourcing.

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