Designer Fiona Simmonds’s Seventies dormer bungalow

By Sarah O’Hegarty 27-10-2010

Having moved from the chic suburb of Dalkey in Co Dublin, interior designer, Fiona Simmonds has transformed a Seventies dormer bungalow, high in the Wicklow hills into a relaxed, spacious, light filled family home.

(Words: Barbara Scully Photos: Paul Sherwood)


The main lounge overlooks the huge front garden and has been furnished simply and elegantly with two large cream sofas, occasional tables, an oversize footstool and of course the wall of family photos all of which have been framed uniformly.  The sofas are from O Hagan Design and the footstool is from The Sofa Factory. Light from the garden spills in onto the cream sofa which is filled with quirky cushions and makes a quiet spot for relaxing.


The heart of this home is, unsurprisingly, the country style kitchen.  The cream units are from Ballymore Country Kitchens in Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare and are complimented by the granite worktops and the splashback of beautiful sand coloured tiles from Regan Tiles.

Family room:

The family room opens directly to the kitchen and provides a great place the family to watch TV or just chill out.  The large coffee table is from Crate and Barrel, New York and the sofas Fiona got from The Sofa Factory.


The family bathroom, continuing the colour theme of soft sandstone, features a double sink and large Jacuzzi bath positioned under the window.  The bathroom suite is from Elegant John Bathrooms in Dublin, who also supplied the suite for the guest bathroom downstairs.  Tea lights line the ledge beside the bath and just out of shot, an old baby bathtub filled with fluffy white towels make this a very inviting room indeed.

Master bedroom:

Fiona’s love of light and soft colours are reflected in the master bedroom.  The bed linen and painted bedside lockers are again from La Maison in Dalkey.

Girl's bedroom:

The girls bedrooms are full of colourful personal touches reflecting Hollie’s love of horses and Sophia’s fairy collection.


A one acre garden totally surrounded by tall trees provides the family with huge outdoor entertaining space.  A French style wrought iron table and chairs provide a perfect spot for a glass of wine on a summer evening or a lookout post from where Coconut, the family dog can keep an eye on any comings and goings.

Tell us what you think:

Fiona Simmonds's Wicklow bungalow has us longing for country living. While we love all of the rooms our favourite has to be the lounge. Which room floated your boat? Leave us a comment below.

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