With house visits restricted for the next while, we're only too excited to welcome Home of the Year back to our screens. At least this way, we can still have a little mosey around other people's houses, right?
Joining returning judge Hugh Wallace this season is award-winning interior designer Suzie McAdam and award winning architect Amanda Bone. Last night we got a little insight into what they look for in home design.
Here’s a little glimpse into the homes they toured.
House no. 1
Designer Trish O’Brien’s reimagining of an early 1900s farmhouse provides a wonderful example of sleek design in a country environment. The addition of a modern extension to her Co. Clare property helped transform a period house into a free-flowing, airy family home. Beaming with crisp whites and natural daylight, this space divides opinion. While Suzie worries it’s a little stark, Amanda loves the opportunity to view it as the blank canvas for the colour of everyday life.
Follow Trish on Instagram here.
House no. 2
Ediana and Kevin Dolan’s semi-detached home in Co. Westmeath is a snazzy representation of creative residents in builder-grade homes. This family of four have successfully put their creative stamp on their home by undertaking the work themselves and on a budget. Their confident design choices have a professional air to them. As Hugh points out, even the most common upcycling projects have an architectural sophistication to them.
Check out Ediana’s decorating journey on Instagram.
House no. 3
Project Manager and Interior Designer David O’ Brien built a bespoke home for himself in his beloved Cork. Though modern in its design, David charmingly notes that he can see his nanny’s house from his antique-filled living room. The juxtaposition of the contemporary architecture with David’s vintage finds creates a beautiful balance. Look out for surprising details like a moving wall and 1800s piano kitchen island!
Keep up to date with David’s design work on Instagram here.
Catch Home of the Year Tuesdays at 8.30pm on RTÉ One.