Home of the Year Episode 1 Recap - Modern Farmhouse, Quirky Semi-D and an Antique Haven

By Louise Dockery 17-02-2021
Home of the Year Episode 1 Recap - Modern Farmhouse, Quirky Semi-D and an Antique Haven

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.

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