Lisa Marconi’s Dublin home is full of personality, colour and a dash of glam rock

By Kirstie McDermott 05-03-2020
Lisa Marconi’s Dublin home is full of personality, colour and a dash of glam rock

Photography: Ruth Maria Murphy


Personality is what makes a house a home, reckons interior designer Lisa Marconi. A few lightning bolts, a splash of pink paint here and there and some wonderfully witty wallpaper can’t hurt either, so that’s precisely what she did to the Dublin home she and husband Ian bought two years ago.

The couple live here with kids Jack (6), Teddy (3) and Sunshine the dog. “It was completely white everywhere when we bought it,” she recalls.

A grand renovation scheme is in the pipeline – “we have big plans! A two-storey extension to create a big eat-in kitchen and open-plan area” – but before than can happen, Lisa, who is one half of interior design duo Dust, did a complete re-decoration job on her four-bedroom home. “We spent all our money on the house so we’re saving for the big renovation – but I had to put some colour in the place while we wait,” she laughs.


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The curtains in the living room are a teal velvet Lisa got from John Lewis. The Honoré Crosiette chair, cushions, fringed lamp and Berber rug are from Dust. The purple velvet couch is from, on top is a furry cushion from H&M; her brown leather couch is a hand-me-down from her parents. The wooden sideboard is from Swoon while the blue piece is a customised Ikea unit. On the walls, Lisa has used a Dulux match for Farrow & Ball’s Green Blue. Her Murano glass chandelier is from Sogni di Cristallo and the marble and brass coffee table is from Zara Home. Lisa’s Iris Apfel print is by Jill & Gill. “I like picking up things when I’m abroad, but for art, my go-to places are Hen’s Teeth and the Printmakers Gallery here in Ireland, then also Print Club London, and Jealous Gallery,” Lisa says. Her floor lamp stand is vintage with a shade by Anna Hayman. The music table is from Hello Retro Design and her lightning bolt mirror is from Australian brand Bride & Wolfe.

The result is really inspiring for anyone in the same boat and is a family home that makes full use of Lisa’s design nous and eye for colour and decorative detail while still being kid- and pet-friendly. “Rock glam,” is how she describes her décor niche – “I love colour – obviously! – and a bit of drama in my house.”

When it comes to inspiration, it’ll come as no surprise that Lisa is drawn to and inspired by maximalist designers such as Kelly Wearstler and India Mahdavi, who created the uber-instagrammed Sketch in London. “Art really inspires me; I think it can be the jumping off point for a whole scheme,” she says.

Lisa’s table came from her family home in London, with it she’s styled chairs from Abigail Ahern. The milk glass chandelier, bar cart and large circular mirror are from Dust. The Kate Roebuck lips print is from Lisa has cleverly painted her fireplaces.

Colour is vital too in this Dublin home. “I’m obviously drawn to pink,” she says. “It’s one of my favourite colours and in a house full of boys, I like to bring a bit of femininity in,” she laughs. As a designer, Lisa knows the importance of creating a scheme that combines a harmony of tones and motifs across the scheme, and she’s got her own favourites going on.

“I’m loving lightning bolts at the moment, I have done for a while,” she confirms. “I think it’s the Ziggy Stardust reference which I love.”

The eye is immediately drawn to the soft, tactile wall treatment. “It’s a pink velvet wall covering,” Lisa says. She sells it at Dust in a variety of shades and it can be applied just like wallpaper. Fired Earth’s Orchard Pink paint complements the shade. Lisa got her green wall shelf from a market in London and found the Peacock Chair on The bed and headboard came from Love Your Home; she likes Soak and Sleep for bed linen. The beautiful dressing table belonged t her mother. The Wink pendant light is by Houtique and came from Dust.

You’ll see those elements around her home and it’s that all-important personal touch when you’re creating room schemes that’s key, Lisa says. “It’s what turns it into something unique and gives it the warmth that turns it into a home.”

And clearly, working to your own brief is a little different to working on client projects. “It was lovely just being able to do what was in my head and not having to run it by someone else,” she agrees.

On the stairs, Barneby Gates’ Bolt From Mars wallpaper contrasts with the dark tones of Benjamin Moore Old Navy paint. Lisa’s lips print is by Sara Pope and is from Print Club London ( Her feathered central light fitting is also from Dust and the cream and black cabinet was a West Elm buy (


So, until the couple does get to that build, Lisa has created a unique, warm home for her family. “I love sitting at our dining table with the kids or friends,” she says. “It’s the table I grew up sitting around so it has a lot of wonderful memories for me.”


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