Media personality and childrens’ author, Lucy Kennedy has transformed her Edwardian house in South Dublin
Interviews: Ciara Elliott | Photography: Ailbe Collins
The Living with Lucy and Classic Hits presenter, Lucy Kennedy is renovating her family home in Sandycove, South Dublin, which she moved into during lockdown. She lives here with her husband Richie and their three kids: Jack, Holly and Jessica. Living so near to the sea, Lucy wanted to have a calm and coastal feel to her kitchen, which she has achieved by sticking to a neutral, natural and pared-back palette.
I love country, cosy, beachy looks. I’m not a clean line kind of a Scandi design person. I was originally drawn to our house due to its period features and wanted to embrace that when planning the kitchen extension. I love the old crooked walls, and the talented carpenter Zeyat (from Dublin Wall Panelling) very brilliantly built the kitchen to fit.
The breakfast bar is Lucy's favourite place to sit, on these stylish and comfortable Dakota bar stools from Diamond Furniture.
We had a great experience. Other parts of fixing up this old house have been stressful but the kitchen really wasn’t. In fairness, the people I collaborated with (at Cosentino) made it easy. They were extremely professional and helpful from start to finish. The product used for the worktops and surfaces is Cosentino Dekton Rem which is super practical. I chose it as it has such a lovely, intricate design, with brown and grey veining and hints of gold in there. The product was applied by Noyeks.
My favourite part:
I love our bar area where I can sit, sipping wine or having a cuppa, leaning on the gorgeous smooth stone.
The family have loved dressing the kitchen, using sentimental pieces they’ve “had forever” alongside artwork and newer items Lucy picks up at favourite Irish shops, Home Hub and Nook at Home.
Kitchen design advice:
I would say trust the professionals and find yourself a brilliant carpenter. Old houses are always full of surprises – having a skilled bespoke carpenter makes it so much less stressful.
Lucy worked in association with Cosentino Ireland, the market leaders in luxury stone and countertops for kitchens, bathrooms and more. The product they used for kitchen surfaces is Dekton Rem (from €410.65 per sq. m) and is inspired by elegant white marbles on the market.
To find out more about Lucy – and steal more of her style – follow her on Instagram @lucykennedytv
And for more kitchen inspiration, don't miss the story of Mathilde Murray's €18,000 family kitchen makeover.