Transforming an Irish Cottage Part 2 – Living Room & Kitchen
Here it is now but scroll down to see how were things before Amanda’s got there.
The key here was to give this room some comfortable, country luxe but without over urbanising it. The Irish lead the world on the importance of real fires and a cottage without one is unthinkable. A new chunky oak fireplace was therefore installed to replace the heavy set stone one, moss green walls provide warmth and compliment
the surrounding rolling green hills of Donegal. What I love is the hand painted kitchen furniture with solid oak top from the Kitchen Dresser Company. I painted mine a soft pink (try Calomine by Farrow and Ball) to make it fun but not sugary – with two chairs in pink and the other in cream for a quirky, cottage look.
Two fireside chairs are from Laura Ashley sadly now discontinued and curtainswere made in 50s retro fabric is from Cath Kidston. The sponge cake is made by my housekeeper there and the recipe is a secret, I don’t know it. Many times a winner of ‘Best Sponge in Show’ no less at the nearby Ardara County Show, these sponge cakes are so fluffy you could sleep in them. The roaring turf fire, homemade buttermilk scones and a fresh pot of tea and no TV. Bliss.