Originally a 1950s house with a flat extension to the side of the property, this professional couple wanted to merge the two dwellings into one; however, in order to create a functional family home that adapted to their changing needs as a young family, the space was in need of a complete reconfiguration to the inside layout.
Here’s how they did it.
The property in a nutshell:
Who lives here? A professional couple
Designer: Roisín Lafferty, founder, owner and managing director of Kingston Lafferty Design
Bedroom feature: Located in Dublin, this property merges two dwellings into a four bedroom, four bathroom family home. The brief was to create a sophisticated bedroom and ensuite that was both comfortable and had a luxury feel.
Their brief for the main bedroom and ensuite was a luxurious, boutique vibe that would be a sanctuary away from the hectic goings on of family life throughout the rest of the house. Cue Roisín Lafferty from Kingston Lafferty Design, who was tasked with bringing this couple’s dream to life.
After dealing with the structural configurations of the property, Roisín embraced the desire for a unique and well-designed bedroom space that had the wow factor.
The starting point was the colour scheme, and a soothing yet prominent grey was chosen for the walls and flooring. The luxury elements were added by using eye-catching, metallic lighting and a combination of beautiful furs, silks and velvet.
The real statement piece for this bedroom design however, was the stunning headboard. “We designed a custom headboard to cocoon the bed-frame and create this perfect nook that feels as though it embraces the bed when you lie in it,” says Roisín.
She says: “This creates that sanctuary feel we were aiming for – a haven to escape to and a bed that almost welcomes you in and holds you in its frame.
“Equally the rich, luxurious, velvety texture with deep buttoning details makes for an opulent yet tranquil piece that is elegant but cosy.”
We ask Roisín some questions about the process.
What was the starting point for this bedroom and ensuite?
We wanted this space to be an escape from the rest of the house. It was important to bring a luxurious and opulent feel to the space, but also to make it feel like a haven, like a luxury hotel suite. To achieve this, we aimed for a chic, sophisticated look, with rich deep textures, for a room that is both comfortable and indulgent. It also needed to be the ‘adult space’, serving as a relaxed, chilled out area to unwind from the hectic pace of family life.
What was the biggest challenge?
As a project, this one was challenging as it was a full spatial reconfiguration. We worked with a structural engineer to ensure the design was structurally sound and built around the client’s needs, as well as devising an exciting layout that allowed the homeowners’ creativity and personality to come through.
What did you want to achieve for the ensuite bathroom design?
It had to be unique and clever, however in keeping with the master bedroom this space needed to emulate the feel of a contemporary, luxury hotel. It was all about the details. We combined intricate panelling, layered mirroring brass details, custom-made sink units and a detailed tiling layout to repeat the feelings of opulence and luxury seen in the bedroom.
Tell us about the statement lighting in the bedroom.
Layering the lighting is key to our designs. The lights here are quite unique – we went for something simple by the bedside and a more dramatic piece for the main central light. I think statement lighting is a great way to add that note of opulence and drama while contrasting with rich, soft textures.