Saturday, November 5, 2011

Interior: Romantic Irish

A look at some beautiful homes in Ireland.

While visiting one of our favorite vintage and antique shops last year, we noticed some great décor books merchandised in (and at home with) the aged pieces—amoungst them, Romantic Irish Homes. With an appreciation for the old, beautiful homes of Ireland, this book offers a range of styles and rooms, both the rustic and refined—from a warm library that seems to wrap you up in its leather bound books, and a sun-hued hallway lined in art that beckons a walk through, to a dining room with shapely, architectural glass panes...







A quote about the book: "From vast ancient castles through sturdy Georgian manors to small farmhouses, the majority of them never previously photographed, the homes featured here offer a unique insight into the Irish temperament and an exploration of a style of decoration that, while adapted to meet 21st-century demands, still retains an historic integrity." Something tells me that the people who occupy these rooms must be as delightful as these rooms are to look at. Aren't they welcoming? What do you find most interesting?

Images (scanned): Romantic Irish Homes: Robert O'Byrne (Author), Simon Brown (Photographer)

28 comments:

  1. Dearest Sarah,

    From our many visits to Ireland, where we gave seminars, I do remember the elegance of the often medieval homes and castles. It was a rich cultural experience and this book will certainly highlight this!
    Love to you,

    Mariette

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  2. How lovely! The dining room reminds me very much of the interiors on Downton Abbey - though I realise the characters on the show would hate to be associated with Ireland!

    Andrea x

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  3. So beautiful, Sarah! Love the library.
    Have a nice Sunday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  4. Hi Sarah, Oh my, this is really something to enjoy, would love to wander around in this place. The third picture is just amazingly beautiful, love the headboard and the embroided plaid. Beautiful scans Sarah!

    Have a pleasant Sunday!

    Audrey

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  5. Darling, first of all THANK YOU for leaving such kind and thoughtful comments on my posts yesterday. I woke up this morning, reached for my iPhone and read them all with a big smile on my face!

    This book Sarah is wonderful and what I love the most is the tangible warmth and personality of each room. They feel real, lived in and seem to exude vivid memories.
    These beautiful homes have been allowed to 'grow' and 'evolve' into what they are today, as opposed to 'created' and 'designed' to look a certain way.

    Lovely post as always my friend.

    Warm hugs from Sweden.
    x Charlotta

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  6. love especially the beautiful library. hope you're having a lovely sunday, darling! xo

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  7. So cosy and warm, much like the Irish people. We are heading over to Ireland in June and hope we see some interiors like this. XO

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  8. Beautiful Ireland, I went las year and it was magical!

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  9. Ireland has been for a long time on travel wish-list and I really hope I'll go there soon. These interiors are very warm and inviting, an appreciation for traditional and strong values. Hope you're having a beautiful weekend, Sarah!
    Ada

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  10. ooh this is all so lovely


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  11. How gorgeous!!! Love this- thanks for posting!

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  12. Very very romantic. I love the 2nd pic of the arched hallway and its gallery of prints on the wall - I have a similar wall (although not as grand!) it does feel special every time I pass by it! And that bed... wow! I can totally appreciate the work in that bedspread.
    Have a great day:)

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  13. Oh that bed looks really gorgeous, I would love to have something similar. I got really inspired by this photo.

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  14. Warm, worn and wonderful. Love it all. XO, Mona

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  15. Absolutely beautiful. Love the study with its warm and sophisticated feel and the dining room ceiling...stunning!!

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  16. Oh wow, Ireland is a place I would love to visit one day. I have a cousin who spent a couple of years in Dublin and raved about it. I love the craftsmanship that is so evident in these rooms. And that tufted headboard? I die!

    Sarah, the soup date sounds wonderful, shall we try for an upcoming Friday? Maybe the 18th so there is time to pencil it into your schedule? Hugs to you,
    Nancy xo

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  17. My dear Sarah... gorgeous as always. These pictures are so beautifully detailed I could study them for hours. Hands down... you have the best pictures on the Internet. I've missed you! And plan to come visit often.
    Paula Grace ~

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  18. For living on these places they must to have a special sensitivity. The interiors are misterious and fabulous! Thanks you for sharing the book, I didn't know it. Have a nice Monday.

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  19. Just another of many reasons why I love Ireland so much. That ceiling in the dining room...WOW!

    Thanks Sarah for posting, such a thrill to see!

    Cheers ~ Deb

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  20. Loving all the chandeliers! Beautiful ~jen

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  21. Paula Grace: Thank you, Paula Grace! I have missed you as well, and was just thinking of you this weekend and little Lauren—wondering how you are all doing :) I will have to stop by. x

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  22. These homes are so gorgoeus! They have such a warm and inviting atmosphere. Like i could stay in them for months at a time and not be bored in the slightest.

    Hope your week is off to a lovely start, Sarah! :)

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  23. Hi, Sarah!
    I'd love to have this book in my hands just now.
    It would be better if I could read it in that
    lovely and inviting library.
    Warm hugs to you, Sarah.
    Tereza

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  24. That bedroom is amazing... so much detail, but it all works!

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  25. Daniella: It is sort of a good (overwhelming) look, isn't it? I bet it is as cozy as it looks...

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  26. Those beds are rockin muh world!

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  27. Mandyface: Isnt't it? I still go back to look at the pictures as well—there is so much to see and appreciate...

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