There were 4 children and my parents …..and the last 10 years there have been various dogs. … They moved in in 1983 … 33 years or so…. So it’s nice that it has kind of matured. …
The neighbours here.. there’s a really amazing neighbourhood community.. and a beautiful view and gorgeous garden….. They put the money into extending the house, converting the roofspace and basement… it must be 15 years ago or so.. We have 8 sheds or something like that. There’s one shed that is a laundry shed but it’s also a dark room and it has the freezer. And we have another shed which has an extra toilet, but it’s also the tool shed. We’ve got another shed that is the forage shed for my daddy’s business. We’ve got one that’s like a seating area. We’ve got one that’s got all the cut wood… We’ve got one that’s got all the plants, it’s like a potting shed. We have a lot of hobbies…
There’s just me and my daddy…. He does all the cooking and he would do the laundry and gardening and I do all the cleaning. The aesthetic decision making?… I suppose I took over that.
It gets very full at Christmas when they all come back. My mother she was very into… well she designed the floor for example. She collected linens and tweeds. She made that pillow and .. I got really into felting as well. And then we are into nature and collecting things so there are nests and feathers everywhere.
It’s my style now. I inherited my mum’s style. She’s given me an aesthetic knowledge I suppose…. Like about materials and textiles and quality and where things are made and getting the story behind them. I suppose we all, even my father, have an appreciation for well-produced objects and we would all make things so we have an appreciation for craftsmanship.
My mummy would have gone to the market a lot so quite a lot of furniture would have come from the market. And then we inherited from people. This was the chair from my granny’s house in Dublin. We put big piece of foam on it and it became the chair for the kids to sit at the table. It’s my favourite one. The grey is original but I put the pink on it.
My mother collected a lot of stuff and went to charity shops like every single day. But she had such an eye for good quality she did get amazing stuff. There’s a lot of stuff I just can’t throw away l don’t know what I’m going to do with all the fabric and all. She started making these quilts for people in Syria. Once people knew she was making them and selling them to raise money she would get donated beautiful tweeds… the red tweed she would have got as an off-cut from Avoca. ….So people in the parish …people who’d died and had all this amazing material like all this amazing 1960’s hand-made tweed .. it would arrive. We have some amazing stuff upstairs. I don’t know really what to do with it…..
… it must be ‘70’s. I found it in my uncle’s house. He has learning difficulties … he always buys children’s reading books because he’s trying to teach himself to read.. So this kind of thing is a pure gem. I bought it off him for a couple of quid or something….
The mosaic was because my mum loved Judy Green pottery. Judy Green is a potter from Galway. We had a whole set of her stuff but it just breaks. Hand thrown stuff … with 4 kids…. Things got broken all the time. We started keeping stuff. We have boxes and boxes of broken crockery. Mummy made a mosaic upstairs in the bathroom that’s now gone. Anna, our friend, did this .. we helped the artist a bit but it is a serious job and it has to be flush.
My room is a bit messy but it’s got some amazing furniture. This was from my granny in Dublin.. absolutely beautiful… from a furniture maker in Newry. This was hers… … We have even more amazing furniture but it’s stored in my other granny’s house. …I just love beautiful objects. Beautiful objects that have a story. There’s some things I do sort of think I need to get from Ikea, for a particular purpose, that I can’t find an older version of, or a hand-made version of, and that’s just the way it is. Everything has a story.
… She was very free with me. She said “you do whatever you want. If you want to decorate your room whatever colour you want..” I was decorating my room from I was pretty young… different colour schemes. There was only so much you could do with the layout… but yeah I was always playing around with painting.
She would kind of inspire me. She loved her hats. So we have her hats hanging up.
We don’t really re-decorate very much. White walls are pretty good. Sometimes we have art exhibitions in the house. We put on an exhibition. My art ..and my brother had an installation in the front garden or front room and I had an installation in the basement. My uncle had an Action man collection so we installed the Action men throughout the whole garden. And we played music and stuff. It was great….. Maybe 3 years ago.
It’s difficult because… My idea of home, I’ve got a really high standard now because our house is so beautiful, and welcoming and homely. My mother really created that welcome so I don’t know .. it’s such a good location here. I don’t know where.. I’ll just create my own home. You have to create that atmosphere yourself….. I suppose it’s strongly associated with family.