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Design Doctor 2 - Make Over my Room with Ciaran Sweeney

Monday, 2 April 2007


Today is our second Room Makeover in our with our 'Design Doctor' Ciaran Sweeney and handy man Jason Mac Donald. Doreen Kerins is the lucky lady who gets her box room transformed into a nursery for her baby daughter Aoibhe.

Makeover recipient - Doreen Kerins
Doreen is a young mum from Clane, Co Kildare. Like a lot of young couples these days, Doreen and her husband have been so busy with their careers and looking after a young baby that they can't find the time to decorate Aoibhe's bedroom. As a result, she is still sleeping in their room at almost a year old! Doreen asked the Afternoon Show to turn the room into a beautiful nursery for her wonderful daughter.

Designer - Ciarán Sweeney
Ciarán Sweeney is a leading Irish designer specialising in the areas of fashion and interiors. He works in a highly labour intensive almost ancient manner. All Ciaran's pieces start with a drawing he then dyes, prints, paints and embellishes his garments and accessories with his drawings. Sweeney works from his studio in The Liberties area of Dublin city ,he works on a 7 metre table on some of the most precious fabrics and fibres from around the world. He is most known for his use of 19th century silk screen textile print methods. Over the last 12 years Sweeney has gone on to show his work in The United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, The USA, The United Arab Emirates and 2006 marked Sweeney's first show in Moscow, Russia at The State Museum of Architecture.In February of 2006, Sweeney exhibited in Madrid, representing Ireland in a unique show of international designers entitled 'Men in skirts' which ran in Retiro Park, Madrid and included John Galliano, Jean Paul  Gaultier ,and  Vivienne Westwood. In the same month was awarded a medal at The American Design Awards, California, USA .

The list of owners of Ciarán Sweeney pieces  is as diverse as his fabrics and includes
The President of Ireland, Elton John, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, The Corrs, Moya Brennan, Christy Turlngton, George Michael, Caprice, Brenda Belthyn
His corporate clients include: Irish Distillers, Nokia, The Ulster Museum, Vodafone
Guinness, PGA, Smirnoff. He has designed ranges in fashion and home for international outlets including Harrods, Liberty and Brown Thomas. Ciaran Sweeney also acts as Producer of the National College of Art and Design Graduate Show annually since 2000

Jason MacDonald - Carpenter
Jason is a qualified carpenter and runs his own construction company. He is a native Australian but has been living in Ireland since 1999. Jason was working in the construction industry before he set up his own company here in Dublin two years ago. He was one of our judges and experts on previous Afternoon Show strand "DIY Dads".

Our Experts

For further info on Ciaran Sweeney contact:
Ciaran Sweeney Studio
Unit 12 E
IDA Centre
12 Newmarket Square
Dublin 8
Tel +01 4113953
(Plus pics of Ciarán's designs)

Construction/Carpentry: Jason MacDonald is available for consultations and construction work. He can be contacted on 087 6893434

Product Details
Nursery Furniture supplied by Clever Clogs.
Bopita Cot Bed (70 x 140)                             
Habba Rug (blue / pink roses)                      
Taftan Fitted Sheet (70 x 140)                       
Taftan Duvet Set (100 x 135)                        
All Season Duvet                                          
Changing Mat (50 x 70)                                 
Changing Mat Cover                                     
Heart decorated wrapper blanket  
Stockists in Ireland:   
Baby Biz, Town Shopping Centre, Naas, Co.Kildare
Baby Biz, Dun Laoighaire, Co. Dublin
Avoca, Rathcoole
Avoca, Suffolk St, Dublin 2
Pia Bang Home, Sth Anne St, Dublin 2
Casa Caterina, Drogheda, Co. Louth
E-Baby, Greystones, Co.Wicklow
Peek-A-Boo, Wilton SC, Cork
Cradle 'n All, Limerick
The Nursery Store, Ennis, Co.Clare
Hip Hop, Birr, Co. Offaly
Kool Kidz, Sligo
Kitty Junior, Lisburn Road, Belfast
Funky Bedrooms, Hollywood Road, Belfast.
Paint supplied by CROWN paints
Colour: Mademoiselle Pink
For more info to call 01 8164400.
New Crown Paints Colour Card is available at Stockists nationwide now.

Laminate Grip Flooring from DIY and Hardware stores Nationwide

Ribbed pink fleece
Organza girls bedroom curtains
Pink lampshade
Wicker chair in
Hippo kids stool
3 triple frame maple
All From Dunnes Stores Home

Handprinted silk velvet pink angel cushion 125 euro, order online at

Handprinted ivory and baby pink angel wall hanging 100 euro ,
Unit 12e, LEC
IDA Centre
12 Newmarket Square
Dublin 8
T : 353 1 4113953 E:

Blind provided by:
Clonsilla Blinds
Unit 5, Stadium Business Park, Ballycoolyn Rd.

Make Over my Room with Ciaran Sweeney
With thanks to Clever Clogs Inc