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Modern or Contemporary Stylish Homes

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Today is the penultimate installment in our "Stylish Homes" strand. Our first week saw us look at the stunning "Art Deco" themed home of Laura Barnes and family, we then looked at Ireland's most Eco friendly apartment, the stunning church conversion in Mayo and last week we got a flavour of shabby chic with a beautiful American style country cottage.
This week we went North to find the most incredible modern/contemporary home in Co. Antrim.

In this series, we've been looking at some of Ireland's most stylish homes and showing the viewer how they can achieve a similar look in their own home- on a much smaller budget. With times as tight as they are, interiors may not be at the top of everyone's priority list- but for those of us who can't afford to move to our dream homes, now is as good a time as any to fall in love with our homes once more by doing a little DIY design.

Ciaran Sweeney:-
Ciarán Sweeney trained at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin where he majored in printed textiles.

Within a year of graduation in 1994, the former waiter, staged his first one man show 'The Drowning of Ophelia 'in a Dublin gallery. The show received rave reviews, a packed audience and his story began to unfold.
At the age of 26 British Vogue described Sweeney as a leading light of Irish fashion, 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.

Ciaran was shown around the stunning Co Antrim house by owner and senior teaching fellow in Architecture at Queen's University, Alan Jones
Alan is an architect and lives at the family home with his wife and two sons (and their pets!)

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.
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 creations includes The President of Ireland, Madonna, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, The Corrs, Moya Brennan, Altan, Dinah Carrol, Brenda Belthyn. His corporate clients include Guinness, Smirnoff, PGA, Irish Distillers, Nokia, The Ulster Museum, Vodafone.
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.
Ciaran is currently working on a interior collection for Gallery 13, Los Angeles and continues to show his work both in fashion and interiors in Ireland and abroad. Sweeney is a regular contributor on design and lifestyle issues in print and tv media and also lectures in the department of visual culture in The National College of Art Dublin.

How we recreate the look in studio is with the following pieces:-

1. On the walls:-
Matt Emulsion, Crown Paints colours for 2009
"Milk White" Matt
"Gallery White" Matt
White mirror, €40, Arnotts Bargain Basement
Prints, € 30 each, Arnotts Bargain Basement

2. Flooring:-
Polished concrete floors available from:-
Red Shaggy Rug, €75, Arnotts Bargain Basement

3. Furniture:-

"Besta" bench, £62.63, Ikea
(article number:00102150)
Besta shelf unit, £77.33, Ikea
(article number:50105716)
Red 2 seater sofa, €235,
Red Bucket chair, €60,
Balance alcove shelving, €549, Arnotts, Interiors
"calligaris" ice stool, €369, Arnotts Interiors
"greapple curvo" rectangular table, €399, Arnotts Interiors

4. Throws & soft furnishings:-
Pink & Turquoise beach towels €7.75 each , M & S

5. Bits N' Bobs:-
Cream orchid in black bowl, €50, Dunnes Stores
Black Vase, €39, M & S
Olive trees, €80 each, Dunnes Stores
Green wine glasses, €2.25 each, M & S
Gold vase, €55, M & S
Blue Vase, €25, Dunnes Stores
Silver hut lanterns, €5.55 each, Dunnes Stores
Marble grey bathroom accessories, from €4.40, M & S
Oval Toilet Mirror €12, Dunnes Stores

. Matt Emulsion, Crown Paints colours for 2009
. Prints, € 30 each, Arnotts Bargain Basement
. Polished concrete floors, (show still store)
. Red Shaggy Rug, €75, Arnotts Bargain Basement
. "Besta" bench, £62.63, Ikea
. Besta shelf unit, £77.33, Ikea
. Red 2 seater sofa, €235,
. Balance alcove shelving, €549, Arnotts, Interiors
. Black Vase, €39, M & S
. Olive trees, €80 each, Dunnes Stores
. Silver hut lanterns, €5.55 each, Dunnes Stores

Pure Brilliant White - Crown Liquid Satin
Milk White - Crown Matt Emulsion
Gallery White - Crown Luxury Matt Emulsion
English Fire - Crown Matt Sheen Emulsion

All from the Crown Paints Colour Card 2009
Crown Paints
For more information call 01 8164400 or visit your local Crown Decorating Centre.
New Crown Paints Colour Card is available at stockists nationwide now.