Houzz Tour: A Midcentury-built Cottage Filled With Vintage Finds
A clever redesign made this simple cottage in County Wicklow perfect for a growing family with an eye for design
Who lives here A professional couple and their two young children
Location Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Property A detached house built in 1940s/50s
Size 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms plus cloakroom
Interior designer Tonya Douglas of Little Design House
Contractor Francis Rubalcava
Photos by Daragh Muldowney and Eoin O’Riordan
Irish interior designer Douglas was living in the UK and still learning her trade when friends asked her to refurbish a neglected house back home. Naturally, she jumped at the chance. “This was my first ever project, so to be able to do a whole house straight away was amazing,” she says. “They had seen what I’d done to my rented place in London and put their faith in me.”
As even the most experienced interior designer knows, deadlines can be a challenge and Douglas had her work cut out making sure the project was ready on time. “The final day felt like 60 Minute Makeover – everybody running around to get things finished. Somehow, everything was done about half an hour before the owners arrived on a plane from London. Every light was hung, every picture was up… even the beds were made.”
The room has been designed as a practical family space where a little bit of clutter is no bad thing. “When things are left out on the counters, they don’t look out of place. Just lived in,” says Douglas.
What looks like immaculate wooden parquet flooring is actually made from tumbled Italian marble tiles, laid in a herringbone pattern. “I was inspired by a visit to the shop Anthropologie,” says Douglas. “This floor was one of the more expensive things in the house but it dramatically changed the room. Plus, it’s really durable and never looks dirty.” Vintage Tolix chairs surround a secondhand table, which one of the builders had in his garage.
Flooring, Tilestyle. Kitchen, Chalon. Banquette, Newcastle Design.
Be inspired by more vintage finds inside a small, Scandi flat
Ceiling light, Avoca. Ampersand, Coach House.
See inside an urban cottage that has used other tricks to maximise light
Piano, Done Deal.
Double-sided stove, Fenton Fires. Lighting, Mullan.
Joinery Newcastle Design.
Italian Botticino Marble tiles, Tilestyle. Window, Lambstongue.
Bateau bath, William Holland.
Vintage oak soaped flooring, Tilestyle.
Metro tiles and Samuel Heath brassware, Tilestyle.
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