DFS Home of Colour 2018

We recently spent a very exciting week transforming the amazing Chocolate Factory Warehouse space into a pop up Home of Colour for for DFS. The Chocolate Factory in Kings Inn Street in Dublin 1 is simply the most wonderful space in which to work. It has that old industrial feel, extraordinary light and beautiful rustic rafters. It is a designers dream.

 

We started put on a Monday morning with this wonderful blank canvas. Members of the team immediately began taping the flooring, zoning each area in which the furniture would be displayed. While the transformation took place within a week, there had of course been months of planning for the event by Niamh O’Carroll, DFS and KLD. A tremendous amount of time, thought and hard work went into the staging and meticulous execution of Home of Colour 2018.

 

Once the zoning and taping was done enter our joinery partners Moore & O’Gorman who built a cross-like partition in the middle of the space thus creating four distinct zones and a central focus. Once this structure was up, so began the painting marathon which would continue for two days. All hands were on deck as we lavished the woodwork with the wonderful paint from Fleetwood’s Prestige range.

 

And so after two long days of building and hanging and painting we were ready for the plants and more importantly the beautiful furniture all of which came from DFS.

Avenue Bed

 

Eden Sofa

 

Fliss Sofa and Peace Chair

 

Zinc Sofa from French Connection exclusive to DFS

 

Palace Sofa

 

 

We then had a photoshoot of the DFS Home of Colour with award winning photographer Barbara Corsico. You can see the beautiful and amazing images she created here. On the Thursday DFS and KLD hosted two events organised by O’Carroll Consulting. In the morning a select group of bloggers joined us in the DFS Home of Colour for a delicious champagne brunch with stunning food from Food Glorious Food, with prizes, goody bags, a discussion with Roisin and of course some early morning yoga. One lucky blogger won the stunning Marl Cuddler sofa from DFS. Our evening event which was cohosted with House and Home Magazine was open to the public had  “sleep over theme” and guest were treated to delicious pizza, popcorn, Prosecco and one lucky winner went home with the sofa of her dreams.

 

 

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And it wasn’t over yet as we had a visit from TV3’s Saturday AM on the Friday morning.

 

 

This was a wonderful week for KLD, transforming the Chocolate Factory for DFS Home of Colour.

Thank you to DFS for asking us to take part in this great project and to Niamh O’Carroll and Grainne Mooney of O’Carroll Consulting who worked tirelessly along with the KLD team made the whole week happen.

And sincerest thanks to all our collaborators and sponsors: Fleetwood Paints, Chocolate Factory and Green Shoes team, The National Gallery, White and Green, Food Glorious Food, Susan Hunter Lingerie, House and Home, Foxford, Wild Orchard, Gill and Jill.

We can safely say this is how we felt at the end of the week:

 

 
 
20 Questions: KLD Designer, Trine

It’s beginning to look a lot like the United Nations at KLD with our newest addition, Trine Davidsen, hailing from Norway.  A graduate of Griffith College Dublin, she holds a bachelors degree in Interior Architecture and Design. Trine also has a diploma in Interior Design from Oslo where she lived and studied for 3 years before arriving in Dublin. Welcome Trine, we look forward to seeing your wonderful creations.

1. What could you not live without?
Emotions.

2. Where would be your ideal weekend break? 
Italy! My boyfriend is Italian and his family lives there. So right now I´m thinking his mom’s house in Lodi which is located just twenty minutes outside of Milan would be the ideal weekend break. The atmosphere there is so relaxing!

Italian house and garden

3. Who is your favourite interior designer in the world?
Kelly Wearstler has been long-time favourite.

Kelly Wearstler designs

4. What do you love about interior design?
I love the ability that interior design has to create spaces that impacts people both physically and mentally.
Whether people notice it or not, interior design affects us every day and it is interesting to see how great designs and functionality play a huge role in people´s lives. Since we are all unique the design should be the same!

5. What’s on your bucket list? 
Design and own my own home one day.
But right now it´s to see a KLD project I´ve been a part of come to fruition!

6. How would you describe yourself in 3 words? 
Unpredictable, curious and creative.

7. What’s your stress reliever? 
Take a bath or watch a series.

8. Who would you happily be stranded on a desert island with?
My love.

9. Where’s your favourite place to eat in Oslo?
Villa Paradiso, Dinner, Sudoest.

10. What inspired you to start your interior career?
I have been drawing, painting and creating as long as I can remember and I always wanted to pursue a career in a creative field. My love for interior design emerged when I started working in an interior shop and moved into my first own apartment. I wanted to become an interior designer because it´s interesting to me how a space can affect people’s feelings and how it can change people’s use of a space through planning.

11. Favourite hotel? 
I haven’t stayed there yet but I recently discovered Hotel Sanders in Copenhagen designed by Lind + Almond. Copenhagen is one of my favorite cities in Scandinavia so I definitely have to plan a trip there very soon.

Hotel Sanders in Copenhagen

12. What’s in your handbag? 
Purse, iPhone, USB flash drive, notebook and pens. Pressed powder, face mist, dry shampoo and at least 5 different lipsticks at all times.

13. What’s your favourite movie?
This is the hardest question because I have so many. Latest hang up is watching 90´s movies!! So to mention a good mix I will say Léon, Selena, Pretty Woman. I also really enjoy all movies based on a true story. The last two films I saw were Wonder and I, Tonya, which starred the beautiful and talented Margot Robbie, who also produced.

Screenshot from Leon the film

14. Your favourite gadget or app?
Favourite gadget is my beloved MacBook. App(s) would without doubt be Instagram, Pinterest and mytaxi.

15. What would be the last meal you’d want to eat? 
My mom’s fish balls with white sauce, potatoes and curry!

17. Favourite country you’ve visited?
It is impossible to choose one. Top 3 places would be New York City, USA; Copenhagen, Denmark and Milan, Italy. One of a thousand reasons to put Italy on this list self-explained in the photo below.

Italian Pizza

18. How would you describe your style?
I always dress for which mood I am in. I would say I have an eclectic style. Some days I wear something edgy and monochrome, the next day I can be feminine and colourful but always comfortable.
Everyone is nicer when they like their outfit!

19. If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?
Everyone has to be willing to at least accept other cultures.

20. What’s on your to-do list for 2018? 
Do my best as a part of the KLD team, learn new things every day and to evolve as a designer.

 
 
‘How to’….Wild Flower Bouquets


Create a beautiful in season Irish wild flower bouquet…

 

We are thinking all things flowers this week with the sunny weather (spells) and the launch of Super Garden on RTE1.

We here at KLD adore wild flower bouquets,  with each bouquet unique with it’s natural beauty and a touch of rustic elegance.

The experts at Appassionata flowers recently created a stunning wild flower bouquet for us for a photoshoot and it got us thinking on how to recreate this using in season Irish wild flowers which are right on our doorsteps.

The gorgeous wild flower bouquet from Appassionata Flowers.

There is a great website called wild flowers of Ireland which keeps you up to date on flowers which are in season at the moment. We have picked some of our favourites from here  that are currently in season to create your own wild flower bouquet.

OUR FAVOURITES

Cowslip – A yellow-orange flower which has been noticeably absent for sometime but thankfully is making a come back. It can be found on roadsides and pastures.

Bluebell – Purple-blue in colour these are one of the most beautiful sights we see in our woodlands and over grassy banks. They can be found from April onwards each year.

Fringe Cups – These greenish-white flowers are beautiful fragrant flowers which flower in April and May. They are most unusual long steamed flowers which can grow up to 800mm high.

Fumaria Muralis – A tubular pink flower which is commonly found and seen as a garden weed. These flowers are a beautiful shade of pink with deep purple tips.

Summer Snowflake – A snow-white bell shaped flower which seems to hide in clusters in the shade of damp, riverside meadows. The summer snowflake flowers in April – May.

Marsh Violet – A five  heart-shaped petaled flower which is lilac in colour blooms in Ireland from April through to July. It can grow up to 150mm high and can be found throughout Ireland in acid blogs, marshy ground and damp woodlands.

Common Mouse-ear – A small white flower with a green stem which flowers from April to November. The Common Mouse-ear is frequently found on roadsides, disturbed ground and gardens.

 

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TOPTIPS

  • Choose a range of weedy long steamed greens to mix in with the flowers, this will bulk out the bouquet and give it that wild unique look.
  • Try to find nice bright coloured flowers like yellows and pinks, this will make the bouquet pop with colour.
  • If you prefer to leave it up to the experts we would highly recommend Appassionata flowers for all your flowering needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
UK, Ireland and beyond… on the Blogosphere!

There has been great feedback from areas closer to home recently about some of our past work too, which we are chuffed with!

A big thanks to www.image.ie and Image Interiors & Living for featuring us on www.imagedaily.ie this week with our Smithfield Residence project. It seems to be going down well.

http://www.image.ie/Interiors/House-Tour/Smithfield-Style/



The wonderful Apartment Therapy featured Smithfield residence as a before and after piece.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/a-terrific-terrace-cottage-in-inner-city-dublin-professional-project-207673



The fantastic Houzz.co.uk recently featured us as room of the week with Smithfield Residence too!

http://www.houzz.co.uk/ideabooks/32329487/list/room-of-the-week-an-open-plan-living-area-gets-a-clever-refit



All in all it has been a great few weeks! One of the highlights has definitely been partaking in a photoshoot for the new Brown Thomas magazine which was taken by the very talented photographer Al Higgins ( http://www.alhigginsphotography.com/people ). The shoot was taken in the delicious Kaph cafe on Drury street. Very excited to see the finished results! Here is a sneak preview.

 

 
 
Hitting the US!

 

We have stumbled upon our Ranelagh Residence on a number of American sites and blogs this week which we are delighted about, one of which was Home Adore which is pretty great! 

http://www.homeadore.com/2014/08/26/ranelagh-residence-kingston-lafferty-design/

http://eclecticlivinghome.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/dublin-eclectic/

And then we received a PDF of the Ranelagh project featured in the fantastic Brazilian interiors magazine Revista Living… it seems Brazil is a fan of the more eclectic style!

Were all pretty chuffed in the office and here is to a lot more!


 

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