A one-stop shop for innovations and solutions for your home

Tackling home renovations in a world of ever-increasing costs will be on the agenda at the upcoming Ideal Homes show, which will offer inspiration, ideas and expert advice on all aspects of inside.

Architect and presenter of the RTÉ TV show Home Rescue, Róisín Murphy, who will headline the show on Saturday and Sunday, will help participants tame high construction costs. In this context, she wants owners to reassess their homes and the fabric of these homes.

“New is not necessarily better” is his credo, which is part of a broader movement of slow architecture, which has the same philosophy as the slow food movement. He advocates using what you need, reusing where you can, and mixing vintage and antique furniture with the contemporary.

Architect Roisin Murphy. Photography: Andrés Poveda

Murphy is just a speaker at the upcoming show, which will take place at the RDS in Dublin from April 1-3, and as always will be a one stop shop for anyone looking for solutions for the home, whether it’s acts from deep renovations, to much less annoying surface finishes from furniture to shades of paint.

The show has been organized into hubs so you can quickly find your tribe, whether it’s information on engineering and the costs of deep renovations, an entire section dedicated to work-from-home solutions and… another focused on extension and new construction projects. .

One of the big draws is the show homes, where this year Arlene McIntyre of celebrity favorite Ventura Design will showcase her more affordable and funkier little sister, V2 Interiors. The large three-bedroom property will have a townhouse vibe, she says. It will have a punchy and contemporary feel, a look that promises durability in the use of wood, most notably in the cabinet doors and reed drawers in the kitchen, a concept provided by Woodies.

CAD drawing of Arlene McIntyre's V2 interiors.

CAD drawing of Arlene McIntyre’s V2 interiors.

Dining room and kitchen V2 Interiors by Arlene McIntyre.

Dining room and kitchen V2 Interiors by Arlene McIntyre.

“It will have a wall of charcoal gray colored units along a wall topped with faux concrete, a rich dark gray laminate finish. The layout will also demonstrate the new thinking of broken plan living, creating spaces within spaces.

At the inspirational center of DFS interiors are sets of pieces designed by various talents of textilist Joanne Mooney, who co-opts the ancient craft of needling to bring plenty of personality to a space. Its design includes cushions and images, including a large-scale tribute to the most reproduced artist, Frieda Kahlo. She’s having fun with the decor, as you can see in the snap featuring her shih tzu Rocky.

A more serene element of the furniture company’s idea center is sleep expert Anne Marie Boyhan of the Sleep Care Company’s approach to bedroom decor.

To help you sleep well, she recommends the use of warm-coloured, dimmable LED bulbs from the Irish company Litt, from around €8 a bulb; blue light-filtering glasses, €60, from another Irish brand, Ambr, if you can’t completely kick your screen habit, and a sensory element to help send your body olfactory signals to relax through the use of essential oils.

Anne Marie Boyhan, DFS Interios designer and sleep expert, used a Dulux Heritage color in waxed khaki for this design.

Anne Marie Boyhan, DFS Interios designer and sleep expert, used a Dulux Heritage color in waxed khaki for this design.

Joanne Mooney and her dog.

Joanne Mooney and her dog.

Jane Witter, color consultant at Dulux.

Jane Witter, color consultant at Dulux.

Her bedroom is washed in soft shades of khaki green from the eucalyptus green of her sleep diary, a bedside notebook she encourages you to use to “unload the brain” before closing your eyes as a sleep aid, to the forest shade of the French Connection Zinc bed, upholstered in sumptuous velvet.

Paint company Dulux is using the show to launch its new heritage color collection and you can see it in person in room sets designed by architect Susan McGowan. One of the key lecturers to attend at the theater is the company’s color consultant, Jane Kennefick Witter.

The fact that not everyone has a sunny, south-facing garden is covered in the garden and outdoor living space by the show home landscaping by Ian McGarry of Caragh Nurseries. It uses shade-loving ferns ideal for those with small north-facing outdoors, as well as lush plantings for those with sun-loving flowers.

The Simmonscourt show will also include its hugely popular Ask an Expert booth where you can sign up for free consultations with architects, designers and landscapers.

If you are looking for a mortgage, you can even start your property search with the main approval of the Permanent Center of the TSB, subject to having all the necessary documentation and meeting the relevant criteria.

Laura J. Boyer