Archives For Ireland

Textile designer Jennifer Slattery says she’s attracted to flaws, broken edges, and the worn-out nature of our most beloved belongings.

A former graphic designer, she works from her studio in Dublin. Her selection of textiles for the home includes 100% Irish linen napkins, runners, and placemats. Each piece is handcrafted locally by skilled Irish tradespeople. 

The result is a collection of home textiles that are relaxed, unique, and effortlessly chic.

Photos: Jennifer Slattery Textiles

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In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, we set out on a hunt for contemporary Irish artists. And we found inspiration in the work of Dublin-based photographer Miriam O’Connor.

Her collection “Attention Seekers” focuses on “the curious details that make up the visual world we are passing through… the images represent, above all, a deep curiosity around looking and seeing, and a preoccupation with the impression that these scenes in some way return the gaze.”

Miriam’s photos encourage us to contemplate the absurdity of mundane objects, find humor in the everyday, and linger on the details. Take a moment to enjoy her point of view.


Photos: Miriam O’Connor

medium_3b457f2f-9775-4532-a57d-4f7b5561e6a3The Househappy team is sad to be leaving Dublin today! We had such an amazing few days at the Web Summit, we thought we’d commemorate our time here with another Property of the Week from Ireland.

Located in the heart of the Meath countryside in a village called Rathmolyon near the historic town of Trim, this Georgian castle dates back to the 1750s. Though it was initially a fairly modest home, the Tobertynan House was majorly upgraded in 1810 when the battlements and corner turrets were added by the owner at the time, James MacEvoy, a distinguished doctor and co-founder of the college of surgeons. The house has also been connected to a number of people with regal ties including Sir Bernard Burke and the 4th Duke de Stacpoole.

The Tobertynan House is a castellated structure with two stories over a basement of three bays with battlements. There are four magnificent cylindrical corner turrets and a three story battlemented addition to one side. The 7 bedroom, 3 bathroom home includes an entrance hall, drawing room, cloakroom, separate dining and breakfast rooms, and a wine cellar. Beside the house is a modern stable yard with 7 stables, a sand arena, and fenced turn out paddocks.

Though the home is in need of some repair and renovations, the bones of the house are pretty incredible. For $515,174 (€375,000), the Tobertynan House could fulfill anyone’s dream of being a king or queen––or at least living like one.

The Tobertynan House is listed by Ganly Walters.

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medium_13f0c086-3f2e-4836-ad8b-df54d93c0b69In honor of our upcoming trip to Dublin for Web Summit, we thought we’d showcase some of the local real estate.

One of our favorite posts is this 4 bedroom Donnybrook home not far from the city center. At 2,002 square feet, the house features a reception hall, drawing room, separate dining and breakfast areas, plus exposed beams and a charming verandah.

The best part is that it’s only 2 miles from the Web Summit venue––we may love Ireland so much, we simply decide to purchase it and stay forever!

134 Stillorgan Rd. is on the market for $750,000 and is listed with Michelle Berg of Lisney.

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