work of art

With metic­u­lous plan­ning, De­clan Moy­lan turned a dark and dated ter­race into a bright home with plenty of space to dis­play his colour­ful paint­ings

25 Beautiful Homes - - NEWS - Fea­ture Penny Craw­ford-collins | Photography Philip lauter­bach

An art lover has turned a once dark and dingy cot­tage in Dublin into a calm home with with plenty of scope to dis­play his favourite pieces

Be­ing near the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin was one of De­clan Moy­lan’s pri­mary con­sid­er­a­tions when it came to pur­chas­ing this small ter­raced house. ‘It was the lo­ca­tion of the cot­tage that drew me to it,’ he says. ‘Over re­cent years, the dock has un­der­gone a huge amount of de­vel­op­ment, and is now head­quar­ters to a num­ber of hi-tech busi­nesses, such as Google and Face­book. I was very keen to buy some­where that was a home – but could some­times be rented out to friends and col­leagues.’

The prop­erty was, how­ever, in quite bad con­di­tion. Its roof had suf­fered dam­age in a re­cent fire and the lay­out was unimag­i­na­tively planned with two small bed­rooms and a dark pokey liv­ing room to the front of the house, and a sin­gle storey ex­ten­sion that housed a kitchen and bath­room to the rear.

Ar­chi­tect David Ley­den of LHA Ar­chi­tec­ture was com­mis­sioned to come up with a de­sign to make the most of the avail­able space. ‘I had been in­volved in the fit out of The Cross Gallery in Dublin,’ he ex­plains. ‘As an art col­lec­tor, De­clan had reg­u­lar deal­ings with the gallery and re­ally liked my de­sign of the space, so he asked me to work with him.’

De­clan knew that David would have al­ready have a good un­der­stand­ing of his needs. ‘Cre­at­ing a com­fort­able and so­phis­ti­cated mod­ern home fa­cil­i­tat­ing the dis­play of art was para­mount,’ he

SIT­TING AREA The double-height ceil­ing and a large ex­panse of glass en­sure this sim­ply fur­nished space is lovely and bright. Grasshop­per-style floor lamps, £227, Ca de­sign. lugo cof­fee ta­ble, £363, bo­con­cept. Miko de­signs hamil­ton Mo­saic sil­ver rug, £139, Mod­ern rugs

KITCHEN The airy space has large glass doors that open onto a sunny court­yard. units, sup­plied by healy Mangan Kitchens, price on ap­pli­ca­tion

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