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10 Mar 2017

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Once just a room for practicalities and necessity, our attitudes towards the kitchen has really evolved over the years. In most old homes, the kitchen was built to accommodate only one or two cooks. Nowadays the kitchen is the new living room. Families tend to hang out there and enjoy cooking as a sociable hobby.

With that in mind, the kitchen is probably going to be what you’re most excited about when purchasing your new home. Even if you’re not quite a domestic god or goddess, the fun that planning your dream kitchen brings is enough to have you ripping up those take-away menus stat!

Here are seven swoon-worthy Irish kitchens to suit every space, budget and taste.

Meticulous mid-century

Ireland’s answer to Martha Stewart, Sharon Hearne-Smith, knows a thing or two about kitchen planning. She’s spent over 20 years working for top TV chefs taking note of every pot rack and gadget.

When it came to designing her home, Sharon customised basic Ikea cabinetry by adding on decorative trim, painted back panels and plate racks to give it a retro cottagey feel. This is a great way of creating a unique design to perfectly fit a space on a budget.


Photo by Irish Independent

Hipster haven

This bohemian home belongs to artistic dynamo Aoibheann McNamara, proprietor of Galway’s beloved Ard Bia at Nimmos café and co-founder of The Tweed Project.

With such a busy career, one can only imagine how lovely it must be to come home to this beautiful space. The aesthetic is industrial yet cosy; the greys are softened up by the addition of texture and the use of reclaimed materials such as Moroccan tiles and a barn door. Goals!


Photos by Doreen Kilfeather

Cool and contemporary

This contemporary kitchen is an incredibly light-filled, open space. By replacing the back brick wall with glass, the once gloomy space now feels bright and welcoming.


Cillian Johnston’s award-winning cabinet-making was then commissioned to give the kitchen some clever storage. A true example of why we should never dismiss a fixer-upper!

Photos by Paul Sherwood

Go Grease Lightening!

Why not try to kick your Eddie Rockets addiction by recreating their rockabilly décor in your very own kitchen? It’s worth a shot at least, right?

This kitchen transformation by Optimise Design was seen on RTE’s Design Doctors and showed the nation that you don’t need loads of colour or loads of money to create a beautiful design.

Stylish statement pieces like the retro fridge, bar stools and checkerboard feature wall dress up this otherwise traditional kitchen.


Communal calm

Interior designer Suzie McAdam’s work exudes timelessness. This Scandi-inspired kitchen remodel is a stylish example of how you can incorporate a kitchen, living and dining area into one without it feeling cramped or cluttered. Iconic pieces of furniture, statement lighting and a midnight blue island unit serve as art in this otherwise minimalistic design.


Photos by Ruth Maria Murphy

People in glass houses

Well in this instance, people in glass houses... must be delighted with themselves! This stunning home knocked the socks off the judges on RTE’s Home of the Year.


Unsurprisingly, the space belongs to designer Denise Walsh of Donovan Walsh Design, who made use of every inch in this unusual but well-designed home. Though the cabinetry is simple and the walls are white, the kitchen is brimming with personality thanks to the addition of statement bar stools and open shelving.

Straighten up

Last but not least is this stunning space by Kingston Lafferty Design. Interiors superwoman Roisin Lafferty explained to House and Home magazine that she faced some rather interesting yet very common obstacles when transforming this period home.

The main issue being that none of the walls in the entire house were straight! To combat this, Roisin designed custom cabinetry built to varying depths. This was both a practical and stylish solution that might make you rethink renovation projects.


For more kitchen inspiration, make sure you follow the EBS Pinterest boards. They’re jam-packed with everything from real home renovations to easy summer recipes.

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