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Design Talk No. 13 with Pebble and Sash...

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all sooo excited for the weekend? and another design talk interview? Don't know which is more exciting actually :)

This month I am talking to the creative siblings who make up Pebble and Sash. You may already know of the Interior Stylists Catherine and Eadaoin from Instagram where they created quite a buzz with there victorian renovation in the south coast of Ireland. If not have a little look at there page here.. I am obsessed and I know you will be too :)

Soo grab your coffee sit back and lets see what these two have to tell us about all things design!

1: Hello ladies and welcome to Design Talk! To get started can you tell me a little about you both and what you feel best describes your interior style?

We are two sisters, Catherine, the elder lemon, and Eadaoin, the baby of the family, based in Glenbrook, Co Cork.  There is just the two of us, no other siblings and even though there is three years between us we are as close as twins. Wherever you find one you will find the other usually. We just love all things home and garden. We are in our 30’s and don’t believe you need to spend big to have a beautiful home. That is achieved by taste and personality and good finds along the way. So that’s what we are about -  Simple, Affordable niceties which make a house a home. 

Our interiors style is very much a fresh take on traditional classics - a subtle blend of old meets new. Whether working on a country or coastal property or more formal period homes, all of our design is very much grounded in timeless classics that won’t date & will stand the test of time. We don’t tend to be very trend led - however, we do add certain “on trend” elements to our designs to ensure the final overall look is perfectly up to date!

2: What has been your favourite interior projects you worked on and why? :)

We just adore coastal located properties and always find inspiration in our design from the stunning landscape outside. 

Period homes are also a big favourite as they are awash with beautiful original features from cornicing to ceiling roses, sash windows and ornate fireplaces. 

The more dilapidated and run down the better, as we love the satisfaction that comes with bringing these houses coming back to life and we relish the challenge of restoring them back to their former grandiose glory!

We are just about to embark on one of our biggest projects to date, a 4000sq ft Victorian Country House, so watch this space!

3: Oh my God!I cannot wait to see that! Where do you usually draw your inspiration from?

As teenagers we used run out and buy Country Living and Period living magazines every single month and between us, over the years, now have a stash so big, we nearly have to build a library!!

Because the homes that are pictured in these are so classic and timeless, we have been able to refer back to the huge catalogue of magazines we have built up, time and time again throughout each project we work on. 

Instagram in the last few years has also been a huge source of inspiration and has opened us up to the influence of amazing designers such as William Yeoward, Ben Pentreath, Robert Kime and of course the beautiful work of Miriam Peters closer to home here in Ireland. 

But we are like magpies when it comes to interiors and are constantly taking note of certain design elements we might happen to come across and incorporating them into our design schemes - be they from a bar or restaurant or something we’ve seen while on holiday in South of France, Italy or New England - Inspiration is everywhere! 

4: What are your go-to interior shops and why?

In Cork, Interiosity and Paul and Co. Interiosity have such a huge collection of accessories and fabulous pieces of statement furniture to choose from.  We always dress our rooms with accessories from Interiosity!

Paul & Co, as well as a stunning range of antique style furniture and lighting, Simon has the best fabric library which includes all of the top end fabric designers from London and the UK - and the best thing is, it’s only down the road! Although we do love an excuse to hop on a flight to London!

We recently found a gorgeous little shop in Trim called Nook, through the powers of Instagram! Ursula has some beautiful coastal inspired pieces in her shop which we have used in some recent projects.

We love Browsers in Limerick as it is a one stop shop for paint, fabrics, furniture, accessories and our go to place for all things Neptune.

And then finally, Helen Turkington and Hedgeroe in Dublin for when we need to add the wow factor! 

5: Ohhh I am a huge fan of Browsers! Such a fab store! What in your view makes a great designed interior?

Well first and foremost it has to be functional and suit the needs of the client. 

We like to meet the clients in person and have a walk around their house before we undertake a project. This gives us a sense of who they are and what type of style they like. Then we like our finished design to reflect the personality of that client and be unique to them. We think that’s really important and ensures our schemes are always quite different from project to project. a

Again, we like to design rooms that are quite classic and won’t date - if you are investing a lot of money in having Interior Designers come to do up your home, you want it to stand the test of time, and not have to do it up again when the next big trend comes along.

6: Finally, What interior designer has inspired you the most in your design career and why?

That’s a tough one as we think our inspiration comes from everywhere really!

We love the blue and white palette synonymous with William Yeoward and often see this creeping into our schemes! 

Tom Samet who has designed some amazing houses in the Hamptons and is not afraid to layer lots and lots of bold patterns together.

Horsh Interiors and Minnie Peters have been very influential with their soft, gentle, European style.

And Ben Pentreath and Robert Kime for their classical style and perfect blend of Old Meets New.

All such fab fab designers love Minnie Peters too! Girls thanks so much for taking part in the Design Talk series. It really has been a treat chatting to you and absolutely cant wait to see this Victorian project! To keep up to date with Catherine and Eadaoin check out there instagram here and blog here. xx

Hope you all enjoyed the Pebble and Sash low down on design and have a lovely weekend xx

Style So Simple - Aoife xx

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