Why Home of the Year is escapism at its best

Why Home of the Year is escapism at its best
Home of the Year: Kerry Hiddleston, Patrick O'Grady and their children.

The return of RTÉ One’s Home of the Year for its sixth series on Tuesdays is offering timely escapism. 

What better way to flee the dismal, unpredictable weather outside than by curling up on the sofa to be transported by someone else’s interiors fantasy? 

At Property & Interiors HQ in Irish Examiner Towers we’’re counting down the moments until the airing of the second episode, at 8.30pm tonight. 

Why? Because we love, love, love, love anything that features real-life householders who have done something special to the place they call home and because last week’s episode lived up to our expectations. 

Three very different properties feature each week. Episode one followed the fortunes of interior designer Kerry Hiddleston and Patrick O’Grady. 

When they bought a 200-year-old home in Dublin it was in poor condition. 

They gutted it, renovated it, and added an extension. 

The house had no original features left and they wanted a contemporary home for their family of six.

Kerry is a designer who describes her style as “a mix of contemporary and classic with a few statement art pieces plus occasional strong colours”. 

Kerry wanted the house to look like a family home. 

She and Patrick have four children so Kerry designed fun bedrooms for the children, complete with bunk beds, a fireman’s pole and a secret door in the wardrobe that interconnects two of the bedrooms.

Kerry painted her hallway a striking deep blue and says she tends to change the house to suit her artwork.

Kerry added some curves, including a curved wall in the living room and a curved stair.

We viewers also got to check out their open-plan living, kitchen and dining room with glass sliding doors.

House two was the home of interior designer Alannah Monks, who lives with her husband, Patrick, and her two daughters in a new-build in County Dublin.

They built the house in 2013 and said it has evolved over the years. 

Why Home of the Year is escapism at its best
Alannah Monks and family.

They tried to make it as much a self-build as possible and each room has its own look and colour scheme.

Alannah describes her style as eclectic and views her home as “a playground” for trying out new designs, colour schemes and ideas. 

Alannah and Patrick were very hands-on in creating their family home and do most of the DIY themselves.

Thirdly, we got a peek through the keyhole of building contractor Seamus Harrington’s residence.

Why Home of the Year is escapism at its best
Seamus Harrington and his family

Seamus wanted to create a home for his family that nestles into the County Meath landscape. 

The house looks like three separate barns from the outside. Seamus and his wife, Karen, work a minimalist style.

They don’t have skirtings or architraves plus they like the “no clutter” approach.

Looking forward to episode two!

  • 'Home of the Year’ is screened on RTÉ One, at 8.30pm on Tuesdays

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