I studied at Crawford College of Art and Design where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art.
My main area of study was painting and textiles. I went on to complete a teaching post-grad in Limerick College of Art and Design then, receiving a Higher Diploma there.
I absolutely love going to work every day. I always try and get in early and usually start by answering emails, and placing any orders.
I also take care of marketing for that day, if I can fit it in. Every day is completely different and that’s what I love.
My day really revolves around colour. I love playing with colour and colour combinations. I am usually working on commissions for customers.
As painting furniture is a process, I can be working on different projects at different stages to allow drying time etc.
Weeks where there are workshops always require a lot of extra planning and preparing. In the midst of all that, the shop is open and I talk to customers and go through planning for their pieces.
All of this seems a lot but I have great help from my colleague, Susan.
I am just nearing completion of my book, ‘Furniture Crush’, but I am tight-lipped until that is released. It has been the hardest, most challenging project I have ever tried but they are always the best ones.
I have an eclectic style. I love vintage, mid-century and modern. I love that you can style all these elements together to create something that works, but that is unique to every individual.
Anything can inspire my work, I think I see things a lot differently— as I am obsessed with what I do, I can find inspiration in any place. I am always looking for pattern, colour shape and form in every day life.
So driving to work, for example, I could find inspiration in the colour of the sky that day, or a tile I see in a random shop could spark a design or colour combo.
In fashion, seeing someone wearing two colours together might be the basis for a colour combo I will use to paint a piece of furniture.
I don’t really have a favourite trend, I love experimenting and playing around with colour and décor.
I think it would be my collection of photographs. It’s all the history and memories captured over the years. I couldn’t imagine losing those.
I love the work of Nikki McWilliams (aka the Biscuit Lady). I have been following her for years. I love how she has taken something that everyone loves and given it a whole new twist.
Her colours are so cheerful and happy – I think adding one of those biscuit cushions to any chair can really give it a whole new personality. The best part for me is that Nikki screen prints all of her own designs and I have to admire her craftsmanship.
A piece I can completely transform into something unrecognizable from its original state. Just to have as much fun and playing around with colour with total freedom.
When you are revamping a room, don’t always think that you need to buy everything new. Look at what you have.
If a piece of furniture is perfectly functioning, don’t get rid of it – it may just need a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware.
If it doesn’t work in that space, try moving it to a different room and giving it a different function. Most of all, don’t be afraid of colour.