Cosy and vibrant: this Wicklow cottage is a décor delight


Switching your mortgage may give you the chance to create your good area. For designer Emma Edmonds, doing the work herself is all a part of the appeal

Ulster Bank


Sponsored by Ulster Financial institution


Partially eight of our Change it Up sequence, we uncover the cosy nation cottage owned by inside designer Emma Edmonds. Lockdown was a time when many selected to strive their hand at some type of novice DIY, however whenever you’re an expert like Emma is, and also you’re working from house, home renovations might be taken to an entire different stage.

Emma works as a designer and color advisor for Stillorgan Décor and lives along with her canine Maxi, “the love of her life”, in a fantastically renovated house in Ashford, Co Wicklow.

A stand-alone cottage, it’s a stone’s throw from Mount Usher Gardens and Avoca, and is compact in dimension with a sitting room, kitchen, bed room and a dressing room, in addition to an exquisite porch that blends the within with the outside, which was constructed by Emma’s dad.

Having purchased her home 10 years in the past, since then she has labored exhausting to show it into her dream house. Loads of inspiration got here from visiting Martha’s Winery within the US on a visit along with her mum a few years again.

“The home was inbuilt 1984 and after I purchased it, it was habitable, however just a little run down. I’m alone, I didn’t have anybody to assist me financially or in any other case so my mum, dad and brother had been nice,” Emma says. “They got here in and ripped up smelly carpets, took out previous cabinets and some huge sheds out the again. Since then, I’ve made it extra old-world. I really like the white picket fence look in America and have included that model into the home.”

In her personal phrases, Emma is “by no means completed” updating the cottage in some form or type, largely by her personal hand, and at little expense. However renovating took on an entire new that means lately. Tearing down partitions, constructing patios and portray all the pieces in sight are simply a few of her latest accomplishments. It gave her “little time to fret” she says.

“In my bed room, there was a plaster board wall that caught out and I may by no means get the mattress in the fitting place. I attempted all the pieces together with patterned wallpaper however nothing labored, so one night time I took a hammer to it and knocked down the wall,” she laughs.

Taking inspiration from American inside designer and presenter of TV present ‘Fixer Higher’, Joanna Gaines, she determined to place shiplap panelling on the wall as a substitute.

“On the present they discover horrible homes in good areas and renovate them. Once they pull off the wallpaper they virtually at all times discover this factor known as shiplap, which is planks of wooden going throughout the wall. I hid the previous wall by placing that up myself. I ordered the timber domestically, clicked it collectively, screwed it to the wall and painted it white. That modified the room vastly for me. I maintain it very impartial, all white, and seasonally, I add pops of color,” she says.

The bed room is the one room the place color takes a relaxation. The remainder of the home pops with black accents, deep forest hues, earthy neutrals and sweet pinks.

“I’m a visible magpie and there aren’t any guidelines on this home in the case of the items I fill it with. It’s a mixture of antiques and fashionable and I’ve a great deal of previous pictures in all places,” Emma says. “My grandmother was an enormous affect on me – I lived along with her after I was going to varsity. She was a very good gardener and gained awards for it. I’ve her image within the kitchen, watching over me as I’m cooking the apple sponge she taught me find out how to make.”

As a color advisor, Emma is aware of you possibly can rip up the rule-book. “Persons are sick of greys and that industrial look and are going for wealthy earthy tones, so I’ve Farrow & Ball’s Sap Inexperienced within the sitting room, which is de facto heat and cosy.”

Just lately she painted one other sitting room wall a deep mustard – so it, “now seems like a pumpkin latte”. A big mirror and ornate black fire full the décor right here.

“In lockdown, I additionally painted the kitchen cupboards black and papered the ceiling with a tin-effect wallpaper to offer it that honky-tonk vibe. All the pieces is on a finances, and is often completed by me,” she says.

One in every of her favorite spots is her American-style porch, which doubles up as one other room. It’s the right spot to have a drink or cup of tea with a good friend, particularly whereas restrictions are in place. “It’s lined on all sides however open to the weather and is so helpful in summer season,” she says.

The backyard is her haven. “It slows you down. I lately made a patio out the again, it practically killed me however I didn’t have time to fret whereas lifting slabs,” she laughs, including, “I’ve a day mattress on the porch so I plonk down there and skim a ebook whereas listening to birds singing, which is heaven.”

Whereas Emma is glad to show her hand to virtually any DIY activity, she did go on fixing a leaky roof. “A very good native builder sorted me out ­– he acquired me a roofer and took down the previous popcorn ceiling. It was upsetting when it occurred, however I’ve a brand new ceiling there now and it’s plastered and painted. That’s the one job I couldn’t do myself,” she says.

Subsequent on the agenda is a attainable attic conversion. “The right place to showcase all my Vogue magazines”, she says. Whether or not Emma takes on that individual challenge herself stays to be seen, however it’s protected to say, no higher girl for the job.

About Change it Up

Change it Up is a brand new 12-part sequence for individuals who is likely to be contemplating switching mortgage supplier to make financial savings on their month-to-month repayments. It’s a follow-up to the award-winning Story of Home sequence, which explored the thought of house by the eyes of artistic individuals who discovered their dream place to reside.

Now, Change it Up, which like Story of House is supported by Ulster Financial institution, seems at useful data on house enhancements in addition to renovators’ house excursions. Plus, we’ve acquired useful solutions to your mortgage switching queries: from the incentives to how lengthy it can take (not lengthy!) and what’s concerned in making a mortgage swap, learn our Everything you need to know about switching your mortgage guide at

Maybe now greater than ever, we wish our properties to go well with the best way we reside and work, and having the ability to discover the potential in our properties affords us flexibility. This sequence is designed to unlock the methods during which we would Change it Up in our properties as our desires and wishes change.

Switching your mortgage may liberate funds that will help you make these adjustments. “At Ulster Financial institution, we wish to be part of the journey you absorb making your property the perfect it may be,” says Sean Kellaghan, cell mortgage supervisor at Ulster Financial institution.

“We wish to make the mortgage switching course of as easy and as trouble free as you do,” he provides. Kellaghan understands the stress that may include making a swap, and he affords reassurance.

“We’re right here that will help you, and the method is lots shorter and much more easy than you would possibly assume. Get in contact right this moment and we will discuss you thru the choices and course of.”

For extra data, go to

Ulster Financial institution Eire DAC is regulated by the Central Financial institution of Eire


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here