Studio upgrade

A little while ago, I set about designing a handrail for the cantilevered glass stairs up to my studio. After that I sourced a master craftsman to construct the metal handrail. The man for the job was Brendan O’Donnell of Brendan Donnell Design at The Maker Shed along with Billy Moore Metalworks.

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Here’s the before…


And the after!

The fabricators did a top notch job - the metal handrail fits like a glove.

The new handrail certainly changes the look of the stair case - no more floating glass anymore - but it is safe and it makes my studio in to a far more usable space. It’s a big improvement overall!

Click on to my instagram to see more pics of the handrail.

Lanes of Dublin

I have a fascination for lanes. I misspent my youth down lanes, kicking footballs and playing with my friends along with drawing in chalk on lane walls.

Now as an adult and an architect I am interested in what gets built down lanes. Mews houses are a big part of the Dublin landscape and I am fortunate to be currently working on a project which is exploring the feasibility of a mews house on a particular laneway site.

This Friday I went back to my childhood, with film maker Mike Andrews, and set up a chalkboard in a Rathmines lane and got working. Mike is a documentary maker so at this point all I will say is "Watch this space".........

I was in the mood to paint and being outside in a lane was inspiring. I painted and Mike filmed. He was pleased with his results and I was very happy too!


Es Baluard in Palma Mallorca

On the 4th day of our holiday in Mallorca we took the bus to Palma which was only about 20 minutes away.

We had a lovely breakfast of eggs, bacon & coffee in the restaurant of Es Baluard Museum of Modern Art. The view was phenomenal and it was lovely to relax over our coffee and look out at the harbour.

Es Baluard houses a great collection of art and is a really interesting building. Well worth a visit if you are in the vicinity of the area. 

Here's a few pics from the trip.


HGTV Extreme Homes of the World

Back in 2013, a film crew visited my house to film it for an episode of HGTV's Extreme Homes.

It was an interesting weekend with a crew of 3 who worked from dawn til dusk filming myself and the house.

Each shot was done a few times. At first the room as a whole would be filmed and then close up shots were done whereby I would highlight and discuss particular details.

Here's some pictures of the filming.


These are shots of me "painting". I had an empty cup and paintbrush and had to act like I was painting while they were filming. That was fun! It was a lot of big movements and brush strokes.


Frank Lloyd Wright - 140 Maiden Lane, San Francisco

Frank Lloyd Wright is one my favourite architects of all time and I use any opportunity on my travels to the USA to visit any of his buildings that I can.

Ten years ago, on our last trip to San Francisco, we visited this Frank Lloyd Wright building on Maiden Lane. It was built in 1948 and when you enter the building, you are instantly reminded of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, of which it was the prototype for.  Originally it was a Gift Shop but when we visited it back in 2005 it was Xanadu Art Gallery.  However, on our most recent visit we found it shut up and we were unable to enter. I see from the Wikipedia page that it has been sold to a high end designer boutique (which was exactly the use that Enid had commented that it would be perfect for while we stood outside and viewed the building).  I'm glad to hear it has been sold and hopefully we will get to view it again in the future!

What an incredible building.  It is beyond timeless - I think it is actually getting better with age and looks more modern than a lot of buildings built this decade.