Welcome to our brand new GAFF #shelfie series! We are so excited to bring you this new Instagram series, delving inside some of the coolest nooks and crannies in Ireland. Each week, we’ll be taking a snoop at a special shelf or space in a super stylish home, examining the owner’s favourite accessories, asking about their home inspo and taking styling and decor tips as we go. This series is designed to help YOU get excited about your own home space. It doesn’t matter if you have a single shelf or an entire room to get creative with – we want to help you kick start your own interior inspiration.
This week, we stepped inside super stylist Corina Gaffey‘s uber-chic apartment.
Tell us a little about this incredible shelved corner!
“Living in an apartment, space is, of course, of a premium, so one of the biggest undertakings was to create a sleek storage and display area. I worked with a carpenter to design up the multi-functional display that incorporates hidden storage as well as letting us exhibit our favourite photos, artwork, and books. I was really adamant about having it clean, unfussy as we’ve so much colour, print coming through our accessories, so there are no handles, and it’s in a simple white.”
“It’s opened up our living room so much more, given us so much more space, and I love the way I can throw things into the cabinets and not have to look at them, plus all the leads from the TV, Apple TV, and speakers are neatly hidden, another stickler of mine!”
What are some of your favourite features?
“My husband and I are really into film and it was important to have a really nice TV set-up, the TV helped form the design of the shelving unit. We had bought the Samsung Frame TV in Harvey Norman and worked it into the design. Not only does it function as a TV but it’s supposed to look as if it’s artwork so slots into the space really well and I use to display photos of my styling work or photos from our travels.”
“When we travel we’re always taking photos on our film cameras – the contax t2 or the Sx70 – so naturally we love getting them developed and displaying them. We are always on the lookout for fun, vibrant frames to add some personality to the space, we’ve picked up some great photo frames in Jonathan Adler and Alexandra Von Furstenberg in LA.”
“Our books which we pick up everywhere from museum shops, Chapters, and Amazon. We display our favourites at the time below the TV, so right now we’ve got the Prada Catwalk collections as I’m working my way through that. Beside that is LA modern by Tim Street-Porter as we were actually supposed to be in LA this week, and Slim Aarons Once Upon a Time as we love his photographs and definitely ear-marking one to invest in soon. His work is just pure escapism.”
How would you describe your interior style?
“Our home style is best describes as classic with a big twist. I tend to keep certain areas clean, minimal, like when it comes to paint colours, furniture, and then add in vibrancy through soft furnishings, select accessories and artwork.”
“I approach my home decor in a similar way to how I approach fashion; I like to mix prints, textures, and colours, always keeping something neutral to ground it and keep the eye relaxed and restful. I experiment with fun, cutesy accessories, like my cloud lamp, and then mix it in with a gilded gold frame, and enjoy the contrast, and that’s really the same how I style, it’s all about contrasts and having one thing undone, and not too perfect.”
Where are some of your favourite places to shop for interiors?
“Oh so many places! April and the Bear, Article, H&M home, Zara Home, Soho Home, Oliver Bonas, Arket, West Elm, Audenza, Amara, Jysk, Wayfair! I could go on.”
April and the Bear, Rathmines
What was the last thing you bought for your home?
“I was looking for a really nice chair to fill the space by the wall for ages and obsessed over the H&M rattan style chair for a while, it came back into stock recently and indulged, and don’t regret it. It’s the perfect little laid-back chilled out space now.”
We’ve recently become obsessed with the Architectural Digest Home Tour series on YouTube – where do you find your home inspo?
“Oh, that’s one of my favourites. I also love New York Magazine’s Interior Lives on Youtube as well, but for inspo it’s the usual – Instagram, I’m always saving pictures and I’m back on the Pinterest vibe big time. During lockdown I’ve done the most pinning I’ve ever done I think!”