Welcome back to GAFF #shelfies! We are excited to bring you this Instagram series, as we explore some of the coolest nooks and crannies of cool homes in Ireland. Each week, we’ll be taking a snoop at a special shelf or space in a super stylish GAFF, 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 are LIVING for Courtney Smith‘s beachside base. We have been fans of Courtney’s fashion and interior style forever – just check out the office tour we did with her a few years ago HERE. She, her boyfried and her beautiful rottie Lexi recently moved into their refurb and it truly is a vibe of its own. Lucky for you, we grilled C on her interior secrets for your viewing and reading pleasure.
Tell us about this space and why you chose it.
“This is our living room corner which is part of our open plan kitchen/dining area that spans the entire length of the house. It’s my favourite spot because for me it’s the heart of the home, we spend 90% of our time in this room as it’s where we chill out, cook and entertain. We have a beautiful sea view which we do not take for granted and I just love the brightness.”
Can you tell us about 3 of your favourite items in this space?
“So the crittall window is one of my favourite features in the whole house, it was made by Bespoke Glass Walls in Sligo and I think it makes a real statement as well as providing us with lots of natural light in the hallway and with a shelf for some gorgeous plants, flowers and vases.”
“The framed photo is of New York – it was taken while on a trip with our friend Alex Hutchinson who got it printed and mounted for us as a gift. I love having my friends work on the walls rather than random prints because it feels so much more special.”
“The couch is old, we had it since we rented but it’s the comfiest thing in the world so we like to breathe new life into it with soft furnishing details and/or cushions. These cushions are a mix of French Connection and also Irish brand Bodhi. The rug on the floor is also French Connection which just adds a pop of colour that is needed.”
How would you describe your home and interior style?
“My boyfriend loves anything industrial – he was drawn to all the concrete details and fixtures made of metals and all the darker tones in general, whereas aesthetically I prefer a relaxed bohemian, earthy vibe. So we managed to merge the two together across the house – which gives it a unique feel.”
How do you approach styling areas of your home?
“We definitely had the vibe down first – knowing it was going to be a combination of both aesthetics helped because for example in the kitchen the cabinets are dark and the countertops are a concrete style Neolith, which is all very industrial, but the accents in that area are earthy with wooden floors, wooden shelving and with lots of plants to balance it out.”
Where are some of your favourite places to shop for interiors?
I love Etsy and NotonTheHighstreet.co.uk online – we did a lot of decorating during lockdown so were limited to shopping online but found some really unique pieces. In terms of going into stores, I love TK Maxx; Ology in Malahide and Industry & Co.”
What was the last thing you bought for your home?
“We just bought some reclaimed wooden beams on eBay for above the fireplace and above the Rangemaster in the kitchen; every room is still a work in progress with decorating but we are working on it.
We’ve recently become obsessed with the Architectural Digest Home Tour series on YouTube – where do you find your home inspo?
“I am the exact same, I adore that series. I also loved the Vogue 50 questions with series which wasn’t home based but gave you a good snoop anyway! In terms of inspiration though, I definitely used Pinterest a lot and I would look up keywords like bohemian interiors etc. But Instagram was definitely a brilliant source for me, I had lots of interior accounts follow me during my renovation process so it was great to be able to look at their accounts and share ideas.”
For more style and interior inspiration, follow Courtney HERE and stay tuned for more GAFF tours coming soon!