International month continues and Interior Designer Regina Roger Fallon tells us about one of her recent project in Ireland and how it inspired her creativity.
Regina Rogers Fallon is a Dublin based Design Practice with projects that range from complete renovations to more minor room alterations and colour consultancy.
After a decade of career experience in the creative arts as a painter in 2007 Regina opted to expand her creative pursuits in the Interior Designer realm, capitalising on a Bachelor’s degree earned from Griffith College Dublin in Architecture and Design.
So Regina, Can you tell us about your ‘Creative Space’?
When participating in the transformation of an Edwardian home, close to Dublin city centre there is a ginormous sence of responsibility to retain the character and the original features of its era that connects us with our history. The horse hair plaster and subsiding floors were a constant reminder that inspired me to take a gentle approach to the transformation, the house was stripped back to its core and fully modernised, the foundations were restructured, windows replaced, and a small extension added with a full redesign of the interior. The brief was to create a contemporary style throughout that was complementary to the era, “straight lines with no frills”.The most important element of the design was removing the galley kitchen and replacing it with a modern open plan space that would have a flood of natural light and would connect with the small garden area, the interaction between the scuffed concrete floor tile and a light grey granite slab in the garden allows a visual perception that the garden and kitchen are one room with dividing sliding doors.
When it came to designing the kitchen we were easily persuaded by an innovative concrete door designed in Italy, this added additional texture within the space which became a strong element to the kitchen design, For me the colour scheme was an important part of the design, creating a palette that was soft yet contemporary, a palette that connected all rooms throughout the house. A gentler approach to a “contemporary style” was applied in the original rooms, The under stairs “nook” added a functional area that would allow storage for books and an area for “chill” The bathroom design was kept simple and modern, a 3D Tile replaced the original fireplace in the bathroom and a large slate shower tray offered an abundance of space for a shower, the bespoke vanity added a “pop” of much needed colour to complete the design.The contemporary kitchen with it’s gently curved quartz worktop, concrete floor tiles and kitchen doors delivered the perfect space for the client, the combination of the soft colour scheme, wood flooring and retaining most of the original features within the house offered what I think was the perfect solution and redesign.