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April 5, 2019

New for Old

Is the title of our latest published work which can be seen on the cover and in the May 2019 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 74 to 85 in the May 2019 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring John Wilson's new-build house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. on pages 74 to 85 – featuring John Wilson’s new-build house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.

“When John could not find a barn to convert he created his own old-style new build using contemporary style open plan living set against reclaimed materials.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Favourite shot has to be the Michael Jordan one.

So once again congratulations to John here…
John Wilson in the sitting room of his new-build house on the outskirts of the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. for not only making it into this beautifully printed magazine but for also making it onto the cover too – from Marie, Mandi and me

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March 24, 2019

Quiet Please!

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Because we are working in…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

The Library at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

The boardroom in The Library at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Screenshot of The Library page.
… at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin smilie.

March 1, 2019

Former Glory

Is the title of our latest published work which can be seen on the cover and in the April 2019 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 58 to 69 in the April 2019 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring Jacqui and Peter Kirk's Victorian rectory in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 58 to 69 – featuring Jacqui and Peter’s Victorian rectory in the County Down town of Bangor.

”Peering through a tangle of overgrown trees to catch a glimpse of a lofty Victorian rectory, nestling on the side of a hill, and boasting spectacular, panoramic views over Belfast Lough, Jacqui’s interest was instantly piqued.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Classic design that stands the test of time.

So once again congratulations to Peter and Jacqui here…
Jacqui Kirk in the sitting room of her heritage award-winning house in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. for not only making it into this beautifully printed magazine but for also making it onto the cover too – from Janet, Dianne, Ivan and me

January 4, 2019

Hidden Depths

Is the title of our latest published work in the February 2019 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 10 to 15 in the February 2019 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Peggy and Phil Bell's Victorian terrace which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in County Down.
.. on pages 10 to 15 – which features Peggy and Phil Bell’s Victorian terrace which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in County Down.

”When Peggy saw a terraced house overlooking the sea, she knew it had the potential to be a special family home.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Black Friday.

So congratulations once again to Phil and Peggy here…
Peggy Bell in her Victorian terrace which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in County Down.
.. for making it into this beautiful national magazine that features more inspirational homes than any other, from Sean, Dianne & me

December 14, 2018

New beginnings

Is the title of our latest published work in the January 2019 issue of Homes & Gardens magazine…
Pages 107 to 113 in the January 2019 issue of Homes & Gardens magazine featuring Jacqui and Peter Kirk's Victorian rectory in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 107 to 113 – which features Jacqui and Peter Kirk’s Victorian rectory in the County Down town of Bangor.

“By respecting the heritage and reconfiguring the layout of their Victorian rectory, Jacqui and Peter Kirk have created a magnificent family home.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Classic design that stands the test of time.

So a HUGE congratulations to Peter and Jacqui here…
Jacqui Kirk in the sitting room of her heritage award-winning house in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. for making it into this beautiful magazine, which is currently celebrating 100 years of style – as we wishing you all a Merry Christmas too – from Janet, Dianne, Ivan and me

December 12, 2018

The perfect gift this Christmas.

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This was one of my favorite images of 2017…
The Lobby & Reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which we talked about shooting here: The new & the old – but as you can see from the quick shots I recently took…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. they were in the poscess of making some changes…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and so that meant a new image was required.

However, even on the morning of the shoot…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. after having looked at it from various angles the night before as well, we still weren’t 100% sure about which was the best single angle…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. to show this newly refurbished reception area…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. but in the end, we decided it was basically from the front door this time – looking over their new furniture towards the front desk…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and so having all finally agreed on that – the lights went up…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and the Christmas tree decorations naturally had to come down…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. at least until we had finished.

And so once again I was very glad I had brought the full team along to help…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which these pictures clearly show they did…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. in their own special way Wink.

Seriously though, one of the things I love to look at afterward is these ‘behind the scenes’ pictures…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. especially the ones which Claudio takes – like this series…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. of us trying to reduce the marks on the carpet…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. as it’s easy to forget how much work goes into each of these images…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. or how many people are actually involved sometimes…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. or even stopping to ask “where did that outfit come from?”…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. because if you are like me, then I’m sure you already noticed that she wasn’t wearing that before Wink.

Which in a way is a good thing, because that’s obviously not what we want anyone to notice or even talk about when they look at this final image…
The reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. of their new reception area.

Still, all this helps remind me as to why it takes so long to pack the wagon…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which just leaves me to say a big thanks to everyone at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel for “The Perfect Gift This Christmas”
Screenshot of the Eat & Drink page on the Dunboyne Castle Hotel's website.
from all of us

December 9, 2018

New bar and lounge area.

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Two of the busiest areas in any hotel is the reception area and the lounge area – plus with the days being very short at this time of year – then bringing the full team along to help…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. seemed to make sense – because a few days before we were due to shoot this was how the terrace lounge area looked…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath – as it was being refurbished and a new bar was also being built…
The new bar being built in the lounge area at Dunboyne Castle
.. behind the ‘false wall’ at the back.

And I was glad I did, as the first image appeared on screen…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. because it was “a bit of a grey old day”, as they would say here in Ireland – which means we didn’t have that lovely sun-lit feel, which one would naturally see on a good day, due to the large windows along the left and skylight windows (above) on the right.

So 3k’s up…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. as the guys reckoned a bank of these would do the trick…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and then we ran through the various “ where to put the people” options…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. before our models arrived to take up their positions…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which was naturally followed by a few more quick shots…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and there you have it – the new image of the ​Terrace Lounge & Bar area…
The new lounge and bar area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel – once the top and bottom had been added to make it a square – because it’s easy to crop but hard to add on…
Screenshot of the Eat & Drink page on the Dunboyne Castle Hotel's website.
.. especially afterward

October 3, 2018

House of Fun.

Is the title of our latest published work in the November 2018 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 82 to 93 in the November 2018 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring Deborah and Graham Swail's semi-detached house in the Belmont area of Belfast.
.. on pages 82 to 93 – which features Deborah and Graham’s semi-detached house in the Belmont area of Belfast.

“Deborah and Graham took a classic base, added a dash of vintage blended with quirkiness and colour to create a uniquely happy home in Belfast.”

Which we talked about shooting here: No ordinary house will make it.

So congratulations to Deborah and Graham here…
Deborah and Graham Swail in the living room of their semi-detached house in the Belmont area of Belfast.
.. for this time making it into Ireland’s largest selling monthly interiors and lifestyle magazine – from Marie and Stuart…
“Marie
.. plus Mandi and me

September 18, 2018

Classic design that stands the test of time.

Homes & Gardens is one of Britain’s oldest decorating magazines, which has been in circulation since 1919.

“Aspirational yet accessible, stylish, sophisticated and indulgent, Homes & Gardens showcases classic design that stands the test of time.”

Back in 2015 Jacqui and her husband, Peter, returned to Ireland and bought this large, derelict house…
“Large
.. as a renovation project.

Unoccupied for a while it seems, therefore in a terrible state of repair – so they totally stripped it back to brick…
“Totally
.. and removed virtually all the woodwork apart from the staircase – as it seems they really did want a challenge

Anyway, after receiving a call from Janet McMeekin, a London based writer who also once lived here, we were recently invited to take a look – and the rest is now history, as they would say…
“Dianne
.. because before very long Ivan had the lights up and Dianne had everything, including Jacqui here…
“Jacqui
.. looking like something you would see in a magazine.
But not just any old magazine, because yes I’m delighted to say, that 100 years after Homes & Gardens was first launched, you will now be able to see our work in that magazine too

So a big thanks to Ivan & Dianne here…
“Ivan
.. as well as to Janet, because it was “great teamwork” like you said – but most importantly I’d like to congratulate Jacqui and Peter, because if the icing on the cake was winning a heritage award, then this has got to be the cherry on top of that

One to look out for at the start of next year…
“The
.. in Britain’s oldest decorating magazines which showcases classic design that stands the test of time

September 1, 2018

Try Before You Buy!

Is the title of our latest published work in the October 2018 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 78 to 89 in the October 2018 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring Lisa and Conor McCann's 1930s detached villa in south Belfast.
.. on pages 78 to 89 – which features Lisa and Conor McCann’s 1930s detached villa in south Belfast.

“Lisa and Conor used subtle neutrals and pops of colour to create a cool contemporary home in their Belfast city villa.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Straight forward.

So congratulations once again to Conor and Lisa here…
Lisa McCann in the kitchen of her 1930s detached villa in south Belfast.
.. for this time making it into Ireland’s largest selling monthly interiors and lifestyle magazine – from Marie, Mandi, Claudio and me

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