Ashley Morrison's Blog

September 15, 2013

Something old, something new.

One of the reasons we enjoy shooting homes is the fact that we get to meet great people – and also to work on a wide variety of homes.

This week we shot a stunning Irish cottage…
Janet and Ken Hamilton's traditional Irish cottage called 'Rose Cottage' in the County Down village of Greyabbey.
.. where the owners Janet and Ken initially bought the cottage as a holiday home – but loved it so much, they decided to move in permanently. They did some fairly major work to the cottage – the big things were removing the kitchen ceiling and taking it up to the rafters along with a new bathroom and creating an ensuite. Style-wise Janet went for an eclectic mix of vintage, original artwork, and a few more modern things.

Marie is the interior expert and she assures me, that that can be a tricky “look” to pull off – but that Janet did it to perfection:

She has done a superb job mixing wonderful old vintage items, with original artwork alongside a few modern touches.

So Marie & I had little to do here…
setting-up in the Living room
.. besides, re-arrange a few small things and then ask Janet to smile…
Janet Hamilton in the living room of her traditional Irish cottage in the County Down village of Greyabbey.
.. at the camera.

And it was the same throughout…
setting up in the kitchen
.. as they had also managed to create an almost naturally lit interior too.
So on my side, it was pretty much a case of pointing & shooting
The kitchen in Janet and Ken Hamilton's traditional Irish cottage called 'Rose Cottage' in the County Down village of Greyabbey.
.. with usually no more than one light being needed to add some sparkle.

Which was something new in something so old for me, as cottages like this can often be quite dark and therefore hard to light.

Anyway, just like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Janet and Ken for inviting us in – and we will keep you both posted in regards to which magazines it will be appearing in, over the years to come.

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  1. Featured in the February 2015 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
    February 2015 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine
    .. 66 to 79 plus on the cover too.

    Pingback by Everything’s Rosy | Ashley Morrison's Blog — January 1, 2015 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

  2. Featured in the March 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
    25 Beautiful Homes magazine March 2014
    .. pages 124 to 126.

    Pingback by Staying power… | Ashley Morrison's Blog — January 23, 2014 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  3. Ashley, Saw your stuff on Flicker and I followed the link to your site – this is just a quick line to say how much I liked your work. Beautiful interiors, super lighting and great composition – well done!
    Robert Mullan

    Comment by Robert Mullan — September 17, 2013 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

    • Praise is indeed bread to an artist – so thank you for your kind words Robert.

      And just so you know, the full set of images will be appearing in 25 Beautiful Homes magazine in January – so one to watch out for 🙂

      Comment by Ashley Morrison — October 14, 2013 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

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