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April 1, 2016

Raising the bar.

Is the title of our latest published work in the May 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 116 to 119 in the May 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Amy & Gareth Scott's semi-detached period house in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 116 to 119 – which features Amy & Gareth Scott’s semi-detached period house in the County Down town of Bangor.

“Amy and Gareth Scott decided to go big and bold when upsizing their family home.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Family living – a few years ago.

So just want to say Congratulations to them all here…
Amy Scott and her son Albert in the kitchen of their period semi-detached home in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. for raising the bar and making it into this beautiful top selling national magazine – from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

January 30, 2016

Farm cottage renovation.

Is the title of our latest published work in the March 2016 issue of Real Homes magazine…
Pages 70 to 77 in the March 2016 issue of Real Homes magazine featuring Dominic and Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse called 'The Safe House' near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. on pages 70 to 77 – which features Dominic and Louise McGuane’s renovated farmhouse called ‘The Safe House’ near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.

“Louise McGuane used natural light, modern design and open space to transform her 18th-century stone cottage into a contemporary masterpiece.”

Which I talked about shooting here: The Safe House – at the end of July of last year.

So just want to say a big Congratulations to both Dominic and Louise here…
Louise McGuane in her renovated farmhouse called 'The Safe House' near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. for making it into this top selling national magazine – because this was indeed an amazing renovation, whereby you differently did manage “to create something unassuming from the outside but utterly modern from the moment you step inside” – from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

February 5, 2013

Gothic Cottage.

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We don’t always have the variety of period homes here in Ireland that you might see elsewhere – but our recent shoot was of an exceptional cottage built circa 1830.

With its turrets and gothic windows…
Rachel and Philip Pitman's 1830 gothic style home near Holywood in County Down.
.. it’s like something from a fairy tale.

Inside, it was beautifully restored to suit modern day living…
Rachel and Philip Pitman in the kitchen area of their 1830 gothic style home near Holywood in County Down.
.. by Rachel & Philip, as seen here in the kitchen dining area with their little Westie dog.

So it was a complete gut job…
The living room in Rachel and Philip Pitman's 1830 gothic style home near Holywood in County Down.
.. massive renovation and kitchen extension – all of which had to comply with listed building regulations.

Great house and a great story too – which is why we reckon it should make for a very interesting feature.

Watch this space, as they say – from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

January 4, 2013

From 60’s groovy…

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.. to classic simplicity.

Just before the end of last year, I shot Marie’s recently renovated 60’s house for a Christmas magazine feature, in one of the national publications. So at the start of the year, we decided to shoot a few of the other rooms for smaller features on ‘How to create the look’ – to show readers what can be done.

The en-suite in her master bedroom was perfect for this – so we kicked off the New Year by shooting it.

I’ve got to say, I smiled when Marie first showed me around the house because I knew that groovy yellow bathroom suite…
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.. with those tiles, would be the first things to go 🙂

Having said that, it was interesting to note that she didn’t actually need to change the layout…
Ensuite in Marie and Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's home near Belfast.
.. making it therefore quite cost-effective – and I personally like the fact that it’s very simple and not too girly too…
Ensuite in Marie & Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's home near Belfast.

However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned for shooting homes, is that everyone has their own taste & style – so beauty is very much ‘in the eye of the beholder’ – and that’s what makes our job so interesting.

Anyway, once again, I loved what Marie did here…
Ensuite in Marie & Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's home near Belfast.
.. and think it will make for a very interesting feature – so all now that is left to do, is find a buyer to help kick off the New Year in style.

More to follow… but in the meantime, I’d just like to say, a very Happy New Year to everyone.

From Marie, me and the rest of the team @ ampimage.com

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