The design of South Circular Road Residence focused on the development of an open plan family living, kitchen and dining area that had a sense of personality to it.
The building was well laid out with lots of natural light, but it lacked character and colour and fun. We kept things light and airy but incorporated more colour. Blue and teal tones were selected to contrast against the subtle wall colour, but also to complement the overall palette of existing items.
The kitchen and living rooms of this family home were a key focus, as they would be the most used spaces within the house. As such, these spaces needed to both functional and fun. The overall aesthetic goal was to create a feeling of calm sophistication in a space that didn’t take itself too seriously.
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Nita joined the KLD team late last year as Office & Accounts Manager. Originally from Brazil, her incredible organisation skills keep us all in line, as well as her can-do attitude which make her the perfect fit for team KLD. Here we get a glimpse into the things important to her after office hours…
1. What could you not live without?
My family. Even though they are living far away now, they are my base, the support I need to keep going.
2. Where would be your ideal weekend break?
By the sea, by a lake… I love water and it’s relaxing to have a weekend break with water views. However, I also like to be indoors so a weekend at home with friends over for dinner or a late lunch is also ideal.
3. What do you love about Ireland?
It’s a safe place for everyone, where you can find a friendly face anywhere you go. It’s a happy place where people like to socialise and people are welcoming to anyone from abroad.
4. Where’s your favourite place to eat in Dublin?
I’m back to Dublin less than 6 months and I’m still adapting. I haven’t got out very often and there a lot of restaurant that I intend to go. Nevertheless, I also love food markets and I would suggest a stroll on Saturday’s Temple Bar Food Market. A “pig in the market” crepe and a “healthy kick” juice is an amazing choice for a kind of brunch. I also love Queens of Tarts on Cow’s Lane, the carrot cake is delicious, and The Keoghs Cafe on Trinity Street… both are good places to have a coffee or brunch even by yourself.
5. What do you love about Interior Design?
The possibility of creating a space that put a smile on your face, a place where you feel comfortable and brings you good energy, a place where you can put a bit of your personality in it. In my home I like to use feng shui and colours. I like moving furniture around to show a different aspect of the rooms each time I have a party or just to play around with it.
6. Where’s your favourite place to visit in the world?
Italy, always Italy!! I loooove the food, the people, the weather, the views. I’ve been there about 10 times already and I intend to go back soon (still need to visit the south). Last time I was there I spent 2 months in Tuscany studying Italian. Meraviglioso !!
7. What’s on your bucket list?
See the world, having a child, buy a home with water views.
8. How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Like the moon!
9. What is your favourite food?
TASTY!! Right now I’m craving for a good barbecue (South Brazilian style).
10. What’s your stress reliever?
Watch series/movies and have some drinks with friends.
11. Describe your home in 3 words?
Temporary, improving & cosy.
12. How would you describe your family?
Big & Loud.
I have 5 siblings, 8 nephews/nieces and my parents are still alive (thank God). All together we are 20 people always around the table or in the kitchen cooking something good. I love my family to pieces!
13. What would be your top tip to staying organised?
Create a place for each and every thing. This makes it easier to stay organised as you will create a habit to have the things back to their place.
14. How would you describe your style?
I don’t really think I have a style. I’m like the moon changing all the time. Sometimes my taste changes during a day. In the morning I’m feeling playful and choose a mix of patterns and in the afternoon I feel like a clown.
15. Favourite hotel in the world?
I always prefer Hostels. I don’t like sharing, I prefer a nice single room or twin if I’m travelling with a friend. But in Hostels I like the possibility of meeting new people and the fun that comes with it. If you’re like me I would suggest the Athenstyle in Athens with an amazing view of the Acropolis or Travellers House in Lisbon, very central and cosy. I also like hostels that are different and unique. There is one on my to do list: The Base Camp in Bonn, Germany. It’s a warehouse full of old restored trailers and campers.
6. Favourite thing about Dublin?
Dublin is an alive city! No matter the weather people are on the streets, having a pint, a coffee, a laugh. I love that it’s a capital but it looks like a countryside town.
17. Best place in Ireland to visit?
I haven’t travel much around Ireland. I know just some main sights to see like the Cliff’s of Moher, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry… but one place that I always like to go back and suggest to first time visitors is Glendalough and Powerscourt Gardens. I like the views, the flowers and the peaceful atmosphere.
18. What’s in your handbag?
Wallet, lipsticks, tissue paper and recycle bags for groceries: I always carry 2 or 3 of them.
19. What’s your favourite movie?
Impossible to decide. I love movies and I’m a bit eclectic!!
I like old movies like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singing in the Rain, Sound of the Music… I really like old musicals. But I also like all the Marvel movies as well as the Fantasy trilogies and the real life movies like The Pursuit of Happiness, The Pianist and the latest one Hidden Figures. If you haven’t seen it yet, I would recommend it!
20. What’s on your to-do list for 2017?
Be 40 & Fabulous!!