Bee and Darren Chambers had been searching for a home for a year when they stumbled upon a 1970s Dublin house. Straight away they knew they had found “the one”. A blank canvas with the potential to create an open-plan living room and a large kitchen/diner, it offered plenty of scope to add character plus a healthy dash of their own personality.
And it’s clear that this couple has a very creative vision. Their passion for sourcing unique objects has resulted in a delightful family home that’s a charming and eclectic mix of vintage furniture and objets d’art. “We wanted to create a warm and relaxed environment,” explains Bee, who runs Qwerky, an upcyling company, with her sister Yve. “But nothing too uptight. I am inspired by Scandinavian style. I love the way they use white as a base then add colour through furniture and accessories.”
The house has a distinctive, feel-good atmosphere that mixes muted tones with flashes of richer tones, and, above all, Bee’s magpie eye for eclectic pieces that draw the eye. “I love mixing and matching different styles,” she reveals. “ I tend to buy pieces that I love and make them fit in. I will search for months and even years to get the right thing and I tend to hang onto things as they are rarely impulse buys.”
Bee’s mission to seek out vintage treasure and upcyle old pieces of furniture has resulted in a quirky, colourful and imaginative abode that’s perfect for all the family.
Photography by Mark Scott.