Limerick’s Spice Vintage shop owner Grace Collier on how she’s beating the Covid business odds

Erin Lindsay

5 non-fiction podcast miniseries to get stuck into (that aren’t news or true crime)

Lauren Heskin

Sunday baking: Pecan cinnamon rolls

Meg Walker

Sofia Vergara finally wins battle with ex over embryos

Jennifer McShane

4 comfy yet chic outfit ideas to get you ready for a post-lockdown world

Edaein OConnell

8 predictions for the 2021 Best Picture Oscar nominations

Jennifer McShane

This terraced home in Donnybrook is on the market for €1.45 million

Megan Burns

Alice Ward on her Irish surf film featuring the female surfers who call our wild...

Lauren Heskin

‘They won’t stop until she miscarries’: Chrissy Teigen is right to defend Meghan Markle

Jennifer McShane

Image / Editorial

Hide the mess with Zoom background images from Image Interiors & Living


by Amanda Kavanagh
20th May 2020

Carson & Crushell Architects Barbara Egan zoom background images

Who could’ve predicted that Zoom background images would become a thing? We didn’t, but thankfully a chic interior is but a few clicks away.


Despite what feels like constant dusting and hoovering, it’s difficult to keep up standards when you’re at home all the time. Not only do you make more mess, but you’ve more time to notice it too. You clean and tidy, but it’s back to how it was in no time. Sigh.

At the same time, if you’re working from home, there’s a high chance you’ve to spend some time on Zoom video calls too. These two things are not compatible.

From now on, I’ll be perched in front of perfectly curated shelves and elegant rooms, with a little help from the pages of Image Interiors & Living magazine.

The Office

Carson & Crushell Architects 2 Barbara Egan zoom background images

Photograph: Barbara Egan / Reportage 

Architect couple Douglas Carson and Rosaleen Crushell of Carson and Crushell renovated a crumbling Georgian-style house in Rathmines to make a combined family home and workspace.

With old lime plaster exposed in parts and drawings dotted around, their office in the light-filled piano nobile, from our July/August 2018 issue, looks like a dream to work in.

The Chic Shelves

Shantanu Starick zoom background images

Photograph: Shantanu Starick / Styling: Ciara O’Halloran

Everything inside the Victorian terrace home of Mona and Rob Fox has a story. The couple had actually gone sale agreed on five houses prior, so they honed their sourcing skills over the years, before landing on their dream home, which also featured in the July/August 2018 issue. This chic Krossing shelving unit in their first-floor kitchen displays some of it with panache.

The Gallery Wall

Keith _ Tara_078 Shantanu Starick zoom background images

Photograph: Shantanu Starick

If anyone is going to have a strong gallery wall, it’s the home of an artist and a curator. This snapshot of the breezy Brisbane home of Australian artist Keith Burt and Irish-born gallery director Tarragh Cunningham, which featured in July/August 2019, shows. On the wall, you’ll find Keith’s own art alongside Tony Albert, Matt Tobin, Ben Walsh, Miles Hall and Sandra Okalyi.

The Calm Kitchen

al higgins ciara o'donovan gillian sherrard zoom background images

Photograph: Al Higgins / Styling: Ciara O’Donovan

The plywood kitchen cabinetry and handles of this Gillian Sherrard-designed kitchen are flush with the walls and floors, so it mirrors the off-white Belgian bricks of the dining area. Quiet simplicity perfected, as originally seen in the January/February 2019 issue.

The Perfect Sofa

Breac House Al Higgins zoom background images

Photograph: Al Higgins

There’s a lovely warmth in this particular corner of our January/February 2018 cover star, Breac.House. Looking out the window are two comfy Fritz Hansen VIA57 easy chairs and in the background is a Tricia Harris cabinet with Superfolk art above.

We’d virtually perch right in front, on the forest green sofa, the result of a collaboration between Eddie Doherty tweed and Simon O’Driscoll furniture.

The Home Bar

Ryan W Kennihan epub zoom background images

Photograph: Al Higgins

The home bar of two cinephiles in Dublin was previously a modest set-up in the back garden shed.

However, while renovating their home with architect Ryan W. Kennihan, which featured in the November December 2019 issue, they transformed it into a 1930s-style saloon.

Now the perfect ePub background, it’s named The Wasps’ Nest after a hive was found in one corner during the renovation.

Featured image: Barbara Egan / Reportage’s photograph of Carson and Crushell’s home 


Read more: Eoin Higgins asks ‘Am I the only one finding video calls mortifying?’

Read more: Thinking about working from home in the future? These pods make a perfect WFH space

Read more: Tom Ford on the art of looking good on Zoom

Also Read

Aoibheann MacNamara
EDITORIAL
Inside a house conversion brimming with Scandi-Galwegian chic

Artistic dynamo Aoibheann MacNamara has loved every moment she’s spent...

By IMAGE Interiors & Living

Netflix
EDITORIAL
5 uplifting Netflix picks that will absolutely bring you joy

For a lift, reminding us of simpler times, and that...

By Jennifer McShane

sore eyes UTI period
EDITORIAL
Health Check: What are prostaglandins and how do they affect my period symptoms?

If you find yourself suffering with symptoms like cramping, sore...

By Erin Lindsay

HEALTH & WELLNESS
The trickle of information from the Government on restrictions has made a grim situation so much worse

By Amanda Cassidy

glitter
EDITORIAL
The grown up guide to wearing glitter lips

If Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel and Nars tell you...

By Holly O'Neill

EDITORIAL
Eclipsed: The powerful, all-female play exposing a Magdalene Laundry you need to see

‘Eclipsed’ director Kate Canning told Jennifer McShane of the challenges...

By Jennifer McShane

EDITORIAL
Why Harry and Meghan were dead right to walk away

By Amanda Cassidy

Has society become more tolerant of the idea of dating interracially?
premium IMAGE WRITES, REAL-LIFE STORIES, RELATIONSHIPS
Interracial dating: “People kept asking ‘where is she from?'”

With diversity on the rise, what struggles do interracial couples continue to face today? Filomena Kaguako speaks to three couples about their experiences.

By Filomena Kaguako