Welcome to IMAGE.ie’s Look Inside series. It's all about real people's real homes – our favourite part of our home and why we like that particular space so much. Every week, we catch up with Irish creatives to learn about their favourite corner of their house. This week, it’s Niamh O'Sullivan – the foodie, travel and sustainability blogger behind cinnamon-soul.com.
When it comes to style, food and travel inspiration, Niamh O'Sullivan has long been our go-to.
The Kildare-native spent two years working as a social media manager in New York City; bringing almost 35,000 Instagram followers along for the journey. Since returning home, she's been busy working for herself; building her brand as a trusted, honest voice for Irish women.
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With a hectic schedule, Niamh decided it was time to develop a dedicated workspace. Here, she talks us through her recently-finished home office; including why she designed it this way, as well as her favourite elements of the room.
"I completely underestimated the power of a peaceful and personal working space until I brought my home office to life this year," she says. "I only really started working for myself mid-2018, so up until February/March of this year, all of my work was done from my kitchen table or a café. My only regret with this project is that I didn’t do it sooner," Niamh adds.
"There wasn’t a huge amount that I could physically change, as this is my parent’s house and I hope to eventually move out on my own; so painting the walls was as far as I could go really. I decided to go white and bright, as this is an attic room and I wanted to make the most of the light.
"I wish I could have wooden floors under my rug, but it was too costly for me at this point," Niamh explains. "I bought the biggest rug that I could find on RugVista, and I adore it! The rug serves more than one purpose in this room though… I think it really helped me to tie in the colours, and it also helped me to marry the old and new elements".
"My favourite piece in the office is, without a doubt, my desk. It belonged to my Granny, and we recently had it restored. The detailing is just divine; I’m planning on holding on to this forever, it’s so special to me.
"It was a challenge to integrate it into the room because everything else felt very modern (the desk was a late entry to my collection of furniture!). I think the design on my rug brings an old-style vibe – it feels perfect.
"I also have an old-school lamp on the desk that my dad has used for years, and I feel like it complements it so nicely along with a Lyle’s Golden Syrup tin that I use as a pen holder."
Niamh says, "I always liked the earthy tones that the wooden skirting boards brought to the room, so when I introduced lots of plants and greenery, it felt like everything came together.
"Blue is the strongest colour throughout, thanks to the carpet, but there is also an accidental series of blush pink accents. My lamp has rose-gold; I threw some pinky-grey pebbles into my potted plants, and I filled the gaps with pink and blue candles.
"The scent in the room is also so important to me," she says. "Candles and fragrance diffusers also serve as gorgeous decorations – I wouldn’t be without them now," Niamh tells us, adding, "The main shops that I bought everything from were MADE, Zara Home, RugVista, and trusty IKEA."
Photos: Niamh O'Sullivan
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