From the boardroom to the kitchen, the table is the one non-negotiable piece of furniture for Ruth Kennelly.
TV and movie sets inspire this interior designer so it’s no surprise theseries is at the heart of the living space she has created for the upcoming Ideal Home Show.
The Dublin woman made her career move over two decades ago. “I was always just so interested in design and buildings. And at British Steel I also learned so much about project management,” she says.
Because the TV character is famous for his notion that we “civilians” are NRP — not real people.
“Without a kitchen table, people may feel they can’t have friends over for a meal, can’t have people for Christmas dinner. People might have a table covered with books and magazines so they might have their dinner at a bench. Then, when they clear the table, people start coming over.
Ruth’s client portfolio is diverse from small to large residential projects, as well as commercial work all over Ireland. Her work extends to the homes of many international and Irish celebrities She and fellow interior designer Ciara Drennan, Drennan Interiors, have created hipstoric living rooms for the Dulux Heritage Interior Design Hub at the autumn permanent tsb Ideal Home Show.
In the space she has dreamed up for Dulux at the Ideal Home Show, Ruth works the trend of the moment “hipstoric” — which, she says, goes beyond simply adding an antique or vintage piece to a room.
Ruth has also just returned from Maison et Objet in Paris where hipstoric was a key look. Hipstoric is an interior aesthetic described as a blend of old and new styles, the clash of the contemporary with antique or vintage pieces that always tell a story. It’s personal, individual and well-considered. Crucially, the look is sustainable, she adds.
Interior designer Ciara Drennan rocks this look in her own home in Dunboyne, Co Meath. She says: “I love this look because it’s all about being experimental and breaking the rules, there is no right and wrong. Hipstoric exudes its own personal style. Think art deco dining table with modern chairs or a Louis XVI console table with an industrial floor lamp.”