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It’s the little Cork city shop that’s big on style.
Ever since Summer House Studio opened its doors on Cork’s bustling Princes Street over the summer, its shelves heaving with gorgeous Scandi-style decor, customers have had one question: how can I recreate this vibe at home?
Having left the corporate world in London to pursue her dream career in interior design, store owner Louise Keane is only too happy to share her secrets.
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The designer is the eye behind some of the most beautiful laid-back, family-friendly decor in Cork, but if you don’t have the budget for a complete overhaul, you can find everything you need to recreate her coveted looks in her carefully curated shop, along with advice on styling your home.
The furniture and homewares on display change constantly so there’s always a new treat to check out in-store, from vintage finds and oil paintings to earthenware jars and Brooklyn Candle Studio candles from New York, exclusive to Summer House Studio.
We asked Louise to share six tips for recreating her relaxed, coastal style in your home:
1. Start with a light, fresh backdrop
“White is a classic choice for walls in a coastal home, providing a fresh, clean canvas to work with,” says Louise.
“You don’t have to worry about it feeling cold as long as you use a warm white and then add lots of texture. White walls and wooden floors are a great combination; the wood offers both warmth and character.
White paneling is also a great idea as it adds a layer of interest to a plain surface. You could use tongue and groove paneling as we did here on this wall in our shop.
2. Stripes are always a good choice
“If there is one pattern that stands the test of time, it’s got to be the stripe. It’s a deceptively simple pattern, yet it has endless variations, from humble ticking to the deckchair stripe and myriad choices in between.
You can use striped fabric in curtains or Roman blinds, in cushions, or even in upholstery. You can mix different stripes but in general stick to one or two in each room to avoid a themed feel.
Shop woven cushion covers from Summer House Studio here.
3. Choose natural materials
“Natural textures and materials are a must in a coastal-style home. We always try to include wood somewhere in a room, either in the flooring or the furniture.
For fabrics, think slubby linens, cottons or wools, and look out for furniture or rugs made of woven natural materials like jute, cane and rattan.
Shop the latest wooden bowls and seagrass baskets at Summer House Studio here.
4. Use vintage pieces
“The thing we love the most about vintage pieces is the relaxed character and time-worn feel that they add to a coastal-style home. Vintage china and earthenware jars can work incredibly well, even in a modern kitchen; you could use an earthenware jar as a crock for cooking utensils, for example.
Vintage paintings are also a great choice and you don’t have to use them formally on a wall. You can prop a vintage painting on a bookshelf or on an open shelf in a kitchen.
5. Flickering candles are a must
The Scandinavians know a thing or two about relaxed, coastal style and you will often see candles lighting during the day in Scandinavian homes.
They give a welcoming, atmospheric glow and if you want to add a subtle scent, they’re a great choice.
Shop the latest candles at Summer House Studio here.
6. It’s all in the mix
“When it comes to a relaxed and welcoming home, make sure you have lots of layers and a mix of materials and tones. Don’t try to match everything – use different fabrics and textures and play around with the layering until it feels right.
For the final layer of decoration, include books and finish off with some flowers or greenery. Ferns, like ‘Boston’ or ‘Maidenhair’ are always a great choice for adding shape and colour.
SHOP NOW: Visit Summerhouse.studio on Princes Street, Cork City to check out the latest arrivals and order online.
Drop by Instagram (summerhouse.studio) for opening times or send Louise a DM or text 085 7074499 to make an appointment for an interior design consultation or an after-hours store visit.