Our clients bought this house because of its secluded garden and central location in Dublin. It was built in the 1980s with a restrictive layout and pokey rooms. The brief involved opening the house to the garden and creating a more dynamic entertaining space. We devised a large barrel vaulted living, dining and kitchen space. These three functions are defined by a mid height brick stove surround yet it has an open airy atmosphere. We created a separate glass-enclosed study off this main space and reworked the bedrooms and bathrooms. The decoration reflects the owner's quirky taste and is a mix of Scandinavian restraint with more glamorous elements, such as the kitchen inspired by the design of a French bar.