Decorating Cues From Ballinlough Castle

Ballinlough Castle is just one of the many amazinginteriors that Todhunter Earle  has re-designed.  The castle was featured in the magazine Image Interiors in the Aug 2007 issue.  Ballinlough Castle is hidden in the Irish countryside, and an hour from Dublin.  The castle is home to the same family for almost 400 years.   The main part of the castle was built in the early seventeenth century.  The newer wing at Ballinlough was added by Sir Hugh O Reilly in about 1790.  The ground floor contains a large drawing room and dining room with four first-floor bedrooms.  The interior has what may be the tallest windows in a private house of this period.  The castle overlooks the woods and lake. The chimneypiece in the drawing room is identical to a Wyatt chimneypiece at Curraghmore, Co. Waterford.  Todhunter Earle has designed everything from castles to well known restaurants, yachts and nightclubs throughout Great Britain, Europe, Russia, South America and the United States. Below are some pictures from Ballinlough Castle as well as other photographs from Todhunter Earle with a Colonial Regency appearance that you can draw inspiration from for your own home.

Todhunter Earle shows us that wallpaper makes a huge impact in a home.  Bedrooms and guest rooms are ideal for wallpaper.  Consider a print that matches closely with 18th century English patterns for a bold statement.  Coordinate matching drapery and bed linens from a bolt of fabric that will work with a dramatic wallpaper print.   Jeffrey Bilhuber’s Manhattan Apartment is a perfect example of how beautiful upholstered walls, and matching linens can look.  He choose to upholster his walls with a gingham print and use the same fabric for the drapery that lined the windows.

Ballinlough Castle has a bedroom with a green floral wallpaper.  The bed linens match up beautifully with the wallpaper.  Wallpaper En Vogue 687092 is a very close match to the wallpaper found in this room.  Using the same bolt of fabric gives the room a very cohesive appearance that most 18th century English bedrooms have.

Todhunter Earle also shows the importance of collecting antique or reproduction paintings.  Ideally, if you are looking to decorate in an 18th century look, find paintings that give the impression of that time period.  Oil paintings can give your room a very formal appearance.  Very heavy frames also can make a statement on a wall as seen in many of the rooms of the Ballinlough Castle.

Frames grouped in pairs looks amazing.   Suzanne Rheinstein’s18th Century dining room is a perfect example of this look.  Gathering a number of photos that work together with consideration of the rooms colors can present a well designed space.  If the room is based around green tones, consider hand drawn sketches in orange, brown, or green for an eye catching look.  Leonardo da Vinci is famous for his hand drawn sketches. Reproduction oil paintings and sketches on ebay and Amazon make it very affordable to get an established look for your rooms.  Buy oil paintings in collections, or collect prints from books, and photocopy them and frame them for your walls.  Collect only what you truly love and adore, and you will truly love your homes rooms for years.

Regency Decorating Ideas- The Ballinlough Castle

Regency Decorating Ideas- The Ballinlough Castle

Todhunter Earle Interiors Regency Furniture and Decorating Inspiration Ideas

Regency Decorating Ideas

Todhunter Earle Interiors Regency Furniture and Decorating Inspiration Ideas

Todhunter Earle Interiors Regency Furniture and Decorating Inspiration Ideas

British Regency Furniture & Decorating - Emily Todhunter and Kate Earle

British Regency Furniture & Decorating - Emily Todhunter and Kate Earle

British Regency Furniture & Decorating - Emily Todhunter and Kate Earle

Todhunter Earle Interiors Regency Furniture and Decorating Inspiration Ideas

Todhunter Earle Interiors Regency Furniture and Decorating Inspiration Ideas

Todhunter Earle Interiors Regency Furniture and Decorating Inspiration Ideas

Regency Classic Decorating - Inspiration

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