That Curious Love of Green

Tour our Home

Tour our Home

Welcome to our Irish country home, an ode to creative expression. I live here with my husband Adrian, our children Shaylyn, Saoirse, Sadhbh, and our cat Ernest Hemingway. I hope you enjoy it…

house tour house extThe house is new, built a few years ago, but the way it writes poems you’d never know. The house is a ship, it carries dreams, today it captured shimmering things…
I blinked and the hill turned lush with flowers. I’d only opened the door for an hour, and in rushed the green air,
light for the corners,
scent of roses and clover,
and the house wrote, 
I am a summer house…

house tour hall ceiling house tour me and girls in hall


hall

Who would join me here, in the firelight, with rain and smoke, on the edge of night. With wine to drink and tales to spill, and fairy folk drifting over the hill…

The trees, or the neighbours as I like to call them, in winter…

The house is new built a few years ago, but the way it writes poems you’d never know. The house is a ship it captures dreams, today it captured Halloween. I blinked and the trees on the hill turned russet. I only opened the door for a moment, and in rushed the thin air, dark for the corners, the smell of rain and turf smoke, and the house wrote, I am a winter house…

In truth this is a house for all seasons. I can never decide which one suits it best. I think they all do. Christmas is a wonderful time here, last year we had 16 guests and tables running the full length of the kitchen. The way things are going we may have to turn into the hall to fit everyone.
house tour hall to kitchen
house tour stovespiral best

My favourite view is from the side of our house to the rear of what used to be my grandparents house and is now home to my brother and his family. Together we’re surrounded, on all sides by trees, that along with the wind and the birds give the most incredible performances.  
nannies house

With my brother, his wife Lisa, and baby Cuan, summer 2017.

A lot has gone down around this table… 

 

Sometimes I move it here to make the most of morning light. In summer the trees give the impression of a shimmering curtain of green light…
house tour kit table

The art work by Linda le Kniff is one of a number of prints we brought home from our honeymoon. They spent years in the tube!

My goal here is to create many things, including beauty, drama, light, dark, and a sea of continuous colour… house tour utility

utility

Cross the hall…

To the sitting room… 

sitting roomThat Curious Love of Green Blog -Home of Jane Gilheaney Barry

And to the downstairs bathroom… 

glamorous bathroom

Upstairs to the girls bedroom… 
girls room

Home Office… 

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In what WAS my office/the laundry room. This is the room I wrote the last few drafts of my novel and the first draft of my creativity book. Now it’s the bedroom of one very happy little girl and I a writing wanderess…

Upstairs Hallway…

Our bedroom… 

That’s all for now… I’ll have more to add soon, I need to take more photographs!

house-tour-garden

And my view from that bench by the roses and front door is this… often covered in low lying mist in summer, sign of a fairy path you know… 
house tour field in mist

Thanks for dropping by for my house tour. I hope you enjoyed it, if you have any questions feel free to ask,  xo Jane
Christmas Kitchen - Home of Jane Gilheaney Barry house in winter

 

 Jane Gilheaney Barry is a Writer, Stylist, Creativity Expert, Founder & Curator of That Curious Love of Green.  Currently seeking representation for her first novel CAILLEACH she will also publish her first eBook on Creativity in August 2017. 

In a past life Jane worked as a model and pr before starting her own Public Relations and Business Consulting Company specialising in arts project design and development, plus business coaching, start-up’s and mentoring.

For eleven years she led a ground breaking traditional performing arts company and show she founded, designing and delivering four major arts and culture based projects worth a combined investment of over 750,000 euro in Ireland’s North West region.

Jane lives in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, Ireland with her husband and three children.

You can contact Jane via email to janebarry17@gmail.com

To read my About Me section click HERE

 



36 thoughts on “Tour our Home”

  • A beautiful home. You are very lucky. But two questions.
    Who plays the piano?
    How do you manage to keep it looking so nice? Our house is much smaller with just one small person and most of the time it looks like a disaster zone!
    David

    • Thank you David, I am extremely lucky. Sadly no one plays the piano, yet! I’m hoping to learn one day, hoping the girls might learn also. As for looking nice, I take photos when it’s looking nice before it falls apart again! I also tend to shove things behind me for photographs, or, kick them out frame 🙂

      • Phew. That’s a relief. We have a cupboard for when visitors arrive. Not that we put them in, just all the stuff off the floor and other surfaces!
        Me too, with the piano. Olivia is showing musical promise but too young yet. If she takes to it, I might give it a go too. You’re never too old to learn a new skill.

        • Hahaha! Good mental image there! You won’t be surprised that I agree with you on never being too old to learn a new skill. Luckily for me our piano plays itself, it’s electric and manual both, so that will keep us going until I break out musically! 🙂

  • Jane I LOVE it! I designed my house too. We have a lot in common, us two Mrs B’s! But yours is that bit more “arty” if I may say so. Thanks for the tour, and I look forward to the next instalment.

  • I love that round-ish hallway with the walls of books. It’s all so festive and rich: sunny where it needs to be sunny, and special nooks with the intense colors for a bit of mystery. I love the idea of the map on the wall. When one of the girls — or an adult — wonders where in the world something on the news is happening, one can go right there and see it. Thank you for opening your house for the tour. Looking forward to seeing more.

    • Thank you Marilee, you hit the nail on the head on all points there! That’s exactly what we do with the map, my dad and the girls are particular fans! The hall of books is my favourite, plus I like to have that mix of bright and dark you noticed, in colour and mood. 🙂

    • Thank you Joanna! There could easily have been another 150! It was hard to find and then choose the right mix, a slow process but I’m happy it’s done now and happy everyone is enjoying it 🙂

  • Hi Jane, such a lovely home, you can feel it is a happy one. The book area is to die for, the girls room delightful, the driveway and garden just gorgeous, thanks for sharing, I bet you had a ball decorating on a shoe string, and bringing it all together.

  • Love that! I think I saw that ceiling on some FB site before. I love the piano room! Now you have made me think. I love this house, but there is one a few miles away, and 400 feet (about 100 metres) lower, that I have coveted. I know that getting my house and garden back to what I like is a priority for me.
    Moral: Never work twenty years past your man’s retirement, thus leaving him to mess with your house. 🙂

  • O how lovely, Jane! I just called my husband to peek over my shoulder, and told him “This is who has been working with us, in bootcamp”. We both loved every bit of it – thank you for sharing your home with all of us!

  • Jane, you have the most wonderful home! David and I truly enjoyed lingering over the photos. He loves the old stove; I adore the bookcases… he says to tell you we are coming for a visit. :>)

  • Thank you for sharing, Jane. Your collection is lovely, your home beautiful, and it is nice to see you little ones and not so little one. 🙂

  • You are a fairy Jane, angel of Ireland ! This page you opened today is like a summary of the work you have done so far over your house, I would not say over your life because you are keeping us to date with your overall views and windows opening. Itzhak Perlman said that when he is teaching, he is learning. You have the great talent of throwing lines all over the world and I would say that when you are calling, our heart is answering. Christmas soon and a New Year ! May this road of yours ever grow higher as your creative skills are using everything love is offering you !!! Thanks to you !

    • Thank you for such an interesting and lovely comment Dominique, my sister does say I’m a bit of fairy woman so maybe there’s some truth in it! I love that you feel I am ‘throwing lines all over the world’ and teaching while learning. Sounds good to me, xo Jane

  • When can I move in ? I love the shapes and the decor and the bookcase is to die for , everything . Will you use a specialist paint for your stair. This is a project I am thinking about and would be interested to know what you will use . I have just bought a pot of Everlong and have used Annie Sloan in the past .

    • Thanks Ann Marie 🙂 We are not painting the treads, just the spindles/banisters and sides. It’s not specialist, just an interior wood paint 🙂

  • it’s beautiful Jane – cosy, quirky, mysterious, with light and shade – just like you. I wouldn’t get past the hallway. I love all those books. What happy girls, growing up in such a house!!

    We also have a piano ( an oldish “previously-loved” ie 2nd hand one) and a bolshy 15 year old who plays it a lot(often crashing out a piece loudly when we’ve had a disagreement). She’s still going to classes and doing exams but also downloading whatever she likes too. Our 9 year old son’s now
    started too. Anyway, thanks for the viewing – so much fun xxx

  • Jane,

    Your home is beautiful, love the hallway and kitchen, and that bathroom is so luxurious looking. The girls bedroom is really pretty too. I also live in a new home but like it to look country style. Lots of candles and fairy lights throughout the long winter months to create a sense of warmth. I recently decorated my living room but it is a different style altogether

    All things nice…

    • Thanks for dropping by! Nothing like a bit of decorating to give a lift in winter time is there? I love fairy lights, not just for Christmas is my motto 🙂

  • That is a beautiful and gracious home! I took note or your recent comment that you don’t so much clean as decorate. Love the use of color!

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