ISSUE 11  |  The Celtic Angle

Blanaid Hennessy in Kilkenny

March 15, 2012 5:30 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

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Blanaid Hennessy finds it difficult to describe her day job; it's not surprising, since her daily peregrinations combine elements of art, photography, fashion, and interiors.

From a studio in Kilkenny, Blanaid and her brother Eoin run Shutterbug—a photography studio, art gallery, and vintage fashion shop (and perhaps a coffee shop someday). When not in the office, Hennessy can be found designing furniture, styling photography shoots, or organizing the town's annual vintage fashion sale. Last year, Hennessy took some time out to remodel the studio. Located on the ground floor of a former bank, it has a formality that Hennessy readily countered with furniture upholstered in old coffee sacks and other creative mashups. Learn more about her manifold pursuits at her website.

Above: For the seating area of her studio, Hennessy acquired a pair of cheap but comfortable couches. She removed the "bad leather" and reupholstered them in painter's canvas, then covered them with geometric throws. The walls are painted in Clay from the Dulux Simply Colour range. Photograph by Moselle Foley.

Above: Hennessy used soft, vintage coffee sacks from Donkee House to cover the armchairs. "I was inspired by my love of typography and the neutral tone of the sacking, along with the almost-industrial feel to the sacks," she says. Hennessey plans to make the chairs available in stores this summer. Photograph by Moselle Foley.

Above: After removing the previous tenant's dingy carpet, Hennessy discovered antique mosaic tile surrounded by maple flooring. She left the mosaic and oiled the floors with a Scandinavian white pigmented polish, sealed with floor wax to keep it matte. Photo by Ciuin Tracey for Shutterbug.

Above: Hennessy applied her style to a chair (L) on behalf of the nonprofit Oxfamhome. She covered the cushions in her favorite coffee bags and painted the frame in Farrow and Ball's Down Pipe (R).