In Essentially Irish, antiques dealer and stylist Josephine Ryan offers a privileged glimpse into a fascinating array of private Irish homes. The interiors featured include Georgian country houses, chic city apartments, pretty cottages and contemporary constructions. Their decorative styles may differ, but each home demonstrates the qualities that have made Irish interiors admired the world over- a rich colour palette, an affinity with the landscape, an appreciation of the patina of the antique, and a passion for the work created by a rich tradition of artists and craftsmen. The homes in this book are every bit as varied and interesting as their creative owners and the carefully chosen locations illustrate the many facets of classic Irish style. This is the perfect book for anyone seeking ideas for their own interior, or for those who simply want to dream.
Josephine Ryan is an antiques dealer and stylist. Born in England to an Irish family, she spent her childhood summers at her grandmother’s house in County Limerick and when she was 12 her family moved there permanently.