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'There's nothing better than sitting by the open fire': Inside this creative and colourful home in Westmeath

Ediana Dolan gives a glimpse into her family’s colourful home.

Ediana Dolan's fireplace.
Ediana Dolan's fireplace.
Image: mrsfrillshome/Instagram

About your home

Where? Co Westmeath

What type of house? Fully detached 

How many bedrooms and bathrooms? Three bedrooms and three bathrooms

When did you move in? September 2017

About you

Name: Ediana Dolan

Age: 40 years old

Occupation: I’m a teacher – but currently a stay-at-home mum 

Who else lives there? My husband and our two children

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- - - S M A R T K I T C H E N - - - Hello! Saturday busy Saturday! Glad I could get this shot in between drop offs to the ballet class and a birthday party.🤦‍♀️ . We haven't got a brand new shinny kitchen to show off for today's prompt. All we did so far was paint the kitchen cupboards, handles and the splashback tiles. We also bought new kitchen appliances. But I think what makes our kitchen 'smart' is the kitchen island. Because we use it every day, breakfast to supper, and it's a focal point in what was previously an empty space. It's even a great area for my baking and cake decorating. A smart solution indeed! 💪 . @houseandhomemagazine @citytilesbathrooms . #mrsfrillshome #myhouseandhome #myhousethismonth #irishhomes #howihome #homesofig #apartmenttherapy #myinteriorsquares #mycreativeinterior #hyggehome #colourmyhome #myinteriorstyletoday #interiorrebellion #myeclecticshack #designboom #dailytag #howwedwell #styledupinterior #styleithappy #dailyhomeshare #spotlightonmyhome #nesttoimpress #greathomestaketime #mydiymydecor #cornerofmyhome #dailydecordetail #kitchenreno #kitchensofinstagram #kitchenisland #ikeaatmine

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What made you choose this home over others?

We were living in the region and looking for a house nearby. We had our name down for a new build semi-detached house, but when this house appeared it ticked all the boxes.

It’s a fully detached house, quite unique for a housing estate, and it is just a stone’s throw from the local primary school.

However, what really clinched it was that we saw the potential in the south-facing back garden and found the neighbourhood very welcoming. From the first minute we saw it, we just knew this was going to be our home.

What is your favourite place in your home?

When it’s chilly, there’s nothing better than sitting by the open fire in our living room. The lush, green walls and my new velvet mustard cushions makes it a really comfy space.

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- - - A C C E S S O R I S E - - - Do you accessorise our house every Season!? I try and change or add some things every Autumn and Spring, but I hadn't bought new cushions (for the couch) since we moved in. These are my new cushions for the colder Season this year. The yellow ones are @primark.home, they are so soft and the perfect size. The blue velvet cushions and the peacock embroidered one are from local charity shops. I got them for one euro each, and I just (washed it) and changed the inner cushion. I am very happy with these 'accessories', new designs and colours for a bargain. Win win!🙅‍♀️ . @houseandhomemagazine @citytilesbathrooms #mrsfrillshome #myhouseandhome #myhousethismonth #irishhomes #howihome #homesofig #instahomes #dailydecordetail #coolinteriors #cornerofmyhome #dailytag #apartmenttherapy #myinteriorsquares #mycreativeinterior #hyggehome #colourmyhome #myinteriorstyletoday #interiorrebellion #myeclecticshack #designboom #myhousebeautiful #stylishinteriors #livingroomdecor #autumnlivingroom #howwedwell #greathomestaketime #mydiymydecor #styledupinterior #scrollstoppinghome #mycolourfulinterior

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Is there any part of the home you don’t like?

The floor tiles throughout the ground floor don’t particularly match the style of the kitchen refurbishment. We hope we ‘ll be able to change it soon, maybe to a wooden floor. 

Is there any part of your home that makes it unique?

Our chalkboard wall in the dining room. I know a chalkboard is not such a unique feature, but we really make it unique by drawing our own designs for the seasons and special occasions.

At the moment, we are drawing lots of autumn leaves and are already planning some Halloween sketches.

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- - - H I D D E N S T O R A G E - - - Thursday people, we are nearly there!💆‍♀️ This is such a dark corner, difficult to photograph, but this is our hidden storage for shoes, hats, scarves, bags, sunglasses, gumshields, helmets, sliotar, makeup bag... Believe me, there are all sorts of stuff inside those boxes, and that's a great space for them, in the hall, under the stairs. I might change the layout in the future, but for now it's very useful and easy to hide everything in there. The only thing I can't hide is the cables behind the table, (I chucked them behind the plant for this photo).🤦‍♀️ I might have to get same tube thingy @vintageirishkat got to hide the TV cables in her playroom, it's brilliant stuff. 🤔 Kat help us out, does anyone know what it's called? . @houseandhomemagazine @citytilesbathrooms #mrsfrillshome #myhouseandhome #myhousethismonth #irishhomes #howihome #dailydecordetail #coolinteriors #cornerofmyhome #dailytag #apartmenttherapy #myinteriorsquares #mycreativeinterior #hyggehome #colourmyhome #myinteriorstyletoday #interiorrebellion #myeclecticshack #designboom #dabblingwithdecor #mystylednest #mystylishinterior #ikeaatmine #ikeaie #greathomestaketime #hallofdreams #hallsofinsta #mycolourfulinterior #colourlovedecor #stylishhomevibes #pocketofmyhome

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Take us through an average day in your house, room by room.

We are a busy little family and we use all the rooms and spaces in the house daily, so our house needs to be very practical.

6am: My husband leaves for work, swiftly, so we can’t hear the floorboards upstairs creak.

7am: I get up and go downstairs, also quietly, to prepare breakfast and lunches for the kids. I have coffee, lots of it! The kitchen is at the back, so when I shut the door there is no noise upstairs.

8am: I usually have to wake the kids up, because they love a lie-in. Once we open the blinds, our oversize windows let the morning light flood in. Their bedrooms have white walls with details to suit their own personalities, and we’ve packed plenty of clever, kid-friendly storage in to make the most of their spaces. They both use the main bathroom in the morning, so this is a busy hour as we get ready for school and have breakfast.

9am: I drop both kids off to school and I try to get as many things done as possible, such as food shopping and laundry. Our laundry room is quite big so it’s easy to work in.

1pm: I’m back home with my daughter after preschool. We usually have a light lunch at the kitchen island before going upstairs to her pink bedroom. She loves playing in her teepee with her teddy bears.

2pm: I get busy making dinner while she is having a quiet time with a book in the living room.

3pm: My son gets home from school and we have dinner, usually at the kitchen island. Then I help him with homework while my daughter is colouring in or making jigsaws at the dining table.

4pm: If the weather is nice, the kids go outside to play and get some fresh air. This is when I have my coffee, sitting outside in my recently stenciled patio.

6pm: My husband gets home and has his dinner while the kids play in the dining room play area.

8pm: It’s bath and bedtime for the kids. They pick some books from their little library in the landing, so we have a quiet reading time before bed.

9pm: Once the kids are in bed, we usually watch a bit of TV in the living room. Sometimes we go upstairs instead to read in the white, pink, and grey haven that is our bedroom.

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It's Saturday! And it's a day for a bit of DIY for us.🔧 Well, after much planning by hubs and I, we are finally tackling the laundry room, and putting up some shelves. We were going to make the shelves, but in the end we decided to go with @ikeaie ones. I know that's not very DIY of us, but it's more practical for what we have planned, and it will be beautiful after I paint the room. Watch this space! 🙅‍♀️ . 'Natural vibes' @myhousethismonth #myhousethismonth #mrsfrillshome #myhouseandhome #myinteriorstyletoday #myinteriorsquares #shelfiedecor #myhousebeautiful #stylishinteriors #storyofmyhome #myhomevibe #newinteriorsontheblock #colourlover #colourmyhome #interiorrebellion #myeclecticshack #designboom #dailytag #saturdayvibes #saturdayshelfie #designsponge #mystylednest #livingetc #spotlightonmyhome #nesttoimpress #walltowallstyle #ikeaatmine #irishhomes #irishblogger #homedeco

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Is there anything you’d do differently if you were doing it again?

In hindsight, we would have left the steps of the stairs wooden instead of painting them white. We would still have done the ombré effect on the risers. I suppose we could put a runner on the stairs, or maybe we could sand them back to wood.

I’m always planning something else to do in the house and trying to make it better for us. I’m really enjoying all things interiors at the moment – a career move to interior design might be something on the books for the near future.

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