IDI is delighted to support its Interior Designer members at this Autumn edition of the Ideal Home Show, returning to the RDS this Oct (20-22nd). Be sure to check out the ‘Ask the Expert’ stand hosted by IDI, the DFS Interiors Theatre stage and DFS Interiors Inspiration Centre to meet Monica Daly, MD Designs; Sadhbh O’Gorman, Ashen and Cloud; Tonya Newell, Little Design House; Lana Dullaghan, Lana Dullaghan Design; Susan McGowan, Interior Architecture & Design Studio, Ashen & Cloud; Hugh Wallace, Architect and Jackie Carton, Carton Interiors.
Following a successful event in April 2023, IDI will once again support its Interior Designer members at this Autumn edition of the Ideal Home Show, returning to the RDS this Oct 20-22nd 2023.
IDI will host the highly popular ‘Ask an Expert’ event, where visitors can book a one to one consultation with expert designers, free of charge. In addition, IDI members Jackie Carton, Hugh Wallace, Sadhbh O’Gorman, will be taking the stage to talk with Jo Linehan at DFS Interiors Theatre, while Susan McGowan will present her chosen inspiration room set and answer visitors' questions about interior trends, DFS products, or help them find their own style, as well as delivering a talk at the DFS Interiors Inspiration Centre.
Meet IDI member at the Ask An Expert Hub
Be sure to check out the ‘Ask the Expert’ stand hosted by IDI from Friday to Saturday on October 20th-22nd 2023.
Visitors who avail of an Expert Advice Consultation are invited to make a charitable donation in lieu of professional fees of €10 to a very worthy charity - Dublin Simon Community, who are committed to preventing and addressing homelessness.
Booking for each expert can be made at the PhoneWatch Ask An Expert Hub just inside the main entrance of the RDS Simmonscourt on a first come, first served basis.
To get the most out of your consultation for your home project, please bring photos, existing architectural plans (if available) and/or a floor plan with dimensions.
The following members of IDI will be available for 15 minute consultations over the weekend:
- Monica Daly, MD Designs (Friday & Saturday)
- Tonya Newell, Little Design House (Friday)
- Lana Dullaghan, Lana Dullaghan Design (Saturday & Sunday)
- Sadhbh O’Gorman, Ashen and Cloud (Sunday)
Scroll down to learn more about the participating designers and their individual schedule.
At the Spring event in last April (1st-23rd April 2023), 39% of the visitors indicated that ‘Expert Home Advice’ was their main reason to attend the show and over the 3 days of the event, Ask an Expert raised €2500 for charity.
Don't miss IDI members' Talks
Journalist and sustainability advocate Jo Linehan is Ideal Home Show expert host in the DFS Interiors Theatre this October. Over the weekend, she will be joined by an array of Ireland’s top industry experts, influential creatives and leading interior designers. This is the perfect stage to plan your ideal home. Hear all about mood-lifting colour palettes, sustainable décor, sanctuary creation, home extensions, financing, new home builds, and more.
The DFS Interiors Theatre at the PTSB Ideal Home Show, is where you can find lots of inspiration from some of Ireland’s leading interiors personalities on how to find your thing, bring it into your interiors, and make your home your own.
So, whether your thing is being up to date on the trends, understanding how to light your home, personality led interiors, creating the ultimate sleep haven, creating a spa like bathroom, staging your home for rental, stylishly dressing your windows, mixing old and new or having a sustainable home, we have something for you.
Don't miss IDI members talks: Jackie Carton on Friday, Hugh Wallace on Saturday and Susan McGowan and Sadhbh O’Gorman on Sunday, on stage with Jo Linehan at DFS Interiors Theatre to chat about exciting topics from engaging interior designers with their own style, future proofing homes, furnishing home with local crafts and makers and mix matched furnitures.
Scroll down to hear about the designers and their talks schedule.
DFS Interiors Inspiration Centre
More than ever, the way we furnish our homes is about expressing our personalities – showcasing to the world who we are and what we love.
In interiors, everyone has a thing. It could be a bright thing, a luxe thing, a patterned or plain thing, a colourful or a neutral thing. These are the things that reflect who we are and shape how our lives and our homes look.
The DFS Interiors Inspiration Centre takes the form of four very different room sets packed full of personality, where you can browse DFS products for inspiration. It highlights four Irish creatives who have drawn inspiration from DFS’s campaign, which champions personality-led interiors by showing “What’s their thing?”. At the design hub in the DFS Interiors Inspiration Centre, DFS and their ‘thingsters’ will be providing plenty of support to help visitors find their own thing, whatever their taste might be.
Among them, IDI member Susan McGowan will be on hand at the DFS Interiors Inspiration Centre, to present her chosen inspiration room set and answer visitors' questions about interior trends, DFS products, or help them find their own style. She will also take the - jewel in the crown - DFS Inspiration Stage where Jo Linehan will be joined by many of Ireland’s leading designers and creatives to share ideas and talk about the latest trends.
Scroll down to find out more about Susan McGowan and her room set inspiration.
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Meet the designers
Susan McGowan, Ashen & Cloud
Athlone designer & Interior Architecture & Design Studio, Ashen & Cloud
Creative Director for the DFS Interiors Inspiration Centre
Athlone designer Susan McGowan, of Interior Architecture & Design Studio, Ashen & Cloud, is Creative Director for the DFS Interiors Inspiration Centre at the PTSB Ideal Home Show. A busy mum of three, Susan’s thing is helping people create homes that they really love. She has worked with DFS and the three other creatives who aim to inspire visitors and show how they’ve brought their thing’ to life ‘with DFS, at the DFS Interiors Inspiration Centre.
Susan says, “I look forward to welcoming everyone to the DFS Inspiration Centre at the PTSB Ideal Home Show. I really enjoy helping people create homes that they love, and I know there will be plenty for people to draw inspiration from no matter what their taste is in interiors. My talk this year is about mixing and matching furniture, to create a home that suits your lifestyle.”
All weekend - DFS INTERIORS INSPIRATION CENTRE RoomSet
In designing her space, Susan has chosen the on trend Izzie curved boucle sofa from DFS, which sits centre stage. This statement piece is paired with the latest addition to the popular French Connection range exclusively at DFS, the Camden chair, now available in stylish chenille. The round DFS Suki coffee table in wood and brass mirrors the curves of the sofa to create a space that feels welcoming and sophisticated.
Susan McGowan will also be on hand at DFS Interiors Inspiration Centre, providing support to help visitors find their own thing from her chosen inspiration room set and answer any questions they have about interior trends, DFS products, or finding their own style.
‘How to mix and match furniture’ by Susan McGowan, Athlone designer & Interior Architecture & Design Studio, Ashen & Cloud.
Sunday 22nd Oct 2.20pm, DFS INTERIORS THEATRE, DFS Inspiration Stage
Monica Daly, MD Designs
Monica Daly has been designing interiors for residential and commercial spaces at MD Design for over 18 years. She creates bespoke designs for cabinetry and spatial planning. Each project is tailored to your likes, needs, and budget.
She guides her clients through the design process, from pre-construction to completion. MD Designs explores all the options available to you and will bring out the best in your home and workspace.
Ask the Expert
Friday 20th Oct 11am - 2pm
Saturday 21st Oct 2pm - 6pm
Jackie Carton, Carton Interiors
IDI member Jackie Carton is an Interior Design Architect from Carton Interiors, an international award winning design practice based in Rathfarnham. Her practice specialises in residential interior design. Jackie has many years experience in delivering full design schemes – from modern and colourful to classically elegant. With a background in art publishing and graphics, her love of art and colour is evident throughout her work and she believes that a well designed home should reflect its owners personality.
Jackie collaborates with a number of architects and building contractors to see each design through to completion. A regular contributor to interior magazines and newspaper articles, Jackie has also been invited to speak at shows such as House Event, the Ideal Home Show and the Self Build shows. She works with developers on showhouse fit outs and in 2017 took part in TV3’s Showhouse Showdown programme, winning across all four categories. Her work is featured on Houzz where she was awarded “Best of Houzz for both Design and Service” 2017-2021.
She is the President of the Interiors Association.
‘Designer style – engaging a professional interior designer’ by Jackie Carton, Carton interior, Interior Design Architect and President of the Interiors Association
Friday 20th Oct 3.20pm, DFS Interiors Theatre
Tonya Newell, Little Design House
Tonya Newell is the Creative Director and lead interior designer at Little Design House, a luxurious Interior Design Company based in Monaghan, serving nationally. She established the company in London in 2013, managing projects in both Ireland and the UK. In 2016, Tonya and Little Design House moved their base to Ireland, and have been transforming homes and businesses across the country ever since.
Little Design House is a full Service Design Specialists company focusing on full scale renovations and new builds, from planning stage to completion covering everything from design to bring their client's vision to life, supporting them in developing their style to furnishing. We pay careful consideration to how spaces will be used and will evolve over time. They are passionate about creating beautiful spaces that sustain themselves over time, They endeavour to support Irish wherever possible, working with local and national makers, celebrating the craft of our skilled nation.
Ask an Expert
Friday 20th Oct 2pm - 5pm
Hugh Wallace, Douglas Wallace.
Hugh Wallace is a founding director Douglas Wallace. A member of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland, Hugh is also a past president of the Institute of Designers in Ireland. Since starting the company in 1982 Hugh has guided it's growth to become one of Ireland's leading architecture and design companies. Hugh has overall responsibility for the strategic marketing & promotion of the company.
Hugh has been responsible for overseeing projects for numerous clients within the practice including Aer Rianta, Irish Permanent, NIB, The Morrison Hotel, The G Hotel, The Galgorm Hotel & Spa, Milbrook Lodge Hotel, Brown Thomas Group, Clerys Department Store and various developments for Edward Holdings including Wellpark in Galway, Scotch Hall, Drogheda and Kirwan's Court in Galway.
‘Future Proof Your Home’ by Hugh Wallace, Architect
Saturday 21st Oct 12.20pm, DFS Interiors Theatre
Lana Dullaghan, Lana Dullaghan Designs
Artist & Colour Expert
Lana Dullaghan is the founder and Creative Director of Lana Dullaghan Designs, an interior design and art company based in Ireland; Artist and Colour Expert and Interior Designer with many years of experience.
She is passionate about using colour to create a feeling of harmony and balance in her work, and has studied colour psychology to better understand how it affects our lives. Lana’s designs have been featured in a number of interior design magazines and publications. Lana has successfully completed projects throughout Ireland, including Northern Ireland and her work has been recognised with a number of awards.
Interior design, colour and art are Lana's passions and she believes that colour has a strong impact on wellbeing. Her mission is to design homes full of colour that bring vitality and wellbeing to their inhabitants.
"I believe that interior design is an art and there are no rules in art."
Ask an Expert
Saturday 21st Oct 10am - 2pm
Sunday Oct 22nd 10am - 2pm
Sadhbh O’Gorman, Provenance
Sadhbh O'Gorman is an architectural interior designer based in Connemara. She trained at the Interior Design School in London and has worked in-house at architectural practices and as a stylist for Domus Nova in Notting Hill. She works on a broad range of projects across Ireland and is one half of Provenance Town & Country Interiors, a full-service interior design practice and shop in Clifden.
Ask an Expert
Sunday 22nd Oct 2pm - 6pm
‘Using local makers and Crafts people as part of an interiors project’ by Sadhbh O’Gorman, Provenance
Sunday 22nd Oct 4.40pm, DFS Interiors Theatre
If members are interested in being involved in next year's Ideal Home Show please get in touch with Sorcha, firstname.lastname@example.org or find out IDI's members benefits and how to join as an IDI member on our website.