In the 1970s, British decorator David Hicks imbued a legendary manor in Northern Ireland with his swingin’ flair.
ONE COLOR DOMINATES the Irish countryside: green. And one color dominates the Irish country house: brown. The furniture is brown, so too the walls and art—darkened by centuries of peat burning in grates—as well as the cuisine, in which hearty gravy is a staple, and the occupants’ tweed outfits. This monochrome palette is broken only by the occasional glacial blue: a shade found on the faces of visitors unaware that while peat smokes plentifully, it emits little heat.
But Baronscourt is defiantly different. Nestled amid the verdant landscape of County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, the house’s sober porticoed exterior gives no indication of what lies inside: a zesty explosion of hues that range from rich purple to perky yellow. The decor is fresh, funky, and modern. It’s also more than 40 years old.
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