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discover the secrets of an artist’s family home

In part six of our Switch it Up series, we explore the gentle approach that artist Isobel Henihan has taken to a ‘living renovation’ in her home. Nestled in an idyllic setting near the sea in South County Dublin, Isobel lives here with husband Ben and their three children.

Moving into a new house is one of the most exciting milestones there is, and it’s not unusual to get caught up in the enthusiasm, going for the ‘what suits right now’ property without considering how the house may need to work differently down the line.

As children come along, space is at a premium, but there are ways that you can make your spaces grow and evolve with you, and you don’t have to spend too much, either.

When we first moved in our understanding of what we needed was different to how it has transpired with three kids

Isobel knows this first hand. Her airy, contemporary bungalow is a perfect example of a property that has been adapted and evolves constantly via mini renovation projects to meet her growing family’s needs. She and Ben constantly update the space to make it work for them.

“When we first moved in our understanding of what we needed in a house was different to how it has transpired with three kids,” she says, “but the property has evolved quite well with us and the needs of a growing family.”

While the structural layout has remained the same since it was built in 2013, the use of rooms, as well as much of the decoration, design and zoning of spaces, has changed over the years. They have done much of the work themselves.

“We have three bedrooms, one is quite small, and that started out as our eldest’s. We also had a guestroom

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