Maura McLaughlin’s house – a handsome, redbrick semi-detached-detached in Dublin – has been known to stop passersby in their tracks. “Sometimes, if I’m running to and from the house, unloading things from the car, and I’ve left the front door open, I do see people walk past, then walk back to take another look,” she says.
They will have caught a glimpse of McLaughlin’s deep, dusky magenta hallway, which has been laid with geometric tiles and has a huge starburst chandelier hanging above a lozenge-shaped, luxuriously upholstered bench. Perhaps they’ve also noticed that the treads of the stairs have been covered in floral wallpaper. “That was my ‘wow’ moment – when I walked into the house after the hallway had been painted,” McLaughlin recalls.
McLaughlin bought the house in 2018 after a year-long search. “I was a bit of a Goldilocks about it,” she admits….