There’s one tiny detail of Courtney Smith’s house that we believe encapsulates the whole vibe of her beautiful home: her front door.
Yes, it sounds a bit random, but hear us out.
Peering out from the spherical shaped window of Courtney’s front door you will spot some palm trees in the distance, and on a lovely evening, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in sunny LA rather than Dublin’s windswept Pormarknock strand.
As one of the leading forces of fashion in the country, Courtney Smith’s home is as stylish as you would imagine. We spoke to Courtney about her sophisticated bohemian home and even found some of her interior pieces so you can channel her gorgeous style in your own home too.
For Courtney and her boyfriend Mark, it was a bit of a no brainer that they ended up in a home like this, as they both grew up locally in the area and wanted to live near the beach. They bought their house in February 2019 and have been busy renovating and are putting the finishing touches on it now.
They say opposites attract. Well, Courtney admits that they had contrasting ideas about what the vibe of the home should be and that’s what actually makes it such wonderful space.
‘I love a beachy and bohemian vibe and Mark tends to gravitate towards a more industrial feel; so we tried to blend the two aesthetics in one. I travel a lot with work and have been lucky enough to visit some incredible location spaces in Tulum; LA and Malibu so we definitely have some influences within our home from these trips too.’
It’s exactly that. While it’s a very sophisticated home, there is such a lovely relaxed nature about it. Take the living room for example where you have a very cosy-looking L-shaped couch, that is primed for all-day lounging, and then a very elegant crittal window by Bespoke Glass Walls & Doors in Galway.
The kitchen is a really serene mix of refined sophistication and rustic warmth.
One of the most envy-inducing parts of this space is the island and the worktops which are made from a stunning concrete style called Neolith Beton Silk from Tile Merchant.
The texture is really quite unique and it just steals your attention. It’s elevated and adds a real sense of elegance to the space.
It’s the little extra details that make the kitchen even more special. Like the chic light fixture above the island, which is made by a German designer, that Courtney decorated with fake plants to bring some nature and energy into the space.
The charcoal grey shaker style kitchen from Aloco Kitchens blends so nicely with the warm wood floors, we think.
The white splash tiles, which Courtney found very cheap online, add that little bit more character and cosiness at the same time. You’ll be happy to know there are many similar online right now.
The handsome-looking dining room table was made by her boyfriend’s friend and they’ve used a clever mix of materials to compliment and soften it, from the really gorgeous wicker lampshades to plush velvet dining chairs.
The best contrast though comes with the large sliding doors at the end of the room, which flood the space with light and give it a real modern edge.
Courtney has been sharing the journey of creating her dream home with her followers on Instagram, but have there been any serious DIY regrets? ‘Luckily not, apart from painting,’ she says. ‘We attempted to paint the first few rooms ourselves and quickly gave up. That’s not a fun job.’
Mark laid the brick for the fireplace in the sitting room himself, with help from Courtney of course! Reclaimed red brick from Deco Stones, they have quite a retro-ness about them.
While the rug and pouffe, both available in French Connection, continue that relaxed boho feel. We certainly wouldn’t say no to curling up in front of the fire with a good book.
The picture above the fireplace is one of Courtney’s editorials, shot by Alex Hutchinson, and it personifies the calm and carefree energy of the home perfectly.
Courtney has been killing it in the fashion industry for well over a decade so, naturally, we were very interested to hear how she approached the most important room in the house: her wardrobe.
‘I’d love to take all the credit but we worked with an amazing designer on this room, Tara from Komandor Wardrobes helped us design the whole thing!’
If, like us, you love peeking into the incredible wardrobes of your favourite celebs you will know that a lot of them look kind of the same. All pristine, bright and stripped back. Courtney took a different approach.
She explained: ‘I knew I wanted something a bit cooler and darker tones in comparison to all the big white walk-in-wardrobes we see nowadays.’
‘My top tip would be to enlist the pros for a room like this; there’s a lot of things we did DIY and attempted ourselves but the finish on the walk-in-wardrobe is flawless and exactly what I wanted.’
So, what is Courtney’s favourite place in her house?
‘This changes on a weekly basis,’ she admits. ‘Right now it’s the bedroom because I am really enjoying watching sunrise from my bed with a cup of cacao.’
We really wouldn’t be able to argue with that because talk about a room with a view! You can see more of Courtney’s gorgeous home over on her Instagram here.
If you are in the mood for some more gorgeous interior inspiration, why not check out Ciara Elliott’s soulful bohemian home?
Editorial director of a leading interior’s publication, Ciara Elliott has been renovating a 200-year-old Georgian home in Essex, and the results are absolutely gorgeous. Trust us, you’re going to want to read all about it, here.