Dining in Style!

We are slowly but surely getting to the time of year for sitting in and entertaining friends. I think that dining areas or rooms are just bundled in with the kitchen and they really do deserve their own wow factor. Check out some of our favourite dining areas.

Colourful Dining

Image Source: modernhomedesigners.com

It’s no secret that we LOVE colour here at Think Contemporary. Introducing colour into a room can seriously impact on your mood and overall well being, believe it or not. We are generally happier people when we are surrounded by colour.

We love Industrial!

Image Source: housetohome.co.uk

I know that I have mentioned industrial interiors in some of the previous blog posts, but it is hugely on trend at the moment and I really wanted to share some of these amazing dining areas. How amazing is the chandelier in the image above?

Image Source: housetohome.co.uk

Go Mad with Accessories

Image Source: housetohome.co.uk

If you want to inject some personality into your dining room, or any other part of your house, accessories and artwork are a great way to do it. They are less permanent feature and can be moved around or changed easily if you want to move things around down the line.

Edgy Elegance

Image Source: housetohome.co.uk 

If you style is a bit more elegant, there are still great ways of introducing some quirkiness and interest. Wallpaper is always a great way to add some interest, whether thats just on one wall or the whole room. But I just love the use of these top hat pendants. Very cool……


Image Source: housetohome.co.uk

Why not try mismatching your furniture? Mixing and matching different furniture or chairs can add character to you dining room. And the great thing is, vintage or second hand chairs can work fantastically here, so you don’t need to spend a fortune to achieve it. 🙂

I really hope that you like this weeks post, and if you need some advice or a little more inspiration, you can contact me at joanne@thinkcontemporary.com

Be Creative…..

Joanne & the Think Contemporary team.


“What’s that doing on the Wall?”

I feel that when it comes to walls, we don’t really venture away much from paint or wallpaper. So, I’ve decided to share with you some unconventional wallcoverings, so the next time you are thinking of redecorating, you might venture a bit further away from paint.

Wonderful Wood

Image Source: designboom.com

This is a really quirky idea by Torafu Architects in Tokyo. The idea of “a place for everything and everything in its place, is taken to a whole new level here.  It’s not for everyone, but I reckon it will certainly appeal to the more organised consumer out there.

3D Walls

Image Source: designboom.com

3D Wall coverings have been used in commercial spaces for some time now, particularly in offices. But, they seem to be making a  transition over into residential interiors. Mio Culture  have designed these really cool 3d wallpaper tiles and they are pretty cost effective aswell.

The Writings on the Wall

Image Source: designboom.com

I think we can all remember our mothers shouting at us, “stop writing on the walls”….. 🙂 Well both of these wallcoverings involve writing all over the walls. Designer Christian Postma came up with this large scale wall calender. I think its a great idea of the home office, or indeed the none home office.

Outdoor Patterns

Image Source: wallanddeco.com

The idea of having to paint the exterior of your house can be daunting at the best of times, but Italian design company Wall and Deco have come up with an alternative solution….. Outdoor Wallpaper. They have a range of cool and quirky design. I can’t think of better way to make your house stand out.

We would love to hear from you and to get some feedback on the blog. So why not post a comment in the comment box below.

Be Creative….

Joanne & the Think Contemporary team.

Oh and if you have any questions or you’re just feeling uninspired, you can email me on info@thinkcontemporary.com.

Some of my Favourites!

So we are still thinking about kitchens here in the office this week and how to inject colour and interest into them. There are endless amounts of appliances and accessories available on the market these days, so we thought that we would share some of our favourites with you.

Keep it Chilled

Image Source: electrolux.com & Smeg.com

How cool is this Electrolux fridge? It is completely modular and you can add or subtract compartments, depending on the size of your household. And of course we had to give the retro Smeg fridge a mention. It has been one of my favourites for a long time and its still going strong.

Heat it Up

 Image Source: topofdesign.com & kitchendesignguide.com

One thing in our kitchen that is generally pretty standard is our hob, whether it’s gas or electric the design doesn’t really change that much. Well check out this uber cool new hob by Mobalpa. Now I’ll be the first to say that it’s not for everyone, but for the design conscious buyer, then this could be worth considering. I also really like this indoor barbeque grill. Lets face it, we don’t really get the chance to barbeque that much in this country, so this could just be the answer.

Apply some Colour

Image Source: Kenwood.com

I saw the new Kenwood kmix range for the first time last year and it was love at first sight. There is a hint of retro in this range for sure, with definite similarities to the gorgeous Kitchen Aid products. However, the price tag is much more appealing.


 Mix it In

Image Source: josephjoseph.com

Joseph Joseph have really made their mark in the kitchen accessories field with their fantastic bright and vibrant accessories. To be honest it was hard to pick just one of their products to show, as I love them all, but their “NEST” of bowls and cups is definitely one of the best. It is functional, easy to store and looks fab. Make sure you check out their other products here.

As always we would love to hear from you! What are your favourite kitchen appliances or accessories?

You can check out some of the kitchen appliances that we have used here.

Be Creative….

Joanne & the Think Contemporary team.

Oh and if you have any questions or you’re just feeling uninspired, you can email me on joanne@thinkcontemporary.com.

It’s all in the Detail….

So following on from last weeks post and inspirational kitchens, I thought that I would talk a little bit about making your kitchen that bit more individual and quirky.

Now this one is for the more adventurous out there….

Creative Contrasts

Image source: housetohome.co.uk & Think Contemporary

If you are looking for a kitchen with a difference, then contrasting your kitchen units is a great way to go. Whether you decide on different finishes or the same finish in different colours, this is a fantastic way to inject your personality into your kitchen. However, you do need to keep the rest of the kitchen neutral, so if you are going down this road, keep that in mind.

Image Source: housetohome.co.uk & livingetc.co.uk

If, contrasting your kitchen units is a little too adventurous for you, then using a one off piece, like these sideboards is as effective, you just need to integrate it into your functioning kitchen.

Create a Splash

Image Source: housetohome.co.uk & shelterness.com

The Backsplash is an area that can very often be overlooked, as an area to create interest. Generally a neutral tile is picked and not much more is thought about it. But this is an area that you can really make an impact with. I love the use of different tiles in the image above. What a fantastic feature!!!

Image Source: housetohome.co.uk

I love the idea of running the backsplash tiles the whole way up the wall. Very cool.

Don’t Ignore the Walls!

Image Source: housetohome.co.uk & thequirkyinventor.com

When you think of artwork, do you associate it with a kitchen? Not many people do, and it is probably the best way to introduce colour, personality and interest into your kitchen. The possibilities are endless. Check out the images above for some inspiration. Would you fancy half a car hanging in your kitchen?

Image Source: herlibraryadventures.blogspot.ie & KBculture.com

A little bit more conventional, simple framed artwork, but if its done right it can also make a huge impact.

Light it Up

Image Source: housetohome.co.uk & ideasmodernkitchendesign.com

Lighting is necessary in every kitchen, but why choose simple understated light fittings, when you can add a real statement piece,  whether its over your island, dining table or just a center light.

Image Source: houseandhome.ie

I love these kitchen accessories lights. With a little bit of out of the box thinking and some DIY, what can you come up with?

Well I hope that I have inspired  you to think differently about kitchen design and its possibilities. As always we would love to hear from you! Do you have a really quirky or unusual kitchen? We would love to see it, so please send in a pic.

You can check out some of the kitchens that we have designed here.

Be Creative….

Joanne & the Think Contemporary team.

Oh and if you have any questions or you’re just feeling uninspired, you can email me on joanne@thinkcontemporary.com.


Kitchen Ingredients….

So I think when it comes to our homes, our kitchen is really where it’s at. It is most definitely the heart of my home and everything revolves around it. So, I thought I’d share with you some really interesting, quirky and inspiring kitchens.

Sleek & Elegant

Image Source:  Decorpad.com

There is a lot to be said for simple, elegant designs and here are some of my favourites. The clean lines and simple colour scheme screams elegance and really makes for a beautiful kitchen.

Just a hint of Quirky

Image Source: House Beautiful

I always like to add something quirky or interesting to my interiors. It gives the room personality and a sense of individuality. I love the quirky, unexpected touches in these kitchens.

Industrial at its Best

Image Source: Digsdigs.com

Industrial style furniture and interiors have been making a huge come back over the last year or so and with shops like Industry on Smock Alley, we have no excuse but to embrace this fantastic trend.

A Dusting of Colour

Image Source: HomeKlondike.com & Homedesigndecorate.com

Now, I know that the majority of us would not even dream of choosing a kitchen like these, but I think that there is something very interesting about them. I particularly like the one on the right, it almost looks like a piece of art, installed on a neutral background.

As always we would love to hear from you! Do you have a really quirky or unusual kitchen? We would love to see it, so please send in a pic.

You can check out some of the kitchens that we have designed here.

Be Creative….

Joanne & the Think Contemporary team.

Oh and if you have any questions or you’re just feeling uninspired, you can email me on joanne@thinkcontemporary.com.




No “BORED” Room

Following on from last weeks post, we want to talk a little bit more about WOWing your clients. So, having impressed potential clients in your reception area, next stop is the boardroom or meeting room, right? This is the perfect opportunity to wow them, not only with presentations, but with your company’s culture and personality.

Image Source:  ZeoSpot.com & CoolHunter.com

How would you feel, if you met with a new supplier in one of these boardrooms? I would be pretty damn impressed, and I would be thinking these guys know what they are doing. They have invested time and money into their office and I am really starting to understand their personality and culture.

Images Sourced: Kelas-h.com & holdingtheline.com

Now you don’t have to go the whole hog with your boardroom interior, sometimes simple is as effective. I love the Lego boardroom table above, that Boys and Girls, a creative agency in Dublin designed and made. The rest of the room is clean and simple, but the table makes such an impact.

Images Sourced: modernhousedesign.com & designrumhaku.com

If you feel that your boardroom needs some new life breathed into it, then maybe think about changing the chairs, or repainting it. Check out the fab stripe boardroom above. Very simple and cost effective, but really cool. You don’t have to start from scratch, work with what you have and think about how you can adapt it. 🙂

As always we would love to hear from you! Do you have a really cool boardroom? We would love to see it, so please send in a pic.

You can check out some of the offices that we have designed here.

Be Creative….

Joanne & the Think Contemporary team.

Oh and if you have any questions or you’re just feeling uninspired, you can email me on joanne@thinkcontemporary.com.


Offices that WOW!

We are working on an office design project at the moment, so I thought that I would show you some of my favourite and most inspirational office spaces, why they work and the importance of good design in the workplace.

WOW Them!

I’m sure you can all agree, that it is more important than ever to wow you clients at every opportunity and in every possible way. Creating a unique reception area, gives that all important first impression and can seriously contribute to building trust with potential clients.

Image: Saatchi & Saatchi, Bangkok, Thailand

Not only can an impressive reception area create a good impression, but it can influence potential clients in a positive way, potentially turning them into existing clients.

Unconventional Workspaces

Your workspace and the environment around you greatly impacts the way that you work. If you work in an office with no windows, in a blue/grey cubicle. That doesn’t allow for much creativity, right? There are more and more companies adapting to the culture of creative environments, and they are not just doing it for the crack!!!

Images: AOL, Palo Alto Office, & unknown

So, if this kind of environment impacts you and the way that you work, then it will definitely impact your employees. Working in a well designed and creative workspace, can positively influence your employees, not only in the way that they work, but it can increase productivity, produce innovative ideas and reduce rates of sick leave and staff turnover.

All work and no play 🙁

We all need to be stimulated and take some time out of our work day to chill out, reenergise and reboot. Yes, we can go and take a walk or go down the road to the coffee shop, but wouldn’t it be great if there was a cool break out area in the office. Well have a look at some of these….

Image: AOL offices

Many of these companies are also using their break out areas as communal spaces to work in. Employees can just grab their laptop and move their work to another space within this office. Because employees from different teams or departments are sharing the same spaces, high levels of energy and innovation are created very easily.

As always we would love to hear from you! Do you have an interesting workspace, or would you like one? Make sure and let us know….

You can check out some of the offices that we have designed here.

Be Creative….

Joanne & the Think Contemporary team.

Oh and if you have any questions or you’re just feeling uninspired, you can email me on joanne@thinkcontemporary.com.


Order Your Chaos!

So, when it comes to our hallways, coats get thrown on the end of the banisters, shoes get kicked off, “or not,” and the keys get thrown into a bowl on the console table…. Sound familiar?

Our halls should be used as a room, and storage is a key element in this room, as I mentioned in one of my previous posts, our hall is our homes first impression.

Hang it Up

Images sourced from Huset.com & Google Images

There are lots of cool and quirky coat stands and coat hangers out there, which are both practical and can be a bit of a statement piece. The trees, in the above image look amazing with or without coats hanging on them. I love them so much, I have one in my own hall, which is constantly covered with coats, but still looks great.

Put it on the Wall 

Images Sourced from HousetoHome.co.uk

So I know I might be stating the obvious here, but using wall storage is great in a hallway particularly if you don’t have a large hall. And I thought that some of these might be a great alternative to the standard shelves or wall cupboard, especially if you have kids, they can have a cubby each.

Images Sourced from asimplelifeafloat.com & HousetoHome.co.uk

If you don’t need large storage for shoes and the like, although I think most of us do, here are some alternatives. I love the use of the small boxes running down the length of the hall, and they double as a picture shelf. Would you believe that these are Ikea, painted the same colour as the wall?

Hide it Under Your Stairs

Images Sourced from HousetoHome.co.uk

We seldom fully utilise the space under our stairs and it be a great place to grab some extra storage from. Check out these great ideas, to really make use of that empty space.

Other bits & bobs

 Images Sourced from HousetoHome.co.uk

If your hall is a little bit more roomy, then here are some fab pieces of furniture that will keep the clutter at bay and look great at the same time. The chest of drawers is by an amazing designer in the UK, Zoe Murphy.

As always we would love to hear from you! Do you have any quirky storage in your hallway? Make sure and let us know….

Be Creative….

Joanne & the Think Contemporary team.

Oh and if you have any questions or you’re just feeling uninspired, you can email me on joanne@thinkcontemporary.com.

Walk on Colour!

So continuing on from last weeks post, I thought that I would talk about flooring, particularly hall flooring. I feel that this is an area that is over looked a lot of the time when we want to create an impact. The majority of us choose a neutral floor, such as tiles or timber, not considering the possibilities.

Well what if I told you that one of the easiest ways to create an impact in your entrance hall is  to utilise the floor or stairs….

Run with It!

Adding a runner or a rug to your hall way is a great way to introduce colour and texture into the space. It is one of the easiest ways to create an impact and the beauty is its not a permanent fixture.

Quirky up your Stairs

Images sourced from alternativeflooring.com

I absolutely love patterned carpets on stairs, whether its a stripe or pattern. Here are some of my favourites….

Images sourced from wherewenestle.blogspot.ie

 Step on Paint… 

Images sourced from kellyandolive.com and asoftplace.net

If carpet isn’t your thing, but you still want to quirky up you stairs, why not paint them. The colours you can use and designs that you can create are endless, but here are some ideas for you. 🙂

As always we would love to hear from you! Have you created a wow factor in your hallway? Make sure and let us know….

Be Creative….

Joanne & the Think Contemporary team.



Knock knock open wide…..

So I think we can all agree that we like to make a good first impression, and I think that this should definitely carry through into your home. Our hallway gives our friends, family and visitors a sneak peek as to whats happening in the rest of your home.

So, I will be giving you lots of great ideas for your hallway in the next few weeks, from storage ideas to flooring. But for now, I thought that I would give you some inspiration, to get those creative juices flowing.

Neutral Elegance

Images sourced from housetohome.co.uk

Colourful Tones

Images sourced from housetohome.co.uk

Block Colour

Images sourced from housetohome.co.uk

Love Stripes!

Images sourced from housetohome.co.uk & desiretoinspire.com

Hang it up!

Images sourced from housetohome.co.uk & decorpad.com

Being Bold is Good!

Image sourced from housetohome.co.uk 

Have you made a great first impression in your hallway? Make sure to let us know, we love to hear how creative you are getting with your space.

Be Creative……

Joanne & the Think Contemporary team.




“….their practical and seamless service made the project stress free.”

I used Think Contemporary to provide a turnkey service on an apartment refurbishment. They provided a professional and friendly service from start to finish and the end result was an apartment that was furnished within budget in a modern and stylish way that is ideal for corporate rentals. Their creative input really added value to the apartment and their practical and seamless service made the project stress free. I would highly recommend using their services.

The Darker side of Budapest!

So, I always tend to go on a bit of a design hunt, when I am away on holidays, looking for cool bars, cafes and restaurants, and Budapest certainly did not disappoint. You might not consider this European city to be a cultural and creative design hub, but it is AMAZING!

When myself and my other half, Shane decided to go to Budapest, we did quite a bit of research before we left and felt that we had a good grasp of the areas that we wanted to visit. Budapest’s District V, somewhat resembling our Dublin 2 and District VII, a much cooler version of Dublin 8.

Wandering through the near deserted streets of District VII during the day, we were confronted with an old run down area, with near derelict buildings, lining the narrow cobbled streets. A far cry from what we had read about the area before we left. But low and behold……. the night put a whole different slant on it.

The area came to life with ruin bars and small drinking holes, opening their doors…….

A lot of the near derelict tenement buildings now housed multi storey bars, late bars and nightclubs. They were furnished with a mix of new & second hand furniture, skip finds and art installations that were so surreal, it felt like I was dreaming.

There are way too many amazing bars to mention, but here are two of my favourites and a must see when you go to Budaspest…….


A little away from the cobbled narrow streets, Instant bar boosts surrealism in a somewhat distrubing way……

Greated by a suspended bear in a van, only gives a little glimmer of whats waiting inside.

Once inside, you enter a world of flying fish, hundreds of white rabbits running across the ceiling, suspended glitter pigs and life size characters from old Hungarian cartoons. This one is not for the faint hearted…..


Bang smack in the middle of District VII, Doboz is somewhat different to Instant but surreal non the less. Walking through the entrance archway into a large open courtyard, the first thing I saw was a giant King Kong like sculpture with bright red eyes, peering down at me from a large tree. Not something you’d see in the middle of a pub in Dublin. 🙂

Every area in this night club is quirky and different, with little or no relationship to the previous. From uber contemporary bars to chilled out seating areas, this place has something for everyone. And there’s no rushing for last orders, Doboz opens until 6am on weekends, for those party animals out there. 🙂


Have you been on any design inspired trips lately, or found some really cool places while you were away? Comment in the box below this post and LET US KNOW!!!!!!

Be Creative……

Joanne & the Think Contemporary team.



Welcome to the Think Contemporary Blog

Hi there!

Welcome to our new blog! We are really excited to have our new website and blog live.

So what can you expect to find here! Well, we will be posting anything and everything from inspiration to book reviews and exciting design inspired travel destinations to interior analysis.

We hope that you will check in with us again, and if you sign up to our mailing list we will email you our blog posts directly to your inbox.

Thanks for stopping by to check us out.

Be Creative….

Joanne and the Think Contemporary team. 🙂

Irish Interiors Spring/Summer 2011

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Shelterpop October 2010

Why re-purpose?
Joanne Kelly and Anthony Buggy are co-owners of Think Contemporary, an Irish-based interior design company that recently added a line of upcycled furniture to their offerings. They added the collection because of the obvious shift in consumer thinking when it came to old furniture. In Ireland, as elsewhere, people aren’t throwing anything away anymore. Instead, they donate it to second hand stores or give it away online. “We saw a gap in the market to reuse these old pieces and to give them a new lease on life using eco-friendly products,” she says.

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Treehugger September 2010

Surely you’ve gotten the urge at least once — passing by an anonymous pile of discarded furniture pieces curbside, you feel a compulsion to rescue some forlorn credenza from landfill purgatory and to make it something ‘new’ and beautiful again. Dublin-based interior design company Think Contemporary seems to have heeded the call, launching a line of upcycled furniture that appears to have found its own unique voice.

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Image Interiors May/June 2010

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Room Doctor is an online design service that will help you solve troublesome interiors problems with the click of a mouse.

Download the graph from the website, sketch the floor plan of the offending room, and then send it back with some photos.

One of the Think Contemporary team, who have more than ten years’ experience, will supply drawings, room layouts, colour scheme advice, interior ideas, home furniture ideas, a list of suppliers and a report with their recommendations; www.thinkcontemporary.com

“….The final product is exactly what we wanted and they certainly captured our vision.”

“We contacted Anthony and Joanne about fitting out our new offices, which involved the office space and living area, and right from the beginning the experience and service was very positive. As a new, dynamic brand we wanted an office that reflected this. We wanted the team to be excited about where they were working and to create a space that fostered creativity. Think Contemporary immediately understood what we were looking for. They worked with our extremely tight deadline and also ensured the whole project stayed under budget, while ensuring all of our requests were carried out. The final product is exactly what we wanted and they certainly captured our vision. The entire team are very happy in their new office.”

Susan O’Shea, New Mobile Brand, Dublin 18.

“….I found Joanne to be a very experienced and personable interior designer.”

” Think Contemporary provided me with a very professional service which allowed me to design the home I wanted, and by using the budget I had proposed at the beginning of the process. I found Joanne to be a very experienced and personable interior designer. She was indeed respectful of my wishes and desires, but not afraid to challenge them with her own opinions and suggestions, which as it happened, invariably resulted in a better outcome. I would recommend Think Contemporary to anyone who feels suffocated by the thought of designing your own home.”

John Ahern, The Waterfront, Dublin 2.

“….delivering exactly what we wanted and more – on time and under budget.”

” We gave Joanne and Anthony a big brief and a tight deadline to work to in redeveloping our offices. From the outset they impressed with their ideas, positive attitude and attention to detail. They worked extremely hard, delivering exactly what we wanted and more – on time and under budget. Quite and achievement. We are delighted with the results, and subsequently are continuing to work with Think Contemporary on further projects.”

Tim Hurles, io Advertising, Dublin 2.

“….the response from clients has been amazing.”

“From the initial brief to the final handover, Think Contemporary were an absolute pleasure to work with. In every aspect, their creativity and vision brought a level of engagement in areas we did not even imagine and the response from clients has been amazing. Although under serious time constraints, their professionalism shone through and they delivered not only on time, but also on budget and we look forward to working with them again in the future. “

Elisabeth Fitzpatrick, Ocean PR, Dublin 2.

“….they had great ideas and additions to marry the concept and the realisation together.”

“I found Think Contemporary to be very helpful and patient at all phases of work completed. They listened to what was required, they had great ideas and additions to marry the concept and realisation together in a cohesive manner. Think Contemporary were very professional and most of all they love what they do and it shows.”

Oliver Cunningham, Wall & Keogh Tea House, Dublin 8.

“….combined to deliver a superb end product.”

” I have engaged Joanne on 2 projects; the first was a refurbishment and the second was a new build. On both occasions I had very positive experiences, and I found Joanne’s selection of colours, fabrics, materials, suppliers and service providers all combined to deliver a superb end product.”

Imelda Scully, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin.