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Ireland’s Kitchen Designer of the Year tackles Cian Healy’s kitchen renovation

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A classic contemporary kitchen transformation where light meets dark in perfect harmony


  • SilestoneCalacatta Gold. The island has Silestone Calacatta Gold in 30mm thickness and 20mm thickness for the rest of kitchen pantry and utility.

An exceptional kitchen transformation for top Irish rugby player, Cian Healy, with traditional elements and a twist of contemporary styling. Beautifully designed dark-blue cabinets meet elegant white and gold Silestone countertops to give a striking yet relaxing interior with plenty of space for the ultimate culinary experience.

Cian and wife Laura collaborated with Ferghal O’Reilly, Irish Kitchen Designer of the year and lead designer at Shalford Interiors, and architect Peter Owens to complete the process of the renovation. The main goal was to create a visually stunning, practical kitchen whilst maximising space and light without compromising on style.

Ferghal O’Reilly chatted about the design process on this project, “The initial design of the kitchen was pretty much free hand. In the early stages of our consultations, I came up with the concept of the walking pantry and walking utility because of the shape of the room. It actually lined up perfectly that the island was at 90 degrees and everything else was nicely squared off because of the angle on the room. The secret pantry is tucked away discreetly in the corner too!”


“Cian is big into cooking and from the outset wanted to make a statement with the Lacanche appliances so we used the Classic Range Cooker as our starting block and designed the canopy and the rest of the room from there.”


“Farrow & Ball ‘Railings’ paint is used on the island and the cabinets while the cooker and canopy are painted with Farrow & Ball ‘Purbeck Stone’. All of the furniture is hand-made and hand-painted in our workshop so it’s a completely bespoke job.”


Choosing the perfect colour

Cosentino’s product, Silestone: Calacatta Gold was used in polished texture for the countertops, splashback, windowsill, island, pantry and utility room. Calacatta Gold was an ideal choice for the project as it has a unique white colour patterned with blue, grey and gold veining to perfectly match the gold accessories throughout.


Regarding the choice of Silestone, after conversation with Cian, Feargal noted that, “On visiting the Cosentino showroom in Dublin, Cian and the team looked around to find the perfect material and colour for the kitchen. They looked at marble and natural stone, and Dekton as well. After looking at the extensive range of options, they made the final decision to choose Silestone – Calacatta Gold.”

“The vein on Silestone Calacatta Gold matched perfectly with the golden handles they had already selected, adding glamor and excitement, while harmoniously unifying the different design elements. These luxe accents tie back perfectly to the Cosentino countertop on the perimeter and complement the beautiful gold veining of Silestone Calacatta. It’s no surprise to hear that Silestone Calacatta Gold is one of the most desired stones in the world and Cosentino’s number one selling product!”


The Cosentino elements throughout the project were fitted by The Millers Brothers, one of Ireland’s leading stone specialists. The island required two slabs of Silestone Calacatta Gold meaning there is a join on the island. However, the job is almost imperceptible thanks to the great fabrication and installation job by Miller Brothers, who are a Cosentino Elite Fabricator.


Project details:

  • Project: Cian Healy – Kitchen Makeover
  • Designer: Feargal O’Reilly – Shalford Interiors
  • Architect: Peter Owens – Tyler Owens Architects
  • Fabricator: Miller Brothers Stone.
  • Influence: Classic contemporary
  • Inspiration: Past projects and Instagram

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