Jen blings her A game to judges on RTE’s Home of the Year

by Gazette Reporter

A disco ball in the bathroom is just the type of interior design quirk to get you on a show like RTE’s Home of the Year.

And management consultant Jen Sheahan from Dublin says the glitter ball in her raspberry-coloured downstairs loo is exactly what got her onto the show.

Her tiny renovated period cottage features on next week’s episode (February 23) as judges Hugh Wallace, Suzie McAdam and Amanda Bone size up its interior.

Jen revealed: “There are no windows and originally I had decided I would go off-the-wall altogether — with glitter floors and a toilet that would fill up with water when flushed, like in an Indiana Jones movie.

“My interior designer walked me back from the edge of the cliff though… while it’s not a complete psychedelic nightclub look you go in there after a long day and you come out feeling fab – and up for a dance.”

The disco bathroom is just one of many features in Jen’s lovingly restored home that win judges’ approval. Hugh Wallace describes the entire cottage as a masterclass in bijou living.

New judge Amanda Bone notes that the houses were originally built for firemen, with a bell in each one directly connected back to the station house.

But Jen reveals that it is the ultimate fixer-upper and this time last year was nothing but a shell “held up by four metal beams”.

The neglected house had damp, had no central heating and the toilet was outside. Jen knocked all the internal walls, dug up the floor and lowered it, adding an extra floor to make it a two-storey house.

She said: “All the dining area seating has storage underneath, as does the couch/ottoman. There are just little nooks everywhere.

“There isn’t a square inch wasted in this house — we’ve made use of absolutely everything.”

See Jen’s house on ‘Home of the Year’ on RTÉ One at 8.30pm next Tuesday, February 23.

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