Category Archives: Trends

The Future of Hospitality Design


The Future of Hospitality Design: 5 important points to remember when future–proofing the interiors to your business: Trends Be careful of becoming too themed or trying to meet the latest trend.  Trying to recreate an Italian restaurant in the heart of Galway when you’ve never been to Italy and you’re not familiar with Italian cuisine can become quite a challenge.  If you’ve never been to an authentic Italian restaurant in any part of Italy, do you really know what your customer’s expectations are? In this case being more realistic and going for a more wholesome Irish food menu is probably […]

Bellingham Castle Renovation

Your Interior Brand Plan


Before  any renovation or refurbishment works take place it is important to set an overall brand plan in place so as you know what you are trying to achieve.  Here’s a few things that you should be looking at to future proof your interior design scheme. Branding:  What does your business brand say?  How do you tie that into your interiors?  It’s important that if your business is a corporate hotel that this is what your interiors reflect.  It is also important if your restaurant is family–friendly focused that the interiors also says this!!  There’s no point in your interiors being all […]

How good interior design adds value to your business.


’Design’ is a buzz word that can describe anything! Everything is designed or has been designed at some stage.  But when it comes to a space do we really see it as a ‘design project’ or just something that anyone could pull together? The textbook definition tells us that an Interior Designer enhances a hotel/bar/restaurant/nightclub/retail space planning, more stylish decorating & finishes and more effective furniture placement.  The property should be worth more and the guests rates for their visits much higher. That should be enough to consider using the skills of an Interior Designer or Interior Architect in the […]

Why You Need A Designer


Another crazy week with the fantastic and successful launch of Stix n Stones restaurant in the heart of Belfast City. The comments from the owners were very interesting, with John saying how sceptical he had been at the start as he thought that all designers did was spend money!! So after learning how delighted he was following hiring the Audrey Gaffney Associates team to look after the design and project management of his restaurant, I’ve decided to put together some key reasons why you should consider hiring professional designers for your next project… Nothing Is Left To Chance – When […]

Why Choosing the right seating is important!!


Seating is hugely important in every environment and should never be overlooked. 3 of the major points to consider are:– 1) Function 2) Form 3) Style How that chair, bench or sofa is to be used by the end user is crucial to understand. It may be used for many different functions so all of these need to be considered. Even the age of the end user is important. The form or shape of your seating will be partially dictated by the end user too because obviously seating for dining and seating for relaxing needs to function completely differently.  The […]