At Home With.... Alana

Next up in our 'Look through the keyhole' series is Alana and Ciaran's beautiful gorgeous 1940's fixer upper.

This stunning home and garden renovation project in Manchester has been a labour of love which has paid off dividends for the couple.

Originally from Tyrone, Alana talks about her love of pampas grass and how she likes to create a homely space whilst putting her own personal stamp both inside and outside.


Describe your home interiors style?

My style is rustic. I like to mix real woods with earthy, warm tones to create a calming, homely space. This also is a great background to work with for any room as it enables me to change the room up easily with different accessories and mix and match with colour.


Where and from whom do you find inspiration for your own home?

I’m not influenced that much from anywhere. I guess I just know what I like. I like to really experiment with different accessories.  I prefer to not follow trends too much and instead do what works for me and my space. However, I do think it if a shop is merchandised well it can easily influence your decision when shopping as it can help you imagine the piece in your home better. 

If I am looking for new pieces to add to our home, I do like to explore Pinterest and then shop around to make my vision a reality.

What is your favorite corner of your home at the minute and why?

My kitchen. Although it’s a small galley kitchen I just love the sense of home in the space. We opted for a simple style cabinet with solid oak worktops but went bold on the floor tiles and then added accessories to the windowsill and counter tops. I often change my accessories around to keep the space fresh.

Does your home interiors styling change with the seasons or do you opt for pieces that carry you throughout the year? 

My base elements always remain the same however for example in summer I like to add more plants inside, keep the space bright and open and use fresh flowers however in the darker evenings I’m all about adding layers with throws, extra cushions, candles and over accessorise in areas. I love to work with 3 accessories placed together in a space such as a vase, photo frame and reed diffuser or candle. 

What are your favorite three pieces from Osborne and Co at the moment?

Mint green and gold bee and honey comb lamp – Love a feature lamp and the bee has a real connection with Manchester.

Chatsworth linen chair – More of an investment piece but so versatile and amazing accessory for any room – bedroom, hall or living room (I’ve recently added one with a small table to my bedroom).


Pampus Grass! I think this is a must have in every home. Such a simple but effective accessory.

What’s your best home styling tip?

Don’t over complicate it. Buy little and often if needed. Live in the space and see what is needed. I also like to have one main focus area in each room to add interest and not make the space look cluttered.