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Classes + Workshops

Stimulate your creativity with a new series of Classes and Workshops in which Tara shares her love and knowledge of design. These courses are designed to inspire and motivate you to get started on enhancing your home in both practical and aesthetic terms.  Classes are for those of you who are considering making changes to your home and would like to learn more about interior styling, functionality and design – what is possible, stylish and will enhance your lifestyle.

Full of inspiration, as well as, practical tips on what to consider when undertaking a design or construction project.  Classes are given in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, offering a cost effective way to get expert advice and gain an understanding of the process involved in a typical project to help you to focus on the best direction for you. A great accessible way of working out what you need to know to get started!              (Booking details are listed below after the class descriptions)

Class 1: Room by Room…Home Inspiration:

Topics Will Include:
::: Room by room inspiration for layouts, storage, finishes, furnishings, lighting, maximum daylight.
::: How to assess what you: have, need and would like, (existing space, extensions, new build).
::: Improving comfort though improved insulation standards & energy efficiency (green design).
::: Typical project process. When planning permission is needed. Points to consider (budget, e.t.c.).
::: Discussion time, questions and answers.

Class Two: Stylish, Practical, Gorgeous Bathrooms:

If you are dreaming of a more beautiful bathroom, shower room, downstairs loo, then this half day course is for you. We will discuss a range of ideas and styles to inspire you to achieve the look and feel you dream of along with practical tips on what to consider.

Topics Will Include:
::: Assessing what you have + the potential.
::: Selecting fittings and finishes, (sanitary ware, floors, walls, ceilings, storage) what to consider.
::: Lighting
::: Ventilation
::: Finishing Touches

Class Three: Fabulous Kitchens:

If your kitchen is looking a bit tired, doesn’t work for you, is a bit grim or just not what you’d like then this half day course, packed with ideas on how to create a beautiful kitchen that functions to suit your lifestyle, is for you. We will discuss a range of kitchen styles, sizes and layouts, covering practical matters as well as style and ambiance.

Topics Will Include:
::: Assessing what you have + its potential.
::: Planning the new layout with or without extending, connecting with the garden where possible.
::: Selecting fittings and finishes, (sanitary ware, floors, walls, ceilings) what to consider.
::: Lighting
::: Ventilation
::: Finishing Touches

Upcoming Dates, Locations + Booking:

::: Class 1: Room by Room: Dates for 2019 coming soon.
::: Class 2: Gorgeous Bathrooms: Dates for 2019 coming soon.
::: Class 3: Fabulous Kitchens: Dates for 2019 coming soon.
::: Cost 175.00e per person including tea/coffee* :::                                                                      ::: Gift vouchers are available :::
::: Class sizes are limited to 10 people so booking is essential :::
::: Email: ::: Tel: 086-854-05-31 :::                                              ::: We are exploring venues in or near Dun Laoghaire and the City Centre :::                                  ::: Expressions of interest are welcome! :::

Tara Cooke’s Classes and workshops are about inspiration and ideas. They are an introduction to design and are not intended as a replacement to employing a design professional nor do they lead to a qualification in design.  They are a fun and inspirational introduction to help you get a better understanding of the styles you like and what you would like to do.

Remember good design can achieve fantastic results that don’t always have to be expensive.

* includes VAT @ 23%


On the other hand, Workshops are aimed at those ready to tackle the practical elements needed to bring their specific project to life. In these sessions attendees will have the opportunity to work with Tara on a live project of their own.

If you are thinking of making changes to your home or considering a career in design then these courses are for you.

More information is coming soon…Expressions of Interest are Welcome.  Class sizes will be small so booking will be essential.

E-Course: Room by Room

If it suits you better to learn from the comfort of your own home or slot classes into times that suit you then this course is for you.

This class is similar to our Room by Room course described above but with the online nature we hope to be able to go into a bit more detail.

Course information will include great practical tips for spaces that really work while looking and feeling good. These sessions are for people who are thinking of doing some work to their home and people considering a career in design.

More Information, Dates & Prices coming soon…





"I recommend Tara very highly as a competent and knowledgable architect with a wealth of experience.”

Jay Stuart RIBA, Managing Director, DW



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