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At home with Helen Cody

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Helen Cody and Rory Murphy at their home in Portobello photographed by Ruth Medjber for RTE's Celebrity Home of the Year 2016.

Fashion Designer talks to us 

Helen Cody’s experience in the world of fashion spans almost three decades. Graduating from fashion and textiles from NCAD and then moving to Paris to work for French Vogue and Azzedine Alaia, she developed her skills as a leading stylist for fashion magazines, music videos, television commercials and celebrities.

Ms Cody has now worked extensively in London, Paris and New York for the worlds leading publications. 

She returned to Ireland from London after five years in 2013 and re-established her  fashion label, launching her unique bridal collection in Spring 2014 followed by a season in Ireland’s top department store Brown Thomas as part of the CREATE initiative. 

Her work has been exhibited in the Royal College of Art London, The Centre Culturel in Paris, the Solomon Galleries and Dublin Castle as part of the PORTFOLIO exhibition. 

Helen has dressed many Irish and international celebrities on the red carpet at the Oscar awards, Cannes Film Festival, The Tony Awards and numerous Irish and international premieres.

Specialising in beautifully crafted, hand made, unique or limited pieces often taking many months to complete using only the finest Italian and French silks, organza’s, Cashmere and laces, she works from her Dublin 8 studio and is available by appointment.

Here, Ms Cody opens the doors to her gorgeous Victorian town house in Dublin’s Grand Canal area which she shares with her Architect husband Rory Murphy and their twin Jack Russell terriers Harry & Joe. She bought the house in 2000 after spotting it for sale on her way home from work and approached the owner herself. Over the last 20 years, the one storey redbrick house has undergone a massive transformation with Helen and her husband making their own mark on it!

The couple restored the original floorboards in the dining/ living space which they remodelled to become open plan, they also added an extension to the rear of the house with a stone patio area adding extra charm outside and connecting the recently remodelled master bedroom to the main house.

Helen Cody and Rory Murphy at their home in Portobello photographed by Ruth Medjber for RTE’s Celebrity Home of the Year 2016.

The walls of the property are decorated in neutral pastel tones with Helen adding pops of colour throughout the house through her use of furnishings, an impressive book collection along the walls of the sitting room and art work. She also has a den which is decorated in an array of matching colours. Having previously used a large renovated shed space towards the back of the house as her home office, she has now transformed that space into a bedroom.
“My home is definitely my sanctuary and it is a place where you close the door and you feel safe as well as it being the most comforting place you can be,” said Helen Cody.

“I had bought the house on a wing and a prayer with not a penny to my name and I couldn’t (afford) to do anything to it for three years so I saved up and began renovating the house in 2003 and I worked directly with the builder. It was a very hands on process and I did as much as I could do with it at that time, it was a lovely warm and cosy house by the time the work was finished. 

“Victorian houses are very elegant with 14 foot high ceilings, long windows and lovely old features. Only 18 months ago my husband and I extended the house as it wasn’t really functioning very well prior to that,” added Ms Cody.

As to what Helen enjoys doing at home after a days work?

“I love cooking so when I’m at home cooking becomes my form of relaxation. My favourite places in the house are the kitchen and the bathroom. 

“We have a floaty egg bath in the bathroom so when you look out of the bath through the large bathroom window it overlooks black bamboo which is alight alongside some planters and the whole thing is like a spa sanctuary. It’s important that our home is welcoming and entertaining,” she enthused.

As to what the future holds?

“I have several design projects going on and I’ve some collaborations going on as well. It’s all go, business as usual,” concluded Helen Cody.

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