Welcome To House of Kerry
Located on a farm, a designated Scenic Area of Conservation with beautiful natural scenery in Muckross Killarney Co. Kerry, House of Kerry aims to inspire with a beautiful collection of timeless pieces. Cherishing the environment, handmade crafts, nature, heritage and the landscape, having the courage to do what inspires you and one’s well being are themes which resonate with Christine O’Donoghue de Vries the creator of House of Kerry.
Who are we?
Christine O’Donoghue de Vries is an artist and an award winning sustainable focused fashion designer based in Co. Kerry, Ireland. She is also a farmer. As a farmer Christine works in harmony with the landscape and by virtue of this she sees at first hand the devastating impact of climate change on our doorstep, it is here in fact. House of Kerry is inspired by an old farmhouse in Muckross, Killarney Co. Kerry in which her grandparents and great-grandparents lived before her. House of Kerry has at its very essence sustainability in traditional farmhouse style -Christine’s grandmother in particular has influenced her. Her grandmother would never throw out an old chair or fashion item she would simply repair/upcycle it! In the same fashion Christine takes sample fabric pieces and cut offs and upcycles them into bowties and woolen berets. No matter what we do we leave a carbon footprint, the choice is to make it as tiny as possible.
She lives in the old farmhouse with her Dutch/Peruvian husband and children. Christine completed an honours Law and French degree at University College Cork. After working as a Barrister for many years she felt a strong pull back to the place she grew up in and to turn to her creative passions. She documents and captures the timeless charm of the Irish countryside which largely remains unchanged since she was a child.
Her fine art photography and watercolour painting designs are influenced then by the breath taking natural scenery of Co. Kerry outside the windows of the house and Co. Kerry and reminders of things gone by. Christine decided to preserve the house rather than build anew. In a similar vein House of Kerry aims to work with and explore the old, sometimes nostalgic imagery but with a contemporary twist. With the aim of capturing the imagination to promote our environment, nature, culture and heritage, she designs unique original giftware and accessories to be enjoyed in everyday living.
House of Kerry was selected to participate in the Glucksman Gallery UCC’s 2016 and 2017 Craft and Design Fair. Christine is registered as a Craftsperson/Designer with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and was selected in 2019 to become part of “Design Ireland” where the best of Irish design fashion craft and jewellery can be found in one place”. She has been nominated a finalist in the Arts and Crafts Design Award 2017 and 2018, an annual international online competition for nominated artisans and designers. She was also a finalist in the RDS Craft Awards 2017 for her silk scarf the Magic of the Skellig Ring, which was also exhibited at the Dublin Horse Show 2017.
She won the prestigious HI Style Fashion Designer of the Year Award in 2018 as well as the coveted Fashion Designer of the Year Award 2019 at the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
The House of Kerry philosophy is to provide fine art pieces inspired by the Irish landscape and heritage to inspire you or the receiver of your gift in everyday living. We do our bit for the environment by using natural or recycled and sustainable fabrics. We use water based inks for screen printing. Our trays are made from a single sheet of the finest Scandinavian birch wood and are made from FSC certified sustainable sources. Our bespoke handmade cushions involve many processes to ensure we bring you a striking original creation. The backing on our cushions and clutch handbags are made from 100% pure new wool tweed from the local Kerry Woolen Mills.
The colours of the tweed such as Caspian Blue and Heather are inspired by the landscape here and so are very fitting with the imagery on the cushions. We searched high and low in Ireland for digital printers to print the designs on the front of the cushions but there were none! So they are printed for us using the latest technology at a studio in London. The inserts of the cushions are feather filled from an Irish business and the cushions are handmade here in Kerry. Our limited edition silk scarves contain innovative designs inspired by Christine’s fine art watercolour painting, photography and screen printing. The scarves are then printed onto 100% pure silk at a state of the art facility near Lake Como in Italy, a place renowned for the making of designer silk scarves and are hand rolled. Our inspiring collection of lampshades “These Country Lights” feature designs from the Irish landscape.