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While the wholesale babydoll lingerie rest of us smoulder in early morning traffic jams or queue for buses in the rain, lingerie designer Carmel Browne is already at work in her garden studio at Killincarrig, Co Wicklow.
cute lace underwear The granny flat was a major attraction when Carmel and her husband Seβbought Cherry House. It needed work but was ideal for Rapture, Carmel’s exclusive silk lingerie business.
They laid a new floor when they moved in and built shelves to store the bales of silk. In open display cabinets– acquired when Carmel worked in designer Pat Crowley’s workshop – bodices and peignoirs hang alongside silk trouser liners and under-dresses, something Carmel insists no well-dressed woman should be without. Her decision to work from home was nothing to do with traffic, insists Carmel.
“I didn’t want to lock the door at seven in the morning and drive down to an industrial estate somewhere. I love having people come to the house and I wanted to be there for my children, Ronan and Fidelma.
“To work from home, you need to be disciplined. I work for four hours every day. My friends know to come at lunchtime, but it wasn’t always like that.”
Probably built at the end of the 17th century, part of Cherry House was once a butcher’s shop. A dressmaker lived here at another time.
‘Cherry’ is a popular name around Killincarrig, said to date from a shipwrecked cargo of cherries which seeded rampantly in the area. When they first saw it in 1994, the house was part of a large site earmarked for development, says Carmel.
“The attention was mostly on the site and nobody else was looking at the house. We bought it off the developer after the land was auctioned – it was wonderful to think we were saving it from being knocked.