Normally, artists’ studios look like a cross between a hoarder’s den and the contents of a paint studio. Not so with artist Ed Miliano’s studio at his home in Glenageary.
Simply staged with an easel, table and chair, American-born Miliano has emptied out his studio to prepare his home for sale, but he’s also currently in Kinsale at the studio of famed furniture maker Joseph Walsh, creating a 7m wide backdrop for Walsh. next international exhibition at Art Basel.
Miliano and his Irish wife, Anne, met while both working in Lesotho; he was a United States Peace Corps volunteer when she was with the United Nations. They bought Culellen, an 1820 Georgian gem, 32 years ago.
“At the time, the lady who lived here was in her 80s and I don’t think she did much in the 50 years she lived here. So we worked in stages, doing what we could afford at the time,” Miliano recalls.
Starting with the basics such as roofing, plumbing and rewiring, in 2001 the couple built a studio next to the main house to replace what was a garage, and it was here that Miliano, who started as a designer and illustrator, now produces his work. . Covering 70m², upstairs is a lighted studio with a workshop below where he keeps his sculpting tools.
In 2006, the couple hired architectural firm Duff Tisdall to design a rear extension to address what Miliano describes as “a sad, dark kitchen”. Now it’s the focal point of the home, with a Smeg range in the Arena kitchen, and the addition of a large ceiling light flooding this previously drab room with light.
Recently a bay window has been added to the front garden level room and the addition of French doors allows easy access to the Victorian style garden which Miliano has spent years maintaining.
“There were only brambles here when we bought, so I did a year at Dublin School of Horticulture, which was fantastic, and got serious about the garden.”
Stretching 34m in length and concentrated on the front of the house, Miliano has created different areas within the plot, and these are divided by a mixture of yew, beech and boxwood hedges, with colors of delphinium , cherry blossoms and cascading roses that climb and meander through various specimen trees.
Set at the end of a private, tree-lined lane, Culllelen feels miles from anywhere, but is only a stone’s throw from many amenities in Dún Laoghaire, Glasthule and Glenagery.
Interiors are stunning, and the all-white palette allows Milano’s art collection – some of hers, a signature piece by Joseph Walsh, and a number of art and antiques picked up on the couple’s travels, from shine.
Two gracious reception rooms are located at the front of the property, one on the ground floor and a second directly upstairs. Both have fireplaces, as well as a fourth bedroom which is currently used as an office.
The remaining three bedrooms are bright and spacious and offer the best views of the garden and surrounding area.
The Milianos are in the process of resizing their Ber-free home because 278m² (2,992sqft) plus the 70m² (753sqft) is too much for their needs. To that end, they put their beautiful home on the market through Lisney, seeking 2 million.