Vintage view: Sir George Gilbert Scott’s Gothic fantasies

Kya deLongchamps relishes a new book celebrating the work of the prolific English architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, who drew fire for his excessive Gothic fantasies.

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Essential storage know-how for stylish shelving<

The most insightful and economical solution for storage in centimetres of space and euro spent, is and always was, to go straight up the walls. 

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Wish List: Chill out time

A book, a window seat and an hour of peace — take time out with Esther N McCarthy’s picks this week. 

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1916 Rising GPO keys to be auctioned in April

Des O’Sullivan says the GPO keys are being sold in time for the centenary 

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The season of attic and thrift sales is ideal for auction beginners

New housebuyers will find value at most auctions and fairs if they hold their nerve, writes Des O’Sullivan.

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Tweaking the thermostat for maximum efficiency and savings

Kya deLongchamps says that making some small changes to the features of space and water heating can increase comfort levels and reduce energy bills within weeks. 

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Vintage view: Antiques Roadshow

There’s show-stopping suspense ahead with a major find in the offing for the Antiques Roadshow. Kya deLongchamps is mesmerised by this and other tales from the long-running BBC programme. 

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Meet Hugh Wallace the man behind a thousand store fronts

Carol O’Callaghan meets the man behind a thousand store fronts — the principal of architecture and design company, Douglas Wallace Consultants, and a man who’s become better known as a judge in ‘Home of the Year’.

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Wishlist: Fine bone china mugs

Jungle themes in teals and greens, Nelson reproductions and sensible graters — this week’s picks from Esther N McCarthy.

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Freudian background to Sotheby’s sale of portrait of Bernadine Coverley

Bernardine Coverley, daughter of Irish parents who ran a pub in Brixton, met the painter, Lucian Freud when she was 16 and he was 20 years her senior.

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Quality furniture at Hegarty’s latest sale in Bandon

West Cork country house contents on offer, writes Des O’Sullivan.     

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Cork silver, netsuke, bog oak and more at major antiques fair

Des O’Sullivan says there will be a focus on antique furniture from north and south of the border at Cork fair.

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Organic Grid+ are making work a beautiful thing

Rita de Brún looks at contemporary office design in the context of health, well being and the enrichment of lives.  

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Wish List: Bright and cheerful buys

Spring is just around the corner and Esther N McCarthy is here to show you the way to bright and cheerful buys for the home — at all price points.

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Drying our tears: Dealing with the aftermath of a flood

Kya deLongchamps offers sympathy and some essential guidelines to those starting out on the challenging journey to a dry home after the floods of this winter.

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Vintage View: Fender Stratocaster

Nothing sings, screams, whispers, moans, roars, rocks and rolls like a Fender Stratocaster, says Kya deLongchamps

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Craft design duo Superfolk example the rise of their Co Mayo based brand

Carol O’Callaghan looks at the rise and rise of craft design duo, Superfolk, currently riding a wave of demand. 

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Range of items at auction for bidders at Woodward’s, Cork

Des O’Sullivan looks ahead to auctions in Cork this coming week.    

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Auction of a range of contents from Adare Manor next week

Des O’Sullivan looks at what’s up for grabs at the Limerick hotel acquired by the McManus family for €30m. 

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Vintage View: The works of MI Hummel

Kya deLongchamps considers the cherubic cabinet cuties of MI Hummel, which despite their innocuous subject matter, threatened a Führer.

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