When old meets new in East Cork cottage

A run-down cottage has been beautifully incorporated into a contemporary extension, says Tommy Barker.

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Make your space go further with a designer extension

With the upswing in the mood surrounding property, Kya deLongchamps says this spring may be a good time to increase the footprint of your house.

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Advice on energy cost-savings during extensions and upgrades

When we think of extending and renovating our home, we hear a lot about reducing energy consumption and how we must spend money to save money.

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A totally redone, inside-out job in Sunday’s Well house

New owners of elevated Sunday’s Well house opened it up within, instead of extending, says Tommy Barker.

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Your kitchen area should be meticulously planned

YOU are planning the dream kitchen, but are you being seduced by glossy cabinets without considering your practical needs?

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1950s bungalow, extended by a trading-down owner in Cork

This 1950’s bungalow bought in 2011 for its location, has doubled in size, going up the quality scale in multiples too. 

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Mahogany table in spotlight at Woodwards auction

Des O’Sullivan reports on a selection of upcoming sales as well as results from a number of recent auctions.

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Wealth of fine pieces to go under hammer at Sheppards auction next week

There is good selection of antique furniture, silver, rugs, art, porcelain, military, glass and collectibles at three days of sales at Sheppards of Durrow next week.

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Ercol Studio Couch in Cummersdale Archive Print, Silver. John Lewis, €3,718.

Vintage view: Ercol furniture range

Ergo — it’s Ercol. Kya de Lonchamps on the steadfast British brand    

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Wish list: Bookcases, garden pails and vintage chairs

Bring the spring indoors with a splash of paint or colourful storage solutions, says Esther N McCarthy. 

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Room to improve: a new beginning for an old building

Kya deLongchamps says conforming to the original design does not always work. But a radical design departure can complement the existing structure.

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Quantity Surveyor Michael Barrett gives some tips on home renovations

At some point in our lives, we all carry out renovations on our home.

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Wish list: Bookcase, Chiltern flower armchair,

Gracious glazing on a bookcase makes for a Downton-esque library says Esther N McCarthy.

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Use objects together when house styling

Those of us who love playing house live somewhere on the “acquired accessory” spectrum — at one extreme we’re trying to cull objects from our collection — and at the other we’re looking for ways of displaying an ever-growing collection. 

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First impressions count — so now is a time to front up

Kya deLongchamps on easy ways to make a critical impact in your hallway, which makes a huge difference when maximising a house’s design impact.

Those first steps up to and inside your home are the essential physical and emotional bridge between the slings and arrows of the public world and your soft place to fall.

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Spotlight on Irish women modernists at Whyte’s

                    Des O’Sullivan finds a dazzling selection on offer 

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Revolution by Mary Swanzy (1882-1978) at Whyte's art auction at the RDS next Monday at 6pm.

Spotlight on Irish women modernists at Whyte’s

THERE are strong examples by Irish women artists at Whyte’s sale at the RDS next Monday at 6pm.

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A sapphire ring at O'Reilly's sale in Francis St, Dublin next Wednesday. It is estimated at €8,000-€9,000.

Joseph Johns’ rarity has Fonsie Mealy up for the cup

The Chatsworth Spring Fine Art sale on Wednesday is full of glorious rarities, writes Des O’Sullivan.       

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Hitler takes interest in a demonstration model of the Peoples Car, April 1938. Ferdinand Porsche is to the left with the moustache.

Vintage view: Ferdinand Porsche’s VW Beetle

 

Kya deLongchamps examines the troubled and troubling past of Ferdinand Porsche’s VW Beetle (1938-2003).

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Two Studies for a Self Portrait by Francis Bacon sold for £14.7 million at Sotheby's, London, this week.

Antique in brief: Hot lots in Birr

Hibernian Antique Fairs are in Birr, Co Offaly from 11 am to 6 pm tomorrow. 

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