Cook in style whatever the budget allows

THE landscape of any kitchen is marked out above all things by the quality, finish and seamless installation of its major units. Freestanding, built-in, or a beautiful balance of elements, start with great furnishings whatever your budget.

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Exciting Irish art sales sure to whet appetites of collectors

MORE than 340 lots will come under the hammer at two sales of Important Irish Art in Dublin next week.

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Finest furniture set to fetch top prices

THE sale at Woodwards in Cork next Wednesday at 6pm is to feature a three-pillar dining table by the O’Connell family of well known Cork furniture makers. It is estimated at €1,000-€2,000.

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Wishlist: Vintage-print coffee cups

Faith Ryan samples a delicious lampshade, mosaic table coasters and vintage-print coffee cups.

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Wish list: Stylish modern buys

On a home-improvement quest, Faith Ryan checks out stylish modern buys — online and off.

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Decluttering your house is first step to a new you

DECLUTTERING teaches people to shop selectively,” says Breda Stack, Limerick-based owner of LifeStyle Coach, a decluttering and styling company. 

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Light up the night with a string of solar solutions

Kya deLongchamps is switched on by the latest in cool, budget lighting for enjoying and securing your garden during the dog days of summer.

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My Pond by Kenneth Webb at Morgan O'Driscoll's online art auction which runs until next Monday at 6.30pm. It is estimated at €1,500-€2,500.

Auction of Irish art

Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of 325 Irish art lots runs until next Monday, 6.30pm. www.morganodriscoll.com 

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Lusitania artefacts top of auction menu

Des O’Sullivan anticipates keen interest in a sale in Carrigtwohill, Co Cork.

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A 19th century scrap album with an original Cork city drawing by John Fitzgerald "Bard of the Lee" at Fonsie Mealy's sale in Kilkenny next Tuesday (€250-€350).

Sporting rarity sure to excite collectors at Fonsie Mealy sale

Des O’Sullivan expects strong competition among sporting collectors for a rare nine-carat gold All Ireland medal.

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The Breitling Top Time from 'Thunderball' — discovered at a boot sale in 2013.

Vintage view: Irish boot sales

 

Kya deLongchamps bemoans the lack of quality at Irish boot sales and reflects on some famous finds on the grass.

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Wish List: Juicy glasses and cutting-edge knifes

Jerpoint’s new gem-coloured Zest range combines stunning, tangy colours. 

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Sky is the limit when lighting up those dark places

Kya deLongchamps examines the practical, celestial and architectural potential of opening a roof to the heavens, with windows for every type of space.

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Discover bold new designs in lamps and bulbs

I HAVE a vivid recollection from childhood of making an unannounced visit with my mother to an elderly grand-aunt, and her fluster at having visitors when she had just taken down her ceiling light shades for the annual wash, leaving the light bulbs exposed.

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Our gardening noticeboard

East Cork Flower Club will visit Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, today (May 9) at 2pm. 

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Nettle, comfrey tea, organic food for free

Kitty Scully stops for a relaxing tea and creates an organic lawn fertiliser.

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This spiraling emerald and diamond cluster ring by Oscar Heyman will be at Weldon's stand at the Kinsale antique and art fair at Acton's Hotel, tomorrow. It is priced at €15,500.

Vintage sale with lots of promise

Des O’Sullivan looks forward to an auction of fine art items.

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Collins, O’Donovan Rossa and Pearse items under hammer

Des O’Sullivan looks forward to an exciting sale of artefacts featuring the most famous names in Irish history.

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Queen Elizabeth I holding an elaborate feather fan in The Darnley Portrait, 1575, Artist unknown, National Portrait Gallery, London.

Vintage View for antique fans

 

WHEN I was young enough to bounce my forehead off tea tables as my mother viewed an auction, antique fans were a familiar sight. Gripped tightly in dry shagreen cases, crashed like fractured birds into mixed boxes or stretched brutally, framed and faded, they were cheap, rather poignant lots.

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