Ideas for a home's plumbing essentials

Kya deLongchamps sinks into the nerdy, design world of a household staple and teases out the bewildering range of choices offered in this one, simple item. 

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How Penny Dreadful is an inspiration for auctioneers

TV show’s attention to detail is an auctioneering delight, says Des O’Sullivan.

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Vintage View: Scrimshaws

Kya deLongchamps takes a voyage in the forecastle, with the skilled makers of scrimshaws. 

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Wish List: Legendary jewellery and some necessities

Esther N McCarthy has a hoot finding bear necessities and legendary jewellery.

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Bringing Irish marble back into fashion

Irish marble’s purpose is being reinvented with the home in mind, writes Carol O’Callaghan

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Knife making is far from a dying craft

Carol O’Callaghan meets a man on the cutting edge of craftsmanship who is also the entrepreneur behind the Gubbeen range of cured meat products.

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Advice on how to find attractive, efficient radiators to warm your home

Kya deLongchamps looks at fusing aesthetics with the necessary engineering for beautiful and comfortable living spaces.

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Vintage view: String shelving from Sweden

 

Kya deLongchamp’s eye for mid-century design is snagged by String shelving from Sweden, as great today as it was almost 70 years ago.

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Wish list: Cool colours, gold pens, elegant lighting and ... Hogwarts?

Liebherr refrigerators pack a practical punch with hi-tech and energy-efficient features, but with the Colourline range, they’ve added an extra touch of style.

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Antiques in brief

ROSSCARBERY FAIR
The Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery is the venue for what is a popular annual antique fair tomorrow. 

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Property from the estate of Frank Zappa in live online sale at Juliens

Often described as a genius, Frank Zappa was undeniably one of the most innovative musicians of the 20th century. 

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James Glen Wilson art for Fiji exhibition

Des O’Sullivan reports on an exhibition showcasing James Glen Wilson.

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Lavery’s life-long love of Tangiers on show at Sotheby’s

Des O’Sullivan reports on a September sale in London which features a strong list of top modern Irish artists.

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Irish ceramic training and making is earning an important international reputation

 

Ireland’s pottery making tradition, born out of the necessity for practical cooking and eating vessels in the dark Neolithic past, is in a new phase of development today.

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How to create the perfect atmosphere in a child's study for optimum performance

Kya deLongchamps investigates the layout of children’s study space and says the positioning of, and type of desk furniture, is critical for optimum performance.

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Vintage view: Affordable Victorian collectables

 

Kya deLongchamps is hooked by the intimate wonder of an affordable Victorian collectable you can keep and build on in just one drawer.

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Wish list: Bespoke beauties, exciting exhibitions, and caffeine kicks

Owls have been a staple theme for interiors for a while now and why not? They’re just so cute. 

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Antiques in brief

BRAY INTERIORS’ SALE
There is viewing in Bray today for the Interiors’ Sale at Mullens of Laurel Park next Monday at 11am. 

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House makes history with 2016 Restoration Award

THE restored library at Combermere Abbey in Shropshire has won the 2016 Restoration Award presented by the Historic Houses Association and sponsored by Sotheby’s. 

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Take the time to catch one of the many exhibitions near you

This is a wonderful time of year to visit an art gallery at your leisure, writes Des O’Sullivan. 

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