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Vintage view: History Channel’s Down East Dickering

Kya deLongchamps takes a look at the quirkier end of collecting shows on the TV — programmes like the History Channel’s Down East Dickering.

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Embrace a brave new world of high-tech but highly useful household appliances

We all love the New Year scrum of sales and product launches, and domestic appliance-makers are shoulder to shoulder vying wildly for our attention. 

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Wish list: Cute handcrafted family plaques

Crafty little plaques and pulsating pouffes make up some of Esther N McCarthy’s choices for the last of winter’s weeks.

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Dealers from all over the country in Cork for antique fair

Des O’Sullivan says Silver Springs Moran Hotel will be a mecca for treasure hunters this weekend.

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Lots of furniture on offer at Woodwards

A set of Cork inlaid 11-bar dining chairs and a pair of cast-iron benches are among the highlights at Woodward’s opening auction of 2015 in Cork next Wednesday at 6pm.

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Wish list: Cheap and cheerful ideas for the home

If you’re making the most of your stove this winter, have a look at this hot glass plinth, writes Esther N McCarthy.

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Irish art high on agenda at Cork sale

Viewing is now underway at Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork for tomorrow’s Irish art and antiques auction by Dolan’s.

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One-owner collection of 300 lots on offer at Bandon sale

<B>Des O’Sullivan </b>says Cork silver basting spoon dating to 1800 is among the lots at Hegarty’s January auction.    

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De-clutter to free up much-needed storage space

Every house has its weak spot, that place where the odds and ends of domestic life gather, says Carol O’Callaghan.

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Ways to mix and match your home decor scheme — even if it’s white

POPS, splashes, contrasts, injections — the language of colour is so warlike that many of us cower in a trench of chromophobic fear.

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Vintage view: Collectible 20th century plastics

A chemical wonder at the time of its creation, Bakelite has a devoted following, writes Kya deLongchamps.

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Vintage view: Clever uses for antique and vintage buys

It’s the spring season yet again, and if you’re doing up a dump and sick to death of trawling the high street glamour hangars — rejoice.

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The facts of the Home Renovation Incentive scheme

The Home Renovation Incentive scheme or HRI was introduced by the Government in October 2013 as a way of stimulating activity in the construction sector. 

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Practicality is key when choosing upholstery

Has your cat wrecked your sofa? Or your dog chewed up your cushions? 

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Essential re-upholstering tips to save your old sofa

Kya deLongchamps looks at breathing new life into faded furniture and considers some great couch cover ups if you don’t want to replace or buy new in the sales.

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Wish list: A range of New Year items for your home

Your little one will be cute as fox with this drool-busting bib from Cork company, Babyboo. 

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It’s January — it’s Dolan’s Cork sale

Auction includes a number of lots from Tulira Castle, says <B>Des O’Sullivan.</b>

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Chicago to showcase 18th century Irish art and culture

<B>Des O’Sullivan </b>looks forward to an exhibition that will celebrate the Irish as artists, collectors, and patrons.

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Trends and themes for the happy new home

Kya deLongchamps reveals the top interior looks for the coming year, from boutique bathroom fittings to warm copper colours and bold graphic prints.

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All’s fair in art and antiques as auction houses sail ahead

Compared to other years the New Year in the Irish art and antiques market should hit the ground running.

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