Lazy lounging with the best of this year's outdoor furnishings

After seasons of same old, same old, outdoor furniture styling is finally perking up, says Kya deLongchamps.

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Antiques and fine art: Modern-day Downton Abbey is set to give up its treasures

The late tycoon Edward Haughey was a keen collector with deep pockets, writes Des O’Sullivan.

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Vintage view: Fashions of the 19th century

Bouffant backsides are not peculiar to our time. Kya deLongchamps explores the rise and fall of the bustle in fashions of the 19th century.

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Wish list: Scents of summer and a unique shaped ceramic sea-urchin

Feast your eyes on this stunning set up, all by Next Home. Teal feathered curtains from €92, the Zola chair in matte velvet dark teal costs €467. 

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Design life: Lorna Kee, Interior Architect

Tonal trends are tops for interior design, says Lorna Kee.

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Just relax and enjoy the possibility of a summer

We’re a nation of optimists, at least when it comes to the weather and the possibility of summer being a scorcher, writes Carol O’Callaghan.

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Designer hints and tips on blossoming colours to use in your home

Kya deLongchamps talks to styling professionals about what colours, paints, textiles and looks to use this season.

 

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Vintage view: Collecting and pinning

Love is like a butterfly, as Kya deLongchamps derides the age old and still popular practise of traditional collecting and pinning.

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Auction at Adam’s heralds collector’s day of the trifid

More than 180 lots of rare Irish and English silver from Jimmy Weldon collection, writes Des O’Sullivan.

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Wish list: Old elm, tinny mugs and tasty cheese boards this week

Check out this cheese-board set, we love the mix of ceramic and wood. 

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Design/life: Adrian Coen, furniture designer and maker

Adrian Coen worked as a carpenter before going to university as a mature student.

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French home interiors shop celebrates its 10th birthday in Dublin

Carol O’Callaghan meets the Powers, owners of Roche Bobois and finds that sofas remain the biggest seller in the Sandyford.

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Experts give their opinion on how to get some flair into your home with ease

If the thought of picking up a paintbrush over the weekend is enough to send you back to bed with a mug of coffee, there are other, simpler ways to spruce up your living room this season, says Carol O’Callaghan

 

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Designer Siobhán Sacker shows her mettle

I love working with metal, such as copper which has been used to create homeware for more than 10,000 years...My aim is to bring together centuries of décor trends and create pieces that people will love and that will not go out of style - Siobhán Sacker, metalsmith and founder of Gilded Hound

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A majestic Venetian view at Christie’s

Des O’Sullivan says a Guardi painting may fetch €30m at auction

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From hurling GAA All-Ireland medals to art and antique furniture in varied sales

A 19th century All-Ireland medal is one of a host of eclectic items in a live and online sale today. Between that and next week’s auctions, Des O’Sullivan says there’s something for everyone this week‘s major sales

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Design/life: Leonie Cornelius, garden designer and interior architect

"If you’re going about a garden design, dream big and limit yourself later."

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A cheerful bank-holiday scene by Kernoff at Dolan’s auction

Art and antique auction is full of interesting, mostly contemporary paintings, writes Des O’Sullivan.

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Vintage view: Estrid Ericson of Sweden

Kya deLongchamps hails the bold entrepreneur with an eye to refine the exquisite with the homely, Estrid Ericson of Sweden, founder of Stockholm retailer, Skenskt Tenn.

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Wish list: The Kilkenny Shop’s 7-Day May Sale kicks off this week

Esther N McCarthy goes batty for bargains, is stunned by an artwork and also learns how to ball an egg...

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How to improve the sense of privacy around your property

You want views, you want light, but all shielded from public sight. Kya deLongchamps explores approaches to privacy in the home.

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The Store Yard in Portlaoise is a home interiors treasure

Carol O’Callaghan went in search of a cup of coffee off the M1 and discovered home interiors treasure.

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