Utility room should not be an afterthought

The utility room should not be an afterthought. Yes, it needs to be functional but think about layout, storage and ventilation too, advises Kya deLongchamps.            

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Up-coming craft fairs to keep us shopping for the next few weeks

Carol O’Callaghan previews some up-coming craft fairs to keep us shopping for the next few weeks.

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Design can be sustainable commercially

"It takes time and confidence to come up with your own vision, but your eyes must be wide open enough to see how it could be realised commercially," says jewellery designer Martina Hamilton.

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Choosing the right Christmas gift can often be difficult, we're here to help...

Esther N McCarthy offers some delightful suggestions for Christmas presents.  

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Choosing the right Christmas gift can be difficult but we're here to help...

Esther N McCarthy offers some delightful suggestions for Christmas presents.  

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Take the mystery out of mattress buying

They say if you make your bed, you have to lie in it. Kya deLongchamps is musing on mattresses this week and guides us towards a soft, heavenly haven. 

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The domestic flash of Francis Brennan

Kya delongchamps wonders if a meticulously-mannered 64-year-old Irish entrepreneur really could have anything new to say in the housekeeping/sanity balance of life? It appears ‘yes’ is the answer.

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Life between the covers of the best interiors books

Carol O’Callaghan choses her pick of this year’s interior books and finds inspirational ideas and sensible solutions, from opulent extravaganzas to practical household tips, in a selection of gift-ready volumes

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Mindfulness through Irish eyes

Rose Martin looks at a range of books for reading and for giving as gifts over the holiday season, including Fiann Ó Nualláin’s latest work on mindfulness wrapped in the very practical Irish tradition of the seanfhocail

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Wishlist: Cheesy additions and sweet nostalgic coffee designs

Esther N McCarthy chooses cheesy additions and sweet nostalgic coffee designs

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The Gwyneth Paltrow touch: Lifestyle shop takes interior design to new level of affluence

The Goop Lab, sprung from Gwyneth Paltrow’s website, in California takes interior design to a new level of affluence, writes Carol O’Callaghan.

 

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Charlotte Temple: Donegal is a huge inspiration in my designs

Interview with Charlotte Temple, design and retail director, Magee 1866.

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Use stoves to future-proof your home

Kya deLongchamps basks in the warmth of stoves that will help future-proof your home.

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Getting crafty with your Christmas shopping

Carol O’Callaghan looks at what’s on offer at the Glucksman Craft Fair at the UCC gallery next weekend.

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Don't be afraid of the dark when it comes to interiors

Whichever style has piqued your interest this autumn, Kya deLongchamps shows you the best way to achieve it, from tone on tone to wood notes.

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Barbara Hulanicki's newest collection taps into her personal favourites

Carol O’Callaghan looks at the work of fashion designer turned interior designer Barbara Hulanicki. 

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Top 5 tips to consider when shopping for the perfect rug

The floor is your canvas when it comes to choosing a rug that’s right for you, writes Carol O’Callaghan.

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The design rules that are meant to be broken

Kya deLongchamps debunks decorating myths that can cramp your creative style.

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Self styling: Cushions are becoming a statement of design

Carol O’Callaghan explores the elevation of the cushion from casual accessory to design statement

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The Corkman who conquered the world

Carol O’Callaghan reviews the life and internationally renowned work of Irish-American architect, Kevin Roche

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Stroll right in to your very own walk-in wardrobe

The walk-in wardrobe was previously the domain of the rich, stateside, but Kya deLongchamps says they’re fair game for you too — just make sure to maximise your space

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Linda Benjamin: Colourful move to online interiors

Linda Benjamin, co-director of the Designer Den

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Vintage View: 'Gossip benches' are unfortunately not written about

Kya deLongchamps says there is very little written about ‘gossip benches’ — or telephone tables — and only designer rarities are sought after in the secondhand market

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New ventures: Step inside Giles Norman's Kinsale townhouse makeover

Photographer Giles Norman throws open the doors of his Kinsale townhouse which had just undergone a classic makeover to become an uber-tasteful place to stay, writes Rose Martin

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Home of the brave: See this courageous RIAI Award short-listed Kerry home

It takes courage to build a house to your own spec. But this family found the process went like a dream, and ended up with a stunningly beautiful home, writes Rose Martin

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Amazon and Google compete in voice-off to transform your home

Amazon and Google are competing to transform the way you operate your home, writes Noel Campion.

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Child's play: Creating a bedroom for children is not all about money

Creating a bedroom for the most precious tenants before they fledge and finally fly is an evolving project. Get it right and you will allow space for the individuality of the child and it’s not all about money.

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Blackwater beauty: The hidden treasures and tales of Ballynatray House

Carol O’Callaghan pays a visit to Ballynatray House and discovers tales of serendipity, love-at-first-sight and hidden treasures.

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Ground force: Choosing flooring to fit your house

Choosing flooring is a seminal moment in any build, revamp or renovation.

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PICS: An outstanding piece of work - Birch makes Rise home shine

A new approach to a common material makes this Rise home shine, says Rose Martin

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Highlights from the London design week

Rose Martin reports on some of the highlights of London Design Week

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Cork's Open House programme has something for everybody

Carol O’Callaghan takes her pick of the events at this weekend’s Open House programme in Cork city

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Design/life: Sprucing up the GAFF

Jo Linehan, co-founder of GAFF Interiors

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Couch Down: Here's some of the most stylish sofas around

There’s only one piece of furniture in the living room which allows us to truly relax.

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PICS: The old cottage that changed one woman's life

Louise Sliney saw an old cottage for sale and didn’t think twice. It changed her life, writes Rose Martin

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Winter is coming: Hi-tech stoves to keep you warm

There’s nothing old-fashioned about the hi-tech stoves that Kya deLongchamps is eyeing up, which combine efficient heat with the cosy comfort of a real fire

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Old possum's book of practical cat care

Kya de Longchamps has purring advice on the facilitation of one’s feline overlord in the home

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Vintage View: Recycling some of that old and beautiful brown furniture

Kya deLongchamps encourages us to put a piece of neglected brown furniture — the linen press — back into useful and beautiful service

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House cleaning for dummies

Kya deLongchamps comes up with some ingenious methods to give your house and everything in it a thorough cleaning— using eco-friendly products

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Design matters: What to expect at the London Design Festival

Carol O’Callaghan takes a look at what’s in store for visitors to the London Design Festival this weekend

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