Tips on how to bring natural light into your home

Think about your home, from the outside-in, as a sunlit object sitting in the landscape. Where does the sun rise and fall around you? 

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Vintage view: Glittering enamel work known as guilloché

 

THERE are several forms of enamelling seen on antique items, including jewellery, but for my money guilloché, a relative newcomer, is the most luxurious and eye-catching.

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Wish list: Downward dogs, birdie tiles, and shiny new silver cruets

Don’t mind the Downward Dog, try the Downward Lion with this very cool Misaki Kawai yoga mat, €25 from Tiger Stores, Patrick St and Mahon Point, Cork, www.tiger-stores.ie 

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Antiques in brief

 

ATKINSON AT SALE
Woodwards sale in Cork at 11am today is headed by a George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson oil painting of the White Squadron. It is estimated at €40,000-60,000. 

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Irish art the subject of Dublin sales

The influence of Cezanne can be clearly seen in Roderic O’Conor’s Still Life with Apples on a White Cloth. 

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A Killarney games table at Adam’s sale

A Killarney table is among a number of lots of wide appeal to all sorts of collectors at the James Adam fine period interiors auction in Dublin at noon tomorrow. 

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Lotabeg House open viewing will be a Cork crowd-puller

Des O’Sullivan gives the final rundown on the ground-breaking auction at Glanmire taking place on Tuesday.

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Go big or go home: Using large scale wallpapers

Kya deLongchamps says large to mid-scale wallpapers and murals are suited to just about every space, but she advises checking out the look with generous swatches at home first before sticking to a design that could be visually intrusive.

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We look at the life and legacy of architect and designer Zaha Hadid

Des Breen looks back at the life and work of the internationally-renowned architect, who died suddenly last month. During her lifetime she created a lot of controversy and was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize.

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Colours don't necessarily have to clash in home design

I harbour admiration for colour brave-hearts who embrace tones, shades and hues with gusto. 

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Vintage view: Winnie-the-Pooh

Kya deLongchamps celebrates a bear of very little brain, but very large heart, with some collectables for your honey pot.

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Wish list: Colour, pattern, vivacity

It’s all in the mix from Esther N McCarthy.

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Antiques in brief

DOZEN GAA MEDALS
A collection of 12, Co Cork Gaelic football medals will come up at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale, in Dublin, today. 

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Lowe Stopford painting depicts life in the famine era

1848 work illustrates the Queen’s Old Castle department store and is estimated at €2,500 says Des O’Sullivan.

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Atkinson’s vision of Royal Squadron may fetch €60,000

Des O’Sullivan previews the upcoming Woodward’s auction next week.

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Put away the winter duvet and lighten up your bed linen for summer

I’m the regular recipient of new home interior books, some of which are look-books with beautiful photography designed to introduce the reader to a new or revived trend. 

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The beauty of the slightly dilapidated and often over-looked small period outbuilding

Restoring forgotten buildings gently, or leaving them alone for their inherent charm could prove more cost effective in the end, writes Kya de Longchamps.

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Wish list: Picks for May

It’s blossom time and the odd pop of pastel pink occurs in Esther N McCarthy’s picks for May.

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Antiques in brief

INSPIRED SKETCHES
The 138th annual exhibition of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club runs at Dun Laoghaire County Hall for two weeks from next Monday. 

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Kinsale offers a little bit of everything

Dealers will flock to the Cork town tomorrow, writes Des O’Sullivan.

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