Ghosts and ghouls dominate the Halloween wish list

This week ghouls and ghosts haunt the Halloween wishes of Esther N McCarthy.

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Autumn Crocus Flower

Beware this Halloween: Poisonous plants that may be growing near you

Fiann Ó Nualláin gives a Halloween countdown of the world’s top poisonous ...

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A top sheet can lift a room, never mind keep you cosy

Don’t you just hate that feeling of being cold in bed and the disrupted night’s sleep ...

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Ikea Catalogue From 1964

Who knew: 70 years of IKEA has changed everything

EVERY now and then, a Viking turns up, blond wood bared for battle, in the murky depths of a second ...

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South Court Hotel will become Ireland’s biggest antiques ‘shop’

Des O’Sullivan says the two-day National Antiques Fair in Limerick next weekend will have dozens ...

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Streamlined design with a touch of quirkiness will provide a mirror with practicality and visual interest(Loopie mirrors approx, €250 from M-Dex-Design)

Bask in reflected glory with a quality mirror

Ikea has come up with a mirror that pays you a compliment, thanks to ingenious technology that can ...

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This Victorian beauty wouldn't look out of place in pared-back surroundings – a daring upholstery fabric pared with sub-Roy Lichtenstein prints and it's lifted from the 19th to the 21st century, as well as becoming the focal point of a room.

Vintage view: Enduring charms of the brown elephant in the auction room.

It’s a curious thing that pieces so highly desired at one stage, can crash so far in just a ...

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Wish list: Mounted prints

Esther N McCarthy goes for bugs, beds and baby stuff for this week’s handful of wishes.

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Put yourself in right frame of mind for picture-hanging

Kya deLonchamps goes though the basics for perfect picture-hanging, installation and alignment skills ...

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11-bar chairs on the table at Woodwards

Des O’Sullivan says collectible set is one of the highlights of sale.

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Sweepstakes family gems offer lotto opportunity at Mealy’s

Des O’Sullivan on the McGrath family estate sale which offers something for all collectors.

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Art Review

Art

Mark Clare

Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

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Kenwood's kMix stand and mixer comes with a glass bowl, so you can make  sure, at a glance, that fruit and nuts are evenly mixed (€499 at Brown Thomas and Arnotts).

Mix ‘n’ match to make Christmas baking easy

Dare I mention the ‘C’ word in October? I’d prefer if it were banned until a week ...

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French Brisé fan in carvedmother-of-pearl. Late 19thcentury.

Vintage View: The source and maintenance of mother-of-pearl

Sounds as exciting as slurry... “A nacreous, iridescent material deposited on the inside of ...

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Wishlist: The Irish fairy door company

Esther N McCarthy is away with the fairies this week — and has picked up a few other bits ...

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Clean and crisp in classic white, this Appleby kitchen is lifted by an aqua splash-back. B&Q.

The right ingredients for creating an open and functional space

Kya deLongchamps gives ten tips to blending your kitchen and dining area in an aesthetic way, ...

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Antique brief: Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness portrait

A marble portrait by John Foley (1818-1874) of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness, third son of Arthur Guinness ...

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Antiques in brief: First place for medals

A collection of Irish medals will be a feature at the sale at Cork Auction Rooms at noon tomorrow. 

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Irish bidder bites for €75,000 Big Apple

A winning bid of €75,000 proved to be the most successful sale at Morgan O’Driscoll’s ...

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Wish list: fine art by Liam Ó Broin

This week it’s pretty ballerinas, tidy aprons and one cool moonlit cat for Esther N McCarthy.

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