Polished concrete is silken enough for a ballroom or the caress of bare feet and takes under-floor heating on beautifully acting as a natural heat store. Furnishings by BoConcept, Beacon South Quarter, Dublin.

The case for concrete is on a firm footing

Oh no, I hear you scream. No more tangerine and asphalt emulsion. Concrete and turquoise graphic nineteen ...

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Wish List: bench by Snug

 Esther N McCarthy picks tactile fabrics, tasty tones for autumn and some great arts and crafts ...

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Termed a tobacco jar, but not sealed for real use, this this 30cm bird with lid head is by Wallace Robert Martin c 1887. (Courtesy of the V&A Museum)

Vintage View: bird with lid head by Wallace Robert Martin

Kya deLongchamps takes a look at stoneware faces only some brothers and fervent collectors could ...

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A Cork made hall table is at Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill next Saturday (Sep 27). It is estimated at €800-€1,200.

Cork to the fore at Lynes and Lynes antique and artifact sale

Antique furniture made in Cork will feature at the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill next Saturday ...

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A Cork freedom box and parchment by Carden Terry and Jane Williams will feature at the Irish Antique dealers association (IADA) Fair at the RDS in Dublin from next Thursday to Sunday, September 28.

Lots of lots and lectures at IADA annual show

Des O’Sullivan gives a run down of the events at next weekend’s Irish Antique Dealers’ ...

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It’s important to get your interior lighting just right

Two months ago the timer on my kitchen lamp was set to come on at 10.45pm.

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An example of fine late 19th century Satsuma Moriage work. Meiji Period, below: Japanese slapstick fantasies for a western taste, 1940s. Ensure you are not buying late vintage or even brand new Satsuma rather than antique (Ebay).

Vintage view: the attractions of Japanese Satsuma ware

IN MY first years of collecting I felt a yawning cultural chasm open wide when confronted with Japanese ...

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Avoid the pitfalls when weaving your way through wallpaper maze

Confused about what wallpaper design works best in your room? No need to panic as our expert Kya deLongchamps ...

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Wish list: DFS sofa

Esther N McCarthy digs some retro vibes, hails the love affair between form and function and gives ...

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Autographs from Dayan to Pasternak

Collection includes Duke of Windsor and Field Marshall Montgomery.

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Percussion pistols are among the highlights of Cork auction

Highly collectible militaria among the main draws at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon, says Des O’Sullivan.

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Wish list

Esther N McCarthy goes hunting for some extra-special products this week, from an over-sized ...

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Nana nicities

Willow pattern, with its Chinese love story playing out on bowls and plates, brings a hint of granny’s ...

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Vintage view: Coffers

Kya deLongchamps gives a quick run down on the precursor to the ATM — the family coffer ...

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Boudoir buddy

During the clutter-clearing frenzy of the ‘90s, out went the centuries’ old staple of ladies’ ...

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Kit yourself out with five-star surrounds

DESPITE the rebound in the hotels sector in Dublin echoes of the crash can be found in The Hotel Sale ...

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Man Utd jersey sale set to be a devil of a deal in Dublin

Shirts worn for Denis Irwin’s testimonial are going up for sale, says Des O’Sullivan.

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Storage up for the cold months ahead

As we move from outdoors in after a pleasant summer, we need to face the clutter that has been ...

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Wish list: Betty Jackson candles

This week is back-to-school time so Esther N McCarthy has picked up a few bits— big ...

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Vintage View: The affordable work of Eileen Gray

IRISH women designers are often promoted for their essential qualities of firstly, ...

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