The glamour of Hollywood on show in Museum of Style Icons

Des O’Sullivan admires the treasure trove of big-screen jewellery which has just opened in Newbridge.

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Great art meets great funds at The European Fine Art Fair

 

Des O’Sullivan had a rapturous experience at Maastricht, in the Netherlands for last week’s European Fine Art Fair.

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Vintage view: An architectural folly in Waterford built in Famine times

Kya deLongchamps encourages us to take a walk through a historical monument to man’s inhumanity to man — an architectural folly in West Waterford built in Famine times. 

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Wish list: Hanging plants, a retro radio and a Beacon print

Add a little spring to your indoors with these colourful hanging flower pots, I like the leather cord detail. 

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The latest styling trends for our bathrooms this season

Kya deLongchamps catches up with showering, tiling and bathroom fittings.

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Design/life: Sarah McKenna, Ceramicist

The pieces are joined together with overlapping joins. Even though the surface of the pieces is very ornate, the shapes are simple and functional.

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Are home robots useful dedicated housemaids?

 

 

Kya deLongchamps looks at the breakneck speed of advances in robotics and the ‘internet of things’ but wonders if it’s just more smoke and mirrors....

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Wish list: 'Greenery' is the Pantone colour of the year.

Esther N McCarthy picks her green favourites — for the weekend that’s in it.

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Vintage view: 17th century interiors

Kya deLongchamps is moved by 17th century interiors from the Golden Age in Amsterdam.

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Irish Georgian marble fireplace the top lot at Lynes and Lynes

Antique Cork furniture, GAA memorabilia and a range of artwork are on sale, writes Des O’Sullivan.

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Design life: Éamonn O’Sullivan, Craftsman

Éamonn O’Sullivan picked up an interest in spooncarving five or six years ago, and fell into a deep rabbit hole of 17th and 18th century woodworking.

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Feng shui will improve the sense of flow and energy in your home

Carol O’Callaghan meets Nina Kati, an interior designer who applies principles of the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui to Irish homes.

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How to buy furniture and accessories you see in films and tv programmes

It’s an occupational hazard for anyone working in interiors; dealing with constant distraction when watching television programmes like Mad Men, and anything Nordic Noir. 

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Vintage view: Ancient crystal chandelier

Mid 19th century Bohemian lead crystal chandelier from the staircase of the Van Loon mansion, Amsterdam. LED candle-bulbs deliver an authentic, more candle-driven atmosphere.

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Wish list: Yellow and mellow wooden tones

Everyone needs a little step up every now and then. I love this handy little Glotten stool from Ikea, €23.50.

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Design/life: William McNutt, Managing Director, McNutt of Donegal

The company has a long history of weaving wool, and over the past 20 years we have been weaving premium Irish linen fabric, says William McNutt.

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Be floored for choice in tile and wood flooring for every room

Kya deLongchamps gives the lowdown on flooring — from warm woods to cool tiles — and how it can be used in the most important rooms of the house. 

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Going, going, gone? Auction sales fall but private sales rise

There was a drop of 18.8% in auction sales, down to $16.9bn in 2016, reports Des O’Sullivan.

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Local craft products are going global with Etsy website

For anyone who crafts products at home, there’s an attractive website where they can be sold without the huge expense of setting up a business, writes Carol O’Callaghan.

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Vintage view: The history of wallpaper

Kya deLongchamps traces the history of wallpaper from the early stone-chilled castles of the medieval period, to the rococo mansions of the restoration and beyond.

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Wish list: The metallic trend

Esther N McCarthy picks crisp white linen, pink petal scents and bold, brass pendants.

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Art, collectables and furniture to tempt imaginative collectors

Des O’Sullivan says everything from All-Ireland programmes to African art are on offer in two auctions.

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Design/life: Kieran McCarthy, Director KMC Homes Design and Build

Kieran McCarty set up KMC Homes in late 2003, which specialises in building architecturally-designed, bespoke homes.

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Steep your home in moody blue hues for spring

Kya deLongchamps reviews paint schemes in the €10-€15 a litre range that are all you need to magic up that must-have blue-grey palette for spring.

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