PSYCHOLOGISTS say we don’t like food on a plate that points towards us, no matter how beautifully it is presented. According to new research, anything pointy — a young carrot, perhaps — should be at a 45-degree angle from the diner.More
DECLUTTERING teaches people to shop selectively,” says Breda Stack, Limerick-based owner of LifeStyle Coach, a decluttering and styling company.More
I HAVE a vivid recollection from childhood of making an unannounced visit with my mother to an elderly grand-aunt, and her fluster at having visitors when she had just taken down her ceiling light shades for the annual wash, leaving the light bulbs exposed.More
IT’S THE season of florals as bright yellow gorse and forsythia are starting to give way to the pink of cherry blossoms with their short burst of happiness.
EVERY season is wedding season nowadays, but there’s something about spring and summer — probably the slightly better chance of good weather — that sees the invitations drop like confetti through the letterbox.More
WHAT little girl doesn’t love to play shop? For me it was a favourite game after Christmas to set up my store with empty chocolate boxes and biscuit tins, and left over wrapping paper.
The 19th century Cork artist, Daniel MacDonald, was the only painter brave enough to paint the Famine as it was happening, and Professor Niamh O’Sullivan is appealing to people in the Cork area to scour their attics for his valuable work.
Tom Spalding reviews a new book on Holy Trinity Church and the discovery of its Harry Clarke window.More
EVERY two years the Design and Craft Council of Ireland, in consultation with an advisory panel drawn from the design world, compiles a publication called PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection in which they feature Irish designers and craft makers they deem to have made the most significant impact internationally in the previous 24 months.More
HOW does a Canadian–born film executive who has worked on some very famous films, including the Harry Potter series, end up making award-winning home fragrances and perfumes in Galway?More
SINCE the recession, the number of home-interior books being published has fallen dramatically, but a new crop this spring is offering practical advice on perennial topics and have utterly stylish photography to inspire you.More
Kya de Longchamps looks at virtual bidding and live online auctions.
Carol O’Callaghan says take a confident approach to styling this season.
Kya deLongchamps nags us to take a closer look at the place of horses in art yesterday and today.
Kya deLongchamps takes a stroll through the intimate history of women and retail.
THE design exhibition Fresh Talent is taking place at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny, bringing together recent graduates from third-level design colleges with designers who have been working for a few years.More
WINE decanters of the 18th and 19th century have a fascinating history rooted in the feasts of ancient empire and the re-energising skill of Venetian glass makers of the Renaissance.More
New owners of elevated Sunday’s Well house opened it up within, instead of extending, says Tommy Barker.
Kya deLongchamps says conforming to the original design does not always work. But a radical design departure can complement the existing structure.More
Ergo — it’s Ercol. Kya de Lonchamps on the steadfast British brandMore
Those of us who love playing house live somewhere on the “acquired accessory” spectrum — at one extreme we’re trying to cull objects from our collection — and at the other we’re looking for ways of displaying an ever-growing collection.
Kya deLongchamps examines the troubled and troubling past of Ferdinand Porsche’s VW Beetle (1938-2003).More
WE interior enthusiasts know that the colour of the year is Marsala, says Carol O’Callaghan.More
Kya deLongchamps marvels at the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the famous Scottish designer.More
The first time I met furniture designer John Lee was some years ago when I was prowling around London’s 100% Design show, says Carol O’Callaghan.
It’s all about the look of love this week with Esther N McCarthy’s pick of Valentine’s Day pressies.More
Kya deLongchamps advises on how to identify real ivory, and when to avoid it like the plague.More
Bright bursts of colour figure strongly in Esther N McCarthy’s cheerful choices.More
We’ve all done it — tenderly taken in some injured old thing with a venerable past, only to see it pass away before our eyes.
Last weekend was one of the biggest for Irish crafted design when Showcase — Ireland’s Creative Expo took place at Dublin’s RDS with over 450 exhibitors.
Kya deLongchamps takes a look at the quirkier end of collecting shows on the TV — programmes like the History Channel’s Down East Dickering.
Stripes give a lift where décor is washed out says Carol O’Callaghan.More
Every house has its weak spot, that place where the odds and ends of domestic life gather, says Carol O’Callaghan.
A chemical wonder at the time of its creation, Bakelite has a devoted following, writes Kya deLongchamps.More
Has your cat wrecked your sofa? Or your dog chewed up your cushions?More
The Home Renovation Incentive scheme or HRI was introduced by the Government in October 2013 as a way of stimulating activity in the construction sector.More
It’s the spring season yet again, and if you’re doing up a dump and sick to death of trawling the high street glamour hangars — rejoice.More
The pinch-faced war regarding the copying of mid-century design by modern manufacturers in continental Europe and the Far East rages on — a lucrative trade that apart from statutory moves in the US and UK, remains largely unchallenged.More
IT’S that time of year when the annual RIAI review is published and although it feels like a familiar annual event, (it arrives at Christmas), the 150-page, fully illustrated booklet, the Review, has been in print only since 2010 — ironic really that it coincided with the lowest point in our slough of despond, but also marked the moment of recovery, perhaps.More
BY the end of the month we’ll start to see a stretch in daylight, and although still in the clutch of winter, that light will show up paintwork yellowed by open fires, and black patches on walls above radiators.More