Design and Decor

Entertaining advice for new season dining

 

Choosing a dining table? First, measure the space it will fill. Then, consider buying pieces you can move outside when the weather warrants it, says Kya deLongchamps.    

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Look no further than Objekt for some brilliant interior design inspiration

When she drops in to Aoife Hayes’ store in Newcastle West, Carol O’Callaghan loves the sort-of stage sets that Aoife artfully assembles, as they give you a real sense of how the items might work in your home

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Plants create a calm environment in the home

House plants are endlessly varied and can add a really natural feel to your living area — as long as you remember to cater for their individual and seasonal idiosyncracies, writes Kya deLongchamps.

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Buying online for your home offers traceability back to the artisan maker

A chat and a chance meeting on a train led to the creation of a new online store which makes a virtue of selling items which are sustainable and traceable, but which also have a strong design ethic, writes Carol O’Callaghan.

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Make room for your little bundle of joy by preparing in advance

Will their be a new addition to your home arriving shortly? Kya deLongchamps advises to invest in furnishings that will grow with your child.

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Ciara Jordan’s journey from site work to interior designer

Rita de Brun talks to former tiler, now interior designer, Ciara Jordan of Amour Design about life on building sites and her transition to the soft end of the business.

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Why prints are an affordable route to art collecting

 

Carol O’Callaghan on why prints are an affordable route to art collecting.

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These pictures will inspire you to own your dream kitchen

It is the room where we do most of our living and is rightly the centrepiece of the modern Irish home, so it is worth spending time on getting every detail of your dream kitchen right, writes Kya deLongchamps

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Natural neutrals and nostalgia galore for on-trend living

Kya deLongchamp explores the use of natural materials in home style this season as rattan and rustic crafts, along with floral and tweed textiles, take centre stage.

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Vintage view: Art Deco figurines

Kya deLongchamps highlights three artists who brought us the best of decadent Art Deco sculpture in the 20s and 30s.

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Vintage View: William Derham’s new book, ‘Lost Ireland 1860-1960’

Kya deLongchamps is hugely stimulated by a new book by William Derham on the lost architectural heritage of Ireland, and the indifference, and in come cases, downright malice, that caused wanton destruction. 

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Stress-free window shopping in London

Shopping for interiors trumps clothes buying for me any day — and one of my favourite places to browse is London’s little known Marylebone High St.

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Learning from the queen of domestic organisation Marie Kondo

Kya deLongchamps is moved to change her home environment and potentially her whole life, by the concise wisdom of Marie Kondo who is famous for, of all things, tidying.

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How The Irish Handmade Glass Company rose from the ashes

Carol O’Callaghan discovers how Waterford’s most famous craft tradition is reborn and thriving once more. 

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Vintage View: The history of glazing and other specialist finishes

Kya deLongchamps looks at the history of glazing and other specialist finishes on vintage and antique pottery and porcelain, and gives tips on identification.

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Irish design is flourishing for Stór in Tokyo, Japan

 Who would imagine that a household item we take for granted — the humble tea towel — could be elevated to art status? 

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Burst into the jungle theme - the home interiors trend of the moment

STIFFENED by morning frosts and beaten into bitter submission by another ‘soft day’, it’s little wonder that the tropical look (this year dubbed Rio), has grabbed the market with such joyous abandon.

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Vintage view: Four mid-century occasionals

Kya deLongchamps takes a look at four mid-century occasionals the retro adventurers might come across while scouting for treasure.

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We take a look at the typography trend in home interiors

When it comes to pattern, the writing’s on the wall, and on cushions, wallpaper, bed linen and accessories. 

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Low ceiling lights seize attention and adds sculptural interest to your home

Kya deLongchamps reaches high this week to bring a choice of pendant lighting down to our eye line where it can be best enjoyed and to shine in multiple duties.

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Vintage view: Finnish textile designer, Marjatta Metsovaara

 

Kya deLongchamps looks at the work of Finnish textile designer, Marjatta Metsovaara, whose work is being relaunched to a receptive market.

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Vintage view: Kitchen collectables

Kya deLongchamps fancies some collecting for the kitchen that’s still within its use-by date.

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Shades of grey can add a sense of light and space to a kitchen

If your creativity is hampered by your budget remember that a kitchen is a sum of all its parts and careful choices can ring fabulous changes, writes Kya deLongchamps.

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Vintage view: Les Puces du Design fair in Paris

Kya deLongchamps advises to see in spring in Paris, where the visitor will be enraptured by the refreshed Musée Rodin and also by a fascinating 20th century fair groaning with mid-century treasure. 

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Seven steps to bathroom heaven

Whether you’re going for the minimal classic look or the ritzy boutique hotel style, Kya deLongchamps has all the tips for you to clean up in the bathroom.

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Vintage view: Sir George Gilbert Scott’s Gothic fantasies

Kya deLongchamps relishes a new book celebrating the work of the prolific English architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, who drew fire for his excessive Gothic fantasies.

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Séan Lynch explains the genesis of his art

Learning that artist Sean Lynch has developed a calibre of work worthy of representing Ireland at the 2015 Venice Biennale is interesting in itself for an art lover, but to discover that his childhood discovery of a 19th century Kerry builder has been instrumental in informing the work, suggests an intriguing back story worthy of investigation.

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Vintage view: Antiques Roadshow

There’s show-stopping suspense ahead with a major find in the offing for the Antiques Roadshow. Kya deLongchamps is mesmerised by this and other tales from the long-running BBC programme. 

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Meet Hugh Wallace the man behind a thousand store fronts

Carol O’Callaghan meets the man behind a thousand store fronts — the principal of architecture and design company, Douglas Wallace Consultants, and a man who’s become better known as a judge in ‘Home of the Year’.

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Organic Grid+ are making work a beautiful thing

Rita de Brún looks at contemporary office design in the context of health, well being and the enrichment of lives.  

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Craft design duo Superfolk example the rise of their Co Mayo based brand

Carol O’Callaghan looks at the rise and rise of craft design duo, Superfolk, currently riding a wave of demand. 

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Vintage View: Fender Stratocaster

Nothing sings, screams, whispers, moans, roars, rocks and rolls like a Fender Stratocaster, says Kya deLongchamps

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Irish leading designers head for Showcase show

Carol O’Callaghan discovers top Irish designers ahead of Showcase.  

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Vintage View: The works of MI Hummel

Kya deLongchamps considers the cherubic cabinet cuties of MI Hummel, which despite their innocuous subject matter, threatened a Führer.

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Vintage View: Seductive Italian furniture

Kya de Longchamps explores some seductive Italian furniture by resonant design names, that was the height of fashion in the 1970s and which is now coming round again and is highly collectible.

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Picking the best of January's furniture sales

Carol O’Callaghan gets inside the January furniture shopping spree. 

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Vintage View: The lost etiquette of the visiting card

Kya deLongchamps offers an introduction to the lost etiquette of the visiting card, a crucial grace in high society that could wither the sender. 

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Furniture designer and maker Sasha Sykes shows off her new work

Carol O’Callaghan takes a look at exciting new work from furniture designer and maker, Sasha Sykes.    

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Engineering meets art as designers, artists and craftsmen push the boundaries of 3D printing

Pamela O’Neill reviews an unusual and visually striking art book.

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Vintage View: History's most jaw-droppingly extravagant gifts

Kya deLongchamps looks at some of the most extravagant gifts in history.

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The new colours of the year - and how they influence our behaviour

Carol O’Callaghan looks the new colours of the year — rose quartz and serenity — as chosen by Pantone.

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Top tips for buying Christmas gifts for the home - and what to avoid

Carol O’Callaghan gives some handy hints on homely gifts to take to a party — or to family and friends.

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How to make your Christmas table setting shine

Joe McNamee gets expert advice on how to make your Christmas table setting shine. Plus, he rounds up tips from the top chefs.

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Vintage View: Star Wars collectibles

With the imminent release of the new Star Wars movie on December 18, Kya deLongchamps feels the Force telling her to collect.

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