Design and Decor

Irish wool textile weaving is alive and thriving

Woollen blankets were abandoned long ago, but a new generation is rediscovering the luxury of wool, and the craftsmanship of our weavers. Carol O’Callaghan runs an appreciative hand over some of the latest creations.

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Bringing Irish marble back into fashion

Irish marble’s purpose is being reinvented with the home in mind, writes Carol O’Callaghan

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Wish List: Legendary jewellery and some necessities

Esther N McCarthy has a hoot finding bear necessities and legendary jewellery.

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Advice on how to find attractive, efficient radiators to warm your home

Kya deLongchamps looks at fusing aesthetics with the necessary engineering for beautiful and comfortable living spaces.

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How to create the perfect atmosphere in a child's study for optimum performance

Kya deLongchamps investigates the layout of children’s study space and says the positioning of, and type of desk furniture, is critical for optimum performance.

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Designer and TV personality Deirdre Whelan talks about her dream job

Have you ever wondered how television presenters get their jobs? For designer Deirdre Whelan, now a familiar face on RTÉ’s Home of the Year, it was a phone call last year from Shinawil, the production company behind the programme.

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Design/life: Simon Doyle's smooth shaving style

Name: Simon Doyle
Occupation: Furniture designer and maker
"I like to keep things simple and try to let the furniture express the structure and material." 

 

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Take a walk on the wild side with a wave of Mexican colour

Kya deLongchamps tires of sophisticated mid-century faking, and throws her sombrero at a rich ethnic interiors fiesta with some playful results.

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Feature lamps can create a sense of atmosphere and beauty in the home

When you’re choosing a lampshade, ivory whites will disperse more light, but metal shades, which are very popular at the moment, won’t allow light through.

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Design/life interview: Suzie McAdam, Interior Designer

Suzie McAdam is constantly inspired and influenced. Whenever she travel abroad, she will always study every detail of her surroundings and the design and materials chosen.

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Annual London event, Masterpiece Art Fair, dubbed the ‘Billionaire’s Fair’

Des O’Sullivan takes a look around the annual London event, Masterpiece Art Fair dubbed the ‘Billionaire’s Fair’.

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We explore the renovation of old stone farm buildings converted for modern use

 

Hidden away near Inistioge, county Kilkenny and located off a network of country lanes, bounded by hedgerows, stands the rural idyll, Ballilogue Clochán.

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This season's trend for cheery colour can help pull a room together

Do you have a secret crush on colour? Well don’t be shy, here’s how to be bold and share the spotlight inside and out, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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Design and craft for the 21st Century at new exhibition

Sustainability, wellbeing and innovation are at the heart of a new design exhibition, writes Carol O’Callaghan.

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Here's some summer outside makeover ideas

Day, dusk or dissolving into night, now is the time for some midsummer magic says Kya deLongchamps who offers some fast, cheap and creative props that will allow you, your neighbours and friends to revel in the outdoors at the season’s peak.

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Budget-friendly mis-matched chairs can make a real style statement

Make a style statement out of your mismatched, odds and ends of dining chairs, suggests Carol O’Callaghan.

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Hidden Treasures at Cork's newest home interiors hub

Carol O’Callaghan seeks out a new home interiors hub in a surprising location on Cork’s Marina Walk.

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Getting inside the mind of design genius Terence Conran

At 85, designer, restaurateur, author and retailer Terence Conran retains much of the lightening-quick talent and ambition that has realised an astonishing portfolio of businesses. Kya deLongchamps takes a look at the career and achievements of one of Britain’s most daring creatives, who brought quality design to ordinary people.

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Vintage View: The Peacock Room

Kya deLongchamps takes a look at a brutal row surrounding an exquisite, 140-year-old survivor of the Aesthetic dream — The Peacock Room.

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All-white interiors make a room feel bigger - if it's done right

There’s a viewpoint in home interiors that with financial prosperity we go for stark, minimal living spaces, and in recession we opt for colour, pattern and texture to comfort us through frugal times.

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Vintage View: Half-dolls

I won’t lie, and I have revealed myself before on this topic. I find dolls and overly cutesy human figurines deeply creepy. 

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Design and Crafts Council of Ireland awards encourage strong craft and manufacturing base

BASED in Kilkenny and doing stalwart work for Irish design, the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCOI), announced its Future Makers Awards and Supports Programme 2016 at a ceremony in Dublin last Wednesday.

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Video: We explore the 'fifth taste' as Oonagh O'Dwyer takes us on a seaweed hunt

Seaweed, sea algae, call them what you will. Put them in a smoothie, pop them into the bath for silky smooth skin, sprinkle some into a healthy spelt bread, seaweeds are just really good for you. 

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Design shows can provide some interior design inspiration

The only way to find out what’s happening in the world of interiors its to go to the shows, and Rose Martin visited London last week for the niche, Clerkenwell Design Week.

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Living rough doesn’t mean you can’t do it in style

Moving into a fixer-upper with bad walls can be turned into a style statement with some smart style moves and just a little bit of luxury, says Carol O’Callaghan.

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Sebastian ErraZuriz furniture and artworks get the mind racing

Sebastian ErraZuriz makes furniture and artworks that prompt you to step back and look again, says Carol O’Callaghan.

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Vintage View: Car boot sale dealing

Kya deLongchamps offers advice on dealing at a car boot sale — from staging, to seducing, to dealing and selling as the sale season takes off.

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Bring new life to your home interiors look for just €25 or less

Carol O’Callaghan recommends picking up a few bits and pieces to make the most of the downtime between the bigger, more demanding repair and renew projects that raise their heads at this time of year.

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We look at the life and legacy of architect and designer Zaha Hadid

Des Breen looks back at the life and work of the internationally-renowned architect, who died suddenly last month. During her lifetime she created a lot of controversy and was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize.

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Go big or go home: Using large scale wallpapers

Kya deLongchamps says large to mid-scale wallpapers and murals are suited to just about every space, but she advises checking out the look with generous swatches at home first before sticking to a design that could be visually intrusive.

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Put away the winter duvet and lighten up your bed linen for summer

I’m the regular recipient of new home interior books, some of which are look-books with beautiful photography designed to introduce the reader to a new or revived trend. 

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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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