Design and Decor

Entertaining outside has its own rules

For the last few days I’ve searched for a website I browsed recently where I saw a clever but very simple idea for outdoor entertaining. 

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Not the nineties - new rustic has an industrial heart

Kya deLongchamps sees a new modernity in our country inspired spaces.    

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Quirky and wonderful shops to visit over the holidays

Carol O’Callaghan offers a handful of good shops for design heads.

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Get your tile style right with this practical insider guide

Kya deLongchamps trips the tile fantastic but with the caveat that they are items of taste cemented onto the walls — permanently.

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The imported trend of house staging

We’re so influenced by the US — despite an ocean between us — and increasingly so, when it comes to houses.

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Meet UCC’s latest inspiring honorary doctors

A week ago, University College Cork reminded us how much creative talent exists within this country when it awarded doctorates to notables from the design and art world.

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An interview with Kevin Doherty of Gazel design studio

IS IT surprising that someone who enjoyed inventing things as a child should end up designing, or in some cases reinventing, everyday household objects?

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Anti-ageing tips for timeless interiors

DESIGN trends are as fickle as fashion, so if you have everything that’s currently in-vogue and looking absolutely fabulous, it will date badly like an ’80s outfit.

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Vintage view: Classic lamp

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Art that has designs on your food

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.

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Decluttering your house is first step to a new you

DECLUTTERING teaches people to shop selectively,” says Breda Stack, Limerick-based owner of LifeStyle Coach, a decluttering and styling company. 

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Discover bold new designs in lamps and bulbs

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.

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Dark botanical patterns are all the fashion

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. 

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Wedding gift lists benefit both giver and receiver

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.

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Designist, a toy shop for grown-ups

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.

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Cork artist Daniel MacDonald’s hunger for truth

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.

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Holy Trinity Church, an ornament to Cork City

Tom Spalding reviews a new book on Holy Trinity Church and the discovery of its Harry Clarke window.

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Vintage view: Formica

Lovable old Formica is as versatile as ever, writes Kya de Longchmaps.

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Migration vessel by master glass maker Karl Harron

The best of Irish design at Side by Side exhibition in Kilkenny

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.

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Spellbound by Galway-based candlemaker Maggie Mangan

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?

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Decluttering is not just about a tidy house

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.

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Virtually Bidding - live online auctions

Kya de Longchamps looks at virtual bidding and live online auctions.

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Create an interior look which reflects your personality

Carol O’Callaghan says take a confident approach to styling this season.

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Vintage view: horses in art

Kya deLongchamps nags us to take a closer look at the place of horses in art yesterday and today.

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Bring your walls to life with a vertical garden

HAVE you ever heard of an urban ruralist? 

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Vintage view: Women and retail

Kya deLongchamps takes a stroll through the intimate history of women and retail.

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Fresh Talent exhibition showcasing a wealth of talent

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.

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A jug decanter in John Singer Sargent's "A Dinner Table at Night" —c.1884.

Vintage view: Wine decanters

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.

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A totally redone, inside-out job in Sunday’s Well house

New owners of elevated Sunday’s Well house opened it up within, instead of extending, says Tommy Barker.

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Room to improve: a new beginning for an old building

Kya deLongchamps says conforming to the original design does not always work. But a radical design departure can complement the existing structure.

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Ercol Studio Couch in Cummersdale Archive Print, Silver. John Lewis, €3,718.

Vintage view: Ercol furniture range

Ergo — it’s Ercol. Kya de Lonchamps on the steadfast British brand    

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Use objects together when house styling

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. 

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Hitler takes interest in a demonstration model of the Peoples Car, April 1938. Ferdinand Porsche is to the left with the moustache.

Vintage view: Ferdinand Porsche’s VW Beetle

 

Kya deLongchamps examines the troubled and troubling past of Ferdinand Porsche’s VW Beetle (1938-2003).

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Meet colour trend predictor, Leatrice Eiseman

WE interior enthusiasts know that the colour of the year is Marsala, says Carol O’Callaghan.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a design genius who distilled Scottish vernacular with Art Nouveau.

Vintage view: Works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

 

Kya deLongchamps marvels at the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the famous Scottish designer.  

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