Design and Decor

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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New interior design books to tempt you into a change

Carol O’Callaghan looks at a selection of new interior design books.

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There's a buzz about the Laline Paull's book on bees

Mary O’Riordan reviews an underground novel that’s all about the bees.  

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Five Christmas cook books to get you whizzing around the kitchen

Valerie O’Connor looks at a list of new books that focus on health and well-being and, most especially, quality food. 

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Vintage View: Tarquin Blake's Abandoned Churches of Ireland

Kya deLongchamps speaks to photographer and passionate historian Tarquin Blake, about his new book Abandoned Churches of Ireland.  

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The challenge of picking the right Christmas tree for your home

Kya deLongchamps lifts the lid on the people behind that simple stalwart of our winter feast, those who grown the crop that becomes the focal point of festivities.

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Vintage View: Old china

Kya deLongchamps encourages us to buy a little old china as an alternative Christmas gift this year.

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Block off a good day to enjoy a winter trip to Hampton Court Palace

Rose Martin suggests a return ticket stocking-filler to see one of the glories of the Tudor Age and a house of two sides, Hampton Court Palace.

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VIDEO: Easy ways to decorate and set a Christmas table

CHRISTMAS is the one time of year when even the most chic of homes succumbs to tinsel and bling.    

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Vintage View: The perfect vintage desk

Kya deLongchamps offers advice on finding the perfect vintage desk — based on bitter experience.

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Wish List: Some art and affordable buys for Christmas

The season beckons and Faith Ryan is warming up to art and affordable buys. 

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North Cregg House in Fermoy known for its happy madness

Kya deLongchamps enjoys the whimsical interior of a period renovation and extension project near Fermoy which displays the flair of jeweller, Simon Barber.

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Vintage View: Maureen O’Hara and John Ford’s fictional Inisfree

Kya deLongchamps takes a look at the work of the late, great Maureen O’Hara and John Ford’s fictional Inisfree — ‘another name for Heaven’. 

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Look to craft fairs to find that Christmas present with a difference

Stuck for something different for a Christmas gift idea? Carol O’Callaghan looks at the quality design-led presents which will be on display at festive craft fairs in Cork and Dublin in the next two weeks.

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Recognising the real value of good design

Carol O’Callaghan finds despite the lack of a national strategy, moves are being made to raise awareness of design at home and abroad.

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A new rug the perfect way to warm up chilly winter evenings

Carol O’Callaghan looks to woven softness on floors as winter looms.

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Vintage View: The Jaguar E-type

With its 55th birthday looming, Kya deLonchamps takes an appreciative stare at the GT against which all cars are measured — the Jaguar E-type.

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Designed for life with ‘Considered’ creator Helen James

Changing careers and locations is becoming the norm, when the guaranteed job for life is a thing of the past and increasingly the aim for many of us — or at least the dream — is to combine personal passions with earning a living.

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Techniques on how to make your home look like a movie set

Rita de Brún looks at the role of set design in movies and how the same techniques can be used in a home.

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Vintage View: Autograph hunting

In the early 1960s, a member of my family touched a star. 

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How to get your house market ready

All the world’s a stage Laurie O’Flynn gets advice on how to get your house market ready.    

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Vintage View: Domestic central heating

As we all dust off those radiator valves and fine tune the digital controls, Kya deLongchamps gives us a short history of the wonder that is domestic central heating.

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The interiors look that won’t go away and still holds sway

The World of Interiors, published by Condé Naste, is my favourite design magazine. 

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A look at the subtle, natural shift in styling the home for 2016

The arrival and departure of trends occurs at such speed that much of what inspired us five years ago has since been relegated to the recycling bin of interior design.

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The Souvenir Project with curator Jonathan Legge.

Take a look at what’s new in the interior design world at the London’s Festival of Design

Well shod in a sturdy pair of flatties and fortified by strong coffee I traipsed around the London Design Festival recently to see what’s new in the interiors and design world.

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Patrick Bradley's containerbuilt, GrillaghHouse near Maghera,Co Down. Pictures: Aidan Monghan

Modular or prefabricated housing has become the cooler, more sustainable method of creating a permanent home

 

Last month, six brands of modular, prefabricated housing units were shown off on a site behind the North Strand Fire Station in Dublin. 

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ALTERNATE. White on white interpreted with nothing but pieces from IKEA. Scandinavian style with the right ratio of texture doesn't have to wear colour at all. Cold? I don't think so.

Scandinavian items that will conjure up cool interiors in your home

Kya deLongchamps celebrates a new energy in Scandinavian interior style — and gives a rundown of the new items and old names that will conjure up cool interiors.

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Tartan is this years winter trend for your home

Carol O’Callaghan takes to tartan as a cold winter hails from the wings.

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An interview with architect and TV presenter Dermot Bannon

WITH RTE’s Room to Improve programme due to air its ninth series in January 2016, its star Dermot Bannon has become a household name.

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Leather is a classic ingredient in a contemporary or period led interior

Kya de Longchamps looks at how leather is formed and cured for your couch.

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A preview of the Irish contribution to Tent London

Anyone travelling to London next week shouldn’t miss the London Design Festival taking place across the city until the end of this month.

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