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.More
CHRISTMAS is the one time of year when even the most chic of homes succumbs to tinsel and bling.More
Kya deLongchamps offers advice on finding the perfect vintage desk — based on bitter experience.More
The season beckons and Faith Ryan is warming up to art and affordable buys.More
Kya deLongchamps enjoys the whimsical interior of a period renovation and extension project near Fermoy which displays the flair of jeweller, Simon Barber.More
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’.More
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.More
Carol O’Callaghan finds despite the lack of a national strategy, moves are being made to raise awareness of design at home and abroad.More
Carol O’Callaghan looks to woven softness on floors as winter looms.More
With its 55th birthday looming, Kya deLonchamps takes an appreciative stare at the GT against which all cars are measured — the Jaguar E-type.
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.More
Rita de Brún looks at the role of set design in movies and how the same techniques can be used in a home.More
All the world’s a stage Laurie O’Flynn gets advice on how to get your house market ready.More
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.More
The World of Interiors, published by Condé Naste, is my favourite design magazine.More
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.More
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.More
Last month, six brands of modular, prefabricated housing units were shown off on a site behind the North Strand Fire Station in Dublin.More
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.More
Carol O’Callaghan takes to tartan as a cold winter hails from the wings.
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.
Kya de Longchamps looks at how leather is formed and cured for your couch.More
Anyone travelling to London next week shouldn’t miss the London Design Festival taking place across the city until the end of this month.More
From now until September 27, the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny hosts an exhibition of work from nine emerging architectural practices.
Carol O’Callaghan looks at a new book on pattern design and an upcoming show PATTERNITY at this month’s London Design Week.
AT A TIME when so many art colleges are accused of neglecting the basics of painting and drawing, it’s gratifying to come across Bren Smyth — who actually calls himself a drawer.More
The notion of a craft maker beavering away in a little rural workshop is not far from the truth.More
By now we’ve all heard of upcycling, the process of taking a piece of tired and unloved furniture and giving it a little cosmetic enhancement so it escapes certain death at landfill.More
It’s a strange habit we’ve had in Ireland of not celebrating success, rooted in a culture of begrudgery that ignored and even ostracised creativity and innovation, and instead honoured herd thinking.More
Summer time should mean expeditions and adventures out of doors but it feels like we haven’t moved beyond March.More
Carol O’Callaghan looks at a book which gets to the heart of feng shui.More
Avid watchers of period dramas like Downton Abbey will inevitably see a young scullery maid scrubbing a vast kitchen table on which all food is prepared.More
Did you know that while teachers in Irish schools are supplied with ergonomic chairs on which to sit, school children spend hours each day on chairs that encourage poor posture?More
Yesterday saw the release date of a film by Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon, entitled Song of the Sea, which earlier this year was nominated for an Academy Award.More
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.More
Kya deLongchamps sees a new modernity in our country inspired spaces.More