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Streamlined design with a touch of quirkiness will provide a mirror with practicality and visual interest(Loopie mirrors approx, €250 from M-Dex-Design)

Bask in reflected glory with a quality mirror

Ikea has come up with a mirror that pays you a compliment, thanks to ingenious technology that can ‘sense’ what you look like, how you’re dressed and then tailors its comment to suit.

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Clean and crisp in classic white, this Appleby kitchen is lifted by an aqua splash-back. B&Q.

The right ingredients for creating an open and functional space

Kya deLongchamps gives ten tips to blending your kitchen and dining area in an aesthetic way, so that guests and family are not excluded from the action.

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These Tulikivi soapstone stoves are made from a heat-radiating stone mined in Finland and available from West Cork firm Stoke Hole Stoves. Prices from €5,000- €30,000.www.thestokehole.com

There is no such thing as passive heat gain

Kya deLongchamps says it’s time to make your heating a priority this winter, whether that’s extending, upgrading or simply, because you’re paying too much.

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Polished concrete is silken enough for a ballroom or the caress of bare feet and takes under-floor heating on beautifully acting as a natural heat store. Furnishings by BoConcept, Beacon South Quarter, Dublin.

The case for concrete is on a firm footing

Oh no, I hear you scream. No more tangerine and asphalt emulsion. Concrete and turquoise graphic nineteen fifties cushions? Tender cement eggshell?

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Avoid the pitfalls when weaving your way through wallpaper maze

Confused about what wallpaper design works best in your room? No need to panic as our expert Kya deLongchamps sifts through the vast range of offerings.

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Storage up for the cold months ahead

As we move from outdoors in after a pleasant summer, we need to face the clutter that has been easy to ignore. Kya deLongchamps offers some tidy solutions.

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How to live the Manhattan high life on a modest budget

Get a slice of Big Apple style with inspired use of colour, savvy use of space and soft
furnishings — not forgetting some clever shopping.

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This polite sofa has been re-imagined in a rich Rococo colour and cheerfully strewn in modern cushions from Matthew Williamson (€33 Debenhams). Carefully remove one or two arms on any vintage chandelier to use it as a wall mounted fitting.

Let loose with lush fabrics and gothic drama as the summer fades

IF YOU love antiques and shadowy vintage atmosphere but cling to bold modernity, there is room for both this season.

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A dream of a sink and why not have two? The Gong sink and legby Enzo Berti for Kreoo in Irish Green marble. Wash your hands of€9,390 per ovoid and stand. Gold shading to bowl €1,530.www.kreoo.com

Your sink can be beautiful but practical

When choosing a bathroom suite, you don’t have to take the sink that comes with the other elements of the loo and bath.

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Passing the percolation test - the best in home coffee-making

Instant just doesn’t cut it any more with Java-Joe Public. Kya deLongchamps looks at
the best methods of whipping up a café-style shot of caffeine in your kitchen.

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You cannot be more economical in terms of décor than a multi-piece sticker or stencil set. This one consists of: 2 sheets with design approx 80cm in length, 4 birds approx 20cm, 1 x bird house 25cm, 1 branch 54cm long. €31. www.peanutandpip.com.

Bedrooms for children: Prepare the ground for those precious wonder years

Kya deLongchamps discusses designing bedrooms for the rush-of-growth period in children’s lives that occurs from nought to six and beyond.

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Pump up the volume and go with the flow

Kya deLongchamps offers an essential guide to showers, from an indulgent wet room to a traditional mixer or just an economical, easy way to rinse off the kids.

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Jesse Italian shelving by Lomi (Ireland) in three depth and width choices, €2,500.

Tune your TV space into something special

With the rise of the flat-screen, it’s never been easier to make sure your TV is arftully and tastefully positioned.

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Turn outdoor space into living space

A GREAT patio offers visual focus, a sense of permanence and a stable support to entertain, complimenting the wider landscape of the garden.

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Make mirrors reflections of each room

THERE’S always one.

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Paper cups wrapped around fairly lights add party fun.

Home-made charm is a cinch

THE words ‘home made’ can summon up a dreary vision of holey jumpers and furniture banged together with splintering pallets.

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Youthful colour and artwork in Oliver Bonas' Summer bedroom.Accumulated flea market finds would work as well.

White is the new black, darling

Kya deLongchamps argues for a refreshing foundation of white in the bedroom — a canvas of the most dramatic, versatile and economic of all wall colour choices.

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Reminisce with old friends at a garden party

Good old fashioned fun on the grass, the terrace and even the street, is on the menu, says Kya deLongchamps.

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A house on the ocean waves

Nautical is more than nice, says Kya de Longchamps who outlines how wave-washed blues and maritime-greens chime with summer’s freshness.

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A view for any man to survey the plains with elegant furnishings to suit either sex by Brabbu in their Nature line. www.brabbu.com.

For men, decorating is all about seduction, distraction and the kill

JUST read over the testosterone-fuelled prose clawing up the side of a meaty bottle of aftershave: "A muscular hint of sandalwood impacts with a fistful of leather, held in firm command by a seductive breath of woodsmoke and musk."

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Make your shed fit for purpose

Sheds these days come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but make sure they’re cosy.

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