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Some light industry adds authenticity to the back garden

Kya deLongchamps goes for the full hipster look in the back garden, using found objects, industrial excess and good old baked-bean tins to evoke a careless beauty. 

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Top tips for a quick house sale

Kitchens and bathrooms sell a property, so how do you improve yours on a budget? Julia Gray reports.

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Tips on how to bring natural light into your home

Think about your home, from the outside-in, as a sunlit object sitting in the landscape. Where does the sun rise and fall around you? 

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Colours don't necessarily have to clash in home design

I harbour admiration for colour brave-hearts who embrace tones, shades and hues with gusto. 

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The beauty of the slightly dilapidated and often over-looked small period outbuilding

Restoring forgotten buildings gently, or leaving them alone for their inherent charm could prove more cost effective in the end, writes Kya de Longchamps.

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A look at the traditional materials and craft in bookbinding

In the age of the electronic reader, Carol O’Callaghan looks at traditional materials and craft in bookbinding.

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Blast off: It’s out with the power hose on that mossy patio

It’s a time-consuming weekend task, but few outside jobs can match the satisfaction of transforming slimy green patios to their original form, writes Kya deLongchamps.

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Blinds may be the key to your living space

Kya de Longchamps finds that blinds can really enhance a living space and knows just the place to drop in to explore a stunning range. 

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Tips on how to treat that greatly-abused domestic appliance — the washing machine

Kya deLongchamps talks to her appliance repair man and gets some great tips on how to treat your washing machine.

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Top 5 tips for home renovations

Kya deLongchamps outlines her top tips when it comes to home renovations, from managing a budget to being clever when it comes to sourcing materials.

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Online shopping tips for specialised design products

 

Carol O’Callaghan checks out some of the good online retailers who specialise in products with strong designs credentials and at wallet-friendly prices.

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Meet our future craft designers of Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa in Cork

Carol O’Callaghan is wowed by the quality of design work at CSN Cork.

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Salt and soap is all you need for cleanliness

Valerie O’Connor looks at the wondrous uses of common ingredients.

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Essential storage know-how for stylish shelving<

The most insightful and economical solution for storage in centimetres of space and euro spent, is and always was, to go straight up the walls. 

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Tweaking the thermostat for maximum efficiency and savings

Kya deLongchamps says that making some small changes to the features of space and water heating can increase comfort levels and reduce energy bills within weeks. 

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Drying our tears: Dealing with the aftermath of a flood

Kya deLongchamps offers sympathy and some essential guidelines to those starting out on the challenging journey to a dry home after the floods of this winter.

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Upgrading your home heating system

Kya deLongchamps warms to the economies of heat pump technology, now standard in new builds, but explores its potential as an upgrade heating system.

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Creating a sense of home for that emerging teen

Kya de Longchamps suggests interior design tricks, a few set house rules and safe room designation could help with the eternal teen struggle — that difficult transition period from cute cub to acceptable, house-trained adult.

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Looking at the best short back and side-tables for your living space

Kya deLongchamps looks at short back and side-tables, the unsung heroes of ergonomic living and the backbone of a good, working interior decor scheme.

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