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Cook in style whatever the budget allows

THE landscape of any kitchen is marked out above all things by the quality, finish and seamless installation of its major units. Freestanding, built-in, or a beautiful balance of elements, start with great furnishings whatever your budget.

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Light up the night with a string of solar solutions

Kya deLongchamps is switched on by the latest in cool, budget lighting for enjoying and securing your garden during the dog days of summer.

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Sky is the limit when lighting up those dark places

Kya deLongchamps examines the practical, celestial and architectural potential of opening a roof to the heavens, with windows for every type of space.

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Bring life, style and practicality to your utility room

Kya deLongchamps says we need to roll up our sleeves and bring practicality to the most hard-working room of the house.

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Roll up your sleeves ahead of the lazy summer days

Kya deLongchamps says it’s the time of the year to retrieve the garden furniture from storage and give it a little tender loving care before picnic days arrive.

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Some less than usual choices for home flooring

Kya deLongchamps is spoilt for choice when it comes to alternative flooring materials, from durable fabrics to luxuriantly silky carpets made with goat hair.

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Inside job: Make most of those spaces right next to the garden

As the evenings get longer and the weather improves, it’s time to start work on those indoor areas hovering on the edge of our gardens,

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Brush up on your painting skills at affordable prices

Full of the joys of spring, Kya deLongchamps dips into this season’s interior paint products for all types of surfaces, design requirements and budgets.

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Is your bathroom a damp squib? Then it’s time to splash out

Marrying practicality and style to get the most out of the bathroom, whatever its size, will make soaking up the effort all the sweeter, writes Kya de Longchamps.

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Shed limitations when it comes to making new space

Kya deLongchamps says there are plenty of alternatives to building an extension to your home if you require an extra room, and the garden is the place to do it.

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Get your disco pants on with funky interiors

Kya deLongchamps discovers that the decade taste forgot was merely misunderstood, and more than deserves a second chance.

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1950s bungalow, extended by a trading-down owner in Cork

This 1950’s bungalow bought in 2011 for its location, has doubled in size, going up the quality scale in multiples too. 

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Quantity Surveyor Michael Barrett gives some tips on home renovations

At some point in our lives, we all carry out renovations on our home.

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Advice on energy cost-savings during extensions and upgrades

When we think of extending and renovating our home, we hear a lot about reducing energy consumption and how we must spend money to save money.

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Make your space go further with a designer extension

With the upswing in the mood surrounding property, Kya deLongchamps says this spring may be a good time to increase the footprint of your house.

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When old meets new in East Cork cottage

A run-down cottage has been beautifully incorporated into a contemporary extension, says Tommy Barker.

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House-building has finally been regulated

THE building culture in Ireland has been altered forever, and, all going well, events like the Priory Hall scandal, in Dublin, are far less likely to happen.

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Your kitchen area should be meticulously planned

YOU are planning the dream kitchen, but are you being seduced by glossy cabinets without considering your practical needs?

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First impressions count — so now is a time to front up

Kya deLongchamps on easy ways to make a critical impact in your hallway, which makes a huge difference when maximising a house’s design impact.

Those first steps up to and inside your home are the essential physical and emotional bridge between the slings and arrows of the public world and your soft place to fall.

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A home office should have function and form for working life

Kya deLongchamps says a home office should be devoid of domestic distractions and a dedicated area will make a physical space a ‘psychological sweetener’.

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Your guide to a perfect dining room

Kya deLongchamps gives a practical rundown of efficient dining habits and looks at what’s on offer in dining sets and accessories now that the sales are near an end.

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Infographic: How to save on water at home

Today is the final day for households around the country to register with Irish Water and avoid extra charges.

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Tips on designing the perfect bedroom

There’s lots to consider when designing a bedroom, as Kya deLongchamps discovers, with everything from storage to privacy being tops in importance.

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Embrace a brave new world of high-tech but highly useful household appliances

We all love the New Year scrum of sales and product launches, and domestic appliance-makers are shoulder to shoulder vying wildly for our attention. 

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Ways to mix and match your home decor scheme — even if it’s white

POPS, splashes, contrasts, injections — the language of colour is so warlike that many of us cower in a trench of chromophobic fear.

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Essential re-upholstering tips to save your old sofa

Kya deLongchamps looks at breathing new life into faded furniture and considers some great couch cover ups if you don’t want to replace or buy new in the sales.

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Show your metal with new season trends

BATHROOMS go boutique, (again) — you don’t need vast, flabby areas to deliver a gorgeous bathroom in 2015, and less square metres in an en-suite or shower-room allows for five star qualities.

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