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Shine some light into the room with innovative illumination

CENTRAL pendant lights huddled to the ceiling and with little more than a modesty shade to hide a single bald bulb?

Split Screen VW Campers vans stencilled up as retro wallpaper on a perfectly planned repeat. €10 for an A5 stencil pack. www.thestencilstudio.com

Add personal touch to your walls, floors

From modern stickers to digital prints, take the bare look off your walls, floors and ceilings.

The back of a shed becomes a contemporary focus point. Timber wall in Cuprinol Black Ash, bench finished in Cuprinol Natural Stone, €26.99 for 2.5l. Metal planters in Hammerite Red, €12.99 for 750ml.

Give your home that 'buy me' look

Looks are everything when it comes to selling houses. Kya deLongchamps offers some frank advice on styling the outside of your house and garden as a seductive asset this spring.


All you need to know about new building regulations

Airwave squawks and industry reservations have cast a pall over new building regulations.


What we should consider when replacing our vacuum cleaners

It’s one of life’s great trials. Making that never mincing-multiple pass over the single thread on the carpet with the €300 vacuum.

A riot of colour rides on a pure grey setting. Calligaris furnishings for Kube Kitchens, include the mustard Basil chair €155, and Bloom in red at €265. Other prices on request. www.kubekitchens.ie

How to add colour to your life

The colour wheel is the foundation for understanding colour and it’s a very accessible and uncomplicated way to train your eye and gain confidence when choosing anything from wallpaper for an entire room to a single cushion.

Security enhanced windows and doors from Irish company Fairco, with high impact security glass and features unique to the firm which make them the first to pass PAS 011, PAS 023 and Pas 024 certification.

Windows have lots of opportunity

If you consider how windows and doors pierce and define the elevations of your house as a group — size and placement is crucial to a truly pleasing look humming with balance and proportion.

Pattern that retains a lovely diffusion here in a roller by Tuiss blind in Posy Red from €56.79 for a 60cmx60cm. The hand-tied flowers have a deliberately Oriental touch, ideal for 2014. www.tuiss.ie.

Invite springtime into your home

One Vernal Equinox later and we can be fresher, tidier, slimmer and happier, says Kya deLongchamps.

An example of a fun auction — part of a prized art collection assembled by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge over half a century on February 25, 2009 at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Vintage view: fun auctions

Kya deLongchamps describes the highs and lows of the only game in town — the auction.

Articulated energy with the Grohe K7 professional mixer 32950. Equipped with Grohe SilkMove ceramic alloy technology coated with a special Teflon lubricant for smooth handling and precise water control. €1,143, www.sho.ie for stockists.

Mixers, rinsers, boilers, hoses, the kitchen tap is no longer just one thing

Grabbing all the vertical attention, the kitchen tap is the lead act in and around your kitchen sink.

The fresh citrus of this unusual scheme shows the power of paint in just the right recipe of acid brights. Polished concrete floors soften the atmosphere. Colours by in Blush Pink, splodge art Dulux yellow 54YY 69/747 and Dulux Lemon. €59.99 for 5 litres.

Neon colours add a sense of adventure

Neon colours give you scope to accessorise easily and indulge your DIY potential, Kya deLongchamps reports.


Curtains can bring the gift of comfort

IN texture, colour and line, curtains can make a room.

With plenty of personality, this shower/bath arrangement cheekily solves problems for the occasion bather who doesnít want a full 1,700mm. Showerpipe with thermostatic mixer, 2 jet overhead shower and 1 jet handshower, around €1,900.00. Hansgrohe.

Full steam ahead for bathrooms

Storage and style do not have to compete for resources with Kya deLongchamps’ sensible solutions for the smallest room.

For ages 6-16, this room with Scandinavian style cabin sleepers works well. Intelligent Matt Emulsion from Little Greene is low in VOCs and ideal for a child's room. Available at TileStyle for €24 per litre.

Size matters in little ones' room redecoration

Kya deLongchamps offers sane, no nonsense advice on fitting out your child’s room — and not in One Direction.

What could have been a stuffy, low ceiling is pushed back with a clever paint job of dynamic lines. The furniture is scaled to a smaller area. Freya small sofa in Linara peony €1,999 and footstool in Padova peony €1,049. All at M&S.

Love the house you’re in with some clever improvements

Mean hallways, over stashed boxrooms, even the compromised joy of a larger house — every home has its challenge.

If you are considering a revamp or extension 2014 could be the year to get the hammer out as the Home Renovation Tax Incentive (HRI) could save you as much as €4,050 on a spend of €30,000.

New tax reliefs can help you get your home in shape

Kya deLongchamps says new tax reliefs can help you get your home in ship-shape.


Turn over a new leaf at Christmas

MOST of us adore the gift of an appropriate book, and with so many new titles in the Home & Garden section, there really is something to excite every reader.

Reindeer bolster cushion, €20, M&S.

Have yourself a real homespun Christmas

Step away from tack, writes Kya deLongchamps, and embrace all things folk for a fairytale Christmas.