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5 tips on how to de-clutter a mess in your home

Rather than living in a maze of stuff, every element of the household should be there to serve you says Kya deLongchamp.

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Ideas for a home's plumbing essentials

Kya deLongchamps sinks into the nerdy, design world of a household staple and teases out the bewildering range of choices offered in this one, simple item. 

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Knife making is far from a dying craft

Carol O’Callaghan meets a man on the cutting edge of craftsmanship who is also the entrepreneur behind the Gubbeen range of cured meat products.

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Irish ceramic training and making is earning an important international reputation

 

Ireland’s pottery making tradition, born out of the necessity for practical cooking and eating vessels in the dark Neolithic past, is in a new phase of development today.

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Building a timber frame house versus the more typical, concrete block method

Thinking of building a house? The advantages of building a timber frame house over the more standard concrete block method include a shorter construction period but the block method has caught up fast in terms of energy efficiency and airtightne.

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Getting crafty with Cork's innovative craft makers

Take a break from the high street to see the full spectrum and prolific output of innovative craft makers in Cork, at locations which include the city centre, suburbs and country towns, writes Carol O’Callaghan

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These appliances are created by smart science

Kya deLongchamps test drives a few new, ergonomic elements which have been added to those sturdy stalwarts like the vacuum, washing machine and more.

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4 easy ways to acquire kerb appeal

Paint is an easy way to smarten your property’s facade, but work with the building’s style, its neighbours and with the landscape, advises Kya de Longchamps.

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10 easy steps to create a clean and green house

Kya deLongchamps tackles the everyday thankless business of housework and offers clever strategies as well as natural cleaning solutions for all areas of the home.

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Our guide keeping your pay-by-weight bin charges down

The added domestic pressure of pay-by-weight bin charges arrives on the July 1st. Are you ready to account for every rounded up kilogram of waste you produce? Follow our guide to winkle back every cent possible, lightening your load and the landfill take without over-stuffing the composter.

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Advice on having a home you can control with a remote

Kya deLongchamps doesn’t want to depend on ‘the internet of things’ but has sound advice if you want an automatic home you can communicate with remotely. 

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Contemporary style can make your bathroom into a spoiling home-spa

Today’s bathrooms are lathering and lounging spaces - or at least they should be. Gabrielle Fagan taps into three contemporary styles, offering inspiration that’s bound to wash off.

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7 ways to protect your home and ensure peace of mind before you go on holidays

Kya de Longchamps on how to secure the manor before that well deserved holiday. 

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Firing on all cylinders as the temperatures start to soar

Kya deLongchamps makes the most of the fine weather and finds the best way to place, choose and maintain a good barbecue for the patio or garden.

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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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