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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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Apps, passive housing and zero carbon - the year ahead in home improvement

Kya deLongchamps gives an overview of new developments in the home build and related areas this year, and is particularly taken with the passive housing model.

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Interiors, food and other home-related books that may help in finding a Christmas gift

Kya deLongchamps reviews a range of publications that would make ideal gifts for those with an interest in interiors, food and other home-related topics.

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