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Tips on having a fragrant home this Christmas

Contained from the rest of the world, except for a few slivers of ventilation, your home is a micro-climate and at Christmas with the windows and doors sealed tight and Dante’s inferno ablaze, it can be a dusty, toxic one at that.


A festive guide to DIY Christmas decorations

Kya deLongchamps gets all creative using leaves, jam jars, old lampshades and other recyclable materials to add cheap and classic novelty to your festive home.


Keeping the country style in the kitchen

DESPITE a design world frenzied by terraces of blocky base units, pumping with colour and sharply edged in flashes of streamlined steel, the classic country-themed kitchen still retains its hold on our hearts.


Tips to ensure your home survives the big chill and other disasters

There’s always something isn’t there? Having a house is an open road to material dramas year round, but in winter, when it’s gloomy, wet and cold, even lesser mishaps take on a gothic perspective.


The warm laid-back look lasts the course in classic style

Rural-inspired styling is a perennial favourite, harvested in a variety of forms from season to season.


Everything you need to know about access and security around the home

Kya deLongchamps charts the change in Irish attitudes to access and security around the the family home and in particular, the use of remote access gates.

Streamlined design with a touch of quirkiness will provide a mirror with practicality and visual interest(Loopie mirrors approx, €250 from M-Dex-Design)

Bask in reflected glory with a quality mirror

Ikea has come up with a mirror that pays you a compliment, thanks to ingenious technology that can ‘sense’ what you look like, how you’re dressed and then tailors its comment to suit.

Clean and crisp in classic white, this Appleby kitchen is lifted by an aqua splash-back. B&Q.

The right ingredients for creating an open and functional space

Kya deLongchamps gives ten tips to blending your kitchen and dining area in an aesthetic way, so that guests and family are not excluded from the action.

These Tulikivi soapstone stoves are made from a heat-radiating stone mined in Finland and available from West Cork firm Stoke Hole Stoves. Prices from €5,000- €30,000.www.thestokehole.com

There is no such thing as passive heat gain

Kya deLongchamps says it’s time to make your heating a priority this winter, whether that’s extending, upgrading or simply, because you’re paying too much.

Polished concrete is silken enough for a ballroom or the caress of bare feet and takes under-floor heating on beautifully acting as a natural heat store. Furnishings by BoConcept, Beacon South Quarter, Dublin.

The case for concrete is on a firm footing

Oh no, I hear you scream. No more tangerine and asphalt emulsion. Concrete and turquoise graphic nineteen fifties cushions? Tender cement eggshell?


Avoid the pitfalls when weaving your way through wallpaper maze

Confused about what wallpaper design works best in your room? No need to panic as our expert Kya deLongchamps sifts through the vast range of offerings.


Storage up for the cold months ahead

As we move from outdoors in after a pleasant summer, we need to face the clutter that has been easy to ignore. Kya deLongchamps offers some tidy solutions.


How to live the Manhattan high life on a modest budget

Get a slice of Big Apple style with inspired use of colour, savvy use of space and soft
furnishings — not forgetting some clever shopping.

This polite sofa has been re-imagined in a rich Rococo colour and cheerfully strewn in modern cushions from Matthew Williamson (€33 Debenhams). Carefully remove one or two arms on any vintage chandelier to use it as a wall mounted fitting.

Let loose with lush fabrics and gothic drama as the summer fades

IF YOU love antiques and shadowy vintage atmosphere but cling to bold modernity, there is room for both this season.

A dream of a sink and why not have two? The Gong sink and legby Enzo Berti for Kreoo in Irish Green marble. Wash your hands of€9,390 per ovoid and stand. Gold shading to bowl €1,530.www.kreoo.com

Your sink can be beautiful but practical

When choosing a bathroom suite, you don’t have to take the sink that comes with the other elements of the loo and bath.


Passing the percolation test - the best in home coffee-making

Instant just doesn’t cut it any more with Java-Joe Public. Kya deLongchamps looks at
the best methods of whipping up a café-style shot of caffeine in your kitchen.

You cannot be more economical in terms of décor than a multi-piece sticker or stencil set. This one consists of: 2 sheets with design approx 80cm in length, 4 birds approx 20cm, 1 x bird house 25cm, 1 branch 54cm long. €31. www.peanutandpip.com.

Bedrooms for children: Prepare the ground for those precious wonder years

Kya deLongchamps discusses designing bedrooms for the rush-of-growth period in children’s lives that occurs from nought to six and beyond.


Pump up the volume and go with the flow

Kya deLongchamps offers an essential guide to showers, from an indulgent wet room to a traditional mixer or just an economical, easy way to rinse off the kids.