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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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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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