Home Help

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.

Jesse Italian shelving by Lomi (Ireland) in three depth and width choices, €2,500.

Tune your TV space into something special

With the rise of the flat-screen, it’s never been easier to make sure your TV is arftully and tastefully positioned.


Turn outdoor space into living space

A GREAT patio offers visual focus, a sense of permanence and a stable support to entertain, complimenting the wider landscape of the garden.


Make mirrors reflections of each room

THERE’S always one.

Paper cups wrapped around fairly lights add party fun.

Home-made charm is a cinch

THE words ‘home made’ can summon up a dreary vision of holey jumpers and furniture banged together with splintering pallets.

Youthful colour and artwork in Oliver Bonas' Summer bedroom.Accumulated flea market finds would work as well.

White is the new black, darling

Kya deLongchamps argues for a refreshing foundation of white in the bedroom — a canvas of the most dramatic, versatile and economic of all wall colour choices.


Reminisce with old friends at a garden party

Good old fashioned fun on the grass, the terrace and even the street, is on the menu, says Kya deLongchamps.


A house on the ocean waves

Nautical is more than nice, says Kya de Longchamps who outlines how wave-washed blues and maritime-greens chime with summer’s freshness.

A view for any man to survey the plains with elegant furnishings to suit either sex by Brabbu in their Nature line. www.brabbu.com.

For men, decorating is all about seduction, distraction and the kill

JUST read over the testosterone-fuelled prose clawing up the side of a meaty bottle of aftershave: "A muscular hint of sandalwood impacts with a fistful of leather, held in firm command by a seductive breath of woodsmoke and musk."


Make your shed fit for purpose

Sheds these days come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but make sure they’re cosy.


Set sail for a truly great outdoors

Kya deLongchamps rediscovers the excitement of camping, play and adventure by taking an unexpected, theatrical turn in the garden this summer. This story is enriched with multi-media content


Pastelise it in pink and blue

The brightest colours of a palette are not just for little girls and boys. Carol O’Callaghan shows how to home in on colour.


It’s time to get saving on a rainy day

Whether you take the rain from your roof or out-buildings, it’s careless not to use God’s gift.

Blooma Comoro in weather resistant PU rattan. Proper dining and ideal for a conservatory and double duty on the patio. Great value and new to B&Q approx €920

Get set for summer in the garden

May marks the beginning of an hysteric optimism in regard to the approaching summer.

IKEA's Metod kitchen show some of the kitchen shapes that follow the theory of the work triangle.

Getting your kitchen into shape

A small, well-appointed, kitchen is preferable to a flash but flabby large room, writes Kya deLongchamps.


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.