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First impressions count — so now is a time to front up

Kya deLongchamps on easy ways to make a critical impact in your hallway, which makes a huge difference when maximising a house’s design impact.

Those first steps up to and inside your home are the essential physical and emotional bridge between the slings and arrows of the public world and your soft place to fall.

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A home office should have function and form for working life

Kya deLongchamps says a home office should be devoid of domestic distractions and a dedicated area will make a physical space a ‘psychological sweetener’.

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Your guide to a perfect dining room

Kya deLongchamps gives a practical rundown of efficient dining habits and looks at what’s on offer in dining sets and accessories now that the sales are near an end.

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Infographic: How to save on water at home

Today is the final day for households around the country to register with Irish Water and avoid extra charges.

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Tips on designing the perfect bedroom

There’s lots to consider when designing a bedroom, as Kya deLongchamps discovers, with everything from storage to privacy being tops in importance.

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Embrace a brave new world of high-tech but highly useful household appliances

We all love the New Year scrum of sales and product launches, and domestic appliance-makers are shoulder to shoulder vying wildly for our attention. 

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Ways to mix and match your home decor scheme — even if it’s white

POPS, splashes, contrasts, injections — the language of colour is so warlike that many of us cower in a trench of chromophobic fear.

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Essential re-upholstering tips to save your old sofa

Kya deLongchamps looks at breathing new life into faded furniture and considers some great couch cover ups if you don’t want to replace or buy new in the sales.

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Show your metal with new season trends

BATHROOMS go boutique, (again) — you don’t need vast, flabby areas to deliver a gorgeous bathroom in 2015, and less square metres in an en-suite or shower-room allows for five star qualities.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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