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For an enjoyable family home, just add kids

Kya deLongchamps encourages us to live fully, and thrive in stylish, practical surroundings that can be enjoyed by the whole family from zero right up to 100.

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Good fences make for good neighbours

Kya deLongchamps gets a little defensive, as she sets up some outdoor boundaries in her choice of walls and fencing.

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Designs that will bring a smile to your face

Kya deLongchamps encourages us to re-assess our living space and find a way to surround ourselves with what makes us truly happy.

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Catalogue king Argos brings sense of style to home range

Kya deLongchamps is surprised by the quality and stylish reach-up of the Heart of House collection by Argos for the coming autumn/winter interiors season.

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The safe play code to ensure your garden can be a haven of fun

Kya deLongchamps takes a look at the safety and standards around outdoor play equipment for children in your garden.

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Flowers will give your indoors that summertime bloom

Whether they are fabric, faux or fresh, Kya deLongchmps celebrates the place of flowers all over the house with tips to put a gorgeous bloom on any room.

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Temporary garden structures to keep you in the shade

Kya deLongchamps says there are myriad options when it comes to creating shelter from the sun and even outdoor accommodation in the garden.

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Cook in style whatever the budget allows

THE landscape of any kitchen is marked out above all things by the quality, finish and seamless installation of its major units. Freestanding, built-in, or a beautiful balance of elements, start with great furnishings whatever your budget.

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Light up the night with a string of solar solutions

Kya deLongchamps is switched on by the latest in cool, budget lighting for enjoying and securing your garden during the dog days of summer.

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Sky is the limit when lighting up those dark places

Kya deLongchamps examines the practical, celestial and architectural potential of opening a roof to the heavens, with windows for every type of space.

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Bring life, style and practicality to your utility room

Kya deLongchamps says we need to roll up our sleeves and bring practicality to the most hard-working room of the house.

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Roll up your sleeves ahead of the lazy summer days

Kya deLongchamps says it’s the time of the year to retrieve the garden furniture from storage and give it a little tender loving care before picnic days arrive.

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Some less than usual choices for home flooring

Kya deLongchamps is spoilt for choice when it comes to alternative flooring materials, from durable fabrics to luxuriantly silky carpets made with goat hair.

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Inside job: Make most of those spaces right next to the garden

As the evenings get longer and the weather improves, it’s time to start work on those indoor areas hovering on the edge of our gardens,

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Brush up on your painting skills at affordable prices

Full of the joys of spring, Kya deLongchamps dips into this season’s interior paint products for all types of surfaces, design requirements and budgets.

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Is your bathroom a damp squib? Then it’s time to splash out

Marrying practicality and style to get the most out of the bathroom, whatever its size, will make soaking up the effort all the sweeter, writes Kya de Longchamps.

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Shed limitations when it comes to making new space

Kya deLongchamps says there are plenty of alternatives to building an extension to your home if you require an extra room, and the garden is the place to do it.

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Get your disco pants on with funky interiors

Kya deLongchamps discovers that the decade taste forgot was merely misunderstood, and more than deserves a second chance.

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1950s bungalow, extended by a trading-down owner in Cork

This 1950’s bungalow bought in 2011 for its location, has doubled in size, going up the quality scale in multiples too. 

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Advice on energy cost-savings during extensions and upgrades

When we think of extending and renovating our home, we hear a lot about reducing energy consumption and how we must spend money to save money.

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Make your space go further with a designer extension

With the upswing in the mood surrounding property, Kya deLongchamps says this spring may be a good time to increase the footprint of your house.

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When old meets new in East Cork cottage

A run-down cottage has been beautifully incorporated into a contemporary extension, says Tommy Barker.

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House-building has finally been regulated

THE building culture in Ireland has been altered forever, and, all going well, events like the Priory Hall scandal, in Dublin, are far less likely to happen.

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Your kitchen area should be meticulously planned

YOU are planning the dream kitchen, but are you being seduced by glossy cabinets without considering your practical needs?

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