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Wish List: Mugs, cushions and a bee house

Faith Ryan gives sanctuary to lone feral bees and whizzes up some healthy food with the gadget of the moment.

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Vintage View: Tut-tut

Kya deLongchamps explores a curious moment in the afterlife of King Tutankhamun.

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Wish list: feeling the love

A slab table to die for, a heavenly gate and high design from affordable high street brands, Faith Ryan is feeling the love.

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Vintage view: parlour furniture

Kya deLongchamps loosens her stays to give a brief history of a sensuous piece of parlour furniture. 

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Wish list: stylish, last-minute ideas for Fathers’ Day

Everyone needs time to hang out. If you have a tree, then it’s the Fredon hammock for €45. 

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Vintage view: the gorgeous and crumbling

Since my schooldays, with a fist of Tayto in one hand and a faded photocopy from the OPW scrunched in the other I have been lumbered with a weird devotion to ruined buildings. 

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Wish List: Swirl drinks cabinet, egg hammer and the Rangemaster Elise

Faith Ryan sees the range cooker re-imagined and takes a hammer to her morning egg.

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Vintage view: perfume bottles

Kya deLongchamps decants the mysteries of the perfume bottle and decodes its ancient allure.

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Wish List: shopping for bargain style

Faith Ryan finds bargain style, ancient wall maps, cute bud vases and more.

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Vintage view, Stateside

If you love antique and vintage stuff, chances are that once on any overseas holiday, you will start sniffing around for the best local sources of distressed goodies. Kya deLongchamps takes us Stateside.

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Wish List: Iconic chairs

Faith Ryan takes the chair to suggest iconic choices to give your home designer appeal.

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Vintage View: Smile, it’s a SylvaC rabbit

COLLECTING should not be all about high value and rarity. We’re complex creatures full of heart.

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Wishlist: Vintage-print coffee cups

Faith Ryan samples a delicious lampshade, mosaic table coasters and vintage-print coffee cups.

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Wish list: Stylish modern buys

On a home-improvement quest, Faith Ryan checks out stylish modern buys — online and off.

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The Breitling Top Time from 'Thunderball' — discovered at a boot sale in 2013.

Vintage view: Irish boot sales

 

Kya deLongchamps bemoans the lack of quality at Irish boot sales and reflects on some famous finds on the grass.

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Wish List: Juicy glasses and cutting-edge knifes

Jerpoint’s new gem-coloured Zest range combines stunning, tangy colours. 

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Queen Elizabeth I holding an elaborate feather fan in The Darnley Portrait, 1575, Artist unknown, National Portrait Gallery, London.

Vintage View for antique fans

 

WHEN I was young enough to bounce my forehead off tea tables as my mother viewed an auction, antique fans were a familiar sight. Gripped tightly in dry shagreen cases, crashed like fractured birds into mixed boxes or stretched brutally, framed and faded, they were cheap, rather poignant lots.

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Wish List: all things bright and beautiful to bring your home to life this season

Fruity-coloured glass is a great foil for neutral spaces. 

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American Beauty Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange. Nipomo Mesa, California. 1936. A woman, almost transparent with wear and worry holds a baby resolutely to her breast, while two exhausted, dusty young children hang limply over her shoulders.

Vintage View: American Beauty Migrant Mother

Kya deLongchamps is reflective as she looks at an affordable collectible which holds a story — American Depression glass.

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Wish list: macaroons, baths, lamps and retro jugs

Faith Ryan slips in to a sublime bath, downs some macaroons and spots a stylish office up-do.

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Steiff lace-up, hot-water bottle bear with boot button eyes in mohair, c.1910. Part of an unparalleled collection of Steiff, once owned by disgraced US hedge-fund manager Paul Greenwood. This fellow sold at auction for €26,000 in 2010.

Vintage view: A Teddy Bears’ Picnic- Steiff

Kya deLongchamps says an old teddy bear or cuddly toy by German company Steiff can fetch thousands.

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Wish List: Wheel bench, juju hats, table lamp and  nest box

Faith Ryan eyes up a favourite vintage lamp and considers living it up in the great outdoors.

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Vintage view: Georgian mahogany

Kya de Longchamps explains why it really is a bright idea to give your home a creative lift with the dark gem that is Georgian mahogany.

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Wish List: Rugs, invisible switches and a vintage summer caravan

Faith Ryan sinks her toes into aged rugs, searches out invisible switches and considers moving out to a vintage caravan for the summer.

 

 

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Wish list: eggs by Etain Hickey

Faith Ryan chooses precious treasures, from pocket-money grabs to bespoke commissions.

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Vintage view: 1960s Danish Vola tap design is still a turn-on

Wandering  the DIY aisles, we are spectacularly brave. When it comes to choosing taps - we’re downright dare devils. 

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Wishlist: designer tableware, bright rugs, and silk pillowcases

Faith Ryan dines out on designer tableware, shops for a bright rug, and snuggles up to silk pillowcases.

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Wish list: Mother’s Day gifts

Faith Ryan searches for something to say it all, as she roots out fun and flowery gifts to mark Mother’s Day.

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Wish list: Luke Sisk creations

Stand out from the crowd with a scattering of unique products, says Esther N McCarthy.

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Wish list: Bookcases, garden pails and vintage chairs

Bring the spring indoors with a splash of paint or colourful storage solutions, says Esther N McCarthy. 

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Wish list: Bookcase, Chiltern flower armchair,

Gracious glazing on a bookcase makes for a Downton-esque library says Esther N McCarthy.

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Wish list: Luxury textures and scented candles for Valentine’s Day

Did you know sleeping on silk has all kinds of benefits that 50 Shades never even thought of, says Esther McCarthy.

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