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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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Wish list: Cute handcrafted family plaques

Crafty little plaques and pulsating pouffes make up some of Esther N McCarthy’s choices for the last of winter’s weeks.

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Wish list: Cheap and cheerful ideas for the home

If you’re making the most of your stove this winter, have a look at this hot glass plinth, writes Esther N McCarthy.

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Wish list: A range of New Year items for your home

Your little one will be cute as fox with this drool-busting bib from Cork company, Babyboo. 

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