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See if you can work out this Hallmark for its city of assay, maker and date.

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Kya deLongchamps says hallmarks struck into silver are no surer fingerprint on an antique.

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Web watch: Reading My Tea Leaves

Vintage hankies from etsy.com as seen on www.readingmytealeaves.com

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Wish list: Nemo double-sided back boiler insert stove

Cute chicks and bijoux beauties jostle for attention in Esther N McCarthy’s list of lovelies.

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The Ficus maclellandii as featured on plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.ie/

Web Watch: Plants Are The Strangest People

This guy has a tip jar on his blog. A tip jar. But with 1041 houseplants as of March 29, he needs to keep the green coming into his wallet as well as his home.

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Wish list: HAMO beach chairs

Gardening goodies sprout up on Esther N McCarthy’s list this week.

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Two frosted glass tumblers from the c.1940. Around  €400 retail for the pair. Lalique Serpent Vase in amber, c.1924.

Vintage view: Lalique glass

Kya deLongchamps takes a look at the extraordinary glass legacy of René Jules Laliques.

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Patio table with built in beer/wine cooler plans can be found on ana-white.com

Web Watch: Ana White Homemaker

Every week we pick our top interiors sites. If you have a favourite you’d like to see featured, interiors@examiner.ie

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Wish list: functionality and style

Functionality, style and a little bit of nostalgia make up Esther N McCarthy’s list this week.

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Inspiring greens as featured on www.decor8.com

Web watch: Decor8

Every week we pick our top interiors sites. If you have a favourite you’d like to see featured, email: interiors@examiner.ie

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Wish List: Clever candles to retro clocks,

Go back in time with these gloriously colourful retro clocks, 40cm each and €35 from Harvey Norman. www.harverynorman.ie

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Lincolnshire, a diverse show, likely to offer up as much interior design goodies as vintage lovelies.

Vintage view: bargain hunting

Kya deLongchamps explores all the fun of the fairs for the best bargain hunting experiences.

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A foldable cardboard stool for €7, Tiger brings affordable design to Cork.

Web watch: Tiger stores

A sort of a Scandinavian Dealz, this discount store has recently opened in Cork and everything is under €30.

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Marvellous mum mug from At Home with Ashley Thomas range, €12.50 from Debenhams.

Wish list: Mum mug

Marvellous mum mug from At Home with Ashley Thomas range, €12.50 from Debenhams.

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Flexing grid pattern by Bjorn Dahelm as featured on Patternity.org.

Web Watch: Patternity

Nothing to do with fathering children, this site is a glorious look at pattern.

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Wish list: Fresh and funky styles

Springtime is inspiring some fresh and funky styles.

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Wish list: Slate Plate place mats

Bright, optimistic colours signal spring and this week, Esther N McCarthy’s list is all about the new season’s offering of pretty things for around the house.

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Once a year is good for dusting bookshelves and a blusher brush is the ideal tool for a gentle clean.

Vintage view: Caring for old and delicate volumes

Since ancient times books have served us as compact receptacles for information, wonder and entertainment.

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Web watch: Bealtaine Cottage

This wonderful blog explores and shares the life of Colette O’Neill, who has created an “Ark for Nature”, a self-sustaining smallholding in Co Leitrim.

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Wish list: Pip Studios’ pink teapot

Sea horses to sofas, Mole’s breath to teapots — it’s all part of Esther N McCarthy’s wishlist this week.

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Puffy paper hearts for sale on The Northern Shores website.

Web watch: Puffy paper hearts

Every week we pick our top interiors sites. If you have a favourite you’d like to see featured, email: interiors@examiner.ie

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Bite Cuddler Chair - €799 available from DFS, Mahon Point, Cork.

Wish list: Bite Cuddler Chair

This week, Esther N McCarthy gets her heart in a flutter for fabulous Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

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Decorated heart jar vase with pink tulips as seen on Pintrest.

Web watch: Pinterest - Valentine’s Day decorations

If you want to get in the mood for love next week — and indulge your artsy side — Pinterest is your first virtual stop.

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Charming pop-up shops

1. Makers and Brothers

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Wishlist: Cute pink heart shaped doilies

This week Esther N McCarthy gets loved up for arts, crafts, tabletops, jewellery, bathbombs — and toast.

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We love these Flockplacemat and coaster sets from www.greengorgeous.ie.

Wish List: Flock placemat and coaster sets

Esther N McCarthy follows the herd to find animal motifs, chair affairs, terrific textiles and a decluttering dynamic duo.

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Kayla Kitt's lace mood board includes this bedroom idea. See more at her blog at http://blog.hgtv.com/design.

Web watch: Design Happens

You’ve got lots of bloggers on this site, including the enjoyable Kayla Kitts, Farima Alavi, and Liz Gray.

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Swing to sleep in a suspended bed. See more at her-indoors.com

Web watch: Her Indoors

1. Her Indoors
Her indoors is courtesy of Alison Gibb who, when she’s not busy organising her hubby — Scottish interiors photographer, Douglas Gibb’s busy work schedule — she shares her eye for quirky home styling with us.

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Based on the ever popular wooden skittles, they now come sumo sized! This set has 10 skittles and a wooden ball in a drawstring bag, €19.95 from Muji, based in 45 Chatham Street Dublin 2. 0167-94591.

Wish list: Sumo skittles

Esther N McCarthy sheds some light on her picks of the week with a Star shade, a Bowie blind and an interesting new interiors store — plus she’s bowled over by sumo skittles.

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Wish list: Fado turquoise stool

Get the blues — in a good way — this year with TheVelvetLab.

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Casa Cor Es 2013 designed by Brazilian interior designer Rafael Simonazzi. See more at icreatived.com.

Web watch: CreativeD

We first blundered across these guys on Pinterest and jumped on to the website from there.

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Get serious about sorting your garage with tips from http://tipsaholic.com

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Every week we pick our top interiors sites. If you have a favourite you’d like to see featured, email: interiors@examiner.ie

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Wish List: New Year, new stuff

This week Esther N McCarthy concentrates on items that are actually good for us - like juicers that won’t live in the back of the cupboard and sandwich boxes made for healthy midday breaks.

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Wish list: A gift box to delight the lovers of France

There’s something for everyone this week, from the budding writer to the Beatles lover to all the Francophiles out there.

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Home and interiors Christmas gift ideas

It’s fully Christmas now and Esther N McCarthy rides to the rescue of the those who’ve left it a little late in the gift-getting stakes with some fab suggestions.

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Wish list: Cool, yuletide gifts

Christmas is coming and the list is getting fat — with cool, yuletide gifts handpicked by Esther N McCarthy for your Christmas time present perusal.

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Web Watch: Cabin Porn

This site offers itself as ‘Inspiration for your quiet place somewhere’.

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Wish list: Andrew Ludick dishes

These small dishes by Ludick are sold as a pair. Each piece is treated as a blank canvas so no two are alike.

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Web Watch: Wallpaper Rock Scissors

Winner of the best site name I’ve heard in a while — Wallpaper Rock Scissors has your walls covered.

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