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Wish list: Some warming and delicious buys for the house this September

Want to warm up all that gorgeous grey? The secret is wood, soft textures and a little shine. 

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Vintage view: The history and character of old delft tiles in Amsterdam

Imagine yourself a velvet-dressed gentleman, your boot tops frothy with lace, lounging around Amsterdam in 1602. 

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Wish List: Wool felt wraps, cool lighting and slinky drawings

Faith Ryan chooses svelte felt, cool lighting and slinky drawings for the home    

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Vintage View: The heroic life of Thomas Francis Meagher

Kya deLongchamps celebrates the heroic and unlikely life of Thomas Francis Meagher (1823-1867) nearly 150 years since his mysterious disappearance.

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Wish List: Honest design and craft for the home

From glorious glass to new names in Irish art, Faith Ryan picks some honest design and craft for the home.

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Vintage View: Ten Tips to Hammer Auction Day

With auction season on the way, Kya deLongchamps offers sound advice to behold, bid and bag that bargain. 

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Wish List: New buys to set style and nostalgia humming all over the house

This Yell Maxi Sofa in a collage of striking fabrics will brighten up any space.

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Vintage View: Exhibitions and shows this August and September

Taking a city break, here or abroad gives us time to stand, stare and listen, sometimes at no expense at all. 

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Vintage view: Animation celluloid

Kya deLongchamps shows the value of provenance when is comes to collecting celluloid from the golden age of animation.

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Wish List: The best buys for your home

Faith Ryan warms up to autumn’s mellow tones with her choice of gorgeous buys for the home.

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Wish List: Affordable character and colour on the home front

Celebrating 2015, The Year of Design, Refract presents the astonishing work of 20 glass designers from Britain, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, and the USA.

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Vintage View: Christ the King church

Kya deLongchamps visits Christ the King, the masterpiece of celebrated US architect Barry Byrne and stumbles on a mystery.

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Wish List: Delicious new buys for your home

Faith Ryan finds some gorgeous, eclectic new buys to make your home life as unique as you are.

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Vintage View: Mona Lisa Smile

Kya deLongchamps pauses to consider the most enigmatic face in the World.

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Wish List: Some out of this world table-ware

Faith Ryan decorates with Brian O’Driscoll, and looks to the planets for some out of this world table-ware.

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Vintage View: affordable and delicious period dishes

Majolica (often confused with tin-enamelled Maiolica) is a scrumptious and affordable lead-glazed earthenware that took off in the mid-19th century and is still potted and prized in Europe and the US.

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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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