Vintage view: Car boot sale items to look out for

 

Kya deLongchamps gives us new ideas for boot sales beauties to look out for, as the collection season kicks off.

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The best of blenders and bullets

 

 

Kya deLongchamps looks at various machines that whirr, press and blend to give you that recommended five-a-day shot of healthiness in one clean sweep.

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Henry, Le Brocquy, Yeats, Maclise and more at Whyte’s auction

Des O’Sullivan previews an Irish and international art auction with an embarrassment of riches.

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Design/life: Gunvor Anhoj, Contemporary blacksmith

"We mainly create sculptural work and one-off commissions, each piece is typically very labour-intensivence," says Gunvor Anhøj.

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Wish list: Sumatra gold wallpaper, throws and cushions

Esther N McCarthy branches out into multi-purpose furniture and wonderful wallpapers.

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Vintage view: Victorian valentine cards

Kya deLongchamps looks at the ancient roots and courtly early expressions of St Valentine’s Day.

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Design/life: Conor Kelly, Furniture Designer

Conor Kelly has worked in furniture-making and designing for almost 20 years.

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How to make good chair choices

Planning and measuring up are essential when buying dining chairs, writes Carol O’Callaghan, who is currently on a mission to find the right ones for her new table.

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In debt to one of the most brilliant artists of his generation, David Hockney

In the week when a major retrospective of his work opens at Tate Britain, Rose Martin looks at two new books on the work of a man who is entering his eighties as a ceaseless, technical innovator.

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Wish list: Pick's for Valentine's Day

Esther N McCarthy gets all loved up with some heartfelt picks for Valentine’s Day.

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Exciting London art-selling season approaches fast

Des O’Sullivan previews Surrealist, Impressionist and Contemporary art due under the hammer this spring.

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Tips on how to spruce up the bedroom to add Valentine spice

Kya deLongchamps offers some obvious and not-so-obvious tips on how to get your most private space ready for February 14.

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Hot tips to update your kitchen and dining room

Rose Martin looks at what’s new and what to do in the home this week.

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Wish list: Colourful mix and match pieces

Esther N McCarthy picks a colourful range of goods for the house and home.

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Bargains galore to be had at auctions in the south this week

Des O’Sullivan says there’s great value to be had at sales this week including two in Cork and Waterford.

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The longest lived-in family homes in England

Rose Martin reviews a new book that looks inside some of Britain’s great country houses of the landed gentry and aristocracy which have been continually occupied by the same family for generations.

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Vintage view: Roman coins

 

Kya deLongchamps looks at a collection of Roman coins and says they provide an easy entry level for beginners while being a fascinating marker for history buffs and scholars alike.

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Making the most of the co-joined kitchen diner

Kya deLongchamps offers ideas for successful kitchen/diner combinations that will tempt you to eat in every night.

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Ireland’s history of silver making is having a revival

Ireland’s long-standing craft of silver making is having a revival, brought about by a new generation of designers making beautiful and useful products, writes Carol O’Callaghan.

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Design your life with Gráinne Weber, Architect

Gráinne Weber takes regular trips to London and Paris to trade shows to keep up with what’s going on.

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Vintage View: Classic soap advertisements

Kya deLongchamps explores some soapy characters, immersed in the history of modern advertising.

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Treasure trove on offer at Cork National Antiques Fair

The Cork National Antiques Fair takes place at the International Airport Hotel today and tomorrow.

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Jack B Yeats cartoons set to be a big draw at Cork Auction Rooms

Sales at Cork Auction Rooms tomorrow and Woodwards next Saturday (February 4) will keep auction goers in Cork busy next week.

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Time to get rough and ready in the bathroom with unexpected salvage

Kya deLongchamps says although domestic ‘rough luxury’ is on trend for 2017 it pays to be aware that this is designer dereliction and not real ruination.

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Back to the future - how 60s changes in design still influences furniture today

Changes in design thinking 70 years ago are continuing to influence how our domestic products are made. In fact, the influence of this movement has never been so ubiquitous, says Carol O’Callaghan.

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Time to get rough and ready in the bathroom with unexpected salvage

Kya deLongchamps says although domestic ‘rough luxury’ is on trend for 2017 it pays to be aware that this is designer dereliction and not real ruination.

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