Five top trends for a summer makeover

Carol O’Callaghan picks five top trends for a summer makeover

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Investing in decent lighting, natural or otherwise, will brighten up your home

Kya deLongchamps says that when it comes to shining a light on your home, you should invest in the best quality you can afford

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Don’t be afraid to follow your gut

Maure Culbert: Interior designer and colour consultant to Colourtrend Paints

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Finding a balance between interior and exterior materials for your home

The balance between exterior and interior is at its most obvious when it comes to materials, writes Des Breen, as he delves into a thumping tome on the retro-minimal world of MR Architecture + Decor

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Sale of divine jewels and sparkling silver

Des O’Sullivan previews an 80-stand fair in Limerick over the weekend

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Vintage view: Restoring the original walls of glass, the period sash

Kya deLongchamps encourages the restoration of the endangered and highly symmetrical, period sash window. 

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Interior's wish list...

Father’s Day is the inspiration for Esther N McCarthy’s picks this week.

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Antique furniture and objects of interest at Lynes and Lynes

Des O’Sullivan looks at some of the lots on offer at Lynes and Lynes and finds great value Georgiana.

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Design/life: Chantal Fortune proprietor of Fortune’s Antiques & Interiors

Chantal Fortune understanding the true value of older items, says Aileen Lee.

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Basket cases: The new trend in artisan weaves

Kya deLongchamps looks at the rise of earthy, tactile, handwoven items in the home — a strong and continuing trend with its feet firmly in the crafter’s camp.

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Quality showcase for Irish architects at the RIAI’s annual Public Choice Award

This is a great opportunity to see what’s happening in architecture in Ireland, says Rose Martin, and to have an input into the built environment.

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Cork bargain hunters and auction-goers spoilt for choice next week

There are two auctions in the city next week with great value on offer, writes Des O’Sullivan.

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Vintage View: How to maintain a vintage marble fireplace

Kya deLongchamps explores the best way to clean and protect that gorgeous old marble fireplace surround.

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Interiors wish list...

If you’re all at sea about a theme for your interior look this summer, head for Aldi which has some great ‘Coastal Look’ accessories coming into stores next Thursday, June 15.

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A return of quality interior design before we became a throw-away society

Interior shops are expanding and new ones opening, offering products from some unexpected sources, writes Carol O’Callaghan.

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A new book takes a look at some of the most lavish and romantic of English homes

Period dramas have us drooling over English historic houses of a grand and, often, ostentatious type, some lived in by generations of the same family, others conserved by venerable institutions like English Heritage and the National Trust.

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Design/life: Declan Scullion, architect

"As soon as you start to recognise trends in architecture, you should resist the temptation to resort to them, because you risk being generic and lazy."

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It’s time to brighten up the home with a summery vibe

Match the one-day heat waves we hope we’ll get periodically over the next few months, writes Carol O’Callaghan.

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Highest-grossing art sale since the crash at Whyte’s this week

Auction brought in an estimated €1.8 million for Irish art on Monday evening, writes Des O’Sullivan.

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Vintage view: Tips on how to spot the real thing

Painting or print, decorator’s piece or an authentic artwork? Kya deLongchamps gives you some tips on how to spot the real thing. 

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Interiors wish list...

Esther N McCarthy plumps for luxurious mohair and lifelike art work in this week’s interior picks.

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Design/life: Judy Reardon, Batik artist and craft retailer

"My hand-painted batik greeting cards, sell very well, as I offer a free service of personalising the cards while the customer looks around the shop," says Judy Reardon.

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The gentle sound of water soothes in the garden

Kya deLongchamps goes with the flow and finds a veritable stream of good ideas when it comes to adding a splash to your outdoor paradise.

 

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