Holidaymakers enjoying the summer sun on the beach at Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke

A home for the holdidays with an easy commute to Dublin

Kenzo on his terrace overlooking the rooftops of Paris, with a selection of cushions he designed for Roche Bobois. Photograph: Eric Matheron-Balay

Designer has moved into an apartment and filled it with his trademark exuberant colours

Long Roche Developments have honed their skills flipping well-located houses

Recycling plastic and paper

With rising bin charges becoming a reality, there are smart ways to minimise costs

A view of Dingle from the water.

A summer series on holiday destinations

The  Profile sofa, a design by Roche Bobois,  has been upholstered in a deep pile Cabaret velvet by Jean Paul Gaultier. Photograph: Emily Quinn

Carol-Anne Leyden’s Ranelagh house has colourful classics against neutral walls

Kitchen and dining room at Killart

13 three-storey, four-bed properties still for sale in Killart scheme near Cabinteely Park

DFS Botanic DFS Botanic

House Proud: Colours so bright you need sunglasses

88 Lower Churchtown Road, Dublin 14: double-fronted redbrick property with four bedrooms.

88 Lower Churchtown Road is a spacious and bright four-bed in need of upgrading

Number 46 Iona Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9: a large house in need of complete modernisation.

Number 46 Iona Road has been empty a decade, but has all period features intact

Rosslare Strand: known locally as “the real Rosslare”, during the summer months the village increases from a population of about 1,500 to 17,000

A summer series on holiday home destinations begins in the sunny southeast

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House Proud: Colours so bright you need sunglasses

Extended villa-style redbrick with a light-filled sittingroom to the front

White Lodge, Delgany, Co Wicklow

Set on 1.6 acres, this detached property has plenty of space for growing families

Playground Global’s privacy booths allow teams discuss sensitive or confidential matters.

Top 1000: Companies are increasingly looking to forego hipster affectations in favour of a boutique hotel look

The entrance at 2 Eden Road Lower in Glasthule is hidden from view from the road by a fuschia hedge.

Extended cottage in south Dublin enclave offers contemporary twists on rustic living

This low-set look epitomises the boho chic of party island Ibiza. For inspiration head to Home Sense (homesense.com)

Globetrot around the world’s hottest holiday spots to find out

12 Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion

Ideal family home in Mount Merrion for sale for €1.75million through Lisney

Portuguese stoneware from Murmur

House Proud: Stoneware, table linen and picnic blankets to make it cosy outside

While the edges of the chair's laminate remain black, you can choose from five weatherproof colours

House Proud: From herring shaped cushions to shark shaped storage

17 Anna Villa, Ranealgh

Living room is square shaped with polished floorboards and a fine marble fireplace

11 Bath Street, Irishtown, Dublin

Two three-bed refurbished houses on Bath Street for sale at €640,000 each

West Elm set

Best in Class: Tickled pink

9 Seafield Crescent, Booterstown,

Modest exterior of bungalow opens into a large family home

Airpark Square,  Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 is a development of 23 three-, four- and five-bedroom houses starting at €420,000 through agents DNG

The final phase of Airpark Square in Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 is near completion

Wireless Canon TS8052 multifunction printer, €209.90

House Proud: From action cameras to barbecues, here are home comforts for dads

23 Frankfort Avenue, Rathgar

Four years and a major makeover later Dublin 6 home is for sale for €1.195m

First phase of Corrybeg Way for sale comprises eight detached four-bed family homes

Subway tiles are out, but turn them on their side and it’s a whole new look with Bricolette by Tonalite, a range of Italian-made ceramic tiles.

Kitchen makeovers are expensive so clue yourself into the lastest design trends

A modest-seeming bungalow, Lindisfarne has space for animals – and three new houses

Number 18 Springfield Road in Templeogue, Dublin, extends to 180sq m and has as asking price of €795,000.

Spacious four-bedroom semidetached house in cul-de-sac setting is ready to move into

The plant’s saucy association have been dismissed by gardening experts

Suburban shrub a supposed sex signal but experts say it’s simply gone out of style

3 Braghan, Baltray, Co Louth

It has a top-of-the-range Scavolini kitchen and open countryside views

Sam McGowan and her partner Jamie Walker found their Arranmore home on eBay

They bought the house for ‘between €50,000 and €100,000’

Leonie Cornelius

Here are the gardening names who can help you achieve that natural look

9 Edward Square, off Donnybrook’s Morehampton Road. Photograph: Peter Moloney, PM Photography

Number 9 Edward Square is a five-bed just off Morehampton Road for €2.95m

In Ashbourne, Churchfields by Cairn Homes will comprise 300 homes when complete. Selling agent Hooke & MacDonald launches phase two on Saturday

Many housebuyers priced out of the Dublin market are coming here in search of value

Ashbourne , Co Meath

Meath attracts buyers priced out of Dublin but stock and broadband remain issues

148 The Glen, Alderbrook, Ashbourne, Co Meath

There’s also good value to be found in Co Louth

NASA fought to keep dust bought for $995 that was sample collected from Sea of Tranquillity

The property’s original features such as fireplaces, floorboards and coving are all intact

Number 2 on the same street sold for €414,000 in September 2013

Live/Work space in Berlin

As housbuilding gathers pace, fresh ideas are emerging. Here’s our pick of the best design trends

Homes in Churchtown, Dublin 14, are unusual in that there is no developer involved

Neptune House 1

After years of planning stalls at historic Blackrock site, properties appear to be worth wait

Arne Jaacobsen chairs

A planter from shipping pallets; Zelouf&Bell in Kilkenny and good buys in classic chairs

No 66 Brighton Rd has been rewired, re-plumbed, reconfigured and re-roofed

The owner has returned the house to a functioning family home, tastefully painted in rich creams and furnished in a classical styl(...)

592 Woodview Cottages Rathfarnham D16 DNG

Stunning two-bedroom property adjacent to Dodder Valley Park asking €425,000

Lonsdale: 726-728 Howth Road,  Blackbanks, Raheny. Lonsdale, at 726-728 Howth Road sold out completely by 6pm

Ten-year project comes to fruition via infill development of four- and five-bed homes

Grace Park Wood is an attractive development of 53 three-, four- and five-bed homes close to Drumcondra Castle.

Grace Park Wood features three- to five-bed family homes in great suburban setting

The living space is open-plan, comprising kitchen, dining and lounge areas, with an additional interior study space offering a separate workstation

Hanover Lofts in D2 is a development of 15 one-beds and two-beds starting at €415,000

Holsteiner in Clonee, Dublin 15: The large A-rated detached homes have been inspired by the Georgian era, and the development is named after a breed of horse

Holsteiner in Clonee, D15, has 21 upscale detached 4- and 5-beds starting at €770,000

New Brambledown development comprises 11 four-bed houses that start from 200sq m

Home of the year: winning blend of old and the new in Co Clare

Judges stunned by Swiss take on a traditional Irish cottage

The lure of Wicklow: autumn scene by the Vartry river. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On Dublin’s doorstep, Co Wicklow offers the prospective home owner many advantages

Gorseland, Coynes Cross, Ashford, Co Wicklow

From ivy-clad to corrugated-roofed via a bungalow, the choice is yours

Prints, light, and furniture to soften the spring chill

Castlelynn, Bray: three- and four-bed homes by Knockree Developments

Homes in a variety of sizes and prices are becoming available in Wicklow this year

24 The Sweepstakes, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

This 56sq m apartment adapted the hot press into a second bathroom and the garage became a work space

Colin and Ruth Donnelly’s  barn-style house in Co Antrim furnished with junk shop finds

As the RTÉ series draws to a close, we look back on some of the starring homes

A pair of three-storey, brick-fronted, A2-rated houses have been built to the rear of a period house on Garville Avenue.

Two new houses each have three-storeys, gardens and 2,000 sq ft of interior space

Strategically placed accessories can make a shabby sofa look rather Scandi

Whether renting, selling or Instagramming, here’s how to get your space set for a close-up

107 Church Road, East Wall, Dublin 3

Don’t be fooled by front of this East Wall cottage – there’s a whole lot of house inside

10 Sussex Road, Dublin 4: the three-bedroom house has been completely refurbished

A three-bed in Ballsbridge, two-bed on Herbert Lane and a tiny cottage on North Strand

Charley Chau deeply dishy luxury dog bed in velour

Spruce up your pet's comfort zone with these luxurious alternatives

Smeg kitchen mixer designed by Dolce & Gabbana which will be available from December

Home front: Flower chandeliers and getting an architect’s advice for Simon charity

Alex Flamant: his designs are stocked in 500 stores worldwide, including the Orchard in Celbridge, Co KIldare.

Alex Flamant’s furniture and homeware designs draw on Belgian eclecticism

The homes at Citywest Village take their cue from Dublin’s Edwardian neighbourhoods. Photograph: Peter Moloney, PM Photography

This Citywest scheme was inspired by details and proportions of Edwardian architecture

Number 37 is one of a terrace of six redbrick townhouses designed by O’Mahony Pike and built in 2002

Townhouse is tucked away on Adelaide Road, a five-minute walk from Stephen’s Green

Three-bedroom traditional thatched cottage for rent near Ardara, Co Donegal. Photograph: Sarah Fyffe

Called the ‘coolest place on the planet’ by National Geographic magazine, Donegal has so much coastline it’s easy to find a seasid(...)

Property overlooking Three Patrons Church has high ceilings and three bedrooms

House on Garville Drive, Dublin 6

The 186sq m homes on three floors built to high spec with sustainable elements

Terenure Gate: a mix of apartments  and three-bedroom-plus-study terraced houses

Phase one of development by Kimpton Vale consists of 19 apartments and houses

Dalkey Manor, Killiney, Co Dublin. Of the 11 properties in phase two, five are already  sale agreed.

Prices for new four-bedroom houses on Killiney Hill range from €950,000 to €1.05m

18 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6

Refurbished by Node Architecture, this four-bed redbrick has gardens front and back

 Room to Improve presenter Dermot Bannon at home in Drumcondra.  “If I was to do it all again I’d flip the layout to have the bustling kitchen to the front and the more serene living room to the back.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The problem with new homes is not their size but the lack of space to put things in

Craughwell on Brighton Road is on the market for €2.5 million

Neighbouring homes that made headlines in 2005 when they sold for about €7.3 million each are back on the market through the recei(...)

Villa Mimosa, Main Street, Castletownshend, west Cork (€235,000): a five-bed terraced Georgian house with harbour views.

Get away from it all with these boltholes in Ballydehob, Castletownshend and Inishbofin

Cottage exterior, Co Kikenny. Photograph from theirishaesthete.com

From roofing, to half-doors and kitchen dressers, here are 10 ways to get it right

The €1.95m Georgian home was among the first to be constructed on Waltham Terrace

The floor area of 98 Iveagh Gardens now extends to 128sq m (1,378sq ft).

Architect-designed house near schools and transport, and a three-bed red brick in Iveagh Gardens

Butler Denis Nevin will serve afternoon tea in the Pugin Room at Lismore Castle, Co Waterford, on March 19th in aid of the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing.

Cool linen sheets; ‘Devonshire Day’ at Lismore; zero waste guru comes to Dublin

Spacious five-bed redbrick on Highfield Road is largest of seven properties on terrace

Floor-to-ceiling double-glazed windows include, in the living room,  French windows by Munster Joinery that open to a Juliet balcony framing a view that includes the RDS on Anglesea Road.

View of RDS is icing on cake for two-bedroom apartment built on former bakery site

Luxury development: exteriors at  Knockrabo, Mount Anville Road, Dublin 14

Maplewood residential scheme sees 23 A-rated houses come to market at Knockrabo with prices starting from €775,000

The kitchen has Siematic wall and floor units.

No 42 Terenure Park, with five bedrooms, a second sitting room, and two large parks nearby, is ideal for a growing family

Developer launches 33 three and four-bedroom homes starting from €450,000

Belltree Clongriffin

Second phase of Belltree Park with mix of houses styles now on the market

Long View is phase three of Millers Glen development near Swords.  Photograph: Peter Moloney/ PM Photography

Prices start at €315,000 in the development A3-rated houses in north Dublin

Silken Park. Photograph: Peter Moloney, PM Photography

Citywest development offers passive house systems that help cut energy bills

Three- and four-bed homes in Rathfarnham development

Goddard Littlefair has breathed new life into the Principal Hotel, York. Photograph: Gareth Gardner

A new scheme in Ballsbridge styled by renowned international interiors firm Goddard Littlefair promises luxury not seen since the (...)

Please credit: Peter Moloney, PM Photography.

Scheme consists of seven three-bed properties of which five are townhouses

Oaktree estate on Tully Road, just outside Kildare town

Emphasis is on affordable quality in Lydon-built estate of three- and four-bed homes

Thomas Carroll’s  iPhone cases. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Pieces of me: Tom Carroll, bookbinder

What can prospective buyers in the area expect to pay?

Rainbow party dress from Next

There is a wide selection to choose from. See which best suits your children

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