Nicola O’Connor with Tara’s Palace, a 24-room period property  which is the centerpiece of the Museum of Childhood at Powerscourt House in Enniskerry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Children can play house while adults test home remodelling ideas in three dimensions

Christmas window displays have become increasingly lavish

The look and feel of festive windows is about much more than commerce

15a Berystede Leeson Park

Creative, confident style in every room of this €850K two-bed in Leeson Park

West Elm furniture available at Arnotts

New York furniture shop with mid-century modern look comes to Arnotts

19 The Waterfront Drumcondra D9

By the Tolka river, there’s been a price boost in the block since the receiver sale in 2010

238 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7: €449,000

With the new Luas link-up due in weeks the Dublin 7 area has even more to offer

18 Meath Place, Dublin 8 for €225,000

Tiny one-bed off Meath Street and close to Coombe with original cast-iron windows

Knockrabo in Co Dublin – split-level semi-detached homes of between 245sq m (2637sq ft) and 248sq m (2669sq ft) over five floors.

The six properties are part of the Knockrabo development that launched at the start of the year

3 Synge House, Churchtown, Dublin 14. In mid-October the price of a two-bed apartment here dropped from €365,000 to €345,000 and bidding is currently close to the original asking price.

Despite the rising market, some properties have had to rethink their price. Dropping the asking price can sometimes draw in new bu(...)

Robswall Malahide: The show unit has been given a wainscot paint effect that make its 2.5m (8ft 2in) ceiling heights appear even higher.

Robswall features 25 two-bedroom units ranging from €440,000 to €725,000

A sittingroom at the Cairns Homes’s Marianella scheme. Joined-up creative thinking can be seen all over the scheme, where apartments boast lofty 2.7m (8ft 10in) ceilings.

The long-awaited Marianella complex has 60 one-, two- and three-bed apartments for sale

No 42 Longwood Avenue Portobello, Dublin

Four-bed home has new plumbing, rewiring and uPVC windows throughout

Dawson Place in Dublin 7: a new scheme that has been built on an infill site almost at the Montpelier Hill intersection.

Six two-bed homes and two three-beds for sale in Stoneybatter scheme

No 56 Hollybank Road, Drumcondra, is on the sunny side of the street and has been extensively renovated, with much of the work done in 2006, before the present owners bought it.

Terraced redbrick at No 56 Hollybank Road has lots of light and a popular cafe nearby

Stepaside Park, Stepaside D18

Eight substantial detached family homes at €850,000 each through Sherry-FitzGerald

18 Cherryfield Avenue Lower Ranelagh

Two bay-fronted houses on neighbouring streets need upgrading but could make good rentals

Spend on light and insulation and do your sums, advise our architect and QS team

Lacanche Cluny five-burner in mandarin orange, €4,980.

Deep in the heart of Burgundy, the gastronomic capital of France, Lacanche is still making its cookers by hand

Baby Ventura cot:  In a post-gender society it is hard to believe that the colour-coding of pink for girls and blue for boys was once the reverse

Grey comes into its own as neutral shade while pink and blue are banished

New homes Ardilea Crescent

Ardilea Crescent offers prospective homeowners light, space and ample storage

6 Lucerne Castle Ave Clontarf

This apartment on the ground-floor of a Victorian conversion is a perfect home for one

When complete, Steeplewood will comprise 26 homes, 16 of which are detached, with the remaining 10 to be semi-detached.

Steeplewood to comprise 26 homes, all four-bed A-rated, starting at €440,000

7 Ashfield Road, Ranelagh.

Redbrick on popular Ashfield Road is close to the main drag and has been staged for sale

Castlepark is a small infill development of six, three-storey, semi-detached homes

Terraced townhouse was rented out but has been refreshed for sale

41 Niall Street

A couple are selling two adjacent houses, one a design masterpiece, at €345,000 each

Ciaran McCoy: “In my art I am the complete opposite of my architectural self.” Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Pieces of me: Ciarán McCoy escapes the exacting world of architecture with his wild art

42 Priory Drive, Blackrock, Dublin

Five-bed house which now measures 180sq m has been added to over the years

Norabrook, Clontarf, four- and five-beds from €950,000 to €1.25million Photo: Peter Moloney

Norabrook, 18-house development, launched in stages, with six new properties now ready

The living room of 9 Temple Cottages, Broadstone, Dublin 7

Quiet cul de sac where artist Robert Ballagh lived and painted a family portrait in 1977

When you need to play host or hostess, it’s good to take some advice from the professionals.

A party should be fun – so why do most of us go to pieces at the thought of throwing one? We get some survival tips from the exper(...)

Knockrabo gate lodge, Dublin 14.

Ten new homes launching at Mount Anville development available for up to €985,000

Second phase of Odin’s Way development sees seven family homes come to market

Bramley Hall at Hamilton Park, Carpenterstown Road, Dublin 15

Sizeable units built by Park Developments are bright and airy, with good ceiling heights

The pebble-dashed house, which is in a cul-de-sac, has off-street parking for one car

Mid-terrace 1940s three-bed a short walk from Windy Arbour Luas stop

Prices for one beds start from €375,000 rising to €560,000 for three beds

Smarter.am FridgeCam app:    shows you what you need to replace in the fridge

‘Smart home’ technology can save money and even cut down on household chores

The sittingroom with wood-burning stove at An tÉalú, Athy Road, Stradbally, Co Laois.

An tÉalú in Stradbally has been completely refurbished, but retains its country charm

Number 11 Braemor Drive, Churchtown, Dublin 14  has been extensively renovated and is 121sq m

Ruth Griffin upgraded 11 Braemor Drive in 2014, and it has increased in value by 40%

Number 66 Frankfort Avenue, Rathgar, Dublin 6

Divided into two flats, 66 Frankfort Avenue could provide income for an owner-occupier

Sea Glimpse, Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion

Light-filled dual aspect rooms augment this three-storey bungalow near Mt Anville

64 Georgian Village, Castleknock, D15

Built in the 1970s, the large Dublin 15 houses have enduring appeal

126 Tritonville Road, Sandymount, D4

This tastefully upgraded, traditional family home is within kicking distance of the stadum

Bright and roomy semi-detached property for €1.4 million

Croftwell in Rathcoole

The third and final phase brings 14 four-bed semi-detached houses to market

126 Beach Road, Sandymout, D4, Property

Upgraded three-bed, 1930s-built property overlooks park and is close to the strand

Lansdowne Place penthouse open plan

Latest phase of units on site where bankrupt developer Seán Dunne had planned 37-storey tower

The first phase of Clay Farm will comprise 163 houses and 262 apartments

Laura Caffrey and Clare Grennan of the Irish Design Shop, Dublin.

Rising rents are penalising indie shopkeepers who add long-term value to their streets

Castlechurch, Newcastle, Co Dublin

First phase of 70 A-rated homes in Newcastle village

Stoneleigh, Naas, Co Kildare

Attention to detail means the flow and layout in each house feels intuitive

Prices for houses in the O’Flynn Group’s Killiney scheme start from €635,000 for a two-storey, three-bed semi of 103sq m/1,114sq ft. Photograph: Peter Moloney/PM Photography

First 10 of 28 houses completed in Co Dublin scheme where prices run to €990,000

Terenure Gate, Terenure Road West, D6

Second phase of development includes wide range of homes from €440,000 to €895,000

Scholarstown Wood, Dublin 16, Phase 3, New Homes

Thirty new homes in south Dublin launch with prices from €445,000

Open-plan living area in Ringsend house

From Dublin to Prague, Tel Aviv to Moscow, smart storage is the secret to living small

14 The Close, Mount Merrion

Four-bed semi on a cedar-lined cul-de-sac in an ideal location has plenty of positives

No 3 Thornhill Road has a gorgeous 26m garden and space to the side for an extension

Roseville, 74 Clonliffe Road, D3, property

Roseville, an elegant Victorian property with five bedrooms, would suit a young family

This 1970s property, set well back from the road, has mid-century styling throughout

Four-bed detached property offers plenty of space for smart architectural design

A Søstrene Grene outlet in the Netherlands: the 44-year-old company has 157 shops worldwide.

Opening of Limerick shop brings to six outlets Scandi chain’s joint venture in Republic

Brooklyn, Dolphin Avenue

A detached four-bed on Dolphin Ave comes with garage, side garden and extra workspace

Gerry Gannon to build 136 mainly three-bed units in the popular maritime village

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Home for the holidays: Co Louth gem with mythic past and beautiful views has lots to offer

Two to see this weekend - a D12 semi with a huge garden and a revamped Killiney home

This 67.8 sq m two-bed Victorian – charming but chaotic – needs a complete overhaul

Rossnowlagh Strand

The tiny Donegal village on the Wild Atlantic Way is a haven for families and surfers

Croke Park practically in the back yard of this three-bed

This extended, modernised cottage in Artane has a designer heart

21 Newbridge Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4

The three-bed 1860s house – for sale for €950,000 – is on a street that starred in 'Ulysses'

The stretch of beach in Lahinch is 2km wide and in the heart of the town.

Golf and surfing ensure the Co Clare seaside town attracts visitors from all over the world

Roundstone from the harbour. The Galway village comes alive during the summer.

Join the Dublin 4 holiday home crowd in Sting’s one-time stomping ground

Ballydoole, a country house set on 20 acres near Limerick, dates from the late 1990s

A double-fronted Georgian near the Luas line with an asking price of €850,000

Double-fronted house dating from about 1830 is up-to-date, with first-class fittings

Portable garden options: tulips growing in galvanised steel dustbins.

In a time of renting and mobility, why not tend your plants in transportable vessels?

Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart at home in London

The florist who has been working on Kildare Village prefers dogs to things

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

Recycling plastic and paper

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

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

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

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

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

Portuguese stoneware from Murmur

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

12 Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion

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

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

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