Dawson Street in Dublin: name-signage for our stations, whether they are for trains, Dart or Luas, does not have to be so utilitarian. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The design for the Luas network's signage is flat and corporate - it doesn't have to be this way

The late Peter Johnson: The Belfast-born designer created interiors that were relaxing as well as elegant and stylish. Photograph: Eric Luke

Furniture from the home of the late interior designer will be auctioned by de Vere’s

Castlefield House has a home cinema, a dancefloor and emperor-style bathrooms

Caie Le Mar Rocky Valley Drive, Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow

This spacious six-bed has been upgraded to maximum effect

WORKac: Dan Wood and Amale Andraos’s edible schoolyard at PS7 in Harlem. Photograph: Raymond Adams

The architectural duo Dan Wood and Amale Andraos are rethinking ordinary life

The Tenters, just off South Circular Road, was modeled on the garden city idea in 1922

John Gerrard, Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017. Image courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London and Simon Preston Gallery, New York

The Irish artist's latest, extraordinary work, about the legacy of oil, has been timed to coincide with Earth Day and will be seen(...)

Eunice Adeleye was born in Ireland to Nigerian parents in 2007. In school her favourite subject is maths. She loves to dress up and get her hair done. Photograph: Kim Haughton

Kim Haughton has photographed 100 people, one born every year since foundation of the State

Four NCAD students made a prototype button fastener for Tom, above, who has rheumatism

Universal design aims to be accessible to everyone, whatever their age

Eagle Lodge has plenty of space and period charm but new owners will have work to do

St Anne’s, Brighton Avenue, Monkstown:  a Regency villa with 404sq m of living space for €3.5 million.

St Anne’s on Brighton Avenue is a ‘wow factor’ 1830s house with a cool kitchen

Tony Oursler’s Imponderable explores the occult in a sprawling show at MoMA that takes in Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini and a cast of mediums, ghosts and spirits

The present age of anxiety has triggered a new interest in the paranormal

Jesse Jones’s film collaboration with actor Olwen Fouéré and sound artist Susan Stenger

Jones’s idea for Ireland’s entry into the Venice Biennale was to create a fictional lost past where women held power

Enjoys sea views and elegance at Coolmanagh, a four-bed Victorian home in Dalkey

From the series 'A Psychopomp' for Juan Pablo (2017) by David Jacques (centre), part of 'Oil Is the Devil’s Excrement'

In Oil is the Devil's Excrement, artist David Jacques looks at how oil discoveries can hamper a country, as domestic manufacturing(...)

Gilt frames – favoured by  those who first bought the Impressionists’ work – are making a comeback.

The frame and glass you choose can make a huge difference to your artworks

Interior Number 15, Argyle Road, Dublin 4

Divided corner house on Argyle Road, Dublin 4, is a gem ripe for renovation

Number 9 Brighton Vale has 214sq m (2,300sq ft) of living space, laid out over two floors

Number 9 Brighton Vale is a 4-bed Victorian villa with the water’s edge almost at its doorstep

Number 13 Havelock Square with the Aviva Stadium behind. “When it’s lit up at night it’s really beautiful”

Number 13 Havelock Square, Dublin 4, is a charming, quiet extended family home

Number 27 Longford Terrace Monkstown: the  whole building extends to 441sq m (4,746sq ft)

Costa Book award winner spent early years in this Longford Terrace Victorian

Newcastle five bed near the sea includes stables, paddock and a gym for €875,000

No 6 Winton Road: a 195sq m (2,098sq ft) house in a successful mix of styles and periods.

No 6 Winton Road overlooks a tennis court, a €1.25m love match in Ranelagh

Przem Shrem Zajac at the home he shares with Les Cullinan in Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

DJ Shrem and partner artist Les Cullinan’s home zings with colour and curiosities

No 19 in the Pavilion Apartments, Dún Laoghaire

Four-bed penthouse in Dún Laoghaire with well-rounded 360 mountain-to-sea views

Mayflower House on Tubbermore Road in Dalkey has space at the side, and to the rear, that might offer potential to extend further.

Three-bed detached cottage comes with off-street parking and space to extend

David Uda painting his memorial floorpiece ‘Bloom’ on the 69th floor of 4 WTC. Photograph: Allen Kiely

A series of fortunate events brought the Dubliner to the Manhattan project

Druantia,  Woodlands Park, Blackrock: the kitchen  is by Design Yard Dalkey and has a Britannia range cooker

Five-bedroom contemporary detached house comes with a wow factor

Number 1 Crosthwaite Park West, Dún Laoghaire: end-of-terrace house has quarter of an acre of grounds

Victorian end-of-terrace house in eight apartments for €1.35 million

Denis Kenny and Fiona Gilboy of Ceadogán Rugs, Barrystown, Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

‘Fiona and I enjoy trawling markets, always in anticipation of the perfect find’

Nuala Goodman’s  Affresco wallpaper is reminiscent of the distressed plasterwork one might find in an ageing palazzo.

House Rules: on Wallpaper

A detail of Red Weed, part of Astronomical Mashup at the Lab, Dublin by Lucy McKenna. Photograph: Peter Varga

Thanks to synaesthesia Lucy McKenna experiences the world differently to most people, and now, following a stint at Cern, she’s tr(...)

29 Leeson Park, Dublin 6.  For sale after 47 years

The owner has been here since 1970 and is glad she didn’t have the money to rip it up

Ceaparana, Ballycommon, Co Tipperary, beside Lough Derg

Lavish lakeside retreat: estate with 10 bedrooms, separate cottage and 127 acres

The Hermitage is a detached family home on beautiful grounds in south Dublin

The colour purple: amethyst was thought by the ancient Greeks to guard against drunkenness.

At this time of year, purple reigns

Krendl, the Escapist: “You have to focus on your heart rate. You know you’re losing consciousness, because your fingers go numb.”

The Illusionists, who are coming to Ireland, cast a spell over charmed journalists in Paris

Lissadell, Whitechurch Road. Photograph: Fennell Photography 2017

Ganly’s family-friendly home on an acre, where he proposed to his wife, is set in a world of its own

Bright, modern, semidetached house near Dalkey features clever internal design

Property’s attic has been fully converted, offering families an abundance of space

Bonnettstown House

Five-bedroom house in glorious gardens just minutes from city for €1.1 million

John Lee:  “I’ve probably got more adventurous with experience. Before I would have thought, how am I going to make that? You get more confident. I tell myself, there is a way.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Meath furniture-maker who created seat for Michael D Higgins wins Golden Fleece Award

A classic colonial home in an upscale urban neighborhood in St  Paul, Minnesota

Style and design smooth a path over historical inequalities

The downstairs double bedroom with French windows to a secluded patio

Four-bedroom Sorrento Road detached with space to play and think

Phepotstown House in Co Meath

Elegant country house and lands, selling for €1.6m, are perfect for horse and sports lovers

Cork-based designer Alison Ospina’s sheepskin stool, which costs €180.

Pantone says colour of 2017 gives us ‘reassurance we yearn for’ amid global tumult

Caught between our behavioural and aspirational selves, it can be hard to ignore the doughnuts

It’s tempting to imitate what’s already popular but that’s not progress

A candle or crystal on top of your computer in the fame area will make you more likely to be noticed (not least if you set fire to the office).

Look east for Chinese inspiration on balancing all aspects of life – including your desk

The terrace at Salon de Ning at the Peninsula Hotel in New York. You can see Trump Tower from here – but you can also look the other way

Gemma Tipton finds some of the best places to wet your whistle in Ireland and around the globe

Joy Gerrard with her new exhibition, Shot Crowd, at the RHA Gallery: “We’re all activists now.”   Photograph: Eric Luke

Shot Crowd’s large-scale paintings of protests are overwhelming and empowering

From the book of photographs  The Republic: Workers picking vegetables in a field near Navan, Co Meath, part of the exhibition Home is Another Place at the Little Museum of Dublin. Photograph: Seamus Murphy

Irish photographer Seamus Murphy has an extraordinary eye for capturing humanity

An image from Mother River, the exhibition by Yan Wang Preston at the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar  from January 28th to March 5th.

Yan Wang Preston’s exhibition captures sweeping landscape of third-longest river

Neptune’s totally elegant solution to storing TV and media equipment, the Henley 5ft AV media cabinet in Smoke, price €4,100/£2,700, and Caspar armchair, price €2,080/£1,700. See neptune.com for Irish stockists.

It’s back to ‘Generaton Game’ with Neptune’s new version of the home entertainment centre

Eugeen Van Mieghem: Refugees, 1914, Black Chalk, 35 x 47 cm. Image courtesy of Eugeen Van Mieghem Museum, Antwerp

The Belgian artist was inspired by poor people emigrating at the port of Antwerp

Fake taxidermy unicorn head for €850 from dust.ie

From greeting cards to mugs to T-shirts, the mythical horned horse is turning up all over

Enjoy those occasional sparkling days when the air is crisp

It may be the darkest month of the year and have the gloomiest day of all, but things may be looking up for January

The pieces in the exhibition were selected from the British Council collection by fifth-year art students from St Oliver’s Community College and Our Lady’s College-Greenhills in Drogheda, Co Louth

It’s a convincing exhibition, exploring what it means to be from a place, how landscape affects us, and how we live in society

Firing Range (2011) by Mark Neville, from The Helmand Work, in Fancy Pictures

From boy soldiers to stock traders, Neville’s photos set out to spark change, and he has even seen his books burned in Scotland

Nicholas Gore Grimes in his Sandymount home with a six-arm brass chandelier with multi-coloured enamelled shades by Stilnovo, and a set of eight rosewood ‘Model 83’ dining chairs by Niels Otto Moller, c 1970. Photograph: Eric Luke

Pieces of Me: Nicholas Gore Grimes

Built-in obsolescence was one of the first moves in a game that has maximum output as its goal.

Buying shiny new stuff might keep sales figures up but it doesn’t help the environment

Aideen Barry’s Not to be Known: a single channel performative film from 2015

Culture review 2016: It was a year of madness, brilliant takes on 1916 and continuing State starvation

Mince pies, baubles and candy canes ... all part of  festive tradition. Photograph: Getty Images

Gemma Day proposed as a new tradition for dreary January

Comforting sight: The reindeer-like ‘sculpture’ at Ring of Kerry Equestrian Centre

Banish Christmas anxiety with a dose of the Celtic cosiness

Not a Mummy Brown in sight: brightly coloured  swatches pinned to a wall. Photograph: Ohad Ben-Yoseph/Getty

Pigments have a fascinating history and can come from some unexpected sources

The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles: Go for gold . . . or a can of gold spray from lenehans.ie.  Photograph: Getty Images

Trump can get tips from the world’s despots when he does up the White House

Dr Phyllis Clinch (1901-1984) developed virus-free potatoes and was  the first woman to receive the Boyle Medal in 1961

‘Women on Walls’ project aims to redress imbalance and inspire other offices to do same

Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan’s renovated cottage at Arden, Milltown, Co. Cavan. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Will and Rebecca left London to run literary magazine from their refurbished farmhouse

Copper pineapple from Moss Cottage ... the height of sophistication, in the 1700s

They’re commonplace now, but when the fruit first reached these shores they were so expensive that people rented rather than bough(...)

 Eileen Gray’s modernist  home, E-1027, at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the South of France, which features murals by Le Corbusier

From Joyce manuscripts in Buffalo to Bacon paintings in Bilbao, a globetrotter’s guide

Gin and Tonic cocktail set: “lets you go beyond the boundaries of ice and a slice”.

The key is to be generous – and not to look as though you’re trying too hard

The Gypsea Lust blog and its alleged copy: was the storm-in-a-teacup non-story just another hoax?

A plagiarism row over a travel blog is hardly headline news. But it does show how facts are not as important as the number of foll(...)

“Having had house guests no matter how lovely, I could no longer be sure that the grime was my own.”

Time to make like pre-prince Cinderella and give your castle a really deep clean

Gemma Tipton with her "liquid lunch"

Putting up with an entirely liquid diet and constant toilet visits is one thing, but who’s going to stop the killing spree when y(...)

Proposed plans for Dún Laoghaire seafront

New ‘Public Age’ competition calls for ideas on how to make city living better for everyone

Victorian terrace near the sea styled for sale by owners who have moved down the road

In New York at peak times, lights operate on a schedule, so that the flow of traffic isn’t impeded.

That sense of control you get from pushing buttons may be all in your head

A favourite surprise is taking an old book off the shelf and finding  a postcard used as a book mark,  an invitation, or  an old list inside.

Use your home as a cupboard and you may happen on memories hidden inside

’Gel Nails’, a digital print by Sarah McIlroy. Artist Garrett Phelan is hosting a series of conversations with various individuals and groups of young people – aged between 18 and 25 – on Heed FM.

Heed FM is a radio station that is also an artwork

RDS Visual Arts Awards finalists: Dr Nadia Kelbova by Justyna Kielbowicz.

Revamped event, with prize fund of €20,000, showcases the work of emerging artists

One expert in all things inky is Abigail Ahern

Get that magical fallen-down-the-rabbit-hole effect with deeper shades in your home

McNutt’s throws and blankets are cheerfully soft and warmly coloured.

I’m starting the Slow House movement where you can enjoy holiday bliss at home

So what do you give the couple who has everything?

Everyone has a toaster, regifting and selling on eBay is rife so why bother anymore?

‘Continuum’,   by David O’Kane. Photograph: Osvaldo Budet-Mele

The Golden Fleece Award takes the financial pain out of getting creative work done

Caherdaniel on Temple Road has an A2 rating and is finished to the highest standard

Once the rental property of MInister for Transport and Sport, Shane Ross, this Anglesea Road house has been refurbished to a very (...)

Cookbooks: the print version of gym membership. Photograph: Getty Images/fStop Cookbooks: the print version of gym membership. Photograph: Getty Images/fStop

Hardly any of the recipes lined up in pretty books in our kitchens will ever get made

Central Park for great for free walks and celebrity spotting and, if you time it right, check out the performances at the Summer Stage Festival at Rumsey Playfield

Forget the price tags – there are lots of ways to enjoy NYC without breaking the bank

Emma Sheridan’s paintings grew from a panoply of anxieties after she was the victim of a random shooting in a London tube station. “As soon as I knew I’d been shot, my imagination kicked off. My mind spiralled, and the world suddenly became a really scary place.”

'I thought I was dying.' When Emma Sheridan was the victim of a random shooting in London, she used painting to help her heal

What teenagers need is a place to sleep, to hang out, to study and to sulk

Give them a blank canvas and one or two boundaries

Victorian five-bed with sea views and star-studded history for €2.9 million

Silverpines, Dalkey Avenue, Dalkey

Beautifully kept family home is beside Killiney Hill and a short walk to Dart

A picture-perfect, detached five-bed in Blackrock has been beautifully maintained and comes with a private walled back garden

Master florist Lamber de Bie with Vase Attack,  a special floral installation as part of the VASE: Function Reviewed exhibition

Master florist Lamber de Bie will give a talk on Culture Night at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

‘White is the most wonderful colour of all, because within it one can find every colour of the rainbow,’ said architect Richard Meier. That’s all very well until you’re trying to keep it clean

Nothing clutters up an architect’s vision quite like people and their things

Bernadette Madden’s home comes with a separate, easily converted artist’s studio

Jonathan Legge with Jasper Morrisson chair. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Running a website that sells beautiful things has made Jonathan Legge pretty picky about what he puts into his own home. He’s hap(...)

Five-bed redbrick with scope to create a lovely family home

Brewel House, Colbinstown, Kilcullen, Co Kildare

This 525sq m house stands on seven acres in the heart of horse-breeding country and comes with plenty of mod-cons and generous sp(...)

This lakeshore house, on 1.4 acres in Co Tipperary, has sheltered patios, rolling lawns with mature oak and native trees - and co(...)

The Republic of Councils Monument (1969), by Istvan Kiss, at Memento Park, Budapest: the park is an  intriguingly elegant  place to which the plaques and monuments to the icons of the Communist period have been exiled. Photograph:  DeAgostini/Getty Images

Art, music and literature are responding to the challenge of remembering momentous events

Life is full of inventions that we don’t need, in the existential sense of the word, that are nonetheless life changing

There are teams of people dedicated to solving problems we didn’t know we had, and selling them to us on rainy Sundays

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