James O’Halloran of Adam’s fine art auctioneers: “When I get into a house to do an insurance valuation, it is not unusual to see a really expensive painting above an inexpensive Ikea item.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the country’s leading furniture and fine art specialists, James O’Halloran considers himself fortunate that, as a lad fresh out of college at 2(...)

When you are having your first child, it’s tempting – almost natural – to look at the most expensive options for everything. Photograph: Thinkstock

There’s no getting away from it: babies are expensive. According to the latest worrying estimates Pricewatch has read, those tiny bundles of joy ca(...)

The Ikea store in central Sweden where the knife attack occurred. Photograph: Peter Kruger/EPA

A knife-wielding man killed two people and seriously injured a third in a stabbing spree at an Ikea furniture store near Stockholm. The stabbings to(...)

Ikea is offering a free kit  to consumers who bought 27 million of the furniture items above specific heights. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Safety watchdogs have warned of the dangers of Ikea chests of drawers and wardrobes after two children were killed when they fell on to them. The US c(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne: the longstanding “living wage” campaign, encouraging big employers to pay more than the statutory minimum, has gained traction. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

The 2015 election was an almost unmitigated disaster for Ed Miliband and the UK Labour party. Yet there was one significant success – an intellectual (...)

Forsyth Park in Savannah. Photograph: Adam Kuehl for The New York Times 6:07

Some of Savannah’s best-known attractions – mossy cemeteries, old mansions, ghost tours – give the misleading impression that the city is a macabre(...)

Ikea may have blazed a trail with self-assembly design, but the newest designer trend, Meccano build-it-yourself furniture, takes the original boys to(...)

Customers will  be able to make purchases from a limited range of products to take home on the day

Ikea plans to trial a new small-format store in Britain as it seeks to extend its reach across the country, the world’s largest furniture retailer sai(...)

 It’s likely the only way rates will fall  to a level enjoyed by our European counterparts – despite the efforts of Government – is if new entrants come in. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Against a background of increasing pressure from the Government to bring Irish mortgage variable rates into line with European competitors, banks are (...)

‘I ran out of room in the attic years ago.’ Photograph: Getty Images

My wallet is s strange place. It’s hard, if not virtually impossible, to find any money in it. Do I have all my money tied up in tech stocks and co(...)