Top tips from architects, interior designers and surveyors

Here is our line-up of talks on the ‘The Irish Times’ Home & Design theatre stage at the Ideal Home Show next bank holiday weekend


1pm: Introduction to The Irish Times Home & Design Theatre followed by The quantity surveyor versus the architect : head-to-head discussion between Patricia Power of the Society of Charters Surveyors Ireland and Declan O'Donnell, founding partner of ODKM Architects. Hosted by Irish Times interiors expert Alanna Gallagher.

1.45pm: Dave Dempsey of Noel Dempsey Kitchens in Wicklow chats about What's Cooking in Kitchen Trends.

2.30pm: Muriel Simpson of interior designs firm House & Garden talks to journalist Frances O'Rourke about how best to stage your home for sale, with all the expert tips and tricks of the trade that will help get you the best price for your property.


3.30pm: Want to upgrade your kitchen without breaking the bank? Architect, interior designer and regular Irish Times columnist Denise O'Connor of Optimise Design is on stage to show just how it's done.

4.15pm: Gardening guru Fionnuala Fallon comes fresh from the garden with tips on how to grow your own seasonal cut flowers. Enhance your garden and cut your florist bill in one presentation.

5pm: Ditch the magnolia. Sarah Drum and Lisa Marconi of indie furniture retailer and interior design practice Dust talk to Irish Times journalist Orna Mulcahy about using strong colours and bright paints effectively. No more whiter shade of pale.


11.30am: Find out how incorporating the Chinese principles of feng shui could bring positive energy into your home with expert Nina Kati. It could change your fortune, cookie.

1pm: Love vintage and antiques? Find out how to use them to best effect in your home as Róisín Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design (KLD) shares top tips .

2pm: Got a building conundrum? Now's your chance to get it sorted with the help of quantity surveyor Patricia Power from RTÉ's Room to Improve.

2.45pm: Dream home design on a bootstrap budget? If that sounds too good to be true, don't miss TV3's Anna Daly as she explains just how it's done.

3.45pm: Siobhan Lam of leading lifestyle and interiors store April & The Bear talks Instarooms, showing us how social media is not just capturing but creating some of the hottest new interiors trends.

4.30pm: Classics don't age and they won't let you down. Carol-Anne Leyden of CA Design talks about the furniture design classics that work in every room.


11.15am: Who says neutrals have to be bland? Get a fresh new take on neutral palettes as Martina Tolarova of La Maison Design shows how to shake them up to best effect for Irish homes.

12.15pm: Got a question about a building conundrum that's driving you nuts? Catch up with Noel Larkin of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland to find the most effective solution to your property problems.

2pm: Dream home design on a bootstrap budget. TV3 presenter Anna Daly shows us how to create the home of your dreams when your budget is more of a nightmare.

3pm: Irish Times' consumer specialist Conor Pope and the Permanent TSB team tell us how, when, why – and whether – to release equity from our homes.

4.30pm: Swimming in stuff? De-clutter with ease thanks to top tips from Sarah Reynolds of Organised Chaos, the country's best known professional organiser for both homes and businesses.


11.15am: Find out out how to decorate the house this Christmas in a way that's not just festive but stylish too, with the help of the design team from home furnishing store Harvey Norman.

12.30pm: Want your house to be a showstopper? Wicklow-based interior designer Collette Ward, the creator of this autumn's Ideal Home showhouse, talks about creating that show house effect at home.

2pm: Interior designer and specialist colour consultant Orla Kelly offers step-by-step tips to making the right colour choices for your newly built home.

2.45pm: TV presenter and fitness guru Kathryn Thomas comes back from her travels to share the simple steps that can lead to a happier and healthier home.

3.30pm: Experts Regina Rogers Fallon and Ciara Drennan from iconic Irish paint brand Colourtrend show how to choose the perfect paint tone for different rooms.