A Bristol-style design, available at Arena Kitchens

Best in Class: New taps, tiles and colour tones will refresh the room at the heart of the house

It has new windows, plumbing, wiring, a two-storey extension and converted attic

Rory Crerar and his wife, Margaret, in their new home in Rathfarnham in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Right time to move is sooner than you think, says estate agent who has been through it

Two-bed property in lush grounds enjoys a central location behind Hampton Hotel

Dolphin's Barn property is in walk-in condition with many sleek details and clever features

Downstairs rear – with potential to open up – is where refurbishment focus will be

Neon heart by Talking Tables

Let your love shine on St Valentine’s Day with these clever designs

The ancient art of the smithy is back in style, ironmongery is having a moment

Completely modernised three-bed terraced house features an open-plan ground floor

Well-proportioned house on Bloomfield Avenue offers an opportunity for reimagination

 12 Redcourt Duplex

Priced out of a house in the area you’d like to live in? Don’t rule out the duplex

Menter Byrne architects

Best in class: Home gyms can be as simple or as elaborate as your workouts

The new five-bed at Scholarstown Wood, Rathfarnham

Scholarstown Wood rolls out 27 three-, four- and five-bed A-rated homes priced from €490,000 to €775,000

50 Kilfenora Road, Kimmage, Dublin 12: modernised corner house now extends to 119sq m/1,280sq ft

A three-bed off Sundrive Road has been transformed since it was bought for €220K in 2015

The terrace of Victorian houses at Llandaff, Elm Park, Merrion, Dublin

A refurbished terrace, part of the Elm Park scheme on Merrion Road, has two-beds starting from €665,000

‘In order to create an authentic cinematic experience, akin to going to the cinema, you should opt for a projector rather than a TV’

‘Don’t be swayed by interior designers who say you need to hide the speakers’

Scala   by Bina Baitel for Roche Bobois

Best in class: From raised oak layers and smoked bronze glass to Ikea, this furniture is perfect on the side

7 Orwell Gardens, Rathgar, Dublin 14

Extended family home in quiet location near Dartry Park

40 Glengarrif Parade, Dublin 7

This villa-style house opens from a small street into a smart, bright space

1 Cowper Street, Dublin 7

City cottage has high ceilings, a roomy kitchen and a private garden

House built in 2005 is part of a gated development and has been adapted to maximise space

Rathlin Island, off Co Antrim’s Causeway Coast, is Ireland’s most northerly inhabited island and home to tens of thousands of sea birds

No need to go to a far-flung destination – the islands around Ireland’s coast are perfect for getting away from it all

Na Box chair from Luisa Peixoto at Maison et Objet 2018

Best in Class: what’s new in Paris

Brutalist wallpaper  is probably too much for a full room, but would make a striking and bold feature wall

Home Front: Contemporary furniture for kids’ bedrooms and inspiring exhibitions

13 Lullymore Terrace, Dublin

Canal bank redbrick with cleverly situated open plan living-dining room on the top floor

Patricia McGinnis’s kitchen is painted in Farrow & Ball Pitch Black

Kitchens are going over to the dark side. Feel the fear and do it anyway, says Patricia McGinnis

Best in class: new looks for loos

84 Eglington Road

Deja-vu as Donnybrook Edwardian and modernised Ranelagh three-bed come back to market

Interior designer Rita Konig’s London apartment

Fuel your imagination with these inspiring feeds from some of the most talented creatives

22 Jamestown Road D8

Three-bed terraced house needs complete upgrading but has potential to extend

Readying your home for sale  usually requires small repairs – inside and out, paintwork, decluttering, finding the right estate agent and assembling the necessary documentation. 

Readying your home for sale isn’t something to do in a weekend - take plenty of time

Best In Class: Set the scene with disco lights, balloons, whiskey and more

The Dino Snores programme at London’s Natural History Museum allows members of the public to check in and spend the night. Photograph: Natural History Museum trustees

Fancy a very special kind of sleepover? Then book you and your little darlings in for a real-life night at the museum experience a(...)

20 Scarlet Row exterior

Temple Bar two-bed with triple aspect views for €450K and a Rialto gem for €195K

Caterhire’s gold-rimmed classic dinnerware range, including glasses, costs €65 for a party of 10.

Even as the Big Day approaches, it’s still not too late to order everything to make Christmas go off with a bang

Best in Class Christmas tables: London Flower School

Best in Class: festive tables for those party people who leave nothing to chance


Parts of this three bed are in flitters, but a €115k refurb could reap big rewards

Help is at hand to get your home ready for the festive season

The kitchen at 3 New Cabra Road

Buyers can take advantage of Luas Cross City and make tracks in the property market

Retro Christmas: would you go for a traditional look? Illustration: iStock/Getty

Some of Ireland’s top designers share their Christmas decorating likes – and dislikes

The owner transformed a modest three-bed into this energy-efficient, stylish four-bed

Go ice-skating at one of the many venues around the country.

Treat those you love with the gift of a good time. Aunties and uncles with no kids of their own can borrow a couple to tap into th(...)

Carols by Candlelight at the National Concert Hall takes place on Friday, December 22nd.
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Give relatives and friends the gift of a night out. It’s an supremely social present that is also easy to wrap

44 Reuben Street, Rialto

Architect’s smartly refurbished Rialto home has original charm but with modern home comforts inside

171 Fortfield Road Terenure D6W

Five-bedroom home is just minutes away from neighbourhood’s top schools

Christmas wishes: Belle Brechin, Evie Smith, Sonny Byrne, JJ Mc Loughlin,  Faolán Ó Murchú-Toner and Finn Smith. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

While Christmas is all about the kids, there are a few little touches they would like us to do differently

Tullaghan House, Co Leitrim, costs €250,000. Primrose Cottage in Dublin 8 is just €15,000 less, at €235,000

Two to Buy: Primrose Cottage, D8, and Tullaghan House, Co Leitrim

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

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