Bedroom at Urban Hotel QO in Amsterdam, designed by Tank Architecture & Interior Design, Conran&Partners in association with IHG’s interior design department

From strip lights to coffered effects, illuminate your home to best advantage

Salesforce: the American software company is building a Docklands office complex for its 2,900 Irish employees

The US firm’s staff will prefer to be within 20 minutes of the office. Here are some options

2 Berwick House, Churchtown, Dublin 14.

Three-bed duplex has benefit of grand entrance with original front door and fanlight

Kitchen,  8 Woodbrook Park,  Dublin 16

Church designer gives Dublin 16 home a rear extension with a soaring roof

It’s time to clear out and tidy up.

Black bin bags at the ready. This weekend is the time to tackle all household festive leftovers

Gerard Byrne in his Ranelagh home. Photograph: Ruth Maria/

Go dark inside: an artist and a landscape designers solution when their house had very little natural light

Hall stand and bootroom storage from West Elm

Best in Class: From hall stands to boot rooms, here’s how to improve its storage

11 Whitebarn Road, Dublin 14

String of refurbishments on Whitebarn Road suggests an area on the rise

RP 61 Rathdown Park, Terenure, D6W

Five-bedroom, pre-war, Stringer-built home with bay windows and a stone fireplace

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik

Best in class: Pick up some fresh ideas from these cool hotel spaces

Mícheál de Síun of de Siún Architects in the Dublin 8 home he designed for Clare Stassen.

This modest house in Dublin 8 has been completely remodelled inside to accommodate an Aga kitchen and seating for everyone in owne(...)

 Declutterer supreme Marie Kondo

As the decluttering queen starts a new series, Irish designers share tips for a tidy 2019

Best in Class: Drinks trolleys

“Sellers that are in the marketplace at Christmas are motivated to sell. Equally, a buyer that wants to view a property at Christmas is not a tyre-kicker.” Photograph: iStock

Estate agents may be closed, but that needn’t deter expats hoping to return from gleaning property intelligence while they are hom(...)

You may need to root around, but a pre-Christmas bargain is possible. Photograph: Moodboard/Brand X/Getty

With some prices reduced, agents say now might be a good time to put in a cheeky bid

At Christmas, there’s no place like home.
Foreign foodies

We meet three expat foodies keen to reinterpret the traditional Christmas dinner this December

Check out Eleanor McEvoy’s  period redbrick home in Dublin 8.

RTÉ invites you to tour the homes of some of our favourite celebrities

 Neptune bench and table under fairy lights

Best in Class: You eat with your eyes so put extra effort into the Christmas dinner table

Add a splash of colour to your Christmas tree with these rainbow-coloured baubles from John Lewis

From rainbow baubles to a draw-your-own tree, here’s some decorating inspiration

Tom Geary on his boat with Máirín Ní Churraoin at the pier, An Phortaigh, on Mweenish Island near Carna. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy. 23/11/2018

The tourists are gone; time for communities to hunker down for the long months ahead

The sitcom Are You Being Served?  was played for laughs, but there really was a time, not so long ago, when a would-be retail worker paid to begin in a shop as an apprentice or trainee.

For shops to survive, the public must feel they are getting service with a genuine smile

So say no to any lights on your Christmas tree and instead let simple bauble forms do all the talking

Best in Class: Keep things simple, natural and fresh with these eight decorating ideas

Margaret Mangan of Cloon Keen Atelier in her Galway shop in High Street. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The homegrown candle business is on fire, with several brands going global

Tommy Tiernan hits the comedy trail in the run-up to Christmas

Tommy Tiernan, Foil, Arms & Hog and Jimmy Carr are performing this season

Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman

From drive-in movies in Galway to the most festive ballet of them all

The High Hopes Choir are in Kilkenny on Sunday December 2nd, and in Christ Church Cathedral on December 3rd and 4th

December dates to feed your soul, including Moya Brennan and Anúna

Shang-a-langers: The Bay City Rollers will have you all wrapped in tartan this Christmas

Give the gift of live music – tickets to a gig make a great stocking-filler for musicheads

 Dame Lola (Chris Corroon), Maid Marion (Ciara Mackey), Robin Hood (Gavin Ryan) and Sheriff of Nottingham (Paul Byrom) stars of the Helix  Pantomime, Robin Hood, at The Helix, DCU Campus, Glasnevin. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The top pantos in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway: famous faces and familiar yarns

Three-bed apartment in popular Harbour View scheme prime for buyers trading down

Hugh Hefner: the publisher lived in the Playboy mansion until his death, in 2017

More than 8,000 items from Hugh Hefner’s Los Angeles home set for auction

KitchenAid: the Empire Red stand mixer is down to almost half-price, at €299

Colourful KitchenAids, luxurious rugs and designer beds are quality buys

The Saber print, a very fresh take on animal magnetism, is pictured here in touch-me midnight blue velvet.

Best in Class: No space for a matching suite? Let the occasional chair take centre stage

15 Upper Beechwood Avenue Ranelagh D6

Bright Beechwood Avenue home with three double bedrooms right beside the Luas line

‘Les Misérables’ is playing at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre until January 12th.

Go clutter-free this festive season and give the gift of an experience to your loved ones – all you need then is a small card for (...)

Fairy lights are another favourite to help create an ambiance that says Christmas in a very modern way. Photograph: iStock

Avoid last-minute panic by following some smart advice to help you crack the countdown to December 25th

15 Butterfield Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14: a detached house with period details, a long garden and loads of potential.

15 Butterfield Drive originally had four beds and offers great opportunity for renovation

Number 601 Woodview Cottages is an end-of-terrace that has been upgraded and remodelled but also boasts a wraparound garden.

The real selling point is the levels of privacy not offered by other houses in this small estate

 Harvey Norman two-seat sofa bed

Best in Class: Sofa beds and other ways to accommodate additional guests for the festive season

Adam Kalkin container home: 3 Linfield Lane, Califon, New Jersey

US architect built 370sq m New Jersey home by welding shipping containers together

One of the new homes at Clairville Lodge, Malahide

The homes have a formal sitting room to the front that can be closed off from the dining room to the rear by sliding doors

Number 47 Rialto Cottages, Rialto, Dublin 8

Every inch of space has been optimised in this small but perfectly formed artisan home

Greene hangs báinín sheepskins on the hall balustrades. Irish Hide Designs sells native Irish sheepskins that are transported to Poland to be cured.

Most things in the Dublin 8 home of flea market founder Sharon Greene have been found in charity shops or markets. She calls it sl(...)

 Olympia bath from Ashton & Bentley, €3,693

Best in class: As the weather cools off, it’s time to get into a nicely-styled comfort zone

Ballsbridge transformation: how the Comer Group’s No 1 Ballsbridge development will look

‘Ballsbridge is the Knightsbridge of Dublin, and rents are at a premium’


22 Hollybank Avenue has been utterly reimagined since it was bought in 2010

Prices for the spacious houses in the new   scheme in Cabinteely start from €745,000

Kelland Homes launches first six of its sizeable four- and five-bed properties

4 Hollybank Avenue Upper in  Ranelagh is a mid-terrace three-bed that has been opened up and extended by its former architect owner to make it light-filled

Hollybank Avenue Upper property has been extended to almost 1,162sq ft

 Jacqueline kettle

A sunny stove, a pull out fridge, or a fashion friendly kettle will add some insta-appeal

New homes at Auburn Green, Glenageary, Co Dublin

Boutique scheme of houses and apartments has a sense of flow, and lots of light

5b Thomas Court is a little gem in the heart of Dublin 8

Ground-floor apartment extending to 37sq m is chic inside thanks to architect’s makeover

  15 Bank House, Cornmarket, Thomas Street, in Dublin 8, is a top-floor apartment with a large terrace

One-bed flat above Thomas Street is in need of renovation work but has potential

In her own interior shot: Ruth Maria Murphy at home in Malahide

Ruth Maria Murphy honed her photography skills on travel assignments. Now Ireland’s most beautiful homes are in her sights

Drawing the drapes in  Oakhurst. Photograph: William Waldron

Best in Class: Creative and functional drape, curtain and shutter options for your home

Willow Glen D18

Range of house styles and apartments in small development at Glenamuck Road

Number 6 Gracepark Road is a charming redbrick villa that has been beautifully refurbished

Terraced villa has been refurbished and extended and comes with off-street parking

 Number 8 Fairview Strand has been renovated to improve its energy rating and layout

Two-bed boasts improved energy rating, modern kitchen and potential attic conversion

Photograph: Barry’s Fireplaces

Best in Class: A guide to fireplaces that can transform your living space

Number  67 Synge Street, Portobello, Dublin 8.

Terraced town house about a minute’s walk from Camden quarter

Rockville by Maplewood Development.

Rockville, Glenamuck Road, will comprise 37 houses and 12 apartments

Number 17 Frankfort Avenue, Dublin 6.

Walk-in-ready three-bedroom Victorian home on Frankfort Avenue in Rathgar

35 Milltown Avenue Mount Saint Anne’s , Dublin 6

Four-bed townhouse’s interconnected spaces offer flexible options for a growing family

Designer Deirdre Whelan:   a fan of simplicity.

Home Front: Toys that will last the test of time and vegetable stew at Avoca

HD BIC Kitchen counters Bulthup

Best in class: Seven kitchen surface trends you might like to try

3 Bushfield Terrace Donnybrook D4

Nikki Walsh fell foul of Lady Gaga a few years back when she named her cooking business Lady Aga, but at least the Aga remains in (...)

 Dún Ríoga, Drumree Road, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath

Housebuyers are spoiled for choice with this scheme in a heritage-rich area of Co Meath

Knockerra, Balkill Road, Howth

A bird’s-nest balcony and walls of glass make the most of fine sea views from this sleek three-bed

Apartments and houses in  Ardilaun Court

Ardilaun Court offers a mix of apartments, penthouses and houses in mature setting

This feature shelving acts as a repository for  reading matter as well as a climbing wall for the owners’ shy felines. Photograph: Francis Dzikowski/ Otto

Best in Class: Here are some clever ways to keep your books organised

 New Homes at Dodderbrook D24

When complete the Dodderbrook scheme will comprise a total of 500 units

Black ash kitchen option at  Ballycullen Green, Dublin 24

Traditional style family-friendly houses near good transport links

Number 64 St Mary’s Road, East Wall, Dublin 3

In the early 2000s three journalists shared this Dublin 3 terraced home, which soon became a bijou broadcasting house

19 Percy Lane, Dublin 4

This fully modernised and extended house on Percy Lane is filled with natural light

Ellen DeGeneres: it made sense to branch out and build a bedding, barware and home-accessories brand, ED by Ellen

The superstar talkshow host (and china designer) wears her heart on her sleeve (and her mugs)

Roche Bobois’s new collaboration with Marcel Wanders  features travel iconography of the cities of London, Paris and Istanbul.

Best in Class: Taking its cue from mid-century classics, furniture shows more legs this season

Amada Hilton Sawyer of Irish Girl in Brooklyn confesses to passions that include antiques, mid-century furniture and lighting.

Home Front: Amanda Hilton Sawyer’s interior design; Róisín Lafferty’s parlour tricks

A festive-themed party setting by Gotcha Covered.

Forget the reindeer horns – here are this year’s on-trend party options

Enjoy a tapas lunch at Cava Bodega in Galway.

Get away from it all and eat, drink, be merry and stay over at one of these gorgeous venues around the country

The office party needn’t cost a fortune. Photograph: iStock

With a bit of flair and imagination, companies can throw a memorable office party without spending a fortune

Snow Patrol play Dublin’s 3Arena on Tuesday, December 11th.

From gigs to golf to ‘Game of Thrones’, here are some novel ideas for a get-together your colleagues will love

No 66 Grove Park, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Very special 159sq m property will appeal to classicists and fans of antique furniture

Mid-terrace early Victorian on Bessborough Parade has been upgraded and extended and has a courtyard surprise

Colourtrend: Helen Turkington

Best in Class: One of the simplest ways to give your house a new feel is with paint

Castlefield Hall, Clonsilla, Dublin 15

Castlefield Hall is a development of 16 well-built semi-detached family homes

The SeaGreen development in Greystones is part of the larger SeaGreen development and comprises 193 homes. Photograph: Peter Moloney/PM Photography

Prices for four-bedroom homes in SeaGreen Gate development start at €480,000

The contemporary houses stand seven metres wide and are laid out with a formal sitting room to the front.

Phase two of Castle Vernon scheme launching with prices from €935,000

4 Kings Villa, 55 Monkstown Road, Monkstown, County Dublin.

Modern comforts and first-class appliances in boutique apartment block

166 Harold’s Cross Road.

Cottage appears to be tiny but extends downward – villa style – to a lower floor

Number 9 St Patrick’s Terrace, Monkstown, Co Dublin

Former council home has been completely renovated with a ‘broken-plan’ layout

Get snug with a rug: Slinky Pinky and Triple Pinky

Say goodbye to stark minimalism and hello to tactile warmth for the winter months

RP Praiano, Ulverton Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin

This A-rated four-bed detached new-build is minutes from Castle Park School

The interior of a  new homes at Inglenook Wood in Carrickmines

Inglenook Wood is a development on a two-acre site at Glenamuck Road in Carrickmines

46 Aughrim Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7: 130sq m Victorian property has an asking price of €645,000.

Three friends lovingly shared and renovated this 130sq m house in Stoneybatter

 85 Ashfield Road, Ranelagh

Standard Edwardian terrace off Ranelagh main street with its own wine cellar

32 Cherry Court, Terenure, D6W

The light-filled property is in a small 1980s-built development of maisonette homes

Style statement: India Mahadavi’s latest collection has colours most people had relegated to the past

Best in Class: Lights, mirrors, plants and bookshelves will give a new feel

One-bed units in Ardilaun Court are expected to start from between €380k-€420k

RP New homes developers story Dun Rioga CGI, Castlethorn Construction

Country’s housebuilders launch hundreds of new apartments, houses

The Maplewood development at Rockville.

Rockville includes 37 houses and 12 apartments, starting from mid-€400k

Modern newbuilds are situated in what feels like a futuristic village with lots of green space

Castle Farm, a development of 178 houses near Naas, Co Kildare.  Twenty families have already moved into the estate, attracted by price and by the impressive showhouses. 

Forty of the Co Kildare development’s two-storey houses already sold

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