One Shore Street.

Karen Bolleboom left a banking job in London to open a seaside guesthouse in Co Down

Miniforms caixa

From clutch-bag chic to portable disco lights, these devices let you bring the party home

The buildings are on a site that is about 3.45 acres and has expired planning for 19 units.

Duo with bags of potential come to market and may appeal to those with a project in mind

The large, bright kitchen. Photograph: Aisling McCoy

When the owners of a rundown house in D11 looked to extend, they asked family to help

 Denniff’s Cottage on Ringarogey island near Baltimore, Co Cork

Upstairs there are four bedrooms, accessed via a waxed timber balustrade staircase leading up from the sitting room

This house’s smoked-glass veranda means you can sit out and admire the vista, even on rainy days

Single-storey house makes the most of a large west-facing garden with a stylish verandah

10a Kingscourt, Aughrim Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

This top-floor former bachelor pad offers light, space, and a Parisian feel

Cairn Hill, 13 Cormac Terrace, Terenure

Cottage on Cormac Terrace has two bedrooms and plenty of charm

Iona, 130 Howth Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3.

Detached Victorian house set on acre of grounds, complete with swimming pool, was owned by Brian Dennis of HB Dennis motors

 11 Barron Place, Drumcondra, Dublin

The back wall is now entirely of glass and overlooks a north-facing garden laid out as a gravel, stepped space

The thoroughly modern Irish barn. Photographs: Simon Mills

The owners of this smart barn conversion asked their designer to furnish it with Irish designs

Open-plan dining/kithcen. Photograph: Barbara Corsico

The livingroom could be a Berlin club, the kitchen a Moroccan riad

Sir Joan Hotel in Ibiza

Best in Class: With St Patrick’s Day around the corner here’s how you can get in the festive spirit

No 88 Goatstown Road, Dublin

The two-storey detached house has what looks like two wings to either side of the main house

 22 Annaville Park, Dundrum,  was tastefully remodelled into a four-bed property in 2009

Two-storey extension turned Annaville Park property into large four-bed family home

Arthur and Grainne Cassidy outside their store, Pieces, on South Great George’s Street. Photograph: Alan Betson

New traders: When the Cassidys couldn’t find furnishings they liked, they opened Pieces

Aisling McElwain’s bowls and plates, €30, for a 23cm side plate, and €35 for a 25cm dinner plate, are available in a teal grey.

Best in Class: Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with our talented homegrown designers

Patricia and Tom McDonagh  in their kitchen in Portmarnock, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/ The Irish Times

Patricia and Tom McDonagh opted for a bold renovation of their Portmarnock home

 25 Farmhill Road,  Goatstown, D14

Renovated home situated in mature area that has attracted some big rugby names

Dun Si at St Marnock’s Bay, Portmarnock, Co Dublin.

St Marnock’s Bay 3 and 4-bed A-rated houses have cool and contemporary feel

23 Ashfield Park, Terenure, D6W

23 Ashfield Park was in flats when sold for €430k in 2013 but is now restored to former glory

Further Space’s Peter Farquharson in one of the company’s pods.

Pod houses in scenic locations are attracting landowners and venture capitalists

Scavolini x Diesel Living features on-trend circular mirrors that are ambiently back-lit

Best in Class: From lighting to more storage here’s how to upgrade your bathroom

Refurbished, extended house comprising three bedrooms is in walk-in condition

Vintage appeal: 57 Crescent House in Clontarf, Dublin 3, for sale through DNG for €340,000

Dublin apartments from the 60s-80s are roomy and great locations

Ashwood Hall, Malahide, Co Dublin

Ashwood Hall launches 10 semi-detached homes with customisable interiors

John Campion Jnr: “Dad put so much effort into saving it from falling down, I felt it would be a shame not to complete the task.”

It took two generations of Campions to turn a ruined tower into a glorious get-away

This Bonton dressing table costs €995 from  online shop Smallable.

Let your imagination run free, from storage to lounging and learning

  20 Fergus Road in Terenure is a mid-terrace, light-filled property with lots of original features

Three-bed property on Fergus Road extending to 1,000sq ft offers plenty of light

 3 Redbrick Terrace, Annaville Avenue, Blackrock

One-bed artisan house with potential to extend

Barry Kane’s kitchen. Photograph:  Ruth Maria Murphy

Architect Barry Kane chose a sleek black marble as the highlight of his own kitchen

The kitchen is morphing into a living space with its component parts designed to look and feel more like furniture than the traditional wrap-around fitted kitchen.

Monochrome colour schemes and distressed metals and woods are returning

Scavolini Diesel Open Workshop kitchen

Whatever your kitchen type, from modular to natural, there’s a design to fit your recipe

The remaining seven properties in the Dunluce scheme in Dublin 4 have come on the market, starting at €695,000

Boutique D4 scheme Dunluce comprises 26 high-end large apartments and penthouses

Photograph: Ken Walsh

Ballinahinch Wood at Ashford is a new development of 169 semi- and detached houses on the edge of the village

Number 97 Church Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Fine period redbrick in Drumcondra is filled with soft, natural light and warm colours

Indulge your love of old cinemas, or just leave messages for whoever you share your home with. Word board and letters, €9, Penneys

Plus, candles inspired by Provençe, wordplay by Penneys and cabinets as artwork

The kitchen with its stained glass windows.

Landscape designer Des Kingston and his wife have poured their collective talents into this Co Limerick church with spectacular re(...)

The Imperial, in the suburb of Erskineville, Sydney, is a symphony of jewel tone colours embellished with heavy duty fringing. Photograph: Anson Smart

Best in Class: Fringes move centre stage in these romantic opulent interiors

Sweet dreams are made of this: a clean uncluttered environment can help you get a good night’s sleep. Photograph: Getty

Your bed is the starting point for a good night’s sleep but how do you know which one is best for you?

A formal drawing room interconnects through to a huge formal dining room.

Detached mock-Georgian house extends to 3,552sq ft

There are eight terraced styles set around a U-shape and the same number of wide-fronted, semi-detached homes

This is its second phase of the scheme with 12 of the four-bed properties already sold

16 Holmwood,  Cabinteely,  Dublin 18.

Price reflects gradual recovery in Cabinteely prices

RP new homes Rokeby Park kingfisher

The final 15 homes in Rokeby Park are upscale and roomy with a real touch of style

The front of number 21 Sherlock Terrace, Skerries, Co Dublin, with its brick window surrounds

Sherlock Terrace home was doubled in size and makes use of a large nearby allotment

Looking down the galley-style kitchen which occupies the return space

An upgraded two-bed has wooden flooring, original fireplaces, clever storage and all round good looks

Livingroom and kitchen at Number 5 Tower View Cottages, Glasnevin

Number 5 Tower View Cottages is close to the Botanic Gardens and Gravediggers pub

Cherrywood in south Dublin: The undeveloped land bank could become a brand new town centre

New Homes 2019: 8000 homes are due to be built in the coming years for Dublin's newest commuter hotspot

Wicklow town’s harbour. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Commuter hotspots: Wicklow is just an hour from Dublin and has a thriving food scene

Hello Curves Wellness, Corales, Tenerife

Best in class: curves from designers going with the flow

Balbriggan Harbour, Balbriggan,  Co Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan.

New Homes 2019: plenty of value and heritage in this commuter hotspot

Don’t get dazzled by first impressions, look out for hidden problems and sort the money

 Ard na Gréine comprises three customisable single-storey houses, starting from €1.45m

Properties beside Russian Embassy boast light-filled rooms, lofty ceiling heights and a blank canvas to complete the fit out

St Jude’s, Glengowla West, Oughterard, Co Galway

Every room of this architect-designed cottage frames majestic Co Galway scenery

Cluain Adain, a Glenveagh Homes scheme, is one of  seven new homes developments currently under way in Navan.

New Homes 2019: This old market town is a thriving commuter hotspot

No 60 Palmerston Road D6

This two-storey redbrick flows with family life and has been finished to a high standard

Grainne Wynne, Beautiful South, Rathmines

New Traders: Grainne Wynne, The Beautiful South

View from number 18 Asgard Apartments, Howth, set on the site of the old Dalriada Hotel

Top-floor apartment at Asgard feels like you're hanging over the water's edge, and Bono's dad once lived downstairs

Valatta dining table and benches

Best in Class: Spring is coming, but cold days and weeks still lie ahead

Renovation: ‘It was our Christmas and anniversary present to ourselves.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Returning to Co Kildare from Oz, Kevin and Lisa-Maria Duffy bought a bank to live in

Cairn has released its latest phase of its Glenheron Greystones scheme, with prices starting from €450,000

Prices start from €450,000 for three-bed properties in Glenheron development

Number 2 Beechwood Cottages in  Ranelagh is a double-fronted property on the small terrace that has been given a very smart makeover

Nearly 50% price hike in three years on this end of terrace Beechwood Cottages property

Kinsealy Woods

Three designers showcase different treatments for new homes in Fingal

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

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

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

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

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