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

 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

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

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(...)

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’

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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

2. Alveus Monarch Kombino

The humble kitchen sink gets an upgrade with these eight designs

Ha’penny place: The City Chic look pictured in front of Dublin’s  Ha’Penny Bridge

The store’s new display matches new-season furniture with the capital’s cityscapes

This Griffith Avenue original is home to a couple with a background in vintage design

Number 85 Nutley Lane, Dublin 4

Auctions have fallen out of favour, but this lavish five-bed will test the appetite for the selling model when it goes under the h(...)

Number 21 Synge Street in Dublin 8 has 177sq m (1,905sq ft) of living space with an additional 14 sq m (150sq ft) of attic space.

Dublin 8 redbrick reworked as a two bed has a lavish bathroom and an attic for guests

The Maldives offers a wide range of water sports, including windsurfing and kitesurfing.

The Maldives, traditionally a couples retreat, is a captivating place to bring the kids

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Workshop at Arran Street East

Brush up your design and DIY skills this autumn by joining one of the many classes available

The detached houses, which have been designed by Cantrell & Crowley Architects are set on sizeable plots, stretching almost 11m across and have pedestrian rear access from both sides.

Architect-designed development of four homes finished to very high standard

Left: Sunny Hollow in Clonakilty, West Cork, a three-bed detached house within a minute’s walk of the sea and about a mile from the village. Right: North Lodge in Clonmellon, Co Meath, a three-bed property with gothic-style features in pastoral surrounds.

Two smart cottages in Meath and west Cork to tempt city dwellers away from the rat race

These units include open storage for the owner’s collection of string instruments and closed door storage for amps.

Best in class: storage ideas that will make every room in the house sing

Mid-terrace on Gaelic Street in Dublin 3 has been completely modernised

Neptune Edinburgh boot room seat and rack

Getting the house ready for another academic year takes a bit of planning

Leo, one of Sorcha O’Raghallaigh’s star sign illustrations.

Home front: Wrap up in a luxurious alpaca blanket at Ballyfin, salad days in a coffee cup, Irish design goes to New York

9 Fr Matthew Square, off Church Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Two-bedroom house in Smithfield runs parallel to St Mary of the Angels church

Castlefarm House, Rathcoffey, Naas, Co Kildare seeking €895,000

The villa, built in 2004, has a very smart mix of old and nw with sash windows and high ceilings

Harry and Lorna Fowler's ancestral home in Co Meath is brimming with horsey history but it's future could be as a location for mov(...)

Big Green Egg

Best in class: Barbecue cookers

1. Mild steel floor-to-ceiling divide. Caplins and Lambstongue

Wallpaper panels, brass shelving, even a wall bed – clever ideas to divide and conquer

6 St Ann’s, Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4

Mature settings, roomier floor space and great locations – older apartment schemes have lots going for them

17 Arkle Square, Stillorgan, Co Dublin

This cottage off Brewery Road was part of development bullt by a a 19th century shipping merchant, that was redeveloped in the 198(...)

RP 1 Sitric Road Arbour Hill, Dublin 7

Seed of community gardening was sown in the back yard of this two-bed in Stoneybatter

 The Houlihans at their renovated house at Lakelands, Stillorgan. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Houlihans turn tired suburban semis into cool open-plan homes

Lamps from Ikea

Best in class: Light up your outdoor world

 104 Avondale Road Killiney

Period bungalow needs a 21st century update

Located in a quiet cul de sac in Donnybrook is a five-bed terraced home in need of TLC

A 25sq m contemporary style  model from Garden House,  wired and insulated  costs €42,000.

As Dublin City Council considers garden homes, firms that supply them are booming

Number 39 Great Charles Street, Dublin 1

New owner of architect-refurbed house can claim relief under the Living City Initiative

There's an effortless style to the way the French do decoration so let's celebrate Bastille Day with some of their coolest contemp(...)

Coolmore Manor House is a home steeped in history.

The real deal: Coolmore Manor House comes with stabling for horses and guest apartments

Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4: a home which has stoked local curiousity.

Tastefully appointed brick and glass two-bed home located by the Dodder river for €1.1m

Keep the holiday feel going with these fresh seaside looks

Former council house was renovated to provide bright kitchen and better energy rating

These two tucked-away homes have been fully refurbished with very distinct designs

HD Best in Class Paving Daving lighting and crazy paving

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Chrissie Rucker, founder of The White Company.

The White Company's Chrissie Rucker built a multi-million pound business out of her love for crisp white sheets. Now she's opening(...)

Computer generated rendering of new apartments at Rowan Point at Marina Village

The first phase has 58 apartments for sale off plans, which when complete will comprise 95 apartments and 14 townhouses

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