Island View, Skerries, Co Dublin

Four-bedroom bungalow has had a complete makeover since it was last for sale in 2016

Ancona bench

Best in Class: Warm up the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom

 9 Sandford Avenue, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

A major renovation is not for the faint-hearted but it can be worth it if you do it right

4 Wellington Place,  Dublin 4

1980s family house has dated interior but potential to extend

Artist’s impression of three-bedroom houses at Annesley Gardens in Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Dublin 6 development will feature 20 high-end homes to be built on 1.25-acre site

Two-bed terraced house beside Croke Park has a fully refurbished interior

First Light is a pale pink from American paint company Benjamin Moore.

Best in Class: Brush up with these new paint shades from pastel pink to jungle green

Glandore House, Glandore Park, Dún Laoghaire

With sellers slashing prices to tempt buyers, here are six discounted homes from €325k

The living area. Photograph: Ste Murray

The owners of this Victorian home have revealed bare brick and added lots of light

Tír na nÓg is a super-sized traditional Irish cottage on the shores of Connemara, about 10km from Clifden.

Plan a break in one of these chic retreats and return with fresh interior design ideas

Philip Burke and Linda Ryan with their children Cara and Fíadh and dog Mollie. Cara is pictured holding the special Santa key, at their home in Swords, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The fireplace, where Santa makes his grand entrance, is no longer a feature of houses and apartments. New traditions are taking ho(...)

HD BIC giftwrapping Lia Griffith

Don’t be looking for the Sellotape on the 24th, spend time now on gorgeous gifts

Number  20 John Dillon Street, Dublin 8

Bought in 2016 for €265k, Dublin 8 corner redbrick is back on the market with a freshly decorated interior

Table dressing from  Penneys

Best in Class: Here are nine ideas to get you going as you plan your festive feasts

 Number 42 Harty Place, Dublin 8

This one-bedroom, mid-terrace property in the city centre contains a big surprise

The living room

This large apartment is an amalgam of a one bed and a two bed and offers a chance to create spectacular living space

A door wreath from Appassionata Flowers.

When decorating your house and table, give it the wow factor with some tips from the experts

Oliver Peyton’s new venture, the Exit Here funeral home

The Irish-born restaurateur wants to drag the funeral business into the 21st century

QE55Q90R smart TV from Harvey Norman

Best in Class: Attractive television screens, exterior wall set-ups for your living room

Black Friday: DFS’s Jaxon sofa is €519; the price will rise to €1,039 after the weekend

Save 40% on an Irish mattress and 25% on chairs. But is the Dyson really a bargain?

Front of house on Temple Road, Dartry

Large detached five-bed 1950s house on Temple Road offers a generous footprint at the high end of Dublin 6

Amber alert in Café En Seine. Photograph: Joe Ladrigan

Take a shine to these nine new lighting ideas

An Tigín, Carlow

An Tigín is a stylish three-bed in rural Co Carlow, designed to follow the sun’s arc

13 Grosvenor Square in Rathmines, Dublin 6, extends to 210sq m (2,260sq ft)

Three-bed Victorian redbrick on Grosvenor Square restored after a decade vacant

27 Waterloo Lane, Dublin 4

Owner paid €775,000 for this mews property in 2014 and has since completely remodelled and insulated the three bed

The new Star Wars x Le Creuset collaboration: demand for the collection has been ‘unprecedented’, according to the French cookware company

Star Wars cookware, Christmas scents and a masterclass in present wrapping

The Ballyfin trellis suite

Best in Class: Leave the bathrobes and shampoo behind and take interior ideas instead

19 Charleston Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Cake designer Caroline Goulding undertook this Victorian redbrick restoration

This period redbrick by the Royal Canal has been renovated with flair

Buyer beware: renovating a home can be costly and time consuming. Photograph: iStock/Getty

You can still find bargains outside Dublin. But do the maths before buying in and around the capital

4 Eglinton Park has been transformed from a tired semi into a bright modern home

From this month anyone building a new home or carrying out large scale refurbishments will have to comply with new rules aimed at improving energy efficiency levels across the country.

New energy efficiency regulations will make larger scale renovations more expensive but the upside will be lower energy bills

Best in Class: Create a focal point with a splashy design or stick to tradition with a classic oriental rug

Deerfield on Sandymount Avenue has nice apartments ranging in price up to €2.5m

Leinster Road home of interior designer Patricia Downey has her signature style throughout

This four-bed is set well back from the road and has a sizeable side garden with pedestrian access to the back and vehicular access to the rear

Handsome, well-maintained 1930s semi on large plot has many attractive details

Overview of Stella Maris (right) beside St Peter and Paul Church on Strand Road

Unusual former parochial house not far from Sutton Cross needs complete refurbishment

Colourful eco boiler: Arada offers a choice of colours as well as a larger glass-fronted door

Best in Class: As winter approaches, it’s time to invest in one of the latest stove designs

24 Rutland Cottages: refurbishment work is expected to begin immediately

Fixer-upper terraced cottage off Rutland Street went on market at €85,000

Jim Cogan with his sister Katie Cogan (left) and daughter Lara Cogan  in the house at Kingsland Parade, Dublin 8 which he renovated. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

'The footprint was there but we rebuilt everything, with new slab, under-floor insulation and heating'

JM Barrie’s living room

Best in class: Bespoke windows can add a whole new personality to a space

24 Rutland Cottages, Dublin 1: bidding has already crept up to €105,000

Cottage draws builders, friends joining forces, a Parisian and a musician with savings

32 Rutland Cottages: the terraced cottage in Dublin 1 is likely to go to a cash buyer, according to the selling agent

Fixer-upper terraced cottage off Rutland Street almost sold as bidding tops €100k

Number 142 North Strand, D3 was sold in May 2013 for €55,000, according to the property price register. Back then it was in need of complete salvage and had a tree growing out of it.

Cleverly refurbished North Strand cottage reflects demand for walk-in artisanal homes

Doer-upper or turnkey home? We compared four modest Dublin houses to see which approach is better value

It’s nice to put your own stamp on a property, but crunch the numbers before jumping in

Number 24 Rutland Cottages in Dublin 1 qualifies for the living city initiative tax incentive, but the deadline for all work to be completed in order to avail of the tax break is currently May 4th, 2020.

Mid-terrace cottage on Rutland Street in Dublin 1 has little inside except potential

Brookville, Clonskeagh Road, D14 is incredibly private and there is very little traffic audible inside the house.

Brookville situated almost across road from Wynnward Drive entrance to university

Horses were once stabled at the building, which now houses The Space Between.

A new dog-friendly fitness studio has light and dark spaces for different moods

Komandor offers a wide range of slick contemporary options in fashionable shades.

Keep the hallway clutter free with a spot to store coats, hats, bags and essential rain gear

Hazelbrook, built on the site of the old HB factory close to Nutgrove Shopping Centre, launched in 2016 and this weekend sees the release of its final tranche of three- and four-bedroom houses.

The nearby village of Churchtown is within walking distance and has developed a neighbourhood feel

18 Sandymount Avenue

Substantial Victorian family home beside the Dart that comes with shared access to a small private park and full-size tennis court

A Dublin Port  sign, located on East Wall Road.

Your annual chance to nose around private homes and off-limits buildings, free of charge

Cobalt blue Ketzal blanket €325

Home Front: Supersoft throws will see you through the transition from autumn to winter

Living space: an attic conversion must comply with building regulations to qualify as a habitable room. Photograph: E+/Getty

Building up will add space, but building out could make the most of your money

Lobby Saint Regis hotel in Hong Kong

Sliding doors and internal screens can change the mood of a room while interesting handles and locks make all the difference

Interior designer owner used a minimalist colour palette and high end materials when refurbishing this mid-terrace home 10 years a(...)

According to DFS, we spend between a week and 18 days of our life planning the purchase of a sofa

A sofa’s component parts are not listed like ingredients in a ready meal, so eco minded shoppers need to ask questions about what'(...)

Lee Broom’s Kaleidoscopia has been the hit of London Design Week.

With the curtain raised on the Dublin Theatre Festival its time to put interiors with a sense of the dramatic into clear focus

Number 95 Monkstown Avenue has been finished throughout to a high standard.

Refurbished home, with off-street parking for several cars, an outdoor kitchen and extra 1000sq ft

Subiaco, named after the Australian town where one of the owners was born, measures 92sq m.

Picturesque two-bed is part of small gated development in south Dublin suburb that would have downsizer appeal

Number 82 Hollybank Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

End-of-terrace Victorian house has been modernised and considerably brightened up

27 West Road, Dublin 3

Owners of red-brick terraced house bought in 2014 for €185,000

Saoirse Ronan: the large landing in her Greystones home has a reading nook and uses mid-century furniture

The Golden Globe-winning star furnished her Wicklow home with Dublin street art, vintage finds and expensive fittings

Jean Royère’s polar-bear style sofa

From serpentine and polar-bear sofas to four-leaf clover conversation chairs

New Feldberg homes in Glenageary

Smart, boutique-sized development with roomy units

The back garden is about 52sq m in size and east-facing but also gets southern light

25 Windsor Terrace in Portobello is a three-storey abode beautifully sited on a one-way stretch of the Grand Canal just a few doors down from Harold’s Cross Bridge

Three-bedroom terraced house with upside down layout perfect for home-sharers

Manor Street, Stoneybatter: the area is Ireland’s coolest, according to TimeOut. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A big supply of small houses makes Ireland’s ‘coolest’ area attractive to first time buyers, but trading up is hard

Mariavilla, Maynooth, Co Kildare

Located in one of Dublin’s prettiest commuter towns, Mariavilla will have 460 homes

The Station Manor development at Portmarnock.

Station Manor has a new phase of four-bedroom homes with designer interiors

The jewel-like monolithic counters by Stamuli Architecture for fashion house Ganni’s new London store would work equally well as kitchen islands.

From highly polished natural stone to seamless and organic, the choices are endless

Future cities: smart buildings and drone commutes could be features of city life. Illustration: SOM/National Geographic

From cities made for efficient transport to smart refrigerators monitoring what you eat

Views to the Sugar Loaf from Number 250 Clontarf Road

A fully modernised Victorian four-bed semi with box-bay front, at 250 Clontarf Road

This new scheme from Richmond Homes is the first sizeable new homes development here in about a decade

New scheme from Richmond Homes sits on 68 acres just an hour’s drive north of Dublin

 40 Celtic Park Avenue in Beaumont, Dublin 9

Three-bed end-of-terrace home with granny flat in Beaumont is walk-in ready

Sandbanks timber frame bed, from €538, Marks and Spencer.

Best in Class: Invest in a good bed and sofa for starters

Get the most out of your house  by doing your homework. Photograph: Getty

Expert hacks that will ensure success when embarking on the biggest purchase of your life

Bay Meadows is a development by Archtree Developments that when complete will comprise 183 homes.

Homes have separate sitting room, guest toilet and kitchen-dining room to the rear

Wasdale Park home has undergone a thorough revamp but remains true to its original era

70 Aughrim Street Dublin 7

Victorian three-bed on Aughrim Street has been completely modernised for new owners

Art deco-inspired fishscale shapes by Otto Tiles can create a shimmering shower room.

Cool Scandi style is giving way to a more exuberant use of colour and pattern

New homes in Orwell Park Gardens is a courtyard development and is set around a mature formal garden.

Last eight terraced units with views of Dartry Park and Dodder Valley available to buy

No 12 Garville Avenue, Rathgar

Victorian four-bed on Garville Avenue ticks a lot of boxes at the luxury end, including a garden site with potential for two house(...)

Number 42 Martin Street, Portobello, Dublin:  There’s a matt black kitchen to the front, whose units were made from recycled wood and where you can see the canal from the kitchen sink.

D8 canal-side home is cleverly refurbished with a timely windfall from poker success

Design your own laundry rooms with the Algot Ikea shelving system.

A laundry room helps to unclutter open-plan homes by hiding the big wash

23 Temple Road Blackrock has been completely modernised

Beautifully modernised Victorian redbrick has great access to Dart and bus corridors

Anthropologie: the American chain is opening a branch in Belfast. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

US fashion and interiors chain to open in Belfast – and add Irish designers to its mix

Outer hall design by Barker Associates Architecture

Best in Class: Colour-coded towels, bulk food storage, and designs for decluttering

The barn at Providence House, outside Enniscorthy in Co Wexford

Cowsheds, stables and other outhouses get a new lease of life in these barn conversions

C.P. Hart’s new Plissé collection, from innovative Italian manufacturer Artelinea.

Best in class: big bathroom buys

This muslin cloth Matisse print, which comes in a range of shapes to suit round, rectangular and square set-ups, is designed by Lisa Corti.

Best in class: Outdoor dining

16 Sweetbriar Lane, a spacious three-bed bungalow in Stillorgan, is on the market for €570,000

Beautiful three-bed bungalow with smart layout and garden extending to nearly 40ft

We’ve found a property in every postal district in the capital, from sleek apartments to tiny houses in need of total refurbishmen(...)

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