Understated elegance by Philllipe Hurel

Best in Class: Add some French polish to your home with these furnishings and accessories

55 St Joseph Place Dublin 7

Terraced cottage off Dorset Street has been given a bright and airy makeover that makes it feel larger than its 52sq m

Property photography is about showing the whole space and views. In this case the sea views are an imortant aspect to the location of the house. Photograph: Philip Lauterbach

Taking pictures of your home for selling or letting isn’t as easy as it seems. Follow these expert tips to get it right

Computer-generated impression of Anglesea, Dún Laoghaire

Modern living with restored and antique details in refurbished Crofton Road development

What appears to be a simple single-storey cottage close to James's Hospital masks a substantial city escape

The private accommodation is to the left of the front door.

With a little investment this former pub in Nohoval could make a charming home

A converted van from Cosy Camper

Vans can be customised inside to create a tiny home away from home for the holidays

When done right lanterns still conjure up an amazing atmosphere like these ones from Arijijiu

As dusk falls, a clever lighting scheme will keep everyone outdoors way into the wee hours

Bauhaus, Stocking Lane, Dublin 16

This modernist home on the edge of Dublin is part of Ireland’s architectural history

78 St Peter’s Terrace, Howth: 89sq cottage is seeking €495,000.

78 St Peter’s Terrace is a renovated cottage close to sea with a landscaped garden and smart Shomera office

Éamonn O’Sullivan of Hewn in his workshop.

Meet the Galway man carving kitchen implements using age-old techniques

Use Harlequin’s printed fabrics, weaves and voiles from its Zapara range on floor and scatter cushions.

Best in Class: It’s holiday time so bring a taste of Mediterranean island living to your home

26 Mountjoy Square D1

This Mountjoy Square house would make an impressive family home or could divided into apartments

Bleanáskill Lodge and  Achill secret garden

Achill cottage has space for a crowd and its own secret garden

 8 Clonfadda Wood Mount Merrion Blackrock

The house opens into a large L-shaped hall and flows around it

2 Malachi Road, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

Terraced two-bed off Manor Street had a top to bottom makeover in 2015

The barbeque is the ideal centrepiece for an summer garden.

Heat, lights and lots of greenery create an outdoor space you’ll want to hang out in

City pads: the mortgage on a central-Dublin two-bed is about €1,600 a month, compared with a rent of about €2,400

From turnkeys to doer-uppers, here’s a selection from the capital’s busiest market

 Dun Sí  in Portmarnock, Co Dublin

Dun Sí is a new development of apartments and duplexes a two-minute walk to the Dart


Dublin 14 development notable for high-quality finish and attention to detail

36 Whitworth Road in Drumcondra, Dublin 9, offers views of the canal

Sizeable three-bed redbrick with large garden provides scope to extend further

Sand pits, garden parties and priceless memories in ultra-high end treehouses

Aisling House at Bishopscourt, Straffan, Co Kildare

The award-winning four-bed house is designed to reflect the colours of the mature trees that surround it

Glencar House, 81 Eglington Road, Dublin 4.

Glencar was last sold by the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) in 2004, since then it has been transformed to a carefully considered (...)

 Enda Loughman, left, his wife Jenny Belton and their two children, Bert (8) and Ted (5). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

How Enda Loughman and Urban Agency designed a triangular home in Windy Arbour

Installation of Corks. Courtesy of Kasmin. Photo by Diego Flores

The super-lightweight, sound-absorbant material is having a renaissance

 Shandon Wood in Monkstown, Dublin

Shandon Wood is a development of six terraced three-storey houses by developer David Dowling of Donode Building

19 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4

Solicitor Damien Tansey's latest Pembroke Road scheme brings six units in the original Georgian building and six A-rated units in (...)

Number  9 Howard Street, Ringsend, Dublin 4

Compact redbrick cottage has been cleverly redesigned, adding extra space and storage

No 24 Newtown Park Avenue

Large semi-detached family home offers a balance of period features and modernity

A dog’s life: Zaha Hadid Design conceived the Cloud Kennel for a Bow Wow Haus fundraiser. Photograph: Drew Gardner

Best in Class: Dog houses are passe. So indulge your pets with bowhouse design

Riversdale Mews

Riversdale Mews and Aideen Place in Dublin 6w are A-rated homes built by Seabren

13 Millmount Place, Drumcondra, Dublin 9: mid-terrace three-bed for sale for €475,000.

Number 13 Millmount Place offers 78sq m on a quiet Drumcondra cul de sac

 A new build in Estuary View, a  development of 24 units at Crosstown  where four-bed bungalows start from €345,000, three-bed semis from €235,000 and four-bed semis from €275,000

New builds attracting traders from Dublin who want sizeable homes that are A-rated

 Slade Harbour, Slade, Co Wexford

Two-bed cottage by the sea on the Hook Peninsula exudes rustic charm

New bridge bypassing New Ross: the N25 crossing the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge is scheduled to open in November.

Last link in motorway chain will forge strong Wexford connection to Dublin

The Arklow Street property was bought by its owner some 15 years ago as a two-bed, mid-terrace unit

The owner raised the ceiling to make the small artisan dwelling feel far roomier

Parnell Court in Dublin 1

Number 1 Parnell Court is a roomy top-floor apartment in a converted Georgian building

Three-year-old Conor Maverick with Swampy, the turtle, at their home in Monkstown Farm. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The animal-loving owners of this south Dublin house asked Taka Architects to design an extension – for their 60lb turtle

After the heatwave of summer 2018 people are keen to enjoy the benefits of outdoor cooking. File photograph: Getty

From simple BBQ grills to a full summer kitchen these ideas can work in cooler climes

For sale: An Culu, a castle with all mod cons, in Kenmare, Co Kerry

From seaside cottages to countryside retreats, try these classic homes for the holidays

The double-bay fronted, end-of-terrace property was  bought by the current owner in 2011 as a three-bedroom house with a lean-to kitchen and an outside toilet

Turnkey two-bedroom villa near the village has its own private yoga studio

8 and 8a Seafield Avenue, Monkstown.

Georgian house and mews with bold interiors surrounded by exotic gardens

Large four-bed Killiney Park apartment with generous rooms, high ceilings and some of the best views of the city

The owners of number 28 were house-sitting nearby when the large and lateral-shaped windows caught their attention

The Warehouse’s unique layout comes in generous proportions and bathed in light

Connemara cool: Paula and Peter Vine surrounded by lavender on their rooftop terrace. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Peter and Paula Vine’s home blends into the landscape while providing an inspiring lookout point

The Shelbourne Terrace.

Best in class: Fresh ideas for outdoor living from furniture and awnings to tiles and timber

New Penelope sofa from DFS from €909

Home front: Floral designs, new furniture from Helen James at Dunnes and a chance to pick up rare plants bargains in Dublin 6

113 Tritonville Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4.

Former model and designer's terraced Victorian three-bed has a soothing interior and charming rear garden

On Navan’s Proudstown Road, Cois Na Rasai.

Get more home for your buck in the Royal County

One of the main bedrooms.

Boutique scheme of just 40 homes on infill site within Riverwood

 Gandon Park, Lucan

Three- and four-bed options opposite the soon-to-open Airlie Park

The heritage town of Trim, Co Meath. Average prices for residential property in the county have risen by about €15,000 in the past year.

Number of properties for sale in Meath on MyHome.ie up 23 per cent on a year ago

Rose Cottage extends to  96sq m and sits on half an acre

Property has been modernised by a furniture restorer and his interior designer wife

Google home: Katy, Emma, Evie and Michael Lamb with their neighbour Rosalinde Lavelle, who sold them the land to build on. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When Michael Lamb used the app to locate sites, he found a willing seller – and good neighbour

Best in class: Terrazzo is cropping up in home accessories everywhere

In Ballinahinch Wood,  Ashford prices start from €340k

Wide choice for buyers looking for family houses in small, well-designed estates

Westminster Wood, opposite Foxrock church and beside Loreto College, is a low-density development of smart homes with a very good sense of flow

All the Westminster Wood homes are flooded with light and have impressive storage

The coast at Greystones, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

From a cottage for €60k to the great Luggala for €28m, the garden county has it all

 Easthill Lodge in Kilpedder, Co Wicklow, now stretches to a generous  2,200sq ft

Price of four-bed property in Wicklow woodlands has fallen to €770,000

Three-bed semi-detached houses at Longstone, Naas, Co Kildare

The devil is in the detail at Longstone, a development of three and four-bed units

The Warehouse living room looking to bedroom

Extravagantly large one-bed duplex is in former clothes factory reimagined as one of Dublin’s smartest apartment blocks

Exterior of 140 New Cabra Road

Most of the hard work has already been done in this 1930 redbrick in Dublin 7

Check out the designs by Denise O’Connor of Optimise Design, she created about eight different headboard sets ups depending on space available. Cost: €1500

Best in class: Bedside tables, smart headboards, clever storage and solo sleeping

Bella Huddart at Sandbrook House in Co Carlow: ‘A good first impression is key.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

If you want to let your home it needs to stand out. Here’s some expert advice

The exterior is the big selling point for number 44 Montpellier Hill, Dublin 7

Cosy three-bed Dublin terraced house near Phoenix Park has a restful interior

The kitchen is as underdressed as a room could be. There isn’t a fitted cabinet in the deconstructed space

Victorian Gothic coach house gets a cool makeover that highlights its original walls

HD Glass ceilings Hotel Andaz Munich

Tired of those endless glass wall options? A glass ceiling can be a discreet alternative

 58 Sitric Road, Stoneybatter: the former a grocery store offers space and light in abundance

Olde worlde shop with film history and living quarters is ready for its next act

 Scart House

Five-bed home near Sneem has been fully restored

 6 Walkers Cottages, Ranelagh D6

Former stable converted to a charming two-bed with studio space

This mid-terrace, villa-style Dublin property allows you to escape the sounds of the city

RKD Architects: steel stairs at Ballymore-built Dublin Landings is powder-coated in an attention-seeking JCB yellow.

Open tread, cantilevered or sweeping spiral? How to make your stairs stand out

Lamorna was reconfigured in 1995, adding a strawberry Gothic-influenced dormer level

Lamorna is a spacious five-bed, detached bungalow built for entertaining and play

Number 81, a protected structure, is sandwiched between two hostels and offers a buyer with deep pockets the chance to own a fine example of historic Georgian Dublin.

Terraced two-bay, four-storey is set over a raised basement and dates from the 1820s

 49 Wyckham Point, Dundrum, Dublin

No 49 Wyckham Point is a two-bed, top-floor unit that has been upgraded by its fashion-buyer owner

HD BIC Soud of silence Arper

Best methods to sound proof your house through panels, coverings and art

Hinch Yourself Happy: Sophie Hinchcliff has sold more than 160,000 copies of her book in the UK during its first week on sale

Sophie Hinchcliff’s book on cleaning tips is the United Kingdom’s number one read

The Nurseries, Taney Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14

The Nurseries is in a quiet cul-de-sac close to Dundrum and Luas and will appeal to growing families

Period features are allowed to shine in this sizeable home backing onto Royal Hospital

Loft conversion at Grand Canal Street, Dublin

This terraced house was inverted to create a bright living space on the top floor

To make the attic space look and feel habitable, you need to factor in good sources of natural light and ventilation

Most homeowners opt for a room considered storage rather than habitable space

Queen Alix residential development in Montreal

Curtains, shutters and blinds add texture and colour as well as privacy

A former garage converted to a courtyard mews in Rathmines, Dublin 6

Home of the Year judge Peter Crowley has created an eco-friendly family home

 41 Ashfield Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Extended terraced house on Ashfield Road

The space in this apartment with extensive terraces will make almost anything look good

This corner house with a bow window is one of the oldest homes in this part of Dublin 6

The large, bright kitchen. Photograph: Aisling McCoy

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

Best in class: They’re not just pretty in pots – indoor plants purify your air too

No 5 Knocksinna Park, Foxrock , Dublin

The décor needs a refresh, but what the property has is the bones of a really good family home without any need to extend

 Glendhu in Dublin’s Foxrock started life as a single-storey flat roof house, but has been refurbished twice since the 1980s

This house went from flat-roofed bungalow to five-bed two-storey home in two upgrades

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

 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

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

Cairn Hill, 13 Cormac Terrace, Terenure

Cottage on Cormac Terrace has two bedrooms and plenty of charm

 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

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