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Worktops have to be durable – and good looking

We’ve spent so much time in our kitchens over the past 12 months it’s the one area of the home getting more wear and tear than ever before. Choosing m(...)

1960s  G-Plan sideboard.

One of the surprise success stories of the past year has been a renewed interest in antique furniture and homewares. Local antique dealers have report(...)

If you are discarding, make sure you do so sustainably. Old clothes can be recycled or, if you’re handy with a sewing machine, consider reusing the fabric. Photograph: iStock

A messy or disorganised environment can negatively impact our productivity, relationships and happiness. Studies have shown that clutter competes for (...)

With successive lockdowns bringing the comfort of our homes sharply into focus a key element is ensuring they are warm and free from draughts. It’s no(...)

Less has been more during lockdown while daily rituals have taken on greater importance.

For many of us there will be things we’d like to forget from the past few months, home-schooling and endless queues - not to mention all the worry, un(...)

An old villa in the suburbs of Havana, Cuba. Photograph: iStock

No matter what your interior style preference, hanging the right piece of art will elevate your home and add instant personality. But buying art can i(...)

From succulents to larger tropical trees, house plants help to bring nature indoors

House plants are a wonderful way to bring nature into a home. Not only do they look wonderful but they bring a wealth of mental and physical health be(...)

Quantity surveyor  Patricia Power: ‘This is one of the largest spends you will make in your lifetime, so make sure to put time into getting it right.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Planning a renovation or extension to your home can be a daunting process at the best of times but, because of the great uncertainty created by the he(...)

Paint an A4 page to test colours in different parts of the room, where the light may vary

Homes are seeing a lot more wear and tear at the moment and, if yours is anything like mine, there will be more than a couple of walls that need a ref(...)

A  closet detox can seem like a daunting project that most people like to long finger. Where is the best place to start?  .

We are all adjusting to our new way of living at home. While there’s a lot to get used to there’s also a lot to be grateful for. There is less rushing(...)

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