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Birdwatching can be as serene or as stressful as you make it.

Birdwatching is back in focus for its calming effect on people, says Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland whose website saw a 350 per cent increase in tra(...)

The wind dictated everything in relation to the property, from the siting of it to the type of doors and windows the house has.

A low-key contemporary home set into the Sky Road, outside Clifden in Connemara, makes use of local materials to merge it with the landscape and (...)

A yard with pieces from Home Street Home in Harold’s Cross. Photograph: Michael Donnelly.

As the country reopens, the independent decor sector is pushing through to give home lovers a wider selection of things to fill their homes with. Here(...)

 Mónaco lounge chairs, in natural honey colour and set around a cool aquamarine-coloured swimming pool, priced €217 each from Zinc Interiors

Yellow is the colour of positivity and optimism, says interior designer Helena Cousins of Zinc Interiors. “It is the colour of sunlight and can mimic (...)

A tent from pamperthecamper.com

If necessity is the mother of invention you could say that boredom is its father. It was “pure boredom” that prompted Shane O’Ciardhubhaín and his wi(...)

Northumberland Road: a  discreet refurbishment by Declan O’Donnell of ODKM Architects.  Photograph: Ruth Maria Murphy

Beneath the calm exterior of a two-storey redbrick in D4 is a host of high-spec tech that makes the listed building feel warm and modern with much of (...)

Queues and re-openings, Woodies Bray, GV’s from the store this morning. Treasa Dunne from Bray in the store. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

When the doors finally opened at Woodie’s DIY after weeks of lockdown, buyers went wild for flowers, buying bagloads of geraniums making this old-fash(...)

Home makeover: Thomas McGirr in their mid-renovation home. Photograph: Tom Honan

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND DELIVERY HOLD-UPS WILL DELAY BUILDING WORK ON DOMESTIC EXTENSIONS, PUSHING UP COSTS What happens when you finally g(...)

Arlene McIntyre (R) with Millie Mackintosh

The fit-out of a new nursery is a low-key way for decorators to establish a relationship within influential social networks where word of mouth recomm(...)

Don’t do it in half measures: One room will probably take one and half to two days to complete.

With much of the of population in self-isolation, the containment has brought the walls, floors and woodwork of our homes into far sharper focus. Scuf(...)

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