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It’s a good idea to upgrade your heating system and install controls so your house is split up into zones which can be heated separately. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s almost at that time of year again when fashion magazines will be urging us all to get “beach ready” – and one of the suggested methods to become (...)

Encouraging birds to live in our gardens is a great idea and we can determine the species by the accommodation we provide

There is something so thrilling about nature occurring just under your nose – and at this time of year, our gardens are simply full of it. Of course,(...)

Graham Ball, Darragh Ball and Iarlaith McElroy at the launch of the Doora Barefield Community Games new waste reduction initiative: a reusable water bottle. Photograph: John Kelly

Monday is World Recycling Day when all across the globe people will aim to spread the message that reusing plastics and other materials is vital to pr(...)

TV presenter Jenny Buckley in her new kitchen which she has just installed. Photograph: Alan Betson

You will always find Jenny Buckley in the kitchen at parties providing of course it is her own party and her own spanking new kitchen. She likes noth(...)

Emma Forsyth, at her home in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin with her new build kitchen. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Pilates instructor Emma Forsyth lives with her partner, Warren, and five-year-old daughter, Maya, in a four-bedroom house in Dún Laoghaire. It’s a n(...)

Architect Darragh Lynch in Malahide where he has obtained planning permission for six neighbours, who got together to obtain  permission for mews houses at the end of their gardens. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Everyone knows it’s important to get on with your neighbours but while getting along with each other is good for morale – and the odd loan of a cup of(...)

Minimalist: the Donegal home designed by Jim and Eilish Walsh’s son

Jim Walsh says he and his wife Eilish have landed in heaven. The pair, who recently retired after spending more than three decades working and living (...)

Arlene Harris and her friend Julie Albrecht on a moped in Greece in the 1990s as they Interrailed around Europe

Forget material things and pricey possessions, there is nothing better than seeing the world. My parents always travelled to far-flung places so I pic(...)

Keep surfaces clean and rooms well ventilated. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s mid-January and most of us are either successfully winning with our New Year’s resolutions or floundering at the half-way line and wondering whet(...)

Maria Raftery’s Christmas table: ‘I always go all out with a bit of glamour and sparkles’

When it comes to setting the table for the annual festive feast, a little effort is required and so the candles will be lit, the centrepiece beautiful(...)

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