Sparkling windows, fresh colours and more floor space will lift the mood of a room. Photograph: Getty

It is probably safe to say that most of us have had our fill of winter. Sure, we enjoyed the novelty of building snowmen and hunkering down in front o(...)

Mary Kennedy hangs a silver-framed photograph of her late mother Pauline on the tree every year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s that time of year again when boxes of baubles are hauled down from the attic and unwrapped with delight as they take their places on the Christma(...)

Lorraine Keane at home in Monkstown. Photograph: Alan Betson

Keane and her husband, musician Peter Devlin, bought their Victorian home 13 years ago when it was divided into flats and Keane was eight months pregn(...)