Bedlinen from Piubelle, made in Portugal. But what is thread count, you ask. It’s the measure of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch. Is it important? “Thread counts are a fad,” says Lisa Duffin of Bottom Drawer in Brown Thomas

Buying bedlinen has become a numbers game with brands trumpeting the high thread count of their sheets and duvet covers in ever higher numbers – 300! (...)

The Wilder hotel on Adelaide Road in Dublin 2. Built circa 1878 as a home for “aged governesses and unmarried females”, the formidable seven-bay Dublin building has had a long history. Photograph: Alan Betson

Anyone walking along Harcourt Terrace, a quiet backwater adjacent to the Grand Canal, with its mix of handsome Regency and Victorian houses, will be s(...)

Good quality brushes and rollers are required when painting

Deirdre McQuillan Oisin Butler (www.oisinbutler.ie) has been painting and decorating houses for more than 20 years, mainly residential period propert(...)

Helen Steele, artist and fashion designer, at home in Emyvale, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Artist, designer and printmaker Helen Steele is usually photographed in paint-spattered dungarees, brush in hand in her busy studio where she develops(...)

William Garvey drinks cabinet: a foolproof way to hold your drink in style

Cocktail cool There’s a foolproof way to hold your drink in style this Christmas: get yourself a bespoke bar cabinet from William Garvey furniture Ma(...)

At a candlelit private dinner in an upstairs room in Read’s of Parliament Street last week, guests, momentarily transported to a Dublin of another era(...)

Maira Kalman and her son Alex Kalman: “We are all rather tidy. I love routine and ritual.”

Celebrated New York based writer, designer and illustrator Maira Kalman has an expected passion – ironing – which she describes as a form of meditatio(...)

Givenchy tweed coat with brown belt, Gucci leather wrap with white skirt, Erdem silver skirt

Oversize coats and jackets, mismatched tweeds, fuller skirts, colourful prints, embellishment and 1980s references – prepare yourself for the new seas(...)

Penneys have reorganised their sizes to emphasise body positivity and plus size fashion

The news that fast fashion giant Penneys has scrapped conventional numbered sizing options, like 8, 10 and 12, and replaced them with S, M and L, whic(...)

Faye Dinsmore wearing one of her sweaters. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Faye Dinsmore, model, mother and founder of a knitwear label, is the second youngest of a family of 14 who grew up in a farm near the seaside village (...)

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