Liz Dwyer

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There can be a surprising amount of space under a staircase. Photograph: Getty Images
Houseworks: understairs storage

If your hallway feels like it’s been repurposed as a dumping ground for coats, shoes, sports bags, scooters – and all the paraphernalia that goes with(...)

Laurence Baker and Kristen Flanagan at their home in Roebuck Castle, Clonskeagh Dublin, with their dogs George and Stanley. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A townhouse in Clonskeagh, Dublin, was the first house newlyweds Kristen Flanagan and Laurence Baker ever bid on and three weeks later the keys were t(...)

Blocked or poorly-maintained chimneys can also be a cause of carbon monoxide poisoning. Photograph: iStock

With Santa’s imminent arrival and cosy days by the fire looming, it’s a good time to check on your chimney. According to the National Safety Council ((...)

Helen Coughlan with her daughter Ava May at home in Glanmire, Co Cork. Photograph: Clare Keogh

“I honestly think Christmas was invented to get us through the awful winters,” says Helen Coughlan, retail director of Irish homeware chain Meadows &a(...)

A pitfall of traditional filter systems was the time it took to get a glassful of water, but the new-generation units are rapid-fill and fast-flowing.
Houseworks: home water filters

Domestic water filters have advanced tenfold from the bulky under-sink cylinders of old, or DIY gadgets that were once attached to tap heads. Their pr(...)

Flecha Negra: Ronan McKenna’s five-bedroom Andalusian villa

“I think I’m suffering from some form of housebuilding PTSD,” Ronan McKenna exclaims, referring to the toll that building two villas in 18 months on S(...)

As long as they are to the rear of a building, skylights don’t require planning permission. Photograph: Getty

At this time of year, hallways in particular seem to beg for a an extra dose of daylight. “In your typical Irish homes built post-1950s, long, burrow-(...)

Painted floorboards really lighten up most spaces and give an interior a modern edge. Photograph: Getty

White-washed and grey-toned wooden floors are one of the most dominant trends in interiors right now. If the wooden floor in your home is more on the (...)

At home with Arwen Foley. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Dubliner Arwen Foley can usually be heard on RTÉ Radio 1 and 2FM in the mornings, keeping the country up to date as AA Roadwatch’s news editor. Foley (...)

According to staircase firm Neville Johnson,  customers who’ve had glass panels fitted  say  that  kids gravitate to the wall side of the stairs and stay clear of the glass.

If you’re planning a hallway makeover, and the space in question is quite tight, replacing a wooden balustrade with glass panels can let light flood i(...)

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