Marie Kondo

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Now might be the time to request a meeting with your boss and float the idea of working from home one or two days a week

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new decade. As on the first day of school, we are all determined never to blot our copybooks, vowing to stay o(...)

A family who found a message from a Chinese prisoner in a Tesco Christmas card said they thought it was a ‘prank’ when they first read it. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

It’s Christmas Eve, which means Irish consumers are tapping away another chunk of the €4.9 billion Retail Ireland forecasts we will collectively spend(...)

Marie Kondo: the tidying guru says that with the right items in one’s home, more really can be less. Photograph: Netflix

The Japanese tidying guru Marie Kondo appears to have adopted a new approach to decluttering: rid your home of things that don’t “spark joy”, then rep(...)

Emmy-winning Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s elegant anti-hero resulted in a “Fleabag effect” with sales of black jumpsuits up 66 per cent. Photograph: Getty

The sofa has become the new fashion front row, with cult television shows such as Fleabag, Peaky Blinders and Stranger Things heavily influencing what(...)

Cobalt blue Ketzal blanket €325

Cool, damp evenings call for the warmth of a throw that can do double duty as a room accessory and a cosy wrap. Luckily there’s plenty of choice from (...)

Fiona Shaw, who has been nominated for her first two Emmys. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Two Irish actors are among the nominees for this year’s Emmy awards. Fiona Shaw received her first two Emmy nominations – in the categories of Suppor(...)

Asparagus, bacon and Durrus cheese jambon

Years ago, I worked on the cheese stall in the Galway farmers’ market. I had just got just set up when my good pal Gerry Flynn walked up to me and sai(...)

Hinch Yourself Happy: Sophie Hinchcliff has sold more than 160,000 copies of her book in the UK during its first week on sale

The spring clean season is in full swing if sales of the Instagrammer Mrs Hinch’s memoir-cum-cleaning manual, Hinch Yourself Happy, are anything to go(...)

Dolly Alderton, journalist author and podcaster chats about her London home

“It’s my place of creation. It’s a total sanctuary, and more and more, it’s my nightclub. It’s where I socialise,” says Dolly Alderton, about her Lond(...)

Sarah Griffin of Harmonised Home, a professional organiser who will declutter and re-organise areas of your home

The whole Marie Kondo thing never held much weight with me. I mean how much joy can folded socks really spark? Saying that, since having kids and spen(...)

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