Interior designer Jane Higgins in a new build house that she has recently decorated for a client. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Most people who move into a freshly decorated new home sit back and enjoy the fact that the work has all been done, but not the owner of this recently(...)

 Aoibhann Byrne with her children, Cathal, Luke and Éabha, at their home in Co Meath. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“When I would come in the back door there was an instant feeling of ‘Oh, no’,” says Aoibhann Byrne, describing being faced with a dark hallway and clu(...)

The exterior of the coach house after restoration. Photographs: Philip lauterbach 3.plpix.com

In the Viking city of Waterford, conservation crusader Fintan Duffy is one of the directors of Duffy Henry Bent (DHB) Architects, a firm that has work(...)