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Not a Mummy Brown in sight: brightly coloured  swatches pinned to a wall. Photograph: Ohad Ben-Yoseph/Getty

Have you ever been simply knocked sideways by a colour? In these grey winter days, it could be a splash of a red dress in a sea of black, or perhaps (...)

 Gerry Davis (left), the 2016 Hennessy Portrait Prize winner,  with sitter Sean Guinan. Photo: Anthony Woods

Gerry Davis, a graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design, has won this year’s Hennessy Portrait Prize which is worth €15,000 and comes with a (...)

“Having had house guests no matter how lovely, I could no longer be sure that the grime was my own.”

How clean is your house? Is it Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie clean? (Remember the alarmingly efficient rubber-gloved TV duo who swooped in to swipe(...)

McNutt’s throws and blankets are cheerfully soft and warmly coloured.

You know the way you get back from holidays, and jump straight back into life? It’s usually nice to be home, but then, if you’ve managed an autumn b(...)

What teenagers need is a place to sleep, to hang out, to study and to sulk

Across the country, they’ll soon be leaving. Swapping your house for flats, digs, or if they’re going to college in Dublin, small corners of shared ro(...)

Master florist Lamber de Bie with Vase Attack,  a special floral installation as part of the VASE: Function Reviewed exhibition

It might seem like a distinctly old-fashioned life skill, and it’s true that in generations past, young women were taught to do it as what Jane Austen(...)

Jonathan Legge with Jasper Morrisson chair. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Having trained as a furniture designer, Jonathan Legge set up Makers & Brothers with his brother, Mark, in 2011. The website has become an intern(...)

There’s a charming air of stepping somewhat back in time at No 13 Bushy Park Road. It is unlikely of course that this will survive new owners, who wi(...)

The cult of youth: How much does the quite reasonable celebration of youth influence what we value, and how much does it skew our understanding and celebration of creativity?

One of the things I remember most clearly through the aftermath of Leaving Certificate results and CAO offers was the sense of hurry. Embodied in the (...)

Remember those TV programmes where people did weird and wonderful things, including plate spinning and everything happened to the restraining refrain “don’t try this at home”?

Remember those TV programmes where people did weird and wonderful things, including plate spinning, making human pyramids and experimenting with fire(...)

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