Cork Homes

Wouldn't you love to see that tatty old chair you inherited turned into a piece you can admire and use every day in your home? Customers of The Drapery Shop on Emmet Place have completed some incredible re-upholstery projects in recent months - pop in them with a photo of your piece of furniture and the team can tell you what can be done and show you a wealth of fabulous fabric to work with....

Since 1976, Nicholas Mosse has been creating a range of fabulous functional pottery, with each creation designed to bring an air of easy country living to the home. Each piece is carefully handmade and goes through a 20 step process, including the hand-stamping of each individual design. Stock up at Kilkenny, Emmet Place and Shanagarry.

Picture the scene: you lounging in a hammock, birds chirping in the distance, iced tea sitting on the deck. Turn a decadent dream into reality with a Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic Hammock, €65, Dunnes.

This Rex Lamp (€48) is one of our favourite piece from the AW14 collections at Next.

This handsome desk has been carefully restored by Deirdre O'Sullivan of Drawbridge Street store Style 25. It's now on display and ready to go to its new home. Visit style25homeboutique.blogspot.ie to see more of Deirdre's recent work.

Keep the cool breeze moving through your home with a Rope Door Stop, €10, Dunnes.

Add an industrial feel to any room in an afternoon with a few rolls of Brick Wallpaper (€21 per roll) from Next.

Debenhams A/W14 collection features swoon-worthy homewares in a variety of colours and textures. Our stand-out favourite? This handsome Abigail Ahern statue, €60.

1. Bags of style
These versatile, plastic lined canvas storage bags can be used to hold plant pots, utensils, ice, make-up or loo roll.... the list is endless. The set of three including: Large (30cm), Medium (25cm) and Small (17cm) is €47.59 from rockettstgeorge.co.uk.

2. Concrete plan
Irish designers Aileen Balfe and Eleanor Walker (...

Now that the hot weather has broken, our parched gardens are getting some much-needed moisture and it’s time to take stock and do a little exterior housekeeping.

 

Lawn

The hot weather may have taken a toll on your grass but the rain will bring it back quickly. When you do mow, do so lightly with the blades raised a few notches so you don’...

Is your lawn looking a bit patchy? It needs a good dose of nutrients to keep it lush and green, as well as an anti-moss and weed-busting treatment.

Moss is a perennial problem in our damp climate, so Hanleys Garden Centre horticulturalist Damien Conlon recommends Viano’s MO Bacter, the slow-release organic fertiliser/moss destroyer that is the best thing to come out of Belgium...

With all eyes on the World Cup, why not be inspired year-round by the bold colour, flamboyance and exotic design of the famous Rio Carnival with this statement chair? The Colby patterned accent chair from DFS, €915, features fashionable zig-zags in pink, orange, brown and grey. See it at the City Gate, Mahon store.

The juicing craze has hit Cork, with everyone and their sister sipping on vibrant fruit and veg concoctions. Fancy getting in on the health-giving, wellbeing-boosting action? Here are the best juicers in every price range

Under €50

Cookworks whole fruit juicer has two variable speed settings for soft and hard fruits and takes whole or large pieces of...

Turn that back yard barbecue into a magical dinner al fresco with a set of 240 Outdoor Fairy Lights from Lights4Fun, €113.49, notonthehighstreet.com.

This cushion has a rugged denim texture which will make an edgy stand-alone statement, or add new dimension to any setting. Now €24.95 (was €39.95) in the Meadows & Byrne sale.

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