Cork Homes

Sometimes going natural is best... with furniture that is. From gorgeous woods to fabulous cottons, 'back to nature' materials create a subtle yet elegant look.

Here is how you can re-create it in your home.

1) Maine round table and four chairs. Caseys, €899 down from €1349 

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Hop to it.

Decorate a child's room with these stylish bunny bookends from Marks & Spenser, priced €27.

This cone-shaped felt holder hangs from hooks and wardrobes and can be used for storing small appliances and objects. Handy for keeping track of items like mobile phones, chargers, keys, pens, odds and ends. It's priced €19.90 from greybax.de

Free tickets for the Ideal Home Show are available from DFS Cork, next to Mahon Point. One of the highlights of the event, running at the RDS this weekend, will be the DFS Sofa Style Lab, with Denise O’Connor and Catherine Crowe of Optimise Design, the first Design Doctors, on hand each day sharing their expertise on how to replicate a number of looks in visitors...

Love Halloween but not that into the 'horrifying' decorations that go with it? Then cast an eye over these 'Halloween inspired' finds.   

1) Autumn pumpkin wreath. Carraig Donn, €49.95 (Above)


2) Black 'Deco' Large Lamp from Galway Living. Debenhams, €199

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Most people who own a home have an ever-growing list of jobs they keep meaning to get around to; from piles of garden waste they’re not sure what to do with (no you cannot dump it over the wall), to temperamental heating that they can’t quite rely on.

If only we had the time to cross all our home maintenance worries off that list, but few people do, and winter is fast...

Pull up a stool…

1) Calligaris Ice Stool, Caseys. €169 reduced from €199.


2) Rodger bar stool, French Connection, €...

In pre-Christian Celtic culture and history, the holly tree was regarded as sacred on account of its alleged mystic and herbal properties. Farmers who were cutting back hedges wouldn’t touch their holly trees, as the traditional belief was that dark witches used hedges as roads, but would not fly past a holly tree.

Whether you're worried about witches or not, holly is a great...

Irish online homewards boutique, darlingviolets.com, has these musical mushrooms and apples, priced €49. With a choice of fabrics and tunes- from Over the Rainbow to Daft Punk's Get Lucky- there is a style to suit even the most discerning newborn. 

Ring the bells as the Four Faced Liar becomes a print. The Shandon Bells View is from retroeire.ie, priced €85.

Bringing shades of blue into your decor is an instant way of making an on-trend statement. From indigo to duck egg blue, here's how to add the colour into your home.

1) Blue Buddha head. TK Maxx, €19.99

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The tradition in Ireland for centuries - especially outside of the cities - was to build houses out of roughly-dressed stone, most often the porous sandstone and limestone which underlie most of the island. Many of the unplastered houses built in this way are long gone, but you can still see examples in the abandoned "famine cottages" which dot the landscape. There are good examples...

Upcycling is a means of bringing life to old items that have seen better days. Long gone are the negative connotations associated with the words “thrifty” and “prudent”; we’re all looking for ways to decorate our home on a shoestring budget without compromising on style. Cost-neutral crafting can turn items that you have lying around the house into something...

As autumn leaves start to fall and the chill of winter looms, it’s time to think about heating our homes. More and more people are turning to multi-fuel stoves as a cost-effective heating solution, as they burn inexpensive fuels like smokeless coal, seasoned peat briquettes and eco-friendly dried wood.

Heritage Stoves, supplier of multi fuel stoves, has put together the...

BER means Building Energy Rating, and it was all the rage a few years ago when laws came into effect stipulating that all homes for sale and rent needed to have their energy rating assessed. It made people much more aware of how they were losing energy in their homes, leading to a spate of insulating and double glazing.

You don’t have to be selling your home to increase its BER-...

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