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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...

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, €...

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-...

Whether you’re awash with ire over water charges or not, the Commission for Energy Regulation says that charges will become consumption-based in March 2015, so it’s time to start examining ways to save water use in your home.

Your power shower might wake you up in the morning but it uses oodles of water - not to mention energy to heat it. Get a shower timer to remind people...

It’s quite tough for birds to find natural food from October onwards, so now is a good time to start supplementing their diet so they can be well insulated for winter. They’ll soon catch onto the idea that you’re proving them with grub, and will come to rely on you, so be consistent.

Our wild birds are under threat from over-development, pollution and the disappearance...

The clouds have gathered, the mornings are darker, and we need as much autumn colour as we can get to brighten up our lives as the evenings draw in. Hanley’s has a range of colourful shrubs to jazz up the dull days; hardy, low-maintenance gems that are easy to care for.

Skimmia rubella
Skimmias are evergreen shrubs, and most have male and female flowers on...

Fancy trying your hand at a patchwork quilt, or children’s Aran jumper? The Irish Countrywomen's Association Book of Crafts: 40 projects to make at home introduces traditional Irish crafts in a fresh, modern way. €22.99.

Discover the wonders of Irish crafts with Kilkenny Irish Craft & Design Week, kicking off on October 6th and running until October 12th in Kilkenny stores nationwide. Visit kilkennyshop.com for more!

Our top picks from Irish designers include...

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