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From gorgeous cocktail glasses to statement wall art, it's the small things that set the tone when popping the champagne at your New Year's Eve soirée.

Waterford Mixology coupes set of four, Kilkenny, €260

Hanleys Garden Centre has a selection of Christmas classics, including anthurium, Christmas cactus (ideal for those devoid of a green thumb), Christmas cherry and of course, the perennial Christmas favourite; poinsettia.

Legend has it that the poinsettia’s association with Christmas began in 16th-century Mexico, when a girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of...

Hosting at Christmas can be stressful enough without the additional worry about whether your spare room is up to scratch or where guests will sleep overnight. The Escape two-seater formal back sofa bed from DFS is €1,998  and will enable your guests to snuggle up in style this Christmas. Pictured here in lime, it's available in eight other colours.

These amazing rugs are handmade in Nepal by shaping organic Tibetan wool with soap and water and applying pressure by hand. The Sew Heart Felt collection provides sustainable, traditional work for women in rural Nepal are this Hedgehog Rug is €89.95 from

For understated seasonal cheer consider a Genesis Christmas House and Trees Globe, available from Kilkenny and priced €34.95.

These fantastic pair of vintage style birdcage bookends in copper are heavy enough to hold hardbacks upright. They are £35.95 (€46) from

Nurseries no longer have to be awash with pinks and blues and instead can take on a modern and fresh vibe with a neutral colour scheme. It's perfect for expectant parents not wishing to know their child's gender before the birth…


Gonatt light grey...

For understated seasonal cheer consider a Genesis Christmas House and Trees Globe, available from Kilkenny and priced €34.95.

Never get stuck again about wondering where a cut of meat comes from with this butchers apron, priced €25.95 from Cork company Darling Violets (see

It's time to raise a glass

Irish Table Top set of four tumblers. Carraig Donn, €25

Jamie Oliver plastic milkshake glass with straw,...

As temperatures dip in the weeks ahead and social activities rise, it's important that home becomes a haven. Turn your sitting room into a cosy escape with a gorgeous sofa and colourful throws. 

Stratford small sofa. Caseys, €1,085


For a modern alternative to a traditional Christmas tree, light up your home with this eye catching decoration. Suitable for interior or exterior use, it's now €69.99 at your local Co-Op Superstore.

This witty saying from Moss Cottage is the perfect inspirational guide leading up to Christmas. It's priced €12.95 from

Display your photographs with pride in these gorgeous frames... 

Green enamel photo frame. Debenhams, €18.90 down from €27

Antique black three-window wooden photo...

We’re now getting frosty mornings as winter closes in, so for a warm glow in your garden plant some heathers. They’re gloriously low-maintenance and don’t need a lot of pampering, aside from a bit of dead-heading once they’ve been planted.

Frost doesn’t bother them and you can pop the winter-flowering types in the ground now; they can be planted almost...

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