Cork Homes

With a little elbow grease and the right amount of determination, you could cut your carbon footprint and your bills by growing your own vegetables- you don’t even need a particularly green thumb; nor do you need a lot of space.

You can grow a variety of vegetables from seed; but if you don’t want to spend hours digging or trying to propagate seeds, Haney’s Garden...

1. Use it to line the drawers in your bedroom or kitchen.

2. Frame sample of your favourite wallpaper to make an eye-catching wall display.

3. Use leftover wallpaper to line the insides of your open shelving.

Pop this quirky doormat at the front door for an eclectic entrance way. Adorable dog not included. €18,

Invited to Easter dinner? Spoil your host with a jar of The Cloudberry Bakery's luscious Lemon Curd, €5, Brown Thomas. Dollop on cakes, breads and ice creams for a tangy twist on dessert.

Ballymaloe-trained chef and blogger Dermot O'Sullivan is sharing his recipe for Easter Simnel Cake on his blog this week. "This cake dates as far back as Victorian times." he says. "Traditionally, a Simnel cake was baked by servant daughters who were working away from home and would return home on the fourth Sunday of Lent, known as Mothering Sunday, or Simnel Sunday. On...

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Simon Communities have launched their tenth annual RIAI Simon Open Door campaign. Architects in Cork and nationwide will offer one hour consultations to the public for a donation of €50, every cent of which goes directly to the Simon Communities in Ireland. To date, €300,000 has been raised by the Irish public and...

1 - The lovely Mona Lisa; a pink lily has a cerise ‘flame’ in the centre.

2 - The Polar Star is visually stunning and it doesn’t have the stamens in the centre that leave pollen marks on everything.

3 - The sweetly fragranced blooms of the Tiger Edition oriental lily are larger than average

Lilies add a...

With the final season of Mad Men fast approaching, 1960s influences are playing a big part in spring trends, but how best to achieve the look?

According to Helen Leigh-Jones, designer at DFS: “Button detail sofas are very typical of the 60s and we are seeing imitations of these everywhere this season. Our favourite Mad Men ladies were not afraid to experiment with colour, so be...

A great rug can transform a living room, disguise a dodgy carpet or separate a larger space into functional sections. The Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic range features this Embroidery Rug (€175), Kilem Rug, (€120), small Jasmine Rug (€100, large, €150) and Bohemai Rug, (small €100, large €150), available now at Dunnes.

We're wild about Jennifer Slattery's whimsical textiles. The Forks Napkin (€48 for four) and Table Runner (€46) is printed with imagery of antique forks with a rambling ‘herbarium’ plant print in the background. Stock up at

This handsome Balfour chair would make a stylish addition to any living room or a great replacement for a dated two-seater. €596, Next.

Yikes! The grass is a mess. A long, wet winter didn’t help, and many lawns are moss-infested and soggy.

Once we get a few dry days, it’s time to take a look at your bedraggled lawn and see what you can do to make it more presentable. Once the weather dries up and the ground is firm, cut your grass every two weeks until May.

Initially just give it a trim with the...

The key to ridding your home of clutter lies in keeping all large surfaces clear of the detritus of modern life. Here's how:

1. Start in the kitchen, putting every object (papers, keys, homework, Lego...) into a drawer or cupboard. Once you've finished, choose one of those overflowing cupboards or drawers as your first project.

2. Empty the drawer or cupboard completely (no...

Dulux is calling on Cork people to use colour to help improve their surroundings as part of their Change Your Story campaign. People can nominate themselves, a loved one, a friend, a relative, a local community project or charity describing what they want painted and the change they expect it to bring about. In a nut shell, people can apply by taking a short video on their phone then uploading...

The Hollies Centre for Practical Sustainability near Enniskeane, Bandon is kick-starting spring with the first of four gardening courses on Sunday, April 13th. The first one-day course, Starting a Vegetable Patch from Scratch, is aimed at those who want to turn part of their lawn into a productive vegetable garden. The cost is €60 including lunch and the course runs from 9.30am– 5pm...

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