Cork Homes

Use bright fabrics to give a dull room a winter overhaul. We love the Romo Sapota collection, from €37.50 at The Drapery Shop Emmet Place.

The ‘All I Want for Christmas’ Pop-Up Shop by Sarah Smyth Interiors has returned to Cork for the second year running.

"We have a new location and fantastic space at the St. Patrick’s Woollen Mills, Douglas and it really feels like you are walking in to a very plush and cosy drawing room, where you can take a seat and peruse the room in search of that perfect...

The Best of Buds crew have a reputation for creating thoughtful and creative winter arrangements to suit all tastes. Drop by the Perry Street Market Café outlet for a look at their latest designs. We love this winter wedding arrangement.

These simple glass Christmas decorations look beautiful on the tree or near a window. There are three antiqued mirror and three crackled glass ornaments in every set, €19.95, from Kinsale-based Darlingviolets.com.

In a couple of weeks you can expect to be inundated with visitors for the festive season so now is a great time to get your house looking and smelling lovely with some pretty houseplants. Delightfully low maintenance, houseplants are a living décor that will compliment your Christmas ornaments nicely.

 

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Linwood Wallpaper turns any old wall into a talking point. The delightful Ephemera collection is available now at The Drapery Shop, Emmet Place.

These Pandora Bell Lollipops make great stocking fillers. Stock up at La Vie en Rose, Ballinspittle, Co. Cork or call 021 470 87 84.

Thriftyamos.com specialises in second-hand homewares and found items at bargain prices. We love this Carrigaline Pottery milk jug, just €6.

Looking for an alternative to a Christmas tree this year? Pop in to Style 25 on Drawbridge St. Cork to see this folksy DIY version, hand-made by the ever creative store owner Deirdre.

A garden full of little songbirds is good for the soul, and it’s easy to encourage birds to visit your garden by putting out some food. When it’s frosty in the mornings, or when the weather gets bad, birds have a hard time getting at their usual diet of worms and grubs, so they will come to depend on what you leave out for them.

As temperatures drop, the birds need to eat as...

Romo's gorgeous new Orvieto collection is packed with Scandinavian block prints and intricate Moorish designs. See the range at The Drapery Shop on Emmet Place (their fabric library is a favourite with Cork's best interior designers) or call the store on 021 427 1877 for more information.

Butchers Oven Glove, €16.95, Darlingviolets.com

When Kinsale-based friends Flicky Howe and Maxine Acton struggled to find beautiful, affordable homeware and gifts online, they set about creating such a website themselves. The result of 12 months of careful planning and sourcing, Darlingviolets.com went live this week and the Homes team have already been snapping up...

'Tis the season to be jolly, but not everyone finds it easy to get into the festive spirit. New research by Kinsale Candles has revealed a quarter (23%) of people find the accommodation of guests stresses them out over the Christmas holidays, with 48% citing gift shopping as the job that brings out the Scrooge in them!

It’s not all bad though, 52% of people find that the relaxing...

Buxus or Boxwood is a great way to get creative in wintertime. It's virtually indestructible, easy to maintain, slow-growing and can be trimmed into all sorts of fabulous shapes.

It’s also versatile; ideal for everything from decorative hedges to formal plants clipped into interesting topiary shapes.

Topiary – the ornamental trimming of shrubs and trees into...

Make breakfast in bed a part of your weekend routine with this Petit Tray (€10) Eclectic Daisy Mug (€4), Bowl (€8), Plate (€7) and Teapot (€15), all from Carolyn Donnelly at Dunnes.

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