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A terrarium is a mini indoor garden you can keep in any well-let space, from the living room to your desk at work. Fill with sand, pebbles, soil, moss, ferns and succulents (ask your local garden centre for advice on planting) and keep your terrarium out of direct sunlights to avoid condensation. 

1 - Grow a little green oasis with a readymade Sedum Terrarium Bottle, €29.31...

Nature-themed accessories are hot again for 2014, give your sofa an instant update with a trendy bee cushion, €42, Ashley Thomas, Debenhams.

The kitchen is the busiest room in the house, so if yours could do with a revamp, make sure you deal with the experts. O’Driscoll’s have been fitting beautifully designed kitchens all over Cork for more than 40 years. Pop by their Midleton showrooms to see the popular traditional solid wood handpainted kitchens and the new Schuller and Springhill range for 2014 and discuss your...

Thoughtful lighting can transform a small space or make a large room feel more intimate. With a number of new collections to choose from, including Eltorrent, Pacific and Slamp, Lightplan Cork, Unit 5, Kinsale Road Industrial Estate are guaranteed to have just the right design. Call 021 4971110 for details or visit lightplanireland.ie for details.

The epitome of refined glamour, this monochrome fine bone china cup and saucer will add a touch of statement sophistication to your morning caffeine hit. €12 by Paul Costelloe Living at Dunnes.

Short on space in the kitchen? Store fruit or veggies in the Pif Paf Puf Hanging Bowl €74.95, darlingviolets.com.

MCK Electrical have opened a new lighting showroom at their Togher Industrial Estate base in Pouladuff (next to Kearys Garage). Inside you'll find a huge range of stock, including an extensive LED section. Pop in for a free consultation and get 20% off all decorative lighting.

Call 021 4975201 or visit mckelectrical.com for details.

Kinsale-based Darlingviolets.com have taken delivery of their new textile stock from Denmark. Fresh, colourful and functional, these items will add modern edge to a neutral interior. Here are three of our top picks...

1 - Geometric Tea Towel, €8.96

2 - Mumi Blanket, 100% knitted cotton, €115.95

3 -...

Built with canoodling couples in mind, DFS Cuddler Chairs are all guaranteed to make that Valentine's night in more comfortable. We love the oversized proportions of the Flint Cuddler Chair (€1,099) part of the French Connection exclusively at DFS collection.

These knitted pastel pods are a great way to brighten up a living room and they also double as extra seating at parties. €96, Next.

Dealz has introduced a range of fruit and flower seeds and spring bulbs at just €1.49 a packet. Choose from a range of beautiful planting options, including lilies, allium and crocosmia.

As flu season reaches its peak, a survey of Irish office workers about the standard of hygiene in their workplace has thrown up some worrying statistics. The survey conducted by office supplier Viking showed almost one-third of respondents rated the cleanliness of their office as “poor” with a massive 72% of workers also admitting that they only clean their desk once every few...

Celebrate the arrival of spring by bringing the outdoors in. Look out for botanical prints at flea markets and car boot sales to focus your design, then add patterned fabrics or wallpaper for a look that's teeming with life. 

1 - Abigail Ahern lamp, €127.50, Debenhams

2 - Paul Costelloe Living, Rattan Cover, €60, Dunnes (early March)

3 - Dragonfly bottle...

If dubious DIY skills are preventing you from hanging pictures in your home, Woodie’s DIY might have the solution.

Woodies is the first retailer to stock the brand new Hardwall Takker, an ingenious hand-powered device that enables you to hang frames, mirrors, bathroom hooks and much more onto any surface in seconds, including brick, concrete, mortar, plasterboard and even ceramic...

The Linum Paradise collection has arrived at The Drapery Shop on Emmet Place. The floral patterns in bright colours – poppy red, mango yellow, celadon blue or darker grey – are just the thing to brighten up the grey days.

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