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The Drapery Shop on Emmet Place stocks the full palette of Zoffany paints, a real find for customers who have a very specific shade or subtlety in tone in mind. Each one is designed to complement the Zoffany range of wallpapers and fabrics, so very often a small amount goes a long way. Pop in for a generous tester pot, €8.

Irish luxury candle company Max Benjamin's new Fragrance for Him (cardamom, black pepper and patchouli mixed with amber tonka and musks) comes in a candle (€19.95) from the Kilkenny Shop, Emmet Place and Shanagarry.

Most gardeners will be familiar with the name David Austin; rose aficionados certainly will.

Austin received an OBE for his services to horticulture, and is a man who is obsessed with roses; in particular the English Rose and all varieties of it.

He’s alive and well and living in Shropshire, where he oversees one of the world’s largest garden rose breeding programs....

As if we needed reminding... Fabulous Cushion, Star by Julien Macdonald, €39, Debenhams.

The Sanderson Madison Collection is now available at the Drapery Shop, Emmet Place. We love this gorgeous Ocelli print, available in three colourways. Call 021 427 18 77 for details.

Protect your picnic table from the summer sun in style with this exotic Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic Wind Chime Parasol, €125, Dunnes.

The Kilkenny Shop's new La De Da range of bespoke engraved vintage spoons and cutlery is perfect for gifting. Each piece is already an antique, which is then lovingly hand-stamped with a witty and sentimental message for a one-of-a-kind keepsake. La De Da! His/Hers Vintage T-spoon, €29.95, Emmet Place, Shanagarry and online at

Want to remove rust from your garden tools? Dip a piece of tinfoil in water and use it to scrub the offending rust patches.

Hydrangeas have always been popular in Ireland. This is likely to be because they're reliable and tend to do well even if you forget about them! In any case they produce delicate heads of flowers in shades of pink, white or blue, with a pretty leaf shape.

There are three types of flower blooms in Hydrangea:

Mophead - Globe shaped flower cluster

Panicle - Long, somewhat...

The Kilkenny Shop has announced an exclusive new collaboration with acclaimed Irish artist Deborah Donnelly. The collaboration will see Deborah become the first Irish artist to have a full collection of original work showcased in a Kilkenny shop at the Shanagarry Design Centre.

The exhibition of 20 pieces showcases Deborah’s signature use of animals, vibrant colour, texture and...

Take the tribal trend into the bathroom with a Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic Mat, €12, Dunnes.

These dramatic Clarke & Clarke Miyako fabrics (were €32.81 per metre) are now reduced to a bargain €11 per metre at The Drapery Shop, Emmet Place. Call 021 427 18 77 for details.

These colourful wooden trays are perfect for holding kitchen bits and bobs or displaying produce at a farmers market. €18 from

Now available at Hanleys, these plants have fabulous flowers; showy and colourful. The foliage is bigger too; and they look lush and full when healthy.

The robust, mildew-resistant New Guinea Impatiens have a bright colour mix and flower from June to September on strong, spreading plants that will quickly fill pots and cover beds and borders.

After September they can be brought...

Green fingered youngsters are getting their hands dirty at The Pavilion Garden Centre, where TV gardening expert and author Peter Dowdall is inspiring a life long love of the great outdoors.

As a father and a gardener, Peter is passionate about the benefits that gardening presents for children and the appreciation it brings for the environment around them. Peter’s childrens...

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