Cork Homes

Make your living room appear more adventurous than you are with this natural cow hide (€420 from Next).

Penneys' Heather Quilted Throw (€20, early September) adds an instant country twist to a neutral room.

Luxuria Vintage has launched a new Vintage Tea Bar, a mobile tea party suitable for weddings, special events and parties, as a compliment to their china hire service. Packages start from €200. Email hello@luxuriavintage.com or call 085 8016824 for more information.

Now that the hot weather has broken, our parched gardens are getting some much-needed moisture and it’s time to take stock and do a little exterior housekeeping.

 

Lawn

· The hot weather may have taken a toll on your grass but the rain will bring it back quickly. When you do mow, do so lightly with the blades raised a few notches so you...

This Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson Ivory 'British Affair' floral bedding set makes a big impact in a small space. €78 - €129 from Debenhams.

The Drapery Shop is celebrating the latest collections by Clarke & Clarke in their beautiful window on Emmet Place. Pop in to browse the extensive fabric library, call 021 427 18 77 or find them on Facebook for details.

These printed tea towels hit Penneys at the end of July, snap up the collection at just €1.50 each.

Etsy seller Shannon Broder makes custom cushions of her customer's pets. Simply submit a photograph and she'll turn it into an adorable one-colour silkscreen pillow. €63 from etsy.com/shop/shannonbroder.

Fragrant climbers are terrific in the garden, especially at this time of year when you can really make the most of your outside space.

Our uncharacteristically delightful weather is sending people into a bit of a garden frenzy, with barbecues and weeding and hosing and trimming all going on al fresco.

Beautiful scented climbers thrive with attention, adding visual interest as...

These Paul Costelloe Living Sandstone Bathroom Accessories are refreshingly earthy, ideal for a masculine en suite or guest bathroom design. Toothbrush holder €12, soap dish €10, canister €15, lotion pump €15, candle €10, Dunnes.

This US Flag Cushion will look great in a study or den area, and at just €6 each at Penneys, you can afford to pile 'em high!

Lay down the law in the kitchen with a cute sign by Ben de Lisi, €16, Debenhams.

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....

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