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Niall McCarthy creates colourful personalised furniture and accessories using second hand items. Check out his up-cycled and custom tables, drawer units and sideboards on or pop into The Paint Store, Ballincollig, where this piece is currently on show. Call 087 852 6729 or email for more...

The Drapery Shop is inviting customers to enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat in-store in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness  today, Friday, September 27th. Attendees will be treated to a preview of the Autumn collections from Prestigious Textiles and SLX Blinds, with a selection of promotions running throughout the day.

Available in on-trend grey, pewter and silver, as well as red, blue, purple and lime, the Orbit from the DFS Studio Collection is cute as a button and retailing at €649, that's half price until October 13th. Its multi-coloured buttons mean it will fit with existing pieces and you can also order the back buttons in the same colour as the sofa.

Many homeowners would love to be able to afford a solid wood kitchen but end up compromising in a bid to save on costs. Cash & Carry Kitchens have spent time sourcing a solution that allows everyone to benefit from the eminence of solid wood without breaking the bank!

The Avalon Kitchen is a value-for-money kitchen that looks and feels incredibly expensive and is  built to...

With the right decoration, even the smallest or most awkward space can be transformed into a cosy reading nook. The Drapery Shop on Emmet Place specialise in creating fabric-covered cushions to suit all spaces. Simply bring your measurements and pop by the store to browse the vast range of stunning fabrics. Call 021 427 18 77 or find them on Facebook for details.

Amity's new lampshades are handcrafted in vintage fabric in a range of colourful prints and patterns. Prices start at €55 at Amity Boutique, 17 French Church St. Cork City. Call 021 427 5038 for details.

We love this spooky Bloodhound print cushion, €39, Abigail Ahern at Debenhams.

The talented folk behind The Best of Buds on the South Mall have opened a second location at Perry St. Market Café, so now you can pick up a bunch of something beautiful with your handmade bread, pate, terrines and cheeses.

When it comes to the garden, there’s no such thing as time off; nature is constantly in flux so the gardener must also keep moving just to keep up. Summer has barely left us, lingering in fine weather and pink skies at night, but it’s no time to rest on your laurels… or indeed your autumnal plantings. It’s time to think about spring.

There is a huge range of...

Can't stretch to a new suite? Invest in some inexpensive neutral throws and add some eye-catching scatter cushions for a brand new look on a budget...

1 - Green Fan Handmade Cushion,

2 - Embroidered Heart cushion, €27, Next

3 - Tom Frost Wildlife cushion, 

4 - Betty Jackson. Black, €47, Debenhams 


Zoffany Paints are popular among Cork's craft and upcycling community. Choose from the stylish range of colours (€8 for a generous pot at The Drapery Shop) and transform a dated chair or a dull picture frame in a coupe of hours!

Four ways to use September's blackberry harvest

The beginning of September is blackberry season and the hedgerows all over Cork are suddenly heaving with plump ripe fruit, but what to do with it all? Set out early this Saturday morning and collect enough to enjoy in one of the following ways:

Oats so good

Add a handful of blackberries and a swirl of Greek yogurt to your...

A beautiful, smooth-as-a-snooker-table expanse of lawn looks terrific but requires hard work, especially in the damp Irish climate. Moss is the bane of the lawn lover’s life, and is usually indicative of an underlying problem. Address the root cause (pardon the pun) and the solution will be more permanent.


Poor Soil Preparation

A good lawn...

Fota House will host both the Irish Specialist Nursery Association Plant Fair and its annual Autumn Gardening Seminar this Sunday, September 29th.

The ISNA was established to represent the smaller, specialised nurseries in Ireland, where most of the stock is propagated by themselves or sourced from other artisan producers. The Fair will run from 11am to 4pm (admission €5, including...

Designer, style maven and author, Abigail Ahern is recognised worldwide for her enchanting take on interiors. Now she's teamed up with Debenhams to launch Abigail Ahern Edition, a quirky collection featuring her famous animal lamps, wall-mounted heads and metal letters. We fell in love with this Hare Table Lamp, €132,

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