Cork Homes

Hyacinths are beautifully fragrant and ideal for planting in pots to fill your house with delicious perfume in time for Christmas-if you plant them now!

If you’d like to organise a colourful, decorative display for the season of Santa, ask Damien at Hanleys Garden Centre about the indoor hyacinth bulb selection he has in stock. It’s better to group the bulbs in batches of...

Jane Churchill's Autumn 2013 collection 'Atmosphere Velvets' features opulent fabrics in rich colours that will add an instant touch of luxury to any room. See the range at The Drapery Shop on Emmet Place.

Anaglypta Wallpaper in 'Derby' comes in white, but paint it in a bold colour and it'll add real depth, pattern and warmth to a room. €24.84 per roll, rockettstgeorge.co.uk.

This Knitted Jute Pod makes a cut foot rest and can also double as seating in a pinch. €127, Next.

We know, we know, it's not quite the season yet but if you can't wait for Santa, indulge your inner child with a folksy birdhouse decoration by Caroline Donnelly, €6 for Dunnes.

Repurposing rooms and creating outdoor living space can transform a city centre property, but until recently, getting supplies and concrete into tight city and suburban spaces has proven a major stumbling block.

Set up a year ago by Liam Keohane to cater specifically to homeowners in urban areas, Citymix now boasts a selection of small trucks, tippers and mini-mixers designed to deliver...

Lots of people would like to compost household and garden material but are unsure how the whole mysterious process works. It’s not rocket science, but once you understand the basic premise it’s easy to get into the habit and produce rich ‘black gold’ to use on your plants; it’s environmentally friendly and it’s free!

Hanleys Garden Centre has a great...

The gorgeous Jane Churchill Interiors Limited Autumn 2013 collections have arrived at The Drapery Shop, Emmet Place. We love the 'Loren' fabric in Dune Aqua. Call the store on 021 427 1877.

Store your firewood the stylish way; with a two-tone woven basket from just €25 at Debenhams.

A folding side table is a must-have for any small space dweller. It'll hold drinks and glassware during an apartment cocktail party and hold keys and the post during the week. This one is €112 from Next.

Make serving time special with a Paul Costelloe Living Wooden Hot Plate, €25, Dunnes.

Keep your little horrors happy with a Pumpkin Pinata this Halloween, €13, M&S.

October, and everything is looking miserably sodden outdoors, but give it a pre-Halloween going-over and your garden will look frightfully good before the trick-or-treaters arrive!  

 

Rake the leaves

Does the thought of raking fallen leaves off your lawn strike you as a bit pointless? Ah, but it’s not. Unless they’re cut into teeny...

This show stopping Gondoliers fabric design by artist Melissa White forms part of Zoffany's new TESPI Collection. The painted Venice scene features iconic canals, bridges and architecture. Use it to turn a dated chair into something you'll treasure forever. Bring a photo of the piece of furniture to The Drapery Shop on Emmet Place for expert advice on reupholstery or call the Emmet Place store...

Give your living room an instant style update with a geo-print lamp by Betty Jackson.Black, €101, Debenhams.

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