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With nourishing shea butter and soothing aloe-vera extract, this large pump-bottle of detergent-free cleanser is gentle enough for dry, sensitive or damaged skin. Lavender Shea Butter Liquid Soap €21 for 500ml, L'Occitane, Oliver Plunkett St.

The smart gardener will tell you that for the impending winter, what you want is minimum output for maximum return. Plant evergreen shrubs that produce beautiful, brightly coloured berries in the cold weather, and you can sit by the cosy fire indoors staring, admiring your handiwork outside the window. 

Berried shrubs 

Hanleys have a vast range of...

Christmas has come early at Next, pop in this weekend for first pick of this year's festive treats for the home.

6ft deluxe Christmas tree, €275; Animal baubles (set of 3), €11; Beaded red bauble (set of 6), €16; Cushions from €16' Tartan stocking, €11 and Owl decoration, €14.

Jenny Walsh makes functional art influenced by everyday; people, places and surroundings. “It’s about creating a feel good factor." she explains. "The idea is to make people laugh and smile, to bring joy into their lives.” We love her clever Grandfather Clock, €44 from jennywalshdesign.com.

La Bougie's divine Room Diffusers are now available in three fragrances; an exotic Dark Rose & Myrtle, a zesty Sage & Bitter Orange and, our favourite, a fresh and floral Lichen & Winter Jasmine. Housed in an engraved Irish slate glass with long-lasting reeds in an oversized box, they make a great gift for a dinner party host.

La Bougie Room Diffusers are €29.95 from...

Awarded best new product in the 'Table Top and Interiors' category at Ireland’s premier design and craft expo, Showcase Ireland, 2012, Cillian Johnston's Aran Beag lamps are at the top of our Santa lists this year.

Handcrafted in solid Irish oak wearing two knitted panels with a distinct cable pattern, the Aran comes in a range of colours, including beige, grey, teal and bright...

This French Grey Photo Frame in soft taupe looks great on its own or surrounded by frames on a gallery wall. €19.50, Meadows & Byrne.

Conifers are coming back in fashion. They’re terrific in a modern garden; they have an almost sculptural aesthetic appeal and they’re also gloriously low-maintenance and handy for a ‘design effect’ as they make such interesting shapes.

Hanley’s have plenty of mini-conifers in stock, chosen to fit in a small garden and bring structure and a bit of drama....

A green verdigris first used on the brand's Napoleonic Bee wallpaper, Farrow & Ball's 'Arsenic' No. 214 is the wall colour of the moment. From €49.50 per 2.5 litres, Pat McDonnell Paint and Townhouse Interiors, Mallow.

To eliminate limescale in your kettle, pop in a handful of lemon slices, cover with water and boil. Allow it to sit for an hour afterwards before rising well.

Pick up a jar or two of the mouthwatering Butternut & Apricot Chutney (€4.75) and Pickled Cucumber (€4.75) from The Kitchen at Castlemartyr range made by Head Chef Kevin Burke at The Emporium, Brown Thomas Cork. Not only do they make a lovely gift  for a dinner party host, but they last much longer than petrol station flowers!

Treat Rover to a Carolyn Donnelly eclectic Dog Bowl €15, Dunnes.

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.

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