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Dealz has introduced a range of fruit and flower seeds and spring bulbs at just €1.49 a packet. Choose from a range of beautiful planting options, including lilies, allium and crocosmia.

As flu season reaches its peak, a survey of Irish office workers about the standard of hygiene in their workplace has thrown up some worrying statistics. The survey conducted by office supplier Viking showed almost one-third of respondents rated the cleanliness of their office as “poor” with a massive 72% of workers also admitting that they only clean their desk once every few...

Celebrate the arrival of spring by bringing the outdoors in. Look out for botanical prints at flea markets and car boot sales to focus your design, then add patterned fabrics or wallpaper for a look that's teeming with life. 

1 - Abigail Ahern lamp, €127.50, Debenhams

2 - Paul Costelloe Living, Rattan Cover, €60, Dunnes (early March)

3 - Dragonfly bottle...

If dubious DIY skills are preventing you from hanging pictures in your home, Woodie’s DIY might have the solution.

Woodies is the first retailer to stock the brand new Hardwall Takker, an ingenious hand-powered device that enables you to hang frames, mirrors, bathroom hooks and much more onto any surface in seconds, including brick, concrete, mortar, plasterboard and even ceramic...

The Linum Paradise collection has arrived at The Drapery Shop on Emmet Place. The floral patterns in bright colours – poppy red, mango yellow, celadon blue or darker grey – are just the thing to brighten up the grey days.

These gorgeous Hyacinth Vases are now reduced from €11.95 to €9.50 at darlingviolets.com. Available in turquoise, amethyst and light green.

Consumers can avail of the Better Energy Home Scheme and the new Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) to get external insulation on their homes and ensure massive savings on fuel costs.

Heating costs account for a huge percentage of household bills, particularly in poorly-insulated homes. External insulation can save up to 50% on heating bills and energy consumption.

“Many Irish...

"Upcycling" may not be a familiar word to too many people just yet but the upcycling movement is here to stay, and no less an authority than the Oxford English Dictionary has taken note. It defines upcycling as "reuse (of discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original" and it's gathering pace.

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Jane Churchill's magnificent contemporary fabrics are a stand-out favourite amongst interior designers. Browse the collection, including this stunning Fontane pattern, which is ideal for a sofa revamp, at The Drapery Shop, Emmet Place, Cork.

We love this unusual lamp with leather shade, €255 from Cork’s newest interior design studio, Paul & Co, in the Monahan Road Industrial Estate. See paulandco.ie for more details.

Organise your bills and letters into manageable stacks with a You've Got Mail post holder by Ben De Lisi, €22.50, Debenhams.

Store books, magazines or recycling in these jade storage crates by Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic, €15 to €25 at Dunnes.

Roger & Gallet have reformulated their much loved liquid soaps to put the happiness  back into hand washing. We love the enrgising Citron scent, a bewitching blend of grapefruit, mint, basil, cedar and white amber. €12 from pharmacies.

Plant growth slows down substantially in the winter, as they conserve energy and tend to make the most of what they’ve got, particularly if you’ve mixed good compost into your containers to keep the plants going over the winter.

However, the heavy rain we’ve had in Ireland over the last few weeks plays havoc with the soil; washing nutrients away through the compost in...

These multi-coloured Paris steel frame chairs are a steal in the Casey's Winter Sale. Stock up now just €79 per chair at Caseys Furniture. Call the Cork store on 021 427 03 93 or visit caseys.ie for details.

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