Cork Homes

These wicker votives look effortlessly chic lines up on the dining table or dotted around the patio in the late evening. €5 for two from Penneys.

Give weather-battered garden furniture, rusty chairs, plant pots or an unsightly fence a makeover with Ronseal Woodland Colours. €11.49 for 750ml, Woodies DIY.

If your home is prone to condensation, or one room has a tendency to get damp from cooking, laundry, or showers and baths, then you need Croc Odor Moisture Absorber. It’s the perfect way to remove excess moisture, which is one of the main causes of musty smells, mould stains and mildew. Each pack collects up to 600ml of moisture, lasting up to two months. Look out for Croc Odur in...

The sweet pea is a great plant for a beginner, with romantic floaty flowers that are easy to manage and need little care. You can get successful cuttings from them to grow in the house for that uber-co-ordinated look, and they have a pleasingly rapid growth rate for impatient gardeners.

Their candy-like scent and vibrant colours have made the sweet pea a firm favourite since Victorian...

Looking for a kitchen that's as fashionable as you are? The Reflection Range, available now at Cash & Carry Kitchens, is the ultimate in contemporary style. Available in a wide range of colours, from stunning aubergine or red to a soft cappuccino and a distinct and classy black, the glossy finish gives an exceptionally hardwearing shine and will make your kitchen stand out for many years...

The Kilkenny Shop's five-day sale event continues until May 6th, with up to 50% off all products. This Orla Kiely Plant Pot (was €32.95 now €26.36) is great for indoors or outdoors.

Ideal for alfresco dining in the garden, these acrylic ice cream bowls are €13 for four from M&S.

Stack your favourite tipple in the refrigerator with a Fridge Monkey anti-roll mat for bottles and cans. Available in red, cream or blue from The Old Mill Stores, Leap.

Hebe was the Greek goddess of youth, and the plants named after her were once native to New Zealand but do really well in our similarly damp and mild climate.

Their versatility means you can use them for edging, plant them in borders; grow them in rock gardens or even in containers.

Nobody's quite sure how they made it to our shores in the first place; but they’ve become...

Crafty homeowners are flocking to Jackie Cogan and Connie O'Kennedy's eclectic shop The Paint Pot for workshops on basic furniture painting and finishing techniques. The Anglesea St. store stocks the full range of Annie Sloan Chalk paints, brushes, waxes and books. Bring your own piece of small furniture to one of their Open Studio sessions, €30, including paints and materials. Call 087...

Take advantage of the warmer weather by enjoying your tea break outdoors. This Alice Rose tea cosy will keep your cuppa piping hot. €14.95 from Ulster Weavers at the Kilkenny Shop, Emmet Place and Shanagarry.

These Deckchair Tumblers are a daily reminder that summer is on the way. €12 for four, Next.

A new gardening course entitled Starting a Vegetable Garden from Scatch begins on Sunday, April 28th at The Hollies, Enniskeane, Co. Cork. Aimed at those who want to turn part of their lawn into a productive vegetable garden, the course will equip participants with everything they need to get started.

The course, €60, runs from 9.30am-4.30pm and lunch is included. Contact 023 88...

Michael Harvey, Barnardos, Graham Donne, LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice and Yvonne McKenna, Volunteer Ireland representing some of the 400 charities and communities to date, which have benefitted from the project.  Picture: Keith Arkins

The Dulux Lets Colour Project 2013 will ensure 130 more communities and charities will experience a colour...

Children, pets and messy house guests can take their toll on your furniture. If yours could do with a facelift, call John Mulcahy, the Cleaning Doctor. Upholstery cleaning prices vary according to size and level of soiling but an average three-piece seat suite is €130. Visit or call for more details.

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