Cork Homes

To clean copper and brass fixtures and fittings, dab on some tomato ketchup, leave it on for two minutes and then wipe clean.

If your flowers are looking tired and blooms have faded, now is the ideal time to refresh the garden with some delightfully low-maintenance, high-colour plants from Hanley’s Garden Centre. 

You don’t need a particularly green thumb; just good intentions, a bag of excellent compost and a bit of advice from resident horticulturalist Damien Conlon.

Cyclamen have...

The Vicki Elizabeth /Edition collection arrives in Debenhams in early September. Look out for her whimsical striped cushions, luxury throws and neat hat boxes.

Who wouldn't want to step onto this stunning Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic door mat at the end of a long day? Welcome home indeed. €18, Dunnes.

Make your living room appear more adventurous than you are with this natural cow hide (€420 from Next).

Penneys' Heather Quilted Throw (€20, early September) adds an instant country twist to a neutral room.

Luxuria Vintage has launched a new Vintage Tea Bar, a mobile tea party suitable for weddings, special events and parties, as a compliment to their china hire service. Packages start from €200. Email hello@luxuriavintage.com or call 085 8016824 for more information.

Now that the hot weather has broken, our parched gardens are getting some much-needed moisture and it’s time to take stock and do a little exterior housekeeping.

 

Lawn

· The hot weather may have taken a toll on your grass but the rain will bring it back quickly. When you do mow, do so lightly with the blades raised a few notches so you...

This Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson Ivory 'British Affair' floral bedding set makes a big impact in a small space. €78 - €129 from Debenhams.

The Drapery Shop is celebrating the latest collections by Clarke & Clarke in their beautiful window on Emmet Place. Pop in to browse the extensive fabric library, call 021 427 18 77 or find them on Facebook for details.

These printed tea towels hit Penneys at the end of July, snap up the collection at just €1.50 each.

Etsy seller Shannon Broder makes custom cushions of her customer's pets. Simply submit a photograph and she'll turn it into an adorable one-colour silkscreen pillow. €63 from etsy.com/shop/shannonbroder.

Fragrant climbers are terrific in the garden, especially at this time of year when you can really make the most of your outside space.

Our uncharacteristically delightful weather is sending people into a bit of a garden frenzy, with barbecues and weeding and hosing and trimming all going on al fresco.

Beautiful scented climbers thrive with attention, adding visual interest as...

These Paul Costelloe Living Sandstone Bathroom Accessories are refreshingly earthy, ideal for a masculine en suite or guest bathroom design. Toothbrush holder €12, soap dish €10, canister €15, lotion pump €15, candle €10, Dunnes.

This US Flag Cushion will look great in a study or den area, and at just €6 each at Penneys, you can afford to pile 'em high!

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