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We love this spooky Bloodhound print cushion, €39, Abigail Ahern at Debenhams.

The talented folk behind The Best of Buds on the South Mall have opened a second location at Perry St. Market Café, so now you can pick up a bunch of something beautiful with your handmade bread, pate, terrines and cheeses.

When it comes to the garden, there’s no such thing as time off; nature is constantly in flux so the gardener must also keep moving just to keep up. Summer has barely left us, lingering in fine weather and pink skies at night, but it’s no time to rest on your laurels… or indeed your autumnal plantings. It’s time to think about spring.

There is a huge range of...

Can't stretch to a new suite? Invest in some inexpensive neutral throws and add some eye-catching scatter cushions for a brand new look on a budget...

1 - Green Fan Handmade Cushion,

2 - Embroidered Heart cushion, €27, Next

3 - Tom Frost Wildlife cushion, 

4 - Betty Jackson. Black, €47, Debenhams 


Zoffany Paints are popular among Cork's craft and upcycling community. Choose from the stylish range of colours (€8 for a generous pot at The Drapery Shop) and transform a dated chair or a dull picture frame in a coupe of hours!

Four ways to use September's blackberry harvest

The beginning of September is blackberry season and the hedgerows all over Cork are suddenly heaving with plump ripe fruit, but what to do with it all? Set out early this Saturday morning and collect enough to enjoy in one of the following ways:

Oats so good

Add a handful of blackberries and a swirl of Greek yogurt to your...

A beautiful, smooth-as-a-snooker-table expanse of lawn looks terrific but requires hard work, especially in the damp Irish climate. Moss is the bane of the lawn lover’s life, and is usually indicative of an underlying problem. Address the root cause (pardon the pun) and the solution will be more permanent.


Poor Soil Preparation

A good lawn...

Fota House will host both the Irish Specialist Nursery Association Plant Fair and its annual Autumn Gardening Seminar this Sunday, September 29th.

The ISNA was established to represent the smaller, specialised nurseries in Ireland, where most of the stock is propagated by themselves or sourced from other artisan producers. The Fair will run from 11am to 4pm (admission €5, including...

Designer, style maven and author, Abigail Ahern is recognised worldwide for her enchanting take on interiors. Now she's teamed up with Debenhams to launch Abigail Ahern Edition, a quirky collection featuring her famous animal lamps, wall-mounted heads and metal letters. We fell in love with this Hare Table Lamp, €132,

Give your sofa an instant makeover with Carolyn Donnelly's eclectic Trellis Throw, €50, Dunnes.

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).

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