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3rd March 2015
Dive into the Blue

Dive into the Blue

Can’t wait for spring’s blue skies? Get a head start indoors, with Gabrielle Fagan’s bright, new azure-inspired buys for the new season… At this time of year, even a glimpse of bright, blue sky, with its promise of spring, lifts the spirits. But our unpredictable climate often teases, keeping us waiting for those elusive sunny […]
26th February 2015
Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential

Gabrielle Fagan sources the finest ingredients to create the hub of the home. Kitchens are for eating, drinking and socialising, but the heart of the home also speaks volumes about our taste – as a glimpse into the kitchens of Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron and celebrity chef Nigella Lawson recently revealed. While there’s a […]
26th November 2014
Top of the tree

Top of the tree

Whether you’re going for real or just faking it, Gabrielle Fagan reveals how to bling up those Christmas tree branches in style. Once upon a time, the only stress involved in decorating the Christmas tree was unearthing the bauble collection, untangling the tinsel – and trying to stop the children ruining the effect with their […]
18th November 2014
Style to spare: Ideas for the extra bedrooms in your home

Style to spare: Ideas for the extra bedrooms in your home

If you’re expecting visitors over the festive season, Gabrielle Fagan reveals some smart and simple solutions for stylish spare rooms. There’s nothing like an occasion to spur us into action and make us look afresh at decor. And with Christmas only weeks away, there’s no more pressing task than the spare room. If there’s a […]
10th November 2014
Planting tulip bulbs now is a bright idea

Planting tulip bulbs now is a bright idea

Tulips are best put in the ground later than other spring bulbs, such as daffodils and crocus. You can plant up until Christmas, if the soil allows, and still expect a decent display. Early November is the perfect time, but Christopher Lloyd, who planted tulips by the hundred in his Great Dixter garden, sometimes confessed […]
10th November 2014
Winter to-do list…time to finish all those Autumn tasks

Winter to-do list…time to finish all those Autumn tasks

We may have had storms and rain, but while the ground’s workable, gardeners should make the most of the time they have left to do the jobs which will give them a head start next year. Whether it’s revamping your lawn, dividing perennials, trimming hedges, clearing weeds or preparing the greenhouse for winter, you should […]
5th November 2014
Design duo with shared passion for furniture

Design duo with shared passion for furniture

Belfast design duo Oscar&Oscar have turned heads creating some of the most stylish restaurants in Northern Ireland by focusing on using reclaimed materials with a history behind them. Orla Maguire and Martin Barrett – trained architects, and self-confessed furniture hoarders – have designed restaurants such as OX, Howard Street, Belfast bar Aether and Echo, and […]
5th November 2014
Lights fantastic and the importance of lighting

Lights fantastic and the importance of lighting

How you light a room is – perhaps surprisingly – one of the most important factors of a decor scheme. “Consider all the different levels of lighting in the room, from the ceiling lights and pendants, to uplighters and occasional lamps,” urges Josephine Bennett, head of home design at Laura Ashley. “All these aspects create […]
5th November 2014
Autumn inspiration and seasonal ideas for gardeners

Autumn inspiration and seasonal ideas for gardeners

So it’s official – a walk to take in the seasonal colours of autumn is good for our wellbeing, according to new research by the National Trust. Indeed, now is the time for considering what we might want to plant to give us a blaze of autumn colour in future years, whether it’s Japanese maples […]
25th February 2013
Shrug off the blues with floral cushions

Shrug off the blues with floral cushions

Get through the cold nights and ready for spring with these fun florals from Marks & Spencer, perfect for updating tired rooms and adding a fresh feel. From cushions to rugs to wall art and crockery – there’s something for every room of the house and for every style. So come on, shirk off the […]