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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 […]
17th January 2013
How to choose the right stove for your home

How to choose the right stove for your home

“A stove is quite simply an enclosed heated space. The forerunner to the stove was a fire covered by an iron plate surrounded on three sides by bricks and mortar. The Hearth Act of 1662 taxed Irish people on the number of stoves, chimneys and hearths they owned so stoves were a status symbol, a […]
31st May 2012
Enhance your outside space

Enhance your outside space

Up your kerb appeal with some serious style tips that will add more than a dollop of luxury. Helen Carson reports You’ve got a kitchen that would make Gordon Ramsey green with envy, and a bathroom full of five-star chic … but what about the front of the house? Don’t worry, it’s easy to raise […]
31st May 2012
Create a bespoke bathroom

Create a bespoke bathroom

Create a sumptuous sanctuary in a bathroom that is awash with style. Helen Carson reports They may be known as the smallest room in the house, but having a sumptuous bathroom is a deal-breaker when it comes to selling your home — and for those not planning to move, it should be a soothing sanctuary […]
31st May 2012
The Kitchen: more than a room where we cook and eat

The Kitchen: more than a room where we cook and eat

The kitchen has long been the back room boy of the home, but now it’s become a really stylish and modern space. Helen Carson reports The scullery of Victorian times was a place associated with drudgery and household chores, rather than the hub of the home it is today. While drawing rooms are elegant and […]
24th May 2012
Live in the lap of luxury

Live in the lap of luxury

Our homes are a reflection of ourselves, so it’s only right to turn them into comfort zones with just the right amount of opulence. Helen Carson reports Luxury can be all around us with everything from a fabulous state-of-the-art kitchen to a beautiful bathroom which is a sanctuary away from the rest of the world. Incredible […]