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Nov

Top of the tree

Posted on 26th November 2014  |   Add a comment

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 cotton wool and toilet roll creations! That...

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18

Nov

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

Posted on 18th November 2014  |   Add a comment

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 good reason why you keep the door...

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10

Nov

Planting tulip bulbs now is a bright idea

Posted on 10th November 2014  |   Add a comment

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 to planting forgotten bags of...

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10

Nov

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

Posted on 10th November 2014  |   Add a comment

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 leave no stone unturned if you...

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5

Nov

Design duo with shared passion for furniture

Posted on 5th November 2014  |   Add a comment

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 Harry's Shack on the Strand beach...

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5

Nov

Lights fantastic and the importance of lighting

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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 different moods, which can be...

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5

Nov

Autumn inspiration and seasonal ideas for gardeners

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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 or other shrubs and trees which...

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21

Feb

Shrug off the blues with floral cushions

Posted on 21st February 2013  |   Add a comment

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 grey skies and showers and...

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17

Jan

How to choose the right stove for your home

Posted on 17th January 2013  |   Add a comment

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 sign of wealth.” The first stove...

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May

Enhance your outside space

Posted on 31st May 2012  |   Add a comment

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 the style bar with a well...

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