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Christmas Day is almost here but I feel like all anyone is thinking about is whether their online deliveries will arrive on time or what time Penneys closes at on Christmas Eve.

As a child, my fondest Christmas memories are of my parents and their friends singing along to Slade in the kitchen, decorating the tree with my little sisters and bickering over who will put the star on top, visiting my Nanny’s house and revelling in the fact that we could eat chocolate before dinner.

The last thing I think of are the gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I nearly keeled over with joy when a Sylvanian Families Brick Oven Bakery was under the tree one Christmas, but nowadays the most wonderful time of the year is all about shopping.

Christmas is starting to revolve around Amazon deliveries, late night shopping and taking the perfect photo of the tree for Instagram.

We’ve forgotten the fact that spending hundreds on gifts isn’t the true meaning of Christmas.

We have been conditioned to think this way so let me remind you of the things that truly matter at Christmas time.

  • Waking up on Christmas morning and hugging your Mam.
  • Singing along to Wham as you drive home with your Dad.
  • Swooning over Jude Law in The Holiday with your sisters.
  • That first sip of Butler’s Hot Chocolate on a cold December evening.
  • Catching the Father Ted Christmas special and quoting the entire thing.
  • Rockin’ around the Christmas tree, literally.
  • Helping the men of the family wrap their presents on the sly.
  • Stopping to listen to carol singers on Grafton Street.
  • The smell that hits you as you open the first tin of Roses.
  • Dancing around the kitchen to Mariah Carey with your best friends.
  • Pints in your local pub on Christmas Eve.
  • Fluffy roast potatoes that make you drool.
  • Laughing as you struggle to fit the turkey in the oven: “It didn’t look that big in the butchers.”
  • Receiving Christmas cards from family who won’t make it home for Christmas
  • Seeing the baffled look on your cat/dog’s face when they see the tree for the first time
  • Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to the bus driver
  • Your Nanny’s red cheeks after one too many glasses of mulled wine.
  • Sharing stories about the loved ones who are no longer around for Christmas.
  • Pretending your Grandad didn’t fall asleep after dinner: “I was just resting my eyes.”
  • Watching Santa leave the North Pole on the news, no matter what age you are.
  • Driving around and looking at all the Christmas lights in your hometown.
  • Trying to find out which one of your cousins keeps putting empty wrappers in the tin of Celebrations.
  • Seeing the Coca Cola ad for the first time.
  • Drinking a cold glass of Bailey’s by the fire.
  • The first turkey sandwich you eat on December 26.

So this is Christmas.


Upcycling in every sense of the word is on the rise, what with climate breakdown becoming an apocalyptic-level problem and sustainability on everyone's minds.

New One4all research shows that Irish adults are finding creative ways to make homes their own, with 48 percent of Irish people having upcycled an item from their house.

65 percent of homeowners nationwide have renovated their home, with the kitchen being the most popular part of the property to remodel. Weirdly, April is the most coveted time for home improvements.

According to the survey carried out by One4all, safety of the property is the most important factor home-dwellers in Ireland, followed by the neighbourhood in which the property is located, and thirdly, having an outdoor area or garden space.

Seeing as the housing crisis has us all feeling especially glum, most of us are comfortable with sticking where we are currently. Nine in ten of those queried claimed they 'feel at home' where they live.

Is this because they can't accord to buy another home or rent in another spot, though? Either way, Irish people are making homes their own.

While the kitchen is the most common room to be remodelled, the bathroom came in second place and the garden came in third. 

December is the quietest month of the year for home updates, most likely because of all those parties being thrown during the festive season.

The renovations lasted between one and three months for 28 percent of people, but it took between six months to a year to complete the works for ten percent of people.

44 percent of those polled say they are ‘somewhat happy’ with their home at the moment, compared with 39 percent who say that they are ‘very happy’.

Overall, men in Ireland rate their current happiness with their home higher than women do, with 86 percent of them chuffed compared to 81 percent of women.

The research states that most women would change the interior of their home if money wasn't anything to worry about, but men would choose to increase the size of their house instead.

When it comes to D.I.Y, Ireland is a nifty nation with almost 1 in 2 (48 percent) revealing that they have upcycled an old item in their home.

For most of those polled, the purpose behind their upcycling project was to make something old look nicer and new. A One4all gift card to get a mate who's gaff needs a boost would be an unreal idea.

Making something more personal was the second most popular purpose for upcycling amongst respondents, with 95 percent of those who upcycled an item saying they enjoyed the project.


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Say goodbye to your financial stability ladies; ASOS has launched their homewear range, and it's as fabulous and affordable as you'd imagine.

Everyone's fave online retailer has released ASOS SUPPLY, filled with an array of gorgeously patterned bedding and cushions, throw blankets, mirrors, kitchen bowls and even tie hangers. 

The three main trends of the collection are Cool Minimal (clean lines and brush stroke patterns), Eclectic Luxe (recycled glassware and animal print) and Global Traveller (bright colours and 70s-inspired rattans).


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The prices are stunningly cheap; starting from just €9, grab the whole collection and have cash to spare for shopping their fierce clothing lines and accessories.

It's not the first fashion retailer to widen it's remits to interiors, but it's set to be hugely successful. We hope they expand the range ASAP, we've already shopped the entire thing.

With modern kitchen and bathroom accessories, as well as planting and bedroom goods, there's something for everyone.


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While ASOS does in fact stock homewear products from brands like Sass & Belle, Chickidee, Typo and Paperchase, it's the first time that the company is launching it's own designs.

All of the prints in the collection are created exclusively by ASOS’ in-house design team, and were made to suit all types of living spaces.

Our personal fave items are definitely the elephant hook and eye patterned cushion cover with matching bedding. Iconic, how can we resist adding the entire collection to our baskets?

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Finding the perfect getaway can be a challenging business; you want to feel at ease, relaxed and replenished, but where can you find a spot with the perfect amount of privacy mingled with life-changing views?

Well, this tree hotel in the northern Swedish forests offers rooms perched among the pines with an awesome aesthetic landscape to boot.

It's essentially something straight out of a dream, with different room types like the Bird's Nest, The Cabin and the UFO (legit a flying saucer).


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Each of the seven available rooms are all modern variations of tree houses designed by Scandinavian architects, which allow you to bond with nature in the lap of luxury. 

The Tree Hotel is so private and remote that you have to fly all the way from Stockholm to the Lulea Airport, and then the hotel organises for a car to collect you, or for a train journey.  

You can totally disconnect and enjoy the natural lifestyle, as well as possessing that crucial WiFi in case you need to post an emergency Instagram of your incredible surroundings. Oh. it also has HEATED FLOORS and towers.


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There's also a gorgeous restaurant on the property which makes sure to serve only local ingredients. Daytime activities include dog sled tours, ice fishing and photography walks.

You might need to tap into your savings to afford this one, however. Prices range from about €113 to €680 per night, depending on the time of year and type of room.

Maybe add it to the bucket list, or find a sugar daddy to help you out (joking…joking…)

Absolute boujee-ness goals.


The goddess of cleaning is back – and we are DELIGHTED.

Mrs Hinch is releasing a book FULL of her top tricks to having a spotless home.

Whether you're a clean freak or a messy betty – this bible of cleaning tips is set to teach you her secrets to achieve a sparkling home.


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Mrs Hinch aka Sophie Hinchliffee has an army of 1.4m cleaning junkies on Insta.

The book "Hinch Yourself Happy: All The Best Cleaning Tips To Shine Your Sink And Soothe Your Soul," is based off pictures she regularly posts to her social media account.

Her army, known as the Hinchers await her snaps of her pristine home and the tips, cleaning products and recommendations that she gives.


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Sophie announced the news of her book on Twitter and fans are already excited.

Some are even calling for her to launch a book tour.

Mrs Hinch tweeted: "Hinchers I’m hoome. ​And I’m only releasing a book aren’t I! Can you even believe it." 

"Mate I can’t. Thank you so much to you all my #hinchers. Because without you all this would never have been possible."

The cleaning guide won't be on sale until April 4, 2019 but if you're a fan of the cleaning guru, you can preorder the book on Amazon.

The tips and tricks will set you back a modest £12.99, which is a price I'd be willing to pay in order to try and tidy up my sh*t – sorry mum.

We are delighted for Mrs Hinch and can't wait to see what cleaning treats she has in store for us.


Ireland's favourite celebrity couple are reportedly selling their Goatstown home, which they bought in 2005, for a whopping 1.4 million euro.

The loved-up duo will be moving to Rathmines after buying a large Victorian red brick home on Palmerstown Road.

Huberman and O'Driscoll, both 39, apparently want more space to raise their children, Sadie and Billy.

The rugby legend and actress are known for their down-to-earth vibe and gas social media presence, we're sure they're over the moon with their new gaff.

The high-profile couple allegedly ran up against neighbourhood issues when those living beside them strenuously opposed their plans for a three-storey rear extension and a single-storey side and rear extension.

Their home was sold through private agents Savills, hence why fans can't get a glimpse of the lavish home on 1 Larchfield Road.

Darn, we're just going to have to use our imaginations now, aren't we?


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Exclusive walk-throughs of the house were offered to interested buyers only before the sale was agreed.

The family won't be moving into their new home until the new year, despite buying it in 2016.

Amy has said; “That’ll be our last Christmas in the house but that’s good.”



Miley Cyrus has been left 'devastated' at the loss of her beloved Malibu home to the California wildfires, it has been reported.

The wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes across the west coast of America, ravaging land and leaving 230 people missing and a death toll of 31 so far.

In a series of tweets on Sunday night, the 25-year-old pop star confirmed the news of her home's destruction, and has stated her gratitude for the survival of her pets and 'love of my life', Liam Hemsworth.

Her pets were safely removed from the premises, and the singer called for fans to donate to the emergency services to prevent any further damage at all costs, especially loss of life.

She took the time to thank those who are supporting the relief efforts:

"Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA country Sheriff’s department! If you are interested in getting involved see next tweet…. Donate $ , Time , Supplies I love you more than ever , Miley."

Other celebrities whose homes have been affected include Gerard Butler, Simon Cowell, Kim Kardashian West, Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke and Neil Young.

Actor Gerard Butler shared footage of the wreckage surrounding his home on social media, saying it was a "heartbreaking time" for Californians.

Caitlyn Jenner revealed to fans that the fire came within metres of her home.

"It was devastating out here in Malibu," she told Instagram followers. "You can see the hills are totally scorched. We're very, very lucky."

The fires have burned collectively over more than 6500 square kilometres, the rough equivalent to half the size of Sydney. 

US President Donald Trump has blamed the horrific wildfires which engulfed the state on "gross mismanagement".

The estimated amount of people who have been forced to flee their homes is roughly 300,000.

To give assistance to the emergency services, donate to the Red CrossThe CCF Wildfire Relief FundHumane Society of Ventura County, Baby2Baby or the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation

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While you might just be done with college for the year and getting to enjoy your summer, now is probably the best time to start thinking of your school supplies for next year.

Especially since Sostrene Greene, one of our favourite affordable Danish interior brand, has just released their new catalogue. Even if you are not in school anymore, this will give you some major stationery envy. 

From adorable notebooks and pens to well-though desks, stylish lamps and practical chairs, the Nordic office collection is inspired by the Bauhaus movement of the 1920s, boasting simple geometrical motifs.

The paper-based products in the collection are FSC-certified to highlight the sustainable origins of the materials.

The collection will be available for sale from Thursday 28 June, except for the desk and the office chair, which will be available from Friday 20 July.



Hygge took over as the biggest lifestyle trend for winter, but there are ways to adapt the trend to the summer months. 

While hot chocolate and fluffy socks are part and parcel of winter hygge, there are plenty of ways the distinctly Danish feeling of cosiness and contentment can be applied in the summer months. 

Garden parties

While cosy nights in with hot chocolate and vanilla candles is the quickest route to winter hygge, when the weather is good Netflix usually isn't the first thing on the agenda. 

Getting your friends or family together for a perfectly prepped garden party is the quickest route to summertime hygge happiness. 

String up some bunting (and fairy lights when dusk falls), scatter your outdoor furniture with throws, cushions and tablecloths, and swap hot wine and s'mores for a crisp wine spritzer, Aperol Spritz or G&T with a strawberry salad and you're ready to go. 


Hygge is simply the Danish ritual of enjoying life's simple pleasures. 

Keeping your garden, balcony herb garden or window box looking beautiful is the perfect way to embody the ritual of creating something simple and charming, and is an excellent way to indulge in summer hygge. 

Plus, the garden will be looking lovely for the garden parties. 


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Fresh hygge decor

Winter decor with a hygge vibe involves thick knitted blankets, fluffy furnishings and plenty of creams and muted tones. 

Adapting the look for summer involves making a few small changes to brighten up the home. 

Swap your indoor fairy lights for copper string lights, trade your fur covered pillows for bright Nordic-print cushion covers, hang some plant-filled terrariums, and incorporate green and pale yellow tones into your summer-styled rooms.


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In-house foliage

Speaking of interior decor, live plants and fresh cut flowers are an ideal way to brighten up the inside of your home, and admiring the beauty of nature is definitely very hygge. 

Fill a vase with seasonal flowers, as well as lots of green foliage to create the ideal summer bouquet for your coffee table.

Lavender and leaf arrangements smell divine and keep very well if you don't want to invest in a bouquet that will wilt before the week is out (and you can throw a sprig in your gin with some juniper berries for a refreshing but aromatic cocktail).


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Summer siestas

Napping is definitely one of life's simple pleasures, so taking a weekend nap is the perfect way to practice self care while catching up on your zZzZzs. 

And if you can mange it in a hammock in the back garden?

Then all the better. 

Star gazing

It's rare in Ireland that we get a mild enough night to sit out and star gaze, but the activity definitely reflects the core value of hygge.

While the weather is balmy, set up the deck chairs or bring your winter throw out and lay it on the grass and count the stars. 


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A house in Austin, Texas, is bringing everyone’s ultimate childhood dream to life.

The home features some pretty slick interior design throughout, but the slide leading down into the utility room is the real showstopper.

The slide was designed by architect Tim Brown, who originally thought the homeowner was joking when they suggested the unusual feature.

Despite having never taken on such a task, Tim agreed to design the slide and ordered the custom structure from an Indian company that makes custom slides for fire stations

When the slide finally arrived in Texas, a number of adjustments were needed but after some hard work the slide is said to ‘just blend right in’.

CountryLiving.com asked Tim if he tested his creation, to which he answered:

‘’Yes’’ (obviously).

‘’It was a bit tight for a 6' 2" tall guy. It was fun however."

The idea has proved pretty popular amongst Tim's customers, who is currently in the process of construction two more.

So, if you're looking for a practical way to making doing your washing 10 times more fun – you know what do to. 

(And as if you weren't jealous enough, the rest of the house is absolutely beautiful too. Check out the photos below.)




Sophia Bush has come a long way since her One Tree Hill days, but it's clear the actress still has some Brooke Davis left in her if this stylish home is anything to go by.

The actress welcomed People into her Hollywood Hills home, and the tiny glimpses they pictured are just beautiful.

Very minimalist, with a touch of girl power, have a look inside the brunette beauty's home:




When Leonardo DiCaprio hit the big time, he snapped up this gorgeous seaside Malibu home for $1.6 million.

Fast forward 18 years later and Leo is (finally) an Oscar-winning actor and his cute seaside home is going for $10.95 million.

The 1765-square-foot beach-front bungalow is located on 'Billionaire's Beach' and it's an absolute stunner.

We can see the man himself hosting to a bevvy of blonde beauties here:

Anyone have ten mil to spare?