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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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There’s no place like home. Why not make yours into the happiest it can be?

Have you ever walked into a space that just feels inviting, with high energy and makes you want to stay? That space is calling to you because it has wonderful Feng Shui which equals balance.

Yes, Feng Shui is a real thing. In fact, many Fortune 500 companies and celebrities use it to create balanced and harmonious spaces.

In her eye-opening book, The Happy Home: Your Guide to Creating a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Life, Feng Shui expert Patricia Lohan not only explains the ancient Chinese art form, but reveals how she uses the 4,000-year-old practice to change peoples lives in ways they never thought possible.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Happy Home is an invitation to look at your home with new eyes — not just as the place you live, but as the gateway to your happiness, health and wealth.

You will learn how your home possesses its own unique energy. When everything is as it should be, this energy works like a magnet, attracting in the right things at the right time. This could mean more money, better clients, happier relationships, improved health — there’s no area of your life that your home’s energy won't touch.

From The Happy Home, you’ll also come away knowing:

  • A deep understanding of what Feng Shui is and how you can use it to turn any living space into a happy one
  • How to clear the blocks in your home that are getting in the way of success, happiness, abundance and love
  • What to keep and what to throw out in order to open up your space and invite in more of what you want and less of what you don’t
  • How you can identify your unique house type so you can set up your home environment to attract more abundance and better relationships
  • Easy switches you can make to any room to balance its energy and allow for more flow
  • How to find your home’s “prosperity corner” and pump up what you are receiving
  • Remedies that will supercharge all nine areas of your house and your life to match

Lohan speaks what she knows. She has countless happy Feng Shui stories of her own. She used the power of this ancient modality to manifest her amazing husband, Ken, to grow and expand her business and move across the globe from Ireland to the tropical island paradise of Bali.

Lohan originally from Galway, says, “what really lights me up is seeing people transform their entire lives when they start using the principles of Feng Shui in their everyday environments. From unexpected cheques arriving in the mail to TV appearances across the US, business doubling in revenues from careers taking off to vision boards coming true, from marriages getting closer to hearts healing, I’ve seen it all!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lohan points out how it all begins with your home. It’s where you kick off your shoes and settle in after a long day.

It’s where you give and receive goodnight kisses from the most important people in your life.

It’s the foundation for literally everything, which is why when your home’s energy is out of whack, the rest of your life is too.

The Happy Home: Your Guide to Creating a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Life, by Patricia Lohan is available in all good bookshops and can also be purchased by going to https://patricialohan.com/happyhomebook/

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Have you ever laid in bed, pondering the thought that your bedroom would look a million times better if you had dragon-fire to light up the space? We know we have.

Game of Thrones fans may just lose their minds when they see that Etsy is now selling dragon lamps, which literally blow three-dimensional fire in an array of colours.

Just switch on the button on your remote control to change the colour of the dragon fire and set the atmosphere as you wish. We have to admit, they'd look pretty damn cool in our gaffs:

Image: Etsy

We're still not entirely over that shocking GOT finale, and we've got years to wait until Bloodmoon, the much-anticipated prequel, airs on TV. 

This lamp is the perfect reminder of the good old days when Daenerys Targaryen had three full dragons; Drogon, Rhaegra and Viserion.

Remember when one of them were White Walker baddies or fell into the ocean after being speared? Good times. Thankfully, some genius figured out a way to make a 3D printed dragon lamp with fire coming out of it's mouth:

Image: Etsy

This lamp may just be the greatest thing Westeros has ever seen…imagine how jealous everyone else in the Seven Kingdoms would be if they saw this in your house?

You can change the position of the dragons by either leaving them down on a table or placing them on the wall, so it can be a bold Night King ice dragon or a Dany Drogon with warm orange tones.

It's an unofficial GOT piece of merchandise, by the way, but we're choosing to decide that it was made by Daenerys for us personally. Get yours now on Etsy for €45, what a steal.

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Feature image: HBO

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In terms of commitment, buying a house is up there with tying the knot. For that reason, house-hunting can feel strangely like dating. Just like those folks in your Tinder feed, there are so many potential homes out there to choose from. Each has their own unique characteristics. Some look fantastic on the outside but need a lot of work on the inside. Others might bore you slightly at first but eventually charm you over time.

Perfect Property, Ireland’s leading property search platform, has discovered the four types of house you’ll probably encounter in your house hunting adventure.

The Charming Older House

It’s a little older than what you’re used to, but you just can’t help yourself. You’ve been totally seduced by its charms and classic appeal. Like a fine wine, it has aged beautifully and only taken on more irresistible character over the years.

Your friends and family may have reservations about its structural stability and longevity. Sure, there may be a few creaks here and there, but you just can’t stop thinking about its timeless features. One thing is for sure, they don’t make houses like this anymore.

The Out of My League House

You get butterflies just looking at it. The proportionate aesthetics, the well-defined features, the size of it – ugh it’s hard not to hit that super-like button. Simply drop-dead gorgeous. You can’t help yourself dreaming about the luxury, the sophistication and the opulence.

But in reality, you know that the chances of even setting up a viewing are slim with a few too many zeros in the price tag. Maybe someday you will own a house like this, but for now you’ll have to be content with the photos and the fantasies they inspire.  

The Diamond in the Rough House

It might feel a little beneath your usual high standards, but you just can’t help to see its potential. Sure, it’s a little rough around the edges, however, given enough time and effort you can surely turn it into something special. If you can picture the end result, there’s nothing that a newly purchased toolkit and a few YouTube videos can’t fix.  

Your parents may initially disapprove of what they think is a sub-par choice for their offspring. But in a few years, you know that they’ll come around to appreciate what a wonderful home your house has become.

The Take Home to Meet the Mother House

Practicality and functionality are the order of the day here. This is the kind of place that your mother would love to boast about down in the parish centre.

It’s well refined without being flashy. It’s interesting without having a host of hidden secrets. It’s charming without being cheesy and you can always rely on it no matter what. Once you get to know it, you’ll fall deeply in love with it. The only problem is that independence may be short lived with your mother knocking on the front door frequently.  

Find Your Perfect Match

With so many properties to choose from it can be a daunting task to commit to one that you know you’ll love for the rest of your life. The good news is that unlike dating, a home won’t ghost you after a first viewing or still have an ex-owner in the picture.

Whether you’re starting your house hunting adventure or you’re a seasoned veteran, be sure to find a property that doesn’t just suit you right now but one you can grow into. With Perfect Property’s Perfect Match feature, your ideal home is only one search away.

For more beautiful homes like the ones mentioned above, visit perfectproperty.ie., Ireland’s most innovative property search platform.

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We are forever swooning over unique and aesthetically pleasing interiors on Instagram so it’s safe to say we were delighted to hear award-winning, world leader in design Barrisol was launching in Ireland.

For over 50 years Barrisol, has provided the most innovative products to renovate, decorate and personalise walls and ceilings. Each product is manufactured specifically for its own unique location.

Every ceiling or wall is unique, reworked as requested and adapted to the style of your interior. Barrisol creates exclusive works of graphic art and there are no limits to the dimensions of your painted walls and ceilings.

Replacing heavy materials like brick and stone with innovative lightweight materials to revolutionise interior design Barrisol Alpha membranes allow applications out of the reach of conventional materials. They are quick to install, require less labour and even reduce the carbon footprint of transport. Free from phthalates, arsenic, cadmium and mercury, Barrisol Alpha products come with a high environmental quality guarantee suited to private homes and public spaces.

Barrisol Alpha print offers a fast and clean installation with considerably less mess than traditional wallpapering techniques and has the added benefit of being easy to remove and reinstall at any time without damage with the added benefit of being made to measure

The Barrisol Alpha ceilings, acoustic panels and lighting and Artolis walls can be printed in millions of colours thanks to the digital printing technology. The textile designs are recoloured, resized, modernized and brought to life by our graphic design department so that they can embellish the most fashionable homes, hotels and restaurants.

Wall coverings are water-repellent and can be used in bathrooms.

The Barrisol universe offers endless possibilities, limited only by your imagination. Barrisol enables you to create unique design with a combination of vibrant colours and complex shapes, organic shapes or waves and spheres of more conventional forms.

 

Thanks to the unique hand highly adaptable nature of Barrisol Translucent Sheets we can create intelligent lighting systems to make your interiors brighter and bolder without compromising on design. There are no limits to how a Barrisol lighting installation can help illuminate any interior space. They can even create illuminated 3D effects creating eye-grabbing lighting features for a reception, bar home or showroom.

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Oh how we love our bedroom, it’s all ours and we can do with it and, ahem, in it what we please. But if yours is anything like ours it is a mismatch of leftover paint colours and haphazardly arranged furniture.

However, instead of enviously pawning over gorgeous bedrooms on Pinterest, why not get to work on your own – but make sure you read these five rules before you start anything.

Stock up on testers
Before you go crazy decorating your room in bright colours, test it out first. Yes that bright red might look all cool and retro in the pot but not so much all over your walls.

Place focus on the bed
Invest in some new and clean bed linen – Penneys have a pretty good stock, obviously budget-friendly. It will look expensive and inviting even if your walls and furniture are bland looking. Pile it with pillows for an added touch of luxury.

Go with what YOU like not what’s ‘in’
Unless you really love it, avoid going for a style that is 'in' as it will just as quickly 'go out'. Remember to always think ahead otherwise you will end up either disliking your room again. And you’ll have to do it all over again.

Make it functional
Make sure everything is easily accessible otherwise your room will just irritate you, no matter how nice it may look. And everything will just end up on the floor. Everything.

Use natural light
Natural light is not only the best light for putting on your make-up but it helps you wake up gradually. 

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Petra Eccleston, the daughter of the Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, shows us all that money can’t buy class. The 24-year-old bought a 56,000sq ft mansion three years ago for a mere €65 million and decided to do it up herself, but not for the better of it.

The 123-roomed home originally belonged to Aaron Spelling – American film and TV producer – who designed it to resemble a French chateaux, although this was quickly destroyed when Petra moved in.

The model spent €17m redecorating her home which included installing a Marilyn Monroe themed hair salon, two 5ft Pamela Anderson sculptures, white marble flooring and a dog pampering room. However, we have to admit some of the things she has in her home has us feeling pretty envious like the bowling alley, pool room and her very own nightclub.

Talking about the house, Petra said: "I know the house is huge, but with the other houses we looked at that were a similar size to this, you felt like you were in a museum. They didn’t feel homely. I think because there was a family here previously it was warmer and cosier."

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Living in our own home and taking care of yourself can be a bit of a drag, especially if mummy used to do all the work for you. And, unfortunately, cleaning up has got to be one of the worst things that comes with living away from home.

So, to help you get rid of those stains that you keep trying to hide, try these tips:

Getting rid of water marks
Use a little petroleum jelly, like Vaseline to get rid of these bad boys. Simply rub it onto the stain leave it for a day and wipe away.

Carpet stain
Put a little whitening toothpaste onto an old toothbrush, rub into the stain and rinse away with cold water. This also works on clothes.

Rust
Moved into a new apartment and noticed a little rust on the bath? Well, simply use some coca cola. Dab a little onto a sponge and use a little elbow grease to get off the rust.

Blood stains
Blood can be a nightmare to get off but you can try this trick – rub a little salt onto the area to loosen the stain and then pop it in the washing machine.

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The kitchen is definitely the heart of the home. It's where we eat, chat, cook food, make incredible cakes (most of the time!) and spend a whole lot of time.

These five hacks will ensure your time spent in the kitchen is worthwhile:

Dinner for one 
Cooking for one can often mean that food goes to waste because, well, basically there just isn’t enough people to eat it. So, when it comes to freezing your sauces or leftovers, pop them into ice cube trays and put it in the freezer. This way, all you need to do is take out one or two 'dinner cubes' to use that night.

Chill wine
Pop some grapes in the freezer and use these as ice cubes in your wine – it keeps your drink cool without watering it down. Genius!

Wooden spoon
When you are boiling food, simply pop a wooden spoon across the pot to stop the water boiling over. It has to be wooden though as metal spoons don’t work for this.

Opening jars
Opening jars can be a nightmare especially when you don’t have a strong handsome man nearby… So, to open it, put on a rubber glove and voila!

Cleaning your fruit
If you really want to give your fruit a good clean, mix a little lemon juice with baking soda and water in a spray bottle, give it a good shake and spray on your apple. Clean in seconds.

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Who doesn’t want to eat toast with their face on it?!

This is every narcissism person’s dream – a toaster that burns the image of your face onto a slice of bread.

Burned Impressions in Vermont are selling the selfie toaster for $75 so you can indulge your true narcissism! This is not the first toaster they have made – they are the proud creators of the Jesus toaster and the Rapture toaster.

All you need to do is send a high res photo of your beautiful to the company who will make your a custom selfie and send it out to you.

According to the company itself, “you don’t have to famous or Jesus to have your face on toast!” we’re loving their attitude!

Birthday present we think!

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Moving out can be exciting as you start a whole new life away from your mum and dad. However, it can also be a bit of a drag, especially when it comes to packing up all your stuff – how you managed to accumulate so much stuff is just amazing.

Boxes
A lot of large boxes don’t come with handles so cut a triangle in either side for space for your hands. It makes it so much easier to carry it.

Mirror
We couldn’t possibly leave our mirror at home, so just in case it does get broken, put masking tape across it in the shape of an X. This way if it does break the glass won’t go everywhere.

Wires
If you are bringing your TV, take a picture of where each cord goes to make it a whole lot easier when it comes to hooking it up at your new place.

Clothes
Unpacking can be a pain, so to make it easier on yourself, put your clothes in bin bags still on their hangers. This way you can hang them up straight away when you get there.

Jewellery
Jewellery can get lost or tangled in a move so either loop them through toilet rolls tubes or put them into egg cartons.

Label things
If you have a lot of boxes – a girl has a lot of stuff – use bright colours to label each one so you know where everything is.

Have an immediate box
The last thing you want to do when you get to the new place is spend a couple of hours looking for your toothbrush, pyjamas, plates or glasses – for the celebratory glass of wine, obviously. So, pack a bag with essentials you’ll need straight away.

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Just moved out and have barely enough money to buy a celebratory beers never mind furniture? A car boot sale will be your best friend!

They are great for finding items that will give your new home character and a more homely feel.

Here are seven tricks to ensure you leave with at least one fantastic piece.

Go late
Go late if you don’t care what type of chair you get as long as it is cheap – prices are usually reduced just before pack up time.

Go early
If you are looking for something specific you need to get there early – the early bird catches the worm.

Be friendly
A seller is not going to reduce their price or be willing to haggle if you’re being downright rude – a smile goes along way.

Bring a list
If you are after a good few pieces bring a list, otherwise you’ll just forget what you went there for.

Pick up your large items first
If you are looking for something that is particularly big like a table, grab this first and leave the smaller ones for later. The bigger items go quicker.

You can always clean it
If you love the look of something but the fabric is a little bit off colour or torn remember you can always do a fixer upper.

Bring cash
It’s harder to haggle with a Visa Debit card – which they won’t accept anyway.

 

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