2009 trendiest bathrooms

Thu, Jul 02, 2009

The bathroom has recently undergone a radical transformation. Previously regarded as a purely functional room, it has now seen a real shift in value to that of a living area and place of sanctuary. The technical and functional aspects of the bathroom are now being extended by emotional factors. The design factor is therefore of vital importance, as both functional aspects, and the presence of a calming emotional atmosphere need to co-exist.

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Blooming brilliant ideas for little green fingers

Thu, Jul 02, 2009

Now that the school holidays are upon us, the time is ripe to get your children hooked on the joys of the room outdoors. The cool, wet, month of May this year has meant that the growing season is running a few weeks late, which means there’s still plenty of time to start growing flowers and vegetables. This summer could be your chance to help the younger members of your family develop a love affair which could last a lifetime.

“The trick is to start small,” says Paddy Cunningham of Dangan House Nurseries. “The concept of tackling a whole garden can be very daunting to an adult, never mind to a child. You could allocate a small piece of space, maybe around the size of the kitchen table. Get them planting a wide variety of vegetables and flowers, while keeping the quantities small.”

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Tantrum-free travel with Trunki

Thu, Jul 02, 2009

Wave goodbye to tiring travel, tears, and tantrums with a boredom busting Trunki, the world’s first ride-on children’s suitcase. Designed for family holidays, children can pack, sit-on and ride their own luggage, while parents can keep them in tow.

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Romantic outdoor dining

Thu, Jun 25, 2009

Summer is here and we need to think about our outdoor space and gardens. Outdoor rooms are an essential on today's real estate market, as well as an inexpensive way to expand your living space.

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Great ideas for children of all ages in Family Time

Thu, Jun 25, 2009

Give your children an active and exciting summer around Galway with the help of the latest edition of Family Time, the local guide to families activities in Galway city and county.

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Blooming ideas for little green fingers

Thu, Jun 25, 2009

With the arrival of school holidays and good weather, this is the perfect time to promote a passion for the outdoors in children. The cool wet month of May has resulted in a late growing season, which means there is still plenty of time to start growing flowers and vegetables.

As a result it is not too late to encourage younger members of the family to develop an interest in gardening. “The trick is to start small”, says Paddy Cunningham of Dangan House Nurseries. “The concept of tackling a whole garden can be very daunting to an adult, never mind to a child. Allocate a small piece of space, maybe around the size of the kitchen table, and get them planting a wide variety of vegetables and flowers.”

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Brighten up, summer is here

Thu, Jun 18, 2009

Thinking about bringing that summer feel into your home? What better than picking bright natural colours outside and using them in your interiors. Look in the garden and select colours from your favourite blooms. Summer flowers offer a plethora of colour selections — fuchsia impatiens, purple pansies, pink hydrangeas, and lavender lilacs are just the beginning of the cool floral rainbow.

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Good design makes the difference

Thu, Jun 18, 2009

Most people would agree that their home is more important to them than anywhere else in the world. After a long journey or a hard day at work, there is nowhere better than home. Increasingly, the garden or outdoor space is being considered for its potential as an extra room outside. Even a tiny back yard can be converted into a delightful oasis of calm, somewhere to enjoy a barbecue with friends, or for children to play.

Regardless of the size of the space, a good design is essential. In this way, the needs and desires of everyone in the household can be satisfied.

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Feng shui in the kitchen

Thu, Jun 11, 2009

The kitchen is sometimes described as the soul of the house. It is where food that nourishes the residents get cleaned, prepared, cooked, and stored.

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Summer time — perfect for shabby chic decorating

Thu, Jun 04, 2009

Pull out anything that looks old and careworn, do some quality shopping at your local thrift store, add a few fresh new accessories, paint it white or in a distressed style, and you have become a professional shabby chic'er!

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Choosing the right

Thu, May 28, 2009

Granite, marble, tiles, and concrete are all countertop choices, and depending on your budget and usage they all have upsides and downsides. The first step in getting the right countertop for you is to make a detailed evaluation of the one you use now. The more you can articulate about what you like and hate about it, the more you will know what to choose next.

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Developing communication skills in young children

Thu, May 28, 2009

Speech is just one facet of communication. Other equally important facets of communication are listening skills, comprehension, attention, gestures, and facial expression. Communication is quite a complex business and communication skills are being learnt from baby’s first moments of life.

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Galway Hot Yoga Ltd — burning in Briarhill

Thu, May 28, 2009

With the recent rise in summer temperature in Galway you might think that it is getting warm, but if you want healing heat you should go to Briarhill. In the Briarhill shopping centre on the second floor, directly above the Ulster Bank, is the recently opened Galway Hot Yoga Ltd.

The benefits of this type of yoga are varied, with many physical and mental ailments showing an almost immediate response to the type of yoga that is on offer here. As Galway Hot Yoga has just opened, there is at present a promotional price of just €12 per class until July. Call (087)1210456 or visit www.galwayhotyoga.ie

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The colours of living — part two

Thu, Apr 23, 2009

Colours affect our minds, our physiologies, and our social interactions. The colours you choose when decorating a room can have an effect on any occasion that you hold there. The dining room is a place of delicate social situations. By considering the psychological effects of colours, you can make your dining room a more relaxing place to eat and gather.

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The colours of living — part one

Thu, Apr 16, 2009

Blue Monday, green with envy, in the pink -— colours are often associated with moods and emotions. Colours affect us psychologically, a fact that should be considered when decorating.

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LolaRose helps the renewed interest in knitting

Thu, Apr 16, 2009

One Galway shop is benefiting from the renewed interest in creative past-times of yesteryear.

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At home With La Maison Chic

Thu, Apr 09, 2009

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Stay safe with Armour Locksmiths

Thu, Apr 09, 2009

Family-run Armour Locksmiths has been in business for 18 years on the lower level of the Eyre Square Shopping Centre. As well as operating out of the shop the company provides the entire west of Ireland with a full locksmith service, travelling to homes and businesses and giving security and peace of mind to clients.

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Grow your own greens

Thu, Apr 09, 2009

If you would love to grow your own vegetables but feel that keeping a vegetable patch would be too difficult, a Galway company has a range of ideas which allow people to grow their own fruit and veg with the minimum of fuss.

Green Touch Plants specialises in the supply of interior plants and stylish pots that range from bright bold colours to dramatic textures and designs. With the increase in demand for fresh homegrown veg, the company has branched out to provide a range of raised beds and pots for growing vegetables, herbs, and fruit. These systems are the ideal way for novice gardeners, children, and experienced gardeners to produce delicious homegrown vegetables. Green Touch can also provide advice to help get you started with the vegetable garden you have always wanted but never had the time or patience to try until now.

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Invest in quality, experience, and security with Craughwell Furniture

Thu, Apr 09, 2009

Craughwell Furniture can offer you the experience and knowledge that comes with 35 years in business. During this time the Cummins family have owned, managed, and nourished the company from humble beginnings into Galway’s premier furniture retailer.

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