Ros Drinkwater

Ros Drinkwater

Mirror worth looking into

Mirror worth looking into

Important paintings and furniture on offer as November sales begin countrywide.

Savoy to auction huge collection

Savoy to auction huge collection

London’s best loved institutions would appear to be hellbent on selling off the family silver.

Autumn puts out her brightest colours

Autumn puts out her brightest colours

If you like to think of your garden as a tranquil haven of subtle shading, stay away from Staghorn sumac, it will really upset the apple cart.

Classic beauties strut their stuff

Classic beauties strut their stuff

When it comes to style on four wheels nothing can quite compare to a classic car, be it a zippy MG Midget (red, of course), or a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.

An inspiring anthology for budding gardeners

An inspiring anthology for budding gardeners

The Faber Book of Gardens. Edited by Philip Robinson Faber & Faber, €29.60

Diamonds and pearls

Diamonds and pearls

Pearls and diamonds from Calvin and Kelly Klein’s personal collection are expected to reach in excess of $2 million this December.

No true blue rhododendrons

No true blue rhododendrons

The Rhododendron, particularly the dusky pink R.ponticum, has a dreadful reputation for being invasive and people get very hot under the collar about the drastic effect it has on native Irish flora.

Big homes with small heating bills

Big homes with small heating bills

When Sligo architect Colin Bell gave his first course on green building at the Organic Centre, Co Leitrim in 1997, his main thrust was the promotion of the energy efficient, sustainable home.

Corgi collection up for grabs at Bonham’s

Corgi collection up for grabs at Bonham’s

Leading Bonham’s sale of 500 lots of die-cast toys this week is the much-coveted Corgi archive.

Energico to launch energy efficient homes

Energico to launch energy efficient homes

Energico Enterprises, a Clare-based company developing energy efficient homes, is to launch the first of its new units on the market this month.

Sumptuous antique show at RDS

Sumptuous antique show at RDS

The week ends with a grand finale at the RDS, the 42nd Irish Antique Dealers’ Association Fair where 45 exhibitors will offer the cream of antiques in Ireland.

Busy week for fine art circuit

Busy week for fine art circuit

The busiest week of the season to date kicks off at 11am, September 25 at Sheppards in Durrow, Co Laois where almost a thousand lots of fine art and antiques range from a landscape by George Barratt to an Aubusson carpet.

Play your trump card with an acer

Play your trump card with an acer

In theory, it takes eight years to make a garden from scratch.

Exploring the arts of love

Exploring the arts of love

THE BOOK OF LOVE: IN SEARCH OF THE KAMASUTRA, By James McConnachie, Atlantic Books €26.60.

Capturing a vanishing Ireland

Capturing a vanishing Ireland

Let’s hear it for buskers - on a jaunt round Ireland from Antrim to Limerick last week I was entertained by Mexican guitarists, a Nigerian saxophonist, a Californian banjoist, Peruvians playing the oddest imaginable bamboo instruments, and the ubiqui