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Wish list: DFS sofa

Esther N McCarthy digs some retro vibes, hails the love affair between form and function and gives a shout out to our feathered friends.


Wish list: Ursula Celano shamrock tea cosy

It’s tea cups, cosies and all sorts of blooming things for Esther N McCarthy this week.


Wish list: Preserve-making starter kits

Esther N McCarthy is getting all the gear in place for a very comfortable, jam-making season. Oh no! It’s nearly autumn.


Wish List: Umbrellas and starfish?

Esther N McCarthy has watery wishes this week, along with lovely interior set pieces too.


Wish list: green retro TRIM phone

Get into the 70s vibe with this peacock green retro TRIM phone. Launched by the GPO in the UK in 1965 as a fashionable alternative to its regular model, TRIM stands for Tone Ringer Illuminated Model. 

A lava lamp, but no ordinary pretender, this is the Mathmos Telstar- a proudly tapered rocket of liquid and atrophied wax supported by large zinc fins.

Vintage view: Mathmos Telstar lava lamp

Kya deLongchamp explores some car boot classics for collectors.


Wish list: Parfois travel case

This week Esther N McCarthy picks from a wide range of summer goodies for your delectation.

Tattoo your floor with a gorgeous hand knottedrug from

Web watch: Floor story

This is trainspotting for rug nerds.


Wish list: the SIKA chair

Hot metal, cool stools, fluttering butterflies and expensive wild leather furniture, crafted by hand. All part of this week’s list from Esther N McCarthy.


Web watch: Sania Pell

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Wish list: Dancing Robot Speaker

Dancing Rapper robots, lightweight lamps and scrabble scatter cushions all make up Esther N McCarthy’s wishful week.

Impress the in-laws with your own family command centre from

Web watch: Urbane Jane

Every home needs a command centre and if yours doesn’t have one, well, better browse on over to Canadian Jane (who claims she’s urbane) and find out how it’s done.


Wish List: Garden Como side table and funky chairs

Downpours be gone — this week Esther N McCarthy is all about the outdoors — lazing in the garden with a sizzling barbecue, billowing table linen, a chilled glass and a cosy blanket for eventide — bliss.


Web watch: Room Renovator

With useful posts like top five tips for optimising space in your home, and even better, with images illustrating them, this is one site to bookmark.


Wish list: Painted ceramic egg cups

When the sun shines — the tough do housework. This week Esther N McCarthy picks an eco beauty — and some other stuff too...


Web watch: Sarah Bracken

For artist and passionate zine publisher Sarah Bracken, finding time to blog must be tricky.


Wish list: Toledo stoneware bowl

From nautical lighting options to magical sea creatures Esther N McCarthy (@estread) adds to her list of wishes.

Bing tin-plate double-decker London bus. Made in Nuremburg, Germany. Early 20th Century.

Vintage View: Tin-plate toys

Kya deLongchamps takes a fascinating look at the history of early 20th century tin-plate toys.

A re-purposed pallet makes a clever sand pit, find out how at

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Wish List: A gift for Dad and Mammy, too

Summer’s in the air and it’s time to choose a gift for Dad — as well as picking up something nice for Mammy, too. Esther N McCarthy goes hunting.

Joseph Lorenzl of Vienna, Dancer with Cymbals on onyx base, c.1920

Vintage view: Art Deco

Kya deLongchamps takes a look at early 20th century statuary, particularly, daring Art Deco figures in ivory.

Homemade xylophone as featured on

Web watch: Crafts Planner

Sometimes DIY should just be fun. Don’t be worried about those shelves that need hanging or that boring old paint job.


Wish list: Chairs for outside — and inside

Dunnes Stores have the Amelia Bistro, €275 and Serving Set, €25 for your viewing pleasure. All items available in store now.

Zipmark Zipper Bookmark creatively designed for readers to save reading place. As featured on

Web watch: 1. I creatived

Cool. This site is just so cool. Go to the gadget tab and you’ve got credit-card knives and hedgehog toothpicks.


Web watch: Roald Dahl collection

Home Focus at Hickeys


Vintage View: The Amber Room

The mystery of the golden Amber Room continues to shine, says Kya deLongchamps


WISH LIST: Summer print from Scatter Box

Picnics with cakes and butterflies — plus a hand-made, glorious red rug — Esther N McCarthy conjours quite a wishful weekend.

A young tar reads of war to his untroubled companion in this early 19th flatback. News of the day from the penny papers formed the theme for many flatback groups and figures.

Vintage view: flatback figures

Kya deLongchamps says flatbacks should not be confused with earlier, more expensive figures.


Web Watch: Atomic Attic

Atomic Attic is the Etsy home of Miles and Aimee Harrison and it’s the cat’s pyjamas.


Wish list: Paul Costelloe’s Living collection in Dunnes Stores

Stargazing, geek crazes and total comfort make up Esther N McCarthy‘s pick of wishes this week.

19th Century Continental watercolour Staubback Falls, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Artist Unknown.

Vintage view: Antique watercolour

Kya deLongchamps says condition and quality is vital in a good, antique watercolour buy.


Web watch: Besotted Blog

Besotted about lovely things, just as the name would suggest.


Wish list: Shoe design by Holly Baker

Oh it’s all spring colours and fresh thinking this week on the wish list as Esther N McCarthy chooses shoes, sheep and sofas for your delectation.

There are few original fireplaces so over-stated that they have to be sacrificed to make family life work.

Vintage view: Vintage fireplaces

Sympathetically inserting contemporary life into vintage surrounds is the way to go, says Kya deLongchamps.


Web watch: Flocked parrot lamp by Abigail Ahern available at Debenhams

1. Abigail Ahern Sharing trade secrets, decorating differently and yabbering are just some of the tabs worth a click on interior designer Abigail Ahern’s Wordpress site.


Wish list: Silk Sweetie scarf

Among the items spotted this week are beautiful silk, a panelpiece and an art exhibition.