Wish list: Fresh and funky styles

Springtime is inspiring some fresh and funky styles.

The brightening evenings and the milder weather is getting us in the mood for the outdoors. Imagine chilling out in this Garden Harmony daybed — roll on summer. €1,599 from the Garden Harmony range at Griffins of Dripsey. 021-7334286.

What’s not to love about this patchwork nest chair? Made with leftover sari fabric by a fair trade company in India, every one is unique. And apparently it’s shop owner Deirdre O’Sullivan’s favourite piece at the moment. €460 from Style 25, 20 Drawbridge St, Cork. 087-9618593.

Combining on-trend colours of grey and smoked mauve with faux snake skin piping, this is the “Native” available for €34.99 from Scatter Box stockists nationwide. A portion of their products are made in Navan, Co Meath. Phone 046-9021691 or find them on Facebook.

Check out this set of six serrated steak knives and six three-pronged steak forks, produced by WMF Germany, and presented in a wooden gift box. These are robust, dishwasher-safe, rust-proof, dimensionally stable and neutral in flavour. Now I just need someone to cook me a steak... €99 from Meadows and Byrne stores.

Jane Walsh, at her Button Studio in Athlone, creates the most wonderful things out of.. you guessed it, buttons. This whimsical piece is €58. For stockists and more information go to www.buttonstudio.ie.

Irish candle company Max Benjamin has introduced the latest candle to its range — Moroccan Mint Tea. We love the bright green box — perfect for spring. Made in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow from 100% natural plant wax, it costs €18.95 and is available from Brown Thomas, House of Fraser, Arnotts, Kilkenny, Avoca, Meadows & Byrne, Carraig Donn and gift shops throughout the country.

If you’re one of those strange creatures who just doesn’t like chocolate, here’s an alternative way to enjoy an Easter egg. These cute candles will get you into the spirit, €8.50 for a 10cm candle, from The Pavilion Garden Centre in Ballygarvan, Co Cork. www.thepavilion.ie

Monochrome is totes the new black, lads. Love this retro-style black-and-white patterned phone, Viva Design. €112, from notonthehighstreet.com.

SOMETHING FOR THE DIARY

Ginger to Ginger on the Town is the title of a solo exhibition by Cork-based artist Valerie Walsh Jolley. It’s on at the NSC Campus in Mahon, Cork, until March 22. Curated by Clare McLaughlin, this exhibition of Valerie’s current work was officially opened by Peter Murray, director of the Crawford Art Gallery. The exhibition is open on weekdays Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Admission and parking is free. There is an on-site bistro open until 2.30pm. For further information, Clare McLaughlin can be contacted on 086-3091653.

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