Munster offers so many hidden gems with bargains, ideas and must-have products for the interiors enthusiast who is always on the lookout for something new, writes Carol O’Callaghan.
Munster offers so many hidden gems with bargains, ideas and of course those must-have products for the interiors enthusiast who is always on the lookout for something new, writes Carol O’Callaghan
Let's go shopping and at the same time explore the outer reaches of our cities, towns and rural areas.
Mylestone Interiors, East Avenue Road, Killarney, Co Kerry.
Lured in by the thought of: Custom classic and modern furniture accessorised with designer lighting and mirrors, plus chic Farrow & Ball paint; wallpaper, fabrics, curtain making and an interior designservice.
Expect to pay: €8 for handmade wooden bowls, but if you’re feeling flush, check out the Curve Ruby black velvet sofa for a touch of glamour (€4,199).
No home should be without: Thebicycle rickshaw with canopy hood — the ultimate conversation piece (€2,450).
Star buy: The Egg chair (€599) for comfort, style, and a touch of retro.
The Old Mill Stores, Connonagh Village, Leap, Co Cork.
Lured in by the thought of: Quaint country store vibes combined with household goods from Danish, Dutch, French and Belgian design houses.
Small furniture and lighting and reclaimed teak pieces from Asia sit alongside Irish cashmere and lambswool textiles.
Expect to pay: €3 for Irish greeting cards, €10 for 100% organic teatowels, or the Heron wall light for €350. For a bigger spend, the DISC faux marble coffee table costs €1,500.
No home should be without: The whimsy of the Cloudnola Text-Time flip clock with its oh-so-cool retro vibes at €285.
Star buy: Just in time for winter, the practical Sheila Maid hanging laundry airer is the ultimate eco-friendly dryer without any electricity usage. From €105.
Aoki Interiors, 1 Parkside, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary.
Lured in by the thought of: A fabric selection from big names like Designers Guild, Harlequin and Villa Nova, with a range of sophisticated paint tones from the likes of Sanderson and Zoffany.
Furniture features large as do automated window treatments.
Expect to pay: A budget-friendly €30p/m for fabrics and up to €200p/m for high-end options.
No home should be without: The beauteous art deco-inspired tub chair in emerald velour upholstery (€495).
Star buy: For junior clients, there’s the new Villa Nova Picturebook range of fabrics and wallpapers featuring exotic animals, cars, and psychedelic designs for the cool kid who’s outgrown teddy bear motifs. From €36p/m.
Paul & Co, Monahan Road Business Park, Monahan Road, Cork.
Lured in by the thought of: The surprise that such a trove of exquisite taste in interiors exists on an industrial estate shop which to the front sells new, vintage and antique furniture, mirrors, and an extensive lighting range. To the back is a fabric and wallpaper library with top brands including Colefax & Fowler, Pierre Frey, Designers Guild and Andrew Martin, and a selection from smaller mills.
Expect to pay: Anything from €175 for a lamp and shade to €2,200 for a beautiful and rather unusual vintage French dining table. Fabrics range from €35p/m to €195p/m for luxurious stitched silk.
No home should be without: Lovely window-effect mirrors in various sizes that would sit in almost any room as an easy way of filling a wall, and to throw light around making a small room feel bigger. From €145 to €350.
Star buy: An original Barcelona chair, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929, with a perfect leather patina. €1,400.
Objekt Design Space, South Quay, Newcastle West, Co Limerick.
Lured in by the thought of: Top European design brands of furniture from France, Italy, and Holland, with iconic occasional pieces and lighting from the likes of uber-cool Kartell.
You’ll also be able to pick up a bottle of wine.
Expect to pay: From €7.95 for Danish brand Zone’s kitchen trivets, or splash out on the Italian-made Skorpio dining table by Cattelan Italia (€5,700).
No home should be without: The Mini Kabuki lamp by designer Ferruccio Lvani for Kartell. Injection-moulded and sophisticated, it has perforated surfaces through which the light is diffused.
Star buy: The new range of artist rugs, which at prices starting from €230 are affordable and can instantly transform a room.