From taking care of our bee population to clothing with a conscience and recycled storage options, going green can still be stylish, says Esther N McCarthy
The Kingsley has launched their artist-in-residence programme, in collaboration with The Gallery Kinsale. Vincent Devine is the first artist to feature with seven of his artworks now in situ. Hailing from Co Offaly, Devine has had work commissioned by Tyra Banks, Roisin Murphy and Iggy Azalea. Pictured here is ‘Crescent’ and the rest of the artwork can be viewed in Fairbanks Restaurant at The Kingsley.
The Ethical Silk company has just launched the new Kochi Collection, inspired by the laid-back atmosphere of the Keralan city in south India. Designed in Ireland, and printed by hand using the artisan techniques of block printing, this collection uses low impact dyes and all water used is treated and recycled. Pictured is The Wanderer gift set, €175.
This is the Eden bar diverter mixer shower, from €245, tritonshowers.ie.
Avoca have some lovely candles in store at the moment, including this Lemon Verbena for €22.95.
Max Benjamin has added three fragrances to its Ocean Islands collection — Bora Bora, Tahiti and Mo’orea. They are available as candles, diffusers and scented cards. The Tahiti is pictured here, it has top notes of lemon, bergamot, blackcurrant and plum. Heart notes of rose, lilac, jasmine and orange blossom on a warm base of vanilla, oak moss and cedarwood. Ocean Islands is available from Arnotts, Kilkenny and online from www.maxbenjamin.ie. Candles, €24.95; diffuser, €32.95; scented cards, €4.95.
Reuse, recycle, reduce, folks. This is the Space Age jumbo storage bag, made from recycled plastic bottles, available from Rex London for €6.95. rexlondon.com
PPG has launched a new colour palette for Johnstone’s Ireland, with a collection of 84 unique shades. Colour stylists have curated three distinct trend themes: Labyrinth, Carousel and Hide Away. If soft pinks and greys are your thing, here is an example of how the Rosebud shade would look. Available in Matt, Soft Sheen, Washable and One Coat, you can find them in various stockists, including Woodies, €26 for 2.5L. The range is launching as Johnstone’s start a new campaign championing colour in Ireland, with a new Instagram page, @johnstonesireland, encouraging homemakers to tell their story of colour in their home.
There’s lots of buzz about bees right now. Studies suggest one third of Ireland’s 97 wild bee species are threatened with extinction. That’s horrifying. So, welcome bees to your garden by providing food and shelter. The Beepot is a charcoal, cast concrete planter combining a safe nesting spot for solitary bees with a space for planting bee-friendly flowers, meaning a food source for the bees is never far away. Air Bee&B, if you will... (sorry). Place in a sunny spot in your garden, balcony or on your windowsill to announce there are rooms to let.
€40 from Designist.ie