Your Christmas must-haves start here with some colourful home and utility artistic advice from Esther N McCarthy.
Start saving the cents for the most wonderful — and expensive — time of the year with this cute dragon piggybank, it’s €3.45. flyingtiger.com
Made in Ireland, this juicy lime and lemongrass reed diffuser is by Green Angel.
It should last about three months and has hints of Jamaican ginger and aromatic lemongrass.
And it’s good to know all Green Angel products are ethically sourced.
It’s €29.95 and available from the Kilkenny Shop, Avoca, Shaws, Meadows & Byrne and leading pharmacies and lifestyle shops nationwide.
Find out more at www.greenangel.com
I adore this stunning sunflower pop-up card from Irish company Paperbear.ie.
They design a range of pop-up greeting cards and have over 400 designs in the collection.
Prices range from €4 for standard size to €6.50 for the larger cards.
You can view the whole collection at www.paperbear.ie
Add a pop of colour to any room with these Mr Kite Japanese linen shades, prices start at €35.
See Mr Kite Designs on Etsy for more designs and info.
Check out his beautiful bowls by Kilkenny-based ceramicist, Aisling McElwain.
Simple design, and gorgeous colours, the prices range from €32-€70.
Find out more at aislingmcelwain.com
Behold the Awen, a glorious custom-made throw from the Cork-based, Celtic-centric Loominations team.
Designed by artist Jen Delyth and inspired by the Irish landscape and heritage, you’ll find art, symbols and mythology from around our island’s history weaved in, making it a great gift for any family or friends overseas.
€149 from loominations.ie
I love this colour, it goes with most base colour schemes, and the design is quite funky, as you’d expect from Ikea.
It’s the VÄXJÖ pendant lamp, yours for €25. ikea.com
I love the splash of pink with blue in these canister sets.
The large is about 16.5cm and the smaller one is 12.5cm and are designed by contemporary ceramicist Aoife Slattery.
Aoife graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design five years ago and is based in Ballymorris studios in Co. Clare. Prices start at €55, find out more at aoifeslatteryceramics.com