Esther N McCarthy paints a pretty picture with her January picks, along with cool ideas for fridges and lunchboxes
January brings Cobalt Frieze as the Colourtrend of the Month. Handy if you’re hankering after a fresh look transform the ‘January Blues’ into something positive. As a strong blue, the cool tones instil a sense of calmness and stability to a space while undertones of green add warmth. This shade is a traditional tone that sits seamlessly with contemporary design elements. Colourtrend is available from select stockists nationwide and online at www.colourtrend.ie.
Prices range from €75-€82.50 per five litres.
Have a look at this French Connection Studio three-seater recliner sofa in ocean blue velvet and recliner cuddler in ocean blue velvet, available exclusively at DFS. This is from the new Studio range and we are swooning for that sleek shape. €1,799 for the sofa and €1,149, for the recliner. Be warned, these prices go up after February 25. The Studio range includes an accent chair, armchair, cuddler, two-seater sofa, three-seater sofa, together with a banquette storage footstool.
We are all about saving the cash this month, no eating out, bringing the lunches to work, polishing the halos all the while. Lidl’s Ernesto cool bag with lunch boxes is a timely addition to the middle aisles. Priced €11.99, they’re an ideal way to keep your meal prep fresh wherever you go.
On the Bathroom Shelf this week is an interesting and rather innovative offering from Melissa Carter and the Cocoa Brown team. It’s a tan eraser, designed for anyone who’s suffered from tanning woes. It leaves skin fresh, clean and ready for the next tan application. No more tide marks! Available from Boots Ireland and pharmacies nationwide for €9.99.
Fleetwood Paints brand ambassador Roisin Lafferty has selected 24 shades for a 2020 palette, including Broken Shaker, Hoxton Haze, Wynwood, Bofin Fern and Electric Pickle. Roisin has also designed three unique shades, Grafton Grey Pale, Grafton Grey Light and Grafton Grey Mid. The colours are inspired by Roisin’s travels within Ireland and worldwide — so lots of grey, go figure! Fleetwood Prestige is hand-crafted in Co Cavan, and is available in a tactile washable matt and soft sheen finish for walls and ceilings.
For interior and exterior wood and metal, a low eggshell and satinwood finish are available. The Vogue® collection is available in selected stockists nationwide. Pictured here is Roisin’s Wynwood (inspired by Miami’s Wynwood walls) on the cabinets and standard white on the walls.
1L Paint Can: €20.99 - €23.99 | 2.5L Paint Can: €38.99 - €41.99 |5L Paint Can: €65.99 - €68.99
This goldie beauty is the VINDFLAKT bowl from Ikea. Yours for €13.
How cool is this Smeg Fiat 500 Refrigerator? At €9,999, the price could give you a shiver too.
See www.harveynorman.ie for more.
I won’t lie to you, lovely reader, I don’t iron, never have. But I accept that there are creaseless wonders out there, so this is for you. This is the Russell Hobbs Powersteam Ultra Iron, €59.99. You’re welcome.