Wish List: Cool and quirky additions to give your home a lift

January doesn’t have to be dreary — you can give your home a lift with some of these cool and quirky additions, writes Esther N McCarthy.

1. Philips 'Hue' ambience bulbs

Looking to add a little ambience to proceedings? Switch on to these Philips ‘Hue’ white and colour ambience bulbs. They’re available at Harvey Normans and there are lots of neat things you can play around with. You connect through iOS or Android through Wi-Fi.

You can sync the lights with your music and movies, use the timer to set alarms and change the type of light over time.

They’ve got 25,000 hours of life in them and they do fit into existing sockets. €199 from www.harveynorman.ie

Screwtop tins

Save all your bits and bobs in these cute screw-top tins, €2 each from Flying Tiger Cogenhagen. ie.flyingtiger.com

Tealight holders

Cast away the January blues with these totally tropical tealight holders.

They’re available in Debenhams and online at www.debenhams.ie. Yours for €3.75 each.

Søstrene Grene new season fashion meets interiors

Fashion meets interiors – this is how Søstrene Grene describes this collection, which among other things, consists of velour shoes, notable notebooks and new furniture and interior pieces.

The pieces that piqued my interest include this lounge chair for €59.50 and the very handy basket, which is €4.06.

The rug comes is different colours and is €19.48. Weird pricing aside, the collection is worth a look. sostrenegrene.com

Vintage glass bud vase

I love this vintage glass bud vase. It’s made in Spain from recycled glass and would probably work best displaying a single flower.

It’s made by Jarapa, a small family-run business in Dorset and they specialise in environmentally friendly products.

This jaunty jug is €22.15. Find out more at www.houzz.ie

Cool cushions

Brighten up your sofa with this little star, one of many cool cushion designs in Meadow & Byrne at the moment.

Prices range from €20 - €39.95 and they are all available in store, or browse onwww.meadowsandbyrne.com

Sofa adaptable to your own space

DFS have this Beresford combination grey sofa available with formal or pillow back options so you can adapt it to your own space, it’s €1,309 at time of typing, with the sale on.

See more at dfs.ie

Wall clocks

Clock these cute combinations of timepieces, they’re all available from TK Maxx, www.tkmaxx.ie


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