Esther N McCarthy sees the fringe benefits of cool cushions, art with a purpose and a little something for all the bird lovers out there.
Here’s a little contemporary cool for your summer garden — a ceramic stoneware feeder with a fun name — the Birdy Bird Feeder.
It’s got an easy-hang wire hanger that simply loops onto a branch, or balcony roof.
There’s a neat gloss finish the ceramic material and is made by Swedish design outfit Sagaform.
Available from www.designist.ie for €19.50.
This beautiful blue floral baroque print cushion cover is €20 from River Island’s homeware collection.
It’s online only though, see www.riverisland.ie for more.
There’s a wonderful exhibition on at the moment in Bishopstown Library, next to Wilton Shopping Centre, Cork.
It’s called ‘A Sense of Place’ and features original artwork by artists Éadaoin Glynn and Margaret Kiel.
Pictured here is Glynn’s Grass Memories III, in oil, cold wax, and pigment on canvas.
The size is 20x20cm and it can be yours for €95.
All proceeds are in aid of Pieta House, Age Action and Irish Motor Neurone Disease.
The exhibition runs until August 28, do try to stop by.
Looking for a pop of colour for the walls?
Check out the sleek designs of Charlotte Posner and the Fruity Dolls Print.
These ladies are dressed in costumes inspired by oranges, cherries, pineapple, watermelon and bananas.
Posner is a London based contemporary artist best known for her vivacious, vibrant and hand-painted Pop Doll series.
And now her prints are available in Brown Thomas.
See more at www.brownthomas.com
On the Bathroom Shelf this week, we have Lancaster’s Tan Maximiimiser repairing after-sun soothing moisturiser.
Its claim is to naturally prolong your tan for up to one month, and it’s suitable for sensitive skin.
Available now in Arnotts Beauty Hall for €28, www.arnotts.ie
I love the sliver of warmth in this paint shot, it’s the Dulux Colour of the Year 2019, Spiced Honey.
See www.dulux.ie for stockists.
Feast your eyes on some mid-century inspired furniture.
I love these frame armchairs from Michael Murphy.
We’re talking long lines and cool angles, perfect for you minimalists out there.
€375, see more at www.michaelmurphy.ie
Harvey Norman have some lovely cushions in stock.
This magnolia floral one caught my eye. Digging the fringe.
It’s feather filled, and the size is 45cm x 45cm, the price tag is €35m, www.harveynorman.ie