Wishlist: Ironing

Practical mixes with beautiful this week as Esther N McCarthy runs in tune with the seasons and starts getting organised for autumn’s embrace.

Wishlist: Ironing

* You’ll turn heads in this 360-degree, Enzo fabric swivel chair. I’m loving the lavender, but it’s also available in a range of fabric styles and colours. See www.darlingsofchelsea.co.uk for more information. Or check out http://www.newfurniturecentre.com/famalivingchairs.html

* My old apple tree is producing some fine fruit at the moment. Why not embrace the spirit of the harvest season and grab some yourself — not from my garden, mind. All around the place, the trees and bushes are ripe with fruit and berries, from apples and pears to raspberries and blackberries. To make life a little easier, this fruit-picker has adjustable length handles and is available from Arboretum, Co Carlow, for €24.99. www.arboretum.ie.

* Inspire creativity during your tea-drinking with this quirky mug, designed by our own Orla Kiely. 100% bone china — it really does make a difference to the tea — gah, I’m getting OLD. €10 from Harvey Normans.

* There’s nothing like snuggling into a cosy cushion with a good book. But what about snuggling up to a cosy cushion with a good book printed on it? Don’t judge by the cover. Check out the bookcase tapestry cushion for yourself, €10 from Heaton’s.

* As company names go, Bog Standard has to be up there in the top five. Their ‘forget-me-not’ collection of nostalgia-inspired scented candles are like miniature time capsules, from ‘Molly’s garden’ to ‘Rosie’s lane’ and the cute ‘baby Grace’ candle, named after the five-year-old daughter of Bog Standard’s founder, Alix Mulholland. Awwww. All products are finished and packed by hand at the foot of the Mourne Mountains and cost €12.50 each. They are available online at www.bogstandard.ie or from over 150 retailers across Ireland, including The Kilkenny Group and Cleary’s Department Store.

* Cork native, Claire Hurley, has been selected to compete in millinery as part of the second series of Craft Master, the search for Ireland’s newest craft talent. The final will see apprentices of various disciplines, including millinery, furniture; jewellery; knitting and basketry, go head-to-head for the title and the opportunity to kick-start a new career in craft with a stand at Show Case, Ireland’s international trade expo, run by the Crafts Council of Ireland. Deciding who wins is a panel led by Sonya Lennon, who is joined by resident judge, Brian McGee, from the Crafts Council of Ireland, along with Paul Costelloe and Louise Kennedy. Best of luck to Claire and her head-turning creations.

* I must admit to ironing nothing. Nothing, I tell you. But I realise there are crease-free readers out there, who may appreciate the Philips XL ironing board with shoulder-wing system. That’s right, it’s like the Dynasty of ironing boards. It’s made by the clever people at Phillips and it costs €149.99.

* Debenhams do some things beautifully and their bed-linen department is top of the list. Makes you almost want to hibernate. We like this Ben De Lisi set-up. The bed linen is €50, the cushions are €27-30, the dice storage box €12, and you might as well complete the set with the domino ornament, for €12. Bike optional.

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