Esther N McCarthy goes mad for reindeer and penguin themed interiors and choo-choo lights. Well, it is Christmas after all...
‘Tis the season, you might as well accessorise the hell out of it. I love these Red Earth, Mindy Browne’s glowing reindeer lanterns, they’re perfect for a window sill or mantle piece and won’t take up too much space when you’re packing them away in the attic. www.mindybrownes.com www.redearthireland.com
This is the new must-have from the Netherlands: Lamzac, a lounge bed that you can take anywhere. Handy for when the relatives arrive — and are too squiffy to drive home. Love the way you can fill it with air in a few seconds — you swing it back and forth four times et voila, your very own lounger. www.beanbags.ie have them online for €73.99 at the moment. (Check this demo out on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th1MSz9T9pw).
Add a little sparkle to the table with this sequin embroidered runner from Marks & Spencer, €35. marksandspencer.com
Have Santa peeking in any room you wish with this adorable window frame, €10 from Heatons. www.heatonsstores.com
Check out the sommelier’s favourite “Waiter’s Friend” corkscrew — pull cork like a professional at your party this year — and how could you not love the clever peg-legged pirate design? Just be careful not to get “legless” with this little fella. Available from designist.ie for €14. www.shop.designist.ie (See main image.)
How cute is this ceramic penguin mug? Perfect for a steaming hot chocolate with marshmallows. €4 from Penneys. www.primark.com/en-ie
All aboard for getting the house fabulously festive! You can’t lose if you choo-choo-choose this Christmas lights train decoration, €85 from Littlewoodsireland.ie.
Tiger Stores have this twinkly little number — a gold star decoration with LED lights that would work all year around — not just at Christmas. €2.50.
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