1. Solar Gard: Does one half of your sofa look pink and the other half a rosy red?
We’re all trying to get the light into our rooms but crikey, it can be murder on the furnishings. I came across this website and although I can’t say I’ve tried it, it makes sense. Based in Wilton in Cork, they specialise in fancy-schmancy window film. There’s a boggling array like solar, privacy, anti-fade and safety and security. The benefits range from blocking harmful UV rays — which will be handy if the sun ever comes out — to two-way privacy if you don’t like nosy parkers peering into your front room.
2. Bog Cotton Gifts: There’s nothing bog standard about this site. Based on Valentia Island in Co Kerry, it’s no wonder the images are so evocative. There are place mats, coasters, glass work top protectors and chopping boards and every one of them a little slice of the beauty of rural Ireland. Think fulsome fuchsias, think fabulous foxgloves, think gorgeous gorse and of course the eponymous bog cotton — and all handcrafted to boot. What’s not to love? Have a look at the Monbretia glass work top saver you could use as a platter for serving too.
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