Winter may be glowering, but Faith Ryan lights up the whole house with comforting and eye-catching buys for the New Year.
The Flapps range, cut from a single piece of timber by Ambivalenz is a space saving range to love. We like this jagged little piece inspired by a mountain range and intended as a coat hanger and shelf, but happy to serve anywhere around the house, €203, www.amara.com
A celebration of the joyful nature, elegant movement and free flowing affection of our domestic dogs, this necklace is handmade in Ireland from sterling silver. The dog’s eye is made from a 9 carat rose gold rivet and the bone is copper and vitreous (kiln-fired) enamel. €170, Saba Jewellery (free worldwide delivery).
This DFS Flip 2-seater Flip sofa bed provides a mid-century flop spot by day and a highly comfortable double bed for overnight guests. €369. Add to the feeling of Scandinavian escape with a luxurious faux fur throw. Littlewoods have a deep, indulgent Husky throw at just €54, www.littlewoodsireland.ie Also, on sale at DFS is its 100% leather Estate sofa — the L-shaped tan leather piece is down to €2538 until January 6.
Mineral finishes are everywhere this spring, and you can introduce the look economically with white marble pieces in the kitchen. Save those gorgeous marble boards for serving cheese and working pastry because if treated like wood, they score, stain with spices and will blunt your best knives. Hexagonal marble board, €45.69, Mia Fleur. www.miafleur.com
German maker Merowings offer a huge range of wood like seating, bolsters and pouffes in velvet soft fabrics, and now you can convert the stump-like pieces to tables with the addition of a simple round of Plexiglas — the Merowings® Tray. Their Silver Birch seat is such a cool, classic beauty. €149. www.merowings.com
A lovely blob of honey coloured bubble glass, this new easy-fit pendant will hang from any standard adapter. There’s an equally lip-licking table available too. Ochre Pendant €36, lamp €54, Next Direct, www.nextdirect.com
Telling the time at every angle, the POFFARE wall clock can be put over a door, used hanging, even horizontally out from the wall, or be placed standing with storage for magazines or paper. €17, IKEA
Freshen up that winter table with Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic Decal Glasses in a pretty meadow flower. Set of 4 just €10, Dunnes Stores.
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