Wish List: Inspiring buys for autumn

Faith Ryan settles into autumn with some inspiring buys.

Looking for something out there and dramatic in that new bathroom? Inspired by street graffiti, the Banksy Museum Design collection, (has the artist given his imprimatur, we wonder?) features over 60 different designs, printed with NCT HD printing technology to ensure high-definition results. Suitable for use on walls and floors. €149 a sq yard, City Tiles & Bathrooms.

Wish List: Inspiring buys for autumn

The National Ploughing Championships may be at an end but there’s still a few days left to take advantage of the promotion by Aga celebrating this year’s event.

Save from €250-€2,500 on a brand new Aga, including this stunning Contemporary City60 in Aubergine. Aga, Lavitts Quay, Cork, 021-2937320. Offer ends 30th September, deposit required.

Wish List: Inspiring buys for autumn

Finline Furniture has arrived at St Patrick’s Woollen Mills, Douglas, Cork. Family-owned and respected in the industry for the seamless quality of its work, this wholly Irish firm produces hand-crafted, custom-built furniture.

Store manager and Cork native, Eugene Cleary, will oversee the Douglas opening: “It is great to work with a company that is not only renowned for its impeccable quality and affordable prices, but Irish run too.”

Love seat from €500 depending on fabric choice.

Wish List: Inspiring buys for autumn

As an alternative to cow hide, springbok is soft to the touch and a slightly more dainty size. Look for a good mix of tones to the piece from deep chocolate to a silken white.

Hides add exotic splendour thrown casually across the back of a chair or sofa too, €103 from The Fabulous Fleece Co (UK)

Wish List: Inspiring buys for autumn

Set in up-cycled wine bottles with wood and cotton wicks in a natural soy candle, Candella candles are a delicious addition to a successful market for Irish candles all over the world.

Their 12oz Tea Leaves and Bergamot poured by hand in Kildare is my current favourite, €23.99, www.candella.ie 

Wish List: Inspiring buys for autumn

Born in 1947, it was always John Cullinane’s ambition to enter the art world. He studied at Limerick School of Art under the guidance of Jack Donovan and after spending a few years teaching, he moved to West Clare to paint.

Working in oils, his bold brush strokes aim to create ridges to catch the light. Find his work at www.Iamofireland.com 

Wish List: Inspiring buys for autumn

Cork makers, Liam Brennan and Aurin O’Brien of Blackened Sky Lighting can turn just about anything into a working light fixture.

This 60s railway or miner’s lamp stands at about 20cm high and is perfect for use as a desk lamp or reading light.

The cable length is generous at 1m. €120. Find these bright lads on Facebook and Etsy where they are open for ideas from their growing band of illuminated followers, www.etsy.com/ie/shop/BlackenedSkyLighting 


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