Wish List: New buys to set style and nostalgia humming all over the house

This Yell Maxi Sofa in a collage of striking fabrics will brighten up any space.

Sale price - €998 (until August 27), after sale price €1,099. Available at DFS, Mahon Point or www.dfs.ie 

Wish List: New buys to set style and nostalgia humming all over the house

There’s nothing to beat the flutter of a real dial scales, and this orange model by Wesco of Germany is something of a classic. 

Its softly dished holder allows for a gradual, rhythmical shake of flour down to the mixing bowl. €86, Amara.

Wish List: New buys to set style and nostalgia humming all over the house

Woody things appear every autumn to take the chill off our interiors. The design of this citrus squeezer hasn’t changed in a century. Wash well after use to protect the timber finish, €15, M&S

Wish List: New buys to set style and nostalgia humming all over the house

Put your best on display with these Wedgewood Butterfly Bloom cup and saucers. They really demand a dresser. €42 a pair, Kilkenny. 

Look out for original tea-sets in these styles of mixed harlequins from charity shops and auctions.

Wish List: New buys to set style and nostalgia humming all over the house

This fold down Charlie Crane Noga changing table can be put to use after the babies are on their feet and out of nappies, as an unusual cabinet. 

The inside is shelved for all those infant bits n’ bobs. There is also a 100% cotton covered Pudi changing mat. Available in Gentle White or Aruba Blue, €430, www.en.smallable.com 


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