It’s blossom time and the odd pop of pastel pink occurs in Esther N McCarthy’s picks for May.
Liminal – Irish design at the threshold, is currently at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny and runs until July 3, with items like these Jerpoint glass festival beakers, €31.75 on display. www.jerpointglass.com for more information.
Feast your tired parental eyes on the Charlie storage bunk — two single bunk beds, an extensive shelving unit and each bunk has a dedicated shelf spanning the length of the bed, with a third undivided shelf in between, so no more arguments over what goes where.
Plus, a wide drawer under the bottom bunk is perfect for stowing pyjamas . Be warned — some assembly is required. €699 from www.harveynorman.ie
It can be hard convincing the kids that it’s really bedtime when it’s bright outside.
Colour-changing night lights can help calm kids into adjusted bed times with the brighter summer evenings.
The Rio Aroma Diffuser, Humidifier and Night Light creates a soothing atmosphere with soft changing colours and a calming stream of mist as it diffuses calming essential oils.
Doesn’t it sound divine? Available from Argos stores nationwide, €33.99, and to check and reserve on www.argos.ie
If you have a fur-baby at home you might be interested in this paw-fect (sorry) Clonakilty-based business.
Little Hound’ is an new range of rather stylish dog neckerchiefs.
They’re handmade in West Cork from 100% cotton for the beloved pooch of the family.
The people behind this are the same people behind handcrafted baby gift business Little Green Dot. They hope to fill a gap for people who love their dogs but find it difficult to find a good quality, made-in-Ireland gift for them.
Priced at €14.95 and available in a range of dog-friendly prints with eco-friendly packaging from www.littlehound.ie and gift shops.
The Stella McCartney Rainbow Pop Falabella Collection has just launched in Brown Thomas.
The iconic Falabella mini tote will be available in seven gorgeous colours and in addition to the mini tote, matching accessories complete the collection including a half-flap wallet and a credit card holder.
This pink version would pop any outfit, but at €645 it might pop your eyes out when the credit card bill comes too!
Looking more like an accessory than a dustbin, this pale blue and white bin is partly hand- made so there are small irregularities which only add to its quirky character.
You will find it at The Pavilion Garden Centre in Cork for €77.
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