Antiques, eco bags and art are just some of Faith Ryan’s tips and must-have buys for the home.
Blue made with natural pigments is the most expensive colour for manufacturers to produce in paint.
Fans of Little Greene paint and papers will have to wait just a little longer for the new collection of 21 new blues set to hit the market this autumn.
We love their classic chalky Ultra Blue (a limited edition for 2015 using ultramarine), and can’t wait for other darker complements.
Take a look at their growing collection of 20th Century wallpapers, also in store. Little Greene suppliers include Hickeys of Maylor St
Ply, laminates and other engineered products are being realised as accessories by designers all over the World.
This Single Flower Vase is made using bright laminate faced plywood set on edge with a Plastic Test Tube, €26 in a range of colours, Weamo (UK)
Period pieces can be re-imagined to sit perfectly with bold contemporary colour and eclectic prints- choose middling ‘brown’ furniture and just go for it.
This reproduction Rococo style sofa has been lightly washed in a matt furniture paint and left in a simple upholsterer’s cotton felt, generally hidden beneath a finishing fabric. Cushions by Laura Oakes from €45, ‘Go See’ wall art €54, Debenhams
About to refresh the shower market, the Nebia shower reduces water usage by 70% without compromising water pressure or a drenching experience.
The patent-pending H2MICRO technology (generally seen in rocket science), atomises water into millions of tiny droplets covering 10 times more surface area than a standard shower head.
Nebia is self-installed with a 27-inch adjustable sliding bracket, portable wand, and 45° tilt showerhead.
The Kickstarter funding has just finished, so look out for the appearance of the system in Europe next year with a price in the area of €400. www.Nebia.com
Created by an Italian family of four sisters in homage to their mother, these bags are made of completely washable paper that looks and feels like leather and can be used to store anything from fruit to spices or even be used as plant pots, you name it.
They are made using a virgin fibre from cultivation, not from deforestation, so their eco credentials are firmly in place. €14.95-€35.95, www.Dust.ie
Glass domes like this recall the Victorian pieces used to curate interesting little objects from the natural world from fossils to bird’s skulls.
Group your found and pretty household objects like these useful gold clips, €6 each, in a seasonal collection with this small dome, just €16 from April & the Bear.
The 50th Irish Antique Dealers Fair at the RDS runs from September 24-27th.
Antiques Roadshow stars Judith Miller and Mark Hill head a packed programme organised to celebrate the golden jubilee of the annual fair that manages to combine contemporary design history with the best of Irish antiques.
A special celebratory preview night will be opened by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys. For more details and ticket pricing go to www.iada.ie/antique-fairs
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