Wish list: Colour, pattern, vivacity

It’s all in the mix from Esther N McCarthy.

Handcrafted? Tick. Irish? Tick. Gorgeous? Tick. We love this wild cherry wooden salad server set made by Galway-based crafter, the cryptically named “Tito The Spoonmaker”. Those Galway lads are great at coming up with clever nicknames. €47 and available at The Design & Craft Studio and online at www.thedesignandcraftsturdio.com 

Wish list: Colour, pattern, vivacity

Add a splash of colour to proceedings with the Legacy coffee maker €64.99, from Russell Hobbs. The Legacy collection was launched to celebrate 60 years of design and if red doesn’t boil your kettle, there’s also cream, black and stainless steel. Available nationwide from independent Irish electrical retailers.

Wish list: Colour, pattern, vivacity

The Lavit Gallery is the home of this Hilary Nunan 16 pod, framed piece. Nunan’s materials of choice? Acrylic and natural fibre, a wonderful combination with glorious results. This piece is €395. But don’t worry if it’s a little bit out of your price range, this collection starts from €55 for a single pod piece. The Lavit Gallery, Father Mathew Street, Cork.

www.lavitgallery.com 

Wish list: Colour, pattern, vivacity

This adorable self-published picture book contains little bits of wisdom to help children, age 4-8 years, in everyday situations. From what to do if a ball rolls out onto the road, to helping children to achieve their dreams. What If? is the creation of Montessori teacher and art therapist Sarah Murphy. Find her on summer-sun-777@hotmail.com or find Sarah on Facebook. If anyone finds a similar tome for 37-year-olds, ye know where to find me....

Wish list: Colour, pattern, vivacity

For any Ikea fiends out there who’d like to jazz up their purchases, Bemz is a Swedish online company that offers designer covers for Ikea furniture. I’m hugely excited to discover this site, exhibit A, this Bemz cover for the Karlstad armchair, the fabric is Crocus Barcelona from Designers Guild. www.bemz.com 

Wish list: Colour, pattern, vivacity

Handmade vintage style dolls anyone? Yvonne creates fairies, brides and she doesn’t forget the grooms either. Presented in a framed box, prices start from €55, get on to yvgbowles@gmail.com for more info or find her on Facebook: vintage blue dolls.

Wish list: Colour, pattern, vivacity

Heads up, silk fans, The Ethical Silk Company are bringing out a lounge wear collection. I love the look of this blue mulberry silk scarf, €50. The company sources responsibly harvested silk and is an active contributor to global communities. 10% of all profits are donated to charity — 5% to homeless cause Focus Ireland and 5% to Theni’s Jeevan Jyothi AIDS Centre, run by the Presentation Sisters. www.theethicalsilkco.com 

Wish list: Colour, pattern, vivacity

My monochrome moment this week comes courtesy of Sue Timney. This four pack silhouette plate set is €37 at www.marksandspencer.ie 


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