Wish list: Primrose yellow, azure blue and earthy tones.

Check out these Hessian baskets, too at €6.99. Each pack contains a small, a medium and a large basket. Available in Aldi stores this week.

Wish list: Primrose yellow, azure blue and earthy tones.

I’m absolutely loving blue and white for spring. Max Benjamin adds to the theme with two new fragrances, Blue Flowers and Blue Azure.

Candles, €21.95 and diffusers, €29.95 and refills are available from Arnotts, Brown Thomas, Avoca, House of Fraser, Kilkenny, Meadows & Byrne, Carraign Donn and online at www.maxbenjamin.ie 

Wish list: Primrose yellow, azure blue and earthy tones.

Add some fun to the breakfast table with these novelty egg cups and spoons, for €3.49. Made of durable plastic, you can choose from egg, pig, rooster or cow designs in Aldi stores nationwide this week.

Wish list: Primrose yellow, azure blue and earthy tones.

The best thing about this Pop-It-Up Train Station Play Tent is that it can be used indoors.

Yes, it inspires children’s imaginations and all that, but it might give you an hour’s peace if it’s raining outside. Score. Taking seconds to set up, this pole-free tent has a removable roof and two doors and collapses into a compact bag. €34 from www.ie.amara.com 

Wish list: Primrose yellow, azure blue and earthy tones.

A splash of yellow with a modern twist on the chest of drawers, this snug is perfect for storing just about anything, really. Crafted of solid ash and ash veneer this is a versatile piece of furniture. www.snug.ie  for more info.

Wish list: Primrose yellow, azure blue and earthy tones.

You’ll have to find an excuse to throw a dinner party just to use this adorable Purple Flock sheep design placemat and coaster set by Green Gorgeous in 100% wool felt. There are mixed colour napkin rings also available. www.greengorgeous.ie 

Wish list: Primrose yellow, azure blue and earthy tones.

A noteworthy trend for 2016 is the use of natural materials like raffia, bamboo, rattan and sea grass, bringing the outdoors in. The materials are flexible, neutral and environmentally friendly.

Try this nest of three handmade jute baskets in either natural or indigo. Immensely tactile, you could use them for small storage or just for display. €19.28 from www.montysvintageshop.co.uk 

Wish list: Primrose yellow, azure blue and earthy tones.

David Howard’s creative genius includes this stool, an individual, handcrafted and hand- finished design which includes a subtle camber to the seated area. Made from a rich grained, teak hardwood, and I’m assured it’s very comfortable. E220 from davidhoward designs@gmail.com 

Wish list: Primrose yellow, azure blue and earthy tones.

It’s spring — time to go wandering and with a book in hand. What better gift for the history buff than ‘Heritage Churches of County Cork’ available in shops and online at €14


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