Wishlist: Purple lamps and bright baby chairs

Each week, Esther N McCarthy scouts around for interesting bits for your home. This week, she gets passionate about purple lamps and gets a boost from a bright baby chair.

Big is beautiful and it doesn’t get much bigger than the Giant light from Muno. A Belgian company, they cater for lovers of unusual design with humorous style that, as they say themselves, “creates a riot in a minimalist world”. Available in a beautiful array of colours for 229 plus Vat from O’Brien Office Supplies, Clontarf St, Cork.

What pantry is complete without a pink pantry metal apple corer with a gorgeous wooden handle? I don’t have a pantry but a girl can dream. 4 from dotcomgiftshop.com.

Go wild for these products from Bog Cotton Irish Gifts. Try the placemats, coasters, glass work top protectors, or chopping boards. They’re based on Valentia Island, and a hamper set of four table mats, four coasters, and a chopping board/trivet will set you back 36.99.

Let the little ones join in the fun at dinner time, safe, secure, and hopefully full of vegetables. This bright red booster seat is from Mothercare, 26.99.

Dainty, quirky, and colourful — my dream chair. This is the Heirloom fabric covered beauty for 274 from Debenhams.

Bright vibrant colours are high-glazed to create a small 20cm square inspirational motto. Yesterday’s say that this can create a mindful environment that offers positive love. Block mounted with a high gloss finish, it costs 34.95 from Yesterday’s in Cork and Kilkenny. www.yesterdays.ie.

Check out this mini birdhouse cushion, with the most gorgeous appliqué detail. Buyers beware — it’s dry clean only, so maybe only the very virtuous should go for this one. A toddler-free household is also recommended. 11.80 from www.dotcomgiftshop.com.

Sheds just got sexy. Check out this fancy version from Steeltech. And best of all they don’t need any maintenance — ever. They deliver to all 32 counties free of charge and offer a full service. For prices, go to your nearest stockist which include Kilcolgan, Co Galway, and Ballyseedy Home & Outdoor Living, Tralee. If you’re in the Cork area, you can view the Steeltech Sheds at Ballyseedy Home and Garden Centre, Fota Retail Park, Carrigtwohill. www.steeltechsheds.ie.


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