Give your home a lift with a splash of seasonal colour. Esther McCarthy unearths some chic and cheerful gems.
How cute are these Red Rufus Sock Dogs? They’ll be on display as part of the Craft & Design 2016 exhibition at Brown Thomas, in collaboration with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. It’ll cost you anywhere between €15 to €32 to get your paws one of these mutts.
Who says white is boring? Simply White, the 2016 Colour of the Year from north American paint brand Benjamin Moore, available in Ireland at MRCB Paints & Papers. All these shades — including French Press, Aura and Eggshell are around €30 to €35 per litre.
Add a splash of colour before you even add the blooms with this Lido glass vase, €15 from Debenhams.
Loominations Irish Custom Throws, a Co Cork-based business, honours the Easter Rising centenary with a unique new homewares product that weaves landmarks from the event into a 100% cotton throw blanket. Almost 13km of premium cotton are woven into the throw, allowing you to wrap yourself up in Ireland, no matter where you are in the world.
Cool on the inside and pretty cool on the outside too. This indigo and white cooler bag would be great for picnics in the park. Available for €38.50 from The Pavilion Garden Centre in Cork, www.thepavilion.ie
Be at the helm of your front room with this Harvey Norman captain’s swivel recliner chair, €399 from www.Harveynorman.ie.
We’re loving the glorious colours of Ursula Celano’s new range. This oven set with Irish dancers is €24, available from www.ursulacelano.com. Everything is designed by Ursula in Dublin and manufactured ethically — and locally where possible.
Cora Murphy has decided to launch her most recent collection online. She tells me she spent a good chunk of the last few years painting from a boathouse on the Mayo lakes — “lovely, cold, work!” The results make it all worth while. You can sign up by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
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