Rose Martin looks at design news, colour ideas, and delicious new bed linen from a national treasure.

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Francis Brennan’s new line of bedwear for Dunnes is in stores now

Rose Martin looks at design news, colour ideas, and delicious new bed linen from a national treasure.

Francis Brennan’s new line of bedwear for Dunnes is in stores now

IF THERE’S one thing about the coming holiday, it’s that it gets us concerned about providing proper bedlinen for our guests.

And in perfect time, national treasure, Francis Brennan’s new line for Dunnes it out and in the shops now.

As a user of Paul Costelloe’s linen range from Dunnes that’s been washed to death and is still pristine, Brennan’s new line of crisp, clean white bedding should have the same quality and is alluring, (I know, only sheets, but there you are).

Embroidered leaf oxford pillowcase, €15; embroidered leaf housewife pillowcase, €12; embroidered leaf flat sheet, from €35 to €50; embroidered leaf duvet cover, from €55 to €85.
Embroidered leaf oxford pillowcase, €15; embroidered leaf housewife pillowcase, €12; embroidered leaf flat sheet, from €35 to €50; embroidered leaf duvet cover, from €55 to €85.

For those who love a little bit of romance, the broderie anglaise trimmed line is lovely, but for a minimalist interior, go for the simple, grey embroidered collection — boutique hotel all the way.

True colours

And keeping with the Irish theme — Colourtrend, (they’ve added the U to the brand name), have a new livery, a new range of colours and a back story that includes crafting paint in Ireland for more than 60 years.

The new image includes an etching of its home base on it’s tins — an old workhouse in Celbridge, County Kildare, from where the business began and from whence it still operates.

And what about those telly ads with voiceover from Fiona Shaw? Very evocative and innovative.

Go and have a look at it’s new colour range — they have the mattest matte you’re likely to find, and still be washable. And Colourtrend says its pots are absolutely tone true, so if you buy a tester, they guarantee the paint will be the same colour.

Fiona Shaw at Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin for the unveiling of Colourtrend’s new €3 million rebrand.
Fiona Shaw at Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin for the unveiling of Colourtrend’s new €3 million rebrand.

Likewise, they’ve managed to get the pure paint onto their colour cards, so what you see is, literally, what you get. Not cheap, but not terribly high end either, this paint is Irish through and through with as they say, “a wide range of colours inspired by the hues of the Irish landscape”.

Appy bedtimes

Welcome to the robotic crib. For the last five years, fuseproject has worked with a leading paediatrician to develop a bassinet that reacts to a babies cries and movement and the result is the SNOO — the world’s safest baby bed and the first major innovation in infant beds in over 1,000 years, they say.

The Snoo - a robotic crib that takes a classic shape and blends it with top tech features so baby and mother can sleep well.
The Snoo - a robotic crib that takes a classic shape and blends it with top tech features so baby and mother can sleep well.

The main body is comprised of a double layer of mesh with three embeddd microphones to detect the baby’s cry and below the mattress are sensors, speakers, and a robotic engine that powers the SNOO.

The outer layer has larger openings for fresh air flow and to make the baby visible, and the height of the crib is set to maximise the visibility for the parent.

The SNOO’s inner sack is designed to hold the baby as snugly as in the womb and the cradle rocks itself while preventing the infant from accidentally rolling to an unsafe position.

All of the settings can be controlled by an app, (with wi-fi shield for baby) and parents can log their precious bundle’s sleeping patterns and movements.

www.happiestbaby.com/pages/snoo

Crafty business

The Glucksman Craft + Design Fair is running this weekend and there’s a children’s workshop available so parents can shop at ease while their terrors are learning to make their own masterpieces.

It runs until Sunday and admission is €5.

The City Hall Crafts Fair, another great annual event, runs from Thursday, November 24, until Sunday, November 27, so get out and about if you want gifts that are a bit different and a bit more personal.

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