Your interiors wish list: Party speakers, Heritage Week and Cork Craft Month

Esther N McCarthy has her eye (and ear) on party speakers for your BBQ, spots a rug that’s out of this world, and revels in all that’s on offer for Heritage Week and Cork Craft Month.

Your interiors wish list: Party speakers, Heritage Week and Cork Craft Month

Esther N McCarthy has her eye (and ear) on party speakers for your BBQ, spots a rug that’s out of this world, and revels in all that’s on offer for Heritage Week and Cork Craft Month.

Danish home-retail brand, JYSK, has a range of new arrivals for autumn/ winter 2019, including furniture, home textiles and accessories with harmonic tonal colours and playful contrasts.

Pictured above is the Manfred vase €9.99 (on offer for €7.50), the Roy vase €4, the Hinnerup coffee table €149 (the opening offer is €115). The collection launches in-store and on on August 29.

Launching Cork Craft Month 2019 within the stunning walled gardens of Fota House, Co Cork, was basketmaker Rosemarie Kavanagh, from Wildrose Basketry, whose work will be placed in the spotlight during this annual event. The library at Fota House played host to this year’s launch event, which was held in tandem with the official opening of the ‘Present Past’ exhibition that runs in August.

Now in its 10th year, Cork Craft Month sees makers and designers from all over the county and beyond come together to showcase the works of craft and design that are produced in Cork, displaying a wealth of talent and highlighting the ‘shop local’ mantra, as well as the incredible quality of the handmade goods on offer in all corners of the county. For further information and to view the programme online, visit

It’s still BBQ season guys and I love the look of this party speaker from Sony. Check out the integrated cup holders. Just pop your beverage of choice in to free up your hands for some dad (and mam) dancing. Very smart. It’s specially designed to crank the party up outdoors, with a splash-proof top panel, a dedicated party mode that spreads the sounds of your playlist further, and a rechargeable battery provides up to 13hr playback bluetooth connectivity for wireless music streaming. Yours for €299 from

Azure blue waters, endless sunny skies and days that go on long after the baking sun has gone down (we can but dream). The Australian summer is the inspiration behind the latest iced coffee offering from Nespresso.

There are two new limited edition coffee blends that match perfectly with ice, each with a super simple three-step recipe that you means you can be chilling with your iced coffee quicker than you can find your passport.

There’s the Long Black Over Ice and the Flat White Over Ice. They are available from Nespresso boutiques worldwide, as well as through orders from the Nespresso Customer Care Centres and at

Check out this gorgeous planet rug from Des Kelly Interiors. The price tag is €35 and it’s perfect for a playroom or the kids’ bedrooms, your budding astronauts will love playing on this - and they’ll learn about space and the planets without even realising. Win, win. Des Kelly is Irish family-owned company, in business for over 50 years, see for more information.

On the Bathroom Shelf this week is the very slick Shiseido Brow InkTrio; a 3-in-1 pencil, powder and brush that expertly balances, fills and defines brows. I only figured out recently that it’s got sponge-tip applicator pre-loaded with a powder in the middle of it. There’s a slim pencil on one end and a brush on the other end. It’s all you’ll need for perfectly polished brows this summer. Dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested, it’s €25 in Arnotts. See for more.

Land(ed) is the title of a multidisciplinary exhibition which runs at the Lavit Gallery in Cork to coincide with Craft Month in the city and county. It will be guest curated by Stephen O’Connell, the founder of GLAS, a new platform for contemporary Irish craft and design due to launch later this year. Pictured above are renowned basketmaker Joe Hogan’s pod clusters. Some of the other artists include furniture-maker Alan Meredith, ceramists Elaine Riordan and London-based Simon Kidd, wall-hangings from Mourne Textiles will also feature, as will a collection of intriguing vessels and utensils from metalsmith Stuart Cairns. Try to get in if you can, it’ll be worth it.

The Garden of ReImagination is hosting a fantastic line-up of events in Glengarriff to mark National Heritage Week and The Ellen Hutchins Festival. Two Green Shoots, the team behind the Garden of Re-Imagination will host three events during National Heritage Week. They kick things off with a Lichen Crafts Day today, with a day of lichen-themed crafts and feasting. On August 18, 19 and 25, their regular Taste Tours of the garden will be taking a step back in time and on August 24, there’s ‘Seaweed Six Ways: Foodie Fun for Kids’. or call Kloe 089 708 1099.

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