With the evenings drawing in – loathe as we are to admit it – these Verona solar path lights might come in handy. Down from €2.99 to €1.49 each, they are one of a selection of solar lights reduced to half price at Woodies. The Tuscany is reduced from €9.99 to €4.99. It comes with a switch that allows you to choose between white light and colour. This range also has a circular base so you can set it on a patio or table. Offers end on September 28th.
The sale at TileStyle (tilestyle.ie), which started on Saturday at Ballymount Retail Centre, Dublin 24, includes some flooring reduced by up to 50 per cent. The Italian Marble Brown porcelain tiles, pictured, are 80cm sq, manufactured by Rex and feature swirls of colour that will work in both contemporary and classic spaces. Normally €126.94 it is now half price, at €63.47 a sq m. As well as up to 50 per cent off tiles, there will be up to 25 per cent off bathrooms and reductions in wood and stone flooring.
If you’re facing storage wars at home, Casey’s (caseys.ie) at 65 Oliver Plunkett Street (021-427 0393) in Cork and Raheen Roundabout (061-30707), Raheen, Limerick has a limited stock of the Xenia sliding wardrobe. The two-door wardrobe has been reduced by 43 per cent from €1,749 to €999. Delivery nationwide is free.
Willy Duggan Lighting (williedugganlighting. com) at Hebron Business Park in Kilkenny, is offering 15 per cent off its Studio Italia Kelly range. Designed by Andrea Tosetto, the table lamp (pictured) is a spherical shape interlaced with white metal ribbon. The lamp is covered with a white diffuser, which creates shadows on the surrounding surfaces making it perfect for mood lighting. The small (18cm diameter with a 7cm base), normally €245, is on offer to Irish Times readers, who present today’s column, for €208. The medium (40cm diameter with a 17cm base) is down from €676.50 to €575. And the large (80 cm diameter with 30.5cm base) is down from €2,400to €2,040.
To make room for their redesign, brothers Simon and Tadhg O’Driscoll of O’Driscoll Design are having a showroom sale (odfurniture.com) of some of their signature designs, including the DC collection, which was recently chosen for seating at the Presidential Meeting Room at the Justius Lipsius Building in Brussels, to coincide with the Irish Presidency of the EU. The DC stackable carver (57cm by 42cm by 82cm) is hand-crafted in oak and reduced from €395 to €195. The matching six-to eight-seater DC table (210cm by 90cm by 74cm), in solid oak, is down from €3,950 to €1,950. The sale starts today and ends September 14th at its showroom at 26-28 Lombard Street West.
There’s 20 per cent off the new range of Sanderson Madison prints and wallpapers at Brian S Nolan (01-2280564, briansnolan.ie) on Dún Laoghaire’s Upper George’s Street for Irish Times’ readers who present this column. The fabrics normally sell for €40.90 a linear metre but in this offer they are selling for. €32.72. The matching wallpaper has a recommended retail price of €49.51 a roll. Irish Times readers can buy these new season designs for €39.61 a roll. Offer ends on September 11th.
THREE OF THE BEST WOODLAND CREATURES: A charming ceramic owl by British designer Hannah Turner has a beak as a spout, big beady owl eyes and the whole shape comes to life as you pour. Buy the small milk jug, 9cm high, €17.56 (£14.99), teapot, 17cm high, about €37.50 (£32) or large water jug, 18cm tall, about €32.80 (£28) from Hunkydoryhome, (0044-191 6454004 hunkydoryhome.co.uk).
THREE OF THE BEST WOODLAND CREATURES: Next Home (ie.nextdirect.com/en) has some inspiring ideas for giving homes a great outdoors feel. A rustic looking five-arm antler pendant, €151 (£110) will set a hunting lodge feel while a set of five tea towels with woodland motifs, including a pheasant, is a simple and cost effective way to get on trend, €16 (£12).
THREE OF THE BEST WOODLAND CREATURES: They are the home motif of the moment. Anorak (0044-2082992416, anorakonline.co.uk), British purveyor of all things woodland, has launched a new motif, of kissing hedgehogs that adorn feather-filled cushions, 43 cm square, about €43.33 (£37) and place-mats, 21cm by 29cm, for about €32.80 (£28) for a set of four. Delivery and VAT adds €18.74 to the price of the place-mats and €20 to the price of the cushions.
TRENDING: WOOD BLOCKS In hipster flats, where they would never dream of burning a real open fire – far too messy – they pay tribute to the great outdoors with a load of wood that will never be used carefully inserted into open fireplaces. A clever way to move the trend on is to create an autumnal atmosphere in an unexpected room – like the bathroom pictured here. The wood block wall is held in position behind glass in this Blue Forest tree house development at Centre Parcs in the UK. The pops of primary yellow also help contemporise the ambiance and make the idea feel fresh.