Arnotts offers comfy Italian deals
BARGAIN HUNTER:Among the many big-ticket items reduced in the January sale at Arnotts are the Italsofa Soleto sofas (01-8050400 Arnotts.ie).
The three-seater is reduced from €1,299 to €899; the two-seater is down from €1,099 to €799. The fabric design is available in two colour options, beige grey or blue. The two-seater sofa is 166cm long. The three-seater is 206cm long. A Calligaris extendable walnut dining table is reduced from €1,958 to €1,199. The table, which opens from 120cm to 240cm, can seat up to eight people and is 90cm wide.
This offer includes four Sandy dining chairs upholstered in a taupe-coloured fabric.
3 of the best: Space-saving kitchen devices
The Capel C5100 Lift oven is a smart, space-saving device. Rather than blighting your kitchenscape, this oven is recessed into a countertop meaning that there is no oven on view. To use it, you just push a button that raises it up to countertop level.
It can do everything that a high-spec multi-function oven can. It has 12 features including a grill, fan and conventional cooking, defrost function, pizza and bread-making, and a salamander grill. It measures 59cm wide and 51cm deep, and has crush-prevention sensors to protect little fingers should they get in the way.
A-rated for energy efficiency, it is available from Potter Cowan (01-842 3666/ 021-4354560/ 048-90370050) and is expected in their stores in early March. Prices start from €2,720. Pottercowan.com.
Round the House and Mind the Dresser was a popular reel at parties when wandering musicians used to call at houses in rural Ireland. That experience has been relegated to the mists of time but the dresser is making a fashion comeback. “If 2012 was all about home entertaining and the return of the cocktail cabinet, then 2013 is about being practical,” says Sally Bendelow, head of design for home at Marks and Spencer ( Marksandspencer.ie). “The return of the kitchen dresser is the big new furniture story. It makes a statement but is also very useful. We’ve done it in pale grey with cupped or D handles and a white marble base so it feels modern.” With the marble top it costs €1,199, without it, the dresser is €759. It can be ordered from MS stores in Liffey Valley, Dundrum and Cork.
For several years, the white gloss kitchen has been the safest way to brighten and update your cooking space. The idea, once game-changing, now feels more than a little stale. Ikea ( Ikea.ie) has a cheap and chic way to freshen up the look however. Its Applad kitchen features a white gloss shell with pale turquoise countertops with a chocolate brown trim. There are pops of the colour in the Marius stool, a steal at €4.95, and the useful and stylish Raskog trolley, €60. The Norberg wall-mounted fold-back table, €40, is a great space-saving device if you’re living in a small house or apartment.
The basic kitchen design, pictured, costs €1,755 and includes fronts, worktops, interior fittings, hinges, sinks, taps, décor strips, mouldings, legs, plinths, knobs, handles and drawer dampers.
Not half bad
Kashan Carpets (01- 2958154 Kashancarpets.ie) on Blackthorn Rd in the Sandyford Industrial Estate, in Dublin 18, has a wide selection of rugs with reductions of up to 50 per cent on some styles. Pictured is a modern Indian hand-knotted 100 per cent wool rug that has been reduced from €2,660 to €1,330.