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Statement sideboards, colourful pots and all the best in quirky interiors

Bovine beauty:    a sideboard made of upcycled shipping containers in the shape of a cow

Bovine beauty: a sideboard made of upcycled shipping containers in the shape of a cow



Dog treats
Fenella Smith ( makes elegant, fun and useful items for the home featuring some of her favourite dog breeds; dachshund, Labrador, pug and Jack Russell. The range is exclusive to Browsers Furniture Co, (06-1414490, Upper William Street, Limerick. Irish Times readers who present today’s column can get 10 per cent off the purchase price off anything in the range. The apron (pictured) normally costs €50, however Irish Times readers can buy it for €45. A ceramic dog bowl, 18cm by 6cm, normally €40, can be purchased for €36. Offers are available in store only until May 14th.This bovine beauty is a sideboard made of upcycled shipping containers in the shape of a cow. The storage unit costs about €3,583 (£2,950) from UK-based Little Mill House ( Delivery will take two to three weeks.


Lighten up
Out of the Blue Interiors ( is offering Irish Times readers 10 per cent off their statement chandeliers. The acrylic design comes in white or silver and in two sizes. Present today’s column at either of their two shops, at 3 Bissett’s Loft (01-8455596), Strand St, Malahide, or 7a The Crescent (01-2020752), Monkstown and you can buy the six-arm chandeleir for €265.50 instead of €295 or the 12-arm model for €445.50 instead of €495.


Spring Pots
Add cheer to balconies, window sills and decked areas with this trio of metal flower pots available in colours that range from magenta to mauve or in spring shades of green, yellow and blue, reduced by 10 per cent, from €39.95 to €35.96, to Irish Times readers who present today’s column at Mira Mira (01-2196668 in Sandymount. The pots are 10cm in diameter. Offer ends May 8th.

For sleepovers
If you need to accommodate sleepover guests this Storabed by Relyon is just the ticket. It comes in two styles: a sturdy waxed oak New England finish (pictured) reduced from €1,199 to €999 or a white painted Juno, reduced from €849 to €699. In each the under bed has spring-loaded legs that expand to augment the second bed to the same height as the top bed. The two beds can also be pushed together to form a bed big enough to sleep two. When you want to put away the under bed it folds on to castors to roll away. Buy at Arnotts, Henry Street (01-8050400 during their Sleep Month which ends May 31st.

Little luxuries
Print designer Ursula Celano ( has added cushions to her collection of cards, notebooks, aprons, tea towels, totes and purses. The designs come in two sizes: a linen pillow shape that comes with a feather pad for €50; and a cotton square that has a polyester pad for €35. Using the code Bargain Hunter Irish Times readers can buy them online with a reduction of 10 per cent. Offer includes free delivery to anywhere in Ireland and ends May 30th.

Butter dish for buttons
This butter dish will keep one of nature’s real luxuries soft and spreadable all summer long. Featuring Avoca’s (01-2746996 signature button print the ceramic dish usually sells for €14.95. Irish Times readers who present today’s column at any Avoca store can buy it for €13.45. Offer ends May 8th.

Three of the best . . . Statement sideboards 
This bovine beauty is a sideboard made of upcycled shipping containers in the shape of a cow. The storage unit costs about €3,583 (£2,950) from UK-based Little Mill House ( Delivery will take two to three weeks.

Zelouf and Bell (087 230 5386/ 01 441 9222 is an Irish design company inspired by the work of Eileen Gray and is represented internationally by Gallery David Hicks and online design portal Bespoke Global ( This handmade oak leaf cabinet in figured mahogany with ripple sycamore leaves is inlaid in green bolivar. It comes with a price tag to match the workmanship at €17,325.

The Vernay is a compact sideboard, 80cm by 50cm by 67cm, suited to small homes. Made of dark stained ash veneer it has on-trend ombre lacquered drawers, available in cornflower shades of blue or wine colours. The piece, designed by Geneva-based Philip Cramer, costs about €521 (£429) ex delivery from UK-based online shop

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Trending . . . Beautiful built-in cabinetry
Built-in cabinetry is an under-appreciated art, especially for those living in period homes where contemporary off-the-shelf products don’t take into account period features like coving and picture rails. Interior designer Eoin Lyons’ ( cabinet-maker is Robert Trench (087-3952621 His works have a lightness of touch that make pieces seem to float, he inlays wardrobes with brass and creates secret TV units that tilt and turn to reveal the TV only when you want to watch it, keeping it concealed from view so it doesn’t blight your balanced decor.

For Trench, who has a background in office furniture, the wiring and cable management element is a dawdle. The wardrobe pictured, 245cm by 120cm, designed by Lyons, is in a teen bedroom. It costs €2,270. Delivery and installation within the greater Dublin area costs upwards of €250.


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