Bargain Hunter

Cafe chic, football crazy funiture and all the latest in bargain interiors


Bedded bliss man’s ( Lyon double-bed package, an offer that forms part of the store’s summer sale which ends on June 29th. It includes a metal frame bed, in a black or ivory finish, a mattress, duvet, two pillows and a choice of five very different bed linen sets from soft feminine pink to a Paul Smith-style stripe for extroverts. The entire package costs €319, down from combined value pre sale of €408.95. First-time buyers should check out the retro styling of the Scarlett three-seat sofa, upholstered in a contemporary grey fabric with deep button detailing, down from €799 to €599.

Watering can do True Temper’s Water Genie is a bottomless watering can that comes with a built-in hose reel, automatic rewind and an adjustable nozzle that allows you to water your plants without ever having to refill. The clever device is reduced from €35 to €29 at most Topline stores nationwide (045-876 406, Irish Times readers who present today’s column can get a further 10 per cent off, bringing the price down to €26. Offer ends June 18th. 

Turning the tables As well as offering great value on their classically-shaped Duresta damask-upholstered Belvedere 2.5 seat sofa, 200cm by 107cm by 96cm, reduced from €6,099 to €1,999, the sale at Arnotts (01-8050400, includes this cool contemporary Content by Conran Mica nest of tables. The cast iron tables measure 31cm by 46cm and 31cm by 41cm and come in two colourways; grey and red or grey and stone. These are reduced from €239 and €189.

Light up like Jamie Mullan Lighting Design (047-86584,, Mullan Village, Co Monaghan is offering 30 per cent off this outdoor wall light, in brass, antique brass, satin brass and antique silver finishes. These fitting have been used in Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italian in Brisbane, Australia. It comes in two sizes and in frosted or clear glass options. Irish Times readers who call or shop online can use the code “Bargain30”. The Evander, 19cm, is reduced from €183.89 to €127.50. The Adoo, 21.5cm, is down from €198.03 to €137.50. Offers end June 26th. 

Smoothie on the go The Blend Active by Breville is an individual size 600ml blender whose powerful blades can crush ice and chop tough fruit and nuts to make an iced slush, an extra thick smoothie or a breakfast drink. When you’re done replace the blade lid with a leak-proof, lockable lid and your blended beverage is ready to take with you to work or to the gym. The easy-to-clean device is reduced from €40 to €34.99, at Anthony Ryan’s (091-539633, 7 Lombard Street, Galway.

3 of the best ... football crazy furniture Create a World Cup atmosphere at home with this Hat Trick chair by modern furniture designer Paolo Lillus (0049-9123999110, Made in Germany by the Lento Group (, the chair is upholstered in black and white leather. The four-spoke base style, 90cm by 8 cm by 40cm, costs €2,289. The matching footstool is €889. Delivery to Dublin will cost €200 per chair. Delivery is free on orders of two or more chairs.

This nightlight will hit the back of the net for boys of all ages. The 3D FX Sports Ball light, 23cm by 14cm, comes with a “crack” sticker so that the light appears to have been blasted into the wall by a powerful shot. Cordless, with batteries powering its LED lights, it is a soothing way to lull sports fans to sleep and costs €31 from UK-based The Glow Company (0044-8455059090, Delivery is an additional €25.

Now the beautiful game has an equally beautiful media unit for World Cup viewing. The Vision TV unit, 135 cm by 17cm, is visual nirvana. Designed by Italian brand Bonaldo, the circular front, available in white or black gloss, has a low shelf for your DVD player or Sky box. Around the circumference there are secret shelves that can rotate 360 degrees designed to accommodate your DVD collection. The panel can fit a plasma or LCD screen that ranges in size from 70cm by 55cm to a maxiumum of 106cm by 62cm. The maximum weight capacity is 50kg. The base unit is chrome plated steel. It costs a footballers salary too, €3,382, from Baldoyle-based Lomi Design (01-8397001,

Trending . . . cafe chic Grove Road Cafe (01-5446639, is a new place to be seen in Dublin 6. Situated on the Lower Rathmines Road it is further proof that the area is shaking off its grubby student image. Designed by Portadown-based By Terry Design (048-38333215, which was commissioned to create a range of furniture for Turner Prize art gallery in Derry last year during its City of Culture. The company also features cool talking-point accent pieces, swish minimalist kitchens and a democratic Parana dining table, big enough to house a swell dinner party.


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