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Chalk paint, cool grill kits and all the latest in summer interiors


Trending . . . pop culture grill kits

Celebrate the fourth of July tomorrow with a serious barbecue. Invite your friends to share smoky sticky baby back ribs, Tex Mex chilli and buckets of guacamole. To help butch up the grill experience invest in pop culture grill kit. Hunkydory Home’s (0044-1916454004 License to Grill oven gloves come with knuckle dusters and diamond encrusted watch prints. They cost about €31.20 ex delivery. Fans of the blues should invest in a steel guitar barbecue spatula, about €25 from UK-based Hunter Gatherer (0044-1258861885


Chalk it up

Brighten up a new exterior with Autentico, a brand of chalk paint that needs no priming as per regular chalk paint but is also suitable for outdoor use. It boasts a UV filter to prevent fading in the sun and has moisture control protection from the rain. A one litre tin, normally €39, cam be bought for €35 on presentation of today’s column at Haven Interiors, unit six and seven, Raheny Shopping Centre, Dublin 5 (01-8315038 They stock the 30 best-selling colours and other shades are available to order. Offer ends July 10th.


For stand out plants

This freestanding plant stand will work in porches, on balconies and in showing off your green fingered talents in the sun room. Normally €55, Irish Times readers who present today’s column before next Thursday, July 3rd can but it less 10 per cent, for €49.50, online and in store at The Blue Door (01-5253406, The Crescent, Monkstown Crescent, Co Dublin. Available in natural wood, powder blue or sage green.


Heavenly cloths

Happy birthday to the Cloth Shop (01-6337900, 5 Johnson’s Place, South King Street, Dublin 2 celebrating itsrst year in business this week. To mark the occasion they’re offering Irish Times readers who present today’s column the chance to buy this new Desire collection by artist Jessica Zoob for Romo fabrics. Breathe, the linen voile pictured, is sold in a three-metre wide length that allows you to crop the non-printed part of the fabric to fit the drop of your windows. Usually €211 per metre, you can buy it for €179. Offer ends July 17th.


Home comfort

The Kirstie Allsopp Home Living collection is reduced to clear at select Hickey’s Home Focus Stores ( and includes these sweet 100 per cent cotton twill Abode 30cm square cushions which feature an applique embroidered design and include a polyester pad. Available in two colourways; summer and strawberry, they are reduced by 25 per cent from €27 to €20.25.

Find them at The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 18; Mahon Retail Park, Mahon, Co Cork and Butlerstown Retail Park, Cork Road, Waterford. Similarly reduced is a charming Roald Dahl cushion collection, featuring characters from some of his best-loved stories including Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Enormous Crocodile.


Flamingo summer 

Camp up your summer decor with this pair of caravanning flamingos, 10cm by 15cm, one of many decorative touches for sale at Moss Cottage (01-2157696 on the Main Street in Dundrum, Dublin 14. Normally €7.95 Irish Times readers can buy it for €5. Also on offer is their flamingo and ice cream cone garland, reduced 37 per cent from €15.95 to €10.


Star light

Create an ambient evening mood outdoors with these cross beam detailed, antique-effect iron and grey lidded Night Star lanterns, reduced from €79 to €49 for a set of two. Available at EZLiving Furniture stores. For a full list of stories nationwide see


Three of the best... home fragrances

Invest in the signature scent created by Galway-based Cloon Keen Atelier (091-565736 for the Shelbourne Hotel (01-6634500 Inspired by the establishment’s landmark Nubian statues you can buy it in the hotel or online, for €30.

Diptyque’s scented oval is an innovative way to perfume enclosed spaces, like a wardrobe or a drawer. A sachet of scent is inserted into a white ceramic interpretation of the brand’s seal. Two of its bestselling scents, Baies and 34, are available to buy in this format at Brown Thomas (01-6056666, Dublin. Price €44.

A spray gun of Cafe Society by Frederic Malle, €105 for 500 ml, will recreate that Parisian aroma in your own home. Buy at Parfumaria (01-6710255, 25 Westbury Mall, Dublin 2.



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