Alanna Gallagher's Bargain Hunter
Pearly greys: This central chandelier (37cm by 41cm) with grey pearlescent finish and strings of draping pearls is reduced from €246.75 to €135 at National Lighting, (01-7099070. nationallighting.ie), Western Retail Park, Knockmitten Lane, Dublin 12.
Chopping Block: The Index Plus chopping board categorisation system by Joseph Joseph has won multiple awards for its clever design to reduce cross-contamination of different food types by using four individual restaurant-style chopping boards. Each one is colour-coded with an illustrated tab, indicating which food type it should be used for. Each corresponding knife is also colour-coded. Reduced from €83.99 to €54.99 at Anthony Ryan’s on Lombard Street, in Galway.These pieces can also be purchased online at shopcookware.ie.
A stitch in time: Joanne O'Neill of Sew Great (01-8227650, sewgreat.ie) sewing classes in Lucan is expanding her business to include cushions made from designer fabric remnants by Designer Guild, Jane Churchill and Ralph Lauren. Availablle in sizes small (30cm sq), medium (36cm sq) and large (45cm sq), they usually cost from €35. Bargain Hunter readers who present today's column can buy any size less 30 per cent. Offer ends May 16th. See the range at Unit 8, Block 4 Millbank Business Park, Strawberry Beds, Lucan.
Hot off the press: Quirki Stuff (quirkistuff.com, 086-6537448) in Bray, Co Wicklow, specialises in reimagining auction finds and heirloom pieces, with a particular talent for sprucing up dodgy 1950s/1960s cabinets, like this one (122cm by 94cm and 45cm), reduced from €185 to €130 for the first Bargain Hunter reader who calls or presents today’s column. Quirki Stuff also welcomes restoration projects from customers with furniture that has sentimental if not monetary value.
Wicker treat: This Minnesota wicker modular corner unit (below) is perfect for a conservatory or sheltered suntrap. Comprised of five pieces that make up the L-shaped sofa; a separate armchair and footstool; and brown upholstered cushions, it is half price at €1,499 from Outdoor Living (outdoorfurniture.ie) at the National Garden Exhibition Centre in Kilquade, Co Wicklow.
THREE OF THE BEST: TRIBAL BEATS Add texture to bathrooms with some tribal striped towels, from Debenhmas. The collection ranges in price from €5.50 to €39.00. Natural, rectangular-shaped wicker linen baskets, with lids, cost €39 and also help soften a bathroom's hard lines.
THREE OF THE BEST: TRIBAL BEATS Give accent furniture a pattern make-over with Osborne and Little's (osborneandlittle.com) Ikat-inspired Mohawk, patterened with interlocking Indian pyramids in a heavily textured cotton and linen (€114 per metre). The klilm-inspired Kiowa pattern of horizontal stripes in a wool combination costs €87 per metre. They look especially striking in the cylindrical stools pictured. Stockists include Brian S Nolan (01-2800564 briansnolan.ie) in Dun Laoghaire.
THREE OF THE BEST: TRIBAL BEATS Aztec-inspired rugs, Navajo prints and kilim-influenced textiles form part of the tribal-beat trend, an eclectic style that is not for the beige brigade. Extroverts will love playing these prints off against each other but accent pieces can liven up the look of any room. In bedrooms, House of Fraser's (houseoffraser.co.uk) Urban Tribe bed linen feels fresh and summery. A double duvet cover set costs €78; standard pillowcases in chartreuse are €7 each; cushions are €30 each; a red tea light ball is €14.50; a chrome geometric frame costs €19.50; and abstract metal wall art costs €60.
Trending: Huhu do you think you are? Part security blanket, part child’s comforter, the Huhu pillow is designed to soothe those of us who twitch, fidget or worry. Created by Helsinki-based Cool Enough Studio (coolenoughstudio.com) , when worried and picked at it reveals little hoops of woven fabric that can be pulled at to distract and soothe. The cotton-polyester mix cushion comes in three sizes: the small (35cm sq) and medium (50cm sq) are available in white or grey and cost €160 and €170 respectively; the large (65cm sq, pictured) is available in grey and costs €180. Available from the end of May.