Alanna Gallagher's Bargain Hunter
NIGHT LIGHT: This set of two Night Star lanterns, made of wood and glass with metal tops, can be used in living rooms or outside. The two-piece set (35cm by 22cm and 48.5cm by 31cm) is down from €79 to €49. They are available at ezlivingfurniture.ie and at EZ Living’s Limerick (061-412568), Castlebar (094-9286002), Galway (091-567040) and Swords (01-8135222) shops.
PATCH WORKS: This Peroda Random couch is a Chesterfield design that has been given a modern makeover. The patchwork velvet upholstered three-seater is reduced from €1,149 to €999 at Arnotts (arnotts.ie). Also reduced is the Accent three-piece suite (two-seat sofa and two matching armchairs), down from €3,397 to €1,699. For a sound sleep try the Sealy Millionaire Elite double bed, reduced from €1,199 to €599.
BREAD WINNER: A toast to Debenhams, where a selection of bright kitchen appliances are on sale. Brew up a cuppa in a Breville red jug kettle, reduced from €68 to €34. Pour into a She Who Must Be Obeyed mug by Ben De Lisi, half price at €6.12. Pop some bread into a matching four-slice toaster (pictured), down from ¤81 to ¤40.50, and you’ve got your tea break covered. Offers end Saturday.
THREE OF THE BEST: OUTDOOR IDEAS Colour Bubble fiberglass garden furniture (bubblegardenfurniture.com) is made by former boat builder Gerry McAleer, in his Co Donegal workshop. The collection includes his signature egg-and-saucer table (€450), and matching ball chairs (€180 each ) and stools (€120). New to the range are rocking chairs (€500 each), in electric blue, charcoal, lime green, fire engine red and pure white. They’re available to buy online and at Kilsaran International (01-8026300 kilsaran.ie) in Piercetown, Dunboyne, Co Meath.
THREE OF THE BEST: OUTDOOR IDEAS This Hot Pot design by Black and Blum (black-blum.com) is a cooking utensil and herb-garden rolled into one. It measures 27cm by 37cm and looks like a terracotta pot. Grow your herbs on the top and use to season the food you cook on the grill concealed underneath. Priced €119 plus delivery.
THREE OF THE BEST: OUTDOOR IDEAS Italian company Driade’s Cape West multicoloured garden chair (right), designed by Ludovica and Palomba, it will brighten outdoor spaces no matter the weather. Made in Italy, it costs £960 (about €1,115) through Go Modern in London(gomodern.co.uk). Delivery to Dublin costs £80.
TRENDING: SPRING CLEANING spring sprung later this year but if you're finally getting around to the big clean, make it fun by investing in superior dusting tools. The Blue Door in Monkstown (thebluedoor.ie) has ostrich-feather dusters from ?14.50, long-handled dust brushes for ?39, and specially designed brushes for cleaning radiators for ?14. But the piece de dust-resistance is this soft goat-hair brushe (€14) for cleaning the slats of Venetian blinds four at a time