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BARGAIN HUNTER:Peter Flanagan and Damian Kerins, formerly of Flanagan’s in Mount Merrion, have opened up a shop in Bray, Co Wicklow.

Flanagan Kerins (01-281 3338; at Unit 3, Bray Retail Park, Southern Cross Route, has a floor-model three-seater loose-covered couch and matching chair reduced from €1,770 to €790. The sofa is 207cm long and 87 cm deep. The chair is 100cm long and the same depth.

Fine print

Orla Kiely’s empire is worth €200 million and includes fashion, accessories, furnishings, homewares and now furniture. Kiely started out in millinery but captivated a generation with her retro-inspired Stem prints. You can now wear her clothes, carry her handbags, wallpaper your walls with her designs and prep and present food using her tableware.

Her furniture collection, Orla Kiely House, is influenced by mid-century design and is beautifully finished. The walnut frame day bed, with upholstered covers, and two upholstered back cushions (above) costs £2,750 (about €3,424); reversible cushions cost £39; saffron floor lamp costs £400. The tray pictured is part of the tray side table, which costs £800. All available from Prices exclude delivery charges.

On the Terre

House of Fraser launched Pied a Terre Home in 2010 as one of its first exclusive homeware collections. The brand expanded from footwear into fashion-driven homeware. One of this season’s best buys is its Fleur tableware (left); dining plate, €12.50; side plate, bowl, espresso cup, €9.50 each; teacup and saucer, €12.

Sucking Diesel

Based in Breganze, in northern Italy, Diesel is best-known for its high-fashion denim but has expanded its influence to include home collections. In 2009, the brand partnered with Foscarini to create a range of light fixtures. The collection is available at Minima (01-6337716, on the Waterfront, Hanover Quay, Dublin 2. The Fork floor lamp (below) has stitching on the fabric like that on jeans. The light inside reveals a patchwork structure and the texture of the canvas makes the lamp, when illuminated, look a little like a light inside a tent. The lampshade is flexible and can be oriented 360 degrees. Available with a grey shade, it costs €695. This year Scavolini designed a kitchen collection in collaboration with Successful Living from Diesel. The project is characterised by the vintage spirit in materials, treatments and finishes that is Diesel’s DNA.

Storing time

Clever Clogs (01-828 4823 at 2 Kinsealy Business Park, in Kinsealy, Co Dublin, is holding a sale tomorrow and Saturday. An Alma Papa folding cot bed by Bloom (124.4cm long by 65.4cm deep) is down from €873 to €499. The flatpack cot is made of solid wood and is suitable for children from newborns to four years of age. The cot includes mattress, sheet set and toddler rail.

A Bloom Luxo dresser provides storage in baby’s room. The solid birch, white lacquer Luxo (1.5m tall by 94 cm long) has four drawers and a removable wooden toiletries holder. It was €949.99 and is now €549.99.

It's Curtains

Add colour and pattern to rooms with curtains reduced by 30 per cent at Hickey’s Home Focus ( shops nationwide. Cezanne is a fully lined eyelet curtain that comes in two colourways – citrus and lipstick – and in six sizes. The 46in wide by 54in drop size has been reduced from €65 to €45.50. Juliette (right), with a pencil-pleat head, is a fully lined floral curtain available in four window sizes that is also reduced by 30 per cent.

Old, new and blue

Benedict and Beatrice (087-652 4473; is a new online furniture company that reimagines antique furniture. Owner Ann Mooney wanted to contextualise decorative auction finds in the modern home. You can view them this Saturday from 11am to 5pm at the Marvin windows showroom at 71/72 Grove Road, in Rathmines, Dublin 6. The first Irish Times reader to call can purchase this ornate Regatus sideboard painted in lustrous cobalt and Prussian blues less 30 per cent. Normally, €745, it can be yours for €497. The piece is 137cm long, 58cm deep and 124cm tall. Delivery is free within the greater Dublin area on purchases and orders made on Saturday.

Trending . . . Popping up

Award-winning Bethan Gray is just one of many top designers on show at Maoliosa Murray’s (087- 9114946; pop-up shop at Ebony and Co, 39 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2. Brogue (right) is a three-legged chair from Gray’s GT collection that champions the detailing on traditional Irish footwear and is in part inspired by a visit to view the traditional furniture on display at the museum of country life at Turlough Park in Castlebar. The pop-up is in situ until January 5th and includes furniture by Jonathan Adler and David Linley, wall hangings by Diane von Furstenberg, Kelly Wearstler and Paul Smith, and black skull cushions by Alexander McQueen.

Woodloc is your oyster

Upgrade the look of your home with wide-plank Kahrs engineered wood flooring: ideal if you’re installing underfloor heating. The company’s Woodloc system means the flooring is less likely to bow, warp or buckle during changes of temperature.

This Oyster oak has a hand-scraped, -bevelled and -brushed natural oil finish that gives it a lived-in, worn surface. The pale-coloured stain creates a sense of light and warmth.

The Oyster can be purchased at a discount of 30 per cent by Irish Times readers on presentation of today’s paper (€76.41 per metre, reduced from €109.16 per metre). This offer is valid from today until December 13th inclusive, while stocks last, at Tile Style (01-855 5200;, on Ballymount Road Upper, Dublin 24.

Flaming good value

Harvey Norman ( has a range of 22-inch Finlux televisions for €219 that come with interchangeable frames (in blue, red, white and black) that can be changed to suit your decor.

It also has festive candles for Christmas. Temptations candles in glass jars have been reduced from €4.50 to €3.50. Green rustic styles are down from €3.99 to €2.99 for small and €6.99 to €4.99 for large. Red rustic candles (right) are now half price, reduced from €9.99 to €4.99.

Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes are also reduced. Diamond Clean was €299 and is now €199 and Easy Clean is down from €99 to €49.

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