Hard-working linen, stylish smoke alarms and felixble storage
All the latest in bargain interiors
Lovely linen: 31 Chapel Lane, based in Monaghan, uses Irish linen from Baird McNutt in its napkins and tea towels
Beautiful prints at great price
The roadworks connecting the red and green Luas lines may be playing chaos with traffic in Dublin, but it is worth remembering the transport system has an engineering elegance that has enhanced the look of the capital, as evidenced in this work by photographer Patrick Donald (01 681 5225, patrickdonald.com).
Donald is offering Irish Times readers who present today’s column at his gallery at Unit 8 and 9 Royal Hibernian Way, Dawson Street, the chance to buy the print for a reduction of 10 per cent. Unframed, it comes in sizes from 38 x 20.30cm (€35) up to 122cm x 71cm (€350). Or choose the more contemporary acrylic-coated panoramic format ranging from €300 for a piece 76cm x 28.50cm to €500 for a large piece 110cm x 40cm.
Offer ends May 14th (contact 087 2900780).
Basking in Citroen lamplight
Make your room beam with personality with some well-placed table lamps, 30cm tall, made using the car lights of Citroen vehicles.
They are available in five attractive colours – red, orange, yellow, silver or white – and have been reduced 25 per cent, down from €119 to €89 each while stocks last at Flanagan Kerins (01-281 3338, flanagankerins.ie), Southern Cross Retail Park, Bray, Co Wicklow.
Flexible storage units to keep children happy
Smart Storage (01-201 7676 smartstorage.ie) is launching a new line aimed at children for containing their clutter. Perfect for hallways, bedrooms, crèches and schools, the unit is seat-height and has slide-out storage underneath.
It comes in two-drawer, (€345); three-drawer (€460); and four-drawer (€575) versions and the facade can be painted any colour. The company is offering Irish Times readers who order before May 14th the chance to buy them, supplied and fitted anywhere in Ireland, for 10 per cent off – respectively €299, €399 and €499.
Trending . . . stylish smoke alarm
These battery-operated moth-shaped smoke alarms are a fun-looking feature with life-saving qualities. Aesthetes will love the fact the device looks beautiful – something the traditional smoke alarm lacks. The Finnish design is also practical. The entire surface functions as a test button so when you burn the toast while bleary-eyed some morning, you can disable it easily.
Three of the best . . . hard-working linen
Change the mood at home with lighter touch linen. Made from French and Belgian flax this washed and hand loomed bedding from London-based The Linen Works (00 44 203 744 1020 thelinenworks.com) comes in gorgeous soft fashion tones including Parisian blue and cassis pink, pictured. A flat double sheet, costs about €161, duvet cover about €175 and Oxford pillowcases, €37.50 and €63, ex delivery.
In its napkins and tea towels Co Monaghan-based 31 Chapel Lane (31chapellane. com) uses Irish linen from Baird McNutt (048 2589 1206 bairdmcnutt.com) the Co Donegal-designed and Ballymena-based manufactured supplier. Picnic-perfect madras style checked napkins cost €13 each, tea towels (ideal for cleaning glassware) cost €16.
Hardwearing linen feels tactile on armchairs and sofas and is hardwearing. It also lightens the mood in a livingroom or conservatory. This slipper chair, about €931, is from UK-based Sweetpea and Willow (sweetpeaandwillow.com). Castle Market-based Murphy Sheehy (01 6770316 murphysheehy.com) and Helen Turkington Fabrics (01 2602524 helenturkington.ie) are good sources of upholstery grade linen.
Warm up your outdoors
Get stoked for summer by adding a warming cast-iron chiminee to your patio or garden. This Burgos style, 122cm by 37cm, comes with its own wood storage box and is normally €199 at Rattan Cube (01 5497381 rattancube.ie), ABC House, Malahide Industrial Estate, Dublin 17. Irish Times readers who present today’s column or key in code “Irishtimesmay15” online can buy it less 10 per cent, €179. A second style, Alabacate, 120cm by 32cm, is similarly priced. Offer ends May 31st.