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Vorsprung Durch Teknik, folks: oh, hang on. The tagline on Miele's sleek and stylish kitchen appliances is Immer Besser, which means "always better" – so news of massive reductions at the Miele warehouse on the Broomhill Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24, on Saturday, November 19th is very good news indeed.

There are generally scores of items on offer including many ex-display and end-of-line appliances on offer at up to 50 per cent off, and all will be under warranty. You’re advised to get there early: opening hours are 10am to 1pm. miele.ie.

Recycled with love

Home Street Home is a new home decor store in Harolds Cross, Dublin 6w, that specialises in furniture and accessories made from recycled materials, many of them one-off pieces.

The store has been set up by Laury Poisson, who has worked at Avoca, Urban Outfitters and Agnès B, and Ed Donnolly, whose background is in home renovations and a lot of timber preparation and recycling.


Poisson’s love of upcycling began in New York in the 1990s where she regularly found old furniture on the street and took it home to refurbish and upholster. More than 80 per cent of Home Street Home’s stock is made from recycled materials from Ireland and overseas. There are quirky painted wardrobes, tables with legs made from old taps and tops assembled from parquet flooring. Find the shop at 294 Harold Cross Road and on HomeStreetHome.ie

Open doors on Merrion Square

Merrion Square is an atmospheric hotspot at the best of times, but it is really set to light up with the approach of Christmas. An electrical installation created specially for the park will be switched on on Tuesday, November 22nd (6pm), while Carols by Candlelight, a free traditional service sung by Classicus Youth Choir, comes to St Stephen’s Church on December 12th.

On Saturday, November 26th, all sorts of elegant doors will be thrown wide for the fifth edition of the open day Christmas on Merrion Square, offering everything from free horse and carriage rides to a contemporary craft and design fair at Number 45, the Irish Architectural Archive.

Among the many activities planned for the day, which runs from 10am to 5pm: uilleann piper Padraig McGovern and accordionist Peter Carberry will give a concert at Number 73, the Irish Traditional Music Archive; at Number 63, the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland and the French Embassy will show four Christmas-themed short films from French directors; and at Number 29, the ESB's Georgian House Museum will host a special visit from – ho, ho, ho ... You Know Who. merrionsquare.ie

Boudoir bliss

One bedroom looks much the same as another bedroom, right? Wrong. Check out the boudoirs on display at Minima at the Waterfront, Hanover Quay in Dublin, between now and the New Year.

Designed by Jean Feeney, Gina Faustino and Eoin Lyons, they showcase a gorgeous range of textiles from the Swiss company Creation Baumann. Feeney’s bedroom has an autumnal look, using fabrics in on-trend metallic tones – great for working in harmony with muted russet shades, says the designer, who is renowned for her quirky, eclectic style.

Creation Baumann, which has supplied fabrics to museums such as the Chester Beatty Library, is famous for creating curtains capable of regulating heat and light. Sure, they can probably help you drift off to sleep as well. minimahome.com

One for Eclectic Collectors

Whytes Auctioneers is currently looking for items for its first Eclectic Collector sale of 2017. Between now and December 2nd, the company is hoping to get together a bunch of treasures for its auction on January 21st.

Items already consigned include medals, militaria, coins, banknotes, postcards, ephemera, sporting and entertainment memorabilia. For further information, contact Stuart Purcell on 01- 6762888 or by email: sp@whytes.ie