House Proud: La La Land Bring a little silver screen glamour into your home Thu 9 Feb 2017 This butterfly-roofed extension by architecture firm Brennan Furlong (brennanfurlong.ie) has a very Californian kitchen. Made of pre-finished, double-layer birch ply, it evokes the halcyon glamour of mid-century modern. Freshflowers, a harlequin set of chairs in off-beat shades, and strip lighting overhead lift the look. Expect to pay from about €15,000 for something similar, says Seamus Furlong. The deep-button upholstery of these ice-cream shades of furniture by Rice DK epitomise the luxury lives of silver screen stars. It includes rectangular and round-shaped poufs, about €409; a wingback chair in toffee, teal green or candyfloss pink, about €923; a matching two-seater sofa, about €1,167 and a three-seater sofa in cream with pink piping or soft grey with petrol blue piping, about €1,389, ex delivery, from UK-based Sisters Guild (sistersguild.co.uk). Honing your house plant skills is very much part of living in La La Land but for interesting vessels to house your plants Australia boasts some of the world’s most inspiring home shopping. Saturn Hanger is a powder-coated black or white steel plant holder with hand-stitched tan leather strap plant holder, from Ozzie brand Ivy Hue. It comes in three different styles, costs from about €92 and features cool pastel-coloured stoneware Boheme pots, about €73 each. Buy online from Norsu Interiors (norsu.com.au) It was Hollywood filmmaker, screenwriter and producer Billy Wilder that inspired Charles and Ray Eames to make their classic lounge chair. They often visited him on set where he had constructed a lounge chair so that he could nap between takes. By Vitra in black or white leather will cost from €6,575 at Minima (minmahome.com) or Lost Weekend (lostweekend.ie). This matt frame Joe Cocoon chair by Vincent Sheppard can be used indoors in a conservatory or sunroom. It costs about €960 from London-based Lagoon (vivalagoon.com). The curves of this Stitch chair and matching ottoman from Designer’s Guild 2017 collection are very Californian. It costs about €1,836, to order, from Skii Interiors (skiiinteriors.ie); Galway-based La Maison Chic (LaMaisonChic.ie), Aoki Interiors in Carrick-On-Suir (aokiinteriors.ie). The footstool is €975. Hundreds of micro goose feathers in this light brown Eos table light by Vita Copenhagen create a very soft and diffuse light to surfaces. The shade in white costs €110 from Old Mill Stores (theoldmillstores.ie) while the lamp as pictured with either a black or white base costs, €162, from UK-based Black By Design (black-by-design.co.uk). Asta Gauronskyte of Old Court Linens (Oldcourtlinens.ie) is originally from Lithuania, a country famous for its centuries old linen growing and weaving traditions, and based in Manor Kilbride in Co Wicklow. She is keen that we use her linen bread bags to keep our daily bread fresh. Ranging in price from €15 to €64 the collection includes a very smart long lean-shaped bag for bagette-shaped sticks of bread. The bags also minimise crumbing. The Kelsey armchair from Mindy Brownes new collection, shot at historic home Gloster House in the UK, comes in a tactile-to-touch microfiber that emulates suede and costs €499.95 from Red Earth (redearthireland.com) at Beacon South Quarter (and Mullingar). Fragkakis has created a beautiful pair of power-coated steel side tables that together form a whole heart, reduced from €247 to €173, ex delivery, from Dutch design site Crowdy House (crowdyhouse.com). When a box of chocolates, a dozen red roses and a dinner date aren’t quite cutting it for a Valentine’s gift, why not add a bit of romance to the domestic side of your relationship with Kissy Kissy, €12.95, a screen-printed cotton tea towel by Dubliner Nessa Finnegan and available at Designist (designist.ie).