Monthly Archives: January 2010

Spring/summer at Debenhams

Lovely new textiles at Debenhams for Spring/Summer 10.

Star by Julien Macdonald Double Duvet Cover, €93, Standard Pillowcase Pair, €34, Oxford Pillowcase Pair, €40, Sequin Heart Cushion, €31.50, Chainmail Cushion, €39.

Rocha.John Rocha Abra Duvet Cover, €62 Double, Standard Pillowcase, €28, Ombre bedspread, €248, Ombre Cushion, €28 each, Buttons Cushion Blue, €31, Chunky Metallic Knit Throw, €78, Lace Bead Blue Cushion, €39, Pocket Yellow Cushion, €47, Yellow Organic Bedspread, €155.

Debenhams Happy Duvet Cover, €62 Double, Standard Pillowcase Pair, €28, Happy Floral Print Cushions, €23.50 each, Mongolian Green Cushion, €39, Happy Coral Bedspread, €124.

Betty Jackson.Black Tailored Pleat Duvet Cover, €78 Double, Standard Pillowcase Pair, €34, Coral Wiggle Throw, €62, Anemone Cushion, €36 each, Yellow Plain Woven Cushion, €28, Punch Hole Lamp Large, €62, Punch Hole Lamp Small, €39, Anemone Rug, €155.

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Shop Local

Here’s me recommending clickforart and thumbtackpress for affordable art and I never even give our local boys a mention. Monstertruck Gallery and Studios offer innovative, fun events and exhibitions, and obviously the chance to own a piece of affordable, contemporary Irish art. Yesterday saw them put on a ‘Bring and Buy Sale’ in aid of the Haiti disaster.

Poster design by James Kirwan, kirwan.james@gmail.com.
Check out their site and blog for upcoming events and buy artwork online, www.monstertruck.ie.


Unlucky-for-some,-50cm-x-70cm,-ScreenPrint-on-paper-2006, Hugh McCarthy.

b-1m-x1m-acrylic-on-canvas-2007, Hugh McCarthy.

Red-Men,-Blue-Builders 28cm x 19cm (Framed) €320, Samantha Clarke.

Blanks, oil-on-canvas, €600, Brian Coldrick
Monster Truck Gallery and Studios, No.73, Francis St, Dublin 8.

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Sale at the Conran Shop at Arnotts

Went into the Conran Shop at Arnotts (www.conranshop.co.uk) today to check out their sale – wanted just about everything in the place. There was 15%-20% off a lot of the stock which obviously still doesn’t make the prices cheap but think of them as investments. Also got to visit my Panthella lamp, one day it will be mine.

(My) Panthella lamp, €445.

Agatha side table.

3 Kois cushion.

Zettl Z5 pendant.

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Craig Ward & Typographic Fetishism

A man with a fetish for typography is our Craig. Have come across his work repeatedly over the years and this month he pops up in the If You Could Collaborate exhibition in A Foundation Gallery, Rochelle School in London (www.ifyoucould.co.uk/collaborate). The contributors were challenged to produce something a little unexpected, by working with a partner of their choosing from any discipline, profession or background. The result was collaborations between artists and designers and a range of fashion, furniture and lighting designers – or in Craig Ward’s case, typographers Sean Freeman and Alison Carmichael. The lovechild of this three-way was ‘Calligraffiti’, below. Love it.


Image above courtesy of http://www.creativereview.co.uk.

Check out Ward’s site, www.wordsarepictures.co.uk, loads of lovely typographic-led design inspiration. I may have just made up the phrase “Typographic Fetishism”, just remember that you heard it here first folks when everyone starts using it.



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Brocante (furniture fair) at Newmarket

The perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday avo (www.newmarketbrocante.com) the brocante at Newmarket (named after French furniture fairs) offers a selection of pre-loved furniture and stuff for your house and garden. Retro posters, vintage furniture and fabrics – plenty of interesting bits and pieces for a good aul rummage. And in between haggling sessions, you can chill out with some hot chocolate at the cafe and enjoy the live band. This week I picked up some vintage velvet (great stall selling beautiful french linens, velvets and interesting remnants, tell Dorcas I sent ya) and a brand new, still in the box, sewing machine for €35. Bargain. Third Sunday of every month in the co-op, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8.


Chair from the Retrorumage stall, www.retrorumage.tumblr.com for enquiries.


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Ikea Bargains

Ventured out to Ikea to check out the sale yesterday, not nearly as packed as I was expecting. Not a huge amount of sale items but then I suppose Ikea can’t get much cheaper anyway. Bargain of the day was this wrought iron bed head – €69 down to €9.99. Nay bad.

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Spring has Sprung!

Well, not quite but in celebration of the sun making an appearance for the first time in what feels like years, I give you a preview of the new spring homewares at Next (www.nextdirectory.ie). Pretty. The 3 items below collectively come in at under €100 so they’re cheap aswell as cheerful.

Cushion, €13.

Sculpture, €29.

Lamp, €46.

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