Ho ho homeware!! It’s that time of year again and if you’re struggling to think of something for the interior design lover in your life, you really shouldn’t be. There are so many gifts ideas out there that are bound to win you some serious brownie points.
1. Copper Gilded Cushion by Aoife Mullane (from €160)
Wicklow-based textile designer Aoife Mullane has had a phenomenal year, including being named winner of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Craftsmanship Award. Using traditional hand-painting and foiling, she creates wonderfully contemporary and highly desirable cushions, lampshades, throws and runners.
2. Søstrene Grene pouffe (€77)
To be honest, I’d have the entire contents of the new Søstrene Grene Christmas collection but if I had to pick just one, it would have to be the new pouffe. Available in four colours in either a textile or velour (I’ll have the purple), they hit the shelves on November 30th and I’d be surprised if they last the day (€77).
3. Anjou Aroma Diffuser, Amazon.co.uk (£26.99)
To complete the spa bathroom look, I have my eye on an aroma diffuser to fill the air with lovely stress relieving fragrances. With a 300ml capacity that gives you 8 hours of use, the Anjou Aroma Diffuser (£26.99 on Amazon) also includes 7 colour changing lights with a bright and a dim mode. Make sure to add on Anjou’s Essential Oil Kit with 6 stress relieving aromas including lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, sweet orange, and lemongrass.
4. Princess Leia Art Print by Hayley Gilmore available at Society6 (from $15.99)
I’m always on the hunt for a kick-ass art print and I think I found it with this Princess Leia-inspired piece from Hayley Gilmore, available on Society6 (from $15.99). Designed as part of a series for the Women’s March on Washington, it was created as a tribute to legend that is Carrie Fisher. Coming to a wall near me….
5. Christian Lacroix ‘Sol y Sombra’ Dinnerware, Casa de Perrin (from $50)
Casa de Perrin was one of my Instagram finds. Described as a luxury tabletop curation and design brand, Casa de Perrin sells and rents the most high-end vintage china, flatware, and glassware. This monochrome, gold-rimmed ‘Sol y Sombra’ dinnerware set by Christian Lacroix is the height of sophistication and would really give the edge to my Christmas dinner table. Warning, they’re not suitable for the microwave and you shouldn’t leave them in the dishwasher too long … or at all, if possible. Also, at prices starting from $50 for a the butter dish, they ain’t cheap but they’re pretty!
6. New duvet and sheets (from £20)
A good bed linen set is always a welcome present. The Savoy bed collection from The White Company is an ultra crisp, super smooth 400 thread count Egyptian cotton percale collection of bed linen (prices start from £20). Hibernation time, wake me in 2018!
7. Tiny Miracles vase cover (€19 for the large)
The Tiny Miracles Foundation was set up by Dutch woman Laurien Meuter to help a small, impoverished community in Mumbai. After teaming up with design graduate, Pepe Heykoop, the two set up a social enterprise alongside the foundation where 100 local women hand-fold these pretty paper vase covers which can be used to turn the most average empty wine bottle into a beautiful, geometric vase. Choosing one of their products means that you are supporting these women with an income, allowing them to become more self-supporting.
8. The Bump Teapot by Tom Dixon (€120)
Frankly, I’d probably have one of Tom Dixon’s staplers for Christmas, that’s how much I adore his range. The Bump Teapot (€120), available at Amara, is part of a collection of handmade and mouthblown items that are more akin to an alchemist’s lab than the dining table. Its clear glass and pink hue make for a seriously sophisticated cup of tea.
9. Cheese Board, Slated (€48)
Slated is a luxury artisan homeware producer of stunning slate place mats, candle holders, platters and cheese boards. All of the pieces are cut by hand with a 150 year old slaters knife giving them a unique, textured finish. Buy online at Slated.ie or check out their numerous stockists like Brown Thomas.
10. ‘RAIN’ Candle, Field Apothecary (€34.95)
I’m never disappointed to receive a candle, unless it smells like liquorice. I loathe aniseed so please keep the receipt if you buy anything aniseedy-based for me. In Ireland, we have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to good candlemakers. Made in County Down, Field Apothecary candles are hand poured with a soy wax blend and are made with up to 11 essential oils in each candle. The ‘RAIN’ candle has notes of geranium, stone and fern and was the Home Product of the Year at the Image Interiors & Living Design Awards 2017. Available at Arnotts.
11. The Finer Things, Christiane Lemieux (£40)
I don’t think you can ever have enough coffee table books but only as long as you bother to read them. Sure I like a good looking cover but there’s no point having a collection of dust-gatherers if you’re never discover what their beautifully curated pages have to offer. The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details (£40 on Amazon) by designer Christiane Lemieux (see House of Fraser for her high street collection) is just that and its beautiful gilded cover is just a hint of the treasures within. With interviews with experts across the world including wallpaper and paint specialists, textile fabricators, accessories artisans, and interior designers, Lemieux gives you tips on how to recognise quality, timeless pieces that will transcend the trends.
Gilded Hound is the brainchild of creator Siobhán Sacker who designs, produces and finishes these beautiful clocks (among other items) from her Dublin studio. My favourite is the Forces of Nature Patinated Clock (€189). Made from locally sourced solid brass, Siobhán uses a blue green patina (himself’s favourite word) to create a truly one-of-a-kind statement piece. Made to order, the clocks take two weeks to deliver but order early as there is sure to be a Christmas rush.
13. Moon Light, theapollobox.com ($33.48)
When I first came across this I was totally transfixed. There’s something magical about staring at the moon and having it sitting on your nightstand makes it a little easier to guarantee than the one outside your window. Touch it to change colour from a soft white to yellow and create the perfect atmosphere. Also made to order the Moon Light is available on TheApolloBox.com ($33.48).
14. Pineapple snuffer, Graham & Green (£12.50)
Because what home isn’t complete without a pineapple shaped object to help you put out your candles. 2017 was undoubtedly the year of the pineapple, so why not have add this pineapple snuffer from Graham & Green (£12.50).
15. A subscription to any of the following interiors magazines…