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Style 25 has taken delivery of a range of interesting lighting options. This blue industrial style shade is €60 from the Drawbridge St. shop.

In the market for a new mattress? Handmade from all-natural materials, the Irish-designed Core Natural Classic range moulds to the sleeper’s body shape. Free from metal and springs and made from 100% natural botanically derived materials, each one is designed with seven posture support zones. Prices start at €1,050. See for details.


Blooming shrubs tend to thrive in our climate, and for the most part are fairly self-sufficient. They don’t need oodles of attention; just clever, timely pruning, and Hanley’s Garden Centre will have a great array for sale both in-store and at their stand at the Mallow Homes and Garden Show this weekend.

Ask horticulturalist Damien at Hanleys about types of...

Nod off in a summer meadow with a Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic Floral Watercolour Print Throw, €95, Dunnes and

Bodum's Bistro Blender mixes, chops, grinds, crushes and liquefies everything from nutritious smoothies and baby foods to satisfying soups. €133, Brown Thomas.

Take advantage of every sunny Saturday by investing in a top of the range barbecue. This stylish Weber model is one of a selection available at Cork BBQ Centre, Unit 7, Forge Hill, Cork.

One of the most stylish plants for a garden or patio, buxus grows between April and June, so now is a good time to prune and trim it into a neat shape.

Dahlias are enjoying a major renaissance at the moment. Gardening is as subject to the whims of fashion as anything else, and right now, Dahlias are hot. They’re great value, producing big, showy flowers that add great panache to your outdoor space.

Their giant blossoms are dense and elaborately petalled; they’re long-flowering and available in a tremendous array of variety...

The bold shade of this bridal bouquet reminded us of Romo's Fougere Zinnia fabric, which is divine in curtains. Check it out at The Drapery Shop on Emmet Place or call them on 021 427 1877 for more details.

If the glorious summer sunshine has left your bedroom looking a little dated, now is the time to inject a touch of the exotic. This 'Priscilla' bed linen by Julien McDonald is now available at the bargain price of €21.50 - €54.50 (was €43 - €109) at Debenhams.

Are slugs munching your prized plants at night time? To eradicate them from your flower beds, sink a small container filled with beer into the ground near their favourite plant. The slugs will be attracted by the yeast and fall in, trapping them instantly.

Irish luxury candle company Max Benjamin has two male fragrances which are ideal for dads on Father’s Day. The new Fragrance for Him (a strong masculine scent with cardamom, black pepper and patchouli mixed with amber tonka and musks) comes in a candle (€19.95), and diffuser (€26.95) from the Kilkenny Shop, Emmet Place and Shanagarry.

Perennial Lavender is a great choice for Irish gardens; it's adored by bees, emits a calming scent and it's famous for producing an essential oil that has inherent antibiotic properties, as well as helping insomnia. You can dry your own lavender once you pick it, and chop it up to put in little pouches to put into drawers, wardrobes or pillowcases.

The best known kinds of lavender are...

This Jane Churchill 'Oceana' fabric is a cute choice for a seaside getaway. Available in blue or coral from The Drapery Shop, Emmet Place.

If you're the type of person who sets the alarm in order to get the best sun lounger, you'll be needing one of these...

Ben de Lisi 'Reserved' motif beach towel, €14, Debenhams.

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