Cuddly canapes, perfect posters and lighting delights

Wanderlust is one of the trends Lou Petersen, head of design innovation at DFS, predicts we’ll be tuning in to this fall, as we prepare to spend more time indoors for enjoy our homes. In perfect example, this French Connection Poppyfield comforter sofa in plain taupe fabric, €1,169 and the French Connection Poppyfield 4-seater sofa in pink patterned fabric, €1,819, available at DFS


On the bathroom shelf this week, the Iconic collection from Alfaparf Milano Ireland. It contains six specially selected three-piece Semi Di Lino favorites in sleek and stylish gift boxes. Whatever your hair type, you can choose from the recently launched Diamond, Volume, Reconstruction, Moisture, Curls or Smooth gift sets for €32.50. Alfaparf Milano Ireland’s Iconic Collection Christmas gift sets are available at ALFAPARF Milano salons and online, in salons and from e-tailers such as


Just in time for Halloween, check out Flourish Emporium’s latest spellbinding candle, Hocus Pocus. The limited edition candle is perfect for those who prefer dark and complex aromas. With notes of citrus, pink pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, incense, vanilla and musk, it lets you set the scene for the trick or treat. €19.99 from


Ireland Posters celebrates the grá that the Irish have rediscovered for their homeland after all this sojourn we have been on.

They’ve just launched a rather simple campaign, and I have to say I admire the simplicity: “It only took a global pandemic to fall in love with Ireland again.” From swimming in the sea, hiking in the hills and mountains and rediscovering country roads through daily walks – one can truly say that there is no place like home. Ireland Posters aims to connect loved ones at home or abroad with the places they love with a ‘buy one, give one’ offer. Available online at, unframed prints cost from €35 with larger framed pieces from €75. The “Buy one, give one” offer covers worldwide printing postage.


Delighted to see that Cork SuperValu stores in Bantry and Cobh have introduced in-store circular economy solutions by launching bespoke charging stations from Tru Eco, a range of environmentally friendly cleaning and laundry products made in Ireland and manufactured by VivaGreen.

The range is made from plant-based and biodegradable ingredients and each bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic, creating a reusable, recyclable and refillable circular economy product. The range includes all-purpose cleaner, dishwashing liquid, non-biological laundry detergent and fabric softener. shoppers can bring their empty bottles to refill in-store at a lower cost. For more information, visit


Anyone ready for a terrifically delicious Halloween-themed afternoon tea? The Cork International Hotel is offering spooky-themed sweet and savory treats from Tuesday, October 26 through Sunday, October 31. Halloween Afternoon Tea will be served from 1-4 p.m. daily.

Menu includes Devil’s Eggs on House-Brown Soda Bread, Spicy Shredded Chicken and Pumpkin Hummus, Blood Orange Salmon Gravlax on Focaccia Bread, Chocolate Mousse Batcats Halloween Treats and costs €25 per adult and €12.50 per child. Pre-booking is essential, folks, book on 021-4549800 or


Behold this lighting delight. Designed by Ahm & Lund Based in Copenhagen, here is the Fritz Hansen Clam pendant lamp.

Bringing a contemporary twist to a traditional aesthetic, the Clam’s hand-blown glass shades resemble a pair of seashells while the working mechanisms take inspiration from the traditional functionality of an oil lamp. It comes in two sizes, provides a mood-enhancing ambiance. Easily modified, the blinds open and close with brushed brass fittings, ideal for enhancing dining and living spaces with a versatile feel. It is simply magnificent. Visit to find out more.


World Chocolate Week is celebrated from October 14 to 19 this year: any excuse, I shouted.

We Irish know how to make chocolate, check out Lily O’Brien’s selection for all tastes. The Share Bag collection includes the recipes Mega Milk, Belgian Dark Chocolate 70%, Crunchy Salted Almonds, Creamy Sea Salt Caramel and Crispy Caramel. Available now for £2.99 from retailers nationwide or shop the full range online at

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