Must haves for your home
A selection of must-haves for your home from tea cosies to hot water bottle covers.
The classic Warm tea set was designed in Finland by the Irish designer Brian Keaney of Tonfisk and is made of porcelain and laminated wood. The wooden casing insulates the handless mugs. At €125 from www.designist.ie, this is one for the wedding list.
Vases of flowers take up space and are easily knocked over. A wall-hung vase keeps everything out of harm's way. The Dolomite Round Hanging Vase costs €3 from www.tiger-stores.ie and comes in black, white, mint or yellow.
Designed for balcony gardeners, Ikea's Socker plant pot with holder does the traditional flowerpot thing while taking up very little space. It's made of galvanised steel and comes in a choice of four colours (€10.00 from www.ikea.com/ie/en).
The Fia range of stripy lambs' wool stuff from Avoca, most often seen in the shape of socks and scarves, now comes as a hot water bottle cover. It costs a whopping €39.95 from www.avoca.com, but you'll be cuddling it every night.