The armchair edit: Our favourite seats to snuggle into this winter
It might be for a corner of your bedroom that's simply asking to be paired with a book and a cup of tea, a spot in your living room to snuggle up by the fire or something that can double as an extra lounge chair or last-minute addition to the dinner table. Whatever you're looking for, we've rounded up our favourite chairs that are sure of fit the bill. Now all you need to do is order them ASAP so you'll have them in time for – whisper it – Christmas.
The Irish Independent, October 2018
Being down to earth
Latest trend? Turning your home green, writes Jo Linehan, and she doesn't mean with a paint brush - it's all about sustaining the future of Planet Earth
The Irish Examiner, September 2018
Wishlist: Lilac tones to keep things bright this autumn
Hang out in style with this teardrop hanging rattan chair from Home Lust. With our weather, you’d better check it fits indoors. It’s made from natural, ethically-sourced Indonesian rattan so if it’s that relaxed hygge zone you’re after, this could be a good start. €350 fromwww.home-lust.com
The Irish Times, September 2018
Show a little bit of leg. Best in Class: Taking its cue from mid-century classics, furniture shows more legs this season
3. HAIRPIN LEGS
As mid-century goes mainstream you are seeing more and more hairpin legs on sofas, sideboards, bedside and tables. The design is elegant and works really well in small spaces because it allows the furniture to seemingly float. It is the anthesis of the chunky, “beef-to-the-heel like a Mullingar heifer” wooden block leg. This ochre yellow armchair, by Nordal Interiors, plays with the mid-century form and works hairpins into its back legs only. These iron legs come in a patinated gold finish iron. The cotton velvet chair measures 91cm by 79cm by 90cm and costs €749 for a single or €1,399 for a pair to order from online concept storeHome Lust.Home-lust.com
IMAGE Interiors & Living, image.ie
Plants instantly add life and freshness to a space, something that might be lacking in your room. They can help reduce stress during those busy essay sessions, and will also improve the air quality in your room. They look great too, and are an easy way to make your space look stylish with minimal effort.Handmade ceramic plant pot, €12.home-lust.com
The Irish Independent, Sunday Independent
It's all bright now. Move over Millennial Pink, there's a new hue in town. Brighten up your home with a pop of yellow ...
by Nathalie Marquz Courtney
Ochre velvet sofa, €1,600: A warm, honeyed hue that pairs perfectly with mellow 70s interiors, home-lust.com
House and Home Magazine, houseandhome.ie
Summer 2018’s ultimate lust-have piece, a cane cocoon chair is top for lazy, hazy days.
Indoor-outdoor hanging chair, €350, and tropical cushion, €19, Home-lust.com
IMAGE Interiors & Living, image.ie
Seven outdoor chairs that will make you excited for summer days
Forget inviting friends around, this chair's only for you. We can't think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon than gently swaying in this rattan cocoon. Round hanging chair €499.home-lust.com
The Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, April 2018
Jewels in your crown
Move over Marie Kondo - maximalism is back, and this time it's got a fresh, contemporary update ...
by Nathalie Marquez Courtney
You don't get much more Art Deco than this classic silhouette, home-lust.com
The Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, March 2018
As nature intended
Plants are jumping out of pots and into home decor, with botanical patterns taking over from florals ...
by Nathalie Marquez Courtney
The maximalist look: Mix real-life greenery with bold botanical accessories for a fresh, striking update. Selection of botanical-inspired wall decor from Dutch interiors brand HK Living, available at Home Lust, home-lust.com
Nature-themed decor surges in popularity every spring, as we shake off winter's layers and crave a fresh, bright, new beginning. At first, botanical patterns and plant-themed accessories seemed like just another fun, passing trend. But, season after season, plant patterns return, inching ahead of florals as the new spring staple.
"Customer interest in plant decor started about two years ago and is still going strong," says Diana Valentine, owner of online interiors store Home Lust (home-lust.com). "We've always sold out on stylised stem art prints and textile designs."
While blooms can seem a bit busy and fussy, the clean, structural lines of botanicals can add interest without overwhelming a space.
"Personally, I always turn to stem silhouettes and patterns," says Diana. "They somehow feel more natural and ornamental than florals, which can add a certain formality to the space."
"I love foliage because stems have a more sculptural quality - they can be really tall, and are more versatile when creating bouquets," says Diana. "Foliage looks fresher, lasts longer and green matches everything. That they are significantly cheaper or you can forage them yourself also helps."
When it comes to picking a pattern, you need to tread carefully; an ornate tropical design can look beautiful on its own, but will often clash with the rest of the decor in your space.
"There's no point adding a trendy palm leaf cushion to your living room if it just does not suit," says Diana.
If you have a clean, modern space, try going for delicate plant designs, which can add a more subtle natural touch. Minimalist plant silhouettes work very well on white and bright walls and also contrast beautifully with rich, dark backdrops. Botanical wall charts or soft watercolour prints can be a great alternative to cushions.
"As in nature, botanicals are very seasonal," says Diana. "There is always a tendency to add a tropical touch to your decor for the summer, but leaf and herb illustrations, as well as woodland patterns, can be introduced at any time of the year."
Forest wall hanging, €29, home-lust.com
House and Home magazine, Ireland, April 2018
One of our beautiful circular brass and glass barcarts in a house tour in
Irish Interiors & Living magazine, April 2018.
Irish Examiner, April 2018
The Butterfly lounge chair from home-lust.com at just under €500 offers a leathery, relaxed style. Throw on a Mongolian fleece and you’re there, style apex. Great for lounging or reading and manspreading; €489.
And to go with it, a black or brass coffee table at 129 and like all of these styles the top is detachable for use as a tray.
Spring interiors: the natural trend
’Tis the season for nature notes, but with understated materials, florals and insects — not tropical kitsch
The Sunday Times
In materials, rattan and cane are having a moment, presented to us in an impressive enough fashion to forget the genre’s crimes against good taste in the 1970s, also known as the wicker decade. Chunky natural materials, macramé, and woven grasses and jutes are all part of spring 2018.
Wish List: A touch of Spring
Esther N McCarthy
If you want a pop of colour in any room, throwing a cushion in can really shake things up. I like these funky, fun, Mexican fiesta style pom-pom cushions.
The round shape is a nice change, right? But there are more conventional options too for any squares out there. The cushions are €12here.
The round one’s vital statistics are H:35cm x W:35cm x D:6cm.
If minimalism is your thing, you’ll love this simple square wall clock. It’s available right now at Home Lust Concept Store for €29. home-lust.com
The Hotlist, Weekend Magazine, The Irish Independent, February 2018
The clever people behind Irish store home-lust certainly know the kind of products to stock that will have interiors aficionados salivating. From stylish brass and glass drinks trolleys to magnificent rattan hanging chairs, the products are sourced from Europe, as well as Turkey, India and Morocco. These boho cushions, with macramé, knot motifs and fringing, are an inexpensive way of adding easy glamour to your home. BUY: €15; home-lust.com
Elegant home office essentials. How do you make room for a workspace in your home? Nathalie Marquez Courtney
Working from home is having a moment - and with it, functional but cool home office designs and products. The 2016 census showed a 14pc increase in people working 'mainly at or from home', and that doesn't include office-goers who have the flexibility to log in from home one or two days a week. Further research shows many open-plan offices are not conducive to focused, quiet work and it's easy to understand why an increasing number of us are opting to stay home instead.
Brass chairs with sleigh legs, €600 for a set of two: These chairs work equally well at a dining table or a desk, just add a sheepskin throw for hygge appeal; home-lust.com
The Sunday Times Ireland, MOVE Supplement, February 2018
If the new season has inspired you to to give your home a fresh makeover then there’s no better time to introduce you to the oh-so lustworthy new Irish interiors store,home-lust.com. From fabulous furniture and statement bar carts, to velvet cushions and whiskey decanters, online concept store Home-Lust has an array of home decor pieces to help you create an inspired space in 2018.
Their new fifties-inspired lighting collection positively beams sophisticated. Designed in elegant black with brass detailing there are both ceiling lamps (€120 – €220) and table lamps (€249 – €449) in the range.
Other eye-catching pieces in the furniture collection, some new additions and other already best sellers, include a brass coat rack (€299), a white marble and brass circular trolley (€499 and a slimline circular brass trolley (€399).
If you wish to dwell in the wonderful space you have created, Home Lust have an array of velvet chairs (€320) and rattan hanging chairs that are suitable for indoor or outdoor use (€369 – €399).
Visit the gallery aboveto see all our favourite pieces from Home-Lust.
Home-Lust is exclusively available to shop online athome-lust.com.
UMagazine Ireland, December 2017
Woman's Way magazine, Ireland, womansway.ie
Dress a drinks trolly... Not only are drinks trollies very much on trend this year, they are a simple way of elevating your dining experience. As well as being useful, you can use it to display your cocktail shakers, cool tumblers and colourful drinks, whilst adding some fairy lights will give it that festive feel. Drinks trollies are a little more on expensive side, costing anything from €300 to €600, but they are a nice investment piece in your home. Alternatively, you could always dress a side table to get a similar effect.
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MOVE: THE STYLE BOOK
Whether you’re looking to create an ambience of rustic charm or cool sophistication in your home, natural materials, tactile fabrics and crisp shades of green will bring tranquillity to any decor and help to turn down the temperature this summer
The Sunday Times
Home Lust Concept Store, the Scandi-chic Irish online interiors store, has cut prices for summer. Big names include Broste Copenhagen, Nordal and Madam Stoltz. This concrete and wood dining table is down from €999 to €880 and comes with black or natural wood legs.home-lust.com
The Independent, Ideal Home Show April 2017, Colourtrend Interior Design Forum
Featured is our 2017 interview and inset a photo of last year's roomset we exhibited at the same show ...
House & Home Magazine, April 2017
Interview for the Ideal Home Show, Colourtrend Interior Design Forum
"7 COLOURTREND INTERIOR DESIGNERS GIVE US THEIR INTERIORS TOP TIPS AND FAVOURITE INTERIORS TRENDS
Kicking off this Friday, April 21st, at the RDS Simmonscourt, the permanent tsb Ideal Home Show showcases the latest trends in interior and architectural design. To get you in the mood, we chatted to the seven Irish interior designers who are part of the Colourtrend Interior Design Forum at the show about the rooms they'll be creating, their favourite interiors trend for 2017 and their quick fire interiors top tip.
3. Diana Valentine of Home Lust
Tell us about the roomset you’re designing for the Colourtrend forum.
My roomset this year is an interior garden, which doubles as a creative workspace in the home. As work and home lifestyles continue to change, I believe that most people wish to have their own informal creative or working space in the home, one that can be enhanced by the positive impact of living greens. For the roomset I designed, I’ve chosen a number of Scandinavian brands sourced on my Home Lust Concept Store, as well as a large selection of products from Dublin-based Irish-design makers and fairtrade retailers. The assembled set is essentially a collection of my favourite things, and some of the best artisan creations available in Ireland, from makers such as Gilded Hound, Hey Bulldog Design, Elements of Action, Concrete Forest, Grain & Groove, Kaiko Studio, Dar Sol, and rare flowers and plants from La Planta.
What is your favourite interiors trend for 2017?
I love all the exciting trends in home textiles, such as the return to luxurious texture and vibrant colours, with the addition of fringes, pompons, tassels and jewelled embellishments to throws and cushions. These are lovely bohemian touches that have filtered through from the fashion runways and mark a return to a certain playfulness after quite a few years of neutral minimalism. In the same vein, modern glam will be big this year, with golden metallics taking centre stage, paired with dark greens, aubergines and inky blues, so expect an elegant sort of decadence when it comes to dining and the living space. The botanical trend shows no signs of waning, and animal motifs were present at all of the big interiors events in Europe, so it's plants galore and cute koalas this year, very tropical still, but definitely less kitsch than in 2016.
What’s your best interiors top tip?
Choosing products with a certain timelessness and versatility in both design and usage. Many of us don't have the finances or time to change up our home decor regularly, which is why investing in living accessories and even smaller pieces of furniture that can be used in different ways is a great way of making changes without breaking the bank or taking a week to redecorate the house. An end table can easily become a plant stand, a large bowl can be used as a display storage indoors, and a bird bath outdoors; a bamboo ladder is a towel rack, a balcony trellis or an unusual display for your pictures. One of my favourite pieces to 'play with' all year round is the barcart. I use mine as a display stand, accessorised with books, succulent pots and bric-à-brac, and for dinner parties, it becomes a glamourous drinks trolley.
Fresh home looks for a bright new season that you can achieve with ease, by Diana Valentine
This spring marks a return to interiors inspired by Mother Nature as we embrace lush living greens and fill our home with elaborately textured textiles and bohemian accessories. Welcome spring 2017's New Romantic look with these 10 tantalising décor trends…
7 Natural materials
Luxurious plants are the perfect backdrop for this season's natural materials and eco-friendly products, such as reedy rattan day beds and beautiful bamboo benches - the perfect accessories for your brand-new indoor jungalow garden.
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The festive celebrations on gaffinteriors.ie included one of one beautiful green marble and antique brass drinks trolley ...
"Bring in the hostess trolley
The hostess trolley is back and it brings instant character to a room. It can be used to stack anything from drinks to books or music systems for the rest of the year. It’s easy to decorate – just scatter a few baubles – and is a good way of delegating at least one task from the main host as guests can help themselves to drinks rather than having to have their glasses refilled. Any kind of table that you can set up with drinks and appetizers will fill the same role."
And here is the trolley again in The Irish Independent, Sunday edition, Property Section ...
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A big 'Thank You' to Caroline Foran for including us in her list of the best interiors online shops in the Sunday Business Post, businesspost.ie/magazine
Interiors: Keeping the best on site | A new breed of online interiors destinations are now offering a slew of interesting items, at surprisingly competitive prices ...
Such a great review by one of Ireland's best arts and interiors writer, Kate Phelan of the Culture Trip, Ireland.
We were so very happy to find our wares in the IMAGE Magazine Ireland #Lifestyle pages this month. This gorgeously designed issue stars the beautiful Maia Dunphy, curator of the refreshingly honest The M Word family and parenting blog, among other things, dressed in this stunning Helen Cody couture dress. See image.ie.
Delighted to spot our Instagram in The Journal's "7 Instagram accounts you need to follow for home decor inspiration", alongside great design Instagram and design blogs from all over the world...
We were delighted to be nominated for the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016, along with other outstanding Irish bloggers, in the interiors and lifestyle categories ... and we were over the moon to win two out of three: best interiors Irish blog in the company and personal categories, for our Lust List blog, and that of our resident writer, Diana Valentine | Home Design.
With Jill L'Estrange of L’Estrange Designs at Ideal Home Show, October 2016. Watch her interview here.
Write-up and photography of our roomset by hildabydesign.wordpress.com
What I liked: It was great to see the paint choice (Mussel) tying in so well with the rest of the scheme and Jill had teamed up with online concept store Home Lust which provided pretty accessories throughout.
IMAGE Interiors & Living magazine Ireland, September/October 2016 image.ie/interiors
Sunday Independent, Property Supplement, September 2016
House and Home Magazine Ireland, September/October 2016 houseandhome.ie
House and Home Magazine Ireland, July/August 2016 houseandhome.ie
Food & Wine Magazine, Ireland, June 2016
Irish Tatler Magazine, June 2016,
Confetti Bridal magazine, Ireland, April 2016
Irish Country Magazine, April 2016
House and Home Magazine Ireland, May/June 2016 houseandhome.ie
Garden Heaven magazine (March 2016), the gardening annual of Image Interiors & Living, image.ie/interiors
Munster Interiors magazine, Ireland, March 2016 munsterinteriorsmagazine.com
Irish Country Magazine, March 2016
House and Home Magazine Ireland, March/April 2016 houseandhome.ie
It’s that time of year when we’re done and dusted with Christmas, and we’re glad to see the back of all that boozing to be honest. We’re looking forward to the arrival of Spring and, thanks to the lack of funds in our bank accounts, we’re spending our January Saturdays embarking on that much needed deep cleanse of our homes. From tearing the tree down to bagging up what’s been lurking in the depths of our wardrobes, there’s no time like the present to introduce some fresh vibes into your home. It’ll do you the world of good mentally too. What’s more, if you’ve managed to hold on to a few bob this month, there’s no better time to update your living space with discounted goods in the winter sales. Here we round up 10 things we’ve been lusting after this January, sure to kick your January blues back to 2015.
5 Cool Christmas Gifts from Dublin’s Newest Homewares E-Store
Now that it’s December, we’re officially allowed to go Christmas crazy. Eclectic new Dublin-based online homewares retailer home-lust.com has arrived just in time…
Nothing flirts with that thin line between pleasant hype and panicky hysteria quite like the build-up to Christmas, especially when it comes to gift-giving. A certain amount of frenzy is all part of the joy of the season – it wouldn’t be Christmas without some last-minute Penneys power-shopping among crazed crowds – but this year we’re planning to keep the panic stations to a minimum by sourcing thoughtful gifts online. Mulled wine in hand, Michael Bublé crooning carols in the background, we’ll be leisurely browsing home-lust.com looking for special gifts for our loved ones. An online retailer of Scandinavian and European homewares, Dublin-based Home Lust was founded in November by a savvy team of interiors journalists and design bloggers, including a former member of the Image Interiors & Living team, Diana Nacu. Seeking to offer distinctive design pieces to Irish and European shoppers at a reasonable price point, the site boasts a considered selection of beautifully designed products from brands like Broste, Madam Stolz, HK Living, Haus and Vermissen.Their carefully composed collections also include fair-trade products and artisan craft works from makers in Portugal, India, Morocco and Turkey, and you’re sure to find something sublime to leave under the tree for your significant other/sibling/self among their wares. We’ve already spotted five admirable items we’d love to unwrap on Christmas morning.
THE GLOSS Magazine Ireland (out every month with The Irish Times) thegloss.ie
As we love design, and follow design blogs religiously, we are over the moon with the response of some the best Irish design bloggers around. We were delighted when our products got the design blogger treatment on:
encounteringart.com, an exquisite art and lifestyle blog from Cork, Ireland
homewarehuntress.com, the beautiful Irish design blog of Jenna Crotty
mintmag.ie by interiors and lifestyle Irish blogger Louise Rankin
designology.ie Instagram of Dublin interior designer Moya Farrell
There is nothing we don't love on the South African design blog belonging to superstylist Kim Gray (now happily residing in South Dublin), kimgray.co.za Here are her home-lust.com shopping lists: