So part of the reason I set up this blog is the quest to make the web a better place to source home wares and DIY products for Irish customers. I’m not hawking anything here (anyone for de last of de cheeky charlies?!) and I don’t have any affiliations with any retailers. Like any person I have my go to spots for shopping and occasionally try new places too.
I am hoping to regularly showcase things I see on my weekend shopping expeditions that might tickle your fancy. Because quite frankly there are way too few shops offering Euro pricing online for their products – I’m looking at you Homebase and B&Q (and no – promotional PDFs do not count)!
This weekend I was out and about with Mr. W and we called into a few shops on our travels. Here is a selection of housey stuff (and a few bonus baby items) that I spotted or liked last weekend. We happened to hit the shops in the Drogheda area in search of baby essentials and we picked up lots of useful things. I also spotted a few things that I might be returning to as we continue work on Baby W’s nursery.
Woodies DIY (www.woodies.ie) is not normally a place I love to shop. Generally I find their range a little slim and their prices less competitive than say B & Q, which in my normal location of Swords is just a few doors down. But last weekend I was pleasantly surprised by a few things in the Drogheda shop.
These rattan storage baskets caught my eye in the Homewares department. At €29.99 each they are not cheap but are very generously sized and felt sturdy. They were a pale straw colour up close and their square shape really appealed to me as they look neat and tidy lined up next to one another unlike so many bucket style storage baskets currently on the market. They were also offering 20% off some items last weekend – if they repeat that before February I think we might see at least one of these make an appearance in the nursery for toy storage.
Another bugbear of mine is how hard it can be to find decent lighting options that don’t cost an arm and a leg. I love the selections from Habitat, Arnotts and Made but I usually can’t justify the expense. I have been on the hunt for a large plain white drum shade for use in the nursery. You might think such a thing would be easy to come by but you would be WRONG! We must be a nation that only purchases cream. Cream abounds! White not so much.
Woodies had some seriously old school shades and fittings in stock and none of them were particularly cheap but lo and behold hidden on the end of a row I spotted two modern white options that won’t break the bank. Both are made of flexible plastic so they are cheap and should be easy to keep clean (white shades with dust look so grubby). We have a similar type of ceiling shade from IKEA in our living room (KNAPPA shade) and I have always really liked the clean lines. At €27.99 this could be a good alternative option for the nursery.
Another similar shade also in stock was this round knotted type below. I’m inexplicably not as keen on this. The longer I look at it the more I think it looks like a football. Probably not the winner but another affordable option to consider. Strangely neither of these lights is available on the Woodies website so I can’t post links I’m afraid.
A nice bonus with both of these is that they do come assembled. Unlike the IKEA KNAPPA which is fiddly to put together.
Finally Heatons had these really nice mugs from Typhoon. I loved the slightly wonky pattern and muted colours. I think a couple of these with some nice hot chocolate mix and some marshmallows could make a really nice Christmas gift for a friend or relative or even as a teacher present. We have far too many mugs for me to have bought these but I’m sure they won’t be long looking for a good home as they were also nicely priced at €3.50.
Heatons (http://www.heatonsstores.com/) are actually launching a brand new website today. I’m a Heaton fan when it comes to party planning, gifts and homewares. I also picked up some really nice black heeled ankle boots there recently for less than €30. I’m looking forward to seeing the new look site later today and recommend you check it out too!
Happy shopping to anyone heading out in the bad weather this weekend to stock up or start the Christmas shopping!
I’ll be working on the nursery and posting an update early next week.