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As with all home interiors updates, small changes and little touches can completely change a room and add that extra bit of style you’ve been looking for! Aldi’s latest interiors Specialbuys will help you to do just that, and all at everyday amazing Aldi prices. All products will be on sale in 142 stores nationwide from Sunday, May 31.

The new range is full of gorgeous items that will make your home look even better. Honestly, is anyone else's house glistening from all the cleaning? We feel like Mrs Hinch.

We had a nose at the new Aldi range and picked out our favourite buys, including a glass toaster. The days of burnt toast will be behind us with this God-send.

Check out our top picks below:

Glass Toaster €29.99
Folding Butler Tray €19.99
Extra Large Candle €9.99
Kitchen Storage (Prices Vary)
Sink Tidy €5.99
Large Footstool €24.99
Faux Orchid €14.99
Welly Stand €29.99
4 Pack of Gin Glasses €9.99

 

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No home is fully complete without candles, especially during Christmas. We’ve rounded up our favourites, tried and tested them and only the ones that we really love have made the cut.

Brooke & Shoals

Multi award-winning Irish brand Brooke & Shoals is synonymous with the gold standard of luxury gifting.  Based in Greystones, Co Wicklow, they tick all the boxes when it comes to luxury gifts that smell amazing, create Irish jobs and have a lower carbon footprint than many other brands in their sector.  Their range comes in candles made using only natural wax, diffusers, hand wash and hand lotion in scent favourites such as White Lily Ylang Ylang, Elderflower, Rhubarb & Rose, Sweet Pea & Tea Rose, Grapefruit & Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena & Bergamont, Saffron Patchouli & Oud, Sandalwood, Vanilla & Salted Caramel.  But it’s this year’s festive range that has captured our hearts.

The Frosted Ginger & Winter Berry candle is divine and come in ready to gift packaging to make life as easy as possible. 

The Cinnamon & Cedar candle evokes memories of Christmas with a scent so familiar that it’s like a Christmas hug in the home.

Both are available in a reed diffuser to fill your home with festive spirit.

Scented candles RRP €20 and diffusers RRP €29

Available from over 300 stockists nationwide including Meadows & Byrne, Carraig Donn, House of Fraser. Buy on-line at Brook & Shoals or pop into the shop in Greystones where they have the most divine gift-wrapping service.

Jane Darcy

Created by young Irish mum Gillian Halpin, ‘Jane Darcy’ is a range of scented candles and room diffusers available in a selection of fragrances including French Lavender & Lovage, Kaffir Lime Basil & Blood Orange, Zesty Lemongrass & Bergamot. These luxury scented candles are made from 100% natural soy wax and boasts a 10% parfum concentration which is notably higher than most luxury candles on the market.   Each candle and diffuser is packaged in a luxurious gift box and finished with a hand tied gift bag accompanied by a complimentary box of matches and a personalizable gift card, making it an ideal gift for someone special.

RRP €30 for candles

RRP €35 for diffusers

Available from Jane Darcy and in selected retailers nationwide.

L'Occitane

L'Occitane is a familiar brand for their well-known natural beauty scented hand creams and body lotions but their candles are not always top of mind.  This year, they have four candles in their gifting range – choose from:

  • Relaxing Candle – Relax with the long-lasting scent of lavender from Provence combined with sweet orange, bergamot, mandarin and geranium.
  • Harmony Candle – a candle with the scent of Provençal woods with a blend of cypress, thyme, eucalyptus, juniper and ylang-ylang essential oils, to bring a feeling of harmony.
  • Uplifting Candle – a candle with a delicious scent that leaves you smiling and feeling good inside. Made with the essential oils’ immortelle, basil, cypress, eucalyptus and litsea cubeba, they come together in a fragrance that’s deliciously aromatic.
  • Revitalising Candle – a fresh and invigorating candle blending scent of mint, pine, rosemary, sweet orange and litsea cubeba.

RRP €22

Available in-store or online at L’occitane

Aroma Works

Aroma Works source natures finest soy wax to make their candles, while the aroma delivered by our 100% pure essential oils envelops in the scents of purity. There are four fragrances in the Aroma Works range:

  • Nurture Candle is a rich and fruity, luxurious blend of 5 essential oils.  It has a fresh top note of may chang with the sweet, fresh scent of roman chamomile and the soothing aromatic base of Sandalwood.
  • Serenity Candle has a citrus, yet warm fragrance of lemongrass that will energise your mind and body whilst at the heart of this blend, the exotic floral beauty that is neroli, will serve to restore your emotions and soothe away stress.
  • Soulful Candle is complex and exotic.  It is a soulful blend that brings together 7 essential oils. Top notes of spicy frankincense and fruity juniper berry provide a deeply calming sensation to soothe jangled nerves, whilst the fragrant base notes of patchouli help to ease away fatigue, providing a truly warming and relaxing experience.
  • Inspire Candle has a warming fragrance which combines top notes of spicy black pepper and fruity, sweet juniper berry with the freshness of uplifting lime. At the heart of this delicious blend, geranium adds a soft calming element.

RRP €38

Available in good pharmacies or online at Cosmetics Online

Jo Browne

Jo Browne is a qualified reflexologist and holistic therapist with a passion for essential oils and their natural healing and revitalising benefits. Founded in 2016, the brand’s original foray into natural beauty products saw the launch of Jo Browne natural solid perfumes for men and women.

The brand has added a new Bamboo Aroma Diffuser to its range of all-natural skincare and perfumes, handmade in Ireland. With light therapy that can be fixed to one colour or turned off, Jo Browne Aroma diffuser uses cool mist so never gets hot and is so easy to use, simply plug it in, lift up the cap, add water to the max line and 3 drops of your favourite Jo Browne Blends of which there are 6 available: Fresh Blend; Calm Blend, Breathe, Sleep, Signature and Christmas.

RRP €75.00 for the diffuser and €20 for each of six blends

Available from Meadows and Byrne, Kilkenny Shop, McElhinney’s, House of Ireland and independent gift shops and online at https://jobrowne.com

The Conscious Store – Irish Forest Candle

The Conscious Stores candles are hand-poured in small batches and made with love in Tipperary.  The range includes Lavender Field, Plum & Rhubarb, Fig & Cassis, Rose Garden and Bluebell Woods.  But it’s the Irish Forest that we fell in love with – it’s a deep fresh scent of fresh fir needles, cedar and musk and a hint of wildflowers.   These beautiful candles are made with natural, renewable soy wax, a touch of coconut oil, cotton wicks and a mix of high-quality fragrance and essential oils. The packaging and labels are made from recycled paper and the glass jars are recyclable.

RRP €25

Available in The Conscious Christmas Store on 13 Fade St, Dublin 2 or online from TheKind.co

Green Angel Pure & Organic

Green Angel have taken their many years’ experience of candle making blending premium oils and fragrances to create a distinctive, luxurious and relaxing range of reed diffusers to fragrance your home in a safe and natural way.   Their candles are as natural and organic as possible with no harsh chemicals, no artificial colours, no paraffin, no mineral wax and are ethically sourced too.  

Both of Green Angel’s candles & diffusers are available in two different scents. The White Linen fragrance has a fresh, powdery linen top notes, floral heart of rose and muguet accords over a woody, musky base. The Lime & Lemongrass fragrance has a fresh vibrant juicy fragrance with cool West Indian lime heated by hints of Jamaican ginger and aromatic lemongrass.

RRP Candle €19.95 and Diffuser €29.95

Available from the Kilkenny Shop, Avoca, Shaws, Meadows & Byrne and leading pharmacies and lifestyle shops nationwide. Alternatively buy online at www.greenangel.com

Emma’s So Naturals

For winter wellness, Emma’s candle range wraps you in an invisible blanket of sensory spiced comfort.  Working from the countryside in Louth, it’s possible with handmade candles to put a lot of love into the process. Not only this, Emma Fallon infuses each candle with an original blend of pure essential oils in a base of soya wax (palm-oil free). Her creations are clean burning for hours on end creating a beautiful atmosphere in your home.  

Her core range includes fragranced candles including scents such Basil, Lime & Mandarin, Lemongrass, Lavender, Harmony, Masala Chai and Pacific Ylang-Ylang but none are so strong that they will overpower the room. However, it’s her Spiced Orange Candle that we fell in love with.  It evokes the warmth of the Irish home in winter with its uplifting blend of orange, warming benzoin, spicy ginger and festive frankincense.

RRP The Emma’s So Naturals’ Glass Tumbler Candle comes in an Irish designed uniquely floral box, priced at €19.50, Travel Candle Tins retail at €10.50, Wax Tart Melts at €4.95

Full list of stockists or available from www.emmas.ie

Voya

The Voya Ginger Chai & Mandarin natural scented candle releases the evocative warmth and awakening of spring. Containing top notes of ginger chai and spicy cinnamon that disperse from its fresh Brazilian mandarin heart and smoothed over with buttery Madagascar clove oil, the warm rich under tones of spice soften an abundance of fresh citrus scents to ensure you enjoy a positive pick me up and a real sense of emotional wellbeing.

RRP €27

Available in Kilkenny Stores or online at Kilkenny Shop

Jo Malone

If budget isn’t an option, then Jo Malone has a new fragrance for Christmas 2019.  It’s the Orange Bitters candle.  Take a dash of sweet orange and a burst of ripe mandarin. Finish with a splash of bitter orange to reveal rich prune and a base of sensual sandalwood and amber.

RRP Deluxe Candle €150 or Home Candle €52

Available from Brown Thomas

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The miserable weather has us itching to go home and get as cosy as possible. All we want to do is unwind with a good book and a glass of wine.

The freezing cold has also left our hair in an unruly state so a pamper night is well and truly on the cards.

We’re talking bubble bath, face masks, hair masks- the works.

One thing that is going to make bath time even more enjoyable is a bath tray and you can soon get your hands on one in Aldi for an absolute bargain.

Treat yourself to stylish interiors updates and indulgent home comforts this winter with a range of beautiful Specialbuys, on sale in 139 Aldi stores nationwide from Thursday, November 21.

The Bath Tray is on sale for a mere €12.99 and features slots for tealight, wine glass, iPad/Kindle tablet and a book. 

You can choose from extendable Bamboo Bath Tray with a bookstand or a solid Pinewood Bath Tray. 

What more could you ask for?

As well as the bath tray, Aldi are selling homeware delights that are bound to make your house feel super snug this winter.

Hotel Collection Extra Large Candles €9.99
Easel Photo Frame €5.99
Luxury Bedding from €24.99

The above products are available in 139 Aldi stores nationwide from Thursday, November 21.

For more information, see www.aldi.ie

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It is impossible for us to walk into Penneys without buying something, whether that’s a pair of pyjamas, a giant pack of tealights or a t-shirt that we don’t really need, but it’s on sale for €2 and you can never say no to such a bargain, right?

We have been crazy about Penneys' Disney collections and their latest range is by far the cutest.

Penneys have teamed up with Disney to bring you a brand-new range of classic Dumbo products.

Landing in stores from March 11, this range is compiled of 62 products perfect for little ones and adults alike.

With everything from the cutest kidswear, adorable accessories and kitsch kitchenware, this collection will delight all Disney fans.

With prices ranging from €3.50 to €22 head down to Penneys to get your hands on this must-have collection.

There’s no doubt we’ll be sprinting to our nearest store to stock up on the Dumbo range.

Dumbo Cushion €7
Dumbo Money Bank €9
Dumbo Brush Kit €10
Dumbo Pajama Set €14
Dumbo Round Brush €3
Dumbo Crop Hoodie €14
Dumbo Throw €8

 

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Our favourite high street haven River Island is, from this day forward, not only dressing our bodies but our homes as well. 

The fashion behemoth has launched an incredible new homeware range – and we love every single piece. 

The collection is divided into a further three homeware collections with varying themes – focusing on the top three home interiors trends of the year. 

The first is Baby Doll, which will add a subtle hint of grown-up Barbie Dream House to a space. 

The line combines leopard print textures with streamlined metallic accents – creating a super playful vibe. 

The collection infuses luxury touches with kitch prints, and will seriously spruce up a basic space in seconds. 

The second collection is sumptuous to say the least. 

Dubbed Electric Opulance, the collection is big and bold. 

Along with bright zings of colour like teal, pink and mustard, it utilises Moroccan stylings to create detailed pieces.

 We're a big fan of the Mongolian style fur cushions, as well as the beaded fuzzy pouffe. 

The collection is super quirky, while maintaining an air of luxuriousness – who doesn't want to sink into bed surrounded by thick paisley throws and fluffy fur cushions?

The final collection is sleek and modern – and oh so Instagram,-worthy. 

Called New Nordic, geometric angles teamed beautifully with precious stones and neutrals make for a too-cool-for-school look. 

Touches of gold keep it looking regal while maintaining a minimalist vibe.  

The collections all land today, with prices for every budget, varying from €10.00 and €370.00, with some items like candles and room diffusers being available for as little as €6.00 – you can shop them all here.

Our apartments are about to look a heck of a lot cuter.

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In a new venture for one of our favourite hgh street fashion brands, River Island has today announced that they are releasing a home interiors collection. 

The collection is divided into a further three homeware collections with varying themes – focusing on the top three home interiors trends of the year. 

The first is Baby Doll, which will add a subtle hint of grown-up Barbie Dream House to a space. 

The line combines leopard print textures with streamlined metallic accents – creating a super playful vibe. 

The collection infuses luxury touches with kitch prints, and will seriously spruce up a basic space in seconds. 

The second collection is sumptuous to say the least. 

Dubbed Electric Opulance, the collection is big and bold. 

Along with bright zings of colour like teal, pink and mustard, it utilises Moroccan stylings to create detailed pieces.

 We're a big fan of the Mongolian style fur cushions, as well as the beaded fuzzy pouffe. 

The collection is super quirky, while maintaining an air of luxuriousness – who doesn't want to sink into bed surrounded by thick paisley throws and fluffy fur cushions?

The final collection is sleek and modern – and oh so Instagram,-worthy. 

Called New Nordic, geometric angles teamed beautifully with precious stones and neutrals make for a too-cool-for-school look. 

Touches of gold keep it looking regal while maintaining a minimalist vibe.  

The collections all land in September, with prices for every budged, varying from €10.00 and €370.00, with some items like candles and room diffusers being available for as little as €6.00.

Our apartments are about to llok a heck of a lot cuter.

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From rose gold, iridescent prosecco glasses to cactus-print bedding. New Look is serving us majorly Instgarammable pieces for our S/S home makeover.

Taking inspiration from the biggest Instagram trends, there's a plethora of adorable mugs, plant life and metallic accents. 

These homeware pieces from selected stores have us plotting our flatlays already…

 Crystal pegs €10.99, Prosecco glass €8.99

Turtle mug €9.99,  Marble trays €12.99

 Unicorn plate €9.99, Mug €8.99

 Cactus candle €5.99, Cactus Drinking Jar €4.00 (on sale)

Llama mug €4.00 (Sale), Cactus bedding €24.99

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As if we don't spend enough money on striking sartorial pieces from ASOS, we're about to see our bank accounts go into a rapid decline thanks to the fact that we can now dress our homes as well as our figures with their wares. 

ASOS has a pretty healthily populated homeware section, and with everything from boho furnishings to on-trend housewarming gifts, it's a one-stop shop for all things interior.

Check out a few of our favourite homeware bits below: 

 Polaroid String Photo Frame €20.26, Doiy Serving Bowl With Dip Dish €48.65, Monki Cotton Scented Candle €13.51, Make Your Own Neon Sign €20.26

 Sass & Belle Pack of 3 Mini Geometric Day Planters €20.27, Pimkie Pom Pom And Tassel Cushion cover €17.55

New Look Nap Queen Double Duvet Cover Set €37.82, Sass & Belle Pack of 4 Leaf Coasters €16.22, Sass & Belle Flamingo Mug €10.13, Pimkie Multi Pom Pom Basket €18.90

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Adding new touches to your homeware collection doesn't have to break the bank.

Penneys have just unleashed their brand new homeware collection on the world, and honestly we couldn't be more grateful.

The latest drop features the prettiest crushed velvet accents, sumptuous patterns and gorgeous gilded accessories fit for a princess.

To Penneys we go! 

Circular Cushion €8.00, Plum Cushion, €10.00, Small Blue Cushion €6.00 

Square pillow €10.00, Gold Frame €6.00, Round pillow €8.00

 Copper mug €5.00, Swan mug €6.00

 Olive pillow €6.00, Square Diamond Cushion €6.00, Crushed velvet cushion €6.00

 Glass Drawers €10.00, Large Faux Plant €6.00, Peacock Trinket Dish green €4.00

Peacock Trinket Holder €4.00, Small bell candle €5.00, Smoked Glass Mini Lantern €4.00, Glass Vase €3.00

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There are more than a few ways to spruce up a small living space without spending an absolute fortune.

With homeware trends constantly changing, there are a few cheap, temporary home decor methods to ensure your home looks beautiful whatever the season.

Here are a few tips on adding character to a room without breaking the bank.

Fierce frames

Pictures make such a difference to your home – giving each space bags of personality and a homely feel.

You can get a set of cheap picture frames from Dealz, Penneys or your local charity shop, and add in your own personal photos for a touch of nostalgia. 

Window-lust

We all long for floor-to-ceiling windows flooding our little apartments with light, but unfortunately that's not always the case. 

Provide yourself with your own preferred view with a large-scale canvas picture of some gorge scenery. It will brighten up your home while providing a gorgeous view. 

Plant life

Plants make any home look a little more lively, plus they look amazing in the background of Instagram photos. 

Try some low maintenance cacti on your windowsill or go all out with a potted corner plant. 

Just don't forget to water them!

Upgrade with trim

Adding a trim will liven up otherwise ordinary upholstery around your home, especially if you're in a rental where permanent interior edits are frowned upon. 

Go for pom poms on lampshades or even add velvet ribbons to your decorative mason jars. 

You can also try creating your own coasters from fabric if you're feeling crafty. 

Pull it together

Pull your room together with affordable accessories you pick up along the way, as there is no need to buy new things if you already have home accessories to work with. 

Charity shops and car boot sales are great places for bargains, or add bits and bobs from your travels. 

Got a burned out candle? Re-purpose the jar as a jewellry holder or vase. 

Jazz up a shower curtain

Ever stepped into the shower of your rental accommodation and wondered 'what the hell is that on the shower curtain?'

Rather than living in fear that your shower curtain is slowing moulding away, pick up a cheap and cheerful printed curtain to add new life to a tired bathroom .

Spruce up your artwork

Spruce up a humble piece of art with oversize matting and framing.

Consider investing in original artwork by local up-and-comers and find out when art colleges are having student showings of original works at affordable prices.

Look around

Take the time to see what's out there. Refinish pieces you find in second hand shops, adding your own creative ideas to them.

If you're handy with the power tools, acquire a piece of marble, glass or granite, cut it down to size and put it on top of a dresser or end table. 

The piece you buy will become an original all over again.

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We furnish our homes with as much care and consideration as we fill our wardrobes, so imagine our excitement when we heard that an amazing bargain designer homeware store was making its way to the Emerald Isle.

Homesense is officially en route, and is set to open new stores here in the next two weeks.

The store is part of the TK Maxx family, and offers designer and branded homeware for up to 60 per cent less. Sounds like our kind of place.

 

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The Homesense brand is opening two stores in Ireland this summer.

The first of the luxury homeware stores will launch in the Westend Shopping Park in Blanchardstown, Dublin on June 8.

Exactoly a week later, a second store will open in The Capitol development in Cork on June 15.

 

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'We are so excited about launching our second brand, Homesense, in Ireland this summer,' Deborah Dolce, Group Brand and Marketing Director, told Dublin Live.

'Irish shoppers have warmly adopted TK Maxx since we launched twenty years ago.'

'Customers here certainly have a keen eye for quality and are brilliant at finding bargains.'

 

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'So imagine a store the size of a TK Maxx, but just packed with branded and eclectic homeware at amazing prices – this is what Homesense has to offer and we hope shoppers will embrace it.'

'It should certainly suit the house-proud and interior aficionados across Ireland who love to discover unique finds for their homes at irresistible prices.'

We have a feeling our apartments are about to be very full and our bank accounts very empty…

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Recently, we discovered a company called Flick Candles, who specialise in creating interesting, and offensive scents. 

The company sell lovely large scented candles, that are named after super inappropriate things. 

Names like "crushing debt" and "recently deleted browser history" are just two examples of the kind of candles offered. 

While we admit that these candles are offensive, we absolutely love them. 

Imagine the look on your mums face if you gifted her a lovely pink candle named "freshly inked tramp stamp".

The candles cost $16.99 each, which is SO worth it! 

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