The House and Home top 25 new online and independent Irish homewares retailers list is a must-add for your contacts. Here, we introduce the shops, also check out the online sellers
Words: Róisín Carabine
Rumours abound of a second Hark store stocking furniture and antique pieces. In the meantime, its many fans will have to content themselves with what owner Paul Donovan’s Dalkey base has to oﬀer – well-designed items for everyday life. Think designer paper wall decorations, local prints, recycled wool throws and hardy enamelware.
Find out more: 42 Castle Street, Dalkey. Hark
Interior designers Rosie Johnson and Sadhbh O’Gorman joined forces to open this homewares shop and design studio to phenomenal success in 2021, moving to bigger premises in February 2023. Signature pieces include long stools, chairs upholstered in vintage grain sacks and Irish linen cushions.
Find out more: Market Street, Clifden, Galway. Provenance
A lifestyle retailer of clothing, footwear, accessories and homeware from brands such as Colourful Standard, Democratique, Kinto and Frama, with a great café to boot, make Galway’s Kindf_olk well worth the trip.
Find out more: Unit 10, The Corn Store, Middle Street, Galway. Kindf_olk
Sansevierias, Aspidistras, palms, ferns and Calatheas, oh my! A visit to gardening obsessed Erin Thomas’ indoor plant emporium and you’ll wish you had the space – and know-how – to accommodate them all. Thankfully, she’s only too happy to impart her green-fingered wisdom to her loyal clientele. Look out for a series of evening events launching this spring on everything propagating, re-potting and terrarium making.
Find out more: 74 Francis Street, Dublin 8. Hopeless Botanics
A self-styled purveyor of the unique, home stager and sourcing expert Sinead Palmer’s small but perfectly presented, Waterford interiors and lifestyle store is home to a beautifully eclectic collection of Lisa Corti table linens, repurposed Moroccan rug cushions, gorgeous glassware and selected vintage furniture. She runs workshops too, and has plans to teach ﬂoristry, art, calligraphy and upholstery.
Find out more: 127, The Quay, Waterford. Nest
Hunter Paper Co
Stationery obsessives rejoice! Husband and wife, Ross and Emma’s carefully considered edit of stationery supplies from leading brands including Traveller’s Company, MD Paper and Leuchtturm – as well as their own signature greetings cards and artwork which they design and print inhouse on letterpress presses – make it nigh impossible to leave their Belfast base without a purchase. Pop in and peruse.
Find out more: 366 Upper Newtownards Road, Ballyhackamore, Belfast. Hunter Paper Co
Ghanaian Barikisu Ali Telfer’s Dun Laoghaire based store stocks some of the best – and brightest – contemporary, authentic African fashion, jewellery and bags you’ll find in Ireland, but it’s her homewares that we especially love; distinctive wax print fabric lampshades, Bogolan cushions and intricately woven Binga baskets.
Find out more: 69C George’s Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire. Sahara
Over the Moon
Arguably one of the most stylish baby and children’s boutiques in Dublin, Over the Moon is a must-visit spot specialising in beautiful brands like Babidu, Tartine & Chocolat and Little Larks, including nursery furniture, blankets and bedding.
Find out more: 26 Monkstown Crescent, Dublin. Over the Moon
Founded by nutritional therapist Niamh Browne, this chic apothecary and homeware store ‘supports brands who share her ethos of creating responsibly made and ethically sourced products’, such as Wicklow-based illustrator Maiden Moose, Sugarloaf Botanics, Bread & Weather and further afield, Pico Goods and skincare label Ede.
Find out more: 8 Main Street, Wicklow. NB Goods
Come for the food, take home the tableware. This in-cafe concept store by Brian Drinan and Paul Coﬀee, the duo behind beloved Cork restaurant Perry Street Market Café, is home to the best Irish and international interiors brands, including Serax dinnerware by world famous British Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi in collaboration with illustrator Ivo Bisignano. A must visit.
Find out more: @Perrystreet.ie
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