Oh, you celebs and your side-hustles. Honestly. Kanye is moving into architecture (mine eyes!). Venus Williams is already an interior designer (designs are served up here williamsinteriordesigns.com… and in my opinion, are a taste vacuum). And everyone on the Z-list has launched their own signature bottled stink. So it’s hard not to be a bit ho-hum about celebrity side ventures.
But wait! If you shop carefully, you’ll see that one or two gems emerge from the celeb-home retail collaboration, and in fact, some of it is very good indeed. Let’s take a peek at A-List branded gear for the gaff this autumn/winter
Look at this fella. Just LOOK at him. Designer to the ‘slebs Abigail Ahern invented this schnauzer lamp and put that fuzzy velvet shade on his head for her Edition range for Debenhams. He’s about €130 and kitsch as can be but... just look at him.
John Rocha rarely puts a foot wrong in his Rocha.John Rocha for Debenhams collab, which leads me to believe he controls quite a bit of the process himself. New for this season is this Lace Cream rug, made from hand tufted wool with a faded, folksy geometric lace design. The smallest one starts at €280. Debenhams.ie.
Fashion-turned-homewares designer Carolyn Donnelly’s Eclectic range for Dunnes is into its second year and keeps churning out rather lovely things at relatively skinny price points. These velvet jade cushions, with pink piping, are €30 each and I just bought two to fashion myself a DIY headboard from ‘em. Dunnesstores.com.
There’s a really simple, crafty feel to some of Paul Costelloe’s gear for Dunnes this autumn, like this lovely Sorrento vase, which also has a touch of the Greek urn about it. It’s €30, Dunnesstores.com.
More from Ms Donnelly for Dunnes – this cute debossed plate, €8. I like its unusual shape and dusty pink colour. Dunnesstores.com
Scented candle. Black. Iconic Biba logo in gold. Twenty quid? Shut the front door. Houseoffraser.co.uk.
Mirrored stuff had a moment a few years ago and the Art Deco revival is making it famous again. I like the simplicity of this Romilly mirrored lamp, by Biba for House of Fraser. It strikes a serious note and it won’t scare the menfolk of the house either. €96, Houseoffraser.co.uk.
Sir Terence Conran, you God. You’ve only gone and designed the desk that will inspire me to write that novel. It’s called the Hornby and it’s for Marks and Spencer too, which means a three-digit price tag instead of something really, really silly. Marksandspencer.ie.
I’ll come clean. There isn’t much Laurence Llewellyn Bowen does for Littlewoods that I’d want to look at for very long. Larry’s taste is ALL kinds of purple. Flamboyant, in a flamingo kind of way – sometimes literally. But there is the odd piece that commands a hat tip. Like the perfectly named Prancing Peacock cushion. That’s right, Larry’s peacocks don’t preen, they prance. The colours are gorge. €20 at littlewoodsireland.ie.
Fearne Cotton’s range for Littlewoods is apparently based on two things – the colour magenta and shabby chic with a side of Chinoiserie. They got it spot on with this pieces though. There aren’t enough new floor lamps on the market, and certainly not with lovely floral scallop-edged shades. Well done Fearne. €194, littlewoodsireland.ie.