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Christmas Shopping Event. Design your own Christmas

All day shopping event.

Wednesday 28th November

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On Wednesday 28th November Design Essentials we will be hosting our annual early Christmas Shopping Event (open 11am – 7.30pm) to start off the festive season. We will be holding a raffle with all proceeds going to a local charity.

Christmas is right around the corner and it’s a great time to get inspiration and those items personalised and gift wrapped whilst enjoying a glass of Bucks Fizz ,some eats and of course great company.

We will have in residence on the day the awesome Gail Grisham and Erica Swaine to tell you all about their brand new collections.

You can sign up for our gift service which gives you money back on purchases made too.

So do come along and start the season with us and enjoy a glass of wine and festive treats. We will have much more happening at the event and we look forward to seeing you there. Let us know if you can join us.

Sheepskin Rugs at Home

How to style sheepskin rugs in the home, simple steps to make your interior ooze with character…

  • Do you want to add your own stamp on a room but don’t know how?
  • Do you have a rug at home but you’re bored of looking at it on the floor?
  • Do you love furniture, colour and textures?

 

Check out a few styling steps below, ITS EASY PEASY!

DONE! Check out Design Essentials collections on the website or visit us in the Saffron Walden store.

These sheepskin rugs are all £45 and can be purchased on the website here. Colours change often so give them a call on 01799522417 to bag yours.

This post has been written by yours truly (Lauren Bouch) Snoop through my website here https://bouchlauren.com  and keep up to date with my on Instagram. 

 

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Design Essentials loves to chat: Gail Grisham

Design Essentials loves to chat: Gail Grisham

men are not house trained. Decorative pillows. Observation comedy card. Partners for life

This week we were so very excited to have the chance to catch up with the newest doll on the block, Gail Grisham. Her dry witty humour is synonymous with her range of greetings cards, all featuring her returning character Gail Grisham, a creepy little doll who’s observations on family life will ring true to anyone. With such funny cards we are so excited for the interview as Gail’s humour really does shine through at all times. Read below to see Gail’s responses to both her work and inspiration along with a couple of personal questions sprinkled in for good measure. Find Gail’s work now live on the website under Gifts-> Cards -> Gail Grisham

Interview

What inspires your work?

Although a lot of Gail Grisham’s posts and experiences are made up, or inspired by mothers around me, some of it is true (no I’m not saying which). The start of Gail posting about her husband not putting the suitcase he’d used for a business trip away in the loft was the beginning of it and since then he and the children have inspired countless posts. I guess I should thank them for being so feral.

The doll herself was a creepy gift from a friend who left it on my car one dark evening after a Brownies pick up. Instead of thanking her for the weird present I gave her a name and put her on Facebook. The post I made up got a good reaction so I carried on, mainly because I found it entertaining. The idea of producing cards seemed like a natural follow on.

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What has been the work that you are most proud of?

I enjoy all  Gail’s posts on Facebook and Instagram. I think after a Peaky Blinders post getting a like from Cillian Murphy was pretty good as he’s rather handsome!

What is your most important artists’ tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

I absolutely love my mac, probably more than is natural. No one besides me is allowed to use it, I have even threatened to snap fingers that look like they might touch my screen.

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What’s the best and worst thing about being a designer?

It’s great when people say they have really laughed either at a card or an online post. One of my priorities in life is to have a laugh. I think it’s vital to chuckle as much as possible, there’s far too much serious stuff to not enjoy a few moments of mirth.

The worst is the frustration of trying to get out there to a wider audience. Sometimes it feels like you might as well be shouting into the wind.

Just to indulge me, your favourite Take That member?

Gary. Gary Barlow I love you Gary. Although saying that, he blanked me at Wembley, not even a cheery wave and I was right in front of him, up a few flights of stairs, slightly over to his right a bit and behind a tall man, but I was there.

Gail Grisham funny lunch card

Favourite drink?

During the day (excluding sunny holidays/ sunny pub trips & not driving/ Newmarket races…) ok, so excluding most day times it’s fizzy water.

Winter evenings – red

Summer evenings – white

Got a bit of PMT and can’t make a decision for the life of me – Rosé

Before you worry about the state of my liver I don’t drink every night, these are my seasonal breakdowns if you like.

We hoped you have enjoyed getting to know Gail a little bit better and love her as much as we do!

Gail Grisham Special Moments Cards like baby milestone cards but for sarcastic adults Gail Grisham What man doesn't fart in bed. Funny Card for her to send on Valentines. Love him really

Black Friday Codes

With all of our deals on for Black Friday, make sure you make the most of it instore and online by using these exclusive codes at the checkout of the website.

Make sure to use these to get money off!

Bean Bags

Mighty beanbags: Mighty10

MightyB Outdoor Bean Bag Lime

Quilted beanbags: quilted12

MightyB Quilted Outdoor Bean Bag Royal

Monster beanbags: monster15

MightyB Outdoor Bean Bag Yellow

Folky dolls

For Folky Dolls: folky19

Folky Doll Toby Elf lamp Kids lighting fun

Emojis

For all emoji lamps: emoji5

Emoji Smiley Lamp from Design Essentials

 

Lola and Gilbert

Free delivery on Lola and Gilbert: freedeliverylolaandgilbert

 

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All day shopping event

On Thursday 23rd November, we will be hosting our annual Early Christmas shopping day ( open 10-730PM ) to start off the festive season. We will be holding a raffle with all proceeds going to Alzheimer’s.  Christmas is right around the corner and it’s a great time to get inspiration and maybe even pick up a few gifts too. Also the perfect time to take up our brand new gift service which gives you money back on purchases made. Come and start the season with us and enjoy a glass of wine and festive treats.  We look forward to seeing  you at  during the day and we would be more than happy to help with any recommendations too. You can let us know if you’re coming on our Facebook event here. 

You can also email wendy@designessentials.org.uk

IBomb speakers back in stock!

You may have not even noticed that these wonderful gadgets made it into the shop last week, as as soon as they arrived these portable speakers flew off the shelves! But do not worry if you couldn’t get your hands on them the first time around because they’re back in stock and on the website too. You’ll be amazed at how good your music sounds, coming from a speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. In seconds you can start enjoying rich audio for hours on end. Plus no more awkwardly reaching for your phones tiny camera button. Sneak a selfie or take a big group photo with the built-in camera shutter. The IBomb works up to 10 metres from your bluetooth device.

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These handy gadgets are the perfect gift for those hard to buy teenagers at Christmas, with amazing sound quality and the camera button it’s a gift they won’t be able to live without. Available in a range of colours means that there will be sure to be one for everyone and anyone. We hope you love them as much as we do!

Launch Event for Brand New Collection

We are launching our brand new range instore on the 2nd of November and would love for you to come along to our event at Design Essentials. Come and join us at the store and join us for an evening of shopping. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and create your own Christmas list that we will keep in store for you so that friend’s and family can shop your wishes and you receive 10% back on.

On the night, there will be:

Complimentary drinks from  Joseph Barnes Wines. And for the first 20 customers who make a purchase or place an order they will recieve an exclusive Goody Bag packed with treats from Design Essentials and other local business’s from the newly opened Connies Tea Shop on Market Row, Penneys hairdressers, Joseph Barnes wines, Petrus Clothes shop and the Beauty Box.

Please RSVP by emailing wendy@designessentials.org.uk with your name and a guest if you wish or by clicking ‘attending’ on our Facebook event, or by emailing wendy@designessentials.org.uk.

 

latest light boxes

We love finding new products here at Design Essentials, but sometimes they aren’t always completely new. This weeks new product is the A5 colour changing light box! They come with with 6 static colour options; red, orange, green, cyan, blue, purple and standard white too.

Along with 2 automatic colour changing functions too; slow colour change and fast colour change. Included are 10 colour emojis, 90 Black Letters, numbers & symbols, micro USB Input (lead included) & battery compartment for 6x AAA Batteries, built-in storage for up to 180 letters.

Make sure to shop them while they’re still in stock!

Emoji Movie, We go Emoji mad!

Here at Design Essentials, we have been known for our large range of emojis. We stock cushions to lamps, keychains to shelf buddies. We are officially emoji mad! So with the news that the new Emoji Movie (click to watch the trailer) I thought an emoji blog would be a great idea… Starring celebrities such as T.J. Miller, James Corden and Anna Farris, it was bound to be popular.

Living inside of a smart phone, something we all use in 2017, all the emojis made their home Textopolis. From smiley, sad, angry and laughing emoji, they were all included and we have all of them instore now!

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Light up you’re room with our buddies from the Emoji Movie and use the code “emoji5” to get £5 off all our emoji lights in store and online.

If lamps aren’t your thing then we also have cushions and key rings too!

Happy emoji cushion with smiley face mad emoji movie mad cushion tongue Funny emoji cushion with crying laughing face mad movie

Emoji Keyring with Happy Smile Face from Design Essentials in Saffron Walden cool shades emoji keyring Emoji keying - tongue wink from Design Essentials

We love all things emoji and we hope you do too!!

Lush Lampshade Sale

We are mad about lighting here at Design Essentials and one of our favourite and most popular ranges is our Lush Lampshade collection. For a limited time only we will have 20% ALL of our lampshades! USE THE CODE Lamp20 to receive money off!

They are available in a range of sizes and colours so that they can match any interior and they are a great way to add colour and fun to any room. Whether it’s for your kitchen, bedroom or hallway there is bound to be the perfect print for you. Some are available in pendant fittings and others are lamp shades, so we can be sure to find the right fit for your own space.

To help you decide which one to grab in the sale, I’ve made a list of a few of my favourites as there are so many to chose from.

This fun scene of “back gardens’ is definitely one of my favourites, the rare blue makes the lamp a focal point for any room and it’s available in 2 sizes and colours. The zingy orange is the perfect alternative to brighten up the room and add a splash of colour. Our Back Gardens design lamp shade is a peek into the domestic lives of our neighbours.  A lone cat, a gang of pigeons, a weedy pond and mysterious sheds all featured here…and will be sure to give you something different to look for everyday.

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For something a little bit more subtle, the golden tones of our Siskin lamp adds a warm tone to the room with a metallic edge. Again available in two sizes, we can find the right size for you room, we currently have two of these lights available in pendant fittings. However, if colour is your thing and so are birds, we also have to Siskin lamp available in hot pink too!

If black and white are your go to colours then you’re in luck too. From dogs to town houses, we love the black and white editions. with a multitude of sizes available between the designs, again, we can help you find that perfect fit. They will be sure to make any room feel cosy with these shades featuring prints of fantasy buildings in an imaginary garden where you can spot the tiny animals. And for all of us dog lovers, I’ve never seen anything so cute. Pugs, Beagles and Dachshunds are just a few of the breeds roaming the shades.