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Bring the outside in with the latest botanical trends

Bring the outside inside, blur the lines, be as one, and connect with nature

Offering an easy way to reconnect with nature while satisfying our ever-growing desire to go green. The growing botanical trend allows you to use the revitalising shades and materials of the natural world to create a sense of serenity in your home or office.  This trend as time goes on will evolve more to reflect a growing necessity to save the planet. For the moment though as an Interiors trend we are just demonstrating an affordable way that can transform rooms in your home.

Plants, Plant, Plants!

Energise yourself with additions of plants and foliage.  Not only are they easy on the eye, but they also help to reduce stress and of course help reduce pollutants in your home. Oversized house plants can offer a bold statement, team these with clean lines and effortless furniture and you have added an easy feature piece to any room. If, like us, (in particular Wendy) you struggle to keep your plants from turning a darker shade of brown….opt for smaller succulents or fakes. Easy to care for, and with no additional decorating, will add a pop of colour to what otherwise could be a blank canvas.

Get the family involved!

If you’re feeling more of an overhaul for a particular room in your house then wallpaper, wallpaper, wallpaper! Add flourishing green hues to your walls and team with zesty yellows and golds to really feel the summer botanical vibe.  Not one for wallpaper or large statement pieces? Don’t worry, this trend is so versatile, floral and foliage accent cushions or smaller accessories work just as well. Come in and download your ideas on us we are more than happy to give you advise on what could work to get the look you want. In the meantime start to have a bit of fun with it and get the kids involved during the holidays; have them rummage for leaves and petals and pop them in a simple Nkuku frame. Team your treasure’s treasures with a banana paper backing for a beautiful, on trend, keepsake.  You will feel quite proud of the look and it’s always nice that you have a have a story to tell about your lovely Botanical inspired home.

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Enter our fabulous Father’s Day Prize Draw

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We’re giving away one of these MI SQUARE Gingko Pocket Speakers to celebrate Father’s Day

 

With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday 16th June , we’re giving you the chance to win a fabulous MI Square Gingko Pocket Speaker worth £45. To enter the competition, you’ll need to pop in to our Saffron Walden store before 4pm on Friday 14th to register.

What’s more, we’ve got loads of brilliant ideas for Father’s Day gifts in store which we’d love to show you. We hope to see you soon x

Scandinavian design meets smart technology with KOBLE

The Design Essentials team are delighted to announce a brand new range of products from April.

Mooni Eclipse Speaker Lamp Design EssentialsThe KOBLE range of products are Scandinavian in origin, providing minimalist design for your home combined with smart function for everyday use. The inspiration came from a collaboration with a team of Scandinavian designers for a bespoke project for a Nordic retailer and the results are simply stunning.

KOBLE is part of the Justwise Group based in Saffron Walden, which has more than 35 years’ experience in developing furniture and lighting products for some of the UK and Europe’s largest retailers.

KOBLE is the home of Mooni UK and the Design Essentials team are excited to be able to add this fabulous new brand to our range of design led products.

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The quality of the KOBLE products is excellent and the pricing is extremely competitive. Come along to our store and check them out for yourself.

You can take advantage of our pre-order discount which runs from Tuesday 2nd April to Sunday 6th April. Simply follow this link to our Koble range, choose your product, add the coupon code, KOBLE10 and make your purchase.

If you are passing, feel free to stop by the store. We’d love to see you.

Wendy x

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.

Special Offer: Buy 2 Emoji Lamps for £25

These fabulously vibrant Emoji Lamps are the ideal bedroom lighting accessory for the kids! They make the perfect Birthday or Christmas gift, bringing joy as they glow!

See our full range of Emoji Lamps

Each Emoji lamp is made with hard-wearing high-density polyethylene with a black resin base. They are operated using three AA batteries which means they can be positioned anywhere around the room. Powered with LED lighting, the lamps emit no heat and can be handled safely by children!

A range of Emoji Lamps to choose from

Unique in the UK to Design Essentials, our bright yellow Emoji smiley lamps are available as popular emoticons including Cheeky Smiley, Cool Smiley, Love Heart Smiley, Smiley, Shades/Sunglasses and Winking Smiley. You can see our full range of Emoji Lamps here.

They are available to purchase from our store in Saffron Walden, Essex, or you can purchase your Emoji Lamp(s) online via our national UK delivery service. Purchase today and we’ll have your Emoji Lamps with you in 3-4 days.

 

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.

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Design Essentials loves to chat: Gail Grisham

Design Essentials loves to chat: Gail Grisham

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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.

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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!

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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

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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!