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Fundraising for Niamh

Hi, I’m Niamh, I have just turned 16 and I’m fundraising to go on a trip to the Himalayas in summer 2021 with an organisation called Global Action. To help me fundraise Design Essentials are offering to help as Global Action requires half of the cost of the trip to be raised through various means of fundraising.Fundraising For Niamh At Design Essentials

 

This blog is a little bit about the trip and at the end there is code that will save you money and also Design Essentials have kindly offered a percentages of the sale to my fundraising too. 

During my time in India you will be helping me to learn about:

  • Poverty reduction and access to education through the various charities Global action supports. 

Such as The Tibetan Children’s Village which is a school which gives an outstanding education to orphans or newly arrived refugees from Tibet, while living in boarding houses with foster parents as a self-contained family unit. 

  • I will also learn about democracy and human rights.
  • Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism will also be a key part of my trip, as not only will I be staying in the village of Dharamshala known as the 14th Dalai Lama’s residence, but will also be visiting the Norbulingka Institute which is dedicated to preserving Tibetan culture.

I very much appreciate you using this discount code and hope you enjoy your purchases.

thanks Niamh. ♥️

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CODES.

Until August 31st , you will receive £3 off the MI speakers using code FUNDRAISENIAM and we will donate a further £2 to Niamh’s fundraising efforts.

Design Essentials re opened.

Design Essentials has reopened . We have enjoyed welcoming our lovely customers back to our shop in Saffron Walden. It’s been an anxious time for so many and we have been doing the best we can  to help maintain a safe environment for our customers.

As part of our preparations to create this safe and welcoming environment for you, we took part in a clean up campaign in Saffron Walden, organised by the Saffron Walden BID. In June before the shop reopened.

 

 Design Essentials Saffron Walden Koble Design Essentials Saffron Walden BID Clean Up Design Essentials Saffron Walden

 

Here are some measures we are taking for a socially distanced shopping experience, which we will review weekly:

  • We will have a mixture of browsing and appointments available with a maximum of 2 customers browsing in the shop at any one time.

 

Opening times 

Monday :        11.00-4pm appointments only.

Tuesday :       11.00- 4pm appointments only

Wednesday :  11-4pm appointments only

Thursday :     11-4pm browsing and appointments.

Friday :           11-4pm browsing and appointments.

Saturday :      10.00-4pm browsing .

 

  • We have signage in store to help with the government guidelines to stay 2 metres apart.
  • We will be providing hand sanitiser for customers to use before, during and after their time in the shop.
  • We will clean the card machine before and after every use.
  • We are fortunate to have 2 doors so we ask that customers enter through the front and exit via the back.
  • We will be regularly cleaning and wiping the door handles, alongside any surfaces that are touched regularly.
  • Staff will wear face masks.
  • Staff will be washing and sanitising their hands frequently.
  • We will take cash but encourage Bacs  payment as much as possible.
  • We want to encourage our customers to use the website wherever possible and use our click and collect service.
  • We are taking phone orders and are delivering in the local areas around Saffron Walden for free.

 

Shopping appointments:

In addition to our general opening times of 11-4pm, we are also offering shopping appointments.

Perfect for any of these reasons

1.if you are vulnerable 

2. Working from home and are time poor and you want to support local and see what we have without having to worry whether you have to wait. 

3. Want to come in as a family and have the shop to yourself and just like to browse and ask questions and discuss options at your leisure

4. Want to come in with a friend or a family in your bubble.

  • Book in with us to shop privately Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  
  • Slots are available from 11-4pm.
  • Book a short (15 minute), medium (30 minute), or long (45 minute) appointment with us.

 

How to book appointments:

 

Feel free to call me directly to clarify any of the options above. We hope we can help you feel safe to shop with us over the coming months , and we thank you for all your understanding and support and please remember Design Essentials is open online all the time at www.designessentials.org.uk.

Stay safe.

Thanks

Wendy x

 

Signage and hand sanitiser provided by Saffron Walden BID.

Working Smarter Not Harder

Working Smarter not Harder

If like many of us you’re working from home, you’ll know that a good chair, a space to work, speedy wifi and a cuppa is your must-have list of items to get a bit of work done.

Despite the average age of your current co-workers (probably about 6 years old!), you’re maxed out on zoom, and phone calls-we get it! So when you’re multitasking and distracted, you need all the help you can get to be working smarter.

The Koble SMART desk is your new best friend!

With a range of smart functions, it’s beautifully made and looks simple and stylish.

There are two original designs: The Lana and the Silas. Each has slightly different features including,

  1. Integrated fast wireless charging technology.
  2. Touch-sensitive control buttons.
  3. Integrated blue-tooth speakers
  4. 2 USB charging points
  5. A toughened glass top that wipes clean and perfect for making notes with a white-board marker.

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The Lana is also ergonomically friendly with it’s ‘rise and fall’ feature to transition smoothly from sitting to standing.

Ideal for a small space

Because of their inbuilt features and compact design, the Koble desk is the ideal furniture for a small workspace. It’s not cumbersome or awkward and with it’s ‘work while standing’ feature The Lana desk doesn’t even require a chair!

Clear of clutter and cables this desk is a total revelation with everything you need for your home office.

Teenage Kicks?

It’s also the perfect solution for testing teenagers. The hub of smart tech it’s the go-to desk for a teens bedroom. As a proud mother of a teenager myself, I’ve found there’s no better incentive to get homework done and dusted while chilling out to tunes. With a choice of desks to suit all spaces and budgets, it’s definitely worth a try!

Time to Accessorise

You’ve chosen your desk; now it’s time accessorise:

Here are our top picks to complete the ideal workspace.

  1. Desk Lamps. We love the Arc desk lamp; it’s sleek and stylish.
  2. Rugs, throws and hides. Stay warm and cosy if you’re working late with a range of cowhide, sheepskin and reindeer rugs.
  3. Additional Lighting: We love a bright pendant light to give maximum impact when working. This glass look from Ebb & Flow is very on-trend.
  4. Wall décor: Art can inspire, and you might need all you can get if you’re like our favourite print: The Procrastinating Lady with the Pink Pencil.
  5. Alarm clock: Early morning meeting? You need the touch control top and new flip alarm technology of the Ginko Flip Click Clock. (that’s a tongue twister!)
  6. Personalised notebook, mug and spoon (yes I said spoon, for all that tea!)

Koble Arc Smart Lamp Charger Design Essentials Working From Home Work Smarter Not HarderSaffron Walden Fur Rugs and Hides36cm horizon pendant lampshade smokey grey ebb and flow design essentialsMineheart Portrait Design Essentials Working From Home Work Smarter Not HarderGingko Flip Alarm Clock Design Essentials Working From Home Work Smarter Not HarderPulp Haus Customisable Notebook Design EssentialsPersonalisable Spoon Design Essentials Working From Home Work Smarter Not Harder

 

You can order everything online from our website and have it delivered to your door without even leaving your desk or the dining room table! Alternatively, you are welcome to come and road-test the desk and accessories in-store by appointment. Give us a call to arrange a socially distanced visit on 07813 840402.