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

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For all emoji lamps: emoji5

Emoji Smiley Lamp from Design Essentials


Lola and Gilbert

Free delivery on Lola and Gilbert: freedeliverylolaandgilbert


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!

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!

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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.


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.



Uttlesford Business Awards

A few weeks ago, some of the  Design Essentials headed off the Quendon Hall for the Uttlesford Business finals. We put on out best dresses and enjoyed a fabulous evening with wonderful company.

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Surrounded by other local businesses, the evening really highlighted how much talent and progress there is in Uttlesford, especially Saffron Walden. Our friends from Saffron Screen, Tea Amo and Saffron Walden Tourist information were all there, and so many other companies too.

There were a range of categories for the awards and we were placed as a finalist for “Retailer of the year”, we were up against big names like Waitrose, Angela Reed and The Rose Garden. Unfortunately, we didn’t win the category but we are delighted that Waitrose received the award as it plays such a huge role in our community, so congratulations to them!

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All things awards! Uttlesford Retailer of the Year!

Earlier this week we were so excited to share the news that we are a finalist of the Uttlesford Bussiness Award under retailer of the year! The fact that this is a local award means to much to us as Saffron Walden has played such a large part in our journey.

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We have been nominated alongside other small businesses just like Tea Amo and there have also been some larger companies such as the Tourist Information, Costume Company, Waitrose  and Saffron Screen, that have all been nominated too.

We are so happy to have made it all the way to the finals, having been kindly nominated by the Saffron Walden Reporter, we are so excited to be part of such a great competition!

All things Fur!

You know us here at Design Essentials, a new product every week. This weeks craze is our brand new fur Sheepskin Stools, and they’re live on the website now too!

We have a huge array of colours and designs, the classic bar wooden bar stool and the metal style foot stool are in the shop right now. The colours range from natural minks and browns al the way to vibrant pinks and blues.



These cute fluffy stools are perfect for any room, can liven up your kitchen, bedroom or living room. With a thick, luxurious texture and stylish edge, we are sure that these funky stools will be at the forefront of every homeware trend this year. Don’t miss your chance to grab one at an amazing, competitive price, online and instore at Design Essentials, Saffron Walden.

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As there is so much to chose from and infinite possibles we would be more then happy to have a one on one chat with you in store or you can just give us a call instore on 01799 522417 from Tuesday-Saturday.

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Helen Wiseman at Design Essentials

Here at Design Essentials we are delighted to welcome Helen Wiseman to the shop where her lovely collection will be on offer until the end of the month!


Helen has released some fun and playful pieces in her collection, ranging from cheeky dinosaur prints to scrumptious cake place mats. We can definitely say that we love everything in this collection and we were all so excited to share it with you too.


We had a fab evening on Thursday celebrating Helen’s wonderful collection and wanted to thank all of you that came and made the evening so special. We absolutely loved seeing everyone and hope that everyone enjoyed the evening as much as we did.

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A very big thank you goes to Beauty Box, Penneys Hairdressers, Connie’s, who all supplied some lovely goodies for our gift bags. Our newest edition to our lovely goodies bags are the new shop, Modern Apothecary, who have just joined the Saffron Walden scene with natural bath and body products from Canada. We absolutely loved the bath salts, making our evening that little bit more relaxing after such a fun filled evening!

To see more wonderful photos head to our Facebook or press the link here! 

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London Design Week 2017

We all like a good day outside of Saffron Walden, Essex. Some like a day at the seaside some like a day in with their family. But what if you were offered a day full of colours, textures, design and shapes? Well, that is my kind of heaven and I am still bursting with excitement.

So, where have we been? Wendy and I treated ourselves to a day at Chelsea Design Centre for the launch of London Design Week 2017 and with our ever popular Interior design consultation service here at Design Essentials, we love to keep an eye on changing trends and expand our imagination. Somebody has to do it.

If you have not been before then let me tell you it is THE best place to explore the greatest variety of design brands under one roof. They were all there, the decision makers, the style settlers and inspirational speakers. It left us breathless.

We have loved the lot but this is what got us talking the most on the way home.


Whistler Leather had a very eye-catching window display as you can see. The “hot on trend” green wallpaper with a shade darker green leather sofa surrounded by a leafy green house plant. Bang on trend. I was impressed by the colour choice of their leather from the deepest brown, greys to pastel pinks and nudes and the embossed texture adding to the character. As we all know, leather improves with ages but you can start on a smaller scale with a few leather accessories which you have seen at our shop. So there you go, the retro is still cool, in fact as cool as cucumber you might say.

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Porta Romana surprised us with the launch of Cosmos a new and ‘other-worldly’ range of lighting inspired by space and the planets. A wall light created with glistening star constellation and a moon mirror and if that wasn’t enough there was a gigantic solar system clock just behind us! A must for every boy or girl bedroom and any future astronaut! This new collection kept surprising us with beautify stylish Luna pendant with a marble finish. In fact we were looking at blown glass milky white sphere with swirls of grey and bubbles which looked amazing a cluster of three. We are passionate about lighting so we thought this product would sit very nicely amongst our selection too. Innovative, we thought, a bit magical.

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Ceccotti Collezioni was love at first sight. A formal type of room set, dark wood, everything had a place, there was quality oozing out of every piece and then we saw this. The bookcase! Or was it a room divider? We fell in love with the idea of displaying your favourite books, decorative item, and family photograph in such a classic unit. We instantly thought of a very experienced and talented local cabinet maker in Essex to help us!



… words of the day “expand your parameters”…

If you loved these images and would to find out what else we saw then you should pop over to our Pinterest and browse our new board called London Design Week 2017. Enough to inspire you for days. You will find us under  DesignE1.

So, we left totally exhausted, overloaded and excited about the next client that walks through our door. We are itching to offload at least some of these amazing ideas so who is going to be the lucky one?

Jana and Wendy x