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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.

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.

 

artisan lane gifts at Design Essentials

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artisan lane – a collection of lovingly crafted gifts by local and artisan producers

artisan lane is a small family business, based in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire. We select high quality gifts from local designers, small batch and artisan producers here in Britain – including Saffron Walden’s potter Claire Folkes Ceramics and glass gift designer Molten Wonky. These gifts are often handmade and hard to find, which we think makes them extra special. You can even see the artisan who designed or made your gift, all are featured on the artisan lane website.

Our range of modern curated gift box collections, all beautifully packed in luxury keepsake boxes, are ideal gifts for family, friends and colleagues.  There’s a box for every occasion and season, whether it’s a birthday, new home or thank you gift.

We make gifting effortless for you, by sending your selected gifts straight to your chosen recipient’s doorstep (or office). We’re also delighted to offer a selection of gift boxes and an exclusive range of smaller gift bag options in the Design Essentials shop.

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We have a few fantastic ideas for Teacher and Dad gifts – don’t forget it’s Father’s Day on 17th June!

OFFER AT DESIGN ESSENTIALS  – we are delighted to offer a FREE, Love You Dad, clay heart decoration (pictured below) when you purchase any artisan lane gift at Design Essentials. Available until 16th June, 2018 and while stocks last.

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Recommended gifts for Dads and Grandads in the artisan lane collection include: Afternoon Tea Collection, Tea for Two, Take Five or Gardeners Care collection.

 

Teacher Gifts  – give something different and meaningful this year whilst supporting local producers.  Checkout our recommended teacher gift selection.

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  • Teacher Comfy collection  (pictured) The ultimate luxury gift for your favourite teacher and includes our handmade soft pashmina and touching Teacher poem notebook Teacher Comfy collection
  • Take Five Teacher collection Both practical and enjoyable this gift includes our handcrafted mug, artisan shortbread and touching Teacher poem notebook Take Five Teacher collection
  • Teacher Pamper collection Features some wonderful award winning soothing skincare treats, beautifully fragranced candle and our Teacher poem notebook Teacher Pamper collection

 

We hope you find the gift you want at Design Essentials and thank you for supporting local and artisan producers.

Rachel, owner at artisan lane gifts

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PS. Bespoke and mix & match options are also available. Just contact us with your requirements at artisanlanegifts

 

Design Essentials loves to chat: The Plant Pot Shop’s Chloë Fiddy

What inspires your work?

I’ve always believed in the power of plants to transform surroundings. I started working with plants in containers a long time ago, while I was renting a house. I was soon captivated by the design possibilities you’re presented by the constraints of working with such a small surface area. You can plant a container or window box with such an enormous range of styles. There are always the classic box balls which will never fail to look stylish. You can add a few low growing flowers like pansies around the base. Or you could start with a standard tree and under-plant around the trunk with salvias and grasses for a prairie effect. You can play with contrasts – I love for example a deep purple leaf contrasted with a green and white variegated grass.

I guess you could say that plants are my inspiration. Whenever I visit one of my nursery suppliers I go into a sort of trance while I look around and mentally design the layout. Once I’m back and planting it’s quick and easy, the plan is all there in my head.

You just need to know three fundamentals about the plants you’re choosing; they need to all like the same soil type and the same amount of light and water.

 

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

I’m always delighted to see my clients’ faces when they receive their planters, especially when they’ve ordered them already planted up. I’ve often had compliments along the lines of “Wow, you’ve totally exceeded my expectations!” It’s always given me so much pleasure to arrive back at my house and see my own planters, so I’m really proud to think that my work has spread that joy to other people.

This new range of personalised planters is completely unique to the market and they add such a smart touch to a front door step and such a fun and stylish touch to a wedding venue.

I’m just hoping that somewhere there’ll be a wedding anniversary NOT forgotten because there’s a planter in the garden to remind a couple of the date. That would be a moment to be proud of!

 

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

Music. Without a doubt, every creative process requires music in my opinion.

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

Well, as a designer you’re really putting yourself out there, you’re telling the world that this is your opinion of good taste and good design. Of course this is subjective, so you’ll never please everyone!

Once in a former life as a textile designer, a client, from an extremely prestigious French design house, looked at a design I’d submitted, and said “Do you think this is nice?!” Crushing! But it didn’t matter too much, we’d worked together on collections for 13 years and I saw hundreds of the designs I did for him in shops on Bond Street and on real people.

Which brings me to the best thing about being a designer. It’s the pleasure of that moment when you see that someone you don’t know has picked your design, paid for it, and is using it. I think that’s what keeps all designers going back to their drawing board to make a new collection. There’s a compulsion to create.

 

Just to indulge me, your favourite Take That member? 

Take who? I’m more of an indie kid myself.

Favourite drink?

Good quality gin and tonic. A classic. It needs to be COLD. Keep the gin and the tonic in the fridge at all times. And use at least 4 ice cubes in each glass.

Happy planting  🙂

Chloë

Thanks to Chloe for chatting to us at Design Essentials, we are looking forward to welcoming her personalised planter designs at the store. Here’s a look at a few on our website.

 

Design Essentials Shop Saffron Walden

One of the hardest things I have to do in Design Essentials is to attempt to drive every angle of the business by myself. There are limited resources and time and where do you focus that attention is for ever my quandary.  I would however like to say thank you to Day Glow Media for  creating this video for Design Essentials which I hope gives you a taste of our shop in Saffron Walden and gives those of you who haven’t visited a feel for what we are about. Do click on the link below and have a peek inside the shop.

 

 

and here’s  just a little bit on what Day Glow Media are about.

BRIM FULL OF BRIGHT IDEAS

25 years of endless passion and enthusiasm for broadcasting and storytelling means they can offer you a stunningly professional and bespoke service. They could tell you about all the famous people they have worked with and all the accolades received, but no doubt they will all in good time. Just check them out here to begin with.

 

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

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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

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!