Events

Design Essentials is reopening!

Design Essentials is reopening! We are so looking forward to welcoming our lovely customers back to our shop in Saffron Walden. This is such an anxious time for so many and we hope to do the best we can over the coming weeks and make it our top priority 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.

 

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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 15th:        1.30-4pm appointments only.

Tuesday 16th:       1.30-4pm appointments only

Wednesday 17th:  1.30-4pm appointments only

Thursday 18th:     10.00-4pm browsing and appointments.

Friday 19th:           10.00-4pm browsing and appointments.

Saturday 20th:      10.00-4pm browsing and appointments.

 

  • 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 on request.
  • Staff will be washing and sanitising their hands frequently.
  • We will encourage contactless 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 10am-4pm, we are also offering shopping appointments.

Perfect if you are vulnerable, or would just like to browse at your leisure.

  • Book in with us to shop privately Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 
  • Slots are available from 1.30-4pm.
  • Book a short (15 minute), medium (30 minute), or long (45 minute) appointment with us.

 

How to book appointments:

 

Please note we are not open on Wednesday 17th June but will be every Tuesday from then on!

 

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.

Late Night Shopping 2019

Our lovely market town of Saffron Walden are holding their annual Late Night Shopping event Friday 6th December.

The market square will be buzzing with locals selling their handmade goods, and we will be open until 8pm.

Grab all those last minute Christmas gifts for the whole family, from Tonie boxes, to personalised diaries and prints, to luscious smelling candles! And why not indulge on our wine and nibbles to keep your energy up and get into the Christmas spirit!

The best part is that there is FREE parking from 1pm onwards during the run up to Christmas, so take full advantage!

Autumn Winter Launch 2019

We launched our new collection last week at a Private event here at the shop.

It’s never easy being a small business owner  I am no exception to the hard work required, however once again it’s the people who surround me that I am grateful to. I have to say a huge thanks to the team for all the help that they gave me . This team include friends and business owners in the town who helped with either a lot of coffee, ear bending, cooking me dinner, alongside putting a light or two up.!!

If you had passed by the shop and asked if there was something you could do then my answer was always yes. I even roped Paxtons in when I spotted Andy helping his sister Julie who owns Beauty Box. Mistakenly thinking he was wielding a drill outside the shop I asked nicely if he could help out with a few jobs requiring said tool.  Turns out it was an angle grinder but he promptly got a drill and helped out anyway much to his sisters amusement.

Thank you Erika Daw owner of Skylar and Willow who helped every step of the way from the many Trade shows we visited to the final layout, hours put in, colour scheme and window display which will take us through Autumn Winter. Inspiration for this theme also came from the Saffron Walden Intiative . This is the 2nd year they have held a competition for best window display on the theme ‘ Light It Up ‘

‘We were quite sad to say goodbye to our Botanical themed window, however we still have the range instore. In its place however we have a lovely window to entice customers to come and shop ; be inspired with us over the seasonal period , with an exciting array of  gifts and gadgets,  there’s something for everyone this Christmas .

We have a wide choice of innovative and inspiring brands such as Ebb and Flow, Nkuku, Culinary Concepts and brands and products rarely seen outside London. The latest in wireless technology Koble Designs have a great range of speakers, lanterns USB ports and smart technology furniture and desks that we now have displays of instore.  Gingko design have widened their range at the shop and the must have children’s Audio Box Tonie are also in store amongst our well established brands Gpo Retro, Extreme lounging Bean bags, vintage cutlery , bulbs and shades to name just a few.

Thus far we have been delighted with the feedback on the window and store from the evening and since.

With many thanks to Saffron Fish company and Mini Miss bread teaming together to produce the exceptional canapés to be washed down with a glass of something lovely from Adnams.

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.

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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

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.

 

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All Day Shopping with Design Essentials

What: All day shopping event 

When: 24th November 10:00-7:30

Where: 7 Market Row, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1HB

Join us between 10-7,30  for our All Day Shopping Event and be the first to shop our Black Friday Deals.

There will be plenty of gift ideas for you to look at,  secret Santa presents and hampers from £5 . We will be serving mince pieces, mulled wines and a selection of other nibbles to get you in the Christmas spirit in the run up to the big day.

We will be having a raffle in support of local charity Support For Sight as well as a gift wrapping and personalisation service to help you get organised for Christmas.

Join the event here on Facebook or just turn up on the day.

Launching our new Autumn collection and Interior Design Service

Launching our new Autumn collection and Interior Design Service

Why: Launching our new Autumn collection and Interior Design Service

When: 6th October at 3:30pm to 8:45pm

Where: 7 Market Row, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1HB

For this one night only, we’ll be hosting a very special launch event, with a new interior design service alongside other exciting new products.

We will be offering a 10% discount on all orders placed on new collection products on the evening at the shop and in our wider catalogue.

On the night, there will be:

  1. Complimentary drinks from  Joseph Barnes Wines.
  2. For the first 20 customers who place an order or make a purchase 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

Chat to our resident Interior Designer Jana about how we may be able to help you and take a look at work we have done for our clients already.
You will be able to shop on the night with exclusive offers, which are only available to our customers who attend on the evening. It’s all the more reason to come!
We look forward to you joining us. Please RSVP by 30th September to wendy@designessentials.org.uk or by clicking attend on our Facebook page.