Hero’s wedding: Essex businesses collaborate to give military couple the wedding of their dreams

dun_logo_html_7_59282!dunmowbroadcastWe were delighted to be involved with a group of other businesses to give one happy couple their dream wedding.

Hero’s Wedding was an initiative launched last year by military wives Hayley Oats – who is based at Carver Barracks in Wimbish – and Emma Waring. Along with SEO expert Steve Hooper, the trio aimed to offer the complete wedding package to one couple based with the Forces.

The competition was open to the UK and entries flooded in from couples who told their love stories and reasons why they should win. In November, Leanne and Ross Allan were announced as the winners after receiving several thousand votes. Continue reading

Design Essentials Comes To Beauty Bump And Baby

beauty-bump-babyDesign Essentials lights up the windows of Beauty Bump and Baby in Saffron Walden.

It is possible that even if you live in Saffron Walden you may not have come across the lovely shop which is Beauty Bump and Baby, that’s tucked away in Market Row (opposite Johnny and Jenny’s), even though it’s been going for over a year now.

One of the many great things about owner, Louise Cairns, is that she has collaborated with other local businesses, for example, Kelly Compton of Saffron Crafts, Ali Dowsett from Bubalish Bibs and Catherine Kelly who produces lovely designs made from wires in frames. Continue reading

Design Essentials Just Do It – Just Do Your Best

cambridge-half-marathonToday I ran the Cambridge Half Marathon. I have to pinch myself when I say it, and I am so proud that I did it. There was no great time however.

Thanks so much to so many for the massive support I received, there are more I am sure but here’s a few.

1. My running partners for months now Louise Cairns, Kelly Compton, Sarah Saward and Michelle Thompson. More recently Kathyrne Gill, Claire Tilley and Shara O’Connell (my awesome running partner on the day) for the most these ladies have always been quicker, but indulged me by running at my much slower pace. Let loose today Louise, Kelly, Sarah and Kathyrne did put in great times. Continue reading

Cambridge Style Week Is Here

cambs-style-weekWell less than 24 hours to this ‘first ever’. Cambridge Style Week is upon us, and Design Essentials are taking part.

I must admit when I first heard about it from Nicky Shephard one of the organisers I was sold. Her passion for the project and the idea behind it left me in no doubt that this was something I would enjoy being included in, indeed some of the advertising behind the event captures this vision. Continue reading

Cambridge Style Week Special Offers From Design Essentials

special offerCambridge Style Week starts today and to mark this occasion Design Essentials will have special offers running.

The first offer will be on the sculpture made from wire and wood, intelligently carved to depict divers rotating through a dive. It’s normal price is £120 and an event price of £90. It complements any home Interior space. Continue reading