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!

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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

5 Magical Mother’s Day gifts over £30

After last weeks blog on all things for under £30, some of us may be lucky enough to spend a little more on our Mother’s to say thank you. Here at Design Essentials we have such a large range of products to share with you, I hope we can help you find that special gift for your special Mum.

First up is one of my favourite products in the shop and its our Hope House Press Leather notepads and books. Available for personalisation with a range of 8 bespoke colours, paper choice between squared, lined and plain, sizes of small, medium and large and can be ready from personalisation in only 48 hours! Perfect for mums that are constantly writing lists, the secret novelists or just to jot down your own memories. Small books starting at £46, medium £50 and large £55. To view the whole range press here.

Hope House Press only uses the finest leather in our personalised notebook and journal ranges

Number two is also an absolute gem in the store, which I was lucky enough to get for my birthday this year that I’m totally in love with and use all the time. Our GPO Record players are our best selling products and also come in a range of colours: black, brown, red, green and baby blue – to match any interior. Perfect for Mother’s who still have all their old record and with an aux cord and usb they can be used as a speaker too! At £84 any mum would be sure to love such a classic gift.

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Number 3 is our newest product from our brand new range: Tina’s Pretty Pieces. We have a fab variety of all her Family Tree range with all trees coming with up to 5 names on them with personalisation on colour, design, accessories and number of names. Starting at £115 the family trees are the perfect gift from all the family so say an extra big thank you. Just click on the images to find out more!

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Number 4 is also one of our hot products right now and our neon is flying off the shelves. How about treat your Mum to a special sign with her name on it or just “mum” with a choice of 14 colours for £225 just like this one for Mother’s Day.


If £225 is a stretch for your wallet then our Little Lovely Company heart is perfect at £65. Show your mum you love her with the newest trends and keep up to date with neon.

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The final product is more of an experience for all those super Mums who are busy when the house needs a bit of TLC. Just moved house or tired of Mum complaining about the “outdated living room”? We offer an amazing interior design service with a unique and surprisingly affordable approach to interiors. Drop-in or call us for a chat about how we can help you update your home and organise a date to treat your lucky Mum. Our silver service is £300  where we follow up the initial chat with a home visit and consultation to really understand your needs and work with you to develop a personalised Pinterest board where we can share ideas. We then arrange an appointment in the shop to talk you through your mood board and share fabric books and accessorizing ideas. You will also take home plenty of other suggestions on how to adapt the proposed design to truly reflect your personality.

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Top 5 Mother’s Day gifts under £30 at Design Essentials

Mother’s day on Sunday 26th March is fast approaching and we want to help you find that all important gift to try and show your Mum just how much you appreciate them on this special day. Whether you’re ready to splash the cash or you’re like me and a teen girl who wants to be able to say that all important thank you without breaking the bank, we have something for everyone. Ranging from £3 to £150 we cover all areas to make sure we find that perfect gift that fits just for your Mum.

  1. First up in the middle is our Geodesis candles and reed diffusers. They are available in a range of scents and all available in candle or diffuser format. The reed diffusers also have refills that can be bought separately, thinking ahead to an all important birthday later on in the year! The candles are £20 and have burning time of over 60 hours and the reed diffusers are £28 and have a scent time of 30-40 days.Geodesis Black Tea Scented Candle - Design Essentials mother's Verbena Reed Diffuser from Design Essentials mother's
  2. Next for a more personalised Mother’s day gift, we have a huge range of jewellery now instore. Local designer Tamba’s jewellery by  Tania Olatunji consists  of beautiful beads and precious metals from £22.99  Whilst our Shaard collection we have bracelets and necklaces with the option of  hearts and stars available in silver and gold with free gift wrapping. The bracelets prices at £8.99 and necklaces at £12.99, these beautiful accessories are perfect to that special thank you. With charms available at £1.50 each, adding an extra heart or your initial adds that personalised touch for a tiny price to make that gift go that little bit further.

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3.  On the theme of personalisation I also really love all of our vintage spoons. Ranging from £14 to £28, depending on spoon size and personalisation, these spoons have been so popular and are just the cutest gift to give to all the home loving Mums. All of our bespoke vintage spoons come gift wrapped and boxed as well to save you some time in the mad rush on the run up to Mother’s day. 
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4. Keeping in this price range and a fun gift for you and your Mum, is our most popular item, cinematic light boxes. They come in a range of sizes, colours and finishes and with all of them coming with letters in with them, you can write a special message on the light box before giving it to your Mum! Our most popular size, the A4, is £25 and comes with 120 letters and symbols all included. We also have the smaller magnetic light boxes that are only £12 and still just as much fun!
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5. If your Mum is lucky enough to already have one of our fab lights boxes why not get her an extra letter pack for it. From £7-10 give her something unique and fun to add to her light box, ranging from colourful letters to unicorns and rainbows, we have everything.

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And of course if you’re still stuck pop in to see us in the shop and we will be more than happy to help you!

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Emoji Smiley Lamps take on Britain

Another week, another product here at Design Essentials; but this time it’s not the usual new product announcement, our trusty Emoji Smiley Lamps are taking on Britain as Design Essentials has teamed up with a partner to create Design Essentials Imports and with the help of Get Ginger Snap are now the national distributer of them.

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2017 is all about emojis with The Emoji film coming out in August featuring stars such as James Corden and T. J. Miller. This year is guaranteed to send all things emoji though the roof and we are well on our way with getting our fab lamps into every home.

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We have such a wide range of Emojis Smiley Lamps in the store and now also online, so click on the photos below to go straight the the website and shop all things emoji!

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At only £24.99 they make the perfect statement to any room for anyone and have such variety there is sure to be a perfect one just for you. Taking social media by storm, our Emoji Smiley Lamps will be flying off the shelf all over England, so get yours now!

Gingersnap are one of our distributers selling these amazing Emoji battery operated lamps with a whole variety of designs available, to view their Smiley Lamps press here.

Not only is it just Emoji lamps but we also so many other accessories and other gifts too. Ranging from our popular Shelf Buddies to clip on key chains we have everything for Emoji loving kids. The emoji section on our website is jammed packed with all things emoji so make sure to have a look here.

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Just click on the photos to view the products on our website and be ready for emojis to take over this year. Be ready and get all things emojis here at Design Essentials.

Make sure to stay tuned to all out social media for upcoming offers and competitions! To receive £5 off our smiley lamps  ENTER ‘ SMILEYLAMP5 ‘ at checkout

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