Special Offers

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.


NEW IN: The Ultimate Hammock

We’re proud to introduce you to one of our favourite new product ranges – the hammock, which has arrived just in time for summer! These turned out to be a hugely popular present for those men and tricky teenagers who have everything.

Double hammock by Design Essentials, Saffron Walden. Available in assorted colours.

Created by a company called Ticket To The Moon, these excellent hammocks are made from high-grade parachute nylon fabric, meaning they are durable, breathable, anti-mildew, skin-friendly, rot-resistant and quick to dry (they’re suitable to be machine washed at 30°C).

These hammocks were originally by travellers for travellers, and have been tested in outdoor climates for decades. They’re great for travelling, as each hammock can be folded into its own lightweight pouch for easy transport, but are also perfect for spending a day in the park or simply relaxing at home!

Single hammock from Design Essentials, Saffron Walden. Available in other colours.

We’ve got a great range of colours available in the Design Essentials store, but the possibilities are endless.

Watch this handy video created by Ticket To The Moon, to show you how to set up our hammocks in less than 90 seconds!

Nautical quality hammock rope fixing kit available at Design Essentials, Saffron Walden

For this week only, we are offering you the chance to get a FREE nautical quality hammock rope kit when you buy any sized hammock. Our hammock rope kits are usually worth £12. Now the weather is (slowly!) getting better it’s the perfect opportunity to get your garden summer-ready with a little help from Design Essentials – hurry, this great offer ends this Sunday 7/05/2017 Simply put the hammock in your basket and we will send you the ropes for free. What could be easier.


Design Essentials Relocation Sale Picks

Have you heard? Design Essentials is relocating! We’re currently holding a relocation sale online and in store in preparation for the big move.

We’ve got some great offers for you, including huge discounts on end of line or ex-display pieces, exclusive discounts on best-selling lines and up to 75% selected sale items.

Offers are only available until June 27th when we will be closing at 13 Market Hill and preparing for our relocation in Saffron Walden. Place your orders online now or visit us in store soon so you don’t miss out!


COLOUR THERAPY LAMPSblue-light-therapy-table-lamp

We’re almost sold out of our colour therapy lamps, but we still have blue, red and pink lamps available. All half price or even better, get yours before they’re gone!



blue colour therapy lamp

was £85 // now £42.50


Visit us in store to see all remaining colour therapy lamps.




aluminium square-cut plate 

was £36 // now £9



aluminium circular napkin rings

were £8 // now £2


To see our entire aluminium sale collection, just click here.



jungle men II abstract sculpture

was £30 // now £15




small pumpkin lamp 

was £110 // now only £40


To keep up to date with our relocation and other Design Essentials news, do follow us on Twitter @WendyHowell1 and ‘Like’ Design Essentials on Facebook.

Design Essentials Top 5 Sale Picks

The Design Essentials sale is now on! We’re offering up to 50% off all sale items in store and online. 

Here are our top 5 sale picks – there’s great new products being added all the time, so be sure to come in and grab a bargain!  

1. Aluminium tableware 

Our sleek, stylish range of aluminium tableware has been added to the sale. These contemporary designs include delicate napkin rings, striking plates and bowls and large serving platters big enough to showcase your favourite dishes. With prices starting from just £4, there’s no reason not to come in and choose something that will make your table stand out.


 curved aluminium serving boat  £45 // £22.50

2. Umbra

If you’re looking for something a little bit quirky, then Umbra is definitely the range for you. Loads of our brilliant Umbra products have been made half price, including everything from wall decorations to jewellery hangers.


 elm wall decor £16  // £8

Conceal Book Shelf by Umbra | Design Essentials

concealed book shelf  £15  // £7.50

 3. Animal hides 

A luxury item just added to the sale – our beautiful animal hides and sheepskin rugs. We have a selection of unique hides to choose from, all of the highest quality. Whether you fancy a quirky springbok skin, huge cow hide or a gorgeously soft reindeer hide, we’ve got them all – and they’re 20% off until January 13th. Don’t miss out!

Design essentials hides

animal hides // prices starting from £30

4. Kindle coz-e-readers

These pretty yet practical kindle holders are a must for the home or when you’re on-the-go. Now half price and just £7.50, these make the perfect gift for someone else or yourself!


kindle holder £15 // £7.50

5. Silver reindeers

This cute pair of deers will look elegant all year round. Now reduced from £30 to £15, you can add some silvery charm to any room of your home for a bargain!


5. Striped colour therapy lamps

This striking lamp is a great sale pick. An absolute bargain at just £49 reduced from £98, this light will add character and atmosphere to the home with ease.


colour therapy lamp  £98// £49

Sale running until 31st January. For more information and exclusive offers, like Design Essentials on Facebook.

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12 Days of Christmas: Last Day Offer

It’s the last day of #12daysofchristmas, and what a brilliant few days it’s been!

Wendy bought a very large, very hairy Christmas present for the shop – in the shape of a beautiful new bean bag, made from the fluffiest sheepskin! It’s already been put to good use…

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On the 4th day of Christmas, we hosted a shopping day from 11-4 and there was mulled wine and mince pie madness here at the shop!


Every day, we’ve been offering our customers a brilliant new deal to help count down to Christmas and pick up those much needed last-minute gifts. Today’s offer is a massive 50% off all our Christmassy pieces – nutcrackers, Santa bottle toppers and Christmas tree decorations, we’ve got it all, and it’s all half price!

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katie lynn’s molten wonky glass range – 50% off for today only!

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 all of these festive gifts all 1/2 price today only!

We’re open until 3.30pm today, so come in store to find those final festive presents.

DON’T FORGET: our massive sale is starting on the 27th December – don’t miss out on your chance to pick up a bargain!

Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!

Lauren x

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 11 Offer

Today’s Christmas special offer is one of our best yet!

On the 10th day of Christmas, you can get this Umbra corkscrew and bottle topper for the brilliant price of £20! Usually £29 sold separately.


 ‘buddy’ corkscrew 


bunny bottle topper 

Two fabulous, unique gifts for just £20! What more could you want on the run up to Christmas?

Keep up to date with our daily Christmas offers on our Facebook page, Twitter @WendyHowell1, and of course right here on our blog.


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12 Days of Christmas: Day 10 Offer

Stuck for last minute Christmas gift ideas?

Don’t worry! At Design Essentials, we are offering a new great deal every day to help you count down to Christmas. We’ve got a huge range of unique gift ideas for you.design-essentials-ours-mine-charm-stopper-set

Today, our Christmas offer is on our brilliant Umbra wine charms and bottle toppers.


For the next 24 hours only, come into our Saffron Walden store and pick up two packs from our range for just £15! Usually £10 each.




Stay updated with our Christmas offers by liking our Facebook page or following us on Twitter @WendyHowell1.

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 9 Offer

Today’s offer is an amazing 30% off these cute jewellery organisers.

Usually priced at £9.99, we’re selling them for just £7, only available on Day 9 of our #12daysofchristmas series.

designessentials-christmasPractical as well as pretty, these jewellery holders are the perfect storage solution for your jewellery both when travelling or in your bedroom at home!

Available in black and red.




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12 Days of Christmas: Day 8 Offer

To help you count down to Christmas, Design Essentials is giving you a brilliant new offer every day as part of our 12 Days of Christmas series.


Today’s offer is 30% off Anne Cardwell mosaic tiles and Katie Lynn’s molten wonky glass range.


mosaic tiles // only £1 each 

christmas tree glass decorations // just £2 each 

Offer available for 24 hours only!!

Happy shopping 🙂 x

To keep updated with our great #12daysofchristmas offers every day, like Design Essentials on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WendyHowell1.

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Design Essentials 10 Christmas Must-Haves

Now the cold winter weather is upon us, that means only one thing… Christmas is on its way! The prospect of Santa’s arrival fills many of us with joy, but if it only fills you with dread then fear not. Our little Design Essentials elves have been very busy and put together a lovely list of our top ten Christmas must-have products. What could be easier?


1. Couples Metro Map (with 15 % off) 

Right up there at number one is our amazing couple’s map designed by This Is My Map. It’s a simple and stylish gift featuring a metro map-inspired design that the couple can personalise to chart their journey together.  The maps make original and special Christmas presents for every couple. Check the maps here.

Even better, Design Essentials are offering 15% off any couple’s maps ordered before Christmas! Either come and buy one from us in our Saffron Walden store or enter map15 when you checkout online.

couples-metro-map-printA3 couples map // £38

Personalised 6-line Metro Map

Struggling for present inspiration for the person who has everything? Why not give them one of our bestselling personalised metro maps, telling their life story in the unique style of an underground train map? These maps were shortlisted ‘Best New Product 2012’ in the notonthehighstreet.com Make Awards, and we’re very proud to stock them here at Design Essentials. We’re offering 15% discount on all our 6-line metro maps. Simply purchase in store before Christmas or use the code map15 — when you buy on our website  Hurry, you don’t want to miss out! Check here.


A2 metro map // £100

2. Art Vinyl

Our fantastic art vinyl frames are back in stock just in time for Christmas! They’re perfect for music lovers who need a way to display their well-loved records in a stylish way. Choose from either black or white frames, available individually or as a pack of three. Check here.


art vinyl frames // £39 each or £99 for three

3. Sheepskin bean bags

What’s not to love about these stunning fur bean bags?! Made from 100%  pure sheepskin, they are the ideal place to sit and rest with a glass of wine after the mountain of Christmas dinner… The price may make you gasp, but imagine the look on your loved ones’ face when they unwrap this gorgeous gift on Christmas day! Christened ‘The Big Furry One’, these gigantic bean bags really do take extreme lounging to the next level. Check here to see more.

Fur Bag Brown on white

‘the big furry one’ // £600

available in cream, grey, brown and black

to guarantee delivery before Christmas make sure you order before 12th December

4. Free Local Delivery and £5 off orders over £30 

Our gift to you this Christmas – free delivery on all online orders made before December 25th! All you have to do is order, and we’ll do the rest.

For £5 off orders over £30, quote ‘christmas gift’ at check out.

Last guaranteed delivery date for Christmas orders is December 19th (apart from bean bags, which is the 12th December), so be quick.

Merry Christmas!


5.  Geodesis scented candles and diffusers  Best selling gifts. 

A gift best suited to the ladies in your life. These gorgeous candles and diffusers will be sure to keep your house smelling lush this Christmas with our seasonal scents of Clove, Balsam Fir and Fig Tree. If you want a sweet-smelling house all year long, then our   Jasmine, Patchouli and Verbena scented candles and diffusers are lovely.

With such a wide variety of fragrances, you’re sure to find one that special someone will love. Diffuser refills now available from Design Essentials, so you can enjoy that irresistible atmosphere again and again. Click here to check them out on our website.

Geodesis Black Tea Scented Candle - Design Essentials

geodesis scented candle // £20

Patchouli Reed Diffuser Home Fragrances | Design Essentials

geodesis reed diffuser // £25

6. Phone, iPad or tablet holders

Know any technology lovers? These colourful cushioned gadget holders make great Christmas gifts, and come complete with a stylish box. We’ve got a wide range of different colours and printed holders, and with prices starting at just £9.99 they’re suitable for the whole family!

Check out our full colour and price range here.


iPad or tablet holder // £19.99

7. Wall Murals

Ideal for kids and grown-ups alike, our amazing wall murals will add a unique touch to a feature wall in any room of the house with ease. Murals come in two pieces and can be attached to the wall using normal wallpapering methods, so it couldn’t be simpler to transform your interior. At Design Essentials, we’ve got a huge range of wall murals available, ranging from celebrity portraits and comic book characters to architectural masterpieces, so there really is something for everyone! Click here to see our full range.


marilyn monroe wall mural // £29.99


spiderman wall mural // £29.99

8.  Exclusive to Design Essentials Tour de France range

A massive throwback to summer 2014 with our amazing Tour de France range, designed exclusively for Design Essentials by Gareth Wild from Apropos. We’ve completely sold out of our Tour de France mugs, but there are still plenty of tea towels available, a bargain at just £5! For something a bit more special, you could pick up a print in the same design, or if your loved one is more of a photography fan they’ll love one of our limited edition prints by local photographer Gareth Wild. See our full TDF range here.

If you purchase a print with one of our A3 frames, we’ll even frame your print for you here at Design Essentials. They’re selling fast, so come in today and relive the Tour de France memories forever.

Special Edition A1 Tour De France Print | Design Essentials

tour de france A3 print // £50 unframed)


gareth davies tour de france print // £75 (unframed)

9. Molten Wonky hanging glass heart 

These little glass hearts make the perfect stocking fillers. Handmade by local designer Katie Lynn, the charming trinkets can be hung anywhere in the home – or maybe even on the Christmas tree! The only way to show someone you love them this Christmas. Full range on our website here.


glass hanging heart // £15

9. Ours and Mine Charms and Topper set

Looking for something quirky for a wine lover? Why not get them this set of ‘mine’ wine glass markers and ‘ours’ bottle topper. They’ll never be arguing over who’s glass is who’s again! A brilliantly different and very affordable Christmas gift idea. Click here to see it online.

design-essentials-ours-mine-charm-stopper-setours and mine glass and bottle top set // £10

10. Umbra range

From corkscrews and bottle openers for the dads to jewellery and scarf organisers for your teenage girls, there really is something for everyone in our Umbra range. And with prices starting at only £5, these gifts are wallet-friendly too! Check out a selection of our products below, or to see our full Umbra collection click here.

Design Essentials Little Black Dress Jewellery Organiser Back

little black dress jewellery organiser // £20


white climber wall decor // £10


glasses bottle opener // £10

For more Christmas gift inspiration and to hear about our other Christmas offers, ‘like’ Design Essentials on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @WendyHowell1

Happy Shopping! x