Ice Cream Trend Design Essentials

Ice Cream isn’t just for eating!

Summer is finally here and the sun is shining! Now, take yourself back to a Miami ice cream palour, circa 1950’s; think vanilla, strawberry and a scoop of mint choc chip, and there you have the latest summer trend!

Choosing your palette really is as exciting and as choosing your favourite gelato. Teaming creamy colours with retro floor tiles, and throwing in scallop and semi circular patterns really allows you to make a statement. Or, stay cool this summer and balance the vibrancy with a backdrop of white keeping it fresh and crisp. If its more of a sophisticated gelato parlour look you’re you’re going for, lush velvet with brass fixtures and accessories will really add finesse to your home.

We enjoyed a fantastic day at Walton-On-The-Naze last week and their cafe (photo above) was the epitome of this look….and their ice creams weren’t bad either!

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Bring the outside in with the latest botanical trends

Bring the outside inside, blur the lines, be as one, and connect with nature. 

Offering an easy way to reconnect with nature while satisfying our ever-growing desire to go green. The growing botanical trend allows you to use the revitalising shades and materials of the natural world to create a sense of serenity in your home or office.  This trend as time goes on will evolve more to reflect a growing necessity to save the planet. For the moment though as an Interiors trend we are just demonstrating an affordable way that can transform rooms in your home.

Energise yourself with additions of plants and foliage.  Not only are they easy on the eye, but they also help to reduce stress and of course help reduce pollutants in your home. Oversized house plants can offer a bold statement, team these with clean lines and effortless furniture and you have added an easy feature piece to any room. If, like us,(  in particular Wendy  ) you struggle to keep your plants from turning a darker shade of brown….opt for smaller succulents or fakes. Easy to care for, and with no additional decorating, will add a pop of colour to what otherwise could be a blank canvas.

If you’re feeling brave and up for more of an overhaul, wallpaper, wallpaper, wallpaper! Add flourishing green hues to your walls and team with zesty yellows and golds to really feel the summer botanical vibe! Not one for wallpaper or large statement pieces? Don’t worry, this trend is so versatile, floral and foliage accent cushions or smaller accessories work just as well; try a simple Nkuku frame teamed with pressed flowers or foliage backed with banana paper, just beautiful. 

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Global Trends

With blue becoming the new black on Monday and then black becoming the new blue on Wednesday, global trends are a tricky club to follow. Thankfully we have some great tips on how to update, renew and rejuvenate your home without re-doing the whole room.

Through fashion and global trends, Aztec and IKAT patterns are looking to be a very popular these coming months. These patterns are perfect for transitional seasons and variation in colours allows for different themes and tones to develop and match your own personal style.

Here at Design Essentials we have plenty of products that can transform the Aztec trend into something personal to you. With different themes with in the patterns I have been able to create three unique looks for any room.

Gold: In Design Essentials we have a huge range of gold items, ranging from vases to pendant lights. The warm wooden tones keep the feel of the room stylish and homely.


Madeira wall clock  Gold smoke pillar pendant  GPO Retro radio  Acacia chair  Gold rough vase

Modern edge: Using the blacks and greys allow for a larger use of patterns with simple pieces still having a large impact.


Mila chair  Dunes gold floor lamp  Ripples vase Skeletal wall clock Black console table

Bronze and Brass: The warm feel of the brass adds a sense of boho chic and relaxed living.


Antique bronze clock  Nkuku glass frame  Zephyr table lamp  Bronze giraffe head  Stag lampshade  Black Tea reed diffuser

Hopefully the inspiration from these three separate looks will help you with the final push to complete this years summer trends from all around the world!


Trend Spotting at Pulse

New Trends 2015

Wendy and I spent an inspiring day at the Pulse trade show on Monday, browsing over 450 fabulous stands filled with gorgeous products at London Olympia. Trade shows and exhibitions are one of the best places to spot emerging interior trends for the coming seasons, and we left Pulse  very excited about some potential new interior ranges for Design Essentials in the Saffron Walden shop and via the website. A few exhibitors specifically caught our eye, and over the coming days and weeks Wendy will be working with them to pull together the Design Essentials ‘looks’ for later in the year, but in the meantime, here’s a little sneak preview of the Autumn and Winter trends which will be heading to Saffron Walden soon.

Inspired by Nature

Bringing outdoor references in to the home is a big theme for autumn and winter – as it is already for this summer – and in the colder seasons the colours become more muted and subtle, with intricate prints inspired by flora and fauna, and we particularly loved the collection below of co-ordinating lampshades and cushions.

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We are intending to introduce this range to the shop and website very soon, along with other lovely finds to help you create the outdoor look in your home. Industrial Chic The massive interior design trend of industrial chic shows no sign of waning, and Pulse showcased some great examples of how this look can be introduced to our homes. Lighting is a great way of incorporating a hint of industrial, and we already have some brilliant copper and wood pendants which fit this theme. At Pulse we found a fantastic new nostalgia range to complement our existing lighting and placed an order on the spot, so keep checking the Design Essentials website for more information on when the new stock will be with us.

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You don’t have to live in an edgy converted warehouse to drop a hint of the industrial in to your interior scheme. There are some fabulous pieces out there which give a nod to the trend without overdoing it. Use industrial styling with other trends such as warm metals, natural materials and tactile fabrics to soften the look, as shown in the look-book below:

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