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Working Smarter Not Harder

Working Smarter not Harder

If like many of us you’re working from home, you’ll know that a good chair, a space to work, speedy wifi and a cuppa is your must-have list of items to get a bit of work done.

Despite the average age of your current co-workers (probably about 6 years old!), you’re maxed out on zoom, and phone calls-we get it! So when you’re multitasking and distracted, you need all the help you can get to be working smarter.

The Koble SMART desk is your new best friend!

With a range of smart functions, it’s beautifully made and looks simple and stylish.

There are two original designs: The Lana and the Silas. Each has slightly different features including,

  1. Integrated fast wireless charging technology.
  2. Touch-sensitive control buttons.
  3. Integrated blue-tooth speakers
  4. 2 USB charging points
  5. A toughened glass top that wipes clean and perfect for making notes with a white-board marker.

Koble Lana Smart Desk Design Essentials Working From Home Work Smarter Not HarderLana Smart Desk Koble Design Essentials

The Lana is also ergonomically friendly with it’s ‘rise and fall’ feature to transition smoothly from sitting to standing.

Ideal for a small space

Because of their inbuilt features and compact design, the Koble desk is the ideal furniture for a small workspace. It’s not cumbersome or awkward and with it’s ‘work while standing’ feature The Lana desk doesn’t even require a chair!

Clear of clutter and cables this desk is a total revelation with everything you need for your home office.

Teenage Kicks?

It’s also the perfect solution for testing teenagers. The hub of smart tech it’s the go-to desk for a teens bedroom. As a proud mother of a teenager myself, I’ve found there’s no better incentive to get homework done and dusted while chilling out to tunes. With a choice of desks to suit all spaces and budgets, it’s definitely worth a try!

Time to Accessorise

You’ve chosen your desk; now it’s time accessorise:

Here are our top picks to complete the ideal workspace.

  1. Desk Lamps. We love the Arc desk lamp; it’s sleek and stylish.
  2. Rugs, throws and hides. Stay warm and cosy if you’re working late with a range of cowhide, sheepskin and reindeer rugs.
  3. Additional Lighting: We love a bright pendant light to give maximum impact when working. This glass look from Ebb & Flow is very on-trend.
  4. Wall décor: Art can inspire, and you might need all you can get if you’re like our favourite print: The Procrastinating Lady with the Pink Pencil.
  5. Alarm clock: Early morning meeting? You need the touch control top and new flip alarm technology of the Ginko Flip Click Clock. (that’s a tongue twister!)
  6. Personalised notebook, mug and spoon (yes I said spoon, for all that tea!)

Koble Arc Smart Lamp Charger Design Essentials Working From Home Work Smarter Not HarderSaffron Walden Fur Rugs and Hides36cm horizon pendant lampshade smokey grey ebb and flow design essentialsMineheart Portrait Design Essentials Working From Home Work Smarter Not HarderGingko Flip Alarm Clock Design Essentials Working From Home Work Smarter Not HarderPulp Haus Customisable Notebook Design EssentialsPersonalisable Spoon Design Essentials Working From Home Work Smarter Not Harder


You can order everything online from our website and have it delivered to your door without even leaving your desk or the dining room table! Alternatively, you are welcome to come and road-test the desk and accessories in-store by appointment. Give us a call to arrange a socially distanced visit on 07813 840402.

New Collection Top 6 At Design Essentials.

New Collectiom

It has been a very exciting time recently here at Design Essentials particularly with the launch of the new collection. We have some fabulous new items in our catalogue but I have chosen by top six items to tell you about.

Clockwise from top to bottom:

Clear Jar Pendant Light-£30

This pendant light complete with our vintage-style dome bulbs and thick fabric cables would make the perfect addition to a modern home by giving a room a more rugged urban feel. They are available in many colours including clear, pink, purple, blue, amber, red and green glass.

Lichfield Camera Lamp B22 40W– £145
This 60s style Lichfield camera lamp has an old fashioned mechanism and oversize flash that houses the light bulb. It’s a great new product to add to our ever-growing retro range here at Design Essentials and will light up the corner of a room with a quirky twist.

Caprio Set Of Two Grey Nesting Side Tables– £192
This set of subtle vintage taupe hue side tables from design essentials are very elegant. They have been created from laser cut sheet steel, so although looking quite dainty they are actually robust and practical.

Bookseat Grey/Charcoal– £24
This is an award-winning design and we are thrilled to be stocking this Bookseat. They are now a must have item for every bookshelf and they are very versatile as they can be used to hold your iPad, kindle and other tablet devices.

Westwood Black GPO Speaker– £79
I am totatally in love with this vintage-looking Westwood Black GPO Speaker. The Westwood can also be used to boost the sound of your GPO record player, offering an additional 25 watts of sound with bass and treble dials, giving you total control of your sound. The retro style also ties in very well with the design of our record players and will make a cool looking centrepiece in your room.

Linen And White Pepper Scented Candle– £11.50
This candle makes up our extensive new scented candle range. This particular scent is my favourite as it is a clean, crisp fragrance, which blends pure white cotton flowers with base notes of calla lily, vanilla and warm musk. It would give a homely scent to any room in the house.

Go Retro for Mother’s Day

Vintage Style Products


At Design Essentials we have a wide variety of retro-style products to give a room a quirky twist. At the moment mixing modern furnishing with hints of retro flare is a popular interior design trend. The products we have at Design Essentials are very versatile and can work well in any room from a kitchen to a bedroom and are appropriate for a wide range of ages.

Products featured above:

Cinematic Lightbox-£30

This is a bestselling product and is available online and in the Design Essentials Saffron Walden store. It comes with 69 different letters, numbers and symbols, to allow you to display a special quote; names of family members; seasonal messages; or even favourite films. Even celebrities like Fearne Cotton and Jamie Oliver have been loving lightboxes just like ours!

Suitcase Record Player-£79

This is a very stylish, lightweight record player, with a suitcase design making it easily portable. It is great quality, bound in leatherette making it the perfect gift for a music lover. Another fantastic feature of the product is the fact that it comes with a USB stick to allow you to record your vinyl records.

Vinyl Record Case- £34.95

To go alongside the record player why not invest in one of our record cases to make sure your records stay in good condition and sound the best they can. The case has a removable lid and is available in four colours; red, black, blue and brown.
Ampersand Light- £40

This is another funky retro light that we have on offer at Design Essentials and is a bold statement piece for your room. Like the Cinematic Light it too is one of our bestsellers and adds a bit of old-school Hollywood glamour to your home.

Retro Rotary Phone-£39

This telephone is a product sure to earn itself a few compliments. The simplistic design makes it a hit with homeowners and the ‘70s design adds a sense of nostalgia. It has a traditional bell ring and rotary design giving it a timeless finish.

Top 10 Sale Picks

If you love a good sale steal Design Essentials have some fabulous pieces at even better prices at the moment. We are looking to free up some space in the shop for some exciting new year collections therefore some of the prices of our current stock have been knocked down to tempt you into buying our beautiful products even more! Below are the top 10 sale picks at the moment so be sure to check them out.

1. Railway Sleeper Light


2. Aged Bronze Lotus Buddha SculptureLibra Aged Bronze Buddha from Design Essentials

3. Large Freestanding Pumpkin Lamp


4. White Table Lamp


5. Conceal ‘L’ Shelf White


6. Distressed Stag Head Wall Sculpture

Distressed White Stag Head Sculpture

7. Bunting Bird Gilded Ceramic Trinket Jar


8. Madera Wall Clock In Natural

design essentials madera wall clock in natural with nickel rim

9. Manhattan Antiquated Trunk

Manhattan Antiquated Trunk

10. Jostling Elephants Sculpture

Jostling Elephants Sculpture from Design Essentials

Cinematic Lights


Looking for Christmas present ideas? These cinematic lights with their retro style make them a very on-trend design feature! The timeless design with 64 interchangeable letters and symbols makes it perfect for friends, sons and daughters, mums and dads, or grannys and grandads. The quirky light display can be used in a limitless number of ways such as spelling out a special quote; names of family members; seasonal messages; or even favourite films. ORDER NOW via our online shop or head over to our physical shop on Market Row to get your hands on one of these must-have lights!

Here are some fabulous examples of how our customers have used the cinematic lights:

Quirky Cinematic Lights

Lovely Letter Lights

As the nights draw, in it is the perfect time to liven up your room. These letter lights are the ideal design feature that will brighten up any space on a dreary autumn day.

They would also make a fabulous ‘back to uni’ present because they will add a personal touch to a student’s room, as well as providing a much-needed cosy atmosphere for those days when students may be missing home.


‘c’ metal letter lights // £22



A clever idea would be to use your letter lights to spell out words that have a special meaning, such as a favourite place or band.

We have up to six colours to choose from, including white, red, black, green, blue and yellow, so there’s a letter light for everyone.





Special thanks to our customer Jaqui Cully for this gorgeous photo. She’s used one of our letter lights to make a lovely tabletop feature, but you can create a bold statement by hanging the letter lights on the wall.





Head over to our store to check out our full range of letter lights, or you could BUY NOW from our online shop. If you would like to order online, please let us know which individual letter lights you want, along with your preferred colour letters, in the comments section when at the checkout.

For more posts like the one featured above or just to stay up-to-date with our new products, follow Design Essentials on Instagram @design_essentials1.

Valentines Shopping Evening at Design Essentials

Design Essentials are delighted to be hosting a Valentines shopping evening which will feature.

1. The launch  of Becky Creed’s lighting and home accessories 2015 collection

2. Life Of Riley’s exclusive sample sale with Luxury leather gift items perfect for him and her which can also be personilised.

3. Complimentary wine

4. Special offers on the night.

5. Gift ideas for a variety of budgets.

Shopping Event: 15.30pm- 20.30pm

Thursday 5th February 2015

Where: Design Essentials

                13 Market Hill

                Saffron Walden

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Sunday 8th February 2015

Where: Design Essentials

Time: Normal opening hours – 11am – 3pm

Life of Riley

On these days we  will be holding an exclusive sample sale of luxury leather products by Life Of Riley for Design Essentials customers,  friends and family. Men and ladies alike can prepare for the upcoming Valentine’s Day with choice from the range of beautiful, unique leather gifts.

cufflink case open

men’s leather cufflink box

ladies jewellery and watch box

ladies’ leather jewellery box

Becky Creed

Becky Creed is a local designer specialising in handmade home accessories. Becky was shortlisted as a finalist by The Lighting Design Association for the 2014 Delight In Light  competition.  Her work focuses on using vibrant colour and recycled materials. In particular paper and cardboard. Becky’s brand new collection of lights and vases are made from her unique paper based material.



So come along enjoy a glass of wine with friends and enjoy exclusive offers on the night of the Shopping Evening. We’ll also be offering a  free gift with every purchase over £30 for the first 20 customers.

Make sure you join the event on Facebook for exclusive offers.

Follow @wendyhowell1 and @beckycreed1 on Twitter or visit www.beckycreed.co.uk for more information about Becky’s work.