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Six décor looks using wallpapers from Wallcover

October 24th, 2014

If you’re looking to transform the walls in your home and update your decor, then wallpaper is one of the top solutions. There’s a huge range of designs and styles available and you can use it to decorate whole rooms or create feature walls.

One of the biggest wallpaper manufacturers in Germany is A. S. Creation, who create high quality wallcoverings in a variety of styles and designs. A large selection of their products are available to buy at Wallcover and there are lots options for décor styles that you could adopt in your home.

To help inspire your decorating dreams, here are six looks that you could create in your home using A. S. Creation wallpapers from Wallcover.

Natural textures

Wallcovering and wallpaper in natural effects

Bringing elements of nature into homes is a popular trend and it can be particularly effective when using wallpaper. The Dekora Natur 5 collection provides plenty of scope to do just that, and is packed with wallcoverings featuring natural textures.

For example, if you’re creating an industrial style decor scheme for a room and want the effect of a brick wall, without having to do major DIY, then there’s a wallpaper made for you. For a bathroom, textured stone or tile effect wallpapers are a nice alternative to tiling and can be a quicker finish to achieve. Or if you want a modern rustic style, then you could try wooden effect wallpaper or for a contemporary home, why not add a touch of animal print into your design?

Playful prints

Best wallcovering ideas for tweens

Create a feature wall in your child’s bedroom with this wonderful striped effect ribbon style wallpaper. Aptly called ‘Be Happy’, this wallcovering offers a contemporary take on a traditional striped design, using playful colours and dainty motifs. It’s got shabby chic for tweens written all over it.

Tropical décor

A S Creation Bali wallpaper tropical design

Wish you were on your holidays? Get some of that holiday feel back, by using the tropical themed Bali range of wallpapers.

The collection includes prints and plain designs in coordinating colours, including floral and fauna in green, blue, red and pink. The luscious green leaves will help evoke the landscape of tropical climes.

Contemporary florals

Designer wallpaper from Wallcover

Floral designs don’t have to be big and blousy, or small and chintzy. For an elegant living room scheme, why not opt for a contemporary floral design, such as the Fioretto wallcoverings.

The colours and designs of these non-woven wallpapers are based on the colour palette of a traditional Mediterranean Finca. They feature warm tones and sophisticated floral designs which can be complimented by coordinating stripes or plain papers. The warm earthy colours work well in a living room or bedroom scheme.

Marvellous monochrome

Monochrome wallpaper trend

It’s the duo that goes together like salt and pepper – the classic shades of black and white are synonymous with sophistication and style. The colours combine effectively in home décor and can bring interest, pattern and atmosphere to walls.

The Black and White 2 collection contains tempting monochrome wallpapers featuring patterns, circles, dots, stripes, zig zags, florals and even book shelf effects. There’s something for everyone and they’ll work within many areas of your home, from a striking feature wall along your hall or stairs, to an elegant black and white dining room or bold monochrome bedroom.

Hollywood glamour

 How to decorate your home Hollywood style

Fancy injecting a spot of glitz and glamour into your home? Then why not deck your walls in the colours and style of Hollywood.

The Hollywood collection does as its name suggests and reflects the bold, vibrant world of Hollywood. The damask prints, in particular, in their lively colours will add warmth and depth to a room, but there are some subtle wallcovers available too. With papers that are glossy, matte, patterned and plain, there are plenty of options within this collection to add your version of Hollywood glamour to your home.

Find all these wallpapers and more at www.wallcover.com

***This is a collaborative post***

Transform your radiator with a Radwrap cover: Review

October 23rd, 2014

How to cover a radiator with a contemporary radiator cover

At Fresh Design  we are always looking for new and innovative design ideas. So when we were invited to review Radwraps – a new and original way of covering radiators – we were intrigued.

First take a look at the radiator in my daughter’s room. It is a fairly large radiator and doesn’t look too bad, but my daughter, being the arty twelve year old she is, jumped at the chance of brightening it and her room up.

So what are Radwraps?

Basically they are a unique way of covering your radiator, brightening up a room in seconds, with no DIY required. Plus they are easy to keep clean. All you need is a damp cloth to wipe away any dirt.

James Maddocks and his dad came up with the idea six years ago when, having decorated the living room, they found the radiator to be very bland looking. Having considered a few ideas they came up with the idea of Radwraps– magnetic sheets applied to the front of the radiator, with no glue or screws required.

The design allows heat to travel through the wrap, so you don’t lose any heat from your radiator. In fact, they say that this unique radiator cover system is more efficient than a traditional wooden radiator cover.

Now have a look at the radiator with the radwrap on:

It’s good isn’t it?

I can honestly say that the Radwrap was so easy to install. The instructions state that you should clean the radiator first with a warm damp cloth and then when it is dry, roll the Radwrap on to the radiator. You then do any readjusting you need to and within a minute you have your radwrap installed.

The options on the website are excellent and are grouped into categories. My ten year old liked the Machester United Radwrap so that may yet go on his Christmas list. But you can also create your own radwrap by sending in your own design.

Designs are set out in different categories on the website, and are easy to search. A word of warning though – don’t just give the code when buying. We did this and got sent the wrong one. Play safe and give a brief description as well.

We are happy with the product and with the quality. I have thought before about doing something a bit different with a radiator, but couldn’t be bothered with the time and the effort, both in doing it and in changing it later should you get fed up of the design. With the Radwrap if you fancy a change you just take it off – easy enough. Prices start at £39.99 and, in my opinion, would be a good idea for a Christmas present for older children.

 (Disclosure: A radiator cover was supplied for the purposes of this review, but all views and opinions are those of the reviewer).

 

Animal antics: Fresh design ideas for children’s rooms

October 22nd, 2014

Children's room decor ideas from Fresh Design Blog

Do your children love animals? Here are four ideas for bringing animal themes into children’s rooms, through the walls, floor and accessories.

1. Create your own animal wall art, with this set of six fabric animal picture frame wall stickers. Use them together, or space them out around a room. Just peel and stick….and if you don’t like where you’ve placed it, just peel it off and reposition it. They’re £26 per set from Spin Collective.

2. Hedgehog’s aren’t always prickly, as this hedgehog cushion proves. It’s handmade by Robin and Mould and available in burnt orange, or other colour options. It’s £18 from Howkapow.

3. Soft and cuddly, this green elephant cushion, with its floral appliquéd design, will add a touch of comfort and luxury to a child’s room. It’s designed by Matthew Williamson, as part of his Butterfly Home range, and is £18 from Debenhams.

4. Have animals underfoot, with these wonderful felt rugs. Choose from Billie Badger, Finlay Fox or Herby Hedgehog – £65 at Graham and Green

Home Office Design: Choosing office furniture

October 21st, 2014

Working from home is fantastic but your office environment has to be fit for purpose. Home offices tend to be a bit haphazard – mis-matching furniture and recycled chairs or desks are common.

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of bohemian shabby chic. But – and it’s a big one – a home office that’s been thrown together from left over and donated bits of furniture can be a depressing place to work in.

It can be hard enough to motivate yourself each day; you don’t want to make it even more difficult for yourself by creating a work space that you dislike. A home office that has not been thought through is also likely to be uncomfortable with irritating access problems.

How not to create a fresh design home office

How not to do it!

So before you just throw something together spend a few minutes thinking about what you like and what you find energising. It can be hard to know where to start so here are some useful questions:

  • What proportion of desk space to storage space do you need?
  • Can you save space by wall mounting PC’s, screens and cables?
  • Do you need lots of wall space for visual lists and mood boards?

Don’t just hit IKEA. Be prepared to go to a few specialist office furniture shops because they will have a bigger range and are more likely to have some clever bits of kit to help you get more from your space.

They are also more likely to be able to provide expert advice and help you with your planning.

A bit of time invested in planning will pay for itself over and over again because you will be more productive and a lot happier.

How to create the perfect home office working space

Successful home offices

Don’t be too utilitarian (or tight). You should make sure your office is a place you think is attractive and want to spend time in.

  • Do you like dark, book lined spaces or do you like clean uncluttered lines?
  • Do muted colours sooth you during a stressful day or do dashes of vibrant colour keep your mind ticking over?
  • Are there posters or pictures you love and have you considered wall stickers?  Refresh or rotate them to keep it interesting.
Finally dare to be different. It’s your office have fun with it!

 

How about an office bar or a beach inspired office?!

 

Halloween home decor ideas

October 18th, 2014
 Fresh Design blog Halloween home decor ideas
T’is the month for all things spooktacular! If you’re planning on decorating your home for Halloween or are hosting some ghoulish celebrations at home, then here are some ideas for Halloween home decor ideas.

1. Welcome visitors to your home with a Happy Halloween door sign – £10 from The Contemporary Home

2. Serve up spooky treats in these irregular shaped Myndig black bowls – £3 each from Ikea

3. Create atmospheric lighting, with spooky black cat lights – £15 from Lights4fun

4. Hang some colourful decorations, like these fab bright orange honeycomb paper pumpkins – from £3.50 each at Pipii

5. Decorate your home with mini skulls – and get the bonus of eating these ones too! Handmade chocolate skulls, £5 each from The Chocolate Deli

6. Adorn your table with a Halloween themed table runner – £5 for two from Postbox Party

7. Make your own pumpkin shaped cakes or bakes, with this set of six orange silicon pumpkin mould cups – £9.50 from M&S

8. Go batty, with these Halloween bat design wall decorations – £12 from Charlie Boots

Fresh Design finds: Delightful dog mugs by Alpenfraulein

October 15th, 2014

Designer dog mugs by Alpenfraulein reviewed by Fresh Design Blog

Awww, aren’t these dog mugs delightful?

As far as dog designs go, these mugs by Alpenfraulein are beautifully designed and full of character. There are four different mug designs in the collection – Eric the Pug, Johann the Bulldog, Beth the Poodle  and Lionel the Dachshund.

The screen printed black illustrations stand out well on the bone china white mugs, but they each also feature a touch of gold – just enough to set the designs off in style, without being too blingy. There also some extra gold touches to find inside, which is a nice addition to the mugs.

We particularly love the Dachshund design. This cheeky chappy has a sparkle in his eyes, gorgeous stripey effect ears and a very elegant long nose. As you drink your coffee, tea or a beverage of your choice, and the liquid inside goes down, a little golden branch/stick will gradually be revealed:

Fresh design blog reviews Alpenfraulein

The poodle mug has a cute golden collar inside, the bulldog has a golden bone and the pug mug has a (somewhat less alluring) golden pile of poo, with a fly buzzing above.

Alpenfraulein, the company behind the design, are a new brand founded in London by friends and photographer-team Nici and Karin. Nici’s French bulldog Fred is the inspiration behind the bulldog design and their work as a whole offers a modern interpretation of Austrian traditions and multicultural lifestyles.

All the mugs are designed by Nici and Karin and produced on bone china in Stoke-on-Trent. They’re priced at £18 each and can be bought direct from the Alpenfraulein website - www.alpenfraulein.com 

These are definitely a great fresh design find and the perfect way to drink tea or coffee in style! We await with interest to see how their brand and collection develops in the future.

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Geometric home triangle trend: Wallpaper and furniture to love

October 13th, 2014

Fresh Design blog loves contemporary geometric triangle designs

 

It’s funny – when you spot one triangle themed design that you like, then you find another!

We discovered the Rebel Walls wallpaper range the other day and love the Quadrangle design, with its colourful design on distinctive wrinkled paper. It’s available in two very nice colourways and costs £33 per m2.

Then we spotted that Marks and Spencer are doing some furniture with similarly gorgeous geometric designs inspired by triangles. The Portia footstool in Opus multi (£279) and the Portia chair in Opus multi (£699) would both look great in a living room.

Whether you use the furniture together with the wallpaper, or separately, they’re both stunning designs that are perfectly suited for a discerning contemporary home. Long live geometrics!

 

Fab Friday Bargains: Homeware and furniture for less

October 10th, 2014

Fresh Design Blog's fab Friday homeware bargains

Bargain hunters ahoy!

If you’re looking for homeware or furniture for your house, or to get some early Christmas shopping in, then there’s good news on the reduction front with plenty of shops having sales in force. Here are our top picks this week:

1. Rhubarb scented candle, reduced to £7.99 (was £17.50) at M&S

2. Peto large triangle patterned wool rug, now £245 (was £350) at Habitat

3. Keep Cool and Sleepwell ikat print bedding set, now from £18.99 at M&S

4. London buses knitted blanket, £11 off, now £64 at Cath Kidston

5. Set of four newsprint napkins, now £12 (was £15) from Cath Kidston

6. Joyce large acacia coffee table with a walnut stain, now £76 at Habitat (was £110)

7. Biba stripe mono vase, reduced to £36 at House of Fraser

Fresh Design finds: Jumbo elephant design cutlery drainer

October 9th, 2014

Fresh design finds: elephant cutlery drainer Elephant design tumbler

Oh wow, what a fab discovery – we love these!

These wonderful Jumbo elephant pots by Peleg Design are designed to be used in your kitchen, to drain off cutlery.

The elephant is a quirky and fun design, but also serves a practical purpose too; any excess water drains back out of the pot, down the elephant’s trunk and back into your sink (if positioned appropriately!).

Jumbo bathroom accessories from Mocha

As well as using Jumbo in your kitchen, it also works well used in a bathroom – it’s perfect for storing toothbrushes and toothpaste in.

With its distinctive design, and characterful looks, Jumbo is available in either grey or white and costs just £13.99 from Mocha. Go on, your kitchen needs one!

 

Fresh Design furniture: Distinctive table designs by Andrew Martin

October 7th, 2014

Andrew Martin table designs

Here at Fresh Design, we’re really fond of the fusion style interior designs by Andrew Martin.

His range of wallpaper is a particular favourite, but recently we’ve also been exploring some of his furniture designs. In this round-up we’re looking at four of his table designs, all of which offer a slightly unusual and eclectic influence.

From an industrial style dining table, to a travel inspired side table, each of these table designs has been intricately produced and constructed and are pieces that deserve to be in pride of place in your home.

1. Industrial style Bingham dining table, with a distinctive mechanical design base – from Occa-Home

2. Da Gama campaign side table, in glossy chrome with brown leather trim evokes memories of travel – from LuxDeco

3. Dillon side table, in black metal and glass with an attractive curved design – from Amara

4. Columbus console table, with an industrial skyline style design – from Occa-Home

Find out more about Andrew Martin and his other distinctive designs at www.andrewmartin.co.uk

 
 
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