Archive for November, 2009

Cargo camper van egg cup set

Monday, November 30th, 2009
4 camper van egg cups

Quirky camper van egg cups

If you love camper vans and boiled eggs, than you’ll love this set of four camper van egg cups.

They’re made of china and come in a set of mixed colours - orange, green, red and blue – and are only £10 for the set of four, from Cargo.

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Clever walnut key nut cracker

Monday, November 30th, 2009
Turn the key - and open the walnut

Turn the key - and open the walnut

Cracking open the shells of nuts is something I always associate with Christmas, but I’ve recently discovered that our nutcrackers have mysteriously broken.

Walnuts are often tricky to open with conventional nutcrackers, due to their bulky size, soI love the idea of this walnut key.

The key is designed to cleverly slot into the groove on the top of the walnut shell and allows you to ‘unlock’ and open it up. It looks easy to use and less cumbersome then traditional nutcrackers.

The walnut key is available from Cox and Cox for £6.

Big Ben clock wall sticker

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Fancy Big Ben on your wall?

We’ve featured lots of wall stickers before, but this one goes one step further.

Designed in the famous shape of Big Ben, this giant wall sticker provides more than just a decorative form of wall art – it’s a working clock, too.

The elaborate sticker comes with a working clock face with quartz movement, with black metal hands, and operates on one AA battery.

If you’ve not got room for a full-size grandfather clock, but have got a suitable area of wall free (you’ll need 295mm x 2000mm), then this could be the perfect solution.

You can buy your very own Big Ben at Funky Little Darlings, for £120.

Butterfly panel metal wall art

Thursday, November 26th, 2009


As wall art goes, this three panel metal butterfly creation is very effective.

The dark metal panels, which measure 76cm in height, are decorated with copper blossomed tree branches and metalic butterflies.

There’s a lovely element of depth to it and the butterflies almost look like they’re about to fly away.

It’s a stunning piece and the metal panels give a modern feel to it.

You can buy the butterfly wall art from Belle Home for £95.

December 2010 Update:

We’ve had a few enquiries about this product, as it now appears to be out of stock at Belle Home. Alternatively, you can also buy it from Brilliant Wall Art on Amazon or from White Candle, for £89.95.

Take the design style quiz

Thursday, November 26th, 2009


The International School of Colour and Design in Australia have created this fun design style quiz, to help you pinpoint what your interior home style is.

It’s easy to use and involves dragging your favourite items over to one side of the screen. It’s not all based on which home products you like best, but also on your personality, the colours you like and what your favourite activities are.

We took the test and it came out with the result that our style personality is a New York loft (probably pretty accuate) - what’s yours?

Leafy silk window panel

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
Stunning window panel

Stunning window panel

If you want to feel like you’re living in the leafy countryside, when you’re actually based in the heart of a city, then this window panel could help virtually transport you.

Made from 100% silk, the window panel features a lovely fresh green leaf image with the sun shining through it, and it’s been digitally printed onto the silk.

It’s designed by Ella Doran (the same person that designed the smarties worktop saver we featured recently) and the standard size is 130cm by 245cm. It’s also available as a blackout roller blind too or you can have a particular silk panel size made for you.

To get this leafy backdrop in your window, you’ll need to part with £145 over at Ella Doran’s shop.

Fun animal shaped jugs

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009



Swap your plain and boring milk jugs for one of these fun white ceramic jugs, which are available in a choice of quirky animal shapes.

There are five to choose from – cow, dog, duck, elephant and rabbit – and they measure 6cm to 8cm in height.

The animal jugs are available for £8.50 each from Caravan Style.

Laguna Art Glass handbag vases

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

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You can never have enough handbags, but now you can have them to pop your flowers in too.

These novel glass vases, by Laguna Art Glass, have been cleverly crafted in the shape of handbags.

The black and white rounded swirl vase measures 18cm and costs £22, whilst the blue and black handbag vase (which looks more like turquoise and green) is 16cm in size and is available for £20.

Buy them both from DotMaison.

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Illustrated Living special discount offer

Monday, November 23rd, 2009


The lovely folks at Illustrated Living are offering readers of Fresh Design Blog 10% off all orders placed betweeen now and the end of December 2009.

To take advantage of the discount, all you need to do is enter the code ‘FRESHXMAS’ at the checkout, and 10% will be deducted from everything in your basket. Free shipping is available on all orders over £75.

The Now Panic and Freak Out tea towel, which we previously featured, is back in stock in their online shop, but there are plenty of other gorgeous home and interior goodies to get your hands on too, including stylish kitchen equipment, tableware, cushions and posters.

Here are some of our favourites:

Unusual cable and cotton lights

Unusual cable and cotton lights

These unusual cable and cotton lights look like a fun way of adding creative lighting into your home, especially as you can either hang or drape the cable and use it wherever you want in your home.

The box arrives with 35 colourful cotton spheres in it, which you can arrange onto a cable loop as you want. They provide a decorative focus point when not lit, but when they’re switched on, they offer an interesting glow.

The cable and cotton lights are £34.95 for a set of 35.

Retro phone

Retro phone

This purple trim phone is styled on the original 70s Trim Phone, but has a modern retro feel to it.

The twist dial has been replaced by an easy to use push button system and it’s in a gorgeous shade of purple, plus various other colours too. It’s priced at £34.95.

Red felt placemats

Red felt placemats

These fun red felt placemats in the Enchanted Forest design have butterflies, flowers and birds cut into them.

A set of six is available for £19.95 and they’ll add a touch of colour and interest to your dining table.

Gruffalo breakfast set

Gruffalo breakfast set

For the children in your life, Illustrated Living also have a great range of Gruffalo inspired items (the Gruffalo book, by Julia Donaldson, was recently voted the best children’s bedtime story book by listeners of Radio 2), including this four piece Gruffalo children’s breakfast set, £14.95.

Ankara love seat designed for two

Monday, November 23rd, 2009
Cuddle up on the love seat

Cuddle up on the love seat

We’ve featured loveseats suitable for the conservatory or garden before (like the Orbit loveseat from Conran), but here’s one that’s perfect for cuddling up on indoors too.

This wide Ankara loveseat is perfectly designed to fit two people comfortably, with plenty of spare space, and is a nice solid piece of furniture.

It’s available in various neutral colours, including light oatmeal, which will fit in well with many colour schemes.

The loveseat is available from Dwell and sells for £449.

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