Archive for December, 2009

Handy square colander from Pedlars

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
Colander in four colours

Colander in four colours

You don’t often come across square colanders – they’re predominently round – so it’s a pleasant surprise to find these square ones at Pedlars.

Made of acrylic, the colanders have a very useful handle, which can be hooked over the sink when draining pasta, rice or vegetables.

The colander is 21cm by 21cm and is available in a choice of four colours – red, white, green and black.

Find them at Pedlars, where there’s currently 20% off in the sale.

Silver champagne flute from M&S

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
Bargain champagne glass

Bargain champagne glass

If you’re planning on popping open a bottle of champagne or two to toast the New Year, then these silver champagne flutes from M&S would be the perfect accompaniment.

They’re reduced in the sale and are now only £3 each – a very stylish bargain!

Vote for us in The Homies 2009

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009


The Homies 2009, run by Apartment Therapy, help highlight the best home blogs on the net. 

Some kind soul nominated Fresh Design Blog in the Home Design category (thanks to those who let us know, otherwise we may have missed it!) and we’d be delighted if anyone else could pop along and vote for us. 

You need to quickly register here first, before you can cast your vote.

We’ve voted for some of our favourites here, which you can take a peek at too.

Reduced price cosy blanket at Plumo

Monday, December 28th, 2009
Snuggle up and keep warm

Snuggle up and keep warm

Just spotted – we featured this bright and colourful Avoca blanket before, but have noticed that it’s come down in price (hooray!).

The cosy blanket is made from wool and mohair in the oldest working mill in County Wicklow, Ireland and has been reduced by £20 in the Plumo sale.

Top 12 places to bag sale bargains

Thursday, December 24th, 2009
Happy Christmas from Fresh Design Blog

Happy Christmas from Fresh Design Blog

 We’d like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas – thanks for reading our posts this year!

We’re taking a bit of a seasonal break now, but will be back in the New Year to share more Fresh Design home and interiors ideas with you.

In the meantime, here are some useful links for hunting down some home sale bargains.

Top  12 Places to Bag Sale Bargains

Debenhams – up to 70% off starts online on 24th December

The White Company – up to 40% off

House of Fraser – online sale starts midday on 24th December

John Lewis – sale starts online at 6pm on 24th December

Currys – sale starts on 24th December

Boots – 50% off sale starts on 24th December

Comet – online sale starts at 6pm on 24th December

M&S – sale starts online on 25th December

Plumo – sale starts online on Boxing Day

Ikea – sale starts on Boxing Day

Tesco Direct sale

Sainsbury’s online sale

Also worth a look:

Interiors bargains

25 of the best Christmas and Boxing Day sale deals

John Lewis home clearance sale

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

jl-egyptian-towels          roxy-large-sofa  denby_blue_china

If you’ve been saving up your pennies in readiness for the post-Christmas sales, then you’ll pleased to hear that some are starting earlier this year.

A few online sales started yesterday, but if you’ve got your heart set on the John Lewis sale, it’s launching online at 6pm on Christmas Eve. This offers quite an early start on the in-store sale, which will commence on Sunday 27th December.

John Lewis already have a sale clearance preview page up with a few tasters on. Egyptian cotton towels will be priced from £1.50, Denby china from £6 and you could take home a Roxy large sofa for £599.

Three of the best contemporary 2010 calendars from Zazzle

Monday, December 21st, 2009

At this time of year, there are a multitude of calendars to choose from, but so many are dreadfully twee and uninspiring.

If you’ve not yet found your perfect calendar and are looking for something a bit different, then we’d recommend having a look at what’s on offer at Zazzle.

They specialise in one-of-a-kind, print-on-demand products, and they’ve got a great range of calendars, created by some of the world’s best artists and up-and-coming individuals.

Here are three of our favourites.

Thaneeya McArdle 2010 calendar


This funky calendar from internationally acclaimed Thaneeya McArdle features images from her original drawings and paintings. This a calendar full of colour and the images are drawn from influences such as abstract, whimsical, photorealism and psychedelic.

The cover shot, shown above, is a riot of colour, but it’s worth going to look more closely at the images for the months of the year, as you get to see a really good mix of Thaneeya’s artwork.

Autumn Landscape calendar


Despite being descriped as autumn, the images on this colourful calendar are not autumny all the way through!

The calendar was created by Glemelin and portrays images of digital art.

Carnival in Venice calendar


Carnival in Venice is by Bulgan_Lumini and features a collection of watercolour and mixed media paintings, all inspired by Carnival in Venice.

The artist suggests that, at the end of 2010, you can take the calendar apart and frame the images as artwork to keep in your home.

Sagaform glass candle holder

Sunday, December 20th, 2009
Etched tea light holder

Etched tea light holder

This lovely glass tea light holder, by Sagaform, is etched with a pretty stem pattern – not unlike Orla Kiely’s classic stem designs.

The holder is 15cm tall, so can comfortably hold a tall candle or a small tea light and it glows beautifully when lit.

Buy the Sagaform candle holder from Illustrated Living, for £12.95.

Don’t forget, you can still take advantage of our special 10% discount with Illustrated Living for all purchases made until 31st December 2009.

Unusual Alvar Aalto glass dishes

Friday, December 18th, 2009
Not just any old dish...

Not just any old dish...

For a more creative looking unusual shaped dish, you can’t beat the Alvar Aalto collection, from Iittala.
With their nicely rounded edges, and tactile curves, they’d look great on a table in your living room, or used packed to the brim with sweets and nibbles at a party.
The ultramarine blue glass is just one of the options available – you’ll also find the same design in clear, grey, sand and turqouise blue.
Buy the bowls from Skandium for £13 each.

Patchwork Harmony vintage chocolate mould decorations

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
Unique hanging decorations

Unique hanging decorations

For something different to hang on your Christmas tree this year, how about these vintage chocolate mould decorations?

You wouldn’t know it to first look at them, but they’ve been upcycled from redundant chocolate moulds and made into unusual hanging decorations. The decorative shapes of the moulds suit the purpose well and it’s a very clever idea.

A mixed bag of five of these unusual decorations is available from Patchwork Harmony for £6.95.

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