Archive for June, 2010
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Some of the napkins on the market can be a bit plain and boring, so if you’re looking for something different, how about these beetle design napkins?
Produced by Warbeck and Cox, the cotton napkins are available in a choice of black or emerald green colour print and feature a quirky beetle design. They’re designed and made in England, using ethically sourced materials, and are £17 for a set of four.
If beetles aren’t your cup of tea, then they also produce a really nice set of napkins with a key design too.
The napkins can be purchased online from Warbeck and Cox, but you can also look out for them from other retailers, including National Trust shops.
Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
On special offer for one day only – or until stocks run out – is this great five piece stainless steel pan set, from M&S.
Usually priced at £25 for the set, today it’s reduced to only £15, which is great value for money for a kitchen staple. It would also be an affordable saucepan set for students.
The set includes a good range of pans, of varying sizes, including a 14cm, 16cm, 18cm and 20cm pan, plus a useful frying pan.
Buy your five piece stainless steel pan set at M&S.
Monday, June 28th, 2010
If you go weak at the knees at the thought of buying a new pair of shoes, and can’t get enough of stylish footwear, then this is the wallpaper for you!
Designed by Lisa Bengtsson, the monochrome Mother in Law wallpaper features a repetitive shoe design. The footwear is pictured at different angles and covers everything from knee high boots and broques, to slingbacks, ankle boots and high heeled stilettos.
This special shoe wallpaper is printed in Sweden and would be the perfect paper to hang in a boudoir, closet or dressing room. The Mother in Law wallpaper (we’d personally have named it Shoe Heaven) is available to purchase from Bodie and Fou.
Friday, June 25th, 2010
Crisp and colourful duvet
There are some lovely bedding options in the shops at the moment. If you love crisp, fresh whites, but would like a bit of colour added too, then this coffee bean design bedding by Clarissa Hulse is perfect.
The white cotton percale bed linen is jazzed up nicely with vertical lines of coffee beans, in red, blue, turqouise and orange . Well, they call it coffee beans at least – we’re not convinced this is the best description, as it’s mostly wavy strings of colour with the odd coffee bean shaped design added in (kind of like strings of fairy lights). Either way, it’s simplistic enough to still provide you with that crisp white bedding look, but without being totally bland and devoid of colour.
Pop over to John Lewis to find out more and buy a Clarissa Hulse coffee bean design duvet. Sizes range from double to super kingsize.
Thursday, June 24th, 2010
We featured the zebra wallpaper from Turner Pocock Cazalet a few weeks back, but for fans of tennis, they also produce a rather unusual tennis themed wallpaper as part of their English Sports range.
Available in a choice of natural – which is actually an electric green colour – or vintage, which is a cool taupe shade, the wallpaper features a repeated pattern of tennis rackets and balls, which is very effective and looks great on the wall.
If you’re a fan of tennis and design conscious, then perhaps this is the wallpaper for you?
You can purchase the tennis racquet wallpaper from the Turner Pocock Cazalet store on Not On The High Street. One 10m roll costs £75.
Thursday, June 24th, 2010
This year it’s the 25th anniversary of New Designers, the show that is renowned for, “Showcasing the very best in graduate design.”
Taking place at the Business Design Centre in London, it’s one of the most exciting shows of the year and will be showcasing in the region of 3,500 design graduates.
The event runs for two weeks, with nine different design zones and two prestigious awards evenings. Everything from furniture and architecture, to fashion, graphics and glass is covered. Part 1 runs from 1st to 4th July 2010 and covers textiles and fashion, contemporary applied arts, ceramics and glass, jewellery and precious metalwork. Part 2 takes place from 8th to 11th July 2010 and focuses on product design, furniture design, visual communications and spatial design.
If you’d like to attend New Designers, where you could gain insight into the latest designs and get a head start on what design trends we may be seeing in the years to come, then we’ve got a special ticket offer available.
Buying a ticket onsite at the event would cost you £14, but if you book in advance with our discount, the cost is only £8.50, plus a £1.50 booking fee – saving you £4 off the usual cost of a ticket.
Book now on 08448 480 140, or online at New Designers, and quote the special Fresh Design Blog discount code – “ND169″.
New Designers takes place at the Business Design Centre, London, N1 OQH. The nearest tube is Angel. For more information about the show and opening times, please visit the New Designers website.
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
Tub chairs are really comfortable for outdoor use, but this funky chair contains an LED light source, so it glows and provides some light as you sit outside when dusk is falling.
What’s more, it changes colour too – going through a series of seven different colour hues. Controllable via a small pocket sized remote control, the chair has a battery life of five hours and can easily be recharged again.
A matching coffee table, with the same abilities, is also available to complete the look. If you just want one piece, then a coffee table that lights up to tell you where to put your glass in the dark sounds perfect.
Both the glow tub chair and the glow coffee table are available from Dwell.
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Barbecue in style
This has got to be one of the most comprehensive barbecues we’ve seen for a while. If you’re looking to barbecue in style, then this Landmann five burner BBQ kitchen can ensure you do just that.
This comprehensive piece of cooking equipment comes with five stainless steel burners, a side burner, an infrared back burner, four chrome enamalled cooking grids and an electronic rotisserie. There’s a handy warming rack to keep food warm once its cooked and there are useful cabinets to store all your barbecue cooking equipment.
The barbecue kitchen is on castors, so it can be easily moved around outside on your patio or deck, but they have a locking feature, so it can be securely positioned for cooking.
As you’d expect, a barbecue of this size does come at a price, but that price is wonderfully reduced in the Debenhams sale. The Landmann Avalon BBQ kitchen was £2,289, but is now down to £1,439.10. It could be a great investment for die hard barbecue and outdoor dining fans.
Monday, June 21st, 2010
Ever wished you had a lampshade that matches your wallpaper, curtains, duvet or sofa fabric? Well now you can have a go at making your own perfect lampshade, with this great kit from Hunkydory Home.
This kit comes complete with step-by-step instructions and everything you need to make your own lampshade - all you need to supply is your choice of fabric or paper. Designed to make a 30cm lampshade for use in the UK or Europe, the end result will be suitable for a ceiling pendant or lamp base.
If you fancy being a bit creative and trying your hand at making your own lampshade, then this is a good kit to get you started. It’s only £12.99 from Hunkydory Home.
Friday, June 18th, 2010
These two rather cheeky retro wallpapers are designed by Dupenny and handprinted in the UK.
Inspired by the 50s, and printed in black and white, the designs are guaranteed to be a talking point and add fun and frivolity to your walls!
Choose from Housewife, which depicts women in provactive poses cooking, hanging out washing and doing the ironing, or Time for Tea, where tempting cakes are being served and tea poured by scantily clad women.
Both wallpapers can be purchased as panels - with each design, there are two panel choices, so you can pick the designs you like and mix and match accordingly. If you only have a small space, then a single panel is perfect. Buy the Housewife and Time for Tea wallpaper panels from EcoCentric.