Archive for August, 2011

Maple cream chunky knitted cushion

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Contemporary knit cushion

Natural knitted cushion

This is the most lovely, soft and snuggly cushion (trust me, you won’t want to put it down) – and the chunky knitted design is on trend too!

With an autumnal chill already in the air (where has the summer gone?), this is the perfect cushion for snuggling up to on a chilly night.

The knitted cushion is made from 100% acrylic, with a polyester lining, and comes in a maple cream natural colour.

It’s usually priced at £55, but is currently on offer for £41.25 from Laura Ashley.

Karlsson Spirograph multi colour wall clock

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Top 10 contemporary wall clocks

Colourful spiral clock

Karlsson are renowned for producing some great product designs and their wall clocks are no exception.

If you’d like to add a splash of colour to your walls, then this multicoloured spirograph clock is the perfect way of doing so.

The large clock features spirals radiating around the clock face in six colours (yellow, orange, red, pink, blue and green) and can be purchased from Oliver Bonas.

We’ve featured lots of other contemporary, stylish and designer wall clocks on Fresh Design Blog. Check out the links below for 10 more fabulous funky wall clocks!

Stainless steel scissors wall clock

Upcycled bicycle wheel clock

Thomas Bucheim multicoloured clock

Karlsson leaves clock

Aspiral motion wall clock

DIY Passe Partout Karlsson wall clock

Quirky Karlsson book clocks

Big Ben wall clock wall sticker

Designer bouquet clock

Funky test card clock

Nigella Lawson special offers on Achica

Friday, August 26th, 2011

We’ve been keeping our eyes on Achica this week, as they’ve had some good deals on homeware. Amongst the goodies, they currently have an offer on Nigella Lawson products that runs until 7am on Saturday 27th August. Here are some of the deals we like the look of.

Set of blue party entertaining serving bowls

Blue appetiser bowls

This set of five mini appetiser bowls, which come on a matching blue plate, would be great for serving dips or nibbles in when entertaining. It’s been nicely designed so there are indentations on the platter, so the bowls fit in place with ease and won’t wobble around when you’re carrying it.

The blue appetiser set is normally £42, but is on offer at Achica for £26. The same set is also available in cream or black for the same price.

Homeware and ceramics by Nigella Lawson

Salt and pepper piglets

A stylish alternative to salt and pepper grinders, this pair of piglets on their small stand will helpfully store your salt and pepper and it keep it to hand for cooking or dining.

Usually priced at £18, they’re now on offer at only £11.

Classic cream cake stand

Nigella cake stand

Everyone needs at least one cake stand, but if you hate them being too fussy, then this cream cake stand is simple and stylish. The pedestal design will help your cake stand out on the table when you’re serving it and it can accommodate a cake up to 9″ in diameter.

You can save £8.50 off the usual price of this cake stand by taking advantage of the Achica offer – it’s now only £13.50.

Other offers currently running for a limited time on Achica include PiP Studio, Karlsson, Salter Kitchen, Botanico, Sharp TV and cinema and KARE Design, so take advantage of the deals while you can!

Rob Ryan and Mini Moderns wallpaper

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Adventure wallpaper by Rob RyanFresh Design Blog features Rob RyanRob Ryan collaborates with Mini Moderns

Designer Rob Ryan has collaborated with Mini Moderns to produce his first wallpaper range.

The wallpaper is based on designs from the end papers of Rob’s latest book, “A Sky Full of Kindness,” and features birdcages (which were originally cut from paper, in Ryan’s typical style) and tiny escapee birds. It’s hard to see in the images, but the birds are holding tiny messages in their beaks, spelling out the sentence, “Our adventure is about to begin.”

The wallpaper is available to purchase in three funky colourways – sky blue, chalky violet and afternoon green – and costs £50 per 10m roll from Mini Moderns.

Related posts:

Mini Moderns canvas bags

Mini Moderns C-60 cassette tape cushion

Mini Moderns ruby cushion

Sagaform Blossom retro teapot

Thursday, August 25th, 2011
Designer Sagaform retro teapot

Sagaform teapot

Designed by Camilla Engdahl for Sagaform, this Blossom design retro teapot would fit in comfortably with a fresh and modern home.

The design cleverly incorporates elements from some of her other ceramic pieces, namely the tulip, daisy and clover designs, and complements them perfectly.

The teapot is made from stoneware and has a flat oak lid.

The Sagaform Blossom teapot is available to purchase from DotMaison for £24.95.

Animal inspired cushions from ContemporaryLab

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

ContemporaryLab have some great new animal inspired cushions in stock, all designed by Katie & The Wolf.

Modern fox design cushion

Martha cushion

The Martha cushion features a striking fox design. It’s made from digitally printed silk and screen printed organic cotton and the back of the cushion is nicely finished off with button details.

Perch bird cushion designed by Katie and the Wolf

Perch cushion

As the name suggests, the Perch cushion features a brightly coloured turquoise bird perched on a leafy bush. The back of the cushion is plain (the same bluey grey shade as the bush), with two contrasting buttons.

Contemporary bird cushion by Katie and the Wolf

Gather cushion

Birds also feature on the Gather cushion, but in a rather different design. Definitely more modern and contemporary in style, the monotone colours of the bird and black background of the cushion contrast with the bright colours below.

All of the cushions by Katie & The Wolf are priced at £54 each and can be purchased from ContemporaryLab. The site sells lots of unique and unusual pieces of furniture, lighting, textiles and kitchenware by award-winning new designers, so is well worth a browse.

Roca Urban city skyline design countertop basin range

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Roca designer urban Barcelona wash basin sink

Barcelona cityscape

It’s unusual to find basin sinks with much of a design around the outside of them (so many are plain), but Roca has produced some eye-catching designs with its Urban range.

Each of the modern square basins is decorated with a black and white urban city scene – choose from Barcelona, Berlin, New York or Shanghai – featuring the iconic landmarks best associated with each city.

The Roca Urban countertop basins are in stock at the Big Bathroom Shop. They’d be stunning in a bathroom, or even used in a kitchen.

Designer Roca Berlin wash basin sink


Designer modern cityscape New York sink basin

New York

Roca designer contemporary bathroom sink


City and estuary espresso cups from Fuff Stuff

Monday, August 22nd, 2011
Contemporary espresso coffee cups

City and estuary designs

Fuff Stuff have a great range of cup and porcelain mug designs, including these city and estuary espresso cups.

These cups come as a pair, with saucers. One features the Fluff City design and the other the views of the Fuff Estuary. Both are striking in their design, with the predominant colours of blue, green, white and grey shining through.

Find out more or buy the city and estuary espresso cups from Fuff Stuff.

Bargain alert: Contemporary bird cushion

Monday, August 22nd, 2011
Summer sale home offers from Primrose and Plum

Bargain bird cushion

Yes, it’s birds again….but we love the look of this contemporary bird cushion.

Based on folk designs, but with a modern twist, the cushion features an array of colourful birds in red, orange, blue, grey and green. The 45cm square cover is made from a cotton and linen mix and it has a feather pad inside.

Originally priced at £25, the bird cushion is now a bit of a bargain at only £15 from Primrose and Plum.

You’ll need to hurry though, as there’s only one left….

More sale bargains can be found in their Summer Offers section.

Protect garden furniture with specially designed covers

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Cover your wooden garden benchProtect your garden furniture in the autumn and winter

Are you leaving your garden furniture exposed to the weather?  Are you aware by leaving your furniture exposed you may cause lasting damage that could eventually destroy it?

This is certainly never uppermost in our minds when purchasing garden furniture to begin with.  However, by using a little forethought if you do protect your furniture by using a garden cover once finished with or when the weather becomes more severe you will have peace of mind that your furniture is protected against wind, rain, sun and frost all year round.  Garden covers are best used during the times you are not utilising your furniture and most definitely during the autumn and winter months.

Protecting your garden furniture from other substances such as bird droppings, soil, tree sap and other debris will help to keep metal or resin weave furniture looking in great condition. Wooden furniture is almost certain to be damaged if unprotected, but metal, plastic and glass items can also be damaged so ensure these are covered.

Garden furniture covers are manufactured in a variety of materials from a basic cover which costs very little and offers limited protection through to sophisticated fully breathable materials designed to keep the rain from getting in, whilst letting the moisture out.

With resistance to wind, hail, snow and rain most good quality covers have benefits such as taped seams for increased water resistance and UV resistance meaning they won’t fade over time.  With so many different styles available, there are plenty to cover all your needs.

One of our favourites would be the Cube Set Cover, which provides excellent protection for a 1.3m square table and offers an affordable and easy to use cover for your dining set for protection against the elements.

Maintain and get the most out of your garden furniture by protecting it with a garden furniture cover.  Covers are available designed to fit any style or combination of garden furniture so why risk disappointment next year when you discover that your garden furniture has been damaged over the winter.  Ensure it is covered!

****This is a guest post from Garden Furniture Covers****

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