Archive for June, 2012

The Piggy Bag giant beanbag seat

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Patriotic Union Jack giant bean bag seatPiggy bag bean bag seat naked lady

If you’re looking for designer homeware and furniture at a fraction of the high street price, then is always worth checking out. Amongst their current offers are some good deals on these giant Piggy Bag seats.

Made in the form of an oversized, giant beanbag, the Piggy Bag moulds to fit your body shape, so can be sat on, laid on or curled up on. They’re great for casual or occasional seating and, as the fabric is durable, can be used out in the garden too (although it’s best not to leave them out there overnight).

Home and garden bean bag seating are selling The Piggy Bag in a lovely choice of colours, including lime green, turquoise, red, titanium, grey and chocolate, plus a lively patriotic Union Jack design.

Casual gaming beanbag seat

Typically priced at £149 on the high street, they’re currently on offer for £59 each, with express delivery.

(Naked ladies not supplied).

Cityscape coffee table by Xor Designs

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Xor Designs handmade table furniture

Cityscape coffee table

This contemporary style cityscape coffee table is not only oozing with great design, but it has some clever storage solutions built into the stylish base.

The base of the table is made from solid walnut and features a design reminiscent of a city skyline, with small office block buildings and tall skyscrapers nestling together. The table is created by Xor Designs, with each one individually made to order.

The top of the table is made from thick perspex, which enables the base design to be easily seen.

Xor Designs designer contemporary furniture

Clear perspex coffee table

It’s within the base, and the skyscrapers, that the storage solutions can be found. There are well constructed spaces that work as a magazine rack, the perfect sized sections to hold your TV remote controls and other little hidden nooks and crannies.

Functional coffee table storage

Magazine and remote control storage

It’s a clever coffee table design and, being made of solid wood, should be a long-lasting and functional piece of furniture.

The cityscape coffee table can be ordered from the Xor Designs store on Bouf.

Moooi large horse floor lamp

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Equine horse lighting home accessories trend

Giant horse floor lamp

Equine fans….fancy a horse in your living room?

There have been lots of animal lamps around in the last few years, but whereas most are table lamp sized, this one is life size!

The horse lamp was created by Swedish designers Front for Moooi and is made from black polyester. There’s a lot of detail on the horse, making it quite realistic – well, bar the fact that it has a lamp on its head.

You’ll definitely need a roomy house to accommodate this Black Beauty and we reckon it’s bound to become a talking point.

The Moooi horse floor lamp is available to buy from Made in Design.

Anthropologie Lanna bedding

Monday, June 25th, 2012
Discount designer bedding

Lanna coral duvet set

Isn’t it great when you find something in the sale that you’ve had your eye on for a while, but couldn’t previously afford?

This striking Lanna bedding set is one example.  It was over £200 previously (ouch!), but now both the double and king size duvet sets are reduced down to just £59.95, which is a substantial saving.

The opulent looking coral duvet is made from cotton and comes with a set of two standard pillow cases. It’s available online at Anthropologie.

Strange fruit garden sculpture by James Lethbridge Glass

Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Contemporary glass sculpture designer

Contemporary garden sculpture

These amazing garden sculptures are the creation of James Lethbridge, a UK based glass artist.

Called ‘Strange Fruit‘, each of these pieces is made from glass and are designed to be used individually or in a group as an outdoor installation.

They remind us of a cross between dandelions and little people and look so effective with several stems placed together. As they’re made of glass, they’ll sparkle as they catch the light.

The Strange Fruit designer glass sculptures are sold individually and available to purchase from James Lethbridge’s store on Bouf.

Corner Sofas – Ideal for a Modern Living Room

Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Modern leather corner sofa

Sloane corner sofa

Modern corner sofas are versatile and ideal for a whole host of living rooms. Regardless of the size or shape of room, there will be a corner sofa available to suit.

There are many benefits to having a corner sofa, whether you opt for a leather corner sofa or one made from fabric. A good example of a sofa in leather is the Sloane leather corner sofa – a deep and comfortable design that can be bought in your choice of leather finish to suit your surroundings. Similarly there are lots of fabric designs available too, including the Morellia corner sofa. This comes in a wide range of fabrics so whatever style living room you have, you are sure to find something to fit.

Another significant advantage offered by the corner sofa is that some designs come as a corner sofa bed as well. This adds to the versatility of the piece because it can open out into a large double bed for occasional use by visitors who come to stay.

The Sloane leather corner sofa has this option, providing attractiveness, versatility and practicality all in one unit.

One of the most appealing features of many corner sofas is that they come in lots of different combinations. You can opt to have a footstool if you wish. You may have room for a four by three seater or something even bigger, such as a six by four seater sofa. Whatever space you have and however big you want your corner sofa to be, you should be able to find the perfect solution to cater for your needs.

Contemporary corner sofas

Morellia corner sofa

So you can see that however big your family is and however much seating you would like to relax into in the evenings, you can always find a smart corner sofa to fit into the space you have available.

With practical and appealing materials and leathers to choose from as well, there is no doubt that a corner sofa exists for virtually every home in the country. Why not browse the collection at to see which one will be best for you?

***This is a guest post from Darlings of Chelsea***

Fresh Design Guide: Best of the summer sales

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

It’s sale season again and the shops are buzzing with great discounts on products for your home, so here’s the Fresh Design guide to the best of the summer sales!

1. John Lewis – The sale at John Lewis has started today, with up to 70% off a wide range of products, including homeware, electricals and furniture.

2. Heal’s – Heal’s have to up to 50% off furniture, lighting, soft furnishing, home accessories, kitchenware and more.

3. Selfridges – Online and in store at Selfridges, you’ll find sale bargains across their bathroom, bedroom, cookshop, electrical, dining, lighting and home accessory ranges.

4. Emma Bridgewater – The sale is due to start at Emma Bridgewater at 1pm on 28th June 2012. If you’re a club member, you can benefit from a sale preview.

5. Debenhams – At Debenhams you’ll find up to 50% off home, furniture and electricals.

6. House of Fraser – There’s up to half price off a range of home, furniture and electrical items at House of Fraser.

7. Urban Outfitters – There’s a homeware sale, with up to 50% off, at Urban Outfitters.

8. Oliver Bonas – There’s a small sale section online at Oliver Bonas.

9. Dotcomgiftshop – Get 40% to 70% off a range of home accessories at Dotcomgiftshop.

10. L’occitane - Up to 60% off and the chance to stock up on nice hand washes for your kitchen, bathroom or cloakroom.

11. Amara – You’ll find designer homeware items in the clearance at Amara.

12. Dunelm Mill – There are 20% offers running on furniture, curtains, duvets, pillows, rugs, bedding and cookshop items.

13. Dwell – There’s up to 50% off in the sale at Dwell.

14. Feather and Black – Save up to 50% in the sale at Feather & Black, until 24th June 2012.

15. Habitat - The sale is on at Habitat, with up to 50% off.

16. Hillarys - If you’re looking to invest in made-to-measure blinds, Hillarys has up to 50% off selected blinds.

17. Liberty - Bargains abound at Liberty, where their sale boasts up to 60% off.

18. Leekes - There are lots of reduced price items in the sale at Leekes, with up to 50% off items such as dining tables, beds, cookware, electricals, home accessories and kitchen items.

19. Lombok - Save money on furniture or home accessories, with up to 40% off at Lombok.

20. Next Bathrooms – Save up to £300 on selected bathroom suites or shower enclosures at Next Bathrooms.

21. Plumo - The sale is on at Plumo, with discounts available on products for the home, such as cushions, rugs, hooks, bedding, furniture and kitchen accessories.

22. The Contemporary Home – Stock up on homeware in the sale at The Contemporary Home.

Found a great sale? Let us know where the bargains are at!

Vitra Eames elephant stool

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
Designer Eames stool chair furniture

Elephant stool

What’s not to love about an elephant stool?

Originally designed in 1945 by Charles and Ray Eames, the Vitra elephant stool is a classic design with contemporary appeal.

This iconic piece of furniture is made from a matt finish polypropylene and it’s available in a wide choice of colours, including ice grey, white, green, pink and red. It’s a lovely addition for a children’s bedroom or nursery.

The Eames elephant stools are available from Heal’s, where they’re currently reduced in the sale.

Giant tea cup garden planter by Holly Palmer

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
Contemporary designer garden planter

Giant tea cup planter

Do you remember the giant, Alice in Wonderland style tea cup stool that we featured previously on Fresh Design?

Well, here’s the same design in another incarnation – transformed into a giant tea cup planter.

The durabletea cup planter is made from MDPE moulded plastic, which is frost and fade resistant, so it can be safely used inside your home or outside in the garden.

It’s a novel idea which works well as a contemporary planter. The white tea cup planter is available to purchase from Holly Palmer’s store on Bouf.

British designer, Holly, is also the brains behind the wonderful Book Porcupine shelving unit.

Kitchen Aid Artisan mixer on sale at Selfridges

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Reduced price designer Kitchen Aid mixerContemporary design kitchen gadget by Kitchen Aid Contemporary designer Kitchen Aid kitchen gadget

It’s no secret that we’re constantly lusting after a Kitchen Aid Artisan mixer!

It’s a brilliant and powerful kitchen machine, hands free mixing is so convenient and the style and design of the mixer is very appealing.

Sadly this kitchen essential doesn’t come cheap – it’s definitely an investment piece – so we’re always on the lookout for special offers. Luck is on our side this week, as Selfridges have a whole host of Kitchen Aid Artisan mixers in their summer sale!

There’s a rainbow of colours available, including electric blue, blue willow, silver cocoa, ice blue, tangerine orange, majestic yellow, cranberry pink and boysenberry purple.

Originally priced up to £449, the Kitchen Aid mixers are in the sale from £379 to £399.

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