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Curate your home shopping ideas with eBay UK Collections

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Shopping ideas on ebay from Fresh Design Blog

Confession time: I am a major eBay addict.

I shop a lot on my favourite online auction site (I really should get back to selling as well) and over the years have bought lots of home-related products on the auction site. For example, everything from new furniture at cheaper prices than the high street, to a second-hand local dining table and chairs, modern headboards, paintings by my favourite artist, out of production crockery lines, kitchen bits and pieces, and various home accessories.

So when eBay got in touch a few months ago and asked if I’d like to be involved in the launch of a new feature on eBayUK, I bet you can guess the answer…

Introducing eBay Collections

eBay’s new Collections feature officially launched this month. It’s an easy-to-use way of collecting together ideas and inspirations on eBay. It can be things you’d like to buy, things you covet, future ideas for furniture or décor inspiration for different rooms in your home. If you’re already familiar with Pinterest, then eBay Collections is very similar in style, as you end up with individual boards of collections, which are very visual.

In addition to creating your own collections, the social element means that you can also follow other users, some of their collections or both. For example, you can follow Fresh Design Blog on eBay or follow a specific collection, such as Orla Kiely Home, with its home and decorating ideas focusing on the lovely designs of Orla Kiely, or Scandi Style, which features ideas for home furnishings, furniture and decor with a Scandinavian feel to it.

Fresh Design Blog collections on eBay

I created a range of collections for the launch of the feature, and have been updating them regularly since, with more new collections coming soon.

As a bit of a taster here are some examples of my collections.

Geometric Home Collection

It’s probably no surprise that I love geometric designs, as they’ve featured frequently on Fresh Design Blog. As well as incorporating lots of gorgeous geometric shapes within designs, this collection will also help add a splash of colour into your home, as many of the pieces are awash with a rainbow of colours. From wall prints and rugs, to wallpaper, cushions and clocks, you’ll find all things geometric here.

Geometric design home ideas

Scandi Style Collection

The fresh, clean living and stylish designs of Scandinavia have swept into UK homes and interiors. If you love all things Scandi, then check out this collection, which features soft furnishings, crockery, home accessories, clocks and furniture with a Scandi theme.

Embrace the Scandi style home trend with Fresh Design Blog

In addition, some of my other collections include Coffee and Cream, Trendy Teatowels, Cool Contemporary Blue and Cooking Companions, to name but a few. Check them all out now on eBay, and why not have a go at creating your own collections of shopping ideas?

***Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with eBay***

Fab Friday Bargains: Homeware for less

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Best January sale bargains for your home

If your nesting instinct is kicking in, and you’re looking for new furniture or home accessories, then take advantage of buying during sale time. Here are this week’s Fab Friday Bargains.

Top row: 

Start the day with freshly brewed coffee, drunk from a Sabre Mademoiselle turquoise espresso cup. It’s made from porcelain and is now only £1.88 (was £6.25) from Amara.

Relax in comfort, on a large Sienna sofa, in the linoso steel colour. It’s reduced to £879 (was £1,100) at John Lewis.

Middle row:

Give your lights a designer look, with a half glazed lamp shade, designed and made in the UK by Nick Fraser. The faceted terracotta pendant shade is dip glazed on the outside, and white inside. It’s now £19 (was £49) at Toast.

Revive the look of your furniture by changing the handles. The compass design knob is now £3.95 (was £6) at Anthropologie

Liven up your wall, with a limited edition print of captain puffin. It’s now £20 (was £25) from Vicky’s World.

Bottom row:

Never miss the bus or train in the morning again, with the help of a talking alarm clock. It’s a must-have wake-me up accessory, at only £5 (was £10) at Habitat.

Add the crisp and refreshing scent of clean cotton into your home, with this Yankee Candle clean cotton signature range reed diffuser. It’s now £8 (was £13) from Very.

Extra discount deal

* Get an extra 20% off all sale items from Anthropologie, by quoting “EXTRA20” at the checkout.


Fab Friday Bargains: Black Friday sales round-up

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Best Black Friday home deals

Today is well and truly a day for Fab Friday Bargains, as so many retailers have jumped on the Black Friday bandwagon.

If you’re searching in earnest for Christmas present bargains, home updates or treats for yourself, then here’s a quick round-up of some of the Black Friday deals available.

* There are Black Friday deals on electrical items for one day only at John Lewis. Plus, they are price matching promotions from competitors.

* At M&S, there’s 20 per cent off homeware from 29th November until 1st December

BHS have up to 30 per cent off everything, blue free standard delivery on all orders

* At Selfridges you can get up to 20% off by using the promo code SELF2013, until Sunday 1 December

* There’s up to 30% off in every department at Debenhams

* Amazon is continuing to offer Black Friday Lightning Deals. They run until 1st December

* There are Black Friday lightning deals on offer at Very

* Argos have a range of special Black Friday deals, running for one day only. This includes 60% off furniture.

And here are some of the goodies that we spotted:

Oliver owl appliqué cushion, now £28 at M&S

Jo Clic Clac sofa bed in red, now £154.99 at Argos

Contemporary leaf eyelet curtains, now from £28 at M&S

Rocha. John Rocha silver metal leaf bowl, now £17.50 at Debenhams

Belkin kitchen chef stand and wand for tablet PC, now £16 at Very

Brown Lola bonded leather sofa bed, 70% off at Debenhams


Street Eats Chinese wok set, now £20 at BHS

Black Friday Lightning Deals from Amazon

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Bargain Black Friday homeware deals

As part of their annual Black Friday celebrations, Amazon has been running a series of Black Friday Lightning Deals this week, where you get the chance to buy selected items at a discounted price.

With Christmas coming up, it can be a good chance to buy gifts at a good price. As the name suggests, each deal is only available for a very limited time, so you have to keep your wits about you if you have your eye on anything particular.

If you want to take part, do be sure to read how it works first.

Here are some of the home-related deals we’ve spotted that are taking place today, Thursday 28th November.

Evans Lichfield Belgian tapestry cushion – deal due at 11.15am

Le Creuset set of four mini casseroles in cherry – deal starts at 5.15pm

Breville Technique digital steam iron, 2400 watt – deal starts at 3.15pm

Kenwood food processor FPM250 – deal starts at 8.15pm

JosephJoseph Nest food preparation set (nine pieces) – deal starts at 7pm

Butler’s Grove Christmas favourites gift basket – deal starts at 7pm

SodaStream drinks maker – deal starts at 8.15pm

Lifemax automatic LED night light – deal starts at 8.15pm

Knoll International sample sale

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Iconic contemporary modern furniture

Photographer Michael Cullen. Courtesy of Knoll, Inc

If you’re looking to buy designer furniture or home furnishings and want to browse in person, then the annual Knoll International sample sale taking place this weekend in London could be worth a visit.

The one day sale will feature exclusive offers and iconic designs at reduced prices, with ex-display and photo shoot samples available for up to 70 per cent off.

The sample sale takes place on Saturday November 23rd 2013, from 10am-4pm, at Knoll International, 91 Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 7EX

Sizzling Saturday Bargains: Gift ideas for men

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

What to buy a man for Christmas

With the best will in the world, finding ideas for gifts for men can sometimes be tricky. Either they don’t know what they want, or the only thing they can come up with is way out of your price range.

If you’re beginning to rack your brain and wonder what on earth you’re going to get the men in your life for Christmas, then here are some home-related present ideas, all at super bargain prices.

From the top row, left to right…

Tetris alarm clock, now £16.09 (was £22.99), from Firebox

LG 32” Smart LED TV 32LN578V, now £329 (was £549), from Currys

Joseph Joseph retro camera design chopping board, now £8 (was £18), from Urban Outfitters

Black rechargeable corkscrew, now £20 (was £25) from Debenhams

Spanner design cutlery set, now £19.40 (was £40), from Graham and Green

Leather book case for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1” now £6.95 (was £34.95), from John Lewis

Marlin fish design key hook, now £10.23 (was £18.95), from Graham and Green

Morphy Richards 3.5L slow cooker, now £25 (was £50), from House of Fraser

Precision chopping board, now £9.99 (was £19.99), from Culture Vulture Direct


Fab Friday Bargains: Five fab clearance offers at John Lewis

Friday, June 21st, 2013

For our Fab Friday round-up this week, we’ve been browsing the clearance offers at John Lewis.

There’s up to 50% off a range of home, garden and electrical products, including furniture, appliances and kitchen accessories, so if there’s something you’ve been hankering after or waiting to invest in, now’s a good time to buy. Here are our five top clearance picks for a contemporary home.

Luxurious contemporary velvet sofa

The contemporary design Langham sofa features decadent espresso brown velvet upholstering, with elegant dark walnut legs. It’s now £770 (was £1100).

Dining furniture for a contemporary home

If you’re in the market for new dining chairs, then the high backed Lydia design dining chairs, in soft quince upholstered fabric, are reduced to £69 each (was £99).

Contemporary design kitchen knife block

There’s a massive bargain to be had on a contemporary design knife block. Designed by Sebastian Conran, this product is reduced to just £30, saving you £100 on the original price.

Essential kitchen storage accessories


Storage tins are always useful for the kitchen and this Bake More Cake set of three tins, in graduating sizes, is now half price at £10.

Contemporary home office furniture

If you’re in need of a filing cabinet for a home office, then this Wimbledon three drawer filing unit is a more stylish alternative to the traditional metal cabinets. It’s made from solid rubberwood and poplar veneers and has a narrow, medium and deep drawer. The deep bottom drawer has a runner for adding hanging A4 files. The wooden unit is now £150 (was £199).

Fab Friday Bargains: DIY power tools and accessories from Aldi

Friday, June 14th, 2013

This week’s Fab Friday Bargains pay homage to DIY fans.

Aldi has special buys every week, and this week there’s a treat in store for DIY fanatics, with a range of power tools and accessories on special offer. So if you’re planning a DIY spree at home, now’s the time to stock up on essential tools.

Included in the offer is:

How to cut bathroom or kitchen tiles safely and easily

An electric tile cutter for £29.99, which will help you cut tiles with precision for those bathroom or kitchen tiling projects.

Essential diy and home improvement tools

A cordless multifunction tool, for £39.99. It includes three blades, a sanding plate (with 20 sheets of sanding paper) and can saw and cut.

Fab bargain diy home improvement tool


An 810W hammer drill, £14.99. Useful for drilling masony and concrete, this hammer drill will help with all your home drilling needs.

DIY tools and accessories at bargain prices

A 2000W hot air gun set, £9.99 that will let you strip pain, dry out damp wood, soften adhesives or weld and bend plastics.

Bargain buys: Homeware sale offers from Joules

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

The summer sales are hitting the shops and money-saving offers abound. Joules is one of the latest stores to have launched their sale, so here are some picks of their homeware sale offerings.


Fresh design striped bedding duvet cover

Colourful deckchair stripe style bedding, now from £48.

Coastal nautical design homeware

Coastal boat design pillowcase in blue and white, now £12

Fresh design horse print homeware

Horse design printed pillowcase, in green and white, now £16.

Fresh design kindle cover

Liven up your Kindle with a navy floral cover. Reduced to £27.96.

Fresh design apple iphone protective cover case

Kit out your iPhone 4 with a tough and protective navy and white dog print hard case. Now £19.96.


Fab Friday Bargains: Home and garden deals

Friday, May 10th, 2013

In search of a bargain for your home or garden? Here’s a selection of Fab Friday Bargains that will save you money on great buys.

Contemporary home glassware

Get 20% off glassware and free postage and packing at Emma Bridgewater.

Contemporary kitchen china

Splash out on some new china, from the new tulip mix and match china range at Whittard of Chelsea and get 50% off. Just use the code TULIP (this special deal expires on May 12 2013).

Bedding ideas for a contemporary home

Need a new duvet? Get 40% off all 13.5 tog duvets and 15% off all other orders at Duvet And Pillowcase Warehouse, using the code APR66.

Plants and shrubs for a contemporary garden

Rejuvenating your garden? Get up to 60% off selected plants at Van Meuwen, using the code VMAF111 (expires 30 May 2013).

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