Archive for the ‘Crockery’ Category

Egg-tastic Easter egg cups

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Easter egg cup ideas from Fresh Design Blog

If there was ever a time to have boiled eggs for breakfast, it’s Easter.

And if you’re going to be serving them, then why not do so in style. Treat your family or guests to a fresh egg served in one of these egg cups….from the quirky and novel, to contemporary and elegantly designed, there’s an egg cup for all tastes and occasions.

Top row:

Wooden oak bunny ears egg cup, £18 from Hop & Peck

Bloomingville set of 4 porcelain Emma egg cups, now £14.40 (was £18) from Debenhams

Middle row:

Arthur knight egg cup and spoon, £9.99 from Mocha

Takae Mizutani egg cup castle and horse solider holder, £23.50 from Yoyo Ceramics

Porcelain double egg cup, £6.50 from Whisk Hampers

Bottom row:

Twin set of egg holders, £12.99 from Not On The High Street

Ceramic animal egg cups, £10.95 from Graham and Green

Brewing essentials: Coffee and tea mug sale bargains

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Amazing design mugs

Fancy a cuppa?

Whether you’re a fan of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, you can never have enough mugs. If you fancy treating yourself to a new mug or two, then here’s a selection of fun mugs that are all reduced in price in the sales.

Top row:

You Are Super Amazing mug, now £6.30 from Supercaliprintfantastic

Florence red stripe mug, now £3 at Whittard

Pacman heat change mug, now £5 from Urban Outfitters

Middle row:

Ben de Lisi number patterned mug and coaster set, now £6.65 from Debenhams

Hand knitted cosy mug, now £14.40 from Linda Bloomfield

Denby white floral Kiesha mug, now £6 from Debenhams

Bottom row:

Bear design mug, now £7 at Graham and Green

Just My Type mug, now £2.99 at Lakeland

Personalised take out travel mug, now £12.80 from 3 Blonde Bears


Goldilocks and the Three Bears porridge bowl set

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Family breakfast china set

The classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is brought to life in this fine bone china bowl set.

Perfect for serving up your own homemade porridge to your family at breakfast, or for use as soup bowls, the set features four bowls dedicated to Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear, Baby Bear and Goldilocks, each emblazoned with their own appropriate text inside the bowl.

The bowls are by Heather Alstead Design and are available from Bouf.

Biscuit dunkability design china mug

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Biscuit dunking china mug

Dunkability guide

Are you a biscuit dunker and do you have a favourite biscuity tool of the trade? The chances are it could be included on this fab biscuit dunkability mug!

The colourful and fun mug design, which celebrates the highs and lows of dunking different types of biscuits in drinks.

There are 15 favourite biscuit varieties included in the chart on the mug, such as custard creams, bourbon creams, rich tea, choc chip cookies, chocolate fingers and pink wafers (the latter not being the best dunking tool, in our opinion).

A great gift idea or treat for yourself, the dunkability guide mug is £9.99 from Culture Vulture.

If that’s not enough, then you always try the good old Dunk Mug that we featured a while back!

Simply stylish love story china mug

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Fresh design love mug Valentine's gift idea

Mug of love

It seems to be coming around quickly this year, but it’s not long until Valentine’s Day and already the shops are promoting love-related gifts like mad.

If you don’t want to go all out on hearts and flowers, then here’s a simple design that speaks volumes. What’s more, it’s perfect to treat yourself with or give as a gift at any time of the year, not just one day in February.

The ceramic A True Love Story Never Ends mug costs £14.95 from This Is Pretty.

Le Creuset boxed Bloom Collection espresso mugs set

Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Le Creuset boxed gift set

Bloom mug set

If you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute, then you could be in for a few bargains, as a lot of sales seem to have started early.

For a vibrant kitchen gift, we love the rich, wintery colours of these mugs in the Le Creuset Bloom Collection set.

The espresso size stoneware mugs are in the lively colours of dijon, rose, cerise and volcanic. As well as being perfect for helping you get your daily caffeine fix, the set comes with an intriguing recipe for Frangipane Apple Cakes, which you can make and serve in the mugs.

The Le Creuset bloom mug set was £30, but will now set you back just £24 at Selfridges.

Royal Doulton tapas and canape plate set

Monday, December 10th, 2012
How to serve tapas canapes and party nibbles

Tapas serving plate set

Are you a fan of serving tapas or canapes?

Here’s an eight piece plate set to help you serve them in style.

When we found these plates, we were surprised to find they were from the Royal Doulton collection. The rectangular plates are made in the style of mini trays, so they’re perfect for serving tapas dishes from, or for using to serve canapes or nibbles at a party.

They’re also ideal if you love colour, as each plate features a different splash of fresh colour.

The set of eight porcelain Royal Doulton tray plates costs £40 from Liberty.

Karen Grout Astely circus design ceramics

Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Fresh design designer circus china ceramics

Karen Grout circus design ceramics

If you’re looking for a contemporary range of ceramics featuring imaginative and fun designs, then check out the Astely collection by designer Karen Grout.

The Astely collection features black circus themed illustrations, with gold detailing, on fresh white bone china and it’s designed exclusively by Karen for Habitat.

Contemporary modern designer cake stand

Circus themed cake stand

The two tier Astely cake stand, with its Christmas addition, costs £40.

Astely designer circus china

Carousel side plates

The Astely side plates, with their lovely carousel design, are £9.50 each.

Contemporary fresh design china ceramics tableware

Teapot designed by Karen Grout

And the circus themed teapot costs £38.

All these pieces, plus co-ordinating cups, mugs, a sugar bowl and creamer, are available from Habitat.

Miss Blackbirdy black flower print plate

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Miss Blackbirdy ceramic designs

Contemporary black plate

It’s somewhat unusual to find plates that are predominantly jet black in colour, but that’s the case with this one.

The black plate is part of a sophisticated black and white ceramic collection by Miss Blackbirdy (aka Merel Boers).

The jet black of the centre of the plate is offset by a delicate white contemporary floral border design around the edge, which adds just the right amount of colour.

The black flower print porcelain plate measures 16.5cm in diameter and is priced at £7.50 from Liberty. Other coordinating pieces are available.

World rivers cups and saucers by Snowden Flood

Monday, October 15th, 2012
Designer contemporary ceramics

World rivers cups and saucers

These lovely cups and saucers designed by Snowden Flood celebrate some of the world’s greatest rivers.

Each of the bone china cups and saucers features a different famous river, with the design showing the river from start to finish. To incorporate the whole river, the design runs on both the cups and saucers and they’re very elegantly produced.

Here’s a close up of the Mississippi river cup and saucer:

Designer river cup and saucer

Choose from the Loire, Mississippi, Nile or Yangtze river, or buy a set of all four.

The world river cups and saucers are available directly from Snowden Flood or via their store on Not On The High Street.

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