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Bathstore £1000 online treasure hunt prize giveaway

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Win £1000 from BathstoreIf you love solving clues and fancy the idea of winning a £1000 spending spree at Bathstore, then check out the online treasure hunt that they’re running.

They’ve hidden the image of a Bathstore duck online and all you need to do is find it!

The first clue from Bathstore to help you #FindDucky is:

“Can you find our missing celeb rubber duck Twitter profile?”

To help you on your way, Fresh Design Blog have got an exclusive extra clue:

Lady Ga Ga has gone quackers for the Bathstore £1,000 prize giveaway!”

When you’ve solved that stage, the next clue will be posted by @bathstore at 5pm today (Monday 8 April). Follow them on Twitter for more details.

Full terms and conditions for the online treasure hunt can be found here - http://findducky.pen.io/

The White Company Festive Bedroom Competition Winner

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Dream winter bedroom style

Thanks to everyone who entered our recent festive bedroom competition. There were some brilliant entries, with lovely bedroom styling ideas, and it was very, very tough having to pick just one winner.

After a lot of deliberation, we’re pleased to announce that the winner of £200 worth of luxury bedlinen from The White Company is…..big drumroll….Gemma Mills from My Mills Baby.

We were impressed by the ideas and attention to detail in her entry, which included a great selection of product choices, detailed descriptions of how they’d be used and some creative bedroom styling ideas. In between all the dream product photos, we were amused by the image of clothing tossed on the floor of a bedroom, which added a touch of reality!

So many congratulations to Gemma and we hope you enjoy your new bedlinen.

Quick and Easy Ways to Modernise Your Home

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Update your home with new door knobs

If you’re afraid of making improvements to your home, don’t be! You can easily bring the best of modern design into your home without spending a fortune.

Your doors and door frames are often the first thing your guests will notice when they walk into your home. If you don’t have the money to replace your doors, considering replacing any flimsy door knobs or worn brass handles with more substantial-looking chrome or stainless steel ones. Keep the shape of you door knobs and handles simple and, where possible, find light switches to match, for example those from Ironmongery Direct.

Modern houses are renowned for being light and airy, so it’s essential to turn your walls neutral with a lick of paint. Neutral walls will help to bring a contemporary feel into your home, regardless of whether or not you’ve kept your much-loved dado rails. You can further let light into your home by replacing your heavy drapes with blinds or voiles.

Clean lines and large, open spaces are at the heart of modern interior design. Removing unwanted clutter and large, overstuffed furniture is a simple way in which to update the look of your living room.

If the lighting fixtures in your living areas are ancient, consider replacing them with recessed spotlights or eye-catching chandeliers. Switch ordinary table lamps with accent lighting and use spotlights that can be plugged into your existing power outlets when you wish to direct light to features that are worthy of being emphasised, such as unusual pieces of artwork.

The kitchen is at the heart of your home and while a complete makeover can run into thousands of pounds, it’s easy to spruce up its look by replacing your taps and cabinet door handles and updating your existing lighting fixtures with spotlights. If your budget can stretch a little further, you may wish to look into refacing your cabinet doors and drawers and refinishing your cabinet boxes.

Bathrooms can easily be improved in the absence of a large budget. Simple changes, such as replacing an old toilet set with a new one and installing a new set of taps, can make a significant difference to the look and feel of this much-used room. Worn, discoloured bathroom flooring can be replaced with easy-to-lay vinyl tiles or sheet vinyl, which may be able to be applied over your existing flooring.

Modernising your home doesn’t have to be a challenge. Often, it’s the smallest of changes that can make all the difference to the look and feel of your living space.

***This post is in association with Ironmongery Direct***

Ways to Save Money in the House

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

UPVC windows double glazingAs Christmas gets closer, money gets tighter, which means that it’s time for us to look at some money saving tips a little closer to home.

Just take a minute to think about it – if you made the effort to play everything by the book (like turning the lights off when you’re not using them, or wearing more layers instead of sticking the heating on full) could you imagine how many extra pennies you would have? Loads.

Well, don’t despair, it’s never too late. Here are some of our ideas to get you saving money in the house.

Your home

In your home there are lots of ways for you to save money. One of the biggest ways is to make sure no heat can escape from those four walls.

Take a look at your house from top to bottom. Firstly, has your attic been insulated? Insulating your attic can help prevent heat from being wasted, and thus stop those pounds from just rolling down the drain.

Double glazing is also an essential, as this can save you money in the long run. If you’re in need of new windows then check out Weatherseal double glazing windows, as these will most certainly provide that much needed peace of mind.

In addition to this, another way to save money is by draft proofing your house as this again retains heat, keeping you nice and toasty in the winter months. Get your house covered (literally) and you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll save.

Electricity

This is an easy one to find a solution for. All you need to do is go green! No, not like the incredible hulk, we wouldn’t like you when you’re angry… What we mean is, try to become more environmentally friendly!

Truth is, if you haven’t already done so, then you need to start using energy saving light bulbs as these have the potential to save you tons of money. An energy saving light bulb can last TEN TIMES longer than an ordinary bulb, so it would be daft not to use them.

Heating

Now we’re not suggesting that you live without heating completely, that would be ridiculous! We do live in Britain after all, where sunshine is a rare treat that comes but once a year (if we’re lucky).

But what we are suggesting is that you shouldn’t be too quick to turn up the thermostat when you’re feeling a bit chilly.

Apparently turning your heating down by 1°C can cut your bills by 10%; makes that extra blanket seem not such a bad idea after all doesn’t it?

Another way to save money is to invest in a storage heater. These little beauties have clay bricks inside them that store heat during the night which is then released throughout the day. The lack of heat used at night makes storage heaters very economical, so it’s one worth considering.

***This is a guest post***

Weekend rituals and home comforts

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

After the long working week comes the weekend – 48hrs of free time at home to do what you please.

Sadly it doesn’t always work out that you get all the time to yourself, especially when you’re a busy parent or have commitments taking up time. But savouring the moments you do have help keep the weekend something to look forward to and being able to enjoy the comfort and space in your home, away from work pressures, helps you relax and unwind.

Many of us have weekend rituals, such as enjoying home cooked food, having a lie in or having friends around before going out, and these help us feel special and give us the chance to enjoy being at home after a busy working week.

A night on the tiles

When it comes to finishing time on a Friday there’s usually only one thing on our minds, a good night out to forget the stresses of the week and enjoy some fun and dancing with friends.

Even more of a ritual than the night out itself perhaps is getting ready at home. Opening a bottle of wine, trying on every outfit in the wardrobe and planning the evening ahead.

To make it a ritual to remember, find the perfect dressing table, invite your friends around and buy in a few bottles of bubbly and some tasty nibbles.

Taking the load off

Whether or not you get a lie in, the weekend is the time when you can be sinful with the amount of time you spend lounging in bed or on the couch.

It’s the only time that you actually get to take a load off and sit down for more than five minutes without having yet something else to do.

We sit at work all week dreaming of having that little bit of time to relax, so next weekend take the time to really appreciate putting your feet up.

Weekend food

There’s nothing better than waking up on a Saturday morning and staying in your PJ’s.

We love nothing more than sitting in front of the TV watching Saturday kitchen with a bacon sandwich and a brew, or maybe even a croissant and a cappuccino.

Good food is one of the things that make it really feel like the weekend, we all forget the diet and indulge in the finer things in life.

Sunday was made to be a day of rest and even has its own meal dedicated to it, whether it’s enjoyed at home, at the local pub or even a fancy bistro restaurant, the ‘The Sunday Roast’ is an absolute must and an age old weekend ritual that’s sure to last.

***This is a guest post***

Fresh Design Blog: One of the Top 10 UK Interior Design Blogs

Thursday, October 11th, 2012
Fresh Design Blog is one of the top 10 interior design blogs in the UK

Media company, Cision, have recently updated their rankings of the Top 10 Interior Design Blogs in the UK and we’re pleased to discover that Fresh Design Blog is now at number five!

There are lots of other great blogs listed too, so here’s the full ranking to explore:

1. Easyart Loves

2. Bright Bazaar… because beige is boring

3. A Rowan Tree

4. This Home Sweet Home

5. Fresh Design Blog

6. Inspiration

7. Moon to Moon

8. Light & Space

9. Abigail Ahern

10. Inspiration for Decoration

EasyArt Loves Stag Print competition winner

Friday, January 13th, 2012
Fresh Design Blog wall art competition

Stag Silhouette art print

Congratulations to Emma Hicks, who was the winner of our recent EasyArt Loves stag print competition! We hope you enjoy your prize, Emma!

Thanks to everyone who entered – we loved reading all your comments about where you’d hang the picture.

Stay tuned for another competition coming very soon – particularly if you’re looking for a contemporary and stylish way of keeping your home warm…

Free interior design tools: 2011 favourite post

Friday, December 30th, 2011

As we’re coming to the end of 2011, we thought it would be interesting to look back on some of our most popular posts on Fresh Design Blog this year.

At the top of the chart, the post crowned the king of the favourites is our piece on the top 10 free online interior design room planning tools.

It’s been continually popular throughout the year and we hope it’s helped lots of you get to grips with ideas for planning, designing and re-designing rooms in your homes!

Mirror competition winner

Monday, October 31st, 2011
Designer Camilla's Hat mirror

Mirror competition prize

Many thanks to everyone who entered our recent competition, to win a silver Camilla’s Hat mirror from Juliette’s Interiors.

We’re pleased to announce that the winner, picked at random, was Joanna Sawka. We hope you enjoy your prize!

Mini Moderns canvas bags

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Mini Moderns C60 design cushionTown canvas bag and wallpaper by Mini ModernsChair design fabric canvas bag by Mini Moderns

Bags are not part of our normal remit, but we couldn’t help falling for these canvas bags by Mini Moderns, not least as they feature some of the fab designs we’ve seen before on cushions and wallpaper.

The C-60 cassette tape design looked great on the cushion we blogged about previously, but it looks great on the bag too. Likewise, the Sitting Comfortably? chair design has featured on a cotton drill cushion, and the Town Canvas on wallpaper.  It just goes to show how versatile some designs can be.

The Mini Moderns canvas bags cost £15 each and are available in a choice of designs, including C-60, Town Canvas and Sitting Comfortably?

 
 
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