Watch water boil in an easy to clean glass kettle

June 30th, 2014

Fresh design glass kettle

Add some interest to your water boiling, by investing in a glass kettle.

This kettle is designed to be used on hobs, either electric or gas (not induction hobs), and you can watch the water as it heats up and comes to the boil.

Other than being practical and a bit unusual, one other major advantage of using a glass kettle is that you don’t have to worry about scale building up inside it. Instead of having to clean off limescale, all you need to do with this one is pop it in the dishwasher and, voila, it will come out sparkling clean.

The glass kettle has a capacity of 1.75l and comes with your choice of either a glass or stainless steel lid. It’s available from Leaf for £35.

Go green with a grass garden sofa

June 27th, 2014

Funky garden furniture ideas from Fresh Design

If you love quirky and unusual contemporary furniture and are looking for a striking piece for your garden, then how about investing in a grass sofa?

The grass sofa is designed by Artificial Landscapes and is made from a top quality artificial turf. It’s available as either a two seater or four seater size and aims to provide you with a comfortable seating solution that feels like freshly cut summer grass.

The sofa is designed to be resilient to the British weather and this is one seat that may actually benefit from getting rained on, as it can rejuvenate the look of the turf. Plus, if you’re in need of storage, the sofa is available with a hidden storage element too.

Need we say more? It’s quirky, fun and practical – and definitely good if you love all things green.

(Sadly, the donkey doesn’t come with it).

Top 10 French-inspired cushions

June 26th, 2014

Oooh la la! With holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to inject a little French chic into your sitting room or conservatory with a dash of Continental style. We’ve picked out our top ten favourite French-inspired cushions for the ideal expérience française, all in the comfort of your own home.

1. Blue stripe linen cushion, Coastal Home

Coastal Home blue stripe cushion

This high quality French linen cushion features indigo blue and stone stripes on both sides, and is supplied with a duck feature pad. Measuring 43cm square, it’s handmade in the UK and costs £34.95 from Coastal Home.

2. French wisteria cushion, Alice Atwell

Alice Atwell wisteria cushion

This summery cushion in purple, teal and aqua is reminiscent of warm sunny days in the French countryside. Just break open a baguette and open a bottle of rosé to accompany it! The cushion measures 45cm square and comes with its own duck feather pad. It’s printed in England from an original watercolour painting, and costs £38 from Alice Atwell.

3. French vintage script cushion, House of Fraser

Linea French script cushion

This over-sized cushion is exclusively designed for House of Fraser, and measures 50cm square so you can really make a statement. It’s 100% cotton with a polyester pad so it can be slung in the washing machine, making it a practical choice for garden rooms and outside chairs. £30, available from House of Fraser.

4. Upcycled French grain sack cushion, Little Mill House

French grain sack cushions

Made from a vintage French grain sack, this cushion has a dark blue stripe running through the hessian and features the mill stamp on the front. It measures approximately 60cm x 50cm and comes with a feather cushion pad. £50, available from Little Mill House.

5. Oxford outdoor cushion, John Lewis

Oxford outdoor cushion

This gorgeous French grey cushion is made from polyester that’s hard wearing and weather resistant so it can be used outside. A great addition to your outdoor dining chair, deck chair or lounger, it measures 50cm square and costs £25 from John Lewis.

6. Blue and cream toile cushion, Love from Rosie

Blue and cream Toile cushion

This elegant blue and cream cushion is covered in classic French toile material with a rose and scroll design, and features contrasting French ticking-inspired stripes on the reverse. The cover’s removable, and fastens with fabric ties. The cushion measures 50cm square and costs £22.95 from Love from Rosie.

7. French butterfly cushion, Live Laugh Love Ltd

Butterfly cushion

This beautiful French vintage-style cushion cover features a faded butterfly and script design with frilled edging, and tie fastenings on the reverse. £14.95 from Live Laugh Love.

8. Eiffel Tower cushion, Alhambra Home

Eiffel tower cushion 

This cotton print cushion cover featuring an iconic Eiffel Tower print is a celebration of all things Parisian. Available in four different colours, it measures 45cm square and costs £16 from Alhambra Home (cushion pad not included).

9. Tweed malou cushion, GreenGate

GreenGate tweed malou cushion

 This elegant tweed cushion by GreenGate, Copenhagen, features a French-inspired patch design and contrasting stitched edge. It measures 40cm square, and costs £39.95 from Love from Rosie.

10. Springtime in Paris cushion, Alhambra Home

Springtime in Paris cushion

We love this fifties’ print Parisienne ladies and street scene cushion cover. Made from 100% cotton, it’s fully washable and measures 45cm square. £16 for cover only, from Alhambra Home as before.

Fresh Design cuts: Home and furniture bargains from M&S

June 24th, 2014
 Fresh Design home sale guide: Marks and Spencer
So next up on our sales bargain hunting spree is Marks and Spencer. Their 50% off sale has launched today and includes plenty of tempting items for your home.
Theoretically we’ve been browsing for wine glasses (a genuine need), but in reality we’ve been tempted by all of these items and more:

1. Arty appliqué and embroidered cushion, now £22 (was £35)

2. Capiz chandelier ceiling lamp, £160 (was £220)

3. Step ladder shelving unit, now £103.20 (was £129)

4. Conran ladybird linen cushion, now £18.50 (was £29.50)

5. Ampersand ornament, now £7.50 (was £12)

6. Diamond towel (available in four sizes), from £4 (was from £6)

7. Luxe banded champagne saucer glass, now £7 (was £9.50)

8. Red garden parasol sun shade, now £69.30 (was £99)

9. Sonoma light bedside chest, now £263.20 (was £329)

10. Fara coffee table, now £239.20 (was £299)

Fresh design cuts: Anthropologie home sale bargains

June 23rd, 2014

Fresh Design sales guide: Anthropologie

We love Anthropologie, but sometimes the prices of some products can be a bit hard on the wallet. So it’s always good to discover their prices have been reduced.

Their home section currently has reductions on a range of products, including china, bedding, bathroom accessories and soft furnishings. Here are some of our top picks:

Top row, from left to right:

Quilla duvet, from £29.95 (was from £48)

Atelier cutlery, £49.95 (was £98)

Lille set of two standard pillowcases, £49.95 (was £68)

Middle row:

Spot-Hop salt and pepper shakers, now £7.95 (was £14)

Lotus wood mirror, £199.95 (was £348)

Etched bowl (in black, green or red), £6.95 (was £12)

Bottom row:

Bay shore towel, £3.95 (was £6)

Elka side plate, £7.95 (was £14)

Glass dairy bottles, from £5.95 to £9.95 (previously from £10 to £18)

Well chilled: Six ice buckets and drinks coolers

June 19th, 2014

Chilled summer wine and beer

Tis the season for chilled drinks and ice a-plenty, so why not chill your wine, beer or cider in style with the help of these nifty products?

From contemporary sleek ice buckets, to practical beer pails, and priced from under £10 to just over £44, there’s a drinks cooler here for all budgets and styles.

1. Metal ice bucket in chalk white, £31 from Selections

2. Champagne cork cooler, £44.20 from Impulse Purchase

3. Epicurean Europe champagne bucket, £7 from John Lewis

4. Polished globe ice bucket and tongs, £42 from Primrose & Plum

5. Kitchen Craft Bar Craft mix it acrylic large oval drinks pail cooler, £15.64 from Amazon

6. Zinc beer bucket, £32 from The Hiding Place


Half price Ralph Lauren Home equestrian theme chandelier

June 18th, 2014

Stunning designer brass equestrian style chandelier


If you happen to be in the market for a designer chandelier, and have a big budget to play with, then your luck could be in.

This Ralph Lauren Home Westbury chandelier is currently half price in the sale at Heal’s. Made from brass, it has an equestrian style to it, with stirrup detailing and leather straps, which reflect the design of saddles and harnesses.

The chandelier was originally £3000, but is now reduced to £1500.

Fresh Design home decor ideas: Botanical garden theme

June 16th, 2014

Botanical gardens home decor trend

Nature is often an inspiration for home decor, and is it any wonder why?

The fresh greens, colourful floral shades and patterns from trees and plants, not to mention insects and butterflies, are full of designs and ideas. If the colours and patterns appeal to you, then take a look at the Botanical Gardens collection, created by Sainsbury’s.

Nature’s greens come through in the olive green sofa and chair, upholstered in a luxurious feel velvet fabric. The green is mirrored in one of the vases, along with fresher green and turquoise. Pieces made from natural materials, such as the chunky wooden furniture, complement the greens and the room is beautifully accessorized with cushions, lamps, pictures and vases which all evoke the botanical flora and fauna theme.

How to create a botanical look in your home

Shop for the look at Sainsbury’s


Olive three seater sofa, £599

Olive two seater sofa, £499

Botanical olive chair, £299

Gatsby coffee trunk, £299

Gatsby nest of tables, £99


Butterfly beaded cushion, reduced to £11.25

Butterfly jacquard cushion, reduced to £5.62


Botanical green framed mirror, £16

Green tall glass bottle, £

Butterfly candle, £3.50

Teal glass lantern, £22

Botanical round mirror, £12

Large butterfly print bottle, £5

It’s not just a theme that will work in your living room – the botanical garden theme translates wonderfully well for a bedroom too:

Sainsbury's botanical gardens bedroom scheme

Fab Friday Bargains: Top Lakeland home baking buys

June 13th, 2014

Fresh Design guide to bargain baking buys

It’s sale time again (do they ever stop these days?) and for our Fab Friday Bargains we’ve been delving into the baking bargains at Lakeland. If you love baking, but aren’t so enamoured by some of the prices of pans, moulds and other equipment, then now’s the time to snap up a bargain or two.

Top row:

Baroque cake pan, now £4.99 (was £9.99)

Three tier baking sheet rack, £9.99 (was £14.99)

Four individual silicone loaf moulds, £3.49 (was £5.49)


Middle row:

Tala icing syringe set, £14.99 (was £24.99)

Whirly cake pop mould, £6.49 (was £9.99)

Loose based pie set, £12.99 (was £19.99)


Bottom row:

Panasonic bread maker, £99.49 (was £119.99)

Silicone mini madeleine pan, £3.49 (was £5.29)

Chocolate teacake mould, £4.99 (was £8.99)

Contemporary concrete product designs by Adam Christopher

June 11th, 2014
Kronen bowl concrete coffee table by Adam Christopher Design

Kronen bowl coffee table

Who knew concrete could be so stylish?

Adam Christopher, from Hertfordshire, specialises in designing and making custom concrete feature products, including stunning coffee tables and flower pots.

The angular, geometric style designs are most definitely eye-catching and are inspired by origami patterns. In fact, your eye can’t help but be drawn to the concrete base of the Kronen bowl coffee table. The fact that it’s accompanied by a glass top is ideal, as you can fully appreciate the design from all angles.

Kronen bowl flower pot by Adam Christopher Designs

Kronen bowl flower pot

The Kronen bowl design is also very effective as a garden flower pot. Those concrete angles are fabulous!

 Stjerne concrete coffee table by Adam Christopher

Stjerne coffee table

Finally, we can’t help but love the Stjerne coffee table, with its gorgeous star design.

All of the pieces are available in a choice of concrete colour finishes - warm grey, white concrete or rust stained. You can find out more by visiting Adam Christopher Design, or check out his shop on NotOnTheHighStreet.


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