Ombre design home trend: Fresh blues

September 14th, 2015

The very best of blue ombre home and decor

The dip dye colour effect of ombre, with lighter colours effortlessly seeping into darker shades (or vice versa) can be highly effective used in homeware and décor.

We never fail to love the fresh effect of blue ombre designs, from deep indigo and sea blue, to light aqua blues. Here’s a selection of gorgeous pieces that certainly won’t give you the blues.

Fresh Design blog loves the ombre homeware trend

1. RJR John Rocha designer blue serene striped ombre bedding, from £20 at Debenhams

2. Out of the blue white lace doodle cushion in ombre aqua and cobalt (other matching items available), from £12 at Red Bubble

3. Blue ombre pendant light, £30 from Urban Outfitters

4. Hand dyed ombre bean bag cover, £60 from Juream Box

5. Matthew Williamson Ocelot ombre wallpaper in ice blue (a range of other colour options available), £59 from John Lewis

6. Blue dip dye tea light holder, £6.95 from Lime Lace

7. Ombre tree silhouette art print, £35 from Cat’s Print Shop  (other colours available)

8. Blue ombre hand woven rug, £18.50 from Oliver Bonas

9. Ombre colour self-adhesive wallpaper, £38.50 from Oakdene Designs

Kitchen gadget: Get creative in the kitchen with a spiralizer

September 11th, 2015

Vegetable spiral kitchen gadget

If you’re keen to eat more healthily, here’s a kitchen gadget that could help you on your way.

The spiralizer allows you to quickly and easily make pasta-like spirals out of raw vegetables. It’s a useful way of adding more of your five a day into your diet and, perhaps, to cut down on carbohydrates.

Lakeland have a new spiralizer gadget in stock that’s suitable for use by left or right handed people and is compact and easy-to-store. It’s £34.99.

Spiralizer from Lakeland

If you need some inspiration for recipes to try with a spiralizer, check out Rejuvenated For Life or Inspiralized for ideas.

Fresh Design Finds: Palm reading wallpaper

September 9th, 2015

Palmistry home decor

Fancy indulging in a spot of palm reading? This rather unusual wallpaper could help you do just that!

If you want to check your lifeline as you lie in bed, check on your line of liver before you indulge in another glass of wine at dinner, or simply like to decorate your home with quirky feature wallpaper, then this palm reading wallpaper could be just the ticket.

It’s available in several colour options – white on cobalt, black on white and white on black – with more promised soon.

It’s not cheap – £130 per roll from Sharon Jane – but it certainly is quirky and memorable.




Time for tea: 10 bright mugs for dull days

September 8th, 2015

The British weather just loves to surprise us, and although we’re hoping for a late burst of warm days as we move fully into the autumn, there have been several grey days when we just want to curl up with a cup of tea, preferably in a nice, bright, colourful mug.

Here’s our pick of the top mugs for chilly autumn days.

1. Elephant parade mug, Cambridge Imprint

Bright elephant parade mug, £13.50

If anything can lift your spirits it should be these orange and pink elephants! This half pint creamware mug is manufactured in Stoke on Trent and decorated with a print by artisan producers and printers Cambridge Imprint. £13.50, available from Berry Red.

2. Woodstock mug, Clare Loves

Woodstock retro bird mug, £12

This design is certainly ‘chirpy’! The retro ‘Woodstock’ pattern is available in sunny yellow or teal, and has been screen printed onto bone china before being glazed and kiln fired.  Made in Britain from bone china, dishwasher safe. £12 from Clare Loves.

3. The Modern Home chairs mug, The Oak Room

Modern Home iconic chairs mug, £8.49

This porcelain mug is great fun for style lovers, featuring a colourful, retro design of four iconic chairs. Designed in Britain, it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. £8.49 from The Oak Room.

4. Unikko mug in red, Marimekko 

Unikko mug from Marimekko in red, £16

Guaranteed to cheer you up, this lovely mug is printed with Marimekko’s signature design first seen in 1964. The simple poppy flower design brings a splash of colour to your breakfast table and a smile to your face. £16 from Cloudberry Living.

5. Billie mug, Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston Billie mug, £6.50

A classic by popular designer Cath Kidston, this Billie mug is a welcome addition to any style of kitchen. Made from fine bone china, it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. £6.50 from Daisy Park.

6. Chunky Lulu mug, Festin Coquin

Chunky hand painted Provencal mug, £14.50

Forget Britain – let’s imagine we’re in Provence with this chunky pottery mug, hand painted and hand crafted in Provence in the workshops of Festin Coquin near Avignon.  Microwave and dishwasher safe, it costs £14.50 from Boutique Provencale.

7. Set of two POP latte mugs with spoons, Sagaform

Set of two POP latte mugs with spoons by Sagaform, £22

Ideal for tea or coffee with a friend, this pair of mugs with spoons from Swedish design group Sagaform has a design by Ann-Carrin Wictorsson, the creative name behind a number of well known Scandinavian products for the home. It costs £22 for the set from the Scandinavian Shop.

8. Origami mug in red, Alison Appleton

Origami mug in red, £10

These bone china origami mugs are inspired by Japanese geometric design but made and fired here in the UK. Dishwasher and microwave safe, they cost £10 from Alison Appleton.

9. Dachshund mug, Milly Green

Bright pink dachshund mug. £10.99

Nothing says ‘happy’ like a pink dachshund! Bearing the words ‘determined dachshund’ inside the rim, this fine bone china mug is hand decorated in the UK and makes a lovely gift for a dog lover. £10.99 from Milly Green.

10. Poppy mug, Poundland

Bright budget poppy mug, £1 from Poundland

Cheap and cheerful, this poppy-printed china mug is ideal for cheering up a kitchen on a budget. At this price, if the sun does decide to come out, you can take your cup of tea into the garden without worrying too much. £1, see the Poundland website for stockists.


Fab geometric espresso coffee cup and saucer set

September 6th, 2015

Geometric cups and saucers

Ah, there’s a new geometric-themed item that’s going straight to the top of our list of fab geometric trend homeware – this striking multi-colour espresso cup and saucer set.

They say the cups are designed for serving up espresso in, but they don’t look too tiny. We reckon you could easily have a small cup of coffee or tea in these too. Or perhaps use them to serve up a delicious chocolate dessert in at a dinner party…mmm.

Geometric homeware trend fresh design

You get four cups and saucers and the set comes nicely boxed, so is ideal to give as a gift.  It costs £24.95 from Dotcomgiftshop.

Home accessories and decor to make you smile

September 3rd, 2015

Cushions prints and homeware to bring a smile to your face

Sometimes we could all benefit from a little extra encouragement to keep smiling. So here’s a round-up of smile-inspired homeware that could do just that!

1. No post about smiling would be right without a quote from the comedy film, Elf. As Elf famously said, “I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favourite.” This classic saying is available as a print to adorn your wall. There’s a choice of colours and sizes from Hope and Love, and it’s priced from £18.

2. Who could resist smiling when greeted by a large yellow smiley floor lamp? It has an LED light and dimmable switch and is perfect for old and young. £172.45 from Lullabuy.

3. You’ve got no excuses for not waking up with a smile if you’re using these cute owl pillowcases. They’re £12.50 each from Karin Akesson Design.

4. Add smiles to your sofa with this Thro navy smile cushion. It has a duck feather filling and is only £12.99 from TK Maxx.

5. We’ve featured her work before, but we do love this handmade smiley face bowl by Tina Vlassopulos. It’s £35 from her shop.

6. Wise words to remember when life gets tough, courtesy of this black wooden smile sign from Debenhams. It’s £20.

7. Want to regain that feeling of being all loved up? Just read these words on the  handpainted hanging sign and remember those early joyous days when you couldn’t get a smile off your face.  It’s £25 from The Other Duckling.

8. Bring a smile to your face with some fresh and fruity scent, courtesy of this Smile! candle by Lily-Flame. It’s £6.50 from John Lewis.

9. Write all your household to do lists on these Smile! It confuses people notepads. Two for £13 from XOXO Stationery.

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