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Oh Deer! 5 of the best deer themed home accessories

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

We’re loving the deer trend in home accessories, so here’s our pick of 5 of the best deer themed buys for your home!

1. Deer Decorations

Contemporary reindeer xmas christmas decorations

Deer family

This contemporary style set of three deer are the perfect addition to your Christmas decorations.

They’re made of sustainably sourced, laser-cut birch plywood and they arrive in 11 pieces, which are simply slotted together.

The rather quirky deer family cost £24 from Shell Thomas.

2. Deer Mugs

Funky deer home accessories

Deer mugs

We really like the Yes Deer mug, but there’s also a Daddy Deer and Mummy Deer option available too.

The mugs are handmade from bone china, are microwave and dishwasher proof and are only £9 each from RawXclusive.

3. Deer Wall Stickers

Wildlife animal deer decal wall sticker Small deer decal wall sticker

Watch out, there’s a deer about!

The huge British deer wall sticker is so lifelike – it could cause momentary shock if you came across it unexpectedly in someone’s home! To add a taste to the wild to your home, it will set you back £39.99 from The Binary Box.

Alternatively, a smaller black silhouette deer wall sticker is available for £16.50 from Bombdesign.

4. Funky Deer Head

Modern contemporary deer head trophy decoration

Dimensional deer wall decoration

This super funky contemporary deer head decoration is made from graphically decorated laminated fibreboard.

It comes flat packed, but is easy to assemble – no glue required – and adds dimension and interest to a wall.

The gorgeous deer head is available for £35 from Cox and Cox.

5. Deer Paperweight

Contemporary handmade boxed paperweight

Handmade paperweight

This handmade paperweight features a funky geometric background (which reminds us of wallpaper) and a black silhouette of a deer, with a bird perched on its back.

The round paperweight comes boxed and costs £12 from Lollipop Designs.

And finally…

If you love all things deer related, don’t forget to enter our EasyArt Loves competition to win you very own deer stag framed art print!

The eye chart home accessories trend

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Trends in home accessories are an interesting breed and sometimes it’s surprising just what becomes popular. Who would have guessed that the humble eye chart – an essential piece of equipment for opticians – would become a sought after home accessory?

Back in 2009, we featured the Luckies eye chart tea towel, which you all loved. Two years on, several major retailers have jumped on the eye test bandwagon and come up with new versions of this intriguing idea. So if you loved the quirkiness of the eye chart tea towel, the chances are you’ll like these pieces too.

1. Tesco Direct framed eye chart

Exploring the trend for eye test home accessories

Eye test print

If the simplicity of an authentic eye chart is all you crave, then Tesco Direct have this simple framed eye chart available. It’s £30. Hang it on the wall and check your eyes make the grade.

2. Ikea Gyllen eye chart wall lamp

Funky home accessories eye chart test wall lamp

Eye chart wall lamp

Ikea have produced this rather funky eye chart wall lamp, which hangs vertically on your wall. In addition to the joy of testing your eyes, it provides a good source of light too. The Gyllen wall lamp costs £41.99.

3. Heal’s eye chart test prints

Optician eye chart print funky home accessoriesWall art home trend ideas

Heal’s have produced not one, but two eye chart home accessories, both in the form of wall prints. Although the style and theme is still the classic eye test, these two both have a twist on the usual random selection of letters. Choose between You Can Rarely See and I Spy. Both cost £60 each.

4. John Lewis eye test cushion

Eye test eye chart home accessories

Eye chart cushion

If cushions are more your thing, then here’s an eye chart print on a cushion, from John Lewis. It costs £25.

Ferm Living Dorm shelf

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Stylish interior design storage idea

Stylish wall display unit

Looking for a stylish way to display your favourite home accesories?

This eye-catching Ferm Living Dorm shelf offers an attractive and contemporary wall unit display solution.

Designed by Trine Andersen, the Dorm shelf is shaped like the outline of a house. It’s made from a mix of birch and alder plywood and comes with a pale blue or pale pink background.

The Dorm shelf is available to purchase from Cloudberry Living for £69.96.

Judy Holme Questions cushion

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Designer everyday questions textile cushion by Judy HolmeUk questions designer cushion by Judy HolmeDesigner questions cushion by Judy Holme in dark blue

Questions, questions…..

There are some questions that seem to come up on a regular basis – “Will it be a sunny day?”, “Have I got my umbrella?” and “What will happen if….?”

Designer Judy Holme has gathered together some of her favourite questions and used them artistically in the design of this cushion. The questions have been formed into graduating circles, with the print slowly getting smaller and smaller, fading in colour until it simply forms into a light dot in the centre of the cushion.

The Questions cushion is a perfect size for relaxing against (40cm by 40cm), but you’ll no doubt be drawn into spending plenty of time reading and pondering the questions too. It comes filled with a soft luxury feather pad and has off-white silk on the back of it.

Judy Holme’s Questions cushion is available in a range of colours, including dark blue, pale blue, maroon, ocean blue, pink, orange and khaki and all options are available to purchase at Dotmaison.

Conran style update competition: win £100

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
White polo mint hole vase home accessory

Modern vase

Updating your home for spring needn’t cost a fortune and, thanks to a competition currently running at The Conran Shop, you could even win some cash to help you do just that!

To celebrate their new season’s accessories, The Conran Shop are giving away a £100 voucher each week for the next three weeks. All you have to do to enter is browse their website, find your favourite accessory costing £100 or less and tweet or blog about why you like it.

To enter on Twitter, just tweet a link to the accessory to @Conran_shop, including the hashtag #conranstyle. For blog entries, simply post the picture of the item on your blog, along with details of why you’ve chosen it, and tweet a link to @Conran_shop. Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Details of the winners will be included on The Conran Shop blog and on their website.

Our choice is this curvy white earthenware glazed Polo mint inspired modern vase. The design is eye-catching, so would draw interest to wherever its placed, and the neutral colour gives it timeless appeal.

The Polo vase is £35 and available exclusively at The Conran Shop.

Get 15% off home accessories and gifts at Sorella

Sunday, December 5th, 2010


If you’re snowed in or don’t fancy skidding around on the ice in the cold to get to the shops, then now is the perfect time to stay inside in the warm and get on with some online Christmas shopping. To help save you money on your Christmas gifts, we’ve teamed up with online home accessory boutique, Sorella, to give you a special 15% discount!

Sorella have a shop in the lovely town of Hexham in Northumberland, which we visited during rather sunnier weather in the summer, but also sell many of their products from their online store. The name Sorella means ‘sister’ in Italian, which is very apt, as the shop is run by two sisters, Moira and Liz.

Sorella stocks a wide range of unique, stylish and handpicked gifts, including some lovely home accessories, and they specialise in stocking items made by skilled artisans.

The special 15% discount offer runs until 31st December 2010. To take advantage of the offer, simply quote the coupon code, “FRESH” when you place your online order at Sorella.

Here are our top picks from Sorella’s range:

Love wooden multi-purpose letters from Sorella

Spell out Noel or Love

These lovely mango wood letters can be bought individually, but as a money-saving suggestion, why not buy the letters N, O, E, L and V. At Christmas, you can use them to spell out the seasonal word, Noel, then for the rest of the year you can use them to spell out Love (or other variations, if you so desire!). It’s a clever idea and extra value for money, as one set provides two great words.

Luxury three wick Christmas winter candle

Luxury scented candle

This large, three wick Irish Winter candle smells absolutely gorgeous – it has the warming scent of cinnamon and clove – and is exactly the scent typically associated with Christmas. You could burn it in your house in the run-up to Christmas, or give it as a gift.

Handmade special storage box

Special keepsake boxes

We love the look of these special handcrafted keepsake boxes. Available in a choice of colours and designs, the boxes are all fitted with a metal spring and ribbon ties, and the spine has a handturned brass card frame with a card insert, so you can label your box.

The keepsake boxes would be perfect for storing away treasured items, or you could use them as part of a special gift.

Avoca Ireland cosy hot water bottle

Keep warm when it's cold outside

This ultra snuggly fleece Igloo ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ hot water bottle will help you keep super warm inside, even on the coldest of days and nights. The winter white hottie is made by Avoca and finished off with a cheery red ribbon detail and button on the back.

Luxurious silk velvet jewel cushions

Jewel coloured cushions

These luxurious silk velvet cushions are available in some lovely shades of jewel-like colours – the only difficult part is choosing which to buy!

Yorkshire lambswool throw

Cosy throw

These cosy Bronte lamswool throws are perfect for the current wintry weather. The polka dot throws are woven in Yorkshire and available in a choice of three colours – pale grey, natural or eau de nil.

Decorative metal lattice balls

Monday, June 7th, 2010

These decorative metal balls have a lovely lattice work effect, that adds a natural swirl to their surface.

Available as a set of three, they range in size from 17cm, to 13cm and 10cm and look great grouped together as a threesome. They’re a more contemporary version of the decorative china balls, often in blue and white, that have been popular over the years.

The lattice balls are available from Next, where they’re priced at £20 for three.

Patchwork Harmony special discount offer

Monday, August 24th, 2009


Crown storage jar and jug

Crown storage jar and jug

Patchwork Harmony, an online store selling beautiful home accessories, are offering readers of Fresh Design Blog a 10% discount on all orders placed until 31st August 2009. All you need to do is enter the code FRESH at the checkout to gain the discount.

If you love shopping for unusual home accessories, and like vintage and retro items, then you’ll love Patchwork Harmony. They’ve got a gorgeous selection of items for sale, with great prices even before the 10% discount - here are some of our favourites.

The crown storage jar and jug (shown above) are two rather fun items for the kitchen.

Both pieces are emblazoned with a crown on the front of them and the storage jar has a rather regal form of handle on the lid. As they’re in a neutral shade, they’re likely to fit in with your kitchen design, whatever the colour.

The crown jug and storage jar can be bought as a set for £30, or separately for £18.95 (storage jar) and £11.95 (jug).

Funky handmade seed markers

Funky handmade seed markers

If you’re into gardening and growing your own vegetables, then you’ll no doubt get through plenty of seed markers each year (we certainly do). These handmade seed markers, designed and made by Esther Coombs, are a great alternative to the usual seed markers and will ensure you can see at a distance what’s growing where.

They’re made from recycled wooden stakes and china plates and are available for marking potatoes, peas, carrots, lettuces and beetroot. Each of the designs varies slightly, due to being handmade, and you can buy them as a set of five for £38 or individually for £7.95 each.

Or, if you’ve got a favourite homegrown veg that you’d like to mark, they can even be made to order – how’s that for service?

Decorative hanging heart frame

Decorative hanging heart frame

This decorative grey frame is in the shape of a heart and is lovely way to display a photo of your loved one. It holds a picture size of 3″ by 3″ and the frame is designed to hang, so you can move it around your home, from room to room, if you wish.

The grey heart frame is priced at £5.25.  

Strawberry design jam pot
Strawberry design jam pot

Why not add a bit of colour to your table, with this red and white coloured china strawberry design jam pot? It would great for serving jam in if you’re afternoon tea or for breakfast when you’ve got people staying (it’s nicer than having any old jam pot on the table!).

The strawberry design jam pot is priced at £13.95.
There are plenty more home goodies available at the Patchwork Harmony online store, so why not go and check them for yourself (and don’t forget the 10% discount!).
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