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The White Company Christmas Bedroom Competition

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Bedroom style competition from Fresh Design and The White Company

 

The White Company have a great selection of products for the home and bedroom, but how would you style a bedroom for the festive season using their range?

Fresh Design Blog has teamed up with The White Company to give bloggers the chance to win up to £200 worth of bed linen.

To enter, all you have to do is write a blog post on your own blog showcasing items from The White Company’s home collections to illustrate how you’d style a bedroom over the festive period.

You can be as creative as you’d like with your post, perhaps creating a collage or moodboard of photos, and adding descriptions of why you’d pick each product or how you’d use them. When your post is written, just leave a comment below, including a link to the URL of your entry post.

The final date for entries is midnight on Sunday 13th January 2013 and the winner will be announced after the 14 January 2013.

Good luck – we look forward to seeing all your bedroom style ideas!

Fresh Design Blog’s Christmas bedroom style….

Fresh Design festive Christmas bedroom style

As for us, we’re currently loving silver and white Christmas décor, so would have to opt for The White Company’s cosy silver grey Rivoli quilt and cushions, used alongside the white Milford fine satin stripe bedlinen. The room would be given a festive feel with the addition of a few select Christmas decorations, such as the sparkly silver vintage crystal starsnowflake decorations and glass spun heart decoration.

For atmospheric festive lighting in a bedroom, you can’t beat crystal fairy lights, which can be strung around a picture, mirror or around a headboard.

And for scents to evoke a festive feeling, which are perfect to have lit as you get ready to go out for an evening or come back ready to unwind, we’d add the winter botanical candle, with its scent of zesty fresh orange of spicy cinnamon.

 

Terms and Conditions

  • Your blog post must showcase items from The White Company’s home collections to illustrate how you would style your bedroom over the festive season. Do not include products from brands other than The White Company.
  • You may use pictures, links and social platforms to make your blog post as creative and original as possible. The White Company Christmas Bed Competition is open to residents of theUnited Kingdom, Channel Islands, andIsle of Manwho are aged 18 or over only. One entry per person.
  • There will be one winner chosen by host blogger Rachel of freshdesignblog.com. The winner will be notified after January 14th 2013 by email. The email will contain details of how to claim the prize.
  • The prize is bed linen up to the value of £200. Please note you do not win the products selected for your blog post as The White Company cannot guarantee that the items will be in stock or available in your requested size.
  • The competition winner must claim their prize within 7 days of notification being sent and The White Company reserves the right to to select an alternative winner should the prize not be claimed within this time. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash or otherwise and no cash alternative will be offered. The White Company reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or higher value in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received by The White Company due to technical difficulties.
  • Fresh Design Blog’s decision and any decision taken by the Promoter is final and no correspondence will be entered into. We reserve the right to feature photographs and screenshots of the winning blog, as well as the name and county of the prize winner in future publications and publicity.
  • This promotion is not open to employees of The White Company, their families, associated agents, or anyone professionally connected with the promotion.

New Japan home accessories collection from John Lewis

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Japanese inspired contemporary home accessoriesTextured contemporary vase and bird decorative accessories

The New Japan collection of home accessories at John Lewis features contemporary and elegant designs evoking an oriental, with modern takes on origami and some inspiring textural effects.

There are vases, bowls, candle holders, photo frames and decorative objects with smooth, ridged or textured surfaces, in a selection of dark and light colours. The materials used vary from smooth, sleek soapstone, to pale and dark stained woods and, although most of the colours are whites, creams and naturals, the addition of some black, pinks and lilacs adds a bit of colour to the mix.

Origami vase candle holder         Origami inspired swallow bird decoration

We love the white hurricane candle holders, with their contemporary origami style design (you could also use these as vases), and the earthenware streamline swallows.

All the pieces are well priced, ranging from £5 to £40 each, and work well used on their own or as part of a wider contemporary oriental interior design room scheme.

 

 

 

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

Fresh Design Competition: Win Tickets to the Ideal Home Show 2012

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Home shopping ideas

The nation’s best loved consumer home show is back for its 104 year. The Ideal Home Show, sponsored by Everest, is returning to London’s Earls Court for 17 days from the 16 March to 1 April 2012, and we have 10 pairs of tickets for our lucky readers to win to this year’s show!

The show famous for making home-making a national passion, boasts a new celebrity Ambassador line-up for 2012, over 600 exhibitors and EIGHT inspirational show sections all under one roof.

Flamboyant interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen will be the new celebrity ambassador for the ideal Interiors section, whilst TV gardening royalty Alan Titchmarsh joins the Ideal Home Show family as ideal Gardens ambassador along with Lorraine Kelly, the new face of ideal Woman.

These new celebrity faces will join existing show ambassadors and favourites, Gregg Wallace of ideal Food, Suzi Perry of ideal Gadgets and George Clarke of ideal Home Improvements at Earls Court this spring.

This year’s Ideal Home Show will take visitors through an exciting and spectacular showcase of inspirational living offering everything from full scale show homes to explore, expert advice, must have gadgets and gizmos, live cooking demonstrations, PLUS  stunning interior room sets, creative show gardens, tasty treats to purchase, an indulgent pampering zone and more ideal Shopping than ever before!

Offering an unrivalled range of products, home innovations and top tips and tricks for the home, the ideal Home Show is UK’s biggest home show and a great day out for the whole family!

TICKET COMPETITION

To be in with a chance to WIN one of 10 pairs of tickets to this year’s show, simply answer the question below and leave your answer  as a comment.

Question: Who is the new celebrity ambassador for the ideal Interiors Section?

Tickets can be either booked online or by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0844 8580 6763. For further information about the show visit the website

The 2012 show is once again supporting the Ideal Homes For Heroes appeal in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – see www.idealhomeshow.co.uk/ideal-homes-for-heroes for details.

Follow the Ideal Home Show on Twitter

Show opening times

Opening Day, 16 March: 10am – 6pm

Weekdays & Weekends: 10am – 6pm

Thursday – late night: 10am – 9pm

Are you a budding wallpaper designer?

Design your own wallpaper competition

If you’ve ever fancied designing your own wallpaper, then the Ideal Home Show are also running a wallpaper competition. Aimed at budding interior design fans, you could win the chance to have your own unique wallpaper designed and go on sale at Wallpapered.com.

The top five designs will be chosen and displayed at the Ideal Home Show, with the winner announced by designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Check out more details of the Ideal Wallpaper Design of the Year 2012 competition, which closes on 2 March 2012.

Ticket Competition Terms and Conditions

1. This offer is only open to UK residents.

2. Complimentary tickets are valid for one day only, on any one day of the show between the 16 March and 1 April 2012 at London’s Earls Court.

3. Tickets are non transferable.

4. Complimentary tickets obtained through this offer may not be duplicated.

5. All tickets will be scanned on entry to the show.

6. The closing date for this offer is midnight on 1st March.

7. A winner will be drawn randomly after the closing date and notified by email within 7 days.

8. The winners names will be posted on Fresh Design Blog.

Fresh Design: Top 10 Posts in 2011

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

We’ve written hundreds of blog posts on Fresh Design Blog this year, covering topics such as interior design ideas, bargain buys, designer furniture, home accessories, decorating options, wallpaper and lots of gorgeous pieces you could add to a modern or contemporary home.

As part of our end of year review, here’s a look at our top 10 most popular posts written in 2011!

1. Taking the prime spot, our most popular post this year was the one looking at the Top 10 free online interior design room planning tools.

2. Second in line is the gorgeously colourful funky Marrakech patchwork sofa, designed and sold by Couch GB. What a brilliant design!

3. It’s good to see that so many of your love the bookshelf wallpaper as much as we do. Our piece featuring ideas to help you create a feature wall with bookshelf wallpaper is the third most popular post this year.

4. Wallpaper always features a lot in our top posts – here it is again, in the form of the Mandara contemporary silver tree wallpaper, which is our fourth most popular in 2011.

5. One of our favourite annual gardening events, and a great place to pick up new contemporary garden design ideas, is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Our piece on Diarmuid Gavin’s Irish Sky Garden comes in as the fifth most popular 2011 post.

6. We’ve featured a variety of striking mirror designs this year, and even run a mirror competition. This contemporary handmade rolled art glass mosaic mirror has clearly caught the eye of many of you, as it’s taken the sixth spot.

7. We love quirky home accessories – and clearly so do you – as Morris the memo holder horse and the floppy disc sticky notes, which are both perfect for use in a study on a desk, came in at number seven.

8. Wall art in many forms, including 3D, have been popular in interior design again this year. The colourful gentle roe 3D MDF wall decoration came in at eighth place.

9. Our ninth most popular post was the stunning round driftwood and glass coffee table.

10. And finally, one of the best room dividers we’ve come across, the B&B Italia soft wall room divider, wins the award for our tenth most popular post in 2011.

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!

Anthropologie Swatch Book curtains

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Funky curtains interior design blog ideasInterior designers notebook curtains

When you’re decorating a room, and changing an interior design scheme, you’ll typically find yourself collecting together a selection of different colour and pattern swatches of fabric, wallpaper, paint or carpet. Sometimes it can be hard to whittle them down and decide on one or two firm favourites to use and it seems sad to discard the others.

That’s one of the reasons why we like these Swatch Book curtains, as they pay homage to all the lovely swatch card colours and designs you collect during an interior design project!

Designed to look like the fabric remnants and markings from a designer’s notebook, the curtains feature vertically arranged swatches of colour and pattern, interspersed with scribbled notes about the type of fabrics each swatch is made from, the sizes and costs. They look effective when viewed from a distance, but are fascinating to look at close up, as you’ve got all the notes to read.

The Swatch Book curtains are made from a mix of cotton, linen, silk and polyester and finished with a contemporary tab top. They’re available in two drop lengths – 213cm or 244cm – and are priced from £128 from Anthropologie.

Living room interior design idea

You don’t get much of a view of them in this image, but you can just catch a glimpse of how they could look when hanging in windows.

Industrial chic: factory cart coffee table

Friday, July 29th, 2011
Industrial urban chic interior design

Factory cart coffee table

For those of you basing your interior design scheme around industrial or urban chic themes, this factory cart coffee table could be the perfect addition to your home.

The top of the table is made from wood, with long panelling details on it. But the piece is brought to life by the addition of industrial style polished metal shiny wheels and hinge and bolt detailing in the corners of the table top.

The factory cart coffee table is available to purchase from Occa Home.

Feature Wall Ideas: Quote wall stickers

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Various home decor products feature quotes, but it’s one of those things that’s best used in moderation – too many quotes all over the place can be overkill. But one of the ways in which quotes can be used successfully in home decoration is in creating a feature wall.

When the words ‘feature wall’ are mentioned, it can conjure up images of a wall that you’ve spent ages decorating to perfection. But when wall stickers are used, the hours spent labouring on getting it perfect are vastly reduced.

To get a quote on a wall no longer requires a super steady hand and good handwriting to painstakingly paint every letter on – ready made wall stickers do the wording job for you. All you have to do, is choose an appropriate wall space and apply the stickers.

Whether you want to create a quote feature wall in your living room, bedroom, hall, study, kitchen or another room of your home, then here are 15 ideas to inspire you.

1. How to Live

Feature wall ideas with quotes

Live Laugh Love wall sticker

Live Laugh Love wall sticker by abp Graphics. Available in a choice of 25 colours and 2 sizes, priced from £9.99.

2. The Joy of Pink

Feature wall decor ideas

Audrey Hepburn quote

I Believe in Pink – Audrey Hepburn quote wall sticker available from Leonara Hammond for £35, in a choice of over 20 colours.

3. No Robots Here

Interior design blog feature wall ideas

Robotic wall sticker

I Am Not a Robot wall sticker – available in 20 colours and costs £22.

4. If In Doubt, Just Freak Out

Funky wall decal ideas for your home

Panic and freak out

The older, cooler brother of the Keep Calm and Carry On quote, the Now Panic and Freak Out wall sticker is available in 19 colours and costs £24.99.

5. Cooking With Wine

Humorous kitchen wall decal sticker
Humorous kitchen wall sticker

I Cook With Wine…and Sometimes I Add Food wall sticker - available in three sizes and a wide choice of colours. Priced from £9.99 from The Wallpaper Mural Company.

6. Silver Clouds

Feature wall decor ideas for your home
Silver clouds

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining wall sticker – £24.99 from The Binary Box.

7. A Little Bit of What You Fancy

Wall decal ideas from Fresh Design Blog

So true!

Yes, indulging can be a good thing! Available in a rainbow of colours, the A Little Bit of What You Fancy Does You Good wall sticker will cost £25 to get it on your wall.

8. Seize The Day

Seize the Day vinyl wall decal sticker

Seize the day

A Latin quote encouraging you to Seize the Day. It’s available in 15 colours and two sizes and costs from £9.99 at Vinyl Perfection.

9. Kitchen On Another Planet?

Contemporary wall stickers from Hommu

Kitchen galaxy wall sticker

Hommu offers a new take on the ‘galaxy far, far away’ quote, with this one aimed at use in your kitchen. It’s £17.50.

10. Think Big

Wall decal ideas for your home

Think Big Thoughts wall sticker

Think big thoughts, Relish small pleasures vinyl wall decal – 15 colours and two sizes to choose from. Costs from £9.99.

11. How to Waste Time

Inspirational interior design wall sticker

Wise words...

Time is Precious…Waste it Wisely - wall sticker from Aijographics. Available in over 20 colours and two sizes and costs from £16.99.

12. A Long Soak Required

Vinyl wall decal sticker for the bathroom

Bathroom wall sticker

Perfect for use in the bathroom – the Happiness is a Long Soak wall sticker costs £11.99 from Vinylworld.

13. Quote from the Bard

William Shakespeare Love All wall decal quote

Shakespearian wall sticker quote

If a famous literary quote is what you’re after, then this Love all.. quote from William Shakespeare could be on your wall for £20. It’s available in two sizes and loads of colour choices, from Spin Collective.

14. Turn To Your Wall For Cooking Ideas

Vinyl wall decor ideas

Recipe wall sticker

Recipe inspiration for those days when you don’t know what to cook. Gazpacho recipe wall sticker from Hommu. Vinyl wall decal sticker available in four colours for £97.

15. Making Memories

Interior design blog feature wall ideas

Making memories wall sticker

The Best Thing About Memories wall sticker. Available in loads of colour choices and two sizes. Priced from £16.99.

Okay, so some of them are a bit cheesy (and trust us, there are worse out there). What do you think of these and would you decorate a feature wall in your home with a quote wall sticker? We’d love to hear your views!

Danish style teak cabinet from Plumo

Thursday, June 9th, 2011
Scandinavian Danish interior design trend

Scandinavian style cabinet

Danish and Scandinavian style furniture, with its simple lines and distinctive style, continues to be a popular choice in interior design.

This cute little single drawer cabinet is made in Danish style from Indian sheesham wood and stained in a teak colour.

It would be the perfect piece of furniture for a hallway or to use as a bedside table.

The Danish style teak cabinet can be purchased from Plumo and costs £209.

 
 
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