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Most Wanted High Street Hunter: Metallic accents autumn trend

Monday, October 7th, 2013


Most Wanted High Street Hunter Autumn 2013

As I love searching for affordable home decor products and like to highlight high street buys, as well as designer interior brands, I was pleased to be asked to take part in another High Street Hunter challenge, for VoucherCodes Most Wanted online magazine. This time it’s all about autumn.

The autumn 2013 products have well and truly hit the high street and the shops are full of new ideas. One of the product trends that I’m loving at the moment is that of metallic accents – particularly burnished gold and shiny copper.

These metallics are perfect for the season, especially as they evoke the rich colours of crunchy autumn leaves. In addition, it’s a trend that effectively works alongside many other décor schemes, so you don’t have to worry about completely re-decorating or changing too much, which is ideal if you have limited funds. In fact, to avoid over blinging your home, it’s a trend best used in moderation.

A few choice accessories, such as a gold or copper lamp base, vase, light, mirror, cushions or candle holders are all you need to bring the metallic trend into your home.

Gold and copper accents mix well with other colours, patterns, natural shades or black and white, and add a touch of luxe to interiors.

Lots of designer home pieces make use of copper and gold materials and come with rather hefty price tags, but metallic home accents are widely available on the high street too. Why pay a fortune, when you could adopt this trend for a fraction of the price?

All of the items I’ve featured cost under £80 each, with many of them available to snap up for a lot less than that, so take a look at these beauties and get shopping!

My top metallic accent high street buys

1. This Nova copper ball table lamp from John Lewis is my favourite piece. It definitely looks like it should cost more than £50 and looks brilliant when lit up.

2. These gold tealight candle holders are really pretty. They’re super affordable too, at only £3 each from Asda, and are crying out to be grouped together in multiples.

3. Bhs is a firm favourite for stylish lighting, and this contemporary metallic Haddon table lamp doesn’t disappoint. It’s £56.

4. You can never have enough storage boxes and baskets and this gold basket, with its contrasting black lining, offers heaps of storage possibilities. It’s priced at £19.99.

5. Another lamp base that I couldn’t resist, as it’s a gorgeous hammered copper. The Squoval is the most expensive item, coming in at exactly £80, but it adds a wonderful touch of luxury.

6. I love the decorative open weave of this gold basket, which would be perfect to use as a fruit bowl. It’s £25.99.

7. The most blingy item of them all is this copper sequin cushion. I’d mix it with solid colour and patterned cushions, in turquoise or teal blue, to add contrast and texture to a sofa. The cushion is cover is £9.99 from H&M.

8. It’s amazing how much furniture can be changed simply by altering the knobs or handles. These decorative gold handles are only £4.99 per pair from Zara Home.

9. A modern alternative to the traditional copper kettle, this Morphy Richards version is stylish and functional. It’s £34.99 from John Lewis.

Most Wanted High Street Hunter: Spring 2013 geometric home update

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

High Street Hunter Most Wanted spring geometric home trend

Following on from taking part in the winter High Street Hunter challenge for VoucherCodes online magazine Most Wanted, I’ve recently put together some ideas for spring.

The challenge was to provide ideas for updating a home for spring, focusing on a particular trend or colour, with all products costing £80 or less.

It was the geometric trend in home interiors that jumped out at me this time, and particularly the uplifting, zingy and cheerful colours being used in spring 2013 ranges, moving away from the monochrome blacks and whites of winter.

Home interior trends are often inspired and influenced by designs seen on the fashion catwalks, and it’s no exception with the latest geometric trend.

A wide range of geometric themed products are available from stores, with designs incorporating triangles, cubes and hexagons proving particularly popular. They certainly help create some interesting products, with the geometric trend working well as a repeat pattern on products such as cushions, wallpaper and even lighting.

As far as prices go, a quick saunter along the high street reveals a brilliant selection of geometric homeware designs with many at very affordable prices, so updating your home needn’t cause your wallet too much trauma!

Here are some of my favourite spring geometric product picks:

Spring geometric interior ideas for modern and contemporary homes

1. Prism print, by Dig The Earth, £23 from Not On The High Street

2. Rush tomato red geometric design cushion, £12 from Habitat

3. White Hope table lamp, £40 from Bhs

4. Tress tea towel by Sian Elin, £12 from Not On The High Street (the design is also available as a cushion, for £55)

5. Karlsson DIY cubic wall clock, £36.99 from I Want One of Those

6. Green geometric jacquard cushion, £8 from Matalan

7. Green engraved candle with wooden plate, £6 from Matalan

8. Triangular meshed bowl in yellow, £48 from Bouf

9. Logan woven bread basket, £8 from Habitat

10. Pastel pop triangular print bath mat, £10 from Matalan

Geometric wall design ideas

If you want to update your decor too, there are some fab wallpaper ideas featuring geometric patterns.

Contemporary modern geometric wallpaper

I love the Trellis design wallpaper by Harlequin, which is available in a lovely choice of colours ideal for spring, but it’s top of the budget at £79 a roll…it could be okay if you’ve only got one wall to paper, but not so great otherwise.

A more affordable option is the Ling design wallpaper by Steve Leung, which also features a trellis design, and is only £26 a roll from Graham and Brown.

Ling geometric contemporary wallpaper

Steve Leung Ling wallpaper

What do you think of the spring geometrics trend, will you be using it in your home?

Most Wanted High Street Hunter: Winter Woodland Home Update

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Most Wanted, the lifestyle magazine from money-saving website, recently got in touch to see if I’d like to put together some ideas for a winter home update. Not one to miss an opportunity to spend hours browsing homeware (what’s not to love?), I jumped at the chance.

For my winter home update, I’ve focused on the wonderful woodland trend and all items cost under £90 (some considerably less).

Owls and birds have been a strong homeware trend for a few years, but this season the shops are awash with all things woodland inspired. From foxes and badgers, to deer, squirrels and trees, designs featuring woodland themes are all over home products and décor.

It’s a great trend for celebrating the best of British woodlands and for bringing a bit of nature into your home. What’s more, with the high street brimming with affordable pieces, it’s an easy trend to adopt and use to update your home this season.

Just a few key pieces, such as new mugs, plates or china for your kitchen, or  a change of cushions, home accessories or lighting in your living room, can give a fresh new look to a room, without the need for you to do major amounts of decorating.

Here are some of my favourite woodland inspired pieces for updating a kitchen and living room.

Using the woodland trend in your kitchen

How to use the woodland theme trend in your home

There are loads of great pieces available for bringing the woodland trend into your kitchen. I like the classic black and white designs, such as the stag head plate and mugs, or boxing hare bowl, as monotone never dates.  The simplicity of the pure white ceramic pieces is lovely too, especially as these can easily blend in with whatever colours you currently have in your kitchen.

For a bit of designer luxury, I can’t resist the Jonathan Adler squirrel canister, which is as much a decorative piece as it is practical. The mugtail squirrel mug, which has all the detail in its handle, is a fun and quirky piece.

If you fancy a bit of colour, then the yellow and aqua woodland mugs are great, as the colour is inside and the designs – a silhouette of a fox or deer – are on the outside.

1. Jonathan Adler squirrel canister, £68 from John Lewis

2. Stag head plate £6.95, and mug £5.95, from Graham and Green

3. Bliss in the Woods yellow mug with white deer silhouette, £12 from Unique and Unity

4. Aqua woodland fox mug, £12.95 from Graham and Green

5. Aiga boxing hare bowl, £12 from Not On The High Street

6. Quirky squirrel mugtail mug, £14.95 from DotMaison

How to use the woodland theme in your living room

How to use the woodland trend in your home

There are so many lovely woodland themed pieces that are perfect for use in a living room that it’s been hard to narrow it down to these.

You can never go wrong with cushions! The badger cushion is a great buy, not least as there’s an extra design on the back featuring some really cute hedgehogs, so you essentially get two cushions in one.

A few quirky accessories are a must and I like the look of the wooden squirrels. Although they’re being sold as Christmas decorations, these would work all year round. As you get eight in a set, they’re pretty good value for money. I’m sure the squirrel nutcracker will be much used and enjoyed too.

Changing the lighting in a room is a good way of updating the look and the stag light panel is a striking and unusual piece – a bit different from a simple table lamp.

As well as all the woodland creatures, trees are a big part of this trend, so it’s great to introduce some tree designs into your home. The Snowden Flood tree glasses are a big favourite, although I personally think they’re too nice to use and prefer to have them out on display on a shelf.

The wooden stool is a unique handcrafted product, but if you’re on a low budget, why not check out the square tree trunk stool. Amazingly it’s made of cardboard, but can hold weights of up to 200kg, and is a great piece of Danish design.

Finally, wall stickers are brilliant for livening up dull walls and the deer wall stickers are super affordable at only £9.95 each (there are 10 different designs to choose from and you can choose your colours too). If you don’t want to use them on a wall, they could be added to other surfaces, such a door or piece of furniture.

1. Badger cushion by Whinberry & Antler, £28 from Not On The High Street

2. Set of 8 wooden 3d standing squirrel decorations, £18.95 from Selfridges

3. Black tree glasses by Snowden Flood, £42 from Bouf

4. Woodland tree trunk stool, £25 from Hen and Hammock

5. Stag light panel, £35 from Next

6. Richmond deer park wall sticker, £9.95 each from Not On The High Street

7. Wooden stool or table, £85 from Pedlars

8. Squirrel nut cracker, £20 from Cox & Cox

Jack Ottoman Union Jack stool

Friday, January 6th, 2012
Union Jack interior design trend

Funky Union Jack stool

Who knew a humble flag could be so effective in interior design and home furniture?

The Great British Union Jack has fully infiltrated the interior design world in many forms – we’ve seen it on wallpaper, sofas, radios, chairs and now an ottoman footstool.

Funky and stylish, the square ottoman makes the perfect occasional seat or footstool. It’s made from a solid wood birch frame, with solid beech dark stained feet, and upholstered in a quality velvet Union Jack pattern.

The  Jack Ottoman usually costs about £215 on the high street, but it’s currently only £99 from

Fresh Design Bargain Alert: Eye test print

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
Victoria Eggs eye test chart print

Eye test print

If you loved all the eye test inspired home accessories that we featured previously, then here’s a bit of a bargain we found.

Styled on the traditional optician’s eye chart, this screen printed version spells out a series of colours. The print is designed by the artist, Victoria Eggs, and is printed on 300gsm Fabriano paper with deliberately torn edges.

The print comes unframed but fits into readily available and inexpensive frames (it measures 50cm x 70cm).

Usually priced at £45, the eye test screen print has 50% off in the January sale, so is now only £22.50, from Not On The High Street.

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!

Competition: Win a Stag Silhouette framed art print!

Thursday, December 1st, 2011
Fresh Design Blog wall art competition

Stag Silhouette art print (RRP £152.62)

We know how much you all love wall art, so this December, Fresh Design Blog have teamed up with Easyart Loves to offer you the chance to win a fantastic Stag Silhouette art print.

The print comes in a rustic dark driftwood frame, with glass glazing, and is worth over £150!

The Stag Silhouette art print reflects the current Cosy Homestead trend with its warm North American influences, but it also has a contemporary, elegant and timeless feel to it.

Enter our prize draw today and be in with a chance to win this fabulous framed artwork. Just leave a comment below and tell us where you’d hang your Stag Silhouette print.

For more inspiring modern and contemporary wall art ideas, check out Easyart.

Good luck!

Terms and Conditions

  • Competition opens on Thursday 1st December 2011 and ends at midnight on Saturday 31st December 2011.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Multiple entries created from a script or other automated means will be disqualified.
  • Entrants must be 18 or over.
  • The winner will be selected at random after the closing date from all entries received.
  • The prize draw is not open to the staff of either Fresh Design Blog or Easyart, their relatives, nor staff of any other party involved in this promotion.
  • No purchase is necessary for entry.

Optometrists light box from Skinflint Design

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
Funky eye test trend

Eye chart light box

Oh my goodness, I love this!

Following on from our recent post on the eye chart trend in home accessories, this fabulous optometrists light box is the perfect companion.

The one off original piece, circa 1960, has been rewired with eight switchable lamps, so you can carry out your own do-it-yourself style eye tests…or just use it as a wall light and enjoy the funky light it provides.

This wonderful item is available to purchase from Skinflint Design and costs £1200.

Armed with technology: Robot tea infuser

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Quirky robot loose leaf tea infuserCharacter tea infuser robot trend

This cute little chap is the perfect companion for loose leaf tea. Pop the tea inside the robot, and the robot inside a mug of hot water and, voila, he’ll brew you the perfect mug of tea!

The robot is designed so that his curved, hinged arms will grip hold of the rim of the mug or cup, so you don’t have to manually dangle him in.

Once your tea is brewed, just take him out and sit him back on the accompanying silver tray, where he’ll wait until you next need to put his robotic skills in action.

Robot tea brew infuser

A cute little character tea infuser, and a great gift idea, the robot will make brewing loose leaf tea loads of fun!

The Armed with Technology robot tea infuser costs $14.99 from ModCloth (they ship internationally).

Industrial style multi drawer storage chest

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Industrial trend home accessories

Multi coloured storage chest

Embracing the style of the industrial trend, here’s a great metal storage chest that can be used on a desk or in a craft room.

Its nine drawers are the perfect size for storing away office essentials, such as rubber bands or paperclips, or craft items such as threads, safety pins, buttons or brads.

The chest is slim enough to fit on a shelf or perched on a desk and the bright design provides a nice splash of colour.

The multi nine drawer storage chest costs £50 from John Lewis.

If you like the style and look of this piece, then a matching four drawer metal chest is available too.

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