Thursday, 12 January 2017

David Phillips Student Catalogue 2017

David Phillips Student is pleased to announce the launch of their 2017 Student Catalogue. We have the broadest range of assembled and installed furniture available in the UK - selected to enable you to present your property in the best possible way. 

Our new catalogue comprises over 4,000 items of furniture, appliances and furnishing accessories across a wide rage of prices and design styles, and is suited for communal spaces through to large-scale developments. Our brand new Series 67 modular furniture range is also available.

Our collection of furniture, accessories, appliances and window treatments, along with our turnkey furnishing services, represents the most comprehensive available.

Take a look online or order your hard copy here:

Monday, 19 December 2016

Series 67

To celebrate fifty years of supplying furnishings to student accommodation providers (originally under the PeelMount banner), we commissioned international furniture designer Nathalie de Leval to design a range of contemporary modular furniture suitable for both refurbishment and new-build schemes in all types of residential and contract settings – especially student accommodation. 

For the designer, thinking about the student experience of the students was fundamental to the design. Even given the tight constraints of the materials - predominantly melamine faced chipboard and cost, she was determined to give the same level of care and consideration to the design to create furniture that feels warm and inviting, helping to create a home away from home for the students. This has led to a design that sits as comfortably in a residential setting as it does in a student bedroom.

The modular furniture is based on a system of low plinths or plinths with legs onto which are fitted the different units; wardrobes, chests of drawers and shelving, in different arrangements to suit the size and shape of any room. All the units are designed on a grid to ensure that however they are put together there is a consistency in terms of heights and depths, creating calm, clean lines in even the smallest rooms. Long, solid oak handles bring a moment of warm natural material just where you feel it. The result is a range of furniture whose design is both contemporary and timeless.

Series 67 will be available in our 2017 Student catalogue, coming soon. If you can't wait, you can pre-order your copy now by visiting

Monday, 5 December 2016

Student Accommodation Awards 2016

David Phillips Student are pleased to be sponsoring Property Week's first annual Student Accommodation Awards, taking place on Wednesday 7th December. We are also exhibiting at the event - find us at stand A7 & A8.

Following on from the Student Accommodation Conference, the Awards is comprised of 8 specialist categories aiming to award those who are excelling within their sector:

University halls of residence
Private halls of residence
Personality of the year
Student experience of the year
Developer of the year
Professional team of the year
Operator of the year
Investor of the year

David Phillips Student is the proud sponsor for the "University halls of residence" category.

 For more information, or to book your place, please visit:

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

We won!

Congratulations to our interior design team at Milc for winning 'Supplier of the Year - Furnishing' at the annual Landlord & Letting awards! 

We are immensely proud of this award as it is a fitting testament to Milc's continuous hard work and commitment. 

Award-winning design-led furnishing company Milc joined the David Phillips family in 2015 - bringing with them over 10 years of property experience.

Milc carries out bespoke show homes, home staging and high end interior design, and supplies premium furniture packages and interiors to an impressive range of clients. Focused on achieving quality and excellence, we lead a team of stylists and installation specialists to bring innovative luxury interiors to the UK property market.

This award is an outstanding achievement and a great success for the David Phillips Group.

Monday, 7 November 2016

2016 finalists for the Northern Design Awards!

We're pleased to announce that we have been selected as finalists for the second year running at the Northern Design Awards. Our category is Residential Interior Design Project under £200k for our interior design work on Drapers Bridge Penthouse Apartment. We’re also incredibly proud of our in-house designer, Lauren Maylor, who is a finalist for Residential Interior Designer.

The interior scheme was produced by lead designer, Lauren, and was inspired by a contemporary take on ‘old meets new’ whilst complimenting the history of the building.

The initial brief was to provide an interior design proposal for the Penthouse Show Apartment to represent the ‘Drapers Bridge’ Project and the new direction of Crosslane Residential, by developing a scheme that reflects the heritage of the building, whilst fusing ‘old with new’. The main purpose of the project was to create an aspirational, iconic scheme that appealed not only to young city centre professionals, but also to downsizers and investors.

For more information on our interior design team, the work they do and our capabilitieshead to our website 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

We're proud to announce that we have been featured in CityAM's Leap 100, a list of the most exciting, fast-growing companies to look out for in 2016. 

For more information and to view the whole list, head to CityAM's website:

Thursday, 10 March 2016

The Furnished Index Calculator

The David Phillips Furnished Index Calculator is here – a new, industry first tool to help investors, agents and property managers make more informed decisions about how and when to furnish their properties in order to maximise the returns on their investment.

"In fact, I haven’t seen anything as comprehensive as this before. The almost street-by-street detail is quite fascinating." - Liz Hamson, Property Week

We have worked closely with a number of agents to collect primary and secondary data that covers the entire UK, with information on the best furnishing practices across every postcode in the country. Using this information, the choice of whether or not to furnish and at what level is no longer a case of educated guesswork, but a case of simply using our easy to navigate calculator.

Our data shows that 50% of UK flats were let furnished in 2015, along with 32% of rental houses. Furnished flats achieved an average rent premium of 27% over unfurnished flats during the same period, while houses achieved a 15% premium. This shows that there are stark benefits to furnishing rental properties – however, there are regional considerations to be made. Only 2 of the 10 largest furnished postcodes were outside of London; RG1 and LS6 – two large student areas.

"I absolutely love the research. As an agent, this is really good for landlord education." – Roxanna Zea, Rentify

Furnishing inside London is almost a requirement – 82% of properties in travel zone 1 were offered furnished, with yield increase in the City as a whole of almost 60% for furnished properties. Inside the entire M25 there was an average yield increase of 16%, while outside of London 24% of properties see no rental premium from furnishing.

While it may seem that a furniture company recommending furnishing has a motive to encourage the purchase of furniture, we are as transparent as possible with our data – for 31% of postcodes in the UK there is little evidence of any benefit from furnishing, and if this is the case for your properties we will make this clear.

To start using the calculator now, head to our website.

To discuss the research in more detail or be sent the full report, please feel free to contact:

Ed Grant, Director, Agency & Developers, or 07584 528 925

For media enquiries, please contact: Richard Eagleton, Marketing Director, or 07713 507 143

Friday, 19 February 2016

Top tips for maintaining your appliances

Top tips for maintaining your appliances

Appliances can last a surprisingly long time provided they are regularly maintained and proper care is taken to prevent damage, the following recommendations will help you to ensure that they continue to be as useful as possible during their lifetimes, and may prolong their life:

  1. Clean refrigerator/freezer coils: Clearing dust and debris from the coils and fans located on the back of fridges and freezers will reduce stress on the motor, reducing the likelihood of it burning out and rendering your appliance unusable.
  2. Keep your washing machine door open: When not in use, leave the washing machine door open. This helps to discourage mould and mildew, which can render your machine unhygienic and unusable.
  3. Deodorise your dishwasher: To kill off unwanted bacteria and the unpleasant smells they cause, run a hot empty cycle with a bowl of white vinegar or dishwasher cleaner on the top shelf.
  4. Run a hot wash at least once a month: Run a wash between 60-90 degrees either empty or to sanitise dirty dish towels and cloths to keep your machine odour free. If you choose to run your washing machine empty, we recommend adding a cup of white vinegar to help break down limescale and detergent build-up.
  5. Convince your tenants: It can be hard to encourage tenants to follow best-care practices – but they are more likely to take care of one of our high-end appliances than a low-end model (and these tend to outlast their cheaper counterparts, too).
Unfortunately, even with the best maintenance and care, appliances can break unexpectedly and leave your tenants stuck – but don'y worry – our complete appliance delivery service can help. We stock a wide selection of value appliances perfect for tenanted properties, and with our FREE key collection service, your appliances can be ready to use without needing you to take time out of your schedule.

For more information, head to our website or call our team now on 08451 088 088

Friday, 29 January 2016

How can furnishing improve the likelihood of selling your property more quickly and at a higher value?

While the concept of home staging has been around for some time, it has become increasingly popular and more widely used and as reported last week in The Sunday Times, finishing touches are especially important factors in the decision making process. Styling alone does have a large impact on viewers' reactions, but the biggest impact is always made by the complete interior scheme and choice of furniture.

David Phillips – the UK's largest furnishing services provider to the property industry – has become the leading 'dress to sell' provider, offering home staging for residential property sales and show homes for large-scale, residential developments.  
"David Phillips has a range of furnishing solutions to cover all sectors and levels of the market in order to provide a fast and efficient staging service to meet the varying needs and budgets of our clients. All of our installations are project managed by one of our dedicated rental stylists who ensures that each property is given individual care and attention, and that the finished solution enhances the property to its maximum." – Nicky Bloom, Director of Rental at David Phillips
Having recently joined forces with Milc Property Stylists, the David Phillips group provides home staging and show home services to agents, developers and homeowners across the UK – and increasingly in mainland Europe – with their service proving increasingly beneficial for properties with asking prices from under £250,000 to over £15 million. The David Phillips group, including Milc, has been instrumental in the sale of more than £350 million of property in the last 12 months alone.

"At Milc we provide innovative, tailored design solutions for dress for sale projects – from expansive 8 bedroom homes, to studio apartments. We are exceptionally client focussed and strive to achieve great results while maintaining a hassle free, personal service. A forward thinking design approach keeps our look fresh, and while we think big, no detail is too small." - Heidi Clark, Founder & Director of Milc Property Stylists 
It is shown that furnished homes perform better on the market, generally selling more quickly and closer to the asking price when compared to similar properties being sold without the benefit of staging – the before and after pictures from a recent David Phillips installation completed in North West London, below, highlight the effect this can have.

Home staging as a concept has taken a while to become popular in the UK – its benefits have been increasingly reported by a number of prominent outlets including the BBC and the Sunday Times. However, it is now an established part of the home selling scene in the US, where it is used extensively by both agents and independent sellers looking to maximise the potential of their property.

With David Phillips' help, home staging is as cost effective as it is convenient - a typical investment of between 0.5 and 1% of the property's value is required with the aim of boosting the final sale price, with homes we stage typically achieving around 98% of the asking price.

Whether you are selling your own property or represent an estate agency working with a large number of unfurnished properties, home staging could give you a much needed edge over the competition and help you to attract buyers.

For more information on Home Staging and for a no-obligation quote, visit either the David Phillips website or call them on 08451 088 088. 

More details about the services provided by Milc can be found here.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

We're sponsoring this year's Student Accommodation Conference!

We're sponsors at this year's Student Accommodation Conference, held on 3rd December at Etc Venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London.

Dan Brownsword, Projects Director and the team will be on stands 26 & 27 to discuss your needs and our capabilities from 9am until 7pm.

To book a personal appointment or to ask any questions prior to the event, don't hesitate to call the team on 0845 685 0479 or email

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Walled Gardens, St. Andrews

The Walled Gardens at St Andrews and interior designer David Phillips invite you to an extraordinary event - two days full of shopping, treats and fun in the heart of St. Andrews.

In order to showcase the completion of the first phase of The Walled Gardens development by Bield Homes, we will be co-hosting a two-day event in the newly furnished complex.

Come along between Saturday 28th and Sunday 28th November to take a look at this beautiful new development. Doors to the event will be open from 11am until 5pm on both days, and those wishing to attend are invited to drop in whenever they are free.

What You Will Discover

  • A selection of our homes ready for you to move in before Christmas
  • David Phillips' new range of furniture available for purchase 
  • A £1000 David Phillips voucher prize for every home reserved by 31st of December 2015
  • Mulled cider - after an original Jamie Oliver recipe and mince pies

About The Walled Gardens at St. Andrews

Bield's blend of traditional architecture and construction with the best in modern, energy efficient interiors ensures your day-to-day retirement living is easy, safe and comfortable. The Walled Gardens at St Andrews apartments are perfectly placed, close to the heart of St. Andrews but a world away when you feel like some peace and quiet.

For more information, head to

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Q&A with Bethany Taylor, Account Manager for Asia

 What are the benefits of having a representative in Asia?  
 "David Phillips increasingly found themselves furnishing properties with clients based in Asia. Soon they realised that having a representative based in the region would enable them to better meet the special requirements of their international clients, with a dedicated point of contact in a time-zone more appropriate to these customers' needs."   
Where are you based? 
"I am primarily based in Hong Kong; Hong Kong has been my home for 13 years as my parents are expats, so I lived here as a teenager. I moved to London to study and start my career before moving back to be David Phillips' Asian Account Manager. I also spent part of my childhood in Dubai & Bahrain, so I am used to travelling and living abroad."   

How many countries are you able to work from? 
"I am able to set up a meeting anywhere in Asia, and regularly find myself travelling to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. Being able to meet face-to-face is important as it can make all the difference when preparing a property for rental; it gives them a chance to ask questions and talk through the options for furnishing their property in greater detail. It can be hard to feel at ease emailing someone 6000 miles away that you have never met." 
Why do you feel there is a significant appetite to invest in the UK market - and in particular London? 
“Fundamentally, the current housing climate in London is in favour of buy-to-let investors; with rental income and property values increasing at a high rate, the city is an exciting place for those looking to expand their property portfolio. Not only this, but London is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the world, making it a safe place to invest your money."
Why do investors choose to use David Phillips? 
"The majority of the London rental market is offered furnished–it is important that investors furnish their property properly in order to achieve the highest possible yield and obtain the best quality tenants. Competition is fierce and it is my job to ensure their units rent first."
What projects are you working on? 
"I have recently embarked on the Battersea Power Station project with a client, and have also had the chance to work on other exciting projects including: Riverlight, Goodmans Fields, The Fusion, The Eagle, Chelsea Creek, Stratford Plaza, Hallsville Quarter and Plimsoll Building." 
What special considerations need to be made when working with international clients? 
"My clients in Asia want to feel like they’re in safe hands and have someone do the hard work for them, especially when someone with expertise in the area is able to go above and beyond their own capabilities. It’s important to remember that international clients can’t just pop into their managing agent or a showroom to ask a question regarding their property, so having a physical presence really helps put their mind at ease and gives them confidence in us as a company."

If you have property investments in the UK or are considering investing, why not arrange a call back from Bethany? She can talk through the full extent of what David Phillips can offer and has a wealth of expertise in dealing with clients based in Asia. Click here to send her a message.