Crown French Furniture

  • Trends: Summer

    I know, Summer is just a season … well arguably much more than just a season … but it most definitely does mess with the stylish funk of everyone’s interiors and so we will call it a trend. Suddenly we have to think of bright colours, glare, ventilation, preventing fading fabrics and garden furniture!!

    Credit: Holloways oakridge Find similar pieces at our website!

    Lighting

    As always, we must stress the role of lighting in a classy environment, however, with the skies a little clearer and the Sun a little brighter we are sure you will start to notice southern facing windows (assuming you live in the northern hemisphere) getting brighter and more hard hitting upon your rooms.

    Summer rays can really become annoying Summer rays can really become annoying

    This impact can seriously hinder your suave style by creating shadowy corners and eye-burning reflections. Make sure to place mirrors out of direct sunlight (also preventing that odd patch of light from the reflection) and perhaps keep darker pieces out of the light to avoid that searing hot seat.

    Fading

    As you can tell, one of our focuses is how the Sun becomes too intense and messes with everything.

    look at that fading!! look at that fading!!

    It doesn’t take as long as you think for your furniture to discolour or darken in intense sunlight. This is natural and will inevitably happen to everyone... But Keep an eye out for anything you will need to look fresh, sitting in the heat as you can add a few years to its life by avoiding those rays.

    A good placement of furniture to prevent fading A good placement of furniture to prevent fading

    Outside!

    Despite all the beaming rays and stuffy rooms, this time of year is amazing and it welcomes the return of lazy days outside on the garden furniture.

    Take a stroll outside and garden! Take a stroll outside and garden!

    Select a few comfy pieces from our range of outdoor furnishings, decorate with some accessories and finish with ice cold lemonade.

    Tan isn’t just for you

    A Final thought; tan colours, beiges and neutrals are everything right now, they exude class and an edgy modern style. Be sure to explore some of these new trends over the season as they work splendidly in the warm weather to give a holiday feel.

    101st post! Fern xx

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  • Contemporary or Modern?

    Interior design is constantly changing and progressing through styles of each era. The beauty of this is that it creates a varied range of crafting techniques and genres of style to choose from. Contemporary can be seen as the style of the time and modern is the newest style.

    Notting Hill - Living Room

    Contemporary to Classic

    All of our ranges were modern at some point, whether that be in 18th century France or today’s England, classical and modern furniture typically embodies the era it was made in. Looking at the best loved classics of today, you can only admire how they were once edgy, adventurous pieces embodying trends and new ideas.

    Essentially, modern is today’s contemporary and a lot of contemporary styles have gone unnoticed simply because they aren’t favoured by a modern audience. Those that are become ‘classics’!

    camille Camille French Style Upholstered Bed

    What to look for

    Whether you go for the more modern inspired or the cultured, you must theme your interior consistently and avoid jumping between eras … unless you are a master of interior design and somehow pull this off, in which case please send us a photo once you do! So choose pieces which work with the style you have gone for, ideally ones with cultural similarities.

    Notice a lot of our chairs feature cabriole legs which work particularly well with the French inspired tables we offer!

    dorset_contemporary_french_armchairs Dorset Upholstered Armchair

    Modern

    On to the battle between the styles, this edgy new age design technique will make you feel fashion forward and is to the taste of the majority of people (hence it takes its place as the modern style). It is arguably the more adventurous but offers a greater payout as you could be at the front of the design revolution of the 21st century.

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    Contemporary

    When we talk about contemporary we really mean classic, it is commonly called contemporary because it is era specific yet here we need to distinguish between past eras and the modern era. Alternative to the modern era, our classic pieces boast an abundance of tried and tested culture. They are able to bring such a strong sense of character to a room with familiar styles made famous by their respective eras.

    antoinette_collection_french_sleigh_furniture Antoinette Classic French Style Sleigh Bed

    You can make it work

    Each era boasts its own style; each has gone down in history either as famed and recreated or simply a period of exploration. It is your choice which you want to be part of, either celebrating success in the contemporary pieces and styles we provide or using them to bring a new sense of life to your interior. Either way, fashion continues to grow and vary so be part of the change and offer us your opinions on the mirrored, modern designs you can find on our website!

    Share your thoughts! Fern xx

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  • Spring in Your Step

    Certain to bring a smile to your face is the arrival of spring! Easter eggs are lining the shelves and the chill of winter is beginning to subside. We adore our seasonal rhythms here at Crown French Furniture, not only because it goes hand in hand with new pieces for our catalogue but because it inspires change everywhere!

    Colour Schemes

    We go on about colour schemes because they are always changing, not just with the seasons but with the trends. This offers a flow of fresh ways to decorate your interior and keep things exciting!

    Bright floral colours that jump out at spring. Bright floral colours that jump out at spring.

    Spring is the most creative of the seasons in our opinion, it entails a vast range of vibrant colours as well as new ways to play with them. Many uses of colour just aren’t as well loved in the colder or even hotter months, one of our favourites is pastels. Being able to decorate with light toned colours allows for a whole new interior to emerge, multiple colours can be combined within an interior using pastels as they don’t become over engaging or contrast too strongly.

    pastel tones pastel tones

    Layout

    Every so often everyone decides to rearrange the furniture, most people hold unwritten rules such as the head of your bed being away from the door but whatever you abide by, it’s nice to see a change in our environment. With spring cleaning coming along it also allows some thorough dusting and reorganisation.

    shuffle that sofa around shuffle that sofa around

    For a freshness to a room, look at shuffling the seating or the position of bookcases, nothing too major but it will feel like a new room from an alternative perspective.

    Lighting

    Use the new found sunshine to highlight any features you want to pop in your interior, whether that be accessories placed to catch the shine or a bigger piece with a beautiful colour you want to come through.

    make use of your windows make use of your windows

    Fern xx

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  • Show Some Love

    Preparing for mother’s day can be a nightmare, between getting your own lovely mums a special something and helping your youngest choose a gift for yourself, it’s hard to feel appreciated. There are ways to relax and feel celebrated for whatever role you play as a mother.

    Enjoy yourself! Enjoy yourself!

    Relax!

    This is a celebration of you! You deserve to be able to relax so whatever responsibilities are stopping you day-to-day from achieving this, either brush them under the rug or ensure they won’t inflict stress on the day.

    Love your life decorative sign. Love your life decorative sign.

    Treat Yourself

    So what if you buy your own presents from your son or daughter, at least you’re going to get what you want! Whatever treatment you get on mother’s day, don’t feel obliged to let everything be done for you. Appreciate what comes your way but make sure you have an enjoyable time for yourself. Your family know you, but they aren’t mind readers, break out your favourite album or go for a run. Whatever is going to make you feel free is there for you to do.

    Go to the spa ... just go Go to the spa ... just go

    Remember It

    Celebrate with a small gift to keep around the house or a family photo. Mother’s day isn’t the most important date on the calendar but it is still significant for a close family to feel like they’ve accomplished something and are appreciated. If they know it means a lot to you they will likely get into the spirit a little more each year.

    Display some proud family photos as a reminder! Display some proud family photos as a reminder!

    Breakfast in Bed

    The staple of a good mother’s day is breakfast in bed, so get the cupboards stocked with all of your favourites and make sure your family know what you would like. No point having an English breakfast if you’ve started a new health kick.

    Our beautiful Velvet Chesterfield bed. New in store!! Our beautiful Velvet Chesterfield bed. New in store!!

    Oh and make sure you have the bed.

    Celebrating Every Day

    It doesn’t have to be mothering Sunday for you to appreciate the love that you give and receive as a mother. Being a parent is a blessing and despite the hard work, you always know you have someone that loves you.

    For the corner stone of the family For the corner stone of the family

    Happy mother's day! Fern xx

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  • Stick with it

    The excitement of the new year has worn off and you begin to look at your resolution with more sober eyes. Old habits die hard and new ones are even harder to get going! We hope you’ve taken on the new year with all the ambition you dreamt of last December and held strong with your resolutions.

    30 Day Mark

    Common knowledge is that the first 30 days are the hardest, typically it takes 3 weeks for an act to become a habit so at this point you’ve made it!!! If not, then who cares! The main part of the resolution is to try something different, if it doesn’t work for you then why change yourself?

    Congratulations to those who have made it! Congratulations to those who have made it!

    Some habits are good to kick, but certain things make us who we are as individuals. The best resolutions we can make are ones which help our progress in the things we love such as spending time with family or learning a new skill!

    Be True to You

    Everybody has their own lifestyle and inspirations, if your new year was dedicated to drinking less coffee but you have trouble staying alert through your day then maybe you need a revision.

    Everybody's weakness ... Everybody's weakness ...

    Check out our inspirations on out Pinterest page, we frequently share interesting and inspiring articles on everything from interiors to Asian cuisine.

    Our Point Being…

    Don’t force yourself to change, if you’re shabby chic furniture or a contemporary piece, stay as you are. The best outcome here is that you’re looking good for Valentine’s day and now can return to not caring about the long term. Enjoy today … Enjoy caffeine and fast food.

    Make 2017 yours! Fern xx

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  • Roses are Red

    Celebrating Valentine’s day can be tricky, it’s hard to be original without going completely off theme. You can try your best but to come up with ideas for you and your partner is just difficult!  On the other hand, you can always have a romantic day by keeping it casual, there’s nothing wrong with spending time together doing nothing.

    roses and hearts

    Tradition

    No matter how many romantic comedies you watch, it’s much less complicated to forgo the “chase each other through several parties” scenario and simply have a flowers, chocolates and movies night. Take a look at our amazing roses and Valentine’s day accessories to give you some inspiration on small gifts.

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    Cards are a must as well and hopefully they’ll make you realise why so many people give in to these clichés every year.

    roses on bed

    Contemporary

    Not everyone wants to do what is expected, some don’t care about Valentine’s day at all. For those who want to be more individual this time of year, move away from the roses and surprise your special someone with something to remind them of you!

    you and me deccoration

    Home décor is a beautiful way to show someone how much you appreciate them! It offers a thoughtful gift that will remind them of you every time they walk past it.

    At Crown French Furniture

    Make this valentine’s day extra special at Crown French Furniture.  We have a whole range of accessories new in store and they're leaving the shelves fast!

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    As well as our on season accessories we offer our truly marvellous pieces that are supplied all year round.

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    Out of the Way

    Finally, there are those who want nothing to do with this holiday, to those I recommend going out for a completely unromantic meal at a barbecue pit! From couples who don’t want to hear a love song, to those who aren’t part of a couple, treat yourself to something that has nothing to do with February 14th.

    Red's True BBQ! Red's True BBQ!

    Seriously, messy foods will make you feel independent on Valentine’s day and give you your own thing to celebrate!

    Fern xx

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  • Trends: 2017 Furniture

    2016 has been an exciting year with the flowing demand for more edgy, contemporary pieces such as traditional pieces with a silver leaf finish. Moving past this however, we welcome what 2017 promises to bring with it!

    contemporary furniture A little flash from the past ... year.

    Timeless!

    Some pieces carry their hype throughout years of holding the flag, one such is our Sophia button upholstered bed which has been revered across our projects and it will continue to be "in" this year. After the interest in more flashy and opulent furnishings, white painted and neutral wooden pieces are to make a grander appearance this year as a ripple effect.

    painted wood furniture Our exclusive and universally loved Sophia bed.

    Up and Coming!

    Taking into account the wide variety of interests sparking throughout interior design, we can see that drama and deep character are the reigning qualities to be watched. In response to this, furnishings will take a less eye catching roll and will be intended to compliment vivid wallpapers and paints or complex combinations of accessories. Shabby chic easily clashes with sleek aesthetics whereas more simple designs offer a beautiful appearance to add to the overall effect. It's no longer about the feature wall but an exquisite blend of all ingredients within the room and this can be easily ruined by overdoing a single aspect.

    subtle furniture Subtle uses of furnishings as seen in Sheerluxe's blog, linked below.

    This brings rise to a variety of pastels and neutrals present in a specifically good partner for 2017, upholstery. It maintains an atmosphere of luxury whilst offering an accent rather than overpowering. The same can be said for wooden pieces which can be finished in more subtle paints, also offering a range of choices, painted French style furnishings can mesh perfectly with any interior and are timeless!

    french furniture Our Beaulieu range blends subtle painted pieces with beautifully upholstered works.

    A Blast From the Past!

    Shabby chic still finds a place within the mix however, much of the furniture that offers a rustic appeal and perhaps a grander impression also allow for niche colours to be settled into a room. pistachios and a family of darker colours can be brought to life by cooler tones from our Etienne range or dark woods such as mahogany.

    distressed furniture A shabby chic way of introducing cooler tones to compliment room dynamics.

    Fern xx

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  • The Study

    Being swept up in employment and allowing your job to take a few hits on your personal life is common practice in the modern era and turned the home office into a trend, it has the potential to be your ideal work-space and a home comfort when you need to push yourself outside of work. Without forgetting to keep things personal we need to create a formal and inspiring room to keep you at the top of your game.

    Home study Home office setting

    Solid Inspiration, Solid Mahogany

    Typically, there has always been a strong masculine presence in the study, portrayed as the husband’s retreat from the family in almost every TV series it is wall to wall leather and dark wood … with a straight whiskey placed by the cigars. There is a reason for the aesthetic however, it does not have to exude a gender role but can simply create an atmosphere of ambition and control.

    Alexander French 8 Drawer Wide Chest Alexander French 8 Drawer Wide Chest.

    The solid mahogany furnishings bring a sense of power to a room and having this overwhelming presence of strong colours and classical tones is sure to inspire you to break your barriers and reach the heights you deserve.

    Alexander Weathered Oak French Tall Chest Of Drawers Alexander Weathered Oak French Tall Chest Of Drawers.

    Other impressive designs for your interior should you be averse to dark woods could be painted furniture with a professional edge.

    Floral Themes

    Brighten the mood and create a natural scent, real flowers will lift your spirits and give you the energy to keep going. No one wants to feel cooped up so keep nature present within your work-space for an invaluable addition to your work ethic. Fish tanks can be a little 80’s villain but more importantly, a huge distraction, we want a relaxed but fresh environment.

    Floral study Real floral displays can be crafted beautifully and exude natural atmospheres. Sampled from "Green & Gorgeous", floral blog.

    Indoor plants can be a good addition, make sure you have the appropriate daylight and are able to care for them sufficiently or you will end up with a limp and lifeless study.

    The Desk

    Possibly the most important part of your study is the desk, not only the type and the fit, but where it is placed. It has become well thought that productivity increases when you can see outside, unsurprisingly you don’t exactly feel inspired facing a wall. So, once you have the perfect desk to blend with your interior and work schedule, ensure you are placed firmly in the light with a nice view.

    Chateau French Antique White Writing Desk A French antique writing desk can look perfect in a brighter environment.

    Failing this you can always decorate the space with beautiful scenic photography or inspiring words to keep you focused. Inspirational posters are must have and these can be one of many personal touches that will make your home office unique and perfect for you.

    Perfect wall hanger for a study Wall hangers and photos can inspire on the gloomiest day.

    Fern xx

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  • New Year New Me

    Starting the year of with a bang can be difficult, with the remains of 2016 lying around and the Christmas decorations reminding you that we’re back to normal life … It can be hard to move past the festive period. Maybe this is why we all relish the idea of new year’s resolutions, it gives us the chance to move on to something better and hopefully 2017 will be spectacular!

    Fireworks

    One of the best ways to celebrate is by lighting up the sky with flamboyant colours and loud noise, our interiors should mirror this extravagant display with new looks and daring combinations!

    Contemporary Venetian Aged Mirrored Chest Contemporary Venetian Aged Mirrored Chest

    roll in the contemporary!

    Contemporary Mirrored Desk Contemporary Mirrored Desk

    Contemporary pieces scream individuality and exude an exciting presence in any interior, our most appropriate or the new year has to be the Venetian mirrored range as it is unique and offers a divine aesthetic.

    Resolutions

    This time of year, we reflect and begin to acknowledge our flaws (oh so many flaws) but most importantly we imagine our change, our reward for good behaviour. What are we aiming for this year? Diets, finances, seeing old friends? Whatever you have in mind, we wish you the best of luck and hope 2017 brings happy days.

    Jappy January sales!! Fern xx

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  • Snow Is Falling

    Maybe not literally, but nevertheless Christmas is upon us and someone somewhere must be able to see snow, right? Whatever the weather we have something to warm your bones at our showroom in Nottingham. It’s sale time and all of our accessories are flying out of the store so come in and see what we’re all about, we’re sure you will find something you’ll love.

    All Around Us

    By now you must be surrounded by an avalanche of cheer and festivities and maybe there are a few of you thinking they would rather not drown in a sea of multi-coloured lights. I think on some level it gets a little overwhelming for everyone at one point, if not then I applaud you Christmas-to-the-bone fanatics! At the end of it all we have to appreciate the small stress free moments of family time that come between the high-pressure task completing sessions, and obviously cut loose for the new year!

    Rectangular White Washed Photo Frame Rectangular White Washed Photo Frame

    With what is essentially a family celebration approaching, and one in which so many cherished memories are made, we can’t help but want to present these in the most elegant ways. Our exquisite washed wood frames are a modern but filled with character and a perfect place to boast your proudest memories.

    Square Washed Wood Photo Frame Square Washed Wood Photo Frame

    Children Playing

    There are several ways to child proof your home for the holidays, none better than supplying a TV and sticking Polar Express on! Most of us enjoy all the Christmas specials and films that are only relevant for one month of the year over this period, especially the young ones. So, offer a warm atmosphere and a beautiful display with our Tuscany Contemporary Oak TV Unit, with a simple design and a modern aesthetic, this piece would absolutely glow when covered in fairy lights.

    Tuscany TV Cabinet Tuscany TV Cabinet

    Having Fun

    Finally, after all of it, we have to cut loose, allow the new year to wave over you and free you from the stresses of December. Start organising your parties, planning your kiss and look forward to our New Year’s Eve blog!

    Happy Holidays! Fern xx

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