Monthly Archives: April 2020

  • Bespoke Furniture

    For us at Crown French Furniture, the most important thing is making each piece of our furniture perfect for everyone of our customers. When ordering from us you can rest assured that we will be able to make a piece that is perfect for your home. Our website showcases our finest collections of French, reproduction, contemporary and shabby chic style furniture. But if you can't quite find what you are looking for, we can create a design that is unique to your own individual taste.

    How do we do it?

    Using local craftsmen, upholsterers, carpenters and painters we can alter the finish of any of our products to make them to your individual taste. But don't just take our word for it, above are some images of what we have created or altered for our customers.... Some might say, hand crafted to perfection...

    Our furniture makers have honed their craft over many years. They are proud craftsmen who constantly provide the highest quality of construction. We work to the exact specifications of our customers to create the most sensational designs. If your dining room, bedroom or living room has an awkward alcove we can provide a solution. If you are simply looking for a different colour, consider it done. We can create furniture that is unique to you because we believe in being yourself!

    We always back our star player in the role of customised beds, in rain or shine we love our Sophia Button Upholstered French bed. Its clean, its crisp and its simple yet ornate, it possesses gentle curves that stop it from becoming overpowering and also boasts classical carved features.

    Materials and finishes...

    All of our lovely products are sourced from carefully chosen highly respected manufacturers who share our commitment to quality, longevity and value for money. We use solid wood, antiqued mirrors and metal to create our collections.

    As the majority of our French and contemporary furniture is hand crafted from quality solid wood, they do need to be treated with a certain amount of after care.

    Why personalise...

    Every home is unique and every home should feel that way. If every home was the same, life would get very boring very quickly. The space you live in often defines the way that you live and when you customise the furniture that is in that space can be a direct expression of yourself and how you want to live. The main focus on our furniture is the balance between beauty, practicality and comfort, but the finish should also complement the personality of the people in it. When our customers come to us with an idea, we can make it a reality with 1-1 care throughout the process.

     

    Fern xx

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  • How to furnish a bay window

    Bay windows can be a beautiful feature in any room, but when it comes to furnishing and decorating them, you might find yourself a bit stumped. Should you leave yours empty - to accentuate the extra square footage... Or turn it into an intimate cosy reading space? Would a bold colour scheme work, or should you stick to something neutral and understated?

    To help you answer these questions and more, here’s a brief guide to help make the most of your bay.

    How to decorate a bay window in the living room

    Living room with a bay window that’s dressed with cushions Bay Window Decorating Tips

    No living room bay window is complete without some stunning curtains or blinds. Finding curtain poles that fit around the bend and match the exact dimensions of your bay can be tricky - not to mention expensive. A great way around this is to fit a separate pole or runner for each window. If you go for curtains, hang a pair in the middle window and then frame each side with another curtain. Another tip is to fit tie-back hooks high up to gather your curtains in and make sure they hang perfectly.

    While some people like to leave their bays furniture-free, a few pieces of carefully chosen furniture can really bring these features to life. For example, you might want to create a cosy sitting area with a couch that fills the entire bay, complete with sumptuous cushions and throws. Bays can also make ideal dining areas. Simply pick out a table and chairs set that fits neatly into the space. You could choose an extendable table to give you more room when you’re eating. For added drama and to create more of a sense of separation between your dining area and the rest of your lounge, you could fit a low-hanging chandelier above your table.

    If you’re in need of shelves for your reading material, why not create a small library with built-in bookshelves running underneath your bay? Complete the look by accessorising the top of the units with decorative additions such as photo frames and candle holders. Another option is to frame the sides of your bay with floor-to-ceiling shelves. This will create an impressive focal point for the room.

    When it comes to your colour scheme, consider going for light, bright hues to help maximise the sense of openness and space that your bay brings to your living room. You could then add bold accents by choosing strong colours for your window dressings, cushions, ornaments or other accessories.

    How to decorate a bay window in the kitchen

    When it comes to window dressings for a kitchen bay, you could go for the bare approach if privacy isn’t a concern. This can make your windows look as big as possible, and ensure you get maximum natural light into the space. Roman blinds or roller blinds are also perfect in these rooms.

    Alternatively, you could decorate your bay with an assortment of potted plants. This will add a touch of life and vibrancy to the room. Why not include a basket of fragrant herbs too? These plants should thrive thanks to all the sunlight, and of course you can use them in your cooking.

    Another way to style a kitchen bay is to fit a window seat with built-in storage. This can be a great place to read or generally relax, and the extra storage it provides can be used to house anything from cookbooks to pots and pans. Make sure you stack your window seat with plenty of cushions to get that luxe look. When it's time to choose the colours for these accessories, to create a seamless look, you can go for tones that mirror the rest of the décor in your kitchen. Or, if you’d prefer to make a feature out of this part of the room, select a contrasting colour scheme.

    How to dress a bay window with voile

    Whether your bay window is in your lounge, kitchen or elsewhere in your home, dressing it with voile curtains will give it a beautiful, dreamy vibe. This thin, sheer fabric lets lots of light through and will soften the look and feel of the whole room. You can use these curtains as standalone window dressings, or if you want more control over light levels and privacy, team them up with blinds.

    You could go for the simple elegance of plain white or off-white voile, or if you want something a bit different, go for a fabric with subtle embroidered detailing for a frosted effect. For a contemporary take on these window dressings, layer a flat pelmet over the top and team this up with coordinating tie-backs. This will give a neat finish and hide your curtain poles and other fixings.

    With the right furniture and accessories, and some carefully chosen colours, your bay window will be the crowning glory of your design scheme.

    Fern xx

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  • What is a Console Table?

     

    Modern console table in a hallway with a lamp on top Console Table

    Commonly associated with European aristocratic mansions and royal palaces of the late 17th century, a traditional console table is a table whose top surface, or tabletop, is supported through the use of corbels or brackets. With their origins thought to come from French and Italian schools of furniture design, unlike regular four-legged tables, console tables were originally manufactured with two legs and were attached to a wall. However, today console tables are typically designed to stand on their own, without needing to be fixed to the wall.

     

    Console tables are usually intended to be set against a flat surface such as a wall or under a window. They’re most common in hallways and foyers, but they can also sit behind sofas and sometimes even feature in bathrooms. While console tables tend to be more dramatic and decorative rather than strictly practical items of furniture, more modern examples can be both decorative and highly functional.

     

    Keep reading to discover more about the history of this example of classic aristocratic furniture, what console tables can be used for and the best methods for styling and decorating them.

     

    Why is it called a console table?

     

    It’s widely believed that the term console table comes from an abbreviation of the French word ‘consolide’, which in turn comes from the Latin word ‘consolidare’, meaning ‘to strengthen’.

     

    This name likely entered common vernacular as a result of the unique design of the console table itself. Although modern tables of this type do not always follow the same design, original console tables featured a tabletop slab supported, or strengthened, by wall brackets and two scroll-shaped legs.

     

    What is a console table used for?

     

    When first conceived, console tables were typically made in pairs, designed with matching tabletop mirrors, and were placed almost exclusively in the hallways and foyers of grand mansions and palaces. These original items usually served more of a decorative purpose than a functional one, however gradually over time, more and more practical designs have emerged. These developments in design have seen console tables - once used only in the opulent hallways of aristocratic homes - become a far more accessible and popular furnishing option for homes of all kinds.

     

    Nowadays, console tables aren’t restricted to hallways. These items are extremely versatile and have a wide range of different uses. With a little bit of extra thought and planning, console tables can be placed almost anywhere in the home. From your hallway to your bedroom, kitchen to your dining room, a well-placed console table can be an interesting feature in any space.

     

    For example, if square footage is at a premium in your home, but you’re after a place to work when you’re away from the office, a console table can be used to create a compact home office. Simply choose an area near a power source and install a console with enough space to hold your office essentials. Finish the look by adding a chair with a slim design that won’t take up too much space and will easily tuck under the console when not in use. Or why not use a console in your bedroom as a space-saving dressing table? This can be ideal for keeping your favourite items of make-up and jewellery without the need for a full-sized dressing table.

     

    Console tables of all sizes can also be a great addition to either your dining room or kitchen. If you enjoy hosting, a strategically placed console bеtwееn the kіtсhеn and dіnіng areas can be the perfect place to leave drinks, dеѕѕеrtѕ, cheese boards or even spare cutlery and table linens between serving different courses. Alternatively, channel your inner Tom Cruise and use a console to create your very own cocktail bar at home. These compact items of furniture can be superb when it comes to showcasing your favourite spirits, mixers and glassware, and they provide a fun and practical centrepiece when entertaining.

     

    How to decorate a console table

     

    Once you’ve decided where you want to place your console table, as well as what practical function (if any) you’d like it to serve, next you need to style and decorate the feature.

     

    You could start by adding a statement-making piece of art or a mirror to the space above the table. This is not only a tip of the hat to the original aristocratic use of console tables, it will visually anchor your console on the wall.

     

    When it comes to the table itself, think about introducing elements that add height. A tall, slender lamp can be perfect for this, as can an elegant vase or candlestick. It’s also a good idea to include some softer, more shapely pieces that break up all the vertical and horizontal lines. For example, you could add a decorative wooden bowl or a rounded pot plant. It’s best to display items in a mixture of sizes and shapes to create a balanced, harmonious look.

     

    Wherever you place your console table and however you choose to style it, by using this type of furniture, you’ll be carrying on a tradition dating back hundreds of years.

    Fern xx

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