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  • What is shabby chic?

    When it comes to changing the look of your home, there is an almost limitless selection of different styles to choose from. Although there is likely to be a multitude of options, shabby chic is a term that is often mentioned in relation to interior design. If you’re interested in altering the visual appearance of your home to present a style that is striking and tasteful yet capable of remaining enticing into future years, it could be exactly what you’re looking for.

    Introducing a shabby chic style into your home is a relatively new phenomenon when it comes to interior design, but its robust nature and lasting appeal has meant it has instantly become popular among people of
    all ages. However, as shabby chic is a delicate balance between new and old, it’s important that you understand exactly what it is before looking to try it for yourself.

    In this blog, we explain the meaning behind the term shabby chic, explain what it looks like and answer questions around how popular and relevant it is among modern interior decorating.

    What does shabby chic mean?

    Shabby chic is the name of an interior design style that incorporates a lived-in look alongside worn, rustic and authentic furniture, walls and flooring. The term originally comes from the 1980s when author Rachel Ashwell coined and later trademarked the term as a way of quickly and simply explaining a design that mixes relaxed, casual styles with a sophisticated, elegant and contemporary visual appearance.

    A home sitting room with a shabby chic design.

    What does shabby chic look like?

    Although sometimes hard to define, when a room is decorated in a certain way, it’s easy to identify whether or not it has a shabby chic design. However, if you’re hoping to bring a shabby chic look into your home by introducing specific items of furniture, altering existing furniture or adding finishing touches that change the feel of the room you’re decorating, you may want a few tips.

    A common method of utilising a shabby chic look is by bringing in traditionally stylish, old fashioned items of furniture and altering them to reflect a shabby chic style. For example, you could use a vintage wardrobe, bedside table, chest of drawers, coffee table or chairs and modify their appearance yourself to leave them with a shabby chic aesthetic. You can do this in a number of ways, but the easiest method is by painting your furniture in shabby chic paint that’s designed for giving your furniture a worn yet elegant look.

    If, alternatively, you don’t want to edit the look of your furniture, you can approach shabby chic in another way. For instance, this look is often created using pastel colours, lighter shades and a handful of furnishings with floral patterns. If you include a few items of furniture that follow this colour scheme, you could bring a hint of shabby chic into your home.

    Is shabby chic still popular?

    For anyone considering introducing a shabby chic look into their home, it can be concerning that it’s nothing more than a temporary fad and that decorating their home in this style will need an update in the near future once it passes.

    In fact, not only is the shabby chic look current, but it’s timeless and has been an appetising inspiration for interior design for several years. It also helps that it isn’t defined by a specific time period and works for the homes of people of all ages, whether that’s a teenager that wants to celebrate their new-found independent style, an adult that wants their home to look elegant yet full of character or an older person that wants their home to show a classy design in a subtle way.

    Overall, it would be fair to say that shabby chic is a design style that has truly stood the test of time, and it’s just as popular now as it was when the term was first created in the 1980s. With this in mind, it’s a style that you could consider implementing in your home as it’s highly unlikely to fall out of favour any time soon.

    Fern x

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  • How to decorate a glass display cabinet

    A common piece of furniture in any traditionally styled living room, a glass display cabinet gives you the opportunity to arrange your favourite items, ornaments or anything that reflects your personality to guests within your home. But if you currently have an empty display cabinet and don’t know what to put in it or feel that the cabinet simply isn’t standing out as you’d hoped, you may feel lost for ideas.

    In this blog, we offer tips on what you could do to decorate your glass cabinet, including items that could work in it and installing lighting.

    How to decorate a display cabinet

    Whether you want to accentuate the features of a new display cabinet or simply want to add a new lease of life to a cabinet that’s old and in need of a revamp, there are a few finishing touches you can add to help it fit into your home.

    A lit glass display cabinet presenting a set of plates.

    What to put in a glass display cabinet

    When you bring a display cabinet into your home, you may have made the decision to buy it based on the visual appearance and the impact it could have on making the room feel more homely. However, something you need to bear in mind is what you’ll display in it, especially as it could contribute to how your glass cabinet looks.

    If you have a collection of cards, trinkets or figures, a glass cabinet with internal shelving could be the perfect place for displaying these items safely, while also visually telling visitors what you’re interested in. Alternatively, you could use it as a place to store champagne and other alcoholic beverages for special occasions.

    Other items you could put in your display cabinet:

    • Artwork
    • Awards
    • Books
    • Candles
    • Glassware
    • Jewellery
    • Ornaments
    • Photo frames
    • Plates
    • Potted plants
    • Reed diffusers
    • Statues
    • Valuables
    • Vinyl records

    How to display plates in a cabinet

    Plates are often displayed in a glass cabinet, but if you’re unaware of how to do this, you may need some guidance to make everything look just right.

    Steps for displaying plates in a glass cabinet:

    1. Identify the shelf or shelves you want to utilise. If you only want to use one shelf, it would be advisable to use the middle shelf out of three or the higher shelf if the cabinet only has two. If, however, you want to display plates throughout the entire cabinet, you can evenly spread them across every shelf.
    2. Start by displaying the larger plates along the back of the cabinet, almost making it look like they’re leaning against the back. You can then display smaller plates in front and so on and so forth, prioritising any that match if possible.
    3. Some display cabinets that are designed for plates have indentations for the plates to fit. However, if this isn’t the case, you should use plate holders to prevent the plates from falling.
    4. As a finishing touch, if there are any gaps left, you could use any cups and other matching crockery to keep within the theme while using up the remaining space.

    How to light a display cabinet

    Another way to bring some life to your display cabinet is by lighting up the cabinet and its contents. You can do this by installing lighting within it, and while this may sound like a difficult task, it’s actually relatively easy and there are several ways of doing it.

    How to install LED lights in a display cabinet

    Methods of using LED lights in your display cabinet include:

    Install LED strips -

    For a solution that is effective and reliable, consider fitting LED lighting around the inside edges of the cabinet. You can then drill a small hole in a hidden section for connecting the wire from mains power to the lighting. If you want even more control, you could even consider using an LED strip set that allows you to manage the lighting remotely or change the colour or brightness.

    Attach LED puck lights - If you want an easy alternative that avoids the need to make permanent changes to your display cabinet, you could consider attaching battery powered LED lights. Simply attach them to the underside of each shelf using stickers or double sided cellotape, and when the lights die, remove them to replace the batteries.

    Fern xx

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  • How to decorate a coffee table

    Your coffee table serves an undoubtedly useful function in your home. But whether you have an ornate marble top table, a rustic oak design or a sleek, minimalist glass top piece, your coffee table can end up looking lacklustre if it’s not styled properly.

    It’s time to see this essential item of furniture for what it is - a canvas that can be used to project your style and personality. With a little effort, you can say goodbye to bland and create a conversation starter in your living room. Whether you’re an earth lover who’s drawn to the natural look, a quirky collector of knick-knacks or a stylish devotee of clean lines and monochromatic design, you can make your coffee table work for you.

    In this article, we show you how to add some oomph to this part of your home with some clever tricks and tips.

    How to dress a coffee table

    Whatever your style preferences, following a few golden rules should help you to achieve a chic coffee table look.

    Rule 1: Less is more

    It doesn’t matter if you own the biggest collection of art books known to man or you’ve managed to amass every candle that Jo Malone has ever released, when it comes to your coffee table, less is more. Having a few statement pieces helps to maintain a simple, uncluttered look and creates focus in your home. And remember, you can rotate items over time. So while you may go for Gauguin and gardenia one month, you might swap to Warhol and wood sage the next.

    Rule 2: Variety is key

    Create contrast and interest by using a range of textures and colours. It helps to vary the height and size of items on your table too. For example, you could pair a delicate white orchid with a heavy metallic sculpture. Or you could put two tall gold candle holders next to an asymmetrical ceramic bowl.

    Rule 3: Create harmony with colour

    Bold pops of colour can work well against neutral design schemes but try to keep colours complementary. For example, if you have a pastel theme running through your living room, brash primary colours may look out of place. Similarly if you have a lot of vibrant hues in your space, you might find that more subtle shades can cause your coffee table pieces to fade into the background.

    a decorated coffee table in an elegant sitting room.

    What to put on a coffee table

    As we’ve already said, your coffee table presents an opportunity to showcase who you are. So there’s a whole range of items you could choose to put on it, from vintage fashion magazines, to antique trinkets, to natural artifacts, to contemporary decorative figurines. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

    Books

    Whether you love 80s sci-fi cover art, you want to show off your intellectual credentials with a Nietsche hardback or you’d like to start conversations with a display of guilty pleasures, you can’t go wrong when it comes to books. We find that big often works best but there are no hard and fast rules. If you have a small table, for example, a classic Jane Austen paperback may work beautifully.

    Flowers

    A bouquet of flowers can act as the perfect coffee table centrepiece. You could create an arrangement of peonies in a low glass vase for a subtle, fresh look. Or for a more dramatic effect, why not add some roses and baby’s breath to a wine bottle?

    Art

    From bold geometric sculptures, to decorative mother and child resin statues, to kitschy rubber duck-lookalikes, displaying art on your coffee table can add flair and interest. It can also tell visitors a bit about you.

    How to accessorise a coffee table

    Whether you’re looking to upgrade a well-loved coffee table or add a personal touch to a new addition, we have accessory ideas to get you thinking.

    Runners

    A simple runner can transform the look of a table. The textures, patterns and colours can create visual interest and make your table look truly at home in your space.

    Coasters

    Spice up your table with some interesting coasters. From handmade pieces made from recycled newspaper, to rustic olive wood designs, to coasters made to look like your favourite vinyl records, there are a host of great options out there when it comes to finding something to put your drink on.

    Storage

    Whether you choose a fancy decorative box, a raffia basket or a simple wooden tray, a storage solution can help to keep remote controls, matches, phones and other odds and ends from making your table look unsightly.

    How to arrange books on a coffee table

    Show off those spines by arranging a small stack of books by colour or size. Top the arrangement with a succulent for a really chic look. Alternatively, create balance by placing two books face-up at either side of a centrepiece. If you have a two tier table, you might choose to create a few stacks of books at even height on the lower tier for a neat, sophisticated appearance.

    What to put on a glass coffee table

    Glass is derived from the natural world so natural objects can work really well on this kind of surface. Coral, crystals, natural beads, seashells and greenery can all compliment a glass coffee table exquisitely.

    If you have a mirrored tabletop, you could play around with perception by placing a chandelier on the ceiling above it. Candlelight also looks fantastic on a reflective surface so why not add some tea lights or
    votives (glass candles) to your table?

    Fern xx

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  • How to decorate a plain mirror

    Mirrors are the perfect accessory for making a living space look brighter and more spacious. When chosen and used correctly, a suitable mirror can be capable of bringing all elements of the room together, so it’s no wonder that so many people introduce them into their living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways.

    You can choose the perfect new mirror for you by identifying a desired shape, frame colour and design, but you could also consider making alterations to an existing mirror if it’s not exactly right. Whether you want to change the look of a mirror to suit the colour and design of the room it’s going in, add more vibrance to a dull and lifeless mirror or update a mirror you already own, it’s possible to decorate a mirror in a number of ways to suit the aesthetic you’re going for.

    How to decorate a wall mirror

    If you want to decorate a wall mirror, there are several ways to do it. For example, you could:

    Add a pattern or image to the mirror -

    Print or cut out the outline of a pattern or image and paint over it to leave a unique shape on your mirror. You can do this using paint, spray paint or other arts and crafts materials such as glitter. Then simply remove the stencil to reveal a sleek, handmade design.

    Create a unique frame -

    Using pieces of felt, plastic or even coloured paper, you could create an overlapping pattern along the outside of the mirror to form a makeshift frame. This is especially useful for frameless mirrors, and all you need is a selection of identical pieces of material to create the frame and a glue gun to attach the pieces.

    Fit the mirror into other objects -

    If you no longer like the design of your mirror, you could remove it from the frame, pick an item to work as a new border and simply fix it into position in its new frame. For instance, you could fit your mirror to a luxurious picture frame, or for something a little quirkier, you could secure it in an unexpected item such as the circular section of an old badminton racket.

    Upcycle the mirror into another home accessory -

    Minor alterations could be made to your mirror to turn it into another type of accessory. For instance, If your mirror has an elegant frame, you could add a layer of felt to the back, fix handles to the sides and use it as a tray for serving afternoon tea, displaying other ornaments or showcasing the contents of a dressing table.

    A luxurious mirror hanging on a patterned wall.

    How to disguise a cracked mirror

    Mirror redecoration is often done simply to accentuate or refresh the design of this item. However, if your mirror has become damaged and you want to keep it, you may decide to decorate it as a method of disguising a crack so that you can continue to proudly display it in your home.

    There are several ways of decorating a mirror to cover up flaws. For example, you could attach a pattern of tiles to the affected area and do the same to the opposite side for symmetry. If the crack is in the corner or at one of the sides of the mirror, you could fix a floral arrangement to the mirror or simply place a vase or large ornament in front of it.

    Fern xx

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  • Treat yourself to a stylish mirror in 2021!

    A mirror is a perfect way to brighten up your living space. Whether it’s a classic French leaner or one to hang on the wall. Finding the right piece to match your interior is a key part in turning your house into your home. 

    Rich French carvings inspired by the Louis XV era are a main feature in every leaner mirror we showcase. Creating a sophisticated ambience throughout your home. 

    Our Carved Louis Mirror is available in a classy cream. 

    Or for a contemporary spin in a sleek Silver… 

    For a similar design in a more practical wall mirror try our French Antique Gold Wooden Mirror! Easily expand your room and create the illusion of space.

    If a wooden contemporary look is your preference, then take a look at our Eccelston Round Mirror. Brighter, light atmospheres can be created with a natural wooden finish. Allowing natural light to bounce around the room.

    Our Manhattan Charcoal Round Mirror adds a touch of retro-modern elegance to a sleek interior.

    If you haven't found the piece for you then check out the rest of our range here or give us a call. 

    As always, a complete look requires some coordination across your interior. Try matching the French pieces above with some of our Beaulieu or Sophia range. As for the contemporary interior, we would recommend checking out our Manhattan ranges.

    Our contemporary Manhattan mirror matched with the four poster bed.

    Feel free to browse our catalogue or select any image to view the piece on our website!

    Fern xx

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  • How to Decorate a Bedside Table

    Often used to hold drinks, store
    items in the drawers below and house your alarm clock, a bedside table is an item of furniture that is
    sometimes only acknowledged for its practical use. But if you’ve gone to all
    the trouble of decorating your bedroom in a certain style and colour scheme,
    not continuing this theme with your bedside tables could result in an unwanted
    mismatch of aesthetics.

    Below, we look at your options when
    it comes to decorating a bedside table and provide tips on how you can do this
    in a way that will complement the rest of your bedroom.

    How to dress a bedside table

    You may have picked out bedside tables that are stylish
    and visually appealing, but if you’re unsure of what to use to accentuate their
    appearance, you may be wasting the potential of these pieces of furniture.
    Instead of taking a risky leap in permanently altering your bedside tables by
    painting them, there are simpler steps you can take to style them.

    two matching decorative bedside tables in a stylish bedroom.

    How to style a bedside table

    Before buying a set of bedside
    tables, it’s a good idea to think about what you need, such as whether you want
    them to have an inbuilt storage shelf or drawers. You may also want to choose a
    bedside table that will match the height of your bed. That said, even if you’ve
    disregarded these elements and simply based your decision on what you liked the
    look of, it’s still likely you can make them work in your bedroom.

    If you want to style your bedside
    tables, you may want to:

    Use it as an opportunity to
    personalise -

    Your bedroom is your own personal
    space and it’s to be expected that bedside tables will reflect the person who
    sleeps beside them. Although you should refrain from cluttering up your bedside
    table, it can be used as a method of showing off your personality. As such, you
    may want to include decorative items and ornaments that reflect
    your preferences and interests just as you would with a bookshelf or coffee
    table.

    Identify items that match -

    Whether it’s the colour, style,
    shape or pattern, finding items that match elements of your bedroom will make
    them blend in far better. However, while this is advisable for the most part,
    you can still decide to include one piece that is totally different in colour
    or style for contrast.

    Consider an element of symmetry -

    In any bedroom, attractive bedside
    tables will typically show some level of symmetry. You might want to consider making your tables
    symmetrical with each other. For example, if one has a lamp in one
    corner, imagine a mirror in the middle of the bed and position the same type of
    lamp on the opposite side of the other bedside table. Even by simply doing this
    with two objects, your bedroom will look more welcoming.

    Decorate in sets of three -

    When you add items to your bedside
    table that are likely to be permanent fixtures, work in sets of three, starting
    with the largest at the back and displaying the smaller items at the front. If
    they’re spaced out evenly, you can present a sense of organisation while still
    being able to display useful items such as lamps, books or clocks.

    Keep it minimal -

    Working in sets of three is one
    thing, but if you decide to work within this mindset but for nine items, your
    bedside table may become messy and unorganised. Not only do you want your
    bedside tables to look good, but if you’re using your table to hold a drink or
    temporarily store other items, having all areas covered won’t leave you with
    many options.

    What to put on a bedside table

    We’ve spoken about how you could consider adding items
    to your bedside tables that suit the style of the room and cover empty areas,
    but you may be wondering what types of items are suitable for a bedside table.

    Items that are commonly used to decorate bedside tables
    include:

    • Books
    • Candles
    • Clocks
    • Diffusers
    • Dishes
      and trays
    • Lamps
    • Ornaments
    • Plants
      or flowers
    • Picture
      frames
    • Vases

    How to choose bedside table lamps

    Often seen as the primary component for decorating a
    bedside table, lamps offer subtle lighting for the evening
    while finishing off the look of the bedroom. Available in a selection of
    different shapes, sizes and styles, choosing a lamp can be difficult, but you
    can make the decision based on a number of key factors, such as:

    Style -

    Many people that use lamps as the focal point of their
    bedside tables blend them in with the colour and style of the tables themselves
    and the rest of the room. While this is something that typically works and is
    perfectly fine to do, lamps working as a centrepiece means that you’re given
    more freedom with the option you choose.

    Even a lamp that only has one minor similarity with the
    rest of the room is likely to work as the contrasting component. A benefit to
    having matching lamps on either bedside table is that at least they’ll match
    with each other, increasing the chance of working with the design throughout
    the rest of the bedroom.

    Size -

    Picking a lamp that is the appropriate size in relation
    to your bedside table, bed and the rest of your room is also important. It
    isn’t always easy to calculate this, but as long as the lamp is around a third
    of the size of your bedside table, it should look right.

    Another consideration is the height of the lamp. Between
    the lamp itself and the lampshade, some lamps can be excessively tall, and when
    added to a bedside table, it can sometimes stick out like a sore thumb. The
    height of the lamp shouldn’t be much taller than half the height of the bedside
    table. As for width, it should be evident if the lampshade is too wide if it’s
    spreading outside of the bedside table and getting in the way. If you have problems
    with this, you could always decide to swap the lampshade for one that is better
    suited to the side of your bedroom.

    Quantity -

    As previously mentioned, it’s a good idea to have two of
    the same lamp, with each of one displayed on opposite bedside tables. However,
    you may decide to only have one lamp. You can do this providing the lamp you
    choose is striking and large enough to act as the room’s centre piece.

    If you do choose to go in this direction though, it’s important that you’re aware of the minimal light only one lamp will bring. As a result, you may need to rely on a ceiling light or a lamp elsewhere in the room such as a tall floor lamp.

    Fern xx

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  • Finding your perfect Wardrobe or Armoire

    A wardrobe is a key part in the making of your perfect bedroom. Providing plenty of storage options and a masterpiece to show off in your home.

    Here at Crown French Furniture we offer a stylish array of French, Contemporary and Shabby-chic wardrobes and armoires. This blog is to help you pick out the perfect piece for you and your ideal French home.

    For a classic French look in a stunning white finish, beautiful hand-carved details and natural imperfections - try our elegant Sophia French Armoire with 2 doors.

    Or for a sleeker, more complete look, try our Parisian French Double Wardrobe in a modern grey...

    Grand in stature, if a regal French interior is your aim then our Antionette Sleigh Mahogany Wardrobe is for you!

    Available in a Double....

    Or for even more classic French style , why not try it in a Triple?

    If silver is your preference, our Alexandria 2 Door Armoire is perfect for you. Finished in the finest silver leaf and stunning curves exerting French vibes.

    Or for something completely different, try our unique Manhattan Retreat Open Wardrobe, finished in a natural mango wood colour. Perfect for your contemporary or classic French home.

    If none of these wardrobes match your criteria or for more information check out our website to see the rest of our wonderful range of top-quality French furniture. 

    Fern xx

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  • How to Choose a Coffee Table

    Utilised as the final missing component in your living room’s décor, a piece designed to contrast with the colour and style of a seated area or simply to hold drinks when friends and family come to visit, a coffee table is an item of furniture that acts as a centrepiece to any home’s room for entertaining guests.

    A coffee table may be taken for granted, but if it doesn’t complement other items of furniture in the room it's situated, it could be the downfall of your entire aesthetic. In this blog, we explain the many uses of coffee tables before providing help on what criteria you should consider for picking out a new coffee table for your home.

    What is a coffee table used for?

    In the process of decorating a living room or another space that is designed for relaxing and spending time with friends and family, sofas are a component that simply cannot be ignored. However, coffee tables are often seen as the second most important items after sofas, providing an additional practical element to combine with your sofas and completing the look. Indeed, while many people may choose to include a coffee table for design purposes or simply because they feel it’s mandatory, it would actually be more beneficial to use a coffee table for practical purposes.

    With many styles, shapes, colours and materials to choose from, a coffee table can fill unwanted space in a seated area. That said, coffee tables do more than just please the eye, offering support for holding drinks, television remotes, magazines, and if you actively look to turn your coffee table into a centrepiece, books, vases, candles, lighting and ornaments.

    A set of coffee tables displayed in a modern living room.

    How to pick a coffee table

    Often located in the middle of a living room space, a coffee table can’t be ignored, so you need to make sure that the one you pick is perfect. Coffee tables are available in a vast selection of different forms, but it’s possible to pick out the correct option for your living room providing you consider the material, shapes and uses of your ideal coffee table.

    Coffee table materials:

    Wood - ideal for a rustic, authentic feel

    Glass - a minimal option for upmarket layouts

    Mirror - perfect for promoting a feeling of elegance and enhancing the appearance of space

    Metal - typically associated with vintage feels or used as an arbiter between new and old

    Marble - popular with light tones and sophisticated décor

    Coffee table shapes:

    Rectangular - modern and best suited to larger areas

    Square - suitable for both practicality and representing symmetry alongside other items of furniture

    Circular - casual and easier for people to move around with ease

    Oval - a welcome mix between the perks of square and circular options

    Uses:

    Aside from the visual side of your coffee table, it would be beneficial to think of practical uses. For example, an ottoman would be an alternative option for privately storing items, nesting tables give you the option to split off your tables into separate pieces and use in different areas of the room, or you could opt against a coffee table, instead using a couple of matching side tables.

    What shape of coffee table goes with a sectional sofa?

    A key consideration when it comes to choosing a coffee table is that it works alongside other pieces of furniture in your living room. This extends to any components in the room - including curtains, bookshelves, lighting, the fireplace, doors, windows and even the colour of the room itself - but whether the visual aesthetic works or not will be dependent on the shape, size, colour and style of your sofa. However, while this will take some thought, you may be even more uncertain of your living room’s layout if you have a sectional sofa.

    Sectional sofas are made from several pieces, often meaning that it could be formed as a corner sofa or possess a section that allows the user to lie down. As such, they aren’t always square shaped and symmetrical, leading to potential problems with finding a coffee table that fits alongside this type of sofa.

    Matching a coffee table with a sectional sofa isn’t actually as difficult as it may sound, and you shouldn’t have any problem doing this as long as you bear in mind a few fundamental factors. For instance, it’s crucial that your coffee table is proportionate to your sofa. Sectional sofas are often oversized and significantly larger than traditional sofas, so this could mean investing in a larger coffee table.

    As for L-shaped corner sofas, square coffee tables will present a sleek sense of correlation between similar shapes with circular coffee tables will provide easier navigation for anyone looking to sit down or stand up. The important factor for making a coffee table work with this type of sectional sofa is to ensure that it is positioned inside the length of the sofa. If it overlaps outside of the sofa’s length, the oversized nature of the sofa will look more out of place, making it stand out uncomfortably.

    How to choose a coffee table size

    Identifying a coffee table that is the correct size for your living room is just as important as finding one that is visually appealing and complements your existing colour scheme and decorative style.

    A coffee table is typically between 16 and 18 inches tall and around 58 inches long, but that’s not to say that these measurements are right for the space you’re decorating.

    If you need help with picking the size of your table, you should:

    • Ensure that there is at least two feet between the coffee table and all other items of furniture
    • Measure your room to get a feel for what size would work best
    • Pick a coffee table that is around two thirds shorter than the length of your sofa
    • Check that the height of the coffee table is in line with the sofa's cushions.

    While these tips are likely to help the process of choosing the correct size to suit your sofa and other elements in your living room, you should make sure that you’re sizing a coffee table using your own specifications.

    For instance, if you have a lot of space in your living room and you’ve planned for your furniture to be several feet away from your coffee table, it would be more suitable to get a coffee table that is wider, longer and closer to the ground. Alternatively, if your living room is more compact and you want a cosier feel and more storage options, it would be better suited for your coffee table to be thinner, taller and carrying shelves and drawers for holding items.

    Fern xx

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  • Manhattan Contemporary Furniture

    The Manhattan range is a retro-modern collection of bedroom and dining room furniture that adds a contemporary atmosphere with a touch of spice. Available in Charcoal or Natural Wood, these subtle tones can compliment any interior.

    Stunning 4 Poster Bed

    Crafted from top quality mango wood our Manhattan Four Poster Bed is the perfect centre-piece for your home. It's regal stature compliments the soft details creating a stunning and elegant master bed. Available in a King size or Super King size

    Manhattan retreat contemporary 4 poster bed

    To complete the look, pair this with our Manhattan open wardrobe.

    Practical Open Wardrobe 

    A unique open wardrobe putting a contemporary twist on this classic piece. Perfect to store your clothes and any other bedroom clutter in a modern, space enhancing fashion.

    Manhattan Retreat Contemporary Open Wardrobe

    Stylish Cocktail Cabinet 

    A practical Cocktail Cabinet with modern legs and handles and perfect for storing your drinks and glasses. 

    Manhattan Retreat Contemporary Cocktail Cabinet

    Ample space to store some decoration as well to turn this into a stunning show piece. Add a little glamour to your interior and create a unique space.

    Manhattan Retreat Contemporary Cocktail Cabinet Open

    For more storage options try our Manhattan Contemporary Sideboard.
    With 3 doors and 2 drawers our Manhattan sideboard is to die for. French details compliment the modern mango wood's warm undertones.

    Manhattan Retreat Contemporary Sideboard open

    Or have this in our luxurious charcoal.

    Manhattan Charcoal Contemporary Sideboard

    To complete your perfect French storage trio take a look at our spacious 4 Drawer Chest. A modern chest with 4 spacious drawers for your bedroom items whilst keeping up with the French vibe.

    Manhattan Charcoal Contemporary Chest of Drawers

    As with all of our Manhattan pieces, it is also available in our natural mango wood finish.

    Manhattan Retreat Contemporary Chest of Drawers

    All of our Manhattan furniture in Natural Wood and Charcoal are on our website!

    Fern xx

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  • How to Choose a Nightstand

    Nightstands, or bedside tables as they are commonly known, are an essential part of bedroom furniture. From providing the perfect place for lamps that can affect the ambience of your entire room to offering additional storage space and the perfect location for your alarm clock and personal belongings, these multifunctional items of furniture can serve a range of important purposes. That’s why choosing the correct nightstands for your bedroom is so important. 

    When selecting the ideal bedside table(s) for your bedroom, there are a number of things you must consider. These include; the size and height of the item of furniture and whether or not it will fit in the space designated for it, the potential storage space it could offer, the materials it is made from, and, of course, the colour, design and overall style of the item.

    From how to correctly measure a nightstand to knowing how to find a bedside table that is the correct height for your bed, this handy guide will tell you everything you need to know when it comes to purchasing the perfect nightstand for your bedroom.

    What is a nightstand?

    A nightstand is a small table or chest that is meant to be placed next to a bed - hence its alternative name, bedside table. Depending on design, nightstands can be simplistic tables that provide nothing more than an extra surface to hold a lamp, alarm clock and any personal items you want to keep close to you while you’re in bed, or they can involve more complex designs than incorporate drawers and shelves, offering you additional storage space in your bedroom.

    What is a nightstand used for?

    Simply put, they provide an extra surface to support any items you would like to keep close at hand when you’re in bed. From lamps, books, drinks, remote controls and alarm clocks to medications, mobile phones and even intercoms linked to other areas of your home, nightstands provide an incredibly useful place to keep items that you may want easy access to when in bed.

    A modern nightstand supporting bedside lamp and flowers.

    How to measure a nightstand

    If you're looking to buy a new nightstand, it's important that you make sure it's the right size and fit for your space and your needs. After all, if your table is too tall, you will find yourself having to reach upwards to retrieve anything from it when in bed, while a nightstand that is too short may affect the lighting in your bedroom when paired with your existing bedside lamps. For these reasons, one of the most important steps when choosing the right nightstand for your bedroom is finding one that works practically with other items of furniture such as your bed and is the correct size to best fill the space you have available to you.

    Before purchasing a new nightstand, you should first measure the space in your bedroom where you intend to put it using a tape measure. Measure both the width and length of the space, as well as the height of your bed. Once you have noted down all of these measurements, remember to add at least two or three inches to the width and length to allow for a reasonable gap between the bed and the nightstand, as well as space behind for any plugs or chargers. This extra ‘breathing room’ will also ensure you will be able to easily move around your chosen table and access any inbuilt drawers/shelves with ease.

    When it comes to measuring the nightstand itself, the first thing you need to do is ensure its dimensions fit comfortably  within the measurements of the space it is intended to fill. As well as making sure the bedside table is not too large, it is also worth remembering that if the item is more than six or seven inches smaller than its intended space, it might be dwarfed by empty space on both sides - it’s all about finding a nightstand that is both not too small or too large.

    How to pair nightstands with your bed

    Once you have identified a bedside table of suitable width and length, next you have to make sure it is the correct height - this will ensure it pairs correctly with your bed. As a rule, to ensure you can easily reach items on your nightstand while lying down, its surface should be no more than three inches higher or lower than the top of your mattress. Whether you opt for a table that is slightly taller or shorter than the height of your mattress comes down to personal preference.

    Do nightstands have to match your dresser?

    To put it simply, not necessarily! When it comes to the interior design and decor of your home, there are no concrete rules. Deciding whether or not you would like your nightstands to match the dresser in your bedroom, for example, simply comes down to personal preference and the overall aesthetic you are trying to achieve. If, for example, you have a traditional country style bedroom, sticking to a theme and choosing nightstands that match other furniture in your room may help complete the look you are going for. On the other hand, if you want an industrial look, or simply an eclectic mismatched vintage style, choosing items that deliberately don’t match may be the way to go.

    The only commonly accepted rule of thumb in this area of interior design is to at least have two items in a room that have something in common. This could be the type of wood they are made from, the same design style, the same colour, or even an exact match. The rest is up to you!

    Fern xx

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