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  • Has it really been a year already?!

    Black Friday will soon be upon us, Christmas is right around the corner and that can only mean New Year will here before we know it! 'Tis the season to be busy, rushed and flustered!Tis the Season

    I know for sure that a few of us furniture fanatics will be out searching for some winter bargains and (of course) last minute prezzies on the 28th. Yes that's right! We're making sure we don't miss out on the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Huge sales will be featured across the country, giving a fantastic opportunity   to get your last minute goodies before Christmas...girl

    But what's it all about?

    For those who are wondering: Black Friday is traditionally the first day after Thanksgiving. Largely celebrated in America; for many Thanksgiving is the last holiday before Christmas and therefore Black Friday symbolises the beginning of the count down to Christmas. The term 'Black Friday' is an accounting expression that that was coined with reference to writing profits in black and losses in red. Throughout the years stores often saw an increase in profit in the day after thanksgiving and the day was eventually named.

    christmas-shopping-list-reminder-note-stuck-on-notice-boardWithout doubt anyone celebrating should be preparing for the Christmas break by now and for me that means making sure I have all those finishing touches around the home. If you're looking to go all-out this year with decorations then a good place to start could be out gifts & accessories collection, we have all sorts of beautiful décor waiting to be ordered; we have even added a few winter warmers such as throws and cushions. So get browsing and prepare for some intense retail therapy on the 28th November.

    Also make sure you lookout for my seasonal blog coming soon - it'll be a cracker!


    Fern xx

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  • Un bel endroit

    A phenomenal place!


    Paris; the land of food, drink and fragrance! A perfect getaway for a weekend or (hopefully) longer. A couple of our fabulous Crown French team have enjoyed travelling to Paris for vacations this year and they have all come back with huge smiles on their faces.


    ‘Exquisite, beautiful and refined at every corner’ is just a few of the ways that the city was described; I think it’s safe to say they have a great time. But why wouldn’t they – it’s phenomenal, the city oozes gothic architecture almost everywhere you go and with such intricate details, you cannot help but have your breath taken away.


    It’s without doubt a worthwhile trip. There is so much to see in the city without even having untitledto travel too far; French rulers dating all the way back to the middle-ages have each given the city their own stamp of style, and of course there are plenty of extraordinary monuments and attractions to visit all within walking distance or just a short travel.


    Staying in Paris doesn’t even have to be that expensive. The team have given me plenty of tips to save extra money to spend on the experience and here are a few:20141028_111421


    1. Hotels – If you are looking to cut the cost of the hotel so you can spend more in the city why not look into booking a hostel, Paris is full of gorgeous hostels with friendly staff and still fabulous rooms.
    2. Trains – Travel on the Euro Star with the best prices early in the morning or late night, it’s a short and quiet ride from London so you can relax on your way and be fully charged for the day.
    3. Research – Looking into restaurants and attractions can be a real bonus. Often you might find online discounts, or ticket booking options to skip the queues when you get there.Eiffel Tower

    Our favourite places:

    Sainte Chappelle

    The Louvre

    The Eiffel Tower

    The Picasso Museum

    You can never be at a loss in this beautiful city. We have a true love for it.

    Fern xx

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  • Halloween

    Start preparing your costumes and jack-o-lanterns, Jack Skellington (aka the pumpkin images7539TGW0king) is about to embrace his favourite time of year. It's a really cool time of year with endless costume party's, trick-or-treating, bonfires and nightmarish tails all for my favourite holiday Halloween.

    Presentation1Stunning house decorations that look fantastic all year round...

    Check our fantastic collection of candles and accessories! Perfect for setting an eerie ambience.5055299470831_1-765x821

    Spooktacular Moulin Noir Collection - gothic and mysterious

    For a special treat this holiday come in to our showroom and see for yourself our collections of gothic and enigmatic pieces :))

    Fern xx

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  • Robin Hood Marathon

    Inspired by ancient heroic outlaw, Nottingham is bringing locals a fantastic opportunity to raise money and awareness for charities across the UK such as Scope Disability, Virgin Money Giving and other charities of your own choice this nottingham-centreweekend. The Robin Hood Marathon helps raise money and awareness for charities across the UK by gaining sponsorships and donations for completing a fantastic course set around the heart of Nottingham. Routing them along some of the most scenic routes in the area tracks run alongside the river Trent, famous for its scenic glory and past Nottingham Castle, rich with Nottinghamshire heritage dating back to 1067 and home to the Sheriff of Nottingham Robin Hoodwhere Robin Hood would cause mayhem to help people in need; inspiring many campaigners to take part dressed as the legend this year. Anybody is able to spectate the fabulous event taking place on the 28th September.


    Fern xx

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  • Fashion Weeks

    Big fashion weeks! Huge (and totally awesome) fashion events are commencing all over the world this autumn in their annual fashion events held in the top 5 fashion capitals with Milan, London, o-RETAIL-THERAPY-facebookParis, New York and Berlin; lasting for up to a week in each location - but of course we know Paris & London are definitely the coolest out of them all! Fashion designers, big brands and incredible houses will all display their collections in a series of runway shows allowing investors and media a glimpse of their new styles and trends, inspiring the whole industry for the next season for what's 'in' and 'out'.

    Big names such as Viktor & Rolf, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Givenchy and Coco Chanel attending.fashion_designers

    We've witnessed two weeks of the shows already and we are part way through the spectacular Milan show from 17th -23rd September featuring all day events. milan-fashion-week-2014

    We love these events with a passion at Crown French Furniture cannot wait to start our shopping for the next year.




    Fern xx

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  • Crown French Furniture - Out and About

    The Crown French Furniture Team went to Screencity's network gathering on Tuesday evening at Hopkinson. There they met a group of representatives from various other companies and charities which are situated within Nottingham. It was really nice for the team to meet some lovely people and to hear what they had to offer. Hopkinson1

    Whilst they were there they has the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Drysdale also known as Miss Nottingham. The guys took great interest in The Barefoot Walk and shall hopefully be taking part this year! We are also considering the #Barefootselfie. Award winning Nottingham film maker Raj Pathak from We Are Heroes Films was also present at the meeting and we shall hopefully be in touch with him in the near feature!

    The Crown French guys said: "We thoroughly enjoyed the evening, it was really good to be given the opportunity to meet all the people that attended."

    Just in case you were wondering who Screencity were, they are a team which "promote the best Nottingham has to offer and help you showcase your business." And I add, they do a fabulous job of doing so. Hopkinson4

    A big thank you goes out to Screencity for our invitation and we hope to see you all again very soon!

    Fern xx


  • Upcycling!

    Upcycling is a way of repurposing old furniture in order to give it a second life and possibly even a new purpose. Upcycling comes with many benefits including, saving money, creating a sense of achievement and reducing your footprint through using less raw materials when old ones can be rejuvenated.

    Repurposing your old furniture can be easy, especially if the piece is finished in a raw wood. Never the less it is still simple even if the piece is painted. To reproduce a fantastic shabby chic painted item, simply follow these 5 steps:

    1. Sand the furniture to reduce the risk of varnish protecting the product from the new paint.
    2. Using a Satin paint for a matt finish, paint the furniture with a brush or a small roller for a hand painted appeal.
    3. Wait for the paint to dry completely before adding a second coat if needed until the furniture is the required colour.
    4. You can then add a shabby chic, distressed finish by gently sanding parts of the furniture that would typically be worn by wear-&-tear.
    5. Finish the piece with a varnish to protect the paint from chips.

    collargeIf you would like more tips on upcycling check out these links:

    Fern xx

  • Provincial French Furniture - Lyon

    At Crown French Furniture our service is based on being friendly and reliable to make our customers feel special when shopping with us. We believe that creating a good customer bond is essential in order to find the right furniture you desire, whether it is for a living room, dining room, bedroom or garden.

    Throughout our website we have a plethora of furniture that is made to match different designs and finishes. One of our most traditional French furniture ranges is the Lyon range, a provincial style furniture collection with many influences coming from French provinces such as Blois and Orleans in the Loire Valley and of course Lyon also known as Liége in the 17th-19th century. Although some places may not actually be part of France, they still remain within its cultural circle and have many French influences.


    A few features which are associated with French provincial furniture include Cabridle Legs and simple Scalloped Carvings, a couple of features to look out for when shopping for provincial French Furniture.

    Fern xx

  • Summer Sun!

    With summer finally here there is no better time to spend some quality moments with your family at the traditional British seaside. We all need a relaxing break throughout the year and summer is without doubt the perfect excuse with lots of sun and plenty of things to do. Be busy Bees during the day, but don't forget to wind down for a tranquil evening whilst watching the sun set at the beach.


    Alternatively if you're not away, then there is no better excuse for a little bit of shopping therapy! Take a trip away from work and the house for a glorious day shopping. We have many summer special offers on our website and our showroom has a variety of pieces on display. We have beautiful French style garden furniture and an impressive collection of contemporary wicker designs, ideal for any garden and for making the most of summers to come.

    Fern xx

  • Why choose our Sophia range?

    Our very own Sophia Collection is a brilliant example of opulent French style furniture. Complete with both dining and bedroom sets, exclusive to Crown French Furniture. If you're looking for true craftsmanship, then the Sophia collection is truly fantastic, exuding elegance with hand carvings completed by our professional carpenters; We take pride in being able to assure you that this collection is crafted so that it will last a life time.

    Bespoke! Our Sophia range is completely customisable, choose from a plethora of stunning paints with our best finishes coming from the Farrow and Ball chart. Emit your personality throughout your home with unique, personal designs that you love, with the added bonus of being able to repaint our furniture when you decide to redecorate.test - Copy - Copy Resize - Copy (800x702)

    If you have questions about designing a new piece of furniture for your home, our in house sales team are always happy to help.

    Give them a call: 0115 849 7579 | Send an email: info@crownfrenchfurniture.co.uk

    Fern xx

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