Crown French Furniture

  • 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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  • Trends: Christmas Décor

    There is no other time in the year to litter your home with reds, greens and snow. So make the most of this small festive period and be ready for when it hits! Decorate your home in the most wild and wonderful way with as many accessories as you can muster and always add more sparkles.

    Tree Etiquette

    The centre piece of every home should be a tree, assuming you are celebrating Christmas, and it truly needs to be celebratory. There is nothing worse than a half done, half tired tree, so add your own personal flare to your holidays with a few home-made pieces. Most importantly there has to be something edible, maybe it isn’t the classiest decoration but it adds a sort of innocence to the tree. Even if you don’t have little ones to hunt for it, you can still create a traditional, personal feel to your tree with a few gingerbread men or any shape they happen to come out as!

    Some of our beautiful Christmas accessories! Some of our beautiful Christmas accessories!

    Obviously for those going for that glamorous, Vogue Christmas, you’ll be tempted to steer away from the personal touches and go for the classic store bought silver or gold to make your tree festive enough to blind someone. Although this look can be stunning, it has been played out and anyone is able to achieve it, why not test yourself this year? Try your hand at creating a wow factor that is individual and unique, mix things up with one off decorations and a colour scheme to blend with your interior or even your wrapping paper if you want to create a spectacular Christmas scene!

    Christmas Scene Christmas Scene

    Big Things, Small Packages

    As important as the trees are the gifts check out our We Heart It account for some wrapping ideas (link below). As always, we love the personal touches and hope to bring that into the presentation of our presents. Get creative and use rustic paper with a homemade wreath to give a very festive and traditional vibe.

    Check out this beautiful wrapping at "the culture trip"! Check out this beautiful wrapping at "the culture trip"!

    There are lots of individual ideas to be found online with several interesting guides tailored to each individual, even blackboard wrapping, so take a look around and make your something special extra special.

    Merry Christmas

    At the end of it all it only matters how much fun you have this year, and if that involves a bare tree and a few Christmas cards then who can say you’re wrong? Make sure to enjoy yourselves and embrace the spirit that brings people together this time of year!

    And a happy new year! Fern xx

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  • Saying Goodbye to Autumn

    Seeing the trees bare and feeling the bitter chill of the morning frost has shocked us out of Autumn and straight into winter, although we have a few weeks before we fully enter the season it isn’t hard to feel its presence in the iced over cars and your breath floating in the air. Whatever the weather, it is time to start preparing for the winter to come, but most importantly saying farewell to the Autumn of 2016.

    Bye-bye Autumn Bye-bye Autumn

    Goodbye Halloween

    It has been an exciting autumn for us at Crown French Furniture with a vast increase in our collections, see our Halloween blog “Carving Pumpkins” for a few of our additions! Not only this but we have begun our Christmas celebrations, we have to start early to ensure we can have everything available to our customers before it’s mid-December and everyone’s in a Christmasy panic.

    Some of our beautiful Christmas accessories! Some of our beautiful Christmas accessories!

    Is it out with the autumnal colours though? I don’t think so, the Winter colour schemes are fairly simple and can be created in small additions, such as adding pale white candles to give a cooler atmosphere, and so the autumnal colour scheme can live on within this, besides, it would be a shame to move on from such a beautiful season so abruptly.

    autumnal bed Our Sophia bed with an autumnal theme

    Goodbye Foliage

    As always we lose a great deal of the greenery around this time of year and although we do get to see the spectacular colours of the leaves and the trees we are left with bare trunks and lonely looking branches. The colours of our towns and cities change dramatically and we are often without greens, our winter nights have a cold and moody backdrop, which is not always a bad thing! It’s all part of the changing seasons, but for now, enjoy the multitude of colours and the brightness of the streets!

    May be seeing more of these fox-gloves in the coming months! May be seeing more of these fox-gloves in the coming months!

    Hello Snow!

    There’s way too much to be happy about in the Winter time to spend time missing Autumn, but at the end of it all, it has been a spectacular season and hopefully we can bring the same delight to our customers in the coming months!

    Looking forward to this ... fingers crossed. Looking forward to this ... fingers crossed.

    Watch this space! Fern xx

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  • Feeling Floral

    Who said the colder months couldn’t be floral? We’re pretty sure it was boring people because no matter what the weather, floral features and décor are a win. Sometimes it takes a little bravery to make your home such a warm atmosphere when the weather outside strongly disagrees with your intentions, but why not? Flowers are such a strong decorating tool and it seems a shame not to include them 4 months out of the year …

    Feeling Floral 1 Colour schemes can be created and manipulated with floral displays.

    Fake it

    Obviously, we can’t all fill our homes with Hellebores (a.k.a. the Christmas rose) or the later blooming snowdrop, but the quality of fake flowers has risen drastically in recent years as they have become a beautiful interior accessory. The practicality of fake flowers is astounding! You can match your colour scheme any time of the year, good news for those with warm tones wishing to accessorise in the colder months.

    Feeling Floral 4 Feeling really in the spirit? frosted mistletoe is a must have!

    … and they don’t smell, we know there are a lot of people who don’t love some of the stronger smelling flowers, a common one being the lily. Personally, I love the smell and they live fairly well indoors so they have to be a favourite of mine, but you can’t please everyone … nice try lilies.

    Feeling Floral 5 Sticking with Winter flowers, fake snowdrops can look super festive.

    If you are able to get a few fresh flowers that work with your room, then that is brilliant! But unfortunately, this likely won’t be the case throughout the year and at some point, you will need to cheat nature.

    Feeling Floral 3 Fake Roses for a Summery floral vibe.

    Feature walls

    Some of the best feature walls are those with quirky and unique wall-papers and what better way to bring the natural beauty of flowers into your home! You can’t go wrong with a classy floral wall-paper, it has been tried and tested and will always hold a place as a perfect pattern for your walls. It breaks the monotonous nature of the indoors and adds this sense of freedom that comes with more floral décors.

    Some Wintry floral wallpaper from Laura Ashley Some Wintry floral wallpaper from Laura Ashley

    The Real Deal

    Nothing quite compares to living growing plants, and although they can become expensive to care for and replenish when they inevitably fade away they are exquisite and can completely change the atmosphere in a room! As mentioned before, at this time of year there aren’t too many bright and colourful flowers and that tends to be what drives people away from the floral look in the winter time but if you have an interior that blends well with cool colours then we insist you take a look at some floral ideas to add to your home.

    Real floral displays can be crafted beautifully and exude natural atmospheres. Real floral displays can be crafted beautifully and exude natural atmospheres. Taken from Green & Gorgeous' blog.

    Fern xx

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  • Carving Pumpkins

    The Halloween spirit is something we all have, although some people wish to deny it, your inner child will always tug on your heart strings a little around this time of year. Even though the days have past for dressing up and pretending to be Mr T or Velma, we can still get creative in a more adult friendly way.

    Crown Halloween Happy Halloween

    Playing Dress-up

    Halloween becomes so much more exciting when we are able to flex our creative muscles so why not carry on this tradition into adulthood? Let’s take to our homes and create a festive interior that sparkles that hint of shock that we all crave this time of year. Spice it up with a wider use of mirrors, easy to decorate into a Halloween must have, they also act as such an elegant piece for the rest of the year. Our royal silver leaf mirror has a beautifully Gothic theme when paired with darker items and appropriate decorations yet is absolutely regal when left on its own or accompanied with pure accessories, ideally all white.

    Royale Silverleaf French Style Mirror Royale Silverleaf French Style Mirror

    … Not Carving Pumpkins

    For those of you that plan to ignore the Halloween period we have something to offer you too! For some this season is as exciting as a non-leap-year February, and who can blame them! Halloween is, in its essence, a very niche holiday and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. In this case, we have something that may grab your attention and make this October a more memorable one.

    Alexander Weathered Oak French Bedside Table Alexander Weathered Oak French Bedside Table

    It’s always a pleasure to accept new stock into our catalogue but this month we have had exceptional pieces added to some of our favourite collections!

    Alexander Weathered Oak French Dressing Table Alexander Weathered Oak French Dressing Table

    As you can see, the weathered oak additions to our Alexander range are exquisite; with rustic tones and an authentic atmosphere, this extension to our Alexander collection is a must have for the colder months.

    Amelie French Silver Extending Dining Table Amelie French Silver Extending Dining Table

    Secondly, we have introduced a variation to our Cristal pieces, offering a classy alternative to our classical silver leaf collection. The Amelie range offers a more dynamic and luxurious finish to rival the sleek appearance of the Cristal whilst maintaining the sophistication of the silver leaf finish as the main attraction.

    Beaulieu French Upholstered Bed With High Footboard Beaulieu French Upholstered Bed With High Footboard

    Finally, one of our best-selling beds (the Beaulieu) has been given an upgrade into a magnificent marvel of craftsmanship. With the classical features and carvings of our basic Beaulieu bed, it also boasts an amazing foot-board, upholstered in the same fabric and hand buttoned, it adds an opulent tone to this icon of French style.

    Happy halloween! Fern xx

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  • A Spare Bed

    We are approaching that time when we need to consider the possibility of hosting for a few nights and inevitably this will involve some overnight guests. Although the festive season may get us in the spirit for giving it is always a hard task clearing out the guest room and trying to make the mattress propped up on stilts look presentable for your favourite mother-in-law. Amongst the rubble and boxes however is an invaluable asset, space!

    Yes space! Your guest suite shouldn’t be something to bring a sigh when you have left the door open and glanced inside, it should be a trophy, a space to be proud of. Maybe hosting the family "get-together"s wouldn’t be so daunting as well.

    Revamp, with a lamp

    Lighting is essential; it can create a completely different atmosphere and, for the most part, the trouble with an unloved room is the atmosphere. The wallpaper isn’t modern and the carpet has seen better days but this can be fine-tuned by better lighting and won’t involve tearing the whole place apart!

    Horse Head Lamp With Ivory Shade Horse Head Lamp With Ivory Shade

    In keeping with upping the wow factor in your smaller bedroom, a beige lampshade works perfectly with a silver base. This is neutral and works beautifully with whatever existing design you have as well as offering a bit of flash! Our horse head lamp possesses a similarly neutral ivory shade and offers a more contemporary appeal whilst our nickel lamp with a beige shade is a classic and gives this classy aesthetic that is sure to bring a bit of life into your guest suite.

    Medium Nickel Decorative Lamp Medium Nickel Decorative Lamp

    Your Main Frame

    Onto the main event now, which is undoubtedly the bed, we can’t go too far into furnishing a spare room or we run the risk of overcrowding, so the best thing is to keep it simple. A fresh lamp, a new bed with some warming linens should do the trick but if you really want to hit a home run we would recommend a bedside table just to bring the look together.

    Upholstered Grey French Single Bed Upholstered Grey French Single Bed

    Single or at most double beds are a must for your spare room, anything bigger and you may have trouble getting your guests to leave! A mini wonder from one of our own ranges is the upholstered French grey single bed which boasts a class and style perfect for settling into a different bedroom. It makes you feel homely and beautifully compliments our favourite guest lamps.

    Morning blues

    Let’s get those spare rooms into fighting condition and make people wonder why they’re going spare in the first place. By the time the morning has come around there will be a few sad faces having to leave your marvellous guest boudoir and you can stand proud over your exquisite creation.

    Fern xx

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  • Origins: Tuscany Contemporary

    Our Tuscany range has attracted a lot of attention and we couldn’t be happier about it! As I’m sure you can tell however, there’s more to this range than meets the eye.

    A true renaissance man

    As one of our more recently added ranges it’s history is fresh in our minds, not surprising as it has such a rich heritage and a unique style we haven’t come across in our other collections. This all starts with its origins, this range is heavily influenced by its history rather than 21st century trends and that’s why it is so charismatic.

    Oak Dining Table, Tuscany Contemporary Oak Dining Table, Tuscany Contemporary

    The renaissance was a grand part of the aesthetic in the Tuscany range and a significant period for the history of art and design. Boasting its birth from Tuscan influence, it was only fitting that it bore an atmosphere of the renaissance as this too sprung from Tuscany. We can see this in the use of classical themes and the light tones of the oak wood that provokes feelings of rustic warmth.

    It maintains this essence of the medieval that faded over the course of the renaissance, a style that, when used subtly, can bring a homely feel unmatched by modern designs.

    One in a million

    The real appeal of this range comes down to its personality, its unique and catches the eye in a way that isn’t flashy. That’s what we love about it.

    Tuscany Contemporary Showcase Tuscany Contemporary Showcase

    It’s modest.

    Fern xx

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  • Autumnal Vibes

    In short, the rain has hit us hard and it has put us in the mood to get autumnal. That means very little to most people, but to us here at Crown French Furniture it means new colours, new accessories and yes … some new clothes for ourselves!

    It’s not Christmas … but it’s still hot chocolate weather

    It has to be said that the autumnal colour scheme is one of our favourites, forget your white & red winters or the bright colourful spring! We like the underdog, the casual and underrated beauty in using warm colour to decorate your home. It just fits, and we want to bring this beauty into our furniture. We do this through our bespoke services which allow for a range of new combinations and unique pieces to bring a spice into interior designs.

    autumnal bed Our Sophia bed with an autumnal theme

    Our Sophia bed is exclusive and one of the most exquisite beds we offer, but enough about our “standard” bed, we are getting excited by the personalised items! And this is our pride when it comes to bespoke packages, always a flawless outcome and with such a versatile aesthetic we can’t wait to see some beige, brown or even orange headboards come through our doors and bring some seasonal flare along with them!

    Maybe it is Christmas?

    There is no sign more festive than Christmas stock in every window display, sadly we haven’t reached that stage yet but it is closer than you think! Not so long ago we had our new accessories arrive and yes, they may be a little … decembery … bur who cares. If you could see them you would be just as excited as we are and pay no mind to the date, it has to happen some-time. We have all realised how early the Christmas decorations come into stores and it has become a bit of a tradition that we get the idea of trees and advent calendars before its even November!

    From us here at Crown French Furniture From us here at Crown French Furniture

    Keep an eye out for our new stock, it’ll be worth the wait! Fern xx

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  • The Shabby Chic Round Off

    Our homes are all different, and they are all our very own space to flex our creative muscles and show off our personality. Some stick to the tried and tested soft neutral colour schemes that hold everything together with ease and familiarity whilst others stray from the beaten path and can boast something new and more complex in their interiors.

    shabby chic A shabby chic setting

    One of our absolute favourite interior themes, one which is far from boring, is shabby chic; we choose to keep a lot of shabby chic furniture around our catalogue and throughout our ranges to inspire people to try these individual pieces that show a true character.

    A little vintage, a little indie

    The shabby chic style is all about the aged look; it adds … oomph! Something has to be beautifully charismatic to be considered shabby chic. it’s all about focusing on the character of the piece but this can be hard to complete a room with as you often end up with a miss-matching madness.

    It all comes down to the accessories!

    This is our staple advice, fix up your accessories!! There is nothing you cannot blend or mesh or ease into your interior dynamic with the right accessories. Shabby chic designs need a precise and clinical use of accessories so as to create a beautiful interior with a fluid feel to it whilst still maintaining the natural and carefree essence that makes it so vintage.

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    The accessories are truly the stars when it comes to a shabby chic image, as the furniture, although exquisite and a show stopper in its own sense, is merely the canvas you use to throw your personality onto. Besides, it just wouldn’t work without them.

    Check out our homely signs with their friendly essence, bringing a relaxed casual feel you need to create an aged look. From the home of shabby chic accessories, Gisela Graham, they have exactly what we look for in a glue for your bigger pieces.

    It can become an extremely attractive force when you find the right colour combinations for your interior, but we encourage you to throw some cold water on yourself and resist! The shabby chic look is perfect when you have a little bit of asymmetry and imperfection, sticking to painted woods, as these are rustic, but varying the colour or texture of the accessories can boost your individuality.

    There’s a lot to say about shabby chic style, and we truly want to be your guide through it all, but as for now we will have to leave you with a few simple words on the accessory side of things. Believe us, we have much more to say! I suppose you have to take a lot of care to establish a casual look …

    Fern xx

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