Crown French Furniture

  • 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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  • Summer Sale! In store now!

    As Summer comes and goes we’ve seen an impressive flow of accessories coming in and out of our doors, additionally we’ve picked up on your favourites! With the season coming to a close we’ve thrown together what we believe are some of your most loved pieces and a few newbies we’ve just had in store into a collection of discounted products to give you a last taste of Summer before Autumn kicks in and the hot chocolates come out.

    summer sale Summer Sale

    Come in store and browse our Summer sale, its sure to delay your winter blues!

    Fern xx

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  • The Beauty in the Wood

    A rich textured grain is a beautiful thing and can be used exquisitely to bring a natural and fresh look to your interior, however, used wrongly it can provide a clash of tones and a mess of confusing aesthetics.

    So keep a keen eye out when selecting wooden pieces as it is vital to blend the materials together seamlessly!

    Zero Diversity

    In the realm of wooden interiors or those furnished as such, you can never go wrong with a staple wood. One consistently used timber that provides the textured grainy look without needing another to contrast, favoured examples of these are oak, for its lighter tones, and mahogany, tried and tested, a true classic.

    Antoinette Range, Mahogany Wood Antoinette Range, Mahogany

    Solid oak furniture has seen a rise in recent years, with large scale shops specialising in the wood, and it’s no surprise as it offers a familiar light colour with wood knots to give it a more natural look. It is a front runner as it is not overpowering and pieces can be solely constructed from the wood and still look sleek and sophisticated, it also goes exceedingly well with silver, steel or chrome metals which fashion superb handles in our Tuscany range!

    Tuscany Range, Oak Wood Tuscany Range, Oak

    As a contrast is the stand alone, unmistakable appearance of mahogany, the wood that has been used across every range and every style, and for good reason! It is a strong and incredibly durable timber which is a priceless asset when choosing pieces that you hope to maintain for years to come. From all mahogany dark toned furnishings that exude a powerful masculine presence to the white painted, hand carved pieces it is a truly extraordinary wood with a beautiful grain and texture, one which we love to work with and chose for our Chateau range.

    Chateau Mahogany Wood Bed Chateau Mahogany Bed

    Mixing the Grain

    A delicate procedure if there ever was one in the realm of interior design, mixing different flavours of wood and creating a multi-tonal masterpiece within your living space’s harmony can be catastrophic if done carelessly.

    Mitz Takahashi, oak and mahogany wood Mitz Takahashi's Oak and Mahogany Wood Sideboard

    So your aim is to create harmony between contrasting pieces, it can be beautiful, it can be a show stopping display of your interior expertise and so we do not want to discourage it. Here goes.

    Our advice on blending different woods in one room!

    1. Keep it fun, there’s no point in adding a splash of fair if you naturally stay between the lines. This can cause a contrast of interests in your home and having one room as a sleek, by-the-book recipe interior and another as a mix of this that and everything in between is a no go! 
    1. Keep it Light, different textures are good, they are celebrated in fact! We must tread carefully however and only allow so much change in one room. Otherwise we end up with items that clash harder than Crocs and a little black dress … now wouldn’t that look stupid. 
    1. Keep looking! It’s hard to find what you’re looking for, especially in different ranges of wood, but persevere and you will be thankful when you find the perfect piece and so glad that you didn’t settle for that rotten thing that “almost works”.

    As always, wishing you a keen eye and something to buy!

    Fern xx

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  • Trends: The New Era of Upholstered Beds

    We have all seen the rise of the upholstered bed, like a good suit or a fancy car, it was not too long ago that these beds were almost exclusively available to the royal or the wildly rich. However, through increased demand and a much greater supply of quality furniture makers, they have become a luxury item like no other.

    With bespoke services and a range of frames and upholstery techniques, these beds have allowed people to transform the fit of their room, to add class or to mix up the interior’s dynamic completely. But where has this popularity came from? Why should we give up our flat pack lifestyle?

    Here’s where we show you!

    Fabric & Fashion

    The road of hand crafted beds is littered with beautiful examples to inspire the interior designer in you, here we will show you a few but mostly, explain why we love them so much and if you love them, what exactly you’re looking at.

    Our start point. It has to be the classic!

    We always back our star player, and in the role of upholstered beds, in rain or shine we come to our Sophia Button Upholstered French bed. Its clean, its crisp and its simple, it possesses the neutral colours that stops it from over powering if you aren’t one to dive in at the deep end. Also it boasts those classical carved features that give it such a beautiful shape to the body, all this compliments the simplistic, but a little more adventurous than plain, button upholstery.

    Sophia Upholstered bed

    Here the upholstery is key, it adds the texture and a homely feel to this piece as well as the ability to add an extra something with your own fabric!

    How to step it up. Material enlightenment!

    Taking a leap into the world of upholstered beds is not a risky one, there is a wide variety of pieces that astound you with how well they actual work. For example, if we delve slightly further into the luxurious appearance of these beds we can see such designs as our Cristal Silver Leaf bed.

    Cristal Upholstered bed

    The upholstery in this piece is less of a statement as it rivals the outstanding wonder of the body, exquisitely carved and finished in silver leaf and the upholstery simply compliments this with a subtle contrast in colour and texture.

    How to step it down. Comfort is key!

    The perfect blend of hand carved style and upholstery just to bring it all together is our Alexander Upholstered bed, it boasts a solid mahogany body that is a classical and faultless beauty on its own!

    Alexander Upholstered bed

    But with the added feature of a neutrally coloured upholstery it provides a sense of comfort and a luxurious feel to a timeless design.

    The Lame & The Plain

    We would never tell you that your solid mahogany Rococo bed is anything other than a marvel simply because it doesn’t include a material element, we will get into the beauty in the wood at a later time. However, it must be said that if you look at your bed and find its appearance a little … boring, you are probably looking at something without character.

    The search for a bed with character is a hard one and it goes hand in hand with your ideal bed, you could buy a solid gold, double king sized bed with a TV built in and it would catch a few eyes to say the least, but if it’s not for you then maybe have a rethink. We’re all looking for flare, but don’t discount your own taste!

    You may have to look high and low for this flare, but its wort it! A bed is a personal space, somewhere tailored to you and is very important to get right. Your perfect bed may well not be upholstered, it may not be carved, it may be a sleek modern design that simply meshes well with your personality and that in itself is the ideal flare and we applaud anyone who has found their dream bed and taken it home with them.

    Fern xx

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  • Trends: Our Creative Space

    Following the launch of our showroom we’ve had more room to flex our artistic muscles, we’ve subtly followed the more modern trends and peace inducing room layouts. There has been a lot of change in the accessories we put out, although we will always showcase the high quality Gisela Graham and East of India, we have been mixing colour schemes using floral displays and a few artistic pieces.

    Cown French Furniture

    New Trends

    We’re currently having the most fun with classical flower displays following the peacock colour scheme of purples, turquois, cobalt blue and vibrant greens which have made a stylish appearance in most homes this year. These have really brought out the more neutral colour schemes we have in our bedroom sets and splendidly given a bit more life to our dining tables, creating a homely environment.

    new cff trends Silver leaf bed set

    Our Mood Boards

    As we moved into our new showroom we realised the large space we had to create our displays and that we needed to make it feel personal in each bedroom set. Every collection is individual and we wanted to ensure that this came through in our layout, so we got to work on setting out each mini room with a sample interior for a few of our ranges. But it just wasn’t enough, the pieces all looked beautiful but it didn’t feel like a home, it needed a little extra.

    Trends, mood baord mood board

    This extra came in the form of accessories and our outstanding mood boards, accessories seem like such a small thing but they make a huge difference, it’s the little touches that make our showroom more than just a room of furniture but a place to find your new home and inspire people. The mood boards were a more innovative idea and have worked splendidly! By backing our room sets it brings the pieces together and gives the feel of a real bedroom which is what we strive for. Customers can truly get a feel for the quality of the pieces and how they work within a room, we count that as a big success!

    new trends Beaulieu dining

    Our Pride and Joy

    Keeping on top of the upcoming and “just in” style techniques is one of our team’s biggest challenges but also our favourite, the more we see in the world of fashion and interior design, the more we can help and support our customers. We have definitely developed and maintained a strong and reliable knowledge on not only the history and subtlety of our own furniture but also the world around it, what goes with each piece and why, how to pull together your interior with a few mild changes and how the depth of colour schemes can make or break your dream home.

    Fern xx

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  • New Showroom, We Have Arrived!

     

    After the long awaited move into our new premises, we are making the finishing touches to the store and fine tuning our new showroom. It’s been a slow progression from our exclusively online store into our first showroom, and now onto our latest venture!

    NG10 1LN!

    That’s our new post code by the way and it is right in the centre of the Long Eaton high street! Part of the rising outskirts of Nottingham and a bustling community we expect a lot of lively feet on the ground to welcome us into the more busy side of the neighbourhood. It may seem like we are making a big deal about this but anyone who has visited our old showroom will know that we were tight for space … additionally anyone who has visited our new showroom can vouch for how grand and open it is, we’re very excited to fill it with pieces!

    New CFF 1

    We would love to see fresh faces as well as familiar ones to take a look around, talk to our helpful team of staff or just poke your head in to see what all the fuss is about.

    New CFF 4

    We aim to utilise our new found floor space and turn our showroom into a complete browsing experience, giving people the option to wonder in and simply get a more in depth feel for the quality we offer.

    New CFF 2

    Also you may have noticed our Gisela Graham Accessories on most of our social media? That too is our way of welcoming window shoppers who want to pick up something a little more convenient to carry out.

    New CFF 3

    Send Offs

    Unfortunately this means saying goodbye to our old showroom, despite the smaller floor space we managed to make it work and tried hard to give our customers as much as we can in terms of a varied display range. Although it wasn’t as easy as it promises to be at our new home, it worked and we couldn’t be prouder of our time there, you will be missed Lawrence street but it’s time to move onwards and upwards.

    In Other News!

    In other news, we have some news! New pieces that is, nothing in the way of complete collections although they are exquisite and we believe they complement our catalogue perfectly. Below is our Venetian Black Velvet Dining Chair and our Versailles Gilt Curved French High Bed.

    Venetian Black Velvet Dining ChairVersailles Gilt Curved French Bed High End

    Both hand crafted and, we feel, front runners in class and sophistication. As always we encourage everyone to browse everything we have for offer, simply because we light up when we get a call from a new customer who knows what they want, and I highly believe you or one of our team can find something that will light the interior decorating fire within you.

    Fern xx at 40-46 High Street, Long Eaton, Nottingham

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  • Arrivals, Old & New

     New Arrivals

    We love updating our catalogue, we get to hand pick the perfect French style pieces to fit with the rest of our ranges and just some things we think you’ll like. Recently we have added several pieces to our Dorset range as well as giving our Giselle range a make-over, we are currently anticipating some new additions to our legendary Cristal range such as the upcoming dining table and complimenting sideboard.

     Upcoming Cristal Dining Table

    There’s something to look forward to! As for now, check out the new pieces in our already fresh faced Dorset range which feature metal work to add a little detailing in this subtle style.

     Dorset French Style Chair with Metal Back

    Another way to quench your furniture thirst is our Giselle range, recently revamped into a more traditional design which really shows off the flawless woodwork on these items and with unique and lovely upholstery to accentuate these designs it has really caught our eye and we hope it will do the same for you.

     Giselle Reclaimed Pine French Bedroom Chair

     

    Old Arrivals

    Having passed Easter and with Summer well on its way, we find a slow time in the year fit for Spring cleaning and a bit of a reshuffle. Dusting off old furniture can give us a fresh perspective on what has stood the course of time and remained stunning. Having done this at Crown French Furniture we’ve formed a bit of a top five of the pieces that have maintained their wow factor to this day, a bit of a top hits album for furniture.

     Halloween

    1. Louis French Buttoned Back Dining Chair

    Available in a range of vintage fabrics this upholstered wonder has held up as a fashionable dining chair ideal for a classy sophisticated ambience. Neutral and not overpowering it makes a perfect set of complimentary chairs to bring out the beauty in whatever centre piece you surround with them.

    Louis French Button Back Dining Chair

    1. Chatsworth Linen Armchair

    Standing as a strong competitor amongst our armchairs, this one offers a comfort not found in all of them and we think this is why its style has never wavered. Practicality is essential to a piece that is to outlast the competition and our linen armchair is exactly that, with comfort and a familiar button upholstery it had to make the list.

    Chatsworth Linen Amchair

    1. Cristal Silver Leaf Button Bed

    At first glance the silver leaf may seem extravagant but it has proved again and again that it is a unique but essential design, ever popular and truly individual it offers an eye-catching aesthetic that does not go over the top. It is tasteful and beautiful in its detailed carvings and upholstered delicately to ensure it has a homely touch amongst the more contemporary influences.

    Cristal Silver Leaf Bed

    1. Beaulieu French Dining Table and Chairs

    These pieces of antique white wooden furnishings are an absolute must have in French style and contemporary interiors alike, the basic design ensures they do not clash and the upholstery (in your choice of fabric) allows a personal touch to create flare or simply blend in with your colour scheme.

    Beaulieu French Dining Table and Chairs

    1. Sophia Button Upholstered French Bed

    Our front runner is our very own custom made French Sophia bed, as one of our best sellers and unique to our store we have had a stream of positive feedback about this piece and are extremely proud of it. It boasts traditional French design influences coupled with hand crafted Beech wood to create a chic and stylish silhouette. Additionally, we allow any number of individual fabrics to be used for the flawless button upholstery and over our time making it we have seen some outstanding success in people providing their own fabrics, churning out colour combinations we have been delightfully surprised by.

     Sophia French Style Bed Scene

    We hope you've enjoyed the run up to Easter and had a fabulous time, now that its passed, get your hands on something to clean and wait for Summer!

    Fern xx

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  • Fern's Fashion Week

    A Thought on London Fashion Week

    It is here, London fashion week is booming from the 19th to the 23rd of February, the press and designers are in full swing. All new ideas for the Autumn and Winter approaching in 2016 are showcased and featured by over 83 designers, including the likes of Jasper Conran, Burberry, Julian Mcdonald, Vivienne Westwood, Mulbery and Paul Smith. Household names and brands will also be strutting their stuff, so those of you looking for the best in Topshop or River Island clothing need not write off this event.

    London Fashion Week

    All going down in the BFC showspace it is the 63rd edition of the London fashion week and so holds up to a high standard maintained over its long standing as one of the greatest fashion events on the seasonal calendar. This season’s showrooms include everything you could dream of, ready-to-wear items, footwear, jewellery, bags of all shapes and sizes and multi-label showrooms.

    London Fashion Week 2

    It is being screened to more than 35 million people across the country with more than 60 public screenings across the United Kingdom for the general population to partake in this glorious celebration of the shic. Special events, both in store and online, are being offered by many restaurants, hotels and bars to embrace the attention fashion week draws to their front door.

    Fashion

     

    Although no one needs an excuse to re-vamp their wardrobe or update their outfits, we love the London fashion week as it means you have no excuse not to! Get the latest and the best of modern culture and clothing by welcoming the art of designer wears into your own style.

    Fern xx

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