French Furniture

  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Etienne Weathered French Bedroom Furniture

    Here at Crown French Furniture we like to freshen up our range of products with the newest trends and styles in the world of top-quality French furniture. One of these new ranges is our Etienne French Weathered Bedroom Furniture.

    Crafted from the finest pine wood with a grey paint finish and solid oak tops to put a contemporary twist on the classic French style of the Etienne furniture.

    Bed and Bedsides

    Our Etienne Upholstered Bed features elegant curves to compliment your ambient interior. It is available in Double, King Size or Super King Size. The crisp curves look great with our rustic oak top bedside and Bed End Stool.

     Elegant Storage Solutions

    Why not pair your beautiful Etienne bed with a matching Double or Sliding Weathered Wardrobe to fix any storage dilemmas in your bedroom whilst keeping up with the rustic French vibes.

    Look Your Best Like Your Furniture

    The elegant curved legs of our Etienne Weathered Dressing Table support a sturdy and practical tabletop. Perfect for you to store your personal belongings with its 3 spacious drawers.

    Pair this with our Matching Etienne Weathered Stool, with a luxury upholstered cushion.

    Chest of Drawers

    To complete your perfect set of grey Etienne furniture, utilise our excellent 5 or 6 Drawer Etienne Weathered Chest.

    Fern xx

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  • What is a Sleigh Bed?

    Choosing a new bed? Whether you’re furnishing a new house or replacing your old bed, it’s a big decision to make. It’s very important to get it right, to strike the right balance between comfort and practicality as well as style and of course, budget.

    A popular choice is the sleigh bed, a type of bed that has been around for hundreds of years in a variety of different forms. The sleigh bed is named because of its distinctive headboard, which is curved or rolled, often along with the foot of the bed. This and its usually sturdy, solid construction makes it look uncannily like a sleigh or a sled.

    Sleigh beds were around as far back as 200 years ago, but the style is believed to have roots even further back - from ancient Greek and Roman times. The look we recognise today comes from the American Empire style, a trend from the 19th century. It is a French-inspired neoclassical look, most popular in the U.S. in the 1820s but popular enough as a style to still be in fashion today.

    Why are sleigh beds so popular?

    This style of bed offers many benefits. You can find many affordable options, ranging from French reproduction sleigh beds all the way through to minimalist, modern styles. The sleigh bed often has attractive curves, and is a solid, durable presence in the bedroom. They often come in wood, but you can also find upholstered sleigh beds. Another possible reason why so many people love sleigh beds is the slightly enclosed or cocooned experience of sleeping in one. Sleigh beds have the appearance of curving at the head and foot, with height at both ends, so they can make sleepers feel safe and protected.

    dark wood sleigh bed with blue bedding in a room with wood floor and large glass windows. Luxurious master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, floor to ceiling glass windows, window seat lined with red seat cushions and contemporary wooden sleigh bed

    Choosing your dream sleigh bed

    These days, sleigh beds come in all kinds of styles, sizes, finishes, fabrics and shapes. You really will be spoilt for choice. Here are just a few of the most popular options:

     

    • Wooden slats. Sleigh beds can be heavy and solid looking, making them quite dominant in a room. To soften the look, you can choose a sleigh bed with wooden slats at the head and footboard. This lets light through and makes the bed appear lighter and more contemporary - while still hinting at the rustic and traditional roots of the style.

     

    • French-style solid wood. This is the classic sleigh bed look, in beautiful polished hardwoods such as mahogany, and with plenty of high quality detail.

     

    • Headboard only. Not all sleigh beds have both a curved headboard and footboard. You’ll find many that still have the distinctive sleigh look, but with just a rolled or curved headboard. This is a modern take on the style, ideal for neat contemporary spaces.

    Can you upholster a sleigh bed?

    Sleigh beds tend to be made from wood, but you can also find beautiful upholstered versions of this classic style. It’s not recommended to try upholstering a wood sleigh bed, as it can be very tricky - and why would you want to hide all of that beautiful detail and the elegant curves of the bed’s outline?

    If you love the upholstered look, why not opt for an upholstered sleigh bed in a crushed velvet look, smart linen or even luxury faux leather? You’ll find sleigh beds in all kinds of designs, styles and fabrics, showing just how versatile this classic look can be.

    How to dress a sleigh bed

    With a sleigh bed, you’ll want to show off its curvy contours rather than hide them under inappropriate bedding. Avoid floor length bedding, as the footboard may get in the way of making the bed properly, opting instead for a duvet cover or quilt that hangs no more than a couple of inches over the sides. Ruffles and fussy details are to be avoided as they compete with the decorative features of the bed - which should be the centrepiece of the room.

    If you have a traditional or classic-style sleigh bed (for example, one in polished wood with plenty of decorative detail), you should choose your bedding to match. This doesn’t necessarily mean complicated or old-fashioned patterns, but nothing too modern. Simple, beautiful white or pale coloured bedding would be perfect, creating an elegant and classic look.

    Do you need a boxspring with a sleigh bed?

    A box spring or divan, usually used to support the mattress and act as a brace, is not usually needed with a sleigh bed. Most types of sleigh bed have enough of a frame and base to support the mattress, and they are already the correct height to make getting in and out of bed nice and easy. You should be able to use a standard mattress with your sleigh bed, just make sure before you buy that it’s the perfect size to fit your bed snugly.

    Fern xx

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  • Four Poster Beds

    As everyone has seen again and again in fairy-tales or Disney films, four poster beds are the first choice of long haired princesses or former-beast Kings. The obvious reason for this is the unrivalled luxury and opulence of the design. It completely changes the vibe of both the bed and the bedroom by adding a veil of privacy to your resting place.

    the classic look of a Pinterest style four poster showcase, pssst. check out our Pinterest! the classic look of a Pinterest style four poster showcase, pssst. check out our Pinterest!

    They are rightfully a symbol for beauty and wealth. Those who have the space for one of these undeniably large feature pieces have to make the most of those high Victorian ceilings and find one that's right for you. There is even an Independent top 10 for these beauties which is definitely worth a browse for some inspiration. It's a quick look at all the different design inspirations, some are minimalist, some take influence from the orient, some show African influence. All boast the high level of craftsmanship you would expect to go into such a marvel.

    Our Moulin Noir seems very similar to a bed in the article... Our Moulin Noir seems very similar to a bed in the article...

    Taking a look at our own catalogue, we can see that there is a small range of four poster beds, we provide a few basic designs since we have, so far, offered eccentric and flamboyant  pieces in the form of regular beds. that is to change somewhat with the introduction of our new inspiration.

    Our outstanding Juliette four poster has arrived! Our outstanding Juliette four poster has arrived!

     As you can see, our Juliette is nothing like we have offered before. It offers a romantic atmosphere and soft neutral tones to create an utterly tranquil environment. It also adds a sense of flamboyance to our four poster range. Previously we have offered safe, comfortable designs, but this icon blows them out of the water with an amazingly soft button upholstery featuring jewelled buttons! Now that is unique, and completely new to our catalogue.

    The game has been changed! Fern xx

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  • Louis Phillipe and reclaimed wood

    Our extensive catalogue is ever progressing and recently we have explored the classical French design of Sleighs. The Greek encouraged this movement in 19th century French design, leading to these scroll-like curves featuring beautifully in French furniture. We have been fans of this design for some time, as shown by our Antionette range and the outstanding craftsmanship that goes into those pieces. These boast a mahogany build and so have a very strong presence, this makes them outstanding feature pieces and collectively they create an unbelievable bedroom aesthetic.

    see how the sleigh style becomes an eye-catching feature to a neutral bedroom see how the sleigh style becomes an eye-catching feature to a neutral bedroom

    Similar to the Antionette range, here, the sleek understated style of the sleigh is very minimalist and allows the quality of the wood to shine through perfectly. In contrast to our Antionette range, the Louis Phillipe pieces are crafted in reclaimed wood with a much different presence than the powerful mahogany above. We wanted to add depth and bring this luxurious aesthetic into a more homely and warm light and this range does so exquisitely. The charming imperfections of the wood give it an amazing natural appeal and allows it to blend with other wood pieces splendidly.

    in reclaimed wood, the sleigh style becomes so homely and welcoming in reclaimed wood, the sleigh style becomes so homely and welcoming

    As you can see, although both ranges draw similar inspiration they are stark contrasts to one another in terms of interior designs. Thus, we now offer the sleigh style in a soulful and sombre range as well as an extraordinarily bold and beautiful collection.

    We're very excited to see what our customers do with these pieces, we hope to see lots of farmhouse interiors and rustic style.

    Fern xx

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  • A spring to remember

    Spring is just around the corner already, 2018 has started so quick and hopefully everyone is sticking to their new year’s resolutions! Spring is perfect for creation and new designs because the sun light will help highlight any features you want to pop in your interior. Whether that be accessories placed to catch the light or to capture a colour scheme you want to come through.

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    To really catch colours in the light this spring is more bright and floral, it jumps out at you and brightens up the whole interior for a tranquil setting. This is a very colourful season and often is the most creative, it could even set your interior design up for summer!

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    A hot trend in spring is more of an indigo blue or more of a refined coastal look, but this colour could possibly be overwhelming or too much for a whole room decoration for a number of people. But maybe simple accessories such as vases and flowers in this colour could even liven up the room.

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    A gorgeous addition to the dining room is the Pembroke dining table for an “aura of sophistication.” Magnificent for a spring collection with a warm oak colour that really helps capture the light.

    pembroke_french_painted_dining_tableWe offer a lot of ranges and collections of furniture which all have spectacular designs and are excellent quality. But one range stands out amongst all which is the Camille. Produced from Oak veneers with a traditional and French design but can still go beautifully with a modern interior. Perfect for this spring, the Camille is an alternative to having bright and floral colours, giving a more peaceful setting whilst still capturing the light. A design like this can still make your interior pop in spring and can carry its charm over to summer as well.

    Make this a spring to remember.

    Fern xx

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