Product of the Week – French Gold Leaf 4 Door Mirrored Armoire

The French gold leaf four door mirrored armoire is the epitome of French palatial glamour. This flamboyant and eye-catching furniture item will add a splash of illuminating elegance to even the most neutral of home interiors and its grand and extensive size will be sure to create a focal point in any bedroom or dressing room area.

French golf leaf four door mirrored armoire

French golf leaf four door mirrored armoire

This beautiful wardrobe has been carved from authentic antique design patterns to give it a period style feel and look that is perfect for both classic and contemporary boutique boudoirs. Featuring delicate fluted legs and an intricately carved baseboard and plinth top this wardrobe will take centre stage in your interior space.

Carved from solid, high quality mahogany and wrapped in sumptuous gold leaf paint, you can be assured that this wonderful armoire will withstand the wear and tear of everyday use and will provide you with a perfect balance of opulent style and practical storage space. The mirrored door fronts provide you with a full length area to admire your finished outfits as well as creating a sense of space and light in dark or compact interior spaces.

French gold leaf four door mirrored armoire  - Inside

French gold leaf four door mirrored armoire – Inside

The inside of this fabulous wardrobe will provide you with plenty of areas for storing your clothing items. With three large hanging spaces you will can store your large clothing items such as coats, dresses and jumpers in a neat and organised space. With two shelving areas at the base of each section you will find the ideal area to tuck away your large shoe collection, handbags and accessories so that you can form a complete outfit from one storage area. If your a couple then this huge wardrobe can easily accommodate both ‘his’ and ‘hers’ outfits and accessories to make the most of your interior space.

French gold leaf carved dressing table set.

French gold leaf carved dressing table set.

The gold leaf mirrored armoire will look amazing when partnered with the awe inspiring French gold leaf carved dressing table set. This dressing table set will create a glamorous area for a long and luxurious pamper session as well as providing ample storage space across the table area.

The table itself features delicate floral carvings and long fluted legs that look beautiful enveloped with the shimmering gold leaf paint finish. The table top is adorned with a sumptuous renaissance style mirror that perfectly compliments the ornate design of this item. The sumptuous chocolate satin upholstered seat will provide an elegant and comfortable area to sit and take in the beauty of this furniture design.

With three small but spacious drawers beneath the table top and two smaller drawers above you will find all the space you could require for housing your make-up, brushes, accessories and jewellery for a neat and uncluttered bedroom space.

For more items to complete your French bedroom setting then take a look at our full and extensive French gold leaf painted furniture collection over on the website.

 

How To Create A Mexican Interior

Bright, zesty colours and lively patterns feature heavily in the decor of Mexican home interiors. This bold and fresh finish makes this design a popular choice with those who wish to create a uplifting and feel good atmosphere within their home.

These cheerful interiors are steeped in folklore and tradition and perfectly balance bold and abstract design features with natural and classic materials. From kitchens to bedrooms Mexican interior design will add a splash of energy and fun to your interior space.

 

Colour Schemes

When it comes to selecting colours for your Mexican interior then there is one simple rule; Go Wild! From bold reds, oranges and yellows to exotic purples, cobalt and turquoise, every colour in every tone and hue can be utilised. These bright and carnival inspired colours can be layer one upon another for a truly eye-catching interior colour palette or can be paired with crisp white walls, neutral backdrops and traditional terracotta floor tiles for a slightly more subtle and manageable look.

 

 

Wall Tiles

Instead of the textured and coloured wallpapers that are found across Europe, Mexicans follow the traditions of most Hispanic countries with its use of bold and artistic wall tiles to create a focal point within their home. Talavera tiles are often printed with Spanish colonial patterns while more elaborate designs are hand painted to feature images and characters from Mexican folklore. Much in the same style as the rest of the home, tiles are hand painted in bright and vivid colours and are often used to highlight specific areas such as a sink, a shrine or a bath tub.

 

Textiles

Mexican textiles and designs are steeped in history and have been a staple feature of Mexican interiors for more than 7000 years. Throws, blankets, cushions and rugs are usually woven from cotton or wool and feature brightly dyed threads in vibrant hues of yellow, green, blue, orange and red. Textiles often take inspiration from Central America with Aztec and Mayan patterns and Saltillo designs and frequently incorporate images of indigenous people, costumes and imagery from the mythological tales of the local area. Textiles also play an important role in the woven paintings of the Huichol Indians who live in the Sierra Madre region of Mexico and adorn the walls of many homes across the country.

 

 

Skulls

The intricately decorated skulls that are a frequent motif in Mexican interior design are representative of the Day of The Dead or ‘Dia De Los Muertos’. Much as the druid religion celebrates All Hallows Eve, Mexicans use this day to remember loved ones who have passed over into the afterlife.

The skull motif is used prolifically throughout the home in ornamentation, food, decorations and lanterns and the skull itself features floral designs and intricate patterns that can be emphasised using fiesta inspired colours or more neutral palettes that will work fabulously as a wall covering or fabric in more refined, contemporary homes (right).

 

 

Furniture

Mexican interiors embrace a rustic and natural furniture finish that contrasts wonderfully against the bold colours of their interior backdrop. Chunky wood and textural grains are a reflection of Spanish colonial influences along with delicate and intricate wrought iron bed frames, table legs and ornaments that place emphasis on Mediterranean style and femininity. Furniture is designed to be functional and durable and materials are selected for their strength and local availability. Items can be left plain and natural for a hacienda feel or can be painted and decorated for a more vibrant and clashing burst of colour that works particularly well on statement items such as dressers, tables and wardrobes.

 

For more inspiration on how to create a rich and vibrant Mexican interior then head over to our latest Pinterest board – Pinterest – Mexican Interiors where you will find an array of ideas that will transform any home into a Hispanic haven of colour and style.

If you are looking for furniture items with a splash of Central American style then look no further than our elegant and rugged Mayan Walnut furniture collection.

 

How To Create A Shaker Style Interior

When it comes to creating the perfect Shaker style interior always remember that ‘Less is More’. It is the Shaker belief that every item within the home should be practical and functional not simply just for decoration. ‘Beauty rests on utility’ and whilst Shaker interiors may not be adorned with glamorous accessories, each and every item contained within the home is crafted to an extremely precise, perfected standard.

Whilst the feel of Shaker interiors may be simple and minimal, this allows the beauty of the few designs they feature to shine through. Follow these simple steps to achieve this interior look in your own home and don’t forget these looks can be modernised slightly using varying materials and finishes whilst maintaining the original style and appeal of this period.

 

Colour Schemes

Shaker  homes are all about neutrality and nature and the internal colours of the home reflected the beauty and simplicity of their surroundings, Walls were almost always plain white or beige with any additions such as furniture or fabric adopting natural orange and brown tones. The only colour that may be used was in quilting and bed throws and this remained simple and sparse in navy, russet and mustard tones that would not stand out too obviously from the backdrop of the home.

 

Lighting

Lighting and light fixtures were a necessity that did not require any flamboyant design or eye-catching features. Candle holders would be placed on tables and wall sconces would be placed in the darker areas of the home for an ample supply of light. Sconces and  sticks were made from a basic metal such as tin and were left in a rustic state for a rural country look. While candle lit lighting may not be appealing in modern times you can easily recreate this look using metal framed wall lights and candelabra style ceiling lights but ensure that you avoid an over polished look by choosing matt black, antique or distressed metal finishes that will capture the purity and natural beauty of Shaker interior design.

 

 

Fabrics

Shaker fabrics were made from natural sources that were simple to make and simple in appearance. Wool, cotton and linen were the main materials and these would be left in their natural colour state of white and beige for a minimal textural appearance. Colour would be introduced only in quilts and throws which featured uncomplicated shapes and gingham patterns. Denim tones and autumnal hues were used that complimented the simplicity of the decor and furniture. Whilst original Shaker quilts may be a rare and expensive find, reproduction quilts and more colourful prints can now be found in traditional high street stores and will add a splash of visual interest against a neutral interior setting.

 

Storage

Practicality came above style in all aspects of Shaker life and when it came to the home there would be no visual signs of clutter or accessories. Any excess items would be cleverly hidden away in furniture items and wonderfully simplistic Shaker style boxes that could be stacked in a corner or on a cabinet or sideboard for a centralised and neat storage area.  Boxes were an oval design and made using a swallowtail and copper pin construction from natural wood or hide. Opt for natural finishes for a rustic country look or choose more modern painted finishes to add add detail and colour to your interior space.

 

Furniture

Function over fashion was the key to successful shaker style furniture so who would have thought that these days Shaker style designs are extremely ‘fashionable’ in modern home interiors. Traditionally carved from cherry and maple woods each item featured simple and practical designs and plain handles with wardrobes, cabinets and chests being popular items due to their vast storage capabilities. In modern homes this look can be recreated using golden oak or walnut finishes and selecting statement furniture items that fit the look and feel of Shaker homes such as simple slat back chairs, oak benches and dressers that will provide the perfect balance of function and beauty within a modern home.

 

For more ideas on how to create a minimal and naturalistic Shaker interior, head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest -  Shaker Interiors and for a selection of furniture ideas take a look at our extensive Oak and Hardwood furniture collections.

How To Create A Boutique Hotel Bedroom

Holidays and mini breaks have the perfect way of making us feel happy and uplifted and whilst this may have a lot to do with warm weather and historic culture it also has a great deal to do with the atmosphere of our accommodation. If your anything like me, there is nothing more satisfying than waking up in a luxurious and sophisticated setting that oozes classic elegance and style.

You can recreate the glamour and opulence of a boutique hotel bedroom with these simple steps and ideas. Using items that are readily available on the high street you can create a sleek and luxurious sleeping area that will feel like a high class getaway, everyday.

 

Colour Schemes

Boutique hotels tend to stick to neutral yet tonal colour schemes that can be used alone or with more bolder colour options for a luxurious contemporary feel. Soft beige, pebble grey and mocha tones work really well in creating a sleek yet relaxed setting that is both warm and uplifting in appearance. Monochrome colour schemes also work extremely well in hotel style bedroom areas as they provide a fashionable balance of feminine and masculine tones that give a contrasting yet complimentary feel to the room. Crisp white gives an illuminating backdrop to a bedroom setting however be sure to partner it with bold or earthy colour tones to avoid your bedroom feeling cold or stark.

 

 

Beds

The bed is the first item we see when we enter a hotel room for the first time and is obviously the most important aspect when it comes to comfort and a good nights sleep. Depending on the look of your hotel style bedroom there are several avenues to explore whe it comes to choosing the right bed. For contemporary chic interiors with an earthy colour palette (right) opt for a leather or Upholstered bed frame in complimentary tones and fabrics. If you prefer a more period interior setting then choose a plain Hardwood Bed frame in a sleigh style design for a grand and eye-catching appeal. For a more glamorous and truly ’boutique’ feel then choose a fabulous French Carved Bed Frame and where possible go all out with a King or Super King sized frame for added visual impact.

 

Lighting

Cleverly positioned light fittings and lamps will make a huge impact on small or large bedroom interiors and will provide that recognisable luxury hotel feel within your chosen space. Classic chandeliers look fabulously glamorous in both modern and classic boutique interiors and whilst you may not be able to accommodate one on the same scale as the Beverly Wilshire (left) there are many eye-catching French and Venetian designs available on the high street that will add a splash of period glamour to your bedroom area. Don’t forget to purchase some complimentary bedside lamps for a stylish spot of light bedtime reading .

 

Furniture

When it comes to bedroom furniture both home and away, each item should provide a perfect balance of eye-catching style and functional practicality. Wardrobes, chests of drawers and bedsides should compliment your surroundings and provide plentiful storage space for all of your items. Mirrored items, French designs (such as the armoire on the right) and regal style mahogany frames work extremely well in boutique style settings and will create a stunning focal point within your room. Make sure you include a sumptuously stylish dressing table to accentuate the glamour and class of hotel style living.

 

Seating

No hotel room would be complete without a stunning and relaxing choice of seating that is perfect for slipping off your shoes after a long and busy day, or sitting at your dressing table for a much needed pamper session. You can opt for classic armchair designs for the ultimate in comfort and ergonomic design. Wood or metal exposed frames look fabulous when partnered with sleek, soft fabrics in neutral tones that will add an opulent feel to your interior space. Occasional chairs look amazing nestled in the corner of your bedroom area and can be a glamorous addition to both bold or minimal colour schemes. French painted bedroom chairs can be purchased in a range of chic and flamboyant colours that will add a splash of boutique opulence to any bedroom area.

 

For more ideas on how to bring hotel living into your home interiors then take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Hotel Living and for an extensive range of luxury bedroom items then check out our fabulous Bedroom Furniture collections.

 

Product of the Week – French Chateau White Painted Dressing Table Set

Our feminine and elegant French Chateau white painted dressing table set with stool is the epitome of French regal glamour and sophistication. Its illuminating exterior will create a light and airy feel in any bedroom or dressing room area and provides a perfect balance of style and practicality.

French Chateau white painted dressing table set

French Chateau white painted dressing table set

This refined dressing table set is crafted from high quality solid mahogany and is finished in a bright antique paint finish that creates a soft and delicate focal point in your interior space. Crafted from traditional antique designs the table features curvaceous fluted legs, a curved edge table top and intricate floral carvings for a classic period appearance.

French Chateau dressing table set - open

French Chateau dressing table set – open

This elegant table features a plethora of storage options for all of your dressing room accessories. The main table features three spacious drawers that are the ideal size for your make-up items, brushes and hair products whilst the two smaller table top drawers are great for tucking away your jewellery, hair pins or general bits and bobs.

This set comes complete with the stylishly carved, rotating mirror that is consciously designed to allow you to easily apply your make-up and view you hair from various angles whilst styling, providing a classic finish that is typical of French Renaissance designs.

French Chateau dressing table stool

French Chateau dressing table stool

The matching stool that comes with this set features fluted legs with delicate floral corner carvings that perfectly match the other items in this collection. Specifically sized for the table, the stool can be tucked away between the legs when not in use. The padded seat has been lovingly upholstered in traditional ivory striped fabric that will compliment a wide range of interior decors and styles and will provide you with a seating area that is both elegant and comfortable.

 

 

French Chateau White painted one door mirrored armoire

French Chateau White painted one door mirrored armoire

 

You can add some additional French flair to your bedroom or dressing room area with the French Chateau white painted one door mirrored armoire. This elegant design features the same antique white exterior as our dressing table with the addition of an intricate and flamboyant plinth top carving that is sure to create a focal point in any bedroom interior. This sumptuous armoire features a full hanging space that is enclosed behind a large mirrored door that is perfect for checking out your chosen outfit as well as creating an illuminating area within your room. The additional floor level drawer is the perfect size for your smaller clothes and accessories and is finished with traditional swing handles for an authentic finishing touch.

If you have been inspired by these luxurious bedroom items you can view other complimentary items on our website in our stylish and extensive French Chateau white painted furniture.

Colour Trend – Plum

Perfect plum interiors can create a warm and uplifting ambiance that will add a splash of rich and luxurious colour to your home decor. This versatile trend can be used as a feature or accent tone that will give both modern and traditional homes an opulent and luxurious feel.

Plum is one of the most popular purple hues this season due to its elegant and designer feel. Its exquisite tones can transform even the most bland of interiors into a luxurious and palatial retreat. It can be easily adopted into numerous other interior trends of 2014 such as Moroccan, Gothic and Rococo to create a ‘pop’ of colour that is opulent and enveloping.

Plum tones can be used with a large variety of interior colour palettes to create a relaxed or vibrant atmosphere within your home. Soft antique white, grey and natural colours work alongside plum to create a period style interior that is relaxed and refined. Purple is a popular regency interior colour that can also be partnered with rich gold and gilded hues for a splash of luxury glamour. For a twist of eastern style interior design then partner your plum tones with vibrant magenta, yellow, red and orange for a rich and colourful Moroccan style home.

 

 

If your not quite brave enough to tackle Plum as an all over colour scheme then why not introduce it as an accent tone in your accessories, fabrics and artwork to create an eye-catching insertion of colour into a plain or patterned interior setting. Upholstery is a great way of adding a pop of plum into your home. occasional chairs, sofas and puffees look great with a plain or patterned fabric and a choice of velvet, satin or chenille will also add a textural aesthetic to your living room, dining room or bedroom area.

Cushions are also an ideal way of injecting colour into your home and can be chosen in a selection of matching or contrasting plum tones and patterns to create a cosy and visually inviting space within your chosen interior. Opt for classic floral or plain designs for a regency style, period interior or select a range of bright and vibrant plum, pink and yellow styles and prints for a Moroccan ambiance. This bold combination looks great scattered across a bed or even as an eastern style floor seating area that can be transferred outside or into a summer house during the summer months.

Accessories are a must have finishing touch in any interior setting and can transform the entire look and feel of an interior. A carefully positioned lamp, vase, ornament or mirror can create a colourful centrepiece in a living area, dining room or bedroom and make a fabulous contrast against a plain feature wall. These simple accessories can be added to your existing interior decor making it easy to introduce the plum colour trend into your home without extensive redecorating or expenditure.

 

 

White painted furniture such as our French Chateau furniture is a great way of toning down and complimenting strong coloured interiors. With their bright and uplifting exterior, white painted designs sit comfortably in bold or classic plum interiors, adding a crisp contrast to the rich purple tones of your decor. If you have opted for neutral walls then you could always try your hand at some furniture restoration by sanding, priming and painting old, or reclaimed furniture items in your chosen plum tone for a customised and creative furniture item that will create a talking point in any interior space.

For more inspirational plum interior ideas then our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Plum colour trend has all you could need to find your inner interior designer and for more furniture designs take a look at our extensive Painted furniture collections that will compliment your plum interior decor.

 

 

 

 

 

How To Create A Gothic Style Interior

Gothic interiors do not all have to be about vampires, cobwebs and witches cauldrons. Over the past few seasons Gothic interiors have grown in popularity with the rise of popular media adaptions of some of our beloved classic horror characters and medieval dramas.

Contemporary Gothic interiors strike a balance between traditional period style features and fun and quirky designs that create a rich and mysterious ambiance within your home and provide a sense of classic glamour to any interior space.

 

Colour Palettes

Only one colour springs to mind when we hear the words ‘Gothic’…BLACK. But black interiors do not have to be forlorn and dowdy spaces, they can in fact create a cosy and glamorous area in which to relax. When it comes to choosing a colour palette for your Gothic home then partner your black and grey tones with red, purple or silver hues for a complimentary splash of colour that will add visual detailing to an otherwise plain interior.

 

 

Seating

Creating a seating area that is both fashionable and functional can often be a daunting prospect. Gothic sofas, however, have a rich and textural appeal that is complimented by ornate and intricate carvings and rich and sumptuous upholstery. This creates a centrepiece in your living area that is relaxing and opulent. Opt for classic black, silver leaf, or rich red upholstery for a chic and lavish interior feel.

 

Mirrors

For me, mirrors are a must have item in any home interior and they work particularly well at adding a sense of reflective space in dark Gothic style interiors. For a classic Gothic charm, opt for ornate carved designs in silvers or black; Baroque style mirrors work particularly well in this setting as they are both opulent and versatile in their design. For a more quirky and eye-catching focal point you can select more unique carved designs such as mythical characters, cross shapes or looking glass designs (left) to create a wow factor on a feature wall.

 

 

 

Accessories

When it comes to selecting accessories for your Gothic style interior there are a multitude of styles and designs that will compliment the rich and dark ambiance of your chosen colour scheme. Intricate metal and medieval designs work well as they provide a classic and timeless style that suits both modern and traditional homes. Bird cages, lanterns and goblets provide a visual feature within your interior or for a more fun and quirky Gothic style space, why not add some skulls or gargoyles for a splash of the macabre.

 

 

Furniture

Gothic style furniture should make a huge statement in your chosen home interior, creating a focal point within your home as well as providing the practical aspects required for everyday modern life. This French noir heavily carved bed (left) is a flamboyant and ornate design that fits perfectly into the dark glamour of Gothic style interior design. Dining tables, sideboards and wardrobes are also a wonderful way of creating a rich and opulent focal point within your home interior.

 

For more Gothic interior inspiration, head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Gothic interiors and to feast you eyes on the rest of our amazing black painted furniture take a look at our website French Moulin noir black furniture.

 

 

 

Oh La La! Spring Is Here!

Spring has finally sprung, the sun is shining (sort of) and the flowers are beginning to bloom. Adidas Schoenen My favourite part about spring is getting rid of all the dark clothes, winter fabrics and cosy accessories and injecting some bright uplifting ambiance into my home.

For me our fabulously elegant French Chateau bedroom range completely embodies the warmth and cheerfulness that I associate with the coming of spring. Canotte Detroit Pistons Crisp, fresh paint effects and curvaceous feminine contours make this range our best selling spring collection.

French Chateau 4 door mirrored armoire

French Chateau 4 door mirrored armoire

Our sumptuously grand 4 door mirrored armoire is a breath-taking, lavish design that will be the centrepiece in any French style boudoir. Fjallraven Kanken With a vast amount of storage space to choose from you will be spoilt for choice when finding a home for your clothes, handbags and shoes.

Its exquisitely opulent carvings delicate fluted legs and glamorous mirrored panelled doors will create a light and airy ambiance in your interior that oozes blissful serenity and femininity. New Balance 247 hombre This extremely large wardrobe embodies the sophistication and flair that we would associate with stately homes and French grand country houses.

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    French carved 2 drawer bedside.

    French carved 2 drawer bedside.

    Our beautiful 2 drawer carved bedside is a opulently carved design that features flowing fluted legs and authentic period style hinge handles to create an old world charm in your chic bedroom area. adidas shoes uk Its 2 spacious drawers are the perfect size for holding small accessories and clothing items to ensure (unlike me) that your bedroom remains clutter free.

     

     

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    French white painted button bed

    French white painted button bed

    Our lavish white painted button bed will create a palatial statement in your bedroom that will make you feel like you are residing in the grand suites of the Palace of Versailles.