Wednesday, 8 October 2014

More than just a bake off with these beautiful ceramic dishes.....

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I do enjoy cooking but when you cook every day, you sometimes need a bit of extra inspiration. I think that I have found some with these lovely ceramic pieces from Emile Henry at Occa Home.They are produced in a small town in Burgundy that first fired up the  kilns in 1850. I am spoilt for choice with the beautiful colours and range of products. Dishes that can be placed under the grill for last minute browning, or brought straight from the freezer to be cooked in the oven. I could make a fruit pie knowing that I won't scratch the dish when serving or be adventurous and try cooking with a tagine! Which would be your favourite piece?

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Friday, 3 October 2014

How To Transform A Corner Of The Room With A Few Well Chosen Pieces...

Zelda Nursing Chair in Grey Velvet
I love it when everything just comes together and this little arrangement from Graham and Green does so very nicely. Just a plain, simple corner has been transformed. A French style chest of drawers, a soft rug and a quartet of white candles contrast beautifully with a large grey ornate mirror and a nursing chair in plush grey velvet. It shows how three main pieces and a few well chosen accesories can make such a difference. 
Zelda Nursing Chair in Grey Velvet - CLICK HERE

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Provencale style in the dining room or bedroom

Here's a lovely versatile piece of French style furniture - the Provencale sideboard from Laura Ashley. Team it up with table and chairs in the dining room or match it with bed and  armoire in the bedroom. With two cupboards - each with a fixed shelf - and six drawers, I know that I could find it very useful. The difficulty would be choosing which room to put it in!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

How To Find Inspiration For A French Style Bedroom.....

Rose Bedroom Furniture
There isn't always the time, inclination or expertise available to decide how a room might be decorated. It can be made a lot easier if you can see some photos of the furniture that you would like to buy, in a room setting that appeals to you. This is something that John Lewis does very well as the above photos of their Rose Bedroom Furniture show. A hand painted, hand distressed collection, with a touch of shabby chic, displayed in a light, airy and muted colour scheme

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Weathered Oak Furniture - Three Gorgeous French Styles

Avignon Weathered Oak Coffee Table
There's something about weathered oak that I like but I must admit that this is the first time that I have seen a coffee table placed at the end of a bed. This very stylish piece of furniture with gentle curves looks fabulous and would be so useful for that tray of morning coffee. Perfect for a guest bedroom or of course you can use it as a very chic coffee table in the living room. 

Juliette French Salon Chair
Continuing with the weathered oak theme is this lovely French salon chair complete with cabriole legs and antiqued brass studs. Upholstered in natural herringbone linen and hemp it would look lovely as a bedroom chair or as shown above, a very stylish addition to the office (especially with that cushion).

Chartres Mirror
The fantastic shape of this Chartres mirror has been inspired by Gothic church windows. There are three sizes available, a small one that would be perfect over a dressing table or a great statement piece in the bathroom. The medium sized one looks stunning either over a mantle piece or console table and the large one makes a beautifully unusual dressing mirror. 

All of these items in weathered oak are part of a collection at OKA Direct.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

The French Bedroom Company - 3 Chandeliers under £100 each - Well nearly!

I always love to have a good browse at the beautiful things on The French Bedroom Company website. Mind you this is the first time that I have noticed a section entitled "goodies under £100"! It was well worth a look as I found two of the above chandeliers there. The third one just tipped over this price band. I'll leave you to guess which one. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

Large French Style Mirrors - Leaning Against The Wall

I'm a great fan of these very large French style mirrors that just 'lean' against the wall and don't have to try too hard to get themselves noticed. These beautifully ornate mirrors in the above photograph are from Laura Ashley. Try positioning one to reflect a special piece of furniture, perhaps a chaise longue or find a place to put it that allows the light from a window to bounce back into the room. These mirrors make perfect statement pieces and are a great talking point. Of course they are still very useful if you simply just want to look in the mirror!