Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Three French Clocks - Just A Matter Of Time

Lascelles Maison Wall Clock

Lascelles Amboise Wall Clock

Lascelles Emilie Wall Clock
I want to buy a new clock. A special one. One that let's time stand still for happy moments and yet I can turn back the clock to relive them time and time again. When I'm pressed for time I want to be able to make it go slowly and when I am looking forward to something (like my soon to be visit to England) I can make it go faster until the time comes. The above clocks are from John Lewis - pretty to look at but no magic powers guaranteed! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

The French House - Lighting That's Worth It's Metal

A mould from the 1950's and 1960's period was a chance find and also proved to be the inspiration behind this gorgeous chrome light. It was recommissioned by The French House and their master metal spinner  was able to produce this stunning creation.

Also from The French House, wall brackets in either aged brass or brushed nickel with a choice of lovely glass shades of various styles. My favorites are the prismatics - the gorgeous shapes of Gare Montparnasse, Tulip and Jam Jar. 

If  brass lighting with an aged patina is on your wishlist, there's a choice of suspended, rise and fall or billiard style with an adjustable bar. These are all made by artisans in a traditional foundry using earth moulds. 

Certainly a great choice of lights that are worth their metal!

The French House

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Monochrome Stoneware Vases - Handmade In Provence...



Handmade stoneware black vases

It was the curvy shape of these lovely stoneware vases that first caught my attention.  Handmade in Provence from a company that has been making ceramics since 1857, they have a beautiful matt black finish on the outside and glossy white on the inside - very stylish. One looks great just by itself (with or without flowers!) or choose from three various sizes to make a little group. No need to travel to the South of France to find them, just take a stroll to the online shop Cachette.   

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The French Bedroom Company - New To Me!

I always love to write about the beautiful range of French style furniture and furnishings at The French Bedroom Company. These three items in the above photos are new to me and they all have something a little bit different about them. The stunning cheval mirror has a very stylish double frame,  ( I like the reflection of the little rocking horse!), the Provencal French chair has a rattan back and the bench table has legs shaped like ropes. Now that's different! Other new and unusual items on their website include a transparent treasure trunk and an ostrich table. What can I say? 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Message From The Heart...


This Family Hearts Print from Bodie and Fou  looks quite at home in just about any room in the house. A stylish addition on the bedroom wall... 


...or making a statement in the living room. A reminder of peace, harmony and love (especially when the tv channel needs changing!)...

Family Hearts Print

... but at the end of the day it's the message on this print that is clear - La famille...c'est important - the family is important (on the right hand side of the print!)


Monday, March 17, 2014

Weathered Oak Furniture - Three Gorgeous 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, March 6, 2014

French Designer Cushions To Make You Smile!

Home Sweet Home cushion

Faces cushion cover


Funny Guys cushion

Here's a great way to add a touch of fun to your home decor with one of these cushions from French designer Anne Hubert for La Cerise Sur Le Gateau at Selfridges.  The top one is certainly a new take on "Home Sweet Home" and I could probably find a likeness to one or two of my friends and family on the "Funny Faces" cushion cover. For me it has to be the last one -"Funny Guys". I don't know why but it just makes me smile! Now which room needs cheering up?