Homes Direct 365: Infusing a Household with Elegance

October 24th, 2014

Homes Direct 365: Infusing a Household with Elegance

Homes Direct 365 is a U.K.-based online furniture retailer specialising in antique French furniture
as well as shabby chic furniture, although their wide catalogue of products includes a few pieces
that might fall a little loosely into these categories. The wide selection available in their online store
is sure to offer a little something for every taste and every home. Select from grandiose pieces to
infuse a room with a commanding sense of class and an elegant air of fancy, or find something a bit
more humble to be a highly stylish yet functional part of your living furniture.

Their line of Venetian mirrored furniture, inspired by art-deco trends, provides a wonderful compliment to
just about any room which lets you lay out your interior design with the extra element of reflections as a final touch.

For Every Aspect of the Home

There aren’t many places in a household where Homes Direct 365 doesn’t have some kind of furniture
piece to provide a basis for the room or the perfect accent for that bit of personal flair. Select from
seating like couches and comfortable lounge chairs. You’ll find beds and all their components
(mattresses, bed frames, headboards, and more) ranging from the largest king to the smallest single.
Plus, there’s dining furniture including entire dining sets, French lighting like timeless chandeliers, and
much, much more. Homes Direct 365 even offers several products designed for the home garden or
other areas outside the house itself, such as cherub statues, birdhouses, and bird baths.

House of Mirrors?

You probably wouldn’t want to live in a circus fun house, but having some elegant mirrored furniture
can be an excellent way to inject a bit of personality and unique flair into your home. Homes Direct
365 is plentifully equipped with a wide selection of mirrored products, including floor standing or
decorative mirrors in the French style. Their Venetian mirrors are beautifully crafted mirrors that are
as much works of art as mirrors themselves. But the true eye candy comes when we turn our attention
over to their selection of mirrored furniture…
Select from dressers, tables, sorrento mirror dressing table sets, entire wardrobes, and other products
completely resplendent in their mirrored design, endlessly reflective and unwaveringly attractive to the
eye. These mirrored furniture items do not merely feature mirrors in their design, but are in fact entirely
mirrors: every surface reflective and playing host to an ever-changing display of its surroundings.
Mirrored furniture is available for just about every piece of furniture and every room in the house,
although of particular note is the selection of mirrored bedroom furniture, such as small tables, dressing
tables, dressers and other bedroom items.

The Future And Beyond

Homes Direct 365 may make antique or antique-inspired designs it focus, but that has done little to
cull the innovative spirit that drives designers forward. Their catalogue also features a selection of
contemporary and modern furniture, which includes the fantastic mirrored designs we highlighted
above, as well as contemporary and modern selections.



Say Oui to the Finest French Bedroom Furniture

October 14th, 2014

Say Oui to the Finest French Bedroom Furniture

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Whether you’re looking to update a few key elements or designing a complete makeover, what better way is
there to add a touch of elegance and romance into the bedroom, than with exquisite French furniture?
Surely when you think of the ultimate in luxury bedroom design, the rounded edges and delicate craftsmanship
of French bedroom furniture is the first thing that springs to mind. It can work in any bedroom, so why not treat
yourself to some French chic.

French furniture is all about the fine details. From sumptuous curves, refined handles, intricate carving and
beading, detailed edging and relief, mirrored surfaces and sophisticated materials, French bedroom furniture is
perfect for a boudoir look that perfectly reflects your personality.
It’s easy to see why the French shabby chic charm is incredibly popular at the moment, but the graceful elegance
of French furniture is also utterly timeless, so you can be sure of a design which will grow with you over many
years.

Here at Homesdirect365, we offer an incredibly versatile selection of French furniture, divided into design
ranges, such as the popular La Rochelle or Bordeaux. So you can either stay with one range for a traditional and
consistent theme, or mix and match across the ranges for a bespoke creative design that suit your tastes. It’s also
easy to add to your collection of French bedroom furniture over time from our adaptable selection.

Your bedroom should be a sanctuary. A luxurious place to relax at the end of a long day. And nothing promotes
that more than a stunning bed frame or beautiful armoire in the Rococo of LouisXV style. If you have ever visited
the breath taking Palace of Versailles, the Louvre in Paris or a Chateau in the Loire valley, then you’ll know
just how captivating French furniture design can be. And now you can bring that French charm into your own
bedroom and be transported to the streets of Paris or the rolling French hills every day.

And once you have found the perfect statement pieces of French bedroom furniture, such as the grand double
bed, you could add to that an elegant dressing table or bedside cabinet and then finish off your French inspired
design with smaller decadent pieces such as a free standing mirror, screen or chandelier. Our ranges leave you
free to choose your colour, from the classic antique white, to gold or stylish mahogany, all made from the very
finest hand crafted wood. Our bespoke services put you firmly in control, so there is no room shape too awkward
or request too unique for our team.

So don’t let the bedroom be the last room on your design list or a place of unloved or mismatched furniture.
Instead, treat yourself to the ultimate in luxury and style with our impeccable ranges of French bedroom furniture
and bring a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ to your home.

Whether you’re looking to update a few key elements or designing a complete makeover, what better way is
there to add a touch of elegance and romance into the bedroom, than with exquisite French furniture?
Surely when you think of the ultimate in luxury bedroom design, the rounded edges and delicate craftsmanship
of French bedroom furniture is the first thing that springs to mind. It can work in any bedroom, so why not treat
yourself to some French chic.

French furniture is all about the fine details. From sumptuous curves, refined handles, intricate carving and
beading, detailed edging and relief, mirrored surfaces and sophisticated materials, French bedroom furniture is
perfect for a boudoir look that perfectly reflects your personality.

It’s easy to see why the French shabby chic charm is incredibly popular at the moment, but the graceful elegance
of French furniture is also utterly timeless, so you can be sure of a design which will grow with you over many
years.

Here at Homesdirect365, we offer an incredibly versatile selection of French furniture, divided into design
ranges, such as the popular La Rochelle or Bordeaux. So you can either stay with one range for a traditional and
consistent theme, or mix and match across the ranges for a bespoke creative design that suit your tastes. It’s also
easy to add to your collection of French bedroom furniture over time from our adaptable selection.

Your bedroom should be a sanctuary. A luxurious place to relax at the end of a long day. And nothing promotes
that more than a stunning bed frame or beautiful armoire in the Rococo of LouisXV style. If you have ever visited
the breath taking Palace of Versailles, the Louvre in Paris or a Chateau in the Loire valley, then you’ll know
just how captivating French furniture design can be. And now you can bring that French charm into your own
bedroom and be transported to the streets of Paris or the rolling French hills every day.

And once you have found the perfect statement pieces of French bedroom furniture, such as the grand double
bed, you could add to that an elegant dressing table or bedside cabinet and then finish off your French inspired
design with smaller decadent pieces such as a free standing mirror, screen or chandelier. Our ranges leave you
free to choose your colour, from the classic antique white, to gold or stylish mahogany, all made from the very
finest hand crafted wood. Our bespoke services put you firmly in control, so there is no room shape too awkward
or request too unique for our team.

So don’t let the bedroom be the last room on your design list or a place of unloved or mismatched furniture.
Instead, treat yourself to the ultimate in luxury and style with our impeccable ranges of French bedroom furniture
and bring a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ to your home.



Baroque Gold Leaf Antique French Furniture

October 10th, 2014

Baroque Gold Leaf Antique French Furniture


French furniture includes some of the most sophisticated furniture that has ever been produced, from exquisite Baroque furniture to the elegant Rococo furniture. Every piece features strong history within the design and some of the most prominent and luxurious hand carved detailing’s around.

The reign of the French king Louis XIV was characterised by the Baroque style. The Versailles Palace and the Louvre were decorated in a strong, dramatic and exuberant style echoing the king’s strong leadership in a period of war and colonial empire building. The French classical Baroque style was grand and impressive, a symbol of power.

The craft of gold leaf gilding in which leafs of gold are applied to objects for ornamentation, goes back over 4,000 years to Northern Africa where gold foil was applied to wood to give the appearance of being made of solid gold.

The practice of gilding in the Middle East, whereby gold would be applied over other metals, has been traced to at least 3,000BC and continues to this day. Tomb paintings in Egypt as early as the VIDynasty (around 2250BC) depict goldbeaters beating gold into foil, used in the decoration of furniture and coffins.

Gilded architectural embellishment adorned not only the palaces and temples during the time of Cleopatra but is also evident today throughout Europe and in contemporary buildings and residences in the United States. Some of the finest gilding, however, took place in early 18th century France when Louis XIV desired to show his power through the gilt works of his time, establishing France’s leadership in the decorative arts.

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Featured above we have room shots of our stunning range of Baroque Gold Leaf Furniture part of our ever expanding range of antique French and shabby chic furniture.

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Interested in any of the above, why not give our expertly trained sales staff a call on 01642 455589 and find out what great savings you can make today!



Timeless Shabby Chic Furniture – What Is It?

September 18th, 2014

Timeless Shabby Chic Furniture – What Is It?

The term ‘shabby chic furniture’ is a very frequent term used to describe furniture, but what is it? what do we mean by this popular term?

The term “shabby-chic” was first used in the late eighties by fashion designer Rachel Ashwell. The term encompasses the decor you might expect to find in a tastefully decorated, antique styled home or maybe even your own Grandparents house.

Many shabby chic style themes center around the use of shades of white. This is invariably combined with a light distressed effect. The concept uses many different types of vintage items such as wrought iron curtain rods with flimsy sheer curtains (perhaps dyed with tea), luxuriant pillows abound, and of course, plenty of fresh cut flowers. This style is not rigidly defined, but is achieved through an elegant balance of the old and worn.

The point to consider is that shabby chic furniture is often very good, quality pieces of furniture that has withstood the test of time. Gaining this style or effect in your home is simply grouping furniture with a solid aged appearance. Our website offers a range of brand new furniture designed in a shabby chic style. Much of our furniture selection is influenced by the French antique style focused on great design and form.

We offer several different ranges of furniture to suit a shabby chic design ethos; this includes collections such as La Rochelle, Rocco, Baroque, Montpellier and our New England Farmhouse collection. You can mix and match between ranges to reflect your individual style and personality, or, if you prefer to select from a single range you can guarantee an effortless design style that appeals across every generation providing class and sophistication through your home. The great thing about the shabby chic style is that the overall effect is timeless, by updating your interiors to a shabby chic design effect you can benefit from an up-to-date fashionable style that is timeless and will offer a fresh and innovative style choice for years to come.

Selecting a few pieces of new shabby chic furniture is a great idea for any new home owner, antique collector or property developer. By selecting a piece of furniture or two, you can effectively use these to tie in any future pieces you may buy. For property developing having a selection of high quality pieces help transform a house into a home and can be reused in each development you do to help promote a sale. You can further enhance your interior style with soft furnishings, fabrics, lighting accessories and mirrors adding light and depth to your design ideas.



Modern Vs Contemporary

September 1st, 2014

Modern and Contemporary… so whats the difference?

In interior design these styles are not synonymous with each other, as many people might think. Furniture comes in a variety of different styles, designs and colours which can be generally divided into contemporary and modern traditional designs.

So the difference? Well contemporary furniture can be classed as the most current, the ‘now’ styles which means it is constantly and ever changing. However this does not mean it is easily outdated, as often some of the most prominent contemporary furniture features design inspirations from a variety of era’s. To summarise, it is a forward looking design style to go for. A good example would be, distinctive shapes, a mixture of glass and wood and more ‘futuristic designs’.

Modern Furniture… As a start, modern furniture is generally referred to as ‘mid-century modern’. It is hugely recognisable by it’s clean, simplistic and unadorned furniture design. The use of natural materials such as American white oak, tropical oak and naturals woods are prominent, along with lacquered and waxed finishes. Hints of coulours are seldom used and a more ‘natural’ wood look is generally preferred.

Both contemporary and modern furniture designs can add much additional charm and astounding beauty in your home. A combination of several mixed styles can also create stunning results, brightening up the appearance in any room of your house.

At Homesdirect365, we offer a huge variety of distinctive modern and contemporary furniture selections, to help you find the perfect piece/s. For more information check out our full range right Here!

If you are after something with a bit more history, then why not check out our extensive range of antique French or shabby chic furniture ranges, all can be found right Here, only at homesdirect365.



It’s All About The Small Things!

August 13th, 2014

Accessorize your home today with all the small things…

As we look to exemplify style and elucidate all four corners of your wonderful home, what do we think of? We instantly think of the larger furnishings; beds, wardrobes, sofa… however… it’s all about the small things!

In the south of France located near the commune of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, one of the most monumental human discoveries was made by accident. Air coming up from a small gap in the cliffs. This suggested that originally life previously existed, buried deeply beneath fallen rocks and debris.

When investigators went to check it out, they found to their amazement intricate and immensely detailed cave paintings and artwork. To their further astonishment the date of the paintings through carbon dating would be established as being roughly 32,000 years old… this Chauvet cave became one of the oldest discoveries by a long shot!

The point to this amazing find for us here at Homesdirect365 is what this speaks to us about the nature of how we decorate our home, how we put our stamp on the place that we settle down in, whether it be a cave or our modern houses. This sentiment is almost woven within us, that humans over 30,000 years ago had the same intentions to decorate, to be creative, to brighten up their home.

When establishing the ideal decor for your home, of course the larger items such as the bed and wardrobe and chest of drawers take precedent first, but one of the most intriguing aspects to an individual’s design choices are the personal items they add in to give it a unique touch. Those items are what make it your home, the photos, the heirlooms, the decorations…those are what we want to focus on this week here at Homesdirect365.

Our Home Accessories section is filled with over 1,000 various items for every room of the home, from antique French accessories to simple contemporary styled accessories. We add to this section every week so there is always going to be something new for you to browse in this section. Photo Frames in all styles to proudly display your family pictures, Wall Art And Paintings for beautiful wall features, clocks and ornaments for bedside table top additions…the possibilities and products are endless in this section so be sure to check in.

for further information, simply give our expert sales team a call on 01642 455589.



The Ultimate Rococo Style…

July 24th, 2014

The Ultimate Rococo Style…

There are few items that can truly transform your home, furniture than emanates style, class and ultimate beauty. As one of our most popular and sought after ranges, the Rococo range is the ultimate in antique French furniture… so why French…

Think of afternoons in the graceful streets of Paris. A leisurely stroll on the French Riviera as the sun gradually rises, or a hot cafe’ au lait in a Parisian cafe whilst observing the great beauty of a sunset. No one lives as well as the French…

Art, romance, fine foods and wine. The French know how to live in style. Their sensibility emanates  from their homes where they enjoy furnishings and decorative arts that span centuries of great art and style.

So for the ultimate in antique French and shabby chic furnishings, look no further than the Rococo collection.

If we look at history of Rococo styled furniture, the name ‘rococo’ is generally accepted as being a combination of the French word ‘rocaille’ (meaning stone) and ‘coquilles’ (meaning shell) due to the reliance on these items as decorative motifs. It may also be derived from the Italian word ‘barocco’ (meaning Baroque) as it is not dissimilar from the popular Baroque style antique French furniture which preceded it. Characterised by delicate, curved outlines, rock and scallop shell decorations and with asymmetrical details Rococo differs from Baroque which leaned more towards symmetrical details. Rococo furniture is often seen as being in harmony with the excesses seen during the reign of Louis XV. During this period furniture became more ornately decorated and extravagant with wood being painted, enamelled, gilded and carved.

Handcarved and finished in a luxurious antique white, our collection of antique French furniture is beautifully embellished with intricate carvings giving you truly irresistible pieces for your home.

From the Golden Age of French furniture or shabby chic furniture  to art-deco inspired Venetian mirrored furniture, we at Homesdirect365 feel there couldn’t be a better selection of items available that represents the beauty of antique furniture and what we love about it.

Whatever you’re historical preference, Homesdirect365 will have the perfect piece to suit everyone’s individual style.

For further information or advice simply give our highly trained sales team a call on 01642 455589



Who Is The Greatest Of Them All

July 11th, 2014

Mirrored Furniture…

Venetian, Romano, Rimano, Florence… Well before we delve deeply into the vast array of choices that are available to help adorn your home, lets take a quick look back at the origins of what is known today as mirrored furniture…

It’s conceivable that for thousands of years, long before the actual invention of a mirror our ancestors would have been gazing at their reflections in still pools of water. But to pinpoint the first actual mirror, we have to trace as far back as the 12th century.

The first mirrors in existence were often bronze, copper or any form of metal, made and designed concave to send a reflection back to the person looking at it. With a very distorted and unclear reflection, this then inspired the search for other materials. Perfectly flat and a creating an incredible  reflection, glass was from then on, the perfect material for mirrors.

Glass itself was invented in neighbouring Lebanon so it makes sense the mirror would be nearby. Through a process of blowing a thin sphere of glass into a bubble and pouring hot lead into the bulb of the glass, once cooled it would coat the inside of the glass which could then be broken into pieces. Creating a perfect reflection, the new technology would spread rapidly throughout the Roman Empire. Useful of course for their self-admiration, but also the beginning of mirrors appearing in design as they would start to utilize it to create magical amulets.

Once embraced by the Roman’s, the mirror would take its next step forward as they altered the making process slightly to give the mirror a thin metal backing,  allowing much more freedom to be further incorporated into objects and as furniture.

So… where did actual mirrored furniture originate from? Well as you have probably guessed, Italy. Venice would be one of the first locations where successfully experimenting with mirrored furniture pieces would take place, so much so that to this day Venetian furniture is still one of the most popular. Their creativity and ingenuity would produce fantastic pieces encompassing floral etching and unique patterns all heavily influenced by the art-deco movement. Venice at this time became the Mecca of mirrored furniture but gradually over the following centuries many highly trained and skilled craftsmen left, taking their ideas with them to France, England, Europe and eventually globally!

Perfect for brightening up any room and an ideal option for giving the appearance of a bigger and lighter room, I’ts no wonder mirrored furniture has rose to huge popularity in recent years. And.. It’s here to stay!

At Homesdirect365, we have a huge and vast variety of mirrored furniture. All featuring individual designs and styles to give you the ultimate choice in your wonderful home. From the simplistic design of our Romano furniture to the more decorative and stylishly curved exclusive collection of our Florence and Rimini ranges, we are sure to have the perfect piece/s of mirrored furniture to suit every individual taste and style.

For more information on our latest ranges or for help and advice simply give  our expert sales team a call on 01642 455589.

Chandeliers

June 27th, 2014

Chandeliers
The word ‘chandelier’ is instantly synonymous with class, elegance and style. Ornate historic hanging lights that are as much about aesthetics as they are practicality.

Originating in France, the word chandelier is derived from “chandelle” simply meaning candle holder, which prior to the 16th century was simply a wooden cross consisting of a small spike at the end containing candles as the only form of light. During the 16th century and onwards, chandeliers gradually become a status decoration, generally appearing in the more wealthier households.

As time progressed in tandum with housing quality, chandeliers began to become a lighting/decoration option for the working class. While wealthier homes boasted ornately detailed and crafted chandeliers of brass, the more common households used wood, iron, and tin sheet for their chandeliers. As artisans began to experiment with light refraction, chandeliers made from mirrors, brass decorative plates and quartz crystals started to emerge. Giving you an unlimited selection of affordable yet extensively decorated lighting that is now available today.

For those seeking a quality chandalier the choice is vast, would you go for modern Cut glass chandeliers? Antique French chandeliers?, what ever you are after, we at Homesdirect365 have a huge variety of lighting options available to match your desired style and help create the perfect setting, brightening up any room of your choice. From Antique white to clear crystal and acrylic, be sure to have a through browse at our extensive range of antique French and shabby chic lighting.

For more information on our range of antique French and shabby chic furniture, sign up to our weekly newsletter available online at www.homesdirect365.co.uk

Interested in any of the above, why not give our expertly trained sales staff a call on 01642 455589 and find out what great savings you can make today!



Summer Garden Furniture

June 13th, 2014

Summer Garden Furniture

After a never ending winter and a tepid spring, summer is finally upon us! With the glorious sunshine in its fullest form, it’s time to get working on the second extension to your home… the garden.

From shabby chic to antique French garden furniture, we offer a huge variety of styles for creating the perfect garden setting.

Wine and dining with family? hosting social gathering’s for friends, or simply creating a beautiful and calming surrounding for you to soak up all those highly anticipated sun rays. Well we offer the perfect garden furniture to suit all needs.

Most outdoor entertainment revolves around the principle of a dining table and chairs. The choices we offer are myriad, from the comfort of our stunning rattan armchairs to the simplistic style of our antique French table and chairs, we cater for all requirements.

I can hear you thinking… what about those (hopefully rare!) stints of unpredictable weather, providing the ultimate test of quality on garden items alike? Well we have that covered, all of our items are handcrafted to a very high standard, giving you garden furniture at a truly high quality,  capable of withstanding even the most testing of conditions that the British weather often throws at us!

So why not accentuate style in your wonderful home today with our exceptional range of outdoor furnishings and achieve the perfect garden!

For further information and advice, give one our expert sales team a call on (01642) 455589 and find out what incredible savings you can make today!

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