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.


June 27th, 2014

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.

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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!

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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Achieving The Perfect Bedroom

May 28th, 2014

Your bedroom, essentially, should be a quiet place, a calming oasis where tranquil moments by yourself or with a loved one are savored. It’s there, after all, where you drift off night after night, to recharge from life’s everyday stresses. Working on the premise that we spend as much as a third of our lives in slumber, shouldn’t the sleep zone be lavished to the max? A hugely popular aesthetic look, is the antique French or shabby chic bedroom setting, so read on for that perfect bedroom look…

Antique French Bedroom Furniture… why antique French… Elegance, beauty, sophistication and charm, are but of a few of the words associated with the classic antique French style furniture. Sound good? well antique French furniture includes some of the most sophisticated furniture that has ever been produced, from exquisite Baroque style to the elegant Rococo style. Every piece features strong history within the design and some of the most prominent and luxurious hand carved detailing’s around.

So is your bedroom living space up to scratch? Look around; are you ensconced in the adjectives used above?  Or…  is your sleep zone falling apart at the seams becoming slightly dull and boring? Come on… if you want to feel indulged and have that perfect bedroom look, it’s time to start dreaming… or is it…

With the famous La Rochelle collection of furniture featured above, that dream bedroom can become reality!

Every aspect hand carved from long lasting high quality mahogany, and completed in either a stunning antique white finish, antique silver finish or a luxurious satin black finish. As one of the most popular and sought after ranges, the La Rochelle collection ensures elegance and the utmost quality, displaying smooth curves with intricate ornate design allowing you to achieve that perfect French boudoir feel.

Our exciting and full collection of bedroom furniture can be found right here. After more information? Simply give our friendly and expert sales team a call on 01642 455589.

So be sure to subscribe to our blog and stay tuned for more upcoming features about creating and adding the perfect bedroom furniture pieces for your wonderful home!

Strength To Strength

May 9th, 2014

Strength to Strength

We are now well into 2014 and it is already proving to be a record breaking year for retailers! As industry figures show that the UK spent £23bn online in the first quarter – a 17% increase over the year according to industry group IMRG.

Internet and mobile shopping is the future… Cash and credit cards won’t be things of the past any time soon, but mobile and internet shopping will definitely contribute a huge amount of the sales reached for businesses and companies alike in 2014. Mobile payments alone are expected to amount to $90 billion in the coming years, as we anticipate that in 2014, we will see the greatest increase in mobile and internet sales compared to previous years.

E-commerce is the fastest growing retail market in Europe, with sales expected to reach a combined total of £111.2 billion in 2014, so with e-commerce and Homesdirect365 we are delighted that online shopping is helping to strengthen the British economy.

With the rise of online shopping becoming more popular than ever, why not have a look at our stunning bedroom collections and create the perfect bedroom setting for your wonderful home. With our exclusive range of hand carved antique French and shabby chic furniture you are sure to add much elegance and aesthetics, with many pieces featuring strong historic styles and ornate detailing.

Featured above we have a stunning bedroom shot of our Rococo Antique French furniture range.

If we look at Rococo 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 furniture (featured below) 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.

A perfect addition to your home, our range of Rococo furniture is made from hand carved mahogany, and is finished in an exquisite antique white.

Very similar to our above collection, the Baroque collection of antique French furniture is also made from hand carved mahogany, and features strong ornate detailing throughout.

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.

We also offer a bespoke service, catering for your exact requirements. So what ever style and sizes you are after, just let us know and we can create the perfect piece of antique French or shabby chic furniture for you.

for more information, be sure to give us a call on (01642) 455589 and speak to one of our highly trained sales advisers, and see what we can offer you today!

Homesdirect365′s Got Talent

April 28th, 2014

Homesdirect365′s Got Talent

We are well underway with one of the most highly watched talent shows of the year; as Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden take place and help us choose the coveted winner of this years Britain’s got talent.

From past winners such as Attraction and Diversity, talent is always high!

So sit back, relax and enjoy in style as we watch Simon Cowell and co filtering out the incredible talent from the… not so incredible!

So as we will all no doubt be judging talent over the next few months, we thought what better fitting way than to introduce and give an insight to the incredible talent that goes into making our exceptional hand carved furniture. From our luxurious collection of LA Rochelle furniture to the exquisite detailing of our Rococo collection, all of our ranges are hand carved, giving you truly unique items with the utmost quality guaranteed.

The preliminary stage is preparing the natural wood that will be used, Taking the sheets of wood and turning that via drying process into manageable wood to work with. With the wood at this stage it is then passed to a set of our highly skilled workers to shape and carve each piece.

At this stage, the skill and attention to detail is staggering. As seen in the picture below the shape of a La Rochelle bed is coming together and the individual pieces, such as the headboard and foot board are individually made with the utmost care taken on every piece. This aspect is what puts an immense personal touch to our furniture, very few high street furniture retailers can provide a completely unique piece like this every time and there’s charm to that, a subtle vibe that it was crafted by hand rather than mass produced via machines.

After weeks of craft, enough units are produced to fulfill demand. They’ve been carved, painted, treated to give an antique effect or gloss or various other finishes, and are now ready to arrive at Homedirect365 so we can take final care of the items.

At the final stage, after our furniture has been delivered by our highly trained delivery drivers, we strive to make sure our customers are happy with the furniture they have received with after sales support available. Our testimonial page on our website will hopefully testify that our service and furniture throughout all these steps are of the highest regard. We continue to grow and expand and hopefully as Homesdirect365 customers you feel a little bit more aware of the long process involved to make your furniture.

So for talent and the most luxurious antique French and shabby chic furnishings around, look no further than us at homesdirect365, we are the only winner!

For more information on any of our exceptional ranges, just give one of our highly trained sales team a call on 01642 455589, or alternatively register for our newsletter at www.homesdirect365.co.uk for all the latest news and information on our upcoming ranges.