Archive for February, 2012

Our Fantastic Bespoke Service at HomesDirect365…

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Bespoke Furniture

This week we at HomesDirect365 wanted to remind all of our loyal customers about the fantastic bespoke service that we have available. With greatly skilled craftsmen on hand consistently carving and constructing all of our popular ranges from La Rochelle to Baroque, these great skills can be applied to almost any item you can conceive. One of the main advantages to avoiding mass production and sticking with honest hand carved furniture is this ability we have to tailor the pieces to specification if required.

Catering to a customers individual needs is the very essence of the word bespoke, derived from the verb to bespeak meaning to ”speak for something” or “to give order for it to be made”. This is what we offer with our bespoke service, like the bespoke origins in tailored clothing where everything down to fabric and fitting can be specified we welcome changes to sizing, colour, wood, and most importantly your involvement every step of the way with how you want the final piece to look.

If you’ve got some unique ideas for furniture but never had the opportunity to make them, if you have seen the perfect piece on our website but need it re-sized to fit into your perfect spot…all these scenarios and more we can offer a solution with our bespoke service. For more information and quotes send us your details to sales@homesdirect365.co.uk, or find out more by reading our bespoke page here.

Brand New Clocks At HomesDirect365…

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Brand New Clocks

For those of you following last week you may have noticed we hinted that some brand new clocks would be added to the website soon… we are excited now to show off some of those magnificent additions to you this week, stunning Grandfather clocks to very stylish and elaborate mantle piece clocks.

The keeping of time can be very subjective, we feel we have an understanding of how it works because we are so used to the consistency of taking 24 hours for one spin on the Earth’s axis and 365.25 days for the Earth to make one orbit around the sun, our days and years. With just the slightest change in our position however, everything we know about time could change.

Mercury for example, the closest planet to our sun it takes only 88 days to make an orbit and therefore has a year length of 88 days. The time it takes Mercury to make a full rotation on its axis however will only occur once every 176 days… 2 years. How do we picture this alien notion of time to us, where a day is longer than a year. With that thought we start to see our perception of time here is as much handcrafted as the ornate clocks we use to observe it.

The clock is one of the earliest human inventions, satisfying that requirement to keep track and to pin point time on a much smaller scale than just years and days. With the first sundial in ancient times casting shadows from the position of the sun, millennia of new devices and inventions have since given us the clocks we know today.

As such an important part of our lives our clocks that we hang and display in our homes are a chance for us to say something personal and to have something both beautiful and functional on show. We have so many choices available now, with attention to detail and craft that you would expect from a high end piece. It’s a skill to create an accurate timepiece, and we want to respect and showcase that with stunning new clocks that utlise great design and materials. Please be sure to have a browse, there are so many great affordable choices in there!

Brand New Traditional Limed Oak Collection…

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Traditional Limed Oak Collection

We continue to grow and expand our vast collection of furniture this week with the addition of the brand new Traditional Limed Oak Collection. We are very excited to see how well received this range will be as its extremely unique and unlike anything else we currently have available.

Made of course from limed oak wood, the collection exudes a magnificent combination of traditional hand carved features with the subtle appearance of a modern piece. Hundreds of years ago wood would be treated with a caustic lime mixture to protect it from the attacks of insects and worms. Many years later however this effect of the lime residue on the wood grain became very fashionable and eventually would be used for solely decorative reasons and today gives us this beautiful appearance in the wood grain.

Be sure to have a browse through the various items we have available below, including some very ornate and stunning mantle piece clocks and Grandfather clocks. More updates to come next week! Plenty more fantastic upcoming additions to highlight, including some lighting and some black mirrored furniture pieces.

Happy Valentines Day from HomesDirect365…

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

We here at Homes Direct 365 today just wanted to take the time to wish you all a happy Valentines Day, whatever your romantic situation may be. Perhaps you feel its too commercialised for you or doesn’t hold any significant meaning to you, or maybe its your favourite day of the year and you love the occasion to spoil your better half…whichever the scenario its never a bad time to share love and happiness and express how much somebody else means to you. That’s what we always want to express, that all of our customers mean a great deal to us and we really appreciate all of your continued interest in the furniture we provide, we hope you have a great Valentine’s day!

Transform Your Home With Country Farmhouse Furniture

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
Country Farmhouse

“Of all modern notions, the worst is this: that domesticity is dull. Inside the home they say is dead decorum and routine, while outside is adventure and variety. The truth is that the home is the only place of liberty, the only spot on Earth where a man can alter arrangements suddenly, make an experiment or indulge in a whim. The home is not the one tame place in a world of adventure, it is the one wild place in a world of rules and set tasks.”

When we’re young the dreams of what we’re going to achieve, what we’re going to do, where we’re going to live, they are grand and elaborate and filled with endless possibilities. Slowly we become adults faced with harsh realities and many of us realise that it doesn’t come quite as easy as expected to live in a palace and be married to a prince, to be or do whatever it was you thought you would do. “And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it’s sinking. Racing around, to come up behind you again.”

Faced with this realisation will separate those who can find happiness in the little things, and those who are continually holding onto the childhood idea that the more expensive your material possessions the better your life will be. The most beautiful and greatest quality of country farmhouse to me is no matter where your home is located, whether it be a 1 bedroom flat in a city or a manor house in the country, the furniture will exude and evoke the same sentiments you want from it because it perfectly captures a vibe. It suggests a place to you from how it feels; a little rough and rugged, from how it looks; rustic and charming, and it will take you on a journey every time you walk into your kitchen. It’s available to anybody because it doesn’t have to be costly, and those real rewards are tenfold to those who appreciate meaningful experience and not how expensive something may be.

Before the days of high-speed worldwide internet and text messages fired to a satellite in space and back down to another location on the Earth, word of mouth and trends were a much slower process. In 1666 when the Great Fire of London engulfed over 13,000 homes the following years ‘Rebuilding Act’ encouraged tradesmen into the area to help, bringing new skills and talents. These new styles slowly found their way around the country into the houses of rural England where local craftsmen would catch a glimpse and find their own inspiration.

With a little less skill and tools available the simplified furniture crafted by the country furniture makers became more refined and slender and introduced the cabriole leg into the mix. Mostly made from oak or pine and painted, the styles were subtle and varied to each particular region but gradually much less wealthy homes were enjoying the likes of a bent back chair and ‘S’ scrolls. In recent time many of these pieces have in fact been stripped and polished revealing their antique pine look, a very popular and copied style in modern reproduction.

The popularity and variation of the country farmhouse style occurs throughout the world, when something is a product of genuine feeling or purpose it will always find an audience. The United States of America holds a similar story with their origins of cottage furniture, a different style to country farmhouse but only a slight variation on the sentiments evoked and stylistic choices used; flowers, painted finish, and carved natural wood.

Around the years 1830 to 1890 when the American Civil War was coming to an end, luxury items were in demand once again and cottage furniture began to appear amongst the upper class. Just like the events of the English rural country craftsmen the same would occur with cottage furniture and soon simple but equally elegant pieces were appearing amongst the less wealthy.

This ability country farmhouse has to transcend the restrictions of price tag and social class and throughout the world continue to inspire and create warmth and elegance within any home is something truly unique and special. It shows proof that a style or an idea or even happiness is never and will never be limited to those that have the most money. The origins of the style came straight from the hands of working class craftsmen inspired by what they saw around them, they created rural designs and changed the world with nothing more than a few tools. No matter your circumstance there is always potential to make change, to create and be inspired and to transform your home or any home if you so desire into the palace you once dreamed for as a child.