Archive for the ‘French Furniture’ Category

Organising Small Spaces with Shabby Chic Furniture

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Organising Small Spaces with Shabby Chic Furniture

Unless you have your own personal Mary Poppins making the tidying-up seem fun, odds are
you have at least a few things littering your living space. In a small house or apartment,
though, the clutter can seem to take over. Here are some tips on beautifully organising
within a few square metres.

When looking to rearrange a room, consider where your functional space is and where it
should be. Hooks are great, but if they’re in the middle of a wall that could otherwise be
holding shelving or an armoire, you’re losing space. The same goes for mirrors, which can go
on the back of a door instead of a wall. In a small room with a closet, consider removing the
closet door and putting up opaque curtains over the opening. You can gain precious inches
around and in front of the closet by not having to allow for the radius of a door. Choose a
fabric that will disappear against the wall colour to make the room appear a bit larger.

Storage that doubles as seating is ideal, and our antique French–style storage bench is the
perfect addition to the foot of the bed. Its trim design and raw-linen colour make it easy to
incorporate into almost any colour scheme, while its lightly textured fabric and brass-stud
detailing lend it style. This functional gem pairs well with rustic and shabby chic furniture for
a matched look or with contemporary items to add an organic feel to some hard edges.

Keeping the lines clean in a small room is key to maximising both visual and physical space,
so use color, not shape, to make things interesting and get the most out of your shabby chic
furniture.

Shabby Chic Bedroom Ideas

Friday, January 29th, 2016

What’s the most important room in your home? For many, it’s the place we rest our aching body after a
hard day’s work. Sleep helps us perform, so the bedroom should definitely take top spot on your list of
essential spaces. A good bedroom design prioritises comfort, this is in one part achieved by investing in
a good bed, but a colour plan – the physical materials used like carpeting, and even how much light and
noise are let in – also play essential roles in creating a restful space.

Why does shabby chic furniture lend itself so beautifully to the bedroom? It’s light, simple yet cool,
while ornate stylings can make you feel like royalty beneath your own sheets. Here’s some of the
furniture that will have you in bed early for a luxurious dose of shut-eye.

Upholstered Gold Leaf Baroque Antique French Style Bed

If you want the royal treatment, start with the bed. This ornate Baroque style bed will have you sleeping
in lavish style. The Baroque was a time of careful crafted ornamental spaces that called on a
romanticized ideal of the Greek and Roman empires.

Teak Antique French Style Dressing Table Set

As a Rococo baroness, the dressing table was an essential part of your everyday beauty prep. While
many of us use our bathroom mirror these days, a sense of occasion comes from having beautifully
crafted mirrored furniture. Too much gold can overwhelm a space, but this wooden dressing table set
adds earthy tones to your bedroom while keeping an air of sophistication through its luxuriously carved
ornaments.

Brittany Shabby Chic Wardrobe

Not everything shabby chic has to be ornate or a 17th century revision. This simple northern French style
wardrobe is very tasteful and can stand on its own as a rustic country addition to your bedroom. The
neutral off-white finish easily blends with shabby chic’s pastel tones, and the basic form allows for a
number of repurposed ornate items to adorn the room without making the space feel clustered.

The bedroom is the first and last place we spend our day. Just as with a brilliant movie, the beginning
and end tend to be the things we remember the longest, and the final sentiment is the emotion we hold
on to. Treat yourself to an incredible night’s sleep in a bedroom replete with the charms of gorgeous
shabby chic furniture that’s designed to carry you through in comfort and luxury. You’ll be sure to wake
up on the right side of bed every day.

Modern Homes with a Touch of Rococo

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

The Rococo style has been known to have some whimsical features to its design. If you are in
the middle of transforming your home, a modern feel with a touch of Rococo could be the
perfect combination to make that change you’ve been looking for.

Adding dashes of French-inspired furniture could take a cold and modern area to a welcoming
and warm place. A few tweaks here and there will have you relaxing in a space from the late
Baroque period.

During this period rooms were designed to avoid right angles and strong lines, so more often
than not you would get oval and round settings. Rooms and furniture were defined by C- and S-
curves. Usually you could find these designs in wall and ceiling decorations such a crown
moulding, mirrors and paintings.

During this time seating was being designed with comfort and intimacy in mind. They were
made with cushions, encouraging conversation and adding sophistication with its intricate
upholstery.

Traditional Rococo-style colours included yellow, pink, azure blue, ivory and cream. Combine
these colours with gold for the ultimate Rococo design. Use what colours best suit your
personal style.

When transforming your already modern room think about small and simple ways to bring this
period into current space. For small steps, start with a decorative mirror. A gold or white mirror
will bring the French style and your space will feel larger.

For a big step, go bold with furniture. Any piece of furniture of the French design will add class
and elegance to your room.

Placing Louis chairs and stools will increase the amount of seating as well as add a bit of style
and the taste you were looking for. Fortunately, furniture of today’s style incorporates many of
the French styles such as tufted sofas.

Don’t be afraid to take the plunge when it comes to the Rococo styling. Start by adding a bit at
a time and transform your modern space into something with a bit of history.

21st Century Drawing Rooms for Shabby Chic Homes

Friday, January 8th, 2016

21st Century Drawing Rooms for Shabby Chic Homes

The phrase “drawing room” dates back to the 18th century. After being well fed, ladies and
gents would “withdraw” to an open and comfortable setting suitable for after-dinner
socialising. It’s generally the part of the house where visitors may be entertained and generally
the part of the house that is most furnished.

The 18th century drawing rooms held the same pieces as you would find today in a French-
inspired space. The classic, modern-day lounging area has some essential pieces that you will
need for your shabby chic drawing room. These pieces will give you a historical touch but with
modernised furniture and materials that represent class and sophistication.

Recreating an 18th century drawing room can take some work. You will need to focus on
detailed porcelain, ornate mirrors and other classic pieces. Look for these pieces when planning
for your space:
 Chaise lounge
 Armchair
 Sofa
 Bench
 Louis chairs
 Sofa chaise
 Stools
 Hall table
 Desk lamps
 Floor lamps
 Mantle mirror
 End table
 Bench seat
You’ll notice that the main point to focus on is seating. This is the room where people would
lounge after dinner and indulge in card playing, smoking, drinking and overall gossip.
Purchasing these items in the French style with a touch of shabby chic, can give you the right
look for your 21st century take on the classic drawing room.

So just remember to place importance on socialising; have strategic seating throughout the
room, so that guests facing each other for easy conversation. Near the seating are you should
place tables for half-filled glasses and packs of cards, as well as elegant lampshades and
hardback books.

Antiques can be expensive but here at HomesDirect 365, we offer a wide variety of drawing
room furniture to suit your taste and add some of that shabby chic flare.

Lighting Up Your Space

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Lighting Up Your Space

There are three basic types of lighting to choose from and this decision should not be taken….
lightly. The lighting in your room sets the mood and tone and may even determine the function
of the space. Do you want the ambiance to be warm and comfortable? Or does it need to be
bright and purposeful? A good lighting plan combines all three types of lighting to illuminate an
area according to style and function.

The first type of lighting is general lighting or otherwise known as ambient lighting. This type of
lighting is what you will see most of in homes as it radiates a comfortable level of brightness
without being too much and still allowing you to see and work about safely and effectively. In
certain rooms such as offices, laundry rooms and kitchens, this type of lighting can serve as task
lighting.

You can complement this lighting with chandeliers, ceiling mounts, track lights and other
mounted lighting on walls. This is considered the central source of lighting and it’s fundamental
to a good lighting plan.

The second type of lighting is task lighting. This type is used for exactly what it says, tasks. This
lighting helps you perform activities such as reading, grooming, cooking, hobbies, homework,
games, work and others. It’s usually provided by recessed, pendant lighting, track lighting and
under cabinet lighting (mostly in kitchens), as well as floor lamps and desk lamps.

The final type of lighting is accent lighting. This type adds drama to the space by creating visual
interest. It’s used to draw the eye to features or décor such as houseplants, paintings,
sculptures and anything else you wish to draw focus to. It can be used to highlight the texture
of a wall such as brick or stone or window treatments.

For accent lighting to be effective, it requires at least three times as much light on the focal
point as the general light surrounding it. It is usually provided by recessed and track lighting or
wall-mounted lights.

If you are looking for lighting to add to your ambient light, HomesDirect 365 offers a range of
French Lighting including crystal chandeliers, sconces, lanterns, floorstanding lamps,
candelabras and more. Check out our lighting section for something that will set the mood you
are looking for and will complement your style.