Posts Tagged ‘Antique French’

Indulgent And Intricate Rococo Style

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Indulgent And Intricate 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.

Rococo design is not for those who favour the ‘less is more’ approach to interiors. With its riotous ruffles and frilly carving,
the 18th-century style is indulgent, intricate and gloriously over-the-top.
And almost three centuries after it first took
European high society by storm, the ornate look is making a return to our High Streets — from Antique French mirrors
to intricately hand carved furniture pieces. The Rococo style is a timeless and glamorous statement piece for any home!

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.

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

How to Maximise Space in a Small Bedroom

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

How to Maximise Space in a Small Bedroom

If, like many of us, you live in a flat, apartment or small house, you may have some space issues in the bedroom.
Unfortunately, a common feature of newer properties and city apartments is that they tend to have smaller
bedrooms than we may like. Once you’ve added a bed and some storage for your clothes, you may find that there
isn’t much space left for anything else.

If this sounds like a problem you’re living with then it’s time to get creative with your interior design and bedroom
furniture, because having a small bedroom shouldn’t mean you have to compromise on light and luxury.

Choose your furniture carefully

It’s the essential pieces of furniture in a bedroom which take up most of the space, but you still need a bed,
bedside tables, a wardrobe and other storage solutions. The key to choosing these though is not to buy bigger
than you need and make sure that your bedroom furniture is working for you. So for example, mirrored bedroom
furniture helps to maximise light, a built in wardrobe saves space in awkwardly shaped rooms and beds with
inbuilt storage will save on floor space.

Consider mirrored bedroom furniture

An interior designers dream, mirrored bedroom furniture is the ideal solution for maximising space and light in
small or dark bedrooms. With the simple addition of a few key pieces of mirrored bedroom furniture, such as a
dressing table or chest of drawers, your bedroom will be filled with light when you open the curtains in the
morning. They will also reflect candles and soft lighting in the evenings, not only making your room feel bigger,
but helping to create a romantic and classy aesthetic as well.

The addition of mirrors on the walls or mirrored wardrobes will also work with mirrored bedroom furniture to
help solve particularly dark and small rooms.

Tricks to maximise light

Without knocking down walls, you probably can’t physically make your bedroom any bigger. But there are many
simple things you can do to play with light to give the impression of a larger room. Light and fresh colours on the
walls help to expand the room (reds and dark colours draw the light in and make a room look smaller), mirrors
and mirrored bedroom furniture maximise light, and a feature wall or painting will draw the eye away from the
size of the room.

Keep your design simple

If you have a small bedroom, stay away from overly fussy or ornate furniture. Keep your pieces contemporary,
minimal and matching. The modern finish to mirrored bedroom furniture, for example, or the clean lines of a
contemporary wooden bed frame will help keep your room uncluttered without compromising on style.

Your bedroom should be a haven of peace and relaxation. And no matter what the size of your bedroom, this can
always be achieved with some careful planning and the right ‘key’ pieces, such as mirrored bedroom furniture,
space saving storage solutions and a coat of paint.

Italian Mirror Bedroom Furniture

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Italian Mirror Bedroom Furniture

At Homes Direct we have an extensive range of mirrored bedroom furniture to suit your every
bedroom need.

All of your mirrored furniture will really brighten up your morning when you open the curtains to
find the amount of light within the room has doubled, and it looks almost twice as large as before.
For once, you may prefer the view inside the house than outside it.

As standard, mirrored furniture is Italian in its roots. However, in the 17th century, many of its
citizens left the country and migrated to France where the style began to gain popularity. Therefore
in keeping with this tradition we have out two distinct styles: Italian, and French.

Our Italian range is also broken down further into Rimini, Florence, and Romano due to the sheer
amount of styles coming from all these parts of Italy. This mirrored bedroom furniture range is the
ultimate choice for anybody who’s even the slightest bit interested in the light designs, and for
people who want to bring out, and accentuate the features their bedroom may already have.

Mirrored bedroom furniture is a very efficient, and cheaper way of adding more light to an existing
room. This is of course when compared to adding lights to the room which can take up more space,
which may be sorely needed by some rooms. Here you could simply replace your existing furniture
with this range, and give the perception of a deeper room, solving both problems at once.

The French style is very distinctive in design. It looks simple, clean, and is only going to literally
reflect whatever you have in your bedroom. Within the collection of our bedroom furniture, you’ll
find both classic and antique designs, alongside our modern and contemporary designs. This range
gives anyone the ability to create their own style and find something which suits their requirements.

Four furniture styles your home needs, now!

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Four furniture styles your home needs, now!

Choosing the right style of furniture for your home can be a challenge for many people. Do you
stick to what’s in fashion, opt for classic style, keep things contemporary or simply choose
something that suits your personal tastes? It’s a good idea to keep on top of the trends for interior
décor, as this can help to inspire you. With that in mind, here are four furniture styles that your
home needs!

French furniture

Shabby chic or French furniture is really popular right now – it’s so feminine and pretty. From pale
pastel bedframes to velvet padded headboards and ornate French dressers, this style of furniture
is the ultimate way to pretty-up your home (although you might want to check what the man in
your life thinks first!) Investing in antique French furniture can be expensive, but luckily there are
companies selling stunning high-quality French-style furniture which looks the part and costs a
fraction of the price. Start slowly and add just a couple of pieces to your home before going all out,
to avoid looking like you’ve overdone it!

Minimalist chic

When we think of minimalist, we think of dark wood, cool metal, contemporary materials such as
chrome, plastic and glass. This ultra-modern style of furniture definitely isn’t at home in your
average Victorian semi; save it for urban studio apartments or sprawling converted warehouses
looking for a clean, sleek style. A word of warning though; if you have a lot of belongings,
minimalist chic style furniture won’t work for you!

Regency glamour

Regency style furniture has always been popular amongst the wealthy, but it’s starting to make a
comeback in the average home too this year. If you own a period property with traditional
features such as high ceilings and cornices, regency furniture can add a touch of glamour. Again,
don’t overdo it here. Nobody wants to come into a room piled high with furniture – a simple
Regency0-style chair or sofa can make a real style statement.

Reclaimed and recycled

Reclaimed furniture is hot right now! This doesn’t mean that every single item in your local salvage
yard has a future as a piece of furniture in your front room, but reclaimed pieces can be found in
all sorts of surprising locations! From coffee tables made out of recycled wooden pallets to vintage
typsetter drawers, you’ll always ensure your furniture is unique if you buy reclaimed and recycled
pieces and give them a new lease of life.

Looking to Create a Shabby Chic Look in Your Bedroom?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Looking to Create a Shabby Chic Look in Your Bedroom?

If you are looking for something unique for your home, you may be interested in shabby
chic bedroom furniture. This is furniture that has been made to look distressed so that it
resembles collectible and desirable older or antique pieces without the insane price tag
that is attached to that type of furniture.

Your bedroom is a place that should be decorated in a way that brings you peace. After
all, this is your sanctuary where you unwind at the end of your busy day. It is a place
that should be peaceful and comfortable. One way to achieve that very desirable and
elusive aura is with unique furniture.

Plain furniture is something that you have probably had to live with for many years of
your life. Why not change that for furniture that has more style and personality? You will
change the feeling of the room by adding pieces that feel like they have a history.
Shabby chic bedroom furniture has character and adds interest, and it is something that
you really will enjoy for many years to come.

Another great thing about shabby chic is that it is elegant. The range of products
available is vast, and the units available are stunning and skilfully crafted. When you are
looking for something that is of high quality, you want to be able to find it without having
to scour antique shops far and wide. Most people just do not have that kind of time,
energy, or money.

Homes Direct 365 is an online boutique selling shabby chic bedroom furniture that you
will love for your bedroom and your home. This is a company that understands how
important it is for you to enhance the appearance and mood of your bedroom with high
quality, hand-crafted furniture. Every item that is produced by this company conveys a
sense of elegance that you want to bring to your home. When you see the selection that
is available, you will be astounded at the beauty of these pieces. When you browse their
selection, you’re certain to find something that will suit your taste.

This company really has a lovely selection of home furnishings along with many years of
experience as specialists who provide vintage furniture to satisfied customers. Any
environment can be enhanced, and a dull bedroom can be instantly transformed into a
stylish one. You will certainly become the envy of your family and friends once they see
the fabulous furniture that you have selected for your bedroom.

The beauty and durability of this furniture will delight you and last for generations. One
of the best features of this company is that if you cannot afford to purchase all of the
items that you absolutely love, then you can make the choice to pay for all of these
items over a course of 12 or 24 months. Why put up with your drab bedroom when you
can have a bedroom that will turn heads? Shabby chic bedroom furniture is a great
choice, and it is something that you should consider for your home.