Posts Tagged ‘Mirrored Furniture’

Homes Direct 365: Infusing a Household with Elegance

Friday, 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.



Who Is The Greatest Of Them All

Friday, 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.

French Furniture – Homesdirect365

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Elegance, beauty, sophistication and charm are but a few of the words that are associated when we talk about 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.

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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 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.

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Another one of the more prominent French furniture collections is the luxurious La Rochelle range, every aspect hand carved from long lasting high quality mahogany, and completed in a stunning antique white 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.

french furniture

The nineteenth century in England was the Victorian era, represented by heavily ornamented carved mahogany or oak furniture with brass details. Bedroom furniture in ornate and simplistic designs filled many of the Victorian homes, favouring a more formal style of furniture than the previous collections above.

french furniture

All of the above furniture ranges are available online at Homesdirect365, with a wide selection of antique French and shabby chic furniture, we are sure to have that perfect item to accentuate fantastic style and elegance in your wonderful home.

At Homesdirect365 we understand the importance of your home; the foundation from which a fulfilled life can take place. With this understanding we want to enhance the appearance of your home with nothing but the highest quality hand carved pieces. The history behind many of the items you will see on our website stretch back centuries, they take inspiration from love, art and nature and come from the heart of some of the most romantic and creative places on Earth.

From the Golden Age of French furniture to art-deco inspired Venetian mirrored furniture we 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 preference.



Mirrored Furniture…Making Your Room Seem Bigger

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

No matter how much you love your home, if there’s something about it that bothers you, it can be hard to ignore. And if that something happens to be a structural issue – such as having rooms that are too small – it can be frustrating as you feel there’s nothing you can do. Well, that’s not necessarily the case – there’s actually plenty you can do! And it doesn’t even involve knocking down any walls… well, unless you really want to!

Mirrored Furniture

Mirrored Furniture

If your home has a room or several rooms that seem to be too small, there are plenty of tricks that can make them appear larger. One idea is to get more light into the room. Light and brightness have the ability to make rooms appear larger, so if you have a window in the room make the most of it – keep thin veils or blinds on the window so the most natural light gets in. You can also use dynamic, eye-catching curtains to draw the attention to the window and the outside world, which is another trick that gives the illusion of space. Additionally, when it comes to paint and decoration, keep the colouring light and airy, and the furniture minimal. If the floor space is cluttered or minimised thanks to too much bulky furniture, the effect is that the room will appear smaller once more. Another tip which follows on from this is to keep the room clean! As indicated above, too much clutter will make the room look small – and this goes for ‘wall clutter’ too: keep paintings, pictures and wall ornamentation to a minimum.

One thing you can add to your walls, however, is mirrors. Mirrors are a fantastic piece of furniture that have many uses. They can reflect the light from outside and make rooms look brighter, they can be used for personal grooming purposes, and they can even make rooms look bigger! Just as looking out of the window at the world outside makes a person feel as if they are in more spacious an area, so mirrors give off the illusion of space. Just seeing a room reflected in the surface of a mirror tricks the mind into thinking there’s a lot more space than there actually is.

There is a solution to tiny rooms! If you want your small rooms to appear more spacious, simply try out a few of the ideas above, such as painting with light colours or getting some Mirrored Furniture, and see just how much of a difference it makes for you.

Enhance Your Rooms With Mirrored Furniture…

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Romano Mirrored Wardrobe

Fitting mirrored furniture in your home can instantaneously transform your rooms, giving them a more stylish and spacious look compared to traditional surfaces. The reflective properties of mirrors can be used to great effect to create a more expansive environment, and by choosing the location of mirrored furniture carefully – positioning furniture to reflect daylight from windows or the soothing glow of table lamps - you can effectively control the level of lighting in your bedroom and other living areas.

There are many things to consider when choosing the ideal mirror furniture for your property, as not all rooms will benefit from the effects equally. Buying sub-standard or older mirror furniture couldalso lead to problems with cleaning and other maintenance tasks, as lower quality mirror glass can become stained by smoke or easily scratched. However, by taking caution to buy good quality mirror furniture with no sharp edges and a rich texture, you can make significant changes to the look and feel of your property.

Mirror furniture is available in a wide variety of styles and colours, and it’s important to choose furniture items that blend well with your existing style. Modern and retro designs will not be so well suited to more traditional rooms, and likewise classic Venetian mirror furniture could look out of place if your room is otherwise practical and sparse.

Romano Mirrored Bedside

Romano Mirrored Bedside

If you do favour traditional mirrored furniture in the classic French style, it’s usually advisable to avoid buying antiques; while period pieces may carry a sense of nostalgia and antiquity, old mirrors are likely to have lost most of their reflective qualities and will not brighten your room as much as new products. Mirror furniture has come a long way since its beginnings in the decadent court of King Louis XVI, and the diversity of products available for all rooms of the house means you could kit out your entire property with strategically placed mirrors to enhance its most attractive features.

That’s because mirror furniture can mean more than just wardrobes and cabinets, though these are still some of the most effective items to add depth to your rooms. Smaller bedside chests and coffee tables can be effective ways to bring a mirror into your bedroom so that you don’t have to visit the bathroom to check your reflection, and can double the light given off by bedside lamps without adding anything to your heating bills, if positioned to reflect optimum radiance.

Making your room seem bigger…

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Mirrored furniture

Mirrored furniture

No matter how much you love your home, if there’s something about it that bothers you, it can be hard to ignore. And if that something happens to be a structural issue – such as having rooms that are too small – it can be frustrating as you feel there’s nothing you can do. Well,that’s not necessarily the case – there’s actually plenty you can do! And it doesn’t even involve knocking down any walls… well, unless you really want to!

If your home has a room or several rooms that seem to be too small, there are plenty of tricks that can make them appear larger. One idea is to get more light into the room. Light and brightness have the ability to make rooms appear larger, so if you have a window in the room make the most of it – keep thin veils or blinds on the window so the most natural light getsin. You can also use dynamic, eye-catching curtains to draw the attention to the window andthe outside world, which is another trick that gives the illusion of space. Additionally, when it comes to paint and decoration, keep the colouring light and airy, and the furniture minimal. If the floor space is cluttered or minimised thanks to too much bulky furniture, the effect is that the room will appear smaller once more. Another tip which follows on from this is to keep theroom clean! As indicated above, too much clutter will make the room look small – and this goes for ‘wall clutter’ too: keep paintings, pictures and wall ornamentation to a minimum.

Rectangular Mirror

Mirrors

One thing you can add to your walls however, is mirrors. Mirrors are a fantastic piece of furniture that have many uses. They can reflect the light from outside and make rooms look brighter, they can be used for personal grooming purposes, and they can even make rooms look bigger! Just as looking out of the window at the world outside makes a person feel as if they are in more spacious an area, so mirrors give off the illusion of space. Just seeing a room reflected in the surface of a mirror tricks the mind into thinking there’s a lot more space than there actually is.

So there are solutions to tiny rooms! If you want your small rooms to appear more spacious, simply try out a few of the ideas above, such as painting with light colours or getting some mirrored furniture, and see just how much of a difference it makes for you.

Make Your Home YOUR Home…

Friday, February 19th, 2010

One of the advantages of having your own home, whether it be owned, shared or rented, is being able to create your own unique style in your home. Whether it be your choice of furniture, the paint or wallpaper you choose to cover your four walls with, the lighting you choose, or the accessories you like, you can say a lot about yourself through your home.

Elegant Furniture for Your Home

Elegant Furniture for Your Home

At Homes Direct 365 we have furniture collections to suit every style… treat your home to a touch of elegance and class with our French furniture ranges, or reflect your style with our mirrored furniture collections…

Chinese Black Chest

Chinese Black Chest

If you’re happy with your furniture but fancy a change, why not express yourself through our range of accessories, and stand out from the rest… or give your garden a touch of elegance with our French garden furniture.

Either way, Homes Direct 365 have something for you and your home… check out the website today for some great ideas and money saving ways to create a haven in your home… If you want to hear about this without having to check out our blog, join us as a fan on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter today!