SHABBY CHIC FURNITURE | FRENCH STYLE FURNITURE | MIRRORED FURNITURE
Distressed, elegant, aged and distinctively timeless are all terms used when commonly describing shabby chic furniture.
If we are looking to date shabby chic furniture back to its origins then we have to look no further than King Gustav III of Sweden. Keeping rein of his throne from 1771 to 1792, Gustav was a hugely passionate king who was in awe of the fashion and styles used in theatre and art. From the long colourful and elegantly draping dresses the women would wear when watching a local theatre play, to the pulled up socks or clean cut shin length boots the men would so eloquently wear… it was easy to see what made him fall in love.
As a lover of art and theatre, this drove Gustav to frequently visit the French court. At that time the French were under the long reign of King Louis XVI, an equally passionate man who also was partially fond of the arts. During his visits Gustav became a huge admirer of the commonly used neoclassical furniture style. These styles predominantly featured lightly warn and distressed antique French pieces upholstered in a variety of unique floral fabrics.
Once falling in love with the neoclassical style, it was only a matter of time until Gustav began creating his own luxurious furniture pieces, taking huge inspiration from the French. All Gustav’s pieces where created with style and to such a hand carved high quality, all where no doubt set to for the test of time and to last generations.
The first thought that comes to mind when we think shabby chic in England, is the old house country cottages, each with its own personal character, all with small yet charming exterior features… But delving deeper inside, we can initially picture the old and lightly distressed chest of drawers opposite a natural wood crackling fire. The large and beautifully coloured bookcase filled with novels and the creaking yet sturdy stairs leading up to a bedroom filled with stunning aged accessories and ornaments. The tranquil and picturesque setting of shabby chic at its finest.
So how did it come to be? Well, as Gustav III crafted and carved his furniture to such a high standard, no surprises were to be made when his furniture was still around centuries later. This is when the originating term, distressed appeal was invented. With the quality and well made furniture pieces all still in one piece and perfectly functional, the only difference was they had aged. With the pieces showing slight aging on the wood and minor scuffs they still epitomised quality and exuberant luxury… this was the truly the start of shabby chic.
With its timeless design and quality reputation of solid furniture, it’s no surprise how it has lasted centuries…
Fast forward to the 21st century and we can still see the hugely popular shabby chic furniture in homes today, all enriched with styles and designs from Gustav III’s legacy.
From practical sturdy wardrobes to small décor features such as plant stands and photo frames, the shabby chic furniture style has developed and branched out into all forms and will no doubt continue prosper for centuries to come.
Now to look at some of our shabby chic furniture pieces
Homes Direct 365 Shabby Chic Furniture Range
A couple of TV cabinets
Bergere Antique French Style TV Cabinethttps://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/bergere-antique-french-style-tv-cabinet-p7476
Wooden Antique French Style TV Cabinet
Shabby chic bedroom furniture
A couple of shabby chic beds
Estelle Antique French Style Bedhttps://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/estelle-antique-french-style-bed-p35217
Antique French Style Bedhttps://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/antique-french-style-bed-p41010
A couple of shabby chic dressing tables
Rococo Antique French Dressing Table Sethttps://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/rococo-antique-french-dressing-table-set-p16850
Estelle Antique French Style Dressing Table Sethttps://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/estelle-antique-french-style-dressing-table-set-p40371
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One might think that beds are purely functional. After all, we are unconscious for most of the time we are using them. However, over time they have been, and still are, status symbols of the highest importance. They are or can be also one of the most expensive items of household furniture that we buy. A trip to a furniture store unfolds a dazzling array of these things we hardly ever really see. The price ranges are enormous and the variety astounding.
Let’s look at how beds have evolved and changed over the years.
In pre-history, beds were very rudimentary affairs. Maybe a pit was dug and grass and hay thrown in with a goatskin on top for a bit of added comfort. This lasted for a very long time, and it was not until the renaissance period that beds started to be thought of differently. The people of this era were much more ostentatious in their outlook and status was becoming very important to the wealthy families of Italy and France particularly. The idea of this kind of status also permeated into Great Britain. A look at the contents of the bedrooms of some of the grandest houses in the UK demonstrates this almost obsession with grandeur and decoration. Baroque and rococo bedrooms had huge four poster bed in them. So, not only had the bed risen off the floor, it now also had walls.
For the sleeper, the most important part of a bed is the mattress. Not only did raising the bed off the floor eliminate pests and vermin, it also provided a decent platform for a new innovation, the mattress.
The first mattresses were usually made of hay or some other suitable organic material. They progressed into being cotton stuffed and then to being stuffed with feathers. These beds were, however not as comfortable as some would wish and a great deal scientific inventiveness went into the design of mattresses.
There were two breakthroughs roughly one hundred years apart. There is discussion about the geographical origin of the first but there is no doubt about its roots. In the late nineteenth century, a German engineer produced the first car. Of that, there is no doubt. That car needed to have a smooth ride. Somebody invented coil springs in order to achieve this. The original leaf springs did not suit the rich people who owned cars.
Thankfully we have some very comfortable mattresses today as a result in the evolution of technology and peoples love of sleep and comfort, here are a few from our selection:
Sleepzone® springs, providing almost twice the support of bonnell units
Traditionally tufted pillowtop for superlative comfort Multiple fillings
Vertical white damask border No turn – rotate regularly
Mattress depth: 30cm
Comfort Rating: Medium / Firm
Sealy PostureTech 620 spring system
Memory foam comfort layer
Correctly supports and aligns the spine in its natural shape, helping to reduce aches and pains
Eco-friendly Tencel fibres help keep you cool and dry
What does this have to do with sleep? Somebody realised that a whole bunch of coil springs spread flat with a nice cotton covering to keep the springs away from the body would be a really great surface to sleep on. The coil spring mattress was born.
The second breakthrough was also, possibly, a result automotive engineering. One of the properties of a liquid is that it cannot be compressed. This idea was used in hydraulic dampers for car suspension systems. It is also used for the transmission of power. Somebody filled a very large bag with water and sat on. The water did not compress, it cannot, so it moved aside. This somebody felt that sleeping on such a hydraulic platform might be very comfortable. So, roughly one hundred years after metal springs to sleep on, we have hydraulic dampers. Hail the waterbed.
Still, science has not finished with sleeping innovation. NASA, the USA space agency, also got into the act. They needed to keep their astronauts comfortable whilst weightless. The result of this need was, yes, memory foam. This product is now widely used and readily available. Who says the space program is a waste of money.
Items from our Contemporary Bedroom Furniture Range
Manufactured in a combination of tropical hardwood & veneers with a beautiful Wenge finish the elegant Minuet bedroom collection is a delight to behold. Complete that look that you desire with our fantastic award winning furniture, and brighten up your home with this stunning Minuet Bed
Baltimore Low Foot End Bed
We are proud to welcome to our collection of modern and contemporary furniture this exceptional bed from the Baltimore collection. Handcrafted and carefully built by experts, this bed featuring a low foot end is sure to impress. Working wonderful brightening uo your home either on its own or alongside our other ranges.
Montpellier Antique French Style Bed
Made From Solid Mindy Wood
This Item Comes Flat-Packed
Montpellier Blanc Antique French Style Bed
Natural Solid Mindi Wood
This Item Comes Flat-Packed
Items from out contemporary dressing table sets
Montpellier Dressing Table Set
Solid Mindy Wood
Stool & Mirror Included
Freestanding Mirror To Be Fixed On wall
Minuet Twin Pedestal Dressing Table Set
Complete that look that you desire with our fantastic award winning furniture, and brighten up your home with this stunning Minuet Twin Pedestal Dressing Table Set. Hand crafted and carefully built to the highest quality, Minuet Twin Pedestal Dressing Table Set will be sure to amaze
Please Note Stool & Mirror Not Included
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The feng shui modern & contemporary bedroom furniture
When we think modern and contemporary furniture what initially springs to mind… Is it the futuristic room sets from your favourite sci-fi film or perhaps you envisage it placed throughout multi-billion dollar start-up companies? Well it is in fact all around us, and has been since the late 19th century.
Historically bedroom furniture was crafted by hand. Just imagine all those painstaking manual labour hours used to carve your favourite extortionately priced bedroom chair or dressing table piece alike… it was truly only for the very wealthy. That is until mass production first came to light. The theory of hugely accessible and affordable furniture pieces all machine made where too popular to turn down and appealed to the masses. Also referred to as functionalism, this helped popularise the modern furniture designs that we have come to know and love today.
With affordable furniture pieces available in mass, this encouraged designers and craftsman to think more ‘outside the box’, experimenting with an array of materials such as woods, metals, plastics and glass, the future of modern and contemporary furniture was arriving. With designers constantly thriving to outshine one another and develop the next best thing, this trend was evolving… and evolving fast it was!
From solid glass bedroom furniture pieces to cut fabric furniture, interior designers and manufactures are constantly pushing the boundaries to create a uniquely modern and abstract envisioned future.
So, is there a huge difference between modern and contemporary furniture I hear you ask? Well contemporary furniture is often referred to as modern furniture and can essentially be classed as the same thing, predominantly featuring smooth simplistic designs that can be placed in an array of settings. Take the dressing table for example, once sought after was a highly luxurious dresser finished in gold leaf, now however, the dresser is a classic and often at times over simplified practical piece.
If we go back to the early 16th century, extravagantly designed antiqued furniture was tremendously popular; it would be rare to find an ornate crown or delicately carved scrolls on any piece. From handcarved solid wood chests to luxurious detailed grand beds, there was no hiding from big, bold and hugely decorated pieces.
As time developed and the world’s economy improved, inventions advanced and trends changed, the antique style was gaining much less popularity.
The phase ‘more is less’ defiantly applies to current furniture trends. Moving away from big ornate designs and favouring simplistic clean-cut pieces, this steadily gave way to what we know and call modern and contemporary furniture.
Industrial Aluminium Coffee Table
With fashion trends rapidly changing, day to day places and ‘moods’ are now becoming highly influential by designers and crafters. Take a small delinquent and smoothly polished coffee table which is said to be inspired by ‘calm’ compared to an abstract and twisted leg table which is said to represent the ‘hustle and bustle of urban life’. We now have the choice to select furniture pieces based on what mood we are trying to achieve when designing our bedroom!
With the Chinese philosophical term ‘Feng Shui’ now a popular word used when describing bedroom arrangement (wonderful examples here), modern and contemporary furniture is a very suitable choice. The theory of feng shui symbolises an environment that is calm and harmonised, so it’s easy to see why the current modern clean cut designs appeal very aptly.
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Have you ever visited a friend’s flat only to get taken aback by the awkward furniture arrangement? Or is it your own place that feels somewhat cramped or anonymous and bare?
Then, maybe, you should consider rearranging your furnishings to optimise space, enhance functionality and bring up that homely feel your place has been lacking.
But where to start?
And what should you keep in mind when you get things moving?
1. Find the right balance
We have to clear up one thing here. Balance doesn’t necessarily mean symmetry. So don’t get the tape measure out to calculate distances and jot down the exact space measurement between the wall and the sofa in inches. Instead, place feature pieces in such a way that they naturally correspond to each other.
Just picture your two comfy armchairs, positioned strategically askew in the two corners of the narrow side of your living room, separated by an ellipse coffee table. Or you could move your settee closer to the fireplace and get off the conventional path of “gluing” all your furniture to the wall. This way, you will immediately achieve a cosier feel, a floating look and better functionality.
After all, who wants to relax in a sitting area that resembles a dentist’s waiting room?
2. Embrace the concept of zoning
The idea works for large open-space rooms, which can accommodate more than just the essentials. Experiment and create several designated areas for different activities.
So, you could concoct a compact home office next to the TV-watching zone by using the sofa as a convenient partition. Another idea is to set up a separate dining area in your living room instead of having lap meals in front of the TV. The options for utilising your large living space are vast, so be adventurous and try out different scenarios like a bar perhaps, based on your lifestyle and family needs.
3. Work with the space you have
So, your flat is on the small side?
Then, considering space limitations is a key to achieving comfort and good function, without compromising aesthetics. This means that you need to reevaluate your interior design taste and style. Do you really need all these overly decorative features in a small room? In other words, simplicity and essentiality are the leading concepts that you should follow, in order to accomplish a clean and functional look for your room.
For instance, you can say goodbye to floor lamps that take up space and install a few wall-mounted light fixtures. You can also consider replacing the two small coffee tables with one if you reconfigure the seating arrangement.
Think out of the box and swap rooms if you need to. You don’t have to feel constrained by convention and do exactly what “it says on the label”. So, why not move your narrow living room into the large master bedroom? After all, you fall asleep every night without fail. So, is your bedroom size that important?
4. Are you forgetting functionality?
Do you always risk bumping your head in the bottom bookshelf every time you want to get up from the sofa? Or how many times you ask visitors to mind the step when they move their chairs to leave the dinner table?
Ensure that furniture is arranged in a way that is functional and comfortable to use.
5. Discover multi-function
Multifunctional pieces of furniture or interior features can make daily life a breeze. Scrap the heavy ironing board and de-wrinkle your laundry on the breakfast bar table, once the kids have gone to school. These are rather rare but if you own an antique cabinet with a fall down door, you can use it as a coffee table if you place a couple of armchairs on each side of the unit.
Another great option is using flat pack furniture. Ready-to-assembled units offer a wide range of customisable solutions, more popular as hacks. “An experienced flat pack assembler could offer tens of solutions for hacking a simple unit like a wardrobe, bunk bed, kitchen set and etc.” - Dmtro Kara / Ikea flat pack assembler (London)
6. What’s wrong with small sized furniture?
Nothing! Smaller pieces have versatility and offer more functional and flexible interior design solutions. For example, a large oversized bookcase can fit on one wall only, whereas two or three smaller units can be positioned differently to create more space and improve style.
“Also, small-size furniture naturally sets off comfort and functionality in smaller rooms, which is a great way to improve the overall look and feel of a property, especially prior a sale. So, if you are restricted with space and you want the best deal, try to eschew large and bulky furniture pieces.” - M. Whitman / Accelerate Homes (UK)
7. Show that you care about traffic
Rooms with multiple entries should be furnished with traffic flow in mind. Avoid placing a large piece or a seating grouping where they may obstruct free movement. Leave enough space between the sofa and the coffee table, so people can pass through without knocking a glass or stepping on someone’s foot.
Takeaway: Make sure that traffic flows naturally throughout the room. People should also navigate in between rooms in a smooth and unobstructed manner. If zigzagging is the only way, something’s wrong with your furniture arrangement.
8. Comfort is a key
Who would be happy to endure an entire movie on an uncomfortable settee?
Add some cushions to your main seating furniture to ensure comfort and pleasant relaxation. Also, think convenience by avoiding furniture arrangements of awkwardly positioned pieces. There is nothing more unthoughtful than making people stretch, lean or get up every time they need to reach for their drink.
9. Consider room shape
Venture with angles when arranging furniture in spacious square rooms. Placing large pieces diagonally achieves a floating feel and helps direct the eye towards other focal points in the room. But if your living room is long and narrow, stay away from positioning furniture askew. This way, you will prevent the room from looking cluttered and overly furnished. Instead, ensure simplicity by utilising space through existing features.
For instance, place a narrow bookcase next to the protruding corner to keep things aligned. Or furnish the small alcove with a wall light and move the floor lamp to a different room.
10. Think inspired view
Reconsider your furniture arrangement if the result is a bare, ugly or blocked view. If you are not an art lover, install a large mirror on the blank white wall. Hide the slightly ripped and unaesthetically looking back of your sofa by moving the piece, so the back faces the wall.
Open up the room by moving furniture, which partially blocks the window. Allow more natural light in the room and enjoy the view. And furniture backs don’t look great from the outside, either!
11. It’s all in the small detail
Accentuate specific features by placing them in view, whether it is a pretty vase, a modern sculpture or a colourful fruit bowl. Also, you may not have noticed that two of the dining chairs are not placed on the rug but your guest may well do. Or why not align properly the slightly tilted painting on the wall, so you can emphasise its artistic quality?
12. Good lighting is your friend
Lighting is important in every interior design project. If planned carefully, it can expand a room or change its ambience.You can also use lighting to complement your furniture arrangement or bring out a specific focal point in the room. With the right positioning of light fixtures and lamps, you can enhance your interior and achieve a particular look and style.
You don’t necessarily have to follow the existing light fittings when you rearrange your furniture. For instance, you can easily resort to professional assistance, in order to move off-centre light fixtures. By relocating the light over the table, you will be able to light up your dining area without having to fit the furniture grouping in an ill-suited place.
Always consider the scale and proportion of your furniture pieces, as well as the room’s size and shape. This will help you arrange your furniture in the most comfortable, functional and aesthetic way that fits your personal style and matches your preferences.
The key is to experiment and try out different ideas. So, don’t be afraid and go for it!
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According to Ian Sansom, an accredited author, while bedroom furniture is more often than not disregarded as just a mundane element of a home, its subsequent importance in our everyday life is surprisingly profound. In reality, furniture is a clear indicator of exactly who and what we are or deem ourselves to be.
The underlying history of both the bedroom and its subsequent furniture offers a captivating preview of the early life and interactions of early societies. As with the case with humans, our homes particularly our bedrooms are continually evolving. While ancient nomadic communities generally used the floor as their resting places and relied on animal hides to cover themselves throughout the night, the modern bedroom features significant advancements both in comfort and technology. Unlike the early societies, modern bedrooms lay considerable emphasis on exclusive furniture and optimal privacy. But while early societies never really laid focus in the beauty, privacy and general appeal of the bedroom, they surprisingly invested in creating pertinent bedroom furniture. So exactly where did bedroom furniture come from and who used it?
In their quest to unravel the history and mystery of the ancient South African tribe of Sibudu, archaeologists discovered scrabbles of beddings made from sedge grass believed to date as far back as 77,000 years. These aromatic leaves boast a pleasing scent which amazingly also doubles as a repellent for mosquitoes plus other insects. The Sibudu community used a very effective technique (which surprisingly still finds use to date) to make woven bed mats and other furniture accessories from this grass.
Ancient Egyptian communities used fibers and wood to design their numerous furniture pieces including bedroom furniture such as beds. They carved the wood into ornate figures and shapes for use in and around their homes. They decorated their bedrooms with curtains hanging around their beds and also used marble as the underlying material to design their floors. For their beds, they created raised rectangular constructions characterized by perforated provisions for ventilation. They further accentuated their bedroom furniture such as their then armoires with clawed feet made from animal bones or valuable wood for a touch of class.
Innate Meaning of Bedroom Furniture:
As earlier mentioned, while furniture for many simply stands as ordinary additions into the house accessories, it is a wonderful representative of some of our innate qualities.
For instance, our wardrobes are representatives of whether who we may have ultimately become and or where we may have subsequently gone. E Nesbit in 1908 published an account named The Aunt and Amabel. In this narrative, Amabel, a very young girl, is punished for chopping off flower heads in their greenhouse by her aunt.
Enraged, her aunt confines the little girl to a spare bedroom, and it is here that Amabel discovers a railway timetables book with a particular destination named Whereyouwanttogoto. While Nesbit noted this as odd’, what is even more astonishing is the station’s name. Neither was it Cannon Street or Euston or even Marylebone, it was Bigwardrobeinspareroom. For this reason, Amabel begins her adventure.
Similarly, beds function as imagination transporters. It is a well-established fact that many writers enjoy working on a horizontal inclination. Much of the History of World War Two by Winston Churchill and Paradise Lost by Milton was composed lying in bed in the morning.
The value of bedroom furniture and in extension all furniture pieces lies deep within its history. While we may create it, it however consecutively makes, defines and shapes our daily lives.
What does our bedroom furniture look like:
We have a massive range of bedroom furniture from antique style right through to contemporary and quirky so please do come and have a look at our ranges on the links below, and here are a few examples of our modern bedroom furniture.
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You can have your makeup, perfume, and accessories to hand, so it makes the effort of getting ready, well, effortless! The table can bring a touch of old Hollywood diva glamor into your life. A simple piece of furniture that can make you feel good has got to be worth investing in. The table can help keep your bedroom clutter free as well. So not only will you look gorgeous, your room will too because all of the little bits and pieces that are hidden away. It's rare to find beauty and practicality in a single piece of furniture, but dressing tables have both of these in abundance.
The Montpellier Dressing Table Set
Rococo Antique French Style Dressing Table
Whatever the style or material you choose for your dressing tables, be sure to pick one that you can store all of your valuable items of jewellery or accessories in. There are single pedestal tables and double pedestal ones. There are some traditional styles, so if you want that Hollywood look, you can have it. If you want modern ones, then there are those styles out there as well. The only tricky thing is; how on earth do you choose the one!
Estelle Antique French Style Dressing Table Set Single Pedestal
Annaelle Antique French Dressing Table Set Double Pedestal
Dressing tables look stunning on their own, but there are a few things to make it look even more striking. You could light the table from the side or above, that will not only throw focus onto the table, but it will also give you plenty light for putting on your makeup and jewellery. Keep cotton wool or tissues in coloured glass jars and boxes, with sunlight or lamp light on them; they will give off a lovely glow. Put a hook on the wall or side of the table and use a beautiful drawstring bag to store your hair dryer or curling tongs. Of course, you can have a vase of fresh flowers on display. Dressing tables do lend themselves to lovely items like this picture here from one of our customers who decorated her spare room with some of our items.
One of our customers pictures of her decorated spare room
Antique Shabby Chic Style Dressing Table Set
Antique French Style Dressing Table Set
Some dressing tables come complete with mirrors, but many of them don't. There is nearly as much choice in mirrors as there is in the tables themselves. A single mirror will look good; a triple mirror will look spectacular. Use your table to display your beautiful things; that's what they are designed for. They are large enough to hold your make up on, hair products, facial creams, nail polishes and removers and even eye masks if you wear one to bed. They don't usually come with a drawer but enough space to lay out all of your products to do your face, makeup, nails, hair and everything else. The dressing table stool is handy, and you will find a million reasons to use it!
Gold Antique French Style Dressing Table
La Rochelle Black Antique French Dressing Table Set
Baroque Antique French Style Silver Dressing Table Set
A dressing table may not be the first item of furniture you consider when furnishing your bedroom. In all honesty, it's possibly the last piece of furniture you will think about if you even think of it at all. It is true that dressing tables can make a statement in your bedroom. They say you enjoy taking care of yourself. Sitting at a table which is the last thing before bed, applying your night cream and eye cream is a lovely way to end your day. Go on, indulge yourself, choose from the huge range of dressing tables available and look forward to sitting at it.
Pink Antique French Style Dressing Table
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Mirrored furniture and mirrors themselves were captivating long before Alice made mirrors a thing of wonder for children everywhere. With their ability to show us our selves, and the world around us in reverse, few things are receive as much consistent attention as our mirrors. Before the advent of the first rudimentary mirrors however, the only person you actually couldn’t see was yourself.
Stagnant water in pools found in nature, homes and public places acted presumably as the first consistent means of establishing one’s own appearance. Vanity however is a powerful force for innovation and according to vision researcher Dr. Jay Enoch, in a review published circa. 2006 in the journal Optometry and Vision Science, the first man-made mirrors were developed around 6,000 B.C. in what is now Turkey. These early efforts were made from polished volcanic glass and served their purpose as the next step in human reflective potential.
Later, the advanced cultures of the ancient world, such as Egypt and Mesopotamia, tried their luck with hand-held mirrors made of the metal of choice in the Bronze Age: copper. These polished-metal mirrors were the superior form of reflection until the 3rd century A.D. when glass was first becoming popular. Successive generations and cultures added to the development of mirror-making until the 15th century Venetians.
These artisans from the isle of Murano developed and mastered their own techniques and began combining their superior mirrors with decorative frames to create veritable works of reflective art. The Venetian mirror was an object of such quality that to protect the secrets of its creation, Venetian guildsmen were sworn to secrecy regarding the manufacturing process under penalty of death.
As manufacturing techniques further developed and became more accessible, the mirror increasingly became an ubiquitous household item. In 17th century European mirrored furniture evolved from ornate boxes with small mirrors inside to the modern vanities of today. Commissioned originally as custom-made furniture for the well-to-do, these opulent pieces were developed by craftsmen and furniture-makers to meet the high expectations of European high-society figures. The Vandercruse Mechanical Table is an excellent example of mirrored furniture from this period and is an archetype for the pieces that would follow. Various compartments and sliding mechanisms in this piece allow the mirror to be put away or brought out in accordance with the user’s needs at the moment. It is believed that the Vandercruse table was developed for Madame de Pompadour, however the innovation it represented is found in many modern mass-produced pieces.
The trends of Europe however did not lend themselves to the more austere and straightforward furniture trends of the day in America. The Chippendale style was the American standard until the 1800’s when the trend became a combination of the old and the new in the form of Elizabethan, Gothic, Colonial, and Renaissance revival pieces. It was not until the advent of motion pictures in the early 1900’s however, that mirrored furniture, such as vanities, became synonymous with sophistication and opulence.
So many grand scenes in the days of Early Hollywood found a tragic heroine or villainous seductress sitting in front of a piece of mirrored furniture exploring herself or explaining her methods while her glamour was reflected in the glass and seen by the world. Mirrors became an icon of dramatic scenes where stars would deliver heart-felt lines while staring into their own eyes or away from the eyes of those they were devastated by or were in the process of devastating. Truly, the 1920’s and 30’s trend of showing the lives of the affluent in luxury penthouses would not have been complete without a piece of mirrored furniture for the star to use to bask in her own beauty.
This trend didn’t end with old Hollywood however. Many modern iconic scenes of cinema take place before a piece of furniture with a reflective surface. From Taxi Driver’s oft-repeated line inquiring who his reflection is speaking to, to Raging Bull’s final scene, to Boogie Night’s final lewd imitation of that Raging Bull scene, to Steve Martin seeing himself as Lilly Tomlin in All of Me, mirrored furniture is an undeniable part of film history.
Not just film history though, throughout human history we’ve always had an interest in looking our best and utilizing the finest tools available to make sure that is the case. From obsidian, to Venetians, to aristocrats, to movie stars, mirrors and mirrored furniture have been around to help us achieve that and they show no sign of losing popularity.
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Florence Mirrored Dressing Table Set
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As they say "People need a little bit of gloss in their lives. These pieces are beautiful and whimsical, and they reflect light.”
Mirrors and furniture are two essential things that are a must have for the interior of our homes, and as human beings we are so brilliant that we are able to combine the two, this has enabled the wonderful invention of mirrored furniture. People thought of adding mirrors to the different kinds of furniture like dressing tables and those that are usually seen in the living room, kitchen, and bedroom and it has resulted in some amazing eye catching pieces that we at HomesDirect365 are proud to sell in our range.
In order to have a gracefully created colourful room, come and check out some of our mirrored furniture items that are listed in the links placed below this article. We cannot deny the fact that this furniture type will stay on point and in trend for many years to come. Usually, mirrored furniture goes really well with other decorative materials and furnishings in the bedroom, lounge and living room so do not just write off the purchase thinking you have to buy a full set to make it work because you do not, many customers have been happy with just one item and ithas fit in very well with there current setup. One of our most purchased item types is the TV cabinets - ideal!
We are in the 21st century this is 2017 and you should go with the trend before it becomes common place. Say goodbye to your old and boring furniture. Choose to be classy and stylish. Choose mirrored furniture for your home and have the best looking rooms in your street. Sometimes, our home’s appearance determines our personality. If you want to appear sophisticated to others then perhaps this is the kind of furniture you should buy.
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You’ve Made a Mess? The Science of Dealing with Stains on Upholstered Furniture
We’ve all been there before!
Sunday, rainy weather, a cup of hot coffee to start the day. You sit on your suede sofa, eagerly taking your first sip. A bit too eagerly, in fact, because the contents of your mug are now all over the furniture. Congratulations, you’ve made a mess – now what?
Whether the furniture that took the hit was passed down from generations or is brand new, there are still a couple of steps you can take to (hopefully) erase the stains from existence. Let’s start with the very first thing you need to do to refresh the fabric in the event of an “Uh-oh” situation.
Blot the Stain As Soon As (Humanly) Possible!
This method, of course, will yield the best results if the stain you’re dealing with is still fresh. Just take a piece of dry white cloth and gently soak in the stain (no scrubbing, please) until no more liquid is being absorbed. Speed here is key – the more you prolong this procedure, the more time your stain will have to cover extra ground. And you definitely don’t want that to happen.
A neat stain-blotting tool also comes in the form of baby wipes (if you don’t have a kid, your local pharmacy has you fully covered). When used carefully, they are able to absorb spills and stains almost by sorcery, and are dry and soft enough to achieve this without damaging your fabric.
Adhere to the Holy Code of Cleaning.
No, this has (fortunately) nothing to do with the Spanish Inquisition. The cleaning code is a small label that is often located at an inconspicuous spot of your furniture, usually on its side or under the seat cushions. A quick look at it will tell you the type of fabric that your upholstery sports, as well as its colours and, more importantly – how it should be treated in cases like these. For instance, some fabrics are okay to clean with water, while others will require special powders. Here is a quick reference guide in case you’re still clueless on how to clean your upholstery:
Pick Up Your Trusty Vacuum Cleaner!
Before you ask – no, the regular attachment will not cut it. If you’re going to clean your delicate upholstery, make sure to use a soft brush attachment to avoid nasty scratches. Even if the stain is too tough to be cleaned up with just the vacuum cleaner, doing so will help remove some of the surface dust and dirt and give the other products a better chance of removing the spillage. If you’re dealing with old stains, vacuuming them will most likely cause their colours to fade.
Loosen Up the Stain By Letting Off Some Steam.
Not literally, of course – if anything, lounging on your couch will only make matters worse. What you can do, however, is to fetch your electric iron and switch it on the “steam” setting. This is a great way to loosen up small individual stains. If the blemish is sizeable, though, it’s a better idea to either buy or book professional upholstery cleaning to deal with the sticky situation.
Give Stains the Water Treatment (If Possible)
If the simple tricks listed so far did not make your situation any better, perhaps you should consider giving the water-dish soap strategy a go. Simply take a bit of dish soap and dilute it in warm water. Next, pour some of that mixture on a dry sponge and gently blot the spots. Finally, have another go at it using just water to remove any leftover soap, then press a clean cloth or a paper towel against the stained area to absorb the remaining moisture. That’s all there is to it.
Scour Your Kitchen with a Bottle of Vodka/Vinegar?
If water is out of the question, but the cleaning code states that you can use liquid products, do yourself a favour and discover the magical properties of vodka or vinegar. The process, as with most cleaning methods here, is quite simple.
You grab a bottle of your chosen substance, pour some on a clean cloth and blot the stains, leave your upholstery to dry out naturally, and drink the rest (preferably the vodka) in celebration of the stain’s defeat. If you’re still sober, make sure to also open all windows to get rid of the unpleasant smell, especially if you’re expecting visitors.
Shop for Heavy Duty Detergents (Only As a Last Resort)
Choose your cleaning arsenal wisely
What product you’ll end up getting will mostly depend on the fabric, from which your furniture is made of, as well as on the type of stain you’re facing. However, choosing the right one can be a bit tricky since there are so many types of fabrics out there: wool, linen, silk, or acrylic instantly come to mind. Some types of furniture even consist of several types of fabric mashed together!
This is why having a cleaning tag can be really beneficial. If yours is missing for some reason (you bought second hand furniture or its presence simply annoyed you), then we suggest turning to professional upholstery cleaners who will have the knowledge and the proper equipment to identify your fabric. For instance, just because you know that what you’ve spilled is red wine doesn’t mean that your upholstery will be perfectly fine putting up with a harsh wine detergent.
Test before you clean the rest
Even if you had the pleasure of reading your cleaning label and purchasing just the right product for your protein, oil, or grease stain, don’t be so quick to use the thing just yet. A good rule of thumb is to test the detergent on a remote, nobody-will-ever-think-of-checking-there spot to ensure that it will not mess with your upholstery’s natural colouration. This goes double if you’ve been using your furniture for a while – it’s very easy to end up with blindingly bright spots.
Defeat the stain with persistence
Is the blemish still standing despite all your valiant efforts? This may sound a bit pointless, but giving your furniture another rigorous clean after it has dried can do wonders. A great example is cleaning ketchup stains. Just try to keep your calm while doing so – forceful scrubbing will only result in a professionally ruined piece of furniture. Treat the stains as many times as needed and you’ll take them down eventually.
Short video on some of the methods mentioned here
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