Whether it’s a serene bedroom retreat or relaxed living area, embracing the paler end of the colour spectrum is the way to go when it comes to creating a peaceful ambience. Subtle textures and muted hues add a romantic flourish to home décor and this look is clearly evident in a few key pieces in our latest furniture and textile collections.
Surfing the net, snuggling up with the family or indulging in an afternoon with your newest book; modern living means the sofa has become much more than somewhere to rest your legs of an evening. Opt for superior comfort and inimitable style with our generous Lavenham sofa. Made from seasoned hardwood and upholstered in luxurious Designers Guild linen, the design is detailed with French seams to conceal the raw edges of the fabric for a neat finish. The seat cushions are filled with French duck feathers and a comfortable, high resilience foam core for everyday lounging. The result is a plush sofa with lived in appeal, which will complement an array of home interiors.
Another sofa embracing the loose linen trend is the almost mystically delicate appearance of the Ghost sofa by designer Paola Navone. Designed to be an adaptable piece of furniture that can be both light and airy or formal and luxurious, this statement-making sofa boasts impressive depth and unparralled comfort. Complete with oversized cushions and complementary throws, we simply can’t resist this snug haven.
Our latest bedroom linen is also awash with sherbet colours, muted hues and ice-cream parlour shades. The soft colour palette is ideal for adopting a mix-and-match approach to interior decoration. All pieces are made from natural linen which is a perfect choice for bedding as it allows the skin to breathe, keeps cool in summer and warms up in winter. A long-lasting and durable fabric, linen is easy to wash and dries quickly. Plus, the soft touch also works wonders against sensitive skin as linen doesn’t cause any allergic reactions.
Featuring pillow cases, flat sheets and duvet covers available in double, king-size and super-king-size options you can easily create your very own bedroom sanctuary. The dreamy pastel shades will beautifully complement an array of home interior schemes from the ultra-modern to the traditional and ensure you always wake up on the right side of the bed every day.
Shop our top 10 buys to tranquil style with loose linen and muted hues:
1. Lavenham sofa
2. Ghost sofa by Paola Navone
3. Ghost armchair by Paola Navone
4. Ghost ottoman by Paola Navone
5. White linen pillowcase
6. Old rose linen double flat sheet
7. Teal linen king-size duvet cover
8. Natural linen super-king-size duvet cover
9. Oxford white linen pillowcase
10. White linen super-king-size duvet cover
Francophiles rejoiced last night as we launched our Spring/Summer 2014 collection A Season in France at our flagship Chelsea store. Flying the flag for the country that has over the years been a go-to source of inspiration for the Conran family, the historic Michelin House building on Fulham road was simply a buzz with all things French.
From the Gallic charm of traditional blue and white kitchen textiles, lobster crackers and mussel pots evoking authentic Provencal lifestyle, to a new generation of French talent including colour-pop metal outdoor furniture, handmade ceramics and iconic Le Corbusier designs.
Ever-changing and inspirational, The Blue Room was transformed into a slice of Parisian heaven complete with built-in bespoke bar and vintage furniture. Pillars were painted with the tricolour French flag and one of the national emblems of France the Gallic rooster was emblazoned across the wall.
There was a table laden with mouth-watering mini sweet treats from one of the jewels in France’s culinary crown La Pâtisserie des Rêves, while a nearby tower of full-flavoured dips and tapenades from aix&terra celebrated traditional recipes descended from the best culinary know-how of Provence, France. As the bubbles flowed courtesy of Champagne de Bleuchamp, customers and guests roamed the store discovering the very best in French design, art, food and drink on their travels.
While this event has us daydreaming about lounging poolside in Saint Tropez, exploring the fragrant lavender fields of Provence and treating ourselves to the gourmet delights synonymous with the country; there is no need to book a trip on the Eurostar just yet.
A Season in France continues across three Conran stores (Chelsea, Marylebone and Paris) until June and as we enjoy more sun-dappled days and move into summer expect the spirit of holidaying in the French Riviera to takeover. Vive La France!
To celebrate A Season in France, we’re pleased to offer 15%* off when you shop online and in-store from Thursday 10th April to 6pm Sunday 13th April (online offer valid until midnight). To claim your discount, simply enter the promotion code LOVEFRANCE when you checkout or present it at the tills in-store.
*Offer excludes art, gift vouchers and delivery charges. Promotion not redeemable for cash or credit, one-time offer per customer.
Visit our Facebook page to see all of our A Season in France launch event photos. Plus, our incredible before and after photos from our A Season in France Chelsea store windows.
Our latest Spring/Summer 2014 collection A Season in France will have you daydreaming about Provence and the French countryside, complete with fragrant lavender fields and bright sunshine.
While there are many elements that contribute to channelling French country style into your home, we firmly believe it’s essential to lay down (quite literally) the perfect foundation.
For our inspiring French-themed Chelsea store windows, we turned to new Hackney-based company Bert & May, whose reclaimed terracotta tiles provided the ultimate transformation from high-street to chateau.
The reclaimed square Tomettes featured in our windows are sourced from central France, south of Orléans, and similar terracotta tiles start from £70 + VAT per square metre and handmade reproduction tiles are approximately £225 per square metre.
With recycled flooring on-trend, Bert & May’s artfully aged tiles are the height of style. Sourced in Europe, each tile is subtly different and offers a degree of colour variation, from pale yellows to rich reds. Warm, rustic and welcoming, the resulting look is utterly authentic and filled with the old-world charm you’re likely to come across in rural France.
Bert & May bring together a curated collection of the best original tiles, both patterned and utilitarian, for walls and floors, alongside beautiful reclaimed wood and more precious marble pieces, sourced from travels throughout Europe and the Middle East.
With stock continually changing, it’s always worth exploring the hidden gems in their London studio to feel firsthand the texture and play around with different designs for a truly bespoke finish.
Plus, Bert & May offers a bespoke reproduction service for the times when their treasure haul doesn’t quite cover your needs. Think individually handmade tiles which retain the warm tones and rich patina of the reclaimed tiles that inspired them.
Visit our Facebook page to see all of our incredible before and after photos from our A Season in France Chelsea store windows. For more information please visit Bert & May.