Go Potty For Ceramics!

As you have no doubt gathered, when I fall, I fall deep. It’s addiction, but bordering on obsessional. For some girls it’s a man but for me it’s …. Ceramics! Yes my George Clooney is a teacup and my Benedict Cumberbatch is a side plate (OK I’m not saying I’d choose a side plate over Benedict but I’m less likely to find him gathering dust on a shelf in a charity shop!)

I have some beautiful pieces I have collected over the years, some floral and vintage and some that favour my current passion which is for the darker side of interiors.

This stunning vase I came upon at my beloved Hemswell antique centre for just £28. It’s the most amazing deep peacock blue and it had me at hello! (Benedict would have had me before hello incidentally!)

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Peacock blue is a passion for me right now, how stunning is this shiny vase

I frequently move stuff around rooms, depending on my mood, as sitting in a cupboard behind glass is all very well to keep dust at bay, but some things need to be admired in close range.  I do have some very delicate bits in a velvet lined sitting room cabinet, mainly some very Downton Abbey-esque Noritake Ive been collecting for years, so pretty, I never get bored of looking at these.

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Pretty Noritake China

Now, I’m not the sort of person who lives in perpetual state of tidiness and I don’t normally have my dining table laid for a dinner party I’m not going to have, but on fishing some china plates out of a dark cupboard recently, I felt the need to stage this just for a few weeks so I can remind myself of the loveliness that is vintage china, none of this was more than a few pounds a piece. Some from charity shops, some from vintage shops.

 

This gorgeous bowl and matching plate with the scalloped edge was from a lovely local vintage shop not far from our  own shop, Melody Maison, in Harworth, Near Doncaster  (see below for both shops directions ) and is perfect for a Christmas dinner table for the obligatory Cranberry sauce offering.

Like all good china nuts, I do own a ‘full matching set’ that would make your Nana proud, and allow me to offer tea to HM The Queen (should she drop in!) and I have used this at Christmas before, but with a family of 20-26 to feed for most of our family Christmas lunch’s , it doesn’t stretch that far so, I did pull together every mismatched floral china plate I own to do a vintage style Christmas table (not sure the male relatives appreciated the daintiness of the plates but it looked lovely!)

Ceramics are not just for the dining table or sitting room cabinet though,  my bathroom pretties have appeared in my blog before,. A beautiful lined pine vintage wall cupboard, also from Hemswell Antiques Centre, is now crammed with all manner of  vintage ceramic plates, pots, vases and figures and, I can sit looking at them all from the bath!

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Cupboard full of all things pretty

 

I can’t go without showing you some splendid china from House of Fraser Ive been admiring. This is the quirky ‘n’ vintage versus the pretty ‘n’ vintage sides of me battling as per usual. Peacocks and roses are up there in my top 5 list of things I adore right now (this list also includes Mr Cumberbatch!) and depending on the day of the week, I cant choose my fave. I love greens and pinks equally too.

And here’s just some of the lush ceramic pieces we currently have in the Melody Maison shop.

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A small selection of gorgeous grey and green ceramics in the Melody Maison shop

If you are ever near Doncaster,  Tickhill or Bawtry do come and visit, we’re ever such a nice bunch and we have oodles of gorgeous things like this to coo over ( be quick though cos Im pretty sure those goregeous green urns are going to find their way to my house if they catch my eye line one more time!)

 

click here for link for address/directions for the Melody Maison shop 

Until next time, happy collecting and vintage shopping

Anna x

oo, as promised,  heres a link to address for Forget Me not Antiques in Tickhill (why not visit us both, we are just 2 miles apart)

Fabulous Florals & how to use them in your home decor

Floral decor is a gorgeous trend that I personally am a massive fan of, in fact I didn’t realise quite how much, until I started to look to take pictures of my floral belongings and decor, and there was too much to include, I think Ive managed to settle on my favourites, and as you’ll see, I am a eclectic girl, from vintage blues , pinks and peaches, to dark and glamorous black and purple flora.

The oversized flower rug was a fairly recent purchase from Modern Rugs that i intended for my office at work, but looked too good in my spare bedroom, it never made it into work! And my love of vintage shown here clearly extends to all things flora, as these other purchases show.

One trend that seems to come and go in interiors,  but is currently back with a vengeance is floral wallpaper. In particular the bold and the brave oversized prints and dark coloured backgrounds.

Heres my personal favourite wallpaper. This one is a great use of an oversized print on a dark background, from ellie cashman designs – what an impact it makes in a small space like a cloakroom, especially with gold ostentatious taps and accessories.

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Stunning Bold floral wallpaper from Ellie Cashman designs

 

My own floral wallpaper in my dressing room is not as bold, but as I come to write this Im thinking the black and bold one would look fabulous in there. I will need to tire of this one first though. I inherited some  matching shot silk curtains 7 years go in the same shade of peach, and although sadly the curtains deteriorated in the sun so much, i had to bin them last year, the pelmet (and the paper) are still going strong!

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pretty floral wallpaper from Anna French

But if you dont want to go this bold, try a few cushions or a throw, and  you don’t have to look for far for floral inspiration, this bedroom shot by Ideal Home on  pintrest is a stunning neutral room, with just a few noticeable, but subtle pops of floral.

 

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Gorgeous floral cushions enhance this pale bedroom

 

take a peek at  Kate Forman for stunning subtle florals, expensive but forever fabrics, or if you want to spend wisely, Dunelm is perfect for floral cushions starting at just £18.

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Blue & pink floral bird cushions

I paid slightly more for these gorgeous teal & pink velvet ones from there Dorma collection, but they look and feel very high end (my doggies love them too, had to forcibly remove them to get this picture!)

 

And as always,  Melody Maison is a great source of all things floral, here’s just a small selection of my favourites, from pretty flora jugs to just add a bit of summer to a room scheme, to Mirrors and furnishings, hopefully you can see how bringing the outdoors inside, just got easier.

So, here’s hoping your flora ambitions are heightened after reading this, be it bold and dark, or pretty in pink,  give  bit of flower power to your interior design

Gold! Gold! Gold!

Gold! Gold! Gold!

One thing that really makes me gush at the moment is gold.  Gold in interiors is back!

There’s new gold’s: Rose gold, copper gold yellow gold, white gold… but mainly gold!

Against a dark or light background it really does make a statement.

Up until a year or so ago, we were only allowed to admire gold interiors on the quiet, as it was seen as a bit OTT, then one day without warning we were allowed gold again!!.. .  I was so excited, because I never really stopped loving it.

So, Gold taps are back, And gold tables, beds , picture frames and decorative accessories

Gold Metal Framed Bed
Gold Metal Framed Bed
Quirky Gold Taps Designed By Howard Slatkin
Quirky Gold Taps Designed By Howard Slatkin

But if you are looking for a small touch of gold chic, and not necessarily a full room make over, why not try this cheap but amazing idea I found on pinterest.co.uk, using left over jam jars or mason jars. Perfect for storing dressing table and desk accessories

Funky N Cute Gold Storage Jars
Funky N Cute Gold Storage Jars
  1. You will need 1 can of shiny gold spray paint (try Valspar from B&Q – diy.com )
  2. and a bunch of small kids plastic animals (try ebay.co.uk for a small set costing less than a fiver)
  3. glue your chosen creature to the lid (if you know someone with a glue gun use one, as its way easier)
  4. once dry, spray 1-2 thin coats of spray paint over the lid and animal

Or if that all seems to much like work, what about these little cuties from amazon.co.uk

Mirrored Gold Storage Pots
Mirrored Gold Storage Pots

And what about this for a novel idea for a dark wall, I saw this on a fact finding mooch round Harrods interiors department, and if it’s good enough for Harrods, it’s good enough for me!  These small vintage vanity mirrors can be easily sourced from eBay, either already gold, or any colour and just do a quick spray job (sadly the light up mirror was one of Harrods, and I dare not say how much that was! suffice to say Ill be sticking with the vanity mirrors collection!

Gold Mirror Collection On A Dark Wall
Gold Mirror Collection On A Dark Wall

On this visit to London, I also visited some of the shops at the high end of Interiors to get dreamy ideas for my own home.  Whilst these shops are pricey, it’s great to see what upcoming trends are around, and also try and replicate them more affordably. One of my Favourite designers is Kate Spade, for home wares and fashion. In their Chelsea store, they had my Number 1 gold want, a gold and glass cocktail bar trolley. This one is vintage I believe, and unfortunately, one as stunning as this is very hard to come by at a reasonable price, but I will keep my eye out as eventually one of my bargain hunting trips will prove fruitful – Ill keep you posted on that search!

Gold Cocktail Bar Trolley
Gold Cocktail Bar Trolley

Back in the real world, here are some of my own gold possessions in my home, new and old that I love!

A Collection Of My Gold Home Accessories Large And Small
A Collection Of My Gold Home Accessories Large And Small
A Collection Of My Gold Home Accessories Large And Small
A Collection Of My Gold Home Accessories Large And Small

And here is some of  Melody Maison’s lovely gold collection, there’s lots more, but these are my own personal favourite’s, and one or two of these, from our 2017 collection, will be finding there way to my house I’m sure!

Large Gold Wall Mountable Stag Head
Large Gold Wall Mountable Stag Head
Ornate Gold Photograph Frame
Ornate Gold Photograph Frame
Antique Gold Metal Cog Skeleton Wall Clock
Antique Gold Metal Cog Skeleton Wall Clock
Pair of Small Wall Mounted Gold Angel Wings
Pair of Small Wall Mounted Gold Angel Wings

Sadly the gold parrot taps will have to wait a little longer for the big bathroom makeover next year, but this week, i will be shopping for pretty floral window treatments for a spare room mini-makeover, and some more botanical critters for my still evolving sitting room, so expect more on those over the next 2 weeks

Anna

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Welcome to Parrots in the Parlour

Welcome to Parrots in the Parlour

Hi, I am Anna , the founder  of Melody Maison , a leading UK based Shabby chic  & French style interiors company.

When I am not running the business, (and our sister companies Flora Furniture And Windsor Browne) I am usually found either with my family, or pursuing my interiors passion in one way or another. I can often be found searching for vintage finds, or re-decorating a room (i do this a lot, I must be infuriating to live with!!) One thing I am passionate about is creating not only unique, but also affordable interiors.

My blog will include the stuff that inspires me, that I hope will in turn will inspire and interest you,  like the places I see, my own home, bargain home finds, my vintiquing passion,  ideas for room decor, vintage homes, but also I write about my journey from Mom to large scale business owner

So welcome to my home, my ideas, and my world of running a successful interiors company. hope you will come along for the ride
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the name ‘parrots in the parlour’ relates to my current decorating fetish for ornamental critters,at the moment I have several ornamental parrots adorning my sitting room!