Wednesday, June 22

Fika at The Harcourt with Melody Rose

Last week I went to a beautiful event to celebrate the launch of the Melody Rose Mini Teapot collection at The Harcourt restaurant, in Marylebone (central London).

Skull With Crown Mini Teapot - French For Pineapple Blog

The lovely Melanie Roseveare founded Melody Rose in 2011, and her fine bone china tableware is produced right here in the UK, with a third generation pottery in Stoke-on-Trent.

I've long been a fan of Melody Rose - it's just my cup of tea (Ha! Okay, sorry), with The Models, Skull and Howling Wolf designs being my firm favourites. Once a goth, always a goth I guess. Her work is instantly recognisable and covetable, not to mention collectible. In fact a collection of her pieces would look great on the open shelves (that still don't exist yet) in my kitchen.

The Harcourt is a beautiful restaurant housed in a grade II listed building and I instantly fell head over heels with the architecture and interiors. I mean, will you just look at these rooms?! Those light fittings took my breath away...

The Harcourt and Melody Rose Ceramics - French For Pineapple Blog
Clockwise from top left: The Black Room (Image: The Harcourt), The Models & Trapeze Mini Teapots (Images: Melody Rose),
The White Room (Image: The Harcourt), Howling Wolf Plates & Skull Dinner Plates (Images: Melody Rose)

I'm desperate to get back there with a small group of friends so we can book The Black Room - I love the idea of chatting around the table, enjoying Fika and sipping tea and cocktails. Yes, that's right, tea AND cocktails, which is basically what we did in the White Room at Melanie's event! Then again, the Garden Room looks pretty amazing too (not shown, but have a nosey on their website), so perhaps lunch in the Garden Room soon, and then dinner in The Black Room in the winter. Yes, sounds like a plan...

The Models Mini Teapot Melody Rose Ceramics - French For Pineapple Blog

Fika, which is best described as Swedish Afternoon Tea, is served in and on the Melody Rose collection - a match made in heaven, with Melanie's slightly dark, dramatic, and sometimes romantic designs sitting beautifully in the gorgeous surroundings of The Harcourt. The beautiful china really does elevate the dining experience.

Fika isn't the only offering at The Harcourt, there's a full menu with a Nordic influence, an intriguing tea selection, and the cocktails are great. You know cocktails are my favourite, so I don't say that lightly.

The new Melody Rose Mini Teapot collection, which holds two cups, are replicas of the original six cup versions. They're super cute, and it's such a good idea offering a smaller size. I have a big silver antique Claridges teapot that I absolutely adore, but the fact that it's so big means it rarely gets used (it sure does look good though!). A teapot that fits just two cups is perfect for lone tea drinking, because let's face it, one cup is never enough, and two is juuuuust right.

Skull In Crown Teacup and Saucer Melody Rose - French For Pineapple Blog

You can check out the Melody Rose collection online, and of course you could always try before you buy, by having Fika at The Harcourt first. I highly recommend you do, and maybe you could invite me too?

Fika at The Harcourt and Melody Rose Ceramics- French For Pineapple Blog


Tuesday, June 14

Habitat A/W 2016

Last week when it actually felt a bit summery every now and then, and I was full of the joys of spring, I popped along to the Habitat A/W16 press show, for a nosey at what's going to be on offer come September. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised at how many pieces really caught my eye.

Habitat A/W 2016 - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Habitat

Loads of lovely ceramics, glassware and tableware at extremely reasonable prices, sat alongside some beautiful lighting, gorgeous textiles and furniture.

A heavy Jackson Pollock influence runs through some of the ceramic and textile designs which is good by me.

Here's my pick of the best in show...

Habitat A/W 2016 - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Habitat

The aforementioned Odela Collection. The more I look at it, the more I like it. I think the Trophy Objet on the left is my favourite piece. These are not normally my colours (I especially don't do red, and I'm just coming 'round to orange), but for these, I'm making an exception, and I love all three pieces. A lot.

Habitat A/W 2016 - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Habitat

The Misty chair and footstool is another standout, not only for the fabulous green hue, but the lovely retro shape. It will also be available in the houndstooth print pictured up top, and a lovely teal and grey.

There are so many great ceramics, it's hard to pick a favourite, so here's a selection to whet your appetite...

Habitat A/W 2016 - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Habitat

I'm a sucker for a nice serving board - be it marble or wood, so a combination of both is an absolute winner for me and I love these additions to the Agra collection. In fact if they weren't so heavy (as you'd expect!), I'd have purchased one of the existing shapes on the spot. But you know, that's what online shopping is for...

Habitat A/W 2016 - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Habitat

Last, but certainly not least, is the Isabel daybed, in sumptuous orange velvet (told you I was warming to orange), that I can picture in so many different spots in my house - my imagination has gone into overdrive. I just love her curves!

Habitat A/W 2016 - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Habitat

Currently available in store are so many fabulous large baskets, ceramics and planters that I thought it was worth a mention. Some really great kitchen accessories too, not to mention the Avia and Harpa rattan furniture that I adore. The Flagship Kings Road store is definitely worth a visit, especially if you, like I hadn't, been for a while - I think you'll be very pleasantly surprised.


Wednesday, June 8

Fab Five - Trays

There's an old Chinese proverb that says 'You can never have too many cushions, lamps, chairs or trays'.

Fab Five Trays - French For Pineapple Blog

Okay, no there isn't, but there should be, because it's true.

Trays are a relatively new addition to this list for me. It's not until you own a few that you begin to wonder A, How you ever lived without them, and B, Why on earth you don't have more.

They are ridiculously handy, and aside from the obvious practical use of carting numerous cups / glasses of {insert your drink of choice here}, from one place to another, they are just great objects in their own right.

A large decorative tray as a centrepiece on a table is such a simple way to add a bit of interest with a print or texture. Or go for a plain lacquered version (West Elm always have a great selection of sizes, shapes and colours), and layer it with a vase of flowers and a scented candle.

Of course the bloggers favourite styling trick is to use them to corral a group of smaller items which makes said items feel less random, creating a cohesive look. The possibilities really are endless - remember, trays are most certainly not just for the kitchen.

Personally I like to use a small tray to hold a drink and a snack, whilst I sneak back up to my comfy bed on a Saturday afternoon to read a magazine.

There is such a vast selection available that there is simply no excuse for them to be boring or ugly. So if you have a boring or ugly tray lurking somewhere, you should get rid of it immediately, and go and buy one of these.

Here's a great selection to get you going. I've cheated a bit here and done a Fab Five Trays Under £50, and a Fab Five Trays Over £50. Because there are so just many great examples to choose from, and it's my blog and I can. You're welcome.

Fab Five Trays - French For Pineapple Blog

1. Gatsby Tray - OKA
2. Marble Melamine Tray- Mia Fleur
3. Gold Star Tray - Rockett St George
4. Iconic Collection Sandwich Tray - Cordello Home
5. Rattan Tray by Balineum - Liberty

Fab Five Trays - French For Pineapple Blog

1. Neon Green Acrylic Cocktail Tray by Alexandra Von Furstenburg - Selfridges
2. Square Form Tray - Tom Dixon
3. Tray With Handles by Piet Hein Eek - Heals
4. Tergonomico Tray by Fornasetti - Amara
5. Mirror Butler Tray - West Elm

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