Thursday, October 19

Mixed Metals In The Kitchen with Olif

You may have already seen my new kitchen that was revealed the week before last as part of our Revamp Restyle Reveal project. I had a lot of help from some amazing sponsors to pull off the new high-end look (and in such a short space of time!), and I also had a LOT of questions about my sink and tap! So today I'd like to introduce you to Olif. If you don't already know them, you probably should - especially if you're planning a new kitchen soon!

French For Pineapple Blog - contemporary gold tap with herbs in the background against flecked splashback and anthracite sink

I came across Olif many moons ago, when I was searching high and low for gold coloured taps - something that's still as rare as hen's teeth in the UK, and then was green with envy, when my pal Kimberly from Swoon Worthy put a gold sink and tap in her kitchen last year . I'm pretty sure I sent her a message immediately, demanding to know if they were indeed from Olif. Needless to say, they were.

Olif are light years ahead of the game when it comes to sink and tap finishes and styles, and I was SO pleased to be able to include their Cascata Satin Bronze Mixer Tap, and Quadrix Anthracite Sink with Bronze Waste and Overflow in my kitchen refit. I mean, ridiculously pleased, in a gaze lovingly at them across the room kind of way. You're probably not surprised by that come to think of it.

French For Pineapple Blog - kitchen refit with cool contemporary lighting, gold tap and flecked Mistral Mist worksurface and splashback

The Quadrix sinks can be under or over mounted, and have such a wonderfully contemporary shape, with rounded corners so that you can clean them easily. And oh how I love the simple yet beautiful curve of the Cascata mixer tap.

I don't think I've ever followed the care instructions for anything so closely and studiously in my life - wanting to preserve their beauty for as long as possible, I have indeed been cleaning and drying them every night since they were plumbed in. And the reward is that they're gleaming and looking beautiful every morning. I've never felt that way about a sink and tap before, that's for sure, but I've started as I mean to go on!

French For Pineapple Blog - close up of gold brass contemporary kitchen tap and pale flecked mistral mist worktop and undermounted anthracite sink

French For Pineapple Blog - contemporary gold brass tap with anthracite undermounted sink with gold waste and pale flecked mistral mist worktop and splashback


I've mixed metals a lot in the kitchen, which can be a contentious issue for those more OCD prone, and needing everything to match, but mixing metals is a GOOD thing in my book. It keeps things looking cool and laid-back in a perfectly imperfect way. I love the unexpected pop of gold in my Anthracite sink (and so does the man of the house FYI).

French For Pineapple Blog - contemporary gold brass tap with anthracite undermounted sink with gold waste and pale flecked mistral mist worktop and splashback

French For Pineapple Blog - contemporary gold brass tap with anthracite undermounted sink with gold waste and pale flecked mistral mist worktop and splashback

I've used satin brass handles on the units, that are actually a pretty good match for the tap and waste, a brushed brass and black metal light switch, black power sockets and extractor hood (which you're yet to see - watch this space!), and the mix of these alongside the stainless steel range, chrome detailing on the extractor hood, and stainless steel handles on the fridge-freezer make me very happy.

I remember when Emily Henderson did her kitchen in her old house (which I imagine 90% plus of you, my lovely readers will know well), that some people were up in arms about the fact that her appliance handles didn't match her brass cabinet handles. I think she was suitably bemused by this reaction, and frankly, if it's good enough for Ms Henderson, it's good enough for me. Mixed metals all the way!

French For Pineapple Blog - brass gold contemporary tap and undermounted sink, black wood grain units and satin brass handle with herbs on the pale flecked mistral mist worktop and splashback


French For Pineapple Blog - contemporary gold tap and undermounted sink with pale flecked mistral mist worktops, black wood grain cupboards and satin brass handles. Herbs and aesop soap on worktop.

You'll find a gorgeous selection of taps from Olif, with a finishes including, rose gold, satin bronze, matt black, brushed brass and gold. And for the traditionalists there are some chrome options too.

Sinks like mine come in gold, copper, bronze and anthracite, and to make it easy there's a new Mix & Match section where you can get your anthracite sink with either a bronze, copper or gold waste and overflow.

Now go forth and mix those metals so you can gaze lovingly at your sink and tap from across the room like me!

This post is in collaboration with Olif.


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Thursday, October 12

Creating A Chic Contemporary Bedroom with Marks & Spencer

My bedroom is my sanctuary. It instantly makes me feel calm, and if I could, I’d spend a load more time just hanging out in there reading. That bit is a fantasy though - it never happens, except on my designated lie-in day (Sundays, if you’re wondering), and even then ‘reading’ usually means flicking through an interiors mag, whilst simultaneously scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest.

French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer

Anyway, I digress. As the weather turns colder and the days are shorter, it's even more important to turn your bedroom into a cosy sanctuary, somewhere you can escape the chaos of daily life and unwind. So here are my top tips for doing just that, using pieces from the Marks & Spencer Manhattan collection.

Lighting

Of course an overhead pendant is essential - especially on dark winter mornings and in the evenings for practical tasks, but come dusk, it’s lamps all the way for atmospheric lighting. One on either side of the bed, and if you have the space, perhaps another one or two on top of a chest of drawers.

French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer

French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer 

Bedding

This is the easiest way to make your bedroom look cosy and inviting. Always buy the best bedding you can afford, and then layer and accessorise.

You'll need a fitted sheet and top sheet, duvet cover and pillowcases obviously, but a bed isn't properly dressed without the addition of a throw and some cushions too. For me, this is essential.

For the colder months, I like to layer my bed with mixed textures like velvets, silky fabrics and chunky weaves. Mixing it up keeps it casual and inviting, creating a bed that just begs to be crawled into.

French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer


French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer

 
French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer

Clear the Clutter

Keep clutter to an absolute minimum. This is not something I always manage to achieve, but I do try because it really does make a difference. Never has the phrase 'tidy house, tidy mind' been more relevant than in the bedroom.

Get into a habit of putting your clean washing away as soon as possible, and don't leave dirty clothes lying around. Keep on top of excess stuff gathering on your bedside table - too many face products for one face, and half-drunk discarded cups of tea anyone? Just these small things can make a really 
big difference.

French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer


French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer
Storage 

This ties in with the above, but storage really is King. Think clever extra storage like an upholstered blanket box at the end of the bed that doesn’t feel like obvious storage, but can hide a multitude of sins. A larger bedside table with drawers can double as extra storage, or a divan base with drawers to house things you don't need to access every day.  Anything that enables you to put everything away to avoid clutter.

Scent

Optional extras such as fresh flowers, a scented candle, room or pillow spray, help set the scene, and add a little luxury to the cosy room you've created.


French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer


French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom

1. Monochrome Line Cushion

2. Diamond Quilted Throw

3. Emerald Velvet Cushion

4. Teal Textured Velvet Cushion

5. Diamond Quilt Cushion

6. Mono Decoration Bedding Set

7. Dexter Table Lamp

French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer


You can read more about the M&S Sleep Retreat here, and check out Kate and Rebecca's bedrooms too!

French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Images: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer


This post is in collaboration with Marks & Spencer.
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Monday, October 9

Black Parrots

I’ve been a big fan of Black Parrots ever since Sarah Mitchenall wiped the floor with everyone on Great Interior Design Challenge (2016) with her designs, and THOSE Cheese Plant wall lights. SO clever!

French For Pineapple Blog - Black Parrots Design
Images: Black Parrots

On top of being a super talented interior design team, Sarah and Alexa also do a truly stunning range of fabrics, wallpapers and cushions. Their designs are trend-led, but I’m not talking about jumping on the band-wagon trends that have already passed their best by date, nope, no flamingos here, I’m talking trends that are still on the up. These ladies are true taste makers.

French For Pineapple Blog - Black Parrots Design
Images: Black Parrots

French For Pineapple Blog - Black Parrots Design
Image: Black Parrots


They sent me some cushions from their Tropical collection and they happened to be perfect for my kitchen, so I popped them in there when I shot it, and that’s where they’ll stay. These are the Palm and Tile designs and I LOVE them.

French For Pineapple Blog - Black Parrots Design




French For Pineapple Blog - Black Parrots Design

French For Pineapple Blog - Black Parrots Design
Here are some of my other favourites from their Animal and Lattice Collections - I'm obsessed with the snake print! I absolutely love their designs, they’re über cool, so now you know where to go if you want to stay step ahead of the rest. Tell them I sent you.

French For Pineapple Blog - Black Parrots Design




This post is in collaboration with Black Parrots.
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