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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Thursday, October 5

Revamp Restyle Reveal: My Kitchen Reveal!





When Lisa Dawson, Oliver Thomas and I first started talking about bringing the Revamp Restyle Reveal to life, I had a vague idea that I might do my kitchen. But I thought I'd re-paint the cupboards - I was SO over the dark navy, and MAYBE take down the light-sucking matte black tiles too. Maybe. I'm not actually sure if there was a particular moment when it changed from Revamp, to Refit, but at some point that's what it snowballed into, and before I knew it, I was planning a completely new kitchen. Everything was to change except the floor, the bench seat structure, and the table. In four weeks. Uh-oh!


I *think* the main reason for this, was that the one thing that absolutely HAD to go, was the oven and hob. It was vile. A bizarre set-up where the oven was too tall for the units and worktop, so ridiculously, the previous owner had added a plinth on top to house a a hob. Obviously . I put up with it for TEN YEARS. I can't believe that really, but I became pretty adept at not 'seeing' it. 

But removing it would mean a gap in the tiles, and I didn't like their light sucking qualities enough to find more tiles to fill the gaps, so I decided that they would have to go too.

The cupboards had a fair few coats of paint on them and several were also water damaged. I decided that I really didn't want to put a huge amount of work into stripping them (which would have been needed), given their poor condition. They weren't a standard size though and the carcasses were also on poor condition as were the old rotten butchers block worktops, so they needed to be replace too. You can see how this happened, right?! 

The decorating domino effect was in full, unstoppable swing. And I was EXCITED! And terrified. 

There have been times over the last four weeks when I honestly wished I'd never started, and seriously doubted I'd finish in time. It's been pretty stressful, but it's also been massively satisfying. The stressful bits, unsurprisingly, have been the unexpected hold-ups that were totally out of our control, like gas pipes not being wide enough to accommodate the new range on top of the boiler, the power feed not being adequate for the new range, the plumbing all being in exactly the wrong spot and having to be moved in the eleventh hour, and stock issues that were out of everyone's control, throwing my schedule into a tailspin.

We have done all the work ourselves except the gas, electrics and plumbing. SOME things are best left to the experts. I've felt massively lucky and relieved that I have an excellent electrician who is super reliable - I suspect it all could have gone horribly wrong if it wasn't for that fact.

Anyone that's knows me, has ever read my blog before or follows me on Instagram will know how much I disliked my kitchen, but it really was not on the cards at all to do a re-fit, and if it wasn't for our incredilby generous sponsors it still wouldn't be.

So a massive, sincerely heartfelt thank you to ao.com, Maisons du Monde, Amara, Frenchic Furniture Paint and Earthborn Paints. I've used products from each of these companies in the kitchen and am very happy to share all the details with you below.

Okay, enough already of the drawn-out preamble, I know you just want the pretty pics.

But first, a quick reminder of what it used to look like, and what it looked like just four days ago! If you haven't already, you can read about all the things that were wrong with it here.




And here's what it looks like now...



















Once the decision was made to do a full refit, I had to think long and hard about exactly what I wanted it to look like. And what was going to be achievable. 

I wanted it to feel open and calm, a bit glam but not over the top. No upper units to make the room feel wider, more storage, and an integrated dishwasher and washing machine. Hiding the ugly boiler, and adding atmospheric wall lights were a must. Things have changed quite a bit along the way, but here's what we did...

Removed all the wall tiles, and made the walls good. No plasterer required.
Ripped out all the old units.
Had the gas and water pipes moved to accommodate the new range and the new units.
Added wall lights on both sides.
Painted. Everything.
Put in new brown/black base units.
Put in three tall white units which I pimped with moulding and then painted to de-swedish super store the whole look.
Added decorative cornicing to the wall above the range.
Added brass handles to all the units.
Stressed a LOT about this being done in time.
Put in a new undermounted sink and tap and new worktops.
Ditched the badly worn and faded palm fabric and replaced it with beautiful green velvet.

Writing it like that makes it seem quite quick and easy, but it definitely hasn't been easy! I'd do it again though, to get the result we have.












Here are the links to all the beautiful products that our lovely sponsors provided me with for this Revamp that turned into a refit...

ao.com

Amara

Frenchic Furniture Paint

Earthborn Paints

Okay, well I for one am KNACKERED, and I'm giving myself a few days off. Please do let me know what you think of my new kitchen in the comments below. I actually can't believe that this is my kitchen! My co-host, the lovely Oliver Thomas is next on the hop, so go and check out his beautiful living room now!







ao.com

Amara

Maisons du Monde

Frenchic Furniture Paint

Earthborn Paints


Here's the full list of links to all the participating bloggers - you don't want to miss out on any of these fab rooms, so make sure you work your way through all of them!


Oliver Thomas, Oliver Thomas Interiors - Living Room Revamp

Kerry Lockwood, Kerry Lockwood In Detail - Girls Bedroom Revamp

Melanie Lissack, Melanie Lissack Interiors - Master Bedroom Revamp

Kate Young, Kate Young Design - Master Bedroom Revamp

Meera Pendred, Arty Home - Living Room Revamp

Dee Campling, Dee Campling Interiors - Boys Bedroom Revamp

Ruth Matthews, Design Soda - Hallway Revamp

Fiona Cameron, Around The Houses - Guest Bedroom Revamp


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