Wednesday, May 17

Outdoor Furniture Indoors

Don't be alarmed by the title of this blog post. I am not about to tell you to bring a chunky plastic, or spindly metal garden chair inside. Nor am I going to tell you that the slightly rusty metal table at the bottom of the garden should grace your dining room. But, I am going to ask you to think outside the box a little.

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - Wicker and Teak chairs in bay window with plant


Over the last few years the rise and rise of wicker furniture has definitely blurred the lines between what is suitable design-wise for outdoor use and indoor use. In fact, last summer I wanted to buy a wicker sofa meant for outdoor use, with every intention of using it indoors. Or both!

When my friends at Out & Out Original got in touch about doing a garden furniture post (coming up soon!), I immediately fell for the Salem FSC Recycled Teak set, which includes two low, angled chairs (SO comfy) and a cute little matching side table. For your cocktail to sit on, obviously.

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - wicker and teak chair with cushion

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - closeup of engineered vinyl wicker


We have a 'gardener's garden', which we inherited from the previous owner. By that, I mean much of it is taken up by huge garden beds, which are completely wasted on us as we are not gardeners at all, so I view them as a waste of space. One day we'll re-landscape, but that's not even on the distant horizon right now. The reason I mention this is that it means that we don't have a lot of space for a lovely large outdoor sofa, but when we do, I have the Lodge garden sofa set earmarked!

However, the Salem set, will do very nicely for now indeed, and in my fantasy garden in my head, it still remains, and would go on the (currently non-existent) patio area, whilst the sofa would go further back on the (other currently non-existent) lawn area.

Sorry, lost in fantasy again! Now where was I....

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - wicker and teak chair with moroccan throw and zz plant on gold side table

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - close up of wicker and teak chair with moroccan throw and zz plant

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - close up of wicker and teak chair


So whilst the Salem set is indeed bound for the (actually real!) circular turfed area of our garden, I couldn't resist taking a few snaps to demonstrate how lovely the chairs look inside too, and I've left them there for now because they look so good!

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - close up of engineered vinyl wicker
The 'wicker' is actually a vinyl based material, engineered for outdoor use, so it will stay looking good despite our long dreary winters. Of course this also means that if used indoors, they can easily be wiped clean should any small people decide to spill the contents of their smoothie all over them, or any large people spill their wine. Because we can't blame everything on the small people now, can we?

The beautiful 'Seawash' recycled teak is such a pretty colour, but more importantly, the natural oils will stop wood rot, and they'll develop an even more beautiful silver patina as they mature.

I can't wait to get them set up in the garden - we just need a little bit more sunshine!

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - close up of teak chair


Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - wide shot of pair of wicker and teak chairs in bay window with zz plant on gold side table and moroccan throw and rug


This post is in collaboration with Out & Out Original.










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Monday, May 15

Amara Home Inspiration

A few weeks ago Amara launched shoppable home inspiration pages, where you can have a peek into several bloggers and designers homes, and see a huge range of Amara products in-situ. I was super excited to work on this project, and thought I'd share the fruits of my labour here with you!

Amara Shoppable Home Inspiration Pages - French For Pineapple Blog - Bedroom with pink walls, marbled headboard and watermelon cushion


It's a really refreshing way to shop, and seeing the products in real homes instead of sets is not only inspiring, but it's such a nice change.

There's something to suit all styles - from the calm Scandi inspired Home of Cate St Hill, the retro vibes of the home of David and Mark from Forward Features, through to the colour saturated home of yours truly!

Amara Shoppable Home Inspiration Pages - French For Pineapple Blog - Teal blue decorative moulding with bar set up, gold and brass with turquoise foo dogs and monstera leaves





Amara Shoppable Home Inspiration Pages - French For Pineapple Blog - teal blue living tv room with brown sofa and geometric cushions and blue rug
Amara Shoppable Home Inspiration Pages - French For Pineapple Blog - office desk with tan walls, juju hat and gold desk accessories
I had a lot of fun selecting, styling and photographing all the beautiful things in my home, and basically didn't want to send any of it back! I have so many favourite pieces - actually, pretty much everything I chose to shoot. Not least this giant Jonathan Adler Lucite Pill...

Amara Shoppable Home Inspiration Pages - French For Pineapple Blog - flatlay tray with cool objects jonathan adler lucite pill, vintage lobster, ampersand paperweight, pink shells and white coral


Amara Shoppable Home Inspiration Pages - French For Pineapple Blog - blush pink walls pink ground farrow and ball monochrome framed prints, snake plant and sheepskin

Amara Shoppable Home Inspiration Pages - French For Pineapple Blog - sideboard with damien hirst valium print, candle holder, hay egg timer, see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil crystal monkeys lalique.

Amara Shoppable Home Inspiration Pages - French For Pineapple Blog - alcove shelving - setting plaster and pink ground walls, farrow and ball, horse lamp and plants




I think when you see the very different styles on the inspiration pages, it gives you a pretty good idea that Amara really do have something for everyone. There's SO much to choose from.

Amara Shoppable Home Inspiration Pages - French For Pineapple Blog - pink walls, dulux pink nevada 3, pink pillows, watermelon cushion, lucite nightstand, brass lamp

Amara Shoppable Home Inspiration Pages - French For Pineapple Blog - nightstand details, pink lops, round brass tray, gold dice trinket box and marbled headboard

Amara Shoppable Home Inspiration Pages - French For Pineapple Blog - pink walls and pink pillowcases with watermelon cushion and marbled headboard





You can pop over to Amara for a nosey around the homes, and click on any image you like to get the look. So much shopping fun!

This post is in collaboration with Amara.


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Tuesday, May 2

Drama Tween Bedroom Makeover

Edie's Room has been in need of a major overhaul for quite some time. She's at that certainly-not-a-little-girl-anymore-but-not-really-a-teenager-either, in-between stage. She turns 13 in July, so technically almost a teenager, which is a really tricky age to decorate for I think. Her needs will change a lot over the next few years, so I'm trying to future-proof her room to a certain extent, while making sure she can enjoy it now, and not hate it in a year or two. At least that's the plan!

On one hand she's clinging onto lots of stuff from her younger little girl days, that she's not actually touched for years, and on the other hand she wants her room to look cool and more grown up.

I think all of the above is why our last attempt at a room makeover for her never really got off the ground - The Tweenage Dream room, never quite materialised, and then it got forgotten about completely.

However, this time we've put our heads together and have well and truly formed a proper plan. And we're both excited, which is obviously important too.

We've decided to go FULL-ON-GIRLY-GLAM - I'm calling it Drama Tween. See what I did there?! 

She's wanted wallpaper for years, and I'm über excited to be doing some work with Drop It Modern over the coming months. They have an amazing collection of really fun, modern, super cool wallpapers and they've recently introduced drapes too. I love the word 'drapes', but yes, I mean curtains.

Edie's room will feature this AMAAAAAAAZING Kitten print wallpaper, that I've loved for quite some time, and, wait for it....matching curtains too! Yep that's right, I told you we were going super-girly glam.

French For Pineapple - Drama Tween Bedroom Makeover


I haven't figured out the exact plan for storage yet, but she doesn't have a wardrobe at the moment - she's not a dress kind of girl, so the few things she does own that need to be hung, currently go on the little rail on the back of her Ikea full length mirror, but that's going to go, as are the two chests of Ikea Malm drawers that currently house the majority of her clothes.

So we need a decent sized chest of drawers to replace them, and a wardrobe. In preparation for her 'new room' she threw out loads of stuff over the weekend, which was ridiculously satisfying.

I love the Antoinette French Bedroom Company oak chest I've popped on the moodboard below, which kind of surprises me as it's not my usual style, but I love the idea of mixing up some more traditional ornate pieces in here with some simple contemporary ones. And how great would they look against that wallpaper?!

The Siena from Habitat is a contender for a wardrobe, alongside the good old Pax from Ikea, not least because a sliding door requires less room, but I like it's streamlined design that would work in pretty much any space.

Perhaps controversially, we've decided to get rid of her desk, which she rarely sits at. This will come as no great surprise to the majority of parents whose kids have desks in their bedrooms. She'll be using the computer more and more for homework, so we've decided she's more likely to work from my desk when she needs to, so there may be space to pop a nice chair in the corner too. And I'm more than a little bit in love with the recently released Stockholm rattan chair from Ikea.

The lamps are both from Made.com, and that cute white side table is actually an outdoor tray table from Ikea. Perfect for the princess who likes to lounge in bed eating her breakfast every weekend.

I'm so excited to get my teeth into this project and totally transform her room. 

French For Pineapple - Drama Tween Bedroom Makeover - Moodboard


Because I'm a glutton for punishment, there will be decorative moulding involved, and that needs to commence as soon as possible so this makeover doesn't drag on for months on end. So keep your eyes peeled for Instagram Stories of my riveting DIY tales in the next week or two.

Although I haven't got a specific deadline for this project, I do want to get it done in the shortest timeframe I can reasonably achieve, because there's a small boy's room in need of attention too, and I'm going to share my plans for his room with you soon.

I think she's a pretty lucky young lady, don't you? 


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Friday, April 28

High-Glam Tiki Chic

I'm pretty sure today's post comes from a desperate need for some sunshine and warmth. I mean, HELLO, it's almost MAY, and I sat staring out my window at pouring rain and a temperature of 4 degrees the other day. Not happy about that, AT ALL.

So today, I'm showing you ten products that can quickly and easily add a bit of High-Glam Tiki Chic to any space, inspired by the über cool Ladder Shed Bar at Chiltern Firehouse (aka my wannabe home away from home, and favourite place ever, to sip cocktails).

French For Pineapple Blog - Chiltern Firehouse Ladder Shed Bar - High Glam Tiki Chic
Image: Vogue / Philip Sinden

Owned by hotelier André Balazs (of Chateau Marmont fame), the interior of Chiltern Firehouse is by French design house Studio KO, who like Chiltern Firehouse themselves, are way too cool to actually post anything on their Instagram accounts, so don't bother looking. 

Now this kind of Tiki Chic is not a fiesta of parrots, flamingos and pops of bright colour. Nope, for this look we need to exercise constraint with the colour pallette. This is a moody, cool, sophisticated look, with a timeless colonial feel, and oodles of glamour.

Think Titanic crossed with Gillian's Island, then dim the lights, imagine you're Ginger, sat in a slinky cocktail dress, smoking a Gitane, and you're getting there.

And contrasts. We're talking wicker, rattan and bamboo furniture, with luxe velvet upholstery. Maybe it's lacquered in glossy black, but natural will do nicely too.

Brass and marble (preferably pink) details aplenty, with woven plastic lampshades (a stroke of sheer genius illustrated here at Chiltern Firehouse), but in reality a particularly tricky one to pull off, so on second thoughts, maybe stick with a wicker shade, and hang it low - over the bar, table or side table.

And you absolutely can not pull this look off without greenery. So add it in bucket-loads. But keep it real pretty please, and only go faux if you absolutely must.

French For Pineapple Blog - Chiltern Firehouse Ladder Shed Bar - High-Glam Tiki Chic
Image: Studio KO / François Halard

French For Pineapple Blog - Chiltern Firehouse Ladder Shed Bar - High-Glam Tiki Chic
Image: Studio KO / François Halard

If you add these pieces to your home, and stay inside with the heating on, you're sure to be transported to somewhere balmy and beautiful. At least in your head, for a little while...

And don't forget to serve the cocktails in tiki glasses with bamboo straws and maraschino cherries. With stems. Yes I am aware that Tiki glasses have no air of sophistication whatsoever, but I never said you couldn't have any fun. And remember, rules were made to be broken. Even mine.


French For Pineapple Blog - High-Glam Tiki Chic


2. Tiki Glass - Cult Furniture (also find loads of fab ceramic Tiki Mugs at cheekytiki.com)
3. Bamboo Straws - Boobalou
4. Opies Maraschino Cherries With Stem - Sous Chef 
5. Symcka Artificial Leaf - Ikea (the only kind of faux plant I'm on board with!)
6. Ananas Lamp with Tilia Limerence Lamp Shade in Quartz Pink - House of Hackney (yes, I know it's obscenely expensive, but it's also obscenely beautiful!)

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Thursday, April 13

Bedroom Makeover: The Reveal!

You know I love a room makeover reveal don't you? Well, I'm particularly excited about this one, because I've stepped outside my colour comfort zone, and just really gone for it. Yes, even for me, this colour was pushing it.

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom


If you saw my moodboard post, you'll know the colour I chose is called Pink Nevada 3. This is no shrinking-violet blush, it's unapologetically, in your face P I N K. But what saves it from being sickly and overbearing, is a good dash of dirtiness. It's this dirtiness that makes it feel calm, cocooning and warm. In the day it's bright, but not overwhelmingly so, and at night it's just beautiful - relaxing and inviting, with a soft glow that makes me so happy. And I can actually see in my bedroom again! The oppressive black walls are but a distant memory...

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom


Though I chose the colour with the headboard in mind, and I didn't want to steal it's thunder, I didn't want to go neutral either. Maybe one day, but I was definitely feeling the need for pink this time round.

Because I always get asked, I used Dulux Endurance Plus Matt on the walls. It only took two coats to completely cover the previous black which was a pleasant surprise. I didn't use a base coat first.

On the woodwork and wardrobe doors, I used their Paint Mixing Eggshell. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught me singing the praises of this eggshell on my stories. Not only did it cover beautifully - again, just two coats to cover the black, when I was expecting to have to do three at least, but it's so nice to work with. It's quite thin, but in an easy to work with way, and doesn't get gloopy and clog up your brushes really quickly like so many other eggshells do. Again, no base coat or primer was used because the last paint was still in excellent condition and was also a water-based eggshell, so it wasn't necessary.

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom


I just adore the bold pink next to the Earthed 'Torrent' fabric.

The Beni style rug that used to be in the bedroom has been relocated to the living room, where it looks as if it's meant to be, and in it's place is this stunning silk 'Obsessions' rug, from Plantation Rug Company. Aptly named, because honestly, I can't stop looking at and stroking this rug, and although it was chosen after the paint colour and headboard fabric, it's as if it was made for the room and the colour scheme. The pinks and soft golden browns of the mesmerising painterly abstract pattern, tie in so beautifully with the rest of the room - it must have been fate!

It's ridiculously soft and lovely to walk on, and the colour are either lighter or darker depending on which way the pile and light are facing. I absolutely love it.

If you don't already know about Plantation Rugs, they're are great source for really reasonably priced great quality fashion-led rugs, so do check them out.

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom





French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom



And of course in my quest to up the glam factor and make the room feel a little more boutique hotel like, it would not have been complete without new bed linen.

Now I get the whole crisp white sheets thing, really I do, but give me soft, relaxed French linen over that any day. 

A friend once said that a linen bedding was like being given a lovely big hug every time you got into bed, and she's exactly right. Linen falls around your body in a way that cotton just can't, instantly cocooning and relaxing you. So I'll have French linen in my Boutique Hotel thanks very much!

This is the Blush French Linen from Soak & Sleep, a barely there pink that complements that wall colour and headboard so well. I've teamed it with some of their white linen pillowcases too.
French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom
French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

Edie has become *slightly* obsessed with our bed. I keep finding her in it, and she's actually spotted that there's definitely a difference between our linen, and hers (that's from a certain high street store) saying that ours is way softer. She's like The Princess And The Pea - I may have created a monster! 

I wanted to go with acrylic bedsides, so that the headboard was covered as little as possible. On my side, where there's a larger space because of the door, I've used a vintage piece that used to be in the living room, swapping it for my old bedside table. The vintage acrylic piece is one of my best ever eBay finds from a few years ago and I just adore it. I paid £50 for it, and I recently saw exactly the same one for £475. I remember Ed saying when he got back from collecting it, that the seller (a vintage furniture dealer), said to tell me that I'd got a real bargain. Which of course I knew! I absolutely adore this piece. 

On Ed's side, I had a simple acrylic side table made with a bespoke height to match mine. 

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom




The room looks and feels like a completely different space, and my plan to keep it clutter free has held up for several weeks now, which is a good sign.

A huge thank you to the lovely companies that worked with me on this bedroom transformation...

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Let me know what you think in the comments below! And keep your eyes peeled because I'll be sharing plans for my next TWO room makeovers very soon.
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Wednesday, April 5

Sideboard Pimping (or adding stepped panels to sideboard doors!)

I'm a little obsessed (okay, a LOT), with super high-end, super-glam, slightly bonkers, completely and unapologetically bold, and for most, myself included, utterly unobtainable interiors. See Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler.

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors



I make no secret of the fact that I have Champagne taste on a nearly always Prosecco budget. Babysham even. But then I quite like both those, so it's not always a bad thing. Not having the cash to run out and buy everything your heart desires, helps you to appreciate what you can afford, and for me, it's also a reason to think creatively, and of clever ways to achieve the odd Wearstler-inspired touch, on an almost always modest (often non-existent) budget. 

But what it's not, is a reason to paint everything white and call it a day. To settle. I don't like settling.

Anyway, the other week I had a lightbulb moment. I'd been thinking about adding some decorative moulding to the dining room sideboard doors for a quite some time, or maybe some long brass handles. Something to glam it up a bit. I was perusing Pinterest and a few sideboards (crezendas for my American friends) caught my eye. Moulding and handles like my living room cupboard doors weren't the answer after all, but a full on pimp. This was my inspiration - on the left, belonging to the super talented Rosie Case who is one of my favourite Instagrammers (I promise I'm not actually stalking you Rosie, but I do LOVE your home!), and on the right, belonging to Christine Dovey (custom made, I believe). 

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors
Rosie Case (Left)
Christine Dovey (right)




I realised that something like this would actually be relatively simple to achieve with a bit of measuring, cut to size MDF, some more measuring, my favourite Mega Bond, some primer and paint. Obvs. 

People often say that they admire my patience and drive to do these things, but honestly, it comes from my stubborn streak, and really, really, really, really wanting something. A LOT. 

I think I kind of know my limitations for projects such as these, but I can never quite work out if I'm fearless and confident, or naive and stupid. Perhaps a mix of all the above? Wait, don't answer that.

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors


The dining room sideboard is made up from five Ikea kitchen wall cabinets, that are mounted sitting just above the skirting board, with a bespoke top sprayed to match. We put this in not long after we moved into this house nine years ago, and it serves as fantastic storage. It sat quietly in the room, but after all these years I felt it needed a to stop sitting quietly in the room and be a bit more brash.

Here's a reminder of what it used to look like. This was taken not long after we moved in, and you can see that the top hadn't actually been fitted yet - it was literally five wall mounted kitchen cabinets. 

Actually, this shot reminds me that an image of my dining room made it into a Terence Conran book called Plain, Simple, Useful. The sideboard is still useful, but not so plain and simple anymore!

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors (BEFORE)


Here's what I did:

I wanted four layers (or five including the doors themselves) on each door. I figured out that six centimetres got me nice separation between each size, still leaving the smallest one a decent size, and worked out what I'd need cut and ordered it in.

I made the panels first, by using Mega Bond to stick all the pieces together, then I caulked around the edges of each rectangle to cover any gaps for a nice finish. Then I gave them two coats of wood primer, and a light sand, as the primer raises the grain.


French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors


I removed the doors from the sideboard, and with a specialist primer (Zinsser 123) primed approximately the front outer 10cms only and the edges only. Then I attached the panels to the doors - again using trusty Mega Bond (believe me when I say that stuff works).

Once dry I caulked the edge, and gave the entire front and edges three coats of a water-based eggshell that I'd colour matched to the existing top and carcass colour. 

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doorsFrench For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors



I blame the lack of shots showing my exact process on the fact that I was mesmerised by the shadows and patterns on the panels.

The doors went back on that afternoon, and just like magic, that unassuming sideboard, was transformed into a peacock, and I'm SO pleased with it.

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors




It was pretty easy for such a huge transformation. Time consuming, but not hard. I have so many more ideas to do similar things to other pieces.

Of course, as ever, one small(ish) change, has set the decorating domino effect into action, and I'm now plotting some more changes to the dining room, which has always been the slightly dowdy sister next to the adjoining show-off living room.

And because I can sometimes be a bit of a show-off too, I created this gif for your viewing pleasure. You're welcome.

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors




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