Monday, March 27

Fab Five: Modern Branch Style Chandeliers

On Friday you might have caught me waffling away on Insa-stories about my new branch style 'Franklin' chandelier by Menu, that was about to be fitted in the bedroom (which has been undergoing a major overhaul).

I mentioned that it was by no means the cheapest version (nor the most expensive, I might add), and that I had really tried quite hard to fall in love with a more affordable option, but in the end, my heart had been stolen by this one. Honest, I did try. I even ordered another one first and cancelled it.

When I asked if I should put all the information regarding the other versions that I came across whilst researching the best options into a blog post, it was a resounding yes. So, thanks if you were one of those people - this is for you!

These range in price from a bargainatious £85.99 to an eye-watering £2600.00. I really love the shape of all five, but a combination of price and finish led me to my final choice...








Let me know what you think, and keep an eye out for the finished bedroom makeover on the blog soon!
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Friday, March 17

Master Bedroom Makeover. Again!

You know what they say - a change is as good as a holiday. Yup, I'm changing the bedroom. Again.

I know some of you think I'm completely bonkers, but although I loved the soft black walls when I first painted them at the end of October in 2015, I came to realise pretty soon after, that I need colour and light in my life, so the black is going, going, gone! It had a good run of over 16 months (that's not bad for me!), and now it's time for something a little lighter and brighter. And when I say a little, I actually mean a LOT.

I debated this colour choice a fair bit. I decided to go much more neutral, much, much paler, much more grown up and dare I say sophisticated, but then I realised that my heart didn't want that at all. Maybe one day, but not this time, so saturated pink it is!

The pink I've chosen is called Pink Nevada 3 by Dulux, who I've teamed up with again for this exciting project. I did look at lots of pinks, as always the perfect colour doesn't present itself immediately, but I honed in on Pink Nevada 3 pretty quickly. Okay, I *might* have quite liked the name too. Unashamedly pink indeed, but with the perfect amount of dirtiness that makes it modern and grown-up. And you know I'm not afraid of strong colour, right?

French For Pineapple - Master Bedroom Makeover - Again.


You may have already seen my wall to wall channel tufted headboard that I completed recently, with stunning linen from Earthed. It's been a big part of my decision to completely overhaul the bedroom, and inspired me to change almost everything in the room. I think we get used to seeing the same objects every day, and don't always consider whether we still like them, if they work in the room, and if they fit with the look you're going for. After I finally got rid of our old bed (yes!), I realised that although I still love certain things (lamps, and bedside tables and rug to be specific), that they weren't really working for me anymore in the bedroom. I've already moved the existing Berber style rug into the living room, and it's renewed my love for it. The lamps will either be re-homed, or re-located - I haven't quite decided.

The only thing that's staying is the chest of drawers, and maybe the mirror. Everything else is changing, and I can't wait for a fresh new look. It's not often I do a room makeover where virtually everything changes, so I have to say I'm pretty excited about this one!

I'm going for a grown-up yet playful, boutique hotel feel. Much less boho, and more modern and glam.

Aside from the paint colour and headboard, I want to keep it fairly minimal, with a new pendant fitting, acrylic bedside tables so they don't block the headboard, and simple, elegant, brass bedside lamps.

I hope to be getting this room finished pretty quickly, and have some additional exciting sponsors on board too, so stay tuned, and look out for sneak peeks on my Instagram stories!


This post is in collaboration with Dulux.
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Wednesday, March 15

The Mother Of All Headboards Part Two: The Tutorial

As I write this I'm chuffed to bits that the headboard in question has just been posted on Apartment Therapy's Instagram feed. You know, no biggy, they only have A MILLION FOLLOWERS. 

Anyway. I promised a tutorial of sorts for this monster of a headboard and covered divan base, so here goes! It's a bit wordy, but helpful I hope, if you plan to make one yourself.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


Firstly, I am not claiming for one minute that this idea is original. I unashamedly followed the tutorial posted on Emily Hendersons amazing blog, by the also amazing Brady Tolbert. I knew the minute I saw his headboard, and indeed how doable it was, that I would one day have to attempt it myself. That day came pretty soon after, once I realised what an amazing match it would be with stunning linen from Earthed. A no-brainer really. So basically, I'm still kind of a genius.

So why am I doing a tutorial of a tutorial? Well for starters we're  not quite as spoilt for choice here in the U.K. for suppliers, so I wanted to share my UK sources, and secondly, I did a few things a little differently, so I wanted to tell you the what, why and how.

Materials:
Upholstery weight fabric 
Semi-circle foam - enough to cover the face of each length of wood
Foam spray adhesive
Planks of wood (about 8cms shorter than full width of wall. I used 7)
Wadding - cut to the same size as the fabric panels you will cut to cover each plank of wood.
Staple gun & staples
Light Weight Flat Strap / Restraint Straps
Thread to match fabric
Sewing machine
Elastic
Safety pin
Screwdriver / Screws / Drill / Wall plugs / Extra wood for French Cleats

The amount of fabric you need depends on your wall width, how many panels you're going to make, and what thickness they are. Don't scrimp. I'll say now that my life would have been a lot easier and much less stressful if I'd got 14 metres instead of 10. I really didn't leave a comfortable amount of overhang for the panels, and only just had enough for the base. Do yourself a favour and get a bit more than you think you might need! Obviously my fabric was the incredible Torrent in the Stone colourway (actually a sepia toned brown and off-white, not black and white as it tends to look in a lot of images), from the lovely people at Earthed.

I ordered 'split bolsters' - cylindrical foam (150mm diameter) and had them split it down the middle. This was hard to find, and ended up costing double what I anticipated, but not six times, which is what one quote was! The longest length they had was 2m so I calculated they they would split some down the middle and leave at 2m, and others they would split down the middle and cut so that I could put one 2m length, and one 1.6m length on a plank for a perfect fit.

You could use flat rectangular foam to lower to cost (probably quite substantially), but the effect wouldn't be quite as spectacular, and I'm so pleased I stuck to my guns.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


Optional, but I think it made life much easier.

I used 7oz weight. You could easily use 6oz or possibly lower. This ensures that any joins in your foam don't show and gives extra bounce and softness, while visibly softening any hard edges. I didn't do my sums properly and didn't order enough, then had to wait for more, so do you maths people! And then do it again.

Planks of Wood:
I used 7 x 3.6m lengths that were planed (no splinters, nice smooth edges) of basic cheapest pine that was approximately 15cms wide and 2cms thick. It was trickier than anticipated to find this to be delivered, and now I actually can't remember where I got it from. Will add this in asap!

Staple gun & LOTS of staples
I had this already thought I ordered extra staples. I really wished I owned an electric staple gun, my hands couldn't do more than two panels a day, so this bit took a long time!

You need this to reach across all your panels from top to bottom to connect them.

HOW TO:

Start by cutting your strips of fabric. They need to be long enough to cover the entire length of the planks in one piece - seams will ruin the effect, but I knew that the pattern would still work effectively and beautifully running sideways. That won't always be the case, so choose wisely if you're going for a pattern!

Cut your fabric panels so they are 20cms longer than your planks, and wide enough to wrap around the wood, foam and wadding. It's more than you might think, and you want a comfortable amount of overhang at the back. Not like mine with very little overhang! I realised early on I was tight on fabric so I used the selvedge because I knew it wouldn't be seen. And 'Waste Not, Want Not' as my Grandmother used to say.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


Lay your fabric on your work surface, face down, followed by the wadding (cut to the same size), then foam and wood.

I used spray foam adhesive to secure the foam to the wood first so I didn't have I worry about it slipping around. I was also joining two pieces on each plank.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial




French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Start stapling! I was surprised at just how many staples I needed and how long each panel took. Because I was working with linen which stretches and moves around a fair bit, I would do around 15cms worth of staples, then swap sides. I was also quite tight on fabric so I needed to be sure I wasn't favouring one side too much as I went.

Leave the ends till last. You want a neat (as possible with all the bulk) fold. You need to play around with this to figure out how's best to do it, and staple to secure.

I worked on the dining room table, with a chair supporting the overhang. Yes, it was cumbersome! The planks are 3.6m long so not easy to move around. 

I also had a momentary lapse of concentration whist manoeuvring a panel and it lost balance and came up and whacked me under the chin. Quite hard. I can laugh now at the Laurel and Hardy ridiculousness of it, but I'm aware that it could have been much worse - I could have knocked myself out, a tooth out, etc etc, so be careful!

Repeat until all your panels are done.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


Then you need to join them together. Unless you live in a gymnasium, you'll need to do this right in front of the wall you intend to have the headboard on. Because once it's joined together, it's seven times more unruly, cumbersome and heavy!

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


We used four evenly space light duty flat straps with nail holes, and screws, pushing the panels together for a tight fit. It does have a bit of a bend to it when lifting the headboard from the ground, but it's still really sturdy and we decided that the heavy duty version would be too heavy.

And that's done! 

To attach to the wall, I made French Cleats from an additional plank of wood. One part is screwed to the wall, its partner to the back of the headboard in the same position as the piece on the wall. Once lifted on, they lock together, and there's no movement. (Side Note: High-end framers also use this method on the back of picture frames to make sure artwork is always level and doesn't budge). We used four, spread vaguely evenly across the wall, positioned so that the headboard sits right on the floor. It's very secure and doesn't move at all.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial





French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial
THE DIVAN BASE:

My divan base is U G L Y, and it has four ugly storage drawers. Originally I'd intended to cover it just using the staple gun, but the drawers would have been tricky, so I decided to make a giant band of fabric that I threaded elastic through the top and bottom hem of, to tighten it, to 'wrap' the base instead. This worked a treat, and we can easily access the drawers by lifting the bottom of the band up. 

Start by making a giant strip of fabric that's approximately 20cms wider that your base. I needed to sew a few strips together to make it long enough. Pin it around the base and mark where you need to sew it to form a band.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial



French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Sew it up and check again before hemming the top and bottom all around, and thread elastic through each hem. Slip it over your base again, and pull the elastic until you achieve the desired tension. Make sure it looks even all around and tie in a knot to secure. It should sit on top of the base under the mattress so you can't see the base at the corners where your mattress may not cover it, and you also shouldn't see any gathering as it will be hidden under the mattress and under the base. I left the tension a bit looser at the bottom so we could easily lift the band to access the drawers.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


As you may have guessed, I'm so pleased with the result, and the rest of the room is now having a makeover because it is being terribly outshone by the arrival of such a glamorous headboard, so watch this space for bedroom plans very soon!

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


And if you missed it and would like to see more pretty picture of the finished headboard, click here, and if you have any questions, just ask in the comments below!

And no, I don't iron.






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Wednesday, March 8

Earthed Fabrics And The Mother Of All Headboards

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me swooning over some stunning Irish Linen from Earthed over the past few weeks on my stories.

When Earthed contacted me late last year to introduce themselves and their first collection, it was love at first sight. However at the time, I didn't have any projects in mind that I could use their fabric for other than cushions. Now they would be pretty special cushions for sure, but I felt that if I was going to do something with their linen, that I wanted to do something, well, a little bigger to really do it justice.

French For Pineapple Blog - Wall To Wall Channel Tufted Headboard.  Marbled fabric . Black Gallery Wall behind bed.


Not so long after, I spotted an ├╝ber impressive DIY wall to wall, channel tufted headboard that Brady Tolbert (of Emily Henderson fame) had made. I fell in love. It was the headboard of dreams. Then I had a lightbulb moment and realised that my favourite design from the Earthed Upperlands Collection, called Torrent (in the Stone colour way), would be an incredible fabric for such a headboard. And Brady had kindly provided a tutorial, so how hard could it possibly be, right?

Well, as many of you already know, I went for it. I ordered some 25 metres of foam, seven, 3.6m lengths of wood, wadding and many many staples for my staple gun, and Earthed kindly provided the stunning fabric.

Now, this post would be way too long to incorporate my version of a tutorial on top of all the images. My tutorial will include my UK based sources for the various components, how I (okay, we) attached it to the wall, and my Laurel and Hardy moment of nearly knocking myself out in the making process (true story), so I'm going to share that in a separate post next week. Meanwhile, if you just can't possibly wait, Brady's original tutorial is right here on Emily Henderson's blog. Thanks Brady for such a fantastic idea!

Before we delve into the headboard more, I wanted to share some of the other designs from the first Earthed collection...

Clockwise from top left: Ripple in Stone, Faded Grandeur in Stone, Torrent in Stone, Osmosis in Stone


The Upperlands Collection is inspired by the magnificence of water, and how instrumental it's been to William Clark (the parent company of Earthed) for the last three centuries. I think the prints are phenomenally beautiful, and the water element really comes across. Do go and visit Earthed, and check out the other colour ways and designs. Their second collection launches soon and I can't wait to see it!

I have a LOT of images to show you of the final masterpiece. Am I pleased with it? You bet I am. However, it has triggered a(nother) decorating domino effect and I've now pretty much cleared the room for a major overhaul. I was getting bored of everything, so watch this space for my bedroom plans next week.

Okay, so here's what you've been patiently waiting for - a load of images of my beautiful headboard. Let me know what you think!

French For Pineapple Blog - Wall To Wall Channel Tufted Headboard.  Marbled fabric . Black Gallery Wall behind bed.

French For Pineapple Blog - Wall To Wall Channel Tufted Headboard.  Marbled fabric . Black Gallery Wall behind bed.

French For Pineapple Blog - Wall To Wall Channel Tufted Headboard.  Marbled fabric . Black Gallery Wall behind bed.

French For Pineapple Blog - Wall To Wall Channel Tufted Headboard.  Marbled fabric . Black Gallery Wall behind bed.

French For Pineapple Blog - Wall To Wall Channel Tufted Headboard.  Marbled fabric . Black Gallery Wall behind bed.

French For Pineapple Blog - Wall To Wall Channel Tufted Headboard.  Marbled fabric . Black Gallery Wall behind bed.

French For Pineapple Blog - Wall To Wall Channel Tufted Headboard.  Marbled fabric . Black Gallery Wall behind bed.

French For Pineapple Blog - Wall To Wall Channel Tufted Headboard.  Marbled fabric . Black Gallery Wall behind bed.

French For Pineapple Blog - Wall To Wall Channel Tufted Headboard.  Marbled fabric . Black Gallery Wall behind bed.









French For Pineapple Blog - Wall To Wall Channel Tufted Headboard.  Marbled fabric . Black Gallery Wall behind bed.
This post is in collaboration with Earthed.
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Wednesday, March 1

Florrie + Bill: The Studio Collection

You might already be familiar with Florrie + Bill (named after founder Amy Cawson's grandparents), because they've been breathing new life into vintage furniture for several years now, but only recently launched their very own fabric range, The Studio Collection, that you can match up with a retro cocktail chair (love this option!), select a vintage piece from their current range, or even send your own piece of furniture for them to upholster in one of their fabulous patterns.

French For Pineapple Blog - Florrie + Bill The Studio Collection Pink Cocktail Chair Terrazzo


When I went along to their press show back in November last year, I let out a squeal of delight when I saw this cocktail chair (that also got some serious love on my Instagram!) covered in their 'Chips' fabric in Peach. It's such a showstopper, and cocktail chairs are super handy occasional seating too - comfy, without taking up a load of space.

The Studio Collection designs - Chips, Glaze, Terrain, Impression and Fragment, were inspired by their workshop, which was once a lace factory. From the original Crittall windows, to the patina of the upholstery work bench, the peeling paint of the walls, and the worn and cracked terrazzo-eque floors. Though inspired by the past, each design has a thoroughly contemporary feel, and they all sit beautifully together thanks to the lovely muted colour palette. The big problem though, is which one to choose!

French For Pineapple Blog - Florrie + Bill The Studio Collection Chaise in Factory setting


For me, Chips (in peach, obvs.) is the standout, but I do love all the designs, especially the perfectly imperfect grid of Glaze, and Fragment too for their graphic look, but then I love the softness of Impression and Terrain. It's a really stunning collection, and basically I want them all.

If you can't decide which one you love best, never fear, because most of the designs are available in cushions too, including huge floor cushions, so you could always buy a cushion first to help you make up your mind. Yes, I'm a shopping enabler. Sorry.

French For Pineapple Blog - Florrie + Bill The Studio Collection Cushion Collection

French For Pineapple Blog - Florrie + Bill The Studio Collection Cushion Montage


I'd love to see a wallpaper collection in these patterns, I think they'd be a huge success.

Do have a further look at the The Studio Collection here, not only because these are really great designs, but because Amy is a thoroughly lovely lady. I think Florrie + Bill would be very proud indeed.



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