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 ├╝ber 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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