Tuesday, September 25

Fabulous Natural Neutral Carpet from Kersaint Cobb

In case you haven't heard, neutrals and natural textures are having a huge moment. And frankly, even if neutrals aren't your bag for walls, you'd do well to stick to a neutral tone for floor coverings.

Wall colour and coverings can be changed on a whim, but flooring is a much more long-term decision, with a bigger financial commitment. Therefore it needs more consideration, and should be less trend-led.
Pampas Nordic Stripe in Sweden
I've eyed up a patterned carpet or three in my time, but I know for a fact I'd have gone off it within a year, and I'm so pleased I never went down that route! Besides, despite their sometimes dull reputation, neutrals most definitely don't mean boring. And when I say neutral, I don’t mean white - it’s a very brave person that puts in pure white carpet! Think beiges and rich deep greys right down to the darkest charcoal.

Kersaint Cobb have a large collection of natural neutral carpet (with a few bolder colours too, which are pretty special combined with these fabulous textures).

From the subtle Pampas Nordic Stripe, to the herringbone of Cascade, it’s the texture and weave that keeps these neutrals thoroughly contemporary and fresh – they add interest, allowing the other design elements of a room to shine, whilst providing the base. A supporting role that is crucial to the overall feel.

Clockwise From Top Left: South Pacific in Tuvala, Sisal Big Boucle in Noir, Cascade in Grey Fossil, Pampas Nordic in Skagen


I've often said that flooring sets the tone of a space as it's the foundation for the look of a room, and neutral carpets do that quietly, without dominating. They lend a sense of grown up elegance to a space whilst allowing complete freedom with the other design decisions. Not only does this ensure that the look of a room can be easily changed if desired, but they also work equally well with stark white walls, warm beiges and cooler greys, right through to bolder colours too.

Left: Cascade 100% Wool Right: Luna 70% Wool / 30% Goat Hair

South Pacific 100% Wool in Tuvalu



This very contemporary look (above) is softened by the use of the South Pacific 100% wool carpet in Tuvalu, which has a subtle green tone. It stops the space from looking completely stark, adding a touch of visual and physical warmth. The weave has a fine stripe that is perfect for modern spaces, and comes in seventeen colours - some less neutral including Rarotonga, a muted blue that I could definitely get on board with! 

100% Sisal Big Boucle in Noir
A tone on tone scheme is a favourite of mine, so I love this look featuring Sisal Big Boucle in the shade Noir. The waffle weave again lends a super modern look, and works so well to balance a more traditional interior. 

Pampas Nordic in Skagen
The Pampas Nordic is a classic plain neutral for the quietest supporting role. This mid warm grey (Skagen) is the perfect choice for this room with its lighter walls, and it complements rather than competes with the pops of soft blue and pink, again adding a contemporary feel to this otherwise quite traditional space. 

South Pacific in Tonga
You can see Kersaint Cobb's full collection on their website which includes wool, sisal, coir, jute, seagrass carpet and runners alongside solid and engineered wood.

This post is in collaboration with Kersaint Cobb.























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Thursday, September 13

Be More: The Hoxton Paris

To say I was excited to be invited on a press trip to Paris with Made.com last week, to attend the Paris Design Week launch party at Ground Zero, where Made, who sponsored the Le Off exhibition (a launchpad for upcoming design talent) had a TalentLAB stand, is an understatement.

But when I found out we were to stay at The Hoxton, my excitement reached giddy levels. Nestled in a narrow street in the second arrondissement, The Hoxton Paris, is in a ridiculously beautiful 18th century building, with 172 rooms spread over four floors, with a glass encased lobby that surrounds one of two impressive courtyards. Let's just say it was love at first sight upon checking out their Instagram feed prior to arriving - I mean what kind of interiors obsessive would I be if I didn't do a bit of pre-arrival snooping? Of course I'd seen The Hoxton Hotels in London, but not the Paris edition...

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The Lobby of The Hoxton Paris (Image: The Hoxton Hotel)
Breathtakingly beautiful just about does it, and from the minute you walk in, it's a visual feast, and I loved every single bit. Around every corner is another wow moment, and just when I thought I couldn't love it more, I opened the door to my room. Yes, I did say quietly to myself 'Well, this will do nicely!" as I set about examining every detail.

After six weeks of juggling the school summer holidays and work, this trip could not have come at a better time, and to be honest, I wanted to jump right into bed for a snooze, but there was exploring to be done, food to be eaten and cocktails to be boomeranged. Obvs. Tough job, but someone had to do it.

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Guest Room (Image: The Hoxton Hotel)

From the fringed velvet sofas in the lobby, the distressed walls and stunning lighting in the Rivié restaurant, the ochre velvet cushions on the incredible seats in one of the many hang-out areas around the front courtyard, and everything in between, The Hoxton Paris is Insta-perfect.

The rooms are moody and elegant with chevron oak flooring, leather headboards, über cool lighting, and cleverly designed steel and fluted opaque glass enclosures to house the bathrooms - I defy you to go there and not want to bring at least a little Hoxton Paris to your home.

I've written before about my ongoing attempts to make my home more boutique hotel, and I felt compelled to write this post, because there's just oodles of inspiration to be had. I've compiled some tres Hoxton Paris pieces - some inspired-by, and some are the actual products in the hotel. I'll have one of each thanks!

THE FURNITURE...

Mix it up! Modern and Mid-Century collide with a colour palette of neutrals mixed with jewel-tones. A splash of pattern, with plenty of sumptuous velvet and fringing, mixed metals and natural woods to ground it. It just works.

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1. Claudia Gold Velvet Sofa - Made.com*
2. Hetherington Brass Base Pouffe - Made.com*
3. Massimo Armchair - Magnus Long for Heals*
4. Gunmetal Coffee Table - French Connection Home*
5. Drew Accent Chair - Made.com*
6. Bloomingville Grandma Pouffe - Made In Design
7. Gubi Walnut Paper Side Table - Nest.co.uk
8. Brass and Rope Velvet Chair - Honore Deco (Actual Chairs from the Winter Garden)


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The Winter Garden (Image: The Hoxton Hotel)

THE BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS...

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Guest Bathroom (Image: The Hoxton Hotel)
Sultry, calm and cosy, with an unexpected signature grid pattern on the bedding, and a spot of pattern on the bathroom floor tiles. Unlacquered copper brassware, simple white sanitaryware and even more cool lighting, et voila - instant hotel chic! Each room is slightly varies, with a different colour palette, but they're very much of the same overall design. And boy is it good.

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1. Ralph Laren 'Baxter' Bed Linen - Yves Delorme (I couldn't track down the actual bedding, but I suspect the real thing might become available through the hotels website soon, alongside their house 'Blank' toiletries!)
2. Black Poppy & Wild Fig Hand Wash - The Soap Co.
3. Ship's Well Wall Light - Original BTC (Actual Bathroom Lights!)
4. Matrix Watergate Blue Tile - Topps Tiles
5. Matrix Alaska White Tile - Topps Tiles
6. Sorrento Molini Glazed Tile - Fired Earth
7. Roberts DAB Radio - ao.com
8. Jessa 100% Egyptian Cotton Bath Towels - Made.com*
10. No.214 Wall Light by DCW éditions - Made in Design (Actual Bedside Wall Lamps!)

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Image: Bianca Hall


PAINT COLOURS...

Here are a few good matches for some of the fab colours you'll find in the very Autumnal colour palette throughout the hotel. I'm even loving the ochre and rich pinkish red. Who even am I?!



Row A. Rich Black - Dulux / Bo Peep - Earthborn / Donkey Ride - Earthborn
Row B. French Rose - Sanderson / Field Mushroom - Sanderson / Carmen Lt - Sanderson
Row C. French Ochre - Rockett St George / Studio Green - Farrow & Ball / Card Room Green Farrow & Ball
Row D. Alabaster - Benjamin Moore / Polka Dot - Earthborn / Ultra White - Dulux

So what do you think? Will you be adding a touch of The Hoxton Paris to your home? I certainly will be - watch this space!

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Monday, August 13

Fab Five Mugs: Over Ten Pounds

It was only when I was drinking my Earl Grey from my current favourite mug the other day (a West Elm one picked up in the sale a few weeks ago and sadly no longer available, damn it!), that I realised that they they're a pretty particular and personal thing.

My perfect mug, might not be yours, and yours might not be mine.

I once had the father of a friend of Edie's ask for his tea not to be made in the mug I was about to use because he liked them to be white inside (I know). In hindsight, I do actually get that. And I hated those mugs anyway, so....

Anyway, as promised, following on from my current favourite mugs for ten pounds and under, here's my round up of the best five mugs currently available at over ten pounds. It's a bit of a splurge if you want a set of six matching ones (or an actual investment if you like a particular one!), not so much if not. And given, as I said in my last post that you use them every day at least once, if not constantly, I put them in the important purchases category.

Remember, one persons splurge, is another's affordable, which is why I generally try to avoid using that terminology - we're all working to different budgets.

This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on a link marked with an * and make a purchase, I earn a small commission. But I only ever write about products I genuinely love, and you'll never pay more because of an affiliate link.



1. Halycon Days Tiger Mug £35 - Harrods *

2. Emma Lacey Everyday Mug £36 - The Conran Shop *

3. Hay Wood Mug £15 - Liberty *

4. Pink Landcape Mug £25 - Reiko Kaneko

5. Gucci Lion Print Hand Mug £225 - Matches *

I know, I know, £225 is quite a lot for a mug, but LOOK AT IT! It's gorgeous! It has a lid! With a hand on it! Just don't smash it okay? And if you buy one/some, can you invite me over for tea? I'll bring the cake...
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Friday, August 10

Fab Five: Mugs For Ten Pounds & Under

Mugs are a peculiarly personal thing, don't you think? Well perhaps not so peculiar, given that if you're a hot drink drinker, you probably use a mug anywhere from once a day, to constantly, all day, every day. So understandably, they need to work for you.

Most people definitely have preferences as to size, shape, colour and feel - right down the the thickness and curve of the handle. And yes, it's probably a sign of age when you start to care about these things. I've gathered five favourites that are catching my eye at the moment. A rather eclectic mix I admit, but actually this is quite a good reflection of my taste in general - forever torn between classic and grown-up, but unable to resist a bit of girly fun. Different mugs, for different moods!

I'm keeping the price to ten pounds and under for this round-up, and on Monday there's a second round-up of mugs for over ten pounds, because there are some beauties available at all price points that I feel I need to share.

Please note that this post contains affiliate links marked with an *, which means that I receive a small commission if you click on my link/s and make a purchase. 

French For Pineapple Blog - Fab Five Mugs Ten Pounds And Under


1. Praline Straight Mug £9 - Denby *

2. David Shrigley Poodle Mug  £10 - Tate Shop

3. Salt Mug by Broste £10 - Selfridges *

4. Stoneware Mug £6.99 - H&M *

5. Sunset Stackable Mug in Pink (also available in Blue) £10 - West Elm *


Pop back on Monday for my ten pounds and over round-up - expect another mix of grown-up, and er, not so grown up.
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Friday, July 27

Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm

Well today is the day I finally show you my new look living and dining rooms. YAY! I've been working on these rooms for the past few months (and thinking about it even longer), and I do believe they are finished. About time huh? But apparently all good things come to those who wait, or something like that, and I am SO happy with the results!

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Thea Chairs / Art Display Coffee Table / Distressed Foliage Rug
You can have a look here to see my original moodboards and plans that I worked on in conjunction with a fab in-house West Elm designer. Such a great (and free) service you should check out. There's literally no obligation to buy, but trust me, you will want to!

So what's changed in the rooms? Well, almost everything!


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New Radiators:

The old rusted radiators have been replaced with lovely new ones from soak.com. They're perfect for this space because they're modern but quiet, and blend in nicely, but are also good-looking and I no longer feel the need to hide them in photos. Bonus!

They're the Flat Panel Vertical Radiators, quite modern, but are also a nice contrast in traditional spaces. I've replaced the radiator in the hall with one of their Colosseum radiators, and you'll see that once I've painted and added some artwork to that area. A woman's work is never done!

Their radiators are great really value, so definitely take a look at their range when you're next in the market.


 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog


New Wallpaper:

I changed the much darker wallpaper on the backs of the shelves, for a grasscloth effect one from Zoffany. It's called Wild Silk, and I chose the Linen colour. Just one roll of wallpaper can have such a big impact on the backs of shelves, adding so much interest and depth. And this one is the perfect backdrop to my bits and pieces, with it's texture it's interesting and draws the eye in, but it doesn't take away from what's on the shelves.

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New Colour:

Gone is the pink which I did truly love, but I was really craving a calmer, softer look in here, and something lighter and brighter.

In this case I wanted a pale neutral, but not bright white or grey. So many colours that I loved in theory, looked grey in our north facing dining room. I really struggled until I had a colour consultation with the very lovely Helen Shaw of Shaw Paints, who are the UK distributors of Benjamin Moore paint.

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Metal Framed Oversize Round Mirror in Brass

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog
Industrial Outline Table Lamp

I'm going to write another post about my chat with her it in the next few weeks because it was super helpful for me, and I'm sure it will be to anyone else who is struggling to find exactly the right paint colour too.

The colour I ended up choosing is called Navajo White. It's got a good dose of yellow in it, making it a creamy white with a touch of beige. A fabulous light neutral if you're after something that's not white or light grey, and as I found out, off-whites are actually really tricky!

The Benjamin Moore paint was really lovely to use (it's only been available in the UK since September last year). I've used the same colour on the walls, woodwork, coving and ceilings - I used the Regal Select in Matt Finish on the walls, the Regal Select in Eggshell Finish on the woodwork, and I went for the Aura Semi-Gloss on the coving and ceilings. Inside the bookshelves in the dining room, I've used the Advance Satin which is a tougher option for woodwork.

The colour works beautifully with the parquet, and together they set an elegant, grown-up base for the furniture, artwork and accessories.

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 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

New Floor:

As I said in my post yesterday about my Amtico floor installation, I've always believed in the transformative power of paint, and that flooring sets the tone. Big time.

The parquet really does add an air of elegance that I've always wanted and just couldn't get with my previous flooring, and I adore it.

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 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog
Oswald Tufted Slipper Chair

New Furniture & Accessories:

I was going to say that of all the beautiful things from West Elm in these rooms, that the Thea chairs residing in the bay window are my favourites. And they might be, but I also adore the table, the huge brass framed, mirror, the sofa, the coffee table... and the lamps, cushions and rug! Truth is, I love it all, and every time I walk into these rooms the combination of everything makes me smile. So maybe I don't have a favourite after all.

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I love a coffee table with a shelf for display, meaning the top can be kept relatively clear, and it's such a nice change having a round one too - no corners for small boys to bump into.

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog
Sloane Sofa / Textured Silk Fringe Cushions
Apparently cats aren't interested in leather, and so far so good, Cleo has not really been on the lovely new Sloane sofa much. Fingers crossed she stays uninterested and that she doesn't take in interest in the Thea chairs either!

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 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

I'm particularly happy that for the first time in the ten years we've lived in this house, the dining room actually works. The table shape and size is just right for this tricky space with so many doors, and it's already been used so much more than ever before. It's no longer a storage room and thoroughfare, but a gorgeous space that I want to be in.

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Silhouette Oval Dining Table

The oversized brass framed mirror is such a statement piece and is just made for the wall above the sideboard in the dining room. We've moved our spot print to the wall opposite and it's reflected in the mirror now which I love.

So there you go - two more rooms done and dusted. I intend to relax and enjoy them for the rest of the summer, before getting to work on my next projects!

This post is in collaboration with West Elm. Thanks so much for your support in helping me transform these rooms! 

And to my other fabulous sponsors too - Amtico for the floor of dreams, Benjamin Moore UK for the beautiful paint, soak.com for the lovely radiators, and Zoffany for that fab wallpaper.

I really hope you like the new look! Let me know what your favourite thing is in the comments below...


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Thursday, July 26

Amtico Flooring Installation [Aka My Dream Parquet Floor!]

I’ve always maintained that paint is the single most easy and effective way of transforming a room. And that floors set the tone. This is why no matter what colour I painted the living and dining rooms, I was never a hundred percent happy with the rooms. The fact is, I really hated our previous white painted floorboards that always ended up looking more shabby than chic. They were not my friend.

Carpet throughout the middle floor of our house (stairs, hall, landings and bedrooms) just under a year ago, massively improved those rooms, and now Amtico flooring throughout the ground floor of the house, has completely and utterly transformed it.

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Last week my Amtico floors were expertly and pristinely fitted (by Ceramtile on behalf of Amtico, who cover East London, Essex and Hertfordshire) in the hallway, living room, dining room and kitchen. And they’re the icing on the cake. Or should I say the foundation on which the cake is built? I don’t know, but whatever, they really do change the tone of the room, and have allowed me to achieve the look and feel I've always wanted. We've gone from rough around the edges to really rather smart and elegant, and that's music to my ears.

I’ve had loads of queries about my new floors, so I thought it would be useful to give you a rundown in layman's terms of the unbelievably quick process.

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I had done my homework and asked the questions, so there weren’t any surprises during the installation. Phew!

I had two main concerns before doing said homework (aside from actually choosing the right colour which is a whole other story!):

1. The most important thing for me was that it could be laid over the existing floorboards, and that there would be no need to remove the skirting boards. I just didn't want that level of upheaval - removing everything from the floors so they could be fitted was as much as I could deal with!

2. As a consequence of not removing the skirting boards, that there would not be a need to have a trim/beading around the perimeter of the rooms.

These points were non-negotiable, as removing the skirting boards would have had a massive knock-on effect and I just didn’t want to go there. Nor did I want the trim, as I don’t like the way it looks.

On Thursday morning two Amtico fitters arrived, and got to work laying a 6mm ply base over the existing floorboards – so the hall, living room and dining room, and the small space outside the cellar door were completely covered. And to be honest, I could barely contain my excitement even at that point to be saying goodbye to the old floorboards. 

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Amtico Flooring Installation AKA My Dream Parquet Floor - French For Pineapple Blog

The cracks in the concrete kitchen floor base (I had removed most of the flooring and trim in there the day before), and all the joins in the ply, were covered with a fast drying cement, smoothed off, and then the real fun began. 

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By lunchtime, the first couple of rows of flooring went down in the living and dining rooms using an Amtico adhesive. I had decided to go with a classic one colour small Parquet (Herringbone) laying pattern, in Amtico’s Brushed Oak from their Signature range, which comes with a lifetime warranty. Pretty amazing right?!

Amtico Flooring Installation AKA My Dream Parquet Floor - French For Pineapple Blog

Amtico Flooring Installation AKA My Dream Parquet Floor - French For Pineapple Blog

Make no mistake – I looked at a LOT of samples to get to my choice! I wanted something really classic and timeless, and for me that meant nothing too warm (so out went the redder tones), nor too cold (bye-bye to the greys), and finally arrived at the Brushed Oak (with a little help from Instagram too!).

I’m so pleased with the choice as it’s neither too dark or light, the colour is really neutral so it goes with absolutely everything. I had been a bit concerned that the rooms would feel much darker with the brown wood tone replacing the white floorboards (and replacing the previous grey cement look click-fit floor in the kitchen), but it really hasn’t had that effect at all which is a pleasant surprise.

Amtico Flooring Installation AKA My Dream Parquet Floor - French For Pineapple BlogThe Brushed Oak has a lovely, slightly aged look to it, but without looking rustic (which I didn’t want), so it was definitely worth all the hours pouring over samples and agonising over the choice!

Back to the installation... by the end of day one, over half of the living and dining rooms were complete, and a latex screed was poured in the kitchen in the afternoon. This is a self-levelling compound, that dries super fast, and by around 7pm, the screed was dry enough to walk on, and Cleo came out of hiding to inspect the work. She was impressed too.

Amtico Flooring Installation AKA My Dream Parquet Floor - French For Pineapple Blog

Amtico Flooring Installation AKA My Dream Parquet Floor - French For Pineapple Blog


Amtico Flooring Installation AKA My Dream Parquet Floor - French For Pineapple Blog


The next day it was three hands on deck and they got right to work like the well-oiled machine they clearly are. The process of the edges where the flooring meets the skirting was fascinating, and each piece was cut to size to butt right up to my less than perfect skirting.

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So don’t let anyone tell you that this can’t be done. And the reason it can be done, is that unlike a lot of flooring, Amtico doesn’t require an expansion gap. It’s solid vinyl, falling into the LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) category, and does not expand, even when wet. For this reason, it’s also a brilliant choice for kitchens and bathrooms.

As fascinating as the process was, I didn’t want to distract the guys with too many geeky questions, so kept my distance (kind of!), but I was so impressed with their attention to detail.

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They were completely finished by around 4pm on the second day, and left me feeling deliriously happy with the new floors. I knew, the transformation would be major, but quite honestly, it was even more transformative than I thought, and I was actually feeling quite emotional. Yes, I'm aware that's a bit over the top, but this was a long time coming, and really a flooring dream come true for me.

Amtico Flooring Installation AKA My Dream Parquet Floor - French For Pineapple Blog

It’s been six days now, and I still feel SO happy every time I walk downstairs and am greeted with this amazing floor. It looks like a different house, and I’m even dreading winter way less, now that I know there will be no ‘natural’ air conditioning (aka icy breeze) wrapping itself around our ankles in the living room through the old gappy floors! There’s ZERO chance I’ll be tiring of looking at these any time soon. Or ever.

Amtico Flooring Installation AKA My Dream Parquet Floor - French For Pineapple Blog

Pop back tomorrow to see how it looks all dressed up in the new look Living and Dining rooms – they’ve had quite the transformation! The furniture looks amazing against the parquet backdrop and I honestly couldn’t be more pleased.

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This post is in collaboration with Amtico. Giddy, fuzzy, happy thoughts, all mine.
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