Friday, April 27

Bathroom Debrief From Salone del Mobile with C.P Hart

Last week I attended Salone del Mobile with C.P Hart bathrooms, alongside their Design and Merchandising teams to explore the vast bathroom sector. And I mean vast. It was the first time I'd been to Milan Design Week or the fair itself, and it was mind-blowing. In a good way!

Although I'd been told about the size and how much walking I'd do, I really didn't grasp the sheer scale of it until stepping foot inside the first pavillion. Some 243 bathroom exhibitors set up their stands in a 20,600m2 area. And yes, that's just bathrooms. We visited some truly stunning exhibits, so it's only fair that I report back with a bit of what I saw, which was an unfathomable amount of bathroom goodness!

Next week I'll take you beyond bathrooms, and out and about on the streets of Milan for my Fuori Salone highlights. Though I know for a fact I barely scratched the surface, even after covering 39 kilometres in under three days.

Yes, I had sore feet, and no, I didn't choose the most sensible shoes.

Now, back to bathrooms...

The bathroom is no longer a place to get in and out of as quickly as possible. It’s morphing into another room of the home, and not somewhere for practical use alone.

Bathroom trends are pointing towards creating comfortable, inviting and layered spaces that are to be enjoyed and lingered in, not clinical spaces that you can’t wait to leave. They're becoming more important, private sanctuaries, places to really take some time out for personal wellbeing.

Cielo (Image: Bianca Hall)
Of course many of us don’t have the luxury of huge bathrooms with space to hang-out, but a sense of luxury can still be achieved in the smallest of spaces if you use the right materials.

Prominent bathroom trends at Salone del Mobile during my trip with C.P Hart were warm pale neutrals (also echoed in other sectors, not just bathrooms), notably at leading luxury ceramics brand Cielo, where colour played a small subtle supporting role, and matt, chalky neutral ceramics reigned supreme.

Cielo (Image: Bianca Hall)

Cielo (Images: Bianca Hall)

Warm metallics are very much here to stay, which came as no great surprise, with a huge selection of finishes now available from the likes of Dornbracht, Samuel Heath and Gessi.

From satin brass to matt black, polished nickel, copper and dark platinum, these brands offer so many stunning brassware finishes. We also spied the odd matt white tap - more of those to come I think. We will never go back to just one brassware finish option again, so it's pretty exciting times!

Samuel Heath (Image: Bianca Hall)

Samuel Heath Landmark Pure (Image: Bianca Hall)

Left: Gessi Rivievo in collaboration with HBA Middle & Right: Gessi Inciso by David Rockwell (Images: Bianca Hall)

Gessi Inciso by David Rockwell (Image: Bianca Hall) 
Left: Dornbracht Vaia Right: Dornbracht Brassware Finishes (Images: Bianca Hall)

Artelinea and Duravit know a thing or two about blurring the bathroom boundaries with free standing furniture, which without the basins and taps, would not look at all out of place in a living room or bedroom. Not only do these free standing pieces help a bathroom to flow from the rest of the house, but pieces that are wall hung or on legs, also help to increase the feeling of space.

Artelinea (Images: Bianca Hall)
Cerasa (Image: Bianca Hall)

Duravit (Images: Bianca Hall)

The stacked tile laying pattern, or as we like to call it the interior obsessives club, the Mandy Moore, was very much order of the day, signalling that herringbone and chevron patterns, should now be left for wooden flooring, and no longer used for tiles.

Left: Ex.t Middle: Lithea Right: Elle Decor Millennials At Home (Images: Bianca Hall)

Colour, or rather the absence of it, was noted, although there’s always an exception to the rule, as boldly demonstrated by the one and only India Mahdavi in her Bisazza collaboration, giving a fun, tongue-in-cheek nod to bathrooms of bygone days, with new takes on the avocado, peach and powder hues of the fifties and sixties.

India Madhavi for Bisazza (Image: Bianca Hall)
India Mahdavi for Bisazza (Image: Bianca Hall)

Where we did see more colour, blues, greens and pink still ruled, and I was surprised not to see more lilac. Maybe next time.

Layering textures brings warmth and softness to what is traditionally seen as a colder room full of hard surfaces, and what better way to demonstrate that point than with these amazing Bette baths. The studded textured surface, the fabric cladding and chalky matt finishes are so tactile and inviting. 

Bette (Images: Bianca Hall)

Overall, classic satin brass, mixed with rounded white ceramics as seen at ext were a big deal, and something we’ll continue to see in bathrooms as the trends trickle down to the high street over the coming years.

Ex.t (Images Bianca Hall)

I've returned full to the brim of bathroom inspiration, so it's probably about time I started planning my long awaited bathroom makeover! 

Thank you to C.P Hart for taking me on this magical adventure to Salone del Mobile. You can see C.P Hart's trend report here.

Milan Design week, you are magical. See you next year!

This post is in collaboration with C.P Hart

Monday, April 23

Linwood Fabrics & Wallpapers

When I came across Linwood Fabrics recently on Instagram, it was fabric and wallpaper love at first sight.

And the further I delved into their collections, the more I fell in love. And then I received a sample delivery and wanted to find a place for each and every fabric and wallpaper in my home.  Linwood have the air of a company that's been around a lot longer than their relatively young twenty-four years, with their newest Tango collection already feeling like a classic. Like a good pop song you just can't shake, their designs feel familiar yet fresh at the same time. I should also mention that they know a thing or two about presentation. How beautiful is this sample wrap?!

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Anyway, enough fan-girling, I’ve teamed up with Linwood and created four schemes using their fabrics and wallpapers, and honestly, although these days I’m more drawn to the neutral tones of my Pale & Interesting scheme, I actually love each one of these schemes as much as the next, and I had SO much fun creating them, as you can probably tell!

I think my personal interior style is a little schizophrenic, but with the amount of imagery we’re bombarded with on a daily basis I also think that’s completely normal. It’s also okay to love an over the top Colourful Maximalist scheme, but prefer to live predominantly with soft neutrals in your home, it’s okay to love the Dark & Moody look, but prefer to live with brights. And it’s also okay to love lots of different looks too. I’m not saying you should throw all these looks into your home, but you know, your home, your rules. And if you want a bit of everything? Why not?

Pale & Interesting

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A neutral room that isn’t dull and sterile requires a lot of layering and texture. So a patterned (or textured) wallpaper is a great start, then add velvets, linens, and warm metallics. A bit of whimsy is a must. And even a pale room needs grounding with a touch of black (or in this case, charcoal).

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French For Pineapple Blog - Linwood Fabrics

Walls: Hudson Bay Wallpapers – ‘Nova Scotia’

Upholstery: Tango Weaves –‘ Pampas’ in Dove

Soft Furnishings: Omega Italian Velvet in Mercury / Omega Italian Velvet in Latte / Tuscan Linen in Cane

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Dark & Moody

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I adore this look and have fallen a bit head over heels for the Island Paradise wallpaper too. How far you go with wallpaper is of course up to you – one wall, two walls or all four, or just the ceiling, just a chimney breast, the backs of shelves – the possibilities are endless!

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French For Pineapple Blog - Linwood Fabrics

Walls: Tango Wallpapers – ‘Island Paradise’ in Noir

Upholstery: Tuscan Linen in Dusk

Soft Furnishings: Fable Weaves – ‘Tyger’ – in Galaxy / Omega II Italian Velvet in Adriatic / Omega Italian Velvet in Linen

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Geo Dreams

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I love the look of print on print, or as I like to call it, Pattern Drench. Whether it’s matching or contrasting colour ways, this look is always so much fun!

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Walls: Tango Wallpapers – ‘Pagoda’ in Sherbert

Upholstery: Tango Weaves – ‘Pagoda’ in Graphite

Soft Furnishings: Tango Italian Velvet in Blossom / Tango Italian Velvet in Peanut / Omega Italian Velvet in Pampas

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Colourful Maximalist

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This look has been having a real moment of late, but it does need to be considered to stop it looking too chaotic. Keep some colour continuity by taking your secondary colours from your main colour source. In this case the green of the wallpaper is echoed in the stunning Jungle Rumble velvet, and the other fabric colours are taken from that.

The result is actually quite a restricted colour palette and that’s why it works. I love this Jungle Rumble print so much and it also comes in wallpaper. Firmly bookmarked for use in my house one day. A hallway or a cloakroom is perfect if you don’t want this much busy pattern in rooms you spend the most time in.

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French For Pineapple Blog - Linwood Fabrics

French For Pineapple Blog - Linwood Fabrics

 Walls: Tango Wallpapers –‘ LA Sunset’ in Mantis

Upholstery: Tango – ‘Jungle Rumble’ in Leopard

Soft Furnishings: Tango Velvet in Sherbet / Omega II Italian Velvet in Cognac / Omega II Italian Velvet in Baize

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Many of these fabrics and wallpapers come in other colourways so do go and have an explore of the Linwood site, and let me know in the comments below what your favourite scheme is!

This post is in collaboration with Linwood Fabrics.

Monday, April 16

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season Two: Lift-off!

Today is the day! The first day of the second season of Revamp Restyle Reveal, and are we excited to get going? YES WE ARE!

If you don’t know what Revamp Restyle Reveal is, in a nutshell, Lisa Dawson and I ask eight bloggers to join us in Revamping a room in our homes over a set four week period, supported by a group of sponsors, keeping you up to date with our progress via our Instagram stories, the Revamp Restyle Reveal Instagram, and with weekly You Tube video updates. 

We then Reveal the finished rooms with a blog hop, which will be on the 17th of May at 11am, starting on Lisa Dawson’s blog.

You can see who the bloggers and sponsors are this season over on our website.

For the first season last September, I did my kitchen, and I won’t lie, it nearly broke me. It was stressful for so many reasons, and I seriously questioned why I’d taken it on, and questioned my sanity. And I highly doubted it would be finished on time. (Sorry Kat if you're reading this, I'm sure yours will go much more smoothly!!)

By some miracle, and a lot of help from my long-suffering husband, plus a brilliant electrician and plumber, not to mention our sponsors, it did get done. Just. And I love it! You can see the fruits of our labour here.

This season I’m doing my TV room, and I have to admit I’m pretty pleased that the only plumbing required will be to change the radiators, and at this point there is no electrical work required, although the light switch is dodgy, so that should be replaced!

That said, there is a LOT of painting to do as it’s currently Teal ALL OVER: Walls, woodwork and ceiling. And the fact that I’m going pale is going to mean MANY, MANY coats of paint! 

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I realise you may (or may not!) look at the room as it is now and wonder why I’m changing it at all, as it's not terrible. BUT I know I can make the space better, and there is method in my madness!

As I’ve gone lighter and a bit more neutral elsewhere in the house, I feel it doesn’t flow well, and it’s no longer a room I feel drawn to spend time in. Essentially, I’m over the colour, and want something quieter.

And there are a few things that really bug me about the room:

The room is an awkward layout, and if I had my time again I would not put a door right in the middle a wall, but it is what it is: a long narrow room and the floorplan options are limited.

I hate seeing the tv, cables and ugly radiators, which is what greets you as you walk in.

The corner sofa isn't doing it for me, and as we rarely spend time in the room with all four of us, and have a guest room, it doesn't need to double as a guest bed, and I want a sofa that just runs the full length of the wall instead. I'm sad about this as i LOVE this sofa, but it's not right for the room and needs a bigger space to breath.

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French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season Two Intro And Plans

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season Two Intro And Plans

So, what am I going to be doing to the room over the next four weeks?
  1. The TV will move to one end wall above the sideboard.
  2. The walls, ceiling and woodwork are going much paler and more neutral. The existing decorative moulding is staying.
  3. There will be wallpaper on the two end walls, bringing in some texture.
  4. The builder grade radiators with chipped paint will be upgraded. Yay!
  5. I’m pimping the sideboard with moulding that will echo the existing wall moulding, and painting it. That will probably take longer than painting the entire room. What can I say? I'm a glutton for punishment. 
  6. Some new Roman blinds to work with the new colour scheme.
  7. Cosy cushions and throws to add more texture and visual warmth.
  8. A new sofa to run along one wall only, and a large mirror above it.
  9. A new rug for sofa end of the room only (I've always struggled with rug size for this long narrow room, but I think I know the solution).
  10. A declutter of the sideboard (inside and out!) to make way for some tech and some gorgeous new lamps.
  11. Those often photoshopped out cables stand out like a sore thumb on that colour, and the neon will be relocating.
I hope to end up with a warm and welcoming, multi-purpose room that will flow nicely from the rest of the house and be used every day. It's such a lovely light room, so I'm going to make the most of that light during the day, and make it feel extra cosy at night. Fingers crossed anyway!

Here's my moodboard, I've made a few changes to it already, but this is the general feel of the room. I hope you like it, and that you'll follow along with me and the other bloggers as we work on our rooms!

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How do I follow along I hear you ask?

Check our weekly You Tube updates, which will also be added to the website.

Follow along on mine and all the other bloggers personal social media accounts (all linked on each bloggers page on the website).

The big REVEAL day blog hop is the 17th of May and will start on Lisa Dawson’s blog at 11am, so don't miss it!

And really importantly we want YOU to join in with us! Have you got a room in your home in desperate need of a little TLC? Then why not get Revamping along with us?

We’ll be re-gramming and storying our favourites, so show us your before and progress and after shots using the multi-image feature on Instagram and use #revamprestylereveal. There will also be weekly prizes for our favourites! 

Let’s go!


Thursday, April 12

Dream Bathroom Picks With C.P Hart

If you've seen a London hotel bathroom, or perhaps a restaurant bathroom that's taken your breath away, it's quite possible that it's the work of C.P Hart's Contracts team. They've worked on The Curtain Hotel, They Haymarket Hotel and The German Gymnasium to name but a few, and yes, I have spent more time than is possibly normal in each of these locations taking snaps of said beautiful bathrooms.

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The Curtain Hotel Guest Room

Their Contracts division works closely with architects, interior designers and developers, on building and refurbishment projects, from luxury apartments through to hotels and commercial developments.

And I don't know about you, but I for one definitely aspire to hotelesque interiors, especially in the bathroom department.

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The German Gymnasium

When it comes to bathroom design there are SO many options. But unlike paint which can be easily changed, bathrooms involve bigger, more permanent decisions, so although I will never suggest playing it 'safe', I do suggest perhaps going for slightly more timeless choices when making decisions for your bathroom design.

For brassware, brass finishes are now firmly in the timeless category, although I'm sure some thought it would be a fleeting trend, it isn't, and is going nowhere fast, and it's not just brass that's here to stay, it's a multitude of different colours and finishes, and I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to use any one of them. Remember, I said slightly more timeless, not boring.

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Image: Dornbracht

Aside from brass (which is quite a broad term in itself as there are countless different shades and finishes), I'd also look at matt black for brassware, and I've also seen some pretty amazing and unusual bronze and brown tones too. And although chrome will always be a staple, I'm happy to see softer, warmer, platinum and nickel finishes emerging too, which are a more modern take on classic chrome.

I'm off to Salone del Mobile in Milan with C.P Hart next week to explore the new bathroom trends, and I actually can not wait! If you've been reading my blog for a while, or following me on Instagram, you'll know that not only am I a huge C.P Hart fan, but a bit bathroom obsessed in general! This could quite possibly be because my own bathroom needs some serious attention. And when I say 'attention' I actually mean, ripping the whole thing out and starting from scratch!

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Image: Cielo

I've put together some of my favorite pieces from current collections of some of the brands we'll be visiting in Milan, that I would love to include in my dream bathroom. Or bathrooms as the case may be, because we're dreaming, why can't I have several?

I can't wait to see if what awaits us in Milan can trump these beautiful products, so watch this space for a de-brief after I return, and let's see if my head is turned in all sorts of different directions.

The Basin

Basins are the second most important product for me in a bathroom (second to taps!). So why not go a all out with a really stunning showpiece? It doesn't have to shout, it just needs to be special.

There's nothing more decadent than drinking champagne from a cut glass champagne flute. And I imagine this cut glass basin (bottom right in the image below) from Glass Design is the hand washing equivalent. A pretty good excuse to break out the best of the best hand wash I'd say. Glass Design basins are stunning, and so unusual.

Cielo also do stunning basins and their Shui collection is a particular favourite. I adore the shapes and finish (not to mention their ceramics come in an impressive 19 colours!). I'd be like a kid in a Candy Store trying to decide. Matching, tonal, or classic white?

And the Gessi Eleganza basins are a beautiful take on a more traditional shape that would be amazing with ├╝ber contemporary taps.

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Clockwise from top left: Cielo Shui Oval Basin in White / Glass Design Venice Washbowl / Gessi Eleganza Washbowl / Glass Design Ramada Washbowl

The Toilet

As far as toilets go, you can't go wrong with one of these from Cielo and Duravit. I love the quiet simplicity of these designs, exactly as a toilet should be.

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Left: Duravit Starck 2 Back to wall pan / Right: Cielo Shui wall mounted pan

The Bath

I've never been a bath person, but then I've never had bath I wanted to spend any time in. And if we're talking dream bathrooms, then it has to be a freestanding tub, right? Something tells me that I would very quickly become a bath person if I had one of these beauties from Duravit and Cielo, which also double as sculptural works of art.

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Left: Duravit Durasquare Freestanding Bath / Right: Cielo Le Giare Freestanding Bath 

The Steam Cabin

Well we are talking fantasy here, so it would be remiss of me not to include a Hamman steam cabin from Effegibi. Talk about extreme decadence!

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Effegibi Hammam Steam Cabin

The Brassware

My favourite part of a bathroom is undoubtedly the taps. And what a huge choice we have these days. I'm a bit (a lot) head over heels for Dornbracht's Vaia collection which comes in beautiful Dark Platinum and Platinum Matt finishes. It would be hard to choose, but I'm surprised at how much I'm drawn to the latter. Absolutely stunning.

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Image: Dornbracht 
French For Pineapple Blog - Dream Bathroom Picks With C.P Hart
Image: Dornbracht

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Left: Vaia Two Hole Bath Mixer With Lever Handles and Handheld Shower Set in Platinum Matt / Right: Rain Shower with wall connector in Platinum Matt

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Left: Vaia Wall Mounted Basin Mixer in Dark Platinum Matt Right: Vaia Vaia Wall Mounted Basin Mixer Platinum Matt

Gessi also have an incredible brassware collection with an extensive range of stunning finishes including the Finox Brushed Nickel (below right) that I absolutely love, and the 316 collection (left) really takes taps to a whole other level with the textured detail.

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Left: Gessi 316 Meccanica taps / Right: Gessi Shower Mixer in Finox Brushed Nickel

I would have no trouble at all piecing together my dream bathroom from these beautiful products, my head is spinning with ideas, and we haven't even touched on tiles!

Not all of these products are currently available via the C.P Hart website, so it's definitely worth visiting a showroom for the full experience and to see a more comprehensive range of products and finishes. The tap and sample room in the Waterloo, London showroom is a sight to behold. Trust me.

This post is in collaboration with C.P Hart Bathrooms. I'll be taking over the C.P Hart Instagram stories on Tuesday the 17th & Wednesday the 18th of April, so make sure you're following them on Instagram and watch their stories to see what we discover in Milan!
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