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.


Fantasy House Friday! [Amara Collection]

Oh yes, it's that time of week again where I add another thing to my Fantasy house. I'm pretty sure my Fantasy House would be located in Formentera where I just happen to be holidaying right now. Only we're not in my Fantasy House, because obviously it doesn't exist. Yet. Are you still with me?

Good. Let's see what today's addition to the house is...

I went to check out the Amara Collection one sunny morning in July, and I was seriously impressed. It's an extensive range that covers pretty much everything interior accessories related, from cushions, to rugs, throws to bed linen and towels, lamps and flatware. There was a lot to see, and a lot to love!

Of course there were some things that really stood out for me, and this Parnell Stool was definitely one of them. I adore lucite furniture (yes, I like calling it lucite because it makes me sound cool and knowledgeable, but you might want to call it acrylic or perspex). We don't see enough of it (no pun intended), and it's great for so many reasons - not least it's lightness in a room. It falls into the über hip category for me, because it manages to be glamourous without showing off. Just like the really pretty, cool girl at school that you always remember.

I'd like a pair of these please. So handy in every single room, and that quilted leather is to die for. It's available in this classic black from the 19th of September. I'd love to see it in a caramel leather too. Swoon.

Fantasy House Friday - Amara Parnell Lucite Stool
Image: Amara




The Amara Collection launches on the 19th of September, and if you'd like to make sure you're among the first to see the full collection, you can sign up here.


The Wonderful World Of Wedgwood

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Statue of Josiah Wedgwood at the entrance to World Of Wedgwood


If you follow me on Instagram, you might have spotted a couple of images from my trip to Stoke-on-Trent last week with Amara, to spend the day exploring the World Of Wedgwood with a group of other bloggers. And what a great day it was...

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Bisqueware (unglazed ceramic pieces) on the factory floor





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Bisqueware with glaze awaiting it's next firing. The factory fires around 6,000 pieces a day.
We were whisked straight off for a factory tour on arrival, and were lucky that some particularly prestigious pieces were being worked on that day, including a Dynasty plate, and a section of a Jasperware Borghese Vase.

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Specialist decorator Bruce, applying Raising Paste to a Dynasty plate


The Borghese Vase was adapted from an antique vase dating back to around 1790, and takes eight craftsmen over 200 hours to create. No wonder then that it has quite the hefty price tag!

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Another specialist decorator gilding a section of a Borghese Vase. The brown will turn to gold as the oils burn off once fired.


In contrast to Bone China, Jasperware remains matt after firing, and is 'ornamented' rather than 'decorated'. The process is highly specialised and completely fascinating.

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A finished Dynasty plate and Borghese Vase (Images - Wedgwood)


Next we had a tour of the Wedgwood Museum, which really is a treasure-trove of ceramic delights. Set out in chronological order, it's captivating to see how the techniques and trends evolved over the years. The story of Josiah Wedgwood, the history of his company, tireless passion for ceramics and developing ceramic techniques and technology is awe inspiring.

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Caneware Teapot


My favourite pieces in the museum date back to 1780 (the Caneware Teapot above) and 1879 (the Shell and Coral Majolica below). I'd give my firstborn for that teapot and milk jug. Okay, not really (sorry Edie), but I do love it. A lot.

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Shell and Coral Majolica Teapot and Milk Jug





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China Tiger (a.k.a Foo Dog) Teacup and Saucer c.1813 (oh I do love a bit of Chinoiserie!)
After our museum tour, we were taken into the stunning Tea Room (via the equally gorgeous Tea Emporium) for a proper afternoon tea including finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, accompanied by Wedgwood tea of choice. I had the Earl Grey (no, not very adventurous, but it's what I like, and a good loose-leaf Earl Grey is hard to beat!).

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Wedding display in the Tea Emporium


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Decorative Brass Doors leading into the Tea Room

As great as the food was (and it really was lovely!), the interior of the Tea Room was even better. Modern yet timeless with stunning wallpaper adapted from the Wedgwood Hibiscus pattern (seen here on a teapot), brass details and blue velvet banquettes - it was heavenly.

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The Wedgwood Hibiscus Pattern


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Hibiscus Pattern Wallpaper in the Tea Room

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Those Blue Velvet Banquettes!

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Brass Framed Mirrors and Grey Moulded Walls (say hi to some of my fellow bloggers Alina and Yasmin!)


And these wall lights against the dark grey moulded walls are hard to beat. I want them. The moulding has pretty much cemented the idea to add some into my next room makeover project at home.

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Brass Wall Light on Grey Moulded Wall. Hmmm YES PLEASE!



After all the tea and cake I could quite happily have curled up on one of those banquettes for a little snooze, alas it was time to move on and try our hand at either a bit of pot throwing on the wheel or plate decorating before heading back home, exhausted, but thoroughly inspired.

I totally recommend doing a day trip to Stoke-On-Trent to visit the World Of Wedgwood, and I want to go back soon myself with the kids - Edie in particular would really enjoy seeing the process that goes into making ceramics and having a go herself. I know she'd also love the Tea Emporium and Tea Room just as much as me. Baxter on the other hand, would be a bit like, well... a bull in a china shop! Sorry.

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Wedding Display in the Tea Emporium
Oh and did I mention there's also a factory outlet shop? Culture, shopping and bargains. What's not to like?!

Thanks so much for having me Amara and Wedgwood!


Spring Into the Garden with Amara


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When the weather is warm we love to spend as much time in the garden as we can in the evenings and on the weekends, and anyone that knows me, knows that I love a cocktail, so a cocktail in the garden makes me very happy indeed.

I'm a firm believer that you should most definitely not save 'best for best'. So yes, you will find me using my best glasses in the garden! Why not use the things that make you happy, every day? Besides, a beautiful glass makes everything taste better. I've been needing to replace our mis-matched and chipped champagne glasses for a while now, and these Aurelia Champagne Saucers are so lovely. I prefer a saucer over a flute, because they feel that little bit more glamorous and special, and these ones have such a classic look.

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To complement and contrast with my champagne saucers (which can definitely be used for cocktails too, and not just fizz), I chose this super handy charcoal Wings tray, because you can never have too many trays. Trays are not only great for carrying your cocktail accoutrements on, but they can act as a stable surface for your drink on the grass too.

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And speaking of accoutrements, I adore the mix of little vessels that I have put them in, which have so many uses. The pretty gold lined, matt white Dauville bowl is perfect for mint leaves, cocktail umbrellas (who doesn't love a cocktail umbrella!), or for housing sugar swizzle sticks as I've done here. It also makes for the perfect beside dish to put your jewellery in at the end of the day.

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I've long loved lettuce/cabbage ware, yet never owned any. This little Bordallo bowl could well mark the beginning of a new collection. The off-white and green options (green not shown but you can find them here) sit really nicely together, so mix it up!

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Last, but certainly not least is this Skull cup, which may just be my favourite piece. You might have guessed I have a thing for skulls, and this cup is super cute, super cool, and again, it has endless uses. I was powerless to resist! Obviously you can use it as a cup (duh!), but it's also the perfect size for toothpicks or to use as a sugar bowl with a little vintage spoon. But I couldn't resist piling it high with Maraschino Cherries. I think I need a few more of these.

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When I was looking through the Amara website to choose products for this post, I must admit I was pleasantly surprised at how comprehensive it is. Not so big that you get completely overwhelmed with too many choices, but a really impressive and beautifully curated selection of products - I fell in love with so many things! If you don't know them yet, do check them out because I'm pretty sure you'll find lots to love.

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Here are the products I've used for this post...


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Clockwise from top left:

Aurelia Champagne Saucers
Wings Charcoal Rectangular Tray
Dauville Bowl
Bordallo Bowl
Skull Cup

The only thing that would make me happier than cocktails in the garden, would be sitting in this hammock chair whilst drinking said cocktails in the garden. I mean, just look at this...HEAVEN!
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Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Amara. I only work with companies that fit with the aesthetic of French For Pineapple and that I think you will like as much as I do.