Fantasy House Friday [Baker Street Boys]

Even the Fantasy House needs some practical items, and when I saw these Connect serving boards on the Baker Street Boys website, I knew they'd be perfect in the Fantasy House kitchen.

Imagine a whole line of them down the centre of a grand table with an incredible array of cold meats, cheeses, crackers, fruit, olives and so on. A-mazing!

They'd actually be perfect in my real life kitchen too to distract from the fact that I don't like it, but that's another post.

They come in a choice of three combinations including an oak and marble combo, which is also rather lovely, but obviously the black and white marble is my pick. Just. So. Gorgeous. 

French For Pineapple - Fantasy House Friday - Connect Boards
Image: Baker Street Boys

Fantasy House Friday [Bethan Gray]

Unfortunately I didn't get to see the Bethan Gray exhibition on my whirlwind tour of Design Junction. My highlights package is still on it's way in case you're wondering.

However, I'd have had to be blind not to notice the absolutely stunning Nizwa cabinet popping up again and again in my Instagram feed.

Image: Bethan Gray

Part of The Shamsian collection, it was launched at Design Junction - a collaboration between Bethan and Iranian artist Mohamad Reza Shamsian.

'The exclusive Shamsian Collection highlights the meticulous technique of inlaying/overlaying solid brass and paua shell inlay into coloured solid wood and maple veneer, creating a highly detailed, exquisite patterning that perfectly accentuates Bethan’s designs. The remarkable collection merges traditional craft with modern, elegant and contemporary design to create a truly unique and timeless aesthetic'

That. And it speaks to me on ALL THE LEVELS. The colour. The shape. The materials. The detail. Divine.

Have a further look at the Shamsian collection here.

Fantasy House Friday [Smeg]

Trends take a long time to pass don't they?

My theory, based on personal observation, is that more than fifteen years can pass before they have completely filtered through the trend cycle from innovators and early adopters, to the dregs of the high street. 

When I moved to the UK back in December of 2002, my husband had recently purchased a red Smeg fridge. Just saying that, you probably know which fridge I'm talking about. Yep, the retro FAB model, still loved by so many all these years later. Except me.

I don't do retro these days, and I don't do red. Never have. I'm a pink girl thanks very much. The only time I find red acceptable in an interior is when it's next to pink, and even then it's not guaranteed. And I don't do red lips, nails, or clothes. Don't even get me started on red tinsel...

So as you can probably guess, I never did like that fridge.

Over the years I came to resent it more and more. Unreasonably so. It didn't have a proper freezer. It had an internal ice-box style freezer instead. Basically big enough for a couple of trays of ice, a bag of frozen peas and a small box of fish fingers if you packed it efficiently. It was, as far as I was concerned, a bachelor fridge. 

We became parents. I used to wait, and hope and pray that the fridge would break down so I could justify buying a new one - a 'proper' family fridge.

It didn't die. Parts, like the plastic door shelves would break, and be horrifically expensive to replace. The ice-box door broke, so that every time you opened it, the entire door would come off in your hand, but I refused to spend £100 (yes, really) on a new door, so we just lived with it.

For years.

Just like the cheap sunglasses that you never lose, that fridge just wouldn't quit. It was mocking me, I'm sure. In fact, for over TWELVE YEARS I wished that fridge would pack it in. It didn't. I guess that's testament to the motor of a Smeg fridge. 

It wasn't until some friends were ripping out their entire kitchen and offered us their mammoth American style fridge-freezer two years ago, that I was finally able to send that red fridge on it's way.

I love our 'new' fridge. Again, perhaps more than is reasonable. It's massive, and I couldn't wait to fill that freezer with all the things a family 'needs'. No longer did I have to consider whether buying a tub of ice-cream would result in having to throw away a perfectly good bag of frozen peas. Would the vodka have to come out if I bought that extra chicken? Priorities. 

Why did I put up with something I hated so much for so long? Well, I'm not entirely sure. I think I hate waste in nearly equal measures. That, and I was sure it would break soon. In hindsight I could have sold it and bought a less-offensive cheaper one. Hindsight is great isn't it?

I often think about what fridge I would get when we one day do our kitchen. 

Would I want something integrated? Or with a water and ice dispenser? 

Probably not actually.

You might be surprised to hear that the number one contender is in fact a Smeg. I don't have an issue with the brand you see. Who could blame them for milking the retro cash-cow for all it's worth after all?

But of course, this model isn't readily available in the U.K, probably because everyone here is still so fixated on the retro FAB one. Google 'smeg fridge' and what do you see?

Please, let's move on from that so we can have different and contemporary models on offer like this absolute stunner (yep, I just called a fridge stunning). 

Smeg Fridge - Fantasy House Friday - French For Pineapple Blog

The Smeg FA800AO is matt black with brass handles, and would look so amazing in the Fantasy House Kitchen.

And perhaps in another few years they might let us have it in the U.K too, so I can have it in my real-life kitchen some day...

What ever-lasting trends are getting your goat right now? I have a few others of course, including the Pineapple sadly, which is in serious danger of becoming the new 'Keep Calm'.

Fantasy House Friday [Broken Hare]

Now I don't want you to start thinking I'm Morticia Addams, after the skull accessories post on Monday, but, this week I realised that a Fantasy House is not a Fantasy House without a spot of taxidermy in it. It just isn't.

Well, faux-taxidermy in this instance.

When I saw this life-size faux giraffe head (and um, neck, obvs!) from Broken Hare this week, I knew it had to go straight into the house.

There's a zebra and a fox too, among other creatures, but the giraffe definitely wins for me. 

French For Pineapple Blog - Faux Taxidermy
Image: Broken Hare

I've always loved taxidermy. I don't own any, but it's definitely on the list. I actually spotted amazing company at Decorex who do the real thing (leopard anyone?!), but I'll tell you more about them in my London Design Festival roundup post soon. 

Faux taxidermy to me, normally means unrealistic, which I'm not keen on, except maybe for kids rooms, but Broken Hare have taken faux-taxidermy to a whole new level, with incredible detail and artistry in their pieces. I mean, just look at that face!

This would be mounted in a stairwell of the Fantasy House, obviously.

What do you think? Too much? Would it scare the living daylights out of you? Or would you rather the real thing? Only if it died from natural causes obviously, no horrific, barbaric trophy heads here, thanks very much. 

Do check out Broken Hare's website for more, and let me know what you think! 

Fantasy House Friday [Julian Chichester]

The Julian Chichester stand at Decorex was one of my favorites. Full of eye-candy from lamps to sofas, to beautiful tables and cabinets - so much to love.

But the thing that really caught my eye was this Abbado cabinet (okay, and a lamp that I'll show you another time), the door panels are adorned with raised concentric circles of aged brass that are just gorgeous. And with plenty of storage space within, it's a win-win, falling in the very best category of super beautiful AND super practical.

This will go in the living room of the Fantasy House I think...

Image: Julian Chichester