Design a spectacular wedding reception with Shabby Store

 

When it comes to weddings, there’s so much to think of it’s easy to get pulled under by the amount of work involved! With anything from venues to vehicles to arrange, it’s no surprise that a DIY wedding reception is one of the last things on the list, and gathering those final details can be an overwhelming task.

But fear not, brides (and grooms!) to be – we have the solution for you, with a selection of stunning yet simple contemporary accessories to make your wedding reception that little bit more special. Wondering how on earth you can turn that empty hall into a stunning party venue?

Here are our top tips:

Get the designer accessories look for less with these stunning Scarlet Clear Acrylic Dining Chairs. These chairs not only make any room that bit more exciting, but they also offer a modern feel without the modern price tag.

 

 

We’re particularly in love with the detailed back that adds a little bit of modern fairy-tale to any reception. Pair with some bright splashes of colour, like floral napkins or vibrant favours, and you’re well on your way to a complete theme.

 

Of course, we can’t forget about the table centres! For the DIY bride, we’ve got several options, from the romantic Cream Roses in Dome display which reminds us of the Eternal Rose from Beauty and the Beast, a reminder that true love never dies.

 

 

Through to the modern Shaped Glass Vase, just dying to be filled with spectacular floral displays, fairy lights or even sweets such as sugared almonds. As with any wedding, you can’t forget the drink, and this Silver Round Wine Cooler offers that perfect touch of class for any table.

 

Don’t forget the outside of your venue

Whether you’re more of a garden girl or a patio person, there’s no reason not to spruce up the outside of your venue. Why not try these ideas?

For the modern romantic, a Garden Rose arch makes a beautiful addition to a walkway or entrance to the venue – not to mention it will be fantastic for photos after the wine starts flowing! And, speaking of a photo op, these Light Up Love Letters are the perfect modern addition to any venue. Pair with a brick wall for a modern feel or floral backdrop for something on the softer side and you have yourself a DIY photo area.
Finally, if you have a venue that’s on the larger side, it might be worth giving our ‘This Way’ Signs a whirl. Ensure your guests are exactly where you need them at the right times with this pretty, shabby-chic signage – so there’s no excuse to not be there for the first dance or cake cutting.

Think our gorgeous accessories are exactly what you need for your special day? Visit Shabby Store for all things wedding

 

How to create a French style home design

Fashion and style are something on which the French have never compromised. Even though Parisian fashion has moved away from bustles and powdered wigs, their unique style is still reflected in almost everything they do. French homes are famous for being glamorous with an impeccable ‘undone’ appeal and effortless aesthetics.

It is important to note that designing a stylish home takes more than just buying and placing functional furniture and decorative accessories around. Whether you have recently moved or are planning to renovate your house, there is more to consider than opting for functional or comfortable furniture.

Here are a few tips for creating a French style home design.

upholstered chaiseGiving character to your furniture

While it is important to have comfortable furniture around the house, don’t forget to add some character to your rooms with the beautiful and artistic pieces. You can choose to refurbish your old furniture by reupholstering it or painting it in eye catching colours such as gold, yellow, white etc. portofino french chestHowever, if you are not sure how to create this look yourself, you can opt for French style furniture to add stylish pieces for your bedroom, dining room or lounge.

Classic French style pieces such as an Upholstered Chaise or the Portofino French Chest are popular choices for creating this look.

 

Have a glamorous focal point in every room

antique free standing mirrorChic French homes have a touch of the glamorous. This does not mean that you should pile Victorian era furniture in your living room. A simple focal point such as dramatic drapes or a golden oversized mirror can also do the trick. The

Antique Gilt Free-standing Mirror not only looks stunning, the full size mirror also helps to reflect light in darker rooms and give the appearance of extra space.

You can also opt for French style furniture as it is timeless and elegant. For example, you can place a shabby chic armoire in your bedroom for your clothing.

mirror chateau armoirArmoires are essentially a freestanding storage piece which is an important part of French home design. The Portfonio Mirror Chateau Armoire adds a stylish yet dramatic focal point to any bedroom design.

You can also add a bit of glitter and sparkle in your house. While French interiors are never flashy, they do almost always have a vintage or antique piece such as a chandelier to add a focal point. smoked glass chandelierEnsuring that your light fixtures look ‘original’ is an important part of creating a French style home design. The 2 Tier Smoked Glass Chandelier provides a classic, antique style while the smoked crystal droplets add the extra sparkle.

Shabby Store stocks a wide range of French style and shabby chic furniture that is perfect for creating a French style home design. View our full range and buy online for fast UK delivery, or call us on 01509 323 102 for more information.

5 Must-Have Items for Dinner Parties and Picnics

Whether you are entertaining your family and friends or just enjoying the lighter evenings, Shabby Store we offer a variety of beautiful contemporary furniture and picnic ware to help add some style to any social occasion.

We’ve also put together this list of five essential items in hope to inspire you to spend more time outdoors and make your garden party or picnic a success over the next few months.

picnic basket2 Person Picnic Basket

If you fancy a romantic picnic with your other half, we suggest you try our enchanting two person picnic basket. Choose your favourite food and drinks and dine in style with this hamper for a fun day out. This shabby chic two person picnic basket white and comes with fastening lid and a sturdy handle, perfect for carrying all those necessary items for a summer picnic!

flute glassesClear Flute Glasses

No summer garden party is complete without these clear flute glasses, they will add an element of class and style to your celebrations. Elegantly arrange these glasses at your social gathering and put on a stunning table setting, perfect for any occasion and comfortable to hold during those long evenings spent with your loved ones.

Glass jar with rope handle

Glass Jar With Rope Handle

This extremely versatile jar can be used in various rooms within your home, we recommend using this as a candle holder in your garden to create a magical atmosphere for your guests. We think this glass jar with a rope handle is another crucial item for your garden party or picnic because it is a modern design and is ideal for adding a bit of charm and texture to any garden party.

Feather design salad serversFeather Design Salad Servers

Ensure your dinner setting is prepared with these salad servers, uniquely designed featuring feather details on the handles. They mix style with functionality and are a handy item to have at garden parties or picnics to serve up those delicious summer salads.

White and Gold Hurricane Tealight Holders

As well as stocking some wonderful outdoor lanterns, we also sell hurricane tealight holders. These are great for adding a decorative finishing touch to your garden party or picnic this summer.

White & gold tealight holders

After the sun has gone down, these White and Gold Hurricane Tealight Holder will add some sparkle and light up your garden for your guests. The pattern of these tea lights allows the gold to shine through giving your venue a striking ambience.

Do you want to create an effortless garden party or picnic this summer? Call our furniture experts on 01509 323102 if you would like help choosing from some of the unique and stylish items in our store today.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for inspiration or updates on the latest furniture design trends.

Outdoor Living

Outdoor living

According to the findings of the Houzz Landscaping Survey, 59% of homeowners are prioritising outdoor living as the biggest priority in their overall project design. From the use of natural materials to contemporary furniture, here are our predictions for outdoor living this summer.

Natural Materials

This year it’s all about the use of natural materials in your outdoor area. According to garden designers, there will be a shift away from hard edges and a movement towards softer edges. Materials such as wood and stone will become more prominent in garden landscaping. If you’d like to integrate the use of a natural material in your garden our grand precious stone cherub and large white twisted willow hanger are an excellent way to bring any garden to life.

 

Furniture

The use of modern design has made an appearance in the outdoor furniture industry including the use of creative shapes and metals. Furniture with natural, woven techniques to add texture is also making a comeback this year, the layout of furniture gradually resembles indoor living more and more each year.

Our amazing peach daybed is a unique piece of furniture which incorporates modern design and curved lines. We also think that the addition of this luxurious loungers and daybeds will help keep your garden on trend for outdoor living this year.

 

Hanging wall lampLighting

Throughout this year you might notice that light is used as a feature rather than solely for its functionality. In modern outdoor living, the use of light is used to enhance the appearance of different architectural or landscape elements of your garden. For example putting lighting underneath certain plants to make certain shapes of leaves stand out. As the weather gets warmer and the evenings get longer, BBQs might go late into the evening. To avoid any incidents, use lighting along pathways to help guests safely navigate their way through your garden. As a result of gardeners becoming more environmentally conscious, this year there will be an increase in energy efficient and LED lighting. We think our hanging wall lamp and clear jar LED lights would both add a delicate touch and brighten up any room or garden.

Blocks of Colour

Influenced by women’s fashion, the use of colour blocking will make its way into garden landscapes this year. Using blocks of colour in your garden is an excellent way to add a splash of colour to your outdoor living area. For example creating a feature wall can help highlight a particular plant. Alternatively, if you don’t have a wall that you can use, add some blocks of colour to your garden by placing some vibrant cushions on your furniture. To easily add a block of colour to your garden you could feature our vivid orange and fuchsia pompom cushion or this gorgeous green watercolour cushion.

 

 

If you need some inspiration, take a look at our collection of furniture to help you make your garden feel magical again. Our bistro patio sets and rattan loungers will help you to host the perfect garden party or to have a relaxing summer evening with your family.

Fantastic Florals

 

The early summer months are really the perfect time to experiment with fresh, floral patterns in your home. Whether you’re choosing new designer furniture to completely revamp your rooms, or you simply want to freshen up your current look with some contemporary accessories to reflect the season, we have the range you’re looking for.

Here are a few tips, taking inspiration from some of our favourite floral-themed products right now from Shabby Store.

Let there be light

Refreshing your light fittings could make more of a difference than you think.

Floral patterned lampIf you’re looking for a table lamp that’s perfect for a living room, bedroom or hallway, we love this Floral Patterned Lamp with its vibrant botanical design. This Gold Floral Pattern alternative is also a luxurious choice with a touch of oriental inspiration.

Go functional and floral

Many of our wonderful accessories aren’t just decorative, but they also serve a purpose in your home and help keep things organised. For example, consider this Jade Flower T-Light Holder, our Gold Flower Candle Holder, or a few other similar choices. All create a beautiful effect whether you light candles in them or not.

Blue floral framed printsKeep to your colour scheme

Never assume that you have to switch to pastel colours or shades of green to add a floral twist to your home. If you’re sticking with a sophisticated blue theme, for example, you might consider these spectacular Blue Floral Framed Prints to enhance a plain wall. You could compliment the same look with this striking ceramic stool.

Subtle contemporary décor

If you’d like to incorporate some inspiration from nature but you’d prefer to keep it low-key, we have some more abstract and contemporary accessories which are perfect. This Gold Flower Mirror is a great example for creating a sleek and modern style.

Jade flower t light holderWe have many other useful accessories and furnishings with floral-inspired designs, including chairs, cushions, mirrors, lanterns, picture frames, coasters and much more. Use our search feature to find what you’re searching for, or try our different categories in Get The Look for some more inspiration.

Adding Spring Freshness To Your Home Decor

Spring Homeware

Now that spring is finally upon is, warmer days are becoming a little more regular and there’s certainly a lot more greenery outside our window. But how can you reflect this seasonal shift inside your home?

At Shabby Store, we have an excellent range of contemporary accessories for your home, hand-picked from some of our favourite designers. Everything is organised into helpful categories to help you create a specific theme in every room. Here we’ve selected just a few of our favourite spring-themed products to inspire you.

Botanical Nature Collection

Botanical Nature Picture Collection

This set of nine unique wooden frames is ideal for turning a plain wall into a wonderful display. The images in the frames, ranging from birds and butterflies to flowers and plants, will add a fresh touch of spring to any room.

Pastel pink stag headPastel Pink Stag Head

With a built-in hook, this piece is easy to mount on any wall. It’s something of a statement piece, but due to the hand-painted pastel colour, it can actually help to create a softer image that’s perfectly suited to the time of year.

Aliza Dusk Pink Throw

Continuing with the pink theme, this luxuriously soft and smooth throw is perfect for adding both colour and comfort to a lounge or bedroom.

Shaded white tulipsShaded White Tulips

Nothing says spring like fresh flowers, and these beautiful tulips will stay fresh all year round with a completely natural and lifelike look. These are presented in a tasteful and versatile glass vase.

Evergreen Botanical Cushion

Taking inspiration from the natural world again, this cushion features an attractive range of green hues and a contemporary leaf print to add a spring feel to your furnishings.

Hurricane setPatterned Waste Bin

Following on with a similar green colour scheme, this green and cream patterned bin is a subtle and stylish way to add some seasonal practicality to any room.

Natural Hurricane Set

This set of three different sized natural hurricanes can create an attractive effect on any large shelf, sideboard or even a long hall table. Keep the trio side by side or place them on different shelves for a mismatched look.

Rabbit cupcake plateBonus: Rabbits!

Easter may be over, but rabbits are also a symbol of spring, so they’re ideal for adding a little charming detail to your home. These rabbit bookends are a cute option, handcrafted from wood, or if you’d prefer something in the kitchen you might opt for this rabbit cupcake plate for serving up sweet treats. We have a lot more bunny-themed products too, so make sure you hunt them all down.

Our New Contemporary Furniture from Eichholtz

 

Contemporary Furniture from Eichholtz

At Shabby Store, we love to bring in new product lines on a regular basis, and we’re always excited about refreshing our line-up of contemporary designer furniture. One of the newest additions to our website is the fabulous Eichholtz collection, and we think you’ll agree it’s well worth a look.

Jenna zebra print chairEichholtz has been supplying stylish designer furniture to businesses and homes all around the world for the last two decades. Theo Eichholtz was inspired to create the brand after touring around many different countries, and his global influences are evident when you see the unique mixture of styles in his designer furniture range.

The key characteristics of this creative and distinct product range are a timeless, elegant feel combined with a very sleek, sophisticated finish. You’ll find many pieces of contemporary furniture in this category which carry enough personality to transform the look of any room, which is always exciting, plus beautiful light fittings and many other decorative items.

Although the Eichholtz brand always delivers the same high standard and follows this general theme, it’s fair to say their many collections and individual products are also very varied. Just a few different examples that we love include the following…

Eichholtz Natural Bone Obelisk

 

Sinan Natural Bone Obelisks – This pair of unique, handmade obelisks are inspired by the incredible architecture of Ancient Egypt. They would make the ultimate focal point for a coffee table or display shelf.

Fornasetti Clear Glass Console Table – A slim and sophisticated table that would fit perfectly in almost any lounge or bedroom. This curved, contemporary design is deceptively simple but it’s one of our favourites from Eichholtz.

Jenner Zebra Print Chair – Make a real statement with this magnificent luxury chair. The pattern uses neutral tones but instantly creates a striking contrast, so it blends in with your décor whilst drawing the eye immediately. Lined with authentic bronze nails and built from high quality birch wood, this really is a timeless and impressive piece.

There really are a huge range of fabulous designer pieces in the Eichholtz range, from tealight holders to elegant sofas, so we highly recommend browsing the full collection. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team.

Your Cosy, Hygge Home

Hygge (pronounced “hue-guh”) is a Danish word that’s suddenly becoming a huge trend when it comes to home design. It doesn’t exactly translate to English, but it’s all about that warm, contented feeling that you get when taking pleasure in simple things.

We think a home should give you exactly that sensation, so it’s no surprise that many people are now looking to capture that warm Scandanavian feeling with their interior design. The world often feels like a stressful place lately, but people are welcoming hygge-inspired décor into their homes so they can enjoy the opposite effect and create a calm, cosy retreat.

It just so happens that luxury shabby chic style fits perfectly with the fashion for hygge. For example, in our Get The Look section, the Winter Lodge theme contains a fantastic range of products that are perfect for incorporating hygge into your home. Here are just a few of our favourites…

Circular Log Holder – The perfect accompaniment to a roaring fireplace, this stylish metal piece has a large capacity for wooden logs and looks both modern and homely. This is a great way to incorporate cosiness without compromising on contemporary style.

Circular log holder

Thick Faux Fur Throw – This glamorous, premium quality faux fur throw is bound to be your new favourite lounge feature. Getting snuggled up on the sofa with this extra-thick throw is the best shortcut to finding out what hygge really feels like. It’s available in a neutral cream colour so it will blend in with most colour schemes.

Faux fur throw

Edison Bulb LED Lights – Natural light is a big part of hygge and should always be maximised, but in the evening you need a bit of mood lighting to add to your warm atmosphere. These quirky LED light bulbs are perfect for this task, and being in a long string of 10 bulbs, they give you plenty of reach to decorate your cosy living space or bedroom.

Edison LED fairy lights

Silver & Metal Glass Lanterns – These classy and contemporary lanterns come as a pair with mismatched sizes, so you can place each of them in their own unique space. They’re ideal for reflecting candle light around your whole room, and look fantastic with almost any style of décor.

Dilver & Metal Glass Lanterns

New Year, New Look?

After taking a break over Christmas and finally welcoming 2017, we hope you’re feeling refreshed! Many people take advantage of this time to think about a revamp of their home décor, especially after spending more time indoors than usual over the festive period.

Shabby Store offers the ideal solution if you’re looking for a change. By visiting our Get The Look section, you can browse different styles and find a selection of contemporary designer homeware and furniture to suit whatever theme you fancy.

White Orchid Phalaenopsis Plants

Here are just a few of our favourites…

Shabby Chic – Of course, we’re known for our selection of luxury, French-style shabby chic furniture and décor. This extensive range includes everything you need to take inspiration from different decades and create a totally unique, comfortable feel for every room in your home.

Distressed Grey Chest

Colour Pop – One interpretation of shabby chic style that always works well is to choose a range of neutral tones for much of your furniture, flooring, walls and so on. You’re then free to add an exciting pop of colour wherever you like, which is perfect if you like to change the theme of your room regularly. We have a fabulous range of vibrant decorations and accessories to add a subtle colour scheme to your home, as well as larger pieces that really make a bold statement.

Blush pink sofa

Creative Copper – This look is set to remain well and truly in style this year. Copper decorations and details are ideal for creating a sense of warmth and adding a luxury finish to a relatively simply room design. We have a selection of homeware items in the Creative Copper theme, ranging from vases and plant pots to coffee tables and lighting.

Pyramid Copper Coffee Table

Moroccan – If you’re looking for a completely new style, Moroccan contemporary style is very popular right now. Finishing touches make all the difference here, including smooth textured cushions, intricately designed lamps and other quirky display pieces. Gold is featured heavily, and most of the pieces are decorated with amazing details inspired by Moroccan influences.

Moroccan Style Rounded Table Lamp

Ideas For Your Festive Dining Table

There’s nothing more enjoyable than bringing your home to life with a bit of festive spirit. Our signature luxury French-style furniture works perfectly as a starting point for an elegant dinner party, but on Christmas Day you may want to go a step further.

Make your dining table the centrepiece of your decorations this year with some of our fabulous accessories and tableware as well as more great ideas to impress your guests.

Christmas Tree Jar

From water to wine

Your glassware will be one of the most noticeable features on any Christmas dining table. We have some spectacular Gold Base Water Glasses which really add some elegance to any table, with plenty of matching gold and silver wine glasses, champagne flutes and even Martini glasses. As long as these are colour-coordinated with the rest of your tableware, they’ll look much more impressive and festive than plain, everyday glassware.

Gold Swirl Wine Glasses

Keep your cool

 

The best way to make sure Christmas doesn’t get too stressful? Make sure everyone has plenty of chilled drinks to keep them entertained! There’s nothing more luxurious than having one of our impressive Oval Champagne Coolers on standby at the table, or the sleek Wine Cooler With Bamboo Handles complete with gold detailing.

 

Oval Champagne Cooler

Dish of the day

 

To serve your treats and appetisers in style this Christmas, our glossy ceramic dishes are available in a variety of fun festive shapes. Choose from our reindeer or Christmas tree designs in bright white or subtle taupe, ideal for the dining table, kitchen, or any surface that can be used to serve snacks!

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Golden rules

 

To keep your tableware consistent and smart yet festive at the same time, we really love a gold theme. From our boxed Gold Cutlery Set to our Gold Steel Napkin Rings, we have everything you need to make sure all your decorations and dining essentials make your Christmas table a shining example.

Cutlery Set

You can view our full range of classic and contemporary Christmas tableware to find even more inspiration. We’re sure you’ll find everything you need to make your home look truly special and inviting in time for your guests to arrive on the big day.

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