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10 ways to create your French country farmhouse

French style outdoor living  A summer's day in Provence is all about long lunches in aromatic gardens, heirloom roses, lavender and bubbling garden fountains.  Rustic garden furniture, and weathered zinc and stone sculptures soften shady spots in courtyards and on terraces.  Large garden pots Antique weathered garden urns add structure and formality to outdoor spaces.  Classic French Anduze pots make a striking statement on the corners of an irresistible swimming pool.  Antique gilded mirrors No French farmhouse is complete without an antique mirror. Gilded frames add warmth and gold tones on mantelpieces above a crackling fire. An antique French mirror in a powder room or bathroom adds a luxurious touch.  Farmhouse dining tables and intimate dinners Aged antique French farm tables...

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Eight ways to create your Mediterranean beach house

1. Message in a (demijohn) bottle Over-sized demijohn bottles evoke a coastal feel. Antique hand blown glass gently throws light in a way that resembles the sparkling Mediterranean. 2. Rustic baskets  Whether you display a collection of your favourite foraged goodies, or use them to store beach towels - a wicker basket is an essential beach house accessory. Rustic oyster baskets are a versatile choice and are a lovely way to store towels, display succulents or other collected objects.  3. Antique French Biot jars Salty olives are always on the apero menu! Weathered Biot jars are a quintessentially Mediterranean.   4. Beach finds, seashells and coral collections Create your own Cabinet de curiosités  with nature's treasures such as opalescent nautilus sea shells and sculptural corals. ...

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How to decorate with sculpture like an Interior Designer

Sculpture large and small has been part of humankind since the mists of time. It involves rhythms and volume of spaces, contrasting qualities of surface: open, closed or broken. It stimulates our own imaginings and can produce a psychological effect. The observer admires the skill and feels the artist's passion. Good to keep all these things in mind when thinking about ways to display a sculpture to its best advantage inside the home, where it will dwell with domestic objects and mingle with the atmosphere of the interior rooms, which all serve different functions. Of course finding a space where the changing light (both natural and otherwise) can play its role in illuminating and hiding the various masses at different...

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Antique French confit pots - decorating ideas

Antique French confit pots. As they are many collectors of French pottery there are some lovely decorating ideas. Using confit pots as a mid-sized vase is a superb idea. Whether displayed in the kitchen, living room or dining room the timeworn patina contrasts fresh-cut flowers beautifully. 

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The History of Seltzer Bottles

These curious and colourful Seltzer bottles with birdlike tops are rich in history. Their texture, branding artwork and sculptural spout makes them a desirable decorative collectible.  In 1773 Jacob Schwepps started selling carbonated water. The siphon was invented in 1829 in France. What began as a water purification system (carbonation kills germs) became a celebration of accessible potable water as part of every-day living. 

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