Like with any exciting trip, it all started with an unwelcome alarm, far too early, however who can really complain, (minus a few yawns), when en route to Jolie Paris!
Here at The French Bedroom Company, we like to keep you on your toes by providing exciting new products that we hope you might obsess over just as much as we do - the office has talked of little but the incredible new Nightingale Sofa for weeks! After all, I don't know about you but I find myself spending far too many evenings browsing online in those "New In" categories. In a bid to keep those evening shopping sessions fresh and exciting for you, we headed off to Maison et Object on the hunt for some new obsession worthy products to entice and inspire.
During our trip, we rather unselfishly, made ourselves your eyes and ears to bring you back a few trends in the interiors world to keep your eye on! Maison et Object vaguely resembles the interior lovers equivalent of being a child in a candy shop; there are beautiful products in vast supply in every direction you look. Taking a moment to gather ourselves, so as not to become overwhelmed, we got to business straight away, making the most of our magpie instincts, with two main objectives we started with home accessories.
We noticed a welcome return to luxury, quality materials. We wandered through the stands reaching out to soft velvets, lazy silks, heavy linens, natural cottons, and beautiful merino/cashmere blends. Soft furnishings were stitched, shibori dyed, quilted, knitted and pleated. Contrasting textures, that we can't stop picturing, layering on one of our beautiful French beds. These hand laboured techniques also echoed the return of the maker and a slight shift towards traditional techniques. When combining these traditional techniques with the luxury materials, something comforting yet luxurious is achieved i.e. the perfect lazy weekend in bed companion!
The inspiration didn't stop there, at lunch we were lucky enough that the luxury vibe continued with our cuisine. We nibbled salads from diamond Perspex boxes (beats a Tupperware any day) and even came across leopard print chocolate eclairs. It was almost too pretty to eat, but rest assured we managed it, all in the name of research (we promise!). Refreshed and sugar levels firmly on the rise, we headed out for more.
Let's talk colour trends. The main colour trend we noticed was pale blush pinks in abundance, both in soft furnishing and upholstery. These pinks were complimented by French grey/blue hues, and beautifully subtle taupes and neutrals. If you're feeling a little braver, turquoise is back in a big way, and we even noticed a few acid yellow colours peeping through to make the ultimate statement. We are very pleased to report that our favourite black and gold trend is here to stay (we found some incredible hides in both black and gold that we cannot wait to show you).
With the intention of bringing fresh products to our lighting collection, we explored the weird, wacky and wonderful on offer. LED strip lighting dominated, and although not very FBC, we loved the contemporary vibe. As with the soft furnishings the trend of luxury made its mark with the most stunning hand blown Dartington and Murano glass. Chandeliers were our main objective, and the stands certainly did not disappoint, we found some swoon-worthy glass chandeliers that we are quite sure you will adore! One thing we particularly loved seeing were pendant lights hung very low as bedside lighting (you may have spotted we were on trend here in our recent photo shoot!), and we found a few beauties, that work incredibly well either traditionally or in this new way!
The pictures below show you a few of our favourite stands. We fell head over heels with Missoni Home who created a rippling wave of china as a feature on the wall. Whilst Little Greene Paint Company revealed some room sets to die for, our favourite painted in the colour of the moment, blush pink.
All in all it was a very European affair. We asked in French, were replied to in English, thanked in German, whilst realising the man in question was Italian. Ignoring a few minor language barrier hiccups we left feeling accomplished and inspired. We bought cushions, throws and lighting, lots of them, and we simply cannot wait for you to see and be able to fill your homes with our fantastic new finds. Watch this space!