Monday, 17 February 2020

Enhance your home with these display cabinet ideas

Since 1823, when Henry Bishop's opera Clari
(or The Maid of Milan) first proclaimed the famous words
"There's no place like home", this phrase has been taken to heart. In
general, we love our homes, spending an average of £83 billion each year on
home improvements in the UK alone.

The styles of each home are as different as
the people who live in them. We shape our homes around us, making them
comfortable in styles that suit us, adding to them over the years as tastes and
fashions change.

One way in which we make our homes unique
is through acquiring antiques and collectibles; items that appeal to us because
of their nostalgic or sentimental value. They don't have to be expensive -
though they can be - and they aren't always to other people's tastes. But they
are ours, and we love them. Even so, it is often the way of things that these
prized pieces and collections are kept in boxes under the bed, or in attics and
sheds. Sometimes, space is limited, and our beloved heirlooms and treasures are
stashed safely wherever we can find the room.

However, there are ways of enhancing our
homes, by selecting a stylish piece of furniture that will allow us to display
our collections with pride. This way, we get to enjoy them each day, as well as
adding flair to our homes with a beautiful new cabinet.

Here's a selection of display cabinet ideas as an example:

Antique French Style Display Cabinet

With its 'Queen Anne' style cabriole
legs and elegant scrollwork, this cabinet is an excellent way of displaying
prized objects. The clear glass doors will ensure that the contents are displayed
to their best effect and kept safely, reducing the need for frequent dusting.
Antique-effect brass fittings add to the overall feeling of class, while the
lower drawer offers extra storage.

Telephone Box Display Cabinet

If a more classical style is not for you,
then perhaps something a little quirky might pique your interest? This
display cabinet is modelled on the traditional red British telephone box,
making it a conservation piece in itself. Any collection displayed within it is
sure to be protected while being shown off to its best. A truly unique way to
enhance any home whilst saving space, this expertly-crafted cabinet also brings
an element of fun and nostalgia.

Antique French Style Kitchen Cabinet

The keywords when it comes to this style of furniture are "Simple Elegance". If you prefer a look that speaks of good quality that is more reserved or understated, then you could not choose a better cabinet. Even though it is extremely practical, with four double-height, glass-fronted compartments, complemented with the four lower compartments with solid wood doors, the style is not compromised. The 'antique white' finish, as well as the professional craftsmanship, will add to the ambience of your home, making this cabinet an heirloom in its own right.

Antique French Style Large Liberty

Once again, simplicity is the key to this
cabinet's appeal, but don't be fooled; when you look closely you become aware
of the attention to detail that has been invested in this stunning piece of
furniture. Classical elegance is combined with practicality, with fifteen
shelves and three extra storage drawers beneath, each with an ornate
gold-effect handle. Also with an 'antique white' finish, this time with the top
panel left unpainted to provide a contrast, this cabinet is sure to impress.

Fleur Shabby Chic Display Cabinet

This cabinet is ideal for those homes where
space is more limited. As well as the two glazed cupboards, this
well-proportioned piece of furniture also has two enclosed cupboards and two
centrally-placed drawers. The eye-catching handles are of faceted glass,
complementing the grey 'shabby chic' finish to great effect.

Black Antique Style French Cabinet

The black finish with silver detail sets
this cabinet apart. It has four shelves in a tiered design that boasts elegance
and style. The open-back design will ensure that any collections displayed will
be seen clearly. It will add character to your home, while at the same time not
detracting from your decor.

This selection of display cabinet ideas is
a fraction of what is on offer, but the only limit is your imagination. When
displaying antiques in your home, it seems a shame to place them in or on
something that doesn't do them justice; they deserve better. You deserve
better. Displaying your collection in a beautiful cabinet will help, but there
are other ways of enhancing this by giving some thought to how you
display them with these display case decorating ideas:

  • if you collect glass or items that are in distinct colours, consider separating them by their colour. This gives a pleasing effect that adds to their appeal.
  • as much as you love your collection, a cabinet filled with white ceramic may not be the most exciting. By adding good-quality dried (or fake) flower arrangements you will instantly add a dash of colour and brightness that won't take anything away from your collection.
  • perhaps your collection is a little 'eclectic'? No problem! Buy a cabinet with multiple compartments and fill each one with an interesting and quirky item.
  • where possible, place items to give a symmetrical look. This will greatly increase the aesthetic appeal and bring harmony and connection between the items.
  • a display cabinet works so much better when a connection is established to other furniture in the room. By purchasing another item of furniture in the same type, you will instantly bring balance, establishing the sense of style you desire.
  • when tastefully (and safely) done, a rustic lamp or even some types of 'fairy lights' can add an extra dimension to any display cabinet and its contents.

Whatever your tastes and whatever your
collection of treasures, there is a cabinet out there to suit your needs. By
selecting the right one you will be able to display your treasures as they
deserve, and enhance the place where you live. After all, there's no place
like home

Here is our full range of display cabinets

Classic French Style Display Cabinets

Modern & Contemporary Display Cabinets

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Monday, 4 November 2019

11 Types of Storage Trunks

Keeping organised

As well as adding style, and keeping things stored away in your home, Homes Direct 365 storage trunks are also the perfect solution for keeping organised, and travel. You can put away certain items that aren't needed for a period of time whilst keeping them organised and in order. Today Homes Direct 365 will run through and explain the history, appearance and use of a handful of storage trunks.

Coming in many styles with varied practical properties, storage trunks have a vast variation of looks, such as:

  • Jenny Lind Trunks
  • Saratoga Trunks
  • Monitor  Trunks
  • Steamer / Cabin  Trunks
  • Barrel Staves Trunks
  • Octagon / Bevel Top Trunks
  • Wardrobe Trunks
  • Dome-top Trunks
  • Barrel-top Trunks
  • Wall Trunks
  • Full dresser Trunks

Saratoga Trunks

Travel Trunk Cabinet

Among the many types of antique trunks, there is the saratoga trunk. Named after the popular holiday destination on NY, this place was often visited by the wealthy in the 1800's. This trunk was made strong, sturdy, and secure. Specifically for travelling. Some of the locking systems were high-end technology at the time, and Saratoga Trunks were the best storage trunks of their day, making it a favourite of a growing breed of wealthy upper-class generation of Americans.

Saratogas had round top which are often referred to dome-top trunks in catalogues. Made from leather, metal or canvas, these pieces were commonly styled with decorative hardware and were definitely classed as one of the fancier varieties. With saratogas being the premium of trunk design; they can often emulate other styles, and retain the signature strength and durability that only a Saratoga Trunk has. 

The myriad is also the most recognisable feature on the trunk, featuring compartments and trays, which can be very complex. 

Cabin Trunks & Steamer Trunks

Bogart Storage Trunks

Known as travelling trunks, steamer trunks or cabin trunks, this style was often used as luggage for extended trips on steamships, trains, stagecoach or boarding school as student trunks.  They were founded in the late 1870's although they really became popular in the 1880-1920 period and would be seen quite often.

Although many people thought cabin, steamer and travelling trunks to be the exact same thing, a majority of people claimed cabin trunks to be the 'true' steamer trunks, being the equivalent of modern day hand luggage and used for more valuable items that were too expensive to go with the main luggage. 

This particular style of trunk was identified by being covered in canvas, leather or patterned paper with a flat or slightly curved top. All these pieces were around 14 inches, in order to comply with the steamship luggage regulations which was why they were named 'Steamer Trunks', which since became a hallmark or this style. 

Faux Leather Trunks

Jenny Lind Trunks

Identified through its distinctive keyhole or hourglass shape, the Jenny Lind trunk was named after the singer who shares the same while also being known as 'The Swedish Nightingale'. This happened when she toured through America in 1850-1852 under the arrangement of PT Barnum. Jenny Lind trunks were also known as stagecoach trunks as they were used for stagecoach travel and also continued to be popular until 1870, being made in a large variety of shapes and sizes. 

These traditional trunks were usually covered in leather or sole leather, with multiple iron bands around the curved body that were fastened with brass studs. They were often compared to the shape of a loaf of bread or figure of eight and were most likely decorated with fancy tooled leather, brass locks and extravagant interiors with paper lining and timings. 

Take a look at the images above of this popular style of trunk and see if you like it for yourself!

Wardrobe Trunks

Zebra Print 6 Drawer Luggage Wardrobe Trunk

Wardrobe trunks are basically a mobile wardrobe and would contain almost anything imagine. They would usually stand on their end to be opened, having hangers for clothes on one side and drawers on the other. Although many high-end wardrobe trunks would feature make-up boxes, mirrors, privacy curtains, removable suitcases/briefcases and even buckles and tie-downs for shoes. Take a look at the pictures bellow of the inside and outside of these complex pieces. 

Being very large pieces, wardrobe trunks were often really heavy and were almost always used for extended travel by ship or train. You can still find storage trunks online due to a few companies still manufacturing these products and offering wardrobe trunk restoration.

Dome-top Trunks

Natural Shesham Set Of 3 Storage Chests

One of the most popular styles of trunks is the vintage dome top trunk, also known as a Victorian travel trunk. This style has a high, curved top that can reach up to 30 inches and can be constructed in a variety of methods such as barrel construction, moulded ply and cuffing.

Dome-top trunks can come in two styles, one being a camel-back style which is distinguished by having a vertically running top slat in the centre that is a lot higher than the other trunks. The other is known as either a hump-back or hunch-back which is similar but has no slat in the centre of the top. 

Dating from the 1870's-1900's, there is a lot of dome top trunk history, and are seen as the most talked about of antiques, this had lead to them still being manufactured today. 

Wall Trunk

Large Storage Trunk

Wall trunks are a specific type of trunk that can be opened to a 180 degree angle, making both hinges flat up against a wall. These pieces were and are a sought after piece if they are in good condition due to their speciality, even though they are a middle ranged price. Perfect for maximising storage. 

Dating from the 1870's to the 1900's, the two main manufacturers of these products were Clinton and Miller and they're brand names will most likely be engraved onto the hinges. 

Wicker Merchant Set Of 3 Trunks


Overall there are a lot of styles of these products that were used years ago and still used today, even designer storage trunks! Whether you want to use these pieces to travel, style, organise, to keep as an antique or even if you want some modern storage trunks, we can assure you they're impressive and very interesting. 

You can view our full range of storage trunks on the links below

Industrial Style Storage & Furniture

Storage Trunks

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Monday, 23 September 2019

French Decor Design Ideas For Interiors – French Designs & French Lifestyle

What is French Interior Design?

Firstly, in many families, the French design is courageous, elegant and chic. Among many households, it’s very popular and that’s the reason why we, Homesdirect365, still sell it every day. In a lovely home, Rustic French Furniture & French Style Home Accessories never miss out.
Originally inspired by the amazing Proven├žal homes, French country furniture/architecture often features ruffles, distressed woodwork, blended styles, and both vibrant and subdued shades. The Classic French interior design is loaded with a variety of colours, forms and sizes.
You may ask… when was the French Style Interior Design First used?
After France invaded the first in 1494, it was “imported” from Italy. It took French interior designers a few years to embrace the ideology, but around Louis XIII’s decision (1617 to 1643), the baroque style had already gained strong ground across the nation. The French design ideas for interiors were a huge hit afterwards!

What is it about French Furniture & French Accessories that make it so popular?

French provincial furniture generally relates to parts produced in the 18th century in the provinces and lower French towns, away from Paris. The parts were often easier and more inexpensive adaptations produced for the Parisian monarchy by the luxurious Rococo furniture.
There’s something on French style home accessories, French furnishings, Parisian interior design & French-style interior, which feels so straightforward but hard to play. We sell many French furniture and sell products from mirrors and furniture to decorative accents and a lot of beautiful chandeliers. Whether you insert it in your home or use it for inspiration, we can help you attain your fashion interior goals.
Since the beginning, French furnishings have been popular longer than you think! Some individuals consider it to be a vintage style, but it can be put in a French-inspired bedroom in a French-style interior design living room anywhere on French mobilization and it can still create a lovely feeling throughout your home.
Crushed Velvet Antique French Style Bed
Antique French Style Bookcase
Antique French Style 8 Branch Chrome Shallow Chandelier

What would be the best colour for French Interior?

If you are looking for a more initial and neurologic atmosphere, we have a lovely array of furniture & accessories to help you receive that. The smooth, romantic interior design French country style appearance is supplied with neutral colours. Painted with light greige–beige and grey wall, add creamy whites with pale pink, yellow, red or blue accents.
Personally, neutral colours offer a lovely impact and sometimes with French furniture, they look so lovely. Entering your inner home with that easy, generic feeling. We have a lot of ranges with a soft, French touch that can ensure you will not be disappointed with. It all depends on your preference & what your existing interior looks like.
Rococo Collection
Estelle Collection
But on the other side of the road, bold colours are the way you want to push your mood. Peacock blue, teal, emerald green, red shade — in French interior design nothing is unlimited. The traditional fabrics in French homes combine well with basic pleas, checks and stripes. Provencal prints combine the main shades of green, lavender, and orange.
When it comes to colour, there is a lot of space for flexibility. Let the palette you choose dictate your character. Although you want the vintage, shabby and chic style, if bold & in your face, are your thing, we have the best ranges for you.
La Rochelle Black Collection
Baroque Gold Leaf Collection

What brings out a French Interior?

Living in Paris is the dream right? I mean, you got the Eiffel Tower, the Museum of the Louvre, the Notre-Dame. Lots of lovely landscapes? But we can still take the French design right on our doorstep, even living right where we are. They’re a lot of ways you can bring out your French interior. It could be from French colour, accessories, furniture or even design. They are a lot of distinct ways to make your home stand out depending on who you are and what your finest interior styles are.
Possibly try adding a lovely chandelier? A lot of French compliments such as accessories for a French glamour interior design? If you’re a very vintage and shabby chic individual, I’m sure it’ll help you decide. Why not add to your home a beautiful over-dimensional French mirror? I’m sure that certainly will stand out and turn the head whilst showing off your French-themed interior design. I mean, after all, I guess Classic Parisian style flats constructed in the mid- to late-19th century tend to have a conventional characteristic — a fireplace, often decorated with an opulent mirror, which is a perfect example to do that.
Carved Louis Cream Antique French Style Wall Mirror
Vienna Chandelier
Perhaps you could add some lovely accessories such as candle holders, clocks, mannequins, plates and hangings etc. Here at Homesdirect365, we give a number of these in many colours, forms and sizes.
Minimalism is a good option if you want a subtle French hint of the house. But don’t be afraid that there will be plenty of room space – use colour and texture to tell the story. Choose items you’re going to love and enjoy every day. As the French are doing it: a lovely place to have long chats about wine, stylish, beautiful, inspired French kitchen accessories. Choose the most common colours as used by the French to comfort shabby, chic vibes.
Set Of Three Lanterns With Heart Cutout
Keep it lighter or fresh with white or pale walls and ceilings, then choose colours inspired by the rural character: sunny yellows, greens on meadows and red pops. Unconsciously, the use of colours like rust and antique white adds a historic sensation.


French Accessories & Furniture is the ideal option for anyone! Nothing can be denied that French furniture and French accessories are a great hit when it comes to redesigning and rethinking your home giving it a beautiful French Country interior design. Whether you’re wanting to change your beautiful French furniture or want to rehabilitate your home.
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Storage Trunks – Stylish Homes

Storage Solutions

We’re all accountable for the bunch at the bottom of our table that’s usually unsorted clutter: books, magazines, newspapers and things that are never off our bedroom chairs, all spread around the room.
Well, this problem can be solved by just adding Homes Direct 365 Storage Trunks to your home. For a happy & cleaner home.
If you are looking for some storage trunk ideas then keep your eyes peeled… we have just the thing. Storage trunks can be used to conceal unwanted storage, store everything safely, and provide a lot of detail in your home so they’re definitely a go-to when you’re looking for a clean & tidy home.
4 Drawer Luggage Trunk
Drawer Storage Trunk

Why Do We Need Storage Boxes? – Pros & Cons

Storage boxes can be used for many stuff, one of a lot is that many moving & storage alternatives can be linked straight to this excellent option. They are lightweight, simple to pack, stack and label.
Storage boxes are a great idea if you don’t want to get rid of anything but want to keep it safe and off-show… It’s a wonderful invention. You can purchase many distinct storage trunks to suit your needs and space. For instance, storage trunks for bedrooms, storage trunks for living rooms, etc.
However, it may take up much room, I mean one won’t, but if you need a storage trunk set or lots of boxes for storage, then consider the space of your home first again.
Silver & Black Storage Box (Set of 4)
Set Of 3 Assorted Colors Storage Trunks

Achieve The Best Results & Bring Them Back to Life

Have you ever had that impression when you’ve been somewhere and always bring back an item because you’re uncertain from the very few that the store is selling, that no product will work with your interior? Homes Direct365 can assist and offer you a little more abundance in that sector! We’ve got a broad variety of Storage & Chests you might want to look at!
We have a broad variety of storage trunks, but there are some of the few that we have to fit in any sized room; retro storage trunks, storage trunks set of 3, wooden storage trunks, metal storage trunks, unique storage trunks, decorative storage trunks, small storage trunks, wicker baskets & many more.
Alternatively, though, if none of these suits you and you need more storage room & something that is safer, we have another group of products that are for you ; a small storage trunk with lock, stacking storage trunks, small storage chest trunk, coffee table storage box, storage box with lid, storage trunk organizer & many more that you can view on our site Homesdirect365
Set Of 3 Storage Trunks
Wicker Merchant Bench & 3 Trunks
Grand Safari – Trunks – Set of 3

Baskets & Boxes

Independently, baskets & boxes create excellent contemporary storage, and you will no doubt have seen a lot like ours, but we can deliver only the most stylish and practical.
We have many distinct kinds of storage baskets & boxes made of wickercoloured gold, wood & metal. These will certainly create a lovely feeling, so buy yours today and we can make sure they’re not going to be disappointed.
Notwithstanding that you decide to style these in your home or by any means, any of our boxesstorage trunks, etc., we will make sure that we only bring the best and will definitely leave a lovely mark on the entire interior. While providing storage space and being very useful, this is certainly something to hold on for a long time, relieving stress and elevating any room.
Wicker Merchant Set Of 3 Trunks
Small Gold Beehive Storage Box

Declutter Your Life & Declutter Your Mind

Were you aware that decluttering has been shown to reduce stress on scientific lines, increase your mood, make you sleep better & it also makes you feel a lot more creative?
Anyone with an excess cupboard or completely filled closet can prove that junk stacks cause stress…right? It’s annoying to look at the reason for this, but it can dredge up to a lot of distinct feelings. That’s why we’ll help you get your clutter once and for all under control! You might be asking what is the best storage trunk for me? What is best for my current interior? Don’t worry, I can make sure that we have more than enough to choose from.
Decluttering is something we all need to think about and you can get the greatest outcomes with these storage trunks. They are very convenient & handy in any situation. I certainly feel some kind of manner when I look at my messy closet. I feel stressed about the absence of organisation and I feel confused about what kind of style I’m even following. Really, not all those emotions should be elicited by a closet, a bedroom or even that chair that is taking up half of the room at the side of your bedroom, but it can.


As you might have guessed, here at Homesdirect365 we like you to enjoy the look of handmade & manufactured furniture. We are an excellent furniture & accessories company and we really appreciate a wide range of different materials to create the beautiful products we sell every day on our website.
Each & every item is really carefully made to the best of our ability. Storage trunks have always been a fantastic hit, perhaps because they are helpful, handy, and you can decorate them whatever you like.
As I said before, it’s not nice for anyone to have a lot of clutter. Use these storage trunks to create a better, smoother and more open room for your home!
Industrial Style Storage & Furniture
Storage Trunks