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    O&F Boxwood Wreaths ~ Wedding Décor For All Seasons!

    O&F Boxwood Wreaths ~ Wedding Décor For All Seasons!

    If you love Boxwood wreaths as much as we do, then you’re already in on the secret – they’re not just for the holiday season. Our O&F evergreen leaves are preserved to last up to one year and are easily incorporated into any seasonal décor. 

    With the warmer months on the horizon, and traditional wedding season not far behind, we’ve been exploring all the ways we can incorporate our custom made boxwood wreaths into spring and summer wedding party design.

    From romantic and whimsical chandeliers to alternative bouquets, the wreaths add outdoor charm and unique style to any wedding party, and are an endless source of inspiration.

    Place Settings

    Smaller boxwood wreaths create a simple and classic place setting feature, and are one of our favourite rustic wedding table inspirations. Adding ribbon and name tags are perfect for assigned seating receptions. And you can even use them as a gift for your guests to enjoy all year long.

    Centrepieces

    Our larger boxwood wreaths can be used as centrepieces as well. It’s a great way to bring a touch of the outdoors to a indoor reception, and a simple and chic way to create rustic appeal. Light some candles, incorporate some wild flowers and quickly transform any table into an imaginative fairytale.

    Seating

    From chairs and benches to church pews and barns, boxwood wreaths make the perfect seating accessory. It’s a fun way to dazzle up your space, and once again – a simple and stunning way to add rustic romance to your design.

    Chandeliers

    We just love the idea of using boxwood wreaths as chandeliers. Easily hung with ribbon from just about any foundation, they will convert any farmhouse barn into a fairytale of your dreams. 

    Bouquets

    As an alternative to the traditional flower bouquets for the bridal party, boxwood wreaths make a stunning, chic and creative choice. Simply tie with a ribbon and voila! You’ve got gorgeous “bouquets” that the girls can take home as a keepsake gift.

    Transportation

    Last but not least, you can even add a boxwood wreath to your wedding exit! Large wreaths with your new initials or a wedding message make for fun transportation décor. Whether you’re traveling by car, limo or golf cart (we hope not for the sake of your dress!) – our boxwood wreaths create a touch of rustic romance along the way.

    Don't forget to head to our Etsy Shop now (Oscar French Linen) to view all boxwood wreaths for 10% OFF ~ through March 1st. Just in time for wedding season! 

    Country Living Fair - we will be there!

    Country Living Fair - we will be there!

    country living fair 2107We will be exhibiting at the country living spring fair again this year, in its new venue at Alexandra Palace or 'Ali Pali' as Gary and I remember it! 

    The venue is of historical importance and extremely beautiful with lots of natural light to really showcase all the goodies on display. You wont miss us if you visit this year, we have a great location and a big stand so we look forward to meeting our customers old and new. 

    Our stand was very 'shabby chic' last year - this year we will be exhibiting our more contemporary linen so a very different look! I love this part of the job - its really hard work, but the challenge of creating a display that represents your brand in a small space ticks all my boxes! 

    Introducing....the new dark side of shabby chic...

    Introducing....the new dark side of shabby chic...

    Traditionally, linen used to be focused on pastel colours but not anymore!

    We have introduced a new range of styles and colours in our lampshades and the focus is on moody colours that can be introduced to your shabby chic interior to give it a new edge.

    We also have a range of standard lamps that you have been asking for in a stunning range of colours.

    So embrace your dark side with Oscar and French...

    5 must-see european museums for designers!

    5 must-see european museums for designers!

     

    THE BEST LINEN MUSEUMS OF EUROPE

    European vacations can be dreamy, stunning and certainly educational. With countless museums and galleries to explore, it’s probably not often you hear someone saying “lets go to the linen museum!” However, for designers and lovers of fashion and interiors, the following museums offer interesting exhibits that take a deeper look into the technology, business and labor behind the linen industry.

    The Irish Linen Centre  (Lisburn, Ireland )

     

    This modern addition to Lisburn’s Market House opened in 1994, and is attached to Lisburn Museum. ‘From Flax to Fabric’ is the permanent exhibition offering a visual tour through the history of linen, starting with how it has been made and used since Egyptian times. There’s even a piece of linen from the tomb of Tutankamun himself, dating from 1500BC!

     

    The House of Linen (Routot, France)

     

    The “La maison du Lin a Routot” in Normandy offers visitors a unique journey through the history of linen, and of France (Upper Normandy is one of the biggest producers of flax in Europe). The exhibits explore the culture, craft and industrial applications of the ancient fiber through audio-visual film and animation. And don’t forget to save some money for the boutique gift shop – it’s a linen lover’s dream!

     

    Bruckbach Hoarstub'n Flax Museum (Attersee, Austria)

     

    This authentic Parlor in northern Austria was erected in 1850 for the processing of flax (which is used to make linen). The museum, still located in the original structure today, displays ancient farming machinery and tools that were used in the local cultivation of flax through the 1920’s.

     

    Linen Museum (Cremona, Italy)

     

    The “Museo del Lino” in Italy was founded in the 1960s, and moved to its current headquarters in April of 2004. The Museum is an ethno-anthropological walk through the history of linen production and jobs, as well as exploring the struggle of linen workers in everyday life. The museum holds regular events and rotating exhibitions, and is run by artist Fabrizio Merisi (director of the museum). Rather than a pure historian, the director’s artist touch can be felt throughout the museum and makes for a unique stop in Cremona.

     

    National Flax Museum - Texture (Courtrai, Belgium)

     

    The Texture museum sits next to the river Lys and is within walking distance of the historic center of Kortrijk. The building was used from 1912 by the Linen Thread Company and today remains one of the most important remnants of the flax industry. The company worked with Irish & Scottish spinners and started some of the first wholesale purchases. The recently renovated building now includes a bistro, multipurpose room and offices, as well as rotating exhibits and events for kids.