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Melody Maison: About Us…

In 2004, in a spare room in South Yorkshire, Melody Maison’s director; Anna Elkington, began to create the Melody Maison empire that we all know and love today! Using her garage as a miniature warehouse, taking five parcels a day to the post office after the daily school run (kids in tow!) then answering emails at 2am, her dream was becoming a reality. Twelve years later Melody Maison has become a leading retailer for shabby French Chic and vintage style home furnishings. We are very much a family run business, with cousins, brothers, aunties and daughters all working together to offer a personal touch. As we have grown we have employed some fabulous members of staff outside of the Elkington heritage, all of whom we treasure just as much!

We hope you'll agree that we stock some of the most beautiufl furniture, sourced from all over the globe, and each either designed in house and made exclusively for Melody Maison, or sourced from our favourite suppliers - This enables us to have one of the most unique selections of French style furniture and home accessories around.

Our promise is to providing fabulous customer service every step of the way. You only have to read our reviews to realise we treat every customer with the upmost respect. Below is a list of things we do differently and the promises we are committed to keeping.

Thank you for taking the time to read our story and we hope you enjoy our website.

Heather Elkington (daughter!)
Melody Maison

What we do Differently...

  • We have one direct phone line, and one only. There is no robot voice, no multiple choice exams, and absolutely no stress. Everyone in the office is trained to deal with all calls, so you can get straight through to one our wonderful team with just two bring brrings.

  • We offer a 200-day free returns policy, on every single one of our products. Every delivery, however small is fully insured by us so if anything gets lost in the post we will replace it.

  • We pledge to answer all emails within one working day (our average being two working hours). We encourage you to call us on 01302 741000 and we can deal with any queries immediately.

  • If we do not have the exact product you need, we are more than happy to search within our large network of suppliers for something which may be more suited to you.

  • Almost all the products on our website are in our stores ready for dispatch immediately, and the majority of our stock is dispatched the next working day and delivered within 1-3 working days.

  • Anna, the company director, keeps abreast of everything Melody Maison by reviewing emails, and personally answering the phone daily too. This ensures everything is kept to a high standard and our exceptional customer service standard is conserved.

  • If you visit our showroom, feel free to touch, move and handle any of our products as much as you like - we really don't mind! We know you need to see if products look well together, so our shop assistant will always encourage you to test out stools, mirrors and all other items to check they match if needs be!

French Style Furniture: What is it all about?

From the understated pale aged shabby chic look, through to the ornate and grand rococo style, and all the way to the more recent revival of boudoir chic using jewel colours paired with gold - The French style covers a plethora of interior.

The French country chateau look or shabby chic look would be furnishings that are possibly rustic and gentile in look and design, whereas the rococo look is usually bold, rich in colour and excessively designed, whilst the boudoir look can hint at both these areas, including the sumptuous and ornate rococo look paired with aged and slightly more effortless French style furniture.

Rococo is a style of 18th century French art and interior design. Rococo style rooms were originally designed as total works of art with elegant and ornate furniture, small sculptures, ornamental mirrors, and tapestry complementing architecture, reliefs, and wall paintings. It was largely supplanted by the Neoclassic style of French style furniture.

The word Rococo is seen as a combination of the French rocaille, or shell, and the Italian barocco, or Baroque style. Due to Rococo love of shell-like curves and focus on decorative arts, some critics used the term to derogatively imply that the style was frivolous or merely fashion; interestingly, when the term was first used in English in about 1836, it was a colloquialism meaning "old-fashioned". However, since the mid 19th century, the term has been much more accepted as French style furniture. While there is still some debate about the historical significance of the style to art in general, Rococo is now widely recognized as a major period in the development of European art.

The word boudoir meaning a lady’s private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room. The term derives from the French bouder, meaning "to pout" with regards to French style furniture. Historically, the boudoir formed part of the private suite of rooms of a lady, for bathing and dressing, adjacent to her bedchamber. In later periods, the boudoir was used as a private drawing room and was used for other activities, such as entertaining intimate acquaintances. This is not just a look for bedrooms but an overall look that incorporates both shabby chic, rococo and baroque influences usually in rich warm colours and golds and black. So whether you want a shabby chic, boudoir, French style or a stunning piece to make a statement then Melody Maison is the place to buy online using our secure e-commerce shop.

If you do feel that any problem has not been dealt with to your satisfaction, please call us on 01302 741000 and ask for Anna.

MelodyMaison Limited
Lords Wood Road
DN11 8BZ

t: 01302 741000
e: customerservices@melodymaison.co.uk

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Call: 01302 741000 | Email: customerservices@melodymaison.co.uk
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