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August 13, 2014

How To Style A Coffee Table Like A Pro

Filed under: Shabby Chic — The Rustic Scribe @ 8:00 AM

With coffee tables being one of our best sellers here at The Orchard we thought it was about time we gave you some tips on how to style these fabulous shabby chic furniture pieces once they have found their place in your lovely homes. So how do you style a coffee table like a pro?

How To Style A Coffee Table To Match Shabby Chic Furniture

Here we have eight different styling ideas for a totally personalised shabby chic looking coffee table:

1. Display a favourite collection or items of something you are passionate about

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2. Put a throw on it, not that we’d necessarily want you to cover such a fantastic looking piece of shabby chic furniture!

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3. Layer with a tray in order to break up the surface and add shape and height.

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4. Light a lantern, make a feature of the table in bringing some mood lighting to the room.

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5. Add natural elements – these can be historic style artefacts but also functional pieces

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6. Create a simple arrangement using a plain glass vase and a few items of similar colour keeping to a monochrome style

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7. Introduce glass bottles of different shapes and heights, they will catch the light and add shape to a plain table

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8. Add objects with varying heights – “Artfully arranged anything can become a thing of beauty” says Barbara Barry – Interior Designer

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To get started why not take a look at our furniture collections most of which offer a number of coffee tables.  A number are also available on a made to measure basis and in a colour of your choice:—coffee-tables


Beautiful Shabby Chic Furniture From The Orchard


Alternatively if you’d prefer to discuss your requirements with us we’d love to talk shabby chic furniture with you over the phone.  You can reach us Monday to Friday on 0845 643 0363, ask to speak to Mat or Jo or email us

August 11, 2014

And the Winners are…..Drum Roll Please!

Filed under: Shabby Chic — The Rustic Scribe @ 11:17 PM

Thanks to all who entered our Great British Bake Off 2014 competition, it was great to have so many of you take part and we had a good old giggle at your entries.

So after much deliberation the winners are, in no particular order of course:

Christine Westlake…..

Kirsty Woods….


Gul Choudhury….

If the winners could email their preferred delivery address to we will get your Enamel Retro Kitchen Scales to you, so you can get baking!

And for those who didn’t quite make the top three but would still like to get their hands on a set of these stylish scales simply click here:

To see all our other products visit our website


A Wedding In Provence – Classic French Style

Filed under: French Furniture,Shabby Chic — The Rustic Scribe @ 7:46 AM

Provence a place of natural beauty and rustic style, a must see, or so I was told; so when an invite came through the door for my brother-in-laws wedding to be held in this very place there was no way I was turning it down!

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The wedding was set 10 minutes from Avignon in a walled city famous for the song Sur le Pont d’Avignon (a song I have to admit I have never sang but one that every person I talk to seems to have at some point during their school days; maybe I’m just not old enough!).

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Not only famous for the song Avignon is also home to The Pope’s Palace the Petit Palais and the Cathedral of Doms with a square renowned for its baroque facades, a feast for the eyes as far as architecture is concerned. (more…)

August 8, 2014

Wood Flooring – Top 7 Questions Answered

Filed under: Shabby Chic — The Rustic Scribe @ 9:47 AM

When it comes to wooden flooring there are so many questions, whether it be down to how the pieces are engineered, how to choose the right floor for the right room, whether it fits with your shabby chic furniture, if it can be painted, dark or pale?; all things to take into consideration while ultimately meeting your desired finish to fit with the style and colours of your home.

Wood Flooring With Shabby Chic Furniture – Top 7 Questions Answered

Here we answer some of the top questions asked specifically when it comes to choosing and maintaining wood flooring.

1. What are the differences between engineered and solid wood flooring?

The key difference is that an engineered wood floor provides better dimensional stability than solid wood. This is due to the make up of engineered flooring with its many layers along with the advantage of click joints making it easier to install, eliminating the need for glue.

Engineered wood floors can also be used over under floor heating so these are a great refurbishment prospect.  Whichever you choose these types of wood flooring are a great long-term investment as they can both be sanded and refinished, and look great alongside shabby chic furniture.

July 29, 2014

Great British Bake Off Add Your Caption Competition

Filed under: Great British Bake Off,Shabby Chic — The Rustic Scribe @ 2:58 PM










Great British Bake of is Back and we’re so excited…almost as excited as Mary!















This year we’ve put together a competition to give you the chance to win one of three sets of Enamel Retro Kitchen Scales:

Look out for our GBBO pictures, they’ll be one each day on our Facebook and Twitter pages, to enter simply add a comment/reply with your caption to be entered into the draw (T&C’s apply).

Take a look now….



Good Luck!

Terms and Conditions:
Competition closes at Midnight Wednesday 6th August 2014.
Entries can be made via Twitter or Facebook.
Facebook qualify for the competition, the entrant is required to Comment on the post.
Twitter: qualify for the competition, the entrant is required to Comment on the post.
Any entries made after the closing date or entered via a different method will not be valid.
Three winners will be selected and announced on Facebook and Twitter after Friday 8th August 2014.
Prizes will only be delivered to UK addresses. Only 1 Prize per household. Prize is not exchangeable for cash, gift voucher or any other item.  This competition is not open to employees or contractors of The Orchard Home and Gifts, any person directly or indirectly involved with The Orchard Home and Gifts, or those involved with the running of the competition, or their direct family members.
Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering this competition. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter and Facebook/Tiwtter  shall not be liable for any losses whatsoever arising from this competition and/or the Prize. You are providing your information to The Orchard Home & Gifts and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for the purposes of this promotion, unless you opt-in to receive future marketing communications from The Orchard only. Your personal information will only be used as set out in The Orchard Home and Gifts privacy policy.

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