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November 24, 2014

A Shabby Chic Christmas – All Wrapped Up

Filed under: Shabby Chic — Mat @ 9:04 AM

Don’t settle for the same old wrapping paper as last year, create your own or design a theme for your presents this year.

We’ve put together a number of inspirational ideas to get you away from the standard roll. Here are some of our favourite shabby chic wraps and tips:

Keep it Simple With Shabby Chic Style

Use brown kraft paper for a shabby chic style and dress it up with your choice of colour scheme, you could even buy a punch and create your own gift tags like these:

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November 17, 2014

Vintage Industrial Styling Tips From The Orchard

Filed under: Vintage Homeware — Mat @ 1:34 PM

Vintage Industrial Styling Tips

Vintage industrial style is typically seen in huge open loft spaces that were once factories or warehouses and in the late 90’s became the homes of architects, bankers and other successful young professionals in the bigger cities.  Vintage industrial furniture and décor has however now started to cross over to the mainstream but how do we achieve the style in our own, perhaps more modest homes and less suited homes?

The best place to begin an interpretation of industrial style trend is undoubtedly in the kitchen.  Predominantly as a place of function and when it comes to vintage industrial design it is functionality that provides form.  Large open workspaces, large bits of kit, metalwork, tools and gadgets…with a kitchen you are already halfway there!

An industrial theme is undoubtedly rough and ready, that’s a big tick for the budget from the outset.  Cancel the decorator, and you definitely won’t be requiring a plasterer.  Instead celebrate exposed rough brick walls, and don’t even think about boxing in pipes or supporting metal work in ceilings and walls.  Instead draw attention to metal beams by hanging oversized lights.  I recently saw an incredible bar which used upturned metal buckets with oversized vintage bulbs strung from them.

Such an effective, eye catching look and much cheaper than some of the over sized shades on the markets if you can track down some old zinc buckets.  If you can’t come up with the buckets however an array of oddly sized exposed vintage bulbs, on wires of varying length works so well.  We hope to bring you a selection at The Orchard shortly so watch this space.  Away from ceilings and walls, old floors should be embraced as well.  If you are in an old home the character of well-aged floors ought to be embraced rather than replaced. (more…)

November 14, 2014

Shabby Chic Christmas Decorations At The Orchard

Filed under: Shabby Chic — Mat @ 7:11 AM

With Christmas less than two months away here at The Orchard we’re already frantically packing all your Christmas gift requests ready for delivery.

Have a Shabby Chic Christmas with The Orchard

Christmas is a great time of year to make your house feel really cosy and different to by decorating it with all the things we only get chance to put up once a year.  We’re finding to that traditional shabby chic style Christmas decorations are becoming ever more popular as we seek to achieve a vintage style Christmas.

It’s the time of year at The Orchard we have to hold ourselves back from buying all the things we love so we can actually get around to getting them up on the site and delivered direct to your door. We have to admit though we haven’t held back too much enabling us to bring you a fantastic range of Christmas decorations and gifts in our dedicated Christmas Shop, along with our stunning shabby chic furniture pieces.  We’ve selected just a few of our favourite for you to enjoy but please head over to our Christmas Shop and see what else we have waiting for you:

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Antique Brass Glass Star T-light Holder

Stunning in a window or hanging outside these antique brass glass star t-light holders are made from recycled glass with each star point finished with ornate crown-like tips making this a truly eye-catching item.   Better still this is a Christmas decoration that works just as well year round.

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White Star Wreath

A great addition to your Christmas decorations and something that can be used year after year, we love this traditional Christmas wreath, combining natural Willow trig and synthetic berries so it lasts over time. I don’t know about you but a Christmas wreath mounted on a door makes a home look particularly festive.


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Pair of Wooden Carved Wings

A stunning feature for any wall this Christmas, these hand carved angel wings look stunning with a distressed cream paint finish. This is another Christmas decoration that has a life beyond December. Angel Wings have been on trend for a while now and we think these particular wings look stunning hung above a bed headboard.

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Sleigh Bells Set Of Four

“Sleigh bells ring are ya listening? In the lane snow is glistening.” Get our four individual sleigh bells on a gingham ribbon for a traditional shabby chic Christmas addition to your Christmas tree.

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I Still Believe/I Have Been Good Signs

We have had so many different Christmas decorations over the years. Different styles from traditional to contemporary, different materials from wood to rusted metals and some serious, such as a nativity scene and those with a bit of humour. This is definitely in the humour camp with more than a touch of cute. Our Dear Santa Note has been a firm favourite amongst Orchard customers for a number of years now. Available in two designs this hanging sign is a great tree decoration or something for the children to leave out with their mince pie for Santa.

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Wool Hanging Felt Reindeer Head

Another decoration that sits firmly in the humourous and cute realm! This fella is to die for (and thankfully no actually animals died in the making!) Decorate his antlers with lights, hang a wreath around his neck or perhaps a strand of tinsel or have him simply placed above the fireplace for a fun talking point with family and friends.

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Wooden Tree and Deer Garland Decorations

Available in two designs either Reindeers and Stars or Christmas Trees and Stars this garland would look great hanging from one end to the other of a fireplace, hung over photo frames, down stairs or as part of a woodland theme garland.

Get all these and more at The Orchard’s Christmas Shop. Or visit our regular pages to see our beautiful shabby chic furniture.

Or for more Christmas decor and interior inspiration visit our Pinterest board:

If you’re feeling really brave why not take a look at our DIY Christmas board for loads of creative home and gift ideas:

Shabby Chic Furniture From The Orchard

The Orchard has a variety of quality shabby chic furniture to give any room heaps of charisma. Please call 0845 6430 363 for more information.

October 28, 2014

Illuminate Your Home With Shabby Chic Lighting

Filed under: Shabby Chic — Mat @ 3:00 PM

Shabby Chic Lighting From The Orchard

Often an afterthought, lighting sets the mood and tone of a room and can actually be the make or break when it comes to setting off your style of decor, giving the wow factor or simply making the room a cosy place to be.

No matter how many hours are spent painting and thinking about the style of furniture that goes into a room it really is the lighting that will show a space off to its true potential.

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Natural Light

Natural light has to be one of the most impactful lights in any home but the quality will depend entirely on the aspect of the room.

Here we look at the four different types of natural light which you can expect to find in your home depending on the aspect in which your home is situated.

North Facing – North facing light tends to be cold, harsh and direct but gives truer colour rendition so these rooms are often chosen for use as offices or studios where a need to see the true detail of things is required.

South Facing – South facing light offers warm light all day, however the interesting thing about this type of light is that it changes as the year progresses through the seasons creating different tones and strengths of light at different times of the year.

East Facing – East facing light is bright in a morning followed by shadows, with little to no sun later in the day. To counteract this, the use of artificial lighting can help to control glare and maximise any available natural light.

West Facing – West facing rooms experience hard sunlight during the hottest part of the day followed by long shadows and softer light. (more…)

October 27, 2014

Beautiful Shabby Chic Photo Frames From The Orchard

Filed under: Shabby Chic — Mat @ 2:31 PM

In the digital age we’re living in we are taking more and more photos, whether they be family related or we fancy ourselves as an amateur reportage photographer taking stunning shots of the people and places we see, the downside is that these photos often end on laptops and never actually see the light of day. We think this should change as there are so many great ways to display your favourite shots especially with a collection of not necessarily matching shabby chic photo frames.

Photo montage walls are becoming a fantastic way to add art to your walls while celebrating the pictures you love and treasure, it may be honeymoon photos, pictures of your children or a selection of macro style photos that have captured beautiful detail in the things you see around you.

It sounds pretty simple but it can be tricky to figure out exactly where to start and how to balance the use of different size frames and frame styles.

Here are 9 great examples to get you started and to make you think outside the frame a little rather than just putting two or three of the same size frames in a line down a hallway.

Once you have your basic layout you can add and change the frames as you wish to accommodate your pictures, you may also decide to use the groupings to tell a story from left to right or from the middle out. (more…)

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