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April 28, 2016

National Gardening Week – Sophie Conran Gardening Competition Winner Announced






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National Gardening Week – Sophie Conran Gardening Competition Winner Announced

We recently held a competition to coincide with National Gardening Week offering participants the chance to win over £100 worth of Sophie Conran gardening tools.

We had a great response and are pleased to announce that the winner of our competition is Vicki Cross ( congratulations Vicki!

Please email your details to claim this fantastic prize.

Gardening at The Orchard Home and Gifts

If you still fancy getting your hands on some of these products but missed out on our competition visit our website and view the full collection here:—ball

We also have a wide range of other garden accessories, pots, planters and bird feeders so why not take a look here:

March 16, 2016

Six Easy Ways To Create A Shabby Chic Kitchen

Filed under: Shabby Chic,Shabby Chic Furniture — Mat @ 7:36 AM

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With the phrase “shabby chic” the first things that spring to mind are distressed, vintage, aged but styled; all would be a perfect definition for this reoccurring trend. Shabby chic is an interior design style chosen for its character. Furniture pieces and artefacts being chosen specifically for the wear and tear they have suffered from years of use. Equally however such a look and feel can be created, with the high demand for this style over the last five years or so we are seeing more and more excellent reproduction pieces becoming affordable.

Shabby chic style is a great way to restyle your home without breaking the bank and you can have lots of fun along the way looking for those feature pieces to complete the look. They often say that the hub of a home is the kitchen so this is a great place to start your restyling. We’ve put together six key things to create a shabby chic kitchen adding effortless and affordable elegance to your home: (more…)

January 15, 2016

How To Use And Store Logs Inside Your Home

Filed under: Rustic Furniture — Mat @ 7:24 AM

Despite all the technology that we have available in today’s highly-connected, digital world, many of us are choosing to turn back the clock. Open-fires and log-burners are more than just a shabby chic piece of furniture; they are a practical addition to any rustic design whilst also offering high levels of practicality. The warmth of an open fire, accompanied by the crackling of logs, is something that can be more relaxing than any music.

Of course, when it comes to interior design you need to consider both usability and the interior’s aesthetics. How you choose to store your logs is a major consideration when it comes to both vintage-style interior design and ensuring that you will actually use your log-burner/open-fire. If stored cleverly, they can provide a fantastic and unique texture to your home, making it appear much more welcoming than a wholly modern alternative. Log storage isn’t just a matter of practicality, and it can be used as a central component in your design, creating an unforgettable feature piece to attract the eye immediately.

How, and where, you choose to store your logs is hugely important. Our team has looked at a number of ways that you can store logs in your home to achieve the best rustic style; here are some of our favourites!


Rustic Style

Creating a framed storage point for your logs is an excellent idea; it allows for practical access to your logs as well as the very best in textures. One great idea is to use the spaces between the beams that make up the natural framework of a modern country home. Similarly, if you have any unused gaps in the house’s structure, then you can take advantage of them for decorative effect by adding round, neatly-sawed logs that fill up both the height and width of the entire column. (more…)

January 14, 2016

Rustic Furniture In The Orchard

Filed under: Rustic Furniture — Mat @ 7:19 AM

Here at The Orchard, we are proud to offer a beautiful range of handcrafted Canadian Pine furniture, made right here in England, by a team of master craftsmen. We are even able to offer a made-to-measure service, allowing each piece of rustic furniture to be customised to your individual requirements in terms of both size and colour. In fact, if you’re really concerned about your furniture’s individuality, we can design and build completely new pieces for you in as little as six weeks.

Our furniture is made from solid, sustainable, chunky and textured Canadian Pine. This wood is grown in a cool climate, which allows the wood to grow slowly, naturally and true to form which results in an even, straight grain and a unique finish. Versatile and reliable, this material is made to last and will never warp or twist like some European alternatives. Choosing the right materials is hugely important, and the pine that we use creates a stable structure for your favourite pieces from our rustic furniture collection.

Rustic Furniture In The Orchard

Our professional team of craftsmen can create furniture and design features to fit anywhere in your home, whether as a stunning centrepiece in a country kitchen, or an industrial-style piece in a loft apartment. The products that we offer know no bounds when it comes to style and usage. (more…)

January 13, 2016

Top Trends In Enamelware

Filed under: Enamelware — Mat @ 7:35 AM

Enamelware first became popular in the 19th century and, after many years out of favour, is definitely starting to make a comeback. Back in the early days, manufacturers would coat everything from heavy cast-iron to lighter weight steel. This could include anything from pots and pans, all the way through to ladles and mugs.

Top Trends In Enamelware

The finish itself became extremely popular as the surface was much easier to clean than exposed metal, and enamel also worked to brighten the home thanks to the standard colour of these items being white.

One of the next most popular tones was graniteware, which offered a similar finish but had a more speckled appearance. This worked as a great alternative for those who didn’t want the bright white of enamelware to make such an impact on their interior design, which was mostly leaning towards darker tones at the time. Of course, it wasn’t long before popular manufacturers in Europe began to pull away from the standard white and, instead, began to create everything from bright colours to polka-dots.

Top Trends In Enamelware

These products gained a huge amount of popularity, extremely quickly. This was, mostly due to their affordability, variety of design, lightweight and smooth surface. However, enamelware did have its downsides in the early days. It was prone to cracking, for example, which would often expose the metal beneath its covering which, then, led the metal to rust. In the 1930’s, this finish came up against extremely stiff competition from new materials such as aluminium, stainless steel, Pyrex and plastic. After these materials became more and more popular, enamelled metal was no longer the most obvious, attractive and affordable choice, for all that it remained one of the most stylish. (more…)

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