The Orchard Blog

April 18, 2014

Interior Meets Exterior in Garden Styling
















Gardens have always been the place we go during the warmer Spring and Summer months to chill out after a long day at work and where we entertain and BBQ on the weekends.

Now our Gardens are more and more an extension of our home and the interior design styles we love, with the exterior of our homes being as important as our interior, from shabby chic, french country, rustic, contemporary and modern styling all playing there part even in the great outdoors. Some of us are even making our interiors into exterior props for a truly styled garden.









This applies not only to those with the luxury of large gardens in an age where you’re lucky to get anything more than a small square of grass but also to those who only have the retreat of a balcony after a long hard day at the office.









It’s been interesting to see of late just how creative you can be with even the smallest of garden space.

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April 11, 2014

Reclaimed Vintage Homeware Inspiration From The Ideal Home Show

Filed under: Home Accessories — Mat @ 7:31 AM

Hosted at London’s Earls Court, The Ideal Home Show was great success, showcasing many inspiring design ideas for the home.

What Is The Ideal Vintage Homeware?

 At the Ideal Home Show this year, a number of interior design companies showed innovative new projects and ways to decorate your home.  Quiet Mark, showing their Quiet Treehouse, in partnership with Blue Forest Luxury Treehouses, brought visitors a taste of modern design and rustic style. Focusing on the silence of the appliances within it, the project lent itself towards vintage homewarHYPERLINK “—home”es and rustic style furniture.


Even in the gardens, you couldn’t escape the rustic feel. Chichester College, who won the Gold Award and Best at Show for their garden design made from reclaimed wooden pallets, championed the shabby chic look. Inspired by their creations, we thought we would give your our top tips on how to achieve this look in your own home.


Reclaimed Ideas For Your Home


  • Bottle Vase Wall Rack – this beautiful wall feature is made of reclaimed wood and wire, with reproduction school milk bottles. The bottles are embossed with ‘School Milk 1/3 Pint’ and hold roughly 100ml. Perfect for beads, flowers, tiny moss gardens or colourful buttons, this shelf would be the pride of any kitchen.

Bottle Vase Wall Rack






  • French Country Console Table – with stunning visual appeal, this console table has a white pine body and a reclaimed wooden table top. The perfect accompaniment for any a living room or hallway, this vintage table would add a touch of rustic charm.






  • Reclaimed Wood Heart Trug –a traditional garden carrier for vegetables or herbs, it would also make a gorgeous ornamental storage piece in the home. Made of reclaimed timber, this quirky piece is would be ideal for use in the kitchen or outhouse.

reclaimed wood heart trug






  • ‘Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind’ Reclaimed Timber Print – Applied by hand on reclaimed timber slats, the print is effortless in its beauty.  This wall hanging is perfect for adding minimalist vintage homewares to your house without having to swap in bulky pieces of furniture.


'Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind' Reclaimed Timber Print






  • Industrial Vintage Wine Rack – made from reclaimed wood and steel, this piece is perfect for the industrial style kitchen. Store and display your vintage wine collection on the four shelves that stand above three storage boxes.

Industrial Vintage Wine Rack





For made to measure vintage homewares contact us on 0845 643 0363 or email

April 10, 2014

Improve Your Home This Easter With Shabby Chic Furniture

Filed under: Home Accessories — Mat @ 8:07 AM

The shabby chic trend has never been bigger. With the good weather and Easter Bank Holiday creeping up on us, there’s never been a better time to think about a new look for your home. Why not see what we have to offer?


What Is Shabby Chic Furniture?


Shabby chic is a look which has become popular along with the revival of industrial style furniture and materials. A combination of vintage materials and contemporary design, shabby chic furniture is the perfect way to add style, colour and texture to your home. Often made from rustic woods and metals, shabby chic is timeless in its appeal.


Whether it is a statement piece of furniture or a collection of homewares, shabby chic is an easy style to integrate into any space. Here at The Orchard Home and Gifts we have a stunning selection of shabby chic furniture and French Provencal pieces to bring a new lease of life into your home this spring.


Choosing Vintage Furniture


  • Painted Reclaimed Timber Bookcase –Made from reclaimed wood for a rustic and authentic look, this bookcase would fit perfectly into your study or living room.

Painted Reclaimed Timber Bookcase





  • Vintage Leather Chesterfield Sofa – This sofa is a spectacular piece of furniture that will make you the envy of all your friends. Upholstered in distressed leather and mounted on castors in the traditional style, this gentlemen’s classic conjures up images of a bygone era.

Vintage Leather Chesterfield - Three Seater





  • Brocante Monks Bench –Perfect for keeping your hallway free of clutter, this stunning Monks Bench is both stylish and practical.  Available in a number of colours, this elegant piece of shabby chic furniture is a popular choice.






  • Scrubbed Pine Cupboard – Rubbed down so it looks aged and distressed, this large cupboard would work brilliantly as a sideboard, for extra crockery in the kitchen, or as a drinks’ cabinet in a dining room or lounge. With generous storage and a spectacular industrial style, we’ve fallen in love with it, and hope you will do the same.

Scrubbed Pine Cupboard






  • French Country Three Drawer TV Unit – Display your TV on this French Country style unit and store your DVDs and remote control neatly away.  Handcrafted using sustainably sourced timber, this would make the perfect addition to any home.

French Country Three Drawer TV Unit





Why Choose Orchard Home and Gifts?


For made to measure shabby chic furniture, order online from The Orchard Home and Gifts. Give your home a new look this Easter with fantastic homewares and furniture that you will love forever. For more information, call us on 0845 643 0363 or email

March 24, 2014

Add Some Shabby Chic To Your Home

Filed under: Home Accessories — Laura @ 2:51 PM

Spring trends for 2014 are set to be all about colour with top home magazines Elle Decor and Country Living announcing that the PANTONE colour report has said hot hues are top picks this season!

Here at The Orchard we have had enough of the winter blues and are ready to embrace Spring with our shabby chic collection that includes many colours and shades that are right on trend this season. If you are looking to freshen up your home or add a pop of colour then find inspiration at The Orchard Home and Gifts today!

What Do We Mean By Shabby Chic?

The term ‘Shabby’ can be miss-leading as images of broken, old and unloved furniture tend to come to mind but this simply isn’t the case. Shabby Chic furnishings often carry an aged or antique look but are still extremely stylish due to creative use of colour, texture and fabrics that really bring the product back to life. (more…)

March 20, 2014

Handmade Furniture at The Orchard

At the Orchard we’re passionate about handmade, sustainably sourced products that offer you more from your purchase. With our ability to offer bespoke furniture we differentiate ourselves from most furniture retailers. We know every home has it’s own little quirks, particularly older ones, so its key we can tailor make pieces to fit.

“Its so great to be able to produce unique, tailor made furniture for our customers. We’ve produced tables for canal boats, bespoke glass fronted display cabinets as a surprise birthday gift and I regularly bump into an old customer who still raves about the Rustic Media Unit we built for their home cinema!”

“We are particular proud that bespoke doesn’t also mean grossly inflated prices either. Our bespoke work prices will surprise you so don’t be afraid to ask for a quote. It costs nothing to quote and we may well be able to meet your budget for that perfectly sized piece of furniture.” Co-Owner Mat Brown

Bespoke also gives you the chance to add your own finishing touch by choosing the exact colour or combination of colours to suit your room.   We are getting more adventurous as a nation with our style and tastes though so much furniture, particularly that of the shabby chic ilk is just white or cream.

We love that we can offer more with a range of heritage paint colours for our Old English painted collection, mostly from Farrow & Ball. We are happy however to source other colours and brands for you.

Our Brocante range is fantastic for letting you have the final say on colour with so many options to choose from. In particular our newly introduced French Grey is threatening to de-throne Antique White as the shabby chic colour of choice, showing that styles and tastes are changing!

Aside from the Brocante range are our Old English and Rustic pieces all made using Canadian Pine sourced from renewable plantations and finished here in Britain.

Why Canadian Pine you may ask…. Canadian Pine is a much denser with a tighter grain than most other pines, so you get a more solid wood and more beautiful appearance.

We have an amazing experienced team of cabinet makers that create all our handmade pieces with nearly 100 years experience between them. So  if you don’t see what you are looking for on the website it doesn’t mean we can’t or don’t make it. Be adventurous with your thinking and have a bespoke piece made to complete your room.

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Don’t be shy, contact us with your brief today and see what we can do.

Tel: 0845 643 0363



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