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October 15, 2015

The Great British Bake Off Competition 2015

So the Bake Off is over and the winner Nadiya Hussain was very well deserved with an amazing final weekend in the tent. So now’s the time to announce The Orchard’s Bake Off Competition 2015 winner…..

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Congratulations Jane if you could please contact us at, so we can arrange delivery of your prize.

Thank you to our runners up for entering:

Amanda Jane Horn

Susan Julie Cartledge

Maureen Mclafferty

Fleur Pearson

Keep your eyes peeled for the next competition, you never know it could be you next time.

To see our collection of kitchen furniture and accessories visit our website:’s that time of year again when the The Great British Bake Off has us cranking up the oven and having a go at something new; whether it be bread, biscuits or something a little sweeter. Week by week we watch good bakers become star bakers and those that fall under par we see go home, we sit wondering if we could do better, but then seeing the look of disappointment on Paul Hollywoods face and the wrath of his comments and we think twice. (more…)

March 9, 2015

Perfect Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is the perfect chance to show your mum just how much you care and just how well you know her without question.  This may be that she’s a keen gardener, loves shabby chic accessories, enjoys making her house feel like a real home or just simply loves spending time with you.

Whatever hobby or interest reflects your mum we’ve got a gift that will put a fabulous smile on her face this Mother’s Day.

For the garden lover we have a brand new collection of garden accessories by Sophie Conran for Burgon & Ball from watering cans and garden tools to great shabby chic ways to store your garden accessories, here is just some of this collection, we love it and hope you do too:

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To see the full collection of gardening tools and accessories from Sophie Conran and to order your gift in time for Mother’s Day simply click here:

We also stock a fantastic range of garden pots in both our Kew ( and Aged Ceramic ( collections:lavender-tapered-pots-1 Image12




For those mums not so into the outdoor lifestyle we have some cosy gifts perfect for indoors including these fantastic Ruby & Ed slipper boots—ed-cloud-slipper-boot–natural


To view the full Ruby & Ed Collection click here:—ed-at-the-orchard

We also have a wide range of accessories for the mum that can’t get enough shabby chic styling in her home:


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As well as a little something for the mum who loves to entertain:

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Once you’ve chosen the perfect gift, let us do the rest, simply choose a card and gift wrap options at the checkout and we’ll personally hand wrap and hand write your Mother’s Day card, we can even deliver direct to their door so mum will feel special even if you ca’t make it on the day.

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To see our full collection of Mother’s Day gifts and more visit our website:

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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To see our collection of shabby chic and rustic garden accessories and furniture click here:

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.

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  • 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.

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  • ‘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.


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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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

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