Dispatching your furniture

This week, as ever, we had a number of orders for our French Brocante furniture due for dispatch, so we booked them in with our furniture delivery service, and set about the task of readying them for their journey’s to their new homes. We thought it might be interesting to document some of the steps we take to best ensure our furniture arrives in perfect condition. So, we took a few snaps along the way!

Before we start the process of securely packaging the furniture, each piece is QC’d (quality checked), by both the manufacturer and The Orchard.

First up, two Brocante Medium Serving Tables, wrapped in this rather fetching, well fitted corrugated card.

But, cautious as we are here at The Orchard, we then fit our trusty ‘foam edges’, which provide an extra level of protection – as well as looking really good.

Don’t they look nice and ready for their travels!

Next up, the rather lovely solid Pine Brocante Trunk Coffee Table, which is packed in a double walled outer box.

So, once again, out came the trusty blue foam edges, which we put on the inside as well as the outside of the box, just to be safe.

The next two pieces were of the smaller variety – how pretty are these!

These two beauties are Brocante Aries Two Drawers, in the ‘Olive’ colourway. Again, packed with a protective cover for the table top (which is a shame really because it would’ve been good to photograph for you!). Nevertheless, more blue edges were measured, cut down and applied to both inside and out of the boxes, and two more pieces were ready to go.

And with that, five pieces of furniture were ready to go for today’s dispatch. There was, however, another box which isn’t due to go out as soon, and after all this activity I couldn’t resist opening it up and getting a sneaky picture or two…


And this fancy little item is a Brocante Lamp Table – One Drawer, in ‘China Red’. Just fabulous!

So that is how we prep our furniture before it leaves us here at The Orchard. If you like the look of any of these pieces, have a look at our entire French Brocante collection.

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From MOMA to The Orchard!

A new exhibition was unveiled this week at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.  Toys, games, small painted furniture, and books all featured in the showcase of 20th century design for children.

The exhibit, entitled Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000 opened last week and will run until November.  It looks at the symbiotic relationship between children and the artists who designed for them.  The museum’s curator Juliet Kinchin said: “We’re showing the two-way, very dynamic relationship between new concepts of childhood and children and new ways of thinking about design process and creativity.  One of the amazing things that design can do is take you on a journey, and with children, they’re halfway there already, and design helps propel them that bit further.”

Everyday objects such as Lego, the Rubik’s Cube, Etch-a-Sketch and Slinky are part of the exhibit, along with painted furniture by Alvar Aalto, a chair by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, school desks by Arne Jacobsen and Jean Prouve and playground equipment by Isamu Noguchi.  Curatorial assistant Aidan O’Connor said that he particularly enjoyed the painted furniture series personifying childhood misdeeds done in 1930 by Minka Podhajska and lent by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.

Short of flying out to New York, we’ll wait to see the official photos from the exhibition (with a sneak peek above!)  For our take on painted furniture, visit our website and have a look at our painted furniture collections.

Paint your way to a beautiful home

Everyone is buying into the painted furniture trend as sales of painted pieces soar, and people are getting handy with a paintbrush!  Painted furniture is a really affordable way of transforming your home as it can add a fresh and colourful feel to your home and garden.

We love our homes, but it’s all too easy to get trapped in an outdated style.  Painted furniture will allow you to refresh older pieces of furniture that you can;t bear to throw away, or buying new painted piece will give your home a lift in both colour and style.

Buying painted furniture is a cost-effective way of updating your home.  As the economy struggles to emerge from the credit crunch, this style of furnishing is making a real come back.  As our culture becomes more aware of the ethics around recycling and more appreciative of the inherent quality in old, well designed furnishings, the painted furniture look continues to rise.

Looking for ready-made painted furniture?  Welcome to The Orchard, the vintage inspired home ware and gift online boutique!

Painted Furniture: Make your own or buy online

Are you looking for a new style for your home that’s in-keeping with your budget but still gorgeous?  Then look no further than painted furniture.

Your house could soon be brimming with painted furniture pieces found on a budget – from restored boot sale finds to recycled units and pre-loved pieces.

And, to give a nod to the jubilee of last week, even Prince Charles has recently revealed he’s a member of the ‘make do and mend’ generation and that he’s had his old bathroom curtains turned into cushions.  You don’t get much higher than the royal seal of approval!

It is this principle of recycling and re-using furniture that we are passionate about, and giving an old chest of drawers or bedside table a fresh lick of paint is just one way of doing this.

Your home should be an expression of your taste and style – a home that is warm and welcoming.  You shouldn’t be afraid of experimenting with techniques, colours, and fabrics.  There’s nothing like the satisfaction of buying a cheap boot sale piece and turning it into something wonderful with just a pot of paint.

A homely and bespoke look will rely on all of those homemade touches.  So, if you are looking to inject some personality into your home, there’s no better way than with a piece of painted furniture.

Up-cycle with a Pot of Paint

Painted furniture is the perfect way to add a fresh and homely touch to your home.  A painted scheme is equally great for those who live in more rural locations and want a country feel, and those in more modern homes who want to completely embrace a clean and fresh look.

Painted furniture can give an warm feel to any home, and make it incredibly comfortable and homely.  There are many fantastic pieces of furniture around to help you achieve the painted look in your home – and the best part is that you can have any colour of the rainbow!

Fantastic for children’s rooms (their colour palette is far more adventurous than ours!) and great for up-cycling existing pieces of furniture which have seen better days too.

Painted furniture looks fantastic when combined with shabby chic pieces, and you can create a truly unique home interior to be proud of.