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January 14, 2016

Rustic Furniture In The Orchard

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…)

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:

February 15, 2014

Urban Stay – Industrial, Minimalist, Chic

Hotel Daniel…

Get the Look…. (links to products at end of post)

What’s it all about….

If you’re looking for a hotel with edge then Hotel Daniel has to be on the list. I was lucky enough to be whisked away for a birthday surprise to the beautiful, elegant and stunning Vienna! We stayed just out of the centre of the city in a very up and coming area known as The Belevdere; due to it’s stunning palace of the same name.

The Belevedere palace is almost in the grounds of the Hotel Daniel with those fortunate enough getting a panoramic view overlooking the gorgeous architecture from their bedroom.

The style of the hotel ranges from Scandinavian minimalist chic, to industrial with a hint of french country, a great combintion that gives it a real edge.

I always know when a style is done well as I want to immediately put similar in my own home. I loved the way duffle bags were used as storage and the main lights were set above the bed. There was also a huge exposed light bulb above the sink area, as though it had been left hanging there from the purpose the room held before.

There are great quirky elements to the whole of the hotel with corsets used as flowerpots, lamp shades made from parcel tape surrounding vintage style frames, and showers that leave nothing to the imagination! These quirks don’t just appear inside the hotel but also on the outside with bees producing local honey on the rooftop of the hotel and a boat taking a nose dive, which from the outside really catches the attention of any passer by.

Hotel Daniel also offers a unique trailer known as the ‘Slipstream’ parked within the hotel garden. The Slipstream is a podlike caravan pimped to the max with freestanding bath, double bed and living space, it has to be seen to be believed.

The Bakery stocks an array of delicious cakes and desserts made locally by a lady in her home kitchen and deliverd daily, with passion fruit cheese cake served in a kilner jar being a highlight. It also provides an amazing selection of freshly cooked dishes including a 40oz steak known as ‘The Tomahawk’; which of course we indulged in, after all if would have been rude not to give it a go (we finished the lot with no trouble at all!).

So put Hotel Daniel on your list if not to stay at least to visit and take in some of the great styling it beholds.

From top to bottom, left to right – pick your favourites….–black–freeze-thou-bitter-sky-reclaimed-timber-print—papers-sorting-office-post-tray

September 24, 2013

How Can I Achieve The Reclaimed Wood Furniture Look?

Filed under: French Furniture,Reclaimed/Natural,Shabby Chic — Mat @ 11:12 AM

Reclaimed StyleThe reclaimed wood look gives furniture an attractive appearance that is popular amongst many homeowners. The only downside is that sometimes this style of furniture can be costly when brought from pricy places. However, there are ways that you can achieve this look without breaking the bank. You could shop around (especially online) and hunt around for good bargains. Alternatively, if you are lucky enough to be creative and good at DIY, you could achieve this yourself.
Let’s Start…


To begin, you will need to sand all the original finish off your furniture. Failure to sand down the original finish will result in a much longer staining process. Be sure to get the flat surfaces sanded adequately by using a palm sander or a belt sander. Do not forget to sand the legs, in particular around the curves or bulbs if any. Use a chemical stripper if you absolutely must. Sand the finish off properly to avoid ending up with light spots during staining.


Next, distress the furniture using a variety of objects.  Get creative at this point as any sharp or rough tool can work well in roughing up the wood. For instance, use a BBQ brush to simulate rot at various places by rubbing it very hard against the legs of your table or chair in patches.

Create interesting scratches and dents on the table by whipping it with a chain. Add bolts, nuts and wing nuts onto the chain to prevent the dings and dents from turning out too uniform. Do this all over your table and don’t worry if certain areas take more of a beating than others. The last thing you want is to end up with uniform distressing that will not look natural at all – Remember to be careful, this chain method is unconventional and can be dangerous but trust us, played safe and executed with caution it will give you the aged look you’re after.

Make divets on your table using a hammer. Hammer a couple of nails through a board to re-create worm holes. Use nails of different sizes or even screws. Hit the worm holes in a few concentrate areas keeping in mind that worms tend to eat up in one space and not all over the table. Use a chisel to fashion divets and cracks. Also chisel out a little bit on the legs or feet to show more age on your piece of furniture.


Stain your furniture with a black or dark brown stain that shows age. Brush it on and allow it to sit for a short time and then wipe it off, remember the looks we’re going for is of age, not destroyed or painted. So look around and get an idea of old wood looks like.


If you end up with light spots on areas where the original finish was not properly sanded off, you may fake the stain using paint. Keep sanding and staining until you get it right.

Don’t worry if the finish on certain areas is glossier than others as the uneven look is what adds character to reclaimed wood furniture items.

Once your lovely reclaimed wood table top or chair is finished, take a step back and grab a well-earned cuppa, you’ve just created your first piece of imitation reclaimed wood furniture which can usually cost hundreds of pounds.

January 16, 2013

Tips to create a ‘Shabby Chic’ look

Wow! What a Christmas period we had, this is the first time there’s been enough time to get back to bloggin’! Here at The Orchard we were incredibly busy, and then all of a sudden it was over – except it wasn’t really, as we are now in the process of opening a new showroom, deciding on new ranges, and planning trips to product shows and fairs. No rest for the wicked, as they say.

But, no matter how many festive periods we drag ourselves through, no matter how many showrooms we open, our first priority is still Shabby Chic! So, we thought we would share some tips on how to ‘get the look’, as a new year treat for everybody.

Our French Brocante Dining Table and Chairs (Chairs available soon)

Anything can be shabby chic. Big furniture, small accessories – it’s all possible. The best thing is, there are no concrete rules. Distressing, for example, is a sliding scale dependent on taste. Almost any colour can be used, especially when creating an original, unique statement piece.


As well as providing shabby chic pieces, we love seeing people’s own (re)creations. The internet is awash with guides and tips as to how existing items can be transformed.

We’ve created a Pinterest board with some really useful and imaginative ideas. Have a look and see what you come up with!

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