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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

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…)

October 9, 2015

Decorating Trends We Thought Would Never Last

Filed under: Rustic Furniture — Mat @ 10:07 AM


So it seems that everything in the world of interior design although it’s said ‘has had its day’ comes round again eventually. Old trends come back into fashion giving us the urge to refresh our current decor and opt for something supposedly ‘new’ and ‘on trend’. When looking back on old interior mags and with our latest delivery from Living etc it appears there are a number of ‘trends’ that have never really left us.

Here are our top 5, with a couple that you may have thought disappeared but really they were always there.

Antique Furniture In Modern Fabrics

An interior design trend that has enabled us all at some point to take a chair shape we love and bring it bang up to date with a fabric of the current era to create a real statement piece. (more…)

June 15, 2015

Shabby Chic In A Nutshell?

Shabby Chic a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique (Wikipedia)

Shabby Chic styling is to create an air of charm and history; pieces classed under this style tend to originate from the decorating traditions of English country homes. Though its origins can be traced back further, shabby chic really hit the interior styling world in Great Britain in the late 1990’s and is still going strong today with little signs of taking a back seat where interior design is concerned. (more…)

April 24, 2015

8 Unique Looks To Style A Sunroom Or Conservatory, from Rattan Furniture & Beyond

Filed under: Rustic Furniture,Shabby Chic — Mat @ 8:30 AM

Conservatories and sun rooms can be a great addition to a home when it comes to creating a bright new space to while away an afternoon or two but also in adding value to your home.

We’ve put together some great interior styling ideas from the traditional to the more contemporary, through shabby chic, rattan furniture and something a little different, so you can get straight to updating your current room or booking in the builders to create your own little peaceful sun kissed haven inside your home.

Make it Shabby Chic

Timeless and elegant; if shabby chic is the style for you then not only will you love it but it has longevity as it is a look that doesn’t age (as it already is aged!) It’s the perfect style to choose if you don’t want to change the look of your room every time the next new interiors style comes in. (more…)

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