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June 27, 2014

What to look for when choosing a kitchen dresser

From modern or shabby chic through to rustic and traditional, a kitchen dresser is not just a practical storage solution but a piece of furniture that can set the whole theme for your kitchen; something that can be personalised when filled with all your favourite pieces of crockery, glassware and precious kitchenalia collected over time.  It is a piece of who you are as an individual or a reflection of the family that lives within.

So where to start? First you need to establish what the dresser will be used for.

Is it for display? Then open shelves are definitely the way to go, maybe something like this from our French Brocante range

french brocante





Beautifully distressed and when painted in a darker colour than a simple cream or off white this dresser creates will offset your favourite pieces, whilst the ornate fascia acts to enhance the framed effect.  With The Orchard’s bespoke furniture service we can tailor this piece to the dimensions of your home and we offer it in eleven different paint colours.  French Grey and Pale Mint are proving to by hugely popular this year for this piece but we personally think Black is the way to go in kitchens this year.  If you’ve seen the dining table used in The Great British Bake Off you will know what we mean.  A large antique black dresser or dramatic black table will make a real wow statement!


Need a little more in the way of storage?  How about this from our Old English Painted Collection?  Hand made here in the heart of England this is very much a signature Orchard shabby chic furniture piece.  Combining lots of practical storage along with decorative design this piece delivers in buckets on the William Morris maxim about filling your home with only beautiful and practical things.

Old English Painted Dresser


Painted in classic antique white for the text book shabby chic look, this traditional dresser will compliment most kitchens.  Again we can custom build such a piece for you.  We recently undertook a commission for a version with tall doors and no drawers in the base.  We have also produced 4 and 5 door/drawer sizes so don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your requirements, we can accommodate most requests.  You can also fill out this form with your specification and we’ll come right back to you with a quote;- Bespoke Enquiry Form.  Best of all you get to choose your own handles on our Old English pieces from our on-site collection of door knobs and pulls.


Need something a little less shabby chic?  For a cleaner finish, straight lines and bundles of storage our French Country dresser can’t be beat.

French Country Dresser


The French Country dresser is fantastic for offering both display and storage space with its deep drawers for cutlery and other bits you’d rather not have on show.  This piece is also available in a larger 3 door size.  Furthermore the top surfaces on all our French Country furniture pieces are made from reclaimed wood.  Bundles of character and ethical to boot!


Looking for something a little grander?  Then look no further than our Vintage Pine Large Dresser.

Vintage Pine Large Dresser


Featuring a glazed storage area this piece works particularly well in a dining room.  The top piece lends itself perfectly to a drinks cabinet.  Glassware can be stored in the cupboards to the left and right with all your favourite tipples stored in the central area. Note the detailing on this piece, the ornate plinth, the arched door trim and the rich, deep colour of the wood.  Gorgeous.


Remember it is not essential that your dresser matches your kitchen cabinetry but it should compliment it. This could mean opting for a dresser painted in a contrasting shade to give your kitchen a bespoke feel and creating a focal point.

The final and probably the most important tip: Be sure to check your measurements thoroughly before purchasing your dresser as a dresser that’s too big will unbalance a room and reduce the feel of open space.  You’ll also want to not only check your available space, but the space required to display items such as plates and jars on the shelving areas and the height clearances for the cupboard areas.

To see more kitchen furniture and unique storage solutions be sure to check out our Shabby Chic Furniture pages.  To fill out a bespoke enquiry click here or if you’d prefer to discuss your requirements with us we’d love to talk furniture with you over the phone.  You can reach us Monday to Friday on 0845 643 0363, ask to speak to Mat or Jo.


May 5, 2014

Our Top 5 Picks for Rustic Furniture

Filed under: Rustic Furniture — Mat @ 10:03 AM

Rustic furniture has a distinctive charm and old-world elegance which means that it can work in almost any home, whatever the decor. Simple and full of character, rustic wooden furniture can enhance boho decor and add texture to contemporary interiors.

Add a gorgeous piece of rustic furniture to your home this spring with distressed wood furniture from The Orchard Home & Gifts. Customise our range in both size and colour, and create the perfect piece of furniture for your home.

5 Of Our Favourite Pieces Of Rustic Furniture

Bringing an earthy flavour to almost any room, take a look at our top five pieces of rustic furniture.

  1. Rustic Pew Bench – Available in 4 colour options including driftwood, dark, antique and stripped pine, this rustic bench brings vintage charm to any hallway. Ideal for storing shoes, dog leads and umbrellas, this beautiful seat bench lifts to reveal a deep storage compartment.Rustic Pew Bench
  2. Rustic 9 Drawer Chest – Handmade by local craftsmen, this beautiful chest could be placed in the bedroom or used to add a touch of industrial charm to a dining room. Featuring rusted metal ring drawer pulls, choose from four different colours or have it made to measure.Rustic 9 Drawer Chest
  3. Rustic Table – Beautifully simple, this rustic piece of furniture is ideal for a country kitchen or loft apartment. Designed with bread board ends, this stunning table is available in 6 different sizes and a range of colourways.Rustic Table
  4. Rustic Two Drawer Bedside Cabinets – A great way to add rustic charm to the bedroom without breaking the bank, this handsome cabinet has been constructed from Canadian Pine and finished with rusted metal ring drawer pulls.Rustic Two Drawer Bedside Cabinets
  5. Rustic Coffee Table With Shelf – Left raw to display the beautiful knots and texture of the wood, this coffee table would make a great centre piece for any living room. Featuring an additional lower shelf, it also makes for a great storage solution for magazines and remotes.Rustic Coffee Table With Shelf

Find Handcrafted Wooden Furniture At The Orchard

At The Orchard Home & Gifts you will find a fantastic range of rustic furniture and home accessories. Ideal for adding a little charm and character to your home, our customisable furniture can be made to measure to meet your individual requirements.

If you would like to get your hands on some of the stunning rustic pieces featured, order online today. For general enquires please call 0845 643 0363 or email

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 13, 2014

Shabby Chic Garden Retreat

It’s been a gorgeous couple of days as far as the great British weather goes, the sun has been shining, you can feel the warmth on your back and the garden is starting to get hues of colour that shout that Spring is definitely here and maybe even Summer is around the corner.

I can’t believe that we even went as far as having our first BBQ of the year yesterday, if only to celebrate the start of some good weather it was well worth it.

It’s amazing how your thoughts run wild, especially after a glass or two of something chilled as to the big plans for designing the garden this year, maybe I’m a little late and I should have been planning this last October but it’s hard to imagine when you’re tucked up under a blanket in front of the fire that you need to brave the day and get planting those Spring and Summer bulbs during the Winter cold.

So after a couple more glasses it was decided with 3 dogs and a reasonably sized garden we would split it in two, the dogs can have their area to run around and we will create a slightly vintage, shabby chic style retreat with cosy outdoor lighting from candles and beds  full of colour, along with a few pots, what greater invitation to the great outdoors on your doorstep than this?

If I had to start putting my mood board together for the dream I think it would look a little like this….

The board says relaxed, rustic, with hints of shabby chic and a desire for natural light once the sun sets….watch this space for the finished design!

If you would like to get your hands on some of these great pieces to finish your garden masterpiece/retreat simply click on the below images:
















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.

Rustic Range:

French Brocante:

Old English Painted:

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

Tel: 0845 643 0363



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