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February 6, 2015

How To Give Your Home A Rustic Furniture Makeover

Filed under: Rustic Furniture — Mat @ 9:09 AM

With Winter not set to handover to Spring anytime soon do you find yourself occasionally dreaming of curling up under blankets and throws on and old sofa sat in front of a roaring fire? Do your drab windows, plain walls and old carpet have you longing for a warmer, cosier, richer, room that gives the look and feel of rustic country living in your modern contemporary home? If so we’ve got twelve great tips on how to bring a rustic feel to your home without carrying out an expensive and time consuming makeover. By adding the simplest and smallest touches you can bring a truly rustic feel to your home and the great news is these can be bought without breaking the bank. You can even dabble with a little DIY if so inclined.

The easiest route to getting a rustic look and feel is of course to invest in some rustic furniture. The Orchard has no end of chunky wood furniture pieces and distressed, natural wood and reclaimed wood furniture. But upgrading your furniture is not something to be done on a whim, particularly when you can achieve a rustic decor theme by just adding the right accessories and wall art (we have an abundance of these things as well by the way!) Regardless of your budget or skills (to a degree!) there are plenty of tricks to give your windows a treat, upgrade your flooring and add coverings to your walls and furniture to transform your home into a cosy rustic retreat, no matter the style of house you live in. (more…)

February 4, 2015

Rustic Furniture – What Finishes Can I Have?

Filed under: Rustic Furniture — Mat @ 9:32 AM

Rustic furniture constructed from chunky pieces of timber has been a growing interior trend for a number of years now. Rustic styled furniture works so well in current interior design schemes as it lends itself to so many genres.

The Different Finishes For Rustic Furniture

Shabby chic, vintage and rural settings are all natural backdrops but as are more industrial and even contemporary room sets. The nature of the timber and the rough hewn styling pick up and tie in with a number of design threads. Plus the appeal of natural materials, especially where the timber used is reclaimed wood is another ever growing trend as we look to more organic materials in our homes. The charms of Rustic furniture are therefore not to be underestimated or overlooked, whether you up style to a more rustic-luxe style or pare it down to real, rough and ready rustic finish there is a piece of rustic furniture to suit you and your home. (more…)

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:

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