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September 9, 2015

Give Your Home An Industrial Shabby Chic Look With Zinc!

Filed under: Shabby Chic — Mat @ 11:42 AM

Zinc is all the rage right now and bang on trend. It works amazingly well indoors for a shabby chic look or for a completely contrasting vintage industrial style. Used across a variety of ultilitarian items it can be used for practical purposes or as a styling accessory.

All Things Zinc

Orchard Zinc (more…)

September 2, 2015

50% Off The Bamboo Furniture Collection This Autumn At The Orchard

Filed under: Shabby Chic — Mat @ 11:55 AM

Bamboo is perfect to add a natural feel to a bright room, complimented with green foliage in pots will give a real feel of bringing the outdoors in. Using bamboo is ecologically-friendly and forms a strong structure for any piece of furniture.

Beautiful Bamboo Furniture From The Orchard

Bamboo is one of the most sustainable resources on the planet. It regenerates extremely quickly and can therefore be harvested every 3-5 years at which point it reaches full size without the aid of fertilisers and pesticides. (more…)

August 20, 2015

The Great British Bake Off Competition 2015

It’s that time of year again when the The Great British Bake Off has us cranking up the oven and having a go at something new; whether it be bread, biscuits or something a little sweeter. Week by week we watch good bakers become star bakers and those that fall under par we see go home, we sit wondering if we could do better, but then seeing the look of disappointment on Paul Hollywoods face and the wrath of his comments and we think twice. (more…)

August 4, 2015

Design A Picture Perfect Cottage Garden With The Orchard

How To Create The Perfect Cottage Garden


Informal but beautiful, laid back and affordable cottage gardens are ideal for those who want a pretty and colourful garden but enjoy a more carefree approach.  It really is a case of beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you can make it everything you want it to be with the view of creating an organised but beautiful mess.

In years gone by cottage gardens were split into three areas to keep the family going these were vegetables to nourish, flowers to feed the soul and brighten the day and herbs to cure, today they can be just as functional or simply a thing of beauty to enjoy with a cuppa and a piece of cake.

So where to start…creating a cottage garden is as easy as 1,2,3 if you follow these three simple and easy design principles from garden guru Frankie “Flowers” Ferragine: (more…)

June 15, 2015

Shabby Chic In A Nutshell?

Filed under: Shabby Chic — Mat @ 8:57 AM

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…)

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