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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

Filed under: Rustic Furniture — Mat @ 7:19 AM

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…)

January 13, 2016

Top Trends In Enamelware

Filed under: Enamelware — Mat @ 7:35 AM

Enamelware first became popular in the 19th century and, after many years out of favour, is definitely starting to make a comeback. Back in the early days, manufacturers would coat everything from heavy cast-iron to lighter weight steel. This could include anything from pots and pans, all the way through to ladles and mugs.

Top Trends In Enamelware

The finish itself became extremely popular as the surface was much easier to clean than exposed metal, and enamel also worked to brighten the home thanks to the standard colour of these items being white.

One of the next most popular tones was graniteware, which offered a similar finish but had a more speckled appearance. This worked as a great alternative for those who didn’t want the bright white of enamelware to make such an impact on their interior design, which was mostly leaning towards darker tones at the time. Of course, it wasn’t long before popular manufacturers in Europe began to pull away from the standard white and, instead, began to create everything from bright colours to polka-dots.

Top Trends In Enamelware

These products gained a huge amount of popularity, extremely quickly. This was, mostly due to their affordability, variety of design, lightweight and smooth surface. However, enamelware did have its downsides in the early days. It was prone to cracking, for example, which would often expose the metal beneath its covering which, then, led the metal to rust. In the 1930’s, this finish came up against extremely stiff competition from new materials such as aluminium, stainless steel, Pyrex and plastic. After these materials became more and more popular, enamelled metal was no longer the most obvious, attractive and affordable choice, for all that it remained one of the most stylish. (more…)

January 12, 2016

Interior Design – How To Style A Small Space

Filed under: Interior styling — Mat @ 3:26 PM

After my second daughter was born, I was adamant that – despite living in a rented house – I was going to do everything I could to break the mould when it came to decorating the smallest room in the house. This meant pulling away from the dreaded magnolia epidemic of rented houses, putting our own stamp on the nursery and ultimately giving it some personality through truly effective interior design.

Today, I’m going to show you just how thinking big can really make a difference when it comes to effective design in a small space. Here are some of the great ways that I managed to get around the limited availability of space using clever and optimistic design!

Adding Drama Through Colour

Interior Design – How To Style A Small Space

This room in question may be the ‘box room’ of the house, but it has a fantastic window that is perfectly positioned to let in ample natural light throughout the day. (more…)

December 9, 2015

Christmas Stocking Filler Competition Winner Announced

Filed under: Shabby Chic — Mat @ 4:11 PM

Thank you to all those who entered our Christmas Stocking Filler Competition, we had a fantastic response and we are pleased to announce that….

And the winner is...-2

Anna please contact us by emailing or message us on our Facebook page to arrange delivery of your stocking fillers.

For those of you who missed out on this occasion but would still like to get your hands on some of these fantastic items visit our website: 



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