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Meet EVA! Transform and update your home for Autumn with this pretty new collection.

If pastel furniture or pretty furniture is your thing then meet Eva.

We are so excited about this new collection which we have designed and produced and finally it has arrived. Staying true to our quality furniture roots, these pretty bedside tables, console tables and sofa side tables are hand-made and finished with a pastel colour wash in shades of blues, grey and greens.

Give your hallway a lift with a narrow console, enough for a vase of flowers and some drawers for keys and bits & bobs which we all need to hand by the door, plus of course there's nothing like a gorgeous piece of furniture to catch the eye as soon as you enter someone's home, to tell you that they have great taste and style in large doses!

So how would one of these pretty chests look either side of your sofa or bed? Also these are a lovely neutral for a spare bedroom, so your guests can have lamps and some storage next to the bed. The decoration of the drawers and the simple colour-wash make these versatile drawers and tables perfect for an uplifting make-over as the days become darker and our interiors need a helping hand now the summer is over.

Discover Eva now.

 

Will Feng Shui methods make my home my sanctuary?

Fu Dogs

 

You may have experienced feng shui in some form or another or already diligently practise it when planning your interiors; The words Fung (Cantonese) or Feng (Mandarin) translate to the signs for Wind and Water. Feng shui is the study of many elements, but these two are prominent in the study. You don't even have to be spiritual to benefit from the methods; just try one or two things and see what happens. The suggestions associated with feng shui are usually practical which can make your home easier to run or more attractive, so be open-minded and give it a go. You may discover that the energy, or chi, in your home flows better in some areas as a result, not having realised this was an issue or could be improved.

 Anywhere we call home, where we eat and sleep, we claim as our own and we style it to reflect our status and individuality. We have found this is becoming increasingly important to our customers, as they are bombarded with ideas and tempting ways to make their homes more glamorous via the internet, glossy magazines and TV.

However, it is important throughout the styling process that we remain connected to our homes, not just using them as a palette to reflect somebody else’s style, so we must keep our own spirit in all we do and stay in tune with our home environment for true inner calm and a sanctuary that embraces us every time we walk through the door.

We need to remember as we knock down walls, destroy original features and make our homes so sterile and on-trend, that the personality, including our own, can be lost and we forget the art of home-making.

Before you can hope to begin to know what you want from your home or to explore the benefits of feng shui, you need to de-clutter. Just dive in and get it over with, don't put it off! There is no doubt that a recently cleared, clutter-free space, not only looks better but the real satisfaction comes from it “feeling” better when you walk through a newly de-cluttered space or room.

What better place to start exploring the energy of your home than the front door. This is the Mouth of Chi, where the majority of energy will come in to your house. Your front door should be in excellent repair, clean, clutter free and freshly painted with sparkling door furniture (this attracts money and good luck) - it is thought that without a smart front door, your hopes will be difficult to realise and you will have a daily battle to achieve your goals. Clearly display the name or number of your house, give it name if possible as this adds character and individuality, although choose the name carefully and consider what it says about you as well as your house. The Chinese use pairs of Fu Dogs, either side of their front doors, choose statues such as dragons or guardian lions, with guardian lions be sure to correctly place the female (with the cub under her paw) on the left as you look at them. If security is an issue, you can place your pair of statues or pots in the entrance hall just inside the front door.


How to Build A Room Scheme 

Building a room scheme is all about planning and preparation. It may look as though it all “just works” but there are some key design elements to follow for a finished design which you will love.

ROOM SCHEMES

 

3 Golden Rules;

The 70/30 rule: no more than 30% should be accent colour, keep the rest neutral grey, taupe or white. The accent colour in a contemporary scheme can be as little as 10%.

Layer: Use two or more patterns or graduations of your accent colour to give the scheme depth.

Scale: Large patterns for formal rooms create drama, in smaller rooms use over size objects - a large sofa or oversized chandelier other than a lot of small items which make the room seem even smaller.

golden rules for a room scheme 

 

Contrast: This is essential and can be achieved with fabric textures, surface finishes & colours.

Rhythm: For a pleasing flow in a room use repetition of shape, pattern or colour and use similar shapes and textures to “link” the scheme.

Balance: Think about the vertical as well as horizontal lines in a room. Too much symmetry gives a contrived look, make use of vertical lines in furniture, architecture and accessories for balance.

 

 

Tuesday 15th March

 

Last week we attended the glamorous launch of Greenwich Peninsula - hosted by Michelle Ogundehin, Editor of Elle Decoration, the leading voice for interior decoration. The venue was a fabulous show apartment in the Gateway Pavilion; furnished to the highest of high specs, including pieces from Orchid, this apartment was awash with the biggest names in contemporary architecture, styling and interiors PR. Orchid's black lacquer desk and console were rubbing shoulders with A-list contemporary furniture brands and materials and looking fabulous - we are extremely proud. The evening was a roaring succes with food, live music and fabulous cocktails especially mixed for the event. Here are our favourite image of Orchid's black lacquered Mandarin desk and console from the Elle Deco apartment portfolio.


Black Mandarin Console Table

Black Mandarin Desk

Tuesday 8th December 2015

Each month, Jane Morgan will be giving us her professional insight into all things interiors. This week, we're celebrating Christmas!




As the darker months of the year arrive we all need a splash of colour, and one of the best ways to lift your spirits and your room scheme is to add objects of silver or white to act as new focal points.

Why use white or silver?

White is a totally reflective colour and is, of course, the opposite of black: total absorption. White reflects the full force of the spectrum and gives a perception of spaciousness.

 

Place a white or silver accessory in an area that you feel is a little dull or neglected to lift and allow more brightness to unfold into the room.

 

 

If possible, place a light nearby to highlight the reflective accessories...

 

 

Hanging tassels is a great way to introduce texture and movement in your room. These white ones look best against a contrasting background such as a darker piece of furniture, or a wall. They give a room a fun and sunny personality.

 

 

We all need a little red in our homes, not just because Christmas is almost upon us, but that the colour red adds warmth to any room scheme. Red is associated with passion and energy, and has a hand in stimulating conversation. So if you are gathering friends together and want them to notice your efforts, add a little attention-grabbing red!

 

 

This red ceramic lamp base adds texture, warmth and when lit, a similar effect to that of a burning log fire. It makes you feel very comfortable. 

This lamp has a gorgeous glazed surface to reflect the light over the surface wherever it has been placed. Its colour says ‘look at me!’

 

 

 

Why not add accessories that feel like a Christmas decoration for now, but that you won’t want or need to take down again? 

 

 

These ceiling lights look gorgeous hung over your dining table, or grouped together in pinks and reds in a range of different sizes and hung in the corner of your room. 

 

 

If you are planning to accommodate more guests than you have wardrobes, and need a flexible hanging space, the ladder below is great for hanging clothing.

 

 

And don't forget your Christmas tree needs!

 

 

Designing with colour is all about using tints, tones and shades. A tint is a colour to which white has been added, a tone is where grey is added to create a more mid-tone subtle colour, and a shade is where black is added to create a darker richer colour. Use neutrals and some of the whites suggested above to lay the foundations.

You will need highlights and accents, so choose bright uplifting pinks and reds. Mixing together different surface textures and finishes. This will add personality make the room look interesting, reflecting who you are and how you live!

Have fun! Any of the accessories mentioned here will mix together well. 

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and healthy New Year!

- Jane

 

 

 

 

 - Jane Morgan is available for interiors advice and design appointments. If you wish to contact Jane, please call 01264 811 111 or email info@orchidfurniture.co.uk -

 

 

 

Tuesday 24th November 2015

 

Each month, Jane Morgan will be giving us her professional insight into all things interiors. This week, we're using mirrors to enhance the interior.


 

As winter moves forward it’s all about preparing your interior for those longer evenings. A clever way to decorate in winter is with mirrors through which the colour of our light can be greatly enhanced, throwing a jewel like glow over the room.

Make a centerpiece statement in a room with mirrors – an accessory in their own right. It may be a stand out focal point, positioned on its own either standing against a wall or hung. In this way, mirrors have a dual function, positioned to reflect something important inside or outside of the room.

 


Play around with mixed shapes and sizes. Mirrors don’t need to be the same shape as other items on the wall. Speaking of shapes, are you a ‘fluid curves’ or ‘straight lines’ person? Whichever you prefer, you will find that you can create a different atmosphere for your room by playing with shapes. The more symmetry you introduce, the more formal your room will become, which is great if you want to create a dedicated dining space or a sophisticated room for adults.

 

Hang a pair of identical mirrors on a wall separated by a group of pictures, or either side of a tall piece of furniture such as floor standing wall unit or a pair of tall back chairs. Another good place is in a recess either side of a fireplace, perhaps above identical chests of drawers.

Speaking of shapes, are you a ‘fluid curves’ or ‘straight lines’ person? Whichever you prefer, you will find that you can create a different atmosphere for your room by playing with shapes. The more symmetry you introduce, the more formal your room will become, which is great if you want to create a dedicated dining space or a sophisticated room for adults.

 

 

Hang a pair of identical mirrors on a wall separated by a group of pictures, or either side of a tall piece of furniture such as floor standing wall unit or a pair of tall back chairs. Another good place is in a recess either side of a fireplace, perhaps above identical chests of drawers.


Pitfall to avoid: Try not to position a mirror opposite a bed. The Chinese Feng Shui system suggests that this placement would cause a depletion of energy when you need it most.

Use mirrors to make a small space look larger. If you have a long narrow corridor, hang mirrors on one sidewall to make it appear wider. Play around with positions and test out the effect the mirror has on how large the space feels.

Have fun and take a walk around your space, perhaps holding a hand mirror, and look with fresh eyes. Pick out the best qualities of your space. Once you have found them, use a mirror to reflect and celebrate them!

Look out for our next discussion on ‘Accessorising for Winter…’


View Orchid's full range of mirrors by clicking here.


 - Jane Morgan is available for interiors advice and design appointments. If you wish to contact Jane, please call 01264 811 111 or email info@orchidfurniture.co.uk -

 



 

Friday 30th October 2015

 

Each month, Jane Morgan will be giving us her professional insight into all things interiors. This week, we're talking about using antiques to make the most of your interior.


 

Bringing an original antique item into your interior immediately adds a sense of luxury, warmth and timeless style to create a look that is unique to you.

Adding antiques or ‘antiquing’ makes a space look as though it has come together over time in a considered way, based on your travels and new experiences. The items have a history.

 

Mixing old with new is easier than you think. Firstly, make the antique item a focal point in your room. Use a large piece and remove any clutter to create the illusion of space, even if your room is on the smaller side.

 

 

Antiques can play a dominant role in your interior and change the feel of the whole space. Use them to create an artisanal or geometric look, or follow the current trend and surround your antique items with small luxuries such as window fabrics, cushions and throws.

 

Place mirrors to reflect the piece and enhance it in this way, especially if you see its reflection as you walk in and out of the room, or see it from different perspectives as you move around in the space.

The richness and depth of colour of an older piece is a strength you can play with by placing it beside contrasting colours. Old dark pieces look great in a pale grey neutral scheme with colours taken from stone, putty, glacier and silver. Look for the base colour in the antique and if you find a reddish brown, add a few contrasting colours to the interior.

 

 

Aim also for contrasts of shapes. If you have curved and circular pieces introduce rectangular or straight-edged antiques. Offset curved arches with right angles or geometrics, and include fabric patterns in this equation too. Contrast in texture is also important. Place an antique with a polished surface such as glass or metal but offset them with the matte surface of a linen fabric. 

 

 

In a global world of homogenous ways of living our homes can look very similar and yet it is not difficult to add just one or two items that bring a story into the room, adding a luxurious textural finish and colour that quickly transforms the feel and look of a space.

 - Jane Morgan is available for interiors advice and design appointments. If you wish to contact Jane, please call 01264 811 111 or email info@orchidfurniture.co.uk -

 


 

 

 

 

Thursday 20th August 2015

Each month, Jane Morgan will be giving us her professional insight into all things interiors. This week, we're discussing how curating the right lighting can make huge differences within your home. 


 

Using lighting to create a warm and cosy atmosphere inside or out isn’t difficult, but there are a few pitfalls to avoid.

We may have warmer temperatures in summer but we still need to bring warmth and softness to our decoration whether inside or out, and lighting does exactly that. There is a solution for every type of space.

 

Get the scale right. Look at your space and divide it into vertical sections inside from the ceiling to the floor, and outside from the trees to the ground, then do the same horiztonally. Select the shape and size of light you need for the section of space you want to add the lighting.

Pitfall to avoid: Selecting a light that is too big or too small for your chosen space.

Aim for more than one light to sit together. Inside, a pair of lights always looks great. Outside, cluster them together to maximize the impact of the light. For example, place a number of candle holders together and add simple church candles to create a collection.

 

Use lighting to link inside and outside. In the summer we keep doorways open and move in and out on a continuous basis. These transition areas are perfect for hanging pendant lights.

 

Lighting areas close to windows or doors offers both increased safety and a fantastic decorative effect when the light eventually disappears.

Pitfall to Avoid: For internal spaces, avoid relying on ceiling lights to provide the entire light source. They can make a room look smaller, especially if fixed in a continuous line. Instead make sure the light is directed onto a specific surface with a dramatic colour or distressed effect to create that eye-catching focal point.

 

 

Exactly the same applies to outside. Use trees to attach lights that will throw soft beams and shadows over where you are eating. Place a collection of floor standing candle holders next to where you are sitting to drink, chat and relax. As the natural light fades the artificial light emphasizes the range of surface textures in the garden, from trees and stones to grass and water, creating a warm and relaxed ambience.

 

 

Create a hierarchy of lit spaces starting with the entrance. Lead your visitors to areas of gradually increasing light. Light plays with tactile perceptions, so play around with making objects appear thicker or thinner, heavier or lighter by placing light in certain directions or using a specific light colour. LED light fittings come in various ‘colour temperatures’ from icy ‘blue white’ to ‘warm white’. For outside try orange or red to create a warm welcoming effect.

Light plays such an important role in how we see our home, and taking the time to consider it really helps to bring your interior together. Have fun with lighting before the summer goes for another year! 

- Jane Morgan is available for interiors advice and design appointments. If you wish to contact Jane, please call 01264 811 111 or email info@orchidfurniture.co.uk -

 

 

 

Wednesday 17th June 2015



Each month, Jane Morgan will be giving us her professional insight into all things interiors. This week, we're discussing accessories, specifically ceramics, to style your home with personality and flair. Love the products? Just click on the images to be taken to the relevant page on our site.




 

Create a new feeling for your room scheme with a collection of beautiful ceramic pieces. Including the ‘handmade’ and the ‘unique’ in your scheme takes the interior to a new level of luxury and glamour. The whole notion of the phrase ‘hand-crafted’ creates an idea of specialist makers working with carefully selected materials. By introducing specially crafted pieces like these, the love with which they were made bursts into your home. Every piece adds a few more lines to the story of your room scheme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon, what designers and makers have in common is a love of what they do. “Every maker derives such a lot of joy from the making process that shows in your work – it has a fullness to it. Everything you make has an invisible store of happiness.”

 


 

 Modern oriental is a style that is set to take us far. Combine serenity with rich colours to place as focal points or use vibrant accessories as accents, play with proportions or use accessories in rows of three.

 

 










Who wouldn’t want to bring more happiness into their room scheme? But completing an interior by adding the final accessories can be challenging. Although accessories seem a small part of the process of designing a new space, they are often left until last and yet it is the attention to detail and careful choice of accessories that can make all the difference to the feel of a room.

Using ceramics as accessories can pull a whole scheme together or create a more dynamic space if used to introduce a contrasting texture.

 

Creating contrasts adds interest, especially if you have a minimal, calm colour palette. For example, place a smooth texture near to a rough one: a Buddha next to a glazed jar, or a glossed piece near to a matt finish.

 









Every room or area needs a number of focal points. A perfect example is placing a collection of ceramic items, which are easy to collect, that differ or that simply remind you of a special place or time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceramics as accessories add personality to a room, introduce the love with which they were made and illustrate your personality, where you have been and what you love. They are also an excellent way to introduce interesting colours, shapes and textures. Can you afford to ignore them?

Such sensory considerations are as important, if not more so than how well the interior follows a particular trend. Our home should reflect the way we live and the way we want to live, with feeling.



- Jane Morgan is available for interiors advice and design appointments. If you wish to contact Jane, please call 01264 811 111 or email info@orchidfurniture.co.uk -

 


 

Monday 25th May 2015

Monday 25th March marks the celebration of the birthday of Buddha, typically falling on the eight day of the fourth month in the lunar calendar. This major festival celebrates the life of the Lord Gautama Buddha, while his enlightenment and death are observed on alternative days.

As one of the largest Buddhist festivals, many people honour the day by burning incense and leaving offerings for the Buddhist Monks at their temples, many choosing to give gifts of flowers and food.

Many people gather to take part in the ‘Bathing of the Buddha Ceremony, which signifies a cleansing of the soul while representing the Buddha’s own enlightenment. Prayers are often said and a period of meditation may follow as a sign of respect and reverence to Buddha.

Here at Orchid, we love to celebrate our collection of Buddhas and monks all year round. We especially covet our 6ft standing Buddha.

Measuring 185cm high and made from Chinese Pine, this majestic statue of the Buddha is a wonderful focal point.

If he is a little on the large side, choose a small Buddha head statue to accessorize the interior and bring a flair of the Orient into the home. Where would you put him?

Start your collection here.

-All photos copyrighted to their respective owners-



Monday 23rd March 2015

Thursday’s Garden Design Workshop was a great success, bringing attendees from all over the South West to gain some great insights and inspiration from Jon Uglow, award-winning Garden Designer at Nicholsons.

We had a quick coffee and a sugar hit while talking about the ideas our attendees had brought to the table before getting down to the nitty-gritty of site surveyance and planning, a very important step before deciding what type of care or design would work best in your garden.

Jon helpfully suggested drafting in a friend who is not familiar with the space to help cast a fresh eye and create ideas. Alternatively, a professional can be hired to carry out a survey.

Next, we discussed the elusive technique of distraction which, if mastered, can turn an undesirable view or an unsightly, immovable object into a beautiful diversion. Jon explained that using a large garden sculpture or some strategically placed trees will distract the eye.

The Pyrus Chanticleer trees (below) work very well, especially with their chamagne flute shape!

Our attention then moved to lighting, where the main focus was on highlighting your garden's best points.

We talked brass and chrome fittings, wired versus solar powered and how to accentuate light with directional lamps. Another useful garden design tip for the day included mismatching your outdoor pots while keep the plants similar and complimentary to each other.

 

We are delighted that the workshop was such a success! Sign up to our email list to keep up to date with our workshop schedule and other fantastic offers from Orchid.

-All photos copyrighted to their respective owners-

 

 

 

 

Saturday 21st March 2015

Here at Orchid we always like to stay up-to-date with Chinese festivals, and tomorrow is no exception. Saturday 21am March marks Dragon Head Raising Day, a holiday that focuses on calling forth a bountiful harvest. It signals an awakening of the dragons, or a ‘raising of the heads’ that causes heavy thunder and leads to ‘the rains.’

Chinese legend tells us that dragons dominate wind and rain, which is why they are called upon to create the perfect lush conditions to encourage healthy crops.

Astrology also plays a huge part in this fun day of celebration with the ancient system of constellations. It dictates that the sky ecliptic is divided into ‘Twenty-Eight Mansion’ grouped into four symbols under the four cardinal directions which includes the Azure Dragon of the East. On March 21st, the seven mansions belonging to the Azure Dragon (Horn, Neck, Root, Room, Heart, Tail, and Winnowing Basket) start to rise in the East, giving the festival its name.

You may see many photos of the festivities that include people getting their hair cut. This is due to an ancient tradition that has been adapted over the years. It was cultivated from the Manchu invasion of the Han Chinese, where the Manchu ordered the Han Chinese to take on their hairstyle (see below). If they refused, their heads were cut off.

The recipient is sitting on a 'barber's stool' which you can buy here!

 

To cut your hair in the first month of the year is to bring yourself bad luck due to a legend circulating from the Manchu Invasion that if you do cut your hair in this time, your Uncle will pass away. However, it is considered to be good luck if one cuts their hair in the second month, especially on Dragon Head Raising Day, and you are set for a year’s worth of good luck!

The traditional food to prepare is ‘bing’ (pancakes), which are to be referred to as ‘Dragon Scale Bing’ and noodles, to be called ‘Dragon Beard Noodles.’ Other interesting things to note: any needlework should be left until the day after Dragon Head Raising Day so that the dragon’s eyes are not harmed, and in some places washing clothes should be avoided so to not hurt the dragon’s skin.

Dragon Head Raising Day is great fun, and allows the participant to look towards the coming year with positivity and luck. Now, it’s off to the hair salon!

Here at Orchid we have a variety of dragon symbolism in our accessories, along with beautiful dragon statues. CLICK HERE to shop the collection!


-All photos copyrighted to their respective owners-





Thursday 5th March 2015


The Chinese Lantern Festival is upon us!

The Lantern Festival is one of our favourite festivals here at Orchid and it is an exciting time to be in China. On this day, people gather to see lanterns of all different shapes and sizes displayed on the streets, in tourist areas and shops or restaurants.

The Lantern Festival falls on the 15gr day of the first month in the lunisolar year and marks the last day of the Chinese New Year celebrations. In the Western Calendar, it usually falls in February or March. The festival originated from an ancient Han Dynasty (206 BC – 221 AD) Chinese belief that the spirits could be seen in the light of the first full moon of their New Year. To see these spirits, they would use torches to help with their search for the afterlife which in turn evolved into lanterns.

Traditionally, the lanterns are red in colour to symbolise ‘good fortune’ and often contain small riddles for children to solve called cai deng mi, after which they are rewarded with a gift. The lanterns are created in a spectrum of beautiful designs and shapes. Many remain the traditional circular and rectangular red lanterns, from tiny in size to storeys high. Some are crafted in the shape of animals, insects or ancient scenes from the past.

Later in the evening, festivities will then kick into high gear with parades, dragon dancing for strength, good fortune and wisdom, and lion dancing for good luck!

Shop our collection now for your Chinese Lantern!

 

 

 


Thursday 26 February 2015

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Here at Orchid we are well on our way into the Chinese New Year of the Goat and we’re celebrating with our beautiful new arrivals that are available for a late March delivery:

 

 

We’re looking forward to styling these to perfection for our photo shoot to showcase our new pieces, and are particularly proud of these gorgeous on-trend coloured trunks:

 

Our ever-popular Garden Design Workshop on Thursday 19 March at our Stockbridge showroom is filling up fast so make sure to get your hands on a place!Last year’s workshop was a fantastic success and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to the Stockbridge showroom.

The Orchid Sale will be ending soon so take advantage of an extra 15% off selected sale items until Midnight on Sunday 1 March!

 

 

 During the Year of the Goat we’ll be talking all things China with helpful advice on how to celebrate the holidays and events, the perfect Chinese festival recipes and travel tips. Make sure to ‘Like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay in the know on all things Orchid!

 

   

 

 

Sneaky visitor to the Orchid Photoshoot

Look who sneaked into the latest photoshoot - definitely looking a bit guilty!

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Garden Design Workshop

Its a busy day at the Orchid Stockbridge showroom as we are hosting the first of this years design workshops, starting with our Garden Design workshop featuring John Uglow, winner of the 2013 BALI National Award for Design.

Jemma introduced John first thing followed by a quick intro on Orchid and of course a special discount at Orchid for all workshop attendees!

Garden design workshop

Here is a small insight into the workshop in action - with John talking about the importance of garden design on the value of property.

 

 

A few more photos from a very successful day. 

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If you missed today why not book into one of our other Design Workshops? Click here to see the list of dates and events.


Winter BluesNew arrivals - Winter blues that you’ll love

New Arrivals now in store and online. Winter blues that you’ll love!

From Teal to Turquoise - pastels and patterns.

Plus: Buddhas, wall hangings, stools, cabinets, bookshelves, tables and sideboards.

Shop the New Arrivals now.