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Posted by the deTerra diarist

Honestly. I am so sick of everyone going on about this ruddy deTerra showroom. Showroom? More like show-off.

You know me, I’m not one to hog the limelight (ahem) but I had some news today. Super interesting stuff it was too. So I thought I might be the centre of attention for, I don’t know, 5 seconds. But when I went to find people to tell them my big news, everyone had disappeared downstairs. All oohing and aahing over the showroom, I bet. Well, I’ll show them – I’m not even going to look. Yes. I’m going to tell you my news instead, and they can all just go —

Gah. Boss is at the door. Making me go down. Back in a tick.

thirty minutes later

Okay. So… I might have been a bit hasty with the whole ‘death to the showroom’ thing.

You can’t really blame me. How was I supposed to know that the deTerra showroom was going to be so, well, lush? Forcing myself to leave and come back to my desk was really quite the effort.

There are nine whole kitchen displays, all made of solid oak cabinets and kitted out with a yummy selection of timber worktops. Each set has its own ‘character’ which makes it even more fun; I had quite the time wandering about, wondering ‘am I a Clotted Cream kind of gal? Or no, maybe I’m Forest. Or Seaside. Or Country!’ I don’t envy the customer who has to choose between them.

There’s loads of choice; plenty of appliances to see, nifty little displays of worktop timbers and door colours, and moodboards by every set to give inspiration and guidance. You could happily spend half an hour looking at the shiny handles board (or maybe that’s just me).

I could write more, but to be honest I want to get back down there for another nosey. I could tell you that the showroom is open between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am-2pm on Saturdays, but in a way I’d rather keep it all to myself. I’m already planning my new house with 9 separate kitchens and I don’t like to share.

Ta ta for now,
the deTerra Diarist


Posted by the deTerra diarist

Hi peeps,

I’m so over clouds and cold. It’s been glorious sunshine most of the week and I like it. So, even though the sky is grey today and there’s a nasty chill in the air, I’ve decided to say farewell to boring old winter. It’s time for spring. And what does that mean?

Blossom. Blooms. Foliage.

Yup, the deTerra diarist is turning over a new leaf… literally. And I’m not a lone leaf-loving wolf, either – the whole deTerra gang will be celebrating the change from yucky grey to leafy green on this very website. I can’t say too much about it – top secret and all that – but let me just say that our worktop page is going to be full of the joys of spring. There might be actual leaves on the page (okay, not actual in the sense of real-life, but the representations are pretty groovetastic. Shout out to our deTerra doodlers – you guys rock).

Anyway, I’ll leave all that stuff to the tech-heads. For my part, I’m going to have a go at a bit of leaf-printing – y’know, to get myself in the mood for this awe-inspiring web celebration of solid wood, trees and all things spring-like. Haven’t done this since I was a kid but I had a whale of a time back then. Why don’t you join me? You know you want to…

Arts and crafts: deTerra style!

Essential leaf-printing kit
  • Paints
  • Paintbrush (small)
  • Newspaper (one you don’t mind getting covered in paint)
  • Plain paper (ditto)
  • Lots of different leaves
How to achieve leaf-printing glory:
  1. Take the leaf by the steam and cover it with paint on one side.
  2. Place the leaf a sheet of paper, paint-side down.
  3. Cover the leaf with flat portion of old newspaper, give it a little rub.
  4. Remove the newspaper and ta-da! Leaf City.
  5. Try the process with all different leaves to make a cool collage.

Send us the results! We love it when our customers get creative.

Speaking of which, it’s time for me to shut this laptop and get creative myself – the leaves are calling me. Damn! Can’t find paintbrush. May have to use this old toothbrush instead – think my colleague left it in the office the other day, but I’m sure he won’t mind…

Ta ta for now, the deTerra Diarist


Posted by the deTerra diarist

‘Ello ‘ello,

Well, I’m in a bit of a pickle today. See, I have been known to stop work occasionally and have a natter with my colleagues. Or the people in the office across from ours. Or the girls in the canteen… or the postman. Only every now and then for a quick sec, you understand. And it’s totally relevant to my job.

But for some reason this chatter-boxing doesn’t always go down quite so well with the Powers That Be.

So imagine my surprise when I was handed the log-in details for facebook and twitter today. Okay, it’s for our deTerra accounts, but are you kidding me? This is a fully-fledged licence to chat (like the James Bond movie, only with fewer Rolls Royces).

Well, there was no need to tell me twice! My fingers flew over the keyboard and I logged on to those networking sites in a flash. And the fruits of my hard labour can now be seen here and here, ta-da! deTerra are now officially ‘social’.

We’ll be posting updates now and then to keep you up to date with the latest news from deTerra land, and we want to hear from you, too! So pop along and like our pages or click to follow us (please, or I will have no-one to gab with, and that would be a disaster…)

Ta ta for now, the deTerra Diarist


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Hello campers,

Thought I’d swing by for a quick ‘hello’.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for glossy magazines – in whatever form. You’ve got your Hellos, your OK!s, your Vogues, that’s standard, but one mustn’t forget the Ideal Homes, House and Gardens etc…. they make for pretty ace reading, too. I’m a keen collector.

Kitchens Bedrooms and Bathrooms - March 2013 Edition

I probably shouldn’t read the first few at the office, but the last two are totally part of my job. So I was pretty chuffed when I saw the deTerra name popping up in a brilliant Kitchens Bedrooms and Bathrooms article this month.

The feature is called ‘How to Buy a Kitchen’, focusing on the nuts and bolts of, you guessed it, buying a kitchen – where to go, when, how to buy etc. There’s a lovely section about buying safely online. Good thing to flag up, actually, because handing card details over on the web can make even the uber-shopaholics among us go a bit wobbly.

Luckily there’s no worries with deTerra. As we point out in the article, we’re wizards when it comes to protecting our customers. Transparency, security and multichannel operation – amongst many other considerations – means that you can splash the cash without a care in the world. Swot up a bit and you’ll see for yourself: grab a copy of this month’s Kitchens Bedrooms and Bathrooms for more info or get in touch with us directly (we love a natter.)

Hmm, all this talk of shopping is making my fingers itch… time to sign off now and hit the online stores. Just for research, of course. I am definitely working.

Ta ta for now, The deTerra Diarist


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