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Hi peeps,

If there’s anything you’ve learnt about deTerra by now, it’s that we’re pretty darn social (some prefer the term ‘chatterboxes’…!)

So it should come as no surprise to hear that we’ve now bolstered our social media coffers with a cool new addition: Google+.

To be honest, the Powers That Be haven’t let me loose on our page yet, the meanies. By now your faithful deTerra diarist is simply dying to having a play. My research tells me that there’s all kinds of weird and wonderful sounding facets to Google+ (also known as Google Plus), from ‘Ripples’ to ‘Hangouts’ to ‘Circles’. No idea what they mean as of yet but by golly, I can’t wait to find out…

With 500 million users worldwide, Google must be doing something right – this ‘Plus’ thing must be fun. So mosey on over to our page and see for yourself. Get on it, get social, and get deTerra-fied!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Greetings and salutations, deTerra dudes and dudettes,

Stop the press, exciting news ahead – can you guess what it might be?

No, not that it’s Friday (though that is pretty cool…); or the fact that it’s the summer solstice (that’s not bad either); the deTerra team have got something even better – or at least on a par – in mind: we’ve got a brand new page just for you.

A practically perfect, most p-p-p-erusable page, in fact. Solid wood p-p-p-plinths are here to stay!

For those who aren’t quite up on the plinthtastic benefits of this item, the eminently practical plinth bridges the gap between cabinet and floor, creating a seamless finish. It also prevents the build up of dirt/dust/other nasty things under your cabinet. Swish.

We’re not just about the pragmatic stuff, though – we think these useful little numbers should look good, too. Enter our plinth variations: we can offer plinths is any timber to match your worktop, solid oak plinths in a range of finishes (handfinished in the Farrow & Ball paint of your choice, lacquered, or sanded) plus some stainless steel options, all in a variety of sizes.

Take it from us, a deTerra plinth is simply the ideal way to finish a cabinet run. Have a looksy at the page or get in touch for more info.

Happy browsing…

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


Why hello there!

Today I’ve got one thing on my mind: colour. And as I can’t get out my paintbox and splash around, I guess I’ll have to write about it instead…

Deciding on a colour scheme for a kitchen can be pre-e-e-tty daunting. After all, just the choice of your cabinet door colour is pretty major: these frontals are the focal point of the room and everything else has to fall in line! Lucky for you, deTerra offers loads of choice when it comes to our handfinished doors; we’ve teamed up with those super paint experts Farrow & Ball and can do any colour in their catalogue.

‘Roll up, Roll up – get your colours ‘ere! Ginuwine Farrow & Ball paint, selling fast!’

Ahem. Basically, you are free to peruse the entire Farrow & Ball range and choose at your leisure – there’s bound to be a shade to suit you within this scrumdiddlyumptious line.

And if you feel in need of a handy hint or two regarding colour direction, your helpful deTerra diarist has a few gems to impart, so read on! When designing a kitchen in 2013, the first thing you simply have to bear in mind is that emerald – natural, striking, opulent emerald – is this year’s colour. As predicted by colour chiefs Pantone, green shades have been dominating catwalks and interiors shows throughout 2013. Bring this trend into your kitchen by opting for Farrow & Ball’s Cooking Apple Green or Arsenic, a bold injection of colour that would be perfect for a statement island; or, if that’s a bit too green, you could always give Mizzle a gander (a fab minty shade).

Cooking Apple Green

Finally – to get you started on your colour journey – here a few general colour tips:

Take space into account: warm colours (red, yellow, orange) seem to ‘advance’ (get bigger; cool colours (green, blue) seem to ‘recede’ (get smaller).

Take mood into account: what kind of atmosphere do you want your kitchen to create? Warm colours are enlivening; cool colours are soothing. Similarly, monochrome colour schemes are calming whereas polychrome schemes are daring and exciting. Restful or lively, the choice is yours – and your choice of colour can be uber helpful in helping you realise it.

Don’t forget about lighting! Colours change completely depending on the light. The way the room faces will make a big difference. Test your paint colour in the kitchen itself at different times of day and with different artificial lighting options.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Hey diddle ey,

Sun, glorious sun. Heat, glorious heat. Blue, glorious blue.

Summer is here.

And I don’t know about you, but summer always gets me feeling kind of arts and craftsy. Know what I mean? There’s no better time to get out into the forest, make friends with Mother Nature, and get creative at the same time.

I mean, I’m not just interested in shopping, y’know. Or kitchens. deTerra does mean ‘from the earth’. And I’m earthy. That’s why I got this job. Not just because I give fantastic interiors tips and have all the skinny on deTerra products. I can use my talents in other ways, too!

Case in point, this here blog. It’s not only groovetastically creative, but also interactive – don’t tell me that won’t get your synapses firing in a totally natural way. Read on and you’ll see what I mean…

Summer makes me think forest, like I said. It makes me want to get back to my roots, get dirt under my nails… and maybe see some cute wildlife and a collect a few twigs, too. One of my favourite things to do is to take a handy ‘identifier’ sheet and head out into the woods, to see what I can spot and learn a few things at the same time! You must remember these nifty little numbers from when you were a kid – you had to match up the wildlife/plant against the pictures on the sheet, and tick off the pictures as you identified them in nature. And – annoyingly – no matter how hard you tried, there would always be one or two pictures that eluded you (the seven spot ladybird was my arch nemesis).

There will be no such disappointments here! We’ve designed our very own deTerra ‘identifier’ sheet, just for you – and every leaf you can’t find in a UK forest can certainly be found on a certain .co.uk website (virtual nature at its best…)

So, without further ado, I present the deTerra leaf identifier – the perfect summer quizlet for you budding explorers! How many can you find/name? There’s no rush but I’ll forgive you if you want to ‘leaf’ now and get started…

deTerra leaf identifier

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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