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What’s the dealio, party peeps?

deTerra wooden kitchens bank holiday opening times

The end of August approaches, which means that it’s time for another glorious Bank Holiday – or not, if the weather has something to say about proceedings!

This Bank Holiday we are open as usual between 9am and 5pm on Saturday the 29th of August, closed on Sunday the 30th of August, and opened at the restricted time of 10am – 2pm on Monday the 31st of August. Normal opening times will resume on Tuesday the 1st of September.

During these opening times our team will be available via either telephone or email, or you can visit us at one of our deTerra kitchen showrooms to check out our wooden kitchens if you would prefer.

If you can’t make it down to one of our showrooms, our website never closes – you can place an order for kitchen components 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! If you haven’t yet made your mind up, then don’t forget about our samples service. You can check out our kitchen unit panels, frontals and any of our worktops before making a purchase, with prices starting at just £5 including delivery.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Hey there kitchen collective!

easy-cargo waste bins – perfect for hiding away in wood kitchens

I know how much you all love to hear about the fantastic qualities of our wood kitchens, but sometimes I have to talk ‘trash’ and feature some ‘rubbish’ stuff here on the blog, too.

Hang on a minute, don’t get any ideas – I’m talking about our super range of Easy-Cargo Waste Bins, of course, which are perfect for hiding away your kitchen’s waste rather than having it on show 24/7!

These cabinet-mounted containers fit snugly into any of our oak kitchen cabinets over 500mm wide, and can be fitted very easily with just four screws.

Available in either a single bin 40L version, or a dual 19 + 30L bin, these food-safe kitchen bins can be effortlessly slid out from their housing for easy access, and have a cover to keep your kitchen waste concealed. When you need to empty or clean the bins, they can be simply lifted straight out of the frame.

Priced at either £125 or £150 respectively, I refuse to believe these Easy-Cargo bins are a waste of money! Stop bins littering your lovely kitchen and get a more stealthy scrap storage system.

(I’d apologise for all the ‘trashy’ puns but I’m sorry, I can’t – they were too much fun).

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Hey hey, kitchen fans!

cornices and pelmets make natural kitchens look fabulous!

We give a lot of love on this blog to the stars of our natural kitchens: the wonderful wooden worktops and outstanding oak kitchen cabinets. To create truly stunning solid wood kitchens, though, it’s the details that count.

If you’re planning on adorning your kitchen with a selection of our wall units, then don’t forget about our cornices & pelmets for kitchens.

They’re capable of turning the standard rectangular oak cabinets into altogether more ornate kitchen storage that blends in with both Shaker and Traditional themes.

If you’re going with the clean and simple lines of a Shaker kitchen, our corresponding cornices and pelmets have smooth, rounded edges and a solid oak fascia which make them a perfect match for the simplicity of a Shaker cabinet door.

Our Traditional cornices and pelmets have a more detailed design that is intended to complement the elegant border on our Traditional solid oak frontals.

You’ll also be pleased to hear that both variants of our cornices and pelmets are available in straight or curved designs, to suit our standard and curved cabinets.

If you are ordering painted oak frontals from us, you can also order our cornices and pelmets in the same Farrow & Ball colour, or any shade of your choice. Alternatively, they can be provided with a lacquered finish, or sanded to allow you to apply the treatment of your choice.

So, don’t forget these fab accessories when placing your cabinets order – they’ll finish any kitchen cabinets in style!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Listen up tree fans!

urban trees and 'treecononmics' are the secret to saving our green cities

“Lime Trees in Hillsborough Park, Sheffield” image credit: sixxsix on Panoramio

I recently talked to you about the tree mapping project in Melbourne, Australia that has led to many trees receiving letters of love; sadly trees in British cities don’t always get the same amount of affection, but experts in urban forests say this needs to change if we are to save our cities.

Trees are not just a visual benefit to cities, they also assist in cutting pollution, increasing land value and can even make us feel younger!

Researchers in Toronto found that residents on tree-lined streets in the city can expect to see health benefits equivalent to being seven years younger or a $10,000 a year salary increase. US Scientists have even found a correlation between a dense urban tree population and fewer low-weight births.

It is common knowledge amongst estate agents that houses in leafy streets sell considerably better and are more valuable than those with less foliage. Studies from Portland, Oregon showed that streets lined with trees increased house prices by $1.35bn overall, with an additional $15.3m raised in property taxes.

Despite all this tree’mendous positivity for urban greenery across the pond, trees in British cities are being more and more neglected, due to the lack of government support or any national department to look after them.

More than 10,000 residents in Sheffield have come together to urge the local council to halt its roadside felling, with a dispute about 11 particularly important lime trees on Rustlings Road at the centre of the debate.

With more than 2 million trees within the borough, Sheffield claims to be the leafiest industrial city in Western Europe. Unfortunately, this hasn’t previously stopped councillors making plans to prune or remove important urban trees, with a single aim of saving cash rather than seeing the wider climate, health and wealth benefits trees are capable of affording towns and cities.

Fortunately, Sheffield city council has made plans to establish a “tree forum” with experts and residents that will discuss the city’s tree strategy next March. This may not save the 11 lime trees which are still earmarked for felling, but it could save many other of Sheffield’s important trees.

This particular deTerra Diarist is very fond of trees in urban spaces, and, well, any trees for that matter. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the sustainable solid wood kitchens that deTerra is so proud of.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Greetings fellow humans!

saturday opening hours extended to talk about or view wooden kitchens

As traffic to our website, showrooms and telephone lines increase, we continue to look for ways to offer our happy bunch of deTerrarinos an increasingly awesome level of service.

This August – and for every Saturday to come – we have made the decision to increase the opening hours of our Gloucestershire showroom, and in turn also lengthen the opening hours of our telephone lines.

We will now be open between 9am and 5pm every Saturday for the foreseeable future, giving you more time than ever before to come and have a gander at our fantastic wooden kitchens, or get in touch with one of our chirpy advisors by telephone and email.

The Gloucestershire showroom has a full range of samples on display, allowing customers to check out the many glorious shades of Farrow & Ball painted kitchen unit doors we sell, as well as our superb range of solid wood worktops. You never know, we might even have a cup of tea and biscuits on hand to make your experience even more comfortable…

Should you just want a natter about our natty oak cabinets and other kitchen furnishings, our team will be happy to answer your queries either by telephone or email – so please do get in touch.

Ta ta for now,

the deTerra Diarist


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