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Happy New Year deTerrarinos!

It’s almost unbelievable that we’re already at the end of the year – so much has happened in the last 12 months it’s difficult to know where the time has gone.

We’ve had new showrooms opening in Warrington, Redhill and Camden, a host of exciting new products for your new oak kitchens, and much more exciting stuff going on at deTerra HQ.

To round off the year nicely, I’ve put together a little reminder of some of the most popular entries in this humble little diary of mine, just in case you missed them!

Switch on to the copper trend with this modern industrial pendant lamp.

Copper’s the hot topic in 2016

As per usual, we were right on-trend this year, as the copper phenomenon overtook wood kitchens.

This glamorous trend looks set to continue into the New Year, so if you’re looking for some accessories so spruce up your solid wood worktops, take a read through our top ten copper accessories blog for some inspiration.

This kitchen harmonises cream cabinetry with sleek stainless steel to create the perfect balance of tradition and modernity.

The natural look still rules

When it comes to cool kitchen designs, the natural look is still the cream of the crop, and never goes out of style.

Back in March I wrote a particularly handy blog to help you get the look in your new wood kitchen, which is super-simple using our solid wood kitchen units and other fab kitchen components.

This kitchen harmonises cream cabinetry with sleek stainless steel to create the perfect balance of tradition and modernity.

Wooden worktops make the best desks

Back in September we stepped out of the kitchen and into the office to spread our wooden wonders throughout the home. Our wood worktops make the perfect table tops for office desks, and – thanks to the wide range of timbers in our collection – suit a variety of office design themes, too.

Read our special blog to learn more about creating a cool desk using our worktops.

That just about wraps it up from me for another year, but I’ll be back very soon with more decidedly delightful diary entries for your perusal, so watch this space!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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Christmas! It’s really nearly here!

Cabineto would like to wish you a merry Christmas in your natural kitchens!

Sometimes trying to contain Cabineto’s excitement is like dealing with an overactive tree-made teenager, so imagine what it’s like at this time of year. Fortunately I’ve managed to preoccupy him with plenty of party games in-between assembly of natural kitchens and painting the odd frontal.

Now that he’s considerably captivated by cabinets, I thought I would take the time to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year on behalf of the entire team here at deTerra Kitchens!

We know there will be plenty of exciting stuff to look forward to in 2017, including exciting new showroom locations, additions to our excellent collection and much more that you can be guaranteed to hear about before anyone else right here on the blog – so stay tuned!

If you’ve decked out your oak kitchen with some fantastically festive features, we’d love to see some photos; why not share them with us on Twitter or over on our Facebook page?

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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Seasonal greetings, one and all!

The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is probably the world’s most famous tree!

This week Cabineto and I have been taking a break from pre-assembling wooden kitchens and have turned our attention to a burning question we know many tree-appreciators would love to know more about: the history of Christmas trees.

Though fir trees have been a seasonal staple for winter festivals for thousands of years and have appeared in front rooms for hundreds of years, there is no concrete answer as to where the first Christmas tree tradition was started. Historians are currently dating it back to the 15th century Germany where devout Christians brought greenery into their home to brighten up their living spaces during the cold winter months.

The trend swept across most of Western Europe in one form or another, with different countries adopting different decorating traditions. Early decorations included fruits, berries, ribbons and gingerbread.

Christmas Trees didn’t become widely popular in England until Price Albert put a tree up at Windsor Castle. Following this, it was seen as a status symbol to be able to afford to erect a Christmas tree and decorate it with as lavish decorations as you could afford.

Festive trees were first illuminated in the 16th century using real candles – the results of which were often rather disastrous, as drying pine trees have a habit of combusting incredibly quickly. In 1885 a Chicago hospital burned to the ground, all because of candles on a Christmas tree! By 1908, US insurance companies tried to ban candles from being used on trees because of they had caused so many fires!

By the 20th century, electric fairy lights were adopted, which – although considerably safer than candles – are still responsible for their fair share of incidents. These days, LED lights are considered far safer, as they use a very low electrical current and do not get warm over time.

Across the Western world, many towns and villages have their own Christmas trees. The most famous is in London’s Trafalgar Square, which is donated to the UK every year by Norway as a ‘thank you’ present for the assistance the UK gave Norway during World War II.

Of course there are many other legends and tails relating to the history of the Christmas tree, but we simply haven’t got the time to regale them all, we have to get back to painting cabinet frontals in festive shades!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist.

 

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Season’s salutations solid wood kitchen fans!

It’s that time of year again – Christmas is finally on its way and we are already planning for the festive rush on solid wood kitchens here at deTerra. We tend to get a little excitable at this time of year, so it’s best to plan in advance, right?

If you are ordering your new kitchen over the festive season, then make sure you are well prepared and familiarised with the little calendar we have put together below.

Friday 9th December

Last day to order oak kitchens before 12 noon for delivery by the 22nd December. Includes oak kitchen units, frontals and painted accessories.

Wednesday 21st December

Last chance to order wood worktops in time for pre-Christmas delivery (if ordered before 12 noon).

Thursday 22nd December

Our final pre-Christmas delivery date for cabinets, worktops and any other kitchen components.

Friday 23rd December

Telephone lines and showrooms open 9am – 2pm.

Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th December

CLOSED

Tuesday 27th December

Telephone lines and all showrooms open 10am – 2pm.

Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th

First post-Christmas delivery date for worktops and pre-made cabinet orders.

Saturday 31st December

Telephone lines and showrooms open 9am – 2pm.

Sunday 1st January

CLOSED

Monday 2nd January

Telephone lines and showrooms open 9am – 2pm.

Tuesday 3rd of January

Normal opening hours resume.

If you have any more questions about placing or receiving your order over the festive period, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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Season’s greetings kitchen lovers,

December is finally upon us and that can only mean one thing – festive-themed fantastical kitchen blogs for the next four weeks!

Forgive me for getting a little excited, but at this time of year I just can’t contain my delight at how fantastic our natural kitchens look, all spruced up with a sprig of holly, a sprinkle of festive lighting and a dusting of glittery goodness.

Whilst planning for the festivities in my own kitchen, I’ve come up with these five festive features I know you’ll love!

Spruce up windows in natural kitchens with a festive wreath!

Let them know it’s Christmas!

Want your neighbours to know you’re getting in the festive spirit? Hang a simple boxwood or cranberry wreath in front of your kitchen window and you’ll instantly feel twice as Christmassy. The circular shape is more traditional, though square and framed variants are now available (if you want something a little more modern).

Keep your natural kitchens organic with some festive foliage!

Bring a little festive foliage to your kitchen!

To bring a little natural Christmas decoration to your kitchen, the addition of seasonal plants or flowers such as Poinsettias or Amaryllis look totally fab on a windowsill or as a kitchen island centrepiece. If you don’t have the green fingers required to look after a real plant, freshly cut ivy or twigs decorated with a set of battery-powered LED fairly lights also looks very effective on top of wall cabinets.

LED lights are perfect for decorating kitchens with a little holiday cheer!

Give your kitchen a sparkle with LED lighting!

Christmas fairy lights can be used almost anywhere in the home to bring a dash of holiday cheer – I’d suggest fixing them around window frames or along the top of cabinets. Modern Christmas lights use low voltage LED lights that can be kept on for longer without wasting lots of electricity, though be careful not to position them too close to cookers and other hot appliances.

Accessorise your natural kitchens with a touch of red ribbon!

Ribbon is your friend for festive accessorising!

Drop the tinsel and choose red ribbons instead; it’s the perfect accessory for wrapping around chandeliers, shades and other fixtures. You can never have too much ribbon at Christmas – wider ribbon can be tied around the backs of chairs for a funky little festive touch. If you’re overwhelmed with Christmas cards and start to run out of space, why not attach them to a length of ribbon and pin them to the top of your kitchen cabinet pelmets and cornices?

Forget the forecast, bring a white Christmas to your kitchen!

Wish a white Christmas in your windows!

The likelihood of a white Christmas in England is bet upon every single year, but the actual chances are always incredibly slim.

Hedge your bets with this simple snowball decoration that is made by hanging cotton wool on thread or fishing line. Make balls of differing sizes to replicate the kind of thick snowfall that we all dream of.

Now that my halls are thoroughly decked, I’m turning it over to you – the delightful deTerrarinos! If you’ve got a particularly festive feature you think might be perfect for our solid wood kitchens, why not let us know on social media? We can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist.

 

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