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greetings eco-kitchen lovers!

Wow! I cannot believe I’m on entry three hundred and fifty – time certainly does fly when you are having fun!

I am incredibly proud of deTerra’s green credentials and we work hard to ensure that the products we use are as environmentally friendly as possible. Ever the bearer of brilliant news, I recently stumbled upon a company called The Cheeky Panda and I must say that – whilst they may find their way into my bathroom rather than the kitchen – I am already a huge fan. Harnessing the renewable nature of bamboo, they have created a splendiferous collection of luxury tissue products that are giving back to the environment!

Unsurprisingly, the team at The Cheeky Panda make some alterations to natural bamboo before it reaches you in tissue form!

Whilst we all know that this giant natural grass is good for making bamboo worktops, these guys use bamboo to produce toilet roll and facial tissues which promise to be kind to your skin as well as the Earth. The Cheeky Panda announced last month that they are now completely carbon balanced and are also working to support the World Land Trust in looking after a very important part of Vietnamese rainforest that supports a number of endangered and vulnerable mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. The Cheeky Panda range is available from a variety of health stores and online retailers, and is an excellent way to bring sustainability to other parts of your home outside of the kitchen!

Thanks to our fantabulous bamboo worktops, we already know just how sustainable bamboo is, and there are already loads of other brilliant bamboo products you can buy if protecting the environment is your bag! Would you be willing to swap your regular tissue for this exciting eco alternative? Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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How do deTerrarinos?

Spring has sprung! The clocks have changed, the daffodils are out and the birds are singing. Such a beautiful time of year, and perfect for giving your solid wood kitchen a bit of a spring clean. There is nothing better than a freshly spruced-up kitchen, and I’m sure that kitchen enthusiasts need no encouragement to show yours a little love! As a special treat, I’m sharing my top tips for giving your kitchen a spring clean below.

This beautiful solid wood kitchen is looking great after a quick spring cleaning!
  • Take everything off your worktops so you can clean the surfaces and tiles or splashbacks behind – easy-peasy. My solid wood worktops can get cluttered by all sorts, but I find this is a great time to sort through everything before I put it back!
  • Use a mixture of 95% warm water and 5% liquid soap for wiping down your worktop – wood is a natural product and shouldn’t be cleaned or treated with aggressive products as it may get ruined!
  • Remove everything from your cupboards so that you can clean them properly with the soapy mixture disclosed in my secret recipe above. I like to move stuff around before I put it back – it keeps me on my toes!
  • Clear out the ‘stuff’ drawer! Everybody has one, and whether yours is filled with take-out menus, junk mail or old batteries, now is the time to reclaim it. Remove, recycle, and re-organise your way through it and I promise the end result will be intensely satisfying.
Lemon is a great natural cleanser – so save the oranges and have some juice when you’re done!

Looking for a more in-depth step-by-step guide for your spring clean routine? You are in luck, kitchen crew! Way back in entry one hundred and seventy eight I wrote out some spring cleaning instructions for all you solid wood kitchen owners.

I’m all-ears if any of you have spring cleaning tips for solid wood kitchens that you would like to share with me. You can reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter or let us know in the comments below – but you’ll have to be quick, I’m off to grease up my elbows!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist.


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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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Howdy-ho, kitchen fans!

I’ve seen you eying up our oak kitchens and know that you simply love the look of our stunning kitchen cabinets, solid oak doors and wooden worktops, but what if you could take a closer look in the comfort of your home?

Enter, the deTerra Kitchens sample service – a splendiferously speedy service that allows you to see the superb quality of our solid oak kitchens up-close before placing an order.

Whether you are drooling over our doors or are wooed by our worktops, our comprehensive sample service is here to help.

Solid Oak Kitchen Unit Samples

Kitchen door samples

At deTerra Kitchens we don’t scrimp on the quality of our cabinets, even though they may be out of sight the majority of the time! Our solid wood kitchen units are made from lacquered European oak panels measuring 18mm thick, which makes each cabinet exceptionally sturdy and naturally unique.

Order a solid oak kitchen unit sample for just £5 including delivery, and we’ll send you a 160mm x 80mm x 18mm fully-finished sample to check out.

Kitchen Door Samples

Kitchen door samples

Samples of our wooden kitchen doors measure 355mm x 296mm, and come in a whole host of colours and styles. No matter what frontal design you choose, these mini replicas of our kitchen doors make that decision a little easier.

These delightful door samples are available in either the Shaker or Traditional design and can be ordered in any of Farrow & Ball’s colours, or in sanded and lacquered finishes for just £20 each.

Solid Wood Worktop Samples

Kitchen door samples

Once you’ve picked the perfect combination of kitchen frontals and solid oak cabinets, it’s time to choose a surface from our vast selection of wooden worktops to complete your kitchen in style.

No matter which worktop you might have your eye on, we have solid wood worktop samples available in each and every timber type that come sanded and pre-oiled for just £5 – what a bargain!

You may think our kitchen sample service sounds too good to be true, but to make them even more appetising, we will happily refund the cost of a sample if you go on to place an order with us! To find out more, simple visit our kitchen samples page.


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