Wednesday, 1 October 2014

How To Create The Perfect Boot Room

Aaah, October. 
The cosier evenings, the warming drinks, the roaring fires....

....and the mud, the grime and the dirty leaves! 

If you have the space, may we recommend 
The Boot Room?

plain bench. 2 levels of hooks. cubbies for shoes as they never get neatly stacked anyway.....

And if you don't have the space, please don't fret. It's an easy task to carve out part of your hall, kitchen, garden shed or utility room as a boot space.

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Here's our Source Book of Boot Room essentials...

Lots Of Pegs
Peg rails are a great way to add multiple pegs to a wall. They add a touch of Shaker simplicity that feels right for such a busy space.

Boot, Pantry and Utility room’s | Lewis Alderson

Try our stunning peg rails in unfinished oak. They come in lengths of 2, 4 or 6 pegs to suit your needs exactly. 

UK (company Border Oak, Green Oak Framing)

Boot Scraper
Choose one with a heavy cast iron finish to withstand all that your muddy boots can throw at it. We love this boot scraper with its antique finish and simple detailing:

Wellington Storage

Organizing Ideas - Repurposed DIY Vintage Crate Boot Rack - utility area once more...

We adore vintage boxes for boot storage. They're large, airy and are pre-dirtied! We're currently selling a range of old-style Coca Cola boxes that would work well for busy boots and shoes. With an aged patina and metal trivet detailing, these will add a touch of vintage charm to your space.

Alternatively, try our untreated oak Welly Boot Racks. These are easily fixed against a wall, and will make a great feature, as well as tying in with our peg rails. Too often, storage solutions are either stylish or practical. We're always thrilled to find products that manage to be both.

Cast iron boot racks can work just as well outside if treated. Ours is sturdy, strong and beautiful (and available in store). What more could you need?!

Fallen Fruits Cast Iron Boot Rack


Baskets are an easy and stylish way to give yourself more storage. 

Laundry Room / utility room. Storage. Cabinets. Counter space.

At Relics of Witney, we have a whole host of gorgeous baskets in a large range of shapes and sizes that will give your Boot Room (or Boot Space) the wow-factor. 

A nice orderly boot room, yes please. Great for hiding the dyson.

With these Boot Room essentials in place, you'll have a perfectly prepared Boot Room, ready and waiting for the coming Autumn days.

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Earthborn Claypaints: Green And Gorgeous

Earthborn are the heroes of the green paint movement. 
There's no doubt about it. 

In fact, in honour of Earthborn, this month, we've restyled the window display at Relics of Witney. It now features lots of ideas to inspire you to get creative with this delicious paint.

Why do we love Earthborn paints so much? We're sure you don't need us to tell you that historically emulsions have contained VOCs but you may need your eyes opening to the fantastic range of truly stylish and environmentally friendly paints available, and that's where Relics of Witney can help.

Colours | Earthborn paints
The Earthborn Range Of Paints

VOC stands for 'Volatile Organic Compounds' which are emitted as gasses from some paints, not only when initially painting but in the weeks, months and years to come. We've been unintentionally contaminating our homes. All paint companies are moving away from using these nasty chemicals but Earthborn has taken an altogether different route.

Pictured here is the beautiful Button Tin from earthborn. Other earthborn colours shown are The Lido, Riverbank, Story Book and Fuggles
Earthborn Button Tin, The Lido, Riverbank, Fuggles and Storybook

Earthborn come highly recommended by Relics of Witney for areas where walls need to 'breathe' because their Emulsions are clay-based, Eggshells oil- and acrylic-free and Woodstains water-based. You see, the water absorbed by old buildings needs to escape through its surfaces; if these are covered in non-permeable paint then you may end up with damp problems. Earthborn's gentle formula allows the moisture in older walls to evaporate freely.

Paint that looks good enough to eat from Earthborn, shades of Vanilla and Straw
Earthborn Vanilla

And there's more good news! Earthborn Claypaints have been created with an ultra-chalky finish that softens and enhances the light in your room. The thoughtfully put-together range of sixty colours allows these paints to be used right across the design spectrum. 

@Earthborn @Ercol Furniture  Earthborn Paint in Nellie and an Ercol chair at our desk. Photo by Hannah Cooper
Earthborn Nellie

There's an Earthborn paint with your name on, whether your look is feminine....

Earthborn paints are high quality, odour-free and sustainable, making them perfect for high-traffic areas like children’s rooms. Shown is Tutu, Cupcake, Lily Lily Rose and Eiderdown in Claypaint, £31 for 2.5 litres. “Earthborn paints don’t contain any nasties such as VOCs or toxins found in conventional paints. Earthborn is only made from natural ingredients, giving you peace of mind that no chemicals are being released,” says John Dison of Earthborn. 01928 734171 or
Earthborn Lily Lily Rose, Cupcake and Eiderdown

Earthborn Gregory's Den with Farrow and Ball's Blue Gray
Earthborn Gregory's Den alongside Farrow and Ball Blue Gray


earthBorn's 'Muddy Boots' looks great in a bathroom
Earthborn Muddy Boots

or coastal....

A local house painted in our beautiful Earthborn Silicate Masonry Paint. #Earthborn #SilicateMasonryPaint #CelticSustainables
Earthborn Masonry Paint

Earthborn paints are fantastic for painting furniture. If you're looking for a paint that needs minimum prep work then have a look at Earthborn, as they are designed to be used with no primer at all. However, we do always recommend using primer for all brands because we believe more preparation means a better, more long-lasting finish. 

They can be combined with Osmo Oils for a really hard-wearing finish that's also good for your health.

Using Earthborn Claypaint For Furniture Painting - Part 1: Inspiration
Osmo Oils

Earthborn paints are the perfect excuse to let your creativity run wild. For example, we love the way they've been used on these tiles with stencils. The ultra-flat finish complements the matt-ness of the terracotta surface.

Moroccan effect tiles created using a stencil and Earthborn paints

For more information that tailor-made to your needs, come and see us at Relics of Witmey, or visit our online store.

We've recently added these large wooden circles showing samples of Earthborn paints. Seeing is believing! 

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Friday, 1 August 2014

How To Decorate With The Best Brown-Grey And Greige Paints And Accessories

If the thought of decorating with browns takes you straight back to ugly memories of the seventies, now is most definitely the time to think again. Able to act as both a neutral and a colour, brown is a hugely versatile shade which is happy to straddle a whole variety of looks.This month we want to take you on a tour of the best that fashionably-greyed browns (often referred to as greige, a cross between grey and beige) have to offer, and that Relics of Witney have picked out for our customers.

First of all, Let's talk paints. Today's browns come in a whole dizzying array of different hues - from the palest of caramels to the deepest, warmest chocolate. 

We think these are the best grey-browns:

These are fantastic choices for adding depth to your decorating - by painting and distressing a favourite but tired pierce of furniture for a gentle feel, or for adding a bolder hit on feature walls. None of these are run-of the mill browns; they will all having you looking again and again, trying to fathom their moody hues. 

And now onto our accessories. We are huge fans of our rattan baskets...we have a large collection in a whole gamut of shapes and sizes. They are incredibly popular, and rightly so. Strong, tough and beautifully elegant: who knew such a combination was possible? Their thick-stranded woven texture will bring interest to any area needing a bit of a nudge style-wise. And the possibilities for use in your home? Oh, the possibilities! Just take a look at some of these images....

Ever hear of an Eco-friendly Christmas tree. It's a living tree in a pot that you can replant after Christmas! :)

Grey rattan baskets with boxwood topiary balls. Belgian style exterior

Box topiary balls, white hydrangeas and English roses in gray rattan baskets...Full details on Modern Country Style blog: Leopoldina Haynes' Small Garden

Potted fig trees in rattan baskets

grey willow basket

And, lastly, for those of you who are looking to add a tangible sense of vintage character to your home, we have a fantastic Bakelite range of switches, socket and ceiling roses, as well as traditional fabric-covered flex.

Who said brown had to be boring? They clearly hadn't seen our stock! Come into Relics of Witney, or shop online for all your decorating needs...

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Very Best Of Emerald Paints And Emerald Interiors

Welcome to July's blog post, where we'll be looking in depth at decorating with Emerald Green: more specifically, what are the best ways to introduce Emerald to your home, and which are the best Emerald Green paints to use?

Emerald jewel necklace brass mayfair vintage style green

When Emerald Green was announced as Pantone's Colour Of The Year for 2013, there was a flurry of activity: on the runway, at the shows, in the catalogues, and then, gradually, gently, almost imperceptibly, the look softened from the somewhat gaudy to the downright delicious. 

Emerald lights

Our tip for introducing colour is to wait for trends to filter down in a more usable way, rather than letting your home become a slave to fashion.

Emerald interiors table setting

Though let us be frank, Emerald Green has never really gone out of fashion. It's not particularly taxing to see why: it's royal jewel-like tones are synonymous with luxury, yet its soft echoes of lush, verdant gardens give Emerald a crisp freshness that is hard to rival. 

Emerald interior

There are very few colours that can straddle this many looks so successfully. Emerald can turn its hand to the whole decorating spectrum, from country manor to beach shack, from grand castle to apartment chic.

emerald - interiors

Though it can look a little heavy if a room is decorated in its rich tones from top to bottom, so consider using Emerald in smaller touches: hints and accents to add a surprise pop of colour, adding something a little different, a dash of the unexpected.

Emerald interior

Think this...

Emerald dress

...not this...

Shattered Glass Emerald Leggings › Black Milk Clothing

Here, then, are ten ways to enjoy decorating with Emerald Green...

1. An Emerald Green Front Door
Make a smart entrance with the bold hues of Emerald. Warm and welcoming, smart and timeless.

Emerald front door

Emerald front door

2. Painted Furniture In Emerald Green
Emerald green takes kindly to being painted on furniture of all kinds, including kitchen units. Perfect for a retro, shabby chic or modern take - this is an incredibly adaptable colour.


Emerald chairs pop out of the neutral colour scheme #emerald #chairs #pantone Blogged on // Kristen Ellis Design. Link

6th Street Design School | Kirsten Krason Interiors : Feature Friday: Simple Details - Credenza Makeover

3. Add Accessories In Emerald Green
A simple way to do this is by using sample pots to paint accessories, making a significant impact without a significant outlay.Consider vases, lamps, picture frames, etc...

Painted distressed mason jars ombre emerald sea glass green vase vintage centerpiece wedding decor ball kerr or rustic wedding Pantone on Etsy, $21.00

Keep time in retro style with this mint-colored wall clock. Get it here:

4 Stencils
By using stencils, it's easy to bring in flashes of green, try concentrating your efforts on one strip for maximum wow-factor.

5. Emerald Green Feature Walls 
If an accent wall is introduced, all eyes will be drawn to that space, making it a perfect method to highlight parts of your room that deserve to be shown off.

Dwell on Design 2013 Exclusive House Tour: Las Tunas. Photo by Tara Wujcik.

6. Emerald Green Floor Paint
For a playful, rustic edge, use floor paint to introduce a large expanse of colour.

7. Children's Rooms 
The bright hues of emerald green function as a bold primary for youngsters but one that will grow with them as they get older.

8. Patterns
Emerald green can take on the world when it comes to pattern. Bold stripes, chevrons, or even damask. Classic, playful or opulent. It's your choice.

emerald green chevron dresser

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9. Lighting
For those of us who are slightly less bold with colour, lighting is a fantastic way to take your first, tentative steps into, literally, brighter shades.

Interior Design by Dimore Studio

Birch + Bird Vintage Home Interiors

10. Shelving
Introduce a peek-a-boo element of surprise by painting the backs of your shelving. Watch as snatches of colour come out to play hide and seek with your accessories.

The great thing about Emerald is that, as with many greens, it goes with most colours: just look at any garden, any pastoral view and let your eyes take in the range of colours that nestle next to green. 

Love the emerald green velvet chair and billowing curtains amongst the lush greenery

Working well in the warmer months, with its springy freshness, and then metamorphosing into something warmer, snugger and cosier, Emerald Green has the magic to work with each and every season.

ombré emerald interior curtains

Our favourite emerald green paints, all available in Relics of Witney, include:

Sanderson Sherwood Green
Dulux Emerald Delight
Dulux Heritage Grass Green
Sanderson Evergreen
Dulux Weathershield Buckingham
Dulux Trade Village Maze

There are a myriad of different ways to add a bit of bold to your decor without having to redecorate entirely. Look around your home to see where might need a little freshening up, and focus your Emerald efforts there.

A Divine Dining Room. Charcoal and emerald. Interior Designer: Kay Douglass.

And, as always, if you need advice on picking out colours, or choosing contrasting shades then please don't hesitate to contact us at Relics of Witney. We're always glad to help.

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