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Beautiful Reclaimed Doors

Reclaimed Doors

Doors. Interiors, exteriors, feature doors, garage doors – you name it, we stock it so we thought we’d dedicate this month’s blog to this often overlooked, but absolutely essential design detail.

Front doors

Reclaimed Doors

Let’s start with the front door. We all own one and it’s the first impression of our home that we send out to visitors and passers-by. Whilst researching for this blog we fell down a rabbit hole of door envy looking through Front Doors Of Ldn’s Instagram page, which showcases some beautiful examples. So, is it time to swap your standard door for something a little more unique?

We stock a variety of exterior doors, including this beautiful oak door with stained glass detail, this solid oak door, and for the more opulent home, this magnificent arched door. All these doors can be brought back to their original grandeur with a sand-down, a good clean and a wax conditioning treatment.

Interior doors

Reclaimed Doors

Reclaimed Doors

Moving inside, whatever style you’re looking for we will have an interior door for you. Transform tired doors that have seen better days into chic features that draw your eye from room to room. Recreate a style similar to these examples with simple stripped pine doors or  oak linen and walnut doors reclaimed from old boards. And we particularly love this Edwardian 1930s door, just begging to add character and colour to your home.

Sliding doors

Reclaimed Doors

If you’re short of space, particularly in a hallway, a sliding door can be a really useful option.

Convert a traditional door into a slider, or create the illusion of even more space and light with this gorgeous set of Victorian stained glass and timber sliding doors.

French windows and bifold doors

Reclaimed Doors

As we move through the house, it’s time to bring the inside out with bifold or French windows leading into the garden. Or change it up and use them to divide a room or connect a bedroom and dressing room.

Recreate this slice of Mediterranean gorgeousness with a set of French windows. If you’re looking for a bigger project, this set of crittall French doors is simply stunning and would catch the light beautifully.

Add an interesting touch to divide two connecting rooms (try this set of Victorian bifold doors) – again, a fantastic way to save space.

Reclaimed Doors

Garage doors

Reclaimed Doors

Back outside, let’s look at the garage. We’re in love with this detached garage with a 1930s style set of doors. Our reclaimed doors that would look fabulous either stripped back and varnished, or painted in a crisp white with black detailing as in this example.

We’ve featured some of our favourite doors in our collection but there’s always new stock coming in, so please do drop in for a visit or give us a call if you’re after something specific. For ideas on how to incorporate the humble door into amazing design features, check out our earlier blog on reclaimed door doting.

Stay safe.

Image references
Main image – The doors of Ldn (Instagram)
Front door – The.Lakeside.Home (Instagram)
Interior door – Pufik Homes
Interior door (hallway) – Ideal Home
Sliding door – Craft with Cartwright
French window – Culture Passport
Bifold door – Home Depot
Garage door – Benjamin Moore (Instagram)

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Relight my fire

Fireplace main image

In honour of ‘The Beast from the East 2’ bringing Arctic conditions to the UK in February, we’re dedicating this blog to winter warmers in the form of fireplaces and wood burning stoves.

It’s definitely the weather to stay indoors and cosy up in front of a roaring fire so we’ve gathered some of the best design ideas to help you revamp your fireplace or even create something new.

Fireplace main

Fireplaces

If you’re lucky enough to live in a home with period features, you can’t beat a traditional fireplace. We stock a huge range of original and repro fireplaces and surrounds in a range of styles and sizes.

Whether you prefer a sleek marble surround as in our feature photo, or a cast-iron or wooden option, we can help. Think about your décor, and the overall look you’re trying to achieve. We love the striking classic colours in this example – pairing a traditional cast-iron fireplace and surround with strong regency colours makes a bold design statement. Add cushions and pot plants to add a pop of vibrancy.

Fireplace

Wood burning stoves

Prefer a more modern take on a fireplace but want to lean into the traditional vibe of an open fire? A wood burning stove is the option for you. Borrow from the Hygge experts with some Scandi influences – all neatly stacked logs, clean lines and white walls. We also stock new and repro wood burners.

Wood burning stove

Chimney Breasts

If you’re restoring a period chimney breast, why not consider keeping the bricks exposed as a design feature? We have thousands of bricks available and can help you colour match – give our team a call to chat about your requirements.

If you prefer a more contemporary look, we love this unusual tiled backdrop matched with white chimney breast that combines modern design with on-trend colours.

Wood burner blue tiles

Alcoves

Another key area to consider is how to make the best use of your alcove space on each side of the chimney. Create a reading nook with bespoke shelving crammed with books, display photo frames and ornaments, or in the bedroom, install made to measure built-in cupboards. Don’t forget, we stock a huge range of timber of various provenance so stop in to browse our latest arrivals.

Living room alcove

Bedroom

Tiles

As in the image of the wood burner earlier, bold tiles can add a striking splash of colour to your fireplace. For a completely different look, choose a Victorian tile to create an elegant, classic finish. We have a range of reclaimed tiles, including this stunning hand painted bird design, believed to date from 1850.

Tiled hearth and sides

Whatever style you choose, during the pandemic we can discuss your requirements and send pictures via email. To encourage all our customers to stay home, we can also arrange delivery or you can collect from our yard. Please contact us on 01444 250330 or email mail@dortonreclaim.com to make arrangements. Read our company statement for more details.

 

Image references

Main image – Heart Home Magazine

Dark blue walls and cast-iron fireplace – Houselust.co.uk

Scandi style wood burning stove – Lanalou Style via Pinterest

Wood burning stove with blue tile – ImaginFires

Living Room alcoves – McGee and Co

Bedroom alcoves – Ideal Home

Tiled hearth and fireplace – Little House on the Corner

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Dreaming of sunnier days

What a new year we’re entering! As we write, the UK is in the midst of another lockdown so we thought we’d start the year right by looking at some of our favourite items available at the yard.

We’ve chosen a selection that makes us think of sunnier days to come (both figuratively and literally!).

Ornate lamp posts

Ornate lamp posts

First up, did you know that we have a range of lamp posts available? Reclaimed, cast, Victorian, aluminium – there’s more to choose from than you may imagine!

We adore these ornate lamp posts, which could be transformed into gorgeous garden features. Perfect for warm summer evenings.

Glass lamps

Lamps

Alternatively, take a look at this pair of free-standing glass lamps, also for the garden. They need some work but we think they could be the perfect winter restoration project. Fast forward to the summer and you’ve created a striking backdrop for an alfresco post-Covid party.

Garage doors

Garage doors

Don’t neglect your garage when you’re redeveloping and improving your home! After all, it’s one of the first things you see when you arrive home, or when guests come to visit. During the long summer months, you’ll be outside so much more, so this set of 1930s original garage doors are worth the investment. They’re really something special – with some love and attention, they’ll look fabulous.

Terracotta flower pots

Terracotta pots

If you’ve got green fingers, we’re sure you’re already planning your garden for 2021. We have lots of terracotta flower pots available at the yard. Various sizes.

Stained glass windows

Stained glass windows

Let the sun shine in! We love these beautiful stained glass windows. Available in various designs, with Crown, Rose, Lion & Fleur de Lys hand painted panels. Positioned in a sunny aspect of your home, these will look stunning. Why not consider installing them under a skylight for an even more spectacular effect?

If you’ve got the space, take a look at this beautiful leaded window with a superb seascape design.

Seascape leaded window

Revolving beach pavilion

Pavilion

Looking for a garden feature that’s truly unique? May we present this revolving pavilion bench, with seating on both sides! Imagine this beauty restored to its former glory, in pride of place in your garden. The possibilities are endless: it could be transformed into a kids’ playhouse, decorated with fairy lights, tiled in bold, bright colours, or painted like a Brighton beach hut!

Don’t forget, during the pandemic, we can discuss your requirements and send pictures via email. To encourage all our customers to stay home, we can also arrange delivery or you can collect from our yard. Please contact us on 01444 250330 or email mail@dortonreclaim.com to make arrangements. Read our company statement for more details.

Stay safe.

 

Images

Main: Ciao Newport Beach

All other images are from Dorton.

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All I want for Christmas

Christmas 2020

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…just maybe not quite like any Christmas we’ve seen before. In 2020, it’s likely to be a time for small gatherings at home with close family rather than a boozy hedonistic festive season!

So perhaps this year we’ll have more time for homely details, creating new traditions, and making special memories with our families. With that in mind, this month’s blog is all about Christmas touches for your home, ideas to entertain your little ones, and alternative décor inspo.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly

When you’re talking festive decs, the most iconic is the traditional Christmas wreath. There are heaps of tutorials available online for making your own (we love this one from A Piece of Rainbow), or you can of course pick up a ready-made version when you buy your tree. A stunning wreath deserves a beautiful front door complete with an ornate knocker. Mix and match a reclaimed oak front door and a modern knocker, or take a look at our stunning exterior door with stained glass detailing.

There’ll be (intimate!) parties for hosting

Dining room chairs

Perhaps the greatest joy of the festive season is spending time with family. Create a special ambience this year with restored dining room chairs. Strip down the wooden frames, then paint, stain or wax and add upholstery or simply a cushion. We love this vibrant collection of mismatched chairs in bold colours. Complete the look with candles, a festive centrepiece, and of course, the obligatory crackers!

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

fireplace

There’s nothing like an open fireplace to conjure up images of dreamy family Christmases. Preparing whiskey and mince pies for Santa and carrots for Rudolph, carefully hanging stockings ready for Christmas morning. Snuggling together with hot chocolate and Love Actually. And this year reassuring the kids that Santa will be able to travel, pandemic or no pandemic!

At Dorton we have a vast range of fireplaces, inserts and surrounds, repro and original wood burning stoves, and reclaimed tiles to recreate a period feel.  Add details like this gorgeous fire basket for a truly traditional finish.

Rocking around the Christmas tree

Christmas tree

Ok so you’ve bought your beautiful tree and the front room is looking bauble-tastic. Now, why not create something different for the kitchen or dining room? This alternative Christmas tree is a fabulous and decorative alternative using wood offcuts – check out this tutorial to recreate it in your own home.

One more sleep til it’s Christmas

Advent calendar wooden

Get creative this season with an alternative advent calendar.

We’ve found this lovely countdown to Christmas using reclaimed wood (scaffold boards or oak planks would work perfectly). Add numbers and hooks, and drape with Christmas ornaments that can be hung on your tree each day.

In this year like no other, everyone at Dorton would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued custom, and wish you a happy and healthy Christmas and new year. We’ll see you in 2021!

Stay safe.

 

Images

Wreath on front door The White Company (via Pinterest)

Dining room chairs Deco Lover

Fireplace Inside Stylists (via Instagram)

Alternative Christmas tree BLDG 25

Shutter advent calendar Country Living

Reclaimed wood advent calendar All Things Thrifty (via Pinterest)

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5 ways to bring a little hygge into your home

Hygge

The Danes are said to be some of the happiest people in the world, and as the nation that brought us the concept of hygge, it’s easy to see why. As winter draws in, and we potentially face another locked-down few months, we thought we’d explore how to bring a little hygge philosophy into your home.

In The Little Book of Hygge, Meik Wiking describes hygge as being “…about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe and we are shielded from the world…”

The closest English equivalent is ‘wellbeing’ but hygge goes further, evoking cosiness, warmth, and enjoying the good things in life with good people.

We’ve chosen five key concepts to consider in your pursuit of hygge: cosiness, warmth, lighting, natural materials, and who you’re sharing it with.

Cosiness

Browse Instagram and you’ll find thousands of photos just like ours, complete with cosy knitwear, chunky socks, hot chocolate, candles and blankets. You simply can’t get hygge with it if you’re uncomfortable, distracted or cold! So, stock up on blankets, select a great book, dig out your sweats and put on the kettle.

Warmth

Hygge

As far as we’re concerned, hygge starts with a luxurious bubble bath accompanied by a book and a glass of wine. At Dorton, we have a huge range of reclaimed baths, including Georgian roll-tops and cast iron models. We also stock Belfast and butler sinks and a selection of pedestals.

Hygge

Whether you’re bundled up under a blanket, or wrapped up warm in your garden, hygge conjures feelings of warmth and wellbeing. A wood burning stove or beautifully restored fireplace is extremely ‘hyggelig’ (hygge-like) – so pull up a comfy chair and enjoy a good book in front of your roaring fire. No space for an open fireplace? Choose a vintage radiator instead.

Lighting

Hygge

For lighting to evoke a feeling of hygge, it needs to be soft and subtle, not harsh and bright. Alongside your candles, add a repro lamp or statement light fitting and add a soft bulb or dimmer switch. Outside, why not string up some fairy lights to create some hygge magic?

Natural materials

Hygge

Hygge is a Danish concept and many of the subsequent décor trends incorporate an element of Scandi design. As Meik Wiking explains, “the reason for the Danish obsession with interior design is that our homes are the hygge headquarters”. Choose minimalist colour schemes, stripped and waxed floorboards, wooden shelves and flagstones to create your own slice of ‘hjemmehygge’ (hygge at home).

Someone to share it with

Hygge

Whilst hygge can be an insular and solitary delight, it’s also a concept that celebrates friendship, gatherings, familiarity and companionship. Think a dining table stacked with delicious, warming, comfort food. Baking homemade cookies with your kids. Playing board games with the family. Helping to prepare a beautiful meal.

Hygge is a way of life, a celebration of the simple things in life. You can’t buy hygge but you can learn to live your life with some hygge-inspired qualities. And especially in this strangest of years, we think there’s a lot to be said for closing the front door, locking out the chaos, and enjoying some peaceful, hyggelig time at home.

Don’t forget, if you’re on the lookout for something in particular, give our friendly team a call and we’ll do our best to help.

Images

The New Yorker – Lead image

Glossy Box – Bubble bath

Shop Hygge Box (via Instagram) – Lighting

Interior Design Box – Living room

The Culture Trip – Dining table

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How to create a blissful nook

under stairs desk

Nook (n)

A small quiet place or corner that is sheltered or hidden from other people.
Oxford English Dictionary

Also described as a corner or recess, especially one offering seclusion or security, this month we’re talking about how to transform an unused area in your home into a cosy nook.

Whether you need a place to work from home, a cosy reading area, or some extra storage space, we have ideas a-plenty to inspire you to clear out your clutter!

Working from home

under-stairs

During Covid times, many of us have found ourselves working from home and this new way of working has partly inspired this month’s blog; as flexible working becomes a more definite reality for many people, why not ditch the dining room table set-up and convert your under stairs space to create a neat little work environment? And while we can’t quite describe working at home as blissful (!) we do think it’s possible to carve out a beautiful work environment.

We love this retro example from Curbly – by installing some simple shelving and a built-in desk, they’ve repurposed a formerly cluttered and underused area of the house. Recreate a similar effect with timber sourced from Dorton. If you like a warmer, more natural look, stripped and waxed reclaimed scaffold boards would also look incredible.

Here’s another example, this time using a standalone dresser to great effect to create a chic yet practical workspace.

under stairs desk

Boot room

Boots room

Sticking with under stairs space: if you have a busy household, why not create a boot room to accommodate all your wellies, wet weather gear and hats and scarves? Complete the look with some unique coat hooks and perhaps even some retro lighting options.

Landing area reading nook

Landing space nook

This landing area between floors could have been boring and unused, but has instead been reimagined as a chic French-inspired reading nook. At Dorton, we often recover beautiful old pieces that can be brought back to life with some love and attention. After something specific? Don’t forget our pre-claim service – sign up and you’ll be the first to hear when we find new, exciting pieces.

Bathroom storage and furniture

Bathroom

Turn that hard-to-deal-with teeny tiny bathroom into a super cute space with the use of some shelving and a clever choice of colour. Complete the look with a traditional sink: at Dorton, we have a huge selection of sinks and pedestals.

Wood burning stove

wood burning stove

As the nights begin to draw in, indulge in some hygge cosiness with a repro or original wood burning stove. Add to this dreamy nook with a thick rug, candles and lots of blankets – then all that’s left to do is grab a good book, set the fire roaring, and enjoy a mug of hot chocolate!

Our friendly team is here to help you, so feel free to call us or visit the yard and we’ll help you find what you’re looking for!

Images

Curbly Under stairs working space

Better Homes and Gardens Under stairs working space (dresser)

Instagram (my_best_laid_plans) Boot room

Designthusiasm Landing area reading nook

Instagram (andyandcandice) Bathroom storage

Nordic House Wood burning stove