I've just taken delivery of a gorgeous new piece of furniture. It's a settle. Now, I had no idea that is what a piece of furniture like this is called. I thought it was a cross between a church pew and a bench you'd find in a country pub. But nope, settle it is. Sounds like it belongs in a pub's snug but instead it stands against a wall in my dining room.
I happened across the shop I bought it from when I was looking around the lovely village of Petworth in West Sussex. Oakapple Trading Company sells a variety of wooden furniture as well as other various bits and pieces to adorn and embellish your home. One of their suppliers is responsible for the lovely settle I bought. He lives on the Isle of Wight, makes each piece of furniture by hand to order and uses only reclaimed wood. My settle is made from old pine floorboards! And when his van is full of his furniture he drives over to West Sussex to deliver it to the shop.
So, my lovely new piece of furniture was created by a talented, independent craftsman in the UK, without chopping down any trees! And for a very reasonable price, I might add. Good feelings included free.
For more info, check out www.oakappletrading.co.uk
(BTW the dining table and chairs used to belong to hubbie's brother and his uncle before that - a fully recycled dining set!)