Relics of Witney Limited

Meet Michael Nicholls, our Osmo expert

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Michael Nicholls is our Osmo Regional Sales Manager and has over 12 years experience within the decorating industry. He has previously managed two Decorators' Merchants in his home county of Norfolk and has gained in-depth knowledge from leading brands such as Dulux, Farrow & Ball and Zinsser; along with trusted information from his trade customers.

Providing satisfactorily high customer service and brand development grabbed the attention of Osmo UK, who now make full use of his talent. 

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Osmo is a market leading brand in its own right.
— says Michael

Michael will be joining us on Saturday 8th April 2017 to give an informal talk about using the products in your home. Find out how to apply the oils and the best way to maintain your flooring and furniture once it's been applied.

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It gives me great pleasure to offer individuals an understanding of Osmo – a product range that can assist individuals in achieving a long lasting, naturally beautiful effect to their internal or external timber and one that, in my opinion, is unrivalled in the industry.

There will be samples so you that you can try the Polyx®-Oils yourself and ask any questions over a cup of coffee.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about why you should be using Osmo on your wooden flooring, furniture, doors and worktops. 

Follow Michael on Twitter: @Prepisking

Reserve your space:

Name *
Name
Preferred time

CALL US ON 01993 704 611 OR EMAIL SHOP@RELICSOFWITNEY.CO.UK FOR AVAILABILITY OF OSMO


Why use Osmo wood finishes?

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What is Osmo?

Osmo is a combination of wax and oil – this combination seems to last longer than most ordinary floor oils and is far more hardwearing than a wax. It retains a nice mellow sheen which brings out the natural beauty in the wood.

Why use Osmo?

Osmo is excellent. It has less solvents than most of its competitors; it's based on natural oils and waxes which allow wood to breath; and they are less inclined to yellow the wood. The finishes are water and dirt resistant and protect the wood from daily wear and tear.

What makes it different?

  • Fewer coats than most oils
  • Wide range of coloured finishes
  • Easy to use

How do I apply it?

Most problems associated with Osmo result from over applying. For best results you only need a maximum of 2 thin coats. You can apply with a lint free cloth, brush or microfibre roller. 

It sounds expensive...

At first glance it does... it's about twice the price of an ordinary oil. However, the coverage is about double and therefore lasts much longer. Like any good quality product it will cost you less in the long run (we promise). 

What else can I use it for?

It was originally designed for flooring but can be used on anything made from wood – for example, furniture and doors. It's safe for use around foodstuffs (ideal on chopping boards and worktops) and is friendly for use on toys.

Is it really that good?

Yes – that's why we stock it!
A maximum of 2 thin coats for a tough, easy-to-apply, long-lasting finish.


LEARN MORE ABOUT OSMO

Come along to our FREE Osmo event on Saturday 8th April 2017.


Osmo: hardwearing and durable protection for wood

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Over the next few blog posts we'll be taking a look at how you can protect your wooden flooring and furniture by using products made by Osmo.

We'll be explaining more about the interior finishes and why you should be using them on your flooring, furniture, worktops and anything made of wood.

 

Osmo event - Saturday 8th April 2017

On Saturday 8th April, Michael Nicholls from Osmo will be joining us to give an informal talk about using the products in your home. Find out how to apply the oils and the best way to maintain your flooring and furniture once it's been applied.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about why you should be using these hardwearing finishes on your wooden flooring, furniture, doors and worktops. 

Reserve your space:

Name *
Name
Preferred time *

CALL US ON 01993 704 611 OR EMAIL SHOP@RELICSOFWITNEY.CO.UK FOR AVAILABILITY OF OSMO


How to protect your wooden flooring and furniture using Osmo

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Osmo Polyx®-Oils are developed from natural oils and waxes to provide the most hardwearing and durable protection for wooden flooring and furniture.

Advantages

  • Extremely durable and hardwearing
  • Very water and dirt resistant
  • Enhances the wood's natural character
  • Resistant to common liquid spillages (water, juice, tea, cola and wine)
  • Saliva-resistant and sweatproof (suitable for children's toys)
  • Microporous, breathable finish which doesn't crack, peel or flake

Michael Nicholls from Osmo will be joining us on Saturday 8th April to give an informal talk about using the products in your home. Find out how to apply the oils and the best way to maintain your flooring and/or furniture once it's been applied.

There will be samples so you that you can try the Polyx®-Oils yourself and ask any questions over a cup of coffee.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about why you should be using Osmo on your wooden flooring, furniture, doors and worktops. 

Reserve your space here.

Alternatively, email shop@relicsofwitney.co.uk or phone us on 01993 704 611 to find out more.

Celebrating stripes with Sandberg's RAND collection

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We love the timeless elegance of stripes...

Balenciaga striped coat photographed at the Eiffel Tower by Richard Avedon.

Balenciaga striped coat photographed at the Eiffel Tower by Richard Avedon.

Greta Garbo on vacation in 1932.

Greta Garbo on vacation in 1932.

Gene Davis painting 'Franklin's Footpath' in front of Philadelphia Museum.

Gene Davis painting 'Franklin's Footpath' in front of Philadelphia Museum.

Drag racing day at the Auteuil races by Jacques-Henri Lartique.

Drag racing day at the Auteuil races by Jacques-Henri Lartique.

Coco Chanel with Gigot on the French Riviera.

Coco Chanel with Gigot on the French Riviera.

Madame de Meyer by Baron de Meyer.

Madame de Meyer by Baron de Meyer.

Caroline de Maigret.

Caroline de Maigret.

Pable Picasso by René Burri.

Pable Picasso by René Burri.

USING STRIPES IN THE HOME

Sandberg have just launched a new range of wallpapers made entirely of stripes. The RAND collection uses sharp lines which can be used throughout the home.

Color Swatch Dark Blue

Color Swatch Dark Blue

Djurgården Green

Djurgården Green

The collection takes inspiration from travel and cities.

Emilia Light Blue

Emilia Light Blue

Fjordbyen Dark Blue

Fjordbyen Dark Blue

Each pattern has been named after a district of a Scandinavian city: Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki.

Kallio Black

Kallio Black

Kristina Blue

Kristina Blue

Stripes have been used in various ways and produced in a wide range of colourways.

Magnus Black

Magnus Black

Österbro Black

Österbro Black

William Light Grey

William Light Grey


CALL US ON 01993 704 611 OR EMAIL SHOP@RELICSOFWITNEY.CO.UK TO ORDER SANDBERG WALLPAPER 


2016 in pictures

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We've had a lovely (busy) year. Take a look at some of the things we got up to in 2016...

We had a cold start to the year at our old address on Bridge Street.

We had fun using big toys to transform our new building.

Rialto built us a new entrance.

House & Carriage moved all of our shop fittings and stock.

We opened for the first time on Corn Street.

Farrow & Ball released new colours and wallpapers (including 'Peignoir', which you can see on Charlotte the Sheep).

We designed a new logo.

Wooden Pins painted our signage.

We saw our gravel car park turn in to paving.

Little Greene released new colours and wallpapers.

We were joined by 'Morris the Milk Float' who gave out free goody bags and colour advice.

Francesca from Farrow & Ball gave an inspiring talk on how to use colour in the home.

We installed a new Paint & Paper Library stand and colour boards.

We were nominated for the 'Best in Witney Awards'.

We mixed a lot of paint for customers...

...and for the new shop!

Sandberg released beautiful new wallpapers.

A 'special guest' came down to help us celebrate our move to Corn Street.

We hosted the very first 'Oxfordshire Makers Market'.

Sophie Whittle drew us.

Thanks to everyone who came to the shop (or shopped online) this year. We hope to see you in 2017!

Christmas Opening Hours 2016

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SATURDAY 24TH DECEMBER (CHRISTMAS EVE)
8am-3pm

SUNDAY 25TH DECEMBER (CHRISTMAS DAY)
Closed

MONDAY 26TH DECEMBER (BOXING DAY)
Closed

TUESDAY 27TH DECEMBER
Closed

WEDNESDAY 28TH to SATURDAY 31ST DECEMBER
8am-4pm

SUNDAY 1ST JANUARY 2017 (NEW YEAR'S DAY)
Closed

MONDAY 2ND JANUARY 2017
Closed

TUESDAY 3RD JANUARY 2017
8am-5pm (back to normal hours)


MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Oxfordshire Makers Market

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Thanks to everyone who came along to the Oxfordshire Makers Market last month. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did?

A great line-up of talented makers, designers and craftspeople certainly helped to make the day go as well as it did.

A wide range of wonderful products were available to buy, including: pottery, leathercraft, woodwork, printmaking, artisan bread and textiles. 

Thanks to the following stallholders for their time :

  • Enstone Leather
  • Harriet Poppy and Margarita de Forteza
  • Sit Upholstery
  • Posy Gifts
  • OP Woodcraft
  • Fig Bags
  • Larder & Tuck Box
  • Braw Scotland
  • Love Your Plane
  • Muffat Prague
  • Sophie Whittle and Emily Russell
  • Leigh Pottery
  • The Bread Shed
  • Jan Ritchie
  • The Floral Fox

And thanks to Hannah Giblett for creating our wonderful event window (which you can still see at the shop!).

We hope to host more events in the new year. Keep up-to-date by following 'Oxfordshire Makers' on Instagram: www.instagram.com/oxfordshire_makers.

Oxfordshire Makers: Makers' Market – showcasing local designers, makers & craftspeople

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We've invited a select group of local creatives to set up shop within our space in West Oxfordshire.

There will be pottery; leathercraft; woodwork; textiles; prints; handmade chutneys, conserves and confectionery; and more  all available to buy, directly from the designers and makers themselves.

DATE: Saturday 19th November 2016, 11am-6pm.
VENUE: Relics of Witney Ltd, Corn Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6BZ.

FREE ENTRY.
Shop open as usual: 8am-5pm (plus an additional hour for the Makers Market).

Images from some of the stallholders...

Find out more by following 'Oxfordshire Makers' on Instagram, or let us know you're coming on Facebook.

The 'Pink' collection from Little Greene

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A new capsule collection of pinks from Little Greene is now available at Relics. 

8 colours make up the collection, along with a coordinating, limited edition wallpaper.

We mix all Little Greene paints in store. 

Visit the shop to pick up a colour card.

1940s Wallpapers by Farrow & Ball

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Farrow & Ball's new collection of wallpapers have been inspired by the 1940s (the decade in which the company was founded). The 3 uniquely textured papers are contemporary interpretations of classic prints from the 40s and are block printed using real paints.

ENIGMA

A bold, geometric design made of interlocking rectangles. 

GABLE

A playful deign featuring ploughed fields, picket fences and farmyard animals.

ARCADE

A scalloped pattern inspired by the art deco movement.


CALL US ON 01993 704 611 OR EMAIL SHOP@RELICSOFWITNEY.CO.UK TO ORDER FARROW & BALL WALLPAPER


Update on the exterior of our shop

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With the re-paving of the car park almost complete, we are now focusing on painting the shop front. We have given the brickwork a coat of Wall Primer Sealer, which will stabilise the surface and control absorption of the surface to prevent patchiness.

We're using Little Greene's Masonry Paint for the top coats – a very matt, water-based, quick-drying paint with anti-fungal properties.

The next step will be getting our signage painted. Sign-writing is pencilled in for the end of the month (weather permitting), so come back soon for more updates.


CALL US ON 01993 704 611 OR EMAIL SHOP@RELICSOFWITNEY.CO.UK TO ORDER LITTLE GREENE PAINT 


'Familj' Wallpaper Collection by Sandberg

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Sandberg's 'Familj' is a bold and playful collection which certainly isn't just for kids. The new designs are perfect for anyone who is young at heart and looking to add some fun in to their home. Here are our favourite patterns and a few ideas on what to team them with...

ELLA BLACK

A marvellous monochrome paper that is both timeless and modern.
(Also available in Grey, Pink, White and Yellow.)

Accessorise with:
Future Artist T-Shirt by Young Double.
Little Raindrop Cloud by Mabel & Bird.
Number Print by Yourtype.


HILLEVI GREEN

A charming, nature-inspired design that will create a wonderful hideaway.
(Also available in Light Pink.)

Accessorise with:
Little Apple Shelf by Red Hand Gang.
A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies & Mark Hearld.
Baby Bootie Rabbit from Family Tree Shop.


LEONARD BLACK

Go wild with 'Leonard', an exotic pattern full of colour and playfulness.
(Also available in Grey.)

Accessorise with:
Animal Notebooks by Ella Osborne.
Tiger Scarf by Donna Wilson.
Animal Heads by Fiona Walker.


THE FULL 'FAMILJ' COLLECTION


CALL US ON 01993 704 611 OR EMAIL SHOP@RELICSOFWITNEY.CO.UK TO ORDER SANDBERG WALLPAPER 


'From the Anvil' Photography Competition

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If you're visiting our shop, why not take the chance to win some fab prizes courtesy of From the Anvil.

All you have to do is:

  1. Take a photo to include any From the Anvil product (it could be of our display stand, a selfie or an Anvil product in your own home).
  2. Submit your entry via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) tagging #anvilcomp and either like, follow or tweet @fromtheanvil (don't forget to tag us too!).

The gold prize is £1500 worth of holiday vouchers; along with monthly prizes of vouchers, spa days and power tools; plus weekly prizes of alcohol & chocolates!

Read more about the competition here.

Good luck!

 

Paint colours inspired by Cotswold Lavender

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We've been inspired by a visit to Cotswold Lavender this week.

Cotswold Lavender is a family farm located a short drive from our shop. The farm, which overlooks Broadway and the beautiful Vale of Evesham, has been growing Lavender since the year 2000. With over 35 varieties and 500,000 plants it's a wonderful place to spend time and browse the range of unique products on offer (all of which are made in Great Britain!).

 

Here are our picks of paint colours inspired by our trip...

Dove Tale and Brassica by Farrow & Ball

Dove Tale is the perfect choice for a grey bedroom. Its lilac undertone gives a soft boudoir feel. 

Brassica feels feminine and charming in light areas but due to its underlying black tone it becomes much more sophisticated and grey in dark areas. 

Damson Mousse and Inglenook by Earthborn

Damson Mousee is a comforting and warm colour – perfect for bedrooms or dining rooms.

Inglenook is a sophisticated combination of taupe, grey and lilac. A grown up colour suitable for any room.

Perse Grey and Erica by Paint & Paper Library

Perse Grey – a deep grey alternative, providing warmth by the way of violet.

Erica is a beautiful reduced lavender.

Thai Sapphire and Welcome-Dark by Little Greene

Thai Sapphire is a saturated and hot blue. It will add splendour and drama to a scheme.

Welcome-Dark (from the Welcome colour scale) is a boudoir colour of real delicacy and richness without being overbearing.


CALL US ON 01993 704 611 FOR AVAILABILITY


Find out more about Cotswold Lavender: www.cotswoldlavender.co.uk

LibFest Witney Road Closures

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Just a quick 'Heads Up' for next weekend: Corn Street will be closed between 9:30am and 12pm on Saturday 25th June 2016 for the LibFest Fun Run.

If you are coming to the shop, please be aware of the closure and find somewhere suitable to park. You can find us at The Old Works, Corn Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6BZ. We will be open as usual (8am-5pm).