Dibor’s Tour of French Style

16 July, 2019

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The world’s best road cyclists are once again competing in the Tour de France. This bike race takes place over 3 gruelling weeks each summer, and this year it covers a total of 3,480 km, which is 2,162 miles! The riders will be taking in the whole of the French countryside, from the flat cobblestoned north to the mountains of the Pyrenees and Alps, before eventually racing up the Champs-Élysées for the final sprint.

Here at Dibor we have taken our very own tour of French styles, from rustic farmhouse country style to Parisian chic. So, no matter what your personal style, we’ve got the home accessories to suit.

The kitchen is the heart of the French country farmhouse, and we've got everything you need to add some rustic chic to your own kitchen. Our luxury hanging saucepan rack allows you to store all of your lovely pots and pans in a traditional French style from its six hanging hooks. This display rack even features a French cockerel design. For the home cook, our vintage style iron cookbook stand is perfect for displaying your recipes and cookbooks as you prepare your favourite meals. Complete the French farmhouse look with our heart shaped dish drainer.

As for French city living... When you think of Paris you’ll probably think of its cafes and bistros. You can bring the look and feel of these stylish establishments into your kitchen or dining room with our bistro wall sign and our range of Bistrot de Paris barware accessories, including our etched glass wine decanter carafe and our black metal drinks bucket. Alternatively, recreate the feel of watching the Tour de France peloton racing down the Rue de Rivoli at home by raising a celebratory champagne toast in our elegant gold leaf champagne flutes, whose long stems and leaf design evoke images of classic French glamour.

Of course, riding a bike needn’t be strenuous and you don't have to ride for thousands of miles. There’s no better reason to go out on a ride than to enjoy a picnic with a friend in the summer sunshine. Our bicycle picnic basket makes this easy. Simply affixed to your bike, this picnic hamper holds plates and cutlery for 2 and has plenty of room for food and drink, ensuring that when you do stop you’ll be able to enjoy the perfect alfresco meal.

Perhaps, though, you prefer to enjoy watching cycling from the comfort of your armchair. No matter, we’re sure you’ll agree with the sentiments on our decorative metal wall sign, ‘Life is Short. Enjoy the Ride’, and on our vintage style wooden sign, 'Life is like Riding a Bicycle'.

Keep your Home Mud Free this Summer with Dibor's Range of Boot Brushes and Shoe Scrapers.

05 July, 2019

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Summer has finally arrived. The sun’s shining brightly which means it’s the perfect time for the whole family to go outside and enjoy the garden, get down the allotment, visit the park or, best of all, go for a long walk in the Great British countryside.

However, no matter how much you love the outdoors we’re sure you’ll want it to stay outdoors! That’s where boot brushes and shoe scrapers come in. The perfect way to remove mud, leaves and grass cuttings from your shoes, walking boots and wellies, they’ll ensure your home and conservatory stay free from mud this summer. Better still, boot brushes and scrapers allow you to clean your shoes and walking boots without having to bend down or get mucky at all. There’s no need for any fuss or effort – just scrape and brush off any unwanted garden material before you step indoors.

Here at Dibor we’ve got a fantastic range of boot brushes and scrapers that will suit your style, from country cottage looks to scrapers perfect for a town house. Our classic cast iron boot brush scraper features a heavy duty scraper on one side and a traditional boot brush on the other, making it the perfect all round solution for muddy shoes. It even has an additional scraper in the middle for getting those stubborn leaves out of your boot grips. Similarly, our cast iron boot scraper and brush has a durable scraper and brush set within a beautifully detailed stand that is angled upwards for ease of use.

Sometimes you just can’t avoid getting mud on the sides of your boots as well in the grips. Our countryman’s double-sided boot brush is built for just such occasions. It has two durable brushes facing inwards, meaning that as you push your shoe over the scraper its sides are also brushed clean. Similarly, our combination boot brush and shoe scraper features two brushes on either side of its angled scraping plate, making it ideal for cleaning your boots on your return from a walk in the countryside.

Boot scrapers and brushes are eminently practical. At the same time, they are a great way to add a touch of traditional country style and elegance to your front doorstep, garden door or porch. This is especially true of our stag boot brush, which features an ornately crafted seated deer figure with tall antlers for a refined stately look that evokes traditional woodland and Highland images.

All our boot scrapers are made from durable cast iron, meaning they can be kept outside all year long without worry. Here at Dibor we take our responsibility to the environment seriously. All of our boot brushes are made using sustainably sourced coco fibres, meaning when you step back indoors from the garden you really can do so with peace of mind, and safe in the knowledge that your shoes are clean.

Game, Set, Match - Dibor! Get Inspired by Wimbledon

01 July, 2019

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The Wimbledon tennis championship really is the epitome of the Great British summer. Conjuring up images of hot sunshine beaming down on the immaculate green lawn of centre court, white t-shirts and fans celebrating together on Henman Hill, it is an event steeped in history and tradition. This isn’t surprising - the very first championship was held at Wimbledon in 1877! However, you don’t need an expensive ticket to the grounds at SW19 to enjoy all these rich summer traditions. We’re here to share how you can revel in the Wimbledon spirit over the next fortnight.

The first thing that many of us think of when we hear the word Wimbledon is bowls of beautiful British strawberries and cream. There’s nothing better than locally grown, hand-picked strawberries served with lashings of cream. Our Bella Perle dessert bowls are the perfect way for you to serve up your own dishes of fresh fruit, sorbet or scoops of your favourite ice cream. Featuring their iconic beaded edges, they are the perfect match for Wimbledon fortnight. Alternatively, dish up your fruit in our vintage style ice cream bowls.

Wash down your dessert with a glass of refreshing Pimms – the classic drink of the Great British summertime – or your other favourite fruit cocktail. Impress the guests at your alfresco meal or picnic by serving this up in our Soliel glass pitcher jug, which features a large embossed sun design that is perfect for the season and is sure to chase away the clouds. Then, sit back and relax as you sip your drinks from a beautiful highball tumbler. Try our classically elegant Celia glass tall tumblers… just add a paper umbrella for that extra dash of summer spirit.

Hosting your own party on the lawn is the perfect way to replicate the Wimbledon spirit at home. And, best of all, you can do this in a style and comfort that would make those at the Championships envious. Our cream plaid cushion will add a luxurious and welcome comfort to your garden, patio or conservatory chairs, and is perfectly paired with our Highland plaid scatter cushion for the complete classic British country look.

So, raise a glass to all the players at Wimbledon this year as you sit back and enjoy the British summer in style. And no matter who wins in the finals, it’ll be game, set and match to you.

What are you doing to celebrate Wimbledon fortnight? We’d love to hear about your garden parties, picnics and days off relaxing on the lawn. Share your stories with us via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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