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House Martin New Backup Coving Storage

Nov. 18: House Martin now has a new backup coving store to supplement supplies from Orac Decor and NMC-Copley. Stock of Decora Vidella will be held here to improve our delivery times from this manufacturer. This space will also allow us to trial other manufacturers as well. Due to arrive in November are four new profiles from Elite Decor.


Skirting Summer!

Skirting is an undervalued product in the standard British home. Unlike our European counter parts, we stick to simple wood skirting. However often home owners are looking for more, something special. Here at House Martin we have the solution… Many people consider CovingCeiling Roses and other Decorative Mouldings to be the feature in a room. Match Skirting and Coving Cornice together and create a truly designer feel, as a DIY enthusiast. 



  • Three different styles Square, Cascade and Contour

  • Easy to install with our appropriate adhesives

  • Ideal for Renovations bringing older properties back to life

  • Hides Cables effortlessly around the home or business.

  • Covers old skirting for even easier installation saving both time and money removing old skirting.

  • Flexible Skirting helps to complete the modern British home or flat. Often, we now have curves in a room rather than boxed areas.

  • Orac Décor Skirting is water resistant meaning installation in bathrooms and wet rooms is simple.

  • Our Orac Décor Skirting is easily paintable in a range of different colours, stray away from the standard white.

  • Orac Décor Skirting is shock resistant meaning it will not break easily.

  • Skirting does not have to just be used down below! Use this multifunctional product to create a range of different designs I.E use DX157-2000 as a Dado-Rail.

Visit our Skirting range today and start designing your space.




Orac Work Book


The Orac Work Book is now available! A brand new material filled with fantastic stylish ideas to complete a room, focusing on a house environment with an array of different rooms. This piece was shot at Orac HQ in the production factory with a home styled environment created from Orac products. Lots of Orac staff were involved as characters of the shoot, even the dog is a Orac staff members!


Use the electronic brochure to "Free your personality" and help put your own stamp on a renovation or redecoration. With the entire Orac range on show you can view Ceiling Roses, Uplighting and Downlighting Cornice, Coving & Cornice, Pillars & Pillaster, Architrave and Skirting Boards.


Follow this link to view the Work Book Digitally.






Elliot’s Trip to Orac Headquarters


On Tuesday the 23rd of March Elliot embarked on an adventure to visit the Headquarters of Orac which is located in Belgium Ostend.


The morning started with Stephen the UK’s Business Development Manager collecting myself from House Martin early so we could make our way down to Folkestone to board the “Le-shuttle”. Enjoying the rush hour traffic myself and Stephen both share a particular passion for motor vehicles and motor racing. This erupted into full blown conversation on the topics even once through passport control.


Once through to Calais an hour or so later we arrived at Orac HQ in Belgium to meet the team. With such a large operation the different departments were well numbered to keep the business running efficiently. We met all of the people involved in helping Orac to function effectively from Customers relations and Engagement to Logistics and Business Development. Everyone I met was extremely kind and I quickly got the vibe this is a fantastic operation to be apart of.


Stephen then gave me a full tour of production at the factory. This involved seeing the in-depth creation of different products. We were lucky enough to see products from our Standard range of Orac coving which is extruded through a mould to create the profile. Large machines with a special formula are programmed for production and the profile is cut into whatever relevant length the product is. Gallows brackets were also available for viewing with machines and craftsman alike being used in harmony. I found the combination of robotic machines and human manual labour interesting to watch. The robots were doing tasks such as building boxes which contain a special impact resistant foam to ensure the products are delivered in a well protected fashion to our clients. Towards the end of our tour we visited the “House Of Personality” which is a area Orac used to shoot their most recent brochure which is great to read. What I found fascinating about this was that Orac created this area all within the factory with different themed rooms for the home. Displaying different Orac products being used in ways you may not think of. For example using indirect lighting with a coving profile so the uplighting hits the cornice creating a beautiful effect. I also had inspiration from a clever home style bar which had a round coving profile as the edge which worked wonderfully.  Whilst shooting the new  brochure material a large proportion of people displaying the products are actually staff of Orac family members of the employees, even the dog is apart of the Orac family!



Myself with Oracs Rombus Wall Panneling in the House of Personality.


After the fantastic factory tour at Orac HQ we made a quick trip to a local restaurant called “’t Waterhuis” which served fantastic food and had a lively local feel, I recommend visiting if you are in the area. Once myself and Stephen had finished enjoying our pasta it was back to Orac down the road to meet An Orac’s Customer Engagement manager. We used this time to discuss different ideas on making the most of a digital world we now all live in, improving on the already fantastic experience House Martin has created for current and potential customers online.


Finally it was time to leave Orac and travel back to Calais but not before visiting the Ostend beach and harbour taking in the fantastic street art on the buildings. Ostend is a very interesting place and with clear development happening it was great to see what the place had to offer.



The docks and wall art in Ostende, Belgium.



Our stay was short however extremely enjoyable and gave me priceless knowledge about not only the products but the fantastic operation Orac completes on a daily basis in Ostende Belgium. Special thanks to everyone involved with organising the trip and making me feel so welcome.




Elliot - House Martin



Sustainability is an important thing for us here at House Martin. We are proud to say that our new partners NMC share our feelings on the matter. Take a look at this fantastic video, showing the factories of NMC and the lead figures of the company commenting on sustainability.


Changes for early 2018

Elliot Stock has joined House Martin to work alongside Michael in sales and organisation. Elliot's second day involved a 5:30am start followed by 856 miles over 2 days to visit our UK supply chain. Now the work begins! Cheers!

House Martin Mobile Office

House Martin now has a mobile office in which we can hold meetings to discuss our Orac Decor products on long distance calls. A great facility for exhibitions to carry all the materials we need.


Take a look at Houzz. We have been watching this platform and think it useful for anyone interested in refurbishment, decoration. Small and major projects.

Decorex 2016

Visited the new Orac Decor stand at Decorex 2016 in Syon Park. Good to meet up with our friends at Orac Decor and catch up with the news. A great show with many talented exhibitors and beautiful products.


Happy New Year for 2016

To all our customers, happy new year for 2016. We are working on new products and revisions to our web site which should be available early in this year. Michael.

Christmas 15 / New Year 16 Deliveries

For Christmas and New Year our last dispatch date for orders will Monday 21st December for delivery Wednesday 23rd. Next dispatches will be Monday 4th January 2016 for Wednesday 6th. We will be open throughout the break to take orders and discuss projects. If we can not get to the phone just email us. Have a happy Christmas and New Year! Michael.

Orac Decor Showroom

We now have a new Orac Decor showroom in Horsham for trade enquiries. If your are after ideas and to see a range of the products from our displays this is a great place to visit. Please make an appointment and we will make you coffee! - Michael.

Discounted Adhesives & Tools

For a limited period only we are discounting adhesives and tools by 25% when ordered with our mouldings. Please see our Special Offers page for details.

New Sample Carriage Offer

If you have ordered samples online when you come to place your order use the promotional code: Sample carriage refund. This wll refund you the sample carriage.

Delivery to the European Union

We have always delivered to countries in the European Union and beyond. Now this can be done online with one standard rate. Simply select carriage to the European Union and when entering you address to use the drop down box to select your country.

Carriage Rate Reductions 2015

We are please to annouce that for 2015 our online delivery charges are to reduce. We will be able to offer one standard rate throughout the UK and Ireland. This will remove the current additional charges to deliver to the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Channel Islands, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This is great news for us to continually offer the best service and value.

Price Freeze 2014 & 2015

Great news. We are freezing our Orac Decor prices for 2015. This means that our prices have been held since January 2013! Better still is some Uplighting and Xterio products have actually been reduced in both 2014 and 2015. House Martin continues to offer industry leading value.

New Service to Eire & NI

We now have a new service to Eire - Republic of Ireland and NI - Northern Ireland. Carriage is currently £40 under £300 and Free over, but in December it gets better as this will change to our Standard Rate of £15 under £150 and Free over.

Red Dot Design Award 2014


Inspired by the 1930's, the 'Wave' displays elegant and organic lines. A contemporary uplighter coving for LED lighting in the home and office.

With its modern shape, this profile subtlety combines beauty and functionality. Horizontal and vertical lines gracefully merge into each other and features an attractive shadow line.

This coving conceals the LED indirect light and allows the creation of subtle lighting effects. All our uplighter coving profiles will bring warmth to a room, and take away the harshness of a single central pendant light fitting. Compact LEDs are easy to install, cost little to run and have a long life and are environmentally friendly.

Grand Designs Live 2014 at London Excel

To all our visitors at Grand Designs Live 2014 at London Excel a big thank you for taking the time to visit us. If you didn't come make sure you do next year! It was an excellent show and our friends at Orac Decor did a fantastic stand for us at House Martin to promote their mouldings in the UK. Ulf Moritz designs, uplighter coving cornice and flexible mouldings took centre stage, but it was not long before the huge range of mouldings caught customers interest with something for everyone. For those who took brochures, and there were plenty of you!, remember the show offer of 10% discount on all orders remains for the whole of 2014. If you need any help with your order phone us or order samples online.

Flood Damage Replacement Mouldings

With the awful flood damage that has occured of late when it comes to repairs our Orac Decor products offer huge advantages. Being made from polyurethane they are completely impervious to water, yet unlike many plastic products they can be painted to be indistinguishable from wood and plaster. Skirting boards are the most obvious replacement product, but our architrave, pilasters and columns are all ideal. Hopefully any possible future damage will be limited by using materials which offer greater protection. Take a look through our site and see what we have to offer. Michael.

La Moulure 04

This is the fourth edition of the beautifully crafted illustrated newspaper from Orac Decor. The newspaper includes new moulding products ideas, and product information. Inspiring! Use this link.

Orac Certified Installer

You can become an Orac Certified Installer by attending the course run by Orac at their factory in Oostende, Belgium. Here you can learn all the skills required not just for the installation work of the full range from coving cornice to pilasters domes, but also marble painting skills and finishing.

Web Site Changes

We have a revised About Us page, Special Offers and Home Page layout.

The Home Page has been reordered to give a better customer experience with Special Offers taking a prominent position and product home page links in a more logical order.

Special Offers has been updated to give more opportunity for customers to take advantage of our discounted products and to be aware of offers and vouchers.

We had two pages previously telling customers about House Martin, this has now been condensed and updated into one About Us page to give a brief, but concise overview. Hope you find it interesting!

Coming soon will be revisions and updates to our Box in Pipes range. Michael.


Lots of change at House Martin. The Chudleigh office is closing at the end of August and all work will be processed through Warlingham. Stephen is taking on an enhanced role with Orac Decor promoting their products for major new build and refurbishment projects. He will have a consultancy role with House Martin to complete the existing projects he has been working on to ensure quality delivery. I wish him great success in his challenging new role for which his sales skills and experience are a perfect match. Michael.

Homebuilding & Renovating Show - Sandown Park

We visited the Homebuilding & Renovating Show at Sandown Park on Saturday. Unfortunately I felt it was a disapointment. The small number exhibitors were a bit of an eclectic mix and there seemed to be little cohesion the product grouping. Less than an hour was all that was needed to walk around. Some good ideas and products, but far from comprehensive. - Michael.

Visit to Grand Designs Live

In a word. Go! A great show with many interesting and innovative designs and products. Earlier in the year we went to the Ideal Home Exhibition and very disappointed. This was the opposite. We of course visited the Orac Ulf Moritz stand and received a warm reception from Dagmara and Alex. It is always impressive to see the products on display. The uplighting, coving cornice, skirting board and decorative mouldings were all demonstrated. If you are not able to make the show, order some samples and brochure by going to the individual product pages.


Grand Designs Live 2013

Come and see the new Ulf Moritz Collection on exhibition for the first time in the UK. Contemporary coving cornice, dado, skirting and decorative mouldings. On show at Grand Designs Live at the London Excel between the 4th - 12th of May. To take advantage of our £10 ticket offer log onto Orac at Grand Designs Live and quote the code EXHIB13 before 3rd May. See you there.

Ulf Moritz samples

We are now completely stocked with Ulf Moritz samples of coving cornice, panel moulding / dado rail and skirting board. New brochures are on their was and should be with us on Thursday. So take a look at these modern contemporary profiles and place your orders!

Ulf Moritz Coving, Cornice & Moulding Fest at Fabre 13

Orac were delighted with the response at Fabre from both existing and new customers to the new Ulf Moritz collection. Many enthusastic decorators ordered the new Designer Pack to present the new collection of mouldings to their customers. The pack includes samples of the coving cornice, dado, skirting board and decorative mouldings, a new catalogue and an inspirational book of ideas. And to help things along, their new range of colourfully labled beer was on show (not sure how that fits in with the range...but very nice).

Ideal Home Show

We visited the Ideal Home Show and were disappointed. On the good side there were some excellent stands. Unfortunately the show was on the small side and really only on the ground floor. Here there were only few interesting innovative companies which was particularly disappointing. The show homes were simply bland, whereas the garden designs fantastic. Where there would have been more space for new developments on the first floor, this was given over to market stalls of trinkets and speciality foods. Nothing wrong with that in itself, but what had they to do with an 'Ideal Home Show'? The show has priced companies like ours out of the market, so affordable home improvement ideas were extremely sparse. No innovative coving and cornice products or anything like it here. In fact little you couldn't have easily found without going to the show. The Ideal Home Show seems to have lost its way. Michael

Grand Designs Live 2013

We are pleased to announce that Orac Decor will be exhibiting at Grand Designs Live at the ExCel (Exhibition Centre, London). The show will be from the 4th to 12th May 2013. For further details and tickets log onto: Come along, see the products and talk to the manufacturer about these fantastic interior mouldings. The whole range will be on display from coving cornice to skirting board.

Updated Ulf Moritz home page

Stephen quite rightly pointed out our new Ulf Moritz home page lacked a certain something. All the products were there but it was 'grey'. Updated now with a better intro and colour. Vast improvement. Take a look.

New Ulf Moritz Home Page

The new Ulf Moritz home page is now live. Please take the time to view these ultra contemporary designs which are unique to Orac Decor. As this is a new range delivery is a little longer with the stock being held centrally in Belgium. Samples are available of the coving cornice, dado panel moulding and skirting, as are brochures of the whole range; just give us a call.

More Snow!

More snow! But the roads are relatively clear, so hopefully there will be few delays if any in our deliveries. So if you are nice and warm do not hesitate in ordering your coving cornice, ceiling roses or any of our other architectural mouldings.

Budget Coving

We have added our Basixx coving cornice range to our site. This is our 'cheap as chips' range for those on a budget and looking for outstanding value. Previously the Basixx coving cornice range was only available on our trade site, House Martin Construction. With this range whole flats and houses can be fitted cheaply and quickly.

Ulf Moritz - Moulding Designs

We have a new range being introduced which will have its own home page and be added to our existing listings. Ulf Moritz has design a range of mouldings exclusively for Orac Decor. The coving cornice, indirect uplighter coving , dado / panel moulding and skirting have already been added to our listings.

To quote Ulf Moritz "Design is experience. It is finding new ways of bringing an interior to life. That is precisely what Orac Decor does. It plays with shapes and volumes, light and shade, patterns and dimensions. Working with Orac Decor was a unique oppertunity for me to develop my ideas. I have designed a collection of twelve decorative profiles and elements for you. These designs are for those who dare . With a little courage, you can create your own extra dimension in your interior. Now it is up to you."

Deliveries - More snow!

More snow and cold weather is predicted for this week, with a warming up for the weekend. Well 'warm' being a relative word in these circumstances. TNT have done quite well for us and few deliveries have been effected, so hopefully the next few days will be ok as well. Personally I shall miss the snow, but then I'm just a big kid at heart.  Michael.

Weather Disrupted Deliveries

Please be aware that with the current cold weather and forecast snow deliveries may be delayed. We will make every effort to dispatch, but transportation may be disrupted. Deliveries are made by TNT and even if your area is unaffected it may be that our courier has to go through an affected area or adjoining areas have had an impact on logistics. If deliveries do not arrive when expected, please advise us and we will trace the delivery for you.


Samples of coving and dado / panel mouldings have been on the increase in January. This follows the pattern in previous years. Maybe the Christmas decorations have come down and the home is looked at in a new light? The vast majority of the mouldings on our site are stock items, so phone us to discuss your project.

Amazon & eBay

A range of our products are now available on Amazon and eBay. This includes a selection of coving, dado rail, skirting, corbels and adhesives. We have not included the full range, but the more popular mouldings we think will appeal to Amazon and eBay clients. For the full range log onto House Martin Online and House Martin Construction.

New Year 2013

Happy New Year for 2013! Here's hoping for a good year for everyone.

We will be open as normal on Wednesday 2nd of January and dispatching orders for the 3rd. We had some changes at the end of 2011, including reduced carriage costs of smaller ceiling roses and three shorter lengths of Box in Pipes. We also now have products listed on Amazon and eBay.

Christmas Week

Our depot will be closed Christmas week, so orders will be dispatched on Tuesday 2nd January for delivery on Wednesday 3rd. Apologies for the delay in fulfilling orders. We will have reduced staff to take calls, but please leave a message if we are unable to take your call when you phone.

Many thanks and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Michael Chandler.

Ceiling Roses - Cheap Carriage

A selection of our smaller ceiling roses are available by post at a reduced cost for P&P of £4. So if next day delivery is not an issue save £6! on our under £150 carriage rates.

New Installation page

We have just included a new installation video page to our web site. These instructions are for installation of coving cornice, but are equally applicable to dado rail / panel mouldings and skirting board. The video shows the installation of coving cornice in progress and below there is also a series of sequential pictures. We also have our FAQ section, so please take a look at this page if any questions remain and phone us to discuss your project. All deliveries have an installation guide included.

Imminent Arrival of Christmas

Is this news? Well just a reminder, not about the impending arrival of Christmas in three weeks, but if any alterations are to be made an early start is advisable. Most mouldings can be ordered for a next day delivery. We already have the first tranche of decorations appearing. I had to quickly erect the new living room blinds so we would have something at the windows for Christmas.

Also remember when the decorations come down you may view your home with a new perspective. If you are going to decorate this is an ideal time to install coving and cornice. Order samples and a brochure now so over the Christmas break so you can plan ahead.

2013 Price increase

Orac prices are due to increase on the 1st January 2013 by approximately 3%. Any orders placed before this date will be at 2012 prices. So order early!

Coving & Cornice Sales

Our sales of coving and cornice have continued to grow in these difficult times. Installing coving and cornice is a cost effective way of improving the decor of a home. Take a look through our range and order samples which are sent with our brochure.


London Design Week 2012

We took a trip to Chelsea Harbour Design Centre. The London Design Week 2012 was on and we were intrigued to see what was on show. Ultra high end products and events with guest speakers. I was surprised no interior designers exhibiting. Nor any coving, cornice and interior mouldings. Coving and cornice might be considered by some as building materials, but not being structrial, we would think of as decorative. An opportunity for a stockist?