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2018 Black Friday Weekend Saving!

Posted by admin on November 16, 2018 at 11:04 am. Filed under: General

This Black Friday weekend is the perfect time to buy a new kitchen. Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets is offering 15% off orders placed up until 23:59 on Monday 26th November. Place your order now and receive everything in time for Christmas – whether you want a few cabinets or an entire kitchen.

It is easy to claim your 15% saving. Simply add the discount code BLK15 at the checkout once you have added your kitchen items to your shopping cart. Alternatively, you can place your order over the telephone, via email or at one of our eight UK showrooms. Just mention the offer and our team will be happy to take the 15% off your product total.

This Black Friday weekend offer is available for a limited time and will expire on Monday 26th November at 23:59 – so order now to avoid disappointment. Visit our current offers and promotions page for even more great deals and do not forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date.

Please note that the cost of delivery will not be discounted as part of this offer. It is also not available in conjunction with any other offer.

 

Conceptual Kitchens: Are They Just an Idea?

Posted by admin on November 13, 2018 at 10:45 am. Filed under: General

In terms of form and function, concept kitchens push the boundaries of design. They are often so far removed from what we are used to seeing, so are conceptual kitchens just an idea or is there something more to them? We find out in this blog post.


What are Conceptual Kitchens

Concept kitchens are an experimental model to test the viability of innovative design features. By testing new materials, layouts and functionality they push the boundaries of what is possible. This changes the way that we think of kitchens, not only about what is possible but also how we use them. Let us take a look at some innovative designs in more detail.


Mini Modular Kitchen

The Mini Modular Kitchen is compact and yet has ample functionality and practicality.

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The Concept


Although small, the tall and modular design of this kitchen is crammed with innovation. There are many modules which slide out when needed and can be tucked away when not in use. The design not only takes up less space but also uses fewer materials to create, which is great for the environment. The upper section is fitted with solar panels too making it even more eco-friendly.


One of the great things about the Mini Modular Kitchen is that it can be used from all sides. It incorporates a refrigerator, induction hob, microwave, sink, dishwasher, light, worktop, hood with an air purifier, table and even a small garden.

Practical Application


This kitchen might look alien, but there are ideas that you can apply in your own home. The first is space conservation. By carefully organising your appliances and utilising space in an efficient way you too can get more into your kitchen. The second aspect is environmental responsibility. With solar panels and fewer materials that have been used in a smart way, this kitchen’s carbon footprint has been reduced. You can read more about environmentally friendly kitchens in this blog post How to Create an Environmentally Friendly Kitchen.

Clever Kitchen

The rotating Clever Kitchen maximises functionality whilst reducing space.

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The Concept


The cylinder shape of the Clever Kitchen hints at its function. It rotates around a central axis revealing cupboards, appliances and worktop space as it does so. This eradicates your requirement to move, which is ideal for less able people.


Much like the Mini Modular Kitchen, this concept kitchen maximises practicality and reduces volume. Amazingly, there is a fully functional kitchen in only 19 square feet of floor space. It includes a dishwasher, hob, sink, fridge, microwave oven and plenty of storage. To access it, all you have to do is rotate it.

Practical Application


This is an unusual shape for a kitchen and it fits a vast amount in considering the small size. In addition to cupboards, there are open shelves and wine racks which are not only perfect for storage but for also proudly displaying you favourite items. One of the key takeaways with this kitchen is layout. When creating a kitchen consider which areas you use the most and their proximity to one another.

From a style perspective, this kitchen is brightly coloured and really pops against the perforated metal and white worktop. It is the mixture of materials, such as the stainless steel tap and laminate work surfaces which makes this kitchen feel contemporary and fresh.


The term concept is defined as an experimental model to test the viability of innovative design features. Yes, conceptual kitchens are an idea, they are not supposed to be replicated – at least not entirely. Their purpose is for us to pick and choose ideas that help us live efficient, stylish or environmentally responsible lives.


What aspects of these kitchens would you consider applying to your own? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for updates and inspiration.

 

A Look Inside a Celebrity Kitchen: Jamie Oliver

Posted by admin on November 8, 2018 at 3:49 pm. Filed under: Uncategorized

For anyone who has turned their passion for cooking into a career, a kitchen is of paramount importance. Celebrity kitchens are often both beautiful and practical, but those belonging to television chefs take this to a whole new level. In this blog post, we explore the kitchen of Jamie Oliver.

Jamie Oliver’s kitchen has a traditional style and a large kitchen island for preparing food.

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Jamie Oliver’s kitchen has a traditional style and a large kitchen island for preparing food.

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Located in Essex, Jamie Oliver’s house has a kitchen designed in a traditional style. The cabinets have Shaker doors which have been left exposed so that the natural beauty of the wood can be seen. The huge island is the centrepiece of this kitchen and the large range cooker has some open shelving above it. Whilst we have only seen a small corner of this kitchen, it has a similar style to the studio where he filmed his show, Jamie’s Everyday Superfood.

Jamie Oliver’s celebrity kitchen studio has plenty of practical storage space without sacrificing beauty.

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Ceramic Belfast sinks offer plenty of space for washing up whilst retaining that traditional aesthetic.

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Papermill studios, the vintage style kitchen space shown here, is similar to Jamie’s kitchen at home – he is obviously a fan of the look. It has equal measures of practicality and stunning aesthetics. At its heart is a huge island which features casters that allow it to be moved into various positions – a great idea if you have space. At the front of the island are 20 large storage drawers made from natural wood. A similar look can be achieved by using our Traditional cabinet frontals with a sanded finish. Fit them with cast iron Brecon cup handles to complete the vintage feel.

This space has large slanted windows allow in maximum natural light which is essential for preparing and cooking food. Light colours have been chosen to reflect all of the light back into the room, and dark surfaces have been used sparingly. This is a great way to achieve a luxurious look using rich timbers without overpowering a space.

At the back of the kitchen, there is yet more valuable worktop space. This wooden worktop has warm tones, much like our iroko worktops, which contrast beautifully with the white walls and cabinet frontals. Set into the worktop is a large single bowl ceramic Belfast sink which adds yet more beauty and practicality. The upstands show great attention to detail and finish the worktop off.

With a huge wall filled with full height cabinetry, storage is clearly not an issue in this space. Open shelving provides additional space to show off fresh and dried herbs and spices as well as a collection of art and china – showing that storage can be utilised for decoration too.

How does your kitchen compare to Jamie Oliver’s celebrity kitchen? Are there aspects which you would consider using? If so, let us know in the comments below. Do not forget to head over to Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with our latest blog posts. Alternatively, follow us on Pinterest for some fantastic kitchen inspiration.

 

How Brutalism Inspired Concrete Kitchens

Posted by admin on November 6, 2018 at 12:34 pm. Filed under: General
Trellick Tower is a grade II listed Brutalist tower block that was designed by Ernő Goldfinger

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Concrete has a long, interesting and, at times, controversial history that stretches back over 3,000 years. It has numerous applications from road surfaces to concrete kitchens and is a fundamental material of Brutalism – a provocative architectural movement. In this blog post, we uncover how Brutalism inspired the use of concrete in kitchens.


Originally coined in the early 1950s, Brutalism soon became the architecture of choice for high-rise housing, because it promised an economical replacement for the houses that were destroyed during the second world war. There are numerous tower blocks which are now Grade II listed buildings, including Trellick Tower, designed by Ernő Goldfinger and home to Goldfinger Factory.


The exposed brickwork and solid concrete worktops give this kitchen an industrial style.

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By the mid-1980s, the Brutalist movement had all but disappeared and was replaced predominantly by postmodern architecture. Its aim was to oust rigid doctrines, uniformity, lack of ornamentation and not remembering the past, all of which Brutalism was guilty of.

This ethos mirrors industrial interior design, which sprang into popularity due to the repurposing of vacant industrial buildings. Exposed brickwork and concrete re-emerged as fundamental materials that were made popular by Brutalism.


Concrete Kitchens

Polished floors, textured walls and worktops made from concrete started to appear in kitchens across the country. Undoubtedly, concrete makes a bold statement and its use in kitchens reflects this – robust matt grey slabs perfectly complement the bleak aesthetic of industrial interior design. Concrete is heavy, difficult to install and expensive so alternatives, such as realistic concrete effect worktops, are highly-affordable. When paired with concrete effect kitchen splashbacks and upstands enhances the industrial design style.


New build Brutalist houses, such as Pedro Reyes’ home in Mexico City, are compassionately restoring the movement for the contemporary era and by doing so they are expanding this mid-century architecture into kitchen design too. In this kitchen, concrete has been used liberally but in this does not have to be the case. Even by using a concrete laminate worktop you can introduce the industrial effect into your kitchen. Being grey, it can be matched with several different colours, including yellow, red and orange. These warm colours help lift the coldness of the concrete and make a kitchen feel more homely.

Concrete kitchens, like the one designed by Pedro Reyes, have been inspired by the Brutalist movement.

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What are your thoughts on concrete kitchens? Leave your comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook and Pinterest for even more great inspiration.

 

A Look at Different Kitchens of the World

Posted by admin on November 1, 2018 at 10:53 am. Filed under: General

Every country has its own unique cuisine and food culture. But how is this reflected in the different kitchens of the world? In this blog post, we take a look at six kitchens from across the globe to see if we really are that different from one another.


This kitchen has high windows which give an incredible view of New York City.

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New York – USA

Overlooking the New York skyline, this American kitchen features a large island and full height cabinetry. The worktops are made from white marble but you could easily replicate this look using our Calcutta marble effect worktops. The mixed materials, such as stainless steel, complement the wooden cabinet doors to give this kitchen a contemporary feel, whilst the large window allows in maximum natural light.

This open plan kitchen diner is located in Florianópolis, Brazil. Its workspace uses mixed materials and two-levels for food preparation and dining.

Credit : Latin Exclusive

Florianópolis – Brazil

This Brazilian kitchen on Santa Catarina Island utilises solid wood worktops and black stone to create a contemporary contrast. The two-level workspace is ideal for keeping food preparation and dining separate. To create this effect in your kitchen, you could combine full stave oak worktops and black sparkle Andromeda worktops. Without a doubt, this open plan kitchen diner is the ideal solution for entertaining.

This kitchen has a traditional style. The predominantly white colour scheme keeps it bright and airy.

Credit : On The Market

London – UK

A little closer to home, this British kitchen is bright and airy. The white walls, ceiling, cabinet frontals and worktops accentuate the natural light, making the room feel even more spacious. The traditional cabinet doors and cornices combined with the ceramic Belfast sink give the impression that this kitchen is in the country and not the city.

Spacious, airy and bright, this Tokyo kitchen is the epitome of contemporary design.

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Tokyo – Japan

Houses in Japan are famous for being space saving. However, this Tokyo kitchen is spacious, bright and airy. With a full glass wall to let in maximum light, it has a clear view of the courtyard garden and brings an element of nature into the kitchen. As with the New York kitchen, the island is a focal point and yet it does not detract from the wonderful garden view.

The contrast between light and dark wood in this South African kitchen is just as beautiful as the view of the South Atlantic Ocean.

Credit : Persquare

Cape Town – South Africa

Another kitchen with a breath-taking view is this one in Cape Town, South Africa. With an astonishing vista of the South Atlantic Ocean, it features animalistic patterns, African art and a luxurious dark wood table. The contrast of light cabinet frontals and dark worktops combine well with the bold geometric designs to make this kitchen contemporary and beautiful.

Contemporary, bright and beautifully designed - this Melbourne kitchen has it all.

Credit : Real Estate

Melbourne – Australia

This large kitchen is located in Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia. Mixed materials are used effectively in this kitchen – stainless steel appliances, a marble island and laminate worktops combine to create a balanced aesthetic. The use of under unit lighting gives the striking impression that they are floating and the light walls, floor and ceiling help to finish off this clean and contemporary kitchen.

There you have it. From New York to Melbourne – six stunningly beautiful kitchens of the world. Which was your favourite? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up to date with the latest blog posts. Alternatively, follow us on Pinterest for even more inspiration.

 

Halloween Kitchen Nightmares

Posted by admin on October 30, 2018 at 10:29 am. Filed under: General

From not enough storage to a badly planned layout – most of us have faced some sort of kitchen problem in the past. So, as all hallows eve approaches, we thought we would take a look at some of your most terrifying Halloween kitchen nightmares.


Nightmare 1. Lack of Storage

Insufficient storage is one of the most common kitchen issues, but that does not make it any less scary. Often caused by poor planning, a lack of storage leads to disorder which can be incredibly frustrating. However, there are some handy storage tips that you can implement to easily overcome this frightening problem.

Fitting spacious base and wall cabinets allows for more room to store your appliances, pans and other kitchen equipment. With careful planning, this is possible even in the smallest of kitchens. If you are unable to change your cabinets, kitchen corner units can be fitted with wirework to reach right back into the unit. Fitting solid oak spice racks, wicker storage baskets and kitchen shelves also help increase storage.


Nightmare 2. Poor Layout

When done right, kitchens can be enjoyed by the entire family. A poor kitchen layout can prevent this from happening, so when designing a kitchen, make it work for you and not against you. Think about workflow and layout that caters to your specific requirements. Consider your lifestyle and habits too. How many people live with you, who is the cook and how do you use the kitchen? If you are having your kitchen designed, these are the questions that the designer will be asking you.

The traditional kitchen working triangle is one tried and tested layout, however, defining specific areas for preparation, washing and cooking can be equally, if not more effective – although this depends on your kitchen.


Nightmare 3. Not Enough Worktop Space

A lack of worktop space can cause frustration in a kitchen too. Usable worktop space correlates with the design and layout of your kitchen, so if the layout has not been planned efficiently, usable worktop space is likely to be poor too. There should be more work surface area where the most tasks are to be done – for example next to or opposite the fridge, hob or oven. In the case of the oven or hob, this is as much a factor of health and safety as it is convenience.

A well-placed breakfast bar or peninsula can be a great way to add extra work surface space into your kitchen.


Nightmare 4. Rubbish and Recycling Bins

Finding an appropriate place for rubbish and recycling bins can sometimes be overlooked. Having a bin large enough for the number of people is important – too small and you are forever emptying it, too big and it gets in the way. Here at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we have a great bin solution. Our Easy-Cargo waste bins perfectly fit into your cabinets via a mount. They slide in and out with ease and hide away your unsightly waste. We have two options a large, single 40L bin or a 19L + 30L dual bin design.

We hope that these solutions help you to sleep easier and that you do not have any kitchen nightmares this Halloween. Do you have any tips to solve common kitchen problems? If so, leave them in the comments below, or head over to Facebook and Twitter to start a discussion.

 

How to Create an Environmentally Friendly Kitchen

Posted by admin on October 25, 2018 at 10:31 am. Filed under: General

Here at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we have strong environmental values. We operate in accordance with a strict policy, not only to protect the environment but to help you to create an environmentally responsible kitchen too. This blog posts explains how.


Why Choose Wood?

Wood is a renewable resource, unlike stone and concrete which use far more fossil fuels to produce compared to wood. Wood also creates no waste because it can be used as an energy source. Here at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we do exactly that by using our offcuts to heat our warehouse.

Trees store carbon as they grow, reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and helping alleviate global warming. Finally, once the wood has reached the end of its life, it can be easily recycled or upcycled into other products or chipped up and composted.


Eco Wood

We visit our suppliers in person to carry out rigorous checks before we purchase any material. To ensure that our strict conditions are being adhered to, we continue to make regular visits thereafter.

We source our oak from Forest Stewardship Council certified and sustainable sources within Europe. This is also true for any of our worktops that use other European timber such as ash or beech. It is all purchased from sustainable forests that have established replanting programmes.

Our exotic timbers, such as wenge, sapele, iroko and zebrano, are purchased via trusted agents who can provide us with full documentation and chain of custody. This is so we can ensure that we are sourcing our wood from legal sources.

All of our American timbers are PEFC certified (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and come from one of the largest mills in the US. Needless to say, we do not engage with anyone involved in illegal harvesting and demand a transparent chain of custody to ensure that all our timber is ethically sourced. Furthermore, all the timber we purchase is in accordance with EU timber regulation.


Farrow & Ball Eco Paint

Farrow & Ball are our exclusive paint partner and we use these natural and water-based paints to delicately hand-finish our cabinets. Not only do they match the natural integrity of the oak we use, but they are also environmentally friendly.

Their paint is water-based and has few VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs release pollutants into the environment as they evaporate and have an unpleasant odour. These water-based paints do not have this odour so you can paint your walls without making your kitchen smelly.

Just like us, Farrow & Ball share our passion, values and respect for the environment. They are equally as motivated to care for the environment whether it be responsibly sourcing raw materials, responsible energy use, packaging or distribution.

Aside from creating an eco-friendly kitchen, what other ways do you help the environment? Let us know in the comments below or head over to Facebook or Twitter to start a discussion.


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17 Tips for Planning Truly Tiny Kitchens

Posted by admin on October 24, 2018 at 11:21 am. Filed under: General

Kitchens need to be both beautiful and practical spaces but sometimes getting the balance right is difficult. This is especially true for tiny kitchens. If you barely have enough room to flip a pancake but need to find space to store your many appliances and crockery, have a read of our 17 tips for planning a truly tiny kitchen.



1. Slimline Base Cabinets


Slimline base cabinets free up extra floor space to make your kitchen feel bigger.

Create more floor space by using our slimline base cabinets – they save you up to 0.32m2 per cabinet. This might not sound a lot but if you have a very small kitchen every last bit of floor space is essential.

2. Organise Your Cupboards


Organise your cupboards for maximum storage space.

Organisation is key in any kitchen – even more so in tiny ones. Arrange your equipment by frequency of use and, where possible, stack or arrange in a spacially economic way.

Credit : Emmas Blog

3. Utilise Empty Wall Space

Utilise wall space by hanging pots and utensils off pegboards.

Aside from wall cabinets, there are plenty of ways to add storage areas on your wall. Poles with hooks allow you to hang your pans and utensils. Likewise, pegboards work in the same way.

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4. Shelving

One way of utilising your wall space is by fitting shelves. Length is customisable allowing you to exploit every available inch of storage space.


5. Glazed Doors


Consider cabinet frontals with glass to increase the light within your kitchen.

Why not swap your solid cabinet frontals with glass for an airier feel? Cabinets with glazed doors help to lighten up your wall – this trick also works for the door into and out of your kitchen.

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6. High Shelves


Higher shelves draw the eye upwards to give the impression of a taller ceiling.

Position your shelves near the ceiling to draw the eye upwards. This gives the impression of higher ceilings and more space.

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7. Magnetize

These magnetic spice jars are perfect for freeing up wall space.

By fixing a magnetic knife holder onto your wall you will make room for even more space in your drawers. We discovered these magnetised herb jars on Pinterest.

Credit : Spice Kitchen UK


8. Add Bridging Units

Awkward, high up areas of unusable wall space, such as above a fridge freezer or cooker hood, can be overcome by installing bridging units. These small cupboards are ideal for cups,plates, glasses, saucepans – essentially, anything you can fit into them.


9. Slimline, Compact or No Appliances


If you are really short on space, consider installing slimline appliances.

Replacing regularly sized appliances with slimline versions will give you more cupboard space. If possible, move washing machines and tumbles driers into a utility room.If you have one, consider getting rid of the dishwasher entirely and use the sink instead.

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10. Removable Drainage Board


Free up worktop space when your dishes are not drying by using a removable Reginox ceramic Belfast sink drainer.

If you do the washing up by hand, use a Reginox ceramic Belfast sink drainer to free up valuable worktop space when your dishes are not drying.

11. Corner Sink

Utilise seemingly unusable worktop corners by fitting them with sinks.

The corner of a worktop can be quite awkward – one option is to fit it with a kitchen sink. By moving the sink into the corner, you occupy a space that would ordinarily be wasted.

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12. Visor Cooker Hoods

If you select a visor style cooker hood you will free up space above for even more storage. The bridging units mentioned above are ideal for this purpose.

Visor cooker hoods, free up more space in your kitchen for wall cabinets.

Credit : Currys


13. Striped Floor


A striped pattern on your kitchen floor will make your space seem longer.

You can use stripes to give the impression of more horizontal space. You can achieve this in many ways, either by using a stripped kitchen runner, elongated floor tiles or exposed wooden flooring.

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14. Statement Art


By adding a large piece of statement art, you give the illusion that your kitchen is bigger than it is.

Displaying a large piece of art will not only make a kitchen feel bigger, but it will also make it feel more expensive.

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15. Light Colours

Use light colours, such as white to reflect light back into your kitchen.

Dark colours absorb light and make a room feel small. Light colours reflect light back into the room and make it feel more spacious. Apply this trick to walls, cabinets, worktops and any other surface.

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16. Shiny Materials


Materials with reflective surfaces, such as this copper kettle, will bounce light back into the room.

Reflective materials can be used to bring more light into the room. Stainless steel splashbacks or copper appliances such as fridges, toasters and kettles do exactly this.

Credit : Pinterest

17. Let In Maximum Natural Light


A clutter-free window is essential for letting in maximum natural light.

Dark rooms feel small, so keep windows clear of clutter to let in as much light as possible. By doing this you can also borrow the view from outside – giving the impression that your kitchen is much bigger.

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Do you have any advice for planning truly tiny kitchens? Share your ideas in the comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more great inspiration.

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Family Kitchen Design with Sara Morrison

Posted by admin on October 18, 2018 at 10:40 am. Filed under: General
Sara Morrison of Bath based interiors.family specialises in creating stylish and functional spaces that are suitable for modern families.

Credit : Interiors.family

Earlier this month, we spoke to professional interior designer Sara Morrison of Bath based interiors.family. She specialises in family kitchen design and creating stylish and functional spaces that are suitable for modern families.


Could you tell us about yourself and your interior design company?

Interiors.family specialises in helping families create contemporary, stylish homes which not only look great but also work for everyday family life. After the challenging experience of completing my own family home renovation, I founded interiors.family to provide a professional and personal interior design service to families. I am passionate about what I do and treat every project as if it is my own home – whether that is an entire home renovation or a single room revamp.


Where do you get your inspiration for your projects?

All over really. From magazines, trade shows, galleries, movies or even fashion shows. If you are a visual person, you cannot help but take inspiration from everywhere.


What kind of materials do you like to use?

I am really into innovative and practical new materials. I attend shows such as the Surface Design Show to see the latest products. I like to combine these with traditional materials.


What is your process when designing a kitchen?

I spend a lot of time taking a very detailed brief to fully understand the family’s requirements and preferences. Each project, large or small, is carefully planned with meticulous attention to detail to develop detailed spatial plans. Once the layout has been agreed, we can then move on to the look, where I create mood boards of all the finishes and materials.


What kitchen trends do you really like at the moment?

I am liking the darker woods and also coloured units with matching coloured worktops.


Do you think the way that families use kitchens is changing?

Yes. The kitchen is certainly the centre of the home, not just for cooking and eating, but socialising, homework and watching TV. However, for families there seems to be a prevalent move away from open plan to broken plan – open spaces which are still connected but provide a sense of separation through the use of half walls, dividing shelves or changing levels.

This light an airy kitchen has been designed by Sara Morrison.

Credit : Interiors.family

In your opinion, what are the most important things to consider when designing a kitchen for a family?

To plan carefully to get the layout, flow and lighting correct.


How do you ensure that you have the right balance between style and functionality in a family kitchen?

Every tiny detail is carefully considered whilst focussing on quality and practicality. The aim is to deliver beautifully finished and practical interiors which improve the way we use our homes and make a positive impact on family life.


What are the most common mistakes you see people make with family orientated kitchens?

A lack of spatial planning. The kitchen layout is decided quite early when services are installed, but the living space hasn’t been properly considered. You see images of kitchens with an awkward or unusable space which ends up not quite big enough for furniture or just too cramped and impractical – if you look closely you can see the dining table right up against the wall or a sofa oddly positioned in the kitchen area.

Sara Morrison has used her experience of family kitchen design to create a beautiful space.

Credit : Interiors.family

Quick fire questions

Real wood or laminate worktops?

Real wood.


Contemporary or traditional kitchens?

Both.


Stainless steel or ceramic sinks?

Ceramic sinks.


Open or broken plan?

Totally dependent on the space and client needs.


Minimalist or maximalist design?

Personally, I prefer minimalist.


If you would like to see some examples of family kitchen design or to find out more about her design company, visit interiors.family. Why not follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. If you are an interior designer and would like to be featured on our blog please contact us at stephen_m@directonlineservices.co.uk.

Interiors.family create contemporary, stylish homes that look great and work for everyday family life.

Credit : Interiors.family

 

National Curry Week: The Only Curry Recipes You Will Ever Need.

Posted by admin on October 17, 2018 at 3:43 pm. Filed under: General

Curry is widely regarded as the nation’s favourite dish. It is national curry week again and to celebrate, we have scoured the internet to find the most popular curry recipes – one for vegetarians and one for lamb lovers.


Melissa Clark’s West Indian Lamb Curry (2 hours cooking time – serves up to 8)

With a 5-star Google rating from 358 votes, Melissa Clark’s West Indian Lamb Curry is a must for any curry fan. This curry has heat from the Scotch bonnet peppers and plenty of aromatic allspice flavour that “gets better as it sits”. It is a popular dish in the West Indies but in this recipe, goat has been replaced with lamb because it is more accessible – if you can find goat, it is recommended that you use it.

Melissa Clark’s West Indian Lamb Curry has heat from Scotch bonnet peppers and plenty of aromatic allspice flavour.

Credit : NYT Cooking

Ingredients

  • 3lbs boneless lamb stewing meat
  • Curry powder
  • Salt
  • Ground ginger
  • Black pepper
  • White onion
  • Spring onions
  • Garlic cloves
  • Fresh ginger
  • Whole allspice berries
  • Fresh thyme leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Water
  • 340g diced potato
  • 50g diced carrots
  • 1 or 2 diced Scotch bonnet pepper

To serve

  • Cooked rice or coconut rice
  • Lime wedges
  • Mango chutney
  • Fresh coriander leaves

Method

  1. Cut the lamb into 2-inch chunks and pat dry with paper towels before placing in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine 1tbsp salt, 1tsp ground ginger, 1tsp black pepper and 1tbsp curry powder. Add to the lamb, coat well and set aside.
  3. Dice up 1 onion, 2 spring onions, 4 garlic cloves, 1cm of fresh ginger, 4 allspice berries, 1tsp fresh thyme leaves and add to a blender with the 2tbsps extra-virgin olive oil. Blend to a paste.
  4. Rub the paste over the lamb chunks, cover and refrigerate – for best results leave overnight.
  5. In a deep pan heat 2tbsps of oil over a medium-high heat. Add 2tsps of curry powder and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  6. Add a third of the lamb. Once browned on all side, remove from the pan and set aside. Repeat until all the lamb is browned. Add more oil if the meat begins to stick.
  7. Return all of the lamb to the pan, add water until it just covers the meat and bring to a simmer – cook for 45 minutes.
  8. Stir in the potatoes, carrots and Scotch bonnet pepper and cook for a further 45 minutes or until the meat is cooked and the vegetables are tender.
  9. Move the meat and vegetables to a separate bowl leaving the liquid in the pan and simmer for 15 minutes, or until it has reduced into a thick sauce. Season to taste.
  10. Pour the sauce over the meat and serve with rice, lime wedges, mango chutney and fresh coriander leaves.

Tasty’s Simple Veggie Curry (30 minutes – serves 4) – suitable for vegans

Sometimes the simplest things are the best, as Tasty’s Simple Veggie Curry shows. It is quick, easy, healthy and tasty plus it is a cheap vegetarian alternative that is also suitable for vegans. 166 people have given this curry 5 stars on Google and 99% of them would make it again.

This simple veggie curry serves four, takes 30 minutes to cook and is delicious.

Credit : Tasty

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Salt
  • 2lbs potato
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Curry powder
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh ginger
  • 1 can of chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 425g peas
  • 1 can of coconut milk

To serve

  • Jasmin rice
  • The pickle of your choice

Method

  1. Chop the potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Add them into a deep pan, cover with water, add salt and boil for 12 minutes or until tender. Drain, then set aside.
  2. Add 1tbsp of oil to a pan over a medium heat and then add the diced onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes until the onions are translucent
  3. Add 2tsps of cumin, 1tsp of cayenne pepper, 4tsps of curry powder, 1tsp of salt, 1tsp of black pepper, 2cm of finely diced fresh ginger, chopped tomatoes, chickpeas and peas. Bring to the boil.
  4. Add the coconut milk and the potatoes, increase a medium high heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

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