• Modern classic

    by  • July 25, 2014

    Charlotte Crosland kitchen

    We’re big fans of Charlotte Crosland here at BK, and this covetable scheme typifies the interior designer’s signature blend of classic and contemporary styles, with a touch of industrial chic thrown in for good measure. Custom-made furniture can be fitted or freestanding, with kitchen cabinetry prices from £15,000.

    Looking for more modern classic kitchens? Have a look at the Brasserie by Smallbone of Devizes

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    Planning a basement kitchen

    by  • July 24, 2014

    White basement kitchen

    It can be controversial but, if you can’t extend to the back or the side, digging down can be a successful path to the open-plan kitchen, diner and living space you’ve always wanted.

    Excavating or renovating?

    While you would think that it must be cheaper and a lot less hassle to renovate an existing cellar, it doesn’t always hold true. Standard room height is about 2.7m but you will likely need to dig down to about 3.5m to accommodate underpinning and structural work, so you might not be much better off.

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    Copper in the kitchen

    by  • July 21, 2014

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    Have you embraced the trend for copper yet? We showed you how to Decorate with copper in our October 2013 issue and as the trend continues, Brass and Traditional Sinks has added the Vivien copper sink (above), to its impressive range.

    Measuring 620mm wide, the hand hammered, large single bowl sink is quite unique, due to its dimpled finish. It joins the two other extra large sinks in the range, the Chateau, (shown below) and the Etienne, both of which are large enough to cope with AGA trays and grill pans.

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    Taste of the Med

    by  • July 18, 2014

    Blue and white tiles

    There’s something about a blue and white patterned tile that evokes the clear skies, sunshine and laid-back pace of the Mediterranean.

    This Dolce Blue design, 30cm sq, £69sq m, from Piazza Tiles, is a particular favourite with us. Visit the online showroom for gorgeous Moorish patterns, geometric shapes and patchwork motifs that will make your kitchen stand out from the crowd.

    Looking for more show-stopping tile designs? How about these Artist Palette tiles by the Stone & Ceramic Warehouse?


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    Mix it up

    by  • July 17, 2014

    Siematic kitchen

    Black and wood – now there’s a sophisticated combination. Bringing together design elements from across SieMatic’s kitchen collections, the IndividualDesign concept is all about mixing and matching to create your own, personalised cooking-dining-living space.

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    Clean winner

    by  • July 16, 2014

    Bora classic

    Once a noisy, cumbersome piece of kit, kitchen extractors are experiencing a bit of a revolution.

    The two key trends to look out for are statement-making designs, which can be easily mistaken for bespoke lighting or interesting artwork, and more discreet models that blend seamlessly into schemes.

    One such design is the cool BORA Classic, which takes extraction to a whole new level.

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    Just a little one

    by  • July 14, 2014

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    I don’t own enough wine, or keep what I do buy long enough, to justify buying a wine cabinet. However, I do love the idea of having one and Caple‘s new compact wine cabinet would be the perfect addition to my small kitchen, as it measures just 885mm H x 295mm W x 573mm D.

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    Caffeine fix

    by  • July 11, 2014


    Jura coffee machine

    We’re quite the bean connoisseurs here at BK, so when a new home coffee maker hits the market, we’re always keen to see if it meets our exceedingly high standards.

    We’re pleased to report that the Swiss-made bean-to-cup Impressa F7 coffee machine, £950, from Jura, does just that. Ideal for those of us dashing from meeting to meeting, its super-fast Aroma+ grinder combines technical prowess with speed, allowing you to make a number of speciality coffees, from ristrettos to cappuccinos, in record time.

    Another coffee machine that gets our seal of approval is AEG’s A Modo Miro Espira


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    Streamlined inset sinks

    by  • July 10, 2014

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    I love the look of luxury worktops but either the cost or upkeep has prevented me from investing in any of them. Instead I have simple marble-effect laminate surfaces, which are hardwearing, heat resistant, easy to maintain and affordable – my retro Dualit toaster, shiny Nespresso machine and industrial-style juicer sitting on top help ramp up the glam factor.

    But what’s letting the side down a bit is the stainless steel inset sink. Although it’s a good option for laminate tops, it’s almost impossible to prevent crumbs and grime getting trapped under the lip.

    If you’re familiar with this problem, Blanco’s brilliant range of flush-fitted inset sinks could be the answer.

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    Choosing a hob and extraction

    by  • July 9, 2014

    Metal island and statement pendant

    If you are buying a built-in oven, you will need a separate hob. There is so much choice these days, there is something for every type of cook.

    Gas cooking
    Long been the favourite of home cooks, gas hobs are available in a large variety of styles, from simple stainless steel to the latest hi-tech ‘gas on glass’ designs.

    You’ll find plenty of  size formats to, from the standard 60cm to a generous 110cm – plus a choice of burner configurations. The most popular is the five-ring layout with a powerful extra-large triple crown or wok burner for the perfect stir fry.

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    Simply fabulous

    by  • July 7, 2014

    Gorenje Simplicity Collection

    I don’t know about you, but I expect a new appliance to magically work without me having to read the instruction manual – who’s got the time?

    As a result, it was months before I realised my washing machine had a quick wash cycle, I have no idea if my microwave does more than defrost and reheat, and the digital clock on my cooker has never shown the right time.

    So, I think Gorenje‘s new Simplicity collection is made with people like me in mind, because the stylish range of appliances operate intuitively through one single dial.

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