• Get the look: Stainless steel

    by  • April 14, 2014


    Industrial style kitchens. You either love them, or loathe them, there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. You may find them too cold and clinical, or you may think they’re stylish, sharp and a great look for a modern home.

    If, like us, you love them, then the Blanco Steelart Durinox worktop could be just what you need to complete your kitchen scheme and give it the wow factor.

    The material is more than twice as resilient as conventional stainless steel choices, is super-hygienic, easy to look after and resistant to scratches, finger and water marks. It’s handmade, made-to-measure and available in three finishes, including satin polish and silk matt.

    Not sure if the industrial look is right for you? These stylish schemes should help you decide.


    Walls of built-in stainless cupboards with frosted glass doors hide clutter and reflect light, while textured dining chairs provide contrast.


    Stainless steel units, topped with toughened safety glass, a chef’s tap and polished concrete floor, all help give this kitchen its industrial feel.

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    Style on tap

    by  • April 11, 2014

    Zip Hydro tap

    Getting your recommended daily intake of H20 isn’t always easy so we’re thrilled to report that Zip UK now has an exciting incentive in its HydroTap Sparkling All-in-One. Providing hot and cold water and a mix of both, it also dispenses  filtered, boiling, chilled and notably sparkling water, all at the push of a button, and all from the one tap.

    Easy to retrofit, it costs around £3,000.

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    Introducing La Cornue’s Flamberge Rotisserie

    by  • April 7, 2014


    Now here’s a serious piece of kitchen kit. The Flamberge Rotisserie, from La Cornue.

    With its new, streamlined design, this simple yet effective gas appliance will perfectly roast meats, poultry, fish and whole fruits, thanks to its three motor-driven roasting spits, which evenly distribute the  heat. A ceramic dish under the rotisserie will cook your vegetables and collect the juices as your meat or fish, cooks above. Amazingly, there’s no smell and no spitting fat.

    Here’s a close up.

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    Bright and beautiful

    by  • April 4, 2014

    Red La Cornue range cooker

    Blue La Cornue range cooker Yellow La Cornue range cookerOur love affair with the range cooker is as strong as ever, but sometimes, even the classics need a little updating. Adding a modern feel to its collection of traditional designs, La Cornue has introduced three vibrant new enamels inspired by Mondrian paintings. Equipped with five gas burners and the famous vaulted oven patented by the family-run company’s founder, the 90cm model, which comes in primary blue, yellow and red, will make a cheering focal point in a compact scheme. £6,700 and available with gas or electric oven.



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    Beautiful Kitchens – May 2014 issue – out now

    by  • April 3, 2014


    Our marvellous May issue is out today – have you bought your copy yet? There are plenty of reasons why you should.

    There are nine beautiful real-life kitchens, to inspire you, including a quirky kitchen which was once a derelict cattle shed, a scheme with a real ’60s vibe and of course our lovely cover star, with its oh-so-fashionable grey, handleless cabinetry.

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    New: Vintage collection of home appliances

    by  • March 31, 2014

    I don’t need two kettles, my toaster is in perfect working order, as is my stand mixer. However, I couldn’t help thinking that that was a shame, when I saw the gorgeous new Vintage Collection of home appliances, from Swan.


    The range includes this lovely Dome Kettle, with its built-in automatic cut off, visible water gauge, cordless design, easy pour spout and 1.8 litre capacity.


    My stand mixer makes perfectly good cakes, but doesn’t look as good as this one, with its 4.5 litre brushed stainless steel bowl, 1000W motor with eight speed settings and tilt-up head design, which makes mixing large batches easy. A dough hook, beater and whisk are also included.


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    New contemporary cabinetry for open-plan living

    by  • March 26, 2014


    Yet more eye-candy for those keen to blur the boundaries between kitchen/dining/living space. These gorgeous designs by Cesar are beautiful examples of the Italian company’s inimitable flair and style. Shown above is the Kora, with doors and units available in different heights and widths and contrasting colours and finishes for an individual yet sleek look.

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    Kitchen wallpaper ideas

    by  • March 24, 2014



    I like the idea of  hanging wallpaper on just one wall in my kitchen. It would be an easy way to update it and to add drama and a splash of colour. It’s also a great way to define your dining area in an open-plan scheme, or soften a modern, industrial style scheme. Shown above, a matching table runner helps pull this kitchen diner together.



    and here, the fabulous statement wallpaper in this open-plan space creates a stylish cooking and dining zone.


    Or go for a vintage retro kitchen look with an eye catching wallpaper like this. Team with simple furniture to allow the wallpaper to take centre stage.

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