How to get your kitchen to stand out from everyone else's.

When designing a kitchen, many people think the options are wall cupboards and base units. To hide all of the bits that we seem to have in our kitchens.  

Do we really need all the things that stack our cupboards out, 6 chopping boards, 7 trays, 24 plates, steamers, mixers and blenders that usually do the same thing, all the items we think may come in handy but never do? Prioritise the appliances. 

When you think that the kitchen is for preparing and cooking food, it should really contain the basics of what we need. Plus extras for guests. That way we can get a clutter free, cool looking kitchen. That feels a pleasure to cook in and not a chore. 

To get a kitchen that isn't run of the mill, why not go for just base units. Replace the wall units with shelves, if you want to add texture compared to the picture below , you can add wooden shelves, with industrial style brackets. 

As seen in the picture below, lighting is so very important in a kitchen. They can be added below the shelves, on the plynths, and around the sky light window. So get some inspiration and go for a different look, after all most of us hang out in the kitchen don't we? 

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4 ways to dress your windows!

So what do you dress your windows with in your home ? Do you go for the traditional curtains? Do you buy them readymade or go the extra mile and have them made?  

I think the options for curtains now a days a extremely limited and basic! Not much imagination. I've found these lovely dip dye curtains which if your creative or brave enough can be done at home. In which ever colour you prefer. 

photo taken from Pinterest  

photo taken from Pinterest  

Or would you go for a sleek minimal look, but keeping a cosy feel. Using Roman blinds, all depends on if your not too over looked. This window dressing looks great from the inside and out. I have chosen these for a clients dress room, bedrooms and lounge window (curtains for the lounge patio doors). Blinds 2 go have a supurb bespoke service. Choose your fabric do the measurements and they get delivered to you door. 👌🏻Simple.

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Photo taken from  http://www.blinds-2go.co.uk

3rd Wooden slatted blinds, this is a cheaper option but still giving the desired effect from the outside especially when you buy the blinds that have the white tape running down. 

These blinds look great in white for a bright clean feel, you can always add soft curtains to the surround to soften the area.  

 

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photo from www.blinds-2go.co.uk

4 th would be the traditional shutters.  

This is an expensive option but looks great. You can have a full window or like I would prefer, from the sill up to half way which is known as the cafe look. This way you let in loads of light but still have the privacy that you may need. Unless of course you have a Streep lamp directly outside which would then mean you probably would prefer the full window covered. 

 

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Do you dare to be a bit different when it comes to styling your garden? Or do you play safe ?

When styling your garden, never forget that It is often used as another living space.

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Photo: Wayne and Gerardine Hemmingeways Garden.

I hope that i'm not the only one to want something a little bit different in the garden from the usual high street garden furniture sets.

I find the high street retailers that stock garden furniture, so very uninspiring!!! everything is the same maybe the odd slightly different piece but thats not very often. I'm talking about the likes of B&Q i think you know which ones.

Don't get me wrong there are some unique online stylish home furniture websites that offer  garden ranges, I think that with using some ideas from the cool furniture sites (making sure your looking at the correct sites to be sure I will add some links at the end of the blog) and mixing it with some home made creations, i think you will then end up with a bespoke looking garden. Individual to your tastes and not what everyone has in their garden.

Shop around and do your research. Don't just rely on the normal high street stores.

Pallets are now a real craze, you can make everything from a bed to coffee table and also outside seating. Doing this saves money but protecting it correctly can last for years, as long as who ever is making it knows what they're doing.

Simple and easy to achieve. You can make as easy as you would like.

Simple and easy to achieve. You can make as easy as you would like.

This is a Wow factor for me.

This is a Wow factor for me.

Ok if you have a slightly larger budget then why not indulge yourself?

I adore this funky area, again other than the cost of the steps you could actually make this on a budget too. 

White walls are the perfect backdrop for showing of the lush Green plants, to finish this off for me it has to be the Pink Flamingo's and those stunning cushions. I'm not really a one for Pink but i think this is great. The biggest trend this year inside the home and outside is the tropical look used in fabrics and wallpaper. A big thumbs up for me.

I know living in the UK we don't come first in the queue for good sunny weather but when we do get it, it means a lot so get your garden ready with some cools ideas and make the most of what summer we have.

Places to shop for different and stylish garden furniture.

 

www.made.com

www.heals.com

http://www.maisonsdumonde.com/UK/en/mobilier-decoration-jardin.htm

Have you got wasted space at the end of your garden ? Check out what you can do to utilise it.

There are many people that lack space in their current home, but may not want to move due to commitments, money, or just the love of the area that the house is situated in. Well here is one way of converting a garage and adding more room. Oh and don't forget adding value to your property as well. 👌🏻

 

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Artificial grass allows your garden to look great all the time. Especially if you don't have the time for the maintenance of a natural lawn. This property in Wimbledon has added this extra living space at the end of the garden. 

Wait till you see inside! 

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As you enter the space your welcomed by a kiddies heaven. Not only can this be used for all the toys that three boys can collect but also allows extra guest space, by simply adding a daybed that pulls out as a double. 

Thats not it! There's more  

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Go through the door at the end of the bed and your in what was the garage, but hey it's another sporting area, basketball, football, table tennis? You name it you can play it in here. Plus keep some storage with the use of shelving along the side. 

Still there's more  

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A fabulous shower room and toilet, with space saving sink. So when you have guests staying or your children are so involved with playing they don't have to go all the way upto to the house to use the bathroom.  

So this is how you make the most of your Garage and garden.  

Whats your favourite ornament ?

A little shopping trip to TK Maxx? 

If you don;t shop there for homeware goodies than now is the time to start.

TK Maxx rarely lets me down when it comes to really individual pieces.

My latest purchase was one of my favourite fruits, not  to eat or drink, but to place on the mantle piece. Although this isn't so much of an individual piece because you can find them in many interior shops at the moment as they really are a trend.

From Wallpaper, to ice buckets which have been going strong since the 70's to neon lights.

Neon Lights

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A blast from the past

70's

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Fabrics

 

What do you reckon?

My Little Purchase

Pride Of Place

Now I have my eye on a Silver Cactus TK MAXX of course check out the link to find something special for your taste and your home.
— http://www.tkmaxx.com/home/decorative-accessories-/icat/4238

Check out the best place to eat in Totnes! perfection

A last minute decision to jump on the train to Totnes on Friday night was a good one. I booked us into Rumour restaurant and bar, to check out what their culinary delights were. We were not disappointed. Check out the starters YUMMY

Vegetarian Bruschetta of the day perfect to share. Washed down with their best Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Vegetarian Bruschetta of the day perfect to share. Washed down with their best Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Main course was sea bass with scallops and like a pea puree stunning  flavours and just enough.

Main course was sea bass with scallops and like a pea puree stunning  flavours and just enough.

All in all what a fantastic place to eat, the atmosphere was great and of course my waitress was also the best although a little biased as she is my daughter.

I am also pleased to say that not only is the interior good and love the art work throughout. The toilets were clean and interior was carried through to the toilets.

Recommend all day check out the link below to see what  fantastic dishes they have on offer.

 

http://rumourtotnes.com/#home-section

Get on and book your table.

If you like Burger joints and love cool interiors check this out!...........

Having recently traveled again to Portsmouth to watch a great football match with our local team Plymouth Argyle, we of course wanted to try some good cuisine. So we booked a table at Southsea Burger club. Also known as the Meat and Barrel.

You won't be disappointed by the interior check out the pictures below.

The mix of the very popular industrial look with the grand looking picture frames. The furniture was great very mismatched and consisted of mainly old school chairs and a couple of European style bistro metal chairs. You could also choose the sit and have a drink before sitting at your table on the old chesterfield settees scattered around.

In the above picture you can see the great design idea of storing their over stock of alcohol in these old style looking cages, which were also on castors.

So a good mixture of industrial looks from brickwork to steel RSJ's. Thumbs up from us. The food was also really good, Veggie burger and the Meat and Barrel burger were really tasty and the Olives were superb.

http://meatandbarrel.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/meatandbarrel/?fref=pb

Ok now for the toilets !!!!

If you've ever read my blogs before, you will know that I always take a trip to the ladies to see how their cool interiors in the eating areas follow into the restrooms. I have to say that this is not always the case.

It wasn't great, check out below!.......

Ok the sink area was extremely clean, however the style ????? is no where near as stylish as the restaurant/bar! looks like they actually have left them and possibly these are the previous businesses toilets?

The sinks are clean however look a little like caravan sinks, with the very basic taps :-(

Then looking in to the toilet cubicles again they are really basic and quite un stylish. I may have looked a little to far into this one but when I do something at home I like to have everything finished properly. The coat hooks have different screw heads and its noticeable because the hooks are right in your eye line.

The final bit, you don't need toilet brushes in toilets if they are regularly checked. Otherwise they end up gathering dust. Along with the dusty door hinges.

So overall this restaurant and Burger bar is fabulous with their food, good range of beers and real ales. Great Interior, super cool ideas.

BUT do something with the toilets, it makes such a difference to the visit.

Look foward to hearing your comments.

I am sooooooo excited to write this Blog wanna find out why?

Well I have just found an AMAZING website that is selling something that I would put in every room if I could. As a great fan of Los Angeles and of course Las Vegas, I have a soft spot for anything Neon.

Take a trip to downtown Vegas Fremont street and you'll still see some of the old original neon signs. Failing that you could book in to have a tour of the Neon Museum,  pretty much like a place of rest for these fantastic creations.

So the photos above are a couple I took when i went and i thoroughly recommend.

The shapes the colours, in fact the whole complete design I LOVE.

So when I found the website Bag and Bones you can imagine how excited I was. Its difficult to find a good quality Neon light that doesn't look tacky here in the UK. You would have to ship them from the USA but all that hard work and worry of it breaking has been solved by these guys as they are located in London.

So come on please someone agree with me on how cool these are? 

See some of what they do below and then follow the link, also below ..........

These guys not only sell these delightfully cool lights but they also hire then out and you could also have them completly personalised.

So rather than bleet on about this amazing website check it out yourself. However I am looking forward to everyones thoughts and opinions.

http://www.bagandbones.co.uk/products

3 examples of how to make your bathroom stand out!

Updating your bathroom? think outside the box!

There are many beautiful bathrooms in many family homes, from a modern sleek minimalistic look to a ocean/beach theme or just traditional.

All these options are great if this is your individual taste. Always design a bathroom for you and your family as its you thats using it everyday.

Just don't over look the heating options. Yes you can have under floor heating which is wonderful on a cold night. Nothing better than getting out of a hot steamy bath straight onto a hot tiled floor.

The other option available is the heated towel rail/radiator. Not just the ones your thinking of either i bet your thinking of something like the image below ?

was i right ????

Well here are the options that you probably don't know about.