Posts in Kitchen
I DESIGNED MY OWN KITCHEN ROLLER BLIND

Our kitchen is such a state. It actually pains me when I go in there. It pains me even more to cook in there. As you can see in this earlier blog post, we did do a little bit of updating when we moved in, but more of a 'let's just make it liveable enough that I don't have a breakdown every time I enter the room' rather than 'WOW HERE'S OUR SHINY NEW KITCHEN'. It was so bad that we didn't even have a blind up in there. All my little 5.30am half-asleep half-naked wonders to go and get Marley milk were clearly being experienced by the people in the flats opposite too. Oops! So when Apollo Blinds got in touch recently and asked if I fancied designing my own blind to be printed using their high spec digital technology, I think the answer was a resounding yes. 

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TRAVEL DIARY: VALENCIA WITH PORCELANOSA, PART 2

Right peeps, get ready for some proper luxury here! In this post I'm sharing all of my photos from Day 2 of our trip to Valencia with Porcelanosa to see their showrooms and new product lines for 2016. On day one we got taken to an amazing restaurant and then on a tour of Valencia's history and architecture. That could in itself have been enough but on day 2 it was down to business as we got to explore the Porcelanosa factories and showrooms. Yes, I said showrooms - this company is HUGE! I am talking like, every showroom being the size of IKEA. We went to at least 5 of them, I lost count.

Read on to see just a fraction of what was going on at Porcelanosa's design festival. A Michelin starred chef cooking for us and some of the most exquisite bathrooms and kitchen I've ever seen are just some of what's going on in this post. Grab yourself a cuppa, cos it's a whopper!

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TRY THIS NOW: COLOURED OR METALLIC TILE GROUT

Been feeling like your bathroom or kitchen could do with an update but don't have much dollar to spend? Read on my friend. A week or so ago I was over in Kensington having dinner at Balans Soho Society and I noticed in the bathrooms they had used a coloured grout. At that moment I realised I've been seeing this around a little bit at the moment, not enough to really call it a trend as such (and we all know this isn't the place to find out about trends anyway) but enough to peak my interest! I think coloured and metallic grouting is such a cool way to update your bathrooms or kitchens and even if you have a quite neutral or traditional design you can spice it up a bit with this trick.

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A SNEAK PEEK AT HOUSE OF FRASER'S NEW A/W HOMEWARES COLLECTION! ART DECO, GEOMETRICS AND MOROCCAN INFLUENCES

Earlier this week I was invited over to the House of Fraser head office to get an exclusive press preview of their new A/W home collection. Though I'm not one to follow trends to the T, I'm always interested to see different brands' takes on future trends and there are usually a number of pieces that can be pulled out and worked into any eclectic setting. I definitely found a few bits that I'll be picking up. So let's get into it! Here's what the HOF design team have in store for you after summer...

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SCREED DREAMS ARE(N'T) MADE OF THESE

Hey guys. I come to you today with a post that is not of my usual nature... a failure! For those who follow me on social media you will have seen that we have been working on redoing our bathroom, kitchen and toilet room floor (they are all connected). The plan was to end up with a screed floor that was then glossed with a high shine varnish, with the end result being something along the lines of this...

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GIVEAWAY: £100 TK MAXX VOUCHERS TO JAZZ UP YOUR HOME

It's about time for another giveaway, and this month I've got £100 of TK Maxx vouchers to give away to help you jazz up your home. I've put together 3 moodboards below with my favourite TK Maxx homeware items that you can use to accessorise 3 new spaces; a Living room, Bedroom or Kitchen. 

Entry is super simple, all you need to do is leave a comment at the bottom of the post with a link to your favourite TK Maxx homeware item. 

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TEN GADGETS YOUR DREAM KITCHEN SHOULD CONTAIN

It's no secret that I love to cook. I'm as in my element baking a coffee and walnut cake as I am a prawn tempura. I find I really go into a calm place and I find it extremely relaxing and generally good for my soul, and my friend's and family's bellies! When you spend as much time in the kitchen as I do (there's me sounding all 50s housewife and kind of love it), one can start to dream about the next exciting appliance or little gadget that would make my life easier or dishes even more tasty. 

I've picked ten dreams items that I cannot wait to cram into my tiny kitchen!

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7 OF THE HOTTEST TEAPOTS IN THE LAND

I'm a bit of a junkie for a good tea set. I recently got my first teapot when we moved house form my mummy. It even matches the colour of my front door. I think one can truly feel an adult when they own a tea service. So, here to help you feel more adultly, I've picked out 7 of the hottest (I was going to call them coolest, but logic and all that) teapots IN THE LAND.

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MEET THE FIRST TIME BUYER: EMMA'S RETRO FLAT IN CROYDON (VIDEO)

I went along to talk to first time buyer and visual merchandiser Emma, who showed me around her bright, airy, retro influenced flat she shares with her boyfriend. She shared her unconventional first time buyer story and we talked about what they had to do to modernise the flat when moving in and how she used youtube videos to learn how to update her kitchen on a budget.

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TREND REPORT: COPPER

I'm a long term brass girl to be honest. I don't think I'll ever shy away from it. It's so glamorous and luxuri... Sorry I'll stop. But recently I've started to see the beauty in a little bit of Copper here and there. Copper prices are rising fast, which may have something to do with the sudden peak in interest for using it within interiors. Has Copper suddenly become a luxury material?!

Here's a few inspiring images and pieces you can try from this new trend.

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