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You have a relationship with your home. Not only spatial, but how you choose to use each room. How long to spend in there and to do what. For many, their kitchen is the focal point of their house. A place to create, to prepare, to laugh, to share. And for this reason, many people choose to favour the bespoke or handmade kitchen over the fitted kitchen. Fitted kitchens are ‘fixed’- they are an essentially finite choice.
Getting a kitchen handmade however, means that the design can incorporate any specified desires or wishes . The kitchen...
It is a good idea to consider refurbishing your home if you are thinking of selling. A few minor refurbishments can make a property more attractive to a potential buyer, as it means there would be less work to do once the property changes hands.
House refurbishments needn’t be expensive or time consuming. There are a few practical steps that can be done to make your property more appealing and ensure it gets sold.
Firstly, take a look at the paintwork. If certain rooms are looking tired, then new coats of emulsion can freshen up your house...
Kitchen Herb Garden
For any serious chef and even for the not so serious, having fresh herbs is a necessity. Dried herbs even at their freshest, have a distinctly different and, in my opinion, less appealing taste than their wet counterparts. When added to the fact that they are sold in massive quantities and will most likely not be fully used before they have completed their slow transition into sawdust, it is clearly better to have fresh herbs. The problem is that there are also a number of reasons not to buy fresh herbs: the bunches are too...
The kitchen is not just a place to make food, but an area for the family to interact and get together and at Abbeywood we love to cook. No matter the age or expertise, the home cook is always looking for the next item for their kitchen. Far from your everyday cookbook, these seven birthday gifts are guaranteed to get you a home cooked meal.
Small Gifts (£5-15)
OXO Good Grips Silicone Basting Brush:
Everybody has an old, wood bristle basting brush lying around with years of crusted sauce and egg wash in it. Finally, after decades of...
How to Child Proof Your Bathroom
Water plus electrical outlets plus hard surfaces equals potential disaster, especially for your newborn or curious toddler. Children are eager to learn everything and unfortunately this can sometimes lead to injury. Just like the kitchen, the bathroom can be a very hazardous room for your child. Here are a few items and tips to help avoid both injuries and messes.
There are many great items for child proofing your bathroom on the market today.A toilet seat lock will not only keep your child from throwing...
You may think that there is very little that can be done with a small kitchen. However, with a bit of imagination and being creative with the space available, it is possible to design a kitchen that may be lacking in size but more than compensates in appearance and functionality. Here are some of our small kitchen ideas that will hopefully inspire you.
Make the most of as much natural light as you can. Wall colours and tones should be as light as possible. If your walls are tiled, use splashbacks made from reflective materials such as high...
Looking for some inspiration on what to buy the ultimate foodie who loves technology this Christmas? Here are our top 5 gadgets for gifts.
1. Scanomat Top Brewer
The Scanomat Top Brewer is the epitome of techy kitchenware. This top of the line brewing system allows you, upon installation of the accompanying app, to control your coffee brewing from afar. Simply touch the type of drink that you would like on the app screen and the Top Brewer gets to work, pumping out just the right amount of milk, water, foam, and coffee to make you the perfect...
Designing a bathroom to meet the needs of a disabled family member or friend can at first seem a daunting task; however, there are many easy accessories that you can make to transform any standard bathroom into a disabled accessible one.
More often than not, the simple addition of hand rails at key spots throughout your bathroom may be all you need. Installing rails over toilets, sinks, and along the wall are effective and cost efficient ways to maximize mobility and convenience. For showers and bathtubs, suction cup handles and grips can be...
In the world of eco-friendly bathrooms, simpler usually means better. The most eco-friendly toilet will always be an outhouse. Outhouses are typically composting toilets that simply contain waste and control its progression into fertilizer, they use no water and when you have used them for long enough they yield a wonderful compost that you may not want to raise your food in, but is wonderful for all other plants.
Obviously, most people are not too keen on trudging to the shack out back to do their business just because its good for the...
I know what you’re thinking…isn’t black a little too depressing for a colour design? Especially for a kitchen, a room where you spend a lot of quality time. Well, a new standout design for your kitchen is on the radar. Black in the kitchen, when done right and with care, can take a simple and boring look and turn it into a sleek and modern kitchen.
Most people will want to splash their kitchen with a bright and vibrant colour to add a little flavour to the room, but, some people will want to go for the more modern kitchen. With...