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JUN
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Herringbone pattern as an interior finish

One of the most important design decisions when it comes to interior design in the home lies in the selection of your finishes. Every room typically needs the perfect floor or wall finish which becomes a feature or compliments the rest of the elements in your home.

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Whether you have a blank space, stuck in an aesthetic rut, want a subtle hint of texture or would like to add an exquisite feature.  A simple go to that does not require much thought would be the herringbone pattern.

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It is a simple arrangement of rectangles creating a v-shape similar to a weaving technique. It originates from the Roman Empire where they were used in building the roads and some even date it back to the Egyptian jewellery designs. You would think this “ancient” pattern has become a thing of the past but its beauty still intrigues the eye and creates a sense or texture and movement.

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This old school design element can be used in a unique modern manner in living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms or even bathrooms. As a wall finish, floor finish, kitchen or bathroom splash back, furniture design or even on doors. Its effect can be manipulated depending on your style through your colour and texture selection of material. Solid, dark, wood grain or light airy. It can also be combined with other patterns or solid colours depending on your preferences. It is a great tool to add a feature in any room.

- “Art is pattern improved by sensibility”

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JUN
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Taking care of your kitchen herb garden

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1. Using the right growing soil.

Indoor herbs have a better shot at healthy growth if you plant them in a sterile growing soil. Choose a “potting mix” or “growing mix” that has the word “sterile” on the label. This type of growing medium contains a germ-free mixture of lightweight ingredients, such as peat moss, vermiculite, and shredded pine bark, which resist compaction so roots can develop easily. Avoid using soil from your garden that can become dense and compact, and also contains bacteria and/or tiny insects that could kill your kitchen herbs.

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2. Startig seeds can go further.

If you purchase young plants from a garden center, you’ll be harvesting in no time—but once those plants “go to seed” they’ll quit producing herbs. So for kitchen herb gardens that last, buy seed packets, from which you can grow multiple plants. A single young plant runs R40 to R60 while a packet of seeds can provide you with 20 plants, or more, for about R20. Most herbs will be ready to harvest in two to three months from the time the seeds sprout.

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3. Keep soil moist until sprouts appear.

Kitchen herb seeds are quick to develop but they require a consistent level of moisture until they sprout. Fill your pot with damp growing medium. Place two to five seeds on top of the medium, and then lightly sprinkle dry soil on top—just a dusting will do. Cover the entire pot with plastic wrap and put it in a dark location until the seeds sprout. Then, remove the plastic and set the pot on the windowsill.

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4. Start new seeds often.

The average herb plant will reach maturity and go to seed in about four months, after which it will no longer produce fresh herbs. By about every two months, the new plants will be producing vigorous growth by the time the existing ones are declining, and you’ll always have a fresh supply of herbs.

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5. Don't use too much fertilizer.

You can feed your kitchen herbs with a vegetable fertilizer every two or three months, but dilute the solution to one-third the recommended strength. Indoor herbs do well with a small amount of fertilizer, while too much can cause rapid growth that reduces the flavor of the herbs.

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 6. Harvest often.

Harvesting leaves from the tops of herb stems will encourage the plant to grow more. Just be sure to snip carefully. Remove no more than 1/3 of a stem when you’re ready to add the herb to your food. Cutting too much can damage the plant and cause it to stop growing.

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7. Water spray your herbs.

Spraying your herbs once a week is usually sufficient. Most herbs prefer slightly damp, but not soggy, conditions. Give plants enough water so that a little excess runs into the drainage saucer below. An hour after watering, dump out the saucer to ensure that the roots aren’t sitting in water. If the soil dries out very quickly, which can happen if the herb is growing rapidly and its roots are absorbing more moisture than normal, water every three to five days. 

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Please visit again next week for some more pointers on your kitchen herb garden.

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JUN
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Kitchen Renovation Tips

Should you install flooring or cabinets first?

Floor First

Fully renovating your kitchen will update the space, add value to your home and appeal to potential buyers. It's a big undertaking, so you want to follow all the right steps to ensure the final results match your original design vision. In the pursuit to create the idea kitchen, you may be wondering whether to install your new cabinets or floors first. Hers's a look at the pros and cons of either order:

Pros

Many people like to put in flooring first to avoid having to cut the material around cabinets and appliances. This is the main draw for those who start with floors. What's more, some worry that by installing cabinets first, it will be harder to switch them out in the future, as you'll be stuck with the same cabinet footprint you had before, However, if you're remodeling the kitchen, you're likely doing so in a style you won't want to change later. Finally, putting down beneath base cabinets offers a clean look and saves you from having to install quarter rounds with your cabinets.

Cons

Starting with the floors can have many drawbacks. For starters, installin the floors throughout the kitchen, even under the cabinets, wastes flooring materials. You won't see the flooring beneath your cabinets and applinaces, so why pay for the material and installatiojn? Then, if you replace the flooring, you'd have to take out the cabinets as well, making for a costly renovation down the road for you or future homeowners.

Finally, the material you choose may also affect the order of your installation. Wood floor expand and contract with chnaging temperature and moisture and it needs room for this process. Installing floors beneath your cabinets could cause wood to buckle when it tries to expand. This will damage your new floor. For this reason, some experts rommend installing wood floors after you finish your cabinets. Also floating floors can't be installed under cabinets because the cabinets will be too heavy and restrict the floor from expanding and contracting. This could cause the floor to come apart.

 

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Cabinets First

Pros

Starting with cabinets allows you to avoid many of the issues you'd face with doing things the other way around. You won't waste time and money on flooring you won't see. You're less likely to damage you new floors by starting with cabinets. If yu have your new floor down and add cabinets, you run the risk of scratching or denting them during installation.

Cons

By starting with cabinets, you essentially create a footprint you'll have to stick to during future renovations. Additionally, you'll have to cut your flooring to fit around the base cabinets, which makes installation more expensive and time-consuming. Built-in appliances will be trapped in place as long as you have this flooring. You're basically cornering them with your flooring material, making switching built-ins much harder. Of course you can purchase appliances that aren't built in to solve this issue.

As you can see, there are pros and cons to each installation order, though there are more risks if go floors first. For this reason, carefully consider the materials you chose, what appliances you have and your future renovation plan when making a decision. If you're working with contractor, ask which method he or she typically uses.

 

 

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JUN
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Innovative glass box kitchen design

Innovative design does not only refer to technological advancement, a new product or new aesthetic applications. It also refers to a new way of thinking or approach to specific design restrictions and your response to it. These restrictions may be from your client or the space itself making you think outside the box.

Innovative design and ideas can be inspired by looking at existing design solutions. I have been inspired by this stunning kitchen which encompasses the notion of thinking outside the box within a box.

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Located in England the home owners required a renovation of an existing cottage whilst still maintaining the integrity of the structure. Hence with the commissioned designer they opted to literally add a new kitchen within a glass box which is an extension to the cottage.

The contrast of the glass box against the traditional cottage is unique and the kitchen design itself compliments the architecture created.

The red brick thatched roof is contrasted by the steelwork and glass of the box but the floor finish is the same, a continuation from the inside to the outside. This is a very subtle but effective link between both spaces. 

The kitchen design takes on a modern style whilst having a very homely feel. Keeping the kitchen design simple, sleek and functional the views are framed in every direction. White kitchen cabinetry is accented with a warm wooden top and this creates a relation to the beautiful garden surrounding it.

Modern design can keep its integrity and compliment traditionalism. Innovation and thinking outside the box can be a simple response or approach and is more obvious than one may think. In this case beauty lies in simplicity.

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JUN
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Bring life into your kitchen with a coloured wall

The Rolling Stones said in 1966: I see a red door and I want it painted black. Times have changed from coloured doors in a kitchen to a morgue/cave type of cold feeling. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
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By changing one wall with a different colour you can brighten the feel of your kitchen. Put a little bit of life on one wall and you will already have more of a personality in the morning. The colour for doors and tops currently used in a kitchen is white, grey, cream, brown and black. So the type of colours you would want to use on a specific wall should be red, yellow, blue, green, orange and purple but that is not where it ends. You live in the house, so it is all up to you. The sky is the limit and if in two years you don’t like the colour anymore, you can just get different colour of paint and repaint. It is not like redoing the whole kitchen. By just changing the wall, you would already have a new look to your kitchen without changing your kitchen. So which wall to put the statement colour on?
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It really depends on the layout of your house. From which side you see the kitchen first and where you would want to have the statement of your kitchen. This all depends on your creativity and where you would like to have your main focus. And it doesn’t have to be the same wall every time. Every time you repaint, you could change the statement wall. But try to keep it to two colours to the wall and not every wall a different colour. Also don’t do two different bright colours. Make a wall a neutral light/soft colour and the other bright. If you go two bright colours they might clash and make your kitchen look too busy. You could also do two walls one bright colour.

Let your colours of creativity flow and the days of no colours anymore I want them to turn black is finished.

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JUN
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Celebrity Kitchen Styles

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in our homes, often acting as a social space where our families get together to eat as well as prepare food. So it's no wonder that famous people have pulled out all the stops when it comes to designing their own kitchens, with state-of-the-art appliances, custom cabinets and flooring, along with separate Islands or breakfast Nooks.

So if you're considering a kitchen renovation, or simply want a behind-the-scenes peek inside the homes of your favourite celebrities, you'll love our round-up of the most stylish kitchens from the likes of Johnny Depp, Celine Dion and Rihanna. Even if we can't recreate their stunning kitchens in our own homes, we can definitely pick up some interior design tips along the way.

1. Johnny Depp's Penthouse in Los Angeles

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2. Celine Dion's kitchen in Florida.

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3. Rihanna's penthouse in London worth £35 Million.

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Small kitchen design ideas

Have you found the perfect cosy home, in the right area or have you realised your current kitchen simply does not give you enough space? So why not work within this space and make best use of what’s available. Depending on your layout you can redesign using the existing parameters to be functionally ideal and still aesthetically satisfying. Whether it is a single wall, u-shape or L-shape kitchen, every space can be designed well.

Planning is essential to a perfect kitchen and is dependent on what works for you. Create zones which can serve singular or multiple functions, for example your wash up and prep area can work as one; your cooking, coffee and microwave area as one; or your pantry, storage and cold area as one.

The use of the right finishes and colours will make your kitchen appear visually larger than reality, so stick to light colour tones to bring an openness but don’t be afraid to play with different patterns and textures, large scale appears greater to the eye, all applied in proportion.

The correct lighting is vital; a well light room will appear bigger than a dark room. Hang pendant lights if the space allows bringing light and different levels into the kitchen. Adding breakfast seating can double up as a dining area or even movable seating which can be hidden when not used.

Removing wall units takes away the bulky looking kitchen but adding shelves to replace them will provide storage. Remember tall units require space and provide storage but keep them to a minimum or a single wall/ area. An island on wheels can be quite useful as extra work surface and can be rolled away to create space in the kitchen. Select slim-line ornaments and appliances to give you space.

Do not clutter! Always remember to keep it clean and simple. – “less is more”

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MAR
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Your Kitchen - Your Style - Your Memories

 
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Your Kitchen - Your Style - Your Memories - Design trends for 2018/19
 
“Your Kitchen” where memories are made. A space which evokes our human sensory perceptions. Like the feeling we experience at the sight of lush green vegetables, the soft touch of a beautifully ripened juicy tomato, the sizzling sound as a steak hits the pan, the fragrant smell of spices as they travel throughout our homes and finally the taste. The delicious taste explosion experienced by our taste buds.
 
This experience created in our kitchen is influenced by the design of our kitchens. The pleasure of cooking brings friends and family together to enjoy in these moments, it is the heart of our homes and the core to which the style of the rest of our home follows.
 
New kitchens are designed to create comfort and pleasure, yet they still manage to be stylish. Mundane ordinary kitchens have departed, and our design ability has become almost limitless. A great amount of detail is placed on its functionality as well as aesthetic satisfaction which is unique to every individual and home - creating and setting design trends.
Thoughtful trends for 2018/19 to help you create your beautiful kitchen:
 
Pops of Colour - A pop of colour adds a focal point and creates interest in the design. It is reflective of the user’s personality and style.
 
Elegant Pastels - A subtle hint of colour draws the eye in a calm gentle manner, creating a delicate relaxed environment. Less extreme yet still highlighting the features within the kitchen.
 
Shades of Blue, a Blue Monday Never Felt so Good - The most popular colour to hit the kitchen. From light and soft to dark and rich. Making a statement whether it be dramatic or subtle.
 
Warm Wooden Neutrals - Monochrome timber kitchens with gold accents are welcoming, inviting one’s guests into the kitchen becoming an intrinsic part of the space. A warm environment is created simultaneously a timeless design is manufactured.
 
An Island Life - The size and layout of the kitchen influences the design of one’s island and the island becomes the gathering point within it. Over the years the design limitations have become minimal to none, allowing the creation of a unique multi-functional space in the kitchen. Islands can be singular, double, connected, multi-levelled, minimalistic, dynamic, rigid etc. The design variety is endless.
 
Shelving & Display - The juxtaposition of horizontal and vertical lines creates a statement and planned areas for display. Showing off the owner’s personal style through colour, ornaments, plants, crockery, books etc.
 
Contemporary Country Style, Shaker it Up - A modern take on the typical ornate country style kitchen design has emerged. The shaker door being its instrument to add depth in a very subtle manner.
 
Handles Make a Comeback - Handles are back with a contrast. Gold, brass, rose gold, copper, etc. stand out against the modern door. Beautiful and ornate.
 
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Concealed & Hidden Lighting - Hanging lights over the island continues to be prominent. However concealed and hidden lighting create a mysterious atmosphere and is emerging in popularity. Highlighting the wall cabinets with lights. Lighting is key to any design, it helps to highlight and accent the design by reflecting off the material finish.
 
Multiple Ovens - Multiple ovens are efficient and functional for your typical home MasterChef whilst adding an aesthetic feature creating a statement look.
 
Brass - Accessories, fixtures, fittings. Modern yet old school. It adds character to the space through the taps, doors, handles, ovens, sinks etc.
 
Industrial Look - The industrial style is very robust through its design and finishes. Metal and concrete effects make the kitchen unique and brings various unexpected textures.
 
Patina Finish - Treating metals to create interesting patina finishes, resulting in a personalised kitchen. This is quite popular with home owners wanting their one of a kind finish.
 
Green Living Walls - Green walls bring in nature and life. A living wall can be functional through the types of plants used on the wall, this can be useful herbs and vegetables. Or aesthetically through beautiful flowers and plants. There is an immediate calming effect which nature/ greenery brings to a space.
 
Contemporary Appliances - Appliances can depict the style of the kitchen as well. Through its design or colour, for example pastel or vibrant coloured appliances will set a different mood.
 
Veneers - Veneers add texture and character. This finish naturally makes an impact.
 
Countertops - Granite is not the only option. Durable long-lasting quartz are also popular with concrete or marble effect surfaces becoming more dominant.
Design trends are helpful guidelines however one should bear in mind that design is constantly changing. Design trends change depending on influences at that specific era in time. Style is created by how you choose to manipulate current trends. As a client or home owner your kitchen should reflect your own personal style creating a mood or feeling which eases one into a comfortable space. Most interior designers have a vision. They take the lead and help guide the outcome of your kitchen bringing it to life - that is after all their job. Take heed to their advice but know your style and design preferences so they can create your timeless space and you can create a lifetime of memories.
 
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