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DEC
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Ideas for your Bedroom

Your Bedroom is the ultimate and most private space in your home. It is the place of peace, calm and relaxation. Its aesthetics need only appeal to you. The look and feel of your bedroom should reflect your style, personality and what you find comforting. When you design your bedroom you want beauty, function and every item that is essential to suit you. You should always pay attention to detail, with your choice of materials and finishes as the canvas from which you start. Essential aspects such as your bed, bedside tables, curtains or blinds, furniture, a place to sit, dressing table, mirrors; and the list goes on forever. These items are all user specific and cannot be dictated. When selecting every item make sure you consider its function and aesthetic appeal hand in hand. Select a colour palette and stick with it as a reflection of you. Ultimately the decisions are your and the options are endless so have a little fun. Have a look at these great bedroom ideas: 

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NOV
30
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Splashback ideas for an all White Kitchen

White kitchens will always and forever be a popular choice for your kitchen space and white will never go out of style. It is a simple go to colour that can be accented in various beautiful ways from your wall finishes, to floor finishes, decor and accessories. A nice aesthetic feature to be added to any white kitchen is the choice of splashback. Where you can play around with colour, texture, and different materials which each bring its own unique characteristics. All white everything - Not many people stick to an all white colour scheme; as it can appear sterile. But an all white kitchen accompanied with a white splashback is quite stunning. A white tile can be laid in various patterns – herringbone – to break the straight lines or even a darker grout to make the white tiles stand out. Stone and Quartz - Another effective material to use when adding a splashback is stone/quartz. Matching the countertops used; it can be light or dark. It creates a sense of sophistication and is a modern sleek look within the kitchen. Pop of colour - Add a pop of colour to bring your kitchen to life. Complimentary bright colours light up the room or a colour choice that matches another accent in the kitchen – cushions, vases or decor will work well. Wallpapers are simple and an easy way to add a pop of colour to the splashback. The colour choice should also be a reflection of the families taste and personality. Opposites attract - The contrast between black and white will always be a timeless classic and never fails. Sharp and eye catching, this combination adds the ultimate sophistication. It’s bold and makes a strong statement piece in the kitchen. A black tile, marble, texture or wallpaper splashback will make compliment the all white kitchen perfectly. 

White kitchens are a timeless beauty which can be easily accented and brought to life through your choice of splashback.

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NOV
27
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Modern Bar Design Inspiration

Almost every home has a bar area or entertainment area. And whether you are designing a brand new home or redesigning an existing home, the bar area is often a place to consider. It is a perfect space to entertain family and friends. It can be kept simple or luxurious. Some unique design inspiration:

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NOV
27
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Simple Interior Design for your Kitchen

Interior design can be quite daunting, especially in the kitchen; finding a look which fits your style and your family can also be quite difficult. Most people want their homes to be appealing to their visitors, to look stunning and be up to date with current trends. And they seek the advice or assistance of interior designers or kitchen designers but you can also do it yourself. Some simple and useful tips to bear in mind when you decide to redesign your kitchen: 
 
A simple kitchen can be brought to life with an eye-catching wall; it will bring lots of interest to kitchen and is extremely inviting. Sleek tiles, exposed bricks, marble or even stone can be used to create an impact. For a more budget conscious approach; you can make use of wallpaper which is reasonably cheap, easy and beautiful. It brings in texture and immediate warmth to the space.
 
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An ideal addition of furniture pieces in your kitchen add a space to gather and mingle – bringing the family together. This makes the kitchen more inviting and homely. More importantly it creates a smooth integration between the kitchen and the rest of the house.
 
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Texture is another important aspect in any kitchen and evokes the sense of touch and feel; breaking from a sterile look. Think of all the various surfaces that can be used to entice visitors to touch and feel. Rough, smooth, soft, hard, etc. and the list goes on. Wood, concrete, stone or fabrics can all work together to create wonderful feel for the space.
 
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Adding shelves to your kitchen area is so simple and so easy. Traditionally display areas and few and far between; hiding everything inside a cupboard or behind a door. Displaying personal items like cook books, notes, sentimental ornaments make the kitchen space personal. So don’t be afraid to add shelves.
 
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Various metal surfaces have always been a feature in the kitchen. Although we usually see chrome, stainless steel and silver; now copper, brass, gold, bronze and rose gold have taken over. These metals bring lovely warmth within the kitchen. Used in a subtle manner or even more obvious creates a unique feature in the kitchen.
 
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Combining both modern and traditional aspects within a kitchen is much easier than it seems. When done in a subtle manner it creates balance and the most memorable kitchen experience.
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NOV
20
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Light up your kitchen

Installing the right lighting in your kitchen will bring out the best in your kitchen design, the food you prepare, and the way you feel when you are in this space.Installing the right lighting in your kitchen will bring out the best in your kitchen design, the food you prepare, and the way you feel when you are in this space.In the past, kitchen lighting consisted of a single fluorescent light that was slapped up in the middle of the kitchen. Today, however, as the kitchen moves away from being a mere utilitarian space, to being more of a living space, and often part of an open-plan living space design, good lighting design has become a must-have for any well dressed kitchen.Any good kitchen lighting design will comprise various layers where you need to create layers of light to make your kitchen feel warm and welcoming, while also providing functional task lighting and highlighting various accents for an attractive overall aesthetic.


1.Downlighters: Downlighters can be used to great effect in your kitchen space. Downlighters are an inexpensive, neat and elegant way of introducing both ambient and task lighting  into your kitchen. Nowadays instead of installing halogen downlighters (which consumed lots of electricity and emitted quite a lot of heat), LED downlighters are highly energy efficient and virtually no heat is emitted.
Over-cabinet lighting: This kind of lighting is more about aesthetics than function. Over-cabinet lighting is a way of creating the illusion of added height in the room, which makes the space seem larger and airier than it actually is. You can mount these lights directly on top of your cabinetry, where they can be positioned to illuminate displays and spread a warm and inviting light on the walls and ceiling above. When choosing light fittings for this kind of lighting, it is imperative that you choose lights, such as LEDs for example, that do not get hot, as this could damage the cabinetry and pose a fire risk. Types of over-cabinet lighting include: LED channel lights, LED under cabinet or slimline fittings or LED striplighting.


2.Under-cabinet lights: In days gone by, under-cabinet lighting was considered a real luxury. However, today, it is a kitchen essential – offering an excellent source of task lighting above your countertops. To get the installation of under-cabinet lighting right, you need to hide the lights behind the edge of the wall cabinets, so you only see the light, and not the fixture. For task lighting, the fixture needs to be positioned within the first third of the cabinet, whereas, if you would like to highlight a beautiful backsplash, then it is best to position the fixture at the back of the cabinet, where it meets the wall behind. LED under-cabinet or slimline fittings as well as LED strip lights are both a great source of under-cabinet lighting.


3.Kickplate lighting: Adding lighting to the kickplates at the base of your cabinets can add a whole other dimension to your kitchen design. You can hide LED strip lights on top of your base cabinets’ kickplates. Why not connect them to a motion or occupancy sensor, which will switch these lights on whenever you walk into the kitchen? Then you can use them as nightlights. Or alternatively, keep the striplights on the main switch to add another dimension of light for added texture and appeal to you overall lighting design.


4.Ceiling lights: LED channel lights have replaced fluorescent fittings in the kitchen. Led channels are extremely energy efficient, provide a very high illumination, have a slim design and are maintenance free as the LED lights are built in. The latest models even have built in occupancy sensors which are just perfect for the pantry, scullery or laundry just off your kitchen space.


5.Pendants or Chandeliers: Pendants or chandeliers are great for general or ambient lighting, and can provide visual interest – standing as a focal feature in the kitchen. When selecting these decorative lights for your kitchen, be sure to choose units that throw light in all directions to enhance the overall ambient lighting within the room. Or alternatively, pick one with a shade that directs light down to create task lighting, especially over an island. Bar pendants are perfect for this application. You can select smaller pendants that can be installed next to one another for a more open feel and to distinguish the living space from the kitchen, or choose bigger, heavier ones to make a decorative statement.

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NOV
19
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Industrial Styled Kitchens

Industrial style anything is usually a big hit. It's easy to achieve, always looks great and is functional, this is especially effective in a kitchen. It's also a versatile concept that can be tailored to suit individual personal tastes. Part of what makes it such an effective style is the fact that old objects can be transformed into something new, creating a room with a nostalgic atmosphere. Taking into account the popular trend, we've compiled a list of kitchens that showcase all the elements of industrial style. Each kitchen incorporates industrial elements, whether it's subtle or obvious, while remaining completely unique.

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NOV
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Back splashes for a Unique Kitchen

Believe it or not, a kitchen is more than appliances, cabinets and countertops. While those are the elements that serve the greatest function, there are a host of details that bring everything in the room together, like sinks, lighting, and of course, the back needs to stand out with the help of a unique back splash.

Galvanized Metal

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Galvanized MetalMetal backsplashes are typically of the stamped variety, but a flat sheet of galvanized metal makes a clean and modern statement in a country kitchen or mudroom potting area.

Marble Slab

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The gray veins in this white marble provide visual interest in an all-white kitchen, while bringing some warmth and fun to the design. Patterned tile backsplash is a commitment, but one that makes a bold statement in a kitchen.

Wood Backsplash

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Salvaged wood creates rustic texture on the kitchen backsplash and offers eco-conscious renovators a way to reuse an existing material.

Black and White

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Like black tie for the kitchen, white subway tile with black grout never goes out of style. And although it looks sophisticated, the material costs are low, making this stylish look quite affordable. 

Antique Mirror Backsplash

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A little bit of Parisian glamour in the kitchen comes via antique mirror installed as the backsplash. Its patina makes the material more forgiving and permit less meticulous maintenance.

Concrete

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Some perfectionists shy away from concrete on account of maintenance, but if you reseal and wax concrete occasionally, it makes a great backsplash material for an industrial look. 

Exposed Brick

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If you’re lucky enough to have an exposed brick wall in the kitchen, why not keep it visible as a gorgeous backsplash? One word of caution: Brick should be sealed, since it is a porous material.

Kitchen Mosaic

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If you really want to make your kitchen one-of-a-kind, consider a mosaic . The small tiles will add texture and flair, while the pattern... is more or less up to you!

Modern Glass

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This isn't your mother's glass tile. While normal glass backsplashes feature either a whole sheet of glass or glass subway tiles, Everstone is putting out uniquely shaped designs, from pointy shards to circular bubbles. 

Coin Backsplash

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If your change jar is threatening to take over your kitchen, why not let it? This backsplash, made of over 6,000 extraneous coins, knows the true meaning of "remarkable". 

Wood Paneling

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When used as a backsplash, white tongue-and-groove board is the perfect accompaniment in a country kitchen.

OCT
27
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New & Notable: Ideas for the Luxury Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, where friends and family gather and so many memories are created. When it's time to remodel this vital space, be sure to consider current trends and new innovations; products that will bring efficiency and beauty…The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, where friends and family gather and so many memories are created. When it's time to remodel this vital space, be sure to consider current trends and new innovations; products that will bring efficiency and beauty…

Wall Ovens

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Wall OvensThe latest line of wall ovens looks beautiful and serves up features that make it easier to whip up a gourmet meal. Are you always on the go? You can wirelessly control the oven's mode, temperature, and timer from your smartphone. They even made cleanup a snap with self-cleaning oven racks and a quick-cleaning Steam Option. Welcome to the future of cooking.

Exotic Wood Countertops

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Sources in the know tell us that kitchen trends this year are all about exotic wood countertops and cabinet veneers. New trends offers a variety of exotic and domestic woods, including zebrawood, African mahogany, lyptus, and teak.

Dishwasher

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Don't be fooled by Bosch's newest 800 series dishwashers—at 38 to 42 dBA, they're simply so quiet that you won't even realize they're on. With Energy Star compliance, a half-load option for small loads, built-in water softener, and a full-color clear text display, these dishwashers are so convenient, you just might look forward to cleaning up after dinner.

Induction Cooktops

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Induction cooktops, offer precise temperature control and heat up more quickly than traditional gas or electric cooktops. A bridge function provides the flexibility of turning two separate cooking zones into one larger zone to accommodate wider cookware such as griddles or poaching pans. This cooktop is so smart, you barely have to lift a finger.

Built-in Refrigerators

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Consider built-in refrigerators designed for those who want serious storage with a customized look. Humidity-controlled vegetable compartments and sealed snack pans maintain freshness, while upfront electronic controls with a digital readout facilitate precise temperature settings for maximum efficiency.

Tiled Backsplash

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A new backsplash is a great example of a stand-alone cosmetic project that can dramatically transform a space. There are materials and innovative manufacturing techniques to produce a range of ceramic, glass, and brick tiles that can breathe new life into your kitchen.

Walk In Pantry

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Although walk-in pantries conjure up idyllic notions of home canning and preserves, today's pantry is more likely to have such modern conveniences as a microwave or wine refrigerator nestled among the canned goods. In planning a pantry, focus on simplicity, organization, and location to ensure that items are efficiently stowed away and accessible.

Eco-Friendly Flooring

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Bamboo flooring's popularity as an eco-friendly alternative to hardwood has grown almost as quickly as bamboo itself. Flooring companies, offers a multitude of prefinished options in traditional and contemporary styles. Available colors range from Super White to Charcoal, in a nod to one of this year's biggest kitchen design trends: mixing light and dark elements.

Pot Fillers

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Anyone who has worked in a restaurant is already familiar with the advantages of a pot filler, but these convenient devices are quickly becoming a mainstay of home kitchens across the nation. The Traditional Pot Filler reduces back strain caused by carrying heavy pots of water, saves time, and adds a professional touch to the kitchen.

OCT
12
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Kosher-Friendly Kitchen Design

Every client has specific needs when it comes to designing their kitchens; some require a certain aesthetic appeal, others want only high tech modern appliances, some want comfort and ease and others follow certain religious beliefs and dietary requirements. As designers we need to be well informed and educated to accommodate the varying needs of our clientele. Families who keep kosher follow the Jewish dietary law of Kashrut whereby foods are prepared in accordance; hence the need for kosher-friendly kitchen designs. Kosher-friendly kitchen design requires a certain preparation and storage of foods. Meat and dairy products cannot be eaten or stored together. Utensils, cutlery, pots, cutting boards, and countertops that have come into contact with meat or used with meat cannot be used with dairy products and vice versa. Any utensil, pots, etc that come into contact with non-kosher foods cannot be used with kosher foods while the food is hot. Hence all cooking and storage is kept separately. Ideally one should think in 2’s. Two sets of appliances, two sets of cooking utensils, two sets of dishes and two sets of storage. Basically designing two kitchens in one space and providing for every possible necessity. However, designing 2 kitchens in one space that still looks like one kitchen can be a bit of a challenge. The perfect solution would be differentiating between appliances and cooking areas but still having one gathering point. This particular modern kitchen design is kosher-friendly but reads as one kitchen design catering for the needs of the family. Allowing for a coffee station, under-counter fridge, eyelevel ovens, hob, free standing gas oven, various concealed extractor fans, built in microwave, built in dishwasher, freestanding dishwasher, double sink, prep sink, free standing fridge, herb garden, various inserts and double storage areas. All following modern trends of matt grey finishes with marble tops and most importantly ample seating and gathering space for the family which brings the entire design together. 
 
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OCT
12
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Lighting can make a great kitchen look even greater

“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary”- Aaron Rose
Lighting is one of the best tools within any interior space, used to bring out the finer details. The kitchen is not only a place to prep, cook and eat but also a place to gather and enjoy the company of family and friends; whether it is casual or formal occurrence. Hence lighting in the kitchen should be a perfect balance of task lighting and ambient lighting to create various moods desired. One should avoid the use of bright harsh lighting but rather make use of dimmable light fixtures as this allows the users to control the type of lighting within the kitchen and the ambiance created. There are 3 main sources of lighting to be use in the kitchen: down lights, under-cabinet lights and pendant lights. This will create an adequate balance of light in the kitchen.
 
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Recessed lights or down lights are suitable to provide general lighting. It is also great for tough to light areas or transitional areas like circulation spaces or walkways; it also combats glare and shadows and is great for task lighting. Under-cabinet lighting is not just an embellishment but can serve as both task and ambient lighting. It can be mounted behind the front fascia or recessed under the wall cupboard so it is not visible. Pendant lighting should be hung at roughly 1m above the counter and ideally over the island as hanging too many lights from the ceiling in other areas is not ideal. Pendant lights add a lower level of lighting creating a balance and an aesthetic appeal.
 
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A great feature which adds a modern appeal in the kitchen is lighting inside the cupboards itself. Another great source of lighting is natural lighting through windows, opening and skylights. This is the easiest form of lighting that can make any space feel homely and obviously bringing nature into the home is always a plus.
 
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Eat-in Kitchen

The kitchen is the centre of any household; so the statement “the kitchen is the heart of the home...” and with this kitchens are designed to be at the very centre of the home. Formal dining areas are a great addition but are only in use when one has guests or formal dinners. Eat in kitchens have always been popular and with larger kitchens the design choices are endless. Family or friends can gather, cook, eat and enjoy each other’s company at ease and in comfort. Here are a few great design ideas that may be a bit more obvious than one may think.


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10 Ingredients for a Cutting-Edge Kitchen

For the latest in smart tech and push-button convenience, look no further than today's kitchens. Truly modern kitchen amenities are not only technologically savvy, but also offer exceptional energy efficiency, durability, and ease of use. Here are 10 innovative ideas.

Smart Cooktops

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Forget cleaning around plate tops. The Thermador Masterpiece Series Freedom Induction Cooktop breaks free of traditional limitations to offer the largest fully usable cooking space on the market. This sleek cooktop is equipped with a full-color touchscreen interface and state-of-the-art technology that enables it to recognize the shape of your pots and pans, heating only the surfaces you need. 

Steam Ovens

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Steam ovens cook food with heat generated by boiling water in a built-in reservoir. These appliances are available from many manufacturers, and most today also function as convection ovens. But the steam oven's real claims to fame are its easy to clean interior, faster cook times, and the moist, flavorful foods it produces.

Custom Refrigeration

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How would you like a combination fridge, freezer, and wine cooler that fits seamlessly into your kitchen? Miele's just that. It's not just their customizable widths and cabinet-depth installations that make them special. With separate compressors for each fridge and freezer section, their design eliminates flavor transfer, so your ice cubes will never taste like your leftovers.

High-Efficiency Dishwashers

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The Bosch Benchmark dishwashers go beyond the water-saving, energy-efficient models that have been ob the market. They're virtually silent and feature touchpad controls and flexible loading—and they even project the remaining cycle time onto the floor in large, easy-to-read numbers.

One-Touch Faucets

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Messy hands in the kitchen usually make for drippy, germy faucet handles—but not with a one-touch or touchless faucet, available these days from many manufacturers, including Kohler and Moen. Cutting raw chicken or rolling out dough? No problem. The high-tech sensors in these fixtures allow you to wash up without gunking up your faucet.

Cabinet Built-Ins

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In today's cutting-edge kitchen, cumbersome cabinets need not apply. The future of cabinetry is replete with rollout shelves, built-in compost collectors, and blind corner accessories that leave no space wasted. And now that more new cabinets are made from recycled materials, you can feel doubly good about your next renovation. The cabinets shown here, made from reclaimed vintage oak veneer panels, make an environmentally friendly statement in the kitchen.

LED Lighting

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Because LEDs take up so little space, they can be stylishly incorporated into undercabinet lighting, drawers, and cabinet interiors. Energy-efficient LED lighting is available in a wide array of colors and lumens—and, perhaps most important, they generate less heat than incandescent or halogen globes, so they help keep the cook cool.

Engineered Work Surfaces

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Cambria's engineered stone countertops combine the vibrant colors and patterns of natural quartz with tough, nonporous resins, resulting in countertops that are unmatched in their durability and resistance to scratches, stains, and germs.

Coffee from the Tap

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There are no shortage of innovative appliances to make your next cup of coffee. But if money is no object, consider the smartphone-controlled TopBrewer. It may look like a simple, graceful faucet, but it’s actually the world's smallest milk foamer and the fastest countertop barista. With one of these on deck, you're never more than 30 seconds away from a perfect espresso—or cappuccino, or macchiato, or even hot water for tea.

Tea Time

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Wake up to boiling water with this WI-Fi enabled teakettle. Controlled by your smartphone and synchronized with your alarm clock, the iKettle will heat water and keep it warm for up to 30 minutes.

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Modern kitchen design with matt finishes

A simplistic kitchen design for an upcoming house in Waterfall Estate.

Design brief: Keep it simple!

With the large space and endless design opportunities the client opted for a more simplistic design with plenty of seating space. Lots of natural lighting and stunning views are embraced through the full wall to wall window. The finished are a combination of matt white, matt charcoal grey and timber with a stunning marble top and timber breakfast area. A feature wall is kept simple with a modern arrangement of floating shelves.

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Elegant Modern Country Style Kitchen

Client Brief: An elegant kitchen design that is not over the top!

Hence the setting and architecture suggested the style of kitchen to be placed within this beautiful home. Allowing the exposed timber beams to dictate more of a modern country kitchen design. A design that is simple has subtle detail and is elegant. Neutral tones, simple shaker profile, subtle scotia details and dark contrasting handles. Not only does the space look great it’s designed with specific attention to the work flow/ zones of the kitchen. Coffee station, Pantry & Storage, prep area, cooking area, seating space, etc. The eye is lead with the arrangements of the cupboards along the walls towards the bay window, seating area and beautiful view.

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Black Beauty

Sophistication, Mystery and Power!

Black Beauty? No I’m not referring to the horse but rather your kitchen. The colour black has taken the kitchen by storm, literally. Opposing the typical all white kitchen design, and from the other end of the spectrum it simply brings a unique beauty to any space.

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With its inherent sophistication and modern appeal, the colour black is a new trend that is dominating the entire kitchen.

From the cupboards doors, countertops, taps, sinks, handles and appliances including decor and accents; designers are going for all black everything look. The colour itself creates an elegant atmosphere yet still strong and masculine.

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So don’t be afraid to make this bold statement.

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Questions and answers on Bamboo Counter tops in your Kitchen

Bamboo Countertops 

The Sustainable OptionBamboo countertops can be a great choice for anyone who is interested in replacing their current counters with a new, eco friendly option.  There are lots of great reasons to consider bamboo, just see these questions and answers.

How Are Bamboo Countertops Made?

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There are actually a few ways to make bamboo countertops. Which you ultimately decide on will depend mostly on your personal preference.The first type of bamboo countertops are actually a form of laminate. One of the most popular makers of this type of countertop is All Totally Bamboo. To create their eco friendly product, they start by making cross-brand laminates that they call multilam.Small strips of bamboo were glued together to create the planks. Once the planks are complete, they are put together with an adhesive that is non-toxic and formaldehyde-free.These countertops are typically delivered with no finish – which means that they’ll need to have a sealer applied once they have been installed. To keep a project green, it’s important to apply an eco-friendly, low-VOC sealer.


What is End Grain Bamboo Countertops?

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Another type of bamboo countertops are typically called end-grain bamboo. Just like the planks, they are glued together. However, instead of creating long planks, the companies that make counters out of end-grain do so by taking rectangular pieces of the end-grain. They’re glued together and a sealer is added.

Are bamboo countertops durable?

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Bamboo surfaces have anti-bacterial properties that make this material an apt choice for kitchen counters. ... Bamboo countertops are unique and classy.Bamboo surfaces are strong and durable. They can provide long-lasting services by bearing daily wear and tear of busy kitchens


Can you stain a bamboo countertop?

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One can get “light” & “dark” oils that'll “stain your bamboo top in the process. Polyurethane & varnishes require a base coat primer – you can use an oil such as tung oil or linseed oil. ... You can also mix the stain into your sealer (remember to mix thoroughly). This will ensure a uniform finish.


What color is natural bamboo?

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Bamboo has 2 colors, Natural and Carbonized. Natural color: The natural color of bamboo is light yellow. It is the original color of bamboo strips. When bamboo is heated, different colors are produced.


How do I care for my Bamboo Countertops?

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Cleaning these green counters is quite simple. You can keep them clean with warm water and a mild soap. Because they have a finish applied, it’s important not to place hot items directly on your bamboo counte tops.Even though bamboo is a strong material, it’s also important not to cut directly on the counter. Both the counter and the finish can be damaged with a knife.


What sizes can you get them in?

Dimensions available

:• Strand Woven Board 2440mm x 600mm x 30mm

• Strand Woven Board 2440mm x 1220mm x 20mm

• Horizontal Carbonated 2440mm x 600mm x 30mm

• Horizontal Carbonated 2440mm x 1220mm x 20mm

• Horizontal Carbonated 2440mm x 1220mm x 15mm

• Bamboo Woven Veneer 2440mm x 1220mm x 5mm

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Get fresh with your own kitchen herb garden

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If you enjoy cooking, you know how a garden of fresh herbs is a wonderful way to add a bright zest to your creations. A handful of Italian basil, some tomatoes, olive oil and mozzarella can make a delicious and fast summertime meal, so why not create your own kitchen herb garden so that fresh ideas and herbs are at the ready all year-round? Harvesting herbs from your own kitchen garden will enhance your home and all your meals.

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The use of fresh herbs can mean the difference between decent food and truly vibrant, delicious cuisine. But purchasing such herbs at the shop can get pricey, especially if you only need a sprig or two. Plus, it’s a lot more convenient to have the likes of fresh basil, parsley, rosemary, and so much more right at your disposal, whenever you get the urge to whip something up.

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A good kitchen garden starts with a sunny – and convenient – spot in the kitchen; say, near a window and acess to water points. If cutting herbs means a long traipse to the backyard garden, you’ll not be as likely to use herbs from there as opposed to from one that is located inside.

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Supplemental lighting can let you nurture a kitchen herb garden even if you don’t have an adequately sunny spot. Grow  kits are available from garden centers or online retailers for between R800 to R1500, depending on size. And if you’re DIY-handy, you can build lighting using dimensional lumber to construct a frame and standard fluorescent bulbs and fixtures. Whatever you rig up, remember: You’ll need to position your plants within a few inches of the fluorescent bulbs for the best results.

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New Things Always to Keep Near Your Kitchen Sink

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the sink is the heart of the kitchen. From meal prep to clean up, you spend a good amount of time near your kitchen sink. Maximize the most high-traffic spot in your kitchen by adding a few extras that will amp up the sink usage.

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Dishwasher On the Counter

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The concept behind countertop dishwashers was always a good one. But for years, even the top-dollar models failed to deliver anything close to the spic-and-span results of a traditional unit. But that was then. Now, options are available and finally equal their full-size peers in performance—even while providing the extra flexibility and convenience of a portable design. Setup is simply a matter of plugging in the dishwasher and hooking its hose up to the kitchen faucet. Perhaps the most amazing part: Despite being compact enough to rest comfortably on a counter, the Danby appliance boasts enough capacity and cleaning power to handle up to six place settings in each cycle.

Mighty Magnet

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Adjacent to your sink, above the counter where you typically do prep work at meal times, consider mounting a magnetic utensil holder. At a generous length of 30cm offers enough real estate and, thanks to a powerful neodymium magnet, more than enough grip to organize and store a variety of kitchen tools, everything from dish scrubbers to spatulas to serrated knives. Style-neutral and at home in any kitchen, the Stainless steel magnetic knife bar even comes packaged with its own mounting hardware, making it an all-in-one, easy-install method of making sure your most frequently used utensils remain within easy arm's reach at all times.

Sudsy Sponge

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Constantly squirting extra dish soap into the sink during dish duty? While you might feel like you're always short on soap, the truth is that you're probably using too much. A generous squeeze of soap often gets washed away before you get full use out of it—a problem that the uniquely designed Soapy spnge sets out to solve. Just fill the capsule with your favorite dish soap, and start scrubbing. The three-layer scouring sponge slowly releases the right amount of soap exactly as you need it, so each dish gets the same amount of suds. No more reaching for the bottle mid-wash—and, ultimately, less soap wasted overall.

Hang It Up

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Avoid dripping across the kitchen floor every time you wash up by keeping your towels right where you need them. While storing them in drawers or over handles works well enough to get by, cloths still inevitably slip from their ad hoc perch. Not so with the cheery over the door hooks: They keep towels draped conveniently in place and are sure to brighten any builder-grade cabinet, to boot!

 Surface Swipe

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Accidents happen—especially in the kitchen. Most homeowners reach for the nearest roll of paper towels, but they aren't environmentally friendly nor are they the most effective option for picking up small crumbs. Instead, consider keeping the Surface swipe next to your sink. The swipe is a two-sided cleaning tool with a squeegee for wet spills and nylon bristles for dry spills. Homeowners can hang the stain-resistant and functional tool on the countertop, where it’s easily accessible for sweeping any mess into the sink. 

Extra Sink Storage

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Oftentimes the counter surrounding your sink gets cluttered with kitchen necessities, like sponges, dish soap, and hand towels. Keep everything in one place with the over the sink shelve . Made with a steel frame and wood top, the shelf increases your counter space without getting in the way. The attractive piece also serves as kitchen decor, especially when topped with potted herbs and other details.

Odor Eliminator

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Regular soap doesn't cut it when you're trying to get the stinky smells from garlic and onions off your hands. And while stainless steel is known as an effective odor remover, you probably aren't looking to wipe your hands all over your fridge. In comes this stainless steel soap Rub your hands between the soap-shaped bar under cold water, and the foul smells will be gone. Because it's not actually soap, the bar will never run out, and it requires zero cleaning. Now you can cook, chop and peel anything without worrying about the smells lingering.

Super Soft Dish Towels

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Every kitchen needs dish towels. For one, they’re more economically and environmentally friendly than paper towels. They also serve multiple purposes: cleaning up spills, protecting the counter from hot surfaces, and of course drying dishes. Shaggies go beyond what’s expected from a towel. Made out of cotton chenille, these dish towels absorb almost 10 times their weight in water. The soft material is also great for dusting and cleaning in other rooms of the house. 

Sink Caddy

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Everything finds its proper place in this easy sink organiser. The convenient catchall sticks to the edge of your sink with a plastic suction cup placed strategically on the bottom of the unit. Stick it to the sink with a drop of water, then line it with damp sponges, wet brushes, and more—the organizer's two large drainage holes will allow your supplies to dry out in between uses. 

Unroll and Rinse

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If you've ever used a counter top dish rack to air dry your dishes, you know the setup isn't ideal. No matter how carefully you rinse and place your dishes into the rack, there's always a puddle of water that collects on the counter. Never again, when you use an over-the-sink dish drainer like this one. The roll-up contraption opens flat and can be laid over half of a double sink. Set dripping dishes atop the rack and let the water drop into the sink rather than on your clean countertop.

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Engineered Quartz and NEOLITH

The Rise of Porcelain and Engineered Quartz New countertops are the top feature most homeowners want in their kitchen. While granite remains popular for its look — despite its maintenance — other materials are catching the attention of homeowners. George Lisac, owner of Kerrock Countertops in Union City, California, is seeing a big rise in requests for engineered quartz. “Even more than granite,” he says. Engineered quartz is 97 percent crushed quartz mixed with 3 percent resin to create a nonporous material that doesn’t need to be sealed like granite. It was the most popular countertop material in the U.S. after granite, and the No. 1 choice in Canada, Ireland, Spain and Australia. But not everyone embraces the material. Burghardt, owner of Domicile San Francisco, says he’s been ripping out and replacing the engineered quartz countertops he installed years ago. “People are not happy with them,” he says. “People also universally seem disappointed with the matte finishes which are prevalent in the market. They show a lot of fingerprints and look dirty as opposed to the polished surfaces.” Instead, Neolith, a porcelain material from Spain, shown here mimicking Calacatta marble, has been taking over his clients’ kitchens lately. “You can’t scratch it, burn it or stain it,” he says. To demonstrate in his showroom, Burghardt says he scrapes the surface of Neolith with a screwdriver until it throws sparks. “No scratching,” he says. Then he takes a flamethrower to it. “We will brown the top of a crème brûlée, then aim the flame at the countertop and hold it there. No cracking or discoloration. Pour zinfandel, hot chili oil, blueberry and nothing happens. And no, I do not have stock in the company.” In Japan, artificial stone seems to be moving out of the way for materials like quartz and ceramics. “Our hottest one for next year is durable ceramic panel , originally developed as an exterior material,” says Imai of Kitchen House. Stainless steel also is a popular countertop material for the Japanese. In an informal Houzz Japan poll, stainless steel was the No. 1 chosen material for kitchen countertops. “People tend to choose it in order to give a cool and sharp image to the space, not only because of its durability and heat resistance,” Imai says.
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Is kitchens changing ?

 Just ask the people building and planning the kitchens of today. With that in mind, according to a survey was done  in 11 countries — the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Denmark — through a series of discussions, polls and interviews to describe the ins and outs of kitchen projects they had recently completed, have underway or are planning to start in the next three months. According to Houzz data shows that 41 percent of homeowners are remodeling kitchens that are 16 to 30 years old. Out off nearly 9,000 people 85 percent had completed or worked on their kitchen project  that means their choices in layout, materials, storage and special features offer insight into trends you’ll no doubt see in kitchens for years to come.
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But don’t expect Jetsons-style whiz-bang gadgetry anytime soon. Other than a few high-tech appliances, homeowners aren’t looking to impress NASA with their kitchens. Apart from TVs and iPads, the majority of homeowners in almost every country that was part of the  survey aren’t interested in many high-tech features. “Programming ovens from an iPhone is not something people are doing, and people don’t care about a refrigerator that will send a message to your phone that it needs to be defrosted,” says Ken Burghardt, owner of Domicile San Francisco. Instead, they’re focusing on materials and features that provide basic function and classic style. The local climate and size of the space dictate a lot about how a kitchen will look. But so do cultural influences. For example, step into a kitchen in Spain and you’re more likely to see a built-in coffee station and walk-in wine cellar than in other countries. Nearly a quarter of Spanish homeowners plan to add a built-in coffee or tea station, while almost 10 percent plan to add a wine cellar. But for the most part, kitchens from all the countries  surveyed are a lot alike. Homeowners almost everywhere seem to want white cabinets, pullout garbage and recycling bins, more pantry storage and new countertops, appliances, cabinets — new everything, really.
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Give Me a ‘U’ The basic layout of the cabinets and appliances dictates what kind of experience you’ll have working in a kitchen. It’s a matter of preference, and often depends on the layout you start with and how much time and money you’re willing to spend to change it. In the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Germany, U-shaped kitchens are the most popular, according to the survey. In the U.K., designer Conrad Hendrick of LWK Kitchens says history plays a role in kitchen layouts. “Unless you are willing to remodel, then your home’s existing architecture will often dictate what your layout will be,” he says. “And with Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture still imprinted on many modern homes, it follows that these styles naturally influence kitchen design, and in many modern cases lean toward a U-shaped kitchen layout.” Aside from the historical influence, Hendrick says people desire the U-shaped layout because it provides a generous work surface and storage capacity. “They are also highly efficient and simple to use because of the limited number of steps required when moving between different areas of the kitchen,” he says. L-shaped layouts reign supreme in every other country except Denmark, where nearly a third of homeowners want a galley kitchen. In Russia, where the majority of homeowners choose an L-shaped layout, interior designer Andrey Maksimov-Pavlychev says a legacy of small-space mentality and nostalgia has a lot to do with the preference, and is likely to continue into the future. “Our people have always lived in tiny apartments, so they obviously did their best to make the kitchen occupy less space,” he says. “These layouts allow us to fit all the appliances you need in a very small space. Even when people move to bigger apartments, memories make them choose the angular configurations while they could afford an island kitchen or any other kind.”
New interpretations. Though Japan was not part of the survey, which was conducted online , reaching out to Toshiyuki Imai, manager of Japanese kitchen design firm Kitchen House’s Tokyo showroom. Imai says one of the most popular layouts in Japan is somewhat like an open galley style, in which the kitchen counter and dining table are linked seamlessly together. “This is efficient because it makes it easy to deliver meals from the kitchen to the dining, while it’s still possible to change the layout of the dining table according to the number of guests you are entertaining,” Imai says. And designers are responding to this with new interpretations of the traditional Japanese kitchen. Kitchen House recently launched the combination kitchen island and dining element seen here in collaboration with architect Kengo Kuma. It combines modern design and technology with “primitive materials like glued laminated bamboo board, black iron frame and cast aluminum,” Imai says.
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