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    New: AGA Cookshop kitchenware range

    by  • October 18, 2013 • cook's accessories, • Kitchen Accessories • 0 Comments

    I’ve finally thrown away my oven gloves, as they’d become so thin and threadbare that they offered very little protection, which made them about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

    I think I’ve found their replacement though. I rather like the look of the AGA Cookshop‘s new textile range, with its bold, contemporary pattern.

    AGA Iconic Lifestyle High Res


    The Iconic collection consists of an apron, gauntlet, double oven glove, pot grab, chef’s pad and ashopper bag, all made from a durable canvas cloth and a tea towel made from a cotton/linen mix. There’s even a mug (yes, another one, for my overflowing kitchen cupboard), table mats and coasters.

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    New: Laura Ashley kitchen range

    by  • October 14, 2013 • modern kitchens, • Kitchen Inspiration • 0 Comments

    Did you know you can now buy a kitchen along with your curtains and cushions at Laura Ashley?

    The range of contemporary styles includes the Islington, below, in a Soft Truffle gloss finish – it’s also available with curved units.

    The Islington

    The crisp, modern, Portobello Cotton White Kitchen, below, with recessed groove door handles.

    the Port

    The Tetbury Lichen Kitchen, below, is from the Classic Kitchen Range, available in natural oak, or this soft, sage green. It has traditional T-bar doors and solid oak surfaces.


    And finally, also from the Classic Range, here’s the Burford Natural Oak Kitchen which has soft edged doors and is colour fade resistant.


    Design and fitting is free and they come with a 25 year guarantee. My personal favourite is Islington, with its rich, gloss finish, but which one will you choose?


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    Raymond Blanc’s new cookware collection

    by  • October 4, 2013 • cook's accessories, • Kitchen Accessories • 0 Comments

    Friday is obviously the best day of the working week and last friday was even better than most, because I started my day at Brassiere Blanc, Raymond Blanc‘s restaurant on London’s Southbank. After a delicious breakfast of bacon, scrambled egg and salmon bagels, Raymond Blanc used the pans from his new cookware collections, which are exclusive to Debenhams, to whip up yet more food.




    The Hard Anodised Aluminium Cookware range is designed to provide  hard-wearing accessories for everyday cooking. There are ten pieces in the collection, including a milk pan, a frying pan and a covered stockpot.

    The Cast Aluminium Cookware range has all the benefits of cast iron but is much lighter. I particularly liked the

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    28 Shades of Grey

    by  • September 23, 2013 • grey kitchens, • Kitchen Inspiration • 0 Comments

    Have you been tempted to go grey? Grey is still proving popular in fashion and interiors and I must admit it’s grown on me. It’s less stark than white and more interesting than neutral shades, but if you’re still not sure, check out, ‘Grey’, Little Greene‘s latest paint collection. The 28 shades of grey, graduate from pale, almost white tones, through to charcoal, brown and blue-black hues and as always the colours are evocatively named. There’s; Scree, Fescue, Cool Rescue and Rubine Ashes, to name but a few.

    The main wall in this modern kitchen is painted in Lamp Black 228, the side wall in Loft White 222 and the flooring in Shallows 223, all from Little Greene’s ’Grey’ collection, available from 1st October.

    5 - Kitchen

    Tempted? Here are some more gorgeous grey kitchen schemes to help you decide…

    Pale grey walls and a striped linen blind perfectly compliment the charcoal grey wooden cabinetry, in this country kitchen.

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    Emma Bridgewater’s Marmalade

    by  • September 20, 2013 • home accessories, • Kitchen Accessories • 0 Comments

    Just as winter is looming, Emma Bridgewater has come up with Marmalade, a zingy new range, guaranteed to brighten up your kitchen table and remind us all of summer. There’s a half pint mug, a large serving dish and a medium oval platter, all liberally sprinkled with a cheerful Seville oranges pattern.

    It goes without saying that Toast and Marmalade go together perfectly.

    The Toast & Marmalade Collection, by Emma Bridgewater

    Here’s a close up of the gorgeous large bowl.

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    New black dishwasher & black kitchen schemes

    by  • September 16, 2013 • dishwashers, • Kitchen Appliances • 0 Comments

    Did my blog on red kitchens and appliances inspire you last month? No? Well if I couldn’t tempt you with red appliances, how about black? Amica‘s new range of freestanding dishwashers are available in sleek, shiny black. The 60cm dishwasher is A++AA rated for energy, wash and drying performance. It’s many features include; 14 place settings, start delay up to 24 hours, six wash programmes, five different temperature selections, adjustable racks to allow for larger pots and a handy interior light.

    The new Amica ZMW646BE/WE dishwasher


    Tempted? How about a black kitchen scheme to go with your new black dishwasher?

    The glossy black units and curved doors give this kitchen a bespoke feel.


    The extended worktop creates a breakfast bar in this high gloss black design, while neon accessories add spots of brilliant colour.


    The large, black glossy island is the star, in this modern kitchen.

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    Vintage enamelware – with a twist

    by  • September 13, 2013 • home accessories, • Kitchen Accessories • 0 Comments

    I already had my eye on the small pitcher from T&G Woodware‘s vintage ceramic collection, Pride of Place, before I’d even seen the new additions to the range, which includes mugs, a large biscuit jar and my new favourite, a large cooking utensils jar. Each piece in the nostalgic range is designed to look like old enamelware, but is actually ceramic.

    ‘Pride of Place’ – T&G Woodware’s vintage ceramic collection


    The range is available in two gorgeous colours; Old Cream and Old Green and both would look lovely on display in these kitchens

    Pale green units define the work area, while unpainted wood units define the dining area, in this large, light, kitchen-diner.


    This pretty country kitchen is fitted with tongue and groove panelling and a narrow shelf to give the effect of a dresser – the perfect display area.

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    New designs from Turtle Mat

    by  • September 5, 2013 • flooring, • Kitchen Accessories • 0 Comments

    These new runners from The Turtle Mat Company are perfect for your kitchen or utility room. They are non-slip and have a super absorbent pile, so they will catch spills and dirt before its trampled all over your nice, clean floor.

    Best of all, they can be thrown in with your weekly wash, as they are machine washable at 40 degrees and can be tumble dried, too.

    Oak Leaf and Scarlet Pimpernel are both from the new Dee Hardwicke Collection:


    The new Oak Leaf design


    The new Scarlet Pimpernel design

    And finally, the new Keys design, which is part of their Historic Royal Palace collection.

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