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Preparing Your Kitchen For The Festive Season

Christmas is one of the most hectic times of the year, and it’s understandable that many of us get incredibly stressed at the thought of hosting Christmas dinner for the family. That said, I get a warm fuzzy feeling in my belly when I have people over, so this year, we’re having the Charles clan over to our humble abode!

We’ve recently invested in a little fire for our lounge and shuffled the furniture around, so our focus has now shifted to the kitchen. If you’re thinking of having family over at Christmas, too, you might want to follow these tips on preparing your kitchen for the oncoming festivities, just like we have:

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Buy Your Ingredients Well In Advance

The last thing you want to be doing a few days before the main event is running around from store to store trying to pick the best turkey from the selection which is left. Make the time to plan out every ingredient you are going to need for Christmas dinner in advance, and anything which isn’t fresh, buy that straight away. Then as you get closer to the day, rather than worrying about there being nothing left in store, why not shop online instead? You’ll save yourself the hassle of going out and you will be guaranteed not to forget anything.

Upgrade The Kitchen

Modern Kitchen Design usually features a lot of white, sleek lines and copper cookware. But you don’t need to rip your whole kitchen apart in order to spruce it up for the festive season. A lick of paint will freshen up the walls and kitchen cabinets instantly without you spending too much money. You could even add a feature wall in a deep red or green to add that touch of festive spirit as well as an air of cosiness to the space.

If you have your dining table in the kitchen with you, begin decorating the table for an ultra-festive look. Add a red tablecloth, candles, a bottle of wine and some large red plates. For extra touches, you could add some gems and small snowflake sequins on the surface of the table. If your table is big enough you could even place a wreath in the middle of the table and when the time comes, place your turkey in the middle of it for added effect.

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Plan Your Cooking Itinerary

Stop stressing about your timings on the big day, instead, take the time to work out how long it takes for everything to cook, and from that, you can plan when things will go in the oven and when to prep your side dishes.

Upgrade Your Cutlery and Crockery

If you don’t have enough plates which are large enough, or you don’t even own a gravy boat, then get down to the store early and stock up on new crockery ready for the 25th December. You might find a set which you really love and will use all year round.

Do A Test Run

If it’s the first time you have cooked a full turkey dinner by yourself, you might want to run a trial a few weeks before Christmas to test how well your oven works, how long everything takes to cook and to perfect your timings for a stress-free Christmas Day.

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2018-06-04T01:13:00+00:00 October 26, 2017|Home Decor|

Four Ways to Modernise Your Kitchen

When it comes to renovation, it’s often the practical space of the kitchen that is overlooked. Maybe it’s the concern about the cost that puts us off or the worry about lots of work involved. But modernising your kitchen needn’t break the bank, and if packing every utensil into boxes while you redecorate fills you with dread, we’ve got some quick updates that will spruce up your kitchen in no time at all. And without fuss, too. 

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Contour Your Walls

Nothing says fresh like a décor overhaul, particularly in a kitchen where walls become an abstract artwork of splashes and spills. It’s no surprise then that our first step in renovating the kitchen starts with the walls. Many opt for white because of its light-reflecting properties, but this can make a room look cold and uninviting if not planned carefully. Instead, try to work with the angles of the room to maximise the appearance of space and tranquillity.

Look at where light naturally falls, for example, opposite windows, and where the room is in natural shade. Darker areas become more visible painted in lighter tones whereas well-lit areas can be receded using darker shades. Bear this in mind and choose complementary colours in a range of tones when painting your room for a three-dimensional space, not a blank canvas.

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Add Sleek Flooring

You’d be surprised what adding a contemporary floor covering to your kitchen can do to open up the space and introduce light into the room. Gloss or glazed effects are great for this, so we were excited to see the linear range added to the great selection of CTD’S kitchen tiles. Its sophisticated shape and modern neutral tones complement most colour schemes for a coordinated look and have natural shade variation for a great mosaic finish.

If you’re renting then tiling may be an issue, but there are plenty of alternatives out there. Laminate flooring has moved on over the past decade, bringing in new techs and exciting finishes. You can even get glossy tile effect laminate that recreates the appearance of porcelain. They’re practical and as easy to clean as the real thing, too.

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Anyone for Marbles?

In days gone by, marble was an outdated material of choice for the extremely wealthy, but since its resurrection last year it has popped up in every room of the home for worktops, basins and home accessories too. It’s loved for its luxuriant appearance and hard-wearing properties and is quite easy to look after, too. While it would be nice to have a whole kitchen of the stuff, the cost is often prohibitive. But don’t despair, just covering a kitchen island or creating a marble splashback can have a huge impact on a much smaller cost.

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Revamp Your Cabinets

If your cabinets are solid but are looking tired, you could always go for a quick fix by replacing the cabinet doors and handles for a new, fresh look. For a classic design, a great option is to go for solid wooden doors for a new take on cottage chic. Alternatively, opt for a monochrome black, grey or white gloss for a contemporary feel that would sit right at home with glass splashbacks and chrome handles. Monochrome is still incredibly popular and will no doubt dominate kitchen trends in the next season, making it a great choice for a homeowner with evolving tastes.

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2018-01-08T03:32:59+00:00 August 8, 2017|Home Decor|

5 Features Every Dream Home Should Have

At one point or another, you have probably imagined your dream home and all the features that it will include. While we can’t all go on to be movie stars or win the lottery, there is no reason that you can’t aspire to have a home that more closely resembles the picture that you have got in your mind. So, here are a few of the features that you can aim for in your home to make it as special as possible.

Open Living Plans

Nowadays, people are looking for as much space as possible within their houses. Many new homes are being built without the same sense of compartmentalisation. Instead, it is all about open-concept living, with the traditional divides that used to separate one room from another much less defined. This tends to be much better for families looking after their kids, as well as providing a lot more space when it comes to entertaining.

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Ample Kitchen Counter Space

There is nothing more frustrating when you are trying to cook than when you find that you don’t have enough space. It is also a nice feature to have a breakfast bar that is separate from the main food preparation area. Of course, you need to have a decently sized kitchen in the first place, but there is no reason that everything can’t be designed with space saving firmly in mind. The idea of an island in the centre of the kitchen helps to open up more space for cabinets, as well as allowing for additional seating.

Big Storage Facilities

Probably right near the top of this list is a walk-in wardrobe. When it seems like your wardrobe is fit to burst, this can end up solving all your problems! But storage facilities all over the house is something that many families aspire to. People have an increasing amount of stuff that they need to keep hold of these days, so creative storage systems are always in demand.

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Deck or Patio

On those long summer evenings, there is nothing nicer than a deck or patio area to entertain guests. Luckily, this is something that doesn’t have to be too expensive as long as you have a decent amount of outdoor space. You will probably want to have plenty of outdoor seating, as well as the right lighting and heating equipment for when you want to continue the party long into the night.

A Beautiful Garden Area

Staying on the outside of the home, a beautiful garden is something that many homeowners are looking for. There are two ways that this is going to be achieved. The first is by shelling out some money to call in the professionals to sort it out for you. The other is by actually putting in the hours of hard work and effort yourself. No matter which way you decide to go, getting the garden of your dreams is not something that is totally out of reach.

2018-01-08T03:33:18+00:00 April 8, 2017|Home Decor|
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