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Kitchen Renovation Trends 2016

Kitchen Renovation Trends 2016

Kitchen renovation trends looks at what we want in our kitchens from benchtops to lighting, and how much we’re spending. Are you one of the 86% of Australians who spend more than two hours per day in the kitchen? That’s 10% of your TOTAL life! So it’s no wonder that 59% of Australians are replacing or expanding their kitchen space, with 13% spending over $50,000 to do so; the majority spend at least $20,000. 77% of Australians engage professional help when building or renovating a kitchen. Dissatisfaction with their current kitchen is the key driver with 52% renovating a kitchen…

Recessed Kitchen Design

Recessed Kitchen Design

It’s The New Kitchen Design Trend Homeowners Love – Recessed Kitchen Design The kitchen is the backbone of any household; a place to gather and from where comforting food miraculously evolves. No, I am not the chef in our household but I do love kitchens, their design and the way they have changed over the decades. Once relegated to a separate room, kitchens were then opened up to become part of the family in open-plan living spaces. So where are kitchens going now? Unlike the Japanese, who build homes entirely without a kitchen because people work hard and frequent noodle…

Cutting Through The Hype On Professional Kitchen Knives

Cutting Through The Hype On Professional Kitchen Knives

In a world seemingly dominated by Thermomix and Kitchenaid you could be forgiven for believing key food prep tools have to have an electrical plug! In fact, the most important tools in any kitchen are still professional kitchen knives! Used over and over again each day for tasks such as dicing, slicing, chopping, crushing, mincing, spreading and carving this one tool remains the prime investment for any kitchen. I had a wonderful interview on my 88.9FM Hills Radio show this week with Karina Kealy from Zwilling JA Henckels, and I learnt a few interesting facts about knives. For example, there…

New PL8 Professional Mandoline

New PL8 Professional Mandoline

I am not the chef in our household so, for me, the more gadgetry the better. Pottering in the kitchen is fun but if you can look vaguely professional while you sip wine and throw ingredients around all the better; especially when it comes to the actual presentation and all important taste test. So I was intrigued to see the new PL8 Professional Mandoline which has just received an international endorsement for outstanding design, acknowledgement of benchmark safety features and an ability to produce highly impressive waffle slices in seconds. This has got to be top of the home cook’s…

Expert’s Own Kitchen Design Tips

Expert’s Own Kitchen Design Tips

A new kitchen is always a luxury, even for someone who is surrounded by decor and new projects all the time. So when Interior Designer & TV design judge Shaynna Blaze designed her new kitchen, all eyes were on her. I knew you’d be keen to get some ‘inside kitchen design tips’ so I asked Shaynna some questions about her latest decor triumph. Shaynna, please share with us your top three ‘must-haves’ and kitchen design tips for creating a dream kitchen? A good layout – the flow of a kitchen, the way you cook and entertain are all important so…

New Small Kitchen Appliances from SMEG

New Small Kitchen Appliances from SMEG

Looking for small kitchen appliances? Pristine white? Colourful rustic? Gleaming modern? Whatever kitchen you may have, SMEG have colourful new small kitchen appliances to match. You’ll know the famous FAB retro fridges that come in a variety of decor colours; well now you have appliances to match…or mix ‘n match. How can you go wrong with Italian design and award winning style? Well, you can’t. Matteo Bazzicalupo and Raffaella Mangiarotti from Deep Design Studio in Italy worked with SMEG to deliver this stylish collection that includes toaster, blender, kettle and signature kitchen mixer. There are up to seven colours –…

Black and White Kitchen Accessories

Black and White Kitchen Accessories

Australians love entertaining at home and with the advent of open plan kitchen/living exposed shelves have become popular. So many home owners look for new serving & crockery homewares plus ‘stuff’ they can display on open shelves. Two very well-known and popular brands in Australia are Noritake and Salt&Pepper who have both come out with fabulous new black and white kitchen accessories. Black and white kitchens can be sleek, modern and clean with high contrast white walls, marble bench-tops and checkered floors adding to the appeal. Add copper via pendant lights, bench-tops or even exposed plumbing. So when I saw…