Our new showroom in Southsea reflects all the upcoming and current kitchen trends. Coastal blues combine with sophisticated and elegant greys featured in both the classical and contemporary kitchens on display. Real wood can add a coastal feel or traditional feel while shelving, pendant lights and worksurfaces can give an industrial feel. Clever use of glass, lighting and flooring creates a chic luxury look.
Design expertise is one of the most important skills to look for when you are seeking the perfect partnership with a kitchen and interiors design company, when planning any home improvement, especially in the kitchen area. With so many factors to consider - selection of the right furniture, layout, flow, appliances, lighting, flooring, worktops etc.
It’s that time of the year again, end of summer and the beginning of the shorter days and time to snuggle down on a Wednesday evening to watch the new series of the Great British Bake Off, one of my guilty pleasures.
I can’t help but admire the twelve brave souls who have agreed to being filmed in close-up, while under great pressure to produce the perfect bakes. The Great British Bake Off kitchen reminds me of the Home Economics Department of my school, only on a larger scale. The place where I had so may cooking disasters ranging from a steamed pudding that set like concrete in the school’s own dish, unable to be released from the dish once I arrived home to proudly present it to my family. My father had to take a hammer and chisel to get the pudding out of the dish, breaking the dish in the attempt, which meant I had to own up to my total failure as a steamed pudding cook on my return to school - also having to part with my pocket money to buy a replacement dish.
One of the first things most people do when considering a new kitchen, is to buy a bunch of interiors magazines for ideas and inspiration. One of the UK’s leading interiors magazines, ‘Essential Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom' magazine, recently selected a Beau-Port project for one of their main editorial features (July 2016 issue). The nine page feature focuses on the fascinating story of Jo and Dave Ibbotson’s new build eco-home on the borders of Surrey and Hampshire. It explains how they called upon the expertise of Beau-Port’s Mark Johnson, who helped them create a statement kitchen as part of their large open-plan living and dining space.
A new DIY warehouse opened up locally a few weeks ago and I decided to take a look and see what was on offer and how their products and displays would measure up to Beau-Port’s products and showroom. It was difficult to get a real sense of how the kitchens I saw would look in a real setting, most were just very small kitchen displays or just portions of kitchen displays, all looking rather clinical in the harsh light of the warehouse setting.
The Beau-Port design team of Mark and Jacob Johnson have the benefit of a large showroom that has full-scale kitchen displays so that client’s can come along and get a real feel of how a particular kitchen - whether it is a contemporary kitchen, traditional kitchen or Shaker style kitchen - would work in their home.
The traditional British High Street is no longer the location where people start to look for products and services. Most people turn to the internet in the first instance to research and explore all the options. This is certainly true in many cases when looking for a kitchen, although personal recommendation is such a strong factor in determining the final choice of kitchen designer and installer. Creating a new kitchen is a very personal thing and although the research for the right company and strong recommendations from friends and family may draw you to a particular company you have researched on the internet – ultimately you will want to see the real thing, try the real thing, test the real thing and go out and visit kitchens and interiors showrooms.
There are many compromises that couples have to make when setting up home together, blending their different styles and tastes into the most important room in the house - the kitchen, is often the most problematic. My niece and her partner are busy renovating their new home and their kitchen is the next big project. I had assumed that they would both want to have a very contemporary kitchen but my niece favours a more traditional kitchen style, while her partner wants all out minimalist modern! It is going to be their first big style compromise on the house renovation project.
So I have suggested that they come into the Beau-Port showrooms and ‘test drive’ some of our contemporary and traditional style kitchens. It is great to have so many real life size kitchens in the showroom and in a setting that actually makes them feel as though they are within a home. They can sit in the various kitchens, relax and have a cup of coffee while Mark guides them through the various options that will satisfy both their style requirements.