Above: Jane Austen's House and Museum at Christmas.
Everything is constantly evolving and nothing ever stays the same – from our use of language to the way we celebrate Christmas. Today in most homes the kitchen is the hub of activity throughout the year and even more so at Christmas – where everyone wants to gather and if you are lucky, to join in and help with the preparations.
Our Beau-Port showroom is located close to Jane Austen’s House and Museum, and to what was her brother’s home, Chawton House. Christmas for Jane Austen and her family and friends was a much lower key event than the season we celebrate today. It had not yet developed into the elaborate festival known to the Victorians and was much more of a religious occasion.
I am a self-confessed cookery programme addict. Yes I’ve said it now and have to confess all of my addictions, with James Martin’s Saturday Kitchen on the top of my list. It is my Saturday morning pleasure – to sit and watch so many of his top chef guests making a right mess during the Omelette Challenge, producing variations of scrambled eggs in the show’s gorgeous white new kitchen.
As someone who works for a kitchens an interiors business I have also become obsessed with the kitchens that have been installed on the sets of these TV programmes, down to actually being able to identify one of the kitchen locations, in a beautiful country house, used in the filming of the Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry Master Class series – see my previous blog posted on April 11th.
The ultra-smooth Mr Martin has excellent taste and has had a beautiful contemporary, mainly white kitchen installed on the Saturday Kitchen set that is similar to one that we have in our Beau-Port showroom, that is proving to be very popular. Mark commented that so many people are now looking to have white contemporary styled kitchens installed and I wonder if this has been partly influenced by the choice of kitchens used in the many cookery programmes.
Paul Hollywood’s latest show ‘Pies and Puds’, is also filmed in a white kitchen – a more contemporary style to the ‘Shaker’ style of the kitchens in the hugely popular ‘Great British Bake Off’.
So do any of you out there reading these blogs have a favoured cookery programme kitchen? We’d love to hear about the ones you like the most – so do leave a comment.
Remember the days of tiled worktops and all the frustration of keeping the tiles and grouting clean? Thank heavens that fashion is long gone and there are now a huge range of options for our work surfaces. At Beau-Port we are finding that the Wharf Select seamless worktops are proving to be very popular with our clients – wonderful, endless, uncluttered, uninterrupted open space of with absolutely no joins - total bliss after all the scrubbing of grout and joints!
When I first saw the Wharf worktops I had to stop myself from running my hands across the smooth surface as it is such a tactile material made from Acrylic and has a wide range of colour and pattern finishes that can link into any kitchen colour scheme ranging from soft, pale muted pastels through neutral shades and patterned, flecked, stone and marbled finishes to the deepest, darkest shades with names like Cloudy, Gravel, Hazelnut and Indigo Blue.
Beau-Port Welcomes You with the Aroma Of Fresh Coffee!
You just have to take a walk along any High Street in any town to see the abundance of coffee shops that have sprung up over recent years, to realise the allure of the aroma of fresh ground and freshly made coffee. While pubs are closing across the country, the new way to meet up with friends and family is to meet for a coffee. However, like the trip to the pub it can be a costly social event but we have a really cost-effective solution – to give you the ability to produce the same high-end, delicious coffee that you would pay pounds for at a coffee shop, but in the comfort of your own home and to have the divine flavour and aroma of the fresh coffee whenever you want and at a fraction of the price of a shop bought coffee.
In the last five years there has been a 13% increase in the numbers of employees working from home and now there is even a National Work from Home Day! There is now around four million home based working employees and many millions more who occasionally work from home, plus a further 2 million home-based privately owned businesses and that clearly demonstrates a growing trend and culture change.
So where do a lot of these home workers actually work from? The days of working from the garden shed on an old table are long gone and home workers are looking for a more professional environment and furniture, yet something that doesn't look out-of-place or too corporate in a home environment.
Beau-Port Kitchens and Interiors has just recently finished installing a beautiful home-office/study area in their showrooms which shows just how streamline an elegant a home office, study or even a corner of a kitchen or living area can look.
In just a few decades the attitude to working from home has changed enormously, with freelance consultants initially feeling as though they had to ‘hide’ their home working behind ‘virtual offices’. Today the practice of working from home has flourished, thanks to changing attitudes by employers and the development of new technologies.
Home workers want to be comfortable, work efficiently and above all look and feel professional and organised in their work space, wherever it can be located in the house or even in a well-built exterior office in the garden and the right furniture helps to create the perfect working environment. Come and take a look at our new home study/office at our 2000 sq ft showroom. We also design and install beautiful furniture for media rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms.