Across the world there is a growing need to reduce landfill by recycling plastics, metals, paper and glass. If you are looking for the neatest way to sort out all your recycling and rubbish, then having it all discreetly tucked away in a drawer close to the kitchen preparation area is a good location. But it is not only about where you site your waste units but also how good they are in terms of capacity, storage and ease of use. No one wants to have to take the rubbish out to the wheelie bin too frequently.
I have always wanted a walk in larder and have just seen one that Mark has created for one of our Beau-Port clients. It is so beautifully crafted and well thought out with a design that can store just about any size of jar, bottle, or package and somewhere to put all those vegetables and fruits that don't need to be put in a fridge. Often putting certain types of fresh produce into fridges can actually do them more harm than good - mushrooms and bananas are good examples.
They created bespoke oak doors with a simple space rack hanging from the door.
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.Saturday Kitchen - James Martin in their new modern White Kitchen.
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’.Paul Hollywood in the "Pies and Puds", very minimal white kitchen.
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.