The idea of a Farmhouse style kitchen is designed to be the hub of the home, cosy and welcoming, relaxed and functional. The Farmhouse kitchen style isn’t what you would define as ‘minimal’, these kitchen designs are usually full of life and it often reflects the needs of the household. This design is more homely and comforting than any other as it efficiently utilises the kitchen space which allows more room to create amazing food whilst entertaining and socialising with friends and family. Whether you’re out in the country or in an urban flat, you can customise your kitchen to create that iconic country vibe with a few simple design steps.
1. Open Shelving
For a conventional farmhouse kitchen look, you can use wooden open shelving units to store your essentials, whilst you might also want to opt for shaker style overhead cupboards to store the other kitchen utensils and items. Combining the use of natural materials is a fantastic way to achieve a rustic farmhouse look and it also means that the shelves will last longer.
2. Wall Panelling
For years, wood panelling, also known as shiplap, has been seen in country kitchens, giving them a rustic and homey look. Tongue and Groove wall panelling most often vertical, brings a laid-back look that is timeless and modern. Whether used on walls, kitchen islands, cabinetry or ceilings, it is warm, welcoming and really quite refreshing.
The use of natural materials is one of the most undeniable features in any farmhouse aesthetic, the style embraces the organic imperfections seen in materials such as wood and raw metals. Using reclaimed wood for countertops and dining tables brings that country vibe and is a great, sustainable inexpensive way to achieve the distressed, weathered look.
4. Big Sinks
Farmhouse kitchens have only one form when it comes to basins, and it’s ceramic. Traditional and hard-wearing, a deep ceramic Belfast sink combined with a high-quality draining board is the perfect addition to the farmhouse style. Most farmhouse designs tend to use a light base colour which is why a ceramic basin would work wonderfully.
Rugs add warmth and texture to any space but it’s an essential fixture in any country kitchen. Richly coloured patterns and traditional prints give a sense of home and anchors the space. A contemporary take on this would be to add texture in the form of wall art and don’t forget to pile up plenty of cosy blankets and throws on a strategically placed chair by the Aga!
If you’re out and about this weekend, please pop in to see us in our store on Whiteladies Road, Bristol, we’d love to help you out with any kitchen design advice.
Our ancestors foraged nearly all of their food, but hunting and gathering fell by the wayside with agricultural revolutions. Yet in the last decade, foraging has made a comeback! Go for a walk in September and you’ll find an abundance of edible wild food. Early autumn is the best time to enjoy foraging. It’s when hedgerows and trees are heavy with the jewel-like colours of ripening fruits and nuts.
Foraging isn’t merely about finding wild food, it reconnects us to nature, which in turn facilitates improved mental and physical health, is sustainable, and provides nutritious food for free.
While the act of foraging seems simple, experts warn novices against gathering anything they can’t identify with absolute certainty. Some plants and mushrooms are poisonous, and several of the most easily foraged have toxic doppelgangers, take hawthorn berries, which resemble poisonous nightshade, for example. The adage, “When in doubt, leave it out,” comes in handy when you’re leaning down to inspect a wild plant.
Here at the Kitchen Partners, we’ve put together a list of the Top 10 things you can safely and easily forage in the UK this Autumn:
Nettles – these are easily identifiable and versatile in the kitchen
Thistle – Every species is edible, and thistles are packed with nutrients.
Dandelions – Makes super tea since every part of the plant is edible, raw or cooked.
Blackberries – these are easy to spot but peak in September. Blackberries can be made into delicious liqueurs.
Apples and crab apples – Granny Smith apples typically ripen in early November, making them a late autumn foraging favourite.
Rowan berries – Combine them with crab apples to make jam.
Rosehips – The red fruit that grow on rose plants, full of antioxidants and vitamin C. Add them to a cup of tea, turn them into jam or marmalade, or eat them raw—so long as you avoid the hairs growing inside the fruit.
Sloes – Field is a fan of these berries growing on blackthorn trees, and they’re perfect for making gin!
Acorns – Foraging experts say nuts are harder work than fruits and plants, and acorns are no exception. Because they contain bitter tannins, acorns must be leached before they’re cooked or consumed.
Hazelnuts – Squirrels rarely leave nuts alone as they ripen, so chances are, any wild hazelnuts you collect are still green on the inside. Once they’re home, leave them to ripen in a dark and dry place.
Have a great weekend and make the most of our beautiful countryside!
Whilst we may not be able to jet off for our holidays in quite the same way, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a taste of the sun. If like us you want to extend summer just that little bit longer before the weather truly changes into crisp autumn days, here are 3 of our favourite dishes for you to try and discover why holidays begin in your custom designed kitchen at home!
1. Pan Con Tomate
Perfect as part of a tapas selection, roasted smoked almonds, manchego cheese and a cold tempranillo…..this recipe evokes Spain and all can be enjoyed in your own home!
4 large slices brown bread or farmhouse loaf
2 ripe tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, peeled
4 tsp olive oil
Slice brown bread.
Roast the bread slices on a griddle pan
Rub garlic gently on the toasted bread. Halve the tomatoes and spread most of the pulp on the bread.
Season with olive oil and serve immediately.
2.Swirled Pesto Babka
Makes one large loaf
500g strong white bread flour 2 tsps salt
25g caster sugar
10g instant yeast
1 egg, room temperature
1 egg yolk, room temperature 35 g unsalted butter, softened 320ml warm whole milk
130g fresh pesto
2 tbsps pinenuts T
1 tbsp pine nuts
Small bunch basil leaves
Place the flour, salt and sugar into a large mixing bowl and mix together. Add the yeast to the bowl.
Mix together the egg and egg yolk, then pour all but 2 tbsp of the egg into the bowl with the flour. Add the butter and three quarters of the milk.
Mix together the egg and egg yolk, then pour all but 2 tbsp of the egg into the bowl with the flour. Add the butter and three quarters of the milk.
Knead the dough, using a food mixer with a dough hook for 8-10 minutes on a medium speed. Alternatively, you can knead on a work surface, lightly coated with olive oil, using your hands. The dough will be sticky at first but will eventually become smooth.
Place into a clean, oiled bowl and leave to prove for 30 minutes, until doubled in size.
Remove the dough from the bowl and place on the work surface. Knead the dough again for a minute or two to knock the air out.
Lightly flour the work surface, then roll out the dough to a rectangle measuring approx. 23cmx50cm (9 inches x 20 inches).
Take the pesto, and discard any excess oil. Spread the pesto over the dough, leaving a 1cm border and sprinkle on the pinenuts.
Roll up the bread tightly from the short end, and seal the edges with your fingers.
Slice the dough in half, lengthways down the middle. Twist the two lengths of dough around each other, keeping the pesto side on top. Pinch the ends of the dough together.
Place the dough into a greased 1kg loaf tin, leave to prove for another 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180° Brush the top of the bread with the remaining egg wash.
Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until well browned. It should sound hollow when tapped from underneath (cover with some foil if it browns too fast).
Remove from the oven and carefully take the bread out of the tin. Leave to cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack, then sprinkle with pine nuts, basil leaves and salt flakes before serving, cut into thick slices.
3. Steamed Hake with Tabbouleh, chickpeas and salsa verde
4 hake fillets
2 tsp olive oil
Pinch of salt and pepper
Tabbouleh with Pomegranate:
250 g cooked bulgur wheat (approx. 100g uncooked weight)
120 g (about half a tin) tinned chick peas, drained and rinsed
Juice of half a lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
Large bunch fresh coriander, chopped
Large bunch fresh parsley, chopped
Large bunch fresh mint, chopped
Pinch of salt and pepper
Seeds from 1 pomegranate
Preheat the oven to 100° Once preheated, place the hake fillets on a perforated tray with a solid tray beneath. Drizzle on the oil and sprinkle on the salt and pepper. Steam for 15 minutes, until tender.
Meanwhile, make the tabbouleh by mixing together the cooked bulgur wheat, chick peas, lemon juice, olive oil, coriander, parsley and mint. Add a good pinch of salt and pepper and toss everything until combined. Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds on top.
Next make the salsa verde by placing the parsley, basil, mint, garlic, capers, oil and vinegar into a small food processor and pulsing until just combined. Fold in crème fraiche.
Divide the tabbouleh between two plates. Add a cooked hake fillet to each plate and spoon on the creamy salsa verde. Serve immediately.
If you’re looking for small kitchen ideas that are inspiring but actually realistic we are here to help! We all love the glossy magazine shot spacious, light-filled, as big as the whole of the downstairs of our home, kitchen as much as the next person, but they aren’t actually the reality for most of us. Not to worry, we have loads of ways to help you create your dream custom designed kitchen space with these fab ideas for small kitchens.
Whether you’re looking for practical small space storage solutions or just need inspiration on which paint colours will give the illusion of space, we’ve listed 5 Ideas to help make the most of a small kitchen.
1. BE SAVVY WITH STORAGE
As with all small rooms, good storage that works hard is key, the last thing you want in a teeny kitchen is clutter. Opting for a mix of open and closed storage is a fab idea for small kitchens, open shelving and glass cabinets double up as decoration and storage if you fill them with jars, crockery and your best kitchenware. Use the cupboards for the less aesthetically pleasing stuff and invest in under shelf baskets and cupboard organisers to make even more of your space.
2. USE BOLD COLOURS
Looking for bold small kitchen ideas? We know that we always say that in small spaces you should keep everything white and bright and light, but sometimes contrasting colours can have a similar space-enhancing effect. So if you are feeling bold, choosing a vivid colour for your space can be a good idea for smaller kitchens. Shadow can be your friend, especially in a small space. Painting a room a dark colour camouflages the fact that it’s small. A deep blue like Teal or purple for example creates the perception of depth.
3. ADD MORE SURFACE SPACE
Think you didn’t have room for a Island in your small kitchen? Think again, most homes in the UK might not be roomy enough for a massive island, but if you love that flexible, freestanding look that an island brings to a space, you can always create a similar effect with a butcher’s block. They are much more compact than an island but can still give you extra surface space and extra storage.
4. USE LIGHTING TO CREATE A FOCAL POINT
Pendant lighting can be an effective way of detracting from a kitchen’s small size while adding a stylish and sophisticated feel to a space. This task lighting is not only practical for when you’re prepping dinner and the likes, but its also makes a bold statement. Try a long oversized pendant hanging from the ceiling. It will draw the eye up and down, emphasising the room’s height rather than its small floor space.
5. OPEN SHELVING IS A MUST
While floor to ceiling kitchen cabinets are a great option for maximising storage, in excess they can make small kitchens feel boxy. Breaking up a space with open shelving is a great solution and can make an eye catching design feature if styled with pretty crockery and glassware.
If you need advice designing your kitchen, whether big or small, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’d love to help!
Designing and Installing a new customised kitchen in your home isn’t one of the makeovers you get to do very often in life, so choosing the right elements that will, not only look great, but stand the test of time are essential in order to create the perfect space for you.
One of the more costly elements that carries a lot of weight when it comes to a dream redesign, is the material and style of the flooring used. Whether it’s the latest trend or a tried and tested look that will see you well throughout the years, we’ve rounded up three of the best kitchen flooring styles to give your kitchen the wow factor.
1. Limestone tiles
For a beautifully delicate looking finish, you can’t go wrong with limestone tiles. The look of limestone is one of the reasons it’s so popular. It’s soft and light, providing a warm and earthy tone wherever it’s place. Hard-wearing, naturally dense, easy to clean and so very versatile, you can pick these up in a range of finishes, shades and sizes to suit any look you are going for in a kitchen makeover. Limestone tiles are made of natural stone, and it’s one of the most affordable options if you want to avoid artificial materials for your flooring, Limestone is a cheaper option compared to something like granite or marble. When its come to maintenance, you have to take care when cleaning, vacuuming and sweeping across limestone could scratch the surface, microfibre cloths and neutral cleaning products are recommended as limestone is vulnerable to acidity.
A style that is sticking around, hardwood flooring is stylish and sustainable, comes in a variety of natural colours, and doesn’t absorb dust or debris, making it easy to clean and maintain. It’s a great choice for the kitchen because you rarely need to replace hardwood flooring and repairs can be easily fixed. Wood flooring is softer and warmer underfoot than tile and looks more upscale than vinyl or laminate flooring. Wood also adds a comfortable, livable feel to a space due to its warmer colour palettes and natural essence. The Herringbone pattern is one that has an almost magical ability to pair with kitchens, whether they have a classic or contemporary vibe. Wood planks are arranged in a ‘W’ shape across the space to provide an eye-catching, geometric pattern. Mid and dark woods pair perfectly with on-trend navy, graphite or deep green cabinets, or you can mix it up and use with an all-white kitchen to allow the flooring to make a statement. The good news is that solid wood floors last for decades, even in the kitchen, as they can be refinished every 5 or so years and will look like new!
3. Concrete floor
It may sound unappealing, but a concrete floor in the kitchen has become very on-trend. Concrete flooring is becoming more mainstream as part of both contemporary and traditional home design. Taking into account the fact that grey is a popular choice in the home anyway at the moment, concrete also offers a water and stain resistant floor once sealed and set and presents a rather attractive finish to an industrial-style kitchen. Durable, elegant, and sleek, concrete is often successfully used in kitchens and bathrooms to create an ultra-modern look, but it can also be laid in bedrooms or living rooms for an unusual effect. A concrete floor also has practical advantages: it’s easy to clean, hardwearing, and looks even better as it ages. Poured floors have the benefit of creating a seamless finish and are resistant to cracks and chipping. The other aspect of concrete we like is its versatility, Concrete can be laid with underfloor heating and can be used for a continuous wall-to-floor finish. Architectural in appearance, concrete is ideal for creating an industrial look and can also usually be laid on existing substrates, including existing tiles, as long as there is suitable stability, and that it is free of movement and moisture. Concrete doesn’t have to look brutalist either, for a softer, more glamorous look, choose concrete with a glossy, polished finish, and it will look more like stone tile.
Any organised space makes life so much more efficient and pleasant to work in, even more so in the kitchen, where the latest furniture solutions can create a seamless, uncluttered finish no matter how busy the space may become.
We’ve come up with ten tips and tricks you might want to consider when designing your customised kitchen to help keep the most used area in your home orderly and functional whilst remaining stylish.
If you’ve been enjoying a caffeine fix at home since lockdown, invest in a coffee machine for barista-style coffee. Think about creating a dedicated coffee station that can be hidden behind cupboard doors when not in use and keep everything in one place for an uncluttered finish. Coffee bar ideas help you streamline your morning routine and are great accent pieces in homes of all styles, including farmhouse andmodern Interiors.
Whether you are a keen chef or a novice cook, drawer organisation is essential in giving you quick access to all the essential tools, from rolling pins and serving spoons to carving knifes.
Instead of stacking your ceramic baking dishes on top of one another, give them each a designated spot to rest. Space out a set of customisable drawer dividers in plastic or wood for easy reach.
Once you know your drawer’s measurements, install built-in storage blocks to keep knives from knocking around, so they can stay sharp without putting your hands in harm’s way. A quick-to-assemble peg system allows you to move your plates from high-up cabinets to deep, down-low drawers, making it easier to pull outand put away.
Free up counter space by moving potatoes, onions, and other unrefrigerated fruits and veggies from a produce bowl to a few plastic storage bins packed into a deep drawer.
The Tupperware cabinetis thehardest part of a kitchen to keep orderly. But that’s where a genius drawer organiser comes in, it has a spot for every last one of your food storage containers and their matching lids!
Keep unsightly, but frequently used, cans, bottles and other staples within reach with a sleek pull-out pantry setup. Full length pantry-style larders help keep smaller items organised and within easy reach. Think about incorporating these with sliding doors to hide things away with ease. They can be forgotten about when not in use, which is perfect in a kitchen that turns into a social space for entertaining in the evenings.
Serving trays, baking sheets, and other large tins can be a pain to store in often-unaccommodating cabinets. Swap your usual stack of pans for a tray-friendly drawer to keep them upright and easy to locate.
If you’ve ever tried to pull a pan out of a big, heavy pile just to be met with acookwareavalanche, you’re not alone. Avoid the crashing and clattering with a pull-out organiser, where you can hang heavy pots and pans on adjustable hooks.
Open shelving offers plentiful storage to show off your best barware and personal touches. But not only that, it works as a great room divider, helping to add definition and create zoning to a large, open-plan kitchen/living space.