The ‘must have’ kitchen addition for storage lovers.

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Who doesn’t love a bit of Retro-vintage? Whilst there are certain creations in this world that can’t be reinvented, such as the wheel, there are many that have been re-designed over the decades to meet the needs of that particular decade’s consumer.


The Kitchen Pantry is one such creation. Popular from the 1920’s onwards, this essential piece of kitchen furniture stored consumables such as eggs, bread and milk. Some even had pull out tables so that the family could sit around them for dinner. This was an innovative and important space saver often found in the shared housing of the big towns during the war.Today’s Kitchen Pantry has changed…a little! ‘The Kitchen Pantry Unit’ is to today’s kitchen, what the ‘Little Black Dress’ is to fashion. Think storage with style, practicality with panache.

Forget the conventional base units where you get down on your knees, hoping to locate the tin of tomatoes you know is hiding somewhere at the back. Today’s kitchen pantry is a joy to behold for those who love a bit of storage. Typically fitted with drawers, racks and lighting, some even have the toaster, coffee machine and espresso cups neatly stored away behind closed doors, ready to get your day started.

If you’re looking at kitchen design and are partial to very clever storage, get in touch today and let us help you create your ideal kitchen.

Where do you store your favourite recipe books?

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Think Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Mary Berry…these names are often found on the well-loved recipe books of many a passionate home cook. Whether your love is for baking the perfect Victoria sandwich, making homemade pasta or cooking a ham in cola, despite these recipe books having been through the cooking mill and likely splattered with ingredients of the recipe from previous cooks, they will undoubtedly get pulled out time and time again.

Today’s kitchens often have storage considered for the pots and pans, drawers for cutlery and baking supplies and cupboards to house the cereal and dry goods. What they often don’t have, is a place to hold the often-large number of recipe books that are required to create these tasty morsels. Books are one of those things that just don’t seem like they should be tucked away at the back of a regular kitchen cupboards or stowed away in drawers. We all need somewhere to store those precious books with ease of access. A place where they are visible, as well as adding colour to your kitchen. We believe such a place exists – welcome to the Kitchen Island Library.

We work with our clients to understand what that really want from their new kitchen. From storage to appliances, worksurface to flooring, we are with them every step of the way, creating their dream kitchen space. Get in touch today and lets talk kitchen design.

Two questions for you……when is a hob not just a hob and when is a down-draft extractor not just a down-draft extractor?

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For many these questions may not be up there with ‘To be or not to be….’ but if you are looking at having a beautiful, modern kitchen installed and you want to avoid the age-old issues of a home filled with odours of garlic and old cooking oil, then these questions will be as important to you as the colour scheme you’ve spent hours if not weeks mulling over.

The Extractor Hood has been around for many years, removing airborne grease from the cooking process, eradicating unwanted smells such as re-used cooking oil and the sometimes too strong stench of garlic, not to mention heat and steam using ether a flexible or rigid duct. There is no regulation stipulating that you have one as such, however the benefits it brings to your overall cooking experience should not be underestimated. Styles have evolved from the traditional wall-mounted canopy hood, to more linear steel and glass designs. These pieces of kit are not just functional(stopping your house smelling like last night’s dinner) they can be a real stylish addition to your kitchen.

The creators at BORA have produced a hob with an inbuilt down-draft extractor that pulls steam and odours down and away at four times the rate that they are produced. In BORA’s own words they describe this as ‘UNLIMITED FREEDOM. – MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY FOR THE KITCHEN’.

View the video to understand what you expect from this amazing cooking hob. 

  • Intuitive control with a control panel operating by a swipe action of your index finger
  • Minimum volume even when being used on high power level
  • Simple cleaning thanks to the easy removal of all parts that can be cleaned in the dishwasher
  • An oversized cooking surface with space for up to 4 pots measuring 24cm at the same time
  • The minimalistic design blends in discreetly with any modern kitchen design
  • A wide range of cooktops are available from surface induction to gas or Tepan stainless steel
  • An automatic extractor power level that adjusts itself to your current cooking conditions
  • Time and energy saving in abundance with the precise and rapid heating abilities

We’d love to discuss how we can incorporate this amazing product in the design of your new kitchen, get in touch today and let us help you breathe fresh life into your kitchen space.