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.

The Ideal Home…the Ideal Kitchen.

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We love to inspire our clients, but we also love to be inspired. That’s why you’ll find the team at Lime Interiors, heading to London Olympia between 22nd March-7th April, to visit The Ideal Home Show 2019. With over 600 innovative companies exhibiting, 100’s of free talks, the latest in technology for the home and fresh ideas from the experts, we plan on returning to Lime HQ armed with design ideas for the future that are inspired by the theme for 2019 – the Best of British.

There will be six gorgeous room sets this year featuring the latest in colour, ideas and trends to bring any home to life. The Best of British theme will be focusing on home grown talent and we understand that room-sets will include a family living space leading out to the garden, a grownup living room with a boot room using natural materials, a bedroom fit for a queen in a combination of contemporary/classic and the room that obviously peaks our interest, is an open-plan kitchen-diner with touches of Hollywood.

So, aside from the Best of British theme, what else can we expect for 2019 in terms of style and colour? The experts are talking Pinks, burnt oranges and yellows, gorgeous greens and Pantone’s colour of the year, Living Coral, with each scheme focusing on inspiring ideas for modern living.

One of the major design trends for 2019 is the extra-long, multi-zoned kitchen island with a cantilever to accommodate stools beneath for a more informal effect and a run of cupboards and drawers beneath the worktop, to keep your work surfaces clutter-free. Coupled with a very cool induction hob, for many this would be the kitchen island of dreams.

Also bang on trend is the use of opposites. High-gloss surfaces that are matched with matt or concrete effect within the furniture doors, drawers and worksurfaces. The use of a two-tone colour combination in 2019 kitchens is on-trend, with darker, tall units complemented by a stand-out island in a lighter shade.

The next big fashion must have in appliances and essential for the new contemporary kitchen is the Cooling Wall. This consists of a tall larder fridge, a tall freezer and a tall wine fridge placed side by side in any configuration of your choice. The fronts of the fridge and freezer can be the same as your run of cabinets or in stainless steel for an industrial look, while the wine fridge has a UV glass front and integrated lighting to make a feature of the bottles within.

We wanted to share the 3D design images of our latest kitchen renovation project, that we feel encapsulates a combination of all the latest trends; two-tone, multi surface with a high spec cooling wall in a stunning combined kitchen/study .

If you like what you see, get in touch today and let us help create your ‘Ideal Kitchen’.

Great things come in small packages

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Microbrewery, microchip, micromanage. From tiny breweries producing amazing beers to overbearing, enthusiastic management teams, the world in ‘micro’ is firmly here to stay in many formats and despite its name, the impact is huge, especially in property.

For many, the desire to actually live within the city’s heartbeat may seem like an unrealistic pipedream due to the cost per square foot. However, with the continuing emergence of Micro Apartments, these dreams could become a reality. 

With space at a premium, these new developments, around 400 square feet, are rising in popularity as young professionals seek luxury amenities in the best locations. American studio David Baker Architects have completed a complex comprising of 69 ‘micro-units’  in San Francisco. Winner of an Honour Award in the 2018 AIA SF Design Awards.

Sticking to the ‘micro’ theme, from one US city to another. We love the article from Inhabitat.com on the Arlo Hotel in Hudson Square, New York City. America’s “first micro hotel with 4-star design” packs big style into small rooms. The images from the article show that you don’t need a vast amount of space to make an impact.

If the idea of a Micro Apartment appeals to you, but you can’t imagine how people live in such a small space from a storage perspective, take a look at the fantastic piece on micro-apartments from an interior design perspective  from Homedit.com. It may just make you rethink your need for ‘more space’. If you’re looking to cleverly redevelop the existing space that you have,  get in touch with Gary or Greg today. Lime Interiors – Designers, Creators….Space Innovators.