• Create an outdoor dining area

    by  • June 3, 2016

    From cosy dining nooks to alfresco cooking spaces, there are plenty of ways to create an outdoor room to be proud of this summer. No, I’m not just talking about dusting off the BBQ and getting the rattan furniture out of the shed, why not go one step further and create a dedicated outdoor dining area? It will give you much needed extra space, as well as smarten up the exterior of your home.

    Dining area

    Define zones in your garden by using an architectural device, such as a roof structure or obvious patio area. In most cases choosing the right furniture can help tie the look together.garden-5-modern-livingetc


    Take it to the edge

    When the weather is finally warm enough to throw open the French doors or slide back the bi-folding frames, why not take advantage of it. A simple trick, such as moving the kitchen table to the edge of the room will help create an indoor/outdoor (totally weatherproof) dining area with minimal effort.



    Cook’s corner

    Cooking in the garden has progressed from basic barbecues to full-scale outdoor kitchens. Why not have a specific cooking appliance built that can withstand the weather? Hang cooking utensils from racks and hooks fastened to the fence for a practical cooking solution.patio

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    Kitchen essentials for a flippin’ good Pancake Day

    by  • February 9, 2016

    It’s your last chance to over indulge in all those sugary delights sitting in the pantry, so make it a good one – you won’t want those tempting teasers there tomorrow when Lent begins!

    I’m talking Nutella and caramel infused towers, blueberry ice cream gluing purple pancakes together and more sprinkles than IHOP can handle. Here are all the essentials you need to throw a pancake party like your kitchen has never seen before…


    A large hob station


    There’s plenty of room to flip and flick till your heart’s content at this epic cooking station. Get multiple indulgent recipes on the go with a ginormous hob like this one and you needn’t worry about sticky syrup on these high gloss surfaces.

    Gather round a table


    I like to serve the pancake banquet at a large table like this Frame Dining Table from Clippings. It’s  one last scoffing fiesta with with all my friends and family around an array of naughty treats before the Easter fast begins.

    Flip like a professional


    You can’t use just any old frying pan; you need a specialist pancake pan if you want to make paper-thin crepes that are deliciously light and crispy. Plus, you’ll look like you know what you’re doing.

    A bar to serve your delights


    Serve up hot French crepes or doughy American delights straight from the hob whilst blueberries are still bursting from their skins and the crepes still hiss with the drizzling of cold lemon juice. Now that’s service!

    Dish up fillings on a side table


    Nutella is to pancakes what bread is to butter: inseparable and totally delectable. Be sure to serve up a wide range of gooey fillings on a handy side table like the Don’t Leave Me Side Table to make more room for pancakes on the dining table.


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    Fall in love with dark kitchen cabinets

    by  • January 27, 2016

    Although I love white gloss kitchens (they’re so practical) I’m very excited to see that dark kitchens that are going to be big for 2016! Painting your kitchen cabinets in a moody hue is an ideal way to create a cosy feel in a space that is often lacking in comfort. Plus it’s a great option for a quick and cost-effective kitchen update. A dramatic colour will make a bold statement, so make sure you pick your shade wisely. Here are a few of my favourite options…

    Moody blue

    Go for a blue hue, but make sure it’s got a deep, navy tone. This kitchen looks smart and sophisticated, whilst retaining a classic feel. The marble island unit creates a feeling of light and space and means the cabinetry doesn’t dominate too much.

    RT_011Slate grey

    A mid-toned grey is a great option. Dark enough to make a real style statement without feeling too heavy and oppressive. Here the walls and ceiling have been painted in the same tone, giving it a uniform look. Wooden furniture and neutral-coloured floor tiles add warmth.

    rt_005cookBack to black

    This strong cabinetry colour is dark, moody and oh-so trendy. The white walls add contrast and the chunky taps lend a contemporary feel.  The worktop is a similar colour to the cabinetry showing that sometimes two dark shades together can be complimentary.


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    2016 kitchen trends you need to know about

    by  • January 6, 2016

    It’s barely 2016 but we imagine you’re already itching to start another project. New year, new home, right?

    Here are the top 5 trends that will transition your kitchen from 2015 into the sparkling New Year! Whether you’re revamping to keep busy and banish the January blues or looking for a few simple and inexpensive ways to update the kitchen, we have the answers…


    white-3It’s not that white ever went out of fashion; it’s just that it’s particularly in fashion right now. Sleek white countertops look good enough to eat off and sit above glossy cupboards and ivory splash back tiles. We hope you bought a selection of cleaning products to go with that new look…


    shelvesWe hope you intend to stick to that organisation resolution as another of this year’s hot kitchen trends is open shelving. The no-fuss, organic way of stacking crockery, vases and mugs together takes up far less space than chunky cupboards, but EVERYTHING is on show, remember.


    Bar-stoolsLong gone are the romantic notions of daily family dinnertime. With piano, dance and ice hockey practice all on the same night, active families are embracing the bar – a hotspot where all the cool kids hang out. They take up less room, they allow for on-the-go dining and they look pretty damn trendy.


    tech2015 may have been the year of the Spiralizer and the Nutribullet but this year’s hot appliances make last year’s look… well, oh so 2015. The new and improved kitchen will have fancy wine chillers with specially programmed temperatures and steam ovens that MUST float at eye level as the ground isn’t cool anymore.


    multifunctionYou may put your foot down at the thought of having an office space in your kitchen but most families are embracing the multifunction kitchen area. Sofa spaces, television stations and phone hubs allow the family to relax together in the kitchen whilst getting on with their own thing – may teenagers and parents unite at last!



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    Last minute gift ideas

    by  • December 9, 2015

    Are you a family of foodies? If you’ve got several budding chefs to buy for this Christmas, why not get them some stylish, kitchen-related gifts? From smart crockery to stylish tableware there are lots of great options around. Here at Kitchen Sourcebook, we’ve chosen a few of our favourite buys from The Livingetc Edit at Clippings. Not only has Livingetc curated their pick of the best kitchen products, but they are all available online at Clippings.com so you don’t need to wrestle with the high street crowds…hurrah!

    Egg-cupsGive your eggs a royal breakfast with these fun egg cups. Inspired by King Henry VIII of England, this crown-shaped egg cups make a great quirky present for any food lover.

    Henry The Egg Cup, £34, by Byung for DesignK at Clippings

    Drinks-canisterLooking for something super stylish for a friend’s kitchen? Why not buy them this unique drinks canister. Part of the Tunisia Made collection, a range of luxury homewares, designed using Tunisia’s rich artisanal skills and craftsmanship, this striking drinks canister would make a fantastic gift for any home lover.

    Tunisia Made Drinking Container in copper, £135, Hend Krichen at Clippings


    Ah the humble mug… not only is it super useful (and you can never have enough), it also makes a great gift, too. This simple dot design, available in a wide range of colours, makes a fail-safe present. It has a large, wide handle that gives a comfortable grip and can be used in both the microwave and dishwasher. Perfect!

    Extra large dot mug, £20.72 by Camilla Engdahl at Clippings

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    Hot metal

    by  • November 26, 2015


    Leiston pendant light, £178; single Curtis spotlight, £94; large Napier cupboard knob, £17, Gilby drawer pull, £14

    The devil’s in the detail, and nothing is more on trend right now than metallic finishes and accessories. We love the look of Jim Lawrence‘s elegant new Heritage Copper collection of hand-finished pendants, spotlights, cupboard knobs and pulls, which will add warmth and a gentle shimmer to your home this winter.


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    On trend, retro brick tiles

    by  • November 23, 2015

    Ludlow from Craven Dunnill's Renaissance Collection in duck egg, spearmint & peppermint 2 (1)

    Metro tiles, inspired by the London Underground and now a design classic, remain as popular as ever.

    Now Craven Dunnill has launched the new Ludlow Collection of brick-style wall tiles, that will suit any style of kitchen, be it traditional, country or contemporary.

    Above we have Ludlow in Duck Egg, Spearmint and Peppermint and below in Fudge & Truffle.

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    New cabinetry from Rational

    by  • November 19, 2015

    Casa-in-vino-new-for-2016-from-Rational-smaller We’re loving the warm, textural tones of Rational‘s new Casa in Vino kitchen.  This classic in-frame design has been given a cool and contemporary makeover courtesy of a deep copper laquered finish and a sprinkling of industrial accessories. Casa in Vino, part of Rational’s new Inner Values collection of finishes, colours and cabinetry interiors, will be available in the New Year. Kitchens start from £10,000.

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    Uber-cool chalkboard fridge

    by  • November 12, 2015


    Smeg‘s latest limited-edition fridge takes ‘leaving a message on the fridge’ to the extreme. Not only will the chic retro appliance make a dramatic style statement, but you can actually write notes, reminders, shopping lists etc on its matt-black surface with chalk. Easy to wipe clean, the FAB28 250-litre fridge is priced £1,499, and will of course keep food and drinks super-chilled, too.



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