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June 28, 2013


Take the strain out of entertaining at home with one of seven state-of-the-art Miele dishwashers plus a 60-piece set of superb stainless steel cutlery by Dalia -we have over £6,000 worth of prizes to be won.

After a relaxed meal wouldn’t it be liberating to know that there’s no washing up to face afterwards? A helpmate would be even more of a relief when time is of the essence and you’re rushing off to an antiques fair or another unmissable event. The new Miele G646SC – the latest model from the dishwasher experts – saves ages at the kitchen sink. Stack the machine with dirty casseroles or delicate glasses and the 12 place setting capacity and six wash programmes will ensure that they are all washed sparkling clean, leaving you free to linger at the table or scoot out the door.
Miele has collaborated with BBC Homes & Antiques to offer seven readers the chance to win not only a G646SC dishwasher (installation not included), but also a 60-piece cutlery set from the renowned manufacturer Dalia’s England’ range. Made of the finest stainless steel, the set of six place settings includes a range of useful serving pieces from sauce ladle to serving spoon.
The winners will be able to christen the set in Miele’s unique cutlery tray, a removable insert at the top, designed to take a whole set with each piece sitting in its own slot. This ensures excellent washing and drying, protection from sharp utensils and leaves more space for pots in the bottom basket. Another feature is the height-adjustable upper basket that can take larger crockery. Miele dishwashers – ranging from the slimline eight-place-setting model to the family version with 14 place settings – are the quietest on the market and use the minimum amount of water, detergent and electricity. They are also designed and tested for 8,500 wash cycles – that’s an average of one wash a day for 20 years! To win one of these fabulous prizes, just answer the question right.

Modern kitchens reform

June 19, 2013

modern kitchens reform

Surface requirements:
• Amtico have brought out a flooring ideal for kitchens with Corian features. The textured pigment used for Corian worktops and sinks is used to create the new Harmony floor tiles from Amtico. The range costs £63 per sq m excluding fitting.
• Stone can be used for work surfaces, although you will have to look after it. The stone must be dense, smooth and easy to clean. Once fitted it must have a strong seal applied, although even with this it can still be marked. If you are worried about marks, go for granite or slate instead. Stone Age say that their Acero, in shades of blue, grey, brown, cream and Buckshot, is an ideal material for worktops, and they also supply flooring.
• Fitting out a Granny flat or giving a student more independence? Anson Concise supply
self-contained mini kitchens incorporating fridge, microwave oven, sink and hob. The cheapest ‘kitchen’, at £659, measures 1000mm I x 600mm d x 945 mm h, and includes a cabinet in a white ash finish, two hot plates, sink, tap and fridge. Top of the range is the Professional, size 1685mm I x 600mm d x 945mm h, with a shelf unit, microwave oven, grill and combi oven and solid stainless steel cabinet, £2,510. • Before ordering your new kitchen, check whether the supplier is a member of the Kitchen Specialists Association. Over 300 independent retailers and manufacturers of kitchens are represented by the KSA, which offers the customer protection, should a KSA member cease trading before delivery of the kitchen. The KSA will also help if you are unhappy about the work of the member who fitted your kitchen. Their helpline offers advice on problems, and can help you find your nearest member. Tel: 01905 726066.
• Several range-style cookers from Leisure have a little extra to offer. The Rangemaster, Classic and new gunmetal-finish Zenith are all fitted with the Handyrack, a cleverly-designed oven shelf attached to the oven door rather than the oven walls. It comes out with the open door, allowing you to baste the joint without burning your hands on hot oven linings.
• A gas oven with the advantages of a fan oven, Stoves’ Q-Series Rotostar places the burner head within a fan, which rotates at high speed like a Catherine wheel in the back of the oven. This produces the consistent heat that fanned electric ovens are known for, yet with the moist cooking conditions and controllability of gas. High-street prices start at £899.99.

Sink and drainer

June 11, 2013

sink and drainer

Top brass:

A standard sink and drainer is a thing of beauty when made from brass. Pressed from a sheet of solid brass, the rectangular bowl (A400) is £248, and the bowl with drainer (0340) is £375. The tap is the Asquith swan-neck two-hole mixer at £260. All are available from Brass & Traditional Sinks. Remember, brass will tarnish: keep it in pristine condition by cleaning it once a day with a cleaner such as Shiny Sinks or Barkeeper’s Friend, from Homecare Products.

Oven for cooking

June 7, 2013


Curvy lines:
Soften the hard lines of the kitchen’s built-in appliances by choosing this curve-fronted oven from Smeg. It has an extra-safe quadruple-glazed door which can be removed for easy cleaning, and an automatic oven switch-off every time the door is opened. The latest pyrolitic version cleans the oven by heating to 500°C, destroying all dirt.

Ideas for the kitchen

June 1, 2013

ideas for the kitchen

Mellow yellow:
Designed to look as if it’s already undergone years of loving use, this Chelsea painted kitchen from Chalon is a pleasing combination of creamy
yellows and rich reds. You can even select from a choice of four levels of distressing. Worktops are in maple and green slate.

Contemporary kitchen

May 20, 2013

Contemporary kitchen

Classic meets contemporary:
This Georgian Kitchen from Crabtree Kitchens is inspired by classical Palladian style but with a modern twist, with some units painted in an appealing, soft blue tone. The panelled cabinets have a beaded frame and an extra deep moulded cornice. Here it’s in oak, but it also comes in cherry or maple. A 600mm base unit costs £450, from Crabtree.

Furniture for kitchen

May 14, 2013

By arrangement:
Carefully designed to fit in with the features of characterful room, this kitchen has basket Drawers alongside standard cupboards. Units are made from tulip wood, and are supplied primed, ready for painting. A 600mm base unit from the Traditional Range from Harvey Jones

Ceramic clock to decorate the kitchen

January 29, 2013

Golden yellow and hand-painted with grape leaf and vine motifs, this 9- by 10 1/2 inch ceramic clock from Italy has a contemporary-looking sweeping red hand to tell the passing of seconds plus traditional black minute and hour hands that record time with the aid of four Roman numerals. Operated by a single AA battery (not included), the wall clock is $29.98 from the Lillian Vernon catalog.


January 10, 2013

This two-in-one control center features a bulletin board that slides back and forth on wheels, allowing access to both sides of the blackboard. Design Ideas Trolleyboard, $120, Cocoon,


December 23, 2012

Use every inch of The counters were cluttered, but the walls were going unused. A new, much roomier microwave was mounted over the stove, freeing up valuable counter space. (The Whirlpool Gold microwave— $399,—was provided and installed by Lowe’s.) The toaster was relocated to the left side of the sink, where there’s room to butter toast and assemble sandwiches. A hook rack mounted on the wall beside the stove is the perfect place for frequently used pans, utensils, and pot holders. Elfa five-hook rack, $8, the Container Store.

Eliminate clutter, and put things where you use Strainers, tongs, wooden spoons, and spatulas were organized, contained in Le Creuset utensil cracks ($22 for small, $32 for large: and moved next to the stove, where the Murrays can reach them as they cook. A bread box keeps food fresh and the counter tidy. Bread box, $40.

Lighten the room. The dark, solid-oak cabinets were worn and made the kitchen feel even smaller than it is. Midwest Woodwork and Veneering (courtesy of Lowe’s) sanded the doors and drawers, then spray-painted them Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White; the frames were painted with a foam roller. A matching white front for the dishwasher was ordered from the manufacturer (cost: $35 and up), and it took only minutes to install.

Removing the fussy valance from the windows let in more natural light, making the kitchen seem larger without compromising privacy.

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