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Luxury Kitchen Design

Luxury kitchen design

Luxury Kitchen Design

Many people believe that having a luxury kitchen design is out of their budget, but it doesn’t need to be expensive; with the right planning and execution you too can create a luxury space that the whole family can enjoy while adding value to your home in the process.

The kitchen design team at Mayfair Granite have put together their top considerations for planning and designing the perfect kitchen:

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Kitchen Layout:

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, a place where great food is prepared, a space for entertaining friends and family and somewhere to relax in at the end of a hard day, so creating a space that is both functional and comfortable is key.

The L-shaped kitchen is one of the most popular layouts for kitchens because of its adaptability, and when combined with an island can create a great space for entertaining. An island bench can create a dramatic focal point in the room whilst providing extra storage space and a social hub for the whole family to gather round.

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An L-shaped kitchen design is a great option for open plan kitchens where the room opens out into a dining room or living room; it also maximise’s the floor space for families and couples to cook together without getting into each other’s way.

If space is an issue, try opting for a U-shaped kitchen design; this type of design can maximise the cabinet and work top space in the room without compromising on design or style. U-shaped kitchen designs usually feature integrated appliances which are great for keeping a uniform style, but standalone appliances can be used to provide a stand out feature or touch of colour to the design.

Material Choice:

With a vast array of exciting and exotic materials to choose from when designing a kitchen, it can be a bit daunting when planning the perfect space. The classic combination of natural stone and traditional timber cabinetry is still seen as the pinnacle of luxury by many, but with the advances in technology pushing the boundaries of design there is now a range of metallic materials to choose from including brass, copper and zinc to provide that extra wow factor.

For work tops, Mayfair Granite recommends traditional materials such as granite, quartz and marble, which provide a durable and low maintenance option that will last a lifetime. These materials can be cut into an array of shapes and sizes providing a perfect fit in any room.

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Cabinetry is the most important investment in any kitchen design, so choosing the right materials is key to creating a kitchen that will stand the test of time. Luxury kitchen cabinets often feature high quality woods such as cherry, mahogany or walnut which are stained with rich, dark colours to bring out the natural beauty of the wood grain. However, specialty painted and glazed finishes can also make for a luxurious kitchen.

Appliances can make or break a kitchen so it is important that these are taken into consideration at the same time as the rest of the design. Choose products that match the style you are going for and always shop around for the best prices.

Lighting:

Lighting is also an important consideration for creating the right balance of ambience and function in the kitchen. Natural light makes the space look bigger and brings the outside in, but having large windows and doors isn’t suitable for every kitchen. However, if the kitchen lacks natural light there are lots of options out there.

Pendant lights can add that wow factor to the kitchen and can create a relaxing ambience, whereas under cabinet lighting is perfect for food preparation in low light situations. For something a bit different, LED light strips are a good choice for creating dynamic lighting effects in the kitchen.

Luxury kitchen design

Creating the perfect kitchen is all about planning, putting together a luxury kitchen design will really help, if done right you’ll have a functional and comfortable space that will last for many years and can also add thousands to the value of your home.

 

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Fighting Bad Habit’s

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Fighting Bad Habit’s

Ian has been a smoker for many years now, he started smoking at a young age and it has been a part of his everyday life ever since. He has tried giving up smoking and fighting bad habit’s but sadly he is finding it very difficult.

He has tried patches, they did help but only for a short while. Ian found it hard when he was out socialising, he is used to heading off outside with everyone for a cigarette but the cigarettes was no longer there. Not having a cigarette to hold is what he found hard about giving up, all of a sudden the cigarette was no longer there.

When out shopping in our local town Ian came across a stall where e-cigarettes was being demonstrated and he was drawn in by them and was willing to give them a try. Ian liked the idea of giving up smoking but still being able to hold a cigarette and have the feeling of a real cigarette.

The e-cigarette still allows Ian to go out with everyone to the smokers area when out socialising, he is still able to have his old routine but without the cigarette and actually smoking. Going out for a cigarette has been part of Ian’s everyday life for many years and is more of a habit for him.

Fighting bad habits is something Ian is currently finding hard but is something he is working on. He has recently been looking at Vapelux to help him give up smoking. Giving up smoking has many good advantages, Ian is making a few self-help changes to help him resist any temptation he might have.

Ian’s self-help list to help with fighting bad habit’s

  1. Thinking positive – remembering from previous attempts to quit smoking and where the temptations was, trying his best to avoid those situations.
  2. Making a promise to himself – he has made the choice to try his best to quit and will be trying his hardest to stick with it.
  3. Thinking ahead – planning ahead to parties, days out etc where situations may prove difficult for him and preparing for them.
  4. Getting the right support – support is important, he will be explaining to people that he is wanting to quit and would like their support.    
  5. Keeping busy – Ian plans to keep busy so he doesn’t get the time to think about cigarettes and if he does then the cigarette will be replaced with an e-cigarette.       

 

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Attending BritMums 2016

Attending BritMums 2016

Attending BritMums 2016

It is getting close to that time of year, that time of year for attending BritMums 2016. This is where many bloggers will be heading off to, it will be held at the Brewery in London on the 25th June.

For anyone who doesn’t know about BritMums, it is the Uk’s buzziest social media conference and blogger event. This year will be our second year attending and we are still rather nervous but not as half as nervous as we was last year, we are more relaxed this year.

We cant wait to introduce you to our lovely sponsor, are you a thrill-seeker? if so you will love our BritMums sponsor. Without further a-do our BritMums sponsor is, the lovely Thames Rockets. Thames Rockets offer sight-seeing adventures from the River Thames.

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If you love London and enjoy sight-seeing just like we do then we highly recommend Thames Rockets, they are always ready to welcome you on board for your fastest, funniest and craziest trip ever. They offer sight-seeing from the Thames and have very friendly guides on board who are more than happy to share their knowledge of London with everyone.

Thames Rockets can be found at the millennium Pier London and welcome guest from a young age. They are open 7 days a week. They are open come rain or shine as wet weather kits are provided, along with safety wear.

We have experienced The Ultimate London Adventure with Thames Rockets and had a blast, in Brads words “it was awesome”.

Would you love to speed down the iconic river and do some sight-seeing from a different angle?

Thames Rockets take you speeding through Canary Wharf listening to a medley of feel-good music whilst you’re waving goodbye to the other boats left bobbing on the Thames.

There is a choice of trips to choose from, you can choose family trips to a trip that includes a helicopter, yes a helicopter as they even offer sight-seeing by air.

Also rated number #1 on Tripadvisor.

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Ways to beat the winter blues

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Ways to beat the winter blues

Now that we’re past Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night, and well on the way to Christmas, I think it’s fair to say that we’re definitely entering the winter months. And whilst there is something magical about winter, it can often present us all with an unfortunate case of the winter blues.

I’m not sure whether it’s something to do with lack of sunlight causing a few instances of the notorious seasonal-affective disorder, or even just the fact that most of us might have overspent on Christmas presents by now!

But regardless of the cause, I’ve found that some of these fun activities can take the pain out of the winter blues.

 

Indoor camping

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If you’re like me and have kid’s causing chaos around the house, it can be tricky to find a way for them to let off steam when it’s cold and wet outside. So why not try and recreate the fun of the great outdoors in your own home with some of these great indoor camping ideas that I found on Pinterest.

 

All of these ideas can be done with just a little bit of craft know-how and some childlike imagination. But if you’re concerned about the little ones getting enough sleep when indoor camping, then there’s a wide range of playful children’s beds at the Bedstar site that can make the camping experience all the more exciting!

 

Retail therapy

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who might have overspent already this Christmas, but the fact is that doing a bit of online window-shopping is an easy way to pass the time and look forward to the January sales.

 

It can also be a good way to include the kids in buying presents for the family and their friends. In particular, sites such as the wildly colourful Ban.do have a great range of vibrant youthful gifts that could be great to show off in the classroom – just make sure that you let Santa know too!

 

Embracing the winter spirit

ways to beat the winter blues

However, I find that the best way for me to shake off the chilly feeling of winter is simply to get out there and celebrate the exciting time of year. The run-up to Christmas has to be one of the most magical times to be a child, and all up and down the country there are many fun Christmas fairs and markets to attend.

 

And even if you’ve run out of ideas with indoor camping, online shopping and enjoying Christmas fairs, then you can simply get out there on a bike and burn off that excess energy!

 

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Our BritMums sponsor 2015

Our BritMums sponsor 2015

Our BritMums sponsor 2015

Yikes it really is true, we are attending BritMums very soon for the very first time, we have been wanting to attend since last year and it is getting so close now, we can now reveal who our BritMums sponsor 2015 is, it has come round so fast. We are feeling rather excited and also very nervous. We have only been blogging for just under a year “yes it is nearly our blogs 1st birthday” we have had an awesome first year blogging.

We are really looking forward to meeting and getting to know other bloggers and like-minded people. Our accommodation is booked, our tickets are at the ready, we still have our outfits to sort but we still have plenty of time for that.

We are looking forward to attending different sessions and workshops, we have had a look at the line-up and it looks fab!

We do have a lovely sponsor that we have been waiting to share with you, we found our lovely sponsor last year and I LOVE their products, after I had my car accident last year I was in need of a little pampering/me time and their products helped me a great deal with this.

So without further-a-do we have a great pleasure in introducing you to our BritMums sponsor the lovely Bella and Bear.

Meet our BritMums sponsor 2015

 

Bella and Bear offer a great range of beauty products, some of which I have been lucky enough to review and still enjoy very much today. Bella and Bear are always developing new and exciting products all of which come with 100% satisfaction guarantee so you have great peace of mind when purchasing.

If you are going to BritMums we hope to see you there, we do hope to meet lots of lovely bloggers over the two day’s and meet the lovely people behind such amazing blogs.

Have you been to BritMums before? are you going this year?

We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Bella and Bear for being our BritMums sponsor 2015.

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From old habits to new

From old habits to new

 

We have recently been making some healthier changes, going from old habits to new, we have been doing this to help improve our health and to give us a better healthier life. One thing Ian would like to try and do is give up smoking, he has been a smoker from a young age so giving up is something he is going to find rather difficult, he is currently looking at ways to make it easier and give up successfully from old habits to new.

How to form good habits

Habits are something we become used to over time and we convince ourselves they are vital, when in reality, many are far from it. Smoking, for example, is a habit that one in ten women worldwide have. The majority of smokers want to break this habit, but how can they do it successfully?

Timing

Timing is highly important when it comes to breaking a bad habit. With smoking, it’s best to make your last cigarette coincide with the end of your period. The idea that pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) aggravates the many withdrawal symptoms, such as depression and irritability, is perfectly logical and is why it’s important that your start date for quitting coincides with our calmer time of the month!

New, healthy habits

When quitting smoking, weight gain can be a risk. When your hands are so used to being occupied by a cigarette, they crave stimulation (which is why e-cigarettes are so effective). Often, the urge for our newly-bored hands to hold a cigarette contributes greatly to snacking. A great tip is to stock up on low-calorie munchies, such as carrot and celery sticks, which mimic the action of smoking, or opt for healthy snacks that keep your hands busy, such as peeled fruits and shelled nuts. Snacking on healthier foods instead of naughty treats means you shouldn’t put on any weight after giving up smoking.

Quit smoking

With a healthier diet, stemming from healthy snacks, our mind and body want to continue this lifestyle change and so the time comes for serious cigarette alternatives, and none are as effective as the e-cigarette. There are a wide range of models (from basic to advanced) and e-liquids (such as coconut, apple, peach and mint) to choose from. Plus, you can choose the amount of nicotine you want, making them a highly effective aid in stopping smoking – best of all, the vapour they produce smells great!

Other changes

Once you’re on the road to a new you, you should start to look at what other changes you could make and how they could fit into your life. With exercising, for example, you don’t need to be hitting the gym five nights a week to form a new habit. Instead, simply make small changes, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, or walking or cycling to work rather than driving. After you’ve changed just a few things, you’ll be able to meet the new and improved you!

 

Do you think you could go from old habits to new?

 

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