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Thursday, 18 May 2017 08:48

The Hottest Trends For Kitchens

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The Hottest Trends for Kitchens This Year

It has been a great year for kitchens so far with some fantastic new colours and finishes emerging.  Take a look at this guide and learn how to tap into this year’s hottest trends.

Industrial design is a style that has grown in recent years, particularly in Scandinavia and the trend looks set to continue.  This look is characterised by details such as exposed bricks and pipes, rustic metals and minimalist furniture.  The trend is inspired by factory spaces, but a toned down version can look equally at home within our domestic environment.

As discussed in previous blogs the use of predominantly grey finishes that match with rustic themes will be an ideal options for those seeking the stripped-back, industrial look in their kitchen.

Having clutter-free worktops is an emerging interior design trend whatever make of worktop is installed!  It can open up the space of a kitchen and allows the home cook to calmly prepare their food at a clear surface. The options for cabinetry are developing to enable this layout, carrying various compartments and shelves for everything from seasoning and oils to paper towels and tea bags. Clear worktops can also create the illusion of a larger kitchen space, so for consumers with a smaller kitchen environment it’s well worth considering having a tidy-up!

Hot on the heels of grey, we’re experiencing a rise in popularity of black and white tones in the kitchen. These colours can work to varying degrees, whether it's entire cabinets, worktops or appliances, or subtle hues coming through in various details and accents such as kitchen accessories. While black and white have always been popular finishes, demand for grey surfaces of all shades, remains a key trend for 2017.

Colour can then be added as splashes of bright colour which in future can be changed without major pricing implications. Single feature walls are not as popular.  We are seeing a move towards using more creative paint finishes to add colour, the use of bands, blocks or subtle stripes that add style in a really creative way.  Using an unexpected pattern like a triangle for example is a much more creative way to add bold colour to an area, just like when you choose a great pair of shoes, a tie or special jewellery, it’s those little details that can really complete your look.

To give your décor longevity choose colours that make you feel happy , that way you will ensure that you will love them for many years to come . By picking these colours up in your accessories which you can change easily you will keep your room looking fresh and up to date!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:01

Cook Like a Masterchef at Home

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Want To Cook Like A Masterchef In Your Own Kitchen?

If you love cooking and are always dreaming of creating MasterChef style dishes in your own home then you will love this new oven from AEG.

SenseCook is one of the new Mastery kitchen products, a range offering the world’s first responsive kitchen experience.

This innovative oven takes the temperature out of cooking, using a “CommandWheel” instead.  You select the outcome rather than the temperature or a number in Celsius or Fahrenheit. You say you want a medium-well steak, for example, and insert the Food Sensor probe, and it will do the monitoring for you. This means you can choose a more elaborate recipe and the oven will adjust itself throughout the steps.  This oven understands the results you want, just from the words you choose- an oven that speaks your language.

We will have one of these amazing ovens in the showroom later in the year and will be hosting a workshop with AEG to showcase how it can transform your home cooking- a date will be announced soon.

In the meantime, you can have a sneak preview, take a look at this video. 

 

 

Want To Cook Like A Masterchef In Your Own Kitchen?

 

If you love cooking and are always dreaming of creating MasterChef style dishes in your own home then you will love this new oven from AEG. SenseCook is one of the new Mastery kitchen products, a range offering the world’s first responsive kitchen experience.

This innovative oven takes the temperature out of cooking, using a “CommandWheel” instead.  You select the outcome rather than the temperature or a number in Celsius or Fahrenheit. You say you want a medium-well steak, for example, and insert the Food Sensor probe, and it will do the monitoring for you. This means you can choose a more elaborate recipe and the oven will adjust itself throughout the steps.  This oven understands the results you want, just from the words you choose- an oven that speaks your language.

We will have one of these amazing ovens in the showroom later in the year and will be hosting a workshop with AEG to showcase how it can transform your home cooking- a date will be announced soon.

In the meantime, you can have a sneak preview, take a look at this video.

 

 

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 08:28

Tina Wins Women Who…. Award

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Tina Wins Women Who…. Award

We are delighted that Tina has  won another award, the Women Who…. Award  for business growth. 

The announcement was made at the Coventry, Warwickshire & Solihull Woman Who…Awards Lunch on 5th May 2017, held at Coombe Abbey Hotel.

The Women Who…Awards are locally based awards supported by the Federation of Small Businesses.  The awards are part of a network which was set up to highlight the issues that women in business face on a day to day basis and support women in business.

Tina says, “It is fantastic to have been successful in winning one of these prestigious awards.  There is so much local talent amongst the many wonderful women that run businesses in Warwickshire, it really is an honour. Thanks must go to the team at Modern Homes, without them none of this would be possible.  It is great to be part of this event and an organisation that offers so much  support and inspiration, it is a fabulous asset for the local business community.”

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:35

Warm and Welcoming Kitchen

 

Warm and Welcoming Kitchen

When remodelling your home, it pays to have clear vision and for Mel and Neil of Whitnash, the new family kitchen was always a major discussion point.

“It was a major refurbishment,” says Mel. “At one point, there was no back wall to the house and all the internal walls had gone too. However the ideas we had kept us going – we knew in the end it would all be worth it.”

The couple had heard about Modern Homes from a friend who’d previously had a kitchen and bathroom done. Neil also worked with Tina’s (the owner of Modern Homes) husband, so the combination of the two recommendations interested them enough to pay a visit.

On this particular job, Mel and Neil already had builders and carpenters in place, so our role was specifically kitchen design and supply (including appliances). Mel came with some good ideas of her own as to the new layout and after discussions, we made a few suggestions to the original plans.

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“I’m so glad Tina came up with the ideas she did,” says Mel. “Had we stayed with our original plans, we wouldn’t have had enough cupboards and the flow wouldn’t have felt right. Happily though – it’s all perfect and we’re delighted with it."

Now the overall feel of the kitchen is modern but very warm and welcoming, with a timeless look that won’t date easily.

“I love so many things about the kitchen,” says Mel. “The peninsula is beautiful and hugely practical – there’s so much room to put things when I’m cooking, rather than having to squeeze round chopping boards and appliances. The induction hob is a big hit too. It's even better than cooking on gas (which required some converting from Tina).

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“The two full sized ovens also make baking a real joy. The bottom oven also has a steam function, which I don’t use often but it’s really useful when I do need it.  We’re really happy with how everything turned out and the ‘wow’ factor is definitely there.”

To christen the kitchen officially, they recently held a Thank You party for the neighbours, which garnered lots of admiration. “Our ‘hotel house’ is now complete,” says Mel. “2016 was all about work, and we’re looking forward to 2017, relaxing in our new-look home.”

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 10:00

Please vote for us - BKU Awards

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Please vote for us - BKU Awards

We are very excited to be part of the BKU Awards once again.

We were a finalist for the Bathroom Showroom of the Year Award last year and would love to have the opportunity to be a finalist again.

We are currently listed in the Bathroom Showroom of the Year and the Kitchen Showroom of the Year – so please vote for us- we would love to be one of the five finalists and attend the award ceremony in London in June.

Voting is quick and easy- just follow this link

Thank you and good luck to all involved.

Thursday, 13 April 2017 08:55

Planning your Perfect Bathroom

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A step by step guide to planning your perfect bathroom

Planning a new bathroom can seem like a daunting task especially when there are so many options when it comes to showers, baths and storage - where do you start and what about the plumbing!

As with most tasks the best place to start is with research and planning. 

Begin with an accurate measure of your current bathroom and note where the existing fittings are.  Next consider how it works for you now, what do you like and what would you like to change?  Also think about what would be on your ultimate wish list, there are often cost effective alternatives to what you want.

Have a look around for inspiration, in magazines, on the web and find some designs and products you like.  Take these to your local independent retailer.  You will be amazed at how competitive they can be on price and you get so much more from them in terms of design expertise and customer care.

A good bathroom designer will help you look at all alternatives, the best type of furniture for your room and lifestyle.  They can advise on the relative merits of different furniture, fitted, modular and free standing.

It is a good idea to think about how the bathroom needs to function before you consider the look and design.  There is a wealth of choice when it comes to colours and finishes of furniture and this can be thought about once you know what you want the room to offer in terms of functionality.  Your designer will add value by recommending what tiles and accessories will match your chosen furniture, ensuring a coordinated look.

Sanitaryware is next – the style will be dictated by the choices you have already made with regards to furniture.  Things can get technical when it comes to taps and showers as the water pressure available in your home needs to be taken into account - this is where some expert advice can save you making a costly mistake.

Increasingly we are seeing customers that want advice on replacing the bath with a shower.   There are many factors to take into account when making this decision.  Should you go for a modern walk in power shower or a traditional freestanding bath that could be the focal point of a room?

There are a vast selection of new products that cater for your needs, so again an independent designer that recommends from a number of different manufacturers will give you the best choices.

Bathroom tiling is now an important part of the design and not just something that is added around the bath and as a splashback to the basin.  Innovative materials offer manmade material that look and feel like natural stone, adding interest.  Colours can be introduced to complement or contrast with them, again providing individuality in designs.

Finally lighting, a well-lit bathroom will cater for tasks and create an ambiance when you want to relax. It is possible to add lighting almost anywhere now, in plinths and wall recesses as well as in the ceiling and around mirrors.

The process should be stress free and fun - why not call in and speak with one of our experienced bathroom designers and begin your journey to a perfect bathroom.

Thursday, 13 April 2017 08:38

Hidden Storage For The Bedroom

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Beautiful Hidden Storage For The Bedroom

Why is it that no matter how much space you have in your bedroom, there never seems to be enough room to store everything?

It is not just the everyday items that you need at hand but all those other under-used things such as clothes that are out of season and spare linen that there never seems to be space for.

If this is the case for you then take a look at this fabulous new Ottoman Bed from Trend Bedrooms that incorporates oodles of under bed storage, which remains well hidden but is easy to access.  This bed has a lift–up mechanism that has been ergonomically designed so that it is safe to handle and practical for one person to operate with ease. It really is fuss free to use with each size of bed having different piston sizes to ensure optimum performance.  The space is extremely useful as it is deep and accessible from all sides.

As well as being great for uncluttered and out of sight storage, this bed is also a doddle to make, when the mattress is raised and fixed at its midway point, especially if you are making it alone.  

The bed and headboard can be upholstered in any one of the 23 gorgeous fabrics from the Stuart Jones collection. Well known within the interiors industry, Stuart Jones has established a reputation for high quality, hand crafted upholstery. You can even use these fabrics on stools and pads for a coordinated look.

Why not call in soon and find out more about this and other beautiful storage ideas for your bedroom.

Monday, 27 March 2017 12:39

Electric Underfloor Heating

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Electric underfloor heating explained

Underfloor heating is a luxury available to all as it can be fitted both into new-build and older properties and nearly all electrical underfloor heating systems can be fitted onto existing subfloors.

There are now many more systems available on the market using different fuel sources but electrical installations are all quick, easy and clean to install.
Retrofitting of other heating systems usually means more laborious work including removal of old floors (not just the floor finish but the whole floor), refitting of new ones and finally, installation of pipework and boilers. This again increases the overall cost of the project.

The ease of fitting an electric underfloor heating systems has allowed lots of homeowners to install a warm, comfortable and highly controllable heating in individual rooms or as a whole house heating systems.

However it is important to involve a qualified Part P certified electrician in the project to ensure that the electrical distribution is designed and carried out correctly.

Underfloor heating can be controlled with any thermostat. The increase in technology in thermostatic control systems has allowed the heating systems to work automatically without you needing to manually control them. The thermostat can learn your habits, knows when you are in and can even predict when you are coming back home, adjusting the temperature accordingly. With an app to go with the thermostat you can control the heating in your home from a remote location. A smart thermostat does not only increase the overall comfort but decreases energy usage, as your heating is on for less time and only when you need it, leading to cost savings.

There is a wide range of underfloor systems available for different floor coverings as well as subfloor types including concrete, stone, and engineered woods. For all floor types, it is advisable to ensure adequate subfloor insulation when considering retrofitting an underfloor heating system. Subfloor insulation can be installed effortlessly using insulation boards which have excellent insulation qualities. All ranges include insulation boards for different needs of insulation.

There is no need to be concerned about the floor heights, as the insulation board for concrete floors is only 10mm thick and for wooden floors 6mm thick. Although insulation is not a prerequisite, it is recommended to ensure heat is directed upwards and not into the subfloor. Good insulation decreases the heat up time and ensures the system is as efficient as possible.
 
When tiling or laying stone floors, it is always important to ensure the floor is sturdy and free from flexing, regardless of installation of an underfloor heating system. If in doubt, the floor might require additional strengthening of a quality plywood or other appropriate material.
 
Finally, electric underfloor heating does not require any maintenance unlike conventional heating systems ran by boilers. Therefore it is a secure and cost-efficient heating system that lasts for a lifetime whilst keeping your toes warm and cosy.

Friday, 24 March 2017 09:18

Tina Shortlisted for Awards

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Tina Shortlisted for Women Who…. Awards

 

We are pleased to have won a selection of different awards for our designs, social media and business expertise in recent years.

 

 It is always great to have recognition of the high standards we set ourselves from a third party and with our 50th anniversary in business coming up, it is great that Tina has been shortlisted for two Women Who… Awards.

The Women Who…Awards are locally based awards supported by the Federation of Small Businesses.  The awards are part of a network which was set up to highlight the issues that women in business face on a day to day basis and support women in business.
Tina says, “I am delighted to have been shortlisted for these awards. I am a great believer in supporting local business and the inspiration and support offered by the Women Who network is a great asset for the local business community.”

The winners will be announced at the Coventry, Warwickshire & Solihull Woman Who…Awards Lunch on 5th May 2017 at Coombe Abbey Hotel - good luck Tina. 

 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

New Season's Neutrals

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New Season's Neutrals

When discussing colour schemes with clients the word neutral often crops up in conversation and can often be mistaken by a client to mean a safe design choice or a boring colour, however I firmly believe they can make a statement in their own right.

A neutral colour can provide its own unique energy and can lift an interior to create a tranquil atmosphere. By choosing similar colours but contrasting prints and or patterns this can create a stimulating visual effect that will stay classic and not date.

Let us consider how we can personalise your colour scheme by adding metallic accents or natural materials which will instantly add a feeling of warmth.

Try twinning some pale colours with a strong feature colour, think pale blue combined with silver, or grey combined with chocolate, the combinations are endless.

Cherished Gold and Rose Quartz were both colours of the year in 2016 and remain popular for neutral colour schemes this year. The colours of the year for 2017 have moved on to a natural theme with beautiful blues and greens in Denim Drift from Dulux and Greenery from PANTONE,  a natural  neutral, that lends itself to many colour combinations.

 As metallics continue to add that feel good factor into our homes, the earthy golds from last year and new naturals from this year complement them well, offering a touch of glamour in an authentic and personal way.

We have lots of colours on display in the showroom and a huge selection of doors so why not call in and discover your perfect colour scheme.

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