A Baker’s Kitchen

This particular blogpost is dedicated to those amongst us who are avid bakers – and of course the rest of us who enjoy baking a cake or two on occasion. We must admit, one of the delights of the winter season is the smell of a cinnamon apple pie baking in the oven or a midnight encounter with a chocolate cake cooling on the kitchen counter…mmmmm….

Now, to make your kitchen more conducive to baking and to keep your baker happy… we’ve put together some essentials for the ideal Kitchen fit for a Baker!

1. Pans in Place

Keep your pans within reach and out of your hair by having a dedicated storage area that takes up minimum space.

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2. Big Bowl Storage

The fact is that big bowls take up space. Have your cabinetry designed with deep drawers to accommodate your large mixing bowls, baking utensils and even appliances.

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3. Ingredient Storage

For the avid baker, ingredients must be well-organised and within reach. Choose cabinetry that will allow storage of airtight containers for your most-used ingredients.

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4. Spice Specifics

Arrange your wide array of spice bottles in alphabetical order in a well-laid out drawer for ultimate organisation.

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5. Open-Shelving

Find what you’re looking for and put it away just as easily during clean up with open-shelving that looks good as well as improves work flow in your kitchen.

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6. Pastry Table

If you are serious about your pastry-making, install a marble countertop separate from your island or counterspace just for rolling out your doughs.

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7. Rolling Cart

Have a mobile workstation by getting a rolling cart when your counters get cluttered and use it for additional storage as well.

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8. Hanging Utensils

Hang up your spoons, mixing utensils and breadboards on your wall for additional storage, for “the look” and let’s face it, for convenience!

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9. Double Ovens

Install double ovens as a feature in your Baker’s Kitchen to keep things efficient while whipping up both dinner and dessert at the same time! For the best results ensure that you get the Convection Oven because it distributes heat evenly.

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10 . Dedicated Workspace

If you’re not working with too much space, dedicate a particular spot on your kitchen counter where you will do most of your baking prep with everything you need right there.

 

 

 

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11. Cookbook Storage

Store your fave cookbooks and family recipes in a manner where it isn’t just thrown in a corner but displayed nicely.

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12. Tech Savvy Baker

Keep your handy iPad around you with nifty stands and built-in holders for your iPad around your kitchen wherever you do your most work.

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If you’d like to consider ways in how to make your kitchen more baker-friendly, it’s probably time for a kitchen makeover!

At InDesign Kitchens + Bathrooms we would love to sit down with you and hear out your ideas. Give us a call and set up an appointment with our creative team to see how we can make this a reality for you!

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French-Inspired Baths

A design trend that is becoming hugely popular is the french-style. The look is sophisticated, timeless and a perfect blend of bold and old-world romance.

As you know, French-style colour staples you will find is a touch of gold and silver for luxury, neutral colour palettes featuring colours such as white, off whites, mushroom, taupe, soft grey, duck egg blue and soft green. However you will also have a bold colour palette including hues such as emerald green, ruby red, peacock blue and even black!

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The materials that you would typically find are all-natural such as wood for floors or furniture, metal tubs, shower fixtures or basins, glass for tall windows and mirrors and stone for tiled surfaces or floors.

We love the french-style design inspiration for the entire home interior, but we thought we’d focus specifically on french-inspired baths.

In a typical french style bath you will find a beautiful chandelier, a chaise lounge or chair, a claw-foot tub and probably an armoire for storage of towels and bath accessories. Even though it does sound like a lot of furniture that would take up space, this style can also be replicated in a small space.

For those that aren’t trying to do a massive french-inspired bathroom overhaul, try putting in some fresh flowers and french-y bathroom accessories (fancy french bath products, french art) for your very own bathroom à la française !

So take a look at some of the lovely french-style baths that we found online and see if it inspires you for your bath remodel..

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If you’re ready to turn your bath into a wonderfully posh and classic french-inspired bath, then do give us a call, we would like to help you turn your dream into a reality!

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Minimalist Kitchen Designs

The concept of minimalism simply put is getting rid of anything (furniture, accessories, colour, decór concepts) that isn’t necessary. It is a design or style that is simple incorporating as little as possible for a maximum effect.

You may wonder how this can be achieved in a Kitchen – with cupboards bursting at the seams with utensils, pots and pans strewn everywhere. But it can be done!

People often think that a minimalist kitchen can only be designed well within a larger space – but this isn’t true!

We’ve put together a lookbook featuring some well-designed minimalist kitchens for those of you who have small or bigger kitchen spaces are looking to make some serious renovation decisions..

Go ahead… Be Inspired!

 

Small Minimalist Kitchens

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Big Minimalist Kitchens

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Most of these kitchens you’ve just seen aren’t too bare but are functional and clean. At InDesign K+B we would be happy to meet with you to discuss your potential kitchen renovation! So do give us a call and set up an appointment with us and you can be one step closer to that dream kitchen you’ve always wanted!

 

 

 

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Tips for a Child-Safe Bathroom

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If you are a parent, you understand how important it is to make sure that your bathroom (master or otherwise) is safe for your kids to use. At InDesign K+B we’re family people – we know what a big deal this is!

So over the years we’ve compiled a list of important things to consider when designing a bathroom with the safety of kids in consideration:

 

  • Avoid using flooring materials that are slippery or high-gloss. We suggest using a non-slip floor material such as ceramic tile with a matte finish or a textured tile.
  • When bathing your child make sure that everything you need (towels, toys) are within reach so you would not have to leave your child unattended.
  • Cushion areas such as cabinet corners and around your tub spout to avoid any accidents.
  • Have childproof locks installed for bathroom storage, medicine cabinets and even the toilet lid!
  • Keep tumblers for bathroom-use that are unbreakable and within the reach of kids.
  • Make sure that carpets and rugs by the tub and shower are secured (adhesive tape) to the floor to prevent slipping.
  • Use safety covers to block the electrical outlets in your bathroom.
  • Grab bars in the shower and by the bathtub should be within the reach of the children.
  • Utilise faucets and handles that are child-friendly and rounded to prevent accidents.
  • Position the towel bar or towel ring within 6 inches from the shower or tub so your kids don’t fall over trying to reach for them.

If you are in the market for a bathroom renovation , give us a call and make an appointment with our awesomely InDesign K+B Creative team to design a bathroom along with you that is best suited for you and your family!

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Put your “Backsplash” into it!

On this blog, we’ve talked about awesome kitchen backsplashes in different materials to make your kitchen stand out from the rest… But how about instead of just making your kitchen backsplash look pretty, why not make your kitchen backsplash useful as well?

We believe that these suggestions would come in handy especially if you are tight for space in your kitchen and/or if you spend a lot of time in your kitchen.

 

1. Oil & Spice Niche

This is great for the efficient cook!

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2. Sunk Espresso-Maker

This is a luxe option, but for some an extremely necessary one! These machines tend to be a bit boxy and take up space so flushing it in your backsplash would be ideal!

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3. Cookbook/iPad Holder

For those of us that are dependent on the perfect recipes to get through a dinner service, this is a must-have for your cooking comfort!

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4. Knife & Towel Rack

This is ideal for keeping movement efficient, knives neat and within reach for those busy cooks in the kitchen.

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5. Glassware Rack

Add in a sleek shelf for storing your glassware and adding extra recessed lighting!

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6. All-purpose

This all-purpose bar enables you to attach whatever you want within easy grab while you’re working about your kitchen.

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7. Built-in TV

Another luxe option for those of us who would prefer to participate in our favourite cooking show by doing as we learn! This is also perfect if you’re just catching up on some light entertainment while getting dinner ready!

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 If you see anything that you’d like incorporated in the design of your impending Kitchen rennovation, give us a call, set up an appointment and speak to someone from our InDesign K+B Creative team and we’ll make sure to include it in your plans.

 

 

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2013 Bathroom Colour Choices

Despite being halfway through the year 2013… it’s never too late to plan a facelift for your  master bath or powder room!

According to Pantone®, their colour of the year was Emerald Green… however from what we’ve seen in trends and in work done by other fellow designers, we’ve seen a fair range of colours that have been popular so far this year.

Below is a small showcase of colour options for you to consider incorporating as a colour scheme for your bathroom remodel. If you see something that you’d like to replicate or are just simply inspired by, just give us a call, set up an appointment and meet with our Design Team. We will work with you to come up with a design and plan for your dream bathroom.

 

Navy

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Pumpkin

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Taupe

 

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Emerald

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Stone

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Crimson

 

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Sunflower

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Did you see a colour combination that struck your fancy? Call us, set up an appointment and meet with our Design Team. We will work with you to come up with a design and plan for your dream bathroom.

 

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Tiled Kitchen Counters

Using tiles for your Kitchen Counter surface material may not be the most obvious choice because most would say they are outdated, look a tad gaudy and work better on backsplashes, floors or in the bathroom. It all depends on who designs it and installs it for you!

So…..Why not use Tiles on your Kitchen Counters?

Here are some fantastic reasons why you should consider using Tiles for your Kitchen Countertop:

1. Durability  – Tiles are very durable materials and survive some serious wear-and-tear in the form of misguided knives and intense heat.

2. Choice – There are a range of beautiful tiles in any colour you can think of, a wide variety of materials (ceramic or stone) and that can even be personalised to any shape and design you want!

3. Look – It brings the warmth of old-world charm and/or a luxe vintage feel to your kitchen space that would stand the test of time (and kids) all while looking pretty.

4. Cost-effective. Compare your options: Natural Wood, Stone Slabs, Polished Cement etc.

5. Maintenance: A simple daily clean with warm water and a mild soap is all you need. We advise you to treat your grout with care by avoiding harsh or acidic cleansers during the clean up process. For your long-term maintenance, a glazed ceramic tile will not need to be sealed, but the grout may need resealing. Stone slabs and their grout will definitely require annual resealing.

At InDesign K+B we have a wonderful Creative Team who can design a lovely kitchen inclusive of your choice of tile as a Kitchen Countertop Material presenting you with your options, and we also have a wonderful professional tiler as part of our team who will install it like a work of art. Give us a call and set up an appointment so we can get rolling!

Here are some photos of beautifully Tiled Kitchen Counters which turned out right :

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Wooden Floor Showers

Does it make a difference? Maybe it can.

When you imagine your bathroom remodel and you think of all your options, often one tends to not put much thought into the type of material that goes onto the floor of your shower – it’s usually just tile or fibreglass right?

How about changing it up a little and considering a wood slat floor? Believe it or not, it adds a very polished look to any shower and warms up the space. In fact it just gives your bathroom a whole new look of sophistication. Often used in more japanese-styled baths, wood floors can be versatile and fit into any type of bathroom/shower style.

Here is a little look book at some wooden floor shower options for your perusal:

 

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A wood floor shower cubicle for a clean and streamlined look.

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A beautiful wood-slat floor allowing water to trickle down into a pan just beneath the wooden surface so you don’t have to see the nasty drains!

 

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For bathrooms that are more challenged for space, this solves your problem beautifully! Wood floors all around where the shower shares a cubicle with the bathtub.

 

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We love the fish-scale tiling on this shower backdrop with the wooden floors. A lovely colour combination adding a refreshing touch to this shower space. (above)

 

This bathroom (below) has a wooden walkway that goes through this space surrounded by smooth stones.

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Wooden floor showers also work great in outdoors by the pool area. It’s simple and easy to maintain and certainly withstands the elements! (below)

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If you’re not a fan of the natural “woody” colour of wood, you can always paint your wood to match the colour scheme in your bathroom, as seen in the bathroom below, for a clean look.

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One of the drawbacks of a wooden floor in a shower is that depending on the type of wood used, can be a tad slippery if constantly wet. The best types of wood to use in the shower are tropical woods, like teak, ipe or massaranduba because they naturally water-resistant (albeit a bit pricier).

Have a chat with our design team at InDesigns K+B to find the best wood that will suit your budget but look great in your shower!

 

 

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HOT LOOK: Open Shelving

You’re right – open shelving is risky. This is because it’s a bare-all shelving solution. That being said, if done correctly and carefully, it can end up looking sleek, enlargen your kitchen space and make life easier for you.

The beauty of the open-shelving system is that it is flexible and fits into a range of styles, and you will probably be able to find a great open shelving solution that suits your kitchen and personal style quite well.

Let’s walk you through some options:

Traditional and Country

Scrolling through these more traditional cosy kitchens, you’ll notice open shelving here are made up of floating shelves enforced with decorative brackets to hold those heavy pots and dishes.

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Industrial

Open shelving looks great in an industrial kitchen because there is a beauty-in-chaos element to it all coupled with that raw feel. We especially like the roller glass doors in front of the open shelving idea (as seen below) to keep things discreet!

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Compartmentalized and Neat

If you like things visually organised and your kitchen bibs and bobs neatly tucked away, this solution would work well for you. You get both the open-shelving while finding the perfect place for your things. It’s kinda like the best of both worlds.

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Floor-to-ceiling

This has a modern look for people with kitchens that are highly functional, so there are a lot of utensils that you will possibly use on a daily basis. Floor-to-ceiling open shelving looks and works great if items are organised properly and users have a basic idea of where everything is – and really even if you don’t, all you have to do is take a few steps back and give your shelves the once-over. You can either use metal shelves or construct a bookcase type shelf for storage.

 

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Room-Dividing Shelves

This is a fairly cool concept that creates more openness between different rooms and spaces. Instead of constructing walls to seperate spaces, use shelving for a look that is both functional and space conscious! Here’s how it works:

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If you see a particular look that you’d like to re-create for your own space at home, why not set up an appointment with our design team to make it happen! At InDesign K+B, we make all our shelving and cabinetry bespoke to fit your ideas and lifestyle.

 

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Bathroom Privacy!

 

 

Sharing a bathroom becomes inevitable when you have one bathroom.. or you just simply live with your family.

During such instances when you don’t have too many options, making sure you have the privacy that suits you best when you use the bathroom is essential.

If you’re renovating your bathroom, consider your privacy situation. Some people may not care too much about having any privacy when using the bathroom, however some of you do cherish what little privacy you can get!

So, what are the options when creating privacy for the person using the lavatory while not making the space seem cramped and dark?

We’ve scoured the internet and found some design options that both look great and give you the privacy you so desire.

Maximum Privacy

A lavatory area that is completely closed off is nicely done when you have a bit more space to play with in your bathroom.

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Or, you can install a pocket door for complete closure.

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Another option is a glass shower door enclosure that is frosted around the front and sides of the lavatory area.

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Moderate Privacy

You can consider having a mini room within the room! Build a half-wall enclosure that covers up the toilet.

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A half wall on an alternate side in the bathroom will provide a nice sectioned off area for the toilet, should you have extra space.

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Minimum Privacy

For those of us that are less conservative and frankly, just don’t have enough space in your bathroom for any kind of privacy – perhaps a simple screen will do the trick! This way at least you have some degree of privacy.

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 Or you could install a floor-to-ceiling glass wall which creates height as well a bit of privacy.

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 If you’re making some decisions on bathroom renovation, why don’t you give us a call and set up an appointment wtih our great team of designers to come up with a bathroom design that will work best for you and your family?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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