Black Beauty : The Vipp Kitchen

Vipp Kitchen You may recognise the name Vipp for their historic line of metallic bins. Well this company are no one trick pony. Their ‘industrial design – since 1939’ slogan means that Vipp has specialised in the industrial aesthetic and has grown in size and speciality over the years, culminating in a really exciting line that I am in awe of – the Vipp Kitchen – a visually arresting modular kitchen design in line with all the latest trends. Which is ironic really as it states on their website that Vipp takes pride in being untrendy: “Trends and fashion is what eventually goes out of fashion. Therefore, we intentionally avoid all changing fashions and trends, legitimising all Vipp products as long-term investments. There will never be a spring or fall collection, instead we offer products with staying power.” Read More…

My Kitchen Makeover : Final Reveal

The Design Sheppard Kitchen Makeover featuring a monochrome and geometric design theme

Welcome to my kitchen makeover final reveal. I cannot tell you how happy I am to publish this post today. It’s been such a long time coming. We started this kitchen makeover a year ago and it is finally finished. I honestly couldn’t be happier. It’s such a relief to have a kitchen that I am proud of, and I no longer need to be embarrassed when guests come round. You can read about our kitchen makeover plans here and you can see the project in progress here. I’d love to show you around so you can see just how far we’ve come. When we moved in, in 2013, the kitchen was dark and drab and really lacked storage space. I won’t go into too much detail about why I hated the kitchen as I’ve covered that in past posts. I’d rather focus on the positive change we have managed to create here. We got rid of the black laminate worktop and replaced it with white laminate from IKEA. This has really helped to brighten the space and bounce light around the room. I chose this worktop as I really liked the wood effect trim. I realised, when looking at my kitchen inspiration board on Pinterest, that I really like kitchens that mix white and wood. The trim on this worktop actually matches the units that we already had. I was considering painting the cabinets but once the worktop was in situ I really liked how it worked with the cabinets so we’ve decided against painting them.   Read More…

IKEA TORHAMN Kitchen Cabinet Door Fronts

TORHAMN Kitchen cabinet door fronts from IKEA

I’m a big fan of IKEA, especially when it comes to kitchens. I’m basing this purely on aesthetics and functionality as I have never had or experienced an IKEA kitchen myself. I just love the way they look and the way they are designed to make the very best use of every available bit of space. Living in the UK, where our homes have the smallest floor space of any European country at just 76m2 for the average new build, space is definitely at a premium. I’m always amazed by the genius space saving designs that I see at IKEA and I’d love to replicate some of them in my own home, especially in my tiny kitchen. Anyway, I’m getting off track here, this isn’t a post about tiny kitchens or space saving designs. It’s a post about how fricking gorgeous the TORHAMN kitchen cabinet door fronts from IKEA are. I’ve had these on file since this time last year so I thought it was about time I shared the gorgeousness with you lovely lot.  Read More…

The Clerkenwell Apartment Kitchen by deVOL

The Clerkenwell Apartment features the Sebastian Cox Kitchen range by deVOL. The industrial style open space contains the understated, handmade kitchen that deVOL founder Paul O’Leary describes as "Urban Rustic; it brings a little bit of woodland into the city, with some style.”

Dreaming of a new kitchen is something I spend so much time doing. I hate my kitchen with a passion and doing it up is one of my top priorities this year. Whether or not we can afford to do that is another question. So until the time comes when we can, I shall be eyeing up the most gorgeous, dreamy kitchens that cross my path. The latest kitchen to make my heart skip a beat is the Sebastian Cox kitchen by deVOL.  It actually launched at Clerkenwell Design Week back in May 2015 and I’ve been meaning to feature it here ever since, but better late than never I guess. Anyway deVOL Kitchens collaborated with the talented designer and wood man, Sebastian Cox, who is well known for developing handmade furniture made from coppiced timber. The result is an understated classic design which features sawn and woven timbers and a little splash of copper, which is always a bonus in my book (I’m still totally obsessed with copper!!). Read More…

Pinspiration : Kitchens


One of the things I find about being an interiors blogger is that most people tend to assume that I am an interior designer. I guess that is because most of the top interiors bloggers are interior designers or stylists. Well I’m neither. I am a writer who happens to write about interior design because that is my passion. And for a rather long time I had no idea what my own style was. Living in a rental property I was always quite limited when it came to what I could do with my home in terms of decoration so I had never really been able to create an interior scheme from scratch. So when we bought our flat and finally had free reign on the decoration I was a little shocked to find that I wasn’t really sure what my style actually was. Our kitchen is badly in need of a complete makeover, and by that I mean ripping out and starting over. But when it came to identifying what I would replace it with I just had no idea.

So obviously I turned to Pinterest for inspiration! I mean where else would you go right? And that was when something really amazing happened. I had a look at my Kitchen Inspiration board to see if there was a particular type of kitchen style or colour that I had been pinning and I was blown away. The vast majority of the kitchens I had pinned were contemporary and white, with wooden surfaces and white tiles. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I obviously have a very clear idea of how I want my future kitchen to look and I just didn’t know it. But that is the beauty of Pinterest. You simply pin images that you like over time and when you see them all together on one board you are able to see a pattern. And that is one of the main things that I love about Pinterest. It has really helped me to discover what my style actually is. You can browse my Kitchen Inspiration board below. Read More…

New Metod Kitchen from IKEA

Black Metod Kitchen by Ikea

Now who doesn’t love IKEA? I know I do and following recent news that a new store has now been approved for Exeter I couldn’t be more excited. But I was really interested to hear about the new kitchen that the Scandinavian retail giant has launched this month. The METOD kitchen from IKEA replaces the existing FAKTUM kitchen that has proved so popular over the past 20 years and IKEA believes that this revolutionary new system will change the way that we design, plan and install our kitchens. These are bold claims indeed and the reason behind the decision to introduce this new kitchen system is the evolution of customer needs which sees us increasingly wanting to personalise our kitchens and at the same time store more in less space.

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Supersized Metro Brick Tiles

Topps Tiles Supersized Metro Brick Tiles

If I was going to describe my dream kitchen, these metro brick tiles would be somewhere near the top of the list.  I absolutely love the way that they combine elegant simplicity with a touch of retro style. Now I know these tiles have been around for quite some time and many people may think that they have been somewhat overdone, but that doesn’t stop me really appreciating the versatility of this urban style. It bridges modern and classic design to complement any traditional or contemporary setting from rural country cottage to city chic. I think it is an absolutely great way to add a pop of colour to a room or to provide a neutral backdrop against which you can display colourful accessories. They are just perfect for use in kitchens, bathrooms and hallways. These particular tiles are from Topps Tiles and measure  10 x 30cm, however smaller versions are available in 15 x 7.5cm or 10 x 20cm. What do you guys reckon? Do you loves metro brick tiles as much as me?

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Kohler’s Colourful Sink Collection by Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler Annapolis Navy on DemiLav for Kohler

Jonathan Adler Annapolis Navy on DemiLav for Kohler

It’s Friday so I’m pretty sure you won’t need much cheering up, but just in case you need your day brightening a little I thought I would share these gloriously colourful designs from Jonathan Adler. Working in collaboration with kitchen and bath industry leader, Kohler Co. Adler has created the Kohler Colours Collection, which is available on three different kitchen sink styles in four fresh, original and bold colours: Piccadilly Yellow, Greenwich Green, Palermo Blue, and Annapolis Navy.

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Introducing BlogTourNYC Sponsor: Poggenpohl

Teak Lava kitchen by Poggenpohl

Teak Lava kitchen by Poggenpohl

As many of you will know, I have been counting down the weeks to BlogtourNYC for some time now. But the wait is finally over and I am now in New York with a fabulous group of  interiors and design bloggers.

It is because of those companies that are sponsoring BlogTourNYC that this trip is possible and I have been really looking forward to learning more about those companies this week. Most of them I was already aware of and there are a few that are new to me and it is thanks to BlogTourNYC that I have become acquainted with these great companies.

In the meantime though I took the opportunity to do a bit of research of my own and luckily the sponsors were more than happy to answer the questions I put to them. For this blog post I spoke to Janine Flamer, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations , Poggenpohl US and Ted Chappell, President of Poggenpohl US.

Janine Flamer, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations, Poggenpohl US

Can you please tell us a little bit about the company?

JF. Poggenpohl is the world’s leading luxury kitchen cabinet brand with 35 kitchen design showrooms across the United States. Poggenpohl presents the latest trends in European kitchen design in contemporary and classic styles, including  ergonomically designed kitchens and creative solutions for maximizing space. Poggenpohl offers over 70 cabinet fronts in a variety of finishes, such as: wood veneers, laminates, lacquers, acrylics, glass, metals and custom RAL colors. Established in 1892, Poggenpohl manufactures custom-made cabinetry in its factory in Herford, Germany.

Hamptons kicthen by Poggenpohl

What is it that sets you apart from your competitors?

JF.  There is something to be said for being the world’s oldest cabinetry company. Dedication to design, service, quality and innovation are a few of the reasons why Poggenpohl, founded in 1892, has remained a leader in the cabinetry industry for over a century. With a European sensibility, Poggenpohl cabinetry blends seamlessly into modern and traditional interiors and offers a unique aesthetic with functional design solutions.

However, there are five elements in particular that set us apart from our competitors:

Impressive on the inside and out, Poggenpohl is as much about function, flexibility and accessibility as it is impeccable design. Our new drawers and pull-outs are crafted from the finest materials and the pull-outs come with indirect LED lighting that is automatically activated when the pull-out is opened. Functional accessories, such as spice shakers and porcelain or aluminum jars allow for flawless organization and complement the light-maple or walnut wood inserts.

Our signature functional accessories and 70 finishes, ranging from exotic woods to high-gloss lacquers, affordable European laminates, glass, aluminum and classic raised panel doors, allow for the integration of concepts to meet each customer’s individual needs and taste. The level of customization available allows for flowing transitions from living and cooking areas.

Poggenpohl has the competitive edge when it comes to the highest quality and widest selection of product finishes in high-end European kitchen design, and we pride ourselves in being at the forefront of the industry with trend-setting concepts. The minimalist lines and modern sensibility set us apart from the many traditional cabinet makers offered in the U.S. and a new generation of homeowners is beginning to embrace this more transitional approach to design.

Since our inception over one hundred years ago, Poggenpohl has remained dedicated to functionality, sustainability and the highest standards for design. Collaborations with design experts Jorge Pensi and Hadi Teherani are evidence of our dedication to remaining a design leader in the industry. An example of our commitment to innovation is the newest collection, +Artesio. The collection unifies furniture design and architecture, fusing wall, floor and ceiling while integrating ventilation, furniture design, lighting and sound. Sustainability, a key principle of the Poggenpohl philosophy, places importance on both the responsible use of resources and energy and the extended service life of our products.

The Poggenpohl line is versatile and adaptable, suitable for small spaces and budget conscious homeowners as well as large homes with more considerable budgets. With eight price groups for complete kitchen designs, each can be tailored to meet your needs and lifestyle.

Can you tell us about your most popular range?

JF. Poggenpohl’s most popular design concept is the +Segmento kitchen whose signature recessed vertical and horizontal channels replace traditional handles for a contemporary style statement. An all-around spacer trim with integrated handle recess makes it easy to open the base cabinets from above and eliminates the need for handles. It’s described as a minimalist principle that underlines the pure form and beauty of the cabinet fronts. The latest update in the +Segmento line is that the channels are now available in all the cabinetry colors and finishes, whereas before the standard channels were aluminum.

Poggenpohl’s eco-friendly textured teak melamine cabinetry is the most popular door style and is available in 3 colors, original teak, light grey teak quartz and dark grey teak lava. Poggenpohl is the leader in eco-conscious design, including the use of high-quality water based lacquers and exotic wood alternatives.

What is your most recent product to hit the market and how was it received?

TC. The glass cabinet fronts and LED lighting in the latest +Artesio kitchen received tremendous response from the architecture and design community. Many of the new technologies introduced in the +Artesio line were the locomotive for the main product line. The glass cabinets, LED lighting and new interior drawer inserts and accessories can be used throughout our entire product line. The functional arch creates a room within a room and is a unique concept with endless creativity, and is just one design element that creates separation between Poggenpohl and our competition. Beyond residential kitchens, we are also exploring corporate pantries for several Fortune 500 companies. The trend in renovating corporate spaces is to create an open kitchen that is used as a meeting place for employees to network and share information. This is similar to the trend in residential design where the kitchen has become the focal point of the home. We can bring our same set of design skills, product functionality and technology, with the addition of high volume coffee systems, to this new untapped category of corporate pantries.

How did you get involved with BlogTour?

JF. Lori Dolnick of Frank Advertising recommended we participate. I connected with Veronika at and decided to kick off our sponsorship with an event in the Poggenpohl London studio in Waterloo last Fall.

What can we expect to see from you at the Architectural Digest Home Show in NYC?

JF. While we are not exhibiting at the AD Show, we are making new product and partnership announcements at BlogTour.

What are you hoping to achieve by sponsoring BlogTourNYC?

JF. We want to increase Poggenpohl’s brand awareness and expand our exposure in blogs and social media. We want to engage consumers with unique content, so this is an important first step in that direction.

Can you tell us something that not many people would know about the company?

JF. company was founded in 1892 by Friedemir Poggenpohl and is celebrating 120 years of being at the forefront of creating luxury kitchens. The product line is available globally in 70 countries. Poggenpohl is a member of the billion dollar Nobia Group, Europe’s leading kitchen interiors Company with more than 20 top brands within manufacturing and retailing.

BlogTourNYC 2012

Thanks to Janine & Ted for taking the time to give us an insight into Poggenpohl US and it’s lovely kitchen collections.

If you want to experience the trip along with us make sure you subscribe, follow and visit all the blogs taking part and don’t forget to follow us all on Twitter so you can keep up with the action as it happens this week. Also the official Twitter hashtag for the tour is #BlogTourNYC.

Keep your eyes peeled for more posts featuring the fantastic sponsors of BlogTourNYC: Samuel HeathBLANCOScholtesMielePoggenpohl, Spirit of Sports, Big Ass FansVictoria & Albert Baths, Modern Aire, Jenn AireRotsen FurnitureVitraAxor, Wallunica and Ethan Allen.

Freestanding Kitchens by Culshaw Bell

Complete Kitchennette by Culshaw Bell

The Complete Kichenette by Culshaw Bell is a working kitchen hidden inside a beautifully handmade piece of furniture

Having lived in many small apartments and flats in my time, I know all too well how hard it can be to keep small dwellings tidy and free from clutter.

In 2003, I was living in a tiny little chambre de bonne in Rue De Lille in Paris’ elegant 7th Arrondissement. Situated just a stones throw from the Musée d’Orsay and just across the Seine from the Jardin des Tuileries and the Musée du Louvre, my teeny weeny little apartment was a measly 10m² and had a sloping ceiling that went right from the floor on one side of the room to the ceiling on the other. Good job I’m only 5ft2!

In this diminutive little French chambre was not only my bedroom, my livingroom and my kitchen but also my shower. So as you can imagine it was a little cramped to say the least.  Now this is an extreme example of a confined living space, but nonetheless when there isn’t much room in your home, space-saving designs can be invaluable.

That’s why I love this bespoke free-standing kitchenette by Culshaw Bell. Made in natural oak and hand painted, this compact piece of free-standing kitchen furniture includes integrated sink, taps, microwave, fridge, induction hob and granite.

Fortunately, I’ve just moved into a nice big spacious 3 bedroom cottage in Devon so such space-saving solutions no longer carry so much importance for me. If I did ever end up living in a small apartment again, this kitchen would be top of my wish list.

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