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Update your kitchen accessories in time for entertaining season

As the evenings get progressively more wintery, we can’t help but turn our thoughts to the coming season, and everything that comes with it. Apart from that annual December event that it’s too early to mention, dark winter nights make us reluctant to venture out into the cold, calling for cosy nights in with friends, a home-cooked meal and a bottle of wine instead. We love to give our kitchen a little update for this entertaining season, but that doesn’t have to mean spending thousands on new units.

Kitchen accessories and details really add to the overall feel of your space, and often take centre stage on your table. A beautiful serving dish, coffee pot or set of napkins won’t just look nice for guests, but will also bring a little joy every time you use them.

 

Sage advice 

This earthenware pot has a clean, contemporary design, and also is designed to ensure even heat distribution for perfect hearty stews. Its sage green shade will also add a soft mood to your kitchen, and would complement a range of other colours. Sambonet Terra Cotto Casserole 23.5cm, €105, The Triggerfish Cookshop.

 

Cosy Coasters 

Protect your surfaces while adding soft texture with these wool felt coasters. Available in light or dark grey, you can choose your favourite shade or go for a mix of the two. There’s even matching place mats if you want to complete the look. €2.50 each, Industry Co.

 

Spot on

We love having dishes that are pretty enough to bring to the table, and these speckled designs from Habitat certainly fit the bill. Available in a round or rectangular design, they’re hand-finished in Portugal. Perdita cookware, around €23 each, Habitat.

 

New angles

Crafted from solid smoked oak, this asymmetric chopping board will add an angular touch whether you’re serving treats at the table or just chopping vegetables. €55, Ferm Living.

Local landmarks 

This Clover Rua print will add some design kudos to your dish-drying experience, and will also add interest when not in use. They have a whole range featuring different Dublin buildings, so you can pick your favourite spot. Liberty Hall Tea Towel, €17.95, Article.

 

Black magic

Go for something different than the usual glass and metal design with this Stelton French Press. Its sleek black combines with bamboo to provide a material contrast. Theo French Press, €79.95, Finnish Design Shop.

 

Featured image: Kitchen rod by Ferm Living. 

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Make your bathroom the best room with these inspiring ideas – Virginian

The spa bathroom has been trending for several years. That we all want a relaxing retreat is a given. So, in this month’s column, we are going beyond the spa to take a look at just a few recent design directions that might raise the bar for your bathroom remodel or new build.

The word “trend” is tricky. Often a trend is really just a new showroom idea, introduced and promoted by a manufacturer in hopes that it will catch on. On the other hand, as soon as a new idea catches on and appears to “trend,” it quickly becomes the status quo.

But, honestly, if you like it and think you will continue to like it for years to come, it doesn’t matter what you call it.

Floating vanities. Virtually every luxe hotel room sports a floating vanity. And there is good reason. They instantly signal a modern sensibility. Typically, these vanities have clean, angular lines, but there is nothing to say that you couldn’t choose a more traditional style if that suits your taste and complements the rest of your decor. One of the nicest contributions made by this style of vanity is the appearance of more openness and spaciousness. But that can be quickly lost if homeowners begin to stuff baskets filled with towels, pairs of slippers, a bathroom scale and the like underneath. Resist the temptation and keep it clean.

Matte black. For many years now, chrome and brushed nickel fixtures have been favored. But, in very recent years, homeowners have begun choosing brass and oiled bronze for a more “heritage” appeal. The newest trend – there’s that word – that seems to have some staying power is matte black. I once heard a designer say that every room needs a touch of black to anchor the design. Finally, that seems to have caught on in the bathroom for a simultaneously vintage and modern look. How can that be? Designers manage it all the time.

Not only is matte black a striking choice for fixtures, but for shower walls. If you’ve ever watched the wildly popular HGTV program “Fixer Upper,” you have seen how Chip and Joanna Gaines popularized windows with matte black metal mullions, usually with large panes of glass between. That look is now available for shower walls, and it is stunning. You will sometimes hear these referred to as “Crittall,” which is a well-known English steel-framed window manufacturer that has been around since 1989.

Open shelving. Fairly recently, open shelving became popular in kitchens, usually used in place of upper cabinets. Even more recently, the look has migrated to the bathroom, with open metal shelving being the most up-to-the moment. Open shelving definitely keeps homeowners honest in the clutter department because it only works if what is visible is beautiful, minimal and neatly arranged. If you long for looks you see in magazines, I guarantee that much of what attracts you is the clean, uncluttered, “staged” space. Most of us hang on to way too many lotions and potions, small appliances and paraphernalia that we really don’t need or use. I urge you to purge. You will have so many more design options if you aren’t trying to accommodate a bunch of stuff of dubious import.

Graphic floor tile. Bathrooms tend to be monochromatic to keep the vibe calming and the feeling open. If you’ve watched another popular HGTV program, “Flip or Flop,” you’ll see that Tarek and Christina have popularized a monochromatic bathroom – often in tones of white, gray, and black – but with a pop of bold graphic pattern on the floor. By choosing tile in that same neutral palette, the bathroom still has a cohesive, relaxing feel, but with a little more sizzle. This monochromatic graphic approach is also suitable for an accent wall, including, say, the back wall of a glass shower.

Wood. With all of their stone, tile, porcelain, metal and mirrored surfaces, bathrooms can possess a look that is both cold and hard. By injecting some wood – or even wood-look ceramic – into the space, you will soften the appearance with an organic richness. Wood tones are beautifully complementary to today’s preference for white and gray bathroom palettes because the warmth of the wood plays off the cool undertones of the gray. Depending on how the wood is used – especially if you combine it with metal, and perhaps expose well-crafted plumbing – you can achieve a kind of vintage industrial look that harkens back to the days when factory floors were made of wood.

Accessories. Just as open shelving has migrated from the kitchen to the bath, accessories have done the same. In particular, art – both sculptural and two-dimensional – and long, luxe drapes have taken up residence in the bathroom. Bathrooms and their appointments tend to be all function-related. Artwork creates a focal point that isn’t, while drapes tend to soften all of the slick, hard surfaces that characterize bathrooms. If you choose 2-D art, be sure it is properly framed and your bathroom well-ventilated to prevent moisture damage.

I hope my mini-roundup of some recent-ish design approaches has inspired you to create a next-level bath on par with the best room in your house. If you have a question about building, remodeling, or designing a bathroom that might well be the best room in your house, I hope you will email me at chris@vbhomesliving.com.

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Wood and Plastic Composites Market Size, Top Vendors, Industry Research and End User Analysis by 2025

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These composites are growing at the highest rate among the plastic additives. Innovative uses for wood-based composites are constantly accomplished. These hybrid materials provide sustainability, longevity, and cost savings in a wide array of applications such as car speakers, interiors, home furniture, and kitchen accessories.

The Wood and Plastic Composites market was valued at xx Million US$ in 2017 and is projected to reach xx Million US$ by 2025, at a CAGR of xx% during the forecast period. In this study, 2017 has been considered as the base year and 2018 to 2025 as the forecast period to estimate the market size for Wood and Plastic Composites.

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7 Copper Cookware Kitchen Essentials $100 and Under

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Not only does copper cookware offer advantages for cooking in the kitchen, like superior heat conductivity for one, but copper also looks great. Copper cookware combines elegance and practicality and it can help to make your kitchen a warm and inviting space–making it the perfect choice for entertaining. Plus, contrary to popular belief, copper cookware doesn’t have to break the bank.

Here are some copper cookware essentials to add both form and function to your home that come in under $100.

1. Copper Kettle

Whether you are into pour-over coffee or are a tea enthusiast, a pour-over kettle is essential. This version from Staub is made from stainless steel and finished with high-shine copper to bring rustic charm to any kitchen. It also features a built-in thermometer to guarantee the perfect temperature for your beverage of choice. $100

2. Copper Mixing Bowls

Solid copper mixing bowls have long been valued by professional chefs and bakers for their special properties–copper allows you to beat more volume into egg whites, resulting in lighter cakes, fluffier meringues and more. $99.76

3. Mauviel Copper Sugar Pot/Saucepan

A sugar pot is a necessity for those who enjoy making desserts–the conductivity of copper helps avoid clumping and scorching when making sugary sauces. Made in France, this Mauviel pan can be used for preparing everything from pralines, caramels and hard candies to meringue and frosting. It can also double as a small saucepan. $100

4. Copper Crisper

Turn your oven into an air fryer with this copper infused ceramic crisper. Copper infusion allows for an even distribution of heat for optimum results. Cook crisper foods without adding oil and other fats and without buying another kitchen gadget. $12.99

5. Copper Saute Pan

A copper saute pan is the ultimatemust-havee for the kitchen for its versatility. Saute pans are designed for braising, sauteing, and pan frying. This pan features an aluminum core that conducts heat evenly and a copper exterior that offers up superb heat conductivity and precise temperature control. $63.96

6. Copper Skillet

While many might think that skillets and saute pans are the same, they are in fact different. Skillet have sloping sides which makes them ideal for stir frys, searing meats, scrambling eggs, and more. This pan set features triple-layer construction of stainless steel, aluminum and copper, which results in even heating and changes in temperature. The hammered finish is also quite luxurious.  $79.96

7. Copper Colander

This stainless steel colander with a copper finish is ideal for both washing fruits and vegetables, but it’s also pretty enough to use for serving as well. $69.95

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Interiors: We learn about Ikea’s new retail strategy behind the scenes of its first store on the UK high street

What, no meatballs? The opening of Ikea’s first foray into the UK high street, which has just opened on Tottenham Court Road, is a new concept for the uber retailer.

The Swedish brand’s familiar blue and yellow sign now reigns over the former Multiyork site just along from Goodge Street station. It’s Ikea, but not as we know it. This store is a dedicated kitchen and storage planning studio, a one-stop-shop for when you need crucial customer service with measuring, designing and installing. This is Ikea aiming to be more than just the pile-it-high warehouse experience, including a full online delivery service that, by the end of the year, will deliver to London postcodes within 24 hours.

You can make a face-to-face appointment for a consultation in this good-looking store on Tottenham Court Road (there are no tills). In the new year, Ikea Greenwich will open a store dedicated to living more sustainably. “Greenwich will be our leading sustainable store,” says Jane Bisset, whose newly created role is to develop the London city centre business.

“All of our buildings already have solar panels to generate electricity, but Greenwich will have a roof pavilion, so you will be able to come in and see how we generate it and harvest our water.” Although Ikea currently sells solar panels (who knew?), they realise they need to “speak louder” about what they offer, and, as with the kitchen planning, take the customer through every step of the planning, design and installation of big-ticket items.


Inside the new store on Tottenham Court Road

The kitchens on show range from the simple white lacquer and dark wood that would suit most flats, around £5,000, to a stunning all-black number, around £7,000, to the easy-on-the-eye grey shaker-style in the window for around £10,000, to the working Scandi-look kitchen with island for around £11,500. It all feels contemporary, fresh and exciting, and you can order everything here, from the paint to the flooring to the tiles and kitchen accessories.

Anyone who watched the recent behind-the-scenes Ikea documentary will know that the company is big on materials research as well as design. Bisset tells me that the matt black kitchen doors are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles and that the researchers spent a long time working on the finish so that it will stay fingerprint-free. It’s an impressive selling point, and shows how a spot-lit matt black kitchen can really work.


The Soho planning studio

In this 21st-century showroom, out go the little pencils and in come tablet-style screens that tell you everything about what you’re seeing, from the colour choices to materials’ info and individual prices. Of course, you have always been able to head out to one of the warehouse stores to buy a kitchen, but it won’t be just one journey. Popping down to Tottenham Court Road is likely to be way more convenient for the two, three, four appointments you’ll need.

With high street stores struggling, customers will only come if they get something they can’t get online, which means seeing, touching and using the products and having expert staff to hand-hold, something that’s important with kitchen design. This is a trial-run for Ikea, so we’ll see if it becomes as famous for its environmentalism and customer service as they have for their flat-pack.

Ikea Planning Studio, 95 Tottenham Court Road, London W1 (ikea.com)

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Cast Iron Cookware Market Estimated to Expand at a Robust CAGR over 2025

XploreMR delivers incisive insights into emerging regions in its latest report titled, “Cast Iron Cookware Market (Product Type- Unseasoned, Seasoned, and Enamel Coated; End-use- Household and Food Services; Style- Dutch Ovens, Camp Pots, Skillets/ Fryers, Woks, Griddles, and Bake Ware; Sales Channel- Direct, Indirect (Modern Grocery Retailers and Traditional Grocery Retailers), and Online Retail) – Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2017 – 2025”.

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San Jose, CA — (SBWIRE) — 10/19/2018 — Growing awareness regarding relatively greater benefits of cast iron cookware, in tandem with significant rise in the single-person households, has driven demand for cast iron cookware in recent years. The upward trend of online retailing, and renewed interest of consumers in traditional cookery, are further expected to prevail as key growth determinants for the cast iron cookware market. These insights are extracted from a report titled “Cast Iron Cookware Market – Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2017 – 2025,” which has been incorporated recently into the comprehensive repository of XploreMR.

According to the report, the cast iron cookware market is projected to exhibit a sluggish growth at 3.4% CAGR during the period of forecast, 2017 – 2025. Highly intensive competitive nature of the cast iron cookware market has led to challenges apropos of cost and product differentiation among manufacturers, who are widespread and large in number across the globe. Inhibitions on use of cast iron in glass cooktops, coupled with growing availability of effective alternative products, are likely to impede growth of the cast iron cookware market. Additionally, absence of smooth surface, and consistent care required for preventing corrosion of cast iron, has further constrained growth of the cast iron cookware market.

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Disney Fans Will Love This Mickey Holiday Dinnerware Collection …


Disney is known as the happiest place on earth, and Christmas is said to be the most wonderful time of the year, so it’s only fitting that the two would overlap from time to time. The merch masterminds at Disney aim to please, and their upcoming holiday dinnerware collection means you can have a Mickey Mouse Santa grace your dinner table for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other festive celebration.

The new collection was announced this week on the Disney Parks Blog. While details are sparse for now, we know that new dinnerware, including serving dishes, dinner plates and bowls, will be coming to World of Disney stores at the end of this month.

“The designs are festive yet practical,” Roger Dressen, Merchandise Product Developer for Seasonal Merchandise at Disney Parks said on the blog. “We chose neutral colors so they can be easily incorporated into guests’ existing dinnerware collections.”


The line-up is definitely festive: There’s a serving plate that says “Happy, Jolly, Merry;” plates that read “Oh So Jolly;” and a “Merry” bowl that looks perfect for serving desserts.

The two World of Disney stores—located in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland and Disney Springs in Disney World—are reopening on October 26 and 27 after a design overhaul, and will be the first to carry the Disney Parks Holiday Collection. (Later in the season, the line will come to more Disney stores and ShopDisney.com.)

According to the Disney blog, the stores have been turned into “distinctly Disney retail environments that are contemporary, immersive and fun places to shop.” Aside from dinnerware, the upcoming holiday collection includes stockings, ugly sweaters, home decoration like nutcrackers and pillows, and Mickey Mouse ears.

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