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Smart home technology: GROHE Sense protects against water damage - smart leak detector

Smart home technology: GROHE Sense protects against water damage

As a homeowner for the past ten years, the amount of water leaks I’ve encountered has almost become a regular occurrence. When I lived in a block of flats in King’s Cross we had so many problems – leaks from the shower to the flat below, leaks into our flat from upstairs’ washing machine. We even had to have all the wood flooring replaced once – we only noticed the shower was leaking underneath the boards when they started to buckle and warp. In our new house recently, I noticed an ominous damp patch forming on the bedroom ceiling – water had been slowly coming in through cracks in the chimney. Often you only notice these things when water is pouring in or the harm has already been done. But what if you could detect water in your home before it caused any long-term damage? Innovative German brand GROHE has just launched GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard, a very clever water security system for the smart home. GROHE Sense is an app-controlled water sensor that monitors humidity and …

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after

My IKEA kitchen makeover – the transformation

It’s a very exciting day, for I can finally reveal my kitchen makeover! It’s been a huge transformation and I’ve been beavering away behind the scenes, bringing it to life with IKEA. When we moved into our new house and found ourselves with this terribly vibrant, yellow kitchen, which was dark, dingy and unwelcoming to be in, I knew straight away that I wanted the complete opposite – a light, airy room that would be the sociable heart of the house. At the same time, IKEA were promoting the idea that ‘when we cook together, we make more than just food’. The concept that the kitchen is not just a purely functional space for feeding ourselves, but a space for ‘happy household togetherness’, whether it’s gathering your nearest and dearest and using every spare chair available, celebrating those wonderful everyday moments or connecting over long, lazy lunches. It’s a philosophy which really chimes with my own, and having had an IKEA kitchen before and been really happy with it, there was only one brand I wanted to turn …

MÛR lifestyle lookbook

MÛR lifestyle lookbook

MÛR lifestyle is a Winnipeg-based lifestyle brand founded by husband and wife Danielle and Joël Cyr. I’ve been following them for a while on Instagram now, liking pretty much every photo they post, so I was delighted when they released their first-ever lookbook full of the most beautifully styled images you can imagine. Styled and shot in their own home, Danielle and Joël have a lovely, relaxed style – think clean white walls, nature textures, soft, muted tones and simple, functional objects. Their philosophy is something that I strive for in my own home; as they say: ‘Our philosophy is quite simple. We love beautiful and functional pieces that carry a timeless aesthetic. But more importantly we want to encourage people to move away from the “disposable culture” that is so prevalent and adopt a more mindful approach to buying.’ MÛR is French for ripe, it means ‘something that is developed to the point of readiness, fully matured like a pear that is ready to be picked and savoured.’ Their beautifully curated shop features carefully chosen pieces from small-scale manufacturers, artisans and designers who also subscribe …

Bert & May kitchens

Bert & May kitchens

I’ve written previously about Bert & May’s beautiful barges, designed to make the maximum use of space without compromising on design, but now I want to introduce you to their dreamy bespoke kitchen range. For me, it was love at first sight. Created in collaboration with London-based Red Deer Architects, this new range comprises three made-to-order kitchens with a focus on honest, natural materials, simple forms and an architectural attention to detail. They’re designed in London and handmade in Yorkshire; the carcasses are made from birch-faced ply and finished with a carefully curated palette of raw materials such as brass, concrete, reclaimed timber and marble. Oh the choices! Here is the birch faced ply, available in 55 paint colour washes which are hand applied to bring out the natural texture of the wood. I love the clean streamlined units without the need for any handles. The pairing of patterned tiles and brass taps with the wood creates a soft, natural feel that’s contemporary and rustic. I think I’ll call it modern rustic! The taps are part of a rang of brassware designed …

I wish I lived here: soft shades of grey in Sweden

I wish I lived here: soft shades of grey in Sweden

I’m getting serious kitchen and bathroom envy here. How beautiful and calm is this three-bedroom flat in Gothenburg, Sweden? I certainly wish I lived here. The light flooding in, the soft shades of grey, the lime washed floorboards, the big connecting rooms, the list is endless, and that hexagonal marble floor in the bathroom, swoon! Most of all, I like the kitchen, with its simple, handle-less doors and smart marble worktop; I’m not sure if I could keep it all that clean but it looks a dream. I like how it doesn’t look to kitchen-y – all the appliances and kitchen clutter hidden away – in fact I can hardly see that hob it is so discreet. Definitely writing notes for my next kitchen. And the bathroom… oh so smart and oh so white. Really lovely and light, with the white walls, modern sanitary ware and a hammam-style floor; it looks like somewhere you could really pamper yourself even though it’s probably a really small space. That’s a great space saving idea – if you have a …

dark kitchen ideas

Dark minimalist kitchen inspiration

We recently had a website come round for a home tour; while I love our light, south-facing living room and bedrooms, it made me realise just how dark and small my kitchen is. It’s a galley kitchen, at the back of the property, with hardly any access to natural daylight – Oh how I would love to have a complete kitchen makeover. I’ve been mulling over my dream design. In an ideal (completely fantasy) world, I’d have a large open-plan living space with floor to ceiling windows and a super modern dark kitchen. I really love the trend for dark walls at the moment, but thought it could equally transfer to kitchen units. Having dark units contrasts beautifully with clean, pure white walls, shiny stainless steel and natural wooden details. They just look so sleek and streamlined, especially when there are no door handles, or minimalist, discreet ones at that. Here I’ve gathered some wonderful dark minimalist kitchen ideas I would love to pinch for myself, so have a gander and enjoy!

I wish I lived here: 3 beautiful Scandi kitchens

My own kitchen in my flat is dark and small, with windows looking onto the communal hallway and shiny white units that have been there for years. There’s nothing really wrong with the kitchen itself, the Ikea units have lasted remarkably well, and there’s elements I like, but I never photograph it for my blog because it’s just not very photogenic and the natural lighting is terrible. Oh how I would love to replace the steel splash back with some new ceramic tiles, perhaps change the handles or simply clear out some of the clutter. While browsing Swedish website Entrance, always a good source of home interior inspiration, I found myself honing in on these three beautiful Scandi kitchens. Usually for a ‘I wish I lived here’ post I focus on one complete home tour, showing all the spaces from bedroom to living room. But here I simply couldn’t decide which one of these to feature so decided to feature them all! From pastel painted units and rustic tables, through exposed brick walls and metro tiles to clean …

Hack your IKEA kitchen with these designs from Reform

Have you heard of Reform? It’s a Denmark-based brand that allows you to hack and customise off-the-shelf IKEA units into beautiful, functional and architecturally-inspired designs. Scandi-design fans can buy their basic cabinets from IKEA, then pick their favourite Reform fronts and worktops. Designs come in everything from carpenter-milled oak and fiber-concrete to clean painted surfaces and streamlined linoleum, so there’s something for every budget or style. I’ve had an IKEA kitchen in my own London flat for about eight years now and although it has lasted remarkably well, tastes change and evolve over time. This could be a quick and easy update without starting again completely from scratch. Reform has just collaborated with three renowned Danish architects – BIG, Henning Larsen Architects and Norm Architects – on three unique and modern kitchens, seen here. BIG’s ‘hyper-modern’ design features an elegant handle made of seat belt fabric, HLA’s is a sharp and classic piece of carpentry, while Norm Architects has come up with a sleek, handle-free creation. ‘The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in our home. But Interestingly, it is often …

Colour-block kitchens by Dries Otten

Dries Otten is a furniture designer, interior architect and scenographer based in Belgium (not to be confused with fashion designer Dries van Noten…). His latest designs include these two graphically-inspired, colour-block kitchens – the first is a retro design for a family kitchen in a new airframe home in Rotterdam, featuring Polish pine, vibrant mint, dusky pink and neon orange paint, plywood and laminate. The second kitchen is a renovation of an old schoolhouse along the Auwegemvaart in Mechelen, Belgium. Birch plywood cupboards wrap around the corner of the white space, combining kitchen, desk space and bookcase into one smooth block, uninterrupted except for a blue box and vivid green laminate sink. I love his bold use of colour and collaging of different materials, transforming the dull and everyday into something that looks almost like a modernist painting. Images: Dries Otten

I wish I lived here: A black kitchen

I have to admit I’m not very daring when it comes to decorating, I paint all my walls white and leave it at that. But this kitchen, in a lovely home in Stockholm, features a stunning black kitchen– it made me go ‘wow’ at first glance. The wood panels of the kitchen doors are made of painted oak (probably a nightmare to keep nice but I love the texture) and feature leather handles by SuperFront (a fantastic website for all your Ikea hacking wants and needs). This is offset by painted light grey floors, white tiles and white cupboards above to calm the whole effect. The rest of the apartment is equally well decorated, I love the mix of vintage and mid-century Scandinavian furniture and the old drawings of birds. Maybe next time I decorate a kitchen I will be more daring and go BLACK! Images: Stadshem