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Designer Magazine Awards 2012 – The Results!




So the day finally came that we ventured down to London to network with the finest designers and kitchen and bathroom companies nationwide. What a great day it was!

The venue was beautiful, situated on the North Moat of the Pavillion at the Tower of London. We were greeted with a champagne reception in a ‘Gatsby’ themed Marquee which incorporated the design trends of the Roaring Twenty’s. Moving into a glamorous room filled with rich colours, lights and extravagant table settings for our delicious 3 course meal and fine wine.



The host; designer, author and presenter Oliver Heath opened the awards with a presentation on his urban eco concepts. This set the tone for the rest of the afternoon, with awards such as ‘Innovation in… sustainability, technology and materials’.

What a fantastic mix of people and awards, ranging from particular kitchens and bathrooms to full showrooms and luxury awards. Unfortunately Earle & Ginger were not winners this year, but to be recognised and being acknowledged as a finalist in a category such as ‘Kitchen Design of the Year 2012 (over 25K)’ is a massive accomplishment!

The ceremony was finished by acknowledging the bright designer Karim Rashid with the ‘Simon Taylor Award for Lifetime Achievement’. Rashid is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and working in over 40 countries attest to his legend of design.

Hopefully this experience will be the first of many more nationwide award entries. With so many very exciting kitchens being discussed, designed and installed, will be make it our priority to get our name out there in the best way possible… watch this space!



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Why we Love: Quooker hot water taps.

Since development started on the Quooker in the early 1970’s the infamous hot water tap has since become a revolutionary design that is highly recommended in the industry of design and interiors. The birth of the Quooker came about when engineer Henri Peteri was working on the development of instant soup for an international food company, he realised that soup could never be instant without boiling water on tap. With this idea fresh in his mind, he left the company he was working for, set up shop in his cellar and began the development process of the Instant hot water tap.

With many practical features the Quooker tap will offer its best performance, whether you’re after a single cup of tea or a large pan of boiled water. The Quooker tap is the original brand of hot water tap and is the only brand that can guarantee you exactly 100°C no more and no less.

Quooker is the original brand of instant hot water tap and is the only brand to offer exactly 100°C.


One of its most practical features is the ability to extend the neck of any Quooker tap. Simply pull the tap neck and raise it to your preferred height, this feature eliminates the struggle of fitting large pans in the sink to fill them with water.

The extendable neck feature makes filling small cups or large pans easy and safe.


With 100°C on tap, safety if the main question on peoples mind when they are first introduced to the Quooker tap. Operating with a medicine cap style lever means that the Quooker is incredibly safe, it cannot be accidently turned on and cannot be used by children.

Quooker seem to be creating new ideas and styles to keep their taps energy efficient, practical and aesthetically pleasing all the time. Their latest innovations are the Quooker twin taps; a stylish range of hot water and mixer taps that match completely, offering the perfect practical set up to any new or existing kitchen.



A stylish range of designs and finishes ensures that you can find the perfect Quooker for your kitchen, whilst saving time, energy and money. Its sleek design guarantees a mess free styling, de cluttering your work surfaces and completely eliminating the need for a kettle. Here at Earle and Ginger kitchens we regularly use the Quooker in our designs and find it to be one of the most beneficial inventions for any kitchen.

Design Quooker in chrome, used in an Earle & Ginger design, recently featured in KBB magazine.

Design Quooker in brushed chrome, used in an Earle and Ginger design.

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Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards 2012



It is almost time for Earle & Ginger to make the journey from Manchester to London to mingle with the best of the UK’s kitchen and bathroom talent for the Designer awards 2012! Keep a close eye out on our Facebook and Twitter for updates and photos to show what a great event it will be.

See Manchester press coverage for Earle & Ginger Kitchens here on the Messenger website here…..




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Kitchens Bedrooms and Bathrooms magazine

As Seen in Kitchens Bedrooms and Bathrooms Magazine

We are delighted that this Earle & Ginger kitchen, designed by Lucy Popps is to be featured in the December edition of this magazine.

You can read the full article on-line by clicking here

Earle and Ginger Kitchen designed by Lucy Popps

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Six Festive Ways: Pumpkin Perfection

With Halloween fast approaching you’ll find your local stores fully stocked with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes ready to be carved and lit up as a festive treat for the children. However when it comes to joining the festivities do not assume that pumpkins are just for children; with a little creativity you can create the perfect centre piece or elegant ornament for your home. Read on to be inspired by six of the most beautiful ways to transform a regular pumpkin into a personalised masterpiece.

Using real pumpkins is a great way to add warmth and classic charm to your home but when making ornaments and decorations, using false pumpkins means that you can use reuse them year after year or even give them as gifts to friends and family.

*Remember, after you have hollowed out your pumpkin, save the insides and cook up a delicious dish.


The Centrepiece:


This is a great idea for decorating any table when entertaining friends and family. It’s warm and welcoming and can be used throughout the season of autumn.

Remove the top of your pumpkin.

Hollow out the contents.

Pour a small amount of water in to the pumpkin shell and fill with your favourite autumnal flowers.





These simple ornaments will bring the warming autumn palette into your home and are great for little personalised festive gifts. There are so many colour and pattern combinations for this creation, they’re easy to personalise and will always add individuality to any space.

First give your pumpkin, a base colour of your choice.

Then using real or paper cut leaves, glue them to your pumpkin in your desired pattern.





When carving pumpkins it’s hard to think of anything else other than ghoulish Halloween faces, however  by delicately carving your pumpkin you can create and sophisticated autumn decoration for inside or outside your home.

This elegant pumpkin was created using a template of vines and ginkgo leaves that can be found here:       http://www.marthastewart.com/270940/vine-and-leaf-carved-pumpkin-centerpiece





These pumpkins are modern, fun and are guaranteed to brighten up any room; and they are incredibly simple to make.

Give your pumpkin a base colour of your choice.

Add masking tape in a cheveroned pattern or any other design you’d like to create.  To create evenly spaced chevrons on your pumpkin, cover the entire pumpkin with tape chevrons and them remove every other row.

Using tape to create evenly spaced chevrons.

Once you have removed alternate rows, paint over the gaps with your feature colour.

Then remove the rest of the tape the reveal your design.



Colour Blocking


These pumpkins make great ornaments and can be personalised to match any colour scheme.

Take three or four pumpkins of different shapes and sizes and simply paint them fully in different shades and colours.

For the best impact, display them close together with complementing accessories.




These crocheted pumpkins are a beautiful way to give any pumpkin a little elegance and vintage charm.

Give your pumpkin the base coat colour of your choice.

Then simply add a crocheted dolly over the stalk and secure with a little glue.


These simple, creative ideas will be sure to add some style and character to your home this autumn. Come and join the conversation, share your ideas, favourites and even pictures of your decorated pumpkins on our facebook page.


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RIBA Stirling Prize 2012

Now in it’s seventeenth year, the RIBA Stirling Prize is a prestigious recognition of British architecture and is awarded to “the architects of the building which has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.”. The six short listed buildings are picked by judges from a lengthy list of buildings that have received a RIBA award. The competion this year is particularly strong, and with the winner recieving £20,000.00, competition is extremely fierce. But which is your winner and why?

Our favourite has to be The Hepworth Gallery


RIBA President Angela Brady said: ‘We have an incredibly strong list of contenders. All of the shortlisted buildings demonstrate the essence of great architecture; they are human-scale buildings, places to inspire, entertain, educate and comfort their visitors and passers-by. Every building not only works beautifully from within but has a superb relationship with its surroundings, with a strong interplay between the two.’

For the second time since it began, the Awards ceremony is being held in the North West, this time in Manchester. To celebrate both the wondeful award and the strong support RIBA has in the region, there are many activities taking place that are well worth a visit:

Friday 12 October 2012
Architruck @ MediaCity UK, Salford Quays
Free from 8am – 5pm

Saturday 13 October 2012
Architruck @ Albert Square, Manchester city centre
Free from 10am – 6pm

MSA Architectural Bus Tour
from 1pm at Albert Square Manchester Town Hall
£9.50, email mark.percival@the-msa.co.uk

Stephen Hodder Exhibition Launch
from 2pm @ RIBA Hub
Free, Please RSVP to ribahub@aol.com

Manchester Central tour by architect Roger Stephenson OBE
from 3pm at Manchester Central, Petersfield, M2 3GX
Free, contact g.spilling@manchestercentral.co.uk

Sunday 14 October 2012
MSA Architectural Walking Tour
Sunday 14 October 2012, 1pm from National Football Museum
£5, email mark.percival@the-msa.co.uk


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Earle & Ginger Kitchens designer selected as finalist for Kitchen Design of the Year Award.

Earle & Ginger Kitchens Ava Morris has been selected as a finalist for ‘Kitchen Design of the Year (over 25k)’ in the 2012 Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards. The judges of the awards, run by Designer Kitchens and Bathroom Magazine, have shortlisted Ava’s design from over 300 entries.

The awards ceremony will take place on 15th November at The Tower of London, at what promises to be a glittering and exciting occasion.  Full coverage of the event and details of the finalists will be published in the December issue of ‘Designer Kitchens and Bathrooms’.

You can also keep up to date by liking our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/kitchen.designers.

More information about the awards is also available by following on twitter @earleandginger / @utopiakbmag / @designeronline / @designerkbaward / @thesbidsociety

Here’s a peak at the kitchen design that has deservedly made Ava a finalist of best Kitchen Design of the Year.

Earle & Ginger Ktichen designed by Ava Morris

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FREE Digital Radio from Neff ovens with your Earle & Ginger kitchen

Take advantage of this fantastic offer! When you order an Earle & Ginger kitchen choosing a Slide & Hide oven from Neff, you will receive a Pure Digital Radio absolutely FREE!

The radio’s are available in a choice of colours, teal, cherry, noir and pepper, and feature a kitchen timer and alarm. The Evoke Mio radio also has input for your iPod/MP3 player. The offer runs until 30th November 2012….pop into the showroom or give us a call for more details.

Free Pure Digital Radio with Earle & Ginger Kitchens

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Earle & Ginger Kitchens sponsor local festival

Earle & Ginger Kitchens Hale, are proud to sponsor The Denzell Gardens Book Festival  2012.  Following on from last years success, The Friends of Denzell Gardens are holding their annual book festival on Saturday 29th September at Denzell Gardens, Dunham Road, Bowdon, Cheshire, WA14 4QF (pedestrian access from Green Walk).

There’s lots to interest the whole family, and special appearances by some of the authors. Come along to the ‘Earle & Ginger Kitchens Marquee’ to meet Norwegian cookery author Signe Johansen who will be talking about her new book ‘Scandilicious’, full of delicious recipes to cook in your own kitchen.

For more information and a timetable of the days events visit http://denzellbookfest.wordpress.com/

Earle & Ginger sponsor book festival

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Earle & Ginger designed and installed the showpiece kitchen in this stunning contemporary home.
The following is an article from the Manchester Evening News.

A home that stops the traffic!

Susannah Wright January 19, 2012

‘People have been driving past our house, reversing, and getting out to take pictures!” laughs Sonia Pabla-Thomas. Passers-by have been intrigued to see the futuristic-looking section of the Victorian house – the juxtaposition of old and new is striking.

Originally built in 1886, the property on Manchester Road was occupied for decades by an eccentric householder who filled the garden with items such as a cannon, Greek statues, a Buddha, and several vintage cars.

“They’ve been asking us what we’ve been doing with the ‘cannon house’,” says Sonia, who adds that its quirkiness was one of the factors that drew her to it.

As it was derelict for several years, after the former owner died, Sonia, an architect, and husband Neil Thomas, an engineer, had to gut and rebuild the old house, while also adding a large, modern extension.

“The roof was crumbling and the floors were all up and down, and some of the internal beams weren’t properly attached,” says Sonia.

“But we’ve saved what we could and brought it up to modern standards.” As you view the house from the road, the white new section makes it stand out from the other properties around it.

There’s a large detached red-brick pub at one end of the road, a church at the other, and a few red-brick houses between. A nursing home stands opposite.

The property itself is a like a tale of two halves: a renovated Victorian villa stands next to a modernist construction with a cantilevered balcony which Sonia describes as espousing ‘gravity­defying structural gymnastics’.

The Victorian house has white rendered walls, modestly-sized windows and two double chimney pots, while the new section has huge windows.

Entering the plot via iron-work gates and a cobbled driveway, a restored gas lamp hugs one corner of the old section.

A Victorian black and white tiled porch gives way to a reception area with relaid authentic parquet flooring.

And the dining room has a lovely old iron and stone hearth, while stained glass panels top some of the windows.

Perhaps the crowning glory in the old part of the house is the bathroom.

With a high ceiling and large white tiles on the floor, an egg-shaped bath stands in the middle.

A huge glass panel stands behind it to create a wet-room shower area. Unusually, an antique wooden table holds a modern sink, while a large ornate mirror and glass chandelier add some opulence. It looks like the sort of room you wouldn’t dare make a mark in for fear of spoiling the effect.

Sonia and Neil bought the property, which is in Chorlton’s conservation area, two years ago for £490,000.

After gaining planning permission, they have spent eight months and around £400,000 on construction.

Although there are still some finishing touches to be done and the garden to landscape, they have had it valued at £1m.

They have called the house Willowbank and have pooled their skills in creating a home suitable for their three children aged under six, and Neil’s 19-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Sonia, 38, worked for a number of architect firms before setting up her own practice in Didsbury three years ago, called Space A+P.

Neil runs a company called Atelier One which creates huge moveable staging for acts such as Take That, U2 and Madonna, and has recently constructed a multi-million-pound botanical garden in Singapore.

He is also a lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture in the USA.

To contrast the painstaking work in securing the old house while rebuilding it, the modern extension went up in eight days. Prefabricated wooden panels with a steel structure are added to with large windows, including one which is nearly six metres high.

Its bold, square design includes a cantilevered balcony and a grass-roof play area.

A large white kitchen has an island with corian worktops; there are three sinks, two integrated ovens and microwave along with a plate warmer.

The kitchen and living room have a seamless white resin floor with under-floor heating. There are five bedrooms and a separate playroom across the two sections of house, and environmentally friendly aspects are a recurring theme in the home.

Insulation on the outside of the house goes further than building regulations require; there are solar panels; a heat recovery system which redistributes residual heat; and highly eficiency glazing.

Juggling motherhood with running a business and overseeing the renovation, has not been easy, Sonia admits.

“It’s been hard work, but we’ve had a great team around us.

“This was a beautiful old house but needed a lot doing to it.

“ It would have been cheaper to demolish it and build a new one, but we wanted to save it.

“We see it as giving the story of this house a new chapter.”

© MEN Media 2012



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