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Kitchen Design for Summer Living

We’re in the middle of a great British summer and this week is forecast to be a scorcher! It’s the perfect time for alfresco dining, entertaining friends on long warm evenings, or gathering the whole family together for a Sunday afternoon barbecue.

However you decide to spend the time, a good kitchen design can help you make the most of this seasons indoor/outdoor entertaining.

So take some inspiration from this slideshow of kitchens that we’ve designed and installed in our customers homes, give us a call and start planning that party!

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Personalising your kitchen

We all have different tastes and although kitchen designs follow current trends, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a design that reflects your own needs and lifestyle. Adding personal touches to your kitchen can make all the difference, and that’s why it’s so important for us to learn your likes and dislikes at our first meeting, before we begin planning your new kitchen. Every kitchen we create for our customers, whether it’s a contemporary or classic space, is designed to reflect their personality and enhance daily life.

The layout of each kitchen is naturally influenced by the amount of space available. Islands are popular and can work as both storage areas and a place to eat. You can also build in extra sinks or a hob if desired.

More and more customers like to incorporate a seating area into their kitchens, so that when family and friends gather they can relax together while meals are prepared. At home entertaining has become increasingly popular, so we can incorporate bespoke drinks cabinets or a wine fridge into your dream kitchen.

Colour is also a great way to give your kitchen some personality. Whether you prefer bold colours on doors and walls or pastel tones, with smaller splashes of colour, it’s the perfect way to make your kitchen individual and a part of your home that you enjoy spending time in.

You’ll see lots of individual designs for our customers here on our website. Why not pop in to one of our showrooms to see our latest displays. You can also make an appointment with one of our designers for a free consultation to discuss ideas and begin planning your ideal kitchen.

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A busy year at Earle & Ginger Kitchens

We really can’t believe how quickly 2017 is going by! It’s been a busy year at Earle & Ginger Kitchens and we’ve a lot to celebrate during the coming festive season.

Our Urmston showroom

It’s just over a year since our largest showroom in Urmston opened and what a great year it has been. We’re building several new kitchen displays at the moment, which will continue to show our customers the latest trends in design and appliances. We’ve also recruited several new designers and installation staff to our happy and expanding team to ensure that our customer service is second to none.

Paula Bather – Stockton Heath showroom

We then opened a brand new showroom in the centre of Stockton Heath last Spring. Showroom manager Paula Bather is enjoying being in the heart of the town and bringing beautiful kitchens to the surrounding area. The showroom has a range of classic and contemporary designs to suit all tastes and lifestyles.

Our Didsbury showroom is as busy and popular as ever and the Hale showroom is undergoing a complete change of displays ready for 2018. So if you’re in the area make sure you call in to see them.

We’re currently putting together a brand new kitchen design brochure for 2018, which will be available to download from our website in January. It will feature some of the gorgeous kitchens we’ve designed for our clients during this last year, as well as lots of ideas for the different finishes and appliances available, which will make your kitchen a pleasure to spend time in and the envy of your friends.

We are now the largest independent kitchen retailer in the North West and are looking forward to meeting with more customers in the new year. So if you have time in the run up to Christmas take a look at our current brochure, and pop in to see us at your nearest showroom to get some ideas for your beautiful new Earle & Ginger kitchen.

Thank you to our clients over the past year, we really value your custom. From everyone at Earle & Ginger Kitchens we wish you all a very Merry Christmas & Happy and Healthy New Year.

Our Didsbury, Stockton Heath, Urmston and Hale Kitchen Showrooms at Christmas

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We’re opening in Urmston tomorrow

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It’s been a fantastic effort by all of our staff and the fitters who’ve worked so hard over the last few months…. and finally tomorrow (Tuesday 19th July) the doors will open on our new kitchen showroom in Urmston.

There’ll be demonstrations of the latest appliances from AEG during the week and if you’re quick, you’ll be able to try some of the delicious food being cooked up in our ‘working’ kitchen.

There’ll also be some great offers and deals available, so pop in for a browse around and meet our fantastic team. Open weekdays 9.30 am to 6pm and Saturday 10am – 6pm. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Christmas at Earle & Ginger Kitchens

Christmas at our Hale kitchen design showroom

Christmas at our Hale kitchen showroom

The Christmas countdown has begun, parties are organised and everyone is busy shopping for food and gifts. Our Hale and Didsbury kitchen design showrooms have been decorated and we’re working hard to complete new designs and finish installations before the big day.

Christmas is probably the busiest time of year in the kitchen, and we’re sure that all of our customers over the last year are making the most of their new kitchens and enjoying using their new appliances to bake and cook all of the Christmas treats.

After all of the celebrations you may feel that your own kitchen is in need of a freshen up or maybe a complete re-design. So at the beginning of January we’ll be releasing a new brochure to download for 2016 featuring kitchens that we’ve designed and installed for our customers this year, including hand painted classics and sleek, contemporary designs. Take a look for inspiration or browse the galleries on our website. Our designers will be happy to greet you in our showrooms to discuss your ideas and advise you on a bespoke design to fit in with your lifestyle.

 

 

 

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If it was your kitchen…..?

There are 6 designers on our team at Earle & Ginger, and as your designers, we often spend our time scratching our heads and pooling our ideas together to make sure we can make your dream kitchen become a reality, no matter what the circumstances. During the design stage we often get asked that age old question, which is incredibly difficult for us to answer; because it all comes down to personal taste. As much as we can suggest ideas and provide you with all the information you need, ultimately you will still end up making your own decision.

 

So, what would we do if it was our Kitchen?

As you can imagine, we hold an incredible amount of information in our heads, and in our showrooms, of all the different styles, colours and materials available for your bespoke kitchen; and like you, we all have different tastes and opinions on what we think looks good. So, wanting to try a little experiment, myself and Lucy have taken some time to think about what our own personal kitchen would be like if we had no restrictions at all. It was really difficult to get started on this because just trying to choose a style is bad enough, traditional, classic, modern, European, rustic, industrial, lofty… overload… beginning to understand how our clients feel!

 

Lucy’s Kitchen

Lucy is Earle & Ginger’s head designer and the manager of the Hale showroom, she has many years under her belt and has created some incredibly inventive and completely bespoke designs, which can be viewed in our gallery. She has very strong ideas of what she likes and I always thought she might have opted for a sleek glossy design, but I love her interesting choice (and I’m a little gutted I didn’t think of it).

Lucy opted for a modern ‘Italian’ style kitchen which would boast lots of hidden storage in very slim tall larders and wall units, accompanied by lots of open shelving; and a mix of textures to create a warm & inviting space.

“I like the use of the wall and base units as a division within an open plan space.”

Being a true modernist, clean lines and linear shapes are a must with Lucy, along with sculptural forms and use of furniture to divide open spaces appropriately.

 

“European design interests me, particularly Italian design and it is often the continent I turn to for inspiration.”

 

Ultimately I would love my new kitchen to have a very similar feel to this Leicht kitchen (above). The deep and raw feel of the wood grain used contrasts so well against the matte or gloss neutral units, it’s a modern scheme that still manages to feel warm. Although I think I would break the back bank up to allow for extra work surface.

Getting down to practically, there are a few specific items that Lucy said were vital to making this kitchen her own, one is a Miele Sous chef warming drawer.  Once the colder months roll in, she loves making one pot soups and casseroles, and the simplicity of a sous chef makes it an easy job.

An induction hob was key to keeping the clean lines of the kitchen and to allowing her to use a traditional whistling kettle, which also eliminates the need for extra plug sockets and even a hot water tap.

Instead of a microwave Lucy opted for a steam oven to enable her to retain the flavour and vitamins of her food which a much tastier result than from a microwave.

The final item that Lucy needed for her dream kitchen was a larder fridge with humidity control to ensure all those veggies stay fresh for a longer period of time; and a small ice box as she doesn’t often require a freezer.

 

Francesca’s Kitchen

I’ll just start off saying that I found this task so difficult, there are so many different materials and colours I would love to use in my own kitchen but looking over my research there were a few reoccurring options so I felt that must be the right choice. Similar to Lucy’s kitchen, my kitchen has European influences, is incredibly linear and uses a mix of natural materials alongside the likes of gloss and quartz. With a slightly Scandinavian style, my attention is always drawn to pale washed woods, white & nude, and chunky materials such as a 60 or 80mm quartz worktop.

The image below, found on trusty Pinterest, was one of the first images that stood out to me, I love the linear lines and the play of depths and levels with the contemporary wall units. I feel for such a square kitchen it adds depth and interest to something that could have risked being quite flat. The colour scheme is on point for me, white with warm mushroom greys and modern wood textures, it’s feminine without being ‘girly’ which can sometimes be a difficult look to achieve in the kitchen. (If I had to choose one, this would be my exact kitchen!)

 

Although I enjoy contemporary styling’s, it’s important to me that the kitchen stays warm and inviting; which is why I think I’m so keen on wood as a main material. In terms of  actually using the kitchen, I enjoy cooking but I can safely say I won’t be hosting any extravagant parties, so minimal but functional appliances are perfect for me.

Personally I love the look and features involved with Siemens appliances so my first instinct is to opt for them for my cooking. Steam ovens are popular at Earle & Ginger and I don’t think any of us would turn down the chance to have one. A steam oven is a must for me, almost any meal can be made in a steam oven with a lot less prepping and attending to your cooking, but with maximum flavour and nutrients locked in. Who doesn’t love easy gourmet cooking!?

A pyrolitic (self cleaning) single oven would accompany the steam, no more scrubbing combined with perfect baking & roasting results thanks to the huge selection of pre set programmes available with the likes of iQ700 models.

Making sure my new Quartz worktops are kept clean and tidy, a Quooker boiling water tap would save me energy, money and clutter which is a pet hate of mine!

Finally, to give me optimum storage space a slimline dishwasher would suit me perfectly, it has all the same features as a full size model but leaves me more room for cupboards & drawers.

 

Although mine and Lucy’s kitchens appear to be fairly similar the detailing and specifications make them very different,and very personal, to the ways in which each of us use our kitchens on a daily basis. I found this task so difficult and can understand more now than ever, what our clients go through when trying to even get started on a design; which normally leads them to ask “What would you do if it was your kitchen?”.

 

In relation to this post I will be putting some tips & advice together for you on how to make the design process easier, if you’re currently struggling to design your kitchen. As a designer we can easily create a practical layout or even a show stopping kitchen full of gadgets and gizmos; however it’s up to you to specify what you need and to ensure that the space will work for you and your needs. Don’t let our creativity run away with us, because if you do…… you’ll end up with one of our kitchens! ^^^^

If you’d like to talk to one of our designers about creating your perfect kitchen, use the tab above and choose your local showroom and get in touch.

 


 

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The design process: Part 1 – The Plan

Over the next few weeks, myself & Jane will be creating a detailed 3 part blog series that will illustrate the design & installation process that you can expect to follow when you choose Earle & Ginger for your new kitchen. We hope it will give you an insight into how we work on your project and how our award winning kitchens end up in your home.

Here at Earle & Ginger we strive to design and create the kitchen of your dreams with you in mind. There are various skills and tools we use to make the design practical and realistic for you to view and understand. After we have discussed your needs and wants for your new kitchen, we get started on designing the furniture, style and detailed workings of the kitchen, all by hand.

 

A plan drawing showing an induction hob and pan drawers below.

 

With the introduction of CAD software into the industry, hand drawn plans seem to be becoming a dying trade and a skill that has been quickly over taken by the new technologies. At Earle & Ginger we relish ourselves as designers and feel strongly that we will always hand draw our plans and use them in conjunction with CAD software to get the most out of our designs. Using a delicate set of ink drawing pens and a scale ruler we draw up every aspect of your kitchen completely to scale including intricate detailing on hobs, sinks and even internal storage.

 

The drawing tools we rely on to create our skillfully drawn plans.

 

As a designer, hand drawing our plans enables us to get a real feel for the space we are working with and allows us to create a kitchen best suited to your needs. As a customer you can use our drawings to understand the technical layout and construction of your kitchen which paired with our CAD visuals will give you the best idea of how you kitchen will look and work once fully installed.

Another hand drawn plan illustrating the sink area of a kitchen design.

 

All of our designers at Earle & Ginger are fully trained to the highest standard of plan drawing including the newer members of our team; we all find it incredibly relaxing to sit down with your requests and our ideas, take pen to paper and create your dream kitchen. Next week you’ll get an insight into how we pair or CAD visuals with our hand drawn plans to create a realistic 3D version of your new kitchen.

 

Our Didsbury showroom manager Ava, designing & configuring a kitchen.
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February 2013 Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms Magazine

We are thrilled to have been featured for a second time in the February issue of Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms magazine.As Seen in Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms Magazine

This time the 8 page article shows our involvement with architect Sonia Pabla-Thomas of Space: Architecture + Planning, who asked us to assist in the design and installation of this beautiful Corian kitchen at her home in Chorlton.

Working with Space: Architecture +Planning - Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms magazine

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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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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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