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How To Design A Low Maintenance Kitchen

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If you are anything like me, you are probably aware of the great gravitational pull a wonderful kitchen holds, as a social hub for family and friends within any home….

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Simple Elderflower Cordial

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This week I made my first batch of Elderflower cordial. It always strikes me as surprisingly easy and the results are fabulous so I thought I would share it with…

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Create The Perfect Festive Kitchen

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The classic saying “The kitchen is the heart of the home” is never truer than when the holidays come around. This season marks a special connecting of people as our…

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Maximise Your Small Kitchen

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“Though she be but little, she is fierce!”  ~ Shakespeare ~   We can of course safely assume that Shakepeare wasn’t contemplating kitchens when he famously penned the above words,…

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Fig & Fresh Oregano Foccacia

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I am super excited to be sharing this fabulous recipe with you all – courtesy of Luisa Ferreira who is the heart and soul behind Sardinha Fora da Lata, (Sardine…

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DESIGN A SHOW STOPPING KITCHEN!

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A kitchen is undeniably the hub of any home, with families spending more time there than in any other room in the house. Furthermore, it seems that the kitchen is…

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Delicious Apple Fritters – Clean eating!

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My ultimate favourite dessert has to be Apple Pie but with all the sugar and pastry and more sugar, not to mention the custard that usually accompanies it, I needed…

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SELECT THE RIGHT MATERIAL FOR YOUR KITCHEN FLOOR

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Planning a new kitchen is possibly one of the most exciting parts of home renovation or restyling, but getting it exactly right can be a minefield, with so many component…

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How To Design The Perfect Kitchen

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Designing a brand new kitchen from scratch is such an exciting prospect, but for those who have little experience in managing this type of project, the sheer scale of the…

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Plan A Truly Unforgettable Dinner Party!

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Social networking has slowly developed into an activity that is primarily enjoyed on screens, but the kind of social networking I want to talk about here is the sort where…

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Create A Clutter Free Zone

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A growing number of people are realising just how liberating it can be to own fewer things and have fewer things around you. Over time, many of us  appreciate that…

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Designing The Ultimate Larder Cabinet

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Once you have a generous Larder Cabinet in your kitchen, you will wonder how you ever coped without it and if you are currently in the process of designing a…

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A Kitchen That Is Quite Unlike Any Other!

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Starting from scratch and planning a brand new bespoke kitchen is such a wonderful opportunity. You get to add a dash of this and a splash of that to create…

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5 Inexpensive Ways To Beautify Your Home In An Afternoon!

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1. Style A Forgotten Area That Might Otherwise Be Overlooked You will typically find several places around the home that would benefit from a little styling to create an interesting…

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Refresh Your Home With An Easy & Inexpensive Update

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Sometimes you need a fast hack to refresh and update your home to get it looking its best for a viewing, some impending visitors or simply for  your own pleasure….

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Splurge On Your Splashback & Make It Count!

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In the kitchen, your splashback takes up a decent chunk of your visual real estate, so it makes sense to splurge on something beautiful  to make it really count. With…

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Green Cleaning Tips

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If, like many other people you prefer to avoid using harsh chemicals to clean your home you will enjoy our blog post ‘Green & Clean’, which explores the use of…

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Treat Your Kitchen To A Detox!

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Treating your kitchen to a reboot this month will leave it looking and feeling fresh and ready for the year ahead. Browse the list we have compiled below for some…

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Choosing The Right Kitchen Worktop

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Your choice of worktops is an important decision when undertaking any kitchen project as the design, material and positioning of your worktops will have a huge impact on the appearance…

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Gifting Bespoke Furniture

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A well crafted piece of bespoke furniture makes a wonderful gift for a loved one for any occasion and as a one off piece, the recipient will have the pleasure…

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Make Your Next Renovation Project Greener

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Every once in awhile an area of the home needs to be renovated or refreshed, either because it is looking tired and out of date, or because your style or…

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Roasting Your Own Pumpkin Seeds

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With Halloween coming up at the end of the month, there will be plenty of gorgeous pumpkins being carved and enjoyed over the next few weeks. Keep in mind when…

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10 Practical Storage Hacks For Your Kitchen

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As the heart of your home, the kitchen is a room that has to be ready for just about anything these days, from its primary purpose of preparing, cooking and…

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Painting Wooden Furniture

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The easiest and most cost effective way to update or refresh a solid wood kitchen or piece of furniture is to give it a makeover with a fresh coat of…

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Guilt Free Milkshake Recipe

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Our entire household has become obsessed with shakes and smoothies this year and with the incredible variety of blenders to choose from right now, getting plenty of goodness into your…

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Just for you: Baker Tom’s Rock Salt & Rosemary Focaccia Recipe

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Ingredients Starter 250g Strong white flour 750ml water 15g yeast Add-in 750g strong white flour 20g salt 10ml olive oil Large pinch of Rock Salt Sprigs of rosemary Method 1….

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Bathroom Storage Ideas

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The only way to keep your bathroom looking streamlined and tidy is to have some clever and efficient storage that will enable you to organise any unsightly clutter behind the…

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Beautiful, Bespoke Furniture

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Commissioning a bespoke piece of furniture is an exciting journey, giving you the opportunity to materialise an idea you have visualised, replicate other pieces of furniture in your home and…

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Ideas To Steal For A Country Kitchen

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Whether you plan to create a classic country kitchen or wish to put your own stamp on a country style kitchen by adding a few contemporary twists, we have some…

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Ten Kitchen Design Ideas To Inspire You

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Its easy to lose sight of the fine details when planning a new kitchen, but some of those little details can have a massive impact on functionality, making your life…

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Creating A Family Friendly Kitchen

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When designing a new kitchen it is crucial to pay close attention to the way the space will be used so that it enhances the lifestyle of the clients and…

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Perfecting Your Kitchen Design

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Creating a kitchen that represents you, your personality and your lifestyle takes a bit of planning (and often a great designer). Hopefully the following tips will help you to perfect…

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London Townhouse Kitchen

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This project was completed for a repeat customer who returned to us at GRK after having an extension built onto their existing kitchen. All of the cabinetry from the old…

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The Perfect Gift

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A recent survey showed that we spend an average of three years of our lives in the kitchen and so a beautiful kitchen is the ultimate gift to any family…

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My version of a zesty Lebanese salad: Fattoush

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Popular in the mountain areas of Lebanon, this salad is a meal in itself and you can vary the ingredients, because the dressins is so deliciously rich, that it binds…

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Clean Living

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Draws and storage space are paramount in this beautiful kitchen, completed recently by GRK in Somerset.    With a focus on natural materials and ultra-modern light fixtures, the design of this kitchen…

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Guest Blog: Nicky Grant Chocolates

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We are delighted to be able to offer you a guest blog post from a truly spectacular Cornish company, Nicky Grant Chocolates – Winner of the International Chocolate Awards 2012 and…

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Choosing Your Worktop

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How do you go about choosing the right material for the worktop in a new kitchen? Our clients tend to go for either granite, glass, composite or solid wood and…

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Turkish Coffee

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George Robinson loves coffee and is often asked to space for a coffee machine near the kitchen tops or seated areas of the kitchens that he designs. Turkish coffee though,…

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11 Ways To Refresh Your Kitchen

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Are you looking for ways to refresh your kitchen decor without taking the plunge and carrying out a full on renovation project? There are many cost effective ways to make…

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Big Ideas For Tiny Kitchens

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Searching online or through interiors magazines for inspiration for a new kitchen can be a frustrating experience for those of us who are working with an average sized kitchen as…

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Guest Blog: Wael Seaiby – Revolutionising the way we see plastic

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Named one of the Design Council’s top designers 2015, Wael Seaiby is an innovative designer whose exciting designs and strong environmental ethics are very close to our heart. Shortlisted for the…

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DESIGNING AN OPEN PLAN KITCHEN

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Open plan living spaces are an incredibly popular layout as they enable homeowners to increase the visual space of their square footage, increase airflow and natural light and create a…

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Breton Pancakes

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As many of you may know, Cornwall shares a lot with Brittany. Not least its Celtic heritage, St Michael’s Mount and the Mont Saint Michel and their love and production of cider!…

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GRK Featured In Cornwall Today!

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We were very pleased indeed to be featured in the wonderful Cornwall Today magazine last month, a wonderful write up that got 2015 off to a glowingly positive start..!

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CREATIVE KITCHEN DESIGN

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If you are planning to take the plunge and invest in a new kitchen this year, it is worthwhile investing some time to work out how you want your new…

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DESIGNING A GREEN KITCHEN

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We find that the majority of our clients share our environmentally friendly ethos and wish to incorporate some of their green values into their kitchen design.  There are numerous ways…

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AMEIJOAS NA CATAPLANA

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Serves Two I was in Portugal over Christmas and warmed to this historic dish that would, traditionally be cooked in a cataplana. The cataplana originated in the Algarve, it is…

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DESIGNING AN ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS KITCHEN

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Every new GRK kitchen begins with the clients ideas about the way they wish this crucial space to look, function and fit in with their day to day lives… One…

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INTERIOR DESIGN TIPS FOR A HAPPY HOME

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Great interior design should be beautiful and functional, but above all, it should make you feel good. Let’s take a look at some very simple, inexpensive ways to personalise your…

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PEACHY CUPCAKES

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These indulgent cupcakes are the ultimate taste of summer. They are so good, period. But don’t just take my word for it.. try them, you will love them. This recipe…

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RIDICULOUSLY EASY ICED COFFEE

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As a complete coffee addict this recipe is one of my absolute summer favourites. At this time of year when its warm outside I still need my coffee fix! Iced…

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TEN KITCHENS – TEN WINE RACKS

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With bespoke kitchen design, awkward spaces are no challenge because everything is tailor made to fit perfectly. One great way to deal with pesky gaps is to make them a…

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CREATING A FLEXIBLE, SOCIAL SPACE IN THE KITCHEN

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The desire for flexible living spaces and open plan living has lead to a huge change in the way we design and redesign our interiors. Whilst some home owners prefer…

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BREAKING THE OLD RULES…

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Trends in kitchen design will always change more slowly than in other areas of the home because in terms of expense, kitchens are a long term investment. It is however…

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MAKING THE KITCHEN ISLAND PART OF YOUR DESIGN SOLUTION

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The kitchen is arguably one of the hardest spaces within the home to get right. With so many practical and aesthetic considerations to work out, it is all too easy…

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RETRO-INSPIRED KITCHEN

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  Having been teased by images of various components of this kitchen lying on the drying rack in the GRK workshop a few weeks back I have been dying to…

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SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS FIG CAKE

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This is a wonderful recipe for anyone who has access to fresh figs.. Particularly when there is a glut! Figs freeze so well – just pop them into a freezer…

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REPURPOSED WINDOW FRAME

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When George and his wife had their property renovated a few years back they did their best to retain and restore as many of its original features as possible. This…

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NOW YOU SEE IT…

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Our kitchens work hard these days – gone are the days when they were simply used to prep food or eat meals, these days we use them as the central…

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70’S RETRO STYLE KITCHEN

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Some very lovely GRK clients are currently having their new kitchen fitted and I for one cannot wait to see some images of the finished article. The starting point for…

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WHICH WOOD YOU CHOOSE?

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There are so many different types of wood to choose from for your kitchen cabinets and furniture all of them have their own unique qualities and appeal and all of…

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PULL THE OTHER ONE…

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After choosing all the major elements of your kitchen, such as the cabinets, worktops, flooring etc, you will need to make decisions about the smaller, finishing touches like the handles….

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DESIGNING YOUR KITCHEN ISLAND

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Our lifestyles may vary wildly from one household to the next, but despite this, the kitchen is almost always the hub of the home where the majority of our family…

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PINT SIZED CHRISTMAS CAKES

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When it comes to baking cakes I am not exactly what you would call talented but these tiny little Christmas Cakes are an absolute doddle and dare I say idiot…

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THE CANDIED CITRUS PEEL EXPERIMENT

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So this week my kitchen is bursting with a variety of Christmas related food ‘projects’ and today whilst getting prepared to make some teeny Christmas cakes I realised I needed…

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DRUNKEN CHERRIES

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Whilst giving the larder cupboard a good sort this afternoon I came across a few jars of  wonderful ‘Drunken Cherries’ that I preserved back in June when we had cherries…

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LIQUID GOLD

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Last week we took our olives to be pressed at the local ‘Lagar de Azeite’ and finally got to taste the result of all our hard work. The mill we…

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OLIVE PICKING IN CENTRAL PORTUGAL

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I am very relieved to have finished picking our olive crop this year.  Much as I enjoyed picking them in the sunshine in the company of my good friends, it…

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FIND GRK ON ETSY !

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Here at GRK we are deeply committed to protecting our environment and have a strong eco-friendly policy. We are often asked to recycle or to add vintage elements to our…

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ENHANCE YOUR CONTEMPORARY LIVING SPACE WITH VINTAGE FINDS

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Using vintage or antique pieces in your in interior design gives you an opportunity to inject some real personality and depth into the room you are furnishing.  The modern vintage…

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SUNSHINE DRIED TOMATOES

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Earlier this summer I experimented with drying cherry tomatoes on trays in the car – I figured that if it was hot enough to weld the back of my legs…

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GREEN TOMATO CHUTNEY

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My vegetable patch in my garden here in Central Portugal is now in full swing and I have been religiously watering it every day. The aubergines and onions are coming…

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A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE.

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For me, being surrounded by clutter makes me feel stressed and impacts upon my organisational skills in a big way. I am not saying I never get in a mess……

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THE KITCHEN TRIANGLE

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  What Is The Kitchen Triangle? The kitchen triangle is a model that was developed back in the 1940’s to achieve the most efficient kitchen design layout. The basic principle…

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GEORGE THE KID

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So I guess you are probably wondering what the heck goats have to do with bespoke kitchens..? The answer: absolutely nothing! But those of you who follow the GRK page…

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WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT!?

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The very first thing I noticed about this new kitchen by GRK was the handles…. (nice touch), they are are a great design and a favourite of mine. Then I…

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CHEF’S KITCHEN

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The latest kitchen created by GRK is this stunning, contemporary ‘Chef’s Kitchen’.This light and airy room has bi-fold doors linking the inside and outside spaces effectively. Each area of the…

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IS LIFE TOO SHORT?

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  I guess I am what you would call house proud, the type of person who has to have her house in order to avoid feeling completely jumbled in the…

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WHO SAID WHITE CABINETS WERE BORING?

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When making choices about any aspect  of your interior design it certainly pays to go for the most ‘timeless’ look where possible as otherwise you risk creating a space that…

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WHATS IN YOUR BANGERS?

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At the end of last year I decided to buy a decent quality mincing machine and sausage maker so that I could produce quality sausages, mince and burgers for my…

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INDUCTION HOBS AND KNOBBLY BITS

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We had our new  kitchen fitted in early 2011 and were really keen to get an induction hob at the time, drawn to the fact that they are so much…

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ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL…

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Whilst people occasionally choose to be daring with their kitchen cabinets and opt for a bold colour, the leading trend is to choose white or a pale neutral. For the…

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BESPOKE SPLASHBACK UNITS

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In choosing bespoke kitchen furniture, you immediately open up endless opportunities to personalise your kitchen and create a one off, unique space to suit your personality and your home. But it is…

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FIFTY SEVEN SHADES OF GREY

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I guess I should begin by telling you that my interest in grey has absolutely nothing to do with a Mr Grey and purely relates to the use of grey…

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STRIVING FOR PERFECTION

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A brand new kitchen is not exactly the cheapest purchase you will make for your home,  so there is a lot of pressure to get it right, after all  this…

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THE LARDER RETURNS…

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Many moons ago, before every home owned a fridge and freezer, families had to rely on other methods to keep their provisions and perishables fresh. A variety of techniques were…

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ADDING CURVE APPEAL TO THE KITCHEN

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Traditionally, kitchens are designed using straight lines and sharp angles which follow the typical straight lines of the spaces we inhabit, but there are many benefits to using flowing lines and…