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Kitchen House: Designers and suppliers of the ‘WOW’ factor

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‘The Kitchen’: the heart of the home. For centuries the kitchen has been the source of all mankind’s joy (food that is), but recently it has taken on a far greater role in our daily lives. No longer just a place for our cherished home cooking, but more so a hub for entertaining. More and more homeowners are opting to transform their culinary chambers into opened-up lavish living spaces, complete with all the bells and whistles. We got in touch with one of Dorset’s leading independent kitchen designers to find out what is on trend for this and the coming year… Since being established in 1987, the company has evolved enormously to meet the needs…

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The Brand New Products That We Just Can’t Get Enough Of

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Owner of Ripples Bournemouth Victoria Lombard chats to us about the products they love at Ripples this month 1. New towel frame for washbasins Brand new from Kartell by Laufen, this design led collection introduces a new towel frame for their washbasin. Give your bathroom a nod of industrial styling by opting for either the matt black or chrome frame. Towel frame from £360 (including VAT). Sizes from: 395w x 440d x 785h mm. 2. New porcelain marble effect tiles On first glance this looks like a beautiful marble bathroom. If we told you that the tiles weren’t marble and that they were in fact, BRAND NEW porcelain marble effect tiles from a NEW collection at Ripples…

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Smarter Heating Saves You Money

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Up to £400 off an annual dual fuel bill of £1385 Now be honest, you have had the heating on already haven’t you? As summer draws to a close there is a definite chill in the air and we have all been tempted to put the heating on but imagine being able to automatically control and ‘zone’ your heating, saving money and energy, all the while making life a little easier. ‘Nest’, ‘Hive’ and other single ‘Smart Thermostats’ are familiar products thanks to high visibility TV campaigns but how do these technologies stack up against Loxone? The key driver of most ‘smart’ heating systems is the promise of energy and cost savings. Single ‘Smart Thermostats’…

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Ask the Expert: How Can I Get the Most from My Garden?

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WHY not bring the outside in, with a new bi-fold door or picture window? The sun is still out and we’ve had a fantastic summer this year but if you’ve been enjoying your garden in the fine weather, are you now dreading the wet weather setting in? Have you considered patio doors? Installing bi-folds, or the latest ‘slide and swing’ windows, will open up your home to overlook the fruits of your labour, from the comfort of being inside in the warm, as often as you like? They’re a great way to maximise natural light, transforming a normal room into a haven where you want to spend more time. Richmond Home Improvement Co is Dorset’s…

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Welcome to Bearwood Property Services

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Bearwood Property Services – Roof Windows is Dorset’s premier certified installers of Velux products, as well as being a member of the government endorsed Trust Mark Network. Covering Dorset, Hampshire, Wilshire & generally a 50 mile radius (but a little bit more if you ask us nicely), we have over a decade of experience in the property industry and offer numerous services for residential clients who are looking to either have a brand new Velux installation or an upgrade/repair of an existing one. VELUX Sun Tunnels, Natural Daylight Solutions A popular request is for a sun tunnel to be installed, many houses have bathrooms, hallways and other rooms where daylight only enters when you open…

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Dunkley Tiles & Bathrooms, Discover Your Dreams

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Enter the Dunkley’s showroom: arriving at their site you would have found it hard to imagine that this very much industrial ground, could contain such a stunning interior. I mean this with only the highest regards for their interior of course and not to say that their grounds are in anyway poorly kept – but there is no denying that from the outside everything seems to be a very ordinary warehouse courtyard. Well if you shared the same opinion, you’d be very wrong…. As we all gathered in their first showroom, we found ourselves moving at a fraction of a snails pace, just trying to take it all in. Throughout, the walls and floors were…

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Sarah Ali Choudhury, The Tale of A Rising Star

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So tell us Sarah, how did you get into Indian cooking? I was born into the Indian catering industry and at the age of 15 I used to help out at my parent’s restaurants but only at the front of house. I was recognised as the first Asian female to run an Indian restaurant at the age of 19. I got into cooking more recently due to staff shortages. Every time I go to visit my mum she’s busy in the kitchen. So I thought, might as well join in! I feel the need to create recipes that are new, exciting and delicious but more importantly, quick to conjure up. What’s your favourite dish and…

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Connecting Interior with Exterior Spaces

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Making a connection between your interior and exterior spaces can add a number of benefits to your home. If you pride yourself on your garden, you’re sure to want to enjoy the view as many times as possible throughout the year, and bi-fold doors are a great way to do this. Bi-fold doors are a great way to maximise the natural light which comes into your home, having more natural light can instantly transform a room for the better, and turn it into a space where you want to spend more time. There’s no doubt that bi-fold doors can be an element in truly personalising your home. There is a great variety of designs available…

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Basic Elegance: Experts in Interior Design

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Basic Elegance Furnishings is one of the UK’s leading furnishing and interior design companies, based in Longham, near Bournemouth. We offer a huge online selection of luxury and bespoke furniture at incredibly low prices and our brand new showrooms display some of our most popular pieces. We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality furniture, at truly unbeatable prices. So whether you’re looking for bedroom, dining or living room furniture, or you are in need of an interior design service, Basic Elegance is the one-stop shop for all your furnishing and interior design needs. We cater for clients who require an Interior Designer in Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset and the surrounding areas and even venture nationwide…

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Tincleton Lifestyle

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Tincleton Lifestyle, providing everything you need for your indoor & outdoor lifestyle. Tincleton Lifestyle Centre is probably Dorset’s Finest outlet for all of your Alfresco and Garden Room Furniture requirements. Situated just two miles off of the A35 from Puddletown, the business has extensive showrooms within traditional farm buildings, displaying one of the largest ranges of furniture under one roof. You are welcome to browse, touch and try the varied collections from well known brands such as Alexander Rose, Barlow Tyrie, Bramblecrest, Bridgman, Gloster, Neptune and Westminster, which sit alongside our more niche brands of Vincent Sheppard, Oxley’s and Sika Design. All tastes and budgets are catered for, from the traditional, classical and timeless to…

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Kitchen House: Designers and suppliers of the ‘WOW’ factor

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‘The Kitchen’: the heart of the home. For centuries the kitchen has been the source of all mankind’s joy (food that is), but recently it has taken on a far greater role in our daily lives. No longer just a place for our cherished home cooking, but more so a hub for entertaining. More and more homeowners are opting to transform their culinary chambers into opened-up lavish living spaces, complete with all the bells and whistles. We got in touch with one of Dorset’s leading independent kitchen designers to find out what is on trend for this and the coming year… Since being established in 1987, the company has evolved enormously to meet the needs…

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Kitchen House: Designers and suppliers of the ‘WOW’ factor

Kitchen-House-149_1

‘The Kitchen’: the heart of the home. For centuries the kitchen has been the source of all mankind’s joy (food that is), but recently it has taken on a far greater role in our daily lives. No longer just a place for our cherished home cooking, but more so a hub for entertaining. More and more homeowners are opting to transform their culinary chambers into opened-up lavish living spaces, complete with all the bells and whistles. We got in touch with one of Dorset’s leading independent kitchen designers to find out what is on trend for this and the coming year… Since being established in 1987, the company has evolved enormously to meet the needs…

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The Brand New Products That We Just Can’t Get Enough Of

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Owner of Ripples Bournemouth Victoria Lombard chats to us about the products they love at Ripples this month 1. New towel frame for washbasins Brand new from Kartell by Laufen, this design led collection introduces a new towel frame for their washbasin. Give your bathroom a nod of industrial styling by opting for either the matt black or chrome frame. Towel frame from £360 (including VAT). Sizes from: 395w x 440d x 785h mm. 2. New porcelain marble effect tiles On first glance this looks like a beautiful marble bathroom. If we told you that the tiles weren’t marble and that they were in fact, BRAND NEW porcelain marble effect tiles from a NEW collection at Ripples…

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Smarter Heating Saves You Money

Amica-149_2

Up to £400 off an annual dual fuel bill of £1385 Now be honest, you have had the heating on already haven’t you? As summer draws to a close there is a definite chill in the air and we have all been tempted to put the heating on but imagine being able to automatically control and ‘zone’ your heating, saving money and energy, all the while making life a little easier. ‘Nest’, ‘Hive’ and other single ‘Smart Thermostats’ are familiar products thanks to high visibility TV campaigns but how do these technologies stack up against Loxone? The key driver of most ‘smart’ heating systems is the promise of energy and cost savings. Single ‘Smart Thermostats’…

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Ask the Expert: How Can I Get the Most from My Garden?

Alex-Eaton-149_1

WHY not bring the outside in, with a new bi-fold door or picture window? The sun is still out and we’ve had a fantastic summer this year but if you’ve been enjoying your garden in the fine weather, are you now dreading the wet weather setting in? Have you considered patio doors? Installing bi-folds, or the latest ‘slide and swing’ windows, will open up your home to overlook the fruits of your labour, from the comfort of being inside in the warm, as often as you like? They’re a great way to maximise natural light, transforming a normal room into a haven where you want to spend more time. Richmond Home Improvement Co is Dorset’s…

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Welcome to Bearwood Property Services

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Bearwood Property Services – Roof Windows is Dorset’s premier certified installers of Velux products, as well as being a member of the government endorsed Trust Mark Network. Covering Dorset, Hampshire, Wilshire & generally a 50 mile radius (but a little bit more if you ask us nicely), we have over a decade of experience in the property industry and offer numerous services for residential clients who are looking to either have a brand new Velux installation or an upgrade/repair of an existing one. VELUX Sun Tunnels, Natural Daylight Solutions A popular request is for a sun tunnel to be installed, many houses have bathrooms, hallways and other rooms where daylight only enters when you open…

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Dunkley Tiles & Bathrooms, Discover Your Dreams

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Enter the Dunkley’s showroom: arriving at their site you would have found it hard to imagine that this very much industrial ground, could contain such a stunning interior. I mean this with only the highest regards for their interior of course and not to say that their grounds are in anyway poorly kept – but there is no denying that from the outside everything seems to be a very ordinary warehouse courtyard. Well if you shared the same opinion, you’d be very wrong…. As we all gathered in their first showroom, we found ourselves moving at a fraction of a snails pace, just trying to take it all in. Throughout, the walls and floors were…

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Sarah Ali Choudhury, The Tale of A Rising Star

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So tell us Sarah, how did you get into Indian cooking? I was born into the Indian catering industry and at the age of 15 I used to help out at my parent’s restaurants but only at the front of house. I was recognised as the first Asian female to run an Indian restaurant at the age of 19. I got into cooking more recently due to staff shortages. Every time I go to visit my mum she’s busy in the kitchen. So I thought, might as well join in! I feel the need to create recipes that are new, exciting and delicious but more importantly, quick to conjure up. What’s your favourite dish and…

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Connecting Interior with Exterior Spaces

Visibilis-1_148

Making a connection between your interior and exterior spaces can add a number of benefits to your home. If you pride yourself on your garden, you’re sure to want to enjoy the view as many times as possible throughout the year, and bi-fold doors are a great way to do this. Bi-fold doors are a great way to maximise the natural light which comes into your home, having more natural light can instantly transform a room for the better, and turn it into a space where you want to spend more time. There’s no doubt that bi-fold doors can be an element in truly personalising your home. There is a great variety of designs available…

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Basic Elegance: Experts in Interior Design

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Basic Elegance Furnishings is one of the UK’s leading furnishing and interior design companies, based in Longham, near Bournemouth. We offer a huge online selection of luxury and bespoke furniture at incredibly low prices and our brand new showrooms display some of our most popular pieces. We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality furniture, at truly unbeatable prices. So whether you’re looking for bedroom, dining or living room furniture, or you are in need of an interior design service, Basic Elegance is the one-stop shop for all your furnishing and interior design needs. We cater for clients who require an Interior Designer in Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset and the surrounding areas and even venture nationwide…

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Tincleton Lifestyle

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Tincleton Lifestyle, providing everything you need for your indoor & outdoor lifestyle. Tincleton Lifestyle Centre is probably Dorset’s Finest outlet for all of your Alfresco and Garden Room Furniture requirements. Situated just two miles off of the A35 from Puddletown, the business has extensive showrooms within traditional farm buildings, displaying one of the largest ranges of furniture under one roof. You are welcome to browse, touch and try the varied collections from well known brands such as Alexander Rose, Barlow Tyrie, Bramblecrest, Bridgman, Gloster, Neptune and Westminster, which sit alongside our more niche brands of Vincent Sheppard, Oxley’s and Sika Design. All tastes and budgets are catered for, from the traditional, classical and timeless to…

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Dream Kitchens & Bathrooms: If you have the skill, no project is impossible

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How did the company start? Paul Cunliffe has been in the industry for over 20 years, obtaining a high level of expertise and knowledge in that time. He wanted to take his skills to a new level and be able to share his vision with others. By launching of his own business Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms, he is now able to take the industry by storm. What is it you strive for, for your customers? Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms wants to take it to the next level by not only installing beautiful kitchens and bathrooms, but to be able to offer a bespoke design service. So that you can feel totally confident that what you’re…

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Food Review: Monty’s Burger Lounge

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Aaah Monty’s Burger Lounge, the second in line to the Monty name. After years on success at their primary restaurant in Pokesdown, the team at Monty’s decided to open up a second meat-loving joint in Bournemouth’s hustling and bustling town centre. Their dedication to top-notch burgers hasn’t gone un-noticed; in fact most locals would consider it THE place to go for a sumptuous patty, not to mention all of the other delicious goodies they serve. Their food philosophy is rather charming if not somewhat quirky. A philosophy that says, “hey, we do things a little differently around here, and we think you’re going to like it”. To be more precise: “to enjoy every burger we…

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Full Scream Ahead: For the thrill seekers!

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‘Go on a RIB’ they said, ‘you’ll have fun’ they said…well you know what: they were absolutely right! What an amazing day. The team at House had been invited to day of seafaring ‘Bond’ style. Definitely not for the fainthearted, this adrenaline pumping thrill ride propelled our sluggish Monday morning vibes well and truly away. With our captain for the day ‘Tony Jacques’ at the helm, we couldn’t wait to get out onto the open water. If you’ve never heard of (or never quite understood) the difference between various boating vessels, here’s a little insider info: our water motor for the day was a one of a kind, super speedy, ‘Technohull RIB’. RIB stands for…

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Sarah Ali Choudhury, Passion Makes Perfect: The Tale of A Rising Star

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We’ve had our fair share of tasty food reviews at House, but this was a first. We had been invited down to Purewell Electric’s show kitchen, to enjoy a ‘how to’ demonstration, where the very talented ‘Sarah Ali Choudhury’ (remember that name folks!) taught us the ins and outs of Indian Cuisine. The space itself is stunning. A state of the art show kitchen complete with the latest kitchen tech: induction hob, self-cleaning ovens, and glossy worktops. Not to mention the fully stocked cupboards, packed with all the utensils one could ever wish for. The kitchen is set up almost like a theatre, with tiered seats and all lights pointing at the main event –…

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Powerboat P1: Powerboat racing and jet ski action returns to Bournemouth

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We got the chance to catch up with Robert Wicks, the Chief Operating Officer of Powerboat P1, to find out about the upcoming Grand Prix of the Sea to be staged in Bournemouth supported by the Coastal BID. Firstly (to those of you who might be wondering) let’s clarify the wild-watersports world of ‘P1 Racing’: As arguably the fastest growing marine motorsport series in the world, you can’t (or soon won’t be able to) deny the waves that this sport is making, and it’s not just here in the UK either – the company runs an identical series in the USA and has just opened offices in Malaysia to launch the brand in Asia. Don’t…

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Vantage Point: Keep Letting, Less Stressing

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Jon Duignan, the owner and managing director of Vantage Point took the time to explain how his company can help make you a pretty penny out of your unoccupied property: “This particular client (as in the photos in this article) is away a lot working, so it’s not really being used for almost 6 months of the year. Which is where we (Vantage Point) can help. The property owner will give us the dates that he doesn’t intend to occupy the property for, then we make it our mission to fill those dates with renters via the Airbnb website” For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Airbnb service. Here’s a little insider information:…

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Haroys Artistry in Carpentry

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Haroys has been trading as a bespoke joinery business since 1976, focusing their attention on superiorly high quality products. Based in the harbour-side town of Poole, the raw craftsmanship element of the business lends itself to its surroundings. After all, centuries ago Poole was the place to commission carpenters and other such tradesmen, to build grand wooden ships. Now in more modern times, the business has created excellent working relationships with local tradesmen, builders, architects and property developers – building a strong network of local, reliable professionals, that together make up a superb network that can cater to all your home design needs. With nine craftsmen under their wing, their team brings an eclectic mix…

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Vantage Point: Keep Letting, Less Stressing

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We popped by to meet the team down at ‘Vantage Point’ in Bournemouth town centre, to find out what they’re doing to enable more of us to let out our homes via ‘Airbnb’. We caught up with owner ‘Jon Duignan’ to get some more information… Landlords, holiday homeowners; lend us your ears! What if you could earn yourself a massive increase in your rental income, plus a huge tax release on your earnings? The answer lies within this interview. ‘Airbnb’: the latest in travel accommodation. It consists of an online portal that enables homeowners to rent out their property/flats/cottages, to holidaymakers. This service is totally changing the travel industry, with more and more people opting…

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Food Review: The Libertine

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‘Libertine’ (by dictionary definition): a freethinker; one who freely indulges in pleasures. Well if you can’t beat them join them, as they say – onward to ‘pleasuretown’! Also known as, ‘The Libertine’. Situated in Westbourne, this independent gem has locals flocking for what they have to offer. Their mission and ethos is both charming and refreshingly honest: “To embrace freethinking, in a generally enjoyable atmosphere. By providing fresh, quality food, paired perfectly with a good wine list and great beers and ales”. What more could you ask for? The gastro pub is divided up into three sections: the main bar area, the informal dining area and the eloquently entitled ‘Forge’ – an outdoor/indoor eatery space…

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Smart Home Rentals: If Lettings Give you Lemons, Let Us Make Lemonade!

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We met with the team down at Smart Home Rentals to find out how they are challenging people’s perception of your typical Lettings Agent. We absolutely loved them and we think you will too! Managing Director ‘Sasha Boaltovich’ took the time to give us the inside scoop… How and when did the company start? In my friends back garden (laughs). I was actually working in London at the time, because I’m a qualified fashion designer. I was working in menswear, after graduating from The Arts University in Bournemouth. But after three years of working in that environment I decided I didn’t really like London, so I moved to Bournemouth, because I preferred the lifestyle. I…

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