It’s here, it’s here! To mark the festive season we have decided to celebrate with a kitchen themed advent style countdown to christmas. So, without further ado we thought that we would start at the beginning…
I don’t know about you, but I always think that Autumn is the perfect time to nest at home, get cosy and cook big hearty meals for family and friends. It’s the perfect time to begin to enjoy cooking again, rustling up hearty stews and warming casseroles.
It’s also a great opportunity to start to consider your kitchen in the run up to Christmas. Particularly if you are planning a new one sometime soon, take this time to really think about how you use the space and what you need to make the experience a real pleasure.
With that in mind we thought that we might offer you Half Price installation as an early christmas present!
Early this week I had the pleasure of visiting the V&A museum with my Mum. This has fast become a regular occurrenceeach time she visits us, so it’s lucky that they have plenty to see and do!
This time we decide to explore the new Fabric of India exhibition, a bright and colourful celebration of India’s rich and dynamic textile trade. Spanning from the 3rd Century to the present day the collection walks you through India’s dynamic history of creating these splendid masterpieces.
Large floorcovering. Image courtesy of trendstop
Scarf, coats AND sunglasses this morning! I think that we’re all struggling to get our heads around he fact that it’s not really Summer anymore yet the full Autumnal chill hasn’t quite set in. Not that were complaining of course, it’s lovely to have a spot of Autumn sunshine here at the Old Steam Mill and we’re all certainly busy enough to keep us warm.
Our small but perfectly formed Classic showkitchen is ever nearing completion so if you would like to come take a peek at what we do then do feel free to give us a call to arrange a time that suits you. We have the beautiful Downs Link, a now disused railway line running alongside the Mill – so feel free to bring along the kids, dogs or even bikes!
BB enjoying the leaf covered downs link
“The Downs Link follows two disused railway lines and crosses the Surrey Hills, the Low Weald, the South Downs and the Coastal Plain.
Since the trains departed in the 1960s the embankments and cuttings have become a green corridor for wildlife and people. The route connects a variety of habitats and passing banks of wildflowers, trees, hedges, woodlands, rivers, ponds and streams.”
The original Henfield Train Station
Once upon a time Henfield was a well used railway station on the Steyning Line which served the surrounding West Sussex villages. It was equipped with a siding which received coal to serve the Old Steam Mill. However the line was closed in 1966 and now leaves the peaceful and green Downs Link.
The Old Steam Mill in 1966 with the chimney still in tact – Image courtesy of Jonny Tysoe
So there we have a little bit of local history for you on a Friday morning. Now fingers crossed that the sun stays shining for the midday dog walk!
Blue, we love blue. No midweek blues here in the mill today however as we are all busy admiring the new ‘Blue’ collection from our Friends at The Little Green Company. We always finish our cabinetry and other hand painted furniture with Little Greene’s wonderful paint – so it’s always exciting when they release more shades.
With 21 hues in the collection blue fans have plenty to choose from.
Here’s a few of the new collection’s shots, all available to view over at
Ultra Blue (264)
Moon Shadow (261)
Firstly my apologies for the terrible pun, I realise that it’s neither big nor clever! However its a valid topic – as weather or not to opt for a bead is a question that often arrises when choosing your new kitchen cabinets.
The bead to frame is a neat cockbead that runs around the inner cabinet frame. It offers a smart and clean detail to a kitchen and suits a variety of house styles and tastes. A traditional joinery practice, cockbeading first began to appear in English work after 1730 and was used as both a decorative addition as well as a way of protecting rare and costly veneers used in door and drawer fronts.
Bead to Frame – An effective way of ‘framing’ your kitchen doors and drawers.
A very special curved feature Island with Bead to Frame that we completed last year.
Another option would be to opt for a bead to door. This neat little bead runs around the door panelling offering an attractive additional detail to your kitchen. This option when teamed with the bead to frame particularly suits character of period homes as it sits comfortably alongside Victorian, Georgian or Edwardian features to name but a few.
A quirky sideboard with bead to door in a Georgian townhouse.
The other option of course is to keep things simple and opt for a clean, crisp beadless kitchen. Having a simple shaker door can suit a wealth of different homes and properties and can offer a cool and contemporary finish to your home.
A contemporary take on our Classic Kitchen.
So, which will you choose?
We were very happy to be awarded Best of Service 2015 by the lovely team over at Houzz this year.
We love meeting and working with all of our customers as well as creating their ideal home.
We’re all booked up now for 2015 but we are already having a great time here at the mill planning 2016’s new kitchens. From cosy country cottages to chic city pads there’s nothing like a bit of variety and our – team relish the challenge.
If your planning on embarking on a new project next year then why not give us a call.
Grey… by far the most popular colour choice for 2015 so far.
Perhaps is the book or film that’s pushed grey into the spotlight (I have to admit I haven’t had much to do with either although I presume that it’s not a colour consultation guide!) but grey has certainly been fantastically popular over the last year or so.
I can certainly see why. Both timeless and classic grey can offer depth and drama to any room.
The Little Greene Company have responded to the popularity of grey by introducing their own ‘Grey’ collection. A whole booklet dedicated to the shade and there’s certainly something for everyone.
The Little Greene Companies ‘Grey’ Collection
French Grey ‘113’ from The Little Greene Company has been a solid favorite so far as it is the perfect balance between being warm and cool and subtly enough to work on a large-scale. We are currently installing a beautiful kitchen in three glorious and bold shades of grey and even black. Needless to say we can’t wait to take some shots when we’re all done and dusted!
A Classic kitchen finished in French Grey
Our beaded Classic in Inox