So you’ve been the Pittville, Cheltenham Showroom, worked with our kitchen and bathroom designers, everything has been installed and you’ve got your new Pittville Bathroom or Kitchen styled to a T! Now what about the rest of your house? We’ve put together a few of our favourite home styling tips to help get you started…
Don’t be afraid to put a real stamp on your home! They say ‘home is where the heart is’ so let all the little quirks of what makes you, you spill out into your home.
Balance is good!
Consider each space individually and ensure you have decluttered enough to keep things streamlined (remember, less is usually more!) whilst having enough pieces on show to give your home the character you are after.
Shake it up!
Try mixing it up with different textures. You may have sleek stone worktops in your kitchen but perhaps you have a couple of fur throws over your dining chairs and some cool geometric wallpaper to add a third texture to the mix! This will not only help your home feel more balanced but will keep it from becoming too clinical.
Let the light flood in! But don’t be afraid of the dark!
We all know our homes look so much better when the sun light is streaming through the windows. Our advice is to take every opportunity to get more natural sunlight into your home, however, don’t be afraid to pair this with strategically placed dark pieces or paint colours. This can add some real drama and depth to your space.
All to often our go to for furniture placement is to push everything up against the walls but this doesn’t always do justice to the space and can make conversation across the room tricky. If your space doesn’t feel like it’s quite working why not try finding a focal point, perhaps a coffee table or fireplace and anchor your furniture off that rather than automatically using the walls as the anchoring points. See what difference it could make.
Kitchen or Bathroom Designer
Are you an experienced kitchen or bathroom designer? Do you pride yourself on your excellent customer interaction? Is your sales record something to shout about? Are you as obsessed with beautiful, on trend design as we are?
The Designers are responsible for creating kitchen or bathroom designs that delight customers. They are responsible for showing our products to their best advantage while drawing on their professionalism and creative streak. You will be the customer’s single point of contact from the initial welcome through to project completion.
Work with customers to gain a deep understanding of their requirements, aspirations and budget.
Visit the customers home to technically validate the dimensions and constraints of their plans.
Create inspirational designs and produce detailed quotations.
Oversee and monitor project from start to finish.
Address issues immediately to avoid any or minimal impact to the project.
Liaise with customers throughout concept to completion, maintaining positive relations along the way.
Liaise with contractors, fitters and suppliers to ensure the project is completed on time, within budget and to the customers satisfaction.
Keep showroom up together / displays maintained / samples updated.
Have a good understand of our competition and are be able to demonstrate how we differ; what sets us apart from the rest.
Have a good understanding of all the products we stock, be able to maximize all opportunities for achieving sales on our products.
Experience and Skills:
Extensive experience of kitchen design and working in a mid-high-end showroom.
Proven track record in selling kitchens.
Ambitious and tenacious focused on customer satisfaction
Team pleaser with energy and enthusiasm for design and driving sales.
Ability to communicate confidently with customer throughout a project.
Solution- based approach and understands the technical constraints of kitchen design.
Ability to prioritise and manage workload
Full clean driving license is essential
Could this be the team for you? Get in touch , we’d love to hear from you.
Do you have extensive experience fitting exquisite kitchens or bathrooms? Do you have a ‘can do’ attitude and strive for excellence in all your work? Do you pride yourself in your excellent client interaction?
The fitters are responsible for the fitting kitchens (dry fit) and bathrooms, in accordance to the customer specification (as provided by Kitchen or Bathroom Designer). They will undertake high quality work and have excellent communication skills.
Fitting new kitchens or bathrooms in Gloucestershire and surrounding area.
Work alongside other trade professionals to complete projects to the highest standard.
Have a good understanding of the products being fitted and keep product knowledge up to date.
Extensive experience of kitchen or bathroom fitting (mid-high-end products)
Have a ‘right first time’ customer approach.
Ability to work on your own initiative and work as part of a team.
Can Do attitude, flexible approach and experience of multi-trade work, including carpentry and fitting kitchens or plumbing and tiling.
Industry qualifications such as City & Guilds or NVQ level 2 in Carpentry & Joinery/Plumbing or Tiling would be an advantage.
Ideally have own van and own tools.
Lindsay has designed hundreds of kitchens throughout her time as a designer but we thought we’d narrow it down and ask her about one of her recently completed projects. It was in Pittville in Cheltenham, near our showroom and needed to tie in with the clients period property but also have a timeless feel. Lindsay’s clients wanted to be able to use their kitchen for both entertaining guests and for somewhere to set up their laptop when working from home. And, of course, provide plenty of practical storage solutions.
What products did you use and why? We went for a British-made kitchen, ‘Carnegie’ from Masterclass as this was ‘Classic’ and in-keeping with the style of the property but also offered luxurious oak effect interiors and contemporary pull out solutions for the modern lifestyle. Silestone worktops, for ease of cleaning and durability, coupled with Siemens appliances complimented the design perfectly. My clients could not decide between induction and gas hobs so I included a flex induction hob alongside a smaller gas domino hob, for the best of both worlds.
What colours did you use and why? I decided upon a sage green and ivory colour palette. This was a lovely fresh take on a classical kitchen. It pulled in the colours from the trees outside the window and kept the room bright and spacious. I’d suggested two different colour worktops to contrast with the mixed colour units which I feel works particularly well, especially as the island is a real feature.
Where there any hurdles to overcome? How did you do it? As this kitchen was on the first floor of a Georgian building, we overcame a number of considerations such as access, sound-proofing and out-of-square walls! We also decided against additional ceiling lighting as we didn’t want to cause damage to the lath and plaster. Instead we were clever with positioning of LEDs above the wall units to light up the beautiful cornice and offer some diffused lighting when using the kitchen in the evenings.
Why is your favourite thing about it? I love the size and shape of the island and in particular the low level table with solid oak central leg. It offers a traditional alternative to a breakfast bar or contemporary table and is also a very practical multi-purpose space, with a hidden socket for a nice decorative lamp, it gives the feel of a luxury dining area.
What do your clients say about it? They love it!
Siemens boast that you will ‘never clean your ovens again’! Sounds great, right?! But how? Their ActiveClean self-cleaning system turns all remnants left in the oven after baking, roasting or grilling etc to ash in seconds all you need to do is wipe them away with a damp cloth!
Whilst we’re on the subject of time-saving ovens, let’s talk about Siemens Home connect feature! Siemens WiFi enabled ovens allow you to control cooking times and temperatures straight from your phone! No need to get up and change the temperature manually, you won’t have to wait for the ad breaks, or get out of the bath in time to stop the dinner from burning!
Let’s not forget Gaggneau too! Gaggenau enamelled shelving and Pyrolytic technology allow for a complete self-cleaning experience without having to remove shelves first! We love this move towards self-cleaning within appliances, not just because of the obvious time saving benefits but also because it eliminates the need for harmful chemicals when cleaning out your oven. A win for the environment is a win for everybody in our books!
Gaggenau are also leading the way with sleek design and handleless ovens giving you the option to open your oven by the touch of a button on the TFT touch display.
This season we are offering upgrade options like this on all kitchens ordered before the end of January 2019.
We’ve been busy grilling our designers lately to help you get to know them and their design style better! First up on the blog is Lindsay one of our Kitchen designers. You can read her interview below and see some lovely shots of her some of her projects in future posts, so stay tuned!
Let’s start off with some of the all-important personal details…
What do you like to do to relax?
Long walks in the countryside when the sun is shining, or a glass of wine in the bath when it’s cold outside!
Where’s the most interesting place you’ve travelled to?
I’ve recently returned from my Honeymoon. We chose a Mediterranean cruise which gave us a great insight into lots of interesting places that we would love to return to and explore in more detail! Rome was truly amazing; I could have spent forever just looking at the architecture and meandering through the small winding streets.
What’s your favourite kind of music?
I love most types of music but I would these days you will find me listening to a selection of acoustic and rock tunes, mixed in with some guilty pleasures such as the Greatest Showman soundtrack!
What’s your favourite food?
Steak… as rare as possible! Although that’s a tough call as I equally get very excited about thai curry and pizza!
Lindsay has been in the interior design industry since leaving university in 2006 and has been focussed on kitchens for the last 9 years.
How did you get into design?
I’ve always loved art for as long as I can remember so chose to follow my dreams, starting with a BA (Hons) degree in Art & Design. This was then followed by a job at Ripples as their junior bathroom designer… this sparked my direction into interior design and the rest, as they say, is history!
What were you doing before you started designing?
I’ve had a few random part time positions in the past including Halfords & the West Midlands Safari Park!
What is your favourite thing about your job?
Meeting new clients makes my job very interesting and means it varies from day to day. I really enjoy seeing the project develop from concept to completion
Let’s get into your design style and process…
How would you describe your design style?
Contemporary with clean lines and a little element of surprise!
What can people expect when they come to you for a kitchen?
Usually I would encourage potential clients to visit the showroom first to see the products we offer and to have a casual chat about the project in general. This will then be followed by either a site visit or a meeting to discuss architects plans in more detail. I’ll aim to come up with a few potential designs that can work in the space along with an initial indication of price. We will then meet again at the showroom so I can talk through my ideas on the big screen.
What other designers inspire you?
I’m a fan of going ‘dark’ wherever possible! So I admire Abigail Ahern as she was really one of
the first interior designers to be brave enough to do this! I appreciate it’s not to everyone’s taste but I do think a step into the unknown can often give rewarding results.
Other than your clients’ requests and requirements, what else inspires your designs?
I often look through the latest editions of glossy home magazines to get inspiration and see what the latest trends coming through might be. Pinterest is also a great way to gather ideas and clever solutions.
What’s in your toolbox?
We have recently changed our computer design program to Winner Design which I am excited to get to grips with as the visuals look so realistic. I’m still a fan of good old fashioned notebook and pen, particularly coming from a hand-drawn design background, I still enjoy mapping my ideas out first.
What are your favourite products to work with and why?
Our German kitchens are a dream to design and sell. Our dedicated sales team in Germany are so thorough and double check our plans so everything arrives as it should, each item has its place like a jigsaw. Another favourite product is the Quooker boiling tap, it really is one luxury I believe every kitchen should have!
What are some of your favourite trends?
Currently, I am loving the dark navy and ochre yellow colour trends that are really coming through into all aspects of design. I enjoy a splash of gold here and there too!
What trends are you glad to see the back of?
Magnolia and brown! About 4/5 years ago this was all you could sell in kitchens so it’s nice that clients are becoming braver with colour choice and I think that greys are going to be around for a long while yet.
Are there any other ways you express your creativity?
I used to paint and sell large abstract canvases which I hope to return to one day. In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying decorating and accessorising our new home! I also make my own cards and write poetry for friends and family.
To help support our recent expansion, we are looking for a part time Showroom Assistant to provide cover for our various showrooms during busy periods. The main responsibilities are to provide a professional welcome for our customers; explain the benefits of our products and services and capture details to pass on to our designers / sales team. Days / Hours can be flexible and weekend working will be required.
If the following describes you and you are looking for a new opportunity, we would love to hear from you. Contact us at email@example.com.
To drive the growth of our group of businesses, we are looking for a talented General Manager to join our team. You will be responsible for all aspects of running the business, with a focus on marketing and sales development, to ensure our products and services delight our customers.
If the following describes you and you are looking for a new opportunity, we would love to hear from you. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crosswater Super Sale features over 500 products with super savings of up to 60% including shower controls, washbasins, taps and mixers, bathroom furniture, WC’s and even accessories for those finishing touches.
Take this example where a clean modern family space has been created for less than £1,500, a super saving of nearly £1,000!
Our bathroom designers can help guide you through the sale, making recommendations to suit your space and needs, but be quick the sale is only on until 12 November 2017!
View the full sale brochure here: https://www.crosswater.co.uk/brochures/interactive/Crosswater-Sale-2017/index.html
When local girl, May Burgess, came into our kitchen showroom looking for some input to her school design project, I don’t think anyone expected she would soon be helping to design our new ‘Home Office’ display!
With the ambition of studying product design at university next year, May was so pleased with the help from one of our senior designers, Craig Lacey, on her school project, she asked if she could come in for some work experience to understand a little more about what we do and how we do it. We were delighted to help and here’s some of her highlights:
“Having held little expectations for the week ahead of me, I walked into Pittville’s kitchen showroom on the morning of Monday the 31st of August to be greeted with smiling faces from Lindsay and Craig, the designers. Shortly after I met Alison, the manager, who outlined Pittville and its many branches as well as providing me with a flexible day-to-day plan for the week, to dip in-and-out of: an elevating start.
My main project for the week was introduced; to re-design a section of the downstairs showroom to reflect a home office theme that tied into the existing living space display, while remaining functional for use by staff to (sit clients down and discuss products). Having been given time to go through product brochures to help me produce an outline for the space, I began sketching some ideas to be drawn up on the computerised design program Pittville use later on in the week.
My week was spent shadowing all the staff to get an understanding of what each area of the business does. I learnt how important it is to double check plans and measurements with suppliers before work begins to ensure that few surprises occur and any potential lag time in production is prevented. (Something that was very relevant to my school design projects too!) I was also amazed by the amount of work that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ to help make sure customers jobs are completed efficiently and on time.
Towards the end of the week I was let loose with the design program to begin bringing my sketches for the home office showroom to life; using genuine dimensions to fit the space provided as well as experimenting with and changing materials to create a style that followed current trends. On Friday I presented my ideas to Alison and Lindsay (they seemed really pleased!) and we wrapped up with a friendly discussion of my week over some tea and cake!
This wonderful opportunity has given me a glimpse into the industry and has added new skills to my roster, ones that would be hard to gain from purely a classroom surrounding.
I started the week with no expectations and finished with a smile. Thank you Pittville!”