Meet The Designer – The Story of a Recent Project

Meet The Designer – The Story of a Recent Project

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.

Meet The Designer

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Meet Lindsay Hatherall… Lindsay Merchant

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…

Do you have any pets?
Yes – a cheeky little border terrier named Stewie

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.

A snapshot of Abigail Ahern’s dreamy insta squares!

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.

 

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!”

 

 

Whether you want your precious objects hidden away or to tell stories from open shelves you can flexibly arrange the modular elements of Silenia to satisfy your needs. Come and see our new display on the ground floor of our Kitchens and Living Spaces Showroom on Prestbury Road, Cheltenham. Shelving and drawers can be arranged to suit your space and can even tidily support your home entertainment systems.

 

 

 

 

 

Downstairs our team can show you around the modular bedroom system which can also be adapted to your needs. With pull out trouser hangers, shoe racks, LED lighting, laundry bags and drawers you can be sure of everything in its place while our designers can help you select door finishes and handles to complement your scheme.

 

 

 

We are authorised resellers of Italian brand Silenia – a design led company based near Venice, where they design and manufacture high quality products which go on to be enjoyed across the world.

So whether you are reworking your kitchen with an ever-popular open living space or looking for new bedroom furniture to complement your new en-suite bathroom get in touch and let our team of designers and installers help you create your dream space.

Order your new Hydropool swimspa or hot tub in July and August for FREE installation and delivery*.

Whether you are looking for relaxation, swim training, family fun or a combination of all three, we have a spa to suit from our partners at Hydropool, who are the only brand to offer self-cleaning swim spas and hot tubs.

 

 

To compliment the spas we also offer, in our showroom on Battledown Industrial Estate, a wide range of stylish outdoor buildings and furniture to help you create a complete spa retreat at home.

Contact us to find out more or to book a trial in one of our demonstration spas.

 

 

 

 

*Free delivery applies within a 25 mile radius of Cheltenham.  Free installation is subject to site survey to determine suitable access.  Suitable base and electricity supply is not included and needs to be provided by the customer prior to installation.

 

Bring The Summer In

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Our bathroom designers pride themselves on incorporating the latest interior design trends in the range of options they present to our clients.  Some areas they are currently drawing inspiration from include 70’s inspired indoor plants, the latest Scandi trends and the elegance created by deep inky blues.  If you are looking to turn your bathroom into a relaxing summer retreat, here’s their pick of the latest furniture finishes, paints and wall coverings.

 

 

Club tropicana

Lush, tropical themed bathrooms continue to be popular, particularly in this hot summer weather.  Greens, blues, wood and metallic finishes all combine to complement this look along with the super retro hip clusters of succulents and cheese plants. Whether you are looking at a renovation or a simple design update, the addition of plants and tropical prints can bring your interior on point.

 

Lagom

Just getting used to pronouncing Hygge, the Danish design trend which took the UK by storm in 2016? Now it’s all about Lagom, where the design aesthetic seeks to achieve balance, moderation and wellbeing.  Draw your inspiration from natural materials, muted simple colours, minimal accessories and the addition of some indoor plants – try gentle pink tones paired with calm blues bring sophistication and relaxation.

 

Navy is the new black

Deep inky blues give a rich, elegance which can be paired with soft greys and pinks in furniture to maintain a welcoming and relaxing space. The perfect foil for wood and even metallic finishes adding drama to more neutral sanitary ware and furniture. Or consider bathroom furniture in dark blue which can look dramatic with ultra-white ceramic washbasins.

 

Inspired by our trends?  Investing in a well-designed, quality bathroom makes it easy to adopt new interior trends as they emerge.  Come in and have a chat, we can guide you through our impressive range of products and help you put together a scheme which works for you now and in the future.

 

It’s a sure sign of Summer when Wimbledon starts.

Quintessentially British, it’s a great time to try something different alongside the strawberries and cream. This recipe from Great British Chefs provides a refreshing cocktail to enjoy in the garden, or maybe even in the hot tub.

 

 

Watermelon and Prosecco sorbet

1 watermelon, medium, chopped, total weight 450g once prepped

1 lemon, large, juiced

75ml of Prosecco or Elderflower Presse for non-alcoholic version

 

Rosemary syrup

2 sprigs of rosemary, large

100ml of water

100g of caster sugar

 

To serve as a cocktail

Prosecco

 

  1. To begin, make the simple rosemary syrup. Add the sugar, water and rosemary to a medium saucepan and place over a low heat. Allow the sugar to slowly dissolve in the water and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Switch off the heat and allow to cool completely. Drain and reserve.
  2. Add the watermelon flesh to a blender and blitz until smooth. Pass through a sieve, then add the lemon juice and rosemary syrup. Blend again until smooth.
  3. Once smooth, stir through the Prosecco or Elderflower Presse. Pour the mixture into a large, shallow, freezer-proof dish and set aside to chill in the fridge.
  4. At this point, you can either use the ice cream machine to make a very smooth sorbet, according to manufacturer instructions, or make it manually for a more rustic look. The second option will take a bit longer; place the dish in the freezer. Stir and scrape the mixture with a fork every 30 minutes, moving the frozen edges in toward the slushy centre and crushing any lumps until the sorbet is firm – this should take 3-4 hours. Place in the freezer overnight.
  5. Remove the sorbet from the freezer about 10-15 minutes before serving. To serve as a cocktail, simply add a scoop to a glass and top up with Prosecco or Elderflower Presse.

 

 

 

Recipe from Great British Chefs.  For more details: http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/recipes/watermelon-prosecco-sorbet-cocktail-recipe

We are exhibiting at the Cheltenham Food and Drink Show – 9-11th June 2017, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham.  

We can’t wait to share all our interior and outdoor design advice and will have fabulous offers which will be available exclusively at the show.

We are sponsoring the Chef’s Kitchen Theatre where local chefs from leading restaurants and hotels will show-case local and regional food with inspiring demonstrations of creative cooking, sharing some of their cooking tips. After the demonstration browse around our space where we’ll be available to discuss projects for both your inside and outside spaces with demonstration products for you to explore.

We look forward to seeing you!

http://garden-events.com.gridhosted.co.uk/

 

 

With the warmth of the summer sun on our skin you might be ready for the long summer days but is your outside space? Putting great efforts into our homes is second nature for most of us and whilst we often maintain our gardens and add furniture and plants to create an attractive space it’s time to  start thinking creatively about connecting your interior and exterior spaces.

 

In much the same way as our kitchens have become living spaces which blur the boundaries between dining, cooking and relaxing, the upcoming trend is the blurring of boundaries between the internal and external living spaces to create an even larger space to entertain, have fun with the children, relax and even exercise. We’ve got 5 hot style tips to inspire your outdoor renovation.

 

 

Give your interior design skills some fresh air

Garden trends for 2017 are definitely warming to home furnishings with rugs, comfortable sofas, lighting and music to give us an outside space where you can truly relax but it also gives us an opportunity to have some fun with brightly coloured accessories.

 

 

 

 

Cover up and snuggle up   

We often hear clients comment that their outside space is only really used for a few months of the year. Make your space work for longer than just the summer season by adding a gazebo, like this one with optional roll-up side walls.

 

 

 

 

 

Make time for you

Whether for fun, relaxation or exercise, an outdoor hot tub or swim spa can be a great addition to give a focus to your outside space all year round. For those who prefer a little shelter and privacy, create a cosy corner with a gazebo designed specifically to house hot tubs.  As stockists for Hydropool, Pittville have a wide choice available to view and even try out in our new showroom in Battledown. https://pittville.co.uk/something-new-happening-spa-town/ . We can give you realistic advice on how much they cost to run, how to maintain it (take a look at our self cleaning options) and even arrange a site visit prior to installation.

 

 

 

 

 

Create ambiance with lighting  

Don’t forget the lighting. In the same way you would carefully consider lighting for your living room or bathroom think about how you want to use the space. Task lighting near cooking areas, floor-standing architectural lighting for drama or functional wall lighting for a hidden walkway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get creative with your flooring

Consider opting for tiles which can be used both inside and outside for a seamless flow between your spaces. These smart limestone effect tiles are available in internal and external versions from Mandarin Stone with a textured finish for greater slip resistance.

 

 

 

 

Combine them with a dramatic rug, designed to withstand the rigors of the British weather, for a design punch to satisfy the most discerning style aficionados.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re also seeing a significant increase of interest in artificial grass. Once the exclusive partner of sports training fields their improvement in quality has revolutionised the garden, with consumers attracted by the realistic low maintenance options available. We have samples in our Battledown showroom, leave your shoes at the door and give them a try to see how they feel underfoot.

 

 

 

 

Our new showroom in Battledown is now fully open, presenting fully working spas and swimspas from Hydropool, furniture from Vondom, lighting and flooring. Open Monday to Saturday every week. Either pop in or call to book a session in the swimspa.


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