Portugal 2015

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County Stone's manager Paul and head sawman Matt returned late last night after a very successful trip to Portugal on Monday. They visited three active quarries including 'Moca Cream', 'Rosal' and 'Moleanos' and selected the perfect stone for the fireplaces.
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Top tips: cooking Christmas dinner for a large family

You've located the spare trestle table and five mis-matched chairs, you feel as though you bought out Sainsbury's and you can't see your kitchen worktops for all the seasonal paraphernalia that covers them. You're cooking Christmas dinner for a large family and it's a little stressful, to say the least.   …
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Are granite worktops heat resistant?

The modern kitchen can be hard to maintain. We all want them to look as if they were installed yesterday, but cooking is a messy art. The worktop is painted with tomato sauce, stained with wine and bejewelled with the kid's sticky sweets. It's not just stains we have to deal…
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Three reasons to choose quartz for your worktops

Quartz is fast becoming as popular as granite when it comes to kitchen and bathroom worktops and countertops. Both have their own particular strengths, ensuring whatever stone the consumer opts for delivers a sturdy worktop, but quartz has a wealth of qualities that ensures it can stand side-by-side with the ever-popular granite…
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How much storage space do you need in your bathroom?

The bathroom can be a sanctuary for men and women. In the same way Clark Kent enters a phone booth and comes out as Superman, the bathroom is our safe haven where we can enter a dishevelled mess but exit a radiant, gorgeous version of ourselves. Despite its importance, the bathroom can…
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Feng Shui in your kitchen - planning tips

The essence of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art, is that balance and calm can promote health and possibly good fortune. It's an ethos that many people, far and wide, have adopted and incorporated into their home. One of the most important rooms in Feng Shui philosophy is the kitchen -…
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How many bathrooms does a house need?

There are a lot of issues that need to been considered when planning a new-build or renovating an existing home. One of these main concerns is how many bathrooms your house may need. Get it wrong and you could see yourself  fighting for a shower in the morning if you don't…
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How to turn your bathroom into a utopia

The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house. It is a necessity for everyone to use it, so making it look as appealing as possible works in everyone's favour. Whether you want a bathroom that you can turn into an at-home spa or one that can manage…
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How can you add a truly personal touch to your bathroom?

Bathrooms are often the forgotten room. Most homeowners spend vast amounts of time hanging family photos above the fireplace and picking out the perfect paint colour for their bedroom, but what about the bathroom? It can be tricky to apply your personality to a bathroom, so here's some tips on how…
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How to keep your kitchen smelling glorious all year round

It is one thing having your kitchen smell glorious for an hour after you've made some freshly-baked bread or cakes, but how do you keep it smelling fresh for the whole year round? With a few simple tips, your kitchen will be as fresh and as sweet-smelling as a daisy. Keep…
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Five flooring options for a granite kitchen

When renovating a kitchen, it can be all too easy to forget about the floor. There are a number of different options and each has their own advantages and disadvantages. Most importantly, you'll need something that goes with your granite worktops. Here are five great flooring options that will go beautifully…
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Kitchen lighting - what are your options?

Here's a scary fact for you - us Britons will each spend, on average, three years in the kitchen through our lifetimes. That's a lot of time and even more cooking, so it's important that you're working in a well-lit environment. However, when it comes to kitchen lighting, there are more…
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Decorating your kitchen at Christmas - how to stay classy

Many people love to add festive touches to their home around the winter season. Not only does it get you in the mood for Christmas, but it can also brighten up the home when the weather is dreary and grey. However, it can be easy to go overboard with lots of…
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Beckhams to spend £500,000 on futuristic kitchen

David and Victoria Beckham are reportedly planning to spend £500,000 on a futuristic redesign of their kitchen. Sources close to the family have claimed that Victoria is keen for their new home to feature a "James Bond-style" kitchen complete with disappearing appliances.   According to belfasttelegraph.co.uk, the source said: "Victoria's planning a massive overhaul…
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'Great British Bake Off' boosts Christmas kitchen gadget sales

Kitchen gadgets are set to rise further in popularity as Christmas gifts this years, thanks to baking show 'The Great British Bake Off'. According to theguardian.com, in some shops sales of high-end kitchen gadgets are growing faster than tablet computers. In fact Dixons reports that juicers, mixers and coffee machine…
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White named hot colour for this season

White is the hottest colour for this season, according to edmontonsun.com. This is according to interiors expert Cheryll Gillespie, who was writing for the site this week. She claimed that the colour was popping up in all rooms of the home. The expert wrote on the site: "We are seeing a lot…
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Gold back in fashion for interiors

Interior experts have claimed that gold is once again back in trend for interiors.   Use of the metal has been limited for the last couple of decades, with decorators opting for other metals, such as steel. However, it is now coming back in fashion according to those in the know.…
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Don't buy matching bedroom decorations, says designer

Buying matching accessories is just one of the mistakes that people could be making when it comes to bedroom design, an article has highlighted. According to huffingtonpost.com, designer Sandra Espinet says that people should find items that complement each other in the bedroom, not match - as she says matching items…
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Don't make your home interiors too "matchy"

An interiors expert has claimed that home decorators shouldn't make their interiors too "matchy". Cheryl Smith, a representative of US company Decorating Den Interiors, was writing an article for nj.com this week. She claimed that home decorators should take inspiration from the latest fashion designers when it comes to their home…
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