From crust to kitchen: documenting the journey of quartz

As one of the most abundant minerals on Earth, it makes sense for quartz - chemical name Silicon dioxide - to be used for a variety of applications. From watches, jewellery and building materials to bathroom and kitchen worktops, quartz is a highly available material that makes up 12 per cent of…
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Is it a bad idea to have floorboards in your kitchen?

It can be tricky to decide what type of flooring to have in your kitchen, as there's such a wide range of choice. Just like every other material, wood has its own pros and cons and it's not an ideal choice for everyone. However, floorboards can work in a kitchen if…
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Four tips for maximising light in your bathroom

Great lighting in the bathroom is crucial. You need to see what you're doing in there, right? Whether you're lathering up for that morning shave, putting in contact lenses or applying that thick coat of mascara, it's important you're not 'working' in the shade. If nothing else, you could risk a slip,…
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Five crucial points when redesigning a large kitchen

In the lead-up to redesigning a kitchen from top to bottom, it's hard to know where to start. Sure, you may have a few ideas for the type of cupboards you want and a couple of colour schemes that you plan on staying well clear of, but gathering all the pieces and putting them together is…
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How do you create a manly bathroom?

Men who are looking to put a more masculine stamp on their bathrooms may find they come up short when doing their research. After all, many interior decoration publications are largely geared towards women or families, so offer precious little to men thinking of doing away with anything too ornate, decorative or otherwise typically "girly". Despite…
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Five bathroom fitting trends for 2014

If you're looking for the latest big trends, it's not always to be found draped across the skeletons at Paris Fashion Week or on the front cover of Vogue. In fact, breaking trends are just as commonplace in the world of interior design as they are in that of fashion. Now,…
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How to plan for installing a dishwasher in your kitchen

Dishwashers are pretty simple when you get them going - you rinse the dishes, put them in the rack, add some soap and you're ready to go. However, it takes a little bit more planning when it comes to the actual installation of a dishwasher, as well as the planning for…
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Five simple ways to make your bathroom warmer in winter

Marble and granite are some of the more popular choices for use in bathrooms - thanks to their water resistance, anti-bacterial properties and ease of cleaning. It means that walls or floors need little upkeep and won't have to be replaced for decades. One minor issue is that it can be cold to the touch…
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Open shelving a new kitchen trend, says expert

A design expert has hailed open shelving as a new trend. Zillow Digs Board of Designers member Kerrie Kelly told huffingtonpost.com this week: "Kitchen cabinets used to be the place to stash dinnerware out of sight, but...upgrades will put kitchenware on display in the coming year." She continued: "It is now…
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Changing kitchen worktops is 'simple way to make an impact'

With Christmas approaching, many people might be looking at their kitchens in despair, wondering how they are going to accommodate the extended family and carry out so much additional catering. It's little wonder, therefore, that so many people pick Christmas as a deadline for revamping their kitchens - giving them something…
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Kitchen lighting must be flexible, expert claims

Homeowners should have several different types of lights in their kitchens, so they can function as both practical and welcoming spaces, an expert has said.   Writing for telegraph.co.uk, Sally Stoney, design director at John Cullen lighting, recommends that homeowners shouldn't use exposed light fittings in the kitchen because they gather…
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Be careful when choosing paint colour, design expert says

An award-winning design expert has warned that choosing the wrong paint colour and pushing furniture against the wall are just some of the design don'ts that homeowners should avoid. Writing for houzz.com, Judith Taylor notes that paint colour is extremely important to the whole room and so homeowners shouldn't settle…
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Owner of Britain's first £1 home speaks

The owner of Britain's first £1 home has spoken of his delight at getting on the property ladder. Jayalal Madde, 48, was one of thousands of Liverpudlians to have applied to the local council for ownership of a disused building in Liverpool for just one pound.    As part of his agreement…
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Decorating small spaces is 'all in the details', expert says

With increasing numbers of people deciding to refurbish their homes rather then move, guidance on how to successfully decorate a smaller space is probably very welcome. Fortunately, ashbournenewstelegraph.co.uk has dispensed several handy tips to help those that don't live in a palatial-sized residence - and it appears the rule of thumb is to…
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