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  • 11
    Jul

    What do Australians Spend on a New Kitchen?

    Many renovators find themselves a little stuck when it comes to deciding what to spend on a new kitchen. Kitchen companies find it hard to design a kitchen for you if you are unclear on the budget they are to work within and renovators find it hard to come up with a budget in the first […]

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  • 31
    May

    Design Your Kitchen For a Healthier Lifestyle

    Recent survey shows a new kitchen could provide a healthier lifestyle. Can good kitchen design really make a difference? Let's see how.

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  • 22
    Mar

    Live In Kitchen Luxe

    What features add a sense of luxury in a kitchen? We can all point to a kitchen that has wow factor and a sense of luxury, but what are the individual components that contribute to the overall effect?  The list below offers key areas where careful thought and the right choices can add real value […]

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  • 27
    Feb

    8 Tips to Avoid a Cheap Looking Kitchen

    It is possible for even the most high quality kitchen cabinets to end up looking cheap and nasty.  Without proper care and attention, beginning at the design stage, it is a steep and slippery slope from kitchen magic to kitchen tragic. Some of these points relate to easy updates that can be made to your existing […]

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  • 08
    Nov

    The Surprising Thing About Classic Style Kitchens

    Classic style kitchens don’t have surprises – that is the point! …or is it? Before we get to the surprises, let’s look deeper into classic style kitchens to make sure we are on the same page. Classic kitchens are designed to never go out of style. Classic colours, profiles, decoration and materials are combined to […]

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  • 30
    Sep

    How to Achieve a Showpiece Industrial Kitchen

    ‘Industrial’ generally brings to mind a combination of the Brutalist raw concrete of 1960’s car parks and rusty mechanical parts. It certainly doesn’t sound warm and inviting. I’m glad to see you haven’t fled at the thought of making industrial warm and inviting. There are steps involved but it can be done and the effect […]

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  • 10
    Aug

    10 Country Kitchen Essentials To Amp Up The Warmth And Wow

    Why do some timber kitchens look paper-thin and others look sturdy and well built? Why do some painted kitchens look cheap and others luxurious? How do you set your kitchen apart? The difference is in how you approach the details. Bespoke components add the substance to timber or painted kitchens, without feeling like a flimsy […]

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  • 29
    Jun

    Butler’s Pantry: Is It The New Kitchen Necessity?

      Who needs a butler’s pantry? What is the use of another kitchen right next to a perfectly functional one? It seems that everyone desires a butler’s pantry these days. What is the appeal? Do they really perform a function that is impossible in the main kitchen? Clients with a variety of budgets are requesting […]

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  • 30
    May

    Hide It Or Style It? Tips On Styling Your Kitchen

    We all want a stylish kitchen – like the ones you see in the magazines – but every home cook needs certain items on hand. To hide or not to hide, that is the question! It’s all down to selection, and selection only comes naturally to some. The rest of us have to learn. We’ve […]

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  • 28
    Apr

    20 splashback ideas that could transform your kitchen

    Splashbacks are aptly named. As clean as you may be during cooking, your splashback is going to get grubby. Oil splashes, condensation, washing up splashes and fatty residue unable to be drawn into your extractor fan will all end up on your kitchen walls. Making a careful splashback selection can reduce the evidence of this […]

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  • 05
    Mar

    European Kitchen Design

    Many look to Europe to inform their direction in style in fashion, but what about kitchens? Is European kitchen design worth looking into for the average Australian consumer? There are definitely style notes to take from European kitchen design, however it is important that a few things about their kitchen industry are taken into consideration. […]

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  • 10
    Feb

    Australian Kitchen Design Trends 2016

    At Smith & Smith, we stay abreast of design trends in Europe, the UK and around the world. In performing this research, it is clear that Australia has its own specific trends. In recent years our director, John Lorych, has seen a forking of trends. A vast majority of new homes and renovations built in […]

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  • 08
    Jan

    How To Clean Your Kitchen Instantly – Kitchen Storage That Is Easy To Access

    A kitchen gets so much use it is hard to find a time when you can see it clear and uncluttered – particularly with family life or a steady stream of visitors. If you want to clean your kitchen instantly, begin at the design phase and include some of these stylish kitchen storage ideas. There […]

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  • 07
    Dec

    The Most Important Kitchen Remodelling Idea – Plan Well!

    The kitchen renovation process can be daunting, but it is meant to help you get what you want and what you need out of your kitchen. A great kitchen is more than just a collection of appliances or a bespoke cabinetry creation that is the jewel in your home. As with any renovation, research and […]

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  • 16
    Oct

    Important kitchen storage tips

    A well designed kitchen makes the best use of the space available and provides easy access to items near their points of use.   Frequently used items should be stored in the most accessible areas. Heavy equipment should be stored in lower spaces where it can be safely retrieved.  The old mantra of “everything has […]

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  • 24
    Sep

    Kitchen Ergonomics

    A great Kitchen design will implement good ergonomic principles.  Ergonomics is concerned with the study of human characteristics and function called anthropometrics and how it relates to design.  Since the kitchen is one of the busiest places in the home, we need to consider an optimised workflow, taking into consideration the effects of distance/time.  As […]

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  • 10
    Sep

    Top things to watch out for before deciding on a kitchen renovation company

    When you decide that you want to renovate your kitchen, there are a number of things you need to be aware of. If you don’t look out for some of these things you could be in for some serious trouble. First you should find out a little about the reputation of the company you are […]

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  • 28
    Aug

    Home Appliances – Fagor, Elica, IAG, Arc and Euromaid

    Home Appliances recently came out to our Oakleigh showroom to showcase for us some of their products. Home Appliances consists of a number of brands Fagor Elica IAG Arc Euromaid You may or may not have heard of some of these brands, but Fagor has been used in some of the top commercial Australia restaurants […]

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