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  • 11
    Dec

    Kitchen Design Trends 2019 – Part 1

    Look anywhere on the web and you can find ideas for kitchen design trends in 2019 – only here do we give you the tips you need to incorporate the style into your new kitchen. Learn how to incorporate current trends in your new kitchen and tweak them to suit your lifestyle needs. We asked […]

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  • 12
    Nov

    10 Classic Kitchen Mouldings To Amp Up The Warmth And Wow

    Why do some timber kitchens look paper-thin and others look sturdy and well built? What is it that makes one painted kitchens look cheap and another 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 […]

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  • 11
    Sep

    Why Buy a New Home? Renovate! Part 2: A Clever Reconfiguration of Dead Space.

    A renovation of a kitchen alone can make your home feel brand new as seen in our last post. What happens when the kitchen renovation includes the removal of several walls and a reconfiguration of the area? This family installed in a new kitchen and laundry and managed to fit a new dining/family area within […]

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  • 06
    Aug

    Why Buy a New Home? Renovate! – Part 1: A Kitchen Replacement

    The housing market is in decline across a number of suburbs in Melbourne. Houses are sitting on the market for record periods of time causing vendors to crumble and reduce their asking price due to market pressure. With house prices heading south, there is also little incentive to buyers to come out because prices may […]

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  • 05
    Jul

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

    Who needs a butler’s pantry? What is the use of another (very tiny) kitchen right next to a perfectly functional larger 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 […]

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  • 01
    Jun

    20 splashback ideas that could transform your kitchen

    Splashbacks are aptly named. Even if you are the cleanest cook, your splashback will get grubby. Oil splashes, condensation, washing up splashes and fatty residue that eludes your extractor fan will all end up on your kitchen walls. Making a careful splashback selection can reduce the evidence of this grime during cooking as well as […]

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  • 01
    May

    Eight of the Best – Kitchen Storage Solutions

    How do you ensure your new kitchen looks good and increases kitchen storage? Whatever your needs, there is a storage solution to make your new kitchen a dream.

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  • 03
    Apr

    The Most Durable Benchtop Material

    From the cheapest to the priciest, all kitchen benchtop materials have their pros and cons. Our handy guide gives you all the information you need about durability, cleaning and price to make the best choice for your new kitchen. CHOICE has taken the time to study each benchtop material and provide an evaluation. We make […]

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  • 22
    Feb

    The Worst Thing to do in a Kitchen Showroom

    You walked into the kitchen showroom and your natural instincts kicked in. You told yourself you wouldn’t do it, but you did. The worst thing to do in a kitchen showroom is to walk through without opening doors and drawers and without talking to the showroom staff. Is it really any better than looking at […]

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  • 12
    Dec

    The Biggest Mistakes to Avoid in Kitchen Lighting

    Domestic lighting, including kitchen lighting, can be the difference between a beautiful, healthful home and a house that feels more like an office than a place where people want to live. Light is practical as well as mood altering – for better or worse. Getting lighting right requires research and planning. Don’t make the mistake […]

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  • 14
    Nov

    One of These Kitchens Cost $10K More Than the Other

    “But they look exactly the same!” I hear you say. Yes, they do! These kitchens may look the same but their prices are very different. The number of cabinets is the same. The cabinet doors are the same. The cabinets are all the same size. They have all been constructed to the same high standard. […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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

      Looking for 2019 Kitchen Design Trends?   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 […]

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