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Home Living : January 10th 2012
2 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 fu1959 NEW TRENDS ROUNDS OF THE KITCHEN ELEGANT THEMES FOR THE YEAR AHEAD Cube-shaped sinks are proving popular. Janita Singh KITCHENS are the epicentre of our homes and, as such, continually evolve to meet our modern way of living. In 2012, the focus is on striking the balance between clever design, quality and simplicity. Here, we forecast some elegant kitchen themes for the year with the help of Freedom Kitchen's national sales manager Susan Hasler and tell you how to create a practical, on-trend kitchen. LIVING SMART Convenience-meets- multifunctionality is a key trend for today's modern kitchen. Easy-to-maintain work areas featuring solid surface benchtops and smooth cabinet doors that require a simple wipe down are the popular choices for stress-free living, while clever storage solutions such as large drawers and multi- purpose island benches make organisation a breeze. Integrated drink fridges and coffee machines are becoming convenient features of the keen entertainer's kitchen. LOOKING GOOD Creating a unique identity is important, and this is being seen with the introduction of timber veneer cabinetry mixed with gloss finishes. Bringing furniture pieces and artwork into the kitchen are great ways to add individuality and can be changed easily over time. The other on-trend inclusions for creating a statement kitchen are square- or cube-shaped sinks, integrated appliances, designer rangehoods and ambient lighting -- either as underbench LED strips or oversized hanging pendants. STRIKING THE BALANCE The demand for work/life balance has had a profound effect on kitchen design. More people working from home means more connectivity throughout the home as well as bench space dedicated as work space. Book free design consultation by calling 1300 885 435. ECONOMICAL ECO DESIGN A modern, eco-conscious kitchen. SUSTAINABILITY is increasin- gly becoming a key consider- ation in the kitchen design process for 2012. From choosing energy- efficient appliances and lighting, to taps with good water ratings and clever waste systems for recycling, an eco-conscious kitchen cuts down on resources, saving money in the long run. Install a window in your kitchen that can be opened. This is a simple energy saving alternative to using a ran- gehood. Kitchens that open onto outdoor decking and patios for easy, year-round entertaining are becoming a priority in Aust- ralian homes. Adding bi-fold windows from the kitchen to an outdoor bar brings the outdoors in.Cooking is a social activity and proximity to kitchen and guests is paramount. BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hlw wk40 Give your windows & doors a new look. Widest range available. Internal and External Timber and Aluminium, Internal Shutters, Motorised Blinds, Blockout Blinds, Roman Blinds, Sunscreen Blinds and more... Phone Yvette or Kris Burbage today for a free measure and quote on 9981 4443. www.boomerangblinds.com.au Blinds &Shutters ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY.LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5 1014B Pittwater Rd. Collaroy 9981 6911 165 Eastern Valley Way, Middle Cove 9958 0777 www.davonne.com.au email@example.com Proudly shading the Northern Beaches for over 25 years 2008816 15/11 Up to 30% off* FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE KEEP COOL & STYLISH THIS SUMMER WITH SHUTTERS BLINDS & AWNINGS FROM DAVONNE *conditions apply Ph:9999 6060 Showroom: Unit 8, 101 Darley St, Mona Vale Open 6 days for your convenience ABSOL Awning Blind & Shutter Solutions www.absol.com.au Awnings Blinds Shutters Shade & Energy Beat the summer heat! Call us now for the best range and service! 3 FREE in home advice & quote 3 Extensive range 3 Energy solutions 3 Friendly service 3 Affordable prices 3 Expert consultants 3 Qualified tradesman 3 Local family owned business www.designarobe.com.au • FREE Measure & Quote • 10 Years Guarantee CUSTOM MADE BUILT IN WARDROBES Unit 2, 68-72 Derby Street, Silverwater 2128 Showroom Open 6 Days We await your visit to our showroom! 9748 0844 BUILDING LIC NO 204289C 2049999 30/8
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