What’s happening in Kitchens in 2017?

I asked myself this question recently and was delighted to find an article in House Beautiful (http://www.housebeautiful.co.uk/decorate/kitchen/news/a1170/kitchen-trends-2017/) that answered the question perfectly and even better, we can help you achieve this year’s trends for kitchens!

The first thing we’ll be seeing in the trend setting kitchens this year is Quartz. We love quartz worktops at DWS. Who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle?! If that really isn’t your thing we do a gorgeous concrete range in our quartz worktops which fulfils the second top trend in kitchens…industrial design. I have to say that Scandi styling is still my first love but I am definitely drooling over Pinterest pictures of the industrial look lately. Believe it or not my local Tesco cafe has pulled this look off quite well with exposed brick, exposed pipes, rustic metals and minimalist furniture, the trend is inspired by factory spaces and is actually very popular in Scandinavian countries, which may explain my liking towards it too!

Quartz gives any kitchen a luxury feel while being total hygienic thanks to the non porous nature of the material. It’s previously thought to have a luxury price tag too but at DWS you will find up to 50% reductions on the High Street prices.

Trends three and four are leaning towards minimalism, with handleless units and clutter free worktops. The first thing that comes to mind for me in kitchens with these features is Corian. There’s nothing more sleek, minimalist and fuss-free than a beautiful Corian work surface. This material suits traditional kitchens too but it is the perfect choice for contemporary designs. Because of the seamless joins there’s no better surface to compliment handleless doors and clear surfaces.

The last trend for 2017, that we could help you achieve in your kitchen is monochrome tones. Black, white & greys have always been best sellers for DWS as they go with any decor and so we have a wide range of stunning worktops in these hues, in various materials. Email info@dws-uk.com to find out more about any of the worktops mentioned and to get a competitive quote from our experienced sales team.

New Year – New Worktops

New Year, New Worktops

Happy New Year to all of our customers. We trust you enjoyed the festivities and are now looking forward to the coming year.
We’ve got off to a very busy start to the new year here at DWS. I can’t believe we’re already into February…time is flying by!! As we approach the promise of lighter nights you may be thinking of Spring projects to revamp your home  If you’re looking for fresh new kitchen worktops, bespoke or ‘off the shelf’ then call or email with your kitchen dimensions and we’ll help you to get your home resolutions underway.
We plan this year to continue to bring you great quality products at very competitive prices and we’re hoping to add new products to the website as well as a ‘cart’ feature to make the buying process quicker and easier for ready made worktops.
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Christmas Eve Box

I can’t believe advent is upon us already for another countdown to Christmas. Last christmas doesn’t feel all that long ago. However saying that it has been a very busy, eventful and fruitful year for us here at DWS. As our thoughts turn to all things festive I am taken with the idea of something I’ve seen around quite a lot recently, on Pinterest, in the press etc. This is the idea of Christmas Eve boxes.  In our culture of excess it’s only to be expected that one day of gifts, food and excitement would’t be enough…enter the Christmas Eve box kicking of the fun twelve hours early. As a child, my sister and I were always allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve, to whet our appetite for the treats to come and in some countries, gifts are traditionally exchanged and opened on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day as in the UK.  The Christmas Eve box gives us the best of both worlds. Typically for children, these boxes are filled with goodies to make Christmas Eve an event in itself. They may include items such as

 

  • a Christmas themed book – I particularly like the idea of ‘The Night before Christmas’ as I loved this poem as a child.
  • slippers/slipper socks
  • pyjamas
  • a chocolate Santa lolly or chocolate coins
  • Christmas movie to watch as a family
  • Christmas mug, hot chocolate and mini marshmallows
  • Christmas craft or supplies to do some Christmas baking
  • Cookie cutter (for activity above)
  • Bath bomb/bubble bath
  • Christmas crockery to use on Christmas Day
  • Cuddly toy
  • Christmas themed activity pack
  • popcorn
  • candycane
  • a dated ornament for the tree
  • reindeer food
  • a door key for Santa (for houses without chimneys)
  • a glass milk bottle for Santa’s drink
  • fruit
  • Christmas socks
  • gingerbread men
This is just an example of the many items that could be put in to the box, creating a lovely family tradition that children would love.  The items could be put into a cardboard box wrapped in Christmas paper or for a more lasting container, the internet is now awash with personalised wooden Christmas Eve boxes which your child can use year after year.
Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest Christmas board which can be found athttps://uk.pinterest.com/discountw/

Important dates for your diary

21 November: Last order date for pre Christmas installation
3rd January: New year reopen

*2017 2 week lead time*

The 2 Week lead time will be for orders placed from the 22nd December until the 13th February for Production/Fit in January & February.

Spotlight on White

White has always been a best seller for us within the Dupont Corian range but we’ve seen a rise in the popularity of Venaro White of late. This, like Lyskam Grey in a previous post has a vein through it, giving it a marble effect. You still get the benefit of bright, fresh, white worktops but with more personality.
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This week we were delighted to receive the photo below from a customer in London who was equally (if not more so) delighted with their new Dupont Corian Venaro White worktops, fitted that day by the DWS team. I’m sure you’ll agree it is an envy inducing kitchen which looks stunning with the addition of the super stylish Corian.
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http://www.dupont.co.uk/products-and-services/construction-materials/surface-design-materials/brands/corian-solid-surfaces/products/corian-all-colours/sub-products/venaro-white.html
You can get a quote for Venaro White online at http://www.kitchen-worktops-store.co.uk or alternatively call our sales team on 0845 600 5512

Corian worktop installations are now taking place in early January 2016. Keep your eye on the website for our Christmas/New year Sale for even further discounts!

Hygge Hype

As the weather turns, thoughts of open fires, snug interiors and nights in with friends and family are at the forefront of our minds. The Autumnal chill welcomes warming soups, hot drinks and cosy knits. All of these pursuits have been encapsulated perfectly by the Danes in a concept called “Hygge”. Hygge hype is this Autumn’s focus and it couldn’t be more appealing! Pinterest is awash with ideas of how we can rival Denmark in getting our homes and social lives Winter ready and DWS have put together a board that you can access straight from our Home Page on our Pinterest site.

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The definition of Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is summed up nicely by the ‘Visit Denmark’ website http://www.visitdenmark.co.uk/en-gb/denmark/culture/art-danish-hygge…”In essence, hygge means creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. And let’s not forget the eating and drinking – preferably sitting around the table for hours on end discussing the big and small things in life.

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Although Hygge happens all year round in Denmark, it’s particularly suited to Winter, with the country having long, dark winters…not unlike Scotland, which makes the art of hygge something we here could fully embrace and make the most of in the run up and throughout the Winter months to come. The word hygge originated in the Norwegian language meaning ‘well-being’ and who doesn’t want that to be part of their life?

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As well as Pinterest there are various books on the subject if you’re interested in really buying in to the art of hygge in your home and life.

Corian Installation

The photos below give a small insight into the installation of Corian worktops. This complex procedure, carried out by only Dupont accredited fitters, achieves the seamless look of the Corian worktops. A truly stunning result! The worktops shown are in Designer White and currently our most popular choice for a contemporary look.

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Corian Worktops Laser Templating Procedure – SNAPSHOT!

Back in the Summer I mentioned that one of our staff members was installing Corian worktops in their new home and today I have the video to give an insight into the tempting procedure involved to get the precise measurements. Corian is a bespoke product, made to measure and fit your kitchen exactly, with all your desired features added. The templating procedure ensures that when it comes to installation, you have a perfect fit.

The above video shows the laser method used by this templater. The other method is to cut an mdf template to the required size and shape.

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Autumn Update

So, we’re only just into Autumn but DWS are already working on the Christmas rush to get those worktops installed in time for your Christmas dinner! Our lead times are now into November for installation so it won’t be long before we’ll be looking at December install dates. Please get your order in quickly if you’re hoping for a sparkly new worktop for the christmas holidays. You can contact our quote team on 0845 600 5512 or by emailing email info@dws-uk.com.

#GrowingUpScottish

Very funny repost of article by Indigo Social Media. I think we can all relate to this if we grew up North of the Border!
http://www.indigosocialmedia.co.uk/hashtag-highlights-growingupscottish/

Hashtag Highlights – #GrowingUpScottish
by Indigo Social Media
Posted on July 16, 2015 at 14:18 PM

Cut on your knee? Doc leaf. Over 10 degrees outside? Troon beach. On holiday and they don’t sell Irn Bru? Flight home.
At Indigo we are proud of our diverse team from all over the world, but a day doesn’t go by in the office without some confusion over our different cultures. It is because of this that we were happy to see #GrowingUpScottish trending on Twitter today.
Through a feed of tweets, our international colleagues were educated about what it was to be born and raised in Scotland. They now know of the situations that made the Scots the people they are – for better or worse…
Here are some of the hashtags highlights: