Tips For Growing Herbs In Your Kitchen

Here’s why you should grow herbs in your kitchen: 1. You can easily add amazing flavours to your recipes. 2. It’s cheaper than repeatedly buying bunches of herbs at the supermarket. 3. Herbs in pretty pots are so decorative and will make your kitchen look great!

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But before you go on a wild shopping spree and come back with tons of different herbs only to be disappointed that they’re all dead after a week, read through the following tips on how to take care of your kitchen herbs:

Location: Like most plants, herbs such as basil, thyme, mint, and parsley need lots of light and fresh air. The best place to put your pots would therefore be a windowsill, preferably facing south. Make sure that they don’t overheat, though. They should not be in direct sunlight for long, especially during the hot summer months.

Watering: Overwatering is probably the most common mistake when it comes to herbs. Yes, they need a lot of water, but herbs don’t tolerate soggy soil. So rather than soaking the plant twice a week, give it just a small amount of water every day and don’t get the leaves wet as this may lead to fungus.

Harvest: Don’t be overly cautious to actually use your herbs. In order to grow, the need to be pinched regularly. Instead of cutting entire bunches or stems, just take single leaves from every part of the plant to encourage regrowth.

As you can see, it’s quite easy to keep your kitchen herbs fresh and growing. There’s only one more thing to do: Enjoy them in your meals!

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Australian Design A Winner In The Big Apple

The spotlight is on Australian design after Melbourne-based Adam Cornish won the prestigious 2014 New York Design Awards last week. Adam’s Trinity bowl designed for Italian based company Alessi, received first prize in the homewares category, putting Australian design back on the global map. The Trinity bowl was born from self-initiated research into lightweight structure of the Nautilus shell.

Adam says:

“Each year the Nautilus adds an extra chamber to its shell, a process that eventually forms a beautiful spiralled structure that is strong yet very light in weight. My aim was to create a hybrid product that was not only visually inspired by nature, but also a product that uses the inherent logic of nature.”

In conjunction with New York Design Week held last month, Adam is among top leading industry experts selected to showcase his designs through the “Alessi Research Lab’ initiative, as part of the WantedDesign 2014 exhibition. The workshop displayed a selection of projects that highlight a specific topic and the related research developed around it; ranging from research in the working of metal wire by Pauline Deltour, LED lighting by Giovanni Alessi Anghini through to nature observation based design by Adam Cornish. 

The Trinity bowl is available from selected David Jones stores and Alessi online.

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How to Design Your Dream Kitchen

Dreaming of giving your kitchen a much-deserved makeover, but don’t know where to start? Lyndon Craig, Electrolux Senior Design Manager, shares his top kitchen design tips.

1. Planning a kitchen
One of the best tips I can give when designing a kitchen is to start the design process by selecting your appliances first. These are usually the biggest items in your kitchen and are a long term investment. Once you’ve selected your appliances, you can then start to think about complimentary colours and materials.

2. Selecting colours and materials
Once you have selected your appliances, you can then start to think about complimentary colours and materials.

Silver stainless steel appliances have a classic look and are extremely versatile. They can be matched with warm colours, rich timbers, recycled materials or earthy tones such as olives, tan and stone.

If you love the industrial trend at the moment, black appliances can create a real wow-factor, especially when you pair these with contract colours and materials. Minimalist, high-contrast and glossy accents will ensure that you have a stand out kitchen. It was these two colours that Electrolux chose as our base colours when designing our Inspiration Kitchen range, to make sure that the range would be modern and appeal to a wider audience.

3Transform your space
A key trend in kitchen design is to move beyond open plan living and actually transform your space from one use to another. This is a great tip for those who are space constricted. The trick is working out where you can hide things away with large sliding doors or cupboards. Take advantage of hidden spaces to create the illusion of an open and minimalist space. Try auto opening drawers and cupboards, I really like the minimalistic look that comes with no handles.

4. Add some green to your life
Many of us don’t have the luxury of a backyard anymore so kitchen gardens are a great way to incorporate some green into your lifestyle. Kitchen Gardens aren’t just about saving money or using the freshest ingredients, it is immensely satisfying to grow and harvest your own food plus it provides a much better atmosphere in the kitchen. At the very least I would recommend a herb garden.

5. Top trend to watch
My tip for the hottest trend in 2014 is the return of warmth in kitchens and a more attention to detail and craftsmanship. There’ll be lots of wood, with furniture quality detailing in cabinetry and bench-tops. There will also be a much more welcoming feeling in the kitchen, something that will extend to the items on display. There will be a mixture of textures and materials with natural, organic forms likely to be the main choices for vases, bowls and accessories.

What home renovations are you planning this year?