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Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly Issue#25.1 Yearbook - March 2018

Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly Series is the top-selling publication catering for kitchen and bathroom renovators. Each quarterly issue is packed with the latest designs from Australia’s leading kitchen and bathroom manufacturers. Every issue of Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly runs the following features: Profiles of a well-known and respected chef, restaurateur or food writer, The latest news from the design world, Kitchen showcase , Bathroom showcase, Product showcase, Showroom showcase, Appliance reviews, Product reviews as well as Q&A with a panel of experts answering readers’ questions on their kitchen and bathroom renovations. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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from the editor

Welcome to the first edition of Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly for 2018! If you’re determined to make 2018 the year you renovate your kitchen or bathroom, you are already off to a great start — this jam-packed edition has been curated with homeowners just like you in mind. Once you’ve decided your kitchen or bathroom is in need of an upgrade, the next logical step is to decide if the space requires a quick restoration or a complete renovation. While many assume both terms refer to the same thing, there are actually many differences between restorations and renovations. We discuss these on page 43 to help you decide which is the most suitable for your project. Arguably one of the most important features of a room, the surface material of a benchtop…

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what we love

A SIGN OF THE TIMES Pantone has a knack for choosing colours that relate to our perception of the world and where we are heading, and its Colour of the Year for 2018 is no exception. Introducing Ultra Violet, a tone that Pantone describes as: “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead and the discoveries beyond where we are now.” This dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple hue will no doubt become a favourite among homeowners, interior designers and stylists alike. W: pantone.com NORDIC BEAUTIES Beaumont Tiles’ Nordic and Stockholm ranges of bathroom vanities are set to raise the bar for minimalistic bathroom fit-outs in 2018. Enveloped in premium exterior-grade birchwood, these gorgeous vanities are versatile, sleek and moisture proof. We think they’re the…

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tried & tested

THE ALL-ROUNDER I found this hairdryer to be the obvious winner. While its price point isn’t cheap, it is still justifiable, especially given its five-year warranty. The hairdryer includes three heat settings, three speed settings, and comes with a concentrator and diffuser, so it’s suitable for any hair type. I personally prefer to dry my hair using the highest heat and speed settings and found that this, combined with the concentrator, led to outstanding results. While the hairdryer is quite large in size, it’s surprisingly light, which makes for ease of use for extended periods of time. It also makes less noise than the average dryer, which is definitely a plus. VS Sassoon 3Q Dryer, $172.95, vssassoon.com.au THE INNOVATION There’s no denying the Dyson Supersonic is powerful. The air that leaves the hairdryer is…

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six of the best … herbs to grow indoors

1 BASIL This kitchen staple can be utilised for most cuisines, so it’s well worth growing at home. Place your store-bought bunch of basil in a vase or jar filled with water, changing the water every three to four days. Once the basil starts to show roots, plant it in a well-drained, nutrient-rich soil for the best results and place it near a sunny window. 2 SAGE Sage is a pretty low-maintenance herb, so only give it a thorough watering when the top layer of soil appears dry, and don’t fret if the leaves look wilted as a little water will perk the plant right up. Place near direct sunlight for the best results. 3 CHIVES Place near a sunny window, or 15cm to 30cm under a fluorescent light, ideally near other pot plants which…

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restorations vs renovations

It’s easy to assume that both restorations and renovations are essentially the same — after all, both options lead to the upgrade of a space in need of an update. In actual fact, though, there are myriad differences between a renovation and restoration, from the planning, costs and processes to the selection of products The best option for your home will depend on your budget, reasons for renovating or restoring your space and the condition of the space itself. Read on to learn a little more about each option before deciding which is most suitable for your needs. RESTORING GLORY Is your kitchen or bathroom still quite functional but starting to look a bit drab? Perhaps your kitchen’s oven and stove are in perfect working condition and your benchtop and cabinetry are…

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beyond the surface

The surface material you choose for your benchtops and vanities can make or break a room. As anything and everything will be placed on the surface, it must be able to withstand a high amount of usage. Longevity of the material, easy maintenance and factors such as being chip and scratch resistant are all vital considerations. Kitchen benchtops face the wear and tear of cookie-laden baking trays, spilled wines and as a resting spot for children when on the go. Bathroom vanities need to be particularly heavy duty, meeting the challenge of a humid environment combined with enduring the variety of creams and liquids that are often spilled on them. Knowing which surface can have a straightening iron placed directly on it, or is easy to clean of any shaving gels…