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Updates to immediately brighten up the kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, as we’ve all been told so many times. It’s not wrong, either. It’s the room that a lot of us spend the most of our time in when we’re trying to get something done. It’s where we cook, eat, and sometimes even like to relax. So, when you’re not feeling in love with your kitchen anymore, it can make a big impact on how much you like your home. But how do you give it the kind of update that will get it feeling fresh and bright once more?

Think usefulness first

When it comes to a kitchen upgrade, the best way to make sure you’re actually spending your money wisely is thinking about the utility of it all. It might not be the most glamorous part of any room, but a new kitchen sink from places like this website can make the time you spend there a lot more productive and a lot easier. Think about your appliances and which are well past their usefulness. Otherwise, think of the surfaces of the kitchen, like the counter itself. If you want to update it, then think about going for surfaces like granite that are much more durable and easier to clean. That means a lot less time spent tidying and a lot more time relaxing.

Let the sun shine

How comfortable you feel in your kitchen is just as much down to the décor and the aesthetic of it as it is how useful the space is. Two big contributors to that feeling of comfort in the kitchen are the lighting and cleanliness. We’re not going to tell you how to clean your kitchen, but we will tell you that a darker kitchen is almost always going to look dirtier thanks to shadows and dingy corners constantly in view. Fitting inlaid lights in the kitchen can guarantee a more even distribution through the whole room, but natural light is best. Instead of thick, heavy curtains, think about using thinner, more open window treatments.

Give yourself room to breathe

The kitchen is a magnet for clutter. Your cupboards are going to fill up before you have time to notice and before long you will be dealing with surfaces that are crammed with unseemly mess. It all has a use so you can’t throw it out but you can just tell it doesn’t below. Look at these great space-saving tips to win your kitchen counters back. Use a magnetic strip instead of a knife block, for instance. Add more vertical storage with hanging baskets and spice racks. Put more hooks on the insight of cupboards to hang cups from so you get your storage space back. A clutter-free kitchen is a much more comfortable kitchen.

Updating the kitchen is well worth it. Not only is a room that needs a little more care and attention compared to the rest of the home, but it also drives up the home value. Definitely something all you long-term planners want to think about.

 

Make your home more guest-friendly with these design tips

If you’re someone that regularly invites guests over, then you’ve probably already made some adjustments to your home that focus on making it feel more welcome. Perhaps it’s extra storage space and coat hangers for visitors, maybe you’ve spiced up the guest bathroom to make it more inviting or maybe you’ve gone as far as to include some hotel-like extras in your guest room. Either way, making your home more inviting can easily be done with the right help.

Fix up any cracks and chips in your home

Whether it’s repainting the living room walls or stitching up a hole in the upholstery of your sofa, make sure you repair all the little bits in your home that need a bit of updating. It’s important to try and keep the quality of your home consistent all throughout, and starting with simple repairs and fixes is a good way to put the focus on detail.

Change your sofas

You don’t have to throw out your existing sofa, but if you want to make your home more inviting to guests then you’re going to need a larger area for your them to lounge in. You can get more armchairs, you can get a larger sofa that comes with an additional ottoman or you could open up the living room area to make it feel more spacious. One of the important design tips here is to try and keep a consistent colour scheme and theme across all of your seating arrangements. This is because you don’t want armchairs or sofas to look different or stand out, you want everything to have a similar colour palette so your guests don’t feel like an armchair or section of your seating arrangement is reserved or personalised.

Make better use of an open-plan kitchen

If your kitchen and living room are in the same room, then make use of it as a social area. Get some leather bar stools to encourage your guests to sit at your breakfast table and interact with you while you fix up some drinks or cook food for them. You don’t want them to stand around and get in your way while you cook and you don’t want to force them to stand up either.

Get rid of clutter in your home

Guests want to feel like they’re not intruding too much, so if you place lots of personalised items on the tables or fill the sofas with little decorations and extras, then it’ll be hard for them to find a place to sit down or put their things. Open up your home a little more by decluttering it as much as you can. You’ll find that the clearer your home is, the more inviting your home will be to your guests. No one wants to walk into a messy room either, which is something that could put off guests from visiting again in the near future. Clean your home bit by bit and you’ll find it’s fairly easy to keep it clear of clutter.

 

Son of Steak – Join the Steak revolution

“Steak doesn’t have to be snazzy and expensive. It should be simple. It should be beautiful. And it should taste great, no matter what”

This is what new newly opened steak house in Nottingham believes. I was recently invited to an event at Son of Steak, a relaxed and casual dining style restaurant in the city centre. With an industrial feel, their relaxed style is perfect for my Hubby who loves a great steak but also likes not to feel the need to get overly dressed up to go out. Unfortunately he was unable to join me for the evening, so it was the perfect chance to take my bestie along with me.

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The Drinks

We arrived to be greeted with a Mojito, and a great Mojito it was too. Made with Bacardi and on tap. Son of Steak are proud to be the first place in the UK that sells a ‘Taptail’ so all they have to do is add ice, lime and mint. No waiting around for these tasty cocktails to be made. There is also a full menu of different drinks, wines, beers and spirits, something for everyone.

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For the non alcoholic drinker they have a daily hand-mixed soft drink as part of their unlimited drinks offer. We had a pink lemonade with basil. It was really refreshing and not too sweet. Of course there is a selection of other soft drinks, which are on the refill drinks offer. The lovely FireFly drinks are sold here, plus various hot drinks.

The Food

During the event we were treated to samples of the menu. Starting with with salads, a lovely raw salad with a ginger and pineapple dressing and a delicious avocado and caesar salad.

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Out came a large selection of side dishes. Flat mushrooms, crispy onion loaf, house ‘slaw all from the standard menu. At £2.25 each or on a 3 for 2 offer. On the Gourmet menu there was crushed sweet potato, creamy béchamel spinach, grilled halloumi, mac ‘n’ cheese and roasted veg sprinkled with zatar all £2.80 each.

The mac ‘n’ cheese was a massive hit, with everyone going back for more. I loved the sweet potato and the creamy béchamel spinach. They are something a bit different to the normal side dishes you can get in most restaurants.

My favourite items came out next the BAO Buns, which is fairness I had never seen or heard of before. However, they looked delicious and tasted even better. If you, like me have no idea what a BAO Bun is, well it is a Taiwanese street food. They come filled with crispy vegetables, cucumber, and a choice of chilli, soy and yakiniku sauces all sprinkled with sesame seeds. Not forgetting your choice of filling. We had steak in ours, because it was so thinly cut it was well cooked. I like my steak well done and this perfect for me. I can’t wait to go back with my hubby and enjoy a BAO bun all to myself, I think I would opt for the pulled chicken.

The Steaks

“Forget the the fuss… focus on the flavour”

Son of Steak

The Son of Steak’s iron steaks and chips, started off the selection of steaks we were treated to. The steak was all served medium rare. As I mentioned earlier I don’t eat steak unless it is well done. I know, I know, no chef wants someone like me ordering a great cut of steak and wanting it well done. Anyway, I was told that it was soft juicy and tasted amazing.

Followed by more steak. This time Lomito and Picanta steaks, both 8oz, both cooked in a charcoal oven served with a pinch of salt. Lomito is a cut from the tender part of the rump, while the Picanta comes from the top part of the rump. Again these were served to us medium rare and rare, so I didn’t try any. However the men around the table happily munched their way through a fair amount, so my guess it is it tasted great.

Son of Steak

There was also a selection of burgers and charcoal cooked chicken for us to try as well. The burgers arrived served on sesame buns with a burger sauce, lettuce and tomatoes. Really just a standard burger, they were the least enjoyable item of the night. When you have so many other fabulous things to try, they just didn’t meet the standard of the rest of the food. However, the chicken was succulent, tasty and I would quite happily have eaten more of it.

Son of Steak

The Puddings

Son of Steak have a limited dessert menu. A bottomless fat free frozen vanilla yogurt with various sauces. A chocolate chip cookie and a chocolate chip cookie with freshly pipped chocolate mouse, which we sampled. I have to say it seemed a little odd to me, quite a childish style dessert, however it tasted amazing. A light fluffy, chocolatey mouse, yum! That is all they have, 3 different dessert options. Maybe they could offer some other bits. I mean who doesn’t want a big slice of chocolate fudge cake?

Son of SteakI really enjoyed going to Son of Steak and trying samples of almost everything on the menu. It was a great setting with lovely relaxed feel to the venue. Next time I head into the city, I shall be taking my Hubby for a steak, cooked rare for him and a BOA Bun with pulled chicken for me, along we a couple of tasty mojitos.

*Thank you Son of Steak for inviting me to your event. All thoughts and options are my own*