Bespoke storage solutions for Autumn

Once the August bank holiday is over many of us feel the urge to organise and nest before the autumn is upon us. With children finally returning to school after many months at home, there is likely an even stronger urge to sort through the house with life having been on hold. For many people where they live and how they work may have changed too so the practical needs from the house have shifted.

Boot Rooms

If you have the space downstairs, then the boot room really is a must when looking to store outer wear. There is nothing better than being able to shut the door on coats and shoes, so they are out of sight.  If you have young children with muddy shoes especially as autumn comes with the inevitable increase in rain, you really don’t want all of that messing up your hallway. A bespoke boot room can incorporate bench seating with storage underneath or perhaps shelving and space to hang coats. For dog owners the design could incorporate an area for balls and leads plus somewhere to stash muddy wellies.

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Under Stairs Storage

Quite often this is wasted space that could be utilised for storing shoes and coats if you don’t have space for a boot room. From cupboards to shelving and even pull out drawers that really make the most of the space, there are solutions that work for everyone.

Studies and Home Offices

With a huge shift in how we work in the wake of the covid 19 pandemic, many people are now working from home.  Your work may involve keeping files or documents to hand so when planning this room, you might want to consider what you need access to and how much space. We know at Ashton Bespoke that the design process is important with any room and this is especially true of a study or home office. We understand the practical demands of a space for work which is why we don’t just make furniture we will consider ergonomics, light and cabling for your study.  How this room is configured is clearly client driven but our experience enables us to make some practical suggestions during the design process.

Bespoke Home office and walk in wardrobe

Tips on managing storage

If you don’t have the room for either a boot room or a home office, there are other things you can do to manage storage in the home. Use the space under your bed to hide baskets or storage boxes for linen or towels. A few strategically placed hooks can help to get clutter off the floor and provide easy access for when you need items. It can help to break up open spaces by adding in shelving to neatly separate household items or fill it with stackable boxes that discreetly hold items out of sight. Have a look around the home as the chances are there is unused space that could be utilised and some strategically placed shelving or racking could be the answer to your needs.

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How to design an Eco-friendly sustainable kitchen

What is sustainability

We hear this word in every sphere of life now, it is no longer a fringe green idea that is a hard sell. The world has woken up to the fact that we don’t have infinite resources and that it is imperative for the planet that we do not deplete the natural world. We need ecological balance and to use materials in such a way that they can be maintained or replenished. It’s about the planet, people and economic concerns. Its ensuring that we meet current needs without compromising the needs of future generations. Sustainability is here to stay, and we need to deliver on this within the home and specifically the kitchen.

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Technology

With the advent of home automation and smart controls for the house, the technology that is available for the kitchen now ticks the green box. This is about ensuring the design uses energy efficient appliances such as the dishwasher which is important as it can reduce water waste and energy consumption. High end appliances that are A grade or A + means they have been constructed to be as energy efficient as possible. Instead of a kettle many bespoke kitchens now have a hot water tap. As well as giving the kitchen clean uncluttered lines, a hot water tap is more energy efficient.

Material choice

It is important that an eco-friendly kitchen is made with materials that are sustainable. One such choice should be in the paint that is used on the kitchen cabinets and of course the walls and ceiling. Bespoke kitchen customers are increasingly using water-based paints or oils for their kitchen as these coatings are low in VOCs. This reduces harmful emissions from solvent based paints so that the room itself is greener as well as reducing chemicals in manufacturing. Reclaimed tiles or other repurposed materials help towards sustainability and work well with popular rustic or shabby chic looks. Timber used in the kitchen should either be certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification or the Forest Stewardship Council as both are focused on sustainable management of forests.

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Lighting

Putting some real thought into the design of your lighting can save energy. LED lighting whether tape or spotlights use less energy and last longer as well as plus they look crisp and modern. You could choose statement lighting over your island or halo lighting to the perimeter of the cabinets, or task lighting below the cabinets, each creating different moods. Multiple switches that isolate lighting in areas means you use less energy by selecting which areas are illuminated.

Green manufacturing

This is about choosing a company that strives for sustainability in the way it works. When clients design a bespoke kitchen, they are guaranteeing it will be well made and designed to last therefore less wasteful. Bespoke kitchen makers will be using PEFC and FSC certified timbers to ensure they have made sustainable material choices. At Ashton Bespoke we have decades of experience in how to use materials to ensure longevity alongside an ongoing commitment to the environment and best practice.

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Trends for Autumn Winter 2020

We take pride in creating excellence through the craftsmanship of our fine furniture, but our continual focus on the market and shifting trends also helps us understand client tastes. As we enjoy the final warm days after glorious summer and life starts to get back to some semblance of normality, we look ahead to colour and trends that will dominate interiors this autumn.

Autumn winter colours

The furniture industry does not showcase its wares in the same way that we see in designer clothing collections but the colours on the catwalk are reflected across interior design. Of course, we don’t change our interiors seasonally other than perhaps switching bedding or cushions so the colours and textures we chose must stand the test of time. This year’s AW collections have seen catwalks awash with red wine, blues, greys, almond and champagne as well as pops of fresh orange and tan. This will be reflected in the colours we see on furniture and fabrics. The deep blues of Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue and Edward Bulmer’s Indigo contrast beautifully with greys such as the ever-popular Little Greene’s French Grey. Gorgeous berry reds such as Benjiamin Moore’s Dinner Party will bring that warming autumnal glow alongside Farrow and Ball’s Duck Green. These bold autumnal colours need a neutral backdrop and Farrow and Ball’s Pointing and Cloud Nine by Benjamin Moore deliver that perfect contrast.

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The materials and accessories for a new season

It’s not just about colours, it’s about the accessories, textures and patterns that we will see reflected right across the furniture industry this autumn. This seasonal change draws us instinctively to warmer colours and natural textures so we will see a desire for leather and wood paired with soft earthy palettes. The on-trend champagne and cream tones will accent natural birch, beech and ply perfectly. Concrete for interiors will remain much requested alongside the cool marble and liquid metals in cabinetry. We will continue to see a desire for antique distressed alongside natural look furniture with reeded effect surfaces showcased by soft colour palettes.

Trends for Autumn Winter 2020

Wellness and sustainability

The trend for wellness and selfcare is growing exponentially; the time everyone has taken during lockdown to slow down and reflect has only magnified this. This desire for wellness is reflected in the interiors people are choosing. Sustainability is not just a fad that will go away it’s now about an approach to life including the interior of the home. Designers are creating spaces that reflect this; sanctuaries, a place to recharge. Upcycling and repurposing remain on trend and a desire for fumed, charred and burnished finishes as well as light substrates with natural or stained finishes. Handmade or recycled tiles feature heavily alongside shell motifs set against turquoise blues and mother of pearl. The way that interior designers respond to trends is ever evolving and they must tap into these themes whilst also creating their clients dream design. As the fine furniture maker, It’s our privilege to be a part of breathing life into the ideas.

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