June 2018 – Issue 276

The kitchen is the heart of any home; even more so now that open-plan living is the most sought after design. It is the place where all of the family typically meet in the morning, and again in the evening; it is also the room that parties gravitate around with food and drink flowing, from the prepping to the serving. Not only that, but it is now a space where people go to relax and dine! So the kitchen has truly become a multifunctional space, and this issue we turn our focus into helping you with planning your own new kitchen.

With that in mind, your kitchen space must tick many boxes, including being an aesthetically pleasing space in which to spend time. A new kitchen is a big investment, so you want to get it right and choose a design that you will enjoy for years to come. Our kitchen planning feature will help you start to think about all of the individual aspects that make up your kitchen; what you should be taking into consideration and when, such as flooring, storage and flooring, and how to go about picking your kitchen designer. We also understand that some kitchen spaces can only cater for a specific kitchen layout, so with that in mind we gave four kitchen designers the challenge of designing to a brief, each to a different kitchen layout, with L shape, U shape, galley and open-plan. We also take a look at some of the different styles and finishes that are achievable in kitchens, from earthy tones to light and bright.

Our readers’ homes take us to Siobhan and Barrie in Belfast, where they took an existing design and made it their own contemporary home with open-plan living. On to County Clare, Louise and Dominic show us their renovated 18th century cottage that they have sympathetically turned into a modern home, and won RTE Home of the Year 2017. In Wicklow, Patrick and Ros’ two hundred year old cottage is filled with charm, and it comes as no surprise that it also won the RTE Home of the Year 2018!

Getting back to the kitchen, we bring you some delicious recipes for the whole family to get involved with, from Donna Hay’s new cookbook Basics to Brilliance Kids, and you could also be in with the chance of winning a copy! Our travel pages take us to Croatia’s capital to explore, and closer to home we discover the wonders that surround the coastal village of Castlerock.

We hope you enjoy this issue, and as always if you have a home, or know of someone who has a home, that you would like to see featured in the magazine please contact editorial on 028 9147 3979 or editorial@ihil.net


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