MAD AS A MARCH HARE...

File 01-03-2017

Cleaning and de-cluttering like mad March Hares is our theme this month ...



Just when we thought Winter would never end we enter into March with that tinge of hope and the thought of the clocks going forward. Soon the days will get longer no matter what, even if it is still cold! The thought of more daylight hours fill us with the inspiration to  clean that bike ready for a brisk cycle or unearth that gym kit from the bottom of the wardrobe ready to transform our sluggish frames  into our summer bodies. Our winter selves are ready for change, and the kickstart we needed will be delivered on the 26th March in the form of another glorious hour.


So with the optimism of Spring and Summer on their way, sunshine and BBQ's on the horizon my mind turns immediately to food, cooking and getting my kitchen spring cleaned and spruced up in preparation. There is no better healthy eating kickstart than by clearing out the cupboards and starting afresh. Start by clearing surfaces completely, looking with fresh eyes and starting again always works for me. De-clutter drawers and cupboards, and throw away any opened out of date food. Stock up on spices and organise your cupboards by putting things in pretty jars and making it easier to grab what you need when you're cooking up a storm in your newly spring cleaned kitchen. 


Simple changes around the kitchen lift our spirits and brighten our days. Even tea towels with beautiful designs, aprons hanging from a hook, coloured glass vases with flowers and simple bowls of fresh fruit add cheer. These will all give that much needed colour to a neutral kitchen and will brighten up each month that goes by with seasonal colours.


We love  'Softer and Wild'  products,  beautifully hand printed textiles that would brighten up any kitchen or dining room.  Bright quirky designs that look fabulous hanging up and add a vibrant Spring feel to  your interior. Hand screen printed and luxuriously packaged make any delivery of these an excitement. The current collection is inspired by Russian fairy tales and Eastern European folklore patterns and will add interest and glamour to your everyday chores. They are all printed on 100 percent cotton and wash beautifully.

Check them out on social media @softer.and.wild or online at http://www.softerandwild.co.uk/





A change of kitchen accessories always inspires us to get baking, blending and making those healthy smoothies ready for summer days. Dualit's vast range of products are handmade in  Britain and they have just updated their colour palette for their Classic Toaster  range  making it easier for you to select the perfect shade to match your kitchen interior, be it bold, pastel or neutral.  There's a range for everyone at Dualit, stylish, modern designs and innovative technology that will add class to your kitchen.

At Christian Blake Kitchens we are a supplier of Dualit Products, get in contact for information on our different ranges or look online http://www.dualit.com/ or on instagram @dualit_ltd.





Now is a great time for a new Kitchen altogether, perhaps your kitchen is dated, or not set out well and you'd like different zones for all the family to enjoy. Maybe it's small but needs to be designed more efficiently. You might envisage something that you'd love but are not sure its feasible.  If you  have been thinking about ideas now is the time to put your plans in motion. What better way to enhance your home by updating the most frequently used room in the house with a beautiful bespoke kitchen that will last your lifetime, and can be repainted again and again whenever you fancy a change. This is the perfect way to start Springtime. Exciting times planning a new layout, the kitchen you have always dreamt of.  The prospect of making your kitchen the hub of the home for the whole family to enjoy and relax in after a hard day or at the weekends.

Maybe you are a keen baker or a budding cook that needs more cooking space. We can design and make free standing furniture additions. Moveable Kitchen Islands and butchers blocks provide extra workspace for preparing and cooking food, leaving your other work surfaces clean and free. Seating areas and bench seating are becoming much more popular again as families have gone back to the traditional 'sitting down together' eating traditions of times gone by. 


Whatever your needs we can design and make your space beautiful at Christian Blake Kitchens. 

Give us a call or drop us an email to christian@blakesfurniture.co.uk or 01525 720120 we will be happy to chat and discuss your ideas with you.



See our Spring Checklist for more ways to get organised and prepare for the lazy Spring and Summer months ahead in the garden, when cooking becomes simple and days are longer. Alfresco dining isn't too far in sight ….

SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST FOR YOUR KITCHEN UTILITY AND BOOT ROOM.


THROW AWAY OPENED UNUSED OUT OF DATE FOOD PACKETS.


PUT FLOUR, SUGAR, RICE INTO JARS OR CANISTERS.


LABEL PLASTIC BOXES 'BAKING', 'CHRISTMAS',  'DRIED FRUIT' ETC TO KEEP THINGS TOGETHER.


THROW AWAY ANY CHIPPED CROCKERY THAT'S CLUTTERING UP THE CUPBOARDS.


REORGANISE THE UNDERSINK CUPBOARD (IT ALWAYS NEEDS IT!)


THE  BROOM CUPBOARD OR 'GLORY HOLE' AS ITS AFFECTIONATLY KNOWN NEEDS TO BE VENTURED INTO IF ONLY TO FIND ALL THE THINGS YOU'VE LOST!


THROW AWAY ALL THE OLD TEA TOWELS AND  CLOTHS (THEY ONLY LAST SO LONG)  A NEW SET IS A GREAT WAY TO SPRUCE UP THE KITCHEN WITH SOME BRIGHT ZINGY SPRING COLOURS.


CHECK YOUR SMALL APPLIANCES, ARE THEY SAFE? DO THEY NEED UPDATING, IS YOUR KETTLE SO FURRED UP ON THE INSIDE YOUR HOT DRINKS ARE LEAVING SCALE ON THE INSIDES OF YOUR CUPS? IT  MAY BE TIME FOR AN UPDATE.


CLEAN DOWN CUPBOARDS AND DOORS. USING A STEAM CLEANER IS A GREAT WAY TO REMOVE DIRT, GREASE AND STAINS.


PAY ATTENTION TO FLOORS PARTICULARLY AROUND PLINTH AREAS WHERE DIRT CAN COLLECT. A STEAM CLEAN IS A GREAT WAY TO REMOVE AND DISINFECT AT THE SAME TIME IN THOSE HARD TO REACH PLACES.


CLEANING THE OVEN IS A DREADED JOB, BUT THERE ARE GREAT PRODUCTS THAT CAN HELP. 'DOKTER POWER' OVEN CLEANER FROM www.amazon.co.uk IS AN EASY WAY TO GET IT GLEAMING AGAIN.


THE MICROWAVE NEEDS THOROUGHALLY WIPING OUT,  CHECK THAT IT'S STILL IN GOOD WORKING ORDER AND DOESNT NEED REPLACING.


THE FRIDGE (ALTHOUGH CLEANED ON A WEEKLY BASIS)  NEEDS COMPLETELY EMPTYING. DOOR SHELVES NEED REMOVING AND SOAKING  IN HOT SOAPY WATER. THE WHOLE FRIDGE THEN NEEDS A GOOD WIPE OUT . PUTTING THINGS BACK INTO A CLEAN EMPTY FRIDGE IN A MORE ORGANISED FASHION IS A GREAT WAY TO CHECK WHAT YOU NEED TO RESTOCK UP ON.


ARE YOUR CABINETS IN NEED OF A CHANGE, OR EVEN YOUR WHOLE KITCHEN COULD DO WITH A REVAMP. THAT DREAM KITCHEN YOUVE ALWAYS WANTED? NOW IS A GREAT TIME FOR LOOKING IN MAGAZINES FOR INSPIRATION TO GIVE YOU THE IDEAS TO PLAN. GIVE US A CALL IF YOU NEED INSPIRATION OR IDEAS AT CHRISTIAN BLAKE KITCHENS ON 01525 720120. OUR BEAUTIFUL BESPOKE KITCHENS ARE MADE TO YOUR OWN SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS.


CLEAN THE WINDOWS OR GET THE WINDOW CLEANER TO VISIT, ONCE THE SUN STARTS SHINING IT'LL BE THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE IF THEY ARE DIRTY. GET READY FOR THAT SUN TO FLOOD IN …IT WILL EVENTUALLY!

LASTLY, MAKE YOURSELF A NICE CUP OF COFFEE, PUT YOUR FEET UP AND ENJOY YOUR NEWLY DE-CLUTTERED SPRING CLEANED KITCHEN!

Enjoy your Spring Cleaning !

Kate Blake
CHRISTIAN BLAKE KITCHENS