Archive for the ‘Kitchen accessories’ Category

Fresh Design finds: Contented cat cookie jar

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Oh my, this is purr-fect! A gorgeously created large cat design cookie jar.

Can’t get enough of cats? Or wish you had one, but can’t have one in your current home? Why not offer a home to this gorgeous large feline jar instead!

The contented cat is made from stoneware and is designed to be a cookie jar. It’s a good size and will look elegant displayed on your kitchen worktop.

The cat lives up to its name of looking contented. His eyes look open and alert and there’s a definite smile going on! Although it’s designed as a biscuit jar, you could easily use it for other storage purposes, or just as a decorative accessory.

You’ll find the contented cat jar available at Anthropologie.

Joseph Joseph kitchen accessories from House of Fraser

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Review by Fresh Design Blog of Joseph Joseph kitchen accessories

When it comes to kitchen accessories, there are some things that are inherently useful and give you many years of practical use, and others that are flash in the pan ideas that soon lose their appeal and end up sitting idly in the drawer or cupboard.

Sitting firmly in the years of practical use category are many of the kitchen accessories by Joseph Joseph. We’ve previously reviewed their Nest baking accessories, which are a great design and come in handy for so many cooking and baking needs.

Now we’re looking at a few more of their products, this time the Slice and Sharpen chopping board, the Flavour Bud and the M-Cuisine Cool Touch Microwave Dish.

What an excellent idea! A chopping board with a knife sharpener built in. Another good product idea from Joseph Joseph

There’s nothing worse than needing to chop something in the kitchen and discovering your knife just isn’t sharp enough any more. The Slice and Sharpen  chopping board is a great invention, as it’s got a very useful knife sharpener built into the side of the board.

The board itself is a non-slip design – which is pretty essential, given that there’s a sharpener integrated into it. The sharpener is made from ceramic and will be compatible with most stainless steel knives.

It’s a very clever idea and definitely something we can imagine using again and again.

This flavour bud is a useful way to 'inject' meat, fish or vegetables with a tasty marinade.

The Flavour Bud is a nifty little gadget to use for marinading.

The metal nozzle – which is quite sharp – is simply dipped into your marinade, whilst you squeeze the plastic bulb. The bulb fills up with marinade and then the stainless steel nozzle can be placed into the food you want to marinade.

It’s quick, easy and a good way to get full flavour to the heart of the dishes you’re cooking. The nozzle is easily removed for washing, plus it can be stored inside the bulb when it’s not in use.

A clever dish that you can take straight out of the microwave and hold easily in your hands without it being hot.

Having recently attempted to take something out of the microwave without oven gloves, and subsequently dropping it as it turned out to be hotter than expected, the M-Cuisine dish is a pleasing discovery.

The microwave dish is designed with a double wall, so that you can safely handle it straight from the microwave. The second outer wall of the dish is cool to the touch, so there’s no issues with it being too hot to handle. It’s well robust, well made and, as with all Joseph Joseph products, perfect for a contemporary home.

All three of these products, and many more in the Joseph Joseph range, are available to purchase at House of Fraser. There’s currently up to 50% off kitchen accessories, homeware and more in their sale.

(Disclosure: We were sent these products to review, but all views and opinions are our own) 


Wash and clean in style: Swedish designer dishcloths

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Admittedly it might not seem like the most exciting product to buy, but dishcloths are a kitchen essential for washing up and cleaning.

One of our past posts highlighted a cute chick designer dishcloth, but as it’s no longer sold by the retailer in question, we thought we’d bring you some alternative options.

What’s special about a Swedish dishcloth?

Forget traditional British dishcloths – the Swedish style is both incredibly stylish and highly practical.

No more boring squares of cloth, the good old Scandi style cloths feature distinctive and printed designs in a rainbow of colours, that will brighten up your kitchen and make you smile.

What’s more, they’re eco-friendly and made to feel much more like a sponge than a cloth. They’re super absorbent, can be reused and washed hundreds of times and are effective for cleaning a multitude of surfaces, including tiles, stainless steels, granite and glass.

Where to buy Swedish designer dishcloths

Love these colourful designer Swedish dishcloths. Fab designs and colours.

These lovely dishcloths – the blue bird, pink doodle, red heart, black dogs, turquoise star and blue fish – are all available from Sapphire Style. They’re only £3 each.

These Swedish style dish clothes are eco-friendly, super absorbent and gorgeously designed.

Jangneus specialise in authentic Swedish cloths that are designed in Sweden and individually screen printed in the Cotswolds. They’ve got some colourful and stylish designs.

You can buy packs of three via their store on Not On The High Street – three gift wrapped dish cloths costs £8.50. They come in colour choices such as turquoise, yellow, purple and green.

Other matching products are available too, including tea towels and trays.

Treat yourself to a dishcloth subscription

Great idea if you love Swedish designer dishcloths - get one in the post every month, with this subscription box idea.

Can’t get enough of designer dishcloths? Or need an extra incentive to tackle your cleaning? Jangneus also run a dishcloth subscription service, whereby you receive a new dishcloth in the post each month.

Jangenus Swedish Scandi designer dishclothes. Love this subscription box idea, where you get a new shiny design in the post each month.

There are various options you can choose from, including having cloths of a certain colour each month (red, blue, green, turquoise, purple or black and white), or a mixed selection of colours. It’s also a nice idea for that hard-to-buy-for recipient.

Fresh Design finds: Quirky kitchen accessories from Anthropologie

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

I love a good mooch around Anthropologie. It’s always a good place to find something a bit quirky and unusual, like these kitchen accessories.

Honey bee trivet

Wow, love this! Gorgeous brass honey bee and honeycomb kitchen trivet. Looks too good to put hot pans on.

What a gorgeous trivet! I love the honeycomb design of this, with a little bee added for detail at the top. It’s made of brass and, to be honest, looks a bit too good to cover with a hot pan.

Cluck & Coo cutting boards

Cute chicken (cluck) and dove (coo) shaped wood and marble cutting boards

Sadly these two fab cutting boards don’t come as a set – it’s an either or choice, but they’re both rather fun. One’s in the shape of a chicken (cluck) and the other is a dove (coo). They’re made from a mix of acacia wood and marble.

Dolci storage jar

Posh biscuit jar! Ornate Dolci biscuit and sweet storage container from Italy

This is a rather ornate earthenware storage jar, with an olive wood lid, from Italy. Ideal for storing biscotti or other sweet treats.

Russet measuring cups

Copper colour kitchen cooking and baking measuring cups

This set of kitchen measuring cups look like they’re made of copper, but they’re actually made of a coated stainless steel. They’re a lovely colour, plus useful too.

Cat’s meow bottle opener

Aww! Cute cat shaped brass bottle opener - a must-have!

And finally, who could resist a cute cat shaped brass bottle opener? Every kitchen drawer needs one, of course!

Edge of Belgravia: Black Diamond knife block and Precision knives

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Unusual black diamond geometric knife block

Looking for a home gift for a design-conscious bachelor who enjoys cooking? The Edge of Belgravia’s Black Diamond knife block and knives could fit the bill.

This is a knife block like no other – it’s modern, funky, sleek and unusual. When it comes to knife blocks, you don’t normally expect them to be like a piece of art in their own right. But this one is.

Modern black diamond designer knife block set

As its name suggests, the design is based on the shape of a rough-cut diamond. The concept was created by London designer, Christian Bird, and it’s aimed at being a modern and daring knife block.

With a typical knife block, the knives slot in so that blades are hidden. But in the case of the Black Diamond block, the knives slot in and ‘float’, so that the blades are all still visible within the cut-out diamond shaped block.

Edge of Belgravia modern knife block gift idea

The Black Diamond has slots for storing 11 knives, but is sold as it is without any knives. It retails for £89.90 direct from Edge of Belgravia (RRP £99.90). The Precision collection of designer knives, also designed by Christian Bird, is perfect for using with it.

Edge of Belgravia Precision knives

Each of the knife blades have been created with precision in mind. They’re made of coated stainless steel, with a non-stick blade coating. The handles coordinate with the Black Diamond holder, with their gemstone-inspired facet shape.

The complete set of Precision chef knives consists of four pieces – a bread knife, chef’s knife, pairing knife and deba knife (the latter is inspired by traditional Japanese salmon knifes, but ideally suited for cutting fish, vegetables or fruit).

We were impressed by the quality of the cutting ability of the knives. The handles were comfortable to hold and the unique knife blades cut through items with ease, making food preparation a doddle.

The Precision knife set is available for £69.90, or the knives can be purchased individually. Products are can be purchased direct from Edge of Belgravia, or from retailers such as Amara or Selfridges.

The Fresh Design verdict

Overall, the Black Diamond is an unusual and distinctive knife block design and would definitely look at a home in a design conscious modern kitchen.

From a safety point of view, the design does make it impractical for use in a family kitchen, as a child could easily put their fingers through the open side of the block base and access the knife blades.

Likewise, it’s also important to be aware of the safety side of things if you’re moving the block around the kitchen, for example as you prepare food, as it would be easy for a finger to accidentally slip as you carried it.

That aside, if it’s a stylish piece that would take pride of place in a bachelor pad – either for regular use or simply for looks – then it certainly does fit the bill. The Precision knife set is the ideal accompaniment and there’s plenty of room in the block for additional knives, so you could add to your collection at a later date.

For more details about Edge of Belgravia, follow them on Twitter or check out their Instagram feed.

(Disclosure: We were sent these items to review, but all views and opinions are our own).

Joseph Joseph contemporary kitchenware: Nest baking accessories

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Nest mix mixing bowl set from Joseph JosephContemporary kitchen baking equipment

At Fresh Design, we’re big fans of home baking, but in order to bake efficiently, it helps to have the right kit to hand.

In terms of baking accessories, some of the essentials include a mixing bowl to prepare all your ingredients in and measuring spoons to help you add the correct amount of ingredients.

Contemporary kitchenware company, Joseph Joseph, founded by twins Richard and Antony Joseph, produce a range of stylish and practical products that are perfect for the modern home baker.

We were invited to test out two new products from their Nest food preparation collection – the Nest Mix and Nest Measure.

Review of Joseph Joseph baking accessories by Fresh Design Blog

Nest Mix is a three piece mixing bowl set with the added addition of a highly useful egg separator. The colourful bowls are in graduated sizes and stack inside each other, so they’re easier to pack away and store in a cupboard. The egg separator clips onto any of the bowls, and makes juggling the yolk between the egg shells to separate off the egg white a thing of the past – hooray!

Each of the bowls also have nicely designed spouts, which makes transferring ingredients from bowl to mixer, or bowl to cake tin, a lot easier. The designers seem to have thought have everything and we’re impressed by the addition of a stainless steel egg cracker rim on each of the bowls, which ensures egg cracking is quick and easy.

The bowls are all lightweight, so work well combined with scales for measuring out baking ingredients. They were ergonomically comfortable to use and work with, plus they washed well too.

Joseph Joseph kitchenware products reviewed by Fresh Design Blog

The Nest Measure set is an equally useful piece of kit. Consisting of eight pieces, the set features measuring cups ranging in size from a tiny 1/4 of a teaspoon up to one cup. In fact, the set seems to cover all the key measurements you’re likely to need. Each measurement is listed on the handle – our only criticism is that on some of the colours, and in some lights, they’re easier to read than others and we wish they were a tad clearer.

We do however love the fact that each piece clips together, so you can retain them all in a neat and compact nest, rather than having a drawer or cupboard full of random pieces. The colours are lively and attractive and help ensure the product stands out easily when you’re delving in a drawer to find them!

The Nest Mix retails for £30 and the Nest Measure for £10. Both are available to purchase from Joseph Joseph.

* Disclosure: We were sent the two products for review, but all views and opinions are our own.


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