Expand Your Outdoor Space

Whether you have a small patch of patio or a large, sprawling lawn, there are things you can do to transform your outdoor space. Try these three tips to give your outdoor area a burst of life and be sure to step outside as we head into Autumn.


Think hooks, cupboards, shelves and in-furniture stowaways. Be sure to include a few watertight or undercover spots.


You can add atmosphere to your surrounds with the right sound, from a soothing water feature to the latest outdoor speakers, like the new waterproof and wireless Bose SoundLink Micro.


There are many things you can do to reduce your impact on the environment, such as planting a herb or veggie patch, using drought-tolerant plants, solar lighting and rainwater features.

The Latest Kitchen Trends For Your Home

Are you renovating your kitchen? Achieve optimal functionality without compromising on superior style with our top tips.

Natural Selection

The brief for the cooking zone pictured above was to design a multipurpose space that maximised the views of a courtyard and would enable the sociable homeowners to host guests with ease. Needing to also be both family-friendly yet aesthetically pleasing, a number of specific durable materials were chosen, such as the stainless-steel benchtops for the hob and bar area. The flush window splashback was carefully planned to showcase the luscious green outlook, and easy-access louvres were added to allow for cross ventilation from the adjoining outdoor area. Oak set in a herringbone pattern brings character to the large Corian island (in Rain Cloud), while the opposite solid block-end is a chic contrast to both the timber features and concrete accents. The clean lines of the Sage cabinetry in Acrygloss White add a sleek finishing touch.

Colour Release

Corian has evolved the standard kitchen benchtop and splashback into a creative work of art by continually offering new shapes, effects, colours and finishes to lift the design bar. Made from a blend of natural materials and acrylic polymer, its products are durable, non-porous and stain-resistant. Plus, one of the main advantages of Corian is the ability to create one entire continuous surface with seamless undermounting methods, which eliminates areas that trap dirt and water, to minimise cleaning and maintenance. Adding to its extensive colour selection are three new Corian hues: Neutral Concrete, White Onyx and Weathered Concrete. Available at Evolution of Surfaces, 0800 267 426,

Shine Bright

The inviting room below was designed by Annika Rowson and built to withstand everything family life could throw at it. The warm yet sturdy Corian benchtops in Cirrus White were chosen to complement the timber features, and is an elegant addition to the rawness of the polished concrete floors. All of these finishes add a soft and gentle texture that blend well with the subway tiles, which feature across the entire back wall of this open-plan room. The island’s waterfall end gracefully anchors the bench and the integrated Corian “Duo 023” sink adds a seamless and attractive touch to the functional zone. Bathed in natural light, courtesy of carefully placed skylights, combined with a striking ceiling pitch, this kitchen firmly holds ground as the hub of this busy home.

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