It's Spring!


It's Spring!

 

So Spring is finally here we all cry....but is it?

According to the weather experts spring can start at different times, depending on who you ask. Looking at the astronomical calendar the first day of spring is 20th March. The Phenological method records dates of reoccurring natural phenomena such as flowering. For meteorologists spring starts on 1st March and runs until 31st May. 

So let's go with the meteorologists and say....Yes!...Spring is here!

It really means a lot to receive a hand written and heart felt thank you letter from a client we recently had the pleasure of working with.  Our excellent and attentive customer service is something we are very proud of.

"It was an absolute pleasure working with you Giles.  You and your team were so efficient and really helped me in creating a truly unique and special kitchen.  I look forward to spending many fun hours in it, hopefully creating some great meals from the La Cornue.  Thank you again for all you did."

Celebrating Pie Week

A nation of pie fanatics, it often seems that the British love nothing better than a wholesome pie. National Pie Week is celebrated from 6th - 13th March.

With new research revealing that 75% of people enjoy a pie at least once a month, British Pie Week has been growing every year with pie-eaters everywhere seeking their ultimate pie perfection.

A quick survey here in the office and it looks like our favourite pie at Figura is the classic Steak and Kidney.  

It is interesting to note the research that shows that 79% of people are willing to pay more for a homemade pie! 

Maybe it is that same attention to detail, blending of the best ingredients and the expert craftsmanship in creating the finest end product that makes our clients choose Figura kitchens and interiors over off-the-shelf alternatives.

London Design Week 2017

From 12 -17 March 2017, designers, architects and tastemakers from the UK and overseas will head to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour for spring’s ultimate design event. With a burgeoning interest in the science of design, London Design Week 2017 this year is all about exploring methods, makers and materials that have shaped the new season.

Taurus Wine Recommendations

We asked Rupert Pritchett from Taurus Wines for his recommendation to go with our delicious steak and kidney pie…

 
 

You need something pretty powerful to stand up to the buttery pastry, red meat and rich kidneys. Something like this 100% Syrah from the Rhone Valley – Chateau Beauchene Les Sens de Syrah 2015. More powerful than southern Cotes du Rhone reds, but more spicy and savoury than fruit-bomb-like New World Syrahs (or Shiraz as they’re often called); its fruity, cracked-black pepper palate and well-balanced tannins make it the perfect match for most red meats, game and also cheeses – as well as classics like this pie.

 
 

Fancy something lighter? Try a light ale such as the Firebird Brewery’s Heritage XX. Its fresh, hoppy aroma will complement the richness of the pie, while its light carbonation won’t leave you feeling too bloated!

Featured Maker: Ann Carrington

Ann Carrington produces sculpture that elevate objects used in the everyday, recontextualizing items as common as the household utensil. In her series Bouquets and Butterflies, Carrington gathers hundreds of spoons, knives, and forks both shiny and tarnished to create elegant bouquets. Clumping spoons together she is able to recreate the shapes of roses and tulips, some appearing so realistic you wonder if they are organic flowers dipped in a layer of silver.

The sculptures were included in Carrington’s solo exhibition Pop goes the Weasel! last summer at the Royal College of Art in London.

As a design and kitchen company we love this take on the humble cutlery.

Ann Carrington: Devil's Trumpet, Mixed media including steel, nickel and silver plated spoons

Ann Carrington: Devil's Trumpet, Mixed media including steel, nickel and silver plated spoons

What's in your Larder?

We couldn't help falling in love with Bertie the beautiful back labrador at a photoshoot last month of a recent kitchen project....he really was the star of the show!

This beautiful Victorian Country House is surrounded by exemplary gardens designed in 1915 by the well-known garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll.  The kitchen is flooded by natural light and benefits from lovely high ceilings.

There is a wonderful large bi-fold larder which takes care of all the ingredients and store cupboard items.  Bertie....certainly enjoys checking out what is in the pantry!

You can see more pictures from this recent project by clicking here.

Our favourite picks of the unique and handcrafted from the interiors magazines this month...

From left to right

Bert and May: Santona Tile, Blithfield: Osborne Cushion, Bunglalow: Cylinder Rose Glass, Blithfield: Launceston Strip

Bungalow: Lotus Paper Lamp, Custhom: Curve Cushion, Custhom: Palladian Plate, Darkroom: Bert and May Split Shift Tile

Darkroom: Dice Planter, Eley Kishimoto: Camo Chevron, George Nelson: Sunburst Clock, Hermes: Nigel Peake

Darkroom: Tribalala Plate, J K Pike: Candle Lantern, J K Pike: Rust Vase, Johnny Moustache: Cushions

Johnny Moustache: Green Oak Stool/Side table, Noguchi: Akari Ceiling Lamp, Patrick Island: Chailey Octagon Mirror, Sarah Lock: Fine Strip Lamp Base

Spring is a great time to sell a house!

Most experts seem to agree that certain times of the year can prove more fruitful than others to sell houses.  Tim Harriss at Knight Frank told us "that with the Spring period favoured above most others. Gardens are in bloom, there's plenty of good light and mild weather, properties look their best and the market is full with buyers."

So what is on the market this Spring to excite buyers?

Knight Frank: 16th Century Home in Shere

Knight Frank: 16th Century Home in Shere

Spring is a pretty up-beat time of year and the better weather from mid-March to late June can provide a great opportunity to showcase your home. Buyers are much more prepared to go house hunting and added to this many families look to match their purchase with the end of the school year.

Gardens and land with their fresh bright green leaves on the trees and spring or early summer flowers gives the feeling of hope and excitement and offers a buyer a good first impression and photographs really well.

house. An impressive modern country house built in the Arts and Crafts style, with stunning rural views in Peaslake

house. An impressive modern country house built in the Arts and Crafts style, with stunning rural views in Peaslake

We spoke to Katherine Watters at house. who said, “Spring is traditionally a great time to sell a house, and the market usually picks up from mid-March in line with the daffodils coming out. But just as the daffodils seem to be early this year, so does the Spring market. After a couple of years of economic and political uncertainty, stamp duty changes and the prospect of Brexit last year, buyers appear to have taken the brakes off and are motivated about buying this year. We decided to launch a fabulous family house in the Surrey Hills last week instead of waiting until March, and we have already had 3 guide price offers from cash buyers within 5 days of launching.”

house. Peaslake

house. Peaslake