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Are the 1970s making a comeback in today’s kitchen designs?

The 1970s are also remembered for glam-rock, punk and disco and, if you were growing up like I was, the classic must have toys such as the Chopper bike, skateboard and the smurfs! That little wave of nostalgia was brought on by a comment by my brother and business partner after I’d mentioned that the pictures of a kitchen we’d recently installed had a very modern yet retro feel.

Has anything changed for small businesses since the riots?

Now the memories of the riots are fading and the riotwombles are hopefully a thing of the past, the central message of my blog was about how the Government could help small businesses – like ours and the Reeves’ – to grow and prosper and be central points within our communities.

Independent retailers – kitchens or otherwise – are the future of High Streets

As I’ve always said… Regular readers of our blog will know how passionate we are about being an independent fitted kitchen retailer and our feelings on the importance not only to the communities in which they operate but to the national economy too. And for the past few years it would be easy to think […]

Architects and house builders should design houses their customers want

The ongoing debate about the lack of available, affordable housing continues with the Royal Institute of British Architects claiming that new houses are‘shameful shoebox homes’ because the average size is 8% smaller than the recommended minimum .  Predictably, the House Builders Federation has responded by saying that larger homes would be even more unaffordable for buyers […]

‘Tis the season to be ordering your new kitchen…fa la la la

So that’s the long summer holidays over with for another year and I can hear the cheers (or is it sighs of relief?) of many parents and grandparents throughout the country! Only joking!   If, like us, it’s been great to enjoy a glass of wine well into the long summer nights,  spend some quality time […]

The Apple equivalent of the fitted kitchens market?

With the worldwide economy continuing to contract as consumers and businesses rein in any discretionary income they have – something as retailers of new fitted kitchens we’re heavily reliant on – I’m struck by two news stories that have come out over the past week about Apple and Sony and how they’re each reacting to […]

See your new kitchen before paying a penny!

Running a small business means everybody in the team has to be prepared to get stuck in when required.  Whilst there is – and has to be – a decision-making hierarchy, nobody in the Nicholas Hythe Kitchen Design Studio world is allowed to think that any job needing doing is beneath them! As a result one of the roles […]

A parents guide to surviving the summer holidays!

In the first of two blogs this week timed to coincide with the start of the kids’ summer holidays, we at Nicholas Hythe Kitchen Design Studio and our friend Kathy Santiago, celebrated local artist, baker and author of the recipe book ‘Everlasting Cakes’, offer up an idea to help parents and guardians survive at least a few […]

Is offering independence for the elderly too much to ask?

How the most important room in the home can help solve a government problem. According to the Office of National Statistics ‘the population of the UK is ageing. Over the last 25 years the percentage of the population aged 65 and over increased from 15 per cent in 1985 to 17 per cent in 2010, […]

Size really doesn’t matter

Small can still be beautiful. When potential customers with small kitchens contact us for the first time they’re often apologetic about the size of room they have – and even wonder if it’s big enough for us to consider!  Notwithstanding that we’ll never get to a stage where any kitchen project isn’t worth discussing, we […]

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