The Hottest Bathroom Trends for 2017

Posted on Tue, January 24, 2017

The bathroom is having a moment, taking its cue from the idea of sanctuary.

Clean lines, a layering of textures and materials and a focus on artisan and handmade products are among the hot trends for 2017.

UPPING THE ANTE

Real estate agent Joe Grcic of Harcourts says renovators are going upmarket where, in the past, an entry-level renovation might have been considered good enough. “Now people want sleek lines and that quality feel,” he says.

Architect Kate Fitzpatrick, co-director of Auhaus, agrees: “Bathrooms are definitely becoming larger and more opulent – a restful sanctuary to get away from distractions.”

INDUSTRIAL
Channelling an industrial aesthetic, concrete will be popular, especially behind baths. Quality tapware is the go, and copper and brass tapware in a brushed finish will be popular, as opposed to shinier finishes.

TWO-TONE
Black and white, and black and muted grey, will be popular for their classic style and impact. “A two-tone bathroom allows people to add their own colour, taste and flair, and can appeal to a broad spectrum of buyers,” Joe says. Kate recommends pairing darker tones with white. A dark tile on the floor makes the room look bigger, while a white wall tile bounces light around, she says.

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NATURAL MATERIALS

It’s back to nature with materials such as ceramics, timber and natural stone. “Timber-veneer oak has had a stranglehold for a long time, but warmer, richer shades of timber are coming back,” Kate says. “You just want it to feel like a restful space, and natural materials really help with that.”

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COLOURS OF THE EARTH

There’s a trend towards more moody, opulent shades. “Not brights so much as rich greens, blues, terracottas and plums, or more muted variants in the green or blue spectrum,” Kate says. “Colours that work back well with a natural material palette.”

MOODY LIGHT

Lighting is changing from being just one source to mood lighting, with pendants still popular. Kate says lighting is vital in bathrooms and should be carefully considered to eliminate shadows. Just don’t forget about safety regulations: a light overhanging a bath shouldn’t exceed 12 volts.

ORGANIC SHAPES

People are moving back to curved mirrors, while egg-shaped and non-symmetrical curves are strong in baths and basins.

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BLACK IS BACK

Black is on trend as a highlight for the avant-garde because it goes well with metallics. Be careful not to overdo it. “You need extra light with darker tones as the black tends to suck in all the light,” Kate says.

HANDMADE TILES

Tiles are less about the ubiquitous subway design and more of the handcrafted variety, that have finishes with character and texture. “There is a groundswell of smaller artisans making a mark,” Kate says.

PLANTS

The move towards modernism has brought plants and views into bathrooms.

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BESPOKE JOINERY

Joinery is becoming bespoke and more like a piece of furniture. “People are tailoring their homes to suit their particular needs,” Kate says.

BIG SKY

Oversized skylights are becoming popular, especially over showers. “They accentuate the generosity of space,” Kate says.

HOLD ON TO YOUR MARBLES

“Moody greys and dark browns are coming back in,” says Kate, “along with the white tones, which are still popular”.

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This story originally appeared on theweeklyreview.com.au

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Tags: bathroom, trends

Get a head start finding out about Bosch's new Washer at e&s

Posted on Mon, January 23, 2017

Discover Bosch’s WAN22120AU Front Load Washing Machine months before any other distributor at e&s.

Releasing to all other distributors in March, e&s are currently showcasing Bosch’s latest washer. With so many features to get excited about, you’ll end up looking forward to laundry day.

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Image: Bosch WAN22120AU Front Load Washing Machine and Bosch WTY88700 Condenser Dryer

Features of the Bosch WAN22120AU Front Load Washing Machine include:

  • EcoSilence Drive means that your house can remain quiet when you’re down your washing
  • Anti-Vibration Side Panels reduces vibrations and ensures greater stability during the washing and spinning process
  • 4 Star Energy Rating and 4.5 Star water rating reduces environmental impact, and cuts down on running costs.
  • Drum Clean effectively removes any lingering odour, bacteria and detergent residue from the washing drum.
  • VarioPerfect high performance programmes allows you to clean your laundry with up to 50% less energy or reduce cleaning time by up to 65%
  • Foam detection system to remove excessive foam
  • Reload function to pause machine operation so you can add in that pair of socks you just found under your bed 
  • AquaSecure self-sealing hose to minimise risk of water leakage

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Image: Bosch WAN22120AU Front Load Washing Machine 

Excited to find out more? Visit your local e&s showroom for more details or see the washer online by clicking here.

 

 

Tags: laundry

Q&A with celebrity chef Adrian Richardson

Posted on Thu, January 19, 2017

Adrian Richardson is the pilot who became a chef and owner of two successful restaurants in Melbourne  – La Luna Bistro and Bouvier Bar. He is also a TV presenter on popular Channel Ten show Good Chef Bad Chef and an ambassador for Magimix. We chatted with Adrian about his restaurants, Melbourne, and of course, cooking.

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Magimix ambassador and Good Chef Bad Chef's Adrian Richardson

e&s: Tell us a little about your background – what path led you to what you are doing today?

A: My family have always been fantastic cooks – my grandparents especially were outstanding and taught me a great deal. I got a job in a kitchen to pay for my flying lessons when I was 16; the flying lessons finished and the kitchen work stayed.

e&s: What does a typical day in the life of Adrian Richardson look like?

A: There is no such thing as a typical day for me, and I would not have it any other way. Some days I'm in the TV studio or having meetings with my staff at Bouvier Bar or La Luna Bistro. Other days I'm in the office (which I hate) or you'll find me in one of my kitchens or poking around the markets looking at seasonal produce.

e&s: We’d love to hear about who you’ve cooked for in your career.

A: I am always discrete about my customers, but they range from the most famous rock stars, famous Hollywood stars, prime ministers, politicians, high court judges and gangsters, but to me, the people that have saved up to come to my restaurants are the most important.

e&s: What is your philosophy when it comes to food and cooking? 

A: I like great produce, prepared with skill, care and presented as naturally and simply as possible.

e&s: We know you love meat. What else do you like to cook?

A: I love meat, but I also love cooking pasta, salads, and of course, anything that comes from the sea.

e&s: Who or what inspires you in the kitchen? 

A: Almost anyting inspires me. The season's trips to the market, my herb and vegetable garden, and my staff – they all inspire me. 

e&s: As a chef, cooking is about making things from scratch. Is this where Magimix comes in?

A: Magimix makes it so much easier to put things together, whether it’s slicing, dicing, chopping, emulsifying and even cooking. I use my Magimix almost every day. 

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Magimix food processor available at e&s

 e&s: What are your go-to Magimix products and why? 

A: I use my Magimix food processor, that's perfect for making pasta dough, pizza dough and sweet pastry. 

e&s: You own the popular La Luna Bistro in North Carlton. Can you let us in on any exciting ventures ahead?

A: My new venture is Bouvier Bar, it’s a New York-style bar in Brunswick East that offers great food, wine, cocktails and beer on tap, as well as a great function space.

e&s: What’s your favourite area/neighbourhood in Melbourne and why?

A: All of Melbourne rocks. The CBD at night, the markets and neighbourhood dining strips during the day, it’s such a fantastic city.

e&s: What does your ideal Saturday look like?

A: The perfect Saturday involves making pancakes with my sons, then hopping back into bed to eat them. It's very messy but lots of fun.

Check out the below cooking demo with Adrian Richardson using the Magimix Food Processor. 

For Magimix products and other kitchen appliances vist the e&s website or your local e&s showroom.

Tags: kitchen appliances, cooking, recipe, adrianrichardson, magimix

Learn about the benefits of InSinkErator

Posted on Fri, January 13, 2017

Every year, the average Australian family produces enough rubbish to fill a three-bedroom house, producing about 2.25kg of waste each per day.*

InSinkErator Food Waste Disposers aims to change this statistic by offering a quick and easy way to dispose of food waste. When using the InSinkErator, food scraps are conveniently deposited down the sink, ground into fine particles and flushed safely into the sewerage system.

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Image: InSinkErator Food Disposable System.

Clean

Eliminating food waste in seconds, the InSinkErator Food Waste Disposer removes the need for food waste bins and the nasty food smells they emit. They allow you to enjoy a more hygienic, odour-free environment safe from the bacteria and insects associated with household bins. The InSinkErator Food Waste Disposer is the ultimate piece of technology for anyone who loves a clean home.

Essential

Now quieter than ever before, sitting discreetly under the kitchen sink, the InSinkErator Food Waste Disposer is a logical lifestyle progression. As demands on your time increase, the level of convenience you have come to expect evolves. Appliances that make life easier have become valuable commodities.

Smart

The InSinkErator Food Waste Disposer is designed to cope with most types of food waste. They therefore allow food scraps to be quickly and conveniently eliminated at the point of preparation, minimising food handling and saving valuable cooking and clean up time. Your only priority becomes creating beautiful food.

Find out how to more about the InSinkErator range from e&s Co-Managing Director, Rob Sinclair

 

 View the e&s InSinkErator range here

*Fact via Cool Australia Waste Fact Sheet

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Five Ways to Create a Dream Laundry

Posted on Tue, January 10, 2017

A dream laundry is a place where someone else does all the work... but if you can't have that, turn to Home Beautiful tips to help make life on wash day as easy as can be.

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Photographer: Martina Gemmola
Stylist: Paige Anderson

1. Invest in the right machines. 
When shopping around, look for smart pre-wash settings along with sensitive ‘hand-washing’ cycles and automatic stain-removal cycles. This sensor technology has been adopted by many of the major brands to scan and ‘read’ how the washing is going and adjust rinses and actions accordingly. New dryers equipped with 3D sensors and heat pumps now mean you can get the job done faster, using far less energy than before. Hunt for dryers that scan the load to judge the amount of water present, and then work out drying time accordingly. The big brands are attacking our dislike for ironing on two fronts, by revamping the iron and introducing garment steamers – a mainstay of stylists for years – for home use. The new steamers, which use steam to freshen up clothes and remove wrinkles (no ironing board required), are terrific. Meanwhile, new irons are also making the process faster. The latest ones have improved glide and cut down on water refills.

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Photographer: Nikole Ramsay 
Stylist: Bask Interiors 

2. Storage 
Make your laundry time a fuss-free experience by zoning storage around your activities, including plenty of bench space for folding clean clothes, dumping dirty clothes or to place baskets of washing. If you can, include separate pull-out hampers for ‘whites’ and ‘colours’. 

3. Drying Racks 
Include space for fold-away drying racks or a ceiling-mounted hanging rod. For compact drying, consider Ikea’s ‘Grundtal’ wall-fixable drying rack – perfect for hanging after ironing or to dry delicates – or look for a standalone foldable version that you can store away when not in use.

4. Ironing Board Storage

If possible, design an area inside cabinets to store your ironing board neatly, so it's not using valuable floor space, but plot out where you’ll use it and position powerpoints accordingly. Check out Hafele’s innovative ironing board storage solutions: fold and pull directly from behind a drawer front, have it wall-mounted, or fold out and use as a lateral board. There are also cabinets available at hardware stores with mirror fronts that hide a fold-out ironing board inside. The interior of large cupboard doors can also be fitted with hooks to hang ironing boards and cleaning accessories. 

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Photographer: Nikole Ramsay 
Stylist:  Bask Interiors

5. Energy Efficient 
Be energy wise. Energy labels – those yellow and red stickers you see on many appliances – provide consumers with information on the energy efficiency of a product. Available in six-star and 10-star versions, the labels display two key figures: energy consumption (kilowatts per year) and energy efficiency (in stars). The more stars, the more savings. Visit energyrating.gov.au.

See what you can purchase for your laundry at e&s here.

**This blog piece originally featured on Home Beautiful

Tags: laundry

New Year's Resolution Sale

Posted on Tue, January 03, 2017

The e&s New Year's Resolution Sale is here!

 

NYC2016_WebImages_eDM.jpg*Price is discounted off recommended retail price. Excludes AEG, Asko, Capital, D.C.S, Falcon, Falmec, Gaggenau, Miele, Neff, Steel, Sub Zero, vZug, Whispair & Wolf. We are always willing to negotiate prices below RRP for most product lines. E&S endeavours to ensure that all items are available for the life of the advertisement or until sold out. Not all products are on display at all stores. Any sizes quoted in the advertisement should be considered approximate only. Unless otherwise stated, accessories are not included. We reserve the right to correct errors or misprints. Images are for illustration purposes. Valid in store only and excludes online pricing. Visit the website or see in store for details. Offer valid until 31/01/17. 

«Free delivery valid for fridges, dishwashers & washing machines. Goods must be paid for in full or delivered by 31/01/17. Available in store only and excludes online pricing. Delivery area is limited to Greater Melbourne and Geelong only, areas outside of this will receive a $55 discount on the standard delivery fee. Free delivery offer excludes AEG, Asko, Capital, D.C.S, Falcon, Falmec, Gaggenau, Miele, Neff, Steel, Sub Zero, vZug, Whispair & Wolf. Offer valid until 31/01/17.

Use your KitchenAid this NYE

Posted on Fri, December 30, 2016

Entertaining for NYE has never been easier with this cocktail recipe from our friends at KitchenAid.

 

FIZZY BOMBAY CHERRY LEMONADE

Fizzy Bombay Cherry Lemonade

Cherries are sweet, tart and full of flavor. Because their season is so short, make it a habit to find different ways to use them in recipes. From pies to tarts to cakes to ice creams, cherries are as diverse an ingredient as they are delicious.

You can make an easy fizzy cherry lemonade drink with the help KitchenAid appliances: the KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series 5-Speed Cordless Hand BlenderPro Line® and KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker. 

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First, start by carbonating the water using the Sparkling Beverage Maker. Fill the bottle with cold water up to the level mark, which is about 8 ounces of liquid. Make sure the handle is in the upright raised position and the bottle lever is pulled forward. Then, insert the bottle by sliding it against the lever on your Sparkling Beverage Maker. The white tip should be immersed in the water in the bottle. Carbonate the liquid by pulsing the gas into the water for a few short bursts by pressing the handle down. Do this until the desired level of carbonation is achieved. Seal the bottle airtight with the cap and place in refrigerator until ready to use

Fizzy Bombay Cherry Lemonade

To prepare the cherry lemonade base of the drink, place cherries, lemon juice, honey powder, himalayan sea salt, and pepper in the jar of your KitchenAid® Hand Blender.

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Screw the lid on, move the button to the lock position, and blend at maximum speed (setting #5) until all the ingredients are completely blended.

Once this is done, you can choose to filter the liquid by passing it through a strainer lined with cheese cloth, or use the cherry lemonade base as is. You can also store the liquid in an airtight container in the refrigerator if you aren’t using it right away.

Fizzy Bombay Cherry Lemonade

To make this drink, mix 1 part cherry lemonade base to 1 part soda and serve in chilled glasses.

Fizzy Bombay Cherry Lemonade

Garnish with fresh mint leaves if desired. And just like that, you have a deliciously refreshing beverage, perfect for summer!

Picture1-4.png**The blog first originally appeared on the KitchenAid blog 

View the e&s range of KitchenAid here

Tags: kitchen appliances, kitchenAid

How to choose the perfect Air Conditioner

Posted on Thu, December 29, 2016

As the temperature starts to rise, our friends at Dimplex provided us with home cooling solutions, and the question on most people’s lips is ‘What Air Conditioner is right for me?’ Living circumstances, room size, ceiling height, insulation and location play a big part in choosing the right air conditioner. Their guide and tips below should help narrow down the right product for you.

What size is the room you wish to cool?

Room size will determine the size and power of air conditioner required. As a general rule 80 watts of power per square metre is the rough guide. So if your room is 9m² you’d need at least 2.4kW cooling capacity, in order to cool effectively. TIP: Reverse cycle units often have different cooling & heating capacities, so make sure to check both.

The general rule to choose the appropriate cooling capacity for your air conditioner depends on the size of the room you're trying to cool. Dimplex recommends 80 watts of power per square metre.  What kind of room are you wanting to cool?

An open living room will have different cooling requirements than a closed off bedroom. Think about the room you are trying to cool and how high traffic the area is (doors constantly opening letting heat in). If you own your home, you might prefer to install a split system to cool larger areas. If you rent, a portable air conditioner might be a better option.

Don’t forget about energy efficiency. With rising power costs, everyone should be mindful of how much energy they are using. Cheaper, less efficient models aren’t always better in the long run. Check the energy efficiency or wattage of the unit. It might be worth spending more - to save money long term. Buying a reliable brand with a decent warranty, will also give you piece of mind that the unit will last.

 

Make sure to check both the cooling & heating energy efficiency ratings of the unt(s) you're planning on buying. Typically, the more stars they have, the less you'll spend... but you have to take into account the power too

So, what solution is right for me?

 

Portable air conditioners are a great portable solution that can move from room to room, and can even be reverse cycle. They are great for cooling rooms from 10m² - 35m² and work better with all doors and windows closed. Closing curtains and blocking any drafts will also help the cooling efficiency.

Evaporative coolers are a more natural method of cooling, using only water and air and are ideal for open areas. Again, if the unit is portable, it can be moved from room to room and generally requires a window to be slightly open. These products work best in hot dry conditions, and aren’t suited to humid areas – like Northern parts of Australia.

Split System air conditioners are a great installed solution, and can cool (or heat if reverse cycle) many different room sizes. Make sure you choose an inverter model, as they are more energy efficient. They are an installed option, so not ideal if you rent.

Window box air conditioners are designed to cool or heat the room in which they are installed in. They simply fit into a window frame, so it doesn’t disrupt the design of your home. Window box air conditioners can also be reverse cycle, so a great year-round solution.

Hot Cooling Tips

Shade north & west facing windows – either with curtains, foliage or by tinting the windows.

Shut windows & curtains early on hot days - then open up the whole house when it cools down in the evenings.

Try a fan first - If it gets too hot for a fan, then it’s time to switch the air conditioner on!

If using an air conditioner - set the thermostat to 26°C, which should cool your home comfortably and save money.

Only cool the room you’re using – close windows, curtains & doors to keep the cool air in.

Look after your coolers – clean fan blades and air conditioners regularly in order to keep them working efficiently. 

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Image: Dimplex DCSS24 Air Conditioner

**The blog post originally featured here.

 View the range of e&s Air Conditioners here

e&s Boxing Day Sale is Here!

Posted on Sat, December 24, 2016

The e&s Boxing Day Sale is here! 

For six days, we have red hot specials on quality kitchen, laundry and bathroom appliances. PLUS free delivery on selected products. Hurry - this promotion ends on NYE!

See how you can save at one of our eight showrooms around Victoria. 

Click to  View Catalogue

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 *Free delivery valid for selected fridges, dishwashers, washing machines & dryers. Goods must be paid for in full or delivered by 31/12/16. Available in store only and excludes online pricing. Delivery area is limited to Greater Melbourne and Geelong only, areas outside of this will receive a $55 discount on the standard delivery fee. Free delivery offer excludes AEG, Asko, Capital, D.C.S, Falcon, Falmec, Gaggenau, Miele, Neff, Smeg laundry, Speed Queen, Steel, Sub Zero, vZug & Wolf. Offer valid until 31/12/16. 

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Find out more about Pyrolytic Ovens with Miele's Home Economist

Posted on Mon, December 19, 2016

Have you heard about Pyrolytic Ovens but not too sure what it all means?

We recently caught up with Miele Home Economist, Loughlin Hunter to find out more about Miele's Pyrolytic Ovens. 

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e&s: Tell us about about your background and what has lead you to become a Home Economist at Miele?LH: I am a qualified chef, and have been cooking in restaurants since I was 14 years old.

During my apprenticeship I was fortunate to win 'Apprentice of the Year' and the Oliver C Shaul Scholarship, which funded me to work in London at a Michelin starred restaurant for 4 months before returning home to Australia. Upon my return to Australia, even though I was in talks with numerous restaurants, the position of Home Economist at Miele appealed to me the most as not only was I able to work with such sophisticated appliances, I was also able to do some work alongside Miele's ambassadors such as Shannon Bennett and Maggie Beer.

e&s: Miele offers a range of pyrolytic ovens. Can you tell us the differences between them?
LH: In Miele's 6000 series,there are five pyrolytic ovens which, in certain models, includes innovative functions like 'Moisture Plus'. Different models have various functionality options across the different ovens which can accommodate for just about every consumer. 

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e&s: What is the process of pyrolysis?
LH: During a pyrolytic, the oven reaches a temperature of 430°c. The oven has three soilage settings, and depending on which setting has been selected, the oven will hold at that temp for a longer duration. Any debris inside the cavity of the oven will be burnt to a fine ash and at the end of the process, it is as simple as wiping out the oven at the end of the process once the oven has cooled down, to remove any of the fine ash that’s been created from the process. In the 6000 series ovens, both the oven racks and side rails of the ovens are safe to leave in during the process thanks to a pyrofit surface on the metal.

e&s: What is your favourite part of having a pyrolytic oven?
LH: The best part about having a pyrolytic oven is knowing that I can have a perfectly clean oven a few hours after pressing a button. Cleaning ovens is not the funnest job, so having a function that does it for you, in my opinion, is one of the best innovations to happen in a kitchen.

e&sWhat are the running costs of a pyrolytic oven?
LH: There are too many variables to state the running costs, such as the length of the process, and the different electricity rates that households will have. One thing for certain though is that it will be cheaper than buying oven cleaner and there is no manual labor involved.

e&s: Does a pyrolytic oven operate any differently to a conventional oven?
LH: Operationally a pyrolytic oven, and convention oven run the same. Both ovens have approximately ten functions, and the only difference with the pyrolytic ovens is the added self cleaning with the pyrolytic process.

e&s: What is your favourite Miele product on the market and why?
LH: Personally I am a huge fan of the Miele Combi-Steam Ovens as they are essentially three appliances in one, which gives the user the maximum flexibility and control. I am also a fan of Miele's new Vacuum-Sealing Drawer, which allows me to embrace the sous-vide sytle of cooking. 

e&s: Coming from a background in commercial kitchens, what are some tips you have about keeping your kitchen clean?

In my kitchen I use heaps of paper towels, chux, and Chinese take-away containers. I go through so many paper towels, but I love the fact that I can clean as I go and throw them out when necessary. With the containers I like them best because they stack nicely and don’t take up too much room on the bench so are great for cleaning.

Find out more about about the Miele Pyrolytic Ovens at your local e&s showroom

 

Tags: ovens

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