houzz interior design ideas

When planning any major project for your home, take a leaf out of the interior designer’s book of wisdom and create your own mood board.  This invaluable creative tool will help you to use gathered images of all the things you love and aspire to own, and would like to incorporate into your new kitchen or interiors project.

Collect images of new products, colour charts, etc. – from magazines, Pinterest, Houzz and any other source.  Take these cuttings and images and either use them to create your own mood board on-line on Pinterest for example or get a pin board or large piece of card and get sticking!  You will be able to see at a glance all the things you would like to include in your project.  Also see some of the Youtube ‘How to Create an Interior Design Mood Board in Minutes.”

This utility and boot room was part of a recent prject which used traditional in-frame furniture in the kitchen using the same colour.

This image of a utility and boot room that we designed and fitted is one of many Beau-Port images featured on Houzz

Position the mood board, or your iPad with image pages, somewhere prominent or move it around from room to room as you move.  This helps you to understand what you could live with long-term.  “We often see things that we like and then find that after living with that image for a while the product or colour is just not right for us,” said Beau-Port designer Jacob Johnson.  “Realising this before you start your project can save a lot of time and cost.”

Mood boards are a great way to open up discussions with your partner and anyone else you may need to share your future new space with – children, parents, friends.  They are also an invaluable tool when talking to your kitchen and interiors designer.  “It is always so useful when clients show us a moodboard of furniture styles, colour samples, fabric swatches and images of the kind of appliances they want to include in their projects,” commented Mark Johnson, Beau-Port’s Design Director.  “It gives us a head start and an understanding of their taste and style preferences, which all help to move the project forward more efficiently.”

Mrs. Courtier's In Frame Shaker Kitchen in Farrow & Ball Green Blue & Wimborne White

Another Beau-Port project featured on Houzz

Mood boards help you to explore your colour choices and preferences, the type of kitchens and interiors furniture you would like to have, plus all of the additional items you may want to research such as worktop options, lighting, venting and features such as boiling taps and other appliances.

Mood boards are a practical and fun way to define the look and feel of your new project.  Take a look at our website and explore our many kitchens and interiors projects and case studies, to get ideas for your mood board.

Another Beau-Port designed and installed kitchen will be featured in a national magazine later this year. The popular ‘Good Homes’ magazine will be publishing a case study on one of our Shaker style bespoke kitchens, installed in a recently extended house.

So look out for the December issue of the magazine, which will be on sale from early November.

The interiors publications are eager to feature as many open plan, living, cooking, dining kitchens that have well designed kitchens and our client Liz Burleton kindly agreed to being interviewed by one of the magazine’s leading feature writers.

Our head designer Mark Johnson had to taken into account all the aspects of the Burleton family’s lifestyle and how they wanted to use the new kitchen and how it would sit in the extended space.


Liz Burleton's handmade hafl in-frame kitchen in Pavillion Grey and Old White.

Here you can see how Mark designed the kitchen to have the food storage close to the island where Mrs Burleton prepares her meals.

There were a number of things on Liz’s wish list which Mark planned into the new space. “We are so pleased that we decided to extend and to have Beau-Port to do the kitchen design and fit. One of the many things that I love about my new kitchen is the way that Mark has designed it with everything so easy to hand when preparing meals and cooking. The way that he located the large fridge, a separate large freezer and a large larder unit close to the central island, which also has a handy sink, with lots of storage in the island so that I have everything I need is all in one area,” commented Liz.

A visit to the Beau-Port showrooms gave Liz and her husband Simon some further ideas, including the chopping board storage unit which Mark planned into the central island space.

“We liked Mark’s clear ideas and his 3D design gave us a much better view of how the finished kitchen would look. He is a great problem solver and came up with really good ideas, visiting us a number of times to make sure that his design was just right for our family and how we wanted to use the space,” said Liz.

The kitchen, dining, living area was a big space to fill with a vaulted ceiling and lots of light coming from above and from the large doors overlooking the garden, so the cherry red Falcon 1092 Continental induction range cooker and the Farrow and Ball colours on the kitchen furniture, painted in Pavilion Grey on the island and Old White on the wall furniture created the additional warmth that Liz was looking for.

Mrs Burleton's handmade sideboard, designed by Mark Johnson at Beau-port Kitchens.

This bespoke sideboard features a lacquered oak slatted base with a small drawer at the top. Painted in Pavilion Grey to match the kitchen, topped off with 30mm oak worktop.

Beau-Port also designed further bespoke furniture, made by their skilled craftsmen, for the area which complement the fitted kitchen unit style, including a bespoke dresser unit and console table.

It’s that time of the year again, end of summer and the beginning of the shorter days and time to snuggle down on a Wednesday evening to watch the new series of the Great British Bake Off, one of my guilty pleasures.

I can’t help but admire the twelve brave souls who have agreed to being filmed in close-up, while under great pressure to produce the perfect bakes. The Great British Bake Off kitchen reminds me of the Home Economics Department of my school, only on a larger scale. The place where I had so may cooking disasters ranging from a steamed pudding that set like concrete in the school’s own dish, unable to be released from the dish once I arrived home to proudly present it to my family. My father had to take a hammer and chisel to get the pudding out of the dish, breaking the dish in the attempt, which meant I had to own up to my total failure as a steamed pudding cook on my return to school – also having to part with my pocket money to buy a replacement dish.

My embarrassment didn’t end there, the pudding had been thrown out into the garden for the birds to eat. The rain came, the snow came and even when that melted, the pudding still remained intact, standing proud in the middle of the lawn for weeks. Jokes were made about the neighbourhood birds all having bent beaks from trying to peck at it!

Thankfully these days I can actually make a decent cake, with my Nigella Lawson Chocolate and Olive Oil Cake a big favourite with friends and family – I do urge you to try this simple recipe – if I can get it right anyone can. My skills are still limited compared to all of the Great British Bake Off contestants and I admire their knowledge and creativity. I also admire and lust after one of those SMEG vintage style fridges with the smaller freezer compartment on the top.

I also lust after a bigger and better kitchen, one designed by Beau-Port’s skillful and creative designers Mark and Jacob, preferably in a different house where I’d have that much longed for open plan kitchen, dining and living space – similar to some of our Beau-Port client’s kitchens, and a wood burning stove in the corner would be nice too. I know that I could just discuss my ideas of my dream Bake Off kitchen with Mark and Jacob and they would come up with the perfect kitchen for me, full of ingenious and imaginative ideas that would include all the best practical solutions.

Handmade Painted Shaker Kitchen with Cock Beading in Farrow & Ball Slaked Lime.

Handmade Painted Shaker Kitchen with Cock Beading in Farrow & Ball Slaked Lime.

My perfect kitchen would be a Shaker style bespoke British made kitchen, that would last a lifetime, painted in my favourite Farrow and Ball colours, with beautiful handles and all of the other appliances from Bosch and an AGA range in signature colour ‘Heather’, like the one that we have in our AGA Kitchen display in Beau-Port’s 2000 sq ft showroom.

Or maybe I’d go all contemporary and get Mark and Jacob to design a fabulous, state of the art cutting edge kitchen using the Rotpunkt range of German made kitchen furniture, using contrasting colours and different textured materials to enhance the clean lines of this high quality range, similar to one that Beau-Port designed and installed in a new eco-house recently.

The Beau-Port kitchen recently featured in Grand Designs magazine

The Beau-Port kitchen recently featured in Grand Designs magazine

Then perhaps I would have the perfect kitchen to practice my baking skills and to maybe enter the Great British Bake Off, or perhaps not. Could I cope with Paul Hollywood’s steely piercing blue eyes? Would he end up having to resort to a hammer and chisel to get my cake out of the baking tin? Perhaps Val the Cake Whisperer could give me a few tips!

The Ibbotson's kitchen, designed by Beau-Port Kitchen, featured in EKBB magazine July '16

One of the first things most people do when considering a new kitchen, is to buy a bunch of interiors magazines for ideas and inspiration. One of the UK’s leading interiors magazines, ‘Essential Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom’ magazine, recently selected a Beau-Port project for one of their main editorial features (July 2016 issue). The nine page feature focuses on the fascinating story of Jo and Dave Ibbotson’s new build eco-home on the borders of Surrey and Hampshire. It explains how they called upon the expertise of Beau-Port’s Mark Johnson, who helped them create a statement kitchen as part of their large open-plan living and dining space.

The Ibbotson's kitchen, designed by Beau-Port Kitchen, featured in EKBB magazine July '16.

The contrasting working side of the Beau-Port designed kitchen featured in Essential Kitchens magazine

The major design focal point of the kitchen is an industrial-inspired stainless steel island and Jo Ibbotson explains this choice in the article. “It’s handsome, chunky proportions suit the scale of the room, and we love the contrast of the textured raw-look oak breakfast bar against the sleek steel.”

The extensive editorial feature uses full page photographs of different angles of the kitchen, giving readers the opportunity to really get a feel for how Beau-Port’s design expertise created a unique kitchen, that perfectly balances dark and light shades and contrasting materials.

The article tells the couple’s story of how the kitchen design evolved to become a mix of steel, white, carbon and oak to create this striking contemporary kitchen. Mark was also featured in a Question and Answer section of the article, explaining his approach to the design:

EKBB: How did you begin the design?
Mark: Jo and Dave chose the stainless steel island to make a stylish feature in the room, so that was the starting point. It is custom made at over 3m long, with an integrated sink, seamless worktop and side panels that sweep to the floor, making it an eye-catching design. To add more interest and provide a soft and warm contrast to the cool steel, the attached breakfast bar has a painted and distressed oak effect finish, to work with the warmth of the solid oak floor and beams.

Can you tell us about the wall furniture?
Picking up on the drawers in Snow matt lacquer on one side of the island and Carbon on the other, the base units are finished in the same white. The wall units in the same Carbon are designed to tie the look together, and provide more storage. The handleless design is clean-lined and contemporary, in keeping with the linear island, while the slender black granite worktop echoes the monochromatic look.

And the hood?
In a large open plan room, the ducting required for a conventional extractor hood above an island can be unsightly. This Twister design has a stylish black aluminium finish and integrated LED lighting, does not require ducting, is easy to install and uses an ionisation system to purify the air.

The full article, by leading interiors writer Amelia Thorpe, is in the magazine’s July ’16 issue.

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