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Common Kitchen Dilemmas Solved

I could not help but be impressed by this blog titled “common kitchen dilemmas solved” from houzz

One that struck me the most was how I would feel if I had gone to all the expense of having a refit in my kitchen only to find that my plan was faulty.  So here are some of my favourite fixes and some very interesting options to take into account before revamping the family’s warmest yummy room.

DILEMMA: You bang your knees when sitting at the island bench. Get this important measurement wrong and you’ll find your kitchen is far from the social hub you hoped it would be.

SOLVED: Plan an inset of at least 300 to 400 millimetres to accommodate legs of different lengths when people are sitting on stools at the island bench. Better too much than too little. Each person will also take up at least 600 millimetres of room along the bench, so plan accordingly.


DILEMMA: The corner of your kitchen is wasted space.

SOLVED: Corner cabinets usually end up housing all those kitchen items you rarely use because they’re so tricky to get to. Consider a design that features the sink or stove on an angle, like this one …… or a clever corner cupboard that makes its contents accessible with the help of pull-out shelves.


DILEMMA: Your sink is too small, too noisy, too deep or too hard to keep clean. Too often we fall for the aesthetics of a certain sink without considering its practicalities.

SOLVED: Think about how you do the dishes before making a decision – do you need a drainer to leave things to dry, space to soak big dishes, or a small second sink to rinse your greens? Get real on your washing up habits before settling on what could be the biggest practical decision you’ll make for your next kitchen.

How to pick the right kitchen sink


DILEMMA: Your kitchen works fine when there’s only one person using it, but is a traffic jam when there’s a crowd.

SOLVED: In any shaped kitchen, try to make the fridge and pantry accessible to family members without them having to walk through the kitchen. If you can also place the dishwasher and cabinet or drawers containing plates, cutlery and glasses down the same end, others will be able to make themselves a snack and clean up afterwards without getting in your way when you’re cooking.


DILEMMA: You haven’t got enough benchspace to work comfortably.

SOLVED: Whatever benchspace you think you need in your next kitchen, double it if you can – too much is never enough. In the meantime, here are some handy ways you can double your kitchen workspace.

With thanks to Houzz

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Butterflies and Bananas in your garden

We all love to have butterflies in our garden. Their beauty and delicate charm is always eye-catching and enchanting especially when one is sitting quietly at peace amongst the garden blooms.

Welcome butterflies into your gardenIf you have a splendid garden with plants and flowers in good health, why not make it even more charming by attracting a few butterflies?

With their colourful wings and subtle, graceful flight, they give a touch of elegance and sophistication wherever they go.

Unfortunately, it is not easy to attract butterflies as one may think. This is because they often prefer fluttering around different places rather than staying in one place. However, sprinkling your garden with small pieces of banana peels can help you attract and maintain these beautiful creatures as long as you like.


Fertilising plants using banana skins

Banana peels are excellent as fertaliserNothing is more beautiful than a garden that boasts of healthy plants and colourful flowers all year round.  If banana peels can help you achieve this like the artificial fertilisers found in the market, what is the need of using chemical products if you really love nature and protecting the already endangered environment?

With its ability to ripen fast and amazing decomposing properties, the banana skin acts as an effective natural fertiliser.