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The year is already in full swing, and with many of us well and truly back at work, the summer holidays have come to an abrupt halt. That means only one thing – life is getting busy again, and we’re dedicating less and less time to everyday chores at home. While you’re flitting between appointments, shuttling the children between after school activities, or completing endless stacks of work, it can be calming to know you have a sparkling clean kitchen to come home to. Not only does it make meal prep easier, but a tidy kitchen provides a welcoming space to invite family, friends and neighbours into. So let’s make some kitchen resolutions for 2019 – and stick to them. Here’s our list of our favourite goals for the year. Clean before you go to bed We get it – sometimes the very last thing you want to do

So, you’ve decided to bite the bullet in 2019 and move ahead with your dream kitchen renovation. Congratulations! Investing in your kitchen - the heart of the home - will pay dividends both now and down the track. While you can tackle the project yourself if you’ve got the skills and know-how, we recommend going with the experts for the job - saving you time, money and perhaps a bit of your sanity in the long run! It’s only natural that you’ll have lots of questions and things to run through with any potential contractor - but to make the most of your consultation, here’s what you should be asking before progressing further with your renovation.    How long will my kitchen renovation take? It’s probably the question homeowners are most anxious to have answered, but don’t worry - your contractor will be expecting it. The most common question

While we absolutely love the new trends emerging in kitchen design for 2019 and beyond, there’s something timelessly charming about a country-style kitchen. Rustic and inviting, the country style immediately makes you feel at home - so it’s a kitchen that everyone in the family will enjoy. Though the country look is timeless, there are some modern features that bring country kitchens into 2019. Here’s how to do it: Ditch Cabinets in Favour of Open Shelving Country kitchens are all about the kitschy, cosy feel - so having your homewares and crockery on display helps to make the space feel lived-in and give it some personality of its own. If open shelving doesn’t work for you, glass-front cabinets can still give the same effect. Installing display hooks for things like your mugs or tea-towels not only add to the look, but are convenient too. Incorporate Antiques Give your modern

Finally jumping into a renovation is usually the last in a series of steps - setting a budget, chatting to an expert, settling on your design preferences and setting a timeframe. So it’s no surprise that we often end up pushing our renovation back into the new year, making it a project for the next 12 months. No matter where you are up to in your renovation planning, here are our tips on how to get the wheels moving on your project this summer. Pick High Impact Changes First Nothing feels as satisfying as finally making that change you’ve been dying to make in your kitchen. And studies show that a feeling of achievement can be one of the most powerful motivators. Get your renovation off on the right foot by starting with changes that make a big difference. Painting the walls, switching out your cabinetry or installing

At the start of each year, we’re often looking to set resolutions for ourselves - and these often involve leading a healthier lifestyle. A great place to start your commitment to living healthier is in your kitchen. An emerging trend in kitchen design is the ‘wellness kitchen,’ the concept of conceptualising your kitchen around a healthier and more environmentally friendly lifestyle. We take a look at some of the elements of the wellness kitchen that can help you lead a healthier lifestyle in 2019 and beyond. Make Healthy Choices Visible It’s a well-known merchandising strategy - customers won’t buy what they can’t see. But this is well-rooted in psychology - we’re more likely to engage with the things right in front of us. Influence your eating choices by putting healthy options front-and-centre. Keep a fruit bowl on the bench for a convenient snack option Grow some herbs on

Once you’ve kitted out your kitchen with the fundamentals - like your dishwasher, fridge, oven - it’s time to move on to those handy, smaller bench-top appliances that can make your time spent in the kitchen more efficient - and more enjoyable! With end-of-year sales now upon us, it’s a great time to pick up savings on kitchen items you’ve been meaning to purchase. But with so many different gadgets now available, it can be hard to determine which ones you might want to start with. Here’s what we recommend to start your small appliance collection: Slow Cooker The lazy cook’s best friend, the slow cooker will become one of your most-used appliances in no time. The beauty of the slow cooker is in its ability to turn your ingredients into delicious, tender and flavoursome meals - with minimal effort. Just throw your ingredients into the slow cooker

When the weather warms up and the festive decorations come out, it signals not only the start of Christmas - but also of entertaining season. Having people over to share a celebratory meal - or committing to host on Christmas Day itself - is one of our favourite things to do. Particularly when you have a new or recently renovated kitchen, you want to use it to its full potential! If you’ve volunteered to host a meal on Christmas Day, there are a few things to check off to ensure the day runs smoothly and that your guests have a great time - and a great feed. Be Wise With Your Time It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and you should be enjoying the time with family and friends that Christmas brings. Some time-saving tips include: Heading out to the supermarket now to avoid the last-minute

When it comes to Christmas gifting, it can often be hard to find that perfect present that will be useful to the recipient, and that they’ll be excited to receive. Gifting kitchenware and gadgets is almost always a good idea, as they’re things that everyone get use out of - and they can be used throughout the year. The gift that keeps on giving, a present for the kitchen can be something they’ll continue to thank you for in years to come. Here are our suggestions on gifting the perfect addition to their kitchen this Christmas: Pasta Machine Often anticipated to be a lot more difficult than it is in reality, making pasta by hand can be a fun experience for the entire family to get involved in. Inexpensive and space conscious, most hand-roll machines come with a vice to secure it to the bench or table - so it’s

We’ve written in the past about ways to integrate eco-friendly principles into your overall kitchen design – but what about everyday actions you can take to reduce waste at home? With a wave of media attention growing around the impact of waste on our planet, people are becoming even more invested in actions they can take to reduce their global footprint. Here at Apollo Kitchens, sustainability is at our core, so we’re passionate about finding ways to reduce waste in our kitchen designs and in our day-to-day lives. Here are our top tips for how to live your best eco-friendly lifestyle, without sacrificing on luxury. Invest in quality appliances While the cost might be higher at the outset, higher-end appliances can give you a world of difference when it comes to saving energy, cutting down on costs and reducing waste. Look for appliances with the highest star ratings. Higher

As the property market becomes increasingly competitive, it’s important for sellers to be presenting their house as the complete package for prospective buyers. Anyone walking through your home should be able to visualise themselves living there, without having to worry about undertaking any major renovations after making such a big purchase. Research shows that kitchens are a top priority for home buyers, as this is where they will be spending a large portion of their time when at home. Kitchens with space for entertaining, ample storage and an accessible layout top the wishlist for Australians. With this in mind, whether you’re looking to sell in the near future or further down the track - a kitchen renovation is something that will immediately boost your home’s value to buyers - and real estate agents. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you maximise the return