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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

With the weather heating up, we’re spending more and more time outdoors – and nothing says summer more than a languid outdoor dining experience. While away each long, warm evening this summer with a spot of al fresco dining. In this blog, the team at Apollo Kitchens have put together their top tips for dining outdoors so you can enjoy the best of those summer nights. Serve a range of options Rather than serve one big meal to everyone at the table, lay a buffet of a few smaller options along the table and let everyone dive in and help themselves. Not only does buffet-style dining look beautiful, but it’s also a versatile way of eating: you could lay out a cheese or charcuterie board, a platter of falafel, hummus and tabouli, antipasti or even a build-your-own homemade pizza or burger bar. A home buffet has the added benefit of

When you’ve devoted energy into designing and building your ideal kitchen, the next best thing is enjoy it. Whether that means cooking delectable weeknight meals or entertaining loved ones on the weekend, the kitchen is the perfect location. So that you can make the most of your new kitchen, it’s best to be well-stocked from the very start with a collection of tools, implements and appliances that will make any cooking adventure a breeze. Here are our must-have items for any kitchen. Follow this list and you’ll create a perfect hub for cooking and entertaining. Cookware The tools you use to cook can determine the final result of the food, and how much enjoyment you get out of the process. Stocking the right tools in your kitchen arsenal means you’ll be prepared for any situation A range of chopping boards so you can prepare large meals without running the

Breakfast bars are a versatile inclusion to any design. A place to sit, talk, do homework, eat breakfast - all within arm’s reach of your kitchen. A great breakfast bar will bring your family together in the heart of the home, while keeping them out from under your feet when cooking. There are a few ways to incorporate a breakfast bar in your kitchen - we take a look at a few below. Incorporate Into Your Island Creating a breakfast bar as part of your kitchen island is a logical choice, and makes your island multi-functional. It’s great for talking to the kids over breakfast or for entertaining, as you’re able to socialise while getting on with your preparation or cooking. It’s also easy to implement a breakfast bar-kitchen island hybrid with little additional design work. This creates a secondary dining space and maximises the room you have

All things metallic have been on trend of late, and kitchens have been no exception. Whether used as an accent for tapware and door hardware, or incorporated on a larger scale; metallic elements in your kitchen can add an urban flair and modern feel to the space. Here are a few of our favourite ways to feature metal surfaces in your kitchen design: Heavy Metal Deciding to commit to a metallic kitchen is a bold move, but one that’s at the forefront of modern kitchen design. Picking a statement metal and weaving this throughout your island, benchtop and splashback creates a unique and ultra-modern look, with the added bonus of easy cleaning. Throw in metallic-finish kitchen cabinets and you’ll have the heavy metal kitchen of your dreams. Working With White A white kitchen makes the perfect canvas to introduce metals. Choosing white cabinetry gives you the flexibility to choose any