Category: Design Notepad

Bespoke Kitchen Nickleby, Berkhamsted - Humphrey Munson

5 Must Have Kitchen Accessories

Both of our showrooms in Felsted and St. Albans have live, fully working kitchens installed so that clients experience what a real life Humphrey Munson kitchen feels like when they walk in. There are a few things that we consider to be must-have accessories for our kitchens so we’ve compiled a list of our favourites……

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The Breakfast Pantry

A blog post dedicated to one of the most requested elements of a Humphrey Munson kitchen – the breakfast pantry.  A handy spot to keep the toaster and coffee machine and have everything you need to hand – plates, knives, spoons, cups, mugs, teas, coffees, hot chocolate – you can keep all these things in…

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Longford Pantry, Felsted - Humphrey Munson

5 reasons we love a walk in pantry

We do love a walk in pantry at H|M and if you have the space available they are a brilliant addition to the modern day kitchen. Historically, the pantry (from the latin “panna” meaning bread) was originally a small room dedicated exclusively to the storage of bread and bakery items, however, by the mid-nineteenth century it had…

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Cooking with Gaggenau

Season Cookery School at Lainston House

Situated in the stunning grounds of Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel near Winchester, Hampshire, Season Cookery school is housed in a renovated 17th century well house and is just a stone’s throw from Lainston’s brimming kitchen garden which supplies the hotel’s kitchen and the cookery school with the very best seasonal ingredients. There are a wide…

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Wolf Bake Stone Kit

Perfect Pizza!

When it comes to pizza, t’s all about the crispy base and we have been testing out various versions of the recipe below for a while now and we think it’s pretty fantastic. We use the bake stone in the Wolf range cooker to cook the pizzas which is such a brilliant accessory for this…

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Sub-Zero French Door Over-And-Under Refrigerator / Freezer

We are so delighted that our newly refurbished Spenlow kitchen in the St. Albans showroom has the brilliant new 914mm Sub-Zero French door refrigerator/freezer. From the brand that pioneered built-in refrigeration, we love the sleek aesthetic of this model with its clean design, exceptional build quality and distinctive louvred grille. The built-in units by Sub-Zero come in…

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Cooking with Miele

Mushroom Risoni Recipe

Risoni, or orzo as it’s more commonly called in the UK, is quicker and easier to cook than rice so this recipe for mushroom risoni is perfect for a super fast alternative. We made this recipe in our Spenlow kitchen using the Miele induction hob and it took no time at all. I N G R E…

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Wolf Range Cooker

Using the Temperature Probe

One of the reasons we love to cook using the Wolf range cooker is the precision and accuracy of the temperature probe. Having family and friends over for Sunday lunch is such a lovely tradition and probably one of the best ways to spend a Sunday. It can, however, be a little stressful trying to cook…

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Aged Brass Perrin & Rowe Taps

If you’re reading this the chances are you’ve seen our kitchens either on our website, in magazines or via social media so it’s a fairly safe bet to say you’ve clocked that we love installing Perrin & Rowe taps in our sinks. We’ve talked about Perrin & Rowe taps before on the blog before here…

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Open Plan London Nickleby Kitchen - Humphrey Munson

How to order a Lacanche range cooker

If you’ve seen our kitchen projects on the website, you may have noticed a distinctive range cooker that we love to install in our projects. For over 200 years, the Lacanche range cookers  have been handcrafted in a foundry in the small village of Lacanche in the Burgundy region of France. They are revered by some of…

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Contemporary Spenlow Kitchen, Essex - Humphrey Munson

Babington Limestone Flooring

HM Stone Library

A brilliantly versatile flooring, the tumbled Babington limestone floor tiles have been one of 2016’s best sellers for the H|M Stone Library. We only source and stock the flooring that we love and there are two key requirements – it has to look absolutely stunning but it also has to have the durability and low-maintenance required to…

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John Julian Ceramics - Humphrey Munson Blog

John Julian

We have been fans of sculptor and designer Julian Sainsbury for a long time now and absolutely love the John Julian collection of kitchenware, serveware and tableware. The designs are known for their pared back aesthetic, neutral palette and finely judged simplicity.  When we designed and installed the Longford pantry in our Felsted showroom, it…

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Longford Antique Brass Tap - Humphrey Munson

HM Aged Brass Taps

By Perrin & Rowe

We have been huge fans of Perrin & Rowe for many years now and we install their taps in the majority of our kitchens. They are renowned for their design excellence combined with cutting edge precision engineering – but as well as offering the very best quality, we also love working with Perrin & Rowe because…

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Quesadillas - Wolf Teppanyaki - Humphrey Munson Blog

Cooking on the Wolf Griddle / Teppanyaki

Our Wolf dual fuel range cooker in our St. Albans showroom has the griddle / teppanyaki next to the charbroiler and it is an absolute dream to cook on. There is so much more space than cooking using even the largest frying pan and the temperature is completely even across the griddle. It’s great for breakfasts…

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Spenlow Kitchen, Felsted - Humphrey Munson

Cooking with Miele

We love cooking in our Spenlow kitchen in Felsted which has the following Miele cooking appliances: Miele Main Oven stainless steel/clean steel (H 6860 BP) Miele Combi-Steam Oven stainless steel/clean steel (DGC 6805) Miele Gourmet Warming Drawer stainless steel/clean steel (ESW 6114) Miele Induction Hob (KM ) Miele Ceiling Extraction (DA 2906) Below are two…

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Villeroy and Boch Double Butler Sink with Perrin and Rowe tap and Quooker - Humphrey Munson

Quooker

Throw Away Your Kettle

We install hot water taps in the majority of our kitchens, and one of our favourites is the Quooker boiling water tap. It’s one of those things that clients always comment on – particularly if they have been using a kettle up until that point. And we always find that clients who have had a Quooker previously, really…

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How to future proof your kitchen -Louisa Blackmore - Creative Director - Humphrey Munson Blog

How to future-proof your kitchen and avoid the cult to cliché trap

We’re really lucky at HM to work with clients on some incredible projects and our design team work really hard to translate the initial brief into a dream kitchen that not only looks amazing from a design aesthetic, but that really works in a functional way for whoever is using the space. After an initial design consultation,…

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Wolf Dual Fuel Range Cooker

The Original Showstopper

In the world of theatre if an act or performance receives so much applause that the entire play is interrupted because the audience have spontaneously and unanimously sprung to their feet, clapping wildly with sheer giddy enthusiasm at what has just unfolded before their eyes – well, that’s what’s known as a showstopper. In the world of kitchen design, it’s…

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Drinks Pantry, The Old Rectory Project - Humphrey Munson

Life and Soul of the Pantry

The history of English kitchen design gives a fascinating insight into how the needs of the people using the space has changed in what is – relatively speaking – a short space of time. Kitchens in the 19th century were strictly for cooking only as the washing up was done in a separate scullery. Typically…

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Wild Wood London - Bouquet Workshop - Humphrey Munson Blog

Wild Wood London

Bouquet Workshop

A few weeks ago on a bright, chilly Saturday in London I went along to a bouquet workshop by our favourite London floristry studio Wild Wood London. The bouquet making workshop took place in the light and airy upstairs private room at Aubaine on Moxon Street in Marylebone. Charlotte Wood, Founder of Wild Wood London, organised the workshop as…

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Utility Room Inspiration - Humphrey Munson

Utility Room Design Tips

Since open plan kitchen dining spaces are now practically de rigeur, the majority of our clients now wish to incorporate utility / boot rooms into their kitchen re-design plans. We all know that open plan living is perfect for modern living but the downside is that for every wall knocked through, precious storage space is lost and…

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Blackbody Lighting - Maison et Objet - Humphrey Munson Blog

Lighting Highlights from Maison et Objet

Last weekend I was in Paris for the internationally acclaimed Maison et Objet interior design trade fair. It is by far and away one of the world’s best interior design fairs covering an enormous area at the parc des expositions site to the north east of Paris. The selection of lighting designers at Maison et…

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Humphrey Munson - The English Cottage - Humphrey Munson

Perrin & Rowe

A Real Masterclass in British Craftsmanship

They say the cream always rises, but what they don’t say is how long it takes to rise; in Perrin & Rowe‘s case it’s really not that long at all. Established in 1978, Perrin & Rowe is today considered to have the finest selection of kitchen and bathroom collections in the world. Renowned for their design…

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Le Manoir - Humphrey Munson Blog

Cooking with Gaggenau at The Raymond Blanc Cookery School

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Raymond Blanc Cookery School at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire to spend the day on the “Autumn Dinner Party Menu” course. It was an incredible experience learning from the Director of the Cookery School, Mark Peregrine, who has over 30 years experience. We started off…

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6 Alternatives to Carrara Marble Kitchen Worktops - Humphrey Munson Blog

6 Alternatives to Carrara Marble Worktops

If you’ve considered Carrara marble for your kitchen worktops, you’ll know that the debate about it continues with much gusto. On the one hand you have designers who will use it freely and without limit in kitchen spaces and who, quite rightly, wax lyrical about the aesthetic virtues of this stunning world-famous natural stone product from Carrara,…

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