Category: Design Notepad

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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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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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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AGA Eggs - Humphrey Munson Blog

AGA Eggs on Toast

As an authorised AGA dealer, we’ve got a 3 oven dual control AGA in our Felsted showroom which we cook on regularly. The AGA Dual Control looks much like a traditional AGA cooker but it features a new low heat setting and can also be switched off completely. What’s more, the two hotplates can be turned on and…

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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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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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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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Chimney Niches - Bespoke Kitchen Storage Solutions - Humphrey Munson

Bespoke Kitchen Storage Ideas

One of the major advantages of having a bespoke kitchen made is that you can incorporate a wealth of clever storage solutions into the design of the space. Some of our favourites include integrated trays, chimney niches, pull out shelves and under seating storage to name a few. If you’re searching for kitchen inspiration, scroll down to…

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Sub-Zero and Wolf - Next Generation Knightsbridge Showroom - Humphrey Munson Blog

Sub-Zero & Wolf unveils New Generation Knightsbridge Showroom

In 2009, Sub-Zero & Wolf opened its doors at 251 Brompton Road to an unsuspecting London. Thanks to the clarity of vision by Craig Davies, Managing Director of the UK & European distribution, all of a sudden Knightsbridge had a world-famous super-premium appliance market leader on its doorstep. With a huge showroom and a demonstration kitchen, Sub-Zero & Wolf…

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The Ones to Follow on Instagram - Humphrey Munson Blog

The ones to follow on Instagram

We love using Instagram to keep up to date with all our favourite companies, designers, and bloggers. When big events are on like London Design Festival it’s impossible to get around all the shows and exhibitions and even if you make it to the shows like Decorex International, 100% Design or Tent London – it can be really…

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Victorian Townhouse Extension - Humphrey Munson

Kitchen Island Inspiration

There is no doubting the popularity of open plan kitchens today – and for good reason, the way we live has changed and our homes have to adapt to our needs. Cooking, eating, living, working, spending time with one another are now all done in one area so the way kitchens are designed has adapted…

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Kent Kitchen - Mini Pantry - Humphrey Munson

The Mini-Pantry

We’ve been making kitchen pantries for many years now in all shapes and sizes, but in recent years they have become an almost essential component of the kitchens we design. The word “Pantry” has an interesting history because it comes from the old French word “paneterie” which is from “pain” – the french word for bread. I…

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Karbon Tap by Kohler - Markham Kitchen - Humphrey Munson

The Karbon Tap by Kohler

Influenced by the minimal, linear style of European kitchen design, the Markham features traditional joinery designed with a modern, sleek finish. Solid oak cupboard doors showcase a unique slat design that gives the contemporary Markham its distinctive clean lines. Handcrafted at the Humphrey Munson workshop in Felsted, Essex by a team of talented cabinetmakers, the Markham…

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Manor House - Humphrey Munson

Humphrey Munson welcomes AGA

It’s been very busy with all sorts of deliveries today for the new showroom at Felsted, Essex but the one we were really excited about was this… We are delighted to announce that after many years of working with AGA, the Humphrey Munson showroom is Felsted, Essex is now an authorised AGA showroom and we are thrilled to be installing…

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Ashurst House Kitchen - Humphrey Munson

Houzz

We’re really delighted to be part of the Houzz community online. If you haven’t heard of Houzz before it’s an interior design platform that all started with just one house. The founders of Houzz, couple Adi and Alon, were redesigning their home and kicked off their project by gathering together all their favourite magazines and got…

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The Design Process - Humphrey Munson

The Design Process

The most common question we get asked at Humphrey Munson is “where do we start?” If you have never had a kitchen fitted before (and even if you have) it can be a daunting prospect. We always suggest to customers that they call us and arrange a meeting as early as possible in the process.…

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