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Lesley and Peter’s kitchen makeover

Lesley and Peter’s kitchen followed the classic pattern – they were desperate to update it but other commitments kept taking priority. But when they fitted their new kitchen this May, they knew where to come for the finishing touches…


“We put our kitchen in twenty years ago when we first extended our house,” explains Lesley. “It was lovely at the time, but all these years later, had started to fall apart at the hinges and the worktop was literally caving in behind the sink! So we were well overdue a change.

“We started by taking out the dated strip lights and adding in spotlights. The only things we planned to keep the same were the kitchen table and the flooring. Everything else had to go!”

With a little help from family, Lesley and Peter were able to fit the whole kitchen without any tradesmen – something that meant they could splash out elsewhere.

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“Storage is really important to us. We love entertaining so need plenty of space for food and kitchen gadgets. We had some clever, bespoke storage built under our stairs to house our extensive CD collection.”

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The couple aren’t strangers to Web-Blinds either – over two years ago, they renovated their bathroom and shared their story on our inspiration section. So when it came to new blinds, they knew where to come.

“Previously we had curtains at the windows and patio doors. But they got in the way of both the sink area and the doors which we frequently have open. Blinds were a much better option,” says Peter.

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“Our daughter told us about a system called Perfect Fit, which as we found out more, we knew would be brilliant for the patio doors. They clip into the uPVC frames and don’t get in the way. They really did tick all the boxes for us.”

“To jazz things up, we wanted patterned Roller blinds at the other two windows,” says Lesley. “We ordered a load of samples and eventually chose a lovely, contemporary print called Burst Sage with a geometric design.

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“The blinds were really easy to fit and along with a few other accessories, like the cushion for comfy recipe book reading, are the icing on the cake of our kitchen.

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“We still can’t believe this kitchen is ours – it feels like we’re just borrowing it!”