Inspirational interiors: Commercial designs that will leave you in awe

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The best summer party ideas (and how to be the ultimate host)

The sun just about has its hat on and that can only mean one thing: it’s summer party time! We Brits can’t resist the lure of the (all-too-brief) heat and sunshine; before you blink, the supermarket shelves are bereft of baps, short of sausages and lacking lemons. While a traditional boozy barbecue is fun, it’s […] read more →

Seven most sought-after items for a family kitchen

There are two types of people in this world: those that love cooking, and those that just do it because they have to. Cooking lovers often don’t mind spending hours to create the perfect meal, but they also, more often than not, don’t have children. Yes, family life can unfortunately suck all the enjoyment out […] read more →

Can I cut granite myself?

Us Brits love a bit of a bargain. Any money we can save here or there is music to our ears, but there are some things in life you can’t skimp on. Cutting granite is one of them. There are lots of reasons why cutting granite yourself if a bad idea, so if you’re thinking […] read more →

Five of the most famous TV kitchens

When you’re watching your favourite television programs and the characters are in their homes, do you ever think to yourself: “Oooh, that’s nice – we should get one of those in our house”? So do we, and no room in the house is more open to a little television influence than the kitchen. The thing […] read more →

How to prepare the perfect Valentine's feast

The best way to a man's heart is through his stomach, so the saying goes. Whether true or not, plenty of women are similarly impressed with a home-cooked meal, especially if it's one that their partner has gone to the trouble to cook. Imagine, therefore, how thrilled your loved one might be if you present […] read more →

Can I get a worktop cut to any size?

Not everything is perfect when you move into a new house. The bathroom might have that weird layout meaning the door bashes into the toilet every time you open it – but you can see past that. The spare room might have the boiler in it meaning guests are rudely awoken at 6am when the […] read more →

Kitchen trends for 2015

A new year is almost upon us and if one of your resolutions is to sort out your kitchen, you'd better be up to scratch on what trends will be hot in 2015. Of course, trends aren't the be all and end all, but they can provide you with some great inspiration and ensure your […] read more →

Free Templating Offer

Here at Shawstone we know that everyone loves a bargain, so we have come up with our very own way of saving you money!! So for every granite or quartz installation that we fit in January or February 2015, we will visit your property free of charge to measure up and to discuss your needs. […] read more →

How to cook Christmas dinner, slightly less stressed

It doesn't matter whether you've cooked it every year since 1981 or if this is your first attempt, Christmas dinner is stressful. There are no two ways about it. Accommodating everyone's specific requirements, getting your timings right and producing a meal that not only satisfies everyone but impresses the mother-in-law is no mean feat. However, […] read more →