Antonia's Notebook: Kitchen Taps
PUBLISHED: 10:44 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:33 20 February 2013
Sussex Life interiors expert Antonia Edwards answers your questions
Ive heard of kitchen taps that light up red and blue when the temperature changes, where can I buy one locally?
For quality kitchen taps, Colliers in Worthing offer the full selection from Franke, Blanco and Abode. We spoke to Clifford Collier for his recommendations.
Franke have introduced a number of pull-out spray taps into their Specialist range, notably the Rolux Pull-Out Nozzle which incorporates white LED lighting into the nozzle. However, Blanco have taken this one step further with their Oval 1200 LED tap which features heat sensitive colour changing LEDs that illuminate the flow between red and blue, indicating the water temperature. This is powered by a box which goes under the sink.
We are also finding boiling water taps are becoming a very popular addition to the kitchen. We offer boiling water taps from Franke, ISE, Quooker and the market leading Zip Hydro Tap (pictured below) which incorporates boiling water and chilled filter water in the same tap and can be mounted on its own.
Colliers, Worthing 01903 210101.
Wed like an enclosure for our outdoor swimming pool. Is there anything tasteful but affordable out there that will complement a period cottage?
The English Poolhouse based in Horsham produces pool enclosures that are specifically designed to complement a period property, whilst incorporating modern functionality.
In terms of architecture and the quality of materials The English Poolhouses are comparable with the finest classic bespoke pool conservatories, but as they were designed with the specific aim of allowing a modular construction they are also competitively priced. They have easy to operate sliding windows and doors and a low maintenance, durable aluminium construction. They also offer a wide range of sizes to accommodate individual pool requirements. For more information go to www.englishpoolhouse.co.uk or call 01403 251458.
Ive always had trouble sleeping and wondered if a new mattress might help. What new technologies are worth considering?
Adjustable beds can be the ultimate sleep solution to help the body relax fully, says Graham Shand, showroom manager of And So to Bed, Handcross (01444 401789). Two different mattresses can be combined with the same base to create individual solutions for each partner (see Tempur Othello Adjustable Divan below), providing raised support to aid comfort when sleeping, reading or getting in and out of bed. Both motorised and manual versions are available.
If you think a lumpy mattress might be contributing to sleeping related problems, Zonesleep has developed a revolutionary mattress topper thats breathable, washable, lightweight and hygienic. Its made of 3D Memoryfabric which is used in jet fighter pilot G suits to eliminate pressure points and give overall body support. Three layers comprise a Coolmax surface to control humidity and keep the mattress cool and dry, a soft Memoryfabric zone for cushioning and pressure relief and a firm lower zone for posture and added support. For more info contact Zonesleep on 0800 2425003 or go to www.zonesleep.co.uk