Town and Country Interiors working in conjunction with Maris Properties.

Maris Properties is a family business, established since 2002 and winning the “Built-In” Quality Award for their development at Kirkbampton.  But for their development at Thurstonfield they have chosen to use us for their kitchens.  Obviously this is raising the standard of new build developments and the Pronorm kitchen offers great flexibility, with its intelligent fittings and a wide selection of colours and materials available for their customers to choose from.  Our designer Lee, has been Maris Properties designer, and with his 14 years of experience with Town and Country Interiors he is perfect for their customer contact, welcoming customers into our showroom to see our kitchen displays.

Maris Properties will be having an opening weekend on Saturday the 31st May and Sunday the 1st June 10.30–3.30

And everyone is invited to join them for drinks and to visit the new show home at Hillcroft, Thurstonfield.

See for more details.

Maris Homes

A Truely Town and Country Kitchen

What a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours on a sunny April day.

The Gaggenau home economist came and cooked for a small group of our customers demonstrating how to use the Gaggenau pizza stone, combi steam oven, single oven, full induction hob and the Teppanyaki.  She roasted Lamb and potatoes perfectly in the combi steam oven and proofed bread in an instant.  She made a prawn stir fry and a beef stir fry on the Teppanyaki.  She steamed Sea Bass and oriental noodles (for the recipe see our facebook page). She also made a pear and chocolate tart and steamed lemon puddings for a light dessert, yes they were light as air!  

A big thank you to our customers who made it a very enjoyable day, especially the ones who helped make bread! 

And if anyone is interested in coming to the next Gaggenau cookery demonstration please get in touch with Anita and she will let you know when the next one is.

Below is a selection of photos from the day

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An ideal family kitchen in Carlisle

One of our design team, Roy Sweetman, gets a name check in the April issue of Ideal Home magazine and there is a great three-page article about a family kitchen that we designed for the Crawshaw family who live near Carlisle.

“The emphasis was on creating a kitchen for family life,” says Roy, “and also finding ways to fit that ideal into a very traditional home while being as functional as possible.  There was quite a bit of structural work to do before we got going on fitting the kitchen – a wall to remove, an extension that included a utility room, skylights in the kitchen itself and a previous doorway that became a window – but the finished kitchen is fresh, light, functional and beautiful, exactly what the family wanted.”

We used bespoke painted units as the basis for the kitchen and a combination of solid maple and slate worktops sourced from Cumbrian suppliers.  The pale stone flooring was chosen from our wide selection in the showroom and the wooden shutters were made in our workshop.  The Crawshaw family wanted to keep their range cooker but the new key appliances came from Siemens and Miele.

“Seeing one of our kitchens featured in Ideal Home is great,” says Roy, “but knowing that we created exactly the family-friendly kitchen that this family wanted is just as important to us too.”


Things to think about for your kitchen:

  • A well-organised utility room can make all the difference to your kitchen
  • Mixing materials for worktops and other surfaces can break up big spaces and define key areas for your kitchen
  • Traditional doesn’t have to mean old-fashioned – modern units with unusual handles, shutters rather than blinds and modern appliances alongside a range cooker can all work well.
Perfect Utility Room

Perfectly Designed Utility

Bespoke painted kitchen

Light and airy country kitchen

Bespoke painted Carlisle kitchen

Beautiful curved end cupboards. Made in GB.

Story behind the advertisement

The latest issue of Cumbria Life (April 2014) features our half-page ad on page 14.

The main image is looking down a corridor to a beautiful bathroom.  The floor is black oak from Junkers and the sliding wardrobe doors are a range of smoked glass by Silenia.

Bill used these beautiful wardrobes to create a division of space in a new extension.  The bedroom also features Silenia furniture and the ensuite bathroom has a bath designed by Philippe Starck from Duravit and a hidden walk in shower behind the double hand basins.

This floor plan worked particularly well for the large space involved.  Creating warmth and comfort.

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Our own extension

The designers at Town & Country Interiors – that’s Lee, Roy and Bill – have now completed our own extension project as a showcase for the latest bathroom styles and fittings, materials and flooring.

“We’ve had the opportunity to extend into the neighbouring floorspace,” explains partner, Roy Sweetman.  “The existing showroom was mainly kitchens to the fore – and some stunning kitchens at that – but with most of our other work was at the rear and a bit more out of sight.  The extension has enabled us to show off our bathroom ideas in a new shop window.”

All in all, we now have more than nine display kitchens, eleven bath and shower rooms, a TV room and a walk-in dressing room on display in Viaduct House.

“We’ve designed and constructed the new area to showcase different approaches to bathrooms, cloakrooms and en suites,” says Lee Osgood. “We know that our customers want to make the most of even the smallest spaces and some of the latest designs give us lots of flexibility and potential.”

As you may know, the full showroom is open on Victoria Viaduct from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and the design studio team is available for free consultations and initial visits outside of those hours too.  Just get in touch.

“We work on all sorts of scales, whether someone is looking to design a large family kitchen or upgrade an en suite bathroom, and we’re happy to chat through the ideas, suggest a range of price options and come up with costed plans whatever the scale of the job,” says Bill McIntosh.  “And we’d love to meet customers in the new showroom and show them just what we can do.”


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New web design and first blog post

As the new website design goes live, it seems only right to post a few words about it in the new blog too.

Anita, Bill, Roy and Lee have been working on the website for a few months now, sourcing pictures, creating the links and honing the words.  There are still some gaps but at least the whole look and feel of the site now reflects what we’re all about – quality, ideas and great designs.

Getting to grips with the blog, as well as social media channels, is the next priority.  We’re working on a few ideas to keep you in touch with what we’re doing for customers, what’s new from our suppliers and partners and how we’re promoting Town & Country Interiors in the region.

More news to follow soon, including the background to our March Cumbria Life advertisement and the story behind our new extension.