Redskins, Ravens top NFL’s most-improved offenses

The Baltimore Ravens’ signing of tight end Owen Daniels capped off one of the most impressive free-agency periods for an offense in rebuilding mode.

It also gained Steve Smith’s approval.

“I truly believe you can never have too many horses in the stable,” Smith said Thursday, via The Baltimore Sun. “You can never have too many fast cars in your garage.

Baltimore isn’t the only city stocking the stable with new horses.

Let’s take a look at the five most improved offenses since the end of the 2013 season:

1. Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
Additions: WR DeSean Jackson, WR Andre Roberts, G Shawn Lauvao, C Mike McGlynn

Gregg Rosenthal did a great job of highlighting the big-play ability of an offense that now features one of the NFL’s fastest wide-receiver duos, a fine slot receiver, an athletic mismatch at tight end, a bulldozing running back and the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year at quarterback.

There’s still clean-up work to do on the offensive line, but that is mitigated by the presence of a Pro Bowl left tackle and two additions on the interior. Jay Gruden’s offense has the potential to leap from 23rd in scoring all the way to the top five.

2. Baltimore Ravens
Additions: Steve Smith, Owen Daniels

A disappointment coming off a Super Bowl victory and a bank-breaking contract, Joe Flacco spent the majority of last season throwing to washed-up veterans and slippery-mitted fringe roster players. Now he has the luxury not only of a healthy Dennis Pitta, but also a chain-mover who has been one of the best receivers of his generation and a second tight end for Gary Kubiak’s offense. It also helps that left tackle Eugene Monroe will be protecting Flacco’s blindside for the entire season.

Before training training camp, the Ravens will have to follow through on coach John Harbaugh’s promise to overhaul a historically poor ground attack.

3. New York Jets
Additions: Michael Vick, Eric Decker, Jacoby Ford, Breno Giacomini

Vick adds legitimacy to Marty Mornhinwig’s offense. His injury history is less of a concern with Geno Smith as a capable backup with potential. Don’t be surprised if Decker produces the best statistical season by a Jets wide receiver since Laveranues Coles’ glory days. Ford is an intriguing flier if he’s finally over foot and knee injuries. I can’t get this dominant 2010 performance out of my mind, when Ford racked up 306 all-purpose yards in an overtime victory — followed up by 316 yards two weeks later.

The next step is adding speed in the form of Chris Johnson, who is expected to be release by the Titans on Friday or very early Monday morning. The Jets are widely viewed as the favorites for his services.

4. Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
Additions: Matt Schaub, Maurice Jones-Drew, James Jones, Donald Penn, Austin Howard, Kevin Boothe

Baby steps. Greg Olson’s offense still boasts no Pro-Bowl caliber players in the prime of their careers, but Schaub is a theoretical upgrade — even if the expectations of Jones-Drew and coach Dennis Allen are downright fanciful. The offensive line has finally been solidified, and Jones immediately becomes the Raiders’ most accomplished wide receiver in nearly a decade.

5. Indianapolis Colts
Additions: Hakeem Nicks, Phil Costa

For fit and value, Nicks was one of our favorite signings of the past month. That’s only a small reason for the Colts’ placement on this list, though. The offense is also welcoming back No. 1 receiver Reggie Wayne, future Pro-Bowl tight end Dwayne Allen, veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw, young tailback Vick Ballard and starting guard Donald Thomas — all of whom missed at least half of last season.

Modern Living Design Photos

Whether you’re enjoying family game night or entertaining guests during a party, there is no better place to congregate with family and friends than the living room or family room. True to its name, it’s the space where you and your family truly live; you watch movies, read stories, roughhouse and maybe get some homework done. As the focal point of the home, it’s meant to be comfortable, with a cozy fireplace, practical furniture, fully stocked bookshelves and, of course, a nice big-screen TV. Because it’s where we spend most of our time, it is important to truly love and be inspired by home interiors.
While planning a renovation or redesign, it’s key to keep your family’s needs in mind. If you love playing games, ensure there is a large table for game night. If your kids are all about video games, there should be plenty of seating and the TV setup should be fully stocked. And if you want to encourage studious behavior, add a built-in desk, bookshelves and a handy reading nook. To start your process, your first priority is thinking about your focal point. Many modern living rooms aren’t complete without a fireplace, but if you live in a warmer climate, maybe a large entertainment center is your best bet. Once you figure out your top feature, invest in those built-ins. Bookcases, media consoles, desks and shelves are a great way to add practical storage without taking up too much space. Finally, when the big components are planned out, think about what color scheme and decor will best suit you and your family.

Should I include a fireplace in my living room or family room?
Depending on your climate, a fireplace might be a great way to add warmth and interest to your living space. Even if your location is warm year-round, you can always add a faux fireplace or nonfunctioning fireplace as part of your decor. There are many options to choose from, so be sure to check them out. A wood-burning fireplace gives an authentic experience, though a gas one still emits heat without the mess. A double-sided or corner unit strays from the ordinary, or you can go with a wood stove fireplace if you’re looking for a piece of art. If you want a contemporary touch, veer away from the traditional wood or tile mantel by going with stone, concrete or metal instead.

What kind of built-ins should I add to my living room?
Although it might not seem glamorous, having enough storage is instrumental when it comes to keeping the room organized and practical. Built-in bookcases, shelves and cabinets are a great way to add hidden, functional storage for all the knickknacks you accumulate. Movie and gaming buffs will love a custom entertainment center, with enough cabinets for movies, speakers and electronic accessories; you can even create a media room with a projector and lounge chairs! If you still have room to spare, include a booth for homework or craft projects.

How do I decorate my home interiors?
When it comes to decorating, neutrals are always the safe option because they look good and never go out of style. If you do want to try out a bolder color scheme, add color with walls and modern accessories. That way, if you get sick of a color, you can quickly repaint the walls and find new knickknacks, instead of having to replace your sofas every time trends change. Popular colors include blue, green and gray, but don’t be afraid to try bright colors like red or yellow, even if it’s just on an accent wall. Finally, make sure there is plenty of light. Recessed or track lighting are great ways to hit every corner — better yet, add more natural light by installing additional windows or a skylight.

Beeston four-bed house is full of features


With a stylish exterior design giving a clue to this house’s interior, the agent says that this home must be viewed

Packed full of original features, you only have to step inside this four bedroom house to see all sorts of gems. Wood panelling, feature fireplaces, picture rails… and while the house holds on to its past there has also been an injection of the present with a well fitted modern kitchen including a range of appliances within traditional style units.

Accommodation starts at an entrance hall where the traditional wood panelling makes its opening statement and a stylish entrance door with feature windows complements the design.

A feature fireplace with open fire and a lovely bay window create the style features of the dining room, while in the lounge another feature fireplace stands as the room’s focal point. Double doors lead from here into the conservatory.

In the kitchen, units have been fitted by Osbourne of Ilkeston and are topped by granite work surfaces. In addition, there’s a Belfast sink, six-burner range cooker, double oven, built-in Neff microwave, integrated fridge/freezer and a Quooker instant hot tap. There is also space for washing machine and dishwasher.

Ground floor accommodation is completed with a WC and there is a utility room converted from the garage.

Upstairs, you’ll find four bedrooms and the family bathroom.

Outside, to the front of the house is a driveway providing off road parking for several cars.

The show stopper is the rear garden, which the agent describes as simply “stunning”.

The garden is landscaped with a variety of mature trees, shrubs and private views.

Standing on Coniston Road in Beeston, which the agent says is a sought after location, this family home has easy access to Nottingham city centre and the M1. It is also ideally located for the local amenities in Beeston town centre.

Let Hucknall show homes inspire your creativity


PICK up some design tips and interior inspiration at David Wilson Homes’ stunning show homes. Visitors to any one of the home builder’s developments across Nottswill be able to pick up handy ideas on how to optimise space, make existing furniture fit and how best to incorporate current design trends into their new home.

Kate Letteriello, managing director at interior designers Artspace, one of the specialist firms appointed to dress the show homes, said: “If you’re looking for the latest design trends you’re sure to find them here.

“We aim to promote a luxurious and yet practical lifestyle which will appeal to a variety of home buyers.

“For The Lichfield at Papplewick Green in Hucknall, for example, we kept to a neutral palette introducing linens, creams and accents of sage green with lots of texture to give this five-bedroom detached family home a truly classic look.

“The combination of designer fabrics and muted colours have made this into a warm country home with an elegant and up market feel.”

Philip Lacey, sales director at David Wilson Homes, said: “The purchase of a new home is probably the biggest single investment a person will make in their lifetime.

“Show homes are a crucial visual tool to illustrate how that blank-canvas can be shaped into a perfect home.

“It can be tricky to decide where to put your furniture or what colour schemes and themes could go where.

“This is why our team of interior design experts have come up with distinctive themes for each show home, giving buyers some ideas for how to get the best out of where they’ll be living.

“You’re sure to come away with ideas and anyone purchasing a home early in the build process will have the opportunity to personalise their new property with extras from our exclusive Expressions range.”

“This is a bespoke service not usually associated with a volume developer.”

Interior design: Open plan living

open plan

Open plan living is a trend that is both stylish and practical for family life, but if you fancy the idea for your home how do you get started? DIY guru Julia Gray offers tips on open-plan living.

ONCE upon a time, we were all happy to live in small rooms, each duly fit for their own purpose but not much else. In recent years though, the trend for open-plan living has become unstoppable. Now, we all want integrated homes, where multiple rooms blend into one to give the ultimate feeling of space and togetherness.

As a nation, we’ve especially come to love kitchen-diners – a perfect sociable space for entertaining guests, or for all the family to be together, even if they’re doing different things.

Separate dining rooms also tend to only be used on ‘special’ formal occasions, and tend to lie empty the rest of the year, but a kitchen-diner will be used every day, making the best use of your home’s potential.

So, if you have a separate kitchen and dining room (or another room that could be put to better use) adjacent to each other, creating one big kitchen-diner is a great way to improve your home and add value – but it’s not simply a case of getting out your sledge hammer and letting the wall have it.

The first thing to establish is what sort of wall it is – both stud partition walls (plasterboard over a wooden frame, or old-fashioned lath and plaster) and partition walls (bricks or blocks) are usually straightforward to remove.

The former are rarely load bearing (although they can occasionally become load bearing over time) while the latter can be structural.

Main supporting walls, which are made of bricks, blocks or stone, are also structural.

Structural walls should never be taken down without using proper supports and inserting a steel beam to take the weight the wall was supporting.

Identifying a plasterboard stud wall is easy – it sounds hollow when you knock on it, but note that other walls can sound similar, so don’t take any chances.

Look at the floorboards too (if they are original): if they are parallel to the wall, the wall is structural because the floor joists will run under it at a 90 degree angle.

Consult a structural engineer if in doubt though, because it’s just not worth taking a risk – removing a structural wall without supporting it properly could make your home liable to collapse. A structural engineer will also be able to calculate what size of steel beam is needed in place of the wall you’re removing.

Unless you live in a listed building – in which case, you’ll need consent from your local council’s conservation department – you shouldn’t need planning permission to remove an internal wall.

You may, however, need the permission of the freeholder if your home is leasehold, because knocking down a wall could potentially affect the whole building.

Work like this must comply with building regulations. A building control inspector (either from the local council or a private company) will want to see the steel beam in situ (it must be covered in fireproof plasterboard) and check that everything complies.

Even removing non-structural walls can be a matter for building control, if, for example, it would create a layout that breaks fire regulations.

Removing a wall can also impact on your neighbours’ homes if the work affects a shared wall, boundary or floor/ceiling.

In this case, you’ll need to comply with the Party Wall Act – a party wall surveyor will be able to advise you.

As well as taking down the wall, there’s a lot of other work associated with going open-plan, which is easy to overlook.

You may have to replace the flooring and move radiators, pipes, sockets and switches, as well as replastering and repainting the mess around the removed wall.

So, ultimately, there’s no denying an open-plan dream can involve a lot of work and expense.

But balanced against the space, light and better standard of living you’ll gain from it, it’s probably a challenge you’ll want to take on.

Product of the week

One of the problems with masking tape is that the paint often bleeds under the tape, ruining the finish and basically making the tape pointless.

With green FrogTape Painter’s Masking Tape (from £7.98, B&Q), this isn’t the case: it contains PaintBlock technology, which cleverly forms a barrier against emulsion, producing a sharp edge when you peel off the tape.

I recently used FrogTape on walls I‘d painted a month before, and there was no paint bleed and no damage to the already painted walls.

Green FrogTape can be used on different surfaces and should come off cleanly up to 21 days later (seven days in direct sunlight).

Even the bright colour is handy – pale masking tape can get lost on pale surfaces.

How-to tip

Ideally, you should remove masking tape when the paint is still drying, and reapply it just before doing the next coat, otherwise pulling the tape off can tear the dried paint.

Raise a glass to house’s history


If anyone has ever said to you that you might as well live in the pub, well now’s your chance! Marquis House was formerly the Marquis of Granby in Hoveringham.

Today, the serenity of this lovely family home and its location hide the building’s past but chatting to owners Paul and Kim Simpson as they look out over the scenic view, across fields towards the river, it is clear that life has not always been as tranquil.

When the couple bought the building it was a busy local pub. “We bought it for the history really. It was very much the hub of the village – my wife used to drink there when she was in the Young Farmers,” recalled Paul. “It was also a very nice building and was quite quirky in many ways. Part of it was originally two cottages, which dated back to 1780. The pub was then built out to the front and the building was extended to the back as well.”

The pub was named after the Marquis of Granby, Lieutenant-General John Manners, who was a British soldier and eldest son of the 3rd Duke of Rutland.

“We brought it up to specification and ran it as a pub for a while,” he continued. “Sadly we then had to close the pub but we decided to make it into a family home and to live there.”

While the couple have converted the building back to a residential house, they have left several clues to the building’s past for future generations. The original pub sign bracket still hangs on the gable end of the building and the original thrawl remains in what was once the pub’s restaurant.

Paul said: “This [the thrawl] was rather like an open cellar, a type of old-fashioned fridge from before the days of electricity, for keeping food cool.”

Other period features include beams, which the couple sandblasted to bring back to their former glory, and open fireplaces, two of which are currently used. “These reception areas are where we spend most of our time, relaxing and watching television,” he added.

As you can imagine, there is plenty of space within the house. Created from the former public areas, the reception rooms are particularly generous and include a dining/family room and a main drawing room. “In our second sitting room or dining room we have a 10-seater table and still have space for three sofas,” he said.

Upstairs, the six bedrooms, family bathroom and separate shower room provide plenty of space while the secluded gardens provide superb additional family space when the weather is warm.

“We spend quite a lot of time out there. It is extremely secluded and very pretty. There is a terrace that drops down three or four feet into the garden, which is where people used to sit when this was a pub and there are two large willow trees that are real points of interest.”

When the Simpsons first arrived at Marquis House, their children were teenagers. The generous space both inside and outside was therefore ideal. “The space here has been great for us and for entertaining,” he added. “We retained a commercial area in the kitchen, which has also been ideal when cooking for large numbers of guests.”

As well as being at the heart of a thriving village, which has good schools, a community centre and a popular cricket team, it is within easy reach of the A1, M1, Newark and Nottingham.

“This is also a tremendous place if you like sailing or bird-watching, as we have the lakes that were created from gravel extraction, and there are lots of great walks and cycle rides,” he said. “The River Trent is very nice for walking or boating. We have good access to lots of sporting activities and this is a very pleasant area to live for social reasons too, everyone is very friendly.

“We have really enjoyed living here. This is a very individual house I cannot imagine we will ever live anywhere like it again.”

Choosing the right windows for your house


Windows might seem to be only functional – they let in light, they keep you warm (both, admittedly, pretty important jobs). But they also can make a huge impact on the aesthetics of your home, and this makes choosing the right ones doubly important.

Window frames are made of three main materials: wood, UPVC and metal. You can also get composite frames, which are plastic or metal over a wooden core.

The type of windows you choose is usually governed by your budget, the style and period of your home, if it’s listed or on ‘designated land’ (such as a conservation area or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), how long you plan to live there and even what sort of windows neighbouring houses have.

Replacing all your home’s windows generally costs thousands of pounds, with wood and metal the most expensive, so it’s not an investment to take lightly.

New windows can affect the value of your home, as well as making it warmer and quieter if you upgrade from single to double or triple glazing, which makes choosing the right style and material all the more important.

Wooden windows look lovely, especially in period properties, but they require most upkeep.

You often have to paint new wooden windows because they’re supplied unpainted, and you have to keep on top of wood rot and chipped and flaking paint over the years, plus occasionally repainting the full frames.

If you can afford them and don’t plan to move home in the foreseeable future, wooden windows offer good value for money because they last a long time.

Window frames made by members of the Wood Window Alliance (, for example, have an estimated service life of 60 years or more when well maintained.

Metal, UPVC and composite window frames require less maintenance than wood, so they’re an easier option in that aspect, but they don’t last forever.

Past-their-best UPVC and metal windows aren’t pretty either, and the seals on double glazing can deteriorate, so moisture gets in. White UPVC frames often yellow over time too, and although you can in theory paint them, most people don’t.

For something different, consider grey UPVC frames (or another colour), which are available grey inside and outside, or grey outside and white inside for a more conventional look internally.

For period style on a budget, UPVC sash windows are a great choice, because they’re much cheaper than wooden ones, come double glazed and with built-in locks and vents as standard and can add value in areas where the original sash windows have been removed in many of the houses.

If you live in a listed building, changing the windows can be an expensive and drawn-out process, with listed building consent usually required from the local council.

If consent is granted, expect to have to record the appearance of each window, then replace them like for like, so the overall look of the building is unchanged.

Councils are also concerned about the appearance of buildings on designated land and may have rules or guidelines for changing windows here.

Sometimes houses on designated land have had their permitted development rights removed by the council, so planning permission is required to fit new windows – this also applies to all flats and maisonettes, wherever they are.

All new windows must comply with building regulations, which govern the glazing, safety and means of escape in the event of a fire.

You can fit new windows yourself, or get a builder to do it, but you’ll need a certificate to confirm they comply with building regulations, issued by a building control officer from the local council, or an approved inspector, who does the same job but for a private company.

The alternative is having the windows fitted by an installer registered with a competent-person scheme, such as FENSA ( or Certass ( They can self-certify that their work complies, which makes things easier for you.

Home Interior design tips


If you want to achieve the designer look in your home, check out this advice from Andy Richardson, sales director from Midlands-based Claude Hooper Interiors. Mastermind behind Crest Nicholson’s Denby Bank show home interior near Ripley and previously a Wedgwood designer, Andy thinks everyone can use a little design innovation to update their home.

He’s identified four key looks for this season which are simple, achievable and will look great in homes of all shapes and sizes.

Andy said: “The coastal style is growing in popularity, especially for those looking to continue the ‘holiday feel’ and carry it through the winter months. Shutter-style doors and multiple layers of weathered beaten paints can be teamed alongside vintage fabrics and weathered wood panels to achieve that seaside style. Think stripes, plaids and check patterns but remember less is more and a more understated look can often give a greater effect. When accessorising think nautical; storm lanterns and model yachts. Small vintage cabinets and handmade furniture pieces from up-cyclers are a great addition; it is often the smaller details which have the biggest impact.
“When it comes to Boutique Hotel Chic keep it formal, smart and in pairs – i.e. pairs of lamps, chairs, or pictures. It is important to create a stay-at-home warmth and ambience so use deep autumnal colours, burnt oranges and metallic coppers. Team with biscuit beiges and minks to create a really warm, cosy feeling.

“If you’re not going for one particular all-over style, geometrics are really big at the moment, and whatever your fabric taste, there’s something for everyone.

“Create that retro feel by taking inspiration from The Great Gatsby. Whether monotone or rainbow, companies such as Harlequin, Romo or Cole and Son will bring a modern twist to your home.

“Finally, all tones and styles of grey are very fashionable at the moment, with some designers even referring to it as the ‘grey-eige’. For inspiration look no further than the high-street. The White Company are leaders in grey, successfully combining vintage with a Scandinavian theme to achieve a minimalist yet cosy atmosphere.”
You can see some of Andy’s interior design flair and expertise on display at Crest Nicholson’s Denby Bank development in Marehay at the heart of Derbyshire’s beautiful Amber Valley.

Set in a bustling market town, this collection of one and two-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom homes has something to offer buyers of all ages and circumstances. Prices for a one-bedroom apartment start from £70,360 using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.

Close to Home: Design within reach

Design within reach

Scandinavian modern design was popular way before Ikea. A panel discussion, “Designing the Beautifully Useful,” will explore the connection between design and national identity and show examples of Scandinavian modern furniture and household products popular in the 1950s to 1970s, at 6 p.m. Thursday in 33 McNeal Hall on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. After the program, check out the “Danish Modern: Design for Living” furniture exhibit in McNeal Hall. Both events are free.

Easy-chair gardening

Dawn Pape can help you grow edible plants without spending weekends in the garden. Her book “A Lawn Chair Gardener’s Guide” simplifies organic gardening and companion planting and explains how to create low-maintenance chemical-free beds of vegetables and herbs. Pape will give a presentation and sign books from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, 2705 Lincoln Dr., Roseville. It’s free, but registration is required at

Homes on parade

Don’t let snowbanks stop you from touring some of the Spring Parade of Homes open across the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin. Many of the 390 model homes are decorated with the latest colors, finishes, furnishings and lighting. Local builders showcase many home buyers’ top-of-the-list features — open floor plans with spacious kitchens, lower-level entertainment spaces with upscale bars and high-tech home-automation systems. Keen on green? The Green Path Energy Efficient tour features 170 energy-conserving sustainable homes. There also are programs on the villa lifestyle for empty-nesters, interior design and green building at various homes.

Design: European elegance

Showroom oozes sophistication, writes Ben Crawford.


If I had told my teenage self that in 15 years’ time I would be living in Auckland and loving every second of it, I would have told myself to take a hike. If I had bypassed Auckland I would be missing out on the most exciting time in the City Of Sails’ history.

There’s a buzz about Auckland. It’s an effervescence that’s infectious and stimulating, as old buildings are transformed at a dizzying rate into incredible restaurants, bars, cafes and public spaces. We are claiming back our waterfront, and the calibre of events that are put on keeps getting higher.

Over the past three years, Auckland has come of age, transitioning from the apologetic little sister of Sydney to a vibrant world-class city with its own personality. In my opinion, after spending many years living overseas, Auckland is now the best city on the planet; a perfect blend of an incredible lifestyle mixed with tremendous career and business opportunities, and the rest of the world is starting to notice, too.

In the same week the Mercer Quality of Living survey ranked Auckland as the third most livable city in the world, home appliance designers the De’Longhi Group opened its premium walk-in concept store on Khyber Pass Rd.

The Auckland showroom is the fourth to be opened by the European appliance powerhouse, after Shanghai, Paris and Milan. The city was chosen as a location for the global design brand’s flagship concept store before Sydney, New York or London. If that isn’t an indication of how Auckland is viewed on the world stage, I’m not sure what is.

I was privileged to attend the opening of the De’Longhi showroom last week. In design, it’s exactly what you’d expect from a company that has its headquarters in Italy.

European elegance and sophistication oozes throughout every corner of the long, narrow room.

You would be forgiven for thinking you had walked into an art gallery or exhibition space
rather than a store dedicated to showcasing toasters, kettles, food processors, coffee machines and other home appliances.

At the far end, an oversized black-and-white image of Italian women eating icecream fills the wall, setting a monochromatic tone for the space, which is simple looking but took hours of design to ensure the smallest of detail was considered and resolved to produce such beautiful simplicity.

Of course the heroes of the design are the products. The wares of company’s three brands, De’Longhi, Kenwood and Braun, are exquisitely on display, their fashionable forms and drool-inducing colour combinations lit like pieces of art.

In the middle of the showroom is a fully functional concept kitchen, which acts as a demonstration zone for the range of products on sale and allows for the space to be turned into a unique venue for private events and functions.

Which is what we were treated to on the opening night as Josh Emett created for us a disruptive dessert that challenged the conventions of restaurant fine dining by using everyday appliances from the De’Longhi Group range, including an iron. Yes, an iron, to cook through freshly sliced peaches.

Immersive demonstrations like this are exactly the intention of these spaces, according to Paolo Albertoni, the De’Longhi Group’s chief executive for Australia and New Zealand.

“It’s where we can bring to life our beautiful brands and our beautiful products so our customers can try them, play with them and create a connection with them,” Albertoni told me.

And I’m warning you now, you will connect with almost every product on display and lust after the retro forms, metallic hues and playful colours.

I guarantee you’ll walk out an hour later like I did, your arms full, wallet a little lighter and a giant smile on your face.

I asked Josh Emett for his favourite appliances in the showroom and he selected these five kitchen must-haves:

1. De’Longhi Scultura 4 Slice White Toaster. If Emett had his way he’d design his entire kitchen around the beauty of this toaster.

2. Braun Iron. Yes, the very one Emett used to create his disruptive dessert.

3. Braun Hand-blender. Every kitchen needs one.

4. Kenwood Kitchen Machine. Helping you become a baking god or goddess.

5. De’Longhi Primadonna Avant Fully Automatic Coffee Maker. For
those early starts in the kitchen.