Christmas With Grandma’s Grotty Scullery

This time of year always brings out the slightly melancholy aspects of remembering childhood.  There will always be some memories that we can bring to the fore instantly.   Because travel was not so easily achieved then, we only visited our grandparent on the south coast once a year.  Usually this was near Christmas.  One of…


Grandma’s Head Spinning At Luxe Fitted Kitchen

We have a plethera of daytime lifestyle programmes currently – many of them deal with the buying of old houses and the ripping out of the existing fitted contents.  We agonise with the new owners over what exactly they should do with that spare bit of wall, should they take it out or use it…


Well Designed Kitchen From A Moveable Feast

At a recent family meet up, it struck me just how much we rely on the familiarity of our kitchen layout.  I was following my daughter around her kitchen whilst she was busily making batches of cakes and bread – utilising the oven and work top breadmaking machine.  She and her partner have been in…


Home Made Kitchen In Need Of Update

I’ve just rturned from my annual sojourn to a nice hot mediterrean isle.  I go every summer and spend quality time in the villa my chum and her husband bult over many years from 1985.  It is a magnificent spectacle with beautiful white external walls, that reach up higher than on any surrounding village house. …


Interior Design Reflects The Beautiful Countryside

I have younger relatives who have boght and moved in to their dream home out in the country.  It makes me smile as they are only in their late 20s and have not really had any problem with renting a grotty second hand flat or been stuck out in the middle of nowhere.  they actually…


First Flat Horrors Inspire In The Future

How well I remember the very first flat I had – rented from a family who were not terribly clever at looking after their buildings.  I had all kinds of problems with the place, leaking toilet, bath that rocked worryingly when I tried getting in or out.   There was an electric shower over the bath…


Transforming Kitchens Into Cathedrals Of Light & Joy

There are so many different magazines based around homes, houses, property,   All kinds of publications can be bought in the supermarkets and newsagents.  The really amazing thing is the choice of subject you can cover just flicking through.  I particular enjoy the real time stories of readers who have renovated their houses and somehow were…


Historic Kitchens Can’t Compare With Today’s Convenience

One or two days a week I volunteer at a country house – it is only a small place in relation to the several others dotted around my part of the world.  I live in an area that was very active and important in the history of the english civil war, and this is reflected…


Craftsman Built Kitchen Beats Humdrum Cheapness

I have recently returned home from a short stay away with relatives at their rather smart, perfectly turned out semi in Berkshire.  This couple always sound envious of the fact my house is deemed to be quite large, it does have 4 double bedrooms to their 3 medium sized, and I have a utility and…


Queue For The Kitchen Design Advertorials

A young colleague has recently moved to her ‘forever’ home;  that is, they sold a tiny little 3 bedroomed starter home in a nearby town and moved to a somewhat more palatial pad out in the country.  I have seen and actually stayed over in the new place and indeed it is a very nice…