Our DIY kitchen banquette

Following on from my post last week about family-friendly open-plan living, I realised that I had never actually shared the kitchen banquette seating that my handy husband Ben built for our kitchen diner a couple of years ago. These are pictures that I took of it a while back – a few of the decorative elements in the room have been updated since such as the curtains and lightshades, but the banquette area is largely unchanged. So what the heck is a banquette then? Essentially it’s built-in seating, whether it’s a bench, U-shaped, L-shaped, curved, attached to the back of…

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My top tips for open-plan family living

Time for some honesty. These pictures of my home aren’t the best I’ve ever taken, but I’m currently wallowing in a bit of blogger’s block, and I felt like I just needed to move forward and write a post in order to try to tackle the impasse. Work has been really busy recently, so I haven’t had much brain space for the blog, or time to potter at home, with the result that everything feels a bit neglected and unloved. Sometimes this is just the way life is, and I think I have to find a way to accept that…

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The furniture jigsaw

I do it every so often. Ben can sense it coming – my restlessness causing ripples around me. Sometimes it’s like awakening from a deep sleep. I open my eyes and suddenly see my home afresh. I cast my critical eye around, noticing all the unfinished details, the corners of clutter that have built up unchallenged, the arrangements of objects that yesterday seemed passable, but today offend me. We’ll be watching a film, all cosily horizontal on the sofa when I’ll jump up, move some objects around, tut, sigh, and return to my seat. So it was without surprise that…

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New living room layout. Thoughts?

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