We caught up with Sam Sims, founder of Up All Hours, an online resource for parents. Sam’s spending the lockdown period with her husband, Asa, and their eight-year-old son, Barney. We talked cooking, home schooling and the juggling act of life today…
At Home With my AGA
Interiors journalist Linda Clayton tells us why only an AGA would do when planning her new kitchen extension
Laura Berkeley-Hawkes and her husband, Gary, share their home with their three children, Gracie, 19, Harvey, 17 and 15-year-old Luke. The house was built in 1888, but since then has only been owned by three other families. The last time it was sold before Laura and Gary took it on late last year was in 1979.
Embarking on a major building project can be stressful for any couple, but Graham and Emma took it one stage further by doing much of the work themselves. Graham handmade many things from the doors on the kitchen cabinetry through to a clever sliding wooden wall.
When Barbara and Clive Dodman bought their house in Cobham in Surrey they never imagined it becoming a permanent home. Barbara is from St Louis in the United States and Clive's parents are British, but he was born in New York, and most of their lives together have been spend travelling the world. A geologist for a major oil company, his work took him to places such as the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Angola and Indonesia.
Caroline and Steve had lived in their house for six years before they began a major refurbishment project. The extension, which is huge, was built using solid oak framework. They moved the kitchen to the back of the house so they could enjoy views across the surrounding fields and have added a play area so they can cook while Hattie, who is two, plays nearby.