Welcome to April
The kitchen in your home is about as important as it gets, especially for you when the people you love arrive
it’s hard to deny your kitchen matters like mad. What it looks like is right up there and how it functions is just as fundamental. For me the whole kit and kaboodle is critical! Now, I am part of a ‘book club’. Yes, we read and discuss books. But it’s more enticing, exciting and gossipy for us to stay connected and catch up than aspire to be a group of literatis! We are together because our kids went to the same primary school and they are all now in their 20s. So we’ve been at it awhile to experience all manner of life’s ups and downs on those nights. I have mentioned these gals before and they all live in wonderful homes – big, sprawling, gorgeous. My place on the other hand, is small, tight and busy (way too much stuff!). Indeed my home would fit into most of their kitchens! So the other night when it was my turn to host, my kitchen – little, functional to a point but not yet beautiful (it’s in
the plans) – was in danger of being on show! No, non negotiable! I am houseproud (think of the magazine I work on!) and it’s not my pride and joy by a million miles. So my partner and son, along with being waiters, were there as much to guard the door and not let anyone in – arms outstretched if needed! It was a hot night and they nearly boiled – sorry very unfortunate but kitchen off limits! You see, the beat of the ‘heart of my home’ needs work. So I look at our kitchen feature, on page 14, and am so inspired to plan a beauty to share with family and friends. Because that’s the role of the kitchen in any home! So if you’re in my kitchen boat, enjoy our big feature and welcome your folk with arms outstretched to bring them in not block them out! (PS mine will be ready for my next book club turn, so ‘Come on in, ladies’!)
There are touches of in a garden so invite them into yours with big and small ideas all beginning page 32. You’ll find delights everywhere Subscribe now for big savings and more. See page 148 or call
Plant a basket – it’s such a pretty way to grow herbs out your window, see page 56.