My favourite cor­ner

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A reader shares the part of her home she loves the most

Jen lam­bert, an in­te­rior de­signer (@jen­lam­bert­in­te­ri­orde­sign), lives in a 1930s semi in Whit­ley Bay with hus­band Greg, an ex­ec­u­tive chef, chil­dren Joel, 11, Brody, six, and lake, three, and their dogs Shiloh and Bear

‘We still have the kitchen that came with our house when we moved in, but we’ve done a lot of up­cy­cling – paint­ing the units blue and adding oak worktops. I made the is­land my­self us­ing an old dresser with plenty of drawer space topped with a work sur­face. It was def­i­nitely more labour-in­ten­sive than buy­ing one, but we’ve had to work on a bud­get – we have more imag­i­na­tion than money. Greg is a chef, so it’s ba­si­cally a butcher’s block with knife scratches and marks, but we’re not pre­cious. It’s great for prep­ping meals and the kids sit there to do their home­work. We’ll make cakes on it to­gether, too. When­ever I’m cook­ing, Shiloh is al­ways sit­ting there wait­ing for her food – she’s the greed­i­est puppy ever. We took out the over­head kitchen units to in­stall these shelves, and they’re of­ten the only thing that’s tidy in an oth­er­wise messy kitchen. They house my favourite col­lec­tion of surf prints. I’m a proper beach bum – we live by the sea and I’ve al­ways been into surf­ing cul­ture. The kids are named af­ter surfers. It’s just a hobby, though. I don’t do it in the win­ter – I’m not crazy!’

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