Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

There's No Place like Home

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

There's No Place like Home

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Byline: By Andrew Durham

Andrew Durham on making the most of a family home

Yes, indeed there is no place quite like it ( home. But everyone's idea of home is different. However, one thing that unites nearly all of our homes is that they are stamped with the personality of the dweller.

When you live alone, or with like-minded singletons, you can guarantee that there will be scope for every individual's creativity and barely a nod to practicality (save the large fridge for all that party drink!) while on the other end of the spectrum there is the family home.

Ah, the family home! This species of home can be easily identified by common traits, which usually are toys, piles of washing/ironing and of course people! And, with more and more of us enduring longer working hours it's these little things that make a house a home.

The best way to achieve togetherness in the home is to create an open-plan living space. I hear you ( that's not always an option but you can always adapt a similar style to your own living space.

Because families now spend less time at home together than perhaps we used to as kids we should try to make our interiors as family friendly as possible.

Think about the time you have at home and what you do with it. If your family does have the luxury of being able to sit down for week night meals together, then make the most of it.

Instead of shutting yourself away in the kitchen preparing the food combine your kitchen with your living area. An open plan kitchen diner is great for families. Even if the kids are sat watching the TV (which, lets face it is inevitable at times!) you're still in the same room with them and can interact ( even if it is in Pingu speak!

The focal point of your room needs to be a place that can be the hub of activity and the best way to achieve this is by investing in a good quality, solid wood dining table that will last for years.

A table like this, though expensive, can be the centre of family life and like many good tables, will be the eyes and ears of many chapters of family events.

Another definite investment for any family has got to be a big, squashy sofa that you can all curl up on to read bedtime stories, watch films and fall asleep on! …

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