Family Living - South Downs Sussex Country Kitchen, Sussex
Large rural single-wall kitchen/diner in Sussex with shaker cabinets, white cabinets, wood worktops, white splashback, metro tiled splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood flooring, a built-in sink and no island. — Houzz
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Anna designed the kitchen and had it made by a joiner. She chose an extractor fan, sink and tap, all in white. ‘I try to keep those things that are not so attractive, such as the cooker hood, less prominent so they seem to melt into the wall,’ she explains. She chose dark grout between the tiles ‘for a more graphic look’.Extractor fan, Rangemaster. Tap, Ikea. Side chair by Bertoia, available at The Conran Shop.
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Factor in some escape spaceOpen-plan living often appeals to families, but Anna Standish points out it can be counterproductive to be completely open. ‘It can be amazing to all be together in one room,’ she says, ‘but it can also be too much. You want to be able to listen to the radio while your children watch TV elsewhere. It’s good to have different areas. Finding a room in which you can be quiet is increasingly appealing, especially as we all lead such busy lives.’
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Dig out your vasesFresh flowers are such a joy, and now’s a good time to bring them back into your home if you’ve taken a break for winter, especially if you’ve substituted them with dried or silk flowers during the colder months. Give your vases a thorough wash to make them sparkle again, and replace ones that look tired.Remember that cut flowers keep better in water that’s changed daily, and popping in a drop of bleach is a good tip to maintain freshness and keep bugs at bay. Also, when you’re arranging flowers in your spring vases, strip the lower stems of leaves and debris, as these can soon turn into a slimy mess.
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Know your cleaning style Do you prefer to take on the entire house in one marathon session or break it up into bite-size chunks? After much trial and error, I’ve discovered that what works best for my family is a combination: small tasks that get done each day, paired with one not-too-long weekend session where everyone pitches in.Find the timeTake a look at your calendar to get a realistic idea of when you have the time to clean, and decide on a regular day and time each week – it’s easier to keep up with a cleaning routine if it’s just that: routine. If you’re finding it difficult to fit in cleaning, consider setting a timer during your sessions and challenge yourself to do the job within the time you have. If you’re trying to get children involved with the chores, try setting a stopwatch – it’s easier to get kids motivated when it’s a ‘race’!Get the order right Always start high and end low so that dust and grime that drift down when you’re tackling higher-up areas don’t dirty freshly cleaned floors. And if you’re pressed for time, focus on the rooms with the most need for frequent cleaning: the kitchen and bathroom.