The heart of our home

The heart of our home

Last year we had a huge extension which, although was an absolute nightmare at the time, was well worth the stress and upheaval.

It’s been approximately 9 months since the main bulk of the work finished and we’re now all getting used to the extra space. I particularly love our kitchen/dining/family space, which really is the heart of our home.

For years I’ve always loved houses that have a kitchen/diner that’s really light and airy and provides a great entertaining space. I love watching property and home renovation television programmes and have been so envious when houses have this type of beautiful space.

When we were planning our extension I knew straightaway that I wanted roof windows in the ceiling above the dining area and bi-folding doors that open right up to bring the outside in – it was so exciting to finally be able to create this sort of space!

Whilst planning, and also during, our extention
I spent so much time on Pinterest (check out my kitchen/diner board here) and websites like VELUX to get inspiration and ideas, and I’m really pleased with the finished look. As a family we spend so much time in there, cooking, eating, playing, chatting and working – it really is the heart of our home. We’ve also had a few shindigs with our friends, particularly over Christmas, and it’s perfect for entertaining – the little sitting area makes a great dance floor!

We love our new space and couldn’t be happier with it. I think this area, and my new dressing room are definitely my favourite rooms in our house.

Which room in your house is your favourite?

J xx

Please note this post was written in collaboration with VELUX however all thoughts and ideas are my own. I only write about products and brands I honestly rate and would be happy to use and promote.




  1. 25th July 2015 / 10:09 am

    I love your kitchen! We were planning an extension and new kitchen but it's all been put on hold for now. I am desperate to get on with it and seeing lovely kitchens like this makes me think we should just throw caution to the wind and crack on!

    • jemma
      18th August 2015 / 9:06 pm

      Thanks Sue! It was definitely worth the agony. Good luck with your project. Jemma x

  2. Caro Davies
    26th July 2015 / 8:50 pm

    Aaah it's beautiful Jemma!!! So lovely! 🙂

    I'm *desperate* to do our kitchen. It's the one room we've just been 'making do' with and I'm getting to the point that I can't bear it!! Seeing your lovely clean worktops makes me so envious! The ones in our kitchen are so old and stained — YUK — no amount of bleach will bring them back to life!! Thanks so much for linking up with #HomeEtc — hope to see you again next week! x

    Caro |

    • jemma
      18th August 2015 / 9:07 pm

      Just catching up! The problem is, is that kitchens are so expensive! I hope you get round to doing yours soon! Jemma x

  3. 4th August 2015 / 12:50 pm

    It's just stunning lovely – absolutely adore what you've done and have serous space envy! Bet the family love being in it and that it's perfect for the little ones 🙂 Jess


    • jemma
      18th August 2015 / 9:08 pm

      Just catching up! Thanks Jess. Your kitchen in your new place is stunning too! It's great having a nice big kitchen that the whole family can be in! Jemma x

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