Home Sweet Home – The Gallery

Kitchen hub

The word alone home makes me feel warm and comfortable inside. Home for me is more than the building I live in, it’s a whole collection of things that turn that building into something special, it’s the place in the whole wide world where I feel at my best and where I can escape to when I feel at my worst too.

My home is a reflection of me and the people I share it with together with all of my favourite worldly belongings.

Sitting on the kitchen top

‘Get down from there!’

The word home for me goes hand in hand with family and I have been lucky enough this past week to have had my son over from Italy on a flying visit with his girlfriend who we met for the first time. My whole aim of these past few days was to make sure Oana felt as comfortable as possible in our home, I had no worries about Thomas as he’s been here many times before and made himself at home right away but for someone new coming into the family it can seem quite daunting.

Feet up and remote control

Two days of Top Gear past programs back to back!

I would like to think that my home is inviting and puts everyone at their ease.

Home is a place where families get together to celebrate the good times and support each other through the tough times.

Home is a place where you can kick off your shoes, put your feet up and be yourself. No make up? No worries. Hair in a mess, it doesn’t matter. You’re at home

In my eyes the kitchen is the hub of any home something I brought back with me from Italy many moons ago and I long for the day that my kitchen will be open plan; an extension of the living room with comfortable sofas inviting you to sit down whilst I chatter from the kitchen as I put the kettle on, get a meal ready, make a cake or try a new recipe. A large table to seat best part of the family on big occasions is another must but the same table must act as Homework Central in a few years for the children whilst I get their evening meal ready and keep a beady eye on their progress. You can watch a vlog I did a while back of the plans I have for my home

Proud display of kitchen artwork

In my home you can find the souvenirs brought back from various travels, pictures that have taken my fancy and works of art created by my girls at preschool. In my home I have an oak table and chairs passed down from my great grandparents under a fresh modern oil painting I discovered in Malcesine on Lake Garda as the artist, Elisabeth Schlegel put the finishing touches to it. A combination of old and new that means something to me.

teaching magic tricks

The careful art of teaching magic tricks to the younger generation

In my home you won’t always find the bathrooms gleaming, the kitchen sparkling and the beds with perfectly made duvets on them, I try my hardest and can assure you it’s clean, just not perfect. I never seem to be able to do perfect unless you count the first half an hour after I have finished cleaning.

Everyone is welcome into my home, eat at my table, drink with me and relax in my company just for heaven’s sake don’t expect perfect.


  1. September 28, 2011 / 7:18 AM

    That’s lovely. A home isn’t a home if it is perfect…it’s a showroom. Your home looks really inviting

  2. September 28, 2011 / 7:20 AM

    Oh a lovely set of pictures! Love the early morning chaos in the kitchen – a very familiar scene. How lovely to have all those people in the house last week :)

    • Mari
      September 28, 2011 / 12:23 PM

      Ha ha, yes there’s not enough room for two buggies, the twins, me and Thomas to be honest, it’s quite cramped in there – can’t wait to be able to do it up. Fingers crossed

  3. September 28, 2011 / 7:25 AM

    Brilliant set of photos here that all cry out ‘Home’!

    • Mari
      September 28, 2011 / 12:24 PM

      Thank you, an untidy one at times with toys strewn across the front room but it is home :)

    • Mari
      September 28, 2011 / 12:24 PM

      Thank you Mags

  4. mum2babyinsomniac
    September 28, 2011 / 9:11 AM

    I want to come to your home! Love it x

    • Mari
      September 28, 2011 / 12:26 PM

      I’ll put the kettle on! Tea or coffee?

  5. September 28, 2011 / 8:11 AM

    Oh Mari! I love your post! Totally agree that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and I too get a warm feeling at the very mention of the word home – mine is like my sanctuary. Beautiful photos too, you have a lovely family x

    • Mari
      September 28, 2011 / 12:25 PM

      Thank you Katy, home is a very special place be it a mansion or a studio flat, it’s till ‘home’

    • Mari
      September 28, 2011 / 12:27 PM

      Thank you, we only moved in last year and we have a lot of work to do to make it the home we want but we’re making do as we go along

  6. Chris at Thinly Spread
    September 28, 2011 / 10:20 AM

    Looks perfect to me. I like the kitchen being the hub and I very much approve of the messy hair/no make up thing!

    • Mari
      September 28, 2011 / 12:31 PM

      Qwerty Mum – thank you
      Inside the Wendy House – I hope it is inviting, that’s what I aim for
      Chris – If you can’t be yourself at home then where can you be? I think I have hair clips dotted around the whole house!

    • Mari
      September 28, 2011 / 12:28 PM

      A girl after my own heart eh Pippa? Can’t wait for the day I have a sparkling State of the Art Kitchen *sigh*

  7. Mama Syder
    September 28, 2011 / 10:51 AM

    Awwwww I knew I would love your Gallery entry this week. Gorgeous photos and such a fab post. I can feel your heart bursting with love as I read, lovely x

    • Mari
      September 28, 2011 / 12:32 PM

      Awwww, how kind of you to say so, I can’t tell you how lovely it was having them here with me, shame the days fly by so quickly

  8. September 28, 2011 / 9:58 AM

    lovely photos and sentiment xx

  9. September 28, 2011 / 11:51 AM

    Sounds like a Home to me!

  10. September 28, 2011 / 12:15 PM

    What a lovely post and a great photo series.

  11. Cherished By Me
    September 28, 2011 / 1:28 PM

    Awwww I loved looking through your photos, it was like sharing a photo album of your family with us. Your home looks very inviting. :) xx

    • Mari
      September 28, 2011 / 2:23 PM

      Thank you, I’ve had an extra special week this week so I’m showing off a bit xx

  12. oana
    September 28, 2011 / 12:50 PM

    Thank you for all your kindness and caring;

    • Mari
      September 28, 2011 / 2:22 PM

      It was a pleasure having you here xxx Can’t wait to see you soon

  13. September 28, 2011 / 1:56 PM

    Mari that first photo is just perfection. I love love love it. Has ‘mum’ and ‘home’ written all over it!

    • Mari
      September 28, 2011 / 2:24 PM

      It’s the gloves isn’t it? :D
      Thank you Tara. I love doing The Gallery, must be my favourite Link up by far

  14. September 28, 2011 / 2:00 PM

    I’ve gone all gooey inside reading this. You have a lovely home. The word home eeeks of all things ‘normal’ about family life in this blog.

    I see you have a ‘varied’ age of children – just like me *cough*

    • Mari
      September 28, 2011 / 2:26 PM

      That makes life very exciting doesn’t it? Thankfully for us it all works very well just a shame we don’t get to see each other very often, it was a year since I last had my son in the UK!

  15. Multiple Mummy
    September 28, 2011 / 4:39 PM

    Well you have made me feel welcome already! When can I come? he he A lovely post that takes away the bricks and talks about the content which can be moved anywhere! x

  16. September 28, 2011 / 6:08 PM

    That’s an incredibly sincere and emotive post. How lovely to have your son over for a few days, and for him to feel so relaxed.

  17. September 28, 2011 / 7:18 PM

    Gorgeous post. I always used to sit on the kitchen side and chat while mum was cooking so that pic really made me smile. Love your home it looks gorgeous xx

  18. September 28, 2011 / 9:11 PM

    For me a house should be lived in, that’s a home. One where you can relax and enjoy it. Yours looks perfect x

  19. Karin @ Cafe Bebe
    September 29, 2011 / 12:36 PM

    A perfect photo collage of what looked like an amazing visit! I adore the first picture. So you! ;)

    Mwah xx

  20. Rosie Whooley
    September 29, 2011 / 4:48 PM

    Amazing day! Great to see everybody again!!!!!! Thanks for letting me borrow your camera!!!

  21. Funky Wellies
    September 30, 2011 / 9:20 AM

    I love your photos, you can feel the warmth in them. I agree with you, the kitchen is the focal point of the home – my Italian blood, perhaps? – and I really enjoy having an open plan kitchen now, something I did not have in Switzerland. Guests sit at the bar or in the lounge and we can chat easily, I love it. Oh, and I am sure that Oana felt very welcome and comfortable during her visit in such a home. ;)

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