Here is a guest post and interview of Davina McCall. I have a great admiration for Davina, I love that she puts so much importance on family and womens issues, I was delighted to host this interview with her talking about her home and family life.
After two decades on our screens, Davina McCall is certainly deserving of some downtime with the family, even if the interiors of her new home are still up for debate.
For someone who carries such effortless style around with her in appearances on shows such as Big Brother and Million Pound Drop, it’s possibly something of a surprise to find that presenter Davina McCall can be rather indecisive when it comes to putting the final touches to her new home in Wadhurst, East Sussex.
The property, snapped up a couple of years ago for a figure in excess of £3.5million, led to the 45-year-old and husband Matthew Robertson landing themselves back in the spotlight given the stately surrounds of the eight-bedroom country mansion. But Davina admits she’s never one to rush into a decision when it comes to interiors.
“I think if it’s something you’re going to live with you absolutely have to make sure it’s right,” she begins. “I’ve had terrible worries in the past over everything from the right curtains to kitchen units to leather furniture. It can take an age to make a decision because I’m so fearful of getting it wrong.
“Sometimes I find the solution is to call in the experts, or to have something custom-made so that it’s exactly the match of whatever the picture was that I had in my head. We know some fantastic craftsmen and we’ve been really pleased with what’s been produced for us, though that’s not a luxury any of us can afford all of the time, and sometimes it’s just a case of keeping your eyes peeled. When you see the right thing, you know it.”
Despite her refreshing openness and willingness to talk, Davina has always preferred to retain a large amount of privacy over her personal life. Does she feel that being the reality princess makes her more approachable than the average celebrity?
“Possibly. It’s something I’ve not thought about too much, to be honest. It’s nice that people are interested in what you do, of course, but I think no matter how you live your life, everyone deserves privacy when they want it, and generally, it’s given.”
And Davina is fiercely proud of her family life, notably her three children Holly, Chester and Tilly.
“I guess I have a bit more freedom over the work I choose to take on these days, so with things such as half-terms, I can plan the work around my kids, which feels really great. Particularly since relinquishing the Big Brother stuff I have felt a whole new freedom, because that was a programme that used to absolutely consume me during filming. It was a hugely rewarding thing to be a part of, but the schedule was punishing.”
So despite recently returning to our screens with new show Long Lost Family, this newfound freedom must allow more time to plan those interiors, then?
“You would think so, yes, but the reality is I don’t go too much for extravagances. I pay the bills, enjoy time with my family and like everything else around me to slot into place. I’ve been doing TV now for two decades and family definitely comes first. Nothing else is as important.”
Thank you Davina.
This is a sponsored guest post brought to you in association with Betta Living.
Given that the average kitchen is such a frequently used room in the home, it is little wonder that homeowners are keen to create the perfect kitchen space. This means creating an area that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. With some great kitchen designs to choose from, achieving this is not as difficult as you might think.
A sleek, functional and modern kitchen is just what many people are looking for in their homes, and with some of the great design ideas for 2013, you can create the ideal kitchen to suit your tastes and preferences. You can then enjoy spending time in an attractive and contemporary kitchen area that is perfect for everything, from preparing meals to entertaining friends.
Design ideas to create a great modern kitchen
There are many options available for those looking for beautifully designed fitted kitchens. By choosing the right design for your kitchen, you can look forward to creating the perfect kitchen area that combines aesthetic appeal with functionality. Some of the design ideas you might consider include the following.
A practical design: for many people, practicality is the most important aspect of a modern kitchen. You can opt for a kitchen design that makes the most of your space, enabling you to enjoy comfort as well as a highly functional kitchen space. This is the ideal choice for those who spend a lot of time cooking such as those with bigger families who prepare a lot of meals at home.
A high tech design: we live in an age of high-tech gadgets and devices, so it is little wonder that many people want their kitchen to fit in with their lifestyles. From futuristic fixtures and fittings to state-of-the-art appliances, you can create a hub of technological wonder in your very own kitchen with the right design. While this might not be the perfect option for those with large families and young kids, it can be a great choice for singles and couples who love to cook.
Open plan design: many people use their kitchens for entertaining and dining. If this sounds like you, then a modern, open-plan kitchen could be just the thing. You will have plenty of space to move around without restrictions, and you can enjoy the relaxed feel and spacious look of an open plan kitchen. This is a design that is perfect for those who tend to have friends and family visiting a lot, and those who like to cook and entertain in their own home.
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I think it an interesting concept, as to my mind it is both carefree, and caring? I can think of nothing more carefree, than being able to leave my home, commitments and work, to explore another country, and a different type of life. And yet during that time, you are thinking about your family, maybe trying to enrich their lives, or volunteering to help others. Sounds exciting, even intruiging doesn’t it?
In recent years though having a family gap year has become popular. So putting all of your normal lives on hold, and exploring, having an adventure, and seeing the world. I can really see the benefits of me going on a family gap year with my whole family. I am sure it must help cement the family unit, as often experiencing something life changing does.
In an ideal world, I think I would love to go down the route of volunteering, I can’t even begin to imagine how mutually beneficial this could be. You could make a real change to people lives, and in doing so change your family.
So what important things would you need to consider if you were starting a gap year – young or old?
How long for?
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