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Sunny with a hint of flowers; myHome.

Jo Batterham, 24, is an interior designer at Dickinsons Furnishers. She shows us the kitchen of her home in Lemington, Newcastle Where is your home? Lemington, Newcastle.

How would you describe it? Cute! It's always so sunny, which makes us smile. It's the perfect size for us. When we first moved in I tried my hardest not to make it too girly, but I seem to have failed and every other item is pink!

How long have you lived there? Nearly a year.

Who lives there? I live here with my boyfriend, Mikey Rafter, 20, who's training to be a personal trainer.

Why did you move there? We bought the house because I was offered a full-time job as an interior designer and we wanted to invest and renovate a property, so this was the perfect opportunity.

How much did you pay for it? pounds 56,000 as it needed a lot of work doing to it. We are nearly finished though, which is exciting.

What's your favourite room and why? I love every room. The kitchen, because it's always full of delicious smells and cups of tea. The lounge because it's a great place to relax. Our main bedroom because I have my own mini Sex & the City-style wardrobe. And the guest bedroom because all of our lovely friends and family can come and stay.

What are your favourite interiors shops or websites? My favourite interiors shop is the Designers Guild flagship store on the Kings Road in London. I would quite happily move in. Apart from that, I love individual antique shops. I think pieces of furniture and objects with a history are so intriguing. I want to give them a new home and love them as much as their last owner.

What's the best thing about living where you do? It's lovely and quiet and there are lots of families living around us as we're next to a school.

What are your favourite shops, restaurants and bars in the area? There aren't really that many shops or restaurants on our doorstep so we usually go out into town. A favourite of ours is a place called The Salsa Cafe on Westgate Road, which is great for tapas and has a great atmosphere. I love the quirky cinema seats and the fact that it sells pear juice.

1 Love Heart Map: My mum gave this to me a few Christmases ago. It's an old map of my home town, Ilkley, and it's one of my favourite presents I've ever received.

2 Guns 'n' Roses vase: I have been eyeing this up for years in art gallery shops and Mikey bought it for me for my birthday. I just think it's cool.

3 Wooden ceremonial dish: This was my dad's.

My mum has a larger one which is always overflowing with colourful fruit and veg and, for some reason, having it makes the kitchen feel like home. I think it's really beautiful.

4 Tea set: I don't know what I'd do without cups of tea. Anywhere I've ever lived or been, cups of tea have always been my comfort. So I couldn't resist this pretty tea set from Camden market.

5 Painting: I've always been creative but much more into 3D models and sculptures than painting but, recently, I've felt the urge to paint. It's so relaxing and satisfying to make a mess.

"I LOVE THE KITCHEN BECAUSE IT'S ALWAYS FULL OF DELICIOUS SMELLS AND CUPS OF TEA"
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 11, 2012
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