Motherhood by Anna Barber

 

1. Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.

Hi I’m Anna and I am the founder of House of Kin (www.houseofkin.co.uk) the only family-led interior design studio. We specialise in designing spaces for the entire family in both commercial and residential projects, making them playful and inspiring for children, yet still stylish for parents.

I live in London with my husband Tim, son William (aged 4), daughter Ella (aged 2) and Marni our 6 month old rescue puppy (who we got 2 weeks before lockdown, so she is very spoiled!)

2. How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?

I am extremely lucky as my husband is very hands on and my parents live close by. Both of my children have been in full time nursery since they were 12 months and, personally, this has worked very well for us. However, obviously in the current situation life is a bit different, but I feel like we are getting used to the new normal. With no childcare, I am working evenings and weekends and my husband takes one day off during the week so I can work. It is definitely a juggling act but we both support each other to make it work.

3. What top tips would you give to any working mum?

Don’t be too hard on yourself! Especially right now, life is a balancing act and sometimes you just can’t do it all. Ask for help, accept help and just do the best that you can.
Try and stay organised as best you can . It’s a mantra of House of Kin to design in ways that make it easy to hide the mess.

4. What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?

Before lockdown, our favourite thing to do on a Sunday was to go to Royal China in Queensway for Dim Sum (get there early before the crazy queue starts!) The kids love the dishes being served in little baskets and it’s always so busy with a great atmosphere. We then head over the road to the Princess Diana playground so the kids can let off some steam and we can walk off some dim sum! There is something about London’s parks that I simply adore – they are calming with a great buzz!

5. How do you define quality ‘me-time’?

I love my morning walk with the dog listening to a podcast – it really helps set me up for the day. Tim does kids breakfast and gets them dressed so when I get back they are ready for

‘mummy nursery’!
Out of lockdown, I equally love a night out with my husband and friends, drinking wine, eating good food and having a good laugh!
Both are equally as important in helping you to remember that you are a person and not just a mum!

6. What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?

My favourite thing about parenthood is becoming friends with my children.
When they are babies it is very much a caring relationship but as they get older, they develop their own personality and the ability to interact. This is simply brilliant!

My least favourite thing about parenthood is stepping on lego. How do kids manage to make such a mess in such a short period of time?

7. Tell us something people don’t know about you.

I ran the London marathon in 2010 and to say I am not a runner is an understatement! It was an impulse decision and the hardest thing I had ever done (before child birth!)

8. Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
Don’t stress over the little things, trust your instincts and enjoy the cuddles!

9.  I’m a mum and……

I love it!

10. Finally, please let us know what you love most about Kensington Mums?

It is such a fabulous supportive, community of like minded mums.