It can sometimes take a while to find a rewarding occupation, especially one that has to fit around a busy family, is both creatively satisfying and enables a connection with people. 

Christmas abounds throughout the ground floor of Kali’s oast

Christmas abounds throughout the ground floor of Kali’s oast

Delicious, freshly made treats on offer in the kitchen

Delicious, freshly made treats on offer in the kitchen

The kitchen leads through into the dining room, where quirky decorations grace the dining table

The kitchen leads through into the dining room, where quirky decorations grace the dining table

The walls throughout the house are painted with warm, but muted neutrals.

The walls throughout the house are painted with warm, but muted neutrals.

Presents lie wrapped in woven baskets beside the cosy woodburning stove

Presents lie wrapped in woven baskets beside the cosy woodburning stove

The downstairs roundel has become the family’s library

The downstairs roundel has become the family’s library

The tree shimmers with flamingos, rainbows and roller skates – and out of the corner of my eye, in nearly every room, I catch a glimpse of a Christmas pig or three. All the decorations are available to buy in the shop...

The tree shimmers with flamingos, rainbows and roller skates – and out of the corner of my eye, in nearly every room, I catch a glimpse of a Christmas pig or three. All the decorations are available to buy in the shop...

A house of many levels – some of the rooms throughout the house are accessed by runs of stairs and steps, especially up to the bedrooms in the roundels

A house of many levels – some of the rooms throughout the house are accessed by runs of stairs and steps, especially up to the bedrooms in the roundels

A pair of stag’s horns loom down from a dramatic (and very useful) blackboard wall in one of Kali’s sons’ room

A pair of stag’s horns loom down from a dramatic (and very useful) blackboard wall in one of Kali’s sons’ room

“I love beautiful beds,” says Kali, “I spend a long time finding exactly the right one for each room.” The children each have a cushion with their initials on – this one has a big rosy red E for her daughter.

“I love beautiful beds,” says Kali, “I spend a long time finding exactly the right one for each room.” The children each have a cushion with their initials on – this one has a big rosy red E for her daughter.

Kali can retreat to her office, where she works on ideas for the business. There’s a mood wall with a desk below for putting together collections of finds

Kali can retreat to her office, where she works on ideas for the business. There’s a mood wall with a desk below for putting together collections of finds

The master bedroom

The master bedroom

Hamerton + Jones is the brainchild of Kali and her friend Sarah Crysell and is full of fair trade and vintage finds. “I like to buy things that are responsibly made, especially those made by women,” says Kali.

Hamerton + Jones is the brainchild of Kali and her friend Sarah Crysell and is full of fair trade and vintage finds. “I like to buy things that are responsibly made, especially those made by women,” says Kali.

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Helen Bratby

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