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Hi there! Bring a pretty feel into your home with pale, sugary shades, create a cosy and relaxing room, treat yourself with something sweet – and once you’re full, lavish some love on your feline friends and canine companions with our pet special!
My dear little cat Millie and playful pooch Joey are a special part of my life, and my house wouldn’t be a home without them. Pets bring joy to lots of us, so spoil your furry friends with our pick of animal treats in our special feature on page 113, where you’ll also find tips on keeping the house clean and how to make a comfy pet bed. If you live in a rented property it isn’t always easy to redecorate, but with our six-page guide (p51) you’ll put your stamp on your place in no time. But if you do want a total overhaul, our in-depth look at planning a room from scratch is your first step (p36). Get your kids involved in restyling their bedrooms, too, with our Style Made Easy 12-page pull-out (p61). It’s packed with ideas that are sure to inspire all ages, from tots to teens. Autumn is on its way, leaving the summer behind, but keep that sunny feeling alive by bringing a Miami vibe into your home. Fill your rooms with shades of sea-like blue and lots of shiny decor for a real beach feel (p86). And once you’ve worked your styling magic, don’t forget to send us photos of your room makeovers and house tours. You never know, you could end up on the cover of a future issue – just like the lovely Samantha (p98). Her coral kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! Happy styling and see you next month...
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‘WE’VE DONE IT ALL OURSELVES’ With some clever budgeting and a little help from her family, Victoria Gallimore has brought her old cottage back to life
‘WE DRESSED UP A BLANK CANVAS’ Bold artwork and bright patterns add personality to Michelle Cage’s new-build
‘AT LAST WE CAN ENJOY OUR HOME’ Although unexpected renovation projects came thick and fast, Lottie Manns has finally created her dream interior
‘HIS ROOM WAS A COOL PROJECT’ Vivienne Riley and her son Charlie have given his bedroom a New York City vibe
‘IT HAD TO BE GIRLIE BUT GROWN UP’ Wendy Marsh worked closely with her daughter Lola to create a pretty space that was fit for a princess
‘I’VE COMBINED HOTEL LUXE & COMFORT’ A brand-new extension has given Clare Charlton the boutique-style bathroom she always craved
‘I REVIVED THINGS FROM THE LOFT’ Crafty upcycling and bargain buys helped Samantha Howard transform her kitchen
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PRETTY CANISTERS Add chic storage to your worktop with these stylish containers
STYLE SECRETS Beautiful bedroom style
OFFICE DESK Get to work and take your pick of our favourite desks
Brighten up your decor with vibrant prints, pages 34 and 130
ANIMAL CUSHIONS Embrace your inner child and have fun with these cute designs
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HOW TO DECORATE A RENTED HOUSE Bring personality to a rented property
PERFECT PAIRINGS Tile and paint combinations to suit every bathroom
WHERE TO SHOP Get the details here 10 UNDER £10 Jazz up a monochrome scheme with zesty yellow details
Give tired furniture a tropical twist
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CREATE A HOME OFFICE SPACE Turn unused, wasted space into a smart study
PLAN A SCHEME FROM SCRATCH It’s time to be brave – bring a blank canvas to life with our top styling tips
MAKE YOUR HALL COSY & INVITING Create a warm and welcoming space for a great first impression
STYLE MADE EASY: DECORATING FOR KIDS From toddlers to teenagers – give your childrens’ rooms a fun makeover
SEWING WORKSHOP Style at Home’s Cassie takes on a sewing course
17 WAYS TO GET THE MIAMI VIBE Glam ideas for a sizzling summer look
HIGH STYLE, LOW COST Clever tips and tricks for a luxe bathroom on a budget
STYLE SECRETS Go dark in the kitchen
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MAKE YOUR HOME PET FRIENDLY Keep your furry friends happy without having to compromise on style
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UPHOLSTERED FOOTSTOOL Update a plain footrest with this simple project
DIY BUTTON ARTWORK Refresh your walls with a crafty piece of art
STENCILLED WALL MIRROR Customise a tired mirror in less than an hour
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107 QUICK & EASY MEALS in just 45 minutes 109 BUSY COOK’S SHOPPING LIST Small on ingredients, but big on flavour
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Meet the team Every issue we have a little extra help from members of our reader panel, Stylists at Home. Look for their tips and ideas in the magazine… Tania Egan
ABOUT ME I’m 39 and I live in a four-bedroom detached house in Cambridgeshire with my husband Graham, 45, and our children Lauren, 13, Nathan, 11, and Reuben, 6. WHAT’S YOUR BEST HOME STYLE TIP? I like William Morris’ motto: ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’. It’s a work in progress!
ABOUT ME I’m 32 and live in a 1960s two-bed bungalow in Whitstable, Kent, with my husband Karl, 32, and our sons Nate, 6, and Leo, 4. WHAT’S THE LAST THING YOU BOUGHT FOR YOUR HOME? A wooden trunk with a metal lock from one of the vintage shops near Whitstable harbour. I use it as a coffee table in our living room.
ABOUT ME I’m 38 and live in a 1930s four-bed detached in St Albans with my husband Mark, 40, and children Sophie, 3, and Luke, 5 months. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM? Our house is being renovated and extended, so all the rooms are a bit of a mess! I suspect that my favourite room will be the kitchen-diner, as it will be the heart of the home.
ABOUT ME I’m 55 and my home is a semi-detached three-bedroom cottage in Staffordshire, which I share with my husband Steve, 53. WHAT’S YOUR LATEST HOME PROJECT? I’ve recently converted my son’s former bedroom into a craft room so I can keep all my creative bits and pieces in one place instead of scattered around the house!
ABOUT ME I’m 28 and I own a one-bedroom garden flat in Surbiton, Surrey, with my partner Owen, 32. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SHOP? For investment pieces, I love shops like Heals, The Conran Shop and The White Company but I always take a look at TK Maxx and HomeSense, too, as you can often find some amazing brands at great prices.
GET IN TOUCH Have you just finished decorating your home or maybe transformed a room from drab to fab? Email us at email@example.com with some photos and you could be featured in an upcoming issue of Style at Home.
ABOUT ME I’m 61 and my husband Arthur, 59, and I live in a ground floor Victorian apartment that we’ve just renovated, in Falmouth, Cornwall. WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY? We would have chosen a gas range cooker for our kitchen, as the ceramic hob we currently have keeps cracking. I’d also add some more colour to the interior.
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I’d like to paper a feature wall in my bedroom but I’m a bit nervous I’ll regret it later. Any suggestions? CLAIRE TAYLOR IPSWICH If you’re unsure about putting paper on an entire wall then start with a subtle print – think ditsy florals instead of bold brights. Or pick a faux-effect design such as white bricks or wooden logs for a striking look that isn’t too overpowering. If you’re still not sure, then hang fabric. Pop a rail above the bed and drape material from it, or upholster the headboard, making it into a focal point. Got a burning styling question? Tweet it to our editor Lizzie @styleathomemag – she’s on hand with all the answers!
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DIARY DATES Our round-up of what to do, where to go and what to look out for MONDAY
THURSDAY At the End of the Road Festival, Dorset, enjoy live tunes, food stalls, and try your hand at a range of crafts
Pick up a copy of the October issue of
FRIDAY Take a canoe trip to Owl Island in Cumbria to celebrate 150 years since Beatrix Potter’s birth. Visit nationaltrust.org.uk
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Catch the open air screening of fantasy film Labyrinth at Kew Gardens. Visit kew.org
most of the last of the summer weather and visit Fountains Abbey and Gardens, North Yorkshire
FEATURE CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPHS TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM, SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
13 For inspiring ideas, grab a copy of The Creative Home by Geraldine James (£19.99) from Amazon or leading bookshops
Explore a landmark at the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening. Go to visitlondon.com
The One Day Antiques & Collectors Fair visits Newark, Nottinghamshire. Visit iacf.co.uk
20 Get in a romantic mood with the Luna Cinema’s outdoor screening of Notting Hill at Fulham Palace, London. Visit theluna cinema.com
Visit The National Wedding Show, Kensington Olympia. Go to nationalwedding show.co.uk
Pick up a copy of Jane Packer’s Flower Course (£16.99) from Amazon or leading bookshops
29 Get creative at the drop-in life drawing classes at The Beehive in north London. Visit tottenham artclasses.co.uk
For a festival with a difference, check out Festival No6 in Portmeirion, Wales. Visit festival number6.com
Check out The London Flower Show at Osterley Park and House. Visit londonflowershow. co.uk
Cheer on runners at the Great North Run in Newcastle. Visit greatrun.org
Celebrate Culture Night 2016 in Belfast. Visit culturenight.ie
Take part in a screen-printing workshop in Rodmell, E Sussex. Tickets, £65 each, nationaltrust.org.uk
24 Get inspiration from The Scottish Home Show in Aberdeen this weekend. Visit scottishhome show.com
18 Running from 16-18 September is Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair at historic Hampton Court Palace. Visit thehandmade fair.com
25 Get the kids involved in outdoor pursuits at the woodland skills day at Dudmaston in Shropshire. Visit nationaltrust. org.uk
30 Enjoy a spectacle at The Enchanted Forest experience in Pitlochry, Scotland. Visit enchanted forest.org.uk
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Floriental wall clock, £14.99
Eastern escape Bird oval mirror, £12.99
Mix Asian style with pastel florals for a soothing sanctuary
LOVE A VINTAGE LOOK
Duck egg bird nest cushion, £9.99
Lola blossom lamp, £24.99
Large cream sitting Buddha, £19.99
Mini multi-aperture frame, £9.99
Bird dish, £5.99
The £35 EDIT Shopping Editor Laurie has searched the high street and online for this month’s brilliant home buys – all £35 or less
ALL IN GOOD TASTE Lemon Squash
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STORE YOUR JEWELLERY IN THIS TRINKET BO OX X– WE CAN’T RESIST THE BEAUTIFUL COLOUR! Luxe trinket box, £25, Marks & Spencer
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Splash of Pepper
Delicious decor The new Kitchen range has 16 hues for walls, wood and metal
Kitchen Collection palette (shown on crockery), from £20.99 per 2.5 ltr, Crown
ALL UNDER £35 Moroccan pendant shade, £24.99; Buddha double duvet set, £19.99; Buddha tapestry cushion, £9.99; lotion dispenser, £5.99; tumbler, £3.99; Kyoto hand towel, £5.99, all Dunelm
3 of the best BATHROOM SETS Our pick of the best sets from George Home
Geo dispenser, £5; tumbler, £3
Copper dispenser, £5; tumbler, £3
Marble dispenser, £5; tumbler, £3
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Hanging plaque, £2.50
Back to nature Fill your home with seasonal stems and botanical prints
LUCY SAYS ‘The pastelcoloured frames, are a feature in themselves and can easily change the feel of a room. Fill them with quotes, cards, quirky prints or pretty napkins and fabrics.’
Shadow print floral cushion, £8
Silhouette cushion, £8
CALM HUES Decorative frame, £2
White rose pot, £8,
Tree Silhouette vase, £8; bud vase, £3.50; heart ceramic vase, £8; ceramic vases trio (one shown), £10
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Cushions, from £22; peacock candle, £12, all Debenhams.
ADD AN EXOTIC FEEL
CORNER Treat yourself to a trendsetting design with a trim
Peacock feather cushion, £25
Ceramic planter, £9
Elaborate elegance Pom pom cushion, £7, George Home
Indulge in beaded cushions, exotic birds and royal blues
Peacock vase, £25
Blantyre cushion, £16, Lorraine at Home by JD Williams Palm tree candelabra, £25 Peacock votives, £15 for a set of three
Pom pom cushion, £19, M&Co
Organic cotton lace vase and candle holder, £10, EKA at Notonthehighstreet.com
ON MY RADAR
Ways with wool From crochet to macrame, introduce a textured look
Coral macrame wallhanging, £30, EKA at Notonthehigh street.com
Beaded cushion, £22, Debenhams
Check out our blog cushienumber.co.uk for even more affordable, must-have accessories.
Yellow pot and macrame hanger, £30.90, Etsy
Crocheted stool cover, £15.50, EKA at Notonthe highstreet.com Teal Stripe rug, £35, National Trust
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ALL UNDER £35
Give your dining table A TROPICAL TWIST
+ Pineapple paper napkins, £2.49 for a pack of 20, Candle & Cake
+ LED pineapple candle, £8, Next
Pineapple napkin rings, £20, House of Fraser
Treasure trove Indulge yourself with the jewel tones of the La Boheme range
PICK PLUM HUES
Glasses case, £9.99
Lustre candles, £7 each
Washbag, £13.99; glass chest, £27.99; makeup bag, £8.99
Hexagon chest, £33.99
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Buy it, style it! POP THESE CUTE LITTLE GOLD ANTS ON A SHELF, , ON TOP OF BOOKS OR EVEN E UNDER A CLOCHE Gold ants, £25.95 for a set of two, MiaFleur
TANIA SAYS ‘Floral trays like this are perfect for displaying on a drinks trolley, or even to hang up on the wall as a dramatic piece of art.’
Fabric butterfly picture, £12.99
Floral posy tray, £22.99
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‘We’ve done FOCAL POINT ‘The woodburner was already here when we moved in – it not only looks lovely but it’s also very efficient and creates plenty of warmth’
‘Make cushions out of your favourite fabrics and don’t be afraid to mix and match’
ABOUT ME I’m Victoria Gallimore, 33, and I own restored furniture and furnishings company cherryvintage. co.uk. I live with my fiancé Andy Garnham, 36, and our dog, Spike. MY HOME A two-bed Victorian terrace in Isleworth, Middlesex, which we bought in 2013. WHEN I BOUGHT IT The house was a 1970s nightmare, with a riot of pine panelling, damp patches, a failing flat roof, crumbling plaster, dated kitchen units and run-down flooring. AND NOW We replastered the walls and gave it a tasteful colour scheme, fitted a raised roof, and installed a new kitchen and bathroom. STYLE TIP Using a neutral palette of greys and off-whites gives you a calm base and a great backdrop for bright cushions, paintings and accessories.
TREAT TIME ‘We splashed out on two items in here – the wood floor from Quick-Step, which fits in well with the age and style of the house, and the Bluebell sofa, from Sofa.com’
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it ALL OURSELVES’ With a little help from her family, Victoria, 33, has managed to totally restore her Victorian cottage on a tight budget and bring it back to life
aking on a house that needed a lot of work didn’t faze me and my fiancé Andy at all,’ says Victoria. ‘We first viewed this old cottage a few years ago and it was in dire need of care and attention, however we’re both fairly handy and wanted a challenge. Plus, we’d been struggling to find a period property within our budget, and this way, we could add value and put our own stamp on it. Although the main part of the house is Victorian, it had an odd 1970s extension at the back with a flat roof, which housed the kitchen and bathroom. This was also where we found most of the problems. Everything needed doing – there was damp, cracks in the walls, no skirting and pine panelling everywhere, but it had a lot of space and character, so we took our chances.
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Straight away, we enlisted the assistance of our fathers, Roy and Bob, who between them have plenty of experience of DIY and property renovation. Andy is good at building, too – he made our wardrobes, laid the living room floor and installed a new kitchen and bathroom, as well as helping me paint the whole house. And as I restore furniture for a living, I took charge of the decor and accessories, making most of the cushions, and choosing the fabrics and colour palette – it was a team effort. Our first challenge was the damp. Once this was solved, we replastered everywhere and replaced the radiators before turning our thoughts to the master bedroom. As the floorboards were in good shape in this room, we simply revived them with floor paint. Next, Andy built the wardrobes so we could put away all the clothes and hide any clutter. It meant we had a tidy, calm sanctuary where we could escape while all the other work was being carried out. Admittedly, the renovation was quite hard at times as we had to fit everything
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RECYCLED DINING ‘Our table and chairs were a bargain. I upcycled them using Laura Ashley’s Ivory eggshell paint and reupholstered the padded seats’
CHUNKY LOOK ‘As the units and white brick tiles are quite plain, we added character with a thick rustic beech worktop’
‘CHANGING THE RADIATORS IN YOUR HOUSE MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE AS IT IMMEDIATELY DEFINES THE STYLE’
in around our full-time jobs. But we understood it was important to be patient and do things in the right order – you have to get the basic problems sorted before you can start on the fancy stuff. And we knew the bathroom and kitchen would be left until last because the flat roof had to be tackled, which was a daunting job.
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A space for living IN THE DETAIL ‘Pastel blue accessories add a splash of colour, while Aegean Blue flagstones from Topps Tiles bring country charm’
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The following spring we started work on our sitting room. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to repair the existing floor, so we had to find an alternative that didn’t look too sleek and shiny. It took ages to find a matt oak design with an aged feel, and because it was a big cost, we wanted to get it right. Throughout this time, I was constantly restoring and reupholstering our own furniture around my other jobs and storing it away. I couldn’t wait until the living room was finished and I was able to bring the
LUCY SAYS ‘Using small bits of fabric is a great way to repurpose them. It also means you can have expensive fabrics in your home but not spend too much.’
3 style buys GREAT IDEA
‘Look for second-hand shutters if you’re on a budget – ours came from eBay’
Velvet cushions, £45 each, Monty’s Vintage Shop
Small floral ceramic jug, £4.50, The Contemporary Home
Distressed metal star, £29.95, Marquis & Dawe at Notonthe highstreet.com
table, chairs and other pieces together to create a cosy, homely environment.
Major renovations Our next task was raising the extension’s flat roof so we could update the bathroom and kitchen. We decided to tackle this job in summer because we knew it would cause a lot of upheaval in the kitchen and that it would be easier to have barbecues while the room was out of action. Unfortunately, there was a big leak in the bathroom, so we had to wait for everything to dry out. This meant we couldn’t install the fittings until November, and as we had guests due for Christmas, it was suddenly a mad rush to get it all finished in time, but we couldn’t leave them without a loo! By spring 2015 we’d saved up enough to update the kitchen. It had been an empty shell for a while, and we’d been making do with a kettle, toaster and grill in the living
GREEN COURT ‘To reflect the light, we’ve brightened up this space by painting the wall white and the fences in Willow Garden Shades by Cuprinol’
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FRENCH FINESSE ‘I’d always wanted a Provencal-style bed and this one has been a real labour of love – I’ve completely restored it’
‘Hang sheer curtains so light can filter through during the day, and fit roller blinds for nighttime’
SHABBY CHIC ‘In here, we’ve mixed up the look with rustic details and a luxury roll top’
room, so I’d had plenty of time to think about how I wanted it to look. As the layout isn’t huge, everything had to be carefully planned, but I made sure there was space for everything I wanted. This included a pale blue 1950s-style Smeg fridge freezer and matching toaster that I’d had my heart set on from the start – they quickly became the whole inspiration for the room.
Sense of satisfaction Our final job was the small courtyard at the back of the house, which we’d been using as a bit of a dumping ground. Once we’d finally cleared everything out and every piece of furniture was where it was supposed to be – rather than outside hidden away under a tarpaulin – we gave it a quick makeover in time for summer. Getting in the last little pieces of furniture and making the house look like we’d always hoped was so much fun, and
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I’m delighted that we’ve managed to stick to our budget and only spent around £2,000 on labour. We had to call in an electrician, plasterer and building surveyor for the more complicated jobs, but other than that, we’ve done everything ourselves. Looking back, it’s been two years of hard work, and there were times when the last thing we wanted to do was get out the paintbrush, but now that it’s complete, it really feels like we’ve achieved something. And if we’d had to pay other people to do all the work, it would have cost us at least 10 times more, so it’s been worthwhile. We’ve now got a solid, well-built and well-finished home that’s exactly to our taste, so we’re going to relax and enjoy it for a while. However, I wouldn’t say no to taking on another renovation in the future as it’s been a very satisfying project – I’d just like to have a little bit of a rest first and appreciate what we’ve created here.’
Hit the shops
ACCESS ALL AREAS ‘We couldn’t afford the cost of converting the loft, but we’ve made it into a sewing room’
Five top tips to steal Victoria’s stylish ideas FAUX FEEL For a real wood effect, treat yourself to the Cottage Oak matt flooring from the Palazzo range, £61.74 per sq m, Quick-Step. TREAD CAREFULLY Go for a soft floor underfoot on the stairs, just like Victoria. We recommend a cosy wool mix carpet in Pewsey Nickel from the Avebury range, £28.99 per sq m, Cormar Carpets. BE NEUTRAL Victoria’s subtle colour palette provides a calm backdrop. For a similar look, try Skimming Stone estate emulsion, £39.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. CLIMB HIGH A sturdy loft ladder can add access to another useable space. We like the Fakro LWK21 pine ladder, £109.95, Sterlingbuild. TAKE NOTE Hang vintage pinboards and bunting in period homes. Have a look at the range from Cherry Vintage, £65 each.
‘WOOD-EFFECT TILES ARE GREAT FOR BATHROOMS AS THEY LOOK NATURAL YET CAN WITHSTAND A WET ENVIRONMENT’ MINI MOVE
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KEEP IT NEAT LAURIE SAYS ‘Adding a large, gorgeous rug or two small rugs either side of the bed would provide softness and warmth underfoot when the couple get up in the morning.’
‘The shelving unit came from Ikea and it’s great as I can instantly find what I need’
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Buy it Treat yourself to a stylish new desk PAGE 22
WORDS & STYLING STEPHANIE SMITH PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES
‘I relocated my sewing area into the loft so it doesn’t clutter up the house’
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£279 Fall in love with the retro curves of the Cornell desk in walnut, MADE
£77.50 Select the versatile Kallax model, which can double up as a room divider, IKEA
Buy Victoria’s style…
OFFICE DESKS Get your head down at home and create the perfect working environment with one of these chic picks
aving a designated office at home can be very practical, just as Victoria has found. But how do you choose the right desk for your needs? Think about how you’ll use the space – will you be working from home, surfing the internet, filing paperwork or turning it into a craft corner. To make it easier, we’ve found 10 stylish designs to suit every room and budget, starting from £77.50!
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£398 Keep your worksurface neat and tidy with the quirky five-drawer Montana design, ATKIN AND THYME
Save space and go for the wall-mounted Birdie shelving unit and folding desk, LOAF
£196.99 Fit the Pompeii fold-down option into a hall if you’re tight on space, WORLDSTORES
£179.99 Channel an industrial-chic vibe by picking the Felix console table, MY FURNITURE
£299.99 Be timeless and choose the bureaustyle vintage writing table, HOMESENSE
£299.99 Add the traditional Home Etc writing desk to an elegant, classic scheme, WAYFAIR
£199 Make the most of a compact area with the Colosseum ladder desk, JOHN LEWIS
BE ON TREND
STYLE SECRETS Top tips to consider when choosing your dream desk SMART STORAGE
TAKE A SEAT Pick a comfy chair that matches your new office area. Make sure it has good support if you’re going to be sitting for long periods of time, and add extra cushions if needed.
SEEING CLEARLY Finish off with adequate lighting. Pop a desk lamp on the surface for directed lighting when working on a computer or reading.
FEATURE CASSIE PRYCE
£125 Store paperwork or a laptop in the handy shelf found in the Cato sage green model, HABITAT
Go for a design with sufficient space. Built-in drawers hide clutter, while shelves are great for easy access to paperwork or crafty bits.
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Take an unused area or room in your home and turn it into a handy study or fun crafting zone that’s practical and stylish
hether you work from home or enjoy spending your weekends crafting, it’s always useful to have a dedicated space or your own office. Don’t worry if you don’t have a specific room, as you can transform many unused areas into a handy study, from under the stairs to a corner in your guest bedroom. Take a look around to see where might suit. Keep in mind what you’ll use it for – do you require room for a sewing machine, or extra storage for files or books? And remember, lighting is important – the brighter the better – so take into account you may need to add some task lamps.
Pick a desirable desk Utilise unused basement space to create a functional home office. Go for a large desk in order to house everything you need, such as this Klap model in black, £225 from Cuckooland.com. Then add handy wall storage for any books or paperwork. Finish off with an industrial stool for an urban vibe.
Think about the design Make the most of an empty wall space by decorating in funky, vibrant colours. Complete the look with this bright Task lamp, £69.95, from Wild & Wolf, which offers enough light without disrupting the rest of the room. Or, for extra illumination, turn on the fun mustard globe table light, from £85, also from Wild & Wolf.
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Colour coordinate furnishings and stationery for a fun look
The only way is up If you can convert your loft, then why not set up an office there? Velux or dormer windows will let in the light, and you’ll have lots of privacy. Go for Mid-Century furniture, like the Florence desk, £450, and a lamp with a marble base, £58, both Oliver Bonas.
TOP TIPS FOR A STYLISH STUDY Get your head down and think about the little extras EMBRACE NATURAL LIGHT This will not only make your office a better working environment, but if you’re sitting next to a window, you’ll benefit from an outside view.
CHOOSE STYLISH STORAGE Think about the theme you want, and pick magazine racks, shelves and boxes in colours or patterns that complement this scheme.
STREAMLINE YOUR SPACE Keep items, such as extension cables, hidden away. And remember, a clutter-free desk promotes a much more productive setting.
Off the wall Not sure what to do with a small, narrow space? You could turn it into a craft area by being creative with storage and using all available walls to house a variety of pretty boxes, drawers and shelves. Use them to hold and display everything you need for your weekend DIY projects.
SPLASH OUT ON LIGHTS Pick lighting that suits your office, whether it’s a desk or floor lamp, overhead spotlights, or all three! Base your decision on what you’ll be using the study for.
Go for beautiful boxes Give your study area a feminine touch with the addition of pretty stationery and pastel-coloured files. Create interest with bright boxes, from £25 each, and the eye-catching Cork Cone noticeboard, £19, all Amara. Extra storage for magazines or brochures can be placed in shelves under the desk.
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FEATURE ROSALIND ERSKINE
Perk up your look Loft task lamp in grey, £30, Marks & Spencer
Pigeon Post letter rack, £20, Red Candy
Flamingo A6 notebook, £1.95, Dotcomgiftshop
If you’re using a corner in a room, be bold with the decor to make it stand out. Hot pink and bright orange complement softer floral and pastel schemes, which is perfect if the office is part of a bedroom.
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UPHOLSTERED FOOTSTOOL Transform a plain footstool with a pretty patterned fabric to create a charming focal point and add an extra seat in your living room
ring both comfort and style to your living room with our simple fabric footstool project, inspired by Victoria’s cosy look. With no sewing required, this upholstery tutorial is easy to follow and can be done in just two hours. This simple project can be adapted to reupholster a brand-new footstool (ours came from Dunelm). Alternatively, you can use the same technique to update an existing stool in your home that’s starting to look a bit tired, or if you’ve found one second-hand at a charity shop or boot sale.
Elephant cushion, £15; plain linen cushion, £20, both John Lewis. Gaser rug, £80, Ikea. Diamond cotton throw, £17.99, Argos
DO IT IN
HOW TO Small footstool (we got ours in Dunelm, £20) Measuring tape Fabric scissors 1/2m Bosworth fabric in Chambray, £16.99 per m, Prestigious Textiles Fabric pins Staple gun
U’LL BE USING THE STOOL AS A SPARE SEAT WHEN OU IF YOU GUESTS VISIT, TRY ADDING A LAYER OF WADDING BENEATH THE FABRIC TO GIVE A PLUMPER FINISH
Measure your footstool and carefully cut out a piece of fabric that’s large enough to cover the top and all four sides – allow for an extra 2cm on each side for the hem. Lay the fabric face down on a flat surface and place the footstool upside down on top, so that it’s sitting directly in the centre of the fabric.
Starting on one of the longer sides of the footstool, carefully fold a hem along the edge of the fabric and neatly pin it to the underside of the footstool. Fix in place using a staple gun and then start work on the opposite side, making sure you pull the fabric taut as you pin, then staple in place.
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At each end of the footstool, cut a small semi-circle of excess fabric off each corner to reduce the bulk of fabric and allow the fold to be neat. Fold and pin the remaining fabric into place to the underside of the footstool, then staple in place. Repeat at the other end to complete the footstool.
PROJECT SUZIE ATTAWAY STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES
TAKES 2HRS COST £36.99
COLOUR IGNITE ‘The bright graphic artwork from King & McGaw works well with vibrant cushions’
‘We dressed up Do it How to design a room scheme from scratch PAGE 36
ABOUT ME I’m Michelle Cage, 36, a former recruitment consultant. I live with my husband Philip, 46, a contract director, my daughter Evie, 12, and his children Lauren, 24, and Cameron, 21. MY HOME A five-bed three-storey detached new-build in Kent. We’ve lived here since December 2014. WHEN I BOUGHT IT The house was a blank canvas with white walls and neutral carpets throughout. AND NOW We’ve bought lots of new furniture and injected personality with wallpaper, artwork and cushions. We also upgraded the kitchen with extra wall units, splashback tiles and Orla Kiely accessories. STYLE TIP Don’t spend a fortune on finishing touches. Instead, have a look in supermarkets and budget homeware stores for on-trend pieces.
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A BLANK CANVAS’ After Michelle, 36, moved into her new-build, she couldn’t wait to put her own stamp on the neutral decor
‘‘Decide where to place your artwork by holding up templates before making any holes’
hen I met my husband Philip, I was living in London and he owned a house in Ashford, Kent,’ says Michelle. ‘He would stay at mine during the week and we’d go back to his at the weekend, but it wasn’t ideal. As I have a 12-year-old daughter called Evie, and Philip’s two grown-up children, Lauren and Cameron, still live at home, we needed a spacious house that would cater for everyone’s needs. Ideally we wanted a five-bed so there would be a guest room, too. I’ve always favoured Victorian buildings, while Philip preferred modern properties. We looked at a few older houses in the countryside, but in the end, he convinced me that a new-build was the best way to get the space we needed. I also knew it would be a great opportunity to decorate from scratch. When we heard that Redrow Homes were building a new development in Kent, I was eager to take a look. I’d visited the village before and it seemed like the perfect location with good schools for Evie and nice restaurants and shops. As nothing had been built yet, we visited some of the company’s showhomes in Brighton. We decided on the three-storey design, which had five bedrooms spread out over the top two floors. And because we were buying off-plan we were able to pick a plot with a good position that would get plenty of sun in the garden.
WHITE WASH ‘In here, we decided on a calm backdrop with fresh walls and grey sofas from Made’
Rather than trying to sell Philip’s house through an estate agent, we decided to take the builder’s part-exchange deal. It meant we didn’t get the full market value, but it wasn’t stressful or time consuming as there was no need to worry about chains collapsing or last-minute gazumping. After that, everything seemed to fall into place. In July 2014, on the same day the first phase of properties was released, we put down our deposit, giving us the pick of the plots. We were then told our house would be ready by February 2015, but
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SHAPE SHIFTER ‘With open shelving, it’s best to stack books horizontally at each end’
Make it Create your own button artwork! PAGE 38
3 style buys
SHOW STOPPER ‘As there’s no fireplace a statement wall and cowhide rug make a great focal point’
we really wanted to move in before Christmas so we pushed for a moving date and managed to get in by 19th December. It was all very hectic, but all of our friends were surprised by how quickly we got sorted. Our furniture was delivered the day we moved in, and we managed to get the tree up and even have Christmas dinner.
Starting from scratch We chose the kitchen, bathrooms, fitted wardrobes and flooring while the house was being built, going for hardwearing tiles in the open-plan family room and neutral carpets everywhere else. Normally, developers paint everything magnolia, but I begged for white as I think it gives a cleaner, more contemporary finish. For the rest of the decor, one of the first things we did was measure the windows for white plantation-style shutters to add some character. Then we installed an extra row of six wall units in the kitchen with
Vontrueba Lux#2 print, £35, A Splash of Colour
downlighters underneath. We wanted them to match, so we got them from Symphony, which is the same company the developers used. We also fitted a splashback of white metro tiles. The neutral backdrop means it’s easy to change accessories whenever we want.
House to home After Christmas I went to town on the decor. I was so eager to get going as I’d been making moodboards on Pinterest all the time we were waiting for the house to be finished. Philip’s previous style was slightly more conservative than mine, but he was happy for me to take the lead. We sold most of the furniture from our previous two homes, with the exception of our bed and dining table. It was lovely to be able to start all over again and I found most of it online at Made – I’m a big fan of their clean lines and contemporary feel. I’ve introduced a few retro touches, too, such
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Geometric Houses cushion, £55, Furnish
746 retro phone, £45, Wild & Wolf
TEA BREAK ‘It’s useful to have lots of storage – the glass jar was a great buy from Matalan’
Buy it LAURIE SAYS ‘To complement soft sage green kitchen units and a neutral colour scheme, add metallic accessories such as copper and rose gold as well as hints of blush pink for a natural and warming finish.’
Update your kitchen with on-trend canisters PAGE 34
FINE TIME ‘I love creating displays and this sideboard from Made provides the perfect space to do so’
‘WE CHOSE A COMFY CORNER SOFA FOR THE OPEN-PLAN FAMILY ROOM AS IT HELPS ZONE OFF AN AREA FOR RELAXING’
OUT IN THE OPEN ‘This layout works brilliantly for our family of five as it’s very sociable’
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DRESS IT UP ‘I’ve added pops of purple and orange to our bedroom, like the Klimt picture from Ikea and Marks & Spencer bedding’
‘Pick curtains in similar neutral hues throughout to create continuity’
RETRO VIBE ‘Our dressing table fits perfectly in this small space’
as the Orla Kiely wallpaper in the family room. Finally, most of our accessories and bedding has come from Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Ikea and Matalan. Although everything has come together in the end, I did make a few mistakes along the way as I was trying to get everything finished quickly. For instance, I wish I’d chosen granite rather than wood-effect kitchen worktops, and I rushed into buying living room curtains from Dunelm, which had to be professionally altered when I decided I wanted eyelets. But overall, I love the way the house has turned out.
A change for the better There are still a few things on my list for the future – I have my eye on a new dining table from Made and I want to add some pictures to the staircase. But next up is Evie’s room as it won’t be long before she’s a teenager, so we’re giving her space a more mature makeover with a mint green scheme and metal vintage-style bed. We’ve quickly settled into village life and the house finally feels like our home. The area has a lovely community spirit,
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and there’s always events and fairs going on, plus it’s only a three-minute walk to a pretty wooded nature reserve. One of my favourite spaces is the front living room, and I often light candles for a cosy night in with Philip. The family room at the back works well, too, as it’s airy and spacious – even when all five of us are in there. It’s also ideal for entertaining as it has large patio doors that lead outside. Plus, six months after moving in, we had the rear garden levelled and landscaped because it sloped quite dramatically, so I can’t wait to make the most of it now. Although we’ll most likely end up downsizing in about 10 years time when the children have flown the nest – maybe even somewhere warm by the sea with a swimming pool – at the moment, this place suits the whole family perfectly.’
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‘By having a dressing room in between our bedroom and en suite, it keeps things uncluttered’
‘WHEN CHOOSING CUSHIONS, PICK OUT TWO SHADES FROM THE ARTWORK IN THAT ROOM TO TIE THE WHOLE SCHEME TOGETHER’
FRESH FINISH ‘We’ve brightened up this scheme with Elements towels from Dunelm and a blind from Blinds2Go’
Hit the shops Five tips on what to buy to get Michelle’s style
IN THE PINK ‘Evie’s room is a quite a girlie space with Cath Kidston bedding and an Audrey Hepburn picture’
STAY ON TRACK A bold clock will really pop against white walls, such as Michelle’s red-rimmed Newgate design. For a fun, funky addition that’s perfect if you can’t settle on one shade, try the Colour Wheel clock, £18, Cafe Press. ON DISPLAY Ladder shelving is relatively inexpensive and can be moved easily from room to room. Very has a wide oak-effect design for £79, or why not keep your eyes peeled for vintage ladders that you can upcycle yourself. SHINE BRIGHT Bring in some shimmer and glamour with a metallic pendant, just like Michelle has. We suggest Habitat’s Rock chromed metal ceiling light, £65. DRAW THE EYE Fancy a retro feature wall like in Michelle’s family room? Orla Kiely’s linear stem design costs from £55 per roll, or try B&Q’s Trippy Retro Choc Orange wallpaper for a budgetfriendly alternative, £13 per roll. FLOOR FILLER Take inspiration from Michelle’s bright living room, and choose a multi-coloured rug to pull a vibrant scheme together. We particularly love the Campari rug, £120 for the 120 x 170cm size, The Rugs Warehouse.
WORDS KAREN WILSON PHOTOGRAPHS FIONA WALKER-ARNOTT
GAIL SAYS ‘To dress the rooms for autumn and winter, Michelle could change the lampshades for warmer bronzes and golds, pick cosy cushions in velvet, faux fur and tweed for a cosy feel, and add some seasonal foliage.’
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Get a quaint country feel by displaying the Chicken storage tin, SOPHIE ALLPORT
Fall head over heels for the Sweethearts coffee canister, DUNELM
for a set of three Bring your look bang up to date with coppereffect jars, NEXT
Buy Michelle’s style…
£7.50 Add a pop of pattern to your counter with the Orla Kiely hen print, JOHN LEWIS
Keep your worktop tidy with a cute set of storage containers
dd storage in your kitchen with some new containers. We’ve rounded-up our favourite high-street and online designs that will offer plenty of space without compromising on style. Display on open shelving or directly on the worksurface to act as a practical, but attractive, accessory, and keep tea, coffee and sugar near the kettle for convenience. You’ll wonder how you ever coped without them!
for a set of three Choose the 1950s-style red Typhoon set for a bright retro twist, RED CANDY
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£5 Don’t blow the budget – select the With Love sugar jar, WILKO
SWEET AS HONEY
Work the marble-effect caddy into a modern scheme, GEORGE HOME
Jazz up a contemporary design with the Scandi-style Spira container, ANDSHINE
£18 Introduce a hint of colour using the Diamond storage jar, QUINCE LIVING
SLEEK, SMART LOOK
£12 Pick a fruity number and display the Apple & Pear container, HOUSE OF FRASER
£12 Go for a vintage vibe with the Ben de Lisi blue sugar tin, DEBENHAMS
£11 Be timeless and choose the classic ceramic Kilner canister in grey, KALEIDOSCOPE
Channel a Mediterranean mood with the terracotta Porto design, HARBOUR LIVING
STYLE SECRETS Don’t forget about these must-have accessories… TAKE YOUR PICK When deciding on appliances such as microwaves, kettles and toasters, choose a design that complements your scheme and that you’ll want to keep out on display. Consider copper finishes for a contemporary look, or keep it cream for a more neutral vibe.
MAKE A STAND A cake stand is a handy item to dress up your worksurface,
whether or not you’re a keen baker. Use it to store fresh fruit and veg as a quirky alternative to a traditional fruit bowl.
CLEAN UP Buy a set of coordinating tea towels to complete your kitchen look. If you have a favourite design in particular, consider buying two of the same so you always have one to hand while the other is in the wash.
FEATURE CASSIE PRYCE
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PLAN A SCHEME FROM SCRATCH Struggling to bring a bare room to life? Follow our systematic approach and transform a neutral space
room with no predetermined starting point can feel daunting to decorate. But before you give up due to indecision or make any hasty furniture purchases you may live to regret, put in the groundwork to ensure your new look is a success.
Hepburn bed, £999; George ottoman, £699; Hiroto duvet cover, £70, all House of Fraser
Suss out your style Browse some interiors magazines or set up an online mood board on a website such as Pinterest. Spend a few hours tearing out (or ‘pinning’) images that draw your eye, making notes on what you particularly like about that image as you go. Continue until you’ve built up a collection of visuals, then analyse them as a whole. Chances are you’ll notice common themes emerging, be it a colour palette or a decorative style. Once you’ve honed this down, start to think about how you can translate this so it works within your particular room.
Work up the scheme Make a list of everything you want and need for the room, from furniture and fittings to artwork and decorative accents, then check if this seems realistic against your proposed budget. Next, sketch out a rough floor plan to determine where the main pieces could go and to help envisage the space and ensure you can accommodate what’s on your wish list. Once you’ve begun sourcing your key pieces of furniture and accessories, allow these to gradually form the starting point
for your colour scheme and the patterns you’ll use to decorate. If you’ve chosen any bold or heavily-patterned prints for your room, such as a detailed floral wallpaper or an intricate chevron sofa, pick out a few tones from this design to bring through into accents such as cushions, lamps, mirrors and wall art. This will help tie the whole look together. And remember, paint comes in an array of colours, so it’s much easier to match this with an ornate floor tile you love than to find a tile to match your paint.
3 paints to try
Cornflower Heart emulsion, £38.50 per 2.5ltr, Paint by Conran
Pink silk emulsion, £7.84 per 2.5ltr, B&Q
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Sage Leaf matt emulsion, £12 per 2.5ltr, George Home
Combine just two or three colours to avoid your scheme looking too hectic. Bluebell 2.5-seat sofa in Taupe, £1,340, Sofa.com
UPDATE A BLANK CANVAS
Mason large sofa, from £599.99; coffee table, £249.99; dragonfly cushion, £9.99; rug, from £49.99, all Dunelm
Mix sugar-sweet shades with soft grey hues for a mature take on pastels
HOW TO CREATE A MOOD BOARD Easy steps to help you plan your scheme
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX Don’t feel restricted to picking images that directly relate to that room. For instance, a photo of a calming beach may perfectly evoke the atmosphere you wish to create in your bathroom.
COLLECT YOUR SUPPLIES A balanced mood board will contain a mixture of inspirational ideas, examples of key pieces you hope to use in the space plus samples and swatches of fabrics, wallpapers and paint. Try
to keep the size of each component relevant to the part it will play within the design. For instance, if you plan to wallpaper three walls and paint one, use an A4 wallpaper swatch and lay an A6 paint chip on top.
CREATE YOUR OWN COMPOSITION Before sticking anything down, lay everything on the floor and pick out the key images and components, then begin arranging them directly on the board, only stopping when you’re happy with how it looks. Overlapping images and samples gives a good dynamic, though for visual clarity, try and keep some negative space, too.
FEATURE JOANNA THORNHILL
START THE STORY Decide on a clear goal – are you hoping to simply convey an ethos or treat it more literally to showcase images and examples of furniture and materials you wish to use in the room? Consider the mood board’s background itself as part of the process – for example, clipping images to a wire frame if you’re after an on-trend industrial theme.
DIY BUTTON ARTWORK Looking to update your walls with a crafty piece of art? Take inspiration from these ideas and get creative with buttons
e inspired by Michelle’s fun project and create a homely setting by hanging customised artwork. This cute craft will instantly refresh your scheme, without breaking the bank. Remember to choose a colour palette to suit your decor – take a look on Pinterest for more ideas.
HOW TO TAKES 1HR COST £10.50
Paintbrush & pencil 20 x 20cm stretched canvas, £2.50, Hobbycraft Acrylic paints in your colour choice, from £2, Hobbycraft Pack of assorted buttons (colours and sizes to suit your chosen project), from £3 for 250g, DoCrafts UHU glue, £3, Hobbycraft Coloured twine or ribbon, if needed for your design
Gisela Graham mini wooden peg heart garland, £6.99, Mollie & Fred. Gisela Graham embossed floral pink vase, £10, Booker Gifts. Wooden house plaque, £4.99; ceramic bird, £2.99, both Dunelm
Using a small dot of UHU glue on the back of each button, stick each one in place and hold for a few seconds to secure. Continue this process, adding buttons to your canvas and building up the design. Overlap buttons to create even more impact and fix ribbon or twine for extra detail.
THIS VERSATILE TECHNIQUE MEANS YOU CAN CREATE ARTWORK FOR ANY ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE – THE BALLOON DESIGN IS PERFECT FOR A NURSERY
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PROJECT & STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPH DAVID GILES
Use a pencil to roughly mark out your design on the canvas if necessary (we did this for the tree and heart designs). Paint the background colour using acrylic paints or leave blank. Lay out the buttons on a flat surface and pick the colours and sizes you’ll need to create your chosen design. Play around with the composition until you’re happy with how it looks.
Buy it Botanical bedding with yellow accents may sound a recipe for a sweet scheme, but the roughly-applied wall paint adds instant style kudos. The unfinished effect leaves the room feeling slightly undone, for a touch of interest.
Try this easy paint style if you’re not brave enough to attempt the blended ombre look
Ochre knitted cushion, £14; ceramic jug, £12; printed bedlinen, £20; knit throw, £25; mustard pillowcase pair, £5; drum light shade, £10, all Harvest Home collection at Sainsbury’s
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‘At last we can RED ALERT. ‘The pops of scarlet add interest to our neutral kitchen’
ABOUT ME I’m Lottie Manns, 34, and I’m an account manager. I live with my husband, Edd, 34, an accountant, our daughters, Molly, 4, and Alice, 3, and Humphrey the cat. MY HOME A three-bedroom semi in Worcestershire, built in 1901, which we bought in November 2010. WHEN I BOUGHT IT The house had just been renovated, but we quickly discovered that there were many problems that needed to be corrected before we could start decorating it and making it into our home. AND NOW We’ve replaced the kitchen and bathroom, and added lots of personal touches. STYLE TIP In a house with children, paint your walls with endurance paint, so you can easily wipe away the scuffs and marks they tend to make.
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ENJOY OUR HOME’ After an arduous renovation, Lottie, 34, loves playing with colour, pattern and woodland motifs in her Victorian semi GREAT IDEA
hen I first saw this house online, my husband Edd and I were actually in the process of buying a different place,’ says Lottie. ‘I know I should have just stopped looking but something wasn’t quite right with the one we intended to buy. This house was empty, so you could really appreciate the space and it had lots of gorgeous original Victorian features, so I knew we could turn it into a beautiful home. It was exactly what I’d wanted, so we put an offer in straightaway. Though the property had been renovated we were under no illusion as to the quality of the work done. We knew it would need some changes to improve it, such as fresh carpeting and a new bathroom, but we planned to get round to those eventually.
‘Dress a window with a plain blind to stop a busy scheme looking too cluttered’
Disaster strikes We soon realised that the house was in a worse condition than we originally thought. It was like a catalogue of disasters, and almost every week a new problem cropped up – burst water pipes on Christmas Day, flooding in the downstairs loo and cellar, leaks in the roof and bad wiring, to name a few. The rewiring was still being done while I was in hospital having our eldest daughter, Molly, 4, and I brought her home to bare plaster and ripped-up carpets. Our budget got eaten up by essential and costly remedial works, so all our decorative plans were shelved. At times, we considered just selling the house and moving on. I’m so glad we didn’t, though – five years later, we’ve managed to do all the exciting things we planned and finally have a home that’s perfect for our small family that now includes little Alice, 3.
NEW FLOW ‘Changing one of the doors to the garden into a window meant we could create a much better layout’
Getting stuck in The kitchen was one of my biggest and most favourite projects, and since we’ve had it done, it’s made more of a difference than I could ever have imagined. I spend most of my time in here, cooking or
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3 style buys Do it Style up an attractive hallway PAGE 48
Wiley clock, £15, Made
Brass and glass frame, from £12.95, Rockett St George
Yellow geometric cushion, £9.99, HomeSense
TIDY DESIGN ‘This bench, made by a local carpenter, looks great and provides us with much-needed storage space’
Go wild for our favourite animal cushions! PAGE 46
BRIDGETTE SAYS ‘The recurring theme of antique mirrors in the house is lovely. Plus it adds light and character to the whole place as well as complementing the style of the original fireplaces and original doors.’
FURRY FRIENDS ‘Our animal-themed cushions are an evolving collection from various interiors shops’
‘Use a simple display of logs on a hearth to catch the eye‘
‘IF YOU LIKE TO CHANGE UP YOUR ARTWORK,TRY SLIM LEDGES LIKE THE ONES WE HAVE, ,WHICH LET US SWAP PICTURES AROUND WHENEVER WE LIKE’ baking cakes, so it’s very important to me. The original design had cheap new white glossy units that ran down each side of the room, which meant we had to move across the space to access various items. There were other problems, too – the old range in the chimney breast sounded like an aeroplane taking off when it was in use, and the cold slate floor tiles were a nightmare to keep clean. The new cooker that I wanted wouldn’t fit in the existing layout, so I managed to convince Edd that what we needed was a brand new kitchen. A local company helped us design the space and to fit solid wood units and composite worktops. Swapping one of the doors for a new window allowed us to create a whole new L-shaped layout with enough space for the new range. We didn’t think we could afford to change the flooring, but at the last minute, we decided it was now or never, so Edd spent a very dusty weekend taking up the old floor with a jack hammer. We chose
‘We love the original fireplace and built-in cupboards in this room’
Karndean’s Van Gogh oak flooring, which was one of our best decisions because it’s practical to clean and warm underfoot – something that is essential in a house like this, which can get cold easily. We gradually replaced the hall, downstairs loo and snug floors so they all matched and it has really unified the space. A year later, we could finally afford to redo the bathroom, too. Removing a cupboard from the corner of the room gave us space for a much-needed separate shower and bath. We had to be careful with our budget, so we sourced all the products ourselves, mostly from Bathstore and B&Q, and added character with wallpaper, towels and accessories.
Decorative inspiration My job involves working across three websites – Rock My Wedding, Rock My Style and Rock My Family – which all offer a daily dose of inspiration and prettiness. The only problem is that it has given me
HANDY HELPER ‘The L-shaped sofa from John Lewis also doubles as a bed’
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‘We used Pebble Shore by Dulux on the walls. It’s a really soft, warm grey colour with a brown undertone’
‘Pick a neutral backdrop and add pops of colour from accessories so it looks fresh and is easily changed’
OLD AND NEW. ‘I like how these antique mirrors contrast with the modern Mr Fox paper by Scion’
far too many ideas and I find myself constantly wanting to redo the house! I’ve never really had the budget to decorate a room completely from scratch, so it tends to evolve over time as I add bits and pieces. Usually, I find a wallpaper I like, or a certain colour, and then I take it from there. I’ve learnt not to be afraid of colour. That’s not to say you should paint every wall bright pink, but I do add subtle touches of colour in each room and I especially love using wallpaper to do this. I don’t mind experimenting and I’m not worried if things don’t work out, either. I painted our living room four times before I was happy – and all within two weeks. There’s definitely a theme of animal patterns running through the house. They bring such a sense of fun without looking childlike, and also seem to lend themselves to most rooms in some guise or other. Without realising, we’ve ended up with them pretty much everywhere. My go-to shops are John Lewis, which has just about everything I could ever
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need, and Habitat for its furniture, lighting, cushions and bedding. For the girls’ rooms, I love This Modern Life and Molly Meg for their unusual and unique pieces.
Time to relax Now everything is done, I like the fact that I can just enjoy being here rather than worrying about what jobs are still left to do and always feeling like things are unfinished. As much as I love the house and the space, we do plan to move in the next few years. I adore the style and high ceilings of Victorian houses, but Edd would prefer a more modern, open-plan home. Although I know we can do it, I don’t think I really want to take on a big project. I think we’ve had enough of that for a while!’
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PINK PALACE. ‘Molly’s back wall was painted pink and then I added wall stickers from Molly Meg’
Five tips on what to buy to get Lottie’s style FEATURE CREATURES Use cushions to add personality to a room. John Lewis has a range of Scion animal cushions, from £25. MAKE IT PERSONAL Lottie mixes personal items, prints, photographs and postcards to decorate her walls. Try The Rifle Paper Co at Tea and Kate, from £3.95 for a postcard and Nkuku for glass hanging frames, from £12.95. PICK A PATTERN Revamp your bedrooms with modern patterned bedlinen. Try This Modern Life for childrens’ sets, from £34 and Habitat for regular bedlinen, from £40 for a double set. COPY & PASTE Highlight a dull corner with wallpaper. Lottie buys hers from Ferm Living, Scion and Mini Moderns – we love their Feather design, £55 per roll. KEEP IT SIMPLE Clean, stylish furniture with a Scandi slant gives Lottie’s home a contemporary, relaxed look. Her Fleur oak double bed was £495 and the bedside tables are £150 each, both Habitat.
‘WALLPAPER IS YOUR FRIEND – FUN AND UNIQUE DESIGNS REALLY ADD PERSONALITY TO A SPACE AND CAN BE A STARTING POINT FOR YOUR DECOR’
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BRIGHT FUCHSIA. ‘Painting our chair white with neon pink legs ties it in with the frame on the mantel’
TANIA SAYS ‘A ladder is a practical way to store towels in the bathroom. It’s a great space saver, and can be adapted to suit the room. Wire baskets can also be hooked onto the rungs to lend extra storage.’
SEA WALL. ‘The wallpaper is Whitby from Mini Moderns. We didn’t even seal it and three years on, it’s still fine’
WORDS KATE HILL PHOTOGRAPHS LIZZIE ORME
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£28 Introduce a magical touch with a Unicornshaped pillow, BOBBY RABBIT
FOR FOREST FANS
£12.95 Welcome Honey the Hedgehog into your child’s playroom, DOTCOMGIFTSHOP
Buy Lottie’s style…
ANIMAL CUSHIONS Bring some fun to your decor and give these cuddly friends a home
et creative with your styling and embrace your inner child by scattering some of these adorable animal cushions around your interior. We’ve searched the high street and online and found these 10 playful designs, which are sure to cheer up any space, from your living room or bedroom to the nursery. Plus, prices start from £7, so you won’t mind these cute creatures keeping you comfy on the couch.
£19.99 Snuggle up to this purr-fect kittens cushion, GETTING PERSONAL
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£7 Work an autumnal palette into your decor with this fox design, GEORGE HOME
LOOK AT ME!
£20 Pick up a Penguin cushion for a cool winter update, ALSO HOME
£9 Update your look for less with the Thorine dog design, IKEA
£18 Make space for the colourful embroidered elephant cushion, DEBENHAMS
IDEAL FOR KIDS
£17 Add woodland charm with the Montague owl, SASS & BELLE
Pop the knitted sheep cushion in a baby’s nursery, SOPHIE ALLPORT
Look for the bare necessities and buy the Mr Teddy cushion by Ferm Living, HOUSEOLOGY
STYLE SECRETS Top tips and smart ideas when choosing a cushion
ALL IN THE DETAIL Think about what effect and finish you want for your cushion. For instance, a photographic
print will give a more realistic look, whereas a quirky, illustrated motif will be better suited to a child’s nursery or playroom.
BE INSPIRED Head online and check out our sofa styling Pinterest board for lots more decorating ideas on how to work your new cushion into your scheme. Visit pinterest. com/styleathomemag
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PICTURE PERFECT Create your own customised design by having a photograph of your pet or favourite animal printed onto a cushion. Check out funkypigeon.com – they offer this service from £19.99.
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MAKE YOUR HALL COSY & INVITING Welcome guests in style by transforming a bland entrance into a pleasing space with our top tips and handy hints
hen decorating your home, it can be easy to forget the hall, as it’s a space where you never spend much time. But there are reasons to make an effort. It’s the first room that family and friends see when they come to visit and it can help you feel relaxed and happy after a long day. From fun and colourful decor schemes to calm, soothing designs, here are our favourite ideas to get you started.
Hook it up Use your wall space practically and turn it into a feature with a series of hooks in different configurations and varying levels. This works particularly well in an open-plan hall/living area as it doesn’t require any floor space. Oliver Hrubiak Node horizontal six-peg coat hook, £89; vertical four-peg coat hook, £65; single coat hook, £20, all John Lewis
Embrace period details by reinstating stained-glass windows
Get in line Make a great first impression with a bold carpet. Colourful stripes leading away from the door will help elongate a smaller space, while thick stripes give the illusion of a wider hallway. Pick out some of the colours for your accessories to help unify the look. WFS1 Wool Audrey Sunrise carpet, £140 per sq m, Crucial Trading
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Do Love v itit
Mind the gap Put that dead space under the stairs to good use with a series of shelves, drawers and a hanging rail. It will provide a great area to hang outdoor wear and shoes, as well as store homework, letters and bills. Form Perkin hallway storage unit kit in white, W220cm, £240, B&Q
Crown has just released its Hall & Stairs collection, which is specially formulated to live up to the challenges of everyday life in one of the busiest areas. The paint is 20-times more ‘scrubbable’ than its standard matt emulsion. Sneaky Peek (top) and Warm Welcome (bottom) Hall & Stairs matt emulsion, both £20 per 2.5ltr, Crown
MAINTAIN PRIVACY ON A GLAZED DOOR WITH PATTERNED OR FROSTED WINDOW FILM – IT WILL KEEP OUT PRYING EYES AND LOOK PRETTY
Box clever Storage should be easy to access and move around, which is why we love this mobile storage unit. There’s plenty of room for magazines, vinyls and other hallway knick-knacks. Storage unit, £140, Urban Outfitters
Shelf life Choose multifunctional pieces to make the most of every inch and get more for your money. This wall rack is not only good for hanging up coats and bags but it also has a handy rail for scarves and a shelf on top to display ornaments and accessories. Coat rack and shelf, £99, Nordic House
Be bright Freshen up a scheme with a splash of colour. Start with an item you love, then have it colour-matched and create a striking feature wall. Nordli drawers, £120; mirror, £19; Joxtorp pendants, £3 each, all Ikea
FEATURE HAYLEY GILBERT
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STENCILLED WALL MIRROR Get creative and add a playful design to any mirror using frosting spray – a great way to upcycle or customise a preloved piece
e’ve been inspired by Lottie’s unusual mirror and have added a personal touch to our own using a floral stencil. This step-by-step project takes just one hour to complete and would make a lovely present for a new home or for newlyweds as a wedding gift.
Linden wallpaper, £20 per roll, Graham & Brown. Dark purple vase £4.99; silver vase £4.99; egg timer £6.99, all Gisela Graham. Sannolik pink vase, £3, Ikea. Hedgehog, £6, Matalan. Postcards, from a selection at Paperchase
HOW TO TAKES 1HR COST £33.19 Allium stencil, £4, Imagination Crafts Large Versailles bevelled mirror, £19.95, Dotcomgiftshop Masking tape Newspaper PlastiKote glass frosting spray, £9.24, Amazon
Working outside on a dust sheet, apply some frosting spray onto the stencil area, holding the can approximately 2030cm from the surface. Leave to dry, then apply a second coat. Once completely dry, carefully peel away the newspaper and masking tape to lift off your stencil.
PICK A STENCIL TO SUIT YOUR LOOK – GO FOR SOMETHING GEOMETRIC FOR A MODERN EDGE, , OR CHOOSE FLORAL FOR A MORE CLASSIC, FEMININE FINISH
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Position the stencil in your chosen spot on your mirror and stick in place around the edges with masking tape. Fix several more pieces of tape, working outwards from the stencil, to cover the mirror. Make sure the stencil is stuck securely in place to avoid it moving around while spraying later on. Use newspaper to cover the rest of the mirror’s surface, to prevent the spray from frosting the wrong areas.
How to decorate a
RENTED HOUSE Don’t settle for a plain interior if you’re renting – be inspired by our styling ideas and see how you can put your stamp on the decor
ant to make your rented home feel like your own, or just moved into student digs? We show you how to instantly update key items in every room of your house, just by
introducing chic accessories, all for under £100! So, whether you’re after an industrial-inspired dining area or a pretty pastel living room, you can achieve any of these looks on a shoestring budget. So what are you waiting for, let’s hit the shops!
Top tips Add style without the worry of losing your deposit
Frame rug, £169; House Button bedside table, £150; House Button bedstead, £450, all John Lewis
DRESS UP A SHELF Hang wall shelves and create chic displays to draw the eye. Remember, three is the magic number when styling. PICK UP NEW ACCESSORIES Invest in funky cushions, beautiful bedlinen and bright towels to bring personality to a neutral scheme. GO FOR WALL STICKERS Add some character with fun decals. And because they’re removable, they won’t cause you any hassle when you move out. TREAT YOUR FEET Protect your floor from wear and tear with a statement rug – you’ll also be amazed at how it can change a room scheme in an instant.
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Turn a console table into a striking focal point
Embossed glass table lamp, £13, Wilko
+ YOUR KEY PIECE
Aurelia mirrored and chrome console table, £199.99, My Furniture Silver ombre vase, £16, Sainsbury’s
+ + Trinket box, £18, The Contemporary Home
+ Blue Deco letter rack, £12.99, Dunelm
Laborg rug, £20, Ikea
£94.99 (EXCLUDING KEY PIECE)
Ornate champagne frame, £10, Next
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Floralsilk lisianthus spray, £5, John Lewis
+ Photo frame, £28, Debenhams
Small leaf dish, £3.99, The Oak Room
+ Geo and spot duvet, £14, George Home
Yellow cushion cover, £3.99, H&M Home
+ Ceramic lamp in magenta, £5, Wilko
Jumbo cord throw in teal, £19, Very
Add bright details to the bed for a fun look
Numbered hooks, £10 per set, Sainsbury’s
YOUR KEY PIECE
£83.98 (EXCLUDING KEY PIECE)
Fredd grey upholstered double bed, £395, Habitat
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YOUR KEY PIECE
Solent cage ceiling light, £32, B&Q
Lomond dining table set, £499, Made
DINING ROOM Dress up a wooden table with cool copper
Carafe with cork stopper, £4, Ikea
+ + Simplicity dinner plate, £3.99, Dunelm
+ Wire tealight holder, £4.99, H&M Home
Cork placemats, £3 for four, Wilko
£89.98 (EXCLUDING KEY PIECE)
Cutlery, £32 for 16-piece set, Next
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Cement pot, £10, Notonthehighstreet.com
LIVING ROOM Adorn the lounge in pink, lilac and mint shades
YOUR KEY PIECE Wall clock, £5.99, Harbour Living
+ Maya three-seater sofa, from £499, Harveys Anthracite light shade, £16, B&Q
+ Sprayed glass candlestick, £5, Matalan
Hello glass sign, £10.50, Debenhams
Pastel throw, £16.99, Dunelm
£86.48 (EXCLUDING KEY PIECE)
Brights basket, £24 for four, Quince Living
Bee cushion, £8, George Home
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RENTERS’ RESCUE R
YOUR KEY PIECE
Red scales, £19.95, Dotcomgiftshop
Skogsta butcher’s block table, £200, Ikea
Introduce splashes of red and duck-egg blue
Jug, £7.50, The Contemporary Home
+ Herb pots, £14.95, Annabel James
+ Whistling kettle, £18.99, Harbour Living
Abeba chopping board, £9.95, Nkuku
£94.34 (EXCLUDING KEY PIECE)
Hare tea towel, £7, Sophie Allport
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Flow colander, £16, John Lewis
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DECORATING FOR KIDS Choosing a scheme for your child’s bedroom is always a fun and enjoyable task, but it can be a little bit of a minefield, too, as you need to create a space that you’re both happy with. While you may want calm and neutral in the rest of your home, here you can really go to town and you’ll realise that bold, vibrant colours work in even the smallest of spaces. There are many things to consider, but we’ve done the hard work and got it all covered for you, from what wallpaper and accessories to choose to getting the most of out of your storage and, of course, creating a room for them to grow in that you’ll love, too!
YOU WILL LEARN… How to design the perfect room scheme for babies Where to buy essential items for your nursery How to turn your infant’s room into a creative space How to use paint techniques to
create a scheme that your tween will grow with To embrace a more mature look in a teenager’s hideaway Top tips from the experts at Dulux About the latest accessories
Install an on-trend hanging chair to add the fun factor!
Paint a feature wall for a splash of colour. Chatterbox emulsion, from £13 per 1.25ltr, Crown at Homebase
How to get
STARTED It’s time to sit down with the kids and merge your ideas together before you get going
kid’s bedroom is a space that suffers from quite a bit of wear and tear. Walls get scraped, furniture gets knocked and toys take over every single surface. And what’s more, children grow up so fast, they’ll soon grow out of that Winnie the Pooh wallpaper you chose for the nursery. If this sounds all too familiar, then it’s time for an update – or even a complete overhaul to get the most out of the room.
Joint decisions Team bright designs against black for a striking look. Animal Magic wallpaper, £36 per roll, Guess Who at Scion
It’s great to get the kids involved. Ask them about their colour preferences, what kind of bedding they like and for any other ideas they may have to help guide you in creating the room of their dreams. You could even encourage them to design a mood board featuring all the accessories and schemes they like. But do remind them that you both need to agree on the final decisions. Now go and have fun…
Go for a country tractor theme. Men at Work duvet, £43.20, Emma Bridgewater
Cosmo fitted sheet, £35; pillow, £25; blanket, £59; basket, £59; bumpers £35 for six, all Olli Ella
Shutters painted in Spring Breeze, from £159 per sq m, California Shutters
Top tips for a
NURSERY From newborns to toddlers – get the basics right so the room grows with them
ids need room to grow but the nursery will probably be one of the smallest rooms in the house, which makes choosing the right style even more important. Don’t feel like you have to go for a classic blue or pink scheme, or even a neutral beige if you’re not sure what you’re expecting. Designs for childrens’ rooms of this age can be bold and exciting, yet stylish and sleek. When it comes to decorating the walls, colour-blocking paint in a neutral room can work really well. Plus it can easily be changed or updated as they grow. Try circles, stripes, squares, clouds or zigzags
– anything goes! Themed wallpapers are also a good idea, and the latest designs are more beautiful than ever, whether you want dinosaurs, trains, ballerinas or butterflies. Alternatively, go for fun wall stickers, as they’re easy to remove when the child gets older. Do remember, with all the gorgeous accessories on offer, it’s easy to get carried away – try to keep it simple and decide on a single focus early on.
Multifunctional ideas When it comes to furniture, select your main pieces before you start decorating. Often parents tend to choose a colour
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BABY-FRIENDLY BUYS Find the best places to get a fabulous-looking nursery HEAD TO THE SHOPS Nowadays, the high street has everything you need for a baby’s nursery. For instance, Next has amazing bedding, and Marks & Spencer offers great, long-lasting furniture. You’ll find the most beautiful blankets at The White Company – we love the grey cloud design, while Mothercare and John Lewis have a great
selection of babyrelated products. FUN, UNUSUAL FINDS If you’re after quirky accessories at affordable prices, we suggest the Roald Dahl cushions from PASX, from £19 each. PERSONALISE IT The Letterroom is the place to go if you’re after personalised keepsakes. From trains with initials
on the carriages to engraved chairs and gorgeous artworks, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice. SLEEK SCANDI STYLE We’re a little bit addicted to the cute kids’ accessories on Scandinavian and UK-inspired website Quince Living. It’s great for gifts for newborns and nursery decor, too.
PAINT YOUR WALLS IN A BLOCK COLOUR AND ADD CHARACTER WITH PATTERNED FABRICS THAT CAN EASILY BE CHANGED AS YOUR CHILD GROWS Balloons Flying High roller blind, from £31.95, Blinds 2go
House cabin bed in white pine with optional storage drawers, from £545, Cuckooland.com
Get mobile Help your baby fall asleep with these cute designs
Glass fish mobile, £16, Coastal Home
White cot, £618, Sisters Guild
scheme first, but it’s more straightforward and cheaper to match paints, fabrics and wallpaper to your key items. Be aware that your tiny baby is likely to outgrow its cot within just a year or two, so it’s best to choose a cotbed with removable sides and end panel so it can be converted into a short, low bed that’s suitable for a toddler. Think carefully about storage, too. For instance, changing tables that can be used as a chest of drawers are useful because they’ll last till the teenager years. It’s also worth investing in a cupboard or shelf for toys and clothes – go for a neutral design that’ll be suitable even when they’re older.
Cloud raindrops mobile, from £30, Claire on Cloud9 at Etsy
Cloud and stars mobile, £57, Ella & Boo at Etsy
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Create a comfy reading corner with a pretty voile canopy and lights
Mix up different prints for a unique look. Woodland Fairies wallpaper and Fairy Dust wallpaper, both £12 per roll, Arthouse
Dream designs for
LITTLE ONES This is where the fun begins! Create a bold, bright bedroom where toddlers, infants and juniors can entertain themselves all day long
hen decorating your young child’s bedroom, the most important thing is to ensure it’s a safe and comfortable environment where they can relax. But when all they want to do is play with their friends, you can really help things along with the right choice of design. Turning a bedroom into an exciting hideaway doesn’t take a lot of work, it just requires imagination. Creative play will last for hours when a bed is shaped like a tent, car or caravan, or even if it just has a place to make their own den underneath.
Invest in a cool design to make bedtime more exciting. Kids teepee cabin bed, £395, Cuckooland.com
Set the mood Think about the wall decor and lighting, too. Add a mural with pixies or fairies for a magical fantasy land. Or hang a trail of lights or lanterns, which will create a calm ambience before they drift off to sleep.
USE GLITTER PAINT ON THE CEILING FOR A WHIMSICAL LOOK OO – VALSPAR HAS A GREAT RANGE, , WITH SACHETS FROM £6
3 of the best little extras Fun ideas and cute accessories that your youngsters will love
Pop one of these fairy doors on a skirting board and leave notes from the tooth fairy telling kids to brush their teeth. £7, PASX
Create a relaxing atmosphere with a pretty LED design that won’t get hot. Jar string fairy lights, £20.65 for eight, Melody Maison
Add detail to a small space in your room. Floral woodland wall stickers by Koko Kids, £10 for a set, Notonthehighsteet.com
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TANIA SAYS ‘Try using a projector to help you draw your own design onto the walls by tracing around the image. With some paint, and a steady hand, the sky’s the limit!’
FOR TWEENS Think about your child’s personality, interests and style, and plan a space where they can happily grow into fully-fledged teenagers
ecorating for tweens is much more stylish than their previous years – they’ve outgrown the characters and toys they once loved and they know exactly what they want. Bold colours and funky wallpapers are the name of the game for these 9-12-year-olds. It’s an ideal time to organise space for homework stations, noticeboards and dressing tables. If siblings are sharing a room, it can be a daunting decorating task as you need to accommodate enough storage and space for two, while still reflecting their individual styles. Create defined zones by sectioning off areas using dividing shelves, or, if you’re restricted with the layout, try painting different colours on each side to give the impression of separate rooms.
Choose fitted storage. Flexispace range, from £2,000 including design and fitting, Sharps
Fitted finish White bedroom furniture is always going to stay in style and will last as they grow up, and the more cabinets you have the easier it is to keep a tween’s room clean and tidy. Sharps Flexispace range is perfect for kids as it fits the maximum amount of storage into even the tiniest of spaces. Consider how you can turn items into multifunctional pieces, too. For instance, using a drawer unit as a dressing table and seating area means this room will last right through to their teenager years. And don’t forget to leave wall space for a full-length mirror and install suitable lighting.
Deliciously dark This age group want to feel like they’re grown up, so choosing a more mature scheme will help. Bedrooms with a dark, bold colour palette are popular as it creates a cosy environment where they can relax and play. Paint furniture in a similar hue for a coordinated look.
THEMES ARE POPULAR AT THIS AGE – MAKE SURE IT LASTS UNTIL THEY’RE OLDER BY CHOOSING ELEMENTS THAT CAN BE CHANGED, SUCH AS CURTAINS AND RUGS
PICK YOUR PALETTE Transform walls in an instant with a bright coat of paint
Downtime den Turn a corner into a chill-out zone with beanbags and oversized cushions. If you’re tight on space, beds on low bases or window seats with heaps of cushions are just as effective. It will provide a great space to encourage them to read, too.
Blueprint matt emulsion, £42 per 2.5ltr, Mylands
Green Verditer matt emulsion, £38 per 2.5ltr, Little Greene
Metallic gold, £15.95 per ltr, Everlong Paint
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Be brave with colour. Valspar Out of This World multi-surface paint, from £3.52 for 236ml; glitter sachets, £6 for 28g, both B&Q
Go for bunk beds if your kids share a room – you’ll save a lot of floor space
FOR TEENS Banish childish decor and embrace a more mature look to please even the fussiest of teenagers
hen kids reach their teens, they want a space that reflects their style. It will become their hideaway where they hang out with friends, as well as a quiet escape for studying. But it’s also important to create a room where they can express their personality. A teenager’s bedroom is a hive of activity and creativeness, and every parent knows how tricky it is to get their child to tidy up after themselves, so storage is essential. Use boxes, baskets and bins to maximum capacity and choose items that are both efficient and pleasing to the eye. If you get your child to help with the choices early on, they’ll be much happier with how it looks.
Pick a theme Every teenager has their own unique style and tastes, so themed rooms work well. If you’re worried about them outgrowing the scheme, choose accessories for an instant update instead. For instance, create a wall mural instead of hanging wallpaper, or invest in new bedlinen and soft furnishings, as these can easily be changed if needed. However, do remind them that they may have to compromise on some of their suggestions so it complements the rest of the house. A teenager’s favourite things are diverse and sometimes discordant, but with careful planning and discussion, all ideas can tie together beautifully.
5 funky schemes they’ll love Add some personal flair with these fun ideas A Girl Can Dream by Jackie magazine mural, from £55 per sq m, Surface View
SPORTS MAD Create an All-American changing room vibe with a basketball hoop and lockers for wardrobes. ROYAL FINISH Girls love grand four-poster beds, so why not make a frame and fix it to a divan? Dress it with fairy lights for a pretty ambience. DARK & DANGEROUS Painting the ceiling a dark hue may not be your dream idea, but it will give the room a whole new feel and look very striking.
STUDY STATION Paint an entire wall using blackboard paint. It’s great for homework reminders and friends can leave fun messages, too. Or why not try magnetic paint, so they can pin up family photos and notes. URBAN EDGE Be on trend with a stylish graffiti wall. But before you arm your kids with spray paint, have a look at the City Graffiti wallpaper, £60 per roll, Graham & Brown.
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Rich Black; Lost Lake; Purple Pout, Striking Cyan; and White Cotton emulsion, all from £13 per 2.5ltr, Dulux
My son is superheromad, but I don’t want a room he’ll grow out of quickly. What should I do?
DECORATING FOR KIDS
Polished Pebble; Rich Black; Striking Cyan; and Banana Split emulsion, all from £13 per 2.5ltr, Dulux
A child’s imagination is key to their development. Why not paint the room blue, then add building silhouettes and a light beam for a more subtle look? You’ll enjoy designing it together, too.
My son and daughter share a room. How can I please them both?
Our fantasy Storybook scheme, which transforms the walls into cloud-filled skies, is perfect for both boys and girls. Start by painting the walls a soft blue, then chalk out the rough shapes of the clouds and use a bit of sponge to make the edges visually soft and fluffy.
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Creative Director at Dulux, Marianne Shillingford, provides inspiration for fun, themed kids’ bedrooms
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LAURIE SAYS ‘Kids love forts and hide-outs. You can find some great teepees to create cosy escapes and play areas.’
I want to create a feature wall – do you have any easy ideas?
Our jungle look is very simple to recreate. Start with a pale blue wall for the sky. Once dry, tape torn lining paper along the top edge then roller a light colour in a downwards direction. Leave to dry before you repeat twice with darker shades. Putting Green; Atmosphere; and Enchanted Eden emulsion, all from £16 per 2.5ltr, Dulux
Our daughter wants a black bedroom but I’m not sure. Do you have any suggestions? You could meet each other halfway and go for a space-themed room. Paint two walls and the ceiling black, then the remaining walls blue. Once dry, water down purple, cyan and white, and gently flick the paint off the brush onto the black walls. Use a cotton bud to make white dots, then paint across the top of the dots to make satellites.
Pepper Red and Banana Split, both £22 per 2.5ltr, Dulux
I’d like a fun scheme for my 5-year-old’s room but don’t want lots of colours on the wall. What do you recommend?
Go for a circus-inspired look by painting the ceiling. Mask off roof stripes and paint them a bold red. To complete the look, update the skirting board in a bold yellow.
For more information and ideas visit dulux.co.uk
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ACCESSORIES Finish off your child’s bedroom with some simple final flourishes that make all the difference
PRETTY PASTELS FOR NURSERIES Blush flower pom pom decorations, £14 for three, Talking Tables
BOLD DELIGHTS FOR TWEENS
MONOCHROME FINDS FOR TEENS
Drill cushion, £27, Etsy
Balance shelving, from £499, Content by Conran at John Lewis
Pineapple light, £10, Primark
Desk lamp, £22, Sainsbury’s
Little lamb rug, £34.99, Modern Rugs
Coral iron shelving, £225, Oliver Bonas
Throw, £39.99, H&M Home
Anna swinging crib in white, £69, John Lewis
Aki rug, from £86, Scandi Living
Amplifier bean bag, £105, Cuckooland.com
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Kids stool, £49, Scandi Living
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‘His room was QUICK FIX ‘I’m a fan of spray paint as it’s so easy to use – it took just hours to update this unit’
MY ROOM... FIRM CHOICE ‘From the instant Charlie spotted this metal bed, he was adamant it was the one he wanted’
ABOUT ME I’m Vivienne Riley, 53, and I live with my son Charlie, 11, in a three-bedroom 1950s semidetached in Essex. We have been here for five years, and now that Charlie’s older, he was keen to be involved in updating his room. MY CHALLENGE While Charlie simply wanted a decor scheme that was more grown up, we also had to contend with a rather unusual and slightly awkward layout. The space was the result of an extension added by the previous owners, but it hadn’t been well thought through, so we knew it would be quite tricky. MY WISH LIST Charlie loved the idea of a bright, light industrial loft-style scheme with a New York vibe, while my main priority was to introduce plenty of organised storage and shelving, and also create dedicated zones for homework – and a large drum kit.
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A COOL PROJECT’ Vivienne, 53, and her son Charlie have jointly transformed a problematic bedroom using clever zoning and some innovative decorative touches
ibrant colours and a compact cabin bed may be suitable for a little boy’s room, but with my 11-year-old son Charlie rapidly outgrowing both his furniture and decor, I realised it was time for a change,’ says Vivienne. ‘The room itself was in great condition, so I hoped a quick coat of paint and new furniture would suffice. However, Charlie had other ideas and after some negotiation – including being bribed with the rather dubious promise of him helping around the house – I agreed to a total revamp.
Working side by side
‘Pick durable vinyl flooring for a practical solution in kids’ rooms’
I wanted Charlie’s new-look room to reflect his tastes, but also remain in keeping with the rest of our home. So, having tasked him with researching ideas online, I was a little bit sceptical as to his choices. But I needn’t have worried. He was inspired by a recent trip to America and favoured the loft-style look. I’ve always liked the industrial trend, too, and was keen on Charlie’s preference for a high bed, as it meant we could fit a desk underneath. I did, however, draw the line at the graffiti walls he wanted, and we settled on a brick-effect wallpaper instead. With the problem of adding a desk area neatly resolved, the awkward throughroom layout no longer seemed such an issue. In fact, we now had space to spare. We decided to divide it into two zones, with a conventional bedroom, plus a small adjoining space for Charlie’s new drum kit.
Finding inspiration Before work began, we hit the high street to look for furnishings. On a trip to Ikea we found the perfect bed, and I also stumbled across the idea of a storage wall made from modular units. It took a lot of work to achieve the smart, streamline finish I was after, but it was worth the effort as it makes the best use of the available space. For a cohesive look, we went for pale grey walls and vinyl flooring to help open up the layout. We wallpapered matching
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‘Charlie picked some great accessories with a New York vibe’
‘Choose brick-effect wallpaper for an instant transformation’
‘WALL STICKERS ARE A GREAT WAY TO ADD IMPACT, PLUS THEY CAN EASILY BE REMOVED WITHOUT DAMAGING SURFACES IF YOUR TASTES CHANGE’
NO MESS ‘Rather than damage the wallpaper, we decided on magnets’
My shopping list
Bargain hunt As an eBay fan, I turned to the internet to source some budget buys and snapped up the industrial-style lights, an Empire State Building sticker and a set of New York-themed canvases. However, the retro metal lockers that hold Charlie’s sports gear originally lived in the hallway. But my loss was definitely Charlie’s gain, as it meant there was money in the budget for him to choose some fun accessories, including time-zone clocks and storage trunks. This space has been transformed into the perfect pad for a growing boy.’
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ANNE SAYS ‘With the extra space created by the bed, I would add a chair that folds out into a single bed, for when Charlie has a friend to stay.’
ffeature t walls ll iin b both th zones, ttoo, which hi h draws your eye through the entire area – it also injected that loft-style feel Charlie was after. One of my favourite features is the dramatic black wall. It was a last-minute addition, and I love how much it tends to surprise people. We then spray-painted the shelves and unit to match.
Walls in Lamp Black and Shallows absolute emulsion, both £38 per 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Albany white brick wallpaper, £8 per roll, Wallpaper Direct. The Empire State Building wall sticker, £29, Art Fever. Svarta loft bed frame, £130; Svarta desk top, £60; Stuva storage with drawers, £60; wardrobe, £60; wall cabinets, £40 each; Kallax shelving unit, from £39; door inserts, £9 each; Drona box inserts, £2.50 each; Skruvsta swivel chair, £90; Spontan magnets, £2.50 for a set of four, all Ikea. Livyn Balance Click luxury vinyl flooring, £28.99 per sq m, Quick-Step. Metal unit and shelves in Black Satin painter’s touch spray paint, £9.49 per 400ml; brackets in Satin Nickel universal all-surface metallic spray paint, £13.99 per 400ml, both Rust-Oleum. Metz Slink roller blind with matt nickel eyelets, £140 for 84.5 x 215cm blind, The Fabric Box. Industrial pendant lights with bulb, £30 each, eBay. Time Zone clocks, £100, Newgate Clocks. New York single bedlinen, £11.99; throw, £5; cushion, £5, all Primark. Metro geometric notebooks, from £2.95, Dotcomgiftshop. Zinc arrow carnival light, £65, Cox & Cox
URBAN FLAVOUR ‘I used inexpensive modular units to create the large storage wall’
WORDS PAULA WOODS PHOTOGRAPHY LIZZIE ORME SHOPPING LAURIE DAVIDSON
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BEDROOM LOOK Pick metal furnishings and city-themed details for loft-style living
Luggage tag NYC wall art, £49, Oliver Bonas
Metal locker cabinet, £395, Idyll Home
Eichholtz Redcliffe lantern pendant light, from £180, Houseology
Bricks wallpaper in grey, £15 per roll, Next
Kapow comic book cushion, £14.95, Coconutgrass
Vegas metal LED circus arrow light, £45, Cult Furniture
Black city scene duvet cover set, from £11.99 for a single, Dunelm
Umbra subway multi-hook, £30, Red Candy
Fjalla box with lid, £5, Ikea
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TAKE A SEAT ‘I saw this chair in a charity shop for a bargain £10, and sprayed it pink’
‘Layer up the window treatments to soften a modern, boxy frame’
ABOUT ME I’m Wendy Marsh, 38, and I live in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, with my husband Mark and our two children, Lola, 7, and Connor, 4. We bought our three-bedroom semidetached house in December 2010. MY CHALLENGE The house was run down and dated, especially Lola’s room, which had an unsightly boiler cupboard, bad lighting, uneven floorboards and flaking walls. It was also cold, as there was no underlay. LOLA’S WISH LIST Lola wanted a room ‘fit for a princess’. It had to be bright, with a place to do drawing and writing, and she needed a new single bed as her old one was too small. Most of all she wanted it pink – I, however, wanted a little less pink!
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‘It had to be
PRETTY PERFECT ‘Lola loves her new room. It’s full of colour and creative ideas, and the stylish single bed will hopefully last for years’
GIRLIE BUT GROWN UP’ Wendy, 38, turned a run-down space into a dream scheme where her daughter can read, play and sleep
y husband Mark and I decided our next house would be a project, so when this 1950s semidetached came up for sale we jumped at the chance to buy it,’ says Wendy. ‘It was a perfect renovation opportunity we could carry out ourselves, and wouldn’t cost too much. The priority was for my children, Lola, 7 and Connor, 4, to have their own rooms, as they had shared previously in our old two-bedroom terrace. Lola bagged the middle-sized room, as she was desperate to have a bigger room than her brother! My only concern was the old boiler cupboard in there, as it was an odd shape and not much use, so we decided to box it in and make the bathroom next door larger.
PRETTY PAPER ‘I used some wallpaper remnants to jazz up the back of these bookshelves’
Getting started Lola and I had very different ideas about decor, but I wanted to ensure her bedroom would be suitable for a good few years. We settled on a colour scheme of aqua, pink and grey – girlie but with a grown-up feel. The first job was to strip the space back to basics and block up the cupboard door with plasterboard. Rather than just treat the walls where the plaster was coming off, we had them all skimmed, as well as removing the dated Artex on the ceiling, so we’d have a better canvas to paint on. We moved the ceiling light to the centre, and added a few more power sockets.
The basics After a few dramas about Lola wanting too much pink, we eventually settled on a pretty aqua wall colour from the Light & Space range at Dulux. We chose that shade as I thought it would help to keep the scheme feeling fresh and light. To add a hint of glamour, I found an elegant white chandelier, which added the wow effect that Lola wanted – I knew she’d feel like
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‘Lola’s old wardrobe looked a bit childish, so we picked up this matching set from Ikea’
‘Plan ahead. The room had to grow with Lola, so we picked goodsized furniture’
LUCY SAYS ‘The furniture can be adapted over time by updating the wallpapers on the bookshelves, or spraying and painting other pieces.’
TAKE NOTE ‘This homemade pinboard was so easy to create’
‘PICK CLEVER PIECES - WE CHOSE A DRESSING TABLE MIRROR WITH A DRAWER, ,WHICH STORES LOLA’S BITS AND BOBS AND WILL BE PERFECT AS SHE GETS OLDER’ ‘I used magnetic chalk paint on the inside of the desk’
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Upcycled finds Lola loves reading, so a bookshelf was vital, and she also needed a desk. I hoped not to spend too much and wanted something I could upcycle. I was pleased to find an old school desk and bookshelf at a junk shop. The desk was sanded down and updated with pastel and soft grey chalky paints. We invested in simple white furniture and then the main search was for a bed. I found this gorgeous hospital-style design from Feather & Black – I’m thrilled with the colour, as it looks so stylish. Lola and I picked out some pretty butterfly bedlinen, pink cushions and her favourite flamingo cushion. I arranged a few of her pictures on the wall around her bed and then finished with an elegant mint desk lamp and shelves full of her favourite books and toys. Now, Lola thinks her new room is perfect and has actually said she’s excited about doing her homework at her new desk!’
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My shopping list Walls painted in Ocean Ripple Light & Space matt emulsion, £26.48 per 2.5ltr, Dulux. Oliver children’s bed in Duck Egg, £199 for a double, Feather & Black. Urban Cloud carpet, £28 per sq m, from the Sensation Supreme range at Cormar Carpets. Roman blind in Bunting Chintz, from £138.65 including measuring and fitting, Hillarys. Tyssedal wardrobe, £275; chest of drawers, £135; Alvine Spets net curtains, £10, all Ikea. Ankur desk lamp, £125, Cox & Cox. Dressing table mirror with drawer, £75, The Dormy House. Two-pack Butterfly bed set, £32; Woodblock throw, £30, both Next. Heart-shaped cushions, £7.99 each; Maisie five-light chandelier in white, £59.99, both Dunelm. Chalky Effect furniture paint in Winter Grey and China Rose, £14.99 per 750ml tin; magnetic chalkboard paint, £14.99 per 750ml; clear matt sealer, £4.99 per 125ml, all Rust-Oleum. Satin Cameo pink spray paint, £7.49 per 400ml can, PlastiKote. Desk, chair and bookshelf, £60 from a local charity junk shop
WORDS & STYLING ZOE OLIVER PHOTOGRAPHY LIZZIE ORME SHOPPING LAURIE DAVIDSON
IT’S A DOODLE!
a princess i sleeping l i under d it it. I chose h a soft grey carpet, which is comfy and also practical in case of any colouring pen accidents! It makes the room feel cosy, too.
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BEDROOM SCHEME Team pastel pink with pops of aqua for a modern feminine look
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Enchanted Forest Candy blackout roller blind, from £31.95, Blinds2Go
Pale pink shelf by Rose in April, £39, Molly Meg
Loft standing frame, £18, Oliver Bonas
Snoig work lamp, £20, Ikea
Flamingo cushion, £5, Tiger
Pink Clouds bedlinen set, £55.99 for a single, This Modern Life
Twinkle Star memo board, £31.95, Notonthehighstreet.com
Girls bunting and garlands, £22.99, Wayfair
Kids duck egg spots round rug, £24.99, Dunelm
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Give it a go… SEWING WORKSHOP
This month, our Deputy Homes Editor Cassie gets to grips with sewing
hether you’re a novice with a needle and thread or a pro with a sewing machine, Sew Pretty offers a range of courses for all levels. The Wimbledonbased studio is the ideal place to develop your skills. Cassie from the Style at Home team, embarked on a four-week soft furnishings course. Here’s how she got on.
Week 1 LEARNING THE BASICS After introducing ourselves, our lovely tutor, Rachel, didn’t waste any time getting started. We were taught how to wind the bobbin and thread the sewing machine, and spent about 30 minutes going over the dos and don’ts of machine work. After this, we were given time to get a feel for it all, then we practised different stitches, the basic technique for hemming, and stitching in both curved and straight lines.
Cassie tackles her first project
through the process, from measuring and cutting the material to fixing the zip into place, and given one-to-one help as we went. This is a great project to try if you’re still building up your confidence.
ZIP CUSHION COVER On the second week, we put our skills to the test and made our own cushion covers using a fabric of our choice. Led by Sew Pretty’s founder, Katya, we were taken
PLEATED CURTAINS This week, we took on a bigger project and made a lined curtain sample. We were taught how to calculate drops and widths, apply headings and gather up the fabric for a professional finish. After each session, you’re emailed a set of instructions to keep.
‘I HAD AN AMAZING TIME ON THE COURSE AND CAN’T Week 4 WAIT TO PUT MY NEWFOUND W ROMAN BLINDS R SKILLS TO THE TEST’ The group arrived to the final session a little T apprehensive, but ready to tackle the most challenging project yet. Building on the skills we’d learnt, we were shown how to measure fabric for a Roman blind, and then used the sewing machine to stitch it all together and include channels for the rods. We then fixed the cords in place and were shown how to rig the blind professionally.
Meet other crafters and share tips
The homely garden studio provides a calm environment
3 COURSES TO TRY… Enrol onto one of these other classes in the UK SCHOOL OF SEWING, LEICESTERSHIRE Join the one-day sewing course (10am-4pm), £100, including materials, schoolofsewing.co.uk
EXETER SEWING MACHINE COMPANY, DEVON Try the two-day patchwork and quilting course, £75, excluding fabrics, exetersewing.co.uk
THE SEWING SPACE, KENT Have a go at a small project with a three-hour session on how to make a cosmetics bag, £20, plus materials, thesewingspace.co.uk
FOR MORE INFORMATION To book your place on an upcoming course at Sew Pretty, visit sewpretty.me.uk or call 07714 252660. The four-week Soft Furnishings workshop costs £180 (4 x 3-hour classes).
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LOG SIDE TABLE Try your hand at creating a luxury lookalike for a fraction of the cost Little Sunshine side table, £215, Loaf
his month we’ve put our own spin on the rustic side table by Loaf and created a design using on-trend hairpin legs. They’re the perfect way to work an industrial look into your decor and the log slice tabletop will add character. TAKES 1HR COST £70
PROJECT BECKY CLARKE STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPH DAVID GILES
Sandpaper Log slice, £9 for Dia45cm, eBay 3 x 3 pin 71cm hairpin legs in fern green, £61 for four, Invicta Ironworks Measuring tape Pencil Drill & screws
Use sandpaper to smooth down one side of the log slice so it’s ready for use as a tabletop. If you want an extra layer of protection, apply clear varnish to the surface.
Pick a shade to suit your scheme – the hairpin legs are available in a wide range of colours
Turn the log slice upside down and place the three legs equally around the base. Use a measuring tape to adjust their positioning so the spacing is equal. Use a pencil to mark through the screw holes in each leg, then remove the legs and make pilot holes. Put the legs back in place and screw through to attach securely.
Gaser rug, £80, Ikea. Stag head, £12, George Home
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REVAMPS AT HOME
Update existing furniture and accessories with our step-by-step upcycling projects
DYED JAM JARS
DO IT IN JUST
Add a splash of colour to empty plain glass jars TAKES 30MINS COST £1.50 PVA glue, £1.50, Hobbycraft Food colouring Clean clear glass jars Paintbrush
Squeeze a teaspoon of PVA glue into a small jar (or more for a larger jam jar) and add a few drops of food colouring. Mix thoroughly, then turn the jar upside down. Rotate the jar to spread the coloured glue around inside the jar. Once the inside is covered, leave the jar upside down to allow the excess to drip away. Turn it upright and leave for the glue to dry thoroughly before using.
Airo table, £15; Gina vase, £20, Habitat. Prints, £7.95 each, Paper Plane at Notonthehighstreet.com. Cockatoo ornament, £10, Paperchase. Suitcases, £20 for three, Sass & Belle
PINEAPPLE CHAIR EASY GARDEN LIGHTS
Lend a truly tropical twist to a plain chair! TAKES 1HR COST £20 Chair (we used the Ikea Poang armchair) 2m Ananas Tropical fabric, £10 per m, Textile Express Sewing machine & thread Fabric scissors
Remove the cushion from the chair and unpick the head section. Cut a full-width piece of fabric 142cm long and fold in half with right sides together. Stitch the edges together 8cm from the selvedge, trim the excess and press the seam open
to make a tube. Repeat with a piece of fabric 40cm long for the head cushion. Reposition seam so it runs down the centre of the tube. Stitch across the lower edge, turn through to the right side and press. Repeat to make head cushion cover. Slide cushions into their covers, seams at the back. Lay cushions in a line with the open cover edges together. Pin the two cushions together above the ends, then stitch. Replace on the chair.
PROJECTS BECKY CLARKE STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES
Keep the jars out of the sunlight as the colour will fade
EASY UPCYCLING Honolulu palm green wallpaper, £20 per roll, Graham & Brown. Postcard, from a selection at Paperchase. La Selva bowl candle, £10, John Lewis
GREAT AS A GIFT!
STRING ART Use neon cord to create a unique wall feature TAKES 1HR COST £6.50 Old tabletop or board White paint 10mm tacks, £2 for 100g, Hobbycraft Neon pink macrame cord, £3 for 10m, Hobbycraft DecoArt Crafters Acrylic in neon green, £1.50, Hobbycraft White and black thread Pencil Hammer
Paint the tabletop or board with white paint, allow to dry. Paint border edge in neon green, leave to dry. Draw or print a flamingo outline onto paper and place on board. Tap in tacks to hold paper in place. Hammer in tacks all the way around the lines, then tear paper away. Knot the end of the pink cord around a tack and wind at random to fill the flamingo shape. Tie off when complete and cut the excess. Add black and white thread for the beak.
RIMENT WITH DIFFERENT TROPICAL EXPERI STRING ART DESIGNS – WHY NOT MAKE A SET WITH W SHAPES TREE PALM OR LE PINEAPP
TABLE RUNNER You can style up your summer tabletop with this palm leafinspired runner TAKES 1HR COST £9.98 Plain fabric table runner Paintbrush Tulip green fabric paints, £3 each, Hobbycraft Large leaf stamps, £2.99 each, eBay 1m neon pink pom pom trim, 99p, eBay Needle & thread
Protect your surface with newspaper then lay the runner flat on top. Use a paintbrush to apply the first shade of green paint to the stamp, then press it down firmly onto the fabric. Continue along the runner, spacing the prints out evenly. Repeat using a second stamp and different shade of green paint, filling in the gaps between the other leaves. Mix the paints to create one or two more shades and continue to stamp, overlapping. Once dry, stitch the pom pom trim to each end.
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Atkinson dinner plates, £6 each, Habitat. Ombre glasses, £22 for four; yellow tealight holder, £3, both The Contemporary Home
ISLAND STYLE TABLE
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WAYS to get the MIAMI VIBE Welcome to Miami! Bring a cool coastal party feel into your home this summer, with our favourite hints and tips on how to achieve this sizzling style
e’re feeling hot, hot, hot – and it’s all because we’re inspired by Miami, a vibrant city in the Sunshine State. It’s famous for its glamour, colourful buildings and Cuban flavour, but also for its white sandy beaches and carefree, party atmosphere. We’re loving this feel for our summer interiors, with ocean blues, fun flamingos and Art Decoinspired pieces all injecting a shot of South Beach style into our homes. Here’s how you can add some Florida flair to your home…
Outdoor living is a huge part of Miami culture, so grab some cushions to lounge on outside when the weather permits. Floor cushions and beanbags are ideal for this look, but you can also add to the laid-back style with a selection of plump turquoise cushions on chairs or bench seats. Cushions, from £4.99, all H&M Home.
Go for classic Art Deco style, inspired by buildings along the seafront at South Beach. This striking Danzon wallpaper from Matthew Williamson, £59 per roll at Wallpaper Direct, fits the bill and is complemented by the elegant mirrored furniture.
Beautiful blues Go for shades of blue to remind you of beautiful ocean views. Aqua, turquoise, and electric blues all work well. To up the sizzle factor, team with hot pink, coral, yellow and shades of lime green.
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Love Do v itit
5 Cabana cool
Cabana stripes are fun and effective, especially when used on a hammock or a sun lounger. You can make a feature out of this quintessentially summery print to achieve that all-yearround holiday feel. Bloomingville striped hammock chair, £80, Smallable.
FILL WITH FOLIAGE Utilise house plants, such as palms, for that South Beach touch. Faux varieties are great if you don’t want the upkeep, and they look so realistic, too. Areca artificial palm, £16.95 each, MiaFleur.
Add a glimmer of glamour with a simple side table in a golden hue
Fab f lamingo buys Pick a pop of pink to give your room some tropical style
Pick an Art Deco-style mirror that also doubles up as an eye-catching piece of wall art. Gold sunburst styles are perfect for a glamourous 1920s look – check out Notonthehighstreet.com for a good selection, with prices starting at £95.
Flamingo display dome, £8.50, Acorn &Will
Fiesta flamingo light, £24.95, Prezzybox
Malibu flamingo cushion cover, £10, PASX
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If youâ€™re not a fan of vibrant colours, choose crisp, bright white instead for a more sophisticated take on this look. Choose floaty voile curtains to hang at the window or to soften four-poster beds, and for a fresh backdrop, paint walls in a chalky or matt-finish paint. As a contrast to the clean white, opt for dark wood furniture to add an exotic feel and to define your scheme.
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CITRUS SEATING High stools in bright neon or candy hues will give a beach-front vibe, so add a few to your breakfast bar. Go for accessories in the same vivid tonesâ€“ including a faux pineapple! The Net bar stool, above, is from A Splash of Colour, but you could try spray-painting an existing one for a bright colour pop. You can find more clever ways to style up your home by going to pinterest.com/ styleathomemag
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Shore thing Shell shapes are reflective of Miami style. Collect the real thing and keep in a jar or display dish for a nod to seaside living.
Miami vibe buys Choose statement p pieces to leave you wowed
Choose mesh-style furniture in grey for a modern outdoor area. This dark grey set is named after the place that it’s inspired by – Miami five-piece dining set, £299.99, Dunelm.
Smoked cut-glass pendant lamp, £110, Out There Interiors
Kariss chair in Smoke, £79.99, My Furniture
Marble and brass drinks trolley, £325, MiaFleur
SIMPLE LINES ARE KEY TO CREATING THIS LOOK, SO AVOID ANYTHING ORNATE, , SHABBY CHIC OR FUSSY, AND BALANCE PASTELS WITH BOLDER POPS
Choose shutters instead of heavy curtains to create a fabulously summery look – they come in lots of different colours but these aquamarine shades work well for a Miami theme as they emulate the sea colour beautifully. Two-tone blue shutters, from £320 per sq m, Shutterly Fabulous.
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‘Introduce metallic accessories for a high-end feel’
SPLASH OUT ‘The stone top of the basin unit oozes quality’
ABOUT ME I’m Clare Charlton, 39, and I live with my husband Matthew, 41, in a detached 1950s property in Hertfordshire, which we bought in 2012. MY CHALLENGE The bathroom was very small. We decided to move it into the box room and knock through to the airing cupboard to create one large space. MY WISH LIST I desperately wanted a luxurious shower enclosure, as we were fed up of being too cramped and showering over the bath as it’s always made a huge mess. I also wanted to install a freestanding bathtub and fit lots of storage to keep towels and toiletries hidden away, so that the room would look smart and uncluttered.
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Love v it
HOTEL LUXE & COMFORT’ A new extension meant Clare, 39, could create her dream bathroom, making it perfect for her needs
hen my husband Matthew and I bought this house, we knew that we’d build an extension eventually because the kitchen and bathroom were tiny,’ says Clare. ‘After four years, we finally started the work. To make the most of the space upstairs, we decided to rearrange the layout, and this included moving the bathroom. There was a box room with an airing cupboard next to it and by combining the two, we’d be able to create a large bathroom with space for a shower and a separate bath. As the space was a blank canvas, we were able to plan the design exactly the way we wanted. The alcove behind the door was the obvious place for a walk-in shower as it wouldn’t encroach on the rest of the room. I also wanted the roll-top bath to be a focal point beneath the window, and everything else just fell into position.
IN ORDER ‘This was an indulgent piece, but it’s worth every penny and keeps things neat and tidy’
All in the detail
SMART CONTRAST ‘Deep grey walls allow the white roll-top bath to stand out’
From the start, I had a clear idea of the look I wanted – a luxurious hotel-style bathroom with a homely feel. The colour scheme was inspired by a visit to Topps Tiles, where we fell in love with a marble design. The variation in each tile was beautiful, ranging through all shades of grey to beige and hints of pink that gave a rich, warm hue. We also like the timeless look of marble and it was more affordable than I imagined. I’m quite confident when making colour choices and used the marble tones as a base. We chose a soft grey for the walls, which complemented the stone shower tiles, and timber-style flooring for a natural feel, which is warmed by underfloor heating. When it came to the fittings, I spent hours searching online and discovered that the price range for similar-looking baths was quite varied. Instead, we decided to
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WALL TO WALL ‘We used the entire space of the old airing cupboard to create a large walk-in shower’
BRIDGETTE SAYS ‘By keeping the lines simple, and the blind inset, Clare has given the room a great sense of space. Even with the step, the walk-in shower still has that boutique wet room feel.’
‘Give cabinets an instant update by fitting new handles’
OUT OF SIGHT ‘The blind fabric has a metallic sheen that lends a lavish feel’
HEAT UP ‘This classic design fits in well with the decor’
‘BY USING SOFT GREYS AND NATURAL ELEMENTS OF WOODGRAIN AND MARBLE IN THE DECOR, , IT ALWAYS FEELS WARM AND INVITING IN HERE’ visit showrooms to actually see the products and feel the quality. I’d imagined trawling round shop after shop but on just one trip to Bathstore we found everything we needed and the prices were fantastic.
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I wanted plenty of storage but I’m not a fan of shelves or wall cabinets. Instead, I spent ages hunting for a freestanding cupboard. Eventually, a double basin unit from Utopia Bathrooms caught my eye. It stretched the budget, but there’s ample space for towels and toiletries, so it’s a great investment. The only time we had to change our plans was when it came to the floor in the shower. It was supposed to be flush with the rest of the room, but pipework issues meant this would be tricky and expensive. Instead we raised the floor and made it into a separate zone. Apart from this, the rest of the work ran smoothly and it was the first room in our house to be completed, so it became our haven. I fell in love with it then and am still thrilled with the result now.’
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My shopping M h i list li Walls painted in Perennial Grey intelligent matt eggshell, £45 per 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Cambridge bath with traditional cast-iron feet, £649; Savoy slimline WC, £269; Grand thermostatic exposed shower with rigid riser and handshower, £549; Compton radiator, £199; Playtime walk-in 1000mm shower, £399; Bensham cross-head basin taps, £79, all Bathstore. Downton double basin unit in English stone, £1,495, Utopia Bathrooms. Lantau grey marble tiles, £69.28 per sq m, Topps Tiles. Braeval oak wood floor tiles, £45 per sq m, Ceramic Tile Company. Blind in Pretty Petals Silver fabric, £82.60, Web Blinds. Croupier’s clock, £80, Newgate Clocks. Hotel Pima towels in Wisteria, from £6.99 for a hand towel; Room in Bloom trinket jar, £2.99; Masion Chique Venetian mirror tray, £12.99; Dorma Crystal soap dispenser, £19.99; Dorma crystal tumbler, £16.99, all Dunelm. Wonderwick blanc fresh linen candle, £16.99, The Country Candle Co
WORDS BECKY CLARKE PHOTOGRAPHS RACHAEL SMITH SHOPPING LAURIE DAVIDSON
Love v it
BATHROOM LOOK Mix greys and pinks with glam details to recreate this scheme
Studio G Cipriani Smoke fabric, £26 per m, Clarke & Clarke
Peony Phalaenopsis orchid in ceramic grey pot, £24.50, QVC
Luxury ribbed grape towels, £9.99 for a bath towel, The Range
Heart of House Jermyn silver square wall clock, £19.99, Argos
Large glass jar (H42cm), £30, Next
Bee Calm lavender and geranium hand and body wash, £9.96, Beefayre
Variato grey tile, £29.99 per sq m, Topps Tiles
Dash of Nutmeg matt emulsion, £16.99 per 2.5ltr, Crown
Decorative beaded edge mirror tray, £35, Laura Ashley
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Create a hotel-inspired bathroom at home without splashing the cash, thanks to these clever ideas
hether you love soaking in the tub or taking a speedy shower, make sure you do it in a gorgeous bathroom. Fortunately, you don’t need a whole room revamp – just a few clever styling tricks to get a luxe look on an economy budget. For example, a large mirror won’t just look great, it’ll also make the room feel lighter and larger. Accessorising with goodquality products is key, whether it’s hand soap by the basin, stylish dispensers or candles. Being clever with your tiles will also add plenty of wow – large-format versions look glam, while stone and wood-look ceramics give a high-end finish.
Pulling power Details can make a huge difference to a bathroom’s appearance. Swap basic handles on a vanity unit or cabinet for a gleaming copper or chrome finish. Galatea drawer handles in chrome, £15 for a pack of two, from the Sarah Beeny Home range, Hafele
Mix and match Combining cheaper plain tiles with more expensive patterned ones is an easy way to stretch your budget, while creating an on-trend personalised patchwork look. Bertie, Devonstone and Mary large tiles, all £29.70 per sq m; Parian small pattern tiles, £22 for a box of 12 (four different patterns); Parian plain tiles, £21 for a box of 12, all British Ceramic Tile
Personalised pampering There’s nothing like a thick, fluffy towel to lend a luxurious edge, but a discreet monogram will give an ultra-exclusive feel. Ultimate Supima 800gsm hand towel in white, £10.50 (monogramming extra, £4.95), Soak & Sleep
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Try adding a shimmering chandelier to cast a soft glow of warm light as you soak. This fixture is rated IP44, so it’s water-resistant. Savoy nine halogen light chandelier, £299, Bathstore
WALL TILES Get a high-end finish on your walls at just a fraction of the cost
Odyssey Grande Saltram grey and yellow tiles, £99.95 per sq m Original Style
Green Mix mosaic tiles, £12.25 per sq m, Walls and Floors
Carrara marble wall tiles, £12.99 per sq m, Tile Mountain
NOT SURE WHERE TO START? GO BACK TO BASICS AND KEEP YOUR BATHROOM NEUTRAL WITH LOTS OF WOODEN ACCESSORIES FOR EASY SPA-STYLE
GAIL SAYS ‘If your bathroom is an en suite, link it decoratively to your bedroom, for a coherent flow. Echo your bedroom’s colour scheme in your towels, tiling, and accessories, to make the space feel like a suite.’
A ttouch h off glass l Turn the everyday into something special. Store cotton wool or bath salts in lidded glass jars for a touch of hotel-style chic – they’re great for keeping shelves tidy, too. Croft collection clear glass containers, from £15 each, John Lewis
Top it off with taps Brassware’s often the first thing to catch your eye in the bathroom, so swap tired taps for a sleek, shiny design. Pivot basin mixer, £145; Pivot shower pack, £449, both Bristan
Check out our blog cushienumber.co.uk for more ideas about what’s on trend this season.
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Blue Mix Split Face Wood tile, £29.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors. 3b Platinum bathroom emulsion, £20 per 2.5ltr, Crown
Bertie tile, £40 per sq m, British Ceramic Tile. Fuchsia Fizz bathroom emulsion, from £20 per 2.5ltr, Crown
Alpha Syma Decor tile, £23.60 per sq m, Tile Giant. Natural Hessian, £16.40 per 2.5ltr, Dulux
PAIRINGS Stuck for ideas on how to jazz up your bathroom? We’ve got some great tile and paint combinations to suit every style
Marrakech tiles, £74.75 per sq m, Ripples. Urban Obsession bathroom + soft sheen, £24.49 per 2.5ltr, Dulux
Marble Arch Field tile, £34 per sq m, Bathstore. Moroccan Resort kitchen & bathroom paint, £27 per 2.5ltr, Valspar at B&Q
Doblo Grey Cube mosaic tile, £27.51 per sq m, Tile Mountain. Pale Amethyst kitchen & bathroom paint, £35 per 2.5ltr, Laura Ashley
Attingham Seagrass Geometric Decor tile, £16.49 per box, Topps Tiles. Pale Silver kitchen & bathroom paint, £35 per 2.5ltr, Laura Ashley
Fleur Blue ceramic wall tile, £149.50 per sq m, B&Q. Duck Down kitchen & bathroom emulsion, £14 per 2.5ltr, George Home
V&A Clematis Turquoise wall tile, £351.56 per sq m, Homebase. Arsenic modern emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball
Tones Charcoal matt Polygon tiles, £24.84 per sq m, Johnson Tiles. Bamboo Leaf kitchen & bathroom paint, from £10 per 2.5ltr, Crown
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FEATURE LAURIE DAVIDSON
GO FOR A CALM LOOK
INTRODUCE COLOUR ‘To brighten up the neutral units, I chose coral-toned accessories from Oliver Bonas and Notonthehighstreet.com’
‘I revived things OUR COVER STAR!
ABOUT ME I’m Samantha Howard, 32, a beauty therapist, and I live with my flatmate, Peter, in a two-bedroom new-build flat in Anerley, southeast London. I bought the flat as part of a shared ownership scheme in August 2015. MY CHALLENGE When I bought the flat, all the fixtures and fittings were chosen by the builders and the place was painted white throughout. The kitchen area needed to have some character and to feel slightly separate from the open-plan living space. MY WISH LIST I wanted to add a touch of colour and pattern to the neutral scheme and display my favourite kitchen accessories. I was also keen to incorporate a space for a small dining table and chairs.
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CREATIVE CHOICES ‘I brightened up the pale green units with copper accents, and upcycled the table, chairs and kitchen trolley’
FROM THE LOFT’ Samantha, 32, used candy shades and transformed pieces to brighten up her brand-new kitchen
‘Carry your accent colour through in unexpected ways, like garlands’
hen this two-bedroom flat came on the market I didn’t think I’d be able to afford it at first,’ says Samantha. ‘I’d been living in a flatshare in Crystal Palace and really loved the area but there was no way I thought I would ever be able to buy my own home in London. After doing a few sums and working out that I could rent out the spare room, my dream looked like a reality. I viewed the flat and was completely blown away. It had high ceilings, was painted white throughout – so I could put my own stamp on it – and all the fixtures and fittings were included. Plus, as it was a new-build, I’d have no-one else’s decorating disasters to fix!
Choosing my style I’ve always loved interiors and I was so excited to be able to decorate my flat exactly how I wanted, especially after living in a flatshare, where I was restricted on what I could change. Leading up to the move, I spent lots of time creating moodboards on Pinterest, and flipping through interiors magazines for inspiration. I’m a big fan of bright colours and, as the kitchen was sage green, I decided to brighten it up with copper and coral hues. Ever since I first saw a chalkboard wall in a magazine I’ve liked the idea, and so the same weekend I moved in, I got to work creating one – it was the first thing I did, even before I unpacked. I love the sense of fun it lends to the room and my nephew enjoys drawing pictures of dinosaurs on it.
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I’m a big fan of upcycling furniture and, having quite a tight budget, I spent what I did have on a few pieces of second-hand furniture and then raided my parents’ loft for anything that could be given a new lease of life. The Ikea kitchen trolley had been gathering dust in my dad’s garage, so I nabbed it to create an extra worktop and a bit more storage. I painted it with chalk paint to give it a bit of personality and added a metal rail to hang tea towels. On the shelves, I slotted two
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WRITING’S. ON THE WALL. ‘I love my chalkboard wall – Peter and I leave notes for each other on it!’
ANNE SAYS ‘The blackboard wall is great! A nice extra touch would be to have painted it with magnetic chalkboard paint so Samantha could attach letters and reminders using funky magnets.’
‘This jug, the glasses, and the print give a great burst of colour’
crates that were a brilliant buy from an antiques fair and are great for storage.
Bargain buys I moved in at the end of the summer and got a lot of pieces in the end-of-season sales. My mum came across the dining table for £100 and I found the Ercol chairs for £30 each on eBay. I painted them to match the trolley, to tie the look together. Whenever I go to my parents’ house, I’m always hunting around for unwanted items I could use in the flat. I found a cool brass tray gathering dust, and with just a bit of polish, I got it looking shiny in no time. Now it looks great on the table. I’m really pleased with the way my kitchen turned out, it’s amazing how with just a few simple touches you can really give it personality. The only thing I’d like to do is to get a tiled splashback – I’m saving up for some gorgeous marble-effect tiles. I never dreamt that one day I’d own my own home and I’m so happy I found an affordable way to do it in an area I love.’
My shopping list Similar Logik oven oven, £119 £119.99; 99; Hotpoint WDL540P washer-dryer, £429.99, both Currys. Montpellier fridge freezer, £247.97, Appliances Direct. Chalkboard paint, £11.73 per ltr, B&Q. Bekvam trolley, £35, Ikea. Maison toaster, £49.99, Tefal. Fika mugs, £6 each; Fika storage jars, £16 each; large coral bamboo bowl, £14, all Oliver Bonas. Silver Buckthorn handwash, £9.99; moisturiser, £9.99, both The Scottish Fine Soap Company. Copper-plated kettle, £19.99, Argos. Bamboo copper salad bowl, £14.99; cutlery, £19.99 for a 16-piece set; copper pans, £64.99 for three, all Dunelm. White cow creamer, £4, Sainsbury’s. The elephant salt and pepper shakers are like these, £12, Debenhams. Try the Fjord compact dining table, £99, Made. Paloma chalk paint on chairs and trolley, £18.95 per ltr, Annie Sloan. Faux orange tea roses, £14 per stem; coral dipped basket, £29; Like a Boss print, from £16.50 unframed; pale coral bubble jug and tumblers, £39; Coral Print wooden photo frame, £23, all
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‘I found this brass tray in my parents’ loft and use it to display things I like’
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WORDS AMY HODGE STYLING LAURIE DAVIDSON PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES
‘TRY PAINTING YOUR FURNITURE – IT’S SUCH AN EASY WAY TO CHANGE YOUR COLOUR SCHEME ON A BUDGET AND CAN REVITALISE TIRED PIECES’
KITCHEN STYLE Cheerful coral hues and quirky details are the key to this scheme
PICK SCANDI PRINTS
Horizon Mist Roman blind, £228 including measuring and fitting, Hillarys
Knitted cactus decoration, £4 each, La La Land
Spira Swedish tea towel, £10.50, Andshine
HANG POTS & PANS Coral tealight lantern, £3.99, New Look
Trio grey and coral cushion, £12, Made
Copper kitchen storage rack, £40, The Contemporary Home
Loft standing frame in coral, £15, Oliver Bonas
Madrid copper five-piece cutlery set, £59, Amara
Rice melamine beaker, £20.50 for a set of six, Berry Red
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Do it Stockholm metal pendant, £39; Colourburst 24-piece dinner set, £44.99; Kaleidoscope 24-piece cutlery set, £29.99; tea towel set, £24.99, all Very
Autumn is coming, and with it the time-honoured palette of moody shades. But dark doesn’t mean dreary, as this scheme shows. Colour blocking in a purple palette, and vibrant pops from the tableware add up to a fresh take on darker decor.
Break up a dark wall by adding an MDF feature panel painted in a lighter shade from the same colour chart
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Host a fun KIDS’ PARTY Get the little ones excited about food with these creative ideas STAR COOKIES TAKES 2HRS MAKES 15 Preheat the oven to 160°C/ Gas 3. Cream together 125g unsalted butter, 150g caster sugar and a pinch of salt. Beat in 1 egg with a spoonful of plain flour. Beat in a few drops of vanilla extract and 245g plain flour until it forms a dough. Chill until firm enough to roll. Roll out on a floured surface to 5mm thick. Use star-shaped cutters to cut the dough. Press a stick into each one. Put on parchmentlined baking sheets. Bake for 15 mins until golden at the edges. Knead small amounts of sugarpaste in different colours and roll out to 3mm thick. Use the cutters to press out stars. Place the stars on the hot cookies. The heat will stick them in place. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Decorate with sugarpaste shapes, using water to stick them in place.
BAKE A SPECIAL TREAT
Cover your cake in a bright shade of sugarpaste
CHOOSE A FUNKY SHAPE
Finish off with...
Rainbow party plate, £4.50 for 12, Berry Red
Pom pom party hats, £5.99 for six, Candle & Cake
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Belle & Boo treat boxes, £4 for four, Talking Tables
TAKES 45MINS SERVES 8-10 Heat 2tbsp vegetable oil in a pan with a lid. Add 100g popping corn and cover the pan. When it starts popping, shake the pan, return to the heat, shake it again, repeating until the popping stops. Tip the popcorn onto a lined baking tray and remove any unpopped kernels. Pour 100ml water into a pan, add 300g caster sugar and 1tbsp honey and cook on a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Wash down sugar crystals with a pastry brush. Turn up the heat, bring to the boil and heat until it reaches 120°C, without stirring. Remove from the heat and add a little pink food colouring. Pour over the popcorn, leave to cool.
CHILDREN’S PARTY IDEAS
Preheat the oven to 160°C/ Gas 3. Sift the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and the sugar into a bowl. Add the syrup. Lightly beat together the eggs, oil, milk and vanilla and pour into the flour mixture, then beat well until smooth. Pour the mixture into two 20cm greased and lined
sandwich tins and bake for 30-40 mins until risen and when a skewer is inserted it comes out clean. Leave in the tins for 5 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. To make the filling, mix the cocoa with 3tbsp boiling water. Beat the icing sugar and butter together in a bowl, add the vanilla extract and cocoa paste and beat until smooth. Sandwich together the two sponges using the buttercream. Then cover the top and sides with the rest. To cover the cake, roll out the green sugarpaste on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar until it’s big enough to cover the top and sides. Smooth out over the cake, being careful so it doesn’t split. Trim away any excess. Roll out the different coloured sugarpaste and cut out stars in different sizes. Brush water on to the back of them and stick on to the cake to create your own design.
TAKES 1HR + CHILLING MAKES 36 Halve 6 oranges and scoop out the flesh without breaking the skins. Put the fruit shells in a muffin tin. Place 6 gelatine leaves in cold water (the amount isn’t important) for 5 mins. Bring 100ml lemonade to the boil in a pan. Remove from the heat. Squeeze out excess liquid from the gelatine and add to the pan with a few drops of lemon extract. Divide jelly into three and colour yellow, orange and green with food colourings. Divide between orange halves and chill to set. Slice each half into three with a knife dipped into hot water.
MAKE CHOCOLATE-COVERED MARSHMALLOWS INSTEAD OF CAKE POPS. DIP INTO MELTED CHOCOLATE AND COVER WITH SPRINKLES CAKE POPS TAKES 2HRS MAKES 12 300g chocolate cake 3tbsp chocolate buttercream 300g dark candy buttons 3 types of edible sprinkles 12 x 20cm lolly sticks
Crumble the chocolate cake into a bowl. Add just enough buttercream so that it binds together. Shape into 12 balls and place on baking parchment on a board. Chill for 1 hr. Melt the candy buttons in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (don’t let the water touch the bowl). Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melted candy buttons and press into one of the balls. Repeat with all the sticks and balls. Leave for a few mins for the chocolate to set. Dip the chocolate balls into the melted candy buttons and let the excess drip off. Dip the tops into the sprinkles. Put the sticks in a jar while they set.
ADD A POP OF COLOUR
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TAKES 2HRS SERVES 16 FOR THE CAKE 275g self-raising flour 3tbsp cocoa powder 2tsp bicarbonate of soda 250g light muscovado sugar 3tbsp golden syrup 3 large eggs 250ml sunflower oil 250ml milk Few drops of vanilla extract FOR THE FILLING 2tbsp cocoa powder 250g icing sugar 100g butter, softened Few drops vanilla extract FOR THE DECORATION 1kg green sugarpaste Icing sugar, for dusting Small quantities of sugarpaste in various colours
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Take a bunch of
BANANAS BANOFFEE POTS TAKES 10MINS SERVES 4 8 crushed Hobnob biscuits 400ml vanilla yoghurt 6tbsp caramel 2 sliced bananas Grated dark chocolate
Divide the crushed hobnob biscuits between four serving glasses. Spoon the vanilla yoghurt, caramel sauce and sliced bananas over the crushed biscuits in each glass. Top each one with a little grated dark chocolate.
SLICE UP LEFTOVER BANANA AND FREEZE. USE FOR SMOOTHIES OR ADD INTO CAKE MIXTURE BANANA LOAF
BLUEBERRY, BANANA & CHOCOLATES WAFFLES TAKES 25MINS SERVES 6 Put 60g butter in a pan with 250g blueberries and 2tbsp water. Heat very gently for 5 mins, until the fruit just softens. Turn off the heat. Heat an electric waffle
maker. Measure out 100g butter and melt in the microwave on high for 30 secs. Crack 2 eggs into a bowl, and whisk in the milk. Gently stir in 30g sugar, the flour and baking powder. Pour in the melted butter, gently folding in, until just combined. Brush the waffle maker with butter to grease. Pour 100ml of the mixture into each side of the waffle maker. Cook for a few mins until crisp and golden. Serve waffles topped with blueberries, sliced bananas and grated chocolate. For an indulgent pud add a few scoops of vanilla ice cream before serving.
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TAKES 1HR 30MINS SERVES 8 2tsp 175g plain flour 1⁄2 tsp baking powder 1⁄2 tsp bicarbonate of soda salt 100g dark chocolate chunks 150g caster sugar 125g unsalted butter, melted 2 eggs 4 overripe bananas, mashed 1tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 160°C/Gas 3. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt together, then add the chocolate and mix well. In a bowl, beat the sugar and butter. Mix in the eggs, bananas and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture,. Spoon into a greased and lined 1kg loaf tin and bake, for 1hr or until it’s firm.
PANCAKES TAKES 30MINS SERVES 2 To make the pancakes, Sift 50g plain flour into a bowl and make a well. Crack in 1 egg and gradually mix, stirring in 200ml milk until you have a smooth batter. Heat a non-stick frying pan and melt a knob of butter. Pour in a small amount of batter. Cook for a few mins on each side until golden. Keep warm on a plate while you make the rest. In another pan, heat 75g light muscovado sugar gently for a few mins, add 75g butter and cook for a few mins until smooth. Add juice 1⁄2 lemon and 100g blueberries. Cook for a few mins. Add 1 sliced banana and coat well in the sauce. Fill the pancakes with the banana and fold up. Top with sauce and blueberries.
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Check out these sweet recipes, perfect for using up your leftover ripe bananas
SPANISH-STYLE FISH STEW
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TEAR ME OUT AND POP IN YOUR BAG!
Cook up a delicious dinner in less than 45 mins!
AY VEGETABLE SATA STIR-FRY EGG & PARMA HAM PIZZA
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TAKES 25MINS SERVES 4 50g dessicated coconut 4 egg noodle nests 6tbsp crunchy peanut butter 2tbsp lemon juice 4tbsp light soy sauce 4tsp brown sugar 2tbsp vegetable oil 600g pack stir-fry vegetables
Put the dessicated coconut in a bowl and pour over 200ml hot water and set aside. Place the egg noodles in a large bowl and pour boiling water over them to cover. Stir gently to separate, leave for 5 mins then drain. Meanwhile, mix together the peanut butter, lemon juice, soy sauce, sugar and dessicated coconut plus the soaking liquid. Heat the oil in a wok. Add the sitr-fry veg and cook for 5 mins before adding the noodles for a
SPANISH-STYLE FISH STEW TAKES 30MINS SERVES 4 240g rice 400g fennel, slices and the fronds reserved 1tbsp olive oil 4tsp sweet smoked paprika 500g tomato passata 500ml hot vegetable stock 400g cod, cut into chunks 300g fresh king prawns Zest and juice 2 lemons, plus a little extra juice 160g green beans
MINS ffurther 2 mins. Stir tthro ough the peanut sauce and toss well to coat before serving.
Or try… Add some cooked chicken or king prawns for a hearty family meal. Stir in 5 mins before the end until piping hot.
Cook the rice in a pan of simmering water for 10-15 mins until cooked. Whille the rice is cooking, gently fry the fennel in the oil until soft. Add the paprika, passata and stock to the fennel. Cook for 5 mins until thickened. Add the cod and prawns, stir well to coat in the sauce
STICKY CHICKEN LEGS
TAKES 45MINS SERVES 4 450g strong white bread flour 1tsp salt 2tsp caster sugar 2tsp fast-action dried yeast 2tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing 300ml hand-hot water 500ml passata 4 eggs 4 chargrilled artichoke hearts 12 slices of Parma ham A few basil leaves
TAKES 40MINS + MARINATING SERVES 4 2tbsp soy sauce, 2tbsp clear honey 2tbsp rice vinegar 4tbsp hoisin sauce 2 star anise 2tsp Thai fish sauce 2 garlic clove, crushed 4 chicken legs FOR THE SALAD 4 carrots 400g radishes, finely sliced 6tbsp chives, finely chopped 6tbsp rice vinegar 1tsp sugar Lime wedges and egg fried rice to serve
Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Spread the pizzas with the passata, to within 2cm of the edge. Crack an egg on top in the middle. Arrange the artichoke hearts and slices of Parma ham around the edge and bake for 20 mins until golden brown and risen. Sprinkle with basil leaves before serving.
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an nd simmer for 10 min ns, until both are just cooked through. Season to taste and add the lemon zest and juice. Cook the green beans in the boiling water for 3-4 mins until just tender. Drain the rice and serve with the stew.
FOR A REDUCED CARBOHYDRATE MEAL SERVE WITH CAULIFLOWER RICE RATHER THAN BASMATI
EGG & PARMA HAM PIZZA
Place the flour, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl with the yeast and stir together. Add the oil and enough water to form a soft dough. Turn out and knead for 10 mins until smooth and elastic in texture. Cut the dough into four and roll each piece to a circle about 23cm round. Place on the baking sheets. Cover with oiled clingfilm and leave to rise for 15 mins until doubled in size.
SATAY VEGETABLE STIR-FRY
Mix the soy, honey, vinegar, hoisin, star anise, fish sauce and garlic together in a bowl then add the chicken. If you have time, cover and chill in the fridge to marinate for 10 mins. Preheat the oven to 200°C/ Gas 6. Put the chicken in a roasting dish lined with oiled foil and roast for 30 mins, until the sauce has become sticky and blackened. To make the salad, use a peeler to thinly slice the carrots, then toss through with the radishes, chives, rice
MINS vine egar and sugar, and d season with salt. Serve the chicken legs with the salad, egg fried rice and a few lime wedges.
Or try… Make garlic pizza bread instead by topping the dough with garlic butter, slices of mozzarella and red onion chutney.
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SHOPPING LIST Pop these ingredients into your basket and try our speedy recipes SQUASH, CHORIZO & GOAT’S CHEESE OMELETTE PHOTOGRAPHS WOMAN’S WEEKLY, WOMAN, TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM FOOD BUYS ALL MARKS & SPENCER. VANILLA POD, £3 FOR TWO, MARKS & SPENCER
Butternut squash, £1.50 (1kg)
TAKES 25MINS SERVES 2 Heat 2tbsp olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Add 1 sliced red onion and 350g diced butternut squash and fry for 10 min until soft. Add 120g diced chorizo, then pour in 6 lightly beaten eggs. Cook for
5min. Meanwhile, preheat the grill. Add 120g sliced goat’s cheese and 3tbsp chopped chives to the eggs in the pan, fry on a low heat for a couple of min, then pop under a hot grill for a few mins until firm and golden.
5 uses for... VANILLA PODS
Put a couple of split vanilla pods into a jar of sugar and shake every so often to make vanilla sugar. Scrape the seeds from a vanilla pod and add to the sponge mix of a Victoria sponge cake to add flavour. Mix up a speedy cheesecake. Mix 150g crushed biscuits with 30g melted butter and divide between six glasses. Beat 200g cream cheese, 4tbsp icing sugar, seeds from 1 vanilla pod and 150ml double cream until thick. Divide between the glasses and top with sliced strawberries. Make custard. Split a vanilla pod in half and add to a saucepan with 570ml whole milk, warm until almost boiling. Whisk 4 egg yolks and 2tbsp sugar together. Remove the pod from the milk and whisk into the eggs. Return to the saucepan and gently heat until thickened. Beat together 400ml double cream, 200g condensed milk and seeds from 1 vanilla pod with an electric whisk to form soft peaks. Pour into tub and freeze to make ice cream.
Chorizo £3 (225g)
Goat’s cheese £3.50 (190g)
ONE POT DISH
Chives 90p (25g)
+ Ground almonds, £1.20 (100g)
+ Plum jam £2.50 (295g)
Icing sugar £1.50 (500g)
JAM CRUMBLE SQUARES TAKES 1HR MAKES 15 SQUARES 300g plain flour 200g unsalted butter, cubed 100g ground almonds 100g caster sugar Pinch salt 350g plum conserve 50g flaked almonds Icing sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 180°C/ Gas 4. Tip the flour into the bowl of a food processor and add the butter, ground almonds, caster sugar and salt. Whizz until the mixture binds together.
Add three quarters of the mixture into the base of a greased and lined 18 x 28cm tin, spread it out evenly and then press it down very firmly. Spread the conserve over evenly. Mix the flaked almonds into the remaining crumb mixture, and press it together so it forms larger chunks. Scatter the crumb mixture over the top of the jam. Bake for 45mins. Remove from the oven. Leave to cool in the tin. Dust with icing sugar.
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FRUITY NUMBER This truly irresistible pud makes the most of seasonal fruit
Passion fruit tarts, £2.99 (148g) Waitrose
CHOCOLATE CRUSTED MASCARPONE PUDDING TAKES 40 MINS + CHILLING SERVES 4 200g dark chocolate, cubed 250g ginger nut biscuits, crushed FOR THE TOPPING 500g mascarpone Juice and zest of 2 limes 4tbsp icing sugar 3tbsp seedless raspberry jam 125g raspberries 1 mango, chopped
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring until smooth (make sure the bowl isn’t touching the water or the chocolate will burn).
Stir the crushed biscuits into the chocolate. Tip into a 20cm round, loose-bottomed cake tin lined with clingfilm. Press firmly, chill until set. Remove the chocolate crust from the cake tin, peel off the clingfilm and place it on a serving plate. Beat together the mascarpone, lime juice, grated zest from 1 lime and icing sugar. Fill the crust with the mascarpone mixture. Beat the jam with 1tbsp boiling water to soften it, stir in the raspberries and mango. Spoon over the top and scatter with lime zest.
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Extra Special rasberry and white chocolate cheesecake, £4 (483g) Asda
Mandarin and peach tarts, £2 (270g) Tesco
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Make your home PET FRIENDLY
FEATURE LAURIE DAVIDSON & CASSIE PRYCE
Help your furry friends feel happy and relaxed with fun toys and stylish beds, while making sure your house stays clean and tidy
ere at Style at Home, we love animals as they make a house feel friendly. With that in mind, what could be better than a feature all about pets! Discover the latest accessories for your cute creatures, follow our simple pet bed make and learn how to keep your home looking its best. Enjoy!
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Make a cosy
PILLOW BED Follow this simple sewing project and create a comfy napping spot for your pooch, without having to compromise on style Use enamel tins and upturned crates for handy dog storage
as your dog’s bed seen better days? Or maybe they’ve finally outgrown that mischievous puppy phase and it’s time to treat them to a new one they’ll no longer chew. If so, why not make your four-legged friends a padded pillow with our step-by-step tutorial. Plus, this simple project only takes two hours, so they’ll be able to settle down and sleep on it tonight! Choose a fabric that complements your decor but is also hardwearing, so it will stand the test of time. If you’re looking for a pillow to keep in the boot of your car, go for a wipe-down material so you won’t be worried about muddy paws getting all over it after country walks, or go for a fleecy fabric that they can snuggle up to in winter.
DO IT IN
TAKES 2HRS Fabric measuring at least double the length of your dog Tape measure Fabric scissors Pins Sewing machine Filling of your choice – eg. foam or polyester ﬁbre ﬁlling Needle & thread
Work out the size of your pillow by allocating enough space so your dog can comfortably lie down and stretch out on top of it. Measure and cut out two circles of fabric this size using fabric scissors, including a 3cm seam allowance around the sides. Place the two circles together, right sides facing each other, and pin together.
Using a sewing machine, stitch the two circles together, working to the 3cm seam allowance, and leave a 5cm gap so you can insert your stuffing later on. Turn the pillow the right way out and carefully fill with your choice of filling, making sure it’s nice and plump. Hand-stitch the 5cm gap closed using a needle and thread.
MAKE SURE YOU GO FOR A TOUGH, , DURABLE FABRIC AND GIVE IT A WASH BEFOREHAND IF I IT’S LIKELY TO SHRINK IN THE WASHING MACHINE
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CLEAN & TIDY Don’t let them rule the roost – here’s how to maintain your household
haring your home with animals certainly comes with its cleaning challenges, but by setting a few ground rules you can make it manageable and part of your everyday routine. To help keep hair, odours and muddy paw prints contained as much as possible, be strict about which parts of the house your pet is allowed into.
If your pet isn’t satisfied with their bed, designate a piece of furniture as a pet-friendly spot
SPICK & SPAN Restore order with these pet-friendly solutions FLYING FUR Pet hair is a big challenge for cat and dog owners. Place a towel or throw in their favourite spot to help keep the problem contained, and shake it out or pop it in the wash. Use lint rollers to remove surface hair from furniture before vacuuming for a deeper clean. For hard floors, use an electrostatic mop rather than a vacuum. Finally, groom your pet on a regular basis, brushing them outside if possible.
MUCKY PUPS Paw prints are a common sight for most pet owners, but by following a few simple steps you can keep your floors tidy. Leave a towel or a pack of paw wipes by your front door to clean mucky paws after a walk. Pop your animal’s food and water bowls on a mat so it’s easy to clear up any spillages, and invest in a good quality freshening spray to eliminate any strong odours, particularly in their bed or basket.
SAFETY FIRST Keep medication and cleaning products away from pets in a cupboard, and always close the toilet lid when you’ve been cleaning it with chemicals. Hide cords and wires behind furniture or under rugs, or buy strong cord covers so they cannot be chewed through. A lot of houseplants can also be dangerous for animals, so ensure they are out of reach and don’t let pets drink out of the plant’s saucer.
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WHEN ‘ACCIDENTS’ HAPPEN, CLEAN THEM UP IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU LEAVE THE MESS, IT WILL START TO SMELL AND STAIN
3 buys to try Vileda SuperMocio three action mop, £6.45, Homebase
StainShot pet cleaner spray, £3.49, Vax
Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution, £299.99, Currys
LOOK WHAT YOU SNAPPED
Millie the cavachon is fitting in nicely with @_emmaburton’s decor!
@Charliemxx snaps her kitties Lola and Primrose having a cuddle
@Anjamaja’s dachshund Inka is catching some rays in the summer sun!
This month we’re loving
FEATURE CASSIE PRYCE
There’s a twist in the tail this month at @styleathomemag – we’ve gone pet potty for the furry friends that make your house a home
@Thislittlehouseofours’s Mrs Tibbs is ready for her close up!
@Teddytheshetland feels perfectly at home in the warm indoors!
@Klee222’s cats, Wiggle and Biscuit, are enjoying a Sunday morning lie-in
Meet Duke, @hayleychapman03’s playful Jack Russell pup
Say hello to Chaz and Dave, our homes editor @ldavdiso’s ginger tom cat brothers
@Rebeccaedwards5’s cocker spaniel, Hurley, is snuggling down for the night
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September’s HOME SAVER Our top fixes for common household dilemmas plus expert money-saving tips to keep your house running smoothly
To-do list A few things to try this month... CUT DIY COSTS Save money on your decorating projects by teaching yourself some basic DIY skills. Have a think about what needs doing around the home – can you do it yourself it or do you need to call in a pro? It may seem nerve-wracking to wield a power drill, but it’s easier than you think. A simple search on Google will bring up a list of DIY classes near you. Why not try Jo Behari’s in-depth courses – you’ll be an expert in no time. See skillsology.com
GET JAMMIN’ Beat the birds and start picking blackberries to make your own jam. If it seems like a chore, think ahead to winter when you’ll be enjoying the taste of summer berries on toast! It’s great fun for all the family, too – just grab an empty tub and head out together to woodland areas to gather fruit. Back at home, try making your own preserves. We love Lakeland’s preserving starter pack, £19.99. LOOK TO AUTUMN Summer is drawing to a close, so turn your attention to getting your home autumn-ready. In the garden, now is the time to plant your spring bulbs – tulips, crocuses and daffodils. Indoors, have a declutter and sort out your wardrobe – switch your sandals for wellies! Lastly, do an energy check – is your boiler in tip-top condition and ready for colder weather?
KEEP YOUR THINGS SECURE Our pick of the best gadgets to make sure your belongings are safe
NO MORE KEYS
Connect to your phone via Bluetooth for key-free access, Noke, £59.99, Amazon
Clip the Tile to things you don’t want to lose and locate them via an app, £19.99, Argos
Set the Canary camera up in any room and watch on your smart phone, £159, Amazon
Control access to your home via pin code, fob or phone. Keyfree Connected lock, £444, Yale
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The boil-dry feature cuts out the power if there’s no water inside Keep surfaces clear of cables and let the kettle take centre stage Lite 1.5-litre jug kettle, £74.50, Dualit
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3 of the best… WASHING MACHINES
For busy mums Quiet and superefficient with a door that lets you pop in stray socks mid-wash, this 7kg machine is great for families. Samsung Add Wash, £479, Currys
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Ideal for couples Clean clothes in 30 minutes with this 3kg machine. It gets laundry wet more effectively, ensuring clothes are washed quicker and faster. Zanussi Lindo100, £229, John Lewis
Fab for families The time delay setting on this 12kg machine schedules wash times, and its A+++ rating saves on your energy and water bills. Beko WY124854 MW, £499, Currys
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I’ve never tried wallpapering before, but would love to give it a go in my house. I’ve heard that the paste-the-wall type is the easier option. Is this true? The thought of applying wallpaper may seem daunting to the absolute beginner, but paste-the-wall wallpaper makes decorating swift and easy. The Superfresco Easy Paste Kit, £10, from Graham & Brown (shown above), cuts decorating time by half, thanks to a special backing that doesn’t expand when wet. You simply paste the wall rather than the paper, so there’s no need for a fiddly pasting table – you can then hang it straight from the roll and cut it to fit. It also peels off easily without the need for scraping and steaming, allowing you to keep up with the latest interior trends. Nicky Jepson, Superfresco Easy Brand Manager at Graham & Brown
Clean build-up off the face of your iron by scattering salt onto a piece of parchment paper and running the hot iron over it until any dirty marks are released. Let the iron fully cool down, then wipe with a damp cloth.
CLEAR FLOWER RESIDUE FROM VASES If flowers have left a buildup of grime on the inside of your glass vases, wash the offending areas with a strong solution of salt and water to remove any dirty marks.
REMOVE TEA AND COFFEE STAINS Scrub inside tea- or coffee-stained mugs with salt and a damp cloth to remove discolouration.
BEAT WATERMARKS ON WOOD
Mix 1 tsp salt with a few drops of water to form a paste and work over the spot until it’s gone.
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6 WAYS TO SHINE WINDOWS With our easy tips, you’ll get glass gleaming in no time
WATCH THE WEATHER
DON’T OVERDO IT
Choose a cool, dry but cloudy day to minimise the risk of streaking. Sun can dry windows too quickly, leaving marks, so pick an overcast day!
Whether you use a special glass cleaner or hot soapy water, remember not to apply too much. You want to use just enough to wipe the grime away.
Make a solution of 2 tbsp of white vinegar to a small bucket of warm water and use a chamois to apply – it’s cheaper and better than chemicals.
BRUSH OFF DIRT
Before you start cleaning, sweep away any debris and give the whole window pane a brush down, then you can tackle them with the hard stuff.
Dry the glass with a squeegee, then buff with a ball of scrunched-up newspaper. The ink will give your windows that extra added shine and sparkle.
Don’t neglect windowsills and panes – be sure to tackle any mildew that’s grown over time. Once they’re clean, you could give them a lick of paint, too.
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SNACK IN STYLE
Accessorise with graphic ornaments. Standing ampersand, £10, Sainsbury’s
Add zing to your crockery. Skack serving bowl, £5, Ikea
Hang a welcoming note. House rules glass sign, £10, The Contemporary Home
Look out for fun accessories. Panda mug, £8.49, The Oak Room Pick some fab, funky patterns. Monochrome feature cushion, £4.99, Dunelm
Earn your stripes. Black-and-white vase, £8.95, Rigby & Mac
UNDER £10 Add pops of yellow to a monochrome scheme for a modern vibe
Brighten up your bathroom. MissPrint Trees towels, from £3.50, John Lewis
Bring flavour to your tabletop. Charm salt and pepper set, £3.99, Harbour Living
Get your hall organised. Bird letter holder, £5, The White Lighthouse Introduce Scandi charm. Woodstock tea towel in yellow, £10, Andshine
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