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In this issue... …we’re bringing you relaxed coastal style to enjoy all year round. Give your home an easygoing feeling with a classic palette of blue and white (page 32), discover ways to put a modern spin on a seaside theme (page 45) and harness that holiday feeling with ideas from our gorgeous real homes (page 56). Don’t miss our style notes on how to decorate with hot pink (page 40), see our edit of

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August CONTENTS

80 Design a coastal scheme that’s bright and inviting

REAL HOMES 56 ‘We’ve Done Coastal Without The Clichés’ 68 ‘It Might Be Small, But It’s Smart!’ 80 ‘We’ve Made It Light And Welcoming’ 92 ‘It’s Full Of Quirky Makes And Finds’ 102 Property Projects 104 Extreme Transformations 110 ‘Merging Rooms Was The Answer’ 114 ‘We Extended To Create A Space That Flows’ 118 ‘We Gave A Blank Space Personality’ 124 ‘It Has A Real Holiday Vibe’ 128 ‘It Feels Like A Luxury Hotel’

SEASONAL LIVING 132 Hold On To The Taste Of Summer 135 Tackle A Task 136 In The Kitchen 138 Serve Up Some Simple Seafood 143 In The Garden 178 Try Something New

INNOVATION SHOPPING IDEAS 12 15 17 18 21 23 27

Mood Of The Moment Everybody’s Doing Design Report Cash Clever Decorator The Next Big Thing Look What We Found! High-Street Hero

45 Take It To The Beach 50 Boutique Hotel Spy 52 Pick The Perfect Pattern

ROOM IDEAS 32 Ocean Dreaming 40 Colour School: Hot Pink And Orange

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My to-do list for August The things I’ll be planning, doing and shopping for this month hile travel plans are on hold, I’m cracking on with the long list of jobs that I have to do around the house, finding a home for long-lost treasures and shopping for sheds. HOLIDAYING AT HOME Having just sunk every penny into a new home, all exotic holiday plans are off! I’ll be spending my summer break painting, decorating and generally DIYing my little heart out. If the weather holds, though, I’ll sneak off to my sunlounger in between coats of paint with a novel and next door’s cat (we’ve bonded). CURATING TREASURES I might not be going away, but I’m surrounded by holidays past: I’ve been unpacking stuff that’s been in storage and unearthed treasures bought on trips for ‘The House’ I didn’t yet own. It’s a random collection, including Norman Rockwell prints from Massachusetts, carved Puerto Rican masks, bright patterned pottery from Greek markets and Welsh love spoons. There’s a danger it’s all going to look more ‘eccentric hoarder’ than ‘eclectic chic’ but, no matter: the best homes tell the story of their owners, I think. Plus, you can get away with quite a lot of craziness as long as it’s contained craziness, so I’ll be heading to Ikea for a Stockholm glass cabinet or two, and I’ll be using them to create a mini museum of my favourite finds.

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SIPPING HERB SELZER Usually I neglect my potted herbs until they become leggy and woody, but this year I’ve followed Ma Richmond’s advice and given them a severe haircut once a week, resulting in a rampant profusion of mint, basil and rosemary that makes the patio smell Is black the new green gorgeous. I’m chucking the for stylish trimmings into a jug with garden sheds? ribbons of cucumber (use a veg peeler), a teaspoonful of salt and one of sugar, topped up with fizzy water. If you leave it to mash in the fridge for a bit and serve over ice, it’s the most refreshing thing you’ll drink all summer. PLANNING A SHE SHED Actually, I’m thinking not just one shed, but two. I know – how decadent! One for storage (mower, garden tools, Peppa Pig space hoppers, etc) and one for doing stuff – a place to re-pot plants or sit and survey my domain during rain showers on gardening days. Question is, do I paint them classic Cath Kidston green or bold black – which makes the colours of plants and shrubs really pop? Something to ponder while I’m lounging in the sun…

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Party pieces Hang paper decs for a carnival vibe Fiesta honeycombs, £10, Decadent Decs range, Talking Tables

Who’s a pretty boy, then? Perch on plants, tableware or place settings Clip on tropical birds, £12 for six, Graham and Green

Think pink Make your table setting stand out Enamel bowls, from £9 each; plates, from £11 each; all Bohemia Design

der, Whizz watermelon chunks in a blen ecco then top up with lemonade or pros Tables Tableware, from a selection, Talking

Mood of the moment It’s fiesta time! Jungle fever Hand around refreshing cocktails in style Patterned tray, £12.99, H&M

Get the barbie sizzling and invite everyone over – it’s time to embrace the Rio carnival spirit and summer’s bright, happy hues

Bottoms up Switch plastic cups for no-spill jars Glass jar with straw, £2.99, Dobbies Garden Centres

MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR

FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Take flight Pop with bright prints Cushion, £25, Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson range, Debenhams

Feelin’ hot, hot, hot! Plenty of room to cook up a feast Star flower split chiminea with grill, £79.99, La Hacienda range, Very

Stir crazy Jazz up long drinks Tropical bar stirrers, £18 for four, Oliver Bonas

Kitsch but cool A fun way to add candlelight Pineapple tealight holder, £6, By Sainsbury’s

Low lounger Extra seating for when the party gets packed Woven stool, £26, By Sainsbury’s

Faux good This can stay out all year Floor standing faux cactus, £149, HomeSense

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Summer living SHOPPING IDEAS Set up your outdoor space for a fun fiesta with hits of bold colour, tropical palm prints and a few pots of exotic-looking flora Tablecloth, £14.99; seatpads, £6.99 each; bowls, from £6.99 each; tray, £12.99; vases, from £7.99 each; tealight holders, £2.99 each; cushion covers, £3.99 each; all H&M. For a similar chair, try the rattan conservatory, £155, Wayfair. For a similar chandelier, try the pineapple, £405, Graham and Green

FEATURE MICHELA COLLING

Go glam and light up your outside space by hanging a vintage-style candle chandelier so the party can go on late into the night

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Moody nautical SHOPPING IDEAS

Mermaid ornament, £10; bell jar with rope, £6; Let’s Set Sail votive, £5 for three; black tealight holder, £2; rope glass lamp, £30; all George Home

Leading light Ideal for bringing a nautical touch to a plain scheme Sea lampshade, £12, Prince’s Trust range, George Home

Go with the faux

Catch of the day A quirky print that would fit into any colour scheme Spotted Eagle Ray print, £34, Ross & Brown

Protect corals by choosing a resin lookalike Tubbataha faux coral, £59, Oka

Everybody’s doing Take inspiration from the deep – think shells, corals, creatures and crustaceans in moody marine shades

Into the blue Pep up a picnic with this melamine tableware Nautical melamine bowl, £15 for four, Marks & Spencer

LISA FAZZANI, SHOPPING EDITOR

Make a splash FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Choose a statement-making serving bowl in contrasting tones Maritime octopus bowl, £27, ThomasPaul range, Amara

Tactile buy

Ocean view These would look striking in a set or as standalone prints in adjoining rooms Prints, £426 for six, Royaldesign.co.uk

Lobster pot Bring quirky detail to an office or bedroom Maritime Lobster wastebin, £40, Cream Cornwall

Beautiful with or without blooms Raised design vase, £39.99, Zara Home

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Seaside style Fill with a large pillar candle Storm lantern, £15, The Contemporary Home

Soft shell Add subtle colour and pattern to a cream sofa Crab cushion, £32.95, Coastal Home

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Outdoor dining SHOPPING IDEAS

‘We’ve seen huge developments in melamine recently – taking what has been thought of as tableware reserved for outdoors into a completely new area’ GARY BIRKS, HOMEWARE DESIGN MANAGER, MARKS & SPENCER

Melamine dinner plate, £4; melamine side plate, £3.50; melamine bowl, £3.50; melamine tray, £12.50; all Spring Bloom range, Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer homeware design manager Gary Birks

DESIGN REPORT

FEATURE HOLLY CATFORD

‘We can’t believe it’s not china!’ With summer well and truly upon us, dining has become more of an alfresco affair and, happily, the high street has well and truly upped its picnicware game this year. Marks& Spencer has kicked things off by giving picnic plates a rather grown-up makeover; its new Spring Bloom range (above) might look like a set of vintage crockery akin to the type we’d trawl an antiques market for, but it is, in fact, made of light, durable and

chip-proof melamine. Using the latest technological advances, the homeware team at M&S HQ has replicated beautiful, hand-painted antique ceramic tableware, incorporating its imperfections, such as tiny chips and shadowing, to help make the range look both charming and authentic. And M&S isn’t the only high-street giant producing such convincing replicas. The Botanist range at Sainsbury’s features melamine plates,

bowls and platters that take on the likeness of intricate Moroccan porcelain designs in inky blues and white, while the plates and bowls in Lakeland’s Toscana range look so similar to an authentic, hand-painted terracotta set baked under the Tuscan sun, you have to touch them to realise they are, in fact, melamine copies.

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CASH CLEVER Decorator Update your look with a bold global twist

Folk fusion Layer graphic prints in pigmented shades of turquoise, magenta and clementine to give your scheme a vibrant South American feel Jolie chair in Comino weave, £449; Peru kilim rug, from £139; footstool in Mantaro, £279; cushions, from £12 each; all Marks & Spencer

Head to South America and immerse yourself in an exotic blend of spicy colours and traditional woven textiles – it’s a look that’s hot and happening on the high street right now HOLLY CATFORD, ACTING STYLE & DECORATING ASSISTANT

£44.95 Final touch

Hang up

Dot around the room Artificial cacti, Dobbies Garden Centres

Wooden detailing adds an artisan feel Carved mirror, By Sainsbury’s

£6.99 for six

£25 Authentic print Add a rich hit of colour with a Peruvian pattern Weave cushion, Marks & Spencer

Diamond design

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Top marks With Aztecstyle embossing Blue vase, Ben de Lisi range, Debenhams

Rustic seat

£49.99

Made from mango wood and cotton Colourful braided stool, Zara Home

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Fabric remnants make up this abstract geometric motif Baku kilim chindi rug, Myakka


Global look SHOPPING IDEAS

Take it to the tropics with fun characters and exotic motifs Cushions, from £7 each; ornaments, from £3 each; all George Home

Clashing patterns is key to this look, but only use on accessories to avoid colour chaos

LOVE THE LOOK? FIND OUT MORE… THE STORY Inspired by the tropical climes of South America and the upcoming Rio Olympics, this trend celebrates a fusion of rich colours, exotic patterns and traditional folk-style craftmanship. WHY WE LOVE IT The riotous palette instantly whisks us away to far-off destinations, while the hand-made elements satisfy our love for unique artisan treasures. HOW TO USE IT With gusto! This confident look is all about mixing print, pattern and texture – start with biscuit-toned basics and smart furniture, then layer vibrant embroidered and embellished cushions. Team with statement lighting and oversized accessories for a bold and contemporary effect. WHO’S DOING IT The Peru collection from Marks & Spencer features traditionally woven rugs, bright embroidered cushions and colourful melamine tableware – perfect for summer picnics. George Home’s Island Way range includes alpaca-adorned cushion covers, tropical-style ornaments and bolts of rich colour. housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine AUGUST 2016 | 19


Artisan style SHOPPING IDEAS FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Loopy for loops Love crochet? This beats a doily any day! Crochet lampshade in white, £92, Madam Stoltz range, Out There Interiors

Artisans of Africa Natural weave Look for eco renewables, such as this chair made of woven paper and bamboo Viktigt chair, £40, Ikea

Traditional craft fused with modern design Kikapu vase B, £130, Otago range, Wolf & Badger

The next big thing Weaves and knots

Try some Seventies chic with a classic ring chair and plenty of basketware String ring chair, £300, Madam Stoltz range, Out There Interiors. For a similar basket, try the Viktigt, £15, Ikea

This trend celebrates the artisan, the beauty of the visible technique and natural materials

FEATURE MICHELA COLLING

MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR

THE STORY SO FAR Designers are increasingly turning to crafts such as weaving and crochet, not only keeping these techniques alive and supporting artisanal businesses, but creating an appreciation for the maker’s mark. WEAVES AND KNOTS Seventies favourite macramé is bringing boho back, with intricate wall art and hanging planters available from the likes of Urban Outfitters, Graham and Green and Danish brand House Doctor. The use of woven rattan, jute, hemp and bamboo has trickled in from Eastern and Southeast Asian artisans and can be seen in Native & Co’s woven-rush baskets with copper lids, and the Viktigt collection from Ikea. Made in collaboration with Swedish designer Ingegerd Råman, as well as craftspeople from Vietnam

and Indonesia, the Viktigt range includes woven furniture, lighting and storage, all made from natural materials. Meanwhile, design duo Chudy and Grase has mixed industrial-style metal frames with wicker weaving for its Meet the Wicker furniture, made in partnership with weavers in Latvia. NATURAL TEXTURES Lighting designer Naomi Paul creates unique oversized crocheted lampshades from recycled fabrics, while textile designer Margo Selby and West Elm have produced hand-loomed cushions in collaboration with communities of weavers in India. Danish brand Madam Stoltz was borne from its founder’s love of, and travels to, India, and sells crocheted lampshades and jute-braided chairs and rugs, available at Out There Interiors.

Make it macramé Go boho and knot your own wall hangings or planters Yelena macramé frame, £50, Urban Outfitters

Fair play Woven from sustainable hemp Daisy hemp rug, £130, Armadillo & Co range, Northwood

Fruit of the loom Bring tactile texture to a plain sofa Dots and woven block cushion covers, £34 each, Margo Selby range, West Elm

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Enamelware SHOPPING IDEAS

TASTE OF SUMMER Perfect for beach-picnic drinks – fill it with tea from a Thermos if it gets breezy Enamel mug, £6.50, Sass & Belle

SEASIDE STYLE Use this grey shade in an all-white kitchen to add subtle coastal charm Lampshade and cord, £85, Bear & Bear

PRACTICAL PLATE A hard-wearing option for alfresco dining or hang on the wall as artwork Plate, £16, Kate Samuel range, Amara

Look what we found!

Classic enamelware PERFECT PAIR Fresh white servers for summer salads White enamel salad servers, £33.94, Cachette range, Furnish.co.uk

IT’S A KEEPER These unbreakable cups are just the thing to take on an outdoor adventure Tumblers, £30 for four, Berry Red

A little enamel can add a lot of vintage chic and character to any style of kitchen MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR

CATCH OF THE DAY Cook and serve moules marinière in this handy pot – the lid is for empty shells Mussel pot, £35, Garden Trading

COOL KITCHENALIA Just imagine the pleasure of seeing this beauty on the hob every day Whitby kettle, £39.95, Mini Moderns

FRENCH FEEL Add a bit of je ne sais quoi to your house front, no matter where it’s located French door sign, £2.95, Dotcomgiftshop

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SHOPPING IDEAS Enamelware

KEEP IT TIDY Prevent garden twine or string getting tangled up into a frustrating ball of knots Twine in a tin, £6.95, Burgon & Ball

NOSTALGIC NOD Made of enamelled steel, this is durable, easy to clean and conducts heat evenly Kastrull saucepan, £12, Ikea

PARTY PLEASER Garden parties, here we come! Just the thing for refreshing summer cocktails Drinks dispenser, £19.99, Drinkstuff.com

CLASSIC PIECE No country home is complete without an enamel jug to display flowers Pitcher, £11.99, Kitchen Craft range, Wayfair

MODERN UTILITY A leather handle gives a contemporary edge to this enamel classic Utensil pot, £32, LSA International

MOVIE NIGHT Salted or sweet? Add a bit of cinema magic to your Friday evenings in Popcorn bowl, £10.50, Em Home

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£26 SERVICE PLEASE Bring a delicious dish from kitchen to the table without spilling a drop Tray, £13, The Orchard Homes and Gifts

COUNTRY CHARMER Keep cleaning kit in order Large enamel caddy, Laura Ashley

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£12 BEAUTILITY AT ITS BEST Room for plenty of spray bottles Enamel trug, Croft range, John Lewis

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High-street hero SHOPPING IDEAS

This month’s high-street hero Clare Harris of Talking Tables Meet the woman charged with adding instant joy to dining tables and parties around the country

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lare Harris started up party-decorations company Talking Tables from her own kitchen table 17 years ago. More than 50 staff now work at the company’s London studio, designing and creating a large selection of tableware, games, giftwrap and decorations. The brand’s products are stocked all over the high street, including in John Lewis, Selfridges, Waitrose and Paperchase, and the company also creates exclusive ranges for Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

BUSINESS MINDED Growing up, Clare was a prolific creative – she made candles, pressed flowers, wove macramé and made her own clothes. ‘I spent my teenage years sitting at a sewing machine, but it wasn’t something that I pursued at school,’ she says. One thing she was sure of, though, was that she wanted to run her own company. ‘I didn’t know what business it would be in, I just knew that I wanted to work for myself,’ she recalls. ‘I’ve always admired women in business. I remember when I applied for a milk-round job, our milkman asked me who my heroes were. I said Laura Ashley. I think he thought I was talking about flowery dresses, but she was such an amazing businesswoman. I’d love to go back in time and set him straight!’ Clare went on to study psychology at The University of Bristol. ‘I couldn’t

make up my mind whether I was an artist or a scientist, so I went somewhere in the middle,’ she says. After graduating, Clare took a job at IBM. ‘Several years later, I came to an impasse, where I realised that I wasn’t achieving my life’s goals,’ she says. ‘I thought, “when I’m 80, will I regret not starting my own business?” and the answer was yes, so I resigned.’ For a while, she thought she’d sell greetings cards. ‘I even put an offer on a space to open a shop,’ she says, ‘but then it hit me that I’d have to sit in the shop all day waiting for customers, unable to influence anything, and that it really wasn’t for me. Meanwhile, because I was off work, I had time to invite friends over for dinner parties. I enjoyed the sociable aspect of entertaining more than the time spent cooking. It occurred to me that if you have sparklers or party poppers on the table, you can create a dynamic that is simply about fun. That takes the attention off the individuals at the party, from “who’s got the biggest mortgage” or “who’s just had their first child” and helps to create a shared experience together. I love the laughter and the emotion that fun experiences create, and that’s where the idea of Talking Tables came from.’

‘If you have sparklers or party poppers on the table, you create a dynamic that’s simply about fun’

INSTANT SUCCESS Clare’s timing was spot on. As well as the fact that the UK lacked a specialist partydecorations company, the millennium was fast approaching, and everyone

TOTALLY TROPICAL Celebrate this summer with an alfresco fiesta Tropical bird garland, £11; pineapple cups, £5 each; all Talking Tables

was planning a New Year’s Eve party to beat all others. ‘I put a little range together, with things like party poppers, scatter stars, a table bomb, sparklers and streamers,’ says Clare. ‘I just mocked them up with bits of paper. When I showed them to a buyer at Heal’s, they immediately snapped them up, so I had to find a supplier. ‘A friend put me in touch with a designer and she helped me put a vision together, as well as designing the company logo and the first collection. I went on to work with people already in the industry and I had the stock delivered to my house. I packed everything at home, loaded up my car and delivered orders by hand wherever they had to go.’ THE PARTY NEVER STOPS ‘When we were a smaller company, we were very dependent on Christmas for sales,’ says Clare, ‘but now we cover Easter and summer entertaining, so we’re kept busy year round. I like to think that our products take the pressure off your cooking skills and how your home looks. It’s so much easier to have friends over and say, “I tried to make a cake... but look at the gorgeous cake stand!”. Our products are about having a sense of humour and saying that you don’t take yourself too seriously.’ ➺

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SHOPPING IDEAS High-street hero

SEASIDE RETREAT Cornwall’s breathtaking coastline is where Clare escapes to for relaxation

PASTEL PARTY Dress up a spread with plenty of pretty decs Lampshade garland, £8.50; paper lanterns, £8.50 for three; spiral cupcake stand, £22; all Talking Tables

ALL ROSY Clare loves the beautiful prints at Designers Guild Kaori in Apple, £54 per m; Corsage in Schiaparelli, £59 per m; both Designers Guild

BOLD BIRD A freestanding light that’s bound to be a talking point Carnival Fiesta flamingo light, £35, Talking Tables

PAPER RAINBOW Perk up your party with a string of pompoms Fiesta honeycomb garland, £14, Talking Tables

ON THE MOVE Clare travels abroad as often as possible Three piece hessian suitcases set, £233, House Additions range, Wayfair

CULTURAL HUB ‘I love visiting the Tate Modern in London. I’ve been to some great events there,’ says Clare

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GET TO KNOW HER SIGNATURE STYLE Clare is passionate about colour and surrounds herself with it. ‘I adore colour and pattern, especially with different textures, like a sofa with a mix of velvet and tweed upholstery,’ she says. ‘I love the combinations that Designers Guild comes up with.’ Clare is particularly influenced by art and visits the Tate Modern on London’s South Bank often. ‘I call it “brain food” – Howard Hodgkin is my favourite artist,’ she says. ‘I’m also a big theatre buff and we have a theatre club and a book club at our office.’ Frequently travelling each week between her homes in London and Gloucestershire, Clare escapes

to the Cornish coast for some downtime as often as possible. ‘I just love Cornwall,’ she says. ‘I love the open expanses of sand when the tide goes out. It’s so peaceful. I find waves soothing, I think because I was brought up by the sea in Aberdour in Fife. Whenever I was really fed up, I’d go and sit on the beach and listen to the sound of the waves.’ Clare loves to go abroad as much as she can, too. ‘I’m very fortunate that I’ve travelled a lot since I was a student,’ she says. ‘I still love travelling – my nephew is getting married in Tasmania later this year, so we’re going there for the wedding. Apparently, Hobart has the most amazing art gallery, so it’s a win-win trip: we’re going to meet family and we’ll get some brain food!’

MODERN ART Clare admires the use of colour in Hodgkin’s work Howard Hodgkin portfolio, £150 for four prints, Tate Shop

SPRINKLE SOME LOVE Not just for weddings Be Happy confetti, £3, Talking Tables

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BE INSPIRED, BE CREATIVE with AUGUST’S DECORATING IDEAS

Be your own

Laid-back vibe

INTERIOR DESIGNER If you love the stylish schemes in Ideal Home, but aren’t sure how to transform your own rooms, we’re here to help. All great looks start with inspiring images, so indulge in a research session with our decorating section, then build a moodboard for your project. Find all the decorating inspiration you need over the page...

Use blue and white to create a relaxed mood, page 32

Powerful petals Add colour with vibrant painterly florals, page 52

On the seashore Get set for summer with cool coastal ideas, page 45

Bright and beautiful Team bold hues for an uplifting mood, page 40

FIND INSPIRING MOODBOARDS ONLINE AT

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OCEAN

reaming If you want your decorating schemes to feel relaxed and confident, you can’t beat a simple combination of blue and white with a bold mix of Mediterranean-chic patterns FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO PAGE 38

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ave you ever wished that a holiday by the sea could last forever? Be inspired by the crisp whites and deep blues of sun-drenched villages in the Med and create a relaxed scheme that will revive your senses all year round. START WITH WHITE Fresh white walls make for an effortless breezy backdrop and plain, white-painted floorboards will add a wonderfully chilled-out, barefoot-basics vibe. MIX IN BLUE PRINTS The cool simplicity of a blue-and-white scheme gives you the freedom to have fun with pattern. Layer up accessories, fabrics and tableware featuring blue-on-white block prints for a confident look. KEEP FURNITURE NATURAL Dark oak, teak, olive or limed-wood designs will work brilliantly with blue and white. Add another layer of rustic texture with hammeredmetal accent pieces in the form of lights, small tables and trays.

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Easygoing Dining Room

Keep your dining area casual by mixing up blue-and-white china and linens featuring different global-inspired patterns

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Blue and white ROOM IDEAS

KNOW THE RULES

IDEA

KEEP THE PALETTE SIMPLE Stick to a clean combination of white and blue, and don’t give in to the temptation to add more colours. A pared-back palette is what gives this look its effortless, relaxed feel. CHOOSE YOUR HERO ELEMENT Decide which feature in the room you want to steal the show and use it to display a large block of pattern, for example a statement feature wall or eye-catching curtains. EXPERIMENT WITH PATTERN Mix up motifs that share a theme for soft furnishings. You could create a global feel with mosaic and trellis prints, or bring a modern slant to the look with geometric designs.

Make a feature of artisan ceramics by displaying a group of decorative blueand-white plates on the wall

Set the mood for relaxation with an informal dining set. Swap two chairs for a bench to create a laid-back feeling and give the look a rustic edge with distressed wood

Frame panels of wallpaper to transform it into artwork. Choose a standout blue-on-white design to give your room a focal point

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An oatmeal-coloured sofa, washed-oak furniture and weathered-wood picture frames soften the fresh look of white walls

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Blue and white ROOM IDEAS

IDEAL HOME

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Laid-back Living Room

IDEA In an all-white room, introduce large blocks of blue-andwhite pattern. We went for a statement rug and geometricprint curtains

Give a living room a more upscale look by arranging storage and artwork to create symmetry. Add interest with a mix of glass and ceramic pieces

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Energising Bedroom

IDEA Break up a busy mix of invigorating pattern with a few key pieces that provide solid colour, such as a bedside table


Blue and white ROOM IDEAS A fresh white backdrop is a versatile starting point that allows you to really play with pattern. Combine as many blue-and-white prints as you like, just make sure you include lots of areas of plain white to balance it out

CHOOSE AN OCEAN-BLUE SHADE Enjoy that relaxed holiday mood all year round with an evocative colour

HIDDEN DEPTHS

TAKE A DIP

INTO THE BLUE

Button Tin Claypaint, £36 for 2.5ltr, Earthborn

Ocean Wave vinyl matt emulsion, £25.84 for 2.5ltr, Albany

Blue Moon matt emulsion, £40 for 2.5ltr, Sanderson

Paint walls blue for a refreshing bathroom scheme. Use a blue-onwhite fabric for blinds to let light in, then add texture with wooden and woven accessories

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Rejuvenating Bathroom

Brilliant azure-blue walls will create a dramatic backdrop for a fresh white bathroom suite

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ROOM IDEAS Blue and white

Find all the details

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DINING ROOM DECORATION AND FURNITURE Walls painted in All White Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Patara Ikat wallpaper in Navy T64142 (in panels), £54 per roll, Caravan collection, Thibaut. For

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LIVING ROOM DECORATION AND FURNITURE Walls painted in Pure Brilliant White Once Matt Emulsion, £18.98 for 2.5ltr, Dulux. For similar flooring, try the Soft Oak Light IM1854, £19.99 per sq m, Laminate Impressive collection, Quick-Step. Domino rug (160cm x 230cm), £330, Heal’s. Curtains made in Paziols Indigo, £39.99 per m, Provence collection, Prestigious Textiles. Marylebone oak coffee table,

marble stand, £35, Rockett St George. Fern Lace dish (with pears in it), £85; Indigo Drop large serving bowl, £39.95; both Luma. Tica jug, £20, Habitat. Century cutlery, £180 for a 24-piece set, Living by Christiane Lemieux range, House of Fraser. ON SIDEBOARD (from left) Moroccan vase, £18, By Sainsbury’s. Uka stripe bowl, £12.95, Nkuku. Indigo large ceramic vase, £38, MiaFleur. Indigo Bergen ceramic tray, £79, Holly’s House. For similar glasses, try the Pokal, 50p each, Ikea. Blue glass bottle, £19, Nordic House. Woodland Camomile Lawn scented tealight holders, £7.70 for two, St Eval Candle Company. Ishwari silver brass tray, £120, India May. Hurricane, £32.50,

Nordic House. ON BENCH Cushions, made in (from left): Laguna Denim F0564/01, £38 per m, Sonoma collection, Clarke & Clarke; Troy W724326, £75 per m, Bridgehampton collection, Thibaut. ON CHAIRS Cushions made in Bansuri Indigo PP50319.1, £69 per m, The Echo Design collection, GP&J Baker. ON WALL Plates, from top right: Ivy dinner, £16, Java range; Ceramic Blue; Blot side, £8, Habitat; Lattice dinner, £16, Java range, Ceramica Blue; Swirl side, £8.50, Java range, Ceramica Blue; Moroccan side, £3.50, By Sainsbury’s; Flower dinner, £16, Java range, Ceramica Blue. DETAIL SHOT (page 32) All products, as before

£895, Oka. Long Island grand sofa in Millet (H81.5cm x W105cm x L235cm), £2,790; Aldwych low side table in Navy, £335; both Neptune. Rye armchair in Rockpool washed linen, £910, Sofa.com. Casey small sideboards, £855 each; Casey bookshelf, £925; all Living by Christiane Lemieux range, House of Fraser. Orrico hammered aluminium side table, £125, Habitat. Parquet console table (behind sofa), £360, French Connection.

ON COFFEE TABLE Ishwari silver brass tray, £120, India May Home. Moroccan tea glasses, £6 each, Oggetto. For a similar bowl (used as a plant pot), try the porcelain bowl, £6, Design Vintage. Blue clip-top glass bottle, £2.99, Dunelm. Candle, £6.99, H&M. Indigo striped Nuuk vase, £95, Holly’s House. ON SOFA Cushions, from left: Kashmir, £49, Luma; Moroccan Blue printed stripe, £12, By Sainsbury’s; Ikat Kerela, £49, Luma; Kashmir, as before; Dadra, £49, Luma. ON ARMCHAIR Haveli blue cushion, £49, Luma. Cley navy stripe throw, £140, Neptune. ON NAVY SIDE TABLE Moroccan Blue nibble bowl, £3; Moroccan Blue coaster, £8 for four; both By Sainsbury’s. Blue glass vase, £24, Att Pynta. Straw hat, £15, Rockett St George. ON SILVER SIDE TABLE Beaufort navy glass votive holder, £60, Libra. Moroccan Blue side plate, £3.50; Moroccan Blue nibble bowl,

£3; both By Sainsbury’s. ON BOOKSHELF (from top) Danvers vase, £35, The White Company. Round stoneware vase, £16, Att Pynta. Wire tealight holders, £7 each, By Sainsbury’s. Brass bowl, £50, India May Home. Pic photo frame, £8, Habitat. White basket, £34.50 for two, Holly’s House. Indigo ceramic vase, £28, MiaFleur. ON LEFT-HAND SIDEBOARD Large glass table lamp, £115, French Connection; shade covered in Troy W724326, £75 per m, Bridgehampton collection, Thibaut. Carved jewellery box, £12, By Sainsbury’s. Patterned vase, £25, John Lewis. ON CONSOLE TABLE Moroccan lantern, £22; blue cereal bowl, £3.50; both By Sainsbury’s. White basket; Pic photo frame; both as before. Glass vase, £14.99, H&M. ON RIGHT-HAND SIDEBOARD Nibble bowl, £3; Moroccan jug, £12; both By Sainsbury’s. ON WALL Lulworth framed prints, £64 each, Neptune

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BEDROOM DECORATION AND FURNITURE Stone Trellis 91/3009 wallpaper, £75 per roll, Banbury wallpaper collection, Cole & Son. Floor painted in All White floor paint, £59 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Diamond Navy/Ivory indoor/ outdoor rug (180cm x 120cm), £127, Dash & Albert range, Luma. Wardley king oak bed (H225cm x W160cm x D215cm), £2,095, Neptune. Chest of drawers (H90cm x

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W109cm x D50cm), £745; mirror, £195; bedside table, £245; all Pinner range, Heal’s. ON/NEAR BED Linen Stripe bed linen, £113 for a king-size set, Soak&Sleep. Ikat Kerela pillowcases (part of bed-linen set), £140 for a king-size set; Cotton Navy Impression single bedspread, £120; all Chhatwal & Jonsson range, Bohzaar. Patterned cushion cover (back), £12.99, H&M. Zig Zag Indigo cushion (front), £35, Raj Tent Club. Katsura throw, £195,

Harlequin. Blue and white strapping band storage baskets, £106 for three, Rockett St George. IN BASKETS Fusion embroidered cushion in Indigo, £15, John Lewis. Hammam towel in Indigo Blue, £29, Oggetto. ON BEDSIDE TABLE Portland Stripe lamp base, £35; Coastal Cleystripe shade, £20; both John Lewis. For a similar vase, try the recycled glass, £27.50, Design Vintage. Woodland Camomile Lawn scented

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BATHROOM DECORATION AND FURNITURE Bottom wall painted in Dark Aster emulsion, £38.50 for 2.5ltr, Paint by Conran. Blinds made in Brenna in Riviera F0704/02, £42 per m, Clarke & Clarke. Geo rug, £120, BHS. For a similar bath, try the Premier Alice 1750 roll-top slipper, £500, Victorian Plumbing. Baya ladder bookcase, £275, Lombok. For a similar metal table, try the Marrakech, £124, Artisanti. ON/NEAR TABLE Alhambra towel, £18, Linea range, House of Fraser. Marble soap dish, £18; soap, £8; both Oggetto. Papua bathmat, £30, Habitat range, Argos. Calloway basket, £165 for two, Out There Interiors. ON BOOKCASE (from top left) Bell jar, £15, The Basics range, John Lewis. Danvers vase, £35, The White Company. Argan Oil body cream, £15, Oggetto. Baskets, £38.50 for two, Holly’s House. Marble and brass bathroom set, £59, Rockett St George. Mini Siena vase, £13.95, Holly’s House. Bowl, £9.90, Luma. Alhambra towels, from £18 each, Linea range, House of Fraser. Jewellery box, £12; cereal bowl, £3.50; both By Sainsbury’s. Hammam towels, £29 each, Oggetto. ON WINDOWSILL Votive, £22, French Connection. Olive Oil bath and shower gel, £11, Oggetto

tealight holders, £7.70 for two, St Eval Candle Company. Hand-thrown mug, £27, Oggetto. Moroccan tile, £6, By Sainsbury’s. ON CHEST OF DRAWERS Dark blue large jug, £60, Wonki Ware range, Luma. Thrown porcelain bowl, £34, Oggetto. Marble container, £28; round alabaster filled votive, £24; both French Connection. For a similar bud vase, try the blue glass vase, £24, Ella James range, Notonthehighstreet.com

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similar flooring, try the Soft Oak Light IM1854, £19.99 per sq m, Laminate Impressive collection, Quick-Step. Horizon striped medium rug, £825, Oka. Marteau Pewter large metal ceiling light, £160, Habitat. Six-seater dining table (H78cm x W90cm x L160cm), £895; bench, £495; dining chairs, £275 each; all Sumatra range, Lombok. Suffolk 6ft sideboard in navy (H87cm x W184cm x D50cm), £1,625, Neptune. ON TABLE Runner made in Nazca in Indian Blue, £16 per m, John Lewis. Moroccan Blue dinner plates, £4 each; side plates, £3.50 each; all By Sainsbury’s. Linen napkins in Denim Blue, £10 each, Heal’s. Pulcinella small wine glasses, £48 for four; short tumblers, £40 for four; all Oka. White

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COLOUR SCHOOL

IDEAL HOME

HOT PINK & ORANGE

MOODBOARD

Hot Pink & Orange

Turn up the heat for summer with this fearless duo of dazzling brights. Balance large areas of intense hot pink with accents of zesty orange, then add furniture and accessories in pure white to bring a wash of calm to the bold scheme. Layer cushions two or three deep to re-create the smartcasual feel of Miami boutique hotels, and mix in graphic prints for added impact FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY Offset a cerise backdrop with white artwork framed by a tangerine mount

Balance out lots of graphic prints with blocks of bold colour – if you’re using pattern on soft furnishings, keep walls plain for a simple backdrop

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Hot pink and orange ROOM IDEAS

The PALETTE

PATTERN #1

Mix in splashes of orange Luxor 105/1004 wallpaper, £80 per roll, Geometric II collection, Cole & Son

THE PAINT

Use a hot pink as a base Bizzy Lizzy Walls & Ceilings, £21.98 for 2.5ltr, Valspar range, B&Q

PATTERN #2

Add retro pattern Electrify Tulip 712, £49 per m, Jonathan Adler for Kravet range, GP&J Baker


OUR STYLIST SAYS

Make a statement with a geometric, Sixties-inspired wallpaper, keeping bed linen and window treatments mainly pure white

Add a fuchsia or orange border to a plain white blind to tie the scheme together NICKY PHILLIPS, DECORATING EDITOR

IDEAL HOME

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Bold Geometrics


Hot pink and orange ROOM IDEAS

TRY THESE COLOURS WITH HOT PINK Q TURQUOISE A swimming-pool blue adds a daring Miami vibe, but be sure to keep plenty of white in the mix Q AUBERGINE Create a smart scheme with a deep, rich tone. Team it with dark wood or black furniture Q LIME GREEN For an energising finish, try a zesty shade of lime, or be even braver and opt for bright neon highlights

SHADES TO AVOID Q POPPY RED While pink and red sit next to each other on the colour wheel, used together they will fight for attention and overpower a room. Q CHOCOLATE BROWN This combo was a Nineties favourite, but it now looks dated. Choose taupe or mushroom for a more modern feel.

White, high-gloss furniture and simple glass accessories are the ideal foil to a block of busy pattern

Q OLIVE GREEN This colour can kill the uplifting tones of hot pink. If you love green, go for a fresh leaf green or bright emerald instead.

FEATURE SARITA SHARMA STYLING ASSISTANT CHARLOTTE PAGE PHOTOGRAPHS DOMINIC BLACKMORE

FIND ALL THE DETAILS (PREVIOUS PAGES, LEFT & ABOVE) LIVING ROOM (PREVIOUS PAGE) DECORATION AND FURNITURE Rattan Sorbet W0052/22 wallpaper, £50 per roll, Wild Garden Wallcoverings collection; blinds made in Giovanni Fuchsia F0707/05, £46 per m, Traviata collection; both Clarke & Clarke. IM1859 flooring, £19.99 per sq m, Quick-Step. Meandros rug, £175, Plantation Rugs range, Heal’s. Iggy three-seater sofa in Egret Coloured Herringbone, £1,270, Sofa.com. Marble rectangular coffee table, £399, Dwell. Chelsea side table, £299 for a nest of two, Content by Terence Conran. Upholstered cubes, £110 each, The Dormy House; covered in Plains Two 140478 Sunset (top), £21 per m, Scion; Electrify Tulip 712 (bottom), £49 per m, Jonathan Adler for Kravet range, GP&J Baker. ON SOFA Cushions, made in (from left): Loana MLF2270-05; Loana MLF2270-08; both £49 per m, Lorca range, Osborne & Little; Electrify Tulip 712, as before. ON COFFEE TABLE Amber scented candle, £26,

Oliver Bonas. Contemporary hurricane lamp (used as vase), £16, John Lewis. For a similar lacquered orange tray, try a selection, Etsy. For similar glasses, try the Godis, £1.95 for six, Ikea. ON SIDE TABLE Capri bottle table lamp, £350, Jonathan Adler. Tubbataha faux coral, £59, Oka. DETAIL SHOT (PREVIOUS PAGE) Rattan Sorbet W0052/22 wallpaper; IM1859 flooring; Meandros rug; all as before. Reflect white gloss and chrome sideboard, £499, Danetti. ON/ABOVE SIDEBOARD Capri bottle table lamp, as before; Bel Air mini scoop vase, £98; Nixon alpaca throw, £295; all Jonathan Adler. Suspended white lantern, £32, Debenhams. Fine silver easel frame, £50, The White Company. Pipin vase, £35, Woven. Art pottery vase (H38cm), £49, West Elm. Coral framed prints, £250 each, Graham and Green. Faux mop head long hydrangea stems, £14 each, Oka. BEDROOM (LEFT) DECORATION AND FURNITURE Luxor 105/1004 wallpaper, £80 per roll,

Geometric II collection, Cole & Son. Biscayne Plains Mascarpone BS116 carpet, £73 per sq m, Crucial Trading. Samode Fuchsia/Ivory rug, £175, Dash & Albert range, Luma. Blind made in Campbell Union Ivory fabric, £39.50 per m, Ian Mankin; edged in Geneva Carmine 2854/107, £26 per m, Villa Nova. Solvorn standard king divan base, £260; Hövåg standard king mattress, £250; both Ikea. Regal shape headboard, £410, The Dormy House; covered in Geneva Carmine 2854/107, as before. Valance made in 2854/107 Geneva Carmine, as before. Contrast button cotton ottoman in Crocus, £395, Oliver Bonas. Sienna bedside chest, £190, Next. ON BED Pom-Pom king-size bedding set, £49.50, Marks & Spencer. Orange cushions made in Kyra Key Tangerine W77961, £66 per m, Thibaut; piped in 2854/107 Geneva Carmine, as before. Small pink cushions made in Kyoto Koi in Fuchsia, £49 per m, Korla. Colville bedspread, £120, The White Company.

Throw made in Anisha in Fuchsia PF50379.410, £79 per m, Baker Lifestyle range, GP&J Baker; edged in Geneva Carmine 2854/107, as before. ON BEDSIDE TABLES William lamps, £100 each, John Lewis. Espresso cup and saucer, £11, The Conran Shop. Tall fluted vase, £15, Hubsch range; Geometric vase, £9.50, Bloomingville range; both Design Vintage. DETAIL SHOT Luxor 105/1004 wallpaper, as before. Biscayne Plains Mascarpone BS116 carpet, as before. Sophia console, £299, Dwell. Costes ottoman in hot pink, £195, Oka. Pink & Orange framed print by Jen Garrido, £132, King & McGaw. ON CONSOLE William lamp, as before. Hot pink and black 15in cotton shade, £55, Graham and Green. Marble jewellery box, £19, Oliver Bonas. For a similar pink box, try a selection, Etsy. Spa Restore candle, £25; Flowers bath foam decanter, £18; both The White Company. White vase, as before. Cards, £15 for 10, Original Crown Mill range, The Conran Shop

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Coastal style ROOM IDEAS Make your own striped vases by wrapping mini glass bottles in white, sea blue and navy yarns

USE WEATHERWORN TEXTURES A white backdrop is the hallmark of a coastal look, but keep it from feeling too stark with a few aged or distressed finishes – weathered wood furniture or rusted metalwork will both add instant appeal.

ARRANGE A SET OF BLOCK-STRIPED VASES FEATURE LISA FAZZANI PHOTOGRAPHS TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM

While seaside motifs look at home in a coastal setting, there’s a fine line between chic and kitsch. For a more pared-back approach, keep to just a few well-chosen pieces, such as a trio of stripy vases filled with a handful of wild blooms.

SHAKE IT UP WITH A MARITIME PRINT Cushions, £12 each; accessories, from £6 each; all By Sainsbury’s

A crisp nautical stripe will instantly smarten up plain bed linen. Use a couple of metres of fabric to cover a headboard or add scatter cushions to bring a little Hamptons chic to white sheets.

TAKE IT TO THE BEACH Keep the holiday vibe going with these ways to bring a little coastal freshness to your home

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oastal style is more than just a decorating look, it’s an attitude: Easygoing and versatile, it’ll work in any scheme to give your space a calm and relaxed feel that reminds you of lazy summer holidays. There are so many ways to spin it – whether you choose a sun-bleached palette

of pale blues and blush pinks with weathered wood and slubby linens to give a seaside slant to a country look, or throw a luxe navy-blue throw and smart striped cushions into a white-painted room to give it a little yacht-club chic – there’s more to it than just model boats and nautical motifs. Read on to find an idea that suits your style…

Olivia headboard, from £515 for a double; covered in Agatha fabric in navy, £55 per m; both Neptune

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For similar bedding, try the ticking stripe, £65 for a double duvet cover, Harriet Hare

PICK PERFECT PANELLING Try an alternative feature wall by covering the surface behind your bed with white-painted wooden panelling instead of wallpaper to give an instant beach-side feel. Opting for half-wall panelling will give you a ledge for displaying your beachcombed finds, too.

JUST ADD ACCESSORIES

For similar pendants, try the Brooklyn vintage, £69 each, Industville. Kitchenware, from a selection, By Sainsbury’s

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Bulkhead-style pendant lighting, blue enamelware and ceramics in a palette of soft blues and greys displayed on open shelves can be all it takes to give your white Shaker kitchen a fresh, holiday-cottageinspired update.

Large Nelson sofa, £799; Holkham armchair, £1,199; Drift coffee table, £399; all John Lewis


Coastal style ROOM IDEAS

‘Coastal schemes should feel breezy and effortless, so stick to plain basics and curated motifs to keep things simple’ LISA FAZZANI, SHOPPING EDITOR

FitzRoy wallpaper in Biscay, £79.90 per roll, Linwood

IDEA Create a look that’s easy to switch up by adding subtly printed accessories in soft tonal shades

TRY A SUBTLE SEASIDE WALLPAPER While there’s a temptation to go overboard with nautical prints, add too many and you risk creating a room that looks ‘themed’. Instead, layer pattern sparingly to give it more impact – use a sketchbook wallpaper on a single feature wall for a subtle jumpingoff point, then add a simple ticking stripe and soft brown furnishings for an understated, yet smart, take on the trend.

REUPHOLSTER SEATS AND SOFAS The big appeal of coastal living is its laid-back nature, so harness this at home by dressing slouchy sofas and lived-in armchairs with removable slipcovers that can easily be popped in the wash. Go for cottons in crisp white, easy-on-the-eye blue and grounding grey – try Bemz to give Ikea classics a new lease of life, or look to Plumbs for good-value, bespoke options. housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine AUGUST 2016 | 47


Mr Darcy sofa, from £785, Sweetpea & Willow. Jerada rug, £1,865, Oka. Balmoral coffee table, £650, Laura Ashley

Striped tableware, £35 for a 12-piece set; jug, £12; bowls, £2.50 each; napkins, £8 for four; all By Sainsbury’s

CREATE A COSY COASTAL CORNER Make the most of a niche or tricky space with a built-in bench arrangement. This wraparound banquette seating doubles up as handy hidden storage – team it with mismatched chairs, reworked canvas blinds and fish-patterned crockery for easy-going coastal style.

THINK BIG WITH A SUPERSIZED MAP

Boston Harbor digital wallcovering (1.74m x 2.25m), £154, Lexington range, BoråsTapeter

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Create a conversation piece in a living or dining area by using a large map as a statement piece of wall art. Whether it’s a sepia-toned, vintage print of a favourite haunt, a modern nautical chart in bold tones or a wall-sized map-of-the-world mural, it’s a one-stop way to bring punch to a room and add a personal touch.


Coastal style ROOM IDEAS Seagulls wallpaper 214585, £48 per roll, Sanderson

‘Use a bold patterned rug to anchor your room and give it real focus’ MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR

UPCYCLE A PIECE OF FURNITURE Creating a beach-inspired look needn’t involve spending a fortune – in fact, coastal’s rustic, undone style lends itself perfectly to an upcycled piece or two. This chest of drawers captures the spirit perfectly, thanks to its whimsical seabird print in floaty shades of blue and grey. Re-create the effect on an existing unit by unscrewing its drawer handles, then cut down wallpaper to fit the drawer fronts and paste into place, finishing with a protective coat of clear varnish over the top.

IDEA Place dark acccent pieces in the centre of the room to give a white scheme a sense of structure

ADD IN SOME NAUTICAL DETAILS If you prefer a smarter style to laid-back beach chic, try this upscale take on coastal with accessories in crisp navy blue and white with a maritime theme. Mix in touches of cream and grey to soften the sharp lines of blue and white and keep your accessory arrangement loose to offset the formal feel. housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine AUGUST 2016 | 49


Boutique

HOTEL SPY Watergate Bay Hotel We took a sneak peek into this gorgeous hotel to bring you luxe style inspiration anyone can steal FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

LOCATION The perfect place for a British beach holiday, Watergate Bay Hotel is located on the east coast of Cornwall, not far from the popular seaside town of Newquay. ROOMS Each of the 69 rooms has a fresh, bright and modern feel, and range from the charmingly named Standard, Better and Best rooms (shown) to Family Suites. The décor is based on the tones of the local landscape, so expect oyster grey, porcelain, misty blue and pops of sunset yellow, while nautical accessories include driftwood lamps, rope-hanging mirrors and widestriped cushions. Keeping things authentic, locally sourced materials are used in rustic floorboards, Cornish granite cobbles and natural

slate. Coastal-inspired lighting fixtures in brass and copper, plus practical Anglepoise lamps, work together to create a relaxed atmosphere. FAMOUS FOR Surfing is a big deal at Watergate Bay, so the ‘Surf In/ Surf Out’ showers and sweeping boardwalk, connecting the hotel to the two-mile stretch of sandy shores, make for an easy ride. The hotel also has a 25m-long, beach-front infinity pool, swimming and yoga clinics, a range of spa treatments and four unique dining experiences, including Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall. CELEBRITY GUESTS Although the hotel doesn’t reveal names, the area is said to be popular with comedian Meera Syal, film critic Mark Kermode and journalist Caitlin Moran.

FACT FILE HOTEL Watergate Bay Hotel

ADDRESS On The Beach, Watergate Bay, Cornwall TR8 4AA

PRICE A standard room starts at £180 per night with breakfast

CONTACT 01637 860543; watergatebay.co.uk

YOU CAN BUY THE LOOK Dual purpose

£179

Smart enough to double up as a vanity table, too Watts desk in acacia, Swoon Editions

£360 Design classic £229

An investment piece that will last a lifetime All purpose chair painted in Oceanic, Ercol

Hello yellow Switch on Create a relaxing mood Short task wall light in Putty Grey, Original BTC range, John Lewis

Right stripes A subtle colour combo Large broad stripe canvas cushion cover in grey, BHS

£32

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Add a pop of colour to plain white bedding Moss stitch throw in yellow, Joules

£85

£2.80 Clear winner Use for water or flowers Glass bistro carafe, Garden Trading


Hotel spy ROOM IDEAS Teaming paneleffect wallpaper, wooden flooring and coastal accessories creates an upscale beach-hut vibe

A vibrantly coloured throw can turn a neutral room from drab to fab in an instant IDEAL HOME

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For a hint of nautical charm Round mirror with hanging rope, Rose & Grey

A snapshot of real cladding Wallpaper, Piet Hein Eek range, The Orchard Home and Gifts

The look of distressed timber Wood panelling in Natural, Albany range, Wallpaperdirect

Use distressed wood, oyster grey and nautical stripes to turn any room into a beach retreat

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PICK THE

Perfect pattern Need inspiration? Check out the best of this season’s fabrics and wallpapers FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Fall for painterly florals WHY WE LOVE THEM Imagine the feeling you get when you’re given a bunch of flowers out of the blue. Instantly uplifted? Then think of this trend as the decorating equivalent of being handed a gorgeous bouquet of blooms every day. What’s more, its elegant brushstroke effects will give your space an artistic edge, while still retaining a relaxed, romantic feel. WHERE TO USE THEM From bedrooms to dining rooms, florals will work in pretty much any space, so figuring out where to use them all comes down to the scale of the print. It needs to match the size (and use) of your room – smaller spaces or cluttered areas, such as shelves crammed with books, are better suited to less busy patterns that have plenty of plain background. Floral-packed designs

and bolder motifs are at their best on larger expanses of wall and in open-plan spaces. HOW TO USE THEM Like a Manet or a Van Gogh masterpiece, make your pattern the star of your scheme, whether it’s on a feature wall, upholstered furniture or statement rug. For a more diluted effect on your walls, use a floral wallpaper below a dado rail and paint above it in a plain complementary colour. HOW TO ACCESSORISE THEM Team a striking floral with a block colour to balance the print. Choose one or two shades from the pattern (either bold hues for a dramatic effect or pale neutrals for a more calming feel) and use these as a base for cushions or curtains. Lastly, arrange fresh blooms in chunky ceramics to add life and texture to the look.

3 places to buy PAINTERLY FLORALS Bluebellgray This is the place to go to for painterly florals. Find them on a wide range of fabrics, from £60 per m, as well as bed linen, cushions, rugs and fine china. Designers Guild Its new Couture Rose fabric collection, from £52 per m, features a wealth of gorgeous painterly bloom motifs, including peonies, lavender and orchids. Sandberg The Swedish wallpaper company’s latest collection includes Faded Passion, a beautifully dreamy floral, alongside a simpler motif called Heidi, which comes in four colourways, from £68 per roll.

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STROKE OF GENIUS A mix of brushstroke styles can work well together provided you stick to tonal shades on both prints Sofa in Floreale 120525; blind in Trattino 120517; both £56 per m, Harlequin

‘Painterly floral prints can be loud and proud or modest and unassuming, so there’s a design to suit every taste’ GINEVRA BENEDETTI, ASSOCIATE EDITOR


Wallpapers & fabrics ROOM IDEAS

TOP 10 Wallpapers Floral motifs Add splashes of fabulous flowers to your scheme

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Blue beauty With added sparkle to catch the light Sancerre in Blue Linen, £14.99 per roll, Crown range, The Range TROPICAL BRIGHTS This explosion of pattern in vibrant shades makes a striking backdrop to the simple green sofa Ariadne’s Dream Jumbo wallpaper, £298 for two wide-width 70cm rolls, Artbook by Kim Parker collection, Clarke & Clarke

FLORAL FUSION Hang two different curtain panels on either side of a window to give your room an individual, bohemian scheme Curtains in Spring Butterfly (left), £80 per m; Devon, £85 per m; both Bluebellgray

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Hothouse flowers Create a feature wall with maximum impact Tropical Floral in pink, £18 per roll, Next

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Rosy glow Try these soft-focus roses for a tranquil bedroom Rose Floral in pink/blue 448825, £18.98 per roll, Albany range, Wallpaperdirect

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In full bloom Also available on cushions, bed linen and kitchen textiles for a co-ordinated look Hydrangea, £25 per roll, Cath Kidston

IDEAL V GREAT DEAL Bring your room into bloom with pretty floral fabrics DREAMY DESIGN Use faded tones to create a romantic antique effect Eglantine in Tuberose, Designers Guild

£75m per

COLOUR POP Frame a picture window with curtains in this vibrant design Misty Moors, Dunelm

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Bird life Team this exotic parrot and floral combo with lots of indoor plants Bird of Paradise in gold, £40 per roll, Paradise collection, Holden Decor

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ROOM IDEAS Wallpapers & fabrics THE TOP 10 WALLPAPERS ...continued

WHAT’S NEW AT

Jane Churchill

‘Make a painterly floral the focal point of your room’

Spy eye-catching new fabrics packed with pattern aplenty

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Purple reign

Use this trailing pattern to add some height in a low-ceilinged space Williamsburg Le Unique in violet WIL28535101, £40 per roll, Casadeco

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Subtle washes of grey and pink ensure this bold floral is still elegant Flowers 4800035, £45 per roll, Paper Moon range, Wallpaperdirect

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MIX AND MATCH Combine geometrics with dainty florals and cool leaf motifs for an eclectic look Headboard in Delamere in blue, £69 per m; Layla in orange, £35 per m; curtain in Evelyn in blue; bedspread in Silwood in blue; both £49 per m; all Jane Churchill

Darling buds

Create a traditional look with these pretty sprigs Suzhou NCW4184 01, £67 per roll, Nina Campbell range, Osborne & Little

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This Monet-esque meadow print is ideal for south-facing rooms that get lots of sun Hedge Mawston Meadow, £115 per roll, Liberty

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Exotic flavour Go for drama in a dining room with this Eastern-inspired design Canopy PCL661/03, £79 per roll, Christian Lacroix range, Designers Guild

THE COMPANY Founded by interior designer Jane Churchill in 1982, the eponymous company was acquired by the Colefax Group (which also owns high-end fabric houses Colefax and Fowler, Manuel Canovas and Larsen) seven years later. The company’s London design studio creates twiceyearly collections of contemporary and classical designs with a focus on typically English style. THE NEW COLLECTION Featuring both prints and embroideries, the latest collection from Jane Churchill is a masterclass in colour, pattern and scale. Motifs include florals, damasks, leaves

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and butterflies sitting alongside checks, stripes and plains, all in a bold selection of co-ordinating colours including ochre, indigo, lime and teal. WHY WE LOVE IT If you’re looking to combine different prints in your scheme, then mix and match this collection with abandon – it’s pretty tricky to go wrong when layering up the various colours and patterns, provided you balance them with a good dose of one or two of the co-ordinating plains. The collection isn’t too pricey either, with fabrics ranging from £32 per m for a cotton stripe to £69 per m for an embroidered linen mix.

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‘We’ve done coastal without the clichés’ With its soft colours and traditional pieces, Deb and Wayne Fletcher’s classic seaside style would work in any home FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

The big

CHANGE RENOVATING THROUGHOUT INCLUDING REPLACING THE ROOF, PLUMBING, ELECTRICS AND GLAZING, AND REDECORATING THE INTERIOR

1 Living room Deb used pale blues and shabby-chic furnishings to create a soft seaside vibe. ‘The light here is so mellow and I wanted to reflect this with calm pastels,’ she says Armchairs, £175 each, Ikea. For a similar chair, try the Vauxhall in white, £220, Lloyd Loom

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Take the 60-SECOND TOUR BOUGHT FOR

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£60,000

£200,000

THE PROPERTY A two-bedroom, 17th-century cottage in Whitby, North Yorkshire, bought in 1991 and done up in 2014.

WHAT IT COST Building work.........................£47,500 Kitchen........................................£3,500 Bathroom...................................£2,500 Flooring......................................£2,500 Furniture.....................................£4,000

TOTAL......................£60,000 WHO LIVES HERE Deb and Wayne Fletcher live here. Deb is a property manager and Wayne is a builder.

THE LOOK Coastal chic, with pale heritage colours and antique furniture.

LESSONS LEARNED Go with your first instinct – it’s usually spot on. I had

decided to use Farrow & Ball’s Pale Powder on all the walls, but changed my mind and went for white in the bedrooms. It was a mistake though, as Pale Powder is much softer and warmer. I’m repainting now.

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2 Dining area An ornate mirror reflects light from the window, which is framed by crushedvelvet curtains and a window seat, drawing the eye to the harbour view For a similar mirror, try the gilt oval, ÂŁ165, French Mirror Company. For similar curtains, try the velvet effect, ÂŁ59 for a pair, Laurence LlewelynBowen range, Very

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very window in Deb Fletcher’s fisherman’s cottage in Whitby, North Yorkshire, looks out over the sea. Come rain or shine, whatever the season, she can watch the ebb and flow of the tides, and the colours of the seascape changing by the hour, all from the shelter of the threestorey property she shares with her husband, Wayne. ‘I was just bowled over by the location,’ says Deb. ‘I grew up in the area and have always loved the coast, but cottages in the old part of Whitby rarely come onto the market. I heard about this place through a friend and, as soon as I saw it, I fell in love with it.’ Although the cottage was in a poor state of repair when they viewed it back in 1991, Deb and Wayne could see its potential. They decided to modernise it and turn it into a holiday rental for the time being, with the aim of moving in themselves one day. ‘It was too small for a growing family 15 years ago, but once the children left home we didn’t need as much space,’ says Deb. ‘Now, the cottage is the ideal size for a couple, and we both love sailing, so the closer we are to the water, the better.’ But after years of suffering wear and tear thanks to its many renters, the cottage was in desperate need of another revamp before Deb and Wayne could think about moving in. They decided to renovate it from top to bottom. ‘We gutted it,’ explains Deb. ‘We literally took it back to a shell, taking out stud walls and putting in new ones, replacing the existing roof, which was beyond repair, fitting new windows where the old ones had rotted, and installing traditional-style radiators.’ One of the most crucial jobs was to put in damp-proofing to prevent the sea water ➺

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3 Kitchen To maximise space in her narrow galley kitchen, Deb had bespoke units and shelving made. The shelves are perfect for showcasing the eclectic crockery that she’s picked up in antiques stores Kitchen units, appliances and shelving, £3,500, all Counter Fit

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STATEMENT DINING CHAIRS £370

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Minimal chic

Ice, ice baby

Add a pop of colour to your dining room or kitchen Chic with ash veneer back, Cult Living range, Cult Furniture

Choose wooden, steel or cantilever legs to suit your scheme The 904, Modern Designer range, Wharfside

Wow factor guaranteed, this chair is also weather resistant Louis Ghost in Ice Blue, Kartell range, Amara

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4 Staircase Every inch of the tiny cottage is put to use – even the steep stairs that lead from the corner of the living room to the main bedroom provide a display space for vases White vases, £130 for three, PTMD Collection range, Wayfair


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‘Dark overhead beams made the ceilings seem low and oppressive, so we painted them white, which completely transformed the rooms’

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seeping in through the walls during high tides. ‘In bad weather, the tide can come so high that it’s almost lapping against the little balcony outside the living room windows,’ says Deb. The couple also wanted to reconfigure the ground floor, although it proved to be a challenge. ‘It was a small area to begin with and we wanted to divide it into a kitchen, a hall and a living/dining room,’ says Deb. ‘We decided on a compact galley kitchen, with all the units along one wall and a window at the end to draw your eye to the sea view. Although it’s very narrow, it still feels light and roomy, and it meant we were able to create a comfortable living room with a dining space.’ Deb and Wayne took up the old carpets throughout, rewired and replumbed, then laid new wooden floors in the kitchen, hall and living room, which they later limed to create 62 | AUGUST 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

a worn look. Once the rooms had been replastered, they were decorated in pale tones. ‘The dark overhead beams made the ceilings seem so low and oppressive, so we painted them white, which transformed the rooms,’ says Deb. ‘Suddenly, they were bright and open.’ The couple wanted the cottage to reflect the colours of its seaside location. ‘With so many windows overlooking the sea and the big skies, the cottage is naturally light all year round, so it made sense to work with what was already there,’ she says. ‘But I didn’t want to fill the place with anything overtly coastal, such as blue-and-white-striped cushions or seaside souvenirs and ships in bottles. Our focus was always on maintaining continuity between the rooms and enhancing the feeling of space.’ She decided to call in some help from her close friend Davina Fox-Hill, who had ➺

5 Main bedroom Deb has created a feeling of boutique-hotel luxury in the main bedroom with an oversized bed, an ornate canopy, mirrored furniture and opulent antique-gold accents For a similar bed, try the Jennifer, £1,399, John Lewis. Laurel half-tester canopy, £89, Oka. Lucia mirrored drawers, £142 each, My Furniture


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‘I like an eclectic look, so I mixed up family pieces, junk-shop finds and modern things. I found some lovely vases and shells to finish off the look’

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6 Main bedroom A freestanding bath found at a reclamation yard was re-enamelled and painted. The curtain behind it cleverly hides a fitted wardrobe For a similar bath, try the Millbrook, £775, The Cast Iron Bath Company. Mirrors, £65 each, Zachary Valentine. For similar curtain fabric, try the Sirente Sahara, £51 per m, Romo

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7 Attic bedroom Antiques-shop buys give the modest spare room bags of character For a similar fish cushion, try the Rainbow fish, £40, Notrunofthemill.com

‘Our focus was on creating continuity and enhancing the feeling of space’ experience renovating coastal properties and knew just how to create the relaxed, understated, French-flea-market-inspired look Deb was after, without it morphing into a seaside cliché. ‘I like an eclectic look, so we’ve mixed up a combination of family pieces, junk-shop finds and new things sourced by Davina, which help to pull it all together,’ says Deb. ‘I love unusual accessories and hunted down some lovely vases, lanterns, shells and crockery to finish off the look.’ Furnishing the small rooms was a challenge and anything going upstairs had to be dismantled or carefully manoeuvred up the steep, twisting steps. ‘If it wouldn’t come apart, it couldn’t go in,’ says Deb. ‘Every item that went in or out of the cottage had to be carried along the narrow alleyways leading to the front door. It wasn’t easy.’ Now it’s finished, one of the things Deb loves most about her home is that it draws the outside in. ‘It feels light and spacious, even though it’s not that big,’ she says. ‘And I can open the doors and smell the sea air and hear the waves crashing while I’m eating my breakfast.’ IH 64 | AUGUST 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

8 Attic bedroom The dark beams have been stripped back to the original honey-coloured wood, which adds warmth to the lofty space. ‘I love coming up here to sit and read,’ says Deb Compass tables, £40 each; lamps, £55 each; all Zachary Valentine


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9 En suite Pictorial tiles liven up a plain pedestal basin For a similar tiled splashback, try the fish panel, £39.99, V&A William De Morgan range, B&Q

DON’T MISS the details

FEATURE AND STYLING HEATHER DIXON PHOTOGRAPHS AND STYLING COLIN POOLE BOX COPY HOLLY CATFORD PLANS PERSONA ID

Antique lanterns, aqua glass and nautical motifs suit the seaside setting without looking over the top

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Mixing in modern pieces, such as these Perspex chairs, adds an unexpected twist Lou Lou Ghost chairs, £78 each, Kartell range, Heal’s. For a similar table, try the Auxerre, £375, John Lewis

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Natural textures, pops of blue and seaside finds give this bright white space a homely touch For a similar vase, try a selection, Etsy

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REAL HOMES 17th-century cottage

Get Deb’s look Dress up a neutral bedroom with opulent finishing touches FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

BEDROOM

£250

Mirror image Fake an antique look with an off-white crackle-glaze frame Ornate oval mirror in cream (H150cm x W104cm), Out There Interiors

£30 Layered bed linen in a mixture of textures adds instant luxury

Golden glow

Just the right side of kitsch Gold pineapple, Pols Potten range, Amara

Gilded & gorgeous

£2,100

A gold statement bath has to be the ultimate in indulgence Lyddington gold-effect bath, Heritage Bathrooms

£875

£48

Bold choice Start with a grand extra-height bed as the focal point of your scheme Holly king-size bed in Desert (H143cm x W162cm x L210cm), Button & Sprung

£45

Stream line Add character with a quirky motif Swimming Salmon cushion, Voyage Maison

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FEATURE LISA FAZZANI, GRACE ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE

Totally tropical

Create a chilled-out atmosphere with bedside lighting Inlight Heritage classic table lamp, George Home


REAL HOMES Sixties bungalow

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1 Living area A compact sofa subtly divides the open-plan space, while floor-to-ceiling storage creates a stylish display wall Domino 4 sofa, £1,059, Sofa Sofa. For similar storage, try the Bestå, £740, Ikea. Malmo lampshade, £140, Habitat. For similar wall paint, try the Pointing Dead Flat, £55 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

The big

CHANGE ALTERING THE LAYOUT, UPDATING THE KITCHEN, BUILDING A FALSE WALL IN THE MAIN BEDROOM AND REDECORATING THROUGHOUT

‘It might be small, but it’s smart!’ Sue and Tom Price didn’t let awkward spaces stop them creating an upscale, Hamptons-inspired look in their Devon holiday home FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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REAL HOMES Sixties bungalow

Take the 60-SECOND TOUR BOUGHT FOR

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£360,000

£30,000

£400,000

THE PROPERTY A three-bedroom, Sixties bungalow in Dartmouth, Devon. The couple bought it in February 2015.

WHAT IT COST Building and joinery.................£7,000 Bathroom...................................£5,000 Flooring......................................£4,000 Furniture and decorating.....£14,000

TOTAL.....................£30,000 WHO LIVES HERE Sue and Tom Price live here with their children, Hattie, eight, and Freddy, five. Sue works in international real estate and Tom is a software account manager.

LESSONS LEARNED Know where to spend and where to save. Undertaking building work will always be pricey, but you can cut back later by upcycling, as we did with our kitchen units.

THE LOOK Hamptons-style beach house, with white walls, oak flooring and a mix of contemporary and classic furniture combined with quirky accessories.

⊳ FIRST FLOOR The main bedroom is at the top of the stairs

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2 Dining area The reclaimed round table is the perfect spaceefficient choice for the family’s small dining area Table, £607, Woodpecker Interiors. Eames-inspired chairs, £59 each, Cult Furniture. 9628430 Warshaw Collection of Business American Food coloured print, from £31.99, AllPosters

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ue and Tom Price had been living and working in London for several years when they decided to buy a holiday home in Devon to give them somewhere to escape at weekends and for longer family breaks. ‘We’d spent lots of holidays with friends in Dartmouth and loved the area, so it seemed like the natural choice,’ explains Sue. ‘Tom was born in Devon and he grew up learning to sail around Salcombe and Dartmouth, so buying a house there felt just like coming home.’ However, when Tom first showed Sue this bungalow online, she was so put off by its dated, unattractive exterior that she almost refused to view it altogether. ‘It looked so small and poky, and the décor was really dreary,’ says Sue. ‘Every room had magnolia walls and dark brown carpets, and it needed updating from top to bottom.’ But, despite her reservations, she wasn’t completely ready to write the house off. ‘Its saving grace was the main bedroom’s fabulous views of the river,’ she says. ‘The moment I saw that view, I knew I wanted to live there, despite the fact the property needed so much work to get it knocked into shape.’ In terms of the layout, Sue and Tom liked the existing open-plan kitchen, dining and ➺

4 Kitchen-diner Tom used boat cleats from a local chandlery as cabinet handles For similar handles, try the 10in flat-top cleats, £19.95 each, Stainless Direct. Engineered oak flooring, £55.61 per sq m, Wood and Beyond

3 of the best

PENDANT LIGHTS Coastal classic A timeless light for instant nautical style Gaston fisherman’s pendant, My Furniture 3

Factory finish

£59

Crafted by hand for an uneven surface and unique look Warehouse pendant light, Loaf

Living area

Where there’s no space for another sofa, the couple added a comfy statement armchair instead For a similar chair, try the Barrington, £1,545, Heal’s. Side table, £95, French Connection

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Industrial edge This stylish buy also comes in sage green Shoreditch pendant, Atkin and Thyme

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5 Kitchen Sue smartened up the kitchen on a budget with a coat of paint and a white nautical pendant light Units painted in Hardwick White Estate Eggshell, £55 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Hook pendant light, £145, French Connection

‘The existing pine units were in pretty good condition, which meant we could just revamp them rather than having to start from scratch’

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6 Guest bedroom The refreshing white palette has been given a cosier feel with soft greys and bolts of blue Finley throw, £140, The White Company. LeWitt cushion covers, £100 each, Niki Jones. Sea Fan V and VI prints, from £10.99 each, AllPosters

Using wood cladding is a costeffective way to bring in coastal character – paint it white and lay it horizontally to give your room a more spacious feel


Sixties bungalow REAL HOMES living spaces, but felt they needed to tweak the bedroom arrangement at the back of the bungalow, as well as introduce a more modern look throughout. ‘The second bedroom was a really awkward triangular shape, so we decided to convert it into a bathroom with streamlined, contemporary fixtures and fittings,’ says Sue. This initial round of work cost more than the couple had planned to spend, so they were relieved to discover that money could easily be saved in the kitchen. ‘The existing pine units were in pretty good condition, which meant we could just revamp them rather than ripping them out completely and having to start from scratch,’ says Sue. ‘Instead, we simply repainted the existing cabinets and replaced the tired tiling and worktops with fresh white versions.’ Once the structural work was complete, their next task was to tackle the dated décor. ‘As the house overlooks the estuary, we knew that a coastal scheme would work perfectly,’ says Sue. ‘Although I had a theme in mind, I’ve made expensive mistakes in the past, and we were renovating the bungalow to a pretty tight budget so I didn’t want to waste precious funds.’ Sue and Tom commissioned a local designer, Sarah Watson of Woodford Architecture + Interiors, to help them get their ideas off the ground. ‘We were really excited about creating a Hamptons-inspired look, with whitewashed walls, more daring fabrics and driftwood accessories,’ says Sue. They started in the living room and guest room, with a neutral backdrop of fresh white walls and horizontal wood cladding to give the space character. The carpets throughout ➺ 7 Staircase The dark wooden staircase has been repainted in uplifting shades of blue, while adding a rope handrail gives it a nautical touch Stairs painted in Woad Blue, Welkin Blue and Blue Ashes Eggshell, all £53 for 2.5ltr, Fired Earth

8 Bathroom Touches of weathered wood give warmth and character to an all-white bathroom Mino 600 vanity unit and basin, £299, Bathstore. For a similar hamper, try the Maya trunk, £329, Swoon Editions

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While the colour scheme is simple, layering contemporary patterns and motifs gives the bedroom real personality

9 Main bedroom Take a neutral scheme from simple to smart with stylish prints and sunny yellow accessories Blanket, £45.99, Tweedmill range, Coast and Country Interiors. Seville cushion cover, £90, Niki Jones. Blue Tit cushion (on chair), £40, Martha and Hepsie

the ground floor were replaced with washedoak floors, while a new sisal carpet in the main bedroom added texture and helped to build on the houses’s natural beach theme. Upstairs, the couple also needed to rejig the impractical layout. ‘Our designer’s husband, Gavin Woodford, is an architect, so he helped with the layout in the main bedroom, which barely had enough room for a double bed,’ explains Sue. ‘He had the idea of building an interior wall to re-orientate the bed within the room and allow for a king-size bed.’ Building an internal wall also meant the bed’s new position gives Sue and Tom a stunning river view from their bedroom window. ‘Waking up to the amazing scenery makes every day feel like a holiday,’ says Sue. Creating more storage upstairs was also high on the couple’s list of priorities. ‘A large concealed space was built behind the false wall, with a push-touch hidden door,’ she says. ‘It’s a genius solution we would never have thought of on our own.’ The cupboard also provides ample storage for the family’s belongings when they rent out the property to holidaymakers. Sue and Tom were also inspired to remodel the existing staircase, as the stairs were dark

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and narrow with solid wood panelling. To bring the stairs up to date, the couple replaced the hefty wooden balustrade with a bespoke sheet of glass. This also makes the most of the roof light above the stairs, allowing natural daylight to flow into the ground-floor living space. When it came to the house’s overall look, Sue felt that finding cool, coastal-themed accessories was essential, but she was keen not to overspend. ‘As we’d spent more than anticipated on the structural side of the project, we gave the designer a very tight budget to source the right things,’ she says. ‘We then ordered the items ourselves online, which saved us lots of time and money.’ The entire refurbishment process took five months, and now that the revamp is complete the family are free to relax and enjoy their stylish coastal retreat. ‘Weekends always follow pretty much the same routine,’ says Sue. ‘Once we’ve unpacked, we head down to the local café for a cooked breakfast. After that, we’ll go sailing or crabbing by the river. Our children, Hattie and Freddy, are in heaven here and spend hours watching the boats come and go. This house is everything we hoped it would be and more – it’s the perfect home from home.’ IH


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Nautical extras add the finishing touch to Hattie and Freddy’s bedroom Silver porthole mirrors, £44.95 each, Melody Maison

Main bedroom Wake up driftwoodstyle furniture with a vibrant yellow accent Emmerson reclaimed table, £299, West Elm. Yellow lampshade, from £150, Pooky

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Cool blue crockery and wooden buys add a coastal feel For similar crockery, try the On The Lake, from £6 for a plate; salad servers, £10 for two; all John Lewis

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Mix different cushions confidently by sticking to just two colours in a smart geometric print Cushions, from £15 each, John Lewis and Niki Jones. For similar oars, try a selection, eBay

Tom and Sue have created a seaside feel with wooden textures, nautical nods and bright pops of colour

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REAL HOMES Sixties bungalow

Get Sue’s look Add hits of sunny colour to a Hamptons-inspired scheme FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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Beacon of light

£55

Subtle shading

Stick to a natural, organic shape for the shade Malmo pendant, Habitat

Diffuse light around the room with a rattan creation Bay shade, John Lewis

£1,300

£659 Sixties styling

Design classic

Go for a retro feel with this cool chair Smithfield armchair, Habitat

Or be smart with an old-school wingback Rubens armchair, Made.com

£349

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Team whitewashed wood with black metal for a modern look Box frame coffee table (H43cm x W113cm x D63cm), West Elm

£260

Oar-some

Row your boat

Go all-out nautical with a wall-mounted oar Royal barge oar, Authentic Models range, Houseology

Choose pale shades for a more Scandinavian feel Elena wooden decorative oar, Maisons Du Monde

A shore thing Reclaimed timber will add coastal character Poste coffee table (H40cm x W130cm x D65cm), Loaf

£89

Sunny delight

Softer tone

Liven up your sofa with a bright yellow throw Ochre Vice Versa linen throw, The Conran Shop

Keep things cosy with a mohair blanket Tudela mohair blanket, Urbanara

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£39

Put your feet up

Grey area

Bring in tactile, homespun-looking pieces that soften the scheme Knitted pouffe, Marks & Spencer

Go for added depth with a darker shade, like this charcoal Charcoal pouffe, George Home

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‘We’ve made it light and welcoming’ For the Keelings, moving to a dream seaside location meant buying a converted barn that needed a lot of love inside and out FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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Converted barn REAL HOMES

The big

CHANGE ADDING A BALCONY, REPLACING THE WINDOWS, KITCHEN AND BATHROOM, LAYING NEW FLOORING AND REDECORATING THROUGHOUT

1 Living room A calm blue-and-white colour scheme unites the open-plan living, dining and kitchen space For a similar Chesterfield sofa, try the Bagsie in Cloud Blue vintage linen, £2,195, Loaf

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REAL HOMES Converted barn

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THE PROPERTY A three-bedroom, semi-detached converted 19th-century barn in Trevarrian, Cornwall. The owners bought it in August 2008.

14, and Charlotte, nine. Holly is an interior designer and stylist, and Philip is a cardiologist.

THE LOOK WHAT IT COST Building work...........................£15,000 Windows...................................£12,000 Balcony .....................................£13,000 Kitchen .......................................£5,000 Bathroom...................................£4,000 Flooring and decorating......£10,000

TOTAL ....................£59,000 WHO LIVES HERE Holly and Philip Keeling live here with their children, Ben, 17, Louis,

Comfortable coastal chic, with a muted blue-and-white palette and a mix of vintage finds.

LESSONS LEARNED Don’t compromise on quality or you may end up needing to replace things. Living right beside the sea meant we had to choose hard-wearing materials to withstand the elements.

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2 Living room The couple sealed the softwood floorboards and applied a white oil finish for a coastal feel Floor painted in Osmo Polyx-Oil Tints in white, ÂŁ70.33 for 2.5ltr, Wood Finishes Direct

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combination of dark rooms, rotting window frames and unappealing décor would be enough to put off most buyers, but Holly and Philip Keeling were able to see the potential of their converted barn when they viewed it eight years ago. ‘We knew we could completely change the look and feel of the rooms,’ explains Holly. ‘Its location – in a quaint village less than half a mile from the beach – was ideal for us.’ The barn is in Trevarrian, a small Cornish village located between Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay. It has stunning views out to sea and is backed by open countryside. The couple and their three children had always enjoyed annual holidays to Cornwall, so finding a spacious property with sea views seemed like an ideal opportunity. ‘Most of the homes 84 | AUGUST 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

we’d seen were tiny cottages, but the barn had been arranged with a large open-plan living room and kitchen upstairs, which appealed to us,’ says Holly. ‘Having the bedrooms on the ground floor makes sense, because the upstairs living area has the best views. We spend most of our time on the first floor.’ The roof and walls of the stone building were in good condition, but its seaside location had caused the timber windows to deteriorate beyond repair. ‘I’m not usually keen on plastic windows, but in this case we had little choice because wooden frames would need to be repainted every year,’ says Holly, who sourced matt UPVC windows and patio doors that look just like painted timber. The family didn’t make any other changes to the property until 2012, when they added a balcony off the kitchen. An opening was created in the thick stone wall to enable a ➺

3 Dining area A corner of the living room is used as a dining space Woodcroft Charcoal bleached pine round dining table, £1,738, One World Trading Co


Converted barn REAL HOMES

4 Kitchen Simple cream Shakerstyle cabinets, wooden worktops and enamel pendant lights give the kitchen a relaxed country look. Holly had the island made to measure For similar pendant lights, try the classic enamel pendants in white, £98.75 each, Tinsmiths 5 Kitchen Holly personalised the space with vintage finds, including an old mug rack. The glazed wall tiles tie in with the pale blue sofa at the other end of the room Vintage mug rack, £140, Holly Keeling. For similar tiles, try the Les Sablons crackle in blue, £26.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors

‘Wall units can make a kitchen feel smaller, so I found vintage shelving and glass-fronted cabinets instead’ 3 of the best

WALL RACKS £40 Simple and versatile

£89

Change things up with this painted unit’s adjustable shelves Stenstorp plate shelf, Ikea

£115 Wonderfully weathered You get three shelves and a row of bronzefinish hooks for hanging up mugs Wendy shelf, Loaf

Back to school The wire cubbyholes are ideal for storing cereal bowls Wire and wood wall storage, Vincent and Barn

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6 Bathroom Patterned floor tiles bring interest to this white scheme. An old cupboard was stripped out to make room for the walk-in shower San Remo Centro Imperio ceramic floor tiles, £75 per sq m, Holly Keeling

patio door to be installed. ‘The sun sets on this side of the house and we knew that a sheltered balcony would be lovely in the evenings,’ says Holly. ‘At first I used an architect, but the balcony he designed would have cost around £100,000 to build. In the end, I drew a simpler version myself and employed a local company to make it in green oak with glass and brushedsteel balustrades for a fraction of the price.’ Holly and Philip had worried that the balcony might overshadow the ground-floor bedroom windows, blocking out a lot of natural light, but their fears were unfounded as the afternoon sun still filters through the windows beneath the balcony. Replacing an existing panelled fence with a lower picket design has also brought more sunlight into the ground floor. Two years ago, the couple turned their attention to the barn’s tired décor, giving the property’s interior a complete makeover in one go. This involved replacing the kitchen, gutting the bathroom, laying new flooring and redecorating the rooms throughout. Softwood floorboards supplied by a local timber merchant were laid on the first floor and were finished with a white oil to create a relaxed, sun-bleached, seaside feel. In the kitchen, inexpensive cabinets have been teamed with oak worktops and a distinctive pale-blue painted island. ‘I’ve always thought that wall units can make a kitchen feel smaller than it actually is, so I found some lovely, ➺ 86 | AUGUST 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

7 Hallway The couple painted the stairs blue to add to the welcoming coastal theme Stairs painted in Light Blue Estate Eggshell, £55 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball


Converted barn REAL HOMES

‘I had a tight budget and tried to spend the money on fixtures that can’t easily be changed, because it’s always possible to add pieces of furniture or art later’

8 Main bedroom A painted metal bed and wooden wall panelling make this room a calming oasis Oliver king-size bed in Warm White, £349, Feather & Black

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REAL HOMES Converted barn

9 Boys’ bedroom Painted wall panelling and chunky knitted throws give the room a cosy feel. ‘I love creating a layered look on beds,’ says Holly For a similar throw, try the cable knit, £65, Croft collection, John Lewis

‘I wanted the bedrooms to feel relaxing and calm, so I chose pale colour schemes, then added plenty of soft textures’ rustic-looking vintage shelving and glass-fronted cabinets for storage instead.’ Previously, the living room had seemed bare, so Holly introduced blue-painted timber panelling along one wall, concealing pipework and wiring, and creating a display shelf. She also had radiator covers in the same colour fitted and added glazed blue wall tiles for a splashback in the kitchen at the other end of the open-plan space. Downstairs, the hall was dark and narrow, but installing white-oiled timber flooring and painting the previously yellow walls white has dramatically increased the feeling of space. New carpets and tongue-and-groove wall panelling were added to the three bedrooms. ‘I wanted the bedrooms to feel relaxing and calm, so I chose pale colour schemes, then added plenty of soft textures with knitted throws and different cushions,’ says Holly. The couple employed a builder to move the position of the bathroom door to create more space, and to rip out and replace the room’s

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fixtures and fittings. When an old, damp cupboard was removed to make space for a walk-in shower, the couple found a bread oven concealed inside. ‘We’ve made it into a feature alcove in the shower,’ explains Holly. Their builder also discovered that the bathroom floor had been laid onto sand, so they needed to install a new concrete floor with a damp-proof membrane before the tiles could be laid. Holly, who is a stylist and interior designer (hollykeeling.co.uk), sourced vintage furniture and accessories online and at markets, auction houses and local shops. ‘I didn’t want the interiors to look too contrived, but everything needed to tie together, which is where the blue-and-white scheme came in,’ she says. ‘I had a tight budget and tried to spend the money on fixtures that can’t easily be changed, because it’s always possible to add pieces of furniture or art later. It’s amazing how different the barn feels now – it’s so much more light and welcoming. Having the balcony has really changed the way we use the living space.’ IH


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Attractive mugs are left on show on an antique drying rack For similar mugs, try the Pacific circles, £6 each, Royal Doulton range, John Lewis

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A wicker basket is used for storing magazines within easy reach of the sofa For a similar holder, try the wicker wall basket, £11.99, IB Laursen range, FineNordic

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FEATURE DEBBIE JEFFERY STYLING HOLLY KEELING PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE BOX COPY LISA FAZZANI PLANS PERSONA-ID

Painted panelling, aged furniture and vintage accessories give the converted barn a lived-in look

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Vintage shelving from an antiques shop has been teamed with a retro easy chair For a similar chair, try the Sherborne, £379, Swoon Editions

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Glass accessories and a distressed cabinet set a relaxed tone For a similar vase, try the Elegant recycled, £30, Cox & Cox

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REAL HOMES Converted barn

Get Holly’s look Make shabby chic elegant with aged textures in a cool palette FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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£105

Metal works A sleek lamp that will look the part in either a period or a modern scheme Well pendant with visor, Original BTC

Go for gold Elevate your scheme with a hint of opulence Lucia mirror, Laura Ashley

£39.99

All at sea The charcoal finish gives this practical pendant a touch of sophistication Pendant fishing light in charcoal, Garden Trading

Silver lining This plain version will still add a hint of glamour Brushed silver wall mirror, Argos

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Make waves Throw in understated pattern with a woven throw in natural tones Llarwydden blue throw, Poncelet and Tregwynt range, Tate Shop

In the detail

Rustic charm

Add opulence with a Gustavian-style carved lamp base Lemlar wooden lamp base, India Jane

Or go for relaxed style with a washed wood version Block table lamp, The French Bedroom Company

Soften up The perfect partner for a good snuggle Cobweave wool throw, Wool Blanket Online

£85

£205

Between the lines

Subtle geometric Keep it chic with a muted, modern design Viana cushion, Urbanara

An almost-ikat print has a holiday vibe Cushion cover, H&M

£2,295

£1,910

Cloud nine

Out of the blue

A classic buttonback sofa in blue linen will never go out of style Bagsie sofa in cloud blue vintage linen, Loaf

Channel the coast wherever you live with a sofa in a watery shade Patrick sofa in Sky soft wool, Sofa.com

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‘It’s full of quirky makes and finds’ The Leckenbys updated a run-down cottage with quick, easy decorating tricks and a make-do-and-mend attitude FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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CHANGE REFRESHING A DATED COTTAGE BY FITTING A NEW KITCHEN, UPCYCLING FURNITURE AND ADDING ONE-OFF CRAFTS FOR A FUN, ECLECTIC LOOK

1 Living area Unusual junk-shop finds, like this anchor light, teamed with homespun pieces, such as the wall panel made of painted floorboards, give this family home unique character For a similar light, try the anchor, £99, Cult Furniture

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Victorian cottage REAL HOMES

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2 Dining area Seat cushions made from old pairs of jeans add to the retro vibe Vintage dining table and chairs, £140, Margate Retro. For similar denim cushions, try the square denim, £25 each, Cox & Cox


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THE PROPERTY A two-bedroom, Victorian terraced cottage near Broadstairs in Kent, bought in August 2007.

WHAT IT COST Building work...........................£8,000 Kitchen.....................................£12,000 Furniture..................................£10,000 Lighting.......................................£1,000 Garden........................................£1,000

TOTAL.....................£32,000 WHO LIVES HERE Lorraine and Craig Leckenby live here with their twin daughters, Holly and Charli, who are at university. Lorraine is a pattern cutter and lecturer in fashion,

and Craig is managing director of his own company.

THE LOOK

‘Coming in from the beach means sandy shoes, so it made sense to have hard-wearing floors’

Pale and simple, with a fun, retro vibe. White-painted walls are teamed with comfortable leather furniture, one-of pieces and treasure picked up from local beaches.

LESSONS LEARNED Have chimneys inspected and swept by a professional before lighting a fire for the first time. We discovered – too late – a hole in the chimney, which meant the attic filled with smoke.

⊳ FIRST FLOOR The main bedroom is at the front of the house, with the second bedroom next to it. The bathroom is at the back

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3 Dining area A curvy sideboard and a framed junk-shop flag give the dining space a modern-retro look Ply sideboard, from £370, Unto This Last


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4 Dining area White-painted walls and woodwork make a crisp contrast to Lorraine’s unique patchwork denim For a similar Union Jack cushion, try the designer grey, £35, Ben de Lisi Home range, Debenhams

5 Kitchen High-gloss wenge-effect slab units give this room a contemporary finish For similar units, try the Tigerwood, £128 for a W600mm base unit, Kitchen Warehouse UK


6 Landing Lorraine saw the rope handrail idea in a magazine and re-created it herself by using rope from a yacht chandler For a similar handrail, try a selection, Stairropes.com. For a similar beach sign, try the arrow hanger, £4.75, Coastal Home 7 Main bedroom The couple sanded the floorboards, then painted them white, which inspired the all-white bedding. Lorraine made the Union Jack cushion from scraps of fabric, while the bedside table was left behind by the previous owners For a similar throw, try the Ursula in white, £20, Ikea

ith busy working lives in London, Lorraine and Craig Leckenby were feeling the pressure, and decided to look for a weekend bolthole on the coast to provide some muchneeded relaxation. After a lot of searching online, they finally came across a small seaside retreat that was part of a row of coastguard cottages, just north of Broadstairs in Kent. ‘I have family nearby, but we didn’t know the area that well,’ explains Lorraine. ‘It’s a tranquil place with its own distinctive personality.’ The other huge pull for the couple was that the beach is directly opposite the property. ‘It’s such an amazing view,’ says Lorraine. ‘I could sit and watch it for hours.’ The house was pretty sound but hadn’t been redecorated for a long time, so it needed plenty of TLC. The kitchen was particularly tired,

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so that’s where the couple started their transformation. ‘We gutted it completely, then fitted new cabinetry in a glossy wood effect, as we wanted a modern look,’ says Lorraine. ‘We teamed the units with a gorgeous sky-blue glass splashback and a pebble-effect floor, which is so in keeping with the seaside look.’ One of the big challenges was that the living and dining space was an odd shape, as the chimney breast is set at an angle in the corner between the two areas. ‘We thought about taking out the chimney breast, but it would have meant a huge amount of structural work, and in fact we love the charming vibe it brings to the cottage,’ says Lorraine. ‘The fire itself is important to us, too, as it’s lovely to come back to after a breezy walk along the beach.’ The shape of the room also made it difficult to arrange furniture, as there was only one long wall against which to put things, but Lorraine and Craig found an antique-style leather ➺


Victorian cottage REAL HOMES 8 Main bedroom Dark-wood antique furniture adds depth to the pale scheme For a similar table, try the Brooklyn console, £400, Dunelm

3 of the best

COASTAL ACCESSORIES Light up Bring a soft glow to an alfresco dinner party Weathered rope lantern, £8, Matalan

£8

Net result

£30

Add subtle texture to a simple scheme Rope glass lamp, £30, George Home

‘We were inspired by traditional deckchair stripes and copied the look for the cushions, rugs and blinds’

£10 Sail away Display in a bathroom to create a seaside feel Sailing boat object, £10, By Sainsbury’s

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‘This is a tranquil place with its own distinctive personality. I could sit and watch the amazing view for hours’ 9 Twins’ bedroom Seaside-style stripes on the rug and a bright checked blanket liven up the cool whites and creams in Holly and Charli’s bedroom For a similar rug, try the cotton stripe in light blue, £70, RugVista 10

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The fireplace has been painted a soft aqua for a coastal touch. Cloth bags hung from hooks provide extra storage For a similar paint, try the Delicate Blue Intelligent Eggshell, £54.50 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. For a similar laundry bag, try the stripes, £12, House Envy

sofa and matching armchair at a reclamation shop, which fitted perfectly. ‘We paired them with an upcycled retro coffee table by local designer, Zoe Murphy,’ says Lorraine. At the front of the house, the dining area is simply furnished with a vintage melamine dining table and chairs. Lorraine covered the seat cushions in cut-up pairs of old jeans, and liked them so much that she did the same with the window-seat cushion. ‘They’re unique, hard-wearing and easy to wash,’ she says. ‘I had fun making them, too.’ Nautical bulkhead-style wall lights and an old framed flag from a vintage shop add an individual feel. ‘We were inspired by traditional seaside deckchairs with their lovely stripes, and we copied the look for the cushions, rugs and blinds,’ says Lorraine. For practical reasons, the hallway carpet was taken up and Craig sanded and painted the

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old floorboards. ‘Coming in from the beach means sandy shoes, so it made sense to have a hard-wearing floor,’ says Lorraine. For another unique touch, she commissioned a beautiful stained-glass window shaped like a compass to set the tone for the house as soon as you walk in the front door. Beneath it is a rustic shelf the couple made from a piece of driftwood found on the beach. ‘We use it to display other beach finds, such as stones and shells,’ says Lorraine. The second bedroom is used by the couple’s daughters and for guests. Here, the furniture placement was also largely determined by a corner fireplace. Luckily, two single beds fit perfectly and there’s still room for storage. ‘We all really enjoy it here and come down to stay as often as we can,’ says Lorraine. ‘We just feel so lucky that we have such a lovely place by the sea to escape to.’ IH


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A home-made driftwood shelf holds the family’s favourite beachcombing finds For a similar ornament, try the seagull figurine, £65.99, Wayfair

Hallway

The compass-design porthole window ties in with the nautical theme For a similar window, try the TF5030, £175, Amazon.co.uk

DON’T MISS the details

FEATURE AND STYLING ANASTASIA BURTON PHOTOGRAPHS SIMON SCARBORO BOX COPY HOLLY CATFORD PLANS PERSONA-ID

Recycled scraps of fabric, lengths of rope and pieces of driftwood make unique, inexpensive decorations

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Pebble-effect mosaic tiles in cool white add natural texture For similar tiles, try the pebble mosaic border, £2.98 for 30cm, B&Q

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A rustic wooden plank serves as a handy pegrail For a similar driftwood rail, try a selection, eBay

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REAL HOMES Victorian cottage

Get Lorraine’s look Give nautical style a vintage twist with retro-inspired buys FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

£24.95

DINING ROOM

Fly the flags A quick and easy way to add red, white and blue Union Jack bunting, Dotcomgiftshop

£30

Out to sea Add a cosy coastal feel with textures in ocean-inspired hues Stonewash cushion, Ian Mankin

£65 Fresh touch Pop a bunch of garden blooms into a classic vase Marguerite vase, Dartington range, John Lewis Use distressed denim textures with a neutral palette for a relaxed take on a coastal look

Carry on A rustic trug doubles up as handy indoor storage Wooden trug, Gadbsy

£6.65

£39.50

Stylish storage A sleek finish and handleless doors update this Sixties-inspired design Esme sideboard, Made.com

£60.64

£399

Ocean colour scene For an instant coastal feel Beach Shapes framed art print, King & McGaw

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FEATURE GRACE ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHS SIMON SCARBORO

Added texture Putting down a neutral jute rug is a simple way to zone a living space Textured jute rug, Marks & Spencer


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REAL HOME IMPROVEMENT

‘We lifted the house up to get a much better view’ Ann Tully and David Evans’s riverside home in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, is in such an idyllic spot that, even after it was flooded in 2014, they were determined to keep it. After the floodwaters had subsided, the couple took action and had the entire two-bedroom, single-storey building raised nearly 32in using a hydraulic pump system. A new kitchen and two new bathrooms were installed, and a large terrace was added to maximise the wonderful river

views. Floor-to-ceiling, sliding glass doors from IQ Glass (01494 722880; iqglassuk. com) were fitted to connect the open-plan kitchen-diner to the terrace. In the winter months, the minimal 21mm frames maximise natural light, while in warm weather, the doors can slide back to create a seamless indoor/outdoor living space. ‘The new glazing and terrace have made a huge diference,’ says Ann. ‘We can now really enjoy the views and the connection with the river.’

FIND OUT MORE... ■ To make the most of their home’s riverside location, Ann and David added a terrace, supported by steel posts. The bespoke steelwork was manufactured by

Metcalfe (01189 471311; metcalfemetal.co.uk). ■ The timber deck has an unobtrusive balustrade made from steel posts and tensioned steel wire.

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Garden room, from £8,000, Harrison James

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Garden rooms Need help choosing? Check out these top five names CONTEMPORARY GARDEN ROOMS 01952 825630; contemporary gardenrooms.co.uk This Shropshire-based carpentry company builds bespoke timber structures that come fully insulated and can be fitted with bifold doors. Prices start from £8,394 for the curve-shaped MyPod. EXTRA ROOMS 01159 899555; extrarooms.co.uk You can order a bespoke timber garden oice, from £9,600. For a more afordable option, customers can save 25% by having the panels delivered unassembled. THE GARDEN OFFICE 01296 325777; thegardenoice.co.uk It ofers oices in various sizes, clad in red cedarwood with sliding doors. All electrics are fitted as standard, and the price includes delivery and installation if you live within 100 miles of the showroom in Buckinghamshire. Prices start at £9,995 for a 2.5m sq oice. HARRISON JAMES 01403 713766; contemporary gardenrooms.com Find bespoke garden rooms of all sizes, from around £8,000, with the option of a full decoration and landscaping service. Based in Sussex, the company mainly operates in the Southeast, but can work on nationwide projects. TUIN 01508 558308; tuin.co.uk Discover log cabins made from spruce at reasonable prices from this Dutch company. Options include the log cabin barrel room, £4,380, and the Elin studio, £4,788.


Projects REAL HOMES

Steel worktops, from £162 per m, Cavendish Equipment

TOP TREND

Stainless steel

Grevsta steel units, from £36 for a wall cabinet, Ikea

ON THE SURFACE

FEATURE CHERRY MASLEN PHOTOGRAPHS IQ GLASS

Versatile tiles Kitchen in need of a revamp? Smarten up your space with the Country Tiles, £39.95 per sq Cottage metro tiles, m, Walls and Floors £39.95 per sq m, from Walls and Floors. The 150mm x 75mm tiles are available in 12 soft shades – use a mixture of three for a beautifully glossy splashback. Project

KNOW HOW

Stylish, hygienic and hard-wearing – stainless steel is the chef’s choice for kitchen units and worktops, but it’s becoming an increasingly popular choice in homes, too. An entire kitchen in stainless steel can feel a little overwhelming, so adopting a mixand-match approach is a safer option. ‘Many customers like the fact that they can mix steel with other components to create their own design,’ says Russell Brown, director of steel kitchen specialist Cavendish Equipment. Expect to pay around the same amount for stainless-steel worktops as you would for granite or Corian designs. For a more affordable option, team wooden worktops with steel units – Ikea’s Grevsta wall cabinets start at £36.

Keep it handy The new Hall & Stairs collection from Crown Paints is said to be 20 times more scrubbable than standard emulsion. Choose from 22 colours, From top: Home & Dry; from £20 for 2.5ltr, Step Inside; Monday crownpaints.co.uk. Blues; all Crown Paints

Need an electrician? NICEIC (niceic.com), the regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry, lists approved contractors by postcode. It currently has 27,000 registered, so you should be able to find one to suit your project housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine AUGUST 2016 | 103


PROPERTY IDEAS Coastal conversions

BEFORE

The old bungalow had small dormer windows and a mass of shrubs that blocked out light downstairs

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AFTER

From Fifties throwback… Jane and Adrian Gillard have totally transformed their Fifties chalet bungalow into a breathtaking modern home with stunning views ⊳ GROUND FLOOR

Take the 60-SECOND TOUR THE PROPERTY A four-bedroom, detached house in Torquay, Devon.

WHO LIVES HERE

The ground-floor layout includes an open-plan kitchen, living and dining space, a utility room, a bathroom, a guest bedroom with an en suite and a fourth bedroom that’s used as a study

unrecognisable. The property has been extended from 198sq m to 234sq m, and the grounds were landscaped to create a new decked terrace.

Jane and Adrian Gillard live here.

WHAT IT COST WHAT THEY DID The couple extended a Fifties bungalow upwards and outwards, reroofing, replacing windows and adding large expanses of glazing to make the bungalow completely

The couple paid £500,000 for the bungalow in 2011 and spent around £300,000 on the transformation project. The property is now worth more than £1 million.

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FIRST FLOOR ⊲ Upstairs there are two bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms and one with a dressing room, and a balcony over the flat roof of the downstairs extension


A flat roof on the ground-floor extension cleverly doubles as a sunny balcony for both upstairs bedrooms

Two walls of sliding glass doors and a striking full-height glazed gable really make the most of the coastal views

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ost people assume that Jane and Adrian Gillard’s house is a new build, but in fact it’s a total reinvention of a Fifties bungalow that the couple bought in 2011. Now a contemporary home that makes the most of its amazing position high up above the sea in Torquay, Devon, it’s far from the tired property the couple first viewed. Back then it had ugly dormer windows and a dated interior, with a kitchen, a separate dining room and a living room opening into a dated sunroom. There were two bedrooms on the ground floor and two more upstairs, which had high windowsills that compromised the views. ‘The bungalow cost more than our original budget,’ says Adrian, ‘but as soon as we saw the sea view, we were captivated.’ The couple moved in and spent a few weeks deciding what they were going to do. ‘We were tempted to knock down the bungalow and start

again, because then we could have reclaimed the VAT for a new build, but in this instance, the cost of demolition and new groundworks cancelled out any benefits,’ explains Adrian. ‘Instead, we proposed a total upgrade.’ RADICAL CHANGES The Gillards employed the same local architect who’d worked on their previous home and devised a new layout, extending upwards and outwards. The old sunroom at the front was to be replaced with a larger single-storey extension to increase the ground-floor living space. Upstairs, the entire roof would be extended upwards by 1.8m and moved forward so that, in addition to two bedrooms, there’d be enough space for two en-suite bathrooms and a dressing room. Once planning consent was granted, demolition work began in August 2012 and the bungalow was stripped out. Adrian spent several weeks taking down the L-shaped sunroom, which had been built on a thick slab of concrete. ‘I also used our car to pull out ➺

Jane and Adrian Gillard

We love… ‘...the newly revealed coastal views that we now enjoy from the house. It’s such a lovely setting’

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Raising the roof created a fully glazed gable framing the panoramic vista

‘The bungalow cost more than our original budget but as soon as we saw the sea view, we were captivated’ some huge overgrown shrubs that were blocking light from the house,’ he says. Foundations were excavated for the new extension, and new blockwork walls were created, then rendered for a smooth, neat finish. WOW WINDOWS Full-height glazing plays a key part in the new design, letting in tons of light across the front of the property and making the most of the stunning sea views. In fact, the entire width of both the ground and first floors is made up of sliding doors, while the main bedroom has a dramatic, fully glazed gable. The majority of windows and doors are in double-glazed UPVC frames with argon-filled self-cleaning glass, and the roof was clad in interlocking concrete tiles. ‘We had to choose materials carefully due to the exposed location,’ explains Adrian. Despite the extent of the work – and the fact that the roof needed to be removed – Jane and Adrian remained living in the house throughout, and Adrian project managed the entire process, employing local tradesmen he had worked with before. ‘Sleeping in a bedroom with a polythene roof during the winter was a real low point,’ he says, ‘particularly when scaffold planks were being blown around like matchsticks in a storm at 3am.’ FINISHING TOUCHES Jane spent many hours researching the fixtures and fittings online, and the couple shopped together to source key items, such as the marble flooring. It took several months to complete the interior, which

has a coastal flavour, with a palette of cool blues and creams warmed up by oak furniture and seaside-inspired artwork. ‘Installing a stone floor with underfloor heating was an extravagance, but it’s really made a difference to the look and feel of the house,’ says Jane. Almost every room in the property now showcases the beautiful Torquay location, and the couple are thrilled with the results. ‘We love looking out at the boats and watching lights glistening on the water at night,’ says Jane. ‘It really is a fantastic home.’ The couple chose hard-wearing composite decking, rather than timber, for a finish that’s easy to maintain


Coastal conversions PROPERTY IDEAS The kitchen brings the coastal feel inside, with high-gloss blue cabinets and neutral granite worksurfaces

RENOVATION KNOW-HOW ■ Many alterations can be made under Permitted Development, meaning you don’t need to get planning permission. For more information on planning and building regulations, visit planningportal.gov.uk and always check with your local authority before making any major changes. ■ Keep your neighbours informed at all stages, and you might need to obtain party wall agreements, too. Check the advice given at planningportal.gov.uk. ■ For extensions and major remodelling, it’s usually advisable to employ an architect to draw up accurate plans: the Royal Institute of British Architects (architecture. com) holds a directory of approved architects. ■ Get at least three quotes for all major purchases, including when you’re hiring tradesmen and, whenever possible, negotiate fixed prices for each job rather than paying a daily rate. ■ It’s not usually advisable to undertake major roofing work on a DIY basis. Go to the National Federation of Roofing Contractors’ website (nfrc.co.uk) to find a reputable roofer to do the work. ■ Remember to factor delays into the schedule and always have a contingency pot of money to pay for those unforeseen expenses.

Sliding doors blur the boundary between indoors and out

IN DETAIL INTELLIGENT GLAZING Choose hard-working glazing, as the Gillards have done The couple replaced the old windows with argon-filled, self-cleaning UPVC glazing supplied by Europlas (0800 781 9668; europlas.co.uk). ‘It was one of our best buys,’ says Adrian. ■ Double glazing hermetically seals a layer of air between two sheets of glass, reducing heat loss and improving sound insulation. Replacing the air with an insulating gas, such as argon, further increases thermal performance. Coating the inward-facing glass with a reflective layer improves heat retention even more. ■ Triple glazing is becoming increasingly popular for making homes more energy

efficient. Though the energy savings when compared to double glazing are relatively small, it can make houses feel more comfortable, with fewer cold spots. The additional weight of the window will also reduce sound vibrations. ■ The BFRC Scheme (bfrc.org) is the UK’s national system for rating the energy efficiency of windows, and provides an online search for local suppliers. ■ Self-cleaning glass such as Pilkington Activ (01744 692000; pilkington.co.uk), uses the sun to break down dirt, which is then washed away by rain. It’s ideal for where glazing is difficult to reach.

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The curved shape of the ground-floor extension softens the look of the building and harmonises with the gorgeous location

BEFORE

Built in the Seventies, the original bungalow was dark and dated

AFTER

EXTREME

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‘We turned our bland bungalow into a stunning coastal retreat’

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unting for a Cornish holiday home, which they could also rent out for part of the year, Tamar Tammes and Michael Ross had a clear idea of the type of house they wanted. ‘I was brought up in the area and wanted somewhere we could congregate and feel at home,’ explains Tamar. The couple and their two daughters are based in Scotland, so enlisted Cornish holidaylettings agent Perfect Stays (01208 895570; perfectstays.co.uk) for advice. After viewing numerous properties, they bought a four-bedroom, detached bungalow 108 | AUGUST 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

in the Harlyn Bay area, with sea views and surrounded by rolling countryside. The couple asked Cornish architects Catchfrench Design (01752 297421; catch frenchdesign.co.uk) to come up with a plan to introduce more light and space, using American lakeside cottages and Scandinavian cabins as inspiration. ‘The centre of the house was relatively dark, so opening this up to light and the views was essential,’ explains Tamar. REIMAGINING THE LAYOUT The property was extended upwards, creating room for two extra bedrooms, but the footprint of the

Extending upwards and outwards, converting the garage and adding masses of glass has transformed the property Sloping glazing was specially designed to maximise the view and minimise reflection from internal lights

FEATURE DEBBIE JEFFERY PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN CADLE PHOTOGRAPHY, PERFECT STAYS/CATCHFRENCH DESIGN PLANS PERSONA-ID

Tamar Tammes and Michael Ross used innovative ideas and local artisans to create a cool, contemporary seaside escape for their family


Coastal conversions PROPERTY IDEAS Minimal, modern bespoke furniture was made to enhance the open and airy feel

building remained largely unchanged, except for a sweeping ground-floor extension. It was Tamar’s brother, Andre, a lighting designer, who came up with the unusual idea to slant the floor-to-ceiling windows inwards at the base so that the couple can enjoy unobstructed views of the sea, without interior lights reflecting onto the glass in the evenings. COASTAL-INSPIRED DETAILS Oiled oak floorboards and a palette of natural materials, including granite and ash, were chosen to create a practical, hard-wearing interior. A contemporary wood-burning stove was set into a fireplace made from pieces of Cornish slate. ‘We wanted the materials to complement the coastal setting,’ Tamar explains. The couple were keen to enlist the skills of local craftsmen and contractors throughout the project, and some key pieces were made by joinery firm Broad & Turner (01208 75696; broadandturner. co.uk), including much of the furniture, a treehouse and storage for surfboards. After two years of hard work, the house was finished in July 2014. The family paid £950,000 for the bungalow and spent a further £750,000 on the project. The property is now worth around £1,750,000. The family enjoy entertaining a steady stream of friends and relatives who all love the house’s idyllic location.

Tamar Tammes and Michael Ross

Trials & triumphs… ■ What was the high point for you? ‘The party we threw for the project team and our family the week we moved in.’ ■ Were there any low points? ‘When it rained an incredible amount just as the builders took off the roof.’ ■ Who was the project saviour? ‘The whole project team and my brother, Andre, for his inventive ideas.’

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‘Merging rooms was the answer’ Paula Church knocked two poky spaces together for a beautiful, sociable kitchen that’s full of natural light FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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Reconfigured kitchen REAL HOMES Family hang-out Two rooms were knocked through to create a big south-facing kitchen-diner, while the neutral palette provides a light, spacious feel Burford White units, price on application, Howdens Joinery. Compac Luna quartz worktop, £375 per linear m, Affordable Granite

BEFORE

Love her

STYLE?

Take the

PAULA’S BURFORD UNITS ARE FROM HOWDENS JOINERY £. FOR SIMILAR, TRY THE SOMERSET FROM BENCHMARX ££ OR THE LONG HOUSE FROM PLAIN ENGLISH DESIGN £££

60-SECOND TOUR THE PROPERTY A four-bedroom, semi-detached, Sixties house in Hove, East Sussex.

WHO LIVES HERE Paula Church lives here with her twins, Billy and Ruby, 17.

WHAT SHE DID Paula combined the existing dining room and kitchen to create a large kitchen-diner. She then replaced the windows and door, had the wooden floor stripped and varnished, and installed a brand new kitchen.

THE LOOK Modern rustic, with a neutral palette and a mix of French-style furniture.

LESSONS LEARNED You can make a budget-friendly kitchen look more high end by teaming a relatively pricey worktop with inexpensive units.

WHAT IT COST Cabinets..........................£7,400 Worktop..........................£3,000 Sink.........................................£174 Taps.........................................£57 Flooring............................£1,860 Tiles......................................£300 Lighting................................£510 Furniture...............................£710

TOTAL.................£14,011

TURN OVER TO FIND OUT HOW Paula created her new kitchen

THE LAYOUT Full-height units house the fridge-freezer to the right of the door. To the left, units run in an L shape with the range cooker fitted into a recess on the far wall. The sink is in another run of units under the window, and a table sits in the centre of the room

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NEED TO KNOW

ENAMEL PENDANTS Add country style and create an instant focal point by hanging a trio over a table

aving previously lived in a Victorian property, Paula Church liked the relatively modern feel of her Sixties semi in Hove, East Sussex, when she first viewed it. ‘I loved the idea of working on a totally different project,’ she says. ‘The kitchen and dining room were poky and dated. However, they ran across the back of the house and were south-facing, so I knew they had real potential.’ While interior designer and artist Paula (paulachurch.co.uk) planned her kitchen, she had the loft converted. ‘By the time I began the kitchen, I knew the builders were brilliant and I had everything ordered and ready to go,’ she says. Paula had torn out inspiring pages from

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magazines for the look. ‘I wanted the room to have a casual feel with a neutral backdrop, so that colour could be added and changed with accessories,’ she says. With this in mind, Paula chose simple white units and a matching worktop, then replaced the windows and painted the room white to maximise the feeling of space and light. ‘I had a pretty small budget, so I looked online for the best deals,’ she says. She also saved money by using the appliances from her old home and patching up and sanding the original floor. ‘The new kitchen has transformed our house,’ she says. ‘We hardly use the other rooms now and it’s a pleasure to cook for friends. With the light streaming in all day, it’s a far cry from how the back of the house was originally.’

Modern country A classic farmhouse table has been given a coat of paint and teamed with metal dining chairs for a contemporary update Norden table, £170, Ikea; painted in All White Estate Eggshell, £55 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. For similar dining chairs, try the Harry Bertoia style, £170 each, Swivel UK


Reconfigured kitchen REAL HOMES Keep it clean Metro tiles have been used in the alcove to create a brilliant splashback for the cooker Bevel tiles, £24.95 per sq m, Nick Firth Tiles. For similar pendant lights, try the Toulon, £70 each, Garden Trading

How we did it FEATURE HEATHER GRATTON PHOTOGRAPHS FIONA WALKER ARNOTT PLAN PERSONA-ID

Well integrated Paula had a smart bank of floor-to-ceiling cupboards built around the large American-style fridge-freezer for a neat, professional finish For a similar fridge freezer, try the RH56J69187F, £2,199, Samsung range, John Lewis

Bright update Enlarging the opening on the back wall to add more windows has filled the south-facing room with light Classic Belfast sink, £130, Tap Warehouse. For similar taps, try the Bristan 1901, £120, Heatandplumb.com

The builders, who had just converted our loft, set up a makeshift kitchen in the living room and sealed off the back of the house, which kept mess and inconvenience to a minimum. They knocked out the back wall first, then replaced the original kitchen window with a much larger one, while the old back door was upgraded to a Victorian panelled version. The builders also stripped, repaired and varnished the floorboards before installing a new kitchen. The project took eight weeks and the kitchen installation cost about £5,000. housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine AUGUST 2016 | 113


‘We extended to create a space that flows’ Adding an extension gave the Wakleys room to create the perfect open-plan kitchen-diner for family living FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Love their

STYLE? THE WAKLEYS’ FOTO PENDANT LIGHTS ARE FROM IKEA £. FOR SIMILAR, TRY GARDEN TRADING’S BATTERSEA IN CLAY ££ OR THE HOOK FROM HOLLOWAYS OF LUDLOW £££

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Extended kitchen REAL HOMES

BEFORE

Gather round Building an L-shaped extension gave Kate and Dave the space to include a dining area and an island in their kitchen. The couple saved money by fitting the units themselves Metod cabinets with Bodbyn Grey doors, £62 for a W600mm base unit; Råsunda oak worktops, from £60 for L186cm; all Ikea

Take the

60-SECOND TOUR

THE PROPERTY A four-bedroom, Victorian, semi-detached house, near Lymington, Hampshire.

WHO LIVES HERE Kate and Dave Wakley live here with their sons, Alex, 15 and Max, nine, plus Grace, the German wire-haired pointer.

WHAT THEY DID The couple knocked out the back wall of their kitchen and extended and redecorated the existing space. They installed new units and added dining and seating areas, plus an adjoining snug and studio.

THE LOOK Classic and coastal, with a palette of greys, blues and greens and simple painted furniture.

LESSONS LEARNED On reflection, we didn’t put enough power points in the right places. We should have thought that through in more detail.

WHAT IT COST Units.................................£2,400 Worktop..............................£900 Sink and tap.......................£248 Flooring............................£1,500 Appliances.......................£2,147 Furniture..............................£770 Lighting..................................£90 Paint......................................£100

TOTAL...................£8,155

TURN OVER TO FIND OUT HOW Kate and Dave created their new kitchen

THE LAYOUT To the left of the chimney breast is a dresser. There’s an island in the centre of the room, next to a dining area. There’s also a separate utility room

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NEED TO KNOW

OPEN-PLAN LIVING Kate and Dave chose not to fit a door into the snug to let the space flow seamlessly

ate Wakley achieved two long-held ambitions when she moved from Oxfordshire to Lymington with her husband Dave and their two sons. ‘I adore the sea, so to live so near it was a dream come true,’ she says. ‘I’ve always wanted a red-brick Victorian house, too.’ The couple planned from the outset to transform the cramped, tired kitchen over time. ‘We had some major changes in mind, but had to make do as we saved,’ says Kate. ‘I painted the existing kitchen cupboards as a quick fix, but the room was dark, everything was worn and there was no room for us to entertain.’ Once they were ready to tackle the kitchen, the couple decided to extend the space to create an open-plan room with classic grey

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units, an island, a dining area and doors leading out to the garden. Keen to preserve the room’s character, Kate incorporated its Victorian features, such as a separate pantry and brick mantel, into the new kitchen. For colour inspiration, Kate looked no further than the nearby beach. Teamed with the mid-grey units are sandy-coloured wooden worktops, plus artwork and accessories in pale sea greens and aqua – including cushions and mugs from her company Kate Wakley Textiles. ‘The space flows so well and I can’t believe the impact it’s had on family life,’ she says. ‘The boys can do their homework at the table while I’m cooking, we can see the garden from in here and I’ve got my own work area. Best of all, it’s a fabulous, welcoming room for friends and family to enjoy. It was worth the wait.’

Coastal vibe Kate’s love of the sea is reflected in the kitchen’s beach-inspired colour scheme. An extendable dining table provides plenty of extra space for entertaining guests Walls painted in Pale Eau de Nil matt emulsion, £32 for 2.5ltr, Laura Ashley. Antoinette dining chairs, £150 for two, Dunelm. Oyster Shell cushion cover, £34, Kate Wakley Textiles. For similar floor tiles, try the Multipietra Grigio, £28.47 per sq m, Tile Giant


FEATURE ANNABELLE GRUNDY PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE PLAN PERSONA-ID

Extended kitchen REAL HOMES

Secret storage The bench provides a place to sit and look out to the garden, plus the seat lifts up to reveal storage inside For similar seating, try the Bourton painted bench, £275, The Cotswold Company. Cushion covers, £34 each, Kate Wakley Textiles

Hidden power A pop-up socket is built into the island’s worktop and deep drawer fronts conceal a dishwasher to the side of the period-style sink Intensitet socket, £170, Ikea. For a similar sink, try the RL301CW, from £169, Reginox range, Sinks-Taps.com

How we did it

Set another plate Kate chose an extendable table, which she painted to suit her coastal theme Nornäs drop-leaf dining table, £150; Nornäs pine bench, £70; both Ikea

My dad and I drew the initial design for the extension, then a local architect dealt with the planning department. We chose a recommended builder and the structural work cost about £30,000. Once the extension was up, the back kitchen wall was demolished. We discovered rotten floor joists, which was a setback, but Dave worked solidly all weekend replacing them, so we stayed right on schedule. We shopped around online for the best deals on appliances. Dave plumbed in the sink and dishwasher, and together we fitted the units and decorated. The whole project took four months. housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine AUGUST 2016 | 117


‘We gave a blank space personality’ Tara Murphy and Dimitri Daras used quirky furniture and design details to fill their new build’s kitchen with character FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Tough at the top The stainless-steel worktops are sleek and durable, and set a contemporary tone Stainless-steel worktops, around £3,360; stainlesssteel splashbacks, from £280 per linear m, Hinton Palmer Projects

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New-build kitchen REAL HOMES

BEFORE

Love their

STYLE? TARA AND DIMITRI’S MOBILE ISLAND IS BY SUSTAINABLE KITCHENS ££. FOR SIMILAR, TRY IKEA’S STENSTORP TROLLEY £ OR THE GRANITE-TOP KITCHEN ISLAND FROM HICKS & HICKS £££

Take the

60-SECOND TOUR THE PROPERTY A sustainable, three-bedroom new build, near Stroud in Gloucestershire.

WHO LIVES HERE Tara Murphy and Dimitri Daras live here with their three children, Will, eight, Sacha, six, and Ren, three.

WHAT THEY DID The couple built an ecofriendly house from scratch, prioritising the open-plan kitchen with room for the family to cook and enjoy their meals.

THE LOOK Contemporary and streamlined, with a warm Scandi twist.

LESSONS LEARNED Good planning is vital – our kitchen is designed to suit us and we took our time to make it just right. Food connects us as a family, so it’s the most important room in the house.

WHAT IT COST Units.................................£11,934 Worktops.........................£3,360 Splashback......................£1,400 Appliances........................£3,152 Sink and tap.......................£648 Flooring...........................£2,000 Paint.........................................£87

TOTAL..................£22,581

TURN OVER TO FIND OUT HOW Tara and Dimitri created their new kitchen

THE LAYOUT The base units are arranged in an L shape, with the hob on the back wall and the sink beneath the window. An island on castors sits in the middle of the space and there’s a dining area at the other end of the room

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New-build kitchen REAL HOMES he kitchen was Tara Murphy and Dimitri Daras’s top priority when they began to plan their ecofriendly new-build home in the Cotswolds. ‘We both love to cook, and the children join in,’ says Tara. ‘I also teach Vietnamese cookery from home, so our new kitchen had to be able to accommodate more than one cook.’ When it came to finding a designer, the couple went with a company that came highly recommended for its eco credentials. ‘It was really important that the kitchen followed the same eco ethos as the house, which was made using sustainable materials and built to last,’ says Tara. ‘When it came to the layout, I wanted good flow, lots of countertop space and an island on castors, too. Countertops become cluttered with appliances, but islands tend not to, so make ideal prep spaces.’ For the finishes, Tara chose matt-stained birch ply and steel worktops. ‘I like soft, muted colours and finishes,’ she says. ‘Initially, I rejected stainless steel for the worktops, but then discovered it could be “wobble sanded”, which makes fingerprints less visible. It has been a success, and is practical and beautiful.’ Tara chose to have a larder off the kitchen. ‘It’s wonderful to have ingredients displayed on narrow shelves,’ she says. ‘Nothing is forgotten in the depths of a wall cabinet.’ The completed kitchen has everything that the couple wanted. ‘I really love it,’ she says. ‘I like the mix of the gentle, contemporary style and super functionality.’

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Gas and electric ovens side by side give a streamlined look and cooking flexibility SF6390X electric single oven, from £545; SF341GVX gas oven, from £440; both Smeg

Light relief Tara plans to have each of her female relatives knit or crochet a lampshade for her installation For a similar table, try the Keep, £499, Willis & Gambier range, John Lewis

Three drawers of different depths give the couple a handy range of storage options Bespoke overlay FSC birch plywood cabinetry, £11,934, Sustainable Kitchens

The bespoke vegetable rack was designed to be dark, well ventilated and quick to access Douglas Natural W300mm wooden floor planks, from £63 per sq m, Dinesen

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REAL HOMES New-build kitchen Slide ‘n’ hide A sliding panel acts as both a door to the pantry and a screen to hide boxes of children’s toys Walls painted in Tusk Intelligent Matt Emulsion, £45 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Island castors, £62.40 each, Blickle Castors & Wheels. For similar chairs, try the Clio, from £75 each, House by John Lewis range, John Lewis

NEED TO KNOW

MOVEABLE WORKSURFACE Castors added to the island mean it can be moved to wherever the couple need it

The design process was a real pleasure. It took a number of weeks and was collaborative, as we were doing lots of innovative things with Sustainable Kitchens in Bristol. The units and island were built in the workshop and I was able to see them before they arrived on site. Fitting was quick and professional, with the wobble-sanded stainless steel being the most time-consuming aspect. We paid £3,000 for the kitchen installation, and the hand-painting cost £600. 122 | AUGUST 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

Bigger is better At 77cm wide, the sink has enough room for the couple to wash up large pots and pans For a similar sink, try the Vault stainless steel, £470, Kohler range, Inderkitchen

FEATURE NICHOLA OWEN, LUCY SEARLE PHOTOGRAPHS BRETT CHARLES PLANS PERSONA-ID

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‘It has a real holiday vibe’ Claire Lloyd Davies and Richard Stockley looked to Mediterranean style to give their bathroom personality FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Love their

STYLE? CLAIRE AND RICHARD’S BATH IS BY HERITAGE BATHROOMS £££. FOR SIMILAR, TRY THE CAST IRON BATH COMPANY’S DAWLISH SLIPPER £ OR VICTORIAN PLUMBING’S BISLEY ROLL TOP ££

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Classic bathroom REAL HOMES

BEFORE

Into the blue The couple used patterned floor tiles as the starting point for their coastal-style blue and cream scheme Porto Santo bath, £2,500, Heritage Bathrooms; painted in Sky Blue Intelligent eggshell, £54.50 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Moroccan encaustic GR06 tiles, £2.40 each, Best Tile UK Store

hough it wasn’t entirely fit for habitation, Claire Lloyd Davies and Richard Stockley moved into their Thirties home in Hampton, Middlesex, as soon as they got the keys. They set to work on the bathroom straightaway. ‘To choose the best layout, I went round to a couple of neighbours’ houses,’ says Claire. ‘It was a great way to meet them and they were happy to show us how they’d used an identical space. I pretty much copied what one had done, placing the bath along the window wall as a focal point.’ The couple chose Moroccan-style floor tiles, then picked out the same azure blue for the bath and shutters. Claire had set her heart on a roll-top bath, so she chose a traditional-style basin and loo to work alongside it. ‘A basin with a cupboard beneath was high on my wish list, too, as I knew storage space would be limited,’ she says. ‘As the background to the floor tiles is cream, I went for a cream finish on the vanity unit and cream tiles in the shower. A glass screen keeps the room bright and open, and means the bath really makes an impact. We’re thrilled with the end result.’

T WHAT IT COST Bath..................................£2,500 Shower................................£625 Vanity unit and basin.......£980 Taps......................................£560 Loo........................................£550 Wall tiles..............................£106 Floor tiles.............................£172

TOTAL....................£5,493

TURN OVER TO FIND OUT HOW Claire and Richard created their new bathroom

Take the THE PROPERTY A three-bedroom, Thirties semi in Hampton, Middlesex.

WHO LIVES HERE Claire Lloyd Davies and her partner Richard Stockley live here with their children, Connie, six, and Rosie, five.

WHAT THEY DID The couple knocked the separate loo into the existing bathroom to

create a larger room, then replaced the fittings and flooring.

THE LOOK Neutral with pops of Mediterranean blue and Moroccan-style tiles.

LESSONS LEARNED Our first choice of cast-iron bath was too heavy and would have needed a reinforced floor, so we opted for a lighter one.

THE LAYOUT The bath is on the far wall under the window, with the basin to the left and the loo opposite. The shower is to the left of the loo

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Blue-sky thinking The couple opted for shutters to disguise the modern windows, add extra colour to the scheme and give the room a streamlined finish Plantation shutters with 64mm push rods, from £290 per sq m, Shutterly Fabulous

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Storage solution

Space enhancer

Claire chose a compact vanity unit and a mirrored wall cabinet for the family’s toiletries and had them painted in the same gentle cream shade as the walls for a co-ordinated look Dorchester vanity unit in Oyster, £695; Dorchester basin, £320; Caversham wall cabinet in Oyster, £445; all Heritage Bathrooms

Plain tiles, a shallow shower tray and a sleek glass screen all help to create an open, spacious feel and prevent the shower enclosure from dominating the room Moroccan encaustic cement single colour tiles in cream, £1.77 per tile, Best Tile UK Store. Shower panel, £521, Heritage Bathrooms

How we did it To make the best use of space, our builder knocked through the separate loo into the existing bathroom, then completely stripped the room back. I sourced all the sanitaryware from Heritage Bathrooms, found costeffective Moroccan-style tiles for the floor, then matched up the colours in the tiles for the rest of the décor, using cream for the walls and blue for the bath and shutters. The work on the whole of the upstairs of the house was completed in five weeks, during which time we went on holiday and stayed with friends. Installing the bathroom cost £3,000.

FEATURE AND STYLING DILLY ORME PHOTOGRAPHS CLAIRE LLOYD DAVIES PLAN PERSONA-ID

REAL HOMES Classic bathroom


Love her

STYLE? EMMA’S VANITY UNIT IS FROM HAMPTON BATHROOMS £££. FOR SIMILAR, TRY HOME FURNITURE LAND’S DOUBLE VANITY £ OR VICTORIAN PLUMBING’S HUDSON REED UNIT ££

‘It feels like a luxury hotel’ Using some clever design ideas, Emma Stoddart has made her small space feel stylish and indulgent, yet practical, too FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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Luxe bathroom REAL HOMES

BEFORE

Contemporary chic Inspired by sleek boutique-hotel style, Emma opted for a twin-basin vanity unit framed by a mirrored wall Basins, £133 each, Duravit range; for a similar vanity, try the vanity, £1,543; all Hampton Bathrooms

he original bathroom in Emma Stoddart’s house was used as a temporary kitchen while the rest of the property was being renovated, so it – and the adjacent separate loo – were the last rooms to tackle. Layout was her top priority. ‘It made sense to integrate the loo into the bathroom, using the extra space for a walk-in shower,’ says Emma, who runs her own interior-design firm, Emma Stoddart Space Vision Design. She opted for a vanity unit in an oak finish to match other materials used in the house, and even chose the same tiles she’d used in the kitchen to create a sense of consistency. ‘The neutral colour gives a calm backdrop,’ she says. Emma wanted an oversized bathmat to add warmth to the space, but was unable to find any big enough. ‘I was delighted when I came across a range of outdoor rugs – perfect for use in the bathroom, and in my ideal colours,’ she says. The final element was the expanse of sheer curtains. ‘The fabric works with the rug to soften the hard surfaces of the bathroom,’ says Emma. ‘They also make the room cosy at night and create an almost ethereal effect in the day.’

T WHAT IT COST Bath....................................£635 Shower..............................£686 Basins and unit.............£1,203 Taps....................................£912 Loo.....................................£388 Wall tiles........................£1,200 Floor tiles.........................£200

TOTAL.................£5,224

TURN OVER TO FIND OUT HOW Emma created her new bathroom

Take the 60-SECOND TOUR THE PROPERTY A four-bedroom Sixties house in Hampton, Middlesex.

WHO LIVES HERE Emma Stoddart lives here with her children, Oscar, 16, and Ruby, 13.

WHAT SHE DID She knocked through to a separate adjacent loo and stripped out the existing sanitaryware. She then

gave the room a new layout, complete with a walk-in shower.

THE LOOK Boutique-hotel chic, with clean lines and natural materials.

LESSONS LEARNED I’m glad I went for a mirrored wall instead of a big statement mirror, as I think that it makes the room seem bigger.

THE LAYOUT From the doorway, the bath is on the left-hand wall with double basins set into a vanity unit opposite. The loo is to the right of the vanity next to a walk-in shower

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REAL HOMES Luxe bathroom

Handy surface As the freestanding bath has no ledge around it, a small round table provides a useful place to keep toiletries to hand Gloss table, £149 for two, Dwell. Bath, £635, Better Bathrooms. Curtains, £140; made in Clio Natur, £46 per m; all Curtain Call. Ando Hiroshige print, £405, Art.co.uk

Space gain By knocking through to the separate loo, Emma has created space for a shower with luxurious rainfall shower head Aquablade square shower head, £244, Vado range; loo, £496, Duravit range; both Hampton Bathrooms. Avorio Natural and Rough tiles, both £130 per sq m, Not Just Tiles

NEED TO KNOW

MATCHING TILES Using the same finish on both wall and floor tiles creates a spacious feel

Design details A mirrored wall makes the room appear bigger. Emma chose a large, durable outdoor rug instead of a bathmat Mirror, £728, New Style Glazing. Vora Zick Zack rug, £34.95, Benuta

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I designed the layout and chose the elements for the room based on the overall look of the rest of the house. I then sourced most of the sanitaryware from a local bathroom supplier. To give the house a uniform look, I opted for the same tiles I’d used in the kitchen. The finishing touch was the made-to-measure curtains. My builder carried out the whole refurbishment, doing everything from the plumbing to the tiling. It took around four weeks in all and the work cost £4,000.

FEATURE AND STYLING DILLY ORME PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID PARMITER PLAN PERSONA-ID ULTIMATE ORCHID BOWL, £120, MARKS & SPENCER

How we did it


HOLD ON TO THE TASTE OF SUMMER

Store preserved, dried tomatoes for up to six months

Tomatoes are cheap and flavoursome now, so preserve the glut and enjoy them at their best for months to come FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

3 EASY WAYS TO PRESERVE TOMATOES…

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FREEZE FOR CONVENIENCE

Cut a shallow cross in the base of each tomato, then put them in a glass or metal bowl. Boil a kettle of water, then pour into the bowl until the tomatoes are submerged. Leave for 60-90 seconds, then lift the tomatoes out with a slotted spoon. Leave to cool slightly, then peel off the skin using your fingers. Halve each tomato and remove the core and seeds. Put the tomato flesh in airtight, sealable bags – try Soup ‘n’ Sauce freezer bags

(1ltr), £5.26 for 20, Lakeland – label them and freeze until needed. HOW TO USE Defrost the tomatoes and use instead of tinned ones in a Bolognese sauce or chilli. TOP TIP Hate waste? Don’t bin the cores and skins. Gently simmer them in a pan for an hour, leave to cool, then purée using a hand-held blender. Pass the purée through a fine sieve using a spatula, add seasoning and use as a fresh tomato sauce or base for a soup.

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MAKE A SIMPLE PASSATA

For 800ml of passata, put 1kg halved tomatoes in a saucepan with 1tbsp olive oil and 6 peeled, halved garlic cloves. Put the lid on the pan and cook for 10min on a medium heat. Season well, then add 1tsp caster sugar. Remove the lid and boil for 5min until the garlic is soft. Leave to cool, then sieve into airtight, sealable bags. Label and store in the freezer until needed. HOW TO USE Spread the passata on pizza bases, or fry finely diced onion and red pepper, then add the passata to create a sauce for pasta and meatballs. TOP TIP Do it the Italian way and pulp raw tomatoes in the Rigamonti Passa Pomodori passata machine, £29.95, Harrod Horticultural, season with salt and pour into sterilised glass jars.

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DRY FOR RICHER FLAVOUR

Place tinfoil in the bottom of the oven (to catch any drips). Preheat the oven to 80°C/176˚F. Rinse the tomatoes under the cold tap and leave to drip-dry. Once dry, hold the sides and cut each tomato in half from the stem end to the bottom, so that they keep their shape. Scoop out the seeds and leave the halves upside down on kitchen paper for 5min to drain. Arrange the halves on wire cooling trays, cut sides up, then sprinkle on a little salt. Put the trays in the oven, leaving its door open a few millimetres to let some heat escape, and cook for 7hr, checking regularly. Pack into sterilised jars and cover with olive oil. HOW TO USE Stir these into salads or pasta dishes, or use to top pizzas. TOP TIP Add oven-dried chillis to your jars of dried tomatoes for a spicy twist.

THE KIT YOU NEED

RUSTIC FLAVOUR A smart way to chop Oak long paddle chopping board, £14, By Sainsbury’s

GOLDEN TOUCH Pulp your purée in style Gold finish strainer set, £49, Bloomingville range, Berry Red

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CUTTING EDGE Slices tomatoes without squashing them Serrated tomato knife, £5.99, Kuhn Rikon range, Lakeland

ESSENTIAL STORAGE Store oven-dried toms in this airtight jar Clip top 2ltr jar, £4, Kilner range, Wilko

TIME SAVER Removes cores quickly Tomato corer, £10, Chef ’n’ Hullster range, Waitrose Kitchen

FEATURE ELLIE TENNANT PHOTOGRAPHS STOCKFOOD/VICTORIA FIRMSTON, STOCKFOOD/MAJA SMEND ILLUSTRATIONS HANNAH BENNEWITZ

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here’s nothing quite like the fresh taste and heady scent of tomatoes in season. One of summer’s food highlights, British tomatoes are at their peak this month, but once we’ve used a few in salads and sandwiches, the rest often linger sadly neglected at the back of the fridge, going mushy as their skins start to shrivel. Instead of being bin-bound, a glut of tomatoes can be preserved for enjoying at a later date. With just a few bits of basic kit and minimal effort, you’ll be able savour their taste long after they’ve gone out of season.


Preserving tomatoes SEASONAL LIVING

CHOOSE AN HEIRLOOM VARIETY Stock up on seeds and grow these tasty classics next year…

YELLOW STUFFER Resembling a pepper in shape, this yellow tomato has a very sweet flavour and is the perfect size for stuffing £2.99 for 0.5g seeds, Suttons

RED CURRANT With an intense but balanced tart-sweet flavour, this berry-like tom is great sprinkled on salads £5.99 for three plug plants, Dobies of Devon

GREENSLEEVES Striped and elongated, this tomato has a rich flavour, so it’s a good choice for making passata £2.15 for 20 seeds, Plants of Distinction

Tip Fancy

picking your own tomatoes this summer? Visit pickyourownfarms. org.uk to find your nearest PYO farm

SUNGOLD This golden variety is irresistibly sweet thanks to its high sugar content, so it’s ideal to snack on £2.99 for eight seeds, Thompson & Morgan

BLACK RUSSIAN A complex flavour and intriguing dark-brown colour guarantee that this tomato will be a talking point at the dinner table £1.39 for 50 seeds, DT Brown


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Shower care SEASONAL LIVING

TACKLE A TASK

NEED TO KNOW

Clean your shower These are the hero products you need to make your shower sparkle inside and out FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

DRAIN DUO A pipe unblocker and hair catcher combo Fast Attack complete drain care kit, £12.50, QVC

FEATURE GINEVRA BENEDETTI

SURFACE WIPES This non-toxic brand won’t irritate your skin Tub n Tile wipes, £2.50 for 28, Method range, Biggreensmile.com

HAIR REMOVER Fish out all that gunk trapped down the plughole The Drain Weasel brushes, £7.25 for two, Lakeland

NATURAL DESCALER Banish limescale with this affordable cleaner Distilled malt vinegar, 39p, Asda

STEAM CLEANER Comes with 11 attachments, including a grout brush Steam Shot 2635, £39.99, Bissell

TILE BRUSH Use the tough bristles on grout and the soft ones on tiles Grunge Buster brush, £5.99, Full Circle range, Hot Plate Products

HANDY GADGET A must-have to wipe down the shower door Lillnaggen squeegee, 80p, Ikea

RESIDUE BARRIER Wipe over a clean shower screen to stop scum settling Baby skin oil, £1.50 for 300ml, Boots

GROUT WHITENER Spray on, leave overnight, then rinse in the morning Flash cleaner with bleach, £1.50 for 500ml, Ocado

SHOWERS ■ Before you start cleaning, remove all the bottles of shampoo and shower gel, soaps, sponges and razors from the shower area. The items that aren’t used as often might even need a quick wipe and a rinse themselves, particularly if you live in a hard-water area. ■ Clean your showerhead by immersing it in a basin or bowl of vinegar, making sure the nozzles are covered in the liquid. If your showerhead isn’t removable, secure a plastic bag filled with vinegar to it using a rubber band. Leave it steeping in the vinegar for several hours, ideally overnight. Remove the bag and give the showerhead a scrub with an old toothbrush and cleaning solution to remove any limescale. Reattach the showerhead and turn the shower on for several minutes to let the smell dissipate. ■ If your drain isn’t running freely, it’s probably clogged up with hair. Pour drain cleaner down the plughole and leave overnight before rinsing completely. If you’d rather a chemical-free solution, use a plunger to try and clear the blockage. ■ Wipe down glass shower screens and doors using a squeegee and either a shower cleaner or a mixture of 50:50 vinegar and water in a spray bottle to remove soap scum. Keep the squeegee and cleaning spray in your bathroom and try to wipe down the shower screen after every use. ■ If you have a shower curtain, make sure the next one you buy is machine washable. Once a month, pop it in the machine with a few towels to add friction. Put it on a 30°C or 40°C wash with a biological detergent and no softener.

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In theKITCHEN This month, we’re sipping Brazilian cocktails, enjoying luscious red cherries, making our own ice cream and trying out preserving pans FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

EAT Heck! Food’s latest veggie treats, including Nuts About Cheese Sausages, Gourmet Goat’s Cheese Burgers and Super Greens Balls. Perfect for barbecuing, they cost £2.25 per pack from selected Waitrose stores and heckfood.co.uk. DRINK Belvoir Fruit Farms’ Cucumber & Mint Pressé. Enjoy it with gin, in a jug of Pimm’s or on its own over ice for a refreshing summer fizz, £2.99 for 75cl, Asda and Belvoir Fruit Farms. TREAT a wine lover to a day out at a UK vineyard, such as the 30-year-old Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey. To find a vineyard near you, go to englishwineproducers.co.uk.

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Red cherries have a short season, so enjoy them while you can. Eat them as they are or simmer with a little cherry brandy and serve warm with ice cream. For more ideas with cherries, visit goodtoknow.co.uk

FEATURE NICHOLA PALMER PHOTOGRAPHS TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM, STOCKFOOD/BRIAN ENRIGHT

To-do list for AUGUST


Food SEASONAL LIVING

Try a new taste...

CACHAÇA Celebrate the Rio Olympics this month with a winning cocktail. Pronounced kah-sha-sah, cachaça is distilled from sugar-cane juice and is also known as Brazilian rum. The main ingredient of a caipirinha, cachaça comes in two varieties: white, which has a fresh, grassy taste, and gold with a smoother mellow flavour. White cachaça costs about £20 from supermarkets, with gold costing up to several hundred pounds for a premium aged bottle. HOW TO MAKE For 6 passionfruit caipirinhas, cut 3 limes into thin wedges and divide between 6 tumblers. Add 1tsp light brown sugar and the pulp of 1 passion fruit to each glass. Meld with a cocktail muddler. Add crushed ice and 50ml white cachaça to each glass. Top up with soda water and stir. For a raspberry caipirinha, replace the passion fruit with six raspberries in each glass and add a few extra berries on top to serve.

Enjoy a flavour explosion with a passion-fruit caipirinha, which combines the contrasting flavours of lime, sugar and cachaça

LOOK WHAT WE FOUND!

3 of the best

LUXE ICE CREAMS Sharing tub Smooth ice cream loaded with meringue, digestive biscuit and zingy key lime sauce Key Lime Pie ice cream (378g), Spirit of Summer range, Marks & Spencer

£3

£5.49

£39.99

Sweet Spot ice-cream maker, Chef’n range, Lakeland

IDEAL V GREAT DEAL

Low price, luxury taste Made with double cream, honey and ginger, it’s delicious topped with nuts Beechdean honey & ginger ice cream (1ltr), Ocado and Waitrose

Delight guests with ice cream made at the table. Freeze the dish, pour in your mix and stir with the paddles until ready. Easy!

Preserve fruit and veg with a stylish maslin pan £2.99

Guilt-free pleasure With only 38 calories per scoop, this contains coconut oil and Peruvian lucuma fruit for a sweet maple flavour Salted caramel ice cream (500ml), Oppo range, Waitrose, Ocado and The Co-Operative

£39.99

£20

Pickle perfection

Jammin’ session

This pot boasts an easy-grip handle plus internal graduations for precise measuring. It’s dishwasher safe, too Kilner jam pan (8ltr), Dunelm

Made from carbon steel, this pot is suitable for all hobs and features a handy pouring lip and carry handle Jam pan (8ltr), Wilko

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SERVE UP SOME

S imple S eafood Treat friends and family to a plateful of summer flavours with these easy and delicious dishes

If you like your pasta to have a bit of a kick, sprinkle some finely chopped red chilli on top before serving

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Seafood dishes SEASONAL LIVING

Clam linguine

These tasty little tarts would be the perfect addition to a beach picnic

SERVES 4 TAKES 30MIN

■ 150g sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped ■ 25g blanched almonds, chopped, or pine nuts ■ 25g Parmesan cheese, grated ■ 1 garlic clove, chopped ■ 100ml extra-virgin olive oil ■ Handful of basil leaves ■ 350g fresh linguine ■ 100ml dry white wine ■ 1kg clams, scrubbed clean

1 Blend the sun-dried tomatoes, nuts, Parmesan and garlic in a food processor until they combine to make a thick paste. With the machine still running, pour in the oil until the mixture is smooth but still fairly thick. Add the basil and blend briefly to mix. Season with salt and black pepper. 2 Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, then cook the pasta for 2-3min. In a separate pan, heat the wine until it’s bubbling, add the clams and cover with a lid. Cook for 5min until the clams have opened – discard any that don’t. 3 Drain the pasta, return to the pan and add the tomato mixture and clam juices. Toss the ingredients together to combine. Pick half the clams from their shells and add with the unshelled clams to the saucepan. Mix well and place on warm plates or in pasta bowls.

Cook’s tip When you’re cleaning clams, discard any shells that don’t close when they are tapped against a hard surface

Prawn & cockle tartlets SERVES 6 TAKES 45MIN PLUS CHILLING TIME AND 1HR IN THE OVEN FOR THE PASTRY ■ 175g plain flour, plus extra for dusting ■ 115g lightly salted butter, very cold ■ 1 egg yolk FOR THE FILLING ■ Good pinch of saffron strands ■ 25g butter ■ 3 shallots, thinly sliced ■ 200g raw prawns ■ 100g cooked cockles, drained if in brine and patted dry on kitchen paper ■ 2 eggs ■ 150ml single cream ■ 1tbsp chopped lemon thyme, plus extra to serve 1 To make the pastry, sift the flour into a bowl. Coarsely grate in the butter,

frequently stirring once it accumulates so it doesn’t stick together. Mix the egg yolk into 2tbsp ice-cold water and pour into the bowl. Mix with a roundbladed knife, then use your hands to bring it into a dough, adding 1tbsp water if the dough is crumbly. Cover with clingfilm and chill for 30min. 2 Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/ Gas 6. Thinly roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use to line six individual loose-based tart tins. Bake blind for 20min, then remove the baking beans and bake for a further

5min or until pale golden. Reduce the temperature to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. 3 For the filling, put the saffron in a bowl with 1tbsp boiling water. Melt the butter in a frying pan and fry the shallots until soft. Stir in the prawns and cook for 2-3min until they begin to turn pink. Mix in the cockles, then spoon the mixture into the tartlets. 4 Whisk the eggs with the saffron and its liquid, cream, lemon thyme and salt and pepper. Spoon into the tartlets and bake for 35min. Serve warm or cold topped with the remaining thyme.

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If you’re having a barbecue, the dipping sauce also goes well with grilled chicken

King prawns with Thai dipping sauce SERVES 4 TAKES 30MIN

■ 3 garlic cloves, finely crushed ■ 1 lemongrass stalk, outer layer

removed and centre finely chopped ■ 2tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated ■ 1 red chilli, finely chopped ■ 1tbsp palm sugar or soft brown sugar ■ 2tbsp rice-wine vinegar ■ 2tbsp soy sauce ■ 1tsp sesame oil ■ Large handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped ■ 24 large whole king prawns ■ 1tbsp olive oil ■ Lime wedges, to serve 1 In a small bowl, mix the garlic, lemongrass, ginger, chilli, sugar, rice-wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and coriander leaves with 2tbsp water until combined, then set aside. 2 Toss the prawns in the oil and cook in a medium-hot frying pan or on the grill for 3min on each side, or until they turn pink. Serve with lime wedges and the Thai dipping sauce.

Cook’s tip When buying prawns, they should smell clean, not fishy, and look moist. Avoid any that are dry or have broken shells

Crispy fishcakes SERVES 4 TAKES 20MIN PLUS 20MIN IN THE OVEN FOR THE FISHCAKES ■ 260g salmon fillets, diced ■ 400g mashed potato ■ 3 spring onions, chopped ■ Small handful of chopped parsley ■ Zest and juice of 1 lemon ■ 2tbsp polenta ■ 30g mixed seeds FOR THE TARTARE SAUCE ■ 6tbsp mayonnaise ■ 1tbsp capers, rinsed ■ 4 gherkins, chopped ■ Handful of basil leaves, torn into pieces ■ Squeeze of lemon juice 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/ Gas 6 and line a baking tray with baking parchment. Mix the diced salmon, mashed potato, spring onions,

parsley and lemon zest. Add most of the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper, then shape the mixture into eight equal-sized fishcakes. 2 Mix the polenta and seeds, then sprinkle them onto a plate. Roll the fishcakes in the mixture to coat them evenly. Transfer the fishcakes to the baking tray and put in the oven for 20min, turning halfway through, until they are golden brown and crisp. 3 While the fishcakes are cooking, make the tartare sauce by combining all the ingredients and then seasoning with salt and pepper. Put in a small bowl and serve with the fishcakes.

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For a more intense flavour, use hot-smoked salmon instead


Seafood dishes SEASONAL LIVING

Spicy mussel stew SERVES 4 TAKES 25MIN

■ 25g butter ■ 4tbsp olive oil ■ 2 small fennel bulbs, finely chopped ■ 1 red chilli, thinly sliced ■ 1tsp cumin seeds, lightly crushed ■ 1tsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed ■ ½tsp ground turmeric ■ 2 garlic cloves, crushed ■ 300g prepared squid, cut into rings ■ 300ml fish stock ■ 1kg mussels or clams, or

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a mixture of both, scrubbed clean

■ 100ml crème fraîche ■ Small handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1 Melt the butter with the oil in a large pan. Add the chopped fennel and fry for about 5min until softened. Stir in the chilli, crushed cumin and fennel seeds, turmeric, garlic and squid, then cook, stirring, for a few minutes. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil.

2 Once bubbling, add the shellfish and cover. Cook for about 5min, shaking the pan frequently until the shells have opened. 3 Pile the shellfish onto warmed serving plates, discarding any that remain closed. Add the crème fraîche and parsley to the pan, and heat through. Season to taste and spoon over the shellfish.

Serve this warming seafood stew with some crusty white bread for mopping up the tasty sauce

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Gardens SEASONAL LIVING

In the GARDEN Make the most of your outdoor space with our expert tips and know-how

TO DO THIS MONTH... Q SOW SALAD LEAVES,

such as rocket, mizuna, corn salad, lettuce and kale. Sow seeds for a five-to-six-week harvest, or buy seedlings and plant up for harvesting in a few weeks. Cut-andcome-again mixes are ideal. Q MOVE CONTAINERS to a shady spot if you’re going on holiday, so they don’t dry out in the sun. You can stand pots on gravel trays filled with water or install a trickle watering system on a timer. Q KEEP YOUR POND in tip-top condition by clearing out any weeds and debris. Thin out aquatic plants, leaving no more than half the surface covered, to make sure the water isn’t oxygen

starved. Adding a water feature will help to keep the water aerated, as well as providing a focal point. Q TAKE CUTTINGS FROM PELARGONIUMS, tender perennials and fuchsias to pot up for flowers next year. Q PLAN AHEAD by sowing some hardy annuals for next spring and summer in their flowering positions, such as calendula, forget-me-nots and Californian poppies. Shorten wisteria side shoots back to five or six leaves from the main framework as this aids air circulation. Q TAKE TIME OUT to enjoy the warmer weather – tie up a hammock, dine alfresco and have fun outside. Don’t worry about watering the lawn, as browning will turn to green with autumn rains.

Cut-and-come-again salad mixes can be grown in six weeks

HOW TO...

PRUNE SHRUBS IN SUMMER

Shaping your shrubs now will help with next year’s growth

Late summer is the perfect time to prune midsummer-flowering shrubs, such as hebe, callistemon, lavender, philadelphus, genista and grevillea. This controls growth and shape, improves air circulation and allows dead, damaged or diseased branches to be removed. X Always trim once the blooms have faded to encourage future flowers. Growth also starts to slow in August, so tackling this job now gives the

plants a chance to heal before the drop in temperature. X Use sharp, clean secateurs or loppers. Always make a fresh cut and never be tempted to snap a branch. If the stem is thick, complete the job with a sharp saw. X Start by removing any dead, diseased branches, then thin out by removing one-third of the older stems. Shape it, keeping a balanced look. Cut just above buds to spur future growth.

X After pruning, mulch with compost or bark chippings around the base to aid recovery. X Callistemon only needs tip pruning and just lightly prune hebe. X Cut back flowered stems of philadelphus mock orange to a side shoot or plump bud. If congested, remove up to three stems, starting with the woodiest. X Trim lavender once flowers have faded. Avoid cutting into the old wood, as shoots are only produced from new growth.

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SEASONAL LIVING Gardens Turn a shed into a beach hut with blue-and-white stripes and plant some matching Agapanthus

GROW SOMETHING

White Agapanthus ‘Queen Mum’ adds light to a garden

beautiful

The rare Agapanthus praecox or ‘Adelaide’ blooms in midsummer

AGAPANTHUS

Plant in terracotta pots for statement focal points

With two main types to choose from – evergreen and deciduous – these South African perennials are prized for their tall, starburstshaped flowers in blue or purple, with varieties of white and pink also available. They flower from midsummer to early autumn and are easy to grow in fertile, well-drained soil with plenty of sun. Fertilise with high potash feed in growing season, then cut back after flowering or leave for dramatic winter interest, mulching the base to protect it from frost.

The pale blues of ‘Silver Mist’ are pretty in low-light areas

‘Ink Spot’ blossoms feature delicate starburst shapes

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FEATURE LEIGH CLAPP PHOTOGRAPHS JONATHAN BUCKLEY, LEIGH CLAPP, GAP PHOTOS/LEE AVISON/JOANNA KOSSAK/NEIL OVERY/JULIETTE WADE, MMGI/MARIANNE MAJERUS

Mix with grasses and Verbena bonariensis


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Make it yours ‘When decorating your home, let your heart do the talking – if it makes you feel good, then that’s right for you,’ says TV presenter Andrea McLean (below right)

‘A light and airy feel is so important’ Presenter Andrea McLean explains why she’s a fan of wood-framed windows and doors

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hen she bought her first flat in her twenties, Andrea McLean discovered a passion for interiors that has grown over the years. Her love of transforming homes led her to extending her first house and she’s even built a property from scratch. As well as being a presenter on ITV’s Loose Women and writing a homes column for the Daily Mirror, she always has a project on the go – she’s currently redesigning her bedroom and garden.

How would you transform a property into the perfect home for you? ‘Living somewhere light and airy is a huge release for me. My aim is always to have that spacious, “blue-sky” feeling when I walk into my home. Choosing quality wooden windows and doors is

a great start as they make your home look so elegant, inside and out. They last longer and look better than UPVC windows. There’s no limit to colour with wood – you can paint the frames in any shade you choose, so they work seamlessly with the rest of your scheme.’

What’s your starting point when you decide to design a space? ‘I usually begin by working out how I want the finished room to look and feel. The overall aesthetic of my home was inspired by the feeling you get when you rent a holiday villa and wish it was your home, so it’s painted in pale grey with white shutters. I built an American-style porch that runs the length of the house, too, and it’s my favourite place in the world. Even when I’m looking out of the window, just seeing the porch makes me happy!’

Do you have any pet design hates? ‘I can’t stand clutter – the way I see it, if it’s out then it has to be dusted! That said, other people love displaying their belongings. That’s what decorating your home is all about – surrounding yourself with pieces that make you feel good.’

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KENWOOD’S ELECTRIC SPIRALIZER ‘Having nearly lost a finger trying to make courgetti with a mandolin slicer, I’m thrilled that the UK’s first electric spiralizer is about to hit the shops. It has two cutting cones: Pappardelle creates thick, salad-friendly ribbons, and Spaghetti makes the thin veggie noodles that are such a great substitute for pasta. Buy one – if only for the thrill of spiralizing a cucumber into strands as long as your arm!’

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Electric spiralizer, £49.99, Kenwood

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I’m Amy Cutmore, Technology Editor… but you can call me Girl About Tech. As it’s swimsuit season (and I’m definitely not beach-body ready), this month’s blog stories focus on healthy-eating gadgets, from Smeg’s new slow juicer to Kenwood’s spiralizer. See them online!

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Bathroom tech INNOVATION THE HI-TECH WAY TO

KIT OUT YOUR BATHROOM Thought your electric toothbrush was cutting edge? Prepare to have your jaw dropped

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athrooms used to be simple in them that disappear spaces – some tiles here, when you switch them off. a loo there – but then they SING IN THE SHOWER got geeky. Futurists predict Thanks to music streaming that by 2040, they’ll be filled with technologies, the simple robots giving manicures and mirrors shower radio has some serious that perform health checks*, but competition. Take the hi-tech Relax with a multithere’s plenty to be excited about mirrors with built-in Bluetooth sensory shower using right now, from taps that shut off speakers, or Panasonic’s light, music and steam F-digital Deluxe, when the bath is full to shower head ALL05 speaker that forms from £12,960, Grohe speakers. Ready to splash out? part of its Wi-Fi multi-room SOAK WITH YOUR FAVOURITE music system. The Rain Brain SHOW Steam- and waterproof TVs shower from Hansgrohe will you’re ready to step in. With a Wi-Fi let you wash and watch at the same also play music via Bluetooth, system, you’ll even be able use your time. Most sets have a Full HD while Kohler and Mira Showers have phone to start the warm up from your screen, Freeview channels and shower heads that double as speakers. bed. Crosswater’s Digital Duo shower a splashproof remote, DON’T POUR MONEY and bath outlet can also automatically while some are smart DOWN THE DRAIN A big fill the tub to your chosen depth. FACT! 73% of us or include a port for chunk of your energy bill KEEP TRACK OF YOUR HEALTH a Google Chromecast let showers run goes on heating water, Wristbands, such as Fitbit, already or Amazon Fire TV act as a personal trainer, but now for over a minute but you can cut back on stick, so you can your spend with a sensor bathrooms are getting in on the act. before getting in, or programmable digital access BBC iPlayer, Stand on wirelessly connected scales wasting up to 60ltr tap. Some have a toothNetflix and more. and you’ll get an instant health check, Position the TV so delivered to your phone, tablet or of water each time brushing mode – water you can lie back and SOURCE: WATERWISE/IDEAL STANDARD will run for a few seconds even to a bathroom display or smart watch it in comfort – while you rinse your mirror. Philips’ Bluetooth toothbrush you could fix it to a wall bracket toothbrush, then stop, then resume works with a free ‘coaching’ app that or build it into a cabinet door, so you after your preselected brushing time. gets children to brush can adjust the screen angle. Worried SHOWER SMART Many digital more effectively TURN OVER TO FIND THE KIT about how a TV might look? Aquatek showers have warm-up modes that through fun games. YOU NEED FOR and TechVision sell mirrors with will preheat the water to your ideal And Oral-B does a A HI-TECH waterproof TV screens embedded temperature, then pause the flow until version for grown ups. BATHROOM

REAL-LIFE TECH

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LISA HAMMOND is the owner of the Ripples luxury-bathroom showroom in Solihull (ripples.ltd.uk)

1. PIR sensor switch, £98, Danlers ‘I chose motion-sensor lighting in my own home, so that I don’t blind myself with the main lights if I take a trip to the bathroom at 3am. There’s now no fumbling around for the light switch in the dark either.’

‘My bathroom is set for relaxation’ 2. ShowerSelect mixer for two outlets, £632, Hansgrohe ‘Where once I had to fiddle with the levers to turn on my shower, now I simply push a button. And it also fills the bath at my preset temperature. It just makes taking a shower or bath effortless.’

3. Edge 26in TV, £1,150, TechVision ‘This is a great waterproof TV, which comes in a clear glass or mirror finish, and has Bluetooth connectivity built in, so I can also use it to stream music from the Spotify app on my iPhone. Heaven!’

4. Thermotouch 3.2aP thermostat with app for iOS and Android, £25, Thermogroup ‘I can control my underfloor heating from my phone with this, so no more waking up to a cold floor or heating an empty room.’

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INNOVATION Bathroom tech

A SMARTER BATHTIME Clean up your bathroom act with these brilliant state-of-the-art gadgets to make bathing bliss FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

SINGING SHOWER

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Atom ERD mixer shower with Moxie Bluetooth rainhead, £400, Mira Showers

SC-ALL05 Wi-Fi waterproof speaker, £200, Panasonic

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Look closely and you’ll see the removable Bluetooth speaker that pops into this shower’s luxurious rainhead. You can add a Moxie head to an existing shower, too’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘This speaker can play in the shower for up to six hours… long enough even for Boy About Tech! It also has a button that makes vocals clearer when under running water’

WATCH AS YOU WASH

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Watervue 24in waterproof bathroom TV, £599, Bathroom TV

Genius electric toothbrush with smartphone mount, from £260, Oral-B

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Soap up watching a soap opera with this waterproof TV. Add a dongle like the Amazon Fire TV Stick and you’ll also get on-demand shows (and wrinkly toes!)’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Use your phone’s camera to map your mouth and track your brushing, then the brush tells you if you’re doing it right and for long enough via an app’

THE BEST APPS FOR BATHROOMS 5MINSHOWER Free for iOS No more daydreaming in the shower – this app starts a timer and the screen ‘fills’ with water as you wash. Go over five minutes and you’ll be told off about the water you’ve wasted. BRUSHEEZ Free for iOS Download this app to help kids brush better. They pick a monster pal, set the timer and have fun as they clean. If your child is missing teeth, they can even remove them from their monster to match. So cute! MOPPEDUP £2.99 for iOS (free for cleaners) This is for anyone who hates cleaning their bathroom. Use it to find a cleaner in your area, create a schedule, set them specific tasks, and see if they need more supplies. BATHOMATIC Free for iOS and Android Hard day? With a Bathomatic digital tap (from £2,500) and this app, you can fill your tub to the ideal depth and temperature before you get home. Pricier systems can add bubbles, too.

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Axor Starck Organic electronic basin mixer tap, £650, Hansgrohe

Web Coach Easy View smart scales, £120, Terraillon

Pescadero bath, from £2,976, Victoria + Albert Baths

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘An infrared sensor makes sure this tap only runs when your hands are underneath the spout. The sculptural design is pricey, but it is a Philippe Starck original’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Measure your weight, fat, muscle and more with this scale, which sends the info to your phone. The display is movable, so you can fix it to wherever it’s easiest to see’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Add the K40 waste kit (£280), run the taps, and if the water depth hits 40cm, the plug will open until the water level drops to 30cm, when it closes again’

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Digital music INNOVATION GIRL ABOUT TECH EXPLAINS

HOW TO PUT MUSIC ON YOUR SMARTPHONE Take your favourite songs with you wherever you go – here’s how to make the most of your digital music collection

FEATURE CHRIS HASLAM ILLUSTRATION EMMA JACKSON

With 43 million songs available to buy, Apple’s iTunes is the world’s most popular music app. Available for Apple iOS and Windows, it’s also one of the the best platforms for transferring your CD collection to digital files to enjoy on a smartphone or tablet. Opening an account is free; access to Apple Music streaming services costs £9.99 per month.

IPHONE Open iTunes and select the music you want to copy. Plug your handset into the computer with the USB lead, click on the iPhone symbol, then select Music. A window will open allowing you to sync your chosen tracks. ANDROID The process is slightly diferent. Plug your phone into the computer, then find the Music folder on your phone. Next, open a separate Explorer window on your PC to browse the music files, then drag and drop songs direct to your handset’s Music folder.

■ The iCloud Music Library makes the tracks you buy in iTunes appear on any devices linked to the same account – sign up for 5GB free storage, or get 50GB for £0.79 a month. If you’re online, you can play those tracks without having to download them again.

■ ITUNES isn’t available on Android phones, but you can still transfer your iTunes music files to your Android handset. ■ CHECK you’ve got suicient storage space on your phone. ■ PLUG your phone into a computer – you may get an on-screen prompt to put your handset into Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) mode first.

■ OPEN a File Explorer window and locate your Android phone’s Music folder. Then open a separate File Explorer window and find your iTunes music library. Don’t open iTunes itself – you need the actual files for this. ■ DRAG AND DROP the songs that you want to transfer into your phone’s Music folder.

Subscribe to Google Play Music (£9.99 a month) and, as well as streaming tunes, you can store up to 50,000 of your own songs with the Music Manager programme (free) and listen to them on up to 10 devices.

PC people running the new Windows 10 can now enjoy all their files, including music, on any handset, including iPhone and Android (and Windows, naturally!). You’ll need to do three things: download the free Microsoft Phone Companion app to your PC; add OneDrive cloud storage and Groove Music apps to your portable device, then register a new account. Regardless of the operating system that you’re using, you’ll find everything ready to go wherever you are.

■ Apple Music subscribers (£9.99 per month) will have all their iTunes music stored in the iCloud automatically. ■ iTunes Match subscribers (£21.99 per year) can also store songs imported from CD or not even bought from iTunes in the iCloud, with no additional fees.

Online music services, such as Spotify and Deezer, provide instant access to millions of songs, albums, playlists and radio stations plus, you can load all your MP3 and iTunes music files into your account, meaning your music library is in one convenient place.

THE TOP MUSICSTREAMING APPS SPOTIFY PREMIUM £9.99 per month for iOS, Android, Windows It’s not just the 30 million tracks that make this the most popular service. You can listen offline, create, search and share playlists, and it has ‘Discover Weekly’, which suggests new songs based on your tastes. APPLE MUSIC £9.99 per month for iOS, Android, Windows A hugely impressive app that combines all your music, a vast streaming service and unique worldwide radio station. Good value for groups, too a family of six can subscribe using one account for £14.99 a month. SOUNDCLOUD Free for iOS, Android, Windows You can pay £9.99 per month for SoundCloud Go, but the free service remains impressive despite the ads, with a vast searchable library online and a huge collection of DJ mixes, too. Party on! Want more? Go to GIRLABOUTTECH.COM

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Fridge-freezers INNOVATION YOU’LL LOVE THIS

WI-FI FRIDGE-FREEZER 6TH SENSE LIVE SUPREME NOFROST FRIDGE-FREEZER, £899, WHIR LPOOL

Connect the BSNF8993/PB to your Wi-Fi and it will do more than keep your food fresh – like send an alert to your phone if the door’s been left open, or warn you that your milk is going off. You could even put it into Holiday Mode at the airport via an app FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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60CM-WIDE FRIDGE-FREEZERS DRINKS STATION GBF539PVQWB fridge-freezer, £479, LG GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Delivers chilled water on tap. If anything goes wrong, a free smartphone app can diagnose the fault, saving you call-out charges’

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Retro ORK193 fridge-freezer, £999, Gorenje

Control every aspect of your fridge-freezer with this app. Activate the fast-freezing, cooling and energy-saving holiday modes, create a list of what’s inside and get alerts as food spoils

NO LIMP LETTUCE If you’re all about spiralizers and savouring your five-a-day, you’ll appreciate the FreshControl technology of this fridge. It keeps humidity levels high, so foods don’t dehydrate or lose too many of their nutrients

PARTY MODE Want to chill drinks quickly? Tell the app whether you’re cooling cans of pop or a bottle of Chardonnay, and it will work out the best chilling time and tell you when to retrieve them, so there’ll be no more fizzy explosions in the freezer

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ICE IN A JIFFY Running out of ice is the stuff of party nightmares, but you can sleep easy knowing that this model will deliver two trays in 30 minutes – that’s 75% faster than older models

Hopefully, nothing should go wrong with your fridgefreezer, but if it does, the app can tell you what the problem is and – if it’s easy to rectify – give you instructions on how to fix it

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GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Expect more than face value here. It has odour- and bacteria-busting tech and low running costs – key for an appliance that’s on 24/7’

BIG DRAW KFN29233D BB blackboard fridge-freezer, £1,449, Miele GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Who needs paper and magnets when you can doodle on your fridge? Inside, special drawers preserve veg and keep condiments in check’

INTEGRATED OPTION KIS87AF30G built-in fridge-freezer, around £670, Bosch GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Built-in models often lack features, but this has plenty, like a drawer that doubles the life of fruit and veg, a fastfreezing mode and flexible storage’

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IDEAL HOME TRAVEL IDEAL HOME TRAVEL

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8 DAYS HALF BOARD FROM £699PP

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THE PRICE INCLUDES ● Return rail* and Eurostar, or flights, taxes and transfers ● Stay in five-star cabins with hotel standard beds and private bathrooms ● Exceptional cuisine with full board throughout the cruise ● Extensive and fully inclusive touring programmes

THE PRICE INCLUDES ● Return flights, taxes and transfers ● Seven nights in three- or four-star Sorrento hotels with half board ● Tours of Sorrento, Capri, Vesuvius, Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and hill top Ravello ● Cruise to the stunning island of Capri ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager

THE PRICE INCLUDES ● Return flights, taxes and transfers ● Four nights in a centrally located, four-star hotel with breakfast ● Guided tour of Rome including the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and the Pantheon ● Timed visit to the Villa Borghese ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager

Selected departures up to November 2016 and April to November 2017

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CLASSICAL SPAIN: SEVILLE, CORDOBA & GRANADA

7 DAYS FROM £539PP THE PRICE INCLUDES ● Return flights, taxes and transfers ● Six nights in centrally located, threeand four-star hotels with breakfast, staying in Seville, Granada and Mijas ● Tours of Seville, the Alhambra in Granada, Cordoba and Ronda ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager Selected departures up to November 2016 and March to November 2017

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8 DAYS FROM ONLY £849PP

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THE PRICE INCLUDES Return flights, taxes and transfers ● Stay in three-star superior and four-star hotels with breakfast ● Tours of Florence, with a visit to the Uffizi art gallery, San Gimignano, Pisa, Sienna and the Tuscan countryside ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager

THE PRICE INCLUDES Eurostar and return rail from most mainline stations*, taxes and transfers ● Three nights in three- or four-star hotels in the heart of the old town ● Walking tour of Bruges, and visits to Ypres and a First World War battlefield ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager

Selected departures up to October 2016 and April to October 2017

Selected departures up to November 2016 and March to November 2017

TO REQUEST A BROCHURE OR TO BOOK, please call 01283 744319 OR VISIT ideriviera.co.uk *Supplements are applicable for certain regional stations. Cruise durations may vary. Additional entrance costs may apply. Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, and are subject to finite availability. Images are used in conjunction with Riviera Travel. Ofer operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Riviera Travel Ltd, ABTA V4744, ATOL 3430 – a company wholly independent of Ideal Home, published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd.


Headphones INNOVATION

HOW TO BUY THE BEST

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The days of the headphone jack are numbered! Future-proof your listening with a pair of wireless headphones – see my favourites at girlabouttech.com

Ditch the decidedly average set that came free with your phone and choose a perfect pair of ’phones using this foolproof guide

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Over-ear headphones envelop your entire ear, offering top sound quality through their larger speakers – and doubling as earmuffs when it’s cold! On-ear headphones sit lightly on your ears and combine decent sound with fashion-forward design. In-ear ’phones ‘plug’ the entrance of your ear canal, sealing in the sound. Their snug fit makes them ideal for exercising, and they won’t mess up your ’do, but the audio quality can’t compete with a decent set of ‘cans’.

The 3.5mm jack has been the default way to connect headphones to your music player for generations, but improved Bluetooth connectivity now means you can hook them up wirelessly (at the price of having to charge your headset regularly). Meanwhile, JBL and Philips have produced headphones that connect through your handset’s charging port, making sense of the rumours that Apple is ditching the 3.5mm jack altogether on its next iPhone.

If a snoring passenger or screaming child has ever made you wish you’d packed a parachute in your hand luggage, I suggest you buy headphones with active noise cancelling. A microphone identifies the sounds around you, then emits signals to cancel them out, so you can enjoy your in-flight movie in peace. Some are powered by an AAA battery, others are rechargeable, or Philips has a set that plugs into your iPhone’s Lightning connector and draws power from its battery.

Power through a tough gym session to the beat of the ultimate workout playlist with lightweight headphones designed to fight off sweat and stay securely in your ears. A head or neckband will hold them in place, and an in-line control can be used to adjust the volume, skip uninspiring tracks or answer the phone without having to pull out your handset mid-jog. Some sporty headphones even have waterproof earbuds that you can wash off after your workout.

Most headphones are designed to be worn on the move. If you’re risking them in the depths of your handbag, see if they come with a case to protect them from scratchy keys, crumbs and sweaty gym kit. On- and over-ear cans sometimes fold down to take up less room, and in-ear designs might have tangle-resistant cords. If you’re lucky, you might even get a free adaptor that lets you connect to in-flight entertainment systems with dual headphone jacks.

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H8 on-ear wireless headphones, £380, Bang & Olufsen

SHQ8300 Action-Fit Bluetooth sports headphones, £69.99, Philips

h.ear on MDR-100AAP on-ear headphones, £120, Sony

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Exquisitely made, with very effective noise cancelling, a beautifully balanced sound and 16-hour playback between charges. I was close to tears when I had to return my review sample’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Jump up, jump up and get down to your heart’s content – these wireless ’phones are sweatproof, and if you buy two pairs, your gym buddy can listen in to the same music streamed from your device’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Big-name headphones can be pricey, but these cool, comfy cans prove you don’t have to splash too much cash to get a great listening experience. Spend another £100 for the wireless, noise-cancelling version’

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IDEAL HOME OFFERS

IDEAL HOME OFFERS

IDEAL HOME OFFERS

BUY A SET OF HAVANA GARDEN FURNITURE Buy a rattan day bed and table for your garden for just £399.99, plus p&p (RRP £599.99) Transform your patio, conservatory or garden into the perfect place for relaxing with this fantastic set of Havana rattan furniture. Just the thing for chilling out in warmer weather in comfort and style, it will make a great contemporary addition to any size of garden. The set consists of two sofas that sit together to create either a chair or lounger position to relax in, with deep cushions to ensure plenty of comfort. Teamed with a matching glass-topped table, it’s the perfect seating arrangement for spending lazy days in the sun or for entertaining friends and family when they visit.

AVAILABLE IN THREE COLOURS: ● Black rattan with taupe cushions (D9475) ● Brown rattan with taupe cushions (D9476) ● Grey rattan with black cushions (D9477) Plus, get a cover to protect your furniture for £19.99 (D9629).

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ORDER BY PHONE: Call 0871 911 7011* and quote 62865 ORDER ONLINE: Visit clifford-james.co.uk/62865 The sofas measure H73cm x W65cm x L137cm and weigh 15kg each, while the table measures H35.5cm x W66cm x L66cm and weighs 10kg. The furniture requires home assembly. Items are for outdoor use only. The shower-proof seat cushion covers are easily removable for cleaning. Due to the weight of this product, delivery will take between five and seven days, and is charged at £24.95. Mainland UK deliveries only; excludes Scottish Highlands, Isles or BFPO addresses. *Calls cost 13p per minute plus your network charge. RRP pricing refers to original selling prices offered online, and in store between 21/03/16 and 21/06/16. The offer is subject to availability. Return faulty/unused goods in resealed original packaging for a refund or replacement within 30 days. Postage is non-refundable on unsuitable items or cancelled orders. Offer operated by BVG Airflo, a company wholly independent of Ideal Home, published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd.

BUY ONE PATIO ACER, GET ONE FREE Order one acer for £9.98 and get one free, or order two for £15.98 and get two free A striking Japanese maple with graceful, arching shoots and finely cut, feathery, greeny-red foliage, Acer palmatum transforms into a blaze of fiery orange in autumn. It is slow growing, making it an ideal focal point for a sheltered position in a large patio container. Alternatively,

it would create a dramatic silhouette in borders thanks to the broad canopy that it forms. Height and spread: 400cm. The acer is supplied as a 7cm potted plant (the pot and saucer shown on the right do not come with the plant, but they are available to buy online).

The order lines are open from 9am 8pm (Monday to Friday) & 9am 6pm (Saturday to Sunday). The offer is available to readers on the UK mainland only. All orders will be acknowledged by letter or email, advising you of the expected despatch date. Offer subject to availability. Your contract for supply of goods is with Thompson & Morgan, a company wholly independent of Ideal Home, published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd. Ideal Home will collect your personal information to process your order and alert you of news, new products, services and offers available from Ideal Home and from Time Inc. (UK) Ltd by email, phone and post. You can unsubscribe from emails by clicking unsubscribe from within the email. The closing date is 2 August 2016. Plants will be despatched from July 2016.

ORDER FORM Cut out and post in an envelope addressed to Ideal Home Patio Acer Offer, Dept XIH749, PO Box 162, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3BX CODE

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TCB56405

Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’ x 1 + 1 FREE

£9.98

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TOTAL £

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Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’ x 2 + 2 FREE

£15.98

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Postage & Packing

£1.95

GRAND TOTAL

£

I enclose a cheque made payable to IDEAL HOME OFFERS (please write your name, address and XIH749 on the back of the cheque) for the sum of £ Title First name Surname Address Postcode

Daytime tel no. (inc. code)

Email address TERMS AND CONDITIONS Please send cheques only, please do not send cash. Ideal Home, published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd, will collect your personal information to process your order and alert you of news, new products, services and ofers available from Ideal Home and from Time Inc. (UK) Ltd by email, phone and post. You can unsubscribe from emails by clicking unsubscribe from within the email. Please tick here  if you prefer not to be contacted by phone or post.

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IDEAL HOME COMPETITION IDEAL HOME COMPETITION Choose a bold freestanding bath for a confident style statement

Enhance your space with sleek fittings

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A LUXURY BATHROOM

Go for a hotel-chic look with a modern wall-hung basin

WIN A BATHROOM SUITE and accessories worth £7,000 Create your ideal space with help from Sottini

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enowned for its timeless style, bathroom brand Sottini has a proud heritage of high-quality and innovative design – and its two new collections, Mavone and Isarca, are no exception. The elegant designs in the new ranges are defined by clean lines and organic forms, and include many versatile options, with basins, baths and loos that work seamlessly together, as well as complementing the wide range of iconic designs from

Sottini. Choose from contemporary mixer taps, streamlined showers and stylish baths, basins and furniture, and you have everything you need to create your own ideal bathroom. This month, Sottini has teamed up with Ideal Home to offer readers the chance to win a suite worth up to £7,000, using sanitaryware, furniture and accessories from across its collections. For more information on Sottini products, visit sottini.co.uk.

HOW TO ENTER For your chance to win a Sottini bathroom, worth £7,000, visit housetohome.co.uk/competitions and answer the following question: What are the names of Sottini’s new collections? A) Modern elegance B) Mavone and Isarca C) Dream bathroom

TERMS AND CONDITIONS Entry to this competition is free and online only. The competition is open from midnight on 1 July 2016 to midnight on 31 August 2016. The promoter of this competition is Ideal Home. The prize supplier is Sottini UK. Installation is not included in the prize. Prize is as stated, is not transferable and no cash or other alternative will be ofered. The instructions form part of the rules. This competition is open to readers aged over 18 who are resident in the UK mainland only, other than the employees (and their families) of Sottini UK, Time Inc (UK) Ltd, the reproduction house and printer of Ideal Home, and participating sponsors and their agents. Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification. All entries must be made directly by the person entering the competition. No bulk or third party entries accepted. The winners will be notified by email or phone from Ideal Home after the closing date. Failure to respond within two weeks and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements, may result in forfeiture of the prize. If the winner cannot be contacted, or is unable to comply with these terms and conditions, the Promoter reserves the right to ofer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random. In the event of a competition prize being unavailable, Ideal Home reserves the right to ofer a prize of greater or equal value. All prizes must be accepted as ofered. There can be no alternative awards, upgrades, cash or otherwise. All details and prices are correct at time of going to press. Only one entry per household. The decision of the Editor is final. Entry implies acceptance of these rules. The winner must be prepared to co-operate with publicity arising as a result of winning the competition.

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IDEAL HOME OFFERS

IDEAL HOME OFFERS

IDEAL HOME OFFERS

BRING SOFT COLOUR INTO YOUR GARDEN Don’t miss these special offers on beautiful and delicately fragrant plants

Buddleja ‘Buzz’

PATIO BUDDLEJA ‘BUZZ’

Dianthus ‘Doris’

SCENTED COTTAGE GARDEN PINKS

HARDY OSTEOSPERMUM

BUY one for £14.99 BUY two and get one free for £29.98

BUY 20 (five of each) for £14.96 (RRP £39.96), saving £25*

Supplied as three separate plants in one container, these are compact, easy to grow and have a long flowering period, making them perfect for patio pots and smaller gardens. With indigo, ivory and candy pink flowers, these plants are loved by bees and butterflies. Height and spread: 120cm. This will be supplied as a 9cm potted plant.

Fill your garden with a lovely fragrance and vibrant colour with this collection of scented pinks, which is great for edging pathways and borders and brightening up containers. The collection includes: ‘Cranmere Pool’, ‘Doris’, ‘Gran’s Favourite’ and ‘Letitia Wyatt’. Height: 40cm. Spread: 30cm. These plants will be supplied as jumbo plugs.

Clematis ‘Winter Beauty’

Osteospermum ‘Snow Pixie’

BUY three for £9.99 (RRP £11.99), saving £2* BUY nine (three of each) for £17.99 (RRP £35.97), saving 50%* Osteospermum provide vibrant colour all summer. This collection includes the pretty, daisy like Osteospermum ‘Snow Pixie’ and ‘Tresco Purple’, as well as the bright pink, versatile, resilient Osteospermum jucundum var. compactum. Height: 15cm. Spread: 90cm. These will be supplied as jumbo plugs.

CLEMATIS ‘WINTER BEAUTY’ BUY one for £14.99 BUY two for £15 (double up for just 1p!) This beautiful evergreen clematis bears waxy, bell shaped, creamy white flowers from December to February. Plant it against a warm house wall, so you can appreciate its flowers from your window. This variety will appreciate a sheltered site with some winter protection. Height: 400cm. Spread: 120cm. It will be supplied as a 7cm potted plant.

ORDER BY POST: Complete the coupon below ORDER BY PHONE: Call 0844 573 1686 and quote XIH750 ORDER ONLINE: Visit thompson-morgan.com/XIH750 TERMS AND CONDITIONS *Savings are based on the equivalent of multiples of the cheapest pack size. The lines are open from 9am 8pm (Monday to Friday) & 9am 6pm (Saturday to Sunday). The ofer is available to readers on the UK mainland only. All orders will be acknowledged by letter or email, advising you of the expected despatch date. Ofer subject to availability. Your contract for supply of goods is with Thompson & Morgan, a company wholly independent of Ideal Home, published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd. Ideal Home will collect your personal information to process your order and alert you of news, new products, services and ofers available from Ideal Home and from Time Inc. (UK) Ltd by email, phone and post. You can unsubscribe from emails by clicking unsubscribe from within the email. The closing date is 2 August 2016. Plants will be despatched from July 2016.

ORDER FORM

Ideal Home Summer Garden Sale Offer, Dept XIH750, PO Box 162, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3BX CODE

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TOTAL

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PRICE

TCB10162B

Osteospermum jucundum var. compactum x 3

£9.99

Buddleja ‘Buzz’ 3 in 1 x 1

£14.99

TCB71557

Buddleja ‘Buzz’ 3 in 1 x 2 + 1 FREE

£29.98

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TCB10161B

Osteospermum x 9 (3 of each)

£17.99

TCB71583B

Scented Dianthus x 20 (5 of each)

£14.96

£

TCM10048

Clematis ‘Winter Beauty’ x 1

£14.99

TCB10163B

Osteospermum ‘Snow Pixie’ x 3

£9.99

£

TCF10049

Clematis ‘Winter Beauty’ x 2

£15.00

TCB10164B

Osteospermum ‘Tresco Purple’ x 3 £9.99

£

TCF13015

Snips x 1 pair

£7.99

Postage & Packing

£1.95

QTY

TOTAL

£1.95

GRAND TOTAL I enclose a cheque made payable to IDEAL HOME OFFERS (write your name, address and code XIH750 on the back of the cheque) for the sum of £ Title

First name

Surname Postcard

Address Daytime tel no (inc.code)

Email address

TERMS AND CONDITIONS Please send cheques only, please do not send cash. Ideal Home, published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd, will collect your personal information to process your order and alert you of news, new products, services and ofers available from Ideal Home and from Time Inc. (UK) Ltd by email, phone and post. You can unsubscribe from emails by clicking unsubscribe from within the email. Please tick here  if you prefer not to be contacted by phone or post.


IDEAL HOME OFFERS

IDEAL HOME OFFERS

IDEAL HOME OFFERS

CLAIM YOUR FREE Dwarf Apple ‘Golden Delicious’ tree You’ll receive a free Dwarf Apple ‘Golden Delicious’ plant worth £14.99 – just pay £5.65 for postage

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ancy having your own apple tree in the garden? Then claim your free Dwarf Apple ‘Golden Delicious’ plant, which is worth £14.99 – you just pay £5.65 for postage. Bearing large sweet dessert apples, this specially bred

dwarf variety reaches just 1m tall, making it a perfect choice for a patio, courtyard or small garden. It is supplied as a 9cm potted plant, measuring 30-40cm in height. The pot (shown right) is available for purchase when ordering online.

AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE OTHER GREAT OFFERS... RASPBERRY ‘RUBY BEAUTY’ These dwarf raspberry canes can produce up to 1.5kg of fruit per plant, yet reach just 1m high, making them ideal for patios or small gardens. Height: 1m. Spread: 50cm. The pot pictured can be purchased at thompson-morgan.com. BUY ONE FOR £9.99 OR BUY THREE FOR £19.99 *SAVE £9.98

COTTAGE GARDEN PERENNIALS This colourful collection of perennials contains Verbena bonariensis, Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’, Coreopsis ‘Early Sunrise’ and Foxglove ‘Excelsior’. Height: up to 2m. Spread: up to 60cm. Supplied as plug plants. BUY 48 (12 OF EACH) FOR £9.99 (RRP £39.96) *SAVE £29.97

MINI FRUIT TREES These dwarf varieties Apple ‘Gala’, Plum ‘Mini Black Amber’ and Pear ‘Doyenne du Comice’ produce deliciously juicy fruits on stems reaching just 1m tall. Height: 30-40cm. Supplied as 9cm potted plants. BUY THREE FOR £28.97 (RRP £44.97) *SAVE £16

TOTAL

COMPLETE THIS FORM AND SEND TO:

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PRODUCT

PRICE

QTY

TCK10395

Free* Dwarf Apple ‘Golden Delicious’ worth £14.99 (offer limited to one per reader)

FREE

1

TCK56389

Raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’ x 1

£9.99

£

TCK56390PD

Raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’ x 3

£19.99

£

TCB63804

Mini Fruit Tree Collection x 3 (1 of each)

£28.97

£

Surname

TCK70756A

Cottage Garden Perennial Collection x 48 (12 of each)

£9.99

£

Address

TCB44635D

English Lavender Collection x 48 (24 of each)

£9.99

£

FREE

P&P

*£5.65

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ENGLISH LAVENDER COLLECTION With blooms that attract bees and stems ideal for drying, this collection contains 24 each of ‘Munstead’ and ‘Hidcote’. ‘Munstead’ height: 45cm; spread: 60cm. ‘Hidcote’ height: 60cm; spread: 30cm. Supplied as plug plants. BUY 48 (24 OF EACH) FOR ONLY £9.99 (RRP £39.96) *SAVE £29.97

Ideal Home Free Dwarf Apple ‘Golden Delicious’ Tree Offer, Dept XIH751, PO Box 162, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3BX I enclose a cheque made payable to IDEAL HOME OFFERS (no cash, please) for the sum of £ First name

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TO ORDER BY PHONE: Call 0844 573 1686, quoting XIH751. Lines are open 9am-8pm (Mon-Fri) and 9am-6pm (Sat-Sun). Minimum order £10. TO ORDER ONLINE: Visit thompson-morgan.com/XIH751. TO ORDER BY POST: Fill in the coupon on this page Where *save is shown, please note that savings are based on the equivalent of multiples of the cheapest pack size. Cardholders call direct on 0844 573 1686 and quote XIH751. The order lines are open seven days a week, 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 6pm at weekends (voicemail at other times). Alternatively, please complete the coupon above in BLOCK CAPITALS. Remittance may be made by MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, postal order or cheque (please write your name, address and XIH751 on the back of the cheque), crossed and made payable to Ideal Home Ofers. Ofer available to readers on the UK mainland only. All orders will be acknowledged by letter or email, advising you of the expected despatch date. This ofer is subject to availability. All correspondence concerning this ofer should be sent to: Ideal Home Free Dwarf Apple ‘Golden Delicious’ Tree ofer, Dept XIH751, PO Box 162, Ipswich, Sufolk IP8 3BX. Please note your contract for supply of goods is with Thompson & Morgan. Terms and conditions available on request. The closing date is 7 August 2016. Plants will be despatched from July/August 2016.

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SEASONAL LIVING Food smoking

Try something new

SMOKE YOUR OWN FOOD With a simple kit, you can create your own smoked food – it’s easier and cheaper than you might think

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WHAT IS FOOD SMOKING? It’s a process of flavouring food over smouldering woodchips. There are two processes to choose from: hot smoking cooks food at temperatures between 80°C and 120°C, while cold smoking dries it out at about 25°C and imparts a delicious smoky flavour but doesn’t actually cook the food.

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WHAT KIT DO I NEED? For hot smoking, you’ll need a smoking box. This is basically a metal box with a vented lid and an internal rack for your food. There are various smoking boxes available, some for indoor use (on your stove or hob) and some suitable for outdoor use (on the barbecue). For cold smoking, use a hand-held smoking gun and dry your food under an overturned glass bowl.

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CAN I MAKE MY OWN? Some people use DIY smoking boxes made from old metal bread bins or biscuit tins. If you do this, you’ll need to punch a few ventilation holes in the lid using a hammer and nail, and use a hacksaw to cut a wire rack to size to go inside, so it’s a bit fiddly.

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CAN I USE MY BARBECUE AS A SMOKING BOX? If you have a lidded kettle type of barbecue, then yes. Pre-soak woodchips in water for two hours, add them to your already-hot coals and keep the lid closed to allow the smoke to flavour your food as it cooks. ‘If you’re cooking something at a low temperature for a long time, for example, a beef brisket, place a metal bowl filled with water on the grill,’ says Steven Lamb, smoking and curing expert at River Cottage. ‘Steam is released, which will prevent the meat drying out.’ A foil takeaway box works well for this.

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WHERE DO I START? If you’re hot-smoking fish, poultry or meat, you’ll need to salt it first to ‘cure’ it – drawing moisture out, so the smoke flavours cling to the food easily. Sprinkle an even layer of

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coarse salt on a large, non-metallic tray or plate, place the meat or fish on top, and sprinkle with another layer of salt. Leave for up to an hour, depending on the size of your meat pieces. Steven Lamb advises curing small mackerel fillets for just five to 10 minutes, but a large fillet of beef for 45 minutes to an hour. When the time is up, and the moisture has left the flesh, rinse under the cold tap to remove remaining salt and dab it dry with kitchen paper.

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WHAT TYPE OF WOODCHIPS SHOULD I USE? You need non-resinous hard woods, which release lovely scents. Oak, ash, beech, cherry, apple, maple, chestnut, hickory and bay all work well. Visit hotsmoked.co.uk for a range of woodchips from £3 for a 250g bag.

Q BARBECUE KIT Compact and easy to use BBQ hot smoking kit, £24.50, Hot Smoked

GOURMET GUN Exacting cold-smoke control The smoking gun, £69.99, Lakeland

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MULTITASKER Great for stoves or hobs Stovetop smoker, £59, Camerons range, Sous Chef

HOW LONG SHOULD I SMOKE FOOD FOR? As long as your food is safely cooked through, it’s up to you. Try some from time to time to see if the smoky flavour is strong enough for you. The smoke should enhance your food’s original taste, not mask it entirely.

FEATURE ELLIE TENNANT WITH THANKS TO STEVEN LAMB (STEVENLAMB.NET) PHOTOGRAPH GETTY IMAGES/LAUREN SPOLDING

Wood smoke gives food a rich, aromatic warmth, enhancing its flavour. People have been cooking this way for thousands of years, so it’s not surprising that we still find the taste comforting. Instead of grabbing some smoked salmon at the supermarket, why not try making your own at home? Smoking food is quick, easy and inexpensive, once you know how – and that ‘home-smoked’ taste just can’t be beaten.

Any lidded kettle barbecue can be used as a smoker Piccolino portable charcoal barbecue, £34.99, Landmann range, Homebase


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