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Welcome Vanessa Vanessa Richmond, Editor

I’m really excited to be unveiling Ideal Home’s new look at last! In the same way that I always come back from my summer holiday and see my home with fresh eyes – that a wall colour’s a bit jaded or the sofa’s become too shabby to be chic – the team and I realised that the magazine was ready for an update. Like any big refurbishment project, it was scary but exciting, with so many possibilities to pick through and decisions to make along the way. But, after a lot of brainstorming, bickering and M&S Mini Bites, the team and I have come out the other side with a fiercer love for what we do and drive to share it with you.

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Its pages are still stuffed with inspiring real homes to tour and lovely room schemes to tear out. We’ve just squeezed in more ideas and expertise (Ideal Home’s been around since 1920, so that’s nearly 100 years of know-how behind us), and made its pages all the more beautiful. So get stuck in, find the best ideas for your home, fall in love with the latest looks and get to know your new Ideal Home…

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40 WHAT’S NEW

13 You deserve... ...A little luxury

15 How to add wow! Jewel tones & peacock prints

19 Need to know

85 ‘I’ve learned how to

101 One living room three ways

blend old and new’

140 ‘We completely transformed

Three key pieces, three looks

170 Save £10 on Valspar paint

my childhood home’

158 ‘We enjoy our garden

Update your home for less

202 Beautiful possibilties

all through autumn’

Picture this...

What’s hot this month

23 The shortlist 8 table lamps

25 Look what we found! A few things we love

178 Save 10% at Debenhams Enjoy a discount on homeware

STYLE & DÉCOR

40 The new way to do Coastal style

47 Style heroes Jane Rockett and Lucy St George

63 Colours we love REAL HOMES & GARDENS

28 ‘We smartened up a shabby old cottage’

50 ‘I’ve kept things simple with black & white’

Forest green

71 40 easy style updates Top tricks and quick projects

98 Weekend project Create modern vintage style

BEFORE & AFTER

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‘We wanted bold, not bland’ ‘It’s a proper cook’s kitchen’ ‘It’s so full of light now’ ‘I just got fed up with the clutter!’

150 ‘Our Seventies bungalow is unrecognisable!’

155 ‘We extended out and up to gain living space’


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166 October’s genius problem solvers

168 Get 20% off in Muji stores 169 Storage & organising

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162 Tulips offer 179 Ideal Home travel 180 Food with friends It’s curry night!

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171 Clean it quicker Shoes & boots

173 5 best robot vacuums 175 How to use

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176 Make your dream holiday home possible

177 5 best stand mixers

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IN OCTOBER, YOU DESERVE

A little luxury Summer’s over and there’s a long winter ahead – basically the perfect excuse to indulge in something plush and plump to make your sofa or bed as luxe as luxe can be. So which luscious colour do you think you’ll choose?

Velvet and linen cushions, £35 each, Graham and Green

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WHAT’S NEW

BEADED FOR A BIT OF BLING Beaded cushion, £30, House of Fraser

STUNNING WITH OR WITHOUT FLOWERS Jewel glass vases, from £21.50 each, MiaFleur

COLOUR CRUSH ON BERRY SHADES Merlin cushion, £12, Very

HOW TO ADD

CHANNEL THE ART-DECO ERA Ingrid side table, £149, Marks & Spencer

wow!

GIVE A SIDEBOARD SPARKLE Glass diamond vase, £22, National Trust Shop

Go on, pick something you love – because every room needs a magic ingredient that takes it from finished to fabulous

EXTRA PLUSH = SUPER LUXE Louise throw, £240, Laura Ashley

FABULOUSLY KITSCH Large pineapple lamp, £120; drum shade, £50; both Laura Ashley

JEWEL BRIGHTS Highgate goblets, £21.45 for four, Not Just Jugs

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TEAM TWO FOR IMPACT Sea crane lamp, £85, Debenhams

BOUDOIR CHIC Muxaro mirror, £325, The Chandelier & Mirror Company

#wow moment

ADD SPARKLE AND COLOUR Peacock tealight holder, £6, The Contemporary Home

PINK WITH PUNCH Engraved pink glass jar, £15.99, Zara Home

Share yours now

TRY SOME MOODY BLUES Tall vase, £45; candles, from £12 each; all Marks & Spencer

AN INSTANT TOUCH OF GLAMOUR Coasters, £24 for four, Amara

PERFECT FOR PIÑA COLADAS Gold pineapple cocktail shaker, £34, Oliver Bonas DINNER-PARTY DELIGHTS Peacock votives, £15 for three, Debenhams

WHITE TOWELS? BORING! Peacock velour towels, from £14 for a hand towel, Biba range, House of Fraser

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SHOW OFF YOUR FAVE HOMES MAG Magazine stand, £22, MiaFleur

FOR YOUR SWEETIE STASH Pineapple-shaped glass jar, £7.99, H&M


       


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NEED TO

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We’ve been shamelessly snooping around the shops, so you don’t miss a single thing that matters…

Next Home has an Ercol range (and we love it!) High-street heavyweight Next has joined forces with heritage brand Ercol to unveil 15 exclusive pieces, including living and dining room furniture, upholstery and a bedroom series. Each item is crafted in solid oak with Ercol’s distinctive retro touch. Classic and covetable – we’ll take the lot!

Balloon Spot breakfast cup and saucer, £16; side plate, £7; all Winnie the Pooh range, Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston meets Pooh... This autumn, Cath Kidston and Disney’s Winnie the Pooh are embarking on a big adventure. As a hats off to the bear’s big 9-0, the new Balloon Spot design will be used across all ranges and is available online and from selected stores from 26 September.

Brilliant or bonkers? MONA LISA SCRATCHING POST

Bet you’ve never thought of a cat scratching post as a work of art – well, think again. Made from talon-tastic sisal, this scratcher gives your feline friend something stylish to sink its claws into (plus fun ‘artwork’ for you). Copycat art scratcher, from £140, Lord Lou Chest, £750; side table, £225; double bed, £799; all Ercol range, Next

Ideal

Great deal

COSY UP WITH AN AUTUMN-TONED THROW

CHECK MATE Lax mohair throw, £99, Made.com

COSY UP Kilburn throw, £50, Habitat

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Designer threads for less

Blind in Frida Pastel, £14 per m, Studio G range, Clarke & Clarke

IDEAL HOME

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In a purse-friendly move, fabric houses are following fashion brands and creating diffusion lines, so that you can nab top quality and design credibility for less. Try fabrics from Sanderson Home, £24 per m, Clarke & Clarke’s Studio G, £14 per m, and Harlequin Additions, £25 per m.

Ikea’s Sunnersta kitchen, from £99

Buy the original boutique-hotel style Sohohome.com’s new launch has seen to it that Soho House & Co’s glitz and glam is no longer just for its members. Now you can re-create its signature style at home with classic lighting, sumptuous linen and crystal barware. No reservation necessary.

Barwell glass, £28; shaker, £85; Reade light, £275; Burleigh pot, £35; all Soho Home

At Ideal Home HQ, we’re all intrigued by this mini wonder. With a worktop, Tillreda fridge and stowaway induction hob, it pretty much has everything and the kitchen sink! Ikea sees it as a problem solver for small living spaces, home offices or even a stop-gap saviour for those in kitchen-renovation limbo. We reckon it’ll also slot right into an attic for boomerang kids, a granny annexe, rented room or even an outdoor space. It’s genius!

WE KEEP SEEING...

Splatter patterns

Bartholomew chair, £625, Galapagos Furniture

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Splatterware enamel cone shade, £44, Dyke & Dean

Blue Splatter teacup and saucer, £20.95, Emma Bridgewater

FEATURE MICHELA COLLING, HOLLY WALSH

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WHAT’S NEW

SIMPLE SCANDI

COOL CONTEMPORARY

SHABBY CHIC

Table lamp, £75, Barnaby & Co

Jonas copper lamp, £38, B&Q

Corinium lamp, £109, Neptune

THE SHORTLIST

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table lamps VINTAGE GLAMOUR

FEATURE HOLLY WALSH

Ondona lamp, £85, Oliver Bonas

TO LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE

MODERN COUNTRY

Lakes lamp, £65, Furnish.co.uk

LOW-KEY ELEGANCE

SMART INDUSTRIAL

FUTURISTIC

Ceramic scratch lamp, £55, Next

Globe lamp, £29.99, HomeSense

Lab lamp, £129, Made.com

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Look what we found! A few of the things the Ideal Home team has seen and loved this month

The perfect mirror DEPUTY ART DIRECTOR EMMA JACKSON HAS BOUGHT MAISONS DU MONDE’S GRAZZIA, £39.99

I love its gorgeous copper edge and, at 50cm wide, it’s a perfect fit for the vanity alcove I’ve created in the corner of my bedroom. It hangs above a scaffolding-plank shelf that I use as a dressing table.

My new favourite phone

FEATURE HOLLY WALSH

TECHNOLOGY EDITOR AMY CUTMORE HAS BEEN LIVING WITH THE LG G5 SMARTPHONE, £420 I’m not one to fall for gimmicks, but I love the G5’s modular design. Pull off the base and you can swap the battery for a spare, which is ideal if you’re as glued to your phone as I am. There are also different modules you can plug in – my favourite is the Bang & Olufsen music player that soups up the sound quality. The 5.3in display is the perfect size for a Netflix sesh on the train home, and the handy always-on feature shows the time and your notifications.

To-die-for patterns DECORATING EDITOR NICKY PHILLIPS IS CRUSHING ON CLARISSA HULSE’S NEW COLLECTION FOR HARLEQUIN

They’re not cheap (from £50 per roll/£96 per m), but you can’t go wrong with a timeless wallpaper or fabric by Clarissa Hulse. In this new range, her signature botanical silhouettes have gone to a more glamorous place, with luxe metallics and lots of gorgeous opulent colours. I love the embroidered sheers, too – they’re wide enough to use a single drop, so you can just hem one and add clips for a simple curtain. OCTOBER 2016

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‘We smartened up a shabby old cottage’ Laura and Neil Tyerman’s home was a mess of Fifties, Seventies and new(ish) décor until they pulled it together with their elegant brand of country style

Love

LAURA’S STYLE? Turn to page 37 to shop the look

LAYERED TEXTURES A shaggy rug laid over a similarly coloured carpet brings warmth and detail to the all-neutral space. Laura used it to anchor the layout of the room by arranging the seating around it

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REAL HOME

BARELY THERE PATTERN A tone-on-tone scroll design adds detail and a little ‘Downton’ grandeur to the simple scheme. ‘It was expensive, but you don’t need much to create an impact,’ says Laura

Choose a palette of pale neutrals The couple stripped out a boldly patterned carpet and painted the black beams white in the living room, before decorating in calm cream and taupe. ‘There’s only one window, so it’s the best thing we could have done,’ says Laura. ‘It set the scene for the modern cottage style we wanted.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar carpet, try the Kingston, £17 per sq m, John Lewis. C5 wood burner, £953, Heritage Stoves. Curtains made in Vendee, from a selection, James Brindley Fabrics


REAL HOME

Welcome to my home

Laura Tyerman, who owns a homeware shop, lives here with her husband Neil, who works for Royal Mail.

THE PROPERTY A three-bedroom, 1760s end-of-terrace house in Guisborough, North Yorkshire, bought in October 2014.

Although we wanted the “ place to have character, we didn’t want to live in the past ”

VALUE Bought for £120,000 in 2014; now worth £200,000

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aura and Neil Tyerman had been living in a Seventies-built house, but longed for the charm and character of a genuine period cottage. ‘Having tried to shoehorn a country look into the old house, we were determined to do it properly in our new home – an 18th-century cottage,’ says Laura. In need of a total refurb, the property was the perfect chance for the couple to start from scratch and create their ideal country look. ‘The living room was like a pub, with dark beams, brasses on the walls, a crazy-paving effect on the chimney breast and a heavily patterned Axminster carpet,’ Laura explains. ‘The main bedroom was just as bad – it had Seventies wood-effect panelling painted bright green and a trompe-l’œil of a window painted on the chimney breast, complete with real curtains!’ Keen to get started, they were set back by damp – the walls were wringing wet, the carpet sodden and the staircase had rotted. ‘The work was quite major,’ says Laura. ‘Every room was stripped back to the plaster, before the walls were properly damp proofed and tanked where necessary, then finally re-skimmed, ready to paint.’ As soon as the messy work was out of the way and the carpets had been laid, the couple began to plan decorating schemes and furniture. ‘Although we wanted the place to have character, we didn’t want to live in the past,’ Laura says. They decided that an elegant, country-house look

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with a French slant would go well with the architecture, so teamed neutral tones on walls and floors with warm, natural finishes for year-round cosiness. Touches of lilac, green and blue lift the rooms, while chandeliers and traditional wallpaper patterns add upscale elegance. ‘The house is now done and it’s got all the country charm we were after and more,’ says Laura.

Take a quick tour... OFFICE MAIN BEDROOM GUEST BEDROOM

FIRST FLOOR BATHROOM KITCHEN

LIVING ROOM

ORANGERY

GROUND FLOOR


DOUBLESIDED BLIND A roll-up, tie-fastened blind made of plain linen on one side and a contrasting stripe on the other is a great way to add a flash of print to a room

Work in lots of natural wood Modern cottage style is all about soft shades and warm, rustic woods. In the kitchen and orangery, wooden floors, worktops and furniture make the space feel more inviting. ‘We kept the existing units but replaced the tiled floor, which has made all the difference – it just felt quite plain and unfinished before,’ she says. BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar flooring, try the UE1492, £19.99 per sq m, Quick-Step. Reclaimed table and chairs painted in Farrow & Ball Shaded White, £399, Maison Belle


IDEAL HOME

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Classic country plate racks Shallower than units – and a chance to show off your fave crockery

Do ‘shabby chic’ with painted wood For country style with laid-back elegance, go for painted wood furniture like the Tyermans’ kitchen units and wall rack. ‘We didn’t want it to be so modern that it didn’t work with the style and age of the cottage, so we went for a light, relaxed, unfitted look instead,’ says Laura. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar kitchen, try the Eton cream, from £2,070, Magnet. For a similar plate rack, try the Warwickshire, from £365, The Plate Rack Co. For similar tins, try the canisters, from £10 each, Garden Trading. Bunting, £17.95 for 3m, Maison Belle


REAL HOME

HOME-MADE BUNTING A really easy way to add an accent colour – and a subtle touch of pattern – that’s easy and quick to make and change

HANDY OVERHANG Adding an extra foot or so of worktop gives you a bonus spot to lean, work, tuck in a barstool or install a wine rack

Add colour with country pattern ‘We didn’t want wall cupboards to dominate the room, so we added interest with a feature wallpaper,’ says Laura. She picked up the blue of the wallpaper pattern with kitchen textiles and accessories.

BUY THE KEY PIECES Shade wallpaper, £52 per roll, Wallpaperdirect. For a similar blind fabric, try the Kew Nordic, £39.50 per m, Ian Mankin. Egg container, £20, Gisela Graham range, Amazon.co.uk. Apron, £19.95, Maison Belle

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Try a natural shade of green… Greens of all hues suit cottage style, but pick a chalky matt finish for a natural look. This yellow-based green shade warms Laura and Neil’s bedroom and makes their white-painted furniture stand out beautifully. ‘We painted the wooden bed in a distressed cream finish to give it a French feel,’ says Laura.

BUTTERFLY WALL ART Pretty butterfly stickers add interest to a blank space – but are easy to remove or move

BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar paint, try the Pearl 100 Intelligent Eggshell, £54.50 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Tivoli wallpaper, £78 per roll, Folie collection, Cole & Son. Butterfly decorations, £12.50 for nine, Debenhams

WHAT WE LEARNED...

about furniture “size!Think We struggled to get the sofa in, so after that we checked anything we bought would clear the narrow doors. The tight staircase meant that being able to dismantle items was key – it made us think twice about what we chose

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REAL HOME

FEATURE HEATHER DIXON PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE PLANS AGENCY SERVICE

MISMATCHED HANDLES Swapping standard knobs on a plain painted chest for decorative ones adds colour and unique character

…or a fresh and airy pale blue IDEAL HOME

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Traditional quilts For authentic cottage style, a patchwork quilt is a must – find handmade designs at Etsy

‘The guest bedroom is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light to match the patchwork throw we bought in France,’ says Laura. ‘I painted an old wardrobe and chest of drawers in neutral shades to show off the blue of the walls.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Reclaimed drawers with new handles, £199, Maison Belle. Wall panel, £45, Nordic House. For a similar bedspread, try the Elisha, £109, Marquis & Dawe

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Make it work for you LAURA’S STYLE: ELEGANT COUNTRY MY GO-TO STORES... OBarker & Stonehouse ‘It’s full of lovely, country-style bedroom furniture.’

It’s easy to re-create Laura’s upscale take on a classic cottage look with these ideal buys ‘We wanted a light, relaxed, unfitted look,’ says Laura PERFECT FOR A BEDROOM Princess chandelier, £99, The French Bedroom Company

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Boutique ‘Where I find most of my fabrics, then my mum turns them into blinds and curtains.’

OHouse of Fraser ‘Great for extra bed linen to layer up depending on the time of year.’

ADD SUMPTUOUS TEXTURE Velvet cushion, £12, Matalan

OMaison Belle ‘I love that its stock is ever changing – there’s always something new!’

MIX WITH NEUTRALS Teal check cushion, £16, Next

SHABBY-CHIC ACCENT Large Roman numeral wall clock, £38, Dibor

TAKE TWO FOR SYMMETRY Windsor table lamp, £49.99, Dunelm

ANTIQUE STYLE, MODERN FINISH Hungarian settle bench, £450, Garden Trading

STYLIST’S NOTE Avoid strong accents to keep this look soft and tonal – lavender, blush pink and chalky blues are perfect

INSTANT GRANDEUR Georgiana bevelled mirror, £432, Wayfair

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THE NEW WAY TO DO

Coastal style This hero summer look has been reinvented for winter with moody colours, cosy textures and a fresh boho attitude

Take it to the table with painterly ceramics Blue and white patterned crockery has always been part of the coastal look, but now it’s been given an artisan twist with free-flowing, painterly designs in bold, inky blues on textured white china.

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WHERE TO BUY Majolica platter, £100; Folded bud vase, £45, Lisa Firer range; large taper vase, £75; high ball, £12; tumbler, £8; jug, £50; glass carafe, £45; Sapphire tableware, from £15 per item; all Heal’s


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Update classic coastal style with a Morroccan-inspired spin. A little pattern is all you need – tie dye, tile prints and ikat – or, be brave and try an ombre paint effect in tonal blues for a feature wall with a difference. WHERE TO BUY Cushions, from £14 each; Jewel rug, from £29; Dark Moonlight vases, from £10 each; all JD Williams

Voyage Decoration’s Nebula wall art, £26 per m – its loose impressionist style makes for a dreamy take on a coastal look

STYLIST’S NOTE Coastal style has switched from shabby to smart, so upgrade yours with faux-fur throws, decadent velvet cushions and metallic touches

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Use mellow colour in the living room Swapping summer-fresh blues and whites for a warmer, moodier palette of navy, denim blue, cream and greige makes for a relaxed and cosy feel, helped along by tactile basketware, soft knitted throws and textured ceramics.

WHERE TO BUY Blinds made in F0806/05, £51 per m, Clarke & Clarke. LPU1505 flooring, £29.49 per sq m, Quick-Step. Rug, £350, Neptune. Coast sofa, £998, DFS. Coffee table, £380, French Connection. Sideboard, £750, Next. Mirror, £240, Brissi. Basket, £60, Design Vintage. ON SOFA Cushions, from left: Landscape, £10, Next; Galatea, £45, Voyage Maison; made in F0948/04, £24 per m, Clarke & Clarke. Throw, £48, Design Vintage. ON TABLE Tray, £79, Holly’s House. Candles, from £6 each, Next. Carafe, £40, National Trust Shop. Vase, £28, House of Fraser. ON BASKET Throw, £48, Design Vintage. For a similar mug, try John Lewis. ON/NEAR SIDEBOARD Lamp, £70, Next. Box, £27.50 for two, Design Vintage. Vase, £39, Rockett St George. Frame, £10, Next. Canvas, £345, Loaf. Tools, £80, Garden Trading. ON CONSOLE Lanterns, from £55 each, Design Vintage. Vase, £60, National Trust Shop. ON MANTEL Vases, Curious Egg, Dunelm, Holly’s House

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Switch out plain linen for patterned Dip a tentative toe into the trend by updating your neutral bedroom with painterly print bed linen in a winter-coastal-inspired palette. Look out for soothing inky blues, greys and pale amethyst shades. WHERE TO BUY Watercolour double bed linen set, £16; Geo cushion, £7; Watercolour cushion, £8; white fur throw, £30; table lamp, £25; Honeycomb vase, £6; all George Home

Mix it up with textured accessories Coastal style has always been based around natural textures, and that hasn’t changed. It’s all about the mix: put rustic baskets and rough-hewn wood next to smooth glazed ceramics, supersoft woollies and shiny metallic lanterns for detail and variety. WHERE TO BUY ON/NEAR BOOKCASE (from top left) Betty vase, £60, National Trust Shop. Storage box, £27.50 for two, Design Vintage.

Frame, £7, Next. Hurricane lantern £29.99, Oggetto. Candle, £6; ceramic tealight holders, £10 for three; all Next. Marble planter, £42.50, Holly’s House. Baskets, £35 for three, Design Vintage. Small Siena vase, £18.95, Holly’s House. ON SOFA Denim panel throw, £55, Design Vintage. Knit cushion, £45, Gray & Willow range, House of Fraser. Dunwich Heath cushion, £35, National Trust Shop. Galatea Indigo cushion, £45, Voyage Maison. All other items, as before

STYLIST’S NOTE Don’t use strongly contrasting colours – a blend of blues, greys and off-whites will give a softer, more elegant effect

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Make waves with a painterly wallpaper When it comes to pattern, seaside motifs like boats, starfish and shells have made way for elegant watercolour-effect brushstrokes. WHERE TO BUY Sansui Indigo Wash wallpaper, £90 per m, Zoffany

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George Home’s Antonio Scroll bed, £199 – give structure to a busy mix of patterns with a plain marl headboard

Work in a weathered-effect wall For a twist on driftwood finishes traditionally associated with coastal style, opt for a wallpaper in a distressed panelling effect. Contrast with clean paintwork and decorative accessories to avoid overdoing the shabby feel.

WHERE TO BUY Berkeley wallpaper, £29 per roll, Albany range, Wallpaperdirect. For similar vases, try a selection, Design Vintage and West Elm


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STYLIST’S NOTE Whether your scheme is country, classic or modern, stick with a simple palette and this easy-going look will suit almost any style

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Create drama with a teal-blue wall This warm shade of blue is perfect for putting a cosier and bolder twist on classic coastal style. WHERE TO BUY For a similar paint, try the Royal Navy Absolute Matt Emulsion, £38 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Rye sofa in Rockpool washed linen, £1,680; armchair, £870; Valentin footstool in Nickel, £410; all Sofa.com

Forget typical beach motifs and create a more grown-up look with fabrics in brushstroke effects – stormy tones of dusty lavender, sand and indigo go well together. WHERE TO BUY Cushions, from front: Landscape, £10, Next; made in Caledonia, £24 per m, Clarke & Clarke; Galatea, £45, Voyage Maison

Keep accessories clean and crisp Channel New-England style with smart navy and crisp white finds. WHERE TO BUY Tiree Cottage print, £111; Black Felter Cottage print, £107; both framed, King & McGaw. Console, £245, French Connection. Accessories, from a selection, Next, Oggetto, Rockett St George

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‘We’re both real treasure hunters’

Rockett St George founders Jane Rockett (left) and Lucy St George

Best friends and business partners Jane Rockett and Lucy St George are known for their love of black and a knack for sniffing out all things vintage, industrial and a little bit bonkers

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eaving careers in retail and marketing behind them, friends Jane Rockett and Lucy St George decided in 2007 to launch online homeware store Rockett St George – a kitchentable enterprise inspired by their love of car-boot sales and antiques shops. Lucy lives in Crouch End, north London, with her partner Paul, their children, Ella, 18, Grace, 13, Ollie, 10, and cat, Roxy. Jane lives near Brighton, West Sussex, with her partner Toby and children, Tyler, 17, Lola, 15, and Eden, 11.

Wall hanging and art prints, from £15 each, all Rockett St George

Jane: We talk a lot about ‘style spots’ at Rockett St George. It’s easy to be overwhelmed when considering the design of a whole room, so we split spaces into style spots instead – they’re essentially focal points, like a collection of items that fit beautifully together to create impact. If you start by designing the fireplace, a reading nook or an entrance first, you’ll find that the whole room is done in no time! Lucy: My favourite space is my bedroom. It’s painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pitch Black and one wall has a huge window. Because of the dark walls, the focus of the room is the view, which makes it really

Bonkers – but bestsellers! Vases, £7 each, Rockett St George

Midas chair in dark antique copper, £125, Rockett St George

By Jane’s favourite designer, Abigail Ahern Lamp, £90, Abigail Ahern/ Edition range, Debenhams

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STYLE HEROES ‘The Palm floor lamp is so iconic – it’s my favourite piece from our current collection,’ says Jane Lamp, £540, Rockett St George

relaxing. I did go through a ‘white walls’ phase at one point, and don’t get me wrong, it can look stunning in a minimal, modern scheme, but now most rooms in my house are either grey or black. Since going over to the dark side, my house feels more homely and it has more personality. J: If you want your home to stand out, you’ve got to be bold! It took me a while to realise that, but finally it’s clicked. I’ve definitely become braver: my bedroom is decorated in snakeskin wallpaper! I’ve also used lots of Madison Grey paint by Abigail Ahern behind displays of amazing artwork and unusual accessories. Abigail is my favourite designer – we share a love of dark colours and a quirky mix of beautiful things.

‘Our reproduction antique mirrors are so beautiful,’ says Jane Mirror, £80, Rockett St George

‘I love the wow factor of Marrakech,’ says Lucy Catch the Rockett St George pop-up shop in London's Liberty

‘I adore Frida Kahlo for her art and her bravery,’ says Jane Cushion, £35, Twentysevenpalms range, Notonthehighstreet.com

L: I’m constantly looking for pieces for my home – not just for the business. My parents had an antiques shop, so I spent my childhood at auction houses and markets – I was either hugely influenced by it or it’s simply in my blood! My style is definitely eclectic and I’m still drawn to vintage and upcycled pieces and artwork today. J: I’m so inspired by New York. I try to go somewhere new when I travel, but I never get bored of New York. I love to collect things on my travels and put them on display – they’re reminders of good times with my family and that there is a big wide world out there to be enjoyed.

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J: People always ask us where we source the things we sell. I’m inspired by so many things: fashion, restaurants, hotels, social media, magazines, travel, history, art, travel… oh, and did I mention travel?! We’re both real treasure hunters, always on the lookout for new items and one-offs. We visit lots of trade shows, go around the world and now we design our own unique products, too. Looking back, we had no idea if Rockett St George would work – it was a wild gamble, a leap of faith and trust in a great friendship.

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‘We talk a lot about “style spots” – focal points that grab the eye,’ says Jane Light, £310, Rockett St George

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‘I’ve kept things simple with black & white’ Martha Piotrowska banished the bold colours that overwhelmed her Victorian terrace and gave it a cool, calm feel throughout with Scandinavian-inspired style

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Start with a white backdrop Martha repainted the original green, blue and red scheme in a fresh white. ‘I visualised white rooms with dark accents, natural wood and warm metals like brass and copper,’ she says. In the living room, boldly patterned accessories stop the scheme looking bland. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar modular sofa, try the Nockeby with chaise, £775, Ikea. Block rug, £169; cushions, from £19.90 each; all AtNo67


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Welcome to my home THE PROPERTY A five-bedroom Victorian terrace in Corsham, Wiltshire.

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Bought for £560,000 in 2015; now worth £710,000. Martha Piotrowska, a homeware boutique owner, lives here with her partner Graham Cherrett.

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A white interior “doesn’t have to be cold or bare – it can be beautiful

hen it comes to interiors, Martha Piotrowska has definite Scandi tastes. ‘If style had a nationality, mine would be Danish,’ she says. ‘As soon as I saw this cottage, I visualised white rooms with dark, contrasting accents and warm metals like brass and copper.’ The house, which was built around 1867, had a bold palette of blues, greens and reds, which Martha repainted white. ‘We needed a blank canvas to start with,’ she says. Inspired by Scandinavian interiors, Martha then took out the old carpets, and stained or painted the floorboards. ‘Wooden floors are the soul of an old house and I wanted them to be seen,’ she says. ‘I use a lot of rugs, which draw attention to the floors but don’t cover them.’ To save money, Martha and her partner Graham Cherrett worked with the existing kitchen fixtures, focusing on a Scandi-style, monochrome scheme. The old units were sprayed white, the lighting updated, a black granite worktop installed and metro tiling along one wall. Martha used the same creative approach in other rooms, incorporating the property’s fireplaces, exposed stone and alcove shelving into her schemes, and refreshing the bathroom by painting the tiles and floor. Martha’s vision has produced a strong look throughout the house. Against the white background, key design elements pop out, including furniture in black and grey, graphic patterns and burnished metal. Personal touches, such as favourite prints, bring the rooms to life. ‘A white interior doesn’t have to be cold or bare, or too perfect,’ says Martha, who runs homeware boutique AtNo67. ‘It can be beautiful and have a lived-in feel. It needs refreshing at times, but white definitely works.’


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METAL ACCENTS Brass tones pop out of Martha’s monochrome colour scheme to provide a touch of polish, plus a hit of ‘wow’

floors are the “soulWooden of an old house and I wanted them to be seen

STAINED FLOOR Martha used a nearly black wood stain that hides the parts that are in poor condition but lets the grain show through


STATEMENT PENDANTS A trio of shiny oversized black pendants turn the island unit into a focal point and a place to gather around

Add warmth with natural finishes Martha opted to keep the kitchen’s terracotta floor that was in place when she moved in. ‘It adds warmth and is a little bit quirky, so we’re happy to live with it,’ she says. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar kitchen, try the Milbourne Shaker, from £200 for a W600mm base unit, Second Nature. Dana pendant lights, £169 each, AtNo67. Black bar stools, £74 each, Voga

METAL STOOLS Contemporary bar stools in bold black metal give Martha’s countrystyle kitchen a tougher, more industrial edge


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Keep the colours consistent Sticking to a monochrome palette gives this house visual flow. Martha revamped the kitchen on a budget by having the units resprayed from cream to white, adding white metro tiles and swapping the

original range cooker’s cream doors with smart new black ones. BUY THE KEY PIECES Elan range cooker, £1,946, Rangemaster range, Ao.com. Replacement oven doors, £180 for four, Partmaster

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Ikea’s Fintorp kitchen rail system Endlessly versatile, this classic design comes in white, black or steel

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Use white walls as a blank canvas An all-white scheme can look bland, so Martha goes big on displays. In her home office, she’s used Ikea picture ledges to create easy-to-change displays of pictures, photos and lists. BUY THE KEY PIECES Mosslanda picture ledges, £8.50 each; for a similar table, try the Rydebäck, £100; all Ikea. Y chair, £182, Voga. Graphic basket, £49 for three, AtNo67

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Wishbone chairs This Fifties classic looks great in dining rooms and home offices alike


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PAINTED STAIRS The shift between the black-painted floor tiles and the whitestained stairs creates drama in the hallway

Factor in lots of texture At the top of the stairs is a seating area that adjoins the main bedroom and en-suite bathroom. The floor here wasn’t original or old, so Martha used white floor paint rather than a stain. She added interest to the all-white space using textural pieces, like the sheepskin rug and basketware. BUY THE KEY PIECES Floor painted in All White floor paint, £59 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Ritchie sofa, £499, Made. com. Felt basket with wooden handle, £99 for three, AtNo67

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SUBTLE STRIPE Martha used an earthy pink accent in the main bedroom to boost the feeling of laid-back comfort

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PAINTED TILES To save money, Martha transformed the tired old blue tiles with a lick of fresh white tile paint

In the main bedroom, Martha painted the wall behind the bed a soft grey. ‘It’s still fresh but it brings warmth and contrast, too,’ she says. BUY THE KEY PIECES Wall painted in Colours Light Rain matt emulsion, £13.94 for 2.5ltr, B&Q. Loom throw in pink, £59, AtNo67

Opt for all white Patterned accessories and house plants are all it takes to break up the whiteness in a small space like the bathroom. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar bath, try the Trend freestanding 1,800mm, £719, Bathstore. Hjälmaren wall shelf in white, £69, Ikea

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Create cosy layers Dark grey bed linen adds depth to the neutral guest room, while contrasting white pillowcases create a comfy layered look. BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar bed linen, try the linen set in dark grey, £79.99, H&M. Heavenly Honeycomb throw in Rose, £59, AtNo67

Draw attention to period features The guest room’s fireplace has been painted black and mirrors hung above to define it as a decorative feature.

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BUY THE KEY PIECES Deco mirrors, from £19 each; Pure Nature stool, £110; basket with leather handles, £15.90; magazine rack, £36; all AtNo67

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Make it work for you MARTHA’S STYLE: SIMPLE SCANDINAVIAN

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MY GO-TO STORES... OThe Fig Store ‘Sells beautiful linen and handpicked homeware.’

With its striking mix of monochrome and cool pattern, this look is a modern classic ‘The décor doesn’t overwhelm your eye,’ says Martha. ‘It’s comfortable to live with’

OHam ‘I absolutely adore its monochrome mugs and wall art.’

STATEMENT SHADE Giant size 2 pendant with glass visor in black, £287, Original BTC

ONook shop ‘Great for retro office accessories.’ OTiger ‘Full of wacky home buys you’d have a hard time finding elsewhere.’

MAKE A RUG A FOCAL POINT Block rug (L200cm x W90cm), £98, House Doctor range, AtNo67

POP OF PATTERN Jacquard weave cushion cover, £12.99, H&M

NATURAL TEXTURE Basket with handles, from £61, iDecorate

UNFUSSY LINES, COOL CURVES Miami coffee table, £50, Tesco Direct

STYLIST’S NOTE Adding the wrong kind of pattern, like florals, can confuse a look like this, so stick to simple stripes, zigzags and geometrics

DANISH DESIGN CLASSIC Wishbone chair, £139, Cult Furniture

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Forest green YOU MIGHT THINK IT’S A LITTLE DARK TO PUT ON THE WALLS, BUT THIS MELLOW SHADE OF GREEN IS AS SOOTHING AS IT IS STRONG. TURN OVER TO SEE HOW IT CAN MAKE A GENTLE STATEMENT IN ANY SPACE…

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Laid-back living In a bright space, painting the walls in a flat matt forest green colour will dial down the glare and promote a mellower mood that’s perfect for a room you just want to relax in at the end of a long day. Cocooning in winter and cooling in summer, it looks great balanced with equal amounts of flannel grey

POP OF YELLOW The perfect accent colour, just small hits will prevent deep greens feeling too dark and gloomy

THIS PAGE Walls painted in Caldwell Green matt emulsion, £65 for 3.79ltr, Benjamin Moore. Blinds made in Vienna Olive, £24 per m, Clarke & Clarke. E222 Sisal Panama New Champagne rug in brown with C37 Cotton Herringbone Crème de Menthe border, £291, Crucial Trading. Alexander sofa in Streamline Sage velvet, from £4,810, The Sofa & Chair Company. Blackdown armchair in Galloway leather, £2,795, Sofas & Stuff. Chiltern tables, £250 for a coffee and two side tables, Next. Lukerina console, £600, Out There Interiors. ON CONSOLE Buddy desk lamp, £125, Loaf. Lines pot, £39 for three, Broste. Faux fern, £39.95, Holly’s House. Pleated vases, from £12 each, both Graham and Green. ON SOFA Cushions, from left: dark linen, £24.35, Broste; made in Vienna Olive, £24 per m, Clarke & Clarke; linen in Golden Olive, £35, Cox & Cox; linen rectangle, £24, Broste. ON COFFEE TABLE Tray, £72, The Do South Shop. Sea Green vase, £12, Curious Egg. Cylinder vases, £15 for three, Ikea. Rose Earth vase, £12.50; wool string, £4.95; both Holly’s House. Pots and plants, from a selection, Dobbies Garden Centres. ON SIDE TABLE Green marble bowl, £85.70, Broste


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GORGEOUS GRAIN The texture of unfinished wooden furniture stands out beautifully against strong shades of green

THIS PAGE Wall painted in Card Room Green Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Bell Twist Silver Sage 57482 carpet, £39.99 per sq m, Brintons. Shoreditch console, £175, Next. Rattan chair, £230, Mink Interiors. Evergreen Leaves mirror, £120; wire basket, £59 for two; Rustic jug, £18.50; embossed glass, £12.50 for two; faux potted echeveria plant, £35; all Cox & Cox. Helsinki loudspeaker, £299, The Do South Shop. iPad case, from £49, Hay

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Stylist’s note “Shades of green work beautifully with each other, so don't be afraid to mix light and dark, blue- and yellow-based tones” NICKY PHILLIPS, DECORATING EDITOR

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THIS PAGE Nornas glass cabinet £110, Ikea; painted in Malachite eggshell, £21 for 750ml, Fired Earth. Whitby sofa in Blush Pure linen, £2,270, Sofa.com. Vintage Star throw, £145, Melin Tregwynt. IN/ON CABINET (from top) Carol pot, £16, Broste. Plant, from a selection, Dobbies Garden Centres. Vases: Sea green, £12, Curious Egg; pleated, from £12 each, Graham and Green; Artichoke, £7.99, H&M. Marbled bowl, £12.50; marbled votive, £6.50; scissors, £18.95; all Holly’s House. Ribbon spool, £5, Hay. Beetles, £27 each; pink lidded bowl, £14; green marble bowl, £85.70; green bowl, £34.45; all Broste. Wool string, £4.95, Holly’s House. Formlig vase, £8, Ikea

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Restful retreat Deep green can work in smaller spaces, too – even on all four walls if you offset it above the dado with clean white and a pale colour on the floor. It’ll change mood as the day goes on, feeling fresh and energising in the morning, then dramatic and immersive at night

BLUSH-PINK ACCENT Lifts deep green and gives it a softer, prettier feel

THIS PAGE Curtains made in Romari Celadon 7773/39, £69 per m, Romo. Chrome bed, from £745; Flag print, £345; both Loaf. Benka stool, £155, Out There Interiors. Design No 11 pendant shade, £54.60; Sigyn baskets, £34.45 for three; all Broste. ON BED Rosa duvet, £140; pillowcases, £24.99 each; sheet, £99; waffle throw, £99.99; all LinenMe. Scrunch cushion, £55, Loaf. Grey pillowcase, £24 for two, Soak&Sleep. Pelle cushion cover, £26, Broste. Anadia throw, £69, Urbanara. Vintage Star throw, £145, Melin Tregwynt. ON SIDE TABLE Buddy desk lamps, £125 each, Loaf. Pleated vase, £12, Graham and Green. ON SHELF Jug, £18.50, Cox & Cox. Vase, £12.50; votive, £6.50; faux fern, £39.95; all Holly’s House. Beetle, £27; plant pot, £39 for four; vase, £25; all Broste

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Make it work for you FOREST GREEN: JUST ADD AN ACCENT

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WHERE TO BUY 1. PENDANT LIGHT Large utility light in Royal Green, £69.95, Dotcomgiftshop 2. CUSHION Velvet ombre cushion, £27, Oliver Bonas

Anglepoise range, John Lewis

3. CHAIR Tinelle wire armchair, £310, Out There Interiors

6. SIDE TABLE Marble side table in Emerald Green, £109, Cuckooland.com

4. DESK LAMP Type 1228 brushedaluminium desk lamp in Mid Green, £160,

7. CABINET Hurdal solid pine linen cabinet, £175, Ikea

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Make your bedroom oh so cosy

Paint a band of dusky grey behind the bed for warm colour that doesn’t overwhelm the room. Then switch cotton sheets for flannel and load the bed with throws and cushions to create a cosy nest designed for lie-ins.

Karlstead bed linen, £80 for a double duvet cover, Gray & Willow range, House of Fraser

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LUXE UP YOUR CUTLERY Make dinner with friends a more glam affair with silverware in a gold or copper finish. Available at Habitat or House of Fraser.

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Put on a floor show

Spruce up bare wood floorboards with a paint treatment using a large-format stencil and black spray paint. Cheaper than new flooring and a great way to disguise past-their-best boards.

USE A COOL COASTER TO MARK YOUR SPOT

Prevent teacup rings on your coffee table, and make it clear which corner of the sofa is yours, with a chic alphabet coaster emblazoned with your initial.

Marble alphabet coaster, £8, Oliver Bonas

Natural Textures cork-effect wallpaper, £19.99 per roll, Albany range, Wallpaperdirect

Fennel stencil, £52.45, The Stencil Library

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Get a quirky look with cork wallpaper

Textured wallpapers have been around for yonks and now cork is having a moment. It’s an easy way to stay in neutral, while putting a little fashion on your walls.

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USE A SOFTER SHADE OF WHITE Pure white gloss paint can give woodwork a bit of a grey tinge, especially in winter light, so make it easier on the eye with a yellow-tinted eggshell, like Little Greene’s Slaked Lime, £27 for 1ltr.


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REVAMP YOUR DINING TABLE WITH A £5 FIX

This simple runner will update your dining table in an instant. We think it looks like something from posh fabric company Ian Mankin, but it’s actually a bargain buy from Wilko!

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Ribbed table runner, £5, Wilko

Brighten a gloomy corner with f lowers

Any citrus-yellow flowers (we used mimosa) will transform a lightstarved corner and add a little everyday happiness to your room.

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FIT WARMER LIGHT BULBS Audit your light bulbs and swap clear bulbs that give a white or bluish light for ones labelled ‘warm white’, for a softer illumination and a cosier feel. Look on the box for a colour temperature of 2,700K or 3,000K.

Cupboard exterior painted in Gallant Grey Endurance+; interior painted in Soft Cinnebar 5 Endurance+; both £29.99 for 2.5ltr, Dulux

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Paint inside your kitchen cupboards

Fancy a change without replacing furniture? Paint the interior of glassfronted cabinets a contrasting shade – the sharper the contrast, the more standout the effect. Display crockery inside and it’ll pop against the colour.


    

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Create a beautiful fireplace

Chimneybreast painted in Dark Lead Colour Intelligent Eggshell, £27 for 1ltr, Little Greene

If you’re lucky enough to have one, make the fireplace the hero of the room – and a place that draws everyone together. Paint the chimney breast a deep shade and display treasures on the mantel.

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CURB DAILY CLUTTER Tuck a couple of big, wide-mouthed baskets under the coffee table in the living room and use them to stow papers, magazines and discarded toys until you have time to sort them.

Diamond seagrass baskets, £40 for two, House of Fraser

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Fit a row of statement pendants

For similar pendant lights, try the Nordal bell lamp, £60, Amara

Put your dining table in the spotlight with a row of low-hanging pendants. Follow the stylist’s rule that odd numbers work best, and make sure there’s enough gap so diners won’t bang their heads!

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TRY LOW-LEVEL LIGHTING

The best-lit rooms have layers of blended light to create a cosier vibe, so switch off the main overhead light and use a mix of table lamps and wall lights instead. Bessy table lamp, £145, Loaf

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REFRESH YOUR SOFA CUSHIONS

Wait for a sunny day and take the cushions outside. Leave them in the sun for three hours, flipping them over after an hour and a half. It’ll dry out any moisture that’s trapped inside and puff them up again.

Rialto tieback, £100, Romo

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INDULGE IN NEW TOWELS Make winter soaks superluxe by swapping your past-their-prime towels for hotel-quality Eg yptian cotton ones with a GSM of between 400g and 600g per sq m – they’re more absorbent and will last longer.

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Add a truly fabulous tieback

A colourful pom-pom trim will add a fanciful flourish to even the plainest of curtains and is an easy way to give inexpensive ready-mades a style upgrade.


STYLE & DÉCOR Lattice vinyl tiles in Pebble Grey, £42.95 per sq m, Dee Hardwicke range, Harvey Maria

Porcelain flower wall decorations, £39 for three, BoConcept

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Try a 3D treatment to bring a featureless space to life. Arrange porcelain flowers in clusters up a wall, so your room will be in bloom all year round.

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Fix up your bathroom f loor tiles

Ottoman storage bed, from £1,195, Button & Sprung

Replace plain bathroom tiles with patterned ones to make your room totally retreat-worthy. A simple motif like this won’t be too busy for a small space, and the easy-to-lay vinyl can be fitted in a weekend.

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TURN BOOKS INTO A DISPLAY

Give a bookcase a mini overhaul by organising books into different sizes. Then stack them horizontally and vertically to add visual interest.

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BRING THE OUTDOORS IN

Add autumnal colour to a neutral living room with fresh-cut flowers in vivid oranges, yellows and purples, plus lots of twigs and foliage. Cube vase, £17.50, LSA International

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Put up a full-width wall shelf

A genius idea for small bedrooms: fit a slim wall-to-wall shelf in the wasted space above the bed. It frees up bedside tables and creates an extra display surface.


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Hang heavier curtains

Floaty sheers might do the trick in summer, but when the evenings start to get cooler, swap light fabrics for heavier-weight lined curtains that will block draughts and insulate the room, so you stay good and cosy.

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BOOST LIGHT WITH MIRRORS

Want to brighten up a north-facing room? Position a mirror on the wall opposite the window to reflect the incoming daylight.

Curtain made in Livadi 130250 fabric, £75 per m, Harlequin

Alana round mirror, £129, Made.com

FB012 window film, £30, The Window Film Company. For a similar wallpaper, try Herbarium, £59 per roll, BoråsTapeter range, Amara

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HARVEST SOME COLOUR If your hanging baskets have had their time, keep your porch and patio colour going with clusters of potted chrysanthemums and piled-up displays of pumpkins and squashes.

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SHOWCASE AN ACCENT CHAIR

Prepare for a new season of great telly by getting seating sorted. A patterned armchair will shake up a safe living room by contrasting with plain sofas and flooring. All you need is a super-smart side table for your cuppa… Hugo chair in Mekko Blue, £279, Marks & Spencer

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Fall for autumnal foliage

Embrace the change of seasons and give your décor an autumnal twist – whether it’s a single fern motif at a window or a lively leaf print adding wow to a wall.

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For similar glass plant pots, try the Vägtorn, £2 each, Ikea

Serving board, £49.99, Very

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Include cosy textures in your kitchen

Soften all those hard surfaces with some new kitchenware and accessories in rustic wood, beautiful marble, terracotta and slate for a modern farmhouse look.

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Paint a bold black splashback

Ring the changes without replacing your kitchen by swapping the splashback for panelling painted in a bold shade – choose kitchen and bathroom paint for a wipeable finish.

For a similar paint, try the Rich Black Silk emulsion, £24.49 for 2.5ltr, Dulux

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Plant an indoor garden

Once the garden’s been put to bed, keep nature in your life with easy-to-care-for house plants. Clusters of cacti and succulents on windowsills and side tables will bring fresh colour to any space.

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PLUMP FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO ARTWORK

Give it some love with a set of smart new handles. Rockett St George and Anthropologie have quirky shapes and patterns.

Forget committing to a big new canvas and throw in a painterly cushion or two, instead. The stormier the colours, the better.

Cushion, £35, National Trust Shop


STYLE & DÉCOR Storage boxes, £15 for two, Matalan

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Perk up a plain stairway

For similar stencils, try the Americana Numbers, £6.50 for a set, Hobbycraft

A simple white staircase is ripe for reinvention, but it needn’t be drastic – try using a stencil to number each step in a smart, classic font. Little ones will love it.

Now the kids are back at school, take charge of Operation Clear-up and fill crate-style boxes with garden toys, craft kit and anything else they’ve left in their wake.

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PUT COLOUR IN UNUSUAL PLACES

Neutral spaces needn’t be boring: throw in a style surprise with a pop of bright paint around door frames, along the picture rail, skirting boards or bannister spindles.

Prints, from £14.95 each, King & McGaw

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RECONSIDER ACCENT COLOURS

Update your accessories in seasonal colours – pick prints, ceramics and objects in a mellow palette of autumnal browns, gentle yellows and rich russets.

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Rhombi glass mosaic tiles, £196 per sq m, Topps Tiles

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FIND A USE FOR A RUSTIC PLANK

Add rough-luxe texture to your kitchen with a salvaged wooden shelf and shiny copper brackets. Find reclaimed timber locally via woodrecycling.org.uk.

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Sisal rug, from £53.35 per sq m, Alternative Flooring

GO WITH THE FAUX… …and enjoy your favourite blooms even when they’re not in season. Buy goodquality artificial flowers in single stems and arrange as you would fresh ones, trimming the lengths until you’re happy.

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Supersize your living room rug

Treat your rug as the anchor point for the room and choose a size that suits the scale of the space. In a large living room, a too-small rug placed in front of a roomy sofa can look lost and a little spartan. As a general rule, a rug should be longer and wider than the sofa.

FEATURE LISA FAZZANI PHOTOGRAPHS TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM

Faux hydrangea stems, £9 each, Bloom


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‘I’ve learned how to blend old and new’ Laura Halmans-Kok has given her brand-new self build the character of a period property by mixing modern country style with beautiful vintage finds

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REAL HOME

Welcome to my home Laura and Sjak Halmans-Kok, who are florists, live here with their children, Amber, nine, and Pepijn, seven.

THE PROPERTY A three-bedroom detached house in Maasbree, a town in southeast Netherlands, which the couple built in 2007.

We like to enjoy the good life with our friends and family, and that inspired the house’s sociable layout and its décor

HOW TO DO

Old and new

Take a quick tour...

USE ONE PALETTE THROUGHOUT Laura’s choice of greys, taupes and whites gives her home a cohesive look.

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AVOID BOLD ACCENTS AND STATEMENT PATTERN These can date a scheme, so keep colours and prints subtle and classic.

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ADD TEXTURE WITH ACCESSORIES Contemporary fittings and finishes can be flat, hard and shiny. Soften the effect with vintage baskets, aged wood and washed linens.

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My collection of vintage “ chopping boards and baskets adds character. They’re well used – and well loved

THE wow MOMENT Laura’s curated shelf of beautiful vintage kitchenalia gives the space warmth and texture

Kitchen-diner The modern units, marble worktops and mosaics could look cold and hard, but Laura’s collection of rustic baskets and boards softens the overall effect. BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar wall tiles, try the Silver grey quartzite slate mosaic, £88.78 per sq m; for similar floor tiles, try the honed black slate, £43.78 per sq m; all Topps Tiles


Dining area Laura chooses untreated wood and distressed painted furniture, like her oak table and vintage cabinet, to give her rooms period character. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar shelving cabinet, try the large rustic glass cabinet, £1,415, Out There Interiors. For a similar table, try the Hanborough, £925, Farmhouse Table Company

THE wow MOMENT Laura’s blackpainted cabinet is a brave choice in a small space, but it works


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THE wow MOMENT An oversized bentwood pendant gives this room an understated modern edge

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LAURA’S STYLE? Turn to page 97 to shop the look

Laura has used the same neutral colours throughout her home for a cohesive look. The warm greys, browns and touches of black work well in northern light. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar ceiling pendant, try the Urchin, £195, Tom Raffield. For a similar coffee table, try the Hartford, £275, Next. Ektorp two-seater sofa, £295, Ikea

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THE wow MOMENT Details like this stone plaque make the house look older. Find similar at salvage yards

Living room An old chest mixes easily with a modern sofa and a collection of new accessories and reclamation finds. Natural finishes and a co-ordinated palette make it all work together. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar antique chest of drawers, try eBay

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Don’t miss the details... Clockwise from top left: A pretty vintage sheer conceals clutter inside a painted armoire; a basic wall-hung desk and hallway shelf with hooks form a simple workspace in a corner of the living area; white-painted stairs and woodwork keep the hallway feeling clean and simple; Laura’s displays of curated finds on top of sideboards and in shelving units create focal points.


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Don’t miss the details... Clockwise from top left: A glazed antique armoire gives the main bedroom a touch of shabby-chic style; a pair of painted vintage mirrors softens the sleek, contemporary look of the countertop basins; a vase of fresh flowers adds an easy hit of uplifting colour to the main bedroom; a rustic wooden stool and ladder shelf lend the bathroom natural texture and warmth.

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Main bedroom Layering the bed with cushions and throws in soft colours and patterns creates a little luxury in a simple bedroom scheme. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar wreath, try the Natural willow, £79, Allissias Attic & Vintage French Style. For a similar pendant, try the vintage rattan shade, £13, Iconic Lights

THE wow MOMENT A simple, supersized twig wreath makes an easy alternative to artwork

bed can “lookA big bland. We joined together two large singles and painted them the same colour for a unique design


Pepijn’s bedroom In this small room, the cabin bed is a place to sleep and play, with seaside-style accessories to give the space a holiday vibe. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar bed, try the Silversparkle low hut children’s bed, £1,499, Cuckooland.com. For a similar pendant, try the Searchlight 4301SS, £73.20, Ocean Lighting

wanted “toWecreate a coastal feel in Pepijn’s room, with a bed that looks like a beach shack

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LAURA’S STYLE RULES

‘Mixing old and new furniture and accessories creates a warm atmosphere’

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e bought a plot of land and built our own house, incorporating features that complement the furniture I’ve collected over the years. It allowed us to create exactly the home that we wanted.

The architecture of a home is the starting point. We were inspired by a house in a nearby town – a new build in a classic Thirties style. We knocked on the door one day and the owners were kind enough to show us around. We contacted the architect the next day. We love the natural stone and brick, and the shutters at every window.

FEATURE ANDRÉA CHILDS/FEATURES & MORE PHOTOGRAPHS IVAR JANSSEN STYLING WILMA CUSTERS PLANS AGENCY SERVICE

You have to know what your must-haves are. For us, the essentials were large windows to let in plenty of light, high ceilings with cornices, connectedness to the garden and a bathroom with space for both a tub and a separate shower.

change throughout the day as the sun moves around the house. One great find can be enough to inspire a whole room. The black cabinet in the kitchen, which I bought with the very first money I earned, has inspired my decorating style ever since. It’s a mix of old and new that I adjust with decorative details. An eclectic mix of furniture and accessories creates a warm, inviting atmosphere. It shouldn’t look too exaggerated, though: there has to be a common thread to keep the look cohesive. I’ve used texture and fabrics to bring a sense of comfort and I’m a florist, so fresh flowers are a must! ‘We used lots of texture to bring a sense of comfort’

Design the layout around the way you live. We like to enjoy the good life with food and drink, friends and family, and that inspired the layout and décor. A large kitchen-diner that would become the heart of the house was the focal point for us.

‘Life with friends and family inspired the house’s layout and our choice of décor’

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Make it work for you LAURA’S STYLE: TRADITIONAL WITH A TWIST Combine classic furniture, design-led lighting and a palette of greys for this old-meets-new look GREAT DEAL

IDEAL

CLASSIC SHAPE Period grey distressed oval wall mirror, £169, The Farthing

GO GREYER Croft grey oval mirror, £65, John Lewis

LET OUT MORE LIGHT Wooden woven cloche light shade, £15, George Home

CONTEMPORARY CHIC Creel pendant, £295, Tom Raffield range, Heal’s

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COVER YOU CAN CLEAN Cottage armchair with grey linen cover, £290, Maisons du Monde

ADD A CUTE BUNNY... Flopsy scatter cushion, £25.99, Wayfair

STORAGE THAT’S STYLISH Metal trunk in Slate, £50, John Lewis

ECO DISPLAY Recycledglass bell dome, £69.95, Nkuku

UTILITY FEEL Pleasure dome, £52.50, Wireworks range, Houseology

CHILD-FRIENDLY DARKER OPTION Jennylund armchair in Nordvalla dark grey, £165, Ikea

...OR TWO Bunnies multicolour cushion, £9, B&Q

COPPER CLASPS FOR A WARMER FEEL Metal trunk, £40, Habitat

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WEEKEND PROJECT

Give your bedroom modern vintage style CREATE THE RETREAT YOU’VE BEEN DREAMING OF IN JUST SIX STEPS WITH THESE SIMPLE IDEAS AND SAVVY BUYS Upgrade 1 the curtains Go for a decadent heavyweight pair in an elegant jacquard. These have a thermal lining to banish chilly winter draughts Laura curtains, £69.99 for a pair, Dunelm

2 Slot in slim shelving Ideal for small gaps, a ladder shelf offers lots of surfaces without blocking up your space Tamsin shelving unit, £69, George Home

WHERE TO BUY Walls painted in Pink Slip Absolute Matt Emulsion, £38 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Rug, from £47, Very. Hemnes double bed, £175, Ikea. Burford bedside chests, £149 each, The Cotswold Company. Aldwych console, £475, Neptune. ON/NEAR BED Double bed linen, £42 for two sets, Next. Knit throw, £25, By Sainsbury's. Grey bedspread, £200, Debenhams. Suitcase, £75, Oliver Bonas. Pink throw, £48, Design Vintage. ON RIGHT-HAND BEDSIDE CHEST Clock, £45, Cox & Cox. Votive, £20 for three, House of Fraser. Lamp, £58, Oliver Bonas. ON CONSOLE Cube, £50 for three, Cox & Cox. Glass jars, from a selection, Dunelm. Votive, £9.95, Nordic House. Candle, £40, House of Fraser. Frame, £7, Next. Jewellery stand, £21, Oliver Bonas. Glass jars, from £29 each, Brissi. Vase, £8, George Home. Faux roses, £3 each, By Sainsbury’s. Glass knobs, £3.95 each, Bombay Duck. ON LADDER SHELF Tealight holder, £14.95 for three, Nordic House. Marble box, £19; candle, £16.50; for similar bowls, try the copper, £10 each; all Oliver Bonas. Photo frame, £15, Graham and Green. Jar, £3.99, Dunelm. Votive, as before. ON BEDSIDE CHEST Lamp, as before. Tealight holder, £6, Nordic House. ON WALL Frames, from £14 each, Oliver Bonas. Mirror with copper chain, £12, George Home. ‘Hello’ sign, £10.50, Debenhams

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4 Make the bed with luxurious layers Textured throws add luxe, colour and extra warmth to keep you cosy through autumn and winter Karit bedspread with two cushion covers, £35 for the set, Ikea


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Your shopping list

3 Add an overbed display

Curtains...............£69.99 Shelving unit............£69

Got a blank space crying out for a little love? Personalise it with antique-style mirrors and framed artwork Vintage-style mirrors, from £65 each, The Dormy House

Mirrors....................£140 Bedspread.................£35 Cushions...................£20 Knobs...................£31.60 TOTAL...........£365.59

5 Go deep with pillows Think ‘hotel style’ with a triple stack, so you can read or watch TV in comfort Palatial jacquard cushions, £10 each, By Sainsbury’s

FEATURE AND STYLING SARITA SHARMA PHOTOGRAPHS DOMINIC BLACKMORE

6 Switch up the knobs Make simple furniture look more expensive by swapping plain wooden handles for something more chic Small glass faceted knobs, £3.95 each, Bombay Duck

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ONE LIVING ROOM three ways START WITH THESE KEY PIECES... The Sofa

The Dresser

The Flooring

Bluebell three-seater in Ash Soft Wool, £1,680, Sofa.com

Chichester 4ft glazed rack dresser, from £1,930, Neptune

Largo LPU1505 flooring, £29.49 per sq m, Quick-Step

...AND CREATE THESE LOOKS

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MAGIC INGREDIENT A mix of different cushions takes the smart edge off this traditional sofa for a cool, easy-going look

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Morrocan-style rugs An of-the-moment design and a great way to bring a touch of softness to a family space

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Laid-back family den WHILE THE SOFA AND DRESSER ARE SMART, BY TEAMING A DEEP, CALM BLUE ON THE WALLS WITH MISMATCHED FURNITURE, YOU’LL CREATE A SUPER-RELAXED VIBE. JUST ADD PILES OF CUSHIONS AND KNICK-KNACKS THAT TELL YOUR STORY

THE WALLS Copse emulsion, £38.50 for 2.5ltr, Paint by Conran THE BLIND Shiko Indigo V3223/06, £49.50 per m, Villa Nova

THE DRESSER Grey Oak eggshell, £53 for 2.5ltr, Neptune

MAGIC INGREDIENT Aged-brass lamps make a statement without being overly big or bold

Stylist’s note ‘Don’t worry if your wooden furniture has different colours or finishes – it’ll all help to create an informal feel’ Nicky Phillips, Decorating Editor

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MAGIC INGREDIENT Adding a dragonflyprint wallpaper gives a simple, neutral room scheme a confident update

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Bespokeable basics This simple table from Scumble Goosie can be finished in any colour you like – so make it your own!

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Classic country style THE TRADITIONAL SOFA AND DRESSER LEND THEMSELVES TO A SMART COUNTRY LOOK. MAKE IT MODERN WITH A QUIRKY WALLPAPER (NO VINTAGE FLORALS HERE…), ELEGANT OCCASIONAL TABLES AND SIMPLE-BUT-STYLISH OVERSIZED LAMPS

THE BLIND Momentum Accents in Steel 131334, £47 per m, Harlequin

THE COFFEE TABLE White Sedge, £53 for 2.5ltr, Paint by Conran

THE WALLPAPER Enchanted Wings, £18.98 per roll, Arthouse range, Wallpaperdirect

MAGIC INGREDIENT A chinoiseriestyle cabinet is perfect for displaying treasures

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Brick-effect paper A popular, budgetfriendly hack, this gives a room character without adding lots of colour

MAGIC INGREDIENT This giant geo-print blind helps define the mood – and colour palette – for the rest of the room

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Retro mid-century YOU MIGHT THINK THE SOFA AND DRESSER ARE TOO TRAD FOR A LOOK LIKE THIS, BUT THEY’RE SIMPLE ENOUGH TO REWORK. ADD REALLY BOLD ACCENTS, STRONG GEO PRINTS AND BRICK-EFFECT WALLPAPER FOR CONTEMPORARY, INDUSTRIAL STYLE

THE DRESSER Snow eggshell, £53 for 2.5ltr, Neptune THE BLIND Lohko Paprika/ Pebble 120489, £29 per m, Scion

THE WALLPAPER Brick 226706, £12 per roll, Albany range, Wallpaperdirect

MAGIC INGREDIENT In a room that has simple furniture, let a statement shade steal the limelight

Stylist’s note ‘If bold orange is your hero colour, leave it at that! Other accents will fight it, so stick to a mix of calm neutrals in the background’ Nicky Phillips, Decorating Editor

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ONE LIVING ROOM

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Laid-back family den

C lassic country style

Retro mid-century

Walls painted in Copse emulsion, £38.50 for 2.5ltr, Paint by Conran. Flokati large rug, £450, Habitat. Grey curtain-pole kit, £65 for a L150cm pole, John Lewis. Curtains made in Asuri Buff 7726/07, £47.50 per m, Romo; border made in Pronto Cobalt, £35.50 per m, Linwood. Blind made in Shiko Indigo V3223/06, £49.50 per m, Villa Nova. Dresser in Grey Oak, from £2,145, Neptune. Baya coffee table, £625, Lombok. Whiteleaf sideboard, £825, Little Tree Furniture range; Dillon armchair, £1,215; both Barker & Stonehouse. Small tray coffee table, £190, French Connection. ON COFFEE TABLE Lantern, £25, Debenhams. Druvfläder bowl, £8, Ikea. Milo vase, £25; concrete apple, £12.50 for an apple and pear set; both Cox & Cox. Puritan Grey cup and saucer, £8 for the set, John Lewis. ON/NEAR SIDEBOARD Copper bowl vase, £40, RJR.John Rocha range, Debenhams. Sumita balls (in bowl), £15 each, Lombok. Blue Dots vase, £30, Cox & Cox. Lantern, £35, Lorraine Kelly range, JD Williams. Large white-dipped basket, £35, Olli Ella. Geometric throw in Nordic Blue, £120, John Lewis. ON/BEHIND SOFA Cushions, from left: Vintage Stripe, £55, Ian Mankin; ‘Home’, £12, JD Williams; made in Ancestry Ink, £49.90 per m, Linwood; piped in Pronto Cobalt, as before; Union Jack Britannia, £55, Ian Mankin; made in Ancestry Ink, as before; made in Vintage Stripe 2 Peony, £29.50 per m, Ian Mankin. Espen throw, £80, John Lewis. Loco floor lamp, £245, Loaf. ON SIDE TABLE For a similar vase, try the Verona barrel, £25, John Lewis. Tin, from a selection, Scaramanga. Gaston desk lamp, £95, Loaf. ON WALL Prints, clockwise from top: Tattoo Pug Dog Dictionary Book page; Antique Dictionary Stag Deer and Birds; Antique Sewing Machine and Birds; all £12 each, Roo Abrook range, Notonthehighstreet.com. Rustic frames, from £35 each, Rose & Grey. Olivia mirror, £275, Graham and Green. ON/IN DRESSER (from top left) Old Red Strong box; tin; both from a selection, Scaramanga. Hexagon glass boxes, £30 each, Monti Varro range, A Splash of Colour. Skull bell jar, £10, George Home. Frame, from £16, J by Jasper Conran range, Debenhams. Bao windlights, £45 each, Lombok. Box; tins; all from a selection, Scaramanga. Concrete pear, £12.50 for an apple and pear set, Cox & Cox. Jurassic vase, £25, Habitat. ON ARMCHAIR Vintage Stripe cushion, as before. IN RIGHT-HAND IMAGE All items, as before

Enchanted Wings wallpaper, £18.98 per roll, Enchantment collection, Arthouse range, Wallpaperdirect. Ember rug (140cm x 200cm), £690, Woven. Curtains made in Asuri Natural 7726/02, £47.50 per m, Romo. Blind made in Momentum Accents Steel 131334, £47 per m, Harlequin; border made in Asuri Rosa 7726/33, £47.50 per m, Romo. Antique Brass curtain pole, £25 for a L150cm pole, John Lewis. Empire EM3/WR coffee table, from £469, Scumble Goosie; painted in White Sedge A49 eggshell, £53 for 2.5ltr, Paint by Conran. Dresser in Shingle, from £1,930, Neptune. Camille cabinet, £499, Marks & Spencer. Aria console table, £134; lamp table, £79; both Very. Bluebell armchair in Shell brushed linen cotton, £780, Sofa.com. ON SOFA Cushions, made in (from left): Fern Embroidery Pebble 235610, £68 per m, Sanderson; piped in Asuri Rose Quartz 7726/32, £47.50 per m, Romo; Butterfly Embroidery Charcoal/Walnut 235600 (front), £78 per m, Sanderson; piped in Asuri Rose Quartz 7726/32, as before; Fractal Steel 131921, £29 per m, Fragments by Harlequin Additions collection, Harlequin; Asuri Rosa 7726/33, £47.50 per m, Romo; Butterfly Embroidery Charcoal/ Walnut 235600, as before. ON COFFEE TABLE Gold lacquer tray, £30, John Lewis. Little pineapple vase, £2.95, Rose & Grey. Carafe, £50 for two with a wooden base; for a similar vase, try the Flower Garden Posy, £11.20; both LSA International range, John Lewis. For similar glasses, try the Godis, £1.95 for six, Ikea. Throw in Hushed Pink, £65, John Lewis. ON SIDE TABLE Pumpkin table lamp, £99; Makrana 14in shade, £58; both Graham and Green. Copper frame, £14.50, Cox & Cox. Little pineapple vase, as before. IN DRESSER (from top left) Round vase, £35, Conran range; Heron trinket box, £19.50; both Marks & Spencer. Tree tealight holders, from £10 each, JD Williams. Copper frame, as before. Blush vase, £12.50; butterfly print, from £55; both Cox & Cox. Pagoda jug, £39.50, Marks & Spencer. Butterfly print, as before. Glass vase, £69, Out There Interiors. ON CABINET Tray, £135, John Lewis. Lantern, £18, Debenhams. Mercury tealight holder, £5 for three, George Home. Dipped concrete vase, £14.50, Cox & Cox. ON/ABOVE CONSOLE Vase, £26, RJR.John Rocha range, Debenhams. Blush dipped vase, as before. Kasbah mirror, Cox & Cox. Flagon lamp with shade, from £105, Loaf. IN RIGHT-HAND IMAGE All items, as before

Brick 226706 wallpaper, £12 per roll, Albany range, Wallpaperdirect. Grid rug, £350; Kenstal square coffee table, £120; Jai shelving, £150; large Drew side table, £40; all Habitat. Blind made in Lohko Paprika/Pebble 120489, £29 per m, Scion. Dresser in Snow, from £2,145, Neptune. Karla chair in Stonewashed Grey, £369, Swoon Editions. Stanford sideboard, £999, Content by Terence Conran. ON SOFA Cushions, from left: made in Scala Charcoal 7742/03 (front), £39.50 per m; Asuri Clementine 7726/46 (back), £47.50 per m; both Romo; made in Orla Graphite, £49.99 per m, The Swedish Fabric Company; Breon O’Casey Three Fishes, £15, Conran range, Marks & Spencer; made in Nendo Graphite 131818, £36 per m, Scion; made in Rutan Orange, £35 per m, The Swedish Fabric Company; made in Coralite Charcoal 131925, £35 per m; piped in Allegra Apricot 9662, £40 per m; both Harlequin. Cashmere throw, £250, John Lewis. ON COFFEE TABLE Painted cat, £10, Sarah Campbell. Garda vase, £10, Habitat. Scandi tray, £35, John Lewis. Espresso cups and saucers, £27 per set; large coffee pot, £99; all Branksome China. ON SHELVING (from top) Edgar raven, £109, Ibride range, Out There Interiors. Salad bowl, £94.99 for three, Very. Vase, £26, RJR.John Rocha range, Debenhams. Concrete Grey 746 phone, £49.95, Wild & Wolf. Rattan basket, £165 for two, Bloomingville range, Out There Interiors. ON SIDE TABLE Faux potted aloe, £60, Cox & Cox. Cactus, £49 for three, I Love Retro. No.045 task lamp, £80, John Lewis. ON/ABOVE SIDEBOARD Flagon lamp base, from £75, Loaf. Silo lampshade, £45, Habitat. Nödvändig bowl, £10, Ikea. Barbican Cromwell Tower framed print (top); Battersea Power Station Graphic framed print; both from £95 each, Magnolia Box range, Notonthehighstreet.com. IN DRESSER (from top left) Bird ornament, £25, House of Fraser. Triangle plant holders, from £35 each, A Splash of Colour. Painted cat, as before. Tirado vase, £25, Habitat. Slate frame, from £7.50, Gray & Willow range, House of Fraser. Milo vase, £25, Cox & Cox. Cactus, as before. Jurassic vase, £25, Habitat. Bao windlight, £45, Lombok. Mid-century jug, £30, I Love Retro. IN RIGHT-HAND IMAGE Wave clock, £61, A Splash Of Colour. Raven, £109, Out There Interiors. Lansbury lamp base, £95; Jacks shade, £50; both Habitat. All other items, as before

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KEEP YOUR HOME COSY WITH EASE Ideal Home’s Decorating Editor Nicky Phillips tells us what it’s like to live with Hive Active Heating

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HOW DID THE INSTALLATION GO? ‘I really couldn’t believe how quickly it all happened. There was no upheaval – our British Gas engineer spent a few minutes around the boiler, then popped our shiny new thermostat where the old one used to be. He also had to plug a Hive Hub into our router, so we needed to check we had a spare port for it beforehand, as well as an empty plug socket nearby, but that wasn’t a problem. It was all fitted, up and running in less than an hour.’

HOW ARE YOU FINDING THE HIVE APP? ‘It’s so straightforward – you just open it on your phone and tap to turn the heating up, down, on or off. It’s handy if I get home early or late, as I can alter when it’s due to come on while I’m on the go. It’s so simple to use – you can set and change schedules at a tap of the screen, too.’

WHAT’S SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT HIVE ACTIVE HEATING? ‘I’ve just discovered the clever Geolocation feature. When I leave home in the morning, the Hive app will notify me if my heating is set above a certain temperature, so I can lower it and not waste money on heating an empty house.’

WHICH FEATURE DO YOU USE THE MOST? ‘Definitely the Hot Water Boost – we’re a family of five, and making

sure that there’s enough hot water for everyone to have a shower is a big hassle. Now I can press Boost and it turns the hot water on for an hour, then shuts it off automatically afterwards. Plus, if I want to cancel it any earlier, I can just override it on my phone.’

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE DESIGN OF THE THERMOSTAT? ‘It’s really smart! The chrome finish is very pleasing to the eye and I like how the

settings only appear when you touch it. The idea of being able to change the thermostat frame is rather fun, too.’

WHICH COLOUR FRAME HAVE YOU GONE FOR? ’I’ve chosen Copper Blush, which is very of the moment, but I can see myself getting more frames and changing them to suit my mood. Greens and blues will be big colours for autumn/ winter 2016, so I have my eye on the Teal and Sapphire Salute frames...’


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TAKE CONTROL If you hate cleaning finger marks off your light switches, the good news is that you’ll probably never need to touch them again. Instead, you can use the Hive app to turn your lights on and off, or to dim them. You can even switch them off in bed, saving any arguments with your partner over who’s going to get up and do it!

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INSTALL EASY-FIT BULBS Forget the old jokes about how many people it takes to change a light bulb – Hive’s bulbs are really easy to install. Simply replace your existing bulb with a bayonet or screw Hive Active Light, and pair it with the Hive Hub that plugs into your router.

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‘We wanted bold, not bland’ Looking for a kitchen that packs a punch? The Sutcliffes swapped their awkward U-shaped room with dated green units for this big, beautiful space full of design details

RETRO HANDLES Walnut bar handles give the kitchen a mid-century feel

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Welcome to my home Fern Sutcliffe lives here with her husband Paul and their children, Oscar, five, and Esme, four.

THE PROPERTY A three-bedroom Victorian terrace in Beckenham, southeast London.

WHAT IT COST Units.....................£7,022 Worktops...............£646 Sink and tap...........£650 Appliances..........£4,500 Tiles.......................£300 By knocking through the kitchen and dining room, and extending to the side and rear, the couple created a large family friendly space, with a hint of retro cool Shaker units, from £228 for a W600mm unit, Linda Barker range; Mia handles, £16 each; all Wren Kitchens

Flooring...............£1,500

TOTAL...........£14,618

of my wish “listTop was an island with a breakfast bar, as well as enough space for a large table

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HOW FERN AND PAUL DID IT

COLOUR-POP ISLAND UNIT The bold island is the heart of the new space – the perfect place for a little cooking theatre

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the rigours of a young family. Berry Construction started building work on an extension with bifold doors and two roof lanterns in July 2015. We had the f loor and splashbacks laid for about £1,650. The units, designed by Wren Kitchens, were installed in the October for about £2,500 and the whole project was completed by December. We made do with a temporary kitchen in the living room during the build.’

BELOW The couple ramped up the colour with an aubergine island unit and yellow patterned tiles to contrast with the elegant grey units Ottoman tiles, £250 per sq m, Original Style range, Rovic Tiles. Built-in oven, £639; built-in microwave, £599; both Siemens range, John Lewis. Grey oak matt worktop, £150 per m, Wren Kitchens

FEATURE CAROLINE FOSTER STYLING DILLY ORME PHOTOGRAPHS CHRIS SNOOK

‘We lived with our old U-shaped kitchen for eight years before deciding it was time to create a modern, family friendly kitchen that would suit us better. The old one lacked light because the window was tiny, and the adjoining dining space was so draughty, we rarely had meals there. Top of my wish list was an island with a breakfast bar, as well as room for a large dining table. The new space had to be tough enough to withstand


KITCHEN PROJECT Having the hob in the island means sociable chefs can cook and chat For a similar cooker hood, try the LC77WA532B, £349, Siemens range, John Lewis

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THE ISLAND COOKER HOOD? Turn to page 117 to find out more

ABOVE From the midcentury-inspired table to the Eames-style chairs, the dining furniture is a Fifties-fest of warm wood and subtle pastels that matches the units and tiles Ebbe Gehl dining table, £899; bench, £399; both John Lewis. Eames-style chairs, £59 each, Cult Furniture

Who says veg storage has to be purely practical? These baskets are worth showing off Shaker unit with baskets, from £228 for a W600mm unit, Linda Barker range, Wren Kitchens

WHAT WE LEARNED

fund is essential “– weA contingency discovered that things always take longer and cost more than you expect. We also learned to be braver in our choices – it’s worth it to create a kitchen that stands out from the crowd

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Make it work for you FERN’S CHOICE: ISLAND CHIMNEY HOOD Want something similar to the Sutcliffes’ over-island extractor? Read our essential guide before you buy Setting your hob into an island is a smooth move if you love to cook with an audience, but it’s crucial you fit an extractor above it. It’ll keep your kitchen clean and can provide task lighting.

FEATURE AMY CUTMORE PHOTOGRAPH CHRIS SNOOK

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What’s the difference between an extracting and a recirculating hood? Extraction hoods deliver the best results, as moisture and grease are carried away along ducting and out through an external wall. Because they don’t need ducting, recirculating hoods are often more intricate in their design, but less effective overall. Their charcoal filters remove smells and grease before releasing the air back into the kitchen.

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What extraction rate will my kitchen require? Multiply the length, width and height of the room in metres, then

multiply again by 10 for the minimum extraction rate in m3 per hour. Why 10? Because an effective hood will change the air in the room 10 times an hour.

A good-quality hood will suck away odours, grease and steam

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How big should it be? At least as wide as the hob, otherwise all the vapours will escape at either side.

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What ducting do I need? Your ducting should follow the shortest, most direct route to the outside, with minimal bends in it. You can hide it in a false ceiling, but it’s a mistake to choose the narrowest pipework – your hood will run far more efficiently and quietly with wider ducting.

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How noisy will it be? A noise level of 60dB compares with normal conversation, so anything below this shouldn’t drown you out.

A powerful industrial hood is a good “choice for a large, modern kitchen, while a pendant style will suit a smaller space ” DANNY LAY, MANAGING DIRECTOR, CAPLE

IDEAL HOME LOVES… STATEMENT HOODS

POWER HOUSE Can extract at up to 647m³ per hour, but never works harder than it needs to thanks to smart sensors X99484MD10, £1,199, AEG

COOL DESIGN Who needs separate lighting when this recirculating model can clean the air and has four LEDs built in? Viento VIE550SS, £1,475, Caple

TALKS TO THE HOB Pairs with certain induction hobs – turn up the heat and it will start recirculating air at the perfect rate DA7006D, £3,089, Miele

BEST FOR… GOOD VALUE OBaumatic is a great source of elegant but powerful island hoods at budget prices. MODERN LOOKS OBest has a range including everything from pretty pendants to more workmanlike ceiling and island hoods, all with a contemporary feel. DESIGN ICONS OElica offers show-stopping island extractors made from materials such as crystals and wood – and they perform beautifully, too.

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‘It’s a proper cook’s kitchen’ When Rachel and Duncan Chapman extended and redesigned their kitchen, they let their love of cooking and sharing food guide them

Extending into the garden and knocking the kitchen and dining room into one has created a large, chef-friendly space. With two sinks, two ovens and a large prepping area, the Chapmans can now cook up a storm Systemat ART units, £250 for a W600mm base unit; Caesarstone 4600 quartz worktops, £4,800; all Chantel Elshout Design Consultancy. Gleam extractor, £1,039, Falmec


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Welcome to my home Rachel Chapman lives here with her husband Duncan.

THE PROPERTY TWIN SINKS Rachel and Duncan can do food prep and clean-ups in half the time by taking a sink each

A four-bedroom, Victorian terrace in north London.

WHAT IT COST Units..................£15,000 Worktops and splashback..........£7,700 Sinks and taps.....£2,274 Appliances...........£5,000 Lighting.....................£110

TOTAL.. ......£30,084

Lots of storage was a must, as I’m a neat freak. Now everything can be put away tidily, keeping the surfaces clear

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THE QUARTZ WORKTOPS?

OILED OAK BAR ‘I love the way the breakfast bar adds gentle warmth,’ says Rachel. ‘It stops the room feeling austere’

Turn to page 123 to find out more

HOW RACHEL AND DUNCAN DID IT ‘Our kitchen was a teeny-weeny galley, disproportionately small for the size of the house, and we were both fed up with always dancing around each other in it. We’re keen cooks, so we wanted plenty of worksurfaces, two sinks and fantastic ovens, as well as space for a dining table and a breakfast bar. We wanted the kitchen to look very modern, clean and uncluttered,

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with the surfaces kept clear, so storage was important. We met six kitchen designers but chose Chantel Elshout because she was the most experienced. She listened to our brief, worked with the builder and made suggestions for finishing touches. The whole project, including the building work, took about six months and the installation cost about £3,250.’

ABOVE Sunlight streams into the kitchen, thanks to the roof light and bifold doors that open onto the garden. The whole space feels bright and airy, while the handy breakfast bar provides an extra spot for chatting and snacking White oiled oak breakfast bar, £1,650, Chantel Elshout Design Consultancy. Cattelan Italia Toto stools, £605 each, Lime Modern Living. Nico dining chairs, £297 each, BoConcept


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WHAT WE LEARNED

I strongly “recommend creating a ‘must-have’ list at the start to refer back to. There are so many choices to be made along the way, and having a wish list helps you to be clear about your priorities as the project goes on

FEATURE AMELIA THORPE STYLING SHANI ZION PHOTOGRAPHS JAKE FITZJONES

LEFT This utility cupboard neatly stores the washing machine, dryer and cleaning supplies behind floor-to-ceiling doors Chardonnay Maxi pendant light, from £36.80, Nordlux range, Dusk Lights. Silk contemporary wall clock, £39, Koziol. For similar floor tiles, try the Metallic White porcelain, £61.39 per sq m, Bibliotheque

BELOW High-gloss units and a glass splashback create a contemporary vibe and help bounce light around the room White toughened-glass splashback, £1,550, Chantel Elshout Design Consultancy. Modern boiling-water tap, £890, Quooker. Livello tap with pull-out spray, £375, KWC range, Sterling

HOT TAP A boiling-water tap means there’s no need for a kettle

SHUTTERS Roller shutters pull down to hide the countertop appliances

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Make it work for you RACHEL’S CHOICE: QUARTZ WORKTOPS Impressed by Rachel’s sleek and simple worksurfaces? Here’s the lowdown on using quartz in your kitchen Practical, durable and stylish, quartz is a strong contender if you’re wanting a low-stress worktop. This man-made surface is formed from mineral quartz mixed with resins and pigments, with around 90% quartz to 10% binding and colouring agents. Quartz is also referred to as composite or engineered stone.

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Why should I choose it? Quartz is more durable, heat resistant and easier to maintain than natural stone. The surface never needs to be resealed, and it won’t chip or stain easily. It’s also completely nonporous, making it a hygienic choice, plus some manufacturers offer an antibacterial surface treatment.

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Does quartz come in a choice of colours? One of the main benefits of quartz is that it comes in a wide

range of colours and patterns. What’s more, it has a uniform look, unlike natural stone, which has inconsistent shades and markings, so you can be sure that what you see in the showroom is exactly what you’ll get at home.

Stain-resistant quartz is a practical choice for worktops

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Are there disadvantages? Some people find it a bit flat and man-made looking. And it’s not cheap. It costs around £350+ per sq m for solid quartz, but you can get laminated versions for less – try Max-Top quartz, £445 for L2.4m, Solid Surface Kitchens.

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What about installation? Although it’s possible to buy single lengths of quartz off-the-peg to install yourself, professional templating and installation is safer, particularly if you want curves or integrated sinks and hobs. Your kitchen designer can recommend a reliable company to install it.

chop or slice food directly “ontoNever your quartz countertops – they are scratch-resistant but not scratch-proof ”

BEST FOR... ON-SITE FITTING OBushboard has its well-priced M-Stone range, which is moulded on site to create cool curves.

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JOHN SIMS-HILDITCH, CO-FOUNDER, NEPTUNE

IDEAL HOME LOVES… STONE-EFFECT SURFACES

JUST LIKE MARBLE Frosty Carrina quartz, from £400 per sq m, Caesarstone

GRANITE EFFECT Mediterraneo quartz, from £400 per sq m, 1909 Kitchens

SPARKLING CRYSTAL Nieve quartz, from £388 per sq m, Magnet

DURABILITY OSecond Nature sells more than 70 colours of quartz worksurface, many with antibacterial protection and a 10-year guarantee. FINISHES OSilestone’s sleek worktops are 94% quartz and come in more than 90 colours, with a choice of unusual suede, polished or volcano finishes.

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PROMOTION CLASSIC COUNTRY Create a smart look with traditional-style units Burford Tongue & Groove Stone kitchen, Howdens Joinery

HOW TO GET YOUR DREAM KITCHEN

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uying a kitchen is often a serious investment and the process can seem rather overwhelming. Luckily, Howdens Joinery aims to make choosing the perfect kitchen a simple experience by offering a step-by-step service. The UK’s largest manufacturer and supplier of fitted kitchens from local stock, Howdens is a trade-only business that has been selling to builders since 1995. Offering 60 kitchen designs, the company can help you find a local trade professional

and its designers will work with you and your builder throughout the process to plan your new kitchen, selecting from a wide range of accessories, worktops, sinks, taps, handles, joinery, hardware, flooring and doors – so that not only will it look great, but it will be unique to you, too.

A BRITISH COMPANY Howdens manufactures around 4 million cabinets, 1.6 million kitchen fronts and 870,000 worktops and breakfast bars each

year, in two purpose-built, state-of-the-art manufacturing sites in East Yorkshire and Runcorn, Cheshire. The trees used for its products are grown and harvested in the UK, and the wood is then turned into chipboard that’s certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®.* The experts at one of the company’s 630 nationwide depots will be able to offer you and your builder advice. To order a brochure, locate your local depot and get help finding a builder, visit howdens.com.

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PLANNING YOUR KITCHEN It’s important to pick which type of layout best suits your needs and available space GALLEY Long and narrow, a galley kitchen has limited space for wall and base units, so it needs plenty of hard-working, clever storage features, such as pan drawers and larder units.

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U-SHAPED This versatile layout offers lots of worktop and storage, but it can feel enclosed, so include open shelving and display units to create a feeing of space.

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L-SHAPED There’s plenty of room for base, corner and wall units in this kitchen, along with a central island. Utilise the wall space with decorative cabinetry, such as plate racks and shelving.

ALL IN THE DETAIL Customise your kitchen with hidden extras, such as handy sections within drawers

FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS Head off on your journey with Howdens enjoying expert help from the start

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CONTACT YOUR LOCAL BUILDER Start by choosing a tradesman – this could be through a personal recommendation, by contacting your local Howdens depot where staff will help you find a local builder, or by using the Find a Local Builder page at howdens.com. Alternatively, use a review site such as checkatrade.com.

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GET A HOME SURVEY Ask your builder to arrange an appointment for one of Howdens’ trained kitchen designers to visit your home to measure up, discuss your requirements and go through the company’s range of products.

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VISIT THE LOCAL DEPOT Go to your local branch where the designer will sit down with you and your builder and go through the plans. These will be shown to you on a big screen – where you can also watch product movies.

CITY SLICKER Get an urban look with grey units and a dark floor Greenwich Gloss Light Grey kitchen, Howdens Joinery

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BRING IT ALL TO LIFE Using the ‘My Kitchen’ service, your plans will be presented as high-quality images, as well as a 3D plan, walkthrough video and a 360˚ panoramic view. These can be emailed to you or viewed online.


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CHOOSE THE PERFECT LOOK

From high-gloss frontals to a more classic Shaker style, Howdens offers a range of kitchens for every taste

COLOUR CONTRAST Use a dark shade on the walls to help grey units stand out Clerkenwell Gloss Grey, Howdens Joinery

CLASSIC DESIGN Howdens’ kitchens include Shaker-style cupboard fronts in gloss and matt finishes, as well as tongueand-groove panelled doors. Colours range from pastels for a modern-country look to muted shades for a more sophisticated effect. Finish with a choice of handles and worktops.

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OAK-EFFECT FRONTS Go for a warm country look with mid-toned wood Burford Grained Light Oak kitchen, Howdens Joinery

If your home is more contemporary, there are integrated-handle slab doors with high-gloss or matt finishes. Pure white is cool and minimal, or go for graphite grey with bar handles for a slick, loft-style look. Glazed wall units fitted with integral lighting are ideal for showing off crockery and glassware.

BESPOKE ISLAND Installing an island is a clever way to incorporate additional storage and appliances Tewkesbury Stone kitchen, Howdens Joinery


PROMOTION EXPLORE THE FLOORING RANGE From solid wood to laminates, Howdens has flooring to suit any room in the house

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SOLID OILED OAK A fast track way of adding character and warmth, solid-wood flooring looks beautiful and is hard-wearing. Create a traditional look in your kitchen by mixing up the length of the planks.

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LIGHT OAK LAMINATE A light oak-effect laminate tile is ideal for brightening up a darker room. It can be used with underfloor heating, making it an excellent floor for living rooms and bedrooms.

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PREFINISHED FAST-FIT OAK Engineered real wood is less reactive to changes in temperature than solid wood. This option’s micro-bevel design looks and feels like solid oak, plus it’s quick and easy to fit.

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PROFESSIONAL RANDOMEFFECT TILE With the appearance of sleek, textured slate, this will give a kitchen or bathroom a polished finish. It also comes with a 20-year finish and wear guarantee.

kitchen truly is “theThe heart of the home, so pick one that’s both stylish and practical to help make cooking a joy RUTH CORBETT, HOUSES EDITOR

FOR MORE INFORMATION... To discover more about Howdens Joinery and to request a brochure, call 0800 0639 813 or visit howdens.com


‘It’s so full of light now’ Susie and Nick Ember ripped out panelling and an old shower to make their bathroom bigger and brighter


BATHROOM PROJECT The Embers chose an invigorating colour combo of crisp white and fresh green. Instead of putting up a blind, Susie kept the bathroom’s original antique stained-glass panel in front of the window for privacy Greenford bath, £1,108; Pistachio vanity with basin, £659; both Old London range, Ultra Finishing

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Metro tiles An authentic choice for period-style bathrooms, especially with a bevelled border at the top

Welcome to my home Susie Ember lives here with her husband Nick and children, Betsy, eight, and Gabriel, five.

THE PROPERTY A four-bedroom, Thirties semi in Willesden, northwest London.

WHAT IT COST Sanitaryware.......£1,912 Furniture..............£1,981 Tiles.......................£1,178 Paint..........................£44 Towel rail................£693

TOTAL..............£5,808

I added Art“Deco style in here to go with the rest of the house, and now it’s peaceful instead of sombre and dark

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ABOVE Keeping the colour scheme simple meant that Susie could have fun with some quirky accessories and plenty of plant life. ‘Prints and plants give a bathroom character and a natural vibe,’ she says Loo and loo unit, £473, Old London range, Ultra Finishing. For similar floor tiles, try the Sorrento in Capo, £99.80 per sq m; Retro Metro wall tiles in Lime House, £74.98 per sq m; all Fired Earth

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HOW SUSIE AND NICK DID IT ‘The bathroom was oddly laid out, with a shower cubicle squeezed into one corner and a little corridor outside the room. It was dark, as it had only one window and was boarded all the way around with dark marine ply – the previous owner was a yacht designer! We decided to knock out the corridor to enlarge the room into a rectangular shape and to remove the walk-in

shower (we have one elsewhere) to give the sanitaryware more space. Behind the shower we discovered two more windows, and the extra light has made all the difference. I wanted the bathroom to ref lect the period style of the house, so I went for a traditional suite and furniture from Ultra Finishing in my favourite colour – green. The work took a month and cost around £5,000.’

FEATURE AND STYLING STEPHANIE SMITH PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES

PATTERNED FLOOR TILES The Art Decoinspired fan motif on Susie’s floor tiles gives the room a little detail and a lot of chic


BATHROOM PROJECT An elegant tallboy cabinet is a great storage solution for bathroom essentials, as it takes up so little floor space Pistachio tallboy, £799; Tilbury heated towel rail, £693; both Old London range, Ultra Finishing. Epsom towels, £24 each, Drift Linens. Walls painted in Skimming Stone Modern Emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

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SUSIE’S STYLE? Turn to page 133 to shop the look

ABOVE The perfect partner for a traditional roll-top bath, the periodstyle bath mixer dials up the glamour Edwardian lever bath mixer, £315, Old London range, Ultra Finishing

BELOW Susie used these cute rabbit handles to add a fun touch to the airing-cupboard doors Door knobs, £6 each, Anthropologie

SLIMLINE RAIL Functional and a feature – the heated towel rail in white and chrome makes a standout alternative to a radiator

WHAT WE LEARNED

pay to be brave with “yourIt can choices. We were reluctant to lose the shower, but if we hadn’t gone ahead and axed it, we’d never have found the extra windows boarded up behind it. Sometimes it pays to go with your g ut!

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Make it work for you SUSIE’S STYLE: ART-DECO INSPIRED Take your bathroom back to the elegant Twenties with period-style fixtures and a subtle pale palette

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WHERE TO BUY 1 TOWEL RAIL Brampton floor-mount heated towel rail, £693, Wayfair 2 TILES Metro tiles in Sky Blue, £15.50 per sq m, Tons of Tiles 3 MIXER TAP Downton Abbey traditional bathshower mixer, £193, Victorian Plumbing 4 VINYL FLOOR Parade slip-resistant

flooring, £59 per sq m, Murafloor 5 BATH Heritage Orford slipper roll-top bath, £1,320, Victorian Plumbing 6 HAMMAM TOWEL Esra towel in Indigo, £25, Hammam Havlu 7 VANITY UNIT Eterno vanity unit in Pistachio, £684, Moods range, Bella Bathrooms

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‘I just got fed up with the clutter!’ A poor layout that wasted space and a lack of storage drove Tianna Dagher and her husband Fadi to turn their bathroom into a haven of simplicity and calm

IDEAL HOME

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Large-format tiles Oversized tiles are a great choice for a small bathroom – fewer grout lines mean a less busy look


BATHROOM PROJECT

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Welcome to my home Tianna Dagher lives here with her husband Fadi and their two children, Mila, seven, and Julian, two.

THE PROPERTY A four-bed end-ofterrace in west London.

WHAT IT COST Bath and taps with shower mixer.......£2,150 Shower...................£740 Loo........................£420 Basins and taps.....£898 ‘By rejigging the layout, we managed to fit in a beautiful bath, a bigger shower and twin basins, plus we still had space left for large vanity units with tons of storage,’ says Tianna Formoso Piccolo bath, £1,995; Formoso basins, £395 each; all Clearwater range; Adatto Casa vanity drawer units, £697 each; all Bathroom Discount Centre

Vanity units..........£1,879 Tiles......................£1,195

TOTAL. .........£7,282

room is “so The relaxing now, plus it feels really sophisticated

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HOW TIANNA AND FADI DID IT ‘We tackled the bathroom while renovating the whole house, which took about five months in total. I really wanted to have a freestanding bath under the window, so we took that as the starting point for the new layout. Fadi is a designer, so he drew detailed sketches for our builder – Mariyan Stoykov from Grand Design London – to follow. Mariyan removed a low partition wall from the middle of the room and moved the door so we could fit in

everything we wanted. As well as the f loating vanity unit, there’s wall-to-wall storage above the loo and we hid the boiler in a matching built-in cupboard opposite the shower. The project cost around £6,000, including removal of the old fittings and installation of the new ones. Now it’s finished, we love the look of concrete tiles against white sanitaryware. The clean lines and uncluttered finish have combined to create the calm oasis we had in mind.’

MIRRORED WALL Why hang a mirror when you can have a mirrored wall? Fit it flush to the tiles and it’ll look simpler, plus it’s a clever trick to ‘double’ your space

HANDY NICHE A place to keep essentials easy to grab, without cluttering up the room with baskets and racks

WHAT WE LEARNED Wall-mounted fittings, built-in cupboards and a low-profile flush plate give a sleek, streamlined look Sfera 54 loo and seat, £455, Catalano range; Sigma20 flush plate, £104, Geberit range; all Bathroom Discount Centre. Terratinta wall and floor tiles, from £36 per sq m, European Heritage

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Trust your “ instincts. Fadi and I realised we didn’t need an architect or desig ner. You just need a clear idea of how you want the space to work and an amazing builder


BATHROOM PROJECT TALL TOWEL RAIL This long, slim design gives lots of towel storage in a narrow spot

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TIANNA’S STYLE? Turn to page 139 to shop the look

The couple chose a clear frameless shower screen as it’s unobtrusive and unfussy Shower screen, £391; D-rail heated towel rail, £1,178, Bard & Brazier range; both Bathroom Discount Centre

FEATURE AND STYLING DILLY ORME PHOTOGRAPHS VERONICA RODRIGUEZ

The shower controls have a minimalist vibe Absolute round dual outlet shower mixer, £625; Absolute handset; £102; both Matki

Thanks to deep drawers, the surfaces are kept clear Plaza white worktop, £484, Adatto Casa range, Bathroom Discount Centre

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Make it work for you TIANNA’S CHOICE: AN EGG-SHAPED BATH Here’s the info you need if you fancy splashing out on an egg-shaped bath, like the Daghers did With its soft lines and promise of comfy bathing, it’s easy to fall for this modern take on a roll-top bath. And because it curves inwards to the floor, with no protruding rim or feet, it’s a practical choice, too.

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What are egg-shaped baths usually made from? The main options – from cheapest to most expensive – are acrylic, composite and natural stone. The best acrylic designs are double-skinned and reinforced for rigidity. You’ll get a thinner, crisper shape but the same warmth to the touch with a composite bath, which is man-made using minerals and resins, making it very resilient. Carved stone is naturally beautiful but very heavy and eye-wateringly expensive.

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Are they comfortable? We think so, but it’s worth doing a ‘dry test’ in a showroom before you buy one, as the shape won’t suit everybody.

FEATURE LINDA CLAYTON PHOTOGRAPHS VERONICA RODRIGUEZ

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Where in the bathroom is the best place to put it? Your egg-shaped bath can be placed against a wall, but its strong silhouette is easier to appreciate if you give it room to breathe, so put it centre

stage if you can. If your room is small, opt for a compact model.

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What about the taps? There are no pre-drilled tap holes, so you’ll need to install either a tall freestanding bath tap, a solution with a tiled-in block concealing the pipework or a wall-mounted tap. If you go for one of the first two options, remember to factor in the cost of the extra plumbing work that will be required. We’d also recommend you choose taps with a shower attachment for easy cleaning.

THE DAGHERS’ EGG-SHAPED BATH IS FROM CLEARWATER

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Are your boiler and water pressure up to the task? Freestanding egg baths can have larger water capacities than your run-of-the-mill model. If you’re supersizing your tub, check that your boiler can actually produce enough hot water to fill it and ask your plumber to assess the flow rate of your taps – if it’s low, you’ll be waiting quite a long time for your bath to fill up.

BEST FOR…

baths are strong, “easyComposite to clean and hold heat well. They’re beautifully smooth, too ” PAUL CROW, MANAGING DIRECTOR, RIPPLES

IDEAL HOME LOVES… COMPOSITE EGG-SHAPED BATHS

CUTE AND COMPACT Egg Shell Mini, £2,395, Lusso Stone

DIFFERENT FINISHES Napoli in Anthracite, £3,925, Victoria + Albert Baths

PERFECT SYMMETRY Lagoon, £1,799, Bathstore

AFFORDABILITY OFrontline Bathrooms has great-value, twin-skin, sturdy acrylic baths. GLAMOUR OHeritage Bathrooms’ Hylton and Holywell acrylic baths come in pretty, shimmering metallic-effect finishes, making them great for adding impact. NATURAL STONE OLapicida’s exquisite marble tubs are likely to blow the budget, but are worth the payout for standout style and luxury.

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‘We completely transformed my childhood home’ Grace and Ken Grant spent 10 years planning and building two ultramodern extensions to the Scottish farmhouse Ken inherited – and it became a real family affair…

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GLASS LINK This leads to a glass corridor and a separate guest wing with a living room, bedrooms and a bathroom

Supersized kitchen RUBBER FLOOR ‘It’s soft and forgiving – perfect for young grandchildren – and only needs to be cleaned with soap and water,’ says Grace

The kitchen alone occupies the entire original cottage that Ken grew up in. Glass links at each end connect it to two further, newly added buildings, making this space the central hub. BUY THE KEY PIECES Radius six-seater oak dining table, £750, Habitat. For similar flooring, try the rubber tiles in Slate Grey, £55 per sq m, Harvey Maria


REAL HOME

Welcome to our home Love

THE PROPERTY A four-bedroom farmhouse in Invergarry, the Scottish Highlands.

WOOD-BURNING STOVES? Turn to page 149 to find out more

VALUE Ken inherited the house in 2004; it’s now worth £800,000. Grace Grant, an artist, and her husband Ken, a retired doctor, live here.

We wanted “something modern, as our previous homes have all been traditional

WOOD BURNER ‘We love our wood-burning stove,’ says Grace. ‘It heats up the whole area without using electricity. And it’s a nice heat and much more sustainable’

BEFORE STEEL TOWER The red tower is just for the couple’s books!

Take a quick tour...

FIRST FLOOR BEDROOM

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Main living room ‘The dimensions of this space were worked out around the size of our Cassina suite,’ says Grace. ‘We bought it in the Seventies and it was very expensive at the time, but we’ve always liked it.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar sofa, try the Maralunga, £5,136, Cassina range, Twentytwentyone. 7443 wood-burning stove, from £2,253, Morsø range, Bonk & Co. For a similar pendant, try the Luminosity Aperture, £65, Hurn & Hurn

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en Grant spent a decade modernising and extending a 19th-century Scottish farmhouse that had been in his family for three generations.

2004 ‘We’d lived and worked all over Scotland, but returned to my family’s farmhouse when I inherited it in 2004. We bought a nearby house to live in while work went on. ‘Our brief was for a home that fitted within the landscape and, although we were downsizing, we didn’t want it to be poky. It had to be comfy and modern.We decided to take the old building back to how it had looked

originally and to offset its traditional appearance by flanking it with two modern buildings. Glazed links would tie the whole thing together, but also show the separation between the three buildings.’

Glass links between all the buildings make the most of the Highlands views

2005-2008 ‘Planning permission was granted in summer 2004 and remedial works to the farmhouse began in late 2005. Throughout 2006-7, we completed the farmhouse and prepared the foundations for the two new barn extensions. ‘I did a lot of the building work, alongside our architect daughter Mhairi (paperigloo.com) and her

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PICTURE WINDOW A slot-shaped window frames the view, turning it into artwork. The couple made it a focal point by flanking it with statement pendants

Guest living room ‘This room is so calming and the framed views from the large slot window are stunning,’ says Grace. ‘The doors at the end open up onto a patio area, which is a beautiful place to sit in the summer months.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar sofas, try the Stanley large in cream, £3,100 each, Case range, John Lewis


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The story of the build

BEFORE The original farmhouse was built in 1868. The farm has been in Ken’s family for three generations LIBRARY TOWER Attached to the main living space, the tower contains the couple’s huge book collection, which is stored on bespoke fitted shelving

2004 This shows the gable end of the farmhouse and the outbuildings beyond. Ken and Grace decided to preserve the 100-year-old apple tree

husband Martin. I think I was of the “invent-it-as-you-go” line of thought, but Mhairi was all about forward planning. I deferred to her wisdom!’ 2009-2010 ‘We had a hiatus of two years while selling the house we were living in, during which I built the dry-stone boundary walls and carried out some drainage work.’ 2010-2014 ‘The final part of the build was the erection of the Corten steel tower that houses our book collection. Designed to eliminate the need for painting, Corten forms a

rust-like appearance if exposed to the weather for several years. ‘One of the barns contains the living room – this and the kitchen are our core living spaces. The other building houses the utilities, a bathroom and a guest living room. ‘An added bonus is how energy efficient this house is because of our ground-source heat pump and solar thermal panels on an outbuilding.’

2007 The foundations of the house were constructed around the tree, and consisted of steel beams spanning concrete piers

2016 ‘It’s taken us 10 years, but

we saved money by not sticking to a timetable. All the family agrees it was a really enjoyable process!’

2010 One of the new ‘wings’, freshly clad, and the book tower, before it was fitted with its Corten steel covering

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REAL HOME Floor-to-ceiling glazing at the gable end of this bedroom fill it with natural light

‘The wallpapers in the bathrooms were offcuts from my son’s flat,’ says Grace

BEAM TIES The stainlesssteel ties are the braces used for yacht sails and rigging

RIGHT ‘The bathroom décor was inspired by Japanese style,’ says Grace. ‘We recycled some spare wooden flooring and used it as vertical panelling on the walls’

WHAT WE LEARNED...

Easy access to a site “is crucial. There’s a narrow track to this place, so a lot of materials had to be ferried from the road to the house in a trailer – everything had to be worked out in a back-to-basics way

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FEATURE CAROLINE EDNIE PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID BARBOUR ARCHITECT PAPER IGLOO ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN PLANS AGENCY SERVICE

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Make it work for you THE GRANTS’ CHOICE: A WOOD-BURNING STOVE If, like Ken and Grace, you want a super stove, here’s the info you need to choose one and install it in your home We’re hot for wood burners – ecofriendly, efficient and inexpensive to run, they’ll give your living space an attractive focal point into the bargain. Follow our buying advice and yours should last a lifetime.

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Can I have a stove? A wood-burning stove can be installed almost anywhere, but if you live in a Smoke Control Area, you’ll need to buy a model listed as exempt by DEFRA*. To see if yours is a Smoke Control Area, what rules may apply and for a list of exempt stoves, visit smokecontrol.defra.gov.uk.

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FEATURE AMY CUTMORE PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID BARBOUR *DEFRA (DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD & RURAL AFFAIRS)

What output do I need? To estimate the right kW output for a room, multiply the height, width and length of your space (in metres), then divide by 14. However, bear in mind that double-glazing, ventilation and cavity-wall insulation can all affect this figure, so check it with your installer before you buy.

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Do I need to have a flue? All wood burners need a flue, and Building Regulations require that it should be at least 4.5m high – so if you’re fitting a stove in a single-storey space, it could stick out above the roof! Homes built after 2008 will also need air vents in the room, measuring 550mm² for every kW of output. Older properties will only need vents if the stove has an output of more than 5kW.

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Can I install it myself? Technically yes, but your local Building Control officer has to sign off the work. We’d recommend that you have your stove installed by an engineer registered with a governmentapproved scheme like HETAS.

THE GRANTS’ WOOD-BURNING STOVE IS FROM MORSØ

BEST FOR…

If a stove is too powerful for a room, tar can build up, creating problems in the chimney

TONY INGRAM, TECHNICAL MANAGER, MORSØ

IDEAL HOME LOVES… ‘WOW’ WOOD BURNERS

COLOUR O Carron has cast-iron stoves in beautiful soft shades of green, grey, china blue and cream. SOOT FREE OCharnwood classic stoves’ windows are kept free of soot thanks to its special clean-burn technology. RANGE OF SIZES OHunter Stoves offers double-sided, inset and compact designs, so whether you’re shopping for a narrow fireplace or an open-plan room, you’ll find a stove to suit.

FLICKER OF COLOUR Aarrow i400F, £1,199, Arada Stoves

WHITE HOT Scan 66 with prism base, from £1,900, Jøtul

TRIPLE ASPECT 7443 with open log storage, £2,253, Morsø

WIDESCREEN OStovax’s modern Studio collection gives a panoramic view of the flames.

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‘Our Seventies bungalow is unrecognisable!’ Alan and Linda Gardner transformed their gloomy red-brick building into a fabulous, Japanese-inspired dream home

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BEFORE & AFTER The Gardners haven’t extended their property – it has the same footprint as before, but they’ve given it an extreme face-lift with white render and lots of glass

BEFORE

‘The original house reminded us of a leisure centre,’ says Linda

The futuristic design maximises the house’s great views

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Welcome to my home THE PROPERTY

At the heart of the “ project was the idea of

A detached four-bedroom villa in Argyll and Bute.

bringing in the views over the sea and the Arrochar Alps beyond

It was bought in 2008 for £475,000 and is now worth around £1.5 million.

THE VALUE

THE COST Linda Gardner lives here with her husband Alan, a company executive

The refurbishment cost a total of £750,000.

The spaces flow “really well – it’s great for our family and friends

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Take a quick tour... LIVING ROOM

KITCHEN

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CIRCULAR CEILING It features hidden ambient lighting for the snug area below

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hen Alan and Linda Gardner decided to return to Scotland after years of living abroad, they discovered a Seventies red-brick house that they believed could be transformed into the home of their dreams. With the help of local architect Alastair MacIntyre from McInnes Gardner Architects, Alan and Linda stripped the building right back. Because the house’s connection to the sea was the couple’s motivation for buying it, the kitchen and living areas were moved to face Gare Loch, with Sky-Frame glazing added to maximise the view. The exterior was insulated and clad in white render and resin panels, resulting in a sleek, modern home.

Linda feels that installing a wall of Sky-Frame glazing was one of the best investments she made. ‘The frames aren’t too big or chunky and they open seamlessly out to the views,’ she says

MAKING A PLAN ‘Our brief to Alistair was for a light,

modern property influenced by the simplicity of Japanese design,’ says Linda. ‘At the very heart of it was the idea of bringing in the views over the sea and the Arrochar Alps beyond. Alastair had known this house for more than 30 years and he felt it made sense to work within the house’s existing footprint – this suited us as it created less of an issue with planning.’ REVAMPED LAYOUT Four original bedrooms and a

playroom have been replaced with three bedrooms with en suites. ‘The bedrooms were inspired by living in Japan, where everything is very low and simple,’ says Linda. ‘My feeling about it is that you can have the best design in the world, but it has to work and be practical, too.’ The house features lots of concealed storage, as well as a feature fireplace that separates the living areas from the kitchen. ‘The way the spaces flow works really well,’ says Linda. ‘It’s a very social house, which is great for entertaining friends. And, of course, it’s a perfect place to experience the constantly changing sea views.’

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WRAPAROUND WALKWAY Made from white concrete, the terrace reflects light back into the house


BEFORE & AFTER The façade has been re-done with bright white render and a concreteeffect cast-resin panel for contrast

5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

Sky-Frame glazing IT’S IDEAL FOR A ROOM WITH A VIEW These huge Swiss-made, floor-to-ceiling glazing systems can be configured with two-, threeor four-track sliding windows measuring up to W3.2m x 4m.

1 RESIN FIREPLACE Clad in a special resin, the chimney drops right the way through the house

YOU CAN CHOOSE DIFFERENT STYLES... There are three types of windows available: classic (vertical), arc (curved) or slope (angled), all of which can be single-, double- or triple-glazed to suit your needs.

2 LEFT The new entrance-level viewing pod cantilevers over the garden towards the sea views. It’s the only addition to the original house

...THAT ALL HAVE ADD-ON FEATURES Bonus extras include Automation (operation via remote control), Fly (insect screen), Sun (solar shade) and Guard (burglar resistant with optional alarm sensors).

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RIGHT The bespoke fireplace is clad in a resin made by Capvond Plastics. The company used a silicon mould to create the unique design, which matches the grey panel on the exterior

IT’S ENERGY EFFICIENT IN WINTER... ‘The SkyFrame windows have high levels of insulation and we benefit from a lot of solar gain, so the house keeps the heat in brilliantly,’ says Linda. ‘As a result, our gas bill is really low.’

FEATURE CAROLINE EDNIE PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID BARBOUR PLANS AGENCY SERVICE

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scrimp on key features “likeNever glazing. We paid extra for the single-paned glass in our viewing pod – these could have been several cheaper, individual panes, but ours g ives us amazing cinematic views over the sea

...AND PERFECT FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS Depending on the track option you decide to choose, you could feasibly open out a whole side of your building when the sun shines. Visit sky-frame.com/en for more information.

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BEFORE & AFTER

‘We extended out and up to gain living space’ Manasi and Sameer Pethe took steps to ease the pressure on the family spaces in their London home

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A dark kitchen and dated conservatory needed an overhaul

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or Manasi Pethe and her husband Sameer, buying a house that needed updating was a chance to create more flexible living spaces that could keep up with the pace of their growing family. GETTING PERMISSION The house is in a Conservation Area, so the couple hired Paul Archer Design (paularcherdesign.co.uk) to secure planning permission for the demolition of the kitchen extension and conservatory. MODERN EXTENSION The old structures were replaced with an open-plan kitchen, dining and living space, complete with a brise-soleil canopy. At the same time, the couple tackled a loft conversion. ‘The extension freed up the old living room to become a guest bedroom,’ says Manasi. ‘Converting the loft with a dormer has given us a multipurpose study and TV room at the top of the house.’ The whole project took a year to complete.

The new rear extension with canopy has given the family a stylish open-plan kitchen-diner

Welcome to my home PROPERTY A four-bedroom, Artsand-Crafts-style house in northwest London.

VALUE Bought for

NEW LOOK ‘It was really

important that the interiors complemented the architecture’s lines,’ Manasi says. ‘The space really works for us now – it’s definitely not a show house, this is very much a family home.’

£1.36 million in 2013; now worth more than £2.5 million. Manasi Pethe lives here with her husband Sameer and their two children.

WHAT IT COST Grounds and building work...................£294,500

Roof………….………….£7,500 Glazing.…………....£45,000 Kitchen………........£25,000 Flooring……...........£21,000 Plumbing and electrics…...……….£35,000

TOTAL….......£428,000

is definitely “notThis a show house, but very much a family home

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BEFORE & AFTER

5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

Brise-soleil canopies Susana Sousa of Paul Archer Design has the lowdown THEY CAST ESSENTIAL SHADE... ‘It’s vital that highly glazed homes don’t overheat, especially if they’re south facing. A practical solution is to attach a canopy over the glass.’

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…BUT THEY DON’T BLOCK OUT LIGHT ‘The Pethes’ slatted design prevents the light from being completely blocked out. The thickness of the slats and the angle at which they’re mounted determines how much shade they provide.’

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LEFT At the top of the house, the family uses this converted loft room as a study and TV den to escape to

THEY CAN BE DESIGNED BESPOKE… ‘This structure was designed by the architect and is made from dried English Douglas fir, then topped with lead for a durable finish. This design would cost around £5,000 to £7,000.’

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…OR RETRO FITTED ‘You can buy an off-the-peg brise soleil made to fit, from brands like Umbris (umbris.uk).’

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WHAT WE LEARNED

were going to postpone the “loftWeconversion, but realised that it would be better if all the building work was done in an empty house, so we stayed at our old f lat, then moved in once the interiors were being finished off

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THEY’RE A GREAT DESIGN FEATURE ‘The canopy timbers continue indoors at the same level, where they reflect light around the space and hold a layer of insulation above. This visually extends the interior, merging indoor and outdoor spaces.’

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ABOVE Sliding doors open the entire width of the house onto the garden, shaded by a slatted brise-soleil canopy of whitestained Douglas fir


Shaded by a mature copper beech, this north-facing deck provides a cool spot to escape the sun. On chillier autumn evenings, the fire pit keeps the cold at bay

‘We enjoy our garden all through autumn’ The Holdaways’ garden is full of f lowers and produce at this time of year, with sheltered nooks where they can sit and enjoy the last of the sun

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Garden shelter Linda’s hut has four bunks, one for each of her young grandchildren. ‘They come for sleepovers when the weather is good,’ she says. On balmy evenings, the hut becomes a child-free zone where Linda and Neil can relax. In winter, the wood burner makes it a favourite spot on a Sunday afternoon. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar hut, try a selection, Blackdown Shepherds Huts


Welcome to my garden THE PLOT The one-acre garden in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, is split into zones with a summerhouse, potager, parterre, deck and overflowing borders.

A metal etagere displays terracotta pots of autumn cyclamen, crocuses and spring auriculas

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Linda Holdaway lives here with her husband Neil. They bought their house in 1994.

but now I have a garden that’s lovely to look out on

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acing a blank canvas can be overwhelming, so Linda Holdaway tackled her garden by starting small. ‘I began in the corner outside my kitchen window, designing something worth looking out at,’ she says. Now, the view is of a pretty summerhouse surrounded by flower-filled mixed borders. Steel obelisks and a rope swag sit over a sea of pink cleomes, red dahlias, coral ice plants and purple asters. In autumn, butterflies flit over catmint, buddleja and self-seeding Verbena bonariensis. ‘Self-seeding plants are great because I have lots of space to fill, and they pop up everywhere,’ says Linda. Elsewhere, steps lead to a grass garden where clumps of Mexican feather grass seed randomly. Beyond, a stone and gravel path leads to a raised deck. ‘Paths created by laying paving slabs in gravel are quick, easy and inexpensive,’ says Linda. In another zone, a shepherd’s hut overlooks twin herbaceous borders, filled with sedum, Japanese anemone, salvias, cosmos and asters. ‘I plant in bold clumps of seven or more for maximum impact,’ adds Linda. ‘I love colour but I can’t paint, so this is as close as I get.’ At the far end of the borders lies the potager – four raised beds and benches built from railway sleepers. Flowers vie with leeks, squashes, herbs, beans and peas. With winds in spring and droughts in summer, autumn is the season that Linda and Neil really enjoy. ‘It’s especially lovely because I grow so many lateflowering plants,’ says Linda. It’s also a time when few gardening chores remain, so the couple can relax. ‘On a warm day, when the light is good and bees are buzzing, there’s no place we’d rather be,’ she says.

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Built in 1959, Linda’s detached house is cocooned by the garden on all sides

It started as “ a blank canvas,


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Great ideas for autumn gardens Clockwise from top left: A raised oversized pot on a wooden plinth creates a focal point around the potager; Mexican grasses in terracotta pots help to mark the path; autumn brings stacks of apples and tomatoes, which Linda turns into chutneys for the harvest festival; large-scale obelisks stand more than 2m high, so are ideal for vigorous climbers such as honeysuckle.

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Make it work for you LINDA’S STYLE: AUTUMN OUTDOOR LIVING Make your garden a colourful and comfortable place to spend time in, long after summer has ended

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3 5 PLACES TO BUY A SHEPHERD’S HUT OAppletree Bespoke Timber Buildings Call 01953 850072; visit appletree bespoke.co.uk

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5 3 PLANTS FOR AUTUMN COLOUR WHERE TO BUY 1. PLANT OBELISK Loire plant-climbing obelisk, £34.99, Waitrose Garden

OThe English Shepherds Hut Co Call 01603 397777; visit english shepherdshut.co.uk

plant pot (diameter 30cm), £14.99, Greenfingers.com

2. FIREPLACE Fidibus steel outdoor fireplace, £267, Kielback range, Wayfair

4. BENCH Alexander Rose 5ft Turnberry roble hardwood bench, £449, Dobbies Garden Centres

3. PLANT POT Strata garland terraccina plastic weather-resistant

5. LANTERN Rotera tealight lantern in white, £2, Ikea

OBlackdown Shepherd Huts Call 01460 929774; visit blackdown shepherd huts.co.uk

Dahlia ‘Happy Hallowe’en’ A miniature variety that has bright orange flowers in September

Dahlia ‘Bishop of Oxford’ Flowers from July, with soft orange petals against dark stems

Crab Apple A deciduous tree with small edible fruit that make a delicious jelly

OPlankbridge Call 01300 348414; visit plankbridge.com ORiverside Shepherd Huts Call 01527 821848; visit riverside shepherdhuts.co.uk

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FILL YOUR HOME WITH SEASONAL COLOUR Bring the beauty of the English countryside into your home with the stylish new Harvest collection

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s the seasons change, now’s the perfect time to make some changes to your home. If you’re unsure where to start, find all the inspiration you’ll need in Sainsbury’s new Harvest collection. Inspired by the colours, patterns and textures of the British countryside in autumn, this on-trend range features original designs from Sainsbury’s in-house design studio across textiles, tableware and home accessories.

CHOOSE MELLOW COLOURS This look takes its lead from the changing shades of the countryside – think of full hedgerows, the rich tones of fallen leaves and the golden hues of fields ready for harvest. Take these warm tones as the starting point for your colour scheme of mellow mustard yellow balanced by cooler tones of sky grey and pale wheat.

TEAM DETAIL AND TEXTURE Nature lies at the heart of this collection, from a lively linocut woodland-plants pattern to beautiful embroidered flowers on cushions. To complement these easy-to-use designs, there are plain knits, cosy weaves and printed linens in a toning palette of mustard and grey that will work together to create a co-ordinated décor.

ADD HAND-CRAFTED BUYS It’s the finishing touches that really add character and bring a room to life. From hand-carved woodware and richly embroidered fabric to hand-painted ceramics, flower-embellished candles and rustic woven baskets, the Harvest collection has an artisanal style that will add charm and originality to any room.

SIT BACK AND RELAX Create a comfy feel with nature-inspired prints and cosy textiles in warm tones Herringbone throw, £15; Printed linen Harvest cushion, £14; Ochre knitted cushion, £14; Harvest mug, £4; Hedgerow ceramic candle, £7; all Harvest collection, By Sainsbury’s


PROMOTION COUNTRY COSY Mix and match different cushions Cushions, from £14 each; Chunky knit grey throw, £25; all Harvest collection, By Sainsbury’s

mix “ofThe mellow colours and rustic, handcrafted buys captures the autumnal mood of the moment perfectly

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ANIMAL MAGIC Pop him on a shelf Hare, £8, By Sainsbury’s

HARVEST TIME Bring the outside in Embroidered floral cushion, £16, By Sainsbury’s

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To see the full Harvest collection, which is available at selected Sainsbury’s stores from 11 September 2016, visit sainsburyshome.co.uk NATURAL BEAUTY Create a golden glow Hedgerow gel candle, £5, By Sainsbury’s


OCTOBER’S

GENIUS PROBLEM SOLVERS Keep your home running smoothly and stress levels low with these clever finds and fixes

THE LUXURY ELECTRIC DUVET The bedtime equal of having a cosy cuddle, Sleepwell’s Intelliheat luxury cotton duvet is an electric blanket and duvet in one. It comes in three sizes – single, double and king – with handy dual controls on the larger two. Priced from £79.99 at Argos.

Ideal Home tip Give favourite vases a no-effort deep clean by filling with warm water and a couple of denture tablets. Just leave for an hour, then rinse THE MUD-TRAPPING DOORMATS

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THE BIN HIDEOUT Let’s face it – wheelie bins might be a necessary evil, but we’d rather keep them out of sight. This smart unit will do the trick. Bin store, £195, Next

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THE LOG SERVICE Save yourself from trekking to your local petrol station for firewood and simply order all your logs online instead. Certainly Wood will deliver bulk bags to your door, priced from £125 for a kiln-dried 0.8m³ bag, which you can stack neatly in a smart log store. Check out B&Q’s 4x4 Pent wooden design, £172 – its protective roof keeps logs dry and flips up for easy access when the store is full.

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1 ‘Hello’, £26, Quince Living 2 Quex, £20, John Lewis 3 Fish Scale, £4.99, Dunelm


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THE EXPANDING TABLE Whether you’re running out of study space for the kids or need a compact table in your small-scale kitchen, Habitat’s Heath design is a must. Made from solid oak, it folds out quickly and easily from a neat console or desk into a smart dining table that will comfortably seat four. Table, £295, Habitat

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Ideal Home tip Wear gauntlets to keep your hands splinter-, scratchand blister-free as you prune, rake, sweep and handle logs

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THE DOG TOWELS Do your home (and your pooch) a favour by wrapping your soggy pup in one of Ruff and Tumble’s clever, cosy blankets. After 45 minutes of wearing them, they’ll be dry and dirt-free. Just think – no more wet dog smell! Coats, from £33 each, Notonthehighstreet.com

STEP 3 Gauntlets, £16.50, Garden Trading

THE SECURITY LIGHT Now that the evenings are drawing in, it’s worth upgrading your outdoor lights to deter would-be burglars. This Harbour wall light can be easily wired up to a PIR motion sensor for extra security – just ask your electrician. Harbour wall light, £144, The Lighting Company

THE ULTIMATE LEAF BUSTERS THE RAKE A light design to make quick work of fallen leaves Rake, £16.99, Dobbies Garden Centres

THE LEAF GRABBER Save your back with this clever debris scooper

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Leaf grabber, £23, Spear & Jackson THE HEDGEHOG HOME Our prickly pals are under threat – in the last decade, their numbers have declined by 30%. This cute house will provide a welcome haven for any hibernating hog. Hedgehog house, £99.95, Notonthehighstreet.com

THE ELECTRIC BLOWER This extra-quiet tool will clear your garden of leaves speedily Blower, £100, Stihl

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READER OFFER Get organised with brilliant storage solutions

GET 20% OFF IN MUJI STORES Create a home that’s organised, stylish and comfortable with simple, practical homeware

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reated in Japan to counter the hyper-consumerism of the Eighties, Muji offers functional, unbranded products at great prices. Closely linked to the traditional Japanese aesthetic of ‘su’, meaning plain or unadorned, the Muji philosophy is that simplicity is not merely frugal or modest, but is more appealing than luxury. Every product is innovatively designed to stand the test of time – in both durability and style – whether it’s customisable storage solutions,

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everyday tableware, mix-and-match furniture, cult beauty accessories or organic cotton clothing. This month, to celebrate the reopening of Muji’s Covent Garden store, and 25 years since the company’s first store opened in the UK, Ideal Home has teamed up with Muji to offer readers 20% off its products in stores (there are seven across London, one in Guildford and one in Birmingham). For more products and to find your nearest store, visit muji.eu.

Turn a bedroom into a retreat using stylish accessories

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR DISCOUNT To redeem your 20% discount at Muji, visit housetohome.co.uk/ muji to download a voucher to present at the till in store. This offer is valid in stores only from 26 August to 15 October 2016. TERMS AND CONDITIONS This offer entitles you to receive a 20% discount on all full-price items, excluding sofabeds and CD players. The offer is redeemable in all Muji UK stores (excluding Selfridges and House of Fraser concessions). Only one voucher may be used per customer, per transaction. This voucher is not refundable and can’t be used with any other offer or be exchanged in whole or part for cash. Offer is not valid online at muji.eu. The offer ends 15 October 2016.


SIMPLE SOLUTIONS

STORE & ORGANISE CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES We’ve shortlisted the essentials you need to get your wardrobe sorted once and for all THE MULTI-HANGER This oh-so-clever hanger will keep belts, ties, scarves, bags and even necklaces neatly organised Hanger, £7.25, Brabantia

THE SHELF DIVIDER Part of a range of smart storage accessories, this divider will transform an open shelf of overflowing clothes into a tidy and easily accessible stack Divider, £8, John Lewis THE CUBBY Hung from any rail, this is ideal for those bulkier items like shoes, bags and hats Organiser, £30, Store

THE HOOKS Pop this classy over-the-door hanger inside your wardrobe Hanger, £12, Habitat

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THE STOWAWAY BOX Ideal for storing your out-ofseason clothes Folding box, £19.99, Wayfair

THE SHOE STACK More heels than Imelda Marcos? This set of 20 boxes will restore order to your jumble of footwear. The clear finish means you can see what’s inside, and air holes let your shoes breathe Boxes, £14.99 for 20, Domu.co.uk

Ideal Home tip To keep your winter boots looking their best, insert an empty plastic soft drinks bottle into each one to stop them sagging, creasing or flopping over

THE RETRACTABLE RAIL Ikea’s handy pull-out Komplement hanger can be fitted on the inside of any cupboard or wardrobe to keep scarves, belts and jewellery hidden out of sight, but within easy reach Accessories hanger, from £4, Ikea

THE BITS AND BOBS BOX Use this hatbox to store jewellery and scarves instead Hatbox, £20, The Holding Company

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READER OFFER Visit a B&Q store to have your perfect paint colour mixed for you

Bring uplifting colour into your home this autumn

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Create the perfect shade for your walls with Valspar’s bespoke colour-matched emulsion

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ettle into autumn with a bespoke new colour scheme to warm up your home. Valspar’s state-of-the-art colour-matching technology means that its Premium Walls & Ceilings emulsion can be created in any colour the eye can see – that’s 2.2million shades! Simply take your inspiration, whether it’s a favourite jumper, a memorable photograph or perhaps an old paint sample, to the Valspar Colour Mixing Centre at your local B&Q store to have it scanned, matched and mixed while you wait. Not just beautiful on the surface, Valspar’s Premium Walls & Ceilings

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emulsion offers maximum durability and a super-scrub formulation, which can withstand the wear and tear of everyday life – holding its colour even after hundreds of scrubs. So no matter how creative your little ones are, you can wipe away the damage knowing the paint is safely preserved. This month, Ideal Home has teamed up with Valspar to offer readers an exclusive £10 off a 5ltr pot of Valspar’s bespoke Premium Walls & Ceilings emulsion. Bring this page featuring the barcode to your local B&Q store and present it at the checkout on payment. Find your nearest branch at diy.com.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS The barcode is for use in B&Q stores only. It can only be used to purchase one 5ltr tin of Valspar Premium Walls & Ceilings. Present the original page at the time of purchase. It is valid from 30 August until 4 October 2016 inclusive. It can only be used once. One voucher per transaction. No cash alternative. The voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. It cannot be sold, applied retrospectively and is non-transferable. B&Q reserves the right to reject any voucher it deems in its sole discretion to be forged, defaced or otherwise tampered with. Photocopies will not be accepted. The promoter is: B&Q plc, B&Q House, Chestnut Avenue, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO53 3LE.

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SIMPLE SOLUTIONS

CLEAN IT QUICKER SHOES AND BOOTS Slash the time and effort it takes to get them gleaming with the best tools for the job

THE DEODORISER This mix of cedarwood, frankincense and patchouli fragrances means his trainers no longer have to be left outside – a win for both of you! Shoe refresher, £15, Roullier White

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THE SUEDE SPECIALIST With a coarse side to brush off dirt and a soft side to re-fluff the nap, this brush will keep your suede shoes and boots looking as good as new Suede brush, £3, Schuh

THE SHOE DRYER Perfect for soggy trainers or sodden football boots, this is also handy for warming your wellies before heading out. You’ll wonder how you lived without it… Shoe dryer, £19.99, Clas Ohlson

THE SHINE MACHINE For a military-grade shoe shine, this motorised polisher is hard to beat. Simply plug it in, switch it on and see your reflection in seconds Polisher machine, £79.99, Klarstein

Ideal Home tip Use a shoe tree to make cleaning footwear easy. It’ll provide you with a good grip, while making it easier to keep hands free from the sticky polish

THE BOOT SCRUFFER Pop this durable all-weather mat by your front door so you can scrape the worst of the dirt off your walking boots before you step inside Scraper mat, £14.99, Altons Garden Centre

THE WHITENER Throw your tennis shoes in the washing machine, then use this whitener to restore them to their box-fresh best. Suitable for leather, vinyl and canvas Whitener, £2.50, Ocado

THE TRADITIONAL KIT Two brushes for cleaning and buffing, a cloth and two tins of polish: this smart fold-out Gentlemen’s Hardware kit has the whole works Shoe shine kit, £16, John Lewis

THE WELLY GLOSSER A silicone-infused sponge that’s just the thing to make your wellies gleam after a particularly muddy day. Works a treat on leather, too Boot shine, £3.50, Hunter

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CLEANING TECH 5 BEST ROBOT VACUUMS Still pushing a heavy Hoover around the place? More efficient, powerful and affordable than ever, these clever cleaners can just be switched on and left to roam, giving you a lot of extra tea-drinking time per week. Oh, and some can even mop hard floors, too!

1 THE ULTIMATE MACHINE An all-seeing camera makes this one of, if not the best at navigating a room without bumping into things. Tilting tank tracks carry it over rugs or shagpile with ease, and the dirt pick-up is superb. Our only peeve is that it’s too tall to go under a sofa 360 Eye, £800, Dyson

2 THE INTUITIVE ONE We love how the Samsung robot’s accompanying app creates a floor plan of your home, which you can use to direct your bot to clean a specific room or to spot-clean a particular area of the floor. Like the Dyson (left), it’s a powerful beast – plus it ups its suction by an extra 10% when heading into tricky corners VR9300, £799, Samsung

4 THE BUDGET MULTITASKER This robot might be light on the wallet but it’s heavy on features. It has a HEPA filter to trap allergens, a UV light that kills bacteria, and a mop attachment for scrubbing floors. You can even programme it to follow a seven-day cleaning plan ElectriQ eiQ-R900M, £129, Appliances Direct

3 THE ’BOT THAT MOPS Fill the reservoir with water and a little detergent, add a cleaning pad, and little Braava will sweep, spray and scrub away. It can clean an area of up to 18.5m sq before you need to recharge the battery iRobot Braava Jet, £269, Witt

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THE PERFECTIONIST One complaint of robot vacuums is they can ‘miss a bit’, but Miele’s Scout RX1 has a triple sweepbrush-suck cleaning action, and will return to the edges of a room to give them a second going-over. Plus it can clean for an impressive two hours on a fully charged battery Scout RX1, £500, Miele

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TECH SUPPORT HOW TO USE CONTACTLESS PAYMENT In a hurry or all out of change? Now you can just tap your card or phone to pay for your morning cappuccino, after-work round of drinks or weekend newspapers

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Ideal Home tip Protect bank cards with an RFID* wallet or card shield, like Vaultcard, £25. Criminals can use scanners to capture bank details, even when your cards are tucked away in your bag, but this will block them

You can pay for items under £30 instantly using your card, without the faff of entering a PIN or signing your name. On your phone, you can spend £100 in one go on the Android Pay app, while the Apple Pay app has unlimited transaction amounts, provided it’s supported by the retailer. Some stores stick to the £30 cap for all three, so check before you shop.

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Yes, provided your card has a contactless ‘wave’ symbol on it. You can also check if your bank participates in the Apple Pay and/ or Android Pay scheme, in which case you can pay with an iPhone 6/6S/SE, an Apple Watch or an NFC-enabled Android phone running KitKat 4.4 or later.

To pay by card, hold it against a contactless card reader, wait for the green light or beep, and you’re done. On a phone, you’ll first need to set up your payment card details by opening the appropriate ‘wallet’ app, selecting ‘Add Credit or Debit Card’ and following the on-screen instructions. When you need to pay, just tap your phone on the reader – on an iPhone, you’ll need to press the fingerprint sensor as you do so. Android phones will require you to unlock your phone for transactions over £30.

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Not yet, but it’s becoming more widespread. Look out for

the contactless, Apple Pay and Android Pay symbols in shops, restaurants and bars.

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How secure are contactless card and mobile payments? Banks say card fraud is very low, accounting for just two pence of every £100 of contactless payments made in the first half of 2015**. With Apple Pay and Android Pay, your card details are verified by the bank and then saved to your phone

under a unique ‘device-only’ code, meaning your actual card numbers aren’t stored. If your phone is stolen, you can log into your Android Device Manager or Find My iPhone account online and wipe it of any payment information.

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I don’t want to make contactless payments. Can I opt out? Yes. Most banks will reissue you with a non-contactless, chip-andPIN card if you request one.

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It’s curry night! Instead of picking up the phone and ordering an Indian takeaway, try making your own healthier version instead. Just add friends, cold beers and a box set…

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JESTER IPA If you’re starting with onion bhajis, avoid American hops, as some have an onion hint that may be too much. Go for a tropical English hopped beer, like this one from Adnams £2.40 for 500ml, Marks & Spencer

5AM SAINT A subtly spiced dish like biryani can handle a good heft of hops, so I recommend the fragrant red fruit and grapefruit bite of this craft ale from Scottish brewery Brewdog £1.75 for 330ml, Sainsbury’s

PREMIER CRU Mild curries with gentle heat need to be paired with something acidic, complex and refreshing. Fermented with champagne yeast, this Aspall’s cider is a real treat £1.99 for 500ml, Waitrose

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Lamb biryani

Fruity mango chutney

One-pot chicken curry

Serves 4 Takes 1hr 45min

Makes 500ml Takes 1hr 30min

Serves 4 Takes 1hr 40min

INGREDIENTS  2 onions, thinly sliced  1tbsp oil  25g sultanas  400g diced leg of lamb  3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed  1cm piece of ginger, peeled and grated  2tbsp ground almonds  4tbsp tikka curry paste  250ml plain yoghurt  Pinch of saffron threads  2tbsp milk, warmed  200g basmati rice

INGREDIENTS  ½tsp cumin seeds black mustard seeds  ½tsp turmeric  3 medium ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped  2 small onions, finely chopped  125g dried apricots, chopped  2 cloves of garlic, crushed  ½ red chilli, finely chopped  Zest and juice of half a lime  125ml white wine vinegar  500g soft light brown sugar

INGREDIENTS  1 cinnamon stick  5 cloves  4tbsp ghee  2 onions, thinly sliced  5 garlic cloves, crushed  Thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and grated  1-4 Thai chillies (depending how spicy you like your curry), sliced lengthways  1tbsp garam masala  2tbsp cumin seeds, dry roasted and ground  1tsp turmeric  1tbsp ground coriander  Bunch of fresh coriander, stalks whizzed and leaves chopped  400g tinned chopped tomatoes  12 chicken thighs, skinned but on the bone  700ml chicken stock  500g potatoes, cut into chunks  Handful of green beans, halved

1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/ Gas 5. In a casserole dish, fry the onions in the oil until golden, add the sultanas and cook for a further 2min. Put half the mixture in a bowl and set aside.

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Add the lamb to the casserole dish and cook on medium for 10min. Meanwhile, whizz the garlic, ginger, almonds and 2tbsp water in a blender until smooth.

3 Add the tikka paste to the lamb, cook for 1min, then stir in the garlic mix, yoghurt and 200ml water. Stir, cover and cook in the oven for 1hr until the meat is tender.

4 Place the saffron in a cup, add the warm milk and leave to infuse. Put the rice in a pan with 1tsp salt and 400ml water. Cover and cook for 15min, until it’s tender.

5 Pile the rice on top of the lamb. Make a well in the centre of the rice and pour in the saffron milk. Mix the biryani, then top with the reserved onions and sultanas.

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1 In a small frying pan, dry-fry the cumin and black mustard seeds for 5min until fragrant. Remove from the pan and crush the seeds lightly using a pestle and mortar. Alternatively, put them in a bowl and crush using the end of a wooden rolling pin.

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Put the spices and all of the remaining ingredients into a preserving pan or large stainlesssteel pot. Stir, then bring to a gentle simmer and bubble for 45min-1hr, stirring occasionally, until the chutney has thickened and the mango is translucent. Don’t allow the mixture to become too dry – there needs to be a thick and sticky syrup coating the fruit.

3 Leave the mango chutney to stand for 15min to cool down before transferring into hot, sterilised jam jars.

1 Fry the cinnamon and cloves in the ghee for 2min. Add the onions and cook for 20min.

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Add the garlic, ginger and chillies, and cook for 5min before adding all the spices, the coriander stalks and some of the leaves. Cook for another couple of min.

3 Add the tomatoes, stir, season well and bring to a simmer. Cook, covered, for 10min. Season the chicken and add to the pan with the stock. Bring back to a gentle simmer and cook, covered, for 20min, stirring occasionally.

4 Add the potatoes and cook for 15min, uncovered. Add the beans and cook for a further 5min. Top with the chopped coriander leaves.


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Onion bhajis

Spiced vegetables

Punjabi mango lassi

Makes 20 Takes 30min

Serves 4 Takes 1hr

Serves 4 Takes 20min

INGREDIENTS  200g chickpea (gram) flour  1 clove garlic, crushed  ½tsp turmeric  ½tsp red chilli powder  1tsp ground coriander  1tsp cumin seeds  2 large onions, finely sliced  Small bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped  1 lemon, juiced, plus wedges to serve  Vegetable oil for deep-frying

INGREDIENTS  3 small aubergines  200g baby courgettes  3-4tbsp vegetable oil  1-2 green chillies, deseeded and finely sliced  2tbsp grated fresh ginger  2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated  2tsp fennel seeds  1tsp cumin seeds  1tbsp coriander seeds, ground  ½tsp turmeric  400g tinned chopped tomatoes  Handful of fresh coriander and mint, chopped

INGREDIENTS  2 large ripe mangoes, peeled and diced  300ml plain yoghurt  200ml cold milk  4 cardamom pods  A few pistachio nuts, chopped  Squeeze of fresh lime juice, to taste  Sprinkle of sugar, to taste

1 In a bowl, combine the chickpea flour with 225ml water to make a smooth but thick paste. Add the garlic, spices, onions, coriander and lemon juice, then mix so that the bhaji paste coats the onion slices thickly when a small clump is held in your fingers.

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2 Fill a deep pan with enough vegetable oil so that it comes at least 10cm up the sides. Heat the oil to a medium temperature – to see if it’s right, drop a crumb of the bhaji paste into the oil, and if it browns in 30sec, then it’s ready.

1 Destalk the aubergines, then slice each one in half lengthways. Halve the courgettes. Place the vegetables in a colander, toss with 2tsp salt and set aside for 20min.

2 Rinse and dry the vegetables, then lay them, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Brush with 2tbsp vegetable oil and grill for 13min, turning after 10min.

3 Mash 3tbsp water with the chilli, ginger and garlic to make a paste.

3 Put kitchen paper on a tray

4 Put the remaining oil in a

next to the pan and gently lower clumps of onion mixture into the hot oil in batches, using a slotted spoon. After 2min, turn the bhajis over to cook on the other side until they are golden all over, then remove with the slotted spoon and drain on the kitchen paper. Sprinkle the bhajis with salt and serve immediately, piled high on a sharing platter with lemon wedges and mango chutney.

frying pan and add the fennel and cumin seeds. When they sizzle, add the ginger paste and cook for a few min. Add the coriander seeds and turmeric, fry for 1min, then add the tomatoes and season. Cover and simmer for 8-10min, then stir in the fresh herbs.

1 Put the flesh of the mango, plus any of its juice, into a blender. Add the plain yoghurt and whizz to a purée. Add the milk a little at a time until you get the exact consistency you want – you might not need all of it.

2 Remove the husks from the cardamom pods, crush them and stir them into the lassi. Add a pinch of sea salt, stir and taste, adding more if needed.

3 Pour the lassi into glasses and top with the chopped pistachio nuts. Add a dash of fresh lime juice and/or sugar to taste.

5 Put the aubergine and courgettes on warm plates and spoon on the tomato mixture.

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BE CANDLE SAFE Enjoy the special touch that candles add to your home, but take care to use them safely: Always place lit candles well away from foliage, furniture, curtains and soft furnishings, and always out of draughts ● Keep candles out of reach of children and pets ● Never leave a burning candle unattended ● Keep candles away from hair and clothing ● Always place candles upright in suitable holders that can’t easily fall over ● Always be sure that candles are properly extinguished

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Picture this… HANG A GRID OF CLIPBOARDS AND YOU’RE READY TO CREATE AN EVER-CHANGING GALLERY OF PRINTS, POSTCARDS AND KIDS’ ART

This informal display idea looks great in a kitchen-diner or office. Use identical boards (they don’t have to be fancy – in fact, plainer is better so your pictures really pop). Think about what goes where – try not to put too-similar prints side by side as your display will lose its laid-back look. BUY THE KEY PIECES Clipboards, £2.99 each, Ryman. Prints: Rose, £18.80, Northlight; ‘Home is…’, £25, The Lovely Drawer; Cactus, £11.50, The Motivated Type range; ‘A’ and ‘B’; both £13 each, Eleanor Bowmer range; all Notonthehighstreet.com; Balloons, £14.95, King & McGaw; ‘Take a hike’, £12, Typo; ‘Dream big’, £5.40, MiniLearners range, Etsy; Shelf Life, £15, Seventy Tree; She Be Fierce, £16, Old English Company; Pigeon, £22, Pui range, Scout Editions; monochrome cards, £5 for four, Rastall & Daughters

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