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Hi there! Go green with envy for emerald hues, and find out how to bring this jewel tone into your home. Get your festive entertaining sorted, then tuck into our healthy breakfast ideas to start the New Year as you mean to go on… right?

Party planning is in full swing in the Hudson household. I’m welcoming family and friends for celebratory drinks to see in 2017 – I think everyone’s really excited, especially my dear mum who gets a year off of hosting duties! I’ll be going all out with my party decor and, of course, setting up a cocktail bar. You’ll find ideas for creating your own on page 34. Just like a magpie is drawn to glinting silver, I can’t get enough of emerald green. Its richness lures me in – decor, clothing, you name it, I’m sold. If you’re a sucker for this beautiful shade, too, then you’ll love our new Colour Class regular (p52). Each month we showcase one hue and this issue it’s emerald – yes! If you’re looking to refresh your home, then our special Style Made Simple pull-out has all the advice any beginner decorator needs. And, for more inspiration, our fabulous mix of real reader homes are waiting for you to explore. See Abi’s cosy Victorian terrace (p14), Sophie’s colourful maisonette (p26) and Lucy’s eclectic farm cottage (p40). Each is chock-full of creative decorating and styling ideas that you can try in your home. Don’t forget to send me photos of room makeovers you’ve done – you never know, you could appear in a future issue. Until next month, happy interior styling!

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CONTENTS

The high street’s best buys, page 10

Inside… Love it

Buy it

Do it

Make it

Cook it

Inspiring homes & room makeovers

Stylish musthave finds at high-street prices

Weekend projects, DIY advice & styling tips

Step-by-step craft ideas & upcycling how-tos

25+ quick and easy recipes on a budget

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STYLISTS AT HOME Meet the team and sign up to be part of your favourite mag

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SUBSCRIBE from just £14.99 a year!

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DIARY DATES Our pick of things to see and do this January

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PLANTS OFFER Perennials for all readers

CONNECT WITH US Discover what we’ve been up to online recently

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‘WE’VE CREATED A COSY RETREAT’ Abi’s Victorian terraced house felt like home as soon as she viewed it – and now it looks the part, too

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‘OUR HOME DECOR IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING’ Sophie’s artistic flair and boho buys have filled her first home with an abundance of personality

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STYLIST’S SECRETS Bring a little animal magic into the bedroom this winter

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‘OUR HOME HAS AN ECLECTIC LOOK’ After getting a period Welsh farmhouse into shape, Lucy filled it with quirky style

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‘IT REFLECTS OUR LOVE OF TRAVEL’ Globetrotting style was a big influence when Luba revamped her guest room

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‘EVERY INCH HAD TO COUNT’ Despite having minimal space, Pauline created a bathroom with maximum design impact

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‘MY KITCHEN IS ONE OF A KIND’ Statement shelves set the tone in Jane’s new open-plan kitchen-diner

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THE £35 EDIT Our high-street best buys

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SEWING ACCESSORIES Get your kit in order with these oh-sew-sweet essentials

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BOHO PIECES Embrace ethnic homewares for an artisan vibe

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STYLIST’S SECRETS Choose cool colours for a grown-up winter scheme

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PARTY FAVOURS Sweet treats that will make perfect place settings

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WHERE TO SHOP Get the details here

40 See how Lucy brought her period home up to date

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STATEMENT CHAIRS Give any room a new look with our pick of stylish seats

Stock up on supermarket showstoppers

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Pick a perfect place to park!

10 UNDER £10 Dress a sophisticated New Year’s Eve table with sparkling silver

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Celebrate with cool silver, p130

Get a gorgeous guest room

Do it

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Use jewel tones to enrich your home

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WOOD FLOORING Choose the right timber or wood-look flooring for you

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SET UP A BAR Get the party started and welcome 2017 in style!

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EMBRACE DARK COLOURS Be brave and go for a dramatic colour palette

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COLOUR CLASS Go green with envy for this season’s hottest emerald hue

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STYLE MADE EASY: DECORATING In the mood for a New-Year new look? Brush up on the basics with our easy guide

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NYE PARTY PLANNER Our handy A-Z guide to putting together a brilliant bash

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GUEST ROOMS Get your spare room looking ship-shape for festive guests

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STYLIST’S SECRETS Go back to nature in the bathroom

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LOOK WHAT YOU STYLED This month we’re loving your ways with #wallpaper!

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HOW LIFE IS EASY IN MY KITCHEN Appliances to take the heat off cooking

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REINVIGORATE YOUR KITCHEN The essential ingredients for the industrial look

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HOME SAVER Common DIY dilemmas plus handy household fixes

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SHABBY CHIC BARN STARS Try this easy way to recreate an Amish-style star

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DECORATIVE FABRIC BOXES Use old offcuts to create personalised storage

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MACRAME WALL HANGING Get the boho look the easy way with this make

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MARBLED VASES Get a high-end design for less with our luxury lookalike project

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REVAMPS AT HOME Give accessories and furniture a not new look

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COURSE REVIEW Our Amy tries her hand at screen printing

122 STYLIST’S SECRETS Sparkly tinsel letters

Cook it

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Make beautiful boxes to brighten up your shelves!

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TOP FOOD BUYS Take the stress out of Christmas with these supermarket picks

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CANAPES Perfect party food that you can whip up in 10 minutes or less

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HEALTHY BREAKFASTS Give yourself a healthy start with these diet dishes

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TASTY TREAT This super-sparkly pudding is sure to wow your guests

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Stylists at Home

Meet the team Every issue we have a little extra help from members of our reader panel, Stylists at Home. Look for their tips and ideas in the magazine… Jacky Watts

Charlotte Brennan

ABOUT ME I’m 55 and I live with my partner Brett, 43, in a rented threebed detached in Andover, Hampshire WHAT’S YOUR NEXT HOME PROJECT? Our kitchen is due for an update, but as our home is rented, we can only paint it. We’re planning to create a fresh look with country cottage-style accessories in muted blues and creams.

Rachel Bluck

ABOUT ME I’m 33, and I live with my partner Paul, 39, in a threebedroom 1950s dormer bungalow in Eversley, Hampshire WHAT IS YOUR BEST HOME STYLE TIP? Never be afraid to ask people for their opinions – from family and friends to shop assistants. They can often give you advice on things you might not have considered before!

Jessica Charge

ABOUT ME I’m 42 and I live with my husband Timothy, 43, daughter Megan, 12, and son Josh, 8, in a three-bedroom semi in Bridgend. WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR DECORATING INSPIRATION? My ideas come from magazines and home trend sites. I also follow home design accounts on Instagram and Twitter, and I love Pinterest.

Vicky Pearce

ABOUT ME I’m 38 and I live with my husband Matt, 44, in a 1930s three-bedroom semi-detached house in Southampton. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SHOP? One that really stands out for me is Etsy, as it’s a great place to find different or individual products that have been made by a person rather than a factory.

Robyn Swain

ABOUT ME I’m 38 and I live in a 1930s three-bed house in Surrey with my husband Steve, 41, and daughters Poppy, 9, and Lucy, 6 WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY? I’d stick to one job at a time. We began steaming off the wallpaper in the hall, but three months on it’s still half-done, as we began digging up the garden, too!

GET IN TOUCH Have you just finished decorating your home or maybe transformed a room from drab to fab? Email us at styleathome@timeinc.com with some photos and you could be featured in an upcoming issue of Style at Home.

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ABOUT ME I’m 25 and rent a threebed 1970s mid-terrace in Preston, with my husband Sam, 29, and our daughters Mischa, 5, and Izzy, 3. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM? My living room, where we filled the back wall with a custommade TV unit. I drew the plans, and we built it for just £200. It’s beautiful and makes the room look huge.

We want to see what you’ve done in your own homes!

Be part of our reader panel If you’d like to share tips and style advice with other readers, then we’d love to hear from you. Simply get in touch online at housetohome. co.uk/stylistsathome


Vinter white baubles, £4 for three

Stråla mesh lampshade, £4

IKEA Ersätta candle holder, £6

Heavy metal Combine silver and gold for a contemporary scheme Vinter paper side plates, 80p for ten

Stockholm bowl, £8

The £35 EDIT Shopping Editor Laurie has searched the high street and online for this month’s brilliant home buys – all £35 or less

Wildlife wallpaper, £15 per roll; hare cushion, £14; teal throw, £25, all Next

Ceramic jug, £16

Fox cushion, £16

Glass lantern, £14

Want it now! WE’RE STILL OBSESSING OVER COPPER,SO WE’LL BE STASHING OUR SAH MAGS IN THIS CHIC RACK! House-shaped magazine rack, £20, Oliver Bonas

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NEXT Glazed owl sculpture, £10

Add teal Inject a hit of greeny-blue

Owl cushion, £16


ALL UNDER £35

Buy it

3 of the best DIARIES Organise your year ahead beautifully GO FOR SHINE

Neat stripy diary, £10, The Contemporary Home

Pretty blush diary, £28, Papermash

Inspiring glitter diary, £5, Next

Vinter napkins, 75p for 30; Vinter scented candle in glass, £1.50; Svalka champagne glasses, £2.50 for six, all Ikea

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Frosted tealight holder, £3; ceramic storage drawers, £26; Bon bon jar, £8, all Sainsbury’s

PILE ON STYLE

My favourite buys

JESSICA SAYS

Try the ultra-elegant classical look Faux peonies, £8

‘Take advantage of the sales and buy festive baubles and other decs at bargain prices to store away until next Christmas. Go for classic designs that won’t date.’

Resin bust, £12

Hooks, £10 Mercury-effect vase, £10

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Cushion

Acorn ornament, £18

CORNER Add glitz to your sofa this season

Lace-style frame, £15

Owl votive, £10

HOUSE OF FRASER Chevron sequin cushion, £12.99, HomeSense

Folk style Go all-out for cute with woodland decor in berry and neutral tones Sprig vase, £30

Squirrel ornament, £25

Grey foil star cushion, £12.99, New Look

Elfie bird vase, £25

ON MY RADAR

Sumptuous velvet

Snakeskin-style cushion, £7, George Home

Add an air of opulence with this luxurious texture Velvet ombre cushion in berry, £27, Oliver Bonas

Giraffe monochrome cushion, £12; Merlin cushion, £15; floral cushion, £15, all Very Gold crack cushion, £31, Amara

Check out our blog cushienumber.co.uk for even more affordable, must-have accessories.

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Lord Oliver owl family draught excluder, £33.95, Cuckooland.com

Duck egg faux velvet throw, £20, George Home Velvet shimmer bath cream, £14, Marks & Spencer


ALL UNDER £35

Buy it

Luxe up your living room WITH PURPLE PIECES

+ Quilotta amethyst tea light, £18, Amara

+ Aubergine mirrored box, £12, The Contemporary Home

Purple cushion, £12, M&Co

MARKS & SPENCER

Alphabet cushion, £15

Golden touch Glam up with opulent pieces that shout ‘luxury’ SPELL IT OUT

Folk rabbit cushion, £20; Embroidered bird cushion, £30; red cushion, £20; rabbit mug, £5, all House of Fraser

Nouveau mug, £6

Stylist FEATURE SEOANA SHERRY-BRENNAN, LAURIE DAVIDSON

at Home

Nouveau plates, from £8; large gold tree, £9.50; pineapple candle holder, £29.50; Mistletoe cloche, £45, all Marks & Spencer

CHARLOTTE SAYS Bubbly glasses, £19.50 for four

Buy it, style it! SHOWCASE TREASURED FAVOURITE PHOTOS AND TRINKETS S IN THESE QUIRKY CLEAR PIECES Jaipur brass frames, from £4.95, Dotcomgiftshop

‘The metallic hues, velvet textures, and the depth and warmth of the purple and teal create a perfect look for just after Christmas.’

Word ornament, £15

Art Deco tray, £35

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VICTORIAN TERRACE V

NORDIC SCHEME ‘We updated the colour with a soft chalky grey. I’m really pleased we achieved a minimalist look but kept the period charm’

STYLE TIP

‘Cluster pictures in monochrome frames for a gallery look’

‘We’ve created a

COSY RETREAT’ Abi, 33, explains how she and her fiancé Chris, 40, fell for their Victorian terrace from the moment they stepped inside 14 | JANUARY 2017


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‘We kept the neutral carpets that were here and added interest with textiles’

LET LIGHT IN ‘Natural light is very important to me, so I hung a mirror above the fireplace to reflect lots around the room’

MY HOME...

ABOUT ME I’m Abi Dare, 33, and I’m a writer at thesefourwallsblog. com. I live with my fiancé, Chris, 40, a chartered surveyor. MY HOME A three-bedroom Victorian terrace in Bristol. We bought it in October 2014. WHEN I BOUGHT IT It felt a little bland. While there was no structural work required, it really needed an injection of character and warmth. AND NOW We did cosmetic work in the kitchen, decorated throughout and changed the lights to pendants or downlighters in nearly every room. It’s the perfect backdrop for our understated festive decorations. STYLE TIP Don’t rush decorating. You need to live in a property for a while first to understand how the light falls and the space flows.

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his house felt like home as soon as we walked into it,’ says Abi. ‘Everyone talks about that certain feeling you get when you find the right place, and we definitely had that here. We’d been looking to buy for about three years and began to feel disheartened as sale after sale fell through. Bristol is an up-and-coming area and there’s real competition for houses – with 18 bids on this one we had a fight on our hands, and were very lucky to secure it. I love living here – there are wonderful independent shops and cafés and a beautiful park, perfect for long walks. There’s also a fantastic Christmas market selling gifts, cheeses and chutneys from local producers. I’ve always loved period properties, with their sense of history, their character and the stories behind them. The fact that many of the house’s features remained intact also really appealed to me and Chris. There’s the original coving and deep skirting, and a period fireplace in the living room where I’ll display candles

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3 style buys Cushion cover, £6.99, H&M

Floral silk eucalyptus spray, £6, John Lewis

Icelandic sheepskin rug, £209, Amara

SIMPLY STYLED ‘I love stars at Christmas, they’re simple yet festive. I found these wooden ones at Cox & Cox’

and sprigs of foliage. I adore our bay window as it lets in so much light, and at Christmas I’ll hang wooden stars, so they’re visible from both the house and street.

Starting afresh Having been renovated by the previous owners, the house was a perfect blank canvas and only required cosmetic work; we introduced a subtle palette of muted greys and soft whites. I found a gorgeous, silver shade of paint called Harp Strings by Valspar, which reflects the light beautifully and has a lovely chalky texture, but was much cheaper than high-end versions. I’m very influenced by Scandinavian design and have been fortunate enough to travel extensively in the area; first on a school exchange trip to Denmark, then again in my teens and beyond. I light candles every evening, which really helps me relax; we’re exposed to so much artificial light and there’s something very

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JACKY SAYS

‘Muted greys, whites and silver hints create an elegant look along with Abi’s sheepskin rugs and vintage finds. Using her late grandma’s baubles is a lovely touch.’


VINTAGE VIBE ‘I inherited my first Singer sewing machine from my grandmother and am now always on the lookout for more’

GREAT IDEA

STACK THEM HIGH

‘Go for a more eclectic look and use different styles of chairs’

‘Rows of shelves mean I can display items, but in an orderly way’

‘I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THE WAY SCANDI HOMES MANAGE TO LOOK AND FEEL COSY YET MINIMALIST’ I

calming about their warm, flickering glow. I’ve also sourced several sheepskin rugs, which lend warmth and texture. I bought them from a place not far from where I grew up and they remind me of home.

Kitchen revamp Although the kitchen was newly installed, we changed the handles and replaced the laminate worktop with a new solid-wood version – it’s ash, but the rich tone of the oil the wood was soaked in to help protect it made it look like oak, and this gives the space a more upmarket feel. We gather here when we have friends round – our previous house had a tiny galley kitchen, so it feels like a real luxury to be able to chat to our guests as we’re preparing food. One of our best decisions was getting a local joiner to install cabinets each side of the fireplace: not only do they give the space a greater sense of symmetry but enables us to stow all our books, DVDs

Do it See our guide for wooden flooring on PAGE 22

EASY UPDATE ‘We made the kitchen more contemporary by fitting D-shaped handles from B&Q, and swapped the laminate worktops for timber’

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PURE AND SIMPLE ‘White linen curtains from Ikea help keep the room looking fresh and clean’

Buy it Find our picks of designerstyle chairs on PAGE 20

‘DRAPING A THROW ACROSS A CHAIR OR SOFA ADDS WARMTH FOR THE CHILLY WINTER EVENINGS’ GREAT IDEA

‘Fairy lights create a sense of warmth - use battery ones so there’s no long cords’

and paperwork out of sight. We also fitted reproduction ceiling roses in some of the rooms. You can find painted plastic versions that look just like plaster which can be simply glued in place: they’re a very cost-effective but simple way to add touches of personality and give a space an air of elegance and proportion.

Adding character

COME ON IN ‘We wanted to create an inviting, uncluttered guest space, so kept things simple with chrome bedside lamps’

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I love to source classic vintage pieces rather than follow current trends – lots of the furniture I like was designed in the 40s, 50s and 60s, but has a timeless quality that doesn’t date. One of my best buys were my Bertoia wirework chairs, which I purchased from a local dealer here in Bristol – they look great at each end of our rustic wooden dining table. I’m forever picking up bits and pieces on our travels and most recently I bought an iconic Scandinavian candlestick that works perfectly in my scheme. I must have stood


SLEEP EASY ‘We splashed out on an upholstered bed from Sofa.com that worked well with our monochrome theme’

Hit the shops The best buys to achieve elegant Nordic style CHEAP CHIC Create a high-end look by sourcing reproductions of classics. We love Cult Furniture’s Charles Eames DSW chair, £59, and triangle dining chair, £29. LAYER UP It’s easy to turn your home into a cosy winter retreat. Drape Ikea’s Tejn rug in white, £10, over the arm of a chair, or layer a soft grey blanket, £24.99 from H&M, at the foot of a bed. WARM WELCOME Clusters of candles make for a homely feel. Dotcomgiftshop’s etched Antique Glass tealight holder, £2.95, and the scent of Eucalyptus or Mint candles, from £7.99, TK Maxx, are our picks. READY TO GO Keep a set of sparkling glassware for impromptu guests. Ikea’s Svalka Champagne flutes, £2.50 for six, or Hederlig wine glasses, £1 each, are ideal. LOW KEY Pair neutral bedding with a simple side table and lamp for an understated look. Try Dunelm’s Percale bed linen, from £3.99, and Ikea’s Forsa lamp, £15.

FOR THE AGESI ‘I prefer to save up for statement pieces that I know will last me a lifetime’

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WORDS KATHY HURST PHOTOGRAPHS BRETT CHARLES

ROBYN SAYS

‘Victorian homes ooze character, so using pale, muted colours and natural elements is an easy way to to tone down the drama, if you want a relaxed place to sleep.’

in front of the shop display for hours trying to decide which colour to go for!

Christmas festivities Our scheme is the perfect backdrop for festive decorations. I love eucalyptus, as it has a wonderful depth of colour and Christmassy scent. I’ll dig out the pink and silver baubles my late grandmother bought me and put candles on every surface – it’s about creating a cosy, understated look. The festive period is a special time for us. I savour moments with friends where you can sit down with a port and mince pie. Chris and I love that our home serves as a sanctuary – we truly relax and unwind here.’

Discover more tips and tricks on how to style your home the Scandi way at cushienumber.co.uk

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GET IN SHAPE

£199 The Mini Ritchie armchair in ochre yellow is perfect for small rooms, MADE

£155 We love the chic geometric design of this wire mesh chair in antique brass, OUT THERE INTERIORS

Buy Abi’s style… STATEMENT CHAIRS Add character to any room with stand-out seating that is both pretty and practical

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efresh your home for the New Year and invest in a hero chair, or set of chairs, to update your decor. Whether you’re looking for a cosy armchair to sink into with a good book, or a functional dining chair for busy mealtimes, we’ve done all the hard work for you and picked out 10 of our favourite designs that won’t break the bank.

PRETTY IN PINK

£79.99 £299.99 Make room for two and cosy up on the Skandi charcoal snuggle seat, DUNELM

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Choose the Delilah coral occasional chair for a retro addition to your decor, MY FURNITURE


STATEMENT CHAIRS

Buy it

£59 This Tolix-style metal seat will quickly brighten up your dining room scheme, CULT FURNITURE

£199.95 Imagine you’re in a tropical paradise with the indoor rattan hanging chair, CUCKOOLAND

£199 Add a touch of class with the scroll-armed Luxor chair, VERY

TWO IN ONE

£150 The Lycksele Havet chair doubles up as a handy single bed, IKEA

£140 Revive your decor with the contemporary Asmara rattan chair, OLIVER BONAS

STYLE SECRETS Follow these pointers for buying the perfect chair

£95 Fit in extra guests with the practical Hester stackable dining chair, HABITAT

Consider buying dining chairs that are either stackable or foldable if you’re looking for a few extras to seat

PRACTICAL CHOICE

additional guests for celebrations. They can then be stored away easily when not needed.

FINISHING TOUCHES Once you’ve found your dream design, finish the look by styling it with coordinating accessories. Look out for a pretty seat pad for a new dining chair, or invest in a cosy throw to make an armchair extra inviting.

FEATURE CASSIE PRYCE

SIZE MATTERS Measure up the area for your new chair to ensure it fits well in the space. Go for a compact design in smaller rooms and make sure dining chairs will slot under the table comfortably.

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Like Abi…CHOOSE When trying to choose the right flooring for your home, in – follow our handy guide to finding the perfect real or

LOOKS SO REAL

Black oak wide boards, £119 per sq m, Junckers

Duo XL natural oak, £42 per sq m, Kersaint Cobb

SOLID-WOOD PLANKS

ENGINEERED WOOD

LAMINATE FLOORING

OVERVIEW Made from solid timber planks, this flooring has a natural look and texture that make it both beautiful and durable. There’s a huge range of plank sizes and timbers available – rustic or reclaimed wide planks will work well in a hall or in a country kitchen.

OVERVIEW Although at first glance this flooring looks just like solid wood, engineered planks are actually made up from two or three layers of wood that have been bonded together. This allows the floor to be a little more flexible and also resistant to changes in temperature and humidity, making it a very good choice for kitchens, bathrooms, cloakrooms and utility rooms.

OVERVIEW Made from a thin layer of paper bearing a photographic image that is then sandwiched between a protective film and solid hi-density backing board, laminate flooring comes in a host of different wood looks, sizes and even textures. As a general rule, the thinner a laminate is, the cheaper it will be, but most are pretty durable, scratch resistant, hygienic and well able to stand up to normal wear and tear.

BENEFITS Hard-wearing and resilient, wooden boards are easy to fit and great for high-traffic areas, as long as the subfloor is properly prepared. Oiled or waxed regularly, or sealed with lacquer, the floor will look good for decades, although varying temperatures in high-moisture areas can warp it. Depending on your choice of timber, prices range from £20 per sq m to upwards of £100 per sq m. WHERE TO BUY Wickes, Homebase, British Hardwoods, Junckers. For more flooring ideas and inspiration, go to pinterest.com/ styleathomemag

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Elite Old Oak Light Grey, £19.99 per sq m, Quick-Step

BENEFITS The thicker the top layer of wood is, the more hard-wearing it will be – when choosing flooring, look for boards with thicknesses of 3mm and upward. It’s a more suitable solution to combine with underfloor heating, as it’s less likely to warp, but always check individual temperature recommendations when buying. Keep the wood looking its best by giving it a good oiling once a year. The depth of the top layer will affect the price you’ll pay, but you can find good quality engineered boards from around £30 per sq m.

BENEFITS Easy to fit – if you opt for a click-fit system that doesn’t require you to use any adhesive, it’s a good solution for a competent DIYer. To prevent warping, a really good tip is to acclimatise the planks by leaving them in the room they’re to be laid in about 48 hours before fitting. For a more realistic look, choose a brand with a colour variation that replicates what you would find with a natural wood. Prices start at around £10 per sq m, but can rise to over £30 per sq m.

WHERE TO BUY The Natural Wood Floor Co, Kersaint Cobb, B&Q, Homebase.

Wickes, Quick-Step.

WHERE TO BUY CarpetRight, B&Q,


WOOD FLOORING

Do it

A WOODEN FLOOR it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. That’s where we come faux timber floor to suit your style and fill your space with natural warmth

OLD SCHOOL STYLE

IT’S A TOUGH CHOICE Reclaimed Organic engineered painted pine, £111.54 per sq m, Havwoods

Slumber wood-effect tiles, £79.97 per sq m, Topps Tiles

ORIGINAL FLOORBOARDS

VINYL TILES OR LINO SHEETS

WOOD-LOOK CERAMIC TILES

OVERVIEW Most older homes will have a solid wood floor, so if you want the authentic feel of mellow, worn timber then have a look at what’s beneath your carpets. Although they might require some sanding, staining or painting and sealing, it’s not a difficult or overly expensive job, although it can be time consuming and dusty. For best results, hire an industrial sander with a dust bag from a builder’s merchant, such as Jewson, for around £50 per day.

OVERVIEW Vinyl flooring comes in two types – sheet, often called lino, which is simple and quick to fit, or planks and tiles or LVT (luxury vinyl tiles), which are thicker and generally a more high-quality option. Both types of flooring come in an enormous variety of styles, patterns and colours to suit most homes.

OVERVIEW A great choice for high-traffic areas or rooms in the house where there are likely to be a lot of spillages, such as the bathroom, woodlook tiles are a relatively new addition to the flooring family. Made from ceramic or porcelain with a faux-wood pattern and often textured, too, they’re an excellent fit with underfloor heating. This will ensure your floors are warm underfoot on cold winter mornings.

BENEFITS This is a real budget option,

FEATURE YSANNE BROOKS

Herringbone Honey Oak large jumbo, from £70 per sq m, Amtico

particularly if your existing floors are in good nick. If they aren’t quite up to it, you can always visit your local reclamation yard, as it is likely to have plenty of reclaimed planks in various widths and lengths, which you can use all over or just to patch where yours are damaged. Wider planks are on-trend right now, but for best results it’s wise to choose ones that are in harmony with the period of your home. Prices start at around £38 per sq m.

WHERE TO BUY Lassco, Havwoods, Ebay, English Salvage.

BENEFITS Cushioned vinyls are a good choice for areas that need to be softer underfoot, such as bathrooms, and they are easy to clean, too. At the pricier end of the market, vinyl tiles and planks are now very realistic, with great pattern and texture, so they’re suitable if you want the look of wood but don’t want to splash out on expensive engineered or solid planks. Prices start at around £5 per sq m for lino and £20 for LVT. WHERE TO BUY Amtico, CarpetRight, B&Q, Wickes, ScS, Karndean.

BENEFITS Highly durable, these tiles are best fitted to a level sub-floor by an experienced tiler, to avoid cracking. There are plenty of colours, sizes and even textures available, and prices do vary – as a rule, the thicker the tile is, the more hard-wearing and expensive it will be. Expect to pay from £25 per sq m. WHERE TO BUY Topps Tiles, Wickes, Tile Mountain, Reed Harris.

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Make it

SHABBY CHIC STAR S

Make Abi’s

SHABBY CHIC BARN STARS Add a handmade accessory to your home with our step-by-step tutorial to making an Amish-style 3D star, inspired by Abi’s decor

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ooking for a quick and simple craft project to tackle this weekend? Give our 3D barn star tutorial a go and update your rooms in just two hours. These versatile vintagestyle stars look great hanging on the wall or leaning on a mantelpiece or bookshelf, and are perfect for filling any empty spaces in your styling. They're a great way to keep a festive look going in your house after Christmas, too. Why not make several stars in different sizes and cluster them together on the wall for a playful piece of art?

White porcelain vase, £7, Peastyle. Croft photo frame in oak, £15, John Lewis. Postcard, from a selection at Paperchase

DO IT IN

2hrs

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HOW TO A4 sheet of card Star template Scissors Pencil & ruler Colours Metropolitan & Chantilly paint tester pots, £1.24 each, B&Q Paintbrush

WHY NOT GIVE YOUR STAR A MODERN FINISH IF THE VINTAGE LOOK ISN’T FOR YOU? TRY SPRAY PAINTING IT IN SHIMMERING GOLD OR GO FOR A STRIKING BLACK

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Draw around the star template (we printed ours out from the internet) onto your sheet of card and cut around this carefully. Using a ruler and pencil, lightly draw a straight line from each corner of the star to the opposite side, as shown in the picture. This will divide your shape into segments leading from the middle point.

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Very carefully, use a pair of scissors to score along each of the lines on the star. Be sure not to press too hard as you risk cutting through the card, but be firm enough to leave a deep crease that can be folded. Push your star into a 3D shape following the score lines so it is raised in the centre and has peaks and troughs as shown.

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Working on newspaper, paint your star in the Metropolitan paint (the darker shade) and leave to dry. Once that layer is completely dry, use a paintbrush to apply a very thin, rough layer of Chantilly paint on top to create a distressed effect. Leave some of the grey showing through and rub off any excess Chantilly paint.

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PROJECT & STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES

TAKES 2 HRS COSTS £2.48


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‘Our home decor is

CONSTANTLY EVOLVING’

When Sophie, 28, moved into her perfect first-time home, she set about adding personality by introducing a colourful, boho palette with a holiday-inspired vibe

MY HOME...

ABOUT ME I’m Sophie Keegan, 28, and I run a handmade clothing business (Instagram: @prettylittle poppet). I live with my boyfriend, Curtis, 28, who works in finance. MY HOME A two-bedroom maisonette in a 1970s property in Sutton Coldfield, which we bought in May 2014. WHEN I BOUGHT IT The property lacked character and needed an injection of personality. The kitchen and bathroom were already done but other rooms needed some TLC. AND NOW The space is light and we’ve decorated it with a beachy, boho feel that suits us as a couple. We’ve gone for bright pastel shades that link the whole space together. STYLE TIP Use tools like Pinterest for inspiration rather than trying to copy an exact look. Mix ideas and pieces that you love to make your home feel special to you.

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FREE FLOWING ‘The folding door allows this room an open-plan feel when we want it’


COLOURFUL MAISONETTE

Love it

FLOOR FILLER ‘I chose this statement rug to pull the scheme together and pick out the colours in various accessories’

STYLE TIP

‘Fill a large sofa with cushions to add interest with pattern and colour’

Do it ‘I’M NATURALLY A VERY CREATIVE PERSON, SO I ENJOY MAKING AND SEWING MY OWN CUSHIONS AND UPCYCLING PRELOVED PIECES OF FURNITURE’

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aving both grown up here in Sutton Coldfield, my boyfriend Curtis and I knew we wanted to stay local when we bought our first place together’, says Sophie. ‘After looking at lots of properties, including a few larger ones a little further out of town, we decided to go for something slightly smaller but which still had spacious rooms. This meant we were able to stay closer to the area we liked. The fact that the kitchen and bathroom had recently been renovated by the previous owners was a big plus for us, as, because it’s our first step on the property ladder, we probably won’t be

Create your own bar using our tips on PAGE 34

staying here for all that long. This also meant we could focus our energy and budget on the decorating instead.

Getting stuck in While we were waiting to get the keys for the house, I had a couple of months to plan each room and decide on an overall style. The day we moved in we began ripping down the wallpaper and, within a week, we’d painted each room. Not having to do any major work was great for us and meant we could settle in more quickly. As I work full-time from home running my fashion business, I turned the second bedroom into my studio. I needed plenty of space for my large sewing table and

COCKTAIL HOUR ‘Our bar trolley is always a big hit when we have friends over!’

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GREAT IDEA

‘Customise your fridge with playful photo magnets’ ON DISPLAY ‘Open shelves provide storage and allow us to show off our retro kitchenware’

WINTER WARMER ‘We chose a subtle berry shade in the kitchen to soften the look of the black tiles’

‘THE KITCHEN HAD BEEN FITTED JUST BEFORE WE BOUGHT THE HOUSE, SO WE ADDED OUR OWN TOUCHES WITH A LICK OF PAINT AND SOME FUN MAGNETS’

3 style buys

Yellow lantern, £14.99, HomeSense

Offbeat rug, £35, Very

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Bohemian jacquard cushion, £10, Matalan


COLOURFUL MAISONETTE

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MELLOW YELLOW ‘As I spend my days in my home studio, I wanted a cheerful space that I wouldn’t get bored with’

Make it Buy it Where to find those craft essentials PAGE 32

Create your own chic storage boxes PAGE 38

machinery, and we put up lots of extra shelves. I opted for a striking yellow tone on the walls, as I wanted a bright, cheery environment to work in and chose clean, white furniture and storage units to balance out the look. The large chevron rug is from Next and was a great way of detracting from the existing carpets underneath without replacing them.

Stylists at Home RACHEL SAYS

My design inspiration

ALL IN ORDER

For me, like many people, the beach is somewhere I feel totally relaxed, so I wanted to bring that chilled-out vibe into our decor at home. I went for bright but calming colours on the walls and styled each room with a mix of souvenirs and photographs we’ve taken on our travels. It’s important for us to be surrounded by

‘Keeping an area organised and clutter free like Lucy has will make the room feel appealing, fun and more functional.’

happy memories and things that make us smile. I’m a self-confessed Pinterest addict and use it as a way to relax after work, so I made inspiration boards for every room. TK Maxx is my favourite place to hunt for accessories and finishing touches; the fabulous bar cart in the living room is from there. I shop at high street stores, such as Dunelm, H&M and Debenhams, and online for things that may be harder to find. Etsy is great for wall art as you can buy designs to download and print at home, for a fraction of the price of a piece of art. Most of our artworks are printables and, because they’re inexpensive, it means we can swap them regularly for something new. When it came to paint choices, we chose several bold shades around the house but teamed them with softer colours

‘Little jars are great for keeping ribbons tidy’

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PRINTS CHARMIN G ‘Printable downloads from Etsy are an affordable alternative to buying paintings’

‘HAVING LOTS OF ART AND PHOTOS ON THE WALLS MAKES OUR HOME FEEL SO WARM AND WELCOMING’ PALE PALETTE ‘I used hints of blue to add colour to the bathroom – and a glitter toilet seat!’

elsewhere to pare back the look. We used a turquoise shade, Cool Aqua, from Crown in our bedroom and as a feature wall in the living room, then Dusted Fondant, also from Crown, for the rest of the walls in there. We went for Soft Berry, a darker Crown shade, in the kitchen.

Stylists at Home JESSICA SAYS

New from old As a naturally creative person, I love to upcycle and put my own stamp on items. My favourite piece is the wicker peacock chair in the bedroom, which I found at a local furniture recycling shop. I’d wanted one for a long time and after a quick clean up and a lick of pink paint, it was as good as new! We also have a beautiful chest of drawers and a mirror with carved detailing that I painted white and changed the handles on. I mixed and matched the knobs on the Ikea drawers in our bedroom, too, to give a more unique look. I’m a dab hand

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‘Like Sophie, source different photo frames and combine them in small groups to create interesting displays. Frames in similar colours will help unify the look.’


COLOURFUL MAISONETTE

GREAT IDEA

‘Tone down a bold palette with elements of white to maintain a balance’

Love it

SEASIDE BLUES ‘I love that the turquoise of our bedding works perfectly with the wall colour’

DRAB TO FAB ‘I adore this wicker chair – it’s amazing what you can find in charity shops!’

Hit the shops Five ideas for how to get Sophie’s style

WORDS & STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPHS SIMON WHITMORE

PATTERN HIT Transform your room in an instant with a statement rug, just as Sophie has done in both her living room and studio room. We love the Fyfe multi-coloured wool rug, £150, from Habitat. PICTURE PERFECT Follow Sophie’s lead and decorate your walls with printable designs. Take a look at Printablelovers on Etsy for a wide range of downloadable print-at-home art from just £2.75.

with the sewing machine, so I made the embellished Moroccan wedding cushions on our bed and hope to cover a footstool in the same way as I love this boho look.

NEW LOOK Update a chest of drawers or sideboard by changing up the knobs for something a little more unusual. Try Trinca-Ferro for handles and drawer pulls in all sorts of colours and designs.

Looking forward Curtis and I are both really happy with what we’ve done and feel it’s the perfect first home. At the moment there isn’t anything we’d change, but the space is constantly evolving as we add in new pieces. We’d like to choose our own bathroom and kitchen in a future home, and I can’t wait until we get a garden. I’m already planning rooms in our next place, wherever that may be!

Have you got a decorating question that you need answered? Tweet the team at #askSAH

TROPICAL TOUCH Love Sophie’s leafy bedroom look? Invest in the cactus print duvet set, from £30, Urban Outfitters, for a speedy, purse-friendly update.

PERSONAL TOUCHES ‘I updated a plain chest of drawers with colourful new handles’

COSY UP Complete your sofa styling with a set of funky patterned cushions. Check out the Butterfly Home collection by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams for pretty, mismatched designs.

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£99 The JL110 sewing machine is perfect for beginner and intermediate levels, JOHN LEWIS

MAKE A DISPLAY

£24.99 Organise threads and ribbons in the pretty, practical haberdashery house, THE OAK ROOM

Buy Sophie’s style…

SEWING ACCESSORIES Follow Sophie’s lead and get creative with needlecraft – here’s all the essential kit…

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rom cushion covers to patchwork, dressmaking to embroidery, sewing is a versatile skill that has seen a resurgence in popularity over recent years, thanks, in part, to the much-loved TV show, The Great British Sewing Bee. Whether you’re a novice with a needle and thread or a sewing machine whizz, we’ve picked out 12 of our favourite buys to kit out your craft space and get you started with your next project. Ready, steady – sew!

£32 Keep your kit in order with the Trailing Daisy round sewing box, CATH KIDSTON

USE A BASIC KIT

£15 The Make sewing kit has everything you’ll need to get started, HABITAT

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£12.95 The Wild & Wolf fabric scissors are an essential for needleworkers, THE MAKERY


SEWING MUST-HAVES

EASY STARTER MAG

Buy it

£20 Try your hand at a new skill with the Learn To Cross Stitch Kit, BUTTONBAG

£8 Keep your pins in the right place with the Mason jar sewing kit, KIKKERLAND

£9.99 Get creative with fabric! This pack contains six fat quarters – plenty to make all 10 craft projects, WHSMITH

£12.50 Carry your kit around with you in the Scissors pencil case, CLARE LOVES

£1.95

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£7

Refresh your fabric stash with The Craft Cotton Co Vintage Floral fat quarters, HOBBYCRAFT

Pick up the Rose Hip pin wheel with pretty flower head pins, DOTCOMGIFTSHOP

STYLE SECRETS Our oh-sew handy tips for buying a sewing machine SHOP SMART

KNOW YOUR NICHE Machines vary in terms of what type of needlework they are best suited to. Someone who does machine embroidery will need a different machine to someone who makes clothes or curtains.

TRIED & TESTED Before buying your new machine, do plenty of research in shops and online. Read reviews from other users and take note of their feedback as to the pros and cons of each model to help you make your decision.

FEATURE CASSIE PRYCE

£7 The Scotty dog pin cushion will make a cute addition to your craft desk, THE CONTEMPORARY HOME

If you’re buying the machine for a hobby or the odd repairs project, avoid an overly complicated model. You’ll likely only be using a limited number of stitches and settings, so be practical about what you buy.

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ways to SET UP A BAR

Welcome 2017 in style with a drinks party – dedicate a space in your home as a bar area, as Sophie has done, and let the good times roll!

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STACK UP

Get creative with a drinks display centrepiece – the ultimate decadent touch. These glasses are specifically designed to be stacked on top of each other to create a tiered pyramid. LSA Tower Champagne in assorted pastel tones, £85 for a set of 10; LSA Tower Champagne in clear, £50 for a set of 10, all Houseology

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Art of glass

Your drinks area doesn’t have to be just a functional and practical space – that sparkling glassware is begging to be shown off. Arrange some fairy lights to add to the party mood. Pulcinella tumblers, £48 for set of four; Pulcinella large wine glasses, £52 for set of four; Pulcinella tumblers, from £44 for a set of four; 40 LED fairy lights, £6, all Oka

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Act like a pro

Go professional and teach yourself a few basic cocktail recipes, from a Martini to a Manhattan, so you can conjure them up with flair when your thirsty guests arrive

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HOME BAR

Do it

6 Hostess trolley

7 CATER FOR THE DESIGNATED DRIVERS WITH A NON-ALCOHOLIC COCKTAIL AND CHILLED OPTIONS

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SPIRITS STASH

Bring back cocktail hour as a daily ritual with this ultra-luxe veneered walnut cabinet, which evokes the heady days of 1920s jazz-age glamour. Puccini cocktail cabinet, £1,999, John Lewis

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Guests feel relaxed when they can help themselves to a drink, and a bar trolley is the perfect way to allow for this. You can push it around to keep everyone topped up. Star lights, £25 each; Biba ice bucket, £45; margarita and Martini glasses, both £35 for 4, all House of Fraser

Point the way

Why not spell out to your guests exactly where the alco action is with the help of this LED bar light. It’s simply powered by batteries, so it can be easily placed anywhere in the home, £14.95, Prezzybox

Cocktail accessories Give your bar b a professional f i l flourish fl i h with ith statement t t t pieces

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CLEAR A SPACE

You don’t have to build or buy anything new to create a home bar. Simply find a nook or surface that isn’t being used or just needs decluttering. Try an existing sideboard, console table or even mantel to display your drinks selection

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Golden wine glasses, £24 for set of 4, Next

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Stainless steel bar set, £25, Sainsbury’s

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Pineapple ice bucket, £25.95, Prezzybox

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SHELF STORE

Shelves can be put up just about anywhere and make a great spot for a home bar. Alcoves beside a chimney breast are a good choice. Go for sturdy, well-secured battens screwed to the side and rear walls, as a collection of full bottles can be heavy

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Pick the theme

Choose the look you want your bar area to have. Are you going for an old-school, gentleman’s smoking lounge feel, a retro Mad Men-era theme, or do you prefer a chic, modern, cocktail hour look? Once you’ve decided, have fun buying themed accessories to suit!

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A place for everything

A purpose-built drinks cabinet will have plenty of space and shelving in to fit your bottles and glassware. Logan drinks cabinet in walnut, £185, Next

FEATURE KATE SLEEMAN

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16 – Turn your bar area into a real feature with this striking Luxe drinks trolley, £395, Oliver Bonas

MAKE OVER

Upcycle up an old piece of furniture into a bar. A coffee table or cupboard can be transformed with paint and varnish. Conceal the top with an oilcloth – great for wiping up spilled drinks

You can find more clever ways to style up your home by going to pinterest.com/ styleathomemag

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Get kitted out Stock up on glasses, ice, bucket and tongs, lemon and limes, alcohol, mixers, shaker and strainer, corkscrew and a jigger

Napkins, £4.50 for 16, Rockett St George


HOME BAR

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Do it

Good spirits Wow your guests t with ith th these ttop ti tipples

Tune in

Set up your music system close to your bar and keep the tunes coming to maintain the party atmosphere

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Edinburgh Gin rhubarb ginger liqueur, £18, Amazon

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Spiced rum, £14, Marks & Spencer

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Leblon Cachaça, £28, Waitrose

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Aperol Aperitivo, £15, Sainsbury’s

23 A BOOKCASE WORKS WELL AS A DRINKS AREA AS IT HAS THE HEIGHT AND SPACE TO FIT TALL JUGS AND BOTTLES – JUST CLEAR A COUPLE OF SHELVES

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LAY IT OUT

Get party ready with all your glasses before guests arrive, or go one step further and have the first drinks poured on arrival. Try the Glitterati range, from £3.50, Talking Tables

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GO PRO

If you’re really serious about entertaining at home, go for a built-in or freestanding bar unit. You can customise it in a range of finishes and opt for everything from a sleek modern bar to a more retro look. You can add built-in lighting or even a sound system. Quench Home Bars has an amazing range

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Clear the way

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Make it

FABRIC BOXES F

Make Sophie’s

DECORATIVE FABRIC BOXES Get creative and use offcuts of your favourite fabrics to update your home office or craft area with a set of stylish storage boxes

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ollow Sophie’s lead and give your space a bright update with our easy DIY storage project. These look great in any room; just choose a fabric to suit your scheme. Pick PVC for wipe-clean boxes for kitchen and bathroom.

Turquoise midi sewing machine, £40; fat quarter bundles, £7 for six, both Hobbycraft. Postcards and box files, from a selection at Paperchase

FOR JUST

£34

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HOW TO TAKES 2 HRS COST £34.07*

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Put aside the lid of your box. Lay the fabric right side down with the box on top. Lightly draw onto the fabric around the sides of the box, turning the box over as you go, then cut out a square that’s big enough to cover all four sides (plus 2cm to fold in). Draw a diagonal line from each inner square corner to the same corner of the big square and cut along these to make four slits. Working outside, spray the base and sides of your box with glue.

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Position the box in the central square and stick in place. Pull up one side of fabric and smooth in place, folding the corners over onto the adjacent sides. Run a strip of double-sided tape along the inside edges of the box and fold the extra 2cm of fabric onto these to secure. Repeat with the opposite side. With the two remaining sides of fabric, fold the corner triangles into themselves before sticking the fabric to the box. Repeat for the lid.

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MIX AND MATCH COLOURFUL FABRICS FOR A STATEMENT OFFICE LOOK – WE USED THE BATIK, , BAHIA AND DITA DESIGNS, ALL FROM PRESTIGIOUS TEXTILES

PROJECT & STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPH DAVID GILES *PRICE FOR 3 BOXES

Assorted square paper mache boxes, £15 for five, The Little Crafty Bugs Company 1m Batik fabric in Jaffa, £14.99 per m, Prestigious Textiles Fabric scissors Pencil & ruler Bostik fast tak glue spray, £4.08 per 150ml, B&Q Double-sided tape


STYLIST’S SECRETS

Love it

THIS MONTH’S

Love it Whether you’re young or old, incorporating animal prints in to a scheme is a whimsical way to subtly liven up a room. Keep background colours neutral so the colours and details of the design aren’t lost.

Hanging up simple motifs, such as hearts and stars, adds further charm

Brushed cotton animal bed set from £25, and brushed cotton penguin sheet from £15, both Next

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‘Our home has FOLK ART

Make it Get crafty and create your very own wall hanging PAGE 50

‘This boho wall hanging stands out really well against the dark wall colour’

MY HOME...

Buy it Bring the boho look into your home with our top buys PAGE 46

ABOUT ME I’m Lucy Jones, 37, and I run an interior styling company and blog called Make Me Loved. I live with my husband Owen, 36, and our triplets Joe, Grace and Elsie, 7. MY HOME A 150-year-old, fourbedroom Welsh cottage, which we spent a year renovating. The house is on the farm where Owen grew up and we moved in six years ago. WHEN I BOUGHT IT It was almost derelict, completely uninhabitable and had just two bedrooms. We renovated it throughout and made it extremely energy efficient, too. AND NOW It’s very spacious, with airy and sociable rooms, and an eclectic design style. STYLE TIP Always go with your gut feeling. If I’ve ever been unhappy with my choices, it’s because I didn’t go with what I really wanted.

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GREAT IDEA

‘In winter, layer up your sofas and chairs with faux fur throws for a cosy Scandi look’


FARM COTTAGE

Love it

AN ECLECTIC LOOK’ BE BOLD ‘The funky library wallpaper from Graham and Green gives the living room a cocooning feel’

Lucy, 37, spent a year renovating this 150year-old farm cottage before giving it a quirky, modern edge

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hen my husband Owen and I had our triplets, Joe, Grace and Elsie, it became more urgent to find somewhere to accommodate our growing family,’ says Lucy. ‘We fell in love with this house because it was located on the farm where Owen grew up and where he now runs his fishing lakes and tackle business. We wanted somewhere we could put down roots and, despite the state of the cottage, we’d received planning permission to totally renovate it to make it work for our family. The first thing we had to do was completely gut the house and take it back to its bare bones. After that, we were able to build a double-storey extension to the side and back of the original building, which made it twice as big. New windows were fitted and, to make the house more energy efficient, we installed a ground source heat pump, which supplies all the heat to our underfloor heating and hot water. There are also two logburners, which keep the place warm in the winter. It was a bit of a juggle trying to manage everything, especially with three young children in tow, but we were lucky to have a very good builder, and my father-in-law did a huge amount to help us, too. On New Year’s Eve 2010, after there had been two heavy snowfalls, I moved into the house with the children while Owen was out at the rugby. He’d worked so hard that I wanted to surprise him and to start the New Year afresh in our new home.

Brand-new start The work went relatively smoothly, apart from me deciding midway through the build that I wanted to have a glass roof in the kitchen area! Thankfully, it was still possible to include it without undoing any of the existing work. I love to cook, and with a busy household, I wanted a kitchen that would withstand any knocks. I found a local supplier who worked to my tight budget and chose a kitchen from the German brand Hacker. To keep the costs low, I stuck to using

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3 style buys Husky fauxfur throw, £49, Very

Macrame wall art, £39, AtNo67 Concept Store

Mustard velvet cushion, £29.95, Idyll Home

GREAT IDEA

‘Look out for exdisplay appliances to get good-quality products for less’

DOUBLE DUTY. ‘The snug is also our office area and is great for the kids to play in if we’re in the living room’

standard cupboards rather than pan drawers, and also sourced ex-display appliances rather than buying brandnew ones. The Caesarstone worksurface is a quartz composite, which was more affordable than other stone worktops. We went for a long island with a hob to help keep the kitchen a sociable space. Our dining table used to belong to Owen’s parents and is great for big family lunches.

Old with new My style is pretty eclectic, as I like lots of different designs. I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to interiors magazines and I also get inspiration from looking at people’s blogs and Instagram pages. I’m inspired by old painted furniture, especially French or Gustavian-style but I like to accessorise it with something quite edgy to avoid too much of a shabby-chic look. I like to mix up modern and old pieces to

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create contrasts – for instance, I paired our lovely old table with Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost dining chairs. I never like to spend too much money on things unless they’re going to stay in our home forever, so I’m often on the hunt for bargains.

Crafty touch To help keep costs down, I’ve also made a lot of things around the house, from blinds, lampshades and cushions to bunting and paper garlands to decorate the kids’ bedrooms. I had a lovely crafting session with the girls, showing them how to make a pom pom garland for a school project, and they carried on making them to hang up in their rooms. The only thing about the house I would change is the layout of the laundry/boot room. It’s always got lots of muddy boots and wellies lying around and getting in the way. It would be good to be able to


FARM COTTAGE

ADDING LIGHT. ‘I love the glass roof – it was a last-minute choice but it completely illuminates the kitchen’

Love it

MELLOW. YELLOW. ‘To revive our oak sideboard, I mixed some Annie Sloan chalk paint to create this yellow shade’

Do it Go to the dark side with moody hues PAGE 48

‘DON’T BE AFRAID TO MIX AND MATCH OLD AND NEW PIECES FOR AN ECLECTIC FEEL AND TO STOP YOUR HOME LOOKING TOO THEMED’ FLEXIBLE SPACE ‘I wanted an open-plan, sociable kitchen where I could cook while chatting to guests’

Stylist

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VICKY SAYS

‘To make even more use of her crafting skills, Lucy could try making hanging macrame planters to complement her retro-style wall art.’

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SWEET DREAMS ‘The bedroom is decorated in neutral colours to keep it feeling light and serene’

PICTURE. WINDOW. ‘We have great views out over the farm’

‘GET THE KIDS INVOLVED IN MAKING DECORATIONS FOR THEIR ROOMS – THE GIRLS HELPED ME MAKE BUNTING AND GARLANDS’ PERSONAL TOUCH ‘I painted the mountain design on Joe’s bedroom walls myself for a fun look’

design something that accommodates everything, while still feeling welcoming.

Festive season When it comes to Christmas, I go a little bit mad – I love it! I go foraging around the farm for greenery and foliage to make wreaths and table settings, and we buy trees from a local farm for every room. Our home is then filled with lots of homemade garlands, decorations and fairy lights. Plus I make chutney, which I give to friends and family as presents, and I cook Christmas dinner for all the family. The children are always wild with excitement and it’s a big raucous affair, like the Griswolds from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I feel genuinely lucky to have had the opportunity to make a home just for us. It was a lot of hard work, but it’s really paid off. Considering we were so busy with the babies when we took on the project, I’m so thrilled about the outcome.’

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CHARLOTTE SAYS

‘I love how Lucy has softened the darker paint in the living area with the various textures from the leather sofa, blankets and throws. It’s also easy to change up and create a new look at short notice.’


FARM COTTAGE

STYLE TIP

‘If something doesn’t go with your scheme when you redecorate, get creative and paint it a new colour to match’

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Hit the shops Five tips on what to buy to recreate Lucy’s style ADD FEATURE WALLS Introduce a quirky feel with rustic-style wallpaper like Lucy has. Pastel Library wallpaper, £65 per roll, Graham and Green. NICE KNITS Lucy’s funky wall hanging looks great against a dark backdrop, take a look at Etsy for a range of crochet wall hangings. DEEP SHADES Don’t be scared of dark colours – they can create a cosy feel. For a similar dark shade try Down Pipe estate emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5 ltrs, Farrow & Ball HANG IN STYLE Add a cute touch to a child’s bedroom with home-sewn bunting or garlands. Visit Hobbycraft for all your materials to make a pretty garland. REPAINT A CLASSIC If you have a favourite piece of furniture that doesn’t quite match your scheme, give it a fresh lick of paint for a gorgeous new look. Try Annie Sloan’s chalk paint.

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BATH TIME.

WORDS AMY HODGE PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE STYLING LAURIE DAVIDSON & ANNABELLE GRUNDY

‘Despite this room being quite a long, unusual shape, it’s got plenty of space’

FRESH PRINTS. ‘Aqua textiles in Grace’s room stop the scheme being too sugary’

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£24.99

TOP OF THE POTS

Hang this dream catcher for a striking boho addition, HIPPIE BY VIKI AT ETSY

£14.95 Go for rope details like the Paloma dipped macramé plant pot holder, DOTCOMGIFTSHOP

£32 Store trinkets in these patterned wooden drawers, DEBENHAMS

Buy Lucy’s style… BOHO PIECES Follow Lucy’s lead and style your home with natural textures and artisan-style ornaments

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hannel your inner hippie and redecorate your space with boho-style finds. Get creative with punchy prints and work in accessories with fringing, tassels and rope details to pull the look together. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite products from the high street and online to help inspire you, from as little as just £4.99!

UP FOR GRABS

£19 This seagrass storage basket can hide away clutter in any room, OLIVER BONAS

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£19.50 The Suki round cushion will update your sofa with colour and pattern, MARKS & SPENCER

£118 Be daring and display the faux wallmounted skull, MIAFLEUR


ETHNIC LOOK

From

£15

Add a mixture of prints, such as Dizzywonders’ vintage plate, ART ROOKIE

£73

Buy it

A GREAT FIT

£16*

This on-trend ombre wallhanging will give a folksy feel to your decor, BARNABY & CO

These Debossed mugs have an earthenware feel, NEXT

£20 The woven Alseda stool makes for great informal seating, IKEA

£4.99 Pick up the cute owl jug for a playful finishing touch, HOMESENSE

STYLE SECRETS

£18

Adopt these three ideas to get the boho look AU NATURAL Organic textures, such as rattan, seagrass and wood will give your room a rustic, relaxed feel. Upcycle old wicker furniture with a lick of paint to work it into a new scheme.

£29 Choose the bold Sissy rug for a statement floor filler, AT NO67 CONCEPT STORE

GO GREEN Incorporate greenery into your styling and display plants in bright pots to complement this style. Cacti and succulents are great lowmaintenance choices, or fill a corner of a room with a larger houseplant.

£24.99 Introduce foliage with the artificial green bamboo tree, DUNELM

FINISHING TOUCHES Boho-style interiors call for plenty of whimsical accessories, so display feathers, dream catchers and macrame wall hangings around your room for a cohesive look.

FEATURE CASSIE PRYCE *SET OF FIVE

For wooden texture, try the intricately carved leaf frame, HOUSE OF FRASER

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Like Lucy…

EMBRACE DARK COLOURS Add a lovely cosy feel to your room schemes this winter by using a daring and dramatic palette that is definitely on-trend

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edecorating is the easiest way to completely change the look and feel of a room, but it can take a lot of time and planning to get right. One of this season’s hottest trends is to go dark – from charcoal grey to deep jewel tones such as purple, and even black, there will be a combination to suit all tastes. Don’t be afraid to go for a dramatic look, as these colours can be added slowly with accessories or to unexpected places, such as floors or ceilings.

Back to black Create a striking look for the living room by painting the walls, fireplaces and shelves a dark grey or black. Add furnishings in a monochrome palette, plus light wooden flooring, warmed up with faux-fur rugs.

Barware, from £6 for a Metallic Swirl glass, all Debenhams

Midas touch Make your gold accessories pop by displaying them against a royal blue wall. For a seamless finish, paint the skirting the same colour as the walls. To complete the look and create an eye-catching feature, hang an empty gold picture frame, as shown above. Here, it complements a fully-stocked, retro-style drinks trolley – a great idea for an unused corner in the dining room.

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Lampshade, £29.99; cushion, £24.99, both HomeSense


DARK COLOURS

Modern rustic Update a country kitchen by choosing a deep bottle-green paint for one wall. This will go nicely with a dark wooden floor, and offers a lovely base colour on which to hang a display of white plates. Shaker-style cabinetry and rustic furniture in cream and light wood will stand out against this moody backdrop.

Do it

Penthouse sideboard, £179, Very

Black Blue floor paint, £59 per 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

Darcey table; £899; dining chair (set of 2), £299; both M&S

Floor show If dark walls are too daunting, try painting your floor with dramatic colour combinations instead. This will add interest without influencing the sense of space within the room. Break up a dark floor shade with colourful stripes around the border, which picks out another colour or accessories.

Going for gold

PAINT A LARGE SHEET OF CARDBOARD AND PROP IT UP IN THE ROOM THAT YOU WANT TO DECORAT O A E – THIS HIS LIKE WILL GIVE AN IDEA OF WHAT IT’LL LOOK Something new A classic monochrome colour scheme has been a popular choice for kitchens for years. Try giving this old favourite a twist by choosing black cabinets, painting the walls a dark grey, and then lightening the feel with a sleek, white splashback.

From £2.50 for an Enchanted Forest tea cup, George Home

Add the finishing touches to a dark living room design by placing eye-catching objects on a black-and-gold sideboard. Gold ornaments, jewel-coloured artwork, globes and candle holders will all create a luxurious look, while also fitting in well with grey walls and sumptuous velvet furniture.

Luxe living For an opulent guest bedroom, pair black painted walls with a contrasting wallpaper and a matching velvet bed. Add Art Deco-inspired pieces, rich colours and metallic accents, then layer the bed with turquoise and purple linens and cushions.

Aduro glass tiles, £299.95, Original Style

FEATURE ROSALIND ERSKINE

Mono magic

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Show off smart kitchenware by painting one wall black. Once done, put up a shelf and paint it the same colour, and display contrasting plates, teapots and crockery. This is a great way to create a feature wall, and you can change the items on the shelf as and when you want to refresh and update the look.

Bedlinen from £30 for a velvet leopard cushion, House of Fraser

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MACRAME WALL HANGING Channel the on-trend Boho vibe with our cool DIY hanging – simply follow this step-by-step guide to master the knotting techniques

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e love Lucy's Boho wall hanging and just couldn't resist making our own for Style at Home HQ! Macrame continues to be a hot trend in to the new year and, once you've got to grips with how to knot the yarn, it's a great project to do on the side during an evening. Experiment by using different types of yarn, too – T-shirt yarn is great for using in macrame and comes in all varieties of pretty patterns and colours. Give it a go!

Gladom tables, £20 each, Ikea. Planter on left, from a selection at Homebase. Zizi vase, £40; Trina vase, £25, both Habitat. Bird, £25; armadillo, £30, both House of Fraser

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HOW TO Simply Chunky yarn in Slate Grey, Mustard Yellow and Vanilla Cream, £2.25 for 100g, Paintbox Yarns at Love Knitting Measuring tape Scissors Thin dowel rod, £1.39, Hobbycraft Masking tape

HER LENGTH OF YARN TO HANG THE DESIGN ON THE A USE ANOT WALL, BY TYING THE ENDS ONTO THE WOODEN DOWEL ROD. SECURE THE ENDS WELL TO STOP THE YARN SLIPPING OFF

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Cut 12 strands of each colour, each 2 metres long. Secure the dowel rod to your work surface with tape. Starting with a strand of grey yarn, fold it in half and feed the loop under the dowel rod. Pass the loose ends of the strand through the loop and pull tight. Repeat with 5 more strands of grey, 6 mustard, 12 cream, 6 mustard and 6 grey.

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Working from left to right along the rod, tie the first pair of strands to the second pair in a double knot. Tie pairs together along the dowel rod until all are tied to their neighbour; knots should be spread approximately 1-2cm across the rod. Ensure they are tied tight enough not to unwind but not too tight, in case you need to redo a section.

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Skipping the first pair of strands on the left, tie the second pair to the third in a double knot as before, 3cm below the rod. Tie the next pair together, and work along the rod, leaving the last pair of strands on the right side hanging loose. Repeat with the next row and so on, until you have a V pattern. Cut the loose strands to 30cm in length each.

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STYLIST’S SECRETS

Buy it

THIS MONTH’S

Buy it Arrange books with the spines facing the wrong way, for a relaxed and offbeat display

Once the Christmas decs are down, our rooms can suddenly feel a little flat. So having pulled off your Yuletide scheme, now is the time to plan a sophisticated wintry look for your rooms, to see you through the cold days in style.

Cavendish Carrie 3-seater sofa, £1,199 and armchair, £799; Boucle duck egg wool throw, £25; Taco ceiling light, £49; all Very

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Colour class:

EMERALD GREEN Dare to go bold or stay discreet with this on-trend colour, which can bring both richness and a fresh feel to any room

Distinctive shapes help the colour stand out even more

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t’s a big trend colour for the year ahead, and emerald green can be adapted to suit any scheme. The hue can add zest and brightness to a room, though works just as well if you want to go moody, and team it with darker greens or greys. Emerald green comes in many guises – from those resembling forest green, right through to more of a teal; yet it’s the richness of the colour that ties all the shades together under the emerald umbrella. It’s this variety that makes the shade so versatile and appealing to use.

Quartz wallpaper in emerald, £85 per roll, Cole and Son

Parsley carpet, £39.99 per sq m, Brintons

Pixie green matt emulsion, £29.99 for 2.5 ltr, Dulux

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Mirror a striking side wall with furniture and accessories. Secret escape matt emulsion, £13 for 1.25 ltr and Granite Dust matt emulsion, £13 for 2.5 ltr, both Crown Paints


GOING GREEN

Do it

You can never have too much of a good thing, so if you really want to commit then choose furniture, accessories and paint in the same shade

IF YOU’RE FEELING BRAVE, GO THE WHOLE HOG AND PAINT THE WALLS AND CEILING IN A RICH EMERALD SHADE TO CREATE A TRULY LUXE FEELING ROOM

3 of the best… VASES

MAIN IMAGE ALL PRODUCTS FROM IKEA

Cielo layered stripe vase, £25, Habitat

Conran bottle vase, £39.50, Marks & Spencer Georg Jensen Alfredo vase, £120, John Lewis

Try contrasting shades – Palm Springs matt emulsion, £13 for 1.25 ltr and Stepping Stone matt emulsion, £13 for 2.5 ltr, both Crown Paints


Match a bright emerald with white accessories for a really fresh look. Alain desk lamp, £165, Pooky

Solitude Is Bliss print by Michelle Collins, £150, John Lewis

Marble candle holder, £17, Ferm Living

Forno green tumbler, £24 for 4, Habitat

Nellie table lamp in emerald with green block shade, £90 for base, £50 for shade, Pooky

Enchanted Forest emerald faux fur throw, £30, George Home

SCARED TO COMMIT TO PAINTING A WHOLE ROOM? WHY NOT TRY A FEATURE EMERALD WALL, , THEN ADDING ACCESSORIES IN A LIGHTER SHADE Living with it THE HOT SEAT

Margot armchair, £399, Made.com

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Viners fondant 16-piece cutlery set, £22.99, Very

To introduce this colour into your living room, try bringing in a signature piece of furniture, such as a sofa or armchair in a rich green velvet. This will make a great focal point without being overpowering. If you want to go big, then paint the walls in a darker shade of emerald green to bring added depth to a room. Or, if you’re feeling hesitant but would still like to give this shade a go, then simply introduce a few bright pieces to start with, such as vases, blankets or artwork – you’ll soon get a feel for it and be emerald crazy in no time! Using it on a feature wall doesn’t have to mean painting it on the biggest area in the room; using the colour on a smaller side wall can have equally as much impact.


GOING GREEN

Do it

Pairing a deep green with shades of grey is a subtler way to incorporate the colour

Deep hues looks great with dark wood. Palm Night flat matt emulsion, £24.49 for 2.5 ltr, Dulux

Go for a dark shade to make your bedroom feel smart and warm. Holly bed frame in Thunder plain texture fabric, £995, Button and Sprung

Bedrooms & bathrooms These two rooms are great spaces for doing quick makeovers – you don’t even need to pick up a paintbrush to change the whole look and feel of the room. In a bedroom, choose bedding in a bright green and add a variety of cushions and throws in different shades to create a bed that looks hotel-worthy. You could even add a muted grey and green rug to the floor space to incorporate the shade in to the texture of the room. Meanwhile, in the bathroom, try hanging up a colourful shower curtain or blind to match some beautiful green towels. Rattan baskets in earthy tones for storing laundry make a great accompaniment as they help balance out the vibrancy of the colour, too.

Pair shimmery green tiles with woven towels and baskets, from £10, House of Fraser, for a tropical feel

3 of the best… CUSHIONS Emerald cushion, £7.99, H&M Home

Ombre cushion, £27, Oliver Bonas

Design Project No. 29 cushion, £35, John Lewis

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Metallic tones and emerald green go well together. We love these brass vases and plant pots, from £16.95, MiaFleur

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Add touches of green with punchy cushion covers and patterned rugs, from £2, Ikea

Green & wood

Green & metallics

Mix wooden furniture with bright emerald accessories

Use golden tones to provide a really luxe feel in any space

Add different shades of wood with greens to create unique looks. Emerald green walls with dark, rich wood can add warmth to a room. For a lighter feel, pair white walls and pale woods with pops of green in your accessories.

Hexagonal tray, £14, John Lewis

Green bird jar, £15, The Contemporary Home

Bring out the captivating sparkle of emerald green by pairing it with the season’s hottest metallic accessories. Team bright emerald with golds and brasses, or go for a more industrial metal if you’ve chosen a darker shade.

Teddy side table, £29, Very

Forest pendant, £19, Very

Emerald Lustre vases, £16.50 each, MiaFleur

Pineapple frame, £15, Debenhams

Marina table lamp base, £35, Habitat

Green sideboard, £129.99, HomeSense

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Aula Coffee table, £249, Made.com

FEATURE REBECCA NEE

Candle holder, £6.99 H&M


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It could be designer...

MARBLED VASES

Malachite X vase, £148, Jonathan Adler

Try creating a luxury lookalike statement piece for just a fraction of the cost

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PROJECT SUZIE ATTAWAY STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPH DAVID GILES. *COSTS FROM £16.50 PER VASE

his month, we've put a spin on the beautiful Malachite X vase from Jonathan Adler. Try your hand at our simple designs. This technique is perfect for beginner crafters, and it's easy to keep adding to the design until you're happy with the result. Pop these stunning vases on a side table and fill with fresh blooms to get a truly luxe look for less.

Experiment with differentcoloured paints, or mix in metallics for a twist

LESS THAN

£17

TAKES 2 DAYS COSTS £16.50* Greaseproof paper Salong vases, from £7.50, Ikea Marabu Porcelain paint in Gentian Blue, Apple, White and Metallic Gold, £3 for 15ml, Hobbycraft Plastic spoon Pin Plastic takeaway pot Fine paint brush

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Cover your work area with greaseproof paper. Wash and dry the surface of the vase, then take either the blue or green paint and spoon, in small quantities, onto the outside top of the vase. Allow the paint to run down the sides, then spoon some white paint on to the top of the vase.

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Continue this process, turning the vase as you work until it is covered all the way around, and pop any air bubbles with a pin as you go. Leave the vase to dry on an elevated surface (we used a plastic pot) for 24 hours. Once it is completely dry, carefully paint the rim of the vase with a small line of gold paint. Leave to dry.

Superfresco Shatter wallpaper, £8.99, Homebase. Hammered gold tray, £34, MiaFleur. Silver elephant candle, £12, John Lewis

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Give it a go!

REVAMPS AT HOME

Update existing furniture and accessories with our step-by-step upcycling projects

DISCO BALL DEC Turn a balloon into a sparkly ceiling globe TAKES 3HRS + DRYING* COST £25.18 12” balloon, 99p, eBay Newspaper Paintbrush Wallpaper paste Plasti-Kote metallic silver spray paint, £7.39, Amazon Hot glue gun** 14 boxes of silver Craft Factory hologram sparkles 20mm, £1.20 per box, Hobbycraft String

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Inflate the balloon. Tear newspaper into 4cm x 20cm strips. Mix the paste in a bowl. Paste a section of the balloon and stick newspaper strips on top, brushing more glue over the top and overlapping more strips. Repeat to cover the whole balloon, leaving 6cm bare from the knot. Sit balloon in a glass bowl overnight, then turn and leave for a day to dry completely. Pierce the balloon and neaten the top edge. Spray the ball silver, then use a hot glue gun to stick on the sparkles. Make two holes at the top for a string loop.

Hamburg champagne flutes, £40 for four; Cardinal tumblers, £24 for six, both Habitat. Glass bowl, £6.99, Dunelm. Pineapple candle, £11, Talking Tables

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£35

DRINKS TROLLEY Transform a kitchen trolley into a stylish focal piece for your party TAKES 1.5HRS COST £34.38 Sunnersta trolley, £18, Ikea Fine sandpaper Plasti-Kote gold metallic spray paint, £7.39, Amazon Marbleeffect Fablon, £8.99 per roll, Amazon Scissors & ruler

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Before assembling the trolley, rub down the frame and handle sections with fine sandpaper. Working outside on a dustsheet, spray these parts with gold paint, turning the wheels so they are completely covered,

leave to dry thoroughly and apply a second coat if needed. Measure pieces of the Fablon to cover each shelf, with enough to wrap around the sides to the underside. Cut out, then peel the backing paper off slowly as you go and smooth the vinyl onto the shelf. Make small cuts on the long edge, level with the ends, then wrap over to the underside. Trim any remaining vinyl and assemble the trolley as per the instructions.

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WOW FACTOR

COSTS UNDER


HOME REVAMPS Glitterati fringe curtain, £10; Glitterati glam party hats, £7 for six, both Talking Tables

DO IT IN JUST

1hr!

Make it

CORK SIGN Say it loud and proud with cool lettering TAKES 1HR COST £9.99 100 craft corks, £9.99, eBay Hot glue gun**

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Stand a single layer of corks on their ends on a flat surface to work out exactly how to make the numbers or letters you want (or copy ours). It may be easier to glue the corks together in pairs first, then stick each pair in place, rather than working one at a time. Keeping the corks on their ends, glue them together with the hot glue gun to make the arrangement you need. Hold each one in place for a few seconds while the glue dries and allow it to dry and harden properly before handling, otherwise the corks may shift out of place.

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USE THE CORKS TO SPELL OUT MESSAGES OF YOUR CHOICE,DEPENDING ON THE CELEBRATION,OR , GIFT GIVE A COUPLE’S INITIALS AS A WEDDING

COCKTAIL MENU MIRROR

BOHO VINTAGE VIBE

Make a junkshop mirror into a thing of beauty TAKES 2HRS COST £18.49 Old mirror Fine sandpaper Masking tape & newspaper PlastiKote metallic gold spray paint, £7.39, Amazon White Uni Paint Permanent marker, £5, Hobbycraft four packs of 35 self-adhesive pearl gems, £1.50 per pack, Hobbycraft

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Lightly sand down the frame of your mirror and wipe. Use masking tape and newspaper to cover the glass, then spray with two or three thin coats of gold paint until you’re happy with the coverage. Remove the paper and tape immediately then leave to dry thoroughly. Use the marker to write on your cocktail menu for the party (practise your best swirly handwriting on a piece of paper first). Stick the pearl gems around the edge of the painted frame for some extra sparkle to finish off the look.

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Like us on facebook.com/ styleathomemag and discover lots more craft ideas and how-to videos.

Vase, £9.99, Dunelm. LSA metallic champagne saucers, £45 for four, John Lewis. Pink tray, £19.95, MiaFleur

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Give it a go… SCREEN PRINTING

This month, our Food and Digital Editor Amy gets to grips with some print fun

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reating your own artwork by screen printing is a beautiful way to make personalised prints for your home, and there are a wide range of courses all over the country that can teach you the process. Amy from the Style at Home team was excited to spend a day screen printing at Print Club London on its Beginner’s Workshop. Here’s how she got on...

Amy tries her hand at printing

The prints you can create are incredibly varied

Choosing a design

A bit of history ‘Arriving at the Print Club London studio in Dalston, I met the five other people doing the course, and our friendly instructors loaded our images up on the computer, ready to start the screenprinting process. We began by learning a bit about the history of screen printing. You can print onto paper or textiles (we used paper) and different screens are used for each. Your design is transferred onto the screen, which you place over your paper or fabric. Then, you create the print by placing ink onto the top of the screen and using a squeegee to pass the ink through onto the paper or fabric in your Screen printing is a real opportunity to get creative

chosen design. We were told about different ways of printing images, and also looked at beautiful examples. I was amazed by the different types of images that have been screen printed over the years.

Using gold ink made the design stand out

All in the prep ‘Next we got to work on preparing our screens, which involves covering them with photosensitive emulsion and printing the designs onto tracing paper before the images are exposed onto them. It was really fascinating seeing how the process worked and I was surprised how long it took to get the screens ready.

Perfect prints ‘Finally I got to pick which colour ink to print my design with, and luckily there was a gorgeous gold colour. I had a few test runs on scrap paper to make sure I got the hang of printing and then I was able to work on the good paper! It was lovely to see my design take shape, and so fulfilling to create a unique artwork. I was amazed at how much I learnt in one day.’

3 COURSES TO TRY… More screen printing classes to sign up for BRISTOL 10-week beginner’s screen printing course, £295, spikeprintstudio.org SALFORD A four-evening introduction course to screen printing, £130, hotbedpress.org EDINBURGH A weekend discovering water-based screen printing (suitable for beginners), £160, edinburghprintmakers.co.uk

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WORDS AMY HODGE PHOTOGRAPHS PRINT CLUB LONDON, AMY HODGE

‘Before arriving at the studio, I had to draw an image to use for my screen print,’ says Amy. ‘I wanted a print I could hang at home and thought of the idea of doing a dream catcher. I also really love mandala designs, so I incorporated this into my drawing. Once finalised, I photographed the image and saved it onto a USB stick.


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Update your home for the New Year

150+ GREAT IDEAS AND TOP TIPS


Style

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DECORATING Starting the New Year is all about turning over a new leaf and making good changes to our lives. It’s also the perfect opportunity to reassess your home and decide which areas need attention. And, if you’ve recently moved to a new home, now’s the time to put your own stamp on it. Get cracking on all those big jobs that need doing, like redecorating scruffy walls and floors, and updating dull and dated schemes. Be brave and do it yourself - it’s time to grab hold of that brush and roller and get stuck in! Here we show you how to get started and, along the way, offer a few insider tips. You’ll be sitting back and enjoying your home’s new look in no time!

YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT Making the right design decisions for your home Prepping your walls for decoration Finding the best tools for the job Choosing the correct paint and wallpaper Which is the best

fabric to use for different types of soft furnishings Flooring, including carpets and vinyls with advice from an expert Shopping the style, with our stylists’ choice of decorating schemes to inspire you

For similar wallpaper look at Honolulu Palm Green, £20 per roll, Graham & Brown. Wall painted in Dark Aster, £53 per 2.5ltr, Paint by Conran. Percy chair in Deep Turquoise velvet, £680, Sofa.com


Colours Nell Mustard Conversational wallpaper, £12 per roll, B&Q

Getting

STARTED Transform your home in a style that suits you, so you enjoy it for many years to come

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hat you choose to put on the walls and floors of your home plays a big part in its overall look and feel. This is why it’s important when you are decorating a new place or updating an existing scheme to take your time when deciding on furnishings. If it’s a new home, spend a while living in it to assess the pattern of natural light and how you use different rooms. While doing so, imagine your various interior schemes and how they fit into your overall vision.

Find inspiration GREAT IDEA

Contrasting dark and light shades makes a hallway an interesting space

Buy some sample pots in different shades and paint patches on walls and stick up strips of wallpaper, and live with these options for at least a week, noticing how the colours change in different light. That way you’ll establish if you really love that flocked flamingo wallpaper you saw on Pinterest as much as you thought you did!

Wall in Denim Drift; dots in Denim Drift; Sash Blue; Wood Walk; Marine Waters and Cobalt Night, all £29.99 per 2.5ltr, Dulux


Wall painted in Mount Fuji Solo, £20 per 2.5ltr; Pier View Period Collection, £25.49 per 2.5ltr; Blue Gravel Feature Wall, £13.50 per 2.5ltr, all Crown

Paint a wall in differing tones of the same colour for an ombre effect


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Prep like a

DECORATING

PROFESSIONAL Before you embark on a new decorating scheme, get the basics right to ensure a top-quality finish that will look good – and last

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ike most things in life, good preparation is key to success. If you are planning to wallpaper or paint walls, first assess them to see if there are any serious underlying problems, such as damp or loose plaster, which would need to be dealt with by a professional. If you plan to remove the wallpaper, it is advisable to hire a steam stripper and follow the directions closely. It can be a slow and messy process but the finished results will be well worth it.

Main wall papered in Albany Raipur in Marine Blue, £25 per roll, Wallpaperdirect

Show a little TLC Once your walls have been stripped, next repair any holes, marks or small cracks with filler, leave it to dry and gently sand down using a fine grade sandpaper. Remember to also fill in any gaps around the skirting boards, architraves and cornices, otherwise the finished paintwork will look messy or throw uneven shadows. Now you should have walls that are almost similar to that of a new-build. It’s a good idea to use a coat of primer paint to seal, smooth and prepare them for papering or final painting – this is essential if they have been replastered. Another decorator’s tip is to use masking tape to line your skirtings and cornices to ensure a clean edge when painting.

WHEN SANDING A SMALL SPACE OR DRILLING HOLES,CATCH THE DUST BY TAPING AN OPEN ENVELOPE WITH MASKING TAPE UNDER THE AREA

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PAINT TRAY, ROLLERS AND PAINT BRUSHES

‘A plastic bag wrapped over your roller, tray and brushes will preserve paint for 24 hours – ideal for when a third coat is needed.’

TABLE AND BRUSHES A wallpaper table and brushes are essential pieces of kit. Folding paste table, £10; wallpaper paste brush, £3; wallpaper hanging brush, £4.72, all B&Q

Invest in paint brushes in various widths, plus a new roller and tray set. Harris No Loss brushes five-pack, £9; Value 9” roller set, £3, both Homebase

FILLER AND SANDPAPER Pre-mixed filler is easy to apply and dries quickly ready for sanding. Eight-pack assorted sandpapers, £1; Polycel Flexible Gap filler, £3.50; Ronseal filling knives set, £1, all Wilko


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EXPERT TIPS Get to know the trade secrets and learn the correct methods for a successful and professional decorating job

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nterior walls are usually painted with an emulsion, acrylic or water-based paint. For areas like bathrooms or kitchens where humidity builds up quickly, an eggshell paint is advised. A non-drip paint is the best choice for ceilings. For woodwork, an oil-based gloss gives a good finish and is highly durable. ECO CREDENTIALS More paints are becoming environmentally sound and have been reformulated to minimise fumes. Use eco-friendly paint in a child’s bedroom or if anyone in your home is allergic.

WALLPAPER PREP Make sure all wallpaper rolls have the same batch number for a perfect match. Some papers require paste applied to the wall, others to the paper – follow the instructions. Take care to paste right up to the edges to avoid them lifting. WALLPAPER LIKE A PRO When you begin, ideally start in the corner and on a section where you can do a full drop. Take extra care getting the paper absolutely straight. Continue papering away from the window, so that natural light doesn’t cast a shadow on the joins. If a paper is boldly patterned and on a focal wall or fireplace, begin there first, hanging the initial piece centrally and working away in both directions to achieve a symmetrical finish.

NEVER STIR NON-DRIP PAINT, EVEN IF IT’S LUMPY, AS STIRRING DESTROYS ITS NON-DRIP PROPERTIES

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B&Q

WALLPAPER DIRECT

CROWN

Expert advice on prepping your walls and how to resolve problems. B&Q also sells most items you need. Go to youtube.com and search bandq for a selection of videos.

Wallpaperdirect is your one-stop shop for wallpapers to suit all budgets, and has lots of video tutorials including tips on hanging pattered paper. Go to wallpaperdirect.com and click How to.

A quick, practical guide to painting walls. The Crown Paints site also has other great tutorials on painting furniture and trickier areas. Go to crownpaints.co.uk and click Advice.

‘If decorating, I make a mood board of paint swatches and wallpaper samples, then mix and match before making a choice.’


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GREAT IDEA

Wall papered in Albany Cembra in Charcoal and Green, £29 per roll, Wallpaper Direct

Stick paper samples on the wall and live with them for a week to help you decide


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Get the designer curtain look by interlining inexpensive fabric for a nice heavy drop

Curtains in Calypso fabric; sofa covered in Windjammer fabric, both Cariba Collection, £14 per m; cushions (from left) in Coco fabric; Maya fabric; Daquiri fabric, all Studio G Collection, £14 per m, all Clarke & Clarke


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FURNISHINGS Get designer style by including lots of different fabrics into your interior scheme. Here we tell you how and what to consider

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sing different fabrics is the most immediate way of injecting texture and colour into a room. Most of us rely on a quick fix with the addition of off-theshelf cushions and ready-made curtains, but there is a whole variety of exciting fabrics out there if we take time to look. Before you fall for a certain fabric, however, it’s important to understand which types are suitable for which kind of usage. Knowing this will open up an exciting world full of interior design possibilities allowing you to get more creative in your choices.

Sofa in Riko Juniper; cushions in Riko Midnight; Hikari Citrus and Miyu Tomoko; throw in Makoto Zebra, all £35 per m, Scion

Does the fabric fit? Consider where the fabric you pick will be used. Is it a high-traffic area, do you have children and pets, which cause extra wear and tear, and what is the level of natural light or streaming sun? These are all questions that need to be considered as certain fabrics are less durable.

% PURE FABRICS LIKE SILKS, LINENS AND VELVETS ARE 100% ALWAYS MORE EXPENSIVE, LOOK FOR AN ALTERNATIVE IN A FABRIC BLEND, MORE LIKELY TO SUIT EVERY BUDGET

GET TO KNOW YOUR FABRICS Choose textiles based on their suitability and you won’t go far wrong COTTON Probably the most common natural fibre, cotton is extremely hard-wearing and not too prone to fading, however it can stain easily. It’s ideal for most items, including curtains, cushions and bedding. Choose a thicker cotton blend or weave to upholster high-usage furniture such as sofas and chairs.

LINEN This has a rougher texture and creases easily, so lends itself to a less-formal look. Whether it’s in natural tones or muted dyed colours, linen is a trendy choice right now. Use it for curtains, tablelinen, bedding and cushions. Linen slip-covers for sofas and chairs give a charming shabby-chic look.

SILK The unique shimmering appearance of silk is down to the prism-like structure of its fibres which allows it to refract light at different angles. Expensive and delicate, silk is often printed in exquisite, colourful designs. Best chosen as an accessory fabric for cushions and possibly for curtains – if your budget will allow.

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VELVET Velvet refers to the way the fabric is woven and it can be made from a variety of fibres. It was traditionally woven from silk which made it very costly, but these days synthetic velvets are far more affordable. Velvet can be dyed to produce a rich depth of colour with sheen and a soft texture. Ideal for throws, cushions and upholstery.

‘If patterns aren’t your bag, use differently textured fabrics together to give your decor some depth and interest and to avoid a flat, plain look.’


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FLOORING Make sure what you put on the floor is as stylish as your wallcoverings with our guide to the new trends

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s far as hard flooring goes, vinyl is right back on trend because of its durability and design, value for money and ease of installation. LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles) are a pricier option and create a realistic wood effect or ceramic look. They come in planks or tiles. If you want an instant wooden floor, engineered wood is hard-wearing, functional and practical and comes in varied designs, colours and styles. It’s a great alternative to a real wood floor as it’s more affordable, easier to install (often a click-system) and also suitable to use in all areas of the home. It also works in conjunction with underfloor heating.

A wood alternative Laminate is the more affordable version of engineered wood and has the same hard-wearing and practical properties. It is also easy to install, you can even do it yourself. However, laminate can be sensitive to water and steam cleaners as these will make the layers lift, so it’s not ideal for bathrooms or other wet areas.

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE UNDERLAY, IT CAN INCREASE THE LIFESPAN OF YOUR CARPET BY UP TO 40% Padstow carpet in Candy Spot, £69.99 per sq m, Brintons

Rowan carpet in Dove, £32.99 per sq m, Carpet Right

WHICH CARPET TO CHOOSE Do you know your sisal from your saxony? NATURAL FIBRE Wool is the softest fibre. Highly durable and stain resistant, it’s also the eco-friendly choice.

with wool. Loops can be different lengths.

TWIST PILE Practical, hard-wearing and easy to maintain.

LOOP PILE Suited to high-traffic areas, loop pile is usually a mix of synthetic fibre

more luxurious velvety look and feel. Saxony is perfect for a bedroom.

SAXONY This has a longer pile, which gives a deeper,

SISAL, COIR, JUTE, SEAGRASS These are hard-wearing grass weaves in various textures and patterns. But watch out for spills.


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Baroque Amadora 090 tiles, £13.25 per sq m, Lifestyle Floors

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Carpets are becoming deeper and softer. With hard flooring, there are now so many options, such as woods with different grains and colours. In vinyl it’s all about pattern, especially the latest geometric-styled ones. In tiles, a Moroccan trend is popular just now.

I’d go for a laminate as you can buy it a box at a time to minimalise wastage, and it can be laid over floors in various conditions so you don’t have to worry too much about preparation. However, for the best results I would always recommend using a professional fitter.

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Will fitting a floor myself save me money?

It’s a false economy in my view as things can often go wrong. The biggest mistake people make is to assume that they can fit a floor as well as a professional. After all, if you are going to invest in new flooring you want it to look perfect, and last for years. A professional fitter will know all the tricks, such as removing skirting boards, for a really neat end result.

RACHEL SAYS

‘Choose your flooring wisely – it’s the surface least likely to be changed for a long time.’

Colosseum Luxury Vinyl Tiles in Warm Concrete, from 21.95 per sq m, Lifestyle Floors

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How do I decide between hard flooring and carpet?

When choosing flooring, it’s important to consider where it will be used and the practicalities of your lifestyle. We are seeing a growing trend for hard floors downstairs as these are durable and easy to maintain in a busy home. Carpet tends to be a popular choice for stairs, landing and bedrooms. Why not go for a more robust fibre for the staircase and a softer, more luxurious style for the bedroom?

Emley carpet in Granite, £9.45 per sq m, Lifestyle Floors

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I have kids and a dog. Which surface would you recommend?

I’d go for a waterproof floor in busy areas. Try a Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) for durability and comfort. We also have a wide range of life-proof synthetic carpets that are gorgeously soft and even bleach-cleanable! Proving that style and practicality can and do go hand-in-hand.

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Maya fabric, £14 per m. Clarke & Clarke. Xander Citrine wallpaper, £23 per roll, John Lewis. Sicilian Lime paint, £29.99 per 2.5ltr, Dulux

Baroque Lisbon vinyl flooring, £13.25 sq m, Lifestyle Floors. Marbled Charcoal wallpaper, £20 per roll, Graham & Brown. Black Chalkboard paint, £11.73 per 1ltr, B&Q

Liana Print Green fabric, £24 per m, John Lewis. Wood Plank wallpaper, £10 per roll, Graham & Brown. Wind in the Willows paint, £32 per 2.5ltr, Valspar at B&Q

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GET SCHEMING Revamp your home with our ready-to-shop design ideas GET THE BLUES

Windjammer fabric, £14 per m, Clarke & Clarke. Fernshaw Cranberry wallpaper, £40 per roll, Laura Ashley. Beetlenut paint, £38 per 2.5ltr, Little Greene

Stone Sweet Pea fabric, £35 per m, Villa Nova. Charcoal & Pink Flamingo wallpaper, £14 per roll, B&Q. Coral Polka paint, £29.99 per 2.5ltr, Dulux

Modul Blush fabric, £29 per m, Scion. White Matt Vinyl Tile wallpaper, £34 per roll, Laura Ashley. Darcy paint, £24 per 2.5ltr, Graham & Brown

Lohko Indigo fabric, £29 per m, Scion. Blue Geometric Mica wallpaper, £14 per roll, B&Q. Infinity paint, £24 per 2.5ltr, Graham & Brown

Madelaine Sage Organic Cotton fabric, £18 per m, Cottage in the Hills. Nirvana Aqua by Albany wallpaper, £25 per roll, Brewers Home. Opal Silk paint, £20 per 2.5ltr, Crown

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Mono Rose Blue fabric, £20 per m, Cath Kidston. Edwin Seaspray Zigzag wallpaper, £27 per roll, Laura Ashley. Bo Beep paint, £36 per 2.5ltr, Earthborn


   

   

  

          


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Make New Year’s Eve

A SPARKLING GALA AFFAIR

From festive cocktails to glimmering decorations, we’ve got a whole alphabet of ideas for you to try this party season

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LFRESCO ENTERTAINING

Celebrate under the stars with an outdoor party. Keep blankets to hand, and buy an outdoor speaker like the aGLOW Bluetooth which has an LED light, £99, Cuckooland

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alloons

Highlight the occasion by tying some very cool silver giant helium number balloons to your chairs. £6.99 each, Card Factory

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ANDLES

Light some before guests arrive to fragrance your home and set the scene. We love Voluspa’s Makassar Ebony and Peach scented candle, £35, from Amara. It’s made from coconut wax, which is infused with black ebony wood, ripe peaches and apple blossom fragrance for a spiced aroma

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INNER PARTY

Treat guests to a sit-down meal if you’re a keen cook, or serve nibbles throughout the evening for a more relaxed vibe. Style up your tabletop with pretty crockery, glassware and decorations to wow friends and family when they arrive


PARTY PLANNER

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Create a warm welcome for visitors as soon as they step into your home with oversized paper baubles strung across your hallway. We love these Decadent Decs honeycomb baubles in silver and gold that look like paper chandeliers, from £11 each, Talking Tables

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IREWORKS

Get your festivities going with a bang. Notonthehighstreet. com has a range that are safe to use indoors, £16

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Do it

AMES

The Ridley’s Games Room Compendium, £20, by Wild & Wolf, is full of classics that will help entertain ’til midnight

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ostess trolley

Keep guests out of the kitchen by serving drinks on the Wenko Deluxe trolley, £146.99, Wayfair.co.uk. When the party’s over, it just folds away

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LLUMINATED SIGN

Give your party an extra touch of pizazz with this fun illuminated LED sign in hot pink. Just £20 from Prezzybox.com – simply plug in and glow

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ump around

Do as the song says – and get your guests moving by making an online playlist packed with hits. Or go retro with a record player (from £59.95, John Lewis) – perfect for spinning vinyl

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ids

They love celebrating NYE as much as adults, so set up a special colourful table area just for them where they can enjoy the fun, too. Tablecloths, from £15; napkins, £20 for 4, all Cottage In The Hills

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UTDOOR LIGHTS

Be creative with your garden lighting on 31st December with these beautiful pieces that will illuminate the exterior of your home. Lights, from £10 for a snowman, Dunelm

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ADDER LIGHTS

Load the steps of a vintage-style wooden ladder with decorations for a dazzling effect. Simply wrap some fairy lights around the legs to add to the atmosphere and really make it a focal point in the room. We love the look of the Freeport ladder shelf unit, £69.99, Maisons du Monde

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istletoe

Not just for stolen kisses, this plant is an ancient symbol representing friendship and peace. Gather some fresh and dot it around the room, or buy artificial sprigs, £3.99, Floristrywarehouse.com

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EON CRACKERS

Bring dashes of bold colour to your table with these crackers – they (literally) have fun written all over them. Pull at midnight instead of party poppers! Fringe neon crackers, £17.50 for 6, Idyll Home

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HOTO BOOTH

Take fun party pics with a Photo Booth kit, £7.50, from Ginger Ray. There are 10 props on sticks, including a bowler hat, speech bubble and blonde pigtails

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uiet time

Grab a few moments of calm before your big night kicks off. And what better place to do so than on this Hendricks chaise sofa, £2,400, from Habitat – ideal for sinking into

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ESOLUTIONS

Have you made yours for 2017? There are 100s of free apps aimed to help you stick to them – try Headspace for meditation tips, or Habitica to help you achieve goals


PARTY PLANNER

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PARKLERS

Get the party spirit really sizzling! The Elegantly Entertaining tin, £5, from Talking Tables, contains 10 little sparklers – ideal for giving guests to hold as the clock strikes midnight, or to use as eye-catching place settings or decorations

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ALL OF STARS

Unleash your creative side by folding and hanging white origami paper stars to make an impressive wall feature in your home. Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the best! Finish the look with a Princess Pine Flocked Christmas Tree, £109.99, and white heart decorations, £14.99 for a set of 3, both Very

New Year’s Eve is the perfect chance to add some glamour to your dining. Mix the Art Deco-inspired Living dinnerware range by Christiane Lemieux Shibori (from £8 for a set of 4 coasters), with the Biba Empire 24-piece cutlery set, £140, and Biba Beaded glass plate, £18, all House of Fraser, for a truly elegant look

U – BUY UNIQUE DECORATIONS YOU CAN DISPLAY OVER NEW YEAR – THE STAR LIGHT, £10, , GEORGE HOME, IS SO PRETTY YOU’LL WANT TO KEEP IT OUT!

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ELVET

It’s chilly out, so add warm texture to your home with a chic velvety sofa. The soft blush colour of this Rothley Loveseat in Scala Velvet Rose, £999 from Marks & Spencer, is ideal for hosting visitors

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Get creative with your party drinks by making Christmas ice coolers using frozen berries. Pop winter fruits, like blackcurrants and cranberries into the freezer, and then use as natural ice cubes to chill your cocktails and mocktails

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ay candles

Create some smiles by topping a cake or dessert with these pink letters, £4 for four, ASOS

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ZZZZZZZZ!

Time to go to bed for some well-earned rest. Make yours look beautiful and cosy by hanging some Knitted Ball string lights, £10, and choosing luxurious bedlinen, like the Pearl Touch duvet set, £30, both George Home

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VINTAGE LOOK ‘I found these suitcases in my local TK Maxx and they double-up as a bedside table’

MY ROOM...

ABOUT ME I’m Luba Lapsanska, 30, and I live in south London with my boyfriend, Tom, and our two dogs, Phoebe and Rory. We live in a rented terrace house that we moved into in 2015. I’m a doctor and also a blogger at stepoutandexplore.com. MY CHALLENGE The spare bedroom was a small, blank, empty room when we first moved in, but we really wanted to make it work as both a guest bedroom and a home office all in one. MY WISH LIST In terms of the decorating scheme, we decided early on that we wanted a travel theme to run through the room. We are both very keen travellers and wanted the space to reflect our passion and document our adventures together.

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LOVE OF TRAVEL’ Luba, 30, used her flair and DIY skills to turn a plain space into a dual-purpose guest bedroom and home office

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hen my boyfriend, Tom, and I moved into our rental house a few years ago, we wanted to put our own stamp on the interior design of the property, but didn’t have a huge budget,' says Luba. 'We’re quite creative and love making and upcycling furniture, which came in handy when we decided to redecorate our spare room and turn it into a guest room and study space for us to use during exams. We had previously made an industrialstyle table and benches for the dining room downstairs, which kick-started our love for creating our own pieces. When we saw the prices of nice industrial furniture, we thought, “Why don’t we make it ourselves?” Tom is very crafty and great with woodwork, so we were able to create good quality furniture for very little money.

GREAT IDEA

‘A day bed provides extra seating when two people need to use the office space’

Getting started We began by measuring the space and choosing an Ikea day bed with built-in storage. It was essential the bed provided some sort of storage, as we needed somewhere to keep bedding, and putting in a wardrobe or chest of drawers would have made the room feel even smaller. Once we had assembled it, however, we realised there still wasn’t much space left for our office area. Using our experience from making the dining table, we decided to make a small desk that would fit into the space perfectly. We used a piece of leftover wood from a previous project, dyed it and bought vintage-style table legs, which I sanded down for a distressed finish. Building the desk to fit exactly into the corner of the room was a great way to make sure we didn’t waste any space.

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FINISHING TOUCHES ‘As it’s a rented house, we cosied up the room with lots of soft furnishings to add warmth and personality’

Deciding on decor Once we had chosen to go for a travelinspired scheme in the room, we came across a huge wall map in Ikea that fills the back wall perfectly and makes a great focal point. I came up with the idea of sticking Instagram-style photo prints on the

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DUAL PURPOSE ‘It was a challenge to fit both the bed and office area into a small room so we had to be clever with the furniture’

‘Choosing an item or area as a feature or focal point in a room, such as Luba and Tom’s wall map, adds interest and gives the space a sense of purpose.’

‘I decorated this lampshade with luggage stickers from eBay’

‘WE USED THE EXISTING NEUTRAL PALETTE OF THE ROOM AS A BASE AND DECORATED WITH NATURAL WOODS AND POPS OF BLUE AND YELLOW FOR COLOUR’ map m p to m mark k the places pl ce we eh have e travelled to, for a personal touch. To coordinate with the wood-effect of the map print, we chose a white, wooden planks-effect wallpaper for the opposite wall. I then styled the room with travelinspired accessories, such as vintage suitcases (which double up as a bedside table), map-print cushions and postcards we’ve collected from around the world.

DIY designs

GLOBAL GATHERING ‘It’s nice we can display items we’ve collected from across the world’

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Having built the desk for the study space, we decided to make more pieces to furnish the room. Tom made three rustic hanging shelves from pieces of wood and rope to fill the wall space near the desk, which is where we now display our travel guides and souvenirs from our holidays. As a fun finishing touch, I decided to decorate a plain lampshade with vintage luggage stickers that I bought from eBay as a quirky pendant for the room. Now, our guests love staying here and it’s a peaceful space for Tom and I to study, as well as reminisce about our adventures!

My shopping list Wood W ood d panell n neutral euttrall wallpaper, wall llpaper £ £8 8 per roll, Wilko. Aina curtains, £45 per pair; Hemnes day bed with two mattresses, £349; large wall map, Molltorp for similar, £29; Frosta stool (used as bedside table), £8; Nipen table legs for desk, £15 each; Tertial work lamp, £8.50; Tanum flatwoven rug, £10, all Ikea. Vintage-style suitcases, £49.99 for similar, TK Maxx. Eames-style lemon chair, £69, Cult Furniture. Paper sack, £30 for five, Le Sac en Papier. Scratch map, £18.95, Luckies at Notonthehighstreet.com. Bedding set, £19.99; throw in duck egg, £17.99, both Argos. Cushions, from a selection at Dunelm and Next.

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WORDS AND STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPHS MAX ATTENBOROUGH

HANDMADE CHARM


BEDROOM MAKEOVER

Love it

Copy Luba’s

BEDROOM LOOK Mix natural woods with travel-inspired pieces to recreate her style

SEE THE LIGHT

Vintage map suitcases, £20 for three, Sass & Belle

Multicolour rug, £24.99, HomeSense

Copper desk lamp, £40, Marquis & Dawe

Black bracket mango wood shelf, £55, Eclect Design

Small globe, £35, Marks & Spencer

Personalised love quote map print, from £14.50, Of Life & Lemons

Vintage metal storage drawer, £5.95, Dotcomgiftshop

Desk stationery set, £16, The Contemporary Home

Offbeat Abstract cushion, £15, Very

OFF THE WALL

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Smart ideas for GUEST ROOMS With a little careful planning you can be everready for overnight visitors this Christmas

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s your spare room really spare? Most of us utilise the extra space as an office or somewhere to store clothes, and rightly so. But it would be nice not to have to spend too long getting it ready for guests, so it’s worth planning for this when buying furniture. Think about built-in storage for tidying away all your paperwork, or a pull-out desk that can slide away when not in use. If you’re using the room for storage, choose wardrobes with compartments and allocate a section for your guest to make them feel at home.

Out of sight A clever, inexpensive way to keep bedroom clutter out of sight is to put up a pretty curtain for visitors to draw and hide it (or themselves) away. Mossflox curtains, £20; Nesttun white bed frame, £99; Brimnes chest of drawers, £50; Maskros pendant lamp, £50; Tejn rug, £10; Doftranka quilt cover and four pillowcases set, £35; Kvart spotlight, £6, all Ikea

Box clever For those who don’t happen to have a spare room, this is where the Hetty, £530, from Sofa.com, comes in. Essentially, it’s a bed in a box – use it for extra seating or a footstool during the day, and then open it out into a nifty single bed when needed at night. The lid even turns into a buttoned headboard, so you’re not compromising on comfort or style

Flexible friend Planning on using your spare room for an office? If it’s just for paperwork and a laptop, consider getting a fold-down desk like the Quill bureau, £695, from Loaf. The compact work space means paperwork won’t get too out of control, and you can simply close the unit when it’s not in use

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GUEST ROOMS

Under cover Storage beds are great for stowing away things we don’t often use. The Poppy Ottoman bed, £1,245 for a king-size, Button & Sprung, would be an ideal addition to a spare room

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ROBYN SAYS

Do it

Hidden assets Here’s an idea – if you’re starting from scratch, factor the Manhattan, £2,000, from Sharps, into your guest bedroom. It’s a walk-in wardrobe that can also be used as an office

‘White bedding is a must! Give your guests that luxurious hotel feel with beautiful, crisp white sheets. They also double up as a dreamy background for your Instagram photos.’

Slide away The Loki day bed, £249, Noa & Nani, is a veritable Tardis and a brilliant solution for additional guests. Pull it out to use the truckle bed attached, and the bottom row of drawers are usable, too – this design works well in both a bedroom or study

‘CONSIDER BUYING A FITTED WARDROBE, , AS IT CAN OFFER MUCH MORE STORAGE THAN AN EQUIVALENT FREESTANDING ONE’

5 best storage accessories Free-up wardrobe space for guests’ clothes. Pack-Mate vacuum-pack bag, £12.99, Lakeland This denim box looks smart, too. Boulle under-bed storage, £18, Habitat

No DIY needed! Overdoor hanger, £5.99, Harbour Living

Hide clutter and offer an extra seat. Storage pouffe, £10, HEMA

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Stack these for a bedside table. Edvin set of three storage boxes, £24.90, Kids Concept

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BATHROOM MAKEOVER B

‘Every inch

HAD TO COUNT’

Pauline, 54, made the most of a small space without compromising on design

MY ROOM...

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would hardly describe my bathroom as generous, so every millimetre counted when it came to updating the space,’ says Pauline. ‘Measuring in at 1.65 x 1.93m, my bathroom, while tiny, had appeared fairly serviceable when I first moved in. Initially it wasn’t that high on my list of priorities, although the lack of floor space did make bathing more of a chore than a pleasure. Unluckily, I discovered water seeping into the kitchen below, and with plumbing work inevitable, it seemed the ideal opportunity for a total rethink.

STYLE TIP

‘Try wall-hung fixtures to create a feeling of space in smaller rooms’

Fresh approach

ABOUT ME I’m Pauline Gregson, 54, and I’ve been living in my three-bedroom Victorian terraced house in Liverpool for a year now. It wasn’t exactly in the best shape when I first moved in, and there was a lot of work to be done, but I’ve been slowly updating it, room by room, and the bathroom was the last job on the list. MY CHALLENGE Not only was the bathroom suite tired and dated, but the space was very cramped, with little room to manoeuvre. My aim was to find a way to make the most of the existing area and create a feeling of spaciousness. MY WISH LIST Getting the new layout right was absolutely vital, and while everyone I knew advised opting for an all-white scheme in such a small space, I really wanted something bolder, while still retaining a light and airy feel.

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A quick examination of the old pipework soon revealed plenty of problems, so simply ripping everything out and starting again seemed the best plan of action. Creating more space was vital; however, it wasn’t until I spotted a shorter bath online, that I came up with the idea of moving the bath under the window – and after that, the new layout fell into place. At 160cm, the bath is only slightly smaller than standard, so I wasn’t too worried about the reduction in size, and I also allowed maximum dimensions to each remaining item, in order to free up as much floor space as possible. As a design novice, I marked out the layout before committing, which helped me visualise the new area.

Choosing a scheme Although I live in a period property, I wanted to keep the look modern, as being a fan of interior magazines and makeover programmes, I couldn’t help but notice how often they advise using simple, clean lines and modular pieces to help open up a space. It makes cleaning far easier, too! Despite choosing space-enhancing, all-white fittings, when it came to the tiling, I loved the idea of having grey walls, but wasn’t sure how the look

TOTAL

£2,060 TURN OVER FOR MY SHOPPING LIST


Stylists at Home VICKY SAYS POWER SHOWER ‘Before I moved here, I’d never had an electric shower, but I’m now a true convert’

‘This proves that making the most of a small room doesn’t have to mean wall-towall white. For an even more luxurious feel that doesn’t affect the floor space, Pauline could consider underfloor heating. No-one likes a cold bathroom!’

PRACTICAL FLOORING ‘The flooring is laminate, so not only does it look and feel like real wood, but it’s waterproof, too’

HIDDEN SCREENING ‘I kept the shower screen minimallooking, so it doesn’t intrude on the room’

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GREAT IDEA

would work. I spent weeks poring over numerous tile samples and, in the end, I settled on a soft grey, large-format tile, which I continued onto the bath panel for a sleek, coordinated finish, teamed with tactile wood-effect vinyl flooring. However, it’s my glittering green mosaic feature wall that I’m most proud of – it’s quite an adventurous colour choice for me, and although it wasn't the cheapest option, it really does help bring the room to life and transform the grey-and-white palette into something special.

‘Stick to sleek, unfussy lines in a tight space’

Completing the look

BLIND LOVE ‘This PVC faux wood blind by Sunwood is ideal for when the bathroom gets steamed up’

PALE BASE ‘The neutral grey and white palette allows for a change of accent colour in the future’

‘TRY A GLASS MOSAIC FEATURE WALL – IT ADDS DECORATIVE INTEREST AND IS A GREAT WAY TO INTRODUCE LUXURY FINISHES ON A BUDGET’

My shopping list

STYLE ON TAP ‘I chose contemporary chrome taps to match the modern theme’

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Memoir wall-hung vanity unit and basin, from £342; Cloud 9 bath filler, £225; mono basin mixer, £145; Eton heated towel rail, from £225, all Hudson Reed. Linton 160cm square single end bath, £188; Ambrose flush-to-wall WC, £331; Square bath screen, from £87, all Premier Bathroom Collection. Mira Escape chrome 9kw electric shower, £277, Plumbworld. Impressive concrete wood light grey laminate flooring, £19.99 per sq m, Quick-Step. Horizon grey wall tiles, £35 per sq m; Hammered Mix mosaic tiles in grey, £106 per sq m, House of British Ceramic Tile. Made-to-measure faux wood 50mm slat PVC blind, £44, Sunwood Blinds. Bamboo ladder, £15, Blakemere Village. Zinc stool, £7.99, Clas Ohlson. Coral Egyptian cotton towels, from £3 for a guest towel; Coral Egyptian cotton face cloths, £1.25 each; grey ceramic bottle vase, £5.99; wet room sign, £1.99, all Dunelm

WORDS AND STYLING PAULA WOODS PHOTOGRAPHY LIZZIE ORME SHOPPING SEOANA SHERRY-BRENNAN

With the basics in place, and a little money left over to spare, I also chose to replace the old electric shower and tired radiator with shiny new chrome models. And when my efforts to remove years of limescale from the old shower screen proved fruitless, it too was ditched in favour of a minimalist design more in keeping with my scheme. My wall-hung vanity, with its extra storage, is a real bonus in such a confined space. Luckily for me, the mirror was actually a generous donation by my daughter, and a waterproof wood-effect blind spotted online by a friend now provides privacy at the window. However, the finishing touches were all my own finds. I’m particularly proud of my bargain £8 stool from Clas Ohlson, along with the bamboo ladder, which I painted myself and is a great storage spot. My lovely vibrant coral towels were the result of a quick shopping trip to Dunelm – as soon as I saw them, I knew they would add the perfect pop of colour to my new and improved space – and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results.’


BATHROOM MAKEOVER

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Get Pauline’s

BATHROOM LOOK Inject colour into a grey scheme for an easy style statement SHOW THE WAY

Washroom metal sign, £3.95, Dotcomgiftshop

Java coral towel, £57, Amara

Triangle shelf, £89, Very

Chelsom bathroom illuminated mirror, £537, Houseology

Faux potted plant, £3.99, HomeSense

Pink pepper soap, £5, Oliver Bonas

KEEP IT NEAT

Timber and marble stool, £186, Cranmore Home

Green mix mosaic tiles, £142.45 per sq m, Walls and Floors

Rimforsa stainless steel hooks, £2 for 4, Ikea

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STYLIST’S SECRETS S

THIS MONTH’S

Do it Keep out prying eyes by adding frosted glass panes or a wooden blind

The use of natural materials in decorating has been big news this year, and looks set to continue in to 2017. Don’t have wooden floors? Wicker baskets, copper containers and rattan rugs are all great additions to get on board with the trend.

Toothbrush holder, £9; copper lotion dispenser, £12; Hydra cotton bath towel, £12; 3-litre pedal bin, £19; all Lorraine at Home

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LOOK WHAT YOU STYLED

Go for a nautical vibe like @janecholland. This bold Scion paper matches the inky blue cabinet

@dawn_bermingham has gone for a bold retro Orla Kiely feature wall in her dining room

Do it

Follow @chloe_rushworth’s lead and jazz up a small space with an iconic wallpaper design

This month we’re loving

#WALLPAPER

FEATURE CASSIE PRYCE

Show off your super-styled Instagram snaps. Next month, we’re getting loved up with #SAHcupid, looking for Valentine’s decorating ideas

Wow! @jocol19’s son is a lucky boy! This comic book wallpaper will be the envy of all his friends

@lauralovesknitting’s B&Q wallpaper transforms her chimneybreast into a striking focal point

Style up your bedroom with a feature wall behind the headboard, like @lje80 has done

@mands44 has upcycled this desk with Matthew Williamson flamingo wallpaper

@oliviawithgeorge has used a faux-brick paper to add texture and interest to a plain wall

@sasafrassam_home has wallpapered above the tiles in the bathroom for a pop of pattern

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‘My kitchen is

ONE OF A KIND’ Knocking through created a wide kitchen-diner that Jane, 43, has turned into a Scandi-style space personalised with statement shelves

MY ROOM...

ABOUT ME I’m Jane Cox, 43, and I'm a journalist. I live in a four-bed 1930s semi in Hove, East Sussex, with my husband Ian and our two children Xanthe, 9, and Kenzie, 8. MY CHALLENGE When we bought the house in December 2014, all the rooms needed decorating, a new bathroom fitting, and the kitchen was a health hazard. The lino floor was stained and torn, the units were greasy and the old gas oven was so lethal we got a specialist to cap the pipe. A side door led to a damp loo and rotten cupboard, and the wall between the kitchen and dining room housed a wide chimney breast that ran up through the house. MY WISH LIST We wanted a large open-plan kitchen-diner with quartz worktops and an island or breakfast bar. I liked the idea of a pantry and I needed a utility room. We had so much work to do on the house that the kitchen had to be done on a budget, although I didn’t want the finished look to appear cheap.

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OUR COVER STAR!


KITCHEN MAKEOVER

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GREAT IDEA

‘Brush shelves with Polyvine Decorators varnish – it's waterproof and is invisible’

PROTECTIVE. PAINTWORK. ‘My husband painted the feature wall behind the hob in an acrylic paint so we can wipe off splashes’

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e were so pleased to find a house near the seafront that we could just about afford, despite the poor state it was in,’ says Jane. ‘I moved here with my husband Ian and our children just before Christmas 2014 and straightaway found an architect to draw up plans so we could convert the loft and remove the chimney breast to create an open-plan kitchen. It was decided to knock out a cloakroom and cupboard to make the kitchen-diner as wide as the house, and create a utility room and WC using space from the garage.

Creative thinking

TOTAL

£5,272 TURN OVER FOR MY SHOPPING LIST

SHELF LIFE

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‘The String shelves instantly draw the eye and lend personality – they really finish our kitchen beautifully’

Only a year before, we’d finished a kitchen extension in our old house and I was happy with the choices I’d made. At first I planned to buy the same white wood units, but then I looked at Pinterest and saw the Limehouse kitchen from Neptune. I found similar but cheaper matt grey cupboards and I’m really pleased with the style. I wasn’t keen on wall units as I have a collection of vintage kitchenalia I like to display, along with my mugs, glasses and canisters. I also knew the pantry we were going to create using space under the stairs would give us plenty of storage. A while ago, I saw some String shelves in a friend’s nursery. I love the Scandi/ industrial look and after hunting online, I found a set of original String shelves and two cupboards for sale on eBay. The seller lived locally so I went to have a look, put in a bid, and won, paying £250 for the lot!

Making choices I picked the same white quartz worktop that I’d had before. I knew from experience

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STYLE TIP

Stylist

at Home

‘Try customising a plain cupboard using on-trend hairpin legs’

JACKY SAYS

‘A breakfast bar is an ideal alternative to an island in a smaller kitchen and provides extra seating that very often comes in handy.’

TWO-IN-ONE TAP ‘The tap has a pull-out spray to rinse dishes and reach the sink corners’

UPCYCLED PIECES. ‘The bureau was £30 from a charity shop and the shelves are made from wood salvaged during the loft conversion’

O THE COOKING AND EATING AREAS IN A O ZONE ‘TO KITCHEN−DINER, , TRY MARKING OUT THE SOCIAL SPACE WITH WARM WOOD PIECES, AS WE HAVE’

Doing the work Building contractor, Fraser Miles, who we’ve worked with before, started the project in February 2015. We created a makeshift kitchen in the sitting room while they demolished the chimney breast, got rid of the old loo and cupboard, and built the utility room in the back of the garage. When that was finished, we decorated, choosing a dark grey for the back wall to draw out the grey in the cupboards and floor, and Ian hung the String shelves. We saved money by using the bin, the stools and fridge-freezer we already had. To add colour, I accessorised with orange, turquoise and emerald green, and displayed the kitchenalia I’ve bought in charity shops and eBay over the years. The String shelves may be vintage but the design is timeless – without them, I think my kitchen would look quite boring!’

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My shopping list Chippendale Lastra units in light grey, £178 for a 600mm base cabinet; Rangemaster 1.5 bowl sink, £199; Franke Eiger tap, £139; black bow handles, £3 each; all Boundary DIY Kitchens. Cimstone quartz worktop in Arcadia, £3,155, Country Stone Granite. For string shelves from £76, try Pink Apple Designs. Smeg dishwasher, £210; Bosch oven in brushed steel, £249, both AO.com. Whirlpool induction hob, £269, View Click Buy. 60cm flat cooker hood with stainlesssteel splashback, £208, Luxair Hoods. Karndean Van Gogh VGW82T distressed oak flooring, £31 sq m, Flooring Supplies. Walls painted in Cova Plus brilliant white, £25 per 10ltr, Johnstone’s Paint. Plummet modern emulsion is a match for the feature wall paint, £43.50 per 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Try the oak bar stool, £74, Danetti. Daytona 1.5ltr electric kettle in green, £15, Prestige. Poang chair, £40, Ikea. Champagne bucket, £12; four silver wine glasses, £24; four-pack Norway tea towels, £12; six-pack silver crackers, £12; 20 white bauble pack, £6, all Next. Le Creuset Volcanic cast-iron casserole dish, £135, Debenhams. Three bayonet pendant sets in elephant grey, £84; large squirrel cage bulb, £15; Globe Quad loop bulb, £20, Globe Spiral bulb, £16.50; all Nook London. The Bach artwork, £160, Greg Straight

PACK IT IN ‘We used the void under the stairs to create a pantry – the storage is invaluable’

Tweet the SAH team with your decorating questions, dilemmas and ideas. We’re ready to help! #askSAH

WORDS JANE CRITTENDEN PHOTOGRAPHS JAMES FRENCH

that quartz can vary in price depending on brand and colour, and I managed to get a good deal. When it came to flooring, I decided on Karndean, which is extremely durable, doesn’t warp and is easy to clean. After drawing up a kitchen floorplan, we realised the finished layout would be a U-shape. The room wasn’t deep enough for an island, but actually I prefer the breakfast bar separating the dining area.


KITCHEN MAKEOVER

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Steal Jane’s

KITCHEN STYLE Classic designs and industrial touches are key to this look – shop now!

URBAN STYLE

Hammered stainless steel ice bucket, £14, Sainsbury’s

Heal’s Bristol pendant light in concrete, £45, Amara

Chalk bread bin, £28, Garden Trading

Glitter wine glass, £4, Matalan

Baker’s hanging shelf, £69, Atkin & Thyme

Oak bar stool, £74, Danetti

BREW UP Geometric yellow mug, £8, HomeSense

Stag and mistletoe tea towel, £11.95, Annabel James

La Cafetiere Barcelona teapot in cool grey, £22, Creative Tops

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How life is easy in

MY KITCHEN Laura, 34, shares how appliances from Beko - the Official Partner of the Everyday - help make life easier

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tyle at Home reader Laura lives with her partner Simon and their toddler daughter in a threebedroomed bungalow in Wokingham, Berkshire. As a busy working mum, Laura was looking to make life in the kitchen as easy as possible, freeing up precious time to spend with her family. Laura’s kitchen was very dated before, with 1960s features and little room to move about, but now it’s both practical and stylish with an industrial meets traditional feel. It has a range of Beko appliances that make everyday tasks easier, giving Laura and Simon more time to enjoy with their daughter. With a large capacity built-in double oven, gas hob that’s easy to control, an energy efficient American-style fridge freezer, integrated dishwasher and washing machine, Laura’s kitchen functions better than ever.

Rise and shine

Family dinners As the mornings are so rushed the emphasis for Laura and Simon is on the evening meal. “We both love to cook,” says Laura. “And we try to make most things from scratch, with the exception of fish fingers which are our little one’s favourite!” So a well-designed and practical but

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family-focused space is ideal for Laura and Simon. Beko’s gas hob provides the ultimate cooking control for Laura and, with cast-iron pan supports, guarantees stability and space between burners. Cooking a Sunday roast for the family or baking a cake for afternoon tea is a doddle for Laura with the Built-In Double oven with True Fan Cooking. It circulates heat evenly and, with its huge capacity is great for family meals – the two separate ovens means dinner and pudding can be prepared simultaneously, saving her time. Plus, its easy-clean enamel interior makes cleaning a breeze! After dinner, Laura can quickly pop on a full 8kg load of washing in

her integrated machine – it can be finished and hanging to dry in 39 minutes or less.

Keep it fresh Laura loves her existing traditional pantry but Beko’s American-style fridge-freezer has made things easier. It comes with Multi-Zone technology that lets you switch the compartment from a fridge to a freezer or vice versa by simply pressing the button on the control panel. It’s ideal when extra space is needed – a handy flexible feature for parties and when entertaining. Plus, the blue LED light technology keeps fruit and veg fresher for longer, meaning less waste and fewer trips to the store, saving money.

FEATURE LIZZIE HUDSON

“We have breakfast together in the mornings,” says Laura. “And the new appliances have definitely made life easier.” Brekkie is a busy occasion as the couple work full time, so a dishwasher makes all the difference. Since there’s no time to do the dishes before leaving the house, the breakfast things can be quickly popped into the machine. Its large capacity also means there is plenty of room for the dinner plates – it can wash 13 place settings and has an additional cutlery basket. Its quick programmes are great if you’re in a hurry and can wash a full load in 30 mins.


PROMOTION

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Hit the shops Our pick of the best and easiest to use appliances

For extra peace of mind Beko’s built-in appliances and American-style fridge freezers come with a 2-year warranty as standard

SLEEK STYLE Wash in 30 mins. Beko Integrated Dishwasher DIN29X31, £399

EXTRA SPACE Perfect for Sunday roasts. Beko Double Oven BDF26300X, £399

QUICK WASH Great for all the family. Beko Integrated Washing Machine WI1483, £379

Laura’s KITCHEN Laura and Simon live in a 1960s bungalow in Wokingham PLAN AHEAD We wanted a kitchen with great worksurfaces and modern appliances to help make life easier. EXTRA SPACE The flow of the kitchen was considered carefully to incorporate enough worktop, an island and cupboard space.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit beko.co.uk to explore Beko’s complete range of appliances for your home and discover how they can make life easier for you and your family.

FAMILY TIME We wanted it to work well for food preparation and meals, while also being a great space for entertaining.

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Reinvigorate

YOUR KITCHEN Mix warm metallics and functional storage to update your space Stack it up Rather than hiding pots and pans away, why not show them off on a sleek display shelf that’s ideal for keeping your favourite recipe books to hand, as well. The Salford grey ladder bookcase, £89.95, Melody Maison, is similar.

What’s cooking Not only will a range cooker feed the family, but it will also provide a source of heat during the chilly winter months. Aga Twyford’s Rayburn 200SFW, £4,650, is compact enough to work in small spaces.

Hit the floor Heavy-traffic areas need a sturdy surface underfoot, and this light shade of laminate will help to make any space feel bigger. Try Toccato Cardiff light oak effect laminate flooring, £16 per sq m, B&Q.

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INDUSTRIAL KITCHEN

Wonder wall Exposed brickwork is the ideal statement for this scheme, but if you’re not blessed with the real thing, imitation wallpaper is a great alternative. The original brick wallpaper, £9.99 per roll, Dunelm, is a good option.

Do it

Stockholm metal diner pendant, £39, Very

Bloomingvale tall lantern with wooden base, £47, Amara Eight-cup plunge pot, £39.95, Barista & Co

Finishing touches GET THE LOOK Bring your scheme together using accessories with strong lines Round metal wall shelf, £12, Tiger

Take a seat Metal chairs are a contemporary companion for a wooden dining table and are super-easy to keep clean – great for kitchens! We love the Marseille silver metallic dining chairs, £49 each, Tesco Direct.

Copper measuring jug, £7.99, HomeSense

TOTAL

£171

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Stainless steel and marble bar set, £25, Sainsbury’s

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The best supermarket

CHRISTMAS FOOD Take the stress out of Christmas with these easily prepared dishes – we’ve picked our favourites for this year’s festivities

3 of the best VEGGIE OPTIONS

CRAYFISH COCKTAIL TAKES 10 MINS SERVES 6 6tbsp mayonnaise 1tsp cayenne pepper 2tsp lemon juice 1 iceberg lettuce, shredded 3 avocados 450g crayfish tails, cooked and peeled Lemon wedges, to serve

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Mix the mayonnaise with cayenne pepper and the lemon juice, then chill in the fridge until needed. Divide the iceberg lettuce between six glasses, then chop the avocado flesh into cubes and repeat. Add a spoonful of mayonnaise to each glass, then evenly distribute the crayfish tails between each of the glasses. Drizzle over the remaining lemon juice and serve topped with the lemon wedges.

Stilton nut roast melting middle pudding, £8 (770g), Sainsbury’s

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3 of the best STARTERS

Breaded camembert with cranberry dip, £2.50 for two (200g), Iceland

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Scottish smoked salmon soufflés, £5 (200g), Marks & Spencer

Extra Special black pudding croquettes, £3 (226g), Asda

Camembert and cranberry melting middle quiche, £5 (1.1kg), Tesco

Butternut squash nut roast, £5 (550g), Morrisons


TOP FOOD BUYS

Cook it

3 of the best MAIN DISHES

Salmon with a cream cheese and herb filling, £18 (800g), Tesco

SAUSAGE ROLL WREATH TAKES 1 HR SERVES 12 500g all-butter puff pastry 3tbsp wholegrain mustard 1 egg yolk, beaten, to glaze 8 pork sausages, skins removed 1tbsp mustard seeds, lightly crushed Rocket Cherry tomatoes

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Roll out the pastry to a rectangle, about 90cm x 20cm – save the trimmings. Spread the mustard in a strip down the centre. Brush around the edges of the pastry with egg yolk, then put the skinned sausages in a

straight line along the mustard. Roll the pastry around the sausage strip, then shape into a circle, using a little egg yolk to secure the ends. Carefully transfer to a baking tray. Brush the pastry with egg yolk and decorate with any pastry trimmings, then leave to chill in the fridge for 30 mins. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Glaze the pastry again and sprinkle over the mustard seeds. Bake for 35 mins, until golden. Serve warm, with the rocket leaves and cherry tomatoes piled in the middle.

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Luxury fillet of beef Wellington, £15 (850g), Iceland

3 of the best PARTY FOOD

12 hog roast on mini crackling, £6 (184g), Marks & Spencer

Cheesecake and brownie bites, £4 for each pack of 9, Co-op

Extra Special lobster rolls, £4 (138g), Asda

Turkey stuffed with ham, topped with cranberry butter and rosemary, £35 (1.66kg), Waitrose

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3 of the best FESTIVE CHEESES

Cornish cove wreath, £5 (110g), Marks & Spencer

TROPICAL MESS TAKES 1 HR + COOLING SERVES 8 3 large egg whites 175g light soft brown sugar 2tbsp toasted hazelnuts, chopped A selection of fresh tropical fruits (mango, passion fruit, kiwi, pomegranate) 300ml double cream, lightly whipped

Stilton ring with fig and date glaze, £12 (600g), Sainsbury’s

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Preheat oven to 150°C/Gas 2. Put the egg whites in a bowl and whisk well until they are very stiff. Then, start adding

the sugar gradually, until the mixture becomes very thick and glossy. Fold in 1tbsp of nuts. Spoon 12 heaped dessertspoons of meringue mix on to 2 baking trays lined with baking paper. Sprinkle on remaining nuts and bake for 40mins, then leave to cool completely. Mix 1⁄2 the fruit with the whipped cream and lightly crushed meringue until just combined. Spoon into glass dishes and top with remaining fruit.

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Irresistible chocolate and passion fruit star, £8 (500g), Co-op

Salted caramel profiterole gateau, £9 (1.8kg), Morrisons

Luxury Belgium chocolate sponge with lava centre, £3.49 (500g), Lidl


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Spiced winter snowflake cake, £10 (1.1kg), Asda

Christmas pudding piñata cake, £25 (serves 22), Waitrose

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Luxury hand-decorated Christmas cake, £9.99 (1.5kg), Lidl

Gingerbread house kit, £2.50 (397g), Co-op

FRUIT & NUT FRIDGE CAKE TAKES 1 HR SERVES 24 200g milk chocolate 200g dark chocolate, cubed 100g butter 4tbsp golden syrup 250g Christmas cake 100g biscuits, crushed 125g dates, chopped 150g pecans and almonds, chopped 30g dried fruit TO DECORATE 200g milk chocolate 60g butter 2tbsp golden syrup 12 posh chocolates 60g chopped nuts 1tbsp dried cranberries Edible glitter

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Put the chocolate, butter and syrup into a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water to melt (don’t let the bowl touch the water). Once melted, mix in 2tbsp boiling water and stir in the cake and biscuits. Mix in the dates, nuts and dried fruit, then spread into a 18cm x 28cm lined tin. Chill until firm. To decorate, melt the chocolate with the butter and syrup in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir once melted, then add 2tbsp boiling water. Pour over the cake. Halve the posh chocolates and arrange on top with the nuts and fruit. Sprinkle over the glitter.

Decorate your own gingerbread house, £5 (800g), Tesco

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Decorate your own gingerbread house, £5 (720g), Morrisons

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READY IN 10 MINS Don’t be panicked by feeding friends on New Year’s Eve – these super easy canapés can be made in a flash PEA & PANEER FRITTERS TAKES 10MINS MAKES 20 1 egg Squeeze of fresh lemon juice 3tbsp plain flour 1⁄4tsp baking powder 1⁄4tsp garam masala 100g peas, half puréed 75g paneer cheese, diced 1tsp sunflower oil 1tbsp chopped fresh kaffir lime leaves Handful mini poppadoms 3tbsp Greek yogurt 2tbsp mango chutney

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Whisk the egg, lemon juice, flour, baking powder and garam masala. Stir in pea purée, remaining peas and paneer. Fry teaspoonfuls of the mixture in a little oil for 2 mins, until golden. Add the lime leaves to crisp up. Serve each fritter with a piece of poppadom, a dollop of yogurt, a little mango chutney and lime leaves.

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DUCK LETTUCE CUPS

MACKEREL & APPLE CROSTINI TAKES 10MINS MAKES 20 Put 1⁄2 268g pack of peppered mackerel fillets, 50g cream cheese, juice of half a lemon, 1tbsp creamed horseradish into a food processor with a little seasoning and blitz until smooth. Toss 1⁄2 sliced green apple in a little lemon juice. Spread the mackerel pate over 20 crostini and serve with apple scattered on top.

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TAKES 10MINS MAKES 20 50g pomegranate seeds 100g mango chunks 2 spring onions, thinly sliced Small bunch coriander, chopped 1tsp sunflower oil 175g duck mini fillets, cut into thin strips 3tbsp hoisin sauce leaves from 3 baby gem lettuces FOR THE DRESSING Juice 1 lime 1tbsp soy sauce 1tbsp fish sauce 1tbsp rice wine vinegar 1tbsp sweet 1⁄2 red chilli, finely diced chilli sauce

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Mix together the pomegranate seeds, mango, spring onion and coriander. Mix together all the dressing ingredients. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the duck on high for 3-4 mins, then toss with the hoisin sauce. Toss the salad mixture with the dressing and divide between the lettuce leaves, along with the cooked duck. Serve hot or cold on a platter.


TASTY LITTLE TREATS

MINI SALT BEEF BAGELS

TAKES 10 MINS MAKES 20 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded Juice 1 2 jalapeños, chopped lime 1tbsp olive oil 1tbsp chopped coriander 1 spring onion, chopped 1⁄2tsp garlic paste 20 tortilla crisps 1⁄2 avocado, cut into 20 small pieces Chopped red jalapeño, coriander and lime wedges, to serve

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In a bowl, mix the chicken, jalapeños, lime juice, oil, coriander, spring onion and garlic in a bowl. Season. Lay out the tortilla crisps on a serving plate, then top each with a spoonful of the chicken mixture. Toss the avocado in a little lime juice. Arrange a piece of avocado, a piece of red jalapeño and a coriander leaf on top of the chicken. Serve with lime wedges.

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FINISH OFF WITH LITTLE SWEET BITES LIKE MINI CHEESECAKES AND CHOCOLATE BROWNIES TROUT & BEETROOT BLINIS

SIMPLE FISH DISH

TAKES 10MINS MAKES 20 Preheat oven to 200°C/ Gas 6. Put 20 dill blinis on a baking tray and lightly warm to crisp up. Transfer to a serving platter. Mix 150g black pepper Boursin with a little lemon juice, and put a dollop on each blini. Divide 160g pack hot smoked trout between the blinis. Toss 1 small cooked beetroot, blitzed until chopped, in lemon juice, then spoon a little on top of the trout, and add a sprig of fresh dill.

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TAKES 10MINS MAKES 12 Put 3 quartered and splitin-half bagels on a baking tray and lightly toast under the grill. Mix together 2tbsp mayonnaise, 1tsp Dijon mustard and 2tsp chopped chives with a little seasoning. Put the bagel bottoms onto a serving plate and spread with a little of the mayo mix, then add a slice of gherkin and a piece of thinly sliced salt beef to each one. Top with the other half of the bagel and secure in place with a cocktail stick.

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HEALTHY START Begin your day with a smarter choice for breakfast and get in shape for the New Year with these delicious recipes COURGETTE ROSTI WITH SPICED YOGURT TAKES 20 MINS SERVES 4 400g courgettes, spiralised 75g peas 1 spring onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, diced Pinch lemon zest Few mint leaves, chopped 1 egg, beaten 2tbsp plain flour Spray oil 100g 0% fat Greek yogurt Pinch each saffron, cayenne pepper & chilli powder

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Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas 5. Put the courgette into a heatproof bowl covered with cling film and cook in the microwave for 30 seconds. A third at a time, wrap the courgette in a kitchen towel and squeeze out any excess water. Put the peas in a bowl of boiling water for a few mins to soften, and then drain. Mix the courgette, peas, spring onion, garlic, lemon zest, mint, egg and flour together. Shape into four evenly-sized patties and fry in a little spray oil until they are browned on both sides. Cook in the oven for 10mins. Mix the yogurt with the saffron, cayenne pepper, and chilli to serve, and put a dollop on each rosti.

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TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD MAKE BREKKIE BRIGHT

TAKES 5 MINS SERVES 6 Peel, deseed/core and chop 1 papaya, 1 small pineapple, 1 mango, 3 kiwi, 2 oranges and 2 passion fruit. Sprinkle on top 2tbsp light muscovado sugar and the grated zest and juice of 1 lime. Chill until ready to serve; the chopped fruit will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

BEETROOT TOASTIE TAKES 5 MINS SERVES 1 In a bowl, mash 30g cooked beetroot with 30g 0% fat Greek yogurt and 2 sprigs of fresh dill. Season to taste. Lightly toast a piece of wholemeal bread and spread over the beetroot mixture, before topping with a handful of watercress.

BLUEBERRY BIRCHER TAKES 2 MINS + SOAKING SERVES 1 Mix 25g bircher muesli and 1â „2 tsp cinnamon together in a bowl. Pour over 75ml water and 15ml unsweetened apple juice. Stir well and chill in the fridge overnight. Stir again before eating and serve with 10 blueberries.

PEACH & RASPBERRY YOGURT TAKES 5 MINS SERVES 1 Put 125g 0% fat Greek yogurt in a bowl. Top with 1 chopped peach. Sprinkle over a pinch of sweetener and 1/2 tsp freeze-dried raspberries, and serve.

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KIWI YOGURT TAKES 5 MINS SERVES 1 Peel and cut 1 kiwi into small pieces. Put 100g 0% fat Greek yogurt into a glass dish and stir in the kiwi, 1tsp lemon curd and the grated zest from 1 lemon. Serve straight away.

SPEEDY BACON & COTTAGE CHEESE ON TOAST TAKES 15 MINS SERVES 1 Grill 1 bacon medallion until crispy, allow to cool, then roughly chop. Then, mix together with 40g fat-free cottage cheese and 1tsp finely chopped chives. Toast 1 slice of wholemeal bread and top with the cottage cheese and bacon mixture. Sprinkle over a few chopped chives to serve.

FRENCH TOAST WITH APPLE & BERRIES TAKES 10 MINS SERVES 1 Mix 30g Two Chicks whole egg, 1tbsp skimmed milk and a pinch of cinnamon together. Dip the four pieces of 1 quartered slice of bread in to this mix, then fry the bread in a few sprays of oil until golden on each side. Add any extra egg mix to the pan and cook. Serve with 75g sugar-free apple purée, 15g blackberries and 1tbsp Quark.

QUICK CHOCOLATE SPREAD & BANANA ON TOAST TAKES 5 MINS SERVES 1 Lightly toast 1 slice of bread. Slice half a large banana and place on top of the toast. Drizzle over 1tsp chocolate spread and serve straight away.

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TASTY CHANGE Milk chocolate coins, £2.77 (400g), Morrisons

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SPICE IT UP Spiced Christmas shortbread, £4.25 (210g), Bettys

Chocolate truffle sprouts, £3.50 (150g), Tesco

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Comet Does Caramel chocolate slab, £3.85 (100g), Hotel Chocolat

FAVOURS Our pick of the top sweet treats for dinner table festive gifts MINT CONDITION Peppermint candy canes, £1.50 for a box of 12, Sainsbury’s

FRUITY NUMBER Fruits of the forest nougat, £1.79 (100g), Lidl

CUTE CHOC TREAT

OLD FAVOURITES Retro sweets box, £4.99 (300g), Lakeland

EDIBLE ELVES

MELT IN THE MOUTH

Elf gingerbread biscuit pop, £1.25, Co-op

White chocolate snowman, £5 (150g), Waitrose

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D DESSERT

Bake a glitzy

SHOWSTOPPER Make a super-sparkly pud to impress guests this party season

NUTTY NOUGAT CHEESECAKE TAKES 20 MINS + SETTING SERVES 12-15 100g unsalted butter 225g digestive biscuits, crushed 4 gelatine leaves 1kg mascarpone 400g fullfat cream cheese 150g icing sugar, sifted 1tsp vanilla extract 125g mixed toasted nuts, chopped 75g nougat, chopped TO DECORATE Handful Almond nougat, broken pistachios, finely chopped Handful nougat pieces, cubed Edible white Reindeer cake topper sticks glitter

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To make the base, gently melt the butter in a pan, then add the crushed digestives and stir together well. Press the mix evenly into the base of a 20cm loose-bottomed tin and leave to chill in the fridge until firm. Meanwhile, make the filling. Put the gelatine into cold water to soften, then dissolve it in 50ml water simmering over a very gentle heat. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, beat together the mascarpone, cream cheese and icing sugar and vanilla until smooth, but be

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careful not to overmix. Stir through the gelatine mixture, nuts and nougat pieces until just combined. Spoon half the mixture into the tin and gently spread with a knife for a smooth top. Repeat with all of the remaining mixture, then return to the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight so it can properly set. To serve, decorate with shards of the almond nougat, chopped pistachios, nougat pieces, a sprinkle of glitter and the reindeer cake toppers.

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To-do list A few things to try this month... REORGANISE YOUR ROOMS Embrace the new year with a freshening up of your decor. If you don’t fancy a total overhaul, then simply change the layout of your furniture. Moving the sofa, coffee table or position of the TV can give a living room a totally new look. Elsewhere, move your bed to face the window, or add a table in the kitchen, and enjoy different areas of your home in a whole new way.

DISPLAY FRESH FLOWERS Now that the colder winter weather is here, the days can feel dreary and dull. Daylight hours are much shorter and we can often feel low and tired. Boost the look of your home at the same time as your mood by introducing fresh flowers. They will bring a pop of colour to a space as well as a delicate scent that is uplifting and full of benefits for health and happiness.

DONATE TO A GOOD CAUSE According to Age UK, over a million older people are chronically lonely, which has a significant impact on wellbeing. And with cold weather keeping people in their homes longer, it’s worse this time of year. Why not try fundraising – donate your unwanted home items to an Age UK charity shop, hold a bake sale or host an event, and raise much-needed funds.

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White wirework wine rack, £21.95, Melody Maison

Hexagonal metal wine rack, £35, Oliver Bonas

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Consumer watch Bring in extra cash when you rent out your spare bedroom Spare rooms need no longer be dumping grounds for old toys, unused sports kit or overflowing wardrobes – these days, they’re becoming a valuable part of the home. According to new findings from Inspired Wallpaper, 22% of people are renting out their unused space to make money. And, with services like Airbnb, it’s easier than ever to do it. So get your rooms decorated in the new year and you could earn extra cash; under the government’s new Rent a Room Scheme, it could mean up to £7,500 a year tax-free! When you decorate, go for colours that are soothing and welcoming. Christine Westcott, Head of Design at Inspired Wallpaper advises to use pastels.

Why we love… DR. BECKMANN ODOUR REMOVER

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Unique freshness capsules help prevent new odours from forming on freshly-washed garments, keeping them more fragrant for longer. It’s very simple – just add one capful in the fabric conditioner drawer as well as your regular detergent. Dr. Beckmann Odour Remover, £3.50, Morrison’s

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TACKLE LIMESCALE Lemon contains citric acid which is wonderful at restoring tarnished metal and for removing limescale. Make a spritz by diluting lemon juice in water, or use it neat for more difficult jobs.

GET YOUR WHITES WHITE Add lemon juice to your laundry to tackle stubborn stains on sheets, towels and other white fabrics. It also leaves a delicately refreshing lemony scent.

CLEAN THE BATHROOM Cut a lemon in half and rub it over the shower screen, bath and taps to remove grime and limescale build-up. Simply rinse away to finish.

SANITISE CHOPPING BOARDS Squeeze half a lemon over, and let the juice absorb into the wood for 10 minutes. Use the other half to scrub the surface and then rinse off.

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6 WAYS TO BEAT STAINS Get your home clean after the festivities

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TACKLE RED WINE SPILLS

Soak up any excess with paper towel. Tip on some salt to absorb more, then sponge with soapy water. Blot dry.

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REMOVE CANDLE WAX

Harden with ice, then scrape off with a blunt knife. Remove any leftover marks on carpets with a dab of methylated spirits (test an unseen area first).

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BUDGE COFFEE MARKS

Blot with a paper towel, then mix 1 tbsp washing-up liquid, 1 tbsp white vinegar and two cups of warm water and use little by little to clean. Blot with a dry cloth until it disappears.

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SHIFT CRAYON STAINS

Like candle wax, scrape off and then use a little methylated spirit to clean any residual mark.

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CLEAN MUDDY PRINTS

Lilies look lovely but their pollen can leave a nasty stain. Don’t rub the dust in – use a vacuum cleaner or sticky tape to lift off.

Allow to dry and then vacuum up as much as you can. Use 1tbsp washing-up liquid and a cup of water to work the stain, then rinse.

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Celebrate New Years Day at the annual parade in London. Find out more at visitlondon.com

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LIGHT UP Silver tealight holder, £1.99, Dobbies

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Sequin cushion, £7, George Home

SUCK IT AND SEE Mix & Match silver straws, £3 for 30, Talking Tables

CLEARLY SPECIAL Stag wine glass, £4, Matalan

THE HANG OF THINGS Mini Glitter scallop garland, £7.50, Sisters

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SHINE BRIGHT Standing silver star, £10, Wilko

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JINGLE JANGLE Silver Bells table scatter, £2.95, Dotcomgiftshop

EASY ELEGANCE Ornate paper napkins, £3.50 for 12, John Lewis

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SEE STARS Radiance bowl, £3.50, Sainsbury’s

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FINE DINING Snowflake plate, £12.99, HomeSense


   

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