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…say hello to bright, sun-drenched days and relaxed, balmy evenings with beautiful summer updates for your home. Bring the outdoors in with a botanical-inspired look (page 36); embrace country style with primrose yellow (page 46) and add a hint of a print with delicate feather motifs (page 52). Discover the hi-tech buys that make outdoor living easier (and more fun) on page 171 and find style

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ideas for gardens on page 150. Plus, don’t miss this month’s real homes on page 63 for decorating inspiration. Enjoy the sunshine!

Get creative with colour for a vibrant, individual space

ON THE COVER VOLUME 192 ISSUE 4 Create a zesty summertime feel by using warm primrose yellow

See inside five beautiful kitchens and bathrooms, plus a garden makeover

Get savvy with storage thanks to this iconic new kitchen from Ikea

Steal ideas from four readers’ stunning home renovations

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Put a modern twist on botanical style with these natureinspired looks

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June CONTENTS

REAL HOMES

64 ‘Small Details Can Have A Big Impact’ 76 ‘We Used Colour To Make It Our Own’ 88 ‘We Made A Dated Interior Modern’ 100 ‘We Built Our Forever Home From Scratch’ 114 Extreme Transformations 122 Property Projects 124 ‘We Did Scandi Style On A Budget’ 130 ‘We Needed A Flexible Space’ 134 ‘White Makes Everything Brighter’ 140 ‘We Ditched The Bath For A Luxe Shower’ 146 ‘Moving The Bath Was The Answer’ 150 ‘A Split-Level Garden Suits All Of Our Needs’

SEASONAL LIVING

157 160 162 167 202

In The Garden In The Kitchen Celebrate Asparagus Season Tackle A Task Try Something New

INNOVATION SHOPPING IDEAS 12 15 17 18 21 23 27

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

ROOM IDEAS

32 Be Inspired By Our Moodboards 36 Bring The Outdoors In With Modern Botanical Style

44 Boutique Hotel Spy 46 Colour School: Primrose Yellow 52 Pick The Perfect Pattern 57 Style Updates For Kitchens

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169 This Month’s Most Wanted 171 The Hi-Tech Way To Enjoy Your Outside Space 175 You’ll Love This Steam Oven For Bakers 177 How To Buy The Best Portable Radio 179 Take Better Photos With Your Smartphone

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7 Editor’s Letter 8 Subscribe To Ideal Home 155 Enjoy Your Free Cottage Garden Perennials 180, 182 & 184 Reader Offers 181 Win A Twyford Bathroom 183 Save 20% On Homeware At Emma Bridgewater 185 Get 20% Off Heart Of House At Argos

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eather permitting, I’ll be shifting my focus outdoors over the coming weeks, with chores to do in the garden and big plans that might be getting a little out of hand… MOVING OUTSIDE I did my spring blitz on the garden over the Easter weekend – getting the furniture out, doing the first mow and de-sliming the decking (on Pa Richmond’s tip I used Swarfega, £5.98 for 2ltr at B&Q, and can confirm it’s the bomb). But this weekend will be all about preparing for some serious dawn-to-dusk outdoor living, right down to picking sharp stones out of the lawn ready for the littlest Richmonds’ paddling pool and getting the Waspinator out. It’s a a bag resembling a wasps’ nest that you hang up to deter them – a thing of genius for someone prone to flapping when jaspers start buzzing around the patio table. Works a treat. I got mine from QVC (£9.50 for two), but Amazon.co.uk has them, too. PLANTING HERBS While I can’t pretend to be a serious gardener, preferring to do the bare minimum before retreating to the comfort of my lounger, I am proud of my pots. I’ll attempt to grow anything in them – I’m easily seduced by those little seed packets in the hardware shop, but with mixed results. One thing that never fails is herbs, which will thrive as long as you water them lots (I swear by those water-retaining crystals), sprinkle sharp

sand around them to keep slugs out and trim the tops off to toss in a salad – a little ‘River Cottage’ moment that makes me feel smug even if the salad itself is from a bag! I plant up a hanging basket with basil, mint, chives and Get ready parsley, and hang it by the for a hazy door so I can pick sprigs summer of alfresco for dinner on my way in. meals THINKING BIG So, I finally found The House and am at that nerve-wracking pre-exchange stage. I won’t say more in case I jinx things, except that it’s got a big garden. Well, big by my standards. ‘Big’ in that it has a beginning, a middle and an end, if you know what I mean. This raises all kinds of beautiful possibilities: a veg patch? A water feature? A stripy lawn? Friday nights are all about Gardeners’ World, so I can hang on Monty Don’s every word (and follow Nigel’s every waggy move – catch him on Twitter: @Montysdognigel). What would Monty do? I’m sure that if I was on Big Dreams Small Spaces, he’d treat my plans for landscaping on a Versailles scale with his trademark kindly disapproval and sagely suggest something more suitable for a lazy amateur. Back to the drawing board!

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Classic shade

Ideal for a smart modern-country look Ceramic classic ceiling lamp in cream, £99, Willow & Stone

Gallery wall

Perfect for a family snap Loft floating frame, £14, Oliver Bonas

Painterly finish

by writing Create a menu for a special meal board, it in pencil on a wooden chopping er pen then tracing over it with a chalk mark

Go green

Perfect for summer foliage Recycled-glass vase, £17.50, Garden Trading

Meals on wheels

A freestanding unit is a handy addition to a kitchen-diner Oak trolley shelving, £560, Luma

Set a pretty table with china in soft pastel shades 1815 mug in blue, £6, Royal Doulton

Mood of the moment

Relaxed look

Soft crumpled linen will bring a laid-back feel to a dining table Linen napkin in Dove Grey, £7.50, The Linen Works

Rise and shine! Start the weekend with a lazy breakfast – open the back door and let the kids play, while you enjoy freshly squeezed juice and the papers

Cool cup

Made from sturdy acrylic White tumbler, £10 for four, Debenhams

MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR

Powdery pastel

Mix it in with white crockery Puzzle side plate, £13, Murmur range, Houseology

Canteen style

The frame comes in a choice of six colours Tram chair, £69, Cult Furniture

Safe storage

Keep your eggs in style Ceramic egg tray, £10, Dickins & Jones range, House of Fraser

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Clear view

The wooden lid gives this jar a rustic feel Glass storage jar with lid, £6, Matalan


Summer dining SHOPPING IDEAS

Team soft pastels with mismatched furniture for a relaxed, summery feel Alba table, £375, John Lewis. Seating, clockwise from back: Dinton in Coral, £175 for two, Marks & Spencer; Hester, £95 each, Habitat; for a similar stool, try the dipped, £60, Cox & Cox; Talia, £95; Habitat. Lantern, £90, Laura Ashley. Baghera car, £99, The Toy Centre. Tribeca mugs, £12 for four, Marks & Spencer. Ceramics, from a selection, Penny Spooner Ceramics. Glass cloche, £25, Cox & Cox


      

   

    

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Pattern trend SHOPPING IDEAS Star buy

Made from bone and wood Star print frame, £25, Linea range, House of Fraser

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Dual purpose Hang as a pair or use several as oversized coasters Wall tiles, £6 each, Sainsbury’s

Go Greek

Perfect pattern

All square

The slim design will work perfectly on a console table Tile-effect square-base lamp, £20, George Home

A pretty wallpaper with a traditional Indian motif Kalinda tile wallpaper, £25 per roll, Indian Summer collection, Albany range, Wallpaperdirect

Add a touch of exotic elegance to the bedroom Grecian tile cushion, £25, Marks & Spencer

Everybody’s doing

Tread softly

Cosy it up with a thick wool rug Cream wool lace rug, £180, RJR.John Rocha range, Debenhams

Not just for walls and floors, intricate geometric tile prints will bring a fresh, exotic vibe to your scheme HOLLY CATFORD, ACTING STYLE AND DECORATING ASSISTANT

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Fake it

Smarten up a picnic with a vibrant melamine plate Valencia side plate, £18 for four, BHS

On the tiles

The chic tiled top was crafted by hand Caldas coffee table in Gaudi Jade, £555, Amara

Dishy looks

Wonder wall

Make a statement with a modern piece of art Whitewashed wood wall art (120.7cm sq), £329, West Elm

Pretty enough to go from the oven straight to the table Serving dish, £12.99, HomeSense

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Storage SHOPPING IDEAS Falsterbo wall shelves, £70 each; Torhamn units, from £40 for a unit door; all Ikea

‘Now you can create a complete kitchen with a sense of warmth, tradition and timeless high quality’

Mikael Axelsson, designer at Ikea

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DESIGN REPORT

FEATURE MICHELA COLLING

We loved the Lack and bought the Billy, but now Ikea has a new icon… With its affordable buys and stylish homeware, Ikea is a go-to destination for solving storage woes – from the trusty Billy bookcase to the versatile Lack shelf, there’s a solution for every clutter crisis. That said, Ikea isn’t just about modern minimalism or quick fixes – delve beyond the basics and you’ll find exclusive collaborations and collections, too. Full of hidden

gems, these ranges are designed with natural materials and longevity in mind. These are the qualities that designer Mikael Axelsson considered when devising the Falsterbo wall shelf. He took his lead from classic forgedmetal shelving to create a design that was not only timeless, but would also complement the natural ash units of the Torhamn kitchen. Inspired by

traditional Shaker style, Torhamn combines hand-made craftsmanship with functional design. Together, the industrial charm of the Falsterbo shelving and the organic style of the Torhamn units create a modern rustic look with simple, understated beauty.

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Asian oasis

CASH CLEVER Decorator Get an eastern-fusion look for less than £200

Set the scene for a peaceful sleeping space with a soothing combination of pale jade and blossom pink Chinoiserie double duvet set, £12; peony cushion, £8; both Heiwa range, George Home

Bring elegance to a bedroom scheme with fresh, Oriental-inspired designs. Team fretwork accessories with Chinoiserie-style prints in cool pastel tones for a clean, sophisticated look MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR

Fake it

Beautiful blooms that will last Faux magnolia in a glass vase, Next

Prints charming

The delicate jade colourway creates a serene feel Chinoiserie double duvet set, Heiwa range, George Home

£12

£45 £9 Let it glow

Add candlelight Metal tealight holder, Butterfly Home range, Debenhams

Duvet set, George Home........................ £12 Faux flowers, Next...........................................£45

Breakfast in bed

Remove this side table’s tray to carry a cuppa Gary Black metal side table, Maisons du Monde

Side table, Maisons du Monde.........£26.99

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Cushion, House of Fraser........................£20 Tealight holder, Debenhams................................£9 Table lamp, Very............................................£69

Birds of paradise

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Twice as nice

An extra bulb in the cutout base casts an interesting shadow Duo table lamp, Very

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Eastern-fusion bedroom SHOPPING IDEAS

Accessorise with motifs of cranes and dragonflies in crisp white

Heron ring holder, £6; dragonfly vase, £8; both George Home

EASTERN FUSION NEED TO KNOW

THE STORY High-street designers being influenced by the traditional art and crafts of Japan and China. WHY WE LOVE IT The shapes are simple enough to work into any style; the look’s illustrated sketchbook and fretwork patterns are timeless, while the colours are beautifully soft. HOW TO USE IT These pieces are easy to work into an existing scheme. A printed bed linen will work well in both contemporary and shabby-chic bedrooms: look for sets in pale jade, or white and steel blue. Layer in accents of blossom pink with cushions or faux flower stems, then add an armchair or chest of drawers in charcoal for a contemporary element. To give the look a glamorous edge, mix in antique brass or mirrored finishes. WHO’S DOING IT House of Fraser has explored this look in its Ceremony range, where the pale greens and soft peach tones seen in traditional Chinoiserie prints have been reworked into contemporary tableware designs. Also at House of Fraser, the Living by Christiane Lemieux range uses cranes as a motif for its bold Hiroto bed linen. The wallpaper and window treatments in Next’s Nara range celebrate painterly florals in striking black and heron blue, while the company’s Nihon range includes a traditional-style decorative screen.

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Nature prints SHOPPING IDEAS FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

The X factor

Albert Koetsier is the artist behind this X-ray piece Mandevilla custom canvas, £98 per sq m, Beyond Light collection, Photowall

Botanical beauty

Pressed plants are given a digital twist Anthriscus rectangle wall plaque, £60, Wild Rice Designs

Dramatic detail

Nature put under the lens Tradewinds Z470/03 fabric (left), £80 per m, Mustique collection, ZInc Textiles; White Moth All Over wallpaper, £96 per m, Timorous Beasties

The next big thing

Under the microscope

These pretty floral sprigs have intricate detailing up close Botanica wallpaper 3661, £42 per roll, Simplicity collection, Eco range, Jane Clayton

Detailed natural textures and finishes are finding their way onto textiles and homeware

Ghostly effect Shibori creates a leaf-skeleton look Skeleton cushion in Heather, £85, Emma June Designs

FEATURE MICHELA COLLING

MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR

ALL IN THE DETAIL We’re very used to seeing butterflies, plants, feathers and animal prints inspiring interior design, but this trend goes closer, exposing the microscopic details of flora and fauna. Digital manipulation and printing means that nature takes on a futuristic finish, with many prints beautifully replicating the symmetry of scales, moth and butterfly wings, and leaf skeletons. NATURE EXPOSED X-ray artist Albert Koetsier, who creates pieces featuring the skeletal details of plants, flowers and sea life, has collaborated with Photowall to create Beyond Light – a striking mural and canvas collection. Tom Dixon’s glass collection, Oil, has a finish that replicates a dragonfly wing’s rainbow iridescence, as does Neo Craft’s bubble-like glass

pendant, Iris. Inspired by Scottish and Scandinavian flora, Emma June Designs uses the shibori dyeing technique to create an X-ray leaf skeleton effect on cushions. TEXTURAL DETAILS This trend of up-close, detailed textures seen in nature lends itself well to fabric and wallpaper designs. Anaconda wallpaper by Anthology gives snakeskin a luxe touch in neutral and metallic tones, while Tradewinds fabric from Zinc Textiles has a pleasing, hypnotic, tree-trunk-rings effect. The White Moth All Over fabric by Timorous Beasties shows off the intricate pattern of moth wings, while the company’s latest wallpaper release, Pangolin, features a scalloped design that imitates the scales of the anteater-like mammal using a watery, iridescent finish.

Trunk cool

Tree rings inspired this driftwood-rimmed tray Slice tray, £100, Notre Monde range, Houseology

Serpent style

A scale-like effect in smoky glass Cully votives, from £62 each, Broste Copenhagen range, Royal Design

Flower power

Digital prints are also arriving on the high street Elsie Rose Waterflower bedding set, from £40 for a single, BHS

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Side tables SHOPPING IDEAS

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ON THE WIRE Keep your look contemporary with this sculptural design Elements side table, £199, BHS

HEAVY METAL Go for a luxe hammered-copper finish to tap into the metallic trend Bodo side table, £299, House of Fraser

PIPE DREAM Give a nod to the industrial look with this versatile wood and metal piece Pipe side table, £159, West Elm

Look what we found!

SPACE AGE This futuristic side table is the perfect place to put bottles and bar accessories Atoma side table, £149, Dwell

LEGGY LOOK Perfect for a sleek, fuss-free scheme Lynne side table, £221, Lene Bjerre range, Houseology

If you’re after a side table that speaks volumes, enjoy our edit of unusual and stylish designs HOLLY CATFORD, ACTING STYLE & DECORATING ASSISTANT

EYE OF THE TIGER Update a tired interior in an instant with this fun, novelty find The Tiger side table, £125, Design 55

ORNATE DETAILING Hand-crafted in India using traditional techniques, so each one is unique Ankara bone inlay side table, £170, Debenhams

TOUCH OF GOLD Place in a hallway that’s short on space Bamboo side table with marble top, £140, Oliver Bonas

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SHOPPING IDEAS Side tables

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TRUE BLUE Ideal for the bedroom or kitchen Side table in Sky, £85, Bloomingville range, Idyll Home

MIX IT UP This table has a mirrored top for a stylish take on the mixed-materials look Sonar side table, £169, Swoon Editions

SHAPING UP Go glam with this cube creation Geometric side table, £130 for a set of two, Zara Home

CAPITAL LETTER The clever S-shaped design provides two shelf spaces for storage York oak side table, £49.99, Dunelm

CLEAR WINNER A cool update of the classic bistro table Rossini round acrylic table, £650, Aflair for Home

DECORATIVE DRUM Made of solid mango wood and hand-crafted in Jaipur, India Carved wood side table, £179, West Elm

IDEAL V GREAT DEAL Get the look whatever your budget

COLOUR POP Thanks to its durable melamine top, this is sure to stand the test of time Kenstal orange side table, £40, Habitat

TWENTIES GLAM Use as a show-stopping bedside table Deco decadence side table, The French Bedroom Company

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£150

SCALED DOWN A squatter design, this has wider scallops for a more relaxed look Accent side table, Urban Outfitters

FEATURE HOLLY CATFORD

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TAILORED LOOK Smart and simple Medium Venice sofa in Moon Earth Turquoise, £1,059, Multiyork

Meet the creative director behind Multiyork’s fabulous furniture and accessories ranges

eing at the design helm of a British brand like Multiyork is no mean feat, especially when you have to oversee every creative and visual aspect of the company. However, it’s a job that creative director Kate Tansley relishes, and it makes perfect use of her sklls as both a designer and an experienced furniture buyer. Specialising in all kinds of upholstered furniture, including sofas, armchairs, sofabeds and cushions, Multiyork can cover any of its frames in your choice of thousands of textiles, all sourched from well-know UK fabric houses. Since fabrics and upholstery are of such high importance to the company, it stands to reason that its creative director is an expert in the field.

brands such as Paul Smith, Karen Millen, Marks & Spencer and Oasis, Kate also made one-off bridal pieces. She eventually moved into interiors, specialising in buying furniture and accessories for big-name companies, including Harrods, BHS and TK Maxx. Since Multiyork prides itself in its ability to offer an almost endless array of fabric options for its upholstered furniture, Kate’s passion for textiles, together with her knowledge of the interiors market, made her the perfect fit as the company’s creative director. ‘Essentially, my role follows products from concept to how they look in store, and all the parts of the journey along the way,’ she says.

‘The fabric trends that I see coming through for autumn are all about layering textures and tones’

THE WOMAN BEHIND THE NAME Based in Norfolk, Kate joined the Multiyork team in 2014 having previously worked as a freelance consultant for the company. As its creative director, she supervises the 14-strong design and development team, which creates the brilliant ranges, while also overseeing the look of all the stores, ensuring they’re both inspiring and inviting. Kate’s career has always involved working with fabrics in one form or another. After studying textile design at Nottingham Trent University, she began working in fashion surface design. As well as embroidering fabrics and making handbags for

ALL ABOUT CHOICE Multiyork’s main message of ‘Multi styles, Multi fabric, Multi choice’ charges Kate with ensuring that the company always offers the latest fabric designs, as well as a host of timeless classics. Exclusive collaborations are also an area that Kate is keen to develop, following on from the brand’s recent partnership with Monsoon. ‘We developed the range with Monsoon because we know our customers are looking for something that’s on trend but, most importantly, that has longevity and timeless style,’ she says. ‘We’re currently working on a few other collaborations with British designers, launching this autumn.’ Introducing new shapes and techniques is also key to keeping

the collections current. ‘We recently launched fixed upholstered designs which is a big change for us as Multiyork has previously always specialised in tailored loose covers,’ says Kate. ‘This was so we could offer more textured fabrics, such as velvets, that sometimes just don’t suit removable covers. It has also given us the chance to introduce more tailored details, such as buttoning and studding, to our designs.’ The team now works eight months in advance, giving it the flexibility to respond to fashions as they emerge. ‘The fabric trends that I see coming through for autumn are all about layering textures and tones,’ says Kate. ‘Deep emerald greens from the recent botanical trends will merge into natural mineral and precious stone patterns. Watercolour florals together with structured weaves make a lovely combination and add an edge to the softness of the bloom motifs. Victorian drama with its rich colour palette, together with oversized prints, will be huge, too. I’ve always loved Sanderson for its classical prints and I love the creativity the company shows with colour. On the flip side of that, microscale prints will produce really elegant repeats – I’m personally very much looking forward to that last look!’ ➺

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SHOPPING IDEAS High-street hero

STATEMENT SEAT Take a leaf out of Kate’s book and be brave with a bold floral fabric Latimer armchair in Linwood Arcadia Summer Meadow, £1,199, Multiyork

FAMILY FRIENDLY This elegant corner sofa is Kate’s favourite piece Long Island corner group sofa in Warwick Maddox linen, £2,937, Multiyork

AROUND THE WORLD Kate draws on a love of travel when creating a new collection World globe, £65, Multiyork

BRIGHT FLORALS The work of artist Jessica Zoob has been a big influence for Kate Pleasure Gardens cushion, £60; Breathe cushion in Wild Flower, £60; both Jessica Zoob range, Romo Black

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Kate’s GET TO KNOW HER SIGNATURE STYLE As a designer, Kate is, unsurprisingly, hugely visual. ‘I love the abundance of imagery and sources available to our generation, such as magazines, Pinterest, archives, historical trends and travel abroad,’ she says. America is a big influence when it comes to her designs. ‘Customers are offered an amazing breadth of choice over there,’ she says. ‘They are also more classical in their shapes than some modern European retailers, which we feel reflects our customer better.’ She’s also inspired by elements from different design eras. ‘I love the traceability of movements such as Bauhaus – it’s so of its time, but ART-DECO STYLE Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald were key designers of the Glasgow Style movement, which has inspired Kate

still holds classic longevity,’ she says. ‘I’m also drawn to the simplicity of Scandinavian design, as well as original, honest pieces that reflect the personality of the owner. Stylists hugely influence me, too – I like the originality of people such as Abigail Ahern and Sibella Court, who are great with their layering and detail.’ Art and textile design are big design draws, too. ‘Margaret Macdonald and the Glasgow Style movement were huge inspirations on my own design work, as well as the Arts and Crafts Movement,’ says Kate. ‘I also love the work of furnishing brand Boeme and the artist Jessica Zoob. As I’ve grown up and developed my career and passion for interiors, their use of colour and expression have affected my own personal style.’ FABULOUS FORM Kate loves the functionality and modernism of Bauhaus Kubus bowl in brass, from £145, By Lassen range, Skandium

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FLIGHT OF FANCY This quirky piece was created by one of Kate’s favourite designers Grey ostrich lamp, £85, Abigail Ahern/EDITION range, Debenhams

TOP TEXTILES Kate is a fan of Boeme’s lush painterly patterns Musella fabric (left); Amaryllis Cerise; both £74 per m, Boeme


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BE INSPIRED, BE CREATIVE with JUNE’S DECORATING IDEAS

Be your own

Going green

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

Add bold colour with botanical buys, page 36

Style update Give your kitchen a smart new look, page 57

Sunny delight

Good looks Be inspired by this hotel’s fresh style, page 44

Choose an uplifting shade to create a bright feel, page 46

FIND INSPIRING MOODBOARDS ONLINE AT

housetohome.co.uk/moodboards

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PALMHOUSE GREEN

Portia Lake Green fabric, £59 per m, Korla. Always Greener Premium Walls & Ceilings, £26.98 for 2.5ltr, Valspar range, B&Q. Spray bottle, £15, Rockett St George. Candles, £9 for 10, Rowen & Wren. Terrarium, £38, Graham and Green. Ike plate, £10; Turini cutlery, £90 for a 16-piece set; succulents, from a selection; all Habitat. Napkin, £16 for four, John Lewis. Glass, from £3, Heal’s SEE IT IN A ROOM... page 37

Be inspired by our

MOODBOARDS

FIND MORE MOODBOARDS ONLINE AT

houseto home.co.uk/ moodboards

Each of our expertly designed decorating looks starts with a moodboard, like the ones here. Use them as a starting point for a stylish new scheme

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Moodboards ROOM IDEAS

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PRIMROSE & DUCK EGG

SS100 rug with HL16 border, £186 per sq m, Crucial Trading. Cushion covers made in (from left): 235605, £68 per m, Sanderson; 7726/42; 7726/36; both £47.50 per m, Romo. 110158 wallpaper, £50 per roll; swatch made in 131845, £62 per m; both Harlequin. Goldfinch picture (framed), £95.50; Tweet Tweet bottle, £19; verbena lino print, £4; all Madebyhandonline.com. Ceramic feather, £3, John Lewis

CHARCOAL & MOSS SEE IT IN A ROOM... page 40

BW1035 fabric (background), £51 per m; cushion cover made in BW1001, £33 per m; BW1013 swatch, £55 per m; all Clarke & Clarke. Chartreuse cushion cover, £40, John Lewis. Picture frame, £5, By Sainsbury’s. Bottle, £24.95 for three, Nkuku. Plant pot, from a selection, Homebase. Pointing Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

DESIGN YOUR MOODBOARD

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Cheat your way to a professional finish

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CHOOSE YOUR BASE COLOUR Whether it’s flooring or a wall, the base colour will be the largest area of colour in your room, so place a generous sample of it onto your board. Including carpet samples will help you think about texture, too. ADD AN ACCENT TONE Want to try a dramatic contrast or an accent just a few tones away from your base colour? Use your moodboard to play with options and layer it with swatches of fabric, scraps of wallpaper and paint colour charts. FIND THE RIGHT ACCESSORIES These will really set the tone in your room – go for ones that share an accent colour and stick to a single theme. Don’t mix styles, or your finished scheme will look messy rather than effortlessly eclectic.

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PRIMROSE & HEATHER

F0599/01 fabric (background), £32 per m, Clarke & Clarke. Boston Ivy Sulphur bed linen, from £15 for a pillowcase, Clarissa Hulse. Pom-pom pillowcase, £39.50 for a double duvet set, Marks & Spencer. Hare picture, £18.50, Cox & Cox. Verdure Yellow Marble Matt Emulsion, £42 for 2.5ltr, Mylands of London. Jug, £28, Madebyhandonline.com. For similar scissors, try the vintage-style, £5.30, Betty Twyford

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ROOM IDEAS Moodboards

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PERIWINKLE & PINK

Saraille wallpaper (background), £213 for a 12m roll, Designers Guild. For a similar mug, try the Connor, £8, Habitat. Dotkat fabric, £49 per m, GP&J Baker. For a similar cushion, try the Strata, £45, John Lewis. For similar flooring, try the CLM1290, £16.99 per sq m, Quick-Step

MONOCHROME & FERN

Wild Fern fabric (background), £28 per m, Clarke & Clarke. Cushion covers made in: W77989 (bottom), £102 per m, Thibaut; BW1030, £35 per m, Clarke & Clarke. Saapaivakirja mug, £16, Cloudberry Living. Faux leaf, from a selection, Dobbies Garden Centres. Basket, from a selection, The Conran Shop. Twine, £2.95 per roll , Wild & Wolf. Shirtling Absolute Matt Emulsion, £38 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene

DECORATING?

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FOLLOW THE 3 GOLDEN RULES

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THE 70-20-10 RULE For a balanced scheme, keep 70% of the elements (say, walls and floors) as one colour, then add 20% in a second colour (fabrics) and 10% in an accent (accessories). THE PATTERN RULE When mixing patterns, use large with medium or medium with small, never large with small. Pick prints that share a colour in common.

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THE PAINTED BOX RULE The look of paint changes according to the time of day and the amount of light that is in a room. Paint the inside of a large box with a tester to create a miniature ‘room’ and see how the colour changes within a 3D space. AND FINALLY… Always add a surprise. A focal point – whether it’s a feature wall or a piece of art – is the short cut to a ‘wow’ room.

EVERGREEN & GRASS

For a similar floor paint, try the Loft White, £61 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Mad King George matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5ltr, Fired Earth. Calendar, £25, Vintage Design. Cushion cover made in Vienna Apple, £24 per m, Clarke & Clarke. Bug cloth, £1.99, H&M. Swatches made in: BW1034 (left), £49 per m, Clarke & Clarke; Mojito, £60 per m, Osborne & Little. Stationery, from a selection, Paperchase

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BRING THE OUTDOORS IN WITH

modern botanical style Bring a white decorating scheme to life with mixed shades of green and displays of real (or fake) plants FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO PAGE 42

IDEA Try using gardencentre buys inside the home – this trellis makes a brilliant noticeboard and plant display

Stimulate creativity in a study area by painting a band of grassy green onto a bright white wall – it also acts as a striking backdrop to black shelving

IDEAL HOME

MOODBOARD

Evergreen & Grass

For details of this moodboard, turn to page 32

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Modern botanical style ROOM IDEAS IDEA Hang live artwork with The Urban Botanist’s Grand Living Wall, from £69.95 each, lining up two in a row for impact

IDEAL HOME

MOODBOARD

Palmhouse Green

Create a modern scheme by painting half a white wall in a strong green, then stick to black, white and wood for the rest of the décor. Accessorise with lush clusters of plants, living-wall installations and botanical prints

For details of this moodboard, turn to page 32


Bring a living-room scheme to life with a standout piece of furniture that’s big, green and beautiful, such as Ikea’s Stockholm, sofa, £1,000, shown here

IDEA Make caring for plants simpler with self-watering planters, such as Woolly Pocket’s Living Wall Planters 2, £47.99 for four

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Modern botanical style ROOM IDEAS

IDEAL HOME

MOODBOARD

Monochrome & Fern

For details of this moodboard, turn to page 32

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IDEA Lack surfaces for plants? Make a feature of narrow ledges and line up succulents, ferns and cacti with favourite accessories

IDEAL HOME

MOODBOARD

Charcoal & Moss

For details of this moodboard, turn to page 32

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For a bold bedroom, go for a monochrome scheme featuring a mix of fabrics, then turn the bed into a striking focal point by giving it the green treatment. Paint a simple bedstead and match a throw to the sheet, but stick to black and white for the rest of the bedding


Modern botanical style ROOM IDEAS

Mix these shades of green

Lime matt emulsion, £13.94 for 2.5ltr, Colours range, B&Q

Turn a kitchen trolley into a moveable living display of plants (and summer drinks!)

IDEA For a casual display, mix various pots and domes of different sizes, then fill with plants in a spectrum of greens

SPRING BUD Add splashes of this fresh tone to bring a light feel to a room scheme SHADY LICHEN Keep things Soft Moss 2 feeling mellow with this paint mixing softer, subtler shade matt, £24.49 EMERALD FOREST for 2.5ltr, Dulux Go for this strong Storybook colour on a claypaint, £35 feature wall for 2.5ltr, to bring the Earthborn outside in

Terrariums and glass domes are a stylish way to make small plants a feature

Go natural with fresh green Adding leaf prints is one way to do this trend, but make it more subtle with blocks of green and lots of foliage START WITH A SIMPLE BACKDROP For such a strong scheme, it’s important to have a clear, unfussy canvas to build on. Stick to white walls and flooring – the room will immediately look modern and anything you add, from paint effects to standout furniture and planting displays, will be the stars of the show. CHOOSE POWERFUL NOT PASTEL Be brave when it comes to colour choices – any accent shade used should replicate the colour of fresh botanicals. Be inspired by British forests full of ferns in the height of summer or lush country hedgerows when the weather is at its warmest. If you feel these shades

are too much for a feature wall, use in a thick band around the room instead. KEEP PATTERN MONOCHROME Steer clear of the jungle feel that is created by green leafy designs – instead, choose foliage-print fabrics in black and white that will keep to the theme but add a contemporary twist. THINK LOW MAINTENANCE House plants are fabulous, but can be a faff to look after – and look ropey if neglected. Make it simple with easy-care plants, such as succulents and cacti (see others, right), or go faux with impossible-tospot fakes from Bloom, Blooming Artificial, Oka or Rockett St George.

5 EASY-TO-GROW HOUSE PLANTS 1. ALOE VERA Famed for its medicinal purposes, this succulent is happy with dry soil and little watering. 2. ENGLISH IVY It thrives in cooler temperatures and is believed to be a natural remedy for mould allergens. 3. JADE PLANT Also known as a money tree, this has a lifespan of up to 20 years. 4. PEACE LILY Thriving in windowless spots, this pretty plant absorbs air pollutants. 5. SNAKE PLANT Its pointed leaves with yellow edges can grow in just about any climate and lighting.

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ROOM IDEAS Modern botanical style

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DECORATION AND FURNITURE Wall painted in Pure Brilliant White Endurance+ matt emulsion, £20.99 for 2.5ltr, Dulux. Stripe painted in Mad King George matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5ltr, Fired Earth. For a similar floor paint, try the Loft White, £61 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Cupertino desk, £819, BoConcept. Black metal DKR chair, £177, Cielshop.co.uk. Helmer drawer unit, £25; Barsö trellis, £30; both Ikea. Cubist wall display, £50, Umbra. ON/NEAR DESK For a similar lamp, try the Riggad, £50, Ikea. Marble jar, £20, John Lewis. Cushion made in Vienna Apple, £24 per m, Clarke & Clarke. Stationery, from a selection; Bigso

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DECORATION AND FURNITURE Walls painted in Shirtling Absolute Matt Emulsion, £38 for 2.5ltr; for a similar floor paint, try the Loft White, £61 for 2.5ltr; both Little Greene. Geometric rug GEO01, £250, Plantation Rug Company. Stockholm three-seater sofa, £1,000; Lantliv plant stand (just seen), £25; both Ikea. Chelsea square coffee table, £399;

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magazine files, £8 each; all Paperchase. Tray, £14.99, H&M. Tea glass, £12; glass teapot, £38; both Ross & Brown. Eternity calendar, £25, Design Vintage. ON TRELLIS Bug dishcloth, £1.99, H&M. Fintorp rails, £7 each; Fintorp cutlery stand pots, £5 each; Fintorp hooks, £3 for five; all Ikea. Plants, from a selection, Dobbies Garden Centres. Swatches, from top left: BW1034, £49 per m, Black + White collection, Clarke & Clarke; Vienna Apple, as before; Mojito F6883-04, £60 per m, Osborne & Little. Stationery, as before. IN WALL DISPLAY Small plant pots, from a selection, Homebase. Plants, as before. Paint sample pots, £4.25 each, Little Greene

DECORATION AND FURNITURE Wall painted in Brilliant White Premium Walls & Ceilings (upper); Always Greener Premium Walls & Ceilings; both £26.98 for 2.5ltr, Valspar range, B&Q. For a similar floor paint, try the Loft White, £61 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Branch dining table, £1,395, Heal’s. Scandinavian-style chairs, £245 each, Cielshop.co.uk. Zanetta trolley, £303, Out There Interiors. Stockholm cabinet, £250, Ikea. Blind made in Portia Lake Green, £59 per m, Korla. ON TABLE Platter, £39.95, Nkuku. Jewel terrarium, £54.95, The Urban Botanist. Socker plant pot, 95p, Ikea. Succulents, from a selection, Dobbies Garden Centres. Small glass cloche, £15, The Conran Shop. Bardane carafe, £15; Turini cutlery, £90 for a 16-piece set; Ike dinner plates, £10 each; Ike cereal bowls, £8 each; Vienna glasses, £25 for six; all Habitat. Poseidon tumblers, £8 each; medium Moroccan green tumblers, £5 each; all Heal’s. La selva napkins, £16 for four, John

Lewis. Vase, £14.99, H&M. ON TROLLEY (from top left) Plants, from a selection, Dobbies Garden Centres. Chartwell planter, £18, The White Company. Sinnerlig plant pot, £4, Ikea. Medium Inu dome, £34.95, Nkuku. Joy tumblers, £8 for six, Habitat. Mini taper candles, £9 for 10, Rowen & Wren. Vienna glasses, as before. Marble jar, £20, John Lewis. Emilia napkins, £7.99 each, LinenMe. Small Inu glass dome, £16.95, Nkuku. Glasses, from £2.75 for six; Korken bottle, £2.25; all Ikea. ON/ABOVE CABINET Heron plates, from £10 each, House of Fraser. White spray bottle, £15, Rockett St George. Breadboard, £48, Rowen & Wren. Candle holder, £10, Habitat. Candle, £6.50 for six, St Eval Candle Company. Palet jar, £49.95, Cloudberry Living. Penta terrarium, £185, The Urban Botanist. Grand living walls with plants, from £69.95 each, The Urban Botanist. Framed Urtica Dioica print (74cm x 63cm), £121, King & McGaw. Mr Turner clock, £95, Newgate Clocks range, John Lewis

Duchess armchair in Tori Murphy Boulder (left), £1,234; both Content by Terence Conran. Carlotta accent chair, £699, House of Fraser. Wire basket, £62 (used as side table); wire basket top, £72; both Cloudberry Living. Henry console table, £195; round side table, £85; both French Connection. Blind made in Wild Fern Charcoal, £28 per m; border made in Vienna Apple, £24 per

m; both Clarke & Clarke. ON/ABOVE SOFA Throw made in BW1034, £49 per m, Clarke & Clarke; border made in Vienna Apple, as before. Cushions, from left: made in BW1033, £45 per m, Clarke & Clarke; piping in Vienna Apple, as before; made in BW1001 (just seen), £33 per m, Clarke & Clarke; patterned cover, £3.99, H&M; Varese, £45, Heal’s; made in BW1033; piping in Vienna Apple; both as before. Living wall planter 2, £47.99 for four, Woolly Pocket. Plants, from a selection, Dobbies Garden Centres. ON WIRE TABLE William table lamp, £100, John Lewis. Danvers vase, from £12, The White Company. Saapaivakirja mug, £16, Cloudberry Living. ON COFFEE TABLE Moleskine notebook, £17, Paperchase. Twine, £2.95, Wild & Wolf. Rimini vase, £35; Chartwell planter, £18;

both The White Company. Danvers vase; plants; all as before. Siirtolapuutarha teapot, £67, Cloudberry Living. White tray, £12, Ross & Brown. ON LEFTHAND ARMCHAIR Cushions from left: Varese, as before; made in W77989, £102, per m, Thibaut. ON/NEAR RIGHT-HAND ARMCHAIR Cushion made in BW1001, as before. Belly basket, £25, Olli Ella. ON PLANT STAND Fernanda vase, £35; Kelsom vase, £20; both Habitat. Faux leaves, from a selection, Dobbies Garden Centres. Green Domingo bowl, £10, The Conran Shop. ON CONSOLE TABLE Plant; Chartwell planter; both as before. Plant pot, £69 for two, Graham and Green. Photo frame, £10, Habitat. ON ROUND SIDE TABLE Saapaivakirja mug; Danvers vase; both as before

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DECORATION AND FURNITURE Walls painted in Pointing Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. For a similar floor paint, try the Loft White, £61 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Sierra rug, £79, Dwell. Lucia bed, £295, Habitat. Curtain made in BW1035, £51 per m, Clarke & Clarke. St Ives ladder, £150, John Lewis. Marcel table, £275, Graham and Green. Curtain pole, £19.99, Homebase. ON BED Cushions, from front: made in BW1001, £33 per m, Clarke & Clarke; Chartreuse, £40 each, John Lewis; made in BW1035, as before. White pillowcases, £10 each, Habitat. Dvala green pillowcases, £3 for two; Dvala sheet, £7; all Ikea. White duvet cover, £40; Hambly bedspread, £95; both Habitat. Honeycomb throw, £108, Heal’s. Monochrome throw made in BW1013, £55 per m, Clarke & Clarke. ON SIDE TABLE Task light, £354, Original BTC. Mug, £16, Cloudberry Living. Mini pot, from a selection, Homebase. Notebook, £8, Paperchase. Chartwell planter, £18, The White Company. ON LADDER Toiletries, from a selection, Kiehl’s. Plant pots, from £4 each, Ikea. Glass bottle vase, £16, French Connection. Borali bottle, £24.95 for three, Nkuku. Candle, £39, West Elm. Basket, £38 for two, The Conran Shop. ON WALL Picture ledges, £4.50 each, Ikea. Photo frame, £5, By Sainsbury’s. ON SHELVES (from left) Danvers vase, £12, The White Company. Alarm clock, £25, Newgate Clocks. Mini pot; Borali bottle; both as before. Concrete pots with faux succulent, £8 each, Habitat. Mini pots; Borali bottle; all as before

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

LOCATION Situated in a quiet, tree-lined street in the heart of central London, the Knightsbridge Hotel is a stone’s throw from Harrods and Harvey Nichols, with Hyde Park and the museums of South Kensington also within walking distance. ROOMS There are 44 beautiful bedrooms and suites in this smart townhouse hotel, which is part of the Firmdale Hotels portfolio owned by husband-and-wife team, Kit and Tim Kemp. All of the rooms have been individually created by interiordesigner Kit in her signature fresh, modern, English style, and they all feature high-speed Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. Located on the hotel’s first floor, the Knightsbridge Suite (right) is elegant

and spacious, with floor-to-ceiling windows that let light flood in. This open-plan space has been decorated in a soothing palette of soft greys and blues lifted with splashes of bright colour and pattern. There’s a comfy seating area with classic furniture, as well as an intimate dining area. FAMOUS FOR Its high standards of excellence and Kit’s unique style of decoration, which saw her named the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year in 2008. CELEBRITY GUESTS Knightsbridge Hotel wouldn’t disclose any of its famous guests, but given the affluent area in which it’s located, if you don’t see a celebrity in the hotel, you’re almost certain to see one sipping on a macchiato in a coffee shop nearby.

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Use concrete to bring edge to a smart look Concrete planter, Cox & Cox

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Knightsbridge Hotel

ADDRESS

10 Beaufort Gardens, London SW3 1PT

PRICE

A double room costs from £342 per night, breakfast excluded

£50

Make the bed stand out with a crisp white throw White scalloped quilted throw, Next

CONTACT

020 7590 1311; knightsbridge hotel.co.uk

Mirror image

Reflect light from windows on the other side of the room Buxton mirror, The Chandelier & Mirror Company

£20

£395

for two

£35

£195

Put your feet up

Sitting pretty

This elegant design comes in a choice of colours and fabrics Contrast button cotton tub chair in Fuchsia, Oliver Bonas

Under cover

FACT FILE

£385

Place at the end of the bed for stylish storage Contrast button cotton ottoman in Duck Egg, Oliver Bonas

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Colour splash

Jazz up plain bed linen Pink sequin cushion, Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson range, Debenhams


Hotel spy ROOM IDEAS Take a neutral palette from dull to daring with pops of vibrant pink and patterned details

Include bold cushions and textiles to add personality and create a cosy feel

IDEAL HOME

MOODBOARD

Periwinkle & Pink

IDEAL V GREAT DEAL Get the look whatever the budget

FEATURE HOLLY CATFORD PHOTOGRAPH SIMON BROWN

£125

£39.50 pe rm

£5

LOVE THE LOOK

per m

Layer calm blues for a tranquil scheme, then use touches of white, pink and pattern to add vibrancy

Floral touch

Include faux flowers for a spring-fresh feel Faux purple flowers in lace jug, Peony range, John Lewis

Right direction

Opt for a smart chevron print Scala in Oxford Blue, Cubis collection, Romo

Cool blue

A purse-friendly option with a casual, summery vibe Sommar in light blue, Ikea

For more moodboards turn to page 32

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PRIMROSE YELLOW

Create a welcoming scheme full of pretty country style with a palette inspired by glorious summer meadows. Make a bold, sunny statement by using cheery buttercup on the walls, then add key accessories in vibrant verdure and soft dandelion. Temper the yellow tones with earthy putty, soothing duck-egg blue and calming white, then add warmth and interest by layering fabrics in delicate floral patterns FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Balance out the top-to-toe yellow look with a ditsy floral fabric on a mainly neutraltoned background

IDEAL HOME

MOODBOARD

Primrose & Heather

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Primrose yellow ROOM IDEAS Small-scale prints, raw wood finishes and rustic wicker give this bold hue a softer feel

The PALETTE

PATTERN #1

Pop in a frame or use above a picture rail Salvia 110158 wallpaper, £50 per roll, Harlequin

THE PAINT

This sunny hue will bring warmth into any room Verdure Yellow Marble Matt Emulsion, £42 for 2.5ltr, Mylands of London

PATTERN #2

An understated print is ideal for blinds Mellor Citrus F0599/01, £32 per m, Clarke & Clarke


OUR STYLIST SAYS

Choose pared-back furniture in soft, neutral shades to balance out a bold feature wall

Go for a brighter tone to add a burst of colour in a dark space, or use a gentler one in a room with lots of natural light NICKY PHILLIPS, DECORATING EDITOR

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Primrose yellow ROOM IDEAS

TRY THESE COLOURS WITH PRIMROSE Q LEAF GREEN Add fresh appeal with a shade of green taken from nature, such as sage, olive, grass or apple Q DENIM BLUE Create definition by using a smart and classic dark denim, or keep it casual with a worn-in version Q HEATHER Team your yellow with an equally pigmented purple – try primrose and heather or sherbet and lilac

SHADES TO AVOID Q SCARLET Steer clear of pairing yellow with this fiery primary colour, as the strong combination will feel overbearing and difficult to live with. Q MAHOGANY To sidestep an accidental Seventies revival, opt for neutral shades of pebble, oak or putty rather than a retro brown.

Break up a harvesttoned palette with pretty floral prints to give your room a delicate summery feel

Q FUCHSIA Don’t try and outshine primrose with a feisty pink or bold orange hue – opt for pale rosy tones instead and let yellow be the star.

FEATURE CAROL WORTLEY-BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHS SIMON WHITMORE

FIND ALL THE DETAILS (PREVIOUS PAGES AND LEFT) BEDROOM (PREVIOUS PAGES) DECORATION AND FURNITURE Walls painted in Verdure Yellow Marble Matt Emulsion, £42 for 2.5ltr, Mylands of London. For similar flooring, try the VAR3102S, £49.99 per sq m, Quick-Step. Coast rug, £325, Barker & Stonehouse. Blind made in F0599/01, £32 per m, Clarke & Clarke. Double plain upholstered headboard, from £250, The Dormy House; covered in 131859, £54 per m, Harlequin. Rudyard desk, £495; side table, £125; both Loaf. For a similar chair, try the Kubu round, £229, Cuckooland.com. ON/NEAR BED Boston Ivy Sulphur bed linen, from £15 for a pillowcase, Clarissa Hulse. Cushions, from left: Hydrangea, £50, Laura Ashley; buttoned in Golden Olive, £35, Cox & Cox; made in M458/01, £85 per m, Mark Alexander. Pom-pom pillowcases, £39.50 for a double duvet set; taupe throw, £69; all Marks & Spencer. Knitted basket, £22, John Lewis. Check throw (in basket), £75, House

of Fraser. ON WALL Frames, £15 each, Ikea. 110158 wallpaper (in frames), £50 per roll, Harlequin. ON SIDE TABLE Type 75 lamp, £160, Anglepoise. Jug, £28, Rebecca Callis Porcelain range, Madebyhandonline.com. ON CHAIR Paisley linen cushion, £55, Notonthehighstreet.com. ON DESK Hare picture, £18.50; concrete pear, £10.50 for an apple and pear set; both Cox & Cox. For a similar vase, try the ceramic, £17.50, Marks & Spencer. Jug, £6, By Sainsbury’s. For similar twine, try the hanging bobbin, £11, Hen & Hammock. Glass dome and wood base, £45, John Lewis. For similar scissors, try the vintage style, £5.30, Betty Twyford. Glass carafe and tumbler set, £18.95, Nordic House. Daisy-chain purse, £8.95, Notonthehighstreet.com. LIVING ROOM (LEFT) DECORATION AND FURNITURE Walls painted in Verdure Yellow Marble Matt Emulsion, £42 for 2.5ltr, Mylands of London. 110158 wallpaper, £50 per

roll, Harlequin. For similar flooring, try the VAR3102S, £49.99 per sq m, Quick-Step. SS100 rug with HL16 border, £186 per sq m, Crucial Trading. Cricket coffee table, £430; side table, £295; both SCP. Bluebell sofa in Nougat Dexter���s linen, £1,390, Sofa. com. Constantin armchair, £550, Graham and Green. ON COFFEE TABLE Tray, £15; saucer, £6 for a cup and saucer set; both John Lewis. Jam jar, £3.45, Rose & Grey. Espresso cups, £18 each, Sarah Went Ceramics range, Madebyhandonline.com. Pitcher, £36, Graham and Green. ON SOFA Cushions, from left: made in 120513, £46 per m, Harlequin; woven, £19.50, Marks & Spencer; made in 131859, £54 per m, Harlequin; made in 7726/36; piped in 7726/05; both £47.50 per m, Romo; made in 235605, £68 per m, Sanderson. ON CHAIR Cushion made in 131845, £62 per m, Harlequin. ON SIDE TABLE Large Flagon table lamp, £135, Loaf. Bottle vase, £40, Lucy Burley. Evie jug, £32, Rowen &

Wren. Glass dome, £39, Nordic House. Concrete apple, £10.50 for an apple and pear set, Cox & Cox. ON WALL (from left) Framed Cup of Tea Madame? labels, £30, Notonthehighstreet.com. Feathers, £3 each, John Lewis. Frame, £3.50, Ikea. Apple Blossom print, £48, Katrin Moye range; verbena print, £4, Cally Conway range; Goldfinch (framed), £95.50, Liz Cooksey range; teaspoon (framed), £30, Louise Dawn Wilson range; all Madebyhandonline. com. For similar scissors, try the vintage style, £5.30, Betty Twyford. For similar candles, try the mini taper candles, £9 for 10, Rowen & Wren. ON PICTURE RAIL (from left) Vase, £11, Nordic House. Bottles, £55 for three, Boop Design range, Madebyhandonline.com. LIVING ROOM DETAIL (ABOVE) Curtain made in Meadow Grasses 235605, £68 per m, Sanderson; border made in Asuri Citrine, £47.50 per m, Romo. Basket, £28, Rose & Grey. Throw, £29.50, Marks & Spencer. All other items, as before

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PICK THE

Perfect pattern Need inspiration? Check out the best of this season’s fabrics and wallpapers

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

Fill your nest with feathers WHY WE LOVE THEM Delicate and ethereal, a feather motif reveals the beauty of nature. From photo-real prints to whimsical, metallic-tinted designs, feathers are a natural extension of the popular bird motif and are possibly a more versatile choice. WHERE TO USE THEM Feathers work well in both traditional and modern schemes. Looser ‘floating’ designs suit a more classic setting, while those laid out in formation are usually a great fit for a contemporary look. While the dreamy quality of feathers makes them a shoo-in for a bedroom, the wide selection of styles available

means there’s a plume print to suit every room in your home. HOW TO USE THEM Embrace the look by covering walls or upholstery in feather designs, or dip your toe in the trend with a single feature wall or cushions in a quill-covered pattern. Delicate designs in pale shades suit classic, subtle schemes, while bolder, brighter ones are best for standout looks. HOW TO ACCESSORISE THEM Romantic, floaty plumes pair well with with soft, luxurious furnishings, while prints with a uniform layout, such as a grid or stripe design, work better with pared-back furniture and accessories in simple shapes.

3 places to buy FEATHER PRINTS Harlequin Operetta fabric has ostrich-like plumes, £59 per m, or pick the more modern Limosa, £48 per m. Sanderson Check out the bold peacock feathers of Themis wallpaper, £55 per roll, and the country-style Egg & Feather fabric, £49 per m, in the Emma Bridgewater range. Wallpaperdirect Albany has a collection of five chic featherprint wallpapers, with prices starting at £10.50 per roll for Country Notebook – a collage-style design.

FEATHERY TOUCH This fun egg and feather motif is subtle enough for a traditional scheme Curtains in Egg & Feather 223437, £49 per m, Emma Bridgewater range, Sanderson

‘As varied as the birds from which they originate, feather prints can look wildly different, yet are brilliantly versatile’ GINEVRA BENEDETTI, ASSOCIATE EDITOR

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Wallpapers & fabrics ROOM IDEAS

TOP 10 Wallpapers Feather motifs Plump for a pretty wallpaper with lovely plumes

1

Silver tips

Metallic highlights give a shimmery effect Sirius in Pearl 673603, £16 per roll, Precious Metals collection, Arthouse PAINT EFFECT A watercolour-style print with a smart, retro feel, this wallpaper comes in five colours and is available as a fabric, too Feathers in British Lichen, £55 per roll, Mini Moderns

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Elegant decadence

A lush, gold and beige print with an Art-Deco feel Bohemian Burlesque in gold and beige, £20 per roll, AS Creation collection, B&Q

PROUD PLUMES Sold by the metre, this paper has detailed, colourful feathers that make a bold statement Samui collage wallcovering in Olivine, £25 per m; blind made in Moolyana Repeat; cushion made in Moolyana in Autumn; both £98 per m; all Myanmar collection, Voyage Decoration

3

Bold choice

This bright paper is ideal for a teen’s room Feathers in Multi, £20 per roll, New Wave collection, Graham & Brown

4

Wispy design

A slightly textured feel for a neutral scheme Lucia LU070605, £31.95 per roll, Lucia collection, Galerie

IDEAL V GREAT DEAL Have a flutter on these feather-motif wallpapers METALLIC HINTS A pretty swaying design with softgold highlights Grace in Light Grey 497-21, Grace collection, Sandberg

£99

per roll

DELICATE TOUCH These feathers look as if they’re floating in the air Paloma, Dorma collection, Dunelm

£20

per roll

5

Arty effect

Match your accessories to the pops of rich colour in these individual quills Limosa 111075, £48 per roll, Amazilia collection, Harlequin

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

‘Try a bold feather in a neutral for a subtle but striking look’ GINEVRA BENEDETTI, ASSOCIATE EDITOR

WHAT’S NEW AT

Scion

Go for fresh Scandi-style designs from this British brand

Be bold with geometric prints and create a cool modern yet retro feel Vector 111303 wallpaper, £49 per roll; cushion and floor cushion made in Nendo 131817, £36 per m; floor cushion in Vector 120505, £29 per m; all Lohko collection, Scion

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Barely there

Use this fluffy, dreamy style in a bedroom Innocence Plume Bleu ICC27566214, £56.50 per roll, Innocence collection, Casadeco

FEATURE GINEVRA BENEDETTI PHOTOGRAPHS RHAPSODY MEDIA

7

Striking look

Add some drama with this theatrical design Hebe in Platinum 07203101B, £59 per roll, Liberty Fabrics collection, Wallpaperdirect

8

Simple style

Keep it smart with a uniform print Plato J156W 04, £59 per roll, Atmosphere Wallpapers collection, Jane Churchill

9

Line up

Hang this classic stripe in a traditional scheme Feather Stripe in yellow 07990 04, £60 per roll, Ashbury collection, Colefax and Fowler

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Float away

Looks like a cluster of feathers on the breeze Birding in Aqua on cream T14258, £72 per roll, Imperial Garden collection, Thibaut

THE COMPANY Founded in 2012, Scion produces affordable designs bursting with colour and Scandi-style pattern. The company has 22 fabric and six wallpaper collections, and also reproduces a selection of its designs on bed linen, curtains and bone china. THE NEW COLLECTION Named Lohko, the Finnish word for blocks, the latest collection features nine fabrics and seven wallpaper designs – all in a bold, graphic style. Chevron motifs, asymmetric patterns and loose geometric designs dominate the range, with the company’s Mr Fox motif also making an appearance. The palette is packed with fresh, zingy shades, such as kiwi, paprika and pear, alongside

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classic neutrals, like pebble, linen and liquorice, to balance out the brights. Fabrics start at £29 per m, while wallpapers are priced from £37 per roll. WHY WE LOVE IT A hefty dose of these striking designs is guaranteed to brighten up your home. They’re also more affordable than most similar Scandi prints, leaving you with extra pocket (Prosecco) money in the kitty.

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Kitchen updates ROOM IDEAS Copper triple-ply saucepans with lids, from £55 for a 16cm saucepan, J by Jasper Conran range, Debenhams

Falsterbo wall rail with hooks, £15, Ikea

MAKE UTILITY BEAUTIFUL

TURN PANS INTO A WALL DISPLAY Free up cupboard space and create an interesting feature by hanging saucepans from a length of copper pipe. Support each end with sturdy brackets and use S-hooks to hang up the pans.

Instead of hiding cleaning kit away in a cupboard, invest in some well-made, traditional utilityware, such as vintage wooden brooms, bristle brushes and antique linen, then hang it on a peg rail out on display.

CHEAT AN ISLAND Having a smaller kitchen doesn’t mean that an island is out of the question. Make a compromise on size and opt for a butcher’s block instead – it’ll take up far less floor space but you’ll gain an extra prep area.

STYLE UPDATES FOR KITCHENS A small alteration can be all it takes, so ring the changes with one of these ideas…

W

e expect our kitchens to last for years, but it can get a bit boring staring at the same units day in, day out. However, giving your space a bit of a style revamp doesn’t have to involve embarking on a costly renovation project. Sometimes, it’s just a case of reworking what you

have already, updating here and there and adding new features to keep your space moving with the times. From innovative storage solutions and smart ideas for display to new ways with walls and shelving, there’s an idea here to give your kitchen a quick and easy makeover, whatever your budget or DIY skill level.

Suffolk chopping block, from £895, Neptune

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For similar shelves, try the floating shelves, from £67 for L100cm, Shelf Direct

For a similar splashback, try the Spectra Carrera, £194 for L300cm, BSO

USE DECORATIVE PLATES AS WALL ART Displaying a collection of attractive plates is a great way to add colour to a bare expanse of wall or a neutral scheme. Fix a narrow shelf ledge directly above a splashback and choose plates of a similar size in complementary colours to give the display a cohesive look.

GO TWO-TIER WITH WALL UNITS

For similar glazed wall cabinets, try the Metod/Laxarby, £92 for a W60cm cabinet, Ikea

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Standard wall cabinets often fall short of the ceiling and leave wasted space above that becomes a dust trap. Utilise every inch of space by taking wall cabinets all the way up to the ceiling, either with extra-tall cupboards or, if your kitchen ceiling is very high, by fitting two tiers of wall units.


Kitchen updates ROOM IDEAS

IDEA Treat walls and shelves as one, and paint both in the same shade for a dramatic backdrop

For a similar grey paint, try Down Pipe Estate Eggshell, £22 for 750ml, Farrow & Ball

DIVERT TRAFFIC TO A COFFEE STATION Diffuse the chaos that can occur in the kitchen during the morning rush hour by setting up a drinks station away from the busiest areas, such as the sink, hob and fridge. Either an island, breakfast bar or console unit near to a plug socket would make a suitable spot for a coffee machine, and will keep bleary-eyed caffeine hunters out of the way while chef rustles up breakfast.

INCORPORATE OPEN STORAGE

‘A mix of open and closed storage will provide visual relief from rows of cupboard doors’ LISA FAZZANI, SHOPPING EDITOR

Long rows of open shelving along one wall will create space for a decorative display. Avoid the temptation to overfill shelves with all your tableware – visually, it’ll look messy – and take a less-is-more approach instead by editing the display down to a selection of pieces in one colour. On a practical level, it’s wise to edit your pick down to those items you use more frequently, so they’ll get washed regularly and won’t sit on the shelves just gathering dust. Position the most-used pieces on the lowest shelves, so they’re always within easy reach. housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine JUNE 2016 | 59


ROOM IDEAS Kitchen updates

MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR

Vyne White gloss tiles, £45.33 per sq m, Topps Tiles

CREATE A CUBBY FOR WASHING-UP KIT If you’re planning a kitchen refit, factor in extra display surfaces. A niche above the sink or hob makes the ideal spot for storing washing-up kit or cooking oils, and will be an easy ask of your builder before tiles, worktops and finishing touches go in.

DISPLAY TABLEWARE IN BOX SHELVES Work extra storage into your scheme with apple crates and box shelves. You could put a wasted gap between units to good use or go full-on with a storage wall of miniature boxes – position display boxes in a staggered arrangement with the odd one here and there fixed ‘box upwards’ instead of outwards to add variation. 60 | JUNE 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

ADD A HINT OF VINTAGE STYLE Bring personality to a practical space with characterful reclaimed pieces, from a factorystyle metal shelving unit and industrial lighting to salvaged floorboards and reclaimed bricks.

For a similar metal shelving unit, try the Brooklyn, £279, Maisons du Monde

Bloomingville display boxes, £159 for six, Amara

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‘Take advantage of any areas of untapped storage potential, such as the end of a run of units or the inside of a cupboard door’


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OPEN HOUSE

Step inside these stylish real homes and savvy improvement projects…

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‘Small details can have a big impact’ Add gentle colours and characterful elements to a neutral palette for a beautifully calm home like Melanie and Richard Alsford’s FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

The big

CHANGE UPDATING THE KITCHEN, OPENING UP THE HALLWAY, ADAPTING THE LAYOUT OF THE MAIN BEDROOM AND REDECORATING THROUGHOUT

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Victorian detached house REAL HOMES

BE CANDLE SAFE

1 Living room Teaming soft, neutral fabrics with wooden textures and pops of muted colour creates a relaxed living space Leon corner sofa, from £2,090, Sofa.com. Parquet wood coffee table, £495, Graham and Green. Caliana rug, £550; for a similar mirror, try the rectangular, £170; both Cox & Cox housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine JUNE 2016 | 65


REAL HOMES Victorian detached house

Take the 60-SECOND TOUR BOUGHT FOR

SPENT

NOW WORTH

£900,000 £103,000 £1.2 million

THE PROPERTY

owns an interior-styling company, while Richard works as a retail merchandising manager.

A four-bedroom, detached Victorian house in Hampton, Middlesex, bought in October 2013.

THE LOOK

WHAT IT COST

Modern rustic, with a neutral palette and contemporary finishes teamed with family heirlooms for a cosy but functional living space.

Building work.........................£65,000 Kitchen......................................£19,000 Bathrooms.................................£5,000 Flooring.....................................£10,000 Furniture.....................................£4,000

LESSONS LEARNED Planning really pays off. I designed the look of each room meticulously in the months leading up to the project and it definitely helped the renovation run smoothly.

TOTAL...................£103,000 WHO LIVES HERE Melanie and Richard Alsford live here with their sons, Luca, seven, and Leo, 19 months. Melanie

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2 Kitchen-diner Melanie chose handleless units to give the kitchen a sleek look, and used the same flooring throughout for a continuous feel Miton Limha kitchen, ÂŁ18,000, Kitchen Culture. Misty Morning oak flooring, ÂŁ89 per sq m, The Prestige Flooring Co

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‘The bright end of the kitchen looks out to the garden and is a lovely place to entertain friends or have a family meal’

M

elanie and Richard Alsford weren’t in a rush to move from their house in Hampton, as they loved their home and street. ‘We kept our eyes open for properties in the area as they came onto the market, but none of them matched the lovely location we already lived in,’ says Melanie. Then one day, neighbours in the house opposite said they were looking to sell. ‘It was perfect, as their house gave us the space we were hoping for, in the location we loved,’ says Melanie. ‘A few months later, we moved over the road.’ Shortly after, Melanie discovered she was expecting her second child, Leo. ‘The nesting instinct quickly kicked in, and although we

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knew we would eventually update the kitchen and bathrooms, we didn’t want to rush a big project before the baby arrived,’ she says. ‘So during the first year, we just made some cosmetic changes and focused on getting the children’s rooms and playroom ready.’ At the same time, the couple were in talks with their architect, Gráinne O’Keeffe, pinning down plans for the rest of the house. What started as a simple kitchen refurbishment turned into a much bigger project, with Gráinne coming up with designs to reorganise the hall, downstairs loo and main bedroom. ‘Gráinne suggested knocking through a wall in the hall and opening up what was once a tiny study to create a roomy entrance,’ says Melanie. ‘This has been one of the most unexpected ➺

3 Dining area ‘I wanted a rustic table to counter the very contemporary kitchen we chose,’ says Melanie Farmhouse table, from £430, Kent and London. Eames DSR chairs, £230 each, The Conran Shop. Blind made in Dawn Chorus, £48 per m, Vanessa Arbuthnott


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4 Kitchen A delicately patterned feature wall and a trio of corrugated pendants give the muted colour scheme depth and interest Vintage Decor tiles, £42 per sq m, Mandarin Stone. Pendant lights, from £85 each, Bodie and Fou

5 Office area Distressed finishes and hints of aquamarine add character to the study corner. ‘We picked up the desk in a junk shop in Mexico,’ says Melanie For a similar distressed desk, try the Calanque, £350, Maisons du Monde. For similar artwork, try a selection, Emmanuel Flipo


‘I like to combine different fabrics, patterns and textures within a colour palette’

successes. It’s a small detail, but it’s so luxurious to have a spacious hallway with plenty of storage for all the family’s things.’ The kitchen was the most important aspect of the project. It originally had a large step in the middle, so the couple had the floor levelled out by digging down from the current bar area, losing the height of the floor from where the old step was. ‘We reconfigured the space to get the maximum storage possible in the least obtrusive way, so the room still felt large and open,’ says Melanie. ‘We added a bar area, which is perfect if a friend pops in for a drink or for Luca to do his homework at.’ Two windows were also installed to fill the kitchen with light. ‘The bright end of the room looks out to the 70 | JUNE 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

garden and is a lovely place to entertain our friends or have a family meal,’ says Melanie. When it came to decorating, Melanie, who has her own interior-styling business, Cocoon Home Styling, used concept boards to visualise the look she wanted. She started by keeping it simple, with light, neutral shades and clean lines, then she gradually built the look by adding texture, colour and pattern. Downstairs, an understated canvas of white walls and engineered oak floorboards creates a sense of continuity. ‘I started with the kitchen and the rest of the house followed on from there,’ says Melanie. ‘As I love the simple lines of contemporary design, I opted for a modern kitchen and concealed oven units. I chose ➺

6 Main bedroom Classic colours keep the scheme calming and restful, while dainty patterns and a striking chandelier add focus Antoinette superking-size bed, £995, Loaf. Glass orb ceiling light, £350, The White Company


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3 of the best

PENDANT LIGHTS Flower power

Its striking shape was inspired by lily petals Norm 06 pendant lamp, Normann Copenhagen range, Black by Design

£41

£45 In the fold

A lightweight option made from paper Origami shade, DaWanda

£17

Light touch

Add texture with a pretty pleated effect Vanadin pendant light, Ikea

7 En suite The couple chose wood-effect tiles and hung space-saving fixtures to create a clean, contemporary look Driftwood light porcelain tiles, from £35.95 per sq m, Mandarin Stone. For a similar vanity unit, try the Mino 800, £349, Bathstore

8 Leo’s bedroom The couple bought the chest of drawers while living in Copenhagen – its soothing shade of blue gives the neutral room an extra dimension For a similar chest of drawers, try the CD8 in Malmo Blue, £789, Scumble Goosie. Marlow cot, £99, John Lewis. Stardust coloured garland, £19.50, Olli Ella

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9 Guest bedroom ‘We had the bed and bedside tables hand made in a market just outside of Mexico City,’ says Melanie For a similar bed, try the Wardley, from £1,450; for similar bedside tables, try the Chichester, £295 each; all Neptune. For a similar quilt, try the Blenheim gold, £190, Julian Charles

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Removing the house’s existing office made way for a spacious hall with plenty of storage. The antique settle belonged to Melanie’s grandmother For a similar settle, try the La Rochelle, £405, Homes Direct 365. Settle painted in Country Grey chalk paint, from £18.95 for 1ltr, Annie Sloan. For similar wings, try a selection, Attic

patchwork hexagonal tiles to add some quirky character to the very plain space.’ To contrast with the sleek kitchen, Melanie chose a rustic farmhouse-style table, and pretty bird-themed blind fabric. ‘I mismatched the blinds with a block-print design on the other windows and over the back door, as I like to combine different fabrics, patterns and textures within a colour palette,’ she says. Melanie has also added character by teaming modern buys with family heirlooms, such as her grandmother’s intricately carved settle. ‘I love the furniture that I collected while living abroad in Mexico and Denmark, as well as the pieces I inherited,’ she says. ‘They all tell a story and mean something special to me.’ Melanie couldn’t be happier with the house now that it’s finished. ‘It suits our family so well,’ she says. ‘I never could have imagined how satisfying it would feel to live in a home that we had designed and created ourselves.’ IH 72 | JUNE 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine


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‘I couldn’t resist more mismatched tiles downstairs – this time in a cheery aqua,’ says Melanie Delicato De Mer tiles, £120 per sq m, Mandarin Stone

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Hints of coral and pale blue bring warmth to the room’s neutral, earthy colour palette Bobble scatter cushion, £59.50, Mitzi B

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An ornately patterned wooden board adds a natural element to the pared-back worksurfaces Chopping board, £32, Rockett St George

Punctuate a softly coloured scheme with small-scale patterns, textured accessories and bright hues

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Tactile accessories in tonal shades create focus and interest Hector table light, from £138, Lighting Matters. Lattice lantern, £45, Mitzi B

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Get Melanie’s look Mix classic and contemporary buys for cool country style FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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Display collectables in this antique-look cabinet Pauillac recycled wood wardrobe (H230cm x W200cm x D45cm), Maisons du Monde

Compact choice

Opt for a smaller design in a dove-grey finish Dorgeles display cabinet (H200cm x W120cm x D42cm), Wayfair

Metal head

Work light

This Forties-style light features a smart bronzecoloured inner Titan size 1 pendant light, Original BTC

Create an industrial vibe with this sleek metal pendant Industry white metal ceiling light, Habitat

£710

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A repro version with plenty of style Eiffel chair, Dwell

£59

£226

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Flower power

Lift a grey scheme with a floral print Cymbidium Alexanderi GX canvas (H30cm x W21cm), King & McGaw

£48 m per

Rural chic

A smart rustic design with a planked ash top and painted legs Dorset white dining table (H75cm x W180cm x D90cm), Laura Ashley

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Invest in a design classic Eames DSR chair, The Conran Shop

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Make chic curtains Dawn Chorus fabric, Vanessa Arbuthnott

£1,000

Rosy view

Add a touch of country charm Rose fabric, Sophie Allport

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Has a retro-look silver hanging chain Botanical Bloom 1 printed canvas (H40cm x W30cm), Graham & Brown

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Try this elegant alternative with a solid oak parquetry top Greenwich dining table (H76cm x W180cm x D90cm), Marks & Spencer

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‘We used colour to make it our own’

Want your home to reflect your creativity? Kate and Jason Stanley used unexpected hits of colour to give their rooms an energising feel FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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CHANGE REMOVING WALLS TO CREATE AN OPEN-PLAN LAYOUT, REPLACING GLAZING AND ELECTRICS, AND REDECORATING THROUGHOUT 1 Kitchen-diner Acid-yellow bar stools add a hit of statement colour against the dark-grey Shaker units Xavier Pauchard Tolixstyle high stools in yellow, £69.99 each, Tesco Direct. Cabinets painted in Grey Teal Intelligent Eggshell, £54.50 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene 76 | JUNE 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine


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REAL HOMES Detached Twenties house

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£915,000 £130,000 £1.2 million THE PROPERTY A five-bedroom, detached, Twenties house in the Surrey Hills. The owners bought it in July 2014.

WHAT IT COST Building work and plumbing.........................£35,000 Electrics....................................£15,000 Kitchen.....................................£30,000 Bathrooms.................................£4,000 Flooring......................................£8,000 Bifold doors and windows..........................£35,000 Furniture and soft furnishings.........................£3,000

TOTAL....................£130,000 WHO LIVES HERE

THE LOOK

Kate and Jason Stanley live here with their children, Amber, nine and Joe, seven. Kate is a strategy director for a charity and Jason works in strategy and marketing at a luxury-car company.

Contemporary classic, with dramatic pops of bright colour.

LESSONS LEARNED Take your time – don’t be too quick to rip things out.  FIRST FLOOR The main bedroom, en suite and dressing room are at the front of the property, next to the main bathroom. Amber and Joe’s bedrooms are at the back, along with two guest bedrooms

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‘I’m not big on matching things. I like to mix up elements that feel comfortable together and that are personal to me’

2 Living room Glazed double doors between the kitchen and living room allow natural light to move through the ground floor Dashing Duke small sofa, from £1,679, Sofa Workshop

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ate and Jason Stanley had to work fast to secure the home of their dreams. ‘We were considering putting our old property on the market, and visited an estate agent to discuss it,’ says Kate. ‘When he mentioned a house that had been in the same family for 40 years was about to go on the market, we viewed it immediately. We fell in love with its exterior and liked that it had room for improvement.’ With little time to waste, the couple sold their existing home at lightning speed and moved into the property with their children, Amber and Joe, in July 2014. ‘Although the interior had been well looked after, it was freezing, due to an ancient heating system and single glazed windows,’ Kate recalls. ‘The house was large, but the layout felt higgledy-piggledy. We were keen to get on with renovations to make it feel more spacious, as well as bring it up to date.’ The couple employed a builder who had been recommended by a friend, and work began in

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October. When walls were removed to create an open-plan layout, the dust clouds increased and the family was forced to move into a camper van on their driveway, using the garage as a dressing room. ‘It was a ridiculous plan and we were utterly miserable,’ says Kate. ‘Friends eventually rescued us, letting us stay in their home for a few weeks while our builder finished the major structural work.’ The Stanleys had estimated it would cost around £100,000 to complete the renovation, although they were prepared for this budget to be stretched, which it was by £30,000. ‘It was modernising the bones of the building that tipped us over, as everything had to be updated,’ says Kate. ‘I loved the original Crittal windows, so we replaced them with energyefficient glazing in a similar style. Upgrading the electrics involved more than 15km of wiring, which we weren’t expecting.’ Although the build went smoothly, it wasn’t without setbacks. ‘The windows were an issue as they kept getting broken on site ➺

3 Living room A mix of colourful fabrics and accessories brings the living room to life For a similar glass coffee table, try the Herrmann square, £295, Habitat. For a similar cushion, try the multicoloured chevron, £24.99, Zippi

4 Kitchen-diner ‘The bright yellow pantry doors inspire me every day,’ says Kate. ‘Yellow is a very happy colour’ Pantry door painted in Lemon Drizzle interior and exterior paint, £24 for 1ltr, Dulux range, B&Q


Detached Twenties house REAL HOMES 5 Dining area A pair of pendant lights turn a simple dining table into a focal point Bulyon dome pendant lights, £27 each, B&Q

‘Using white allows an interior to reveal itself and you can always add colour later on. I build on a neutral backdrop with natural materials’

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Add colour to the breakfast table with this vibrant design Yellow water jug, HomeSense

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A show-off piece to keep out on display even when not in use H20 2ltr serving jug, Dartington Crystal

Two tone

£39.95

Ideal for displaying fresh flowers, too Large My Jug in green and blue, Jansen+co range, Ocado

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‘I’m a creative person, but clutter is a no-no. I even colour-code books, as I can’t bear to have them mixed up’ or had the wrong gaskets, which meant they couldn’t be fitted,’ says Kate. ‘A job that should have been done and dusted in two weeks took six months to complete.’ Having survived a winter build, the threat of Christmas in a camper van and living in a building site, the family were able to enjoy their completed home in February 2015. Kate has decorated the interior in a fresh and contemporary style. ‘I struggle to describe the overall look, because I simply included all the things that I like,’ Kate says. ‘My mother has been a great influence. She’s an artist, and she has amazing flair – she has always been such an inspiration to me.’ To create a sense of harmony, Kate painted all the walls white, giving a bright simplicity 82 | JUNE 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

to the interior as a whole. ‘Using white allows an interior to reveal itself and you can always add colour later on,’ she says. ‘I build on a neutral backdrop with natural materials, such as herringbone flooring. A few vibrant accent colours add zing to a room.’ The open-plan kitchen-diner perfectly illustrates Kate’s approach, with classic cabinetry finished in on-trend grey and white Corian worktops adding a contemporary element. A painting by her mother hangs on the wall between a tall bank of appliances and a long run of units. ‘I’m not big on matching things,’ she says. ‘I like to mix up elements that feel comfortable together and that are personal to me. I believe it’s the little details that can make a huge difference; ➺

6 Study A multicoloured rug brings an energising feel to the all-white scheme Funk multicoloured rug, £390, The Rug Retailer. For a similar chair, try the Eiffel in Mustard with beech legs £59, Dwell

7 Study A wall of shelving keeps books organised and adds more colour to the room Kallax shelving unit in white, from £30 for a single column, Ikea. For a similar footstool, try the Alhambra patchwork, £763, Homes Direct 365


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8 Hall The couple painted the original wall panelling dark grey for a more contemporary look Panelling painted in Mercury eggshell, ÂŁ53 for 2.5ltr, The Paint Collection, Fired Earth. For a similar side table, try the Drew, ÂŁ35, Habitat

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‘I believe it’s the little details that can make a huge difference’

9 Main bedroom ‘I like to include an element of surprise – a flamingo was the perfect choice for this room,’ says Kate For a similar animal head, try the flamingo felt, £70, Fiona Walker England range, Hurn & Hurn. Bumble side tables, £65 each, Habitat

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Geometric floor tiles add a contemporary and colourful element. ‘They give the room a dynamic edge and the bold design makes the room look wider,’ says Kate Parquet floor tiles, £42.95 per sq m, Neisha Crosland range, Harvey Maria

for example, the ceiling downlighters are square because I wanted to create a strong sense of clean lines throughout the house. I set out to give our home a fresh interior that is completely organised; I’m a creative person, but clutter is a no-no. I even colour-code my books, as I can’t bear to have them mixed up.’ Colourful and quirky accessories can be seen in every room of the Stanleys’ house, perhaps the most fun of which is a faux flamingo head mounted on the wall of the main bedroom. ‘I didn’t want the room to be serious,’ explains Kate. ‘I love personal touches. One of my favourite buys in the house is the pair of acid-yellow lamp bases in the living room. I adore the colour – wherever I put them, they bring the area to life.’ With the build now complete and the interior to the family’s taste, Kate reflects on her family’s renovation journey. ‘Our previous home was new and we had to live with the builder’s choices, so it’s been wonderful to be able to create an interior that reflects the way we live as a family,’ she says. ‘People have asked me if this will be our forever home. Who knows? We could be the next family to live here for more than 40 years.’ IH

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Yellow kitchenware ties in with the stools For a similar colander, try the Colourworks in yellow, £3.99, Currys

Yellow doors frame a small office area For a similar round table, try the Dekale, £29.99, Maisons du Monde

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The wardrobe doors are decorated with bunting stickers For similar stickers, try the bunting, £7.20, StickerStudio

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An orange task lamp stands out against a white backdrop For a similar lamp, try the Traditional in orange, £67, Homes Direct 365

The Stanleys have used colour in unconventional ways to give their home personality

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REAL HOMES Detached Twenties house

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Liven up a simple space with brightly coloured finds FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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Zingy yellow

Add eye-catching accessories for instant impact

Update a classic design by choosing a vibrant, sunny hue Charles Eames DSW chair, Cult Furniture

£59

Bright bobbles Pop a fun cushion onto a chair or bed Pompom cushion, George Home

£8

Clutter clearer

Perfect for keeping all of your paperwork stowed away Large storage box, Tiger

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Pixel pattern

Create a bold focal point with this multicoloured rug Funk rug (140cm x 200cm), Debenhams

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Go for pared-back furniture, such as this Scandi-style desk Tretton dining table, My Furniture

Shine on

Add a modern touch with this angular design Grasshopper floor lamp, Gubi range, Clippings.com

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‘We made a dated interior modern’

Totally transforming a property? Sam Thomas and Simon Wainewright found that good planning and enthusiasm are key FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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CHANGE 1 Living area Having opened up the ground floor to join rooms together, Sam and Simon furnished it using mainly modern furniture, with the odd classic piece thrown in Walls painted in Clunch Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. For a similar sofa, try the Dillon in House brushed cotton in grey, £1,199, Sofa Workshop

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RECONFIGURING AND EXTENDING AN EIGHTIES COTTAGE-STYLE TWOBEDROOM HOUSE INTO A FOUR-BEDROOM, MODERN HOME


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REAL HOMES Eighties detached house

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THE PROPERTY

£550,000

Simon’s four children, Gracie, 16, Morgan, 13, Archie, 11, and Charlie, nine, visit at weekends. Sam runs an interior-design business and Simon is co-owner of a specialist tile and flooring company.

A four-bedroom detached house in Llangarron, Herefordshire, built in 1983 and extended in 2007 when the owners bought it.

WHAT IT COST

THE LOOK

Building work.........................£70,500 Plumbing..................................£10,000 Windows.....................................£7,000 Bifold doors...............................£5,000 Flooring......................................£2,500 Lighting.......................................£5,000

Clean and modern, with splashes of colour from textiles and art.

LESSONS LEARNED Sometimes you have to compromise. For us it was the fact that, ideally, we wanted a larger separate living room, but the house just isn’t big enough to create that.

TOTAL....................£100,000 WHO LIVES HERE Samantha Thomas and her partner Simon Wainewright live here, and

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2 Dining area The wood table and linen-covered chairs create a pared-back Scandi feel that acts as a neutral backdrop to the piece of modern art hung on the wall Radius oak dining table, £950, Habitat. Chairs covered in Malantre, £92 per m, William Yeoward range, Samantha Thomas Design


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REAL HOMES Eighties detached house

‘Although we hired builders for the project, we did a lot of the work ourselves’

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inding a house with the potential to become a stunning family home isn’t always easy, but luckily for Samantha Thomas, her partner Simon Wainewright discovered just such a property in Llangarron, Herefordshire. ‘He bought it in January 2007, knowing that we could transform it into something special,’ says Sam. Built in 1983 by a local builder for his parents, the property looked like a cottage on the outside and had a single garage and bow windows. Inside, there were small rooms, heavily patterned carpets and avocado sanitaryware. ‘However, the structure was actually well built with thick walls,’ says Sam. The couple applied for planning permission to extend the property to give them four

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bedrooms instead of the existing two, and permission was granted as long as they increased the parking space at the front of the property. ‘In order to create the parking area, we removed more than 300 tons of soil from the front garden, which luckily we were able to deposit with a kind farmer,’ says Sam. Once the consents were in place, the couple started the building work. ‘We knew we had the makings of a wonderful home, but realised that it was going to be a challenge to get the modern feel we wanted within its existing cottage-style framework,’ explains Sam. While the majority of the reconstruction was taking place, the couple lived in rented accommodation. ‘We started by demolishing the single garage with its sloping roof and replaced it with a double garage and a ➺

3 Living area Natural light fills the ground floor thanks to glazed doors leading outside in both the living and dining areas. Smart leather-upholstered chairs create a division between the two parts of the open-plan room For similar leather chairs, try the Jack in Sauvage Chocolate, £1,399 each, Sofa Workshop. Cushion covers made in Wilde in Amethyst, £95 per m, Colefax and Fowler l


4 The terrace The newly built terrace, which leads off the landing, has stunning countryside views. Sam designed and upholstered the seating Seating covered in Palm Plain, £46 per m; cushions covered in Tunis in Heather Grey, £60 per m; both Fez Outdoors collection, Jim Thompson Fabrics range, Samantha Thomas Design

5 Kitchen Storage was paramount in Sam’s family kitchen. ‘With four children staying at weekends, we had to consider the living space carefully,’ says Sam, who chose cream cabinets and an unusual wood finish for the peninsular unit For similar units, try the Astral Crème, from £5,761 for a kitchen, Magnet. Mini IO chimney cooker hood, £1,299, Elica range, John Lewis


REAL HOMES Eighties detached house 6 Hall The hall leads to a living room/study that’s away from the open-plan space. ‘We all escape in here from time to time,’ says Sam Walls painted in Pointing Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

‘We knew we had the makings of a wonderful home, but realised that it was going to be a challenge to get the modern feel we wanted’ utility and shower room on the ground floor and two bedrooms on the first floor,’ says Sam. ‘We removed all the internal walls up to the rafters and extended at the rear to create room for the dining area with a roof terrace above.’ After that the build moved along fairly swiftly, with Sam and Simon introducing their own ideas under the guidance of a good architect. ‘We set about using every inch of available space to reconfigure the property to our specification,’ explains Sam. ‘And although we hired builders for the project, we did a lot of the work ourselves, as we have both actually renovated properties before.’ Sam has always been interested in design, which helped with the decorating. ‘As a child, I was always looking over floor plans and house designs with my dad, while he dealt with his 94 | JUNE 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

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customers’ plumbing,’ she says. ‘I got the bug for design at an early age and it’s never left me.’ After an early career as an estate agent evolved into helping friends and family with their home styling, Sam decided it was time to put her passion for design into practice and enrolled on an interior-design course. ‘I then worked for an interior-design practice for four years, and eventually started my own business, (samanthathomasdesign.com),’ she says. Sam and Simon moved into their new home during the summer of 2007, seven months after buying it. ‘It was the perfect time to move in, as the extra daylight hours allowed us to continue working into the evenings,’ says Sam. The property’s modern interior is a wonderful blend of original ideas, colour and texture. The ground floor’s open-plan design is made up ➺

7 Guest bedroom An oversized headboard and a soft woollen throw give the guest bedroom a boutique-hotel feel For similar bedside lamps, try the Ivory crackle pebble lamp, £21.99, The Range. Tigris bedside lamp, £220, Oka. For a similar throw, try the Ursula in beige, £20, Ikea


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Painterly picture

Add beautiful washes of colour Nevis framed by Fi Douglas (H66cm x W99cm), Bluebellgray range, John Lewis

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Big and bold

Make a statement with this fun, affordable piece of art Pjätteryd picture (90cm sq), Ikea

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Blurred lines

Want something subtler? Go for this gentle nature-inspired canvas Abstract Gloss (H77cm x W57cm), Next

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The couple’s bedroom has a bright, airy feel thanks to white walls and a cream carpet Walls painted in Blackened Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

of a streamlined kitchen, a dining area opening out onto a terrace and a comfortable living area. At the front of the house, there’s a separate living room/study. Upstairs, Sam has continued the contemporary theme, ensuring a light, bright feel. There’s a spacious main suite, three more bedrooms and a guest bathroom – perfect for when Simon’s children come to stay. From the hallway, a door leads to an outside terrace with a glass façade. Throughout the house, the walls have been painted in neutral tones providing the ideal backdrop for Sam’s collection of abstract paintings and modern fabrics and furnishings. Blues, pinks, oranges and greens provide splashes of colour throughout, complementing rather than clashing with each other. Sam’s next project is to convert the double garage into her work studio. ‘Simon is very practical and has made some beautiful bookcases for my fabric books, along with a workstation for project planning,’ she says. ‘We are just about to change the garage doors for casement windows, which is exciting. It’s going to be a wonderful space in which to work.’ IH 96 | JUNE 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

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Sam chose ticking fabric to reupholster the antique bed that takes centre stage in Grace’s room Bedstead upholstered in Ticking 01 Black, £24.50 per m, Ian Mankin


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The hit of colour from the blind and modern artwork brings the scheme to life Blind made in Fathom, £110 per m, Christopher Farr range, Samantha Thomas Design

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A flash of hot pink has been used to transform the couple’s bedrooom Throw made in Sienna Peony, £185, Designers Guild range, Houseology

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Adding bright towels is a quick way to transform a bathroom Green Tea towels, from £3.50 for a facecloth, Christy

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The blue in the painting is cleverly mirrored by the blue candlesticks and garden pots For similar colourful abstract artwork, try Art.co.uk

Sticking to neutrals for the main décor, Sam and Simon have brought it to life with splashes of colour

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£300 Simple square Keep it unfussy with a painted wooden mirror in a soft white finish Alena large square mirror, Laura Ashley

Be bold

Dress up windows in vibrant colours using a bright floral print Ilsa Camellia 7618/01, Orvieto Fabric collection, Romo

Use beige and white for the main scheme, then a cheery bright as an accent

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Pillow talk

Add a hint of pattern to plain bed linen using neutral stripes Dades cushion, Urbanara

The weatheredterracotta finish gives this lamp a classic, aged look Tigris small table lamp with off white shade, Oka

£170 £699

£42 By candlelight

This clear glass hurricane is sleek and unfussy Light storm lantern, LSA International

£55

Sleep easy

A luxe upholstered design Sophie king-size bed with storage in Pebbledash house cotton blend (H108cm x W151cm x L201cm), Sofa.com

£940 Tall order

Pack lots of storage into a small space Provence tallboy (H132cm x W65cm x D50cm), Feather & Black

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‘We built our forever home from scratch’ What do you do with a completely blank canvas? Find out how Leane and Stuart Schabram gave theirs life and character FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

1 Patio area Rattan textures, soft colours and reclaimed wood give this extended living space a sense of warmth and intimacy For a similar sofa, try the Arena, from £1,550, Go Modern. For a similar table, try a selection, Farmhouse Pallets & Co

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Open-plan new build REAL HOMES

The big

CHANGE BUILDING A NEW HOME FROM SCRATCH, ADAPTING THE EXISTING PLANS AND USING CLEVER DESIGN IDEAS TO ACHIEVE A LUXE LOOK ON A BUDGET

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REAL HOMES Open-plan new build

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THE LOOK

A single-storey, three-bedroom house on an eco estate in Sheffield Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Building work began in October 2013 and was completed in August 2014.

Contemporary, with an openplan layout. Bold wallpaper, splashes of colour and vintage pieces give the otherwise-neutral scheme drama and personality.

LESSONS LEARNED A new build can look quite cold when all of the furniture is box-fresh. We upcycled old family pieces to give the interior a sense of warmth and character.

WHO LIVES HERE Stuart and Leane Schabram live here with their daughter, Ava, 14 months. Stuart is a chartered accountant and Leane runs a cake-making business.

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â–˛ GROUND FLOOR The hallway leads into an open-plan living area, leading round to a dining room, kitchen and utility room on the right. To the left of the hallway is a loo and study, then a passage leading to two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The main bedroom is at the rear of the house, next to a roofed patio area

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‘Its inside-outside concept and social design mean that no matter where you are in the house, you never feel excluded from what’s going on’

2 Living area Glass doors that slide back into a cavity wall allow the family to enjoy indoor-outdoor living, while using the same flooring throughout enhances the space’s continuous feel For similar floor tiles, try the Runway grey, £33.31 per sq m, Topps Tiles

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3 Living area ‘We thought this wallpaper might be too bold, but we love how it gives the open-plan room a focal point,’ says Stuart Leaf wallpaper, £62 per roll, Harlequin range, Wallpaperdirect

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uying a home off plan would be a daunting prospect for anyone – after all, it takes architects and designers years of training to visualise a house’s proportions accurately based on a piece of paper. When you’re moving from London to South Africa in search of your dream home, however, the responsibility is even greater. ‘Leane and I are from South Africa, but we had been living in the UK for eight years,’ says Stuart Schabram. ‘We wanted to return home to start a family, and when we found this eco estate on the coast, with beautiful walking and cycling trails and lots of family friendly facilities, it was perfect. We bought a plot that came with plans for a four-bedroom house, plus a developer and builders in place. We were drawn to the project because the layout was so open and social, but trying to imagine what it would actually look like was a real problem for both of us!’ The couple completed the purchase in September 2013 and building work began just a month later. ‘I’m studying for an MBA, so we’d already decided to turn the fourth bedroom into an office, then we asked the builders to add an additional loo,’ says ➺

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4 Living area Open shelving combined with bespoke built-in storage keeps the living space neat and ordered For similar shelving, try the Lack wall shelves, from £10 each, Ikea


Open-plan new build REAL HOMES 5 Kitchen ‘We wanted a light space, so chose a whitewashed oak island and units, but painted the walls grey for added depth,’ says Stuart For a similar kitchen, try the Limehouse, from £555 for a base unit, Neptune. For similar pendants, try the Titan Size 1, £222 each, Original BTC

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‘I’ve loved the process of creating a home for my family. I’m even able to visualise floor plans now’ Stuart. ‘After that, we came unstuck. I would look at the plans and struggle to imagine how to organise the kitchen or how to place the furniture in the open-plan living space. That’s when we called in help!’ Leane and Stuart asked interior designer Christian Bense (now based in the UK) to help design their new home. ‘We didn’t have much cash to spare during the build,’ says Stuart, ‘but hiring Christian actually saved us money, as he had lots of ideas for achieving a high-end look on a budget. Installing wooden flooring throughout would have been too pricey, so he suggested fitting wooden skirting boards and timber panelling to bring in that natural warmth and grain at a fraction of the cost.’ Preserving the open-plan feel of the layout was important to Stuart, too. ‘It was Christian’s 106 | JUNE 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

idea to replace the planned folding doors onto the patio with sliding doors that could be concealed in a cavity wall as they opened,’ says Stuart. Now, the transition outside is seamless. Part of the reason the couple were keen to maximise the house’s indoor-outdoor flow was to make the most of the amazing weather. ‘The back of the house is an L shape, so we created a patio that runs outside our bedroom, as well as leading out from the main living area,’ explains Stuart. ‘It’s wonderful to lie in bed with the papers on a weekend morning with the doors open onto the garden.’ Stuart and Leane decided to create an additional outdoor space beyond the dining area, shaded by a pergola for respite on sunny days. ‘Its inside-outside concept and social design mean that no matter where ➺

6 Main bedroom ‘We loved this wallpaper’s painterly effect and how beautifully the colours tie in with the horizon outside,’ says Stuart Tranquil wallpaper, £57 per roll, Wallpaperdirect. For a similar headboard, try the Lockley, from £695 for a double, Sweetpea & Willow. For a similar bench, try the Benedict, £770, Houseology


Open-plan new build REAL HOMES

7 En suite By choosing a muted colour palette and wooden details, the couple have given the bathroom a soothing, understated feel For a similar paint, try the Purbeck Stone Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. For a similar ladder, try the Hambledon, £90, Garden Trading

8 Main bedroom A shabby-chic mirror and cream and grey accents give the modern interior a pretty vintage look Round window mirror, £220, Primrose & Plum. For a similar table, try the Leila, £399; for a similar chair, try the Wilton, £159 for two; both Made.com

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you are in the house, you never feel excluded from what’s going on,’ says Stuart. Inside, the focus was on creating a bright, contemporary design that still feels warm and personal. ‘We love white mixed with natural, earthy shades, but Christian pushed us to be bolder with colour and patterns,’ says Stuart. ‘We nervously picked out the leaf wallpaper that we used in the sofa area – we worried it would be too full-on, but with our new design confidence we went for it and we love it!’ Just one month into the build, Leane found out she was expecting the couple’s daughter, Ava, so it’s fitting that their family home is filled with heirlooms from their relatives. ‘The chest in our bedroom was my great grandmother’s and was passed on by my mother,’ says Stuart. ‘The sideboard in the dining area was Mum’s, too, but we gave it a new look with a coat of blue paint. It set the tone for the rest of the décor.’ In the study, a globe that belonged to Leane’s grandfather is displayed with more family mementoes, including a vintage sewing machine, a jewellery box and a set of encyclopedias. ‘I’ve loved the process of creating a home for my family,’ says Stuart. ‘I’m even able to visualise floor plans now and have a much keener eye.’ He’ll need it, as the couple are now expecting their second baby in May. ‘It’s good timing as I’ve just finished my studies,’ he says. ‘Now I’m imagining how the office can be turned into a nursery.’ IH

9 Guest bedroom Textured paint and a patterned headboard give this neutral scheme another dimension For a similar headboard, try the Harris, from £239, The Headboard Workshop; for a similar fabric, try the Amaya, £24.36 per m, Jane Clayton. For a similar paint, try the Plum Suede emulsion, £24.99 for 2.5ltr, Crown range, Homebase

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‘We wanted Ava’s gender to be a surprise, so we chose lemon yellow and grey to decorate the nursery,’ says Stuart For similar yellow wall paint, try the Vanilla Sundae Endurance matt emulsion, £24.91 for 2.5ltr, Dulux range, B&Q. For a similar cot, try the Bloomsbury cotbed in Ivory, £425, Mothercare

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‘I love the sense of history this trunk brings to our newly built home,’ says Stuart For a similar trunk, try the Trevor goatskin, £180, Maisons du Monde

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Wooden panelling adds a warm feel, and makes a stylish backdrop for a display of family heirlooms For a similar globe, try the vintage, £19.99, Maisons du Monde

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‘We saved money by only using wallpaper on two walls, then reflecting the pattern with a mirror,’ says Stuart Palm Jungle wallpaper, £78 per roll, Wallpaperdirect

Bring life and personality to a new-build home with family mementoes, warm textures and bold prints

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Family photos are interspersed with quirky artwork For a similar poster, try the Time To Drink, £4.99, Temptation Gifts

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REAL HOMES Open-plan new build

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The clean lines and marble base have a modern look Zaragoza floor lamp, Universal Lighting

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This simple, global design makes a strong statement Frankie rug in blue, (150cm x 230cm), Plantation Rug Company

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Enjoy different styles From large focal pieces, such as dressers and cabinets, to smaller side tables and dining chairs, Next’s impressive choice means there’s something for every need and taste. Create a modern country feel with a Shaker-style dresser in soothing tones, an antique look with a copper-effect bedstead or add Scandi style with a simple white chest of

drawers. Whatever your look, update your home with Next’s practical and budget-friendly designs.

Build your buys quickly For furniture that’s easy to assemble yourself, Next has also launched its new Next To No Time range. Featuring a simplified build system, fewer parts, easy-to-follow instructions and pre-fixed fittings, these buys can be built efficiently at home. Alternatively, let a member of Next’s assembly team put the furniture together for you. ■ For items in the Next To No Time range, build times are for two people, excluding removal of packaging or securing cabinets to the wall. Assembly service costs £20 per item. Restrictions apply. Visit next.co.uk for terms and conditions. Order by midnight on selected products. Stock subject to availability. Delivery costs apply.


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BEFORE

EXTREME

Transformations

The detached Thirties house was run down and in need of renovation

AFTER

From tired Thirties house… Joe and Lou Abercrombie lovingly restored a run-down Thirties property in Bath, making Art-Deco-inspired alterations along the way

Take the 60-SECOND TOUR THE PROPERTY A five-bedroom detached house in the suburbs of Bath, Somerset, built in the Thirties.

WHO LIVES HERE Joe and Lou Abercrombie live here, with their children, Grace, nine, Evie, seven, and Teddy, five.

WHAT THEY DID The couple extended and renovated the house to create

LOFT  This converted space has two guest rooms and a bathroom

a new main bedroom suite upstairs and a writing room and kitchen-diner downstairs. The garage was turned into a studio and the loft converted into two bedrooms and a bathroom.

WHAT IT COST The couple paid £450,000 for the property and spent around £392,000 extending and remodelling it. The house is now worth more than £1 million.

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 FIRST FLOOR There are two bedrooms and a bathroom, plus a main bedroom with an en suite and dressing area GROUND FLOOR  Off the hall is a living room and a study. To the left is a kitchen-diner, leading to utility and writing rooms


Thirties renovations REAL HOMES The timber and steel extension complements the property’s original Bath stone walls

Extending on both floors has enhanced the property’s elegant Art-Deco style

to stunning Art-Deco home

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ecoming a successful fantasy writer enabled Joe Abercrombie and his wife, Lou, to relocate from their cramped, third-floor flat in London to a rambling, detached Art-Deco house in the Bath suburbs in Somerset. ‘Lou and I both grew up outside London, and we wanted the same environment for our children, Grace, Evie and Teddy,’ says Joe. ‘Becoming a full-time writer meant that I could work anywhere and, as my parents had retired to Bath, we already knew the town quite well.’ When the Abercrombies first viewed their detached Thirties house, it was an absolute nightmare to look at – in a terrible state of repair, it was standing empty and had dated Seventies décor and leaking windows. ‘It was cold and a bit of a jumble inside, with the bathroom jutting out over the stairs and a tiny lean-to kitchen,’ says Joe. ‘However, it’s built on a steeply sloping site, which creates

a basement at one end of the property, so it seemed spacious, and we liked the feel of it.’ Unsafe electrics and lead pipework meant that the family were unable to move into the house until it had been rewired and replumbed. ‘This was our first renovation project and we were fairly naïve,’ admits Lou. ‘I don’t think we fully appreciated what we were taking on.’ CHOOSING A STYLE Once the building had been made safe, the family moved into the house and lived there for 10 months while they decided how best to proceed. During this time, they were able to get a good feel for the property and work out how the awkward layout could be altered. Once Joe and Lou knew what they wanted, they produced a detailed brief and a moodboard to illustrate their ideas. Joe’s parents recommended a local architectural practice, Hetreed Ross (01225 851860; hetreedross.com), and so the couple hired the firm to design and oversee the building of a contemporary extension and ➺

We love… ‘…that we had the courage to make some pretty bold changes and, of course, the end result’

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Bifold doors open the kitchen-diner up to the patio, making the space ideal for entertaining

‘This was our first renovation project and we were fairly naïve. I don’t think that we fully appreciated what we were taking on’ the complete refurbishment of the property. Joe and Lou worked closely with the company throughout the process. ‘We rented a house nearby while the builders were here,’ says Joe. ‘We chose a local firm that was keen to take on the project and made some good suggestions. We had problems later on though, because the builder wouldn’t complete the snagging list and walked off the job, so we had to get someone else in to finish the work.’ The existing house was completely stripped out and renovated, with new high-performance windows fitted and improved insulation installed along with solar thermal roof panels. There were two trees near the corner of the house, which the Abercrombies hoped to keep, but their roots were too close for comfort and meant the house needed deeper foundations. The builders also discovered a bomb shelter in the garden, which collapsed and required reinforcing, causing a big overspend early on. CURVED WALLS The new single-storey side extension, roofed in stainless steel, has created space for a writing room for Joe, a utility room and a spacious, contemporary kitchen-diner, which is now the centre of family life. Upstairs, a new main bedroom suite is contained in an eye-catching curved drum extension. Its timber-clad wall proved a technical challenge to create. ‘A boat builder was consulted at one stage,’ says Lou. ‘In the end, the long lengths of wood were soaked and formed on racks over a few weeks – that is, weighted down using lumps 116 | JUNE 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

of stone. It was a very labour intensive process.’ The basement garage has been given a new floor slab with underfloor heating, creating a useful storage area, while the loft has been converted to accommodate two further bedrooms and a bathroom, reached via a dramatic new hanging oak staircase. The couple love the finished family house. ‘We now have exactly what we asked for – a contemporary, efficient home that’s true to the character of the original house, and full of light and interesting details,’ says Joe. Elegant curved walls turn the main bedroom into a striking feature


Thirties renovations REAL HOMES Vibrant orange and aubergine units bring a hit of colour to the contemporary kitchen area and make a bold statement

RENOVATION KNOW-HOW

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

IN DETAIL BUILDING CURVES Add a curved wall, like the Abercrombies did The curved end wall of Joe and Lou’s main bedroom is a classy addition to their Art-Deco home. ■ A dramatic feature of the side extension, the curved wall is enhanced with a stainless-steel parapet and larch weatherboarding. ■ Introducing curves instantly softens the internal space and adds character inside and out. Virtually anything is available in a curved form, from contoured glass extensions to rounded radiators. ■ Curved walls are more costly than straight ones and need careful

planning, particularly when incorporating fittings such as windows and sills. If you’ll be commissioning bespoke pieces, remember to factor in added costs and longer lead times. ■ Think about how you will use the interior space. Freestanding furniture, bath or kitchen fittings are ideal as they are easier to install in a space without straight walls and will highlight the sweeping lines, too. ■ Underfloor heating is a good option, as it will leave the walls and floor space uncluttered.

The curved wall has an Art-Deco feel

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Transformation 2

BEFORE

AFTER

‘Our new extension is the ultimate in Thirties glamour’ Karen and Henry Doyle’s house has been extended and furnished in an Art-Deco style to create a grown-up and indulgent living space

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hen Karen and Henry Doyle bought their Leicester home in 1983 for £67,000, they knew it was for them but couldn’t identify why. ‘After several years, we had a eureka moment,’ says Karen. ‘We realised the features that charmed us were Art-Deco inspired and we began to look at the house with fresh eyes.’ Constructed in 1939 – at the tail end of the Art-Deco period – the detached property was in dire need of renovation when the Doyles moved in. They had it

rewired and replumbed, installed central heating and refitted the kitchen within the first year of living there, ready for the birth of their daughter, Suzanne. MAKING PLANS A few years later, son Kieran arrived and, over time, the house expanded with the family. A loft conversion created a fifth bedroom, en-suite shower room and a new living room, but the ground floor remained dark with an awkward layout. Karen and Henry met with builder Kevin Ellis (0116 270 3079; ellisandhughes.com) to discuss

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solutions and were impressed by his ideas, which were contemporary but with elements of Art-Deco styling. ‘He suggested extending downstairs and making a feature of a stepped patio, adding lighting, aluminium trim and a band of green tiles to emphasise its curves,’ says Karen. With the plans finalised, the builders dug out new foundations, constructed a blockwork side wall and a supporting pillar for the single-storey extension, and introduced structural steelwork. At one point, the rear of the house was

FEATURE DEBBIE JEFFERY PHOTOGRAPHS LOU ABERCROMBIE, HENRY DOYLE, DONNA ELLIS, HETREED ROSS, STEVE TAYLOR PLANS PERSONA-ID

The downstairs was dingy and the layout gave poor access to the garden

An aluminium trim and inset lights highlight the elegant curves of the stepped patio


Thirties renovations REAL HOMES The garden room has smart Art-Decostyle furniture

An extension with bifold doors and Art-Deco detailing has opened up the house to the outdoors

The bifold doors can be pushed back to open the entire space to the garden

boarded up for bespoke bifold doors to be fitted. Their outside frames were then painted green to match the windows and patio tiles. ‘The tiles contain mirrored glass that glitters in the sunlight and sparkles in the evening when the garden lights are on, which adds to the glamorous feel,’ says Karen. The couple also had underfloor heating laid in the extension and solar panels fitted on the roof to provide domestic hot water. The original living room is now a TV room, with the existing dining room and kitchen leading into a new garden-room extension, where more bifold doors open onto a patio. The potential problem of having so much south-facing glass was solved by the extension’s flat roof, which extends to form a canopy in summer. ‘The project took five months in total and cost £100,000,’ says Henry. The house is currently worth in excess of £650,000. Karen and Henry are thrilled with the results. ‘The open-plan layout is perfect for parties, and now the house feels quite indulgent, which is really what the whole Art-Deco period was all about,’ says Karen.

Karen and Henry Doyle

Trials & triumphs… ■ What was the high point? ‘Everything was so exciting – even watching the foundations being dug felt like the beginning of an adventure.’ ■ Any low points? ‘Living in the boarded-up house was very depressing, as there was no natural light coming into the kitchen.’ ■ What was the project saviour? ‘Our builder – he designed the extension with a real flair for detail.’

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Create a sanctuary with lush botanicals Get a natural look for summer with the Botanist homeware range at Sainsbury’s

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ast season’s moody-hued painterly florals have made way for fresh botanical prints that are perfect for a sun-drenched summer. This trend is all about bringing the outside indoors; re-create the look at home with a calm, nature-inspired palette and textiles featuring simple, uncomplicated leaf motifs.

Restore calm Inspired by organic elements, the pieces from the Botanist collection are perfect for updating your home with a fresh feel for summer. Start with an understated backdrop of white, and layer up rich wood tones on flooring and furniture. Team fabrics featuring illustrative leaf designs with distressed textures, such as worn wood and brass finishes, then add in green accent pieces for a look that’s contemporary yet timeless.

Keep it simple The Botanist range’s affordability and pared-back style makes it easy to update your existing look. Mix up terrarium-style glass lanterns and brass photo frames with soft blankets and throws in easy-tolive-with neutrals. Add old apple crates for easy storage and decorate side tables with ceramics in muted tones. Complete the look by displaying a few potted plants inside box shelves on walls – think trailing house plants on high surfaces and neat succulents on a low coffee table. o start.

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Give a nod to Victorian palmhouse style by using glass lanterns as accessories. Embroidered cushion covers featuring hand-drawn botanical motifs will lend a touch of vintage appeal to your scheme, while candles featuring leaf designs will complete the nature-inspired theme.

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Perk up a soothing, neutral scheme with fresh leaf motifs Botanist embroidered cushion, £14; Botanist woven throw, £14; hexagonal lantern, £14; storage boxes, £10 for three; large trinket box, £8; all Sainsbury’s

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Choose simple accessories Hexagonal lantern, £14, Sainsbury’s

From the garden

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Timeless botanicals Opt for hand drawn pattern Embroidered cushion, £14, Sainsbury’s

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PROPERTY PROJECTS Get the very best advice and inspiration for all your home renovation projects FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Blended natural sandstone paving, from £20 per sq m, Bradstone

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‘We added a moving wall to the back of the house’ Irina Vial’s five-bedroom house in Ealing, west London, had a dark dining room and kitchen, and the back of the house felt disconnected from the garden. Irina, an artist, loves being outdoors, so wanted to link the house and garden for an open, light-filled ground floor for her husband, their two children and her father to enjoy. Plans were drawn up by Mufajel Chowdhury of Concept Eight Architects (01932 809444; concept8.co.uk) to extend the back of the house into the garden

using wraparound glazing and sliding bifold doors. Internal walls were removed and the living room was also linked to the patio with elegant French windows. The kitchen-diner in the new extension merges seamlessly with the garden, with a flush threshold and the same flooring inside and out creating a continuous feel. ‘We spent a lot on landscaping the garden and now we can enjoy it,’ says Irina.

FIND OUT MORE... ■ A large skylight over Irina’s dining area allows sunlight to flood into the space. ■ Making the skylight’s aperture smaller means the frame is hidden, so the view

of the sky is unobstructed. ■ The ultra-frameless, triple-glazed skylight was supplied by DD Installations (0845 604 1893; doubledinstallations.co.uk).

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BESPOKE SURFACING 0800 083 3179; bespokesurfacing ltd.co.uk The company specialises in natural stone aggregates for gardens and driveways, including eco products using recycled materials. Prices start at £40 per sq m, including delivery and laying the surface by hand. BRADSTONE 01335 372289; bradstone.com This firm offers a range of natural stone paving, plus concrete block paving for driveways, and aggregates including gravels, granite and flint. Prices start at £20 per sq m for blended natural sandstone. EVEREST 0800 540 4185; everest.co.uk Known for supplying windows, Everest also installs paved driveways in smooth contemporary or rustic finishes, in colours from light Autumn Gold to dark Graphite. Blocks are thick-cut for durability and laid by hand. Prices are available on request. INFINITEPAVING 01179 269020; infinitepaving.com Find stone paving, including sandstone, limestone and slate, at this online store. Prices start from £15 per sq m for natural rustic paving, and from £20 per sq m for smoother styles, including delivery. MARSHALLS 0370 411 2233; marshalls.co.uk/homeowners Supplies hard standing and driveway surfaces, including block paving, as well as decorative aggregates and slate chippings. Visit its site for links to its approved retailers.

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Projects REAL HOMES Yellow Järsta doors, from £22 each, Ikea

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Colour blocking To wake up a neutral kitchen, add blocks of colour, for example on selected cabinets, drawer fronts or an island. Harvey Jones Kitchens offers painted open cupboards and glazed wall units in bold shades, including stunning pink or deep blue. Ikea’s Metod cabinets are designed to make it easy for owners to refresh their kitchens simply by changing the doors to a new colour. With prices as low as £11 for a 40cm x 20cm door, it’s a budget-friendly solution. Another quick way to add colour is to change splashbacks. Lustrolite’s high-gloss acrylic wall panels come in seven colours – prices start at £139 for a 76cm x 70cm panel from Abacus Manufacturing (0845 850 5040; abacusdirectltd.com).

Linear kitchen, from £18,000, Harvey Jones Kitchens

Keep it handy Spruce up your shed or fence in half the time Update your with Cuprinol’s new shed this season Spray & Brush. This gadget combines the handy speed of a spray with the control of a brush. It’s available for £34.99 at Ocado.

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‘We did Scandi style on a budget’

Don’t let a lack of funds stop you creating an on-trend kitchen. Follow Hannah and Pete Philipson’s chic example… FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO THE SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Bargain buy

Hannah and Pete knocked through a poky kitchen and breakfast room before installing low-cost, Scandi-style units Metod/Maximera units in Bodbyn Grey, from £60 for a W400mm base unit; Hishult handles, £9 for two; Ranarp pendant lamp, £18; all Ikea

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Low-cost kitchen REAL HOMES

BEFORE

Love their

STYLE?

HANNAH AND PETE’S METOD/ MAXIMERA UNITS IN BODBYN GREY ARE FROM IKEA £. FOR SIMILAR, TRY THE LEIGHTON GREY BY MAGNET ££ OR FIRED EARTH’S BASTIDE FITTED £££

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60-SECOND TOUR THE PROPERTY

A three-bedroom, mid-terraced Victorian house in Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne.

WHO LIVES HERE

Hannah and Pete Philipson live here.

WHAT THEY DID

The couple knocked through their kitchen and breakfast room to create a spacious kitchen-diner. They had French windows added and fitted budget kitchen units.

THE LOOK

Scandi country meets industrial, with grey units, open shelving, oak worktops and white metro tiles.

LESSONS LEARNED It’s worth investing in goodquality appliances, but you can dress up a budget kitchen to make it look more expensive by shopping around and upcycling. I painted our old fridge in black magnetic chalkboard paint and revamped a pine dresser with grey paint.

WHAT IT COST Units...................................£1,745 Worktops............................£700 Sink and taps.....................£255 Appliances........................£1,149 Tiles......................................£300 Flooring............................£1,500 Accessories.......................£300

TOTAL..................£5,949

TURN OVER TO FIND OUT HOW Hannah and Pete created their new kitchen

THE LAYOUT The base units, sink and range cooker are all positioned along one wall, with open shelving above. The fridge-freezer is to the left of the door, next to the dining table. There’s a kitchen dresser opposite the sink

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Low-cost kitchen REAL HOMES

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aving moved into their Victorian terraced house in Fenham, Newcastle, in 2014, Hannah and Pete Philipson loved its period character, but knew that the kitchen needed a complete transformation. Tucked away at the back of the house, it was accessed via a breakfast room that was rarely used. ‘It was small and dark with one tiny window,’ says Hannah. ‘The mismatched melamine units were straight from the Eighties and there was hardly any cupboard space.’ The obvious answer was to knock the two rooms together and add French windows at the back to brighten up the space. ‘We visited lots of showrooms, but with a tight budget and love of Scandi design, decided to go for an Ikea kitchen,’ says Hannah. ‘Having French windows at the end of the room limited layout options, so instead of having wall cupboards, we decided to put base units with shelves above along one wall to make the room feel more spacious.’ The couple had gone for grey paint with yellow accents elsewhere in the house, so they picked grey units for continuity. ‘I also had my heart set on oak worktops and metro tiles, as they’re practical and won’t date,’ says Hannah. Now the couple spend much more time in the kitchen than they did before, especially in the summer. ‘I love the way you can see all the way through to the backyard from the front door,’ she says. ‘It’s a lovely room to hang out, cook and chat in, and we both love working from home at the kitchen table.’ ➺

Hidden depths

The deep drawers have concealed inner cutlery sections. ‘There’s also an integral dishwasher next to the sink that looks like drawers,’ says Hannah Domsjö double-bowl sink, £175; Elverdam tap, £80; both Ikea. For similar worktops, try the premium oak, from around £45 per linear m, Wood & Beyond

NEED TO KNOW

WOODEN WORKTOPS Treat new worktops with protective oil every week for the first six weeks

Stylish storage

Hannah painted the pine dresser, which had been left behind by the previous owners For a similar dresser, try the rustic vintage painted country pine Welsh, £695, Suffolk Parlour range, Etsy. Henley Cool floor tiles, £59.95 per sq m, Topps Tiles

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REAL HOMES Low-cost kitchen Creative corner

Hannah and Pete chose a stylish yet practical kitchen table, which they both use when working from home For a similar dining table, try the Scrumpy, £695; for similar benches, try the Pip, £325 each; all Loaf

Pops of pastels

‘We chose shelves instead of wall units for aesthetic reasons rather than practical ones,’ says Hannah, who uses them to display her collection of pastel enamel pots and pans Stenstorp wall shelves, £29 each, Ikea. Chalk Farm matt white tiles, £12.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors

As Hannah is a keen cook, the couple bought a durable range cooker CG92X9 dual-fuel range cooker, £849, Smeg range, Ao.com

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How we did it We knocked down a supporting wall, so a structural engineer advised us to put in steel beams, which we left exposed and painted grey. The builders then blocked up a side door and installed French windows and a lintel at the rear. There were a few hidden surprises, such as rotten floor joists, but our builders were always so positive and solved all the problems. They moved the boiler and a drying rack from the kitchen to a new laundry room upstairs, and saved us money by sourcing worktops locally. The work cost £12,000 and took about three months, as we also turned a bedroom into a bathroom and created the new laundry room at the same time.

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‘We needed a flexible space’

Future-proof a kitchen-diner by taking your time at the planning stage, like the Winder family did FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Family space

Redesigning the ground floor of their home enabled the Winder family to gain a spacious kitchen-diner. Shaker units and a tongueand-groove island create a smart, country-inspired look Bespoke Shaker units, from £369 for a W200mm open tray unit, Yew Tree Designs

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Family sized kitchen REAL HOMES

BEFORE Love their

STYLE?

THE WINDERS’ PENDANTS ARE FROM DÄR LIGHTING ££. FOR SIMILAR, TRY THE BORRELLO FROM B&Q £ OR SHOREDITCH LIGHTING’S TWISTER £££

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60-SECOND TOUR THE PROPERTY

A six-bedroom, Fifties, detached house in Ashtead, Surrey.

WHO LIVES HERE

Karen and Steve Winder live here with their daughters, Jessica, 12, and Georgina, 10.

WHAT THEY DID

The couple had a wall between the kitchen and dining room removed to create space for a light-filled, open-plan kitchen-diner.

THE LOOK

Calm and collected, with off-white Shaker units, quartz worktops and solid wood flooring. Leather and metal elements add texture.

LESSONS LEARNED Don’t be scared of a huge project if it ultimately offers you everything you need. It’s harder to change things later, and getting all the building trauma over in one go is a bonus.

WHAT IT COST Units...............................£14,000 Worktop..........................£3,000 Appliances......................£6,554 Flooring...........................£3,305 Paint........................................£76 Blind.......................................£164 Lighting...............................£509 Radiator..............................£217

TOTAL................£27,825

TURN OVER TO FIND OUT HOW Karen and Steve created their new kitchen

THE LAYOUT The sink and hob are positioned in an L-shaped bank of base units around an island. Opposite is a wall of floor-to-ceiling units. There’s a dining table at the other end of the room

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hen Karen and Steve Winder bought an unfinished chalet bungalow in Ashtead, Surrey, 14 years ago, they knew they would have to make some short-term compromises. ‘It was our opportunity to own a big detached property,’ says Karen, ‘but we had to accept that we wouldn’t be able to do what we wanted to it for a few years, as we needed to save up first.’ The couple put in an inexpensive temporary kitchen and made do until they had the funds to create their ideal space. They spent the time carefully planning out the transformation, which involved changing the back of the house to create an open-plan kitchen-diner and an orangery. ‘Luckily, we already knew our builder, Paul Wills, as we’ve used him before,’ says Karen. ‘He gave us some great design ideas.’ An island with a breakfast bar and a sink overlooking the garden were on Karen’s wish list. She struggled when it came to choosing the units, wanting neither a traditional nor an ultramodern look. In the end, she opted for Shaker-style units with contemporary handles. ‘I’m pleased we went for such a substantial project,’ says Karen. ‘We could have just revamped the existing kitchen, but taking the plunge and creating an open-plan space has made all the difference. We’ve got everything we will possibly need in the future.’

Cool symmetry

Careful planning has ensured the units beneath the hob are visually appealing. The extractor fan mirrors the dimensions of the induction hob below it EH975MV17E induction hob, Siemens range, £1,233, Currys. Quartz worktop, £3,000, Asper Marble & Granite

Modern country

The floral oilcloth brings vintage style to the dining area. A chandelier is a glamorous touch that ties in with the pendants above the kitchen island For a similar floral oilcloth, try the Rose PVC tablecloth fabric, £12.95 per m, John Lewis. Adriatic pendant, £299, Där Lighting range, Ocean Lighting

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Family sized kitchen REAL HOMES

NEED TO KNOW

SIDE-BY-SIDE FRIDGE-FREEZER This has a tall freezer, so you won’t have to bend down to reach your frozen food

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How we did it We started planning nearly a year before the work started in the summer of 2014, so we had plenty of time to research all the fine details and think about the practicalities. We decided to rip out a downstairs bathroom and used that as a temporary kitchen, so it was all rigged up before the work started. The whole project took around a year, but included other rooms, too. We paid £200,000 for the work – the kitchen-diner used up the majority of the budget.

Storage wall

Floor-to-ceiling units built around a tall fridge-freezer make the best use of space For a similar fridge freezer, try the KA62DA71GB iQ500, £1,938, Siemens range, Appliances Direct

Simple style

A monobloc mixer tap and quartz worktops add sleek, contemporary style Kubus KBX 160 45 20 stainless steel sink, £318, Franke range, Kitchen Sinks & Taps. Planar chrome mixer tap, £331, Franke range, John Lewis

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‘White makes everything brighter’ If you prefer a clean, contemporary look, stick to white like Karine Candice Köng and Steve Kirk did FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Love their

STYLE?

KARINE AND STEVE’S SCHÜLLER 125 NX-B 800 KITCHEN IS BY HOLLOWAYS OF LUDLOW ££. FOR SIMILAR, TRY BETTA LIVING’S CONTOUR WHITE £ OR BULTHAUP’S B3 £££

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Contemporary kitchen REAL HOMES See the light

White handleless units and sleek fitted appliances give the light-filled kitchen a modern, spacious feel 125 NX-B 800 in-frame units in Solid Polar White with walnut breakfast bar, from £20,000, Schüller range; Westin Stratus compact ceiling extractor, £2,222; all Holloways of Ludlow Kitchens

BEFORE

Take the

60-SECOND TOUR THE PROPERTY

A six-bedroom, four-storey Victorian townhouse in Shepherd’s Bush, west London.

WHO LIVES HERE

Karine Candice Köng and Steve Kirk live here with their 10-year-old daughter, Mila Sienna.

WHAT THEY DID

Karine and Steve renovated an existing extension and swapped an outdated, dilapidated country kitchen for a modern, pared-back scheme.

THE LOOK

Minimalist, with pure white cabinetry and seamless resin flooring warmed up with pockets of colour, walnut textures and fun art prints.

LESSONS LEARNED Allocate plenty of funds for the unexciting details, such as levelling compound, rewiring and plastering. Preparing a room for a new kitchen can cost a lot more than you’d imagine.

WHAT IT COST Cabinets......................£15,300 Worktop.........................£3,732 Sink....................................£350 Tap....................................£1,150 Appliances..................£10,084 Flooring.........................£2,760 Bar stools.........................£345

TOTAL.................£33,721

TURN OVER TO FIND OUT HOW Karine and Steve created their new kitchen

THE LAYOUT The galley-style kitchen features a wall of floor-to-ceiling units running parallel to a long peninsula, which houses a sink and breakfast bar

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hen Karine Candice Köng and her husband Steve first moved into their Victorian house in west London in 2010, they already had ambitious plans to overhaul it entirely, starting with a spacious loft conversion. To tide them over until they could tackle the kitchen, Karine painted the existing country-style kitchen with blackboard paint to give it a temporary update, but it was four years before any serious renovations began. ‘Once the loft was finished and an en-suite bathroom installed, we all moved upstairs while the rest of the house was being worked on,’ she explains. ‘It was a total dust-fest, especially when the chimney stack was removed down through the house, but we saved nine months’ worth of rent, which really boosted our budget.’ Taking things slowly let Karine, a lifestyle blogger and interiors stylist, meticulously research every detail of her new kitchen. She experimented with moodboards featuring the latest black kitchens, but kept coming back to her preference for pure white interiors with hints of vintage design, natural materials and industrial elements. ‘I adore white, as it makes everything feel lighter and look more spacious,’ she says. ‘I wanted the room to have a clean, minimalist feel – the antithesis of the tired country-style kitchen we were ripping out.’ After lots of research, Karine found her ideal design. ‘I particularly love how practical it is,’ she says. ‘Even when we have 15 dinner guests, it only takes 10 minutes to tidy up afterwards and restore the kitchen’s pristine look.’ ➺

NEED TO KNOW

RESIN FLOORING Seamless anti-slip resin flooring is tough, smart, easy to clean and soft underfoot

Sleek style

Modern appliances in a stainless-steel finish complement the kitchen’s smart, contemporary feel H2661B PureLine single oven, £924; DG6200 PureLine steam oven, £1,190; PureLine warming drawers, £899 each; all Miele range, Holloways of Ludlow Kitchens

Raise the bar

Karine has broken up the all-white scheme with a walnut breakfast bar and a row of easy-to-stow industrial-style bar stools Xavier Pauchard Tolix style bar stools, £55 each, Cult Furniture. Resin flooring with an acoustic layer, £115 per sq m, Chasingspace

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REAL HOMES Contemporary kitchen

Easy flow

Sitting pretty

Designed in 1957, this iconic chair adds warmth to the crisp white kitchen Paulistano chair with Whiskey leather cover, £1,225, Bodie and Fou

The sleek handleless units conceal wall-toceiling storage, with adjustable shelves and useful cubbies to house all the kitchen essentials For similar bowls, try the York cereal bowls, £3 each, Habitat. For similar cutlery, try the Bronze Age, £28 for a five piece set, Anthropologie

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How we did it We replaced the poorly finished sidereturn extension with a lean-to glass structure, which brings in far more light and boosts the ceiling height. We removed a draughty old window and installed a fullheight picture window, then put in glass doors to link the room to the garden. The renovation took nine months, during which time we tackled the rest of the house, too. The building work cost £45,000 and we paid £3,600 to have the kitchen delivered and fitted.

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Hide away

Black-and-white typographical artwork adds a touch of personality, without detracting from the kitchen’s simple monochrome look Art prints, £35 each, Bodie and Fou. Corian worktop in Glacier White with sink and drainer grooves, £3,732; integrated Corian sink, from £350; PRO3 tap in chrome, £1,149, Quooker range; all Holloways of Ludlow Kitchens


‘We ditched the bath for a luxe shower’ Want to create a hotel-style en suite? Make a walk-in shower the star, like the Mains did

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Minimalist luxury

Taking out the bath and opting for a muted colour scheme has given the room a decadent sense of space For a similar vanity unit, try the Opalite Tortora Silk unit with 180cm basin top, £5,645; Cremo Delicato matt floor tiles, £60 per sq m; all Sanctuary Bathrooms

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Hotel-style bathroom REAL HOMES

BEFORE Love their

STYLE?

GILL AND ANDREW’S WALLS ARE PAINTED IN STONE DARK COOL MATT EMULSION FROM LITTLE GREENE ££. FOR SIMILAR, TRY DULUX’S ROPE SWING £ OR FARROW & BALL’S DROP CLOTH £££

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60-SECOND TOUR THE PROPERTY

A five-bedroom, Edwardian, detached house in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

WHO LIVES HERE

Gill and Andrew Main live here with their children, Rachael, 24, Lewis, 22, and Findlay, 11.

WHAT THEY DID

The couple redesigned the layout of their en suite, replacing the bath with a walk-in shower and installing a separate loo behind a frosted door.

THE LOOK

Minimalist boutique hotel, with a calming, neutral palette, a concealed loo and a large vanity area.

WHAT IT COST

LESSONS LEARNED Invest time in choosing the perfect shade for the walls. We wanted to get the colour spot on and it took several attempts until we were completely satisfied that we’d found the right shade.

Shower...........................£3,330 Loo......................................£498 Basins..............................£1,836 Taps....................................£750 Tiles.................................£1,909 Paint......................................£37 Blind...................................£369 Heated towel rail.........£1,836 Furniture........................£3,244 Mirror...............................£1,550

TOTAL...............£15,359

TURN OVER TO FIND OUT HOW Gill and Andrew created their new bathroom

THE LAYOUT A wall-hung vanity unit with basins is to the left of the door, and there’s a loo built into a recess in the far right-hand corner. A walk-in shower is to the right of the door, next to the window

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Hotel-style bathroom REAL HOMES

NEED TO KNOW

MARBLEEFFECT TILES Get the look of marble for less with cost-effective tiles that imitate its luxe effect

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oving back to the UK from America 10 years ago, Gill and Andrew Main managed to find the perfect property. ‘It was a beautiful house, but some of the rooms had started to feel a little dated,’ explains Gill. ‘Our en suite had very chunky cabinetry, so when the shower started leaking, we decided to refurbish the whole room.’ Having a separate loo cubicle built into the bathroom is commonplace in American homes, and the couple had grown to like this way of living, which meant redesigning the bathroom’s existing layout. They also decided to swap the bath for a big walk-in shower, giving the room a more open-plan feel. ‘We both prefer a shower, and knew we would enjoy the space

more without a bath,’ says Gill. ‘And there’s a big bath in the family bathroom already.’ Gill and Andrew did a lot of research to get the layout and colour scheme right. ‘It had to be neutral but not boring,’ says Gill. ‘We chose a muted palette, but added interest with texture, such as marbled tiles and a frosted-glass door.’ They also invested in motion-sensor lighting. ‘When you walk into the room, the recessed lighting comes on automatically, so if one of us visits the bathroom in the night, we don’t wake the other,’ explains Gill. ‘There are also ceiling lights and a hand sensor light in the mirror.’ The couple finished the room with a pair of matching stools. ‘I thought they would be more visual than functional, but I actually use them all the time,’ says Gill. ‘They’re ideal as an extra surface for a big pile of fluffy towels.’ ➺

Sleek design

The couple chose striking marble-effect porcelain tiles for a dramatic look, adding impact without overpowering the scheme Noir St Laurent wall tiles, £60 per sq m; Neon 01 shower panels, from £395 each; Raindance Air overhead shower, £636, Hansgrohe range; Axor Citterio M thermostatic mixer, £798; Zehnder Yucca radiator, £1,836; all Sanctuary Bathrooms

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REAL HOMES Hotel-style bathroom

Luxe look

Sleek fittings and a bevelled edge mirror add to the chic, hotel-inspired look Citterio E single lever basin mixer, £375, Axor range, Sanctuary Bathrooms

Hidden depths

By removing the old shower, Gill and Andrew created the perfect place for their new loo, which is discreetly concealed behind a bespoke frosted-glass panel New Palace wall hung loo and seat, £486, Laufen range, Sanctuary Bathrooms

Storage solution

A wall-hung vanity unit conceals the clutter and enhances the room’s smart, minimalist feel Cremo Delicato matt wall tiles, £60 per sq m; Liberty Collection mirror, £1,550; all Sanctuary Bathrooms

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We wanted a company that would design, provide and install the bathroom, and asked Emily Hyde from Sanctuary Bathrooms to undertake the project. We removed the wall where the built-in shower was and rebuilt it to house the loo – the company made a bespoke panel using frosted glass to let in natural light – and a new ceiling with period-style coving was fitted, too. The installation cost around £10,000 in total and took three months to complete.

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‘Moving the bath was the answer’ Faced with a large space, create a focal point to make your layout work, like Pauline Jones did

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WHAT IT COST Scene stealer

Framed by the window, the traditional roll-top bath takes centre stage in this tranquil space Cambridge bath, £649, Bathstore. Dawlish bath-shower mixer, £209, Heritage Bathrooms range, Victorian Plumbing. Blind made in Josette Dove Grey floral linen mix, £36 per m, Laura Ashley

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Bath......................................£649 Shower..............................£1,193 Basin....................................£654 Taps.......................................£419 Loo.........................................£150 Tiles.......................................£715 Paint........................................£70 Lighting................................£576 Blind......................................£129 Furniture.............................£890

TOTAL..................£5,445


Period-style bathroom REAL HOMES

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STYLE? PAULINE’S CAMBRIDGE BATH IS FROM BATHSTORE £. FOR SIMILAR, TRY THE TRADITIONAL ROLL-TOP FROM HOMEBASE ££ OR THE MILLBROOK BY THE CAST IRON BATH COMPANY £££

auline Jones loved the period features of her Edwardian house in Tyne & Wear, but its décor, particularly the bathroom’s, was stuck in the Seventies. ‘It’s a lovely, large room, but the layout didn’t make the best use of the available space and it was dark,’ says Pauline. ‘I hated the boxed-in bath, which looked like a coffin, the cheap laminate flooring and the glossy tiles. It definitely needed a revamp.’ Having decided to go for a period look in muted colours, Pauline bought a roll-top bath, as she thought it would make a great focal point under the window. Where the bath used to be, she put a new basin and towel rail, with the loo opposite. She also replaced the curved shower enclosure with a spacious walk-in design and added two shower heads. Pauline is delighted to have achieved a high-end look on a budget. ‘I always buy in the sales or pick up ex-display bargains,’ she says. ‘I also gave an old armoire and corner cabinet that I already owned a makeover by repainting them and replacing the handles. I love the room now – the space is so elegant and tranquil.’

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An Edwardian, three-bedroom detached house in High Rickleton, Washington, Tyne & Wear.

WHO LIVES HERE

Pauline Jones lives here with her daughter, Chloe, 18.

WHAT SHE DID

Pauline gutted and replastered the room, then redesigned the layout,

adding a roll-top bath, walk-in shower and underfloor heating.

THE LOOK

Elegant simplicity, with muted colours and period-style fittings.

LESSONS LEARNED I wanted the shower controls on the wall outside the cubicle for easy access, but the wall just wasn’t deep enough.

THE LAYOUT The bath is located beneath the window, with an armoire at one end. To the left of the door is a walk-in shower and loo, with the basin opposite

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REAL HOMES Period-style bathroom Classic design

A console basin adds to the room’s period feel Heritage New Victoria console basin, £654, Victorian Bathrooms 4U

Chic shelving

Pauline removed the armoire’s doors to create attractive open shelving For a similar armoire, try the Classical White Louis XV showcase, £1,070, Sweetpea & Willow

Subtle shower

The walk-in shower has smart chrome fittings and both fixed and hand-held arms for flexibility Sommer 8 1,200mm wetroom panel, £340; Decor Casablanca wall tiles, £35 per sq m; all Wall & Floor Tiles. For a similar fixed shower, try the Pearl 250 square abs single function, £199, Bathstore. For a similar hand held shower, try the edge slider rail kit, £98, Victoriaplum.com

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I drew plans for the new layout, then had the old bathroom suite, tiles, radiator and a built-in cupboard ripped out. The loft hatch was moved to the hallway and new pipework laid. The electrician moved the main light switch to outside the door and installed new wiring for the wall lights before the plasterer came in, then I did all the painting. Labour costs for the plumber, electrician, tiler and plasterer were £2,950, and the job took three months. Luckily, we have a downstairs loo, but we showered at the gym or had a bath at my sister’s house nearby while the work was going on.

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‘A split-level garden suits all of our needs’ Turn the traditional garden on its head, like Liz and Alistair Baird have done, by creating two distinct zones for fun family living FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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CHANGE DIVIDING THE GARDEN INTO TWO AREAS TO CREATE A SUNKEN TERRACE FOR FAMILY DINING AND A DECKED AREA FOR ENTERTAINING

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Zoned garden REAL HOMES

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iz and Alistair Baird had been looking for a house and garden to renovate for some time, when they finally found an elegant but run-down Victorian villa in east London. Although mature and well established, the garden wasn’t particularly functional for family life, as it was one long, dull strip with a vegetable patch at the end. ‘We tend to live outside in the summer and really wanted our garden to provide an intimate dining space for the family, as well a separate area for us to relax and entertain in,’ explains Liz. With the help of landscape gardener Rob Bratby (07811 472799; robertbratbygardens. co.uk), Liz and Alistair decided to create two distinct garden zones, each with a specific function. The first – a large secluded decking area at the far end of the garden – is where Liz and Alistair like to barbecue and entertain, and where their daughters, Isabella and Imogen, like to play. ‘It’s a lovely, quiet retreat, away from the bustle of London life,’ says Liz. The garden faces south, so gardener Rob suggested planting a silver birch and bamboo screen around the decking area to provide some privacy and shade. ‘We underplanted it with hostas, which are resilient, easy to grow and one of the best plants for thriving in light to medium shade,’ says Liz. ‘And there are camellias planted into the decking, which look gorgeous when they flower in the spring.’ As well as the decking and trellis, Rob also designed a shed, which the couple fitted with solar-powered lighting so they can sit ➺

2 Terrace A lush border of plants defines the terraced area, which has been widened so the family can dine there together Metal dining table, £495; metal chairs, £120 each; all Belize range, Habitat

Take the 60-SECOND TOUR THE LOOK

A semi-detached Victorian villa in Hackney, east London, with a south-facing, terraced garden.

A modern outdoor space, split into a terrace for family dining and a decked area for entertaining.

WHO LIVES HERE

LESSONS LEARNED Try to employ a gardening professional who has a passion for what they do and the expertise to develop your ideas into something special.

Liz and Alistair Baird live here with their daughters, Isabella, eight, and Imogen, five. Liz is an art director with her own design business, School House Creative, while Alistair is a creative director for a design agency.

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GARDEN The back of the house opens onto a terrace, where there’s a dining area. Steps lead up to a flower garden, and there’s a decked area at the far end

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‘The versatility of the entire design has totally transformed how we spend time outside’ outside until late in the evening. ‘The girls also like to use the shed’s veranda as a stage – I’ve been to many impromptu performances,’ says Liz. ‘The versatility of the entire design has totally transformed how we spend time outside.’ The second zone is a sunken terraced area, which now provides a natural extension from the house’s interior through glazed, folding patio doors. ‘This space was already dug out, but it was dark and narrow,’ says Alistair. ‘In the summer, we like to eat outside, so we widened it to accommodate a dining table and chairs.’ The terrace is defined by tall stone planters filled with rosemary and lavender, plus small 152 | JUNE 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

conifers and, from above, the larger, structural shapes of bamboo and camellias, which create a shady screen. ‘To ensure visual cohesiveness with the house, we’ve used similar-coloured floor tiles inside and out,’ says Alistair. A flower garden sits at the top of the terrace’s flight of stone steps and has been planted with a fragrant rose arch and espalier apple and cherry trees to lead to the decking area at the rear. ‘We’re both keen on plants that have greenery all year round and flowers that have beautiful scents that are in bloom in different seasons,’ says Liz. ‘It means that the garden is never entirely without colour, even in winter.’ IH

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Zoned garden REAL HOMES 5 Decking area A silver birch provides shade and greenery Lazy chair and sofa, from £795 for a chair, Cane Furniture Warehouse. Bespoke shed, price on application, Bespoke Fencing Services

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Gardens SEASONAL LIVING

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

TO DO THIS MONTH... Q PROLONG SUMMER

FLOWERING by cutting fresh growth on herbaceous perennials back by half, using secateurs or shears. Known as the Chelsea Chop, it’s best done shortly after the famous flower show. Q PEP UP TIRED BORDERS by filling any gaps with sun-loving summer bedding, such as zinnias, daisies, verbena, salvias, petunias and marigolds. For shaded areas, use impatiens, vinca and begonias. Water plants regularly and boost with a liquid fertiliser. Q ENTICE BUTTERFLIES into your garden by planting nectar-rich flowers – they find aubretia, red valerian,

lavender, small scabious, honesty, sedum and buddleja irresistible. Involve the kids by making a butterfly feeding station: in a plastic dish, mix one teaspoon each of sugar and soy sauce, add some water, then hang it up. Q KEEP YOUR LAWN LOOKING GREAT by feeding with a high-nutrient fertiliser and mowing it weekly. Ensure lawnmower blades are sharpened or replaced regularly and clippings removed from the lawn. In hot weather, leave the grass a bit longer to protect it from the heat. Q PROTECT YOUR STRAWBERRIES Surround plants with straw to keep the fruit off the soil and prevent disease, and cover with netting to stop birds eating your crop.

Many perennials are bursting into bloom this month. Regular deadheading will extend the flowering period

HOW TO...

Taking cuttings is an inexpensive way to replenish your garden

TAKE SOFTWOOD CUTTINGS Creating plants for free is not only satisfying but pretty easy, too. Softwood cuttings are best taken in spring and early summer from the tender new growth of shrubby plants, such as geraniums, fuchsia pelargoniums, buddleja, jasmine and hydrangeas. X Take cuttings early in the morning from non-flowering, young shoots. Using a sharp knife, cut a piece 10cm long just above

a bud. Place in a bag and seal to keep fresh. X For asters, daisies, delphiniums, salvia, phlox and lupins, take cuttings close to the base of the plant, including woody tissue. X Trim the bottom of the cutting with a knife at a slight angle, just below a leaf joint. Remove lower leaves and pinch out the tip. X Fill pots with cutting compost and dampen slightly. Using a pencil, make holes 5cm apart. X Dip the base of each cutting into

hormone rooting powder. Plant in holes one-third deep. Firm the soil and water. X Pop in a propagator or tie a clear plastic bag over the pot. Keep pots in a warm spot, moving into good light after two weeks. Avoid hot sun. X Rooting will take about six to 10 weeks. Keep compost moist. X Harden off cuttings over two weeks by gradually opening the propagator or bag for longer each day. Pot on individually.

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SEASONAL LIVING Gardens Paeonia lactiflora ‘Kansas’ has deeppink double flowers

Paeonia mlokosewitschii has bowl-shaped, lemon-yellow flowers

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Herbaceous peonies make lovely cut flowers for displays

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There are two main types of peony: tree and herbaceous, both of which are grown for their

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Peonies create a spectacular display at the front of a border

that appear in spring and early summer. Herbaceous peonies are hardy and like to be planted in a sunny spot in neutral to slightly alkaline soil, with good drainage. As their flowering time is short, plant among long-flowering perennials. Tree peonies are hardy, deciduous shrubs. Plant bare root in autumn or early spring, and support with a stake.

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Paeonia lactiflora ‘Dr Alexander Fleming’ and ‘Kelway’s Supreme’ look stunning planted with purple geraniums


In theKITCHEN

This month, we’re trying out samphire, indulging in rich and creamy yoghurts, testing a new garlic cutter and comparing celebrity-chef woks FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Toss crunchy, peppery radish with sliced shallots, then top with ricotta cheese and herbs for a summery supper. For more radish recipes, visit goodtoknow.co.uk

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EAT Pots & Co Salted Caramel & Chocolate pot, £2 for 100g, Ocado, Tesco and Waitrose. This rich, restaurant-style pud was created by chefs trained in Michelin-starred kitchens. DRINK Paparuda rosé from Cramele Recas in Romania. Smooth and aromatic, it has hints of summer fruit, £5.99 for a 75cl bottle, Adnams. TREAT fans of Middle-Eastern food to Sabrina Ghayour’s new cookery book, Sirocco (£25, Mitchell Beazley). The mouthwatering recipes are a fusion of Eastern flavours in Western-style dishes.

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Food SEASONAL LIVING Served warm or cold, this samphire quiche makes a delicious lunch or supper for six

Try a new taste

SAMPHIRE Growing along the coastline, this fleshy-stemmed green vegetable has a salty flavour, making it a great partner to fish and seafood. It also makes a good alternative to asparagus and can be tossed raw into salads, steamed for a side dish or used in quiches. Find it in supermarkets or at fishmongers. HOW TO MAKE Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Wilt 200g spinach in a pan, drain, squeeze out any water and chop it. Beat together 250g ricotta cheese, 100ml double cream, 2 eggs and 2 crushed garlic cloves, then season with pepper. Stir in the chopped spinach and 75g grated Gruyère cheese. Pour into a 25cm part-baked pastry case. Top with 3 skinned, deseeded and chopped tomatoes, 100g samphire and a little more cheese. Bake for 2530min until golden and just set. Top with some raw or steamed samphire.

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Celebrate ASPARAGUS SEASON This versatile vegetable is at its cheapest and most delicious now, so try it in tarts, salads or simply solo with mayonnaise

PICK THE BEST ASPARAGUS In season from the end of April until the end of June, asparagus is at its best when enjoyed as soon after picking as possible. ■ Whether you’re buying – or growing – delicate sprue asparagus or extra-large ‘jumbo’ spears, go for stems that are firm and bright green, rather than dry and wrinkly ones. ■ When asparagus stalks look slightly discoloured, dented or scarred, or they feel slimy at the tip and smell a bit fishy, they are sadly too far gone to eat.

The home-made mayonnaise will keep in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to one week

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■ If you don’t use your asparagus straight after buying or picking it, you should store it standing up in a jug of water in the fridge with the tips sticking out of the water.


Asparagus dishes SEASONAL LIVING

Boiled asparagus with mayonnaise SERVES 2 TAKES 25MIN

■ 10 asparagus spears ■ 2 egg yolks ■ 1tsp mustard powder or 1-2tsp English or Dijon mustard ■ 1-2tsp

lemon juice or white-wine vinegar ■ 300ml rapeseed oil

1 Wash the asparagus stems in cold water, trim the stalks and, if the lower part seems tough when sliced and eaten raw, peel the bottom third of it. 2 Drop loose spears into a pan of boiling water and cook until just tender. The cooking time varies according to the thickness of the stems, but ranges between 3-5min. 3 Meanwhile, put the egg yolks, mustard, lemon juice or white-wine vinegar, and some salt and freshly ground black pepper into a tall jug. 4 Whizz with a stick blender, then add the oil gradually, whizzing to create a thick emulsion – add a little warm water to thin it down if it’s too thick. 5 Once cooked, drain and pat dry the asparagus on kitchen paper. If you’re serving it cold, just spread the hot asparagus out on some kitchen paper to cool. Spoon the mayonnaise into a bowl and serve with the asparagus.

Cook’s tip

Larger spears have more flavour than smaller, but can be ‘woody’. Bend the spear until it snaps and discard the tough end, then trim with a knife for a neat finish

Stirring the risotto while it is cooking releases the starch from the rice, giving the dish its creamy consistency

Crab & asparagus risotto SERVES 6 TAKES 55MIN ■ 2tbsp olive oil ■ 1 onion, finely chopped ■ 1 stick of celery, finely chopped ■ 150g asparagus, tips reserved and stalks chopped ■ 1ltr fish or chicken stock ■ 350g risotto rice ■ 200ml white wine ■ 170g cooked white crab meat ■ 50g butter ■ 70g Parmesan cheese, grated ■ Zest and juice of ½ lemon, plus extra lemon wedges, to serve

1 Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based pan and gently cook the onion, celery and chopped asparagus stalks for 10min until they are soft. Meanwhile, heat the stock in a separate pan. 2 Put the rice in with the vegetables and cook for 1min. Pour in the wine, then cook, stirring, until it’s absorbed. 3 Gradually add the hot stock to the risotto rice and vegetables, a ladleful at

a time and stirring frequently, adding more as the liquid is absorbed by the rice. After 10-15min, add the asparagus tips to the pan and cook for 5min, still stirring, then add the crab meat for the last 5min of the cooking time. 4 Stir in the butter and Parmesan, then the lemon zest and juice. Season with salt and black pepper. Serve in warm bowls with the lemon wedges.

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Asparagus & bacon tartlets MAKES 8 TAKES 1HR PLUS CHILLING TIME

1 Put the flour and chilled cubes of butter in a food processor, and whizz until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk

and 2tsp cold water, then blend until the mixture forms a firm dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead lightly until smooth. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for at least 30min. 2 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/ Gas 4. Grease eight 8cm-diameter loose-based tartlet tins. Roll out the pastry, then use it to line each tin. Blind bake for 15min. Set aside to cool. 3 To make the tartlet filling, halve the asparagus tips, put them in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to stand for 5min, then drain. Meanwhile, fry the bacon in the oil until crisp and

If you want to serve these at room temperature, remove them from the tin to cool on a wire rack, so that the pastry doesn’t go soggy

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golden, then remove from the pan and set aside. Add the sliced spring onions to the pan and fry for a few minutes until soft. 4 Beat the eggs in a bowl with the single cream and lemon thyme, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 5 Place the cooked spring onions in the bottom of the baked pastry cases, then spoon the egg mixture on top. Add the fried bacon pieces and asparagus tips, and bake for 20min until lightly set. Serve warm or cold.

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FOR THE PASTRY ■ 175g plain flour ■ 115g salted butter, chilled and cut into cubes ■ 1 egg yolk FOR THE FILLING ■ 150g asparagus tips ■ 100g sweet-cured streaky bacon, cut into 1cm pieces ■ 2tsp olive oil ■ 2 spring onions, finely sliced ■ 2 eggs ■ 200ml single cream ■ 1tbsp chopped lemon thyme leaves


Asparagus dishes SEASONAL LIVING

Cream of asparagus & leek soup SERVES 4 TAKES 40MIN

Enjoy this warm salad for lunch on its own or have it with grilled steak or chicken

■ 75g unsalted butter ■ 1 onion, finely chopped ■ 2 leeks, white parts only, finely sliced ■ 1 potato, peeled and chopped ■ 850ml vegetable stock ■ 500g asparagus, trimmed and cut

into 4cm lengths, reserving eight of the tips ■ 150ml double cream 1 Melt the butter in a large pan, add the onion and leeks, then put on the pan lid and sweat the vegetables for 10min, without allowing them to colour. 2 Add the potato and vegetable stock, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15min or until the potato has softened. 3 Setting aside the reserved tips, add the asparagus to the pan and cook for 5min. Meanwhile, blanch the tips in boiling water for 2min. 4 Season the soup with salt and black pepper, then liquidise in a food blender or with a stick blender. Pass it through a sieve, then stir in the cream and check the seasoning. Serve in warm bowls topped with the asparagus tips.

Cook’s tip

Top the soup with crunchy croutons and fried bacon pieces This creamy soup also tastes delicious chilled

Goat’s cheese & asparagus salad SERVES 4 TAKES 30MIN

FOR THE SALAD ■ 300g Jersey Royal or new potatoes, scrubbed and halved or sliced ■ 600ml hot vegetable stock ■ 200g asparagus tips ■ 150g fresh, shelled broad beans or frozen broad beans, defrosted ■ 100g hard goat’s cheese, broken into pieces ■ 12 fresh mint leaves FOR THE DRESSING ■ 2tbsp olive oil ■ 4 spring onions, thinly sliced 1 Put the potatoes in a large pan with the hot stock and simmer, uncovered, for 10min. Add the asparagus tips and

broad beans to the hot stock, and cook for 4-5min, until the potatoes are tender and the stock has reduced to a glaze. Drain the vegetables, then place in a serving bowl. 2 To make the dressing, warm the olive oil in a small pan, then add the spring onions and cook for about 1min, until they just begin to wilt. 3 Pour the dressing onto the still-warm vegetables and toss well until they are coated. Add the small chunks of goat’s cheese to the salad, along with the mint leaves. Serve immediately.

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■ Wash your duvet twice a year and pillows at least once every two months. Those filled with synthetic fibres can be washed in a machine (a 60˚C wash will kill dust mites), while feather and down bedding needs to be professionally cleaned. ■ Tackle stains as soon as possible, especially on a mattress. Soak the mark with a dry absorbent cloth, then dab it away with cold water and a sponge. Don’t use hot water as it will only set the stain, and use a stain remover on stubborn marks.

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■ Revive your mattress by sifting bicarbonate of soda directly onto it. Leave it for at least an hour to soak up the smells, then vacuum off. ■ Pre-treat upholstered beds, especially headboards, to avoid marks. Always use a cleaner that’s suitable for upholstery to remove stains, following the instructions on the bottle. Wooden bed frames can also become covered in dust – a quick polish will leave them looking as good as new.

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MATTRESS COVER-UP Add another layer of comfort, plus extra stain protection Waterproof mattress protector, from £30 for a single, John Lewis

HANDY CLEANER Mix with water in a spray bottle and spritz your mattress to remove odours Vodka (35cl), £6, Sainsbury’s

■ To create a cleaning cocktail, fill a spray bottle with vodka (a natural disinfectant) and equal parts water, then spritz directly onto your mattress. Ensure you leave your mattress to air-dry completely before you make the bed again. ■ Preserve your bedding with a mattress protector – go for a design with quilting and extra padding for comfort, or wicking and waterproof top layers for practicality. Look out for a machine-washable option, too, so you can wash it with your bed linen.

STAIN BUSTER Tackle marks on an upholstered headboard Vanish Oxi Action upholstery cleaner (500ml), £4, Homebase

PILLOW GUARD Can be washed at 60˚C to kill dust mites and allergens Pillow protector, £9.50, The Fine Bedding Company

TOUGH SCRUBBER Clean any stubborn stains with ease thanks to its nonslip handle All-purpose brush, £6, Oxo

■ Give your bed an airing every morning by drawing the covers off and letting your sheets and mattress breathe for 20 minutes before making the bed.

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Garden tech INNOVATION THE HI-TECH WAY TO

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urrah, the sun’s out! Before are another labour saver, plus you fire up the barbecue they’re useful when you’re on and put the Prosecco on holiday. An electronic timer ice, take a look out of the on your outside tap drip-feeds window. Do you see a garden of Eden water to the lawn and borders or has your plot lost the plot? If it’s at set times – Hozelock’s will the latter, grab some gadgets to get soon be controllable via an app. Spectrum your outdoor space party-perfect. TRY A BARBECUE TREND three-burner gas barbecue, CLEAN IT QUICK A pressure washer Sausages are so 1986, dahling. £420, Debenhams will blast away mud and moss from If you want to impress, equip fences, garden furniture, patios and your barbecue with a few paths, and make short work of a specialist attachments and anthems (or The Archers omnibus) grubby outdoor grill. A good one isn’t serve home-smoked bacon, fish and by streaming them to portable cheap, but if you’re anything like me, cheese, gourmet popcorn and streetspeakers – just make sure the you’ll soon be addicted. I’m a fan of food-style rotisserie. Wood-fired pizza neighbours don’t mind. Look out for Kärcher’s intuitive ovens are gaining in speakers that can be paired together new machines with popularity, too, and are without the need for a Wi-Fi FACT! 50% of LED displays that great for summer parties. so you can easily send homeowners don’t Invite friends over and let connection, show exactly what music to every corner of your plot. lock their shed, power level and them stretch their own SECURE THE SHED Over the attachment you’ll dough and pick their summer, thefts from garden sheds go even though its need for each job. toppings. It only takes a by over a quarter*, so if yours has contents are worth few minutes for each pizza up TIDY UP THE a window, cover it so thieves can’t see up to £1,200 LAWN If you don’t to cook, so you’ll have what’s inside, and fit the door with enjoy games of dodge SOURCE: EVEREST AND AVIVA more time to relax, too. bolts and a padlock. You could also the cable, it’s worth ADD A SOUNDTRACK set up a security camera nearby – investing in a cordless mower or even Playing music outdoors once meant Panasonic’s weatherproof a robotic one. Robomow’s models balancing your stereo precariously Nubo connects to your can be scheduled to cut via an app, on the nearest window ledge, but smartphone via 4G, so TURN OVER FOR THE KIT and a boundary wire stops them from improvements in battery power and there’s no problem if YOU NEED FOR chomping on bedding plants. Irrigation wireless technology mean you can fill your Wi-Fi doesn’t A HI-TECH GARDEN systems from Hozelock and Kärcher the garden with the summer’s biggest stretch to the garden.

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1. HT05-Plus extendable hedge trimmer, £99.95, Gtech ‘It’s light enough that I can use it to cut our 9ft-high hedge, and the angled head lets me reach the top without a ladder. Anyone with a bad back will find it useful for low hedges, too.’

‘These tech tools are indispensible’ 2. Original charcoal pizza oven attachment, £160, Weber ‘You fit this brilliant bit of kit on top of a W57cm Weber charcoal barbecue. My family always has fun cooking pizzas on it, and it costs a fraction of the price of a wood-fired oven.’

3. Hydropod propagator, from £54, Two Wests & Elliott ‘Cultivating cuttings can be tricky, but this system automatically sprays them with a fine mist, so they don’t dry out. The high humidity inside the case also encourages them to grow quickly.’

4. Hozelock Cloud Controller app, free for iOS ‘I use Hozelock’s automatic system to water patio pots, but I can’t wait to try this app, which lets you water plants via your phone from anywhere in the world.’

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INNOVATION Garden tech THE KIT YOU NEED FOR

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Heading outside? Make the most of your outdoor plot with these clever gadgets FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

THE BEST APPS FOR THE GARDEN GARDEN COMPASS Free for iOS and Android Spotted a flower in a neighbour’s garden that you like? Snap a picture of it and this app will identify it and tell you how to care for it, too.

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Outdoor Bluetooth smart padlock, £89, Master Lock

K5 Full home control pressure washer, £380, Kärcher

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Pop this Bluetooth padlock on your back gate or shed, and use your smartphone to open it. You can also set up access for your gardener, so they won’t need a key’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘An LED display guides you to the right pressure setting, and symbols make it easy to select the right lance for the job – be it blasting the patio or cleaning the car’

Free for iOS and Apple Watch Do dreams of overdone steaks have you waking up in a cold sweat? Avoid barbecue nightmares with this guide and timer, which tells you when to flip food and take it off the heat.

YAHOO WEATHER Free for iOS and Android You can’t control the weather, sadly, but this app will at least let you prepare for it. Its predictions are largely reliable and you can set it to notify you of the forecast every morning and evening. Free for iOS and Android A sort-of Instagram for the green-fingered, where you can upload photos of your blooms to share with fellow gardeners. You can also create to-do lists and get hints on how to care for plants.

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MAKE IT RAIN

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Pizza ovens can cost thousands, but this practical stainless-steel trolley is a good starter option. It can cook up to two pizzas, or a 2kg loaf of bread, at a time’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Switch on your sprinkler or drip irrigation system from an app on your phone – just attach the controller to your outdoor tap and plug the hub into your router’

SPY ON THE SHED

CUTTING EDGE

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GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘With infrared vision and a microphone, this camera lets you see and hear your garden. It connects over 4G/3G, so it works wherever there’s mobile coverage’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘You won’t get in a tangle with this cordless mower, which charges in five hours and can cut up to 300sq m in one go. It’s relatively light and folds down for easy storage, too’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘This bassy speaker has a 24-hour battery life, can charge your smartphone and is water-resistant. Pair two for an even bigger sound’

Piccolo pizza oven with base, £650, Wood, Fire & Stone

Cloud controller, £115, Hozelock

Nubo camera, £259**, Panasonic

Cordless lawnmower, £299, GTech

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Steam ovens INNOVATION YOU’LL LOVE THIS

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STEAM OVEN FOR BAKERS

BUILT-IN OVENS WITH STEAM

BP530450KM MULTIFUNCTION OVEN WITH STEAMBAKE, £499, AEG

By creating steam at the start of each bake, this oven fluffs up a sponge or dough a treat, and lifts layers of pastry beautifully. Sure, it can’t sous-vide salmon like pricier models, but it’s affordable and won’t require a big change to your cooking habits FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

STEAMBAKE MODE Baking? Pour 100ml water into the indent in the oven floor and press SteamBake. Add your goodies and the steam will do its job. Once the water has evaporated, your bakes will brown to perfection

AS SEEN ON SCREEN B48FT78N0B combination steam oven, £1,299, Neff

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Cooks with Full Steam, or adds steam for better baking or roasting. You’ll have seen its Slide & Hide door on The Great British Bake Off’

PYROLYTIC CLEANING Clean it every few weeks by running the pyrolytic programme – it heats the oven to 500°C, turning any grime that’s inside to ash, so it’s easy to sweep out

RESTAURANT GRADE

DGC6860 XXL PureLine combination steam oven, £4,699, Miele GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Has a sous-vide option, so you can vacuum pack* meat, fish or veg with herbs and spices, then cook it low and slow for tasty results’

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Ascot multifunction oven, £1,490, Steel GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘As well as a combi-steam function for baking, this Italian-made oven has a rotisserie, pizza stone, meat probe and telescopic shelves, plus it comes in a choice of finishes’

FOOD PROBE

CHILD-PROOF FINISHES

Take the guesswork out of cooking a roast by inserting its probe. When it hits your required core temperature, the oven will switch off

BIG INSIDE Its net capacity of 71ltr can handle a sizeable Christmas turkey, while the extra-large windows with ‘floodlights’ make it easy to see when your bakes are ready

Have kids or pets in the house? The stainless steel has an anti-fingerprint coating, while the oven door is made up of four layers of glass, so it always feels cool to the touch

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STEAMS AND CLEANS GEBD47000 multifunction oven, £650, Grundig

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Has a Steam Assist function to help the rise when baking, and a Steam Cleaning mode that softens dirt so that it’s easier to wipe away’

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Buy the best of British Made from wool taken from hardy British sheep that live outside all year, the carpets are very tough and yet wonderfully soft. Incredibly, the wool from one in nine British sheep ends up in a Brintons carpet, making

the heritage brand British wool’s single biggest user. Going for a wool carpet is not only a great style option – it’s a savvy, ecofriendly choice, too. ‘Not only is wool on trend right now, but it comes with a bonus that it’s a fantastic sustainable choice,’ says Natalie Littlehales, consumer marketing manager at Brintons. ‘It insulates your home, is easily recyclable and biodegradable, plus shearing sheep is essential for their welfare.’

Make an investment With more than 230 years of carpet-making skill, Brintons is not just focused on keeping up with the latest trends. It delivers a quality product that’s produced with the highest standard of workmanship. This means that when you invest in one of its carpets, you’ll have practical, beautiful flooring that will look great for years to come.

■ HARVESTING OF THE WOOL Once the sheep have been sheared, the fleeces are washed, stretched and dried. Next, the wool is ‘carded’, which is when a series of rollers comb and align the fibres. ■ FROM WOOL TO THREAD All the wool is drafted onto bobbins before being spun into thread, which is twisted together to create high-quality yarn. ■ THE DYEING PROCESS Spools of yarn are dyed by being bathed in colour vats at the Brintons factory. Once the colouring process has been completed, the yarn spools are spun to remove extra dye and then dried. After this, they are positioned on the loom for the weaving of the carpets to begin. ■ FINISHING TOUCHES Every metre of Brintons carpet is inspected by eye twice, and they are all finished by hand before they leave the factory.

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Radios INNOVATION

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Best bedside radios

PORTABLE RADIO

Jump online to the blog, Girlabouttech.com, to check out my pick of the best radios for gently sending you off to the land of nod

Radios are cleverer these days, so whether you want to wake up to music or sing along while you cook, here’s what you need to know…

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Ask yourself where you want to put your radio. If it’s bound for the living room, you’ll want a ‘looker’ that can create a big sound. A radio that sits next to your bed, on the other hand, should be quieter, ideally with a clock and alarm feature – a dual alarm will wake you at different times on weekdays and at the weekend. For the kitchen, choose a radio with a wipe-clean finish and a snooze alarm, so you can set it to switch off as you finish cooking.

Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) uses digital rather than analogue technology, which gives you a crisper sound with less interference. Around 90% of the UK has access to DAB – you can find channels in your area at getdigitalradio.com. If you’re buying a DAB radio, get one with a Digital Tick, so if there’s any future digital-radio switchover (say, if DAB is turned off in favour of even higher quality DAB+), your radio will still work.

Video didn’t kill the radio star. Thanks to the internet, we can now access thousands of stations from around the world, broadcasting music, sport and news. Buy a connected radio and you’ll be able to pump out this spectrum of sounds without compromising on audio quality – ideally, you’ll want a model with a big screen, so it’s easy to navigate by country and genre. You’ll also be able to access podcasts and ‘listen again’ programmes, so you won’t miss a thing.

For those days when Desert Island Discs just isn’t doing it for you, you’ll be glad of a model with Bluetooth. This turns your radio into a great wireless speaker – just choose your favourite music and stream it direct from your phone or tablet without trailing wires. You might also be able to hook up to music streaming services, such as Spotify, so you effectively have access to almost every song ever written, whenever you want it.

Some radios only plug into the mains, but other models take batteries or feature built-in packs, giving you the freedom to roam around the house, out into the garden and far beyond. The days of smartphone docks on radios are long gone but many models – particularly bedside designs – now have USB inputs, so you can plug in your charging cable and power up your phone without needing access to another plug socket.

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Nod, £49, Goodmans

Spectrum Duo, £59.95, John Lewis

Stream93i, £150, Roberts Radio

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘The twin USB ports at the back let you charge your phones and tablets quickly at your bedside, and the display can be dimmed so that you’re not kept awake. But my favourite feature? The big snooze button on the side of the radio that’s just impossible to miss’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘There’s a very good reason why this award-winning radio is a bestseller – its smart, wipe-clean, rubberised finish is uber-practical (I have mine in the kitchen), and it has built-in Bluetooth, so it can double up as an excellent speaker. It also comes in a choice of six cool colours’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Access a world of radio stations, from Australia to Zimbabwe, along with podcasts and more. Spotify Connect lets you stream your Spotify* playlists from your phone to the radio, and the music won’t be interrupted if you take a call. The sound quality is tremendous, too’

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Taking photos INNOVATION

GIRL ABOUT TECH EXPLAINS

TAKE BETTER PHOTOS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE Leaving your camera at home? Here’s how to get the best results from your phone

Once you’ve made your checks, you can start snapping away. Just remember to tap the screen to select your point of focus, so you don’t accidentally end up with blurry faces up front and a sharp background. You might notice that the exposure (amount of light) in the shot changes when you tap different spots, so the background or subject will seem brighter or darker – you may need to tap a few times to get an image that’s both in focus and well exposed.

Start with what I like to call the ‘mirror, signal, manoeuvre’ of smartphone photography: ■ Is the lens clean? If not, give it a quick wipe with a soft cloth to remove dust and fingerprints. ■ Are you holding your phone the best way up? Be sure to hold it horizontally if you’re videoing! ■ Is the flash on? Unless it’s really dark, turn it off by tapping the symbol resembling a lightning bolt.

MY FAVOURITE PHOTO APPS FACETUNE £2.99 for iOS; £1.99 for Android Snap more selfies than Kim K? Then you need this app. It will smooth your skin, whiten your teeth and brighten your eyes – plus, you can even apply ‘make-up’. SNAPSEED 2.0 Free for iOS and Android A must-have for touching up photos on the fly, my favourite in-phone editing app has filters and effects that make even the most average shots look like they were taken by Mario Testino. TINY PLANET 79p for iOS This simple but addictive tool takes a photo and bends it around on itself until it looks like, well, a tiny planet. Or you can bend it the other way for a futuristic ‘rabbit-hole’ effect. Want more? Go to

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Most stand-alone cameras have a top-quality optical zoom, whereas a smartphone has a digital version that crops into the zoomed area then enlarges it again, pixellating the image. Avoid this by either cropping into the shot after you’ve taken it, or by attaching an external optical zoom lens to your handset, such as Olloclip’s excellent 4-in-1 lens, £69.99.

Choose Favourites

Because an ice-cream-fuelled child or grumpy cat won’t sit still for anyone, it’s worth remembering that some phone cameras have a burst option. Selecting it causes one tap of the screen to trigger several shots in quick succession, so you’ve got more chance that at least one will turn out as planned.

To pull off the classic photographer’s trick the ‘Rule of Thirds’, overlay your screen with these horizontal and vertical guides before you frame your shot. The theory is that if you position points of interest, such as a horizon or someone’s eyes, along one of the lines or where they intersect, it improves the photo. The way to activate the grid (if it’s an option) differs on Android handsets, but for iPhones head to Settings > Photos & Camera > Grid.

Once you’ve taken your picture, your phone will usually process the image into a JPEG, taking into account the camera’s settings. But this can create an imbalanced image, so some phones (HTC’s One A9 and LG’s new G5, for starters) let you shoot ‘raw’, giving you the unprocessed image data captured by the camera’s sensor, which you can then tweak in a program such as Photoshop – think of this raw file as a ‘digital negative’ versus a print.

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5 DAYS FROM ONLY £499PP THE PRICE INCLUDES ● Return flights, taxes and transfers ● Four nights in a four-star hotel on the Grand Canal, including breakfast ● Visits to St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the islands of Murano in the Venetian lagoon ● Walking tours of the old Jewish quarter and Venice of the Venetians ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager Selected departures up to December 2016

VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

MADRID, SALAMANCA & TOLEDO

CLASSICAL ITALY

Selected departures from June to November 2016 and January to July 2017

SICILY

8 DAYS FROM ONLY £879PP THE PRICE INCLUDES Return flights, taxes and transfers ● Seven nights in a four-star hotel with half board ● Tours, including Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, Palermo, Taormina, Mount Etna, Monreale’s medieval cathedral and cloisters, and Siracusa city of Archimedes ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager

APULIA, LECCE & VIESTE

8 DAYS FROM ONLY £869PP THE PRICE INCLUDES Return flights, taxes and transfers ● Seven nights in four-star hotels with half board ● Sightseeing tours, including Lecce, Alberobello’s unique trulli houses, Matera, Bari’s old town, Castel del Monte and national park, and the sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager

Selected departures up to October 2016

Selected departures up to October 2016

TO REQUEST A BROCHURE, please call 01283 744319 TO BOOK ONLINE or watch videos from a selection of our tours, visit ideriviera.co.uk Additional entrance costs may apply. Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, and are subject to finite availability. Images used in conjunction with Riviera Travel. Offer operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Riviera Travel Ltd, ABTA V4744, ATOL 3430, a company wholly independent of Ideal Home, published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd.


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A BATHROOM SUITE WORTH OVER £1,900

Give your bathroom a sleek new look with modern furniture

WIN A BATHROOM SUITE from Twyford’s e500 range Update your bathroom with brand-new fittings

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eaming style with functionality, the contemporary basins, taps and loos in Twyford’s e500 range don’t compromise on the practical features needed in today’s hard-working bathrooms. Reflecting the latest trend for slim-style ceramics, the e500 basins are available in both square and round designs, and there are loos to suit every bathroom, all featuring Twyford’s Flushwise® water-saving technology for an environmentally friendly flush. Rimfree® technology comes as

standard on the close-coupled loo for a more hygienic, easy-to-clean design. The e500 range is part of Twyford’s Energy collection, which also includes the great-value e100 sanitaryware, the space-saving e200 furniture and two shower-enclosure ranges. Sanitaryware in the Energy collection comes with Twyford’s 25-year guarantee. This month, Twyford has teamed up with Ideal Home to offer readers the chance to win a suite from the e500 range. Four lucky winners will each receive a bathroom suite worth £1,929.

HOW TO ENTER For your chance to win a Twyford bathroom suite, worth £1,929, visit housetohome.co.uk/competitions and answer the following question: What Twyford collection is the e500 range a part of? A) The Energy collection B) The Energiser collection C) The Eco collection

TERMS AND CONDITIONS Entry to this competition is free and online only. The competition is open from midnight on 23 April to midnight on 10 June 2016. The promoter of this competition is Ideal Home. The prize supplier is Twyford. The prize consists of: one 750mm washbasin and two drawer vanity unit (£589); one tall unit (£432); one close coupled Flushwise®, Rimfree® loo with soft close seat (£525); one back to wall bidet (£150); one X70 basin mono mixer tap (£112) and one X70 bidet mono mixer tap (£121). The total value per prize is £1,929, and includes delivery but not installation. Prize is as stated, is not transferable and no cash or other alternative will be offered. The instructions form part of the rules. This competition is open to readers aged over 18 years old, who are resident in the UK mainland only, other than the employees (and their families) of Twyford, Time Inc. (UK) Ltd, the reproduction house and printer of Ideal Home, and participating sponsors and their agents. Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification. All entries must be made directly by the person entering the competition. No bulk or third party entries accepted. The winners will be notified by email or phone by Ideal Home after the closing date. Failure to respond within two weeks and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements, may result in forfeiture of the prize. If the winner cannot be contacted, or is unable to comply with these terms and conditions, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random. In the event of a competition prize being unavailable, Ideal Home reserves the right to offer a prize of greater or equal value. All prizes must be accepted as offered. There can be no alternative awards, upgrades, cash or otherwise. All details and prices are correct at time of going to press. Only one entry per household. The decision of the Editor is final. Entry implies acceptance of these rules. The winner must be prepared to co operate with publicity arising as a result of winning the competition.

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8 DAYS FROM £999PP OR 15 DAYS FROM £1,499PP THE PRICE INCLUDES ● Return rail* and Eurostar, or flights, taxes and transfers ● Five-star cabin accomodation with hotel standard beds, private bathrooms and river views ● Exceptional cuisine with full board ● Stunning scenery, enchanting ports, elegant towns and grand cities ● Fully inclusive touring programmes Selected departures up to November 2016 and from April to October 2017

DORDOGNE, ALBI & CARCASSONNE

8 DAYS FROM ONLY £959PP

8 DAYS FROM ONLY £879PP

THE PRICE INCLUDES ● Return flights or Eurostar* and TGV, taxes and transfers ● Seven nights three- and four-star superior accommodation with breakfast and five dinners ● A cruise through the Dordogne Valley and tours of Sarlat, Carcassonne, the cave paintings at Lascaux and Cahors ● Visits to the villages of Domme, La Roque Gageac and Rocamadour ● Escorted by a tour manager

THE PRICE INCLUDES Return flights, taxes and transfers or return Eurostar and TGV ● Five nights in a hand-picked hotel with breakfast ● Visits to Avignon, Arles, the Camargue, the Luberon hills and a guided walking tour of Aix en Provence ● Fully escorted by a tour manager ● Visit to the Pont du Gard, one of the ancient Romans’ largest aqueducts

Selected departures up to October 2016

LOIRE VALLEY

6 DAYS FROM ONLY £499PP THE PRICE INCLUDES ● Return rail and Eurostar from most UK mainline stations, or by air from Dublin ● Five nights in a three- and four-star hotel with breakfast and three dinners ● Tours to Claude Monet’s home and garden, France’s stunning châteaux, plus visits to Chartres, Amboise and Leonardo da Vinci’s house ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager Selected departures up to October 2016

PROVENCE BY AIR OR EUROSTAR

Selected departures up to October 2016

PARIS BY EUROSTAR

4 DAYS FROM ONLY £229PP THE PRICE INCLUDES Eurostar and return rail from most mainline stations*, taxes and transfers ● Three nights in a three- or four-star hotel with breakfast ● Tours of Paris by day and by night, a visit to Versailles with its beautiful château, and to the artists’ quarter, Montmartre ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager

BRUGES BY EUROSTAR

4 DAYS FROM ONLY £249PP THE PRICE INCLUDES Eurostar and return rail from most mainline stations*, taxes and transfers ● Three nights in a three- or four-star hotel ● Guided walking tours of Bruges and a First World War battlefield near to the historic city of Ypres ● Visit to a traditional chocolatier ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager

Selected departures up to November 2016

Selected departures up to November 2016

TO REQUEST A BROCHURE, please call 01283 744319 TO BOOK ONLINE or watch videos from a selection of our tours, visit ideriviera.co.uk *Supplements applicable for certain regional stations. Additional entrance costs may apply. Prices are per person, based on two sharing, and are subject to finite availability. Images used in conjunction with Riviera Travel. Offer operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Riviera Travel Ltd, ABTA V4744, ATOL 3430, a company wholly independent of Ideal Home, published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd.


IDEAL HOME OFFERS

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This bed linen is based on the patchwork quilts that Emma makes

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est known for its pottery, Emma Bridgewater makes homeware that is beautiful to look at but also a pleasure to use, such as a mug with a fun, cheery message on it or pure-cotton bed linen that will turn your bed into an irresistible retreat. The company was founded in 1985, after Emma Bridgewater tried and failed to find a present for her mum. Now, 30 years later, it’s still run by Emma and her husband, Matthew Rice, and its pottery is hand made at their factory in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire – the home of British pottery. The couple only design things that they love and want to use at home themselves. While the charming patterned pottery is at the heart of the company, the easily identifiable

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designs now also appear on a range of home and lifestyle products, including bedding and nightwear, glass, enamelware and tin, and fabrics and wallpapers made by Sanderson. The perfect place to buy gifts, there are also stationery and office buys, as well as a range of bath and body products. Ideal Home has teamed up with Emma Bridgewater to offer a 20% discount on its products in store and online. Simply shop online at emmabridgewater.co.uk and enter the code IDEAL20 at the checkout. Alternatively, take this page to the Emma Bridgewater shop in Fulham or Marylebone in London, or to the gift shop at the company’s factory in Stokeon-Trent, and present it at the till when paying for your chosen purchases.

HOW TO GET YOUR 20% DISCOUNT To redeem your 20% discount, visit emmabridgewater.co.uk, select the items you wish to buy, then enter the code IDEAL20 at the checkout. Alternatively, take this page to an Emma Bridgewater shop in London (Fulham or Marylebone) or Stoke-onTrent, and present it at the till when paying. This offer is available from 26 April to 31 May 2016. TERMS AND CONDITIONS This offer is for a 20% discount on all Emma Bridgewater products at emmabridgewater.co.uk and in Emma Bridgewater shops between 26 April and 31 May 2016 inclusive. The discount applies to the total order, excluding delivery charges. The discount only applies to full-priced items and exclusions apply to products already subject to a discount, outlet, seconds and discontinued products, charity products, electronic and paper gift vouchers, Collectors Club Membership and electronic items. A product can only be subject to one offer within a single transaction. Offers and discounts cannot be added retrospectively to an order. This exclusive offer is valid for UK residents only.

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IDEAL HOME OFFERS

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BUY THREE BLUEBELL CREEPERS, WORTH £35.97, FOR ONLY £17.99

Enjoy the pretty blooms of the bluebell creeper

Plant it in a pot to liven up your patio

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his twining perennial climber is guaranteed to cheer up a dull corner of a garden. The bluebell creeper has glossy, evergreen leaves and produces nodding clusters of pretty blue flowers (1.5cm across) from June through to September, followed by attractive purple

berries. It’s easy to grow, preferring a sheltered area, and is perfect for training over an archway or pergola. It’s also great for containers, making it ideal for patios. The bluebell creeper has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Supplied as a 7cm potted plant. Height: 2m. Spread: 60cm.

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


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Padstow chaise longue, £300, Heart of House

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Afina dining table with six chairs, £430, Heart of House

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wide range of lighting. There’s also well-built furniture, which comes with generous guarantees – two years on all furniture items and further extended guarantees on sofas. Stylish yet practical, the furniture is made to withstand the knocks, bumps and demands of daily life, while giving you and your family a place to relax in comfort and style. Ideal Home has teamed up with Argos to give readers 20% off Heart of House from 24 April until 4 June 2016. To browse the full collection, go to argos.co.uk/heartofhouse or visit your nearest Argos store.

HOW TO GET YOUR 20% DISCOUNT Visit any Argos store to order Heart of House, and present this coupon at the till point to redeem your 20% discount. Alternatively, shop Heart of House online at argos.co.uk/heartofhouse, then enter promotional code HEART20 at the checkout. This offer is available from 24 April to 4 June 2016 inclusive.

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SEASONAL LIVING Get outdoors

Try something new...

Be a tourist in your own town

The British Museum is the UK’s most popular tourist attraction*

We all go sightseeing when we’re abroad, but don’t miss the treasures on your doorstep…

JUMP ON A TOUR BUS A fun way to learn about the place you live is from the top deck of an open-top tour bus – simply hop on and off to experience your town or city’s sights. Most buses have a pre-recorded commentary or a live guide to explain the history and culture of the buildings and places you pass. City Sightseeing (city-sightseeing.com) has 30 bus tours in UK towns and cities, with prices starting from £7 per person.

GO ON A GUIDED TOUR An experienced guide can help bring a place to life, telling stories and providing details that aren’t in guidebooks. Blue Badge Guided Tours (britainsbestguides.org) provide trips around a huge range of famous sites, museums and galleries, with walking, cycling, coach and themed tours throughout the UK. The company caters for every taste, from a historic pub crawl in Bristol, from £85 per person, to The Royal Residence tour of Windsor, from £150 per person.

DOWNLOAD A WALKING APP Don’t want to join a group or wrestle with a guidebook? Then download an

MP3 walking tour and let your iPod, mobile phone or MP3 player be your guide. This flexible format enables you to discover the area at your own pace, whether that is cramming in a couple of sights in a few hours to a leisurely stroll that takes up the whole day. Tourist Tracks (tourist-tracks.com) has a selection of MP3 walking tours in 14 UK towns and cities that offers a simple and versatile alternative to traditional guided walks. It provides you with a starting point, a map marked with a route and a series of MP3 audio files. At each audio point, the commentary tells you about your surroundings and then, with the help of the map, directs you where to go next. From just £3 per download, it’s an affordable option, too.

JOIN A WALKING GROUP Most people think that organisations such as the Ramblers Association (ramblers.org.uk) just support walking in the countryside, but lots of routes take in towns and cities. Led by experienced walk leaders, there are more than 500 volunteer groups across the UK, most of which run several walks each week. They provide a safe, sociable environment to discover your area. Go online to find a walk or a group near you, and become a member for £3.25 a month.

SUPPORT LOCAL HERITAGE Join your district’s history society to discover the people, events and places that have created your community. These organisations are set up to

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study and preserve the history and heritage of the area, and usually hold regular meetings to exchange information and organise trips to places of local interest. It’s a great way to get involved in your community and help preserve the social and historical heritage of where you live for future generations. Visit Local History Online (local-history.co.uk) to find a group near you.

3 OF THE BEST LOCAL APPS LIKE A LOCAL

iOS and Android, free Avoid tourist traps with Like A Local Guide an app that helps you find the spots where local people like to hang out. It covers 83 cities worldwide, including Brighton and Hove, Cardiff, London and Manchester.

YELP

iOS and Android, free Use to find everything from events to restaurants in your area. You can get directions and write and read reviews. Sign up to the Weekly Yelp at yelp.co.uk for alerts on current local events direct to your inbox.

SPOTTED BY LOCALS

Free for iOS, £3.15 for Android Featuring 66 city guides, this app contains content from a community of locals, known as spotters. Each guide includes a mixture of articles, advice and reviews of their favourite places, as well as maps that can be used offline.

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COMPLETE GUIDE TO

Summer living ◆ GARDEN FURNITURE ◆ SUMMERHOUSES ◆ ◆ FOOD ◆ QUICK FIXES & IDEAS ◆ OUTDOOR GAMES ◆ ◆ PROJECTS ◆ PLANTERS & PRETTY DETAILS ◆


Welcome

Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SU Tel 020 3148 7357 Fax 020 3148 8121 Email ideal_home@timeinc.com EDITOR Vanessa Richmond MANAGING EDITOR Fiona Surfleet EDITOR, COMPLETE GUIDE TO SUMMER LIVING Bernie Herlihy CREATIVE DIRECTOR Georgia Hibberdine DEPUTY ART DIRECTOR Emma Jackson DESIGNERS Bhavini Mistry, Heather Mutch CHIEF SUB EDITOR/ PRODUCTION EDITOR Tara Elarte DEPUTY CHIEF SUB EDITOR/ PRODUCTION EDITOR Sophie Payne SUB EDITOR Sophie Thrower EDITORIAL PRODUCTION MANAGER Nicola Tillman HEAD OF MARKETING Yasmin Christofi ACTING HEAD OF MARKETING Amelie Srikumar SUBSCRIPTIONS MARKETING MANAGER Diane Hornby PRODUCTION MANAGER Alan Taylor PUBLISHER Belinda Cooper PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Sandy Gale GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR, LIFESTYLE Fiona Dent PA TO MANAGING DIRECTOR, LIFESTYLE Donna McConnell

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‘When the sun shines, we all gravitate to whatever outside space we have, no matter how large or small, but if you haven’t ventured out there since last summer, it’ll undoubtedly need a boost. We’ve created this guide to help you make some updates – it’s packed with the latest looks and best buys for your garden, alongside ideas for family fun, alfresco entertaining, and go-slow days reserved for pottering. Add some quick garden fixes and delicious recipes and you’ve got all you need to make summer in your garden one to remember.’ BERNIE HERLIHY, EDITOR, COMPLETE GUIDE TO SUMMER LIVING

IN THIS MAGAZINE Colours may vary slightly from the original due to the printing process. Some material has been previously published in Ideal Home magazine.

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OUR FAVOURITE

GARDEN BUYS

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Easy recipes for summer

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Spend or save on furniture


Contents SUMMER LIVING

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OUTDOOR PLAY

Have fun in the sun Prepare the garden for a summer of wonderful family time

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Play away Get games and activities at the ready to keep kids entertained

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Make sweet treats Quick and easy snack recipes

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Take them outside Encourage outdoor play

OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING

10 Throw a garden party Transform your outside space into an inviting lounging area 12 Cook for a crowd Ideas for outdoor entertaining 14 Let’s barbecue! Try these crowd pleasers

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Turn unused space into an extra room

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Mix up a cocktail

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Enjoy entertaining Let guests dine in style with these smart outdoor buys

OUTDOOR CHILLING

18 Have a slow day Ways to enjoy quiet time outside 20 Take it easy Projects to potter through

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22 Indulge yourself Whip up a tempting treat

Fun buys for a party vibe

23 Escape to the garden Top buys to turn your outside space into a relaxing haven

OUTDOOR MAKEOVER

24 Make your garden grow Show your outside spot some love with these planting ideas 28 Ideal v great deal Get the best from the high street, whatever your budget 30 Take a seat Make the most of your outside space with a summerhouse

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Add chic finishing touches

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Ideas for decorating outdoors

32 Create a cottage garden look Buy one get one free on pretty lavatera plants 33 5 garden quick fixes Simple ways to give your garden an instant refresh 34 Shopping directory

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Have fun in the sun When the weather warms up, it’s time to move your living space into the garden. Just throw open the doors and let the kids have fun from breakfast to sundown

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amily time is easier in the summer. It’s when your garden or patio comes into its own, providing extra space for any overspill during the holidays. Before the kids break up from school, take time to sort out your outside space and you’ll be ready to roll. POWER ON Use a pressure washer to get rid of moss and slime on decked or paved areas, and give steps, slopes and paths a good going over. Ensure that there are no nails or screws poking out of decking and secure any loose boards or paving slabs. WASH AND GO Drag out your table and chairs and sun parasol. Clean plastic,

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wooden, wrought-iron and aluminium furniture with hot soapy water before rinsing. All-weather weaves can be brushed and cleaned with a non-soapy detergent. CLEAN UP Wipe down exterior paintwork on windowsills, window frames and exterior doors. Wash down windows and glass door panels. STAY SAFE Children will be running in and out of the house and garden all day, so check for hazards. Cover up outdoor sockets, tidy garden tools away and make sure the barbecue isn’t near any busy thoroughfares. Doorstops are also a good idea, so fingers can’t get caught in slamming doors,

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and make sure washing lines are put away after use. SORT STORAGE If you have a shed, lock away dangerous tools, put paints and chemicals out of reach and clear space for bulky play equipment. Waterproof baskets and boxes are invaluable for toys and games, and a tarpaulin can be thrown over furniture and barbecues to protect them from summer showers.

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Wire storage, £10 for two, George Home

GIVE THEM SHELTER Make a den for the kids by pushing three bamboo canes into the ground to form a pyramid. Tie at the top with string or ribbon, then wrap an old duvet cover around the stakes and secure with pegs or more string. Bamboo canes (H120cm), £2.49 for 10, Wickes. For similar striped fabric, try Etsy

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Top tip

Plastic pitchers with lids will keep creepy crawlies out of party drinks


Outdoor play SUMMER LIVING Set up a table for kids under shade to serve as a pit stop during a day of play

SUMMER MUST-HAVE

Bunting’s not just for indoors. Create a party feel by hanging it over a table Stripe and Spot bunting, £8 for 3m, Wilko

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Play away Get ready for Rio by setting up a mini garden Olympics for the whole family to enjoy Older kids will enjoy a game of croquet

GAME ON Traditional garden games like croquet, quoits and skittles are fun for all ages. Giant or oversized games are great for younger children and add a cool feature to the garden, too Find garden games at Amazon.co.uk, Argos, Notonthehighstreet.com, John Lewis, Traditional Garden Games and Toys ’R’ us

Lawn skittles is the original 10-pin bowling

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Daily tasks, like watering the plants, can be fun games for kids Play giant dominoes on decking or a flat area

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Outdoor play SUMMER LIVING Set up an afternoon of traditional garden games

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Holiday postcards make good mini puzzles

CUT OUT A POSTCARD JIGSAW Here’s a no-cost game to make for little ones: use pinking shears to cut old holiday postcards into mini jigsaws. Mark the back of each piece with a symbol so the different puzzles don’t get jumbled up. Paper edgers, £5 for 10, Hobbycraft

STRIKE A POSE

Make it an occasion with a photo booth

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Set up a pop-up photo studio and take snaps of friends with fun props Make memories by setting up a photo booth and taking photos of friends. If you have a tree, use it to hang frames for friends to pose in, and pop the photos in a pretty bag as a gift for them to take home. Shoot and see the results straight away with FujiFilm’s Instax Mini 70 instamatic camera, £99, Jessops. It’s got a Selfie Mode that adjusts the brightness for perfect self portraits, and you can check your framing with the mirror next to the lens. The film packs are widely available – a pack of 20 sheets costs £19.99 at Jessops. Buy a set of props to add to the fun. Party Pieces sells themed photo booth kits, from £2.99, including everything from princess tiaras and pirate hats to superhero accessories.

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OUTDOOR PLAY SETS

Assault course

Let them climb, slide and hide Climbing pyramid wooden play centre, (H210cm x W150cm x D390cm), £560, Plum range, Argos

Sandstorm

Home time

Paint this house in their favourite colours Wooden ground playhouse, (H147cm x W120cm x D131cm), £180, TP range, Homebase

Play and learn Sand and water activity table, £99.99, Step2 range, Early Learning Centre

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Make sweet treats

Strawberry ices MAKES 6-8 TAKES 10MIN, PLUS FREEZING TIME ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼

150g strawberries 90g caster sugar 1tsp vanilla extract 500g low-fat natural yoghurt 100g melted white chocolate 60g hundreds and thousands You will also need: 6 or 8 ice lolly moulds

Let the kids refuel between meals with these pick-me-ups

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Put the strawberries, caster sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl. Crush the fruit until roughly broken up and the sugar has dissolved. Mix in the yoghurt and then pour into the ice lolly moulds and freeze. Once frozen, take them out of the moulds and dip the tips of the lollies in the melted white chocolate, then quickly dip in the hundreds and thousands. Serve as soon as they set.

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225g butter 225g caster sugar 175g golden syrup 450g porridge oats 2 eating apples, peeled and chopped ½tsp cinnamon

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Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F/Gas 4. Grease and line the base of a 20cm x 30cm cake tin with baking parchment. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, chopped apple and cinnamon, then spread the mixture into the tin and bake for 30-35min until golden. Remove from the oven and leave in the tin to cool, then turn out and cut into bars.

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Cool off with a refreshing, zingy drink

EASY

Cloudy lemon & limeade

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MAKES 1.5LTR TAKES 20MIN, PLUS COOLING TIME

6 lemons 2 limes 200g caster sugar

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Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from the lemons and limes and put in a large jug. Juice all the lemons and limes into the jug and stir in the sugar. Pour over 1.5ltr of justboiled hot water and stir. Cover, leave to cool, then chill.

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MAKES 12 TAKES 35MIN

Treat kids to this energyboosting snack

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Apple & cinnamon flapjacks


Outdoor play SUMMER LIVING ▼

Child’s play

Tots will go dotty for these jumbo-sized dominoes Garden dominoes set, £24.99, Plum Products range, John Lewis

Easy up

There’s no need for a large base with this clip-on sun shade Ramsö parasol, £8, Ikea

Rainbow bright

Add a party atmosphere Bright Fiesta fabric bunting, £6.50 for 3m, Luck & Luck

▼ Soft option

A giant beanbag that’s ideal for indoors or out The Piggy Bag in lime, £79, Made.com

Sitting pretty

A stackable, sturdy choice Darla chair, £12, Habitat

Fun first aid

This cute teepee is sure to be a hit Nobodinoz large teepee, £129, Molly Meg

Soothe scrapes and bruises with a smile Ouch! Fruit plasters in tin, £3.99, NPW range, Flamingo Gifts

Get little ones out of the house and into the great outdoors Pack a picnic

Avoid breakages with child-friendly melamine Vintage Apple plate, £4.95; tumblers, from £3.95 each; Dotcomgiftshop

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Happy hideaway

Take them outside

Dine in style and under shade Peru six-seater oval dining set, £300; Country Floral parasol, £59.99; both Homebase

Ready, steady, grow

Contains all the essential tools for the pint-sized gardener Metal garden tool case, £55, Crafts4Kids range, Notonthehighstreet.com

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Throw a garden party Make the most of balmy evenings by turning your garden into an alfresco kitchen-diner. Gather together friends, fire up the barbecue and pour everyone a Pimm’s

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barbecue is everyone’s idea of a summer evening well spent, but to cater for a group of people takes planning. Even if you can’t run to a fullystocked outdoor kitchen, you can organise your outside area so that everyone has space to relax and enjoy your efforts.

GET ORGANISED Position your barbecue on a stable surface and place a table on either side – use one for uncooked food and the other for plating up. Keep a bucket of water handy, just in case. TURN THE TABLES A large table and chairs gives guests the option to eat more formally and is somewhere to

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set up crockery, cutlery, glassware and napkins for those who perch themselves elsewhere. Make sure there is enough room to move chairs in and out easily. ZONE OUT If you have space, set up a soft seating area away from the main dining table. People like to gather in smaller groups so even a deckchair or two, or a couple of beanbags around a low-level occasional table will do the trick. Tray tables, which can be moved around easily, work really well too. LIGHT UP THE NIGHT It’s all about the mood when it comes to evening garden parties. Wind outdoor fairy lights around fences and

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foliage, group storm lanterns and tealights on tables and at doorways, or light a firepit and watch it flicker into the night. ENTERTAIN THEM Stream music through wireless speakers into your garden to get the party started, or organise an open-air film show. It doesn’t have to be difficult to organise, all you need is a projector and a white sheet (turn the page for details.) Keep a camera or smartphone handy to record your evening.

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Round metal tray in gold, £14.99, H&M

LET THERE BE CANDLELIGHT Bring a touch of beach-barbecue chic to your get-together with elegant tapers that will flicker in the evening breeze. Fill two-thirds of a large galvanised bucket with fine sand, then insert the tapers before lighting. Wax lighting tapers, £6.50 for 200g, Price’s range, John Lewis. For a similar galvanised bucket, try the Harris, £7.99, Homebase

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Top tip

Dress your table with vases of fresh flowers, just as you would indoors


Outdoor entertaining SUMMER LIVING Group together lanterns for a relaxed mood Petra dining set, £999 for a table and six chairs; lanterns, from £45 each; all Marks & Spencer

SUMMER MUST-HAVE

Tough melamine is perfect for alfresco dining Botanist long platter, £8, Sainsbury’s

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Cook for a crowd Entertain like a pro with a dedicated barbecue area and seating and eating zones

Add a low-level coffee table to a seating area

Chill drinks in a bucket of ice so guests can help themselves

SET THE SCENE Create a relaxed vibe by setting up a drinks station, and add seating areas for chilling out away from the main dining table, so your guests can mingle after eating Find outdoor accessories at B&Q, Dobbies, Dunelm, Homebase House of Fraser, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Very

Decorate the table with a terrarium

Top tip

Fire up charcoal barbecues an hour before you plan to cook


Outdoor entertaining SUMMER LIVING Set up an outdoor kitchen area to make cooking alfresco easier

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Put cutlery in a zinc pot for a vintage theme

HOST A GARDEN MOVIE NIGHT

For similar wooden napkin rings, try Amazon.co.uk. For alphabet stamp sets, try Hobbycraft or Notonthehighstreet.com

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Outdoor cinema screenings are big news this summer, but it’s easy to create your own in your garden. Invest in a projector. A secondhand one will do, or go one better with Vivitek’s Qumi Q6 portable projector, £480, Personal Projector. Connect a video source (either a DVD player or a laptop) to the projector, then plug some speakers into your video source, too. Choose a dark area of the garden away from outdoor lights and your neighbours’ houses, then peg a white sheet to a washing line – it’s all you need for a cinema screen. Secure it so it doesn’t move in the breeze. Make a cosy viewing area by laying a groundsheet on the grass, then add blankets, cushions and beanbags to up the comfort factor.

LET GUESTS HELP THEMSELVES Use alphabet stamps to add messages or your guests’ names to wooden napkin rings. Slip a rolled-up napkin inside each one and pop them in a jug or flowerpot. Loosely tie knives and forks together with ribbon.

Invite friends to an outdoor film night in your garden

OUTDOOR COOKERS

Chim chimney

Bake potatoes inside this oven Cuba cast-iron and stainless-steel chiminea, £83, B&Q

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This multitasker can also cook stews and grill food Forno outdoor oven, £1,099, Morso range, John Lewis

3 OF THE BEST

▼ Perfect pizza

On the table

Ideal for a bit of culinary theatre Teppanyaki table grill, £79.99, Steba range, Wayfair

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Let’s barbecue! Inspired by American recipes, these finger-lickin’ bites are sure to please

Sardines are rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids

Chargrilled sardines with lemon & sea salt ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼

MAKES 16 TAKES 15MIN

16 sardines Olive oil, to coat Sea salt flakes Wedges of lemon

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Wash the sardines to remove the scales and then gut them. Rinse and dry the sardines, then toss them in olive oil. Line up the sardines on an oiled fish grill, scatter with the sea salt flakes, then grill for 1-2min on each side. Serve with the lemon wedges.

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Buy sardines that have bright eyes and shiny skin, with the scales intact

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Score sausages diagonally before grilling so they capture more flavour


Outdoor entertaining SUMMER LIVING

The best BLT hotdog MAKES 6 TAKES 20MIN

Cook 12 bacon-wrapped chipolatas on the barbecue, until cooked through (about 10min). Divide two baguettes into three and fill each third with two sausages, shredded iceberg lettuce and some quartered cherry tomatoes. Top with natural yoghurt.

A Midwest original MAKES 6 TAKES 15MIN

Cook six Bratwurst sausages on the barbecue, until cooked through. Toast six submarine rolls. Fill each one with a sausage, some

sauerkraut and a sprinkling of caraway seeds. Add a drizzle of mustard sauce on top.

Howdy cowboy MAKES 6 TAKES 20MIN

Cook six hotdog sausages on the barbecue for 5min, until piping hot. Fry two sliced onions in 1tbsp sunflower oil, until crispy. Divide the onion among six toasted hotdog rolls and add a sausage to each, then top with a handful of grated Monterey Jack cheese. Return the hotdog back to the barbecue, closing the lid, to melt the cheese. Serve with hot barbecue sauce or ketchup.

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SERVES 6 TAKES 20MIN

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100ml buttermilk 1tbsp soured cream 1tbsp mayonnaise 1tbsp chopped parsley, chives, tarragon or dill 1tsp vinegar or lemon juice 1 garlic clove, grated 2 corn on the cob 1tsp oil 120g cubed pancetta 250g pasta, cooked 3 spring onions, chopped

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Griddled veg & potato salad SERVES 6 TAKES 30MIN ▼ ▼

750g new potatoes 3tbsp sun-drenched tomatoes, oil reserved

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Zest and juice of 1 lemon 1tsp sherry vinegar 2 courgettes, thinly sliced 6 spring onions, halved 2tbsp olive oil 1-2tbsp Roquito chilli pepper pearls Small punnet of cress, snipped

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In a bowl, mix the buttermilk, soured cream, mayonnaise, herbs, vinegar and garlic. Meanwhile, fry the corn in the oil, until charred on all sides. Set aside to cool. Add the pancetta to the pan and fry until crisp. To serve, slice the corn from the cob and mix together with the pasta, pancetta, spring onions and the herb dressing.

No barbecue is complete without side salads

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Boil the new potatoes until tender, drain and toss in 2tbsp oil from the tomatoes, the lemon zest and juice, and sherry vinegar. Toss the courgettes and spring onions in the olive oil and cook on the barbecue until softened. In a large serving bowl, mix the new potatoes and the vegetables with the sun-drenched tomatoes, chilli pepper pearls and cress. Season to taste.

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Baked blueberry cheesecake SERVES 8 TAKES 1.5-2HR, PLUS CHILLING TIME

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Break up the digestive biscuits and blend in a food processor until finely crushed (or put in a clean plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin). Melt the butter in a pan and stir in the crushed biscuits until well combined. Spoon the mixture into a greased 23cm diameter round spring-clip tin, spreading evenly over the base and halfway up the sides. Place the tin in the fridge. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/ 350˚F/Gas 4. In a large bowl, beat together the soured cream, eggs, caster sugar and cream cheese until well combined, then fold in the blueberries. Pour the filling onto the biscuit base. Bake in the oven for 1hr 15min or until firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and leave the cheesecake to cool in the tin, then transfer to a plate.

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Nothing says summer like a jug of Pimm’s

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The perfect Pimm’s SERVES 6 TAKES 10MIN ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼

Ice cubes 300ml Pimm’s 100ml gin (optional) Handful strawberries, halved Handful cucumber, sliced 1ltr ginger ale, tonic or lemonade

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Quarter-fill a large jug with the ice cubes, pour in the Pimm’s and the gin, if using. Add the halved strawberries and cucumber slices, then top up the jug with the ginger ale, tonic or lemonade. Stir and serve in chilled glasses.

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Top tip

Garnish each glass of Pimm's with a sprig of fresh mint or borage – the traditional accompaniment

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Outdoor entertaining SUMMER LIVING

Take a seat

EDITOR’S

Zen garden

choice Invite calm to your outdoor space XL Buddha sculpture, £70, Next

Add stylish pattern to outdoor chairs Patterned seat cushion, £7.99, H&M

In the shade

Angle this parasol to shut the sun out Crank and tilt parasol, £39.99, Bracken Outdoors range, Garden Trends

Stir crazy

Perfect for serving Pimm’s City Bar jug and stirrer, £45, LSA International

Choose mesh furniture for a contemporary look Ala mesh extending table and eight chairs, £1,299, John Lewis

Gather round

Enjoy entertaining

Make time spent outdoors with family and friends extra special

Get a lead effect with fibreglass Trafalgar round planter, £184, The Chelsea Gardener

▼Lovely lantern Create a romantic evening glow Antique grey wood and linen lantern, £25, Very

In monochrome

This weatherproof cube makes a handy extra seat World Laguna pouffe, £149, Fab Habitat range, Wayfair

Keep warm on cool evenings Tabletop gel firepit, £95, Blomus range, Black By Design

Chic planter

Easy chair

Sip a sundowner in comfort Ariel lounging armchair, £250, John Lewis

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Have a slow day

When the sun’s out and the house is quiet, reclaim your garden with an easy afternoon of pottering, alfresco dining or simply sitting back and relaxing

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TAKE A SEAT Chilling out is all about the seating, so set it up in the sunniest spot, but make sure you have a parasol or move into the shade for the hottest part of the day. A few cushions on a rug gives you a whole new perspective on the world and if you have room for a hammock, you’ll be in heaven. GET GARDENING Even if you’re no Alan Titchmarsh, a few potted plants on the patio

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will cheer the place up, and you’ll enjoy it, so head to the garden centre. Watering is a relaxing activity, so drench the flowerbeds towards the end of the day and soak hanging baskets and pots, too. SET THE TABLE Whether you have a guest or you’re on your own, stop for lunch. Lay the table with cheery crockery and glassware, add a paper tablecloth and napkins, and take the time to linger over and enjoy your lunch. POTTER ABOUT It could be doing as little as simply deadheading flowers, sweeping the patio or refilling the bird feeders, but pottering around in your own space can be rejuvenating and might get

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you making a mental list of things that really need doing – another day. EASE INTO EVENING Pour a drink, put some snacks in bowls and turn on relaxing music. Fill a bucket with ice and water, and stock with bottled drinks, so all you have to do is reach down for a refill. Don’t forget to light the citronella candles to ward off annoying mozzies.

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MAKE A PEANUT BIRD FEEDER Thread a darning needle with a long piece of cotton and tie a knot at the end. Push the needle through peanut shells to make a string of nuts. Wind it around a wooden hoop until covered, then attach a string loop to hang it up. For needles, cotton thread and wooden hoops, try Hobbycraft. For monkey nuts for wild birds, try Johnston & Jeff

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Oxford II Bluetooth digital radio, £69.99, Goodmans

Top tip

A length of wallpaper makes a great disposable tablecloth


Outdoor chilling SUMMER LIVING

SUMMER MUST-HAVE

Keep mozzies at bay Striped citronella candle cans, ÂŁ29.95 for four, Nordic House

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Take it easy No stress, no rush‌ just time to sit back and relax with a good read or tackle an easy garden task An arbour makes a great spot for quiet relaxation Rosedale arbour, £249, Marks & Spencer

TIME TO CHILL

Bring cushions outside to make a comfy seat to enjoy a coffee

Your garden becomes an outdoor living room once you add a couple of luxurious loungers, an inviting hammock or a pergola seat with a view

Adding pretty touches to the shed is a fun mini project

Find garden benches, hammocks and loungers at John Lewis, Houseology, Neptune and Marks & Spencer

Top tip

Store outdoor cushions and throws in a basket by the back door Use a box to keep seeds in order of sowing season


Outdoor chilling SUMMER LIVING

Get the kids to turn spoons into plant labels

FUN

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USE OLD SPOONS AS LABELS If you’ve planted summer veg, these painted wooden spoons are a fun way to label them. Get the kids involved with this easy project – use acrylic paint and, when dry, cover with a layer of waterproof varnish. For unpainted wooden spoons, try Tesco. For acrylic paints and varnish, try Hobbycraft

CREATE A MINI POTTING SHED

MINI

Keep gardening essentials organised Colworth shed storage unit, £55, Garden Trading

3 OF THE BEST

Sun seeker

This wall unit is a clever way to store gardening bits and bobs, but you could make your own. Take an apple crate or similar slatted pallet and, using a piece of chalk, draw lines on the bottom of the crate to show how many sections you want to divide it into. Measure and cut pieces of MDF to fit the internal frame of the crate and position on the chalk lines. Check the MDF pieces are the same depth of the crate so they do not protrude. Secure the MDF in position with glue and screw each piece into position from the rear of the crate. When dry, you can stain or paint it. Position the crate against the wall and get someone to draw around it with chalk. Secure with the appropriate wall fixings.

make

Lounge around Adirondack chair, £325; side table, £95; both The White Company

CHILL-OUT CHAIRS EDITOR’S

choice

Easy chair

Sit back and read the paper Rattan chair in grey, £380, Bloomingville range, Out There Interiors

Hang loose

Gently swing underneath the branches of a large tree Spotty hammock chair, £79, Scandi Living

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Indulge yourself

Hot smoked salmon pâté SERVES 4 TAKES 10MIN ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼

120g smoked salmon 160g hot smoked salmon 200g half-fat crème fraîche 1tbsp horseradish sauce 1 lemon, zested ½ pack fresh dill, finely chopped Sliced seeded bread Rocket leaves, to serve Lemon wedges, to serve

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Enjoy a leisurely lunch outdoors with these delicious nibbles

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Put both types of smoked salmon into a food processor. Season well with black pepper, then blend to a chunky paste. Add the crème fraîche, horseradish sauce, lemon zest and dill. Pulse until combined. Toast the bread. Serve with the pâté, rocket and lemon wedges.

2 3 You could also use smoked mackerel

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A pot of mint tea MAKES 2 CUPS TAKES 15MIN

475ml water 5-10 fresh mint leaves Sugar or honey and lemon, to taste (optional)

1 2 3

Boil the water. Wash and tear the mint leaves, then put them in a warmed teapot. Pour the boiling water over the leaves and leave to steep for 5-10min. Sweeten to taste with sugar or honey, and a splash of fresh lemon juice. Remove the mint leaves before pouring.

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175g butter, softened 175g golden caster sugar 2 medium eggs 175g ground almonds 175g self-raising flour 1tsp ground cinnamon 500g strawberries, hulled and halved Icing sugar, for dusting

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Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F/Gas 4. Grease and line a 23cm-diameter loose-based tin. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and 2tbsp warm water. Mix in the almonds, flour and cinnamon. Spread half the mixture in the tin. Scatter most of the berries on top (reserve a few), then cover with the rest of the cake mixture and top with the remaining fruit. Bake for about 1hr 10min. Check after an hour, and if it’s getting too brown, cover with paper. Allow to cool, then dust with icing sugar before serving. 22 | JUNE 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

Quench your thirst with this refreshing tea

Strawberry cake

Serve this sweet cake warm with single cream

EASY

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Outdoor chilling SUMMER LIVING

Des res

Provide a home for local wildlife Nostalgia birdhouse, £9, The Orchard

Buzz off

Hang it up to keep pesky wasps at bay Glass wasp trap, £8.99, The Chelsea Gardener

EDITOR’S

choice Garden store

Tidy up

Keep seed packets safe and dry in this smart tin Seed tin, £12, Sophie Allport

A chic way to stop your garden twine getting tangled Garden twine dispenser and scissors, £18, MiaFleur

Escape to the garden

Create your very own outdoor haven for some serious relaxation ▼ Trio of pots

Grand stand

Display potted plants in style Plant stand in cream, £78.95, MiaFleur

These planters have a rustic feel Galvanised planters, £50 for three, Garden Trading

Keep track

▼ Take note

Jot down your planting and gardening inspiration ‘Genius ideas’ garden notebook, £3.50, The Oak Room

Dine out with this country-style set Dahlia dining table and six chairs, £999, Marks & Spencer

Carry all

Add a name or special message to this wooden trug Personalised garden trug, £29.95, Plantabox

Identify plants with these pretty wooden labels Rosa Chinensis plant labels, £7.95 for six, Annabel James

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GROW FRESH HERBS Nothing adds fragrance and flavour to dishes like fresh herbs picked from the garden. Plant in a sunny border or in pots by the back door and snip off a sprig or two as you need them. Try your local garden centre for mature pots of parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme and bay leaves; they make a useful starter set if you haven’t grown herbs before.

SPRUCE UP BEDS

Give your outdoor space a speedy makeover for summer. Remedy fading flowerbeds with mature bedding plants, fill gaps with plants in pots, trim hedges and lawns, and tie up any straggling climbers. Just add a new set of table and chairs, and you’re ready to enjoy the view Gloucester bistro set, £320 for a table and four chairs; Pink floral vase, £18; Folklore jug, £22.50; both At Home with Ashley Thomas range; all Debenhams

Add flavour to meals with freshly cut herbs

Make your garden grow Is your outside space in need of some TLC? These easy planting and styling projects will have it looking its best in no time

STYLE

FAKE IT Instant

Daisy spiral (H112cm), £49, Bloom

garden greenery comes courtesy of brilliantly life-like artificial plants, which are just the thing to make an impression in a front garden, or to dress up a balcony or patio. No watering required, and it’s fun to see who spots the imposters first.

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MAKE A MARK Pebble markers are a smart way of labelling pots of herbs. Cover a few large stones in black paint, then use a small brush dipped in white or cream masonry paint to write on each plant name.

Keep your herb garden organised

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Cut flowers aren’t just for indoors, they look the part in a garden setting, too. For impact, stick to a few colours and use vases or jugs of different heights. Tie small posies with string at the base so they splay outwards and pop a single stem, such as an allium, in a vase on its own. Group the vases together on a tray to create a table centrepiece.

3 OF THE BEST

BEDDING PLANTS

ARRANGE A CUT FLOWER DISPLAY

Lobelia erinus ‘Light Blue’

Plant in pots or baskets and enjoy masses of dainty blue blooms throughout summer

CREATE A WINDOW BOX Upcycle a vintage crate into a window box. Line the crate with plastic sheeting so it doesn’t leak, then fill with compost and mix in some slowrelease fertiliser. Fill with your chosen plants and water well.

Antirrhinum majus ‘Madame Butterfly’

This snapdragon has unusual rose-like, double flowers that bloom from May to August

Bright Pink watering can, £14.99, Dobbies

Top tip

Plant gladioli bulbs now for a late-summer show of colour

Prettify old plant pots

Laurentia ‘Avant Garde’

Boost the front of your borders or patio pots with mounds of delicate pink or blue flowers that last well into autumn

Create a display of vibrant colour for a windowsill

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MAKE FLOWER BASKETS LAST

Baskets need to be watered daily or even twice a day when it’s hot, so mix water-retaining gel crystals in with your compost to halve your watering. Give your flowers a weekly boost of nutrients with an organic plant food, such as liquid seaweed. Remove spent leaves and blooms a couple of times a week to encourage growth of more flowers. Fix a colourful shelving unit to the side of a shed

SET UP A POTTING TABLE

A console with a zinc surface is ideal as a potting table, but any small wooden unit will do – just make sure it’s treated with preservative. Store small tools and packets of seeds in drawers, and stack pots and watering cans on a shelf underneath so they’re always to hand For a similar potting table, try the Aldsworth, £280, Garden Trading

STYLE

idea

USE LOTS OF POTS Brighten up an old shelving unit with a coat of outdoor paint in an uplifting shade and some decorative metal edging. Plant white violas in small galvanised pots and line them up to create a simple, unified display. 26 | JUNE 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

BUILD AN ETAGERE

Turn an old stepladder into a shelf unit for potted plants with just a few wooden boards. Sand the ladder, then give it two coats of specialist outdoor paint. Coat the boards in the same colour and use them to display a mix of plants in pots, crates and watering cans. Ladder painted in Mockingbird Blue, from £28.99 for 2.5ltr, Sadolin Garden Colours range, Homebase

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Use a ladder to make your own display shelves


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FURNISH YOUR GARDEN WITH FLOWERS For an inexpensive display idea, recycle an old chest of drawers as a home for plants. Use leftover outdoor paint to perk up the sides and top of the unit, then paint the drawers in different colours. Fill the drawers with potted plants to create a two-tier display. REUSE

PLANT UP QUIRKY CONTAINERS

When it comes to whimsical planters, there are no limits. Try using an old teapot, boots, paint tins and baskets. Hardy plants that need little attention, such as geraniums, are ideal for this – just be sure to water them regularly.

Turn old cans into hanging plant pots

outside

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make GET CREATIVE WITH CANS

Painted empty tin cans make a good home for cyclamens. Spray the cans with a waterresistant paint and leave to dry, then pierce the bottom of the cans (for drainage) and on opposite sides of the top edge. Thread metal wire through the top holes and make a handle to hang the cans on a trellis.

Upcycle an unwanted drawer unit by filling it with bold blooms

Petal print secateurs, £7.99, HomeSense

For similar spray paint, try the PlastiKote Outdoor paint, £6.66 for 400ml, Amazon.co.uk

3 OF THE BEST

BASKET BLOOMS

Pelargonium ‘Imperial Butterfly’

A naturally bushy plant with white and pink flowers, and lemon-scented leaves

Verbena ‘Sissinghurst’

The lovely deep-pink blooms will trail beautifully over baskets. Keep deadheading for a long-lasting display

Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Red Devil’

These are like tiny trailing scarlet petunias and produce masses of flowers

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▼ Tray chic

Folds flat, so it’s easy to carry indoors or out Butlers tray table in grey, MiaFleur

▼ Table talk

Use as a side table for a garden party Maryd tray table in green, Ikea

£799

£64

£45 Smart weave

A stylish rattan set including two seats, a table and cushion box Aruba four-seater rattan corner set, Very

Copper accent

Touch of brass

£30

Light up your outdoor area on balmy evenings Brass lantern, Idyll Home

A budget buy with a nautical-style rope handle Copper lantern, Matalan

£15

EDITOR’S

▼ Lounge lover

choice

£225

Soak up the sun on this elegant adjustable lounger Naples sunlounger, John Lewis

Ideal v great deal Find all the essentials you’ll need for summer, at a price to suit every budget

Weather resistant

This UV-proof cushion won’t fade in the sun Torre cushion (50cm sq), Indian Ocean

Bright touch

Add colour outdoors with this bold polycotton design Global Paradise cushion (40cm sq), Homebase

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£9.99

£149

Bathing beauty

This teak alternative is also great for sunbathing Parsons sunlounger, Out & Out Original

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£150


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STYLE

idea

Tilt action

£350

Lets you set the shade at any angle Glatz Alu Twist umbrella, Riverside

£240

Easy up

A crank handle makes it easy to open the shade Zola parasol and base, Habitat

Cosy combo

This chic grey corner combination comes with a coffee table Nebraska corner sofa set, Dunelm

▼ Seaside stripes With comfy armrests Armchair, Southsea Deckchairs range, Houseology

£110

£138

Quick fire

£3,299

A hi-tech model with four burners and a smoker box Summit S 470 GBS gas barbecue, Weber

Top tip

£479 £29.99

Hot stuff

The grillstream cooking system stops flare-ups Four burner deluxe gas barbecue, John Lewis

Opt for a barbecue with side shelves so there’s space to rest plates

Lined up

A simple, adjustable deckchair design Stripe deckchair, Argos

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Take a seat Whether you need a secluded spot to relax in or an extra work space, there’s a summerhouse to suit your needs

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ummerhouses are usually thought of as places to relax in and enjoy the garden, but these days, we’re just as likely to use this extra room for entertaining, as a work space or as a kids’ play area. The off-thepeg designs available now are miles away from the ramshackle sheds of old, and they’ll add a new dimension to your garden. SMART DESIGNS Before you buy, consider how you will use your summerhouse and which style is best for your needs. Designs range from gazebos and

super-sheds to full-on garden rooms. Most self-assembly summerhouses don’t need planning permission or to comply with building regulations, but always check with your local authority that larger models are acceptable under current permitted development guidelines. ARBOUR SEATS If your garden is too small for a summerhouse, opt for an arbour seat, so you can still sit and enjoy the view. Many arbours incorporate a trellis so you can train climbers over them to create a pretty focal point.

ENJOY SUNNY DAYS

ADD A SIDE SHED

This clever design of roomy summerhouse and side shed is a winning combination. It’s made from 12mm-thick tongue-andgroove board, with one styrene window and two bifold doors. Self-assembly is required. Contemporary summerhouse with side shed (H210cm x W311cm x D241cm), £1,100, Waltons

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Top tip

Always check planning rules

A hexagonal design made of tongue-andgroove cladding with a felt roof. Double doors and leaded windows open to the air and there are two window boxes for displaying pretty plants. Selfassembly is required. Mercia Buttermere summerhouse (H282cm x W286cm x D204cm), £1,200, Tesco Direct


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SIT IN A CORNER

This corner-hugging design has an apex roof, two fully glazed doors and two full-length side windows. It requires self-assembly. Berkshire Highworth summerhouse, (H240cm x W332cm x D240cm), £800, Shedstore

CREATE A SANCTUARY

Escape from it all to this exclusive summerhouse made in Norfolk from FSC-certified redwood. It features elegant leaded windows, a shingle roof and comes in four colours. Assembly is included. Round pavilion summerhouse in Sage (H335cm x W300cm x D300cm), £7,799, Crane range, John Lewis

KEEP IT SIMPLE

A straightforward yet stylish model with a felt roof and glazed doors made with toughened glass. It comes unpainted and needs assembly. Shiplap timber summerhouse (H211cm x W205cm x D155cm), £342, Lumley range, B&Q

3 OF THE BEST

ARBOUR SEATS

EDITOR’S

choice Steeple style

Curved beauty

Ideal for sprawling climbing plants Victoria (H199cm x W134cm x D80cm), £250, Rowlinson range, Wickes

Includes under-seat storage Winchester (H211cm x W137cm x D69cm), £399, Rowlinson range, Homebase

Cosy corner seat

Fits into any right-angled corner Solway wooden corner arbour, (H250cm x W173cm x D173cm), £362, B&Q

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Outdoor makeover SUMMER LIVING

5 garden quick fixes

Give a tired garden a boost with these easy DIY style ideas

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PAINT YOUR WOODWORK

A sure-fire way to perk up your garden is to give outdoor woodwork a fresh lick of colour. Protek’s range of wood stains includes waterbased timber coatings, stains and preservatives that are perfect for use on sheds, fences and garden furniture. They contain organic pigments and an enriching formula which dries to a plant- and animal-safe finish, so they are environmentally friendly. Choose from a wide range of colours, from soft off-whites to vibrant hues.

Brighten up outbuildings Somerset Blue Royal Exterior Wood Finish, £36.99 for 2.5ltr, Protek

PUT DOWN GRAVEL Smarten up a patch of scrubby ground by laying gravel, decorative stones or chippings on top of a weed suppressant membrane.

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Gravel is ideal for hiding a patchy lawn

Make your garden appear larger Chippenham outdoor mirror, £200, Laura Ashley

Diall Gravel (20mm) large bag, £3, B&Q

3

WASH AND GO

Using a pressure washer is the quickest way to tackle grubby patios, slimy decking and grotty garden furniture. This model will guide you through its programmes, making it easy to choose the correct pressure for each task. It comes with a three-year warranty and two attachments: a dirt blaster spray lance and a vario power spray lance. K4 Full Control pressure washer, £220, Kärcher

STYLE

idea

Zone an area for entertaining Stripe Everywhere Eco rug (L135cm x W75cm), £49.95, Myakka

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TAKE A RUG OUTSIDE

The reversible outdoor rugs at Myakka are just the thing for your garden. Made from PET recycled bottles, they are hard-wearing enough to put beneath furniture and soft enough to sit on for a picnic. They’re also super easy to care for – just use a vacuum or hose.

5

HANG A MIRROR

Add some wow factor to your garden with an oversized mirror. It’ll reflect sunlight and, if positioned cleverly, can make your garden seem larger than it really is. Traditional outdoor mirrors can be heavy and must be secured to the wall with the correct fixings, while modern acrylic mirrors are lighter and come in a variety of styles. Go a step further and fake the look of a garden gate in a wall or hedge with an illusion mirror.

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Shopping directory

Source everything you need to revamp your garden at these stockists = MAIL ORDER AVAILABLE

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Amara 0800 587 7645; amara.com Amazon.co.uk amazon.co.uk Annabel James 0845 548 0210; annabeljames.co.uk Argos 0345 640 3030; argos.co.uk Armadilloware armadilloware.co.uk B&Q 0333 014 3098; diy.com Black By Design 01889 502716; black-by-design.co.uk Bloom 0844 482 2332; bloom.uk.com Chelsea Gardener (The) 020 7352 5656; chelseagardener.com Debenhams 0344 561 6161; debenhams.com Dobbies 0131 561 6406; dobbies.com Dotcomgiftshop 020 8746 2473; dotcomgiftshop.com Dunelm 0345 165 6565; dunelm-mill.com Early Learning Centre 0871 231 3511; elc.co.uk Etsy etsy.com Flamingo Gifts 01539 737535; flamingogifts.co.uk Garden Trading 0845 608 4448; gardentrading.co.uk Garden Trends 0118 380 0381; gardentrends.co.uk George Home 0800 952 3003; george.com Goodmans 0844 412 2541; goodmans.co.uk Habitat 0344 499 4686; habitat.co.uk H&M 0344 736 9000; hm.com

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Hobbycraft 0330 026 1400; hobbycraft.co.uk Homebase 0345 077 8888; homebase.co.uk HomeSense 01923 473561; homesense.com House of Fraser 0345 602 1073; houseoffraser.co.uk Houseology 0330 363 0330; houseology.com Idyll Home 01270 812717; idyllhome.co.uk Ikea 020 3645 0000; ikea.com Indian Ocean 020 8675 4808; indian-ocean.co.uk Jessops 0800 083 3113; jessops.com John Lewis 0345 604 9049; johnlewis.com Johnston & Jeff 01430 449444; johnstonandjeff.co.uk K채rcher 01295 752000; kaercher.com/uk Laura Ashley 03332 008009; lauraashley.com LSA International lsa-international.com Luck & Luck 01752 881930; luckandluck.co.uk Made.com 0344 257 1888; made.com Marks & Spencer 0333 014 8000; marksandspencer.com Matalan 0333 004 4444; matalan.co.uk MiaFleur 0116 298 6393; miafleur.com Molly Meg 07971 691327; molly-meg.co.uk Myakka 0345 460 3122; myakka.co.uk Neptune 01793 427427; neptune.com

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Shop for garden furniture and tableware to entertain outside

Next 0333 777 8000; next.co.uk Nordic House 01872 223220; nordichouse.co.uk Notonthehighstreet.com 0345 259 1359; notonthehighstreet.com Oak Room (The) 01992 501040; oakroomshop.co.uk Orchard (The) 0845 643 0363; theorchardhomeandgifts.com Out & Out Original 0344 417 1419; outandoutoriginal.com Out There Interiors 020 8099 7443; outthereinteriors.com Party Pieces 01635 201844; partypieces.co.uk Personal Projector 0845 121 8800; personalprojector.co.uk Plantabox 01392 829977; plantabox.com Protek 01749 344697; protekwoodstain.co.uk

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Stockists SUMMER LIVING

GARDEN CENTRES ▼

Find a local garden centre or shop online at these stores

DOBBIES (0131 561 6406; dobbies.com) With 35 stores nationwide, Dobbies sells a wide range of gardening supplies, while online there’s lots of advice for every level of gardener.

HILLIER (01403 210113; hillier.co.uk) Founded in 1864, Hillier has a network of 13 garden centres in the south of England. Its online shop sells a selection of plants and gardening supplies.

NOTCUTTS (0344 879 4166; notcutts.co.uk) Established in 1897, this familyowned group has 18 garden centres, each with a team of horticultural experts. It stocks everything from seeds to sheds.

SQUIRES (01252 356860; squiresgardencentres.co.uk) As well as having 15 garden centres in the south of England, Squires also grows roses and perennials in its own nurseries.

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Riverside 01992 514778; riversidegardencentre.co.uk Sainsbury’s 0800 636262; sainsburys.co.uk Scandi Living 01428 608050; scandiliving.com Shedstore 0333 003 0518; shedstore.co.uk Sophie Allport 01778 560256; sophieallport.com Tesco 0800 323 4040; tesco.com Tesco Direct 0800 323 4050; tesco.com/direct

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Very 0844 822 2321; very.co.uk Waltons 0800 014 2333; waltons.co.uk Wayfair 0800 169 0423; wayfair.co.uk Weber 01756 692611; weberbbq.co.uk White Company (The) 020 3758 9222; thewhitecompany.com Wickes 0330 123 4123; wickes.co.uk Wilko 0800 032 9329; wilko.com

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