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Hi there! SUMMER FUN Revamp your outdoor space with some of the latest accessories, learn how to clash colours, and be inspired by our DIY garden updates – all before sitting down to a tasty dinner from one of our recipe ideas!

As I write, the sun is shining, the birds are tweeting and there’s a gentle breeze flowing through the door. I’m sat in my conservatory, soaking up the sunshine – our great British summer is on its way. And a good job, too, as this issue we’ve filled our pages with plenty to get your garden ready for alfresco dining, entertaining with friends or simply enjoying a good book. Head to page 53 and pick out an on-trend look for your outdoors. Plus, this issue’s Style School (p63) is full of gardening hints, including tips from Charlie Dimmock. Or if your conservatory needs a makeover, take inspiration from Georgia’s pretty floral and yellow scheme (p74), and be sure to invest in a new patio set (p78). If you’re thinking about revamping your kitchen but don’t want the expense, our accessory ideas on page 106 will give your room a lift for less than £90. We loved Stylist at Home Charlotte’s kitchen (p40) so much, we popped it on the cover. It just shows what a coat of paint can do to your cabinets. Speaking of paint, why don’t you give your front door a cheerful makeover by painting it a fresh colour – we’ve got three looks on page 58 for you to try. Finally, I’d love to see your ideas, so send me photos of your home and you could feature in a future issue. Happy styling!

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Inspiring homes & room makeovers

Stylish musthave finds at high-street prices

Weekend projects, DIY advice & styling tips

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

25+ quick and easy recipes on a budget

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

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

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THIS MONTH’S PINBOARD Things to see and what to do this June

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WIN A DOOR FROM SAFECHOICE A Meridian door worth £2,000 could be yours

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12 Refresh your home with the latest must-haves

PLANTS OFFER 48 pretty lavender plants

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‘MY HOME IS BRIGHT, LIKE A RAINBOW’ Retro furnishings and a riot of colour bring Sophie Crocket’s interior to life

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‘WE’VE MADE THIS HOUSE OUR OWN’ Crafty upcycling and bargain buys helped Laurie Reay transform her stop-gap home

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‘WE REVAMPED OUR HOME ON A BUDGET’ Charlotte Valentine couldn’t wait to put her own stamp on her house

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STYLIST’S SECRETS Alfresco dining ideas

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‘OUR STRIKING TILES MAKE A BIG STATEMENT’ Llinos Roberts created a modern bathroom to suit family life

‘WE NOW USE THIS SPACE ALL YEAR ROUND’ Georgia Field brightened up her conservatory in a single weekend

100 ‘MY INDUSTRIAL KITCHEN WAS INSPIRED BY NEW YORK’ Rustic details and copper accents have brought some Big Apple-style into Maxine Brady’s kitchen

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THE £35 EDIT Our high-street best buys STATEMENT SIDEBOARDS Add some extra storage space to suit your scheme

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WOOD PIECES Choose intricate wooden homewares for a classic but unique look

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CHIC TEAPOTS Pop the kettle on and treat yourself to one of these cute designs

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BRING YOUR GARDEN BACK TO LIFE Four schemes to overhaul your outdoors

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PATIO SET Alfresco garden furniture that looks great all summer long

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27 WAYS TO GET TROPICAL Think exotic climates and fresh foliage

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MINT & METALLICS Mix copper and pale green accessories for a spa-like bathroom

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INSTANT UPDATES FOR THE KITCHEN Makeover ideas for your hub of the home

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WHERE TO SHOP Get the details here 10 UNDER £10 Budget-friendly finds

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See how Stylist at Home Georgia brought sunshine into her conservatory

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CLASHING COLOURS Mix and match contrasting shades for an out-there look

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DE-CLUTTER WITH HIDDEN STORAGE Be inspired by our space-saving solutions

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LOOK WHAT YOU STYLED Our favourite revamp projects on Instagram this month

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BUILD ON YOUR LAND Add value to your property with a stylish outbuilding

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THREE WAYS TO FIX UP… A FRONT DOOR Give your house some kerb appeal

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STYLE SCHOOL: SUMMER UPDATES FOR THE GARDEN Head outdoors and get your garden looking lush

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DRESS YOUR BATHROOM WINDOWS Refresh your windows with these ideas

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STYLIST’S SECRETS Go all-out tropical

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HOME SAVER Common DIY dilemmas, plus handy apps for coping with clutter

DECORATE WITH PASTELS Cook up a candy-coloured theme in your kitchen

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89 Get a designer look for just a fraction of the cost

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RETRO FABRIC LAMPSHADE Create a colourful shade with our bright idea

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BUTTERFLY BUNTING Add charm to a kid’s bedroom with our crafty make

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PASTEL CHEST OF DRAWERS Upcycle a tired cabinet with decoupage and paint

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GET CREATIVE IN THE GARDEN Four nifty DIY tasks to update your outdoors

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PAINTED CUSHIONS Get a high-end look for less with our cushion makeover project

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REVAMPS AT HOME Don’t throw out old furniture – give it a new lease of life

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STYLIST’S SECRETS Update old spoons

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SERVE UP TEA IN STYLE Scrumptious cakes and tasty treats for afternoon tea

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TAKE A PACK OF …couscous. We’ve four yummy dinner ideas for you to try

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QUICK & EASY MEALS in just 30 minutes BUSY COOK’S SHOPPING LIST Small on ingredients, but big on flavour TASTY TREAT Raspberry meringue stack

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Meet the team

Every issue, we have a little extra help, thanks to our six Stylists at Home. Meet them here and find their comments in the magazine… Cat Dal

Shannon Sloan

ABOUT ME I’m 32 and I own a top-floor split-level flat in north London with my fiance Stuart, 32. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM? It has to be the kitchen-diner. This area is the heart of our home thanks to the large industrial table teamed with stylish, low-hanging Tom Dixon pendant lights, a fig tree, and walls painted in a rich green.

Katie Budd

ABOUT ME I’m 39 and I live with my daughter Shannon, 4, in a threebedroom 1950s semi in Birmingham. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM? I love mine and my daughter’s rooms, as they’re both colourful and cosy. The colour palette is very soft and welcoming, and I’ve upcycled all the furniture myself, which gives both rooms a nice personal touch.

Debbie Bennett

ABOUT ME I’m 40 and I live with my husband Graham, 39, in a one-bedroom house in Hertfordshire. WHAT’S THE LAST THING YOU BOUGHT FOR YOUR HOME? I got the Allie storage stool from Habitat. As space is important in a small house, it’s a great way to store kitchen towels, and it also provides an extra seat for guests.

ABOUT ME I’m 49 and own a four-bedroom 1930s detached in Wirral with my husband Paul, 53. WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR DECORATING IDEAS? Having a passion for interior design, I read a lot of magazines, visit decorating shops, and am always on the lookout for inspiration, be it from friends, shops, homes – anywhere!

Rachel Robinson

Alix Roberts

ABOUT ME I’m 44 and I live with my husband Rick, 45, and our son Tomos, 7, in a three-bedroom 1980s detached house in Birmingham. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM? I prefer a country theme even though we live in a modern house, so I love my kitchen with its Shaker units, blue painted walls, and retro accessories – including a pink Smeg fridge!

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

ABOUT ME I’m 30 and I live with my husband, Richard, 30, in a four-bed Victorian terraced house in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM? It has to be our living room. I based the whole scheme on a G-Plan coffee table I inherited. The room is painted in dove grey and Orla Kiely cushions add pops of colour.

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WE’VE GOT MAIL ‘I was fed up with my boring under-stairs toilet, so I decided to give the room a bit of a revamp. I bought the logs wallpaper on eBay and the Austrian theme evolved from there – it’s our own little nod towards our skiing holidays. The decorating only took two days to finish and was as cheap as chips!’

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This month… Like us on Facebook and share your style tips, makeovers and crafty projects. Here’s one of our most recent posts – ideas for creating an alfresco dining setting for you and your family.

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QUICK GARDEN UPDATES

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@MRS KNIEF These cute floral dining chairs ooze country charm!

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Hang a string of outdoor festoon lights above your patio or decking to create an inviting space where you can enjoy warm summer evenings. Use reclaimed bricks or stones to lay a path through your lawn for a pretty yet handy focal point. Transform an old wooden pallet into a quirky rustic planter or display stand for potted plants. Welcome wildlife into your garden by hanging up a bird house or bee hotel, and remember to keep bird baths topped up with fresh water. Try sprucing up your courtyard or decking with a stylish patterned outdoor rug for a splash of colour.

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PINBOARD

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REFRESH YOUR DECOR

Be inspired Can’t decide on the right shade of paint? Download the My Room Painter app by Crown Paints to help you visualise how your room will look before opening the tin. Available for Apple and Android via Amazon.

With summer just around the corner, give your home a seasonal update with a cheerful palette and playful accessories. Mix pastel hues with fuchsia for a bold look and introduce floral, butterfly or polka-dot prints, too. Our Pinterest page has summer decorating ideas at pinterest.com/ styleathomemag

THIS MONTH’S

TWEET RETREAT Bird house, £1, Poundland

pinboard Our round-up of what to do, where to go and what to look out for this month

FEATURE CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPHS TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM

TRY NEW THINGS Head to your local Hobbycraft store to join in with a crafts workshop and try your hand at a new skill. With free activities and inspirational demonstrations taking place every weekend, as well as paid classes, there’s something to suit every creative talent! Whether you’re keen to join in with the Knit and Natter session or want to explore the art of calligraphy, check out your local store’s page at hobbycraft.co.uk to see what’s taking place in your area.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY The Art and Antiques Fair returns to London Olympia from 27 June until 3 July, with 160 antiques, furniture, artwork and jewellery dealers. Tickets £15 in advance, £20 on the door, olympia-art-antiques.com

IT’S A SIGN Hanging sign, £1, Poundland

WISE BUY Owl ornament, £1, Poundland

POT LUCK Hanging metal bucket, £1, Poundland

SPELL IT OUT Printed ‘Love’ pots, £1, Poundland

GREEN FINGERS Celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock has launched a brand-new range of gardening products exclusively at Poundland this season. With over 130 products, from hand tools to decorative signs, all at the famous £1 price, the range is affordable for all. Head to your local store to check out the collection.

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TRUE BLUE Pom pom cushion, £8

NEAT IDEA Wire storage set, £10 for two

HANG IT Bamboo wind chimes, £6

GEORGE TOTALLY TROPICAL Pineapple vase, £10

Exotic climes Ad dd a quirky touch with South American-inspired finds RETRO KITSCH

BIRD COOL Framed parrot trinket, £8

ANIMAL MAGIC

LIGHT UP

Alpaca ornament, £6

Wire lantern, £4

The £35 EDIT Shopping Editor Laurie has searched the high street and online for this month’s brilliant home buys – all £35 or less PLATE UP Floral melamine dinner plate, £4

VINTAGE LOOK

GET BAKING 2-tier cake stand, £15

Want it now!

BRIGHTEN UP TEA TIMES WITH THESE CUTE AND COLOURFUL HEART-SHAPED SPOONS Heart teaspoons, £19 for four, Oliver Bonas

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HANDLE IT

TAKE A SIP

Double oven gloves, £12.50

Wine glass, £3.50

MARKS & SPENCER

Pretty picnic Pack up and head outdoors with this elegant Spring Blooms set

FLORAL FANCY Dinner plate, £4; side plate, £3.50; bowl, £3.50


SHOPPING

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ON THE WILD SIDE Parrot plate, £3; pineapple vase, £10; cushions, from £7 each; Parrot vase, £10; monkey ornament, £12, all George

ART DECO STYLE SILVER TOUCH Expoxy photo frame, £15

3 of the best PHOTO FRAMES Display your fave pic in a fab surround from Paperchase IN THE ROUND Madame Romantica photo frame, £15

TRIBAL FEEL Serengeti Aztec photo frame, £12

BRIGHT IDEAS Fluorescent floral decorations, from £4 each; Decadent Decs Fluro range, from £1.50 each

FLY THE FLAG Floral oversized fabric bunting, £10

Stylists at Home

SO PINK

TALKING TABLES

My favourite buys Throw a party – it’s the perfect excuse to use these neon decs! FRUITY FINDS

KATIE SAYS ‘Just changing cushions and accessories can give your room a whole new look, and adding pops of bright colour gives a great summer feel.’

Fluorescent giraffe, £11

ROAR! Fluorescent rhino, £11

Pineapple honeycombs, £8.50 for a set of three

CARRY ON LAP IT UP

Floral melamine tray, £11

Floral duo napkins, £5

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PRETTY PRINTS Cushions, from £12; blue ridged tall vase, £25; white wooden lantern, £29, all Lorraine at Home by JD Williams

CORNER Celebrate summer with these feel-good designs

SEE THE LIGHT TOP TRIO

Brackley pendant light, £15

Set of three vases, £25

JD WILLIAMS

Psst… new launch!

WARM WELCOME

Steal TV presenter Lorraine Kelly’s style with her first homewares range

Hello Summer cushion, £12, Bhs

BEAK COOL! Printed duck cushion, £12

SPELL IT OUT Home is Where You Are cushion, £7.99, New Look

IN THE CLEAR

FOR ANIMAL LOVERS

Brackley table lamp, £29

HOW TWEET! Bird & Rose book box, £6.95, Live

ON MY RADAR

Sweet birds Go all a-flutter over these beautiful buys

THINK POSITIVE Good Day printed cushion, £5, Primark

JOT DOWN TWIT TWOO Thornback & Peel apron, £25, Amara

Bird notebook, £4, The Contemporary Home

PERSONAL SPACE This is My Happy Place cushion, £17, Coastal Home

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

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LINE ’EM UP Jars, from £3.95, Dotcomgiftshop

LOVE BIRDS

SOFT TOUCH

CUTE CHICK

Birds cushion, £12, Next

Wooden bird, £7, At No 67 Concept Store

Birdhouse light, £35, Next


SHOPPING

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DEFY GRAVITY

SLEEP IN STYLE

Geo A3 print, £14, Yesiwood at Etsy

Boskke sky planter, £13.95, A Splash of Colour

Painted Geo bed set, from £35, Next

DEBENHAMS

Summer garden

STAY SNUG Supersoft throw, £25, Debenhams

Decorate your outside space with these smart accessories

BE ON TREND

GENTLE GLOW Diamond lanterns, from £25 each

Stylists at Home

SHINE ON Metallic hurricane candle light, £26

FEATURE LAURIE DAVIDSON

Buy it, style it! PUT YOUR WHITE CROCKERY AWAY AND LIVEN THINGS UP BY MIXING DIFFERENT COLOURS AND PATTERNS TOGETHER Plates, tumblers and bowls, from £5, Habitat

ALIX SAYS ‘I would use these diamond lanterns to make a DIY terrarium, planting small cactuses in soil and adding some pebbles for decoration.’

COSY UP Retreat Eloise cushion, £18

FAKE IT Faux plant, £25

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STYLIST’S HOME

‘My home is bright

LIKE A RAINBOW’ Stylist at Home Sophie, 34, used retro accessories, vibrant shades and clever tricks to create her dream home MASH-UP.

MY HOME...

‘The trick with retro decorating is to not stick to one era. I’ve mixed 1950s, 60s and 70s in my living room’

ABOUT ME I’m Sophie Crocket, 34, and I run Pineapple Retro, which sells original vintage homewares. I live with my partner Paul Barnes, 37, who works in IT, and our guinea pigs Ed and Dave. MY HOME A two-bedroom 1980s end-of-terrace with a conservatory extension in the New Forest. We bought it in October 2014.

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WHEN I BOUGHT IT It was painted throughout in magnolia with very neutral carpets, dark brickwork in the conservatory, and peach and terracotta tiles in the kitchen. AND NOW We’ve painted the conservatory brickwork in white and brightened the rooms with favourite pieces, including my giant, purple velvet sofa. We turned the second bedroom into an office and built a studio in the garden to use as a showroom. STYLE TIP Mix old and new with confidence. Choose pieces that add colour, personality and humour, and don’t be afraid to use bright shades and patterns that clash – be brave! And surround yourself with pieces that make you smile.

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here was a very simple reason for buying this house,’ says Sophie. ‘It was the only one that was big enough to fit my purple sofa into! I got the sofa before I’d even begun to view properties. But I had other requirements, too, and despite being plain, square and modern, this house fulfilled them all. I needed storage for my retro furniture and finds, so the garage was a huge bonus,

and I wanted a garden with space for a studio displaying my stock, and rear access for customers, although they usually arrive at the front door and walk through the living room and kitchen. This means that everywhere has to look good all the time, which isn’t difficult as I’ve been collecting vintage and retro pieces since I was a child. Having grown up with a grandma whose 1960s house was carpeted in peacock blue, and filled with furniture by G Plan or


STYLE TIP

‘Hang multicoloured artwork and pick out their hues in your furnishings to tie all the different shades together’

Make it Try our easy lampshademaking guide! PAGE 26

COLOUR BURST ‘My purple sofa was £900 from eBay, but for one just like it, you could try the Louis sofa bed, £1,800, from Habitat’

Danish designers, I decided to recreate the interiors I’d loved since I was young.

Getting started After moving in, the first thing I did was to paint the brickwork in the conservatory. This immediately created more light, plus it provided a fabulous backdrop for my sideboard and coloured glass collection. Because my partner Paul and I both needed a place where we can work from

home, we decided to turn the second bedroom into an office. In order to make sure we had enough space and didn’t distract each other, we came up with the idea of having “his and hers” ends, each with our own feature wall. I painted mine in what I like to think of as “Kermit green” and Paul chose a bright yellow shade. When he moved in, Paul brought his Playmobil collection with him and I have my Lego one, so we’ve displayed those

in the office, too, along with a Formica desk each, to keep up the vintage vibe.

Making a compromise In some ways our tastes are similar, although we differ in others. Paul prefers wooden furniture, so we added a 1960s teak sideboard in the living room, and more pieces are gradually creeping in. Because we both work and don’t have a lot of time or money to change things

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STYLE TIP

‘Use cube shelving and bright, interesting pieces to turn an awkward space into a display area for your finds’

RAINBOW BRIGHT ‘From large items like the shelving unit to smaller pieces such as the hooks, adding bright hues has created interest here’

around, we’ve tried to live with what’s here already, therefore the main palette and personality in the house have had to come from the things we’ve put in it. I think that if you have a lot to look at, it makes your space feel more personal and I like the idea that as little of the decor is fixed to the walls, we can just move things around when we fancy a change. This is quite practical, as customers often spot items as they’re walking through the house and want to buy them, so it helps that I’m not too precious about many items!.

Open space Our plan is to change the whole kitchen one day, so we started by knocking out a window between the kitchen and the conservatory, because I felt it wasn’t serving any purpose at all and just getting in the way. First, I asked a builder friend to check that it wasn’t supporting anything and then decided to take the window out myself, with a hammer. I thought that if you put enough masking tape on the glass

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CAT SAYS ‘Sophie’s style is very playful and bold. If you’re inspired to re-create this look, make sure you invest in good storage options, as having a lot of bold decorations might make your space feel a little cluttered.’

pane, like people used to do during air raids, it would come out in one piece, but that isn’t true – it went everywhere! Weeks later I was still sweeping up bits of stray glass, although the effect on the two rooms was amazing and they both feel nicer now. I can now see my collection of Scandinavian and Italian glass. I’m a great believer in re-spraying items to give them a new personality. I have a huge array of colourful paints, which I use to freshen up lamp bases and bits of furniture, such as our bed, which was plain white before I gave it a whole new look by spraying it orange. I also have a giant fabric collection and use pieces from that to refresh things, making cushions or lampshades myself. The standard lamp in the sitting room is a great example of this – the fabric dates from the 1960s and the base is a 1950s one I bought recently in a car-boot sale for £5. Sometimes it’s hard to get enough vintage fabric for a decent set of big curtains (which we needed for our

POTS OF COLOUR ‘My vintage pots and pans make a real impact in the kitchen’


STYLIST’S HOME

3 style buys ROUND ABOUT Embroidered round folk cushion, £19, Made

Love it ORANGE ACCENTS

‘The kitchen isn’t my style but while we save up to change it, I’ve brightened it with modern and retro accessories’

IN THE RED Yala small vase, £65, Habitat

DREAMY GREEN Slumber rug, from £49.99, Dunelm

‘KEEP CHANGING THINGS AROUND – SEEING YOUR BEAUTIFUL PIECES IN NEW PLACES MEANS YOU’LL ALWAYS APPRECIATE THEM’

GROWING SUCCESS ‘We added a kitchen garden, making planters from old wooden packing crates we found in a skip – the vintage apple crates, £14, Hen & Hammock, are a match’

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HOT SEAT. ‘As we can’t afford to change the bathroom yet, we’ve used bright accessories to create impact. Try the pink loo seat in Funky Fuchsia, £9.99, Argos’

Hit the shops Five tips on what to buy to get Sophie’s style BE VERSATILE Sophie swears by the Kallax shelving units, from £20, Ikea. They can be used as office storage, for display, as room dividers or even as a sideboard. GO RETRO When that vintage treasure is just too expensive, get the look with an approved copy, like Sophie’s Eames Hang It All wall rack by Vitra, £199, John Lewis, or the replica set by Lakeland Furniture, £34.99. REFRESH AND RENEW Use colourful spray paint, from £4.50, PlastiKote, to add new life to old furniture – from bed frames to garden sets. BE YOUNG AT HEART Release your inner child by scooping a giant ice-cream cone from Pineapple Retro, £200, or an oversized Lego storage head from Comaco Toys, £14.49.

‘IF YOU GET BORED OF SOMETHING, SELL IT ON EBAY AND USE THE MONEY TO BUY SOMETHING YOU REALLY WANT’

COLOUR SPLASH Personalise your own space by painting one wall a bright colour as Sophie did with the green wall in her office.

BRILLIANT LLIANT BOUDOIR ‘I sprayed this Ikea bed frame orange and upcycled the chest of drawers with vintage wallpaper. The metal letters came from an old fairground ride’

COLOUR SPECTRUM ‘This great lampshade and a display of vintage Ladybird books bring interest to our landing area’

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STYLE TIP

‘Oversized items – like my giant bulldog clip in the office – add a touch of fun’

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OFFICE SPACE. ‘There’s not a lot of room in our office because both of us use it, so I keep it tidy with lots of practical storage. Find a similar toadstool night light from £5.95 at Notonthehighstreet.com’

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Latest buys Although most of what I own is vintage, I do occasionally buy things new, such as the reproduction Eames Hang It All coat hooks on the stairs. It’s such a fun and iconic design, but I definitely don’t think I could afford an original! I also enjoy trawling through Ikea for stuff, because although they’re mass produced, some of the things on sale are real design classics. I have their Kallax shelving everywhere, even in my showroom – I think I paid about £150 for them all, and now, I reckon I could probably put them together in my sleep. They are definitely one of my best buys, along with the PS pendant lamp in the sitting room. It’s so amazing and unusual, no-one ever believes it came from Ikea.

RACHEL SAYS ‘Sophie shows how easy it is to update with colour. I love the orange sprayed bed. Painting and spraying furniture is a cheap and quick way to transform objects you might otherwise throw away.’

Future plans At the moment, we’re saving up to change the kitchen, demolish the dividing wall between that room and the conservatory and make it feel more open-plan. Next on the list, we plan to knock down the wall between the staircase and the living room, to make that area feel more spacious. Until then, what I love most about my home is that I know I can change its look every day if I want to, just by moving things around. When people come to visit us, they sometimes ask us how many children we have, because it’s all so quirky and vibrant, but if you can get away with it, why not have circus posters and giant Lego in your living room? Get clicking and go to housetohome.co.uk/ styleathome for more inspiring house tours.

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living room), but I’ve solved that problem by making my own bespoke curtains, adding side panels in a tonal, custom-dyed cotton, then stitching the patterned panel in the centre.

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£369 Go for the bleached wood hues of the Lyme petite sideboard, MYAKKA

£199.99 Brighten any room with the refreshing look of the Hygena Lumina unit, ARGOS

GET A SCANDI FEEL

Get Sophie’s look…

£499 The ombre-effect drawers of the Casper unit will bring your living room bang up to date, JOHN LEWIS

STATEMENT SIDEBOARDS

Add some individuality with a sideboard that perfectly suits the character of your scheme

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re you looking for a practical yet pretty piece of furniture to add some handy extra storage space? Invest in a sturdy sideboard to stash your things away in, and choose a design that will complement your existing

decor. Whether you prefer understated minimal style for your living room, or you want to add the wow factor to your dining space with a wonderfully colourful creation, we’ve rounded-up 10 of our favourite designs to get you started, all for under £500!

£179.99 Style up the Camille unit with vintage-inspired accessories, DUNELM

£358.15 Choose the playful design of the JabalBilAys 10-drawer chest for a quirky look, WAYFAIR

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CHIC CHATEAU STYLE


SIDEBOARDS

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£399 Add a splash of colour to a modern scheme with the Vernay sideboard, MADE

£225 Complement classic decor with the Stanton small grey sideboard, NEXT

CLASSIC LOOK

£429 The Mid-Century style Zabel piece in rosewood is perfect for a retro twist, SWOON EDITIONS

STYLE SECRETS Our tips for selecting and styling your sideboard

£179 Keep your scheme traditional and choose the understated Appleby two-door sideboard, VERY

SAVVY STORAGE Consider what you plan to keep stashed in your new sideboard. If it’s for a dining area, make sure there’s at least one drawer for cutlery and plenty of shelf space for stacking crockery.

£295 Team the Pedley modular storage unit with modern furniture, HABITAT

TRAY CHIC Arrange your favourite objects and trinkets on a tray as a decorative display on top of your sideboard. Why not create a bar area styled with pretty glasses, attractive spirit bottles and a classy copper cocktail shaker.

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PERFECT PIECE Think about the visual weight of the sideboard within the room and remember that furniture with longer, thinner legs gives the illusion of taking up less space in a small area. Avoid anything too chunky or dark in compact spaces.

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CLASHING COLOURS

For a carefree, arty look, just dollop a bold dot of paint on the wall!

Learn how to mix and match hues with our handy hints

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ontrasting colours can be a tricky art to perfect but, done well, it can transform a space. Colours give a room character and reflect your personality, so think about what you want your space to say. Avoid using too many colours as this can make a scheme cluttered. At the same time, steer clear of having everything in matching shades – it’s about finding a balance. Take lighting into account when making colour choices. Natural light has a different impact on colour compared to artificial light, particularly on shades such as grey and white. Create moodboards with scraps of fabrics and paint samples in various hues so you can get an idea of what works together and what doesn’t.

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Eye-catching accessories

Sticking to neutral decor and furnishings and simply adding clashing colours within your accessory choices is a great way to get the look if you’re nervous about committing to full-on colour clashing. Work this into aspects such as bedding and dinnerware so it’s easy to change up your look when the mood takes you.

Earn your stripes

Break up a scheme with a stripe of colour in a contrasting tone to make a striking focal point on a large wall. Go for something bright and punchy against a neutral wall to really stand out and bring your room to life.

ZINGY ZZZ’S Burdock single divan bed, from £495, Button & Sprung

BLUSH TONES Walls painted in East Village, £18.47; Ballet Shoes, £24.99 (both top); Beauty Queen, £20.72; (pink stripe) and Mustard Jar, all per 2.5ltr, Crown Paints

SWITCH IT Textured standard pillowcase, £6; fitted sheet, £25; king-size duvet cover, £50, all John Lewis

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Blank canvas

Go for a white backdrop to give your space a fresh look and act as a perfect contrast to brightly coloured furnishings. Let the colours speak for themselves and stand out against the white – if you’re feeling daring, why not bring your look up to date with flashes of neon. This is a great way to inject colour into rental properties with plain white walls and add character with vibrant finishing touches.

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COLOUR CLASHING

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Jewel tones

Embrace the tropical feel by layering up clashing sumptuous brights for an eclectic look that’s easy to add to as time goes on. Think fuchsia, turquoise and lime for a summery vibe, or go for rich aubergine and burnt orange for a sumptuous winter scheme. Use whites to break up a powerful palette if needed, especially if you want to achieve a more pared-back finish.

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Perfect mix

Be sure to create a good balance of warm and cool colours in your scheme. Use splashes of red or purple accents to add warmth to rooms with lots of blue. Pinky hues work well with turquoise, or go for red against navy for a coastal vibe. In areas with lots of white or grey, choose several warm shades so it feels inviting.

EXPLORE BEYOND YOUR DECORATING COMFORT ZONE AND EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT N CLASHING MIX FOR YOU THE FIND YOU UNTIL COMBINATIONS RED ALERT Zadie Maxi sofa in coral, £499, DFS

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Create a contemporary feel by decorating with several blocks of colour to make a bold statement and to delineate areas within a space. Choose one or two shades in a similar palette to work side by side for a coordinated finish, or go for contrasting colours if you’re after something a little bit louder and bolder. For more inspiration and ideas on using colour, go to pinterest.com/ styleathomemag

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Out of the dark

Use dramatic, dark-coloured backgrounds to act as a base for brighter shades, allowing them to really pop against the moody hue. For example, place a vibrant teal sofa and zingy

yellow accessories against a charcoal grey wall to style up a modern living room. Be brave with your colour choices and don’t shy away from choosing a few key pieces, whether it be furniture or smaller items, in strong statement shades.

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RETRO FABRIC LAMPSHADE Love Sophie’s retro living room look? Brighten up your space with our quick and simple DIY lampshade project for less than £24!

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et creative with fabric and have a go at making a unique lampshade in a colour and pattern to suit your very own style. This straightforward project also works for ceiling lights and floor lamps, and is the perfect way to quickly update your space without breaking the bank.

COLOUR HIT Henrietta glass table lamp base, £19.99; Elements red clock, £9.99; apple tealight holder, £3.99; teal vase, £5.99; Elements curved frame, £1.99, all Dunelm

HOW TO TAKES 1HR COST £23.99 30.5cm cylinder lampshade kit, £14, Hobbycraft Verve curtain fabric, £9.99 per m, Terry’s Fabrics Fabric scissors Tape measure Iron

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Open the lampshademaking kit – inside you should find two rings, a self-adhesive lampshade panel, double-sided tape and a lollipop tool. Cut your fabric to the dimensions shown and iron to remove any creases. Peel away the panel backing to 10cm and stick to the back of your fabric, unrolling as you go. Crease and peel off the edges along the sides and ends, then attach double-sided tape to one short edge.

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CHOOSE A PRETTY TABLE LAMP BASE TO HOUSE YOUR NEW CREATION, BUT MAKE SURE IT’S LARGE ENOUGH TO BE IN PROPORTION TO THE 30CM DRUM SHADE

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‘We’ve made THIS HOUSE OUR OWN’ Stylist at Home Laurie, 33, used cost-effective ideas and clever DIY skills to create a harmonious home

MY HOME...

ABOUT ME I’m Laurie Reay, 33, and I have a business called Ruby Summers Country Home, painting and restoring furniture. I live with my husband Ben, 35, a paramedic, and our three children Riley, 9, Ruby, 7, and Flinn, 4. MY HOME A three-bedroom Victorian mid-terrace house in Highbridge, Somerset, bought in June 2014. WHEN I BOUGHT IT The place felt dark and dingy. There were brown carpets everywhere, and garish, modern wallpapers. AND NOW We’ve painted every room and changed almost all the flooring. The scheme is mainly white, with dots of pretty pastels, so the house is full of light and seems much larger now. There’s a casual, country feel, with lots of upcycled furniture and unusual, one-off pieces. STYLE TIP Keep an eye out for old furniture that’s good quality, and paint it for a fresh look. Try to see beyond how it looks and imagine what you can do to give it a brand-new vibe.

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NEAT FIT ‘We took a kitchen unit out of this alcove and replaced it with a lovely little bench from eBay, which fits the space nicely. I painted it and made a cover’

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GREAT IDEA

‘Hang bunting in contrasting hues to create interest in a small space’


SIMPLE UPDATE ‘We gave the kitchen a brilliant budget facelift, by painting the cabinets and adding new white porcelain knobs’

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lthough my husband Ben and I originally chose this house as a stop-gap, we’ve really settled in,’ says Laurie. ‘The area has good schools for our children Riley, Ruby and Flinn, and we’re near the beach, so it’s perfect. Before, we owned a two-bedroom house, but it became too small for us. We let it out, so we could rent a larger place for ourselves, but after three years, we sold our previous house and started searching for a new home. To find the space we needed on our budget, I knew we’d be looking for a “do-er upper”.

Period details I wanted a Victorian house because I love their spacious rooms, high ceilings and character. We looked at a few possibilities, but as soon as I walked into this place,

I felt sure it was the one. The decor wasn’t for me, but the layout was ideal and the original fireplaces and picture rails really appealed. There was a lot to do, though. The kitchen was quite basic but neutral, so we knew it could be updated easily, but the dark carpets, heavy colours and loud patterned wallpapers had to go.

‘This cutlery holder is an old jam jar, trimmed with a scrap of lace – easy!’

Transformation time Ben and I are both pretty hands-on and we’ve done nearly all the work ourselves, which saved huge amounts of money. We stripped the flowery wallpaper in the living room almost straightaway, and pulled up the old carpet, as I was going to paint the floorboards underneath. Unfortunately, I found concrete instead of wood at one end of the room so we ended up laying a new carpet on that part. We also needed to lay new hall flooring, as there was just

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STYLE TIP

‘Make a room look fresh by painting walls plain white and accessorising with textures and dashes of colour’

Do it Get the look with our hidden storage ideas PAGE 36

TUCKED AWAY ‘Our things are easily hidden in trunks and cupboards for a flexible space’

concrete underneath the grotty vinyl. I wanted to use the original boards wherever possible, and as the living room ones were in good condition, we sanded and varnished them. The bedroom floors are all painted white. They have a few nail marks and dents, and with day-to-day life, they get a bit bashed, but for me, that’s part of the look. Nothing in my home is too perfect and that makes it very easy to live here. With three young children, it’s a good idea to keep things simple and relaxed.

Pastel scheme Light and feminine was the feel I wanted to achieve in my home. The walls are mostly painted plain white, which is cost-effective, and very easy to touch up if needed. I love pinks though, and I’ve got lots of painted furniture in pastels, off-whites and greys. Pale shades can really lift the rooms, although it took four or five coats of white paint to cover some of the very

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deep wall colours. The bathroom walls were strong teal green with yellow gloss woodwork. Changing them to gentle taupe and clean, matt white has made a massive difference to the light and sense of space. We couldn’t afford to do much to the kitchen, but luckily the floor and wall tiles were plain and neutral and I’ve painted the cabinets. They were an uninspiring, wood effect and I’ve primed and painted them in pale grey, and then varnished on top. They’re hardwearing and quick to clean, and it all looks much brighter.

Finding treasures I don’t really have a fixed style – it’s all a bit eclectic and mismatched, and I often move stuff about. I like pretty pieces and an aged, weathered look, and we have a lot of second-hand items that I’ve restored and painted. Car-boot sales are brilliant places to browse and buy furniture and the kids enjoy them as much as Ben and I do,


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SWEET SPOT. ‘The living room is my favourite area. I love how light and pretty it is, and the log burner keeps it cosy in the evenings’

PICTURE PERFECT ‘This ornate frame came from an old mirror, and I like how it draws your focus to the small image inside’

TOUGH STUFF ‘Here in the hall, we laid a practical Karndean floor – it’s so durable and easy to maintain’

‘IN A PALE WHITE SCHEME, KEEP THE LOOK INTERESTING BY ACCESSORISING WITH MULTI-LAYERED TONES AND TEXTILES’ MIRROR MIRROR ‘I found this old cloakroom mirror at a car-boot sale. It was dark brown wood but once painted, it makes a great quirky feature’

3 style buys FEEL THE LOVE Wicker heart, £69, Notonthehighstreet.com

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HIGH LIGHT SHANNON SAYS ‘Upcycling furniture is a fantastic way to save money, and lend personality and character to your home. Look around for solid wooden pieces that will stand the test of time.’

Bluebird & Bramble lantern, £29.98, QVC

PRETTY PASTELS Square weave Dusky Pink throw, £40, National Trust

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STYLIST’S HOME

PANEL SHOW

STARRY NIGHTS

‘Pale wood panelling in the bathroom gives a lovely, relaxed beachy feel’

‘I painted the boys’ second-hand beds, and used the same blue on the wooden stars on the wall’

‘FIND SALVAGED TRUNKS, CHESTS AND SUITCASES TO MAKE INTERESTING SIDE TABLES A S WELL AS OPTIONS STORAGE EXTRA ’ YOU GIVE TO AND

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Hit the shops Five tips on what to buy to get Laurie’s style DON’T WASTE SMALL SPACE Alcoves can be made useful with nifty seating and storage. Cotswold Company’s Bourton cream-painted, solid pine bench is a steal at £275. TRY THE TILED STYLE Get the no-fuss look of real tiles with Shalimar vinyl flooring, from Best4Flooring. Choose from three colourways, £9.49 per sq m. SEE STARS These make a great theme for kids’ bedrooms. Mix The White Company’s Star reversible bedlinen set, from £11, with Next’s multi-star wallpaper, £15 per roll. DRESS YOUR BED A Victorianstyle bed is perfect for creating a restful and romantic bedroom. Dreams’ Jasmine White double is great value at £199. LIGHT A CANDLE Flickering, low light ceates a mellow mood for relaxing. Try Marks & Spencer’s lantern selection, from £15 each.

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Create this cute butterfly bunting with our easy guide PAGE 38 FUCHSIA’S. BRIGHT. ‘An abundance of pretty pink in Ruby’s room keeps it soft and feminine’

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ALIX SAYS ‘An alternative way to display decorative items, such as jewellery or little Ruby’s favourite party dresses, is to hang them from new or upcycled wall-mounted coat racks.’


LIGHT TOUCH ‘As we painted the floor in sections with fast-drying paint, it wasn’t too disruptive’

GREAT IDEA

WORDS & STYLING ANNABELLE GRUNDY PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE

‘Carry motifs through the house for a coherent look – I’ve chosen large hearts, like the one in my kitchen’

we often find amazing treasures. I go for attractive shapes and interesting details, and I’m not put off if something’s a bit damaged, I’ll just try to fix it rather than discard it. Paint can totally transform a tired old piece of furniture, and if you can manage some basic upholstery, too, it really does make all the difference.

Bargain hunt I’ve found some incredible deals online as well. The living room mantel shelf was a fantastic buy and has become one of my favourite features in the house. It was originally a complete fire surround, and cost £20 on eBay. When we got it here, it was gorgeous, but it didn’t fit the fireplace. After some thought, I realised we could cut the uprights off and just use the top as a mantel shelf. It’s very decorative and all my candles and lanterns look lovely around it – it really makes the room. We’ve got three bedrooms, so Riley and Flinn share a room, which is fine for

the moment. As the children get older, we may think about moving house, although we do have a massive attic that could be converted into a lovely fourth bedroom. If we ever did decide to leave this house, I think I’d find it quite difficult to move out. We’ve made it just how we want it and have put so much of ourselves into it. We didn’t have much DIY experience to begin with, but we’ve learnt so much as we’ve gone along, and picked up vital information and skills from watching online video tutorials. There aren’t many tasks we wouldn’t tackle ourselves now. I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved in this house, especially as we fitted it all around our family and our jobs.’

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HOME WITH HISTORY ‘Original features, like the fireplaces and picture rails, were a big draw’

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CARVED WOOD PIECES

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Position these wall panels above your bed for a bespoke headboard, NORDIC HOUSE

Go for a showstopper with the carved chandelier in cream, OUT THERE INTERIORS

RUSTIC CHARM

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£25 Display the Nimri serving board on open shelves, URBANARA

£20 Accessorise with a striking heart woodeffect sculpture, NEXT

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WOOD PIECES Add detail and craftsmanship to your interior with beautiful carved wooden homewares

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ap into the appeal of the ornate and decorate your home with carved wooden pieces, just like Laurie has done. Mix either one statement piece, such as an armchair or mirror, or a few smaller accessories into your existing scheme to transform your look. We’ve scoured the high street and online for our favourites, from as little as £11.75.

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£17.50 Stash away jewellery in the Mythology box, MARKS & SPENCER

£25 Hang this intricate mirror above a mantelpiece, SAINSBURY’S

Bring a chic touch to your dressing table with the Henley stool, SWOON EDITIONS

£225 £11.75 Serve in style with these two heart trays, KARENZA & CO

Add a pair of Avignon French Carver chairs for a classic update, WITHIN

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£14 Make it personal with the Foglia leaf photo frame, PUJI


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Be inspired by Laurie’s streamlined interior and try sneaking some clever storage solutions into the most unlikely of spots

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hether you crave a more minimal interior or want some extra spaces to stash everyday items, it can be hard to figure out where to store the never-ending pile of household clutter. And if your living area is small, or you have little built-in storage, it can be hard to see how to improve things without spending some serious money. When space is at a premium, every extra bit of room counts, so by thinking outside the box (pun intended!), you can make a real difference to the available storage in your home. Read on for our tips on ingenious items and ideas to help maximise every square inch of your home.

OPEN UP Peek behind the looking glass. Cheval mirror jewellery cabinet, £200, Pia

Treasure chest At first glance, this clever mirror appears like any other freestanding mirror, but turn the key and it’s bursting with storage potential. You could also consider using a hallway storage mirror, which incorporates a high shelf or hanging rail behind the glazing, in the bedroom, too.

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Space saver ACT CASUAL Harper dining chairs, £199 for two; Hartford 6-10-seater extending dining table, £550; Hartford bench, £250; dresser, £925, all Next

Mixing a bench with chairs at the dining table creates a relaxed ambience, and allows room to squeeze in extra guests at dinner if needs be. Maximise the storage potential by selecting a design with a lift-up lid. If you love incorporating vintage pieces, look out for old church pews with built-in storage.


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It’s electric This piece has a specially designed space to conceal power cables in its interior. The area beneath any coffee or side table is usually dead, so opting for a table that cleverly incorporates storage into its design can help keep surfaces clutter-free as well as providing a useful place for everyday items. Look for pieces with inbuilt drawers, or alternatively go for a chunky drum-style design with secret storage in its middle.

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SHELF LIFE Stack up your books. White metal storage stool, £85, Graham and Green

DESK TIDY Simply shut it all away when you’re done! Quill bureau, £695, Loaf

HIDDEN DEPTHS Keep cables concealed. Sandhaug table, £40, Ikea

Double duty

Take a seat An old-fashioned bureau can work wonderfully with today’s modern devices, as well as offering a spot to catch up on correspondence. If you don’t have space for a separate study, a bureau won’t give the game away if styled into a living room or bedroom, especially if you dress it up with some accessories that suit the scheme.

INVEST IN FURNITURE THAT WILL WORK EXTRA HARD FOR YOU, , SUCH AS A COFFEE TABLE WITH DRAWERS, OR A HEADBOARD WITH CUBBYHOLE SPACE TUCKED AWAY

FEATURE JOANNA THORNHILL

Keep cushions neatly out of the way. Silver blanket box, £420, Button & Sprung

A base shelf can maximise unused space towards the bottom of a table, as well as provide you with a styling spot for a stack of coffee table books, for instance. This ingenious stool follows the same principles, offering visible yet tucked-away storage to make the most of its available floor space.

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Take it easy Storage sofas have come a long way. They’re useful for keeping throws close by, or as a quick place to tidy toys away. If your sofa has legs, consider placing low boxes underneath in the same colour or fabric for a seamless look.

Make the most of it The end of the bed or the area beside a sofa can often benefit from having a handy perch for you to sit on while putting on your shoes, as well as for additional occasional storage. Padded blanket boxes or footstools offer a brilliant twoin-one option here, packing in lots of storage into a relatively small space.

RAISING HOPES Stow your throws. Marston storage chaise in French blue cotton, £1,866, Willow & Hall

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BUTTERFLY FABRIC BUNTING Update your space in next to no time with our simple step-by-step project to make an adorable garland in pretty floral fabrics

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ooking for a twist on traditional bunting? Go for a playful butterfly shape to decorate a kid’s bedroom or a country cottage living room. We chose colourful floral fabrics for our design but you can use any patterns and shades to suit your existing scheme. This straightforward make is ideal for novice crafters and doesn’t require any in-depth sewing skills thanks to the use of iron-on adhesive. And at only £5.75, what’s not to love?

ON DISPLAY Living the Dream picture in frame, £35, Poppy Treffry. Plum Pudding clock, £4.99, Dunelm. Russian Dolls soft skittles set, £28 for four, Albetta at Noton thehighstreet.com

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HOW TO Butterfly template (print from online) Paper & scissors Scraps of floral fabric Iron-on adhesive, £4, Hobbycraft Iron Pencil 3mm ribbon, £1.75 for 5m, Hobbycraft Needle & thread

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NOT HAVE A GO AT THIS IDEA USING A STAR WH WHY NO OR HEART TEMPLATE AS A CUTE ALTERNATIVE. MIX AND MATCH THE FABRICS FOR HOMESPUN CHARM

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Print out a butterfly template (we just Googled it) and cut it out. Take a rectangular piece of fabric measuring wider than the template and iron flat. Cut a square piece of iron-on adhesive and place on one end of the fabric, paper side up. Iron for 2 seconds, then allow to cool before removing the paper.

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Fold the fabric over, then iron for 6 seconds until the two sides have bonded together. Repeat with different fabrics. Place the template on the bonded fabric pieces and neatly draw around it. Carefully cut out the shape, and then repeat to make at least 10 butterflies for your bunting.

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Cut a 1.5m length of ribbon. Place the tips of a fabric butterfly’s wings on the ribbon and neatly sew each wing in place onto the ribbon using a needle and thread. Repeat to create a length of butterfly bunting as long as desired. Make a loop at each end of the ribbon to hang if needed.

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SUITE DREAMS Give your bedroom a seasonal update with a pastel palette and summer florals. Highlight alcoves or unusual spaces with a feature wallpaper and style up your bed with pretty cushions to finish the look. Loving your work, @sparky_cat!

Customise your dining area by upcycling chairs in colourful ice cream shades, just as @mrs_b_4eva has done. Not only will this brighten up the space and make it your own, but it’s also a great way to coordinate mismatching seats. Why not try out a dipped effect on the legs by masking off the bottom section and painting them in another colour.

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RUSTIC REVAMP Follow @amzkeegan’s lead and have a go at upcycling an unloved dining chair. This summery yellow Rust-Oleum furniture paint has given a tired piece a new lease of life and we love the textured seat pad, too.

Make use of old mason jars and have a go at turning them into vintage-style soap dispensers. Simply cut a hole in the lid to fit a soap pump and fill the jar with handwash that suits your bathroom palette. Great idea, @dove_cottage!

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#Shelfie style Show off your styling skills by arranging a shelf display – @thevintagehousethatcould has worked different shapes and heights into her display to create a natural-looking feel and make brightly coloured pieces stand out against the white wall. Have fun curating your shelf and change the objects around to keep the look fresh.

Join in and share your snaps with the Style at Home team on Instagram using #SAHstylists

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TOP CHEF ‘I love to cook and entertain, and this well-designed layout is perfect for that’

GREAT IDEA

OUR COVER STAR!

‘Install dark worktops for a contrast against cream cabinets’

‘We revamped our home

ON A BUDGET’

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Buy it Get the look with some cute teapots! PAGE 47

ABOUT ME I’m Charlotte Valentine, 25. I work from home in PR and run my blog thehomethatmademe.com. I live with my husband Joe, 27, and our children, Elsa, 3, and Rory, 1.

MIX & MATCH ‘Browse the high street for pretty details’

MY HOME A detached five-bed in Christchurch, Dorset. It was built in 1882, and we bought it in 2015. WHEN I BOUGHT IT It lacked any character and wasn’t to my taste. I couldn’t wait to put my stamp on it.

SUNNY SPOT ‘This dining area is a lovely place to enjoy breakfast on a sunny morning’

Do it Expand into your garden and build on your land PAGE 48

AND NOW Within a month, we’d redecorated almost every room. STYLE TIP Wilko’s matt emulsion is just as good as other costly brands.

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y husband Joe and I had always wanted to buy our own place in Christchurch, near Bournemouth, but the house prices weren’t in our budget,’ says Charlotte. ‘Luckily, my mum provided us with the opportunity to fulfil our dream. She had a large garden, which led to a rundown outhouse. After some thought, she decided to convert this into a two-bed property for herself and sell the main fivebed detached. Even though we weren’t planning on moving at the time, we jumped at the chance to buy it as we knew it could be our ideal family home. It’s such a nice area and the schools are brilliant, which is ideal for our children, Elsa and Rory.

Personal touch When we moved in, I was eight months pregnant, and although the interior was lovely and didn’t require any major building work, we wanted to redecorate to make it our own. We started straight away and the basics were completed within a month – but the rest took six months. The biggest challenge was our en suite as we ended up with various problems, not least of which was water leaking through to the kitchen. But all the issues were rectified eventually. I did all the painting and decorating myself – I’ve forever got a paintbrush in

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3 style buys

DUAL USE ‘Install a radiator cover to act as a slim console table, while also hiding an ugly necessity’

POP IT IN Albany silver dishes, £17.50 for two, One World Trading Company

TAKE A PEEK Glass cloche dome with wooden base, £6.99, HomeSense

UP TO DATE Whitewash calendar block, £5, Sainsbury’s

‘THE OPEN-PLAN DOWNSTAIRS LAYOUT IS BRILLIANT FOR ENTERTAINING AND FAMILY LIVING – I CAN COOK WHILE KEEPING AN EYE ON THE KIDS’ GREAT IDEA

‘Create a log display in an unused fireplace during summer’

ON SHOW ‘The dressers are from the Hemnes range at Ikea and were £250 each – they add symmetry to this space’

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LAYER ON LAYER ‘Instantly update a plain beige sofa by adding new cushions and throws’

my hand and a project on the go. I tend to start things, then halfway through realise how much there is to do and wish I’d never begun. Then a few months later, I do it all over again – I can’t seem to stop myself! Upcycling is probably my favourite task. It’s amazing what you can achieve by taking something neglected and giving it some love. You get such a sense of achievement.

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ROSE TINTED ‘Combine items that are special to you with budget buys’

The kitchen was here when we moved in and it came from my childhood home, which was demolished. The floorboards also came from my parents’ old house, and I love that my kids are now running on the same floor that I used to as a little girl. We gave the cabinets a simple refresh by painting them in Farrow & Ball’s Stony Ground. I decided to hire Vanessa and Nathan at NV Kitchens & Interiors to do this as it was such a big job to take on

CAT SAYS ‘If you have glass-fronted dressers, attach antique mirrors on the back wall and thin LED strips above each shelf to add twinkle and glamour.’

ourselves, plus I was heavily pregnant at the time. I couldn’t recommend them enough – it’s completely transformed the room without costing us too much. For the rest of the house, I wanted to go for a neutral interior so that I can change the look easily with accessories. I love muted colours that take inspiration from nature, as well as fresh subtle pastels – bright colours are a little bit too hectic for my taste. Some people may find my all-beige scheme a bit bland, but it’s so easy to bring in new details or cushions whenever I want to mix things up a bit.

Keep it calm My nan, who I was very close to, passed away in 2014 just before we bought this place. We used my inheritance to fund the work we’ve carried out, and also for a lot of the furniture, which we’ve either bought on a budget or upcylced. We got the

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GREAT IDEA

‘Make your own monogram frames for a unique touch’

OOH LA LA ‘I’ve given this space a rustic French feel with elegant lines and painted furniture’

table and chairs second-hand on Gumtree. I painted them in Annie Sloan chalk paint and reupholstered the seats. This paint is a go-to for me as it requires little preparation and gives a shabby-chic look. I think my nan would be pleased. Then in the living room, the Homebase sofas were bought during a sale, and the rug was a bargain find on eBay. Our footstool was also bought on there, but we gave it a new look by updating it in Laura Ashley fabric to fit in with the new scheme.

Thrifty finds After decorating this place, I’ve realised you don’t have to spend a fortune to make something look beautiful. It’s amazing what homewares you can pick up from high-street stores such as Matalan, Asda, The Range and so on. Plus, having access to so many shops online makes it easy to hunt around for the best bargains. I also get quite a few of my ideas and inspiration from Instagram – there’s such

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a creative community on there and you get to know the people behind some fantastic homes. I actually set up my interiors blog, thehomethatmademe.com, after requests via my Instagram @thehomethatmademe. It’s great being able to share what I’ve managed to complete on a budget.

Final touch DEBBIE SAYS ‘This home has a very comforting feel, and is made extra special by including things from Charlotte’s childhood home. I also love that the undressed windows allow in as much light as possible.’

I couldn’t be happier with how this place has turned out and I feel very proud of what I’ve achieved at such a young age. At the moment there is nothing I’d change, but I’m always getting itchy feet once a project is finished. I think I need to take up a hobby to stop me from starting all over again now that the house is complete!’

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PERSONAL TOUCH ‘I’m always putting my own stamp on items for extra charm’


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Give your cabinet an easy vintage revamp PAGE 50

‘I ENJOY USING ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT TO GIVE A TIRED OLD PIECE OF WOODEN FURNITURE A BRAND -NEW LEASE OF LIFE’

NAME IT ‘The statement letter above the bed is my favourite thing in this room’

Hit the shops Where to go and what to do to get Charlotte’s style LOOK-A-LIKE Search around online for a bargain. Charlotte got her bed second-hand on eBay for £399, which originally came from Bedroom Furniture Direct. FANCY FRAME Give your bathroom a serious dose of style with an ornate wall mirror. Find a wide range of designs at Wayfair, prices start from £31.99. BE KIND Upcycling is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly, as it rescues furniture that might otherwise end up on a tip. Try Gumtree for pre-loved finds. SIMILAR SHADES Use a neutral colour in multiple rooms to pull the different schemes together. Try Wilko’s Coastline matt emulsion, £12 per 2.5ltr, for a cosy feel that’s not too dark. Charlotte has used this in her bedroom, dining room and on the bathroom panelling.

IN THE GROOVE ‘Wood panelling is a slight nod to the nautical look without being too kitsch’

SMART STORAGE Add built-in bench seating in an informal dining area, or buy a ready-made option if you’re renting. Dunelm’s Devon Cream storage bench, £149.99, has drawers and baskets as well as a comfy padded fabric seat.

WORDS SIAN TOMLINSON STYLING LAURIE DAVIDSON PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE

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‘Elsa loves her homemade decoupaged chest of drawers’

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TEA-INCHINA LOOK

CHIC TEAPOTS Sip a piping-hot cuppa from one of these on-trend teapots

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here’s nothing like unwinding with the perfect brew, so make sure you serve up in style. Look out for designs that come with matching teacups for a coordinating

set, or mix and match different pieces for a more eclectic collection. Pick a style and colour to suit your scheme so you can keep it on show and pretty up your shelves.

£24 Choose the Cecile bamboo handle teapot for a stylish piece of kitchenware, QUINCE LIVING

£35

£29.50

Channel a chic retro vibe with the MissPrint Little Trees design, JOHN LEWIS

Throw an Insta-worthy tea party with the pretty Belle design, BOMBAY DUCK

£25 Brighten up your tabletop with the Flowerdrop design, COLLIER CAMPBELL

£8.99

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£20 Earn your style stripes and go for the Jasper Conran stoneware pot, DEBENHAMS

Buy a matching set of teacups for the Farmstead red dotty teapot, DUNELM

STYLE SECRETS Drink in our top buying tips while the kettle boils… TEA TIME Source pretty accessories to accompany your new teapot, such as a decorative tray or fun tea cosy.

PERFECT FIT Think about how many cups your pot will need to serve and pick a large enough design. A 20-24 ounce teapot will serve two people.

£28 Pour some feminine florals into your scheme with the Highgate Rose pot, CATH KIDSTON

£7 Update your look for less with the Love Heart design WILKO

MODERN VIBE For a super-sleek design, consider opting for a stainless steel or even a glass teapot so you can watch the tea infuse as you wait.

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WORK PLACE Bespoke massage studio clad in Canadian red cedar, about £17,000, Harrison James

Like Charlotte’s family

BUILD ON YOUR LAND

ON SHOW Classic design, from £16,150, Homestead Timber Buildings

Expand into your garden to create some extra space and add value

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hether you’ve got an outbuilding that’s ripe for conversion, or just a spare corner of lawn, adding a garden room or summerhouse can be an ingenious solution to getting the most out of your home. But there are some rules to be aware of. Our guide explains more…

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED…

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Will I need planning permission? This will all depend on what you want to use the building for. Constructing a room in your outdoor space won’t require planning permission as long as its use is ‘incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house’. For example, if it’s an added extra and not used as a main residence. A new house needs planning permission in the usual way – visit planningportal.gov.uk.

BARN STYLE This cedar-clad building is an extended version of the Rusper, from £16,000, Gembuild

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But if I’m building in my garden, can’t I just do what I want? Planners are all about thinking ahead (the clue is in their job title). While it might seem unfair to you, few people would want to see their neighbourhoods divided

and sub-divided into smaller and even smaller separate plots, possibly with unsympathetically designed buildings.

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So what am I allowed to build without planning permission? James Willmott, founder of Harrison James, who designs and builds modern garden rooms, says: ‘If the building takes up less than 50 per cent of the outdoor space and is under 2.5m in height, you’ll be allowed to build it against the property boundary. Alternatively, if you’re able to build 2m away from the boundary, it can be up to 4m high with a pitched roof.’ This counts as ‘permitted development’ in much the same way as adding a loft extension.


CREATE EXTRA SPACE

Plant pretty borders so you’ll have a nice view from the inside

Do it

RUSTIC MATERIALS This ceramicist’s studio is clad in cedar shingle, around £42,000, Appleton Weiner

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Do I need to ask my neighbours? It’s definitely good practice to let them know and see if they have any objections, but you’re not obliged to if it’s a garden room that falls within permitted development. Bear in mind that your new building may need to comply with building regulations, depending on factors such as its size, how close it is to your home and how it will be used. Talk to your designer or builder for advice before you begin.

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Can we have a bedroom in it? A garden room within permitted development can be used as an extra living space, a home office or study, a gym or a teenage TV hangout. However, it should not be intended for use as permanent sleeping accommodation.

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Are there any other restrictions that I should be aware of? If your home is listed, a new-build or is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, check with your local planning officer. Planning permission for properties such as these can vary from area to area and also change as time goes on, so what a neighbour might have done in the past is not always a guide to what you can do. Start your research at planningportal.gov.uk to find your local

planning authority. And bear in mind, rules may vary between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Do I need an architect? For a building that will be inhabited, almost certainly you do. For a garden room, you may not necessarily require one, as many companies specialise in this. Seek out an architect with a track record of similar projects in your area. Personal recommendations are always good, but make sure you check the council’s planning records for ones with successful outcomes and have a look at their recent projects and feedback.

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How long will the average build take? The process will involve a site survey, preparation of the area, and the build itself. The standard time to construct a garden room is between 8-10 working days.

SUNNY SIDE Sudbury Yellow exterior eggshell, £59 per 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

COOL LOOK Colours Black Pepper exterior gloss, £11.82 per 750ml, B&Q

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Will it add value to my house? James Willmott says: ‘A design that costs around £20,000 to build will add an average of about £30,000 to the value of a property.’ But do take into consideration that this could be more – or indeed less – depending on your location, design and property.

FEEL BLUE Frosted Lake smooth masonry paint, £27.98 per 5ltr, Dulux

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UPCYCLED CABINET U

Make Charlotte’s

PASTEL CHEST OF DRAWERS Give your kids’ bedroom the wow factor with a cute revamped cabinet, inspired by Charlotte’s creative piece CHILD’S PLAY

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ead to your local charity shop or online for a bargain piece of furniture (ours cost £20 on eBay!), and then put your own stamp on it. This decoupage and painting idea instantly brings an item back to life and can be applied to any cupboard or cabinet.

Owl wall sticker, £22, Oakdene Designs. Amelia floral suitcases, £25 for two; Pickle bunny soft toy, £20, both Laura Ashley. Pappelina Vera rug, £94, The Scandinavian Shop

HOW TO TAKES 3HRS* COST £54.52 Old pine chest of drawers Sandpaper RustOleum chalk furniture paint in China Rose and Powder Blue, £6.66 for 125ml each, Amazon Paintbrushes Decopatch papers in Spring Bloom, Sweet Hearts, Blue Polka and Polka Rose Grey, £3.80 each, Hobbycraft Decopatch glue varnish, £6.50, Hobbycraft Ceramic crackle knobs, £1.95 each, Trinca Ferro

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Tear the decopatch paper into small pieces (about 5 x 8cm). Brush an area of wood with the glue then lay the pieces on top, brushing flat with another layer of glue. Repeat until all drawers are covered. Leave to dry. Thread on new handles and resassemble the cabinet.

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IT’S EASY TO ADAPT THIS PROJECT TO SUIT ANY THEME. CHOOSE FUN DINOSAUR OR PIRATE PRINTS FOR A PLAYFUL ALTERNATIVE!

PROJECT BECKY CLARKE STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPH DAVID GILES *EXCLUDES DRYING TIME

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Remove the old handles and rub down the wood with sandpaper, then wipe clean. Take the drawers out and apply pink paint to the carcass and one drawer and blue paint to another drawer. Leave to dry before applying a second coat (add a layer of furniture wax for extra protection if desired).


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OUTDOOR STYLE

PRETTY COUNTRY

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AM A AZON RAINFOREST

Bring your garden

BACK TO LIFE Revamp your outdoor area in time for the summer sun with one of these four striking schemes

SUMMER REGATTA

AZTEC INSPIRED


GREAT VALUE

TAKE NOTE

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Garden sign, £9, The Contemporary Home at Notonthehighstreet.com

Outdoor floral scatter cushion, £12, Matalan

Herb garden stakes, £4.92 each, Brew Forge at Etsy Parasol, £12.99; cushion, £12.99; faux rose, £2.99; blue vase, £9.99; table and chairs, £79.99, all HomeSense

ON A ROLL Garden twine dispenser and scissors, £18, MiaFleur

TIME FLIES Outdoor butterfly clock, £60, Laura Ashley

DRINK UP

PRETTY COUNTRY

Watering can, £12, Next

Think floral motifs and rustic accessories for a quaint finish ADD ENGLISH CHARM Choose cute furnishings that feature birds, bugs and butterflies for a laid-back outdoor feel. GO FOR WEATHERED DETAILS Buy zinc or aged-metal containers that look like they’ve been around for years.

REST STOP Folding bistro bench in Dorset Blue, £100, Garden Trading

CONSIDER YOUR PALETTE Soft sage green, lavender, blush pink and dove grey hues will create a relaxing space.

RIDE ON Smart garden metal trike planter, £17, Very

PURPLE FIELDS Dusty Lilac Garden Colours exterior wood paint, £22 per 2.5ltr, Valspar at B&Q

SUMMER DINING Flower spot tumbler, £3, Bhs


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LUSH LOOK Botanist scatter cushion, £12, Sainsbury’s

EAT ALFRESCO Bamboo tray with cover, from £13, Andrassy Living

A NEW LEAF Palm plate, £12.99, H&M

Dinnerware, from £6; napkins, £16 for a set of 4; acrylic tumbler, £6; Rosemary & Citronella large outdoor candle, £45, all House of Fraser

FUN FACTOR

SPEAK UP Colourful parrot jug, £45, Rigby & Mac

CHEEKY! Monkey ornament, £12, George

AMAZON RAINFOREST Add a tropical burst with citrus shades and wild prints SUN SHINES Large cut-out lantern, £25, Marks & Spencer

BE BOLD Pick patterns that are reminiscent of the Amazon, such as palm leaves, toucans and monkeys. EMBRACE ZINGY SHADES Yellows, limes and greens work well with this theme, especially combined with white.

GO GREEN

USE NATURAL MATERIALS Bamboo, rattan, mahogany and jute are the perfect options for an exotic vibe.

IN THE WEAVE Indoor/outdoor Arlington rug in Camel Ivory, £245, Cuckooland.com

Emerald Delight Masonry paint, £33.59 per 5ltr, Dulux

BLOOMING LOVELY House Doctor quaff planter, £24, Amara

HOT SEAT Steel mesh chair, £35.99, Dobbies

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FLY AWAY Textured heron sculpture, from £35, Next

CLEAN LINES

SET SAIL

Indu red bench, £250, Habitat

Road boat platter, £8, Sainsbury’s

Outdoor stripe print floor cushion, £12; scatter cushion, £8; reversible seat pads, £12 for two; lobster plates, £2 each, all Matalan

IN SIGHT Altar lantern, £30.99, Harbour Living

PERFECT SYMMETRY Square wooden planter, £139.95, Lime Lace

SUMMER REGATTA Climb aboard the nautical trend with coastal details

PACK A PICNIC

COORDINATE THEMES Look for items with seaside motifs – such as anchors, beach huts and sea creatures.

DAYS OUT Regatta two-person hamper, £70, House of Fraser

PICK RUSTIC TEXTURES Rope accents, driftwood ornaments and weathered furnishings are all on trend.

SKY BLUE

DECK IT OUT Consider wooden boards instead of patio stones, or lay a pebbled path through your lawn.

Garden Colours paint in Wild Bluebell, £16.39 per 2.5ltr, Johnstone’s Paint

SMART LOOKS Ahoy Ascot stripe placemat, £10 for two, Laura Ashley

STAY COOL Two-metre raspberry wooden parasol, £29.99, Homebase

St Ives Harbour light, £40, Garden Trading

FEATURE LAURIE DAVIDSON & CASSIE PRYCE

SAILOR STYLE


OUTDOOR STYLE

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GRASS EFFECT Indoor/outdoor rug in sprout green, £129, Cuckooland.com

PRICKLY NUMBER

FEELING HOT

Cactus ornaments, £12 for three, Sainsbury’s

La Hacienda sea blue clay chiminea, £95, JD Williams

Havana cane chair and table set, £499; confetti cushion, £16; pineapple jar, £25; Inca Aztec beach towel, £10, all Bhs

SITTING PRETTY

STAND OUT

Maui teal chair, £99 for two, Made

Royal Exterior superior wood finish in Fuchsia Pink, £29.99 per 2.5ltr, Protek

SETTLE DOWN Outdoor cushion, £14, Next

AZTEC INSPIRED Burst into summer with vivid tones and geometric prints UP THE STYLE STAKES Try out a punchy palette of yellow, lime green and fuchsia to bring your space to life. ENJOY YOUR GARDEN Invest in a chiminea or fire pit to keep your patio party going after night falls. WORK TRIBAL DESIGNS Accessorise with patterned furnishings, such as zigzags, chevrons and ikat motifs.

FRESH FACTOR Rosetta food cover, £15, Habitat

IN THE PINK

HANG FIRE

Watering can, £14.99, Dobbies

Jam jar tealight holders, £9.95 for four, Dotcomgift shop.com

PLANT IT Aged terracotta pots, from £6.95, MiaFleur

INSTANT UPDATE

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Three ways to fix up… First impressions make all the difference – it’s time to give the entrance

Fresh & fun

RED HOT

Welcome friends and family with a striking doorway that’s sure to make an impact. The front entrance is the first thing people see when visiting your home – or even walking past – so make sure yours doesn’t let you down. Give it a little love and TLC with a lick of glossy paint in a bold primary colour – this dramatic red looks particularly stunning – and consider tiling your pathway for added charm. These simple updates won’t break the bank and will totally transform the look of your property.

Create a vibrant entrance that’s full of life with this bold shade

Rural charm Make your entrance a focal point by keeping your door in good condition. Regularly wash off scuffs and marks caused by everyday life, and refresh the paintwork from time to time so it always looks brand new. When updating the colour of your front door, be sure to use a highly durable paint that will specifically protect the wood. Finish off the scheme with potted plants and hanging baskets for a country cottage feel. Vary the plant and container sizes for interest, and arrange on multiple levels.

STAND OUT

SAY IT

Exterior gloss in Pillar Box Red, £17.99 for 750ml, Sandtex

Planter, £31.99 each, Getting Personal.co.uk

COME ON IN Stencilled coir doormat, £7.99, Homebase

MAGIC NUMBER Wrought-iron door numeral, £4, John Lewis

SEE CLEAR Lights Outside Vincent lantern, £36, B&Q

GROW YOUR OWN Nuria fibreglass planter, £65, Habitat

ROYAL MAIL

FLOOR FILLER

Imperial postbox, £30, The House Nameplate Co at John Lewis

Zeinah Galena tiles, £44.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors

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CHIC STYLE

MUDDY FEET

Brass letter plate, £9.99, Wilko

Washable doormat, £5.99, Dunelm


Do it

UPDATE YOUR DOOR

A FRONT DOOR! to your house some kerb appeal with one of these stylish ideas

Sleek & chic

SUNNY SIDE Choose this cheerful colour. Exterior gloss in Hot Mustard, £17.99 for 750ml, Sandtex

TRUE BLUE

A good front door can make or break the visage of your house so ensure you choose one that suits the period of your property. Traditional colours such as burgundy and Hunters green are bang on trend and many paint companies offer a wide range of shades to suit this enduring look. Team with sleek, oversized accessories in the same finish and style for a contemporary touch. Then introduce a few pops of colour and external lighting for added charm to suit either a city abode or a country escape.

Embrace a modern design. Weathershield paint in Teal Ripple, £35.99 per 2.5ltr, Dulux

SMARTEN UP Slim chrome-effect door knocker with fittings, £3, Wilko

GOT YOUR NUMBER

KICK DOWN THE DOOR

BE BRIGHT

Cast-iron boot knocker, £8, Berry Red

Aluminium brass bridge door number, £20, B&Q

Wood gloss paint in Aloe Spike, £48 per 2ltr, Paint by Conran

SHINE ON

LIGHT UP GO FAUX

Rustic ornate lantern, £62.50, Pastel Lane

Artificial flower basket, £19.99, Dobbies

IN THE POST London green letterbox, £30, Homebase

BOLD HUE

PLEASE ENTER

Weathershield paint in Lemon Drizzle, £35.99 per 2.5ltr, Dulux

Bloc stripe mat, £16, Oliver Bonas

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

FEATURE THEODA SOLMS ILES PHOTOGRAPHS TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM

WHITE OUT Medium station lantern, £44.95, Cuckooland.com

Galvanised steel canted outdoor wall light, £75, Fritz Fryer

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This display may look professionally styled, but it couldn’t be easier to put together. Gather some floral cushions, lay a pretty cloth, pop flowers from the garden into mismatched jars, and top off with some home baking!

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KATIE SAYS ‘Look in charity shops and car boot sales to find mismatched cups, saucers and glasses for a summer garden party like this.’

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Chic summer updates for the

GARDEN

Get your outdoors looking lush with our easy-to-follow guide

POWDER PASTELS Be inspired by the French look. Blue bistro set, £109; floral mugs, £5.99 each; pink food cloche, £1.99, all Dobbies

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iving your garden a summer makeover can be overwhelming. Long grass, weeds, overgrown borders and tired furniture – it’s easy to neglect your outside space and then suddenly, the sun comes out and you wish you’d started sooner. So now’s the perfect the time to don your gardening gloves and

sort it out. If it seems like there’s a never-ending list of jobs, don’t panic – we’ve condensed all the best advice and tips into one simple guide. From sprucing up your shed to creating fabulous flowerbeds, we’ve got everything covered, so you’ll be sitting back with a cold drink in your hand, soaking up the rays and admiring your handiwork in no time!

Preparing your garden for a summer makeover Caring for your lawn Planting flowers Starting your own veg patch Updating your furniture and decking with paint Lighting your garden like a pro Tips from Charlie Dimmock Stylish decorating schemes

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TO START It’s time to give your garden some TLC – follow our guide to get it looking top notch

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and prune any straggly shrubs, ensuring that you don’t cut beneath the lowest new leaf growth on each branch.

fter the cold winter months, your garden is probably feeling a little lacklustre. So roll up your sleeves and get it looking shipshape with our tips.

Sort out your shed

Clean up Give hard areas a thorough sweep, then get rid of weeds and moss using a tool such as the Wolf patio block weed brush, £12.99, Homebase. Next, use a hose to power-wash dirt and grime away. Treat stubborn slimy areas with a scrubbing brush and an organic cleaning product such as Algon Path and Patio cleaner, £9.95 per 2.5ltr, Ethical Superstore.

Update fences Check your garden’s boundaries for any damaged fence panels or unstable posts and replace them if necessary. Wickes has a good range, from £18 per panel. If your existing fence has faded, add a protective coat such as Shed & Fence Timbercare, from £11.99 per 5ltr, Wickes.

Get weeding

On a dry day, remove everything from your shed, so you can see all of your kit. It’s tempting to use it as a dumping ground, so be ruthless and take unwanted items to the charity shop or tip. While it’s empty, vacuum it, then put everything back neatly. Stock up on zinc tool clips (£1.79 for three, Homebase) and fit them to the wall so you can store tools safely.

Revive furniture Wipe down your garden furniture with a cloth and a mild detergent, then leave it to dry in the sunshine. For painted metal or wood pieces, gently remove any loose paint flakes using sandpaper or a metal bristled brush, before repainting for a fresh look. Treat wooden pieces with a nourishing oil or stain such as Varda colourless wood stain, £6 per 0.5ltr, Ikea.

SAVE MONEY – COMPOST YOUR FOOD WASTE AT HOME AND USE ON YOUR GARDEN. VISIT GETCOMPOSTING.COM FOR DISCOUNTED BINS, FROM £17.98 FOR A 220LTR ONE

Clear away any dead growth, leaves and debris from your beds. Dig out weeds

Things to do

GROW UP Get organised. Accessories, from £6 for a seed tin, all Garden Trading

Lift patio pots and clean underneath Add a fresh layer of compost to all pots Plant hanging baskets, troughs and pots with bedding plants Prune trees and shrubs Mend fences and posts Refresh furniture Weed borders Tidy your shed Plant new shrubs

Weed and clean up patios, paths and decked areas Lift and divide up overgrown perennials Protect plants from slugs and snails using pellets or homemade traps (fill a shallow bowl with beer) Sow grass seed on patches on the lawn Add manure to roses Stake tall, floppy plants


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3 key tools Essential items for effortless gardening CUTTING EDGE

Match the parasol to your seat covers for a coordinated look

Keep weeds down and lawn edges neat and tidy with the lightweight Black & Decker GL360-GB 350W dual-handed corded strimmer, £29.99, Very

EASY TO HANDLE

SUPER SIZE Mow more and empty less with the Essentials 1000W lawnmower, £50, Dobbies, which boasts a 27ltr capacity grass box

THIRSTY WORK SETTLE DOWN Enjoy a refreshing drink with friends. Round four-seater table and chairs, £179.99, Homebase

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RACHEL SAYS ‘If you want to transform your decking, a power wash jet will make it look like new in no time. Painting your fence is a great idea for an easy update, and to provide protection from the elements.’

CARING FOR YOUR LAWN Give grass a little TLC to get it looking healthy KEEP IT HYDRATED Water your lawn with a sprinkler during dry spells and mow grass every week during the spring and summer. Walk alternately up and down with the mower for smart stripes. EXTRACT WEEDS Lift dandelions and their roots with ease from your lawn without disturbing too much turf with the nifty Speedy Weedy, £19.98, Greenfingers.com ENCOURAGE GROWTH In the warmer months, aerate your lawn with a spiked rolling aerator, £34.95, Lawnsmith. It

allows rain to penetrate the grass easily and encourages deep roots for a thicker lawn.

Make watering your garden simple with the 10m compact hose box, £39.99, Kärcher, which is small, lightweight and easy to use

BLOWN AWAY Clear up leaves. Mac Allister 3000W electric garden blow-vac, £49, B&Q

REMOVE LEAVES In the autumn, use a rake and a leaf blower (shown right), to get rid of any leaves, otherwise your grass may die and look patchy. FAKE IT Choose a faux lawn for easy maintenance or a grass-effect area if you’ve got a balcony or terrace. We’re big fans of the Oasis faux grass, £9.99 per sq m, Grass Direct. It won’t fade in sunlight and can be cleaned with a hose – it’s pet friendly, too.

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All you need to know:

PLANTING

Make sure your garden’s blooming beautiful with our simple planting tips for fabulous flowers and homegrown food ON DISPLAY Ladder painted in Mockingbird Blue; accessories in shades from the Garden Colours range, all £28.99 per 2.5ltr, Sadolin

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ith so many different plants available, it’s hard to know which to choose and how to care for them. But we’ve scoured the garden centres and found a selection that are easy to look after and guaranteed to last.

Plan ahead When you’re planting seeds and plug plants, try to ensure that you’ll have something in bloom for every month of the spring and summer. Most plants have care labels that indicate when to expect flowers (or a harvest for fruit and veg), so choose carefully so there’s not a gap without colour. If you’re sowing seeds, stagger your sowings and plant batches a few weeks apart so your plants reach maturity at different times, prolonging the flowering or fruiting season. This method is known as succession planting.

Choose starter plants If you’re a beginner and want pretty but low-maintenance plants, fill containers with trailing Lobelia (usually blue, pink, purple or white) and upright Geraniums (available in a range of colours). These hassle-free plants come in great-value plug form from garden centres in late spring and early summer. Dead head them regularly to prolong flowering.

Transform borders The key to showstopping borders is to vary the height of plants, positioning

colour to your borders with bountiful blooms that make an impact

STAND TALL

POP UP

SUBTLE HUE

TWO TONE

PURPLE HAZE

‘Magic Fountains’ Delphiniums, £2.99 for 80, Suttons

Zinnia ‘Giant Dahlias’, £1.95 for 60, Sarah Raven

‘Erysimum Bowles’s Mauve’, £5.99 per pot, RHS

Sweet Williams, £1.69 for 130, Dobies of Devon

‘Matucana’ Sweet Peas, £6.99 for four plants, Crocus

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STYLE SCHOOL GREEN FINGERS Tray, £12; string tin, £8; gloves, £12; seed set, £40; secateurs, £16; trowel, £15; fork, £15, all John Lewis

ta aller shrubs and flowers at the back and lo ower ones towards the front. Hollyhocks, Fo oxgloves and Delphiniums all look striking ne ear the back of borders and provide lo ong-lasting displays. Smaller flowers su uch as Sweet Williams, Marigolds and Sttocks are better suited to the front of borders as they’re shorter so you’ll be ab ble to see what’s behind them.

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NAME IT Set of six slate greenhouse tags with chalk, £10, Garden Trading

If you’re planting a back garden vegetable patch, it’s best to stick to easy-to-care-for, pa p high-yielding plants that you can use all hi h ssummer long. Potatoes don’t require much effort once they’re in – just watering and e weeding – so they’re a good choice if you w don’t have much time to maintain the d patch. Plant some cut-and-come-again p ssalad plants (such as Salad Mix, Frilly and Decorative, £1.75 for 250 seeds, Quickcrop) D sso you can pluck a handful of fresh leaves ffor dinner every day. Radishes are good choices, too, as they’re easy to grow (you c just sow them straight into the soil) and quite quick to swell up – which is ideal for q impatient gardeners. Again, they’re perfect ffor last-minute salads or sandwiches, so are very useful to have to hand. a

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THINGS TO DO Fun summer jobs and alfresco entertainment THROW A GARDEN PARTY We can’t rely on the weather to play ball, so a gazebo is a great investment and will transform your outside space into a useable ‘room’ – whatever the weather. It’s handy on hot days, too, as it provides a sheltered, shady spot.

UPDATE A SMALL SPACE Try a clever tiered solution on a patio, balcony or deck to make the most of every available inch. Having plants on shelves or ladders also makes them easier to water and maintain, which is ideal for people with bad backs.

CREATE A VEGGIE PATCH Choose a sunny, well-drained spot for your patch and decide whether you want rows in the ground or raised beds. Dig over the soil, fork it and rake until fine. Plan the layout before you sow seeds – either on paper or try quickcrop.co.uk/growmatic and position plants you need to harvest regularly somewhere accessible. Visit growveg.co.uk/ guides/how-to-plan-a-vegetablegarden-a-step-by-step-guide for a detailed plan to start you off.

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SHANNON SAYS ‘Planting vibrant blooms really helps bring an outdoor space to life. In my garden, I also like to scatter small potted herbs around for added depth and to enliven the senses.’

MAKE A DEN Paint your shed and treat yourself to a hard-wearing sisal mat (such as the Osted rug, from £15, Ikea). Then add a comfy armchair to create a cosy space to relax in. WORK FROM HOME Find a compact desk and put up some shelves for paperwork to make a garden office. If you want to use it in winter, head to Shedworking.co.uk for tips on heating and insulation. CREATE A PLAY SPACE Kids will love a mini ‘house’, so paint your shed in cheery colours – perhaps with an internal blackboard paint panel so they can draw on it – sew

curtains, and fit it out with small furniture for littles ones. We love the Kritter range from Ikea, from £10 for a chair.

GO POTTY Make a dreamy potting shed – paint internal walls white to reflect light, put a shelf under the window for seedlings, hang tools on old nails and install a potting bench. Try the Fir table, £27.99, Greenfingers.com GET ACTIVE Even a small space can be turned into a gym. Paint the walls, then lay vinyl flooring (from £8.99 per sq m, Carpetright). Hang a mirror so you can check your posture, then add equipment.

FRESH LOOK Shed painted in Pale Jasmine and Beaumont Blue garden shades, both £14.27 per 1ltr, Cuprinol

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Add a splash

OF PAINT

Brighten up your outdoor furniture and decking by giving it an instant revamp

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ecorating isn’t just for your interiors – your garden is a blank canvas, too, and a fresh coat of paint can completely transform your space. But the process of reviving your outdoor furniture and walls can seem daunting, so make sure you’re prepared before you begin. When painting tables and chairs, turn each piece upside-down when dry and paint the feet underneath, too, as this is where moisture is absorbed. Untreated furniture will soon show the damaging effects of the weather. Try Sandtex’s 10-year exterior gloss paint (£28.99 per 2.5ltr). It’s also best to keep wooden furniture on a hard base, such as paving or gravel, and raise items up on bricks in winter to prevent water damage.

MIX & MATCH Chairs painted in wood & metal paint, £27 per 1ltr; decking and shed painted in Garden Colours, all £24 per 2.5ltr, Valspar

Floors and walls As well as updating your table and chairs, don’t forget about your decking, cladding, fences, sheds and exterior walls. Perk up a drab, faded fence or some tired cladding with a cheery colour, or stick to the natural look with a coat of rich, honey-coloured stain – but make sure you add a protective layer to prevent it from rotting. If you’re reviving your decking, go for an anti-slip stain – we recommend the range from Cuprinol.

STRING IT UP Clear bulb festoon lights with 20 LEDs, £34.99 for 8m, Festive Lights

REGULARLY WASH DOWN GARDEN FURNITURE TO MAINTAIN IT DURING THE SUMMER, , AND KEEP IT COVERED FOR PROTECTION IN WINTER

Light Li h up your outdoor d space Tops tips on lighting to lead you out of the darkness KNOW THE BASICS For external lighting you need to install three different types: Task lighting for practical jobs, ambient lighting for everyday use and accent lighting to highlight features and set the mood. TASK LIGHTING A Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor security light is useful. It’s triggered by motion, so will flood an area with light when you pass by. We suggest the Litecraft Vanguard Outdoor 120W large round wall light with PIR sensor, £19, Debenhams.

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AMBIENT LIGHTING Give a gentle glow to the areas you use the most with wall lights. Garden Trading has a good range, from £25. Alternatively, hang a string of outdoor festoon lights above your seating area for a party – Festive Lights has a great selection. ACCENT LIGHTING Highlight paths, walls and border edges. Discreet solar powered lights on stakes are ideal as they don’t need batteries or electricity, so they can be located anywhere. Try Solar Black lights, £24.99 for 12, Argos.


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I live in a flat with a compact balcony. How can I grow plants?

You can create an attractive balcony by using pots and troughs – have a look at my new Poundland range. As well as flowering plants, try vegetables and herbs. You’ll need to regularly water and feed them, though – slow-release feed d iis easy and it’s worth adding moissture GO GREEN retention crystals (both £1, Add bright plants. Poundland) to your compo ost.. Hanging basket,

Go for a Spanish feel. Coral bistro set, £69.99, Homebase

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My back garden has a small, paved area with high walls all around it. How can I make it a more inviting, green space?

COASTAL CHIC Painted in Oxford Blue, Bahamas Blue and Collectors White, all £28.99 per 2.5ltr 10-year exterior gloss paint, Sandtex

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Any plants will make the garden more welcoming. You could also paint the walls a pale colour to reflect light and highlight the plants you grow. Concentrate on growing climbers and wall shrubs, such as flowering Ornamental Quince, Euonymus Fortunei and Dwarf Clematis, mixed in with other climbing plants. In front of these, have smaller shrubs and perennials, such as Sedum Dianthus and Catmint. Add colour with hanging baskets and pots filled with perennial shrubs.

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CAT SAYS ‘If you have a balcony that’s a bit plain, lay some fake grass to create a mini lawn. Hang pots on the wall with herbs, plants and succulents for an urban/ vertical garden.’

Q&A Charlie Dimmock answers your questions

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What’s the best way to store, organise and label seedlings? Seeds mu S ust always be kept d and frrost-free. I keep dry them in a wooden container in my office. Shop-bought seeds will be sealed in a foil or plastic packet to protect them. If you’re collecting your own to save money, pop them in envelopes and label the packets with not only the plant but the date you collected it, too (some can last up to a year when stored properly). When you’re sowing seeds, always label them, too, as different types of seeds will germinate at different times.

KEEP TRACK Eight labels, £5.95, Dotcomgiftshop

How can I attract birds into my garden?

A good range of plants attract different types of insects, which in turn attracts birds. Birds love to perch and roost in evergreen plants and hedges. Place bird feeders high up and remember to refill, and provide a clean source of water, whether it’s a bird bath or a pond, so you’ll encourage even more to fly into your garden. Green-fingered guru Charlie Dimmock answers your gardening questions here. Her new range is available to buy at all Poundland stores nationwide. With over 130 lines, from hand tools and hanging bird feeders to heavy duty gloves and pressure sprayers, there’s something for everyone.

FEAST ON THIS Apple bird feeder, £19, The Orchard

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PRETTY PERFECT

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Lavender Garden exterior masonry paint, £62 per 5ltr, Mylands; cushion, £14.99, Dobbies; Ashley Thomas glass, £3.50, Debenhams

Barleywood Garden Shades exterior wood paint, £22 per 2.5ltr, Cuprinol; cushion, £7, Primark; lantern, £29.50, Marks & Spencer

Sporty Pink garden and decking paint, £22 per 2.5ltr, Valspar; Flamingo cushion, £12, Sainsbury’s; wire lantern, £4, George

Choose your style Create a striking exterior that reflects your personality

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SUMMER BRIGHTS

Juniper Ash exterior eggshell p paint, £60 per 2.5ltr, Little Greene; floor cushion, £16, Sainsbury’s; metal sign, £16, Matalan

Gentle Violet Aura exterior paint, £21.75 per 0.94ltr, Benjamin Moore; geometric cushion, £18, B&Q; Aztec food cover, £8, Bhs

Sun Dial garden paint, £15.68 per 1ltr, Ronseal at B&Q; Toucan cushion, £7, George; solar light stick, £1, Primark

RETRO CHIC

SEASIDE BREEZE

JUNGLE VIBES

Frosted Lake Blue exterior masonry, £30 per 5ltr, Dulux Weathershield at B&Q; cushion, £10, Very; watering can, £12.99, HomeSense

Sea Green garden colour paint, £7.50 per 1ltr, Wilko; Simplicity Waves cushion, £7.99, Dunelm; solar rope jar light, £10, Sainsbury’s

Raw Canvas Garden Colours paint, £28.99 per 2.5ltr, Sadolin; Botanist seat cushion, £12, Sainsbury’s; wooden chimes, £6, George

Never miss a Style School! Last month’s was all about tiling walls – download a digital copy free from cushienumber.co.uk. Next month, decorating children’s rooms!

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‘We now use this

SPACE ALL YEAR ROUND’ Stylist at Home Georgia, 20, knew her parents’ conservatory could truly blossom with a few simple tweaks and bright accessories

MY ROOM...

ABOUT ME I’m Georgia Field, 20, an art and design student, and I live at home with my parents Karen, 55, and Michael, 58, and our two labradoodles, Dexter and Duffy. We live in a four-bed Georgian house in the heart of the Kent countryside. MY CHALLENGE When we moved here in 2006, there was a gloomy lean-to made out of corrugated plastic, so three years later, we had it rebuilt. But years on, it was still being used as a junk room. I wanted to unleash its real potential and give it an injection of personality by adding new fabrics and accessories. MY WISH LIST To create an informal dining room and living area that we could use every day. When the weather is sunny, we wanted to be able to open the French windows and all spill out onto the patio.

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STYLE TIP

‘Choose rattan and wicker furniture that’s UVtreated and fade resistant so it lasts for longer’


CONSERVATORY MAKEOVER

Love it

LITTLE DETAILS ‘I love hanging pretty bunting inside – it frames the windows in here perfectly’

CHILL OUT ‘There’s plenty of space to sit and relax, whether you want to read a book or enjoy tea with friends’

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ost homes have a room that is a magnet for junk, whether it’s sports equipment, books, bags or paperwork,’ says Georgia. ‘For us, it was the conservatory, which was a shame because, potentially, it was the loveliest space in the house. My mum Karen designed the room herself and saved about £15,000 by employing a local carpenter and builder. It’s actually more like an orangery as it’s brick-built with windows and a skylight. After the initial flurry of activity, however, the space slowly got swallowed up. It kept niggling away at me, so last Mother’s Day I decided to mastermind a mini makeover. We had some furniture already, so it was just a case of reorganising everything.

Adding some style

TOTAL

£2,076 TURN OVER FOR MY SHOPPING LIST

The inspiration behind the scheme was a golden yellow rose tablecloth from Ragged Rose. My mum loved it and we decided on a yellow and duck-egg blue palette. The company has so many coordinating throws and cushions that the look came together really quickly – they create a warm feel. Our biggest investment was the floor. My parents chose limestone as it’s neutral, hardwearing and easy to clean, which is essential when you have two dogs. Once

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Stylists at Home

GREAT IDEA

‘Clip some feather birds inside a decorative birdcage to bring it to life’

DEBBIE SAYS ‘This is a great use of the space – the vibrant hues brighten the room and French windows to the outside create flow.’

TAKE OUTS ‘On warm days we can seamlessly extend the room outside and enjoy dinner al fresco’

O ’LL HAVE EVERLASTING FLOWERS IF YOU USE ‘YOU FLORAL FABRICS – JUST MIX IN COMPLEMENTARY PLAIN COLOURS SO IT’S NOT TOO OVERPOWERING’ FRUIT BURST ‘A zesty mix of lemon and lime cushions instantly update plain chairs’

it was laid, my dad painted the walls a duck-egg blue and my mum and I upcycled Ikea chairs to match, which look great. Luckily, the rattan sofa, side table and chair we got when the conservatory was built still look as good as new. So the only extra furniture we bought were chairs, a plant stand, a small dining table from a junk shop and garden seating. The conservatory is south-facing and filled with light all day, but it’s not too hot so we decided against blinds. Plus, it’s enclosed by trees, so privacy isn’t an issue. Instead we can enjoy views of the garden.

Final touches

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Our main aim was to create a room with a purpose. We already have a kitchen-diner, but no formal dining area, so this was key. We also wanted to be able to use this as an extra living space, whatever the weather. Restyling this space has transformed the way we live. We now eat most of our meals in here and stay to chat. Last winter we moved some of the potted plants inside, so we got to enjoy them when it was too cold outside. It’s the perfect all-year room.’

TWIT TWOO ‘This vintage accessory brings a little quirkiness and fun to the scheme’

My shopping list Apri p iciia lilight gh tumbl bled d lilimestone fl floor oo tiles, iles, £33.49per sq m, Travertine Direct. Walls painted in Duck Egg matt emulsion, £32 per 2.5ltr, Laura Ashley. Ascot threeseater sofa in chocolate and cream, £399; Ascot chairs, £199 each, both Rattan Direct, are similar. Agen chairs, £22 each, Ikea; painted in Rust-Oleum Duck Egg furniture paint, £4.99 for 125ml, Homebase. Tessa golden rose tablecloth, £40; Natalie golden yellow rose napkins, £20 for four; Arabella gold and duck egg velvet pom pom cushion, £20; Polly floral duck egg cushion, £25; Jacky Golden Yellow handled floor cushion, £30; Belinda duck-egg blue velvet pom pom throw, £75; duck-egg blue garden bunting, £15, all Ragged Rose. Rattan tray, £42.50, The Cape Table. Green Rio tumblers, £5 each, LSA International, are a match. Lime jug, £3.75, Debenhams, is an alternative. For a birdcage, from £22.50, try Pastel Lane. Feather bird clip decorations, £10 for three, Petra Boase at Notonthehighstreet.com. Mercia folding patio chairs, £29.99 each, Greenfingers


CONSERVATORY MAKEOVER

Love it

Get Georgia’s

CONSERVATORY LOOK Welcome spring hues and botanical prints for an instant refresh

WORDS SALLY GILLAM PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE SHOPPING LAURIE DAVIDSON

LEMON FRESH

MELLOW YELLOW

BOBBLE FUN

SCENT-SATIONAL BUY

Create a calm ambience. Oil lantern in yellow, £52.99, Wayfair

Snuggle on the sofa. Scion Taimi pom pom throw in teal, £95, House of Fraser

Fill your home with a fruity fragrance. Melon and rhubarb candle, £3, Wilko

PAIR UP

PRETTY PRINTS

PLUSH LOOK

Store items neatly. Wrapped seagrass baskets, £32 for two, Next

Brighten a blank space. Set of four sunflower canvases, £45, Very

Get comfortable. Faux-velvet duck egg cushion, £5, George

HANG IN A GROUP

SUBTLE SHADES

ON THE WIRE

GO FOR GREEN

Add colour to your walls. Duck Egg matt emulsion, £32 per 2.5ltr, Laura Ashley

Introduce some cute details. Bird cage, £12.99, HomeSense

Liven up your glassware. Congo green tumbler, £30 for six, Habitat

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Rock on Revamp your patio with a relaxing rocking chair so you can lean back and watch the world go by. A contemporary grey design will stand the test of time.

French style Create a charming look with a pretty metal bistro design. Not only is this mint pastel colour on-trend, this table-for-two set is ideal for intimate dinners.

Adelaide rocker bistro set, £199, Very

Holkham green table and chairs, £169, Notcutts

GET COMFY

Invest in a new PATIO SET Sit back and enjoy alfresco dining with these chic designs

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he time has come to head outside and enjoy your garden with our pick of the best outdoor furniture. From stylish bistro dining to casual sofas, there’s something for every space – all you need to do is soak up the sun.

Modern metallics This sleek set is the perfect addition if you’ve got a large area to fill. It’s great for casual dining or entertaining thanks to its comfortable seating and spacious table.

Colour pop Bring a sense of fun to your outdoor space with a bright stool paired with a neutral table. This is the perfect size for a compact balcony, and the colours will add interest. When not in use, fill the table with potted plants or tealights for a pretty display. Vasteron stools and Haro table, £29, Ikea

Sydney metal dining set, £547, B&Q

GO FOR LUXURY

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GARDEN FURNITURE

Buy it

Timeless look Rattan furniture is a popular choice for gardens as it’s lightweight, simple to wipe down and won’t break the bank. Team with classic cream cushions for a rustic look. Rattan bistro set, £199.50, Roman At Home

EASY TO CLEAN

Good wood Wooden outdoor furniture is often the go-to choice as it’s hard-wearing and can also be stained to preserve its colour. A small bistro set is perfect for a compact area, plus it can be easily stored in the colder months. Sedona three-piece bistro set, £49, George

MAKE SURE TO VARNISH OR STAIN WOODEN OUTDOOR FURNITURE TO PROTECT IT FROM THE ELEMENTS

3 of the best…

Coastal cool

ACCESSORIES

Update your garden with a nautical-style table and chairs for a nod towards the seaside look. This option, with its painted blue-andwhite finish will brighten up your garden or balcony and create a lovely place to drink a cup of tea or coffee in the morning sun.

Smarten up your outdoor area with h these thes pretty buys

SUNNY HUES Stay comfortable. Patterned seat cushion in yellow, £7.99, H&M

Salcombe bistro set, £149, John Lewis

IN THE SHADE Enjoy lazy Sunday afternoons with a decadent daybed. This elegant and inviting lounger will transform your garden into a social space this summer. The footstools can also be used for additional seating. Dark brown LA Toronto daybed, £1,150, Debenhams

Keep out of the sun – or rain! Tilting round parasol, £59.99, John Lewis

ALL ABOARD Choose maritime accessories. Rope lantern, £8, Matalan

FEATURE ROSALIND ERSKINE

Day sleeper

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Get creative

IN THE GARDEN

Give your outdoor areas an instant refresh with our nifty DIY ideas

ALPHABET PLANTERS Spell it out in style with these fun, playful letters TAKES 45MINS COST £16 PER LETTER Small letter cake tins, £16 each, The Cake Decorating Company Compost Bag of moss Succulent plants of your choice for each letter

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Fill each of the cake tins approximately three quarters with compost. Pat down so it’s compact. Decide how you’d like to arrange the plants in each tin and make a hole in the compost where each plant will sit. Position and plant the succulents. Use moss to cover the compost in between the succulents by gently pushing it into place using your fingertips. Play around with the design until you are completely happy with the finished look of each tin. Stand up to display.

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PLANT MARKER Keep your herb garden or vegetable patch in order TAKES 30MINS COST £0 Wood sticks or branches, approximately Dia1cm Sharpie Vegetable peeler pen Clear nail varnish

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Cut several branches from the garden and trim the wood to remove any shoots. Cut one end on a diagonal so that it’s easier to push into the soil. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the bark along the top of one edge and create a flat area. Leave the sticks to dry completely, which may take a few days. Use a Sharpie pen to write on the label to mark your herbs, vegetables or plants. Apply a coat of clear nail varnish over the writing to act as a protective layer. Place the sticks in each pot.

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Artificial planted container, £24.99, Homebase. Bunting, £10, Postbox Party at Notonthehighstreet.com


GARDEN CRAFTS Birdhouse, £6.99, Homebase. Ceramic robin, £1; stepping stones, £1 each; watering can planter, £1, all Poundland

Make it

BIRD BATH Welcome feathered friends into your garden with this simple and cute make TAKES 1HR* COST £39.97 Mosaic multifix adhesive, £11, Hobbycraft Grout spreader & sponge Terracotta saucer (Dia25.5cm), £1.99, Homebase Clearly Mosaic mix in sea breeze, £16.99 Hobbycraft Terracotta flower pot (H43cm), £9.99, Homebase

PROJECTS BECKY CLARKE STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES *EXCLUDING DRYING TIME

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Mix the adhesive as per the instructions on the packet and spread to cover approximately a quarter of the saucer a few millimetres thick. Push the mosaic pieces into the adhesive, trying to keep the colour mix random or until you’re happy with the pattern. When covered, apply more adhesive and mosaic tiles, and keep going until the inside of the saucer is completely covered. Gently wipe the surface and the top edge with a damp sponge to remove any excess grout. Leave to dry for a short time, then gently wipe the surface again to clean the mosaic in the saucer. Leave to dry thoroughly overnight, then place the saucer on top of the flower pot to finish and fill the saucer with water.

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DO IT IN UNDER

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1hr!

WOOD-EFFECT PLACEMATS Complete your alfresco dining table with these stylish and creative clay placemats TAKES 45MINS* COST £4.49

Amazon melamine dinnerware, from £5; napkins, £16 for four, both House of Fraser. Suvi jug, £12; Suvi glass, £4; Ananas tealight holder, £10, all Habitat

Rolling pin Fimo air-drying clay, £4.49 for 500g, Hobbycraft Old sturdy placemats (with no bend) Knife Glue & paintbrush Clear sealer

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Roll out the air-drying clay to about 5mm thick and so that it measures slightly larger than the size of your placemat. Carefully lay the placemat lightly on top of the rolled clay and cut to fit around the outside using a sharp knife. Using the tip of the knife, score the surface of the clay with a woodgrain pattern – you may wish to practise drawing this design on paper beforehand to make sure you’re happy with the look. Leave the clay to dry thoroughly (follow packaging instructions). Use a strong glue to stick the clay on top of the placemat and, once dry, apply a coating of varnish or clear sealer to add a protective layer.

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Refresh with

COASTAL COOL

Create a beach hut feel with soft blue hues and distressed finishes

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here’s nothing more invigorating than spending time beside the sea, so why not refresh your interior and bring the essence of the coast into your home?

Sailor style The new Coastal collection from Sainsbury’s is inspired

by the great British coastline. It features a fabulous range of accessories with organic forms and tactile surfaces in a muted colour palette that reflects the shades of the sea. Layer the look with soft washed linens, cosy cushions and decorative items with nautical-inspired motifs for a scheme that’s relaxed and easy to live with.

SEASIDE CHIC Whitewashed cladding and stripped floorboards create a crisp New England inspired backdrop


PROMOTION

SUBTLE SHADES

DIPPED DESIGN

POT LOOK Small neutral ceramic vase, £6

SERVE UP Coastal nibble bowls, £2.50 each

Pick a new crockery set in a cool coastal style

SHIP AHOY! Sailing boat object, £10

CHOOSE WATERY SHADES

ANCHORS AWEIGH Authentic By The Shore cushion, £14

Stylists at Home

ORGANIC SHAPES Small glass bottle, £5; Tall glass bottle, £6

SERVE IN STYLE

FISHY FRIENDS Coastal jug, £12

MAKE IT YOURS Want to know how to create a relaxed coastal feel in your home this summer?

SHANNON SAYS ‘The sailing ship and blue bottles would make a lovely focal point on a mantelpiece or on a shelf. I would display the blue bottles throughout my home to give continuity to the coastal theme.’

BE INSPIRED by Sainsbury’s great-value homewares and accessories in-store and check out the other stunning ranges while you’re there. TAKE A LOOK online at sainsburyshome.co.uk to discover the new collections and to find your nearest store.

COSY COASTAL Bird cushion, £12

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Add bamboo slats to a deck or balcony area for a desert island vibe

ways to get

TROPICAL Add a dash of island style to your home

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e may not enjoy a balmy, equatorial climate here in the UK, but that doesn’t have to stop you introducing a fun and exotic feel into your home. Embrace lively colour, add lush foliage and finish the look with quirky details.

Art of palm

A standout palm print wallpaper will anchor the look of a room, and this cheery yellow version is a new take on classic green leaves. If you live in a rented property, fill three large Stromby frames, £14 each, Ikea, with the paper and hang as a high-impact trio.

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Nature’s bounty

To achieve a warmer look, introduce natural textures into a scheme with items such as rattan lampshades, wicker armchairs and real wood furniture. Enjoy the outdoor feel underfoot, too, with natural fibre weaves such as sisal or jute as alternatives to traditional carpeting. These add sophistication to a tropical theme and keep the look grounded.

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Jungle is massive

When deciding on accent colours, take your inspiration from exotic flowers, glossy jungle foliage and the dazzling turquoise ocean. For a refined look in an older house, go with a choice of tonal greens and clean white, but in a more modern home why not go wild with a wacky combo of fresh topaz and bright sunshine yellow.

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Botanical blend

For a more subtle take on the theme, introduce palm-leaf prints into a modern monochrome scheme, adding an offbeat natural touch and mixing up the scheme. Green leaf-pattern cushions would look stylish placed on a neutral sofa, paired with black and white geometrics, and coordinated with a mono chevron rug.

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TREE STYLE Brighton Pavilion Palm Silk by Architects Paper, £68 per 10m roll, Wallpaper Direct

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ISLAND LIFE

Palm trees and pineapples are key motifs in many homeware designs on the high street this season. These simple single-shade cushions are a contemporary take on the classic palm silhouette; stick to one colour or combine all three shades.

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SULTRY ’70S

Channel the fashionable 1970s with your tropical interior and update old cane furniture with paint. Try Colours gloss spray paint, £6.74 for 400ml, B&Q. This paint comes in a range of bright hues including punchy orange and zesty green.

BRIGHTEN UP Cushion covers £3.99 each; candlestick, £14.99, all H&M


TROPICAL STYLE

Buy it

PET PROJECT Yellow parrot ornament, £15, The Contemporary Home

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CAW B BLIMEY LIMEY

Find quirky little touches like this bold bird bud vase, or upcycle your own by sourcing old china ornaments and vases from car-boot sales, then spraying them in zesty colours.

STEAMY SCENE Island Birds duvet set, £12; pineapple vase, £10; monkey ornament, £12, all George

Beautiful birds Introduce accessories adorned with exotic feathered friends

7 FLYING HIGH

Majestic Macaw coaster, £14 for four, Martha and Hepsie

8TICKLED PINK

Flamingo tea towel, £12.95, Cuckooland.com

9 TREASURE TROVE Red Eden print small box, £14, Debenhams

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Colonial cool

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LUSH LOOK

Paint a wall in two vibrant shades, with a handpainted brush mark to join the two hues where they meet. This expressive and bold design statement adds interest in modern properties that may lack features such as dado rails.

GO BOHO

Forget the minimalist look and combine a multitude of bright and eclectic patterns from far-flung parts of the globe for a tropical traveller decor style.

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Feelin’ hot hot hot!

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Paradise prints

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Bright bunches

Wooden shutters on your windows will evoke the feel of balmy summer days, and are a cleaner, more chic alternative to curtains. The Shutter Store has a selection of stunning colours, so why not make a statement with bright green instead of white?

Save money on artwork by buying downloadable files that you can print and frame. Check out the selection by Synplus at Etsy, from £4.25 for a downloadable file. Images include a pink watercolour flamingo silhouette that would add an artistic and playful touch to any room.

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TROPICAL NEEDN’T MEAN GARISH HUES – TEAM BOTANICA L PRINT CUSHIONS, ARTWORK AND FOLIAGE WITH WHITE WALLS

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Play with pattern

If you find a tropical-themed fabric that you love, choose one hero pattern to use as cushion covers, and coordinate this with simple lattice-look design cushions such as the Henley cushion, £12, Very.

Create a lush vibe even if you’re not green fingered, with realistic faux plants from Blooming Artificial. Tall, leafy arrangements emulate the scheme, so go for long palm leaves and colourful plants, such as the Bird of Paradise exotic flower. Choose artificial versions and foliage to make up your own displays that will last for years.

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Sun shades

Nothing says hot tropics more than zingy yellows and vibrant oranges – combine the two with luscious green shades and your home will feel summer-ready in no time. Don’t forget the token flamingo in statement-making pink to finish off a scheme!

Quirky cushions Add exotic flair with picture perfect textiles

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Forest foliage

Arrange single stems of rainforestgreen branches and leaves in an assortment of clear and coloured-glass vases for a console table centrepiece or mantel display. Use glass paint to turn old jars into jewelcoloured vases and votives.

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Linea cockatoo cushion, £20, House of Fraser

Palm-print pom pom cushion, £7, George

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Butterfly by Matthew Williamson printed cushion, £25, Debenhams


TROPICAL STYLE

Buy it

Pick a trailing leaf print for a whole wall, to get the look of climbing vines

SWIRL POOL Morocco paisley shower curtain, £5; pop-up bin, £3; towels from £4 each; candles, £3 each, all Primark

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Make waves

Your bathroom is the perfect place to indulge in a tropical-inspired interior design. Add towels in rich turquoise and coral shades, and combine with natural foliage and garlands for a sweet scheme.

FLORA & FAUNA Amazilia voile, £59 per m; Nalia wallpaper, £59 per 10m roll, both Harlequin

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HOT HUES

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Material girl

Go all out and invest in tropical island-design fabric to upholster some of the main pieces in your home. Get your staple gun ready and give your table setting an instant boost with palm print fabrics used to cover the chairs, and lend a living room a jungle injection with a footstool in an exuberant and multicoloured material.

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Green spaces

Group your house plants together in a mini forest arrangement to create a green focal point in your room. Fill an empty corner of your living area with a variety of hanging plants in retro macrame hangers. Buy a DIY kit, or a ready-made version in a colour that will work with your decor.

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COLOUR BLOCK Take a leap into a brave new world of colour with emerald green walls and clashing fuchsia pink highlights. Use wide masking tape to create perfect stripes at a height below door frames. Do this just on one wall for a contemporary design statement.

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PAINTED CUSHIONS Try your hand at creating a luxury lookalike for a fraction of the cost

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ive a plain cushion cover a modern twist with gold fabric paint and a funky geometric finish, inspired by the luxurious design from House of Fraser. As with most fabric paints, the inks may transfer so we recommend using these cushions decoratively in low-traffic areas of your home.

PROJECT & STYLING CASSIE PRYCEC PHOTOGRAPH DAVID GILES *PLEASE NOTE: THIS CUSHION COVER IS NOT WASHABLE

TAKES 3HRS COST £24.49 Gurli cushion cover in grey, £2, Ikea 3 x Marabu Textil Design spray, £6.13 each, Fred Aldous Masking tape Paintbrush Seta opaque black fabric paint, £4.10, Fred Aldous

SPLASH OUT Ralph Lauren Wyatt bronze cushion cover, £99, House of Fraser

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Iron your cushion cover to remove any creases. Working outside on a dustsheet, spray one side with the gold spray paint and leave to dry. Spray in slow, steady lines across the fabric for even coverage. Once dry, apply a second coat and repeat on the reverse side. Follow sealing and treatment instructions on the can.

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Once the gold paint is completely dry, use tape to mark out a geometric pattern on the cushion cover (or use a stencil, like our star design). Use a paintbrush and the black fabric paint to cover the lines in between the masking tape. Remove the masking tape then leave to dry.

Make sure the masking tape is firmly stuck down onto the fabric to keep your lines clean and crisp

LESS THAN

£25

GET THE LOOK Ombre colour self-adhesive wallpaper, £35 per roll, Oakdene Designs. Skogsta bench, £40; indoor plant, £19; Kalasa plant pot, £8, all Ikea. Faux mohair ombre throw, £19.99, Dunelm

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Give it a go!

REVAMPS AT HOME Update existing items with our step-by-step upcycling projects

INITIAL TOWEL Customise a plain bathroom towel in next to no time TAKES 45MINS COST £8.49 Paper & pencil Scissors Patterned fabric remnant Bondaweb, £3.50, John Lewis White towel, £4.99, Dunelm Iron Sewing machine

DO IT IN UNDER

1hr!

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Using a paper template, draw and cut out a letter from the fabric. Iron a piece of Bondaweb slightly bigger than the letter template to the back of the patterned fabric. Place the letter face down on the paper backing, draw around it and cut out. Remove the paper backing and use an iron to stick the fabric letter onto the towel. Sew a zigzag stitch around the edge of the letter with a sewing machine for a neat finish.

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TOWEL LADDER Display pretty towels on this DIY hanging rack TAKES 1HR COST £7.94 4 x pieces of 50cm long wood Drill with 7mm bit Sandpaper 6mm thick natural sisal rope, £7.94 for 30.5m, B&Q Sticky tape Ruler & pencil

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Take four matching pieces of wood measuring 50cm long and, 3cm from each end, drill a 7mm hole with a wood bit through each. Use sandpaper to smooth the edges. Cut two pieces of rope to 140cm long. On one length, tie a knot in one end and wrap sticky tape around the other to stop it from fraying.

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Thread the rope up through the first piece of wood (with the sticky taped end first), and push the wood down so it rests firmly on the knot. Tie another knot 23cm above the first length of wood and thread on the next piece of wood. Make another knot at equal height and continue until all four rungs are in place. Repeat with the second piece of rope and knot the loose ends of the rope together at the top to hang.

PROJECTS BECKY CLARKE STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES

Croft rice weave hand towel, £10, John Lewis

White three-tier caddy, £25; Geo grey hand towel, £8; pressed glass vase, £14, all Next


HOME REVAMPS

Make it

SOAP VESSEL

Blush Rose hand cream, £5 for a pack of three, Heathcote & Ivory

VINTAGE DETAIL

Turn a pretty bottle into a unique sink-top accessory TAKES 45MINS COST £14.95 Junior hacksaw Cork Drill & wood drill bit Pump from an old soap dispenser Glass perfume bottle, £14.95, Dotcomgiftshop

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Use a hacksaw (or bread knife) to remove 1cm from the length of the cork. Using a drill bit, make a hole through the centre of the cork to match the size of the pump tube to be inserted (ours was 8mm). Carefully thread the cork over the tube of the pump up to the top so it fits tightly. Put the pump into the bottle so the cork keeps it snug. You may need to adjust the position of the cork and/or trim the tube so it fits into the new bottle and won’t allow any soap to leak.

2 GIVE THESE EASY MAKES A TRY TO ADD SOME PERSONALITY TO A BATHROOM IF YOU CAN’T AFFO ORD D HOME A BIG REVAMP, OR IF YOU LIVE IN A RENTED

JAM JAR RACK Reuse your unwanted jars to create a handy storage solution

Savoy washbasin, from £139, Bathstore. Morris & Co Golden Lily body exfoliator, £13, Heathcote & Ivory

EASY TO REACH

TAKES 1HR COST £26.85 Offcut of wood at least 42 x 9.5cm Hacksaw (if needed) Ruler & pencil 15mm screws 3 x 70mm hose clamps, £3.92 for a pack of two, B&Q Drill & screwdriver Length of rope to hang 0.5 litre glass screw-top Kilner jars, £6.99 for three, Lakeland

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Measure and cut a piece of wood to size. Use a pencil to make marks 4cm from the top edge at the centre of the wood and 9.5cm from either end. Use the 15mm screws to secure a hose clamp at each mark, ensuring the tightening screw is accessible. Use a drill to make a hole in each top corner of the wood, then thread rope through and knot to hang. Loosen each hose clamp, slide the neck of the jar in place and tighten to secure. Repeat for each jar.

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STORE IT ‘This simple addition means items are always close at hand’

PERFECT FIT ‘Our priority was creating room for a shower, but I never imagined just how successful the new layout would be’

GREAT IDEA

‘Use hardwearing paint that’s tougher than standard emulsion – it’s ideal for bathrooms’

MY ROOM...

ABOUT ME I’m Llinos Roberts, 39, and I live with my husband, Joe, 43, and our children, Ela Wen, Sam and Jac. We bought our four-bed home in Chester a year ago, and are slowly updating the dated 1980s interior. MY CHALLENGE As well as being in desperate need of modernising, the bathroom didn’t work for us as a family. We never used the bidet and the huge corner bath meant there was no room for a separate shower. MY WISH LIST A light, bright space that, while modern, would still work for a growing family. Incorporating a spacious walk-in shower was a necessity, as was adding plenty of decorative interest to avoid the room feeling too stark and clinical.

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TOTAL

£1,827 TURN OVER FOR MY SHOPPING LIST


BATHROOM MAKEOVER

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‘Our striking tiles

MAKE A BIG STATEMENT’ Stylist at Home, Llinos, 39, transformed her dated bathroom into a contemporary space that suited her growing family’s lifestyle

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inding our ideal family home proved a challenge, so instead we decided to take on a project that we could tailor to our needs. Eventually my husband, Joe, and I settled on a 1980s house with plenty of space but little character,’ says Llinos. The property, while livable, needed updating. We agreed to make do with the kitchen as it was for a while, but our first task was to revamp the bathroom. The awkward bath and makeshift shower just weren’t practical with three kids. And although it’s a good-sized room, the existing design, complete with a bidet, bulky whirlpool corner bath and exposed pipework made it feel small and cramped. However, with some careful planning, I knew we could improve on the dated decor and squeeze in a separate shower.

BLEND IN ‘The frameless finish on the glass shower creates a sleek and seamless look’

A fresh approach Getting the layout right was vital and, after experimenting with many ideas, I finally decided to locate the new bath under the window, making room for a shower where the old one originally was. The loo could then move further along the wall, ensuring there was no need for costly additional pipework, while the remaining space between the bath and shower provided the perfect gap for a vanity cabinet and basin. Having young children meant we needed lots of floor space, yet despite meticulously measuring the dimensions and marking out where everything would go with tape, I was still worried the room would be too busy – even when the plumber started work! Whereas Joe was more concerned about removing the old floor-to-ceiling tiles. However, our fears were unfounded as, once the old suite was removed, it was clear that there would be plenty of room. Plus, having decided to re-tile only half the walls, we simply opted to replaster them for a smooth finish, which is perfect for

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Stylists

SAVVY STYLE ‘Shopping online for fixtures and fittings made life easier and kept costs down – but I always used reputable companies’

at Home

BOLD BASIN ‘A wall-mounted vanity unit with no handles helps open up the space – it also provides plenty of storage’

GREAT IDEA

‘Dress up a simple window with a bright piece of fabric for a splash of colour’

ALIX SAYS ‘I really love this floor, as it has such a unique look. Towels and accessories can be updated by picking certain colours from individual tiles.’

PATCHWORK ‘I love my mix-andmatch tiles – they’re also easy to clean’

LITTLE EXTRAS ‘Pretty details in different blue hues brighten up the white space’

painting. Everything seemed to come together very easily, which was a relief. In addition to the usual plumbing, we also relayed an electricity supply for the shower. We chose an electric model so that hot water is guaranteed, which was another important consideration for a busy family of five. It’s also surprisingly powerful.

Colour explosion Before work began, I spent weeks sourcing items online, and in keeping with my vision for a low-maintenance, contemporary finish, I went for a minimalist shower enclosure with child-friendly curves and a sleek built-in bath. The smart wall-hung vanity was chosen for its enduring style and generous storage. However, it was the statement, yet still practical, floor tiles that really brought the scheme to life. As a previous lover of all things neutral, I made Joe nervous with my sudden enthusiasm for colour and pattern, but I just wanted to be more adventurous. In the end, I eventually persuaded him to agree

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to both the floor and a feature panel in the otherwise plain shower area. While it did take time to arrange the tiles in patchwork, everyone loves the result.

Finishing touches Never one to ditch neutrals completely, I teamed crisp white tiling with soft grey walls. A friend donated the vintage mirror and it adds a touch of character to the vanity area. The blind is just a length of fabric, hemmed and tacked in place, as I felt the window needed an injection of colour to match the floor. Lastly, a few vibrant towels and simple wire storage complete the transformation of, what is now, a bright and airy family bathroom, with ample space and real wow factor!’

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My shopping list Walls painted in Polished Pebble Endurance matt emulsion, £24.99 per 2.5ltr, Dulux. Curved walk-in frameless shower enclosure and shower tray, £358; square heated towel rail, from £139, both VictoriaPlum.com. 600mm Denver gloss white built-in basin and drawer unit, £339.99; 1700mm square single-ended bath, from £208.98; Cesar II close coupled WC and cistern with a soft close seat, £197.99; Canim chrome-plated basin mixer tap, £82.49; Virginia II chrome-plated bath mixer shower tap, £143.49, all Bath Empire. Mira Sport multi-fit manual 9kW electric shower in white, £239.99, Screwfix. Moroccan patchwork tiles, £4 each; plain white tiles, from £25 per sq m, all Arcadia Tiles. Window blind in Fuse fabric, £33 per m, Scion. Extendable chrome bath rack, £6.99; teal brights soap dispenser, £6.99; ombre ceramic bud vase, £3.99; cosmetic mirror with acrylic stand, £6.99; Egyptian cotton towels in orange, from £4.99 for a hand towel, all Dunelm

WORDS PAULA WOODS PHOTOGRAPHS LIZZIE ORME SHOPPING CASSIE PRYCE

‘APPLYING PATTERN TO THE FLOOR ALLOWS FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF DARING DESIGNS WITHOUT OVERPOWERING A SMALL SPACE’


BATHROOM MAKEOVER

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Copy Llinos’s

BATHROOM LOOK Go for an on-trend update with a punchy palette and bold patterns

BE BRAVE!

SUPER DRY

ON THE WALL

FLOOR FILLER

Dry off in style! Terracotta towels, from £4.99 for a hand towel, Dunelm

Go for an unusual shape. Scallop frame mirror, £35, Marks & Spencer

Make a statement. Berkeley slate blue tiles, £67.56 per sq m, Topps Tiles

TIME TO RELAX

PACK IT AWAY

MINTY FRESH

PAMPER PURCHASE

Hide bathroom clutter out of sight. Wrapped grass oval basket, £25, Next

Accessorise in a white space. Aquanova Cleo tumbler in mint, £8.50, Amara

Keep toiletries within reach. Over-bath rack, £8.99, Argos

BRIGHT BUY

CLEAN WINNER

SUITE SCENT

Jazz up your sink! Aqua plastic soap dish, £1, Wilko

Complete the look with matching accessories. Dewy toilet brush and holder, £20, Habitat

Introduce a soothing fragrance. My Serenity large Moonlight candle, £21.99, Yankee Candle

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Dress your bathroom

WINDOWS Add both privacy and style to your bathroom with these pretty window treatment ideas

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ompared to other rooms in your home, choosing a dressing for your bathroom windows can be more challenging and requires extra thought. So it’s worth looking into all your options before you begin. Not only does it have to suit the style of your space but it has to tick off many practical requirements, too. For instance, given that bathrooms tend to have quite high levels of humidity and moisture, it’s important to seek out a hardy material that can withstand these conditions.

Roll up, roll up

FIELDS OF… Wild Poppies Gold Roman blind, from £148, Hillarys

Roller blinds are a good option if you want to inject a splash of colour, as they offer plenty of choice when it comes to designs and patterns. Plus, they’re typically a less expensive alternative to other fabric blinds as they’re more straightforward to make. Be sure to choose a practical, waterresistant material that will tolerate high humidity levels, splashes and damp.

Spa-inspired If you have your heart set on installing shutters or slatted blinds, avoid going for real wood as it’s poorly suited to damp conditions and can be a breeding ground for mould and mildew. Instead, go for faux or imitation wooden blinds to get the look without compromising on function. Also, if your bathroom is short on natural light, consider a frosted window film rather

than a blind or shutters. It’s a modern alternative that’s very simple to apply. It gives the appearance of etched glass, so not only will this allow more light to enter the room, but there’s a wide range of playful designs available that will add a contemporary focal point.

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ALL ABOARD COOL GREY

SPRING FEEL

ON PRINT

Sunbrella in Misty Grey blind, from £65, Apollo Blinds

Harlequin Fleur blind, from £35, John Lewis

Jo Elise Light Trees blind, from £99, Direct Blinds

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Go for the nautical look. Splash Sealife Naval moisture-resistant roller blind, from £26.05, Blinds 2go


WINDOW DRESSINGS

Do it

MAKE SURE YOUR CHOSEN BLIND FITS THE WINDOW SPACE SNUGLY TO ENSURE MAXIMUM PRIVACY

Match your towels to your blinds for a coordinated look

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN ROLLER BLINDS Water-resistant fabric Chain Lift roller blind kit, ÂŁ9.60 for a 105cm-wide blind, Grace Brown Interiors Measuring tape & pins Fabric scissors Sewing machine & thread Washing line Blind stiffener spray, ÂŁ9 for 500ml, Grace Brown Interiors Masking tape

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Measure and cut a piece of your chosen fabric 1cm narrower than the width of the metal roller and to the drop you require for your window, plus 3cm. Fold and pin, with the wrong sides together, a channel along the bottom of the fabric. Machine stitch in place. Hang up your fabric outside and spray the reverse with the fabric stiffener spray. Leave to dry. Once dry, take your fabric and attach the top edge to the double-sided tape on the roller bar, then secure

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with masking tape. Place the bottom bar inside the channel. Roll up the blind, with the wrong side facing outwards, and push the chain mechanism into one end of the top of the roller and the pin into the other. For a more detailed guide, read the kit instructions. Fit the window brackets, then hang your blind following the instructions in the kit. Operate the blind to check that the fabric rolls up evenly and make any necessary adjustments.

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Follow our step-by-step guide and create a design in the fabric of your choice

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Looking for an exotic getaway? Make it feel like you’re bathing in the rainforest by giving your bathroom a tropical feel. Introduce lush green earthy tones, jungle prints, fresh foliage and natural materials to enhance the look.

UNDER THE CANOPY Shower curtain, £19.99; towels, from £3.99 each; bath mat, £6.99; glass vase, £12.99; soap dispenser, £9.99, all H&M

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Buy it

BATHROOM SHOPPING

MIX IT UP Think opulence. Towels, from £4 each; bronze fish, £8; dispenser, £5; tumbler, £3, all George

GOLD RING Make a statement. Round gold mirror, £20, Wilko

IN THE GREY Pick pretty patterns. Katlu mono mix tiles, £14.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors

CHEEKY CHAP Create a spiritual feel. Buddha, £10, George

POT LUCK Brighten up your sink. Cleo tumbler, £8.50; dispenser, £15.50, both Amara

BE INFUSED Fill the room with a calm aroma. Cotton candle, £12.99, H&M

Mint &

SPACE SAVER

METALLICS Create a spa-like fee el in your bathroom by mixing rich golds with subtle, co ool hues

COOL MINT Keep it simple. Eggshell blue towels, from £12.50 for a hand towel, Christy

SO WIRED Stay tidy. Metal basket, £19.99, H&M

ADD A SOFT SHADE

FEATURE LIZZIE HUDSON

ROCK GIRL ON THE RISE Perfect for storing towels. Hjalmaren ladder shelf, £69, Ikea

Work a marble style. Make-up bag, £13.50, Oliver Bonas

PERFECT PATTERN Spoil your feet. Diamond woven bath mat, £14, Bhs

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HIDDEN SOLUTIONS ‘For a streamlined finish, the fridge is concealed in these cupboards’

MY ROOM...

ABOUT ME I’m Maxine Brady, 38, an interior stylist and blogger at welovehomeblog.com and I live with my photographer boyfriend Jonathan Jones in a two-bedroom house in Brighton, East Sussex. This is our first home together, and the kitchen is the third room we’ve renovated after doing up our bathroom and living room. MY CHALLENGE Our kitchen looked tired and bland, and I wanted to inject as much style and personality as possible into the small room, as well as creating extra storage. MY WISH LIST I craved underfloor heating, statement wall and floor tiles, bespoke touches, integrated appliances, lots of storage and copper accents to add some warmth and character.

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PERFECT HARMONY ‘The kitchen units are from Symphony and we bought the wall tiles from British Ceramic Tiles’


KITCHEN MAKEOVER

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‘My industrial kitchen

WAS INSPIRED BY NEW YORK’

Stylist at Home Maxine, 38, overhauled her damp, cold kitchen into a welcoming room with lots of personal details and copper accents

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hen I moved into my new home, I was desperate to tackle the kitchen,’ says Maxine. ‘It was overcrowded, with wall units and an old boiler that took up lots of space. Also, it was a death trap due to damp – water had been dripping down the wall into the oven’s electrics. It was too dangerous to use, so we lived on toast and takeaways for five months while I saved up money to revamp the room. Before work began, my boyfriend Jonathan and I visited New York and loved the coffee bars and markets in Brooklyn, which became the starting point for my kitchen design. They looked stylish but functional, and hard-wearing. When I got home, I started collating my design ideas, looking to introduce copper accents, along with rough wood and a bold patterned floor.

The ground work STYLE TIP

‘In a small kitchen, go all-out with bold tiling – a strong pattern on the floor distracts the eye and makes the room feel bigger’

TOTAL

£5,220 TURN OVER FOR MY SHOPPING LIST

Before we could start, the old boiler had to be taken out. We got British Gas to install a new one upstairs, leaving us more space to play with. We sold the old kitchen online and stripped back the room. Once the units were out, we could see burnt-out wiring and mould growing behind them. We used a jack hammer to hack off the plaster – it was filthy, exhausting work. Our builders knocked out a new window in the far end wall and put in a damp course. Moving just one window instantly brightened the kitchen and gave us views of the garden. Once the room was plastered, underfloor heating was put in and geometric floor tiles laid. We saw lots of patterned tiled flooring in New York, which inspired the 3D design we chose.

Perfect fit It took two weeks for the plastered walls to dry in time for the units to be fitted. Our kitchen designer from Hehku Heavenly Spaces, came up with an ingenious design, which managed to fit in all our appliances, including a dishwasher,

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Stylists at Home

RACHEL SAYS ‘Using slimline appliances is a great idea in a compact kitchen, and I also love the copper hanging herb planter, which maximises space by not cluttering the worksurface.’

LETTING IN THE LIGHT ‘The new window looking onto the garden makes the space brighter’

SPRAY JOB

GS ‘FOR A DESIGNER LOOK ON A BUDGET, CONSTRUCT THIN YOURSELF. JONATHAN LEARNED HOW TO MAKE THE HANDLES FROM A BLOG AND THE SHELVING ON YOUTUBE’ ffridge id freezer, f washing hi machine hi and d a slimline pull-out larder for all our spices. We needed to squeeze so much into the space and it was tempting to put units on both sides, but it wouldn’t have made it the social area it is now. With clever planning, everything has fit in. We covered two walls up to the ceilings in classic metro tiles with dark grey grout and painted the other walls crisp white to keep the room looking fresh.

Copper tones I couldn’t find any handles I liked so Jonathan made copper ones himself using plumbers’ piping. I love them, as they are totally unique to our room. Wall units would have closed in the space, so he also made shelving out of scaffolding planks and copper piping, to keep the room feeling light. Next, we shopped around for accessories. Now it’s finished, we really enjoy being in there. It was so grim at first, but we’re really proud of our kitchen. I can’t wait for our first house party here, so we can dance on these tiles!’

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‘If we couldn’t find what we liked in copper, we sprayed it ourselves – such as our knife magnet from Amazon’

My shopping list Cranbrook units in sage green, £245 for a 600mm base unit, Gallery collection at Symphony. Metro wall tiles, £31 per sq m; Feature Floors Illusion floor tiles, £35 per sq m, both British Ceramic Tile. Gemini worktop, £248 per sq m, B&Q. The Sterlin induction range was a gift from Maxine’s mum, Rangecookers.co.uk. Alveus Monarch variant 40 copper mixer tap, £218; Alveus Monarch Variant 40 copper undermounted sink, £261.50, both Olif. UPVC windows, price on request, PolyFrame. Underfloor heating, £82 per sq m, WarmUp. Copper hanging planter, £30, Oh What’s This. Barn star, £36, Design Vintage. Hard wax in white (used on shelves), price on request, Blanchon. Copper piping, £5.49 for 2m, ScrewFix. Copper soap dispenser, £15, Habitat. Jug, £12; breadboard, from £7 each; Kilner jars, from £7 each, all HomeSense. Cup, £3; bowl, £4, both Tiger. White Bread Boy, £64.95, The Wesco Bin

SECRET SPACE ‘The pull-out drawers are brilliant for storing pots and pans’

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KITCHEN MAKEOVER

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Cook up Maxine’s

KITCHEN LOOK Pick metallic pieces and d st sstrong d design i eleme l ents to get this chic style

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ADD WARM TONES

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COPPER HUES

Choose an eye-catching hue. Ceracraft pans, from £19.99, JML Direct

La a a table ay bl with h calm l colours. l Royall Doulton l n 1815 dinnerware, from £4, House of Fraserr

Serve in style. Copper-coated slotted spoon, £7.50, Sainsbury Sainsbury’s s

CLEAR SOLUTION

WIPE CLEAN

TO O THE POINT O T

Show off pantry staples. Glass jars with copper lids, from £4.99, HomeSense

Go graphic. g p Tea towel,, £28 for a set of three, Etsy y

Keep knives in easy K y reach. Salter five-piece knife set on magnetic rack, £40, Kaleidoscope g e

FOOL THE EYE

STATEMENT TILES

SQUARE DEAL L

RETRO TOUCH

Try this optical illusion design. Regal Cubis Mosaic Matt tile, £199.98 per sq m, Topps Tiles

Pla ace on a windowsill or table. Glass and copp per candleholder, £18, At No67 Concept Store

Embrace classic design. Revival radio, from £170, Roberts Radio

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Decorate with

PASTELS Give your kitchen a refreshing lift with sugary sweet shades

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ombine modern units, sleek worktops and soft colours to create a summery family kitchen. Go for light wood with mint tiles and lilac accessories to replicate this pretty scheme. Or simply bring in coordinated accessories for a quick and easy update.

Retro feel Give a nod to days gone by with vintage-style items. This idea works especially well if you have a contemporary kitchen. A bread bin, wall sign or tea towels are great options for this. Try HomeSense for a variety of accessories

Fit pale-wood units and white doors to make a small space feel bigger

Stylists at Home

Stand out KATIE SAYS ‘To make complementary pastel shades like this work in your kitchen, keep the units in a neutral tone.’

Make the most of every inch of your kitchen by installing an island. You need at least 80cm clear all the way around, but it will leave you with a sociable worktop space. Go for a freestanding option before investing in fitted cabinetry


ROOM RECIPE

Do it

Dress it up Leaving a window bare can make a room feel unfinished. Curtains don’t always suit kitchens, so go for a roller or Roman blind, and choose a fabric in a complementary colour. See page 96 for our guide to make your own

KEEP IT FRESH Enamel bread bin, £29.95, Dotcomgiftshop

DRY UP Mineral tea towels, £12 for set of five, Next

Colour block Pick out a solid shade for behind your worktop. Pale green tiles are the perfect basis for this scheme and tie the whole look together. For similar, try the Diamante Pastel mint tiles, from £49 per sq m, Topps Tiles

Candy colours GET THE LOOK Use mint greens, baby blues and lush lilacs for the perfect recipe WEIGH IN Highgate rose scales, £25, Cath Kidston

DRINK ME Glasses, £9.99 for set of six, HomeSense

ON TRIM

Take a seat If you have enough room, add a small table and chairs where you can eat breakfast. An old pine design can be given a new lease of life with one or two coats of paint. Try Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White, £18.95 per ltr

IN BLOOM Spring bouquet in cream milk urn, £20, Bhs

TOTAL

£105

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Ceremony Geo plates, from £8, House of Fraser

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Instant updates FOR Give the heart of your home a quick and easy revamp with these three

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ADD SOFT HUES

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IN THE CAN

CLASSIC LOOK

Pop on the kettle. Blue enamel tea canister, £7.50, JOHN LEWIS

Prepare breakfast. Spectrum four-slice e ttoaster t iin cream, £29 99 DUNELM £29.99,

Colour blocking

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PLAYFUL PATTERN

TEAL APPEAL

Pretty up a worktop. Beau & Elliot Blooming Lovely tin, £9, HARTS OF STUR

Invest in essential items. Four-slice toaster in blue, £25, GEORGE

Modern Shaker

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SMART DESIGN

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DARK SHADES

HEAVY METAL

Be sophisticated. Kahala medium black storage jar, £12, HABITAT

Splash out on a contemporary model. Copper four-slot toaster, £35, NEXT


STYLISH ADDITIONS

THE KITCHEN fresh makeover ideas – all for less than £88 each!

For more great shopping ideas for your kitchen, go to housetohome.co.uk/ styleathome

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Go for sugary pastels. Mason Cash Bake e My Day y mixing bowl, £19.99, NUCASA

Embrace designs g from the past. Living g Nostalgia scales in cream, £29.99, VERY

Bag yourself a bargain. Rort wooden spoon, £1 each, IKEA

GREAT VALUE!

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£56

BRING ME SUNSHINE

WEIGH IN

SILICONE STYLE

Add colour to your cooking. Stainless steel mixing bowl in yellow, £7, JOHN LEWIS

Create a cool vibe. ColourMatch geo-print digital scales, £9.99, ARGOS

Have fun with bright hues. Kitchen Craft Colourworks spatula, £4.99 each, AMAZON

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£87

COPPER CRUSH

PERFECT C PRECISION C S ON

CLEAR CONTRAST

Get baking. Large metallic mixing bowl, £7, SAINSBURY’S

Measure carefully. Stainless steel scale, £25, MARKS & SPENCER

Mix it up. Nordal Olive wood and silicone spatula, £8 each, AMARA

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Make it

STYLIST’S SECRETS S

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BE PREPARED Colour code your handles so you have one set for sweet dishes and another for savoury – it will make them easy to grab

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Revamp wooden spoons by painting the handles. Start by sanding them down, then add tape for a crisp finish, finally dip the handles into your paint pot and leave to dry. Tie a few together with pretty ribbon to give as gifts to budding cooks.


INSIDE MADE EASY

CookatHome

EVERYDAY MEALS

BE A HERO IN THE KITCHEN WITH OUR OH-SO-TASTY RECIPES

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DELICIOUS TREATS

p112 FRESH & TAST Y WEEKDAY S UPPERS

p115 SHOP CLEVER Create quick and easy family meals with supermarket favourites

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Serve up

TASTY JAMMY CAKE

TEA IN STYLE Host the prettiest garden party with these easy-to-make treats that taste oh-so good BANOFFEE CUPCAKES TAKES 40MINS SERVES 18 125g self-raising flour 125g light muscovado sugar 125g butter 2 medium eggs 75g mashed banana 1tsp vanilla extract FOR THE TOPPING 175g butter 350g icing sugar 380g jar caramel sauce 100g fudge 40g dried banana slices

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Preheat oven to 180°C/ Gas 4. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar,

butter, eggs, banana and vanilla until pale. Spoon into 18 paper cases and bake for 20-25 mins until springy. Once cool, cut a small well in each cake and fill with 1tsp caramel sauce. To make the topping, whisk together the butter and icing sugar, add 150g caramel sauce and whisk again. Spoon into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe over the cakes. Sprinkle with small cubes of fudge and banana slices.

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YUMMY FAMILY FAVE

WHITE CHOCOLATE FRUIT TARTS TAKES 30MINS SERVES 6-8 Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Gently heat 150ml double cream in a pan. Remove from the heat and add 100g chopped white chocolate and ½tsp vanilla extract. Cool, then stir in 1 complete egg and 1 egg yolk. Pour into 6-8 ready-made butter pastry cases and bake for 10-12 mins. Leave to cool, then top with 125g mixed fruit, sliced. Heat 2tbsp raspberry or apricot jam till melted and brush over the tarts. Chill before serving.


WEEKEND BAKES

MINI VICTORIA SPONGES TAKES 50MINS SERVES 12 3 eggs 100g caster sugar 1tsp vanilla extract 60g self-raising flour 50g ground almonds 250ml double cream 1tbsp icing sugar 3tbsp peach schnapps, Cointreau or similar fruitflavoured liqueur 3tbsp smooth raspberry jam 150g fresh raspberries

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CARAMEL ECLAIRS TAKES 1HR SERVES 18 Preheat oven to 200째C/Gas 6. Bring 60g butter and 175ml water to the boil. Add 80g plain flour and stir quickly. Remove from the heat and stir until smooth. When it reaches room temperature, beat in 2 eggs. Spoon into a piping bag with 1.5cm hole. Pipe 8cm lengths onto a lined baking tray, bake for 25 mins until gold and dry. Whip 300ml double cream until it peaks, whisk in 3tbsp icing sugar. Pipe into each eclair then chill for 30 mins. Put 150g caramel sauce in a bowl and dip each eclair in. Chill until ready to serve.

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Preheat oven to 180째C/Gas 4. Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla together until light and pale. Fold in the flour and almonds. Pour into a lined 22 x 31cm Swiss roll tin and bake for 15 mins or until springy. Remove from the oven and leave to cool, then turn the sponge out of the tin and remove the lining paper. Use a 4cm cutter to make 24 rounds. Whip the cream into soft peaks, add the icing sugar and liqueur and continue whisking until thick. Top 12 rounds with cream, add some jam, then put another sponge on top. Dust with icing sugar and top with a fresh raspberry.

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FONDANT FANCIES TAKES 1HR 15MINS SERVES 16 225g butter 225g caster sugar 4 eggs 1tsp vanilla extract 225g self-raising flour 6tbsp apricot jam 350g marzipan 1.25kg icing sugar Food colourings and wafer daisies, to decorate

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Preheat oven to 180째C/ Gas 4. Whisk the butter and sugar, add the eggs and vanilla. Fold in the flour and a pinch of salt. Spoon into 18cm square cake tin and bake for 35 mins. When cool, cut in half horizontally, spread a layer of jam on each cut side. Lay the marzipan over the bottom layer, then sandwich together. Add water to the icing sugar, add food colourings. Cut the cake into 16 and spoon over the icing. Add daisies, leave to set.

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COUSCOUS SEA BASS WITH COUSCOUS TAKES 20MINS SERVES 2 125g tenderstem broccoli 100g couscous 4 sea bass fillets 2tbsp olive oil 1 red onion, finely chopped 2tbsp pine nuts, toasted zest and juice of 1 lemon mint leaves

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TAKES 1HR 30MINS SERVES 4 Heat 2tbsp rapeseed oil in a large casserole dish, add 500g chicken fillets, skin removed, 1tbsp ground coriander, 1tbsp paprika, 1tbsp ground cumin and 1 chopped onion, fry for 10 mins to lightly brown. Heat the oven to 200°C/ Gas 6. Add 3 crushed garlic cloves, 500g cubed squash, 300g giant couscous, 300ml hot chicken stock and season. Cover and cook in the oven for 25 mins, until the squash is tender and all the liquid is absorbed. Add 150g frozen peas and cook for 5 more mins.

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Put the broccoli in a pan of boiling water. Return to the boil, then simmer for 2 mins. Add the couscous and turn off the heat. Brush the sea bass fillets with a little of the oil and pan fry for 2 mins on each side. Stir the onion, pine nuts, lemon zest and juice, oil and mint leaves into the couscous. Serve with the sea bass on top.

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LAMB & MINT KOFTA KEBABS TAKES 30MINS SERVES 4 Preheat the grill. Mix 500g minced lamb, 1 chopped onion, 3 crushed cloves garlic and 2tbsp chopped fresh mint, season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Shape into 24 balls and thread onto skewers. Place on a grill pan with 12 cherry tomatoes. Drizzle over 1tbsp olive oil and grill for 15 mins, turning occasionally, remove the tomatoes after 10 mins. Pour 200ml boiling water over 250g couscous and 1tsp vegetable bouillon powder. Cover and leave for 5 mins until all the liquid has been absorbed. Stir a 290g jar chopped roasted peppers, 410g can drained chickpeas, juice of 1 lemon, 1tbsp chopped fresh parsley and 1tbsp olive oil into the couscous. Add the tomatoes. Serve the koftas on a bed of couscous, with 4tbsp tzatziki and fresh mint leaves.

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TAKES 30MINS SERVES 2 100g rice noodles 2 beef stock cubes 1 small onion, finely chopped 3cm piece of root ginger, peeled and sliced 1 red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced 1 star anise 1 cinnamon stick 230g frying steak, trimmed of any fat 150g beansprouts 235g green pak choi, thickly sliced Handful of fresh coriander leaves 1 lime, cut into wedges

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Place the noodles in a bowl, cover with boiling water and leave to soak for 15 mins, stirring once or twice to stop them from sticking. Place the beef stock cubes, onion, ginger, chilli, star anise, cinnamon stick and 750ml boiling water in a large pan and bring back to the boil. Simmer for 10 mins. Cook the steak in a non-stick frying or griddle pan for 2-3 mins each side, until browned but still a little pink in the centre. Transfer

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DELI OMELETTE TAKES 30MINS SERVES 4 4tbsp peperonata (sweet peppers in sauce) 2tsp sunflower oil 8 eggs, beaten 2 slices ham, cut into strips 100g reducedfat Cheddar, grated Fresh basil, torn, plus leaves to garnish Crusty bread and salad, to serve (optional)

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to a plate, let it rest for 5 mins, then slice up into thin strips. Stir the beansprouts and pak choi into the broth and cook for 2 mins until tender. Drain the noodles and divide them between 2 bowls. Ladle the broth and vegetables over the noodles and top with the steak and coriander leaves. Serve with the lime wedges for squeezing over the top.

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Pre-heat the grill to medium-high. Then gently heat the peperonata in a saucepan. Brush a little oil in a small non-stick frying pan. Add ¼ of the beaten eggs, stir a little and cook for 5 mins, or until the eggs are lightly set. Add ¼ of the ham, some torn basil leaves and ¼ of the grated cheese. Place under the grill for 1 min, until golden. Spoon ¼ of the peperonata over the omelette and then fold in half. Repeat for the other three omelettes. Serve garnished with basil leaves, accompanied by crusty bread and salad.

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Pre-heat the oven to 220°C/Gas 7. Mix together the tandoori paste and 100g of the yoghurt. Spread the mixture e over the salmon and place on a parchment-lined baking tray. Bake for 15-20 mins, until the salmon is cooked through. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to the packet instructions, then mix with the spring onions and almonds. Mix together the remaining yoghurt and chives. Divide

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Whisk the egg whites until stiff. Slowly add the sugar, then the cornflour and 3tbsp powdered raspberries. Spoon onto the trays and spread out to fit the circle. Bake for 1hr, then leave to cool. Make a sauce by stirring the butter, chocolate and syrup in a bowl over a pan of simmering water until smooth. Whip the cream and stir in the sugar. Place a meringue on a plate, add half the cream, berries and sauce. Repeat, top with meringue. Dust with powder to serve.

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Firstly, if your chair has an upholstered seat, turn it upside down to remove it and put this to one side. Next, deal with any wobbly frames by tightening screws and mending any loose joints with wood glue. Rub over old wood with fine sandpaper to remove flaking paint or varnish and provide a smooth base for painting. Use

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