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MYSA Where homestyle meets lifestyle

COSY SPACES Homely vibes in your rented space

Entertain on a budget

Mexican night in with friends

THE BIG MOVE

Living with your partner

With wabi-sabi

MARCH 2018 / ÂŁ2.60

Simplify your life


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Contents

Trends/Shopping

5 MYSA loves Get inspired by our

favourite trend this month and the best buys for your small space

6 What’s on trend From comfort

to luxury, we have all angles sorted for your next shopping trip

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7 The spa bathroom Create a

luxury spa at home with our top tips and products

How-to’s 8 Maximising space Make your

flat look as spacious and open as possible with our practical tips

9 How-to make a plant terrarium

Bring a piece of nature into your flat with this months how-to

10 Wabi-sabi your life We break down the newest interior design trend which will help you declutter your space in the Japanese way

Homes/lifestyle 12 Living with your partner We give you our top tips for the big move with your significant other

14 Cosy vibes Get inspiration from our cosy and colourful house of the month 19 Entertaining in your small space Everything you need to host the perfect mexican feast for your friends

23 MYSA picks We round

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up all the best interior design instagram accounts that inspire us the most

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EDITORS LETTER

MYSA (pronounced mee-sa)

MYSA loves...

TRENDS/SHOPPING

Millennial Pink We’re still loving millennial pink this season and it seems we aren’t the only ones still obsessing over it. With it still dominating this seasons interior design collections, we have chosen our favourite pieces to help decorate your perfect pink pad. From luxury velvet sofas to pink coloured gin, we have all your pink dreams covered.

Welcome to Mysa, the first magazine for millennial renters who want to get the most out of their small space. Being renters ourselves, we know how challenging it can be to make a temporary space feel like home, especially when you get warnings from your landlord for drilling holes in the wall just to put up your mirror. But with our guidance you can make your space beautiful and liveable, just turn to page 8 and see how using vertical space can save you room. Or if you’re anything like me and hoard everything, take inspiration from Japan’s way of decluttering on page 11. Here at Mysa we love to celebrate the freedom of renting and the fun that can be had with it, from getting creative when having friends over (page 19) to trying out living with your partner (page 12). So whatever your situation, lifestyle or budget, we are here for you and hope you enjoy our very first issue.

Ellie Ideson Editor

MAIN PICTURE: Homesense TOP LEFT: Pink cushion, £24.99, H&M; Vico table lamp pink, £36, Oliver Bonas, Pink vase, £24, H&M

Creative Director Aneesa Anwar 4

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TRENDS / SHOPPING

TRENDS / SHOPPING

Bring the spa home

Lounge with the all-day bed We are loving this new range from Urban Outfitters that lets you lounge without staying in bed. These new all-day beds are perfect for reading corners or cosy nights in watching a film. We will decorate ours with soft blankets, cushions and plants.

Are you someone who craves the relaxation and calmness of a spa at home, a sanctuary you can sink into after a long day at work? Well you’re not alone. A recent Pinterst study shows a 269 per cent increase in ‘spa bathroom’ searches so far this year, so here are some ways to create your perfect spa-bathroom at home, no matter what the size.

Feeling groggy?

What’s your favourite thing about spas? The tranquil style? The light, citrus smell that instantly relaxes you? It’s these little things that you can easily recreate at home. Bring small luxuries into your bathroom from white, fluffy towels to a soft, cotton robe. Egyptian cotton towels, £4-10, Matalan

PHOTO CREDIT: REXFEATURES

Recent research from Ikea’s Life at Home Report shows that we are most creative when groggy, so get your creative juices flowing in bed with Kikki K’s journal, £10

Get Inspired

Minimalism

Gin o’clock

Rohini Daybed Cushion, £180, Urban Outfitters, online only

Last year gin was gaining popularity and it shows no sign of slowing down. Try Whitley Neill’s new Rhubarb and Ginger Gin, 70cl, £27 and you’ll see why

Luxe velvet We love the velvet sofa trend here at Mysa and this new range from DFS has us swooning. They have a new capsule range for small spaces and you can find this pink velvet sofa for £499, perfect

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Bring nature inside. Green plants or flowers make a space come alive and calms your mind and body. Try a Boston Fern plant, it is perfect for bathrooms as it loves humidity and you only need to keep the soil moist so an easy-keeper too. You may not find these bath trays in spas but they are perfect for relaxing at home. We use ours for candles, a good book and on fridays nights, a glass of wine. Find handmade ones on Etsy.

Once you are relaxing in the bath the last thing you want is clutter everywhere distracting your mind. One of the best things we can take from spa decor is that it’s minimalist and intentional. Treat yourself with your decor, buy that gorgeous candle you’ve been wanting for ages but couldn’t justify before. If you have a wooden or ceramic floor in your bathroom, buy a fluffy rug so your toes sink in to it when you’re done bathing. It’s about making everything luxury, from what you touch to what you smell.

Essentials

FROM LEFT Cloudberry and lychee blossom bubble bath, Being by Sanctuary Spa, £10; Sweet dreams navy candle, Oliver Bonas, £22; Marble and brass oil burner, Oliver Bonas, £28; Wicker basket, Homesense, £5.99; Copper dispenser, George Home by Asda, £5; Gold geo toilet brush, George Home by Asda, £8

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HOW-TO

HOW-TO

Maximise your space

Decorate with plants Our four best buys

Use mirrors, shelves and colours to make your room look bigger

Hanging block shelves Block shelves are perfect for maximising space because they allow you to use vertical space and they also double as art pieces if you add plants, ornaments and books. Great if you want a stylish storage solution. £210 (ikea.com)

Mirrors Mirrors are not only stylish, they also give the illusion of more space in small rooms. Invest in both big and small sizes to create the sense of space. Lots of mirrors will also come in handy when leaving the house in a rush. Mirror, £89 (cuckcooland.com)

Urban garden

When garden space is small (or non-existent), it’s time to bring nature indoors. From terrariums to fresh cut flowers, plants will lighten your space and bring you joy. See how to make your own terrarium below.

Furniture forward You may be tempted to put all your furniture against the walls to give yourself more room. However, if you do the opposite and bring furniture away from the wall, it will make your room appear bigger. Sofa, £350 (ikea.com)

WORDS ANEESA ANWAR

You will need:

PHOTO CREDIT: REXFEATURES

Light colours Although dark colours and feature walls may be appealing, try to stay away from dark paint colours on the wall as they make rooms look small and dark. Instead opt for light neutral colours like white, beige and light grey to make your room look bright, light and spacious. You can use dark colours for the accessories to give the room a stylish monochromatic feel. 8

Want more inspiration? Check out interior stylist and author Sara Emslie’s book for more tips and tricks on how to maximise your space in the most stylish and efficient way possible. Beautifully Small: Clever ideas for compact spaces £14.99(Amazon.com)

PHOTO CREDIT: REXFEATURES

If you don’t have a lot of space for plants, these glittery succulents are a perfect fit for your windowsill. Miniature succulents, £4, Paperchase

planted in. Depending on its size, 3-5 plants should be enough.

Terrarium,Fish bowl or Mason jar 3-5 cactus or succulent plants Small pebbles Activated charcoal Long spoon or chopstick White sand Big pebbles, ornaments and moss

Make a few small holes in your soil with the end of a spoon or a chop stick and take your plants out of their pots making sure to get rid of any excess soil and dust on the roots. Make sure you put enough soil in your terrarrium for the roots to expand slightly too.

Firstly, add a layer (1-2 inches) of small pebbles at the bottom of your terrarium. This will help with drainage when you water your plants.

Once you’ve planted your succulents or cacti you can add another layer of small pebbles or sand to give your terrarium a stylish finish. You can then get creative by adding any ornaments, bigger pebbles or moss to make it your own.

You will then need to add a thin layer of activated charcoal to keep your cactus soil fresh and absorb moisture. You can buy this on Ebay. Next, add a layer of soil deep enough for your cactus or succulents to be

This brass terrarium is the perfect centre piece for your coffee table. Put fairy lights in for extra effect. Brass house terrarium, £19.99, TKMaxx

Create your own herb garden with this easy-to-grow pack and see if you can taste the difference. Cultivate & Eat, £9, Designist

Don’t forget: Keep your terrarrium in a bright and airy place in your flat, for example a window sill, so that they have enough light and oxygen to stay healthy.

Display your fresh cut flowers in this beautiful, honeycomb-effect vase. Gold round vase, £28, Oliver Bonas 9


HOW-TO

All you need to know about

HOW-TO

Wabi-Sabi

PHOTO CREDIT: PRSHOTS

Say bye to minimalism and welcome a bit of Japanese culture into your small space...

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WORDS ELLIE IDESON

Get Inspired Go on, pick one of these gorgeous wabi-sabi style pieces to bring some imperfection into your home

CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW Chunky cable knit throw, £69, M&S; Artisan plate, £8, Harvey Norman; Glass vase, £6.99, TKMaxx; Woven tray, £14.99, TKMaxx; Succulents, £10, Debenhams; Bamboo tool set, £2.25, Wilko’s; Wooden chopping board, £15.99, TKMaxx; Clara espresso cup, £8, Oliver Bonas; Lara mug, £10, Oliver Bonas; 3 Tier wooden drawer unit, £35, Dunelm; Patterned storage box, £9.99, Homesense; Ugbu vase, £24, Oliver Bonas; Stripped effect wooden frame, £17.99, Zara Home 10

re you ready to not make your bed? Now, are you ready to not make your bed and it actually be cool and on trend? (Yes mum, on trend). Sounds too good to be true right? Well it’s not, this year it’s out with being flawless and in with Wabi-Sabi. No, not wasabi, the fiery Japanese horseradish you have with sushi but Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese way of living that celebrates the beauty of imperfection. Wabi-Sabi is a part of Japanese culture that has no direct western translation. But it’s about finding the art and beauty in the imperfect and embracing authenticity. It’s the rare and wonderful finds at a flea market and not the massproduced. It’s the ageing wood and not perfectly finished ceramics. It’s the rustic bricks surrounding a fireplace, not the white plaster covering it up. You get the point? Good. Etsy’s in-trend style forecaster Dayna Isom Johnson certainly does as she predicts Wabi-Sabi to be the biggest home design trend in 2018. “Accepting the idea that your home doesn’t have to be showroom-ready is all it takes”, said Johnson, “keep it real, be authentic and be happy that for once you don’t have to make your bed to be cool”. In the age of Instagram perfection, wabi-sabi is the rebel. Who cares if a little wine gets spilt on your rug? It’ll clean up and if not there’s a story to tell. Homes are meant to be lived in and that’s what this Japanese conundrum has nailed perfectly. So ask yourself this: does it really matter if a pillow on your bed isn’t perfectly puffed or in the centre? If it doesn’t, well then, Wabi-Sabi will come to you with ease. If it does, then follow the tips below to create that wabi-sabi homestyle.

1. Step away from the iron

Wrinkled linens and organic materials are the key to nailing this trend in the bedroom. Stick to soft textured sheets and earthy colours. Don’t worry about the decorative pillows, just sling your duvet over your bed in a loose fashion, or just get out and leave it how it is. And the best part, don’t bother ironing it. The undone look is finally here, if only it was a fashion trend too.

2. Embrace the history

Weathered wood and chipped paint are your new best friends. Wabi-Sabi is about getting to know the character and history of an object, to really feel the textures and get to know it’s life. So get down to your local antique shop or flea market and get touching and talking to find out its story, you’ll probably fall in love far too quickly so be careful. Think rustic, worn and weathered and you’ve hit gold.

3. Get inspired by nature

Earthy colours are a win alongside raw and natural materials. From wooden tables and handmade benches to organic facecloths for your bathroom. Make sure to clear your mind of clean, straight-lined furniture and look for the natural curves that you can find in handmade ceramics. The great thing about wabi-sabi too is that you can really make it your own whether you like the mediterranean look of dark wood and deep colours or the more Scandinavian lighter look. As long as you accept the authenticity and nature of the piece, your own unique style won’t be lost.

4. Keep it simple

Now, you need to be careful here and not match the words fleamarket, unique and authenticity together with clutter, clutter and well, clutter. Simplicity is crucial here in creating a space that is about acceptance and appreciation. Design your room around the furniture, avoid keeping things you don’t need and approach all objects with the question of purpose.

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LIFESTYLE

Relationship Coach Olga Frankow “Everything changes when a couple decides to move in together. Each partner faces their comfortable and familiar lifestyle being unexpectedly intruded by someone else with their own expectations, priorities and habits. But with awareness, acceptance and understanding this can be resolved. Always unite your efforts against the problem, rather than against each other.”

PHOTO CREDIT: REXFEATURES

and is really noticeable when you’re in a small space. Save petty arguments by cleaning up as you go, making the bed as soon as you’re up, taking your dirty cups and plates to the kitchen after you’ve used them. Don’t let that chair in the corner become your wardrobe, just hang your clothes up. It’s true what they say: clean house (or room in our case) equals a clear, happy mind (and relationship).

Bye teddy

MOVING IN WITH YOUR

SIGNIFICANT OTHER?

Moving into a small space with your partner will test you both, but make sure your love still thrives with these top tips on living together in a small space 12

WORDS ELLIE IDESON Living together is one thing. Moving into a small space together is another. If you have tiffs now, try squeezing those tensions into a room where neither of you can escape. Has your partner got a habit you can’t stand, like eating loudly or nail-biting? Well expect that to be ten times more annoying and louder than before. Still with me? Good, because don’t call your other half just yet as there’s also so much fun to be had.

As strange as it sounds, love can grow like never before when you’re in such a confined space and you will learn so much more about eachother. So whether you’re looking at renting a room, studio or, if you’re lucky enough, a flat together, here are some tips to making the move go as smoothly as possible.

Be clean

This might not be the first thing you think of, but mess can build up quickly

Don’t take stuff you don’t need. It really is that simple. Clutter is going to bog the whole room down and take up valuable space you really need. Be ruthless with your clothes, shoes, magazines and books. If you haven’t worn that top in a year, take it to a charity shop. If you bought a book a year ago and still haven’t read it, give it away. Tell your partner to do the same, hell, have fun and pack each other’s stuff together. Just remember: there are two of you in one room now, be minimal.

Different spaces

If you have a studio, buy room dividers. This will help differentiate spaces and if you both work from home or just want some space away from each other; this is the perfect solution to creating that distance without doors. But if you share

a room together and it’s big enough, invest in a sofa so there’s another place to sit and work other than on your bed, as this will create more space for you both to be.

Be alone, together

This may sound a bit weird but even when you’re in the same room it doesn’t mean you have to be doing the same thing. If one of you wants to read and the other wants to watch a film, do it, that’s why headphones were invented. It may look a bit strange but hey, nobodies watching. It’s cool to feel you can be alone, together and enjoy your own thing. It may feel a bit odd in the beginning with little glances over at each other but if it feels good then go for it.

Communicate

This is ultimately what makes everything else work. Talk to your partner about the little and big stuff. If they’re not tidy then don’t let the frustration build up inside you until it turns into a shouting match. Calmly speak to your partner and come up with a solution. Living together isn’t all rainbows and certainly can be challenging in a small space, but with love, communication and respect for one another, it might just be one of the best experiences you will have together. 13


HOMES

House of the month

Cosy vibes

LIVING ROOM

“Sappho our Sphynx cat loves sleeping next to our houseplant so we put her bed next to it. The living room is my favourite place to spend time and entertain people in”, says Lily. Get the look: The houseplant is from Ikea and the rose gold watering can is from Urban Outfitters. To complete the look, source some cool bits of art for your gallery wall (cat bed optional).

BEDROOM

“When Bellevedere moved in she stuck postcards from all of her travels around the room. I think this is her favourite place to spend time relaxing”, says Lily. Get the look: The radio is from John Lewis and the bed throw is from Urban Outfitters. Get creative and stick things on the wall with coloured tape instead of blue tack.

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HOMES

LIVING ROOM

WORDS ANEESA ANWAR Climbing the stairs of the grande victorian townhouse in the quiet back streets of Kingston I was welcomed into the warm and cosy flat of Journalism student Lily Wakefield, Screen Writer Bellevedere Ballantyne and their new Sphynx cat, Sappho (named after the first know lesbian poet of course). With ample space for entertaining in the living room, a small, minimalist kitchen and a bright, airy bedroom; this modest one bedroom flat has been turned into the perfect cosy and homely space for the couple’s small family. “The flat was a blank canvas when I moved in and other than a few bits of furniture I had from my old flat I basically had to start from scratch”, said Wakefield as we walked around the flat filled with Sapphic art work, cat paraphernalia and a houseplant named Stanley. “When I first moved in I tried to go for a Scandinavian theme. I went to Copenhagen and loved it there so I tried to recreate it at the beginning.” With small influences of Scandinavian minimalism (see: Stanley and the rose gold watering can), the flat now has a lot more eccentric pieces dotted around it. “Since Bellevedere moved into the flat a year ago it has become a lot more colourful and more hippie themed”, laughed Wakefield as she remembered Ballantyne moving in. It’s clear that the two have easily 16

combined their two styles throughout the flat, with Ballantyne’s quirky accent pillows and art pieces filling the once more plain and simplistic flat. “I get a lot of inspiration from my mum”, Wakefield said, referring to the gallery wall in the living room filled with art pieces from around the world, as well as Ballantyne’s drawings and paintings gifted to them by various artistic friends. Parallel to the gallery wall hangs two rows of coloured bunting reading ‘Bellevedere and Lily’ highlighting the couples ownership and attachment to the small, homely flat. The biggest room in the house, the living room, has been host to many

“The house is filled with love” game nights for the couple and their friends with lots of space for a fair amount of people. “Our friends usually sit and gather around on the floor but it’s perfect for when we play board games and socialise”, says Ballantyne. “It is definitely my favourite part of the house”, Wakefield added. The bedroom also features a brightly coloured gallery wall. However, instead of framed art, it features a big tapestry with ‘GRL PWR’ written in the middle, surrounded by line drawings of the nude female body, lips and peace signs. A piece that perfectly describes the two

self-confessed feminists. Ballantyne also added the addition of small postcards from their travels and various events attended over the years with brightly coloured tape, a stark contrast to the white-washed walls. To finish off their bedroom the couple added the edition of some unicorn stuffed toys showing off the couples more fun and childlike sides. Lastly the kitchen, which although small in size, fits perfectly into the flat. With rustic crockery, cat bowls, lots of houseplants and a bar cart filled with enough booze to water a small army, the kitchen has the perfect mix of the couple’s individual personalities weaved in together. “I buy a lot of stuff for the house from places like eBay. I also look for end of line furniture in more high end places because they tend to be cheaper,” says Wakefield. “I got our dining room chairs from a hotel that was closing down for £12 each,” highlighting how she had to get creative to source the furniture and accessories she wanted for the house. With eccentric artwork, simple furniture and a mixture of colours, it’s clear that although juxtaposing in styles, the couple have managed to seamlessly combine them to create a quirky and stylish space for them to entertain friends and family as well as live happily together. “The house is filled with love”, Ballantyne said when describing how she felt about their home.

“I was so excited to put Bellevedere’s name up when she moved in. Now we just need Sappho’s and the wall will be perfect ”, says Lily. Get the look: You can easily DIY your own bunting by following tutorials online.

KITCHEN

“Our kitchen is small but it works perfectly for us. We tried to go as minimal as possible when decorating the kitchen so it didn’t feel cluttered ”, says Bellevedere. Get the look: The plates and bowls are from Ikea and Zara Home

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HOMES

LIFESTYLE

GET THE LOOK

ENTERTAINING

ABOVE FROM TOP LEFT TO RIGHT: Hamsa hand, £14.99, Urban Outfitters; Painted wood, £19.99, Etsy; Cactus painting, £24.99, Debenhams; Wall art, £30, Debenhams; Aloha hanging wall art, £4, Sainsbury’s; Feather wall art, £34.99, Littlewoods

ABOVE FROM TOP LEFT TO RIGHT: Abstract cushion, £7, Ikea; House plant, £25.99, Patch; Floral Bunting, £8.99, M&co; Rose gold watering can, £14.99. H&M; Cat bed, £18, Argos; Aztec cushion, £3, Primark; Tropical cushion, £15.99, Heatons 18

ON A BUDGET Throwing dinner parties can be stressful and expensive, but with our mexican-themed menu and small space hosting tips, you’ll have your friends round in no time

WORDS ELLIE IDESON Gone are the days of hosting grande dinner parties with enough cutlery to start a small war. This year brings sharing platters and laid-back entertaining, and the best part? It’s cost and space effective. Hosting dinner parties can feel overwhelming but with our tips and Mexican theme menu you’ll be getting your friends round in no time. “Serve a signature drink that you can put in pitchers or dispensers with cups next to them,” says interior designer Kyle Schuneman, “it keeps guests from congregating around the bar and it saves money”. There’s no need to stock up a small bar for your guests, pick a cocktail that you know everybody will love and stick to it. It will help you with space and preparation as you can just whip them up before your guests arrive. It will also be a fun welcome drink for your guests who will only thank you for not having to

make a decision as soon as they walk in. Throwing a dinner party is also a green light to get creative. Don’t have a dining table that seats 12? Don’t worry, find alternative options in your flat. Use the stool you sit on to do your makeup or

“Hosting can get out of hand very quickly if you don’t prepare” the oversized cushion you read on. Find different ways for your guests to eat their dinner other than up a table. One of the easiest ways is to create a buffet style selection in your kitchen with plates and cutlery nearby so your guests can help themselves. If you need more space, follow

NYC Event Planner Jung Lee’s advice and remove some books from your bookshelf to use as a makeshift bar. Or if you’re drinking wine, free up some space in your fridge by using your sink as an oversized wine cooler. It’s all about the little things that can make a big difference when hosting. Now, when it comes to food, preparation is key. Hosting can get expensive and out of hand very quickly if you don’t prepare a good menu beforehand and stick to it. Take the advice from ‘Around the World in 80 Plates’ co-host Cat Cora, who suggests cooking vegetarian to keep prices down. “You can make a lot of great appetisers with chickpeas and crostini’s”, she says, “and if you think guests will really miss it, reserve a nicer protein for one special dish”. Try it now with our veggie mexican themed menu on the next page. 19

PHOTO CREDIT: REXFEATURES

Get inspired by Lily and Bellevedere’s quirky and eccentric style


LIFESTYLE

LIFESTYLE

Vegetable and Feta Tortilla’s Serves 6 1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 red onion, finely chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 yellow pepper, chopped 1 small can sweetcorn 1 can black beans, drained 1 tbsp chilli powder 1 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp fresh lime juice 1/2 cup feta, crumbled 1/3 cup coriander, finely chopped 6 tortillas

£2.20 per person*

72p per person*

Margerita’s

Spicy Nacho’s

Serves 8

Serves 6

Combine the tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, lime cordial and ice in a large serving jug and stir. Cut the lime into 8 wedges. Pour the sea salt onto a plate and rub the rim of each glass with the lime and dip into the salt. Pour the margerita mix into the glasses and serve with a lime wedge on the rim.

1 can black beans, drained 1/2 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, sliced 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground pepper 1/2 cup vegetable stock 1 bag tortilla chips 4 cups cheddar cheese, grated Sliced jalapeno’s (optional)

Saute onion and garlic in a large pan on a medium heat for 5 minutes. Add black beans, cumin, salt, pepper and stock and simmer for a few minutes until heated through. Take bean mixture off the heat and combine in a blender or food processor. Put one third of tortilla chips into a deep baking tray and layer one third of the bean mixture on top, followed by one third of cheese. Repeat with all three layers, leaving extra cheese to scatter on top and put in the oven at 180 °C for 5-7 minutes until the cheese has melted. Top with sliced jalapeno’s and serve. *Based on March 2018 Tesco prices

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PHOTO CREDIT: REXFEATURES

475ml tequila 250ml triple sec 175ml fresh lime juice 175ml lime cordial 3 cups ice 2 tbsp sea salt 8 lime wedges

Heat oil in large frying pan on medium heat and add red onion, red pepper and yellow pepper and fry for 5 minutes. Add black beans and sweetcorn. Fry for 1 minute. Stir in the cumin, chili powder and salt making sure all the mixture is coated well and evenly and fry for 1 minute. Add lime juice and fry for 1 more minute. Place all tortillas on a plate and put in the microwave for 1 minute to heat through. Take the bean mixture off the heat and stir in the coriander and feta, coating evenly. Fill each tortilla with a portion of the mixture. Serve warm with a side of guacamole.

85p per person*

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LIFESTYLE

#Insta inspo

Churro’s with Chocolate Sauce Serves 6 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon 1 cup water 1 1/2 tbsp sugar 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 cup plain flour 750ml vegetable oil For chocolate sauce: 1 cup dark chocolate, chopped 1/2 cup double cream

Our favourite instagram accounts this month. Perfect if you need some inspiration for your new flat or are just stuck in a design rut.

Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl and set aside. Next line a plate with paper towels and set aside. Whisk together the water, 1 1/2 tbsp sugar, salt and 2 tbsp vegetable oil in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat. Stir in flour and form a ball. Heat 750ml vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat until it reaches 190°C. Transfer dough to pastry bag and pipe the dough over the pan of oil, each churro being roughly 4 inches long. Pipe 2-3 churros at a time and fry until golden brown. Transfer churros onto paper-lined plate and drain for 2 minutes, then roll into sugar and cinnamon mixture. Repeat until all dough is used. To make the sauce, place the chocolate into a small bowl. Warm the cream in a saucepan and then pour over the chocolate. Let sit for 1 minute then stir to combine. Serve churros warm with the chocolate dip.

Interior blogger @lepetitfika’s shows us that the minimalism look is still very much on trend.

@emiliefourneinteriors perfectly demonstrates how a few strategically placed houseplants can brighten up an entire room.

54p per person*

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Get some DIY inspo from @lrnce and paint your own abstract tapestry.

Monochromatic vibes in @deedcalifornia’s bathroom, showing us that silver isn’t the only way to go for bathroom fixtures.

We love @emily_katz’s rustic vibe with branches hanging from the ceiling. Keep your eye out next time you’re in the woods.

@474sq making their minimalistic kitchen pop with a bright orange fridge. Enough to brighten up anyone’s day.

@mrs.lappartement giving us major inspo by combining millennial pink, avocado green and a pop of yellow.

Get some gallery wall inspiration from @wellhunguk’s newest exhibition in Shoreditch featuring urban portraits.

Many thanks to Beth Brewster, Jessica Morfey, Lily Wakefield, Bellevedere Ballantyne, Olga Frankow, Kyle Schuneman, Jung Lee, Cat Cora, Dayna Isom Johnson, Kingston University, Mixam printers, Rexfeatures, PRshots and Tesco.

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