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Editor’s letter

Welcome to our November issue!


’ve always loved the change of seasons, and for me autumn signals a time to slow down a little, before it all gets a bit crazy during the build-up to Christmas. I like to embrace everything this time of the year offers, from bracing walks in nature to heartier dishes and cosy evenings indoors as the nights draw in. This issue covers all things Editor autumn too. Our cover girl Gillian’s home has all the hygge vibes with a log burner taking centre stage in her stylish Mid-Century style living room, find it on page 14. Elsewhere we have a buyer’s guide to sofas on page 104, as let’s face it we’ll be spending a lot more time on them! We also have satisfying seasonal food that starts from page 115. Of course, you may still be looking to embrace some post-summer DIY, and on page 84 we bring you all-new ways with tiles. And we’re not just talking for the kitchen and bathroom, it’s time to think outside the box. If decorating is on the agenda, then maximalism is a hot look to plump for. Whether you go Oriental, geometric or dark and daring – we say go large or go home! Head to page 63 and prepare to be inspired. Have a fantastic month,

Could you be our cover star?

Reckon you’ve got what it takes to be a future HomeStyle cover star? A creative home and a smile is all you need! Email us a quick snap of yourself in your fave room to the address at the bottom of this page. We can’t wait to hear from you. Pop over to our website for even more tips, advice and bargain shopping ideas!

PS. DON’T MISS IT The next issue of HomeStyle is out 31st October

Living 28

Shopping 9




Cooking 25


Get in touch email Web Facebook Twitter @homestylemaguk Instagram @homestylemaguk Pinterest November 2018 3



14 We had a vision to revive this old house

Style inspo Turn to page 76 to find out how to get your home guest-ready this season

90 It’s traditional with a modern twist!

Using her eye for design, Gillian was able to transform her family home

Hayley created a beautiful relaxing space in her Victorian bathroom

26 We’re glad we got on the property ladder

98 We love the flexibility of our new garden room After years of renting, Kerry and Doug

can finally unleash their design ideas

Kerrie ‘s beautiful home office is also a guest space and craft room

38 I feel very lucky to have 108 Exposing the ceiling has secured this flat! transformed our kitchen Louise’s compact flat reflects her love

of Scandi and bohemian style

50 Our maisonette feels more like a house

Creating more height enabled Fiona to experiment with a bold scheme

114 Easy living

Claire now has the sociable open-plan kitchen/diner she’s always wanted

Ways and products to make your home life much more simple


Our experts 6

Shop the high street

The best affordable home buys


Walk on the wild side


Animal print is the new neutral

22 Retro fanatic

Laurie Davidson on creating stylish spaces for entertaining page 76

Keep it simple with Mid-Century

34 Wonder walls


Reinvigorate a blank space


46 Mono marvel

The ultimate chic combo

58 Relight my fire

Make your home ultra-cosy

94 Very vintage

Get that modern take on a vintage style

Create a cosy home office

102 Trendy office

Annie Rigg shares delicious recipes from her latest book page 118

112 Back to black

Transform your kitchen with monochrome

130 Fab finds

Top buys for under £5!




Styling 12 The wish list

The latest home buys that we can’t get enough of

63 3 ways with maximalism

Embrace the mantra, more is more

76 Stylist’s edit

Laurie Davidson shows how to get your home ready for entertaining

84 Tiles of style

New ways to use tiles

104 Buyer’s guide to sofas

Jewel tones Get that maximalist look on page 63

Whether you’re a first time buyer or looking for a new look

Making Get the look Try this creative marbled cushion make on page 36

25 Autumn leaf bunting

Personalise your home décor

36 Marbled cushion

Inject some glam into your pad

48 Honeycomb mirror

Add a wow factor to your home

60 Pop art canvas

Create artwork for your walls

72 Bar cart bureau

Give a writing desk a new lease of life

75 Upcycling news We bring you all the latest

Cooking 116 Quick-fix suppers

Short on time? You’ve come to the right place, get stuck in and make these super speedy meals

118 Heat-warming

Cook up a deliciously comforting dish the whole family will love

120 Bonfire night bites

Treat your guests to these delights

122 Food news

What’s on our plates and filling our trolleys this month? We tried and tested sweet potato sticks and Levi Roots Carribean snack pots!

finds from the world of craft

Tastes so good Comfort food at its finest on page 118

Regulars 70

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Shopping directory

November 2018 5

Style on a shoestring


Go for a super-sleek scheme by incorporating gold tones into your home vintage décor Single stem test tube vase, £10

marvel marble Marble mug, £2.50

£40 ALL

Golden hour

on your bike Bike ornament, £6

or under

light show Task lamp, £35

classy trio Three light table lamp, £40 matt finish Grey lantern, £10

tasselled beauty Grey woven chenille throw, £20 sunny side Mirror, £20

geometric shapes Brass ornament, £12

Shop the

Natural scheme Mongolian cushion, £10; printed cushions, £8 each; LED light, £8; bike ornament £12; plant, £18; gold pendant, £70, all Matalan

high street Here’s our pick of the best bargain buys the high street and web have to offer 6


Modern twist

tick tock Metal skeleton wall clock, £35.

Warm your home with autumnal shades such as terracotta and russet subtle tones Tribeca dinner plate, £4

geo print Textured mug, £5

coffee anyone? Portland eight cup cafetière, £19

go bowling Tribeca pasta bowl, £4 sleek style Emmett table lamp, £39.50

Pot luck Fern in crackle pot, £29.50

warm front Darcey dining table, £899; Darcy dining chairs, £399 for two; colour block knit throw, £45; Tribeca dinner plate, £4; Tribeca pasta bowl, £4; Bubble glass, £4.50; Richmond cereal bowl, £6, all M&S

How to

style the look

The living room is a space that 1 needs to be welcoming and cosy at the same time. With this in mind,

think about ambient lighting through the use of lamps and candles. Gold tones are a great way to move into the autumn/winter season. To create a room that is warm and toasty for the colder months, make the seasonal transition with the addition of a few soft furnishings.


November 2018 7

Style on a shoestring


organised mess Wire desk set, £8 for three; copper A4 letter pegboard, £6; standing LED desk lamp, £8; large photo grid, £10; faux cactus plant, £4.50; small cork lid jar candle, £2.50, all Primark

Desk goals Make your office the perfect place to get inspired and creative

blossom scent Hexagon mini jar candle, £1

think big Dream wire hanging light, £5

wonderful wire Desk lamp, £8

Green goddess Potted plant, £6

wakey wakey Mini alarm clock, £5

for comfort Small plain supersoft grey throw, £4

go bright Hashtag neon light, £8 8

hot cuppa? Grey small glass coffee cup, £6

How to

style the look

new neutral Mini dot tassel trim bed set, from £18; hexagon grey side table, £60; wool Oriental rug, from £95; luxury faux sheepskin rug from £30, all Next

Whether this is purely for aesthetics 1 or for work purposes, it is time to style your desk to the max. Think staple accessories such as a lamp and a chair but with a balance of savvy storage items like magazine files and wire racks. Stick to a single base colour such as white then inject an additional shade through the use of accessories. This will allow you to switch and change the style every now and then.



Cosy space Get those all-important eight hours of sleep in a super snug boudoir

pastel beauty Pink chevron ceramic vase, £14

sweet scents Luxe 40ml diffusers, £15 for three

ditsy print Cotton soft floral bed set, £28

pom pom love Textured pom pom cushion, £14

boho vibes Jute storage basket, £14 November 2018 9

blue hue Wild wallpaper by Karlie Klum, £28 per roll, Lime Lace

easy tiger Tiger stripe doormat, £18, Oliver Bonas BEADY EYE Leopard cushion, £30, Dunelm

bag lady Animal print wash bag, £25, Chase and Wonder

under foot Metallic acid cowhide rug, £450, Amara

big ROAR Gold accent chair, £399.99, HomeSense

on safari Zamba zebra head wall hanging, £59, Artisanti plate up Safari plates, £28 for four, House of Fraser

thick skin Montana console table, £349, Atkin and Thyme cosy comforts Big cat single quilt, £183, Postcards Home

cuppa time Slogan mug, £6, John Lewis

Walk on the wild side

so regal Animal money box, £68, Audenza

Word has it that animal print is the new neutral – and we couldn’t agree more!

November 2018 11

New collab

Blogger of the month

Sarah Akwisombe is taking the internet by storm. From her home to her fashion style, she has it all covered. Her blog is full of inspiring photos from her travels and interior styling, with endless tips, experiences and her own home decorating.

Tribal Textiles has collaborated with Patternity on a contemporary homeware and lifestyle collection. Launching in Selfridges, the collab has resulted in beautiful, bold, handpainted and handmade pieces. Co-founders Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham found inspo in the details and textures of nature such as the crackle pattern on the skin of elephants, tree bark and hot earth. Bringing together bold geometry with quirky patterns, the range features homewares and lifestyle pieces in monochrome and pastel shades, with prices from just £28.

Washbag, £29; cushion covers, from £24; table runner, £59, all Crackle Connections from Tribal Textiles + Patternity

pastel shades Dusk washbag, £29, Tribal Textiles + Patternity

The wish list...

We know it’s a splurge, but look at it! This new limited edition Rose Gold four-slot toaster is £499 from Dualit

New this month: River Island homeware, Emma Willis’ new collection and more... Candle holders, £12 each; gold candle, £20; medium gold tealight holder, £10; gold panther ornament, £12; black flower vase, £30; embroidered pink velvet cushion, £45; multicolour sequin cushion, £18; medium black votive, £15; gold lantern, £45, all River Island

Feature Nicole Howarth

What’s new?

River Island has branched out into homeware Is this not the best news you’ve heard this year? You can expect to see soft furnishings, décor accessories and furniture on the shelves. The three key trends are Baby Doll, Electric Opulence and New Nordic. There are luxe leopard prints, rich velvet textiles and classic marble finishes to look forward to, and you can pick up a piece of the new drop from just £5. We can’t wait!


Weird and wonderful

We are a huge fan of the quirky Rockett St George style here at the HomeStyle HQ. If you are too then you must grab a copy of Extraordinary Interiors. Inside you will find expert tips and favourite designs from the founders as well as a guide to help you make every room in your home look exceptionally beautiful. We can’t guarantee that your abode is going to look like the Rockett St George showroom, but it can have elements of the brand’s fun and lighthearted approach to design. We love this little book of inspo! Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George (Ryland, Peters & Small, £19.99).

In association with

Just landed!

Spend vs save

Emma Willis is a staple on our televisions and now her first bedding collection will be in your local Dunelm store. Designing four different styles of bed linen, cushions and throws which include Klara, Klio, Kyoto Garden and Mahla, she has reflected her personal style by creating this stylishly chic range. We can’t wait to get our hands on it all!

Everyone needs a velvet chair, right?


clean green Frame armchair, Made

sleek lines Ferne armchair, Dunelm


We are loving...

If you didn’t love Aldi enough already, you’ll love it even more now. We are all guilty of looking down the middle aisles in store and we may be there a little longer next time. Their new Specialbuys range of stylish homeware features woven patterned cushions, jute rugs and herringbone throws plus much more. It’s time to deck out the house with these fab bargains!

Emma Willis Klara double quilt cover set, £60; Klara Oxford pillowcase, £12; military cushion in Charcoal, £25; throw in Charcoal, £100, all Emma Willis for Dunelm

colour crush

We may be entering the transitional season change but it doesn’t mean we have to avoid bright shades, like this coral and blue combo.

comfy seating Blue textured chair, £129.99, HomeSense

Kirkton House black/white cushion, £6.99, Aldi

light show Dexter matte black floor lamp, £69, JD Williams

Velvet touch Yellow cushion, £38, Hurn & Hurn

cool blue Furniture and cupboard paint in Duck Egg, £14 for 750ml, Wilko think pink Ero velvet tassel table lamp, £65, Oliver Bonas

Shutters in Painthouse Jenson, £166, California Shutters November 2018 13

Inspiring homes


to my home A bit about me

I’m Gillian Roe and I’m married to John. We live with our two children, Bella and Angus, along with our whippet, Ziggy.

Where I live

My home is a threebedroom detached 1960s chalet-style house on the south coast of Hampshire.

What I wanted to change

The previous owners had modernised the interior poorly and very cheaply, so we wanted to start afresh.

How I made it my own

I’ve decorated every room bringing in my two favourite design styles; Scandinavian and Mid-Century, while adding plenty of handmade touches to make it feel like our own home.

My favourite part

Now it’s been opened up the kitchen/diner is the heart of our house. It’s wonderful to be able to cook and dine all in one space.

My house 14

Dining area

Gillian chose Valspar’s Empirical Grey for the feature wall in the dining room and has combined both Scandinavian and Mid-Century furniture to add character to the space. ‘I wanted a colour that would stand out against the white walls and draw attention upwards towards the original panelled ceiling,’ she explains. ‘Luckily this room gets a lot of natural light so I wasn’t worried about the grey being too dark or overpowering.’ To provide additional storage to the kitchen, made-to-measure shelves have been fitted along the righthand wall to display cookbooks and link the two spaces together.

We had a vision

Using her eye for design, Gillian Roe was able to transform

Good idea

Paint a radiator the same colour as the wall to blend it seamlessly into the décor

‘I’ve mixed Scandinavian style with Mid-Century pieces to reflect the 1960s charm of the house’

‘I had my heart set on original Eames chairs and chose a mixture of white and coloured seats,’ says Gillian. ‘The dining table is from the Ebbe Gehl range at John Lewis and its simplistic Scandi design is exactly what I was looking for’

to revive this old house

an unloved 1960s shell into a characterful family home without breaking the bank November 2018 15

Inspiring homes

‘With a limited budget, we had to be creative with our design decisions and tackle one room at a time’

Simple floating shelves fit neatly into the corner of the kitchen. ‘I spent a long time looking for a unit to fill this space, but in the end John and my dad built them from white ContiBoard from B&Q!’

My story ...

Having lived in Leeds for 14 years, John and I decided to relocate to the south coast while the children were still young. I grew up in Hampshire and the area has lots to offer for young families, such as good schools and transport links, as well as being perfectly located nearby to both the sea and the stunning South Downs. While house hunting, we stumbled across this 1960s property which was on the market for an incredible price as it was a bank repossession. It was much cheaper than it should have been and it gave us a huge amount of space for our budget. We fell in love with the quirky original features and the abundance of natural light, even though the interior décor wasn’t to our tastes. The previous owners had modernised the house with cheap laminate flooring and a badly fitted kitchen, so a lot of our renovation budget was spent putting right their bad DIY and restoring the character that had been lost. We also had to replace old, leaking windows and update the central heating and electrics which all added up. Our main constraint was working around a limited budget, as not having the money to do everything in one go meant we had to be creative and tackle one room at a time. When it came to the interior, my love for Scandinavian style was a big inspiration and I’ve mixed in Mid-Century pieces too, to embrace the period of the property. We have lots more plans for the house going forward, but it’s wonderful to look back and see how far we’ve come since we’ve moved in. We’re not sure what the next project will be but it’s exciting to think what that could be. 16


Creating an open-plan kitchen/diner was high on the couple’s priority list and a year after moving in they knocked down the wall between the existing kitchen and small adjacent dining room. ‘The reconfigured layout has completely changed the way we use the space as a family and it’s far more practical,’ says Gillian. ‘We went for a sleek and simplistic design, with quartz worktops and T-bar handles, and invested in a Rangemaster dual-fuel cooker as both John and I love to cook, and that was important to us,’ says Gillian.

Classic metro tiles from Topps Tiles make a feature of the cooker splashback without breaking the bank

Gillian’s sleek, modern kitchen from Magnet has been designed to maximise storage and keep the room feeling light and spacious

Gillian isn’t scared of introducing bright colours into her home

‘I fell in love with this Marimekko wallpaper and its graphic print has a very retro feel,’ says Gillian. The upcycled spindle back chair adds interest to the hallway, as does the hanging planter and white pendant light, which brings the scheme together. Having chairs dotted around your space can make it feel more welcoming and it adds a point of interest to awkward corners.

Good idea

Contrast the oven with the rest of your kitchen for a modern, industrial look

With limited space, the narrow console table from Habitat fits snugly into the hallway. It also hides the unsightly radiator, making a more interesting feature out of it. Gillian has added a traditional-style mirror and a lamp, which adds a splash of colour to her entranceway. She also uses the space underneath the console for storage. November 2018 17

Inspiring homes ‘I wanted to introduce a subtle retro feel and the Barbican sofa from John Lewis has iconic 1950s tapered legs,’ says Gillian

Gillian’s wood burning stove adds an instant sense of cosiness to her living room


Make your own leaf bunting on page 25

‘My favourite way to personalise any space is by adding handmade items’

‘I’ve collected quite a selection of artwork to build up this gallery wall, including the Copenhagen print by Ferm Living, a print by Isa Form and a Cornish coastal lino cut by Carol Lander’ 18

‘With an English degree and many years spent working in a bookshop, it’s no doubt I’ve built up a large book collection!’ laughs Gillian. ‘Ikea’s Ekenaset armchair has turned this living room spot into a cosy reading nook.’ Bright cushions and a throw adds colour and also brings the Mid-Century look together.

Living room

One of the first structural changes Gillian and John made to the house was removing a dated boxed-in TV unit around the chimney breast to uncover the original fireplace. ‘The asymmetrical design is so quirky and it was completely hidden by the previous owners,’ Gillian says. ‘We then installed a modern Morso woodburning stove to act as a focal point in the room and heat the space during winter.’ Gillian has created zones within the living room, with a cosy sofa area in front of the fire and a reading and crafting corner complete with an Ikea Ekenaset chair.’

Good idea

A mix of patterned cushions livens up a classic grey sofa


Shop MidCentury furniture on page 22

Expert advice Gillian has introduced lots of natural wood for a Scandi feel and then added vibrancy with playful accessories and lots of soft furnishings. She made this autumnal garland using scraps of coloured felt to decorate her living room mantelpiece. As a keen crafter, Gillian enjoys making pretty things to display in her home.

Create a kitchen/diner l Knocking down the wall

between your kitchen and dining room is generally an affordable way to create an open-plan space, if extending the footprint of your house isn’t feasible in terms of land or budget. Reconfiguring the layout is a good option.

l Begin by speaking to an

architect to find out whether it’s possible to knock down the existing wall and to seek general advice; this will depend on its structural support.

l Building Control will need

to be notified of any structural changes taking place on the property and they will ensure that building regulations have been met. They will arrange for an inspector to visit the site as the work progresses.

l Depending on the work

carried out, you’ll need to consider whether plumbing and electrics will be affected and whether they will need moving or replacing once the wall has been taken down. November 2018 19

Inspiring homes Gillian’s love of art is echoed upstairs and the picture ledge display takes pride of place in the bedroom. ‘The skull canvas is from Graham & Green, the bird print is by Alice Melvin and the Anchor Love print is from Old English Company’

‘Our all-white bedroom makes me feel so relaxed’

Good idea

Whitewashed wooden floorboards instantly brighten up a room

Steal my style Feature and styling Cassie Pryce Photos David Giles

Scandi cool

Shunan coffee table, Hurn & Hurn

Get yourself some Mid-Century inspired So pretty homeware to recreate Gillian’s look Cabinet of Curiosities

framed print, Athena

£40 Serve up Sanna salad bowl, Made


£25 20

Gillian painted the wooden bedside tables white to suit her bedroom scheme

‘My parents bought this dressing table about 30 years ago for my childhood bedroom when I was growing up and it’s stayed with me ever since,’ says Gillian

Master bedroom

Keen to design a calming and tranquil space to unwind in, Gillian has kept the bedroom scheme fresh and uncluttered, with a strong Scandinavian influence. She painted the floorboards white throughout the whole of the upstairs and has added interest with framed prints, houseplants and a curated display of accessories.

‘The bathroom is the final room to be tackled but it’s functional for the time being,’ explains Gillian. ‘We would ideally like to rip out the bath and install a large walk-in shower instead, and replace the existing tiles with something lighter to brighten up the small room.’ Orla Kiely accessories jazz up the neutral bathroom for the time being until it’s time for a total refurbishment.

What I learned... l Don’t rush into decorating as soon as you move in; spend some time living in the room to see how it’s going to be used and gather together lots of inspiration. l Use Instagram to collate ideas and talk to other like-minded people. There are so many amazing accounts to follow and to get inspiration from. l When it comes to big items, don’t scrimp on quality. Always invest wisely in long-term pieces like sofas and dining furniture, as these will need to be able to stand the test of time against daily wear. Turn to page 128 for stockist details

Shop the look

retro fanatic

An accent chair, like Gillian’s, is the ideal statement piece of furniture

If you have a love for Mid-Century, like Gillian, don’t shy away from injecting it into your home £169 Very An Ercol-style table is perfect for this look

£6 The Contemporary Home Tweet your troubles away with a kitsch bird vase

£79 Cuckooland

Quirky shelving and unusual shaped furniture complements a Mid-Century vibe

£350 John Lewis Opt for versatile pieces that can be used for multiple purposes

£179 Dunelm

£450 Habitat

Sideboards are a must for creating any stylish living room scheme

Mustard yellow and earthy tones are the way to go for this trend


£570 Lime Lace This laid-back chair screams fifties design

£15 M&S

£50 Amara

Scallop print is oh-so retro and we love it!

Choose rustic-style pendant lights for a vintage touch

£198 Audenza Sunburst mirrors are a bold choice

£225 Cox & Cox Bar stools don’t have to be boring and can reflect your personal style

Mix white and classic wood to brighten up your space

£179.99 Oak Furniture Land A burnt orange footstool will be a great addition to your sofa

£399 Furniture Village Watch TV in style with this low-level unit

£18 House of Fraser Don’t forget the accessories too – we love these funky coasters Feature Becca Green

£229 Swoon Editions

November 2018 23

Dark and dramatic

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Make the look...

Autumn leaf bunting

Gillian loves to display her handmade crafts in her home. Try this fun papercraft project idea to bring a touch of autumn to your mantelpiece

You will need Q Coloured cardstock or paper Q Pencil Q Scissors Q Scoring tool Q Ruler Q Glue Q String

Papermania textured A4 cardstock, £14 for 75 sheets, Hobbycraft

1 2

Download the different leaf templates from Print onto paper and cut out. Take the first sheet of coloured card and fold in half. Line up the straight left-hand side of the first template on the fold, then draw around it with a pencil and cut out. Open the shape and press it flat. Working from the bottom straight edge, score lines horizontally across the paper shape, 1cm apart. Then make accordion folds along the scored lines. Fold in half and glue the inner folds together to form a leaf shape, leaving a small hole at the bottom. Repeat to make other leaf shapes in different autumnal colours. Thread them onto a length of string, knotting each in place to secure, then drape from a mantel.


Make and styling Suzie Sheppard Photo Olly Gordon

4 5

Top Tip

To make sure your folds are really crisp use a metal ruler and scoring tool. A blunt knife is a good alternative if you don’t have one.

option too. You could hang branches from the ceiling and suspend some individual paper leaf shapes from them using string for a changeable abode with these artsy ideas. Be inspired by this bunting to inject a display that will work for all seasons bit of the new season into your home. (dare we say it, even Christmas). For a less rustic feel, try artificial heather for Nature is full of wonderful things to a touch of autumnal colour, or hang get creative with, for example pine some new artwork to bring nature cones and conkers which look great in in a more subtle way. Key shades with a little crafty pizzazz, such as a hint of metallic spray paint or sprinkle are burnt orange, moss green, aubergine and cappuccino tones. of glitter. Wood is a lovely, natural

Woodland walk Bring autumn into your

Beech woodland art print, from £45, Athena

November 2018 25

Inspiring homes


to my home A bit about me

I’m Kerry Wilson, a mortgage advisor, and I’m married to Doug, an animator. We have two dogs, Oscar and Jake.

Where I live

My home is a threebedroom 1930s semi in Stockport. We’ve lived here since November 2015.

What I wanted to change

The bathroom was looking a bit tired and the garden needed attention, but other than that it just required some TLC.

How I made it my own

I love a gallery wall, and have livened up the hall and landing with a geometric paint effect. We’ve also added plenty of colour.

My favourite part I really like our cosy living room as it’s probably the space that best reflects my personality. Also, the walls have lots of pictures that are special to us.

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Dining area

‘I wanted to maximise the space in here and make it more sociable rather than it being a walk-through room to the kitchen. Luckily we found a nice table that seats six to eight people as we love having friends and family over. Having benches means it can be pushed back when we need more space too. ‘The chimney breast was already grey but the fire surround was a horrible shade of cream so I painted it teal. Everyone thinks we’ve put tiles on here, but it’s actually a tile-effect wallpaper.’

We’re glad we got After several years of renting, Kerry and Doug Wilson have

‘I get bored quickly and once I get an idea in my head I can’t wait to get started on it’

Good idea

Wallpaper a boarded up fireplace with tile-effect wallpaper to save costs

Painting the fire surround in Mountain Midnight by Valspar has given the dining room a fresh new focal point, and Kerry’s added a set of four Miffy prints from King & McGaw above

on the property ladder

finally bought their first home together where they can unleash their design ideas November 2018 27

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A bright and punchy rug from La Redoute sets the tone for the dining room, and ties in well with the cushions from Maisons du Monde.  The table, chair and benches are all from Ikea

My story ...

For the past seven years my husband Doug’s job as an animator took us all over the country – so it’s been fantastic to finally stop renting and buy our first home. When he got a job in Stockport, I already knew the area as I’d previously worked here for a year in retail management. I’ve since trained as a mortgage advisor so can work anywhere and was happy to move back to the area. As we’d moved around so much, we never spent a lot on furniture so had quite a mish-mash of everything we’d accumulated. It seemed like the ideal time to get rid of every bit of furniture we owned, start again from scratch and buy good quality pieces. Then we set to redecorating, we also partially replaced the bathroom and revamped the garden with new fences, gravel and decking. It’s hard to pin down my style but I do love pushing the boat out with a pop of colour. I enjoy a good gallery wall and having plants in the house to bring the outside in. Now that I’m expecting a baby in January, we know we’ll move back to Worcester in the West Midlands where both our families still live, but for now we’re pretty settled and have built up a good friendship group so we’d be happy to stay for a few more years. I am already building up ideas for the future, including a kitchen/diner with plenty of space for people to socialise while I’m cooking. It’s important to me to have a very family centric space, and home. 28

Living room

As several walls were already painted grey, Kerry and Doug were happy to work around the existing colour scheme. ‘Doug loves blue which works really well with grey, so that’s our base,’ says Kerry. ‘We also added a few pops of orange and pink in the gallery wall and cushions for contrast.’ To put her own stamp on the room, Kerry stripped the gaudy floral velvet wallpaper on the wall that’s by the stairs, painted it blue and wallpapered the little niche shelf.

The eclectic gallery wall behind the sofa, which includes the couple’s wedding and engagement dates, has evolved gradually. Touches of teal work well with the grey Ikea sofas. The Levi textured stripe cushion is from House of Fraser

Shopping Shop for gallery wall pieces on page 34

Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold spray paint has given this Ikea shelving unit a new lease of life as a snazzy bar area. ‘If I can upcycle rather than replace, I would always prefer to do that,’ says Kerry, who also painted the Hobbycraft letters to spell out Cheers with tester pots, to match the living room scheme. The blue and gold ribbon garland adds a fun touch.

Kerry painted this wall in a Valspar paint shade that was colour matched to Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue, and added palm leaf wallpaper from B&Q into the niche shelf. ’It’s full of wedding and hen do pictures, as well as a Wilson Family sign we got from Dotty Dolittles,’ she says. Kerry found this Eva velvet wingback cocktail chair on Dunelm’s website for £135


Make your own marbled cushion on page 36

‘I love a good gallery wall and having plants in the home to bring the outside in’ November 2018 29

Inspiring homes ‘Maisons du Monde is one of my favourite shops,’ says Kerry. ‘It’s where I got the shelf unit and belly basket. The picture is a collage from our wedding’

If you’ve run out of display space, don’t forget the tops of wall cabinets and opt for plants that drape down. Try Parlane’s artificial Hoya Linearis at £22 from Debenhams for a similar look. This is also a good tactic for disguising or prettying up a boiler or other practical elements of a kitchen or utility room.

Kerry’s made the most of every corner, even squeezing these rustic display shelves into a tight spot in the kitchen. Kerry didn’t have any houseplants at all a year ago, but she’s now a big fan and has sourced a variety of planters from Stupid Egg, HomeSense and B&Q to display them.

‘My mantra is give it a go – if it doesn’t work you can always paint over it’ A white Ikea dresser in the dining area provides space for crockery and glasses to supplement the kitchen units. The pictures are from Maisons du Monde, one of Kerry’s favourite interior stores. For a similar gold Love balloon try Notonthehigh street – just remember to remove it before putting the heating on! 30

Expert advice

How to revamp a kitchen without replacing it l The simplest way to

transform a dated kitchen on a budget is to paint the cupboard doors. You don’t have to have real wood units either, as you can use a laminate primer and then pick an on-trend shade such as dark blue or grey for an instant update.

l If you hate your splashback

tiles, why not experiment with tile stickers? SirFace Graphics has some great Moroccan-style designs and a pack of 24 is just £15.

l New vinyl flooring is another

quick and easy way to achieve a big change for a small outlay. Fitting costs are so much lower than having tiles laid. Try Zazous and Burts for some striking funky designs.

l Taking out one or two wall

cupboards and replacing them with shelves can also have a big impact. It can make the space feel more open. And, of course, it gives you the opportunity to create a stylish shelfie with plants, accessories and crockery.

A cooking sign from Maisons du Monde, track lighting from B&Q and clock from Wayfair have added personality to the kitchen. There are very few blank walls in Kerry and Doug’s home!

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Add visual interest with houseplants and planters Kitchen

The kitchen units were already in the house when the pair moved in. ‘Although they’re not what I would’ve necessarily chosen myself, they’re perfectly fine so we didn’t feel the need to change them. The only thing I really didn’t like was the floral wallpaper so I painted the walls in Valspar’s Aquamarine instead, and added new lighting. My dream kitchen would have a real wood worktop, dark wood units with scaffold board shelving above.’ November 2018 31

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Kerry redecorated this room in her signature blue. ‘The headboard was put in by the previous owner and has lights behind it,’ says Kerry. ‘It’s quite big but matches some of the other woodwork in the room, so we have worked around it. I sometimes drape it with twinkly bistro lights, but more recently have hung a lovely macramé wall hanging to give it a boho feel.’

Good idea

Try making your own macramé wall hanging by watching a YouTube tutorial

Steal my style

Feature and styling Karen Wilson Photos Katie Lee

Get yourself some of Kerry’s vibrant home style with these buys Shape up


Crewel work cushion, Next


Heart felt

Store it

Pom pom belly basket, Rex London 32

Love bookends, Primark


‘We turned our spare room into a study for when we need to work from home. I chose a neutral shade – Colours Pebble Shore from B&Q – so it could easily be changed into a nursery’

The MDF headboard has been dressed with a macramé wall hanging from The Knotted Touch. Bright pops of orange in the cushions from House of Fraser work well with the blue walls

A high windowsill and ledge behind the bath offer plenty of space for displaying knick-knacks like this Relax sign from Dunelm


‘My style has changed over the years to reflect us both’ Kerry felt her hallway and landing were boring and bland, so was inspired by Instagram to experiment with a geometric design. ‘The paintwork towards the bottom of the wall needed touching up but I couldn’t get an exact match,’ she says. ‘So I decided to create a zigzag pattern using Cottage Door by Valspar. It’s been finished with copper washi tape to cover up imperfections.’

The compact bathroom was looking a bit tired when Kerry and Doug first moved in, so they replaced the bath, shower and screen while keeping the toilet, wall tiles and flooring. ‘It’s such a small room that we couldn’t really change the layout, so we just did a quick fix instead and it’s made a big difference. I use the windowsill to show off plants.’

What I learned... l I’ve become braver – I’ll try anything once. You can learn to do most things if you set your mind to it, and YouTube is brilliant for simple DIY jobs. l Don’t let anyone’s opinions sway you from doing what you want; not everyone can have the same vision, and it’s not a crime to mix styles. l Redecorating does not have to cost the earth. We painted old radiators the same colour as some walls to update them and to blend them in. We also used tile-effect wallpaper, to update our fireplace. Turn to page 128 for stockist details

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wonder walls

Unleash your creativity, like Kerry has, and design your own gallery wall to reinvigorate a blank space

Think outside the box, like Kerry, and opt for wall art rather than just standard prints

£82 Audenza An animal head looks so striking hung on a dark wall

£34 Very

£65 Talking Tables Feel the love with a heartfelt neon sign

Include mementos of your favourite countries and cities

£50 Debenhams

£25 Oliver Bonas

If you love maximalism, this jungle print is perfect

Is there anything more on trend than an octagon tasselled mirror?

£4.99 HomeSense A hanging planter will introduce a different element to your wall

Feature Becca Green

£6 The Contemporary Home Be playful with your choice of photo frames 34

£5 Abstract House

£9 Gisela Graham

Botanical prints look spectacular in a boho-themed space

Arrow signs that remind us of the beach are a must

£3 Flying Tiger Copenhagen Sequins are always a good idea!

£10 Albert & Moo Geometric shelves will add immediate interest to your wall space

£99.95 Melody Maison

£7 M&Co Hang pretty knick-knacks from novelty hooks

Not only are clocks practical, they look great, too!

£249 Hurn & Hurn If pop art inspires you, this will be right up your street

£30 Cult Furniture Choose prints that you absolutely love!

£45 JD Williams Don’t underestimate the potential of a traditional canvas

£8 Matalan Macramés are a staple of any contemporary gallery wall November 2018 35

Make the look...

Marbled cushion

Kerry’s fully embraced colour in her home, and she loves a bold cushion or two. Try this creative idea for injecting some glam into your own pad Top Tip

Want a cushion in a jiffy? Use a ready-made, unpatterned cushion instead. It doesn’t need to be white, choose a light coloured pastel shade to enhance the effect.

You will need Q White cotton fabric Q Measuring tape Q Scissors Q Shaving foam Q Large tray or container Q Fabric paint Q Skewer Q Cardboard Q Sewing machine Q Cotton thread Q Pins

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Measure and cut out one 42cm x 42cm square and two 42cm x 30cm rectangular pieces of fabric. Spray shaving foam on a tray or container and use a piece of cardboard to spread it evenly. Add a few drops of fabric paint in colours of your choice and use a skewer to create the marble effect. Take the square of fabric, lay it over the marble foam, and press down gently. Remove the fabric and scrape off the excess foam with cardboard. Allow to dry, then wash. Meanwhile, take one of the rectangular pieces of fabric, and fold and press a double hem along one of the 42cm sides with an iron. Sew in place, and repeat with the second piece. Lay the rectangular pieces on top of the dry, marbled square piece, with hemmed sides overlapping each other, and pin in place. Sew all the way round. Turn the cushion cover out and iron flat. Then pop the cushion pad inside.


Make and styling Suzie Sheppard Photo Olly Gordon

6 White cotton drill fabric, £10 per metre, Hobbycraft. Dylon Navy and Gold Metallic fabric paints, £3.99 for 25ml, Sew And So. 40cm inner cushion, £4.99, H&M. Teal heron cushion, £22, Dunelm. Harlequin Papilio cushion, £70, Style Library. Wall in Ash Pine wallpaper, £81.50 per roll, Little Greene

It’s marbleous Try this alternative way to get

the marbled look in your home. Marble is a prevailing trend in interiors, from solid worktops and floor tiles to accessories, we can’t get enough of this magical material. It just looks so luxe! As our cushion project shows though marble doesn’t have to cost the earth and there are lots of ways to fake it. Another idea we like 36

is using nail varnish to create a similar look on anything from glass and wood to metal and cardboard. Simply fill a bowl with enough water to cover your item, and begin dropping in the polish. Metallic vanishes work particularly well for a luxe finish. Continue, adding more colours, as desired, and swirl them about with a lolly stick. Submerge your item, then remove from the water. A thin layer of the varnish will have coated it. Leave it to dry and voila!


Get the look with John Lewis’ gifting range

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Good idea


Choose white blinds to blend seamlessly into a neutral scheme

to my home A bit about me

Hi, I’m Louise Godding, a footwear and accessories buyer. I live with my fiancé, Dan, who is a barber and our British Shorthair cat, Doug.

Where I live

I live in a onebedroom flat in South Hampstead. I have been here for five years now.

What I wanted to change

As it was a new-build it typically lacked character. But it was the perfect blank canvas for me.

How I made it my own

As the space is small but open-plan I knew I wanted to keep it light with a flow throughout. My first port of call was adding texture and artwork. The rest fell into place.

My favourite part

I love my sofa area – the addition of my Morrocan pouffe from Marrakesh really brought it all together.

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Living room

‘The original concept for this room was a Scandi look, but I wanted more warmth and texture to make it feel cosy. There is a bit of a global bohemian theme too with touches of gold throughout. It was a really challenging space to decorate as the double aspect windows are floor-to-ceiling. I think keeping the palette light has helped conceal this and I chose a grey French Connection for DFS sofa which can be easily updated with cushions and throws.’

I feel very lucky to

Louise Godding’s compact flat reflects her love of Scandi

The colour of the Amtico flooring helped to sell the property to Louise. Plant stands from Matalan add interest to the large window areas

‘I wanted to create a bit of a global feel in here, with accessories and touches of gold’

have secured this flat!

and bohemian styles, with a calming monochrome palette reflected throughout November 2018 39

Inspiring homes ‘These shelves were a bargain from Argos. They are narrow and perfectly display our mish-mash of accessories and books. I love a good shelfie. The subtle grey wall paint is Homebase’s Silver Mist’

The couple picked up this pouffe cover in Marrakesh, and now use it to store winter textiles

My story...

I found my home totally by chance, my manager who I’ve worked with for years lives in the area and noticed it being built. I tried in vain to get an appointment to view the property but it was very popular with nearly all flats being secured straight away. I was abroad when I received the email offering viewings and sale of the showhome and managed to book one straight away for any time I could get! I didn’t end up in that one, but by chance another came up the very next day when a mortgage had fallen through. So I count myself very lucky. I was the final resident to move in in June 2013 and loved the space instantly. I spent hours looking for inspiration on making the most out of small spaces and the first room I worked on was the living room – originally opting for a very dark grey paint on the wall that the gallery wall is on. I lived with this for years but it didn’t quite work. I updated the room in spring 2016 with a bit of help from my parents. I painted it back to white to make the most of the light, and added a lighter grey feature wall on the largest wall. It gave the room a new lease of life. Then it was onto the kitchen; I added white metro tiles with dark grout and the feature chalkboard wall. When Dan moved in we needed more storage, so we went for large wardrobes in the bedroom. In the future, we would love some big open shelving in the living area and to paint the bedroom, but as we’re saving for our wedding it has taken a back seat. Our plan is to sell up in the next few years and I can’t wait to get stuck into a bigger property. 40

‘The dining nook is squeezed into the room as the perfect base for us to eat dinner together. The cowhide rug works with the feel of the room and the chairs from Cult Furniture give a Scandi vibe’

‘Our home reflects all I love; Scandi, boho, Mid-Century and Californian styles – I like an eclectic mix!’

Steal my style Get some of Louise’s botanical style in your own home Glass act

Green succulent plant in jar, Dunelm

Soft touch Banana Forest cushion, Art Wow


Go green

Small cactus storage pot, Hurn & Hurn


Shop for monochrome accessories on page 46


£16 November 2018 41

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Louise liked the two-tone look of the kitchen, and used it as starting point for the open-plan space

Good idea

Use greenery to soften the edges of a room

Expert advice

Styling an open-plan space l When designing an open-

plan space keep the walls predominantly one colour. It creates a natural flow and helps to make it feel larger. Louise made a conscious decision to keep theirs mainly white, after opting for dark colours initially.

l Open-plan living naturally A compact dining table from Ikea creates an area for the couple to eat 42

provides more of a flow, so begin by designing your hallway to reflect the other rooms. Decorating a kitchen/ diner in one style also helps.

l Print off photos in black and

white for an inexpensive way to make coordinating artworks for your spaces. Frame in similar colours to complete. Louise has used black and white frames in her home.

l Keep spray and chalk paints

to hand. If you find something that you really like but the colour doesn’t work, it can easily be changed. This can be anything from a candlestick to a piece of furniture.


‘The narrow shelves are a clever Ikea hack – I just used an upturned Mosslanda picture ledge to create some mini open shelves for my jars and cookbooks.’ Little touches like this adds interest and personalisation to a new-build property, on a budget.

‘I love big country kitchens with open shelves and metro tiles so having a stark, new-build kitchen was slightly challenging to make it feel cosy, and as it sits right off the living area I knew there had to be a flow. I also didn’t want it to look cluttered. I loved that the units were a mix of black and white. In keeping with the colours of the living space I added metro tiles with a dark grout, which has made the space look much more finished.’

‘People always compliment us on this space, but it isn’t the easiest for mass entertaining!’

The chalkboard feature wall Louise added around the cooker is a real statement and as this is positioned in a narrow, selfcontained space it doesn’t look dark or imposing. The couple use it as a holiday planner as well as a countdown to their wedding!

Louise picked up this mirror at a Graham & Green sample sale. She enjoys hunting out unusual pieces and if they are at a reduced price, that’s even better!


Make your own hexagon mirror on page 48

The metallic splashback is great for adding reminders and notes. Rustic wooden crates add a nice contrast to the high-shine kitchen November 2018 43

The hallways reflects the rest of the flat, with a stylish monochrome scheme

Good idea

Feature Lorraine Luximon Styling Nicole Howarth and Lorraine Luximon Photos Simon Whitmore


Bedding and textiles are an affordable way to update a space

‘I picked up the entryway console table from HomeSense – as it’s white with a Mid-Century/ Scandi style it ticks all the boxes. The Ikea Stockholm mirror is my favourite piece as it opens up the space, it also gives you a glimpse of the gallery wall opposite. I picked up the industrial filing drawers from a Graham & Green sample sale.’


A West Elm chest of drawers and metallic pieces from Matalan add warmth to the all-white room. Louise’s favourite piece in this room is her birdcage lamp


‘We’re still working on the bedroom and have been debating whether we should paint the wall behind the bed or do a half and half wall throughout. I just love the look of these and you don’t have to fully commit to colour! This room has fast become one of my favourite spaces due to the picture ledge above the bed; I love swapping this around and it’s made the white feel more considered. The real challenge has been the odd shaped walls, which creates a dark nook by the doorway so we opted to keep the walls white.’

The main pops of colour in the room are green as it’s Louise’s favourite colour. She’s also a huge fan of a banana leaf print so this cushion was actually the starting point for the room, while the Next bed takes centre stage

If money was no object, herringbone tiles and a waterfall shower would be on the agenda for the bathroom

‘Our bedroom has fast become one of my favourite spaces. I love the picture ledge’ Bathroom

‘We added accessories to make it feel more inviting in here and brought in lots of planters, plus some towels and a bath mat from Matalan. I love the simple typography that Aesop uses so this is a great excuse to treat myself occasionally to their products. They look great on display.’

What I learned...

l My main mantra is to invest in pieces that are timeless and that will last. Wooden furniture and a sofa are never bad investments. But I also love sourcing purse friendly home accessories and textiles. l Look for styles or themes that you love which work with your current pieces – whether it’s metallics or a particular colour – and work these details throughout. l My home style has totally evolved, I have always loved an eclectic mix but my previous rented properties have been shabby chic and retro in style. I’ve learned it’s fine to not commit to just one look! Turn to page 128 for stockist details

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Mix and match textures, like Louise has in her bedroom for a bohemian vibe

Black and white is the ultimate chic combination, adopt it into your interiors scheme, like Louise has £80 Debenhams

£25 JD Williams £20 House of Fraser Incorporate grey into a monochrome look as an accent

Is there anything more sophisticated than black and gold?

Add a Californian vibe with a palm tree floor lamp

£19.99 HomeSense Stripes are a must in a neutral space

£80 Matalan Geometrics are still on trend and we couldn’t be happier!

£89 Cult Furniture Make your kitchen sleek with slimline bar stools


£9 Albert & Moo Add character to your space with a hanging planter

£45 Amara Exposed lighting will bring an industrial edge to a room

£5.95 Desenio Simple prints always make the biggest statements

£25 Made Contrast your kitchenware with a mixture of marble and granite

£18.98 per sqm Tile Mountain If you’re a huge fan of monochrome, opt for black and white tiled flooring

£24 White Black Grey

£9 for two Artisanti

Channel Picasso with a cubistinspired vase

Patterned tealight holders are a must on any stylish fireplace

£33 Hurn & Hurn Use baskets as storage solutions or to house your plants

£32 Dunelm

£299 Atkin and Thyme Embrace your inner Beetlejuice with black and white striped furniture

£179 Swoon Editions An ikat patterned pouffe offers stylish extra seating

Feature Becca Green

Monochrome boho is one of our favourite interior trends

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Make the look...

Honeycomb mirror

Louise knows the space-enhancing effect of a mirror in small spaces, and the statement piece in her open-plan living area adds wow factor too

You will need Q Large black frame, with backing board Q Hexagon mirror tiles Q Double-sided tape

Ribba 60cm x 80cm frame, £18, Ikea. Hexagon mirror tiles, from a selection, eBay. Woods & Stars wallpaper in Charcoal, £78 per roll, Cole & Son

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Remove the backing board from the frame. Take out the glass and discard but set the black frame aside. Arrange hexagon mirror tiles on the backing board in a random pattern. When you are happy with the design, stick each in place with double-sided tape. Replace the tiled backing board inside the frame. If you fancy adding even more personalisation, you could paint the edges of the frame or even the backing board to make the mirror tiles stand out more. To create a honeycomb patterned pinboard instead, use a sheet of cork in place of the backing board. Make sure you leave plenty of space in between your mirror tiles so you can pin items. For added decorative detail you can add a three-dimensional edge to your hexagons using Pebeo Cerne Relief. This fine-tipped paint outliner creates a lovely raised stained glass window effect. Once you have stuck down the tiles, simply draw around each edge for added texture.

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Make and styling Suzie Sheppard Photo Olly Gordon


Top Tip This is a great project for breathing new life into an old picture frame. Have a look around charity shops for different styles of frames, and get crafting.

Pigeonhole mirror shelf, £349, Atkin and Thyme

Mirror mirror Get creative with your mirror

offerings for double-duty style. Make you mirrors work extra hard, by adding self-adhesive mirror tiles to box frames for storage and style in one. Alternatively, why not make a feature using larger format tiles, such as Wilko’s 30cm x 30cm ones which can be applied to the wall, then build up shelving around it? At £11 for a 48

pack of four they are super-affordable. Or be inspired by this practical and elegantly designed Atkin and Thyme pigeonhole mirror. It’s a great spacesaver with its large mirrored surface surrounded by individual mini shelves. This dual-purpose design is the ultimate functional piece of furniture, but you can get the look using treasures such as printer’s trays which can be found at great prices on eBay and other sales sites.

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Make your own pop art on page 60


to my home A bit about me

I’m Claire Wainwright, a teacher, and I live with my husband Mark, a traffic officer.

Where I live

My home is a twobedroom maisonette in a detached Victorian building in Pudsey, West Yorkshire. We’ve lived here since June 2015.

What I wanted to change

We wanted to add colour and pattern, as well as opening up the kitchen as we had nowhere to sit and eat.

How I made it my own

Every room has a standout feature. In the master bedroom and bathroom it’s bold wallpaper, while in the living room it’s the dark green walls.

My favourite part

It’s definitely Mark’s pop art mural in the kitchen/ diner. Everyone who comes round is so impressed that he created it himself and it’s a real talking point.

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‘The best thing we did was knocking through the hallway, kitchen and bathroom to make an open-plan kitchen/diner. Luckily, the walls weren’t structural and our builder recommended a joiner who did all the work. We got four kitchen quotes ranging from £7,000 to £16,000 but Kitchens by Design in Leeds was the cheapest and we saved money buying appliances online. In previous homes I had lots of kitchen equipment on display, but this time I wanted a really clean and minimalist look. My vision was dark grey matt handless units, a sociable island, a dining area where the bathroom had been, and the sink by the window.’

Our maisonette

Knocking down two walls has given Claire Wainwright

Good idea

‘Mark painted the pop art wall mural by hand, matching the dark grey paint to the units and using leftover yellow paint from the other walls. The dining table was from a second-hand store in Brighton and the chairs were £2 from an antiques shop in Wales’

Contrast a black scheme with a bright pop of yellow

‘The best thing we did was knocking together the hallway, kitchen and bathroom to make an openplan kitchen/ diner’

feels more like a house the sociable open-plan kitchen/diner she’s always wanted and dreamed of

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Coffee shop interiors inspired the DIY wood panelling. Claire’s kitchen designer suggested the white quartz worktops to contrast with the dark units

My story ...

We’ve always loved Pudsey in Leeds as it’s full of traditional Yorkshire stone terraces with very few new builds and lovely pockets of green space. As we were so keen to live here, we sold our threebedroom semi on the other side of town to buy a two bedroom maisonette in a Victorian building. Being on two storeys it feels like a house rather than a flat and we were never bothered about having our own garden anyway. Although the décor was a bit bland and plain for us, we loved the traditional features and could see the potential for making it more open-plan. After spending a year gradually redecorating, adding new carpets and having bespoke wardrobes made for our bedroom and landing area, we addressed the problem kitchen which was too small for a table. Since we already had a bathroom on the top floor, it made sense to knock through the kitchen, hallway and second bathroom to make one big kitchen/diner. Our style has always been quite bold with lots of pattern and colour, but we’ve definitely got more adventurous and confident over the years. I’ve never wanted a picture perfect showhome or catalogue look, as I prefer mixing old and new, adding upcycled pieces and building up quirky collections. Doing up the flat has been a fantastic creative outlet and it’s made me think about changing my career too. I used to be an interiors consultant and it’s always been a dream of mine to open a lifestyle store, so fingers crossed! 52

Walls painted in Fired Earth’s Hustle at 5pm and bar stools from HomeSense add a pop of colour. The industrial style lighting was an idea copied from a bar. ‘There was only one pendant, which wasn’t central, so this works much better to fill the large space,’ explains Claire

After the corridor was removed, a small partition wall was retained to avoid a sheer drop to the stairs and conceal the pipework from the washing machine. A cool vintage snowboard from Mark’s collection makes a quirky wall display by the window. Claire has opted for different coloured stools to add even more pops of colour to her darker kitchen, which livens it up.

‘Our style has always been quite bold with lots of pattern and colour’

Claire chose seamless kitchen units without the need for handles so her solid black scheme was not interrupted. This means it stands out even more with the yellow walls and is brought together perfectly by her black industrial lighting that drapes from the ceiling. The canteen-style chairs add a quirky edge to Claire’s classic dining table

Good idea

Combine old and new, like a traditional Persian-style rug teamed with modern stools

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Good idea

Ladder storage is a great way of hanging fun and quirky decorations

Living room

As the couple were lucky enough to inherit an original Victorian fireplace, they decided to use the green and red tiles as their starting point for the décor. ‘I love colour and pattern but I never use tester pots,’ says Claire. ‘For several years I worked for paint companies Fired Earth and then Benjamin Moore, so I’m pretty confident making colour choices. I was inspired by a colour called Mid Azure Green by Little Greene, but we sourced a similar version from Valspar.’ 54

Shopping Shop our pick of fireplaces on page 58

‘We couldn’t move our old sofa so it was the perfect excuse to get a new leather one from Made,’ says Claire

The corner display features a lightening bolt from Lighting Direct and a picture listing all the places the couple visited on their Honeymoon in Canada. Dotting personalised items like this around Claire’s home really highlights her individual style and makes her house a cosy and welcoming home.

‘Mark used a marker pen to create his own artwork on the top floor landing. ‘He just made it up as he went along,’ says Claire. ‘And he’s left a few spaces for us to put up pictures too’

Picking three or four round mirrors in different sizes gives more impact than one square design. ‘I got the top one from an antiques shop in Conwy, Wales, which I always pop into when visiting friends,’ says Claire. Finding antiques is one of Claire’s guilty pleasures as she loves a bargain.

‘Dark interiors are a big inspiration for me and I’ve portrayed this throughout our home’ Scaffolding board shelves display some of the couple’s favourite pieces such as a vintage clock, a Canadian sign that reminds them of their travels and other bits and bobs that fill the shelving space perfectly. The colour blue is a running theme throughout this room.

Steal my style Go over to the dark side, like Claire, and opt for homeware pieces that complement this Retro style

Vertigo wallpaper, Cloudberry Living



So exotic

Blushing pink Dusky cushion, £8, Matalan

Pineapple lamp base, Laura Ashley

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Inspiring homes

Good idea

Pick out a colour from your wallpaper and paint woodwork the same shade

Master bedroom

‘When we first moved in, the area under the eaves was half cupboards and half open shelves,’ says Claire. ‘So we ripped it all out and the woodwork teacher at my school made new ones. I wanted plain fronted doors but inside there’s an industrial feel with scaffold poles and shelves made from reclaimed floorboards. To finish them off I painted the doors white.’

Expert advice

Feature and styling Karen Wilson Photos Katie Lee

How to create a statement wall l Not everyone has the artistic

skills to paint their own wall mural like Mark, but there are plenty of other ways to create a showstopping feature wall. Why not use masking tape to mark out geometric shapes or divide the wall into segments to create an abstract look?

l Whether you fancy a

woodland scene, a city skyline or an underwater fantasyland, wallpaper murals will really make a statement. Try


l If you prefer natural materials,

go for exposed bricks or brick slip. Wood panelling is another great option. These days you can fake a textured look with wallpaper that mimics marble, wood, concrete or perhaps even industrial tin tiles.

l Stencils have come a long

way since the dubious designs seen on 90s TV shows. has over 3,500 to choose from, including many cool designs that feature lots of geometric patterns.

Claire painted the drawer fronts and legs of this chest which was left behind in their first home. It’s been teamed with a discotheque print she made herself

Claire and Mark’s wooden bed has withstood several house moves and still looks great. ‘We added Delano wallpaper by Cole & Son on two walls to inject some personality,’ she says

The previously white walls and panelling have been transformed with pink paint that’s been specially mixed to match the Flamingos wallpaper by Sanderson

‘Our bathroom is so fun and bright – we really do love this space’ Metallic accents, such as the side table from Made, work well with the grey and black scheme. The Puerto glass pineapple lamp is from M&S and instantly adds a tropical vibe. Claire’s bravery when it comes to bold wallpaper is something to be admired and creates such an inspiring space.

What I learned... l Thinking outside the box can save you money and our kitchen flooring is a great example. Tiles were out of the question as they’d be noisy for the flat below. Thankfully I came across the idea of using large sheets of MDF – it was only £300! l If you’re going to embrace the trend for dark interiors, go the whole hog. At first I was wary but now I’m so glad I committed. l Don’t be afraid to give things a go yourself. Sometimes things can be way out of your budget, so why not get online and learn how to do it yourself. Turn to page 128 for stockist details

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relight my fire

Be a firestarter, like Claire, and make your home feel ultra-cosy with a stylish fireplace or log burner

To create the same effect as Claire’s fireplace, use tile stickers to add a personal touch

£199.99 Dunelm We love the combination of brass and oak in this Malmo model

£400 Dimplex This Evandale electric model has an authentic fire effect

£509 B&Q The Colville has period features to get that classic look

£525 Homebase

£455 Wickes

A monochrome design like the Adam Oxford is perfect for a contemporary space

Don’t underestimate an electric fire – they’re so cosy!

£1,885 Aga Stoves Make a style statement with the stylish Lawley log burner


£,1550 Chesneys Invest in a timeless retro design like the Alpine

£1,450 Ludlow Stoves Be bold and pick a coloured stove like the Carron 11 to add impact

£995 ACR Stoves Choose a log burner which has storage underneath

£299 JD Williams Curved styles like the Abbey are effortlessly chic

£1,355 Direct Stoves A neutral model like this Arada one will instantly invigorate a space

£2,149 Valor

Feature Becca Green

Made out of Portuguese limestone, this really is something special

£350 Next Malvern is a grey fire surround that will suit most living rooms

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Pop art canvas

Not as brave as Claire and Mark to go for a full-on wall mural? Create an arty canvas for a more subtle take on this bold look Top Tip

You will need Q Tracing paper

Unsure if you can brave an A2 size canvas on your walls? Print the template out on a smaller scale to create a smaller artwork.

Q Pencil Q Stretched canvas Q Acrylic paints in yellow, blue, black, red and pale pink Q Paintbrushes


Enlarge the pop art image template at and print on paper. We enlarged ours in four A4-sized sections to fit an A2 canvas. Use tracing paper and a pencil to transfer the design onto the surface of the stretched canvas. Paint the coloured areas with bright acrylic paints, following the image and leave to dry. We used a bright yellow on the hair, blue for the eyes, red for the lips and a pale pink to recreate the skintone. Leave each section to dry before continuing with the next. Once the coloured sections are dry, go over the pencil lines with a fine paintbrush and black paint and leave to dry before hanging.

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Make and styling Suzie Sheppard Photo Olly Gordon


A2 stretched canvas, £6; acrylic paints, £2 for 75ml, all Hobbycraft. Wardley dining chair, £300, Neptune

Word up Overlap tissue paper letters

to create affordable wall art. Download your chosen letters from and enlarge them as desired. Lay tissue paper over the first letter, secure with masking tape, then trace out the outline. Cut out. Repeat with more letters in different typefaces and contrasting widths. Play with 60

the letters on a piece of white cartridge paper, until you’re happy with the arrangement. Mark lightly around some of the edges using a pencil, in order to remember the position of each, then remove. Coat the back of the first letter with spray adhesive. Place the letter on the cartridge paper and smooth down. Repeat this process, then gently remove any pencil marks using an eraser.

Find this make and more in Letter Crafts by Clare Youngs (Cico Books, £12.99)

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Transform your home into an Aladdin’s cave and embrace the mantra more is more with a maximalist interiors scheme

p64 Oriental-inspired looks to wow

Feature Becca Green

p68 Don’t be scared to go over to the dark side

P67 Showstopping wall schemes

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Shop the look floral magic Blossom canvas, £24.99, Very

ZEN SPACE Think carefully about your lighting, this striking pendant design from Dunelm is £29

gold finger Cut out pendant, £30, Matalan

Asian wonder Faux orchid, £4, Primark

glow up Straw lid candle, £9.99, HomeSense

OPULeNCE small trinkets Jewellery box, £12, George Home

breathe out Cuba rattan side table, £119, Amara



Jewel tones, rich fabrics and a nod to Easterninfluence, this maximalist trend is not one to miss


aximalism is not for the fainthearted. Arguably, the most bold interior movement, it isn’t defined by lots of clutter – rather it’s a ‘no guidelines’ ethos that lets your imagination run wild. We’ve split maximalism up into three key trends that we’re currently spotting on the high street to make things a little easier. Eastern opulence is all about inheriting global influences into your interiors scheme – think intricate patterns, large houseplants and Persian-style rugs. Jason Masterton-Copley, Head of Design for Very comments: ‘If you want to make a strong statement in your home this season, be brave and embrace opulence. This trend ditches a neutral backdrop and opts for lots of texture and colour.’

GLOBAL TREASURES Cushions covered in gorgeous fabric, like these ones from Blendworth Interiors are perfect for this Eastern-inspired look

INTERIORS INSPO Pair a statement sofa with intricate cushions from Very starting from £16.99

How to

Style the look


With any maximalism look, it’s best to start with the walls and floors. In terms of flooring stick to one extreme – light or dark. Strip everything back and expose your raw floorboards and give them a quick whitewash or go for an inky stain. Adorn your floor with a heavily textured rug for extra interest. When it comes to your walls, don’t hold back with this trend. A made-to-measure mural is perfect for this and creates such a focal point. You can even hunt down textured wallpaper that mimics an interiors look that you’d see in Japan. If you’re scared of commitment, ditch subtle lighting and furniture and instead opt for a sparkly pendant light and a metallic side table. Finish with Oriental plants and you’re good to go.


3 tribal inspo Incorporate wooden furniture, like this side table from Sainsbury’s for £38

FLORAL WONDER It’s all about the texture! Choose this Dutchbone Jafar rug from Cuckooland, which is only £199

Hero buy Luxurious-style fabrics are a must for this look. Velvets, silks and intricate patterns are the building blocks to what makes this trend so special. If you’re lucky enough to travel to any Eastern countries, be sure to take a stroll around one of their beautiful street markets, in which you will find a plethora of treasures. If not, you can get just as gorgeous artisan pieces here on the high street. Be creative and try making your own cushions.

wild thing Elephant and cheetah fabric swatches, from £8, Sophie Allport November 2018 65

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COME DINE Create a dining space that you’ll love to entertain in and invest in a quality dining table like this one from Chaplins for £2,945

line work Abigail Ahern Odette pendant light, £180, Debenhams

geo love Wire hexagon shelf, £6, Primark


lilac touch Gold geometric cushion, £7, George Home

grey stroke Dutch towel, £10, Next

think pink Hammered coffee table, £199, Oliver Bonas 66


Taking geometrics to the next level, this look really does have the wow-factor with oversized shapes


candi lovers, rejoice! Believe it or not there is a maximalist trend that suits your style. Rachel Kenny of Wallsauce states: ‘Covering entire walls and adjacent walls with big, bold murals is a great starting point to achieving the maximalist trend. Geometric prints are incredibly popular right now and we’re also seeing a lot of interest in floral murals that are overscaled.’ If redesigning your walls is too much of a commitment, you can always incorporate this look by choosing soft furnishings that are adorned with oversized prints, as well as furniture that comes in quirky shapes. Just make sure to inject your own individual style into the look with personal items.

COOL SURFACE Opt for geometric shaped furniture, like these nest of tables from JD Williams for £99

OFF THE WALL Get your hands on some statement wallpaper. This forest green design from Wallsauce starts at £30 per sqm

How to

Style the look


Stick to bright, block shades. Start by painting a feature wall in a striking colour such as blue or russet, which will give you a great base to work from. If you’re feeling creative, grab some Frog Tape and draft out linear lines and paint the sections different colours to achieve a stylish geometric effect. Paring back your accessories makes for a clutter-free space. Even though the mantra of maximalism is ‘more is more’ – this can be achieved in other ways rather than simply packing in lots of stuff. Look out for unusual furniture in antique shops that will define a particular space. An oblong coffee table with architectural legs is perfect. A standout piece like this will be the talking point of any lounge.


3 BLUE HUE Coordinate your bed linen with your entire bedroom scheme. This set from Secret Linen Store starts from £14

TINY TRINKETS Add personality to a room with a rug. This gorgeous Sassari design from John Lewis is £495

Hero buy Hardwood floors have never been so popular, they’re not only extremely practical but they also allow you to inject your personal style with a rug (or two). Funky patterned designs with a purse friendly price tag are easier to come by nowadays with online retailers such as Modern Rugs. We love the idea of layering a block-coloured style with a geometric one to fully embrace this trend.

white stripe Maestro chevron rug, £29.99, Carpetright November 2018 67

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LIGHT IT UP A jungle print lampshade is a winning choice for this trend. Opt for this gold-lined design from Love Frankie for just £40

cool fringe Abigail Ahern gecko cushion, £45, Debenhams new leaf Gold chandelier, £220, House of Fraser

two-toned Rattan pouffe, £39.99, red light HomeSense Charley chair, £149, Made

round about 12-piece Earthenware dinner set, £39, Made



Brighten a dark backdrop with metallic furniture – watch out magpies, this one’s for you!

T luxe feel Effie armchair, £449, Cult Furniture 68

his maximalist trend that we all know and love, the world of dark interiors. Designer and maximalism pioneer Abigail Ahern has just released her A/W 18 collection with Debenhams and says it: ‘Dials up the maximalist and eclectic vibe, it’s a stop you in your tracks look that thrills and excites. To achieve this look, be fearless…the more you mash it up the greater the effect!’ Black or navy walls and floors is a great starting point for this trend, then it’s as simple as building it up layer by layer with statement furniture and a mix of boho and luxurious pieces. You can pick up stunning macramé finds, which are perfect for this trend.

TRUE REFLECTION Finish off a wall with a unique mirror. This oval layer design is £195 from House of Fraser

DARK ROOM A teal headboard could be the starting point of a bedroom transformation. This Valentina design is £199 from JD Williams

How to

Style the look


The amalgamation of boho and luxe is a striking combination. Mixing raw materials such as rattan with indulgent fabrics like faux fur and lots of metallics is key to this look. Begin by styling up a piece of furniture such as an accent chair as well as the area surrounding it. Hang an animal skull on the wall, next to a textured macramé and high-shine print. Drape a faux throw over a chair and contrast with a gold cushion. A dark scheme is the perfect backdrop for plants – real or faux, as it immediately breathes life back into a space. Display them at different heights by using a footed plant stand or a hanging planter that you can attach to your ceiling. Just make sure to place your greenery near a window to give them light. Be playful with colours and tones. A popular choice is dark inky blues such as navy and deep teal. If you don’t dare to go black, these are a great alternative.



OIL SLICK Pick up some iridescent accessories, like these from Abigail Ahern for Debenhams starting from £35

TAKE A SEAT Darker wood is back in fashion and we’re totally on board! This Clarendon dining set from Furniture Choice is £499

Hero buy A dark interiors look isn’t complete without a statement piece of metallic furniture to take it to the next level. A gold sideboard is so hot right now and ends up being the focal point of any room or space as well as looking like it’s come straight from The Great Gatsby set. It’s such a versatile piece – you can use it to display your fave pieces as well as storage.

bold gold Gingko leaf side table, £102, Audenza November 2018 69


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We live in a 1930s villa, which still has many of the original features, including Art Deco stained glass windows and oak parquet flooring. We modernised the house throughout using a Mid-Century Scandi design and also updated the bathroom on a budget by painting the bath panel in Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon to break up the yellow tiles. For less than £50 it has given the room a fresh update. @dekkobird 70 April/May 2015

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Upcycling challenge

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Give a writing desk a new lease of life as a stylish cocktail area, and be ready for party season! Many of us dream of having the perfect space for entertaining. We spotted this writing desk in a local charity shop and knew that it could be easily transformed.

Takes 6 hours You will need

Q Wooden writing desk Q Hammer Q Screwdriver Q Saw Q Sandpaper Q Damp cloth Q Rust-Oleum Mode spray primer Q 2 x Rust-Oleum Mode spray paint in Pure Aqua Q Annie Sloan chalk paint in FlorenceQ Paintbrush Q Sheet of MDF Q Wallpaper sample Q PVA glue Q Pencil Q Masking tape Q Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in four shades Q Command decorating clips Q LED fairy lights Q Wine glass rack Q Screws


Remove all the drawers, marking which one was at the top. You need to open up the bottom of the cabinet so it can be used for storage, so if the other shelves were held in place by a divider, remove it now. Ours had one divider, between the middle and bottom drawers, so we used a

screwdriver and hammer to tap it out, opening up the bottom. Sand the cabinet all over. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove any dirt, then apply a coat of primer. Once this is dry, spray the outside of the cabinet and the inside of the fold-down lid with three coats of Mode spray paint – this is a very high gloss paint and will give a lovely polished finish. Leave to dry, then paint the inside with two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Florence. Because the inside of our cabinet was mismatched where the drawers had sat, we panelled the lower storage area with MDF. Begin by measuring the width and height of the back of the storage area. Cut MDF to this size. Trim a length of wallpaper or wrapping paper 5cm larger than the panel on all sides, and use it to wrap the panel, using PVA glue to stick it. Once dry, screw the panel to the back of the cabinet. Add panels to the sides of the lower storage area. Once again, measure the space, this time noting down the depth and height of each side panel. Cut two pieces of MDF, sand the edges, then paint them with

Top Tip

This project involves a lot of spray painting, so always make sure you are working in a well ventilated area and take regular breaks.

Annie Sloan chalk paint in Florence. Once dry, screw each one to one side of the lower area. Finish the lower area by making one final panel, to cover the base. Measure the width and depth of the bottom of the cabinet and cut a piece of MDF to size. Sand the edges, then paint with Annie Sloan chalk paint and screw into position as with the other panels. The lower storage area should now be completely panelled. Next, paint the drawer – we went for a geometric tiled design on ours. Remove the drawer handles, then measure the width of the drawer and divide into three. Divide each of the three sections into four, following the picture for guidance. Mark out each section with masking tape and, allowing sufficient drying time between each section, apply four different shades of blue. Paint the rest of the drawer, and re-attach the handles. Add a strip of lights to the inside back of the fold-down cabinet using Command decorating clips. Finally, add a wine glass rack to the inside of the top of the cabinet. Screw it into position, making sure not to go through to the other side.








Feature Sophie Tarrant Photos Lizzie Orme

star gazing Metal star lightbox, £35, Cult Furniture

cocktail tales Gin Made Me Do It book, £9.99, Oliver Bonas 72

shake it Cockatoo cocktail shaker, £25, Paperchase

colour story Annie Sloan chalk paint in Florence, ÂŁ19.95 for 1L, Annie Sloan

Good idea

Paint the drawers a different colour for contrast

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Create a vintage look with NEW Chalk Spray Paint

• Seven heritage colours • Flat chalky finish • Ideal for recycling old furniture

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Decorating Golden touch

VonHaus has released a Rose Gold tool collection which is far too attractive to hide away in the shed. Not just pretty, the nifty gadgets are packed with features as well. Prices start at £19.99, see

Make a note

There’s nothing more satisfying than doing it yourself, and this crafting journal has space for 12 months worth of projects so you can track your progress. Priced at £14 from Paperchase.

Paper dreams

Introducing Graham & Brown’s Wallpaper of the Year 2019: Tori. Celebrating Eastern art, it incorporates an exquisite Chinoiserie bird trail that is delicately handpainted. Featuring a deep regal teal, on a deluxe fibrous textured Oriental paper with a subtle glistening shimmer of silk, it is also available in a number of other colourways. We love!

Grey scale

It can be tricky to find the perfect grey, but Unicorn’s Breath from Dowsing & Reynolds’ capsule collection may just be what you’re looking for. At £34.99 for 2.5L, this chalky matt emulsion is the perfect choice for heritage interiors.

teal the deal Tori in Teal wallpaper, £50 per roll, Graham & Brown

Upcycling news All-new wallpapers, paints and tools to inspire your next project

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Only natural

In this visually stunning book you’ll find projects for which you’d only need a pair of scissors and a piece of paper – it really is that easy! The chapters open a whole world of possibilities, so whether you want to cut a bouquet of flowers from scrap paper or transform discarded wrapping paper into Christmas decorations, Paper Poetry by Helene and Simone Bendix (Kyle Books, £16.99) contains everything you need to learn the art of papercutting and its delightful possibilities. We’re also loving this simple leaf idea – after all most of the raw materials used to make paper comes from trees!

wordy wonder Cross stitch banner DIY kit, £3.99 each, Wool Couture

Catch the cross stitch bug and update your walls with Wool Couture’s DIY kits that even the novice can get hooked on! In fact, it’s so simple all you have to do is select from one of the cross stitch banners, there’s Love, Laugh, Live, Happy, New and Home to choose from. And using your own yarn or Wool Couture’s cotton tape yarn and a wide-eyed tapestry needle you can make an eye-catching wall hanging slogan for any room in your home. Priced at £3.99 per word, get them at the website at While you’re there, check out the other fun kits, from pom pom making and macramé to crochet. There are even some Christmas ideas, because it’s never too early to get started! November 2018 75

3 looks for...

stylist’s edit

Get your home ready for guests in the run-up to Christmas with these three statement looks created by stylist Laurie Davidson

Good idea

Mix up prints by hanging them on a wall, propping some on a mantel and leaving others unframed


Gentlemen’s club Create a drinks corner for guests, with stylish furniture and a grown-up colour palette

Luxuriate in a Mid-Century look with rich colours, comfy furniture and dark wood.

Feature and styling Laurie Davidson Styling assistant Becca Green Photos Simon Whitmore Set builder Michael Greaves

A well-stocked bar trolley, cosy fireplace and large tub chair are essentials for this handsome scheme, where the emphasis is on creating a space that’s great for gathering and

entertaining. Paint walls in muted shades of china blue and soft grey, then add vibrancy with pops of burnt orange and mustard yellow, along with the odd touch of deep cobalt. Built-in shelves create a library feel, with beautifully displayed books, knick-knacks and interesting artifacts.

Luxe materials, like ve lvet, su give this look a touch ede and silk, of glamour

Opt for shades of burnt orange, amber and pale grey-blues for a grown-up, stylish scheme

Style up a drinks trolley with elegant decanters, glassware and your tipples of choice

‘Use a strong shade, such as burnt orange or mustard yellow to complement the dark wood and pop against a sky-blue backdrop’ November 2018 77

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Dark decadence Dine in style with a scheme that embraces florals and a cocktail corner for added fun Ramp up the drama in your dining area with walls lined in dark, moody floral paper.

Add lighter sugary pinks, plums and damson-coloured furniture and accessories for a feminine touch, and have fun choosing quirky animal or tropical-inspired accessories for an

eclectic ambience. This look is all about maximalism, so be brave and clash patterns, while adding plenty of luxurious materials – velvet chairs, a black sideboard and brass metals all create a lavish, extravagant vibe. Finally, choose a big statement piece that’s sure to be a talking point.

Hits of pink, plum an d ros scheme feeling soft an e gold keep this d welcoming

Think decadence and add accents of pink, brass and brushed gold for a glamorous touch

Create a drinks corner with shakers and other cocktail paraphernalia displayed on a tray


‘Create a maximalist vibe with a mish-mash of floral pattern and a ‘more is more’ look. Loud prints and accessories are a must!’

Good idea

Take the wallpaper from floor to ceiling and use it on more than one wall for a powerful and striking scheme

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Good idea

Create a faux splashback design using a complementary washi tape


Urban glamour

Turn your kitchen into a sophisticated place to gather, using dark inky blues and copper Whether it’s a full-on party, or a sit-down meal, guests always linger in the kitchen.

So, make sure your space is a welcoming place to be. Add strong glints of copper for a fun pre-festive scheme, with pendant lights, vases, and utensils – and when pots and

pans look this good it’s a shame to hide them away, so pop them on a shelf or hanging rack for a gleaming display. Go for a strong background colour on the walls. A faux splashback has been created out of copper-effect washi tape, with strips run along the shelves too for extra glamour.

Add a glamorous gle am wi light fittings and a fau th copper accessories, x splashback design

Highlight the urban feel with industrial fittings, such as these copper pipe hooks

You can easily transform a plain chest with wallpaper and dress with tropical decor to finish the look Marble, navy and copper is such an irresistible combination, especially when mixed with geometrics

‘Use copper to warm up and add a touch of glamour to darker shades like deep blue and grey. Incorporate fairy lights for subtle sparkle’ November 2018 81

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THE SHOPPING LIST Has a particular look caught your eye? Great! We’ve made it easy for you and listed all of the items below

Gentlemen’s club

Velvet tub chair in Tangerine, £445, Oliver Bonas. Pale Wedgwood and Arquerite Absolute matt emulsion, both £43.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Lovbacken side table, £45, Ikea. Fluffy faux fur cushion in Ochre, £8; Grey textured trinket pot, £10; Reactive ribbed bottle vase, £10; Zen reactive glaze bowl, £3, all Dunelm. Diamond storage basket with lining, £49; Old Fashioned crystal style high ball glass in Amber, £6.50; Rose Pink and Gold water glasses, £32.50 for four, all Rockett St George. Bone inlay keepsake box, £40, Ella James. Maya floor cushion, £50; Ikal cushion, £29; Ella throw (used as a rug), from £38, all Perch & Parrow. Mid-Century bar cart, £349, West Elm. Abstract Face embroidered cushion, £25; Highway landscape art print, £79; Vertigo vintage art print framed, £99, all Made. Blue and Mustard block rug, £35, Love Frankie. Counteract Risograph print by Lizzie Hillier Studio, £20, Alboae. Recycled gin glasses, £10.95 each; antler wall mount, £24.95, Graham & Green. Wonder glass decanter, £12, JD Williams.


Wall hanging, Sausage and the Dog at Etsy. All tester paints and chips, Valspar. Fabric swatches, Clarke & Clarke and

Style Library. Trangolin Mustard wallpaper, £16.50 per roll, Homebase. Book and candle, stylist’s own. 82

Dark decadence

Arthouse Euphoria Floral Pattern wallpaper, £11.99 per roll, I Want Wallpaper. Bess sideboard, £447.99, Wayfair. Monika dining table, £299, Klara dining chairs in Pink, £129 for two; Rosanna Nibbles plate, £24, all JD Williams. Monkey wall shelf, £55; Gold Octopus wine bottle holder, £28; Gold hammered placemats, £24 for two, all Audenza. Koldby black cowhide rug, £180, Ikea. Floral cushion, £28; vase (on shelf ), £18; vase with flowers (on table), £18; tall tealight holder, £28 for two; curved pink vase, £18; ombré vase, £24, all Debenhams. Leopard canvas, £25, Dunelm. Belmont cocktail shaker, £41.99; Belmont wine charms, £26.40 for six, both Rockett St George. Pink wine goblets, £28 for a pair, Ella James. Pineapple chandelier, £405; pineapple ice bucket, £37, both Graham & Green. Cotton tablecloth in purple, £8.99, H&M. Rollin art print, £15, Love Frankie.


Arthouse Euphoria Floral Pattern wallpaper, £11.99 per roll, I Want Wallpaper. All tester paints and chips , Valspar. All fabric swatches, Clarke & Clarke. Flamingo cocktail stirrers, £2.99 for 24, Drinkstuff. Pineapple tray, apple pot, both stylist’s own.

Urban glamour

Drawing Room Blue emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Meringue kisses, from a selection, Meringue Girls. Extra Special cocktail truffles, £4, Asda. Mercer copper corkscrew, £26.40, Rockett St George. Blue hexagonal vase, £20, Hoos. Ozari aged copper champagne flutes, £8.95 each, Sue Parkinson. Marble and copper chopping board, £39, Ella James. Copper pendant lights, £35 each; Fejka artificial potted plant, £6, all Ikea. Zen reactive glaze dinner plates and bowls, from £3 for a bowl, Dunelm. Sashiko Navy wallpaper, £50 per roll, Graham & Brown. Copper saucepans, from £55, Debenhams. Beaumont flared copper vase, £35, Made. Ferm Living Terrazzo tins, £30 for three, Amara. Coconutgrass Butcher’s Family Kitchen Meat Cuts print, £20; Proper Copper Design cacti-style hooks, £27 each, both Notonthehighstreet. Typhoon Living copper lid canisters, £19.99, Tower. White and Rose gold knives in acrylic stand, £29.99, Amazon. Nordic copper table lights, £10.50, all Talking Tables.


All tester paints and chips, Valspar. All fabric swatches, Clarke & Clarke and Style Library. Sashiko Navy wallpaper, £50 per roll, Graham & Brown. Marble chopping board, £39, Ella James. Meringue kisses, from a selection, Meringue Girls.

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tiles of style

Looking for new tiles but not quite sure how, what or where? Read on to find inspiration THE LATEST LOOKS

Tiles are seriously trending right now, and for good reason. Here’s how to find your tile style

gloss meets matt Marais Rose tiles, £42 per sqm, Porcelain Superstore

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A fireplace is the perfect focal feature to showcase tiles and express your home’s character in a spot where anything goes. ‘The most important thing is to ensure they are heat resistant,’ says Colin Lincoln Evans, Buying Manager at Tile Mountain. ‘Porcelain, granite, marble, and most natural stone tiles will stand up to the rigours of being regularly subjected to heat, ceramic less so, and you should also use a heat resistant grout and adhesive too.’ Try encaustic for character, slate split face tiles for texture and modern brick styles for glossy colour. If you live in a period property, you could give a nod to its heritage by taking inspiration from its original style. Think outside the fireplace too, ‘there’s a growing trend for tiling alcove areas in the lounge, or behind shelves to make a statement feature,’ adds Sian O’Neill, Head of Marketing at Topps Tiles.

Expert advice LOW RES

Lee Thornley, founder at Bert & May, shares his tile trend tips l We’re seeing a move

away from boxy geometric shapes on tiles, instead curves and soft pastel shades will be gaining ground, especially in understated fluid designs. l Herringbone tiles will gain

natural look Ordesa Bianco wood effect tiles, £24.97 per sqm, Tile Giant 84

prominence, but instead of white and black we’ll see more contemporary twists on the pattern. Whites and subtle pinks, for instance, will act as an updated twist on the subway tile. It’s easy to think of pink as a summery colour but you can take it through to

autumn by balancing with warm woods and patinated metals. l There’s absolutely no need to

choose between patterned and plain, you can use mostly plains and then add a splash of pattern, which creates a dazzling visual effect. Pops of colour in your patterns are a great way to make a room feel contemporary, however be sure not to overload your space with colour as this can make it feel cluttered and overwhelming.

l With an abundance of technology

around us, customers are crying out for products that feel handmade and have a story. For us, the human element in the production is crucial.

OCEAN HUES Syren tiles in Midnight, Nordic Blue, Fresh Sage, Peacock Green and Natural Linen, £80.91 per sqm, Topps Tiles


Get creative with the many forms in fashion, from geometric octagons, hexagons and diamonds to fish scale, tear drop and arabesque curves. Size counts too, with great big format tiles right down to the smallest mosaics with their own edgy designs. Don’t forget to play around with your layout, simple square and rectangular tiles can be given a standout style with a herringbone or boxweave design. ‘It can be hard to visualise how tiles work together so order several samples and lay them out on the floor,’ advises Lee Thornley, founder of Bert & May. ‘Play with different patterns and tessellations to find a striking design.’ Consider how your chosen shapes will work in each corner of your home too, scalloped tiles can look exotic in the kitchen, Art Deco in the living room and positively mermaid-esque in the bathroom. shell out Syren tiles £80.91 per sqm, Topps Tiles


LIVING ROOM TILES Style your space with some of these statement makers

cuban style Old Havana Tapaste tiles, £69.90 per sqm, Claybrook

POP ART Ted Baker Indigo Blocks Riven tiles, £38 per sqm, British Ceramic Tile

STRIPPED BACK Loft tiles, £26.21 per box of 24, Johnson Tiles


FEATURE WALL Maison tiles in Burgundy, Ochre and Colonial Blue, £46.25 per sqm, Craven Dunnill

If you’re looking for an ingenious trick to make your tiles stand out, Lee Thornley, founder of Bert & May advises, ‘Incorporating timber cladding in the same space. It’s quick and easy to install and instantly transforms a room – it’s the new panelling! If you’re lucky enough to have an intact chimney breast or stove backdrop, tile the entire thing. Plain designs do offer greater longevity, but if you’re feeling brave why not go for a pattern? It creates a striking focal point with a subtle European feel.’

GEO-TONE Hanoi Star blue floor tiles, £21.28 per sqm, Tile Mountain


Advancing technology means both porcelain, and its more cost-effective cousin ceramic, can be given the effect of marble, metal, wood and cement, in bigger panels and with more texture than ever before. It means you can create rustic industrial style, three-dimensional depth and tactile design without having to worry about practicalities or purse strings. Global style is more accessible than ever before too, with Moroccan tiles offering an artisanal pop of colour and terrazzo bringing a holiday feel that has real staying power.

COLOUR POP Confiserie Teal Chevron Mosaic tiles, £79.87 per sqm, Claybrook November 2018 85

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OVER THE COUNTER KITCHEN TILE UPDATE From accent to full on feature wall, upgrade your kitchen with the latest tile styles

hot gloss Marlow Turquoise Mix ceramic tiles, £50 per sqm, Tile Giant


Often your kitchen wall tiles are the perfect opportunity to bring colour, style and design to an otherwise neutral space, meaning you can work your dream tile of encaustic, ceramic, stone or glass, into the scene without fear of clashing. ‘Reclaimed cement tiles in pale tones are proving popular in kitchens,’ says Damla Turgut, founder of Otto Tiles and Design. ‘Also, colourful ceramic tiles with Turkish, Meditteranean or Cuban-inspired patterns, as well as fish scale options. I hope stripes take off even more and terrazzo tiles have also been trending, hopefully they’ll replace white porcelain tiles. Don’t be afraid of pattern in a small kitchen, try a tile with its own pattern rather than a larger scale design that spreads across several tiles,’ advises Damla. PRETTY PATCHWORK Riga patchwork ceramic wall and floor tiles, £16.99 per sqm, Tile Mountain

SHINY STYLE Gelato Mint Blue Gloss wall tiles, £47.47 per sqm; Auvergne Grigio porcelain floor tiles, £32.40 per sqm, Mandarin Stone


Your splashback didn’t just happen upon its name, this part of your kitchen needs to be both waterproof and easy to clean. ‘Splashbacks are as popular as they’ve ever been due to the relative ease of installation and the lack of maintenance required,’ says Colin Lincoln Evans, Buying Manager at Tile Mountain. ‘However, because tile technology has advanced meaning pretty much any material can be replicated in porcelain and ceramic form, we’re seeing interior designers and DIYers alike tiling full walls to extend a design aesthetic throughout the kitchen or create an eye-catching feature. As a general rule, lighter tiles and those with a polished surface will reflect light around a room better and make a space appear larger.’ 86


There's a reason metro tiles have been so popular recently, they're undeniably a cool, cost-effective and easy-clean addition to your kitchen. If you love this look but you're conscious you want to create something a little different, think about giving them your own little twist. You could go for a stretched-metro, a thinner, longer version of the tile, or a different layout, we love how they work in herringbone. Consider contrasting coloured tiles or even the shade of the grout you are using to create edgy lines. BRICK BY BRICK Soho Light Grey ceramic tiles, £24.99 per sqm, Wickes


Reinvigorate your kitchen with a new tile look MARBLE MAKEOVER Impact Geneva white marble splashback, £70 for 300mm x 600mm, British Ceramic Tile perfect pattern Old Havana Mariel tiles, £69.90 per sqm, Claybrook


If you’re going to tackle tiling yourself it pays to have the right tools. This tile cutter cuts both wall and floor tiles up to 14mm thick and is suitable for ceramic, porcelain, marble, granite, quarry, terracotta, mosaic and glass tiles. It also boasts a unique ergonomic handle for effortless cutting.

cut above Ergo 630mm tile cutter, £152.99, Topps Tiles

Expert advice Sian O’Neill, Head of Marketing at Topps Tiles, tells how to fit tiles step-by-step l Like all DIY, the key to a successful and stress-free tiling project lies in the preparation, ensure you have all the necessary equipment including the correct adhesive, notched trowel, safety goggles, spirit level, tile spacers and a cutter. Next, work out how many tiles you need and the advice here is to measure, measure and measure again! l When you have your tiles, which should include an extra 10% to account for cuts and wastage, prepare the wall to ensure it is smooth, clean, completely dry, dust and debris free.

snowy scene Alaska Grey tiles, £14.96 per sqm, Tile Giant spanish soirée Andalucia patterned porcelain hexagon tiles, £24.99 per sqm, Tile Mountain

l Apply an even layer of adhesive to

a notched trowel and, starting from the corner, spread it over the area of two or three tiles at a time. Place the tiles firmly on the adhesive, using spacers to create an even layout. Some tiles may need trimming down to size for certain spaces and this can be easily done using a manual tile cutting machine. l Allow your tiles to dry for 24 hours and then fill the spaces between each tile using grout and a grout float. Pushing the grout deep into the joints will prevent moisture from getting behind the tiles, which is particularly important in kitchen areas. l Once finished, wipe down your tiles with a clean, damp sponge, working downwards at a 45 degree angle.

GRAND DESIGN Berkeley Essence Sky tiles, £69.99 per sqm, Topps Tiles

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BATHROOM BEAUTY Ensure it’s sealed, splash-proofed and has spa-style with the latest luxury looks for bathrooms


HOT TROPICS Hothouse tiles from the Living collection, £79.95 per sqm, Original Style

designer style Berlin Reichstag glazed porcelain tiles, £49.97 per sqm, Fired Earth

When tiling your shower area it’s important to find a balance between your dream décor and practicality. Larger, smoother tiles will mean less cleaning, but creating a textured look could well be worth a little extra scrubbing. ‘Most stone, porcelain and ceramic tiles can be used in shower areas without problems,’ advises Louisa Morgan, Marketing Director at Mandarin Stone. ‘It’s important to make sure the underlying walls and floors are water-proofed beforehand. Also, natural stone will require sealing whereas most porcelain and ceramic won’t. Mosaics are a versatile option, a small chip size means you can even tile to a slight curve.’


Saves for spa bathrooms on Pinterest were reportedly up by 269% last year and floor-to-ceiling tiling, where the line between the wall and floor is barely there, creates this sought-after and super-sleek vibe. ‘Floor-to-ceiling bathroom tiles are on-trend, especially large format tiles in a stone, marble and concrete effect,’ agrees Louisa Morgan, Marketing Director at Mandarin Stone. ‘Tiles are probably the most practical surface you can have in a bathroom, 88

NATURAL touch V&A Larkspur tiles, £34.60 per sqm; Pugin Filigree, Abbey Circle and Godwin Grey matt tiles, all £64 per sqm, British Ceramic Tile

COOL CONTRAST Bluestone Tumbled and Calacatta Tumbled marble tiles, £47.70 per sqm, Mandarin Stone

for ease of maintenance hard tile coverings in either stone or porcelain are ideal.’ Larger tile formats mean fewer grout joints which can make the room look more spacious, with some rooms only needing a few very large porcelain tiles. go large Emi matt glazed porcelain wall tiles, £79.95 per sqm, Original Style

Expert advice Claire O’Brien, Head of Design at British Ceramic Tile, runs through the readily available types of tile


bathroom tiles Give your bathroom a stylish new update

l Ceramics are hard wearing, easy

to install and well suited to walls and floors. They are a cost-effective option and come in a wide variety of sizes, prints and finishes. They also work well with underfloor heating, and are waterproof too.

METALLIC MEDLEY Shoreditch copper-effect metal and natural stone wall mosaic tile sheet, £12.95 for 298mm x 304mm, B&Q GREAT EFFECT Sorrento Dark Grey ceramic wall tiles, £9.50 per sqm, Homebase

l Porcelain tiles are fired at a

higher temperature than ceramics, meaning they are denser and extremely hardwearing so ideal for high traffic areas such as hallways and kitchen floors. Unlike ceramics, some porcelain tiles require maintenance, such as special sealing and regular care.

l Glass tiles are perfect for the

kitchen and bathroom, they’re hygienic, easy to clean and require minimal attention. An investment purchase, they are recommended for accents and feature walls.

l Mosaics tend to be smaller tiles

made from either glass, porcelain or ceramics, often a mixture. They are usually attached to a mesh backing for easy installation and coordinate with ceramic and porcelain ranges.

GEOMETRIC SIMPLICITY Avoir Décor tiles in Bone, £96.12 per box of 15, Johnson Tiles


With Scandi minimalism being so popular, particularly in sleek bathroom scenes, flooring has become a focal feature all of its own so you may find you want to design your space from the ground up, with some statement making tiles. You could even use contrasting tile designs to create a walk-in shower zone or, if you’re committed to a separate shower but want to create the same spacious feel, use the same floor tiles both inside and outside for cool continuation. Go large-scale for a spa feel or introduce mosaic tiles to create a border effect to separate the area.

HOUSE TILE Maison tiles in Aqua, £46.25 per sqm, Craven Dunnill

great graphic Indigo Blocks Riven tiles, £38 per sqm; VersaTile Light Grey tiles, £34.50 per sqm, all Ted Baker at British Ceramic Tile

mono magic Harrow Grafito tiles, £39.84 per sqm, Tile Giant November 2018 89

Bathroom makeover

It’s traditional with a modern twist!

Trying to bring character back into her Victorian bathroom, Hayley Fisher created a beautiful relaxing space

My room...

My problem bathroom

The bathroom was a great space but was in serious need of updating. The previous owners hadn’t lived in the house long so my guess was it was over 20 years old. We wanted to make better use of the space and create a bathroom that we’d enjoy using.

Feature and styling Zoe Bishop Photos Lizzie Orme

A bit about me

I’m Hayley Fisher, and I live with my partner James, in a two-bedroom Victorian terrace in Lewisham, London, which we bought a year ago.

How I made it work

Luckily, we didn’t need to knock down any walls, or change the layout too much. We had to have new lighting fitted and all the plumbing work was redone. As the house is Victorian, we’re trying to bring all the original features back, so for this reason we chose a suite which has a traditional feel. We used subway-style tiles on the walls and chrome fittings and finishings, with splashes of coral and green for a tropical feel.

My favourite part

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I love the toilet! It was something we both wanted to include in the bathroom as we felt it would be a really traditional feature and focal point. Everyone comments on it whenever they use the bathroom, so I know we made the right decision.

The metro-style tiles add real impact to the bathroom, and the dark grout ensures it gives the space definition

Good idea

Make it personal – this bus route style wall plaque came from the first home Hayley and James lived in

‘We love the finished results, it makes all the long weekends of DIY worth it’


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Style advice Three simple tricks to try in your own home Go for a classic colour to keep it simple. Sticking to a neutral scheme in a bathroom will help to ensure the room and style doesn’t date too quickly. Like Hayley, try white metro tiles on the walls and shower area, to give the room continuity. With a white base you can introduce different colours through the use of accessories to keep up with trends and changing fashions.

Sit back and relax with bathroom accessories. This fabulous bath rack from Dunelm not only works as storage but this model has a flip up stand that’s great for holding your book, or a glass of wine if you’re making the most of your soak in the bath. Purchase items that are practical and add a stylish element to the room.

Go for one standout feature in a room. Hayley’s vintage-style toilet cistern really packs a punch and gives the room a feeling of its original styling when first built. It coordinates with the classic sink which is also a traditional style. The wall mirror was a bargain from Dunelm and fits flat against the wall. Modern wire accessories and pops of colour act as a contemporary touch in this classic bathroom. 92

‘I love the all-white scheme, as it feels light, bright and airy, and I can jazz it up with coloured accessories’

Hayley took care not to clutter the room with too many accessories

The classic sink has a large basin, traditional style taps and a rail for towels which comes in handy

My experience…

We moved into our Victorian property a year ago and decided that we wanted to bring some of the character back into the house. We decided that the bathroom would be our first port of call, the layout was pretty good, but everything was bulky and dated so it all had to come out and we wanted to make the room feel lighter and brighter. We initially took a fancy to a rainfall shower, but due to height issues, it was soon ruled out. Eventually we want to turn the loft into another bedroom, so it would have caused too many issues. One of the other main items on my wish list was a roll-top bath. We found this lovely model with chrome claw feet from Burlington and a traditional cistern-style toilet was a must-have too. We both work full-time but we did as much of the work as we could at the weekends, but called in professionals to do the plumbing and electrics. Overall it only took five weeks from start to finish, which was better than we expected. I really enjoyed the process and picking out all the elements to get the right look. As we’d kept the scheme very white I decided to accessorise with brightly coloured towels and greenery. I think it’s made me realise just how dated the rest of the house looks. I’m ready to get going on our next project now!

My shopping list

Good idea

Patterned towels in bright colours really bring a bathroom to life

Hampton freestanding bath with traditional chrome legs and taps, £800; sink with traditional taps, £500; standard high-level WC with brushed aluminium cistern, £650, all Burlington. For similar shower door, try Elements bi fold shower door, £149.99, For similar shower, try Mira Atom EV Mixer shower, £200, Argos. Mauritius Fregate Pine vinyl flooring, from £19.99 per sqm, Tapi. Vintage bevelled edge mirror, £18; Elements bamboo extendable bath rack, £25; coral Egyptian bathroom towels from £6; tropical leaf bath mat, £12, all Dunelm. Green and pink skinny stripe towels, from £2.50, both M&S. Pink pom pom belly basket, £25, Rex London. Turn to page 128 for stockist details April/May 2018 2015 93

Shop the look chic look Laura Ashley Dove Grey floor tiles, £35.42 per sqm, Tile Giant

£19.99 H&M Hide away your laundry in a large storage basket

get the look

£60 Argos

very vintage Traditional bath and shower mixers are pretty and practical

Get that modern take on a Victorian bathroom like Hayley has, with a mix of classic styles and designs £17.17 per sqm Direct Tile Warehouse

Feature Nicole Howarth

Monochrome floor tiles are the perfect match for white suites

£29 Bobby Rabbit A coral tassel basket will instantly add colour to the room 94

£159.97 Bathroom Takeaway Choose a traditional Victorian chrome and white towel rail to complete the look

Style advice

£399 Victoria Plum Choose a freestanding bath to wow guests

£12.95 per sqm Wickes Opt for tiles in lighter shades such as this Brook Grey porcelain option

£20 Sainsbury’s

£5 Home Essentials

Keep all your bathroom essentials close with a wooden bath bridge

Pastel pink towels make a great addition to a white bathroom scheme white delight Acrylic Boat bath, from £1,409, BC Designs

Back to basics Stick to sleek white bathroom furniture to keep your canvas blank then add colour through the use of accessories. This can easily be achieved with soft furnishings such as bath towels. Modern overhaul Update a traditional bathroom with rattan and wicker furniture. This will add a modern twist in a subtle way. Luxury look Create an opulent look in the room without breaking the bank. This can simply be attained by adding a standout bath. Search around for the best price, you may be surprised at the low cost of some models.

‘Victorian-style bathrooms are one of the most popular schemes. You can’t go wrong’ £3 Primark Achieve a luxe look for less with a marble soap dish

£18 Dunelm Bevelled-edged mirrors like this can be hung vertically and horizontally

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Office makeover

We love the flexibility of our new garden room

This beautiful home office is also a guest space and craft room where photographer Kerrie Mitchell can meet clients

My room... My problem office

I used to work in our spare bedroom, but had outgrown the space and was looking for options when we found the brilliant company Modern Garden Rooms and hit upon the idea of creating a flexible area in our garden.

Feature and styling Kay Prestney Photos Cathy Pyle

A bit about me

Hi, I’m Kerrie Mitchell, a wedding photographer. I live with my husband Russell and our Labrador Tagg in a four-bedroom house on the Suffolk border.

How I made it work

We didn’t want to have to walk far in the winter months to access the room, so we decided to knock down a greenhouse near to the house, replacing it with a Scandinavian-style garden room. We worked with the company to design a space which I mainly use as my photography studio. It also provides us with guest accommodation and somewhere to create my wall hangings. The builders put up the shell, but we did all the interior work ourselves.

My favourite part

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I love the teal sofa which brings a pop of colour, while creating a homely feel and somewhere to sit with my wedding clients. It can also pull out into a sofa bed if we have a full house!

Kerrie has created a garden haven where she can relax in between meeting clients, shoot products for her photography business, and create her macramé wall hangings

‘My proudest moment was when one of my clients walked in and said it felt like actually being in my website!’

Good idea

Copy Kerrie’s clever idea of using a statement rug to help zone a space


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Office makeover

Style advice Three simple tricks to try in your own home Embrace light by using white coloured furniture. While the white sideboard from Argos blends in nicely with the walls, the textured wave-effect fronts of the doors bring a tactile element to the room and the wooden feature at the bottom of the piece adds further interest. Keeping the bigger pieces such as the desks and sideboard white to match the walls helps make this room feel bigger and brighter.

Opt for stylish and practical accessories. Kerrie uses this Sainsbury’s industrialstyle noticeboard to display an attractive Meylor Goods print and her work, all of which can be easily changed. Kerrie and her friend produce a fun wedding podcast, Get Wed, where they talk all things weddings. Their flyer adds a hint of colour to the display board.

Introduce greenery into your office space. This large house plant is great as it adds interest to the corner of the room and hides away the wall sockets nicely. Instead of using unsightly plastic pots, try using a woven basket as a planter. This not only adds texture and a bohemian feel, it also makes the room feel fresh. One of Kerrie’s macramé hangings takes pride of place on the wall. 100

‘I couldn’t find any baskets to fit the desk so I made my own out of poster board and wallpaper’

Kerrie has cleverly carried her branding into the space ‘I used Wall Boss to turn my logo of an origami crane into vinyl wall art which adds a fun, affordable and personal touch to the office’

Good idea

White, textured blinds allow plenty of light into the room, but still maintain privacy

Kerrie and Russell opted for vertical wooden cladding to create a rustic, yet modern feel to the building

My experience…

Once we had decided to go for it we were keen to get the room built as soon as possible, the company called to say they could do the work in a fortnight due to a cancellation! This left us with little time to make big decisions which was quite stressful. We chose the Canopy design with wooden cladding as we wanted something modern. As a photographer, light is hugely important to me so we opted for two floor-to-ceiling windows with French doors at the front. These are double-glazed and finished in slate grey on the outside and white inside. I wanted the interior to reflect my branding and my work so I chose pastel shades with a few pops of brighter colours. Flooring was included in the cost, and we decided on Novara Grey click-lock laminate from Wickes which is practical, but has the feel of a Nordic limed oak wooden floor. We didn’t have much time to source furniture so we had a trip to Ikea and bought the basic pieces. My proudest moment was my first wedding consultation in our newly finished room; my clients walked in and said it felt like actually being in my website which was exactly what I was hoping to achieve. Later on that evening they called to book me for their wedding!

My shopping list

For similar sofa, try soft teal Tubby two-seater sofa, £299 Made. Marl pom pom throw, £30; fringe cushion, £14; pink cushion, £10; jute storage basket, £14 for four; grey mugs, £16 for two; hexagon geo trivet, £10; pink faux rug, from £30, all Next. Jarvis coffee table, £34.99, B&M. For similar rug, try Wixler Pink, £43, The Rugs Warehouse. Personalised vinyl wall stickers, £23.99, Wall Boss. Pink/white vase, £8; grey/white vase, £6, both Tesco. Hygena Zander textured sideboard, £129.99, Argos. Coral wire house holder, £8; pink bowl, £4, both Flying Tiger Copenhagen. Brass metal noticeboard, £8, Sainsbury’s. Gold pineapple tray, £7, Dunelm. Rosa illustration print, £16; Pine and Wild Fig candle, £12, both Meylor Goods. Peony and Blush suede candle, £40, Jo Malone. For similar desktop, try Pahl desk with add-on unit, £55; square cabinets, £25; for similar bookcase, try Laiva, £15; Alex drawer unit, £55, all Ikea. Metallic bunting, £5, Hobbycraft. EasiFit thermal blinds, POA; soft white roller blinds, POA, both Blinds2go. Novara Grey click lock laminate flooring, £12.49 per sqm, Wickes. Turn to page 128 for stockist details April/May 2018 2015 101

Shop the look work it out Farringdon magazine rack, £38; Farringdon wall crate, £34; Farringdon letter holder, £20; Soho wall light, £30; workshop trestle desk, £550, all Garden Trading

£50 Habitat A bamboo and white lacquer bookcase will ensure your paperwork is organised

£14.95 Audenza

get the look

trendy office

Start your day off with a hot cuppa in this ceramic mug

£69 M&S Introduce large plants such as a fiddle leaf fig tree

Feature Nicole Howarth

Create a home office space which is welcoming and cosy like Kerrie has with pastel tones

£15 Hurn & Hurn

£29.95 Graham & Green

Forget the basic calendars, go for a wooden block style

Organise your magazines with a brass rack


£35 Next Go faux with this gorgeous pink rug

Style advice

£49.99 Oli Olsen

£45 Bobby Rabbit

Letterboards are great for quotes and little reminders

Store blankets in baskets to keep your space tidy

£80 Ikea Never run out of work space with a Malm desk that features a pull-out panel

Bold design Newark three-seater sofa, £649.99, Furniture Choice

Assess your space First decide the purpose of the room. Will the space be used as a home office where clients can visit or a place which is for your own personal use? Organisation is key An organised desk, is a happy desk. Keep it in order with magazine files, filling trays and stationery accessories. Cosy feel If you have enough space to play with, incorporate a welcoming seating area. Accessorise with soft furnishings such as faux fur rugs, blankets and cushions.

£5 Dunelm Add a softer touch to your office with a pink gingham cushion

‘Experiment with colour – soft teal and sophisticated pink shades work great together’ £24.99 Getting Personal Add a personal touch to your office space with a lightbox

£299 Made Create a cosy area with a soft teal sofa, like this Tubby one

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buyer’s guide

Top tip

A velvet sofa will instantly add a touch of luxury to your room. Try a slightly curved design for added style points.

to sofas Whether you’re a first time sofa buyer or looking for a new look, we have it covered!

it requires. For this, you will need the fully assembled dimensions of your sofa. Check that you have enough room to move We chat to Arianne Keeler, around your sofa and to open Upholstery Buyer at Habitat doors and drawers. If you have about measuring sofas a sloping ceiling, don’t forget How do I measure up to also measure the height of the space accurately? the area where your sofa will be The best way to figure out positioned to ensure it can what works for your room be manoeuvred into place. is to consider the other pieces How do I get the sofa you need to fit in alongside it. into the house? It is important to make sure the First, measure the width of sofa will fit through any doors or your door frame making sure stairwells. Jot down the ‘packaged’ dimensions of the sofa. If you are there is a clear and unobstructed path around the doorway. If the buying a corner model, it may come in more than one package. width of your front door is too narrow, the sofa could fit through How do I ensure that upright. To check, measure I have enough room? the height of your doorway We suggest making a template from newspaper to to make sure it’s greater than the sofa’s packaged width. mark out the amount of space


gorgeous grey Darwin grey fabric two-seater sofa, £599.99, Furniture Choice




magical mustard Strudel sofa, £1,245, Loaf


Victoria Burns, PR & Communications Executive for ScS discusses sofa care What are the best products for maintaining a sofa? Here are three key tips to follow for keeping most sofas looking as good as new for as long as possible: l Simply plumping up your sofa cushions, can make a huge difference to their appearance and longevity. l Turning your cushions around and keeping your sofa out of direct sunlight will help to keep the colour consistent, especially if it is fabric. l Always avoid using any silicone polishes, detergents and abrasive cleaning products should you need to clean your leather or fabric sofa.

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luxe look Tiffany curved sofa, from £3,395, Graham & Green

FABRICs & fillings

Rob Hudson, Upholstery Buying Manager at Made talks sofa fabrics What are the best types of sofa fabrics? Polyester is durable and hard wearing and is a great family friendly option, while linen creates a more casual, lived in look, which will crease and soften over time. Velvet is a more luxurious fabric and Made offers it in both polyester and cotton blends. Leather is a great alternative to fabric; it’s hard wearing, easy to care for and clean. It’s a natural product and each piece has its own unique characteristics. What are the different types of fillings? Made’s most common filling is foam and fibre as it is resilient and hard wearing, so great for busy families or anyone with more limited mobility. Feather cushions will give a softer sink into seat, however they do need a little more maintenance; regular plumping and rotating will keep a feather filled sofa in better condition. Which filling is most suitable for my sofa? Both types of filling are good options, it just depends how customers are interacting with their sofa and the look they’re after. Foam will give a firmer support. Meanwhile, feather is softer and a more luxurious filling, however the ‘sink into’ feeling comes at a higher ticket price as it’s natural and will need regular plumping.




hot pink Simon two-seater sofa in Fresh Azalea, £870; beehive cushion in Peacock Blue, £26, Perch & Parrow

What can I do in the QQuick event of a spillage? action can help minimise A the risk of permanent stains. As soon as a spill occurs, take some

kitchen roll or a clean towel to soak up as much of the excess spill as possible and then consult your manufacturer’s care guide to treat the rest of the spillage. Always ensure to pat the area, taking extra care not to rub the spill. If needed, we would suggest seeking help from a professional. Care plans, are they worth purchasing? Definitely. Most protection plans cover you in the event of accidental damage or staining to your furniture, taking care of the costs of


any necessary repairs or professional cleaning. ScS Furniture Guard cover can be purchased from just 31p per week and ensures five years of protection for your furniture. Be sure to read the small print of your cover, and look to purchase a comprehensive package with accidental damage cover included. Why are stain guards and covers worth the investment? Stain cover will protect and restore your upholstery if it has been stained or damaged by a wide variety of substances. Fabric protector is designed to offer a thorough level of cover, including taking care of the costs of professional stain removal.


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Quick updates

Our pick of the best Here is a little rundown of some of our favourite sofa buys!

fancy fabric Kari three-seater sofa in Blue, £599.99, Argos super comfy Arlo RHF storage chaise sofa bed, £1,349, John Lewis

Mandarin shade Wilson large two-seater sofa, £799, Next luxury look Kubrick two-seater sofa in Plum Purple £599, Made

Mid-century style Tivoli three-seater sofa in Blossom, £899, Swoon Editions

wooden legs Riley compact sofa in Veela Silver, £499, M&S

deep purple Harper two-seater sofa in Plum smart velvet, £1,350,


Dimitri Pappas, Managing Director at My Furniture shares his advice on frames There are several styles of sofa backs: l Fixed cushion (or tight back) – this style has the cushions sewn onto the sofa so that they cannot be removed and the covers are also fixed so that they cannot be washed. l Loose cushion – as the name suggests the seat and the back cushions are loose and usually have loose covers which can be removed for cleaning. 106

dark design Linear corner sofa in Genova Charcoal, £780, My Furniture

l Buttoned – Chesterfield is a good representation of this style of sofa with deep buttoned back. This style can have loose or fixed cushions on the base only. l Scroll – a scroll back sofa has a curve around the back of the sofa and usually the arms as well. Rather than squared off at the back this rounded effect gives a softer and more feminine finish. l Serpentine – a serpentine sofa has a bump in the middle back either going up or down giving the back of the sofa the style of a snake.

blue shades Patrick two-and-half seat sofa in Deep Turquoise pure cotton matt velvet, £2,440,

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Kitchen makeover

Exposing the ceiling has transformed our kitchen Creating more height in their kitchen has enabled Fiona Thornham to experiment with a bold scheme

My room... My problem kitchen

There was just a single row of units under the window with hardly any workspace, and the wall cupboards by the window and low ceiling made it feel very enclosed and dark.

How I made it work

Feature and styling Karen Wilson Photos Katie Lee

A bit about me

I’m Fiona Thornham, an interior designer at Ikea, and I live with my partner Dan Fields, a nutritionist, in a one-bed cottage in Dewsbury.

As the kitchen’s the first room you walk into, the design needed to make an impact so we opened up the ceiling and added more beams. We went for black units and two black walls, balanced with white marble-effect worktops and two white walls. It’s quite bold but as the ceilings are high, the room can take it.

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It’s the feeling I get each time I walk through the front door. It’s remembering how it was the first ever time I viewed the cottage, along with all the memories that I have of restoring it with my dad and Dan. Visually it’s exactly how I wanted it, but to be able to look back and have those memories is very special so I documented it on my Instagram @thecrumblecottage.

‘I’d describe my style as quite traditional as it suits the style of the cottage, but I love the industrial look too’

After considering grey units, Fiona and Dan decided to go the whole hog and plumped for Black Lerhyttan units from Ikea instead. They work well combined with the ceramic patterned floor tiles that cost under ÂŁ20 per metre

Good idea

Factory style pendant lights will add an industrial edge to your scheme


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Style advice Three simple tricks to try in your own home Chose a breakfast bar with extra storage. Breakfast bars are great for small and large spaces. They can be squeezed into the smallest of kitchens like Fiona’s. ‘It comes in handy for putting out food and plates when we have people around,’ says Fiona. ‘And as it’s a freestanding style, we have the option to pull it out in the future if we decide to get a bigger table.’

Go for a practical yet stylish sink design. A double sink is a much more practical option if you have the space, as you can still pour away liquids if you have one sink full of dishes. ‘I’d always envisaged a Belfast sink combined with the beams,’ says Fiona. ‘The double size wasn’t much more expensive then the single so I went larger as it works better.’

Recycling materials will keep costs low. A sloping roof can be tricky to work around when designing a kitchen but there are plenty of pocket friendly solutions. ‘It would’ve been too costly to have wall cupboards made to measure,’ admits Fiona. ‘Instead we’ve opted for simple, rustic wood shelving with black brackets to blend into the wall.’


Although she considered wood worktops at first, Fiona felt there was enough with the beams and shelving. Instead she chose marble-effect worktops and upstands from Worktop Express which break up the black units and walls

‘Everyone thought we were mad wanting black units and black walls, but it works’

Good idea

Pick one standout feature, like a patterned floor, and keep other design elements simple

Fiona stuck to a simple scheme of black and marble which creates a very stylish look

My experience…

Our little one-bedroom cottage in Dewsbury may be small but we’ve made the most of the space, especially in the revamped kitchen. I knew every room would need completely renovating, so it made sense to live with my parents near Hull for the first six months. Luckily my dad John can turn his hand to pretty much anything as he has his own property maintenance business. Every weekend we’d work on the house and we all mucked in. Dan varnished all the beams, dad did the plastering and tiling, as well as fitting the kitchen, while I did the painting. The biggest change was removing the kitchen ceiling to expose the sloping roof. We uncovered the big beam in the middle and dad added the smaller ones in the other direction. As I’m an interior designer, I couldn’t wait to start planning the space. Everyone thought we were mad wanting black units and black walls, but it works because of the elements of white elsewhere. We also chose a high breakfast bar instead of a table as it’s just me and Dan most of the time. The room was ready for the new kitchen quite early on, but we waited until the bathroom was done before fitting the units in case they got damaged by building materials. We’re so pleased with what we have achieved!

My shopping list

Lerhyttan kitchen units, £704; Dalfred bar stools, £30 each; for similar island, try Vadholma, £350; for similar oven, try Mattradition forced air, £295; Matalskare extractor hood, £195; Rengora dishwasher, £350; Isigt fridge freezer, £350; for similar sink, try Norrsjon inset two-bowl, £361; Glittran black mixer tap, £100; Ranarp pendant lamps, £25 each; Hektar ceiling track with three spotlights, £25, all Ikea. Marble-effect Calcutta worktops and upstands, £508, Worktop Express. Boulevard black and white floor tiles, £17.17 per sqm, Direct Tile Warehouse. Beko hob, £159, Valencia Simplicity Modern Grey roller blind, £31.37, Blinds2go. Walls in Tempest’s Teapot emulsion, £21.98 for 2.5L, Valspar. Leafy Goodness art print, £25, King & McGaw. Turn to page 128 for stockist details April/May 2018 2015 111

Shop the look display it Brompton canister, £12.50; Brompton egg basket, £15; Brompton cake rack, £15; Brompton cake slice, £14.50; Brompton cake dome, £45; Brompton salt and pepper pots, £15; Brompton bread bin, £35, all Garden Trading

£28 French Connection Aren’t these marble and gold beauties the perfect salad servers?

£3 Matalan Wow friends and family with marble dinner plates

get the look

£89 M&S

back to black Go all out with a black floor lamp to create ambient lighting

Transform your kitchen into a monochrome space like Fiona has, with hints of black and white décor

£12 Wilko Stick to all black appliances for an ultra-stylish look

£7.50 The Contemporary Home

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Add a pop of colour and a scent of gin and tonic to the room

£24.99 Argos

£6 Primark

Opt for a four slice toaster because who wants just two!

Succulents in a wooden stand will look great on the windowsill


£10 for two Next Gold trivets will add a touch of class to your worktops

£109 Cult Furniture This upholstered velvet bar stool is the ultimate breakfast bar seating

£30 Gisela Graham Add quirky vases like this zigzag design for a unique look

beautiful accessories Serving board, £35; pestle and mortar, £35; trivet, £16; storage jar, £20; teapot, £25; condiment set, £30; pastry board, £30; utensil pot, £25; spoon, £8, all J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams

£20 Sainsbury’s Who said tissue boxes had to be boring, look at this marble one!

£350 Ikea Freestanding kitchen islands look great and also create more surface space

‘Monochrome interior schemes are timeless and work especially well in kitchens and bathrooms’ £30 Habitat Display light bites and party food on a long wood and marble board

Style advice

£35 Debenhams Serve up tipples in these stylish shot glasses

Black out Choose matt black kitchen units for a dramatic look. This is not just for ultra-modern fans, this style is effortlessly chic and will keep your kitchen looking super-sleek and simple. Marble touch Marble accessories and worktops look fab with this theme. The luxury looking stone will help you achieve a style statement kitchen with a designer look. Perfect finish Build up your scheme with different kinds of black and white finishes. Think matt, high-shine gloss and opaque to mix things up a little.

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Making life simple

Easy living

All the latest products to make home life less complicated

It combines the functionality of a traditional mandolin with the compact design of Microplane’s popular paddleshaped Gourmet Series. Gourmet slicer, £23.95,

Space saving

Seasoning mill in Vintage Rose, £50; seasoning mill in Midnight Blue, £50; Expert Prep Pro in Midnight Blue, £250, all Cuisinart

Say hello to the new Sprint 15 drying airer, perfect for getting the maximum drying space where room is limited. Due to its compact design, it offers the ideal indoor drying solution to those who battle with space. With 15 metres of drying space and four hooks which allow you to attach hangers for shirts and delicates, it is the answer to your washing struggles. The well-designed frame features an easy open-and-close mechanism, which enables it to be folded away flat when not in use. Go on, give it a go!

Fancy appliances Unveiling four new delightful colourways to its small appliance collection, Cuisinart’s designs will ensure your kitchen style is looking tip top as well as making sure your food is made perfectly. Choose from the super-chic Vintage Rose, Midnight Grey, Frosted Pearl or Light Pistachio shades. Not only are they oh-so elegant, they will also stand the test of time. This range has everything you need to wow.

Peaceful home

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If you want an abode that is relaxing and harmonious, then look no further. Holistic Spaces by Anjie Cho (Cico Books, £9.99) has all the tips you need to know! We’re all guilty of having too many possessions, but let’s be honest, wouldn’t it be nice to have a clean and simple space. Well, you don’t have to get rid of all your belongings just yet. That’s great news, right? The easy suggestions from author and architect Anjie Cho in Holistic Spaces will show you how to use feng shui and green design (which is a method of minimising the harmful effects on human health and the environment) in your home, so that every room will serve its main purpose and feel calming! 114

Vileda Sprint 15 three tier airer, £19.99, Amazon

Retro revival

If there’s anything that we most want in our kitchens, it’s a retro Smeg appliance. Who’s with us? The company has now expanded its white colour range with the addition of a new 50s-style dishwasher. This classic shade continues to grow in popularity – and it’s perfect for those looking for a minimalist aesthetic. The new dishwasher features 10 different programmes. Is this not the dream dishwasher?

DI6FABWH dishwasher, from £1,019, Smeg

Quick-fix No-fuss meals and easy recipes to try this month


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Food planner

Super speedy suppers Break free from the kitchen and claim back your evenings with our cheat’s




Irresistible risotto Prep and cook time 45 mins Serves 4 Ingredients Q 60g macadamia nuts Q 1 medium red onion Q 2 large garlic cloves Q 3 tbsp mixed fresh herbs Q 75g green beans Q 60g asparagus Q 60g kale Q ½ lemon Q 900ml vegetable stock Q 2 tbsp olive oil Q 225g risotto rice, such as Arborio or Carnaroli Q 125ml dry white wine Q 75g garden peas Q 3 tbsp nutritional yeast Q 1½ tbsp dairyfree butter Q Salt and black pepper, to taste


Preheat the oven to 160°C. Spread the macadamia nuts over the small baking tray, put the tray in the oven and toast for 5-8 mins, until golden. Leave to cool, then roughly chop. Peel and chop the red onion and garlic. Chop the herbs and slice the green beans into 2cm pieces. Snap the tough ends off the asparagus and cut the stems into 1cm pieces. Remove the stems from the kale and roughly chop. Grate the zest of the lemon. Pour the stock into a medium saucepan on a low heat. Add the olive oil to another pan on a medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook for 10 mins until they begin to soften. Add the garlic and stir for another minute. Pour in the rice and toast for a further minute. Turn up the heat slightly and pour in the white wine. Simmer until the liquid has almost evaporated, stirring frequently. Then add the green beans and asparagus to the pan. Add a ladleful of stock at a time, stirring continuously. Wait for the stock to be absorbed before adding the next. After 8 mins, add the peas and kale and cook for a further 6 mins, until the rice is just cooked. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the herbs, yeast, lemon zest, nuts and butter. Serve immediately.

Feature Nicole Howarth Recipes Bosh! by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby (HarperCollins, £20) Photos Lizzie Mayson

2 Quick puttanesca spaghetti Prep and cook time 25 mins SERVES 6 Ingredients Q 2 small red chillies, fresh or dried Q 20g flat-leaf parsley Q 10 Kalamata olives Q 4 garlic cloves Q 4 tbsp olive oil Q 1 tbsp capers, plus 1 tbsp of brine from the jar Q ½ tsp salt, plus a little extra Q 700g passata Q 500g spaghetti Q 220g Tenderstem broccoli Q 1 lemon


Rip the stems from the chillies, cut them in half lengthways and remove the seeds if you prefer a milder sauce, and finely chop. Separate the parsley stalks and finely chop, reserving the leaves for later. Stone and chop the olives. Pour 2 tbsp of the oil into the saucepan. Crush in the garlic and add the chillies, parsley stalks, olives and capers and stir for 2-3 mins. Add the ½ tsp of salt and 1 tbsp of the salty brine water from the jar of capers. Leave to cook for a minute, then add the passata. Turn the heat to medium and leave to simmer. Add the spaghetti to a pan of boiling water along with the remaining 2 garlic cloves. Cook until the spaghetti is al dente. Slice the broccoli stems, creating thin strips. Add these to the spaghetti pan for the last 30 seconds of cooking time to soften. Drain the pasta and broccoli in a colander and return them to the pan and pour over the sauce. Chop the parsley leaves and add them to the pan. Pour over 2 tbsp of oil and squeeze over the juice of a whole lemon. Serve immediatey.


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Crispy chilli tofu Prep and cook time 55 mins Serves 4 Ingredients Q 280g block firm tofu Q 150g cornflour Q Vegetable oil, for frying Q 2 lemons Q 250ml orange juice Q 100g sweet chilli sauce Q 1 tbsp sriracha or other chilli sauce Q 3 tbsp soy sauce Q 1 spring onion, to serve Q 1 tsp sesame seeds, to serve


Press the tofu in between two clean tea towels, lay it on a plate and put a weight on top. Leave for at least 30 mins to drain any liquid and firm up before you start cooking. Carefully slice the tofu into 1cm wide sticks and spread them out on a board. Sift cornflour over the top, coating the pieces generously. Use tongs to turn the pieces to ensure the tofu is covered on all sides. On a high heat, pour enough oil into the pan to coat the bottom and heat until it makes the tip of a wooden spoon sizzle. Cook the tofu for 5 mins, turning them every minute or so until they begin to golden. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper. Tip away the excess oil and reduce the heat. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the pan, catching any pips in your other hand. Add the orange juice, sweet chilli sauce, sriracha and soy sauce and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 mins until the liquid has reduced to a syrupy consistency. Add the tofu strips back to the pan and stir until fully coated. Continue to cook for 5 mins, then remove from the heat. Sprinkle the tofu with spring onion and sesame seeds.




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to whip up this week

food plan; these tasty recipes are simple to make and will delight all



Thai red curry

Q Vegetable oil Q Soy sauce Q Rice Q Salt Q Pepper Q Red onion Q Garlic cloves Q Spaghetti Q Passata Q Fusilli Q Risotto rice Q Vegetable stock

Prep and cook time 30 mins SERVES 4 Ingredients Q 1 red pepper Q 1 green pepper Q Fresh red chillies Q 200g mushrooms Q 60g baby corn Q 2 tbsp vegetable oil Q 100g curry paste Q 400ml tin coconut milk Q 150ml vegetable stock Q 1 tbsp palm sugar (or regular sugar) Q 2 tbsp agave syrup Q 4 tbsp soy sauce Q 160g baby plum tomatoes Q 50g mangetout Q 200g lychees, tinned (optional)

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Cut the peppers in half and remove the stems and seeds, then cut into 2cm chunks. Rip the stems from the chillies, and cut into slices. Slice the mushrooms and the baby corn. Put the pan back on a high heat and add the vegetable oil. When it’s nice and hot, add 100g of curry paste and fry for 2 mins, until the paste deepens in colour. Pour in the coconut milk and vegetable stock and mix everything together. Add the sugar, agave syrup, soy sauce, peppers, chilli, mushroom, baby corn, tomatoes and mangetout. Simmer and stir occasionally. Drain the lychees, if using, and add them to the pan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 7-10 mins, until the vegetables are cooked through. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding salt, sugar or agave syrup as required. Spoon the curry into bowls, finish by garnishing with a handful of coriander leaves and serve alongside white rice. Enjoy!

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Store cupboard essentials

Veggie pasta Prep and cook time 55 mins Serves 4 Ingredients Q 2 red onions Q 4 garlic cloves Q 2 red peppers Q 100g sun-dried tomatoes Q 40g baby leaf spinach Q 50g capers Q 2 small courgettes Q 100g pitted Kalamata olives Q 500g cherry tomatoes Q 8 tbsp oil Q 350g passata Q 320g fusilli Q 30g basil leaves Q Salt and black pepper, to taste


Preheat the oven to 180°C. Peel and finely slice the onions and garlic. Cut the peppers in half, cut out the stems and seeds and slice into thin strips. Slice the sun-dried tomatoes. Finely chop the spinach leaves and capers and chop the courgettes into bite-sized chunks. Halve the olives and tomatoes. Put all the vegetables into a lasagne dish and season all over with salt and pepper. Pour over the oil and passata and stir to ensure all the vegetables are covered. Cover the dish with foil and put it in the oven to roast for 30 mins. Take the dish out of the oven, remove the foil, stir everything and put the dish back in the oven for a further 15 mins. Meanwhile, boil the kettle and pour the boiling water into a large pan on a high heat. Add the pasta and a big pinch of salt and cook until al dente, following the instructions on the packet. Drain the cooked pasta through a colander and tip it back into the pan. Take the lasagne dish out of the oven, stir in the basil leaves and pour your freshly roasted veggie sauce over the pasta. Stir so that it’s well mixed and serve.


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Red chillies Flat-leaf parsley Capers Kalamata olives Tenderstem broccoli Macadamia nuts Mixed fresh herbs Asparagus Kale White wine Green beans Garden peas Dairy-free butter Nutritional yeast Tofu Cornflour Lemons Orange juice Sweet chilli sauce Sriracha Spring onion Sesame seeds Red peppers Green pepper Mushrooms Baby corn Coconut milk Curry paste Palm sugar Agave syrup Baby plum tomatoes Mangetout Lychees Sun-dried tomatoes Baby leaf spinach Courgettes Cherry tomatoes Basil leaves

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Delicious ideas


As we draw closer to the winter months, treat yourself to a deliciously comforting dish

Brunch pie Prep and cook time 45 mins Serves 4

Feature Nicole Howarth Recipes Pies & Tarts by Annie Rigg (Quadrille, ÂŁ22) Photos Nassima Rothacker

Ingredients Q 2 tbsp olive oil Q 8 slices of smoked streaky bacon Q 8 chestnut mushrooms, quartered Q 750g Desiree potatoes Q 1 tsp smoked paprika Q 1 tsp garlic granules Q 25g unsalted butter Q 50g Gruyère, Fontina or cheddar, grated Q 150ml double cream Q 12 cherry tomatoes Q 4 medium eggs Q 140g chorizo, sliced Q 2 tsp thyme leaves Q Salt and pepper





Method Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a 20cm ovenproof frying pan or skillet. Add the bacon and cook over a mediumhigh heat just until the fat starts to crisp. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the mushrooms and cook quickly in the residual bacon fat. Remove then add to the bacon and wipe out any excess oil from the pan. Peel and coarsely grate the potatoes, tip onto a clean tea towel, gather the ends of the cloth together and squeeze the excess moisture from them. Scoop into a bowl, add the remaining olive oil, the smoked paprika and garlic granules, and season with salt and pepper. Spread the butter onto the bottom and sides of the pan or skillet.


Tip the grated potatoes into the pan and press to cover the base and sides in an even thickness. Set the pan over a low-medium heat for 5 mins to soften the potatoes on the base, then slide the pan into the preheated oven and cook for 20-25 mins until the potatoes have dried out, become golden and crisped around the edges. Sprinkle the cheese and pour over the cream. Arrange the mushrooms, bacon and cherry tomatoes on top. Crack the eggs into the pan, positioning one in each quarter, and arrange the sliced chorizo around. Sprinkle the thyme leaves on top, season with black pepper and return to the oven for a further 10-12 mins until the eggs are set and cooked but the yolks are still runny. Stick the pan in the middle of the table and tuck in.

Baby leek and spring greens tart Prep and cook time 1hr, plus chilling time Serves 6 Pastry Q 250g plain flour Q Salt and pepper Q 125g unsalted butter, chilled and diced Q 4 tbsp ice-cold water Q 1 tsp cider vinegar Topping Q 150g baby leeks Q 8 spring onions Q 1 tbsp unsalted butter Q 100g shredded spring greens Q 2 medium eggs Q 200ml double cream Q 2 tbsp grated Parmesan Q 125g Taleggio, chunks Q 3 tsp fresh thyme leaves Q 50g blanched hazelnuts Q Salt and pepper Method Tip the flour into a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the butter, using a palette knife, cut the butter into the flour until they are half their original size. Rub the flour mixture together. Add the water and vinegar, mix until the pastry starts to clump together. Chill for 1 hr. For the topping, trim the leeks and spring onions. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and blanch the leeks for 1 min then drain and leave. Melt the butter, add the shredded greens, season and cook over a medium heat then set aside. Dust the work surface and roll the pastry out. Line a tin with the pastry then chill for at least 20 mins. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Prick the base of the pastry and line with foil and baking rice. Blind bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 20 mins. Remove the foil and rice and continue to cook for a further 3 mins to dry the base. Whisk the eggs, cream and half of the Parmesan, and season well. Fold in the wilted greens and spoon into the pastry and spread level. Arrange the spring onions and blanched leeks on top and tuck Taleggio around. Sprinkle with Parmesan, thyme leaves and chopped hazelnuts. Bake on the middle shelf for 25 mins.


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Parmesan pastry


Mix the ice-cold water with the vinegar and gradually add to the pastry mixture, cutting through with a palette knife and then using Prep and cook time 50 mins, plus your hands to bring the dough together into chilling time a ball. Flatten the dough into a disc, cover Serves 4 and chill for a couple of hours or until firm. Ingredients Preheat the oven to 200°C and place a baking Q 100g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out sheet on the middle shelf to heat up. Lightly Q 100g white spelt flour Q 125g unsalted dust the work surface with flour and roll the butter, chilled and diced Q 1 tbsp poppy dough out to about 30cm in diameter. Slide the seeds Q 40g finely grated Parmesan pastry onto a sheet of baking parchment on top Q 3 tbsp ice-cold water Q 1 tsp white wine of another baking sheet. Sprinkle the remaining vinegar Q 1 tbsp dried breadcrumbs Parmesan and the breadcrumbs onto the Q Salt and pepper, to taste pastry, leaving a 2cm border all around. Arrange the tomatoes on top of the cheesy Tomato topping breadcrumbs, sprinkling with chopped Q 500g tomatoes, sliced Q 1 tbsp chopped oregano as you do so, and season with salt fresh oregano Q ½ tbsp milk, for glazing and pepper. Fold the pastry edges over the Q 150g crumbly goat’s cheese Q 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts Q Handful of basil leaves tomatoes in attractive folds and brush with a little milk. Slide the galette off the baking sheet, Method but still on the paper, place directly onto the hot Start by making the poppy seed and Parmesan baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 mins. pastry. Combine the flours in a bowl, add Reduce the heat to 180°C and bake for a further the chilled, diced butter and rub in using your 15 mins until the pastry is crisp and golden. fingertips. When the butter is almost incorporated, Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly. add the poppy seeds and half the Parmesan, Crumble over the goat’s cheese, sprinkle over the season well with salt and black pepper and mix. toasted pine nuts and torn basil leaves, and serve.




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Bonfire night bites

Whether you are hosting or attending a display, treat your guests to these delights

Croquembouche with orange cream Prep and cook time 1 hr 30 mins Serves 20 Ingredients Choux buns Q 375ml water Q 150g butter, cubed Q 175g plain flour Q 5 large eggs Orange cream Q 9 large egg yolks Q 150g golden caster sugar Q 50g plain flour Q 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest Q 4 tbsp orange juice Q 500ml full fat milk Q 1 tsp orange extract Decoration Q 800g white chocolate Q 200g melted toffee Q 100g milk chocolate, melted Q 20 Flake bars, broken into pieces

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Preheat the oven to 200°C and line three large baking tins with baking parchment. To make the choux put the water and butter in a pan, cover and bring to the boil. Remove the cover and add the flour. Take the pan away from the heat, beat the mixture to a firm paste. Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool for 5 mins. Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well between each addition, until the mix is smooth, glossy and has a ribbon-like consistency. Spoon the mix into a piping bag with a 5mm nozzle. Pipe 75 small rounds evenly onto the baking sheets. Dip a finger in cold water and flatten any peaks. Bake for approximately 20 mins until risen and golden, turning them after 10 mins. Remove from the oven, and pierce the base of each. Return and cook for a further 3 mins to dry out. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. To make the cream, beat the yolks, sugar, flour, zest and juice to a smooth paste. Place the milk in a pan, bring to the boil then pour over the egg mixture, stirring well. Return to the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring until thick and bubbling. Add the extract, transfer to a bowl, cover and allow to cool. Use a piping bag to fill each bun. To stack, place the white chocolate into a bowl and microwave on a medium heat, stirring frequently. Dot a small amount of chocolate at the base on the outside of a cone shaped mould, place a bun on this, then repeat. Work up, drizzling with chocolate and building up the buns until covered. Drizzle the toffee and any remaining white chocolate. Melt the milk chocolate on a medium heat, and dot around the base to fix the flakes.

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Pumpkin and hazelnut mini doughnuts Prep and cook time 25 mins Serves 10 Ingredients Doughnuts Q 200g plain flour Q 1½ tsp baking powder Q 1½ tsp ground cinnamon Q ½ tsp ground ginger Q ½ tsp ground nutmeg Q 125g butter, cubed and softened Q 115g caster sugar Q 25g ground hazelnuts Q 1 egg Q 180ml milk Q 110g pumpkin pureé To Finish Q 50g caster sugar Q 1 tsp ground cinnamon Q 25g ground hazelnuts


Preheat the oven to 160°C. To make the doughnuts, place the flour, baking powder and spices in a large bowl and mix together. Add the butter and, using your hands, rub it in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and ground hazelnuts. Whisk the egg and milk together in a jug and gradually add to the dry mixture, mixing well between each addition, until creamy and smooth. Stir in the pumpkin pureé. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag, snip the end off and fill a mini doughnut mould, allowing roughly 1 heaped tsp of mixture per mini doughnut. Bake for 10-11 mins Meanwhile, place the 50g sugar, cinnamon and ground hazelnuts in a bowl and combine, ready to finish the cooked doughnuts. Remove the doughnuts from the oven, leave in the moulds to cool for a minute, then turn out the doughnuts and toss in the sugar mixture to coat. Serve warm.

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Prep and cook time 15 mins Serves 8 Ingredients Q 8 apples Q 8 lolly sticks Q 400g golden caster sugar Q 100ml water Q 1 tsp vinegar Q 4 tbsp golden syrup


Place the apples in a large bowl and cover with boiling water, this will help the toffee stick. Dry well then twist off the stalks and push a lolly stick into the stalk end of each. Place the sugar and 100ml of water into a pan, cook for 5 mins over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves then stir in the vinegar and syrup, then boil to 140°C.



Remove the pan from the heat and, working quickly and carefully, dip and twist each apple in the hot toffee to coat. Allow the excess to drip away then stand on a sheet of baking parchment to harden. Allow to cool completely before eating. The apples can be wrapped and stored in a dry place for up to two days. Tip: If you don’t have a confectionary or sugar thermometer, you can test the toffee by pouring a little into a bowl of cold water, it should harden instantly and when removed, be brittle and easy to break. If it still feels slightly soft, continue to boil it. Make your toffee apples extra special by adding additional decorations to your toffee apples such as chopped nuts and sprinkles, biscuit crumbs or edible stars.


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