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Editor’s letter

Welcome to our

February issue!


ebruary is the month of love, and as I write this Pantone has just released its Colour of the Year for 2019. Living Coral is a warm, peachy hue – what are your thoughts, love it or hate it? Personally, I am all for a shade which reminds me of summer and sunny holidays as winter chugs on. Our cover girl Rachael’s home is full of Could you be Editor vibrancy and we can’t get enough of it either our cover star? – it really is like a ray of sunshine. Find it on page 14. Elsewhere we Reckon you’ve have three of the hottest decorating looks for your walls. From an got what it takes urban concrete look to animal print and bold botanicals, these to be a future are schemes that demand to be noticed – see page 63. Window HomeStyle cover star? A creative treatments really do frame a room, and curtains are back in a big way, so if you’re weighing up the pros and cons of dressing your windows, home and a smile is head to page 104. We also have more amazing room revamps for you, all you need! Email us a quick snap of including a bathroom which has been given a dramatic new look for yourself in your just £1,000! See page 98. Food is the language of love, so we also have fave room to the a Valentine’s Day meal planner guaranteed to impress, from page 118, address at the plus no-bake desserts, which look and taste amazing. bottom of this page. We can’t wait to hear from you. Have a fantastic month, 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 30th January

Living 30

Shopping 7

Cooking 121

Making 36

Styling 83

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14 I love our colourful forever home

90 I love the mix of old and new items

26 Our home is so close to the seaside

98 Our bathroom has plenty of personality

38 We’ve made a home on a budget

108 I now have a multi tasking living room

Bold shades and patterns have turned Rachael’s house into an uplifting space

Returning to her childhood roots led Natalie to an Edwardian property

trend alert Take a look at the latest interior trends on page 77

Sarah and Chris have loved making a mark on their first house together

Kate has created a sunny bedroom that now fills her with joy!

Harriet updated her bathroom on a shoestring by giving it a new lease of life

Laura has zoned her narrow living room to create a space all the family can enjoy

home life much more simple

50 My heart was set 114 Easy living on a factory flat Ways and products to make your

Tackling the poorly designed kitchen has transformed James’ apartment

84 Don’t move, improve

130 In conversation...

Love the home you’re in and gain more space with an extension

with the amazing Lucy Tiffney. Here the designer reveals her daily routine and what her dream home looks like


Shopping 6

Shop the high street The best affordable home buys

22 Pattern crush

Incorporate funky prints into your home

Cosy up your floors

34 Berber rugs Joe Wicks shares yummy veggie recipes from his latest book page 122


46 Display cabinets

Choose furniture to match your style

58 Too cool for school

The industrial-inspired pieces we love

71 Colour clash

Pink and red is our favourite combo

94 Spring fresh Lucy Tiffney lets us in on her up and coming collaborations page 130

Get a light and bright bedroom

Make your bathroom stand out

102 Colour block

112 Natural world

Achieve a Scandi living room look



Styling 12 The wish list

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

63 Decorator’s moodboards

Get inspired by our top three decorating trends

77 Key looks for spring/summer

If you’re looking to introduce a new interiors scheme this season

104 Best dressed

A guide to window treatments, from shutters to new curtain looks

shutter style Learn how to dress your windows in style on page 104

Making neon magic Craft your own colourful candleholders on page 48

25 Retro footstool

Create your own fun furniture

36 Pom pom cushion

Get the boho look with this make

48 Candleholders

Brighten up your home

60 Marbled picture

A craft project for novices!

72 Pallet headboard

A fantastic bedroom centrepiece

75 Upcycling news

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 Table for two?

Spoil your significant other with a delicious three-course meal

120 Sweet love

Whip up one of these treats

122 Food news

What’s on our plates and filling our trolleys this month? We have fallen in love with Joe Wicks’ new book

tasty bites Cook up a storm on page 120

We bring you all the latest finds from the world of craft


70 Comp time!

Win an Indesit bundle

96 Subscribe to HomeStyle 107 What’s coming up?

A sneak peek...

123 Win prizes

Check out our giveaways

124 #myHShome

Tag us in your pics

128 Shopping directory February 2019 5

Oliver Bonas

£40 ALL

Creative streak

Get a cool work area with bold colours and fun accessories shine bright Make your own neon sign, £15

or under

soft touch Velvet tassel cushion, £26

perfect pooch Dog paper clips, £5.50 cool blue First love tumbler, £6.50

season it Vase and jug salt and pepper shakers, £14.50

stand tall Abuo plant pot with stand, £40

fancy flowers Suitpoi vase, £18

bold entrance Geo print doormat, £18

Shop the

high street

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

Style on a shoestring work in style Make working from home fun with colourful accessories from Oliver Bonas

HomeSense Boho vibes

Pair green and blue with neutrals for the ultimate bohemian look

rustic look Wooden shelving unit, £39.99

wooden top White ceramic dispenser, £12.99

uplifting Verveine Liquid Marseille soap, £5.99

clean green Tall ficus plant in metal pot, £39.99

oil slick Iridescent candle, £5.99

How to

style the look


Whether you have the luxury of a separate study in your house or an allocated space in your bedroom, make the most of the area you have. It doesn’t matter how big or small, having a desk can boost creativity. Add personality to the room through the use of colour. Keep it simple with coloured accessories such as notebooks and folders or go all out with your choice of table and chair. Be as fun and creative as you like.


plant paradise Large wooden boxes with lid, £24.99 each; rectangular basket, £5.99; blue rattan basket, £16.99; long handled bath brush, £3.99; artificial plant in pot, £16.99; massage hand brush, £6.99, all HomeSense February 2019 7

How to

style the look

Sainsbury’s Sleek design


Mid-Century is all about the wooden accessories

save the date Date block, £8 blue beauty Oriental dinner plate, £3

Think clean lines when it comes to furniture and accessories with the Mid-Century look. It will give the illusion of space and open up any area. Wire framed side tables and memo boards keep it modern. Update the traditional look by teaming it with pastel colours such as pink, blue and lilac. The lighter tones will create a soft and calming feel that will bring the design up-to-date.


think pink Hello Beautiful mug, £4.50

light show Geo lampshade, £12

frame it Heart-shaped frame with stand, £6 geometric shape Dot dash printed double bedding, £18

serve up Oriental small platter, £7.50

picture perfect Polaroid photo holder, £10

morning essential Drury Lane cafetiére, £18

Minty fresh Tall storage jar, £8 8

modern update Crewel work cushion, £12; metal table, £26; ceramic vase, £14; green wire memo board, £10; printed rug, £15; stacked frames, £14, all Sainsbury’s

Style on a shoestring sophisticated blush Ombré pink and grey glass vase, £8; hearts cushion, £8; velour cushion, £12; copper effect fruit bowl, £5; metal hearts tealight holder, £4, all Wilko

Wilko So chic

Pink and grey are the perfect colour combo

all set 12-piece square taupe dinner set, £17 retro look Pink embossed tin jug, £5

light shade Pink Harmony matt emulsion, £11 for 2.5L

go gold 16-piece gold cutlery set, £20

picture perfect Grey photo frame, £2.50

tonal design Ombré pink and grey glass vase, £8

glow up Glass candle, £3

get organised Curver basket, £2.50 February 2019 9


One of our all time-favourite high street retailers, Primark, has announced its latest collaboration with YouTube sensation, Saffron Barker. With prices starting at just £1.50, the range includes some must-have lifestyle pieces. We’re particularly loving the funky reed diffusers and, of course, the circle badge cushion – it’s adorned with cacti, cute heart motifs and fruity illustrations, so we’re all over it and think you should be, too. A lot of the pieces are red and pink, totally which we think is toastie the perfect colour Hot water bottle, combo for spring! £5, Primark

so cute Saffy B x Primark Dreamer eye mask, £3; Saffy B x Primark fluffy red pen, £1.50; Saffy B x Primark pink cushion, £6, all Primark

cuppa time Saffy B x Primark pink mug, £3, Primark

The wish list...

New this month: An exciting tile announcement, grown up Disney and more! HEY MICKEY

Feature Becca Green

Interior design powerhouse Kelly Hoppen has created a unique collection of homewares inspired by everyone’s favourite Disney character, Mickey Mouse. In celebration of the icon’s 90th anniversary, the range includes a variety of wallpaper and murals, produced by Graham & Brown – offering a more sophisticated take on Disney homewares. With this collection Kelly hoped to bring Mickey into the here and now and make him appeal to a grown-up audience and we think she’s done just that.

disney fever Jungle Mickey wallpaper desiged by Kelly Hoppen MBE, £49 per sqm, Graham & Brown 12

Staycation please

Joanna Gaines has put together a wealth of practical and stylish tips that will make you want to stay at home. Her new book Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave does exactly what the title suggests. She encourages readers to assess their priorities, likes and dislikes as well as their personal style in order to work out the best home space for them. There is even a removable design template at the back of the book so you can get sketching your own innovative plans! Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines (Harper Collins, £25)

Just landed!

Spend vs save

The Tile of the Year for 2019 has been announced. Drum roll please… It’s no less than the Lampas Peacock tile from Topps Tiles. A beautiful teal shade with a gloss glaze makes for the perfect contemporary look bathroom. Here, it has been paired with pink and monochrome for that ultraInstagrammable look. Priced at £72 per sqm, these are so worth it.

The perfect Art Deco-inspired cushion...

£40 love gatsby Geo cut velvet cushion, John Lewis

£8 cool cubist Patterned cushion, £8, Primark

We are loving...

bathroom goals Lampas Peacock tile, £72 per sqm, Topps Tiles

white stripes Hygena Angel fabric chair, £259.99; Hygena Aliso twoseater sofa, £379.99; Lawson geo rug, £65, all Argos

colour crush

Go back to basics with primary colours, specifically the combination of red and grey scale yellow – think bold and Kitchen cannisters, beautiful! Get some soft £24.99 for furnishings or inject these three, Very colours into your furniture to make a real statement!

diamond pattern Ikat cushion, £12, Next

Valentine’s Day is soon approaching, so why not spread the love and introduce a neon heart light into your home? Hang up as part of a gallery wall or you could always jazz up your sideboard or drinks cabinet with one to add some instant fun. This light we heart it from Amara is Heart neon light, £65 – if you’re £65, Amara not a fan of hearts, they have lots of other cool designs to choose from.

store away Vox bedside cabinet, £155, Cuckooland

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‘Being a designer is a blessing, but I’m also my own worst client. It was hard to get a house which ticked all the boxes!’

Family room

‘This space always makes me happy, thanks to the bright, cheerful colours. It is a lovely place to sit because it overlooks the garden. It’s been personalised with my own design work and quirky touches. I’m a great believer that colour is your friend. Why follow the crowd when you can create a home giving you a happy heart and which feels personal to you? When it comes to accessories, I prefer picking up things as and when I see them rather than purchase items all from the same store – I let the process evolve organically.’

Style idea

Paint a coffee table the same colour as your feature wall to really bring your decorating scheme together

I love our colourful

Bold shades and self-designed patterns have turned Rachael Taylor’s house 14

Inspiring homes Rachael has styled her French Connection for DFS sofa with cushions including her own designs and a Somewhere Over the Rainbow illustration cushion by Stan Chow


to my home A bit about me

I’m Rachael Taylor, owner of Rachel Taylor Studio and co-founder of online design school, Make it in Design. I live here with my husband and our young son.

Where I live

Our home is a fivebedroomed detached property in Liverpool. We’ve been here for three years now.

What I wanted to change

The property was neutral but needed some love. We chose a fixer-upper as we wanted a forever home. I’ve loved injecting lots of colour throughout.

How I made it my own

I’ve decorated with my two favourite design styles; Scandi and Mid-Century.

My favourite part


Make your own funky footstool on page 25

forever home

into an uplifting space which perfectly showcases her style

Definitely the openplan family room. As soon as I walk in my mood is instantly lifted by the vibrant happy colours.

My house February 2019 15


‘The existing kitchen was fairly decent and contemporary so we gave it a temporary fix-up by just getting rid of the old ceiling lights – and a lick of Valspar paint to get rid of the horrid, dated peach walls. It seems crazy doing anything else at the moment so we’re putting the kitchen to the back of the queue. One thing that was particularly difficult was finding light fixtures to cover the giant holes left from the old fittings. Fortunately, we discovered Ikea stock larger spotlights which did the trick.’

Upcycled furniture and Rachael’s own Sketchy Stems wallpaper design creates a striking focal point in the family room

My story...

During our house hunt we viewed a real mixed bag of properties, from period to new-builds, polished homes to real renovation projects. I have an eclectic taste and make most of my decisions by how I feel, which can involve being impulsive. Thankfully, we stumbled across this beautiful detached property. Although it was built in the 1990s, the combination of sandstone and mature gardens give it charm while still being modern inside. The property had been empty for some time and we got a good deal which meant more for the renovation budget. The minute we pulled up on the driveway, we knew this was the one. I was sold on the location, the feel and the fab spacious layout, which meant I could create an office and studio. While I like planning a design scheme, I also enjoy crafting a home spontaneously. I was determined that every corner should have some unique interest or tell a story, whether that’s through wallpaper design, soft furnishings or bespoke furniture. I like to think we’re getting close to creating our dream home, although I doubt it will ever feel finished, as my creative brain never switches off – everything is a little project which I continually add to. The whole renovation process has made me realise just how much I adore interior design. It’s so rewarding to see the before, during and after and to know how much of a change we’ve made – not just aesthetically, but how we have created and will live in a family home that functions perfectly for us. Renovating and decorating while our son is at a young age has been interesting, but hey, that’s what washable paint is for! 16

‘Select accessories that appeal to your senses and uplift your mood’

‘I love fairy lights, I’ve decorated the upcycled ladder with festoon lights and hung them from the ceiling to really complete our family room’

Inspiring homes

As the existing kitchen is fairly neutral and in good condition, the couple have just added a lick of paint and added some new accessories in the kitchen

Style idea

Add colour to a traditional white gloss kitchen with a bright feature wall

Steal my style Go bright and beautiful like Rachael with these colourful additions


Go green

Turmeric shade

‘I was in an antiques shop and saw an old toy box covered with letterpress letters. I saw the potential so got a company to create this fun side table’

Jaipur cushion, Christy

Orla Kiely plant pot, Cuckooland

Spot on

Alessi Alessini Proust tray, Amara


£35 February 2019 17

Style idea

‘We knocked down walls to create this new open-plan space. It feels much more family-friendly’

Choose simple roller blinds to maximise light

‘Reuse, recycle and upcycle! It’s a great way of making your home unique’ Conservatory

‘We transformed the old dated conservatory with a new SupaLite contemporary roof system. We also knocked down walls, while patio doors and windows were ripped out and replaced with a new skylight and bi-fold doors. I love it open-plan, it works for our family, and feels like a brand new extension. Mind you, we encountered some issues along the way but the wait was worth it.’ 18

High-level cupboards provide much needed storage without compromising floor space in Rachael’s garden studio

Inspiring homes Yellow accents cosy up the snug. Give an old suitcase a new lease of life with a lick of bright paint for a similar look

Expert advice How to upcycle old furniture Add some creativity to your home with revamped pieces l Preparation is crucial in

producing a finish you’ll be proud of. Consider the material you’re working with. If it’s varnished or has a veneer finish, and you’re not using chalk paint, you’ll need to sand it down and prime it. A decent primer is essential.

l Take your time between

coats of paint, don’t rush. And complete any paintwork before moving on to final details, such

as adding wallpaper to doors or tops. Sometimes simple alterations, such as replacing handles, legs or adding paint to doors can completely transform an old, tired item of second-hand furniture. l If you’re painting an item,

buy decent brushes. Some cheaper ones lose bristles. To keep brushes moist between coats, wrap them in tin foil to stop them drying out.

l If you’re upcycling metal

furniture, consider using spray paint. It’s quicker and can often produce a better finish than traditional brush painting.



Shop our pick of fun patterns on page 22

‘This would have been the dining room but we redecorated and turned it into a cosy TV snug room complete with shutters from Plantation Shutters and DFS sofa and armchair. I decorated one of the walls with my Shapes and Squares wallpaper, from Milton & King. I then added colour with cushions, a small footstool sporting Sketchy Stems fabric and then collaborated on a larger ottoman with Reloved Upholstery using my Organic Origin design.’

‘I like to reuse glass jars to make vases for lots of flowers around the house. I use them alongside high street ones so there is a real mix’ February 2019 19

‘Get innovative with the way you construct items. For the master bedroom, we bought two Ikea bedside cabinets and I had fun mixing up the drawers’

Style idea

Feature Richard Webber Photos Colin Poole

Place a noticeboard above your bed for a changeable display

‘I never like sourcing accessories in one go, it’s always better to take your time’

Master bedroom

Keeping a similar geometric design across the Ikea and Made bedding, plus wall decorations and furniture brings the room together. ‘We plastered, decorated, carpeted and styled the master bedroom and introduced some uniquely designed upcycled drawers. Our bed is from Dreams, and we also sourced two basic bedside drawers from Ikea – one grey, one blue and purposely switched around the pieces’. 20

Inspiring homes ‘We replaced the old en suite for a modern and sleek design with bright accents. I like that the Hey Good Looking print I designed can only be read by looking in the mirror’

Rachael has kept to a palette of citrus shades, plus blue and grey in the master bedroom and en suite

‘I needed an office and studio at home so the size of this property was important and definitely a plus point. We stripped, decorated and restyled this room and converted it into a home design studio. Luckily it didn’t need replastering, it was all just cosmetic. It was important to get my business up and running again quickly so it was a big plus having this space to work from home.’


While the family bathroom now looks fresh and serene, the couple encountered various issues with this room as there was a problem with the floor levels. ‘One of the house’s main support beams had drooped, despite the property only being about 30 years old and supposedly structurally sound. Luckily, it was fixed via the bathroom floor, so wasn’t too invasive to the renovation work we had already carried out!’

Contrasting patterns and colours work well in the family bathroom, thanks to an orange hand towel from Marimekko and bath mat from Next. The vanity unit is from Bathstore

Have fun with décor – Rachael has gone for giant sewing-themed items in her office

What I learned... l Accept that some things are beyond your control. Embrace challenges with a smile while reminding yourself of your end-goal. l It’s crucial to weigh up what’s most important long term. For example, the herringbone floor in the family room stretched us so we learned to live with our tatty brown sofa while we saved. l There shouldn’t be any rules, so break them! It’s your home so choose what you like and what makes you happy. Everyone will always have an opinion but you’re living in the space so why try to please others?

See for more great real homes

An upholstered footstool will liven up a neutral sofa, just like Rachael’s

£30 Oliver Bonas Unusual crockery looks lovely displayed on open shelves

£14.99 British Heart Foundation Miniature storage is oh-so cute!


£49 Amara Patterned laundry baskets make for a pretty bathroom addition

Fall in love with pattern, like Rachael, and don’t be scared to incorporate it into your home

£1.50 each Sainsbury’s

£20 for six Wild & Wolf

Scallop designs have an effortlessly retro feel to them

Invest in coasters that are stylish and hardwearing

£18 River Island Leopard print is the new neutral and we love it!


£80 Matalan If you’re a fan of orange, a statement rug is the one for you

Shop the look

£20 Beaumonde Textured throws are a must for layering up

£18 per roll JD Williams Create a fun feature with statement wallpaper

£269.99 HomeSense Spots and stripes will never go out of fashion

£13 Abstract House Simple art prints are a great gallery wall filler

£69.99 Very This pretty floral 24-piece dinner set is made to last

£27 Mini Moderns

£20 Debenhams Hexagon designs are definitely on our radar

£6 Wilko Matching bathroom accessories will give your space consistency

£39.95 Audenza Maximalist patterns, like this jungle print, will give you that designer look

£129 Ian Snow Don’t shy away from neon brights!

Feature Becca Green

Invest in fun storage pots for your kitchen supplies

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Make the look...

Retro footstool

Rachael’s love of design, upcycling and pattern is perfectly married together with this lookalike footstool

You will need

Q Rectangular footstool Q Measuring tape Q Fabric Q Scissors Q Staple gun Q Hairpin legs, with wood screws Q Screwdriver

1 2 3 4

Remove the legs from the footstool and discard or keep for another make. Measure and cut fabric larger than the top of the footstool. Lay it right side down and centre the stool on top. Starting on one side, fold a neat hem along the edge of the material and staple to the underside of the footstool. Repeat on the opposite side, pulling the fabric taut. Neatly fold the excess fabric at each corner of the footstool, and then pull and staple the fabric to the ends. Cover the base with more fabric if you wish, then position a hairpin leg in each corner. Screw into place.

Top Tip

Want something more boho? Add a tassel trim around the edges, this can be easily applied with fabric glue.

Make and styling Suzie Sheppard Photo Olly Gordon


essential buys Scion Anneke fabric, £30 per m, Style Library. Torsebro footstool, £95; Remsta armchair, £130, both Ikea. 20cm white hairpin legs, £47 for four, Wicked Hairpins. Pom pom ochre knit throw, £45; Alexander ochre cushion, £14, both Dunelm

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Style idea

White frames keep a wall feeling light and fresh


to my home A bit about me

I’m Natalie Cardew, designer and owner of art prints company, I live with my husband Chris, an advertising planner and our son and daughter.

Where I live

Our home is a fourbedroom detached Edwardian house in Bournemouth, Dorset.

What I wanted to change The house was a bit dated, and the downstairs layout didn’t work for us.

How I made it my own

By accentuating the period features and knocking the wall down between the kitchen and dining room.

My favourite part

I’m so pleased with the children’s rooms, I couldn’t wait to decorate them. I loved picking out all the décor knowing what they love and making it super fun for them.

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Our home is so Returning to her childhood roots led Natalie Cardew to an

Inspiring homes

‘We love spending time in here as a family, it’s such an uplifting space – we just adore it!’

‘I describe my style as mainly Scandi, mixed in with some boho touches and Moroccaninspired pieces’


Shop our pick of Berber rugs on page 34

close to the seaside

Edwardian property with lots of original features that she’s filled with quirky finds February 2019 27

‘The soft whites and greys in here make it feel relaxing and I’ve incorporated colour through my gallery wall and cushions’

My story...

I was born and brought up in Bournemouth, so I always had the idea of coming back here and giving my children the sort of upbringing I had, complete with regular trips to the beach. I had a spell in Australia, but prior to this we had lived in a two-bed Victorian cottage in Kingston, south west London, which we had totally renovated, and then a 1970s townhouse up the road from the other house, which we also did up. But a couple of years ago, we decided on a complete rethink. I wanted to be near friends and family back in Bournemouth, and also to have the space to grow my business, which I was operating out of the spare bedroom. Chris is from Cornwall, so he loves the whole beach, surfer life as well and was as up for it as me. Then an opportunity came up for him in an agency in Bournemouth, so the dream was on. We knew we could get more for our money down here, so we looked at several properties in the Southbourne area of the town, which is becoming popular. We saw this detached Edwardian house with four bedrooms, and a separate garden study, and I knew it was my forever home. It’s four minutes’ walk from the sea and it’s a great area with good schools and amenities nearby. The layout needed switching up and the house required renovating from top to bottom, which we’ve done. We’ve painted everywhere in pale, neutral colours and replaced all the flooring, going for engineered wood downstairs and carpet upstairs. We absolutely love it here, and have no regrets about moving – it’s a perfect family home and we couldn’t imagine living anywhere else now! 28

Inspiring homes ‘The fireplace was already there, but we’ve treated ourselves to a woodburning stove from Chesneys so we can keep nice and cosy when it’s cold’

Natalie has created a cosy nook area with an Ikea accent chair paired with a large yellow print cushion. She has brightened up the Farrow & Ball Down Pipe walls with a white hand art print and a round mirror

‘Mid-Century furniture really does it for me, and you can find some great bargains in second-hand shops and online’

Style idea

A woodburning stove brings instant cosiness to a room and is less hassle than a real fire

Living room

‘This room at the front of the house is sunny and makes a spacious living room. We’ve gone for authentic looking engineered parquet flooring throughout the downstairs to look like it’s original. After painting the room in Pure Brilliant White at the top and Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White below to keep it light, and sorting out the ceiling, the sofa was the next big decision. After looking at loads, we’ve gone for the Nockeby corner sofa from Ikea in grey, which is easy to clean and it fits all of us on it.’

Expert advice How to create a beamed ceiling A black and white beamed ceiling is a striking addition

they’re brushed clean and sand down any rough edges before painting. You may even like the white beams so much you won’t want to add colour.

l It’s easier if you have wooden l If you’re sure you want the

beams to start with, but you can ask a builder to add them in if your ceiling is flat and the plasterwork is fairly smooth.

l With the beams in place,

paint over the whole lot, including the exposed ceiling with a good quality white eggshell paint. If using new beams, you may need a couple of layers of undercoat first. For existing beams, make sure

beams to be black, leave the white paint to dry for a day and then mask up either side of the beams to stop any black paint from getting on the ceiling.

l Once you’ve finished the

black beams, let them dry for another day. To complete the look, mark off then paint a thick black line around the edge of the ceiling to finish it off and differentiate it. February 2019 29

‘We’ve gone for a retro-style dining table from one of my favourite shops, West Elm, and matched it with chairs from Loaf, which all tie in with the Mid-Century furniture in the rest of the house’

‘I like to have a mismatch of styles in every room’

Style idea

Update a wooden dining table with black Ercol-style chairs


Inspiring homes ‘Open shelving from Ikea means I can have my everyday glasses and crockery out on show and it’s easy to reach up and grab what I need’

‘The island unit makes a nice visual break between the kitchen and the dining area and hides anything messy from view’


Knocking down the wall between the kitchen and dining room and adding bi-fold doors with access to the garden has really opened up the space for Natalie and Chris. ‘We couldn’t see directly into the garden before so it’s made such a difference. We put in a new kitchen with an island from Wickes in plain white and were lucky that the previous owners were happy to leave their red Rangemaster cooker behind, which fits really well into the space.’

‘There was just enough space for this grey sofa from Homebase, and some handy shelves above. The pouffe is from Etsy and matches the La Redoute rug in the living room’

Steal my style Get Natalie’s eclectic style with lots of cool and quirky buys


Full moon

Gold foil cushion, Oliver Bonas


Boho beauty

Textured wool basket, River Island

Line work

Moda wire dining chair, Cult Furniture

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‘I love being on Instagram @wonderandrah and reposting pictures that my prints feature in’

Style idea

Choose matching bedside tables and lamps for consistency


Create a pom pom cushion on page 36

Feature and styling Stephanie Smith Photos David Giles

‘Our old bed had had it, so we treated ourselves to a new one from Ikea. While we were in there, we spotted these cool black lamps and could see they’d go really well with my planned black and white scheme’

Robyn’s bedroom

‘I wanted to make the children’s bedrooms feel cosy, so we went for soft but practical carpets from Carpetright. I designed a print for each of them specially and I’ve made sure they’ve got plenty of storage. Robyn’s bed is from Maisons du Monde, but amazingly we found the matching chair at the tip! It’s always worth looking to see what people throw out. I wanted a soothing feel to the room, so chose Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White for the walls. The curtains around her bed make Robyn feel like a real-life princess.’ 32

Inspiring homes Master bedroom

Natalie and Chris opted to make the loft conversion at the top of the house their space. ‘It had been converted prior to us buying it, and it’s great to have a bedroom, a dressing room, and our own en suite. I just love the sloping ceilings and the little round window on the side of the house above our bed. I’d decided on a black and white theme in here and H&M, one of my go-to shops, has plenty of monochrome stuff so we found both the rug and the cushion there. The bamboo chair was from eBay.’

‘I’m really drawn to yellows at the moment, and decided to break up my black and white bathroom with some splashes of it, such as the hammam towel from Drift Linens’


‘The bathroom was in reasonable condition, and we couldn’t afford to do everything at once, so we’ve more or less left it as it was. The black and white floor tiles were very me as well. The only problem with it was that it lacked storage, so I’ve added some from H&M. Because the scheme is monochrome, it’s fun to bring in colour if and when I want to.’

What I learned... ‘I love the look of all-white walls and washed floorboards, it makes a space feel ultra clean and fresh,’ says Natalie. She has accessorised the landing area with a Mid-Century inspired chair from Habitat, a boho-style storage basket and an array of colourful prints to add interest to her otherwise neutral wall.

l It’s always good to get a fresh pair of eyes on your house as you can be blind to certain things, so get friends round and ask their honest opinion on your renovation plans. l If you love Mid-Century furniture, look around to find pottery and glassware to match the era as well as wall hangings. Take inspiration from the colours, greens, blues, reds, oranges and yellows and add splashes of those colours which will blend in. l Pale walls work for me in the major rooms, but upstairs it was nice to play around with a neutral colour palette.

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berber rugs

Rugs aren’t just for the living room, take inspiration from Natalie

Tap into the hottest rug trend, like Natalie, and opt for a Berber-style to frame your space perfectly £119 Audenza Choose a blue and white Asha design for a nautical scheme

£119 Amara

£199 Cuckooland

The thicker the rug, the warmer it makes a space feel

Use an on-trend Dutchbone Jafar rug to hide unslightly floorboards

£48.99 Carpetright Place a large Noble rug under the bed to cosy up your bedroom

£225 Loaf Simple Casbah floor designs work well with patterned walls


Shop the look

£119 Cult Furniture

£100 John Lewis

A less shaggier Moroccan design is much easier to keep clean

A traditional diamond Berber-style is for those that want a classic look

£149 Idyll Home Pair a statement rug with a velvet sofa for that ultimate Instagram look

£269 Made

£263.50 Maisons du Monde

This Maya red rug gives us all the geometric vibes

Tasselled edges nod to the boho trend

£41.99 Wayfair

£199 La Redoute Be brave with your rug choices and go for a colourful Adza option

£149 Dunelm A Maya off-white shade is a less stark option February 2019 35

Feature Becca Green

This bold Atlas design is for those that like to take risks

Make the look...

Pom pom cushion

Natalie’s bed looks super-comfy with carefully arranged cushions and throws. Get the look with this stylish pillow

Q Grey fabric Q Measuring tape Q Scissors Q Iron Q Sewing machine Q Pins Q Black, pink and yellow yarn Q 65mm pom pom maker Q Needle and cotton thread

and pin in place. Sew all the way round. Turn the cushion cover out and iron flat. Take the black yarn. Open the first pair of hinged arches on the pom pom maker and wrap the yarn around a number of times until it looks full. Cut the end of the wool and then close the arch. Repeat on the second set of arches. With both sides firmly closed, run the scissors around the centre of the bound arches, snipping the yarn as you go. Cut a piece of matching yarn and wrap it round the middle of the pom pom maker. Pull the ends tight and knot. Open the tool and release the pom pom. Snip any loose ends. Repeat to make a second black, two pink and two yellow pom poms. Stitch one of each colour to the end of the rectangular cushion cover securely with a needle and thread.


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Measure and cut out one 50cm x 30cm and two 25cm x 30cm pieces of fabric. We went for light grey. Take one of the smaller pieces, and fold and press a double hem along one of the 30cm sides with an iron. Sew in place, and repeat with the second piece. Lay the smaller pieces right sides facing the larger piece, with hemmed sides overlapping each other in the middle,

Top Tip

Remember to fluff your pom poms when you take them out of the tool. Then trim any stray edges, so they’re fluffy and round.

shop the style Panama fabric in Marble, £13.99 per m, Prestigious Textiles. Premium acrylic yarn, £2.25 for 250m; Clover pom pom maker, £7 for two, all Hobbycraft. Elements Ezra duvet cover, from £34 for a single, Dunelm. Grey faux mongolian cushion, £6, Wilko. Virage ottoman bed frame, from £499.99 for a double, Bensons for Beds. Cole & Son Woods & Stars wallpaper, £85 a roll, John Lewis


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You will need





DECOR ATING HOM E S since 1904 Visit to find your local store

‘To create a place you can’t wait to come back to is literally the best feeling!’


Shop our pick of display cabinets on page 46


‘The old kitchen was separate to the dining room and I couldn’t wait to knock the wall through – I love to cook and hate being shut away! We blocked up the back door then replaced the entire kitchen, the flooring and all the white goods. We got our grey Bodbyn kitchen from Ikea and chose the Karlby wooden worktop to complement it. We also ended up getting all our appliances from Ikea too. The flooring was from B&Q and the metro tiles were from Homebase. We did it all for £4,000!’

Style idea

Colour match your worktop and flooring for a cohesive look

We’ve made a home After renting a flat for years, Sarah Fletcher and boyfriend Chris Amos are


Inspiring homes Positioned at the back of the house the original kitchen was small, dark and dingy, and the couple decided to open up the kitchen and dining room to form an open-plan space


to my home

A bit about me

I’m Sarah Fletcher, a brand manager, and I live with my boyfriend, Chris Amos.

Where I live

We live in a threebedroom Victorian terraced property in Sheffield.

What I wanted to change

Everything! It was damp, dark, had woodchip on every wall and was very dated. It did however have very good sized rooms and was in a lovely area.

How I made it my own

We’ve completely changed the layout, including knocking out the wall between the kitchen and dining room as well as putting our own stamp on it.

My favourite part I love our bedroom. I’ve always liked attic rooms because of the light and space. Ours feels cosy as well as extra luxurious. It’s like a hotel suite!

on a budget!

enjoying making a mark on their first house together

My house February 2019 39

Dining room

‘The dining room has changed significantly – we removed the window and replaced it with French doors to enable us to go straight outside. We also removed the wall between the dining room and kitchen to utilise the space and we opened up the fireplace. The table is the only piece of furniture we purchased and it was £17 from Oxfam! The rest was inherited from family members. The laminate flooring is from B&Q, and the walls are painted in Calamine by Farrow & Ball. The world map wallpaper is from John Lewis.’

Wooden chopping boards and hanging planters add a rustic touch in the kitchen

My story...

We had been renting for a few years and felt ready to buy our own house together. Chris already owned a house that he inherited but it was being rented out. With the new stamp duty laws, it made financial sense to move into Chris’ house as it was in an area that we loved and we thought we could add some value to it. As the house had been rented out for about seven years, it looked quite unloved and dated. The windows were all rotten and it felt dark and dingy. It had a lot of references to the 1970s, with lots of obscured glass in the doors. Sadly it had lost many original Victorian features but this is something we want to eventually to put back in. When we first moved in we got builders to strip the house right back. By midday on the first day the builders had already knocked away all the woodchip from the walls. In fact they completed all of the building work within three months! We were left a blank white box, which felt quite overwhelming – it felt so clinical and not very homely so all I wanted to do was fill it with stuff that felt like my own! When we were planning our renovation I used to look on Rightmove at houses in our area to see what other people had done. When we first moved in I had all these big ‘grey’ plans, I think I picked up every shade of grey Valspar paint swatches ready to paint my entire house. However, that didn’t happen and I’m quite glad because it’s made me realise that I love a lot of other colours! We were incredibly lucky we were given a lot of furniture items to start us off, which has helped us budget wise. In the future I would love to reinstate some of the period features. 40


Make your own candleholders on page 48

‘I have this thing with painting furniture. I’ve pretty much revamped every piece in the house!’

Sarah painted her charity shop bought table and chairs with Rust-Oleum chalk paint in Graphite and Lilac Wine

Inspiring homes Sarah upcycled an old bureau and turned it into a cocktail cabinet. ‘It’s painted in Dusky Pink chalk paint by Rust-Oleum’

Style idea

A radiator cover is a great way to display decorative odds and ends

Steal my style A homely feel with a handcrafted touch is Sarah’s signature look

£39 9.99

Sit pretty

Kitchen class

Copper frying pan, Wilko

Albion grey twoseater sofa, Furniture Choice


£39. 99

Travel buddy

Personalised bucket list map, Getting Personal

February 2019 41

Sarah added a Dimplex stove to the opened-up fireplace, which gives the room a cosy feel

Expert advice Decorating on a budget Bring style to your home without spending a fortune l Add colour with painted

furniture – Sarah loves to upcycle, and she adds splashes of colour to every room with her upcycled pieces.

l Gallery walls needn’t be

expensive to create – Sarah sourced all her frames from budget stores including Poundland, B&M and Home Bargains. Mix and match in other decorative items as well, such as small


mirrors and neon lights. Mirrors can be a really cost-effective way of adding light into rooms – Sarah bought an inexpensive large mirror from The Range to reflect light around her lounge. l If you can’t afford a new sofa

or bed, then dress them up with colourful cushions and bedding from budget high street stores such as H&M, Matalan and Dunelm, you’ll be amazed by the difference it can make.

l When it comes to flooring,

choose lino over tiled or wooden flooring – it’s a cheaper, warmer and more hygienic option for a kitchen or bathroom.

Sarah has created an eye-catching feature gallery of favourite prints on the lounge wall using low-priced frames from Poundland and Home Bargains

Inspiring homes Sarah made a unit for her collection of vinyl by adding a paper-lined backing board and some hairpin legs to an Ikea shelving unit

‘I didn’t paint any rooms for nearly a year, and when I eventually did I chose colours that I definitely knew I wanted’

Living room

‘The living room was very dated with a 1970s stone fireplace, glossy woodchip walls and had lots of random old furniture – it even had a red carpet! We totally gutted it, took out the old fireplace and opened it up, replaced the bay window which was subsiding, and redecorated and replaced everything. The grey wall is painted in Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball. The sofas and footstool, record player unit and lamp are all from Ikea. The other furniture is inherited.‘

Sarah’s landing space is an everyday reminder of her travels with various map prints

Style idea

Keep the ‘bones’ of your room schemes neutral and add colour with soft furnishings

February 2019 43

Sarah loves her loft bedroom, and as it’s so bright it can take a dark wall colour. She documents her progress at and on her Instagram @s.l.f_home

Style idea

Choose a white picture ledge to pop against a dark wall

‘A lot of my core furniture is from Ikea, but I mix it up with some upcycled pieces’

Loft bedroom

‘The attic had already been converted into a bedroom before we moved in, but we further opened it up, added a wall and put in an en suite. It made such a difference in here and I absolutely love it, it’s so calm and light all the time. The wall is painted in Mole’s Breath by Farrow & Ball. The bed and picture ledge are from Ikea, while the ottoman and drawers are pieces we were given’.

Feature Suzie Sheppard Styling Sophie Warren-Smith Photos Simon Whitmore

‘My parents gave us the pine chest of drawers when they moved house and it fits perfectly in our bedroom. I’ve given it a little makeover using Rust-Oleum chalk paint in Graphite’


‘I enjoy upcycling and have pretty much painted all of our wooden furniture. We were incredibly lucky and were given a lot of items from various family members or managed to source things from charity shops. I painted this secondhand unit for our spare room in Rust-Oleum’s chalk paint including Lilac Wine, and complemented them with new knobs.’

Inspiring homes Bathroom

‘When we first took on the house, the bathroom was painted a strange peach colour and had a sink vanity unit from the 1970s. So it’s safe to say, I was pretty relieved when it was ripped out as soon as we got the keys! We altered the layout slightly by switching the bath and the sink around to give us some more space. The bath is from Victorian Plumbing, we chose it as it has a straight back, which could sit flat against the tiled wall.’

The grey patterned lino flooring, which Sarah bought from a local carpet shop, was a budget buy and looks just like old Victorian tiles. ‘I was against vinyl before we moved in but it looks great’

‘I found the dressing table on the side of the road – I picked it up and hauled it back up to my house hoping none of my neighbours would spot the crazy lady grabbing furniture off the road! I repaired and upcycled it – now it looks much better. We also bought the wardrobes and bedside drawers from someone who was selling their house, and I just gave them a lick of white paint.’

What I learned... l One of the main things I learnt was to be patient. When we moved in my first instinct was to paint everything but my mum advised me to wait and live in it for a while. l I found that upcycling was a really great way of putting my own stamp on something and making it my own. I’ve done a couple of craft hacks such as our Kallax record player unit and I also made a neon sign. l Plan where your budget is going to go. I think the bathroom is the most dramatic change from our renovation, especially given the ridiculously tight budget we had!

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Display cabinets

Be proud of your unique homeware accessories and display them like Sarah has

Whether you’re into buying new or second-hand, get inspired by Sarah’s quirky choice of furniture £125 Amara

£139.99 Ian Snow

Grey painted furniture is the cool and contemporary option

Distressed items give spaces a vintage feel

£35 Cult Furniture Find a home for small bits and bobs with this houseshaped wall cabinet

£510 Modish Living Drape fairy lights or a pom pom garland over your unit to make it fun! 46

£59.95 Rex London

£689 Maisons du Monde

Glass cabinets with metallic edging are so luxurious

Pick up furniture with savvy storage solutions

Shop the look

£395 Habitat A tall skinny unit is perfect for storing books

£595 Out There Interiors

£599 Made Blue tones are bang on trend so why not incorporate them into your furniture?

£245 Cuckooland Choose a design that’s on wheels for ease and movability

£159 The Farthing Black is the new black! We are loving this wire style

Before buying a display cabinet, make sure to measure the space you want it to live first

£140 Ikea Use a freestanding item to store your fancy glassware February 2019 47

Make the look...

Bright candleholders

Dine in candlelit style and be inspired by Sarah’s colourful handmade designs. These are quick to make but look great

Top Tip

Make and styling Suzie Sheppard Photo Olly Gordon

Create depth by using a deeper shade for the second coat. Spray it on lightly so the bottom colour shows through.

You will need Q Glass bottles Q Masking tape Q Neon pink and yellow spray paints

get the look Rust-Oleum Neon Pink and Yellow matt spray paints, £4.50 for 150ml, B&Q. Korken bottles with stoppers, from £1; Foremal vase, £3, all Ikea


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Take the glass bottles and cover the stoppers and neck part securely with masking tape. In a well ventilated room, cover your work surface and the surrounding area with newspaper or dust sheets. Stand the first bottle upright. Lightly spray with neon paint from the bottom up towards the neck, turning the bottle as you

work. Leave the top part unpainted, as shown, then allow to fully dry. Spray the bottle with a second coat of paint, and then leave to dry. Repeat to paint the other bottles in different shades. Remove the masking tape from the stoppers and pop some dinner candles inside the neck of each bottle. For a different look, use masking tape or thick rubber bands to mask off sections of the bottle to create stripes. Space them evenly or stagger them for an interesting effect. Apply tape to cover the top area, spray as normal, then remove.

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to my home A bit about me

I’m James Mostyn, a design engineer and I live with my partner Hannah Woodland, a corporate planner.

Where I live

Our home is a twobedroom first floor apartment within a converted shoe factory in Northampton.

‘Making things myself has saved me a fortune and it means I can create exactly what I want’

What I wanted to change

The kitchen and bathroom were both badly designed and felt cramped. I knew I could make much better use of the space.

Feature and styling Karen Wilson Photos Katie Lee

How I made it my own

I’ve always been pretty hands on so I made lots of pieces myself, including the kitchen and bathroom taps, the statement concrete coffee table and the plywood bistro table.

My favourite part We both love the kitchen as all our ideas came together and it’s such a big change. It works really well now.

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My heart was

Tackling the poorly designed bathroom and kitchen has

Inspiring homes

James found the Nasa space tourism posters online, where you can download the images for free. ‘They were printed and framed by my parents as a house warming gift,’ says James


Make your own marble art on page 60

Style idea

Choose a key colour, such as yellow and pick pieces that complement it

set on a factory flat

transformed James Mostyn and Hannah Woodland’s character-filled home

February 2019 51

‘As we don’t have a garden we’ve placed houseplants all around the flat,’ says Hannah. ‘It’s amazing how much more homely it felt as soon as we started to add them, so much so that we’re regularly buying more’

My story...

When I started looking for my first home, my heart was set on a factory or warehouse conversion as I love the character of the brickwork. There are lots of old factories in Northampton, some already renovated and some still derelict, but I struck lucky when I found this apartment in an old shoe factory dating back to 1913. I knew as soon as I walked through the door this was the one. The high ceilings and wooden floors really sold it to me, despite the fact that it had a terrible 20 year old cream bathroom with fake green marble tiles, and a badly designed kitchen. After getting my mum round for a second viewing, my offer was accepted. The first few weeks were spent redecorating the bedrooms and living room before I moved out of the shared house I was renting nearby. Then I tackled the rest bit by bit, which included fitting a new kitchen and moving a wall to redesign the L-shaped bathroom. Not long after buying the flat I met Hannah online. She was finishing off her degree in Cardiff but would often travel back and had lots of input into the flat, so when she eventually moved in last summer it felt like her home, too. Luckily we both love Mid-Century modern, retro and Art Deco design with industrial elements, which work well with the white walls. Since moving here we’ve also discovered lots of great makers and independent businesses through our Instagram page @thefactoryflat, such as Magee Street Bakery round the corner and Engine, a co-work space for creatives. I can see us staying here for another two years, but in the future we’d love to build a house from scratch. 52

Living room

As the original floorboards had already been stripped and varnished, there wasn’t much for James and Hannah to do in here except refresh the walls with Canvas White paint by Crown. ‘I love the light in here so I didn’t want blinds or curtains,’ says James. ‘But I did frost the bottom window panes for privacy. ‘The starting point for the look was a £20 vintage chest of drawers from Gumtree that James brought from his previous home. However, his favourite piece of furniture is the coffee table he made using two types of concrete and iron legs.

Style idea

Make the most of high ceilings by picking oversized artwork for impact

Inspiring homes ‘We made do with my mum’s old sofas, which had been stored in the garage for two years, until we could afford new ones,’ says James. ‘The shape of the Zinc sofa and leather armchair from DFS really appealed’

A painting by local artist Sarah Martin dominates the space above the sofa. ‘I designed and made an easel for Sarah, and in turn she created this custom artwork for us,’ says James

‘We both like Mid-Century modern, retro and Art Deco design with industrial elements’

A large orange face vase from HomeSense adds a quirky touch in the corner. ‘It’s one of our favourite shops,’ says Hannah. ‘There’s always something new to find there and I think it helps our flat stay unique, as we always find one-off pieces. Shopping on the high street can sometimes be a challenge to add your own style, you’ve just got to be patient and picky.’

Moving a wall to rejig the bathroom gave James the opportunity to create a nook for hanging his bike, which has been painted dark green. ‘My bike used to be an obstacle you had to manoeuvre around in the hallway so this has freed up lots of space,’ he says. It also creates a feature and displays one of James’ favourite hobbies. February 2019 53

‘Scorching the ash worktop with a blowtorch then oiling it has really brought the grain out,’ says James. ‘I made the tap myself from copper pipe that’s normally used outside or under a sink’


Redesigning the small kitchen has been one of the biggest changes. ‘It took a long time and we lived with a microwave in the corner of the living room for months,’ says Hannah. ‘But it was worth it in the end’

With a small under counter fridge and impractical wall cupboards that didn’t match, the kitchen was one of the weakest rooms in the flat. ‘The design really didn’t make the best use of the small space,’ explains James. A large plastic sink and drainer took up most of the area in front of the window so James designed a much better layout, ordering custom units and doors online from DIY Kitchens and fitting the units himself, which saved him lots of money.

Expert advice Using copper piping in the home James has used copper pipe to great effect in his home l If you fancy trying your

hand at making a few unique industrial pieces for your home, there’s a lot you can construct with some copper piping, a tube cutter and a pipe bender.

l Need some guidance? From James bought a simple garage racking system from Wickes and cut some wood to size for the shelving, as they wanted an industrial feel that would suit the building 54

furniture legs and lamp bases to wine and coat racks, there are an abundance of helpful how-to guides and YouTube videos out there showing you exactly what to do.

l Not keen on DIY? Then why

not commission a local designermaker to create bespoke storage instead? Copper piping is an ideal alternative to brackets for shelving, or it can be used to create open wardrobes with a mixture of hanging rails and scaffold board shelves.

l If ready-made homewares

fashioned from copper pipe are more your thing, there are lots of options online. Proper Copper Design has some fantastic taps and kitchen handles. Alternatively, start small with a copper pipe toilet roll holder from Lime Lace or a candle holder by Little Deer.

Inspiring homes

James made the bistro table himself from plywood and added steel legs from The Hairpin Leg Company. The school-style stools have been sanded and varnished to match the table

‘We love hanging out in the dining area together’

Style idea

A tall, skinny table and bar stools save on space February 2019 55

James built the shelving himself, then added bookends made from leftover kitchen worktop and homemade string art. ‘The camera represents Hannah as she loves photography and the pencil represents me as I’m a designer’

The bedside tables were another Gumtree bargain at £10 each. A simple grey upholstered bed from Barker and Stonehouse and blue throw from Sainsbury’s tie the look together

Style idea

Make the most of a compact room with high shelving across two walls

Master bedroom

After freshening up the paintwork and fitting some blinds, James and Hannah have kept things simple in here. When James saw three old steel lockers, being thrown out at work, complete with fruit stickers, he rescued them. ‘I built a custom wardrobe and just used the fronts as doors,’ he explains. ‘We might add some more colour through painted panelling.’

Steal my style £6 0

Shop James and Hannah’s home style with these affordable buys

Grey skies

Agadir cushion, Made

£30 Break free

Queen framed print, Cuckooland 56

Seeing red Suitpoi vase, Oliver Bonas


‘Plants add something very special to a space’

Inspiring homes ‘People always comment on the homemade industrial-style taps as you only really see them in bars and restaurants – rarely in a home,’ says Hannah. The round mirror is from Laura Ashley


Shop schoolinspired interiors on page 58


When James first viewed the flat, the original doorway was further in, creating a smaller L-shaped bathroom. ‘It felt cramped, so I got a builder to knock down the non supporting wall and rebuild it a metre further into the hallway.’ By building a laundry cupboard for the washing machine and making a plywood sink unit and shelf, James has created a designer look.

What I learned... l Making things myself has saved me a fortune and it means I can create exactly what I want. However, I draw the line at tackling electrics and plumbing!

Spare bedroom

As the guest bedroom only measures 3.15m by 2.1m, it looked like it would only fit a single bed, a chest of drawers and a wardrobe. However, the couple wanted a double bed for friends and relatives to stay over, so James has solved the problem by building a high bed from pine with lots of storage beneath. It’s been dressed with geometric cushions from DFS plus blue and orange designs from Ikea.

l Gumtree has some great bargains. If you’re willing to add your own personal touch, you can end up with a unique piece that costs a lot less than buying something brand new. l Be open to the use of colour. Hannah opened my eyes to being bolder with accent pieces and they now feature all over the flat. Quirky objects can add character and make great conversation starters.

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Metal-edged furniture, like James and Hannah’s dining chairs are ideal for this look

£329 Swoon Editions A Mid-Century inspired desk is pefect for this look

£7.99 HomeSense Get organised with a sleek notebook

£14 Creative Tops Be eco aware and pick up a sustainable water bottle

£9 Primark Minimalist desk lamps are the way to go

£1 Poundland

TOO COOL for school Terrazzo prints are super-popular and we totally get why

Embrace the industrial trend, like James and Hannah and opt for school-inspired pieces

£69 Cult Furniture Streamlined bar stools are a great option for saving space

£229 Cuckooland Locker-style furniture pays homage to this trend 58

Shop the look

£8.95 Rex London £79.99 Dowsing & Reynolds

£25 John Lewis

The periodic table is a back to school classic

Don’t underestimate the styling power of a funky clock

Metal pendant lights create a feature above a dining table

£35 The Farthing

£10 Oliver Bonas From £2.95 Desenio

Quirky kitchenware can jazz up a neutral kitchen

Hang this on the wall to store magazines and display prints

Keep young at heart with inspiring prints

£13 Chase and Wonder

£10 Flying Tiger Copenhagen Desk storage is a must to avoid a cluttered space

£25 Paperchase

£94.49 Maisons du Monde

Get different coloured boxes and stack them high

Pair darker chairs with a light table for an interesting contrast

Feature Becca Green

If you’re a wordsmith grab this cool pencil case

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Make the look...

Marbled picture

Striking artwork creates a feature in James and Hannah‘s living room. Make your own by swirling together acrylic paints

Top Tip

To keep some white around the edges of your canvas, work slowly and carefully so the paint doesn’t run too quickly.

Make and styling Suzie Sheppard Photo Olly Gordon

You will need Q Large stretched canvas Q Craft acrylic paints Q Bamboo skewer

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Cover your work surface with sheets of newspaper. Place the stretched canvas flat and facing upwards. Add a few drops of water to each bottle of acrylic paint, and shake to mix. We used shades of blue and yellow. Pour some blobs of each colour of paint onto the middle of the canvas. Lift the canvas up from one side and allow the paint to run across. Then lift from another side. Continue raising from each side and corner of the canvas, until the paint has run in all directions. Use a bamboo skewer to make squiggle and swirl marks in the paint. Allow the canvas to fully dry overnight.



art attack Stretched canvas, £5; craft acrylic paint, £1.50 for 60ml, all Hobbycraft. Remsta armchair, £130, Ikea. Pom pom edge cushion, £12, Next. Wall in Marine Blue Intelligent matt emulsion, £24 for 1L, Little Greene









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Style edit


New year, new look for your home! Here are three of the hottest trends to update your spaces

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p64 Urban edge Embrace all things industrial with concrete-effect wallpapers and graffiti prints

p66 Really wild Our love affair with leopard print is the real deal. It’s high fashion for your walls

p68 Tropic cool Not for wallflowers – go large or go home with this statement greenery look February 2019 63

Urban EDGE

stripe it lucky Lines and Other Shapes vinyl wall mural, from £29 per sqm, Pixers

Industrial and slick city styling can be bold or subtle, the choice is yours

Why you’ll

love this look

l This trend can work in most spaces, from the living room to a bedroom or office area. l If you already have industrial touches in your home, you’re well on your way. Wall murals make a real impact, and it’s worth saving for that wow design. l Think of adding a grey wash paint effect. Kalklitir kalk paint is great for creating an on-trend concrete look on your walls.


Style edit true blue Concrete Blues wallpaper, from £27 per sqm, Wallsauce

Get the look

wonder wall Engblad & Co Urban wallpaper, £27 per roll, Wallpaper Direct

chalk board Three Farm Green Absolute matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene

street style Brudsloja cotton fabric, £5 per m, Ikea

grey scale Be inspired by Crown’s Movement trend, featuring Scrumptious Feature Wall matt emulsion, £14.50 for 1.25L and Soft Grey Suede and Grey Suede textured emulsions, £21.50 for 2.5L

Shop the moodboard (Clockwise) Zebedee in Calypso fabric, £44 per m, Prestigious Textiles. Oxford Blue colour sample; Fairy Dust colour sample, both Crown. Limitless in Royal fabric, £23.10 per m, Prestigious Textiles. Buckley in Grey

wallpaper, £50 per roll, Graham & Brown. Industrial Wood Red and Teal wallpaper, £10 per roll, Wilko. Kinect tile sample, £8.70 each, Topps Tiles. Best Plain Silver wallpaper, £15 per roll, Wilko. Paris Grey chalk paint, £5.95 for 120ml, Annie Sloan. Engblad & Co Urban wallpaper, £27 per roll, Wallpaper Direct. February 2019 65

Really WILD

It’s time to hit the plains of Africa and wilds of Asia. Are you brave enough?

glam style Leopard White and Beige wallpaper, £20 per roll, Graham & Brown

statement maker Ferocious Appetite vinyl wall mural, from £29 per sqm, Pixers

Shop the moodboard

(Clockwise) Leopard Print poplin fabric, £6.99 per m, Minerva Crafts. Versace Animal Print in Gold wallpaper, £66 per roll, Wallpaper Direct. Zebra poplin fabric, £6.99 per m, Minerva Crafts. Versace Animal Print in Silver Grey wallpaper, £66 per roll, Wallpaper Direct. Velvet Evening colour sample, Crown. Jitney Estate emulsion, £4.50 for 100ml, Farrow & Ball. Leopard White and Beige wallpaper, £20 per roll, Graham & Brown. House of Hackney Wild Card wallpaper, £85 per roll, Wallpaper Direct. 66

Style edit

Why you’ll

love this look

l Paint your own feature wall. Use tones of black and brown to mimic leopard spots or tiger and zebra stripes. l Found a wallpaper you love? Cosy up a corner of your living room by using it on two adjoining walls. Just add a Berber-style rug. l Not quite sure if you can commit to it in your living spaces? Glam up your downstairs loo, your smallest space is the perfect spot!

almost real Panther wallpaper, £70 per roll, Lime Lace

Get the look only natural Jitney Estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

big cat Cheetah cotton fabric, £25 per m, Sophie Allport

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Vilber Tropical wallpaper, £90 per roll, Wallpaper Direct.

Tropic cool

Leafy greenery is a hot topic. Choose a statement wallpaper for max impact

Why you’ll

love this look

l This is a scheme which will work for all seasons, a bold print has a cocooning quality in the winter and adds vibrancy in the summer months. l Take it into the kitchen or utility room by covering cabinetry or appliances with self-adhesive stickers. l Scale it back by upcycling furniture with a punchy leaf print wallpaper. You should only need one roll.

botanical bathing Reverie Jungle wallpaper, £81.50 per roll, Little Greene 68

Style edit leaf it out Monstera Green and Blush wallpaper, £75 per roll, Woodchip & Magnolia

Get the look

fresh find Albany Baja wallpaper, £23.99 per roll, Wallpaper Direct

go green Sage & Onions Absolute matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene

jungle book Palmyra in Oasis cotton fabric, £18.70 per m, Prestigious Textiles

cupboard love Spring Kitchen Pixerstick sticker, from £19 per sqm, Pixers

Shop the moodboard (Clockwise) Polynesia in Pacific fabric; Tropicana in Spice fabric, both £18.70 per m, Prestigious Textiles. Bancha Estate emulsion, £4.50 for 100ml, Farrow & Ball. Albany Bamboo Palm wallpaper; Albany Baja wallpaper, both

£23.99 per roll, Wallpaper Direct. Arsenic Estate emulsion, £4.50 for 100ml, Farrow & Ball. Lagoon in Oasis fabric, £18.70 per m, Prestigious Textiles. Vilber Tropical wallpaper, £90 per roll, Wallpaper Direct. Bamboo wallpaper, £99 per roll, Farrow & Ball. All moodboard props, stylist’s own. February 2019 69


WIN! An Indesit bundle worth over £1,000 Give your kitchen a stylish update with the new Indesit Aria built-in cooking collection

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It couldn’t be easier! Just head over to, click on the ‘Win!’ tab and fill in your info. Best of luck!



e have teamed up with Indesit to offer two lucky HomeStyle readers the chance to win three appliances from the Indesit Aria built-in cooking collection. The appliance prize bundle consists of an induction hob, a built-in pyrolytic oven and a built-in microwave oven with grill. Perfect for busy families, the appliances are easy to use and offer stress-free solutions to cooking all your favourite dishes. The Indesit Aria induction hob has nine power levels and also benefits from a bridge zone, which allows you to combine two cooking areas to create

one large cooking space. A real helping hand when entertaining guests is the Indesit Aria built-in oven, thanks to the innovative Turn&Cook function. With just one turn of the control knob, the oven automatically sets the temperature and time to cook over 80 recipes, in just one hour. What’s more, the pyrolytic cleaning system reduces burnt on food splashes and grease to ash, which can be simply wiped away. The Indesit Aria microwave has an impressive cooking capacity of 40 litres and the integrated grill provides perfectly browned tops to all your dishes. Enter now to update your kitchen! For more info, visit

To be in with the chance of winning an appliance bundle from Indesit, just answer the following question: Q What is the maximum capacity of the Indesit Aria microwave oven with grill? A 12 litres B 40 litres C 26 litres

Rules of entry 1) All giveaways close at midnight on 28th February 2019. Winners will be notified after the closing date. 2) Subject to availability, non transferable or refundable. 3) Open to residents in the UK (mainland), over the age of 18, except employees of Hubert Burda Media UK or companies involved in these promotions. 4) Two Indesit prize bundles available, consisting of: 1 x Indesit Aria induction hob (VID 641 B C) Dimensions: H 56 x W 580 x D 510 mm, 1 x Indesit Aria pyrolytic single builtin oven (IFW 3841 P IX UK) Dimensions: H 595 x W 595 x D 551 mm, 1 x Indesit Aria built-in microwave oven with grill (MWI 3443 IX UK) Dimensions: H 455 x W 595 x D 560 mm. 5) Installation is NOT included in the prize. 6) Removal of prize winner’s appliances is not included 7) Indesit is not responsible for any kitchen alterations should prizes not fit (i.e. in non-standard designs) 8) Entrants must be homeowners where decorating/renovation work is required for the prize. 9) Only one entry per person. 10) The editor’s decision is final. Correspondence will not be entered into. 11) The winners are selected at random, from correct entries received, after the competition end date. 12) Prizes are valid for six months after the date of the draw, and the prize will be withdrawn if it is not claimed within this period. 13) Hubert Burda Media UK and companies involved in these promotions may use your details to advise of products and services. Details are occasionally available to vetted companies (online opt-ins only). 14) Allow 8-10 weeks from selection to completion. 15) Reproduction of this competition, in whole or part, without written permission is prohibited. Hubert Burda Media UK reserves the right to prosecute offending parties. 16) The promoter of the competition may use the data supplied by entrants to process the competition, inform the winning participants of their winning entry and arrange delivery of the prize. 52 70

flower power Papavera wallpaper, £42 per roll, Wallpaper Direct

lip smacker Lips cushion, £20, River Island

Colour clash

bold print A4 colour pop print, £3, Paperchase

Pink and red is our favourite colour combo. Love is definitely in the air... bowled over Emma Bridgewater pasta bowl, £17.95, Daisy Park pot luck Ceramic pot, £4, Anthropologie

sassy stripes Shrimps throw, £130, Habitat

seeing red Heart tin box, £5, Flying Tiger Copenhagen

beach babe Wish You Were Here beach towel, £34.50, cool icon Campbell’s tin candle, £45, Amara

basket case Pom pom basket, £25, Rex London

geo goals Sunny Todd tray, £10, John Lewis

hot seat Kinship tufted chair, £125, Oliver Bonas

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Pallet plank

headboard With its striking off-centre diagonal design feature, this bedhead will make a fantastic centrepiece for your bedroom

Top Tip

To cut a 45° angle, use a power saw that has a 45° cutting setting; set a combination square to 45°, or use the guide on a handsaw.

Style idea

Sand and paint some of the pallet planks for variety

wood wonder MDF board, from £7.76 for 6mm x 606mm x 1220mm, Wickes 72

Upcycling challenge

Wood headboard

This great upcycling project is for a single bed, but you can easily scale it up for a double, queen or king size – the process is exactly the same, no matter what size you are working to.

Takes 4 hours You will need

Q MDF or chipboard Q Pallet planks, the number required will depend on the dimensions of headboard you want to make Q Handsaw, jigsaw or power saw Q Tape measure or ruler Q Combination square, to set a 45° angle Q Pencil or marker pen Q Wood glue Q Wood filler Q Sander and 120 grit sandpaper Q Chalk paint and paintbrush (optional ) Q Beeswax and clean cloth Q Drill Q 30mm wood screws


Cut a piece of MDF or chipboard to just over the width of the bed you are making the headboard for, and establish how high you want it to be from the mattress when it is on the bed. For this project, the dimensions of the headboard were 100cm wide x 77cm high. It will be attached to the wall with hooks so it doesn’t need legs.


To make your frame, take four lengths of wood and cut two of them to the width of the piece of wood and two to the length. Take each piece of wood and cut the ends at 45° angles at both ends. Next start to cut the planks again using 45° angles at both ends. First, you need to cut a perfect triangle. Take the first plank. From the top of the end, draw a 45° angle using the angle on your handsaw (or use a power saw and combination square). Cut then repeat. For the second plank and all remaining ones, you need to measure the length of the last plank you laid (at its longest side). Mark this length on the middle of a plank, then mark your two 45° angles, starting at the points you made when marking the length on the plank. Draw your cut line outwards. Continue to cut and place the planks down. You will see they all fit neatly together. To create an interesting pattern, draw a line down the middle or one-third of the way across the board, and cut the planks up to the edge of the line. This will allow you to start again on the other side of the line. Once you are happy with the design, remove all of the cut planks and put them aside. Take some wood glue and



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spread it generously across the board. Lay your planks back down in the correct order and press them into the glue. Leave to dry. Once the glue has set and your planks are securely in place, take some wood filler and fill the gaps between the planks. With pallet wood, there will always be irregular shapes. Sand all the planks lightly to make sure they are smooth and that the filler isn’t visible anywhere other than in the cracks. Consider the colours of the planks and shapes that they make. For example, here the brown-stained lengths all meet up in the middle to create chevrons. If you want to make any changes to the colours or to stain some of the planks, now is the time. Once you are happy, apply some beeswax to the boards using a clean cloth. To finish the headboard, cut a plank 10cm wider than the board and attach it to the top of the headboard with 30mm wood screws. The plank should stick out either side by about 5cm. You can attach heavy-duty picture hooks to the back of the frame, then hang it onto screws drilled into the wall. Make sure you use the correct rawl plugs so it’s secure and safe (brick walls need plastic rawl plugs; plasterboard need metal plasterboard rawl plugs).


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Shop the look Get that rustic bedroom look with these home buys

Project extracted from Pallet Craft by Emma Basden (GMC Publications, £14.99)

true blue Linen cushion, £36, Ian Snow

mixed materials Box lantern, £54, Artisanti

shed light Tommy task light, £12, Matalan

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Patch it up

Tear in your much-loved sofa? MastaPlasta selfadhesive repair patches are easy to apply to leather or synthetic fabric for a long-lasting fix. Available in a range of sizes and shades from £9.45 at MastaPlasta.

so natural

Galerie’s new Organic Textures collection of wallcovering is inspired by natural materials. From agate textures and bamboo prints to this subtle wood chevron pattern, we want it all. Priced at £34.95 per 10m roll from Galerie.

In the pink

Rangwali is one of nine exciting new paint colours from Farrow & Ball. This exotic pink shade takes its name from the powder which is thrown enthusiastically during the Holi festival of colours in India. It would look amazing to highlight an alcove, as shown here, or to create a statement piece of furniture. Pair it with the dramatic lead grey Down Pipe for a stunning contrast.

Hang time

Give upcycled furniture the industrial look with these Magni leather handles. Available in three colourways with a choice of metal finishes, we’re a little in love. Priced at £16.99 or £13.99 for the smaller versions each from Dowsing & Reynolds.

bright future Rangwali Estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

Upcycling news Repair your sofa, update old furniture and brush up on your needlework

Feature Lorraine Luximon Quilt image Emme Mitchell

Fabric art

If you’re new to quiting Modern Quilting by Michael Caputo is a great guide (Cico Books, £12.99). Get started with a simple project such as a seat cushion or some bright coasters, then take it further with a wonderful mini quilt like this eye-catching Love Hex one pictured, to bring an exciting burst of colour into your home. All the templates you’ll need are included and there is a techniques section, as well as clear step-bystep artworks. All you need to do is choose some fun fabrics and you’re ready to begin your next project.

latest release

We love a good craft kit at HomeStyle and we also adore cats – so, what can be better than this? This contemporary cat embroidery kit has definitely taken our fancy this month, as it has easy-to-follow instructions, making it simple to create your very own handmade art to hang on the wall. The adorable sleeping cat design is pre-printed on 100% cotton fabric – just fix in the hoop and start stitching! The set contains everything you need to complete your own modern hoop art – including DMC stranded cotton thread, wooden embroidery hoop, needle, plus illustrated stitch and colour guide, all in a beautiful box – making it a great gift idea or project. Buy it at Gifts for a Girl for £17.50. February 2019 75

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Style edit

Key looks for

spring/summer Wanting to introduce a new interiors scheme into your home for 2019 but not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered...

p83 Taking boho to the next level

p78 How to achieve an uncluttered space

Feature Becca Green


p81 The hottest shade for spring February 2019 77

fuss free Keep your scheme super-sleek, like Furniture Choice, with a Mission brown leather twoseater sofa for £329.99

hang low Mater Ray pendant, £99.50, Cloudberry Living

blushing pink Metallic candle, £3.50, Primark

dish up Gold zebra dish, £10, John Lewis

speckled beauty Dotty cushion, £8, JD Williams

Clean lines

Declutter your home for spring and reflect this in your styling. Linear lines are the way to go!


line work French bulldog print, £60, White Black Grey

black out Aged glass table, £199, Amara 78

imple Scandi living takes on a whole new meaning with this emerging interiors trend. Defined lines and straight edges are key to this look, which are inspired by the world of geometrics. With a more grown-up feel, it has a muted colour palette – monochrome being the most popular choice, with subtle pastels and dark hues creeping their way in through a statement paint scheme or fun accessories. What we love about this is that it can be adopted into any room or space. The bathroom is perhaps our favourite – sleek metro tiles and Crittall-style windows are an easy way to achieve a clean and serene feel, which pays homage to the Scandi way of life that we can’t get enough of.

soak time A roll top bath completes any luxe bathroom scheme, this Smiths-Briten one from Pure Bathroom Collection is £825

Style edit

two-toned Inject a subtle colour into your living space with a pink Holborn chair from Next for £350

light show Choose geometric light designs, like this pendant from Wild & Wolf for £35

How to

Style the look


If you’ve fallen in love with the duo-effect paint look as much as we have, then you’ll be wasting no time in getting started. Use a spirit level and masking tape to draft a horizontal straight line either on one wall, or all four if you’re feeling brave. We think the contrast of light and dark looks best. Be aware of the shapes and lines your furniture creates. Curved edges and circular forms are not for this look. Instead, choose pieces that are bold with their shaping. A sharp rectangular sofa is a great choice for your living space. Soften this modern geometric look with a splash of fresh greenery. Forget feminine blooms and opt for statement stems. Go for eucalyptus and quirky succulents potted in eccentric vases.



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Shop the look

quirky print Missing Sock print, £35, Oliver Bonas

work out Pick up a tray table, like this one from Wilko for £16, for extra display space

raw edge Pale blue vase, £14, Sainsbury’s

tick tock Navy and gold clock, £30, John Lewis

snuggle time Grey pom pom throw, £24, Argos

Yellow burst

With the arrival of spring/summer we welcome pops of colour – in particular, statement sunshine yellow

W sassy showstopper Lola teal velvet chair, £149, Cult Furniture


inter is nearly over, which means it’s time to introduce colour back into our homes. As a primary colour, yellow is one of those statement shades that will complement most of the colour wheel. One of our favourite combos, which seems to be making its way firmly on to the high street is green and yellow. Evoking images of nature, it’s not surprising that this is one of the hottest looks for spring. A white background plays an important role in this scheme, letting the vibrant tones sing. Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, we think it’s easy to inject a tone you love into a space – just be wary of overdoing it. Remember, less is definitely more!

gorgeous green Invest in a statement plant stand, like this one from Sainsbury’s for £20

Style edit

dot to dot The more cushions, the better! Scatter these velvet designs from Primark, starting at £8

off the wall Be bold with your wallpaper and opt for this Rivington design from Woodchip & Magnolia priced at £85 per roll

How to

Style the look


We’re so inspired by this Woodchip & Magnolia set-up, we think everyone should embrace bright yellow patterned wallpaper! If you’re not feeling quite as brave, upcycle an old piece of furniture with a statement offcut. Switch up your soft furnishings. An easy and affordable way to bring this trend into your own home is through cushions, throws and bedding. If you are due a bedroom update but don’t want the cost, shop online for statement throws and pillows. Style up a snug area. Corner off your living room and transform it into a cosy space or reading nook. Choosing distinctive colours will zone this area and make it feel like a different room. Opt for natureinspired prints to keep it fresh.



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Shop the look

sink or swim Opt for metallic kitchenware, like this copper pan set from Argos for £175

grey skies Tasselled cushion, £12, Sainsbury’s

copper time Copper tumblers, £20 for four, Next

plant parent Faux monstera, £68, Audenza

white wash Plant stand, £5, Primark

so zen Buddha canvas, £24.99, Very


Earth bound

Take boho to a whole new level with the injection of metallics, luxe fabrics and a muted colour palette


his look takes boho back to its roots and puts emphasis on raw materials and earthy tones. Staying in is the new going out and the aim is to create a cosy, welcoming space that acts as an escape. Earthy tones keep us grounded and evoke a feeling of calm, while raw materials make us feel close to nature and the outside world. What we love about this interpretation of boho is the hint of metallics that are making their way in, giving it a luxurious edge. Don’t forget about texture – the more, the better! Layer throws and consider draping a faux fur rug over an accent chair to make your living space extrawelcoming. If you’re gasping for colour, dusky oranges and copper work well.

feelin’ bright Keep your bedroom feeling light and bright with a waffle throw from Wilko for £16

Style edit

serene settings Keep your lounge feeling fresh with a Finsbury cream three-seater sofa from Furniture Choice for £399.99

lovely lodge Instantly warm up a space with a Saxony carpet from Carpetright for £32.99 per sqm

How to

Style the look


Cosy up your floors. This can be achieved a number of ways including opting for a tufted carpet, darker wood flooring or if you’re a renter – choosing a textured rug for added cosiness. If you’ve got the luxury of parquet flooring, this works really well. And if not, look into cheaper parquet tile alternatives that will achieve a very similar effect. The kitchen is the heart of the home, but it’s also the most expensive to renovate. We love the idea of placing a rail above a sink to hang copper pots. Metallics bounce light around and hint to the raw materials aspect of the trend. Contrast wooden furniture with metallic touches. This is an easy upcycling project – gold spray paint will instantly transform the legs of a side table, making it more luxe.



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Don’t move,

iMPROVE Love the home you’re in, and save on moving costs, with our handy guide to extensions and conversions


You can save money by doing as much as you can yourself, from project managing the design to ordering in all the materials and even helping with the labour. Ask wholesalers for trade discounts, look for reused or recycled products such as kitchen units, radiators and sinks and stick to a simple design and layout.



s our family grows or our living requirements change, it’s all too easy to run out of space. But, rather than going through the expense and upheaval of selling up, it’s worth considering adding an extension or conservatory, converting the loft or garage or simply knocking down some internal walls to create the room you really need. Our guide should help you get that dream project underway.

Planning permission

Feature Hayley Gilbert Kitchens by Holloways photo Nicolas Yarsley

The first step is to find out if you need planning approval for your project. For a single-storey extension, you won’t need planning if the design falls under permitted development which means that a rear extension must not extend beyond the rear of the original house by more than 3m for an attached property or 4m for a detached. It can’t be taller than 4m either, which also applies to side single-storey projects. Materials used for the exterior must also be similar in appearance to those of the existing house. Two-storey add-ons are exempt

plan your build

Some homeowners design their own extension, using a structural engineer for advice, but using the professional services of an architect or a design and build specialist means that you’re getting someone on board who has experience in this sort of thing and they can suggest ideas and offer solutions to any potential problems. They can also help save you money as well as helping you navigate planning and building control. Find qualified trades at the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, the Chartered Association of Building Engineers and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Another option is to use the pay-as-yougo services of Architect Your Home. 84

from planning when they don’t extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by more than 3m or sit within 7m of any boundary opposite. If you want more, you’ll need to apply to your local authority for planning permission and there are other rules for flats, apartments and maisonettes as well as listed buildings and conservation areas. Visit for info. wonder windows Vitra pivot windows start from £1,800 per sqm, IQ Glass

kitchen goals This kitchen and extension was designed by Kitchens by Holloways, who added a side return as part of theirplan to gain more than two metres of space

light fantastic A classic pitched-to-hip roof with skylights by Plus Rooms adds plenty of light

Keep it cost effective

The price of your extension will vary depending on the size and style, the soil type (which affects the foundations), what it will be used for and how much glazing you want. As a rough idea, you can expect to pay around £1,500 per sqm but allow for £2,000 to cover any unexpected costs. Two-storey designs surprisingly won’t add much more to the bill than a single-storey, as you’re only adding walls and floor joists as well as the interior fittings. Get quotes from recommended firms. Check what’s included and ask for referrals and testimonials that you can visit to see their work for yourself. It’s also a good idea to ask local estate agents how much value the extension could add to your home, as you don’t want to spend more than the added value.

Quick updates

Expert advice Ian Collins, Design Director at Mesh Architects, has this advice l Side and rear extensions are allowed through permitted development rules. This means that planning permission is not required for single storey extensions up to a certain size. l On a typical house, these guidelines usually enable a good sized extension to provide an open-plan kitchen, dining and sitting space with plenty of utility, WC and storage space.

l We often use different roof forms and rooflights to make sure that sunlight is directed deep into the house at the right times of day. Sunlight on the breakfast table in the morning for instance is usually easy to achieve with a bit of thought and not just using a regular lean-to roof. l When it comes to choosing windows for your new extension, full height options are a cheaper alternative to folding doors. In combination with French or sliding doors, they can save money and give the same effect, usually with slimmer frames to bring even more of that muchdesired daylight into the house.

film fan Purlfrost supplies a wide range of solar control window films, which can be a more cost-effective alternative to expensive blinds

space maker Fraher Architects reconfigured the interior and exterior of this corridor-like terrace to create a more family-friendly home

Windows and doors Bi-fold doors are a great way to open up the space and blur the boundaries between inside and out. Specialist companies such as Quickslide, Vufold and Origin are experts in making sure your doors are suitable for all weather conditions and complement your new extension. Aluminium and timber are the most popular options, with aluminium being virtually maintenance-free and available in hundreds of colours. Crittal doors are also popular and are perfect for the industrial look.

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Loft and garage conversions usually fall into permitted development unless you’re going to significantly alter the structure or exterior appearance of the building. This means if you need a dormer window to achieve the minimum head height in the loft or you want to change the garage door for windows or a standard door, which you probably will, then you need to speak with your local planning authority before you start. If you’re converting a separate standalone garage, you will need to apply for a change of use.

work with you gpad London is an architectural and interior design practice that specialises in being sympathetic to each site


Get the experts in

It pays to call the professionals in for these types of projects, as they require more know-how than a simple bricks and mortar add-on. Specialist companies can also see it through from concept to completion and can end up saving money as well as time in the long run. For the attic, you need 2m of clear headroom at the tallest point. Don’t forget to budget for a bespoke staircase – the steeper and narrower it is, the more space efficient it will be but bear in mind that under Building Regulations, the maximum pitch is 42° so this needs careful planning. Most good builders should be able to take on a garage conversion but check that they’ve done one before.

utility space If the garage is accessed from the kitchen, consider knocking through and using a section as a utility room. Ikea has a range of storage solutions

Quick updates beautifully bespoke Made-to-measure furniture will make the most of your new loft space, like Neville Johnson’s Skyloft concept pieces

smart option Velux Integra is a smart window solution. Prices start at £646

Let there be light

With loft conversions, you want to let as much light in as possible so go as big as your budget allows when it comes to rooflights. Companies such as Velux and Roof Maker have simple designs as well as smart solutions that do everything from opening and closing automatically when it rains to opening the blinds every morning to wake you up. For garages, adding doors and windows is the key to turning the space into a liveable room. Expect to pay between £500 and £600 for each window or door and don’t forget to budget for insulation, flooring and interior fittings. Average costs come to around £7,000, which is a great investment for your property.


In the loft, you can cut costs by having roof windows rather than adding a dormer if you have the choice and a simple bedroom or home office will be cheaper than adding an en suite or shower room. Prices range between £20,000 to £60,000+ so avoid any structural changes where possible and think about taking on the project management yourself. A fully compliant conversion means you can class it as another bedroom. For those who don’t use their garage for a car or other outdoor items, it can be one of the most cost-effective ways of creating more living space. Check out TheAdvisory at for information on how to add value to your home as well as details on what refurbishment projects typically cost.

just your style Velux has a range of window styles to suit your build

Expert advice Charles Bettes, Managing Director at gpad London, shares his top tips on loft conversions l Converting the loft or creating a roof terrace are great ways of bringing more natural light in. If you can, consider installing a reverse dormer. Dormer windows are constrained by the roof’s pitch and height, however if you expose the roof pitch it increases floor-to-ceiling height for a spacious feeling room.

l Always add what the house lacks. Additional space is great, but if it’s badly designed then it doesn’t create a better home to live in or a more valuable asset. Low ceilings and irregular spaces are a challenge. Make the space work with furniture that is compact and lower to the ground and square rooms off with storage. l A builder may convince you that they can design and build the space. This may be true – however, an architect will plan space efficiently, ensuring you get the most value out of your budget. February 2019 87


well fit Vision day and night roller blinds, from £65 from English Blinds are a great option for a conservatory

outside in Add a garden room like The Hardwick from the National Trust Conservatory Collection by Vale Garden Houses


So long as the conservatory doesn’t cover more than half your garden, it currently falls under permitted development and until May 2019, you can extend outwards by up to 8m for detached properties or 6m for other house types so long as you undertake a Neighbour Consultation Scheme to ensure your conservatory doesn’t negatively impact on your neighbour’s living space. You can find out more at Using a specialised company will ensure you comply with all the correct rules, including any listed building or conservation consent.


An aluminium frame is a popular choice for conservatories, with thermal breaks for enhanced heat insulation. There are plenty of colours and finishes too, to make yours a truly unique design. PVC-U is another popular one as it lasts for years and requires minimal maintenance. You can go for a wood grain effect to enhance a period building or opt for natural timber for character. Remember when you’re working out your costings for your conservatory to budget for the flooring, heating, ventilation, lighting and any furniture or window blinds too, so you can enjoy your space all year round.

Expert advice Costas Kariolis, Head of Digital Marketing at Anglian Home Improvements, on the benefits of adding a conservatory l The need for more space is one of the biggest reasons for moving house. Additional square footage can make a huge difference, and adding a conservatory or orangery is a great way to achieve this without moving. l Building a conservatory or orangery is the easiest way to gain a 88

multifunctional area that will suit the changing demands of family life, as well as creating a seamless link between indoor and outdoor space. l A professional design is guaranteed to flood any home with light, while options such as a contemporary replica tiled or solid panelled roof can provide a stunning upgrade, for a usable space suitable for all seasons. l Homeowners can now design their dream conservatory with the Anglian Conservatory Design app. This includes a range of styles and finishing touches so anyone can design a bespoke conservatory for their home.

Get the glazing right

The position of your conservatory may mean that certain glazing specifications are more appropriate than others. Double glazing is a must to keep it comfortable all year round and if you want to prevent heat loss even more, go for Low-E glass. If it’s south or west facing, consider solar control glass for the roof and side panels, whether ‘body tinted’ or ‘metallic coated’. A glass roof is always preferable to polycarbonate as it’s less noisy but it will be more expensive. Look for solar control and self-cleaning coatings as well as laminated or acoustic laminated glass if you live in a particularly noisy area.

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Expert advice John Staves, a fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, discusses removing internal walls l Load-bearing walls support floors, walls or the roof and when these are going to be taken out, you need to consult a suitably qualified structural engineer before any work begins. l As well as building regulations approval for the structural alteration and other aspects of the project, the design may need planning permission and a party wall agreement. l Some engineers can handle the whole project, while others will need input from an architect and asking for good early advice is key. Getting the design wrong could cost you.

sit pretty Consider removing internal walls to create a kitchen/diner. This one features a Mahlzeit kitchen by Rational Kitchens, from £5,000

The dos and don’ts of knocking down walls

If you want the open-plan look, consider taking down an internal wall or two. This is especially popular in period properties. First you need to work out if the wall or walls are load bearing. This is crucial as any load bearing wall is supporting the floor or roof above so the building has to be supported correctly during the removal and an RSJ needs to be installed in its place. A structural engineer or surveyor will be able to advise and you’ll need building control to sign it off. February 2019 89

I love the mix of old and new items

A change of colour and bargain furniture helped Kate Bean to create a light and sunny bedroom on a budget

My room...

My problem bedroom

My bedroom was dated and uninspiring. It was decorated in an old fashioned pale green and half the space was taken up with an old sofa bed.

How I made it work

Feature and styling Heather Dixon Photos Dave Burton

A bit about me

I’m Kate Bean and I live in a two-bedroom townhouse near Hull. I have been here for two years now.

I wanted it to look light, modern and colourful, so I painted the walls pale blue and the floorboards white to make the room look lighter and more open. I upcycled furniture that I bought in charity shops and sale rooms. I wanted curtains to soften the look of the room but didn’t want to block any light, so I chose a voile style and fitted blackout roller blinds for a good night’s sleep!

My favourite part

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I love the way that natural light floods in. It’s a south facing room and the colours make it light and sunny all year round. It used to feel dark and crowded with old furniture but now it’s spacious. I’m really pleased with my colour choices.

Bedroom makeover Kate has softened the angular lines of the bed with layers of textiles, plants and flowers as well as her favourite pictures

‘ Waking up here puts me in a good mood as soon as I open my eyes’

Style idea

Turn an old pair of curtains into pretty cushion covers


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Style advice Three simple tricks to try in your own home Add a personal touch with prints.

‘My neighbour is an artist and she gave me this big painting as a housewarming present, which I absolutely love,’ says Kate. ‘It inspired the colours in the room.’ Pull out colours from accessories to give you a starting point for the rest of the space. Prints are a great way to inject colour and give your home an individual style.

Add a twist by mixing tones.

The room isn’t very wide and the table didn’t work as a bedside table, so she turned it sideways. Dark furniture can be used to great effect in a light, modern room – creating a retro look and a striking contrast to pastel colours. Kate bought the drawers and desk for less than £30 from a charity shop.

Recycle secondhand furniture.

Kate spotted this reclaimed wooden garden box for sale outside someone’s house. She painted it blue and white, added new decorative door knobs as hooks and fixed it to the wall to create an unusual display shelf. To finish the look, add little trinkets, books and vases for a personal and individual style. 92

Style idea

Fix decorative door knobs to shelves to create pretty hooks for bags and accessories

‘With a few new cushions and a couple of chairs, the room is finished, and I love it’

Bedroom makeover Kate fitted an old, painted shelf unit above the desk, along with a mirror bought in a charity shop, to create a makeshift dressing table

Kate loves to mix old and new furniture, like this chest of drawers, which she bought for £10 from a charity shop

My experience…

When I bought my house two years ago I lived with the bedroom as it was until I decided what to do with it. It was clean but dated, with pine floorboards and pale green walls that I didn’t particularly like. I also had nowhere else to put the sofa bed, which had been given to me when I moved, so that took up a lot of space. I found a lot of ideas and inspiration on Pinterest and knew I wanted painted floorboards and a light, bright style which would make the room look fresh. One weekend I cleared the room of furniture, the bed went into the spare room and the sofa bed was taken by a friend – leaving me with a blank canvas. I chose a pale blue shade because it is a light, cheerful backdrop to all kinds of accent colours, I can also make changes with accessories without going to a great expense. The blue also gives the room an all-year-round sense of light and sunshine. It took two coats to paint over the old colours, then I painted the floor. The sun had turned the floorboards a strange shade of orange, so I chose a hard-wearing white floor paint to transform them. Again, I used two coats for better coverage. As soon as the room was painted it looked so different, it now feels much bigger and lighter. After that it was a case of recycling things I already had and finding charity shop bargains to furnish the room.

My shopping list

For similar bed, try Burford double bed painted, £349, Cotswold Company. Angelsea voile panels, £35 each, John Lewis. Marlin blackout roller blinds, £107, Blinds2go. StarBright yellow rug, £73.99, Wayfair. Valspar Shady Lady matt emulsion, £45, B&Q. Farrow & Ball floor paint, £55 for 2.5L, Homebase. For similar drawers, try Hixon wide chest of drawers, £499, Dwell. Throws, £20 each; blue tray, £10; glass vase, £25; door knobs, £8 for six, all HomeSense. For similar shelf unit, try Kempton coat hook, £30.99, Big Furniture Warehouse. For similar console table, try Zenaka square mahogany table, £119, Tikamoon. Oval Geo cushions, £12 each, Next. Cushion on rocking chair, £20, We Love Cushions. Bespoke round table, similar from £200, Wood & Wire. Floor lamp, £20, B&Q.

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luxury bedding Tufted Cidra quilt, from £218, Anthropologie

£5 Abstract House Inject colour to your walls with a coastal art print

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spring fresh

£16.99 TK Maxx Why not drape this sunny mustard throw over a chair?

Transform your bedroom into a bright and spacious space like Kate has, with a cheerful colour scheme St yle advice

Choose a calming shade

£28 Oliver Bonas Choose an ombré jug to display your plants

£12.50 White Stuff Let the scent of gin and tonic flow through your room

Your bedroom is a place to unwind after a busy day. Introduce calming colours such as a pale blue hue for the ultimate relaxed setting.

Feature Nicole Howarth

Keep original features

There is nothing more desirable in a country-style home than wooden floorboards. Give flooring a new lease of life by painting them in a white shade.

Revamp second-hand items Save yourself money by keeping an eye out for pre-loved furniture. Maybe your neighbour has fallen out of love with an item? You can always make it your own with a lick of paint or by making small changes. 94

£49.95 Cuckooland Add a burst of colour with a statement rug

£250 John Lewis Sleek designs with a traditional feel are perfect

Shop the look

£30 Hurn & Hurn This oak and leather peg rail is just what your bedroom needs

£174.99 Argos Add an oak-effect Nomad sideboard for contrast

£175 Ikea

£18 for 2.5L Crown Opt for a soft Powder Blue shade to create a dreamy feel

White framed beds such as this Hemnes style are so chic

vintage look Freshwater Green emulsion, £23 per 1L, Valspar

‘Give a traditional room a modern update with yellow accessories and bold prints’ £10 JD Williams Adorn your bed with vibrant sunburst cushions

£95 Habitat

£9 Gisela Graham

A spindle back dining chair is the perfect addition to your bedroom

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Our bathroom now has plenty of personality

‘I love the fact that a few simple changes have given our bathroom such wow-factor!’

Harriet Wicks updated her bathroom on a shoestring by giving the walls, panelling and flooring a new lease of life

My room...

My problem bathroom

Feature and styling Dilly Orme Photos Ryan Wicks

A bit about me

Hi, I’m Harriet Wicks, a community nurse. I live with my husband Ryan and our dog Winnie in a terrace in Tunbridge Wells.

I wanted the bathroom to have a contemporary look in keeping with the rest of the house. There were a lot of areas that needed an update, such as replacing the flooring, repainting the walls and giving the panelling an up-to-date look. Luckily for us, it didn’t go over the budget.

How I made it work

I created a storyboard of ideas that I liked for the room using resources such as Pinterest. It was a great way to see the type of interior styles that I was drawn to. Our starting point was the teal paint for the walls and then I built up the look from there, researching solutions which were within our means.

My favourite part

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It would have to be the paint colour, I love the way the teal has added such depth and personality to our bathroom. It has been great to see what a few simple changes can do.

Deep teal walls make a dramatic impact in the small space, bringing out the texture of the existing limestone tiles

Bathroom makeover



Style idea

Add depth and create a layered look with unique shelving

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Style advice Three simple tricks to try in your own home Invest in pieces to utilise space.

Buy furnishings that are both stylish and practical. Search online or in second-hand shops to find a gem. ‘As the bathroom was small, we could only fit in a few pieces so we kept an eye out for furniture which would work. We found the drawer unit on eBay, which was brilliant, as it was exactly the right size to fit into the alcove and provides plenty of storage!’ says Harriet.

Choose a few key accessories.

You don’t need to go overboard, add a few items here and there to complete the look. ‘I had in mind from the start to put a unique little shelf unit in the space above the bath,’ says Harriet. ‘I found just what I was looking for on eBay but Rockett St George has a similar option’.

Stick to a simple colour palette.

If you are going for a bold colour on the walls, keep the rest of the room toned down. Think small pops of colour rather than large quantities. ‘The teal was definitely the starting point, but it needed to be the right shade, which took several tester pots!’ says Harriet. Always test a few different tones of a colour to ensure it is exactly what you want. 100

‘It took us a lot of tester pots to get the right shade but it was worth the perseverance!’

The white ceiling, pale flooring, tiles and white sanitaryware break up the look and give the room a fresh finish

Bathroom makeover Painting the woodwork, door and skirting all the same shade cocoons the space

Style idea

A tall heated towel rail utilises the space alongside the basin

My experience…

Our house is the first home Ryan and I bought together, he proposed to me in the living room the day we picked up the keys, before we had even moved in! The house had a really lovely atmosphere but the décor was neutral and magnolia throughout and it was definitely in need of some TLC. The night we moved in Ryan pulled up the carpet in the bathroom. From then on we have been gradually making small changes since we moved in two years ago, but since we found out I was pregnant we have got down to some serious nesting. The neutral bathroom had been OK to live with but we really wanted to add a bit of life into it. Our budget wouldn’t stretch to replacing the suite and tiles and it wasn’t really necessary, as they were in good condition. I had teal in mind for the walls but it took a lot of tester pots to find the right one. We finally settled on a shade by Johnstone’s Paints. We were simply going to paint the panelling on the side of the bath and cupboard white but it was a bit rough. So we updated the bath panel with tongue and groove and decided to go a bit more dramatic on the cupboard and paint it Railings by Farrow & Ball, which has worked really well. The final piece of the jigsaw was the flooring and we found the perfect solution at Flooring Superstore, opting for the New Orleans vinyl.

My shopping list

S 4040-B50G acrylic eggshell, £24.90 per 2.5L, Johnstone’s Paints. Railings Modern eggshell, £27 per 750ml, Farrow & Ball. New Orleans vinyl, £14.99 per sqm, Flooring Superstore. White shutters, £540, ShuttersUp. Brass Ronda round hanging mirror, £95, John Lewis. Prism towel set in mustard, £35, Made. For similar shelf, try industrial shelving, £60, Rockett St George. Brass peacock candlestick, £17.99; flamingo statue, £19.99; plant pots, on shelves, £9.99; on bath, £12.99; egg-shaped pot, £8.99, all H&M. Plants, from a selection, Squire’s Garden Centres.

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be bold Tilting mirror, £115; rustic woven baskets, from £43; Fern tall wall cabinet, £215, all Graham & Green

£15.99 per sqm Carpetright A striking floor like this Mardi Gras Sagres vinyl is just what you need

£12 Debenhams Frame quirky prints in a gold textured glass photo frame

get the look

colour block

£35 for four Made Geometric weave pattern towels are the perfect addition

Get a standout bathroom like Harriet, with a rich wall colour and complementary accessories £3.50 Primark

Feature Nicole Howarth

A cork lid jar in mustard will add a pop of colour

£14.50 for 1.25L Crown Opt for a bold shade on your walls like Crown’s Palm Springs

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Shop the look

£16.99 HomeSense

£139 Pure Bathroom Collection

You can’t go wrong with a large plant in a wicker pot, can you?

Get that vintage look with a Westminster bath/shower mixer

£16 Sainsbury’s Placed above your vanity unit, this round hanging mirror will look fab

£12.50 Christy Coordinate your accessories with a honey-coloured bath mat

£12 Dunelm Subtle touches such as monochrome baskets are great for storing items

how chic Ombré accessories, from £4; perfume bottle, £5; tapered laundry bin, £20; towels, from £5; trinket box, £5; glass trinket jar, £4, all Matalan

‘Teal and mustard is a great colour combo that will instantly give you a dramatic look’ £95 Ikea Get two for the price of one with this Voxnan head/hand shower kit

St yle advice Be brave with colour

Don’t be scared to choose a bold shade. Team a teal hue with a flattering tone such as mustard – they sit perfectly together and the overall look is beautifully enhanced.

Go for an intense look

Don’t just stop at the walls when it comes to painting, extend the colour to cupboards, doors and door frames. This will create a bold statement that will set your bathroom apart from the rest.

£18 Debenhams Wash your hands in style with this gold soap dispenser

Get vinyl flooring

Achieve that luxe tiled floor look with a cost-effective patterned vinyl. Not only is it cheaper and easier to install, it’s a better insulator and feels warmer underfoot.

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Best dressed

check mate Dill curtains, £75 for 168cm x 137cm, Clarissa Hulse

Ensure your home is dressed to impress with our expert guide to window treatments Curtain call

Interior Designer Abigail Ahern shares her top curtain styling tips


The biggest tip I can give when it comes to curtains is to step outside your comfort zone a little and inject colour, pattern or texture. It’s the biggest game changer out there because it acts as a focal point which will turn a room from drab to fab in a nanosecond. If you want to expand the visual size of a room hang the curtains higher than the frame – either to the ceiling or a given height in between. Different curtain headings will create distinctive looks. I favour an eyelet finish for a contemporary look or go for a pencil or pinch pleat for a more traditional vibe. The decision you make on the fabric is key – cotton and linen style fabrics give a relaxed boho vibe, while heavier weight velvets add an opulent appearance and look very chic. Line your curtain with fabric that isn’t white, it will make them look as cool outside as they are in. Patterns add such pizzazz to any interior and look beautiful on curtains. By choosing a patterned print you are enlivening your window and adding an element of intrigue. If everything is a solid hue it can read as really flat, so introducing some print or additional texture is most definitely a game changer.



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Trend watch: Tassels To curtain or not to curtain? That is the question. Tassels are back with a bang. You can find a few examples on the high street but if all else fails, why not attempt your own? They can be super-subtle by having a few along the edges or go all out by covering the whole curtain. Grab yourself a pair of basic curtains, then buy a bag of tassels from a craft shop or eBay.

‘For a luxe look, choose velvet designs with tasselled details’

bold print Nedja cotton fabric, £5 per m, Ikea

rich red Royalty polyester satin in Scarlet, £14.99 per m, Prestigious Textiles 104

charming finish Mindra curtains, from £88 for 127cm x 213cm, Anthropologie

Quick updates Blinded by the lights Lorna McAleer, Interiors Expert at Style Studio chats blinds

Roller blinds

The classic roller is the most popular and inexpensive way to update a room. Extremely versatile and affordable, roller blinds come with lots of performance features such as blackout, anti-mildew, and moisture resistance.

Vertical blinds

This style can be positioned to significantly reduce glare as the sun passes across the window, simply alter the angle of the vanes according to where the sun is as it travels. They are

a good choice for offices and equally practical for the living room where the television is often situated. With colours, textures and patterns to suit every taste, these are versatile and easy to maintain.

Roman blinds

These are best for a touch of luxury for windows, creating a cosy look. Elegant and timeless, Roman blinds offer luxurious style in designs that are guaranteed to make a statement. The abundance of fabric in soft folds are both opulent and cocooning, offering insulation at windows.

Pleated blinds

Characterised by folds of fabric that concertina together when not in use, these are available in a range of transparencies from semi-transparent through to blackout. The majority of pleated fabrics are sponge clean

‘Opt for a bold colour to brighten up the space or stick to a neutral shade for them to blend in’

luxe look Morton Tar Roman blinds, the Abigail Ahern x Hillarys collection, from £189, Hillarys

and suitable for moist conditions. With multi-zone functionality there are limitless positions for privacy, while still allowing light into the room. Pleated blinds can clip directly into the frame of the window or door so they sit flush against the pane.

Venetian blinds

Best for security, these are easy to clean and can pull up out of the way for rooms with a view. Offering light and privacy control, the vanes in a Venetian blind are often made from wood or metal and they’re positioned horizontally. The blinds can also be pulled right up out of the way when not in use. Choose simple styles with an easy clean finish for kitchens and bathrooms with the added benefit that they’re noisy when in contact which can deter burglars. cool grey BlocOut roller blinds in grey, £95 for 400mm x 300mm, Apollo Blinds

Trend watch: Texture Texture is big news, from fabrics to embellishments, and fringing is everywhere at the moment. Why not take your blinds to the next level and give your home an overhaul with a glamorous touch. You can also build this up with accessories such as cushions, fringed lighting and throws.

colour pop Hudson fabric in Raspberry by Clarke & Clarke, £30 per m, Jane Clayton & Company mono magic Revviva cotton fabric, £5 per m, Ikea

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Shutter up Customer Experience Manager, Chrissie Harper at California Shutters gives us the low-down

pretty in pink Full height with mid rail shutters, £177 per sqm, California Shutters

Full height shutters

This style covers the full length of your window and open and close as one unit, creating a clean and simple look. Full height shutters are suitable for all rooms but are particularly popular on shorter windows such as in kitchens and bathrooms. These benefit from having simple lines and straightforward open and close mechanisms.

Tier on tier shutters

Tier on tier shutters cover the whole window with the top and bottom halves opening independently. A stylish addition to larger bay windows, they are great for living rooms and bedroom bays, especially if they are front-facing rooms overlooked by neighbours.

Café style shutters

This design covers only the lower part of your window, leaving the top bare. They are a good option if you want to bring instant character to your space and you’re looking for some privacy. Café style shutters work well in any room and look great paired with curtains.

‘Pastel shades will give your home an instant update, we are particularly drawn to a light pink hue’

Solid raised shutters

Fully solid shutters provide complete window coverage with no movable slats. This style is perfect for accentuating period features in a home as they are the most traditional option. They’re also a good choice if you’re looking to achieve near-blackout in a bedroom, such as a child’s room or nursery.

soft shade Chalk pink tier on tier shutters, £523 per sqm, Hillarys

Trend watch: Pastels

Feature Nicole Howarth

With shutters becoming more and more popular, there is a high demand to design styles that are both on-trend and practical. Who said shutters have to be black or white? Get ahead of the game and try a pastel shade to complement your home. Achieve a dreamy sophisticated look with an added touch of French chic with this sleek option. Make any room in your house feel bright and spacious with light pinks, lavender, greens and blues. 106

bold blue Kingfisher blue full height shutters, from £299 per sqm, Shutterly Fabulous

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I now have a multitasking living room Working to a budget Laura Higham created a relaxing space in her long, narrow living room

My room...

My problem living room

Feature Mandi Millar Photos and styling Fiona Walker-Arnott

A bit about me

I’m Laura Higham and I live with my husband David, our children Jack and Sophia and cat Poppy in a four-bed, detached house in East Sussex.

It’s a long and narrow room, which goes from the front of the house to the back. It was a total blank canvas with cold white walls and heavily varnished woodwork. The ceiling was also painted in a satin finish which wasn’t to our taste.

How I made it work

We decided to zone the space and make one end of the room into our sitting area with the sofas, TV and coffee table centred around the log burner. The other end is more open which gives the children somewhere to play and have their toys. We used a light grey on the walls and accented an alcove in graphite, making it all seem much more inviting.

My favourite part

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I love the whole room, but my favourite part is the log burner. When lit it creates such a relaxing, warm and cosy feeling – it’s perfect!

‘I’m delighted with what we’ve achieved on a tight budget’

Living room makeover Laura has decorated her alcove with a monochrome picture scheme which complements the dark grey wall behind them

Style idea

Zone an alcove by painting it a different colour to the rest of a space


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Style advice Three simple tricks to try in your own home Keep things clean and crisp.

Laura loves her Mid-Century style reproduction chair for its comfort as much as its appearance. She chose slatted blinds with broad tapes for a crisp, clean look. The window treatment is stylishly simple and without fussy curtains maximises the light in the room. Double glazing and good insulation means the room stays cosy.

Reduce, reuse and recycle.

Laura made the bench herself using rafter timber and hairpin legs she sourced online. Benches are a handy way to add more seating – there’s always room for an extra guest on the end. Laura ties her scheme together using matching items like this shelf, her bench and coffee table made from scaffold boards.

Add plenty of texture.

Laura introduces texture with plenty of cushions, rugs and throws. What she’s chosen reflects her love of handmade items and organic materials like wool, linen and cotton. Faux sheepskins in a room add a touch of luxurious texture, and Laura ties the room together by placing several around her seating for a warming Scandinavian look. 110

‘This is a lovely room to spend time in. It’s just so relaxing’

Living room makeover The sleeper-style mantel creates a handy shelf abovethe hole-in-the wall fireplace

Laura is a lover of all things crafty, like this crocheted dreamcatcher

Style idea

Transform a plain or pre-loved media console with a lick of paint

My experience…

Our main challenge was how best to use what’s a generous room, but long and narrow in parts. The solution was to create a multi-functional family space. We did this by zoning it using colour and floor coverings. With a warm grey on the walls I then accented the alcove in a dark grey shade creating an intimate seating area. I then echoed the dark grey around the room in the woodwork. It’s dramatic and a world away from the pale colours you usually use on skirting boards and doors. Rugs further delineate the aspects of the room, making a clear division between the relaxing end and the more open area where the kids play. However, a couple of days after painting the walls we noticed a strange smell. The paint had been faulty so it all had to be sealed over and redone. It was a little disheartening, but I got there in the end. The high point of the project was installing our longed-for log burner. That was a must. It was pricey to buy and install but it makes the room feel cosy now. In terms of its look, I’d describe the sitting room as rustic Scandi. I love natural materials and I can’t resist injecting a bit of greenery. I’m delighted with what we’ve achieved on a tight budget, having used most of our money to buy the house in 2016. This is primarily a family home; David and I like being able to see the children play, so having this multi-functional space where we can all hang out is perfect.

My shopping list

Eden sofa, £1,399, DFS. Ekenaset armchair, £170; Industriell pendant, £25; Ranarp wall lights, £20, all Ikea. Hairpin legs, £30, The Hairpin Leg Company. Afaw Berber style rug, £189, La Redoute. Tom Tailor Diamond rug, £339, Modern Rugs. Plant bracket, £25, Loop Living. Valspar paint custom mix, £10.80 per 1L, B&Q. Murray mirror, £129.99, My Furniture. Stag’s head picture, £250, SiFabricate. For similar shelves, try Arista reclaimed shelf, £45.99; for similar coffee table, try Bronstein Retro, £163.99, both Wayfair. For similar media console, try Westcote Blue corner TV unit, £225, The Cotswold Company.

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take a seat Heja natural wood mirror, £90; Reuben grey chair, £279.99; grey crewl cushion, £12, all Argos

£19.50 Mode Prints Keep prints simple with a botanical design

£30 Matalan Tinted glass wall lights are ultra-stylish

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natural world

£179 Dunelm A Fulton sideboard will maximise storage space

Achieve a Scandinavian look like Laura has, with wooden furniture and rustic accessories £19.95 Nkuku

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Hang wire stars or place them on a mantelpiece

£22 Amara

£158.90 The Farthing

Mosaic plant pots add a handmade touch

Sit back and relax on this Hampstead scoop chair


Shop the look

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St yle advice

Create a space that works One of the main principles of Nordic living is functionality. Ensure the room works well for you and your family.

Tasselled boucle throws will instantly make your room feel cosy

Introduce soft textiles

What is a home without a faux fur item? Add warming accessories such as blankets, rugs and cushions to create an inviting scheme that is super-cosy!

Keep it natural

From wood to plants, add natural materials to your living area to produce a calming and peaceful zone. Think warm wooden tones for tables and benches, along with hanging planters.

£75 Kalinko Small pendant rattan shades are a must-have

£9 Cult Furniture £725 Ikea

Add small ceramic planters to your shelves

Opt for a velvet Grevie two-seater sofa for a luxe look shelf life Vitra Eames chair, £365; String pocket shelves, £122; clear tumbler, £5, all John Lewis

‘The Scandi look is known for its minimal, simple and functional features’ £33 The £39 Urban Contemporary Home Outfitters Store your blankets in this Gwendolyn tan basket

Artificial bamboo plants are the low maintenance option

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Easy living

twist again Take the pressure off your hands when peeling those spuds this winter. Swivel peeler, £7.25, Oxo

All the latest products to make home life less complicated shine bright AXI dishwasher, £450, Hoover

Food made easy

Modern living

They say home is where the Wi-Fi connects automatically, but what if we told you that a dishwasher could be internet connected, fully compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home and can also be controlled via the Hoover Wizard app. For all those smart home lovers that need the latest gadgets, the Hoover AXI dishwasher features a conversational assistant which enables you to control it using just your voice!

Beko’s new soup maker is the answer to creating quick and healthy soups at home. Why waste time cooking vegetables beforehand when its smart components allow you to chuck them straight in? Within 30 minutes you will have a piping hot meal which will keep warm for over half an hour. The seethrough jug means you can keep an eye on it as it cooks, allowing you to stop when you reach your desired texture. If you’re really short on time, choose one of the five programmes with a simple turn of a dial and let it cook away. Plus, it features an AutoClean setting which will save you time washing up! hearty food Soup maker, £99, Beko

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On the go

Why have boring sandwiches for lunch when you can take in food that has been prepared the night before? HydrateM8’s new food pots are the perfect solution. Never miss out on those home comfort meals with this sleek and stylish lunch accessory. Whether you want to take your mum’s homemade casserole or your all-time favourite tuna pasta dish into work with you, now you can. The pots are triple insulated meaning they can keep your food cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. It comes with a foldable spoon too – we love! 114

cool and compact Pink 500ml food pot, £22.99, HydrateM8

Mix it up

Say hello to the new stylish stand mixers from VonShef. They’re a kitchen essential with three easy-to-fit stainless steel attachments, 5L capacity bowl, eight speed settings, transparent splash guard and planetary action arm. Even if you aren’t the best baker, you will not be disappointed. Available in a stylish die cast copper or matt black they will fit seamlessly into your kitchen. Plus, the mixing bowl, splash guard and balloon whisk are all dishwasher safe.

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No-fuss meals and easy recipes to try this Short on time and inspiration? You’ve come month to the right place – turn over and get stuck in!


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Chicken curry Prep and cook time 30 mins Serves 4 Ingredients Q 4 skinless chicken breast fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces Q Low-fat plain yoghurt, to serve

Curry sauce

Q 1 pepper, cut into chunks Q 2–3 spring onions, cut into short lengths, plus extra to garnish Q 1 bunch coriander, plus extra to garnish Q 2 garlic cloves Q 3cm fresh ginger Q 1 small fresh red chilli Q 2 tbsp curry powder Q 1 tsp ground turmeric Q 1 tbsp stevia Q 1 tbsp chicken stock or water



To make the curry sauce, put all the ingredients in a high-powered blender. Add 1-2 tbsp water and blend to a paste, adding more water if needed. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Stir-fry the chicken pieces for 5-8 mins or until browned and almost cooked. Stir in the curry sauce and simmer for 10 mins or until the chicken is cooked through, adding a little water if it starts to stick. Serve the curry with a dollop of yoghurt, sprinkled with the reserved coriander leaves and spring onion. Tip: Go all out by adding a portion of fluffy basmati rice to each plate along with a garlic naan bread to mop up the curry sauce at the end.


Chicken stir-fry Prep and cook time 20 mins Serves 4 Ingredients

Q 500g skinless chicken thigh fillets, cut into strips Q 1 red onion, sliced Q 2 garlic cloves, crushed Q 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger Q 1 small fresh red chilli, seeded and chopped Q 1 red pepper, sliced Q 1 green pepper, sliced Q 115g beansprouts, trimmed Q 2 tbsp salt-reduced soy sauce Q 2 tbsp lime juice Q Salt and freshly ground black pepper



Heat a large non-stick frying pan or wok over a medium-high heat. Stir-fry the chicken until browned all over and cooked through. Transfer to a bowl. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli to the pan and stir-fry for 2-3 mins or until fragrant. Add the pepper and stir-fry for 2 mins, then add the beansprouts, soy sauce and chicken. Cook until the vegetables are tender but still crisp. Sprinkle with the lime juice, then remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper. Serve hot. To make the dish more substantial, you can serve with brown rice or go for a more East Asian style and serve with noodles and prawn crackers.

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Courgette fritters Prep and cook time 20 mins Serves 4 Ingredients Avocado smash

Q Avocado Q 2 cherry tomatoes, diced Q 1 small handful shredded basil Q Lime wedges, for squeezing Q Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Q 2-3 slices lean bacon, trimmed Q 2 courgettes Q 4 eggs, lightly beaten Q 1 handful shredded basil Q Chilli flakes, to taste Q Salt and freshly ground black pepper Q Lime wedges, for squeezing



To make the avocado smash, mash the avocado in a bowl. Add the diced tomatoes, basil and a squeeze of lime. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and mix until just combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Heat a non-stick frying pan over mediumhigh heat. Fry the bacon until cooked and golden on both sides, then drain on a paper towel. Cut into small pieces and set aside. Grate the courgette into a bowl and squeeze with your hands. Stir in the eggs, basil and bacon pieces. Add the chilli flakes and season with salt and pepper, then mix well. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Spoon the mixture into the pan to make four fritters. Cook, turning every 1-2 mins to ensure even cooking, for around 8 mins in total. Serve them with a squeeze of lime juice and a side of avocado smash.


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Cauliflower fried rice

Q Soy sauce Q Salt Q Freshly ground black pepper Q Curry powder Q Ground turmeric Q Stevia Q Chilli flakes Q Chinese five spice Q Italian seasoning

Prep and cook time 20 mins Serves 6 Ingredients

Q 1 cauliflower, cut into florets Q Cabbage, diced Q 3 carrots, diced Q Courgette, diced Q Red pepper, diced Q Green pepper, diced Q Yellow pepper, diced Q 100g mushrooms, diced Q 4-6 asparagus spears, cut into 2.5cm pieces Q 4 slices lean shortcut bacon, trimmed and cut into strips Q 2 eggs Q Pinch of Chinese five spice Q Salt and freshly ground black pepper Q Salt-reduced soy sauce, to taste Q Chives, for serving

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Put the cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse until they resemble rice grains. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the cabbage, carrot, courgette, peppers, mushrooms, asparagus and cauliflower and sauté until tender. Remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside. Cook the bacon in the same pan over medium-high heat until golden. Remove from the pan and set aside. Whisk the eggs in a bowl, then pour into the hot pan and cook over medium-high heat for 2-3 mins or until set and golden, then turn and cook the other side for a further 2-3 mins. Remove from the pan and cut into 2.5cm strips. Wipe out the pan or use a large wok. Add the vegetables, bacon and egg and cook until warmed through. Add the Chinese five spice, salt, pepper, a dash of soy sauce, plus chives.

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Store cupboard essentials

Chicken and vegetable casserole Prep and cook time 45 mins Serves 1 Ingredients

Q 150ml skimmed milk Q 2 tbsp Philadelphia Light Q 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling Q 1 tsp Italian seasoning Q Salt and freshly ground black pepper Q 120g broccoli florets Q 1 courgette, chopped Q 150g shredded cabbage Q 350g skinless chicken thigh or breast fillet, diced Q 2 red peppers, chopped Q Basil leaves, to serve (optional)



Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas Mark 6. Combine the milk and Philadelphia in a saucepan over a low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened. Add the parmesan, Italian seasoning and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until thickened, watching to make sure it doesn’t burn. Remove from the heat and set aside. Cook the broccoli, courgette and cabbage in a steamer over a saucepan of boiling water until bright green and just tender. Meanwhile, cook the diced chicken in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat for 5 mins or until browned. Transfer to an ovenproof dish and combine with the vegetables and peppers. Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables and sprinkle grated parmesan over the top. Bake for 20-30 mins or until lightly browned. Sprinkle with basil leaves. Tip: Make more than needed to make lunches for the week.



Chicken thigh or breast fillets Red onion Garlic cloves Fresh ginger Fresh red chilli Red peppers Green peppers Beansprouts Limes Low-fat plain yoghurt Spring onions Coriander Chicken stock Avocado Cherry tomatoes Basil Bacon Courgettes Eggs Cauliflower Cabbage Carrots Yellow pepper Mushrooms Asparagus Chives Skimmed milk Philadelphia Light Parmesan cheese Broccoli florets

These tasty recipes have all been extracted from 8 Weeks to Wow by Chief Brabon and Emilie Brabon-Hames (Murdoch Books, £14.99).

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Onion soup Serves 4 Prep and cook time 50 mins


Q 500g red onion Q 500g white onion Q 2 garlic cloves Q 40ml olive oil Q 600ml boiling water Q 2 vegetable stock cubes Q 500g pack Cucina passata Q 1 tsp paprika Q Sea salt and black pepper Q Few sprigs fresh thyme Q 80ml double cream



Peel, halve and finely chop all the onions. Peel and finely dice the garlic. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add all the chopped onions and garlic. SautĂŠ on a low heat for 7 mins. Add the boiling water and crumble over the stock cubes. Add the passata. Season with the paprika, salt and pepper. Add the thyme and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 30 mins. With a hand blender, slightly liquidise and pour into bowls. Finish with cream and add a few thyme leaves to serve.



Delicious ideas

Rib eye steaks with aubergine Serves 2 Prep and cook time 20 mins Ingredients Q 1 small red onion Q ½ red pepper Q ½ aubergine Q Olive oil Q 10g tomato puree Q 40g pesto Q 150ml water (or half water and half red wine) Q Black pepper Q 2 rib eye steaks


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Peel, halve and chop the red onion finely. Remove any white pith and seeds from the red pepper and dice. Chop the aubergine into small pieces. In a large frying pan, gently saute the red onion, pepper and aubergine in some oil until the vegetables are softened. This should take around 10 mins. Add the tomato puree, pesto, water (and wine, if using). Season with some black pepper and gently cook for a minute or two. Grill the steaks to your liking and serve with the aubergine sauce. Tip: Add a side of vegetables such as carrots, broccoli and baby corn. You could even add a serving of sweet potato mash with a dollop of mustard for a heartier meal. Enjoy!

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Giant sharing cookie Serves 4 Prep and cook time 30 mins


Q 150g plain flour Q 60g caster sugar Q 130g soft brown sugar Q 90g unsalted butter at room temperature Q 1 tsp vanilla essence Q ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda Q 25g cocoa powder Q 1 medium egg Q 25g milk chocolate chips Q 25g dark chocolate chips



Preheat the oven to 170°C/ 150°C Fan/Gas Mark 3. Put all the ingredients except the chocolate chips into a food processor and blend until smooth. Line a large baking sheet with some non-stick baking parchment. Work the dough into a ball and put in the centre of the tray. Roll or spread out the dough with your fingers until you have a 25cm circle. Give some room on the tray as it will spread while cooking. Sprinkle over the chocolate chips and gently push them into the dough. Bake in the oven for 15-17 mins until firm to the touch. Allow to cool and then serve topped with ice cream and drizzle with sauces.



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Feature Nicole Howarth Recipes Pleesecakes by Joe Moruzzi and Brendon Parry (Quadrille, £15) Photos Kris Kirkham

Whip up one of these treats for your loved one. After all, they do say food is the way to the heart

The Body Coach cake Prep time 40 mins plus chilling time Serves 8-12 Base

Q 360g double chocolate digestive biscuits Q 30g unsalted butter, melted Q 15g dark chocolate drops Q 15g milk chocolate drops


Q 720g cream cheese Q 80g caster sugar Q 400g chocolate hazelnut spread Q 200ml double cream Q 10 ½ Ferrero Rocher hazelnut chocolate balls


Q 100g dark chocolate Q 100g milk chocolate Q 150ml double cream Q Selection of chocolate treats









Whizz the biscuits to a fine crumb in a food processor or use a sandwich bag and bash with a rolling pin. Add the melted butter, give it a good stir to make sure that all the biscuit is nicely coated, then mix in the chocolate drops. Pour into a 20cm deep springform cake tin and press down gently and evenly to make your base. Level off around the edge with the back of a spoon and place in the freezer for 15 mins. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together. Add the chocolate hazelnut spread and mix together thoroughly. Whip the cream until you have stiff peaks and fold it gently into the mix. Cut the Ferrero Rocher in half with a sharp knife. Press the halves around the edge of the cake tin with the flat inside edge facing outwards. Pack them in tight, being careful not to crush. Spoon in the cheese mixture, starting gently around the edge with small spoonfuls, making sure you don’t dislodge the Ferrero Rocher, and working your way into the middle.

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Level off with a palette knife and then run your forefinger and thumb around the rim of the tin to create a professional finish. Tap the tin gently on a hard surface to remove any air bubbles. Place it in the freezer for 2 hrs to set. Remove the cake from the tin and secure it onto a cake board using some hazelnut spread. To make the chocolate drizzle, blitz the dark and milk chocolate into a coarse crumb and place it in a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until piping hot but not bubbling. Pour the cream onto the chocolate gradually, stirring as you go, making sure the consistency is not too thick or too thin. Then drizzle it onto the cake, starting in the middle and using the back of a spoon to gently encourage the chocolate over the edge. While the chocolate is still wet, start adding the toppings to secure everything in place. When you’re done with the toppings, allow to defrost in the fridge for 3-4 hrs before serving. Enjoy!


Delicious ideas

Strawberry and sweets pleesecakes Prep time 20 mins Serves 2 Base

Q 80g plain digestive biscuits Q 30g jelly tots

Shake mixture

Q 100ml double cream Q 100ml full-fat milk Q 300g strawberry ice cream Q 180g cream cheese Q 200g strawberries Q 200g strawberry jam


Q White chocolate Q Squirty cream Q Sprinkles Q Pick ’n’ mix sweets Q Strawberries, halved lengthways Q Strawberry sauce



Whizz the biscuits to a coarse crumb in a food processor, if you don't have one, you can always use a sandwich bag and bash with a rolling pin. Divide evenly between the glasses and add the jelly tots. Blend all the shake ingredients for 2 mins and pour into the glasses. To top, melt some white chocolate in a microwave or heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water and drizzle around the inside and outside of the rim of the glass. To finish, pour the shake mixture into the glasses. Add squirty cream, and place the topping ingredients on the cream and white chocolate. Finish with a final drizzle of strawberry sauce and serve.

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Guilty pancakes Prep and cook time 20 mins

Serves 6 Pancakes

Q 350g self-raising flour Q 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda Q ½ tsp salt Q 40g caster sugar Q 200ml buttermilk Q 400ml semi-skimmed milk Q 2 eggs Q 25g butter, melted, plus extra to fry Q 60g mini marshmallows Q 60g chocolate chips


Q 420g cream cheese Q 40g caster sugar Q 180g chocolate hazelnut spread Q 10ml vanilla extract Q 240ml double cream Q 60g chocolate chips Q 60g mini marshmallows


Q 100g chocolate sauce Q 100g chocolate chips Q 50g mini marshmallows



To make the filling, beat the cream cheese and sugar together. Add the chocolate hazelnut spread and vanilla extract to the cream cheese and mix together thoroughly. Whip the cream until you have stiff peaks and fold it gently into the mix. Add the chocolate chips and marshmallows and stir through. Once complete, leave to one side. For the pancakes, sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and sugar in a bowl. Then in a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, milk, eggs and butter. Pour the egg and milk mixture into the flour bowl and whisk together, then stir in the marshmallows and the chocolate chips. They will begin to melt. Melt a knob of butter in a frying pan set over a medium heat. Ladle the batter into the frying pan, making a small pancake puddle. Cook for 1-2 mins per side. Repeat for each pancake. Stack the pancakes and add your toppings. They are best enjoyed warm and straight from the pan.


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Embracing a healthier lifestyle for the New Year? Look no further than Protein Ball Co’s new breakfast balls. They come in eight yummy flavours and are available nationwide for just £1.99 per pack.

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Nonya Secrets was founded by Maureen Suan Neo, whose passion for South Asian food shines through in her delicious range of sauces. Priced at £5.95 per jar, you won’t want to miss it. Visit to find your nearest stockist.


It’s time to swap your standard bangers for Powters Skinny Pig sausages. Not only do they taste amazing but they’re also much kinder to your waistline. These bad boys have less than 3% fat and only 97 calories per sausage – what’s not to love? Plus, they are gluten and dairy free. Cook up a storm and include them in your favourite casserole dishes and sarnies. Powters are available from Tesco, for just £3 per pack of six.

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Lettuce celebrate

Multi-million bestseller Joe Wicks has released his highly anticipated Veggie Lean in 15! This new cookbook features 100 meat-free dishes, from delicious breakfasts to dinners and snacks. It also includes training tips from Joe and brand new HIIT exercises. What we love about Joe is that his recipes aren’t all super clean, he puts together hearty dishes that make you aware of healthier alternatives. For example, his lentil bolognaise is a vegetarian twist on a classic and tastes just as good! Make sure to follow him on Instagram @thebodycoach to catch quick snippets of some of his most famous recipes that will no doubt make you want to go running to your local book shop to pick up this veggie kitchen essential. 122

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Veggies, rejoice! One of our favourite pizza brands Dr. Oetker Ristorante has partnered with meat-free brand, Quorn. There are two varieties available, Pizza Pesto and Pizza Royale. The Pizza Pesto definitely has our stamp of approval and it’s ultra-crispy, topped with quorn chicken, red onion, sweet peppers and drizzled with a pesto sauce – yum! So, whether you’re looking for a delicious Friday night dinner for one, or a scrumptious meal for two this Valentine’s, the new range of veggie pizzas are perfect for you. Find them in the freezer aisle at all major supermarkets today for £3.19 a pop.


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Wooden charm

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Cosy corner

This is the reading corner of our home study. Due to the awkward layout of the room, we decided to maximise the space by building bookshelves up and around the door. The bookcase is finished in Railings by Farrow & Ball and one of the walls is decorated with a colourful Penguin Library wallpaper by Osborne & Little. @thegingerhareyorkshire


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in conversation:

Lucy Tiffney

We speak to designer Lucy Tiffney about her career, style and future plans How did your career begin?

My interiors career began following my stint on BBC’s The Great Interior Design Challenge. I have a background and degree in textiles which was the starting point, and I have always done up homes that I have lived in, usually on a low budget. The show gave me the confidence to move forward with the career I had always dreamed of.

What is your typical day like?

Lucy’s home perfectly showcases her colourful and creative design style

Feature Nicole Howarth Photos Fiona Murray

On Instagram I love looking at @mad_about_the_house, @deecampling, @_lisa_ dawson_, @erica_davies, @thefrugality, @drawbertson and @unskilledworker.

What is currently on your bedside table?

Magazines, my laptop, moisturiser, water and a notebook and pen to write down ideas in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep.

A normal day for me begins early. I get up at around 7.30am every morning to get my youngest son ready and off to school, while checking emails and social media. I then go to my studio. My day involves painting, designing and admin duties. I also visit London at least once a week for meetings.

Who would you swap homes with and why?

Tell us something weird and wonderful about yourself?

It’s hard to choose one thing in particular but establishing and running a successful business was a proud moment for me. I get to do what I love every day which makes me very happy.

I am the middle child of three girls and I was like my dad’s only son in an unusual way. This was down to the fact that I used to love helping him out with building and renovation projects. I guess that’s where I got the design bug from.

How would you describe your style? I would describe my style as eclectic. I like using lots of colour, textures and patterns all together. From walls to furniture, I enjoy transforming old pieces with a story behind them. 130

Who are you stalking on Instagram?

The Cape Cod beach house in Sleeping With the Enemy (1991) starring Julia Roberts is my dream home. Somewhere by the sea – exactly the opposite of the current location that I live in!

What is your proudest moment?

What does 2019 have in store for you? There are lots of new things coming up this year, including exciting brand collaborations with new designs. You can expect to see more wallpapers and products to add to the Lucy Tiffney collection. I am also designing a custom mural for a restaurant in LA which is very exciting.

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