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ABOVE: Check out Agi’s colourful home, p32 LEFT: Clever ideas for updating your kitchen, p78 BELOW: Try this easy way to make Easter special, p30

With the Easter break coming up, I’m shortlisting some projects to plan, ready to swing into action. The big project I really need to be thinking about is a total kitchen refit, but that’s too big and scary for this year, so I’m focusing on humbler, more affordable changes. On my list: painting my oak, farmhouse-style dining table (just the legs and base, not the top – in Farrow & Ball’s Babouche); turning some leftover worktop and old shelves into a patio kitchen; fixing a bunch of Muuto Dots (big, round pegs) to my bedroom wall in a random pattern tohangbagsandscarvesstylishly…Lotsto do! This issue is stuffed with simple, takeaway ideas,from Eastermakestoupcyclingprojects and advice on the Big Stuff – so get busy, get happy and get posting pics for us to share!

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Inside… Love it

Buy it

Do it

Make it

Cook it

Inspiring homes & room makeovers

Stylish musthave finds at high-street prices

Weekend projects, DIY advice & styling tips

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

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‘OUR HOME WAS A BLANK CANVAS’ Gemma shows us how she transformed her new build into a stylish place to live

‘IT FINALLY FEELS LIKE OUR HOME’ Agi’s dated terrace is now a bright and vibrant family home ‘WE CREATED A LUXURY LOOK’ Martin and Mark’s clever design makeover has achieved a high-end finish on a budget STYLE UPDATES Easy ways to upgrade your kitchen ‘WE UPDATED WHAT WE HAD’ See how Laura put her own style-savvy stamp on a tired kitchen by working with what she had ‘WE’VE MIXED OLD WITH NEW’ Lucy shows how a new layout can create a tranquil bathroom with plenty of personality

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EASTER TABLEWARE Charm visiting friends and family with these bunny-themed buys BEST IN STORE Four sources, four schemes – we’ve done the shopping HIGH-STREET NEWS The scoop on what’s hot in the shops right now 10 UNDER £10 Egg-cellent Easter picks that don’t cost a fortune LIVING CORAL How to stylishly work the Pantone Colour of the Year into your home LOFT LIVING Mix things up for a relaxed retro look MODERN PASTELS Muted shades that bring calm to your home

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Tasteful touches

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Scandi chic gets a boho twist

FAVE TRENDS The best high-street buys, page 8


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COLOUR THERAPY Go bold with a scheme that packs a punch CONTEMPORARY URBAN CHIC Cool touches that look expensive RURAL REFINED Mix metallics and wood for an elegant designer feel MODERN VINTAGE A stylish blend of pieces that work well together

120 WHERE TO BUY This issue’s stockists

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EASTER TREE Branch out and bring spring into your home THE STYLE BOOK Give your home a floral refresh INDUCTION COOKING The sleek, modern way to prepare food WALK-IN SHOWERS Add a spacious wash area to your bathroom

100 KITCHEN PLANTERS Turn your kitchenware into kitsch pots

102 FIND A SMART SOLUTION

Clever ways to clear that hallway clutter and stow away children’s toys, clothes and accessories

104 THE 10-MINUTE DECLUTTER Get your home organised in no time

105 DO IT YOURSELF Be handy at home 106 WALL GARDEN Turn a dull space into a living work of art

100 Pretty plants in pastel pots

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Make it 30 58 77

Floral prints that add wow to any room

BUTTERFLY TATTOO EGGS Display an eye-catching collection NOTICEBOARDS An inspiring addition to your work space EASTER EGG WREATH Decorate your home with a seasonal twist

107 CRAFT NEWS Get your craft on with these must-try ideas

Cook it 101

EVER-SO-EASY ROCKY ROAD This no-bake favourite gets an Easter makeover

109 SUPERMARKET NEWS What’s hot on the shelves this month

110 EASTER FEAST Start the

celebrations with a delicious seasonal menu

HAPPY EASTER Wreath, page 7

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EASTER TABLEWARE

THIS MONTH’S

Love it! Celebrate the arrival of spring with an Easter tea party for family and friends. George Home’s charming range of bunny-themed tabletop buys will help set the perfect scene for a sweet soirée, making it a very ‘Hoppy’ Easter indeed!

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Hang a bright tassel garland and decorate cakes with fresh flowers for a springinspired display

3 of the best…

EASTER BUYS Easter egg wreath, £16, The Contemporary Home Easter bunnies egg box, £17.50, White Stuff

FEATURE HOLLY WALSH

Antique gold resin hare ornament, £12, Gisela Graham

Rainbow tassel garland, £2; bunny butter dish, £7; egg string lights, £3; wooden garland, £2; jumbo fillable eggs, £2; bunny teapot, £9; bunny tea for one, £8; bunny cookie jar, £12; bunny canister, £7; bunny teabag rest, £2.50, all George Home

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Best IN STORE Refresh your room schemes for the new season with our pick of the latest high-street trends

JD WILLIAMS

IDEAL HOME AT VERY

Mediterranean escape

Modern glamour

Take inspiration from intricate tile prints, warm wood and spicy shades

Create a sophisticated scheme with tactile surfaces and luxe fabrics in soft hues

Asteria brass pendant, £79 Boho pitcher, £26

Hestia gold metal wall mirror, £45

New Dante fabric armchair, £799

Lily mirror, £119.99

Mediterranean tile print cushion, £12

Set of two matt white vases, £19.99

Camden nest of tables, £129

Verona velvet cushion, £14.99

Moxey table lamp, £45 Kiera printed duvet set, from £15

Boho set of four plates, £30

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Set of four iridescent wine glasses, £29.99

Monza nest of tables, £179

Luxury viscose rug, from £149


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BEST IN STORE

DUNELM

JOHN LEWIS

Tropical luxe

Urban living

Embrace classic elegance with exotic animal prints and metallic details

Lively prints and functional furnishings create a chic, modern space

Bergen cushions in black and plum, £30 each

Chrome ombre hurricane, £14.40

Decorative lantern, £16

Spot wallpaper in gold, £15 a roll

Harry floor lamp in Putty, £55 Wall clock in navy and brass, £30

Enzo glass round dining table, £179

Dorma Victoria ottoman, £199

Whistler dining chair in Khaki, £89

FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT

Dance party mug, £6

Harriet open-side table, £119

Gold-effect tray, £29

Cheetah cushion, £30

Mini spot pasta bowl, £6

Ananda rug in navy, from £100

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NEWS

Wooden airer, £29.99; storage tins, from £7 each; brushes, from 99p each, all Dunelm

Scribble acorn cup slate roller blind, from £29.95, Blinds 2 Go

Modern retro on a roll

High-street

Okay, so we know the Housekeeper range won’t make cleaning any less boring, but it can make it altogether easier on the eye. The smart storage tins will help restore order under the sink or hide away ugly cleaning bottles on the worktop, while the traditional-style wooden brushes and clothes airers are so much prettier than plastic alternatives.

NEWS

What’s new, what’s hot now… you heard it here first!

They’re everywhere: SUSTAINABLE SWAPS BOWLED OVER Bamboo salad bowl set, £8, JD Williams Home

ON THE GO Bamboo travel cup, £18, Cath Kidston

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SMART STORAGE Desert In Bloom bamboo boxes, £19.95 for three, Rex London

Arno ceramics, from £5 each, all Tesco

SAVVY SHOPPER Alphabet foldable shopper, £16, Oliver Bonas

ARTISAN-STYLE CERAMICS Bring everyday luxury to the table with the new gorgeous glazed ceramics from Tesco. Each piece in the Arno range has a unique finish, ideal for creating that perfectly mismatched effect. And at just £45 for a 12-piece dinner set, or from £5 a piece, there’s no need to save it for Sunday best.

FEATURE MICHELA COLLING

BEAUTILITY AT DUNELM

You can now inject some of Orla Kiely’s signature style into your window decor with the new collection from Blinds 2 Go. The neat roller blinds feature her iconic bold and colourful designs, pared-back, muted tones and delicate prints. Plus, the splashproof fabric option makes them an ideal choice for bathroom refreshes, too.


10 UNDER £10

COTTON TAILS

CUTE TOPPERS

Easter bunny garland, £2, George Home

Cupcake kit, £2, Flying Tiger

CREATE A SCENE

SWEET GIFT Easter chick letterbox biscuit, £9, Biscuiteers

LUNCH BUDDIES Bunny and chick place card holders, £4 each, Paperchase

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EASTER PICNIC

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Bunny meadow bamboo plate, £7, Cath Kidston

UNDER £10 Put a spring in your step with these eggcellent Easter picks

QUICK DASH Arrow sign, £7.50, The Contemporary Home

CHICKY Mini chick mug, £3, Sainsbury’s Home

HOP TO IT

COUNTRY COMPANION

FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT

Barbara mouse Easter decoration, £8.50, White Stuff

TREAT TOTES Easter bunny bags, £1.95 each, Rex London

BAKE OFF Easter bunny double oven glove, £4, George Home

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LIVING CORAL

Grace coral wallpaper, £50 a roll, Graham & Brown

IN THE FOLD Paper lampshade, £34.95, Trendy Cookshop

COSY UP Lagoon coral embroidered cushion, £24.99, Arthouse

ART ATTACK Brush strokes print in frame, from £14.95, Juniqe

TIDY UP Riad pom-pom basket, £21, Yonder

Trend spotting

THIS YEAR’S SHADE

LIVING CORAL Announced as Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2019, this shade is just peachy with us

TAKE NOTE

FEATURE HOLLY WALSH

Dipped initial notebook, £16, Sue Parkinson

PRETTY POTS

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ooray for a Pantone Colour of the Year that we can happily live with (last year’s shade of Ultra Violet was certainly not for the faint-hearted). Evoking a feeling of warmth, comfort and cheerful buoyancy, whether you choose to go bold and embrace the vibrant orange side of coral or play it safer with the slightly more muted shade of peach, welcome this happy hue into your home through artwork, wallpaper and stylish accessories.

PATTERN PLAY Stockholm printed highball glass, £1.50, Sainsbury’s Home

WRITE STUFF Sunset lace stationery by Matthew Williamson, from £1.30, Papier

THREE’S A CHARM Mini planters, £14 for three, Sass & Belle

FEELING CUSHY Seed heads silk cushion, £59, Clarissa Hulse

MAKE AWISH Coral cake candles, £6.99, Candle & Cake

LUXE COVER Merino lambswool throw, £56.95, Bronte by Moon range, Hurn & Hurn

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Be inspired by

LOFT LIVING Go for a relaxed retro look by mixing in industrial designs and global-style accents

2. Pick a retro palette With a simple grey and neutral backdrop, a little colour goes a long way. Seventies shades are making waves this season – try warm ochre, tangerine and moss green.

1. Smooth out the edges The loft-style raw materials here have been given a polish. Reclaimed mango wood gets a dark stain and clean edges, and metal is smooth rather than distressed.

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3. Make it ‘skinny’ Go for slim metal furniture and tapered wooden legs – this along with a low-back, straight-armed sofa can create a sense of space by showing more of the floor.


NEW LOOK

Buy it

TIMBER TIME Dark wood wall clock, £24.99, TK Maxx

4. Top with texture Offset a streamlined sofa and metal accents with tactile finishes – baskets, woven cushions – and go for throwback style with macrame plant hangers.

BOHO BULB Axel light, £60, Debenhams

TOP TRUNK Origami elephant, £15, George Home

HANG AROUND Metal flower pot, £19, JD Williams

RETRO VIBE Mustard pattern cushion, £7, Primark

Seventies industrial GET THE LOOK Combine warm retro shades with metal accents

LOOKING GOOD

Prague three-seater sofa, £349; Breckon stripe throw, £30; Roots stripe cushion, £16; textured cushion, £20; Fulton set of two coffee tables, £119; Fulton small sideboard, £179; mirror £20; Mala Dome light fitting, £42; Doria twisted string pendant, £32, all Dunelm

FEATURE MICHELA COLLING

Fox & Ivy leather handle mirror, £15, Tesco

PERFECT PAIR Nomad nest of tables, £79.99, Argos

SUN & SHADE Yellow lamp with white shade, £39.99, HomeSense

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IN THE PINK ‘I painted the inside of the front door in Farrow & Ball’s Calamine to add a pop of colour’

‘Our home was SOCIABLE SPACE ‘Previously, we had two separate sofas but our L-shaped sofa from Ikea can seat twice as many people’

COME ON IN!

ABOUT ME I’m Gemma MorganSmith, 34, a veterinary nurse, and I live here with my husband Kyle, 33, a radiographer, and our dog, Byron. OUR HOME We live in a three-bed mid-terrace new-build property in Southampton. We bought the house in September 2015. WHEN WE BOUGHT IT Everything was shiny and new, which was a big attraction. It was an empty shell that needed lots of work but we could see its fantastic potential. AND NOW Every room is filled with personality and showcases my love for Scandinavian design, mixed with bohemian-style touches. STYLE TIP Only fill your home with things you really love and which make your heart sing!

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IDEA TO STEAL

‘Choose cushions with a variety of textures and patterns for a relaxed look’


NEW-BUILD TERRACE

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a BLANK CANVAS’

Gemma embraced the challenge of turning her new build into a stylish, Scandiinspired haven with a boho twist

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s with most house purchases, the process for us had plenty of twists and turns along the way,’ says Gemma. ‘At the time it felt like a bit of a nightmare with all the setbacks, but it just goes to show how things can work out for the best in the end. This house, it turned out, had everything we were looking for. Having reserved a townhouse on a nearby new-build development, the sale of our flat fell through on the day of exchange, meaning we lost the property that we’d had our hearts set on. Back to square one, we managed to secure another buyer for the flat and in the meantime this three-bedroom terraced house on the same development had come back on the market after another sale had fallen through. I wasted no time booking a viewing and actually ended up reserving it the very same day! There was something about it that just felt right and I’ve not looked back since.

Adding our own style Kyle and I had just returned from 14 months of travelling and couldn’t wait to get in and put our stamp on the property to make it feel like home. Luckily, we were able to liaise with the developer about the flooring as this part of the build wasn’t yet finished and it worked out much cheaper to source and fit it ourselves. Kyle installed the B&Q laminate downstairs and we used a local carpet fitter to tackle the upstairs. We then decided to focus our energy on decorating the living room, as this is the hub of the house, so our priority was to turn this into our cosy sanctuary.

Pattern and texture As the layout of the house doesn’t allow for a separate dining room, I created a dedicated dining area in the living

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Why it works

STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Metallic touches such as gold add an extra texture for interest and contrast.’ EXECUTIVE EDITOR Heather Young

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BOTTOMS UP! ‘I picked up this bar cart in HomeSense, which fits perfectly with the room’s boho feel. It’s always full when guests visit!’

IDEA TO STEAL

‘Instantly lift a dull corner by painting on a geometric design’


NEW-BUILD TERRACE

Love it SHAPING UP

‘I painted shapes on the wall using FrogTape – it was so easy to do’

GLOBAL INSPIRATION ‘I have collected maps and trinkets from across the world that influence how I decorate my home’

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‘MIXING INTERESTING CULTURAL PIECES WITH ORGANIC MATERIALS GIVES A BOHEMIAN LOOK’

Where to shop this pastel palette PAGE 28

3 of the best

FAUX PLANTS

If you can’t keep the real deal going, you’d never know these are fakes

GO GREEN

ON THE TRAIL

GLASS ACT

String of nickels, £18, The Contemporary Home

Artificial plant, £12.99, Very

Hanging lily pad macrame pot, £29.50, Marks & Spencer

room. The open-plan feel works perfectly for us, especially in the summer when we can open the doors onto the garden. My aim in this space was to make it somewhere we could kick back and relax, and host friends and family. With the property being a new-build, it meant we had a completely clean slate to work with and the fun part of decorating could begin straight away. I definitely started out with a minimalist approach but, as time went on, I soon found myself introducing more pattern and texture into the mix to build up a look that has a slightly bohemian feel. Scandinavian interiors have always inspired me so there’s definitely a sense of simplicity in the way we’ve decorated – using clean lines and a cool palette as a base throughout. I found Instagram to be a great source of ideas, too; there are

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NEW-BUILD TERRACE

SMART LAYOUT ‘To stop this part of the room looking cramped, I added Ikea’s compact Norraker table and bench’

Why it works

STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Gemma’s dining area is compact, but feels cosy and inviting thanks to the picture ledges above.’ FEATURES EDITOR Holly Walsh

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MODERN FINISH ‘We plan to add a splashback with geometric tiles to go with the sleek cabinets’

IDEA TO STEAL

‘Wood-effect laminate flooring is stylish and practical for kitchens’

‘BUY A NEW-BUILD PROPERTY AND YOU’LL HAVE A COMPLETELY CLEAN SLATE TO WORK WITH’ so many accounts packed full of style and personality – I could sit for hours scrolling through the feeds! I now have my own dedicated interiors account, @caffeineandcacti, where I share lots of inspiration and can chat all things interiors with other like-minded people.

Tackling DIY To help keep costs down, Kyle and I took on most of the DIY ourselves and have certainly learnt a lot during the process! There was one occasion when Kyle accidentally drilled into a live wire in the wall – thankfully he was fine – so we have since invested in a wire detector. I love upcycling furniture and have revamped several pieces around the house, including two mid-century chests of drawers that are now in the guest bedroom. I purchased them from Gumtree at a great price and painted

Make it FRIDGE PLANTERS

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Source square metal tins such as old tea tins or try Blomning tins, £1.50 each, Ikea, ensuring they’re large enough to fit your potted plant. In a well-ventilated area, lay out newspaper or anything suitable to protect the surface. Wearing a dust mask, spray-paint the first layer over the tins. Allow to fully dry before applying

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a second coat for full coverage. Using superglue, attach strong magnets to the back of the tins. Either strip magnets or discs will work – try Amazon for options. Insert small succulents or cacti, keeping them in their pots, and pop on the fridge. Remove the plant from the tin for watering.

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NEW-BUILD TERRACE

TOTALLY TROPICAL ‘The monstera wallpaper from B&Q really makes a statement in our bedroom’

‘BROWSE WEBSITES SUCH AS GUMTREE, EBAY AND LOCAL FACEBOOK GROUPS TO FIND AMAZING BARGAINS’ on a geometric design to give them some character. I’ve also taught myself the art of macramé and have made lots of plant hangers, wall hangings and the light shade in the hallway.

Abstract design

I’d say I’m naturally drawn to a more muted colour scheme and embrace Scandi-inspired styling by using lots of white, grey and natural woods. I wanted to keep the house feeling light and fresh so we decided to stick to these colours throughout, adding touches of blush pink and green accents with furniture and accessories. Having seen geometric painted walls on Pinterest, I had a go at this technique myself in the living room and created abstract shapes to lift the plain white walls. It was actually much easier than I thought it would be and using FrogTape meant I could play around with the design before painting. The guest bedroom design was a little trickier, however, as I had to use a level to make sure the line was straight all the way around the room. In the end, the half-painted design worked out really

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SHADES OF GREY ‘For a calm, cosy backdrop, I chose Crown’s Soft Shadow emulsion for the walls’


FAVOURITE HUE ‘I’ve used Farrow & Ball’s Calamine paint on the lower walls – it’s the perfect pink’

Do it

UPCYCLE LAMINATE DRAWERS

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Remove drawers and unscrew any handles if necessary. Lightly sand the surface. Wipe off any dust and apply a multi-purpose primer using a small foam roller or paint brush. Once dry, apply your top coat – eggshell or satin wood paint will give a low-sheen finish. Leave to dry, lightly sand and repeat. To paint a pattern, reinsert the drawers to make sure the design lines up. Mark out your scheme either freehand or use masking tape for a neat finish.

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Remove the drawers to paint the design for easier access. When dry, finish with an optional top coat of clear sealant or wax to protect the paintwork.

IDEA TO STEAL

‘Style up an open headboard with fairy lights or hanging decorations to add interest’

BOHEMIAN DREAM ‘The Ikea Gjora bed frame takes centre stage in this room. The bamboo light fitting and macramé wall hanging add a boho feel’

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NEW-BUILD TERRACE DESIGN DETAILS

IDEA TO STEAL

‘The “get naked” bath mat from Urban Outfitters is one of my favourite pieces!’

‘Adding houseplants to your office space helps create a tranquil, calming place to work’

‘KEEP THE WALLS CLEAN AND BRIGHT IN YOUR OFFICE TO CREATE AN AIRY AND WORK-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT’

HIDE AWAY ‘I have to study as part of my job so I’ve included lots of storage to hide my textbooks’

well and it’s a great way to add colour without overwhelming small spaces.

Eye for a bargain

When it comes to furnishings, I’m a bit of a bargain hunter and found a lot of pieces for the house through websites such as eBay, Facebook groups and Gumtree, particularly for products that were out of stock or discontinued. Ikea is my go-to store for affordable, stylish furniture that has a Scandinavian feel and I even admit to enjoying building flat-pack furniture now and again! H&M Home and Matalan

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also have some gorgeous ranges and my favourite higher-end retailers have to be Made.com and West Elm. Making the house personal to us has been a natural process and I only buy things that I feel drawn to, not trends that shops tell me I should buy. Transforming our house from an empty shell into somewhere we can call home has been worth the wait and I now can’t imagine living anywhere else! The living space, in particular, has come together over time and it’s my favourite place to unwind and kick back after a long week.’

IKEA Great for creating a Scandinavian-inspired look like Gemma’s with functional and affordable furniture and accessories. B&Q Use a statement wallpaper to create an impact, just as Gemma has done in her main bedroom. MAISONS DU MONDE The one-stop shop for all things home, from beds and sofas to candle holders and practical storage, with something to suit every style and price point. HOMESENSE For a wide range of quirky and one-off pieces that you didn’t know you needed! FARROW & BALL Recreate Gemma’s guest bedroom look by painting walls dusky pink using Calamine estate emulsion.

Find more clever ways to style up your home by going to pinterest.com/ styleathomemag

FEATURE CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES

Where to buy her style


£12

Add texture to a plain sofa. Brooke cushion, DUNELM

£39.99 Create atmosphere in an instant with a rattan pendant, VERY

Buy Gemma’s style…

£19.50

MODERN PASTELS

Bring a calming, botanical touch to your walls, MODE PRINTS

Create a relaxed and calming home by fusing pastel colours with touches of metallics and plenty of texture

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lthough Gemma’s home is full of personality and character, she’s gone for a plain backdrop of whitewashed walls and simple flooring, which has allowed her to have fun with accessories and furniture. In the living room, simple painted shapes in sweet ice cream colours add interest to the walls, while the use of black and grey furniture stop the look becoming over-girly, and brass touches give it a smarter feel.

FEATURE HOLLY WALSH

PULL UP A PEW

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£120

Perfect for a dressing table or by the sofa. Chevron tufted stool, RIVER ISLAND

£15

One for the notso-green-fingered. Artificial fern, THE CONTEMPORARY HOME


MODERN PASTELS

Buy it

£6

Raise plants to a new level. Brass plant pot, MATALAN

£39

Create your very own shelfie. North shelf, HURN & HURN

£115

Light up your reading or crafting corner with an Alfie floor lamp, DANETTI

£59.99

Cover tired flooring with this Calandre fringed rug, VERY

GET A HANDLE ON IT

£39.99 Easily move this side table around your living room, HOMESENSE

£229

Go for a metal bed frame in a contemporary shape, MADE.COM

£69.99

Hide away out of season clothes in storage trunks, DOMU

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Make it

BUTTERFLY TATTOO EGGS

THIS MONTH’S

Makeit Blow out the contents of several white eggs, wash and leave to dry. Remove the top sheet of a temporary tattoo and place face down on the egg’s surface. With a wet cloth, press gently to soak the tattoo, then slide off the backing and allow to dry.

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For similar butterfly temporary tattoos, try Etsy

FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT PHOTOGRAPH TI-MEDIACONTENT.COM

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PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

Live and breathe

FRESH COLOUR Express your style with Crown’s unique range of Breatheasy® paints that are stunning to look at and healthier in your home

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our home is an extension of your own unique style – a place to be creative and express yourself through decor. Colour, especially, is an exciting way to set the tone and bring a look to life. However, not everyone is confident when it comes to choosing paint. But Crown’s Breatheasy® matt and silk emulsion range makes it easy, offering cool classics and soothing, muted tones, alongside vibrant hues, to liven up your living space.

Walls painted in Runaway and Pashmina emulsion, from £14 for 2.5L, both Crown Paints

Breath of fresh air

What’s more, with many of us focusing on wellbeing in our homes and taking steps to eliminate toxins and allergens, it’s good to know that Crown’s unique Breatheasy® formulation in the matt and silk emulsion range is 99% solvent free. Each stunnin shade is now certified by Allergy Standards Ltd*, which means a healthier indoor environment for all the family, as it limits exposure to airborne triggers of asthma and allergies.

A shade different

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‘It finally feels REUSE, RECYCLE ‘The mantelpiece is made from part of a reclaimed doorframe’

COME ON IN!

ABOUT ME I’m Agnieszka Dmochowska, but everyone calls me Agi. I’m 37, a stay-at-home mum, and I live with my husband, Bart, 37, our daughter, Hanna, six, and our son, Leon, four. MY HOME A three-bedroom Victorian end-of-terrace property. We moved here in May 2010. WHEN I BOUGHT IT The previous owners had been letting it out for a couple of years, so it needed a lot of love. The layout was impractical for family life, and the rooms all felt a little dark. AND NOW It took us eight years, but it’s finally a fun and vibrant home. We went for a white base to make for easily interchangeable schemes, and injected colour with an abundance of accessories.

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like OUR HOME’

Although it was dated and had a less-than-ideal layout, Agi’s glad she took a chance on this fixer-upper

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lthough incorrectly advertised by the estate agents as a “well-presented property” (it couldn’t have been further from the truth), we were still charmed,’ says Agi. ‘And despite a builder friend advising us to walk away, we were so excited, or, if we’re honest, desperate, to buy our first house that we went for it anyway. It was generous in size, particularly compared to others we’d viewed within our budget, and we could see endless potential for it to become a happy family home. We weren’t ignorant to the fact that it’d take a long time – not to mention a lot of work and money – to whip it into shape and make it work for us, but we gladly accepted the challenge.

Decor refresh

COLOUR COCKTAIL ‘Our starting point for this room was simple: white walls to make it appear bright, and a grey corner sofa that doubles as a bed for when we have guests to stay. Plus vibrant art to keep it feeling fun’

When we moved in, the house had an impractical layout and looked rather unloved. As a Victorian property, it should have been bursting with character, but instead it appeared lifeless, bland and boxy. The renovation began almost immediately with the master bedroom. We set to work uncovering the original floorboards and opening up the fireplace to reinstate the room’s period features, as well as painting over the muddy brown walls with white paint. The bathroom was next on the list, and was a much bigger job than we’d anticipated. It’s in an extension built by the previous owners but it was in a bad way with paint flaking off the tiles (we assume they were painted in regular emulsion rather than specialist paint) and a less-than-ideal positioning of the suite. Bart took on the task himself, which meant that while we were saving money, it wasn’t a quick makeover. He knocked through the flat ceiling so the room felt more airy, ripped out the original suite and switched it

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SEAMLESS FLOW ‘When we knocked through, we kept the chimney breast in place to divide the two areas, and treated ourselves to an ex-display wood burner to keep the living area feeling cosy’

‘I LOVE THAT WE’VE MANAGED TO CREATE SPACES THAT WORK FOR EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY’ for a bargain set we found on eBay. He also plastered and painted the walls and redid the tiling, too. In fact, I vividly remember Bart installing the bath every single evening so that we could shower, then disconnecting it again afterwards – for days on end – so that he could continue with the tiling or grouting the following afternoon.

Changing rooms

QUICK CHANGE ‘White walls make it really easy to switch up the scheme’

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Money was tight after the bathroom update, so it was another two years before we could begin the biggest job: reconfiguring the downstairs layout. Originally, the house had two separate modestly sized reception rooms and a long, narrow corridor which ran down the side, connecting the two rooms to the kitchen at the end. This layout felt far too closed off for me, and I craved an open

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UPCYCLE A CHAIR

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Gently sand the chair down, ensuring you are wearing a dust mask and protective eyewear. Then, wipe the chair down using a dry cloth or a brush to remove any dust. Apply a base coat of wood primer. If you’re painting a two-tone design, start with your first or main colour, using masking tape to protect the section that will be a different colour. Leave to dry, and then repeat with your other colour.

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IDEA TO STEAL ‘Cornicing gives a house a sense of history’

Why it works

STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘The run of wall units above the sofa provides ample storage without taking up floor space’ HOUSES EDITOR

Ruth Corbett

SAVVY SHOPPING ‘This room is full of second-hand bargains. We bought the display unit for £80 from a seller on Gumtree who lived 70 miles away. To save on delivery, Bart collected it himself’

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Buy it Shop Agi’s eclectic style PAGE 42

IDEA TO STEAL

‘For additional storage, fit wall cabinets close to the ceiling’

STASH HACKS ‘We only have a galley kitchen but we wanted to have as much storage as possible, without it looking too dark – the light cabinet doors work wonders’

Why it works

STYLE AT HOME SAYS… KITCHEN BLITZ ‘I love cooking but hated spending time in here when it had brown units and red tiles – we had to start from scratch with cream Ikea units, grey tiles and new flooring’

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‘Agi’s eclectic collection of wall art injects personality into every single room in her home’ STYLE EDITOR

Michela Colling


DOUBLE DUTY ‘Our bedroom is the only place we could squeeze a desk in, so it doubles as my office’

‘FIND A SINGLE ITEM YOU ADORE – PERHAPS A PIECE OF FURNITURE OR ARTWORK – AND BUILD YOUR SCHEME AROUND IT’

3 of the best

MID-CENTURY-STYLE PIECES Bring in some retro vibes with a few key items SIT PROUD Winchester dining chair, £99, Cult Furniture

CUTE CURVES

CALL STATION

Bedside table, £199, Made.com

Telephone bench, £179.99, HomeSense

space full of light that would allow for easier movement between rooms. Once we had the money saved up, we had local builders knock down a few of the downstairs walls and replace them with steel beams. We chose to keep the living room chimney breast in situ to help zone the two areas and allow us to create alternate moods in each space. It also gave us a great excuse to treat ourselves to a wood burner. I’ll never forget walking in for the first time after the support posts and scaffolding had been removed. The feeling of space was overwhelming. We definitely made the right decision.

DIY job

The kitchen – our most recent big project – was only finished three years ago. I wasn’t exaggerating when I said this renovation has been a slow burner! Just

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GEO DESIGN

DESK JOB

‘When we moved in, this room had dark walls and cheap laminate flooring. We restored the original floorboards and made a feature of geometric print wallpaper on one wall’

STORAGE ON A SHOE STRING ‘The old wooden crate was a street-side find and now hides our big ugly printer!’

‘I found this desk for £30 in a charity shop and painted the drawers pink to soften the look’

‘THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING I FEEL I COULD CHANGE OR DO BETTER, BUT IT’S IMPORTANT TO LEARN TO LET GO OF IMPERFECTIONS’ like the other rooms, it was completed by Bart, who chipped away at it on evenings after work and on weekends. He replaced the brown, outdated units and wall tiles with cream units from Ikea and stylish grey metro tiles. It took a fair few months to complete and it was a nightmare trying to function without a kitchen – especially with a toddler and a baby – but it meant that we were able to afford the scheme we wanted.

Finding our vibe

Our home has had many looks over the years. At one point, the dining room had a French farmhouse style with distressed furniture and toile de Jouy wallpaper, while we played it safe in other rooms by keeping the walls white and the scheme pared back. But as our tastes have evolved, so has our choice of

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GEOMETRIC MEMO BOARD

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Take a framed corkboard, masking tape and some paint. Paint the frame in your chosen shade. Once dry, protect with a low-tack masking tape all the way around the painted frame. Use more masking tape to mark out your geometric design – play around until you’re happy. Paint in the shapes. The cork will absorb the colour, so you may need to do several coats. Once dry, peel away the tape.

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IDEA TO STEAL

‘Use stencils or wall decals instead of fancy wallpaper’

FAIRY TALE FEEL

Why it works

‘Hanna gave us strict instructions to feature both unicorns and the colour pink in her bedroom makeover, so we did as we were told’

STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Vibrant wall colours provide the perfect modern backdrop for vintage pieces’ DECORATING EDITOR

Nicky Phillips

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THRIFT SHOP FINDS ‘You can get such great bargains in charity shops – we found Leon’s Ikea bedside table for just £15’

Where to buy her style GUMTREE From furniture to tools and wooden pallets, Gumtree has second-hand bargains galore. LIDL Although primarily a food store, every so often Lidl releases small batches of home accessories. MATALAN For a vast variety of cushions and throws to suit all styles, and none are too pricey. VALSPAR Every shade of paint imaginable, plus low-cost tester pots for smaller projects. HOMESENSE Eclectic pieces from across the globe.

LOW-COST CREATIVE ‘These painted mountains were so easy and cheap to do’

decor. I found that, for me, colourful, fun interiors were a form of therapy. Being surrounded by cheery tones and happy spaces brightens my mood no end, and helps me to relax. Our decor has also become much more reflective of our personalities – it’s playful, welcoming and never too serious or structured.

Ever-changing interiors While we’re happy with our home as it stands, it’ll never be fully finished. I’m always stumbling upon new ideas and inspiration on Instagram and in interiors magazines, and trying to figure out how to incorporate them into our schemes. I also share photos of our home projects on Instagram (@agi_at_59). The renovation has been a serious lesson

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in patience. I ve learnt that projects often take much longer than anticipated, and often cost more too. But you always get there in the end. My biggest regrets are not installing the freestanding roll-top bath I had my eye on eight years ago, and choosing two sinks instead of extra storage, but I’ve come to realise that the key to being happy with your home is letting go of any flaws you think it has, and just accepting it for the cheery, fun, imperfect place that it is.’

Find more clever ways to style up your home by going to pinterest.com/ styleathomemag

FRESH FEEL ‘We chose white for longevity, on the premise that if we tire of the scheme, we can simply change the accessories’

FEATURE AND STYLING ABBI HENDERSON PHOTOGRAPHS GEORGIA BURNS

‘FOR YEARS I WAS QUITE CONSERVATIVE WITH COLOUR, BUT COLOUR MAKES THIS SPACE SO FUN’


Wander around the life-size room set-ups

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ooking for innovative ideas on how to make the most of small spaces, or keen to be the first to know about the latest interior colour trends? Or maybe you want to give your outdoor space a fresh face with some budget-friendly decorating tricks? Whatever you’re after, you’ll find all the inspiration you need and more at The Ideal Home Show, sponsored by Zoopla. Now in its 111th year, the show returns to Olympia London from 22 March to 7 April. Featuring more than 600 exhibitors, a first of its kind show home, and a number of celeb guests – including English garden designer Joe Swift, chef Rosemary Shrager and drinks expert Olly Smith – there’s plenty to keep you entertained.

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From interiors and homewares to gardens and gadgets, there will be eight edited

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£139

Make it modern retro with a Sputnik-inspired shape. Aura five-bulb pendant light, CULT FURNITURE

£69.95

Create a focal point above a mantel. Vintage rectangular wall mirror, NKUKU

Buy Agi’s style

COLOUR THERAPY

MIRROR IMAGE

Go for a creative mix of bold hues and retro finds for a look that’s packed with personality

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gi has restored character to her stripped-back Victorian home with imaginative modern paint tricks and brave colour choices teamed with vintage furniture. Artwork and accessories are showcased with pizzazz, while the white living room is the ideal backdrop for a striking gallery wall. The inky blue pairs perfectly with dark retro furniture, creating a fabulous space for collectables and curiosities.

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Dip into tropical style with palm prints. Urban Paradise cushion, SAINSBURY’S HOME

VINTAGE LOOK

£11

A little pop of green goes a long way. Faux Monstera leaf, AUDENZA

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£135

Dark wood and curves add a mid-century vibe. Listerby coffee table, IKEA


COLOUR THERAPY

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Choose a pot as pretty as the plant. Drip glazed stoneware pot, ATT PYNTA

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Upgrade the traditional corkboard. Myrheden memo board, IKEA

From £20 Exhibit an eclectic collection of prints. Vogue May 1935 print, KING & MCGAW

£40

Brighten up a dark corner. Annie table lamp, JOHN LEWIS

£10 each

Personalise your accessories. Carnival wall letter lights, NOTONTHEHIGHSTREET.COM

MELLOW YELLOW

£109.99

£199

This display piece doubles as a desk. Duncan storage desk, MADE.COM

£25

Mix in fun finds like this Ladybird objet, DEBENHAMS

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The slimline shape is perfect for small spaces. Atlantic solid wood dining chair, WAYFAIR

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EASTER TREE

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THIS MONTH’S

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FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT PHOTOGRAPH TI-MEDIACONTENT.COM

Bring the spirit of spring into your home with a colourful Easter tree. Arrange sprays of cherry blossom and pussy willow in a pretty vase or jug, and hang spring-themed decorations from the stems.

Tie ribbons in bows around stems

Artificial cream wild cherry blossom spray, £4 a stem, Hobbycraft. Artificial pussy willow, £1.29 a stem, Dunelm

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‘We created VINTAGE FINDS ‘I put this simple display together with some second-hand china and old keys’

COME ON IN!

ABOUT ME I’m Martin Holland, 33. I live here with my partner Mark Walters, 40. We run an interior design company. MY HOME A three-bed semi in Nottingham, built in 1900. We moved here in August 2009. WHEN WE MOVED IN The house had a nice, newish bathroom, but the rest was just neutral with very few period features. Downstairs there were mismatched floors and an old, damp kitchen. AND NOW We’ve installed a sleek, white kitchen, knocked through the living and dining rooms, and turned the smallest bedroom into extra living space upstairs. STYLE TIP Think about lighting at an early stage, so you can plan for different moods.

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VICTORIAN SEMI

A LUXURY LOOK’ Martin Holland and Mark Walters gave their Nottingham doer-upper house a designer makeover, on a budget

IDEA TO STEAL ‘Cornicing gives the property period charm’

‘W

hen we decided to buy somewhere to live together, neither Mark nor I had any particular type of property in mind,’ says Martin. ‘We’re both passionate about design, but we like lots of different periods and styles, so it was more about finding a house where we could create something interesting and individual, rather than looking for a particular type of property. We viewed several others before we spotted this house. It was liveable, but it needed a complete overhaul, so it was ideal for us. We were a bit gutted when we discovered it was under offer, but, amazingly, that sale fell through a few weeks later, so we snapped it up.

Making plans Apart from the bathroom, which had been refurbished quite recently, all the rooms were bare. The decor was tired and old-fashioned and the windows were draughty. Downstairs there were three different floor types, the kitchen was damp and tatty, and the only original character left was some cornicing in the hall and living room. So while we were waiting for the sale to go through, Mark and I fine-tuned our ideas for transforming the house. We had ambitious plans for a wall-to-wall redesign of each room that would give us an open-plan feel, with plenty of light and a mix of classic and contemporary styles. Neither of us is afraid to make a bold style statement and we definitely wanted our home to have a quirky edge.

LET IN THE LIGHT ‘Our open-plan layout and the cut-out shelf feature help spread the natural light across the whole of the ground floor’

Knocking through Once we were in, we got straight to work putting our stamp on the property. The wall between the living and dining rooms was demolished, the kitchen was

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UNIQUE TOUCH ‘Mark and I designed and built a contemporary wrap-around feature on the chimney breast – it houses both storage and a gas fire’

IDEA TO STEAL

‘Hang 3D decor pieces on the walls for maximum impact’

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ADD GLAM HOTEL STYLE Create a feature wall in a muted colour scheme, with metallic wallpaper to add subtle pattern. Go for smart, tailored furniture pieces that add a luxe feel. Materials like velvet and leather work well, and pick smart, buttonback designs for chairs and sofas. Symmetry is key, so stack cushions neatly on the sofa, starting with a large square followed by a smaller shape. Choose statement lighting for every room, from a glamorous chandelier to a designer-look contemporary floor lamp.

Why it works

STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Martin and Mark have used key pieces of furniture, such as the round dining table, to clearly define the zones in their open-plan living space’ EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Heather Young

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VICTORIAN SEMI

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HOTEL CHIC LIGHTS

Add some boutique glam with these statement designs

Four-tier Kira easy fit shade, £28, Next Home

Rosalie shadelier easy fit lampshade, £30, Matalan

Mirage easy fit pendant, £49.99, Very

PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING ‘Our round dining table, which we got from Dwell, is sociable and really makes the most of the space’

LUSH LIGHTS ‘We found a fabulous white chandelier to hang over the table and define the dining space. The modern take on a ceiling rose is our own design and gives it even more drama’

ripped out and the exterior walls were knocked through, ready for glass doors to be fitted in the dining area and kitchen. Then the patchwork of concrete, laminate, tile and wood flooring was replaced with uniform dark, glossy timber floorboards throughout, which tied the different downstairs areas together. Fitting the flooring was one of the biggest jobs, as we had to take off all the skirting boards and raise some sections to get a consistent level. For about six months, the house was full of brick dust and it was dirty, messy and cold. We had a limited budget so we were doing most of the work ourselves with

some help from family. Luckily, we’re both very handy, but even so, it was difficult. We just tried to learn as much as we could and focus on the end result. Over the course of about three years, we’ve replastered, redecorated and rearranged all of the rooms. We didn’t need the smallest bedroom, so we knocked it through and made a spacious second living room upstairs, complete with TV and music systems. We learned a big lesson there, too, as we bought the sofa in a sale, without checking we could get it up the stairs. One section was just too big and would not fit. We finally managed to haul it in through the

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IDEA TO STEAL ‘Maximise a slim space with a stylish vertical radiator’

HALL OF FAME ‘Picture ledges allow you to rotate which photos you have on show, so you never get bored of them’

Why it works

STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Layering high gloss finishes is essential when it comes to nailing a high-end, luxurious look’ STYLE EDITOR

Michela Colling

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window, but it was touch-and-go, and would have been an expensive mistake if we hadn’t managed to find a solution.

Using our design skills To get the contemporary, one-off look we wanted, we created our own interior features. We’ve designed and made things like the angular, suspended ceiling that houses the kitchen lighting, the integrated storage and cladding around the living room fireplace and the dining


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CLEVER KITCHEN ‘We’re both keen cooks, so we designed the kitchen to be functional, with plenty of storage. Our Homebase units were such a great deal that we were able to splash out on walnut worktops’

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RESTORE FLOORBOARDS

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Sweep the floor thoroughly and check the general condition of the boards in case any need to be replaced. If so, try reclaimed boards. Check each board is firmly fixed – any protruding nails need to be hammered below the surface. Prep the space by sealing any doors to stop dust escaping and make sure you have a dust mask plus clothes, eye and ear protection. Using a professional sander, follow instructions for safety. Start by moving the sander diagonally across the boards. Then work up and down, going along the grain. Finally, use an edging sander to go over the edges

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of the room, and then a corner sander for any hard to reach nooks. Sweep the floor, then repeat step three if required. Sand any rough spots smooth with sandpaper. Before staining, clean the floor with methylated spirit, making sure the area is well ventilated. Choose your preferred type of varnish depending on how much wear and tear the room will receive. Then, using a 75mm paint brush, start staining the boards in line with the grain. Once dry, sand out any rough spots and then repeat with second and third coats, if needed, until you have your desired finish.

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‘A BRIGHT WHITE KITCHEN WITH PLENTY OF BIG WINDOWS AND LOTS OF NATURAL LIGHT CAN HANDLE DARK FLOORS AND WORKTOPS’

room’s chunky modern ceiling rose. The planning is key in those kinds of projects, so we always made sure our ideas worked on paper before we got started.

Creative thinking

Mark designed the textured MDF panelling in the dining room after we spotted something similar in a department store when we were on the escalator. I think one of our best ideas is the doublesided display area set into the wall

PERFECT FIT ‘The neat, two-person table and bar stools from Atlantic Shopping are ideal for the small space’

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BUDGET BUYS

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‘We really shopped around so we could afford to furnish the whole house – the corner sofa was an irresistible bargain from a closing-down sale’

Shop Martin’s elegant style on PAGE 56

IDEA TO STEAL

‘Put up shelves in a variety of lengths for a touch of playfulness’

Why it works

STYLE AT HOME SAYS… LINKED LEVELS ‘Upstairs, white walls and dark-stained floorboards echo the ground floor, giving the house a sense of flow’

‘The addition of a deep, rich aubergine accent shade upstairs helps to add a sense of drama’ FEATURES EDITOR

Holly Walsh

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LUXURY LOOK ‘Our bedroom is all about tranquillity and comfort. We added perimeter lighting overhead for an extra design touch’

CURATED LOOK ‘Rather than buying matching sets, we’ve chosen individual pieces we love’

‘AN EXTRA-HIGH HEADBOARD IMMEDIATELY GIVES A BEDROOM A SENSE OF GRANDEUR’ between the hallway and the living room. The hall was dark, and we wanted to boost the natural light without losing the dividing wall. We knocked a big hole in the wall and filled it with open shelves. Now, light spills into the hall, but the two spaces are still separate. Removing the bricks was nerve-wracking – there’s a concrete lintel supporting the hole, but we worried the cornicing might collapse. The idea of maximising light is behind a lot of the changes we’ve made. We

replaced all the cheap internal pine doors with modern timber-framed glass ones, and we’ve now got glazed doors to the garden from the dining area and kitchen so they let even more light filter in. As a starting point, we painted all our newly plastered rooms white and chose high-sheen white kitchen cabinets.

Neutral not bland After that, we began investing in key furniture pieces. We’re keen on the

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VICTORIAN SEMI READY TO GO ‘We thought about changing the bathroom, but spending on it didn’t really make sense as it’s neutral and was in such good condition’

IDEA TO STEAL

‘A trio of lanterns look great all day, but especially during an evening soak ’

neutral look, so long as it isn’t bland and characterless. We’ve used a warm taupe on a couple of walls in the living area with crisp white to lift it. There’s plenty of texture throughout the house, too, with furniture, cushions, throws and rugs. The whole interior feels much brighter now, but inviting too, with light-reflecting mirrors and chrome accessories, set against warm woollen textiles in muted neutral shades. Transforming our home took most of our spare time, energy and money for a long time, but we’ve had an amazing experience developing our own ideas and learning new skills. On the back of the project, I entered and won BBC2’s Great Interior Design Challenge. Mark and I have since set up our own company, MartinMark Design (martinmarkdesign. com). It’s been a huge learning curve, but we’ve loved it all. And as part of the process we’ve found a passion and created the home we always wanted.’

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FINISHING TOUCH ‘A few simple white accessories make all the difference and soften the room’

Where to buy their style CULT FURNITURE Go-to online store for fabulous but affordable, design-led furniture. DREAMS Upholstered beds with built-in storage and padded headboards for that hotel-chic effect at a lower price. MADE.COM Stylish furniture, plus lighting, mirrors and cleancut chrome and gold accessories, for every room in the house. DUNELM Great for large, shaggy rugs to warm a wooden floor. HOMEBASE One-stop shop for competitively-priced DIY bits and bobs, paint, woodstain and great value fitted kitchens.

Find more clever ways to style up your home by going to pinterest.com/ styleathomemag

FEATURE ANNABELLE GRUNDY STYLING AND PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE

‘WHEN YOU’RE ON A BUDGET, YOU HAVE TO BE SENSIBLE ABOUT WHAT NEEDS MONEY SPENDING ON IT AND WHAT YOU CAN LIVE WITH AS IT IS’


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Pile on the comfort with this cosy faux fur throw, TESCO

Create a feeling of zen with the striking Nirvana Buddha head, ARTISANTI

Buy Martin’s style

£12

Go for black and white art for a designer look. Lighthouse print, M&CO

CONTEMPORARY URBAN CHIC Make your home look a million dollars with a scheme that won’t cost a fortune

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eeping to a relaxed palette of taupe, white and grey creates a sense of continuity throughout the house and gives Martin a neutral backdrop that’s easy to personalise for a bespoke look. Statement furniture and dark wood flooring give the living area a luxe feel, while upstairs, the bedroom is inspired by a boutique hotel and the landing has been incorporated into a chill-out zone.

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Stand a group of these silver lanterns in the bathroom or hallway, ARGOS

£1,399

Chill out in style with the Cavendish Kendra left-hand corner sofa, VERY

£4

Swap real flowers for an easy-care fake, with this mini orchid in a pot, WILKO

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CONTEMPORARY URBAN CHIC

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Add boutique hotel chic to your bedroom with the Rhea silver upholstered ottoman bed, DUNELM

SWEET DREAMS

£119

Go large with the eye-catching Arceli chrome and marble floor lamp, MADE.COM

£129

Opt for luxe upholstery with the Form Velvet cantilever dining chair, DANETTI

£22

Pop on a plush metallic cushion. Copper Olympia cushion, JD WILLIAMS

MIRROR MIRROR

£549.68

Save space with a circular table. Trinity natural solid oak dining table, OAK FURNITURE LAND

£288

Give an open-plan space a focal point with the eye-catching Wisconsin accent mirror, DAR LIGHTING

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NOTICEBOARDS

THIS MONTH’S

Makeit Skurar magnetic board, £9, Ikea

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Prettify noticeboards with wallpaper offcuts. Measure the inner area of a magnetic board and create a card template. Use this to cut wallpaper to size, then stick to the noticeboard. Create an alternative board by framing a painted cork tile.

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THE STYLE BOOK PART 25:

FLORAL PRINTS Get swept up in the romance of vintage blossoms, take a country stroll among meadow flowers and add wow to your decor with modern repeats in vibrant shades

Pull out and keep!


Try framing swatches of larger scale floral fabric in co-ordinating shades to the wallpaper for easy, low-cost wall art

the STYLE RULES

Be playful with colourful prints and patterns For a modern take, combine retro style bright shades with a clean, white backdrop. HAVE FUN WITH SCALE Tie different-sized floral motifs together using matching colours. Select a statement armchair in an oversized print to complement the wallpaper.

GO BOLD ON WALLS Choose bold repeat wallpaper and team with white door frames and skirtings to keep the look fresh. INTRODUCE RETRO SHAPES For a nod to mid-century style, add sleek white furniture such as a curved floor lamp and geometric coffee table.


Modern RETRO

Combine sleek shapes with graphic florals

THE FABRIC Fleur Cilantro, £38m, Romo

Upholstered stools make great extra seating

THE WALLPAPER Sanderson Pippin in Teal/Linden, £45 a roll, Style Library

THE PAINT Pure Brilliant White emulsion, £16 for 2.5L, Crown

THE FLOORING Jago teal rug, from £129, Made.com


Vintage

MAXIMAL

Celebrate botanical patterns and punchy pastels

THE FABRIC Regal silk Vol 3 in Rosette, £55m, James Hare

THE WALLPAPER Nina Campbell Swan Lake in Colour 5, £63 a roll, Jane Clayton & Company

THE PAINT Celadon matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5L, Graham & Brown

THE FLOORING Silver linear 19 rug, from £149, Dunelm

Mix modern and trad florals


Create a sumptuous boudoir feel with pretty floral bedding and satin cushions

Why it works the STYLE RULES

Fall head over heels for soft hues and poetic motifs

This maximal look is luxurious and feminine with a nod to elegant French style

Recreate the romance of a French chateau with illustrative pattern, elaborate shapes and tactile fabrics to dress the space. SET A SERENE SCENE Surround yourself with conversational wallpaper depicting weeping willow branches, elegant swans and pink water lilies. Paint skirting boards, ceilings and door frames in crisp, fresh white.

MATCH WALLPAPERS AND FABRICS An upholstered vintagestyle vanity screen doubles as a statement headboard. Cover in a co-ordinating fabric in a different colourway to the wallpaper. PICK A PATTERNED RUG A large-scale patterned rug in light grey complements the pastel scheme and ornate leaf silhouettes add elegance.

STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘The pops of intense lime give the feminine styling a more modern edge.’ DECORATING EDITOR

Nicky Phillips


Glam

BOUDOIR Marry luxe fabrics and opulent metallics

THE FABRIC French ticking in Clay, Charcoal, £49.50m, Vanessa Arbuthnott

THE WALLPAPER Sanderson Giselle in Silver/Pewter, £67 a roll, Style Library

THE PAINT Lead Colour absolute matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene

THE FLOORING Oumka faux fur rug in white, £218.50, Maisons du Monde

Florals and stripes are a classic pattern combo


Bring the room to life with faux or real blooms in decorative glass bottles

Why it works the STYLE RULES

Treat yourself to an elegant scheme in muted shades

For a glam boudoir, make a statement bed the focus. Justify the investment by dressing the room with less expensive finds

Layer smooth, luxe fabrics with bold floral prints in shades of purple, champagne and grey. GO FOR BIG BLOOMS First, set the scene with a feature wall of large-scale florals in neutral tones for a sense of understated luxury. EMBRACE EXTRAVAGANCE For sophisticated glamour, choose a show-stopping French-style bed in a metallic paint finish. Team with

cotton bedding in a timeless ticking, along with cushions and throws in tactile velvet. OPT FOR RICH COLOURS Balance out deep plum accents with more subtle touches of champagne and French grey. ADD A FLUFFY RUG Ground the whole look with white wood flooring finished with a faux fur or sheepskin rug.

STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Swapping gold finishes for shimmering champagne adds a sense of refined elegance.’ FEATURES EDITOR

Holly Walsh


Further the artistic feel with papercut wall art. Why not take a workshop and learn to make your own designs?

Update a sofa with a loose cover

the STYLE RULES

Create a free-spirited living room look For a harmonious living space full of artistic charm, tie together different styles of floral prints with a palette of spring-ready pastels. GO FOR GARLANDS Wallpaper with garlands of simple leaves and flowers in soft blue green tones creates an informal

backdrop for bolder prints and statement furnishings. TRY UPCYCLING Give pre-loved country-style furniture a new lease of life with a lick of paint in chalky pastels. LAY A FLORAL RUG Opt for a simple, graphic design to bring the look up to date.


Boho

PASTELS Style a creative space in chalky hues

THE FABRIC Upholstery fabric in Dalton Duck Egg Blue, £42m, Laura Ashley

THE WALLPAPER Morris & Co in Rosehip Mineral Blue, £59 a roll, Style Library

THE PAINT Piglet claypaint, £40 for 2.5L, Earthborn

THE FLOORING Alternative Flooring sisal flatweave carpet in Donegal, £48sq m, John Lewis & Partners


Pretty

COUNTRY

Be soothed by simple florals in soft pastels

THE FABRIC Gypsy Garland in Clay, £49.50m, Vanessa Arbuthnott

THE WALLPAPER Cole & Son Cow Parsley Colour 49, £68 a roll, Jane Clayton & Company

Use an angled desk lamp as a bedside light

THE PAINT Pale Seaspray matt emulsion, £35 for 2.5L, Laura Ashley

THE FLOORING Chunkster rug in natural, from £325, Loaf


Instead of artificial sprays, use sweetsmelling blooms such as freesias to scent the room

Why it works the STYLE RULES

Kick back and relax in a pared-back rural scheme

For a contemporary update on country charm, pick simple florals in muted colourways and team with laid-back furnishings and plain upholstery

Be inspired by contemporary country styling, with a generous smattering of sugared-almond shades and hand-painted florals. PICK HEDGEROW FLOWERS Lilac is an ever-popular hue for bedrooms due to its soothing nature. Choose wallpaper featuring a subtle floral repeat; cow parsley and dandelions are classic country motifs.

INSTALL TONGUE AND GROOVE PANELS White panelling behind the bed doubles as a shelf for bedtime reading material along with a place to display botanical art prints and favourite trinkets. LAYER COSY BEDDING Choose an upholstered bed in a timeless cornflower blue. Layer with pastel floral cushions and slubby linen bedding for an inviting feel.

STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘This is a refined take on country, thanks to the simple silhouettes and unfussy details.’ EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Vanessa Richmond


Plant blooms in unusual containers

Spring

BOTANICALS Seasonal blooms and blossom shades create a garden feel

THE FABRIC Harlequin What A Hoot in 3257 Candy, £43m, Style Library

THE WALLPAPER Wild Meadow Sienna, £40 a roll, Laura Ashley

THE PAINT Danum Valley matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5L, Graham & Brown

THE FLOORING Handmade jute rug in grey, £95, Amara


Raid the garden for accessories and use weathered pots in earthy colours

Why it works the STYLE RULES

Be uplifted by botanical prints in spring hues

Bring the outdoors in whatever the weather with watercolour florals and botanical prints

Recreate the beauty of an English garden indoors by surrounding yourself with elegant botanical prints, shabby-chic furnishings and planters filled with spring bulbs. BRING THE OUTSIDE IN Introduce rustic furnishings with a vintage potting shed vibe, such as a metal trolley laden with planters and vases overflowing with seasonal bulbs and stems.

GO WITH CLASSIC SHAPES Pick traditional furniture pieces – think scroll arms and turned legs – and bring these up to date with upholstery in a foxglove shade. Add mismatched cushions featuring bold botanical prints. STAY NATURAL ON FLOORS Protect floors with a hardwearing sisal or jute rug, which will also add to the natural theme.

STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Pretty florals are perfect for blurring the line between indoors and outdoors.’ SENIOR FEATURES

EDITOR,

Stephanie Durrant


Black accessories add contrast

the STYLE RULES

Make a statement with eye-popping prints Breathe new life into your living area with large-scale florals in stand-out shades. FOCUS ON BOLD UPHOLSTERY Graphic floral fabrics in intense colours draw the eye. When choosing a bold print sofa, stick to a simple, minimalist shape, then add clashing cushions.

KEEP FLOORS AND WALLS LIGHT Paint walls brilliant white to allow the patterns to take centre stage. CHOOSE SLEEK LINES Seek out designer-look furniture with simple lines. Pops of colour in details such as table legs tie in with the upholstery.


Keep the look clutter free with built-in storage. A wall alcove is a great place for neatly displaying colourful books

Modern

BRIGHTS Add wow with fluoro florals

THE FABRIC Scion Diva in Acid/ Jasmine/Kingfisher, £30m, Style Library

THE WALLPAPER Manila Green/Ivory, £64 a roll, Style Library

THE PAINT Crown Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion, £4.93 for 2.5L, Homebase

THE FLOORING Spey 503 Chianti vinyl, £9.99sq m, Carpetright


Ditsy

VINTAGE Mix small-scale florals with country cream

THE FABRIC Albertine Blush curtain fabric, £36m, Laura Ashley

THE WALLPAPER Brian Yates Ditsy Print Colour 1, £39.20 a roll, Jane Clayton & Company

THE PAINT Hollyhock absolute matt emulsion, £43.50, Little Greene

THE FLOORING White brushed pine laminate, £27.99sq m, Quick-Step


Complete the period charm by choosing a traditional-style basin and taps

Make a simple tie-top curtain to hide plumbing beneath a traditional basin

Why it works the STYLE RULES

Embrace vintage romance with ditsy prints

From miniature ditsy florals to larger posies,, clashing prints is part of the charm of this nostalgic look.

Vintage fans will love this pretty bedroom scheme, with its dainty bouquets and nostalgic furnishings. EMBRACE SMALL REPEATS Create a feminine space with rose print wallpaper in dusky reds and pinks. Small-scale florals can have just as much impact as bold blooms. ADD FAUX FLOORBOARDS Rustic whitewashed floorboards complete the shabby-chic look

– but aged-effect laminate is a fantastic low-cost cheat. GO FOR COUNTRY COTTAGE CHARM Choose a wrought iron (or black metal) hospital-style bed frame and layer up with mismatched floral textiles. Adding patchwork pillows gives the look a handmade charm, as does draping a classic vintage eiderdown across the end of the bed.

STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Touches of black create a bold contrast and give the bedroom scheme an industrial edge’ EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Heather Young


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EASTER EGG WREATH

Efco wooden half hole eggs, £3.35 for six; Creation Station natural feathers, £2.30 a pack, both Amazon

THIS MONTH’S

Makeit

Tie twine between each of the eggs

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Create a quirky Easter wreath using wooden eggs decorated with speckled feathers and painted in spring shades. Open up a wire coat hanger and thread on the eggs. Close the hanger and use twists of twine to disguise the metal.

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Try a speedy

STYLE UPDATE Have fun with these simple but creative ideas that’ll ring the changes without turning into a full kitchen redo

1

Plump for pendants

Hang a couple of statement pendant lights above your kitchen table to change the feel of the room and create a more intimate space at mealtimes. If possible, install dimmer switches so you can control the light levels and adjust how cosy or bright you want the room to be.

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Mix up bench seating and stylish chairs at a kitchen table to avoid a school-canteen look


EASY UPDATES

Love it

Blinds with plenty of pattern will lift the whole scheme

2

Don’t let an ugly dryer ruin the look of your kitchen

HIDE WHITE GOODS

Stash a washing machine or tumble dryer behind a simple pleated curtain. Fold over the top 4cm of your fabric, stitch in place, and thread it onto a length of curtain wire.

3

Love your worktop

If your wooden worksurface is looking sad, chipped and tired, give it a good sand and re-stain or oil it. Use sandpaper or an electric sander, and give the surface a quick clean with white spirit before you use the oil or stain.

4

Choose a riot of colour

Going for a simple kitchen of white units, walls and tiles might seem a bit boring, but it will mean you’ll be able to add colour and personality through accessories and textiles, which can be changed up whenever you fancy.

TOP BUYS

For updating your kitchen

Global monochrome salad bowl, £8.50, Argos

Black wire vegetable rack, £22, Debenhams

Evoke four-slice toaster, £69.99, Morphy Richards range, Very

5

TILE A SIMPLE SPLASHBACK

A row of mismatched tiles is an inexpensive way to create a splashback that will lift a simple scheme out of the ordinary, as well as keep costs low. Go for geo designs to stop the kitchen looking too ‘country’, and keep them in the same size and style.

Butcher’s trolley in grey, £850, John Lewis & Partners

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Banana Yellow regal select flat emulsion, from £21.50 for 0.94L, Benjamin Moore

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DECANT DRY GOODS

Pop pasta, rice and other dry foods into glass jars and mark each with chalkboard labels, £3.99 for 24, Lakeland. Keep them handy on a worktop, to free up cupboard space.

Go for a fun feature wall

Paint one of your kitchen walls in a sunny shade, to create a feature that will make you feel happy every day. After all, the kitchen is often the room we spend most of our time in, so if it radiates sunshine, chances are you will, too!

8

Take a fruit bowl to new heights

Turn a large, tiered cake stand into a new home for fruit, by storing each kind on a different level. Keep bananas at the bottom and arrange everything else either by size or colour.

PERFECT PICKS

Cherished Gold; Soft Almond 2; Salisbury Stone 3, all £29.16 for 2.5L flat matt emulsion, Dulux

For a new look

Marble wall clock, £39.50, Red Candy

Classic factory shade wall light, £165, Trainspotters

Sarah Kay wooden stool, £205, Harvey Maria

Arlo storage jars, from £6 each, Next Home

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PAINT THE INSIDE OF A CUPBOARD

If you’ve gone for glass-fronted cupboards in your kitchen to display glassware and crockery, why not paint the insides to really show them off? Try a muted shade that complements your wall colour and even echoes other rooms in the house.


EASY UPDATES

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Love it

Play with pattern

Add personality to your kitchen with plenty of colour and pattern. Bright blues and greens, along with mismatched furniture, create a relaxed but vibrant feel. Choose tiles that form a larger, more complex pattern when placed together to create a ‘wow’ feature splashback.

Scaffolding boards make great sturdy shelving to keep condiments and cooking essentials at a handy height

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Paint mismatched chairs in different hues to make a feature of them

Keep crockery and glassware nearby so you can lay the table for dinner in an instant

11

Be space savvy

If space is lacking in your kitchen, choose a superslim bistro table that will sit snugly in the corner of your room – perfect for two. Stacking stools are a great space saver if you don’t have much room but need extra guest seats.

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EASY UPDATES

White printed Linya window film, from £30 per 50x91cm, The Window Film Company

Ensure privacy

Window film is a great way to let the light in but make your kitchen a little more private. You don’t have to cover the whole window, just enough so you’re not overlooked. Go for something with a little pattern to add interest.

Metod cabinet with Ytterbyn printed doors, £25, Ikea

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PUT ON A FRONT

Rather than rip out a dated kitchen, simply replace the doors, or give existing ones a new lick of paint and play with stencils or sticky-back plastic.

13

Replace tired hardware

A quick way to give your kitchen a smart new look is to update cupboard door handles with on-trend copper or brass options. Try a DIY store, ironmonger or handles4doors.co.uk.

MUST-HAVES

You won’t want to miss Orla Kiely hanging planter in Linear Stem Apple, £15, Cuckooland

Sleek umbrella pendant in brass, £89, Industville

Typhoon modern small acacia chopping board, £12.99, Very

15

TURN YOUR TILES ON THEIR SIDES

Herringbone is a stylish alternative to the usual metro tile pattern and delivers an upmarket look, even when using inexpensive white tiles. Cover a large area, for impact, and pair with a bold colour on the wall to make them stand out.

Condiment set, £32, Jasper Conran range, Debenhams

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16

Stick to a scheme

The key to a kitchen that oozes style is picking a few key colours or finishes, and sticking to them. Here, navy blue, with white, pale blue and some pops of yellow create a cohesive and tidy look.

17

TAP INTO BLACK

Upgrade your tired, limescale-covered tap with a smart matt black one. The simple swap will transform your sink, and it’ll be easier to clean than chrome.

18

Change up your kitchen textiles

Little details often make a big difference, so pick up co-ordinating tea towels, oven mitts and aprons in matching or complementary patterns that’ll smarten up your kitchen in no time.

Shaker kitchen, price on request, John Lewis of Hungerford

FINISHING TOUCHES To add some style

Oriental tea towels, £6 for three, Sainsbury’s Home Kickstarter bin in mint, £225, Wesco Boilers can also be hidden behind false cupboard fronts, but make sure to allow plenty of ventilation

Green wire memo board, £10, Sainsbury’s Home

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GET A STREAMLINED LOOK

If your kitchen is small, bulky white goods such as the fridge or washing machine can make the space seem crowded and cluttered. Hide them away behind cupboard doors that match your other units, so they blend into the scheme.

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Mermaid butter dish, £7, George Home


EASY UPDATES

Love it

Add a patterned window film to a glass panel door

20 If you plan to clash prints for a retro vintage feel, keep the rest of the scheme neat and neutral

Go kitsch in the kitchen

Achieve a vintageinspired scheme that’s light and bright by adding pretty prints to a pale backdrop, and mixing in a palette of sugary pastels such as lemon yellows and blush pink. Don’t be afraid to clash prints, such as dots, florals and stripes.

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‘If the walls and floor are dark, keep the units and ceiling light to maximise the sense of space’

HIDDEN STORAGE ‘A bench seat with storage beneath is great for hiding all kinds of clutter’

COME ON IN!

ABOUT ME I’m Laura Higham, 39, and I live with my husband David, 41, Jack, eight, Sophie, five, and our cat Poppy in a four-bed detached house in Crowborough, East Sussex. I am an interiors blogger (@the_indigo_house and theindigohouse.net) and David’s a police sergeant. We moved here in August 2016 and the kitchen is the first room we tackled. MY CHALLENGE We needed a multi-functional room which could operate as a family space, too. MY WISH LIST I wanted to open up the room so that it didn’t feel narrow and to maximise storage.

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KITCHEN MAKEOVER

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WHAT WE HAD’ Buy it

Recreate Laura’s look in your home PAGE 93

Rather than rip it out and start from scratch, Laura has put her own stylesavvy stamp on her family kitchen – and stayed on budget

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t’s all very well saying, “if it ain’t broke...”, but what do you do if you just don’t like it and you’ve got a big wish list and a small budget?’ says Laura. ‘That’s the conundrum David and I faced when we inherited the original kitchen in this house. It didn’t feel like a space we wanted to spend much time in and, even though it’s a great size, it didn’t deliver on the multi-functional space we were after. There was only a tiny oven and no space for a dishwasher. The units were good quality but their wood-effect finish just wasn’t to our taste and its red and brown tile scheme left me cold! It also felt very narrow due to the wall cupboards which lined the room. Even so, we lived with it for more than a year before we made any changes. We couldn’t afford to rip it out and start again, so we decided to work with what we had.

Starting point

The first thing we did was take down the wall cabinets. This immediately made a huge difference, really opening up the room and making it feel much brighter and wider. Next, we looked at colours for the walls and cabinets. With the existing black flooring I wanted to make the base cabinets lighter, so I chose a soft grey paint shade and then added a bit of drama to the dining end of the room by painting the walls dark blue.

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RAISE A GLASS ‘Removing the wall cupboards opened up the room and left a perfect space for my gorgeous drinks cart’

Making the space work

There were definitely compromises along the way. The kitchen wasn’t the layout we would have chosen but we knew that by removing too much we would have been sacrificing muchneeded storage. We ended up replacing one cupboard with our longed-for

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Why it works

Do it!

STYLE UP OPEN SHELVING Create small displays using items in a variety of shapes and sizes, leaving space around them so that the eye is drawn to them. Use the pyramid principle – form a cluster in a triangular shape by staggering the heights of objects. A stack of crockery, glasses or plants can help add texture and varied heights, too. For a smart display match the shelves to the wall colour behind – this makes the items stand out. A contrasting colour to the wall will make the shelves more of a feature. Include artwork – a framed print or photograph propped against the wall will introduce an extra element that smaller items can be placed in front of.

STYLE AT HOME SAYS…

BARGAIN SHELVES ‘These scaffold boards cost next to nothing and we simply sanded and sealed them’

L ‘REPLACING WALL CUPBOARDS WITH OPEN SHELVING WIL MAKE YOUR SPACE SEEM BIGGER – AS WELL AS GIVING YOU A CHANCE TO SHOW OFF YOUR FAVOURITE CROCKERY’

BRIGHT IDEA ‘Use glass in a hall door to help share light between rooms. For privacy you can add a frosted coating’

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‘Laura has nailed the perfect balance between light and dark. The kitchen feels bright and airy, while the dining area is cosy and intimate, and the different zones are clearly defined thanks to the contrasting colours.’ HOUSES EDITOR

Ruth Corbett


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Where to buy Laura’s style

‘A skylight helps light flood in and doesn’t take up any wall space’

Kitchen units painted in cabinet enamel (colour-matched to Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White), £45 for 2.5L, Valspar. Milano mixer tap, £69, The Big Bathroom Shop, is similar. Induction electric range cooker, for similar try Stoves Sterling S1000Ei S, £2,199.99, John Lewis & Partners. Beech worktop, £115 for 2.62m, The Chippy Shop. Walls painted in Hague Blue emulsion, £46.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Ceiling light, £15.99, Amazon. Light oak dining table, £649, The Cotswold Company, is similar. DSW chair, £44.99, Lakeland Furniture, is a good match. Oliver Bonas drinks trolley, for similar try their Luxe marble and glass trolley, £395. Natural Living seagrass rug, £84.95, The Rug Seller, is similar. Metro flat white gloss wall tiles, £18.50sq m, Tons of Tiles. Bench cushions, £6.99 each, H&M Home. Work table legs, £85 for a pair, Tiptoe Design.

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‘Grey or coloured grout makes quite a statement and helps feature tiles pop against your walls’

dishwasher! Fitting in a seating area was a challenge, but my dad came up with the idea of this lovely bench which is practical and comfy. It doubles as dining room seating and a radiator cover, too. What I wasn’t prepared to compromise on, however, was our cooker. It’s induction, which is perfect when you have children and need to prepare quick meals!

Main challenges Although the work during the summer of 2017 went without a hitch, the main challenge was to stay within budget. We did most of the work ourselves or with the help of family. The only thing we didn’t tackle was the tiling – a friend helped us. What we hadn’t bargained for was the time it would take to paint the

unit doors! There are 18 and they all had four coats, so it was a labour of love. Realising the difference they made to the room was the best bit of the project.

Finishing touches One of the most striking features of the room is the dramatic dark blue on the walls, which I love. I like natural elements too, so I knew I wanted wood to be a feature. The scaffold planks that we made the shelves from cost hardly anything but add texture and warmth. The plants then provide a pop of organic green against the blue and the timber. I’m pleased with what we’ve achieved, especially on such a tight budget. There’s nothing I’d do differently. I think you could safely say we maxed out on our wish list after all!’

KEY PIECE ‘I wasn’t prepared to compromise on my cooker. This induction model is a game changer!’

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INDUCTION HOBS

Laura’s choice:

INDUCTION COOKING

Energy efficient, easy to clean and a cinch to control, it’s perfect for all kinds of cook

How does it work? An induction hob has a circular coil under each zone that generates a magnetic field. When you place a ferrous-metal pan onto the surface and effectively complete the circuit, heat induces through the coil and into the pan itself.

What are the benefits? It’s very fast – two pints of water take just over a minute to boil on an induction hob with a boost function, as opposed to nine minutes on gas and 11 minutes on a ceramic hob. It’s also very efficient – it’s only using energy when the pan is on the hob, which means savings on your bills.

Is it easy to clean? There are no pan supports or burners to negotiate, just one flat surface that can be wiped down in no time. Plus unlike a ceramic hob, the surface doesn’t get hot,

BEST FOR… INNOVATION For serious cooks, AEG’s IKE64471FB induction hob, £650, offers a new PowerSlide feature enabling one zone to operate at three different temperatures.

COOKING ON THE GO If you’ve got a smaller kitchen consider a portable one-zone induction hob – try Ikea’s neat Tillreda hob, £35, or Tefal’s Everyday induction hob, £50.

EASY CLEAN-UPS Lakeland’s cleaning range includes scrapers for burnt-on bits, £7.99, or its Hob Heaven antibacterial non-scratch hob cleaner, £3.99 for 250ml.

so spills that hit the surface are less likely to burn on, meaning no scrubbing.

What’s it like to cook on? Plenty of top-end chefs have ripped out their burners and replaced them with induction because it gives the cook so much control. Induction reacts instantly when you change the temperature, even more quickly than gas, plus the range of temperatures is much wider, so you can set it super-low when you want a gentle simmer or very high for searing meat.

Will I need new pans? Not necessarily. Your pans need to have a ferrous-metal base, such as 18/10 stainless-steel or cast iron, which will make a circuit with the magnetic coil in the element below – otherwise, the contents of the pan won’t heat up. To find out if your pans are compatible, test them by holding a magnet to the bottom. If it sticks, you’re in business. Each pan’s base should also be perfectly flat to guarantee even heat distribution.

BUDGET INDUCTION HOBS SIMPLE SET-UP Front-mounted controls and four standard cooking zones. Bush BSINDHB induction hob in black, £159.99, Argos

How safe is it? Although there will be a small amount of surface heat left behind when you take a pan away (indicator lights will remind you) induction hobs are safer than most as it’s the pan, not the surface, that heats up. Most induction hobs also have child locks, plus look for ‘pan detection’ sensors that can tell it’s a pan, not a teaspoon that’s been left on the surface. This means you can use the hob as an extra prep surface.

‘INDUCTION HOBS ARE MORE SLEEK AND MODERN THAN OTHERS, AND MANY CAN BE INSTALLED BY SIMPLY PLUGGING INTO A SOCKET’ RUTH CORBETT, HOUSES EDITOR

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SO SMART Features radio frequency link-up with the LinkTech cooker hood. Cooke & Lewis LinkTech induction hob, £180, B&Q

WHITE ON The bridge function connects two cooking zones into one large zone. Bejublad induction hob, £400, Ikea

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he smooth surface makes it look like a standard ceramic hob, but an induction hob works very differently.


RURAL REFINED

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RURAL REFINED Smart metallics and raw timber give this kitchen a designer feel

Add smart, global appeal to your kitchen with an Aries metal pendant light, £29, Cult Furniture

Hang favourite mugs from rails or hooks so they’re in easy reach of the kettle. Aztec mug, £4.99, HomeSense

Bring a touch of nature to your kitchen without the worry of keeping it alive, with a hanging faux plant, £8, Primark

Display artwork that echoes a cheery sentiment to make you smile. Good Vibes Only print, £12, And So To Shop

Shake things up at your next drinks party with this slimline copper cocktail shaker, £9.99, TK Maxx

Turn tea time into a more stylish affair with a Drury Lane teapot, £14, Sainsbury’s Home

Ideal for serving up cheese or canapés, a wooden board makes a great display piece, too. Chopping board, £25, Marks & Spencer

Easy to clean, these wipeable chairs make perfect sense for family dining. Finn dining chair in navy blue, £24.99, Danetti

Liven up a monochrome scheme with textured cushions. Tangiers cushion, £30, Christy

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‘We’ve mixed STOCK TAKE ‘I’m always on the lookout for vintage pieces for my shop – I can’t help but bring home a few for myself sometimes!’

COME ON IN!

ABOUT ME I’m Lucy Scarah, 30, and I run interiors business Helston Street. I live with my husband, Daniel, 30, in a Yorkshire twobedroom Victorian semi, which we bought in August 2015.

IDEA TO STEAL

‘Try laminate flooring in a bathroom – it’s a practical choice and comes in a whole range of designs’

MY CHALLENGE The bathroom was poorly laid out, with wasted space. The walls were covered in a dated blue paper and the fixtures were falling apart. The vinyl floor had begun to warp, and the beige mosaic wall tiles weren’t our taste. MY WISH LIST We had a generous amount of space to work with, so my aim was to rework the layout to fit in a freestanding bath and a walk-in shower. I wanted metro tiles to feature, and wanted the room to become a peaceful retreat.

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PRETTY IN PINK ‘We used Valspar’s Petal Pink on the walls to balance out the more industrial feel of the black fixtures and fittings and give the room a sense of calm’


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BATHROOM MAKEOVER

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Mixing modern touches with rustic styling, Lucy has transformed her bathroom into a tranquil space with plenty of personality

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een to stay close to both our families, my husband Daniel and I had focused our house hunt on several villages within close proximity to York that were more affordable than living in the city itself’, says Lucy. ‘I was set on finding something with lots of character and we were happy to take on a project, so when this Victorian semi came on the market, in need of a little TLC, we jumped at the chance.

Planning the project

TOTAL

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The existing bathroom, although dated, functioned fine for day-to-day life and so Daniel and I decided to spend time living with it as it was, so we could carefully consider exactly what we wanted from the new space and not rush into anything. Fast forward three years – a little longer than we had originally anticipated – and we were ready to begin work with a clear vision. Daniel works in CAD design, so he was able to draw different layouts on the computer which allowed us to reimagine the space and play around with ideas to help us visualise the end result. Having been given quotes from several plumbers, we decided that it would be a lot more cost effective for Daniel and his brother-in-law to carry out the labour themselves, as they already had some experience. Switching around the previous layout and reconfiguring the plumbing took some time to complete because we moved the toilet and sink, as well as installing a shower where the old bath used to be and fitting a separate freestanding bath. Most of the work ran smoothly and we were able to continue using the bathroom during most of the project, aside from a few weeks

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PRETTY PRIVATE.

Do it! FIT FROSTED WINDOW FILM

‘The ornate window frosting had been installed by the previous owners. The detailed design makes a cute feature’

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Clean the window you want to cover thoroughly with soapy water, making sure to clean the glass right up to the edges to ensure the film won’t peel away after it’s applied. Remove any excess water with a squeegee and then go over the whole window surface with a lint-free cloth until completely clean. Using a spray bottle full of clean water, spray the window so it’s covered in a thin mist. Remove the backing liner from the window film and spray the sticky side with water as you peel. Place the film onto the window and use the squeegee to remove water from under the film, starting from the centre, working outwards until the film is smooth and free of any air bubbles.

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‘In a bathroom, paint wooden wall letters with eggshell so they can cope with the humidity’ SALVAGED SLOGAN ‘I found these letters at Newark Antiques Fair and they make an unusual piece of art’

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Why it works

Styling the space To make the room fit in with the rest of the house, I couldn’t resist adding a few rustic touches in the smaller details, and some plants to make it feel fresh and homely. The vintage-inspired bath is my favourite part of the room and it feels like a completely different space to when we first bought the house. Now the hard work is finished, it’s so rewarding to finally enjoy the room we spent so long planning – it was definitely worth the wait!’

STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Choosing black brassware like Lucy’s is a clever way to give a period-style bath a smart, modern edge.’ EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Vanessa Richmond

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when we had to shower at my mum’s house down the road. Doing the work ourselves drastically kept costs down and, although it may have taken a little longer, we were able to stay within our budget. I love all things rustic and vintage, which is the style we chose for the rest of the house, but we decided to go for a more modern and clean feel in here. Most of my inspiration came from Instagram, as I use it for my business, @helstonstreet, and I stumbled across some wonderful ideas like the black-framed shower screen which I instantly knew I had to have! I went for simple white metro tiles to keep the look clean and then painted the walls in a subtle blush pink colour to soften the black detailing in the taps and shower.


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DARK GOOD LOOKS ‘The frame of the shower screen sparked the idea to source black hardware to match’

CUSTOM MADE ‘We had the bespoke vanity unit made to fit the countertop his-and-hers sinks I bought from Soak’

‘SHOP AROUND WITH DIFFERENT SUPPLIERS - IT WORKS OUT CHEAPER AND YOU CAN GET A MORE INDIVIDUAL LOOK RATHER THAN OFF-THE - SHELF DESIGNS’ ON DISPLAY ‘I made the shelf using a scaffolding board and I’m always adding to the collection of trinkets on there!’

Where to buy Lucy’s style Gympie white oak-effect flooring, £10sq m; walls in Valspar Petal Pink emulsion, £28 for 2.5L, both B&Q. Bevelled white gloss tiles, £9.95sq m, Walls & Floors. The Bath Co Dulwich roll-top bath, £529; Orchard Eden toilet, £149; Orchard Wye thermostatic bar valve shower, £279, all Victoria Plum. Vanity unit, £295, Kookenhagen. Alicia basins, £54.99 each, Soak. Edmonton mixer taps, £49.95 each; try the Turin black heated towel rail, £89.95, both Victorian Plumbing. Harbour Status black shower panel, £649, Drench. Shower tray, £145, Mira Showers at Amazon. Wall mirror, £95, William Wood Designs at eBay. Vintage stool, £45; bath caddy, £38; vintage floral picture, £15, all Helston Street. White bobble bath mat, £18, Cologne & Cotton

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WALK-IN SHOWERS

Lucy’s choice:

WALK-IN SHOWERS Love the easy access of Lucy’s walk-in shower? Make it work in your home…

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hybrid between an open-plan wet room and fully-enclosed shower cubicle, walk-in showers offer easy, low-level access and a luxuriously spacious showering area. The screen helps to contain shower spray, making walk-ins a practical choice in smaller bathrooms and for young families.

So, what is a walk-in? A walk-in shower has no door – hence the ‘walk-in’ – but it does include at least one shower screen. There are two main styles: the single entry, like Lucy’s, has access at one end, which is great for a corner or alcove. A double entry or walk-through design can be accessed from either end.

Should I go for a tray or tank the floor? Tanking (waterproofing) the floor, and walls, will provide completely level access and is worth considering if you have less-abled users or are looking to future-proof your home. It will also provide the slickest designer look. However, taking the tray route means

BEST FOR… LOW EFFORT Soak.com stocks frameless shower panels from just £87.99, all treated with an EasyClean finish that repels water.

you’ll swerve the expense of tanking (a labour-intensive, messy process), which is why we vote tray every time.

Where can I get one? Complete walk-in shower packages are widely available and come with the tray, screen and waste fittings in one. You can potentially save money buying the tray and screen separately but do measure carefully to ensure they fit together.

What size and shape? This will be dictated by your space but ideally you want at least W100xD80cm. Walk-in showers tend to be rectangular and can be used as two zones – one end for showering and the other for drying off. You can also buy screens that curve outwards in the main showering area to provide more elbow space while you wash.

How can I achieve uninterrupted entry? Completely level entry requires tanking the floor to make it waterproof, or a flush-fit tray, but neither option is cheap. Slimline trays are your next best option and range in height from 2.5-3.7cm, so the step ‘up’ into your shower is negligible. Not every bathroom is suited to low-level trays, as they can be too low to achieve sufficient fall for the water to drain away. Placing your shower nearest the external soil pipe will help, as will the direction and depth of any floor joists below – ask your builder or plumber if you’re unsure.

3 of the best LOW-LEVEL TRAYS

SAFETY FIRST Anti-slip coating that won’t wear away. Tread anti-slip shower tray, H2.6xW120xD80cm, £346, Bathstore

STONE LOOK Slate effect shower tray, H3.7xW100x D80cm, £395, Frontline Bathrooms

Frontline’s black grid shower panels feature a grid pattern to achieve the on-trend Crittall-look without the dirt-trapping potential of metal framing.

STURDY SUPPORT Aqata’s ceiling fix column attaches from floor to ceiling to ensure a safe installation of its shower panels, without compromising the frameless look.

‘WITH NO DOOR OR FRAME, CLEANING A WALK-IN IS SUPER FAST, ESPECIALLY IF YOU USE EASY CLEAN GLASS’ RUTH CORBETT, HOUSES EDITOR

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MODERN DESIGN Simpsons low profile stone resin tray, H2.5xW120xD90cm, £292.87, Victorian Plumbing

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MODERN RUSTIC

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MODERN RUSTIC Reclaimed wood and sleek black fittings create an urban edge

For an industrial vibe, fix this triangle frame shelf to the wall to display your favourite plants and candles, £59.50, The Farthing

Style up the space above your basin with a statement mirror, like this Kempton window design, £245, Loaf

Light a scented candle to get lovely aromas circulating. Savanna medium cream patterned candle, £20, Debenhams

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GO FAUX

Embrace a little nostalgia with an aged print, such as this Vintage Flowers Two poster, from £6.95 unframed, Desenio

Introduce a hint of greenery with an artificial plant. Double-headed succulent in a concrete pot, £29.50, Marks & Spencer

Add a rustic stool to perch on while brushing teeth, which can also double as a small table. Oriental stool, £145, Shimu

Treat your feet to a soft landing with this round jute bath mat in natural white, £17.99, H&M Home

Have toasty towels on hand whenever you step out of the shower with a Blyss Aspley black ladder towel radiator, £70, B&Q

Enjoy a little spa-like luxury in your own home with these super-soft hand towels in Pearl, £16 each, Christy

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KITCHEN PLANTERS

Stuck for inspiration? Bring your container to a Dobbies Garden Centres store, pick your greenery and an expert will help you plant it free of charge

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Water outdoors or over a sink

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Prettify your kitchen for spring by planting up enamelware in pastel shades. Fill a colander with different varieties of lush succulents or pot up a selection of mugs with herbs. Just remember to add plenty of drainage.


INSIDE EAT, TRY & DO!

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TIDYING TIPS

FOOD NEWS

EVER-SO-EASY EASTER EGG ROCKY ROAD TAKES 20MIN MAKES 16 FOR THE BASE 390g milk chocolate 75g butter 5tbsp golden syrup 200g shortbread 50g chocolate mini eggs 125g fudge 100g pink and white mini marshmallows FOR THE TOPPING 150g milk chocolate 15g butter 50g fudge, chopped 50g chocolate mini eggs

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Grease and line an 18x28cm tin with baking parchment. Put the chocolate, butter and syrup into a bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water. Meanwhile, put the shortbread into a plastic bag, tie a knot to secure and bash with a rolling pan to crush. Put 50g of the mini eggs in a plastic bag and bash to crush. Cut the fudge into small pieces. Take the chocolate off the heat, add the biscuits, fudge, crushed eggs and marshmallows. Mix well, then transfer to the tin and chill. To make the topping, melt the milk chocolate with the butter. Pour over the chilled mixture, to cover. Scatter over the fudge and mini eggs, then chill until set. Cut into 16 even squares.

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SOLUTION This month, get your home organised with storage heroes for hallway clutter, kids’ toys, clothes and accessories

Big storage for small bedrooms

Barely have space to move in your bedroom, but have lots of clothes that need a home? Try a wardrobe with a sliding door. This piece features a full-height rail on one side, together with five drawers and a half-height wardrobe above with removable shelves. Malvern Mink large wardrobe with sliding door (H195xW180xD59cm), £999, The Cotswold Company

3 of the best

PRETTY STORAGE POTS

Keep small items in these stylish containers DISHY NUMBER

DECEPTIVELY SPACIOUS

PICK A LAMP WITH HANDY SHELVES

Whether it’s the book you’re currently reading or the remote controls for the TV, it’s easy to misplace important things in a busy sitting room. Dunelm’s natty new floor lamp features two shelves built into the four-legged base so you have a dedicated perch for those must-haveto-hand items. Available online only. Plant stand floor lamp, £125, Dunelm.

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COLOURFUL CANISTER

Measuring 21cm in height, this roomy pot is ideal for your secret stash of posh chocs. Tikka ceramic storage pot, £36, Oliver Bonas

Fill this with tea or coffee. Pasqual glossy orange jar, £20, Habitat

GEORGE HOME’S WIRE LETTER RACK, £8, IS JUST THE THING FOR TAKEAWAY MENUS THAT HAVE BEEN CLUTTERING UP YOUR KITCHEN OR HALLWAY

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Pop pendants inside and use the lipped lid for your rings. Green speckled ceramic pot, £12, Debenhams


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TIME AT HOME

INVEST IN A BED WITH HIDDEN DEPTHS

Love a solid wood bed but need the extra storage space? Available in double, king and super king, the gorgeous Kanoodle bed from Loaf is made from solid ash and features a compartment in the base, with a rather smart fold-down flap, where you can stow all your extra bedding, outof-season clothes, future Christmas presents… whatever! Kanoodle bed, from £945 for a double, Loaf.

Try a space-saving bedside table

Streamline your sleeping space with this smart shelf from Tine K Home. As it’s wall hung, it frees up the room underneath for a neat stack of must-read books or simply just a spot to keep your slippers. Bedside shelf in iron, £77, Tine K Home

WE LOVE IKEA’S FRITIDS/STUVA TOY STORAGE WITH WHEELS, £50,WHICH IS DESIGNED FOR KIDS, ENCOURAGING THEM TO TIDY UP AFTER PLAYTIME

WALL UNITS

The latest designs for storage or display VINTAGE LOOK Glass wall storage unit, £20, Sainsbury’s Home

BLUE HUE Wall shelf, £15, Flying Tiger

SIMPLE STYLE Umbra large Cubist shelf, £39, Red Candy

Add a compact party trolley

Long for a posh drinks trolley but don’t have the space for one? This neat little number from Swoon can be tucked into a corner to offer much-needed storage on weekdays, then wheeled out in time for G&T o’clock come Friday evening. Durin bar trolley in brass and white marble, £229, Swoon

SQUEEZE IN A SLIMLINE CABINET This versatile metal locker is a handy space to stash your stuff. Plus, it’s available in six shades, so it’s perfect for adding a splash of colour to a room. Each comes with a removable hanging rail, four adjustable shelves and a cable hole. The Skinny, £199, Mustard.

3 of the best

CREATE YOUR IDEAL STORAGE SOLUTION

Build your own shelving unit with the modular range from Morfus. Made from interlocking FSC birch plywood, you can choose the width and height of shelves, even adding doors, drawers or boxes in up to nine colourways and a variety of sizes to achieve your perfect combo. Benji 3.2 stepped interlocking storage system, from £297 per unit, Morfus.

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TIME AT HOME

The 10-minute

DECLUTTER Get the place tidy in a flash with these speedy tips and handy buys

SHOW OFF

SHELF LIFE

BATHROOM BEAUTY

Create a home for all your favourite and most-worn items of bling. MW jewellery stand, £25, Debenhams

The ideal spot to store your daily make-up kit or favourite keepsakes. Mirrored shelves, £22, Tesco

Finally! A laundry bag that you won’t want to hide out of sight. Sequin laundry bag, £24, Next Home

Ready, steady, sort! PACK AWAY WINTER CLOTHES It’s wardrobe changeover time! Stash away all your woollies to make way for your summer stock. CLEAR YOUR KITCHEN COUNTER Gather up all the clutter on your worktop, discard what you don’t need and find a home for everything else. SORT YOUR GARDEN STORAGE Give your shed or garage a good tidy, assessing what you truly need to keep.

HALL HERO Perfect for adding instant glamour (and bonus storage) to your hallway. Asare storage bench, £179, Made.com

QUIRKY CADDY

SLICK BACK-UP

MULTI-PURPOSE

Bored of your dull tea tin? This top pot will add instant wow to your worktop. & Klevering dotted storage jar, £17, Amara

Whip this smart folding tray table out whenever you need an extra surface. Tray table, £32, Sainsbury’s Home

This super handy basket is just the thing for quick clutter clear ups. White storage box, £7, Primark

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MORE IS MORE Create extra storage instantly by sliding this under a cupboard, shelf or desk. Hanging shelf storage, £3, Wilko


TIME AT HOME

Fake tiles with clever floor paint

Rust-Oleum chalky finish floor paints in Anthracite and Chalk White, both £29.99 for 2.5L, Homebase

Get the look of encaustic tiles without the cost and hassle of ripping up your old flooring. Rust-Oleum’s chalky finish floor paint is perfect for updating wood and concrete floors, as it’s hard wearing and designed to resist scratches. First, lightly sand wooden floors or wipe clean concrete. Use a large roller to apply several coats of Chalk White floor paint. Once dry, position a stencil with masking tape, then paint using a darker shade and a small foam roller. Reposition and repeat until the whole floor is covered.

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3 of the best… SCREWDRIVER SETS MULTIPLE MODES This low-cost multi-tool offers regular, offset, precision and t-handle modes. Multi-function aluminum screwdriver, £4.50, Wilko

TOP TWISTER Take the toil out of removing screws. Magnusson ratcheting screwdriver set, £8.49, Screwfix

COMPLETE CADDY

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This extensive set has all the essentials for a lifetime of DIY. Stanley 48-piece mixed screwdriver set, £18, B&Q

yourself The latest need-to-knows to help you improve your home

MEASURING Protect your shed MULTI-TOOL Whether you’re a serial mover or

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from showers

With damp days, freezing frosts and strong winds, your shed is bound to have taken a battering over winter. Now’s the time to restore its roof with a Skyguard roof kit. Each one includes a long-life EPDM membrane, water-based deck adhesive and bonding sealant for the edges. Simply pick your size, then wave goodbye to leaks! Skyguard garden building roof kit, from £47.99, Robert Dyas

Bosch Zamo laser measure, £44.99, John Lewis & Partners

a DIY enthusiast, the Zamo laser measure is brimming with intuitive functions. The digital tape adapter determines short distances in a flash, while the wheel adapter helps with curved distances as it starts measuring as soon as the wheel touches a surface and stops when it’s removed. There’s also a laser line, perfect for hanging pictures, and a new square metre function for fast surface calculations – and all in handbag size.

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Do it

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Make a succulent

WALL GARDEN This month, Matthew Brown from Sandtex shows how to bring life to a garden space

Frames painted using Sandtex 10 Year Exterior Gloss in Classic Burgundy and Smokey Grey; Sandtex 10 Year Exterior Satin in Bay Tree, all from £19 for 750ml, Sandtex

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ring colour and interest to even the smallest area in your garden by creating living wall frames. Upcycle picture frames and fill with moss and lush succulents. YOU WILL NEED

Picture frames Sandpaper Lint-free cloth Methylated spirits Sandtex 10 Year Exterior Primer Undercoat Paintbrush Sandtex 10 Year Exterior Gloss Chicken wire Staple gun Succulents and moss

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SELECT YOUR FRAMES Go for different sizes and shapes of frames for an eclectic look. Remove the backing and front glass, then rub down the frame with a cloth to remove any dust or dirt.

MAKE SURE PLANTS ARE EXTRA SECURE BY USING LENGTHS OF FLORIST’S WIRE

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PRIME THE FRAMES Add a coat of primer undercoat, ensuring the whole frame is covered. Leave to dry.

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PICK A PAINT COLOUR Select a colour from Sandtex’s 10 Year Exterior Gloss collection and apply two to three coats evenly over the primed frame. Leave to dry completely between each application.

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CREATE A BASE FOR THE PLANTS Staple chicken wire across the back of the frames to provide the base for the greenery. Ensure the wire is pulled tightly.

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ADD GREENERY Using moss and succulents, entwine your greenery around the wire. You may need to pinch the wire together to secure each plant in place. Keep filling until the wire is hidden. Fix the frames to the wall.

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PICTURE FRAMES ‘Upcycle mismatched decorative frames to add playful pops of colour to a garden. A living gallery wall can be achieved within a few hours and offers something a bit different to your outside space.’

ELEGANT CHOICE Ung Drill frame, £26, Ikea

BIG AND BOLD Ornate classic black picture frame, £35, Ayers and Graces

VINTAGE ROMANCE Pink resin small heart picture frame, £6.25, The Contemporary Home

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SAND THE SURFACE Use a P180/P240 grade sandpaper to smooth the frame’s surface. Dust off and degrease the wood with methylated spirits using a lint-free cloth. This gives paint the best possible chance to bond on timber. If the frame is metal, use mineral spirits and remove peeling paint by hand-wire brushing.


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Spring sewing

Norwegian designer Tone Finnanger is back with her latest book, Tilda Sunshine Sewing (£12.99, F&W Media). Celebrating her spring and summer fabric collections Lemontree and Sunkiss, each design is inspired by memories of her grandparents’ house in southern Europe. There are 12 cheerful projects to enjoy, including quilts and softies inspired by the seaside. Each project is accompanied by easy step-by-step instructions and fullcolour illustrations. That’s your summer stitching sorted.

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Get inspired for all your seasonal craft projects by heading to this spring’s Creative Craft Show. Taking place at ExCel London on 4-6 April, it’s a must-visit for both keen and budding makers. Update your craft stash with the hottest products and dive into papercraft, sewing and jewellerymaking demonstrations, as well as a free programme of talks and workshops. What’s more, the industry’s top experts will be on hand to share their advice. Visit ichfevents.co.uk to find out more and to book.

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This Frida Kahlo cushion, £145, Jan Constantine, features various appliqué stitches

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The Chocolate Teapot, £20, Heston from Waitrose & Partners

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EASTER FEAST

Invite everyone round to yours for sensational seasonal dishes

THE MAIN EVENT

HERB-ROLLED LEG OF LAMB TAKES 2HR 20MIN SERVES 8 2kg butterflied, boneless leg of lamb (ask your butcher to do this for you) 2tbsp olive oil 400ml white wine 400ml lamb or beef stock FOR THE STUFFING 100g pine nuts, lightly toasted Large bunch of fresh mint, leaves picked Grated zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon 75g black pitted olives 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1tsp ground cinnamon 3tbsp olive oil

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Preheat oven to 220째C/Fan 200째C/ Gas 7. Whizz the pine nuts, mint, lemon zest and juice, olives, garlic, cinnamon and 3tbsp of the olive oil in a food processor until coarse. Lay out the lamb, skin-side down, on a chopping board and season. Spread the stuffing over the meat, leaving a 3cm border. Tightly roll up the meat and tie at 5cm intervals with kitchen string. Rub over the remaining olive oil and season again.

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Put the joint into a roasting tin and roast for 30min. Turn the oven down to 180째C/Fan 160째C/Gas 4, pour the wine into the roasting tin and roast for a further hour. Allow the lamb to rest with the string still on, for up to 30min, while you make the gravy. Pour the juices and any bits of stuffing from the roasting tin into a pan, skimming off the fat. Add the stock and warm through. Remove the string from the lamb, carve and serve.

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EASTER LUNCH

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LEEK & BACON TARTLETS TAKES 40MIN SERVES 6

TOP TARTS

100g streaky bacon, diced 20g butter 2 leeks, trimmed and sliced 100ml white wine 6tbsp crème fraîche 500g puff pastry Flour, to dust 4 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked

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Preheat the oven to 190°C/Fan 170°C/Gas 5. Fry the bacon for about 10min until golden, but still pink. Set aside. Heat the butter in the same pan and fry the leeks for about 5min. Season with salt and black pepper. Pour in the wine and bubble for another 5min until the leeks are soft and most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir 3tbsp of the crème fraîche through the leeks and add the bacon back to the pan. Remove from the heat. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface until just thicker than a £1 coin, cut out 6 x 12cm circles using a saucer as a guide. Mark a 1cm margin around the edge and put onto a baking tray. Spread the remaining crème fraîche into the middle of each tart, then top with the leek and bacon mixture and half the thyme leaves. Bake for 15-20min. Sprinkle with the remaining thyme and serve.

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MUSTARD-GLAZED SWEET ROOT VEG TAKES 45MIN SERVES 6 300g baby carrots, scrubbed 500g small parsnips, peeled and cored if woody, cut into quarters 2tbsp olive oil 25g butter, melted 1½tbsp wholegrain mustard

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Preheat the oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C/ Gas 7. Place the carrots and parsnips in a roasting tin, drizzle over the olive oil and butter, and gently toss to coat the vegetables. Roast for 25min. Stir in the mustard to coat all the vegetables and cook for a further 5min, until nicely glazed.

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BROCCOLI WITH LEMON & GARLIC CRUMBS

FRESH & ZESTY

TAKES 20MIN SERVES 6 500g Tenderstem broccoli 75g day-old bread, crusts removed 1 garlic clove, crushed 5tbsp fruity extra virgin olive oil Zest ½ lemon and 1tbsp lemon juice

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Bring a pan of water to the boil and blanch the broccoli for a couple of min until tender. Drain and refresh under cold water. Whizz the bread with the garlic and 2tbsp of the olive oil until coarse, tip into a frying pan and cook over a medium heat for 5min, until deep golden and crisp, then set aside. Gently warm the lemon zest and juice and remaining olive oil in a pan. Season well with salt and black pepper. Add the broccoli to the pan and coat in the dressing until hot. Transfer to a serving plate and scatter over the breadcrumb mixture.

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NEW TWIST

‘SPEED UP THE PREP BY ADDING BACON LARDONS TO THE ROASTING TIN INSTEAD OF WRAPPING EACH POTATO’ MINI ROASTED POTATOES IN BACON JACKETS TAKES 1HR SERVES 6 1kg small Charlotte potatoes, peeled 2tbsp olive oil 15-18 rashers streaky bacon or sliced pancetta, halved

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Preheat the oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C/Gas 7. Cook the potatoes in a pan of salted boiling water for 15min (or until almost tender). Drain thoroughly and toss the potatoes with the oil. When cool enough to handle, wrap each one in the bacon or the pancetta; arrange seam-side down in a roasting tin lined with baking parchment. Roast the potatoes for 30min until golden and crispy.

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EASTER LUNCH

Cook it

STEAM-BAKED ASIAN-STYLE HADDOCK TAKES 25MIN SERVES 4 2 bok choy, halved or ½ white cabbage, shredded 4 x 200g haddock fillets Juice of 1 lemon 2tbsp sesame oil 4tsp ketjap manis (Indonesian soy sauce) 1tbsp tamarind paste Lemon wedges and sticky rice to serve

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Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/ Gas 6. Place the bok choy on four separate sheets of non-stick baking paper and top each with a piece of fish. Mix together the lemon juice, sesame oil, ketjap manis and tamarind paste, and top each fillet with the mixture. Season well with salt and black pepper. Fold, roll and seal the baking paper to enclose the fillings. Place on a baking tray and bake for 12-15min until the fish is cooked through. Garnish with a lemon wedge and serve immediately, with sticky rice on the side.

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SUPER TASTY

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EASTER FAVE

EASTER PASSION CAKE TAKES 1HR 10MIN, PLUS COOLING SERVES 16 300g golden caster sugar 3 eggs 300ml sunflower oil 1tsp vanilla extract 300g selfraising flour, sieved 2tsp ground cinnamon 60g desiccated coconut 150g carrot, peeled and grated 225g can pineapple, drained and crushed in a blender FOR THE FILLING & DECORATION 500g tub mascarpone 1tbsp vanilla extract

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60g caster sugar 8tbsp lemon curd Handful of chocolate mini eggs

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Preheat the oven to 190°C/Fan 170°C/Gas 5. Put the sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla into a bowl and whisk for a few min, until pale and combined. Sieve in the flour and cinnamon. Fold in the coconut, carrot and pineapple. Divide mixture between

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two greased 20cm tins. Bake for 30min. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. To make the filling, mix together the mascarpone, vanilla and sugar. Slice each cake in half, horizontally. Spread one layer with 4tbsp lemon curd. Top with another cake and spread with half the mascarpone mixture. Repeat with the other two cake layers and decorate with the chocolate eggs.

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EASTER LUNCH

LEMON CURD CREME BRULEE TAKES 45MIN, PLUS COOLING SERVES 6 600ml double cream Zest 6 egg yolks and juice of 1 lemon 100g lemon curd 50g caster sugar, plus extra to sprinkle Icing sugar, for dusting

SWEET TREAT

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Preheat the oven to 150°C/Fan 130°C/Gas 2. Put the cream and lemon zest in a pan, and bring just to the boil. Beat the yolks in a bowl with the lemon juice, lemon curd and sugar. Whisk in the cream. Strain the custard through a sieve into a jug, then pour into six large ramekins. Put them in a roasting tin and pour hot water into the tin to a depth of about 2cm. Bake for 25min, ensuring the mixture is wobbly in the centre. Sprinkle a layer of caster sugar on each. Caramelise under the grill until bubbling and golden. Leave to cool, then dust with icing sugar. Serve with Easter bunny biscuits.

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HOT CROSS BREAD & BUTTER PUDDING

‘IF YOU PREFER TO HAVE A NON-ALCOHOLIC PUDDING REPLACE THE COINTREAU WITH JUICE’

TAKES 1HR SERVES 4

COMFORT PUD

50g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 6 hot cross buns, cut into 1.5cm slices 4tbsp apricot jam 50g dried apricots, chopped 50g sultanas 50ml Cointreau (or rum) 3 eggs, plus 1 yolk 300ml whole milk 300ml single cream, plus extra to serve 50g sugar 1tsp vanilla extract Pinch of ground cinnamon 1tbsp demerara sugar

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Grease a 1.5L ovenproof dish with butter. Spread the hot cross bun slices liberally with butter, then top with the apricot jam. Warm the dried apricots and sultanas in the Cointreau or rum, then set aside to cool and let the fruit swell. Whisk together the eggs and the extra yolk, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/ Gas 4. Arrange the buns in the dish and scatter with the alcohol-soaked fruit. Pour the custard mixture over the top and press it into the buns a little. Cover and leave to soak for at least 10min. Scatter the pudding with the demerara sugar. Bake in the oven for 30-40min, until golden, puffed up and set. Serve hot, with pouring cream on the side.

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