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‘THE WALLS WERE LIKE SANDPAPER’ Lorna’s design talent turned her post-war property from dingy to delightful ‘I TRIED TO GIVE IT CHARACTER’ First-time buyer Jessie banished bland from her one-bedroom flat in a converted factory and let her individual style flourish ‘IT WAS A TOTALLY BLANK CANVAS’ Lucy injected a healthy dose of character and colour into her newly renovated property STYLE UPDATE Simple tweaks and tricks to update your bedroom ‘OUR MIXTURE OF STYLES PAID OFF!’ When Jenny embarked on ‘project downstairs’ she just knew her bold design choices would be a success ‘WE HAD A BIG SWITCH AROUND’ Moving an old boiler cupboard freed up space in Lisa’s bathroom for a brand new layout
Nature-inspired decor brings the outside in
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GLOBAL BUYS Make a statement with accessories in earthy shades 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 MAKE IT MODERN SALVAGE Combine warehouse style with smart design pieces PRETTY MINERALS Rock the new look with a stone-inspired pattern
10 UNDER £10 Purse-friendly pieces you won’t want to miss! BRIGHT & BOLD Add personality with pattern and colour
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ECLECTIC RETRO Showcase cheery ceramics and eye-catching textiles LUXE SCANDI Go for a relaxed, contemporary scheme SMART DETAILS Chic touches to update your kitchen CHIC SANCTUARY Max out your bathroom with luxe items
120 WHERE TO BUY This issue’s stockists
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CRATE SHELVES A unique idea to add extra storage DECOUPAGE CRATE Get crafty to create an autumn produce display THE STYLE BOOK Let nature’s palette be your inspiration and bring the outdoors into your home ROOF WINDOWS Brighten a dark room and let light flood in
100 LOWERING THE CEILING A nifty
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104 FIND A SMART SOLUTION Keep your home looking its best
106 AUTUMN WREATH Welcome in the new season Scandi-style
107 DO IT YOURSELF Be handy at home 108 THE 10-MINUTE DECLUTTER Get organised in no time
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109 MAKE IT YOURSELF All the latest
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110 HALLOWEEN DECS Give paper
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103 CLASSIC STEAK PIE Delicious 111
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FAUX PLANTS Bronx Berber cushion, £20; pendulum clock, £18; round cane mirror, £30; wall clock, £30; wood plaque, £35; storage cube, £10; woven bowls, £35 for set of three, all Next Home
Faux string of hearts, £19.50, Marks & Spencer
Faux succulent in stone planter, £23, Perch and Parrow
Faux succulent plant, £6.99, HomeSense
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Best IN STORE Refresh your room schemes for the new season with our pick of the latest high-street trends
Indulge in opulent shades and sumptuous textures for an exotic look
Relax among powdery shades, painterly florals and iridescent touches Iridescent round boxes, £22
Raja cushion, £45
Honesty dinner plate, £3
Honeycomb vase, £10 Small Gold tray, £20
Patterned hanging mirror, £18
Honesty mug, £2.50 Dreamscape spot cushion, £10
Woven throw, £100
Honesty bowl, £2.50
Fluffy faux fur cushion cover in Blush, £8
Large Gold lantern, £40
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Pink ombré fabric basket, £16
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Team luxe velvets and metallic accents with jungle motifs
Embrace broken geometric prints in a contemporary monochrome palette
Mustard woven loop cushion, £8
Giraffe ornament, £6
Round wooden shelf, £25
Velvet cushion, £5
Faux trailing house plant, £10
Cheetah table lamp, £35 Glass candle holder, £10
Copper globe, £15
Textured cushion, £12
Black monkey duvet set, from £10
Black wire oval basket, £7
Black wire pedestal mirror, £10
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Coppertoned glass terrarium lantern, £7
Highball glass, £4
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Double Cone wall light, £35, BHS.com
Mya velvet two-seater sofa in Indigo Blue, £629, DFS
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Inspired by the classic design of the mid-century bow tie light, this wall lamp beats a basic up-lighter any day. Even better, it’s a plug-in with integrated bracket, so no electrical skills required!
The new So Simple range from DFS is just the thing if you’re feeling overwhelmed by choice. The streamlined collection of eight classic and modern shapes comes in contemporary colours, in wool, leather and linen look or velvet. It’s made with smaller proportions in mind and prices start at £329 for a two-seater.
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Rilla vase, £27.99, My Furniture
Emma Willis Ibiza duvet cover and pillowcase set, from £50, Dunelm
Shaped vase, £25, Debenhams
BLUE HUE TOP TIER Isla vase, £28.95, Audenza
Apartment Living vase, £3.50, Sainsbury’s Home
GO TO BED WITH EMMA WILLIS
We all know the presenter rocks a pixie crop and a hot red carpet look, but did you know she has a flair for design, too? Emma Willis’ second bed linen collection includes the whimsical Ibiza bedding, with reversible leopard print and wild animals to conjure up the heady escapism of the island she loves. Her Venice design teams a photographic floral print with soft blush tones for a contemporary take on classical blooms.
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Bring together warehouse style with smart design pieces and graphic prints Monkey hook, £9 for set of two; Hello hook, £8; photo frames, from £1; clock, £20; mirror, £55; coat stand, £30; runner, from £28, all Dunelm
1. Create a gallery wall Try a versatile mix on a wall by combining artwork with signs, objects and hooks, plus a couple of large statement pieces like a mirror or clock.
2. Show some metal For industrial style, introduce metal with black framed side tables, flashes of copper and brass, and tea light holders to reflect the burnished materials.
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Rustic Skeleton clock, £28.95, Melody Maison
4. Add a classic arc lamp No loft-style look is complete without a statement floor lamp. An arc light adds mood lighting and contrast to any rustic finishes.
£225 VINTAGE VIBE
Factory cushion, £25.50, Maisons du Monde
3. Go for a graphic print This urban look suits strong designs like maps, typography, abstract shapes and bold stripes. Choose vintage city-map prints on cushions, artwork or wall murals.
Highland Lodge wire wall shelving, £25, Sainsbury’s Home
Brooklyn loft GET THE LOOK Contrast metallics with rustic wood and industrial designs KEEP IN TIME
Sand timer ornament, £12, Matalan
COSY PLAID Henley throw, £20, Ideal Home range at Very
Damien arc floor lamp, £79; Grayson threeseater sofa, £599; Fulton nest of tables, £69; fabric coffee table, £149; Manhattan map cushion, £10; Preston geo cushion in Navy, £10; Map Of London cushion in Natural, £12; Manhattan map canvas, £12, all Dunelm
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Jefferson side table, £85, Next Home
COPPER FLASH Barrett tripod lamp, £29, Cult Furniture
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Marble jewellery dish, £22.99, Very
Agate duvet cover and pillowcase set, from £50; agate table lamp, £65; Clarissa easy-fit pendant, £40, all Lipsy Home at Next Home
DECORATIVE DINNERWARE Marble-effect side plate, £13, Cult Furniture
Marble print bottle, £5, Wilko
TAKE YOUR PLACE
Round geo placemat, £19.99 for four, Dobbies Garden Centres
SOFT TOUCH Paula marbled cushion in Gold, £28, Perch & Parrow
Marble pillar candle, £18.50, The Taylor
PRETTY MINERALS It’s not hard to see why these precious stones are rocking up in our homes… arble has been firmly in the home decor spotlight for some time and shows no sign of departing, but now other members of the rock group are joining the party, too. Agate and rose quartz are like marble’s prettier cousins, featuring shades of pink, lilac and sky blue and even bringing glittering golds into the mix. Choose dreamy bedding, glam up your tableware or simply add a couple of gold-edged coasters or cushions to your living room.
Pink agate canvas, £19.99, Very
UNDER COVER Marble-effect duvet set, from £10, George Home
ON THE EDGE
Agate bookend, £15, Marks & Spencer
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Rose quartz tea light holder, £15, Hurn & Hurn FEATURE HOLLY WALSH
OFF THE WALL
DREAMY DUVET PARTY PIECE
Marble-effect napkins, £3.50 for 16, Talking Tables
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Highlands hare candle, £4.50, Sainsbury’s Home
Botanical side plate, £6, Marks & Spencer
FUN FACTOR HOP IT
Woodland shiny rabbit ornament, £4.99, TK Maxx
HERITAGE BLOOMS Petworth trailing floral photo frame, £10, National Trust Shop
Floral Elegance art print, £7.95, Mode Prints
CUTE CHARACTER Walking fox ornament, £4, George Home
Take a stroll among woodland flora and fauna, all under a tenner!
Fine china butterfly palace mug, £3, Tesco
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Bunny cushion, £5, George Home
Duck doorstop, £7.99, HomeSense
The Enchanted Forest hand cream, £7, Heathcote & Ivory
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‘The walls were UNIQUE ARTWORK
‘I found an old tea chest in a charity shop and saved the only intact panel. I displayed it by the feature wall in the dining area’
COME ON IN!
ABOUT ME I’m Lorna Syson, 33, and I’m a printed textile designer and owner of my own online store. I live with my husband Neil, 32, a surveyor and our dog Jenkins. MY HOME A three-bed post-war maisonette in southeast London. We bought it in March 2013. WHEN I MOVED IN It felt dated and unloved, with moth-eaten carpets and sandpaper-textured walls in oppressive shades of either dark brown or maroon. AND NOW We’ve replaced the kitchen and decorated throughout with bright, bold patterns – mostly my own designs – and neutral tones. STYLE TIP Go bold with pattern, but give them breathing space by introducing plain, neutral tones.
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Lorna saw beyond the grubby interior of this neglected post-war property and used her talent for pattern and design to create a fun, colourful home
hen I first viewed this place, I knew straight away that it had potential,’ says Lorna. ‘My husband Neil and I had been hunting for a new home for five months and it was disappointing how tiny the properties were. Our rented ex-council flat in East London was starting to feel cramped, and I wanted to be within walking distance of my work studio in Deptford. After trawling property sites, we finally found this flat within our price range and just half an hour’s walk from my work. The rooms were more spacious than those we’d seen previously and, with plenty of light coming in from the large windows, it was easy to look beyond the clutter of furniture and walls covered in dingy brown paint the texture of sandpaper. The only downside was the leasehold, which restricted any major building work. We were unable to move walls or build extensions, which meant we’d have to be very clever with the way we worked with the existing space.
All to scale
‘I replaced the redundant fireplace with a stack of logs, with the odd one painted blue, navy or green, to break up the orange tone of the wood’
This is the first home we’ve owned, so it’s been great to finally be able to turn all my interior daydreaming into a reality. It was important to get the layout of the place right to create that spacious effect we craved, so I created room layouts on a laptop, the same way I work out my stall designs for exhibitions. This meant everything was to scale and provided realistic solutions as to where to place furniture and fittings for the best fit and effect. Our aim was to create a
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‘The navy lampshade is one of my own designs. The handmade satin frill gives it a stylish look that ties in with other designer pieces in the room’
‘I’ve added warm yellow tones to all the downstairs rooms for a cheerful, welcoming feel throughout the house’
‘TRY NOT TO CLUTTER UP WITH TOO MUCH FURNITURE. LESS IS MORE, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE A BUSY BACKDROP’ relaxed flow throughout the flat. We tackled the basics first, painting all the walls in neutral tones and laying grey and cream carpets throughout, except in the kitchen and hallway, where we chose a silver-grey laminate. A new streamlined kitchen replaced the old one, which had lacked storage space and was poorly laid out, and the bathroom was easily revamped with a fresh coat of paint and a glass shower enclosure. This gave us a good base to start from, and it meant we could gradually add in layers of colour, pattern and texture.
Design inspiration Much of my work is inspired by the beauty of nature and the colours found in the natural world, and this ethos has also played a big part in how we have decorated the flat. We made all the colour and decorating decisions
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Why it works
STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Mixing pattern scales means the prints all work together, using the same accent colours to link them’ features editor
IDEAS TO STEAL
‘Add a frilled fabric trim to a lampshade, in a similar colour tone, for a unique decorative touch’
Buy it Get Lorna’s colourful style PAGE 28
GO BOLD WITH BIG PATTERNS
Use a vibrant geometric wallpaper on one wall as a way of creating a strong focal point or space divider in a multipurpose room. Choose a design that will work with the furniture and accessories you have. Lorna loves Scandinavian style and clean, simple lines, so she went for a sharp geometric pattern in retro colours as a backdrop. Get a good balance of styles by using both patterned designs and plain blocks of colour. Choose modern furniture with soft lines and streamlined forms to create a harmonious balance and prevent the scheme from looking too cluttered. Accessorise with printed cushions and paintings to make a splash, using contrasting colour and pattern to really bring your room to life.
‘I’ve gone for furniture in warm woody tones, and simple streamlined shapes, which contrast with the more colourful textiles in the room’
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‘I loved the new kitchen but felt it needed a splash of colour so I had a blind made in my bright yellow Chrysanthemum design from Order Blinds’
IDEA TO STEAL
‘Use dark grey brick tiles in the kitchen to give the room definition and stop white units looking too clinical’
‘YOU CAN EASILY GET AWAY WITH DIFFERENT FLOORING, TILE, AND WALL DESIGNS IN A KITCHEN, AS WE HAVE – JUST MAKE SURE YOU KEEP EVERYTHING TO A SIMILAR COLOUR PALETTE’ together as a couple. Both of us worked on the DIY tasks, too. Neil was never particularly interested in home design and decorating before, but now, he’s a complete colour convert! To begin with, we made do with second-hand furniture from charity shops, eBay and pieces from Ikea. Over the years, we’ve slowly been replacing these old furnishings with investment pieces. Our Wayfair dining chairs and Ikea bench look fantastic around the dining table, and the coffee-table-cumfootstool upholstered in my own Spring Ivy fabric adds colour and pattern to the seating area. I’ve upgraded the wallpapers, too – an abstract bird design in the hallway echoes the bright pops of yellow that run throughout the downstairs rooms and adds a cheery feel to what would otherwise be a dead area of wall space. Another
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‘The silver birch laminate floor and my Broom and Bee Dusk wallpaper in white and grey add just the right amount of texture and warmth to prevent our Wren kitchen from looking too stark’
‘I looked at 20 grey tiles before I found this design from Topps Tiles. It was worth the wait, as they blend in perfectly with the worktops’
Why it works
STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Kitchens can feel cold, so cosy it up like Lorna has, with pretty paper and textiles’ decorating editor
‘The dark wall in the kitchen painted in Down Pipe from Farrow & Ball is one of my favourite features – every glass, utensil and jar seems to pop out’
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NEW LEASE OF LIFE
‘Our wooden bedside cupboard was a junk-shop find that we revamped by changing the knobs and adding a crate in the space below the drawers for storage’
‘NEVER BE SCARED TO EXPERIMENT WITH COLOURS AND PATTERN. IF YOU DO MAKE A MISTAKE, IT CAN ALWAYS BE RECTIFIED’ abstract-design wallpaper hangs in the dining area, to zone the space, and, in the sitting area, a rich matt navy paint is a perfect backdrop to our gallery wall.
I’ve always loved mural effects – in the right room, they can make a huge impact. The mountain mural in the master bedroom was a last-minute decision, as I felt the room was too plain. Painted in tonal colours, it’s worked really well, without being overpowering. For the bathroom, I bought a painterly, seaside-themed paper and stuck it to the bath panel, sealing it with yacht varnish. It was such a simple change, but it’s really brought the room to life. We invested more money in the armchairs, sofas and beds, as these are important anchor pieces, and we
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Why it works
STYLE AT HOME SAYSÉ ‘Layering up your bed, as Lorna has done, creates an extra-cosy look that’s so inviting.’ executive editor
CITY MAISONETTE SETTING THE MOOD
‘The gentle green and blue colour tones of the mountain scene gently fade into the background, adding a calming feel’
IDEA TO STEAL
‘Add bedlinen in several different layers to give a bedroom personality as well as a relaxed quality’
PAINTED WALL MURAL
Think carefully abut the kind of image you want in the room before putting paint on the wall. Consider the function of the room, and also the furniture you have. The simpler the image you have in mind, the better, as it will be easier to live with and tie in with all the other room elements. Draw the design accurately on a sheet of graph paper (four squares per inch is easiest to scale up onto a wall). When you’re happy draw the design onto the wall. Use vinyl matt to paint the image so it matches the matt finish on the plain walls. Use a selection of brushes – thick ones to apply paint to the larger areas of colour, and finer brushes for the finishing touches. Always use Frog Tape or low-tack masking tape to mark out the area you want to paint up to, as this can then be peeled off to create a clean line without damaging the walls.
‘I used different tones of the same colour palette for both the wall mural, bed linen and accessories, for a soft, soothing scheme’
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‘This industrial-look lamp in the bedroom is from Wayfair and is one of my favourite buys’’
‘A large headboard made from my Buds and Butterfly fabric has been used to create a dramatic statement in the guest bedroom’
3 of the best
STATEMENT DRUM SHADES Cast an eye-catching glow over your scheme
JOIN THE FOLD Large pleated drum shade, £50, Houseof
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Dolores pendant, £60, Där Lighting
Buddleia lampshade, £69.50, Lorna Syson
CITY MAISONETTE QUICK FIX
‘The bathroom was in pretty good condition so we gave it a quick revamp with white tiles and paint’
‘The seascape wallpaper from B&Q was a quick way to add impact to the bathroom at an affordable price’
IDEAS TO STEAL
‘Use yacht varnish to seal wallpaper if you want to use it in a humid or wet area’
Where to buy Lorna’s style
FEATURE SIAN WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHS BRIDGET PEIRSON
‘TRY PAPERING YOUR BATH PANEL USING A SEASIDE-MOTIF WALLPAPER – IT REALLY BRINGS A PLAIN WHITE SCHEME TO LIFE’ could justify spending money on them, as we economised on the dining chairs, tables and chests of drawers. Most of these items were bought second-hand, or were more Ikea buys. If you can find a pre-loved, well-made piece, it will last you for years. I love filling my home with beautiful finishing touches and head to Anthropologie for kitchen pieces or Deptford Market for one-off, well-designed accessories.
At last, with all the final details put in place, we can proudly say our home is finished, although my creative head
is constantly thinking of what we could possibly do to the house next! I especially love how the kitchen has turned out, since we rearranged the units to make it much easier to use. My favourite area is the dark grey kitchen wall, which beautifully shows off the glasses I’ve collected, including my favourite Emma Britton glass tumblers. I’m most proud of having managed to incorporate family heirlooms into such a modern interior, such as the blue chair in the living room, pieces of embroidery and comfy throws. All the hard work was worth it to create a space we feel comfortable and very happy in.’
EMMA BRITTON I love her etched floral glassware and splashbacks, which make beautiful designer touches in any home. FIDGETY FOOTSTOOLS I like being able to use my own fabrics to create individual pieces, and this family-run upholstery business provides a bespoke service where furniture can be covered in a fabric of your choice at affordable prices. LORNA SYSON My online shop sells bright and hand-printed fabrics and accessories for the home, as well as printed cards and stationary. B&Q My one-stop shop for all my DIY basics, as well as decorative touches, such as the wallpaper on the bath panel and the palm wallpaper in the guest bedroom. EBAY Still my favourite way to find vintage gems. Second-hand furniture can add character and charm to a home and there are often great bargains to be found.
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Partner a neutral sofa with a bold accent armchair. Pembroke Blue velvet armchair, FURNITURE CHOICE
Hang a hard-tomiss trophy stag. Stag memo rack, RED CANDY
£42.50 a roll
Wow with a feature wall in a striking print. Skandinavia 2 wallcovering, GALERIE
BRIGHT & BOLD Focus on pattern and colour and create a lively scheme that’s bursting with personality
orna’s home is full of colour and pattern. As a textile designer, she surrounds herself with visual inspiration and isn’t afraid to mix different designs and styles in her home, from lively geometrics and country florals, to rustic tweeds, checks and scenic prints. When mixing patterns like Lorna has, stick to a similar colour palette to create a harmonious look and avoid a clash of too many shades. Lorna has kept to navy and mustard, grey, teal and tan tones that feel warm and mellow and sit together cosily.
Supplement your scheme with a storage sideboard. Kallax shelving unit with drawers, IKEA
Choose a narrowframed angular design. Black hexagonal mirror, MELODY MAISON
Work in fun patterns on tableware. Pigeon mug, LIME LACE
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Settle for metal. Glam table clock, NAKEN INTERIORS
BRIGHT & BOLD
Stand a few stems in a tall vase. Artificial pussy willow stems, AUDENZA
Switch to a simple-style light. Terrazzo bulb lamp, JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS
Tie in your colour scheme with accents of navy. Velvet and copper shade, VERY
Go for a fiery print to liven up your walls. Framed fox artwork, MADE.COM
Layer up colour in the living room. Fishbone Navy throw, HURN & HURN
Squeeze in more seats with a dining bench. Kimba wooden dining bench, CULT FURNITURE
Go for a classic tan leather sofa as a starting point. Vento three-seater chaise-end sofa, MADE.COM
Shake up your sofa with jazzy geometrics. Geo triangle cushion, GEORGE HOME
Bring in greenery to give a living room a lift. Tradescantia in textured pot, MARKS & SPENCER
FEATURE LISA FAZZANI
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Remember to use a spirit level
Knagglig pine boxes, large, £9 each; small, £5 each, all Ikea
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FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT PHOTOGRAPH TI-MEDIACONTENT.COM
Make a unique shelvingcum-storage feature with salvaged wooden crates in different sizes. Sand smooth, then paint in natural shades. Screw securely to the wall, starting with the larger crates followed by the smaller ones on top.
‘I tried to give INSPO CORNER
‘I hang mood boards on the walls, so I can see at a glance the elements that I need for my designs’
COME ON IN!
ABOUT ME I’m Jessie Chorley, 39, a textile and paper artist. I sell my work both from my London shop and online at jessiechorley.com. MY HOME A one-bed flat in a Victorian converted factory in East London. I moved here in 2016. WHEN I BOUGHT IT The flats in the building all looked the same, with wooden floors, pale walls and functional white kitchens. AND NOW I’ve added dramatic bursts of colour to the rooms and made both the kitchen and the bathroom dark and cosy. STYLE TIP Create themed displays throughout the house. I’ve done this with animal motifs – my favourites are rabbits and swans.
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IT CHARACTER’ IN THE FRAME
‘The window is the focal point in this room, so everything revolves around that’
Buying her first home – a flat in a converted factory – gave Jessie the opportunity to let loose with colour and texture, and bring her individual style to a previously bland interior
aving lived in a shared house in Hackney for 12 years, surrounded by people, I started feeling unsettled and fed up with renting, so began looking for a place of my own,’ says Jessie. ‘I wanted to stay in the East End of London, as my workshop and shop are close by in the Columbia Road Flower Market, and I like the vibrancy of the area with all its quirky shops, markets and cafés. I heard that an old factory was being renovated nearby, so I came to look and knew immediately it was right for me. I needed my own space and as work has become busier, it’s great to be able to relax behind my own front door at the end of each day. Although the flat is bang in the middle of the East End, it’s quite tucked away and private.
From bland to beautiful My first job when I moved in was to blast away the boring. I went for my favourite colour, Little Greene’s Stock, on the walls and floor in the living room and bedroom, as it’s a subtle tone that goes with everything. I haven't used colour on the walls in the main spaces, but there are special items of clothing and decor that I change around regularly, which add plenty of colour. I chose to do the opposite in the small kitchen, bathroom and hallway, painting them a deep shade of green. They are all internal rooms without any windows, so it felt right to make them dark and
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‘I don’t use proper vases – I prefer old jugs, big tins and even chipped cups. I hate the idea of anything being thrown away’
‘WHEN CHOOSING FURNITURE, GO FOR SOLID WOOD – IT’S TIMELESS AND WILL LAST YOU YEARS AND YEARS’ cosy. I painted all the floors off-white to get away from the bland, pale-wood look that’s all over modern apartments.
Why it works
Putting my stamp on it When I moved in, the kitchen looked a bit clinical. It was very white and stark, so as well as painting the walls dark green, I filled it with colourful crockery, too. I love original, hand-painted cups and enamelware, whether old or new. I always look out for Nathalie Lete’s plate designs in Anthropologie, especially in the sale, as she often uses animals and they’re always brightly coloured. Or I’ll head to Old Spitalfields Market, which is a good hunting ground for vintage crockery and ceramics.
Finding balance The basic white sanitaryware was good quality, so it would have been wasteful to change it. Instead I painted the
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STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Jessie’s love of colourful crockery, knick-knacks and textiles has filled her home with character’ executive editor
DARK AND MOODY
‘I painted most of the kitchen in Leyland’s Ultra Deep, which gives it quite a Victorian feel’
3 of the best JUGS
Pretty even when empty MODERN MASTERPIECE Artisan jug, £25, Marks & Spencer
Cream French Country pitcher jug, £19, Dibor
Love Jessie’s eclectic retro look? Turn to PAGE 40
Petworth Trailing Floral pitcher jug, £18, National Trust Shop
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‘I love creating interesting little corners to take pictures for my work Instagram @jessiechorley’
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A TOUCH OF PINK
‘I’ve had this kitchen unit for 10 years – I got it for just £50 in a French brocante. It also doubles up as my office space’
‘My Ikea stool functions as extra seating for guests and as a mini stepladder, too’
DISPLAY YOUR COLLECTIONS
‘DON’T BE AFRAID TO MIX STYLES, ESPECIALLY IN OLD BUILDINGS. A FEW INDUSTRIAL PIECES LOOK GREAT ALONGSIDE MORE VINTAGE FINDS’ side of the bath pink and the walls the same dark green as the kitchen to tie everything together. I put up a small, wall-mounted cabinet to show off some of my treasures and to give the room character. It looks a lot different from most of the other bathrooms in the block now, but that’s how I like it.
A decent bed is a must, and my old one just wasn’t up to it, so I invested in a solid-wood bed, bought in a sale
for £400. I run a Friendship Quilt Project where people can meet up and swap fabrics, discuss techniques and sew together – one of my quilts is layered on top of the bed to soften the look and make it extra cosy. I’m a bit of a magpie, picking up things that appeal when I’m on my travels, be it in a French brocante or in the American Rockies. I love pottering around markets seeking out unusual pieces and pretty finds. Of all the rooms, my bedroom definitely reflects all of these elements of my
Use empty vertical space on walls to show off prized collections – items such as vintage scarves and maps work well displayed in frames, or you can mount a group of trays or plates directly to the wall. Small objects, such as thimbles, matchboxes and tiny ornaments, look great arranged in an old printer’s tray fixed to the wall. Look for similar trays on Etsy, eBay or at car-boot sales. Give a collection of vintage china a sense of grandeur by showing it off in a display cabinet, using decorative paper to create a colourful backdrop. Group similar objects in one particular area for maximum impact – try an array of ceramics on a sideboard or colourful glass vases on an open-shelving unit.
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‘I like the natural feel of wood. I’ve had this big old chest of drawers for years. It gets repainted from time to time, but it just goes on and on, which I love’
IDEAS TO STEAL
‘Mix and match floral prints for a cosy, cottage vibe’
personality the most. After the rest of the flat was complete, I tackled the living room. I’d left it until last, as I knew it would be the toughest to sort out. I didn’t want it to look cramped, but I needed to fit in all my special pieces. Instead of a traditional big sofa taking up lots of room, I’ve gone for various smaller seating options, which suit the way I live and work. The walls are decorated with a selection of found and discarded items – I think they’re so interesting and unique, each with its own story. I picked up a series of rag rugs in Brazil for just a few pounds, which I have laid throughout the flat.
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I wanted to update all of the ceiling lights and I spent ages looking for something that would look the part in this space. Eventually I found Ikea’s slightly industrial-style, white metal lights, which are called Ranarp, and fitted them in all of the rooms to reflect the building’s factory origins. At just £25 each, they were a good deal. I think the flat has a bit of a Japanese feel about it now it’s finished, with the life/work balance I’ve put together. I love the fact that when I’m at home I’m surrounded by things that actually mean something to me.’
Where to buy Jessie’s style
‘So many bathrooms are left plain – I like bringing in plenty of decor and texture’
‘INJECT YOUR BATHROOM WITH PERSONALITY AND COLOUR – IT SHOULD BE AS HOMELY AS EVERY OTHER ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE’
LITTLE GREENE I always go here first when I’m looking for paint. The colours work especially well in older properties. BRIXTON POTTERY I treat myself to one of its cups now and then. It uses a spongeware method that’s been around for many years and often uses old-fashioned designs featuring lots of animals. WARREN EVANS My go-to place for handmade wooden beds in simple styles. LABOUR AND WAIT I love the enamelware and the focus on great colours. It’s a real celebration of functional design. Always worth a look. JESSIE CHORLEY I sell handmade embroidery and appliqué and also teach workshops. I usually work with paper or fabric, mainly from pre-worn clothing. ANTHROPOLOGIE I love the colourful crockery in here. It can be expensive, but you can get fantastic bargains in the sale.
FEATURE STEPHANIE SMITH PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES
Why it works
STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Hanging a few striking items of clothing on the walls makes for a unique display.’ houses editor
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Small to medium drawers are best as they won’t need as much support to secure them to the wall. Make drawer dividers from wooden offcuts to create an extra shelf to maximise your display space. Paint the inside to showcase your collection. Plain white will help frame objects, while dark blue, grey or black are ideal for metallic pieces. If you want to paint the drawer front, too, first give it a light sanding. Then clean and apply a coat of wood primer, followed by another light sanding. Finish with a coat of your chosen paint. Chalky furniture paint is a prep-free alternative. Line the back of the drawer with decorative wrapping or wallpaper. Cut to fit and secure with spray adhesive. Secure to the wall using heavy-duty Sawtooth picture hangers.
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Fake it with a cute knitted cactus on the shelf. Colourful cactus decoration, SASS & BELLE
Display postcards in compartment shelving. Global nomad shelf, HOMESENSE
Buy Jessie’s style…
Use it as a side table, seat or step. Bekvam step stool, IKEA
Use a simple space to showcase a collection of cheery textiles, fun ceramics and colourful artwork
essie has packed every inch of her small East End flat with personality. Starting with a simple backdrop of white painted floors and walls, she’s added bursts of colour in each room with bold feature walls, bright paintwork and cheery textiles. With her collections of ceramics, textiles and bric-a-brac, Jessie has found lots of clever ways to showcase and display her things, from clothes hangers, wall hooks and dress mannequins, to upcycled drawers, cases and wooden printer trays used as shelves and display cases.
Go retro with cute baby pink. Rambler radio, ROBERTS RADIO
Mix florals with prints on cushions and throws, Santarem cushion, MAISONS DU MONDE
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Bring in touches of greenery. Zebra plant, MARKS & SPENCER
Add another layer of colour on a bed or sofa. Ditsy stripe bedspread, MORRISONS
Squeeze in a compact desk. Winter’s cabin farmhouse desk, ARGOS
Brighten up white floorboards with a cheery floral. Joe Browns statement rug, JD WILLIAMS
Fill with cheery blooms. Emma Bridgewater pansy jug, DAISY PARK
Keep it simple with white painted pieces. Burford chest of drawers, THE COTSWOLD CO
Go rustic with a painted farmhouse-style chair. Oregan chair, HABITAT
FEATURE LISA FAZZANI
Layer up the bed with soft colours and pretty prints. Double duvet set, TESCO
Keep to simple white lighting throughout. Ranarp pendant, IKEA
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Delight trick or treaters with these sweetie cones. Place a square piece of patterned origami paper on top of a plain colour and offset a bit. Roll into a cone and tie with twine. Fill with sweets and place in a jar ready for visitors to help themselves.
For similar papers, try Origami Super Stack, £5, The Works
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‘It was a totally SHELF LIFE
‘I find grouping items together adds visual interest’
COME ON IN!
ABOUT ME I’m Lucy Merrell, 36, and I live here with my husband, Robert, 35, and son, Felix, 16 months. OUR HOME A four-bed Victorian terraced house in Staffordshire, which we bought in March 2016. WHEN WE MOVED IN The walls were all painted magnolia and, although the period features were intact, the rooms lacked any real character. The kitchen and bathroom had been fitted, but the other spaces needed personality. AND NOW Cosmetic changes throughout have turned an empty shell into the colourful family home we had hoped for. We’ve introduced new furniture, paint colours and accessories in each room. STYLE TIP Choose items that can work in more than one room, so you can change them up when you want to freshen up the look.
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IDEA TO STEAL
‘Modernise the look of an old wooden fireplace with white paintÕ
BLANK CANVAS’ TWO TONE
‘I chose a grey backdrop for the living room and mixed two different shades for a subtle contrast. Mustard yellow accents add a splash of colour’
Having been blandly renovated by a property developer, Lucy’s new home needed a healthy dose of character and colour to give it some personality
ith both my husband Robert and I working demanding full-time jobs, we were keen to find a property that didn’t require lots of structural work or major changes,’ says Lucy. ‘This house had been recently refurbished by a property developer in order to sell on, which meant that all of the usual issues that come with renovating a Victorian house had already been dealt with. He had extended the kitchen to create an open-plan dining area, which was a huge bonus, as well as converting the loft to add that all-important fourth bedroom we were looking for. The house had been kitted out with mod cons in terms of heating and lighting, and the finishes had been done to a high standard. The walls and ceilings had all been replastered and new carpets laid, so the house was an empty shell for us to move into.
A sense of flow
Love Lucy’s luxe Scandi style? Turn to PAGE 54
It was the layout of the house that really appealed to us – the downstairs had a perfect balance of a sociable open-plan space for entertaining our friends and family, and a cosy separate living room at the front of the house, which is where we relax in the evenings. Not only did the generous kitchen extension almost double the length of the original room, but the addition of skylights means this space is always filled with sunlight. The Shaker-style kitchen was in almostnew condition when we bought the house and the soft grey cabinetry
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‘The Victorian-inspired floor tiles suit the era of the property perfectly. The pattern lifts the space – they’re one of our favourite features’
IDEA TO STEAL
‘Spell out your togetherness with gilt-sprayed initialsÕ
3 of the best
Take your pick of these portable pieces TOTALLY TIKI
Rattan trolley, £145, Oliver Bonas
Metal and wood trolley, £110, Maisons du Monde
Three-tier storage trolley, £25, Hobbycraft
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PERIOD TERRACE PATTERN HIT
‘The large-scale Berber rug from La Redoute adds some much-needed pattern to this space. It took several months to find one I was happy with’
Why it works
with solid wood worktops has a rustic, country-style feel, which felt more in keeping with the property than a minimalist, modern kitchen, which so many developers go for nowadays.
Looking to the future STYLE AT HOME SAYSÉ ‘Zingy yellow and mustard touches help lift the grey colour scheme.’ executive editor
Upstairs, three good-sized bedrooms on the first floor and a self-contained guest room with en suite in the loft offered us plenty of room to grow into. The period features around the house, including fireplaces, picture rails and cornicing, were left in place by the developer, which we were thrilled about! It was important to me to be able to include them in the design of each room going forward. I was careful to keep the interior sympathetic to the era of the house
‘TAKE THE TIME TO PLAN OUT EACH ROOM BEFORE YOU COMMIT TO A SCHEME, SO THE PROCESS DOESN’T FEEL RUSHED’
‘I’ve paired simple furniture, like the Ikea desk, with a grey and white colour palette to give our study an uncluttered feel’
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as I didn’t want to make the decor too modern and risk losing the original character that we’d fallen in love with.
Time to plan Moving into a blank canvas home, it would have been easy to jump straight into the decorating and make quick decisions about the cosmetic finishes. Instead, we took the time to plan out each room and experiment with colour palettes before committing, which meant the process didn’t feel rushed. As the kitchen was already to our taste and the walls were neutral throughout, our big decisions were mainly furniture, lighting and paint colours, as well as finishing touches and accessories further down the line. Before starting to decorate each room, I pulled together a detailed
DARE TO GO DARK
‘I wanted bold furniture to anchor the dining room and stand out against the crisp white walls’
Why it works
STYLE AT HOME SAYSÉ ‘Lucy has added vintage and rustic-look pieces, which add character.’ houses editor
SHOPS ‘LOOK OUT FOR ONE-OFF PIECES FROM INDEPENDENT OR VINTAGE MARKETS TO MIX IN WITH HIGH-STREET FINDS’
IDEA TO STEAL
‘Mix and match metal and wood pieces to pull together an on-trend industrial look’
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‘I like to keep chopping boards, herbs and pretty jars on show in the kitchen, to keep it from feeling stark or clinical’
‘We kept the colour palette light in the kitchen to help make it feel even more spacious’
UPCYCLE WOODEN CRATES Stack them up to create an open storage unit. Try to buy similar sizes and finishes for uniformity. Add screws to secure them to each other safely, as well as to the wall they are resting on. Make a side table. Turn a crate on its thinnest side and add castors to the bottom. Paste decorative paper to the inside. Fashion a wall shelf. Secure a crate to the wall using either hooks or a floating shelf for support. Use as shoe storage. Stack them in a pile by the front door and attach a name label to each one to make finding shoes nice and easy. Create crate trestle legs. Stack two at either end of a long piece of wood to form a desk. Make a coffee table. Lay four crates on their longest side (openings facing outwards) at right angles to each other to create a square formation with a hole in the centre for holding a plant pot.
‘Simple wooden crates make great storage, so I sourced these from TK Maxx and wall-mounted them to act as open shelves’
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‘Our button-back bed frame from Made.com was the starting point for the bedroom scheme, which is a blend of restful neutrals’
IDEA TO STEAL
‘Add a heavy bedspread for extra cosiness and to bring in a little subtle patternÕ WELCOME WOOD
‘I chose classic pine furniture to not only stand the test of time, but also to introduce warmth’
LIGHT & DARK
‘The black fireplace and pale blush pink walls perfectly offset each other’
Paint a glass vase in a fine layer of your base colour to just under where you’d like the colours to cross. Allow to dry and repeat. Finish your top colour either above or below the halfway point of the vase. Use a tape measure to ensure an even finish. For the second colour, pick an accent shade that’s already used in your room, or try a metallic finish such as gold or copper. Protect the inside of the vase with masking tape. Spray the vase from the bottom up. As you approach the line where the colours cross, reduce the spray and hover a piece of paper in front of the line to help break up the application of the paint. Allow to dry, then repeat if needed.
Why it works
‘I painted this wall and the built-in cupboards in a strong dark shade, as I felt the room could handle something dramatic’
STYLE AT HOME SAYSÉ
‘Lucy’s collection of honey-toned wooden furniture brings a warm feeling into her otherwise cool colour scheme. Metal touches help to give it an up-to-date edge.’ senior features editor
‘TO AVOID ANIMPERSONAL LOOK, BUY ONE-OFF PIECES FROM INDEPENDENT SHOPS OR VINTAGE MARKETS, AND MIX THEM WITH HIGH-STREET FINDS’ moodboard to bring my ideas together. I found it was a great way to visualise the end result and see which elements didn’t quite fit in. I gathered inspiration from homes and interiors magazines, as well as online through Pinterest and Instagram, where I have a dedicated interiors account, @mrsmerrellyeah. Style-wise, I’d say I’m mostly drawn to Scandinavian and industrial influences, but I try not to get too caught up in trends. They change so quickly and can end up looking dated, which is why I prefer to buy one-off pieces from independent shops or
vintage markets whenever possible. I find that experimenting with different styles is all part of the process when creating your perfect home. I love hunting for wall art and decorative pieces to finish off a room. Whether it’s some unusual frames to hold favourite family photos, a couple of quirky prints or original paintings, I find that decorating the walls in any room is a really effective way of adding personality and making the space feel complete. I’m a big fan of online store Desenio for buying prints and frames Ð it’s great value for money
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PRETTY YET PRACTICAL
‘The flooring in the en suite is wood-effect porcelain, which means we can enjoy the look of real wood without the worry of warping’
and there is so much choice – you can spend hours browsing the website!
Investment pieces Robert and I decided to splash out on a few key pieces around the house, like the sofas and our upholstered bed, as these are both focal points. But one of my favourite features is the wooden plantation shutters that we had installed in the living room. They highlight the bay window beautifully and will last for years to come, so were certainly a good investment. Being able to start from scratch with the interior of our home meant we have truly been able to put our stamp on the house. Each room was calling out for some TLC and, over time, we have slowly built up a look and style that suits us as a family.’ Find more clever ways to style up your home by going to pinterest. com/styleathomemag
‘TRY TO FIT AN EN SUITE INTO YOUR LOFT CONVERSION FOR MAXIMUM UTILITY’
Where to buy Lucy’s style
HOMESENSE Lots of one-off finds and decorative accessories at great prices, particularly if you love boho or global style.
H&M HOME Available in larger stores and online, there is a wide range of Scandi-style accessories, crockery and bedding, as well as small pieces of furniture. NEXT HOME From lighting to large items of furniture, Next sells everything for the home and you can visit its larger stores to browse inspiring room sets. DESENIO Lucy’s go-to online shop for affordable prints and posters, framed and unframed, with styles to suit every taste. LA REDOUTE Contemporary and boho-inspired pieces of furniture and accessories abound in this online French store. It also has a great range of rugs.
‘To highlight the interesting architectural details in the loft space, I took the plunge and went for a punchy blue on one wall’
IDEA TO STEAL
WORDS & STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES
‘Hang a string of festoon lights for a fun, welcoming touch in a guest room’
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Catalonia: Tarragona, Girona & the Pyrenees
8 days from £899PP Discover Corsica’s French and Italian inﬂuences, dramatic peaks, unspoilt coastlines, Genoese citadels, hilltop villages and abundant wildlife.
l Wander the chic coastal towns of Calvi, L’Île-Rousse and Saint-Florent l Enjoy a train journey through mountain scenery to the citadel of Corte l Scenic boat ride to marvel at the Scandola Nature Reserve’s pristine coastline
So much included l 4 guided tours and 5 visit l Experienced tour manager l Return regional flights and hotel transfers
l 3-star superior accommodation l Daily breakfast
8 days from £899PP Immerse yourself in the ﬁercely independent Spanish region of Catalonia. l Soak up the breathtaking alpine scenery of the Núria Valley in the Pyrenees l See Barcelona with a local guide giving insights into its vibrant culture and unique architecture
So much included l 4 guided tours and 5 visits l Experienced tour manager l Return regional flights and hotel transfers
l 4-star accommodation l Daily breakfast
“This was another excellent experience with Riviera. The itinerary was well thought-out and very interesting. Our Riviera guide was just brilliant – everything worked like clockwork. ” Ms Vincent
Discover the Real Tenerife & La Gomera
Secret Italy: Trieste & Udine
8 days from £849PP
6 days from £699PP
Discover the Canaries’ lesser-known treasures: medieval colonial towns that inﬂuenced Latin American cities such as Old Havana, volcanic marvels and ruggedly beautiful landscapes.
Discover a less-explored side of Italy: a grand Habsburg city, a Venetian pearl without the crowds, ancient Roman ruins, a fairy-tale castle by the sea, splendid Italian art, Friulian specialities and more.
l Guided sightseeing tour of La Laguna, the medieval capital of the Canary Islands
l Enjoy a guided tour of Trieste, an elegant Habsburg city
l Discover the misty laurel forests and ancient culture of La Gomera
So much included l 4 guided tours and 2 visits l Experienced tour manager l Return regional flights and hotel transfers
l See the remains of Aquileia, an ancient Roman megacity
So much included l 4-star accommodation l Daily breakfast and one lunch at a local restaurant
l 3 guided tours and 6 visits l Experienced tour manager l Return regional flights and hotel transfers
l 4-star accommodation l Daily breakfast
Call to book or for a free brochure 01283 523471 or visit www.styriviera.co.uk Prices are based on two people sharing and are correct at time of print. Single supplements may apply. This holiday is operated by and subject to booking conditions of Riviera Travel, ABTA V4744 ATOL 3430 protected. Subject to availability. Additional entrance costs may apply. Images used in conjunction with Riviera Travel. For further information please write to Riviera Travel, New Manor, 328 Wetmore Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffs, DE14 1SP.
Choose patterns in your key colours. Portobello Road cushion, VERY
Stand it on a hearth for extra sparkle. Glass and metal lantern, WILKO
Work in one or two quirky pieces for a touch of fun. Stag head wall art, THE FRENCH BEDROOM CO
Try it wall-hung or floor-standing. Abbey graphite metal arch mirror, ARTISANTI
Buy Lucy’s style…
Give a simple scheme a touch of polish with cool colours, plush textiles and luxe metallics
ucy has put together a relaxed, contemporary scheme that’s easy on the eye and easy to live with too. By keeping to a similar colour palette throughout, one room flows easily into the next, with a decor that feels comfortably co-ordinated. Starting with a neutral backdrop of soft white and grey, Lucy has looked to classic shapes and Scandi-inspired pieces when choosing furniture and furnishings, mixing in touches of warm wood, woven textiles, polished white pieces and glam metallics.
FEATURE LISA FAZZANI
Keep rooms clear of clutter. Seagrass belly baskets, JD WILLIAMS
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£14.95 Group frames in a gallery arrangement. Kiko copper frame, NKUKU
Add a floral spray for a pretty touch. Faux flowers in vase, PRIMARK
Mix form and function with chic lighting. Ranarp work lamp, IKEA
Go glam with statement marble and gold. Dutchbone Boss side table, CUCKOOLAND
Make a statement with staggered lighting. Industrial five-light cascade, BHS.COM
Style up shelves with luxe metallic pieces. Black and gold textured vase, M&CO
Make your sofa pop with a sunny colour. Porter ochre throw, MADE
Arrange two or three in a vase. Faux Monstera leaf, AUDENZA
SOFT TO SINK INTO
Choose a classic shape for timeless style. Charleston grey velvet sofa, FURNITURE CHOICE
Go for a statement rug. Diamond rug, JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS
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Make a feature of an autumn harvest (or seasonal fruits from the supermarket!) by prettifying a wooden apple crate using découpage. Cut out flower and leaf motifs from wrapping or wallpaper then stick on with a glue stick and seal with PVA.
Display colourful autumn produce Pick up vintage fruit crates from eBay or ask your local greengrocer
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Be inspired by the outdoors with a soft palette of tactile fabrics paired with nature-inspired motifs and plenty of foliage
Pull out and keep!
Dark walls have a cocooning effect on a space, so they’re a great choice for living rooms – especially if you want to make a statement
Work a classic scheme with denim blue and worn wood
Worthing stripe in Sky, £34.50m, Ian Mankin
THE WALLPAPER Oasis Amelia in Blue, £28 a roll, Graham Sanderson Interiors
THE PAINT Flanders Blue chalky emulsion, £35 for 2.5L, Craig & Rose
Orianna diamond rug, from £119, Cult Furniture
Go for a blind and curtain combo
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Achieve an oasis of calm with a base of blue Pared-back furnishings and traditional shapes are key to achieving this relaxed look. WOW WITH DARK SHADES Paint walls in a deep, inky blue to set the scene. KEEP FLOORS BARE Simple wooden floorboards complement this laid-back feel
perfectly. Soften the look with a tonal rug in off-white. INTRODUCE LINEAR PATTERNS Choose accessories featuring stripes in toning colourways. ADD A TOUCH OF METALLIC Lighting in brass or gold will help prevent the look from becoming too coastal.
Go for real tongue-andgroove panelling (or fake it with smart wallpaper) to introduce a homely, country-cabin feel
Layer natural materials to add country charm
THE FABRIC Shoji in Biscuit, £30m, Scion at Style Library
THE WALLPAPER Tongue and Groove, £9.49 a roll, Arthouse at Robert Dyas
Teal satin furniture paint, £13 for 750ml, Rust-Oleum at B&Q
THE FLOORING Gaspard rug, £150, Habitat
Dress a dining table in natural linens
Consider a long, low-level display shelf for favourite knick-knacks and plants as a less formal alternative to standard wall shelves
Why it works the STYLE RULES
Effortlessly style a restful and rustic country retreat Enhance a laid-back, welcoming vibe with a mix of global patterns and washed-linen textiles. WORK WITH WHITE WALLS Clean white is the ideal neutral backdrop – use it to make statement furniture stand out. TAKE INSPIRATION FROM AROUND THE GLOBE Work in some block-printed designs, hand-woven textiles
and jacquard prints to give a country scheme an eclectic edge. ZONE A SPACE WITH RUGS Try positioning a flat-weave, textured rug under furniture. ADD A SOFT PUNCH OF COLOUR Don’t be afraid to add a pop of turquoise to boost an organic palette. Refresh wooden furniture with a lick of paint and then lightly sand to give it a rustic edge.
STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Homely accessories, colourful fabrics and well-worn furniture create a relaxed folksy look.’ Nicky Phillips, Decorating Editor
Tone down the femininity with a grey and white colour palette for the large items of furniture
Add a little sophisticated bling with a metallic curtain rail
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Bring an air of romance to your living space For a chic look, pair sugary shades with a mix of traditional and modern furniture styles. SET THE SCENE Mirror the motifs of your chosen wallpaper in the cushions and framed prints for continuity. CREATE A TIMELESS STYLE Mix contemporary furniture with
vintage finds, painted in a soft grey to add subtle elegance. LAYER WINDOW TREATMENTS Instantly capture a romantic ambience and add visual depth by dressing windows with full-length curtains layered over blinds. Choose colours that co-ordinate with your furniture.
Play with muted shades and insect motifs
THE FABRIC Imogen linen in Oyster Pink, £48m, Neptune
THE WALLPAPER Enchanted Wings Butterfly, £14 a roll, I Love Wallpaper
Crown Wheatgrass silk emulsion, £14 for 2.5L, Homebase
THE FLOORING Soft oak laminate in Grey, £23.99sq m, Quick-Step
Make a feature of the flue for an industrial touch
Style a hideaway with moody blues and tactile textures
THE FABRIC Huari Husk, £36m, Villa Nova
THE WALLPAPER Bersa II, £59 a roll, Borastapeter at Jane Clayton & Company
No.970 Admiral matt emulsion, £12 for 2.5L, Wickes
Armand wool Grey rug, from £93.99, August Grove at Wayfair
Arrange seating around the fireplace, rather than a TV, to give the space a real winter-cabin feel
Light wood beautifully softens dark walls and textiles, helping strike the perfect balance
Why it works the STYLE RULES
Pair dark shades with blocks of pale, neutral colours Choose sculptural furniture in simple shapes with slim legs that sits harmoniously together. ADD DRAMA WITH DARK BLUE Be brave and paint all of the walls in a rich shade of midnight blue, or work in a couple of white walls, too. Add contrast and soften the scheme with large zones of soft neutrals, such as a light-coloured carpet and a dove grey sofa.
INCORPORATE PATTERN Abstract artwork and geo prints lend themselves perfectly to a dark scheme. But use them in moderation to avoid overcrowding this minimalistic look. FOCUS ON TEXTURES Instantly capture a snug feel by adding a few chunky knit throws, some cosy faux fur cushions and light-wood furniture.
STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Weathered blues like dark denim and sky blue work perfectly for a cocooning cabin feel.’ Stephanie Durrant, Senior Features Editor
For a calm and clean look that doesn’t come across as clinical, choose cream rather than white – it’s cosier and less formal
Group frames together to create small vignettes
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Make a simple cream scheme work harder Style an easy-to-live-with space using soft shades and subtle pattern. Complete with rustic, wooden accents. MAXIMISE STORAGE SPACE Dressers with a mix of open shelving and closed-in storage offer spots for display as well as hiding the clutter.
EMBRACE A TONAL SCHEME Add plenty of visual interest to a harmonious room with piles of books, vases of flowers and lots of tactile ceramics. UNIFY WALLS AND FLOORS Tone-on-tone cream will give you a blank, but warm, canvas. Paint skirting to match the walls.
Stick to a tonal colour palette for a cohesive space
Wildflower Union Floral in Jacquard, £44.50m, Ian Mankin
THE WALLPAPER Melinki Tree Circles, £43 a roll, Scion at Style Library
Magnolia matt emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Little Greene
Avon carpet, £16sq m, John Lewis & Partners
There’s no such thing as too many plants in a room! Reconnect with nature using a mix of fresh greenery and leafy prints
Hang a seasonal wreath
BOTANICALS Surround yourself with plant motifs
THEFABRIC Angel Ferns, £34m, Fabrics and Papers
THE WALLPAPER Lotte Black, £85 a roll, Sandberg Wallpaper
1829 Soft Green chalky emulsion, £35 for 2.5L, Craig & Rose
Aftas round rug, from £50, La Redoute
Why it works
Rather than hiding favourite fabrics away in a craft cupboard, keep a stash on display in woven baskets
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Get ready for a nature-inspired, new-season refresh Swap ditsy florals for uplifting, on-trend leafy green patterns. ELEVATE FLORALS Instantly capture a botanical look with an array of fronds, ferns and bold bloom prints. INVEST IN STURDY CHOICES Wicker, black metal and wooden furniture all have an aged, robust feel. Plus, they marry effortlessly with upholstered seating in
country cream – an ideal combo for everyday, easy living. VERSATILE STYLING Originally aimed at the garden, many outdoorsy accessories have been brought inside, such as zinc plant pots, twine balls and bell jars. CHOOSE WOODEN FLOORING Worn, dark planks help echo the outdoor vibe. Top with a natural jute rug for added comfort.
STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Neutral tones give the perfect backdrop to fern and flora prints, while natural materials add texture.’ Heather Young, Executive Editor
Invest in a ladder for a library feel
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Work a little Scandinavian flair into your home Make your living space both practical and functional. UNDERSTATED FLOORING Light oak planks or a neutral carpet will enhance a space. Go for a simple, yet streamlined design, or try a laminate wood-effect option for a budget-friendly update.
MAKE USE OF ALCOVES For maximum storage space, install sleek, built-in floating shelves in recessed walls. LESS IS MORE Paint walls in white with just a hint of violet for a pared-back base. Then introduce a few nature-inspired prints.
Perfect if you don’t like to redecorate too often, simple Scandi style is a timeless choice
NEUTRALS Add natural beauty with wood and subtle shades
THE FABRIC Cow Parsley in Dove Charcoal, £52m, Vanessa Arbuthnott
THE WALLPAPER Wildlife Animal, £18 a roll, Lucie Annabel at Henderson Interiors
Dulux Violet White matt emulsion, £16 for 2.5L, Homebase
Blengdale Haya woodeffect tiles, £26.96sq m, Walls and Floors
Work colour into a neutral scheme by picking a single accent shade to scatter throughout
Use bright pops of colour to create a stylish haven
THEFABRIC Willow and Herb in Grey/ Citrine, £59m, Sarah Hardaker
THE WALLPAPER Lundby in Citrine, £25 a roll, John Lewis & Partners
Crushed Almond silk emulsion, £12 for 2.5L, Wilko
THE FLOORING Seagrass carpet, £21.99sq m, Naked Flooring Company
Paint a chair in a bright, zesty colour
A handy bench by the door is not only a practical spot for taking your wellies on and off, but can also be used as display space
Why it works
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Welcome motifs and colour with a woodland theme Bring in contemporary, natureinspired prints and surround yourself with collectibles for a characterful finishing touch. SHAKE UP ANTIQUE FINDS Give dated wooden furniture a modern revamp with zingy citrus green paint to create a statement. ADD COLOUR AND TEXTURE Choose seagrass baskets, herringbone throws and aged
books to add textural interest. Liven up with yellow linens. ADORN THE WALLS Embrace prints that reflect the outdoors, such as tree-patterned wallpaper that lends itself perfectly to a country scheme. INTRODUCE STYLISH STORAGE Shaker rails are ideal for hanging both practical and decorative items, especially when they have a shelf.
STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘There’s nothing more calming than a look inspired by nature, with bold colours and flowers.’ Nicky Phillips, Decorating Editor
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Transform your sleep space into a welcoming haven of calm with these inspiring decorating ideas
TEACUP BIRD FEEDER
Makeit A vintage cup and saucer set makes a cute bird feeder. Use Gorilla Glue to secure the cup onto the saucer with the handle facing up. Wrap tape around it to hold the cup steady while drying. Hang by the handle with twine and fill with birdseed.
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Pick up a cup and saucer from a charity shop or car-boot sale
Clear Gorilla Glue, £7.50 for 50ml, Hobbycraft
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Try a speedy
STYLE UPDATE Have fun with these simple but creative ideas thatâ€™ll ring the changes without turning into a full home redo
Switch-up with seasonal pieces
Get ready for the changeover to winter with a cosier bedroom set-up. Swap out summer bedlinen for warm brushed cottons and soft flannels. Layer up the bed with throws in thick woollens, knits and faux furs for a super cosy scheme.
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Be storage savvy
Use a run of cupboards as a headboard. It’ll give you a ledge for displaying keepsakes, while inside you can store summer clothes and bedlinen.
Make the most of a small bedroom by swapping bulky bedside tables for side shelves. Team with wall lights instead of table lamps so you’ve room for a few more essentials.
Go half and half with colour
Introduce a duskier tone into an all-white bedroom by painting the lower part of your walls a darker shade. Go for navy, charcoal or black – it will draw the eye upwards, making the room feel taller.
Carter velvet bed, £425; oriental mini geo double duvet and pillowcase set, £42; patchwork geo cushion, £45; patchwork geo throw, from £45, all Next Home
For a luxe look
Brooklyn bathroom globe wall light, £85, Industville
Copper mirror, £5, Matalan
Palm Luxe Bianco mirrored side table, £149.99, Argos
Florian sheepskin rug, £79, Cult Furniture
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TRY MIX-AND-MATCH BEDDING
Shake up a safe, neutral bedroom by working in some patterned bedlinen. Get the mix right by balancing a largerscale pattern with medium and small-scale designs for variation, keeping to toning colours to avoid an overly busy effect.
Fix cubby shelving above as extra storage for stationery or beauty kit
Slot in a desk
Make use of an awkward alcove by fitting in a wall-mounted drawer unit or floating shelf to give you a slimline desk â€“ or add a mirror and it can double up as a dressing table too. Finish with stylish storage boxes!
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Play with mirrors
Make a small bedroom feel more spacious with a pale colour scheme in soft shades of white and silver. Then invest in a mirrored console or chest of drawers to help bounce the light around the room.
Cheer up a plain blind by adding a pom-pom trim. Thread felt pom-poms in toning colours on to embroidery cotton, and knot each side to keep the pom-poms in place.
Bring in some greenery
Beautify your bedroom and improve its air quality by adding in a pot plant or two. Plants like aloe vera and peace lily help filter out toxins so you’ll feel less stressed and sleep soundly too.
MONO PICKS For a stylish scheme
Black wire lamp, £32.99, Very
Gold circular wall shelf, £35, JD Williams
Tassel storage basket, £16, Oliver Bonas
Wool circle cushion, £30, Debenhams
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MAKE A MINI GALLERY
Create a display of artwork on a plain wall. Use a Mosslanda picture ledge (£9, Ikea), positioned above a bed and arrange picture frames of different heights and sizes (with plastic inserts, not glass, for safety), overlapping them in places.
Be colour confident
Go for standout style with a striking feature wallpaper in a vibrant colour combination. Pick out the key shade and paint the door, architrave and skirting to match for a bold look.
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With such a flamboyant wallpaper, keep furniture simple and understated so it wonĂ•t fight for attention
Try an easy Ikea hack and update a bedside table with some jazzy handles. Go for a contrasting colour, luxe copper pull or even a chic leather tab.
Keep out the chill
Winter-proof your windows with thermal curtain linings for chillier nights. Buy ready-made panels that can clip on, then take them down again come summer. Try Dunelm’s thermal eyelet curtain linings, from £14 a pair.
14 Amelie bed, £599; Leopard Character double bed set, £22.50; Isabelle Green Floral double bed set, £39.50, all Marks & Spencer
Re-work your colour scheme
The easiest way of giving your bedroom a seasonal update is to splash out on a new set of bedlinen. Go for dusky plum, navy or rich emerald tones to create a more luxurious, indulgent vibe for the winter months.
FAB ADDITIONS For that finishing touch
Origami Weave duvet set, from £10 for a single, George Home
Elinore stool in Teal velvet, £60, Next Home
Amelie print trinket box, £17.50, Marks & Spencer
SUPERSIZE BEDROOM STORAGE
Double-up on storage space by positioning two Ikea Malm chests (£60 each) side by side to create one long dresser unit, topped off with a vanity mirror. For extra wow, try painting the wall behind bold navy so the white furniture pops.
Copper and marble vanity mirror, £32, Cult Furniture
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Bridge that gap
Make use of wasted space in between wardrobes by building in a mini desk set-up, perfect for kids’ rooms. Choose a compact desk that slots in easily and kit out the wall above with a pegboard panel so they can hang up essentials.
HANG IN STYLE
Indulge a hard-toplease teen with a cool hanging chair in their den. Suspend from a beam or ceiling joist with a specialised screw-in hook.
Play with colour
Spruce up the interior of your wardrobes with a fresh coat of paint in a bright contrasting colour. Or, add a cheery flash of pattern by papering the backs of doors with some leftover lengths of wallpaper.
CHIC TOUCHES For a classy look
Treviso shade, £119, Swoon
Bumble side table, £80, Habitat Sumi wallpaper in Ivory/Mustard, £71 a roll, Harlequin at Style Library
Hamilton antique brass spotlight, £40, Laura Ashley
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GET LUXE FOR A LITTLE BIT LESS
If you’ve fallen for a fab wallpaper but can’t justify the high price tag, cut costs by papering just a panel rather than the whole room. Focus on the wall behind the bed and give the bedroom a glamorous look for the price of just a roll or two.
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Havana rug, from £55, JD Williams
Pick punchy patterns
Make the bed the focal point with decorative wallpaper panels from floor-to-picture rail behind the bed. Lengths of beautiful wallpaper are a clever way of bringing in pattern and cost a fraction of the price.
Hide untidy wiring behind decorative wall panels for a streamlined look
Morris & Co Strawberry Thief duvet cover in Slate, £105 for a double; pillowcases, £22 each; Croft Collection Skye upholstered bed frame, £799, all John Lewis & Partners
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‘Our mixture IDEA TO STEAL
COME ON IN!
‘Slim kitchen units can be cleverly designed to work around structural steels and beams – they’re the perfect disguise!’
ABOUT ME I’m Jenny Jones, 46, and I live with my partner Phil Taylor, 39, and our twins, Zoë and Emilia, nine, and Lara, five. In 2012 we moved into this four-bedroom Victorian house in London, after outgrowing our rented house. MY CHALLENGE To rejig the open-plan layout and replace the small galley kitchen to create a large kitchen-diner, living/piano room and combined loo/utility room. MY WISH LIST We wanted to maximise the downstairs, so we could work, relax and eat together. The kitchen-diner would be the heart of the space, with a homely feel.
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Jenny had to rework the entire downstairs to make space for her new kitchen, but bold design choices and sticking to her guns was worthwhile
hen it came to buying our new home, it was a toss-up between two houses we were interested in. But being able to put our stamp on this one appealed most, plus it had two large double bedrooms, which were perfect for the twins,’ says Jenny. ‘We converted the loft in 2013, as Phil wanted another bathroom, and then I fell pregnant with Lara, so the extra bedroom was essential! Initially, the open-plan layout really worked for us, then the children grew, their needs changed and it was a case of make this house work or move. And so began “Project Downstairs”!
Starting point The biggest challenge was finding a builder/architect who could fulfil our wish list, as most struggled! Hours of watching interiors shows meant I knew it could be done and completely reconfiguring the downstairs was a no-brainer to make the new kitchen a success. Not one to give up, I ended up designing it myself with 3D software. I met our future builder, Andrew, unexpectedly at a business event. Finally, everything was in place to get started.
The build itself
ALL IN PLACE
‘The deep drawers and ceiling-height cupboards, combined with open made-to-match shelving, provide plenty of storage’
Work started in 2017, and it took three months for the structural build and another two for fitting and decoration. With a large family it was hard at times – dusty weekends with no table, a day without a sink, and a tricky Christmas – but Andrew and his team were great and even worked around our piano and knick-knacks, to help us avoid storage costs (other builders had wanted us to move out completely). The only issue that came up was having to rebuild
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Use a masonry hammer and chisel to gently chop away the plaster until you can see the brick underneath. If the brick looks in good condition (not crumbly or cracked), then continue to chop away the plaster on the rest of the area you want to expose. Using a wire brush, scrape away any loose plaster from the bricks and mortar. Starting from the top of the wall, clean off any residue with warm water and a sponge. Finish with a specialist brick sealant – this will seal the brick and help eliminate any draughts.
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‘ADD A REMOTE-CONTROLLED SKYLIGHT IN THE MIX – IT’S SO HANDY AND THE RAIN SENSORS AUTOMATICALLY CLOSE IT TO AVOID A FLOOD’ NEW FIND, OLD FAVE
‘The old dining table and chairs look perfectly at home alongside the new compact leather sofa that many thought wouldn’t fit!’
‘Use brick slips to create an exposed brick wall’
Why it works
STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Going for a mash-up of styles creates an individual look. A mix of bare brick, rustic wood and metal have given the new layout the industrial edge that Jenny wanted.’ style editor
IDEA TO STEAL
Kitchen wall units with twin handles in Strass Gloss Eolis in Celest; floor units in Arcos in Canyon, £8,421, Schmidt Kitchens. For a cheaper alternative, try Driftwood Matt kitchen units, £136.13 for 600mm base unit, Kitchen Warehouse UK. Reginox Quadra 105 undermount sink is similar, £178.06, Sinks-taps.com. Try ART28604 built-in 20L microwave, £107.99, Myappliances. For a similar quartz worktop, try Nebula 925, from £1,699 for 6m, Whitton Worktops. Cooke & Lewis pull-out spray mono mixer tap, £127; Ximax Fortuna designer radiator, H1800xW472mm in Anthracite, £184.99, both Screwfix. Try Belling Gourmet 90Ei Professional Induction range cooker, £1,299, Currys. For a similar cooker hood, try Hoover HMB9600X 90cm, £149.99, Marks Electrical. Try LG GBB60PZGFB 60cm fridge freezer in stainless steel, £549, Appliance City. Dunsen Grey floor tiles, £21.99sq m, Tile Mountain. Splashback in Retro Black tiles, £23.78sq m, Tiles Direct.
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Where to buy Jenny’s style
‘Turn architectural features into interesting shelving’
‘The modern matt black undermounted sink and industrial-style coil tap contrast nicely against the white quartz worktop’
‘The Carrara-style quartz worktop’s subtle vein finish goes well with the wood grain of the units, making a striking statement piece’
the bathroom window to allow for the pitch of the new roof. It was an extra cost, but so worth it as it transforms the space.
Expert help We had a clear idea of what style we wanted – a mix of warm rustic and sleek modern – and spent hours planning, drawing and imagining ourselves walking around the new space. We chose a Schmidt kitchen because it’s local and had lots of designs we liked. We also sought the help of a local interior stylist who accompanied us to the showroom to finalise the unit combinations. I’m not sure I would have had the confidence to go for the wood effect without her. I’m so pleased I could combine the style elements I liked. Scandinavian
design influenced the washed, woodeffect cupboards and matching shelving; and a love of industrial style led to the exposed brick wall I was obsessed with having. Modern touches were the gloss finishes and minimal handles. A patterned splashback was key, too.
On reflection We had to make a few tweaks along the way, switching from a traditional Rangemaster to a sleek, modern oven, which better suited the look, and from a butler sink to an undermount model that has a waste-disposal unit. I’m so pleased we stood firm and got the design right for the ground floor – we now have a kitchen we love and we can stay here while the girls grow up.’
Find more clever ways to style up your home by going to pinterest.com/ styleathomemag
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KITCHEN ROOF WINDOWS
Impressed by the light levels in this kitchen? See if a rooflight would work in your space
What is a roof window? Many people use the terms roof window, skylight and rooflight interchangeably. But, according to British Standards, roof windows must be installed in the same orientation and ‘in plane’ with the surrounding roof, typically at a minimum 15-degree pitch and weathered into the roof using a skirt or flashing.
Which opening method should I choose? The two main options are centre pivot or top hung. The advantage of a centrepivot is that it can be swung around for cleaning on both sides. They are also the least expensive option. Top-hung windows offer uninterrupted views when open and are ideal where headspace is restricted.
BEST FOR… EXPERT ADVICE From small skylights that don’t open to huge glass roofs perfect for star gazing, Velux is the go-to provider of rooflight expertise.
WIDE CHOICE Roof Depot has a large range of flat glass lights, roof lanterns and polycarbonate roof domes to suit every budget and look.
BUDGET OPTIONS Rooflite make high-standard windows, using quality materials at lower prices. There’s also a next-day delivery service.
Is there a downside? Roof windows come in standard sizes and shapes, can be bought off the shelf, and are pretty affordable and easy to install. Their main disadvantage is limited scale, particularly if you want large expanses of glass. One effective solution is to stack or line up a number of roof windows.
Are there other options? Rooflights and roof lanterns are generally bigger and are used when large, frameless expanses of glass are required. They are commonly installed using an upstand or kerb system that supports the product and helps ensure a watertight fit. If there is a void between your ceiling and roof, you might consider a sun tunnel, which can reflect daylight for up to six metres.
Will I need to get planning permission? Standard roof windows will often come under your permitted development rights, unless your house is listed or in an area of special interest. It’s always worth contacting your local planning office, and also check whether your project needs to be certified by Building Control.
How about the features? Roof windows with condensation channels improve airflow and ventilation, and work well in bathrooms. High ceilings benefit from electronically opening roof windows, which can be solar-powered. Adding rain sensors will prevent puddles indoors.
‘HELP MINIMISE CONDENSATION BY POSITIONING YOUR ROOF WINDOWS DIRECTLY ABOVE ANY HEAT SOURCES’ RUTH CORBETT, HOUSES EDITOR
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3 of the best
WAYS TO BRING IN THE SUN LET THERE BE LIGHT
Centre-pivot window in White polyurethane, H140xW78cm, from £498, Velux
Keylite centre-pivot roof window with frosted glazing, H55xW78cm, from £284.99, Wickes
Conservation centre pivot roof window, H78xW55cm, from £287.11, Keylite
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dding roof windows can transform a dark or dingy room. While perfect for loft conversions, roof windows can also be used to brighten up any room with no void between the ceiling and roof, such as extensions with flat roofs and rooms with mansard roofs.
Buy Jenny’s style...
Give your kitchen an upgrade with chic touches and rustic materials
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Strike out with a dramatic monochrome splashback above the hob. Brixton tiles, £59.95sq m, Topps Tiles
Glam up the kitchen walls with a smart metallic piece or two. Classic copper-effect wall clock, £6, Wilko
Team modern, Scandi-style chairs with a weathered wood table for contrast. Moda dining chair, £75, Cult Furniture
Mix in plenty of texture with tactile fabrics and a woven rattan pendant. Tylway pendant shade, £99, La Redoute
Put the focus on the walls with moody, bold artwork. Palm Leaf print, £35, White Black Grey
Display a stash of wooden boards in all shapes and sizes. Acacia wood paddle board, £16.96, Harts of Stur
Slot in slimline ladder shelving to display your favourite kitchenware. Aldsworth wooden shelf ladder, £159, The Farthing
Light up your prep area with a practical, yet stylish, solution. Frosini wall light, £49, Made.com
Fake the industrial vibe with smart wallpaper. Deansgate brick-effect wallpaper, £75 a roll, Woodchip & Magnolia
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‘I’ve had so many compliments on the vinyl flooring, which was great value for money, is warm underfoot and pulls everything together’
‘We had a big
COME ON IN!
ABOUT ME I’m Lisa Aspden, 35, a speech and language therapist, and I live with my husband Phill, 35, a teacher, in a 100-year-old, two-bedroom terraced house in Stockport, Manchester. We moved here in 2014 and the bathroom was the last room we renovated. MY CHALLENGE The suite was dated and felt disjointed and there was a bulky old boiler cupboard in one corner that took up too much space. It was also a very cold room. MY WISH LIST I wanted to change the layout, repositioning the bath, shower and loo so it was more visually appealing as you walk in. Dark colours were a must, along with quality fittings that would last and brass accessories.
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‘The vanity unit has two shelves underneath so it’s great for hiding toiletries and cleaning products’
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SWITCH AROUND’ Removing an old boiler cupboard unlocked the potential for a major change around in Lisa’s bathroom
uying our house, we knew all the rooms would need a rethink,’ says Lisa. ‘They were very dated with woodchip wallpaper throughout and completely not to our style. The bathroom was my least favourite room in the house – blue, with wallpaper and a seaside theme. It was functional however, while the kitchen had no white goods and the main bedroom and living room had no central heating – we had to prioritise those rooms first. We saved up for a couple of years to have the bathroom done, which gave me plenty of time to plan it all out.
Changing the layout
IDEA TO STEAL
‘A hatch beneath the bottom shelf gives access to the shower pipework’
It’s quite a big bathroom for a twobedroom terraced house, but the layout felt too spread out and didn’t maximise the space we had. The loo was the first thing you saw when you walked in and we didn’t like the sink being right next to it. There was also a floor-to-ceiling cupboard that used to house the boiler. It was brilliant storage space but it had to go because getting rid of it unlocked so many different layout possibilities. Although I would have loved a freestanding bath and separate walk-in shower, after drawing the layout on paper we realised it would feel too cramped. Instead we placed a built-in bath under the window and had a false wall built for a shower over the bath. We then had bespoke open shelves fitted on the other side, which makes the space feel balanced.
Choosing the style
I love Pinterest but my main inspiration was a Facebook group called House Talk where I’d seen some striking vinyl flooring. It’s much warmer and not as slippery as tiles – plus it’s cheaper too. I’d already seen the dark paint colour in a friend’s living room so knew it would
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IDEA TO STEAL
‘I customised the shelf from Garden Trading by using modern brass hangers from Rockett St George’
‘Mount two brass pegs at the end of the bath so towels are easy to grab’
work, and I’d wanted white metro-style tiles from the start. We chose simple white sanitaryware, but the patterned vinyl flooring adds interest.
The hard work
My dad’s a semi-retired plumber but he lives in Harrogate. While he couldn’t do the bathroom for us, he did get us a really good trade discount. Our plumber came highly recommended by a friend, and we were prepared to wait a while for someone with a really good reputation. We’d been considering underfloor heating as it’s a cold room with two external walls, but I’d heard it was expensive to run. Instead, the plumber suggested having the ceiling lowered by about 10 inches. It sounds like a really big job but it was actually quite simple to do. You don’t really need a high ceiling in a bathroom and although it makes the room feel a bit smaller, we don’t mind that as it feels cosier, warmer and better proportioned. As there was so much pipework to change, including moving the soil stack for the loo, the job took a month. Luckily we could both shower at our gym.
Although Phill and I picked the suite together, the accessories are all me. I put a lot of thought into the details, like the brass toilet roll and towel holders, and I love the built-in shelves as they’re quite eye-catching when you walk in, especially with the storage baskets. Although we have a traditional-style loo and vanity unit, I think you can mix in more modern accessories like the shelves that I adapted with different brackets and the round mirror. The elements of light wood, like the towel pegs, work well against the dark walls too. I love the new space – it was worth taking our time to get it right.’
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‘Accessories in brass and wood warm up the monochrome space’
OPEN UP A BATHROOM
A white suite is timeless and will reflect the light to make the room feel bigger. A vanity unit will give additional storage and keep sides clutter free. Metro tiles with a grey grout are an on-trend option. Continue the tiles up the wall, bath and shower for a cohesive look. Fit integrated storage into an alcove for towels and other essentials. Baskets are a stylish solution for keeping ugly bottles out of sight. Try tiling ledges behind the loo, basin and windowsill to add display space for candles and plants. Ditch a shower curtain in favour of a clear screen which won’t block out light but will protect the rest of the room from splashes while showering.
‘A simple glass shower screen helps to make the bathroom feel spacious and open’
Why it works TUCKED AWAY
‘The loo has been moved to where the old boiler cupboard used to be, so now it’s not the first thing you see when you walk in the room’
STYLE AT HOME SAYS… ‘Dark-coloured paint, a patterned floor and brass touches elevate the white suite and add a luxe feel to the space.’ executive editor
Where to buy Lisa’s style Walls in Downpipe estate emulsion, £46 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Bathroom suite, £1,420 (with trade discount), James Hargreaves Plumbing. Wooden knobs, £3.99 each, Zara Home. Mini metro White tiles, £19.99sq m, Tons of Tiles. Baroque Lisbon vinyl flooring, £9.99sq m, Flooring Direct. Shelf, £50, Garden Trading. Brass hangers, £16, Rockett St George. Gold mirror, £72, The Forest & Co. Blind, £74, Blinds 2Go. Bathtub rack, £20, Habitat. Windermere hand towel, £12 each, John Lewis & Partners. Geo hand towel, £6, Next Home. Prints, from £3.95, Desenio. Loo roll holder, £25, towel hanger, £29, and brass hooks, £19, all Naken
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‘SMALL DETAILS LIKE THE STYLISH BRASS LOO ROLL AND TOWEL HOLDER MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE’
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LOWERING THE CEILING
LOWERING THE CEILING
Deciding to take your ceiling down a few inches can prove game-changing
How easy is it? The most popular method is to leave the original ceiling intact and create a suspended ceiling below. This involves building a timber frame attached to the original ceiling joists and/or perimeter walls. You could also use a specialist metal-frame suspended ceiling system. Then simply board over the frame and skim. ‘Ideally, go with moisture-resistant plasterboard to combat any build-up of condensation,’ adds Jeremy Wiggins, technical director, Gpad London Ltd.
Who will do it? Make your builder your first port of call. An experienced DIYer could be up to the task with an assistant to help lift and
BEST FOR… METAL SYSTEMS Travis Perkins sells all the components needed to install a metal frame ceiling. Don’t forget the laser level and self-drilling screws!
JAZZING IT UP William Boyle is the place to go for fancy cornices, coving and ceiling roses to make your new ceiling pretty.
LEARNING NEW SKILLS Ultimatehandyman.co.uk hosts a YouTube channel full of easy-to-follow tutorials, including how to install a stud ceiling, batten and board over.
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position the frame and boards. Skimming is a skilled job, and ceilings are far harder than walls, so it’s best to call in a plasterer.
Should I fill the void? ‘Installing insulation inside the void will reduce heat loss and help ensure condensation doesn’t form on the original ceiling,’ says Darren Williams, from structural engineering firm Thomasons. You can also use the gap to hide pipework and run new electrics and even an extractor fan. ‘Be careful not to build yourself into a corner by turning a blind eye to future maintenance and access. It’s best to consult with a plumber or electrician early on, so you lay the pipes and cables where they’re more convenient to get at,’ adds Darren.
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BATHROOM CEILING LIGHTS
Do I need planning permission? Generally, planning permission is not required but if you live in a listed building you should contact your Local Planning Authority. If your home is very old it’s worth getting the ceiling joists checked by a structural engineer to ensure they can carry the weight. There are no minimum ceiling height restrictions any more but it used to be 2.2m, which remains a good guide – 2.3m is better; 2.4m is standard.
How much does it cost?
Swivel double spotlight flush mount, IP20, £99, Industville
Gal flush ceiling light by Mullan, IP65 rated, £161.57, Made to Last
Expect to pay around £300-£600 for materials, and £500-£1,000 for labour in an average-size bathroom (around 4.4sq m).
‘REDUCING THE CEILING HEIGHT WILL IMPROVE THE OVERALL ROOM RATIO AND SENSE OF BALANCE’ JEREMY WIGGINS, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, GPAD LONDON LTD
Glow 4 Light ceiling light, IP44 rated, £125, Frontline Bathrooms
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owering your bathroom ceiling will make it cheaper to heat, as Lisa discovered, but will also save you money on materials. Less surface area to decorate means you won’t need as much plaster, paint or tiles. It can help balance the room’s proportions, too, which is beneficial in an awkwardly narrow or small space.
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Upgrade a bland bathroom with smart colours and luxe accents
Tidy away toiletries in these open baskets. Wire square baskets, £40.50 for two, Gisela Graham
Make a statement with a large circular mirror. Alana round mirror in brass, £119, Made.com
Go timeless with simple chrome fittings. Sleek thermostatic shower column, £495, Frontline Bathrooms
Upgrade accessories with some luxe-look pieces. White marble-effect tumbler, £4, George Home
Lay down some pattern with bold vinyl flooring. Baroque Lisbon vinyl flooring, £17.95sq m, Lifestyle Floors
Bathe in bliss with all of your essentials in easy reach. Bamboo bath rack, £17.99, Clas Ohlson
Green up the walls with a vibrant, leafy print. Green Branch Portrait print, £29.95, Abstract House
Draw eyes upwards with planters suspended from the ceiling. Hanging two-tone plant pot in Grey, £35, Rose & Grey
Combine a sleek basin with smart storage. Butler & Rose Charlotte vanity unit, £299.99, Drench
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CLASSIC STEAK PIE TAKES 2HR 55MIN, PLUS CHILLING SERVES 6 750g 1tbsp vegetable oil stewing steak, cut into chunks 1 onion, chopped 350g mushrooms, quartered 2tbsp plain flour, seasoned 500ml ale 250ml hot beef stock 2 bay leaves 2tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped 320g puff pastry 1 egg, beaten, to glaze
Preheat the oven to 170째C/Fan 150째C/Gas 3. Heat the oil in a large casserole and brown the steak in batches, then set aside. Fry the onion for 5min, set aside. Brown the mushrooms and stir through the flour and cook for 2min. Add the steak, onions, ale, stock and bay leaves. Cover and cook in the oven for 2hr. Add the parsley, then stir well and leave the pie filling to cool. Roll out the pastry to just larger than the pie dish. Spoon the pie mixture into the dish and brush the edges with beaten egg. Top with the pastry, crimp the edges and trim. Cut excess pastry into leaf shapes. Secure on to the pie with water. Place pie in the fridge for 30min. Increase the oven temperature to 220째C/Fan 200째C/ Gas 7. Brush the pastry with egg. Bake for 25-30min, until golden.
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SOLUTION This month, cut back on kitchen waste, keep your floors dirt-free and make ironing a breeze
Keep your floors cleaner for longer Traditional rough coir doormats are certainly effective when it comes to wiping the underside of footwear clean of excess moisture and dirt, but over time, the pile always flattens and the mat stops doing its job. That’s why you should consider upgrading to a Turtle Mat. Made from highly absorbent cotton, Turtle Mats are brilliant at trapping up to 95 per cent more dirt, are conveniently machine washable and come in a whole host of designs with a five-year guarantee. Emily Bond Dachshund in Neutral, £49.95, Turtle Mat
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SIDE TABLES WITH STORAGE Choose a multifunctional bit on the side
A luxe design. Amado, £59.99, Maisons Du Monde
Keep your mags neat. Soren, £150, John Lewis & Partners
Stylish with a retro vibe. Magazine rack, £23.95, Melody Maison
SPEED THROUGH THE IRONING Spend as little time as possible ironing the school uniforms and work shirts with the new Breville PressXpress 2600w ceramic steam iron. The extra wide multidirectional soleplate makes it a cinch to power through shirts and trousers, while the powerful steam shot tackles tough creases quickly. It features a 400ml tank, so water refills are less frequent and the soft-grip handle and lengthy 3m power cord make it super-easy to manoeuvre, too. Breville PressXpress 2600w ceramic steam iron, £39.99, Amazon
PATCH UP CRACKS, INDOORS AND OUT, WITH GORILLA’S ALL-CONDITIONS WATERPROOF, MOULD-RESISTANT AND SHRINKPROOF CLEAR SEALANT, £8, WILKO 104 | OCTOBER 2019
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Protect surfaces from plant-pot watermarks GLAM GLASS
On-trend green with luxe gold makes this pot a winner. Green glass planter with Gold stand, £8, George Home
REDUCE AND REUSE
If you’ve made the switch to reusable water bottles and coffee cups to help the environment, why stop there? Amara has introduced a new range of eco kitchen products – from reusable food wrap and paper sandwich bags to recycled foil and unbleached baking parchment. You’ll barely notice the change, but the world will. If You Care baking parchment and recycled aluminium foil set, £10, Amara
Bee’s Wrap, £20 for pack of three, Amara
GET A HELPING HAND SCRUBBING DISHES AND SURFACES WITH THE BLACK + DECKER RECHARGEABLE POWER BRUSH PLUS, £39.99, LAKELAND
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Having trouble nodding off at night? Then it may be time for a duvet and pillow upgrade. Using space-inspired technology that responds to your temperature and remains consistently cool, regardless of how hot or cold you are, Simba will keep you comfortable. Hybrid duvet, from £195; Hybrid pillow, £95, both Simba
This planter can be used indoors or out. Mid Blue planter on legs, £22.99, Very
Measuring 58.5cm in height, this is perfect for tall, leafy plants. Cement-style planter, £55, Next Home
Drive safe Ever thought of getting a dash cam? Neither had we, until we heard about the new Nextbase. With built-in Alexa (perfect for hands-free driving), you can set it to send videos to your phone, and it even automatically starts recording when you’re parked if it senses the car has been bumped (so you have evidence). You may even qualify for a discount on your car insurance if you have one. Win win! 522GW dash cam, £149, Nextbase
MAKE MORE SPACE
If you work from home and don’t have the luxury of an extra room for your office, you’ll know that every little bit of space counts. That’s why Samsung’s genius new Space Monitor is a musthave. Available in 27 or 32in screens, the monitor can be pushed flush against the wall, leaving you more space on your desk, all thanks to a tilting, adjustable arm that cleverly conceals wires, too. Space Monitor, from £349 for a 27in screen, Samsung
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Make a Scandi
This month, author Christiane Bellstedt Myers shows us how to craft an attractive seasonal wreath
Make a ribbon from scrap fabric
reaths give all who see them a warm welcome and play an important role in the Scandinavian home. Every season gives cause to create a new wreath – an autumnal circle of blushing berries, rosehips, oak leaves and hydrangea blooms is gorgeous and long-lasting, plus it’s easier to make than you might think. YOU WILL NEED
Grapevine Florist’s wire Rosehips Blackberry branches Hydrangeas Oak leaves (with acorns attached) Linen fabric Secateurs Scissors
CELEBRATE THE CHANGING OF THE SEASONS WITH A BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR WREATH MADE FROM FORAGED AUTUMNAL FLOWERS, LEAVES AND BERRIES
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SECATEURS ‘After cutting my grapevine, the long vines lay curled on my lawn. An idea struck – wreaths are made from grapevine, so I created as many as I could from this harvest.’
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Burgon & Ball Flora Brite, £20, Amara
Kew Gardens Razorsharp, £23.49, John Lewis & Partners
SOFT GRIP TEXTURE Anvil, £6.50, Wilko
FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT PROJECT SEASONAL SCANDI CRAFTS BY CHRISTIANE BELLSTEDT MYERS (£12.99 CICO BOOKS) PHOTOGRAPH CAROLINE ARBER
GATHER THE GRAPEVINE Decide on the size of your wreath — the one pictured is 55cm in diameter. Collect as many lengths of grapevine as you think you need and soak them overnight to make them pliable. FORM THE WREATH SHAPE Start gently shaping the grapevine into a wreath shape, attaching the lengths by twisting with florist’s wire. The more pieces of grapevine you include, the thicker the wreath will be. ATTACH BUNDLES OF BERRIES Begin attaching bunches of seasonal stems such as rosehips and blackberry branches first. It doesn’t matter whether the berries are green, red or black. Make a bundle of each, securing with florist’s wire, then attach each one to the grapevine. INSERT FLOWERS AND LEAVES Add the hydrangea blooms, acorns and oak leaves with wire to fill out the bottom half of the wreath. Leave the top half of the wreath free of any decoration. A DD A LINEN RIBBON Cut a length of floral linen fabric and tie in a bow at the top of the wreath. Hang pride of place on a door or gate.
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Go graphic on floors
Censor multicoloured vinyl flooring, £59m, Atrafloor
Transform your floors into a work of art with Atrafloor’s fun new Censor vinyl range. Inspired by 8-bit colour graphics from video games way back when (before CGI and HD were the thing!), the Censor range also features more subtle palettes of pixelated graphics including blue, pink and terracotta colourways. Perfect for creating a statement in kids’ rooms, kitchens or any room that needs a colour boost – go bold and bright for a vibrant atmosphere.
Superfresco Easy Ecailles Gatsby wallpaper in Blue, £20 a roll, Wickes
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TOUGH TAPES BIG BITE
Holds fast in all weather conditions. T-Rex cloth tape in Grey, £11, Wickes
Superfresco Easy Losanges Filaires wallpaper in Pink, £20 a roll, Wickes
The latest need-to-knows to help you improve your home
Perfect for repairing emergency leaks. Gorilla waterproof patch & seal tape, £11.64, Amazon
Comes off residue-free for up to six months. Scotch removable duct tape, £7.99, Amazon
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Show your walls some love Most of us know Wickes as the go-to place for hardware, but now it’s launched a brand-new collection of wallpapers and murals. From minimalist Scandi prints to bold tropical designs, the exclusive online range has statement styles to change up your decor.
Dated uPVC doors may not be the most attractive welcome into your home, but replacing them can be costly! Upgrade your kerb appeal with Rust-Oleum Universal all-surface paint – the paint and primer-in-one allows you to paint straight onto uPVC, and it’s fade and chip resistant, too. Available in 26 colours, it’s a great way to revamp unloved plastics, wood, metal and ceramics in a flash. Rust-Oleum Universal all-surface paint in Duck Egg, £10 for 250ml, Homebase
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Get the place tidy in a flash with these speedy tips and handy buys
Stash plasters, medication and antiseptic cream in here for easy, speedy access. First Aid wall cabinet in Chalk, £55, Garden Trading
SORT & SEE
Keep stuff you need regularly in sight so you can grab and go. Maze storage baskets, £75 for set of three, Kelly Hoppen
Store all those little bits and bobs that clutter up your countertop out of sight. Kanso storage drawers, £12, Sainsbury’s Home
Ready,steady,sort! AUDIT YOUR MAKE UP Go through your make-up bag and bin anything that’s past its expiry date. SORT YOUR PET’S STUFF Gather all your pet’s must-haves in one spot. Pop toys in a basket and hide any grooming kit or medication in a box.
Pop your hand towels and toiletries tidily on this unit. GoodHome Adriska storage unit in White and Natural, £85, B&Q
A chic and comfy bedroom stool that hides your hairdryer out of sight? Genius. Quilted storage stool, £57.99, Beautify
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STREAMLINE THE SOCK DRAWER Empty the lot out on your bed and refill the drawers neatly with the contents. Chuck out anything that’s past its best.
Keep pendants, necklaces and favourite scarves safe on this handsome chap. Peacock hook, £18.50, Oliver Bonas
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Make toy stashing fun for kids with this box, available in a range of designs. Potwells Grey Lion box, £21.95, Hurn & Hurn
Hide desk or hallway clutter in these stylish mini boxes. Daven small metal trunks in Teal Blue and Grey, £35 set of two, Made.com
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Sew bohemian Gettogripswithmore than50embroidery stitcheswhilecreating fantasticfolksydesigns inModernFolk EmbroiderybyNancy Nicholson(£14.99,FW Media).Knownforher beautifulembroidery kits,Nancytakes inspirationfrom differentculturesto shareprojectsspanning fashion,accessories andhomedecor.The modernsampler picturesareidealfor beginners,whilemore experiencedstitchers willlovethepinafore dress and table runner.
Embroidery is a great way to relax and be mindful
TRICK OR TREAT Halloween cake topper set, £7.99, Candle & Cake
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Mache pumpkin tea light holder, £5, Hobbycraft
Neon googly eyes, £1.50 for 30, Hobbycraft
REVAMP A CHAIR
yourself Check out the latest workshops, books and making must-haves
Head to La Di Da Interiors in Andover this October to try out upcycling. The Annie Sloan complete chair makeover workshop is an all-day course where tutor Steph Briggs will guide you through using Annie Sloan chalk paints and upholstery techniques to revamp a vintage chair. All you need to bring is your chosen upholstery fabric – everything else is provided, including a fish and chip lunch. Priced at £140, book your place at ladida-andover.com
Use fabric scraps to make a patchwork seat
TRY YOUR HAND AT... UPHOLSTERY
Before you throw out that old chair with the ripped seat pad – read on! With just a length of fabric, a square of foam and a staple gun, you could make a pre-loved piece like new again. Drop-in seats, footstools and headboards are all ideal beginner upholstery projects. If you want to take your skills further, taking a short course is the best route, as you’ll learn about specialist techniques, tools and materials such as webbing, stuffing and buttoning. You’ll be expertly recovering your button-back sofa before you know it!
Draper staple gun and tacker, £12.99, Robert Dyas
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Decorate paper lampshades to make fun Halloween decs. Use black paint to add a skull to a white globe and an orange pendant is ideal for a jack-o’-lantern. Cut out bat shapes from black card and stick to a purple lampshade and display for an All Hallows’ Eve bash.
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Functional paper shade in White, £2.50, Wilko
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Use black tinsel to make a creepy spider
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Raise your packedlunch game Kids bored of the same ham sandwich day after day? Transform lunchtimes with Warburton’s new fullsized bagels. Available as a pack of five, sliced, and in two flavours, the plain bagel is the perfect base for fillings like egg and avocado, salami and mozzarella and the classic smoked salmon and cream cheese. Why not mix cream cheese, vanilla extract and blueberries and pack into a toasted cinnamon and raisin bagel? Yum!
Warburtons bagels in Plain and Cinnamon and Raisin, £1.60 for a pack of five, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Iceland
Pimm’s Strawberry Tangerine and Mint preserve, £2.49 for 330g, Waitrose & Partners
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STRAWBERRY JAMS SUPER FOOD
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Cham strawberry fruit spread with chia seeds, £4.99 for 200g, Holland & Barrett
Bonne Maman Strawberry Intense, £2.99 for 335g, Ocado
The tastiest treats, speediest meals and coolest kit in your trolley this month
It’s hard to find someone that isn’t a fan of a katsu curry so Sainsbury’s meat-free Sweet Potato Katsu Curry ready meal is a winner. Sweet potato wedges in breadcrumbs come with a side of spicy, coconutty curry sauce and a portion of sticky rice. As the sweet potato is breaded, it needs to be cooked in the oven, but it only takes 15min at 180°C (or 25min from frozen) so it’s fine if you’re in a hurry for curry! Love Your Veg! Sweet Potato Katsu Curry & Rice for one, £3 for 400g, Sainsbury’s
Try a new taste Ever feel like you’re in a bit of a recipe rut? Herb and spice brand Schwartz has just launched a brilliant new range of street food seasonings that are bound to excite your tastebuds and inspire you to create meal after delicious meal. Travelling the world, from Korean BBQ and Argentinian Chimichurri, spicy Caribbean Jerk and Mexican flavours to Middle Eastern Baharat and Thai Sriracha, there’s something new for everyone, with stepby-step recipes on the back of each pack so you can whip up a delicious meal in a flash. Each pack costs just 99p and serves two.
Street Food Seasoning in Baharat, Caribbean Jerk, Chimichurri, Korean, Mexican and Sriracha, 99p each, all Asda
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AMAZING BAKE! With Bake Off back on the box, show off your cake-making skills with one of these masterpieces
PIÑATA CAKE TAKES 1HR 25MIN SERVES 12-14 375g butter, softened 375g caster sugar 375g self-raising flour 2tbsp milk 2 eggs 3-6tsp sprinkles FOR THE DECORATION 250g unsalted butter 500g icing sugar Few drops of vanilla extract 4 tubes Smarties 450g mini Smarties
Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the flour, eggs and milk, and beat until smooth. Mix in the sprinkles, then divide between three greased, lined and floured 20cm round cake tins.
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Bake the sponges for 25-35min or until they’re firm to touch and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and leave to cool in the tin for 5-10min. Move to a wire rack to cool completely. Trim the tops of two sponges to level them. With a 6-7cm round cutter, stamp out a hole from the centre of each sponge. For the buttercream, beat the butter, then add the icing sugar, vanilla, pinch of salt and 2tbsp boiling water and beat until smooth. Add a little extra water if needed.
Place one of the sponges with a hole on a cake board and spread some buttercream on top. Place the other cut sponge on top. Fill the centre with sweets, including some mini Smarties. Spread some buttercream on top of the sponge and place the last layer on top. Spread the buttercream carefully over the top and sides of the cake, using a palette knife. Scoop the mini Smarties in your hand and press against the side of the cake, stroking them upwards to cover the sides, then the top.
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ALMOND CAKE WITH PEACHES AND RASPBERRIES
TAKES 1HR 15MIN, PLUS COOLING SERVES 8-12 2 eggs 160g crème fraîche 1tsp almond extract 165g self-raising flour 35g ground almonds 200g caster sugar ½tsp baking powder ½tsp bicarbonate of soda 175g unsalted butter, softened FOR THE FILLING AND FRUIT TOPPING 350g raspberries 2 ripe peaches 250ml double cream Icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Beat together the eggs with half the crème fraîche and the almond extract. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, then mix in the butter and remaining crème fraîche. Beat with an electric hand whisk until well combined. Gradually add the egg mixture, beating well after each addition.
Divide between two lined 20cm sandwich tins, and bake for 35-45min. Leave in the tins for 10min before cooling on a rack. For the filling, crush 100g raspberries and cube half a peach. Lightly whip the cream, mix in the fruit and spread over one of the sponges. Top with the other sponge. Decorate with the extra fruit. Dust with icing sugar.
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S’MORES CAKE TAKES 1HR 25MIN SERVES 12 FOR THE CAKE 200g unsalted butter 185g light muscovado sugar 200g Lotus Biscoff spread 150ml milk 2 eggs, lightly beaten 300g plain flour 1tsp baking powder 1tsp bicarbonate of soda FOR THE DECORATION 100g dark chocolate, finely chopped 2tbsp maple syrup 25g unsalted butter, diced 4 egg whites 225g caster sugar
Preheat the oven to 170°C/Fan 150°C/Gas 3. Melt the butter
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with the sugar, stir in the Lotus Biscoff spread, then cool. Mix in the milk and eggs, fold in the flour, baking powder and soda. Divide between two greased and lined 18cm round cake tins. Bake for 25-30min, then leave to cool. Put the chocolate in a bowl with the syrup and butter, add 60ml boiling water. Once melted, mix until smooth. Leave for 15min. Tip the egg whites into a heatproof bowl and add the sugar. Rest over a pan of simmering
water and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk the mixture, using an electric mixer, until a thick meringue forms. Sandwich the sponges together with a few spoonfuls of the chocolate sauce and meringue. Cover the cake with meringue. Spoon on the chocolate sauce so a little drips down the sides. Leave for 15min to set. Pipe the rest of the meringue on top using a piping bag and round nozzle. Toast the tips with a blowtorch.
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TAKES 2HR 40MIN, PLUS COOLING SERVES 16-20 400g unsalted FOR THE CAKE 400g caster sugar Zest butter of 2 oranges Zest of 2 lemons 8 eggs 400g self-raising flour 1tsp baking powder 100g ground almonds 130ml milk Pink food colouring Red food colouring FOR THE FILLING 284g jar of raspberry jam FOR THE FROSTING 2 egg whites 300g caster sugar 1½tsp glucose syrup Few drops of vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 170°C/Fan 150°C/Gas 3. Beat the butter, sugar and zest together until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well. Sift flour, baking powder and 2 pinches of salt into a bowl then, using a large metal spoon, gently fold into cake mix with the almonds. Divide mixture evenly into five bowls. Grease the base and sides of five 19cm sandwich tins, then line the base and sides with parchment. For the first sponge, fold in 25ml milk, then pour into a prepared tin, spreading to create an even top. Repeat with the remaining sponges, adding an increasing amount of the pink food colouring to the milk each time. You may need to add a dash of red into the last two sponges. Cook each sponge for 15-20min or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Layer the sponges, from the darkest in colour to the lightest, on the cake stand, sandwiching together with jam. Set aside. For the frosting, put the egg whites in an electric mixer. Place the sugar in a heavy-based saucepan over a low heat, along with 150ml water. Once the sugar has dissolved, add glucose syrup and bring to the boil. As it heats to 116°C (use a sugar thermometer), begin whisking egg whites to stiff peaks. Once the syrup is 116°C, pour into the bowl with the eggs in a slow, steady stream. Whisk until thick and billowy, then smooth and glossy – then add the vanilla extract. Immediately spread over the cake and leave to set for 2hrs.
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RASPBERRY & ALMOND MACARON CAKE TAKES 1HR 10MIN, PLUS COOLING SERVES 16 FOR THE CAKE 300g unsalted butter, softened 300g golden caster sugar 6 eggs, lightly beaten 300g self-raising flour, sifted 1½tsp baking powder 100g ground almonds 3tbsp 1tsp almond extract FOR milk THE DECORATION 150g raspberry jam 300g unsalted butter, softened 600g icing sugar Pink food colour gel 40 macarons Cake sparklers
Preheat the oven to 170°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 3. In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and soft. Add the eggs, flour, baking powder, almonds, milk and almond extract. Whisk until smooth. Divide the mixture between three greased and lined 20cm round cake tins. Bake for 30min until golden and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5min, then turn out onto a wire rack. When cooled, trim to level the tops then sandwich the three layers together with raspberry jam. To make the buttercream, beat together the butter and the icing sugar until soft and creamy. Mix in a little pink food colour. Spread around the sides and on top of the cake. Stick the macarons around the cake, saving three for the top. Finish with the cake sparklers.
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ICE BOX CAKE TAKES 30MIN SERVES 8 1 medium sponge flan case, edge removed About 26 sponge fingers 350g chocolate ice cream, slightly softened 350g raspberry ice cream or sorbet, slightly softened 350g vanilla ice cream, slightly softened Dark chocolate curls, to decorate
Line a 16cm round spring-clip cake tin with baking parchment. Add the flan case in the middle. Vertically line the sponge fingers around the edge of the cake tin.
In a large bowl, whip the chocolate ice cream until smooth. Pour it into the cake tin and spread with a spatula until level. Place in the freezer for about 10min or until ice cream is slightly set. Repeat this step with the raspberry ice cream and then the vanilla ice cream and put the cake in the freezer for 4hrs until very firm. Remove from tin and leave for 10min before serving. Finish off by decorating with some chocolate curls on top of the cake.
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