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46 See how Anne rescued her home from a time warp
Inspiring homes & room makeovers
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QUIRKY BUYS Dark dramatic pieces
‘THE PLACE WAS FALLING APART’ Jenny hadn’t anticipated how much renovation work her Leicestershire Thirties semi was going to need
‘IT WAS STUCK IN THE EIGHTIES’ A large dose of imagination would be needed to transform Anne’s dated detached home in Oxfordshire
‘I MIXED STYLES TO MAKE IT MINE’ Beck used colour and characterful touches to make her West Yorkshire semi feel like home
STYLE UPDATES Simple tweaks and tricks for indoors and outside
‘I WANTED TO ADD DRAMA’ Andrew used a deep blue palette to lend impact to his sitting room
‘IT WAS A TOTAL FAMILY EFFORT’ Emily enlisted the help of relatives to transform her dark and dingy kitchen
‘ALL I WANTED WAS A NEW BATH’ Sophia braved damp walls and sloping floors to get the bathroom of her dreams
Hard work paid off in this Thirties home
22 Creative touches fill this house
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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
BIG CATS Here, kitty! Go on the prowl for these fierce, feline buys
RUSTIC RETREAT Cosy up in a rustic, luxurious haven this winter
10 UNDER £10 Purse-friendly pieces
MODERN ECLECTIC Merge colours and styles for a laid-back look TROPICAL MIX Indulge in exotic hues and quirky buys to add wow
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PICK OF THE SHOPS The high-street’s hottest, pages 12, 19 and 30
RELAXED RUSTIC Blend tactile textures and country-style buys for a calm, homely feel
CASUAL INDUSTRIAL Pair graphic black accents with soothing shades
WAREHOUSE CHIC Create a classic look with factory touches mixed with wood elements
PARQUET FLOORS Embrace this timeless flooring style in your home
SLEEK RETRO Update a traditional mid-century look with mono touches
120 WHERE TO BUY This issue’s stockists
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HOT CHOC STATION Turn cocoa into an extra-special treat by setting up a tempting toppings bar
CAGE LIGHT Put together an easy industrial illumination
59 THE STYLE BOOK Mid-century 92 EXPOSED BRICK WALLS Laid bare 102 SPRUCE UP YOUR HALLWAY Make a good first impression on guests with a spotless entryway
103 THE 10-MINUTE DECLUTTER Get your home minimal in no time
104 RESEAL YOUR BATH Keep your tub watertight, ready for winter soaks
105 DO IT YOURSELF Be handy at home 106 GET THE BEST FROM A BOILER
Pimp your hot choc with tasty toppings
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GLITTER TOFFEE APPLE STICKS Tasty treats for a Bonfire Night bash
LEAF GARLAND Get crafty with some paint and fallen leaves
100 BIRD FEED DECORATIONS Keep birds fed with these hanging decs
107 MAKE IT YOURSELF Craft update 108 COSY COMFORTS Homely makes to get you through winter in style
Cook it 101 BEST BUYS Our favourite picks, pages 42 and 103
APPLE & ALMOND CAKE This fruity treat is ideal for autumn
110 BONFIRE NIGHT Cook up a scrumptious Fawkes-worthy feast
116 SUPERMARKET NEWS What’s hot on the shelves this month
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ABOUT ME I’m 25 and I live in a two-bedroom flat in Essex with my boyfriend William, 28. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM? I’m lucky that William lets me have free rein over the decor, so I’ve turned our spare bedroom into a spacious, girlie dressing room – it’s so handy for getting dolled up for a night out!
ABOUT ME I’m 45, I live in a four-bedroom detached period house in Scarborough and blog at thecreativecoastalhome.com WHERE DO YOU GET DECORATING IDEAS? I read homes magazines and follow a number of blogs. I’m a keen crafter and upcycler, so I also watch TV shows like Fill Your House For Free and Money For Nothing.
ABOUT ME I’m 40 and I live in a Thirties semi-detached house in Southampton with my husband Matt, 46, and son Isaac, two. WHAT’S YOUR BEST MONEYSAVING TIP? It’s worth spending money on an accessory if you really love it and it’s a key part of a room, but don’t invest in trends you can buy cheaply on the high street.
ABOUT ME I’m 41, and live with my husband Peter, 45, and our children Mabel, eight, and Rufus, six, in a modern detached in Buckingham. WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY? Looking back, I wish I had been more adventurous with using patterns in my home, instead of thinking that ‘clean lines’ meant plain colours.
Robyn Swain ABOUT ME I’m 27 and I live with my husband Sam, 31, and daughters Mischa, seven, and Izzy, five, in a Seventies mid-terrace in Lancashire. WHAT’S YOUR NEXT PROJECT? I plan to give our dining area a makeover, including putting up new skirting and door frames, and fitting a half wall of board and batten, plus building a unit for my baking stuff.
SHOW IT OFF! Proud of your latest project? Whether it’s a whole-house redo or just an Instagram-worthy shelfie, we want to see it! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with some photos and your hard work could be featured in a future issue.
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ABOUT ME I’m 46 and I live in a four-bedroom townhouse in County Durham with my wife Lindsay, 42, and son Sam, 16. WHAT’S YOUR MOST RECENT PROJECT? I’ve just completed a Churchill-inspired, gentleman’s club-style room, with Forties memorabilia, drinks cabinet, and old pipes displayed on the walls.
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Love it! Give your home a seasonal update with some dark and dramatic accessories from the Queen of Quirky, Abigail Ahern. Embrace her snake wrapped vases, flocked animal planters and fabulous faux cactus to create your own daring display for autumn.
Stack books on their side to elevate some of your smaller knick knacks and accessories
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Snake vase, £26; faux cactus, £50; tall oil slick vase, £45; small round oil slick vase, £35; bison planter, £14, all Abigail Ahern range, Debenhams Buy now with Ownable
Oil slick doubleaperture photo frame, £35, Lund Buy now with Ownable
Oil slick cactus vase, £8, George Home Buy now with Ownable
Jacks rainbow ring holder, £10, Red Candy Buy now with Ownable
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Best IN STORE Refresh your room schemes for the new season with our pick of the latest high-street trends
Style a cosy retreat with comforting textures and warming berry hues
Combine metallic accents with mono tribal patterns for an urban global scheme
Wooden lantern, £18 Buy now with Ownable
Chenille pom-pom cushion, £12 Buy now with Ownable
Bike clock, £10 Buy now with Ownable
Large check red cushion, £12 Buy now with Ownable
Scratch vases, £32.99 for two Buy now with Ownable Stag’s head, £30 Buy now with Ownable
Rabbit sculpture, £20 Buy now with Ownable
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Aztec pom-pom cushion, £17.99 Buy now with Ownable
Macrame hanging, £16.99 Buy now with Ownable
Grey throw, £15 Buy now with Ownable
Society two-seater sofa, £949 Buy now with Ownable
Floor lamp, £69.99 Buy now with Ownable
Echota rug, from £59.99 Buy now with Ownable
Cotton rope baskets, £44.99 for two Buy now with Ownable
BEST IN STORE
HOUSE OF FRASER
Go all out with vibrant shades, jungle motifs and gold galore
Make it modern by combining abstract shapes with pretty pastels
Safari marble coasters, £35 for four Buy now with Ownable
Brigette blue heron cushion, £30 Buy now with Ownable
Maker KATE SAYS
Noble geo shaggy rug in Blush Pink, from £19 Buy now with Ownable
Pink facet vase, £35 Buy now with Ownable
Flamingo candlestick, £25 Buy now with Ownable
Deco metal magazine holder, £45 Buy now with Ownable
Jules tinted circular mirror, £119 Buy now with Ownable
Boheme accent chair in Kingfisher, £699 Buy now with Ownable
Sylvan copper and metal table lamp, £39 Buy now with Ownable
Smoked glass dimpled base vase, £19 Buy now with Ownable
Jumbo cord cushion, £13 Buy now with Ownable
‘You could soften the urban geo style by adding a few natural touches, like greenery and weathered wood pieces.’
Aula colour block nest of tables, £99 Buy now with Ownable
Abstract pastel cushion, £12 Buy now with Ownable
FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT
Oval layer mirror, £195 Buy now with Ownable
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Palm chandelier, £220 Buy now with Ownable
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River Island’s vibrant Electric Opulence edit
It could be designer!
HOMEWARE AT RIVER ISLAND When fashion brands take on interiors, it’s always a winning formula and River Island is no exception. The Baby Doll range features sequined cushions and faux fur, while the paisley prints in the Electric Opulence collection have a goth-glam edge, and New Nordic is a more neutral affair. In selected stores and online.
Look a little familiar…? Okay, there’s no denying it’s a designer copycat but the Frida pendant, £32.99 from Studio, is a convincing double of Tom Dixon’s much-loved light. Now you can add a dramatic feature to a dining space or living room at a fraction of the price.
NEWS What’s new, what’s hot now… you heard it here first! Scandi-style bargains at Homebase
It’s everywhere! RAINBOW LEOPARD SOFT DAPPLE Towels, from £8, Dunelm Buy now with Ownable
FEATURE MICHELA COLLING
WILD THING Plates, £28 for four, House of Fraser Buy now with Ownable
COLOUR IT IN Personalised notebook, £12.99, Papier Buy now with Ownable
POWER PRINT Beaded cushion, £20, River Island Buy now with Ownable
NEW REASONS TO LOVE HOMEBASE… This DIY staple is also stepping up its design game for autumn. We love the back-to-school vibe of the metal-framed chairs; their slimline frame makes them perfect for small spaces and the stools, £10, could double up as bargain bedside tables. Velvet Taper light shades give a bohemian-luxe look for just £15 each, and don’t miss the Scandi-style rugs from £25.
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SHOP the look!
New Ideal Home collection available at V E R Y. C O . U K £329
STYLE MADE SIMPLE
FAT CAT Reign the Tiger objet, £18, Oliver Bonas Buy now with Ownable
SERVE UP Brass tiger-face tray, £18, Biba range, House of Fraser Buy now with Ownable
Cheetah bookends, £40, Biba at House of Fraser Buy now with Ownable
Leopard cushion, £45, Debenhams Buy now with Ownable
Go on the prowl and discover our feline favourites from the high street CUTE CERAMIC Leopard wall vase, £31, Audenza Buy now with Ownable
Tiger cup with straw, £3.50, Primark Buy now with Ownable
hile the fashion world may be awash with leopard print, big cats of all shapes and sizes are taking over the interiors scene, too. Be brash with tiger cushions and objets, or go for a subtle, sophisticated look with brass accessories adorned with the beasts, or a quirky tabletop buy. But no matter which style you go for, let it roar!
STANDING TALL FEATURE HOLLY WALSH
TAKE A SIP
TIGER, TIGER Embroidered tiger cushion, £50, River Island Buy now with Ownable
Leopard candle holders, £28 each, Urban Outfitters Buy now with Ownable
TOP TABLE Cheetah coasters, £13 for four, Sophie Allport Buy now with Ownable
SPOT OF TEA Cheetah mug, £6, John Lewis Buy now with Ownable
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Cosy up in a
Turn your living room into a winter haven by mixing homely touches with modern finishes Hare objets, £10 set of two; Argyll fabric chair, £399.99; check throw, £16; check cushion, £14; Rural Retreat animal candles, £7.50 set of three, all Argos Buy now with Ownable
1. Add a traditional armchair A classic wingback conjures up smart country style, but for a contemporary twist choose a two-tone plaid fabric, then layer up autumnal shades.
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BACK TO NATURE
Willow basket, £22, Sainsbury’s Home. Silver lantern, £22; Curva floor lamp, £30; Abberton three-seater tweed sofa, £699.99; faux fur brown throw, £34; Rural Retreat Fox tealight holder, £8, all Argos Buy now with Ownable
Presses flower frame, £8, Urban Outfitters Buy now with Ownable
2. Pick a modern lamp
Swap a traditional wood-turned floor lamp for a sleek metallic design. Go for polished copper or brass – the warm metals will add a gentle glow to the room.
Berry check cushion, £9, Tesco Buy now with Ownable
HOLD ALL Large woven basket, £24.99, HomeSense Buy now with Ownable
3. Pile on snug textures
Choose grainy wood finishes, woven baskets, tweed-effect upholstery and woollen cushions. Plus, don’t forget a fluffy faux fur throw over the sofa for those chilly nights.
Fox ornament, £9, Sainsbury’s Home Buy now with Ownable
Cosy cottage GET THE LOOK Just add textural accessories, warm tones and folksy prints IN BLOOM Plum decorative mug, £12.50, White Stuff Buy now with Ownable
LIGHT UP Curved copper floor lamp, £30, George Home Buy now with Ownable
4. Work in forest animals Find rabbits, hares, foxes and hedgehogs nestled among tealight holders, ornaments and cushions in a mix of embroidered or folksy block prints.
FEATURE MICHELA COLLING
Curly faux fur throw, £22, Dunelm Buy now with Ownable
Stool, £89, Kaleidoscope Buy now with Ownable
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OH DEER! Fawn cushion, £6, George Home Buy now with Ownable
HANG UP Moose hook, £6, M&Co Buy now with Ownable
PAMPER YOUR PAWS POP-UP PALS Petit Collage Woodlands pop-out, £10, Wild & Wolf Buy now with Ownable
FEEL FOXY Folklore hand cream, £5, Wild & Wolf Buy now with Ownable
DAILY DIARY Fantastic Forest 365-day happiness journal, £3.50, Paperchase Buy now with Ownable
TEA BREAK Badger and Friends stone Stanley mug, £8, Cath Kidston Buy now with Ownable
UNDER £10 Take a woodland walk with these animal magic buys
VERY VULPINE Fantastic Forest fox-topped pen, £8, Paperchase Buy now with Ownable
FLORA & FAUNA
FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT
Berry and butterfly enamel jug, £10, Tesco Buy now with Ownable
HOP ALONG Hare pair objet, £10, Sainsbury’s Home Buy now with Ownable
FOREST FRIENDS Into the Wild set of four coasters, £8, Creative Tops Buy now with Ownable
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‘I mixed styles IDEA TO STEAL PATTERN HIT ‘The chevron throw breaks up the grey sofa with a funky design’
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ABOUT ME I’m Beck Hanson, 39, and I live with my partner Marc, 40. MY HOME A three-bedroom semi-detached in West Yorkshire, which we bought in 2006. WHEN I BOUGHT IT Although the previous owners had done some work, the interior was basic and felt unloved. The rooms were liveable, but we wanted to make lots of cosmetic changes over time. AND NOW The house has a distinctive eclectic style and is filled with a mixture of retro designs and Scandi-style pieces. Marc and I love colour so we’ve used plenty of it to give each room character. STYLE TIP If you’ve fallen out of love with a piece in your home, try moving it into a different room or revamping it with a lick of paint.
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‘For a clean, modern look, pick window shutters over curtains’
TO MAKE IT MINE’ WINDOW DRESSING ‘I’ve always loved the look of plantation shutters and so we had ours fitted about a year ago. The windows are a feature of the house so it felt a shame to hide them’
Using creative flair and an eye for detail, Beck gave her home a cosmetic overhaul with plenty of colour and character
his property was originally built in 1836 as a school for underprivileged children, with one side for girls and the other for boys – in more recent years, it was split into two houses,’ says Beck. ‘My partner Marc and I had been looking in the area as we were keen to stay within easy access of both Manchester and Leeds.’ We nearly didn’t come to see this house as it’s on a main road, but once here, we were drawn to the spectacular views from the back, and it had plenty of storage which was high on our priority list. Our offer was accepted after a second viewing but unfortunately it fell through on the day we were due to exchange contracts, as our buyers pulled out. We were devastated and thought we had lost the house. However, some time later, we found a new buyer – and luckily, our dream home was still on the market.
Size matters One of the main reasons we fell in love with the house was the amount of space it offered and the layout over three floors. The ground floor consists of a large openplan kitchen-diner/reception room – great for entertaining and socialising. Although we haven’t changed the Ikea kitchen since moving in 12 years ago, the layout works well for us and the breakfast bar helps it feel separate from the dining area. We tend to spend our evenings in the lower ground floor sitting room – it’s got a cosier feel due to the lower ceilings and the wood-burning stove. The three bedrooms upstairs provide us with lots of storage and Marc uses one for work.
Making choices All the rooms were liveable when we first moved in, which took the pressure off having to do any work straight
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FLOOR FILLERS ‘Having different rugs in the sitting and dining rooms helps to zone the two areas’
IDEA TO STEAL ‘Cluster together a grouping of retro mirrors to create an unusual focal point’
‘PRESERVE PERIOD FEATURES LIKE ORIGINAL STONE FLOORING, TO HIGHLIGHT YOUR HOME’S HISTORY’ away. We decided to tackle the main bathroom first. It’s a small room, so there wasn’t much we could do in terms of its layout and we ended up sourcing all the new pieces individually through eBay to save money. We’d like to renovate it properly in the future so for now I use accessories to give it some character. Colour plays a vital role in my interior style, as I grew up in a home full of vibrant shades. I start by painting the walls of a room in a neutral hue, and then introduce colour through textiles, wall art and accessories. I tend to go for bold prints in mid-century and Scandi designs, as well as posters from our favourite festivals. The way I’ve decorated each room is relevant to the way we use the different spaces and the atmosphere we wanted
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to create. For example, the sitting room is our cosy hideaway so I’ve used more subdued lighting and textiles to soften the space and make it feel homely. The La Redoute rug is a real statement piece and also compensates for the cold Yorkshire stone flag flooring. The main bedroom is light and airy as we wanted the space to feel serene and calm. The walls are painted grey and the room has a Scandi-inspired feel, using pops of colour to tie it in with the rest of the house.
Getting creative I tend to tire of things quite easily, so I have found that upcycling furniture is a perfect way to keep the look fresh without denting my bank balance too often! I generally use chalk paint as it’s
Do it! UPDATE YOUR DINING CHAIRS Clean the surface of the chair with warm soapy water and a cloth, and when it’s dry, go over the whole chair with mediumgrade sandpaper, then wipe down again with the damp cloth. Let dry. Give a tin of furniture chalk emulsion a good stir and then paint the chair, following the wood grain where possible. Leave to dry. Apply a second coat of chalk emulsion and leave to dry. This should be enough, but apply a third coat if necessary.
OPEN-PLAN LIVING ‘When we first viewed the property, we fell in love with the flow of the ground floor – having the second reception space is a bonus’
‘The multicoloured chairs around the table add a really individual touch and can easily be repainted for a new scheme. Also, painting the chimney breast wall in a bright colour really frames the log burner.’
MIX AND MATCH ‘Having a set of different chairs helps create a more informal dining space – these are from La Redoute and I love the rich green hues’
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Do it! BREAKFAST BAR TRICKS Add a compact ledge at the end of a run of worktop (or along the edge of a peninsula). Make it semi-circular if space is really tight – this will give you enough space for a couple of bar stools. Fit a wall-hung table – you could even use a drop-leaf one so that you can fold it up when it’s not in use. Pair it with a folding stool. Steal ideas from small spaces like boats or caravans and add a section of worktop that slides or folds out when extra surface is needed.
‘Pops of colour like the yellow toaster and bin can really lift a space and add interest and are a good way to be braver with colour in a way that’s easy to update.’
‘USE GREENERY AROUND YOUR HOUSE, SUCH AS FOLIAGE AND HOUSE PLANTS, TO KEEP THE SPACE FEELING FRESH, AND TO BRING THE OUTDOORS IN’
OLD TO NEW ‘Painting the existing kitchen tiles was time consuming but they now tie in much better with the rest of the ground floor decor’
very easy to work with and doesn’t need any preparation. My upcycling projects tend to be on a small scale, but I love how a simple change, such as painting drawer fronts or changing handles, can make such a big difference.
INDUSTRIAL VIBE ‘These cage pendants are from Spark & Bell and the filament bulbs give off a lovely glow in the evening’
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My style is a mixture of Scandi, retro and contemporary, and I like to bring all these influences together to create something that reflects my taste. I like to cast the net wide when shopping for homewares, as I don’t want each room to look like a showroom. I’m a big fan of Ikea, Habitat, John Lewis and Made.com, as well as HomeSense and H&M Home for finding some real bargains. Ebay is a gold mine of pre-loved pieces and I’ve discovered lots of independent makers through Etsy and curated online shops. I’m very lucky to
IDEA TO STEAL ‘Create a relaxed hub around a breakfast bar with a pair of stylish stools’
3 of the best KITCHEN STOOLS Check out these breakfast bar beauties
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STORAGE. SOLUTIONS. ‘The hall has built-in floor-to-ceiling cupboards that are great for storage’
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Buy it Get Beck’s modern eclectic look PAGE 30
‘Our main bedroom has a Scandinavian feel, with muted colours and pared-back styling’
, ‘IF YOU HAVE A LOW HEADBOARD ON YOUR BED ADD INTEREST TO THE WALL ABOVE BY HANGING UNUSUAL SHELVING OR A STATEMENT PIECE OF ARTWORK’
HANGING OUT ALL CHANGE ‘I’m always switching accessories, particularly throws and cushions. This textured throw was an Ikea bargain’
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‘I made my own macramé hanging plant pot holder for the bathroom’
‘I like how Beck has given her home a modern twist by adding geo elements without losing sight of the original period features.’
WORDS & STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPHS JEREMY PHILLIPS
Maker ROBYN SAYS
IDEA TO STEAL ‘Fit a neutral lightshade that won’t detract from quirkier elements’
LAYER UP ‘I often start with a neutral backdrop, such as grey walls, then add interest with colourful pieces to bring the space to life’
Where to buy her style BEMZ If Ikea has discontinued your sofa or armchair, find a replacement cover in a wide range of fabrics and colours here. FARROW & BALL Beck used Cornforth White and Stiffkey Blue in the downstairs sitting room, and Lamp Room Grey in the bedrooms, all £43.50 for 2.5L. MIAFLEUR If you’re not green fingered, try MiaFleur for pretty faux foliage and houseplants, as well as stylish containers to display them in, starting from just £4.50.
live near Hebden Bridge which has fantastic antiques markets, and there’s nothing I love more than trailing around vintage shops at the weekend. Decorating the house has been a great experience for Marc and I and, although we still have work to do, we have totally transformed the interior to make it our own. At the end of the day it’s a personal space so design decisions have to come from your gut. My job as a stylist means I’m always seeing new ideas and projects, so by using accessories I can restyle the rooms whenever it’s time for a change!’
‘I upcycled this Ikea cabinet using Annie Sloan chalk paint and chose a punchy coral hue for the drawers’
Find more clever ways to style up your home by going to pinterest.com/ styleathomemag
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Pop this cactus vase among your greenery, ALBERT & MOO Buy now with Ownable
£131 Partner the simple Suraya etched metal side table with your favourite armchair, ARTISANTI Buy now with Ownable
Buy Beck’s style…
Mix in some mid-century modern, Hygena Aliso two-seater sofa, ARGOS Buy now with Ownable
MODERN ECLECTIC Go for a casual, laid-back vibe, with a relaxed mix of colours, styles, furnishings and favourite things
reate a welcoming home filled with colour, pattern and greenery. Beck has put together an eclectic, laid-back scheme mixing retro designs, Scandi-style pieces and her own quirky upcycled finds. With a muted palette of soft green throughout, the decor flows easily from room to room, with accents of mid blue, chalky grey and soft stone giving each room its own individual look. An abundance of plants and foliage adds a botanical finishing touch.
Hang this gold hexagon mirror above a mantel, M&CO Buy now with Ownable
£18 Keep the Green Nordicage basket handy. DEBENHAMS Buy now with Ownable
£14.99 Brighten up bare boards with a geometric pattern. Salvadore green rug, CARPETRIGHT Buy now with Ownable
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£359 Add an urban edge with the timber and metal Hulstone industrial console table, WOODEN FURNITURE STORE Buy now with Ownable
£49 Make a statement with the industrialstyle Cole pendant light, MADE.COM Buy now with Ownable
ADD IN ART
£8.50 Choose artwork to match your scheme. A4 Geometric Shapes Modern poster print, MODE PRINTS Buy now with Ownable
£25 Say it with a smile. Spira Hakan cushion, ANDSHINE Buy now with Ownable
STYLE SECRETS Get Beck’s look with these simple style tricks GO WITH A GREY BASE Pale grey is a great neutral option for surfaces as it’s warmer than white but has a contemporary edge that’s perfect for a modern eclectic look like Beck’s. Use pale shades on walls, and choose larger pieces of furniture and soft furnishings such as sofas and rugs in mid to light tones.
EMBRACE GEO PRINTS Smart, contemporary geometric prints on cushions, rugs and wall art stop an eclectic scheme going too country-rustic. Triangles, diamonds, hexagons and zigzags are some patterns that work brilliantly for a modern touch.
ADD TEXTURE WITH WOOD
£225 Fake it with this floor-standing faux Monstera plant, SWEETPEA & WILLOW Buy now with Ownable
£49 Mix and match colours around your dining table. Daisy green chair, VERY Buy now with Ownable
Keep your look warm and relaxed with a variety of wood tones and finishes, from stripped floorboards like Beck’s, to side tables and shelving. Make sure there’s a wooden element in every room to soften the modern edges and to add a lived-in, relaxed vibe.
INTRODUCE GREENERY An abundance of plants and foliage adds a botanical finishing touch to surfaces and walls, from mini succulents, potted cacti and floor-standing plants to leafy artwork and botanical prints.
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‘The place was IDEA TO STEAL JAZZY DECOR ‘The tiles are my favourite part of the kitchen. They’re from Topps Tiles, and we get so many compliments on them’
COME ON IN!
ABOUT ME I’m Jenny Swift, 37, a fashion merchandiser, and I live with my husband Darren, 38, his daughter Grace, 12, and our daughter Thea, who’s three. MY HOME We live in a fourbedroom Thirties semi-detached house in Rothley, Leicestershire, which we bought in February 2014. WHEN I BOUGHT IT It had been quite neglected for some years, and while the extended part of the house was relatively modern, the rest had issues including damp and rot, and was in desperate need of updating. AND NOW It’s stylish, colourful and full of character. STYLE TIP Buy big pieces from second-hand stores to save money for styling and finishing touches.
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‘Go for two different hues on your kitchen units. It’ll stop the room feeling too uniform’
THIRTIES SEMI DETACHED
FALLING APART’ Excited by the potential of her new home, Jenny hadn’t counted on the amount of work it would need…
hen our house search began in early 2014, my husband Darren and I knew we wanted a spacious family home in need of a little work that we could make our own,’ says Jenny. ‘We spotted this property on Rightmove, and it appeared to tick all of our boxes. Despite being cluttered and painted in a cocktail of garish colours, it had the potential to become the home we had in mind. However, we soon realised that the work required was more than cosmetic.
Starting from scratch
MODERN MAKEOVER ‘The kitchen was luminous yellow with layers of sticky lino tiles and dark units. We gave it a contemporary cream and grey scheme’
We received the keys in February 2014 but the house was far from ready, so Darren and I moved in with my parents while the renovation took place. We gutted almost the entire property. We ripped out the kitchen, the bathroom and the carpets, taking it more or less back to its foundations so we could first focus on fixing structural damage. The house comprises two parts, the original Thirties building and an extension which was added about 10 years ago. The newer rooms, including the sitting room/ playroom, just needed a decor refresh, but the older part of the house was an entirely different story. It had damp, so our first big task was stripping walls of paper and plaster to apply a treatment. But that was nothing compared with what we found in the kitchen, behind the units. Only after removing the cabinets did we realise to our horror that there was no insulation, and that you could almost see straight through the wall to the outside! And the disappointment didn’t end there, as the gorgeous wooden floorboards we hoped we’d be able to restore and keep in place were, in fact, rotting, and had to be removed. It quickly dawned on us that most things in
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IDEA TO STEAL ‘Research your local outlet stores and make a point of perusing the discounted products’
Buy it Shop Jenny’s tropical mix home style PAGE 42
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DOUBLE DUTY ‘I had always wanted a kitchen big enough for a dining table, so it’s a bit of a dream come true’
THIRTIES SEMI DETACHED
3 of the best DARK FLORALS Brave the trend for moody botanical wallpapers EXOTIC BLOOMS Pindorama wallpaper, £13 a roll, Wilko Buy now with Ownable
FOREST GREENS Fern & Flowers wallpaper, £12 a roll, B&Q Buy now with Ownable
BIG AND BLOWSY Renaissance in Midnight, £35 a roll, Oasis range, Clarke & Clarke Buy now with Ownable
‘GLAM UP A PLAIN AND BORING WALL WITH AN ON-TREND BOTANICAL PRINT WALLPAPER TO CREATE MAXIMUM IMPACT’
EYE CANDY ‘I love the little gallery wall. We bought the Amsterdam print on a city break, and the others are by Lady Ebdon Prints and Nickie Kelly’
the house, including the light switches, door knobs and light fittings, were faulty or damaged and needed replacing.
Keen to create the home we’d had our hearts set on, despite the setbacks, we quickly called in professionals to sort the insulation – or lack thereof – in the kitchen. We had the walls plastered, concrete poured where our wooden floors would’ve been, and an electrician friend popped over every Saturday morning for weeks to fix the wiring. Only when the property was structurally sound could we begin giving the interior a facelift. We found our ideal kitchen units – which we decided to buy in two shades for a contrasting look – in Ikea, and replaced the bright yellow walls with a more subtle grey shade and decorative tiles. We chose Farrow & Ball paint for both the family room and the sitting room/playroom, and hung statement wallpapers – a complete
‘I love the typography in here, especially the wall slogan. Try it in unusual places, such as quotes on a big lamp shade, along a skirting board, or along the edge of a kitchen unit.’
THE DARK SIDE ‘We replaced the orange paint with a botanical print on one wall’
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THIRTIES SEMI DETACHED
SOLID GROUND ‘We picked wooden flooring for the sitting room. It’s practical and the darker hue really complements the space’
CHANGING ROOMS ‘When we moved in this room was painted bright orange, had damp walls and rotting floorboards. We had to take it right back to its bare bones’
‘IGNORE TRENDS UNLESS YOU GENUINELY LOVE THEM – WHAT’S ON TREND ONE MINUTE WILL BE OUTDATED THE NEXT’ contrast to the neon orange Seventies scheme that was in place in both rooms. Thankfully, the upstairs required a lot less work than downstairs, though we did decide to knock two smaller bedrooms into one and we extended and converted a cloakroom into an en suite. But even though the work went to plan, it wasn’t without a few minor dramas. One day, Darren and I were decorating the main bedroom when the handle came off the door, locking us in the room. We were alone in the house – and Darren suffers from claustrophobia. In the end, we had to phone the police to ask if a nearby officer could break in and let us out!
Feeling thrifty The renovation taught us a big lesson in budgeting. Working as a fashion
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merchandiser means it’s my job to source items at the best price possible so I’m a pretty savvy shopper, but I had to be patient to get the pieces I really wanted for the house. I purchased many items, such as our American fridge-freezer and the glass drinks trolley in our family room, second-hand from eBay, and used both mine and Darren’s staff discounts (I work for Next, and Darren for Ikea). We restored what we could, including the original wooden doors, to save cash, and constantly browsed the bargain corner at Ikea, where we’ve found many a gem. I also like to find indie brands on Instagram, where I share photos of my own home and its transformation at @mrsjennyswift. Nifty decorating techniques, such as papering a single wall or alcoves, and using stickers to
TRUE BLUE ‘We chose Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue for two of the sitting room walls’
IDEA TO STEAL ‘Paper alcoves for an affordable feature that also adds texture’
Do it! GO FOR MAX PERSONALITY Choose a bold wall colour such as rich navy or slate grey to immediately add a sense of drama. Mix up your lighting for a feeling of flamboyance – pair wall-mounted neon lighting with a luxurious chandelier and some quirky table lamps. Use cushions to add texture, pattern and bright pops of colour – these can be changed up regularly to keep the look fresh.
Maker ALEX SAYS
‘This room is so full of character. The unique cushions, the prints and the neon sign are a match made in heaven!’
SECONDHAND STEAL ‘The glass drinks trolley was a bargain buy from eBay. It’s one of my favourite pieces’
IDEA TO STEAL
‘Wall stickers are a low-cost alternative for a feature wall that can easily be changed’
Maker ROBYN SAYS
CANDY COLOURS ‘I decorated Thea’s bedroom in a combo of pastel colours, and added polka dot wall decals’
Where to buy her style NEXT HOME Your one-stopshop for stylish homeware, this sells everything from investment furnishings to accessories. FARROW & BALL A hotspot for drool-worthy paint hues, Farrow & Ball is renowned for its array of beautiful heritage shades. GRAHAM & GREEN You’ll find all manner of gorgeous furniture and trinkets here. Be sure to check out the accessories, too – there’s something to suit almost every interior scheme. TOPPS TILES A go-to for affordable tiles, you’ll find almost every shape, colour and pattern under the sun, but the statement tiles are particularly pretty.
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PARTY PIECES ‘In Thea’s room, I incorporated these tassels that I made for her first birthday party’
WORDS AND STYLING ABBI HENDERSON PHOTOGRAPHS GEORGIA BURNS
‘DON’T WORRY ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK– IT’S YOUR HOME, AND IT ONLY MATTERS THAT YOU LOVE HOW IT LOOKS’
‘I love the pops of hot pink that Jenny has used on her bedroom walls and accessories. It really ties everything together, but without making the look too fussy. Dark or bold florals give an interior scheme such a whimsical feel.’
THIRTIES SEMI DETACHED
PALM PRINT ‘This was originally a small cloakroom, but we decided to extend it slightly and add a shower’
pep up a plain wall have also helped us to save a little money here and there.
From house to home I’m beyond proud of all we’ve achieved in what was a really run-down property. We were both working full-time throughout the renovation, which meant a lot of late nights on site, driving between houses and living without a lot of our belongings. We also got married the same year, which made life very hectic, but unforgettable. I’d say the kitchen has been our biggest achievement. It’s undergone a huge transformation, and has become my favourite room in the house. I’ve always wanted to have a kitchen big enough to accommodate a dining table for family meals, and finally I have one. Next on our to-do list is to build a porch, as our hall is minuscule, and then tackle the driveway. We’re not 100% finished yet, but we’ve come a really long way, and completing those last little tasks will be the icing on the cake.’
SUITE DREAMS ‘We knocked two small rooms together to create our bedroom, painted the walls in Calamine by Farrow & Ball, and hung a gorgeous floral wallpaper’
Join in and share your home revamps with Style at Home on Instagram @styleathomemag
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£95 Go for a lamp with legs. Gold leggy flamingo table lamp, GRAHAM & GREEN Buy now with Ownable
£26 Spell out an inspiring quote on this black letter board, HURN & HURN Buy now with Ownable
Buy Jenny’s style…
Create a home with ‘wow’, mixing eye-catching feature wallpapers, daring paint colours and quirky statement buys
ook on the bright side with a flamboyant scheme that’s packed with vibrant colours and bold patterns. With barely a neutral in sight, Jenny has given each room its own style and personality, from the striking dark grey sitting room with its tropical vibe to the luxe aqua-and-silver bedroom with pops of hot pink and orange. Savvy shopping proves that high-end style can be achieved on a budget, with Jenny mixing high-street bargains and second-hand finds with thrifty hacks.
£65 £359 Keep the bathroom clutter free with the sleek Mino vanity unit, BATHSTORE Buy now with Ownable
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Say it with neon. Light-up pink neon love sign, TALKING TABLES Buy now with Ownable
£399 Pick a zingy shade for an accent piece, like the Rubens armchair in Light Moss, MADE.COM Buy now with Ownable
£649 Keep sitting room furniture sleek and simple, like this Skandi oak sideboard, DUNELM Buy now with Ownable
£18 Colour clash with the bold Pindorama cushion, WALLPAPER DIRECT Buy now with Ownable
£8 Go faux with easy-care imitation greenery. Rural Retreat faux fern, ARGOS Buy now with Ownable
£12 Perch this cute ceramic parrot vase on your shelves, THE CONTEMPORARY HOME Buy now with Ownable
£218 Splash out on a showstopper, like this antique gold metal bar cart, AUDENZA Buy now with Ownable
Painting walls a deep, moody hue will add a feeling of luxury and warmth in a sitting room. Instead of keeping with regular white-painted woodwork and trims, which can be too much of a sharp contrast, try painting shelves, bookcases and skirtings in the same dark shade so the walls and woodwork blend into one for a seamless look.
MIX AND MATCH TILES Create a patchwork-style kitchen splashback with a mix of tiles in geo and floral patterns. Keep to one colour, go mono for an understated look, or for a more rustic mix, try coloured tiles from a co-ordinating collection. For a bohemian vibe, mix it up with a random assortment of tiles in different shapes, sizes and colours – cut costs by looking out for discounted end-of-line tiles.
FEATURE LISA FAZZANI
Wow with a shimmering botanic wall. Persephone wallpaper, CLARISSA HULSE Buy now with Ownable
Cheer up plain boards with the rustic Rainbow braided rug, MYAKKA Buy now with Ownable
WOW WITH BOLD PATTERNS If you’ve fallen for a statement wallpaper but are afraid to commit, compromise by limiting pattern to just a single feature wall with adjacent walls in a toning shade to co-ordinate. Large-scale patterns can also work well in small spaces such as an en suite or cloakroom – be brave and embrace the look with pattern running wall to wall.
GO DARK WITH PAINTWORK
£60 a roll
Take your lead from Jenny’s colourful look
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Mustard and Black and White Rosa Kids pendant, £96, Urban Cottage Industries Buy now with Ownable
For a modern take on industrial style, hang a colour-pop cage lamp above a workspace. Loop the fabric flex over a rail fixed beneath a reclaimed shelf and tie neatly so the fixing hangs down. Adjust the height if needed.
FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT
Add an Edison bulb for vintage appeal
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MAXIMISING SPACE ‘Knocking a doorway through from what was the garage to create a vaulted snug has worked brilliantly’
‘It was stuck
IDEA TO STEAL
COME ON IN!
ABOUT ME I’m Anne Freeland, 48, and I live here with my husband, Jeremy, 48, and children, Grace, 18, May, 16, Charlie, 14 and Harry, 13. MY HOME A detached house, built in the Eighties, in Oxfordshire. WHEN WE BOUGHT IT It had just two storeys. The downstairs rooms were quite small and boxy, and the decor was busy and tired. AND NOW The house has been replanned and is light, spacious and modern. It now has three storeys, with a main bedroom and en-suite in the loft, and a kitchendiner on the ground floor, plus a new snug, study, hall and utility. STYLE TIP Choose a neutral palette and then, to inject a touch of striking colour and drama, add a few bolder dark tones.
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‘To keep wooden worktops looking great, sand them down, apply Osmo oil, and then repeat the process’
IN THE EIGHTIES!’ Anne and Jeremy would need vision, skills and talent to turn a bland property into a stylish, Scandiinfluenced home
hen my husband Jeremy and I moved here from London in 1999, we bought a 400-year-old cottage,’ says Anne. ‘It was quirky and jam-packed with period features, including beams, an inglenook fireplace and wonky floorboards. Jeremy runs a company called Collars which makes hand-crafted wooden oars, masts and spars for boats, and he’s great at woodwork and all sorts of DIY jobs. I’ve got a background in fashion and textiles and just love interiors, so we both relished putting our stamp on the cottage. Although it was initially ideal, after our four children came along, it became increasingly tight for space and there was no way of extending.
On the hunt We started house-hunting in earnest in 2013. As weeks rolled into months, nothing we viewed appealed at all. Running out of options, we decided to view this Eighties house – just a fiveminute walk away from our cottage. We were really impressed by its location. It was a corner plot with a gated driveway and ample parking. It felt secluded and peaceful. Inside, the surprises continued. Jeremy and I were bowled over by the vast potential this dated house offered. Walking from room to room, we could easily see how, with time and effort, we could radically reconfigure the layout.
The planning DREAM ISLAND ‘I’m thrilled with our island that Jeremy made. It’s been painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe to match our feature walls and, because it can be moved, it’s extremely versatile’
Downstairs, the galley kitchen was crying out to be knocked through to create an open-plan kitchen-diner, while converting the garage into an adjoining snug seemed straightforward. The hall was spacious and there was a downstairs loo, plus another room. On the first floor, there
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UPCYCLED CHIC ‘This old wooden cupboard, which I upcycled with a lick of Farrow & Ball’s Charleston Gray eggshell, is the ideal spot to display much-loved family photographs’
were four good-sized bedrooms, a family bathroom that the boys could use, and an en-suite that both girls could share. We discovered the attic had plenty of headroom and, with a bit of creative thinking on the positioning of a new staircase, Jeremy reckoned we could transform the loft into a bright and airy master bedroom, complete with an en-suite and dressing area. Despite the dated decor, it was the only house that we’d seen that had such scope for our family’s needs. It also had a lovely feel. We moved in towards the end of 2014.
Working with wood Realising that knocking through the kitchen, fitting new units and installing a huge wooden beam made by Jeremy, would all be very disruptive, we celebrated Christmas in our new home and started the first phase of our renovation project in January 2015. Rather than having no kitchen at all,
Maker KATE SAYS
‘Mood boards or Pinterest boards are a fun and helpful way to visualise different styles and see what works together, particularly for multiple room projects like this one.’
ICONIC INFLUENCE ‘I still love this wooden dining table that we bought 14 years ago. The Eames-style chairs add a retro touch and aren’t too bulky in this relatively narrow space’
Do it! GALLEY KITCHEN TIPS Introduce the classic working triangle. Arrange the key task zones of fridge, cooker and sink at three separate points so that it’s easy to flit from one to the other. Go for cupboards in a pale palette and introduce reflective surfaces to bounce light and make the room feel more spacious. For a light feel, choose an all-white scheme. A pretty voile blind will soften the look, and add pops of colour with accessories that can be easily changed. Handle-free doors are great in a narrow space as you’re less likely to bang into them when moving around the room. A symmetrical design will feel more balanced – think about creating visual balance, for example having taller units like the fridge and wall cupboards facing each other.
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SMOOTH LINES ‘We loved our B&Q kitchen in the cottage so much that we went for exactly the same Cooke & Lewis Appleby high-gloss cream units again. For a sleeker look, we opted for a handleless version’
‘RATHER THAN JUMPING ON THE NEW TREND BANDWAGON, BE TRUE TO YOUR OWN STYLE AND CHOOSE THE THINGS YOU LOVE, TO CREATE A HOME THAT REFLECTS YOUR PERSONALITY’
3 of the best CAFE-STYLE PENDANTS Add casual-cool lighting to kitchen and dining spaces
Bushwick metal pendant, £39, Cult Furniture Buy now with Ownable
Anya pendant shade, £52, Enamel Shades Buy now with Ownable
Hoxton Cone pendant, £42, Garden Trading Buy now with Ownable
SHELF SOLUTION ‘I felt this part of the kitchen was lacking interest but I am really pleased with this shelf, made by Jeremy from an off-cut of wood, plus the clock that I bought from The Range’
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we installed the new units in two stages. It looked slightly odd for a while since we had a run of old units down one side and the sleek new ones down the other. With Jeremy having such a passion for wood, we decided to go for oak floorboards throughout most of the downstairs rooms and oak worktops, linking through to our handy island/breakfast bar.
A joint effort Throughout our project, Jeremy has been absolutely fantastic. If a task sprung up that he wasn’t familiar with, he’d have a look on YouTube and work out how to tackle it. To save space in the kitchen, we turned a lean-to shed outside into a utility room. Having carefully considered how to shave a few metres off Grace’s bedroom to make room for our new staircase (and with planning permission granted), we hired a loft conversion firm to do the main structural work. Jeremy then tackled the insulating, plastering and painting himself. We then converted the garage into a family-friendly snug. We wanted to make this space feel like a proper room,
‘Create your own original features – if your room is modern or lacking in character, add some yourself, as Jeremy has done with the handmade ceiling beams in the couple’s converted garage.’
BRIGHT IDEA ‘I sourced a funky mirror from HomeSense to bounce light around this corner of the room’
‘USE CARPET TO CREATE A COSIER FEEL IN SOME ROOMS LIKE WE HAVE DONE IN THE SNUG. IT’S LOVELY AND WARM UNDERFOOT’ TOUCH OF DRAMA ‘I tend to gravitate towards grey shades, and chose Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe, both as a dramatic pop of colour and to link to the wall tiles in our kitchen’
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CEILING STYLE ‘Jeremy’s idea of removing the ceiling and making the lovely wooden beams to accentuate the height in our new snug has been a stroke of genius. The room never feels cramped, even when we’re all in there together with our dog, Beau’
IDEA TO STEAL ‘Use rugs, particularly ones with funky, geometric patterns, to break up carpets and floorboards’
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IDEA TO STEAL
Where to buy her style
‘If you fall for a boldpatterned wallpaper, don’t shy away from using it’
Shop Anne’s look DESIGN VINTAGE ‘It stocks furniture, soft furnishings and accessories that complement our home really well. I particularly love its cushions and baskets.’ HOMESENSE ‘Great for adding individual touches. I find it’s particularly good for unique mirrors – most of our mirrors have been bought from there.’ H&M HOME ‘Perfect for reasonably-priced cushions and accessories. I’ve bought cushion covers for as little as £3.99 each.’ IKEA ‘When I need a storage solution, Ikea is my go-to store. The Kallax unit is so versatile. We’ve used it in our study for books and in the hall for shoes.’ THE RANGE ‘This store always come up trumps when I’m looking for clocks. Great for accessories, such as barn stars and candles.’
‘REFRESH THE LOOK WITH NEW CUSHION COVERS – ONE OF THE EASIEST, LEAST EXPENSIVE WAYS OF UPDATING YOUR HOME’
rather than just an 'obvious' garage conversion. After removing the plasterboard ceiling and uncovering the vaulted area, Jeremy painstakingly made the wooden beams for the snug. They are a wonderful feature that draw the eye upwards and add character to this cosy space.
Creating Scandi style I’ve adored choosing colours, furniture and soft furnishings, and pulling all the spaces together. I didn’t have a masterplan but I knew that I wanted our house to be a very welcoming Scandiinfluenced family home. It has a neutral backdrop with darker tones for added impact. I tend to favour grey shades and love injecting accents such as copper or rose gold, and plenty of personal touches.
Worth all the effort THRIFTY TRANSFORMATION ‘Instead of replacing the boys’ bathroom suite, we’ve updated it with a fresh lick of paint, new wooden flooring and some stylish accessories’
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Juggling the building work, four children and a dog has undoubtedly had its moments. At one stage when Jeremy and I were, for months, sleeping in what has become our study, I did wonder why on earth we’d ever left our cottage, but the disruption has been worth it. We all now feel so lucky to be living in a home we love, in a beautiful part of the world.’
DOUBLING UP ‘Our Argos sofa bed, bought years ago, has definitely stood the test of time. It comes in really handy, both for sitting on, and when we have visitors to stay over. It has been softened with cushions and throws’
‘Having a seat, bench or blanket chest at the foot of the bed is really useful. Pick one with enough room to store blankets and extra bedding, ready for the winter months.’
SERENE. SANCTUARY. ‘I love this Laura Ashley wallpaper. We used it in our cottage and I knew it would be perfect in this room too. I’ve chosen copper and blush accessories to tie the scheme together’
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SQUEEZE IN A WORKSPACE Swap a desk for a shelf unit such as the Ekby Alex shelf from Ikea, which also includes a couple of drawers to stash work stuff. Make one piece of furniture work harder – a dressing table in the bedroom can double up as a desk space. Keep paperwork in a box to limit clutter. Make use of dead spaces such as on the landing, under the stairs or even in a built-in wardrobe! Look out for ladder-style desks that can be propped up against the wall and offer extra shelving.
HANDY ADDITION Find more clever ways to style up your home by going to pinterest.com/ styleathomemag
‘Although I wanted the study to be uncluttered, I felt that a little shelf would add an attractive finishing touch’
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£123 Make a statement with this oversized Copenhagen bleached-wood wall clock, ARTISANTI Buy now with Ownable
£16 Mix it up with plains, patterns and weaves. Geo cushion, NEXT HOME Buy now with Ownable
£5 Throw in some faux greenery. Small garden plant in ceramic pot, MARKS & SPENCER Buy now with Ownable
Buy Anne’s style…
RELAXED RUSTIC Bring in warm colours, tactile textures and homely, country buys to cosy up a neutral scheme
ake an uninspiring Eighties house and give it a rustic, Scandi-inspired makeover with muted colours and lots of cosy finishing touches. Keeping to oak floorboards and mainly stone-coloured walls throughout has given Anne a neutral backdrop to build on, adding depth and character with painted feature walls, bold statement wallpapers and decorative rugs and runners. A collection of prints, artwork and family photos adds a comfy vibe, arranged on walls in gallery-style formation or dotted around the room on shelves and tabletops.
£4.99 Style shelves or wall space with this rustic hanging star, THE RANGE Buy now with Ownable
£19 Shake it up by popping in a couple of quirkier items. Exposed bulb table lamp, JD WILLIAMS Buy now with Ownable
£15 Add a touch of blush pink to cool neutrals with this pink loose-weave throw, WILKO Buy now with Ownable
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£849 Layer plush textures in the living room. Grace velvet-look, two-seater sofa, VERY Buy now with Ownable
£65 Add accent lighting in a luxe copper finish. Dar Yoko 1 light pendant, LIGHTS 2 GO Buy now with Ownable
£799 Position an island to help zone kitchen and dining spaces. Westcote Blue island with wine rack, COTSWOLD CO Buy now with Ownable
STYLE SECRETS Recreate Anne’s look with these top tips and ideas BE BOLD WITH COLOUR Break free from safe neutrals and brave it with a darker paint shade such as navy, charcoal or emerald green. If you have a long room – like Anne’s dining space – painting a shorter end wall a darker shade will make it appear to come forward, so the room feels shorter and squarer, rather than overly long. Or if you have a large open-plan area, painting one or two darker accent walls is a good way of breaking up the space and defining the different zones.
£59 Work some pattern into a plain room scheme with this diamond-design rug, DARLINGS OF CHELSEA Buy now with Ownable
SIZE-UP A MIRROR As a general rule, if you’re hanging a large mirror or piece of art above a fireplace, aim for one roughly two-thirds the width of the mantel, rather than one that lines up exactly with the edges. Hang it horizontally, so it finishes around 12-15cm above the mantel, with the centre at eye level. Or, if you want to create the illusion of height, hang it vertically instead and the wall will appear taller.
£55 Partner this Scandistyle Finn dining chair with a rustic wooden table, DANETTI Buy now with Ownable
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TAKE TO THE SLOPES Make a feature of the slanting ceiling in a loft room, by papering the end wall in a bold feature wallpaper to accentuate the room’s shape. Paint adjoining walls and sloping sections in a pale, co-ordinating shade rather than wallpaper, so any wonky walls or uneven lines aren’t accentuated.
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GLITTER TOFFEE APPLE STICKS
PME toffee apple bamboo sticks, £1.99 for 30, Amazon; gold glitter shaker, £4, Hobbycraft Buy now with Ownable
Delight guests on Bonfire Night by serving homemade toffee apples dipped in crunchy nuts and finished with sparkling sticks. Simply cover the tips of the wooden handles in glue and dip into glitter. Leave to dry, before inserting into the apples.
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Place on baking paper to stop them sticking
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Wear your heart on your windows.
Donâ€™t just like your blinds. Love them.
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THE STYLE BOOK PART 20:
MID-CENTURY Take influence from a bygone era to create a retro-inspired interior featuring geometric patterns and slimline furniture designs
Pull out and keep!
Mix and match fabric prints in co-ordinating colours
the STYLE RULES Create a laid-back Orange County vibe Make contrasting accent colours pop by juxtaposing them on a neutral backdrop. START WITH WHITE Painting walls white and choosing large pieces of furniture in white will create the feeling of space. Opt for furnishings in curvy mid-century shapes and dress
them with colourful cushions in geometric repeats. CREATE CONTRAST For impact, pick accent colours that appear on opposite sides of the colour wheel. KEEP FLOORING NEUTRAL And add a splash of colour with an ombre rug.
Make a statement of storage with a colour popping metal chest and matching folders
California COOL Layer fresh white with punchy orange and blue accessories Use the Ownable app to buy now
THE FABRIC Scion Shibori in Chilli/Linen, £34m, Style Library Buy now with Ownable
THE WALLPAPER Stitch Collection, £29.95 a roll, Galerie Wallcoverings Buy now with Ownable
THE PAINT Breatheasy Canvas White matt emulsion, £16 for 2.5L, Homebase Buy now with Ownable
THE FLOORING Wool rug in Blue and Ecru, £263.50, Maisons du Monde Buy now with Ownable
Abstract PATTERN Celebrate classic mid-century patterns and shapes Use the Ownable app to buy now
THE FABRIC Flip, £50m, Wallpaper Direct Buy now with Ownable
THE WALLPAPER Prism Yellow, £40 a roll, Graham & Brown Buy now with Ownable
THE PAINT Mazarine matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene Buy now with Ownable
THE FLOORING Richmond Twist carpet in Granite, £10.99sq m, Carpetright Buy now with Ownable
Lift a scheme of zesty green and deep blue with pops of bright white and soft grey
Cover a lampshade in patterned fabric
Maker ALEX SAYS
the STYLE RULES Go bold with a lively palette and graphic prints
Soften angular shapes by introducing cosy textures like tactile velvet bedding
Create a vibrant mid-century scheme by combining abstract patterns with curvy furnishings. INTRODUCE GEOMETRIC PRINTS Abstract wallcoverings and textiles in blue, grey and mustard create an authentic mid-century feel. MIX AND MATCH DESIGNS Don’t be afraid to clash prints. If a full wall is too bold for you, frame a section of wallpaper instead.
REAL VS REPRO Light wood furniture offers mid-century charm. Look out for classic styles indicative of the era on auction sites or pick up reproductions from Made.com and Loaf. ZONE AREAS WITH PAINT If you use one room for multiple activities (for example study and sleep), consider using paint to distinguish between the areas.
‘The blue and yellow paired together in this room is so vibrant and gives off so much energy! The patterned furniture is a great touch.’
the STYLE RULES Update classic designs with modern colours Create a family-friendly space with a retro vibe using fun prints and practical designs. LAYER UP COLOUR Opt for a pared-back palette of neutrals boosted with soft blues and a punch of yellow. GO GEO ON WALLS Choose a statement wallpaper featuring
spots and stripes in a muted colourway. Vertical lines will make ceilings appear higher. SAVE ON SPACE Marry strong Scandi aesthetics with practicality. Look for multifunctional pieces such as a sleek coffee table with a shelf underneath for storing books.
Accessorise with sweet Scandi bird and house motifs
Retro SCANDI Team simple mid-century shapes with soft neutrals Use the Ownable app to buy now
THE FABRIC Calling Birds, £55m, Jane Clayton & Company Buy now with Ownable
THE WALLPAPER Sandberg Sissa Sundling, £75 a roll, Wallpaper Direct Buy now with Ownable
THE PAINT Lilium matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5L, Graham & Brown Buy now with Ownable
Treat toes to a chunky textured rug
THE FLOORING Chunkster rug in Natural, from £325, Loaf Buy now with Ownable
Soothing GREYS Create a balanced scheme using tonal shades and textures Use the Ownable app to buy now
THE FABRIC Harlequin Lepton in Cobalt, £25m, Style Library Buy now with Ownable
THE WALLPAPER Little Trees in Comet, £69 a roll, Jane Clayton & Company Buy now with Ownable
THE PAINT Powder Grey matt emulsion, £35 for 2.5L, Laura Ashley Buy now with Ownable
THE FLOORING Kygo grey wool rug, from £200, Habitat Buy now with Ownable
Statement lighting in natural textures adds to the mid-century feel
Stagger the height of pendants
A chic chair in a co-ordinating fabric print is an extra seat as well as a statement
Maker GLENN SAYS
the STYLE RULES Moody greys and blues are lifted by playful details This cultivated look layers mid-century motifs with natural textures and streamlined shapes. OPT FOR LINEAR MOTIFS Hang wallpaper with a compact linear print. Negative outlines on a neutral background really stand out. Avoid cluttering walls with small frames and busy art. ADD COLOUR CONTRAST Create depth using varying tones of grey.
Accessories in midnight blue add contrast when teamed with white or cream accents. LAYER TEXTURES Allow texture to do the talking in the rest of the room. Slubby linen upholstery, a cosy throw and a mottled woven rug are all tactile additions. DON’T DISTRACT Slim furniture and a tonal carpet ensures all attention is on the wallpaper.
‘You can get this look quite cheaply. Invest in a statement chair, find Danish-style units in Ikea or Habitat, and finish with a large framed geo artwork.’
A high shelf in white is almost invisible
the STYLE RULES Kit out the kitchen with plenty of Fifties charm Start your day with a cheer surrounded by gleaming whites and nostalgic finds. MAKE IT BRIGHT Begin with a light and airy blank canvas featuring white cupboards and timeless metro tiles. PICK PRIMARY COLOURS Be playful with bright shades
and add classic textile prints like checks and stripes. GO FOR THE SAME GRAINS For a cohesive feel, choose similar types of wood for floors, worktops and furniture. Pick mismatched chairs in a few different colours to give the room a modern edge.
Don’t be afraid to mix vintage kitchenalia with modern appliances
Colourful KITSCH Celebrate retro style using blocks of primary colour Use the Ownable app to buy now
THE FABRIC Dana in Red, £29.50m, Jane Clayton & Company Buy now with Ownable
THE TILES Metro wall tiles, £19.50sq m, Topps Tiles Buy now with Ownable
THE PAINT Nearly Famous durable matt emulsion, £15 for 2.5L, Wilko Buy now with Ownable
THE FLOORING Aqualock farmhouse oak laminate flooring, £28sq m, UK Flooring Direct Buy now with Ownable
Geometric POP Pack a punch with blond wood and statement walls Use the Ownable app to buy now
THE FABRIC Poppy Pod, £15.40m, Terrys Fabrics Buy now with Ownable
THE WALLPAPER Scion Tocca in Denim, £41 a roll, Style Library Buy now with Ownable
THE PAINT Agave Nobile matt emulsion, £25 for 2.5L, B&Q Buy now with Ownable
THE FLOORING Soft oak medium laminate, £22.99sq m, Quick-Step Buy now with Ownable
Look out for retro kitchenalia in charity shops and at car boot sales – you might get the real deal for a bargain
A mid-century cabinet is a style essential
Maker KATE SAYS
Frame Fifties and Sixties posters to complete the look
the STYLE RULES Don your sunglasses for this lively mid-century look Immerse yourself in a nostalgic scheme of geometric forms and authentic design. BE BOLD WITH WALLPAPER Go all out mid-century with a busy linear wallpaper in a bold shade of blue. FOCUS ON FORM So as not to distract from the walls, go for interesting forms instead of more patterns. Plywood pendant lights in fun shapes are evocative of the era.
OPT FOR LIGHT GRAINS Light wood furniture in simple midcentury shapes is best, while open shelving will further show off wallpaper. Co-ordinate with a laminate floor in a similar grain. ADD POPS OF BRIGHT YELLOW Accessorise with sunshine yellow for a lively contrast against the blue. For a finishing touch, add a few nostalgic kitchenware items.
‘Geometric art and large fabric wall hangings or canvases can also help you achieve this look, if hanging wallpaper isn’t an option in your home.’
Bring walls to life with a gallery of fun shelving and favourite prints
the STYLE RULES Brighten up your living space with teal and yellow Capture the positive spirit of the Fifties and Sixties using playful colours and patterns. GO DEEP ON WALLS Choose a deep matt emulsion paint for walls in teal or turquoise. ADD FUN TEXTILES Maximise the feeling of space with neutral furnishings, adding
quirky mid-century textile prints. Lozenges, squovals and simple flower shapes work well. BE ACCESSORY SAVVY Carry the colour scheme through your accessories and textiles. LAY NATURAL FLOORING A neutral seagrass carpet is attractive and hardwearing.
Hang cute house-shaped shelving
Mid-century BRIGHTS Team cheerful shades with nostalgic geometric designs Use the Ownable app to buy now
THE FABRIC Origami in Saffron/ Pigeon, £52m, Vanessa Arbuthnott Buy now with Ownable
THE WALLPAPER Nordic Elegance, £32.95 a roll, Galerie Wallcoverings Buy now with Ownable
THE PAINT Bobby Dazzler matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5L, Graham & Brown Buy now with Ownable
THE FLOORING Fine basketweave carpet, £30sq m, Kersaint Cobb Buy now with Ownable
COMING NEXT MONTH... PART 21:
Looking for more decor ideas? Visit us online at idealhome.co.uk/style-at-home for more design inspiration and expert style tips to make your home beautiful
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Get ready to celebrate the festive period in the new, contemporary way, with plenty of ideas for bringing your Christmas schemes up to date, whatever your style
Make an elegant leaf garland for an autumn decoration. Gather whole fallen leaves, and use a paintbrush to gently paint the tips white for a frosty look. Leave to dry. Clip the leaves to a length of twine with mini wooden pegs.
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Decorate a vase with a paper doily
Red jute twine, £2.25, Pipii. Mini wooden pegs, £1.50 for 50; white acrylic paint, £1.50, both 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 room redo
Room with a view
Create a line-up of pictures to fill empty wall space above a living room sofa. Display framed prints and photos on a slimline picture ledge rather than hanging them on the wall, so youâ€™ll be able to swap them around or rearrange if you fancy a change later on.
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Swap one large coffee table for two smaller ones, so you can shift them around easily
Upcycle an old wooden step ladder and use the rung section as a hanging rail for sofa throws. Once its clean and paint-free, sand the surface smooth and finish with stain or varnish. Then just prop against the wall and snake your blankets through the rails.
Tame living room clutter with a wall of storage. Invest in a modular shelving unit so you can tailor each of the cubbies to your needs. Leave some open for displaying objects and fill the rest with baskets and organisers so untidy odds and ends stay hidden. Finish with a clip-on light at each end for a smart look.
Revamp a cabinet by replacing handles with leather tabs. Cut an old belt into 10cm lengths, fold in half and drill a hole through to make tabs. Use brass washers and screws to attach to furniture.
Keep draughts at bay over winter by adding thermal linings to your curtains. Make no-sew panels to attach to existing curtains using velcro, or buy readymade linings that simply clip on from behind (from £14 a pair, Dunelm).
Upcycle a storage pallet to create an industrial-style coffee table on castors. Clean up the pallet first, sanding it down to get rid of rough edges and hammer in any loose nails. Finish off with your choice of wood stain, paint or varnish, then attach four castors (£8 for four, Ikea) to the base.
BEST BUYS For colour and texture
Concrete A-Z book ends, £12, George Home Buy now with Ownable
Spot cushion, £8, Matalan Buy now with Ownable
Faux fern plant, £8, Argos Buy now with Ownable
Arrange wall art relative to the piece of furniture below it, such as a sideboard or console table. Either hang one large picture that fills the whole space, or group lots of smaller pictures together creatively to form an eye-catching gallery wall.
Textured rug, £29.99, HomeSense Buy now with Ownable
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Revamp a shelving unit to tie in with your colour theme. Use leftover lengths of wallpaper in matching patterns and colours as a backdrop to shelves, and team with storage boxes in complementary shades.
Upgrade a frameless mirror with glass-frosting spray (£9.49, Rust-Oleum) to create an etched border effect. Mask off the central area first, then use peelable washi tape to create a patterned border before frosting.
If you’ve got a favourite print or a colourful piece of artwork you love, make a statement with a bold arrangement. Paint a console or sideboard in the same bright shade, hang your artwork above and display a colourful group of decorative items on top.
Use metallic flexible fabric spray paint (£4.99 for 150ml, Rust-Oleum) to revamp an old lampshade. Mask off the exterior, then give the inside two coats of shiny colour.
Jazz up plain fabric cushions by painting on a design using chalk paint (£5.95 for 120ml, Annie Sloan). Use a stencil to monogram an initial or, if you’re artistic, try a freehand design – just heat seal once dry with a hot iron.
MUST HAVES Pop in a cool colour Prosecco mug, £9.95, White Stuff Buy now with Ownable
Geometric wall clock, £14.99, Very Buy now with Ownable
Pineapple book ends, £14.99, New Look Buy now with Ownable
Pom-pom cushion, £9, George Home Buy now with Ownable
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GET COLOUR HAPPY
Set up a cosy corner in an open-plan living space. Use a large, colourful rug as your anchor point, grouping seating around it in a sociable arrangement. Then pick out the colours on cushions, throws, furniture and a vase of cheery blooms.
Colour match artwork with paint for a chic, co-ordinated look
Add a hit of colour to a room without committing to a full-on scheme by painting just half the wall. Putting a darker shade on the bottom half will draw the eye up and add height to a room â€“ while putting the colour at the top will have the opposite effect in a lofty room with a high ceiling.
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Warm up walls with a busy wallpaper â€“ use a rustic all-over leaf design inside alcoves
Tweak a neutral colour scheme by adding in accents of warm russet, burnt orange and soft grey to cosy up the room for winter. Pile on the layers with plush cushions, knitted throws, woollen plaids and country-style tweeds.
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Pop in a pattern
Give a gallery wall a colour theme by mixing in a few framed wallpaper samples or craft papers in co-ordinating colours. Or, make backing sheets for your photos – just cut them to frame size and position pics on top.
Take a shelfie
If coloured book spines are causing a colour clash, try an alternative arrangement with books stacked back-to-front instead. It’ll be harder to find your favourite, but having just the pages on show will keep shelves looking neat and neutral.
Get a fire blazing using waxed pine cones to start it off. Make your own using dried-out cones dipped in melted candle wax (£8 a block, Hobbycraft). Pop cones onto waxed paper to set.
Beat the chill
Keep the living room toasty with a draught excluder for the door. Just sew a piece of fabric into a long tube shape the width of the door and fill with wadding and rice to add a little extra weight.
Fed-up of the television dominating the living room? Cover it up with a clever arrangement of artwork. Start by fixing up a framework of wooden battens just larger than the TV. Then mount identically-framed pictures onto hinged MDF panels and attach them to the frame.
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SLOT IN A LEANING DESK
If you don’t have the space for a full-sized desk but could use somewhere to check emails and do paperwork, how about a leaning ladder-style desk? It can slot into an unused corner, giving you a desktop as well as extra shelving.
Pom-pom throw, £24.99, Very Buy now with Ownable
Meadow flowers in a vase, £8, Tesco Buy now with Ownable
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‘I wanted to IDEA TO STEAL ‘Adjust a room’s light and privacy to suit your needs with tier-on-tier shutters’
BLUE BLEND ‘Painting the fire surround in the same finish as the chimney breast gives the room a contemporary feel’
COME ON IN!
ABOUT ME I’m Andrew Griffiths, an associate director for a PR agency, and I live in a one-bedroom first-floor flat within a Victorian conversion in Crouch End, north London. MY CHALLENGE To make the most of the room’s beautiful period windows and turn a dark, dated area into a lighter, brighter space to spend time in. MY WISH LIST I love contemporary interiors and wanted to add energy and impact using a colour palette that was both dramatic and masculine.
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LIVING ROOM MAKEOVER
INJECT DRAMA’ Andrew combined modern style with a bold, vibrant colour palette to add impact to his living room
had previously always rented, so this property was my first real home of my own,’ says Andrew. ‘I was excited at the opportunity to create my own interior and showcase all the furniture that I’d collected over the years.’ When I first viewed the flat, it didn’t seem like there was much work needed, but once I’d moved in I decided to give it a top-to-toe refurbishment. The living room was the first area to be tackled as I have a demanding job and needed a space to relax and unwind at the end of a working day.
Getting started The worst aspect was the floor, which had been stained in a dark orange-brown colour with a very high shine. The thick varnish hid all the natural grain and sapped the character out of the floor. I decided to strip the timber boards and have them waxed in a very light grey finish, which immediately made the room look much larger. The feature windows, which I loved, originally had polyester red curtains that hung limply either side, so I went for bespoke shutters which give some privacy, but don’t block out the natural light.
MODERN VIBE ‘Painting two walls in an inky-blue tone creates depth and draws attention to the newly built alcoves and fireplace. The soft-grey paint on the wall highlights the windows’
I took my time choosing the paint finish for the walls. The previous owner had painted the chimney breast sky blue and used a muddy magnolia for the remaining walls, which made the room look lifeless. I wanted to create energy and impact using a colour palette that was both dramatic and masculine. I also have a large book collection and I picked a colour that would act as a dark backdrop and make the book spines stand out. I think having just one feature wall is a bit old fashioned, so I decided to paint two walls in Stiffkey Blue and the other
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SLEEK AND LOW ‘The modern sofa adds a touch of mid-century style – I love its clean lines’
SPLASH OF COLOUR ‘Yellow and blue are my favourite colours. I like the way the geometric block and yellow cushions add a vibrant contrast with the dark-blue walls’
IDEA TO STEAL
two in soft grey Ammonite. Both are from Farrow & Ball, and I think the grey perfectly complements the darker blue tone. I had bespoke shelving built into the alcoves and also finished them in Stiffkey Blue so they’d blend into the background.
‘Build shelving into alcoves to maximise space and provide useful storage’
New layout A corner recess which had previously been ignored became the perfect position for a leather armchair that I’d bought years ago. It’s right next to one of the windows, making it a bright spot in the morning to sit and read a newspaper and have a coffee. Adding a vintage lamp with an ethnic-inspired lampshade, as well as a selection of rich, textured fabrics, brings the eclectic element I wanted to add to the sitting room.
The right lighting With its high Victorian ceilings, the room seemed to be calling out for a statement light fitting, but I didn’t want to go traditional. I chose a structured, industrialstyle light that had the big architectural impact of a designer piece, but at a high-street price. You can move the arms around and tilt it for mood lighting. The whole project took about a month to complete and was a labour of love, as I did most of it myself. I’ve been studying to be an interior designer (find me on Insta @andrewjonathandesign) and refurbishing my new home was my first chance to put all my ideas into action. Attention to detail is something I’m passionate about and I’m proud of the way the new sitting room looks. When it’s sunny, the light floods through the beautiful windows and although it’s close to central London, you feel like you’re in a calm, tranquil space.’
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‘DON’T BE AFRAID TO GO FOR A CONTEMPORARY LOOK IN A PERIOD PROPERTY. INJECT CHARACTER THAT’S UNIQUE TO YOU INTO A ROOM’
LIVING ROOM MAKEOVER
Do it! MAKE DARK WALLS WORK Pick the right paint finish. Gloss might add the glam factor, but it shows up every imperfection on the wall’s surface – matt is kinder. Work with the right accent shades. Warm yellow is a great pairing for dark blue. Neutral surfaces, such as a crisp white ceiling and pale-wood floor, also act as a foil for strong colour. Paint architectural features such as built-in shelves and fireplaces in the same dramatic shade for maximum impact in a room. Don’t dismiss dark shades as an option if your room is on the small side. Dark walls add drama and height that works just as well in smaller spaces. Dark walls can also help striking art prints really pop, so are a great option as a feature wall behind an collection of artwork.
‘I like to showcase all the items I’ve collected over the years’
REST AND RELAXATION ‘This corner alcove provides a cosy reading nook. I painted an inherited standard lamp in Stiffkey Blue to match the walls’
Maker ALEX SAYS
‘Proof that dark walls can still make a room look light and spacious! Plus, the blend of modern geo shapes in the rug and cushions is a gorgeous contrast to the antique accessories.’
Where to buy Andrew’s style Wall and fireplace surround painted in Stiffkey Blue modern emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L; window wall painted in Ammonite modern emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L: shutters painted in All White estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, all Farrow & Ball. Shutters, £1,200, Hillarys. For similar, try Gleam square coffee table, £223, Furnish.co.uk. Durrie patterned floor cushion, £95, Habitat. Glorious Velvet yellow cushions, £29 each, Rockett St George. For similar, try Crewel Offset Colour Blocks cushion cover, £34, West Elm. Stockholm mirror, £60, Ikea. For similar light fittings, try the Axis pendant lamp, £340, Super Studio. Brunel three-seater sofa, £999; Isa rug by Linie Designs, £305; Varese blue cushion, £39, all Heal’s. Marlon armchair in tan leather, £1,500; Baule cloth cushion cover in Indigo Stripe, £99, The Conran Shop. Catarina Ikat drum lampshade, £145, A Rum Fellow
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Buy Andrew’s style
FEATURE MICHELA COLLING
Combine black accents and clean lines with soft, global prints
Pick a pouffe that works as extra seating. Geometric drum, £50, Next Home Buy now with Ownable
Choose a statement light with a masculine edge. Elias Retro ceiling light, £110, John Lewis Buy now with Ownable
Hang graphic, urban-inspired art. Up On The Roof print, from £15 unframed, King & McGaw Buy now with Ownable
Go for minimalist shapes with max impact. Lucas mirror, £89, Maisons du Monde Buy now with Ownable
Add cosy layering to bare wood floors. Echota rug, £59.99, Ideal Home range, Very Buy now with Ownable
Contrast dark tones with chalky pastels. Teva cushion, £29, Made.com Buy now with Ownable
Introduce cosy, luxe textures with the velvet-effect Sanela cushion cover, £6, Ikea Buy now with Ownable
Refresh with a little bit of green. Succulent pots, £4.50 each, Sainsbury’s Home Buy now with Ownable
Choose skinny tables that won’t dominate a space. Romy side table, £102, La Redoute Buy now with Ownable
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‘It was a total
FANTASTIC FLOOR ‘I spent ages looking for affordable patchwork tiles. I snapped these up at B&Q while they were on offer’
COME ON IN!
ABOUT ME I’m Emily Waddecar, 26. I’m a UX designer and I live with my cocker spaniel in a three-bedroom, Twenties semi in Lancashire, bought in March 2017. It’s my first house and needed top-to-bottom renovating! MY CHALLENGE The house was almost derelict and full of spiders! There was a dining room and a tiny, dark kitchen, with mouldy walls, collapsing cupboards and a leak from the bathroom above. MY WISHLIST A practical, openplan space with lots of light and somewhere to entertain friends. It had to be stylish and symmetrical, with a bit of an industrial feel.
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FAMILY EFFORT’ WONDER WALLS ‘I was originally looking for a geometric wallpaper, but I fell for this palm-leaf design as soon as I saw it. The green is so fresh and I love having lush plants around, so it’s perfect’
DIY-savvy relatives pitched in to turn Emily’s derelict kitchen into a lightfilled, sociable space
s a first-time buyer, I was looking for an affordable doer-upper. This house was in a really awful state, but having lots of my family, including my mum and dad, in the building trade put me in a great position. I had masses of expertise on hand to sort it out, and everyone rallied round to help me achieve my vision on a budget.
Making a start The house had been empty for months and was a complete mess inside, but the high ceilings, big rooms and amazing light flooding in at the back all really appealed. At first I thought I’d keep the dining room and kitchen separate, but the kitchen was small and too dark, so knocking down the dividing wall was an obvious move. The kitchen worked best in the corner, leaving space for a table, and I knew I wanted a breakfast bar with stools, because I love having friends over for a glass of wine or a coffee and a chat.
£3,751 TURN OVER FOR MY SHOPPING LIST
I like modern and vintage looks, and I prefer angles and straight lines to curves. Top of my wishlist were the metro wall tiles. They’re not too expensive and it’s easy to create interesting effects. They also fit in with the clean, functional vibe I wanted. Brick was another must-have material for that industrial edge, and I was thrilled that we could re-use the bricks from the dining-room wall to build the breakfast bar. I fancied patchwork-style floor tiles and I set my heart on solid oak worktops and chunky, open wooden shelves for easy storage. I’d decided on plain white units, and I had to watch costs to afford those luxury wooden worktops! Mum and Dad recommended B&Q kitchen furniture, which they’ve fitted before, and I picked up well-priced cupboards that were perfect. I found my appliances and flooring there too. Sourcing so much from one store
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IDEA TO STEAL ‘Hang utensils and storage baskets – even a plant – from hooks on a rail’
saved hours of research and shopping around and everything was in stock.
Work under way
TILE STYLE ‘This herringbone layout adds a fresh twist’
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As soon as the dividing wall came down I knew I’d done the right thing. The space felt huge, and installing patio doors brought in even more natural light. The old floor came up, a new boiler was installed and the room was stripped back to the brickwork. Three walls were re-plastered and I spent days scraping every tiny bit of mortar and plaster off the remaining wall and cleaning all the bricks we’d saved to build the breakfast bar. I painted two walls mid-grey, and my mum helped me wallpaper one, to add colour to the room. We bought timber and
brackets to make the open shelves, which I’ve stained for an aged look, and my pendant lights were a fantastic car-boot sale find. My parents, brother and cousin did all the building work, plumbing and electrics, following my hand-drawn plans – they were amazing! I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved together and I can’t thank my parents enough. This might not be my forever home, but right now I absolutely love it.’
Join in and share your home revamps with Style at Home on Instagram @styleathomemag
FEATURE AND STYLING ANNABELLE GRUNDY PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE
‘ADD STYLISH, GOOD-QUA LITY HANDLES TO INEXPENSIVE, WHITE KITCHEN CUPBOARDS, TO LIFT THEM OUT OF THE ORDINARY’
Maker ROBYN SAYS
‘I love the texture of this room, from the exposed brick to the floor and wall tiles. Clean white units stop the look becoming too overpowering.’
Where to buy Emily’s style IT Kitchens Santini Gloss White Slab units, £61 for standard 600mm base unit; Square Edge Solid Oak worktops, approximately £150sq m; Beko oven, £200; Beko washing machine, £400; Cooke & Lewis microwave, £140; Cooke & Lewis cooker hood, £143; Cata integrated fridge, £228; Cata integrated freezer, £275; Cata integrated dishwasher, £263; Franke Bern tap, £50; Cooke & Lewis Cajal sink, £152; Lofthouse Patchwork floor tiles, £20sq m, all B&Q. Bautechnic gas hob, £70, Amazon. Metro White wall tiles, £19.50sq m, Topps Tiles. Graham & Brown Honolulu Palm wallpaper, £20 per roll, B&Q. Walls painted in Pencil Point emulsion, £21.50 for 2.5L, Crown. Foxhunter Metal Retro bar stools, £79 for four, KMS Direct. Tom Dixon Beat pendants, £50 for three, car boot sale. Touchpoint D-bar cabinet handles, £3.48 each, IronmongeryDirect. Fintorp black rails, £6 each; hooks, £3 for five, both Ikea
SYMMETRICAL SHAPES ‘My square sink is centred under the window. The square tap was a bargain – reduced because of a tiny scratch you can barely see’
Do it! EXPOSED BRICK
Gently chip away plaster with a masonry hammer and chisel over the area you want to expose. You need to scrape away any loose plaster that’s left with a wire brush, so that the bricks and mortar are completely clear. Give the bricks a good clean. Start at the top of the area, and clean off any dust and residue with warm water and a sponge. Seal the brick, using a specialist brick sealant so that the surface remains in good condition.
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HIGH PLACES ‘The tall unit houses my microwave and oven plus lots of storage – it’s a great use of a slim space’
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EXPOSED BRICK WALLS
Consider stripping back to bare brickwork to add rustic charm and instant character
Which wall should I expose? Stick to one wall or a section with natural start and finish points, such as a chimney breast or alcoves. A wall without doors, windows or radiators will be easiest. Any electric cables will also be exposed – galvanised trunking works well with brick’s industrial vibe.
Can I do the work myself? Absolutely. Drill a test hole in the plaster to check the brickwork is worth stripping. If it’s damaged or the colour isn’t your bag, refill the hole. If not, prepare for serious dirt and dust. Cover every surface and seal doors. Work methodically across the wall from left to right, hammering then gently lifting off plasterwork with a trowel or putty knife.
BEST FOR… RECLAIMED BRICKS Cawarden has the UK’s largest stock of reclaimed bricks, and also sells seriously realistic reproduction bricks and brick slips. Brick-matching service and friendly knowledgeable staff.
THE RIGHT TOOLS Jewson is the place for labour-saving tools like a Roughneck Brick & Mortar Gun, to make repointing easier. Stock up on a decent trowel and brick jointer.
LEARNING HOW TO DIY Plastering Workshop has taught bricklaying since 2002 and runs oneand two-day courses, in Bedford or Dumfries, from £119. No previous experience or specialist tools needed.
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How can I tidy them up? Remove loose cement or brickwork with a stiff brush (not wire), then vacuum the wall. ‘If that leaves exposed cavities it’s best to re-point any gaps, to avoid draughts or creepy-crawlies,’ says DIY interiors vlogger Georgina Burnett, of TheHomeGenie.com. ‘Stop new cement sticking out like a sore thumb by dabbing on watered-down chalk paint to dull it.’
3 of the best BRICKWORK WALLPAPERS
Will they need to be sealed? Sealing will alter the colour and look of the brickwork, which can ruin the look. ‘Once done, it’s impossible to reverse,’ says period property expert Roger Hunt. Sealing can also trap moisture inside the brick, which could be problematic. In moisture-prone kitchens and bathrooms, PVA or terracotta sealant is sensible. On floors, Retrouvius recommends Lithofin’s MN Stain Stop to protect against spills.
QUICK FIX Woodchip & Magnolia Real Brick Effect wallpaper, £75 a roll, Lime Lace Buy now with Ownable
What if I have no original brickwork? Consider brick slips, or veneer bricks, which mimic solid brick but are much thinner; try Eurobrick Systems or Matclad. Once pointed, they’re incredibly realistic. Another option is to hire a bricklayer to build a new wall with reclaimed bricks. In upstairs rooms, consult a structural surveyor regarding load-bearing.
‘ORIGINAL TEXTURE IS KEY, SO BE CAREFUL NOT TO LOSE THIS BY OVERZEALOUS CLEANING OR REPAIR. AVOID WIRE BRUSHES AS THEY WILL REMOVE THE “SKIN” OF THE BRICK’ Roger Hunt, co-author of New Design for Old Buildings (RIBA Publishing)
SOFT TOUCH FC2501 Facade Wallpaper Collection, £34.95 for a 10.05m roll, Galerie Wallcoverings Buy now with Ownable
SUBWAY STYLE District Line in Bone, £120 for 5.62sq m, Debbie McKeegan Buy now with Ownable
FEATURE LINDA CLAYTON
rom modern industrial to rustic country, a brick feature wall adds texture and warmth. And achieving the look could cost nothing more than a bit of hard graft.
Buy Emily’s style…
FEATURE HOLLY WALSH
A mono scheme with factory touches creates a winning formula
Keep clutter at bay by tidying away kitchen bits and bobs in this basket, £5, Primark Buy now with Ownable
Add playful pattern to a floor with the Kutla mono mix tiles, £15.95sq m, Walls and Floors Buy now with Ownable
Match your kitchen essentials to your look with this black colander, £18, Debenhams Buy now with Ownable
Decant and display dried food goods in jars. Kilner jar, £6, Lakeland Buy now with Ownable
Pick fresh or faux greenery to pop against a mono backdrop. Fern, £8, Sainsbury’s Home Buy now with Ownable
Display your kitchenware on stylish open shelving, £80.39, Maisons du Monde Buy now with Ownable
Make this the finishing touch to a breakfast bar. Tolix-style stool, £59, Cult Furniture Buy now with Ownable
Go for a sleek and simple wall clock like the Egil clock in Copper, £29, Made.com Buy now with Ownable
Hang a pendant light in a trio for a stylish statement. Pola ceiling light, £29.99, Argos Buy now with Ownable
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‘All I wanted MIRROR MAGIC ‘My large wall mirror reflects light around in the narrower area of the room and doubles up as a small shelf too’
COME ON IN!
IDEA TO STEAL ‘Use plants to add natural appeal and to help take the moisture out of the room, too’
ABOUT ME I’m Sophia Hardy, 35, and I live with my husband Tom, 35, and our children Harrison, five, and Wilf, two, in our four-bedroom terraced house in Lichfield. We moved here in October 2015. MY CHALLENGE The bathroom was extremely dated. The bath had been removed to make room for a double shower. There was damp and the window was rotten. The floor sloped, so nothing was level. MY WISH LIST To reinstall the bath! Not having a bath was a big deal – using the shower to bathe two small boys was a struggle. We needed both a bath and a separate shower in a modern, family-friendly design.
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£2,613 TURN OVER FOR MY SHOPPING LIST
was A NEW BATH’ Ditching her dated, damp bathroom, Sophia has created a flexible, familyfriendly space
e always wanted a house that would be a project, so we could get the exact look we were after, and we’re not afraid of hard work,’ says Sophia. ‘So it was a dream come true when my husband Tom and I finally got the keys to our home in October 2015. However, it needed a lot more work than we originally imagined. The house hadn’t been decorated since the Eighties. The electrics and pipework were almost retro and the walls were in really bad condition. The bathroom was a top priority as I was desperate for a proper bath and a space I could relax in.
Making plans I love all the planning when we are decorating a room and I always start the renovation process with a lot of research on Pinterest, Instagram and of course looking at magazines like Style at Home. I’d seen a bathroom renovation on YouTube with floor tiles that looked wooden. I fell in love with them and knew they would be the basis of the room. From there I planned to have dark wood with grey walls and a pop of colour. I originally wanted brushed brass hardware but the budget wouldn’t allow it – and looking at the finished room I’m glad I went for chrome in the end. With a lot of planning we managed to work out a layout where we could have everything we wanted, including the new suite and shower cubicle.
The hard work TRADITIONAL CHIC ‘I finally got the bath I wanted and went for a classic-style sink and WC and a dark wood bath panel to give the room more depth’
Usually Tom does the majority of our renovations, but as this is our only bathroom we needed it to be renovated as quickly as possible with minimal disruption. We hired a local guy who has helped us out on other rooms so we know how professional he is – Tom’s a perfectionist too, but he knew this builder would do a brilliant job
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Where to buy Sophia’s style Chatsworth bath with Graphite bath panel, £289; Chatsworth closed coupled toilet, £149; Burlington Edwardian basin, £149; Orchard Quadrant shower cubicle, £159; electric shower, from £100; Beaumont bath taps, £69; sink taps, £39, all Victorian Plumbing. Andira Rural Oak floor tiles in smooth brown, £46.52sq m, Topps Tiles. Bevelled brick white gloss tiles, £9.95sq m, Walls & Floors. Bathroom column radiator, £199, Screwfix. Wall cabinet, £70, Argos. Walls painted in Warm Pewter bathroom paint, £24.99 for 2.5L, Dulux. Stockholm mirror, £75; Saxborga storage tray and jars, £12, all Ikea. Roots wall shelf, £74, La Redoute. Mustard towels, from £6; slate grey towels, from £6; washed wood bath rack, £15, all Dunelm. Havana yellow planter, £14, Sainsbury’s Home. New York travel poster, £13.95; Barcelona travel poster, £13.95, both Desenio. For a similar bathmat, try Matalan. Toiletries, from a selection, Baylis & Harding
IDEA TO STEAL ‘Add frosted glass panels to an old door to allow light in’
with renovating the bathroom. He did everything from changing pipework to tiling with our gorgeous new floor tiles. We hit one problem – as the house is over 150 years old the walls and flooring were all off and needed a lot of correcting, which took an extra day and slightly extended our two-week plan. However, it was so nice to have someone else do all the hard work. Tom did a few small jobs – he put two frosted glass panels in the bathroom door to allow light into the hallway and, using an old pine door, made new airing cupboard doors.
Styling the room We needed a big wall cabinet to store our toiletries. I found one in dark wood that worked perfectly with the scheme. I love plants so Tom created a bracket with a hook to hang a plant, which looks really effective. We added a large round mirror from Ikea to create space and a shelf from La Redoute to provide additional storage for accessories. Finishing touches can really transform a space, and I wanted to add a little pop of colour, so we introduced the mustard towels and bath mat. I think my favourite item has to be the bath. We went two years without one, so it’s a real luxury to have a hot bath with a nice glass of wine. The boys love bathing together and playing in the water and after two weeks of borrowing the neighbours’ bathrooms during the renovation I really appreciate how much I love the room and will never take it for granted.’
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SLIM FIT ‘The shower may be small, but it’s perfect for Tom and me and its simple design works really well with the traditional shape of the sink’
HANDY HELPER ‘The dark wood bath rack complements the room’s theme – plus it holds my glass of wine at the end of the day!’
LIGHT WORK ‘It has been such a pleasure finally being able to open the new window. I can display accessories on the ledge too’
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Maker GLENN SAYS
STYLISH SHELF ‘I love the style of this simple wooden shelf with its wire brackets. It fits perfectly into the room scheme’
‘If you need extra storage, try a hidden cubby behind a wooden bath panel. Cut a out a panel square, screw hinges on the bottom and fix a magnetic push catch on the top.’
Do it! FAUX WOOD FLOORING Wood-effect ceramic and porcelain tiles are now more realistic than ever. They offer the character of wood but are more practical. Tiles are a great solution in bathroom spaces as they can be used in wet areas such as showers. Vinyl flooring feels softer underfoot and is a fuss-free alternative to wood as it’s durable and easy to maintain. It’s also a great option for tight budgets. Laminate can be used in bathrooms as long as you choose a type that’s fully waterproof. Try the range at B&Q – ask in-store for advice as you need to buy the right underlay.
WORDS & STYLING ZOE BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHS LIZZIE ORME
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A PARQUET STYLE FLOOR Timeless, beautiful and practical, parquet flooring, real or faux, always adds wow
The real thing Parquet used to be made from solid wood, but now there are engineered designs too. Engineered parquet floors are made from layers of processed wood with hardwood on top, whereas solid-wood designs are made from solid pieces of timber, which offer greater durability. Choose from harder woods such as oak, maple or walnut, while softwood parquet is made from materials like solid pine.
Choose your finish For an industrial-style look, raw or distressed parquet will work well. For a more traditional feel, a polished design that has a shine to it will fit the bill.
BEST FOR… VINYL VIBES Carpetright stocks a wide range of faux parquet. A popular choice is parquet vinyl, which is easy to clean, water resistant, slip-safe and warm underfoot.
TOTAL BARGAINS Discount Flooring Depot offers an inexpensive parquet herringbone-effect laminate flooring in various shades of oak. Called the Signature Collection it starts at just £13.49sq m.
UNDERFLOOR HEATING If you want underfloor heating, porcelain wood-effect tiles are the way to go. While real wood may warp and dry out under constant heating and cooling, porcelain won’t. Try Porcelainsuperstore.co.uk
For the best results Laying parquet is best left to professionals, however, there are pre-assembled options that ‘click’ together, which are easier to fit.
Keep its good looks The best way to clean it is by vacuuming and using a damp mop. If you do need to give it a deeper clean, use a specialist wood floor detergent. It’s also recommended you revarnish every 10 years, to keep your parquet pristine.
REAL WOOD PARQUETS
Worth the cost
Expect to pay around £20sq m for a prefinished engineered product, and around £40 to £50sq m for the materials, and a similar amount for labour (per sq m).
Bath engineered oak herringbone wood flooring, £59.94sq m, Havwoods Buy now with Ownable
Fall for fake Another option is to go for a laminate floor with a parquet effect. Laminate is a multi-layer synthetic flooring, which is fused together with a lamination process. The top two layers are made up of a photographic appliqué layer, topped with a clear protective layer. The benefits are that it’s more durable and resistant to dents and scratches and it’s also easier to install. Alternatively, there are lots of ceramic tiles available that look just like the real thing despite the fact they are porcelain. Go with this option and you’ll have a flooring with a good durable finish – plus, many designs are suitable for outdoor use, too, so you can take your look from indoors onto a patio.
HERITAGE Heritage parquet HP002 library, from £49.99sq m, Kersaint Cobb Buy now with Ownable
‘OCCASIONAL DAMP MOPPING AND REGULAR VACUUMING WILL KEEP WOOD PARQUET GOOD AS NEW’ Josh Ashby, CMO, UK Flooring Direct
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3 of the best
Oak parquet natural unsealed flooring, £55.99sq m, The Natural Wood Floor Company Buy now with Ownable
FEATURE LAURIE DAVIDSON
ood parquet is flooring made up of wooden blocks arranged in a geometric pattern, from squares and triangles to herringbone and chevron. However, faux parquet made from ceramic or vinyl can be every bit as impressive.
Buy Sophia’s style
FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT
Add mid-century lines to a mono scheme for updated trad style
Keep bathroom essentials in these woodenlid glass jars, from £16, House of Fraser Buy now with Ownable
Give your bath a smart finish with a classic chrome mixer tap, £80, B&Q Buy now with Ownable
Treat your hands to this fragrant Spa exfoliating wash, £16.50, Oliver Bonas Buy now with Ownable
Store towels or toilet rolls in the Ferm Living black wire basket, £62, Cloudberry Living Buy now with Ownable
Go for no-maintenance faux greenery. Succulent pot, £4.50, Sainsbury’s Home Buy now with Ownable
Introduce tongue-in-cheek chic with this framed Get Naked poster, £24.95, Juniqe Buy now with Ownable
Try traditional style with the Salzburg Victorian rail radiator, £159.97, Bathroom Takeaway Buy now with Ownable
Wrap up in the cosy Alto towels in a warm mustard shade, £29, Made.com Buy now with Ownable
Fix the round wooden Stockholm mirror above a basin, £75, Ikea Buy now with Ownable
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FEED THE BIRDS
No trees? Place on a bird table instead
Wilton basic cookie cutter set, £5.99, Ocado
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FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT PHOTOGRAPH TI-MEDIACONTENT.COM
Make feeding birds fun. Place cutters on a lined baking tray. Mix one part bird seed and two parts melted suet and fill cutters. Chill for five minutes. Make a hole in each with a skewer, and chill for a few hours. Thread with twine to hang in the garden.
STUFF TO INSIDE GREAT EAT, TRY & DO!
BONFIRE NIGHT EATS
MAKE A DELICIOUSLY MOIST APPLE AND ALMOND CAKE TAKES 1HR SERVES 10 2 Bramley apples 1tbsp lemon juice ½ cinnamon stick 150g unsalted butter, softened 175g golden caster sugar 2 eggs, beaten 250g plain flour 1tsp baking powder 1tsp ground cinnamon 50g ground almonds FOR THE TOPPING 3 Braeburn apples 2tbsp apricot jam
First, make the apple sauce. Peel, core and thinly slice the Bramley apples and place in a pan with the lemon juice and cinnamon. Cover and
cook gently until the apples are soft and have formed a thick sauce. Remove from the heat, discard the cinnamon and leave to cool. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan/ Gas 4. Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until thick and pale. Gradually add the eggs, beating until thoroughly mixed. Sift over the flour, baking powder and cinnamon, add the almonds and fold together. Measure 250g of the cooled apple sauce and fold through. Spoon the mixture into a 20cm springform buttered and
base-lined cake tin. You can freeze any leftover apple sauce for later use. Quarter and core the Braeburn apples and slice each quarter into three. Arrange the apples in a circle on the batter. Bake for 35-40min, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. If the top of the cake is browning too quickly, cover with foil for the last 10min of baking. Place the cake on a wire rack to cool. Heat the jam and 1tbsp water in a small pan until melted. Brush over the cake and then leave to cool.
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Spruce up your
HALLWAY Get your entrance gleaming for a good first impression
CLEAR THE CLUTTER Start with a quick tidy-up, clearing away any abandoned items that have been dumped in the hallway and don’t belong there. Hang up coats, scarves, hats and bags piled on the banister, pair up any stray shoes and boots cluttering the floor and clear surfaces of unwanted post, paperwork and junk mail.
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HAVE A GOOD SHAKE Take rugs, runners and doormats outside to shake off any dirt and grit that’s been walked inside. Give them a good beating with a stiff brush, going over stubborn dried-on mud with the bristles and wiping away any damp patches on the undersides. Roll up and place to one side while you carry on.
GIVE SURFACES THE ONCE-OVER Arm yourself with two soft microfibre cloths. Spray one with antibacterial cleaner, wiping over door handles and smeary light switches, followed by stair finials and hand rails. Use the dry cloth to buff mirrors, picture glass, shelf and table surfaces. Then give wooden or tiled floors a once-over with a damp mop.
TACKLE THE FRONT DOOR Once you’ve wiped the inside of the door, move outside. Give the step and porch a thorough sweeping to remove surface dirt, then wipe the door clean with your cloth and spray, rinsing it out a couple of times if the door is particularly dirty. Use glass cleaner on glass panels and windows, buffing afterwards with a dry cloth. Finish off by polishing the letterbox, doorknob and door numbers with a dab of metal polish, buffing to a shine with a soft cloth or kitchen paper.
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VACUUM STAIRS WORKING UP FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP, TO GIVE A CLEARER VIEW AND LESS CHANCE OF THE VACUUM TOPPLING ON YOU
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POWER THROUGH THE DUSTING Run a duster along the top of door frames, picture rails, skirting boards and ledges, around light fittings, door panels and stair banisters, getting into any crevices. Use a long-handled duster to reach ceiling corners and get rid of dust and cobwebs. Then run the vacuum cleaner over the floor, going along skirting again with the soft brush attachment.
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DECLUTTER Get the place tidy in a flash with these speedy tips and handy buys
Pick combined storage that’s perfect for jewellery or make-up. Urban Escape mint storage mirror, £15, Argos Buy now with Ownable
Hang above a desk to keep surfaces free of paperwork. Floral noticeboard, £20, Dunelm Buy now with Ownable
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Contain an overspill of shoes in this tidy that’ll hang over a door back. Esperanto 12-pocket storage, £30, Habitat Buy now with Ownable
DO A PRE-CHRISTMAS CLEAR-UP Go through kitchen shelves and cupboards, binning old food and out-of-date ingredients. TACKLE TOY STORAGE Sort through toys and games to free up space before Santa calls. Donate unwanted items to the charity shop. TIDY UP THE GUEST ROOM If it’s become a dumping ground, get rid of rubbish, make up a fresh bed and bring in large storage chests to house bulky bedding.
KEEPING HOUSE Encourage little ones to get the tidying bug at an early age with this cute House storage bag, £59, Bobby Rabbit Buy now with Ownable
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Get a stacking basket with lid that’ll come in handy in the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. Wire basket, £8, Sainsbury’s Home Buy now with Ownable
Small bathroom? Slot this slimline shelf into a tight corner. Aria bathroom ladder shelf, £45, JD Williams Buy now with Ownable
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Apply the sealant in one smooth movement
Replacing bath sealant is a quick, cheap job you can do yourself
Angle the sealant so that water will run off it better
How to re-seal
f the sealant around your bath is looking a bit worse for wear, it’s easier to sort out than you might think. You don’t need to shell out for a professional to do it – this is a DIY job that’s worth taking on yourself. Invest in some sealant remover, sealant and a cartridge gun, and do it yourself in an afternoon. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Silicone sealant remover Plastic scraper Silicone sealant Sealant gun White spirit
APPLY SEALANT REMOVER (try UniBond Silicone Sealant Remover, £7.98 for 150ml, B&Q) to the old sealant around the bath and leave it to dry for 10-15 min. Remove the sealant with a plastic scraper (be gentle so as not to damage the bath). Scrub the area using bathroom cleaner and leave it to dry thoroughly.
cut the nozzle off the end of the cartridge so that its size corresponds with the gap to be filled (it’s best to start small and then you can cut further down for a wider hole if you need it). Perch yourself on the edge of the bath, press the trigger and apply the sealant to the gap in one smooth movement. Take care not to overfill.
FILL THE BATH WITH WATER (the weight of the water will ensure that the sealant won’t crack when the bath is used later). Insert the sealant cartridge into your sealant gun and
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ONCE YOU’VE FINISHED APPLYING THE SEALANT it’s time to smooth it with a wet round-ended tool (try the handle of a wooden spoon) or wet fingertip. Shape the sealant at an angle, so that the water will run off it better.
REMOVE ANY EXCESS SEALANT WITH WHITE SPIRIT before it dries. Leave the sealant to dry according to the instructions on the cartridge, and then you can empty the bath.
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Got an afternoon to spare? Give your bath a makeover by replacing discoloured, split or mouldy sealant
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Try your hand at upcycling Transforming tired old furniture is a thrifty (and immensely satisfying) way to create bespoke pieces for your home. But if you’re an upcycling newbie, check out the new Upcycling Kit from Harris. It has all the essentials you need, including two sanding blocks, three paint brushes, a dustsheet and a how-to guide, all you need to add is paint and your chosen piece to transform and off you go. Need more inspiration? Check out the easy-to-follow online instructional videos at harrisbrushes.com.
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ADD PRIVACY WITH FILM 10 Year Woodstain, £17.99 for 750ml, Ronseal Buy now with Ownable
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Transform weathered wood Give unpainted wood door and window frames protection for winter with Ronseal’s new 10 Year Woodstain. Just sand any flaky surfaces, wipe with white spirit, then apply. Rainproof in an hour, it comes in 11 shades.
Window film is an excellent way to keep the curtains open, while keeping your dignity intact. It’s easy to install, too. Spray a clean, dry window, and the adhesive side of the film with fresh soapy water. Spray your fingers, too, so the adhesive doesn’t stick to them. Hang the film in position, using a squeegee to secure it and smooth air bubbles out. Leave for 24 hours before removing the tape over any decorative sections and use a pin to lift off any pieces that don’t come off with the tape.
END UNDER-DOOR DRAUGHTS Screw this bar to the bottom of a door to stop cold air creeping under. Diall aluminium and rubber draught seal pack (L105cm), £10.23, B&Q Buy now with Ownable
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How to get the best from
All set for hibernation season? Make sure you tick getting your boiler prepped and ready off your list
re you prepared for the cold snap? This is the time to make sure your central heating system is in tip-top condition, so that your home can stay nice and cosy during the colder months.
CDI Compact gas-fired combi boiler, around £2,500, Worcester Bosch
If our central heating stops working, can we try to fix it ourselves without having to call an engineer out? Absolutely, but don’t try anything beyond these basic checks. First up, if you’re on a repayment meter, check your credit, turn on any gas appliances to check for a flame, and see if a fuse has tripped. Power cuts can reset timers, so you may need to reprogramme it; once you’ve done that, turn the thermostat up past 21˚C, which can force the boiler into action. Checking and topping up your boiler’s pressure is simple – search ‘British Gas: how to check water pressure’ on YouTube. Finally, press your boiler’s Reset button, because sometimes turning it off and on again really is the answer!
Our boiler cuts out when it’s freezing – is that a fault? Below-zero temperature weather can cause condensate pipes (found on modern condensing boilers) to freeze, which can stop the boiler from working. Frozen pipes are a common call-out for boiler engineers in the winter. Simply defrost the pipe by pouring some warm (but not boiling) water over it.
We’ve got an A-rated boiler and we never have the heating turned up over 20°C, but our bill
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is still high. Any tips on how we can save costs and energy? Boilers account for up to 55-60% of our annual energy bills, so you’ve already done the hard part by getting a highefficiency boiler installed, which can cut up to £570 a year, compared to an older model. Installing a programmable thermostat (from £35, Screwfix) and thermostatic radiator valves to each radiator can also slash £150* from your bill by letting you control when and where
the heating is used. But remember, your home needs to be properly insulated.
Is it worth installing a smart thermostat in my home? Flashy new thermostats like those made by Nest and Hive will give you more control over your heating via a smartphone, and can track your gas usage. The leading brands also promise quite impressive savings – but remember, these savings are not guaranteed.
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Are annual boiler services really essential to have? A yearly service by a Gas Safe Registered (gassaferegister.co.uk) engineer is just good common sense and costs around £60-£100. The engineer should check the flue (both inside and outside the house), operating pressure and heat output and all seals. They should also do a full safety check and clean parts if necessary, plus provide a signed service report.
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Discover your style Serial mover Moorea Seal takes you on a comprehensive decorating journey in her book Make Yourself at Home (£19.99, GMC). Along with exciting projects that include techniques like macrame and marbling (check out this cool celestial mouse mat!), she offers handy advice on how to cultivate a harmonious space on a budget. Sectioned by room, you’ll also find case studies and top tips from inspirational designers/makers and bloggers. It’s the ultimate resource for the contemporary creative homemaker. SHAPE UP
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The Country Homes & Interiors Christmas show is the perfect place to get into the festive spirit. Browse and shop at more than 100 stands in marquees filled with rural crafts and gift ideas, plus live demos. Taking place at Penshurst Place in Tonbridge from 9-11 November and at Stonor Park in Henleyon-Thames between 22-25 November, both offer a wealth of inspiration for the Christmas season. Book at thecraftshows.co.uk.
Check out the latest workshops, books and making must-haves
TRY YOUR HAND AT... POTTERY Dipping your toe into the world of ceramics no longer involves spending hours at a potter’s wheel, pretending to be Demi Moore. Oven-bake clay is the ultimate beginner’s medium, with brands like Fimo offering all colours of the rainbow. Air-drying clay is perfect for shaping larger home accessories like bowls, mugs and vases. Why not experiment with using household objects for moulding, cutting and markmaking? Let your imagination run wild.
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COSY COMFORTS Hunker down this autumn with a steaming cuppa and these homely craft projects to while away those darker days HOT WATER BOTTLE COVER YOU WILL NEED Hot water bottle Wool felt Fabric scissors Four buttons Yarn Cotton fabric Needle and thread Dried camomile flowers Ribbon
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Cut the felt the same height as the bottle and wide enough to wrap round and overlap by 4cm. Stitch on two buttons using yarn, as pictured. Leave a length on one button to fasten. For the pocket, cut a 10x27cm piece of fabric. Press all four edges 5mm to the wrong side, then fold the strip in half, 15cm from one short end. Sew around three edges to create an open pocket. Put the pocket onto the front of the cover and sew down the two long side edges. Press the flap over and sew on two buttons, with a length of yarn for tying as before. Fill the pocket with dried camomile flowers. Cut a 12cm length of ribbon and sew the ends to the front of the cover in front of the dried-flower pocket.
USE LEFTOVER FELT AND FABRIC REMNANTS TO MAKE A CO-ORDINATING PADDED PHOTO FRAME Find more creative projects to share with the kids at idealhome.co.uk
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Swap dried camomile for lavender to aid peaceful sleep
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FIRE LIGHTING KIT YOU WILL NEED Galvanised metal bucket Sandpaper Dust cloth White, dark-blue and light-blue spray paint Masking tape Matches Kindling Firelighters
KEEP THE KIT HANDY NEXT TO YOUR FIREPLACE SO YOU CAN EASILY GET A FIRE GOING
Lightly sand the bucket and wipe off the dust with a cloth. Spray-paint in white. Leave to dry. Once dry, use a delicate-surface masking tape to mark a stripe around the lower half of the bucket. Spray dark blue and allow to dry. Carefully peel off the tape and reapply to create a narrower stripe below the first. Paint in light blue and leave to dry, as before. Remove the tape. Fill the bucket with kindling, matches, scented pinecones and firelighters.
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Wrap pine cones, herbs and cinnamon sticks in newspaper for scented kindling
LEAF TEA LIGHT LANTERNS YOU WILL NEED Glass jars Dried leaves PVA glue Ribbon Raffia Floating candles
Collect glass jars, remove any sticky labels and thoroughly clean and dry them. Select different-sized leaves and using a découpage glue or PVA, dab a small blob on the
outer edges of the leaf. Glue to the outside of the jar for a textural finish. Seal the leaves with a litle extra glue if required. Decorate the jar tops with lengths of ribbon fixed with glue, then tie a raffia bow in place around the rim. Pour a little water into the jar, then pop in a floating candle. Use candles with an autumnal scent like pine to add to the cosy atmosphere. Remember to never leave lighted candles unattended.
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BONFIRE NIGHT Got friends and family coming round to watch the fireworks this month? Warm them up with these comforting bites and tasty treats
BLOODY MARY HOT DOGS TAKES 30MIN SERVES 4 3 onions, 12 cocktail sausages 1 chopped and 2 sliced 2tsp olive oil 200g passata 1tsp smoky spiced hot sauce Generous pinch of celery salt 2tbsp tomato ketchup 3tbsp vodka (optional) 200ml vegetable oil 5tbsp plain flour 6 hot dog rolls
Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Cook the sausages for 10-15min, turning occasionally, until they’re golden brown. Meanwhile, make the Bloody Mary sauce. Fry the chopped onion in the oil for 5min to soften. Add the passata, hot sauce, celery salt, tomato ketchup and vodka, if using. Simmer for 10min. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep frying pan. Meanwhile, coat the sliced onions in the flour. Gently put 1 onion ring in the hot oil – if it floats to the top, bubbles and cooks in 15sec, then the oil is at the right temperature. Cook the onion rings in batches until golden. Use kitchen paper to pat any excess oil from the onion rings and then set aside to keep warm. Slice the rolls, spread over a little of the Bloody Mary sauce and fill with the sausages and crispy onions. Use cocktail sticks to secure the hot dogs and serve with shot glasses full of the leftover sauce on the side, for dipping.
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NICE AND SPICY
PUMPKIN & CHORIZO SOUP TAKES 1HR SERVES 4-6 225g diced chorizo 2 onions, finely chopped 1tbsp chipotle paste or smoked paprika 1kg pumpkin flesh 900ml chicken or vegetable stock
Heat 150g of the chorizo in a large pan until the oil starts to run out. Add the onions to the pan and cook for about 5min over a medium heat, until starting to soften. Stir in the chipotle paste (or smoked paprika), then add the pumpkin and stock to the pan. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 30-40min, or until the pumpkin is tender. Remove the pan from the heat and use a stick blender to purée the soup, or transfer to a liquidiser or blender and blitz until smooth. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat the remaining chorizo in a pan until the oil starts to run out. Pour the soup into mugs or bowls, scatter the chorizo over the top, drizzle over some of the chorizo oil and serve seasoned with a little more black pepper.
2 3 ‘IF YOU FIND THE SOUP A LITTLE TOO SPICY FOR YOUR LIKING, STIR IN SOME DOUBLE CREAM’ CATHERINE WHEEL BREAD TAKES 1HR 30MIN PLUS RISING MAKES 12 350g strong plain flour 7g easybake fast-action dried yeast Pinch of salt 150ml milk, lukewarm 30g butter, melted 1 egg, beaten FOR THE FILLING 500g spinach, wilted 460g jar roasted peppers, chopped 200g feta cheese, crumbled 50g pine nuts, toasted 70g black olives, sliced
Stir the flour, yeast and a pinch of salt together in a large bowl. Pour in the milk, along with the butter and egg and mix to combine. Knead well for 5-10min until the dough is smooth and elastic. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to a 40cm-long oblong. Scatter the filling over the dough, and brush water down one of the long edges. Roll up to the watered edge. Cut off the ends and slice into 12. Put the slices on two lined baking sheets, cover with oiled cling film and leave to rise for 45min. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/ Gas 6. Bake the wheels for 20min.
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BACON & SWEETCORN JACKETS
TAKES 1HR 30MIN SERVES 4 4 baking potatoes, scrubbed clean 4tbsp soured cream 50g Cheddar cheese, grated 4 spring onions, chopped 200g tin sweetcorn, drained 8 rashers streaky bacon, grilled and chopped 2tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Preheat the oven to 190°C/Fan 170°C/Gas 5. Prick the potatoes all over with a fork. Bake in the oven for 1hr-1hr 15min until tender (or part-cook in the microwave for 10min and finish off in the oven for 20min to crisp up). Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Add the soured cream and cheese, and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the spring onions, corn and most of the bacon. Place the jacket potato shells on a baking tray. Spoon the filling into the skins and return the jackets to the oven for 15min to heat through. Sprinkle the remaining bacon and flat-leaf parsley over the top to serve.
‘MAKE THIS MEATY BY USING 500g FRESH BEEF OR PORK MINCE INSTEAD OF THE QUORN’ VEGGIE CHILLI PITTA POCKETS TAKES 30MIN SERVES 6 2tbsp sunflower oil 1 red onion, chopped 1tbsp chipotle paste 1 garlic clove, crushed 500g frozen Quorn mince 400g tin chopped tomatoes 300ml vegetable stock 400g tin Mexican mixed beans 6 pitta breads 1 avocado, mashed 100ml soured cream
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Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the onion for 5 minutes, until soft. Add the chipotle paste, garlic and Quorn mince and cook for another 5min until the Quorn is completey defrosted and starting to brown. Add the tomatoes, stock and beans to the pan. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Cook for 15min. Toast the pitta breads, spoon in the chilli and serve topped with the mashed avocado and soured cream.
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PERI-PERI CHICKEN TAKES 30MIN, PLUS MARINATING SERVES 4 1kg boneless chicken thighs 2tsp Nando’s Peri-Peri Salt 2tbsp fresh oregano (or 2tsp 2 garlic cloves, crushed dried) 2tbsp olive oil 270g Nando’s Smokey Portuguese BBQ Peri-Peri Chicken Marinade Small skewers
Slash the chicken thighs several times, then put them in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle over the Peri-Peri salt, oregano, garlic and oil. Use small skewers to secure the chicken thighs into neat shapes. Pour over the Peri-Peri marinade, taking care to cover each of the chicken pieces. Cover and leave in the fridge to marinate for at least a couple of hours or overnight – the longer you leave it the more intense the flavour will be. Cook the chicken under a hot grill for 20mins, turning often, until slightly charred and the juices run clear when a knife is inserted.
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TOFFEE APPLE TARTS
TAKES 30MIN MAKES 8
250g all-butter puff pastry 8tbsp Carnation Caramel 2 small red-skinned apples, cored 1tbsp lemon juice Pinch of ground cinnamon Demerara sugar
Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/ Gas 6. Roll out the pastry to the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut out 8 rounds using a 10cm cutter and place them on a large baking sheet lined with baking paper.
Score a 1cm border around the edge of each pastry disc, then prick the inner circle with a fork. Spoon 1 tbsp caramel into the centre of each dish, leaving a 1cm gap from the scored edge. Thinly slice the apples into half-moon shapes, then toss with the lemon juice and cinnamon. Lay the apple slices over the caramel, sprinkle with a little sugar and bake for 10-15min, or until golden.
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CRACKLE AND POP
FIREWORK BROWNIES TAKES 35MIN MAKES 12 250g butter 200g dark chocolate, broken into chunks 75g cocoa 75g plain flour 1tsp baking powder 300g caster sugar 5 eggs 1tsp vanilla extract 1 pack of Rolos, halved 20g popping candy
Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Line a 20x30cm baking tin with baking paper. Melt the butter in a pan over a low heat, add the chocolate and heat gently for 1min. Remove from the heat and keep stirring until melted. Sift the cocoa, flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir in the caster sugar, then stir in the eggs, vanilla and melted chocolate mixture. Spoon the mix into the tin and use a palette knife or the back of a spoon to smooth over the top. Scatter the rolo halves over the brownie, pressing them down into the mix slightly. Bake for 25min until cooked, but still squidgy. Leave to cool in the tin, cut into squares and sprinkle over the popping candy just before serving.
3 ‘WHEN BROKEN UP INTO PIECES, DRIZZLE WITH MELTED CHOCOLATE AND ALLOW TO HARDEN BEFORE SERVING FOR AN EXTRA SWEET TREAT’ HONEYCOMB TOFFEE TAKES 20MIN, PLUS SETTING SERVES 8 Vegetable oil 175g granulated sugar 125g golden syrup 2tbsp water 1½tsp bicarbonate of soda
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Use a little vegetable oil to grease an 18cm square baking tin. Put the sugar, syrup and 2tbsp water into a heavybased pan. Let the sugar dissolve slowly over a low heat then bring it to the boil. Using a sugar thermometer, boil until crack stage (156°C) is reached – this won’t take long. If you don’t have a thermometer, drop a little mix from the tip of a spoon into a cup of cold water – it should harden and crack at once. Quickly stir in the bicarbonate of soda and then immediately pour the mix into the prepared tin. Use an oiled knife to score squares into the mix then leave to set for about an hour. Or, once set, turn it out onto a chopping board lined with baking paper and use a small hammer to break it up. Once crisp, store in an airtight tin.
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Gastropub classics at home
Irresistible Lamb Hotpot for One, £4, Co-Op
Co-Op has introduced a range of gastropubstyle ready meals that claim to be restaurant quality… and we agree! Called Irresistible, the dishes range from a pancetta-wrapped chicken breast in sweetcorn sauce, cottage pie, sausage and mash, lamb hotpot and venison with braised red cabbage, plus three pasta dishes. What’s more, the whole range will be packaged in either pressed board or foil, both widely recycled.
VEGAN OPTION Air popped black-eyed peas. Bepps Puffs in Cheese and Sea Salt & Black Pepper, £1.79 for 70g, Tesco
The tastiest treats, speediest meals and coolest kit in your trolley this month
Three of the best HEALTHIER SNACKS SWEET & SAVOURY Only 123 calories per serving. Metcalfe’s Skinny Popcorn in Sweet Chilli, £1.59 for 75g, Sainsbury’s
LOW FAT TREAT Up to 40% less fat than an average bag of crisps Well & Truly baked corn snacks, £2 for 100g, Ocado
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Fancy a big old bowl of carbs this week? Then treat yourself to one of Marks & Spencer’s brand new pasta dishes, Tomato & Pesto Mascarpone Strozzapretti. Made with a deliciously moreish tomato and basil sauce, pesto, mascarpone and sweet semi-dried tomatoes, the pasta – kind of like a stretched fusilli – is topped with pine nuts for a little added crunch. Yum. Tomato & Pesto Mascarpone Strozzapretti, £4 for 400g, Marks & Spencer
Upgrade your kit for Christmas Plan to cook up a storm this coming Christmas? Why not invest in your kitchenware to make the job easier? Cuisinart has given its kitchen appliances a fresh look with smart new finishes and simplified modes. From the appliances that make soup or ice cream from scratch, to machines that help you prep, chop and blend ingredients for dinner, they have it all covered.
Soup Maker Plus, £140; Mini Prep Pro in Vintage Rose, £50, both Cuisinart
LIVEN UP PORRIDGE OR TOAST WITH A SPOONFUL OF PIP & NUT’S NEW LIMITED EDITION CHOCOLATE ORANGE ALMOND BUTTER (£3.95 FOR 225g, SAINSBURY’S)
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For contemporary dining furniture with style, look no further than the Dansk extendable dining set from British furniture designer Out & Out Original. Available in white or grey, this compact dining set comes with four retro-style chairs and a smart 106cm oak table that extends to 136cm.
Readers are offered the gorgeous Lyon day bed with trundle for £350 less than the RRP, making the price just £499 (RRP: £849). A sofa by day and guest bed by night, the Lyon includes two D23cm memory-foam mattresses. The trundle slides out and can be elevated for use as a twin or double. Measuring H93 x W94 x L199cm in black or cream.
Get £200 off the Dansk with code “Extending299”, reducing the price from £499 to £299 with free two-man delivery. Visit outandout.com or call 020 3772 8752 by 16 November to claim.
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Contemporary design and sumptuous top grain leather upholstery make the Capri leather chair as comfy as it is stylish. This versatile chair can double up as a dining and desk chair, and has a beautifully crafted metal frame in a sophisticated burnished ﬁnish. Delivered fully assembled, the Capri leather chair measures a generous H88 x W52 x D66cm and is available in brown or ebony.
Express your individual style with bespoke shutters and blinds from Thomas Sanderson. Made-tomeasure and handcrafted in the UK, choose anything from the timeless beauty of plantation style shutters to a contemporary blind with smart integration, offering control over light and shade at the touch of a button.
Available for £299 (RRP: £379) with free delivery, quote TIA before 30 October at alisonsmarketplace.com/press or call 020 7087 2900 to claim. Product code: GD489956.
For a limited time you can save up to 30 per cent off these bespoke window furnishings. Visit thomas-sanderson.co.uk or call 0800 634 2594 to book a free design consultation or to request a brochure.
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