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Editor’s letter

Welcome to our August issue!


s I write this the sun is shining (hooray)! I hope you’re enjoying some sunny weather wherever you are too, because let’s face it we have to grab it while we can. If sunlight (or the lack of it) is something you struggle with in your home, then we have 10 clever ways to maximise it on page 84 – believe me, it’s Could you be Editor amazing what a lick of paint can do. And our cover star? there are a few surprises in there too. We all have that room which is Reckon you’ve in desperate need of a revamp, and you’ll find all the help you’ll need got what it takes on these very pages, starting with a round-up of some of the top to be a future HomeStyle cover looks for summer on page 63. Don’t worry if you’re still finding your star? A creative own personal style, choose from three equally stylish schemes, home and a smile or take elements from each, the choice is yours. Elsewhere, we have is all you need! more inspiration in the form of our Stylist’s Edit. Colour can be a Email us a quick tricky one to master, especially when it comes to combining snap of yourself in them. Emily Dawe has done the guesswork for you with the your fave room to wonderful combos starting on page 76. As always, we showcase the address at the some great real homes, but as it’s outdoor season, we’ve also thrown bottom of this a pretty amazing boho garden makeover into the mix – enjoy! page. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Have a fantastic month,

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Living 92

Shopping 7




Cooking 25


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


Rustic dining Embrace the essence of dining abroad on page 78


14 I’m glad I dared to try an individual look Ben renovated his dated flat and

90 It’s the open-plan kitchen I’ve always wanted Myra transformed her old kitchen

26 I wanted to reflect our unique property

96 We’ve got a designer look for much less

gave it the love it needed

Chloe has turned her quirky modern townhouse into a vibrant family home

38 I love integrating retro style throughout

which now feels bright and airy

Laura created a beautiful en suite on a tight budget

102 My garden shows off my boho style

Lindsay’s 1960s house has provided the perfect backdrop

Katie turned her bland garden into a colourful, eclectic setting

50 We’ve put our own 111 Easy living Ways and products to stamp on a new-build

Holly spotted the potential and turned it into a colourful home

Our experts


make your home life much more simple



Shop the high street

The best affordable home buys


22 Designer dupes

Top designer looks for less

34 Mixed doubles

Emily Dawe shows how to immerse your home in the hottest shades page 76

Create an eclectc home with contrasting textures

46 Pastel power


Candy-coloured kitchen buys

58 Fun-filled fabrics

Feel inspired by pattern

61 Trend spotter

A new look we simply adore

94 Fresh kitchen

Add vibrancy to a neutral scheme

All things woven and wooden

100 Aqua retreat Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini This mother and daughter share their top recipes page 116

106 Bohemian rhapsody

Get that boho garden look

130 Fab finds

Top buys for under £5!




Styling 12 The wish list

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

63 What’s your style?

Find out which summer look suits you and your personality

76 Stylist’s edit

Emily Dawe shares the hottest shades of the season

84 Let there be light

10 clever tricks to make the most of the natural light in your home

108 Garden storage

Summer style Check out the looks we think you need in your life on page 63

We have the perfect solutions for you

Making Get the look Craft your own mini chalkboard on page 36

25 Geo cement pots

Make some funky planters

36 Mini chalkboard

Turn a tray into a chalkboard

48 Modern fruit art

Paint a modern masterpiece

60 Brocade bolster cushion

Stitch up some soft furnishings

72 Rustic crate storage

Organise your hallway

74 Upcycling news We bring you all the latest

Cooking 114 Quick-fix suppers

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

116 French fancies

We take a look at The Cook’s Atelier yummy dishes this month

118 Truly refreshing

Serve up summer sensations with help from Once Upon a Chef

120 Food news

What’s on our plates and filling our trolleys this month? We tried and tested yummy fruit scones

Speedy treats Learn how to make these tasty almond and sweetcorn fritters on page 115

finds from the world of craft

Regulars 71

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Shopping directory

August 2018 5

Style on a shoestring


£40 Shop the or under

high street

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

Tesco jewel tones

Get that glam look with rich fuchsia and gold hues

Fine dining 16-piece Noir cutlery set, £35

Super stylish Soho black espresso cup and saucer, £5 Gold delight Gold feather trinket tray, £10

Perfect addition Copper top wire lantern, £8

Tonal texture Pink and gold etched vase, £16

Wonderful wood Wallace pin-leg side table, £35

Soft touch Cerise velvet cushion, £12

Feature Nicole Howarth

Display it Cream art deco photo frame, £10

Shelf life Wallace wire shelf, £40 6

Sleek style Geo embroidery cushion, £16; cherry blossom cushion, £20; faux fur cushion, £18; velvet cushion, £12; Cruse brass socks side table, £34, all Tesco

H&M pool side

Exotic feel Patterned cotton tablecloth, £17.99

Bring the party to your garden this summer with tropical prints

Show stopper Metal bottle stopper, £4.99

Drink up Tumbler, £2.99

How cute Small stoneware dish, £6.99

Sweet treats Stoneware dish, £9.99

Purely practical Ceramic salt and pepper set, £9.99

Chin chin Wine glass, £3.99 each

Villa vibe Cushion covers, from £3.99; throw, £17.99; tumblers, £2.99 each; vase, £17.99; bird ornament, £12.99; cutlery, £8.99 for four, all H&M


Pretty prints Slub-weave cushion cover, £8.99

Display me Faux cactus plant, £4.50

Stack it Stackable wooden bowls, £12.99 Chilled out Bedding, from £11; paper lantern string lights, £5; both Primark

Little gem colour pop Donut photo

Fluorescent accessories will frame, £2.50 instantly inject colour

Funky fresh Pom pom cushion, £7

Green glow Small solar lantern, £4 Pastel shades Ice cream cushion, £7 Pink delight Mini votive, 80p

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Style on a shoestring

Debenhams Ultra chic

Neutral palettes teamed with gold tones are a must

Luxe dining 16-piece gold cutlery set, £35

Powder pink Cosmo table lamp, £40

Tick tock Broste wall clock, £20

Super set Hemingway mixed mugs, £35 for four

Subtle touch Hanging tea lights £8 for two

Fine display vase, £25

Dish up Hemingway mixed plates, £35 for four

Fresh fragrance Black vanilla scented candle, £22


Light source Ribbed solar glass jar light, £2.99

soft shades

Go for a sleek and sophisticated look with dreamy geo designs Fine décor Marblesque Geometric wallpaper, £8.99

Morrocan-style Marrakesh large dinner plate, £2.99

Soft glow Essence candle, £3.99

Wakey wakey Goodmans classic alarm clock, £19.99


Zig zag Patterned footstool, £14.99

Check mate Tara woven check cushion, £7.99

70s style Goodmans retro phone, £19.99

Baby pink Heart tin planter, £1

Modern bliss Marrakesh large bowl, £2.99

Come dine Rhone chairs, £270 for two; Contempo round fixed dining table, £325; Madeline LED pendant, £150, all Debenhams

Sainsbury’s go bold

Brighten your bathroom with eye-catching, bold pieces

Sleek shade Mid-Century shade, £12

Go all out Mid-Century toilet brush, £12

Fancy florals Faux floral meadow bucket, £25

Soft blue Mid-Century jar, £10

Sweet scent Jasmine & pineapple Flower large candle, £6.50

Two-tone Large ceramic vase, £12.50 Retro find Havana printed tins, £10 for three

Cool storage Havana square printed tin, £7

Inviting scheme Geo Triangles duvet set, £14.99 for double, B&M

Cosy neutrals Duck egg circular bath sheet, £15; Mid-Century mustard bath mat, £12; Mid-Century soap dispenser, £7; Mid-Century wooden mirror, £12, all Sainsbury’s August 2018 9

Tatty Devine Vintage Lady mirror, £49, Made

Totally dEvine

Say hello to the new Made x Tatty Devine collaboration. Don’t you just want it all?

Go quirky Lobster wall clock, £29; beach towel, £20; hand held mirror, £25; table lamp, £39, all Made

Blogger of the month

Award-winning blogger Emma Jane Palin shares her love of colourful interiors on her lifestyle blog. Her style is a mix of boho tied with a passion for colour, making her home bold and unique. If you’re looking for inspo, check her out!

The wish list...

A marble Blaupunkt toaster, priced at just £24.99 from B&M, will refresh your kitchen

New this month: Cuban inspired homeware, vibrant prints, Orla Kiely, and more... What’s new?

Introducing Clarissa Hulse’s new Sea Kelp collection. Capturing the underwater pattern in a new colourway, the designs are both refreshing and calming. Clarissa came across her inspiration for the collection on the beaches of Hermanus, South Africa, and this stunning range will have you dreaming of shorelines, too!

Queen of prints Irish designer Orla Kiely has released a beautifully illustrated exploration of her design evolution. Known for her iconic stem motif, Orla Kiely has opened her archives to explore a life dedicated to print. Over the years her work has encompassed the worlds of fashion, homewares and beyond, and in this title Orla shares the full range of her distinctive patterns and designs that she has produced since establishing her brand in 1995. This is a wonderful celebration of Orla’s entire body of work.

Feature Nicole Howarth

A Life in Pattern: And how it can make you happy without you even noticing by Orla Kiely (Conran Octopus, £25)

Harmonia wallpaper, £60 per roll; Sea Kelp double bedding set, from £95, both Clarissa Hulse 12

Spend vs save

Just landed!

Graham & Green has released their new range of homeware and it has got us feeling all summery! With influences from the vibrant Cuban city of Havana to the beaches of Nantucket, you can expect an eclectic mix of interior décor. If you’re a fan of quirky furniture, unique textiles and animal accessories, then you will love this collection.

If (like us) you’ve got a taste for cocktails, you will love these martini glasses

£80 Ultra luxe Tom Dixon plum copper martini glass, set of two, Amara Going for gold Fox & Ivy copper cocktail glass, Tesco


Swooning over...

We are loving the new Urban Outfitters home collection. Drawing inspiration from Moroccan and Southwestern influences, the new range is stylish and budget-friendly. Designed for small spaces, the accessories feature spicy and earthy tones. The new styling solutions include soft bag planters, vintageinspired vases and Bag planter, £75, unique printed Urban Outfitters throws. We like!

Alpana Mexicana print chair £395; Trudi brass side table £165; Lina Mexicana print armchair, £495, all Graham & Green

Print works Vibrant and bold prints are all the rage this year and we cannot get enough! Dark tones paired with bright hues will instantly update and liven up any room.

Native vibE Small tribal square cushion, £3, Primark

cool shade Duck Egg quick dry satin emulsion, £12.95 for 750ml, Wilko

mini magic Bamboo bowls, £14 for four, John Lewis

great Green Salvadore taupe rug, from £14.99, Carpetright

Saplings Graphite; Little Trees Yellow; Fern Coral; Ditto Charcoal and Dandelion Storm fabrics, £18 per m, all MissPrint at Dunelm August 2018 13

Inspiring homes ‘I like to support independent shops whenever I can, so I bought the kitchen units locally. The bar stools are from Heal’s’


to my home A bit about me

I’m Ben Rogers and I own a town planning consultancy.

Where I live

My home is a twobedroom Edwardian flat in Hornsey, north London. I have lived here for 14 years.

What I wanted to change I wanted to individualise the flat with cosy bedrooms and a smart, open-plan living space.

How I made it my own

My wallpaper is fun and quirky and my accessories remind me of my friends, family and my travels.

My favourite part

I’m really pleased with it all now, but I especially love the bathroom, it is such a smart space. I also like my living room for its spaciousness and bright light during the day and its cosiness at night once the blinds are down in the evenings.

My flat 14

I’m glad I dared to

By the time he had the funds and time to renovate his dated


‘The kitchen layout has stayed the same because it is a small space but I removed the wall between the kitchen and the living room to open it up. It has also increased my worktop space. I chose streamlined, light grey units and a grey sparkle granite worktop for a timeless and smart look. In the old kitchen the only place for my fridge freezer was by the window so it blocked out half of the light. Now I have an integrated appliance. I chose textured grey wall tiles to contrast with the smooth units and worktop.’

Good idea

Giant plants are an exotic solution to filling any awkward spaces

‘Removing a wall between the kitchen and living room has made all the difference in here’

try an individual look

flat Ben Rogers knew exactly what he wanted and he’s so pleased with the results! August 2018 15

Inspiring homes ‘I installed a bench seat by the window so that in the morning before work I can sip my coffee and watch the world go by,’ says Ben

‘My sitting room is spacious and flooded with light during the day’

A smart chrome tap suits the new style of the kitchen. The wall and floor tiles are from Checkalow. Potted cacti and succulents create a modern and industrial feel.


Make your own cement planters on page 25

Ben found the vintage coloured glassware in a friend’s collection. ‘Technically they’re on loan, but I won’t be giving them back!’ A statement candelabra by Tom Dixon adds a metallic aspect to this shelf set-up. Running similar colours throughout the living-dining area blends the spaces nicely. 16

My story...

Good idea

I bought this flat with my sister. I didn’t know this part of London but it was what we could afford and a good spot for our social lives and work. The floorboards were original but knackered with wide gaps and it had a tiny galley kitchen separated from the sitting room by a wall. It was all dated and tired but we lived here as it was for 10 years because I was busy setting up my business. Then my sister moved out so I did the work bit by bit as I could afford the time and money. I wanted an open-plan kitchen and living room with neutral décor that I could liven up with accessories. A designer friend of mine called Bhavin Taylor advised on the design and I employed a builder contact to do most of the work. I started the project four years ago, tackling my bedroom first because it was the area which most needed upgrading. I did the bathroom next which took about six weeks. Luckily, my sister lived close by so I stayed there. Before doing the bathroom, my washing machine was in the kitchen which I hated because when it was in use I couldn’t hear the television. So I have hidden it and the boiler in a cupboard in there. The space works so well now and is such a contrast to the old one. Two years ago I tackled the rest of the flat, the country-style kitchen units were held together with duct tape by that stage! It took three months during which I lived in my bedroom with a microwave, kettle and television. I got rid of my furniture, it was very old and I wanted to start afresh. It’s the perfect space now, there’s literally nothing I would change.

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‘I chose what I thought was an orange fabric for the armchair but it turned out to be peach. Luckily it still works with the blue sofa and rug!’

Mid-Century furniture is a recurring theme throughout Ben’s home August 2018 17

Inspiring homes Good idea

A vertical radiator is a good solution to limited wall space and makes a statement in a room

‘Splashes of bold colour add personality to my home’

After waiting many years to carry out his renovations, when it came to decorating and dressing the rooms, Ben likes to mix pieces he really loves with more affordable buys. The sofa cushions are from Bhavin Taylor Home, Heal’s and Missoni. Paired with high street pieces, it makes for an eclectic home style. 18

Living room

‘The flat is on a corner so it has several big windows and this room is always filled with light. I kept the walls neutral and used accessories and artwork to bring in colour. I wanted this space to be comfortable but quite formal and stylish with bright accessories. I chose a vertical radiator because the windows mean there’s limited space for a conventional one, but it also makes a statement. The scheme was going to be grey, yellow and copper but in the end I decided to be a bit more adventurous with colour.’

‘Long hallways can be boring spaces but I thought I’d give mine a circus tent feel with this Nevis by Osborne & Little wallpaper so that when you walk into the flat it feels light-hearted’

Expert advice ‘I like Ercol’s stylish, MidCentury look so have a few pieces in here, including my coffee table and dining table, which I picked up at Furniture Village,’ says Ben. The open-plan layout creates a feeling of space in here, which is zoned by a rug for added comfort.

Redesigning your home l You should feel proud and

l Dare to mix patterns and

l The golden rule is that

l If you are going to ask a

confident in your home and happy with what you have accomplished. If you don’t straight away, allow yourself some time to live in your space, to see what does and doesn’t work for you.

your home must reflect your own personality. Everything in it must have a connection to you and reflect your experiences. Don’t be a slave to current trends and fads.

colours. There are no strict rules on how you can combine patterns so if you think that it works in the space, that’s fine. That way you will be surrounded by what you really like. professional to help you, be prepared to listen to new ideas. They will ascertain your personality and a good designer may encourage you to go a little bolder. August 2018 19

Inspiring homes Ben has introduced bold splashes of colour with two red lips prints by Sara Pope, which are from Jealous Gallery

Master bedroom

‘I completely gutted the bathroom. John Lewis sanitary ware and grey wall and floor tiles give it a spa-like feel’

‘I went for busy wallpaper in the bedrooms which they can easily take as they enjoy plenty of light. I have carpet in both because it’s nice to get out of bed in the morning and put your feet on something warm. The Palm wallpaper is by Cole & Son. It reminds me of being abroad, as do my exotic plants. I just wanted it to be somewhere I could come and relax at any time of the day.’

Steal my style Feature and styling Sharon Smith Photos David Giles

Get some of Ben’s luxe home style with these glamorous buys




True blue

Broste blue Bobby vase, Debenhams

Bee happy

Empire Bee cushion, Rume 20

Basket case

Tropical plant, HomeSense

‘I wanted to create a cosy feel in the bedrooms with bold wallpaper’

In the master bedroom, the furnishings and accessories reflect Ben’s love of Mid-Century style. The walnut furniture contributes to the warm feeling he set out to create

‘I was a bit nervous about hanging such a dark wallpaper but I needn’t have worried, it’s bold without being claustrophobic‘

Good idea

Be daring and go for striking soft furnishings to stamp your style on your space


Shop just like designer pieces on page 22

Guest bedroom

‘I wanted the guest bedroom to be cosy and fun but in a different way to the master bedroom. The wallpaper is Ingot by Cole & Son. I went for a monochrome scheme but chose yellow accessories for my splash of colour.’

What I learned... l Plan ahead but be flexible. My kitchen took much longer than anticipated due to the bench seat being the wrong size, things not turning up on time and a delay to it being fitted. l Don’t be afraid to be bold and to embrace colours and textures. I was apprehensive about it at first, then I just went for it and I’m glad I did. l In open-plan spaces, consider concealing washing machines and other less attractive appliances such as a boiler in a cupboard. Turn to page 128 for stockist details

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designer dupes

Invest in key pieces, like Ben has, and mix them in with high street accessories

If you love designer interiors like Ben does, but don’t have the budget here are our top dupes...

£14 Persora A fruit-shaped serving tray is oh-so quirky

£75 Habitat Swooning over the Tom Dixon copper pendant light? Grabthis one for a quarter of the price

£6.95 Desenio You can get an array of designer-looking prints on the high street and online

£44.50 The Farthing Granite is so luxe and we adore this clock

£15 JD Williams Baroque motifs give any space a boutique hotel feel


£15 Sainsbury’s A simple and sophisticated patterned throw is the perfection addition

£30 George Home We’re getting all of the high- end vibes from this lighting feature

£31.99 Wayfair You don’t have to break the bank for a Berberinspired rug, we promise!

£12.50 Creative Tops

£17.99 Very

Bright crockery makes a bold statement!

Join the tropical wallpaper hype!

£38 Oliver Bonas £99.99 My Furniture

Pick up a vintage-inspired decanter to add effortless style

Mulberry velvet and lush fabrics shout designer!

£3.99 HomeSense £40 John Lewis A Missoni-style cushion with a smaller price tag? Yes, please!

Figurative homeware is all the rage!

£60 King & Mcgaw Pop art is one of our guilty pleasures

£39.95 Audenza You can pick up Jonathan Adler-inspired designs from online boutiques

Create a calm work space with a classic desk lamp

£149 Cult Furniture Live a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget with this nest of tables

£25 House of Fraser

Feature Becca Green

£69 Idyll Home

Art Deco style will never go out of fashion August 2018 23

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Geo cement pots

Ben’s kitchen worktops have been styled to perfection with a selection of concrete planters. Make your own with our simple DIY guide Top Tip

This project is ideal for using up all those tester pots. Most paints are suitable for concrete, from emulsion to chalk types.

You will need Q Large and small plastic containers (such as crème fraîche and yoghurt pots) Q Cement powder Q Small bucket Q Water Q Spoon Q Stones or marbles Q Scissors Q Masking tape Q Paint Q Paintbrush

1 2

Clean and dry the plastic containers. Place the cement powder in a small bucket and make a well in the middle. Pour a little water into the centre of the cement powder, and quickly mix. Keep adding more water, stirring until the cement resembles a thick batter mixture – if it’s too runny add more cement powder. Three-quarter fill the large container with cement, lightly tapping the bottom to remove any air bubbles. Quickly push a smaller container into the middle, and place some stones or marbles inside to hold it down. Leave to set for a few hours. Carefully remove the small container and then cut off the large one with scissors. Allow to dry completely. Mark off elongated triangles around the pot with masking tape, and paint in bright colours. Leave to dry before removing the tape.


Make and styling Suzie Sheppard Photo Olly Gordon

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Everbuild Jetcem rapid setting cement, £8.95, Amazon. Pale Lime and Green Verditer Absolute matt emulsion, £4.50 for 60ml, Little Greene. Roman blinds, from a selection, Web-Blinds

Add some more ‘I don’t need any more

plants,’ said no one ever! Once you’ve made your concrete planters and filled them with easy to care for greenery, be inspired by Ben and create a striking display with more potted succulents and cacti. Choose a mix of pot styles, from geometric patterned ones to industrial finishes and some

shimmering metallics for added glam. Cacti love bright and sunny warm spots, so even if you have a small pad you can still bring the outside in, by filling your windowsills with them. If like us you’re not too good at remembering to water them, then invest in some realistic fakes. There are some great ones on the high street, which look as good as the real deal – bonus!

Shop a range of artificial succulents at B&Q from £6

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Inspiring homes


to my home A bit about me

I’m Chloe Spillett, a science teacher, and I live with my husband, Nick, and our two daughters.

Where I live

We live in a fourbedroom townhouse in Rochford. It’s called The Gatehouse, and sits on an awardwinning architect designed plot.

What I wanted to change

I loved the quirkiness of the property but I felt the décor didn’t really complement the architecture of the build and the surrounding areas.

How I made it my own

I’ve tried to give each room its own unique twist as a nod to the uniqueness of the property. I love creating spaces that become interesting talking points.

My favourite part

I couldn’t possibly choose! I’m so proud of our entire home and how far it has come.

My house 26


‘The previous homeowners had left behind some of their existing furniture including the Ikea, high gloss veneered media centre. This posed a predicament because, as much as it isn’t really the sort of thing we’d go out and buy, it fits well in the space and the storage it provides is much needed. So I had to figure out a way to revamp it. I cladded the back board of the unit with pallet wood and fitted three hanging copper lights.’

Iwanted to reflect

Chloe Spillett has turned her quirky modern townhouse

Good idea

A grey painted wall looks great next to a wood-effect feature wall

‘When it comes to DIY I like to consider myself a bit of a Jack of all trades, I’m not afraid to pick up a power tool’ The lounge features upcycled furniture and high street buys, with a few quirky touches such as the vintage Singer sewing machine

our unique property

into a vibrant family space that perfectly showcases her personal style

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Inspiring homes Dining area

‘This space was probably where my love of repurposing materials was born. We continued the rustic element throughout the whole open-plan space by adding floorboards to the wall where awkward pipes had been boxed in. The table was made by bracing scaffold boards together on the underside with lengths of wood and fixing hairpin legs bought from B&Q. We added three pendant hangings above the table to finish the industrial look.’

A retro sewing machine and vintage-style prints are the perfect accessory for Chloe’s console table

My story ...

For weeks I’d scrolled past this house on property listings because I’d always imagined our family home to be an older ‘character’ property. After months of searching we decided we needed to broaden our search criteria and so I started to flick through the listings for almost every property within our price range. Never before was the saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ more prominent! From the outside I’d never given it so much as a second glance but the inside told a whole different story. This house has so many quirky features that we couldn’t resist a viewing. We were drawn in by the balcony space and remote-controlled garage parking but the ultimate selling point was the roof terrace. It’s such a unique property and we couldn’t imagine living anywhere else now. The previous homeowner utilised a more traditional approach to decorating – there were lots of floral wallpaper and pinks and purples. The bathrooms had been recently updated so we’ve kept them for now. I would still like to redesign our hallway but as we live on four floors it’s going to need lots of time and money throwing at it. I do most of the DIY myself, partly due to budget but mostly due to self-determination. I write an interiors blog,, which is packed with DIY projects that I’ve done over the years. I love picking up new skills but most of all it’s the sense of achievement that really does it for me! No matter where I go or what I’m doing I’ve always got interiors on my mind. Most of the inspiration for this property came from its industrial surroundings, but I always like to mix things up a bit, too. I love being around nature, so there are lots of outside elements to our home, such as the reclaimed wood and our houseplant collection. 28

‘When I’m not working, you’ll most likely find me with a paintbrush in one hand and a hammer in the other’

Chloe’s style is a mix of old and new – she’s a lover of reclaimed wood, which features throughout the dining area

‘I made the table from old scaffold boards with hairpin legs from B&Q’


Shop our pick of mixed materials on page 34

Good idea

Make your own dining table from reclaimed wood – you can tailor it to the size you want!

Chloe turned some old fruit crates into display shelves for her vintage finds. This adds a rustic vibe to the space and carries on her upcycling theme. Open shelving like this is also a great alternative if you’re short on space. Rather than blocking out light with fixed wall units, open shelves create the illusion of more room and an airy feeling.

Chloe has greenery dotted around her home to nod to her love of botanicals. Plants also make her home feel more alive by adding splashes of colour to her space. Make your own plant pots by spray painting tins or miniature buckets. Get creative with this by thinking outside the box and drafting your own personalised design. We love the idea of using a metallic formula to paint a mixed metal effect that is so on trend! August 2018 29

Inspiring homes ‘The hammered copper pendant lights were a bargain buy from B&Q,’ says Chloe. ‘They look far more expensive than they actually were, I think the black cord contrasts so well with the copper. It adds such an industrial edge to our living space’. Copper (or any other metallic) against a wood backdrop is the perfect mix of rustic and luxe. ‘When it came to dressing this space I just knew all of my belongings were going to be right at home. I absolutely love treasures or anything old and interesting that has a tale to tell. I always find antiques are great conversation starters and they look brilliant with the raw materials used in this room – I’m so proud of this corner!’

‘Tight budgets and industrial design are the perfect marriage where furniture is concerned’ Different textures and materials really set Chloe’s home apart. A great example of this is her blackboard lent up against her metro tiles. With just one item, she has created a feature that complements her industrial style perfectly. It’s also handy to write out meal plans, too. 30

Chloe’s coffee table is the same style as her dining table – keeping a consistent theme throughout her home

Expert advice

How to upcycle with wood l Scaffold boards are so easy to

come by if you look in the right places – you can buy them new from merchants such as Jewson’s and also local timber yards. Reclaimed boards can add tonnes of character to a scheme and if you’re cunning and charming enough you may even be able to pick them up for free by calling around your local scaffolding firms.

l Make sure to sand down your

piece or pieces of wood with good quality sandpaper to get

rid of any imperfections. It’s always best to be on the safe side and protect your wood with varnish to stop it getting scratched. However, if you prefer the rustic look – you can always leave it unvarnished. l Oriented strand board is

a winning material. It’s so versatile and yet so cheap – and the fact it looks great is just the cherry on top! Chloe used it in the kids’ playroom for a fun and quirky feature wall, but it’s ideal for any room.


‘The first area we redecorated was the open-plan space comprising the kitchen, diner and lounge. Since we didn’t have a huge budget to play with, we decided to make use of the existing fixtures and fittings where we could. Luckily, the kitchen already had lots of positives; the Ikea units and solid wood worktops were newly installed so there wasn’t much wrong with them. But we swapped out the tiles for metro style ones.’


Make your own DIY blackboard on page 36

Good idea

Gloss cabinets paired with a wood worktop is the perfect mix of rustic and contemporary

‘We kept the original units but stripped back the worktop and fixed old floorboards to the wall’ August 2018 31

Chloe gave the Ikea Pax wardrobes an update with an ombré paint effect finished with leather strap handles

Good idea

Use offcuts of wood to create quirky shelving


‘I haven’t made any final decisions on what I want to do with our bathroom yet. It may be a while before we can justify it, so in the meantime I decided to give it a bit of a mini makeover. I painted the shelved section with Valspar’s Aussie Surf, and accessorised with items from H&M and Ikea.’

Feature and styling Suzie Sheppard Photos Olly Gordon

Steal my style £65

Chloe’s home is the perfect mix of industrial, rustic and a touch of luxe. Shop our picks... So hammered Set of two copper tumblers, Not Just Jugs

Nice legs

Bar stool, The Farthing 32

Throwing shapes

Geometric cushion, M&S



Master bedroom

‘We wanted to achieve a space that is tranquil, cosy and relaxing, but also gives us that refreshed sense of get up and go when we wake each morning. The end result fits the bill perfectly. We opted for very natural green tones and white furnishings combined with raw reclaimed materials including scaffold boards and pallet wood. It’s a really lovely room and a great space to start and end each day in.’

Chloe turned the flat roof into a charming and colourful roof terrace for entertaining friends and family

Roof terrace

‘As the flat roof needed a new waterproof membrane fitted, we decided to turn it into a roof terrace. It’s part tiled with click-together tiles from Ikea and part laid with artificial lawn. I painted a table and paired it with orange dining chairs from George Home. The planter was handmade using old scaffold boards.’

What I learned... ‘I’m such a sucker for an upcycled project and antiques’ ‘The wall behind our bed is painted in Camouflage by Homebase, and I mixed some white into it to create the lighter tones on the other three walls’

l It’s always a good idea to just have a go! If it doesn’t work out, most mistakes are easily fixable and it’s so much more rewarding to reflect upon your creations and be able to say ‘I did that’! l I’ve learned to be braver with colour and pattern and to not adhere too rigidly to trends, but instead to find a style that really suits our personalities. l Sometimes the biggest design triumphs are not the carefully thought out plans, but the spontaneous ideas that you just go with on impulse. Turn to page 128 for stockist details

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mixed doubles

The pairing of wood and metal is a triumph in Chloe’s dining room

Create an eclectic home, like Chloe has, with a variety of contrasting textures

£125 Viva Lagoon

£249 Made

Hang a pendant bulb to update your lighting

A gold trimmed coffee table gives a luxurious touch

£39.99 HomeSense Introduce rose gold into your cutlery

£30 Cox & Cox Marble and wood is a beautiful contrast

£20 Amara Agate is totally amazing! We love these bottle stoppers

£22.95 Desenio

£44.95 Farlo

Incorporate mixed materials in your choice of artwork

Feature Becca Green

Go for hardware that is raw-edged for an industrial look

£143.99 Wayfair Opt for a set of copper tables to amp up your living space


£29.50 Audenza Add some colourful elements, too!

£40 per roll Graham & Brown Create a striking feature wall with a marble print wallpaper

£17 JD Williams We can picture this clock taking pride of place in an entrance way

£105 Sweetpea & Willow Natural elements such as cacti are a great way of adding more texture

£55 John Lewis The latest on-trend buy that we can’t get enough of

£190 Smithers of Stamford Pair a rattan chair with a faux fur throw for an abundance of materials

£12 Wilko £65 Next

Grab a set of metallic utensil pots to glam up your kitchen scheme

Going global? A Buddha’s head statue is a must!

£22 Sainsbury’s Smaller touches like a bathroom mirror make a big difference

£60 Oliver Bonas Jewel-toned crystals are ultra high-end

£89 Cult Furniture Stackable copper bar stools will revamp your kitchen

£11.99 Domu Slate and gold is a winning combination in our eyes

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Make the look...

Mini chalkboard

Chloe’s kitchen showcases her love of wooden accessories. Craft your own useful chalkboard and use to display tonight’s dinner menu Top Tip

You will need

Plain wood not colourful enough for you? Choose an untreated tray and paint it and the stripwood a bright colour. Then write your message with rainbow chalks.

Q Small rectangular wooden tray Q Black chalkboard paint Q Paintbrush Q 8mm pine stripwood Q Saw Q Sandpaper Q Wood glue Q Clamps Q Chalk or chalk pen


Paint the bottom of the inside of the tray with black chalkboard paint and leave to dry. Apply a second coat if more coverage is required. Measure and cut two lengths of 8mm pine stripwood measuring about a third longer than the tray. Sand the rough edges. Turn the tray upright. Stick the stripwood to the sides with wood glue and clamp to hold in place until it has dried. Once dry, turn your chalkboard upright, so it’s standing on the supporting stripwood legs. Add your message with chalk or a chalk pen. Keep it fun and inspirational with a motivational quote, or alternatively if using it in the kitchen, use as a shopping list or to display what’s for tea!



Make and styling Suzie Sheppard Photo Olly Gordon


Wooden tray, £6; chalkboard paint, £5 for 250ml, both Hobbycraft. Turquoise lidded storage jars, from £2, Flying Tiger Copenhagen. Elements dash canister, £7, Dunelm

Map it out Keen traveller? You’ll want one of these to organise your trip. This fun chalkboard map is ideal for any travel or map lovers and is the perfect spot to plan or display mementos of your previous trips. You could even use it to store your collection of fridge magnets from your holidays. Suitable for use with chalk or chalk pens, it comes ready 36

to hang, and would make a quirky addition to any home. Laser cut in steel with a cut out map shape, place it in a room in the house where you need to get a bit more organised. On a budget? Utilise your artistic talents and create a similar look with chalkboard paint and a stencil. Search the internet for free imagery you can use to make your own map wall art. Ready, steady, craft!

Plot your next adventure with this magnetic world chalkboard, £75, The Crafty Traveller

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Inspiring homes

‘My whole look is inspired by Americana; the bowling, the diners and the wonder of Palm Springs’


to my home A bit about me

I’m Lindsay Campbell-Crafts, owner of vintage online boutique,, and I live with my husband Nicholas, our daughter, and lovely dog, Jellybean.

Where I live

Our home is a threebedroom, architectdesigned Span house, built in 1966, on an estate in Byfleet, Surrey, which we bought in May 2017.

What I wanted to change

The house is a sixties design, which we love, but not much had been done since it was new, so it was extremely dated.

How I made it my own

After rewiring and sorting the plumbing, we added a new kitchen, bathroom and garage conversion.

My favourite part

I love how bright the whole house is. It’s a relatively small space but it feels so light.

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‘The kitchen units we inherited were dated and past their best, so it made sense to rip them all out and start again. We went for handleless plain gloss cabinetry from Howdens as the base for the design, and painted all the walls white. This opened up the space so much, as there is plenty of light coming in from all angles. The breakfast bar is a really handy addition, and I chose aqua metal bar stools from Cult Furniture.’

I love integrating

Tracking down a 1960s house has given Lindsay

Good idea


Shop our pick of pastel appliances on page 46

With artwork it’s good to choose an overall theme, such as fruit, and then look for prints that fit in, particularly in a smaller house

‘We’ve kept metal to a minimum in here and even the ovens are black for a monochrome feel. Carrying on the fruit theme from the living room, I love this cherry print from Maisons du Monde, which gives a burst of bright colour on the wall’

retro style throughout Campbell-Crafts the perfect backdrop to indulge her love of all things vintage

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Inspiring homes ‘To show off the floor, we went for a table from Danetti and matching chairs from Cult Furniture. The fruit theme is also continued, with classic Herman Miller food prints, which I bought from The Museum of Modern Art in America’

Good idea

Carry on your themes into crockery and glassware, like Lindsay has with her cactus glasses Vibrant artwork and touches of mint brighten up Lindsay’s kitchen

My story ...

I’ve always been obsessed with the forties, fifties and sixties, particularly when it comes to American design. The clothes, the accessories, the art, the furniture, the crockery, you name it, I collect it. We’d been living in a Mid-Century townhouse in nearby Sunbury for five years, but we wanted to live a bit further out of London once we had our daughter, Luella. I’d been reading up on sixties Span houses, which were designed by architect Eric Lyons. He had a particular vision of communal living and set his houses on small estates, with plenty of trees, in attractive areas. The houses have high ceilings, lots of light, big windows, and although terraced, are all built at slight angles so you don’t overlook other people. We found a house on a Span estate in Byfleet, Surrey, which needed lots of attention, and were thrilled as they don’t come up often. The garden opens up onto common space where BBQs and gatherings are held, and several neighbours have become friends, just as Lyons intended. With the basics in place, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the interior. My background is as a fashion stylist, and I started my online vintage boutique business back in 2013, which I run from our converted garage. We’ve also put in a new kitchen and bathroom and renovated every room before filling it all with retro artwork and furniture. I have to say we’re extremely happy here! 40

Dining room

‘Parquet flooring is one of the characteristic features of Span houses, and it was sadly damaged in the dining area when the builders put in the new kitchen. The holes had been filled with concrete and covered with tiles, which looked awful. So, we got a local company to restore it. I sourced matching parquet fingers online and we levelled the floor in the kitchen so it could flow all the way through the space.’

‘I’ve fashioned a study area at one end of the dining room. The ladder style shelving and the desk are from Habitat. I just turn round one of the dining chairs to use when I’m sitting there’

‘It’s worth putting time into preserving original flooring as it looks so lovely once it’s been restored’ ‘I’ve added in my pink fifties-style kettle from Smeg. You have to carry the whole look through. It would be really weird to suddenly have very contemporary appliances,’ says Lindsay. Having subtle pops of colour in her kitchen has brought the space back to her retro style and makes Lindsay’s home feel like a consistent space.

‘I love fun glassware and crockery,’ says Lindsay. On the whole her kitchen and dining area is a neutral space so it’s nice to brighten things up a bit with a splash of greenery. This multi-tiered plant stand acts as a fitting centrepiece on Lindsay’s dining room table. Instead of a traditional glass vase with fresh flowers, Lindsay has opted for a range of succulents, which complements her mix of modern and vintage styling. August 2018 41

Inspiring homes Living room

‘The downstairs is all one big space, so we wanted a cohesive look all the way through. With everything painted in Pure Brilliant White by Dulux we went for unfussy white blinds. Choosing a sofa was a huge deal and a big investment. We didn’t want anything modern, but we needed it to be practical and comfortable. So we chose a fifties-style design based on an original G Plan style. The leather club chairs are from Graham & Green as we loved the shape, and to protect the floor, we’ve got a rug from La Redoute. The Ercol coffee table is an original from eBay.’

Good idea


Make your own fruit art on page 48

‘The apple print above the sofa is an iconic image by famous Italian designer Enzo Mari, which is part of his Nature series from 1963. I love its bold and simple style. We got it from TwentyTwentyOne’ 42

Bold block colours create a focal point in any room

A traditional armchair is a piece of furniture worth investing in

‘I’ve added in some of my special finds in the living room, like my American chalkware pink lady lamp and my pink telephone,’ says Lindsay. More vintagestyle finds that can be picked up from charity or antique shops add a personal touch to Lindsay’s space, and are talking points when guests come into her home.

‘I love looking through Instagram to get ideas and I post regularly on @campbellcrafts’ ‘Each of the Span houses has a little lobby, which is useful, and we’ve put a fifties-style telephone table in ours, sourced from eBay, where we keep stationery and things like telephone directories and maps. The stairs themselves are open beamed, and not closed in, which adds lightness.’

A vintage-style sideboard with a retro sign above it in the hallway sets the tone for Lindsay’s home

Expert advice

Upcycling original flooring l Get a builder or floor layer to

help you if it’s not obvious how many pieces of wood you need. Make sure you know exactly the name and colour of the wood, and use the internet to hunt down original pieces. They will sometimes be left over from renovation projects.

l Often people put in

temporary inserts where flooring is missing, so make sure you remove them carefully, so they don’t damage any of the sections around them.

l Insert the new pieces of

wood using a recommended fixing method, usually gluing, then sand down the new pieces of wood to make sure the floor is totally level throughout.

l Test a variety of varnishes first

on one of the new inserts to see if you can get exactly the same colour as the existing floor. If it’s proving impossible to get a good match, consider using a new varnish for the whole floor to make it look as though it’s one continuous space. August 2018 43

‘Blues and yellows are high on my list of favourite colours. We got a new fabric headboard from and splashed out on some yellow velvet cushions from Urban Outfitters. The palm design is one of my own, as I love palm trees’

‘Vintage artwork is a must-have in my house!’

Good idea

Use a classic sideboard as a vintage dressing table

Feature and styling Stephanie Smith Photos David Giles

Steal my style £50

Go back in time and get inspired by Lindsay to add some retro-style pieces into your home

Paint splat

Cushion, John Lewis

£15 So fruity

Mellow yellow

Vintage telephone, Hurn & Hurn



Apple print bread bin, Rex London

Master bedroom

‘When we bought the house, the main bedroom had a dark patterned feature wallpaper. I don’t know how the previous owners ever got any sleep; it was so busy and not at all relaxing. We wanted somewhere peaceful to escape to, so we painted the room white and reconfigured the storage so we could get the most out of the fitted wardrobes. Although we have the amazing parquet flooring downstairs, we wanted something soft underfoot upstairs to step out onto in the mornings. We found a lovely grey carpet from Ashley Flooring nearby. I like to support local businesses.’

‘There was space for a nice big mirror in the bathroom and I found a round one at Blue Suntree which fitted the bill


‘The bathrooms are relatively small in Span houses, but the great thing about them is that in the T2 design, which we have, they have double height ceilings which adds light and drama to the bathroom. We kept the layout pretty much the same, but ripped out the suite and replaced it with a new one from Bathstore.’

What I learned... l Always factor in more time and money for any project or purchase. It inevitably ends up being more expensive, so make sure you have something extra put aside. l Take your time styling your house, don’t rush to buy the first thing you see, as you will build up your look gradually over time. Once you’ve decided what your style is you will find pieces you like.

‘I dress to match my house and I love the shapes and cuts of the fifties, which is why I’ve designed my new Fifty Five collection,’ says Lindsay

l Look upon the internet as your friend rather than a chore. Spend plenty of time on research. I have got things so much cheaper by waiting for deals online. Turn to page 128 for stockist details

Shop the look Pastel pops add a soft touch to Lindsay’s kitchen

pastel power

Love everything retro-inspired, like Lindsay? Opt for candy-coloured kitchen appliances

£59.99 Argos A pastel kettle will be less of an eyesore on your worktop

£119.95 John Lewis A citrus juicer is the perfect appliance for making summer cocktails

£559 Lakeland Bring the sunshine into your kitchen with yellow accessories

£59.99 Studio If you’re a baking fanatic, then look no further

£2,229 Smeg Love cooking? Us, too! This pink oven is a real showstopper


£47.99 Wayfair Baby blue and cream is the ultimate retro colour combo

£60 Dunelm Not all microwaves have to be stored away – this yellow one is a beauty

£64.98 Breville A mint green appliance will be the focal point of any kitchen

£69.99 Dualit Two-slice toasters don’t take up much room, which is a bonus!

£179.99 Swan Lilac appliances work well paired with copper or rose gold accessories

£429 £69 Red Candy Invest in a gorgeous pair of kitchen scales

£59.05 Housing Units Mismatch different pastelcolours for an eclectic mix

£379.99 Very Choose an under counter fridge if you’re short on space

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Think pink with an old school Americanstyle fridge freezer

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Make the look...

Modern fruit art

Themed artworks help to tie together an overall scheme within Lindsay’s home. Make some bold pieces to adorn your own walls

You will need Q Large black picture frames Q Watercolour paper Q Ruler Q Pencil Q Craft knife Q Watercolour paints Q Paint palette Q Water Q Paintbrush

Fiskbo black frame, £5, Ikea. Daler Rowney watercolour paper, £4 a sheet; watercolour paint set, £3.50 for 12, both Hobbycraft. Glazed bowl, £3, Flying Tiger Copenhagen

Top Tip

Not much of an artist? Draw a rough outline, and fill with colourful paper pieces, creating a montage effect instead. Choose lighter shades to show highlights.

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First measure and cut a piece of watercolour paper to fit inside your chosen picture frame. Lightly sketch the outline of a fruit shape on the paper with a pencil. We created a pineapple and pair of cherries, but you can choose any that you are particularly drawn to. Squeeze a little watercolour paint onto the palette. For the pineapple, we used a warm yellow. Start to paint triangles inside the pencil lines on the paper, using water to blend, creating lighter and darker areas. Use simple brush strokes and a green paint for the stalks. Allow to dry, before placing inside a black frame. For the cherries, we used red paint. Use a dark brown or black for the stalk. Again, use water to blend lighter and darker areas. Make up a green paint wash for the leaf.


Make and styling Suzie Sheppard Photo Olly Gordon

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Pineapple ice bucket, £30, Hurn & Hurn

Cocktail time Serve up your tipples in

totally tropical style. Keeping with the fruity theme showcased throughout Lindsay’s home, this retro-style pineapple ice bucket is sure to make a statement on your cocktail trolley this summer. Practical and also stylish, but with a touch of fun, it features a shiny gold double wall which works to keep 48

your ice really cool. Great for inside or out; it would also glam up a garden party or BBQ with friends. Complete your set-up with handpainted glasses too. Pick some specialist paints and draw a fruit motif on each. You can get a pack of rainbow markers suitable for glass and ceramics at Hobbycraft for just £6, although to make your designs permanent (but not dishwasher proof ) coat with Marabu clear sealer. Cheers to that!

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Inspiring homes ‘Painting a black feature wall was daunting but it makes a dramatic contrast with the kitchen,’ says Holly


to my home A bit about me I’m Holly Wicks and I live here with my partner Tim Westwood.

Where I live

Our home is a threebedroom new-build in a development called Paintworks in Bristol. We have been living here since 2016.

What I wanted to change

We wanted to inject lots of colour and make the rooms feel really cosy.

How I made it my own

I’ve been splitting my time between freelance copywriting with setting up my own business, Zeal Interiors, making bespoke home furnishings. So, as soon as we moved in I got busy making all the curtains and cushions to brighten up the rooms.

Good idea

When planning a kitchen a monochrome scheme is a timeless option

My favourite part

I adore everything about the spare bedroom, it’s definitely my favourite, with the Bluebellgray mural.

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We’ve put our own Buying their house before it was even built was a bit scary,


‘I chose a monochrome colour scheme to go with the off-white kitchen units, to create a simple but smart feel. Slate-coloured Amtico floor tiles contrast well with the paler units, which teamed up perfectly with the charcoal worktop. We chose a black and white stripe fabric for the kitchen blind to add some pattern. After some deliberation, I painted one wall in a dramatic dark charcoal shade – it was really scary painting such a dark colour, but there were no major disasters thankfully and I think it’s a really great feature – I’m so glad we took the plunge.’

‘We instantly fell in love with the high-spec look and vibrant plans for our new-build development’

stamp on a new-build but Holly Wicks spotted the potential and knew she could transform it

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Inspiring homes ‘The white goods were included in the price, which was such a bonus. We got to choose the floor and worktop and opted for a charcoal grey to fit into the theme’

Holly used her DIY skills and made the curtains and blinds in eye-catching prints to add splashes of colour. They especially loved the double aspect windows of the corner plot. ‘It feels so open in here, especially with so much natural light coming in from both sides of the room,’ says Holly.

’I love to grow all my own herbs outside by the front door so I can pick a bunch when it’s time to cook dinner,’ explains Holly. The windowsill is another opportunity to show off her vast selection of plants. The monochrome print is from Desenio and injects a sense of fun and personality into Holly’s kitchen.

My story ...

Tim and I bought our new-build, a three-bed Crest Nicholson house at Paintworks in July 2016. We had been renting a flat in Clifton but grew tired of the drafty rooms and the inconvenience of a shared access. We knew we wanted a new-build; somewhere we could put our stamp on without having to do too much work. We bought off-plan, which was scary as the house hadn’t even been built but we were so impressed with the high-spec details and overall plans for the development. The location was so central, close to all the amenities and the creative atmosphere was a big draw too. We had one more site visit but had to decide very quickly on floorings and tiles, so we opted for a neutral scheme of grey, charcoal and natural stone. Going for a minimal Scandi feel, we wanted to bring accessories in bold colours and strong patterns into the mix. As we had to get rid of most of our old furniture to fit the new rooms, it really was a case of pretty much starting from scratch. We chose the colour schemes for each room quite quickly, and I set to work making blinds, curtains and scatter cushions to add a splash of colour. We especially love having a garden, which was landscaped for us. It catches the sun all day and feels very private – great for the summer months! We feel so fortunate living here and we’re so pleased we snapped up this property when we did. We just love it and are excited to see how the look of our home progresses. 52

The round dining table from Swoon Editions fits perfectly into the other side of the open-plan living area. The Scandi-style wallpaper from Ferm Living is repeated in both areas to link them together

Good idea

Pick your favourite fabric and use it as a starting point for the colour scheme of a room

Living room

‘Inspired by the rug we already had, I chose a colour palette of black, greys, and lime greens, with a few pops of yellow. Aiming for a bright and airy feel, the Scandi furniture keeps the room feeling light, without dominating the space. We love getting fresh flowers from The Rose Shed and I enjoy shopping for planters at Mon Pote.’

‘As soon as we moved in I set to work making blinds and curtains for the main rooms, so we had some privacy’

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The rug was the only item that made it from Holly’s old flat. ‘We had only just bought this from John Lewis, so it came with us and inspired the colour scheme in the room’

‘I love how relaxing this space is’

Good idea

Add character with lots of potted plants to liven up the space

Expert advice In her old flat, Holly didn’t have the luxury of a home office. But here Holly was able to convert her third bedroom into a handy craft space for her business. ‘We chose an olive-yellow paint but only used it on the lower half of the walls to keep it feeling as bright as possible.’ A desk from Swoon Editions adds warm tones. ‘It’s such a tranquil space to work,’ she says. 54

Buying a new-build l As soon as you can, make an

appointment to view a show home on a new development and discuss in detail the various different plots to choose from. Holly specifically wanted an end of terrace plot to gain a garden.

l If your property is one of the

first to be completed, find out about the levels of disruption if you move while building work is still taking place on site.

l Having a say in fixtures and

fittings is a huge bonus so you can have your own bespoke design. However, be prepared to use your imagination if your house hasn’t been built yet.

l New-builds often sacrifice

essential storage areas for an extra bedroom or bathrooms, so if there’s an option discuss your individual needs with the architect before it’s too late.

Steal my style Jump on the colourful band wagon, like Holly, to create a bright home


Shop our pick of fun-filled fabrics on page 58

Hang low

Orla Kiely hanging planter, Hurn & Hurn

£24.99 Cosy nook

Grey and white cushion, HomeSense


Laid back

Ritchie armchair, Made



‘We’re thrilled to have this outside space, especially for entertaining when the weather allows it. The garden was landscaped by the developer, Crest Nicholson; they installed slabs and decking making it very easy to maintain. We built an extra raised bed for some fruit bushes.’

‘We’re delighted with our outdoor space and love to entertain our family and friends out here in the summer.’ Holly added all her favourite plants and flowers, which have flourished over the last year and made her garden a beautiful sanctuary. Holly’s gone for a mix of classic English wild flowers, punctuated with tropical, sculptural palms. August 2018 55

Inspiring homes A splash of burnt orange on the walls warms up Holly’s bedroom no end. ‘My dad made us the headboard and I got busy stitching the cushions to make the room feel welcoming’

Master bedroom

‘Introducing colour was the main objective in this room. Not being scared to opt for bold, bright shades, I used one of my favourite hues, a warm orange for one wall and chose the same colour for the blinds. We love the dual aspect windows, but they were hard to dress! My dad made the headboard in a paisley fabric.’

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Feature and styling Emma Fishman Photos Sussie Bell

Don’t be afraid to use large prints in a small room, they can create the feeling of space

‘We kept the wall and floor tiles very neutral in our en suite, but painted the walls navy blue to smarten it up. It creates a spa feel which we love. Orange towels tie into the orange painted wall in our bedroom’ 56

The impressive mural by Bluebellgray transforms the spare room into an explosion of colour. It’s Holly’s favourite space in the house

The window seat is the perfect reading nook. It is dressed with Holly’s handmade cushions which pick out the key colours from the wallpaper

‘Watercolour prints are a personal favourite of mine’ Making

Make your own bolster cushion on page 60

Spare bedroom

‘I wasn’t sure how to decorate this room when we first moved in, so the walls just got a few coats of white paint for the time being. It just didn’t feel like it had any personality though. My mum is an interior designer, and she called in some Bluebellgray wallpaper samples. I adored everything, but it was the Sanna mural that stole my heart.’

What I learned... l All the white goods were included in the price, which was a huge bonus for us. Consider any extras or hidden costs if you’re buying a new-build and make sure to double check what’s included! l Light is everything. It makes a huge difference having so much natural light in our new kitchen, and I love the view, too. l Think about parking. We’re lucky that we have space for cars below the living area, which makes our house a much more sociable place. It’s also very convenient for when friends come over. Turn to page 128 for stockist details

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fun-filled fabrics

Teach yourself how to make your own blinds and curtains, just like Holly has done

If you’re feeling inspired by Holly’s use of pattern in her home, how about making your own homeware? £17 per m Fabric Yard This arrow print fabric has definitely captured our hearts

£7 per m Amazon Handmade Be daring with your choice of fabric!

£68 per m Bon Maison

£22 per m John Lewis

Fruity designs are all the rage and we are on board!

Start by making your own bold and bright cushion covers

£18 per m Jane Clayton Geometrics look great as window dressings!

£18 per m The Makery Feature Becca Green

Go for monochrome if that’s more your thing


£5 per m Ikea Dainty motifs can still create a statement

£24 per m Iliv Incorporate animals into your choice of patterns

£95 per m Liberty If you’re a real botanical lover, invest in a statement fabric

£50 per m Katie Hipwell £6 per m Dunelm

Opt for a fabric that mimics the look of decorative Moroccan tiles!

Ditsy designs are totally country cottage chic

£34.99 per m Yorkshire Fabric Shop Tribal-inspired prints look fab in a globalthemed home August 2018 59

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Brocade bolster cushion

Holly has added personality to her new-build by making her own soft furnishings. But you don’t have to be a pro to stitch this pretty cushion

You will need Q Vintage embellished fabric Q Backing fabric Q Sewing machine Q Rectangular bolster pad

Similar Chinese brocade fabric, £5.50 per m, The Fabric Centre

Top Tip If your fabric is delicate or a brocade that has lots of threads on the reverse, cut out a piece of cotton lining to the same size and stitch it to your main fabric.

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Measure your bolster pad from seam to seam along the length and width. Measure and cut your fabric for the front, following the bolster dimensions plus a 2.5cm seam allowance on all sides. Cut out the backing material to the same size. Lay your backing fabric right side up and place the front piece on top, right side down. Pin the layers together along the top, left side and bottom, 2.5cm from the edge. Machine sew the three sides together. For neatness, trim 1cm of excess fabric and zigzag stitch the layers together along the raw edges. Turn the cover out through the open side and push out the corners gently, using the blunt end of a knitting needle if necessary. Insert the bolster pad, aligning the corners until it fits. Fold under the raw edges at the opening by 2.5cm and pin. Slip stitch the cover closed using a matching thread. Repeat to make another cushion using similar fabrics, for added impact.



Project adapted from Creating the Vintage Look by Ellie Laycock (Cico Books, £9.99)



Choose a backing fabric, which picks up a colour in your main material

Variations l You can use any vintage fabric for

this make, such as an embroidered dressing gown back or fancy dress. l If you don’t have enough material to make a long bolster then adapt your measurements to fit a smaller rectangular or square pillow form. l Waste not. Use unembellished fabric parts rescued from the same garment for your backing fabric. 60

l Choose embellished fabrics that complement each other for both sides of your bolster, to create a double-sided pillow that you can just flip over when you fancy a bit of a change! l For a slightly different and contemporary look, use embroidered or cutwork table runners for your cover and choose a coloured lining fabric to peep through the holes, adding a flash of vibrancy.

cool gradient Tall vases, £26.95 for two, Audenza

floor filler Circle rug, £49, Modern Rugs blue hue Outdoor cushion, £12.50, Wyevale Garden Centres

pot luck Monochrome storage pot, £5, Hema

spot it Canvas bag, £13.50, The Contemporary Home


blush pink Stackable glass, £8, Oliver Bonas

time to soak Jacquard-weave bath towel, £12.99, H&M

Dalmation spots are driving us dotty – it’s time to invade the high street

cuppa time Speckled mug, £6.50, Abode Living

chin chin Champagne glasses, £6 each, John Lewis pour it Gold polka dot jug, £25.50, Gisela Graham

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off the wall For the Love of Dots wallpaper, £55 per roll, The Room Alive

soft touch Rose dots cushion, £30, Amara

pretty picture Photo frame, £37.50, Printer + Tailor

colour splash Rainbow mug, £19.95, Daisy Park August 2018 61

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summer style? Need help pinpointing your style this season? We’ve made it easy to work out what look best suits you and your personality

p65 Treasures that scream wanderlust

p67 Pink kitchen inspo that you can’t not love

p66 P69 Vibrant living room schemes August 2018 63

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CHILL OUT Use baskets as living room storage, like Monsoon has done here with these belly baskets priced at £35 each

short straw Belly basket, £49, Cult Furniture

ikat cool Small cushion, £3, Primark

silver lining Polonium side table, £142.99, Wayfair



breath out Buddha tealight holder, £8, B&Q

rustic raw Chakra bedside drawer, £169, Atkin and Thyme 64

Ethnic influence, tribal prints and an abundance of texture, this look can be incorporated into any space


reating a calm and tranquil home is often the ultimate goal when it comes to decorating. But, sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint our style and it’s easier to follow a set of guidelines to achieve a certain look. ‘Globetrotter’ embodies neutral tones, raw materials and has hints of cultural and global influences. The lack of bright colour and harsh lines naturally creates a zen space – which we can’t get enough of! There is no doubt that this look has elements of bohemia mixed with a rustic edge and that’s why it has made it onto our hotlist. Be sure to trial this trend in your bathroom, too. It may seem obvious to style up your lounge, but it works just as well in your washroom, to fully unwind!

SOAK TIME Relax in a deep tub, like this Yang curved freestanding bath from Bathroom Takeaway for £529.97

GO GLOBAL A neutral sofa such as the Darwin pillow back settee from Barker and Stonehouse will last a lifetime

How to

Style the look


Start off with a neutral sofa and slowly bring in other earthy tones such as light browns, sage greens and touches of monochrome through cushions and throws. Pair with a tribal print rug to bring in different elements and textures to an ethnic living room scheme. Introduce lots of greenery. Whether you want to keep it real with a potted yucca or would rather be hassle-free with faux succulents – both keep a space feeling more fresh and alive. Don’t forget to incorporate pattern. Mandala-style prints and anything tribal-inspired is key for this look. We’re thinking a duvet set or throw, but if you’re feeling brave why not opt for patterned wallpaper? Apply it to one wall to make an interesting feature.


3 THROW DOWN Style up a bed with a tasselled cushion from Matalan for just £8 – total bargain!

MEDITATION ZONE Pick up a Buddha statue from Primark for just £6

If your style naturally sways towards neutrals, this look is super easy to adopt into your home. A globetrotter scheme can be achieved through little touches that are inspired by countries afar to create a calm ambience. We are huge fans of candles all year round – even for the summer months. Place on a mantelpiece or shelf alongside small pots of greenery and elephant objets to complete the boho traveller look.

Wild fire Wild sage & cedar candle, £3, Primark

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WET ’N’ WILD You’ll want to spend all of your time in the bathroom if you opt for a Merlyn shower with side panel priced at £1,557.60

wonder wall Large mirrored side table, £106.95, Melody Maison petal power Floral cushion, £45, The French Bedroom Company


light work Badden marble candelabra, £39, Made

gold star Brushed gold wine glasses, £19.99 for two, Domu


Soft pastel shades have had a grown-up makeover. It’s time to forget sickly sweet schemes

M va va voom Heather dining chair, £99, Cult Furniture 66

illennial pink has been on our interior radars for a while, but now it’s been amped up a notch it’s definitely got our full attention. Even though this look is governed by its highend feel, we love that it has an effortless edge, which is so chic! If you’re not keen on investing in big furniture pieces, not to worry, the look can still be achieved with more inexpensive items such as velvet dining chairs, an upholstered footstool or even the odd cushion or two. It’s important with this scheme to throw metallics into the mix. Whether you’re a fan of gold, silver or copper – either work fabulously well to add a generous dose of sparkle.

SWEET DREAMS An olivia bed from Sweetpea & Willow for £2,790 will add a pop of pastel to a neutral bedroom

SITTING PRETTY The piece de résistance! This beautifully crafted Palace velvet sofa from DFS is a must-have at £1,799

How to

Style the look


If there’s one thing you’re going to splash the cash on for this trend, it has to be a powder pink sofa (preferably Chesterfield style). It’s an easy starting point to then build the rest of the scheme around. Pair with a matching upholstered pouffe for an even bigger style statement! In terms of the kitchen and bathroom, pink tiles are easier to come by these days without the hefty price tag. To make them even more luxe, lay metro tile styles in a herringbone formation and use white grout to keep the space light and bright. Go big with your lighting features. If a chandelier is taking it too far out of your comfort zone, how about a beautiful copper pendant light for that added glow?


3 SO SHINY This mirrored-top coffee table for £99.99 from HomeSense packs a real punch

WHAT’S COOKIN’? Commit to a pink-themed kitchen, like this one from Masterclass Kitchens, starting from £7,500

Hero buy There is no need to spend a lot on a statement piece of furniture, there are plenty out there on the high street that create the same look for less than £200. A metallic coffee or side table is the hero item for ‘Powder Deluxe’ as it immediately elevates the trend to a new level. Not only does it give the scheme a glamorous feel, but it can turn a space from ordinary to extraordinary.

don’t blush Melena side table, £119, John Lewis

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Shop the look feelin’ blue Blue ombré 12-piece dinner set, £29, JD Williams

red light Charley chair, £149, Made

blue bolt Neon light, £47.95, Hurn & Hurn

orange peel Textured throw, £19.99, Very

hello yellow Carnaby footstool, £149, Atkin and Thyme


COOL COLOURS Go yellow with this pouffe from HomeSense, which is only £39.99!

PRIMARY SCHOOL Taste the rainbow with a showstopping interior scheme. There’s no shying away from colour!


ake it back to basics this summer with ‘Primary School’. Brights are definitely in this season, especially in block patterns. Get funky with paint and decorate a wall in a solid colour and pair with contrasting furniture and accessories. Or, if you’re feeling really daring, grab the masking tape and draft out a geometric pattern on the wall and section off red, blue and yellow (or any other colour combo of your choice). Opting for one bold colour and running with it throughout your home may seem like a dated decorating concept. However, with the revival of colour in general, it’s a great way to incorporate it into your space in a way that suits you and your personal style.

ROLL OUT You can pick up bold-coloured blinds from English Blinds that have an affordable price tag. These red striped ones are £65

STARRY EYES A two-toned sofa, like this Tide one from DFS for £799 is a winner in our eyes

How to

Style the look


Take this trend up a notch by incorporating bold shapes into your space. A retro-style curved vase or lamp creates an interesting talking point. Be sure to be brave with your choice of furniture, too. Choose pieces that are slightly unusual or quirky that will jazz up a space. A chair with interesting curvature or a sofa that has an unconventional shaped back will be a talking point. Throw pink and orange into the mix. Even though they aren’t technically primary colours, it’ll add another dimension with pops of different shades. Trial a pink lamp or orange ceramics to spice things up. The more fun, the better! Carnival lights are a key piece for this look. We love the idea of hanging one up as part of a gallery wall or on its own as a statement.


3 FUN FAIR Bring in vibrant colours with your choice of cushions. This pom pom-edged design is £40 from Amara

HOT HOST Opt for a corner sofa if you have more space. This Chaise End settee from Furniture Village is priced at £895

Hero buy Go bold with a blue sofa. This might seem like a big commitment at first, but even if your style changes and evolves, a blue settee can work with most interior looks. Pair it with red and yellow cushions for a vibrant scheme that is unapologetic.

sit down Ritchie three-seater sofa, £599, Made August 2018 69

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Upcycling challenge

Rustic crate


Use vintage containers to organise your entrance clutter in a stylish and environmentally friendly way It’s always useful to have a few hooks and a mirror in your hallway to keep things tidy and to check your appearance before heading out. This collection will ensure you have everything to hand.

Feature Lorraine Luximon Project adpated from Made With Salvaged Wood by Hester Van Overbeek (Cico Books, £12.99) Photos Cico Books

Takes 3 hours You will need

Q 40cm x 16mm diameter dowel Q Saw Q Sandpaper Q Pallet wood, 40cm x 5cm x 2cm Q Drill with 4mm and 16mm drill bits Q Wood glue Q Screws and screwdriver Q Variety of crates Q Tray Q Mirrored Perspex sheet Q Handsaw Q Strong glue Q Picture hangers Q Hooks Q Pliers Q Wood stain

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To make the hanging rack, measure and cut the length of dowel into eight pieces, each 5cm long. Sand the rough edges. Draw a line along the middle of the pallet wood. Measure and make a mark 1cm in from each end to attach to the wall. Make two further marks, each 2cm in from the first two – these indicate where the two outer dowels will be. Finally, make a further six equidistant pointers along the line. Make pilot holes on all the marks. Fit the drill with a 16mm bit and drill a hole on each of the inner marks, each 1cm deep for the dowels. Put wood glue into the drilled holes and push a piece of dowel into each. For extra strength, screw each in place. Countersink the holes on the two outer marks so that the screws attaching the rack to the wall will sit flush. Arrange your crates in a way that you find pleasing and that will work with the dimension of your wall space.


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If your acrylic mirror needs to be trimmed to fit in a crate or tray, mark the back of the sheet where you need to cut it. Trim with a handsaw and sand the edges. Apply strong glue to the inside of the tray and push the mirror into place. Once it has set, peel off the protective film. Turn the tray over and screw picture hangers to the top back edge. To make key hooks, use pliers to screw hooks to the inside of a small crate. Our’s were too thin for the hooks, so we made the top thicker with a piece of pallet wood glued into place. Then screw in the hooks. Turn the crates upside down and drill holes near the top edge in order to screw them to the wall. Two should suffice. If your crates are different shades, you can give them a lick of wood stain so all the colours match. Allow to dry. Screw the crates straight into the studs of your wall or if you have a solid wall, make a hole with a masonry drill bit, push in a rawlplug, and screw your crates into place.

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look sharp Texas cactus vase, £29, Hurn & Hurn love letters Threadwork letter tray, £25, Cambridge Imprint


hook up Suraya etched metal hook, £9, Artisanti

Top Tip

Shop around reclamation yards and boot sales for authentic pieces with original lettering on the sides. You can also buy replicas, which are quite covincing.

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Use smaller crates for storing items such as keys

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Table talk

Boring garden table? Try this easy revamp idea from Annie Sloan to turn it from drab to fab. Firstly, paint it all over in Old White chalk paint, then once that’s dry stencil on a pretty tile pattern using a Tallulah stencil, large roller and Graphite chalk paint. To knock the pattern back a little and for an authentic aged feel, finish with a wash of Old White. Beautiful!

Coast along

Style up a tea tray with some of these new Terrain coasters inspired by Scandinavia, for the stylish way to protect your surfaces. Priced at £2.50 each from Creative Tops.

cut above

Scissors are a kitchen drawer essential but they are not all the same. Wilkinson Sword has just launched a new range which are pretty superior. Starting at £7.99, they are well worth investing in. Get them at

Feeling blue

Ticking all the style boxes, this new Moroccan Tile Blue wallpaper from Wilko features not only a trendy ikat design, it’s finished with metallic tones, too. Plus, at only £13 a roll it’s cheaper than a flight to Marrakesh.

tile style Chalk paint, from £5.95 for 120ml; Tallulah stencil, £4.45, both Annie Sloan

Upcycling news It’s all about getting creative in the garden this August

Colour popping

If you enjoy revamping furniture and also love colour, then Joanne Condon’s first book, Furniture Crush is going to be right up your street. With 12 on trend and fun furniture projects in rainbow colours, it’s a joy to behold. From this vintage cabinet to a magnificent pom pom-trimmed wicker chair, all are pictured in step-bystep to guide you along the way. It’s also packed with practical advice as well, including preparation tips and a sanding guide. But it’s not all about paint, there are upholstery and wallpaper applications as well. Get your copy for €29.99 (including p&p) at 74

kitted out Macramé deckchair kit, from £59.99, Wool Couture Company

latest release

Fancy a new challenge? We recommend this exciting new macramé DIY deckchair kit by the Wool Couture Company. If you want to spruce up your garden with some boho styling, this will put your skills to the test – but not too much! Made with lark’s head and square knots, it’s easy and fun to make. In fact, even a macramé newbie will get the hang of it super-quick – ensuring a statement piece using a design classic. Plus, there are 10 colours to choose from, including neutrals, pastels and vibrant shades.

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Embrace colour this summer, Stylist Emily Dawe shows you how to immerse your home in the hottest shades of the season

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Modern blues

Strong blue hues are softened with shades of blush pink, pops of orange and metallics Who says summer blues have to be nautical-themed? Try this contemporary look.

Feature and styling Emily Dawe Styling assistant Becca Green Photos Simon Whitmore Set builder Michael Greaves

This super-stylish trend is based around opposites – cooling shades of blue are warmed up with pops of coral, pink and gold. The grown-up vibe is given a playful twist with quirky

designs, patterns and accessories. Face motifs are big news right now, from artwork and vases, to cushions and rugs. Incorporating a gallery wall into your living area is a surefire way of making a statement. Get creative and curate your own mini art gallery for serious wow-factor!

Varying heights of no t just vases, but tables add visual interest an too, will d playfulness to your scheme

Key elements include soft textiles, unusual art prints and mixing cool and warm tones. It’s about being playful but in a mature way

Adding textures such as plush velvet will soften this look, making it much more delicate and soft

‘Contemporary décors don’t need to be slick and minimal, inject some fun into your room with quirky accessories’ August 2018 77

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Rustic dining Embrace the essence of dining abroad by combining shades of coral and dusky pink Bring in rustic elements to your dining experience for a global-inspired space.

There are no formal table settings here, just a rustic wooden table layered with plates piled high, seagrass placemats, linen napkins, delicious fresh foods and a bottle of

wine or two. This warming palette of coral, pinks and browns is made all the more interesting by using a colour blocking technique with paint. It’s a clever way of combining a variety of shades and hues into your home – and an ideal solution when you can’t decide which colour to go for!

Add a strip of paint to stencil on a design th a plain terracotta pot and en use to store your cutlery

Continue the boho vibe through to the decorative elements too, these wall weavings are simply gorgeous

Incorporate natural materials such as seagrass, wood and rattan. Add a rich and warming colour palette of earthy browns and soft pinks

‘Create a relaxed dining room, full of rustic charm paired with a modern colour blocking painting technique’ 78

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Use Command strips to stick up plates or pictures without the need to make holes in the wall

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Weave faux greenery around your bed frame for a whimisical look


So botanical

Create a fresh and tranquil bedroom, inspired by nature as the perfect retreat Combining blush pinks with real or faux greenery is a match made in heaven.

Even on a glorious summer’s day you couldn’t help but feel chilled in this room. Using a palette of muted greens, soft pinks and natural materials, this scheme is the ultimate

in carefree living. Keep walls and floors white to give a feeling of space and calm. Linens are kept plain, to let the tasselled cushions and soft throws have their moment. Pretty pinks are echoed around the room, breaking up the green, from the long drapes through to the fancy table lamp.

Botanical prints are an instant way of bringing outdoors in. Pop a pr the int on an unused sid e table

Wicker, wicker everywhere! From baskets through to slippers, incorporate this natural material into your décor

You can easily transform a plain chest with wallpaper and dress with tropical decor to finish the look The trick to creating this calming scheme is to keep everything soft and non-fussy. Botanicals don’t need to be tropical, stick to muted greens and pale pinks

‘Real or faux plants – it’s totally up to you! An abundance of greenery is the way forward with this nature-inspired scheme’ August 2018 81

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What colour look is your favourite? Shop the trends below and get inspired by our themed moodboards


Grey Stone matt emulsion, £22 for 1L, Little Greene. Juni sofa in Midnight Velvet, from £999, Barker and Stonehouse. Peggy armchair in Dusty Rose, from £540, Sofa. com. Eye rug, £350, Habitat. Andrew coffee table, £130.99; magazine rack, £34.99, both Wayfair. Floor lamp, £100, BHS. Glamour side tables, £240, Debenhams. Cushions, hands, £25; blue velvet; £25, face; £40, all Habitat. Alligator cushion, £32, Oliver Bonas. Orange velvet cushion, £35, Ragged Rose. Indigo cushion, £45, Handpicked by Kate. Prints, Brood print, from £49; Lark print, from £49, both Jessica Ford. Butterfly original painting, £36, Eat Pray Pedal. The Face print, from £25, Yourtype. Original painting, £30, Tipperlyhill. The Certainty in Her Eyes print, from £15, King & McGaw. Blah print, £15, Little Dog Studio Shop at Etsy. Abstract Modules print, £28; lilac face print, £30, both Hej & Hello Creative at Etsy. Graphic print, £35 for two, BHS. Frames, from a selection at Ikea. Ceramic vase, £18, Oliver Bonas. Face vase, £18, The Contemporary Home. Grey vase, £2.99; white vase, £2.99, both H&M. Easter vase, £30; eye vase, £25, Habitat. Himalayas vase, £35, Gold leaf planter, £18, Hello Marilu. Toucan money box, £59.95, Audenza. Throw, £16.99, HomeSense. Mug, £4.95, Rex London. Fabric swatches, Loaf.


Stratus fabric, £34 per m, ILiv. Tester paints in Pink Parchment by Dulux and Grey Stone by Little Greene. Throw, £26, Tray, £34, Audenza. Plates, £55 for three; succulent, £18, both Hello Marilu. Little house lino prints, £15, Emily Dawe. 82


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Paint in Malted Caramel, Coral Charm and

Pressed Petal, £27.56 for 2.5L, all Dulux. Oak

veneer table, £400; bench, £40; sheepskin, £30; seagrass table runner, £5.50; carafe, £2; cork coasters, £1.50 for two; cutlery, £19; glass jars, from 95p each, all Ikea. Avery chairs, £150 for two; rattan pendant, £90; orange salt grinder, £15; bowl, £8; Nancy plates, from £8; wooden chopping board, £18, all Habitat. Kira rug, from £60, BHS. Decorative plates, £55 for three, Hello Marilu. Jazz Flute and Atmosphere prints, from £15 unframed, King & McGaw. Faux fig tree, £23; small green pot, £3; grey vase, £12, all The Contemporary Home. Stitched palm leaf pot, £18.95; ceramic face pot, £12.95, both Stupid Egg. Stack of bowls, £3.99 each; wooden pepper mill, £16.99; salad servers, £9.99, all HomeSense. Tumblers, £25 for four; salt and pepper bowl, £14.99, both The Ginger Pear. Pink table mat, £14.99, Handpicked by Kate. Napkin, £3.99, H&M. Woven wall weavings, from

£42, Never Perfect Studio.


Fabric swatches, Loaf. Tester paints in Malted Caramel, Coral Charm, and Pressed Petal, all Dulux. Ceramic horse, £15; striped storage jar, £10, both Habitat. Chopping board, £8.99, H&M. Pink runner, £4, Ikea.

emulsion, £27.56 for 2.5L, Dulux. Cotton

duvet set in Moss Green, £34.99 for a double; pink pillowcases, £6.99 each; candle, £2.99, all H&M. Pink throw, £39, West Elm. Sage throw, £50, The Ginger Pear. Tasselled cushions, £44 each; rattan bag, £64; jewellery from £15, all Wanderlust Wares. Mint velvet cushion, £25, Nisi Living. Bedside table, £9; woven rugs, £12 each; pink curtain, £30, all Ikea. Napper fringed table lamp, £130, Oliver Bonas. Bedside clock, £12.95, Rex London. Wall hanging, £50, Lark & Fable at Etsy. Painted pots with succulents, £18 each, Hello Marilu. White painted pot, £15 for two, The Ginger Pear. Gold pot, £24.99, Audenza. Plants (real and

faux) from a selection at Stupid Egg, The Contemporary Home, Ikea and Audenza. Slippers, £24; ceramic succulents, £20 each, both Ivy, £7.99 for 2m, Ginger Ray. Straw hat, £12.99; pink scarf, £12.99; soap and room spray, all TK Maxx. Wicker basket, £16.99; dish, £5.99, both HomeSense. Fern print, from £15, King & McGaw. Fabric swatches, Loaf.


Aeonium wallpaper, £90 per roll, Paint & Paper Library. Tester paints in Hellebore and Aquamarine Deep, both Little Greene. Wall plates, from £10 each, The Contemporary Home. Tray, £18, Nisi Living. Frame, £10; bracelet, £15, both Wanderlust Wares. Cacti in pot, £18, Hello Marilu.

Wear your heart on your windows.

Don’t just like your blinds. Love them.


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be light S

10 clever tricks to make the most of the natural light in your home – no renovation required!

ummer days mean more sunshine, right? Not necessarily, depending on the position of your house. While we can’t all be blessed with sunny south facing homes, there are styling solutions to improve what you do have. And although it’s a fact that top light offers


more daylight than conventional windows, we’re not advising you to install fancy roof windows – because let’s be honest, we don’t all have the budget for that. Luckily there’s more than one way to bring extra light into your home, which won’t break the bank – hooray!

go low

on the side Vox Nature small wooden sideboard, £275, Cuckooland

Chunky and tall pieces of furniture block out valuable light. So, where possible choose low-level pieces and your room will feel instantly brighter. What’s more, your ceiling will automatically feel higher, too. In low-light rooms, stay away from dramatic mahogany pieces and choose light-coloured options instead, such as white or beech to build on the effect. Opt for items such as sideboards with legs as well, as it will trick the eye and allow light to move around the room (just don’t fill the space underneath with clutter!). Glass topped and Perspex furniture are also good for allowing more light to travel through your home.

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Feature Lorraine Luximon

dress to impress

The options you choose to dress your windows makes a big impact on your light levels, so choose wisely. First of all think of the material and colour; dramatic, dark velvets will zap valuable light whereas lighter gauzy fabrics in more neutral shades will have the opposite effect. Make sure you pull them back as much as possible as well, to allow more window exposure.

Shutters are a top choice when it comes to choosing window treatments for maximising natural light, and they really make a feature of a window. Opt for a pale or neutral colour so the daylight that filters through feels warm. And best of all you have complete control over the amount of light that comes in; open them to illuminate the space and make it appear larger and brighter, or shut them off slightly when it becomes too much. They don’t have to cost the earth either! California Shutters’ new Affordable Hybrid Collection, starts from £176 per sqm, which is a savvy investment for a well-used room. 84

bright and light Black wire cage coffee table, £280; rattan round armchairs, £380 for two, both Debenhams

white wash

wooden wonder Affordable Hybrid shutters, from £176 per sqm, California Shutters

Just as white walls and ceilings can make a small room appear larger, it can also effect the brightness of a room. Paint walls, ceilings and woodwork all the same colour in rooms without much natural light and your ceilings will appear to be taller and the space lighter overall. When it comes to paint types, a satin will reflect more light than a matt emulsion, but is less forgiving on uneven walls. For real impact, try Dulux Ultra White which is guaranteed to make any room brighter. The LumiTec formulation works with light-reflective particles to reflect twice as much light back into a room.

Expert advice Richard McKeon, MD at Remnant Kings advises on bespoke window dressings. l One of the best styles of curtains to maximise sunlight in a room is the wave tape header. This style of curtain tape creates soft wave-like folds in the fabric, but also allows the curtain to be drawn right back to the edge, meaning your full window can be exposed.

l As an alternative to this, we would recommend voile curtains which allow a lot of natural light in, but take away the glare of bright sunlight. Voiles can be made up in any header style for an airy feel as they are soft, drapey and unlined. l If your home would suit blinds rather than curtains, these can also be created to allow plenty of light into a room. Roman ones can be pulled up to gather below the top of your window. This means almost the whole height of your window can be exposed, letting in lots of light.

reflect on this

Glamorous and luxe, mirrored furniture or high-gloss metal pieces will help to bounce lots of lovely light around your home. The furniture’s light-reflecting qualities will also give you the freedom to introduce darker tones into a room without compromising on light levels.

warm welcome Dulux Ultra White matt emulsion, £28.12 for 2.5L, Dulux

deco glamour Fitzgerald dressing table, £199, Dunelm

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bright spark

It makes sense that using bright colours on your walls will create a positive impact on light levels. How can a room fail to feel sunny and bright with a sunshine yellow or similarly vibrant colour? You don’t have to go full-on either, just an accent will create a similar amount of impact.

mellow yellow Golden Palm Trees Pixerstick stickers, from £19 each, Pixers

paper dreams

make a statement Albany Lemur wallpaper in Metallic Silver, £12.98 per roll, Wallpaper Direct 86

Feature wallpaper has never been so popular, so if you’re considering a revamp in a space which could do with brightening up, opt for a design with a fairly pale background, such as white, blush pink or cream, rather than a dark shade which will soak up the light. Even better, pick a style with a metallic finish that will shimmer and bounce the light around. Use it as an effective tool for reflecting light evenly, especially in smaller rooms, making them feel bigger and more open. But avoid going overboard, instead opt for an accent wall – this will add visual interest to the room, while still maintaining a sophisticated look.

mind the gap Place a mirror in a dark alcove, like in this fresh Dulux set-up

hit the deck Vitality Deluxe White Oiled Oak laminate, £18.99 per sqm, Carpetright

floor filler

A white floor has a brightening effect and one of the easiest ways to achieve this, which is also easy to keep clean, is by painting your floorboards white. In addition, the lines of the boards create a feeling of space. While a matt whitewash looks lovely, a mid-sheen floor paint will mean they’ll reflect more light. Alternatively, choose a white or light-coloured vinyl or laminate flooring for another affordable option. A pale rug can achieve a similar effect.

mirror mirror

If you have a chimney breast feature to style around, lucky you! However, alcoves can be one of the biggest culprits for zapping light, as light sinks into these recesses. To get around this, paint the walls in pale colours rather than dark tones, and position mirrors in them to bounce the light around, as well as to increase the feeling of depth in the room. If your windows are adjacent to your recessed wall then you’re onto a real winner, as it will perfectly catch the angle of the natural light and bounce it throughout the room. And size does matter. The bigger the mirror, the more space it will appear to create, so don’t be afraid to go large. Lean it up against a wall for a relaxed look.

shelf life Fill your shelves with marble or geometric dinner sets, £20 each, George Home

made to last Ronseal Diamond Hard floor paint, from £29.99 for 2.5L, Ronseal

Open up

Much like avoiding dark and bulky furniture, the same goes for open shelving. If you’re planning a kitchen refit think about going for just base cupboards. Wall cupboards can block out vital light and make a space feel very enclosed, especially in a compact kitchen or one without many windows. You’ll save money as well, as shelves and brackets are cost effective compared to extra cabinetry. If you’re going to try this look, whether in your kitchen or living space, make sure to edit anything that will be on display to avoid a messy look, otherwise the visual clutter will negate the feeling of airiness. August 2018 87

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Shop the look Maximise the light in your home with these best buys that will brighten up any room


light it up Evie pendant light, Matalan

leggy buy Oro TV cabinet, Oliver Bonas

£55 shine on Phoebe mirrored bedside table, Very



£12 open book String pocket shelving, Nest


blind side Straw classic linen Roman blind, Loaf

country love Arthouse Bloom Summer Garden wallpaper, Wallpaper Direct

brush up Dulux silk Pure Brilliant White emulsion 2.5L, Wilko


5 £22


sunshine shade Finn stool, Danetti 88

look at me Circular wooden mirror, Dunelm

Kitchen makeover

It’s the open -plan kitchen I’ve always wanted

Myra Craig-Brown transformed her old kitchen by knocking down walls and introducing a Scandi vibe

My room... My problem kitchen

The whole layout of the house was wrong, including the kitchen which wasn’t connected to the rest of the house. It clearly hadn’t been decorated since the 1970s, and was in dire need of some TLC.

How I made it work

Feature and styling Emma Fishman Photos Olly Gordon

A bit about me

Hi, I’m Myar Craig-Brown and I live in a semi-detached 1930s house in South Woodford, east London. I live here with my husband Tony and our son.

My husband Tony is a plumber and builder, so he was able to do all the work, which cut down the costs. We decided to build an extension to the back of the house and knock down some walls to create an open-plan family space. I wanted some industrial elements, like a poured resin floor. We went for a neutral colour scheme of greys and white in the kitchen with copper coloured accessories. We also decided to expose the black RSJ beams and opt for a whole brick wall too. It gives the room an industrial look.

My favourite part

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It’s got to be the floor, it’s so seamless and flows effortlessly throughout the kitchen space. My husband also put down some underfloor heating which keeps it feeling warm and toasty for the cold, winter months.

Good idea

Choose glossy kitchen units to reflect light around the room

Creating a large open space in a grey and white colour scheme was a key part of Myar’s action plan to achieve a Scandi-style kitchen

‘I love our resin floor. I was worried it might look quite cold, but it’s turned out to be the opposite’


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Style advice Three simple tricks to try in your own home Choose feature tiles for your splashback. Get creative by incorporating different shapes. Not only will this update the room, it will also add character. A row of geometric splashback tiles are a great way to integrate the trend. If you want more of a statement peice, try a bold design. ‘These hexagonal ones really pop with a contrasting dark grey grout and give the room a Scandi vibe.’

Create an area for entertaining. Myar created a large central island using kitchen units topped with an extra-large piece of ash worktop that also continued down the sides. The sink is located facing the living area so she can be sociable and complete those household chores at the same time.

Good idea

Mix and match different coloured kitchen chairs for a fun feel Think carefully about the finer details. From the table and chairs to the cutlery, a beautifully styled table is sure to add vitality and glamour. Myar selected a variety of items for this area of her home, including the multicoloured chairs from eBay. Be daring by bringing together a lovely mishmash of styles, it can be more effective than a coordinating scheme.


‘Having such an open-plan space means I always feel part of the conversation’

Eating in the kitchen area was one of the key points for Myar, who wanted a space where she could entertain her friends and family and be in the kitchen at the same time

Myar kept an exposed brick wall to give the space a rustic feel which adds to the industrial theme

My experience…

When we bought the house 12 months ago, there was no option of keeping the kitchen as it was. The owner had lived here most of her life and hadn’t decorated it in years. The dated décor was almost coming back into fashion! As a keen cook, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms for me. Not only did we want to freshen up the whole look, but we wanted to change the layout too. Thankfully Tony is in the right business and was able to do it all himself, although juggling work and our own project meant that he worked many nights to get it finished. Knocking down the walls really brightened up the whole downstairs, flooding the space with natural light. When it came to the layout, it was pretty simple. I had always loved the idea of a central island with a breakfast bar. The units face the rest of the living and dining area making it such a sociable place to be. The resin floor went down while we chose the kitchen units. I adore anything geometric, so I chose some white hexagonal tiles for the splashback. The whole space is hardly recognisable.

My shopping list

Dove grey gloss kitchen units, £3,200; Lamona single bowl sink, £180; Lamona Alvo swan neck tap, £120, all Howdens. Ash worktops, £1,500, Top Worktops. Bosch double electric oven, £549; Bosch built-in microwave, £309; Bosch gas hob, £306; Bosch chimney hood, £262, all John Lewis. For similar pendant light, try Coop copper pendant light, £29, Made. Hexagonal wall tiles, £180, MGA Tiles. Farrow & Ball Wimborne White matt emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Homebase. Table, £75; painted chairs, £20, both eBay. For similar rug, try Torbjörn rug, £14.94, Wayfair. Franklin barstools, £23; Sanela cushion cover, £9.50; plants, from a selection, all Ikea. Geometric black and white mug, £4; brass geo tealight holders, both £3.50; artificial potted plants, £4, all Morrison’s. Fluorescent floral card coasters, £4.50 for 12; fluorescent floral flower candles, £7 for four; fluorescent floral plates, £5.50, all Talking Tables. Geo stacking storage jars, £19.99; Sainsbury’s. Helsinki storage jars, £24 for three; acacia chopping board, £14.99; Typhoon large chopping board, £19.99, all Argos. Yellow stripe basket, £30, Know & Love. Turn to page 128 for stockist details April/May 2015 93 August 2018

Shop the look Take a seat Nerd barstool, £395, Nest

£59 Made Get that luxe look with this beauty

£5 Primark Add texture with a faux suede cushion

get the look

£5.49 per tile Topps Tiles

fresh kitchen

Get creative with a hexagon splashback

Achieve Myar’s kitchen look by adding vibrancy to a neutral scheme through the use of accessories

£3.95 Rex London Avoid cup marks with these floral coasters

£34 French Connection

£22.50 Audenza

The condiment set that your table is missing

Store your essential utensils in an on-trend pot


Style advice

£25 Cath Kidston

Expose your foundations Instead of hiding supporting beams, lighting conduit and brick walls, use them to your advantage. If you are lucky enough to have these features, enhance them for an industrial look. Don’t underestimate lighting This is a key part of any room. Think about the mood you want to convey – dramatic or soft? Introducing copper pendant lighting to a neutral kitchen will give an atmospheric glow. Upcycle to cut costs You don’t always need to buy expensive new furniture, try upcycling items. Painting chairs in different shades will add a pop of colour.

£24.99 for six Tesco Serve up dinner with style

Practical items like scales can be decorative, too

£18 Urban Outfitters

£59.99 HomeSense

Introduce greenery into your kitchen

A statement rug adds colour and will disguise those food stains modern living Dixon easy fit pendant, £12; placemat and coaster set, £12 for four; 16-piece heart cutlery set, £20; mug, £16 for four; tea towels, £12, all Next

‘An open-plan kitchen-diner makes a great place to socialise with dinner guests’ £39.99 Wayfair Update your stove with a bold kettle

£2 George Home

£23 Ikea

This will brighten up your teatime brew

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Bathroom makeover

We’ve got a designer look for much less! With most of their money spent on renovating, Laura Stubbs created a beautiful en suite on a tight budget

My room...

My problem bathroom

Due to the size of the building, the en suite didn’t exist. It was a challenge as we wanted it to be a good size, but didn’t want to compromise on space in the bedroom next door by having it crammed in the corner.

How I made it work

Feature and styling Karen Wilson Photos Katie Lee

A bit about me

I’m Laura Stubbs, and I live with my husband Mark and our two children in a lovely converted barn in East Yorkshire.

As the barn is long and thin, we added a corridor to reach the bedroom which meant incorporating part of the landing into the en suite. A large shower enclosure with glazing on both sides keeps it feeling open, while the change in flooring separates this from the hall area. Finishing touches like baskets, woven bowls and macramé planters add a boho look.

My favourite part

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I love the console and the marble sinks. Even though I was initially disappointed that the sinks were two different colours when they arrived, I think they look great now. I also really like the view into the garden. You can stand there in the morning with sun streaming in and it’s really quite beautiful.



‘It’s worth spending more on things you touch like good quality taps and sanitary ware’

Laura spent a lot of time browsing for a strong standout piece that would work in the space before finding this ex-display wooden console table on eBay for £200. It makes a great stand for her twin marble sinks

Good idea

Hanging planters are great for adding life and a hint of colour

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Style advice Three simple tricks to try in your own home Mix up your tiles for a designer look. Tiling a shower tray in a contrasting colour to the walls creates an achievable and inexpensive designer look. Showers can sometimes be quite bland, avoid this by thinking outside of the box. Laura chose a dark tile colour for extra longevity, as they won’t discolour. It also ties in with the rest of her scheme, bringing the whole room together.

Display quirky finds to add a personal touch. An adjustable brass and wood wall shelf from Rockett St George makes a great spot for vintage bottles found in the house. It can also play home to potted plants and bathroom accessories such as creams and lotions. Open shelving is visually appealing and it also allows light in.

Add texture to a neutral scheme. If you need ideas for relatively inexpensive artwork, why not copy Laura and add a boho vibe by mounting colourful woven bowls on one wall. If this is too daring, go for a more subtle look by using them on your shelves. Mix and match patterns and designs to create a more standout statement style. 98

Add one unique element in your bathroom as Laura’s done with her reclaimed parquet mirror surround. ‘We’d bought the flooring online for the hallway but soon realised it was unusable as it came from different floors and had different depths,’ explains Laura

‘It was hard work making the reclaimed parquet fit but well worth it’

The black and wood theme continues with a coat rack from TK Maxx which has ample space for hanging towels

My experience…

After buying the property in September 2016 and renting elsewhere while the work began, the final phase was creating a master bedroom and en suite. Initially, we installed plumbing in the bedroom for a freestanding bath by the window but later realised we’d probably never use it. So we decided to put chairs there to enjoy the view instead. As we have a bath in the family bathroom, it was more important for us to create an adult en suite with a roomy shower, and a feature console with double sinks. You can definitely get a designer look without spending a fortune. We saved money by only tiling the most critical areas and I do a lot of research to get the best deals. Although my husband did the structural work, we used other trades for tiling, plumbing and laying the floor as I was eight months pregnant and just wanted it finished quickly. I would’ve gone further with the design, but Mark’s more traditional and reins me in. Next I want to create more depth by painting the back wall deep grey and add more storage. I’ve loved doing up the house and people often ask for advice, which led me to set up an interiors and events business, Epitome Styling, after our children were born. So now I can do what I love on a daily basis.

My shopping list

Good idea

Use vintagestyle crates for storing toiletries

For similar basin, try Nero Margiua round marble basin, £149.95; Cruze triple concealed shower valve, £169.94; Nova frameless sliding door and panel, £399.95; Primo modern basin mixer, £129.95; Roca Laura close coupled loo, £292.22; for similar radiator, try Reina Diva flat towel rail, £95.53, all Victorian Plumbing. For similar console table, try Pascal, £399, Swoon Editions. Polyflor Camaro vinyl flooring in Georgian Parquet, £13.72 per sqm, Flooring Hut. Attingham Seagrass plain tiles, £45 per sqm; Attingham Seagrass Geometric décor tile, £16.49 for five; Dartrey grey tiles on shower tray, £67.86 per sqm, all Topps Tiles. For similar wall light, try Wilhem light, £20, Iconic Lights. Shelf, £90, Rockett St George. For similar coat rack, try Laurel Foundry Sarrant coat rack, £32.99, Wayfair. For similar rug, try Excel jute rug, £125, Houzz. Windowpane mirror, £369, Barker and Stonehouse. Keepers Lodge wooden boxes, £6 each, Dunelm. For similar woven bowls, try La Basketry. Turn to page 128 for stockist details April/May 2015 99 August 2018

Shop the look

sophisticated style Attingham Seagrass tiles, £45 per sqm, Topps Tiles

£15 Tesco What is a bathroom without a mirror?

£20 Ikea Black and gold are a perfect combo

get the look

£62.45 per sqm, Walls and Floors

aqua retreat All your guests will be envious of these tiles

Achieve Laura’s en suite look by adding woven accessories and wooden furniture


£265 Frontline Bathrooms

£3.99 HomeSense

Get inspiration from the outdoors with this oak bench

Add flowers or go simple and leave it empty

£259 Bathstore Transform your bathroom with these super-stylish wall-mounted taps

Style advice

Get creative with tiles Be brave and dare to be different with your design. Add texture to plain walls by using leftover flooring. Extend the pattern on the wall by surrounding a mirror like Laura. Introduce natural materials Achieve a rustic look with a woven rug, basket planters and decorative bowls. Moroccan-inspired textiles complete and bring the whole look together. Bring the outside in Create a botanical hideaway by filling your bathroom with blissful foliage such as eucalyptus, areca palm and aloe vera. Or opt for faux plants, they look just as good and need little care!

£130 Debenhams

£36 Audenza

If you have the space, go big with your plants

Add calm and soothing lighting with lanterns

£1 Primark Escape to an exotic land with this coconut scent

£99 Arighi Bianchi

£9.99 TK Maxx Decorate your walls with woven baskets

Get that natural vibe with these beauties

ombré masterpiece Aubusson Blue wall paint, £4.45 for 100ml; Provence chalk paint, £5.95 for 120ml, both Annie Sloan

‘Bathrooms should be a sanctuary to rest, relax, and unwind. The colour blue is very calming’

£50 Habitat £79.95 Victorian Plumbing

Use to store your laundry or toiletries

Towel rails are practical and stylish

£31 Bloomingville This two-toned basket is a must-have

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Garden makeover

My garden shows off my boho style Wanting an unconventional look for her outside space, Katie Blinch turned her garden into a colourful eclectic setting

My room... My problem garden

Although the garden wasn’t in a bad condition, it was really bland and boring. It was just a long stretch of wooden decking with a tiny bit of grass. That was pretty much all that was out there!

How I made it work

Feature and styling Laurie Davidson Photos Olly Gordon

A bit about me

Hi, I’m Katie Blinch and I work in property management. I live in a three-bedroom house in Turners Hill, West Sussex, with my boyfriend Ben.

I started by painting all the decking and adding a rope rail around the edge. Then I went for lots of mismatched boho furniture, with plenty of accessories to create a relaxed, homely look. My friends and family are so impressed with it and we all really enjoy spending time out here.

My favourite part

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My best buy is my parasol from ManoMano as it’s huge and great for summer dining, but I also love the hanging chair I got from eBay. It’s so nice to swing away and imagine I’m somewhere exotic! I didn’t want the garden to feel too matchy-matchy. I’ve chosen pieces that are more relaxed with an ‘anything goes’ feel that is right up my street. Our garden is often a place that is used for fun activities and entertaining, and I wanted the look of it to truly reflect that.

Good idea

Pick out plants like ferns, palms and cacti for added greenery

Katie has teamed vibrant lemon and lime colours with jute, seagrass and macramé accessories for a zesty boho look

‘I wanted the garden to be an extension of my style – somewhere informal, fun and laidback’


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Style advice Three simple tricks to try in your own home Choose accessories that suit the boho look. Macramé – like the hanging chair and plant holder in Katie’s garden – works well, especially if the items have tassels, as do accessories in jute, rope, hessian and raw wood. You can pick up intricate macramé designs on the high street – there’s no need to break the bank! Invest in a handmade one or have a go yourself if you’d prefer something a bit more personal.

Treat your garden like an outdoor room. Items like rugs and mirrors work just as well outside as they do in. ‘I’d seen lots of outdoor mirrors online and couldn’t resist this one from Maisons du Monde,’ explains Katie. It reflects the small bit of lawn and makes the space feel bigger. Don’t forget your garden is a vital part of your home.

Be inventive with furniture. Katie’s coffee table was made by attaching castors to a pallet. She used wheels with brakes on them so the table would be stable when needed, but moves about when she wants to change the decking layout around it. Make sure if you do the same to varnish the wood so it is protected from any unpleasant weather.


Good idea

Hook festoon lights up in a trail down the wall to brighten a dark corner

‘We love sitting out here in the evenings with our friends – it’s a really fun, sociable space’

The hanging chair is from eBay and is one of Katie’s favourite parts of the garden space as well as the cosy fire pit

My experience…

We hadn’t got around to doing much to our garden since moving in. It has a long stretch of decking and a tiny bit of grass, but other than that it was quite bare and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I considered removing some of the decking, but since I’m not a keen gardener I thought it would be better to keep it and just add potted plants instead. I knew I didn’t want anything too formal – it needed to feel relaxed and I liked the idea of having a mix of furniture that wasn’t too coordinated. I started pinning on Pinterest and decided to go with a boho look, using furniture that wasn’t too traditional. The exterior of the house needed a lick of paint so I went for a fresh white from Valspar and then chose a grey colour for the decking – it took ages but it immediately looked better. Next came the fun part – shopping for furniture! I bought a string chair from QVC and teamed it with something that had been on my wish list for a while – a hanging chair. I needed a new dining table and when I saw this one from Alfresia, which comes with rattan chairs, I knew it would work perfectly with this look. I also bought a huge parasol from ManoMano to keep the whole space shaded when it’s really hot – so it’s probably my favourite item in the whole of my new garden!

My shopping list

The black dining table and rattan chairs came as a set from Alfresia and make a good alternative to traditional wood. The parasol is ideal for keeping the area shaded when it comes to dining, and can easily be folded down when not in use

Valspar Pure Brilliant White smooth masonry paint, £4 per L, B&Q. Ronseal decking rescue paint in Slate, £39.99 for 2.L, Homebase. Polynesian steel and Polyrattan garden dining set, £279.99, Alfresia. Outsunny 3m Banana parasol, £64.99, ManoMano. Orangerie metal mirror, £230, Maisons du Monde. Metal stand frame, £99.99; macramé hammock swing chair, £114.53; macramé hanging pot holder, £2.49, all eBay. Outdoor fire pit, £145, The Farthing. BundleBerry by Amanda Holden string chair, £65, QVC. Yellow side table, £19.99; yellow planters, from £7.99; cushions, from £7.99, all HomeSense. Lohals rug, £55; Fejka hanging plant, £6; Fejka fern, £8; Fladis basket, £12, all Ikea. Round natural floor cushion, £30, Aldi. Plants, from a selection, Dobbies. Turn to page 128 for stockist details April/May 2015 105 August 2018

Shop the look Earthy hues Mirror, £295; Macramé folding chair, £295; Aztec throw, £45, all French Connection

£69 Tikamoon A jute rug is an essential boho item

£25 Tesco

get the look

bohemian rhapsody

Turn up the heat with this fire pit

Achieve Katie’s free-spirited garden look by adding on trend rattan furniture and macramé accessories £7.99 CJ Wildlife

£4 Primark

Bird feeders are a great way to invite nature in

Fill the air with smoked amber and moss


£19.99 TK Maxx This pom pom table runner is super stylish

Style advice

£136.99 Wayfair Nothing says boho more than this hanging chair

£40 Habitat Introduce a side table to prep those cocktails on

£35 for two Home Essentials

Inviting look Create a cosy outdoor living space by introducing textures and soft furnishings such as blankets, rugs, pouffes and cushions. Your guests will never want to leave the party. Great outdoor flooring If you want a hassle-free seating area, decking is a good option. It’s stylish and relatively low maintenance. Update your scheme Wooden garden accessories teamed with bold colours keep a boho style modern. Opt for fringed or pom pom accessories for extra creative flair.

£39.99 Lidl You can’t go wrong with extra seating

A multicoloured basket will add vibrancy bright and bold Market pom pom baskets, £36; Mexicana market baskets, £38; neon wool pots, £20; pom pom garland, £32; white cotton scribble cushion, £75, all Bohemia Design

‘Macramé chairs, planters and garlands will instantly create a relaxed bohemian vibe’ £19.99 HomeSense

£34.95 Hurn & Hurn

Decorate the decking with a lantern

Hang planters around the garden

£28 Sainsbury’s Keep cosy and warm with a blanket

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Quick updates

garden storage

Whether your garden is huge or teeny-weeny, we have the perfect storage solutions for you! BOX CLEVER

For those with a smaller garden, opt for a storage box. Not only do they make the perfect place for storing away soft furnishings, such as blankets and seat pads, they also double up as great social areas for a chat over a cocktail (or two). They are super convenient, aesthetically pleasing and make items easily accessible. With many styles available, you can incorporate them into a retro, bohemian or ultra-modern look. A perfect addition to your garden!

go modern Garden Trading outdoor storage box, £180, Amara

out of sight

Ideal for hiding those larger gardening tools when guests come to visit, a slimline shed is the perfect addition to any garden. Opt for a design which has extra shelving inside to maximise space saving potential and more storage for those larger garden tools.

personal touch Personalised wooden sentry shed, £149.99, Studio

Feature Nicole Howarth

stylish shelving

Blue beauty Wooden tool shed, £136.99, Wayfair


Why hide everything away when you can create a focal point? With the use of outdoor shelving units, it has never been easier. If you live in a flat or maisonette and have a balcony which lacks greenery, create it. Make use of your great surroundings no matter how big or small they may be. Utilise an empty wall space to grow herbs, plants and vegetables – who needs a big garden for a veg patch! Additionally, practical accessories such as watering cans and twine can turn a bland wall into a beautiful display. Think outside the box.

high life Chair, £18; table, £19; shelving unit, £9.95; parasol, £15; parasol base, £20; flat woven rug, £25; lantern, £7, all Ikea


Think before you next chuck out that old piece of furniture, could it be reused? Of course it can, so firstly use what you have before running to the shops this summer. An old shutter can be utilised to become a home for plants. With just a slick of paint, anything can look brand new. On the other hand, if it is the rustic look that you prefer, you can use a crackle effect paint. Get creative!

stylish & Practical

Log storage makes a lovely addition to your garden to keep firewood neat and tidy. Whether the logs are used for outdoor bonfires on a balmy summer’s evening or for decoration, you can’t go wrong. The design keeps the logs dry as well as making them easily accessible (especially for when the dreaded winter arrives). Features to look for are a slanted roof to keep the rain off and slatted sides so that plenty of air can flow through.

Top Tip

Make use of vertical space by introducing trellis or shelving units. This will open up the area.

Clean green Green Willow; Mayan Bubbles; Float Like A Butterfly garden exterior paint, £25 for 2.5L, Valspar

Quick shop

Take a look at these great buys for inspiration

shoe hideaway Garden Trading welly store, £180, John Lewis

rustic vibe Storage cabinet, £115, Ikea

Stack them Rowlinson small garden log store in natural timber, £129, Cuckooland


Add a rustic feel to your garden with a simple yet effective plant ladder. Not only do they maximise limited space by adding height, they can also inject colour to your outdoor area. And as they don’t take up a lot of space, they’re the ideal answer to those who have a small garden such as a courtyard. Useful as a potting shelf for works in process, they also make a great decorative garden feature. Simply place several potted flowers or herbs on the shelves, and if the classic wood is too neutral for you, choose a paint shade that suits your style to add some vibrancy. A pastel hue will inject a splash of colour to your garden or go bold. fresh look Wooden ladder planter, £80, Next

sit on it Keter Eden 2-in-1 bench storage chest, £89.99, B&M

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Making life simple

Easy living

Launched this year, the Dualit Domus kettle features SurePour technology which makes it easier for those with weak wrists to lift and pour it. Available in porcelain or black, priced from £100, Dualit

All the latest products to make home life less complicated Duette energy saving blinds, priced from £150, Duette

Nap in style

With so many to choose from, it’s hard to decide which is best. Duette energy saving blinds have many great features which include light control, optimal climate and noise reduction. Available in three transparencies: translucent, semi-sheer and completely opaque, they are perfect for creating a peaceful haven. All Duette blinds have a climate control insulating action, keeping bedrooms at a comfortable and consistent temperature even in the summer.

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Whether you have a narrow hallway or minimal wall space, choosing the perfect storage can be a difficult task. Now with the help of String, you can create stylish yet practical storage. Using the Build Your Own String tool, simply drag and drop your design, add panels, shelves, cabinets and accessories in your chosen shade. You can even save them for later access and email them to others as a PDF. Once completed, you can order your individual creation straight away. Visit or get the app today!

String pocket, £122, Skandium

Au naturel

Feature Nicole Howarth

Do you want a home that is clean, fragrant, and environmentally friendly? Then look no further, The Art of Natural Cleaning by Rebecca Sullivan (Kyle Books, £9.99) contains all you need to know! This inspiring guide is a must if you’re interested in living a simpler, more purposeful life. It’s a handy little go-to for anyone who wants their home to be squeaky clean without resorting to shop brought products. Author Rebecca is passionate about heritage, preserving traditions, and passing on a wealth of ‘granny skills’ to future generations. Drawing on traditional cleaning techniques, she brings them up to date to suit the modern home, offering a mindful approach to household chores.

Time saver

Say goodbye to damp, creased washing and hello to fresh, crisp laundry with Beko’s 28 minute WY104PB44TW washing machine with AirTherapy. Its innovative technology combines a small heater with the washing machine, for wonderfully fresh clothes. Capable of washing 60 shirts in just 28 minutes, it also has an AntiCrease programme which automatically kicks in after a cycle has finished. Perfect!

28 minute WY104PB44TW washing machine with AirTherapy, £529.99, Beko

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Making life easy Bubblegum & Liquorice flooring, from £17 per sqm, Avenue Floors

Make ironing a more stylish task

Introducing the new limited edition Brabantia Orla Kiely flower oval stem ironing board and cover. Interior design brand Brabantia’s latest collaboration with the Irish designer will most definitely add colour to your home and make the ironing chore a more glamorous task. Available to buy separately, the striking grey and orange cover has a cord fastener and Stretch System which makes it easy to fit. It’s a laundry room must!

Statement flooring

Ironing board, priced from £99; ironing board cover, £15.50, both Brabantia

Go for a spin

There is nothing better than sinking into clean, fresh sheets. What if we said that you could achieve this every time? Laundry expert Dr. Beckmann is here to share these top tips...


wash new sheets New sheets tend to have a stiff feel to them, so pop them in the washing machine without any detergent or fabric conditioner to soften them up. After this, wash with your usual detergent. Airing new sheets outdoors will dry them quickly and prevent a damp smell. It’s simple, right? Know your load Remember, a hotter cycle isn’t always best. Make sure you wash your sheets at the correct temperature to keep them soft. For best results when washing, half fill the drum. This helps the fresh water and detergent to circulate, meaning the sheets are thouroughly cleaned. It might take a little longer if you need to do multiple washes, but it’s definitely worth it. Don’t blame your tools Don’t let your washing machine be the cause of your bed sheets not smelling fresh. To get rid of dirt inside your machine use Dr. Beckmann Service-it washing machine cleaner. It contains active carbon which will tackle dirt and grime, meaning your bedding will come out smelling lovely and fresh.




Sleep sustainably

The Fine Bedding Company has launched a new 100% recycled Eco duvet made from recycled plastic bottles. From its packaging to its filling, the duvet is made entirely from recycled waste products. The Nimbus Smartdown which is a more luxury option, uses recycled plastics to create a filling that mimics the highest quality feather and down. It features a sustainably sourced cotton cover, delivering a deluxe feel. We like!

Eco duvet priced, from £45 for a single 10.5 tog duvet; Nimbus Pearl Smartdown duvet, priced from £129 for a single, both The Fine Bedding Company

Why have a feature wall when you can have an eye-catching floor? Avenue Floors has tapped into some of this year’s top trends such as geometrics, ikat and monochrome. Bubblegum & Liquorice vinyl flooring is the stunning alternative to ceramic or stone tiles. With 15 cool and quirky patterns available, the bold and striking styles and colourways will instantly update your interior. The new designs are budget friendly and on trend, sounds perfect to us!

Fabulously fresh

Leave your home smelling truly tropical with Zoflora’s new limited edition fragrances, Tropical Twist and Paradise Peach. Immerse yourself in the multipurpose scent which can be diluted for the whole home from rubbish bins to sinks. The long-lasting, odour eliminating fragrances are inspired by exotic holidays. Zoflora Tropical Twist and Paradise Peach, £1.48 per 120ml, Zoflora

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


Short on time and inspiration? You’ve come to the right place – turn over and get stuck in! and p116 Tear share bites

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new ideas p118 Fresh for summertime

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Food planner

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




Mexican veggie fajitas Prep and cook time 20 mins Serves 4 Ingredients Q 6 tbsp Alpro go on plain Q 8 tortillas wraps Q 1 onion Q 1 aubergine Q 1 large sweet potato Q 8 tbsp guacamole Q Couple of sprigs flat leaf parsley Q ¼ iceberg lettuce Q 1 sachet fajita seasoning Q 2 tbsp olive oil Q Ground pepper and salt, to taste

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Peel and slice the sweet potato and aubergine into thin strips. Slice the onion, then mix together in a small bowl. Combine the olive oil with the fajita seasoning, then pour the seasoned oil over the vegetables and toss well. Preheat a large skillet over a high heat. Sauté the vegetables until they are tender and slightly blackened (or to preference), this should take 6-8 mins. Warm up the tortillas in the microwave or in a skillet and serve with the mixed vegetables, lettuce, guacamole and Alpro go on. Garnish with the parsley to serve. You could also serve this dish with a side of nachos and an avocado dip. Chop up some coriander, add Alpro simply plain, sliced avocados and chilli (if using) and mash until smooth. Season with cumin, salt and pepper. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Cut each wrap into eight slices, spread out in a baking tray and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 15 mins, turning over after 8 mins. Put the nachos and dip on a plate and garnish with tomato halves, spring onions and peppers. The perfect Mexican dish!

4 Cauliflower and coconut curry Prep and cook time 40 mins Serves 4 Ingredients Q 250g tofu Q 3 tbsp soy sauce Q 1 cauliflower Q 2 tbsp peanut oil Q 1 red onion, chopped Q 4 cloves of garlic, chopped Q 2 tbsp freshly grated ginger Q 1 tbsp curry powder Q 2 tsp coriander powder Q 2 tsp cumin powder Q 2 tsp turmeric Q 1 pinch chili powder Q 2 star anise Q A pinch of salt and pepper Q 500ml Alpro coconut cuisine Q 400g can of chickpeas, drained Q 1 small bunch fresh coriander Q Naan bread (optional)

Feature Nicole Howarth Recipes Alpro


Place the tofu in the soy sauce to marinate. Next, divide the cauliflower into medium sized florets, place into a large pot and cover with cold water, add some salt and bring to the boil. Cook until tender. Meanwhile, make the curry paste. Heat the oil over a medium heat in a pan. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 5 mins, regularly stirring. Add the herbs, star anise, salt and pepper and cook for a further 3 mins. Deglaze the pan with the Alpro coconut cuisine and stir well, then add the al dente cauliflower, chickpeas and tofu cubes. Simmer for 5 mins. Serve the curry with the fresh coriander leaves torn over the top, and warm naan bread on the side, if using.

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Tomato and pepper poached eggs Prep and cook time 20 mins Serves 2 Ingredients Q 150g Alpro simply plain Q 1 red onion Q 1 green bell pepper Q 1 red bell pepper Q 1 tsp paprika Q 1 red chilli Q 4 eggs Q 1 tin chopped tomatoes Q 1 tbsp lemon juice Q 30g fresh coriander Q 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Q 2 cloves garlic Q Salt and pepper

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Remove the stems and seeds from the peppers and slice thinly. Then roughly chop the onion and mince the garlic. Slice the chilli, removing or keeping the seeds depending on preference, and roughly chop the coriander. Heat a tbsp of olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan over a medium heat. When the oil is hot add the onion, half the chilli, the peppers, paprika and a clove of minced garlic, then sauté for 4-5 mins. Season with salt and plenty of freshly milled black pepper. Add the tomatoes to the pan and cook for a further 3-4 mins. Using a wooden spoon, make four small round holes in the tomato mixture and crack the eggs in. Cover the pan with a lid and cook until they are set. In the meantime, mix the Alpro simply plain with the other minced clove of garlic, lemon juice, half of the chopped coriander and the remaining olive oil. Then season to taste. Serve the eggs with the Alpro simply plain dip on the side, sprinkle over the remaining coriander and chilli. Serve with toasted sourdough bread.

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to whip up this week

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



Courgette spelt grain bowl

Q Soy sauce Q Curry powder Q Coriander powder Q Cumin powder Q Turmeric Q Chili powder Q Star anise Q Paprika Q Groundnut oil Q Plain flour Q Salt Q Pepper

Prep and cook time 25 mins Serves 2 Ingredients Q 1 tbsp olive oil Q 1 echalion shallot or a small onion finely sliced Q 1 garlic clove, finely chopped Q 1 courgette, cut into 1cm pieces, Q ½ tbsp Za’atar Q 250g pack Waitrose Love Life spelt, quinoa, red rice & wild rice Q 50g spinach or kale Q 30g cashews, toasted and roughly chopped Q 100g Alpro go on plain Q 2 medium free range eggs (optional)

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Warm the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the shallot or onion slices and cook for 2-3 mins or until soft. Add the garlic, courgette and za’atar to the pan and continue to cook until lightly coloured, soft and fragrant. Add the pack of spelt, quinoa and rice together with the spinach or kale and cook, stirring throughout, for 3-4 mins, until the greens have wilted and the grains are hot. If serving with poached eggs: bring a large pan of water to a gentle simmer. Take two small cups and break an egg into each of them. Gently pour the eggs into the water and cook for 4-5 mins or until the whites are just firm and the yolks are cooked to your liking. Divide the hot grains between two bowls, topped with Alpro go on plain, chopped cashews and the poached eggs (if using). Serve immediately before the eggs fully set.

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Store cupboard essentials

Almond and sweetcorn fritters Preparation Time 25 mins Serves 4 Ingredients Q 80ml Alpro almond unsweetened Q 2 limes Q 1 ripe banana Q 2 spring onions Q 30g fresh coriander Q 1 avocado Q 1 egg Q ½ tsp cumin Q Chilli powder, to taste Q 100g plain flour Q 180g sweetcorn Q 125g baby tomatoes Q 2 tbsp groundnut oil


Preheat the oven to 180°C. Remove the zest from the limes and cut into wedges, then peel and roughly slice the banana. Finely slice the spring onions, roughly chop the coriander, then cut the avocado in half: removing the stone, scooping out the flesh and slicing thickly. Add the lime zest, egg, banana, Alpro almond unsweetened, cumin, chilli powder and plain flour to a blender and whizz into a smooth batter. Pour the batter into a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Whisk in the sweetcorn, spring onions and coriander, reserving a little coriander for garnish. Drizzle the baby tomatoes with a little oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, place in the oven for 10 mins until blistered and roasted. In the meantime, add the groundnut oil to a high-sided saucepan and place over a medium heat until the pan is hot. Add a couple of tbsps of batter to the oil to make a fritter, then fry in batches until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. Serve the fritters with the sliced avocado, roasted baby tomatoes and lime on the side.


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Tofu Cauliflower Peanut oil Red onion Garlic cloves Ginger Alpro coconut cuisine Chickpeas Naan bread Olive oil Shallot Courgette Za’atar Spelt, quinoa and rice Spinach Cashews Alpro go on plain Onion Sweet potato Tortillas wraps Aubergine Guacamole Flat leaf parsley Iceberg lettuce Fajita seasoning Alpro simply plain Green bell pepper Red bell pepper Eggs Red chilli Chopped tomatoes Lemon juice Fresh coriander Alpro almond unsweetened Limes Banana Spring onions Avocado Sweetcorn Baby tomatoes

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For more delicious and tasty meal ideas pop over to the HomeStyle website for even more great recipes! August 2018 115

Delicious ideas

New potato pissaladières Prep and cook time 3 HOURS 50 MINS SERVES 8 Ingredients Q 360ml warm water Q 2¼ tsps active dry yeast Q 60ml extra virgin olive oil, plus more for the bowl Q 500g unbleached all-purpose flour Q 2 tsps fleur de sel (sea salt flakes) Q 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper Q 2 tbsps fresh thyme leaves (optional) TOPPING Q 680g new potatoes, scrubbed Q 4 spring onions Q Extra virgin olive oil Q 16 slices dry-cured ham Q Leaves from 2 sprigs rosemary, finely chopped Q Fleur de sel Q Freshly ground black pepper Q Handful of fresh chervil leaves Method In a bowl, combine the warm water and yeast and whisk to dissolve the yeast. Let it proof for 10-15 mins. Add the olive oil and stir to combine. In a second large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, pepper, and thyme, if using. Add this mixture to the proofed yeast and stir until smooth. Lightly oil a large bowl. Turn the flour and yeast mixture onto a floured work surface. Use your hands to bring the dough together. Knead, adding flour as required, until the dough becomes mostly uniform and easier to handle. Shape it into a ball and place in the oiled bowl, turning to coat the dough in the oil. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and allow it to rest in a warm, dry place until doubled in size, which will be approximately 2-3 hours. Preheat the oven to 205°C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Thinly slice the potatoes and add them to the boiling water and blanch until tender but still holding their shape, this should take about 8 mins. Drain the potatoes, then place them on a clean kitchen towel to remove any excess moisture. Cut the spring onions crosswise into thin slices. In a medium sauté pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Add the whites of the spring onions and sauté for around 8 mins. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide it into four equal pieces. Using your hands, gently shape each piece into a rough oval shape and place two on each parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle the dough with olive oil. Arrange the potatoes, spring onions and cured ham on top of each piece of dough. Sprinkle with the rosemary and season with salt and pepper. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the onions are caramelised, roughly 15-20 mins. Scatter the chervil and spring onions.


Feature Nicole Howarth Recipes adapted from The Cook's Atelier: Recipes, Techniques, And Stories From Our French Cooking School by Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini (Abrams Books, £35) Photos Anson Smart



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French fancies

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Heirloom tomato and goat's cheese tartelettes prep and cook time 1 HOUR 50 MINS SERVES 8 Ingredients Q Unbleached all-purpose flour, for dusting Q 1 large egg yolk Q 3 tbsps double cream Q 85g crumbled fresh goat's cheese Q 60ml crème fraîche Q 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil Q 1 tbsp lemon zest Q 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice Q Fleur de sel Q Freshly ground black pepper Q 570g small tomatoes, sliced and quartered or halved Q Small fresh basil leaves to garnish (optional) Q 1 bunch fresh chives, finely chopped Pâte Brisée (pastry) 187g unbleached all-purpose flour Q ½ tsp fleur de sel Q 170g cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces Q 30ml ice water Q ½ tsp white vinegar Method In a bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the butter. Using your hands, gently toss to coat the butter in the flour mixture. Scoop into your hands and gently press the flour and butter between your fingertips. Work quickly to ensure the butter stays cold. In a small bowl, whisk the cold water and vinegar and drizzle over the dough. Use a fork to gently toss until incorporated. Continue working the dough until it comes together. Divide the mix in half and shape each into a disk. Wrap them in cling film and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. On a floured surface, use the mix to make the tartlet shells. Freeze for 15-20 mins. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Whisk together the egg yolk and double cream. Use a pastry brush to lightly brush the egg wash over the dough. Blind bake the shells. In a large bowl, stir together the goat's cheese, crème fraîche, olive oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Season. Spoon the filling into the cooled shells. Arrange the sliced tomatoes, then add the chopped tomatoes on top.


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Strawberry and cream shortcakes PREP AND COOK TIME 1 hour 30 MINS SERVES 8 STRAWBERRIES Q 455g ripe strawberries, hulled and halved Q 3 tbsps granulated sugar Q 1½ tbsps fresh lemon juice SHORTCAKES Q 375g unbleached all-purpose flour Q 65g granulated sugar Q 1 tsp baking powder Q ½ tsp fleur de sel Q 170g cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces Q 1 tbsp lemon zest Q 240ml double cream Q 240ml strawberry jam WHIPPED CREAM Q 120ml double cream Q 1 tbsp confectioner's sugar (icing sugar) Method In a medium bowl, gently toss together the strawberries, granulated sugar, and lemon juice. Then set aside. Preheat the oven to 220°C.



Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter. Using your hands, gently work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse cornmeal, with some pieces of butter visible. Add the lemon zest and toss to incorporate. Drizzle the cream over the dough and use a fork to gently toss just until the mixture comes together. On a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin, roll the dough to a 2.5cm thickness. Using a 6cm round pastry cutter, cut the dough into circles. Gather up the remaining mix, roll it to a 2.5cm thickness, and cut out more circles. Place the shortcakes 5cm apart on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Using a pastry brush, coat the top of each shortcake with a little cream, then sprinkle with sugar. Bake until the shortcakes are golden brown, about 15 mins. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool. In a large bowl, combine the cream and confectioner's sugar, then use a balloon whisk to beat until soft peaks form. Cut the shortcakes in half horizontally. Create layers, alternating with the strawberry jam, fresh strawberry mixture, and whipped cream. Add a final drizzle of the jam. Serve immediately.




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Delicious ideas

Truly refreshing Serve up these light bites, perfect for summer dining

Spaghetti with kale and walnut pesto Prep and cook time 30 mins Serves 4 Ingredients Q 455g spaghetti Q 50g torn kale leaves, stems removed Q 20g fresh basil leaves Q 1 tsp salt, plus more for boiling the pasta Q Âź tsp freshly ground black pepper Q Âź tsp sugar Q 120ml extra virgin olive oil Q 40g walnuts, toasted if desired Q 2 medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped Q 50g grated pecorino romano cheese

Feature Nicole Howarth Recipes Once Upon a Chef, the Cookbook: 100 Tested, Perfected, and Family-Approved Recipes by Jennifer Segal (Chronicle Books, ÂŁ21.99) Photos Alexandra Grablewski

TOPPING Q 35g shredded pecorino romano cheese Q 60g chopped walnuts, toasted, if desired


Method Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add the spaghetti and boil until al dente, about 10 mins, or according to package instructions. Meanwhile, make the pesto. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine the kale and basil and process until finely chopped. Add the remaining ingredients, except the extra cheese and walnuts for the topping, and pulse until smooth. Reserve 240ml of the cooking water, then drain the spaghetti in a colander. Place back into the pot and toss with the pesto and 120ml of the cooking water. If the pasta seems dry, add more of the water. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary, then serve topped with the grated pecorino romano and chopped walnuts.

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Creamy grilled lemon chicken salad prep and cook time 25 mins excluding marinating time Serves 4-6 Ingredients Q 680g boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins Q 60ml extra virgin olive oil Q 3 large garlic cloves, minced Q ¼ tsp dried oregano Q ¾ tsp salt Q ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper Q 1 tsp lemon zest CREAMY DRESSING Q 240g good quality mayonnaise Q 2 tsp fresh lemon juice Q 1 tsp Dijon mustard Q ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper Q 2 celery stalks, finely diced Q 4 spring onions, light and dark green parts, thinly sliced Q 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley Q 1½ tsp chopped thyme or rosemary Q Salt Method Place the chicken breasts between two pieces of wax paper and using a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound to an even 12mm thickness. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade together in a sealable plastic bag. Add the chicken and massage it into the meat. Seal the bag and place in a bowl in the refrigerator to protect against leakage. Let the chicken marinate for at least 6 hours. Preheat a grill to high heat and lightly oil the grates. Place the chicken on the grill and cook, covered, for 2-3 mins per side. Transfer to a cutting board to cool completely then cut into chunks. To make the dressing, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard and pepper in a large bowl. Add the celery, spring onions, herbs, and diced chicken. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve on a bed of lettuce leaves.

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Pink vodka lemonade

drink through is by pressing a ladle in a circular motion against the sieve. Transfer the mixture to a clean blender, then add the remaining Prep and cook time 15 mins 300ml fresh lemon juice, the cold Serves 4-6 water, the sugar, the lemon-flavoured vodka and blend until the sugar Ingredients is dissolved. For a non-alcoholic Q 230g strawberries, trimmed and version, you can replace the halved Q 420ml fresh lemon juice, vodka with two cups of water. from 8 large lemons Q 720ml cold Taste, then add more sugar and water Q 200g sugar, plus more to vodka, if desired. Pour into glasses taste Q 240ml lemon-flavoured or with ice cubes and serve. Accessorise regular vodka Q Ice cubes your drinks with cocktail stirrers and Method straws for extra style points. You can In a blender, combine the halved always use any leftover mix to make strawberries and 120ml of the fresh the perfect addition to any summer lemon juice. Purée until smooth, then party – cocktail ice lollies. Pour the force the mixture through a fine mesh mixture evenly into moulds and freeze sieve into a large bowl to strain out the until they are ready. You could also crush seeds. The fastest way to force the the lollies to make an adult ice drink.

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Making life tasty Starbucks has launched a chocolately drink for summer – rejoice! Their new Signature Chocolate beverage is available from all popular supermarkets for just £1.60.

Food news

What’s on our plates, in our kitchens and filling our shopping trolleys this month

Quick fix If you’re after a healthy

Best buy Calling all pizza

snack, look no further. Nim’s fruit crisps in apple, pear and beetroot & parsnip has just arrived in Tesco stores nationwide. They not only count as one of your five a day, but they’re super tasty too. Pick up a bag for £1.

addicts! Introducing Chicago Town’s new deli-style range, The Pizza Kitchen. They feature a fresh-baked crust and mouthwatering toppings. Grab one from your local supermarket for only £3.

Fresh find Nestle Lindahls Kvarg

has launched in the UK and we are very excited. It is the number one quark product in Sweden and has a deliciously creamy texture. They come in three flavours, raspberry, vanilla and peach & passionfruit for £2.49 from Asda.

Shot ’til you drop

It’s officially summer, which means it’s time to combine two of our favourite things, fruit and alcohol! We’ve all experienced jelly shots in the past, often served up in fluorescent-coloured glasses. Well, throw those to one side as Sabrina Fauda-Róle has taken it to a whole new level in her new book Jello Shots (Hardie Grant, £8.59) with inspiring combinations that incorporate fruit and artisan ingredients to spice up any summer party or evening BBQ!

Chef’s cheat

Tried and tasted... Fruit scones

Feature Becca Green

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Beautifully soft and crumbly texture. We especially liked how sizeable they were!

Generous amount of sultanas with an appetising brown crust. Texture was a little dry.

Very appealing appearance! The texture of them was moist and crumbly – delicious!

£1.60 for six, Waitrose

£1 for four, Asda

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At HomeStyle HQ we’ve been having the age-old debate; what goes on first, the clotted cream or the jam? We’ve come to the conclusion that the Devonian way is best (that’s putting the cream on first, for all of you scone novices)! However, there are alternative fillings you can try. Q Try fresh whipped cream and apricot jam. It’s delicious! Q Apply a light layer of Nutella lined with fresh raspberries. Q Keep it plain and simple with a light lashing of real butter.

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