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Editor’s letter

I don’t know about you, but August always makes me think of lazy, hazy summer days; long, balmy evenings and relaxed holiday vibes. But, of course, the British weather often has other ideas! However, as I write, the sun is blazing outside, so I’m praying it continues over the coming weeks. Always ones to look on the bright Our Craft Editor Sophie has been inspired by Mother Nature for this issue’s beautiful side, we’ve crammed this issue sewing project. Find out more on p.64. with plenty of great ideas for enjoying life outdoors. On page 36, we’ve got some gorgeous suggestions for turning your garden into an eclectic, boho space for relaxing and entertaining in, while our craft projects this month will add a colourful fiesta vibe to your home and garden (p.60). We also feature three inspiring readers who have been really creative with their garden rooms and conservatories, transforming them from drab to fab to create spaces they will use all year round (p.24). If you’re looking for ways to blur the boundaries between indoors and out, then look no further than page 106 where ying for Our Style Editor Hugh was pra shoot. g livin r doo out you’ll find a wealth of great design ideas o sunshine for his boh 6. p.3 on ults res ng nni stu See the and home improvement inspiration. Download our digital version And, if adding a water feature to your for your mobile or tablet and garden or patio is on your summer wish list, then take a look at our you can take Your Home with feature on page 114 to discover smart solutions and brilliant you on the go. See page 86. buys for gardens big and small. Though, if all you really want to do is sit back and relax with friends, then why not invite them round for an alfresco supper and treat them to @Your_Home some of our delicious summer berry recipes on page 100?

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Steal the style of two modern bathroom looks

Tasty berry recipes to try


Karen’s search for a beachfront home turned up a real treasure

Create a stylish scheme outdoors


Try the mixed-up marble trend

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This month we love Our favourite things to buy, see and do in August

11 Household hints Tips on using less plastic, plus green cleaning buys 13 Be a smarter shopper How to start up your own business, plus our guide to family days out on a budget


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20 Trend alert: Marble remixed The luxe stone is given a fresh spin with new hues and terrazzo prints 36 Bohemian living Jazz up your outdoor space with this eclectic decorating scheme 40 Pick the perfect pleats Give your windows the ‘wow’ factor with our expert advice on choosing curtains


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54 Cook up a couture kitchen Create a unique scheme with our pick of the best free-standing ideas


I looked to the garden for extra space A compact summer house was Tasha’s solution to creating her ideal craft room and retreat

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It’s the perfect room for work, rest and play Michelle transformed her toy-filled conservatory into a colourful space everyone can enjoy



We’ve made our own secret hideaway Vicky and Andrew built a haven complete with a pizza oven in a forgotten part of their garden

80 My passion is my home and I love living by the sea Sandra turned her weekend retreat into her home

Kitchens & bathrooms Pg47 48 Take two looks Be inspired by our two stunning bathroom schemes – and then create the look for less 52

My bathroom makeover was long overdue Kate tackled a pink dated bathroom to create a bright and spacious retreat in her new home

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Buying a new-build made us more creative Finding a home with enough space for her family was just the first hurdle for Tara


We found our dream house on the coast The search for the perfect home with a sea view led Karen to buy two coastal properties


We’ve created a colourful, contemporary home Building their own home meant Erin and Anthony could design their dream space



Make it easy! Pg 59

Our practical guide is full of easy step-by-step projects to help you learn new skills

60 Sassy star lanterns

Arrange a floral wreath


Food & Entertaining

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100 Best of berries Use up a bumper crop of fresh fruit with these recipes, bursting with flavour

Home Improvement Pg 105 106 Bring the indoors outside this summer Make the most of your outdoor space and create an extra room for family and friends 111 Property know-how with George Clarke This month George looks at the versatility of glass, plus the latest innovations in windows and glazing


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114 Time to reflect Splash out on inspiring water features that will make an impact in any garden scheme

Don’t miss out! 10 Your letters We take a look at some of your news, views and photographs 86

Subscribe to Your Home Take out a subscription this month for your chance to win a Chillcore 3-in-1 wine cooler from CellarDine

110 Win! This month we’re giving away 41 pairs of tickets to the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show 118 Giveaways This month’s amazing prizes include a Leisure cooker and a luxury sailing weekend for two 120 Shopping guide Find out where to buy everything in this issue 128 Eco news Discover the latest ideas and top buys for a greener lifestyle

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Plus, check out... 66 Hugh’s Home Hacks This month, we revive faded wood furniture using simple tricks 68 Ask the experts We answer your DIY and maintenance questions

Have you missed an issue? Call 01206 851117 to order back copies

70 Craft stash must-haves The latest creative buys and workshops

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival is back! Taking place in the beautiful Charlotte Square Gardens inside Edinburgh’s World Heritage-listed Georgian New Town, this year’s festival will continue to host an array of world-renowned authors, workshops and debates. With the likes of Ian Rankin, David Walliams and Richard Dawkins taking to the stage in one of the various theatres, this year’s festival will certainly not disappoint. Plus, entry to the Book Festival Village is free, meaning you can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy its gorgeous independent book shops and cafés at no cost at all. To find out more, visit

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Make the most of August with the best things to do, see and buy this month Banish that boring black ball-point pen and step your summer stationery up a notch! The weather is sunny, which means your desk should be too; who needs a conventional highlighter when you can enjoy these gorgeous mini-pastel highlighters from Stabilo? Priced from £5, they’re a summer must-have. Or, if a stationery set is more up your street, take a look at Papier’s latest collaboration with Matthew Williamson. Full of gorgeous floral and painterly watercolour designs, they’re sure to make your thank-you notes stand out from the crowd.

Hidden gem:

Lunar, Maldon

Nestled in the gorgeous Essex coastal town of Maldon, famous for its sea salt, Lunar has been selling home treasures since 1999. Dedicated to showcasing the works of small suppliers and Fairtrade artisans, it specialises in a unique range of products, including lampshades, embroidered cushions, greetings cards and crocheted toys. To see its latest products, head to

Find Lunar at 17 High St, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5PE

Stabilo mini pastel highlighters, £5 per pack of five, Sainsbury’s. Matthew Williamson personalised stationery set, £23.63 for 10 cards and envelopes, Papier

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Every jet setter needs a matching travel set Vacay passport cover and luggage tag, £20, Coconut Lane

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laundry bags Set of two travel bags, £19.50, Oliver Bonas

Inflatables to float your boat We’re all familiar with the standard lilo or rubber ring; after all, they’re a poolside essential! But why choose an average inflatable, when you can float on a flamingo, unicorn, or even a pizza slice? These quirky holiday additions are all over the high street, meaning you can look fabulous while laying on a lobster sipping your favourite cocktail. What’s not to love? Novelty pool inflatables, from £24, John Lewis; pizza slice pool inflatable, £8, Primark

The design bible

Born from her award-winning blog Mad About the House, Kate Watson-Smyth’s latest venture is her gorgeous and informative book of the same name. Full to the brim with ideas and inspiration for all budgets, as well as style tips on what to do in each room, this book should be on every homeowner’s bedside table. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a decorating pro or making the best of a rental property, everyone can learn something from this fabulous tome! Mad About the House by Kate Watson-Smyth, £20, Pavilion Books

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Silk flamingo eye-mask, £25, Sara Miller London

A juicy new trend


This towel is totally tropical

Pineapple beach towel, £12.99, TK Maxx


Stay hydrated in style on the beach

Slogan water bottle, £9, Paperchase


Move aside pineapples – there’s a new fruit in town! Bursting with bright colours and cute prints, the Your Home team is loving the watermelon trend. Whether you’re looking at a kitsch mug like this one from George Home, or a pair of beach ping-pong bats from Amara, these fruity numbers are a must-have. You can even convert a real hollow watermelon into a quirky drinks dispenser with this keg tap from Prezzybox! Watermelon keg tap, £9.99, Prezzybox. Watermelon mug, £3.50, George Home. Watermelon beach ping-pong bat and ball set, £32, Amara

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A toy box triumph “As the sun was shining, I decided to make my next project in the garden. I transformed an old toy box by painting it with outdoor wood paint, lining it with garden membrane and planting flowers and herbs inside. I’m really happy with my mini garden box and I hope you like it too!” Laura Juhaszova via email Your Home says This is a brilliant upcycle, Laura! We love the colour, it’s perfect for the summer. Congratulations on your new planter.

Garden glory “I bought the June issue of your magazine and loved reading about how to get your garden ready for entertaining in summer. I picked up some ideas for a relaxing retreat and transformed a corner of my garden by painting last year’s furniture white, adding a cosy quilt and cushions and laying down an outdoor rug, too. Thanks for the ideas and I enjoyed a lovely bank holiday in my cosy garden retreat!” Christina Bray via Instagram

Your Home says This is gorgeous Christina! We’re so glad you enjoyed our June issue and we just love how you’ve mixed those beautiful blush tones into your scheme. Keep up the good work!

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“I’ve been a massive fan of Your Home for years, but have realised there’s always one thing missing from your real home features…televisions! I really struggle to visualise how to bring my television into a scheme in a stylish way. Please do a feature on TV cabinets for different schemes.” Sian Peters via email

“I’m always looking for ways to make everyday items prettier, so when I had a few baked bean cans leftover, I just had to upcycle them. First, I painted them with some leftover paint and then stencilled over the top with a template I had previously bought from Hobbycraft. To finish, I planted a pansy plant in each can and hung them on some vintage-style garden hooks.” Elise Franklin via Facebook

Your Home says We totally agree, Sian. Televisions can be tricky to incorporate into a scheme without looking like big black breeze blocks. To help you and everyone else out there struggling to place their television in the right place, we’re going to work on a lovely online feature to give everyone plenty of ideas on how to incorporate them into a room! Keep an eye out on our website

h Christina’s fantastic letter has won her a Paddy & Violet’s six-month four-piece home accessory subscription box, worth £60!

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Your Home says These cans are perfect for a rustic garden look. Well done on your innovative creation Elise, we can’t wait to see all your future upcycles!

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Enjoy your home with our helpful tips and best buys

HOW TO... use less plastic at home is already on the way when it comes to the use of plastic straws in ✓ Change restaurants and bars, but we could all be doing that extra bit. You would be forgiven for thinking that biodegradable paper straws are the answer, but even these will just add to landfill unless they are composted in the right conditions. The best way to tackle this is to just not use them, or instead try a reusable option, with bamboo, glass and stainless-steel versions available. Avoid buying cotton buds with plastic sticks; instead find designs that are made with paper batons. When shopping, choose fruit and veg that’s not packaged in plastic wrap and try to choose items such as detergent that are sold in cardboard boxes. Likewise, choose glass jars and boxes when it comes to groceries. Most tea bags contain a small amount of plastic in the coating, so it’s worth sourcing an alternative loose-leaf tea. Use beeswax food wraps for your packed lunch or for storing food, which can be washed and reused over and over again. For a selection of different sizes and patterns, visit Make your own cleaning products from items such as bicarbonate of soda, white vinegar and lemon juice. This will help avoid having a cleaning cupboard full of plastic bottles (and nasty chemicals). Reuse the plastic containers you do have. Use yogurt pots to grow seedlings; employ small bottles as cane toppers in the garden; recycle takeaway containers to store leftovers or packed lunches; and repurpose ice-cream tubs to stow items in the shed or for decorating. Instead of buying cartons of milk from the supermarket, why not get your milk delivered fresh from the dairy?

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Laura’s choice ‘Created by a mother and daughter team, KINN is a clean-living brand that offers non-toxic, plant-based and organic cleaning products. Using essential oils such as lavender, ylang-ylang, rosemary and tangerine, this collection will help you to zip through your chores, leaving your home smelling naturally fresh and fragrant. The range consists of kitchen and bathroom cleaners, £3.75 each, floor wash, £5, and a washing-up liquid, £2.95, all available from Waitrose.’

Q&A Is there a tool I can use to lock in flavour and moisture when roasting meat? Give your roast dinner a ‘cheffy’ twist by injecting your marinade, instead of basting it. The Flavour Injector from Oxo, comes with two needles, to ensure the marinade or melted butter gets right into the meat. Choose the wide needle for thick marinades or those with herbs and spices, and the thinner needle for melted butter. Flavour Injector, £15, Oxo Month 2018


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Let Brabantia give you a hand with the washing up with their collection of nine new sink-side accessories. With microfibre dish cloths, £2.95, and cleaning pads, £4.50 for three, as well as a handy dish brush, £7.95, which comes with a suction holder and built-in scraper, whizzing through the dishes and cleaning down worktops will be a breeze. The range also includes a family-sized compact dish rack, £34.95, with a loose drip-tray and removable cutlery basket. For kitchens where space is tight, dry dishes on the silicone dish-drying mat, £16.50, or for even more flexibility, the microfibre dish-drying mat, £8.50, which absorbs seven times its weight in water and can easily be folded away. Waste and clutter can also be tidied quickly with the compost food waste caddy, £19.50, which has a handle and stay-open lid; and the sink organiser, £12.50, will keep everything in one place. Available in complementary grey and mint colours.

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Pack a seaside lunch with this bamboo fibre range. The seagulls and blue gingham give a charming coastal twist

Your dining table will look ship shape with these illustrated coasters

Find your lobster with these brightly printed textiles

Sea birds bamboo tray, £15; dip tray with three bowls, £14; bowl, £6; tumbler, £5; seagull check bamboo plate, £7, all Cath Kidston

Nautical coasters, £15 for four, Victoria Eggs

Add coastal charm, whether serving drinks or displaying flowers Maritime Seahorse jugs, from £10, Cream Cornwall

Lobster apron, £24; oven gloves, £25; tea towel, £12, all Thornback & Peel

We test... fruit preparation tools We tried out a selection of tools, to make prepping fruit easier Chef’n StemGem, £7.50, Dexam This strawberry huller is a great little addition to your food-prep drawer – simple to use, the claw mechanism shoots out of the end to grab the stalk and extract it cleanly from the fruit, leaving it ready to be washed and eaten in next to no time. Washing is simple too – a quick rinse and you’re done. It’s also handy on the move, as it can slip into your picnic basket, ready to go with you wherever you head out on a sunny, strawberry-filled day!

GoAvocado, £8, Joseph Joseph Designed to minimise instances of ‘avocado hand’ – injuries sustained while prepping the fruit – this 3-in-1 kitchen tool saves on time, washing up and kniferelated incidents. While the blade isn’t as easy to use and the de-stoner not as effective as a sharp kitchen knife, the scoop gives evenly cut slices – great if you usually end up with a mess. It worked well on an avocado of standard shape and size, but left some flesh behind on others.

Things we considered l Did it make prepping the fruit quicker? l Was it easy to use? l Did it reduce waste?

Mango splitter, £9.75, Oxo Finally, a tool which helps you prepare mango in minutes. You stand the fruit vertically on its base, position the splitter on top and slowly push it down so that it can cut round the stone. You’re left with two halves which you need to de-skin – but the trickiest part has been done for you. This tool is dishwasher-friendly and easy to wash by hand. The best thing is that as the blade is mango-shaped, it cuts more fruit from the stone than you could by hand. Genius!

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Pineapple corer, slicer and wedger, £9.79, Lakeland This tool will certainly be used again, and not lost at the back of the cupboard. Although it was a little tricky to use at first – getting used to holding the fruit with one hand and twisting the tool down with the other – once we had mastered it, prepping the fruit became much easier. There was far less waste than when preparing pineapple with a knife, and the fruit could be cut into rings or wedges by pressing down the slicing ring.

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Smart savings Being more frugal with your kitchen appliances could save you around £36 a year in energy bills. According to the Energy Saving Trust, using a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap saves £25; filling the kettle with the amount of water you need slashes £6; and cutting out one washing machine cycle a week saves £5. That’s enough to buy these funky Nest Utensils Plus, £31.99, Joseph Joseph, from Lakeland.

YH fab find

Keep kids extra busy on days out with this ingenious colouring-in picnic blanket. The washable canvas mat is like a giant colouring book, complete with six pens, that boys and girls will love – all you need to do is sit back and enjoy a few moments to yourself.

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Colour-In Picnic Blanket, £34.95, Prezzy Box

Savvy Enjoy family days ... to ways out – for less

n Catch a West End show For the whole of August children aged between five and 16 can see any participating show for free if accompanied by a paying adult. Plus, adults can snap up to two extra children’s tickets at half price with no booking fees ( n Double your fun From Blackpool Tower Eye to London’s Cutty Sark, you can book two-for-one tickets on the country’s biggest theme parks if you travel by train ( Or, if you’re a Tesco shopper, you can convert Clubcard points to vouchers for many UK attractions. n Trim your ticket Pick up the cheapest train fares when you book up to 12 weeks in advance. With a Family & Friends Railcard adults save around a third and children save 60 percent. In London, kids under 11 travel free on the Tube with an adult who has a valid ticket; and under 11s travel free on buses and trams without an adult. n Ditch the car Cycling is a great way to have an adventure and costs nothing. Plan your route around quiet roads and cycle paths. To find a local trail, the National Cycle Network has over 14,000 miles of routes passing through every major town in the UK ( n Go wild Farms are an affordable way for young children to meet feathered or furry friends. And many farms have trails and play areas, too. n Plan some park life From inflatable days to outdoor cinema, town councils are funding free or low-cost summer events. To find out what’s Source: on, check your council website; and to find the nearest free park, visit


56% of holidaymakers are so inspired by their accommodation that they overhaul their interior design scheme when they return home.

tech news

Nuki Smart Lock, 299 euros, Nuki

The Airbnb experience has just become even slicker. Now, thanks to Nuki Smart Lock, guests can check in and out of their holiday accommodation via an app, making clunky key handovers a thing of the past. Hosts need to install the electronic lock first, but we reckon this simple system will be snapped up from Mexico to Mykonos.

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Want to set up your own business? Start off on the right foot and your path to success will be stress-free


tarting up your own company is a fantastic way to do what you love and be financially independent at the same time. Whether your talents lie in crafting, creating or something more numerically minded, here are some basic guidelines for a smooth start-up.



Once you know what your business is, you’ll need to register it: n Being a sole trader is the simplest option. You run the business as an individual and are self-employed. Once you’ve paid your tax, you keep all the profits – and are responsible for any losses. Register for self-assessment with HMRC and file a tax return each year. You can do this online to save time. Keep track of all your sales and expenses and make sure you’re paying class 2 and class 4 National Insurance. If turnover is over £85,000, you’ll need to register for VAT too. n A partnership is the easiest way for two or more people to run a business together, sharing accounting, profits and any debts. You’ll each pay tax on your share and you will need to choose a business name and a nominated partner who will manage tax returns and records, as well as register with HMRC. n Limited companies keep finances separate from personal ones, but they do come with more responsibilities. You’ll need to register with Companies House: your company name, address, at least one director and details of the company’s shares and shareholder/s.

As well as tax and National Insurance, be aware of other responsibilities that come with the business: If you need assistance you can employ staff, l Check if you need any licences use agency workers or freelancers: or permits, especially if you’re l This comes with a lot more responsibility planning to play music or as you’ll have to run a payroll, pay National trade in the street. If Insurance (though you can claim an allowance you’re thinking about to reduce your bill), as well as provide a starting up a food If you’re looking for workplace pension for any eligible staff. business, check with start-up funding, you’ll l Sage Business Cloud is a great place to need a good business the Food Standards organise your payroll as it’s easy, secure plan. You can download Agency to make sure and you’ll have the knowledge that you’re free templates at you cover all bases. complying with the latest UK legislation. l There are also l Be sure to register as an employer with specific rules to adhere to HMRC before you take on any members of staff. if you’re selling goods online, buying or selling abroad and using or storing personal information.


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l You’ll find help and support at l For information on business insurance, visit l Go to for advice on sending tax returns and payments. l At there’s a guide for students starting a business. l For advice on running a food business, go to l There are plenty of practical tips at

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How should I manage the money I may make from my business? Katy Johnson, London


It’s often wise to use an accountant or bookkeeper, who will keep track of everything, and open a separate business bank account. It’s also a good idea to put aside a chunk of money each month towards tax payments.


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There are different responsibilities depending on where you base your business: 3 If you’re working from home, you may require permission from your mortgage provider or landlord, depending on the type of business. You’ll also need to take out extra insurance to cover computers, stock etc. 3 When alterations to your home are needed, make sure you follow all the usual planning laws, applications and permissions. 3 You may be able to claim office equipment or rental costs as expenses, as well as a proportion of council tax, utility and phone bills. Check with HMRC. 3 When operating from another property, whether rented or owned, you may have to pay business rates. Small businesses can apply for a discount and may pay nothing at all. 3 If you’re renting, check your lease to see what’s allowed and what isn’t.

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Decorating Discover how to create a timeless natural interior

Mini trend: Au naturel

If you want an interior that will stand the test of time, then head to the high street in search for all things natural and neutral. This classic scheme is a well-loved Your Home favourite – we just adore the cool and calm atmosphere it creates. Stick to subtle and light shades of grey, white, cream and brown and you’ll create the look in no time at all! Hartford double bed, from £550; Meadow floral bedding set, from £25; mini geo jacquard cushion, £12; Lydford table lamp, £100; wooden tray, £24, all Next. Woven basket with tassel finish, £18, Primark. Mint embroidered cushion, £35, White Stuff

Handy hooks Sometimes you need to have a bit of fun with your décor – especially when it comes to children’s rooms. These emoji hand hooks from A Place for Everything are perfect for adding a bit of humour to a scheme. Priced at £18 for a set of three, they’re perfect for hanging school blazers, dressing gowns or school bags. To find out more, head to

Choosing the right paint colour for your room is a tricky business. Sure, you can try a paint tester, but with each pot costing up to £4.50, finding the correct shade can become pricey. That’s why Crown has designed the My Room Painter app. Complete with a multitude of helpful tools, it allows you to visualise how your room will look before opening a tin of paint. Simply upload a photo of the room you want to decorate, choose a paint shade, tap the surface that you want to change and voilà! The free My Room Painter app is available on Apple, Android, or from the Amazon app store. Check it out!

A magic carpet It’s official, high-street fashion store Accessorize has teamed up with The Rug Seller to give us the collection of our dreams! With over 15 vibrant designs available, including hand-woven patterns made from 100 per cent pure wool, this range is ideal for those of you seeking a bold statement rug to finish a fabulous room. To see the full collection, visit

Accessorize Pastella rug, from £129.99, The Rug Seller

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Marbrelme ixed Feature Hugh Metcalf Background wallpaper Marblesque geometric wallpaper, £8.99 per roll, B&M Stores

Give this classic a twist by changing up colours and turning to terrazzo

There’s no escaping marble when it comes to trends for the home. It has featured as a go-to texture material in everything from floors and kitchen worktops to accessories, and now you’ll find it popping up in almost every high-street interiors shop you visit – whether that’s a real wedge of the luxurious stone or a faux-marbled design. With the marble trend going nowhere fast, the big question is, where is it going to go next? Designers have answered with colour, tinting snowy carrara with not-quite-so-natural hues of pink and blue. And that’s before we mention our new trend obsession – terrazzo: the ultimate marble mix-up!

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Pink makes a perfect partner for blue, creating a colourful space that works for the whole family Luna Twist carpet in Pink, £24.99 per sq m, Carpetright. Marble and glitter wall mural, £36 per sq m, Murals Wallpaper

Try out other pastel colours in your scheme, such as this minty green Multi-coloured marble cushion, £22, Debenhams

Try the look for less with faux effect finishes and prints

Makrana wallpaper in Cerise/ Blue, £67 per roll, Matthew Williamson. Terrazzo mug, £5, John Lewis. HD Harmony Feature Floor tiles, £32.85 per sq m, British Ceramic Tile. Pearl pink terrazzo vinyl flooring, £59 per sq m, Atrafloor. Non-drip paint in Blue Bay, £16 per 750ml, Crown

Mantis Light large sideboard, £448.24, Oak Furniture Land

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STYLE FILE The gold, pink and marble print of this dining set hits the trend from three angles Marble-print porcelain dining set, from £15.99, all Rice DK

Make a statement by introducing marble into your lighting. This cluster ceiling light will add buckets of character Jett cluster pendant, £69, Made

As well as handy storage, these tins can be used as a stylish focal point in your home Fermliving terrazzo tins, £39 for three, Amara

Oliver Bonas is our go-to shop for marble accessories, so it’s no surprise we found these beauties there

Loving white marble? Introduce pink and blue hues to freshen up your scheme

Tiny resin frames, £9.50 each, Oliver Bonas

Harper armchair in Lychee smart velvet, £850; Georgette footstool in Deep Turquoise pure cotton matt velvet, £750; Lowry Plain medium rug in Zinc, £700, all

Side tables are a great way to add a real, yet affordable marble finish into your scheme Terrazzo side table, £195, Audenza

Did you know..? Terrazzo is made from marble chippings set into cement. It originates from Italy and was originally created as a budget alternative to marble floors, using up offcuts and waste from other popular uses of the material. Tutti Frutti terrazzo tile, £44.81 per sq m, Porcelain Superstore

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This fresh scheme uses subtler terrazzo prints in soft furnishings, adding texture while not overpowering the room

Add some flecks appeal with a mini terrazzo lamp

Jett table lamp, £29, Made

Rodrigo table lamp, £59, Swoon Editions

A low-contrast print, such as on this blanket, will add patterned texture to your room while keeping the feel subtle

Terrazzo lampshade, £25; curtains in House by John Lewis splash fabric, £22 per m; Jed floor lamp, £75; Bonn bed frame, £299; terrazzo duvet set, from £45; jersey bedspread, £40, all John Lewis.

Marble-effect throw, £40, The National Trust

Terrazzo blue wallpaper, £50 per roll, Graham and Brown. Standard emulsion in Fairy Dust, £18 for 2.5l, Crown. Roma terrazzo vinyl flooring, £59 per sq m, Atrafloor. Marble peacock fabric, £45.50 per m, ILIV. Drift pink marble wall mural, £36 per sq m, Murals Wallpaper

For a terrazzo floor at a fraction of the price of the real thing, try this easy-to-lay, bold vinyl covering – it’s perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and playrooms Chunky terrazzo floor vinyl in Quartz, from £59 per sq m, Atrafloor


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STYLE FILE Killerton marble cushions, £30 each, A by Amara

Chop and change Mix up materials with marble for stylish kitchen boards

Marble and wood serving board, £30, Cox & Cox

These satin cushions will give a subtle sheen to your scheme

Triangular marble serving board, £40, Amara

This marble-printed crockery will make a real statement in your kitchen Bubblegum pink marble print porcelain teapot, £79.99; Jade marble print porcelain plate, £19.99, both Rice DK

Sienna mixed marble board, £25, Made

Terrazzo is the on-trend print for stationery, artwork and more Mixed marble cheeseboard, £30, Oliver Bonas

Terrazzo poster print, £14, Crowdyhouse

This bedroom uses terrazzo for a fresh take on the popular blush pink and grey scheme Camelia king size bed frame in Slate soft wool, £1,075, Button & Sprung. For similar wallpaper, try Graham & Brown

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Long two tone paddle board, £16, Sainsbury’s Home

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I looked to the garden for extra space The addition of a compact summer house enabled Tasha Raphoz to create her ideal craft room and relaxing summer retreat


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hanks to the arrival of their two young children, Lola and Hugo, Tasha and Adrien Raphoz’s two-bedroom Victorian terrace in South London was bursting at the seams. ‘We moved here a year before Lola was born, then Hugo followed four years later so, as you can imagine, we were then desperate for more space,’ explains Tasha. The couple had previously been granted permission for a loft conversion but this did not solve the problem of the limited ground-floor space and Tasha’s desire for a separate room to the house where she could escape family life and indulge her passion for crafting.

STEP ONE With the house not an option for her project, Tasha’s attention soon turned to the garden. ‘Despite being small and split over three levels, I was sure I could squeeze in a summer house large enough for all my knitting, sewing and patchwork paraphernalia,’ she smiles. However, with only limited funds available, her first challenge was how to adapt the ground space. ‘In the end, we opted to work with what we already had – a mix of gravel and pavers,’ she recalls. This involved replacing a section of gravel with pavers in order to level the area for the summer house. But rather than invest in additional slabs, the couple decided to relocate several of the existing pavers to the zone for the new project; they then created new flower beds in the space where they had been.

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An eclectic collection of vintage tins has been put to good use as handy storage for Tasha’s numerous buttons, threads and smaller craft items

Tasha loves the additional space the summer house has given her. Cleverly furnished on a budget, the interior includes a stunning framed botanical print, which is actually just a sheet of gift wrap from a local plant shop

STEP two An evening spent searching online resulted in Tasha’s pretty timber summer house. ‘As we live in a terrace with no rear access, we deliberately chose a flatpack kit,’ says Tasha. ‘However, even after carefully checking the measurements of each individual panel, we still had to dismantle one section in order to get it through our narrow hallway!’ Fortunately, the couple are keen DIY-ers, so were not fazed by this slight setback, and were more than happy to spend a weekend constructing the summer house themselves. ‘In fact, the only time we called in the professionals was to relay the electrics,’ comments Tasha.

Turn a bare wall into a focal point using lengths of fabric – simply staple in place, ensuring the fabric is taut, then trim with ribbon.

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When it came to the décor, Tasha opted to protect the exterior of the summer house using a soft green garden paint complete with blue highlights. Inside light-enhancing, off-white walls were teamed with a practical painted grey floor and eyecatching striped rug. The fantastic feature wall is made from lengths of inexpensive fabric which Tasha spotted in Ikea while looking for her garden furniture. ‘I love botanical prints, they’re the perfect complement for a garden room,’ she smiles. As indeed are Tasha’s many vintage finds which she sourced during strolls around nearby Northcross Road market.

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Lighting Rug TOTAL A mix of vintage and new finds adds bags of personality both inside and out


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outside for extra seating.’ The reclaimed theme also continues outside with dozens of eclectic containers and chimney pots; while a combination of lanterns and lighting strings provide plenty of illumination. ‘My favourites are the white festoon lights as they really light up the garden – meaning I’ve not only gained a craft room but also a place to spend time with family and friends, day or night!’ YH

7’ x 5’ Bournemouth summer house, £438.74, Waltons. Exterior painted in Mellow Moss and Sky Reflection mixedto-order Garden Shades, £28.18 per 2.5l; interior in White Daisy and floor in Silver Birch ready mixed Garden Shades, £26.45 per 2.5l each, all Cuprinol. Dorothy fabric, £5 per m; Saltholmen outdoor folding chair, £20; Mastholmen two-seater outdoor sofa, £145; chair, £90; Ibsted rug, £11; Solvinden LED solar-powered table lamp, £12; pendant lamps, £5.50 each; Oplev door mat, £6; Gurli cushion cover, £1.75; Vårkrage throw, £4; Behovd vacuum flask, £4.90, all Ikea. Vintage enamel-topped table, £65; green table, £40; painted shelf unit, £35, all Northcross Road Market. Crates, £5 each, eBay. 10 warm white LED pro series festoon exterior lights, £25; starter plug, £6; Serenity cotton ball string lights, £6.99; botanical battery string lights, £6.99, all Lights4Fun. Dandelion gift wrap, £3.50 per sheet, Pearspring. Pink woven basket, £12, Chickidee.

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These small quirky tins are just perfect for storing little crafting essentials such as beads, buttons, pins and needles.



£9 each from Ian Snow

Available in a number of colours and pretty folk designs, these Kashmiri spice tins will be a colourful addition to your craft space.

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Go for a classic floral design with colourful Emma Bridgewater Wallflower tins – stack them in the corner for maximum effect.


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Tasha chose comfy, lightweight bamboo furniture, that can easily be moved around the garden when required

STEP four A small, enameltopped work table, perfect for crafting, is Tasha’s most recent purchase. She teamed it with pretty pink vintage shelving and a stack of upcycled storage crates. ‘I’ve also made my own version of a peg rail which is great for trimmings,’ says Tasha. ‘Opting for folding chairs, old and new, allows me to stow them away easily when they’re not needed, or they’re handy to take


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It’s the perfect room for work, rest and play! Michelle McBratney turned her dated and toy-filled conservatory into a fun and colourful retreat that the whole family can enjoy


ichelle McBratney, 35, who lives with her partner Lewis and their two children Honey, five, and Romney, four, in their three-bedroom semi-detached home in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, wanted to update her old-fashioned conservatory. ‘We inherited


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the conservatory when we moved in and I hated it. It was structurally sound but it was dated with brick walls, slate flooring and an awful pitched ceiling that looked like Perspex,’ says Michelle. ‘It was great for the kids’ toys but I needed to work in there too,’ she continues. ‘With summer

on the way I wanted to enjoy the space.’

STEP ONE Michelle’s conservatory

was a good size, but it wasn’t being used to its full potential. ‘When we moved in, it was always a priority to make more of the conservatory but it kept slipping down our

GARDEN ROOM MAKEOVER Clashing patterns add lots of colour and impact to the room while the durable flooring is brought to life with a colourful rug Upcycle old storage baskets with spray paints. It also helps the children know what toys are in which basket

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As the conservatory isn’t huge, Michelle decided that the walls would look fresher painted white so that she could add colour later. ‘I struggled to find flooring that would be durable and, as the room has direct access to the garden, I needed something I could clean easily,’ explains Michelle. Eventually, she found a great vinyl plank flooring with a lime-washed effect from Quick-Step, which her partner Lewis was able to lay himself to save money. The next step was the ceiling. ‘I really hated it,’ explains Michelle. ‘The blue panels looked awful and were proving too expensive to replace completely,’ she says. Michelle did some research and found some great options from Apollo Blinds. ‘They had lots of styles and designs and when the fitter came to measure up he brought so many sample books I was spoilt for choice,’ she laughs. ‘The guy was great and recommended we have three blind panels that are easy to retract and will also help keep the room cooler in summer and warmer in winter,’ explains Michelle. ‘I chose a soft white pleated blind with a textured gold-effect which, once fitted, really made the room feel homely with no awful blue glare!’

Before list,’ Michelle explains. However, with the room becoming more disorganised, full of kids’ toys and a very uninspiring place for Michelle to work, she decided enough was enough! ‘We decided to have the dwarf brick walls plaster boarded and replastered for a smooth finish as I felt it was the one thing that made the room feel really dated,’ says Michelle. ‘Once the walls were plastered, we added a floor screed to hide the brown tiles and make it a smooth flat surface to lay flooring.’

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Upcycle old furniture with a good clean and some spray paint. Bright clashing colours really bring old items back to life.

The fold-down desk is a great place to work. Michelle has used brightly coloured stationery to continue her theme

STEP three Next, Michelle really needed to tackle the problem of storage for the kids’ toys. ‘I wanted to make sure everything had a home but I also wanted to inject some colour and fun,’ she explains. Michelle upcycled her old Ikea unit which was a handy place to keep the kids’ toys in check. Wanting to add colour, she spray-painted the baskets in bright colours and then purchased a new chair and a set of metal locker-style units from Ikea too. ‘I wanted to keep the cost down so Ikea was my go-to shop,’ Michelle smiles. ‘I also spray-painted an old wire coffee table in a bright aqua, and a few jam jars and tin cans too. With my colour

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A small corner of the room is dedicated to Michelle’s work space which is contained in the large bureau. The aqua-coloured chair is an extra seat when needed, but also makes the perfect office chair Vinyl plank flooring is a practical and durable decision for a busy room like this. A colourful rug and cushions warm up the scheme and add bags of personality




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A bureau office desk that can be closed away at the end of the day, will ensure you keep everything in one place and won’t intrude on a dual-purpose space. palette sorted, I found some stunning patterned floor cushions and a striking rug to start tying the scheme together.’

STEP four ‘With everything in place, the final step was to sort out my office area. I found an old Ikea bureau online and gave it a good rub down and a fresh coat of white furniture paint,’ she explains. ‘With no hard wall space, and in need of a notice board, I found this rose gold metal one with shelf and trays and attached it to the window with suction pads which I’m

amazed is still in place,’ she smiles. The window ledges are the perfect spot for a collection of vibrant artwork, while coloured cushions and vases perk the room up too. ‘I had some leftover pompoms and Honey really wanted me to use them, so with some help from her we draped them around the windows, and added some festoon lighting which gives the room a lovely warm glow in the evening. I’m really pleased with the finished room as it hides all the children’s toys, I now have a great work space and it’s perfect to relax in at the end of the day.’ YH

Pleated blinds in Barisi Dove fabric, from £84 for 400mm x 600mm made-to-measure, Apollo Blinds. Turpan rug, 80cm x 150cm, £129.99, Accessorize at The Rug Seller. White matt emulsion, £21.99 per 2.5l, Dulux. Canyon oak grey with saw cuts vinyl plank flooring, £37.99 per sq m, Quick-Step. Acapulco embroidered cushion, £39.50; Tulum embroidered cushion, £45; Nomad embroidered floor cushion, £115, all Bombay Duck. Moroccan leather pouffe, £98; pompom garlands, £32, both Bohemia Designs. Cult Design Moda dining chair in pastel blue, £85, Cult Furniture. Mesh rose gold wall organiser, £19.99; shelf, £9.99; basket, £15.99; Plastikote Gloss Pink Burst, Mediterranean Blue and New Yellow spray paints, £7.49 per 400ml can, all Amazon. Stationery, from a selection at Paperchase. Kallax shelving unit, £39; Branas baskets, £12 each; Strandmon yellow chair, £179; Duktig play kitchen, £59; Lixhult storage combination, £65; Hemnes bureau, £225, all Ikea. Prints, from £2.95, Blah A4 print, £15, Little Dog Studio Shop. Coloured macramé hangers, £9.95 each, Letteroom. Plant stand, £20, Sainsbury’s. 20 warm white LED festoon lights, £35; miners steel LED lanterns, from £14.99; ice lolly neon table lamp, £39.99, all Lights 4 Fun.

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The Maddox geo pouffe will make an ideal addition to any living space. Hand woven in chunky wool, the geometric design and Moroccan influence keep this item bang on trend.


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Available in a number of bold and beautiful colours, this velvet pouffe will inject a rich and vibrant hue into your scheme in an instant.

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A metallic accent will add the finishing touch to your new room. This faux leather Moroccan pouffe boasts a traditional look in a stylish, modern colour.

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Vicky loves to escape to her garden room, which she’s transformed with warm earthy shades and natural materials


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We’ve made our own secret hideaway Vicky Leung built a secluded outdoor room, complete with pizza oven, for the family to enjoy all year round


icky Leung, 43, a personal trainer, and her husband Andrew, 44, bought their four-bedroom house in Loughton to live with their three children, Katherine, 11, Cristina, nine, and Alexia, four, because they loved the garden so much. ‘The house needed a huge amount of work, but it was the garden that really sold it to us,’ Vicky explains. The space was L-shaped and the back area looked like it had never been used. ‘It had been neglected for years and had got a bit out of hand,’ Vicky continues. ‘We spent all of our budget on the house refurbishment, so the back of the garden was just left to deteriorate further.’ After a few years, Vicky started to turn her attention outdoors. ‘We decided it was time to make use of the space and asked our friend Martin Bradley, an architect, to draw up some ideas for a garden room. We wanted a relaxing, light-filled space which would bring a new dimension to the garden and take advantage of the views of the oak and apple trees.

STEP ONE The room was not going

to be huge, so Martin suggested a vaulted ceiling to a pitch height of four metres, within the development allowance. This would make the space feel light and airy and, with some large glazed windows, the

room would feel part of the garden too. Vicky, a keen cook, had always wanted a pizza oven and they searched online for one. ‘It was a bit of an investment but we all love pizzas and have been on a pizza making course, too, so it was at the top of our list,’ she smiles. To keep the room feeling warm and cosy, Vicky decided on a Morso wood-burner. ‘It means we get to spend more time in here in the winter months.’ Vicky and Andrew focused on using raw materials for a natural, rustic feel, so kept the wood and brick exposed for extra texture and warmth.

STEP two Vicky was keen to use furniture in an earthy colour scheme and spotted the velvet sofa in Ikea. ‘It was the perfect size, not too big, but still cosy and came in a warm burnt orange shade,’ she explains. The chaise longue was a find on eBay. ‘I was looking for a bench but came across this chaise for £100,’ Vicky smiles. ‘My friend is an upholsterer so she transformed it with some lovely mustard velvet fabric.’ Martin designed deep window seats and Vicky got busy making cushions in pink and orange fabrics, finishing some off with a pompom trim. Next, Vicky chose orange

Before Vicky has a brand-new space to entertain in and can’t wait to invite family and friends over for pizza parties

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A patio made with railways sleepers acts as an extension to the room when the window is open wide, and is the perfect spot to soak up some sun

Rummage around salvage yards for reclaimed wood to clad the walls for a rustic feel.

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A vintage chaise was given a facelift and brought back to life with a cheerful mustard velvet


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Pizza oven






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Space-saving shelves next to the pizza oven fold back flush against the wall when not in use.



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STEP three To create a patio area on the uneven ground, Vicky and Andrew found some railway sleepers from a local timber merchants, which had a chunkier feel than decking. When designing the room, Martin took into account the view of the trees, away from the house, so it feels very secluded. ‘He was so mindful designing a space that blocks our view into the house, so we get to see all the gorgeous trees instead. It feels like a cosy retreat. We just love to relax in here and listen to the birds sing…and eat pizza too!’ laughs Vicky. YH

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Available in a number of different styles, the Industriell woven pendant can bring texture and warmth to a scheme.


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Crafted from beautiful bamboo, we love the shape of this pendant as well as the glow it casts upon a room.

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Blow the budget with the eye-catching Kubu rattan hanging lamp – its natural vibe is perfect for any garden room.



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FVR UK 80 Pizza oven, £1,100, Valoriani. Chaise longue, £100, eBay, upholstered in Folia Velvets in Mustard 130371, £62 per m, Harlequin. Intense Orange and Gold tiles, £1.30 each, Milagros. Morsø 3116, £1,040, Morso. Seat cushions in Merengue fabric, £59.50 per m; cushions in Inca fabric, £39 per m; Stars fabric, £20 per m, all Clarke & Clarke. Hairpin low coffee table, £139.99, Funky Chunky Furniture. Japanese enamel teapot, £58, Labour & Wait. Yellow velour cushion, £6 for two; Elements fringed cushion, £14; Oslo table lamp, £12; wooden lantern, £15, all Dunelm. Yellow pompom trim, £9 per m, The Stripes Company. Stockholm 2017 pouffe in Sandbacka Orange, £85; Stockholm 2017 two-seater sofa in Sandbacka Orange, £895, both Ikea. Wicker braided tray, £9.99; braided baskets, from £6.99, all H&M. Concrete planters, from £15, all Smith & Goat. Sunset tufted rug, £75, Ian Snow. Ceiling lights, £50, Unto This Last. Patterned throw, £15, Matalan. Peru wooden deck chairs, £140 for two, Homebase. Putney wall clock, £100, Newgate. Rustic woven cutlery caddy, £12.99; rustic woven serving tray, £16.99; red disposable picnic cutlery, £4.99, all Lakeland. Black candlesticks, from £8; plants, from a selection, both B&Q. Chopping boards, from £9.99; oven glove, £7.99; broom, £10; outdoor rug, £29.99; hanging lanterns, £7.99; hanging bird feeder, £6.99, all Homesense. Candles, from a selection, Shearer Candles.

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and yellow tiles laid out in a herringbone pattern by the wood-burner to tie in with the colour scheme. Another clever trick from Martin were the folding shelves by the pizza oven – when they’re not in use, the shelves fold back flush against the wall, making them disappear completely.



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Embrace eclectic textiles outdoors to create a space that’s perfect for relaxing and entertaining

Lazy days Make hay while the sun shines and relax with comfortable soft furnishings outside. Hardy, budget-friendly rag rugs, such as these from Ikea, make a great base for any accessories you don’t want to put directly onto the ground.


f you want to make the most of the warm weather, there’s no better place to spend your time than in the garden. Create a comfortable, inviting space and there will be no excuse for sitting indoors on a sunny day – and this

season’s bohemian look is a great way to do it without breaking the bank. Make a few choice buys and build up your scheme with cushions, blankets and decorations you already own – after all, eclectic is the name of the game.

Amazonas hammock, £188, Amara. Hammam blanket, £26.50, Boutique Camping. Eppaloc cushion cover, £39, La Redoute. Wicker table, £80, Raj Tent Club. Pink patterned lidded basket, £49; black and natural lidded basket, £80, all The Basket Room. Vegan slippers, £24; mini Toulouse bag, £18, both Yonder Living. Tanum rugs, £6.99 each, all Ikea. Woven glass tealight holders, from £5, Matalan. Cream Chindi pouffe, £39.99, Homescapes

pitch perfect This teepee may be child-sized, but it makes the perfect shady spot for a late-afternoon snooze no matter what your age. Line with a mishmash of cushions, quilts and blankets to create the ultimate comfy den for lazy days spent out in the garden. Sandstone teepee, £109.99, Boutique Camping. Manila, Jakarta and Helsinki wool kilim rugs, from £69.99, Homescapes. Coral embroidered linen pouffe, £115; Jaipur brass lantern, £40, both Raj Tent club. Vintage wool pot, £45; enamel plates and bowls, from £7.20 per piece, Bohemia Designs. Peach lace fabric, £3, Tiger. Meri Meri dipped tassel garland, £23, Bobby Rabbit. Fladis basket, £10, Ikea. Woven storage container, £33 for two, La Redoute

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These trendy baskets make a great hold-all for picnics as they fold down into handy bowls when you don’t need to use the handles. Line them with pretty oilcloth or wipe-clean fabric and use them to carry food and your picnic plates out into the garden. Fladis basket, £10, Ikea. Enamel plates and bowls, from £7.20 per piece, Bohemia Designs. Cotton velvet seat pad in Cinnabar, £25, John Lewis. Coral embroidered linen pouffe, £115, Raj Tent club. Melamine plates, from £3.75 each, Sainsbury’s Home. August 2018


boho to go Bohemian style lends itself to an eclectic outdoor scheme, so mix and match cushions and blankets from inside the home to make outdoor dining more comfortable. Introduce pretty summer flowers to the table by cutting them down into smaller vases – not only will bijou displays help your blooms go further, they won’t obstruct your guests’ view. Falhomen table and four chairs, £270, Ikea. Patterned woven throw, £15; textured jacquard cushion, £12; Nomad woven basket, £6; seat pads, £12 for two, all Matalan. Coloured glass votives, from £3; pink herringbone throw, £10; drinks dispenser, £12, all Tiger. Metal salad servers, £6.50; wooden salad bowl, £18, all Sainsbury’s Home. Bodrum lantern, £17.88, Oasis Home and Hobby. Istanbul filigree brass lantern, £55, Raj Tent Club. Flowers, from £21, Bloomon. 20 warm white festoon lights, £35, Lights4Fun

Child’s play Stack crates on top of each other to build an easy-to-assemble outdoor seating space that will make a perfect kids’ arts and crafts station. Decorate the crates in bright colours and with pretty stencil patterns and they’ll double up as bedroom storage all year round. Top with a waterproof tablecloth for accidental spills! Knagglig wooden boxes, £9 each, Ikea. Zulu, Jannah and Nagoya stencils, from £9.98, Dizzy Duck Designs. Rag rug, £12; turquoise lantern, £4, both Flying Tiger Copenhagen. Gwendolyn racoon, £38; pompom garland (on crate), £16; retro basket, £8, all Bobby Rabbit. Azilia patterned tablecloth, £36, La Redoute. Pink wire caddy, £6.50, Sainsbury’s Home. Palais tassel cushion, £45, Wallace Cotton. Boho pompom garland, £14, Talking Tables. Crates painted in Garden Shades in Sweet Sundae, Zingy Lime and White Daisy, £13.27 per l, Cuprinol

fun runners Table runners help soften an outdoor dining table and add decorative detail, giving a sense of character to plain furniture. We’ve created a decorative patterned runner down the length of this table using stencils, while embellishing a handmade linen runner with embroidery, using ribbon for a quick, effective result. Plain weave linen in Pink Coral, £35 per m, Volga Linen. Bohemian Wander side plate, £3.75; Bohemian Wander dinner plate, £4.25, both Sainsbury’s Home. Katie Alice stemmed glass, £10 each; Katie Alice gold cutlery, £55 for 16 pieces, all Creative Tops. Zulu large furniture stencil, £19.98, Dizzy Duck Designs. Coloured glass votive, £3; drinks dispenser, £12, both Flying Tiger Copenhagen. Enamel bud vase trio, £28 for set of three, Bohemia Designs. Flowers, from £21, Bloomon


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Decorating inspiration

show-stopping shade If you’re short on space storing a summer parasol can be a big ask, so why not create some outdoor fabric panels to diffuse sunlight and create shade when relaxing outdoors. Take a metre of a soft chambray fabric and sew a triangle by gathering the fabric at one end, either by hand or using a sewing machine. Attach tabs to the end corners and hang up using rope, twine or string. We attached a pompom trim for a decorative detail. Faux rattan bench, £3.75, Cox & Cox. Embroidered Suzani black cushion, £22.99, Boutique Camping. Punched flower metal lamp, £50; jewelled votives, £28 for four, all Raj Tent Club. Geometric woven cushion, £10; green wooden lantern, £18, both Matalan. Lovin cement fibre garden stool, £85; Tiraumea cushion cover, £35, both La Redoute. Alseda footstool, £25, Ikea. Fab hab Tangier outdoor rug, from £49.95, Cuckooland August 2018


Pick your perfect pleat If you’re going bespoke with made-to-measure curtains, choosing the right pleat for your room and fabric will make all the difference

Top tip

Pencil pleat

ff-the-shelf isn’t always an option when it comes to curtains, and the world of made-to-measure offers you a whole host of beautiful fabric choices. With lots to think about, from colour and pattern to materials and lining, choosing the right header is one of the most important design elements to consider. Your decision can greatly affect the final look of your room and, with the no-returns nature of bespoke upholstery, it’s crucial you make the right choice when investing in made-to-measure curtains.


August 2018

s This casual pleat is a great fit for less formal areas, giving a softer touch than pinch pleats (see page 42) Roman blind, from £183 for a 600 x 600mm made-to-measure blind; pencil pleat curtains, £257 for a 1600 x 1000mm made-to-measure pair, all Style Studio

This classic style gives a pleat which can be easily adjusted at the base to look fuller or show larger expanses of pattern


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Pencil pleats are great for bay windows as the uniform pleats move easily around shaped tracks

Geometro Celadon pencil pleat curtains, from £176 based on 127 x 137cm, Hillarys


Deep pencil pleat s

For curtains with a longer drop, especially when used in rooms with a high ceiling, a deeper heading will look better proportioned Crawford fabric in Ruby, from £29.99 per m, Prestigious Textiles

Yvonne Keal, Senior Product Manager of Curtains at Hillarys, says: Pencil or deep pencil pleat can be placed onto a pole (metal or wood) or a track. Curtain tracks are the go-to choice for when you really want the fabric to be the star. Tracks fix close to the wall and curtains glide smoothly along the runner. When closed, curtain tracks are hidden by the curtain header, resulting in a more minimalist finish.

To be able to accommodate eyelet curtains, you’ll need to make sure there’s enough space above your window to fit a pole



Meeko Cuba fabric in Coral Reef, £15.99 per m, Prestigious Textiles

Top tip If you don’t have much room for a curtain stack at the side of a window, eyelet curtains use less fabrics than some other choices

s Eyelets have a more modern look, so suit contemporary spaces better Cavendish tonal grey eyelet curtains, from £28.45 for 70 x 70cm curtain, Blinds2Go


Be sure to choose an eyelet colour that doesn’t clash with your fabric. Chrome and other metallics will not draw too much attention as they reflect light, giving less of a solid form than block-colour eyelets

Leah Brandwood, Head of Design for Blinds2go, says: Eyelet curtains are better for smaller spaces as they use less fabric than either pencil or pinch pleat so don’t take up as much space. If you want to use a thick materials, such as velvet or chenille, but want to keep gather to a minimum, eyelets are a great choice.

Nordic Scarlet fabric, from £21 per m, ILIV August 2018



Wave s

A wave curtain gives a softer, rippling fold, similar to an eyelet, using a track instead of a pole. The tracks used are slim and discreet, meaning the curtains can sit flush to the ceiling for an unfussy look. It’s also great for floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors, such as bi-fold, which have no room for a curtain pole above

Both eyelet and wave curtains are good picks for a large scale print, as the folds are gentler, leaving the pattern less distorted when the curtains are open

Mosaic Tile Wave curtains, from £232 based on 127 x 137cm, Hillarys

Yvonne Keal, Senior Product Manager of Curtains at Hillarys, says: If you wish, your wave curtains can be fitted to the ceiling instead of the window frame, making your windows feel taller and grander. The simple styling also shows off large pattern repeats to their best advantage so perfect for statement prints.

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This classic, tailored heading style suits an elegant and sophisticated look. They’re a great match for period properties, but are sure to make a statement in a contemporary space too Embleton Bay Sycamore Weave fabric, £66 per m, Sanderson at Style Library


As the heading is quite deep, this style may be better suited to longer curtains. More fabric is used to create the unique pleat effect, so it can be a more expensive option Andalucia fabric in Jade, £30.50 per m, ILIV

Adele Shotton-Pugh, Resident Interior Designer at home furnishings retailer, Terry’s Fabrics, says: It’s recommended that you use light to medium weight fabrics with a pinch pleat heading and the pleats look best on plain and smooth finished fabrics. Try to avoid vertical stripes and large floral prints as the pattern can fall irregularly between the folds which can give the design a distorted look.


August 2018


Made-to-measure curtain checklist


Tab-top curtains give gentle folds, yet, unlike eyelet curtains, retain a relaxed feel. If you’re on a budget, this style is an affordable choice, as it uses less fabric and is relatively easy to make. The tabs aren’t always visible but any curtain where fabric sits directly on the pole is considered a tab style

Consider these elements for the final look of your bespoke window dressings Pole position First up, find a curtain pole or track that fits your space – this will be important in getting the correct measurements for your curtains. If choosing a tab or eyelet curtain style where the pole is on show, opt for a more luxurious finish and choose a length at least 15cm longer than your window on each side. Measure up Decide on the length – whether the curtains will hit the floor or the window sill. Floor-length curtains should lightly graze the floor, while sill curtains should either sit at a similar level to the window sill, or sit comfortably below by 10-15cm. Curtains should be double the width of the pole or track for pleated or eyelet headings, and 1.5 times bigger for tab tops versions.

Sorata terracotta tab top curtain, £47.99 for 110 x 250cm pair, Maisons du Monde

Double pinch pleats Samira fabric in Olive, £87 per m, ILIV

Double up In bedrooms, choose lined curtains to ensure a good night’s sleep. For a more sophisticated finish, and one that’s more versatile in terms of light and privacy, consider doubling up with blinds or voiles. Finishing touches The devil is in the detail, so don’t forget the decorative details such as tie-backs, finials and curtain rings.

Double pinch pleats use less fabric, so can be more affordable and leave you with less of a curtain stack at the side of your window, while still achieving a Try to avoid formal look stripes and large s


With slightly less gather, opt for double pinch pleats over traditional ones if you want to use fabric with a larger pattern

Swatch it Don’t pick a fabric without holding it in your hands first. Take advice on the types of fabrics that will work well with your header type, and consider alternative materials. Wool, for example, may seem like a wintry, insulating fabric, but its thermal qualities mean it lets in a breeze in summer too.

Top tip

florals, as they may fall irregularly between pinch pleats, distorting the pattern

Crushed velvet double pinch pleat curtains, from £29.95 for 70 x 70cm made-to measure pair, Blinds2Go August 2018


Go West Coast cool Refresh your style for summer with Next Home’s effortlessly chic collection


f you’re after a fresh new look to update your décor for summer, check out the latest collection by Next Home. Bursting with blush-pink tones, geometric patterns and bold rose-gold accents, the range looks to California where modernist design meets West Coast cool to create a laid-back vibe that will look effortlessly chic in any room of your house. Embrace this trend head on by investing in the Stratus corner sofa in sumptuous blush velvet or choose the gold Holborn chair in an opulent finish to set the tone. Don’t forget to check out Next Home’s stylish new rug collection to begin your room’s transformation from the floor up – with large-scale geometric patterns, metallic finishes and bold colour-block styles. A key pattern this season is Terrazzo – find it on wallpaper or reversible bed linen for a simple and easy update. The print pairs beautifully with geometrics in soft, subtle colours to create a fresh and inviting bedroom for the summer. If you’re after a more subtle nod to this trend, consider the geometric dinner set with hints of marble and metallic, or look to the latest lighting must-haves to brighten up a dark corner. Whether you’re looking for an on-trend seasonal update or an entire room refresh, the new Next Home collection can help make the transition an easy and stylish one.

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Look out for geometric patterns and touches of marble on smaller accessories to subtly introduce this trend to your home

s Cool ocean blues and warm sunset pinks combine to make a laid-back look that will work in any home

Chevron ceramic vase, £14; marble-effect succulent pots, £18 for three, all Next

Faux sheepskin rug, £35; cushions, from £10; Roseville easy fit pendant, £35; Holborn chair, from £399; Laguna floor lamp, £70; Stratus sofa in blush velvet, £1,550; blush geo flat weave rug, from £45; colour block rug, from £70, all Next

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August 2018

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Step into summer with pastel bakeware

On your marks, get set, bake! The Great British Bake Off is back! Oh how we’ve missed the apron-clad gang. It’s time to get out the icing sugar and start sifting, because Paul and Prue’s critical eyes will return to our television screens at the end of August. Join Sandi, Noel, Paul, Prue and the new bakers in the famous Bake Off tent as they attempt to tackle breads, pastries, biscuits and much more in the quest to become the next Great British Baker. Assorted pastel bakeware, from £2.99, Homesense

Mirror mirror on the wall

Sometimes, chrome bathroom fixtures just don’t cut the mustard. For homeowners seeking a glamorous alternative, Roman at Home has launched these gorgeous rose gold bathroom mirrors. Sporting this season’s hottest metallic hue, these mirrors will make the perfect finishing touch against your sparkling white ceramics. For an extra-opulent look, change up your chrome taps for rose gold versions too! Rose gold free-standing mirror, £22.95; rose gold mirror with stand, £19.95, both Roman at Home

Serve up a succulent

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Elegant embellishments

For those seeking a sophisticated, traditional bathroom design, these Ambience Décor tiles from Craven Dunnill tick all the boxes. By bringing together a delicate floral damask pattern with a modern subway tile shape, you can enjoy all the benefits of a traditional tile design without leaving your decor stuck in the 1970s! Use them in an accented border for a stunningly chic scheme.

The sun is shining and M&Co is serving up a gorgeous range of succulent-themed outdoor dinnerware. Featuring one of the hottest summer trends, these stunning watercoloureffect melamine plates and bowls are perfect for a bank holiday barbecue. Also great for serving up a salad or a sophisticated afternoon tea, this collection is a must have. Starting from just £5, look out for side plates, glasses, bowls and dinner plates. See the full range, at

Ambience Décor tiles, £36 per sq m, Craven Dunnill

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August 2018


Take two looks

Achieve this contemporary look with our budget buys

Update your bathroom with two inspirational schemes. Here’s how to get the look for less s

Have fun choosing accessories to tie in with your scheme

Svartsjon soap dish, £1.50; Svartsjon soap dispenser, £3.90; Svartsjon mug, £1.90, all Ikea

s Create a Moroccan mosaic-style feature wall with this striking vinyl wallpaper Grandeco sapphire blue mosaic tile wallpaper, £10 a roll, B&Q

s Continue the Moorish theme with a rattan chair


Add a boho touch with a glass lantern

Stockholm 2017 chair, £110, Ikea

Large glass lantern, £12, Debenhams Collection


Neutral porcelain tiles will create a seamless, spacious effect on the walls and floor

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An LED mirror is perfect for busy bathrooms. This has a demister and sensor switch so you can turn it on when your hands are wet Mode Wyatt LED mirror, £119.25, Victoria Plum


August 2018

Regal polished tile, £44.94 per sq m, Topps Tiles


Complement the contemporary scheme with a sleek chrome mixer tap

Maya basin monobloc tap, £75, Frontline Bathrooms



Pure straight walk-in shower enclosure, from £435; Paloma shower, £825; fusion modular 1100 combination unit (featuring a basin, WC, pan including standard seat and dualflush cistern), £760; Blencarn LED mirror, from £245, all Pure Bathroom Collection

Choose towels in a striking aqua hue

Stow your towels and mirror on this useful shelf



A rectangular shower and handset are the perfect modern update

Luxury Egyptian towels, from £4.50, Sheridan Australia

Penn oak shelf, £89, Made

Orchard Cubik thermostatic bar valve shower system, £139, Victoria Plum


You can’t go wrong with a simple white ceramic vase Kaemingk vase, £25, Debenhams


Display candles in a glass tea light holder

s Stash your essentials in these handy seagrass baskets

Ian Snow green votive, £6.17, Wayfair

Fryken set of three baskets, £7, Ikea August 2018



This retro-style wall sconce has a glass shade with an antique brass finish Victoria one-light swing arm wall light, £35.99, Wayfair

Take inspiration from this classic scheme

Add a pop of colour with warm-toned mustard towels


Jessa towels, from £8, Made


Copper accessories will pull the scheme together Copper pressed metal frame, from £6, Dunelm

Elongated brick tiles are an easy way to achieve the traditional look


Linear tile, £36.33 per sq m, Topps Tiles

Tap into a traditional mixer s

Lancaster traditional bath shower mixer, £119.95, Victorian Plumbing

Granley standard basin, £180; Granley pedestal, £95; Hartlebury basin pillar taps, £125; Granley close-coupled standard WC, from £190; Granley fitted bath, £495; fitted bath front panel, £240; fitted bath end panel, £155; push-button bath waste, £50; Hartlebury bath filler tap, £300; Hartlebury shower and premium fixed riser kit, £650; Sherborne bath screen, £195; Holborn towel ring, £40; Caversham mirror, £150, all Heritage Bathrooms


August 2018


A pot plant in a rustic pot will bring the outdoors in Hanging terracotta topiary, £3, Dunelm


Opt for a terrazzostyle design in contemporary grey

Conglomerate ceramic tile, from £29.65 per sq m, British Ceramic Tile

Dark accessories pick out the graphite colour in the bath panel


Dado storage jar, £14, Made

s A stool can double up as a shelf for towels and bath treats

s The simple lines of this Victorian-style shower riser keep the look uncluttered Chatsworth thermostatic shower bar valve with rigid riser and fixed head, £199.95, Victorian Plumbing

Penn stool, £69, Made

Choose a soft-grey palette for a modern spin on the traditional bathroom s

Paint mixing flat matt in Ashen White, Brushed Buckle and Charcoal Drift, £27.56 for 2.5l, Dulux

s The simple mirror echoes the bold angular lines of the scheme Mirror, £6, Wilko


A classic basin will stand the test of time Abbey traditional basin with pedestal, £69.97, Bathroom Takeaway

s Add a bath mat in a matching colour Bobble mustard bath mat, £14, Dunelm August 2018



My bathroom makeover Kate Burton ripped out 50-year-old bathroom fittings to create a room which is light, OFF-SET THE BATH TO CREATE A FOCAL POINT

Kate positioned the feature bath diagonally across the corner, leaving space for a feature bath tap behind it. The relaxing white and duck egg blue colour scheme makes the bathroom look light and spacious.

Insider info WHO LIVES HERE? Kate Burton lives in this two-bedroom mid-terrace house in Hull. She bought the house in October 2016 and in March 2017 she finally moved in.

WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE OLD ROOM? ‘It was dirty and dated with ugly old plastic fittings, a garish pink carpet and a huge pink gloss built-in cupboard.’

WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART? ‘Getting everything out! The fittings and water tank were big and heavy and it was easier to throw them out of the window than manoeuvre them down the stairs.’

WHAT WAS THE BEST BIT? ‘Knocking off the plaster and discovering the lovely old bricks. I cleaned and sealed them to stop them from shedding dust.’


Feature Heather Dixon Photos Dave Burton

‘When renovating a dated bathroom take out everything and strip it back to the basics. That way you can start afresh and get it looking exactly the way you want it.’


Kate saved money by sanding the original floorboards and painting with two coats of Ronseal hard finish floor paint

Before 52

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was long overdue modern and spacious

expose original features


hen Kate Burton bought her two-bedroom terraced house in Hull, it was in a 1970s time-warp, particularly the bathroom, which still had a dated pink plastic suite, melamine cupboards and an old pink carpet. ‘The house had been empty for a while, so everything in the room was damp and dirty,’ says Kate. ‘The cupboards, which were painted in gloss pink, took up a lot of space which could be better used. Plus, there was a very old shower unit with an old-fashioned boiler in the corner too.’ Kate wanted to start afresh, so she pulled out all the fittings and tipped them out through the window into the garden, ready to be loaded into a skip. The thick pink carpet and pink wall tiles went the same way – but she washed and kept the retro curtains to turn into cushion covers at a later date. ‘With everything back to bare walls I could see how big the room was and what I could do with it,’ she explains. Kate then employed a plumber to remove the old immersion tank and a new boiler was installed in a utility room downstairs. Kate bought


A flexible rack fits most bath widths and keeps essentials to hand.

Kate exposed the brick chimney breast and used the space that was occupied by an old water heater to fit an open-ended shower.

create privacy in style

Half shutters are an ideal way of creating privacy without blocking a view or reducing natural light.


A single glass shower screen is easy to clean and shows off the feature tiled walls. new fittings through local suppliers or online and then, while waiting for them to be delivered, she knocked off the old plasterwork on the chimney breast to reveal original bricks. ‘I thought about knocking out the chimney breast to create more space, but I loved the character of the brick, plus it made a recess for the new shower,’ says Kate. Next, Kate painted the original floor boards with two coats of white floor paint and had the oval bath positioned across one corner at an angle. ‘The old bathroom was so dark and crowded that I wanted to create a light, open look with a fresh modern style,’ says Kate. She found a console table to fit the second recess, which was turned into a wash stand and added half shutters at the window for privacy. ‘The bathroom was the worst room in the house,’ says Kate. ‘Now it’s my favourite. It’s hard to believe it’s the same room.’

CREATE YOUR OWN VANITY UNIT A console table was adapted by the plumber to create a useful stand for the basin. A wooden box on the lower shelf stows toiletries and spare towels.

Shopping list Mr Jones Dove Grey tiles, £29.99 per sq m, Brooke Ceramics. Mira Platinum dual rear fed shower, £999.60; Mira Flight shower tray 1200mm x 800mm, £259; Mira Leap divider panel 900mm, £290, all Mira Showers. Mode Harrison free-standing bath, £499, Victoria Plum. Orion modern short projection WC, £169.95; Hudson Reed tec single lever elite mono free-standing bath shower mixer tap, £229.95; Swift basin, £84.95, all Victorian Plumbing. Shutters, £173, California Shutters. Console table with two drawers, £63.95, SoBuy on Amazon. Dark Duck Egg matt emulsion, £24.50 per 2.5l, Laura Ashley. Bath rack, £15; storage box, £10, both Dunelm. Acova Cala white towel warmer, £198, B&Q. Mirror, £20, The Range. Bath mat, £10, Matalan. Ronseal Diamond Hard white floor paint, £25 per 2.5l, Ronseal.

Total cost: £3,211.85 August 2018


An island unit will provide extra worktop space while being the focal point in the room too Finsbury kitchen, from £7,500, Burbidge

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Create a unique look with our pick of free-standing ideas

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hile there are many benefits to a fitted kitchen, an off-thepeg option isn’t for everybody, especially if you crave a bespoke look and the flexibility of switching your scheme around. With a free-standing kitchen, units aren’t fixed to the wall, so you can achieve an individual, mismatched design by combining statement dressers, mobile trolleys and eye-catching cabinets in contrasting colours and styles. Designing a kitchen this way can also be more budget friendly, as you team new pieces with second-hand finds, adding to your room at your own pace. So, if your style is more eclectic than uniform, why not create a kitchen unique to your home?

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Create extra workspace wherever you need it with a mobile workstation. This trolley has Shaker-style shelves, two large drawers and lockable wheels New England trolley, £799, T&G Woodware


August 2018

For an unstuffy look, use a spacious dresser to both display coveted items and conceal everyday essentials St Ives large dresser, £999, Oak Furniture Land

KITCHEN IDEAS Jazz up your scheme with these wooden servers

Handles in different styles add a bespoke twist to this classic sideboard

Elevate wood carousel utensils set, £55, JosephJoseph

Canterbury sideboard, £219, Noa and Nani

These bamboo boards are perfect for chopping vegetables or serving charcuterie. An unusual octagonal shape, they come in three sizes and stack neatly in a compact stand

VonShef chopping boards with stand, £19.99, Domu

YH Top tip The distressed finish of this cookbook stand will complement a laid-back scheme

Make a statement dresser or island unit the hero piece in your room

Drift cookbook stand, £29.99, T&G Woodware

Choose a contrasting oak and painted finish for a mismatched scheme. This cupboard has adjustable internal shelves and can be crafted in any size or colour Millbrook tall narrow cupboard, £869, The Painted Furniture Company

A sleek oak tray will chime with any style of kitchen Oak tray, £25, John Lewis

If you’re not opting for an island unit, make a rustic dining table the hero piece in the kitchen Suffolk kitchen, from £12,000, Neptune

August 2018


YH Handy hint A bespoke kitchen is worth the investment. Every component of this classic country scheme is hand built from solid timber. Choose from a wide range of paint finishes and team with a solid-oak worktop Millbrook kitchen, from £599, The Painted Furniture Company

Mix and match colours, styles and finishes for a welcoming homespun look

Choose a mobile storage unit to keep kitchen utensils handy Risatorp trolley, £49, Ikea

A trolley with wine storage can be wheeled next to the dining table Kitchen trolley with bamboo top, £139, A Place For Everything

Hang utensils at arm’s reach with a practical wall-mounted shelving system Kungsfors wall grid, £15; Kungsfors round container, £9; Kungsfors rectangular container, £15, all Ikea


August 2018

Complement your counter top with a sleek bread bin Curved bread bin, £35, John Lewis

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e’re all about injecting colour into our projects this month – from fun fiesta-themed decorations to pretty floral wreaths and a cushion that combines watercolour painting with freestyle embroidery designs. Plus, don’t miss Hugh testing out the best tips and tricks to fix up your furniture, and our round-up of the best new crafty products and workshops.


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Make, do & Stage your own fiesta with these colourful decorations

Hanging star lanterns

Top tip

These illuminated 3D card decorations will jazz up your home day or night

Gently tug on the ribbon to pull the switch and turn the light on.

SHOPPING LIST l coloured paper or card l ruler l pencil l scissors l craft knife l four small tassels, or yarn to make them l ribbon l glue l Buttonlites, ÂŁ1.99 each from The Hanging

Lantern Company

Download and print the Hanging Star Template from www.yourhomemagazine. or send a stamped SAE to Your Home

Hanging Star Template, HBM UK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9HU. Use it to cut two star shapes from thick paper or card, then gently score along the dotted lines using a craft knife. Fold along each of your scored lines to create the 3D star shape. Carefully cut small pieces from the star along each of the five long fold lines – this will allow light to escape from inside the star. Place your stars together with right sides facing out. Carefully insert a small tassel into four points of the star and glue the two pieces together using the tabs provided. When you reach the final star point, attach a Buttonlite to a length of ribbon and insert this inside the star before glueing – this will act as both a hanger and provide the illumination inside the lantern.



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Calavera cushion

Make, do & craft


Get cosy Mexican style with this pillow

SHOPPING LIST l dark pink, bright pink, baby pink, pale blue and orange felt l pencil l scissors l pins l embroidery needle and thread l sequins and seed beads l toy stuffing,

£3.50 per 200g, Hobbycraft

Download and print the Calavera Cushion Templates from www.yourhomemagazine. or send a stamped SAE to Your Home

Calavera Cushion Templates, HBM UK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9HU. Use them to cut out the various pieces from different colours of felt. Place one of the skull shapes aside for now. Decorate the other with the coloured felt pieces, layering up the parts of the face and embroidering over them with colourful thread, beads and sequins until you’re happy with your design. Once your skull face has been stitched and embellished, place it together with the second skull piece, right side out. Work a blanket stitch around the edge to join the two together, Lay your felt pieces making sure to leave a 5cm out before stitching gap in the seam. Fill with toy stuffing until firm, then to ensure you’re complete the seam to finish.



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Pompom hanger Add a pop of colour to your walls

by making your pompoms. We used three different colours of yarn 1to Begin make a total of 15. Follow the


Acapulco wicker garden chair, £38, Homebase. Boho seat cushions, £19 each, Graham and Green

SHOPPING LIST l yarn, from a selection at Abakhan l pompom maker, from a selection at Amazon l scissors l length of wooden dowel l green felt l hot glue gun

instructions on your pompom maker to make them, ensuring you leave a tail of yarn behind from the centre of each for use later. Make your tassels. Cut a piece of cardboard to the length you want your tassel to be, then wrap a length of yarn around it multiple times, until you are happy with the thickness of the yarn. Loop and knot a length of yarn through the top of the wrap, then snip the bottom to release it from the cardboard. Leave the tail of your yarn loop hanging for use later on. Wrap a contrast colour of yarn around the top of this tassel to hold it together. Repeat to create eight small tassels and one large one. Construct your hanger. Cut a length of dowel to the width you want your finished hanger to be – ours was 30cm. Cut lengths of yarn to hang your pompoms and tassels from and tie them onto the dowel at regular intervals, then tie your pompoms and tassels onto them using the yarn tails left behind when making them. Finally, cut a length of scallop-edged felt and stick it over the dowel using dabs of hot glue to finish off the hanger.






Top tip Tie a length of yarn to each end of your dowel to allow it to be hung up. August 2018


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Repurpose an old embroidery hoop to make a gorgeous floral wreath decoration



mall, simple things can often be the most meaningful. Easy to make, this beautiful wreath adds that little something extra to a table setting with delicate blooms and pretty foliage set onto a recycled embroidery hoop.

You will need

3bonsai scissors 3embroidery hoop 3one 3four stem of ruscus 3green florist’s tape on comm of s stems of clary sage 3two stem ary rosem of s sprig yarrow stems 3two 3two stems of cotoneaster 3four small jasmine stems of garden roses 3one stem of onal) 3strip of linen or ribbon (opti



Start by attaching the greenery to the embroidery hoop. Ruscus makes a good base foliage and also helps to give the wreath a nice flowing shape, so begin by adding that to the hoop.

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To keep the wreath neat and tidy, attach all the materials using florist’s tape. Pull the tape tight so that it becomes almost transparent, as this will ensure that it will stick to itself once it is wrapped around the stem and the ring.

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Prepare your materials. Cut your flower stems diagonally using the bonsai scissors, leaving approximately 8cm of stem. Cut most of your foliage stems diagonally to about 16cm and leave a few of the more delicate stems slightly longer than this. Make sure you set aside one piece of foliage to add as a finishing touch – here we used a jasmine stem, about 24cm long

In this wreath, the flowers are grouped together at the bottom of the wreath to provide a focal point, with foliage arranged to splay out on either side. Add the other foliage pieces one at a time, spreading each piece out so that it covers as much of the ring as you want. Each time you add a new stem, make sure you cover the tape from the previous joining. If you add all the materials in the same direction this is easy to achieve.


Once all the greenery has been added, you can begin to attach the flowers. Use tape around the stems to secure the flowers to the ring; always try to cover the tape from the previous flower when you add each new one.


Add your flowers in any order you like, but for visual impact it is a good idea to add the larger blooms in groups. Here the garden roses are close together, which

strengthens the overall visual balance of the wreath. These larger-headed flowers also help to cover any areas of tape that are still visible.


When you have added all your flowers, finish by inserting a final piece of foliage under the head of one of the larger flowers, going in the opposite direction to the rest of the wreath – something delicate, such as jasmine, works very well. Rather than taping this in place, it is usually possible just to wrap the stem around the ring, or place it in gently through a gap between the flowers and the foliage.


To finish, loop the hoop onto the side of a chair or tie some linen or a ribbon to the top and attach it to the back of a chair with a bow.

This project is from Wreaths: Fresh, Foraged & Dried Floral Arrangements by Katie Smyth & Terri Chandler (Quadrille, £14.99), photography by Kristin Perers.

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Use long-life or dried flowers and foliage to make your wreath last longer. August 2018


Combine painterly techniques with embroidery for this


e love the painterly trend that’s everywhere right now and wanted to combine it with embroidered motifs to create a fun, colourful cushion that allows for plenty of stitch experimentation.


You will need 1m white linen fabric, £6 per m, Dunelm pencil ruler scissors iron spray bottle water watercolour paint fabric medium paintbrush embroidery needle and thread 18in zip pins sewing machine and thread 45cm square cushion pad, £3, Dunelm pompom trim, £9.50 per m, The Stripes Company


Begin by cutting out your cushion front. Using a ruler and pencil, mark out a single 45cm square onto a piece of white linen fabric. Cut it out using sharp dressmaker’s shears and press flat.


Dilute a small amount of either watercolour or acrylic paint and mix with fabric medium – this will allow the paint to bond well to the fabric. Fill a spray bottle with water and spritz it all over your linen square – painting onto wet fabric will allow the colour to spread slightly for an ethereal, painterly effect.


With your colour mix prepared, paint a selection of trailing leaves and vines all over your cushion front. Lay flat to allow it to dry – this will ensure the colour doesn’t run further. Press once more with a medium iron to set the paint.



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Once the painted design has been set, you can add your motifs. Use a pencil or a vanishing fabric pen to sketch out your favourite insects and flowers onto the fabric – we used a combination of beetles, butterflies, flowers, bees and more and spread them over the entire cushion front.


Embroider over your designs. We used a combination of different stitches to fill in our motifs – we referred back to photos on the internet and in nature books to get a good idea of colouring. Cut two 45cm x 24.5cm rectangles from your white linen – these will be the cushion back pieces. Press, then set one aside.


Lay one of your back pieces flat, with right side facing up. Lay your zip along one of the 45cm edges, aligning the edge of the zip with the edge of the fabric. Pin into place then work a straight machine stitch along the edge to secure the zip. Open out, press, then repeat with the second piece of fabric to join them together, with the zip inbetween. This is your cushion back.


Place your cushion front and cushion back pieces right sides together, and pin all the way round. Open your zip slightly, then use a straight machine stitch to sew all around the edge of the cushion, leaving a 1.5cm seam allowance. Open out through the open zip.


Finally, cut a 2m length of pompom trim and, with your cushion front laid flat, pin it around the edge of the cushion on the front side. Top stitch into position, concealing the cut ends by folding them under as you stitch.

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Porcelain cup with motif, ÂŁ3.99, H&M

Top tip Add tiny seed beads to your motifs for an extra touch of sparkle. August 2018


Home HACKS hugh’s

Style Editor Hugh is putting the best time and money-saving DIY tricks through their paces. This month, he’s on a mission to fix up furniture


he world may have already fallen in love with upcycling, but sometimes a piece of furniture just needs a little TLC, rather than a complete facelift. Re-painting isn’t the only way to bring a piece of wooden furniture back to life, so this month we’re trying out all those

little tips and tricks to revive tired wood, smooth out dents and scratches, and generally save furniture that’s otherwise destined for the great scrap heap in the sky. Find your favourite fixes and you’ll be looking at those worse-for-wear charity shop furniture finds with new eyes. rating guide


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Hack: The

walnut trick

The old tale goes, when you’ve got a light scratch in a light-to-medium colour wood, take a humble walnut and rub the flesh along the scratch. It leaves a familiar oily residue behind, which you should then massage gently with your finger to help the wood H rating H absorb the oil. It had a positive effect on the scratch on our table, though it was still lightly visible afterwards.

Hack: Iron

Hack: Oil and

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Those shallow dents, caused by years of dropping things on your surfaces, are often not as visible as a scratch, but will still cause your furniture to look aged and battered, so try this trick to help minimise their impact. Place some kitchen roll or a cloth over the dent and, with a hot iron, lightly press onto the cloth with the tip of the plate. Hold it there until the iron starts to steam, or use the steamer function. As the steam penetrates the wood, the dented fibres should H rating H swell up and, hopefully, fill in the void of the dent. It worked well on our wooden surface.


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vinegar solution

Vinegar has got to be one of the most versatile products in a home-owner’s arsenal – from saving rusty screws to making your own cleaning products. In addition, mixed with oil in a 1:1 ratio, it can also save damaged, dirty and scratched wood surfaces. Either make up a spray bottle with your concoction or apply directly with a cloth, but always test any solution on an innocuous area of your furniture first, in case you’re not happy with the effect, or it reacts in some way with H rating H your wood finish.

top tip Try to find a drawing crayon which matches your wood colour for an easy way to fill in scratches and dents.

Hack: Fix a sagging drawer

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When a drawer bottom starts to sag, it can be a real pain trying to pull out individual drawers. This can be a particular problem with lightweight MDF furniture where a thin board material is often used as a base. To fix, first cut a piece of scrap wood to fit snugly in the underside of the drawer. Inside the drawer, use a small bracket, like this one from B&Q and screw both down into the new timber placed on the underside of the drawer and into the front and back of the drawer. Make sure you use screws small enough that they won’t penetrate through to the other side and ruin the front of your drawers.

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Hack: Strengthen a door front

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In older, usually cheaper furniture, drawer fronts are sometimes attached directly to the body of the drawer, which can lead to loose drawer fronts after years of use. To strengthen the drawer, first cut up a piece of scrap wood so that it will fit snugly inside your drawer. Remove the handle if necessary and place the wood inside the drawer. If needed, clamp these pieces together, then drill through the existing hole left by the handle and through this new piece of wood. You can then replace the handle. Fix screws through the sides of the drawer into the scrap piece of wood to secure in place.

The thought of watermarks on the coffee table is enough to make the best of us come out in hives, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. If you have French polished, lacquered or varnished wood in your home, this solution will make easy work of watermarks and heat stains.

top tip If you have water rings on untreated wood, use a fine grit sandpaper to sand the spot, brushing away the dust regularly. Don’t sand so far as to leave an indent in your furniture though!

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Liberon Ring Remover

Liberon Ring Remover, £7.76 per 125ml, Amazon

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Ask the

experts We answer your DIY and maintenance questions with a little help from the experts


We have a second-hand wooden Ercol dining table that has become scratched and covered in splashes of paint, glue and all sorts while the kids were younger. We need to remove what’s left of the old varnish and redo the top. What products should we use? Pete Henderson, Morley, West Yorkshire



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I’d like to buy a sofa that has the option of a reclining seat but I don’t want it to look old-fashioned. Can you help? Richard Galpin, Hove


Andreas Knippert, Marketing Manager for ROM Sofas has the following advice… These days, you don’t need to compromise on style if you’re looking for a reclining sofa. There are plenty of contemporary designs to choose from. Take a look at the ROM website to see a wide range of comfortable sofas to suit the most modern interior. From electronically and manually adjustable headrests, seat depths and footrests, to controlling your sofa from your phone, our sofas are made to measure in any configuration you like. The stylish Colorado sofa (above) from our new Versato collection is a stylish design with added comfort technology. Whether you’re opting for a recliner or a turning-end cushion for extra foot support it also includes a touch-screen remote that allows you to control your sofa’s recliner with functions such as a child lock and position memory function. The Colorado sofa with recliner costs from £1,370; www.

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Mike Morris, Technical Services Manager at Liberon has the following advice… With a bit of TLC, it’s possible to restore your Ercol table back to its former glory in a few simple steps! To start, use a mild stripper, such as Liberon Fine Wood Stripper (£8.74 for 500ml), to remove the paint and glue from the surface. Brush the solution on, cover with a plastic sheet and leave for around 30 minutes. Once dissolved, use a plastic scraper to remove the top layer, or clean up hard-to-reach areas with grade two steel wool. Once stripped, neutralise the timber with a simple white spirit solution or wax and polish remover. Leave this for 24 hours then sand the timber back to bare wood, using 60 grit sandpaper. Finish with fine steel wool then wipe away the dust with a tack cloth. The table is now ready to varnish. To restore the finish of the table, Liberon Interior Furniture Varnish (£15.38 for 1l) is a durable solution which produces a long-lasting finish. Apply three coats to ensure the highest level of protection against future bumps and scratches. Use fine steel wool to smooth the surface between each application and leave to dry for 24 hours after the final coat. For a more decorative finish, a coloured wood dye such as Liberon Palette Wood Dye can be mixed with the varnish prior to application. For more woodcare tips, visit www.



I’ve been trying to find a bay window curtain pole that can be fixed to the ceiling as my window spans the full height of the room. Can you advise where I can get one from? Andrea Smedley, via email


Lucy Shore, Creative Designer at Swish, says… Bay windows can be a fantastic focal point and curtain poles don’t have to be ruled out. Look out for end brackets and passing brackets that can be ‘top fixed’ as these have been designed to be secured from the ceiling, while allowing passing rings to glide over them. They can be adjusted to suit the drop too. To fit a bracket to the wall, select Pass Over Brackets to support the length of the pole installation. Swish has two poles to fit angled bay windows which can be wall or ceiling mounted. The first, from its Design Studio range, has flexible corner joints that are ideal for angles up to 92° as they can be set and locked for the best fit. The second option is the Belgravia Bay Pole from the Elements range. This has an elbow joint, making the bend less of a sweep. Both ranges are available in four colours, Antique Brass, Chrome, Satin Steel or Graphite. Prices start from around £108 for a 28mm diameter 3m pole. Finials cost from around £16.50 for two. For stockists and further information visit or call 01543 271421.


I love the idea of transforming some of my wooden furniture with brightly coloured paint. Do you have any tips on pairing colours, preparation, products etc? Mary Slater, Poole


Annie Sloan, fine artist, colour expert and author, says… Transforming a piece of furniture with my Chalk Paint is very easy – you don’t have to prime or sand. You can just get on with it and be creative! The great thing about Chalk Paint is that if you paint a piece one colour and change your mind you can paint right over it, even after you’ve waxed it. My tip is that a little goes a long way, so once you’ve painted your piece of furniture you can use any leftover paint

on small items in your home to bring the room scheme together. If you are going to go with something bright, it’s very important to look at what colours you already have in the room. Bring out the colour which is predominant in the room; so, if you already have lots of blues I’d go for a different blue which is a little brighter. That’s probably the safest option. If you’re feeling brave, try going with the complementary

colour. The complementary tone of blue is orange – try a bright hue such as Barcelona Orange, or a rust like Primer Red. If the blue is bright, the complementary needs to be mellow and deep (try Greek Blue with Primer Red). If the blue is mellow and deep, the complementary can be bright (think Aubusson Blue with Barcelona Orange). This would really pop and make the room look lively. I would be careful not to put too many colours in one room, unless you are confident with colour. If you have a lot of colour in the room, add a neutral to create balance. A deep and strong colour on the walls, such as Chalk Paint in Aubusson Blue and Amsterdam Green (which is also available in Wall Paint), looks fantastic paired with something bright such as Chalk Paint in English Yellow, Antibes Green or Giverny – such beautiful and bright colours. Furniture is the ideal place to try out a daring colour if you don’t want the commitment of painting your walls. Seen here are Chalk Paint in Antibes Green (left) and Wall Paint in English Yellow and Chalk Paint in Provence (above), from £4.95 for 120ml. For more information, call 01865 803168, or visit

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Can you give me some advice on providing electricity to an outdoor space please. Does it need to go on a separate ring? I’d like to install lighting around the garden and have power points for the lawnmower, fountain and music player. Emma Walker, Uxbridge Darren Staniforth, Technical Expert at electrical regulatory body, NICEIC advises the following: Due to the added risk posed by poor weather, the garden is considered a highrisk area when carrying out electrical work. So, when it comes to lighting up an outside area, it is important to ensure it is installed professionally and safely. Using a separate ring will depend on the amount of load you are adding. For example, if you plan to add several sockets, lighting and a fountain, then it would be advisable to create a separate circuit. If you are installing just one socket outlet in the garden, then it would be safe to supply from the existing ring final circuit. You might also want to keep the external circuit separate to those within the house, so if any faults were to occur, the circuit would not affect the inside. All outside sockets must be RCD protected for safety. An RCD (residual current device) works by switching off the flow of electricity when a cable or flex is cut. Also, all external appliances must carry the correct IP rating, which indicates how well it stands up to external conditions. The same rules apply to light fittings for water features – make sure anything you buy is waterproof. Don’t forget to look out for the BEAB Approved Mark and the European Community (CE) safety symbol too. All external appliances or sockets should be installed by an electrician registered with the NICEIC or ELECSA, who will be able to make sure all work is done safely and to required standards. For more information, visit or

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If you have a DIY or maintenance question, write to Ask the Experts, Your Home, Hubert Burda Media UK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, Essex CO4 9HU or email August 2018


craft stash musts have Check out the latest crafting news, workshops and brilliant buys

pick up a skill: Crochet With everything included to create a gorgeous crochet seat cover, Sophie’s Stool Kit, priced £31.95, is the perfect summertime interiors project. Featuring a miniature version of crochet designer Dedri Uys’s famous Sophie pattern, each one contains nine skeins of yarn, one stool, an authentic ‘Sophie’s Universe’ label and four olive wood buttons – plus full instructions. Visit for more information.

workshop: VV Rouleaux We love the range of crafty classes from haberdashery expert VV Rouleaux, and its Knots & Tassels course, which takes place in both the Bath and Marylebone stores, is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Learn to make exquisite Turk’s head knots and tassels, then use your beautiful creations to update interiors, garments and jewellery. Priced £65 per person, visit to find out more and book yourself a place.

Perfect planning If you love to keep your projects organised, you’ll adore these planner kits from Ban. Do! Start off by picking your perfect wallet, then add accessories, stickers, notecards, stamps and more to stay organised in style. For more details, visit www. bando. com.

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Colourful creations

r adeabsolutely reWe love the gorgeous new range of notebooks from featuring the artwork of Ukrainian Petrykivka painter eat trPaperblanks, Olena Skytsiuk. In each design, thousands of small brush strokes combine to create miniature landscapes and floral scenes. Priced £14.99 each, they are available from

Knitting and crochet are often thought of as winter crafts – but with the new Ra-Ra-Raffia yarn collection from Wool And The Gang, you can use your hooks and needles year round. Made from 100 per cent long wood fibre, the yarn adds perfect structure to your summer hats, bags and home accessories and comes in four natural shades, priced from £14.50 per ball.

Water Label The Water Label is your at a glance guide to high-performance and efficient taps, baths, toilets and showers. The less water you use (and the energy needed to heat it) the more energy and money you’ll save.


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Reader homes Turn the page to discover four fabulous houses filled with character

Show off your hard work in Your Home Have you just finished decorating your home? If so we’d love to see your photos and, who knows, it may even be featured in a future issue. You can share them on Instagram using #YHlovemyhome and #YourHomemagazine, or email



Sandra has given her waterside cottage a fresh new look

Tara has taken her new-build home from bland to bold, filling it with character


Karen has updated not one, but two beachside properties


Colour is key in Erin’s modern, four-bed family home

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Buying a new-build made us more creative Finding a property with enough space for her family was the first hurdle for Tara Noble. The second was transforming it from a bland new-build to a home bursting with character


hen Tara and her husband, Chris, ruled out a new-build site in Guisborough earlier in the year, they had no idea that just a few months later they’d find their dream home in that very development. ‘We had outgrown our three-bedroom home, and were looking for a bigger, more spacious property in the


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area,’ Tara recalls. ‘It wasn’t long before we found a buyer, who was pushing for a quick sale, however we just couldn’t find the type of house we had in mind.’ The couple viewed every property within their price range, but none ticked enough of their boxes. ‘Not one of the houses felt right for us,’ says Tara. ‘I began to panic

The living room, a space that was decorated the day the family moved in and has since been redecorated twice, has been designed to accommodate the whole family. The large sofa and walls painted in Valspar’s Charcoal Grey make the room ideal for a movie night for everyone


WE ARE Tara Noble, 38, a stay-at-home

mum, my husband, Chris, 37, an off-shore oil-rig worker, and sons Luke, 19, and Finlay, 10. Plus our bulldogs, Winston and Wilma, and Labrador named Simba.

OUR HOME IS A detached four-bedroom new-build in Guisborough, Cleveland. MY TOP TIP IS To use spray paint to give furnishings a new look, so there’s no need to splurge on new items.


Don’t be afraid to opt for a style that’s a bit out of the norm. Go dark, go bold, and have fun with your interiors.

Unsure at first of her decision to go dark in the living room, Tara chose to do so in order to create an eye-catching gallery wall. Now complete, she couldn’t be happier with the result

that there was a very real possibility we wouldn’t actually find anything in time.’ Meanwhile, Chris was working away from home, sending links of properties he’d found online to Tara, but every one required too much work, which they unfortunately didn’t have the time for. ‘One afternoon, after I picked Finlay up from school, I decided to drop by the newbuild site that Chris and I had previously ruled out,’ says Tara. ‘Unbelievably, a new four-bedroom house had been released that day! I remembered seeing it the last time we visited. Chris loved it, but we couldn’t see a price and were convinced it’d be way out of our price range.’ Luckily, the house was well within budget, and offered all the space – not to mention the large south-facing garden – they had hoped for. The only problem: there wasn’t a show home, so the couple had just the floor plans to go by. Conscious that properties such as this one,  which fulfilled their list of priorities and didn’t exceed their budget,  were hard to come by, a deal was swiftly negotiated and the house bought. Not unlike most new-build properties, the couple’s house had an unmistakable

into the Barker and Stonehouse showroom – my favourite store – on the hunt for style ideas. I also use Instagram to follow inspiring interiors accounts.

NEXT WE WOULD LIKE To convert the loft into a master bedroom, complete with en-suite bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe.


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Throughout the living room’s many identities, the Cole & Son wallpaper is one of the few aspects that has remained the same. It balances the darker half of the room and tones down the industrial items


Although the couple negotiated with the developers to have the grey, highgloss cabinets they loved, on reflection, they weren’t the most practical option, as marks are more obvious than on matt surfaces

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Chris used old scaffolding boards and fixtures from B&Q to create a stylish shelf above the dining table.

‘The girls on site said they had never seen anyone begin decorating so quickly’ The open-plan kitchen/diner/sitting room (otherwise known as the man cave) is the heart of Tara’s home, where friends and family gather for coffee and catch-ups. ‘I love that I can stand in the kitchen, but also see directly into the garden through the patio doors,’ she says The dining table and bench set is easily Tara’s favourite bargain in this room. ‘It’s from Barker and Stonehouse, and was reduced as it had been returned by a customer because of slight discolouring. I love the fact it’s rustic and has imperfections – it adds to the character,’ she says


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clinical feel when they first moved in. The walls, unsurprisingly, were all white, and every room void of personality. Keen to rectify this, Tara enlisted a decorator friend, Lee Byrski of Colour Magic, to hang wallpaper in the living room on the day they moved in. ‘The girls working at the site said they’d never seen anyone begin decorating that quickly,’ Tara laughs. ‘But we were so desperate to make it ours, we didn’t want to wait.’ While the decorating began on moving day, planning had taken place way before. The gloss units and appliances in the kitchen had been negotiated as part of the deal, but the worktops – which were also included – weren’t to the pair’s taste. ‘My only qualm with buying a new-build is the limitations when it comes to fixtures and fittings,’ says Tara. Determined to have their house feeling like a home from the get-go, they made plans to rip out the worktops, taps, sink and stainlesssteel hob as soon as they could, to replace with fixtures they preferred, including a

matt-black sink and tap, and gorgeous granite worktops from Sparkle Granite. The open-plan dining/sitting room, referred to by the couple as the ‘man cave’, was also given a lot of thought prior to the move. ‘Chris had always dreamt of having his own space – a man cave –  to watch football and put his feet up, so he was quite excited to have this room in our new home,’ Tara smiles. ‘Before we’d even moved in he’d come back from a car boot sale with all manner of items and when I’d ask him what they were for, his response was always: “They’re for my man cave!”’ After each room had had its facelift – some rooms twice or thrice over, such as the living room, all attention was then on the garden, which Tara recalls as being a mud pit. ‘I remember us drawing up

Inside the summerhouse is a small seating area along with the bar – the star of the show – made even more exciting by the industrial stools from Wayfair The summerhouse, bought from, complete with Tara’s choice of monochrome décor, provides a picturesque space for socialising during the summer months

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Rustic was the name of the game for Chris’s man cave. He used old pallets to create a statement wall feature and an old mangle and wood offcuts to make a one-of-a-kind herringbone coffee table. The monochrome throw is from Dunelm

plans on a napkin in a pub,’ Tara laughs. ‘We had no building experience, but we thought we’d just give it a bash ourselves anyway.’ The garden, which was on a slope, was divided into three levels, and slowly revived by the pair with the help of YouTube tutorials. The summerhouse – an idyllic little space boasting a bar and social area – arrived flat-packed and, instead of splashing £1,000 to have it assembled, Tara and Chris took on the challenge themselves. ‘It was like the world’s largest jigsaw,’ Tara says. ‘I took on the role of project manager, barking orders to Chris while he built it. It cost us blood, sweat, tears and five near-divorces, let me tell you, but it was worth it.’ Although the pair have put their stamp on the place, Tara can often be found restyling and snapping areas of the house to share on Instagram (@nest_ twentytwo), the source of much of her interiors inspiration. A loft conversion is on the cards, which will provide a new master bedroom along with an en suite and walkin wardrobe, but for now, they’re happy with their eclectic home. YH


To give the master suite a calm, relaxing ambiance, Tara and Chris opted for neutral hues and an abundance of texture

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Short on space, Tara has had to be clever with storage in the spare bedroom. The single daybed from Ikea opens up to king size. The chest, which once belonged to Tara’s late stepdad, is used to stash small items


ideas to steal

Style an idyllic outside sitting area with a plush corner sofa – perfect for socialising. Garden Trading Walderton corner sofa set, £1,650, Houseology

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A day bed is the perfect choice for a spare room, making it a usable space for the family, as well as when guests come to stay.

Pep up a plain sofa using geometric, monochrome cushions. Johanne cushion cover, £9.50, Ikea

Give your room a rustic vibe, like Tara has, by using this exposed brick wallpaper.

Keen to keep the main bathroom as bright as possible, Tara and Chris chose to forgo a built-in shower in favour of two made-to-measure mirrors that take up an entire wall. Although tricky to clean, Tara thinks they were well worth the sacrifice

Fresco red brick wall wallpaper, £9 per roll, Wilko

Keep your bedroom feeling calm and cosy with some candlelight. Buddha tea-light holders, £6 for two, George Home

Add a little industrial glamour to your dining area. Gold basket pendant light, £39.99, Homesense

With a metal frame and herringbone top, this table is ideal for adding an industrial edge. Rio square coffee table in walnut, £64.95, Cuckooland

My passion is my home and I love living here by the sea

Sandra and Simon Fowle renovated their weekend retreat, a former fisherman’s cottage, to pack it with charm, coastal style and calming hues


hen Simon Fowle took early retirement last year, he and his wife Sandra decided to downsize and move to their weekend retreat – the house where Simon’s grandparents had lived. Affectionately named by Sandra the ‘little house of happiness,’ the two-bedroom fisherman’s cottage is located in picturesque Queenborough Harbour in North Kent and has been in Simon’s family since the 1930s. ‘My grandad Nobby lived here with my

nan Lillian, who reached the grand age of 101. Grandad converted Thames barges into house boats and worked in the boat shed here. My mother actually went into labour with me in the back bedroom – which is now our bathroom,’ says Simon. ‘After my grandmother passed away, the house lay empty for 10 years, until we bought it from family six years ago to use as a holiday home.’ Four years ago, Simon and Sandra planned a major renovation involving demolishing the existing conservatory and downstairs bathroom to create a bright open-plan extension with renewed joists, skylight windows and bi-fold doors opening on to the harbour side terrace. Simon’s

Sandra’s sitting room is open plan to the dining area and has two fireplaces. The wood burning stove adds warmth and comfort to the sitting area. Sandra buys all her logs from The sofa is from DFS, nautical cushions from Sass & Belle and the large typography wall print is from Next


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WE ARE Sandra Fowle, a homemaker,

crafter, interiors blogger and Instagrammer (, @gottacraft), my husband Simon, a retired structural engineer, and our two Lakeland terriers, collectively known as the Bears.

OUR HOME Is a two-bedroom former

I’M A HUGE FAN OF Emma Bridgewater china and have a large collection on my dresser that I change according to the season. Weather & Worn in Hadlow, Kent, is great for vintage homewares and the coffee shop has fabulous homemade cakes. I also love visiting the big brocante fair ( WE LOVE Watching all the fishing boats and yachts go out to sea from our patio. Local fishermen land their fish here – some have even offered us a fresh lobster over the fence! We love going for coastal walks with the Bears. Last year, we adopted a plank as a memorial to Simon’s father, so whenever we go for a walk along the all-tide landing on the harbour walkway, we pop over to say hello.

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Sandra had shelves built under the stairs, great for adding interest and storing small books, objects and ornaments. Sandra has created a home office area complete with a retro-inspired desk and shelves crafted under each step of the stairs. Sandra has collected vintage books from local boot fairs and the bluetooth typewriter, from, was a gift to Sandra from Simon. It can be connected to multiple wireless devices at the same time

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fisherman’s cottage in Queenborough Harbour in Kent, built in 1900, where Simon’s grandparents had lived since the 1930s.


The bespoke dining table from Pine Farmhouse Table has been teamed with a painted wooden bench and comfy chairs from John Lewis. Sandra’s cherished Neptune dresser contains her favourite Emma Bridgewater china. The fireplace is a mixture of real, unsplit and decorative logs, and window shutters from California Shutters create privacy

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Sandra has used a mixture of real and decorative unsplit logs in the fireplace to add texture and an earthy vibe to the dining area.

‘The armchair beside the Aga is the perfect place enjoy the warmth with the Bears on my lap’ Sandra has affectionately named her three-oven gas-fired Aga Betty Blue which, she says, is the star of her kitchen. When it’s switched off in the summer months, the couple use the ceramic hob and single oven. The metal shelf above the Aga is from Cox & Cox and the wooden star is from Clarissa & Co. The large ‘Bobbing on water’ painting is by Alce Harfield and the striped armchair is from Ikea


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grandad’s old boat shed has been converted into a garage with an integrated utility and downstairs loo. Upstairs, they transformed the third bedroom into a bathroom and the second bedroom into Sandra’s craft room. ‘I have a passion for interiors and crafting, and I’m proud to call myself a homemaker,’ says Sandra. ‘I’m a magazine junkie and keep scrapbooks. I also follow interiors blogs and scroll through Instagram for ideas.’ As Simon worked in the building industry, he had the skillset required to design plans to gain planning permission in a conservation area and they used to locate a builder. ‘Our builder was great and managed everything from plumbing to electrics, carpentry and decorating,’ adds Sandra. In the kitchen, in keeping with her coastal surroundings, Sandra selected blue gloss units from Wren Kitchens, which is where she also found the quartz worktops, spray tap, sink and all the appliances. Sandra’s favourite part of the kitchen is her Aga, lovingly named Betty Blue, that

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she relocated from her previous home in Surrey. ‘I absolutely love our Betty Blue, which took three days to move, reassemble and install here,’ says Sandra. ‘If I want to bake something last minute, I just leave the butter on top to soften up. We have roasting, simmering and baking ovens – the temperatures are different for all three and always stay the same. Betty bakes the best and most seriously moist cakes. We have instant heat all winter long and I miss it when we turn her off in the summer. I belong to the “I love my Aga” Facebook group – it’s packed full of useful tips and I’ve seen people in the group having theirs re-enamelled. Aga’s really do last forever.’ Sandra was also keen to include a walk-in larder in a disused corner of the kitchen. ‘Six years ago, when I suggested a larder to our builder instead of overhead kitchen units, he thought I was incredibly old fashioned but since then, larders have been making a comeback!’ Sandra has created cosy nooks inspired by everything she loves including a coffee corner and her ‘terrier corner’ full of terrierinspired ornaments and art, her favourite of which is the watercolour of her dogs in front of the blue Aga by illustrator Sally Belinda. She’s added her own stamp to a wire cupboard packed full of black, chalklabelled jars containing baking ingredients,

High up on Sandra’s wish list for her new kitchen was to create a walk-in larder. Sandra has filled it with her favourite cookery books and groceries and has decorated the shelves with fairy lights for a touch of sparkle

illuminated by fairy lights. ‘My beloved KitchenAid mixer takes pride of place in my kitchen and I bake almost every day for our community centre, whether that’s

Sandra and Simon selected blue gloss units from the Linda Barker range at Wren Kitchens, which is where they also found the quartz worktops, spray tap, sink and appliances. The weathered oak stools are from Cox & Cox and the scaffold board shelves are from Etsy. The blue stool on the worktop is from Weathered and Worn, and the wooden plate rack is from Emma Bridgewater. The copper kettle on the shelves belonged to Simon’s grandmother August 2018


fairy cakes for our Mother’s Day tea or iced lemon cake for the bereavement café. My mother collected old vintage cookery pamphlets that I’ve put in a vintage crate to flick through – I love the fact there isn’t much you can’t make with Nestlé condensed milk!’ In the open-plan sitting-dining room, the couple replaced the old gas fire with a toasty log burner and a wood store with decorative logs near the dining table. The most recent makeover took place in the master bedroom where Sandra painted

‘We would come here every weekend up until we took early retirement, when we decided to live here permanently’ a deep-ink colour feature wall. ‘I’m so pleased I took the plunge with a dark shade; I painted over my beautiful Cath Kidston wallpaper and had to give it three coats,’ she says. ‘It’s out of my comfort zone but I’m pleased I took the plunge. It’s a very soothing shade to live with.’ Sandra’s craft room features modern birch plywood peg boards designed with utensil rack shelves and pegs and another special heirloom. ‘The vintage mahogany cabinet used to belong to my parents, I painted it in chalk paint and lined it with Cath Kidston wallpaper to store my fabrics and wools,’ she adds. ‘I kept a Project Life scrapbook of the house renovations, which is lovely to flick through.’ The bathroom had a makeover, too. ‘The Sandra’s craft room is full of decorative wonders. The peg boards by Kreis Design are useful for displaying crafting accessories. And Sandra upcycled the vintage cabinet that had belonged to her parents to store her fabrics and wools


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Sandra’s pretty bathroom has been decorated in Cath Kidston wallpaper. All fixtures and fittings are from Better Bathrooms. The mirror is from Bentalls, the wooden stool from Weather & Worn and the wooden bath caddy shelf is from John Lewis


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Add industrial style to your kitchen with this rustic metal shelf with copper-edge detail; it’s great for displaying favourite utensils.

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Sandra chose to paint a dark feature wall in Little Greene’s Hicks Blue, this is contrasted by soft accents of pastel blues, pinks and lilac.

If you’re into baking like Sandra, nothing comes close to a KitchenAid.

The chandelier creates a luxurious feel in the bedroom. The headboard is from Willow and Hall, the wardrobe and chest of drawers are from M&S, while the silver tray belonged to Sandra’s mother and was a gift for her silver wedding anniversary

previous shower was so small that if Simon dropped the soap he couldn’t bend down to pick it up! I had always held on to a vintage Cath Kidston wallpaper with this room in mind and then we sourced all the fittings online.’ The welcoming, relaxed, coastal scheme is a far cry from the dated, much-loved home the couple invested in six years ago. ‘Nan would have loved the changes we’ve made – her copper kettle has a pride of place here – she was always painting or moving things around and was a faffer, just like Sandra!’ admits Simon. ‘I’ve grown up with boats all my life, so I’m hoping to buy my own soon.’ ‘Since moving here, I do miss my friends but I’ve made new ones on Instagram and from becoming a trustee at the local community centre,’ admits Sandra. ‘The locals are incredibly fond of this house – I recently overheard someone saying that “The Woods” (Simon’s grandparents) used to live here, and I was thinking to myself – in a way, they still do!’ YH

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Keep all your bathing products to hand on a wood bath bridge. Bethany bathtub rack, £20, Habitat


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We found our dream beach house on the Scottish coast The search for the perfect home with a sea view led to Karen Barclay Hogarth buying not one, but two, coastal properties in Fife Painting the walls, ceiling and floor the same pale colour gives a fresh, spacious feel and makes the most of the open-plan layout


Periwinkle and Seaholme are adjoining homes. ‘We painted the outside of both properties a beautiful terracotta colour for uniformity,’ says Karen


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orn in Southport, a large seaside town with miles of beach, Karen has always felt an affinity with coastal locations. After going on to live in some of the world’s most exciting cities, including Paris and Hong Kong, she and her husband Charles moved to the Scottish Borders where their cashmere business, Hogarth, is based. They spent several happy years there – but always yearned for the sight and sound of the sea and the fresh air they enjoyed when based on the coast. Deciding they’d had enough of living inland, they set out on the search for the perfect seaside home. Karen wanted somewhere large enough to accommodate

and entertain family and friends, and with their happy and growing brood of six children and one grandchild dotted around the country, they weren’t limited to looking in just one location. ‘I spent hours looking online at properties all over the country – my only criteria was that we wanted a coastal village and a property with not just a view of the sea, but a location right on the beach. Other than that, I didn’t really mind where it was. Charles used to poke fun at me and ask “where are we today darling?”, because one minute I was imagining us living in Cornwall, and the next I’d be eyeing up a property in

REAL HOME Furniture is given a new lease of life by upcycling with a coat of paint in fresh white and pale grey, fitting with the New England scheme

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the west of Scotland!’ But it was Seaholme, a property in an ancient fishing village called Lower Largo in Fife (the birthplace of the man who inspired the story of Robinson Crusoe), that ticked every box and won them over. ‘We bought Seaholme because the location was perfect – it’s on the beach and the view from our decking is more like the vista from the bridge on a ship than from a house,’ says Karen. They bought the home in February 2017, and when the property adjoining it, Periwinkle, came on the market in May, they saw an opportunity. ‘Given the fact that it was right next door to our home, we thought it would be perfect to use as extra accommodation for family and friends, and we could also make it available as a holiday let. By June 2017 it was ours.’ Periwinkle had been lived in by an elderly lady who had owned the house for around 40 years, and although it was


WE ARE Karen Barclay Hogarth, 62, and my husband Charles, 68. We have both recently retired from running our business, Murray Hogarth.

structurally sound, it definitely needed more than just a facelift. In a bid to make full use of the bright location, Karen and Charles decided to make the space openplan. Removing the wall that separated the lounge and dining rooms allows the light from large French windows leading to the terrace to flood the whole of the

OUR HOME IS A four-bedroom house on the beach in Lower Largo, with an adjoining house called Periwinkle. We bought the properties in February and June 2017. MY BEST BARGAIN Is a beautiful

Mexican coffee table from a vintage market which I restored.

MY TOP TIP Is to keep an open mind so

you can react to new ideas and themes as you gather items that you think fit the scheme.

I LOVE tO SHOP In vintage and

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retro stores.

Plants don’t need to be high maintenance – these days faux foliage is so good you can barely tell it apart from the real thing.

TO RELAX I love a jacuzzi! MY STYLE Is tasteful but eclectic. For

Periwinkle, I chose a quirky New-England look.

FOR INSPIRATION I stand on our decking and look at the sea. BEST BIT ABOUT LIVING HERE

Is knowing that my contentment is forever.

MY FAVOURITE ROOM Is the lounge,

it’s so bright and has sea views.



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Bedroom 1 Living room

The bright lounge has spectacular views of the sea, with quirky vintage-shop finds on display alongside high-street buys. ‘I knew from the start that I wanted Periwinkle to feel every inch a New England-style seaside house,’ Karen says. The planter is from Next, the mustard yellow velvet cushions are from H&M



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‘I probably visited every furniture, bric-a-brac, vintage and second-hand shop in Fife’ The colour and traditional style of the cabinets retain the coastal New-England look, with the black splashback and worktop giving a modern edge. Using the same material for the splashback and worktops creates the illusion of space. The grey cups and white storage jar are from Debenhams, the tea towel is from Ikea and the grey bowl, plates, green cups and marble chopping board were all bought from Anthropologie The second bedroom is painted in a sunny shade of yellow, with wooden panelling adding to the New-England feel. The throws and globe are from Anthropologie. Using a stack of books to display favourite objects gives a quirky look

ground floor. A luxury en-suite shower room was installed in the large master bedroom upstairs; the family bathroom was completely modernised; floors were updated throughout and the whole house was rewired and replumbed in the process.


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‘My husband and I are not the DIY types!’ says Karen. ‘Everything was carried out by a few exceptional local tradesmen and from start to finish the work took just three months to complete.’ Karen knew from the beginning that she wanted the interior to have a nautical, New England feel, but with a bit of an edge. She says, ‘I decided on a fresh, pale colour scheme and had the original floorboards sanded and limed.’ She then set about finding the furniture and quirky decorative items in the house. ‘Over a couple of months, I probably visited every furniture, bric-a-brac, vintage and secondhand shop in Fife,’ Karen laughs. Throughout these visits, she managed to accumulate plenty of different items. ‘I found everything from sofas to table lamps – even an old pair of oars,’ she says. ‘I then set about putting them all together and, as you can imagine, each thing enjoyed a few locations before I decided on a


The nautical theme is continued in the family bathroom, with a vintage sailing boat displayed on the windowsill and a fun seascape on the toilet seat – similar can be found at Victorian Plumbing. Karen made the mirror frame herself by attaching pieces of driftwood found on the beach

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A foldable table in a pale neutral will suit any space.

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permanent home!’ A year and a half later, and now happily settled and enjoying every moment of their home, Karen and Charles wouldn’t change a thing about where they live. ‘We’re so happy living at Seaholme, there’s so much to love about it,’ Karen says. ‘We’re south-facing, so every sunrise and sunset is beautiful. The view of the day changes

Table, £7, Flying Tiger

constantly as the tide ebbs and flows and the multitude of seabirds go about their daily routine. And you can’t beat a summer evening sitting on the terrace, warmed by the glowing embers in the stonebuilt barbecue, listening to the waves. We’ll never leave.’ YH

Choose plant pots that complement the rest of your scheme. Raw planter, £17.50, M&S

This large bowl is perfect for serving salads and pasta dishes, or displaying fruit. Bamboo salad bowl, £15, Debenhams

Nod towards sailing the high seas with a globe light. Globe light, £69.95, Cuckooland

This shabby chic clock fits well with the New England aesthetic. The bedroom has a wide window overlooking the sea. ‘I love that you can hear the waves lapping as you lie in bed,’ says Karen. The lamp is from Debenhams, and the duvet cover and cushion with orange detail are from Anthropologie

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A lime-green feature wall frames the fireplace, bought from Agathos, and creates a striking focal point in the room. The sofa, ottoman and floor light came from Murphy’s Liquidation Furniture. The pendant lights are from Ikea. The flooring is from Matt Briton Flooring

We’ve created a colourful, contemporary home Building our own home has given us the modern house that we had always dreamt of owning


uilt in 2010 this starkly modern house, sleek inside and out, is home to Erin and Anthony Murphy and their two children, Jessica and Jack. Situated in Tinahely, Co.Wicklow, in Ireland, it is built on a plot of land that was given to Anthony by his parents. ‘We sold our cottage, which helped us fund the project, and luckily found a house to rent that was just round the corner from the site. This was brilliantly helpful for us as Anthony was taking on the task of project-managing the build and needed


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to be on site as much as possible,’ says Erin. When it came to planning the design of the house the couple were very sure about what they wanted right from the beginning. ‘We knew we wanted something with plenty of light, with big windows to maximise the views. We also decided to have a strong indoor-outdoor link and to have easy access to the back garden,’ explains Erin. Looking to websites, magazines and other people’s homes for inspiration,


the couple went armed with ideas to architect Dermot Geoghegan, who had fortunately been recommended to them by someone they knew. ‘Dermot had designed a house for one of our friends in the village so we knew his style of work and knew he would be able to come up with an innovative plan to fulfil our brief.’ Dermot’s drawings ticked all the right boxes – a split level, pared-back modern house, orientated to make the most of the beautiful countryside views, with a large amount of glass to flood Storage units with colourful the whole house with natural boxes are a perfect solution light. ‘We both loved the for hallways, playrooms and design and, luckily, there were no holdchildren’s bedrooms. ups when it came to planning permission. We did have a few conditions attached to the planning, but nothing that would cause any problems,’ says Erin. The L-shaped sofa from Murphy’s Having had previous experience in the Liquidation Furniture provides plenty of seating for the family to relax. This spacious construction trade, Anthony knew a lot about renovating and building extensions. room takes in the views of the landscaped Although he had never been involved garden and surrounding countryside

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‘Storage is very important in an open-plan house. In the hall I designed a cloakroom to house our coats – and wine collection – which was custom made and painted in a RAL colour, 7024, a Fleetwood mix,’ says Erin

WE ARE Erin and Anthony Murphy, and our two children, Jessica, 11, and Jack, seven. We run a furniture business, Murphy’s Liquidation Furniture (

OUR HOME Is a newly built, four-bedroom house, in Tinahely, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.

MY BEST ADVICE IS To start with a blank

canvas and build on it. An all-white scheme can be a bit stark, particularly in a modern home, so add pops of colour with feature walls and a choice of vibrant accessories with cushions, lamps, pots, throws and artwork.


That the garden was on a slope so we had to work out how to make it functional and practical for the family. We asked a landscaper to come up with a solution.


Houzz, Pinterest, interiors magazines and even other people’s houses really inspire me. These gave me plenty of ideas and helped me plan the clever storage which is key to keeping an open-plan design clutter free.

I LOVE TO SHOP AT Ikea – it’s great for

storage – and TK Maxx usually has something a bit different, plus designer items at a fraction of the full price.


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REAL HOME ‘We knew we wanted plenty of light with big windows to maximise the views. We decided to have a strong indoor/outdoor link which included easy access to the back garden’ in a project on this scale, he was confident that he could manage the build to ensure everything was completed on time and within budget. With Anthony’s knowledge and contacts it made sense for the couple to use local builders and tradesmen.

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If you have high ceilings, large pendant lights can make a striking feature in a room.

The ground floor is more or less divided into two, with the kitchen and living area at one end, the bedrooms and utility room at the other end, and the playroom conveniently located in the middle of the house. The master bedroom and en suite are located upstairs. Erin was keen to give the house a very modern, cohesive feel, so the neutral palette visually links the areas and ensures there is a seamless flow from space to space. ‘I wanted the overall palette to

The central island is the perfect spot for casual dining and provides plenty of space for food preparation. The bar stools are from DFS and the pendant lights were found in a local electrical wholesaler A balcony surrounds the dining area in the open-plan kitchen. ‘The large sliding doors can be opened so that the outside space is easily accessible – perfect for a spot of alfresco dining,’ says Erin


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The dining table was positioned to enjoy the wonderful views that the house has to offer. Erin chose the white table to match the kitchen units and, for an injection of colour, she added a rainbow of colourful chairs, all from DFS

be neutral so I just introduced some bold blasts of colour with the occasional feature wall, so the place didn’t feel too stark.’ Erin also painted some flower pots and a large urn in Ronseal garden paint. ‘There was a good selection of vibrant colours and it’s a cheap and simple way to add colour,’ says Erin. ‘I also chose a light wood flooring, supplied by Matt Britton Flooring, for warmth and texture and to make sure the house didn’t feel clinical.’ The kitchen design was chosen for its light-reflective surfaces and the handless cabinets help to keep the look sleek and uncluttered. Erin introduced a bright scheme in the dining space with a choice of different-coloured chairs as well as vibrant tableware and accessories. The colourful playroom, with walls painted in Surfer and Razzmatazz, both by Fleetwood, has plenty of storage from Ikea. The table and chairs are also from Ikea August 2018



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‘I wanted the overall palette to be neutral so I introduced some bold blasts of colour with feature walls so it didn’t feel too stark’ Running their own family furniture business, Murphy’s Liquidation Furniture, meant that Erin could keep a lookout for furniture for the house when new stock arrived. ‘We did keep some pieces of furniture from our old home and added pieces from the shop and also a few items from Ikea. This meant that we managed to furnish the house without blowing the budget. I introduced accents of colour with my furnishings and accessories and particularly the wall art, which is all contemporary in style and very colourful,’ says Erin. A large mirror positioned above Erin’s dressing table bounces light back into the room adding to the spacious feel


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Erin picked up the wallpaper in a local DIY store and wanted a stylish headboard to tone with it. She spotted a reasonably priced one on eBay and picked up the lamps in TK Maxx. The cushions are by Pip Studio. The throw is from Dunnes Stores and the side table is from Ikea

Once the house was complete the couple could finally turn their attention to the garden, which came with challenges. ‘We have only recently finished the garden. The site is on a slope so it was quite hard to know what to do with it. We asked for advice from a garden designer, then we implemented his plan to suit our budget and sought advice on the planting from Claire Hawker of Willow Garden Design,’ explains Erin.


ideas to steal Put up your feet in style. Tulum Pouf in kiwi, £177.20, Lujo

Bring bold colour to the dining table with striking chairs. Cult Design Moda dining chair, £85, Cult Furniture

The planet stickers make a fun and educational addition to this room – Erin spotted them on the internet. The bed is from Murphy’s Liquidation Furniture and the bedding is from Dunnes Stores

Deep-pink tiles will add rich colour to your scheme.

The vanity unit was specially made to fit the space and provides plenty of storage for toiletries. The large wet-room style shower has a subtle injection of colour with the deep-pink tiles from Bathroom Showers and Tiles Ltd

With landscaping to complement the house, the end result is a beautiful and practical contemporary family home. ‘It’s a terrific house for entertaining: there is plenty of space for large family gatherings, plus it’s really functional and looks elegant as well. I’m still finding colourful bits and pieces for it, so it’s definitely still evolving,’ says Erin. YH Jessica’s room is furnished with a bed and side table from Ikea. Pops of fuchsia inject colour into the neutral backdrop

Original Style Glassworks Rio Grande tiles, £139.95 per sq m, Original Style

Brighten large expanses of flooring with soft rugs. TT-Powder Uni rug, £33.93, Tom Taylor

Add pops of colour to greenery with pink pots. Raspberry Ombré pots, £18.95 for

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Food & Drink Soak up the sun with our dishes, perfect for alfresco entertaining…

l For a zesty lime mayo to serve with wedges or barbecued chicken, whisk 1 egg yolk in a bowl with the juice and zest from 1 lime and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour 250ml olive oil in a continuous stream, while whisking, until emulsified. Mix through a handful of finely chopped basil leaves. l To make a gimlet cocktail, combine 50ml gin, juice from 1 lime and 25ml sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Serves 1. l Make refreshing ice lollies by combining 400ml condensed milk, 115ml double cream, 115ml whole milk, 160ml freshly squeezed lime juice and 2 tsp lime zest. Pour into ice lolly moulds and freeze until solid. Makes about 12.

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If you do one thing this month... These Taste of America Dirty Carbonara Fries, £2.50, from Morrisons, are the perfect accompaniment to barbecue food this summer. Skin-on-fries topped with a creamy carbonara sauce, smoked bacon and regato cheese.

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A super gut-boosting, kick-start to the day, kefir is a cultured milk containing billions of live cultures to help aid digestion. The Collective’s new range of kefir is available in Mango ’n’ Turmeric, Coconut ’n’ Honey and Natural. They’re all rich in vitamins B2 and B12, as well as calcium and protein. Available from Sainsbury’s for £2.50.

These pots of dips, made from freshly picked herbs, are a store-cupboard essential. A Little Bit’s dips make a fantastic lunch on the go with pitta or crudités, or can be stirred into hot pasta to make a speedy sauce. With no added preservatives, colouring or additives, choose from Thyme and Butternut Squash, Oregano and Aubergine and Mint, Pea and Parsley. Available from Ocado for £3.95.

Served with ice and a slice, Belvoir’s Botanical Juniper and Tonic is the perfect alcohol-free alternative to a G&T, with the same sharp quinine taste, and hints of juniper and elderflower. Other new summer sips from Belvoir include zesty Pink Grapefruit and lightly spiced Rhubarb and Apple pressés. Available from supermarkets nationwide, £3.10 for 750ml.

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Best of berries

Use up a bumper crop of berries with these recipes, bursting with flavour…

Raspberry and goat’s cheese crostini YOU WILL NEED 41 baguette 43 tsp oil 4150g soft crumbly goat’s cheese 440 raspberries 4small bunch of basil 4olive oil 4balsamic syrup, to serve

DIRECTIONS n Heat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4. Cut the baguette into 20 thin slices, drizzle with oil and toast in the oven until golden. n When they are cool enough to handle spread each slice generously with goat’s cheese then top with 2 raspberries, a basil leaf and a good grind of pepper. If you don’t like goat’s cheese, cream cheese works just as well. n Lay on a serving dish and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic syrup. Recipe courtesy of

Preparation time 5 minutes Cooking time 2 minutes Serves 2

Preparation time 15 minutes Serves 20

Kiwi berry, Serrano ham and feta salad YOU WILL NEED 41 tbsp olive oil 42 slices of bread, torn into small chunks 4100g kiwi berries, sliced 42 spring onions, sliced 4100g feta cheese, crumbled 4bag of salad leaves 42 tsp red wine vinegar 4½ tsp honey 44 slices Serrano, or similar ham

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DIRECTIONS n Drizzle a little of the oil on the bread, season and toast in a hot frying pan. n Combine the berries, spring onions, feta and leaves in a large salad bowl. n In a separate bowl, whisk the vinegar and honey with the remaining oil and season. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss well. Add the croutons and toss again. n Divide the salad between two plates and drape with the ham slices. Recipe courtesy of

food & drink Blackberry and goat’s cheese quiche YOU WILL NEED For the pastry 4200g plain flour 4¼ tsp sugar 41 tsp salt 41 sprig rosemary, finely chopped 4135g unsalted butter 44 tbsp ice cold water 41 large egg yolk For the filling 41 large handful of rocket 480g blackberries 4120g goat’s cheese, diced 4100g lardons, cooked until crisp 43 large eggs 460ml whole milk 4200ml double cream


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Preparation time 15 minutes, plus 2 hours chilling Cooking time 65 minutes Serves 8

Halloumi, courgette and strawberry skewers YOU WILL NEED For the dressing 43 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 41 tbsp raspberry vinegar 4small handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped, leave some for garnish For the skewers 4400g Jubilee Selections by Driscoll’s strawberries, hulled 42 courgettes, trimmed and peeled 4250g halloumi, cut into bite-sized cubes 4generous drizzle of olive oil

n To make the pastry, place the flour, sugar, salt and rosemary into the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. n Add the water and pulse again until the pastry forms a ball. Tip the pastry out and gently bring together into a dough. Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for an hour. n Roll the pastry on a floured work surface until about 2-3mm thick. Use the pastry to line a 9in loose-bottomed tart tin, trimming off any excess. Refrigerate for an hour. n Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4. Line the pastry base with a crumpled piece of parchment paper, fill with baking beans and bake for 25 minutes before removing the parchment and beans and baking for a further 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden. n Remove from the oven and brush the case with the egg yolk before baking for a minute or so to set the yolk. n Fill the pastry case with a layer of rocket, then sprinkle over the blackberries, goat’s cheese and cooked bacon. n In a bowl whisk together the eggs, milk and cream and season with black pepper. Pour the egg mixture into the base. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until set and very lightly browned.

Preparation time 20 minutes Cooking time 10 minutes Makes 12

DIRECTIONS n Soak some medium-length wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes or use metal ones if preferred. n To make the dressing, mix all the ingredients together, season well, taste and adjust as needed. Put to one side. n Thread a strawberry, piece of courgette and a piece of halloumi onto a skewer then repeat, continuing to thread the skewers until all of the ingredients are used. Sit them in a shallow dish and drizzle over the olive oil, turning the skewers so it all gets coated and season well. n Heat a griddle pan until hot then add a few skewers at a time, being careful to not overcrowd the pan. Cook for a few minutes or until the halloumi starts to turn golden, then turn and cook the other side. Arrange on a platter and drizzle over the mint dressing. Recipe courtesy of August 2018


food & drink Mackerel with gooseberry, lime and chilli marinade YOU WILL NEED 48 mackerel fillets 41 stick lemongrass, bruised and broken up 42 cloves garlic, halved and gently crushed 4½ red chilli, deseeded and chopped 44 tbsp olive oil 42 tbsp lime juice 4piece of lime rind 4175g gooseberries, topped, tailed and sliced 44 tbsp Pernod or Pastis 41 tbsp chopped coriander

DIRECTIONS n Place the mackerel in a shallow dish with the lemongrass, garlic and chilli. Add the oil, lime juice and rind and season. Turn once to cover well and then leave for up to 1 hour in the fridge. n Remove the fish from the marinade and grill or barbecue fast for 2 minutes each side, or until cooked through. n Place the marinade in a small pan with the gooseberries and Pernod or Pastis, and cook only until the liquid bubbles and the gooseberries begin to fall. Then serve a little with each fish. Sprinkle with the chopped coriander.

Preparation time 10 minutes, plus 1 hour marinating Cooking time 5 minutes Serves 4

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Blueberry fizz YOU WILL NEED 4240ml Lambrini Hey Blueberry 480ml vodka 460ml blueberry juice 440ml fresh lime juice 4lavender sprig, to garnish 4ice


Preparation time 5 minutes Serves 4


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n Pour the Lambrini Hey Blueberry, vodka, blueberry juice, and lime juice in jug. Stir gently with a spoon to combine. Add some ice cubes. n Pour into a highball glass with the ice cubes to serve, and garnish with a large sprig of fresh lavender. Recipe courtesy of Lambrini

food & drink Gooseberry and mint granita YOU WILL NEED 4500g gooseberries, top and tailed 4200g caster sugar, plus 2 tbsp 4bunch of fresh mint 41 large egg white 4mint leaves, to serve

DIRECTIONS n Place the gooseberries in a pan with the sugar, the mint leaves, reserving 4-5 leaves, and 300ml water. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved and the fruit is completely soft. n Cool slightly and then push through a nylon sieve to give a smooth purĂŠe. Freeze until part frozen, whisk with a fork, then freeze again until part frozen. n Whisk the egg white until stiff and then whisk in 1-2 tbsp caster sugar, until stiff and glossy. Lightly whisk up the frozen mixture and fold in the egg white and remaining mint leaves, chopped. n Freeze until completely frozen, whisking gently once more during this time. Serve in tall frosted glasses with more sprigs of mint. Recipe courtesy of

Preparation time 30 minutes plus 2 hours chilling Serves 8-10

Preparation time 20 mins, plus freezing Cooking time 10 minutes Serves 4

Mixed berry cheesecake YOU WILL NEED 4125g digestive biscuits 475g ginger biscuits 4100g butter, melted 4300g BerryWorld strawberries, raspberries and blueberries 4150g icing sugar 4400g cream cheese 4300g double cream 4extra berries, to decorate

DIRECTIONS n Line the bottom of a 23cm springform cake tin with greaseproof paper. Put the biscuits into a food processor and whizz into crumbs. Pour in the melted butter and whizz again, then tip into the cake tin. Use the bottom of a glass or back of a spoon to press down evenly then refrigerate to set. n Put the berries into a pan with the icing sugar and heat. Stir and mash the berries until they break down, allow to bubble for a few minutes until the mixture looks like jam. Allow to cool for a few minutes then push through a sieve into a bowl and leave to cool. n Beat the cream cheese and cream together, then whip in the berry juice until well combined. n Spoon the cream mixture over the biscuit base, level the top and return to the fridge to set for 2 hours or until firm. n To serve, carefully remove the cake tin, use a palette knife to separate the greaseproof paper from the base. Slide onto a serving plate and top with extra berries. Edible flowers look great on this cheesecake too. Recipe courtesy of August 2018



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A new lead for lighting Exposed cables are having a moment and we love these colourful lighting cords by Urban Cottage Industries. Available in over 50 colours and styles, from one to 500 metres, there’s a flexible design to match every scheme. The company has also created a range of funky wall and ceiling lights in industrial and decorative designs to mix and match with the cables. With complimentary cord sample boxes and free next-day delivery there’s every reason to experiment.

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Bring the indoors outside this summer

here’s nothing like relaxing outdoors when the sun shines, so this summer extend your living space by opening up your home to reveal an extra spot for lounging, dining or firing up the barbecue. Whether it’s a DIY project, such as laying some decking, something more costly, such as adding bi-fold doors to a kitchen extension, or simply throwing some blankets and cushions down on the lawn, enjoy every last drop of sunshine with our guide to getting the most from your space.

Use a roof terrace as an outdoor room for entertaining. Manutti Kumo outdoor furniture is available at Go Modern,

Make the most of your garden or outdoor space by blurring the boundaries between inside and out, creating an extra ‘room’ for family and friends



One of the most popular ways of bringing the outdoors in is to use a continuous flooring design inside and out for a sleek, seamless look. Whether you have a kitchen, living area or conservatory at the back of the house, think about extending the flooring for a uniform feel throughout. Porcelain comes in many colours and finishes and is suitable for interior as well as exterior use. You can find a good-quality design from as little as £18 per square metre.

Throw blankets and cushions on to the lawn for a luxe outdoor look. Fire Pot, £180, www.


With this concrete modular outdoor kitchen (WWOO) from Garden House Design, you can add as many segments as you like, plus extras including an egg barbecue, pizza oven, wooden storage boxes and sink. Prices from £5,000,

Transform a large or small area of the garden or terrace with decking. As well as traditional timber styles, you can now find composite and resin versions that are low-maintenance, non-slip and eco-friendly. It’s quicker and cheaper to install than paving and could be done by a competent DIY-er: if in doubt, however, call in the experts. Think about creating zones for barbecuing, dining and relaxing using stepped platforms; and if you are opting for a solid-timber deck, make sure it’s regularly treated with an oil or stain to keep it looking great for years to come.



There’s nothing quite like flinging the doors open to make the most of an outdoor space. Many rear extensions have floor-to-ceiling glazed doors that can be pulled back concertina-style for an ‘invisible wall’ effect. As well as completely opening up the space, they let in so much light you’ll see the benefit all year round. Expect to pay around £500 per square metre for a quality bi-fold; uPVC frames will be less expensive than aluminium; and don’t forget to factor in the cost of any window dressings too.



A flat roof can easily be converted into a roof terrace and is ideal if you live in a city and don’t have access to a garden. You’d need to ensure you have the right permission in place and let your neighbours know what you plan to do. The roof would also need to be reinforced with an allowance for access. If privacy is an issue, you could use natural screening with a bamboo trellis; or zone a barbecue and chill-out area by clustering pots filled with everything from aromatic herbs to tall plants. A basic design can cost upwards of £7,500.

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Choose a sunny spot for relaxing or entertaining – this Harting all-weather rattan set from Garden Trading includes a sofa, two armchairs and a glass-topped table, £2,250,

Use a roof terrace or decked area as a second living room. This rocking chair from B&Q seats two and costs £163, s



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Create a seamless entertaining space with bi-fold doors. XP View bi-fold door, £1,150 per panel,

For a quick burger and banger on the odd sunny weekend, there are plenty of barbecues out there to suit all tastes and budgets, from simple charcoal buckets to state-of-the-art gas models with all the extras. If you really want to go to town, however, why not install a complete outdoor kitchen with cooker, hob, grill, storage and sink? You can create a bespoke design to suit your needs for the ultimate garden party and include a shelter or canopy overhead for those inevitable rain showers.


Inside info ‘The kitchen is the perfect room to integrate into your outdoor space. Try replacing the back wall of the room with bi-fold doors that open up to allow a seamless transition between the kitchen and garden. If you’re after an abundance of natural light, floor-to-ceiling doors, skylights or glazed ceilings will make you feel like you can touch the sky. To blur the lines between kitchen and garden, use matching floor tiles inside and out.’ Adrian Stoneham, Managing Director, Stoneham Kitchens


It’s true that you get what you pay for, so if you want your garden furniture to last, make sure you select a quality material such as weather-proof rattan, stainless steel, aluminium, teak or synthetic resin. Where possible, cover it up during the winter months or store inside a garage or garden shed. An outdoor sofa and table set is great for relaxing, while a six- or eight-seater table and chairs can be used for eating and entertaining when family and friends pop round. Transform furniture, fences and sheds with a specialist outdoor paint. Rapid Dry Gloss paint, from £17.99 for 750ml,

Useful contacts n Try Urban Roof Gardens (www. or Sky Garden ( for a complete roof garden design from planning to planting. n RIBA ( has a client advisory service to help you find the right person for any project. n Visit for a pay-as-you-go architect and interior design service. n Garden House Design (www. and Chaplins ( can create outdoor kitchens to suit your space. Even the smallest space can become a suntrap with a few accessories. Macramé folding chair, £295, French Connection, s



CASE STUDY ‘We created a dining area that feels like it’s part of our garden’

Feature and photos Gill Rothwell

wanted an area big enough to entertain and cook in.’ Having put up with their cramped kitchen for over a year, they finally decided to extend it outwards, taking in an old lean-to at the side to create a spacious open-plan dining area and utility room. ‘We couldn’t go too far out as the garden is quite small and it was important that we retain the lawn and terrace,’ explains Nelly. ‘As it’s south-facing, we felt a conservatory would be too hot in summer, so we opted to build a brick extension with a wall of glass across the full width to make the most of the view and keep the room as light and airy as possible.’ The existing lines of the house provided the perfect site for the extension but the

s A flourishing pair of olive trees flank the custom-made concertina-style doors which open on to the terrace and alfresco dining area

couple needed an architect to come up with a solution for accommodating the pitch of the roof around an upstairs window. Instead of bi-fold doors, which take up space, the couple chose bespoke extra-wide concertina doors that fold back on themselves, opening up the whole of the inside space on to the garden. ‘On dull summer days, we can eat indoors but still feel we’re outside and the same applies when it’s really hot and we need some protection from the sun,’ adds Nelly, who grew up eating alfresco in southern France. When it came to the interior, it was important to echo the outside with natural finishes and colours. Stone floor tiles mirror those on the terrace outside and the furniture is a blend of stained and painted wood. For the curtain fabric, Nelly chose a leafy design in neutral shades of pale sage and sand and finished off the room with a large mirror to reflect more light as well as the view of the garden into the room. The project took several months to finish and cost around £21,000 but the couple now have the house they wanted with a kitchen large enough for family meals and entertaining. The Walkers, who love entertaining, can seat 10 to 12 round the extending table. On summer days, they throw open the doors to bring the outdoors in



uying a house can involve a compromise. For Malcolm and Nelly Walker from Esher in Surrey, it was the compact size of the kitchen s Nelly chose a in the otherwise neutral scheme for perfect 1930s the dining area property that almost put them off buying it. ‘There was only one tiny window overlooking the garden and not enough space for a table and chairs,’ remembers Nelly, ‘which was a problem because we’re not fond of formal dining rooms and February 2015







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Property know-how with George G

lass is one of the most incredible materials in the world. When you think of all of its applications, the impact that glass has on our lives is quite incredible. It is used in so many day-to-day products that we take it for granted. I’m touching an iPad screen every few seconds to write this column. I’ll be sending the electronic file down a fibre optic cable made from glass. The garden studio I’m working in at home is keeping me warm because of the high levels of fibreglass insulation I installed in the walls. The bulb lighting up my desk is made from glass, as are the enormous four-metre-wide, two-metre-high sliding doors giving me the beautiful view of my garden. Without glass, we wouldn’t be able to take photographs or see distant planets and stars in our galaxy. Glass has transformed our lives in so many ways and one of its greatest uses is in architecture. Some of the oldest examples of architectural glass in the world are to be found in my native North East where glass was used in St Peter’s Monastery in Sunderland and St Paul’s in Jarrow. Here, the Venerable Bede wrote in 675AD that Bishop Biscop went to Francia (France) to find glaziers to fill the new chapels at St Peter’s. Imagine how amazing that must have been, for the very first time, to sit in a room that was wind and weathertight while still being able to get a view of the outside. Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire (1590) is quite a revolutionary English house. The common saying associated with this building is ‘Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall’, which gives you an idea of the impact glass had in this domestic setting. But, the building that changed architecture forever has to be Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace. Originally built in Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition of 1851, the incredible structure, three times larger than St Paul’s Cathedral, was covered in large sheets of cheap but strong glass. An architectural wonder! The

‘palace of very crystal’ was relocated to Sydenham after the exhibition and the nearby residential suburb was renamed Crystal Palace. It is such a shame this building was lost to fire in 1936. The past 30 years have seen developments in glass technology that have transformed buildings on so many levels. Double glazing is now common in most homes today. I have triple glazing in my house, which not only hugely improves the thermal comfort inside, but dramatically reduces noise pollution from outside too. Triple glazing, in my view, should be standard in today’s building regulations for Britain’s homes. Laminated glass, where two or more layers of glass are fused together with layers of polyvinyl between, allows glazing panels to remain intact when they are broken. This has made glazing much more safe and secure in our buildings. Then there is low-e glass, which has a silver or tin coating added to one or more of its surfaces to reduce its emissivity. In cooler climates, heat inside the house is partially reflected back into the space rather than being absorbed by the glass and transferred outside. In warmer climates, the reverse happens – heat from outside is radiated back, rather than overheating the interior space.  We’ve now got self-cleaning glass too: this has a special coating that reacts with the rays of the sun to break down the dirt that forms on the external surface of windows – so when it rains, the grimy surface naturally washes away. It works pretty well, but I’m not sure Britain’s window cleaners need to hang up their squeegees just yet. But, one of my favourite developments in glass design has to be heating glazing. Think back to the 70s and 80s when car manufacturers applied a thin metal strip that

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This month property developer, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces, George Clarke, looks at the latest innovations in windows and glazing

was clearly visible on the rear window of your car. The technology today works in the same way, only now, on many cars, you get heated rear and front windscreens, but the metal wire is no longer visible. The same technology can now work in our homes and buildings. A metal oxide coating, which is so thin and virtually transparent you can clearly see through it, is applied to the surface of the glass. It is only when you get incredibly close that you can see the small dots on the surface. Electricity is then passed through the coating, generating a radiant heat source. Why bother plumbing in radiators under window sills when the window itself can be the radiator? At the moment the glazing isn’t particularly cheap and the cost of the electric heating system is more expensive than gas, but as more ecological and cost-effective ways of generating power develop over the years, things will change and heated glass in our home will become so much more popular. It will always amaze me that, in its simplest form, by melting a natural material, such as sand, you can create glass. It is a truly wonderful material and, as the home building industry innovates more throughout the 21st century, I’m buzzing with excitement about what the future holds. Who knows, maybe it’s time to build a magnificent feat of engineering to celebrate the advancement of glass and the various ways we can reuse it when recycled; an ecological, 21st-century Crystal Palace! What a wonder of the world that would be. n For more tips and advice from George, check out his website at


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Growing trend Vertical planting is a fab space-saving solution for small gardens, terraces or balconies, meaning you can have plenty of pots without a large footprint. This ‘green wall’ style of planting effectively covers brick walls and fences in lush foliage, flowers, herbs and even compact veg. Plus it provides interest at eye level, plants can be appreciated close up and you can regularly swap blooms to provide a continuous display of colour throughout the year. This NatureUp! planter by Gardena costs around £45 for a basic set of nine planting slots, making it easy to create your own vertical garden – and as you build up your scheme you can add more modules. Choose to sit it on the ground or use the attachments to secure it to your wall or fence.

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Robot lawnmowers are the latest tech craze in lawn care and could well be the future of domestic mowing. They work in gardens of any shape, using sensors to find boundaries, changing direction and moving their way around the whole garden. On top of all that, they mulch the clippings as they mow, so there’s no box to empty either. It’s just what you need if cutting the grass is a job you don’t have time for, or even if you don’t have a lot of space to store a large mower. This smart, compact bit of kit is McCulloch’s model, priced £712, from B&Q.

Jobs to do this month l Stake tall-growing plants for support if they start to flop l Water bedding plants and containers every day during hot spells of weather l Keep bird baths and ponds topped up l Clip hedges and topiary to maintain their shape


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Still water can be used like a mirror to bounce light around your garden and enhance a feeling of space and height

Spheres are great for small or large gardens and come available in a range of materials, from slate to stainless steel, to suit your preference and budget

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Time to reflect From refreshing fountains to cool pools, even a small amount of water can make waves in your garden

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ater has the ability to completely transform the feel of a garden, whether you want to create an air of cool tranquillity or prefer to make a more dramatic statement with your choice. Should you wish to introduce this inspirational element into your landscape, the size of your garden and budget will naturally be factors to take into account when choosing what style of feature best suits your needs. It is also wise to take into consideration


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where you plan to site it, how you intend to power it and therefore running costs, plus, of course, safety. The benefits of introducing a water feature are manifold – from diffusing nuisance noise to attracting a diverse range of wildlife. While, from an aesthetic point of view, water features help to create a stunning focal point, when cleverly situated their surface reflections can also be used to enhance a feeling of space or create a sense of a greater abundance of planting.

The new Aquarium from Hozelock offers the chance to enjoy an above-ground pond in your garden. It’s easy to install with useful viewing panels to observe fish, plants and any wildlife that may visit Hozelock slate grey aquarium, £249.99, available from DIY stores, leading garden centres and specialist retailers

There are numerous ways in which you can incorporate water into your outside space. Ponds are, for many, a wonderful addition to a garden. However, they can take up a lot of room, require regular care to them keep weed-free and pose a safety risk to young children and pets. If you’re looking for a smaller feature to suit your needs there are many other options available: l Spheres can be a good starting point for those who are new to water features, as you can buy simple-to-use kits in a range of materials and sizes, starting from a reasonable price point. l Wall fountains are great for gardens where space is limited, particularly urban courtyards where the sound of trickling water will help to cancel out some of the noise you may experience from traffic or neighbours.

l Blades are another popular option for small spaces, in particular contemporary settings. As they too are fitted to walls from which they project a crisp sheet of water. l Tiered features, where water spills from one layer to another, are beneficial to have on your patio where you can sit and enjoy the relaxing rhythm created by the tumbling water. Solar-powered versions are perfect for hassle-free installation. l Ornate fountains offer a classical look for many different settings and can be used as a feature in their own right or as the centrepiece to a pond. l Container ponds are popular for those who want to introduce some aquatic planting and wildlife into their garden without the need to dig out a large pond. l Bird baths will attract a flurry of activity to your garden as well create a focal point for your outside space.

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Features for all

With a simple tiered feature you can enjoy the calming sound created by water pouring from bowl to bowl

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A contemporary container can make an attractive alternative to a traditional pond and the clean lines suit a more modern setting Have some fun with an ornate wall fountain to create a calming oasis in a corner of your garden Image Lizzie Orme

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Wildlife is drawn to even the smallest amount of water in the garden. A bird bath will be enough to draw in some feathered friends who will use it to both bathe in and drink from

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for care and storage over winter to ensure you don’t risk features being damaged by freezing conditions

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Use water wisely

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Water is a valuable resource that should be used as sensibly as possible. As such, it’s worth exploring the different ways you can collect rain water to use, rather than turning to the tap. The most popular option is a water butt, which can be especially helpful for topping up designs that accommodate plants and wildlife and which may be affected by some of the harmful chemicals found in tap water. Another solution is to introduce a rain chain into your garden. A fantastically simple idea that turns rain into a water feature, using a specially designed chain to direct water down from the guttering to ground level. Traditional Japanese designs use small cups, which the water fills before cascading to the cup below and so on. There are also a selection of more contemporary designs which look like a standard chain, yet Here, an industrial-looking chain directs when the rain comes they rain water downward to a simple rill, for transform into something a striking yet simple feature when the quite mesmerising. heavens open

Rain chains offer a stylish alternative to a downpipe and become a water feature in their own right when raindrops dance downward through the loops Water butts are a valuable addition to any garden allowing you to catch and use rain water rather than turning on the tap

Safety first Even a small amount of open water is a risk with children around and is therefore best avoided if you have young ones. A safer option can be a self-contained feature, where the reservoir is buried out of reach and sight and water trickles over a decorative object. But, it’s always best to closely supervise young children when water is present. It’s also worth avoiding water features that are easily knocked over. When it comes to outdoor lighting, this will not only illuminate a water feature at night, but also Image Lizzie Orme prevent anyone stumbling into it in the dark. As electricity and water are a lethal combination, take precautions to ensure your water feature is as safe as possible. Enjoy the relaxing sight of water moving and changing colour with a bubble feature


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Electrical Safety First has the following advice for consumers: l ‘Use a registered electrician. All electrical installation work in a home, garden, conservatory or outbuilding must meet the Building Regulations. Apart from some types of minor work, all electrical work must either be reported to the local authority building control, or be carried out by an electrician who is registered with one of the Government-approved scheme providers. l Use a Residual Current Device (RCD) with all outdoor electrical equipment. If you don’t have one built into your fusebox, you should use a plug-in RCD. l Switch off and unplug electrical items before cleaning, adjusting or checking them. l Be aware of where the electrical power cable is at all times. l Have mains supplied light fittings installed by a registered electrician in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IET Wiring Regulations).   l If any faults are found with the light fitting, switch off the electrical supply and have it repaired by a registered electrician. l Ensure mains supplied light fittings used in water features are waterproof and designed to be submerged.

Zinc fountain tap light, £49.99, Lights 4 Fun

Features that incorporate lighting allow you to enjoy them by night as well as avoid anyone walking into them when darkness falls l Mains supplied electric water pumps in the garden should be: - Protected by an RCD that is tested at least every three months. - Installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. - Provided with cables that are protected against accidental damage. - Maintained in good working order, including cables and any connections. - If there’s a problem, switch off the electrical supply immediately and have it repaired by a registered electrician.

Solar vs electric

Pumps are necessary for many water features to help keep water circulating. With such a wide choice available we asked the Aquatics Product Manager at Hozelock Cyprio, to give us their view on the merits of solar and electrical pumps: ‘The advantages of solar pumps are endless; they source energy straight from the sun, eradicate operating costs and are environmentally friendly. Perfect for smaller garden water features – they are discreet and require no electrical set-up. Electrical pumps are also available for a larger range of ponds, which can run both filters for pond life and larger water features such as fountains. These are naturally more powerful and require a qualified electrician to install them.’

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Create a sense of continuity in your garden with a line of identical containers reflecting back surrounding planting

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Using a pool of water is a popular design trick to reflect back planting that touches the edges of the water or overhangs the surface. To get the best effect, position the pool in a spot where you have particularly attractive surroundings, but best avoid placing directly below a tree or plant that is likely to continually drop leaves or petals into the water. Opting for a black liner or a container made from a dark material will help enhance a mirror-like reflective surface.

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Solar cascade lily, £49.99, Hozelock

For ultimate simplicity opt for solar-powered options. This lily-shaped fountain incorporates a solar panel meaning you can place it on the pond’s surface and wait for the sun to charge before enjoying the display

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A great kit for those unsure of where to begin, this pond-in-a-pot includes a white gloss, fibreglass planter, plants and solar-powered water pump kit Wildlife friendly white Pond-in-a-Pot solar water feature 72cm, £159.99, Primrose

By the same token, it’s also possible to buy specialist black dye specifically for water features to create a highly reflective surface. An additional benefit of colouring the water black is that the amount of sunlight penetrating the water will be restricted, thus reducing problems with algae. Just ensure you opt for one which is specifically designed for water features and contains no toxins, making it safe for fish, plants and wildlife. This elegant, jet-black container creates a mirror-like surface to reflect the surrounding planting and attractive wall

This completely self-contained option is perfect for a sunny corner where you can sit back and enjoy the relaxing rhythm of the running water Solar Cascade water feature with LED light, £69.99, Thompson & Morgan

This compact feature stands at 42cm tall, making it ideal for smaller settings, including a balcony, and can easily be moved to suit your needs Hatfield Cascade three-tier fountain solar water feature by Solaray, £99.99, Primrose






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