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JUNE 2018

Classic with a twist 44 pages of Fresh new takes on bringing the outside in

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ew things give me as much joy as sitting quietly in the garden

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with a good book, surrounded by scented flowers and luscious greenery. Thus right now, my latest obsession is trying to recreate that feeling indoors. Thankfully, decorating with

plants is big news this season, so I’m really excited. I think you, too, will love our ideas in this issue, especially the eight looks for using foliage in rooms (page 112). Our stunning decorating feature on page 26 takes the trend even further, showing how to use large-scale landscape wall murals, beautifully. And, if you’re inspired by our fresh and cheerful cover shot, then skip to page 43 to see how to recreate it yourself. While we all know that making a great first impression for ourselves is important, it also couldn’t be truer for where we live. So take time to give the front of your home the attention it deserves. On page 50 we’ve got tips

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for planting, lighting and pathways for extra kerb appeal; I know I’ll be putting them to good use. What’s more, we’re proud to announce the launch of our exclusive front door collection, created in collaboration with Everest. There are 24 designs to choose from, across five stunning ranges, so I’m sure you’ll find one to suit the style of your property. Turn to page 56 to discover the collection in all its glory. My favourite transformation in this issue is Alicia and Logan’s remarkable renovation of their 1960s terrace house. They took down all the internal walls and knocked out the back of the house to make a totally open-plan living space. And the part I loved most is the installation of full-width glazing across multiple levels to completely bring the outside

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in. Discover how they did it on page 74. LIZZIE’S PHOTOGRAPH RACHEL WHITING

I really hope that you enjoy this issue and, wherever you’re seated - inside or out - happy reading!

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CONTENTS WHAT’S HOT 11 HELLO HONEYCOMB! Make a beeline for the shape of the season: hexagons 15 5 MINUTES WITH… Thornback & Peel 17 NEWS Wool rugs, wallpaper, cushions and more 21 SHOPPING Terracotta and sunshine-bright buys 23 STYLING Outdoor lanterns 24 DESIGN The story behind… Devol Kitchens

STYLE & DECORATING 26 NATURE’S ART Stunning murals of sweeping landscapes, dreamy forests and cloud-sprinkled skies bring the outside in

36 MIDAS TOUCH Enrich your home with gorgeous golden hues – from wallpaper to lighting 43 MOODBOARD MASTERCLASS How to create our beautiful cover look, plus other schemes to inspire you 4 housebeautiful.co.uk

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INSPIRING HOMES & GARDENS 50 61 64 74 84 94

FIRST IMPRESSIONS Give your home some serious kerb appeal PROPERTY OF THE MONTH Span houses and apartments OLD CHARMER A Grade-II listed cottage in East Sussex DIFFERENT LEVELS Creating space in a 1960s home A PLACE OF CALM This new-build London flat is an urban oasis ALL ABOUT THE VIEW Overlooking the Menai Strait, this Victorian home has been replanned to enjoy the stunning landscape 104 IN THE WILD A garden designed for nature in Norwich 111 GARDEN NOTES Expert advice for June 112 HOME GROWN Verdant schemes for a totally tropical feel

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION 56 MAKE AN ENTRANCE New! Introducing our fabulous door collection, developed in partnership with Everest, featuring 24 designs in 16 colourways


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46 KITCHENS, BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS 120 GREY MATTERS Knocking through a kitchen and 127 128 134 136

dining room has created a modern space KITCHEN TRENDS The best juicers and more SPATIAL GAINS in a family bathroom BATHROOM TRENDS Our pick of the best cabinets SIMPLE GLAMOUR A main bedroom with luxe touches

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WARM WELCOME Create a front garden oasis 20% OFF everything at Garden Trading* BRILLIANT BUYS Tableware, rugs and lanterns SHOWSTOPPING SCHEMES with gold WALL MURALS with wow factor CLEVER IDEAS for going open-plan 44 PAGES OF HOMES from city flat to country cottage CLASSIC WITH A TWIST Fresh takes on bringing the outside in

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WHAT’S HOT The latest trends, design news and shopping

HELLO H ONE Y C O M B ! Clean lines, bold colours and pleasing repeat patterns: these geometric pieces add up to a style statement this season Inspired by the glamour of the Art Deco movement, the Gibson side table, from £1,188 at Casa Botelho, was designed to be the perfect perch for your martini. A hexagonal wallcovering makes for an exquisite complementary backdrop. Archetype wallpaper in yellow and silver, £40/roll, Graham & Brown

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1 Challenge your perspective with the Iso hexagonal rug, £650, Puik 2 Designed by Resident Studio, the Hex pendant light, £1,395 from Nest, is lined with warm LEDs to project an ethereal glow 3 This multi-faceted Apex table lamp, £65 from Habitat, sits beautifully on a sideboard or bedside table for an ornamental look 4 Update your houseplant display with this gorgeous Hexagon pot – it’s just £32 from Ferm Living 5 The Basalt tables by Martin Huxford Studio, from

of three 6 Even small touches of this shape add impact, and the sharp lines of this black wire tealight holder, £3 from George Home, are no exception 7 Carved from sustainably sourced mango hardwood, the Hyve three-drawer chest puts a modern spin on mid-century styling, £499, Myakka 8 Hexagonal Glam tiles, £6.80 each, Rockett St George, form a striking pattern 9 Designed by Nichola Taylorson, the Jodhpur cushion, £58, showcases a subtle marbled dye effect

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WHAT’S HOT PEOPLE 5 MINUTES WITH…

THORNBACK & PEEL A love of Victoriana, Beatrix Potter and the natural world have influenced this duo’s British designs

WORDS ALICIA FORD

Juliet Thornback, 45, and Delia Peel, 44, are founders of British interiors brand Thornback & Peel. Their designs are wide-ranging, from quivering jellies and rabbits to cabbages, pigeons and seasonal fruits, all brought to life in a vibrant wash of colour. Here, they explain where they find their quintessentially British inspiration. How did Thornback & Peel begin? JULIET In 2003 I was working as a florist, and in my spare time enjoyed craft, but I struggled to find fabrics that I liked. A friend put me in touch with Delia, who had both the textile printing skills I was missing and a shared fascination for unusual design. DELIA I was a theatre set designer, with a background in textile design. I’d screen print fabric and send it to Juliet, who made up beautiful bags to sell privately. We were both in the middle of furnishing our own houses, so were preoccupied with all things home-related. That’s how the transition to homeware began.

You’re part of a social enterprise DELIA Yes, we hired a print table at Deptford’s Cockpit Arts, which helps designers and makers build a business. It was invaluable in allowing us to develop at our own pace, and be around inspiring artisans. We later moved to our studio in Bloomsbury, where we love being among the hustle and bustle of central London. What inspires you? JULIET Seasonality is fundamental; our designs always reflect the time of year they’re created in. We’re also drawn to British nostalgia and illustrations of Victorian literature. Beatrix Potter has been a great influence, as has Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management. Tell us about your homes JULIET I live in a north London Victorian terrace and have a mix of old and new furniture, but I keep it quite minimal. My workspace is chaotic, but my home is the reverse! DELIA Almost everything in my north London Edwardian mansion flat relates to the countryside. I’m nostalgic for my rural Norfolk upbringing.

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Delia Peel (left) and Juliet Thornback (right) share a love of vibrant and fun illustrations. Jelly & Pigeon and Classic Rabbit & Cabbage deckchairs, £135 each; Blackbird & Bramble cushion, £45; Pea Pod tea towel, £12; all thornback andpeel.co.uk

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WHAT’S HOT NEWS GLORIOUS WOOD

PR IN T R E V ISI T ED As the fashion and interiors trend for all things floral continues to gather pace, Little Greene has released its latest botanical collection, the timely Archive Trails II. The designs breathe new life into classics such as Brooke House, drawn in the 1920s and pictured here in Cinder, one of five colourways, £85/roll.

When master wood turner Ray Key retired from making his unique sycamore chopping boards, retailer David Mellor commissioned Will Elworthy to fill the gap. Formerly a TV producer, Will changed career after taking an evening course in carpentry, which led to a finefurniture-making degree at the Building Crafts College in Stratford, east London. Will now crafts these beautiful boards to Ray’s original designs in his London woodturning workshop. Available in a variety of sizes, the boards, from £36, make wonderful serving platters too.

FACE TO FACE A new exhibition at Tate Modern, Picasso 1932:

Love, Fame, Tragedy (until 9 Sept), celebrates the painter’s prolific output during that year and has kickstarted a Picasso-inspired interiors trend. These cushion covers by Jules Pansu, £99 each from The Conran Shop, are handcrafted in Flanders in collaboration with the Picasso Foundation, which aims to unite and preserve all of the artist’s works.

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GEOMETRIC DESIGNER WOOL RUGS 3 Axle tufted rug by Callum Wilson (160 x 230cm), £299, Made

1 Forma rug by Martha Coates (170 x 240cm), £450, Habitat

2 Abstract circle rug by Christopher Wynter (152 x 244cm), £349, West Elm

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WHAT’S HOT NEWS COASTAL MEMORIES Childhood holidays along the Cornish coastline inspired Anna Lambert’s first collection of wool cushions and throws for the National Trust. Anna, a recent graduate of Bath School of Art and Design, hand-weaves each piece on her beloved loom, named Maud, using earthy tones accented with bolder stripes of colour to depict the diverse landscape. All profits from the cushions, which start at £40, and throws, £130, go to support the Trust.

This limited edition 1960s-style Emilia chair from Arlo & Jacob, £650, comes fully upholstered in a fabulous Canary-print fabric, or for a toned-down look, in blue velvet with a patterned back. Designed in collaboration with graphic print designer and illustrator Kitty McCall, otherwise known as Catherine Nice, it reflects the vibrant, jazzy style for which she is best known.

BOOK CLUB As our lives become increasingly hectic, having a calm home is crucial, according to stylist-turneddesigner Abigail Edwards. Her new book Quiet Pattern (£20, Clearview Books) offers advice on creating relaxing schemes with fabrics, wallpapers and accessories in soothing natureinspired designs and colour palettes.

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A DECADE OF DAZZLE Designer Lee Broom celebrates 10 years in business with a new range called Observatory. ‘I wanted to create a collection of sculptural lighting using the latest LED technology,’ explains Lee. Eclipse, made from mirror-polished stainless steel and acrylic discs, is available as a single pendant, £750, a three-tier chandelier, £2,370, a table lamp, £1,150 and surface light, £460. FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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Patterned textiles and cool tableware in terracotta and sunshine shades capture an eclectic Golden State vibe 1 This Philippine rattan screen, £239, Maisons du Monde, would be a stunning room divider 2 Kitty McCall’s aptly named Santa Monica art print, £75, takes inspiration from the beachfront city 3 A sleek piece of furniture in a bold colour, such as this Piana chair, £145 from Alessi, lends itself to a dynamic scheme 4 Choose rich shades and a textural zigzag design to bring interest to a neutral setting. Karim cushion, £29, Perch & Parrow 5 An accent colour works well on furniture. The Helsinki table, £135, Sainsbury’s Home, has a vibrant yellow tray-style top 6 Bring terracotta

to the table with the Pottery Series pitcher, £58 from Another Country 7 Woven in Kenya from sisal grass, this Alizeti basket from Amara is a stylish storage solution. In three sizes, from £25 8 Combining matt and gloss finishes for a unique look, Habitat’s large Elzora serving dish, £25, is practical and elegant 9 A bold floor covering in warm natural tones, such as the yellow woollen Diamond Kelim rug from Debenhams, from £230, is a great way to add pattern to a room FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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WHAT’S HOT STYLING BY CANDLELIGHT While away long summer evenings by basking in the soft glow of these outdoor lanterns On table (l-r): Broste Copenhagen Emil glass, £34, Coggles. Blomus Nero, £44, Naken. Otta woven bamboo, £12, Also Home. Ndiki, £69.95, Nkuku. Pattern, £29, Boconcept. Captured Glass Hurricane, £40, The White Company. Hanging (l-r): Gilded speckled, £16, Anthropologie. Hanging brass sky, £42, Rowen & Wren. Kyoto bamboo, £15, Habitat

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WHAT’S HOT DESIGN THE STORY BEHIND…

DEVOL KITCHENS A drive to explore every creative opportunity is at the heart of this successful designer kitchen company Despite making some of the most cutting-edge kitchens, bathrooms and ceramics available today, Devol’s beginnings were humble. Established in 1989 by design graduates Philip deVries and Paul O’Leary – Devol is an amalgamation of their surnames – the company began in a rented workshop, renovating antique furniture, making bespoke commissions and adapting pieces to take kitchen appliances. After 10 years, Philip set up a property business and Paul bought a Georgian shop in Quorn, Leicestershire. ‘Paul liked the proportions and utilitarian style of Georgian furniture,’ says creative director Helen Parker, ‘but it was becoming hard to find.’ Undeterred, he decided to build his own. He put a sink cabinet in his shop window with a sign saying ‘kitchens for sale’, found a carpenter to help him and began making freestanding pieces, including larder cupboards and butchers’ blocks, with mortise-and-tenon joints and hand-planed doors. In 2008 the recession hit and, determined not to cut staff, Paul invented the Shaker range. A modular system that could be supplied more cheaply than the bespoke Classic series, it was a great success. Then Devol took a step further with the Air kitchen – a mix of laminated curved oak, rolled aluminium and sleek acrylic resin doors, somehow reminiscent of a vintage Airstream trailer. All three collections can be seen – and watched in the making – at the new watermill showroom, in 12 acres outside Loughborough, ‘with chickens that sit with the designers FROM TOP LEFT The Sebastian Cox kitchen; Carrara marble sink; the Khoollect kitchen; tools of the trade; Helen’s stool, £190

while they’re having lunch,’ says Helen. Today the brand has diversified into stone flooring and wooden accessories, has established a collaboration with designer-craftsman Sebastian Cox, and opened a ceramics studio: ‘Because we had a guy who studied sculpture and didn’t have a job for him, and another who made ceramic light shades, so he produces our knobs and Belfast sinks,’ says Helen. The company’s imaginative recruitment methods have resulted in a staff of more than 70. These include Robin McLellan, who came on a work placement in 2005 and is now the managing director, while Helen was employed in a delicatessen when she was offered a design job. She’s now Paul’s partner in life too, and her daughter Zoe is Devol’s PR manager. ‘Everyone has a connection,’ says Helen, ‘if not, they’ll soon get one!’ HB FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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A RADIANT ROSE GARDEN MURAL CREATES A ROMANTIC BACKDROP IN A CONTEMPORARY LIVING ROOM

VERDANT TWIST Opposite Natural green foliage echoes the accent colour within the mural

PAINTERLY PICTURESQUE With a wall this striking, keep the colour palette tight. Here, rich cobalt and soft blue-greens add depth and sophistication


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BRANCHING OUT Create a warm welcome in a white scheme by combining sunny chartreuse with touches of soft sky blues and rich forest greens

MAKE AN ENTRANCE Opposite A small section of this elegant wallpaper creates an unforgettable entrance. Keep surrounding decor white and tread lightly with accessories

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THIS HALLWAY TRANSFORMS FROM SIMPLE TO SPECTACULAR WITH A FRESCO THAT HINTS AT FORESTS OF THE ORIENT


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DELICATELY DECORATIVE Line-drawn motifs on ceramics and accessories add definition and interest to a pale wood dining table

INTO THE WOODS Opposite Subtle colours still show the detail, but stop this exquisite woodland scene from becoming overwhelming

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HAND-THROWN CERAMICS AND PALE WOODS ARE PERFECT NATURAL PARTNERS TO THIS LEAFY SCENE


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FLORAL FANCY Layering texture and pattern is key to this serene scheme, with painterly touches on cushions and toning colours on tactile fabrics

DAYDREAMING Opposite A calm cloudscape is ideal for creating a tranquil feel. Echo the soft sky shades of dusky blue and violet grey in the layers of bedlinen

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PUNCHY HIGHLIGHTS OF TEAL AND LEAF GREEN PROVIDE A FRESH CONTRAST TO HAZY, DREAM-LIKE PRINTS


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Giardino Segreto Scene 1 and Scene 2 wallpaper panels, £195/roll; Chareau Ocean throw, £125; Ichendorf Endicot vase, £40; all Designers Guild. Hinge Luxe sofa bed in Royal Blue velvet, £1,199, Heal’s. Cushion made up in Walled Garden in Chartreuse linen, £92.50/m, Rapture & Wright. Arbres printed linen cushion, £72, Larusi

Painterly picturesque Wallpaper panels, as above. Floor light, £1,219, Viaduct. Sofa bed, as above. On sofa (l-r): cushion made up in Walled Garden linen, as above. Arbres cushion, as above; cushion made up in Botany Green linen, £110/m, Fermoie. Throw, as above; Brera Lino pale jade cushion, £60; Designers Guild. Absinthe green cushion, £40, The Conran Shop. Cushion made up in Botany Yellow linen, £110/m, Fermoie. Tables, £395 for three, Another Brand. Mugs, £15 each, Unique & Unity. Ombra plate, £29, The Conran Shop. Vase, £40, Designers Guild. Freyr rug, £625, Villa Nova. Cushion (on floor) made up in Lagom in Snow, £45/m, Sanderson; Brielle embroidered border, £74/m, Samuel & Sons. Tacita Dean exhibition catalogue (on cushion), £24.95, Royal Academy of Arts Shop

Delicately decorative Gabe white wash dining table, £998, Graham & Green. On table (clockwise from top left) Dapple dinner plates in Light blue, £15 each, Heal’s. Medium Restoration wire basket, £10, John Lewis. Linen napkins, £32 for four, Rowen & Wren. Off White jug, £32.95, Graham & Green. Ombra bowl in Cielo, £29; Cylindrical breakfast saucer, £21; Picardie glass, £3; all The Conran Shop. Palmeral dinner plate, £18, DaTerra at Unique & Unity. On bench Half Moon cushion, £75; Vice Versa linen throw, £275; both The Conran Shop. Tacita Dean exhibition catalogue, as before

Into the woods Bosky wallpaper, £64/roll, Lewis & Wood. Table, as above; Gabe bench, £595; Mulberry Leaf lounger, £295; all Graham & Green. On table Ombra plates, £29 each, The Conran Shop. Dapple dinner plates; Palmeral dinner plates; wire basket; natural linen napkins; saucer; all as above. Ceramic bottle vase, £30; jug, £15; both Habitat. Serving bowl, £50, Graham & Green. Bowl, £25; Slate Blue napkins, £12.50 each; Vice Versa throw, £275; all The Conran Shop. Brera Lino cushion, £60, Designers Guild. On wall Young Trees plate, £10; Old Trees plate, £10; both Remember Shop

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Walled Garden wallpaper in Chartreuse, £22/m, Rapture & Wright. Cushion made up in Botany Yellow linen, £110/m, Fermoie. Oblong cushion made up in Lusso in Sunflower, £35/m, Harlequin at Style Library. Brera Lino pale jade cushion, £60, Designers Guild. Slit table in Moss, £112, Viaduct. Alfredo green vase, £125, Georg Jensen at Heal’s. Ichendorf Endicot vase, £40, Designers Guild. Geo carved rug, £1,695, Ella Doran. Books, stylist’s own

Study of Cirrus Clouds mural by John Constable, £65/sq m, Surface View. Bardot kingsize bed, £1,469, Heal’s. Perfect Day cushion, £86.50, Black Edition, Romo. Alberta cushion, £42, Wallace Cotton. Peeling Paint blue cushion, £52.50, Ella Doran. Cushion made up in Lagom in Snow (just seen), £45/m, Sanderson; Skylar border in Lapis, £72/m, Samuel & Sons. Diverse linen flat sheet in Bottle Green, £100, Larusi. Young Trees wooden plate, £10, Remember Shop. Everyday jug, £34; mug, £36; both Emma Lacey at The Conran Shop. Postcards, £1.50 each, Designers Guild

Make an entrance Trees One wallpaper fresco, £85/sq m, Angel & Boho. Originals loveseat in Graded White, £900, Ercol. Herbier Jonc cushion, £105, Christian Lacroix Maison at Designers Guild. Absinthe green linen cushion, £40, The Conran Shop. Cushion made up in Walled Garden in Mortlake Blue (top) and Chartreuse (reverse) linen, both £92.50/m, Rapture & Wright. Oversized blue vase, £75, Cox & Cox. Books, stylist’s own. Cleeve market basket, £26, Rowen & Wren. In basket Absinthe jumper, stylist’s own; Peeling Paint dress (just seen), £195, Ella Doran. Murano rug in Sunflower, £450, Louis De Poortere at Romo

Daydreaming Wall mural, as above. Curtains made up in Vivid in Silver, £61/m, Anthology at Style Library. Bardot bed, as above. Blue Grey linen kingsize duvet cover, £215; pillowcases, £35 each; all The Conran Shop. Perfect Day cushion, as above. Ciel printed linen cushion, £72; flat sheet, £100; both Larusi. Curved Tile cushion in Creme de Menthe, £85, The Conran Shop. Alu table, £425, Viaduct. Pleat vase, £50, LSA International at John Lewis. Glass, £28 for four, Rowen & Wren. Grashoppa light, £669, The Conran Shop. Treetops hand-knotted rug in Petal, £715/sq m, Jennifer Manners

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MIDAS TOUCH From subtle hints to rich highlights – decorate your home with warming golden hues

DARING DRAPES Generously pleated curtains add grandeur to any room, especially in tones of antique gilt. Choose a fabric with shadowy rather than shiny reflections to achieve an elegant look. Curtain and cushion made up in Dufrene in Sahara, £101/m; sofa in Botero in Pacific, £113/m; cushion in Tino in Peking Blue, £29/m; all Romo


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Light-reflecting and space-enhancing, metallic wallpaper is extremely effective in small areas and lends itself brilliantly to tighter spaces such as hallways. This gorgeous design follows a linear structure that ensures the look is smart and sophisticated. Doric wallpaper in Lustre, £85/roll, Villa Nova

2 RICH COLOURS Kitchens can sometimes seem cold and clinical, so warm up the look by introducing deep gemstone hues of sapphire and emerald. Gold fittings look fabulous against these opulent jewel tones and create a warm, inviting feel. The Classic English kitchen, with cupboards painted in Clerkenwell Blue and black granite worktops, from £25,000; London tiles in Emerald Green, from £15/tile; Aged Brass Ionian tap, £460; 800 single-fluted sink, £965; wooden stools, £350 each; all Devol Find out more about Devol on p24

3 EARTHY DELIGHTS For an informal yet glamorous look, use accessories that feature a variety of textures and finishes. Gleaming golden pieces pair beautifully with natural stoneware and terracotta for an eclectic feel with classic overtones. Nest of marble-topped tables, £199.99 for a set of two; decorative metal plant pot, £29.99; glass vase, £19.99; gold candle, £19.99; all Zara Home House Beautiful JUNE 2018 37


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1 GILT-EDGED A simple piece of furniture, such as this gorgeous coffee table with an understated gold-coloured frame, creates a stylish focal point in a neutral scheme. The table’s white marble top prevents the look from becoming too brash and works beautifully with the other natural materials in this calm living room. Low Jinks coffee table, £345; Babouche rug, from £125; Pudding sofa, from £1,195; all Loaf

2 SMART STATEMENT Creating a pared-back bathroom scheme needn’t mean shying away from bold hits of precious metal. Choose wood furniture featuring slender strips of gold to link with the decadent bath, and an aged look to reflect the traditional feel. Striped wallpaper complements the room’s heritage look. For a similar bath, try Fired Earth. Cavendish Stripe wallpaper in Brush Blue, £74/roll, Little Greene

3 FINE LINES For a modest metallic hit, go for pieces with understated flashes of gold. Gilded edges, plated handles and sleek pin legs all contribute to a muted shine that adds richness and warmth to simple schemes. For an instant uplift, try upcycling existing furniture with fine gold leaf. It’s readily available, inexpensive and extremely easy to apply. Odetta three-drawer dresser, designed by Tracey Boyd, in engineered hardwood with brass handles, £1,298; Modern Inlay round mirror, £468; both Anthropologie 38 housebeautiful.co.uk

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Expert insight ‘To incorporate gold into your interior in a way that feels smart and contemporary, choose pieces with an aged finish and a toned-down sheen. These will work seamlessly with a neutral scheme for a sophisticated look.’ CHARLIE MARSHALL, FOUNDER OF LOAF

HIGH LIGHT Golden tones aren’t just for bolder schemes – they also sit perfectly in more serene spaces. Create a subtle look by hanging a burnished pendant low over the dining table among a subtle palette of warm rust pinks and restful blue. Bowl pendant lamp, £472; Club dining table, £1,026; Kombi vase, £56; Comma chairs in Rust and Grey, £109 each; Tribe rug, £242; all House Doctor at Nunido


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Expert insight ‘Lustrous metallic tones are perfect for brightening up a dark scheme. Using gold accessories in tight spots such as a bedside table will really help open up the space and create a strong focal point.’ SAM HOOD, FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF AMARA

INTO THE DEEP If dark and dramatic is your style, use small hints of glistening metallics to add richness while lightening up heavy hues. Soften the look by introducing generously layered linens and textiles in toning shades. Muuto Ripple cotton throw, £89; Accent cushion, £65; Hay Crinkle bedspread, £159; Olivier Desforges Alcove duvet cover, £60/double; matching pillowcases, £15 each; Bloomingville lamp, £155; Umbra Lexy side table, £70; Nkuku Braided Hemp rug, £120; all Amara


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A monochrome scheme always looks chic. Strike a balance by limiting your use of black and favouring strong elements of white, and then add lightness and glitz with lustrous touches such as a metallic wallpaper and brass floor lamp. For similar wallpaper try the Nilo design by Lizzo, £249/roll, Jane Clayton. Brompton reading floor lamp, £340; Keswick console table, £730; framed and mounted Portico prints, £95 each; all Neptune

2 ICONIC INVESTMENT Natural finishes, such as smooth tan leather and rustic wood, pair beautifully with gold for a polished take on a country look. This classic armchair was originally designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen and, to celebrate its 60th anniversary, is now available as a limited edition version. Just 1,958 have been produced with a 23-carat gold base, and suitably luxe price! Swan chair, £6,187, The Conran Shop

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3 FINAL FLOURISH For an instant revamp, update pendant lighting with smart gold designs – try opting for a smoked glass shade to add sophistication and soften the impact. In a kitchen, introducing small golden elements can bring a completely different feel to your existing look without needing to go for a total refit. Walter size 2 pendants in brass with Anthracite glass and brass, £419 each, Original BTC FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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MOODBOARD MASTERCLASS Be inspired by our cover look and try a refreshing take on yellow

GET THE LOOK Incorporate yellow into a scheme by pairing muted tones of hay and honey with fresh shades of teal and aqua. Add depth to the scheme by mixing textures of light-reflecting glass with smooth matt ceramics

Clockwise from top left Dark Blue two-inch tile; Pistachio tile, both £56.80/sq metre, Winckelmans Tiles. Bosham wallpaper in cream by Elizabeth Ockford, £63/roll, The Paper Partnership. For similar pot, try Maud & Mable. Riko fabric in Sunflower by Scion, £31/m, Style Library. Calimanco Union fabric, £110/m, Fermoie. For similar plate, try Skye side plate, £10, Rose & Grey. Victorian glass bottle, £14 for three, Home Barn. Wooden teaspoon, stylist’s own. Hana fabric in Eden, £34/m, Villa Nova. Background Coffee Table Two, £695, Another Country


LIVING ROOM Light-toned wooden furniture, such as oak or ash, is a natural choice in a bright and modern scheme. Subtle pattern clashes on soft furnishings add interest, while energising accents of leaf green breathe life into the room

Soren Lund chair, £2,715; table, £695; both Another Country. Leaf cushion, £47.95, Ella Doran. Pull floor lamp, £349, Future & Found. Rockstar sofa, £1,745, Loaf. Pero shelving, £1,855, Ercol at Heal’s. Sepia rug, £1,595, Designers Guild. Ripple glass, £36 for four, Ferm Living at Amara. Bowl, £45, Pinch at 1882 Ltd. Blue vase, £59, Hay at Unique & Unity. Brass vase, £169, Heal’s. Plant pot, £55 for two, Rose & Grey. On sofa (l-r): Lombardo Vermillion cushion, £102, Black Edition, Romo. Anatolian cushion, £85; Vice Versa throw, £275; both The Conran Shop. Cushion in Botany Yellow, £110/m, Fermoie. On the front cover Bowl, £89, The Conran Shop. Mugs, £45 each; jug, £150; all Pinch at 1882 Ltd. Vases, from £8.50, Rose & Grey. Teapot, £175, Emma Lacey


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Smart storage Subtly coloured grey shelves are housed in a smart oak frame, perfect for books and treasured pieces. House Anton wide shelving unit in Smoke, £329, John Lewis

Light show Natural textures Spun from super-soft merino lambswool, this gorgeous blanket has a smart linear design. Origin throw in Saffron, £240, Rose B Brown at Hoos

Only a limited number of these beautiful handcrafted lamps are made each year. Small desk lamp, £195, Jenkins & Will

Sitting smartly Light grey upholstery in a felted texture is cosy and sophisticated. Osaka sofa, from £879, Boconcept

Harmonising hues Soothing tones of hazy sage green balance sharper yellow pieces for a calming scheme. Pebble large bowl in Pistachio, £99, Mud Australia

Pattern hit Abstract floral motifs give the look a modern edge and sit well among summery hues. Botanical cushion, £58, Bluebellgray

Swing low A handy leather sling provides extra storage. Hang Out coffee table in oak, from £264, Vita Copenhagen

Pure style Keep things simple with elegant ceramic accessories in white. Cylindrical jug, from £45, Made & Good

Sit back With its feeling of stately grandeur, this wingback armchair would balance casual elements in a room. Louis Armchair in Pollen brushed linen cotton, £840, sofa.com

Time to reflect Introduce organic shapes to add interest to the scheme. Asymmetric glass vase, £12.99, H&M House Beautiful JUNE 2018 45


GET THE LOOK An elegant palette of neutral tones, such as dove grey and fawn, form a calming accompaniment to yellow and bring an altogether more sophisticated look to these buttery shades

Clockwise from below left Flower Power wallpaper, £33.35/roll, Caselio. Holkham waffle wool fabric in Mushroom, £124.95/m, Tori Murphy. For similar ribbon, try Jane Means. Beadle fabric, £120/m, Margo Selby. Alba Four white tealight holder, £15.20, Dottir.

Sulis fabric in Swedish Grey, £55/m, Romo. Geneva fabric in Citronella, £28.50/m, Villa Nova. Inox Absolute matt emulsion (in bowl), £43.50/2.5L, Little Greene. For similar dish, try the Iba Indigo, £12.95, Nkuku. Duck Egg Blue chalk paint (in dish), £19.95/L, Annie Sloan


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BEDROOM For a restful and relaxing scheme, opt for shades inspired by breezy summer skies with a hint of sunshine. Add a sumptuous rug and wale knits for a touch of luxury and warmth

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Organic washed cotton Stripe duvet cover, £89 for double; pillowcases, from £24 each; Chenille rib throw, £39; stripe cushion cover, £29; Rustic Pure vase, £39; all West Elm

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Reading corner Cocoon yourself in the deeply curved, wraparound back of this armchair for the ultimate in comfort. Mafalda armchair, from £1,908, Moroso at Silvera

Earn your stripes In the spotlight A quirky and modern design, this lamp unites tones within the scheme. Albert floor light, £79, Made

An all-natural linen and cotton blend combines with a traditional seersucker finish for a great night’s sleep. Minho double duvet; £69; pillowcase, £14; both Urbanara

Colour splash Brighter accents of turquoise keep the scheme light and fresh. Foil-base plant pot, £20, Oliver Bonas

Beneath the surface A subtle, misty motif lifts the look among a palette of tonal shades. Desert Skies II Grey rug, from £385, Woven

Darker depths Inky blue provides a welcoming element of contrast in the pale scheme and adds definition. Cross-weave cushion cover, £29.99, Zara Home

Cosy touches Even during the summer, layer your bed with at least one throw to introduce extra texture and warmth. Knit blanket, £49.99, H&M Home

Cool and calm Shades of stone in white schemes prevent them from becoming too stark. Piper bed in Thatch House fabric, £745, Loaf

Sunshine glints Style your room with hints of delicious butterscotch yellow. Decorative bottle, £40, Pols Potten at Amara

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Crafted from mango wood and designed with smart midcentury lines, this piece is the perfect bedside companion. Randall cabinet, £149, Swoon Editions


TRADITIONAL BEAUTY Colourful cottage-garden planting is perfectly suited to this historic country home in the Cotswolds. Soft-blue paintwork on the door and pipework enhances the mellow stone and brings the look to life

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OUTDOOR STYLE

FIRST IMPRESSIONS Follow these expert tips to give your front of house some serious kerb appeal

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our front door, and its surrounding outdoor space, creates that all-important first impression. ‘Front gardens tend to be a formal face you present to the world, while the back is a more relaxed, private place,’ says garden designer Robert Bratby. Obviously, the style and condition of your property has an impact too, but planting can be used to enhance it, or even hide less-than-perfect areas.

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Get planting ‘A well-tended front garden will not only add value to your house, it will also give you joy every time you walk up the path,’ says garden designer Catherine Clancy. Many areas at the front of the house are too small for a lawn, but mixed planting can add green interest, she explains. ‘Before you start digging, have a look at what your neighbours have done – it’s important to fit in with the street. Try to strike a balance between structural evergreens and herbaceous planting.’ ‘Just as you would with the back garden, before choosing your plants, assess what sunlight the space gets and at what time of day, as well as the type of soil you have,’ says Robert. And he adds that if space allows, a feature shrub or tree, such as an acer or rowan, is a good addition. ‘If you have only the tiniest of plots, then use window boxes or position containers either side of the front door. Camellias, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lanarth White’ and Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ are all good for pots. And don’t forget that you can also fill them with spring bulbs for early colour.’

Keep it simple As we don’t tend to spend a great deal of time in our front gardens, it’s a good idea to choose plants that are fairly self-reliant. The key is to plan for year-round interest, says Catherine. ‘It’s got to look as good in winter as in summer, so try evergreens, such as olive trees, which are droughttolerant, yew hedging, which looks smart, and hardy climbers, such as star jasmine.’ Garden designer Sara Jane Rothwell advises limiting both plant and colour selection: ‘Keeping the palette quite restrained makes small spaces feel less crowded, plus it makes maintenance easier.’

Safe and out of sight If your home needs screening, either for security reasons or from prying eyes, try hedging. Yew and laurel are the most popular evergreens, while box is falling out of favour due to problems with box blight disease. Try Pittosporum tenuifolium or Ilex crenata, recommends designer Rosemary Coldstream. Deciduous options include beech and hornbeam. And to deter burglars, ‘Go for pyracantha, holly or a climbing rose – nice and prickly!’ she adds.

WILD AND FREE Agapanthus, anemones, hydrangeas, Carex grass and fennel contrast with the smart black door and window frames WARM WELCOME Sandtex 10 year exterior gloss in vibrant Hot Mustard contrasts with terracotta pots

MAKE A STATEMENT In this town garden (right), designer Rosemary Coldstream has created a country garden feel with billowing plants that spill over the paths. A blue door works with the purples in the planting for a vibrant, yet harmonious look


Park and drive If you’re planning to pave your front garden, use materials that are Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) compliant. This means any water will soak away or run off into the garden rather than out onto the footpath or road. Gravel is a good option as it’s free-draining, plus the noise it makes when it’s walked on is an additional security measure. Add some greenery with feature beds or container planting. ‘A border in front of the house will soften the architecture,’ says Rosemary.

Lead the way Paths to the front door should be well defined and easy to navigate. However, there’s plenty of freedom to experiment with different materials and styles, from patterned tiles to herringbone bricks, contemporary slab paving to simple stone. Make the path more of a feature by ‘staggering’ it, suggests garden designer Sara Jane. ‘We will often offset the path, so that it has a direct path to the front door but the view is broken up with planting. This creates more interesting results.’

FLORAL IMPACT These low-maintenance plants will all make a fantastic first impression, says garden designer Rosemary Coldstream Libertia grandiflora Featuring lovely white flowers above evergreen foliage in May, this plant prefers sun or partial shade. Astelia chathamica silver spear An evergreen perennial with beautiful silver-green spiky leaves. Heuchera Choose green forms such as Heuchera ‘Greenfinch’ for wonderful textural contrast with small-leaved plants. Hebe You can’t go wrong with a hebe; they’re evergreen and flower for months – and butterflies love them! Try Hebe ‘Garden Beauty Blue’, ‘Mrs Winder’ and ‘Nicola’s Blush’ (top left), or ‘Autumn Glory’ for late flowering. Helleborus x sternii This is an evergreen that flowers from February to April (centre left) and a good option for shady spots. Grasses Try these if your front garden gets plenty of sun: Pennisetum ‘Fairy Tails’ or something taller, such as Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ and Stipa gigantea. Easycare perennials Experiment with nepeta (bottom left), Erigeron karvinskianus, which flowers for ever – just give it a trim once a year in spring; or lavender, if you have good drainage. Bulbs Plant a variety for a bit of zing in spring.

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Front doors and windows are a focal point of the exterior of the house and, if you’re replacing them, it’s worth taking into account the style and age of your property. ‘Your front door provides an excellent opportunity to make a statement and choosing the perfect style can really boost the appeal of your home,’ says Jill McLintock from Everest. ‘Often this can be achieved with a bold colour or an interesting design. But be aware that combining both could be too much, and that the colours and patterns of your garden will change with the seasons. It’s better to choose a door in a shade that suits both the style of your house and its surrounding outdoor space.’ These days, composite doors are the most popular. ‘Their classic designs and wide range of glazing and colour options mean they suit most properties,’ says Jill. ‘They’re very thermally efficient and low maintenance, and provide a classic timber look without the maintenance required for the real thing.’

Light up ‘Path or step lights make dim or steep walkways easier to navigate, while box wall lights or exterior bracket lights by the front door create a welcoming first impression,’ says Peter Bowles from Davey Lighting. ‘Natural materials with interesting patinas, such as weathered bronze, copper and brass, are good choices for outdoor lighting as they’re low maintenance and weather beautifully.’ Choose lights that are weatherproof and suitable for outdoor use, while motion-sensitive versions are useful if you don’t want to leave them on permanently. HB

PERFECT SYMMETRY Simple galvanised-steel planters (above, left) placed either side of the door bring a classic look that suits both traditional and contemporary homes. These buckets look great when planted up and are £55 each from Garden Trading

BOLD LINES This garden (right) has a minimalist, modern look that works well with the property’s sleek lines, expansive glazing and striking grey stone. The Rondo V door by Urban Front has been painted a rich blue that brings the whole scheme together

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OUR DOOR COLLECTION WITH EVEREST

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NEW! Introducing our collection of House Beautiful front doors, which includes 24 designs in 16 colourways across five stunning ranges, developed in partnership with Everest

CONTEMPORARY Featuring 12 designs, this is the largest range in the collection. Each one has a vertical plank effect but with different configurations of glass panels. A great choice for modern properties, these doors will create a striking contrast on a traditional house. Oslo door shown in Ash Pink 56 housebeautiful.co.uk

ART DECO Dramatically shaped panels that reflect the simple geometric designs of the 1920s, feature in all three of the designs in the Art Deco range. These doors are an excellent choice for properties built during this period and into the years beyond. Plaza door shown in Cornish Blue


GEORGIAN Featuring the panelled design so typical of the era, this range includes five doors, available with six, four or three panels. Glass at the top allows for privacy, while bringing light into the hallway. The simple yet elegant look will suit most styles of house. Kensington door shown in Red Velvet >


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ULTRA MODERN Offering sleek and simple designs, with a striking central glass panel that reaches almost to ground level, the two doors in the Ultra Modern range are ideal for adding a stylish, minimalist finish to either a super-modern property or a new build. Berlin door shown in Slate Blue

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our front door plays a crucial part in welcoming visitors to your home and also adds that all-important kerb appeal. This exciting new collaboration, which combines the design expertise of House Beautiful with the craftsmanship and manufacturing knowledge of Everest, means you can have a stylish new door made exactly to your requirements. ELEGANT DESIGNS Our stunning new collection includes 24 styles across five ranges: Contemporary, Art Deco, Georgian, Ultra Modern and Cottage. Within each range is a series of letterbox and glazing options, including plain, etched or coloured glass – all triple glazed. The Cottage designs are also available as stable doors, and all are made from a composite material that has the look and feel of timber, but never needs painting.

COTTAGE Perfectly capturing the country look with its vertical plank design, this range offers a mix of traditional and stable-style doors, which will work equally well at the front or rear of your home. There are four designs to choose from, three of which have glass panels. Windermere door shown in Sandstone KEY FEATURES Guaranteed for 10 years, each door is 70mm thick, ‘A’ rated for warmth with special seals that provide extra weatherproofing, and carries the police’s ‘Secure by Design’ accreditation, which is the highest level of security that can be awarded. Each door is handmade to order in the UK, with a choice of quality fittings, from letterboxes to door pulls and knockers, for the perfect finishing touches. COLOUR CHOICE Choose from 16 colourways, including smart Jet Black, the on-trend grey of Beach Pebble and warm blush of Antique Rose, traditional Racing Green, and a trio of blues: Everest, Slate and Cornish. As the colour is added during the manufacturing process, it remains as sharp after 10 years as on the day it was installed, and it never needs to be repainted or maintained.

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PROPERTY OF THE MONTH

SPANNING GENERATIONS uilt across the south east of England between the 1950s and 1980s, Span houses were originally designed to bridge the gap in housing choice after the Second World War. Pioneered by the architect Eric Lyons, Span homes took a very modern approach to traditional suburban living. The first Span development was Parkleys at Ham Common in Richmond-UponThames, and Lyons went on to spearhead 73 schemes. Span houses and apartments can be found in the desirable urban village of Blackheath, south east London (as pictured here), and in pockets of Surrey, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex and Kent. With not a mock Tudor beam in sight, the early developments must have seemed as if they’d been beamed in from the future. The look was neat, streamlined, even austere, with large windows to let in light and forward-thinking construction methods that emphasised ease of maintenance

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and efficient insulation. As Eric Lyons himself said: ‘The test of good housing is not whether it can be built easily, but whether it can be lived in easily.’ Crucially, Eric worked directly with a developer, Geoffrey Townsend, and together they built not just houses, but communities. Many of these developments were created in semi-rural spots, offering peace and tranquillity for residents. Even urban sites were planned with outdoor space in mind, with landscaped communal gardens, courtyards and safe places for children to play. Patrick Ellard, a lecturer who is curating the history of the 1960s New Ash Green Span development in Kent, says: ‘As the Span-Lyons model proved, if every aspect of your living environment is meticulously considered, the results can be spectacular and leave a real legacy.’

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SPACE AGE For architectural expert and historian Tom Dyckhof, Span leads the field in innovative design. He lives with his family in a Span apartment in Blackheath, south east London. ‘Span developments are by far the best, most forward-thinking private housing in the country since the Second World War,’ he says. ‘The fact we’ve had to adapt our flat so little from its original design 60 years later, shows how far-sighted they were. Span homes are spacious as well as being

adaptable and flexible with features such as folding doors so you can expand or contract a room.’ He also likes the way the space is organised with, for instance, an outhouse for the washing machine and muddy boots, and clear separation between living and sleeping areas. ‘The flats and houses are grouped around courtyards or greens, so you can have a sense of a community while respecting privacy,’ he adds.

PROPERTY FINANCE SPECIALIST MELANIE BIEN Money expert and founder of Bien Media

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BRACKLEY, WEYBRIDGE, SURREY This spacious three-bed house has a dining room, study and lounge opening onto the westfacing garden, with a terrace and a shed. There’s also a useful downstairs cloakroom, parking and a garage. Martin Flashman, 01932 857700

STRAWBERRY VALE, TWICKENHAM Overlooking the Thames, this two-bed, two-bathroom home has its own private 25ft mooring. A sliding door brings light into the split-level living-dining room and there’s a shared heated pool. Dexters, 020 8744 0074

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NEW ASH GREEN, LONGFIELD, KENT Overlooking green space, this affordable family home has a light-filled kitchen-diner, living room and three bedrooms, and is within commuting distance of the capital via nearby Longfield station. Hartley Estates, 01474 527009

BLACKHEATH, SOUTH EAST LONDON This penthouse apartment with a private roof terrace offers scope for an update. There are two/three beds, a 27ft living room and kitchen and a bathroom. It’s five minutes’ walk to Blackheath village. John Payne, 020 8318 1311

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WORDS JAYNE DOWLE PHOTOGRAPHS TIM CROCKER (ERIC LYONS AND SPAN EDITED BY BARBARA SIMMS/RIBA PUBLISHING); THE MODERN HOUSE (THE MODERN HOUSE IS CURRENTLY SELLING AN OUTSTANDING SPAN APARTMENT ON THE HALL IN BLACKHEATH. FOR MORE DETAILS VISIT THEMODERNHOUSE.COM)

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Lenders prefer to lend on homes of traditional construction – usually brick with a tiled roof – because they’re concerned about selling the property on should the borrower default on the mortgage and they need to repossess it. This is why they favour three-bed semi-detached homes rather than, say, lighthouses or converted barns, as there would be a much wider pool of people willing to buy the former than the latter, charming as they might be. Another problem with unusual properties is that there are some question marks over the durability of more modern materials and whether they will stand the test of time. Despite these concerns, there are a number of homes of unusual construction, such as thatched, timber, those built using other non-traditional methods, or Span houses that still need mortgages. Many mainstream high-street lenders will not lend, but some of the smaller organisations, such as the Ecology Building Society, tend to be more flexible when it comes to getting a mortgage on an unusual home. This is particularly the case if the lender is local to you and has some knowledge of the type of property you’re buying. An independent mortgage broker will know which lenders are likely to be more flexible. HB


EXTERIOR The pale-grey water reed thatch is offset by the white walls. Woodwork is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hardwick White and the masonry is finished in Strong White

FIREPLACE Gluggle jugs given to the owner by her mum add colour and interest to the original fireplace in the snug


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OLD CHARMER A perfect mix of antiques and mid-century pieces comes together to create something special in this Grade-II listed gem WORDS AMY MAYNARD PHOTOGRAPHY RICHARD GADSBY

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ooking like something straight out of a fairy tale, Sara Milner’s pretty whitewashed cottage, with its Gothic-style windows and silvery-grey thatch, was a real find. Sara admits, however, that when she first came across the property, she was swept away by its beauty and allowed her heart to rule her head. ‘I thought it was so sweet, but totally impractical,’ she says, referring to the amount of maintenance the Grade-II listed house would require. ‘I didn’t even give a thought to the upkeep of the thatched roof or the wooded area behind the cottage.’ In 2009, Sara was dividing her time between Brighton and Hawkhurst, Kent, with her ex-partner. It was with a view to buying a weekend retreat that they drove to Rye, near the coast in East Sussex, to view the cottage. They put in an ofer and, not long afterwards, the property was theirs. Circumstances then changed when the couple separated, so Sara took the decision to make the cottage her full-time home and she quickly turned her mind to renovating it. ‘There were black beams and magnolia-painted walls everywhere because it had been rented out,’ she recalls. Sara moved in with friends while the cottage was damp-proofed, replastered and decorated throughout. She also had the ridge of the thatch replaced. ‘I didn’t know anything about thatched properties, but discovered you have to get the ridge done every 10 years and the whole roof replaced around every 30, at a cost of about £15,000. There are diferent types of thatch and this house has water reed with a straw ridge,’ Sara explains. ‘Having a thatched roof means there are specific clauses in my home insurance policy. For example, I’m not allowed log burners because the heat concentrates in the flue and can cause a fire.’ The cottage sits on the side of a steep, wooded bank – there was once a waterworks nearby, taking advantage of the natural springs in the hillside. ‘I have little springs popping up every now and then around the garden. I had one appear just above the patio, so I had special drainage put in to channel the water away,’ she says. Inside, the property has a bright yet cosy feel. Sara had most of the dark beams painted white and has cleverly mixed inherited antiques with mid-century finds. ‘Collecting things has always been a part of my life,’ she says. ‘My grandmother was an obsessive >

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HOME PROFILE WHO LIVES HERE Sara Milner, a social worker THE PROPERTY A four-bedroom thatched cottage built around 1800, in Rye, East Sussex PRICE £250,000 MONEY SPENT £25,000 WHAT IT’S WORTH NOW £400,000

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DINING ROOM The original Gothic-design windows are one of Sara’s favourite features in the cottage. Above the table hang industrialstyle pendant lights from Blue-Sky Lighting

GARDEN Sara likes to relax with a drink in the summerhouse after work. She sourced the pew and crate at a local auction

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collector – she had 40 grandfather clocks in her house. They never used to be set to exactly the same time, so for about 10 minutes every hour there would be a chorus of chimes. You can imagine what it was like at night!’ To one side of the compact kitchen lies a little snug and hallway with a quarry stone floor. This is Sara’s favourite spot to sit during winter, when she has a fire burning in the hearth. ‘The quarry tiles were put in by a previous owner who was a member of the local historical society. They had been salvaged just of the coast from a sunken ship that had been carrying a cargo of French tiles,’ she reveals. The bright sitting room, with its taupe walls and splashes of red and orange, has a retro feel. ‘I’ve always liked mid-century pieces,’ Sara says. ‘I originally studied product and furniture design, and was fascinated by many of the British and European designers of that era before they became trendy in recent years.’ Next door is the dining room, the only area where Sara has left the beams in their original dark colour, which lends a more formal air. Two bedrooms, including the main, and a bathroom, with its rolltop bath, complete the downstairs layout. Upstairs lie two further bedrooms and a small under-eaves space. Outside, the house is painted white, with a pale sage shade used on the window frames and front door. The Gothic-style windows and tiny quatrefoil in the roof apex are a real focal point – ‘I love them,’ says Sara. A summerhouse sits at the foot of the garden. After overhauling the house, Sara set about immersing herself in the local scene. ‘For a while, I wasn’t sure whether I’d stay in Rye or return to Brighton, but now I’m actively involved in the local sailing and tennis clubs, and have made a lot of friends,’ she says. The only downside to living in Rye is that Sara’s oice is in Surrey, which means a three- or four-hour round-trip. ‘It feels manageable because I’m able to work from home a couple of days a week,’ she says. ‘It also feels worth it as I love my house and the location, especially now that I’ve adjusted to a rural way of life. Rye is full of quirky shops, galleries and restaurants, plus it has such an arty vibe.’ As for the future, Sara has one more renovation project. ‘I’m planning to put in an extra bathroom upstairs,’ she says. Overall, however, the cottage is exactly the way she wants it. ‘When I bought the house, there was permission to extend the snug and corridor, but I’ve now grown to like how cosy and quirky it is.’ HB

GUEST BEDROOM This enchanting space is tucked up in the eaves and has a lovely quatrefoil window. The frame and wardrobe doors are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Mizzle and the floor in Ammonite. Sara’s grandmother gave her the rocking chair when she was just five. The

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ECLECTIC MIX Recreate the look of Sara’s cottage with these mid-century and antique-style finds

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Wells bubble vase, £24, Garden Trading 7 Bring some old-fashioned luxury into the bathroom with a rolltop bath like Sara’s. Cambridge bath with traditional cast-iron feet, £759, Bathstore 8 Keep everything from cushions to bedspreads in a stylish storage trunk. Maya trunk in mango wood, £429, Swoon Editions 9 A mid-century-style armchair will add character to any room. Scott armchair in Gold cotton velvet, £599, Made Background French Grey Mid absolute matt emulsion, £22/L, Little Greene FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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DIFFERENT LEVELS A brightly coloured, psychedelic 1960s house has been transformed into a stylish, all-white family home WORDS VICTORIA TUNSTALL PHOTOGRAPHY LOGAN MACDOUGALL IRVINE


HOME PROFILE WHO LIVES HERE Alicia, 34, a beauty blogger, and Logan MacDougall Irvine, 37, a photographer, live here with their two sons, Shiloh, four, and Boe, one THE PROPERTY A four-bedroom late-1960s house in Wimbledon Village, London PRICE £740,000 MONEY SPENT £270,000 WHAT IT’S WORTH NOW £1.5m


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t wasn’t love at first sight for Alicia and Logan MacDougall Irvine. In fact, when they first saw the interior of their now home, their initial reaction was horror. ‘Every wall was painted in a lurid colour, and all the rooms were the size of shoe boxes,’ remembers Alicia. For months, the couple had been looking for a home that would suit their growing family – and their budget – when Alicia stumbled across this late-1960s house in Wimbledon Village, south west London. The exterior had been painted royal blue and there were some unusual Spanish-style railings outside, but Alicia could see beyond these details. ‘I had never considered buying a 1960s property, but we knew we could completely transform it,’ she says. Also, as the house was on top of a hill, it ofered amazing views over London and Surrey. For two years, the family lived with the garish decor, using their two-year-old son’s drawings to cover up the walls. ‘Shiloh loved the bright colours,’ laughs Alicia. As the months passed, she and Logan planned and designed the renovations, with the help

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of architect and friend Mark Hillier of H2 Architects. ‘Our original plan was to take out all of the floors, leaving just the two party walls, and to restack the levels to accommodate the height needed in the loft conversion,’ explains Mark. Planning applications were submitted and everything looked promising, but then, at the eleventh hour, some neighbours objected to the extension at the front. ‘As a result, we lost the full width of the glazing across the first floor,’ recalls Mark. ‘It turned into an absolute nightmare,’ adds Alicia. After a great deal of to-ing and fro-ing with the planning oice though, they eventually had their designs accepted. ‘The final result was a hybrid that kept the best parts of the glazing scheme, but at the same time we managed to reduce the costs and keep the neighbours happy,’ says Mark. The family moved into a rental property while the builders began the major work. ‘Our youngest son Boe was only a few weeks old when they started the renovations,’ remembers Alicia. ‘The rented flat had terrible damp and it was afecting his >

KITCHEN A concrete peninsula made by Mortise makes a strong statement. Its facing side (seen on previous page) replicates the slatted wooden staircase

DINING AREA The table is from Made, and the Master chairs are by Philippe Starck for Kartell

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health – so, after only a couple of months, we decided to just brave it and move back in.’ The whole of the first floor was opened up to create a large living space with the kitchen and diner at one end, leading out to the first floor garden. ‘We love the garden being here, but we altered the access to it by building a decked terrace with wide steps, stretching across the full width’. Down on the ground floor, the garage was converted into an oice. ‘We wanted to be able to look outside but retain some privacy from people walking by and seeing in,’ explains Alicia. Mark solved this by designing vertical slatted cladding. ‘We liked the efect so much that Mark then extended the cladding around the outside, and also replicated it inside on the banisters and the kitchen peninsula,’ says Alicia. Inspired by the stunning concrete houses they had seen on their travels in Sri Lanka, Alicia and Logan opted to have concrete worktops in the kitchen. ‘I love the unfinished feel raw materials give, and especially love it when it’s teamed 80 housebeautiful.co.uk

with polished white kitchen units,’ says Alicia. In order to create enough height in the loft to accommodate the main bedroom, all of the floors going up through the house had to be lowered. To achieve maximum room height, they exposed the beams in the boys’ bedrooms. ‘We then disguised them by pinning bunting to them,’ adds Alicia. It’s no surprise that having lived surrounded by psychedelic colours for two years, Alicia chose a white backdrop for the walls. ‘I’ve never been a fan of coloured finishes, and white is timeless – it makes a place feel fresh, light and pure. I’ve always had a bit of an obsession with it,’ she says. To balance the 60s architecture, Alicia and Logan chose vintage furniture and contemporary pieces with a retro finish. ‘I’m naturally drawn to modern furnishings, but we realised it would be good to mix in some older finds to stop the house looking like a show property.’ The renovation is now finished and the couple are thrilled with it. ‘It’s a beautiful, family home in an ideal location with stunning views,’ muses Alicia. ‘We’re so lucky to live here.’ HB

EXTERIOR Vertical slatted wood cladding offers privacy on the ground floor

BATHROOM For similar storage, try the Aquatech wall-hung vanity unit by CP Hart

MAIN BEDROOM A storage unit at the back of the bed acts as a headboard. The wall lights are by Paper Rooms and the mirror is from Heal’s


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PALE AND INTERESTING Mixed textures and materials are key for creating an efective all-white scheme like Alicia’s

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6 Fake foliage provides a splash of year-round greenery. Faux wild fern in painted clay planter, £25, Perch & Parrow 7 The furry texture of this sheepskin rug, £60, The French Bedroom Company, would soften a white scheme 8 A cable-knit pouffe provides handy extra seating. Bug pouffe, £85, Loaf 9 For a clutter-free family room, pick a TV unit with integrated storage. Metric sheesham wood TV stand, £699, Tikamoon Background Oak Nouveau Snow flooring, £96/sq m, Kahrs FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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A PLACE OF CALM A new-build flat in the centre of London combines contemporary materials with an industrial warehouse feel WORDS SANDRA WALSH PHOTOGRAPHY BRENT DARBY STYLING BEN KENDRICK 84 housebeautiful.co.uk


LIVING AREA Greys in the sofa, pouffe and rug give a harmonious look, while geometric patterns and splashes of yellow add interest. The metal-framed table and mirror carry on the industrial theme. All furniture by Claire Bloom


HOME PROFILE WHO LIVES HERE Pete Ogden, 39, an awardwinning executive producer for ITV THE PROPERTY A new-build, two-bedroom flat near Bankside, south east London PRICE £715,000 MONEY SPENT £12,000

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fter a long day at work, there’s nothing Pete Ogden likes better than getting home, putting the kettle on and settling on the sofa to watch television, his laptop perched beside him on the table. ‘My flat’s on a busy street right in the heart of a buzzing area of London, but as soon as I walk through the door it’s so quiet and comfortable that I immediately feel relaxed,’ he says. ‘It’s like a little oasis of calm in a busy world.’ It was a picture that first piqued Pete’s interest in the property, one of six high-end new-build flats in Southwark, near Tate Modern. ‘I’d been looking to buy, but I hadn’t even considered this area until I saw a photo advertising the show flat. It looked so lovely I decided to pop along just to take a look.’ Building work was still in progress, but the show flat had been completed and fitted out in a contemporary warehouse style by talented designer Claire Bloom. She’d used bare bricks for internal walls, concrete ceilings and metal pipe ducting so that the flats looked exactly like an industrial warehouse renovation, even though the building was in fact new. ‘As soon as I saw the flat, I fell in love with it,’ says Pete. ‘I like a sleek, modern look and what Claire had done was just stunning. It

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was a cool pad with a balcony in a very central part of town, and I could just see myself living there. ‘I told the sales guy there and then that I wanted the flat, but he said that unfortunately it had already gone. He told me there was another similar flat being built, but I said, “No, it has to be this one”. ‘I went away, disappointed, but then an hour later got a call to say the other buyer had dropped out and did I still want it. I immediately said yes. Within two hours of seeing the flat for the first time, I’d put a deposit down. It was a very quick decision, but I knew it was the right one.’ Four months later, in the spring of 2016, Pete moved into his new apartment. As he already owned a small top-floor flat in London, which he decided to rent out, Pete was able to leave all his furniture behind and start again from scratch. ‘I’d ordered a bed, but that was the only item of furniture that was there when I moved in,’ he says. ‘Because it was the show flat, the flooring, kitchen and curtains were already in place, so I got to choose the fun stuf. I asked Claire to help me personalise the flat and so we worked together over the next few months. ‘I wanted the industrial feel to be softened up a bit and some vintage touches added, such as the radiators. I also had belongings that meant a lot to me, such as my grandmother’s paintings, which I wanted to


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MAIN BEDROOM The flooring throughout the flat is Portobello Oak from Ecora. The boards have also been used to make matching bespoke headboards, which bring the whole scheme together and make the bedrooms feel cosier. Lighting has been cleverly incorporated into the headboards to save space


display, and Claire helped me do that. We had some of them reframed so they were in keeping with the style of the flat. As new furniture arrived, I was gradually able to unpack the rest of my belongings.’ One aspect that was important to Pete was having adequate storage space. ‘It’s a very compact space and I wanted to keep that calm, contemporary feel I’d fallen in love with, but still have somewhere to put things,’ he says. ‘So Claire created two bespoke wardrobes for me, with shelves, rails that light up, and a shoe section. She also designed beautiful storage for other areas of the flat, including a filing cabinet that looks so great it can sit in the living room next to the sofa without anyone realising what it is. ‘My living area is definitely my favourite place to be. I meditate every day and always sit on my yellow armchair to do that. I have quite a few yellow pieces, from the cushions to the rug, which I think work with the muted greys and creams of the rest of the decor.’ As befits a city apartment, the kitchen, which is part of the living area, features open shelves to house jars, cookery equipment and crockery. ‘At first, I wondered where I was going to put everything, but because it all has to be on display, it makes you think twice about what you’re buying and whether you really need it,’ Pete says. ‘That’s one of the key things Claire taught me - that everything can be 90 housebeautiful.co.uk

part of the design, down to the bottle of wine you buy and how you store your rice. ‘Now I buy items such as bowls because I really like them and want to see them. I don’t buy things to shove in a cupboard and forget about. I love putting a podcast on and doing some cooking. The kitchen space has a calming feel about it. I’m also hugely social and so it works for drinks parties or cocktails before going out!’ One of the features that attracted Pete to his flat was the balcony. Accessed via one of the bedrooms, it has low-maintenance composite decking and an orange bistro set to give the space some muchneeded colour. ‘It’s a very sheltered spot, which I like, but as it’s surrounded by walls, it was important to get some greenery out there,’ he says. ‘I added the planters and some jasmine. On a summer’s morning, I can open the bedroom door and sit on my bed with a cup of cofee, and the scent of jasmine drifts through. It’s absolutely brilliant.’ With a milestone birthday next year, Blackpool-born Pete has no plans to move from the central location he’s happy to call home. ‘I’m going to be 40, so I should probably be thinking about buying somewhere out in the sticks, but I just can’t see myself moving anytime soon,’ he says. ‘I love my flat too much for that!’ HB FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

GUEST BEDROOM Pale wooden furniture and blue bedlinen create a restful scheme in the second bedroom

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INDUSTRIAL VIBE Mix raw materials and a splash of colour to create Pete’s eclectic urban style

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7 Bring raw yet elegant styling to the bathroom with the cast-concrete Old Iron Cube basin, £804, Bert & May 8 The Revival Collection Upney console table, £509, Willis & Gambier, combines warm wood tones and forged metal for a classic, industrial look 9 The House chunky knit pouffe, £75, John Lewis,can be used to rest your feet or as extra seating 10 Make a statement with open-frame display cubes, £110, Maisons du Monde Background Morning Grey tiles, £39.95/sq m, Walls & Floors FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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THE VIEW Jasmin Hill and her partner Gareth Roberts have transformed a mismatched house into a beautiful family home by shifting the emphasis to the stunning coastal view WORDS HEATHER DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY COLIN POOLE 94 housebeautiful.co.uk

THE SCENERY Glorious vistas over the Menai Strait to the hills beyond have become the focus of this house, which sits on the water’s edge

SITTING ROOM The bookshelves were built by a local joiner to frame the reclaimed fireplace. Jasmin then painted the walls in Farrow & Ball’s London Stone. ‘I bought the painting for £15 in a saleroom and the candlesticks were from a friend who was throwing them out,’ she says. The leather chairs, from an antiques shop, and Dunelm rug create the cosy, welcoming style of this room found at the front of the house


HOME PROFILE WHO LIVES HERE Jasmin Hill, 49, is a designer and publisher and her partner Gareth Roberts works for BAE Systems. She has three daughters, India, 23, Henni, 22, and Freddie,19, and two Jack Russell terriers, Nancy and Moo THE PROPERTY Six-bedroom Victorian house in Beaumaris, Anglesey, North Wales COST OF PROPERTY £500,000 MONEY SPENT £90,000 WHAT IT’S WORTH NOW £750,000

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asmin and Gareth bought the house in 1998 when they were looking for a property large enough for themselves and the seven children they have between them. ‘The seaside has always been a big draw,’ says Jasmin. ‘When the girls were little, we used to come to Anglesey on family holidays and I have friends here, so I thought this would be a wonderful place to live.’ Although the location was perfect – just a stone’s throw from the seafront – Jasmin thought the decor was dated and the layout needed some thought. ‘I wasn’t interested in viewing it at first, but once I saw the view out the back, with palm trees, hills and the water of the Menai Strait just outside the window, I knew I could sit and look at it forever,’ says Jasmin. ‘It’s so private at the back, yet you step out of the front door and you’re near to shops and restaurants.’ The house was available to move into straight away, but Jasmin felt the configuration of the rooms was ‘all wrong’. For example, the kitchen was downstairs in a gloomy basement. ‘The house didn’t flow well,’ she says. ‘So we decided to move in

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and spend time living here so we could understand how we wanted it to work.’ They began by re-rendering the exterior, which was letting in water, so that the property could dry out. Then they embarked on moving the kitchen upstairs as part of an ambitious plan of opening up the ground floor to transform it from a series of small rooms into a huge kitchen-diner and living area, spacious family hall and separate sitting room. ‘We wanted to create vistas that drew the eye right through the house,’ explains Jasmin. ‘We camped out in the basement kitchen while the structural work was being done.’ This included repairing a beautiful wooden floor that was hidden underneath carpet, installing new bathrooms and reinstating period features. The renovation was mostly carried out by Jasmin and Gareth, but they brought in builders for the major structural work. ‘The current kitchen area was originally a large open hallway, which was dead space, and ended up being a dumping zone for bags and coats,’ says Jasmin. ‘It was also a shame that the main feature of the view was not maximised here. So we decided to combine the hall with the original lounge to create a large social space. We then filled in

LIVING AREA Dated curtains were removed to reveal original shutters and the glorious view. The comfortable sofa is from a saleroom

KITCHEN The kitchen has been moved from the basement to the ground floor and combines modern Fusion Linear units and a spacious bespoke larder cupboard, all from English Interiors in Leek. Jasmin and Gareth took up an old carpet to reveal the beautiful floorboards underneath. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Gray and the cupboard is in Down Pipe. The bar stools came from Atlantic Shopping

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‘I wanted to reflect the coastal location through the choice of colours and natural textiles’

EXTERIOR The five-storey Victorian house has undergone rendering and roof repairs

DINING SPACE Everything in the open-plan kitchen-living area, including the Arighi Bianchi Kansas table and benches, is orientated to focus on the view over the water

LAUNDRY ROOM Jasmin wanted to keep the laundry separate from the

kitchen, transforming the tiny room with a butler’s sink, and white goods hidden behind curtains made with Clarke & Clarke Skipper Marine fabric. Jasmin painted shelves bought at a car boot sale and added a laundry basket

GUEST BEDROOM Soft coastal light pours into the guest room, which features Pip Studio’s Early Bird wallpaper. The bed was bought on the internet but

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part of the entrance to the kitchen to maintain a formal hallway that looks as though it’s always been like that. Sorting the garden was the next task. It was overgrown and at such a low level it was diicult to see the view from there, so Gareth built raised decking leading directly from the ground-floor living space to create a sun-soaked vantage point. He then added terraces to the lowest part of the garden. ‘The view was key to everything and influenced the way we decorated and furnished the house,’ says Jasmin. ‘I’m a country girl at heart, but I do like a kitchen to be modern with clean lines. I also wanted to reflect the coastal location through the choice of colours and natural textiles. The main overall look is quite neutral, with shades that reflect the water, such as very soft blues, greys and white, then I added colour with soft furnishings. I make my own cushions and accessories when there’s time, but I have a few favourite shops I go to for those lovely finishing touches and for furniture.’ High ceilings in the Victorian property have also influenced the interior decoration. ‘You have to scale up,’ explains Jasmin. ‘It’s no good trying to compete 100 housebeautiful.co.uk

with the natural features of an old house – let the property dictate. Although we used furniture we already had, and painted things to give them a new lease of life, we also bought new pieces in salerooms. It was a matter of thinking big. The dining table was a case in point: anything smaller would have looked lost in that huge space so we chose a big, chunky table that seats two families and has some of the best mealtime views in the country! I think you can combine styles to create a home which works as a whole.’ One of the biggest challenges was getting furniture – particularly bulky beds and wardrobes – up several flights of stairs, sometimes with awkward turns, but Jasmin and Gareth tried to source larger pieces that could be dismantled – or they simply roped in the whole family to manoeuvre things into place. ‘I had serious doubts about the house when I first saw it, but by bringing the kitchen up to the ground floor and focusing on the glorious view, we’ve transformed it into a family home that works on every level,’ says Jasmin. ‘In this house, the view really is everything.’ HB FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

TWIN BEDROOM The spacious attic has been turned into a pretty twin bedroom with beds from The Coach House and TK Maxx bedding. The chest of drawers were from a saleroom and Jasmin added framed nostalgia pictures she found on the internet

BATHROOM Jasmin and Gareth made very few changes to the bathroom but added a Lloyd Loom chair – another buy from a saleroom – which Jasmin sprayed white. The elephant cushion is from Dunelm. They also added an Urban wash bowl from Bathstore, fitted onto a reclaimed painted console table and use large square baskets for storing towels


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1 Woven storage pieces look great in the bathroom – either leave on display or tuck away. Raga rectangular woven basket, £59, La Redoute 2 A statement contemporary light will tie together a diverse scheme. Carved 12-shade chandelier, £350, Out There Interiors 3 Achieve a vintage feel with the distressed brown leather armchair, £536.50, Maisons du Monde 4 Inject colour into a neutral scheme using vibrant, patterned accessories. Tiki Tiki carnival cushion, £65, Andrew Martin 5 A natural woodgrain dining table adds character and charm – pair with benches for a modern look. Skogsta acacia dining table, £350, Ikea 6 Pick 102 housebeautiful.co.uk

antique-style furniture for timeless appeal. Jayne brass and metal bedframe, £299, John Lewis 7 For a unique touch, introduce a classic black candelabra, £40, Cox & Cox, among contemporary pieces 8 Drape soft fabric over seating for instant comfort and cosiness. Grey and cream diagonal-weave throw, £40, National Trust Shop 9 Sleek kitchen seating with a low back can be easily stowed under a breakfast bar. Hay oak stool, £195, Amara Background Attingham Blue flat matt paint, £21.50/2.5L, Crown FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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RUSTIC BEAUTY Pyracantha scrambles up and disguises an old shed. Pots of brightly coloured geraniums on the windowsill complement the scarlet window frame and door

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IN THE WILD With fruit trees, untamed spaces and nectar-rich flowers, this flourishing garden is a haven for birds, bees and butterflies WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS NICOLA STOCKEN

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here’s more than a hint that Sue Roe and Clive Lloyd’s garden is owned by nature lovers, with its mini wild meadow, fruit trees and nectar-rich flowers filling borders in a jumble of textures, colours and forms. ‘Ours is a long town garden pretending to be in the depths of the countryside,’ says Sue, now retired from the Woodland Trust. It’s been six years since she and her husband Clive, a retired plant scientist, moved to their Edwardian semi-detached home in Norwich, with its 45-by-12-metre back garden then laid mainly to uninspiring lawn. Today, it’s a nurturing place where the couple’s grandchildren play among birds, bees, butterflies and a plethora of other resident creatures. Sue explains how the garden evolved…

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on our rear deck, we feel as though we’re looking out on an urban forest. There’s a hawthorn that must be as old as the house, and is spectacular in spring when it’s covered in white blossom. The site is southwest-facing, and the soil is possibly slightly acidic – neighbours grow pieris and camellias. Urban squirrels and pigeons are regular visitors, and we occasionally glimpse a fox whisking through. Clive and I planted beech hedges early on, dividing the long rectangle into three roughly equal spaces, and they’ve astonished us by reaching full height within three years. At the back of the garden, we planted a native hedge of hawthorn and blackthorn. Hornbeam hedging provides a backdrop to a raised bed that conceals an underground air-raid shelter, while tiny box plants inserted into the gravel garden near the house have now melded together to form low hedges. Finally, there’s a short length of yew edging part of the deck.

A work in progress We established the furthest section early on, with a small orchard of Bramley apple, plum and pear trees that grow in a wild garden. Native meadow flowers such as knapweed, tufted vetch, devil’s-bit scabious, bugle, bluebells, snake’s-head fritillaries and spurge thrive there. We’ve also established a number of flowering trees at the end of the garden. I love blossom, so we grow winter-flowering cherries,


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both the pink and white varieties, Amelanchier lamarckii, a rowan tree and at least four crab apple trees that produce fruit in autumn, which is eaten by birds. Three ‘Grayswood Ghost’ Himalayan silver birch trees screen the houses beyond. Overlooking this area is a summerhouse that Clive built, incorporating various salvage finds. The windows were reclaimed, while the doors were found in a local rubbish skip, and the pillars were made from chunky round fence posts that looked like giant pencils when we bought them from the timber merchant. The building looks more like a temple than a summerhouse, and is a lovely, cool place to sit when the weather’s hot.

Halfway house A gate leads under a crab apple arch to the middle section – if I laid the garden out again, I might offset the arches, rather than having them in line, as I’ve been won over to curves. I’m still tweaking the middle section, and the lawn is fast disappearing as I add more plants into the borders, which come alive with allium in late spring, followed by annuals, herbaceous perennials and roses. These borders are now so jam-packed they’re hard to dig, but I do replant areas every now and then. I love flowers that simply pop up all over the place, and have a basic matrix of self-seeders,

INDIVIDUAL STYLE In the long town garden, a series of beech hedges create three separate ‘rooms’, each with its own character. The middle one (above left) features abundant flower borders and, raised on a plinth, a metal bowl planted with agave, which creates a dramatic focus. Climbing roses grow up an arch that leads from this area into a gravel courtyard near the house

SUE AND CLIVE In six years the couple have completely transformed the garden

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including Welsh poppies, feverfew, foxgloves, violets, Verbena bonariensis and lime green Euphorbia hyberna Irish spurge. Each year, I select from the seedlings to fill any gaps. My favourite self-seeder is Geranium pyrenaicum ‘Bill Wallis’, named after the gardener with whom I ran a nursery during the 1990s. Then there are perennials that, through trial and error, I know cope in the crowded, semi-shady conditions. I like tall, airy plants such as fennel, laceflower or Smyrnium perfoliatum – a cross between euphorbia and cow parsley that arrived as a spadeful from a gardening friend. I also try to choose plants that flower later in the summer, such as asters, symphyotrichum and herbaceous salvias. We have voracious slugs, so I often keep small, vulnerable plants in pots until late spring. Some even stay potted, to slot into the border where foliage hides the container – I cut out the bottom so the plant can root temporarily in the ground over summer. On opposite sides of the middle section, we’ve placed wooden benches, each backed by a privet hedge – I wanted to feel as though you could lean back into the cushiony foliage. The top edge of the privet is clipped to follow the curving shape of a rusty metal arch: on one, we’ve trained the climbing roses ‘Madame Alfred Carrière’ and ‘Cécile Brünner’, while the other is ‘Ophelia’ with an unnamed dark red rose grown from a cutting. Our sandy, free-draining soil isn’t ideal 108 housebeautiful.co.uk

for roses, and almost all get black spot by the end of the year. I don’t spray, but feed regularly and mulch with well-rotted horse manure mixed with our homemade compost. I also water in dry weather.

Over the top Rosa ‘Goldfinch’ is trained over the wooden pergola that links the middle section with the area closest to the house, and it’s overlooked by an oak deck, built on the same level as the kitchen – the safest option with growing numbers of grandchildren! Beside the deck, I keep scented-leaf pelargoniums I’ve collected over the years. I absolutely love the diversity of colour and shape, plus they keep flowering for months on end. My favourites are ‘Ardens’ and triste. The only downside is they’re tender, and it’s a bit of a bother having to move them into the greenhouse or under the carport for winter. I don’t understand the concept of a low-maintenance garden – in fact, I love all the daily tasks and simply being outside. Much of my working life has been spent outdoors, among woodland and fields, and I’ve brought some of that wildness here – it’s better for wildlife for the garden not to be too tidy. It’s a place I love, filled only with plants I like to grow, and it brings me joy. HB Visit Sue and Clive’s garden at 15 Waverley Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 6SG, on 16 June, when it opens in aid of Christ Church, Eaton

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TREES FOR SMALL GARDENS

Choosing the perfect place for your tree means it will thrive and be a joy for many years Planting too close to the house could result in a tree’s roots damaging the foundations. The rule of thumb is that the measurement of a tree’s ultimate height is the minimum distance it should be planted from buildings. OPlant trees when small, in late summer or early autumn when the soil is moist and warm, to encourage rapid root growth. O Make sure they’re staked and watered regularly – you need to continue this for several years. While planting, insert a length of plastic plumbing pipe from above ground level to below the rootball and fill with gravel to prevent a soil blockage. Fill with water weekly. OOnce established, the tree can be pruned annually into a shape that’s ideal for the garden space. OChoose trees with a long season, such as Kousa dogwoods – shapely form, textured bark, handsome foliage, flowers and even fruit or autumn colour – and with beautiful barks, such as Tibetan cherry (Prunus serrula), the snakebark maple (Acer davidii) or Himalayan silver birch (Betula utilis var. jacquemontii). O Check that the tree, when fully matured, won’t rob light from its immediate garden, or neighbouring ones. If in doubt, select less dense trees such as acers, acacias or robinias that delicately filter light. O For screening, choose evergreens, such as Catalina ironwoods, loquats, strawberry trees or hollies.

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RAMBLING ROSE

In the middle section of the garden (above left), a bench sits beneath a rose arbour – the perfect spot for taking a quiet moment to appreciate the lush surrounding planting, including glorious spires of foxgloves

Rosa ‘Bleu Magenta’ (above, middle bottom) is perfect for the shadier parts of the garden, its trusses of small purple/ crimson flowers bringing colour and delicate scent from June onwards

BLUE BEAUTY

An arch bearing Rosa ‘Bleu Magenta’ (above), with red campion, valerian and euphorbia growing at its base

Sue loves self-seeding annuals, including Nigella damascena, love-in-amist (above, middle top), which has blue flowers from May, followed by pretty seed heads

COLOUR MIX

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GARDEN NOTES Expert advice to make your outdoor space flourish

H ANG IN G SPACE A popular choice for displaying vibrant mixes of nasturtiums and fuchsias, hanging baskets have taken a contemporary turn. It’s part of the trend that experiments with different ways of planting, in particular using height, such as living walls (right), pergolas and baskets. Pretty much any plant that grows in a container will work in a hanging basket, as long as it’s not too big. Instead of traditional bedding plants, a more modern approach is to create an evergreen scheme using trailing ivies or ferns. Baskets are also ideal for strawberries, tomatoes and herbs – again, look for trailing varieties that will cascade down walls and over containers – a new one to look for is Rosmarinus Roman Beauty (Chris 1) from gardenbeauty.co.uk. To make your own basket, line it with a coconut fibre liner, then lay a plastic bin bag on top, cut it to fit and add drainage holes. Baskets dry out very quickly, so add water-retaining gel to multi-purpose compost. Leave a gap between the top of the compost and the lip, and water every day in hot weather. If you’re growing crops or flowering plants, it’s worth feeding them with the appropriate fertilisers.

JUNE JOBS Deadhead as soon as flowers fade to get more blooms throughout the summer OPlant WORDS KARA O’REILLY PHOTOGRAPHS GAP PHOTOS/FIONA MCLEOD; MMGI/MARIANNE MAJERUS

tomato plugs in grow bags to ensure a tasty early autumn crop OWater plants thoroughly and deeply around their roots O Stake tall herbaceous perennials before they flop OHoe beds and borders to stay on top of weeds

Plant of the month

GERANIUM HIMALAYENSE A must-have in the front of a border, this low-spreading perennial is great for ground cover under taller plants. Its beautiful blue blooms will come again and again, lasting well into autumn if you give it a hard prune after the first flush of flowers.

3 OF THE BEST T E R R A C O T T A

Recreate that summer holiday feeling on your patio with one of Pots & Pithoi’s planters, which are influenced by the shapes and styles of Greek pottery. Margharite planter, from £60, potsandpithoi.com

Family-run Whichford Pottery has been making terracotta pots for more than 40 years. This elegant design would work well in a cottage-style garden. Rimmed Longtom, from £39.95, whichfordpottery.com

POTS

Designer Rhonda Drakeford has given ‘baked earth’ containers a bold update with colourful handpainted graphic stripes and geometric shapes. Terracotta Hex planter in green, £15, darkroomlondon.com

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INDOOR GREENERY

HOME GROWN Summer is on its way and everything is looking fresh and green, including our interiors, where houseplants are thriving

LIGHT SHOW Bubble glass has a rustic charm and looks fantastic in an informal setting. Group traditional clear bottles on a side table and fill each with a single stem of fresh greenery, or choose it for a vintage-style light shade. Bonnie wall light, ÂŁ129, Pooky

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LOOK BEYOND Use the colours of the garden to set the stage in a dramatic, yet calming way. A neat loveseat and a footstool create a spot for relaxing. Team with tables in dark metals and hang statement globe lights with an almost lace-effect finish. Match the walls to the furniture and add lots of plants. French Connection Zinc Luxe Velvet Cuddler sofa, ÂŁ849; large footstool, ÂŁ329; both DFS


JUNGLE FEVER So much for ‘blue and green should never be seen’, as the saying goes. Well, we disagree! It makes a stunning combination, with emerald walls a perfect backdrop to a royal blue sofa. Ramona sofa, £149; cushions, £6 each; Geo table, £119; crocodile, £8; terrarium, £12; pot, £6; glass sphere light, £30; all George Home


INDOOR GREENERY

IN THE FRAME Arrange leaves of different shapes and sizes in glass frames for a unique feature. Here, they all fit within a wall panel, creating an overall display. Nkuku hanging frames, from ÂŁ14.99 each; standing frame, ÂŁ29.99; plants from a selection; all Dobbies

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TROPICAL STORM Go all out with a stunning bedlinen set to work this trend – rather than green, go for blue and pink for a twist. The bamboo wall is quite easy to do, but it may be simpler to choose a wallpaper with a bamboo effect instead. Then just add hanging plant holders. Palm Print duvet set, £65; cushions, from £25 each; Halston linen duvet cover, £110; Isak hanging planter, £18; all House of Fraser

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GARDEN ROOM Your outside area may not be as luxuriant as this, but you could go for a similar look indoors, with elegant wooden chairs and a round table. Stacking garden chairs, ÂŁ160 each; six-seater round table, ÂŁ539; all John Lewis


GREEN SCENE Don’t you just love this bathroom in all its verdant glory? Oh, those tiles... With a stylish border, lime on the walls above and a palm leaf shower curtain, the effect is luscious. Shower curtain, £8; mirror, £25; laundry basket, £35; faux plants, £94 for two; all Dunelm


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OFF THE WALL If you haven’t discovered living walls, it’s time you did. Real or faux, it’s a great way to bring life to a plain facade or panel, indoors or out – go for it if your outside view is less than lovely. Artificial foliage available from Evergreen Direct. Isense Surprise carpet in Sky, £27.99/m, Carpetright FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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K I TC H E N T R A N S F O R M AT I O N

GREY MATTERS Turning a separate kitchen and dining room into one open-plan space has created a grown-up area the whole family can enjoy

STORE AND DISPLAY An open shelf breaks up the run of cupboard units and echoes the wooden worktops. White Metro tiles offer the perfect balance

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FLOORING Elegant oak is a great contrast to the grey units and prevents the scheme from being too cold


BIFOLD DOORS Stretching across the back of the house, they let light flood into the room

RADIATOR A tall wall-mounted design looks smart, as well as being functional

ISLAND With the sink positioned towards the centre of the room, the owners can be sociable even when they’re washing up

BEFORE

WINE RACK A built-in unit makes the most of a small space >

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LAUNDRY The couple used the same units in the utility room, so it feels like an extension of the kitchen

LIGHTS A trio of pendants above the island provide extra task lighting

WORKTOPS Both quartz and wood have been used – a stylish and practical solution

Alison Pates, 44, and husband Jem, 45, moved into their threebed home in Hatfield, Herts, 19 years ago and planned to combine the kitchen and dining room. Their son Harrison, 17, will soon be off to university Tell us what you liked about the house? We’d moved in a few months before we got married in 1999. Both of us loved the location and it was a new build, which was perfect as we weren’t great fans of DIY. The kitchen, however, has always been a problem. Jem is a brilliant cook and we wanted a bigger open-plan kitchen-diner, but knew that would take time and money. Why did it take you so long? A few years after we moved in I became pregnant with our son and we decided it was just easier to live with the space than attempt major building work. Instead, we opted to have a conservatory built 122 housebeautiful.co.uk

on the back as it was cheaper and would give us more room for toys. But you eventually took the plunge… Yes, the kitchen desperately needed replacing and, as we’d never been happy with the room, thought now was the time to do it; we didn’t want to move and really love the rest of the house. Financially, we were also in a good position to get the most out of the space. How did the build go? We found a great architect who drew up some plans, which involved removing the kitchen and dining room walls, converting the garage, knocking down the conservatory and building an extension on the back. This would give us the large open-plan space we’d longed for. After two disastrous starts with builders, we managed to find a brilliant local company. The team could see exactly what we were trying to achieve and, as I work from home, I was involved in the process as and when they needed me to be. The build took around three months and cost us about £40,000. What was on your wish list? Slate-effect units, and we also liked the idea of white quartz worktops. Although, after a discussion with the designer, we went for a mix of quartz and wood, which really brings the room to life.


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DETAIL IN DETAIL MAKING

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THE NEW LAYOUT Units are positioned around a central island, which houses the sink and dishwasher, and bifold doors across the back of the house mean that the dining area is in the perfect spot to take advantage of views of the garden

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What did you do to make the most of the space? As we had created a large area at the back, we decided to have a central island to house the sink and dishwasher, with units arranged around the other sides of the room. Jem also wanted a large Americanstyle fridge so we incorporated that into the layout, which left us with a space for a dining table and chairs. We had bifold doors fitted, opening out into the garden. My main consideration with the whole design was to include as much storage space as possible, so I didn’t have everything on display. The old garage was converted into a utility room at one end and a gaming chair and TV for Harrison at the other. Tell us about the decoration Grey is a real favourite of mine, so I wanted to decorate the room in neutral shades but with lots of different tones for interest. The walls are a lighter shade of grey than the units, but in a certain light it looks a little blue, which I love. We decided on a gorgeous oak floor, which runs throughout the downstairs. It was a great price and is suitable for lots of traffic. I found some fantastic industrial-style lights that we had fitted above the sink and then we chose some copper accessories, which really complement the room. I think it feels light and airy, and it’s such a sociable place to cook, eat and entertain in.

Walls painted in Pearl Frost matt emulsion, £27.99/2.5L, Dulux. Tiverton Slate kitchen units, £10,661; solid wood dark oak worktop, and Quartz Lyskam white worktop, £2,250; all Wickes. Zanussi built-in dishwasher; Aga cooker hood; Aga Rangemaster Professional +FX cooker; all £2,089, Wickes. LG GSL761PZXXV fridge, £899, Sonic Direct. Franke Wave Silksteel kitchen tap, £219, Trading Depot. One and a half sink, £565, Wickes. White Metro tiles, £19.50/sq metre, Topps Tiles. Home Choice Engineered European Oak brushed and oiled wood flooring, £30/sq metre, UK Flooring Direct. Grey Harry Bart stools (not seen), £35 each; Newgate Penny Jones

copper clock (not seen) £20; both Dunelm. Dining chairs, £78 for four, Ebay. Marble 12-piece dinner set, £35, Next. Ceramic storage jars, £1 each; clip-top jars, from £4; all Kilner. Stowaway bread bin, £33; medium storage, £17; both Typhoon Housewares. Large faux rattan baskets, £4.99 each, Lakeland HB

WHAT IT COST Paint Units Worktops Appliances Sink and tap Tiles Flooring

£90 £10,661 £2,250 £2,988 £784 £97 £750 Total £17,620

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SHOP THE LOOK

FLEXI TIME

LAUNDRY SERVICE

STRAIGHT AND NARROW

A pullout hose will help to wash your sink – and the dishes – more thoroughly. Valista Professional side lever tap, £349, Abode

To add a touch of fun to household chores, hang this playful metal sign, £6.95 from Rex London, in the utility room

Clean lines on this square extractor create a professional look. N50 slim pyramid chimney hood, £549, Neff

BREAD WINNER

EAT YOUR GREENS

WOOD WORKS

This sturdy metal Wesco Single Grandy bread bin in Cool Grey, £59.99 from Lakeland, will stand the test of time

Keeping herb pots on the windowsill adds freshness to any kitchen. These grey ones are £22.95 for five at Sophie Conran

The Karlby oak worktop, £80 from Ikea, has a naturally hardwearing surface that will only get better with age

TABLE TALK

MAKE IT THREE

SOFT STORAGE

Handcrafted from American oak, the California dining table, £549 from Furniture Village, would suit a neutral scheme

Stylish glass shades add impact if used in a row of three or four. Hoxton domed glass pendant, £45, Garden Trading

These quilted baskets, £19.99 for two from Very, are ideal for storing food items – plus, they can be folded when not in use

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KITCHEN TRENDS This month’s latest colours, appliances and gadgets for the hub of your home

CATWALK CO LOURS Grey kitchens have been popular for a while now and show no sign of going away – but combining one with pink units will add another dimension. Steve Tough from Masterclass Kitchens says: ‘Colour in the kitchen is a big trend, with homeowners using bold shades mixed with neutrals to create an individual look. This is an effective way of creating a modern finish, but in a way that won’t date too quickly, and works equally well in large and small spaces.’ Freestanding furniture is also on the increase in modern kitchens, such as these Shaker units that can easily be incorporated into most larger kitchens and taps perfectly into the trend for broken-plan. The island and units have the same work surface, which unites the space. Solva kitchen in Vintage Rose and Graphite, from £7,500, Masterclass Kitchens

FULL TILT For all you bakers, a mixing bowl is a must-have. Mason Cash has updated its classic ceramic range with the Grip Stand mixing bowl, £28, which tilts to prevent slips and makes stirring on a worktop easier.

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3 OF THE BEST J U I C E R S

Using micro-masticating technology (also known as slow juicing), this machine squeezes every last drop of goodness out of fruit and vegetables for a nutritional boost from your glass. Avance Micro Masticating Juicer, £330, Philips

For maximum extraction of juice with less prep and foam, the Artisan Maximum Extraction Juicer, £249.99 from Kitchenaid, is hard to beat. It has an extra-wide feed tube to reduce food prep and three pulp screens for a choice of textures.

SPACE-AGE STYLE

This juicer extracts up to 70 per cent of nutrients and claims to be up to 40 per cent more efficient than other juicers. Its extra-wide chute takes whole fruit and it’s easy to clean, too. Sage Nutri Juicer Plus, £199.99, Lakeland

Move over eye-level extractor fans, the latest designs emerge from the worksurface when in use, then automatically retract 10 minutes after cooking. The Nostra Downdraft Extractor, from £2,243, Caple, is styled like a retro jukebox in a copper and black finish. It has four speeds including a boost function. FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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SPATIAL GAINS Removing a redundant cupboard made all the diference when this compact family bathroom was redesigned

NEAT FINISH A false wall, complete with handy ledge, helps streamline the space by enclosing pipework

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WALLS Tactile timber cladding adds warmth and character, as well as being a great way to disguise lessthan-perfect walls

VANITY Topping a vintage table with a ceramic basin creates a unique unit that suits the style and size of the room

LEDGE Access to the concealed toilet cistern is via a simple lift-up shelf

BEFORE

TIMBER Matt varnish protects the cladding from water and humidity >


SHOWER A generous-sized ceiling-mounted showerhead injects a hint of luxury

HEATING Warm, dry towels are always on hand thanks to a traditional-style, floor-mounted radiator rail

When Jessica Tarrant, 27, and husband James, 31, moved into their three-bed Suffolk cottage with children Charlie and Florence, they quickly set about updating the cramped bathroom What did you want to achieve? Our priority was to replace the leaking shower cubicle and ideally conjure up extra room for a busy family of four. Thanks to the addition of a combi-boiler in the kitchen below, we were able to remove the water tank in the bathroom and realised that utilising the cupboard that had housed it would almost double our space. You didn’t install a bath? With the bathroom now measuring 1.8 x 3 metres, squeezing in both a bath and small enclosure was feasible. Simply upgrading with a quality shower over the bath was also a possibility. These solutions weren’t an option for us though as we’re avid shower lovers! What’s more, as the walk-in enclosure we opted for takes up a similar amount of space as a bath, one could be reinstated, 130 housebeautiful.co.uk

if needed. Luckily we have an ensuite bathroom with a tub, so anyone needing a good soak would be able to use that. Who devised the layout? We opted to design the space ourselves, and although there was never any question as to the position of the shower enclosure, we did choose to move the toilet under the window, in order to help open up the floor space and make room for a vanity unit. What did the work involve? Installing the new bathroom proved to be relatively straightforward. Moving the toilet inevitably resulted in ugly surface-mounted pipework, but this, and the cistern, have been cleverly hidden behind a neat false wall. And while cladding the walls did put the room out of action for a few days, it was the pipework for the overhead flush-fit shower tile, chosen to counteract a low ceiling, that delayed the schedule by a week! We hired professionals to carry out all the works, although I did help by sealing the cladding and adding the privacy film to the window myself. Why did you choose timber cladding? As our walls aren’t in the best condition, covering them up seemed to be the easiest solution. I’d seen something similar at a friend’s house and, as a lover of rustic Scandi interiors, thought it would also help soften the overall look of the bathroom. The reclaimed planks


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DETAIL IN DETAIL MAKING

PLANS

THE NEW LAYOUT Removing a former airing cupboard meant it was possible to include a generous walk-in shower, while reconfiguring the layout made the most of limited space

‘Even though there was space for a bath and a shower, we wanted to splash out on a more luxurious shower space’ SHOPPING LIST

PATTERN Classic geometric floor tiles add a welcome decorative touch underfoot

are finished with a matt varnish, which I tinted with a little grey paint to highlight their slightly aged, worn finish. Tell us about the thinking behind the scheme I was keen to complement the age of the house by using an eclectic mix of traditional and modern elements, such as the contemporary shower area teamed with classic brassware, and contrasting crisp white tiles with tactile timber. The patterned floor tiles take their inspiration from Victorian encaustics. And while one of my favourite features, the galvanised ledge, was actually an afterthought, I love how it helps define the window wall and, along with the wall lights, adds just the subtlest hint of industrial styling. The vanity is a nice touch Yes, I was lucky enough to spot the table at a local antiques centre and, with a price tag of £75, it was a much cheaper option than any mass-produced designs on offer. Also, by simply adding a ceramic basin and wall-mounted taps, I was able to create a unique statement piece that’s truly personal to the room. Are you pleased with the results? Definitely! The new configuration has made the most of the space. I’d recommend that anyone contemplating a similar project avoid the temptation to simply cram everything in, as favouring a walk-in enclosure has given us a luxurious and practical family bathroom!

Walls painted in Lead Colour intelligent matt emulsion, £47/2L, Little Greene. Matt clear varnish, £17/750ml, Ronseal. Walk-in shower tray (1,400 x 900mm), £308; ceiling tile shower head, £343; traditional slider rail kit, £107; Topaz wallmounted taps, £331; twin thermostatic shower valve, £278; Richmond back-towall WC, £92.50; seat, £101; Brampton radiator, £816; all Hudson Reed. Tide vessel basin, £89.50; 900 wet room screen and support bar, £201; 800 wetroom screen and support bar, £195; wetroom return screen, £85.50; all Premier Bathroom Collection. Grey wash table, £75, Long Melford Antiques Centre. Laura Ashley Artisan White wall tiles, £75/sq metre; Heritage Collection Mr Jones Dove Grey floor tiles, £30/sq metre; all British Ceramic Tile. Reclaimed pine boards, £46/sq metre, English Salvage. Galvanised steel sheet, £102, Uniseed Engineering. Plain Silver Etch window film, from

£19/m, Brume. 1950s wall lights, £150 each, Vintage Electrical. Vintage stool, £20, RG Scott Furniture Mart. Bladjan towels, from £5.50; Frajen towels, from £3.50; Norfrana storage baskets, £6 each; Intagande glass, £1.75; carafe, £5; Ekoln soap dispenser, £4.50; toothbrush holder, £2.95; all Ikea. Wire storage basket, £17.50, The Little House Shop HB FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

WHAT IT COST Paint and varnish Shower/enclosure Sanitaryware and taps Vanity table Cladding Tiles Radiator Lighting Galvanized steel Window film

£84 £1,517 £614 £75 £460 £675 £816 £300 £102 £55

Total £4,698

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SHOP THE LOOK

GREEN ROOM

UP THE SPOUT

VERSATILE BUY

Cheese plants have surged in popularity, perhaps because they’re so easy to keep alive! This one is £30 from Grace & Thorn

Farmhouse-style handles on the Classic 1845 taps, £85 from Pure Bathroom Collection, suit a shabby-chic scheme

Use this simple glass carafe, £5 from Ikea,for everything from storing toiletries to displaying flowers

GEOMETRIC GLAMOUR

ON REFLECTION

PALE AND INTERESTING

Very soft to the touch, these Cubus towels, from £15 for two, can be mixed and matched with Made’s other designs

A three-dimensional silver frame softens the look of this round mirror. It’s £319 from Decorative Mirrors Online

Made from reclaimed wood, this bench, £169 from Modish Living, echoes the rustic style of the taps and sink unit

SPLASH BACK

ART OF GLASS

SHADES OF GREY

The top of this console table, £500 from Cox & Cox, is treated with water-resistant lacquer, making it perfect for a bathroom

These Silent vases by Andreas Engesvik for Muuto pick up the accents of this room. From £39 each at Nunido

Soft, muted tones ensure the pattern isn’t overpowering on these Bologna tiles, £39.50/sq m from Baked Tiles

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Country-style shapes and distressed wood give Jessica’s bathroom a rustic twist


BATHROOM T RENDS Style advice to turn your space into a sanctuary

BLA CK MA GI C Hand in hand with the renaissance of Crittall-style windows comes a renewed enthusiasm for matt black bathrooms. This monochrome scheme (left) is all about balance, explains Barry Hoyne from Merlyn Showering. ‘Grey and white tiles feature in a mix of finishes, with rectangular and different-sized on-trend hexagon designs – a thin black border is elegant and eyecatching, while a wooden plinth above a wall-mounted unit is topped with a smart matt black basin.’ 10 series one-door offset Quadrant, from £1,986, Merlyn Showering

LATEST TREND Aim for all-out glamour with a gleaming golden basin. This neat little bowl will look outstanding in a stylish ensuite – just keep the other elements understated. Water Jewels square basin in Gold, £824, Vitra.

3 OF THE BEST B A T H R O O M

CABINETS

For a truly unique look, a tall floorstanding shower is hard to beat. This one, elegant in its simplicity, is ideal for a wet room, and also works as a statement piece in a tight space. The bright red hose is a striking finishing touch. From £2,387, Ritmonio FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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Available with either one or two soft-closing doors, this minimal cabinet features a built-in LED light and two adjustable shelves. Conduct singleor double-mirrored cabinet, from £220, Pure Bathroom Collection

Made from solid ash and veneers, this Scandiinspired cabinet is coated in a water-resistant lacquer, so it’s impervious to damp and humidity. Design Project double-mirrored bathroom wall cabinet, £160, John Lewis

With its contemporary glossy finish and ambient top light, this option will give your bathroom a sleek, streamlined look. Aquapure illuminated mirror cabinet in White Gloss, £265, Frontline Bathrooms

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B E D R O O M T R A N S F O R M AT I O N

SIMPLE GLAMOUR

BLINDS Dressing a bay window with Roman blinds rather than curtains makes the room feel larger

Mirrored glass, tactile fabrics and metallic touches combine with an elegant curved headboard to create a truly luxurious bedroom

IN THE ROUND An antique-style circular mirror with a gold surround introduces a new shape and complements the metallic accessories in the room

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CARPET Soft underfoot, a carpet brings a cosy element and this one can be bleach cleaned so is practical too


WALL COLOUR A mid-grey brings warmth to the room and taking it above the picture rail increases the feeling of height

HEADBOARD A curvaceous new headboard is the focal point of the room

SOFT FURNISHINGS While the bedding is fairly neutral, pink and gold has been introduced with the blanket and cushions >

BEFORE

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WARDROBE The couple’s pine unit has been updated with a coordinating grey paint

Debs Cutting, 45, a finance director, and husband David, 54, an airline load controller, live in a four-bedroom Edwardian house in Hampton, Middlesex, with son Ross, 17, and daughter, Ally, 12 What was wrong with the old bedroom? It just didn’t feel very special. We swapped rooms with our daughter a couple of years ago, as this is bigger and has a bay window. While we focused on decorating her bedroom exactly how she wanted it – in order to persuade her it was a good idea to swap – we’d rushed ours. As a result, we were left with a rather bland space with the original beige wall colour. So what made you decide to change it? We’ve done up the rest of the house over the eight years we’ve been here and everything was looking lovely apart from our bedroom. It was as if we’d put everyone else first and forgotten ourselves, so earlier this year we decided it was time to bring the bedroom up to scratch. Did you have a certain look in mind? I wanted something glamorous and luxurious, but contemporary at the same time. Also, it couldn’t be too girlie as it has to work for David too – he wouldn’t want to be overwhelmed by too many pastel colours and frilly fabrics! How did you start? By choosing a lovely mid-grey shade for the walls. I wanted a definite colour, not something wishy-washy, and as grey is my favourite and goes with anything, it was perfect as the base. 138 housebeautiful.co.uk

What decisions did you make on furniture? There was nothing wrong with our existing bed or wardrobes, and we didn’t want to go mad on the budget. The wardrobes were originally pine, and were given a quick coat of white paint when we swapped rooms, but this time we had them repainted an elegant pale grey to fit in with the new scheme. Was there anything you could change on the bed? Yes, the plain headboard. I found an online company that makes bespoke linen ones in a variety of shapes. I chose a stylish winged design, which has made the bed look completely different. Any other new furniture? The old bedside tables were looking scruffy, so I was keen to replace them. We already had a pair of mirrors with bevelled edges that I’d earmarked for the new room – they evoke the glamour of the 1920s and 30s. And I was thrilled to spot some mirrored glass and wood tables in Feather & Black, so splashed out on those. I put the mirrors above the new bedside tables, and I bought a mirrored stool for the dressing table so all the elements matched. Was the dressing table a new purchase? No, I’d bought it in a charity shop for £50 as I loved the shape. Like the wardrobes, it had just been given a lick of paint, but this time I did it properly with Annie Sloan chalk paint, and it looks fantastic. How did you introduce texture? I found a gorgeously soft velvet bedspread at Dunelm and teamed it with plain bedlinen, adding in a blanket for colour, patterned cushions in gold and pink, and a grey sheepskin. And the metallic touches? The gold table came from a Graham & Green sale – I snapped it up, then searched for other accessories in gold or copper, including my lovely round mirror and the pineapple table lamps.

WORDS STEPHANIE SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY COLIN POOLE PLAN CHRISTOS PINIATIDES

BEDSPREAD A velvet design brings an instant touch of luxury, and also adds texture to the room


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CHANDELIER An attractive painted chandelier makes the most of the room’s height

DRESSING TABLE Debs upcycled this charity shop buy with chalk paint

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PLANS

THE NEW LAYOUT

SHOPPING LIST

A dressing table fits neatly into the bay area, taking advantage of the natural light, and the wardrobes have been placed against different walls so they don’t dominate the space

Walls painted in Charleston Gray and Cornforth White estate emulsion, both £43.50 for 2.5L; woodwork painted in Cornforth White estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L; all Farrow & Ball. First Impressions carpet in Close Shave, £17.20/sq m, Victoria Carpets. Venice headboard in Muse Eggshell, £435, The Headboard Store. Gatsby bedside tables, £399 each, Feather & Black. Sheepskin rug, £69.99; pillowcases, £8.99 and £9.99 each; kingsize duvet cover, £39.99; fitted sheet, £24.99; velvet bedspread, £159.99; all Dunelm. Gold table, £150; chair, £250; both Graham & Green. Grey cushions, £8.99 each, H&M Home. Gold spot and gold star cushions, £5 each, Primark. Pink cushions,

‘It feels like a completely different room and I can’t wait to get up there at night’

£2 each, Ikea. Round mirror, £39.99, Zara Home. Pineapple lamps, £60 each, Ebay. Chandeliers, £80 each, Laura Ashley. Roman blinds in Essential Oatmeal, £264, Tuiss. Mirrored stool, £60, Wayfair HB FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

WHAT IT COST Headboard Carpet Bedding Lighting Furniture Paint Mirror Rug Blinds Cushions

£435 £344 £262 £280 £1,308 £207 £70 £264 £367 £40 Total £3,577

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SHOP THE LOOK

ELEGANT TOUCH

BLANKET EFFECT

LADY’S BOUDOIR

The brushed cream painted chandelier, £39.99 from Studio, will add a little French chic

Layer up the bed with this understated Herringbone stitch quilted cotton bedspread, £140, John Lewis

Get ready in style with the Ascot dressing table, £1,030, Debenhams, which comes with a mirror and stool

GREAT PLAINS

SET THE SCENE

STATEMENT PIECES

Enliven a neutral scheme with bright accessories. Raw silk cushion cover in French Rose, £58, Oka

Create a focal point and add a luxurious finish to the bed with the Iceberg headboard, £207.50, Maisons du Monde

Debs has brought a touch of fun into the bedroom with her bedside lights. Pineapple complete lamp, £52.50, Laura Ashley

EASY LIVING

REFLECTED GLORY

HIGHLIGHT HUE

Sofa.com’s Claude chair in Porcelain Chelsea linen, £840, would be useful to sit on when putting on shoes or just relaxing

Mirrored furniture brings a glamorous feel to the scheme. Aisha bedside chest, £129, Very

Introduce a splash of colour with the bold Tourbillon throw, £75, Olivier Desforges at Amara

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Hints of pink and ochre give Debs’ neutral bedroom a stylish edge


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HEALTHY HOME Natural and ecofriendly ideas and advice

3 OF THE BEST

A SM A R T NI GH T’ S SL E E P

While it’s true that looking at your phone in bed before turning the lights out can make it harder to fall asleep, that doesn’t mean technology can’t have a place in the bedroom. Some smart gadgets actually help you doze off more easily and work towards ensuring a full night’s kip. ONokia’s Sleep (£99, health.nokia.com/uk), a pad that fits under the mattress and analyses your sleep cycles, shows how much deep, light and REM sleep you have. It also tracks your heart rate and can even tell if you snore. All the data is captured on a smartphone app and can be used to wake you up at the perfect time. OResmed S+ (£129.95, johnlewis.com) sits on your bedside table and helps you relax before nodding off. During the night, it listens to the way you sleep, and will suggest ways to improve the bedroom heating and lighting. It also asks you questions, such as how much caffeine you’ve had, to help find the cause of any problems sleep, while a Mind Clear feature encourages you to jot down pre-sleep thoughts to help you relax. OFitbit’s Alta HR (£99, fitbit.com) fitness monitor is an excellent sleep tracker, recording how much and what type of dozing you’re getting, and advising on ways to improve your routine. It also acts as a silent, vibrating, alarm, useful if you wake at a different time to your partner. OFor those who hate the rude awakening of an alarm, a simple wake-up light (try Lumie or Philips) will gently bring you back from the land of nod. Some have sleep settings where the light will gently dim to relax you. OIf you can’t leave your phone alone, use Apple’s Night Shift feature, which dims the screen and can remind you when it’s time to go to bed to get the ideal amount of sleep.

BRAIN FOOD So much more than a simple soup, miso – made from fermented soy beans, grains, salt and a fungus named koji – can aid digestion, boost your immune system and protect you from diseases. Just one bowl a day is enough to set you on the road to good health.

AIR PURIFIERS

Not only a stylish fan, this new Dyson design removes 99.95 per cent of air pollutants. The LCD display keeps you updated on the condition of your home’s air, while sucking it in and cleaning it before pumping it back to cool the room. Pure Cool, £399.99, Dyson

Small and unobtrusive, this cylindrical design from Blueair eliminates smoke, dust and pollen particles, cleaning the air five times per hour. The cloth filter cover can be vacuumed or machine washed. Blueair Blue Pure 411, £129, John Lewis

WORDS CHRIS HASLAM PHOTOGRAPH GETTY

Fantastic plastic An innovative range of hardwearing weatherproof furniture, made using reclaimed ocean plastic, is the result of a collaboration between Netherlands-based Van de Sant furniture and designer Claire Rendall. The plastic is collected, chipped and compressed to make an extremely hard and versatile board, while the foam used in the seating is fully recyclable. Turrialba club chair, €995, vandesant.com FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

Looking more like a designer lamp than an air purifier, this has a carbon filter and uses ionisation – filling the atmosphere with negatively charged ions – to trap airborne particles, which then fall to the floor to be vacuumed away. Bellaria, £850, Falmec

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PLANNING ADVICE

A simple rear extension adds a huge amount of space to this home

EXPANSION PLANS Maximising space in a family home with minimal hassle and low cost was the challenge one couple set for architect Greg Toon

Greg Toon Architect and founder of architectural practice Potential etc…

Louise Flanagan, 38, and husband Simon, 39, bought their three-bedroom cottage in Cambridgeshire in 2008. Now they have two children, the Flanagans need more space, and have been looking into having a rear extension to provide a fourth bedroom, upstairs bathroom, utility room and study. They’d also like to get rid of their steep staircase. A local architect has designed a 1,000sq ft extension, but they’re nervous about the potential disruption and cost.

THE SET-UP The house has a linear plan with a few layout quirks: the bathroom is downstairs, the lounge is small and the steep staircase makes the upstairs landing, currently used as a study, extremely large. A typical way to address Louise and Simon’s brief might be a large rear extension with a new living area on the ground floor and the new bedroom and bathroom on the upper level. However, when it comes to extensions, bigger isn’t always better. For those

who need an extra bedroom, but can’t afford a big project or don’t have much land around their property, there are tricks to reduce the size and expense of an extension while gaining the space you need.

THE SOLUTION My design is for a much smaller extension: 175sq ft, or less than a quarter of the size of the other architect’s design. I’ve done it by moving the stairs into a small rear extension, away from the existing upstairs landing, House Beautiful JUNE 2018 147


PLANNING ADVICE

AFTER

BEFORE

THE COSTS New 175sq ft extension (over two floors) ......... £26,000 Alterations to increase size of lounge and build the utility corridor ............... £6,500 Creating fourth bedroom ..................... £1,500 TOTAL ..................... £34,000

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which would free up valuable space that could then be enclosed to form the required fourth bedroom. The extension would also provide a family bathroom on the first floor. Downstairs, I’ve added a hall corridor leading from the entrance through to the extension and new staircase. On the left of the corridor, where the bathroom used to be, I’ve added useful cupboards for coat storage, as well as a stacked washing machine and tumble dryer, and a utility sink. On the right of the corridor, where the stairs were, the lounge has been widened by about 3ft, so it feels less cramped. At the end of the corridor, a sliding door leads to the study room and staircase. A WC could be installed under the stairs, which, while not in the

brief, would be useful for the family. Within the study space, a garden-facing bay window is shown with a window seat. Overall, the width of this rear extension doesn’t have an impact on the existing rooms – they still have a garden view. Perhaps the biggest benefit is that the cost would be significantly lower, it would take less time to build and the disruption for the family would be minimised.

KEY TIPS Adding 3ft to the lounge may not sound much, but this equates to the depth of a sofa, so it can have quite an effect. These spaces rarely benefit from being huge, as the TV usually ends up being too far away from the sofa, and the room loses its cosy feeling. HB

THE VERDICT

‘This layout would certainly solve our biggest issues with the current space. The addition of the window seat is a nice touch. I suspect it would be popular with the whole family,’ says Louise

WORDS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND PLANS GREG TOON/THE SUNDAY TIMES PHOTOGRAPH OF GREG TOON MARK BOURDILLON

Above: the house as it is now. Below: the floorplan shows the existing oversized landing and downstairs bathroom. Moving the staircase into a two-storey rear extension, right, would free up space for a storage/utility corridor, a study and a larger lounge on the ground floor, with a new bathroom and fourth bedroom upstairs


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ASK THE E XPERTS From interiors and gardening to DIY and eco design, our team answers your questions

FUTUREPROOF YOUR KITCHEN

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I need a new kitchen and want to create a timeless efect that has longevity, but I’m worried about it looking bland. How can I prevent this from happening? Clare Marchant, Carlisle

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O Email your questions to us at house.beautiful@ hearst.co.uk or post to House Beautiful, Unit 9, Apollo Business Centre, Trundleys Road, London SE8 5JE

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In a timeless, classic kitchen, statement floor tiles add personality


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his is a common concern when buying a new kitchen, but there are ways to avoid it looking boring. Start by investing in units in a classic style, such as a simple Shaker or modern flat-panel door design in a neutral tone, and pair it with a good quality worksurface – granite is the best option for a long-lasting finish that will retain its natural beauty. You can then give the room a fresh and current feel with easily interchangeable accessories and additions. Tiles are a great way to add personality, either on the floor or as a splashback. To be sure your scheme will last, pick a patterned tile in a neutral tone to create an attractive feature without committing to a particular colourway that you may tire of. If you have a kitchen-diner, you can make a statement with a dining table and chairs. Dining chairs can add colour to the room – try introducing different textures, such as rough linens and soft velvets, or pair mattpainted chairs with a gloss table. Lighting is an important but often overlooked element in a kitchen. Opting for either one oversized light or several smaller pendants over an island or dining table will give your room instant wow factor. Choose contrasting textures or styles for added interest. If you have a traditional kitchen, pick modern light fittings and vice versa. Consider incorporating wallpaper, as this will liven up the room in a flexible way. Wallpaper is best used in the dining area, but if you would like to use it in the kitchen, look for vinyl, which has brilliant durability. Cupboard handles shouldn’t be overlooked either. When selecting your kitchen, don’t be afraid to source your own handles if the supplier doesn’t have what you’re looking for – there are infinite choices online that will bring a unique finish to the units.

A few simple changes can make your bathroom more ecofriendly

HOW TO STAY GREEN IN THE BATHROOM

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I’m having my bathroom renovated and want to make my new space as ecofriendly as possible. How can I achieve this and get great results? Laura Ward, Norwich

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ECO DESIGN OLIVER HEATH The UK’s leading expert in sustainable architecture and interior design, and a familiar face on TV

When looking to create a sustainable bathroom in your home, there are multiple approaches you can take to help make your fixtures, fittings and use of the space more environmentally friendly. The first point to consider is water consumption. In the UK, it has been steadily rising since the 1930s, so many companies now design with this in mind. We pay for hot water three times; once to buy it, once to heat it and once to dispose of it, so reducing water use can bring you real savings. Taps and showers that incorporate aerators will reduce the volume of water you use without compromising on pressure. Low-flow taps and showers are an option if you’re installing a new bathroom suite, and water recycling will also help reduce waste and

consumption. Grey water recycling harvests used water from showers, baths and basins and stores it for short periods for re-use in toilet cisterns. It’s worth bearing in mind that these units can be costly, bulky to install and payback periods can be lengthy. Simply using a more efficient toilet may be a better approach, so opt for a dual-flush cistern that uses less water. Incorporating sustainable materials into your design can also have an impact. There are multiple products on the market that use recycled materials such as glass, shell and timber within their resins to create countertops and tiles. Resilica, for example, creates bespoke worktops from 100 per cent recycled glass waste. And when using timber within bathroom fittings, remember to look out for FSC-approved sources. House Beautiful JUNE 2018 151


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Without an alternative door to the garden, it’s hard to prevent your conservatory from being a main route. With careful planning, however, you can stop it feeling like a furnished corridor. People tend to push furniture to the walls of a room in an effort to make it seem bigger, creating a walkway down the middle as a consequence. To counter this, you can zone the conservatory to have a specific sitting area, by placing two sofas or armchairs opposite each other with a small coffee table in between, remembering that they don’t need to be positioned against a wall. You can then place runnerstyle rugs where the walkway should be, using a separate rug to distinguish the seating area. This could be made from a softer fabric in a light colour, to deter people from walking on it. Depending on the size of your conservatory, you can even use low-level shelving units to block

off the walkway section from the sitting area. Be careful not to overfill the space with furniture, though, as it will begin to feel cramped and crowded. Many people tend to stick to rattan-style furniture for a conservatory, but this will make it look like a garden room. Buying a fabric sofa or armchair will create more of a feeling of a secondary living room, rather than an outdoor space with a roof. Lighting can then be used to help further define areas. Floor lamps, for example, can section off a sitting area and help create a cosy atmosphere in the evening. Many people often don’t want to use their conservatory come nightfall, as it can be cold and dark. Lighting that can be dimmed will help to establish a warm feeling, as will soft furnishings such as cushions, throws and fabric blinds. Finally, don’t forget to inject some life into the room with lush plants and foliage to provide year-round greenery. HB

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Strawberries with basil, tequila ice and toasted black pepper See previous page SERVES 6

FOR THE TEQUILA ICE 150g caster sugar 100ml aged tequila Zest and juice of 1 lime FOR THE BASIL AND LEMON SAUCE 1 bunch of basil, leaves only 100g caster sugar Zest and juice of 2 lemons FOR THE TOASTED BLACK PEPPER CREME 160g caster sugar 80g aquafaba* 1tsp ground black pepper 100ml oat cream 100g coconut yoghurt 800g strawberries, hulled and halved Basil leaves, to serve 1 First make the tequila ice. Put the sugar in a pan with 200ml cold water, bring to the boil and

stir until dissolved. Add another 300ml water, the tequila and lime zest and juice. Whisk until combined, transfer to a container, and place in the freezer. Whisk the mixture every 20min until frozen, then scrape with a fork to form a soft ice. 2 For the sauce, blend all the ingredients together in a jug using a stick blender, then refrigerate. 3 To make the pepper crème, put the sugar and 3tbsp water in a saucepan and set over lowmedium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then bring to a fast boil, until it reaches 121°C on a sugar thermometer. 4 Meanwhile, whisk the aquafaba in the bowl of a standmixer, until stiff. When the sugar syrup reaches 121°C, carefully pour it over the aquafaba in a thin stream while continuing to

whisk. Continue to whisk for a further 10min, until the meringue has cooled. 5 While the meringue is whisking, put the pepper into a saucepan over a moderately high heat. Toast until fragrant, then add the oat cream and remove from the heat. Allow to infuse for 10min. Pour into a large bowl and add the coconut yoghurt, mixing well. Fold in the meringue. 6 Place six bowls in the freezer for at least 20min before serving. To serve, divide the tequila ice between the bowls. Top with the basil sauce, strawberries, pepper crème and basil leaves. *Aquafaba is a vegan alternative to egg whites. It’s the liquid that forms when cooked legumes are soaked in water. Simply reserve the liquid (make sure it’s not salted) from a tin of chickpeas.

Borlotti beans, fermented tomato, basil and chickpeas SERVES 4

FOR THE FERMENTED TOMATOES 1tsp salt 50ml rice wine vinegar 50ml balsamic vinegar 1tsp agave syrup 1tsp tomato purée 6 San Marzano tomatoes (or any other seasonal tomato) FOR THE BEANS 250g podded borlotti beans 1 carrot, quartered 1 celery stick, top removed, quartered 1 bay leaf ¼ bunch of thyme 1tsp smoked paprika 100g non-dairy cream cheese 2tbsp tomato purée FOR THE HUMMUS 240g canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed 60g tahini 1 garlic clove Zest and juice of ½ lemon 25ml olive oil ½tsp agave syrup ½tsp table salt 156 housebeautiful.co.uk

Freshly milled black pepper TO ASSEMBLE 1 bunch of basil, leaves picked and stalks retained 200g cooked chickpeas, roughly chopped ½ quantity of Hummus 2tbsp olive oil Extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle 1 Start by fermenting your chosen tomatoes. Mix all the ingredients together, apart from the tomatoes, and add the basil stalks. Add 100ml cold water. Prick the tomatoes all over with a skewer, then place in a container or jar and cover with the liquid. Loosely cover and leave in a slightly warm, dark place for a minimum of 4 days. 2 Place the beans, carrot, celery, bay leaf and thyme into a medium saucepan. Top with water, then place on a high heat. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 25-40min until soft (the cooking time will vary depending on how fresh

the beans are). Strain off the liquid from the pan, removing the carrot, celery and herbs. 3 Meanwhile, prepare the hummus. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend to a smooth paste, adding 20-30ml water until the desired consistency is achieved. Set aside. 4 Place the smoked paprika, cream cheese and tomato purée into a bowl. Whisk well and transfer to a pan with the cooked borlotti beans and heat through. 5 To assemble, chop the basil leaves (reserving a few for garnish) and mix with the chopped chickpeas, hummus and olive oil, seasoning well. Place around the edge of the serving plate, then put the beans on top. Peel the skin from the tomatoes and slice each in half. Arrange on top, drizzling over a little of the fermenting liquor. Garnish with the reserved basil leaves and drizzle with the olive oil.


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For the salsa verde, put 2tbsp each of chopped tarragon leaves, chopped flat-leaf parsley and capers, the zest and juice of 1 lemon, 100ml extra virgin olive oil and salt, to season, in a blender and pulse until it forms a chunky paste.

Crispy globe artichokes, spelt and tarragon stuffing and salsa verde SERVES 4

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1 quantity of Salsa Verde (see cook’s note, above) Parsley, to garnish 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/mark 4. Fill a deep bowl with 2 litres of cold water and squeeze the lemon juice into the water. 2 To prepare the artichokes, cut one-third off the tip of each one. Snap off the outer petals until you start to see pale yellow petals. Trim the top again from the artichoke so you expose the furry ‘choke’. Scoop out the furry

part, using a spoon, and discard. Using a peeler, remove the hard outer layer from the stem, until you reach the pale flesh. Place each prepared artichoke into the lemon water to prevent them browning. 3 Heat the oil in a frying pan. When almost smoking, add the artichokes, season with salt and cook, in batches, until golden, then place in a roasting tray. Melt the butter and drizzle over the artichokes. Season well and roast for 15min, then remove from the oven to cool slightly.

4 Meanwhile, make the stuffing. Cook the spelt according to the packet instructions, then drain. Place the bread, lemon zest, Brazil nuts and tarragon into a blender and pulse to a crumb-like consistency. 5 Heat the butter in a frying pan and when hot, add the onion and garlic, season well with salt, and cook until soft. Mix the spelt with the breadcrumbs and onions and season. Fill the artichokes with the stuffing and return to the oven for 10min. Serve with the salsa verde and a green salad.


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Beetroot and pine nut tartlets SERVES 4

4 large red beetroots (about 300g) 2tbsp vegetable oil Sea salt and freshly milled black pepper FOR THE PASTRY 115g wholemeal flour, plus extra for dusting 50g non-dairy butter ½tsp finely chopped rosemary leaves ½tsp salt FOR THE PINE NUT PUREE 100g pine nuts, toasted TO FINISH 4tbsp olive oil 2tbsp balsamic vinegar ½ candy (Chioggia) beetroot, peeled and finely sliced

½ yellow beetroot, peeled and finely sliced 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/mark 4. Place the red beetroots on a sheet of foil, drizzle with the oil and season well. Wrap the foil around the beetroots and place in the oven for 1½ hours. Remove from the oven and unwrap. When cool enough to handle, peel using a small knife and slice each one into 8 wedges. 2 Meanwhile, put the wholemeal flour, butter, rosemary leaves and salt in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add 2tbsp cold water so that it

forms a stiff dough. Shape into a ball, cover with clingfilm and refrigerate for 30min. 3 Place the pastry on a floured surface and roll out to 3mm thick. Transfer to a baking tray lined with parchment paper and return to the fridge for 20min. 4 Increase the oven heat to 190°C/170°C fan/mark 5. Put the baking tray with the pastry on into the oven for 5min. Remove the pastry and cut out 4 x 10cm circles. Return the pastry discs to the oven for a further 8-12min until golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. 5 Put three quarters of the pine nuts in a blender with 25ml water. Blend until smooth and

creamy, seasoning with salt and adding a little more water, if needed, to form a smooth purée. Finely chop the remaining pine nuts. 6 To assemble, spread three quarters of the pine nut purée equally over the pastry discs. Mix the olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a large bowl. Add the roasted beetroot wedges and the candy and yellow beetroot slices and season well, coating in the dressing. Place a quarter of the beetroot slices, overlapping each other, on top of the pine nut purée. Pipe the remaining purée on top, then garnish with the remaining beetroot slices and chopped pine nuts.

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Brussels sprout, chestnut and sage risotto SERVES 4-6 FOR THE LIGHT VEGETABLE STOCK

2 onions, quartered 3 carrots, halved 2 celery stalks, halved 1 leek, trimmed and cut into four 1 whole garlic bulb, halved horizontally 2 bay leaves 6 sprigs of thyme 6 peppercorns ¼tsp coriander seeds

1 garlic clove, finely grated 500g carnaroli or Vialone Nano risotto rice 125ml dry white wine 75g non-dairy Parmesan, grated, plus extra for garnishing 2tbsp non-dairy butter 300g Brussels sprouts, halved 4 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked 8 fresh chestnuts, peeled and finely sliced

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1.5L Light Vegetable Stock 2 bay leaves ½ bunch of sage, leaves picked and finely chopped, stalks reserved 270g cooked chestnuts, roughly chopped 200ml non-dairy milk 2tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, finely diced

Recipes taken from Planted by Chantelle Nicholson (£25, Kyle Books). Photography by Nassima Rothacker

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1 To make the stock, put all the ingredients in a large saucepan with 6L water. Bring to a simmer and cook gently for 2 hours. Strain and store the stock in the fridge for up to five days, or freeze. 2 For the risotto, put 1.5L of the stock in a large saucepan with the bay leaves and sage

stalks and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer. 2 Place 180g of the cooked chestnuts into a saucepan with the milk. Season well and bring to a simmer for 5min. Remove from the heat and blend to make a smooth chestnut purée. Set aside. 3 Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and season well. Cook for a few minutes until the onion has softened. Add the rice and stir for a few minutes until the grains become shiny and translucent. Then add the wine and cook until the alcohol has evaporated. 4 Add a ladleful of the stock and stir until absorbed by the rice. Add the remaining stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring until all the liquid has been

absorbed before adding the next ladleful – this should take 15-20min. Set aside 100ml of hot stock. The risotto is cooked when the rice grains are still a little firm but don’t have a chalky crunch when bitten into. 5 Add the chestnut purée and Parmesan and mix well. Turn off the heat and cover the pan while you cook the sprouts. 6 Heat the butter in a medium frying pan until very hot. Add the sprouts, cut-side down, and thyme. Season well and cook until a deep golden brown. Turn each sprout over and add the reserved stock. Cook for a further 3min. 7 Add the chopped sage and remaining cooked chestnuts to the risotto. Top with the sprouts, fresh chestnuts and extra Parmesan. HB


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WHAT MY HOME MEANS TO ME SOPHIE ROBINSON

Sophie plans to add furnishings in rich jewel colours to her farmhouse in Lewes to create a modern country feel. With five acres of land, it’s a great spot for parties with marquees and camping in the garden

WHERE I LIVE I love the freedom of the countryside, and wanted my son Arthur to have a carefree childhood. But moving from a two-bedroom flat in Brighton with no garden to a draughty four-bed farmhouse with five acres has been a huge change. We’ve been here for nearly two years but there’s still so much to be done. After my parents divorced, my 72-year-old mum Claire and I were both househunting, so we decided to pool our funds. Now she lives across the garden in an annexe. The farmhouse was originally two cottages built around 1910. Its previous owner knocked through and renovated it in the 1980s. All the walls are magnolia, with beige carpets and Artex ceilings. I plan to decorate in rich jewel colours, but we’re not at that stage yet. Tom and I both have busy careers so doing up the house is going to be a long, slow process. When I get to the design phase I’ll use deep greens, blues, pinks and golden yellows, but add some brights, which will look great against the darker shades. I want a modern country feel, so I won’t have jungle prints or 170 housebeautiful.co.uk

geometrics. The fabrics will be sympathetic to the countryside with contemporary florals. Installing a handmade staircase with an oak handrail is one of the things we’ve done already. Bringing striking architectural detail into the house has already made a huge difference. Our kitchen is tiny, cold and on the dark north side of the house overlooking the driveway. I miss being able to cook together as a family, so the ultimate aim is to extend at the south side and create a kitchen-diner that overlooks the garden and woodland beyond. Being in the countryside means there’s a lot of mud, so we’ll have natural stone flooring in the hallway and kitchen, with wood everywhere else and, in the bedrooms, seagrass matting and rugs for warmth and a bit of nature.

MY INSPIRATION My parents were always renovating and decorating the family home in Warwickshire, which was a converted stable block. My dad was practical, fixing the roof, plumbing and laying floors, while Mum was creative. She’d get things out of skips or at auctions and

antiques fairs. Her influence definitely set me on the path to becoming an interior designer. Like Mum, I enjoy mixing old and new. I’m always looking in secondhand shops and on Ebay for something to reinvent. I’m passionate about contemporary textile designs, wallpapers and fabrics. It’s easy to combine the two and, for me, that’s what makes a house a home. I inherited a lot of furniture when my parents downsized, but I try not to be sentimental. If a piece doesn’t work in the house, I get rid of it. I won’t part with a bench Tom and I bought for £40 at a car boot sale though. It’s upholstered in a patchwork of needlepoint samples.

MY FAMILY LIFE It’s lovely having my mum living so close to us. Arthur visits her after school every day and though I can go for days without seeing her, I know I can pop over at any time. In the summer holidays we like to have friends over for a mini festival. Last year we had 15 families camping in the garden. There was a marquee and a big bonfire. It was great fun and we’ll do it again this year. HB

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Interior designer and judge on BBC Two’s Great Interior Design Challenge, Sophie, 43, is drawing on all her experience to renovate her farmhouse in East Sussex, with builder husband Tom Pike, 45. They live there with their son Arthur, six


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y bedroom is my sanctuary. It’s where I go to escape the daily grind, read a book in peace, light my favourite scented candle and just relax. So making sure it’s serene and calming is the first step when decorating. Choose colours that harmonise, have good lighting, and above all make it comfortable. The bed is an important purchase, so ensure it’s a style you can live with for a long time and opt for a good quality mattress – there are great ones online, so it couldn’t be easier. Above all, think about the space available and storage, so you are not surrounded by clutter. We’ve got everything covered in this supplement to help you create your own sanctuary – from furniture and storage, to bedlinen and accessories – we hope you enjoy it and find it useful.

CONTENTS 03 PLAN TO PERFECTION 06 LATEST LOOKS 12 THE BEST BEDS 16 MATTRESS MATTERS 19 WARDROBE WONDERS 22 DRESSING TABLES 25 GUEST BEDS 28 FINISHING TOUCHES 31 WHERE TO BUY

Alison Davidson Homes and Interiors Editor

Supplement Editor Alison Davidson Words Charlotte Boyd, Maggie Stevenson House Beautiful Editor Lizzie Hudson Creative Director Barbora Hajek Designer Victoria Smith Picture Editor Anita Isaacs Chief Sub-Editors Helen Bonthrone, Julie Pannell-Rae, Clare Sartin Sub-Editors Rebecca Hastings, Sarah Andrews Workflow Director Carly Levy Managing Editor Ingrid Eames Production Manager Greta Croaker Group Editorial Director Susy Smith Chief Brand Oicer (Lifestyle & Homes) Sharon Douglas Hearst UK President and Chief Executive Oicer James Wildman 2 housebeautiful.co.uk

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PERFECTION A comfortable bed, stylish storage and beautiful furniture add up to a room that’s more than just a place to sleep

MAJESTIC SCENE Choose a statement bed for a striking centrepiece. Hedonist fourposter, from £995; matching side table, £228; both The French Bedroom Company


wardrobes are the most eicient clothes storage solution, accommodating up to a third more than you can fit in to the equivalent freestanding options. To futureproof new wardrobes, Barbara Genda of Barbara Genda bespoke furniture advises: ‘Take stock of your existing clothes storage and add 20 per cent. Prioritise hanging rails and use pullout shelves as they’re the most versatile for folded clothes and shoes.’ Consider what you want to store and whether you like to hang or fold clothes, then choose interior fittings accordingly. Not everything has to go in the wardrobe. ‘Putting shoes under the bed in a flat box on wheels is a great idea,’ says Barbara, ‘and hanging canvas holders are good for storing handbags.’

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS Freestanding furniture has a place in every bedroom, even those with fitted furniture, providing additional storage exactly where it’s needed. Freestanding wardrobes hold fewer clothes than fitted models, but well-designed ones have drawers and shelves that ensure no space is wasted. Chests of drawers and bedside tables come in a range of formats and designs. There is a resurgence of interest in dressing tables, with makers producing contemporary designs that are beautiful and useful. Some small but necessary items that may count as clutter need scaled-down storage to keep them tidy. ‘Trunks, boxes and baskets are versatile, decorative and give you the extra space you need,’ says Claire Hornby, creative stylist at Barker & Stonehouse.

MAKE A HOME FROM HOME The no-frills design of the Bow slatted oak headboard bedframe, £450, and Mix It oak open shelf unit, £75, both House at John Lewis, gives a fresh look to this modern room

our bedroom should feel calm at night when you’re preparing to sleep, and fresh in the morning so you’re ready to start the day. While the rest of the home is designed and decorated with others in mind, the bedroom is a private space you can truly make your own.

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ORDER YOUR PRIORITIES First, decide what you want. Will you use it just for sleeping and dressing or do you plan to watch TV, listen to music, read, write and unwind there? Will it be a place to relax? Is there space for a chair or a small desk? The size and shape may limit your ambitions but a wishlist will help you formulate a plan.

into the base, and while bedsteads may have drawers too, their capacity rarely compares. Both kinds can be a strong focal point: divans rely on the style of their headboard for visual impact, but bedsteads come in a wider range of shapes, materials and finishes, ofering greater scope for creative design. A supportive mattress is the foundation of a good night’s sleep, so find one that feels right to you. Try out several in the shop or go for a home trial. Relatively new to the bedding scene are mattresses that can be bought online and delivered rolled up in a box. These are usually made from foam but some contain springs and natural fillings.

GET ORGANISED FIND THE RIGHT BED It’s the most important piece of furniture in the room so choose your bed for both looks and comfort. The general advice is to buy the largest divan or bedstead you can fit in the room, and spend as much as you can aford. Divans often have high-volume storage built 4 housebeautiful.co.uk

Redesigning your bedroom is a great opportunity to review your storage needs. Remove anything that doesn’t belong in the bedroom and recycle, pass on or sell clothes you no longer wear. ‘Wardrobes are for clothes, not mementoes,’ says founder of Smartstyle Interiors, Phoebe Oldrey. Fitted

Whether overnight visitors stay in a guest room, a multi-purpose home oice or the sitting room, comfort is key. ‘Think like a guest,’ suggests Phoebe Oldrey, and spend a night in the guest bed to see how well you sleep. Don’t skimp on bedding and leave an extra blanket for warmth. Few guests stay for very long, so there’s no need to provide a lot of storage. ‘A luggage rack like those found in hotels helps people reach into their suitcase more easily,’ says Phoebe. ‘And I leave an empty drawer so they can unpack small items. A bowl or tray on the bedside table is handy for things such as jewellery and lip salve.’

CREATE A RESTFUL PLACE ‘Our bodies are programmed to sleep at night when it gets dark and the temperature drops,’ says Phoebe. To mimic this efect, turn down the thermostat so your bedroom is cooler in the evening and use bedding made from natural fibres so you don’t get too hot. Have softer lighting and fit dimmer switches to lower the glow gradually. If light from outside makes it diicult to sleep, blackout blinds will help, but don’t block the windows completely as exposure to morning sunlight is the most natural way to wake up.


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Square shapes In principle, squares are the easiest shape to work with, as there are no awkward angles and you’ll have more choice when placing furniture. Position the bed to face a focal point such as a fireplace or window, or create a feature wall with wallpaper, mirrors or SQUARE ROOM

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then be used as a walk-in wardrobe or ensuite. Alternatively, create a wall of floor-to-ceiling storage with cubed shelves or cupboards.

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Working with a small space A small bedroom may feel claustrophobic, but you can mitigate this. Position the bed so you don’t bump into it as soon as you open the door. You’re looking for a clear pathway, and turning the door around and moving the bed may open up your room. Light plays an important role. ‘Pick paler tones for furniture and coordinate the wall colour with the furniture to give the illusion of a bigger space,’ says Kiran Noonan, from John Lewis of Hungerford. ‘If possible, avoid placing wardrobes adjacent to the window as this will block the light.’ Rooms with a bay window Maximise the focal point by positioning your bed centrally in the room, leaving the bay free for a window seat with useful storage underneath or to house a low table

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and chair. It’s a common error to cram a dressing table into the bay, but this will sacrifice light and obscure the window dressing. If you have to place your bed in the bay, buy a low design or get a joiner to build a custom-made low-level MDF or wooden frame so you don’t block light.

pictures. If you’re including a run of fitted wardrobes, bring in variety by including a section of open shelving. Put a bedside table on the side closest to the door and a taller chest of drawers on the other. Playing with height like this will add interest to the space. Another trick is to include tall bedside lamps to add another level to the room. Long and narrow One of the best ways to break up a long narrow room is to place the bed in the centre, parallel to the shorter walls. If the doorway makes this awkward, ofset the bed slightly, LONG NARROW ROOM WINDOW

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keeping it as close to the centre as possible. If you have space, add a trunk at the foot, to create a focal point. Beds with a headboard and footboard work well. You could even add an extra-tall headboard for impact and cover it with fabric to coordinate with the rest of the scheme. Wardrobes will naturally sit across the width of one or even both ends of the room, depending on where the windows are. Another option is to section of the far end with a plasterboard partition. This area can

A comfortable sofa bed is always handy for when you have overnight guests. Fosbury sofa bed with a one-fold mechanism, from £1,360, Willow & Hall House Beautiful JUNE 2018 5


TIMELESS

LUXURY Restful rooms designed to soothe

GENTLE HUE Go for grown-up pretty layering with chalk-pink throws over lilac bedding on a four-poster. Add plants for a calming efect. Wool-filled mattress, from £649, Herdy Sleep


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NEW ROMANTIC Dress a rustic platform bed with white cordtrimmed bedlinen and eau de nil throws and cushions. A muslin canopy makes the most of a high ceiling. Savoy bedlinen, from £25 for a standard pillowcase; Portofino throw, £80; all The White Company

SEA TONES Take inspiration from the colours of the shoreline with bedding and walls in fresh shades and a dappled design. Wallpaper, Bamburgh Sky, £66/roll; headboard in Arden Ivory, £45/m; bedding in Seashore, £49/m; throw in Misty Haze, £86/m; all Sanderson

GLOBAL TRAVELLER Position a pile of tribal-inspired embroidered cushions against a backdrop of unpainted plaster walls to create a relaxed day bed. Duvets, throws, cushions and bedlinen, from a selection of Linea and Dickens & Jones at House of Fraser

GREY TEXTURES A Shaker peg rail adds a touch of country style to this urban scheme. Layer varying shades of grey linen with a chunky knit blanket. Scribble duvet cover, £90 for kingsize; Idea throw, £395; Chambray Dove pillowcase, £17; all Murmur House Beautiful JUNE 2018 7


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CHIC Fresh designs for contemporary living

COLOUR BLOCK A sea-blue bedstead fills a room with vibrancy. Continue this uplifting shade on the floor with a chevron rug. Wallis bed in Smart Velvet Iced Mint, £1,899; bedlinen and cushions from a selection; all Heal’s


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TEXTURED LAYERS An eclectic mix of feelgood woven throws and cushions gives a modern boho look. Cushions, £45 each; Herringbone throw, £65; Aztec throw, £45; tray, £44; round tray table, £145; Golden Wool rug, £330; all French Connection

MODERN ART Brushstroke-patterned linens in strong pastel hues turn a plain divan into a masterpiece. Pompom-trimmed pillows add a sense of fun. Pompom duvet set, £50; Painterly duvet set, £35; cushions, from £18; table lamp, £80; side table, £120; all Debenhams

WILD FLOWERS Contrasting modern furniture with a painterly design creates real wow factor; the white-painted floor and walls let the bed remain the focal point. Aubriet Fuchsia duvet cover, £105; pillowcases, £22 each; Saraille cushion, £50; all Designers Guild

SOFT GEOMETRIC Combining deep chestnut and ivory is a relaxed version of the monochrome look. Russet accessories and natural-hued wood add warmth. Arro duvet cover, £120; pillowcase, £25; embroidered cushion, £50; knitted throw, £150; all Bedeck House Beautiful JUNE 2018 9


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DRAMA Bold looks to make a luxurious statement

SMART TAILORING Dark painted walls help make a large room feel cosy. Echo an inky teal wall colour with an upholstered bed in patterned fabrics. Matt gold lighting adds a touch of bling. Fabrics* from Romo


*HEADBOARD IN BOTERO AMAZONITE, £113/M; CUSHIONS IN ONETTI DANUBE, £113/ M, AND CARLU PEKING BLUE, £92/M; THROW IN HABANERA DANUBE, £106/M; CHAIR IN OXANA PEACOCK, £115/M; CURTAINS IN CARLU PEKING BLUE, £92/M, AND VELINO PIGEON, £68/M; ALL ROMO

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NEW FLORAL Coral pink brings a fresh pop of colour to moody navy walls. Highlight with the accessory of the moment, a woven wall-hanging. Walls in Indigo Blue, £43/2.5L matt emulsion, Sanderson. Cushions in Nuevo, Pajaro and Baja, all £30/m, Scion

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Take pink and blue to another level with cornflower-hued walls, a larger-than-life headboard and brushstroke designs. Medina duvet set, from £90; screen in Mounia Cerise, £52/m; headboard covered in Pink Pots, £48/m; all Bluebellgray

TROPICAL GLAMOUR Black walls aren’t just for teens; team with a vintage-style brass bed and botanical linen for a decadent scheme. Abingdon bedstead, from £269; Floresta duvet cover set, from £28; velvet quilt, £75; mirror, £45; cushions, from £8 each; all Dunelm

WILD SIDE This scheme has it all – botanical patterns, animal prints, a luxurious satin headboard and decadent gold furniture. Claudia Leopard duvet cover, £90; pillowcases, £40/pair; Kimberley pillowcases, £35/pair; navy bedspread, £160; all Biba at House of Fraser House Beautiful JUNE 2018 11


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BEDS Choose a beautiful design that deserves to be the focal point of your room

BUTTONED UP With its elegant upholstered headboard and angular wooden legs, this design is a successful blend of traditional and contemporary style. Oxtail double bedframe, ÂŁ645, Button & Sprung


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4 3 1 STAND TALL The metal frame of the Waterloo double four-poster bed, £799 from The Original Bed Co, can be draped or left uncovered for a modern twist 2 COLOUR MATCH Available in 14 shades, the Island Breeze double bed, £759 from The Painted Furniture Company, can be ordered plain or with an oak trim 3 WOOD WORKS Introduce some mid-century style with the Robin King bed, £720 from Perch & Parrow 4 LYING LOW Heal’s Shallow divan, from £599, with Newman headboard, from £599, combines the benefits of a divan with the look of a bedstead

LITTLE AND LARGE To make items easily accessible, the Avebury storage bed with Durrington divan base, from £595 at Willow & Hall, has two conventional-sized drawers and two smaller ‘continental’ ones, so they can be easily opened in front of bedside tables. It’s handmade in England and comes with piping around the edges of the headboard to add interest, while keeping the look sleek. Available in more than 100 fabrics and leathers including lightweight linen, broadweave linen, washed cotton, textured chenille and house wool > House Beautiful JUNE 2018 13


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1 SLEEK SILHOUETTE A contemporary take on the traditional sleigh design, the Greenwich double bed with drawers, £725 from Next, can be upholstered in a choice of neutral-coloured fabrics 2 CURVE APPEAL Add a modern vibe with this Palmo double bed, £716 from Habitat 3 STORE MORE If you’re short of bedroom space, an ottoman bed is the answer. Burdock kingsize, £1,095, Button & Sprung 4 SUPPORT SYSTEM Combine comfort and storage with a pocket-sprung four-drawer divan base. Firm Edge Pocket base, £1,579, Dunlopillo

BUYING TIPS Before you go shopping, measure your bedroom to find the maximum size of bed you can fit alongside other furniture, leaving enough space to comfortably walk around it. Also bear in mind wardrobe doors that open outwards. O Do you want a divan or bedframe? Divan bases often have a sprung surface for extra comfort and resilience. Many contain storage drawers and some are sold with a matching mattress. Bed frames usually stand on legs. They look less bulky and make cleaning easier, particularly in small bedrooms. If you want O

SOFT TOUCH Plump upholstery gives this simple, fuss-free option an invitingly cosy and comfortable look. It’s handmade in England and comes with solid oak legs in a weathered finish. Rule bed, from £795 for a double, Loaf 14 housebeautiful.co.uk

to utilise the space under the bed for storage, then choose baskets or canvas boxes to keep items tidy and out of sight. O For a real centrepiece, consider bespoke options, such as a bed that can be finished in your choice of paint colour or fabric. O Also consider the material of the bed frame and the style. Plain metal and wooden frames suit pared-back and minimal interiors. A wooden sleigh bed and iron or brass beds with castings and finials are ideal for traditional schemes, while leather exudes modern luxury.


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LOOKING SHARP The linear shape of this style inspired a smart striped scheme. Franklin metal double bedframe, £175, John Lewis


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MATTERS Find the right comfort and support for the perfect night’s sleep

SOFT AND WARM This pocket-spring mattress is made using British Herdwick wool and comes delivered in a box. Herdy mattress, £849, Herdy Sleep


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ROLL UP Packed in a box for easy delivery, the Eve mattress consists of layers of memory foam designed to combine support and comfort. Made from highly-breathable material, it prevents you from overheating during the night. Eve mattress, £599, Eve

TOP CLASS A ‘pillow top’ pad, filled with a soft and springy layer of wool and synthetic cushioning, adds extra comfort to this mattress. Its reactive pocket springs sense your shape and provide support where you need it. Sapphire mattress, £1,770, Hypnos

BUYING TIPS Unroll boxed mattresses and leave them to air and relax before using. O Many online suppliers and some stores ofer a free return scheme, so you can try your mattress at home and return it if it doesn’t pass the sleep test. O Some mattress suppliers will remove your old mattress free of charge, or for a small fee. O Turn double-sided mattresses and rotate no-turn ones to even out wear and extend their life. Check there are handles on all sides to make lifting and flipping easier. OUsing a topper can enhance and prolong the life of an average mattress, O

but it won’t rescue a worn-out one that really needs to be replaced. O To make a hard bed softer, choose a feather and down or microfibre topper – they’re usually the plumpest options. O A memory foam or latex- filled topper will give your bed more support, which is great if you sufer from a bad back, but not if you get hot in the night, as they’re less breathable. O Dual-layer toppers, with a removable top layer, are easier to wash and therefore more hygienic. OIf you’re adding a thick topper to your bed you may need to upgrade to a deep-fitted sheet.

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EXTRA COMFORT 1 The Latex 3000 Air Pocket sprung mattress, £725 from Soak & Sleep, features 3,000 springs and a layer of latex 2 The Tistedal mattress pad is filled with latex made from natural sources, £240, Ikea 3 Quilts of Denmark Dana Dream Goose Down Mattress Topper comes in two layers. From £130, John Lewis 4 The foam mattress topper, from £179, Eve, is an instant comfort boost > House Beautiful JUNE 2018 17


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ECO CHOICE It may feel like it’s made from luxurious natural goose down, but the Nimbus Smartdown duvet is actually created using recycled PET plastic bottles. Emulating the soft, flufy feeling of real down, the filling is encased in a 280-thread-count, sustainably sourced cotton cover. Warm, cosy, hypoallergenic, washable and vegan-friendly, it’s the perfect choice for those who want to sleep soundly with a completely clear conscience. Nimbus Smartdown duvet, £129, The Fine Bedding Company

BUYING TIPS How warm you want your duvet is a personal choice. Look for the Tog rating: 1 Tog is coolest, 18 is for arctic winters. For an all-round duvet try 9 Tog or buy an all-season duvet, which comes in two easy-to-divide sections. O Choose the right natural filling. A higher down content will make a feather and down duvet feel lighter but still warm. Wool helps to regulate body temperature, is hypoallergenic, dirt resistant and ecofriendly. O There are two choices of synthetic duvet: traditional hollowfibre and microfibre, which feels more natural. O

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Choose a firmer pillow to support your neck if you’re a side sleeper. Back sleepers need a little more support to raise the head – feather and down or wool is good. Stomach sleepers need a slightly softer and flatter pillow, so try silk or down. O The standard pillow size is 50cm x 75cm and looks good on a double bed. For bigger beds, go large, mixing super-king with square continental pillows to avoid any gaps. O Wash pillows every six months and replace them every two to three years. Adding a washable protector will prolong your pillows’ lifespan. O


WARDROBE

WONDERS Clever storage options to keep your clothes in perfect order

OPEN WIDE Sliding doors give a broader view of what’s inside your cupboards. Wardrobes in Cashmere glass and mirror, from £2,000 including design and fitting, by Sharps >


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INDIVIDUAL STYLE 1 Coralina Venetian mirrored wardrobe with removable shelves, £1,176, Out There Interiors 2 Metal Locker cabinet, £395, Idyll Home 3 Fern wardrobe with two hanging areas, £349, Very 4 Visthus with hanging space, shelving and drawers, £250, Ikea

HIGH STEPS Clever ideas, such as a floor-to-ceiling pull-out shoe storage rack, are among the fittings that can be integrated into this sophisticated design. Pure fitted wardrobe system, shown in Stove Grey, from £5,000 from John Lewis of Hungerford

BUYING TIPS Think carefully about the amount and type of storage you need for your clothing and shoes. Do you prefer to hang garments or fold them, for instance? Work out ideal proportions of hanging space and shelves. O Inexpensive wardrobes have simpler interior fittings but you can buy boxes and shoe racks separately to help organise the space. O Wardrobes with adjustable shelf fittings allow you to tailor the space to your needs. O Looks are important. Do you want a wardrobe to make a style statement or be discreetly practical? O

INTERIOR DESIGN Convert a box room or large cupboard into a walk-in wardrobe fitted with racks, rails, drawers and shelves to keep clothes and accessories in perfect condition. Walk-in wardrobe designs from Strachan’s Ultimo Pearl range start at £8,800 20 housebeautiful.co.uk

Do you want fitted or freestanding wardrobes? You can take standalone pieces with you when you move, but built-in furniture has the advantage of fitting more storage into awkward areas. O Measure the space for your wardrobe carefully, especially if you have low or sloping ceilings. O Sliding doors don’t need to have room in front for opening so are ideal for smaller bedrooms. O How will your wardrobe be delivered? Make sure there’s easy access for fully assembled furniture or that you’re up to the job of building the flat-packed kind. O


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OFF THE FLOOR 1 Blythe in oak, £1,349, Heal’s 2 Harper with herringbone wood doors, £525, Cuckooland 3 Latymer in dark walnut-efect finish and minimal black gloss detail, £399, Made 4 Bow in oak and oak veneers, £599, House by John Lewis

WALL TO WALL Bespoke furniture, such as this magnificent storage wall, can be a big investment but it’s individually designed to optimise your bedroom space, and you can get it just the way you want it. Barbara Genda, from about £1,200 per linear metre

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BOTTOM DRAWERS 1 Haybarn with antiqued grey-wash finish, £1,195, Loaf 2 OH Maison Camille, £1,575, Houseology 3 Westcote Blue, The Cotswold Company 4 For ultimate adaptability, look at the New Hampshire modular options, from £700, The Dormy House House Beautiful JUNE 2018 21


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DRAWERS Choose neat dressing tables and chic chests of drawers to help keep your space tidy

MODERN CLASSIC Pared-back contemporary designs, such as the Teramo oak dressing table (H139 x W98cm), ÂŁ715 from Ercol, have lasting appeal


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1 CRAFT WORK Beautiful workmanship is a key feature of the Hans design (H125 x W90cm), £510, Joined & Jointed 2 BEAUTY COUNTER Three drawers and a large mirror equip the Cashmere gloss finish Mode dressing table (H147 x W125cm), £325 from Next, for morning make-up sessions 3 GO FOR GLAMOUR Faux ostrich leather gives the Barnardine console (H78 x W120cm), £536 from Out There Interiors, a luxurious touch 4 ABOVE THE CURVE A pretty, oval shape distinguishes the Oro dressing table (H71.5 x W110cm), £595, Oliver Bonas

BUYING TIPS O Shallow dressing table drawers make it easier to find the things you want more quickly, and it’s harder for cosmetics to lie forgotten out of sight. O For improved organisation, consider buying drawer organisers, such as mini trays, which are great for separating bits of make-up and jewellery. Ikea, Store, John Lewis and Dunelm have good selections. O Dressing tables that don’t have a fixed mirror can double as a console. O Position the dressing table in front of a window so daylight falls on your face, and make sure there’s an electric socket

nearby for the hairdryer. You’ll need a seat that’s the right height for you to see in the mirror. If your dressing table doesn’t have a matching stool, consider using a tall upholstered poufe with integral storage. OChests of drawers have difering formats. Wide drawers have a high capacity and hold bulky items, while narrow drawers make smaller things easy to find. O Chests with legs have a lighter look that gives the room a more spacious feel. They’re easier to clean under too. OA tall, narrow chest saves floor space in a small room. O

PURE AND SIMPLE A separate mirror, such as this Scandiinspired design, can be moved and angled to catch the daylight. Asta oak dressing table (H80 x W110 x D40cm), £375; matching mirror with cut-out tray base, £160; both Primrose & Plum > House Beautiful JUNE 2018 23


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1 TALL ORDER Narrow cabinets, such as the Jerome chest (H140 x W55cm), £995, Habitat, make good use of awkward spaces 2 HIDDEN TALENT No space for a dressing table? The Tabitha Petite Lingerie chest (H102 x W61cm), £530, Perch & Parrow, opens up to reveal a mirror

EASY ACCESS Special hidden runners allow the drawers of the Larsson chest of drawers (H88 x W105 x D49cm), £955, Neptune, to open fully so you can reach to the back. The handcrafted design comes in various sizes with an array of colours to choose from

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1 VISUAL TRICK It looks like a plan chest, but the Distressed, £431, Out There Interiors, has six roomy drawers 2 NEW SLANT Angled panels give the Byrd, £499 by Swoon, an asymmetrical look 3 DECO INSPIRED The Ariella, £895, Graham & Green, has a discreet pattern


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Shop smart with dual-purpose furniture that leaves more room for living

FOLD UP Save space during the day with a bed that folds into a cabinet. This design comes in four widths, and a choice of mattress and cabinet ďŹ nishes. The Loft Wallbed, from ÂŁ3,363, The London Wallbed Company


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1 SPREADING OUT Providing seating for four or more, the Grosvenor corner sofa, from £1,299 at Dunelm, has a fold-out double bed 2 BOX CLEVER The Fip ottoman, £299 from Made, is a footstool by day and single bed by night 3 ROOM FOR TWO A bed, guest bed and three storage drawers combine in the compact Buddy, £1,299 from Dwell. Available in walnut or gloss white 4 HIDDEN POTENTIAL Covered in tactile, stain-resistant microsuede, the elegant Li-La sofabed, £1,150 from Olli Ella, conceals a bed for one. Choose from four colours

BUYING TIPS Sofabeds are used more often for seating than sleeping, so make sure they’re comfortable to sit on – make sure to try before you buy. O Always check that the mechanism is easy to use. The clic-clac type is the simplest and used mainly on bench-style sofas. You pull the backrest forward to unlock it, then fold it flat. Conventional sofabeds usually use a folding mechanism to store a sprung metal frame and mattress under the seat when not in use. To open, lift the frame up and out of the seat cavity and unfold. Corner sofabeds have a platform that pulls forward O

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from under the main seat and pops up level with the leg rest to provide a large sleeping area. O Trundle beds consist of a single bed with a second one stored underneath – an excellent space-saving choice in a small guest room. On some models, the lower bed has folding legs that raise it to the same height as the upper one to form a double. O Day beds are another good option. Typically traditional in style, they usually sleep one, but some come in a trundle design for an extra guest. O Look out for guest beds that incorporate handy storage for bedding.


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1 A-FRAME A neat solution for a small room, the Lawson powder-coated white metal and oak clothes rack, £80 from Habitat, occupies minimal floor space 2 CAPSULE COLLECTION The oak Skagerak Push, £589 from Skandium, is a complete, compact dressing unit with a mirror, clothes rail and shelf 3 TOWER POWER Tall units with a small footprint give you more storage for the area they occupy. Hiba pine unit with clothes rail and shelves, £289, La Redoute 4 GLASS CEILING Ikea’s Malm six-drawer cabinet, £90, has a hinged, mirrored top for make-up application

EASY ADDITIONS Adjustable lightweight storage is a versatile asset in a spare room and a wall-mounted metal modular system allows you to add pieces as you go, from shoe racks to shelving and a desk. String system, from £42 at Skandium

HANGING ABOUT A simple rail enables guests to keep their clothes crease free and easily accessible. Choose from a light or dark grey metal frame with oak shelf on the Harto Lucien tubular metal clothes rack, £320 from The Organised Home House Beautiful JUNE 2018 27


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THE LOOK Our pick of beautiful designs with smart, practical features too

COASTAL LOOK Hang a fisherman’s-style pendant above your bedside table to complete a seaside scheme. Fisherman’s pendant, £45, Next

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BEDSIDE LIGHTS 1 Brushed nickel Sorrento wall light with a natural linen shade, £65, Laura Ashley 2 Anello wall light, £45, Oliver Bonas 3 Elsie table lamp, £35, Debenhams 4 Gray & Willow glass bottle table lamp, £75, House of Fraser

METALLIC ACCENTS Give a dreamy white and pastel combo a modern twist by accenting with brass accessories and lamps. If you don’t want your lighting to dominate, choose a narrow based with a pale shade. Zillions bedside lamp, £55, Loaf

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STATEMENT MIRRORS 1 The Isabelle mother-of-pearl triple mirror would look good atop a vanity unit. £199, Atkin & Thyme 2 Full-length rose-gold Pebble wall mirror, £250, Oliver Bonas 3 Hexagon mirror with a built-in shelf, £149, Marks & Spencer >

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4 LOVELY LINENS 1 Skye bedlinen by Matthew Williamson, from £50, Debenhams 2 Linen pillowcase in Ochre, £35, The Conran Shop 3 Lucine cotton pillowcase, £75, Yves Delorme 4 Natural Seed Pod bed set, £25, Next

ORGANIC JACQUARD Ochre yellow adds warmth to the grey tones of this Indonesian-inspired duvet set, with softly frayed edges for added texture. Organic Bali Clipped jacquard duvet cover, from £129 for a double, West Elm

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HEADBOARDS 1 Brimnes storage headboard, £86, Ikea 2 Avery headboard covered in Trill Yolk fabric by Gail Bryson, £600, sofa.com 3 Clarice velvet headboard, £525, Alexander & Pearl 4 Elizabeth headboard in Dolly Dew, £799, Heal’s


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TO BUY Alexander & Pearl 020 8508 0411; alexanderandpearl.co.uk Amara 0800 587 7645; amara.com Atkin & Thyme 020 3768 7775; atkinandthyme.co.uk Barbara Genda Bespoke Furniture 020 7978 2349; barbara-genda.com Bedeck 0333 200 7331; bedeckhome.com Bluebellgray 0141 221 0724; bluebellgray.com Button & Sprung 0333 320 1801; buttonandsprung.com Conran Shop (The) 0844 848 4000; conranshop.co.uk Cotswold Company (The) 0333 200 1725; cotswoldco.com Cuckooland 01305 231231; cuckooland.com Debenhams 0344 800 8877; debenhams.com Designers Guild 020 7351 5775; designersguild.com Dormy House (The) 01264 365808; thedormyhouse.com Dunelm 0191 378 3151; dunelm.com Dunlopillo 01480 442255; dunlopillo.co.uk Dwell 0345 675 9090; dwell.co.uk Ercol 01844 271800; ercol.com Eve 0800 808 5766; evemattress.co.uk Fine Bedding Company (The) ďŹ nebedding.co.uk French Bedroom Company (The) 01444 415430; frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk French Connection 0333 400 3285; frenchconnection.com Graham & Green 01225 418200; grahamandgreen.co.uk Habitat 0344 499 1111; habitat.co.uk

Headboard Workshop (The) 01291 628216; theheadboardworkshop.co.uk Heal’s 0333 212 1915; heals.com Herdysleep 0800 294 8666; herdysleep.com House of Fraser 0345 602 1073; houseoffraser.co.uk Houseology 0141 280 4533; houseology.com Hypnos 01844 348200; hypnosbeds.com Idyll Home 01270 812717; idyllhome.co.uk Ikea 020 3645 0000; ikea.co.uk John Lewis 0345 604 9049; johnlewis.com John Lewis of Hungerford 0700 278 4726; john-lewis.co.uk Joined + Jointed 020 7371 7766; joinedandjointed.com La Redoute 0844 842 2222; laredoute.co.uk Laura Ashley 0333 200 8009; lauraashley.com Loaf 0845 468 0697; loaf.com London Wallbed Company (The) 020 8896 3757; wallbed.co.uk Made 0344 257 1888; made.com Maisons du Monde 0808 234 2172; maisonsdumonde.com Modish Living 01273 499057; modishliving.co.uk Murmur murmur.co.uk Neptune 01793 427300; neptune.com Next 0333 777 8000; next.co.uk Oliver Bonas 020 8974 0110; oliverbonas.com Olli Ella 020 7713 8668; olliella.com Organised Home (The) 01425 240163; theorganisedhome.co.uk

Original Bed Co (The) 0800 464 0875; obc-uk.net Out There Interiors 020 8099 7443; outthereinteriors.com Painted Furniture Company (The) 01285 656041; paintedfurnitureco.co.uk Perch & Parrow 020 8629 1166; perchandparrow.com Primrose & Plum 01372 750648; primroseandplum.co.uk Romo 01623 756699; blackedition.com Sanderson 0844 543 9500; sanderson-uk.com Scion 0845 123 6815; scion.uk.com Sharps 0800 789789; sharps.co.uk Simba 020 3750 6500; simbasleep.com Skandium 020 7823 8874; skandium.com Smartstyle Interiors 01892 524036; smartstyleinteriors.com Soak & Sleep 01483 437762; soakandsleep.com Sofa.com 0345 400 2222 Store 0844 414 2885; aplaceforeverything.co.uk Strachan 0800 212637; strachan.co.uk Swoon Editions 020 3319 6332; swooneditions.com Very 0844 822 2321; very.co.uk West Elm 0800 404 9780; westelm.co.uk White Company (The) 020 3758 9222; thewhitecompany.com Willow & Hall 020 8939 3800; willowandhall.co.uk Woolroom 01780 461217; thewoolroom.com Yves Delorme uk.yvesdelorme.com

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