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The sun’s out and we’re feeling really summery in the Your Home office. To make the most of the sunny weather, we’ve filled this issue with bright colours and brilliant bargains to give your home a seasonal lift. We’ve scoured all your favourite high street and online stores to bring you 50 colourful budget buys to revamp Our Exec Editor Lara has been working with three readers to create some beautiful your rooms and they all cost less bedroom makeovers for this issue (p.24). than £50! The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is renowned for her wonderful use of colour, and she’s inspired our Trend Alert this month. Turn to page 20 to discover how to give your home a bold and beautiful Latino look. And, if you love colour as much as we do, then do take a look at our three stunning bedroom makeovers in this issue (p.24). Whether you dream of a bright boudoir, lust after a calming Shibori-inspired sleep space or want a colourful contemporary look, we’ve got all bases covered, with plenty of ideas to steal. When it comes to kitchens, most of us feel that ours is too small. So, on page 54, excited to Our Craft Editor Sophie was nt from pai ter we’ve put together a host of ways to make find an amazing new glit page 70. on it ut abo out your compact kitchen look and feel Rust-Oleum. Find Download our digital version bigger and brighter. While, on page 48, for your mobile or tablet and we take a look at how to save water in your bathroom, which is you can take Your Home with not only good for the planet but will help cut your water bills too. you on the go. See page 87. Talking of being kind to the environment, on page 114 you’ll find some creative ways to upcycle www.yourhomemagazine.co.uk outdoors. From funky pots and facebook.com/yourhomemag planters to ingenious furniture, @Your_Home you’re sure to find some instagram.com/yourhomemagazine ideas you love. pinterest.com/yourhomemag

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Buys to help you plan the perfect picnic

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Barbara fell in love with the quirks of her Cornish home at first sight

Decadent American-inspired mains and desserts

Add some Mexican flair to your home

Colourful shopping picks on a budget

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

11 Household hints How to barbecue safely plus the latest buys 15 Be a smarter shopper We focus on outbuildings insurance, plus how to camp on a budget 44 Gear up for an outdoor adventure Put the calm back into camping with our edit of effortless kit

Decorating

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20 Trend alert: Viva Frida Inspired by the new V&A exhibition, bring Frida Kahlo’s signature style to your home 36 50 finds for colour-lovers under £50 Uplifting must-have buys for a bright and sunny home 42 Dressed for dinner Our pick of five of the best tableware trends

Makeovers

54 Clever ideas for compact kitchens Transform the heart of your home with our space-saving solutions

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24 I turned my bedroom into a sunny haven Charlotte transformed her space from dated to dazzling

Reader homes

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A restful palette revived my space Using a mural as the starting point of her re-design, Darcy has created her dream bedroom

74 We thought this was our forever home Carolyn renovated a home to grow old in… then got itchy feet

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I needed to brighten up my boring bedroom Lisa’s vibrant scheme packs a real punch of her favourite colours

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My home reflects my love of Scandi style Keeping a coherent colour scheme throughout helps the flow of Pia’s house

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88 We feel so happy in Cornwall Barbara and Max escaped London for a characterful seaside home

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Stylish ways to save water in the bathroom Spruce up your scheme with our selection of the latest water-efficient buys

92 We took our time creating our perfect house Why Stella and Daniel delayed on their décor

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Lighting and texture transformed our kitchen Warm neutrals and vintage-style lighting gave Donna Jenkins Sills the kitchen she craved

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100 American Classics Get inspired by a US road trip and conjure up crowd-pleasing family meals

Home Improvement Pg 105 106 Move to a waterside home and live the dream From coastal cottages to riverside retreats, make that home-with-a-view a reality 111 Property know-how with George Clarke This month, George is looking at innovations in home security from wi-fi doorbells to smart systems

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106 Reclaim your garden Bring character to your garden and cut waste with these upcycling tips

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10 Your letters We take a look at some of your news, views and photographs 86 Win! This month we’re offering three lucky readers a gardening equipment package worth over £500 87 Subscribe to Your Home Take out a subscription this month and never miss an issue

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118 Giveaways This month’s amazing prizes include a Google Home and Wifi Bundle, bedroom furniture and a brand new lawnmower 120 Shopping guide Find out where to buy everything in this issue

66 Hugh’s Home Hacks This month, we’re testing out simple, but genius DIY gadgets

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128 Eco news Discover the latest ideas and top buys for a greener lifestyle

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This month, the Royal Horticultural Society hosts its annual flower show at Hampton Court Palace from 2nd - 8th July 2018. The 2018 show is set to feature a variety of its well-loved exhibitions at the royal residence, including the festival of roses and over 85 specialist nurseries, as well as a few new additions. The Horticultural Hero exhibition will make its debut and feature the work of Piet Oudolf, a renowned figure in New Perennial planting. Plus, the new Swathes of Purple garden, featuring thousands of Verbena bonariensis plants, is sure to provide the perfect photo opportunity! To get your tickets, visit www.rhs.org.uk. We have one pair of tickets* to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, send your name, address and contact details to Your Home, RHS Flower Show Giveaway, HBM UK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, CO4 9HU by 22nd June 2018.

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Make the most of July with the best things to do, see and buy this month

Hidden Gem: Helen Round, Cornwall

Nestled in the stunning grounds of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cornwall, is the fabulous independent homeware retailer, Helen Round. Having opened shop in March this year, Helen Round makes an array of beautiful contemporary textile products inspired by the surrounding Cornish landscape. From high quality tablet cases and tote bags to lampshades and Aga top covers, there’s something for every home here! To find out more, visit www.helenround.com. Find Helen Round at The Barrow Centre, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cremyll, Cornwall, PL10 1HZ.

Smells like summer

After taking the Australian nation by storm, the luxury fragrance brand Peppermint Grove Australia has officially ventured onto UK soil. With 10 exquisite scents, including black orchid and ginger; burnt fig and pear; coconut, grapefruit and lime; freesia and berries; and many more, these natural soy wax candles and reed diffusers are the perfect way to fill your rooms with an elegant and fresh scent this summer. To find out more, visit www.peppermintgrove australia.com.

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Everyone knows the place to go if you want a decent cream tea – the National Trust tea rooms, of course! After mastering the art of the perfect scone, the National Trust is bringing you the National Trust Book of Scones: Delicious Recipes and Odd Crumbs of History by Sarah Clelland – an essential guide to the top 50 scone recipes from its baking experts up and down the country! Whether you are tucking into a cheese, spring onion and bacon scone while perusing the history of Ightham Mote or whipping up a triple chocolate variation while reading about Waddesdon Manor, this book is bursting with yummy recipes and fabulous history.

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We have ta copy of the National Trust Book of Scones: Delicious Recipes and Odd Crumbs of History by Sarah Clelland to give away to two lucky readers. To enter, send your name, address and contact details to Your Home, Book of Scones Giveaway, HBM UK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, CO4 9HU by 31st July 2018.

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Gnome sweet gnome

Though a traditional gnome may not be your cup of tea, this collection of garden ornaments from George Home has a few cheeky differences that may just take your fancy. Get creative with your garden companion and opt for a gnome dressed as a unicorn, mermaid, dinosaur or even a Queen’s Guardsman! Priced from £6 each, these are the ultimate kitsch in garden accessories for the summer that the kids are sure to love. See the full range at www.direct.asda.com.

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Finding the perfect print for your room can seem like an impossible task. But not anymore, because Bold & Noble is here to save the day! Specialising in traditionally manufactured screen prints, all handmade in England, each product is made the old fashioned way on recycled or carefully sourced materials to give an authentic and long-lasting finish. Plus, with Bold & Noble, you’ll never be short of choice - from maps and typography to nature prints and music icons, they have dozens of designs that are bound to meet the needs of your interior. To see their full range of products, visit www.boldandnoble.com. We’ve teamed up with Bold & Noble to give two lucky winners each a print of their choice worth up to £65. To enter, send your name, address and contact details to Your Home, Bold & Noble Giveaway, HBM UK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, CO4 9HU by 31st July 2018.

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Comic book creations I découpaged a Marvel calendar onto a plain bucket chair and covered it with an acrylic top coat to liven it up a bit. Now my four grandchildren have an up-to-date chair to sit on when they come over, but have to take it in turns – I suppose I’ll have to make another one! Ruth Colquhoun via email Your Home says This is such a creative way to revamp a chair, Ruth! We bet your grandchildren are going to love it just as much as we do.

The terrific tearoom After being offered a summerhouse for free, I was tasked with making it a sanctuary for my wife, Trudi. We painted it and laid some slabs at the front before I was then offered some old roofing beams from a house nearly 100 years old. At the time I was admiring a friend’s deck, when I noticed some spare timber lying in the overgrown section – it was free and covered the majority of the platform I then built with the beams. We called it Trudi’s Tearoom and we’ve enjoyed it for two years so far with our dog Archie! Steve Russell-White via email Your Home says What a lovely story behind this gorgeous summerhouse, Steve! Trudi certainly does have fantastic vision and together you make the perfect upcycling team. We hope you, Trudi and Archie enjoy it this summer!

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I spotted this plastic cake stand for £1 at a car-boot sale and wanted to put it to good use. I found a chain in the shed and attached it to the upside down cake stand, put a plastic glass on top and sat the cover on top. It’s easy to clean and very sturdy; plus, it will definitely keep the birds happy this summer! Karen Owen via Facebook

After taking a year to finish altering and decorating our first home, I couldn’t work out what to do with an outdated CD rack. My boyfriend suggested using it in our tiny bathroom as a shelf. It’s proving to be an extremely useful addition! Rebecca Williams via email Your Home says What a fab idea. It’s a great place to hide away all your bits and bobs – we’re especially loving your Pantone mug planters!

Your Home says This certainly is a pretty bird feeder. We love how you’ve recycled an old cake stand and given it a new lease of life, and we’re sure the birds will appreciate it too. Well done Karen!

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Make the most of the summer with our hints and tips…

HOW TO... barbecue safely Keep everyone safe while you enjoy time with family and friends… Keep the barbecue positioned away from areas where children and pets will be running around. Always use the barbecue on a flat, sturdy surface that is heat-resistant and non-flammable. Avoid enclosed spaces and overhanging trees. Don’t wear materials that are highly flammable when cooking and always wear an apron to protect you from spitting fat, spills and the heat. Use barbecue-specific tools which have longer handles and a heat-resistant glove. When using a gas barbecue, check the gas hose regularly to make sure it is not leaking, especially if it has been a while a since it was last used. Make sure any drip trays are free from grease build-up which can easily ignite. When lighting the barbecue, always do so with the lid open. On a charcoal barbecue, lighter cubes are a much safer option than lighter fluid which is difficult to control. When you’ve finished cooking, close the vents to smother the coals and allow them to cool overnight. Cooking outside is relaxed, but hygiene rules shouldn’t be. Keep raw and cooked food separate and use different tools for preparing and serving. Keep food in the fridge until you are ready to cook and keep served food out of the sun. Check the internal temperature of food with a meat thermometer. The safe internal temperature for chicken is 80ºC, for pork, 75ºC, and for beef and lamb it can vary depending on your preferences: 55ºC for rare, 65ºC for medium and 75ºC for well done.

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Laura’s choice ‘Anything that takes the hassle out of mid-week cooking is a winner in my book, which is why Crock-Pot’s Sauté Slow Cooker is just brilliant. The multi-use aluminium pot can be used on the hob to brown meat and veg first, before being popped back into the slow cooker, eliminating the need for separate pans. The hinged lid makes serving easier, with no mess left on the worktops, and can also be cleaned in the dishwasher, while the pot can be easily washed thanks to the DuraCeramic non-stick coating.’

Q&A How can I reduce the risk of burns in a busy family kitchen? Keeping kids out of the kitchen when you’re cooking would be the safest option, but in a busy family home this is not always possible. One thing you can do is to use pans with a vent, which will prevent them from bubbling over with scalding-hot water or food. Safecook from Prestige is a collection of pans that have an innovative vent knob which allows steam to escape safely through the glass lids; plus, you can see the food. The range includes a milk pan, three saucepans and frypans, a stir-fry pan and a casserole dish, priced from £11.99, available from www.prestige.co.uk and Dunelm.

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Great buy Fresh herbs never seem to last more than a couple of days in the fridge before wilting and being chucked out. Reduce waste with The GreenSaver Herb Keeper from OXO, £18. It will keep herbs thriving for much longer, so that you can use them over the course of the week in more than one dish. The saver has an internal basket which allows air to flow and an outer container which holds water so that herbs don’t get dehydrated. The basket is easily removed and opened from the front, meaning you can take out just the amount you need. All you need to do is refresh the water every few days to keep your herbs fresh and healthy looking. You can even keep veggies, such as asparagus, in there. The OXO GreenSaver Herb Keeper is available from July.

Impressionist washing bag, £10, Dunelm

These pastel coloured pegs will not only look lovely and bright hanging on the line, but the soft grip will keep a tight hold of your clothes without leaving any unsightly marks

Rosy Rabbit and Ginger Fox peg bags, £10 each, all Ulster Weavers

Made from 100% cotton and with a handy hanging hook, these patchwork peg bags will make hanging out the washing more fun

Foppapedretti Italian folding ironing board, £119.99, Lakeland

▲ Far from style over function, this pretty ironing board will help you to steam through your ironing pile with ease. It feels lightweight and is easy to fold and store away, but it’s also incredibly sturdy and comes with space to hold your iron or steam generator. The cotton hammock underneath is large enough to hold two piles, perfect for stashing both your crinkled and ironed laundry

We test... digital meat thermometers We tried out a selection of digital meat thermometers, here’s what we found… Lakeland Oven Probe thermometer, £15.99 This could be considered an essential piece of kitchen kit, especially as it doubles up as a timer. You simply insert the probe into the centre of the joint of meat, or the thickest part of the poultry, and it can stay in there while cooking. The monitor has a magnet so it can attach to the front of the oven or a flip stand for the work surface, so you don’t have to keep opening the oven door or barbecue lid to check the temperature. The digital display is clear and can be used in Cº or Fº.

Heston Blumenthal Precision Kitchen BBQ meat thermometer, £24.99, Salter This gadget is ideal for those who want a straightforward way to monitor food temperatures, but who also like accuracy. The long probe is great for use without burning your hands, and for larger joints of meat. It takes the meat’s temperature once it has been cooked, rather than during cooking. It could have been easier to use if safe cooking temperatures were programmed, rather than having to find them out. We felt this did an efficient job but was perhaps a little pricey.

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ThermoPro TP20, £49.99, Amazon We used the ThermoPro system to monitor the temperature of smoked barbecue brisket and were very impressed. The remote sensor alarm is easy to read and alerts you to changes in temperature from up to 300ft away, which is ideal for slow cooking and smoking. The dual probes meant we could monitor two different meats at once, too, which was ideal when cooking for larger groups.

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Weber iGrill mini, £59.99 This is expensive but a great one for gadget lovers. You have to download an app to your smart device to get started, which is simple to do. Insert the probe into the meat and, from your phone, you can see when your food has reached the correct temperature, using pre-set recommendations, or by changing the settings to your own liking. The app will alert you when your food is ready to come off the barbecue. Perfect for when you are busy entertaining and don’t want to have to keep checking the food. It even displays a graph showing your meat’s progress.

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Apple HomePod, £319, apple.com

It won’t be long before we can use smart tech in every area of the home. The latest idea is LIFX Beam, an app-controlled rainbow lighting system. Simply clip the six colour-changing plastic LED strip lights together, mount on your wall, then choose from 16 million shades to give your room a unique light show.

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If you’re looking for a portable wireless speaker, the Apple HomePod sounds great wherever you place it. Combining state-of-the-art audio with Siri’s brain, the speaker adapts to the acoustics of any room and even learns your music taste, changing track or genre at your whim. Apple Music subscribers can also enjoy a catalogue of more than 45 million songs alongside their iTunes library for ad-free online or offline listening. Available in white or space grey.

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e’re careful about choosing the right home insurance but what about outbuildings? It’s easy to forget that garages, sheds and summerhouses can also contain valuable items such as bikes, tools, furniture and lawnmowers. Some of us use garden rooms as a home office or hobby room, so it’s vital to make sure everything is covered against theft or damage.

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CHECK YOUR EXISTING POLICY You may find that you’re already fully covered: n You should already have home contents and buildings insurance in place, so the first thing to do is check your policy or call your provider to see if your policy covers any outbuildings, too. n If it doesn’t, ask how much extra you would need to pay in order to protect additional buildings and assets. n Buildings insurance usually covers the structure of a garage, shed or garden outbuilding in case of damage, fire or flood but not the contents if anything is stolen. n Add up the total cost of your items inside the outbuilding and make sure your new or upgraded contents policy covers it all. Some policies provide unlimited cover while others have a maximum cover of anything from £500 to £3,000. n Expensive bikes are often treated separately so make sure you have the right insurance in place to cover the cost of replacement.

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Many policies will only pay out if the With more of us working from home, outbuilding was properly secure at a garden office is the perfect solution the time of any theft or damage: to extending your space: l Make sure doors are fitted with a quality 3 Contact your current home insurer to see if lock and take extra precautions with they will cover you. If not, a local insurance broker high-value items. Bikes can be secured to an can help you find the perfect policy to cover both immovable object inside the garage or shed, the structure and its contents. making them more difficult to remove. 3 It may be that you opt for l If the building is broken into the insurer business contents insurance will want proof of forced entry, so take rather than a home policy. photos and call the police so they can 3Some providers won’t Find an issue a crime reference number. cover timber-framed l Install a home alarm and security insurance broker in outbuildings or a camera for anything containing your area at the British structure with a flat roof, really valuable contents such as a Insurance Brokers’ so contact someone home gym or office equipment. such as Henshalls (www. Association at l Security lights, a noisy gravel path henshalls.com), who have www.biba.org.uk and a ‘beware of the dog’ sign can all a proven record in insuring act as deterrents against thieves. garden rooms.

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l Maybe you have a plot that comes with a shed or greenhouse. As it’s not at the same location as your home, it’s unlikely to be covered on an existing policy. l Tools or plants could be covered on a personal possessions policy which protects against items lost or stolen away from home. l If necessary, you can often take out insurance through your allotment society.

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Separate blocks of garages aren’t usually included in standard buildings and contents cover. Always contact your provider so they know to add it on to the policy.

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Mini Trend: Boho Chic

Summer is finally here, which means the sun is shining, the nights are long and the festivals are in full swing! Take inspiration from this relaxed trend and turn your interior into a celebration of all things bohemian. The secret to this scheme: texture and pattern. Simple changes to your rugs, bed linen or even your drawer knobs can transform a room into a more relaxed and casual scheme. Just remember, if you’re opting for a neutral boho look then you need to go big on your texture – concentrate on tactile materials such as linen, rattan and hessian. Equally, if you’re going bold with colour, then let a few key pieces do the talking, so you don’t overwhelm the room! Salsa four-seater sofa, £849, DFS. Moroccan Tiles double oven glove, £13.50, Ulster Weavers. Red wooden flower door knob, from £3.15; green and cream wooden door knob, £3.99, both Ian Snow

Olca bedside table, £292; Alto bed frame in teal, from £549, both Room to Sleep

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Introducing…Room to Sleep. The brand-new bedroom furniture brand that delivers style, comfort and quality, all wrapped up in a good night’s sleep. We’re especially loving its Olca collection, complete with the Alto bed. Featuring gorgeous designs in premium solid weathered oak with stylish chrome finishes, the Olca collection includes a bedside table, three-drawer chest, seven-drawer tallboy and a stepped shelving unit. Paired alongside the beautiful Alto bed frame – which sports a rather lovely buttoned headboard – your room will simply ooze contemporary elegance. To see all the products, head to www.roomtosleep.co.uk.

Cut some rug A rug can make or break a room, yet sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect contemporary design. But with Floor Candy you’ll be spoilt for choice. Producing rugs with heaps of personality and bold designs from exclusive UK designers, Floor Candy has an array of stunning styles on offer in a variety of colours, patterns and materials. We’re especially loving this yellow and grey chevron design – it will look perfect in a Scandi scheme! To see the full range, visit www.floorcandy.co.uk. Cabone yellow and grey chevron rug, from £180; Freddie blue star rug, from £135; Ocean green rug, from £180, all Floor Candy

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Kahrs Habitat Dome Engineered Wood, £49.99 per sq m; Villa Multiblocks rug, from £49.99, both Carpetright. For similar cushions, try the Mexicana range from Graham & Green

Spice up your home with vibrant, Mexican colour and folksy flourishes

How much do you know about Frida Kahlo? You might think of her as an artist, have perhaps seen the biopic about her life, though almost undoubtedly be familiar with her inspiring sense of style and those iconic eyebrows. This year, she’s also featuring in designs from your favourite homewares brands – as part of the upbeat trend for the interiors of Mexico, which is bringing a carnival of colour to our homes. However, the late, great Frida is also the subject of a new exhibition at the V&A Museum this summer: Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up – giving you the chance to explore this influential artist and get a better understanding of how her colourful style and iconic look can invigorate your home.

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STYLE FILE Talking Tables’ Boho party range is perfect for South American-inspired fiestas Boho bunting, £10, Talking Tables

What the expert says... Annabelle Dodds, senior buyer at the V&A Museum: ‘From painted tin, bright woven baskets, gorgeous ceramics, papier-mâché and fabulous glass homeware, Mexican crafts are full of vitality and originality, featuring bold patterns and startling colour combinations.’

Tile-print double bed set, from £12; Smile cushion, £7; tile print cushion, £5; pink paisley cushion, £5, all George Home

The contrast of distressed wood and natural jute helps tone down bold pattern and print

Make a real statement with this bohemian medallion print chair

Birkin Chair in Gala Boheme, £515, Barker and Stonehouse

Though coming from a rural background herself, the bright colours of Frida’s style really fill this modern space with character

George Home’s Iberia range captures the fiesta spirit in its mix of colour and rustic charm

Embroidered cushion, £10, Matalan. Felt animal cushion, £29.99, Homesense

Keep the look grounded with natural tones and textures – this seagrass cactus makes a great alternative to a bright-green one

Bright floral arrangement, £10; printed trinket pot, £5; tall cactus with flower, £8, all George Home

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STYLE FILE We’re in love with this bright chair, adorned with delicate filigree decoration Metal chair, £90, Monsoon Home

Deliver the Mexicana vibe by clashing black with a riot of bright colours

These adorable little characters will add a quirky touch to your dining table or mantelpiece Mariachi and Mexicana candleholders, £27.95 each, Graham & Green

Take inspiration from traditional Mexican textiles, such as serape blankets with tassel detailing Gallery cushion, £40; gallery throw, £90; Regale cushion, £40; Parade handmade vase, £25; Arcade carousel dish, £30, all A by Amara Fiesta handmade cushions, from £91 each; Fiesta Mi Casa wall hanging, £240, both Jan Constantine at Amara

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Aztec duvet cover, from £14 for a single, Matalan

‘Calaveras’, also known as sugar skulls, are popular images in Mexican culture

Grey sugar skulls wallpaper, £8, B&M Stores

Spend vs Save Add a fun statement piece with a cactus vase Ceramic cactus vase, £25 each, Debenhams

For furniture, opt for statement artisan looks, whether hand-carved or intricately painted folk designs

Podevache skull vinyl floor mat, £65, Amara

Carved wood chest of drawers, £750, Monsoon Home

Klevering cactus vase, £14.99, Printer + Tailor

This woven vase will make a dramatic centrepiece for your room The Basket Room Yeye zigzag hand woven vase, £75, Amara

Tin dancing skeletons, £60, V&A Museum

This trend is perfect to take to your outdoor spaces – include colourful textiles and bright plant pots contrasted against dark-stained wood Artificial grass, from £14.99 per sq m, Carpetright Iberia skull cushion, £6, George Home

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Charlotte has created a cheerful and colourful bedroom scheme in shades of teal, yellow and grey, which is a far cry from the dated design it once was. The chair and foot stool from Dunelm help to give it a luxurious feel and are perfectly situated in the bay window

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I turned my bedroom into a sunny haven Tired of the 1930s décor, Charlotte Fitzsimmons teamed bright colours with modern furniture for a transformation that ticks all her boxes

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The lamps from BHS are the perfect bedroom addition, with gold bases and teal-coloured shades. A gold frame from Paperchase adds the finishing touch to Charlotte’s bedside table display

STEP ONE To begin with, Charlotte looked at different wallpapers, but when she couldn’t settle on one, she decided to paint the walls instead. ‘I saw a picture of a room with a wall painted in two colours and thought I’d try something similar,’ she says. ‘I chose two colours from Little Greene and painted the chimney breast wall in Scree, which is a blue-grey colour, and then the rest of the walls in Shirting, a fresh white shade. For the wall behind the bed, I used both colours and just masked off half the wall to create a modern paint effect.’ After sifting Make a hanging shelf by drilling t h r o u g h holes into a wooden breadboard and samples, Charlotte threading lengths of rope through. chose a set Simply tie at the top and hook of patterned from the ceiling. grey curtains from Hillarys for the windows. ‘As it’s a bay, I wanted someone to measure and fit them properly, and Hillary’s did a great job,’ she smiles. ‘Also, as there’s a busy main road outside I had them make the curtains

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Use handy storage inserts to keep drawers organised – Charlotte found these in shades of blue to tie in with her colour scheme and uses them to store belts, bags and sunglasses.

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with a blackout lining to stop the streetlights from shining through at night.’

from Secret Linen Store, which works perfectly with the scheme.’

STEP two When it came to furniture, Charlotte decided to keep her existing Ikea wardrobe and invest in a new bed, along with a chair and foot stool from Dunelm to add a luxurious hotel-feel to the room. ‘I also chose a new black pendant light from Made which has a metallic detail on it – it was this feature that made me decide to update my existing chest of drawers and bedside units with matching gold knobs,’ she explains. ‘I loved the grey and white walls and black bed frame, but it was all starting to look a bit too monochrome so I decided to liven it up with some teal and yellow accessories,’ Charlotte continues. ‘The bedside lamps from BHS were a brilliant buy, as was the patterned teal bed linen

STEP three Charlotte has added

Harlow pencil pleat curtains, from £176 for 127cm x 137cm, Hillarys. Penn king size bed, £229; Tangle pendant light, £99, both Made. Allure white rug, £106.99, by Mint Rugs at Wayfair. Wardrobe, for similar try Pax, £702; Hemnes chest of drawers, £175; bedside units, £80 each; Plumsa laundry basket, £9; Bagganas knobs, £5 for two; Skubb storage boxes, £6 for six, all Ikea. Halk table lamps, £65 each; Jacquard diamond teal cushion (on chair), £20, BHS. Scree and Shirting Absolute Matt emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5l each, Little Greene. Teasels teal king size duvet cover, £80; pillowcases, £12.50, both Secret Linen Store. Oban wingback chair and foot stool, £259; Ashford teal cushion (on bed), £10; two tone teal sequin cushion (on chair), £10; teal chunky knit throw (on chair), £40; Deco Charm teal jars, from £12, all Dunelm. Headdress print (above bed), £13.99 for an unframed 60cm x 60cm print, Spell Designs. Notebooks, from a selection; gold geo photo frame (on bedside table), £14; Scallop gold metal photo frame (on bedside table), £14; Avellino brass frame (on chest of drawers), £12, all Paperchase. Yosemite Mountains print (above bed), £18, Southseastudio at Etsy. Matte gold wall hooks, £16 each, Pushka Home. Aria hanging mirror in black, £59, Cult Furniture. Yellow & white fan leaf cushion (on bed), £11, B&Q. Ruby & Ed ballerina golden mouse slippers, £39.95, Figleaves.

personality to the room with lots of travelinspired prints and photos, and mementos from holidays abroad such as the dreamcatcher hanging on the door to the eaves. ‘I love having a reminder of holidays and good times, and the photos make me smile when I’m getting ready in the morning,’ she says. A large print from Spell Designs takes pride of place over the bed, along with an abstract design of Yosemite mountains, while, on the chimney breast wall, a couple of large gold wall hooks are used to hang a circular mirror from Cult Design and a small frame from Sainsbury’s. ‘I don’t think I could ever get bored of this room,’ says Charlotte. ‘The only hard part is leaving it in the mornings!’ YH

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Darcy’s bedroom is now the relaxing retreat she was looking to create. A gentle palette of indigo, blush pink and a few hints of copper give this space much-needed personality

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A palette of blues and pinks revived my space.net Fed up of living with an all-white bedroom, Darcy and Max Granger couldn’t wait to transform their bland space with the perfect relaxing scheme

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perfect blank canvas to put our own stamp on,’ explains Darcy. ‘However, it’s taken us three years to get round to doing anything as everything was just so easy to live with!’ The couple finally decided it was time to create their dream bedroom and, after several months of collecting ideas, Darcy was ready to make a start on the neutral room’s transformation.

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BEDROOM MAKEOVER would be the perfect backdrop. I wanted to introduce colour, but still keep it light and bright – not too overpowering.’ The couple kept the remaining walls white to let the wallpaper take centre stage. The carpet was new when the couple moved in and, despite a few worn areas, was still in good condition. In order to make it last longer Darcy chose to invest in a rug to cut down on the wear and help revamp the room from the floor upwards. ‘I couldn’t decide whether to go neutral with a grey rug or to carry on my indigo theme – that was until I spotted the Rubens jeans rug from The Rug Seller! I instantly fell in love with it and knew the distressed look would complement the mural without being too intense,’ Darcy smiles.

STEP two Next on the list was bedroom furniture. The couple had two Ikea wardrobes which were still in good condition and fitted in with the room’s plans, so Darcy decided to invest in a new bed, bedside tables and a chest of drawers. ‘Our old bed frame was a simple wooden design that I’d spray painted black, but I longed for a bed that looked more inviting. When I saw the Tretton bed online at MY Furniture, I knew its Scandi design and gently curving headboard would be the perfect solution.’ Two white and wooden bedside tables and a matching chest of drawers with stylish tapered legs from Made were ideal additions too. As the house is on a main road, the choice of window dressing was another important element. ‘I went straight to

The small space between the two wardrobes is ideal for this luxurious cocktail chair from Dunelm and table from Made – the perfect spot to enjoy a morning cuppa

Blinds 2 Go for a blackout Roman style – we’d previously had a roller blind at the window and it just didn’t give the right look,’ says Darcy. ‘Blinds 2 Go had a great selection of fabrics and I ordered some samples so that I could get the best match to the wall mural.’ It didn’t take long for the blind to arrive and it instantly transformed the window, but Darcy felt it was still missing something. ‘I really wanted the space to feel luxurious. Then I spotted some fabric from Clarke & Clarke on Instagram which had a dip-dyed effect in an inky blue – it was perfect as I had been thinking of attempting to dip dye fabric. This was exactly what I wanted without the hassle of doing it myself!’ Darcy had beautiful full-length curtains made in the fabric and a new pole from Dunelm completed the luxurious window treatment she was after.

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‘I think lighting is really important in the bedroom,’ explains Darcy. ‘I wanted to keep it soft but practical too. So I opted for the Eos feather pendant in grey to bring that softness as well as a different texture to the scheme.’ For the bedside lights, Darcy was after

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Darcy’s starting point was a mural to go along the wall behind the bed. ‘I’d seen a picture of a gorgeous bedroom with a dark-blue watercoloureffect mural, so I decided to track it down,’ she explains. ‘While browsing the striking designs online at Murals Wallpaper, I spotted the Deep Blue Waves watercolour design and knew that this

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something a little different. ‘I loved the idea of having lights suspended above the bedside tables, but I didn’t want the hassle of having something new wired into the ceiling. Then I saw these rose copper cage lights online at Eddie & Sons – it’s a great company as you can choose the colour of the cord. I also opted for a plug and a dimmer switch – ideal for those early-morning starts when you want a gentle wake up! I was able to plug the lights into the wall behind our bed and then I found some wooden shelf brackets to suspend the lights from – it’s exactly the look I wanted!’ With new linen bedding and a fabulous Add texture to your scheme by velvet chair upcycling a plain bench with faux fur. the room was finally Simply staple to the underneath c o m i n g of the bench for a quick together. ‘It and easy update. all felt a little too blue, despite my rose copper accents,’ explains Darcy. ‘So we decided to introduce touches of dusky pink to lift the scheme.’ A chunky knit throw, linen cushions, and a pink and indigo artwork from Desenio positioned above the chest of drawers completed the room. ‘I am over the moon with the finished scheme – it’s cosy and relaxing, but stylish too. It’s definitely my favourite room in the house!’ YH

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Deep Blue Waves watercolour wall mural, from £36 per sq m, Murals Wallpaper. Tretton kingsize bed frame in pale grey, £509.99, MY Furniture. Paleo Linen Vintage Indigo Roman blind with blackout lining, made-to-measure W173.5cm x D146cm, £156.30, www.blinds-2go. co.uk. Curtains in Amore fabric in Ink, £66 per m (double width fabric), the Traviata collection at Clarke & Clarke. Rubens jeans rug, from £170, The Rug Seller. Willow bedside tables, £129 each; Willow chest of drawers, £499; Alana copper side table, £99, all Made. Geometric cage lights with G95 spiral loop incandescent light bulb, £49.99 each, Eddie & Sons. Skogsta bench, £40; Hovet mirror, £90; Fladis basket, £10; Ekby Valter bracket, £2 each; real plants, all Ikea. Vita Copenhagen Eos feather pendant light shade, £99, Hurn & Hurn. Curtain pole, £15; succulent wreath, £28 (in the sale); Paignton pink throw, £50; 5A pink jewellery box, £25; pink speckle gold mug, £5; Midnight blue Isla chair, £135, all Dunelm. Pink cushions, £8 each; faux orchid, £8; storage boxes, £12 each; pink plate, £3; orchid in copper bowl, £14; cycas in textured pot, £14; cacti in ceramic pot, £18, all Matalan. Hygena navy stripe cushion, £12.99, Argos. Adlag macrame wall hanging, £43, La Redoute. Morocco throw, £49; French Blue linen duvet cover, £130 for a kingsize; French Blue linen square housewife pillowcase, £18 each, all Secret Linen Store. Pink tea light holders, £1.99 each; tray, from a selection at H&M. Metal trunk, £50, Habitat. Jewellery stand, £39; blue jewellery box, £79, both Oliver Bonas. Pikaplant jar plant, £59, Pad Lifestyle. Indigo blue print, £2.95; Lune print, £6.95; pink grey gradient cubes print, £11.95; Go your own way print, £5.95; Love print, £2.95; moebe frames, from £29.95; black frames, from £3.95; poster clip, 95p, all Desenio. Blue alarm clock, £25, Newgate.

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I needed to brighten up my boring bedroom Using all her favourite colours, Lisa Maddox gave her bedroom a bright and cheery overhaul with some statement wallpaper

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isa Maddox, 48, has lived in her four-bedroom house with husband Mat, and two children, William, eight, and Izzy, 13, in South Woodford, East London, for 12 years and was getting thoroughly bored of her brown bedroom. ‘It looked very smart at the time, but it had become so dull and dated,’ Lisa explains. The tawny print wallpaper was badly marked and the mechanism on the blinds had broken and was letting in too much light. Lisa wanted a fresh and bright new look. ‘I’m a big fan of vivid colours... in fact, now I can’t believe I ever had a brown bedroom,’ she laughs. With this in mind, Lisa couldn’t wait to start decorating and knew of a gorgeous wallpaper that would do the trick.

A rattan chair provides Lisa with a cosy spot to sit and enjoy her new bedroom

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Lisa had spotted the Bluebellgray wallpaper brand online a few years ago and couldn’t get it out of her head. ‘I adore all their watercolour prints – they are so rich in colour. I was immediately drawn to the Big Rothesay wallpaper with its superscale painterly design,’ she says. Lisa ordered a sample and knew it would create the right impact. As it’s quite a bold print, Lisa decided to paper two walls and paint the remaining walls and woodwork with in a teal shade. Air Force Blue by Little Greene complemented the teal wallpaper perfectly. With the walls agreed on, Lisa had to decide on the bedside cabinets. ‘Our old ones were fitted units, but they had become so scratched and damaged over time,’ Lisa explains. As the fitted units had no carpet underneath, ripping them out meant Lisa would have to invest in some flooring too. ‘This was the perfect excuse to get new carpet for the room. Last year, I spilt make-up on the floor and nothing would clean up the stain, so carpet was definitely on the cards,’ she smiles. Lisa chose a soft neutral grey shade called Mist from the Bell Twist range by Brintons which works well with the wall colours.

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STEP two With the new carpet on order, Lisa got to work looking for new bedside tables and found some dark green designs at Made. ‘Not only were they the perfect colour and shape but they also had plenty of storage space.’ Next on the list were new blinds. Lisa loves curtains but with the radiator cabinet in the way, blinds were a better option. As the room already had so much colour, Lisa wanted the window blinds to blend in with the walls. ‘I ordered some teal fabric swatches from Blinds 2 Go, an online company with really competitive prices,’ says Lisa. The Ocean Blue linen fabric was the perfect match to the walls. A blackout lining was added to solve the problem of the sunlight streaming through in the morning. Lisa also couldn’t resist adding a personal touch to the blinds and it didn’t take long for her to get out her

Lisa’s new bedroom, featuring an explosion of colour, is a far cry from her dull and dated brown scheme

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New bedside tables replace the old fitted units and a hand-knitted, woollen hanging adorns the freshly papered wall


BEDROOM MAKEOVER

Good idea!

Give your bed a whole new lease of life by covering the headboard. Make one with MDF and foam, then simply cover with a fabric to complement your colour scheme.

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Lisa transformed her dressing table with contrasting teal walls and matching Roman blinds trimmed with her favourite bright pompoms A storage bench sits at the end of the bed, while woven baskets provide even more storage for Lisa’s shoes and scarves

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Sew a contrasting pompom trim to your window blinds to add extra detail and make them stand out. sewing basket so she could stitch on a green pompom trim to the blinds.

STEP three Lisa looked high and low for some wall lights and finally discovered a company on Etsy called Layer Tree where she chose some curved oak styles with a distinctive yellow cable. For the ceiling light, Lisa stumbled upon Janie Knitted Textiles, a company that designs a range of dip-dye lampshades. She chose an

aqua shade which works perfectly in the room. The bed’s headboard also needed a little makeover. ‘I’ve covered it so many times and now I’ve updated it again,’ Lisa laughs. With a couple of metres of velvet in an aqua shade, Lisa got to work recovering her old headboard with the help of her sturdy staple gun. With the major elements decided on, Lisa started accessorising the room. ‘The wallpaper features teal, ochre, emerald and pink and I wanted to pick out those pretty shades with cushions and throws.’ Lisa is so thrilled with her colourful room. ‘It’s a joy to be in. It has such a happy and cosy feel – I simply love it.’ YH

Big Rothesay wallpaper, £175 for 300cm high x 210cm wide, Bluebellgray. Air Force Blue Absolute matt emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5l; Air Force Blue Intelligent eggshell, £30 per litre, both Little Greene. Bell Twist Mist carpet, £39.99 per sq m, Brintons. Linen Ocean Blue Roman blinds, from £83.72 for made-to-measure blinds with blackout lining, Blinds 2 Go. Waves Teal super king size duvet cover and pillowcase set, £32; Mila trinket pot, £8, both Dunelm. Azure Bourbon bedside tables, £179 each, Made. Duck egg task lamp, £35; pink chevron cushion, £15; succulent in mosaic pot, £5; green glass lantern, £6; blue polka dot vase, £12; woven baskets, £12 for three; potted artificial fern, £10, all B&Q. Yellow pompom garland, £32; pompom wool blanket, £212, both Bohemia design. Paleo Aqua pendant lamp holder, £30, Love Frankie. Dip dyed light shade, £160, Janie Knitted Textiles. Stocksund bench in Tallmyra blue, £195; Stockholm Sandbacka pouffe, £85; Stockholm armchair, £195, all Ikea. Majestic Velvet Aqua fabric, £67 per m, Clarke & Clarke. Macrame wall hanging, £30; raspberry knitted cushion, £50, Wool Couture. Solitaire Sion duck egg blue rug, £240, Luxmi by Flair. Duck feather pillows, £28 for two; Egyptian cotton duvet, from £38, both Silentnight. Green pompom trim, £9 per m, The Stripes Company. Fringed cushion, £12.99; multi-coloured cushions, £16.99; pompom cushion, £12.99, all TK Maxx. Pink jar candles, from £9, Shearer Candles. Pompom basket, £49.99, Zara Home. Prints, £20, East End Prints. Oak bracket wall lights, £98.50, Layer Tree at Etsy. Patterned throw, £15, Matalan.

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This bright brushstroke notebook will brighten up a bedside table or workstation no end!

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Painterly stripes in on-trend indigo are perfect for the season ahead – and this cushion is budget-friendly too.

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The Impressionist range from Dunelm boasts a number of gorgeous painterly pieces, but this little trinket pot is one of our favourites.

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50 colour-lovers finds for

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Stuck for an accent for your scheme? Choose between this season’s must-have hues to add a coherent pop of colour on a budget

Powder pink Undisputed colour of the summer, pink has become the accent of choice for many of the most stylish homes. Whether dusky and pale or a popping hot fuchsia, pair with metallics and a neutral base

Happy Friday Bohemia bedding set, from £30; Coral tripod floor lamp, £90; Patty table lamp, £50, all BHS

Patterned bed linen is the perfect foil for a pink scheme

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Printed mirrors act as artwork but also keep your space feeling light and airy. This vibrant flamingo print is a lot of fun Printed flamingo mirror, £30, Red Candy

Part mirror, part pinboard – this piece is perfect for a hallway or office

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Blush tinted glass makes a superb partner for a gold metallic finish Brass trim vase, £20, Matalan

Pebble side table, £29.99, Tesco

Hit two trends in one with these pink and marble towels Rose gold bin, £25; marble Modal towels, from £10, both Dunelm

This side table makes a real statement without breaking the bank

Pin board mirror, £49, Oliver Bonas

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Capturing the colour of aquamarine sea, this bottle will be a highlight in your teal scheme

This lemon and guava printed bed linen will help give a dull bedroom a much needed Mediterranean twist

Oceanic teal Just as the sea complements the sand, this greeny-blue hue delivers a refreshing feel to a neutral scheme. While bold and bright, it’s a soft touch that should be easy to incorporate into your home

Fruit pattern bed linen, from £34.99, H&M Home

Ombré glass bottle, £12, Morrisons

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Marble-effect turquoise glass box, £18, Dunelm

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Ciao porcelain cup, £3.99; Bellisima porcelain plate, £3.99, both H&M Home

Santana platter, £14.95, Rex London

This neutral coastal scheme is given a modern boost with cool, turquoise textiles Robinson bamboo garden bench seat, £419; Papaya outdoor cushion in blue/white, £20.69; Ondangwa bleached bamboo lantern, £38.39; Mandala white cotton and jute rug, £57.38; Fouesnant round bleached bamboo mirror, £83.99, all Maisons du Monde

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B&Q has a great range of golden-yellow textiles, perfect for updating your sofa

Sunshine yellow Add energy to your scheme by opting for rich, vibrant yellows over insipid buttercup hues, embracing the warmth of the summer inside and outside the home

Woven cushion, £11; fan-print cushion, £11; dragonfly cushion, £13; filled pear candle, £4; leaf photo frame, £8, all B&Q

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The light in your room is sure to take on a sunny disposition when filtered through this coloured glass lampshade Bardot glass pendant light, £39, Cult Furniture

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The pineapple trend isn’t going anywhere, so this fruity candle is a must-buy Iberia pineapple candle, £5, George Home

Wooden digestive tray, £24; Village Life tea towels, £12 for a set of four; floral stacking mugs, £16 for a set of four, all Next Casa de Cuba tea plate, £3.50; nibble bowl, £3, both Sainsbury’s Home

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Make the playroom stylish with this chic, yet fun teepee Fiesta teepee, £35, Sainsbury’s Home

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Acapulco chair, £38, Homebase

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Add some kitsch to the kitchen with this fun mug tree from Next

If you’ve got jungle fever for leafy prints, these statement curtains might be just the thing you’re looking for to transform your space

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Cactus mug tree, £10, Next

Floresta green eyelet curtains, from £45, Dunelm

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Glass storage tumbler, £10; glass soap dispenser, £12.50; glass soap dish, £10, all M&S

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Tropical green Combine punchy green tones for a rainforest-worthy palette – think deep emeralds, zingy limes and monstera leaf hues – perfect for livening up wood furniture and don’t forget to add real plants too This planter delivers the perfect palette for mixing and matching greens Green parrot vase, £15, The Contemporary Home

Striped planter, £18, Matalan

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Get the luxe look for less with this range of leaf-print cushions

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Helmer drawer unit on castors, £30, Ikea

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Shibori blue

Sainsbury’s Shibori range is the perfect way to bring this colour trend to every room in your home

The high street is infatuated with Japanese interiors and inky shades of over-dyed blue. While this colour may be more reserved in nature, it gives great depth to a scheme, especially in a shibori-style ombré.

Shibori blue seat cushion, £8 each, Shibori tableware, from £3.50 each, all Sainsbury’s Home

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Colourful plant pots are another way to bring colour into your scheme Woven plant pot, £9.99, Homesense

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Transform your table with a chic runner – this one from M&S is sure to be a sell-out Dip-dye runner, £25, M&S

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A traditional style ceramic jar in deep blue will help make a feature of open shelving in a kitchen Drift storage jar, £16, Creative Tops

Inneshallsrik cushion covers, from £10 each, both Ikea

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Indian Summer plates, from £2.50 each, Sainsbury’s Home

Dulwich industrial pendant light, £49, Cult Furniture

Zesty orange Shades of orange are a perfect pick-me-up for dark and dull spaces. If you’re stuck with a brown leather sofa you’ve fallen out of love with, pops of this tangerine dream will revitalise your space

Create a warm welcome with an orange hall runner s

Moroccan rug, £49.99, Homesense

Put your feet up in style on this stylish steal from Sainsbury’s Havana footstool, £35; ticking stripe rug, £28, both Sainsbury’s Home

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Cover a board of MDF in this graphic print wallpaper to create an exciting piece of wall art

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The combination of pattern and colour means this trinket box will instantly add impact to shelves or a sideboard

Mango wood floor lamp, £139; giraffe framed print, £20; Balham leather chair, £349; fringed cushion, £14; Elements Klippa wallpaper, £15, all Dunelm

Arcade carnival trinket box, £40, A by Amara

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Dressed for dinner

Our pick of the five best dining table trends to ensure you serve up in style

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good-looking meal is only one part food – the rest comes down to what you serve it on. So, whether you need to do your home-cooked creations justice, or just need a little help making your meals look presentable, say no to drab dinnerware and yes to a veritable buffet of stylish tabletop designs.

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A good dining scheme should be anything but two-dimensional, but layering up plates and textiles isn’t the only way to add some depth. Choose dinnerware with embossed designs for extra texture. Fox & Ivy ceramic coloured coaster, £8 for set of four, Tesco. Palatial dinner plate, £3.75; Palataial side plate, £3.25, both Sainsbury’s. Tapas napkin in Ivory White, £6 each, Volga Linen. Nordal brass cutlery set, £19.95 for four pieces, Trouva

Mixed metallics is the trend on everyone’s lips, and this set of cutlery from Next delivers gold, copper, chrome and lustrous black all in one!

Splatter Interesting effects added during the firing process will usually deliver one-of-a-kind results, and there’s something charming about the individuality and handmade nature of these designs. We love the bold, monochrome look of these plates from H&M Home.

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Patterned porcelain plate, £8.99; hand-painted stoneware bowl, £6.99, both H&M Home. Mixed metallic cutlery set, £40 for 16 pieces, Next. Elements napkins, £6 for set of four, Dunelm

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Eastern influence

DECORATING INSPIRATION

From intricately patterned rice bowls to inky blue Shiboriinspired plates and napkins, as our love affair with Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese food continues to grow, so does our love of these Eastern-inspired serving styles.

Having placemats in a range of sizes and finishes will not only give you more choice when placing your dishes, but also add more depth to your dining scheme

Oriental blue bowl, £3; serving bowl, £5, both Tesco. Helsinki placemat, £6 for set of two, Sainsbury’s Home. Maison glass chic tumbler, £2.75, Dunelm

Tropical Botanical designs are the must-have when it comes to patterned plates, however, you can take the tropical trend one step further with leaf-shaped platters and Monstera serving plates Calypso leaf side plate, £2.50; Calypso rice bowl, £2.50; crackle glaze leaf platter, £7; copper cutlery set, £22 for 16 pieces, all Dunelm. Placemat, £3, Matalan

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Country melamine plates, from £12 for set of four; marble print melamine serve board, £14, all Next. Copper band napkin ring, £2.75; napkins, £6 for set of four, all Dunelm

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This summer, melamine crockery with super-realistic finishes has transformed the humble picnic plate. These designs from Next, which look like reactive glaze ceramics, are stylish enough for indoor use too.


Gear up for your outdoor adventure Put the calm back into camping with our edit of effortless gear

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hether it’s sleeping under the stars or cooking over an open fire, a camping break can be a wonderful way to disconnect from modern life and reengage with nature. But the quantity and complexity of the kit can send stress levels soaring before you’ve even stepped out of the car. Fortunately, you can snap up a great selection of hassle-free gear. Whether you’re heading to a forest or a festival we’ve rooted out the best buys – from fast-pitch tents to portable BBQs – to ensure your camping jaunt is enjoyable from start to finish. s

Perfect for a festival, this funky bell tent combines practicality with boho Aztec styling. Made from a light polyester it is easy to carry and can be put up by one person. Other features include a mosquito door, heavy-duty groundsheet, zippable windows and air vents to increase air flow

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Weekender tent, £269, Boutique Camping

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If you’re looking for a practical portable BBQ, this gas-fuelled design is easy to fire up and won’t take up much space in your kit

Ollie Mundy, Co-Founder of Boutique Camping, advises… ‘Always practise putting up your tent before you go away. If it’s for the first time, you will know what you’re doing and if you haven’t used your tent in a while you can check if something vital is missing or needs replacing.’

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LED hurricane lamp, £14, Rex London

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Chichester check throw, £50; Birdspotting box cushion, £25, and Wincanton stripe throw, £25, all Pignut

Bentley Explorer portable camping light and power bank,£14.99, Buydirect4u

You don’t have to give up that caffeine hit just because you’re camping. Styled like camera equipment but lighter than a lens, you can handpump the perfect espresso anywhere with this portable coffee maker Minipresso, £47.99, The Fowndry

Calling all outdoor chefs, this five-in-one tool includes a detachable spatula with a cutting edge, two-pronged fork, bottle opener, corkscrew and brush s

s Sip your wine in style with these colourful glasses. Made of hardwearing plastic and designed to stack on top of each other, they’re the perfect practical drinking accessory

Blankets and cushions in checks and stripes will add a welcoming home-from-home feel

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Recharge mobile phones and other small devices with a multi-use lamp

Stacking wine glasses, £10 for a set of four, John Lewis

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This soft roll-up picnic rug will add a cosy touch to your pitch and is bound to come in handy if you’re planning a day trip Picnic rug, £34.95, Joules, from John Lewis

Natural Born Griller multi tool, £35.95, Annabel James

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Cotton bunting is a cheap and colourful way to decorate your camping pitch Carnival bunting, from £11, Not On The High Street

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If you’re after a soft alternative to an airbed, this roll-up mat is comfortable, stylish and easy to pack and carry

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Roll-up camping bed, £89, Boutique Camping

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Statement tiles, citrus tableware and more!

Pretty in pink The thought of a pink bathroom often brings back traumatic images of a 1950s salmon three-piece suite. But fear no more readers, because 2LG Studio, in partnership with Victoria + Albert and Tile Giant, have conquered this sickly shade to create a beauty in blush. Opting for fixings in keeping with the traditional sash windows, the design pros teamed brushed-nickel hardware with Tile Giant’s Victorian Pink quarry tiles to create a vibrant scheme that complements the Victorian setting. Finished off with the Amiata bath and Barcelona basin by Victoria + Albert, this scheme is perfect for those looking for rosy-hued statement tiling.

Victorian Pink tiles, £70 per sq m, Tile Giant. Amiata bath, from £2,688; Barcelona basin, from £400, both Victoria + Albert

We’re speechless! If you’re getting bored of your plain bath mat, then maybe it’s time to take a trip to Primark and check out this fabulous speech bubble alternative. Designed with ultimate comfort and style in mind, this memory-foam mat is ideal for quirky interiors-lovers who like to experiment with alternative looks and colours. Available in bright fuchsia with a beautiful brush-lettering outline for just £6, it’s sure to catch the eye! Find out more by visiting www.primark.com.

When life gives you lemons…

We all lust after a traditional country kitchen – complete with a butler sink of course! Now we can get one step closer with the new Valleys to Headlands kitchenware collection from the National Trust, priced from £6. Featuring wildflower motifs, dreamy watercolour schemes and the brand’s iconic oak leaf print, this collection is a must for any homeowner wanting to capture a homely, nature-inspired feel in their kitchen. To find out more information, visit www.shop.nationaltrust.org.uk.

…buy these citrus-inspired ceramics! Though they may be an acquired taste, we just love this kitsch collection from The Contemporary Home. Priced from £7, these bittersweet lovelies are perfect for garden parties, picnics, barbecues or even just get-togethers with friends. Start juicing those lemons and enjoy this zesty collection in the sunshine! To see the full range, visit www.tch.net.

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Stylish ways to save water in the bathroom

Spruce up your scheme with our selection of the latest water-efficient buys

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t’s one of the smallest rooms in the home but we use more than half of the household’s daily water in the bathroom. Leaky loos, dripping taps and showers are as much to blame for water waste as a relaxing deep bath. But you don’t have to spend a fortune or compromise on style to make your bathroom more water efficient. Whether you’re looking to upgrade to a low-flow tap, dual-flush toilet or eco shower, there are a wide range of designs with clever water-reducing functions to suit every budget. Not only will you be helping the environment, you’ll be saving money too.

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s As well as three flow settings, the Mira Meta electric shower comes with an eco mode to reduce water even further. With an on/off push button, it’s the perfect solution for bathrooms with a busy footfall

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You can have a power-shower and save water with this high-tech handset. Using only 7.3 litres a minute (the average shower uses between 13 and 22 litres), the nozzles create fan-shaped sheets of water for wider body coverage

Rua handset, £104, Methven

s This sleek combination tap has impeccable water-saving credentials. Approved by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme, it uses water in the most efficient way

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If you’re opting for a spa-style theme in your bathroom, this shower system will look the part and save water. With a concealed thermostatic shower valve and a 190mm solid-brass showerhead, as well as a five-function air-drive handset, the system is compatible with water and energy-saving regulators which reduce flow down to six litres a minute

Atoll basin monobloc, £169, Crosswater

SVSET43 storm dual function shower system, from £675, Roper Rhodes

How can my family use less water in our bathroom? Julie Spinks, Director of WaterSafe, the national register for approved plumbers, shares this water-saving advice for bathrooms new and old ‘There are lots of things you can do to save water in your bathroom, whether you’re looking at a complete remodel or just want to update your daily routine – every little helps. A simple change, such as turning off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth, can save around six litres of water a minute. Here are some more tips…’

s If you’re looking to cut your water bills but want day-to-day flexibility, this shower system could be the answer. Designed with 11 settings so that you can control your water consumption at whim, you can use the low-flow option for high-footfall days and then turn it up at the weekend for a luxurious soak. It’s an investment buy but one that will pay off in the long run Dial Belgravia two control valve and shower head, £879, Crosswater

l One in 20 homes has a leaky loo and could be wasting around 400 litres of water a day (that’s five full bath tubs). The sound of a constant trickle at the back of the pan is an obvious sign that something isn’t right. If you’re installing a new toilet, it’s worth considering a water-saving dual-flush option. l Don’t ignore leaky showers, taps, radiators and pipework. Fixing a dripping tap could save you 5,500 litres of water a year and money on your metered water bill. A leak may also cause damage if left unchecked. l The Water Label provides a database of water-efficient products that save energy and money. It gives details of flow rates and volumes of water for taps, showers, baths and toilets: visit europeanwaterlabel.eu. l A quick shower uses around a third of the water of an average bath. And if you install an aerated showerhead you’ll reduce flow but won’t compromise on pressure. One minute less in the shower each day could save around 3,000 litres of water each year. l Contact your local water company to find out about free water-saving products - from shower timers to cistern displacement devices for toilets. l Always use a WaterSafe approved plumber – they’re insured and qualified to keep your drinking water safe from leaks and contamination. Find your nearest at watersafe.org.uk.

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Are you looking for a quick and low-budget way to cut water use in your usual shower? This easy-to-install, chrome-plated handset reduces flow with air-filled droplets that burst on impact with your skin – taking your morning shower to a more refreshing level. It also comes with five different functions to suit your mood Orchard Airmix water-saving five-function hand shower, £14.39, Victoria Plum

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With the average person flushing around five times a day, it’s worth updating your toilet as older models can waste up to 12 litres of water in this time. This closecouple design has a dual 4/6 litre flush – saving you up to 75 per cent of the water you may have been using previously – and the soft-close seat gives it a luxurious edge Orchard Derwent close couple toilet, £183.20, Victoria Plum

s Ikea has combined its usual effortless design with sustainability in this chrome-plated shower set. Choose from five spray functions (up to massage strength), or use the flow restrictor to reduce water up to 30 per cent Brogund shower set, £175, Ikea

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Warm neutrals and vintage-style lighting gave Donna Jenkins Sills the cosy kitchen

Insider info WHO LIVES HERE? Donna Jenkins Sills, 44, and her husband Andy, 40, live here with their children Saffron, 11, and Roman, seven. Donna owns her own skin treatment clinic, while David is a mental health worker. They have lived in their five-bedroom detached Victorian villa in Killamarsh for four years.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT THE ROOM? ‘I love the space and how it invites you to move around the room because of the slim island unit we have in the middle.’

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS? ‘Tester pots, tester pots and then more tester pots! I definitely wanted grey walls but there are 100 shades – so always test the colour on every wall and check it in natural and electric light.’

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very day, Donna looked longingly at the old Victorian villa she passed on the school run, so, when looking to upsize her home, Imagine her delight at spotting her dream property on the market. ‘It needed a lot of work, but we were up for the challenge,’ says Donna. The couple set out to work their way through the house, and the kitchen was top of the list. Donna wanted to create a space that could be the hub of her home, as well as the perfect place to entertain.‘We were keen to create a focal point in the room and the hole in the chimney breast was crying out to be made into a feature,’ explains Donna. The couple installed a wood-burner which instantly made this room a place people were drawn to. To create a seating area, Donna had a local joiner build a slimline island unit that not only provides ample worktop space for food prep, but is also big enough to seat guests. ‘I wanted a kitchen that would be a place for people to congregate, especially when we have visitors, and with an

island that seats eight, that’s what we’ve got.’ Donna introduced personality to the new room by adding depth and interest through her textured finishes, as well as reclaimed lighting. ‘We have cuddly sheepskins, rugged exposed brick, copper pots, a stainless steel splashback, as well as the warming tones of the butcher’s block worktop,’ she says. ‘Lighting was also crucial for that cosy feeling. We only use filament bulbs and lots of candles.’ Despite working to a strict budget and even without changing the kitchen’s layout, replacing units or buying new appliances, Donna is delighted to have created her dream space. ‘We couldn’t believe that an existing kitchen could be utterly transformed just by painting and adding a few accessories,’ she smiles. ‘We love the fact that we have what feels like a new room without breaking the bank. I thought it might be a room of compromises, but in fact it’s the room I’d probably have set out to create even if I’d started from scratch!’

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Donna didn’t want to hide her pretty sash windows behind fussy curtains so opted for simple Roman blinds with blackout linings to keep the heat in and the light out. She splashed out on a period-style radiator which really pulls the look together.

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By fitting a mantelpiece over the fireplace Donna has given her kitchen its muchneeded focal point. The woodburner also adds warmth and interest to what was a cold, bare and uninviting space.

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Brick skims were a costeffective way to create an industrial look, while a ceramic sink is practical and full of character. Donna loves wooden chopping boards and uses them to display food when she’s entertaining.

Donna has filled the kitchen with rustic touches and characterful pieces – such as this wall-mounted coat rack and vintage dining chair.

Shopping list Bespoke fridge/freezer cabinet, £1,000; island, £400, both made by a local joiner. For similar stools try Simple Value solid wood kitchen stools, £29.99 per pair, Argos. For similar radiator try the Shelbourne radiator, from £200, Cast Iron Radiators 4U. Domsjo sink, £100; Almaren tap, £80; Karlby worktop, £80 per 1.86m length, all Ikea. Cornforth White emulsion, £45 per 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. For similar unit handles try the Alcantara handles, £6.30, Lark and Larks. For similar brick tiles try Cast reclaimed-effect brick slips, from £17.40 per sq m, Nustone. Oak flooring, from £23.99 per sq m, Heritage Doors and Floors. Sheepskin rugs, from £125; Andy Warhol graphic print, from £318, both Hilary and Flo. For similar pendant shades try the Brooklyn pendant, from £69, Industville. Filament Edison bulb, from £15, Urban Cottage Industries. Similar copper pots, £112.74 for five, The French Maison, Etsy. Similar wall-mounted unit, try the Bastogne coat rack, £113.99, Wayfair.

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Donna spotted these light shades in a salvage yard, distressed them and added period-style cables and bulbs to complete her look. She also designed the larder unit which was built by her joiner and painted to blend with the wall – it houses her main appliances and provides extra storage.

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Where space is tight, it’s essential to use every nook and cranny. Make each wall work hard by adding racks, rails and slim shelves. Use S hooks to hang saucepans, mugs, utensils and servers. A pegboard is a practical way to stow paperwork, pens and reminders Askersund door fronts, from £6 each; Kungsfors rail, £3; Kungsfors S hooks, £1.50 for five; Botkyrka wall shelf, £20; Melltorp table, £30; Teodores chairs, £20 each; Marius stools, £3.25 each; Skadis pegboard, £30.50, all Ikea

Shrink your dish rack with this compact design. Not only can it store full-size plates it can also be placed on the worktop as the spout pivots to drain water directly into the sink Dish rack, £79.99, Simple Human

Clever ideas for compact kitchens Transform your kitchen from cosy to capacious with our pick of savvy space-saving solutions

Measuring only 29cm by 12cm, you can keep your worktop clutter free and still have room for a coffee machine with this diminutive design

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e may all dream of a spacious family kitchen, but in reality most of us have to make do with something smaller. Even if your kitchen is diminutive, the demands placed on it are the same as one twice its size: you need enough room to store, prepare and cook food along with an eating zone too. With careful planning and the latest design ideas, it’s amazing what can be achieved. From light-reflecting gloss finishes and smart storage to flexible furniture and slimline appliances, there are plenty of tricks to ensure every kitchen is practical and stylish, however compact it may be. We’ve rounded up the latest buys and expert advice – be inspired…

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KITCHEN IDEAS Make the most of your floorspace with adaptable furniture. This gate-leg dining table can be folded out to full size when you’re expecting a crowd and the stacking stools can be stowed away once guests have left Norden gate-leg table, £175; Norraryd chairs, £50 each; Veddinge 60cm door fronts, from £7 each; Botkyrka wall shelf, £20; Marius stools, £3.25 each, all Ikea

Expert advice

If you’re looking for a handy larder, this practical pull-out cupboard can be used to store everything from small jars to cereal packets Sutton kitchen, from £7,500, Masterclass Kitchens

Tony McCarthy, Commercial Director of Crown Imperial has this advice for planning a compact kitchen… l Maximise every bit of room by using the floor-toceiling space. Tall larders with clever storage solutions are ideal to achieve a well-organised compact kitchen. l Take time to select a light-reflecting scheme. Opt for pale, neutral colours and choose high-gloss finishes which will help bounce light around the room and give the illusion of a larger space. l Consider sleek handles or handle-less doors to create clean lines – this all helps the room appear bigger than it is. l Remember to incorporate plenty of storage solutions. Pull outs, carousels and versatile drawer dividers will keep your worktop clutter free.

This contemporary kitchen is ideal for small spaces. It maximises every spare centimetre with space-cheating, floor-to-ceiling units that can be integrated with any appliance. Choose from 11 light-reflective neutral gloss shades or four gloss wood styles Furore kitchen, from £236 for a 600mm base unit, Crown Imperial

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There’s a dishwasher for every space however tiny and this slimline, low-noise model can wash up to 10 place settings in 58 minutes GSF41820 slimline dishwasher, £399, Grundig

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If you’re dreaming of a classic range cooker why not choose a petite version? With a four-zone electric ceramic hob, double oven with integrated grill – and available in red, cream and black – it packs the same punch as a larger model Farmhouse 60DF, around £679, Belling

Traditional cabinets look terrific in compact spaces when painted in Farrow & Ball’s New White Kitchen, £5,619, www.solidwoodkitchencabinets.co.uk

Deep drawer dividers are a cost-effective way to clear your worktop. These are available in a variety of adjustable and removable configurations in depths ranging from 300mm up to 1000mm Drawer divider, from £56, Crown Spaceworks

Make the most of the vertical area by installing ceiling-high cupboards. Sliding doors are a practical feature for compact kitchens as they don’t open out into the room

Relocate your microwave to a stylish trolley

Kitchen, from £3,868 for 16 units, House by John Lewis

Clean lines and sleek handless doors give the illusion of an uncluttered look, while a decorative lighting strip adds symmetry and helps open up the space

Microwave cart, £45.99, Amazon Basics

Kitchen, from £10,000, Biography Kitchens

This slimline cutlery organiser will free up drawer space for larger utensils

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This geometric feature will frame and decorate your plants

Dusky pink porcelain cup, £6.99, H&M

Top tip If you run out of wire, simply cut and twist a new length to the existing piece to extend it.

SHOPPING LIST l paper straws, £3.50 per box of 30, Talking Tables l ruler l pencil l scissors l thick jewellery wire l pliers

by measuring, marking and cutting your 1Begin straws to length. You’ll need five full length

(20cm) straws, five cut to 10cm, and 15 cut to 8cm. Cut a 1m length of wire and thread all five of the 10cm straws onto it, leaving about 3cm of wire before the straws. Bend them into a pentagon shape and twist the 3cm tail with the wire coming out of the last straw to hold the shape. Thread one of the 20cm straws onto the wire at a 45 degree angle. Bend it back down and thread on another 20cm straw. Now, thread the wire back through one of the 10cm straws and, when it comes out the other side, thread another 20cm straw onto it. Bring this up to meet the point at which the other two 20cm straws meet, twisting the wire around once to secure. Add another 20cm straw and again, bring it down to meet the 10cm straws and thread through. Repeat until all five of your 20cm straws are threaded onto the structure and secure. With your wire positioned at the bottom of the shape (you may have to thread it back down to get to this point), thread two of the 8cm straws onto the wire and bend to make a triangle. Fix the wire back at the join between two of the 10cm straws. Repeat, to make five triangles. Finish up by connecting the tips of the triangles with the five remaining straws to complete the shape. Trim the wire, leaving a 3cm tail, then twist once more and thread the wire end up through one of the straws to conceal it.

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Felt box display

Fluff up your leaves before pinning them into place to achieve a more realistic effect.

Make a colourful display of leafy succulents from simple felt sheets

SHOPPING LIST l felt sheets, 50p each l pencil l scissors l glue gun l wooden divider box, £10 l foam block, £1.50 l reindeer moss, £2.50 per 50g box l German pins, £3

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and print the Succulent templates 1Download from www.yourhomemagazine.co.uk or send

a stamped SAE to Your Home July Succulent Templates, HBM UK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9HU. Draw and cut the different parts of each succulent from sheets of felt, and pile them up to keep each set together. Working from the largest part to the smallest, begin to construct your succulents by layering them up, as pictured. Use a small blob of glue to secure each layer to the one below. Repeat until all your layered succulents are complete. To make the purple spiky succulent, cut a 10cm x 30cm rectangle from felt, then snip into it at 1cm intervals to create a fringe effect. Roll the felt around itself and secure with glue, then fan the felt leaves out. Remove the internal divider and glass top from your wooden box, to leave it empty with an open top. Fill the box with floral foam, then add a covering of moss on top. Finally, add your felt succulents, using German pins (pressed down through the felt and into the foam below) to hold them in place.

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Duval square white marble table, £215, Graham & Green. Succulent in ceramic pot, £4, Wilko. Gradvis vase, £7 for set of two, Ikea

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Add flair to walls with this botanical creation

SHOPPING LIST l various shades of green and textured card, from a selection at Hobbycraft l pencil l scissors l hot glue gun l 30cm wreath blank, £3.80, Hobbycraft

and print the 1Download Succulent templates from

www.yourhomemagazine.co.uk or send a stamped SAE to Your Home July Succulent Templates, HBM UK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9HU. Use the templates to cut out the various layers of each succulent, using different colours and patterns of paper from bloom to bloom. Place the layers in piles.

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Comb your nearest beach for a suitable piece of driftwood, then leave your chosen wood to dry out in the sun – this will prepare it for use. If possible, pick a piece that is at least 140cm long and thick enough to accommodate and support standard clothes hangers. Cut a piece of sand paper and use it to gently clean and polish the rough edges of your driftwood. Run the sand paper along the entire length of the stick to make sure there are no splinters or small rough knots.

Using a leather hole punch, prepare two holes in the leather, around 1cm in from the edge of the strap and 25cm from the end. Again, if possible it can be easier to ask your leather merchant to cut the holes for you. Hammer the copper or brass nails or studs into place through the holes marked earlier.

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Once you’re happy with their positioning, measure the exact distance between the two leather straps. Mark two spots on the ceiling using this same measurement to denote where the straps will be hung.

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Meet and stitch our super-furry llama!

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You will need 1m thick-pile fur fabric, similar available priced £11.49 per m, Fred Aldous pencil scissors cream, ecru, pink, purple, red and tan felt sheets; all 50p each, Hobbycraft embroidery needle and thread toy safety eyes sewing machine and thread multi-coloured pompoms

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Place the ears into pairs and work a blanket stitch neatly around the edge of each one. Pin these onto the top of the head, aligning the flat edge at the base of the ear with the edge of the llama’s head and the rest of the ear facing in towards the face.

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As with the ears, place the feet together in pairs and blanket stitch around the edge of each one to secure them together. Weave any thread ends into the wrong side of the fabric to conceal them.

On the middle of the ecru nose piece, use a pencil to draw a nose and mouth. Work a backstitch over the design in black embroidery thread. Once stitched, place the nose onto the face in the position you’d like it to be and pin into place.

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Place the four feet into position along the bottom of the llama’s body, once again aligning the straight edges and facing the rest of the feet towards the body. Pin each one to secure. With the ears and feet safely in position, layer the second body piece on top of the first (with right side facing down) and pin. Work a straight machine stitch around the edge, leaving a 2cm seam allowance and a 10cm gap in the seam along the back. Turn out through this gap and remove all the pins, then stuff with toy filling. Hand stitch the gap closed once sufficiently stuffed.

Mark out two points for the eyes and, following the manufacturer’s instructions, secure them into position on the face. Work four little eyelashes above each eye in black thread. Work a blanket stitch around the edge of the nose in cream thread to secure it to the face.

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Home HACKS hugh’s

Style Editor Hugh is putting the best time and money-saving DIY tricks through their paces. This month, he’s testing out inventive tools and gadgets

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the game and, whether it’s an entrepreneur on Dragon’s Den or a Kickstarter project, it captures the imagination of the best of us. This month, we’re trying out some of these simple, but potentially genius ideas to see if they really do make DIY around the house any easier. rating guide

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Kit: ‘3-in-1’ paint stirrer

Harris 3-in-1 paint and paste stirrer, 99p, Robert Dyas

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The simplest ideas are the best, and it doesn’t get much simpler than this. The paint stirrer is dedicated to replacing those bits of wooden dowel or the screwdriver you use to stir paint before you start painting. It has holes in the blade to make sure the paint is mixed as thoroughly as possible, and a rest to keep it secure when in the pot. But not only that, it has fork-like teeth for removing extra paint from brushes and a curved recess for scraping paint off a roller.

Coral Headlock paint trays, from £5.97, Amazon

Buy a cheap paint roller and you might find that the head slips when painting, which isn’t only annoying but potentially very messy. These paint rollers from Coral secure the roller head in place, and also make it easy to take it off without getting your hands dirty. This means you can wrap up your roller heads in clingfilm, or in Coral’s also clever roller-preserving H rating H bags, quickly and easily. Not a necessity, but a nice luxury for those who regularly paint.

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kit: Hedgehog Easy

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Levelling a door or window to fix it isn’t the most everyday of DIY tasks, but if you’re considering re-hanging your doors yourself, this could prove a savvy investment. This little plastic pillow inflates pretty much like a blood pressure monitor cuff, however, it’s super strong and can support up to 140kg. Using it under the door will help to lift it into place while fitting, Hedgehog Easy Air Wedge, something that £11.88, Amazon can be very awkward to achieve unaided.

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Kit: Magnetic wristband

If you spend half your life up a ladder, you’ll know how annoying it is to keep having to get down to fetch another screw if you haven’t got somewhere close at hand to keep them. Trying to load yourself up with screws to avoid this dilemma usually ends up in dropping and losing them, meaning you have to get down anyway – but this little wonder aims to change that. It’s a simple wristband loaded with magnets, meaning you can fix all your screws to yourself before you head up the ladder. Plus, they’ll always be safe and close to hand. You may not get ‘cool points’ for wearing the cuff, but less DIY stress is worth the fashion faux-pas.

Silverline magnetic wristband, £1.54, Amazon

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If you don’t fancy wearing a wristband, why not pop a magnet in your shirt pocket and magnetise the screws to the front?

Kit: Marxman pen tool

Angle-Izer Tool Template, £13.72, Amazon

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How do you usually mark a point through a batten, bracket or similar to place your screws? I usually sharpen a pencil with a Stanley knife into an extreme point to make it fit through a small hole, but the pencil lead often breaks, which can be frustrating. Some people knock a nail in to make a mark, but on an already-marked wall, a pen tool could make it clearer. This rare Dragon’s Den success story has won lots of innovation awards – simply hold the Marxman pen up to your hole, press on the back and it will shoot a jet of luminous green ink against the surface, marking your point. It also wipes away easily, if that’s a concern for you! It’ll even show up on brick, meaning it works for outside the home too.

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If you’re brave enough to lay your own flooring, undoubtedly you’ll be happy for all the help you can get. The Angle-Izer tool was designed for just that purpose, to tackle the H rating H trouble of awkward corners and angles where you have to cut your tiles or laminate planks to fit. With this tool, you can basically make your own templates, and while getting the hang of it might be a bit tricky to start, it’ll prove much more precise than trying to create a template to cut any other way.

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3M Sandblaster Detail Sanding Tool, £6.39. Robert Dyas

For all you furniture upcyclers out there, this tool is designed with the goal of making sanding into awkward corners easier, meaning you get a better finish on your paint job. Trying to paper by hand will never get you all the way into a tight corner, so this handled tool has a pointed H rating H head, perfect for getting into right angles. The handle also twists 360 degrees, so you can get the best angle for the job, making the task a lot less strenuous.

Send us your home hacks

Got a DIY trick you swear by? Send it to yourhome@burdamagazines.co.uk and you could win a Bosch PSB 650 RE Hammer Drill, worth £59.99, from Robert Dyas

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

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My bedroom is small and looks very ordinary. What can I do to add some impact and give it a more ‘interior-designed’ feel? Kate Griffiths, via email

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Judy Smith, Crown Colour Consultant says… When it comes to decorating, often it’s the small changes that make the biggest difference. If your bedroom is compact and lacklustre, you don’t have to change the whole scheme to give it that ‘interior-designed’ feel. Paint is a simple and cost-effective way of creating that instant update in any bedroom. To liven up your space, introduce a feature wall behind your bed. If you’re nervous about colour, simply use one bright shade to inject vibrancy to the space. However, if you’re feeling more adventurous, try a patchwork of overlapping stencils to create a fake headboard effect. This is a quick and easy way to add a sense of three dimensionality and texture to your room, and can involve as few or as many colours as you like. Updating with on-trend accessories is a sure recipe for success. Statement artwork or large mirrors can work well above your newly painted headboard to add height and drama to your bed, while a blend of contrasting coloured linen and cushions will make exciting additions to the space.

Duchess and Smoked Oyster emulsion, both from £21 per 2.5l, the Period Collection, Crown Paints

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I bought some paste-the-wall wallpaper in the sales but our usual decorator doesn’t want to hang it. Do you have any professional tips so that we can hang it ourselves? B Koo, Cardiff

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Paula Taylor, Colour and Trends Specialist at Graham & Brown has the following advice… The beauty of paste-the-wall paper is that it can be hung in half the time and can be peeled off easily whenever you are ready for a new look. It is also easy to cut and can be hung dry as there is no need to soak it beforehand because it doesn’t expand when wet. So how to hang it like a pro? 1. Ensure the surface is clean and flat – wallpaper will cover slight imperfections but be sure to sand down big lumps as they will show. 2. To hang your first piece of wallpaper, draw a plumb line in pencil. Paste the wall area where you plan to hang the wallpaper, plus about 20cm – this is so that you won’t get any paste on the front of the first piece of wallpaper when you hang the following section. 3. Hang the second piece from the roll so that you can match the pattern on the wall. It will slide into place like traditional paper, but will eliminate the need to measure cuts and work out repeats. Air bubbles should disappear as the wall dries out. Find more tips and a tutorial video at: www.grahambrown. com/uk/how-to.html. Palm Leaf Green wallpaper, £23 per roll, Graham & Brown

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I’m looking for a basin with integral shelf or ledge that has plenty of space for keeping toiletries handy. It’s to go below the bathroom windowsill so there is nowhere to put wall shelves or soap holders etc. J Dawson, Ashton-under-Lyne

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Alan Gregory, Marketing Manager at Victorian Plumbing says… To create a ‘wow’ factor in any traditional bathroom the majestic Burlington 1200mm Edwardian basin (above) features a shelf area at either side, plus the chrome-plated washstand is handy for hanging towels too. It costs £890.80. For more modern options, check out the Valencia 800mm wall-hung polymarble basin with integrated shelf, £139.95; Roca’s 650mm Kalahari-N single bowl wall-mounted basin, from £222.58, or RAK’s 675mm Gina one-tap hole basin with shelf, £149.95. Alternatively, you could fit a vanity top across the room’s width, then add either a countertop or under-mounted basin. All basins available from www.victorianplumbing.co.uk.

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We live in a converted barn and I’d like to find window dressings for the round windows in our guest bedroom. Can you help please? J Petchey, Sandbach

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Jo Blomfield, BBSA Shading Specialist, says… When you have such an interestingly shaped window it makes sense to complement this feature with a blind or shutter that neatly fits the shape. Depending on the overall size, circular windows can be shaded using pleated blinds, roller blinds or fixed shades, but the most popular solutions are shutters or Venetian blinds with either wood or metal slats. A range of colours and finishes are available for both solutions. With shutter designs, the frames would be shaped to fit the window. The louvres are then tilted by hand to offer a view through the shutter, or adjusted to control the light and afford privacy. Circular shutters can be mounted on magnets, so you can remove them when you need to clean the window. With Venetian blinds the slats are tilted by twisting a wand to control light and privacy. The blind cannot be retracted due to the circular shape. With roller blinds,

Warwick Rich Walnut shutters, from £375 per sq m, Hillarys. Circular Venetian blind, price on application, Blind Shapers

you would have two blinds with the roller barrels at the widest point of the window and the fabric shaped as a semi-circle, one pulling up and one down. These work well for large windows where the barrels line up with the window mullions, however, on small windows there would be more hardware than window. For more information and to find your local British Blind and Shutter Association member, visit www.bbsa.org.uk.

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If you have a DIY or maintenance question, write to Ask the Experts, Your Home, Hubert Burda Media UK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, Essex CO4 9HU or email asktheexperts@yhmag.co.uk

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

workshop: Curious House

All that glitters

Creativity helps improve health and happiness, which is why artist Philippa King has created a range of Curious House workshops. Guests collaborate with extraordinary experts to learn new skills, enjoy a day of tea, chat and a delicious lunch with a wonderful creation to show for it at the end. July’s classes include ‘So you think you can’t paint’ with artist Jane McCall and ‘Shopkeeper’s secrets’ with haberdasher Sonia Boriczewski, priced £95 per person. Visit www.curioushouse.net to find out more.

Any crafter who has tried to use glitter paint in their projects will agree that it can be difficult to achieve an opaque finish – even after several coats. Now, patchy and sparse glitter is a thing of the past thanks to Rust-Oleum’s new Super Sparkly paint. The super-dense formula coats surfaces instantly, achieving a full coverage of sparkle from the first coat. Priced £9.99 per 250ml, visit www.makeityours.co.uk for more information and to find local stockists.

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It’s easy to customise any project with the new range of Posca pens from Uniball. Designed to work on almost any surface, the pens make it quick and easy to decorate a whole range of creations, from bags and shoes to glass vases, wooden frames and more. They’re available now in a wide range of nib sizes and colours, priced from £3.50 each.

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Brush it off For those looking to add a little something extra to their upcycling projects, the new range of detail brushes from Annie Sloan is ideal. Priced £14.95 for a set of four, the collection features both pointed and flat brushes, designed to assist in intricate patternwork. For more details, visit www. anniesloan.com.

Pick up a skill: Sew with a Pro Want to start sewing but not sure where to begin? Professional costumer Claire-Louise Hardie has over 20 years of experience (including being the resident stitching mastermind on The Great British Sewing Bee) and is now sharing her knowledge through her online course, Learn To Sew With a Pro. Priced £45, it will guide you through everything you need to know to become machine confident, with videos, tutorials and three beginner-friendly projects to complete. Visit www.learntosewwithapro.com to sign up.

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For those who believe in bringing beauty into their bathroom, the new Metallix range is the ultimate combination of catwalk cool and everyday elegance. Stunning new taps and showers available in four metallic finishes:

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Turn over to discover four fabulous homes filled with ideas and inspiration

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

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Pia enjoyed trying out new trends in her family home

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The living room houses their eBay bargain fireplace, which Carolyn wishes she could take to her next home. ‘I decided to add chandeliers in here and the dining room, to add an air of luxury to the space. They were bought from BHS, I love their lighting! Dean loves to sit on the leather chair by the window, because it’s also right next to the radiator!’ Carolyn laughs

We thought this was our forever home After years of renovating properties to sell, Carolyn and Dean Savill finally put their all into creating a home that they thought they would grow old in

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got itchy feet and needed a new project. So instead of selling, they decided to rent it out to generate an income while they set their sights on their new home – a Grade II listed building in Lyminge. After completing this, they went on to build a house from the ground up and then, when they finished that, they moved on to convert a barn! Finally, Carolyn and Dean decided to move back to their property

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OUR HOME Is a four-bedroom Victorian semi-detached house in Ashford, Kent. WE ARE Carolyn Savill, 45, a property developer and owner of online interiors store, www.lamaisondeno45.com, my husband, Dean, 56, who runs an awning company, www.savillstheawningcompany.co.uk, and our two daughters, Elle, 17, and Ruby, nine. Plus our Jack Russell, Harley, and cat, Twiggy. WE WANTED TO CHANGE

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MY FAVOURITE PART Is the island we added to the kitchen to encourage family time. I love sitting on the bar stools with Dean and the girls, chatting about their day at school, our holidays and, of course, paint colours! I HAVE LEARNT That taking the time to research and plan things properly really pays off.

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Keeping the décor neutral means you can have more fun including statement pieces which will really make an impact, like Carolyn’s armchair.

Everything! The property had been rented for years and was in desperate need of some TLC. We wanted to extend and create a gorgeous open-plan home, flooded with light.

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The cellar has been painted in a dark shade of charcoal and one wall has been wallpapered with a suitcase design. ‘Although the cellar has a very ‘grown-up’ vibe to it, it is really the kid’s domain! They go down there to chill out with their friends, to watch movies or to get creative,’ explains Carolyn. Find similar wallpaper for £11.99 a roll, from www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk ‘The island is one of my favourite places to be. I love how opening this space up has encouraged the whole family to congregate here, be it over a bowl of cereal or a party!’

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Carolyn and Dean saved money by installing an Ikea kitchen. ‘I love the grey tone, it fits perfectly with my neutral scheme. It looks so expensive, we are so impressed.’ Carolyn decided to put chairs at the other side of the kitchen. ‘Once the kids have gone to bed, Dean and I have a well-earned glass of wine in this cosy spot.’

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The addition of comfy armchairs and bar stools helps to make the kitchen the social hub of the home Carolyn wanted.

As you enter Carolyn and Dean’s home you are immediately drawn in by the bright neutral space. The pale Karndean flooring leads right into the kitchen. The console has some dramatic lighting and a huge mirror. ‘I hate clutter, so I opt for statement pieces that can really make an impact,’ says Carolyn

‘We explained exactly what we wanted to our builder, and he brought our vision to life. It was so exciting seeing it all come together!’ in Ashford with a plan to completely transform it into the family home they had always dreamt of. But, after years of renting it out, there was a lot of wear and tear and it was in serious need of some major TLC. Carolyn and Dean started by stripping the house back to its bare bones - they wanted a completely blank canvas to work their magic on. The roof came off, a basement was dug out, walls were knocked through and the kitchen was extended. But despite all the renovating, Carolyn and Dean were keen to keep as many of the original features as possible. ‘It’s an old property, full of charm and character, so we wanted to keep the fireplaces, the cornices in the living room and some of the original flooring – but on the same hand, we wanted to modernise it to create the family home which suited all of our needs,’ explains Carolyn. The original kitchen was very pokey and, with just one small window, it was a very dark space. One of their biggest expenses was extending it out and fitting bi-folding

doors to create an open-plan space where they could gather as a family. ‘The girls sit at the island doing their homework while I cook dinner. I love how this has become such a social space now.’ ‘The couple that bought our last home loved the way we had dressed the house so much, that they offered to pay us more to include all of the furniture, apart from one chair and a single bed! I don’t get too attached to things and I liked the idea of starting afresh with the new home.’ Because this was supposed to be Carolyn and Dean’s final project, they made the decision to blow the budget a little. ‘We had intended to stay here long term, so we didn’t mind spending more than we usually would,’ explains Carolyn. But there were plenty of bargain buys along the way. The fireplace in their living room was an eBay purchase, as were the tall radiators and mirrors. They also cut costs by choosing an Ikea kitchen and accessories from Next, BHS and Homesense. The couple chose to keep the

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Carolyn and Dean decided to add an ensuite to the larger bedroom at the top of the house, which then became their master bedroom. ‘I love this room, it’s so calming. There’s even a cute little Juliet balcony too.’ The bed was from Sweetpea & Willow and the bedding from The White Company

Elle’s bedroom has one of the original fireplaces. ‘When we moved in, it was bright orange! So we painted it white, naturally,’ says Carolyn. Elle helps her mum with the social media for La Maison De No 45. ‘Elle’s bed has been photographed numerous times with various cushions, throws and bunting draped on it for Instagram!’

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The ensuite was the only bit of plumbing the couple had to install, due to it being a completely new room. ‘We left the rest of the plumbing alone as we thought we had enough to deal with, plus we didn’t want to risk ruining any of the original features,’ explains Carolyn

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décor quite neutral to give an overall calming feel to the house. ‘I prefer to keep colours simple, that way I can be more adventurous with the accessories, furniture and fabrics,’ explains Carolyn. Right from the beginning, Carolyn had a vision for how the property would look. ‘I love piecing it all together, each stage is so exciting, albeit stressful. But adding the finishing touches and flourishes is my favourite, I have been told I have a great eye!’ laughs Carolyn. It has taken Carolyn and Dean a year of hard graft to get the house to how they wanted it, but despite completely renovating the entire property, Carolyn is in need of a new venture! So, after 17 years, they have finally decided to sell their Victorian semi and move into a 1960s semi just at the end of their road which hasn’t been touched for 20 years! ‘It needs to be completely ripped out, so that will keep us busy for a while! I think I’m getting déja vu! I know I keep saying it, but I just want one more big project to work on, before (hopefully) finding our forever home by the seaside!’ YH

ideas to steal Glass dome, from £10.99, Lights4fun

Recreate Carolyn’s scented candle display with a gorgeous candle and an inexpensive glass dome.

Heart of House Ebury faceted mirror, £49.99, Argos

A statement mirror fills Carolyn’s dining room with light.

Investing in some spacesaving outdoor furniture will transform dining alfresco. Rattan cube dining set, £299, Sue Ryder

Matching chandeliers in Carolyn’s long living space add an air of sophistication and lots of sparkle. Michelle Keegan Home Angel chain chandelier, £49.99, Very

Ruby’s bedroom has the original floor, which Carolyn sanded back and varnished. The décor is still very neutral, which acts as a great backdrop to Ruby’s pretty dresses and decorations. ‘Ruby also sleeps in the bed that we brought from the old house, I’m so pleased we hung on to it!’

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My home reflects my love of Scandinavian style A striking monochrome scheme with touches of gold metallic brings glamour and sparkle to Pia and Andy’s family home

The minimal sofa from Dwell sits perfectly in this room, while the soft-grey hue meant Pia could add colour with cushions from Wayfair and a pastel zigzag throw

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Keep clutter at bay with large storage baskets for your family’s shoes, like these from West Elm. The round mirror from Laura Ashley above the slimline console table from Swoon bounces light around the room. A personalised doormat is a kooky touch to welcome visitors. The brass light fitting is from Laura Ashley

bookcases from Ikea. They look more expensive than they are and you can customise them to fit your space.

MY TOP TIP IS Don’t shop for your

home from one store, as it could end up looking like a showroom. Instead, mix up your purchases from the high street, online and boutiques, to achieve an eclectic look.

SHOPS I LOVE ARE Dwell, TK Maxx, West Elm, Laura Ashley and Iittala.

The soft grey rug is from H&M, while the side tables are from Habitat and the seagrass pouffe from Maisons Du Monde. A belly basket holds extra cushions and throws to keep them tidied away

THe NEXT project is Update the downstairs bathroom and eventually we will tackle the bathroom upstairs too.

MY BEST IDEA WAS To decorate my home in monochrome shades. I’ve been consistent with my style to give my home a cohesive look throughout.

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ituated in a suburban area of South East London, Pia and Andy Orr have found the perfect home to bring up their young family. ‘I’m from Finland and Andy is from Ireland, and after years of renting together we wanted a place to finally put down roots,’ says Pia. Newly married, they were looking for a quieter way of life. ‘We loved the Petts Wood area, which is close to the City by train but at the same time has a rural feel to it, with lots of trees, space and peace. We decided to concentrate on this neighbourhood, hunting for a home that would grow with us.’ The looked at new-build properties, but quickly realised that they were going to be too small with little opportunity to expand or adapt as their family grew. ‘We even put an offer in on one house, but when we went to the building site to look at the development, we were shocked by how tiny the rooms were, so we decided to back out,’ she says. Finally, after months of house-hunting, the couple l a n d e d upon a large house in a cul-de-sac in their ideal location. ‘Houses in this street rarely come on the market and we never imagined


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Opening up this room has brought daylight into the space. Using furniture she already owned, Pia picked a striped rug and black shelving from Ikea to pull the look together

‘The bar cart from West Elm was a treat to myself to add sparkle to meal times,’ explains Pia. Lighting above the shelves highlights Pia’s treasured possessions ‘Renovating our home was such a big undertaking, I started a blog to share with family and friends,’ she says. ‘I shared the ups and downs and what I had learned from doing up our house.’ Pia loves researching the latest trends which she tries out in her home. The rug from La Redoute ties the scheme together with accessories including art from Dwell, a lamp from Laura Ashley and floor lamp from Iconic-Lights. The eye-catching leather armchair is from In-homedesign.co.uk, and the patterned cushions are from TK Maxx

‘My kitchen style was heavily influenced by Scandinavian design, I didn’t want anything fussy’ we could afford a home with five bedrooms,’ she says. ‘This was a great project where I could test out my home styling ideas.’ Inspired by the ups and downs of renovating her home, and enjoying trying out new decorating trends, Pia started a blog, initially to share her journey with family and friends. It has since taken off and has won several award nominations. The property needed modernising from top to bottom. The walls were

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Pia and Andy updated their kitchen to make it more family friendly after Ella was born. The U-shape layout, streamlined units and integrated appliances are functional, yet clean and stylish

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covered in textured wallpaper and there was cheap laminate flooring throughout. The dining room had a dull blue carpet and old-fashioned brass lights. The kitchen units were tatty and worn, and the layout didn’t make the best of the space. The kitchen and dining room were two separate rooms and the conservatory, leading off from the dining room was in a poor state with a leaking roof and freezing-cold concrete walls. The first thing the couple replaced was the old boiler for a new energy-efficient one. ‘We inherited a back boiler which is common in houses of this age. It was so ugly and only heated up half a bath tub of water. We spent our savings on relocating the new boiler upstairs and then rewiring the electrics throughout the house,’ she says. Within a year of moving in, Pia was pregnant and the couple were keen to get the bedrooms into shape to make way for

Pia has gone for a tribal feel on her landing. ‘This was the last room to be decorated with a herringbone jute carpet from Alternative Flooring and freshly painted walls. I’m drawn to the trend for adding texture with wicker and this was a great way to test out my ideas,’ she says. The wall baskets are from Laura Ashley, as is the canvas. The mirror is from Oliver Bonas and the baskets are from Trouva

a nursery for baby Ella. The couple started to strip the wallpaper off the bedroom walls themselves. ‘It was such slow work and when we Don’t forget your landing! Pia took off the hung three baskets to her wall wallpaper we and added a complementary were left with storage basket to capture huge cracks in the ethnic trend that is the plaster,’ she big this summer. says. ‘When it came to downstairs, we

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When they moved in, the couple updated their bathroom with black and white marble floor tiles to brighten up the space. The P-shaped bath is a perfect fit for this family sized bathroom and the Torrano Calacatta marble tiles are from Topps Tiles. The Birkin basket from Habitat continues the monochrome theme and towels from TK Maxx add a pop of colour

The space in the bay window is the perfect spot for Pia’s dressing table, utilising the natural light. Metallic flourishes glimmer in the sunshine

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called in a professional decorator to do the wallpaper-stripping work.’ Their first few years were spent in a haze of renovations. They discovered asbestos in the garage when they tried to replace the garage door, creating more work. The old carpets were ripped up and replaced with new laminate flooring. Walls were painted in calming tones to harmonise the space. In 2014, before the birth of their second child, Cara, they decided to update the kitchen to make it more family friendly. They kept the U-shaped layout but went for a design which made the small space work even harder. ‘My kitchen style was influenced by simple, Scandinavian design and I didn’t want anything fussy.

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A simple, calming colour scheme in the bedroom has created a relaxed environment for the couple to retire to. Statement art from Next above the bed adds a bold splash of colour and pattern to the space. Cushions from Laura Ashley and a throw from La Redoute add texture, while lamps from Wayfair provide a warm glow in the evenings

I picked integrated appliances, handleless doors and sleek white units,’ she says. ‘I added sparkle with the black quartz worktop and gold accessories.’ Every year the couple would set aside a

budget for another project in their home. After renovating the kitchen, it was time to create an open-plan layout at the back of the house. Originally, the dining room, kitchen and conservatory were separated by French doors which made the space feel crowded. ‘It was my dream to have an open-plan space that overlooked our garden for the girls to enjoy,’ she says. ‘Builders knocked down the conservatory completely and then rebuilt it with skylights. A central-supporting beam was made as slim as possible to allow light to pour into the dining room.’ Now, after seven years of hard work, Pia has concentrated her energies on furnishing her home with the final touches, which is the part she enjoys most. ‘We can’t afford to spend thousands of pounds on new things, so I get creative looking for furniture and accessories that have a Scandinavian look but without the hefty price tag,’ she explains. ‘After so many years of living in England my home style is changing as I become more influenced by where I live. I’m definitely more attracted to a mix of glamorous metals with touches of bohemia, but all still in a very relaxed style.’ YH

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A sleek console table will jazz up an entrance. RV Astley Gianna marble glass console table, £564, Houseology

Choose a grey contemporary sofa in your sun room for a relaxed look.

Skandi three-seater sofa, £499, Very

Add a pop of colour to your living space with on-trend yellow cushions. Yellow velvet cushion, £16, M&Co

Personalise your child’s room with a light-up sign.

Box shelving and a wall organiser in Ella’s room provide the perfect spaces to display her artwork and treasures. A light-up sign lets everyone know that this bedroom belongs to her

LED A4 lightbox, £39, Cuckooland.com

Ella’s room is pretty in pink with a Hello Kitty theme. The off-white walls have been decorated with a bold wall sticker found on eBay. A sheepskin rug from John Lewis makes the room feel cosy. Pia found the bed on Amazon

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If you have a high kitchen ceiling, add a retro-feel with a traditional maid pulley, perfect for displaying favourite utensils and linens.

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hen Barbara and Max Weiner first visited an 18th-century Cornish farmhouse in the picturesque 14th-century village of Little Petherick, they felt its seaside charm in a heartbeat. With a career in TV and radio manufacturing, Barbara has spent over 30 years commuting to the south west region, where she fell for the picture-postcard beauty of the Cornish coast. ‘For work I spent a lot of time visiting wholesalers and high-street television retailers, staying for a month at a time,’ says Barbara. ‘I got to know Cornwall extremely well and always said to Max that it would be a great place to have a holiday home and enjoy our retirement.’ Having recently downsized from their north London family home to an apartment

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within minutes the house was perfect for us and fell in love with its light, airy, country feel. As it came with two holiday cottages attached, it ticked all the boxes. We struck up an instant rapport with the lovely owner Amanda and offered the asking price on the spot. We negotiated furniture to be included with the sale and also asked her if she’d train us up before handing over the cottage lettings business. She agreed and was fantastic, helping to take bookings in the lead up to the sale. She was always at the other end of the phone if we had any questions.’ Ballaminers House was built in 1760 using brickwork from the local Delabole Slate quarry in Cornwall, one of oldest working slate quarries in the world and the only source of Delabole slate.

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The Aga provides constant heat to the breakfast room which features the original Delabole slate floor. A nautical splashback adds a nod to its coastal location. Barbara added a woven rug and the dining table and chairs were inherited pieces. The handmade cushions on the dining chairs are by Cecily Mae, available on Etsy

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In its heyday, the house formed part of a 100-acre cattle farm that belonged to the Prideaux Estate, which was sold 42 years ago by the owners of Prideaux Place of Padstow. Thereafter, the house became a tenant farm for many years – the outside privy still exists, as does the original Victorian water pump located on the right-hand side of the country lane, near the small cottage that was once occupied by the stockman attending the cattle. Typically found in farmhouses in Cornwall and Devon, the traditional clome clay oven has a removable door which is surrounded by packed clay to prevent the cavity cracking. As there is no internal chimney, the smoke escapes via a chimney located outside the wood-burning oven, usually sited close to the main fireplace. At Ballaminers House the clome oven is located behind the tiled splashback behind the Aga in the breakfast room, although it has now been concealed and hidden from view by a previous owner. Barbara and Max were charmed by three welcoming reception rooms, all with

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WE ARE Barbara Weiner, a business

consultant and my husband Max, a commercial theatre and portrait photographer, plus Oscar, our King Charles Cavalier.

The traditional dresser in the breakfast room is a great place for fresh flowers and neatly displays Barbara’s collection of pretty china

OUR HOME Is a four-bedroom farmhouse,

working fireplaces and large bedrooms with window seats, perfect for sitting and taking in the countryside views. The original Delabole slate floor in the breakfast room is one of Barbara’s favourite features, but sadly the slate skirting boards have been removed on the ground floor. The couple set to work at putting their stamp on the property, refreshing all

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built in 1760, near Padstow in Cornwall. The former dairy and stable have been renovated into two-bedroom holiday lets. For more information or to book Ballaminers House, Stable and Dairy cottages, visit www. ballaminershouse.co.uk or @ballaminershouse on Instagram.

In the reading room which is TV and technology free and is a peaceful, beautiful spot to sit and read or chat over a glass of wine. The light is gorgeous in this room with lush green countryside views of the garden.

I’M A HUGE FAN OF Supporting local farm stock and suppliers. Padstow Farm Shop (www.padstowfarmshop.co.uk) stocks locally grown fruit, vegetables, home-produced meat, artisan crafts and has recently opened a deli with freshly cooked food. We love travelling, especially to Southern France, to pick up beautiful homewares and browsing in shops on the colourful streets of Padstow. Bed 3

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The sofas in the reading room were inherited with the house sale; Barbara had new covers made by Soferia. The walls were painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White and accents of yellow accessories create a sunny feel. The yellow throw is by Jacaranda and the check patterned scatter cushions are by Bronte by Moon. The antlers belonged to Max’s grandparents and the sailing boat was a gift from house guests

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Baskets add a rustic feel and come in all shapes, sizes and textures, making them ideal for storing away clutter in any room.

‘This is our happy place where we go to relax, unwind and lose ourselves.’ Barbara had a headboard made in a nautical fabric by an Etsy seller. The antique Macintosh light pendant is from Retouch Lighting

the walls with various shades of Farrow & Ball paint and varnishing all the floorboards. ‘I love the Aga. We’ve just hired a Cornish-based oil and heating service company to install a temperature sensor so that it switches off when it gets too hot,’ says Barbara. ‘On the opposite wall to the Aga, I love the painting that belonged to Max’s mother. It inspired me to paint the wall blue and I’m really pleased with

Barbara’s favourite pieces are the husband and wife chairs that were a discovery by her sister and have been restored by Wycombe Cane Restoration

it as it complements the painting so well.’ Amanda, the former owner, renovated the four bedrooms and two bathrooms inside the main house. She also oversaw a six-month build programme to convert the former stable, piggery and dairy into two two-bedroom cottages, equipped with barbecues for guests to enjoy on warm summer evenings, making it the perfect Cornish retreat. ‘Amanda discovered the roll-top bath for sale at a nearby house – it had been sitting in an old warehouse and nobody had tried to move it for years. It took four men to lift it upstairs and into the bathroom in the main house,’ says Barbara. ‘We hired a trusted plumber, Barry Simmons of S’tile Designs, to install a shower room and a Victorian-style bathroom in Stable Cottage. Barry did everything from the tiling to the bathroom installation and we’re thrilled at the finished results.’ The couple have furnished the house with heirlooms, treasured art pieces, antique furniture and Macintosh vintage lights. Barbara sourced handmade soaps and bathroom accessories on Etsy for guests to enjoy. ‘I wanted guests to come away with a beautiful scent as a reminder of this special place,’ she says. ‘As I love roses, we chose fragrant English rose shampoos and soaps all handmade in Spain and delivered to the house.’ Outside, old-fashioned roses introduce pops of colour against the honey-toned,

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A classic slate floor will provide the perfect dark contrast for soft pastel walls. Natural slate Sheera modular tiles, £29.85 per sq m, Topps Tiles

quarry-stoned farmhouse exterior and a kitchen garden, once lovingly tended by a couple who lived in the house well into their 80s, has flourished in the milder climate, thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream on the long expanse of the Cornish coast. Barbara and Max couldn’t be prouder of their achievements taking over as the new hosts of an established holiday lettings business. ‘We have a great management team – HMG, who are a pleasure to work with – and our daughter Isobel, who does all our marketing and communications. Since we started running the company we’ve enjoyed speaking to guests and are

Fresh blues and yellows give a bright, sunny feel.

All of the bedrooms feature window seats where you can sit and enjoy the views. Matching bird-print Roman blinds and scatter cushions add a seaside feel as does the throw on the bed and wicker chair

constantly thinking of what we can do to improve and introduce new touches for customers to enjoy. This may include glamping in the possible near future,’ says Barbara. ‘It’s a very sociable house where we love spending time with our daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, dogs and friends. After hundreds of successful business decisions in our careers, this was by far our best to date!’ YH

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A large sailing boat takes centre stage in Barbara’s living room.

Light streams in through the large farmhouse windows where a Victorian roll-top bath takes centre stage. Barbara is a fan of homemade soaps and shampoos from The Dandy Lions Apothecary. The little mosaic side table was another pretty find from southern France and the blue towels are from Debenhams with natural bath accessories from Bramley Products

Large sail boat, £25, The Contemporary Home

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The original kitchen was tiny, with no access in to the garden. ‘The extension has transformed the focus of our house from front to back and given us a much more family-friendly space,’ says Stella. The kitchen units are from Wickes and the island is made from the old kitchen floorboards

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OUR HOME Is a four-bedroom,

Edwardian mid-terrace in Richmond. We moved in just before Christmas 2008.

FOR INSPIRATION I love a bargain so scour junk markets and antique shops and keep an eye out for warehouse sales too.

MY FAVOURITE SHOPS Are West Elm and Maisons du Monde – I love the quirky, retro feel of their pieces.

MY ADVICE Is to choose an item you love and use it to inspire your colour palette. For me, it was my picture of Namibia that kicked off our orange and blue scheme. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE WAS Agreeing with

my husband! We kept it friendly, but we both had to make compromises to ensure that both our tastes were catered for in the house.

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nterior designer Stella Alexander and her husband Daniel were bursting with ideas for their mid-terraced Edwardian house when they bought it nearly 10 years ago. The couple already had one son, Louis, now 12, and Murky the cat, and they were soon joined by Charlie, now eight. With three bedrooms and a tiny kitchen that had no access to the garden, the house just wasn’t big enough. Stella and Daniel converted the loft into a master bedroom and bathroom within a year of moving in, but decided to take their time to perfect the rest of the house. As each of them had strong design ideas of their own, it took a lot of talking and re-thinking for Stella and Daniel to reach a happy compromise on most elements of the house. ‘We agree on a lot of things,’ laughs Stella, ‘but sometimes our tastes differ wildly, so doing up the house to suit us both took a long time!’ One thing the couple did agree on was the layout for the new kitchen extension. Bucking the trend for open-plan, Stella and Daniel wanted to keep their spaces

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defined. ‘We have a lively family, so it’s good to be able to close a door every now and then,’ explains Stella. Keeping the wall between the dining room and kitchen could have left the dining room gloomy, so the old back door was turned into a fullheight internal window, and the sliding doors separating the rooms were glazed. Stella is a whizz at hunting down a good bargain and upcycling old furniture. The exposed London brick wall in the kitchen makes a striking backdrop for a fabulous collection of pottery picked up on her travels, perched on chunky wooden shelves that used to be a huge cabinet that had been in the family for years. ‘It would have completely dominated our lovely new kitchen,’ says Stella, ‘but we couldn’t bring ourselves to get rid of it so we chopped it up and made shelves instead.’ The kitchen cost less than £5,000 and Stella and Daniel found their range cooker and fridge-freezer on eBay. The island is another piece of upcycling, clad in sandedback old floorboards from the original kitchen. The white full-height shelves

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The window seat in the sitting room was made by Stella’s husband, Daniel, and the deep red Chesterfield sofa was another eBay bargain. The fireplace alcoves are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pelt and the shelves are home to more family treasures, such as the cat and birds by Jonathan Adler which Stella picked up in a warehouse sale. The mirror Stella found in an antique shop in Hampton Court and the giant fir cones in the fireplace are from the local park

provide more essential storage, and the recycling boxes are cleverly hidden away behind screens that Stella had made by an aluminium manufacturer for £40. In the sitting room, the beautiful Edwardian window takes centre-stage, with a window seat that Daniel was keen to take on himself as a project. The Chesterfield sofa was another eBay find, and Stella discovered the mirror over the fireplace in a local antique shop. The open shelves are another showcase for the items that make the Alexanders’ home very much a part of them. ‘All the bits and pieces dotted through our house are a journey of our time together,’ says Stella. ‘They’re gifts from friends, family heirlooms and items that we’ve collected from holidays and experiences we’ve shared.’ Upstairs the children’s rooms are bright and filled with more clever design ideas. Louis’ desk is made from two scaffold planks that Stella sanded back and supported in the middle with an Ikea unit. The box shelves are from Homebase and the skateboard shelf was an idea Stella had seen on Pinterest. Over the bed is surely the most enviable item for a boy’s

The glass panel and sliding doors flood light into the dining room. Stella has used blackboard paint on the door panels of the understairs cupboards to give the kids somewhere to vent their creativity. The pendant light which hangs over the dining table is by Clas Ohlson

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REAL HOME ‘All the bits and pieces dotted through our house are a journey of our time together.’

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A skateboard mounted on the wall makes a fun and practical shelf for a child’s bedroom.

Louis’ desk is made from two scaffold planks, supported by an Ikea unit. The box shelves are from Homebase and the skateboard displays toys

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A giant floor light in a cheery colour brightens up any room. Clementine angled floor lamp, £169, Not On The High Street

Bright crockery makes a colourful and practical display. Pinya mug, £6, Habitat

Make your favourite photographs into digitally enhanced art. Canvas or paper prints, from £17, Poparted

Use a coat stand to display favourite items of clothing or accessories.

The olive wood floors in the loft conversion were so vibrant that Stella kept most of the walls white, introducing her favourite blue behind the bed. The pendant lights are from Habitat and the four-poster bed from Maisons du Monde. The print over the bed is by Francoise Nielly

The windowless bathroom has been kept light and bright with white walls and tiles and colourful towels. Stella painted the bath panel in paint left over from her front door, Farrow & Ball Hague Blue. The radiator is from Wickes Louis’ bedroom is colourful and full of great storage ideas. The rainbow drawer unit Stella discovered in a charity shop for £10 and the chimney alcoves make good display areas for books. The Harry Potter coat of arms above the bed is a prop from the films and the wardrobe is from Ikea

room – a Harry Potter coat of arms that was given to Louis by a prop-maker who worked on the films. The loft conversion is the quirkiest room in the house, with a mix of textures in the exposed chimney breast and beams and polished olive wood floors. Bright bed linen and artwork add personality and the bathroom is tucked away in the corner. ‘We spent a long time getting this space just right,’ remembers Stella. ‘The builders thought a corner bathroom wouldn’t give us enough room, but we were adamant we wanted the double aspect views over the rooftops from our bed.’ The builders initially boxed in the exposed beams, but Stella and Daniel realised they were missing out on an opportunity to see the raw materials that made up their home. The time and effort Stella and Daniel put into remodelling their space has been worth it. ‘It may have taken us the best part of a decade to finish our home,’ laughs Stella, ‘but it was time well-spent. We’ve avoided any rash decisions that we might have regretted and ended up with a home that’s really comfortable and totally us.’ YH

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Food & Drink Turn overleaf for lip-smacking, USA diner-style recipes…

l For posh beans on toast, fry 100g skinned, chopped cooking chorizo, in a pan for a couple of minutes. Add 200g tinned mixed beans or chickpeas, 200g tinned tomatoes and ½ tbsp dried oregano. Season to taste and simmer for 5 minutes, until hot. Served on thickly cut, buttered toast, sprinkled with fresh parsley. Serves 1. l Serve Spanish-style potatoes as a side dish at a barbecue. In a pan, fry 200g skinned, chopped chorizo for a couple of minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add 2 chopped onions to the pan with 900g potatoes, cut into small cubes. Stir into the chorizo oil and fry for 15 minutes until cooked through. Add the chorizo back to the pan, along with 250g halved cherry tomatoes and gently heat through for a couple of minutes until hot. Serves 4. l For a spicy stuffing for roast chicken, combine 100g skinned cooking chorizo, 1 very finely diced shallot, 3 tbsp breadcrumbs, small handful chopped parsley, 1 small egg and a squeeze of lemon juice. Use your fingers to gently separate the skin from the breasts of a whole uncooked chicken. Push this mix between the two and spread out evenly. Season the skin, drizzle with olive oil and roast as usual.

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For an authentic BBQ taste, try Bull’s-Eye sauces, new to the UK. Smother your ribs, steak, wings and brisket in one of the four BBQ sauces, including Tennessee Sweet Whisky and Smokey Bacon, then heat things up with one of the four hot sauces. Bull’s-Eye BBQ sauces, £2.49, and Hot sauces, £2.29, are available from supermarkets nationwide.

Swirls of burnt butter caramel sauce, crunchy praline pecans and butterscotch pieces are just three good reasons to pick up a tub of Kelly’s of Cornwall’s new Butterscotch Pecan ice cream, £3.99 for 950ml. Made with whole milk and clotted cream, the velvety smooth new flavour is now available to buy in store at Asda, Co-op Food and Morrisons.

With really helpful sections, including quick 15-minute fillers, assembly jobs that need no cooking and batch-cooking recipes for the freezer, The Hairy Dieters: Make It Easy by Si King and Dave Myers, £16.99, Seven Dials, has every culinary hurdle tackled, to make healthy eating that much easier.

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Blue cheeseburger with celery and radish salsa YOU WILL NEED

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For the shallots 48 shallots 43 tsp butter 41 tsp brown sugar 4½ tsp balsamic vinegar For the salsa 42 sticks celery 44 radishes 4½ tbsp olive oil 4½ tbsp white wine vinegar For the burger 44 beef burgers 44 brioche burger buns 41 little gem lettuce 44 slices of blue cheese

n Peel and slice the shallots. Heat the butter in a frying pan until sizzling, add the sugar and vinegar and swirl together. n Turn the heat down to medium/low, tip in the shallots, season and stir to coat. Continue to cook the shallots, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes until they are caramel coloured and very soft. Set aside. n While the shallots are cooling, make the salsa. Finely dice the celery and radishes, put them in a bowl with the

oil and vinegar and season. Stir well and set aside. n Cook the burgers on the barbecue, grill or griddle, until cooked through, and toast the buns. Lay some little gem on the base of the bun and spoon on the salsa. Put the burger on top followed by a slice of cheese then top with the caramelised shallots. Secure the whole thing together with a skewer or steak knife through the middle.

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Frank’s RedHot cheesy ham doughnuts

plus 20 minutes chilling time Cooking time 15 minutes Makes 8

YOU WILL NEED 4500g floury potatoes, peeled and cubed 42 tbsp Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce 475g shredded ham 44 spring onions, sliced 475g Cheddar cheese, coarsely grated or diced 460g peas, defrosted if frozen 460g flour 41 egg 4100g panko breadcrumbs 4oil for deep fat frying For the salsa 43 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped 42 spring onions, sliced 4handful each parsley and mint leaves, chopped 41 tbsp Frank’s RedHot Original sauce

DIRECTIONS n Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the potatoes and cook for 10-12 minutes, until tender. Drain really well and then mash. n Stir in the Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce, ham, onions, cheese and peas with 1 tablespoon of the flour and some salt and pepper. Set aside until cool enough to handle. n Dust the work surface with some of the flour. Tip the potato mix onto the floured surface and shape into a round circle about 10cm thick. Dust the top with more flour and cut out circles with an 8cm cutter and then cut a hole in the middle with a 3cm cutter. Reshape the excess and cut more doughnuts. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment and chill for 20 minutes to firm up. n While the doughnuts chill, combine the salsa ingredients and set aside. n Crack the egg onto a shallow plate and beat, place the breadcrumbs on another plate. n Heat the oil to 170ºC – if using a pan do not fill more than half way up. Dip each doughnut in the egg and then the breadcrumbs. Fry the doughnuts in batches for 2 minutes, flip them over and fry for another minute until golden all over, before scooping them out onto kitchen paper to drain. Serve hot with the salsa. Recipe courtesy of Frank’s RedHot sauce

Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 5 minutes serves 2

French’s super-stacked sandwich YOU WILL NEED For the chicken 42 chicken breasts, cut into strips 41 tbsp French’s Classic Yellow Mustard 41 tsp honey 41 tsp oil For the slaw 41 small raw beetroot, grated 41 carrot, grated 42 spring onions, sliced 41 tbsp mayonnaise 41 tsp French’s Classic Yellow Mustard To serve 46 slices sourdough bread, spread with French’s Classic Yellow Mustard or buttered 4little gem leaves 48 slices pastrami 42 gherkins, sliced 4sliced tomato

DIRECTIONS n Place the chicken breast in a bowl, add the French’s Classic Yellow Mustard and honey and mix well. n Heat the oil in a pan and cook the chicken for around 5 minutes until browned and cooked through. Set aside. n To the make the slaw, mix together the beetroot, carrot and onion then stir in the mayonnaise and French’s Classic Yellow Mustard. n To build the sandwich, lay some leaves on a slice of bread. Top with the pastrami, gherkins and a dollop of slaw. Add another slice of bread and top with more leaves, the tomato, chicken and the third slice.

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Oreo cookie spiced milkshake

Preparation time 10 minutes serves 1

YOU WILL NEED For the milkshake 450ml spiced rum 44 Oreo cookies, broken into pieces 475g vanilla ice cream 450ml double cream To decorate 42 tbsp Guinness 41 Oreo cookie

DIRECTIONS n Place the rum, cookies, ice cream and cream into a blender and whiz until smooth, or add the ingredients to a large jug and use a stick blender. n Pour into a glass, spoon over the Guinness and top with an Oreo cookie. n For a non-alcoholic milkshake, swap the spiced rum for another 50ml double cream and ½ tsp mixed spice. Leave out the Guinness and top with an Oreo cookie. Recipe courtesy of Lakeland

Unicorn chip pancakes Preparation time 20 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes Makes 16

YOU WILL NEED For the pancakes 4115g plain flour 4pinch of salt 41tsp Dr. Oetker Baking Powder 425g caster sugar 41 large egg, beaten 4100ml whole milk 4100g Dr. Oetker Unicorn Chips 410ml vegetable oil For the marshmallow sauce 4100g Dr. Oetker Heart Marshmallows 4100ml double cream

DIRECTIONS n Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the egg and milk and gradually whisk into the dry ingredients until well blended. Stir in the Unicorn Chips. n Heat a heavy-based frying pan, add some of the oil and allow to heat, then drop 2 tablespoons of the batter into the pan to make each pancake. n Cook over a medium heat until bubbles appear, this takes about 2 minutes. Flip over the pancake with a slice or palette knife to cook the other side until it is golden brown. n Lift the pancakes onto a cooling rack covered with kitchen towel and place more kitchen towel lightly on top. Cook all the pancake batter and, if necessary, add more oil to the pan. n For the marshmallow sauce, in a saucepan gently melt the marshmallows with the cream. The sauce will thicken slightly as it cools. It can be reheated gently if needs be.

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food & drink Banana split cake YOU WILL NEED For the cake 4130ml milk 41 tsp Dr. Oetker Bicarbonate of Soda 4400g plain flour 42 tsp Dr. Oetker Baking Powder 43 large ripe bananas 4225g unsalted butter, plus extra to grease 4250g golden caster sugar 44 medium eggs, lightly beaten 41 tsp Dr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Extract 4150g strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped 4700ml double cream 44 tbsp icing sugar 450g Dr. Oetker Bright and Bold mix sprinkles 425g Dr. Oetker Chocolate Chunks Extra Dark 425g chopped hazelnuts, toasted 46 maraschino or fresh cherries

Recipe courtesy of Dr. Oetker

DIRECTIONS n Heat the oven to 180ยบC/350ยบF/Gas Mark 4. Grease 2 x 18cm cake tins and double line the bases and sides with baking parchment. n Heat the milk in a pan until very hot, but not boiling, then stir in the bicarbonate of soda, leave to cool. Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl and set aside. Mash the bananas with a potato masher until smooth, then set aside. n Beat the butter and the sugar until creamy and pale. Gradually beat in the eggs, adding a little of the flour if it looks like it might curdle. Add the vanilla extract then fold in three quarters of the flour. Fold in the milk mixture and mashed banana in 2 additions, followed by the remaining flour. Divide between the two cake tins, flatten the top and put in the lower shelf in the oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Once cool enough to handle, remove from the tins to a wire rack to cool completely. n Meanwhile, blend the strawberries in the food processor until smooth, press through a sieve to catch the juice and discard the pulp in the sieve. n Slice the sponges in half. Whisk 300ml of the cream

and half of the icing sugar with the strawberry juice until just softly peaking. Whisk 325ml of the remaining cream in a separate bowl until it is just thick enough to spread. n Set one of the sponges on a serving plate, spread with a third of the strawberry cream, top with another sponge and repeat with the remaining sponges leaving the top plain. Cover the top and loosely cover the sides with the plain whipped cream, reserving around 5 tablespoons to pipe the swirls on top. Scatter the sprinkles around the bottom edges of the cake. n Put the remaining whipped cream in a small piping bag fitted with a medium open star nozzle and pipe 12 swirls along the top edge, leaving a little space between each one. n Put the chocolate chunks in a bowl with the remaining 75ml of cream, put in the microwave for a few seconds to melt the chocolate then mix until smooth. Allow to cool slightly then spoon or pipe into the spaces between the cream swirls to create drips down the sides. Sprinkle the chopped nuts on top and set the cherries into alternate cream swirls. Leave somewhere cool to set for 30 minutes.

Preparation time 1 hour Cooking time 35-40 minutes serves 16

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Turn the page to find out how to live the dream in a waterside home

A wow for wood If your garden furniture is in need of a pep-up, why not make the most of the long summer days to embark on a quick paint project? Whether you’re upgrading a chair, shed or fence, Protek Royal Exterior wood finish comes in a choice of 52 colours and provides long-term weather protection. After just a couple of coats, your bench can look as pristine as this one and be ready for whatever winter throws at it. Protek Royal Exterior Superior Wood Finish, £16.99 per 1l, Protek

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Give your kitchen an eco boost A new laminate worktop by Dekker will bolster your kitchen’s green credentials. Constructed in a lightweight high density fibreboard (HDF), Greenpanel has a lower carbon footprint than standard solid boards while still being hardwearing. It is also FSC and PEFC certified, recyclable and biodegradable. Keller Kitchens is offering Greenpanel worktops in a variety of on-trend colours and finishes to suit your scheme.

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Dekker Greenpanel worktop, around £171 per running metre, Keller Kitchens Conexis L1 smart door lock, £269.99, Yale

Key difference The days of misplaced keys are over. Install a smart lock and you’ll be able to control your door from your smartphone. With the Yale Conexis L1, you can send family and friends virtual keys, receive reminders when they’ve arrived home safely and security is sorted via a tamper alarm. The lock takes 20 minutes to install and once you’ve downloaded the app you’re ready to go keyless.

We’re all guilty of booking handymen for a range of household jobs and now a poll confirms that we’re losing the art of DIY. According to Bosch Home and Garden, 36 per cent of the nation admits to being useless around the house, while 29 per cent is clueless about changing a plug. Jobs we’re least likely to tackle include retiling and picture hanging. To ensure simple DIY skills aren’t lost Bosch Home and Garden has launched its Pass It On campaign with an inspiration hub allaboutdiy.com which features step-by-step guides, hints and seasonal projects. Now there’s no excuse not to put up that shelf…

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Studies have shown that being by the sea has a therapeutic effect, so why not move to the coast and you’ll be able to unwind on the beach after a hard day at work?

Move to a waterside home and live the dream Feature Andrea Dean

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he advantages of living close to water include scenic views, fresh air and an enhanced sense of wellbeing. As an island nation, we’re surrounded by 19,000 miles of coastline – and benefit from 4,000 miles of canals, rivers, lakes and lochs – so there’s plenty of choice when it comes to finding a waterfront home. The drawback is these properties don’t come cheap and can command premiums of as much as 62 per cent. But don’t let that deter you as there may well be room for negotiation on price.

Whether you crave a coastal cottage or aspire to an urban riverside pad, here’s all you need to know

This modern detached house is set on a hillside between Hythe and Folkestone and includes a wraparound deck facing out to sea; www.colebrooksturrock.com

Sitting on the banks of the Great Ouse near Bedford, this 18thcentury former watermill is now a gorgeous family home with river fishing rights, www.michaelgraham.co.uk

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Coastal homes regularly top property wish lists, and a recent survey from Direct Line Home Insurance revealed the nation’s ideal abode to be a beachfront house with an infinity pool. Britain’s huge variety of seaside locations includes traditional and trendy resorts, fishing villages and remote hamlets. Depending on where you’re looking, think about how you’ll cope with an influx of summer tourists and the quieter pace in winter. If you don’t already know an area well, visit in high and low season. Fashionable towns such as Salcombe in Devon and Suffolk’s Southwold are expensive, but the ripple effect means you’ll get more for your money a few miles down the coast.

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This extended 1930s house is in a secluded location a short walk from the waterfront at Newton Ferrers in Devon, www.marchandpetit.co.uk

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Widespread regeneration of brownfield sites is taking place across the country, mainly – though not exclusively – in towns and cities. Canals and rivers are being cleaned up and redundant docks are being brought back to life with residential developments sitting alongside new bars, galleries and restaurants. Previously run-down areas – such as Leith in Edinburgh and Bristol’s Harbourside – are being transformed into exciting go-to destinations. Developments fall into two camps: warehouse conversions and shiny new-builds. The former consist of loft-style apartments looking out on to the water and incorporating huge windows, steel beams and other original features that nod to their heritage. New homes range from low-rise schemes designed to blend in with existing architecture to towers that dominate the skyline.

Many of the apartments at Goodluck Hope in Poplar are located on the Thames, a hop across the water from London’s O2 arena, www.goodluckhope.com

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Holiday lets

On the site of a derelict port, Peaceful Rowhedge Wharf is only three miles from busy Colchester, www.bloorhomes.com

Low returns on savings have made investing in a holiday home an increasingly attractive option. Not only will this give you a bolthole, but will boost your pension pot by providing an income when rented out – and you’ll benefit from capital growth should you decide to sell. The spanner in the works is that upfront costs are high as you’ll have to pay a three per cent stamp duty surcharge when buying a second property, but returns can be significant and outgoings offset against tax. Do your homework on the holiday lettings market and think about how often you’ll use the property. Bookings can be managed online, but you’ll need to find someone local to deal with housekeeping, maintenance and changeovers.

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A houseboat, narrowboat or barge gives a sense of freedom that a bricks and mortar home can’t match, and the camaraderie among the floating community is legendary. The biggest expenses are the mooring and the vessel itself. Houseboats start from around £30,000, but mainstream lenders won’t touch them, so you’ll have to get a more costly mortgage from a specialist company. If possible, ensure that a permanent mooring is included in the price, as they’re hard to find and often expensive. One way round this is to become a continuous cruiser, where you can stay at a public mooring for up to 14 days before moving on, though this lifestyle may not be practical if you have school-age children.

turn over for more advice This restored canalside house has been described as the most popular house in Leeds. Boasting original features and a spectacular setting, it’s easy to understand why, www.williamhbrown.co.uk

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Little Venice, on the Grand Union Canal in west London, is one of the country’s best-known houseboat communities

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Setting up home on one of the UK’s 194 inhabited islands could be a very wise move. You can look forward to peace and quiet, lots of space, stunning vistas and a strong sense of community. Crime is generally low and the standard of living high: the Orkneys in northern Scotland were judged to be the UK’s second-best place to live (beaten only by Hart in Hampshire) in Halifax’s Quality of Life survey, based on factors such as health, life expectancy, wellbeing and employment rates. But residing on an island means that you’re at the mercy of the elements and cut off from the mainland when ferries are cancelled in stormy weather. Lakeside Apartments is a collection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, each with a balcony or terrace, at Green Park Village, a new lakeside community in Reading, www.greenparkvillage.co.uk

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n For anyone using the waterways in England or Wales www.canalrivertrust.org.uk is an encyclopedia of info. n Try user-friendly www.homeaway.co.uk to set up holiday rentals. n Check flood risk at www.gov.uk (England), www.sepa.org.uk (Scotland) and www.naturalresources.wales (Wales). n www.watersideproperties.com lists waterfront homes in the south of England and Wales for sale and rent. n Fast-track finding your dream home by using specific key words when searching on www.zoopla.co.uk

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News stories on houses about to slide into the sea due to coastal erosion tend to make headlines, but thankfully this scenario is rare. However, there are various things to consider before purchasing a waterside property. Safety is important, particularly if you have young children and are buying a home with direct water access. You should also investigate flood risk. If it’s high, or the building has been flooded recently, insurance may be costly which could affect mortgage affordability. And look into whether mooring or fishing rights are included, or can be bought separately. Escape the rat race with this detached villa on the harbour front on the Isle of Tiree, the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides, www.bellingram.co.uk

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l To make the most of the view, arrange furniture facing towards, but not blocking, the windows. l When buying a home that needs work, consider changing the layout so that you can enjoy the best views from the rooms you use most. l Breezy blues, soft greens and greys enhance the relaxed feel in a seaside setting. l Choose low-maintenance, all-weather furniture for a balcony or outside space. l A few nautical-inspired touches are fine, but avoid marine clichés: fish, boat and seagull accessories.

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the water’s edge, specifying how much we could afford and within a couple of weeks we had three positive replies,’ recalls Suzie. ‘The owners of the house we bought were moving to Spain so were happy to agree to our offer and even threw in the entire contents for another £2,500.’ The Millers’ initial plan had been to rent out the property as a way of supplementing their income until the time came for them to retire. However, they spent so many weekends at the house that this never happened and they made it their permanent base once their children had flown the nest. They then embarked on some structural alterations to make it work for them. ‘First we extended outwards under the first floor balcony to create a family-sized kitchen/diner, and more recently we integrated the original carport into the house which meant we gained a more spacious entrance hall and utility room,’ explains Suzie. Life in the marina is very sociable,

s Richard and Suzie make the most of every inch of their outdoor space

but Suzie admits that it wouldn’t suit everyone. ‘There is a lack of privacy because you’re so close to your neighbours, but to me it’s not an issue as we’ve made so many good friends here. Within walking distance there are a dozen good restaurants and shops, a cinema and a leisure centre, so we have everything we need on our doorstep.’ The couple now have grandchildren who love to visit and enjoy the chance to play their favourite game of pirate ships and watch the cormorants fishing for eels in the marina. ‘There’s never a dull moment living here!’ laughs Suzie.

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i c h a r d and Suzie M i l l e r had no thoughts of uprooting themselves from Surrey until they paid a visit to their former neighbours s Suzie enjoys the who had recently community spirit relocated to of the marina the south coast. ‘They had bought a property with its own mooring overlooking a small marina on the outskirts of Portsmouth,’ says Suzie. ‘We went for lunch on a beautiful sunny day and the view across the water was so special that we realised that this was somewhere we’d really like to live.’ Returning home, they decided to contact home owners in the marina asking if they were thinking of selling up. ‘We targeted all the houses on

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*The winner will need to purchase a decking frame separately from a merchant such as Arnold Laver, and can choose between two colour options, oak and walnut or antique and carbon.

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Property know-how with George I

t’s amazing to think that the smart phone has changed so much of what we do and how quickly we can do it. It is having such a dramatic effect on home technology that even I’m struggling to keep up with the rate of developments, which is a sign of incredible progress. For me, the most exciting development is wireless connectivity. The way that we can control so many things in the home with the touch of a button on our phones or tablets without having to install expensive wiring is wonderful. Lighting, cooking appliances, our heating system and even running a tap can now be controlled from our phone. But, we have actually taken it a step further. The fact that our mobile phones are fully connected to national and international networks means we can now do all of these things not just from our living room, but from half the world away. That is the biggest revolution in home technology. Home security has seen the largest benefit. Having an affordable home security monitoring system installed at your house has put the minds of so many people at ease, especially when they are away from home for prolonged periods of time on family holidays. How far you go with this technology is entirely up to you. Let’s start with the simple door bell. In the old days (well, about five years ago!), someone would ring your door bell at home while you were laying on a beach in far away climes and you would be none the wiser. Now, video door bells are cheap and easy to install and if someone rings your door bell, no matter where you are in the world, you get an alert on your phone, you can connect to the video footage so you can see the person at the gate and you can even talk to them so they think you are home! Call me old fashioned, but the fact this can all happen in a matter of seconds through your mobile phone, from thousands of miles away, still blows my mind! You can lock and

unlock doors remotely, while some systems are even set up to automatically unlock external doors in the event of a fire inside your house, so you can get out or the fire services can get in more easily. The first decision you need to make when buying a smart home security system is whether to buy a DIY system or go for a more professional installation. A professional installation is hassle-free and will be fully set up by an expert, checked and double checked and they will also guide you through tutorials on the app. Expert installation obviously comes at a much greater cost, but if you are a technophobe or you are below average at DIY then it is better value for money to pay for an expert installation than wasting time and money attempting to go it alone. With a DIY system, you can start with a basic kit and then add to and expand the system as you see fit. There is no need to do a substantial installation from day one – you can gradually pick and choose the technology you feel you need over a period of time rather than rushing into it. This also means you don’t have to spend a lot of money in one go. Whether you go for a low-cost DIY system or a state-of-the-art professional system, most home security systems offer support from Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and, in some cases, Apple Siri, which allow you to lock and unlock smart locks on your doors, turn on exterior or interior security lighting, and activate security cameras and sensors with a voice command if your system is connected to a device such as the Amazon Echo or a Google Home speaker. It is so important that you do as much research as possible to work out the right system for your home and decide on one that suits the level of technology your family would be happy to use. If you go for an over

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With the holiday season approaching, this month property developer, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces, George Clarke, looks at the latest innovations in home security

complicated system then you simply won’t use it and you’ll have wasted your money. Alternatively, go for a system that is too basic and it may not give you the level of protection you need to feel safe and secure. The home security industry is booming because of the level of advanced technology and there are so many companies out there competing for the work. On the one hand, this is great for consumers, but the downside is that there are so many companies out there pushing so many different systems that it can be quite confusing who or what to go with. To give you an example, I was approached by a company last year whose offer was to provide all of the hardware and equipment for free, but I had to pay quite a substantial monthly fee for their security company to carry out remote monitoring. If there was any security breach, their monitoring HQ would be notified immediately and they would call the police. Their argument being that if I chose to monitor the system myself through my mobile phone, the security technology would be redundant if I was in a location with no phone signal or if I’d turned my phone off. A fair point. So you have to weigh up the pros and cons of systems with and without a monitoring contract. What is amazing is that home security technology is better than it has ever been, yet it is so affordable if you want it to be. But, do your research into the various companies and systems available that suit your needs and budget. Peace of mind is worth everything when you have invested so much emotionally into all the things you have at home. Stay safe!

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Ideas and buys to get your garden looking its best

Plant for pollinators Honey bees are disappearing fast, so Hozelock, with its bee mascot Bizzi, has introduced a campaign to get gardeners to play their part. By planting a container with bee-friendly plants and seeds, and keeping it watered throughout the foraging season, you can help make bee food available throughout the year. If you also visit www.plantapot.info and pledge to #plantapot for Bizzi, you will be in with the chance of winning over £5,000 worth of prizes – including a holiday to the 13 Bees hotel in France as well as tickets to the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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Whether you want to get creative with an arty design on your greenhouse or just want to protect plants from scorching with an easy-to-apply (and remove) covering, Thorndown’s Peelable Glass Paint, £6.50 for 150ml, offers diffused shading without blocking out the light. Available in 24 opaque and 14 translucent colours, it can be applied indoors or out. Find out more about this versatile product at www. thorndown.co.uk and get artistic in your garden.

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Jobs to do this month l Encourage continuous blooms by deadheading bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials. Likewise, cut back growth in hanging baskets l Capture seed heads from dandelions and weeds before they spread l Plant second-cropping potatoes for new potatoes at Christmas l Pick and dry herbs to freeze for later in the year

2nd-8th July RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU. www.rhs.org.uk

14th-15th July British Cactus and Succulent Society Show, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET www.rhs.org.uk

27th July-6th August Carlow Garden Festival, Co. Carlow, Ireland. www.carlowgardentrail.com

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3 OF THE BEST... water butts Built-in planters cleverly help to disguise this water butt 200L plastic Rainwater Terrace modular water butt and planters set, £199, www. rainwater-terrace. com

This traditional style would sit perfectly in a flower-filled cottage garden

This timberclad design is ideal for lovers of pared-back Scandi chic

250L oak French wine barrel with cast iron rose pump, £225.95, www.oak-barrel.com

3P Technik 230L wood-effect Norway water butt, £319, www. freeflush.co.uk

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Reclaim your space Give old items a new purpose for a garden that’s truly one of a kind

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he desire to create life from little is part of most gardeners’ DNA, and it would seem this can also manifest itself in being resourceful with the ways in which we re-purpose everyday items. The possibilities for upcycling in the garden are seemingly endless, so long as you are able to think outside the box you can conjure all manner of creations from a host of items. Yogurt pots and toilet roll tubes are frequently re-used to grow seedlings, while plastic bottles are reinvented as inexpensive cloches. This approach has also been long-standing for more permanent structures, and it’s not uncommon to see old windows reappear in a new guise as a cold frame. So, whether you’re looking to save money, aiming to be a bit greener, or you just want to get hands-on to create a unique space, reusing old items and reinventing them as garden furniture, accessories and planters is a popular pastime that is set to stay.

As seen in ‘Katie’s Garden’, at a previous RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, a creative use of items, such as wooden crates as shelves can produce a garden that reflects your character

Kitchen leftovers Kitchen kit, such as old butcher’s blocks can be very useful for the garden when weatherproofed appropriately, whether you’re in need of a potting bench or extra space to act as an impromptu bar. Also, if you have young children, an old sink is a wonderful opportunity to create a mud kitchen to keep them entertained and encourage an interest in gardening. By treating wood with a suitable outdoor stain and opting for a weatherproof surface, such as cement, you can entertain with ease over the summer months

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Creating a haven for wildlife can enhance your borders and needn’t be hidden away when you use materials in a considerate manner

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A fantastic way to give old bricks, broken terracotta pots and leftover wood a new purpose is to create a bug hotel. All manner of wildlife can benefit from setting aside a quiet corner of your garden which they can retreat to. This is also a great project to get kids involved with as it requires minimal DIY skills. To attract solitary bees, include some cut-up bamboo canes, while beetles and woodlice will appreciate old wood and leaves. For further inspiration, look online or visit a wildlife reserve near you.

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Woodwork Wood is one of the most popular ways in which we can reuse materials in our gardens, as this is a more environmentally friendly and, usually, more economical approach to building outdoor structures. Depending on the type of wood and the treatment it’s received, this is a material that can last for many years and therefore has the opportunity to be reincarnated in many different ways. For those keen on being a bit thrifty, used scaffold boards and pallets are very popular with DIYers and the possibilities for garden projects are endless, so long as you have the patience to remove nails and smooth out imperfect planks as necessary.

Furniture facelift Furniture that’s no longer fit for purpose indoors can be given a second chance outside, just remember to give it an appropriate treatment to face up to the elements. Solid wood or metal pieces tend to be best suited to a life outdoors when properly weatherproofed. And with a wonderful selection of exterior paints, stains and waxes available you can give a tired piece of furniture a complete revamp for its retirement years.

The Lavender Garden, shown at a previous RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, featured used oak floor boards to edge the curved walkway and seating area to great effect

Use old furniture to have some fun in your garden, as shown by Fryer’s Roses at a previous RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. With a spot of exterior paint, you have a quirky platform to display your plants

Excess baggage Old luggage lends itself perfectly to a life in the garden as planters or simply for decorative purposes. Vintage suitcases look great when stacked up and have an added bonus of offering extra storage for gardening paraphernalia, while luggage trunks provide the chance to create a quirky flower planter.

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An old wooden trunk makes a unique planter for your favourite blooms


One man’s trash… There are a number of places where you can pick up items that are looking for a new lease of life in your garden. The traditional car-boot sale is somewhere where you can often strike it lucky, especially if you go early and with an open mind. Architectural salvage yards and brocantes are another great source for unique items and if you are looking for something in particular it’s worth talking with the owners who may be able to help you find what you are after or point you in the right direction. There are numerous sites dedicated to finding new homes for unwanted items online – with eBay, Gumtree and Freecycle being some of the best known. You may also have a local neighbourhood selling page set up, so it’s worth taking the time to see what’s around and you may be surprised by what you can pick up for next to nothing.

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Old bikes are a fun way to inject some character into your space, you can plant up the basket at the front or simply use the old wheels as decorative sculptures in amongst your planting

Vintage metal troughs make attractive containers for flowering plants Keep your eyes peeled for items that you hadn’t considered for the garden, as even an old boat can be reimagined as a bench when you have an open mind

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For a bold statement, group together a mismatch of items, such as this rusted metal drum, wooden crate and old fishing net. Then bring it all together using colour from paint and planting

Safety first

When upcycling, it’s important to be aware of the materials you are handling. Be particularly wary of older items that may have been treated with, or made from, a material that is now known to be harmful, such as lead-based paint. It’s especially important to be absolutely certain about a product’s suitability before using it as a container to grow an edible crop. If in any doubt about a product’s history or suitability, seek the advice of an expert or look for an alternative item.

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If you love the idea of introducing recycled items into your garden, yet you lack the practical skills or time required, here are five fab finds that are a ready to go:

This elegant wooden gazebo bird feeder is made from recycled driftwood

Made from recycled frosted glass, this colourful mobile would suit a sheltered corner where you like to relax and unwind

Recycled metal large elephant garden feature, £35, Roman at Home

Glass fish mobile, £17, Coastal Home

Wooden Gazebo bird feeder, £29.50, Modern Country Style Interiors

For a tub with history, try these pots that were transformed from old tyres destined for landfill into planters by artisans in India

Black recycled tyre garden tub, from £20, Traidcraft

Made from recycled oil drums and tins, this eye-catching statue will liven up the dullest of gardens

Add a touch of rustic charm to your home or garden with an aged metal milk churn

Aged milk churn planter, £17.35, The Farthing

Make your own picnic bench drinks cooler Items to source: l old picnic bench l galvanized metal plant trough

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Taken from Upcycling Outdoors by Max McMurdo, £20, Jacqui Small. Your Home readers can order Upcycling Outdoors at the special price of £15 (rrp. £20) with free P&P. To order please call 01903 828503 quoting ref QPG 491.

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Blinds-uk.net has teamed up with Your Home to offer two winners a £250 voucher to spend on made-to-measure Roman blinds. Blinds-uk.net has one of the largest fabric collections in the UK, including brands such as Prestigious, Casa Deco, Clarke & Clarke and many, many more – all of which are available in sample sizes, so you can see the fabric up close! Plus, with free deluxe chain or thermal lining upgrades available, this prize is ideal for any homeowner who wants to update their windows with a gorgeous handmade Roman blind. For more information, visit www.blinds-uk.net.

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This month, we’ve teamed up with Google to give one lucky winner a Google Home and Google Wifi three-pack bundle! Named as one of the hottest gadgets around, Google Home has been designed to slot easily into your home, while providing you with the latest hi-tech hands-free technology. With Google Assistant built-in, Google Home is there for things like setting alarms, starting timers, or adding items to your shopping list – it can even help you with your commute and tell you about your schedule! Plus, with the Google Wifi three-pack, you’ll get seamless internet coverage wherever you are in large or small spaces as well as 24/7 technical support! To find out more, visit www.store.google.com.

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To celebrate the launch of Room to Sleep, we have teamed up with the luxurious interiors store to offer one lucky reader the chance to win £1,000 worth of vouchers to spend on any of its dreamy products. Dedicated to the creation of stylish and beautiful bedroom spaces, Room to Sleep is a brand-new online furniture destination. Offering all you could need to create the relaxing sanctuary of your dreams, Room to Sleep handpicks the very best bedroom furniture and accessories, including deep-buttoned upholstered beds and traditional French-style furniture to luxury mattresses, lighting and bed linen.  Whether you’re a fan of luxe, Scandi, vintage or contemporary design, Room to Sleep’s stunning collections will make re-styling and updating bedrooms easy and hassle-free. Check out www.roomtosleep.co.uk to discover its beautiful range of beds and bedroom furniture.

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Win a Mountfield lawnmower worth £329! The Mountfield SP53 is packed with premium features – that’s why we’ve teamed up with the brand to give away two fantastic lawnmowers! With a powerful 160cc Mountfield OHV engine and large diameter wheels, this 51cm self-propelled mower is a real pleasure to use. Cutting height is easy to adjust and a front skid plate helps to minimise scalping and improve the cut. Clippings can be collected in the large 60-litre collector, or you can choose to mulch and recycle the grass clippings back into the ground using the mulching plug supplied. To find out more, visit www.mountfield lawnmowers.co.uk.

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Would you like to feel more organised at work or at home? Avery is here to help with a handy range of organising and filing labels, as well as plenty of decluttering inspiration. To kick-start your journey towards a calm, clutter-free life, Avery has five ultimate organisation bundles to give away, worth over £100 each. The prize includes Avery Organising & Filing labels, stackable desktop storage from the Avery ColorStak range, printable tabs for colour coding and a creative journal that’s packed with organisational advice. With this super-organised prize, you’ll be well on your way to achieving an orderly home or workspace. To see the full Organising & Filing range, visit www.avery.co.uk/organiseyourlife.

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Acorn Antique Interiors 01208 812815 www.acornantiqueinteriors.co.uk Alternative Flooring 01264 335111 www.alternativeflooring.com Amara 0800 587 7645 www.amara.com Amazon www.amazon.co.uk Annabel James 0345 548 0210 www.annabeljames.co.uk Annie Sloan 01865 803168 www.anniesloan.com Argos 0345 640 3030 www.argos.co.uk Avery 0800 805 020 www.avery.co.uk

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Crown Imperial 01227 742424 www.crown-imperial.co.uk Crown Paints 0330 024 0281 www.crownpaints.co.uk Cult Furniture 020 8185 6960 www.cultfurniture.com Cuckooland 01305 231231 www.cuckooland.com

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Dandy Lions Apothecary www.etsy.com/uk/people/LionsDandy Debenhams 0344 800 8877 www.debenhams.co.uk Decathlon www.decathlon.co.uk Delabole Slate Quarry 01840 212242 www.delaboleslate.co.uk Desenio 0468 4088 0902 www.desenio.co.uk DFS 0808 120 9679 www.dfs.co.uk Dulux 0333 222 7171 www.dulux.co.uk Dunelm 0345 165 6565 www.dunelm.com

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H&M 0344 736 9000 www.hm.com Habitat 0344 499 4686 www.habitat.co.uk Halfords 0345 504 5353 www.halfords.com Harlequin www.stylelibrary.com Harvey Jones 0800 389 6938 www.harveyjones.com Harveys Furniture 0344 372 1000 www.harveysfurniture.co.uk Helen Round 07762 250485 www.helenround.com Heritage Doors and Floors 0114 247 4917 www.theheritagecollection.co.uk Hilary and Flo 07712 835837 www.hilaryandflo.co.uk Hillarys 0800 916 1094 www.hillarys.co.uk

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