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April 2018




pages of stunning makeovers

on-trend updates SMART flooring Copper buys beautiful beds stylish clocks

High impact

Decorate with statement prints and patterns

Step outside Glazed doors to link your home and garden


What do I need to do to get planning permission? How do I tile a room? Is it possible to convert my basement?


ways to transform your STAIRCASE

Dream bathrooms november 2017


Top tips to create a space you’ll love

I love how clever paint effects have transformed a simple staircase into a statement feature – head to page 115 for more great ideas

Turn to page 11 for a round-up of our favourite designs from the new collections

Discover stylish updates for your bathroom on page 89


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Growing up, my mum was the one in charge of decorating in our house, and I can remember being amazed by her ability (and patience) to accurately measure, cut and hang wallpaper. I may not have inherited her undoubted paper-hanging skills, but I’m sure my enthusiasm for pattern owes a great deal to the colourful designs that adorned the walls of my childhood home. So much so, that most of the rooms in my own house feature print and pattern, whether it’s wallpaper, such as the floral design I’m planning to use in my living room (page 162), vibrant fabric or even something as simple as my favourite Orla Kiely mugs. If you’re just as much of a pattern fanatic or simply love the idea of trying out the latest trend for bold prints, this month’s round-up of botanical, geometric and painterly designs (page 125) offers plenty to inspire your new decorating schemes. Elsewhere in this issue, our guide to planning your bathroom (page 89) will help you create your dream space, plus with spring finally in the air, there’s never been a better time to choose from the latest glazed doors (page 101) to open up your home to the garden – just in time for the warmer weather to come. Enjoy!

Decorating goes big and bold with the latest prints – choose your new style on page 125 Who wouldn’t want to unwind in this glamorous loft bathroom? See the results on page 76

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18 Handmade home

See how Jemima Garthwaite used her architectural know-how to extend her Victorian terrace, plus shop dining chairs

30 Second chance

Nichola Trayler-Barbrook seized a golden opportunity to transform a barn conversion into a stunning home

42 Forever home

Discover how Kay Davidson-Kay and Tim Kay replaced an extension with one twice as big, plus shop bathroom tech



Great heights

Anna Rickard and Matthew Whitehead created a stand-out kitchen extension, and shop statement wall clocks

58 Recipe for success


Find out how Clare Warren turned a dated layout into a space that’s perfect for her love of cooking, plus shop fridge-freezers

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64 A light touch

86 Ask the designer

An extension with extensive glazing turned Camilla and Ian Pond’s dark kitchen into a welcoming space, plus shop the latest copper designs

Architect Brendan Tracey suggests how to update a reader’s bungalow

89 ON THE COVER Guide to bathrooms

70 Head in the clouds

Jenny Weston and Doug Thrower turned their empty loft into a bright master suite, and shop upholstered beds

101 ON THE COVER Let in light: doors How to open up your home to the garden

76 Rooftop retreat


111 ON THE COVER Alternative flooring

Sarah Loveday took inspiration from her travels to create a relaxing bathroom in her converted loft

Builder Paul Dempsey extended a Victorian semi with a sleek and contemporary stone-clad addition

Architect Olly Bray designed a glazed extension to reconnect a New Forest house with its rural surroundings

Your guide to using unusual materials

10 ways to revamp for a new look, from simple solutions to a whole new design

125 ON THE COVER Statement prints

84 Back to nature

115 ON THE COVER Update your staircase

82 Looking sharp

Plan your dream space with our step-by- step of the basics – from designing your layout to choosing stylish fittings

The latest beautiful and bold patterns ON THE COVER

137 Project planner

Discover how to find the right builder to ensure a successful outcome


11 Hotlist

The latest product news and reviews

123 Sneak preview

Your first look at the May issue

133 Save!

Claim 20 per cent on fitted bedroom and home office furniture at Sharps

135 Exclusive discount

Save 15 per cent on quirky homeware at Cuckooland

153 Stockists Find all the suppliers from this issue

162 Take five

Acting Editor Beth Murton reveals her moodboard for her living room project

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140 how should i renovate my basement? Architect Jude Tugman on what you need to know before converting your basement

145 what can help my planning permission application? Architectural designer Greg Toon offers tips for getting your application passed

147 how do i tile a room? Expert renovator Sian Astley explains how to go about tackling your own tiling

149 what are the dos and don’ts of garden fencing? Guy Jackson at Forest Garden reveals how to get a beautiful boundary

151 what’s the best way to light a bedroom? Luke Thomas at John Cullen Lighting on what to consider for your space april 2018






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HOTLIST Your one-stop guide to the latest design ideas, product launches and decorating trends Hygena Aliso reversible corner chaise sofa in grey, H80xW219xD82cm, £649.99; Hygena Makwa white side table, H51xW49xD43cm, £29.99; Artisan ribbed gradient bottle vase, £24.99; Collection twist column floor lamp, H100xDia.35cm, £39.99; Collection Herbert black and grey tripod table lamp, £29.99; Home diamond grey cotton throw, £21.99; Cushions, from £11.99, all Argos

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Cosmopolitan Flavour Inject some fun into your interiors with the multicoloured ice-cream hues of Debenham’s new Cosmo collection. From bead-like pendant lights to quirky bath mats, there’s something to update every space.

Cosmo table lamp, H54xreach 80cm, £80


the latest styles, appliances, features and tips for renovating your kitchen

feature Anna Morley

Chris Peterson, £12.99, Cool Springs Press

Serene retreat Real Homes is loving the new Inhabit collection from Argos, which introduces a breath of spring and a hint of the outdoors with its soft green palette and organic forms, offset by striking monochrome tones. For a calming, relaxing space, check out its pale timber designs, stylish leaf prints, painted metals, frosted glass and woven textiles.

This second edition of Chris Peterson’s home-improvement book is packed with useful DIY projects and inspiring images, offering practical ideas on how to improve the functionality of your kitchen as well as boosting the value of your home. ➤ April 2018



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