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June 2018




The best garden buys alfresco furniture bright accessories outdoor PAINTS

pages of stunning homes

colour confidence Paint your way to a bold new look

garden roomS

Modern retreats to solve your space dilemmas

glazed extensions Conservatories and orangeries

Transform your kitchen for less

Complete makeover ideas for under ÂŁ5,000


Can I turn my garage into valuable living space? What are the dos and don'ts of a bathroom renovation? november 1 How do I design an 2017 outdoor living area for summer?

The statement pink door in this modern new-build has inspired my latest decorating project. Step inside the Scandi-inspired house on page 18

Turn to page 64 to discover how a modern extension has turned this terrace into a family-friendly home

This patterned drawer unit has caught my eye – find it on page 42


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It’s fair to say that I’m driving my husband slightly mad at the moment as I’m in one of those moods where I want to tweak the décor in our house on what seems like a daily basis. Whether it’s a new rug for the living room, open shelves in the kitchen for extra display space, or a gallery wall of mirrors for the hallway, I know these small changes will give each space a fresh feel for the summer months. A visit to our cover house (page 18) meant I added another item to the ever-increasing wishlist this month, as one look at homeowner Rhiannon Payne’s coral pink door has convinced me to update my front door in a similar attention-grabbing shade. Perhaps constantly badgering my husband for his opinion on these changes is why he’s retreated outdoors and is planning his own house update by building a new shed (or should that be man cave) at the bottom of the garden. Reading this month’s guide to garden rooms on page 89 may well inspire him to enhance his grand plans but, one things for sure, we’re both going to be kept busy in the weeks ahead. I hope this issue gives you just as much inspiration to add a few things to your own wishlist.

Brighten up your garden with our round-up of vibrant outdoor buys on page 85

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New beginnings

See how an unexpected turn led to Rhiannon and Joel Payne creating a Scandi-inspired home

30 Down by the lake

Richard Goodwin and Egon Walesch turned a run-down holiday cabin into a retreat for all seasons, plus shop patterned pieces

44 A sense of drama

Discover how Jess and Gav Reoch’s extended home proves luxurious interiors can be child-friendly, too

56 Reclaimed living

Ben Arkell and Fahmida Bakht furnished their kitchen extension with reclaimed treasures, plus shop kitchen storage

64 Seamless link 6

By adding a modern extension, Ian and Jenny Voyce have blurred the boundaries between indoors and out

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design IDEAS 72 A brighter future

Hilbre and David Peters reused original fittings to update a dark en suite with a contemporary scheme, plus shop statement freestanding baths


Garden special All-weather paints, furniture and a guide to choosing the perfect outdoor room for you

106 Ask the designer

Architect Gabrielle Omar suggests how to turn an old, low-ceilinged extension into a smart kitchen-diner

80 Urban garden

Guillaume and Sylvie Huteau’s garden is now a colourful, low-maintenance space, plus shop zingy alfresco buys

98 Garden retreat

Jane and Martin Peace replaced their dilapidated garage with a luxurious garden room featuring a sauna and bar

102 Upside down

Architect Adam Benns explains how he transformed a neglected cottage into a stunning beach home

104 Inspiring design

Architect George Bradley has made a bright, wheelchair-friendly space for the owners of a London home

108 ON THE COVER Colour blocking Take your paint choices to new levels with

the latest two-tone trend and create your own statement scheme

117 ON THE COVER Kitchens under £5k

Find out how to get your dream units and layout without spending a fortune

Multiply your home’s kerb appeal with our pick of the most stylish house numbers

124 ON THE COVER Prime numbers

127 ON THE COVER Let in more light

The best in orangeries and conservatories to help you gain extra living space

11 Hotlist

The latest product news and reviews

135 Save!

Get 20 per cent off unique accessories and beautiful furniture at Audenza

136 Sneak preview

Your first look at the July issue

137 Project planner

A guide to extension construction

153 Stockists Find all the suppliers from this issue

162 Take five

Features Editor Ellen Finch shares her favourite design days out this month

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The latest expert advice for your home transformation dilemmas


140 Can I repurpose The garage into my home? Jude Tugman, managing director at Architect Your Home, on turning an underused garage into an asset

145 How do I make an outdoor living space? Landscape and garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes on how to create more usable space outside

147 What are the dos and dont’s of a bathroom renovation Bathroom designer Caroline Cooper offers her advice

149 How do I repair plaster? Self-builder Sian Astley looks at how to fill holes and repair cracks for perfectly smooth walls

151 What are the best options for refreshing my drive? Renovator Michael Holmes advises June 2018





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Shining light Introduce a splash of colour with the classic bone china May pendant light in a range of hot-right-now colourways. The white shades, which come in two sizes, are hand-painted with stripes in orange matched with grey and black, or shades of navy and bright cobalt. Use singly, or group several together for maximum impact.

How to decorate your home with style Kate Watson-Smyth, £20, Pavillion

Expanding on her blog with the same name, Kate shares a wealth of experience in doing up and styling every home, demonstrating how to make the most of the space you have – however much or little that is. Taking readers on a tour around the home, she shows off ideas for every room to ensure it reaches its potential. ➤ june 2018



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